How To: Keep Your NYC Home Healthy

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By Guestblogger Azita Goldman from Revita Rugs

Take a deep breath before you read what two major organizations are saying about what your home air quality: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) counts indoor pollutions among the top five environmental health risks and the American Lung Association concludes that poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer, and chronic lung disease such as asthma. In addition, it can cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue.

Rugs and carpets can be especially dangerous breeding grounds for bacteria and regular cleanings are as vital as cleaning the air filters in the AC system. Carpets and area rugs act as an air filter and absorb dust, pollen, tobacco or wood smoke, perfumes, aerosol sprays, cleaning products and fumes from paint and cooking gas. If that wasn’t scary enough, dangerous bugs like pneumonia, E. Coli and vomit-inducing toxins are brought into our homes on the soles of our shoes and then trampled on rugs and carpets when we don’t take our shoes off. In a recent study, bags of dust taken from NY home vacuum cleaners and tested by CED for hazardous, life threatening chemicals. They found six classes of toxins proven to harm the reproductive
and immune systems in varying amounts.

What can you do to protect your home?

Source Control: Remove shoes at the entrance door to minimize tracking bacteria into the home. Have your area rugs cleaned professionally. Some experts suggest avoiding a steam cleaning service as the chemical-dry process can further promote asthma by introducing more triggers.

Ventilation Improvements: Increase amount of outdoor air coming indoors. Open windows when weather permits. Use fans in bathroom and kitchen.

Air Cleaners: Purchase an air cleaner based on the severity of your air quality conditions. There are many types on the market from relatively inexpensive table-top models to more expensive whole-house systems. While there is no scientific evidence to support it, some experts believe houseplants remove significant quantities of pollutants in homes and offices. Be careful not to over-water your plants because overly damp soil may promote the growth of microorganisms which can affect allergic individuals.

What Three Affordable 2BRS Can I Buy Today?

Today Sales Manager Veronica Raehse highlights three affordable 2BRs in NYC.

Huge Two Bedroom Co-op homeBrooklyn

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Area: Brooklyn
Location: GREENE AND LAFA
Type: Coop
Bedrooms: 2

TRUE 2-Bed
Bathrooms: 1
Rooms: 5
Price: $699,000

 

2BR apartment in a turn-of-the century elevator buildingUpper West Side

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Area: Upper West Side
Location: BROADWAY & AMST
Type: Coop
Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1
Rooms: 5
Price: $659,000

 

Gorgeous 2BR Fully Renovated and Investor FriendlyRiverdale

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Area: Riverdale
Location: W 260TH ST.
Type: Coop
Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1
Rooms: 5
Approx. Size:
850 sq.ft. (79 sq.mt.)
Price: $245,000

 

Have questions about these properties, don’t hesitate to email us at ASK@BONDNewYork.com. Didn’t find what you were looking for? Check out http://www.bondnewyork.com for all of our listings.

What Three 2BR Apartments With Outdoor Space Can I Rent Today?

Managing director Adjina Dekidjiev  gives us three 2BR properties that you can rent with outdoor space today.

GORGEOUS MASSIVE BROWNSTONE - Upper West Side

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Area: Upper West Side
Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1.5
Rent: $3,675
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Area: Upper West Side
Location: rsd/ wea
Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1
Rent: $5,000

Live in a Duplex Penthouse Massive ModernityEast Village

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Area: East Village
Location: 3
Type: Apartment
Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 2
Rent: $5,850

 

Have questions about these properties, don’t hesitate to email us at ASK@BONDNewYork.com. Didn’t find what you were looking for? Check out http://www.bondnewyork.com for all of our listings.

Agent Poll: What is the most beautiful spot in NYC?

With over 500 agents in 7 offices, there is little our BONDies don’t have an opinion about. Find out what is their most beautiful spot in NYC. 

 

Pier 40, 353 West St - West Villiage

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I like Pier 40 on a bright sunny day. It’s like your own personal mini Central Park, plus you get a GREAT view. Its less crowded and you always get a breeze off the water. Walking towards the pier you can leave the hustle and bustle of NYC and relax and when you leave you see why you moved to NYC in the first place!

~agent, Andrew W. Douglas

The Upper West Side

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The UWS by far is the most beautiful neighborhood in Manhattan to me! I like to call it the largest caldesac in the US. The unity of the community makes it beautiful–you have culture galore.

Central Park and Riverside Park are at the ends of many streets and the area is so easily accessible to get to any other part of the city.

The tree-lined rows of brownstones and townhouses make this neighborhood one of a kind–not to mention the breathe taking West End Ave.

~agent, Kristine DeVine

 

Bryant ParkMidtown East

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Bryant Park is my favorite spot in New York City. What was Needle Park in the 60s and early 70s, is now a wonderful place to visit in all seasons, from concerts, Broadway in the park and language lessons in the summer to skating and holiday shops in the winter.

It also is unique, in that it has all the same specie of trees lining either side of the park, London Plane trees.

~agent, Larry Dusseau 

 

Alwyn Court / Petrossian182 W 58th St - Midtown

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Need I say more? STUNNING!

~agent, Judy Stepeck 

Testimonial Time: Moin Siddiqui

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We often get letters from happy renters thanking our BOND team for helping them get a great price on their unit, quickly and efficiently. 

Here is a great letter from a renter about agent Moin Siddiqui‘s hard work paying off!

 

“Moin is a nice gentleman. He once again found me a place to live and fast. Everything with him went smoothly as always. I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking to find a home and fast. ” -Jeremy Izadi

~Murray Hill, 1BR, $3100

 

“Thank you Moin! This was my first time renting in NYC, Moin was an absolute asset to finding and signing the perfect apartment. He always had my best interests in mind and never wasted any time – very rare qualities when looking to rent. Highly recommended!!” – Alex G

~Chelsea, 1BR, $2950

 

When you need to find an apt and want the job done with efficiency, Moin is the guy to connect with. He listened to what we were looking for,took in our age and our budget and helped us find a nice 1 bedroom aptartment in a very desired location of Manhattan. We had a small window of time for Moin to complete this task,less than 2 wks from beginning to end. The end result…very satisfied.” -Jodi

~Murray Hill, 1BR, $3100

 

Is Your NYC Home Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

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Is Your NYC Home Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

Q&A: WITH ALON BIRAN, Unique Spaces 

You hear the term “smart home” a lot these days. What exactly does it mean?
A home has many individual systems working independently of one another: Heating & cooling, lighting, shading, music, TVs, and alarm just to name a few. A Smart Home is one that links these individual systems together, allowing them to now work in tandem under one control system from your phone, tablet or computer. So for example, a burglar alarm at night can turn on every light in the house and play a loud message over your music speakers, or an open window when the heat kicks on can trigger a text message alerting you to the wasteful situation. You would say the home has become “smart” or automated when things can work together like this. We create ‘Scenes’ like ‘watch movie’, ‘good morning’, ‘good night’ ‘welcome, ‘away’, etc. Just imagine the convenience when with the touch of a button you can start a “his” or “her” morning scene that sets the temperature, plays music or traffic at a certain volume only in the bathroom, adjusts the shades and lights a pathway down to the kitchen!

What are some of the most common requests you get for an individual living in an apartment in NYC?
Having ‘Welcome’ and ‘Away’ buttons by your front door to either turn on a path of lights when arriving or turn all the lights off when living is a very common request. A lot of our clients want to stream different audio sources such as Pandora, Sirius/XM and iTunes to different rooms in the apartment. Moreover, they ask to be able to listen to one source in one room while listening to another in a different room at the same time. For example; in a case of a couple, one partner can listen to his or her Spotify playlist in the kitchen while the other partner listens to talk radio in the bedroom. Some folks ask for surveillance cameras so that they can check on their kids while away and another favorite is the ability to adjust temperature remotely.
How long does a typical system usually take to install?
How long the process takes depends on many factors: Size of the house / size of the system; whether the house (or office) undergoing construction; what the walls are made of and how hard it is to pull wires. On average a mid-size system with no construction delays should take a few weeks to complete.

Will the customer be able to live in the apartment while the installation is taking place?
Most projects divide into two main phases from the customer’s perspective; the first phase, “dirty phase” comprises of pulling wires and installing hardware such as speakers & cameras. The second phase, the “clean phase”, consists of connecting gear in the AV rack or utility closet and programming. Although not impossible, most clients would rather not live in the apartment during the ‘dirty phase’.

How do you work with the customer to come up with a plan?
The process begins with a complimentary consultation. During this consultation we advise the clients on the options available to them while listening to their needs. A good system is designed around the homeowner’s needs, not the other way around. When the scope of work is agreed, we start pulling wires and install hardware. After painting is done and the apartment is relatively clean, it’s time to bring in the equipment and set it up in the rack. This is also the time we usually install automated window treatments. Once everything is connected, it’s time to start programming; that’s when the magic happens. The final piece is to hand our clients the iPad or touch panel to control the system and watch with delight as they go ooh and ahh.

What about once the work is completed? Can adjustments be made?
You have to live with the system for a while to fully appreciate how the system can benefit your daily routine. For this reason we usually come back after 60 days, for a round of adjustments. We also offer our clients an extended service plan which ensures the system and network operate at peak performance year round and all equipment programs are up to date. This service also allows our clients to make programming changes if desired.

What is the most unusual request you ever got?
One client asked us to create a ‘Dog Scene’. This was a lighting & temperature scene she activated when leaving the house so that her dog would still feel comfortable.

What Can you Buy for Under 500K right now?

Sales Manager, Stacey Max, shows us what apartments can be bought right now for under 500k!

 High Ceilings, Exposed Brick – Upper East Side 

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Area: Upper East Side
Location: 1st ave & York Avenue
Type: Coop
Bedrooms: Studio
Bathrooms: 1
Price: $289,000
Maintenance: $ 656
Percent Deductible: 65%

 

Illuminated With Light, High Floor Gem – Midtown East 

Midtown E 309

 

Area: Midtown East
Location: E 40th st.
Type: Coop
Bedrooms: Studio
Bathrooms: 1
Price: $309,000
Maintenance: $ 814

 

Large Condo with Two Balconies – Harlem

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Area: Harlem
Location: Lenox Avenue
Type: Condo
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Rooms: 3
Approx. Size:
836 sq.ft. (78 sq.mt.)
Price: $425,000
Percent Deductible: 0%
CC: $ 241

Testimonial Time: Donald Lacey

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We often get letters from happy renters thanking our BOND team for helping them get a great price on their unit, quickly and efficiently. 

Here is a great letter from a renter about agent Donald Lacey‘s hard work paying off!

“I met Donald several years ago through NakedApartments.com and although I ended up subletting instead of deciding on an apartment, I was impressed with Donald’s commitment to finding the right place for me. When my husband and I decided to look for a new place we immediately called Donald. He was never pushy and really listened to what we were looking for while staying in our desired budget. He found us the perfect place in a safe neighborhood with all the amenities we were looking for. We would highly recommend him to any of our friends and family in the future.”

-Heather Smith

“Donald Lacey was Superb! He was very professional and has an amazing work ethic. Not only did he find me an amazing apartment he managed to get the landlord to drop the rent almost $200-00!!! Rest assured with Don you are in great hands!”

-Mathew Smith

Washington Heights, 1BR, $1363

Going Strong: How to Keep Up Your Workout Year Round

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Curious about maintaining New Years resolutions past -winter? Spring is coming so we teamed up with Crunch, and spoke with Marc Santa Maria, their National Director of Group Fitness, for tips on staying healthy all-year long.
WHAT ARE SOME TIPS ON AVOIDING THE WINTER WORKOUT RUT?
First, make a date with a gym buddy. You’re less likely to ditch the workout if
someone you care about is meeting you at the gym. Second, set a goal for the
month. For example, 21 classes/workouts for the month, and mark them on your
calendar as an accomplishment. Third, reward yourself with a non-caloric gift if
you reach your goal.

WHAT ARE SOME WAYS RESOLUTION-MAKERS CAN STICK WITH IT PAST THE INITIAL FRESH START RUSH?
Be realistic with your goals. Some people are so good at the start of things; they have tons
of energy and excitement. That can wane as we get busy with our other obligations
and responsibilities. However, if you can be honest and steady about your goals,
starting smaller and then increasing, you can stick with your fitness program.

MANY OF US OVERINDULGED OVER THE HOLIDAYS. WHAT ARE
THE MOST EFFECTIVE EXERCISES TO GET BACK ON TRACK FOR SPRING?
Run. Run steadily, where you can’t really talk but you can keep going. It’s a good
caloric bang for your buck. Take a treadmill based class – those push you to a
good threshold. Also, do burpees with a pushup are all-body inclusive, and a good
calorie burner. A good New Year’s goal is to do your age’s worth of burpees
for each week of the new year. Yup – if you’re 50 – do 50. Your metabolism is
different than a 20 year old’s.

NEW YORKERS ARE VERY BUSY PEOPLE. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO
THE NEW YORKER THAT FEELS LIKE THEY JUST DON’T HAVE TIME?
Get over it! Make the time! You’re that important.

DO YOU HAVE A RECOMMENDATION FOR A FAST BUT EFFECTIVE
WORKOUT?
Try Crunch’s brand new Ride classes featuring cutting-edge technology that
measures your personal power. Push yourself to the max as you compete
against fellow riders or strive to beat your personal best. Threshold Ride, Peak
Performance Ride, and Race Ready Ride are sure to challenge your body and
push you to reach your maximum power for a more effective workout in just
45 minutes.

WHAT IS THE LEAST AMOUNT OF TIME WE CAN SPEND IN THE
GYM AND STILL EXPECT TO SEE PROGRESS?

If you work your butt off–meaning really be breathless the whole time–with 30 minutes a day 6 days a week, you can see results. Changing up your diet will be a large part of your
success as well.

WHAT ARE THE FITNESS TRENDS FOR SPRING 2015?
Equipment that allows you to utilize and maximize your own body weight as
a workout tool is going to be huge in 2015. Suspension equipment such as
hammocks and TRX help increase resistance. Wearable equipment that increases
resistance, such as the DISQ, also help make traditional workouts more effective.

NEW CLASSES AT CRUNCH TO LOOK OUT FOR THIS YEAR:

AIRBARRE

AIRbarre by AntiGravity® is the newest method of ballet barre
training using the silk AntiGravity® Hammock. This unique aerial dance
conditioning class challenges the body and mind beyond the vertical plane
with 3D movements that lift you into the air. The AntiGravity® Hammock
will help less experienced dancers find alignment, while it will challenge
accomplished dancers, giving them more airtime.
TRX®-XXX
3x the strength, 3x the challenge, 3x the intensity! Utilizing TRX® suspension
trainer, this class will push you to your extreme, progressing through 3
sections of total body resistance training.
RACE READY RIDE
It’s Race Day! This training/competition race-based ride simulates an actual
race. Push yourself to the max as you compete against fellow riders to
complete stages in the race. It’s all about the finish line as you endure steep
climbs and punishing flat roads along the course with a sprint to the finish.

What BOND Exclusives are for Sale with Stunning Outdoor Spaces?

In honor of this Apartment Therapy article recently about some amazing NYC apartments with great outdoor space, Sales Manager Veronica Raehse highlights her two favorite BOND exclusives for sale with stunning outdoor spaces.

 

Oversize One Bedroom with Terrace & Spectacular City Views – Greenwich Village

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Area: Greenwich Village/West Village
Location: Mercer & Broadway
Type: Condop
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Price: $1,495,000
Maintenance: $ 1,775
Percent Deductible: 51%
Down payment: 10%

 

 

Oversize One Bedroom with Private terrace! – Murray Hill 

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Area: Murray Hill
Location: 3rd & 2nd Avenue
Type: Coop
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Rooms: 3
Approx. Size:
819 sq.ft. (76 sq.mt.)
Price: $779,000
Maintenance: $ 1,942
Percent Deductible: 62%