Featured Property – 496 Sixth Avenue

This four bedroom, three bathroom townhouse has been inventively and lovingly renovated and restored to create a brand new home inside a historic shell in the heart of the most sought-after neighborhood in New York. The floors, walls, ceilings, windows, moldings, kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, and back deck are brand new and have never before been lived in. This tremendous residence enjoys terrific natural light and large proportions (in a neighborhood known for tighter spaces), and the addition of a great room with sky light and landscaped back deck give the home all of the benefits of the suburbs right in the center of Greenwich Village. Listing ID: 1091614, Rent: $20,000.

Contact William D. Moye (wmoye@bondnewyork.com / 917.705.3225) if you would like to schedule a showing or need additional information.

Featured Property: 199 Bowery, #2A

Huge Terrace in the Heart of Nolita – 199 Bowery, #2A

Modern and beautiful loft-like 2 bedroom, 2 bath corner apartment with wraparound terrace in Nolita. Situated in a 24-hour Doorman, elevator, pet-friendly boutique condominium building with on premises superintendent, gym and roof-deck. Steps from great restaurants, shops, Whole Foods, art galleries and public transportation, the fully renovated condominium boasts oversized windows, double exposures, city views, stainless steel appliances, pass-through windowed kitchen and a great floor plan which includes an on-suite bath. The most enviable of private outdoor spaces, provides a perfect extension of the home’s interior space and affords lavish entertaining for the lucky owner. Privacy is wonderfully protected by beautiful border planters complete with irrigation system surrounding this enormous 750 sq. ft. terrace for which the lucky buyer will have exclusive right to use. Listing ID: 1112988, Price: $1,795,000.

Contact Joseph Sheehan (jsheehan@bondnewyork.com /917.715.8908) or Jamie Bravo (jbravo@bondnewyork.com / 305.484.4972) if you would like to schedule a showing or need additional information.

The Sound And The Fury Of Living In Manhattan

Noise and sound pollution are two hazards New Yorkers are very familiar with. Here are some great window treatment solutions that can ensure your home is peaceful.

Are you struggling with hard to reach windows? Or maybe you just want the extra flexibility of a remote controlled shades.

Now you can turn your window coverings into motorized shades, blinds, and drapes thanks to the innovative technology from Somfy and Lutron. Motorized shades tilt open or shut while motorized blinds can be fully raised or lowered with your remote control system. With effortless installation and hassle-free maintenance, motorized blinds offer the most handy and straightforward solution to manage the light coming in and to control your privacy! The epitome of comfort, control and elegance, motorized blinds are an excellent add-on to any home. They can be incorporated into your home’s automation system by programming them in with preferred settings or totally automating them with a set schedule. Make the future a reality today with Alluring Window Motorized Window Treatments!

When it comes to blackout shades New York homes benefit from the obvious advantages, such as light and heat blocking. However, room darkening shades are good for more than simply darkening a room. They save energy and reduce your utility costs along with carbon emissions. On top of that, room darkening shades can help you sleep better and garner some unexpected health benefits by keeping your bedroom cooler and darker.

Like blackout curtains, blackout shades are made from heavy, tightly woven fabric. Some blackout fabric even has multiple layers to enhance insulating effects. That means maximum light and heat blocked out, interior temperatures remain optimal and less greenhouse gasses are released into the atmosphere. Plus, keeping your room darkening shades drawn when the sun is hitting the window will also protect your furniture and carpeting from harmful UV rays. You’ll not only sleep better, live healthier and be more comfortable, but you’ll do it all in style with Alluring Window Room Darkening Window Treatments.

Contact info@alluring-window.com for a FREE in-home consultation 15% off for BOND Clients.

Happiness Starts In The Home

At Emma Mason, we’re all about you, your happiness, and your beautiful home. We want to help you create the room of a lifetime. And we’re going to do it with superior service, irresistible prices, and a big smile.

YOUR HAPPINESS What makes you happy? Probably not a terrible customer service experience. That’s why we pride ourselves on superior service with a smile. You’re a person, and we treat you like one. You have a life, and we’re guessing you don’t want to spend it talking to aggressive sales reps, waiting for your furniture, or trying to assemble it yourself. We get it. Our reps are real, friendly people who care about you, not commissions. We offer free—yes, free—White Glove Delivery on all orders. Your experience with us is as easy and effortless as falling in love with your new bedroom. Saving boatloads of money isn’t bad for your happiness either. We leverage our close relationships with fine furniture craftsmen to get you the best for way less. Aren’t you the smart shopper?

PLEASE NOTE: In order to secure such extraordinary discounts, we can only accept orders of $999 or more. We don’t specialize in spare parts, we specialize in whole homes.

WHO WE ARE We’re furniture people, through and through, with over 20 years in the industry and invaluable connections. We’re more than a retailer: we also sell wholesale to other furniture stores.

What’s that mean for you? Exclusive low prices, a vast selection of the top brands, and a trained eye for fine furniture. You know that middleman? Forget him. Consider us your one-way ticket to warehouse prices.

We know how important the right piece is to your home, happiness, and wellbeing; that’s why we’re constantly adding to our catalogue and negotiating new agreements with more manufacturers.

Based in New York, we started from our brick-and-mortar store in the city that’s still operating. We also partner with distribution warehouses in most states, allowing us to deliver almost everywhere in the US. We run a number of sister-sites dedicated to getting you the finest furniture for every room in your home.

Visit www.emmamason.com for more information.

Top City-Warming Gifts For First Time New Yorkers

Moving to New York can is as stressful as it is thrilling, as anyone who has survived the home finding process knows. We’ve put together a list of our top housewarming gifts, well, city-warming gifts to help ease the pain and make the transition into bona fide New Yorker complete.

 1. A Line Sitter via Sold Inc.

New York is all about wanting what we can’t have. Or could have if we were willing to wait a really, really long time for it. Whether it’s the new Iphone, Cronuts, Barney’s New York Warehouse Sale, or a Central Park concert, line sitters are like winning Willy Wonka’s golden ticket. Well, more like the obnoxious girl whose father puts his entire factory to work looking for one. Either way, the person receiving this gift will be very grateful. Sold Inc. (http://wecanwait4u.com/), which stands for Same Ole Line Dudes, charges $25 for the first hour and $10 each additional hour for General Waiting for events, stores, tickets sales, DV, etc. They also offers a Delivereach Premium Service which is waiting plus purchase plus delivery (think new iPhone). Bragging rights are free.

2. A Citibike Gift Certificate

For the active or environmentally conscious New Yorker, Citibike has gift cards for a 24 hour pass ($9.95), a 7 Day Pass ($25), or an Annual Membership ($95).  There are thousands of bikes at 100s of locations around the city making it a perfect alternative to packed subways and traffic logged buses. And while the 30 – minute time limit (45 minutes for annual members) means you can’t wander for the day, every time you drop off your bike and pick it up increases your chances of running into (hopefully not over) Leonardo DiCaprio.  You can purchase any of the passes at: https://www.citibikenyc.com/

3. A 30-day Unlimited Ride MetroCard

This is kind of the equivalent of bringing a large box of cloth diapers with a note that says “Not for use as diapers but for spit up, food spills, and everything else” to a baby shower. Not exactly the precious Tiffany & Co. Teething Ring the new mom has been coveting since pre-child conception, but way more practical. And in this city, practical wins. A 30-day Unlimited Ride MetroCard costs $112 and is good for 30 days from the first use. There is also a 7-day Unlimited Pass MetroCard which costs $30 and is good for 7 days from first use. The MetroCard will be a gift that keeps on giving. At least until it expires.  Unlimited cards can be purchased at http://web.mta.info/metrocard/mcgtreng.htm#unlimited

4. A Subscription to the New York Times

Nothing says official New Yorker like having your name on one of the New York Times piled outside your building door. Grab a bagel and coffee and curl up with a couple of sections and you have officially arrived. A daily delivery is just $6.65 per week and there is also the option for weekend delivery at $4.35 per week. You can also opt to give a weekday subscription (Monday – Friday) for just $3.60 per week. http://www.nytimes.com/subscriptions/Multiproduct/lp8LJXL.html?campaignId=4F6XY&__KEYWORDS__=${keywordText}&__CAMP__=4F6XY#home. New York Magazine (https://ssl.palmcoastd.com/03921/apps/78066_B_RD?ikey=I**BQS) and the New Yorker (https://w1.buysub.com/pubs/N3/NYR/onsiteReval042213-Panel2.jsp?cds_page_id=136346&cds_mag_code=NYR&id=1412791337664&lsid=42811302176039685&vid=1) are also great options depending on the gift recipient’s New York type.

5. Enough Bomber Bucks to get them to Yankee Stadium

A trip to Yankee Stadium is the quintessential New York sports experience and for any sports fan moving to the city, it’s a must. It’s also the most expensive baseball stadium ever built, which for a chance to see how the other sports fans live, it’s also worth the trip. Bomber Bucks are the equivalent of a gift card for Yankees Games and can be used to purchase any regular season home game individual game ticket or a Yankee Stadium Tour. And for any sports fan reading this that completely disagrees, see also Mets Gift Card (http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/nym/ticketing/gift_card.jsp).

 6. An Uber Gift Card

Uber is now cheaper than taxis.  At least UberX is. But that’s not really why Uber is so desirable. Sure it’s controversial (all the more reason to use and tell) but it’s also what separates the haves from the shift-change-I’m-never-getting-home-in-the-pouring-rain desperados. Other perks: the cars are much nicer than a cab, you don’t need cash and the app system guarantees your driver will actually show up. One caveat: You must have an Uber account to give a gift card which you can do by signing up at https://get.uber.com/sign-up/. Another great option is Via, the rideshare service that also works via app.

7. Monopoly New York City

Real Estate and Manhattan go hand in hand. And what better way for your gift recipient to contemplate just how much they overpaid for their new home than to relive the experience on a board game on a Saturday night (especially if thanks to their new home, they can no longer afford to do anything else)? Include a nice bottle of wine and fancy nibbles and the memory should be quickly replaced with ones of laughter and fun in their new city. Maybe they’ll even get some play money revenge. You can find Monopoly New York at http://www.amazon.com/New-York-City-MN001-063-Monopoly/dp/B003HC9I1A

Five Best Breeds For NYC Living

New Yorkers love their dogs, but having one in the city can be tricky. We reached out to some pet experts and a few New York pet owners to find out what are the five best breeds for living in a New York City apartment.

1.      Yorkshire Terriers. According to rover.com they are the “quintessential apartment breed: small, quiet, friendly, and adaptable.” They are also super easy to transport. You can adopt one at Yorkie 911 Rescue which has many that have been rescued from puppy mills.  Caitlin Kinney of Trupanion, a company that provides medical insurance for cats and dogs says the nice thing about smaller breeds is that they tend to be “healthier and thus less costly when it comes to medical expenses and pet medical insurance.”  

2.      French Bulldog. French Bulldogs rank number one in popularity for New York City Dog owners according to Kinney, French Bulldogs are “big dogs in small packages” that are perfect for busy New Yorkers. They “don’t need a lot of exercise and are medium to low energy level, can be taught to use an indoor potty or to go to the bathroom outside.” They are also great for those with thin walls as they are “not big barkers.”  Other small dogs that that rank in the top 10 most popular New York dogs are Havanese, Shiba Inu, Toy Poodle and Minature Poodle although Kinney cautions that toy breeds tend to “bark a lot.”

3.      Great Danes. On the complete opposite side of the spectrum for apartment living is the Great Dane. Watching one walk down the sidewalk taking up most of it, you can’t help but wonder how owner and dog fit inside their home. But surprisingly, according to Rover.com Great Danes make great apartment pets because they are “notorious loafers, as well as super calm, friendly, and highly trainable.” Does this sound right for you? Mid-Atlantic Rescue League is a great place to adopt a Great Dane and get advice on how to care for them.

4.      Greyhounds. You think of racing round the track chasing a rabbit, but rover.com says that Greyhounds are actually “calm and laid-back, preferring naps over races.” They in fact need little exercise or grooming and like French Bulldogs, “don’t bark much.” They are also considered a “smart breed and are generally easy to train.”  

5.      Maltese. Rover.com says that like the Yorkshire Terrier, the Maltese is a “small, quiet lap dog.” Its long, silky coats doesn’t shed very much and because of its size can go anywhere without anyone knowing. One of our dog lovers and owners, Mandy says Maltipoos, a combination of Poodle and Maltese, are also a great option. She says, “Aside from looking like puppies their whole lives, they are stage four clingers and will follow their owners, easy to train on wee-wee pads” Her Maltipoo travels with her on subways, to the movies and even to work without anyone knowing. Most important, Mandy says they are hypo-allergenic.

How To Make Space Like A New Yorker

We get it, apartments in New York are crazy tiny and expensive. Wouldn’t it be nice to have more space for a bigger bed, storing your bike, or practicing yoga without tripping over your coffee table? Follow these tips to make space in your home on a tight budget.

1. Organize your stuff. Sort everything you own by category, which makes it easy for you to find things that you no longer use, wear, or need. For the items that no longer serve a purpose or make you happy (like that old sweater you haven’t worn in years), sell it, gift it, donate it, recycle it, or throw it away. Remember, less (stuff) is more (space).

2. Use your walls and doors. Your walls and doors are your secret space-saving weapons. Install hooks, shelves, TRONES (storage cabinets from IKEA), or storage solutions from myurbio.com on your wall, and use them to store things like coats, hats, bags, keys, books, magazines, office supplies, and small plants. You can also attach an over-the-door shoe organizer to any door and toss in small items like toys, pens, makeup, nail polish, and brushes.

To store your bike, attach a CLUG (a tiny clip that grips your tire, available at getclug.com) or a bike shelf to your wall so that you can stand your bike up on one wheel or levitate it.

3. Invest in multi-purpose furniture. Having multi-purpose furniture is key to living happily in a small apartment. Consider getting a storage ottoman that doubles as a seat, restoring an old trunk to serve as a vintage coffee table with hidden storage, or installing a Murphy bed that pulls down from the wall.

4. Create the illusion of space. When it comes to space, sometimes you just have to fake it ‘til you make it. Paint your apartment in a light color to open up your place and create a relaxing atmosphere. For example, blue calms you because you associate it with the ocean and sky, green teleports you into nature, yellow brings the sun indoors, white suggests cleanliness, and purple is floral, which soothes you.

Another trick of the trade is placing a mirror directly opposite a window to reflect more light into a room. This creates the illusion of extra space and lets you bask in more rays of glorious sunshine.

5. MakeSpace. Think of MakeSpace as your infinite closet in the cloud where you can rotate clothes at the push of a button. Simply schedule a pickup at MakeSpace.com and pack the bins they send you with items that you’d like to store (they store bikes too). They’ll pick up, store, and deliver your stuff back when you need so that you have more time and space to do what you want.

Move lighter with Makespace, your closet in the cloud. Makespace is now offering $100 dollars of free space! Use promo code BONDNY. Visit www.makespace.com for more information.

Is Yorkville The New Greenpoint?

“Yorkville the new Greenpoint?” Recently featured in the Observer, The Upper East Side is up against Brooklyn and came up as the clear winner when it comes to just about everything.  

Upper East Side is quickly becoming the cool alternative to Brooklyn thanks to the outer borough’s skyrocketing rents. While Brooklyn has long held onto its hipster persona, The Upper East Side has been undergoing a makeover of its own the last few years with restaurants such as Boqueria, Mighty Quinns and Jones Wood’s Foundry and great drinking spots like Seamstress. The residential sector is finally keeping up with the drinking and dining scene as The Rose Modern, York Avenue’s first new rental building in decades has recently started leasing with Studios from $2,800, one bedrooms from $4,335, two bedrooms from $6,525 and three bedroom penthouses from $13,500. The building rented up over 40% of its inventory in the first month on the market!

Add this to the neighborhood’s long standing reputation for having some of the best schools in the city and its close proximity to the best parks, Yorkville can no longer be ignored.

How to Make Your Studio Feel Like a One-Bedroom

Introducing: The Leesa mattress. Leesa is an innovative new direct-to-consumer online mattress company that Forbes recently named to its list of Top 20 Startups to Watch in 2016. Leesa has created a premium hybrid foam mattress which ships compressed in a box to your door. They offer customers 100 nights to try it, risk-free. And through Leesa’s One-Ten initiative, they donate one mattress to a homeless shelter for every 10 they sell. 

Today, Leesa shares 8 great tips to make your studio apartment feel like a one-bedroom!

In a recent episode of HBO’s Girls, Marnie’s new husband blunders his first spousal attempt to impress his new wife. Intending to create some of the privacy of a one-bedroom, he put a permanent wall down the middle of their tiny shared studio apartment, inadvertently making it feel even smaller. “But you said you wanted more space and it’ll give us privacy!” Desi yells, mid-fight. “I literally meant more space, as in, I want a bigger apartment!” Marnie snaps back.

The Leesa mattress was made for unconventional living spaces. You order online and Leesa delivers free to your door in a conveniently-sized box, so there’s no need to bribe your neighbors for help moving it in place, and the innovative design ensures cooling airflow so it doesn’t “sleep hot.” Leesa donates one mattress for every ten sold and they offer a 100-night guarantee. With 2,100+ five-star reviews, there’s no reason not to try one out. If you’re like us, you put a lot of effort into setting up a peaceful, serene place to sleep in your new place. Finish off your space with a better place to sleep.

An “unconventional” apartment can sometimes mean a small studio where your bedroom, living room, and kitchen are all out in the open. If you live in a studio – especially if you’re attempting it with another person – you’ve probably considered installing a Desi-wall to get the privacy of a one-bedroom. But before you go erecting any permanent structures, which can wind up making the space feel even smaller, try out some of the more flexible, less expensive ideas below.

1. Maximize light. If you decide to put up curtains, go with airy, light-colored, breezy fabrics that sunlight comes straight through. Daylight sends a signal to your brain that you’re outdoors, making almost any space feel larger.

2. Use floating shelves. They serve double duty as décor and storage, which is incredibly valuable in a small place.

3. Monochrome is your friend. It may feel less-than-exciting at first, but keeping the same color walls as your cabinets and major furniture (nothing dark) will help make the space feel open. Use pops of more saturated colors to delineate “zones.”

4. Make use of vertical space. Lookup. How high are your ceilings? Vertical space can be especially helpful for storage, like the bike in the picture above. Take a look at how high your ceiling is and stack things on top of each other wherever possible.

5. Set up a few semi-transparent partitions. The beer-bottle partition above is sophisticated and inexpensive to create, or you can shop online for a budget-friendly hanging partition. Either choice permits a bit of privacy while allowing light through.

6. Or go for more traditional bookshelves or stackable Ikea cubes. They provide storage and section off different zones, mimicking the feel of separate rooms.

7. Consider curtains around your bed for a bit more privacy. But be warned: Sounds still travel.

8. Get a Leesa mattress. Leesa ships compressed in a box straight to your door, so you won’t need a team of friends to help maneuver it into place. Its premium materials, 2,100+ five-star reviews and 100-night guarantee mean you’ll raise your sleep game. Plus, your Leesa will look great even when you’re washing your one set of sheets. (Who has room for two sets?)

You can order your Leesa online in five minutes, and the 100-night guarantee and 2,100+ five star reviews mean there’s no reason to keep attempting sleep on your old mattress. And since you’re a Bond New York reader, you can take $75 off your new Leesa mattress of any size. Just head to Leesa.com and enter code BOND75 at checkout.

A Classic, Reimagined – 941 Columbus Ave

A Neighborhood Class On The Upper West Side

941 Columbus Ave is a neighborhood classic. This corner property, built in 1920, the building was imaginatively renovated in 2015/16. Its Italianate design, brick facade and distinctive roof line make it a handsome standout on the block. The main entrance is off-the-avenue on 106th Street.

Elegantly tailored two and three bedroom residences preserve the historic character of the building and neighborhood with their open layouts, high ceilings, exposed brick walls framed by elegant molding and millwork. The old, perfectly meets new with a  modern 21st Century lifestyle reflected in the recessed lighting, video intercom, stainless steel appliances, solid core white cabinetry brushed with aluminum hardware and stacked washer/dryer in each home.

To learn more, visit the website: www.941columbusave.com.