BOND New York Magazine Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:43:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BOND New York Magazine 32 32 Your Guide To Living With A Pet In NYC Thu, 15 Jun 2017 19:43:59 +0000 Renting or buying a home in New York City can already be stressful. Add a pet into the mix and the challenges increase. While many buildings gives cats the O.K., dogs face greater restrictions. Some landlords, condo buildings, and co-op boards want the pet to be a certain breed, will request references, and have to meet weight requirements. It’s not uncommon for a co-op board to want to interview your pet. This being Manhattan, there are even services that will help your pet get “interview ready.”

Common sense goes a long way when it comes to finding the right home for you and your pet even within the pet-friendly options. You know your pet the best and it’s only fair to try and provide the best conditions for them. If your dog is normally quiet, but will bark when hearing unfamiliar sounds, the first floor near the entrance of a non doorman building is probably not a good choice. Same goes for how you pet reacts to being in confined spaces like an elevator with strangers. If you are moving to the city for the first time, you are going to want to evaluate your current living conditions and recognize what will and will not work for your pet in their new environment.

Beyond the physical building’s acceptance of your four-legged friend, other things to factor in are pet-friendly building amenities such as indoor or outdoor play spaces, dog-walkers and grooming facilities. In the last several years, pet-amenity buildings have sprung up around the city and you may want to consider a building that not only accepts pets, but embraces them as part of the building’s lifestyle. You will also want to consider the distance to a local park or dog run, veterinarian services in the area and pet supplies (if you aren’t close to one, is a pet supply delivery service).

There are fewer apartments that allow pets than those that do, but the nice thing is once you are in a pet-friendly building you usually find that there is a real sense of community and pet owners within the building share a special bond. We’ve  seen many buildings that have pet treats in the lobby!

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7 Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing an Agent to Sell Your Home Mon, 29 May 2017 06:00:00 +0000 You know that you need an agent to sell your home for top dollar. You don’t want to go the “For Sale By Owner (FSBO)” route because you’ve heard horror stories of homes that sit on the market for months (or longer) and you don’t want that that to be your story. You want a qualified real estate professional to sell your home quickly and for as much money as possible.

But the only problem is that you’re not sure what to look for. What are the most important things to consider when hiring a listing agent to sell your home?

What are the most important things to consider when hiring a listing agent to sell your home?
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Sometimes, it’s easier to know what to avoid. In this post, we’ll discuss the most common mistakes many home sellers make when choosing a listing agent. Let’s get started.

Here’s a list of best practices to follow when choosing a listing agent for your home.

Mistake #1: Not Choosing Your Broker Wisely

Let’s quickly define the terms of broker and agent. You often hear these terms used interchangeably, but brokers and agents are different.

Here are the similarities: Both brokers and agents are real estate professionals and both can sell homes. The difference is that a real estate broker is required to continue their education and pass an additional exam for a real estate broker’s license. This state-issued exam is more rigorous than the exam given to real estate agents.

A real estate broker can work as an agent, but not the other way around. Real estate brokers can also work for themselves, or hire real estate agents to work for them. However, real estate agents cannot work for themselves.

Think of an agent as a salesperson for a broker. The broker is responsible for the agent. This responsibility also extends to training the agent. So, when you’re hiring an agent, you’re also hiring the broker. Some brokers are more hands-off but, at BOND, we have an intensive training and certification program for all of our agents—it’s the most comprehensive in the industry. We ensure that all of our agents are well-prepared for selling your home.

Mistake #2: Going for the Big Sell

Some agents will say whatever it takes to sign you on as a client. One of the most common mistakes to avoid? Choosing an agent because he or she promises to sell your home for more than the other agent(s) quoted.

Sure, it’s an ego boost to hear that your home can sell for tens of thousands more than you were quoted previously. But, don’t fall for it. As a general rule, if you’ve interviewed five agents, and four of them say that your home will sell at $660,000 and one of them says $705,000, throw out the highest bidder. One of these is not like the other. While they’ll get an “A” for optimism, an unreasonably high listing price isn’t going to sell your home.

Many agents understand that going lower attracts more interest and can even drive up the price of the home. You want to start out with a strong listing price, but not one that’s overly confident. If your listing price is too high, you can repel a lot of buyers. And any buyer’s agent who knows the area won’t, in good faith, show your over-priced home to their buyer.

Plus, banks won’t offer a loan for a home that doesn’t appraise at asking.

A good listing agent will research comparable homes in the area and set your expectations for how much your home can realistically sell for—even if it disappoints you. You need an agent who gives it to you straight, not someone who tells you what you want to hear.

Mistake #3: Going for the Lowest Commission

Speaking of what you want to hear, avoid agents who offer you the lowest commission to sell your home. That’s a bad sign.

Think about it: You want an agent who can negotiate the best price for your home. What does it say when the agent can’t even negotiate the best commission rate for themselves? If they’re undercutting themselves, what will they do when it comes to your home?

As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

When working with a lower commission, the agent won’t have as much capital to spend on marketing for your home. Your listing will suffer because of it. You need to market to as many eyeballs as possible.

And here’s one more important reason not to go for the lowest commission. The commission you agree to (customarily six percent from the purchase price of your home) is usually split 50/50 between the listing agent and the buyer’s agent, with each agent receiving three percent in most cases. If your listing agent agrees to a lower commission than 6%, the buyer’s agent is then forced to accept a lower commission also.

A lot of buyer’s agents will avoid showing homes with low commissions to their clients.

Mistake #4: Buying the Marketing

Some real estate agents are advertising aggressively for themselves. You can see their smiling face everywhere: on billboards, park benches, and subway signs.

That doesn’t mean that the agent is the right one for you. Just because they’re good at marketing themselves, it doesn’t automatically translate to marketing your home. Research the agent’s track record in actually selling homes. Ask the agent to show you how they market their current client’s homes—and look at the proof.

Also, don’t make the common mistake of choosing an agent that promises non-stop open houses. Open houses can be effective at selling your home, but it’s rare. Only two percent of open houses end up in a sale.

Don’t just buy the promises, look for the results.

Mistake #5: Choosing the Agent Who Aligns With Your Opinion

Do you really want a “yes” man or women selling your home? If you blindly choose an agent that agrees with everything you say, you’ll regret it.

Think about it: The reason you’ve decided to work with an agent to sell your home is because he or she has the experience and the know-how. Don’t reject their professional advice simply because it’s not what you want to hear.

I understand that’s easier said than done. That’s why it’s so important to choose an agent who has a proven track record for selling homes. Then, you can depend on their experience when you’re unsure of their advice.

Mistake #6: Choosing a Part-Time Agent

One of the first questions that you should ask a potential agent before signing with them is: Do you work as a full-time agent or do you sell houses on the side?

If the agent works part-time, skip to the next.

I know that sounds harsh, but you need someone who eats, sleeps, and breathes real estate—not someone who does it on the side.

Selling your home is a full time job, which is one of the reasons why you don’t do it yourself. It takes a lot of time to research comparable homes in the area and market your home accordingly. That’s not to mention fielding calls of interest in your home, scheduling showings, attending showings, and more.

If your agent doesn’t work full-time, you could be missing a lot of opportunities to sell your home—calls that may be answered by other real estate agents.

Mistake #7: Not Asking the Right Questions

When you interview your prospective agent, are you asking the right questions? Here are the top questions you should ask:

  1. How much can you sell my home for?
  2. Tell me about your most recent sales. How much did the home sell for?
  3. What’s your average ratio between listing price and final selling price? (Hint: look for the smallest ratio, it indicates that the seller is good at pricing homes)
  4. What’s the shortest time in which you’ve sold a home?
  5. Do you specialize in selling my type of home?
  6. What will be your marketing strategy for selling my home for the most money in the shortest amount of time?
  7. Can you give me references for the last three homes you’ve sold?

Final Thoughts

Avoid these mistakes and you’ll find the perfect agent to list and sell your home. Rest assured, the perfect agent is out there, and you can start your search right here.

Don’t forget to download this list of best practices for finding the perfect listing agent for your home.
Lease On Life Tue, 23 May 2017 15:35:14 +0000 Did you know that New York ranks 50th out of 50 states (down from 49th in 2013) with regard to the percentage of residents registered as organ donors?

Every year, 10,0000 people waiting for organ transplants must rely on an available pool of around 220 organ donors. Every 18 hours, another New Yorker is added to the organ donor wait list.

We’re committed to helping New Yorkers find the perfect home. And now, we’re working to help save thousands of lives right here in NYC with a bold new initiative called Lease on Life.

Donate Life Here:

*Data is provided by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/Scientific Registry of Transplat Recipients (SRTR)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). April 12, 2013. Other stats (where citied) are provided by one of the nonprofit federally designated organ procurement organizations for the Greater New York metropolitan Area (LiveOnNY).

The Number One Mistake to Avoid When You’re Buying a Home Mon, 15 May 2017 06:00:00 +0000 House hunting can be fun. But, do you know what’s not fun? Paying thousands of dollars extra for the wrong home that you’ve settled for after months of fruitless searching.

Allow me to introduce you to the home buyer’s number one mistake: not using a buyer’s agent.

I get it. We live in a DIY culture. Everyone wants to do it themselves to save a few extra bucks and earn that invisible badge of self-accomplishment. But, when it comes to house hunting, DIYing can cost you time and a lot of money.

If you want to buy a home, you need to work with a buyer’s agent. He or she is determined to find the right home for you—and they have the experience to deliver. Let’s discuss what a buyer’s agent does and how hiring one will help you find your own slice of NYC.

Check out this list of what to ask your potential buyer’s agent.

What is a Buyer’s Agent?

The buyer’s agent is your partner in finding the right home at the right price. A buyer’s agent will help you through every stage of the home buying process, from house hunting to signing on the dotted line.

In house buying, there are primarily two types of agents that you’ll encounter: the seller’s agent and the buyer’s agent.

Nine out of 10 sellers understand the benefit of working with an agent to sell their home. So, as a home buyer, you’ll almost always deal with the seller’s agent, and not the seller directly.

But, the seller’s agent won’t help you get the lowest price for the home. They have a fiduciary responsibility to help the home seller earn as much as possible. So, everything you tell them can and will be used against you to get the seller the best price possible.

The buyer’s agent is your representative. Instead of dealing with a seller’s agent, you’ll work with your buyer’s agent. He or she will take your list of needs and wants and find the right property.

You can speak confidentially to your buyer’s agent. You can even divulge the max amount you’re willing to spend for a home to your buyer’s agent. He or she will not use that information against you when negotiating the purchase of a home—but a seller’s agent will.

What are the Benefits of Hiring a Buyer’s Agent?

Let’s take a look at the biggest reasons why you should work with a buyer’s agent.

You’ll Have a Representative Who’s Invested in You

A buyer’s agent is just that—someone who works on your behalf.

While the listing agent has a responsibility to be ethical with both the seller and the buyer, always remember that they don’t work for you, the buyer. The listing agent protects the seller’s best interests. In fact, they’re legally bound to do so. The listing agent won’t work against their client, the homeowner, to get you, the buyer, the best deal.

However, that’s exactly what a buyer’s agent does. He or she will keep your best interests in mind when they find suitable listings, negotiate with the seller, and help you navigate the closing process. Your buyer’s agent will represent you (including your needs, wants, and special requests) through it all.


One of the biggest benefits of hiring a buyer’s agent is experience. It’s their job to find purchase-worthy homes. Hopefully, the buyer’s agent you choose will have a proven track record of finding homes for their clients.

Because your buyer’s agent will have walked through exponentially more homes than the average buyer, they’ll be able to spot red flags quicker than you might be able to. They’ll use this knowledge to help you when it comes time to place an offer.

The buyer’s agent will also have more knowledge of the real estate market, including comparable home pricing in your desired neighborhood and the recent history of home sales.

Get the Inside Scoop

Often times, a buyer’s agent will have the inside scoop. It’s very likely that your buyer’s agent will know about “For Sale” homes that aren’t yet listed on the major sites that you have access to. Agents network with each other, and listing agents provide special open house showings just for buyer’s agents.

When you work with a well-connected buyer’s agent, you’ll be able to find homes before they get listed on the well-trafficked listing sites.


House hunting is an emotional process, and you’re bound to lose your objectivity in the middle of your search. You’ll find ways to settle for X so that you can get Z, but a good buyer’s agent will help you remember your core wants and needs and steer you toward the right solution.

Your buyer’s agent should act as the voice of reason. He or she will know what to look for. They’ll see the cracks in the foundation that you can’t (or won’t) see, and will warn you accordingly. Or better yet, not even show you a listing that wastes your time.

Your buyer’s agent won’t form an emotional attachment to a home, and will be able to help you consider and compare homes fairly and based on the merits of your wish list.

Free Up Your Time

You’ve got a lot of things going on. You juggle work, family, friends, and social engagements. Sure, house hunting is fun, but it can start to feel like a part time job after a while—and no one likes working a part-time job on top of a normal nine to five. Plus, with the fast paced home listing and selling environment in NYC, house hunting here is a time commitment.

Do you really want to spend every waking hour scouring the real estate ads to see which new houses have hit the market?

Of course not. That’s why you should work with a buyer’s agent. It’s their job to spend hours on end searching for the right home for you.

Schedule Showings

Have you ever tried to schedule a showing? Here in the city, it can be quite difficult to coordinate your time with the seller and the seller’s agent, and then there’s the madness of back and forth phone calls.

Avoid all of this by working with a buyer’s agent who can organize multiple showings and fit them into your schedule and not the other way around.

Help During the Buying Process

It’s one thing to look for a home, but it’s another to actually buy it. If you’ve never purchased a home before, or you’ve never done it in NYC, you’re going to get overwhelmed.

But this is why you need a buyer’s agent. The buyer’s agent is not only for helping you find suitable listings. He or she will also help you with the following:

  • Price negotiations: Your buyer’s agent will help you stand out from other competing offers. It’s not just about making the highest offer, sometimes including concessions in your offer can make it look more attractive to the seller.
  • Deadlines: Your buyer’s agent will make sure you stay on track and never miss a deadline that could delay or disrupt your purchase.
  • Contracts: Your buyer’s agent will be able to write a well-crafted real estate contract that protects you as the buyer.
  • Resources: Your buyer’s agent should help you find the right mortgage broker, real estate attorney, home inspector, moving company, and more.

It’s Free*

Oh, did I forget to mention that hiring a buyer’s agent is free?

So, what’s up with the asterisk? What’s the catch? How can a buyer’s agent provide a free service for you?

Here’s how it works:

While working with a buyer’s agent is a free for you, that doesn’t mean that the buyer’s agent works for free. The buyer’s agent is usually paid through the listing agent upon the sale of the home.

You see, the listing agent agrees with the home seller to make a commission on the sale of the home, which is usually around 6% of the final price. The listing agent usually shares that commission with the buyer’s agent—most commonly at a 50/50 split. So both the listing agent and the buyer’s agent receive 3% of the final price of the home.

The fine print? Sellers consider and factor in a listing agent’s commission into the pricing of their home. So, although the price of the home affects the seller’s bottom line, you’re still the one who’s technically paying for the agents’ commissions because you’re the only one who’s bringing money to the table.

Even if you don’t work with a buyer’s agent, the home seller will still agree to pay the listing agent a set commission. So that 5% to 6% is still tacked on to the home’s listing price, whether you work with a buyer’s agent or not.

If you do work with a buyer’s agent, you won’t have to pay for it separately. It will come out of the commission that’s already built into the home’s listing price. Think of a buyer’s agent as a built-in, complimentary service that comes along with house hunting.

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You get free representation in the home buying process, so why not use it?

What are the Drawbacks of Hiring a Buyer’s Agent?

Not all buyer’s agents are equal.

Because you’ll need to rely on this agent to find you the best home for the best price, you need someone who understands your unique wishlist.

And because you’re going to work closely with this agent, you need someone who’s fits your personality.

Don’t just sign a contract with the first buyer’s agent you come across unless they meet a set standard. Check out our resource below on what to ask a potential buyer’s agent during your interview.

Here’s your list of questions to ask your potential buyer’s agent.
What Can You Buy For Under $800,000? Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:02:44 +0000 In the market for a one bedroom? If you’ve got $800,000 to spend, there are a lot of options on the market in NYC. Today we show you three BOND properties for under $800,000.

Exceptional Home In Bleecker Court – Price: $785,000


This immaculate and bright one bedroom apartment located in sought after Greenwich Village, is an ideal home for anyone. Perfect for entertaining and everyday alike, the open concept stainless steel kitchen offers a suite of top of the line appliances – Bertazzoni range and hood, as well as a Miele dishwasher. This apartment has been exquisitely renovated throughout and offers abundant closet space, oversized windows, carbonized bamboo flooring and exposed accent brick wall. You’ll love the peacefulness and quiet that this apartment offers, right in the middle of the bustling city. Listing ID: 1181741.

Spacious and Quiet Upper West Side Co-op – Price: $729,000


This very quiet and spacious one bedroom which features many pre-war details including hardwood parquet flooring throughout, 9′ beamed ceilings and oversize windows. The fully renovated windowed kitchen includes custom cabinets, s/s appliances and a sub-zero fridge. Separate windowed dining room. The windowed bath has been updated while maintaining pre-war charm. The King-size bedroom is generously proportioned and includes an entire wall of closets. In addition, there is a spacious walk-in closet off the hallway. Listing ID: 1125616.

Perfect Top Floor Duplex – Price: $725,000


This is a perfect apt for those buyers who are looking for a modern, well maintained condo home with low taxes and low maintenance. This very sunny penthouse duplex is furnished with a custom kitchen with Italian cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, Sub Zero refrigerator, stone countertops, and Kohler fixtures all throughout. You can enjoy the privacy of your own balcony, on a very quiet residential street. Listing ID: 1180131.

If you are looking for a NYC co-op or condo apartment, check out our website for more listings.

Featured Property – 496 Sixth Avenue Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:00:51 +0000 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 ( / 917.705.3225) if you would like to schedule a showing or need additional information.

Featured Property: 199 Bowery, #2A Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:41:53 +0000 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 ( /917.715.8908) or Jamie Bravo ( / 305.484.4972) if you would like to schedule a showing or need additional information.

The Sound And The Fury Of Living In Manhattan Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:50:47 +0000 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 for a FREE in-home consultation 15% off for BOND Clients.

Happiness Starts In The Home Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:44:18 +0000 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 for more information.

Top City-Warming Gifts For First Time New Yorkers Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:24:01 +0000 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. (, 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:

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

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 $3.60 per week.${keywordText}&__CAMP__=4F6XY#home. New York Magazine (**BQS) and the New Yorker ( 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 (

 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 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

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