First, I need to just tell you that I am terrible at cleaning. Well, that’s not really true. Once I get in the zone, music blasting, elbows fully greased, I can spic-n-span my place with the best of them. What I’m terrible at is STARTING cleaning.
It’s understandable, I know, especially when you live in an apartment in New York City with so many strange and wonderful distractions just a quick walk (or bike/subway ride) away. Plans for scrubbing the tiles or weeding through your sweaters are easy to scrap in favor of getting out to experience NYC & your neighborhood. (more…)
True, TF Cornerstone’s Long Island City residences are right on top of the great Gantry Plaza State Park, with its 12 acres of riverside playgrounds, ball courts, gardens, a fun mist fountain, lawns for lounging, and four eminently strollable (and getting-a-suntan-able!) piers. BUT that doesn’t mean an nifty little playroom in your building’s lobby won’t be a total savior on those rainy / horribly humid / cranky-for-no-reason days ahead! Which is why we’re excited to announce TF Corrnerstone’s second collaboration with Citibabes, this time in LIC, and now open exclusively for residents of 4720 Center Blvd. (more…)
This week TF Cornerstone invited a four-story-penthouse’s worth of VIPs to hang out in the luxurious quadra-plex that crowns their Horatio Street luxury rental building, The West Coast. The vertically-sprawling, 2,500-square-foot space, large enough to house a small army, got pretty packed at its peak. If it hadn’t been so unseasonably cold everyone would have taken advantage of stunning views of the West Village skyline and the High Line greenery from the spectacular 1,900 square-foot private terrace.
For TF Cornerstone residents of The West Coast, at the very end of the lovely Horatio Street, Maud Bonsignour’s Bakehouse is the perfect neighborhood spot. Spacious and pretty, with a wall-full of windows taking full advantage of the river views from the West Village. Bakehouse is a welcoming, casual restaurant cooking up a menu packed with bistro favorites for lunch, brunch and dinner. There’s also a solid cocktail program here at Bakehouse, and a large, friendly bar at which to enjoy it. And, maybe best of all, Bakehouse Bistro is also Bakehouse Bakery, serving coffee and freshly-made baked goodies–the croissants and cookies are particularly tasty–to stay or to go, all day long. In other words, there are lots of ways to satisfy all sorts of desires here at Bakehouse. (more…)
It’s not news anymore that the Financial District has undergone a stunning transformation in the past decade or so. What was once, and pretty recently, a strictly-business sort of neighborhood (lots of lunch places but desolate on weekends and after dark) is now one of the fastest-growing residential communities in Manhattan. And increasingly, it has the retail, restaurants, and recreation to prove it! Here then are updates on three FiDi public projects – all of which, when completed, will have an immediate effect on our daily downtown NYC lives. (more…)
TF Cornerstone’s elegant Upper East Side building The Fairfax just got even more desirable, with the grand opening this week of a perfect little Citbabes Playroom located right in the back of the lobby. As its name suggests, The Fairfax’s spanking-new playroom is co-managed and supplied by the great “family and lifestyles club” Citibabes in SoHo.
It’s filled with high-end toys and furniture; lots of costumes, props, and dress-up stuff for imaginative play; arts and crafts supplies for all manner of creative projects; and enough open space to clomp and goof around over by that fun, climbable school bus. Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., the playroom is available exclusively for Fairfax residents (and their little buddies). And it’s always completely free.
The Citibabes Playroom at the Fairfax is ideal for families with infants, toddlers, and early-elementary children on those rainy and/or freezing-cold days when you just need to get out of the apartment for a bit. It’s also a great way for you and your kids to get to know other families in the building. And because it’s a Citibabes space, there are all kinds of excellent extras for Fairfax residents as well.
Most exciting: a year-long series of free monthly “workshops” for parents, caregivers, and children aged 6 and under. The fun starts at 4:30 p.m. next Friday, February 22, with a Winter Wonderland penguin-palooza featuring make-your-own waddling birds and a rousing Steve Metzgar sing-a-long of “5 Little Penguins” (jumping on the berg?). Like all of the Fairfax-exclusive playroom events, the Winter Wonderland workshop is limited to 12 children, and an RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org is required. The Citibabes Playroom is also available for rental, for private birthday parties and other occasions.
I went to the grand opening of the Citibabes Playroom on Tuesday and had a great time watching all the Fairfax kids exploring – and taking control of – the space, working and laughing and meeting new friends. The kids were basically having a blast.
I also had a chance to talk to Keri Snyder, a former preschool teacher and now the Director of Programming of Citibabes, who was on hand to greet parents and caregivers and, of course, to play with the kids. Naturally, and rightly so, Snyder is super excited about SoHo-based Citibabes becoming a part of the Upper East Side TF Cornerstone Fairfax community, and spoke to me about how the playroom functions seamlessly for many different kids, at different ages, and with different interests. There’s a reading nook, for example, and an infant area, as well as space for more rambunctious play.
The furniture is all easily moved, so the room is really flexible. The storage solutions are smart, too, leaving some items within easy reach of children so they can make their own discoveries, but also with cabinets that are accessible only to adults.
She also noted that the playroom will be cleaned daily by a crack TF Cornerstone crew, with a weekly deep sanitizing done by the Citibabes experts. So: welcome Citibabes…and enjoy, children of The Fairfax! See the Citibabes website for additional information.
We usually don’t promote ourselves on our blog, but we wanted to let you know about a pair of rare opportunities. Our West Village apartment building, The West Coast at 95 Horatio, has two absolutely stunning and unique units available. The first is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath loft style apartment with private roof terrace, and the second is a 4 bedroom, 4 bath, four level home, also with a private roof terrace. Both are a great alternative to the brownstones and small pre-war buildings that make up most of West Village housing. (more…)
Something fresh has been in store for our Manhattan residents at Plaza East. Kips Bay Fairway Market opened just before the New Year on Second Avenue at E 30th Street – within walking delivery distance, which is their lowest home delivery fee (under $5!).
Cats in NYC may be easier to tend to than dogs, but if you’ve got a cat or two, you probably know that it’s no cake walk. (Your furniture might also be able to attest to this). So be sure to read this guide for some helpful tips to keeping you and your feline friend happy in your NYC apartment. (more…)
‘Green living’ doesn’t just mean buying organic or using eco-friendly dish soap. Today, you’ve got to move into a LEED-rated building to go the full ten yards. But what is LEED, and how is it measured? (more…)