Warm in winter, cool in summer, and filled with amazing acts in every season, the Big Apple Circus's pair of Italian-made big tops contains the best of several generations' worth of circus traditions. A look at any show's cast finds a complex network of venerable European circus families passing the arts of juggling and trapeze artistry down through the years, while the tents' motors and seating make for a comfortably modern spectator experience.
You might never guess that the troupe started small in 1974, when American circus artists Paul Binder and Michael Christensen joined forces as a juggling act on the streets of Europe. They moved from streetlights to spotlights in a hurry, appearing on the stage of the Nouveau Cirque de Paris, before returning to the U.S. and creating their own not-for-profit circus in 1976 and raising their first tent in New York's Battery Park.
By setting out to provide visitors with one of the most beloved Christmas traditions, Anthony Gallo Nurseries has practically become a tradition in itself—the Christmas tree farm has spent more than a century decking homes with the holiday’s decorative centerpiece. At the nursery, tree-seekers peruse a lineup of firs hand-picked from Gallo’s tree farm, including Fraser firs, a modern-day favorite seen in many American homes including the White House, and Balsam firs, a classic choice known for filling spaces with their festive aroma. In addition to trees, the nursery offers mixed garlands and florist-designed wreaths sprinkled with colorful berries, handmade bows, and tiny cameras that stream footage to Santa's behavior-analysis department.
For more than 30 years, AA Christmas Trees has brought NYC a taste of the holiday spirit with a large selection of Balsam Firs. Customers to the Brooklyn location can enjoy the scent of newly cut trees, which arrive every other day to ensure freshness, and on weekends during the holiday season, the business offers free hot chocolate and candy canes to help make visits feel extra festive. Those who can't make it to the location can also send their ideal tree specifications, including height and skirt size, and the company can pick out an ideal specimen and have it delivered right to their door.
Beyond helping homes get ready for the holidays, AA Christmas Trees also donates trees to deck the halls of local police departments and fire houses.
Housecleaning services include dusting, vacuuming carpets, mopping floors, changing linens, emptying wastebaskets, and annihilating cobwebs. In the kitchen, one of Today's maids will clean the sink, microwave, and stovetop before wiping down the outside of all appliances and cabinets. Bathrooms sparkle with clean mirrors, toilets (inside and out), and unscuffed showers and tubs. (Click here to see a list of available services.) Maids are trained and experienced in the art of grease spatters, shoe scuffs, straggly marooned hairs, disheveled linens, and messes. They'll ask you for direction and focus on the areas you need cleaned the most; all services are customized to the customer's needs.
Owned by fourth-generation plumber Nicholas Rosen, Big Apple Sewer & Drain inspects and repairs boilers to ensure proper equipment function, increase efficiency, and prolong the life of your unit. During the boiler inspection, a licensed and insured technician will thoroughly inspect the boiler in question before performing any necessary repairs or maintenance services. These experienced professionals are thoroughly versed in the complicated language of plumbing and come fully prepared to perform a variety of boiler-related tasks, including draining boilers, cleaning chemicals, and clearing chimneys of red-suit-wearing North Polers.