Avi Shaer, president of Alpha Moving & Storage, knows that relocating is a hassle but wants to make the process as painless as possible by dispatching strong, agile professionals to every job. These experienced, licensed, and insured movers have been trained in how to pack and move everything from a grand piano to fine china to a piano made of china. Homeless boxes and items find refuge in Alpha's secure storage facilities, where 24-hour surveillance protects possessions from theft and a top-notch sprinkler system puts out blazes and waters cherished chia pets.
The EPA-certified technicians at Green Air HVAC help homeowners maintain all aspects of their home's heating and cooling, improving the interior air quality while eliminating pollutants such as mites, dust, and bacteria. The staff can work from the ground up, installing complete heating and cooling systems that match the needs and size accommodations of a new home, or conduct a detailed audit of existing systems to spot potential inefficiencies. In a continued effort to rein in energy costs, technicians can also clean air ducts and dryer vents or install remote systems that control the home’s temperature through an iPhone app instead of an outdated mainframe.
Once the chopper lifts off from the Hook Pier Heliport and rises above New York Harbor, the Big Apple's sprawling metropolis fills passengers' sightlines. Rotors spinning, the copter flies past the Statue of Liberty and toward the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, and other looming examples of urban architecture. During these tours, sightseers sit comfortably within one of the company's five Bell 407 helicopters, which boast giant windows and enough legroom to roundhouse kick roving bands of skydivers looking to freeload their way onto the aircraft. The helicopter pilots also charter their aircraft on trips to cities including Boston and Atlantic City.
The Sofia family boasts a New York City heritage stretching back more than a century. In 1880, the family’s ancestral patriarch, Theodoro, emigrated to The Bronx from Italy, joining millions of others in search of a new life and streets flowing with apple pie and hot dogs. After marrying his childhood sweetheart, he bought a stable with his three sons, eventually transforming it into a moving and storage business in 1910. The growing business weathered the Depression and two world wars, and gained prestige when its movers were trusted to transport the Mona Lisa to the Met, to shuttle the King Tut exhibit around the country, and to move the Atlantic Ocean to the East Coast. The family eventually phased out its moving services in favor of storage facilities, which are still run by third-generation Sofias. Today, the company's four storage locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn safely store closet overflow from New Yorkers' oft-cramped apartments. Each facility hosts lockers and storage rooms that range in size from 4’x4’ spaces to entire floors, and boast amenities such as natural-gypsum or terra cotta lining. An outside security company monitors each building at all times, and renters can opt to buy a lock or bring their own. Storage tips, packing materials for sale, and the option of custom shelving in each unit help patrons pack their belongings with long-lasting care, while easy access and complimentary use of hand carts facilitate stuff retrieval.
A full-service home-and-office cleaning company, Majik Cleaning has been scrubbing Manhattanite carpets for two decades. During a carpet cleaning, pile whisperers chase away stains and soil with a hot-water extraction wand and scary Dracula imitations. Then, they'll disinfect and sanitize de-dirted floor wigs, imbuing them with nose-friendly freshness. After carpets dry, your toes can make like a rattlesnake, shedding socks to burrow bare feet deep inside nicely scented home turf.
A Platinum and Gold winner in the window-treatment category of the Awards for Design Excellence, The Shade Store lets customers pick from a plethora of custom options to design handcrafted window coverings. Choose from seven types of sheer solar shades to block 90%–97% of UV rays (30”x54”; $157+) from rooms, or rig log-cabin peepholes with rustic hobbled woven wood shades woven together from bamboo, reeds, and grass scavenged from discarded hula skirts (30”x54”; $117+). Patrons can also customize cascading pleats with 3/4-inch fabric borders, choosing from eight colors plus lining and control options.