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Dec 18

The NYC Hood Most Tourists Miss Out On (But That's Why It's So Great) — Zip Code

You’re more likely to see someone in Paris sporting a “Brooklyn” tee than a “Queens” one, but despite that (or maybe because of it), Queens’ greatest neighborhoods are among New York City’s most appealing right now (especially since Amazon’s HQ2 is moving in soon). Hop on an uptown N or W, and you’ll soon find yourself in one of them: Astoria, the colorful and unselfconscious neighborhood that stands across the East River from Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Occasionally—and almost accidentally—hip, Astoria is one of those New York City neighborhoods that really feels lived in—no mean feat in a city where living anywhere is more often than not an economic stretch. That’s not to say that this old Greek neighborhood hasn’t been transformed by waves of Broadway actors and yuppies, but there’s plenty of authenticity left beneath the elevated subway tracks and on thoroughfares like Ditmars Boulevard, 30th Avenue, and Broadway. Astoria has a relatively high and diverse homeownership rate, which has limited gentrification for now. And there is a large and diverse immigrant population that mixes with the domestic arrivals—in fact, there are more languages spoken in Queens than anywhere else in the world. We’ve seen plenty of new luxury buildings pop up here in the past decade, but most of the neighborhood landmarks have so far survived it all.

Here’s looking at a few of them, old and new, with a help of Bridget Mallon, fellow Astoria resident and Apartment Therapy‘s design editor. Here, she takes you around a tour of our neighborhood in the third episode of “Zip Code,” a new series exploring the best of everything in our favorite neighborhoods—whether you live there, move there, or just want to visit.

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Dec 18

How I Got All the Benefits of NYC Life Without Actually Having to Move There — Zip Code

I moved to Hoboken, New Jersey, after college because I’d heard it was a great place for young people to live when looking for a job in Manhattan, if you couldn’t yet afford Manhattan prices. Little did I know that apartment prices were high here, too, but for that I got more space, wider streets, and a quicker commute than had I moved to a less-expensive Manhattan neighborhood or another borough.

I figured I’d stay for only a few years, but the city kept evolving—with waterfront parks, more options for families, and more businesses and restaurants on the main drag of Washington Street. My life kept evolving, too: I started my journalism career at the local paper, published a novel about a confused single girl, began a writers’ group, and made good friends—I even ran into a famous musician (Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze) on the sidewalk!

Despite all the changes, I’ve stayed a resident of Hoboken for the past 20 years. Yes, it may still be expensive and there may never be enough on-street parking, but its charm and accessibility really make it all worth it.

Don’t believe me? Just watch Anne Ebeling, fellow Hoboken resident and Apartment Therapy’s executive producer of video, as she tours our neighborhood in the second episode of “Zip Code,” a new series that exploring the best of everything in our favorite neighborhoods— whether you live there, move there, or just want to visit.

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16
Nov 18

The Best Board Games — The Best List

We’re big fans of board games here at Apartment Therapy—what better way to spend a night in than with a competitive board game and wine? With the weather getting closer to winter every day and the holidays coming up (hello family time), it might be time to bulk up your board game staples and find some new ones to add to your arsenal. We rounded up our very favorites, from the seriously strategic to the more passive and casual, so you can have another excuse to skip the bars and stay indoors this winter.

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08
Nov 18

Do You Want to Be Featured on Apartment Therapy? Let Us Know! — Come Star In Our Next Video

If you love reading Apartment Therapy, you’ll want to hear this. We’re gearing up for a few new videos at Apartment Therapy and our sister site Kitchn and we’d love to hear from you—on camera! Do you love the spotlight and all things home-related? If so, this might be your big opportunity, and we want to work with you!

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06
Nov 18

These Are the Best House Plants to Grow in Your Kitchen

Of all the rooms in the house, the kitchen is my favorite for growing houseplants. You spend a lot of time there every day, making it easy to keep tabs on your plants, and the sink is right there, so you have zero excuses not to water them.

For example, have you ever noticed that your plant is looking a little under the weather while you’re sitting on your couch wrapped cozily in a blanket? You think, “I have to water that when I get up”—and then three Netflix episodes later you’ve forgotten all about it. That doesn’t happen in the kitchen because you’re already on your feet and the sink is right there.

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05
Nov 18

14 Temporary & Removable Adhesive Products All Renters Should Know About

Renters like nice things too! And, thankfully, each year more and more products emerge that are removable and won’t jeopardize your security deposit when you move out. So, you can fix up your space temporarily and not sacrifice style. Here are ten rental-worthy products—all adhesive—to consider.

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02
Nov 18

'The Cher Show's' Broadway Dressing Room Transformation Will Make You Believe

Stephanie J. Block‘s dressing room at the Neil Simon Theatre has housed some top-notch talent within its hallowed walls, the likes of which include Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, and most recently, Nathan Lane (who took home the Tony for his performance in “Angels in America”). While it has quite the pedigree, Block is no stranger to the spotlight, having built a career playing fan favorite roles and literal living icons. The latest, of course, is Cher, in Broadway musical “The Cher Show,” which spans six decades of hits and requires no less than three actors to portray the titular diva at different points of her career and life.

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02
Nov 18

The Best Office Chairs — The Best List

With working from home growing increasingly common around the U.S., the importance of carving out a space in your home to get work done is becoming more and more necessary. While you might be lucky enough to have a separate room available for a home office, many people need to get creative and make a spot for themselves to focus. While finding the right desk (or standing desk!) is a hugely significant part of this process, equally important is choosing the perfect chair—ideally, one that is functional, comfortable and stylish. We rounded up our favorites across prices and styles so you can get to work but feel good about it.

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Oct 18

The Best Toothbrushes — The Best List

For something we (hopefully) use several times a day, most of us don’t give much thought to which toothbrush we buy. But let me tell you, there’s a whole world of toothbrushes beyond the oral care aisle of your local Walgreens. Doing a few minutes of research can not only help you find the perfect toothbrush for your needs, but also options that pack a lot of style. From electric to bamboo to plain old plastic, we’ve rounded up the most beautiful, eco-friendly and socially-conscious toothbrushes that’ll add some fun to your normal brushing routine.

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30
Sep 18

9 Go-To IKEA Products Designers Buy Again and Again

Do you ever walk into a stylish space and mentally try to decipher storied or custom pieces from those that were shipped in a flat pack from IKEA? That’s a cool game to play, right? IKEA, arguably Sweden’s finest contribution to the 20th and 21st century (I kid…?), has become a mecca of sorts for the broke-twenty-something-who-has-no-furniture folk to the high-caliber tastemaker fold, and for good reason: there is literally something for everyone.

If you’re like me and get your kicks from decor guessing games, then you’ll probably be interested to know what pieces interior designers turn to time and time again, whether to meet a budget or because the pieces themselves really are that good (hello, the Stockholm Series!). Here, eight interior experts share their IKEA go-tos and weigh in on why they just can’t quit these perennially versatile and accessible staples.

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