The Perks Of Moving Outside The City

New Yorkers absolutely love New York, there’s no question. There’s something to be said for being able to survive in one of the toughest cities to live in across the world. Maybe it’s pride, maybe it’s plain hard-headed stupidity, but we love braving the strenuous and often laughable conditions and just making ends meet.

There comes a day in every New Yorker’s lifestyle where the thought pops into our heads. What if we moved to a nice neighborhood outside the city? You know, had a family, a comfortable place to live, maybe take a step back from the daily hustle and grind?

It’s a tempting thought, and it’s certainly not without it’s perks. While we won’t be living in the heart and soul of the greatest city on earth (don’t judge our opinion!) we can still be close enough that we can go to work there, visit on the weekends, and have general accessibility to the conveniences and luxury of the city. More importantly, by moving out of the city we can get more out of our hard-earned dollars and live a more relaxed lifestyle that’s a bit more heavy-handed on comfort.

Look, it’s not for all of us. Some of us are just too die-hard. There are benefits to consider though. Here are some of the big ones:

You Can Actually Have A Yard

It’s so cliche, but there’s a reason that cliches exist. There’s something to be said for having a white picket fence and a nicely groomed lawn where your kids can run freely, play games, and enjoy the open outdoors. This is something you simply can’t achieve in the City, both because it’s financially nearly impossible and also because there are simply space limitations that severely inhibits the amount of undeveloped space within the city limits. Pretty much every available square foot is built up as much as is allowed. By moving out of the city you’ll have a place to host barbecues, sit out in the sun, and maybe even have your very own pool. It may not be the motivating factor for you but let’s face it, it’s a motivating factor for many.

You Can Have Your Own Garage

In New York City you basically have two options for parking. You can either pay an exorbitant rate to rent a parking spot (what most people do) or you can seriously duke it out with the world every time you need to leave your car. We’re talking all out brutal, cut-throat war. At a certain point your bound to ask yourself, is it really worth it?

By moving out of the city you can find a place with your very own garage. Better yet, can even have a garage door opener so all you have to do is drive up, watch your garage open, and drive on in. According to BGDOR this is simply a luxury you cannot live without. No more dealing with snow and hoping your car doesn’t get crashed, broken, or stolen.

Your Neighbors Won’t Live On The Other Side Of Every Single Wall

If you’ve been living in New York for a while – or in the more extreme case, if you’ve been living there your entire life – you may not even realize how just noisy it is to live in an apartment surrounded other tenants. You grow to drown out the noises of their lifestyle into the background because if you didn’t you simply wouldn’t be able to sleep.

Have you ever taken a trip to a remote destination and realized how deafeningly quiet it is? I hate to say it, but this silence can be healthy. If can help you live a less anxious and distracted lifestyle. There’s even some science behind the many ways that noise pollution can have a negative impact on your life. It’s worth looking into because it sure seems like a real thing.

Considering all this, should you pack up your bags and embrace the suburban life? That’s going to be up to you. If you absolutely love New York City and you can’t imagine living a boring and dull life in the suburbs, I wouldn’t recommend packing up your bags and relocating. If all of this sounds appealing to you, you might be the kind of person who could benefit from it most. Kick the idea around in your mind a bit, it may just be the next move in your playbook.

Why Dog Crates Are a Must-Have for the Apartment

Living in an apartment with a man’s best friend can be challenging. Oftentimes, there isn’t enough room to properly confine your pet while training important lessons such as toileting and relaxing while you are away. Using a crate is essential for those with dogs, especially when it comes to apartment dwellers. But first, what exactly is a crate? 

Comfortable Crate or Cramped Cage?

Those who picture crates often think of dog whimpering in a cold steel cage. This has been a common misconception when it comes to crates. By definition, a dog crate is an enclosure that will keep a dog securely contained until let out. These come in a variety of designs, most of which are made with the dog’s comfort in mind. When properly introduced, a dog crate can be a safe haven for you and your dog. 

How to Introduce Your Pup to a Crate

When purchasing a crate for your dog, make sure that it is the appropriate size. Your dog should be able to easily turn around in it and lie down. Make this place cozy by placing blankets and water inside. When having your dog interact with the crate, make sure that it is a positive experience with lots of praise and a calm voice. This should represent their place of peaceful rest after all. 

Now that we are aware of basics when it comes to crates, why are they so important for dogs living in apartments? Read on to find out why this might benefit your pup. 

1. A Peace of Mind For You

When you have to leave your dog alone in the apartment, it is easy to worry about what might happen in your absence. Your dog might chew on furniture or go through the trash. Crates allow you to safely and comfortably confine your dog while you cannot supervise them. The Pampered Pup has a great article on some of the best crates you can find, especially for dogs that love to chew and for those escape artists.

2. Give Your Dog a Den of Their Own

Now we know that dogs were domesticated long ago, but this does not mean that they lack those instincts. One wild trait that we find in Fido is that they like to have a place of their own or a den. A crate is just that if introduced in the right way. This structure becomes a place that they want to hang out in when needing some space. 

3. Potty Training

Training your dog or puppy how to relieve themselves is a nightmare, especially when it comes to those living in apartments. Remember how we mentioned that a crate often resembles a den? Well, it turns out that most animals, including dogs and ourselves, do not like to urinate their den. By choosing to potty train in a crate, you are already setting your dog up for success. 

4. Confining Your Dog When Stressful Situations Arise

An apartment is usually associated with a cramped living area. Let’s say that you invite your friends over and they have a child, but your dog is afraid of the added commotion. Instead of locking your dog in a room where they will become more stressed, a crate is a great alternative. The crate offers a place to retreat to when there are stressors in your apartment. Without this confined area, your dog might have to reside in a cramped room where they can become anxious and destroy the house. 

As shown above, confining your dog in a crate that is comfortable can be a loving option for apartment life. As with any living situation, it is important to take your dog out of the crate when you are able to supervise them. Simply leave the door open so that they can retreat to their den if need be. A dog crate offers a sense of peace for both you and your dog, making it essential for apartment living.

The Encroaching Storm: Choosing A Snow Blower For Extreme New York Winters

Whether we want to admit or not, winter is coming. With it, comes a seemingly endless supply of snow and ice. For those who live in New York, you understand all too well the harsh winters that can form. In some cases, the state of winter can even reach post-apocalyptic levels with houses and cars buried. To survive this onslaught, every New Yorker should be equipped with a snow blower. It’s the weapon of choice. After all, if you even try to take a shovel to the ridiculous piles of snow, you’re probably going to end up throwing your back out and laying comatose in your house until spring. Or worse, you’ll spend hours digging into the snow only to find that in the passing night another storm picked up and cast down a brand new heap of snow for you to clear once again.

To make it easier on yourself, invest in a snowblower. This article will discuss what snowblower is best for you, so you can not only escape your home but perhaps actually enjoy the winter. If such a thing is possible.

1. The Electric

As its name might suggest, the electric snowblower is powered by electricity. With an extension cord, you can plug it into a socket and blow that snow to high heaven. For those who live in an apartment or have a smaller area to clear of snow, then the electric is likely all that you need. It’s smaller than the other form of snowblowers out there and lightweight. So, for those who don’t have the incredible amount of strength required for the heavier duty snowblowers, then this should serve your purposes.

The electric snowblower is best used for snowfall that goes up to 12 inches. As such, if it’s a winter that just doesn’t seem to quit, you’ll probably have to get out there more often with this snowblower than one that is used to clear heavier snowfall. That being said, this snowblower is also best used for snow that is considered to be fluffy. The cleaning width is 12-21 inches and it throws snow up to 30 feet. It works best on paved surfaces and doesn’t have a hilly drive, so the smoother the surface, the better.

2. The Single-Stage

Similar to the electric snowblower, the single-stage snowblower is best used on paved surfaces. It can also clear snowfall up to 13 inches but is best used for snowfall no higher than 12 inches. Its name means that it throws snow once as it passes through the chute. The blower actually makes contact with the ground, too, so you have to be careful about where you drive this snowblower as you could accidentally throw gravel or small stones if you’re not careful.

It can clear widths of 18-22 inches and throws snow up to 35 feet. It’s gas powered, so if you require a bit more distance than an extension cord can give an electric snowblower, then the single-stage snowblower might be the choice for you. However, due to the fact that it can only easily clear out 12 inches of snow, you may want to opt for the next snowblower instead.

3. The Two-Stage

Unlike the Single-Stage, the Two-Stage snowblower throws snow twice. This is because it also breaks through the ice and tosses that out first. This powerful snowblower can clear widths of 20-45 inches. Snowfall of up to 23.5 inches can be cleared with this form of a snowblower. As such, it can clear wet or heavy snow and be used on paved or gravel surfaces. It does come with a hilly drive as well, so it can be pushed up hills as needed.

4. The Three-Stage

This is a heavy-duty snowblower for those who see the worst of snow. It can clear snowfall of up to 21 inches and deal with wet or heavy snow. It can also be used on paved or gravel surfaces and has a hilly drive. This is best for snow that is layered with ice. It can cut through with ease and leave your driveway or sidewalk clear and safe.

A Comfortable Bed Essential for Apartment Life in New York City

Whether you are about to go off to college, visiting friends and family, or moving, you will want it to be as hassle free as possible. Believe it or not, getting good sleep and being comfortable are a huge part of making the most important things to be less stressful. Below, you will read more on mattress toppers/pads, and why they are absolutely essential to apartment life in New York City.

What is the definition of a mattress topper/pad?

(First, let’s clarify that there is a different between a mattress topper, a mattress pad, and a mattress protector. Think of toppers and pads as twins, whereas the protector is their cousin. They all belong to the same family, and all of them extend the duration of your mattress.)

A mattress pad is simply that extra layer of comfort for your bed. It fits similar to that of a fitted sheet, except it’s pure elastic wrapping around the bed rather than cotton and elastic. Mattress pads are great for comfort, but they are even better for older mattresses. If you have an old bed that’s not in the greatest shape, a mattress pad is definitely cheaper than buying a brand new mattress. Maybe the mattress you have is just too firm for your taste, and you just need it to be a little softer. It’s also an alternative for a mattress protector.

Mattress toppers are similar to a mattress pad, except they are much thicker. It is also for the purpose of comfort on your mattress. Some toppers have straps to ensure it stays on your mattress, but others usually just lay there and are held down by the fitted sheet. Toppers can have various types of filler for maximum comfort. Some include latex, gel memory foam, and cotton just to name a few.

Mattress protectors are an entirely different story, but still similar. Not necessarily used for the purpose of comfort, a protector is what helps keep your mattress from aging quickly. Most mattresses come with protectors, because a bed is where we lay every night. It wards off bacteria, allergens and irritants, like dandruff, mold, and bedbugs. (Many use protectors solely for the fact of keeping ugly stains off the bed.) You can clean mattresses yourself but without a protector at the very least, your mattress is susceptible to any kind of bodily fluids. It puts your mattress at immediate risk.

All of these are highly recommended when moving to and/or visiting New York City, or any large city. Comfort is a huge factor, if not the only factor, that most consider purchasing a mattress pad/topper/protector. When you live in a large city like New York, chances are you’re in an apartment complex. By not properly caring for your mattress, you’re not only putting your entire apartment at risk for bacteria and fungi, but you’re putting anyone else in your complex at risk for same said bacteria and fungi. Think of how many people live in big cities, especially New York City. Remind yourself that when it comes to personal hygiene and cleanliness, there are more people who don’t care for themselves very well than anyone would like to admit. Somebody on the bus next you could have bedbugs and you’d never guess it. Problems like bedbugs spread very quickly. While comfort and support are great things to have, preventing health hazards and basic hygiene safety is just as important.

Electric Skateboards Making Way Into New York Life

The loud crowds, the constant hustle and bustle found in the streets of New York City, to visitors this might seem like a new and enchanted world. However, to those who hold jobs and are not just in the Big Apple for fun find the crowds and often times the transportation difficult to get through when in a hurry to get to work, a meeting, a party etc. With the new and innovative electric skateboards, New York City has become even more easy to navigate and travel around.

The first electric skateboard was created in 1997 by Louie Finkle but did not reach wide audiences until 2013 and now today,the electric skateboard can be seen just about anywhere with a wide variety of people finding incredible uses for it. In a city such as New York, the electric skateboard has become especially popular.

The electric skateboard is powered by a battery and is controlled by a remote or an app can occasionally be downloaded to control it from a phone as well (check out for more details). This innovative board can travel from twelve to fifteen miles per hour. That speed is triple of what the average 3.1 miles walked per hour. In the Big Apple, where everything is traveled to by taxi, subway, or foot, it is easy to see why these have been such a big hit. The rate and the ease of traveling has reached new heights.

Not only is the electric skateboard easy to ride and travel on, but it saves money. It’s common knowledge that no subway or taxi ride is free, and after time it can add up, and for those few people who own their own car in New York City, things can add up quickly not only with money, but also time.

The New York City 30-day unlimited metro pass cost about $1,452 per year. While the electric skateboard might seem like a big chunk of money at first, with boards on the high-end being about $500, the total energy cost and cost of the board comes to about $543 per year. Riding the metro everyday costs you almost three times as much. Not to mention the time spend traveling or the pain of hailing a taxi.

Understanding the convenience, ease, and savings in time and money, make it clear why these electric skateboards have become a big source of transportation as well as recreational activity. These boards can not only make the commute to work easier, but allow you to enjoy central park and other places of exploration more relaxing. It’s hard to go wrong with the electric skateboard.