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How to Efficiently Pack a Moving Truck for an NYC Move

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Whether you’re relocating for work or fulfilling a life-long dream, moving to New York City is an exciting experience. However, packing your belongings in a moving truck can be a less-than-thrilling part of your journey. The hours of packing and worrying about breaking precious valuables can take some of the fun out of this new adventure.Unless you’re a professional moving company, there’s a high possibility that you’ve had little to no experience transporting items into a moving truck. Instead of letting your worries pile on your shoulders, we have some great tips for packing a moving truck, so you won’t have to stress about something accidentally breaking. 5 Ways to Efficiently Pack a Moving Truck for New York City When you’re traveling without the help of professional movers, you might find yourself unaware of some essential moving steps. However, we’re here to help and have some great tips before you move. Carefully Inspect Your Rental Truck Before you start to pack any items in the rental truck, you should thoroughly inspect it prior to finalizing the contract. Make sure to point out existing dents, scratches, or faulty moving ramps. Don’t Fill Boxes Heavier Than You Can Lift While you may have a dolly to help carry heavy items into the truck, they still shouldn’t be heavier than you can carry because it weighs down your back and can cause severe injuries. A dolly is used to help reduce the stress on your back, but it doesn’t eliminate it. Properly Distribute the Weight If you have all your extremely heavy items on one side of the truck, this will cause problems while driving and unloading the truck. Your belongings may be damaged, and you could end up with problems with your truck. Carefully Wrap More Fragile Parts of Furniture A table, for example, may have thin legs, and if they’re not wrapped properly, they’ll break. Any piece of fragile furniture needs to be wrapped extensively, so the item isn’t damaged during the move. Make Sure Nothing Can Slide If you have a dresser ...


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August 23rd, 2021


More Families in NYC Are Turning to Self-Storage

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It is no secret that storage never seems to be in abundance in the apartments and homes that line the city when it comes to living accommodations in the Big Apple. Whether you and your family live in a three-bedroom apartment or one of the city’s famed brownstones, there never seems to be enough space for all of your stuff.Treasure Island Storage is a self-storage facility offering flexible storage units to NYC families looking to clear out the clutter in their homes. After all, no matter how creative you get, sometimes there is not enough room to store all of your belongings. Why Are NYC Families Turning to Self Storage? For many families in NYC, self-storage has become a means of living a life without constant clutter. Even after spring cleaning, it can still be next to impossible to store every last item in your home. Families that have moved from suburban areas with larger living spaces will likely have an even harder time fitting all of their belongings into a cramped NYC home. The following are some common reasons NYC families are turning to self-storage to store their over-sized and seasonal belongings: Self Storage is Affordable At Treasure Island Storage, there are affordable and flexible options based on your needs and budget. Aside from this, if you are struggling with space and considering moving to a larger home in the city, consider how much you would save in rent or mortgage payments if you chose to stay where you are and rent a storage unit for a fraction of the cost. There Is No Hassle You may think that the process of moving into a storage facility would be tedious and challenging, but you would be wrong! Now, NYC self-storage facilities offer hassle-free move-in and setup. Providing you with your first month free and free move-in, getting all of your belongings out of the way and into your unit can be as stress-free as you make it. You Can Free Up Space Having a family means having ...


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August 12th, 2021


Best NYC Neighborhoods for Millennials

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They say if you can make it in New York City, that you can make it anywhere. Today, more and more millennials are flocking to the Big Apple to see if they have what it takes. And why wouldn’t they? New York City is a bustling hub of culture, expression, and vibrancy.Each neighborhood in NYC has its own personality, and if you’re looking to try your hand in “The City That Never Sleeps,” it may feel overwhelming trying to choose which area you want to settle into. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the best neighborhoods for millennials to move to in New York City. The Financial District This hustling area of Manhattan may be an obvious choice for finance people, but today it boasts some of the most affordable spaces in the city for working 20 and 30 somethings. The Financial District, also known as FiDi, actually harbors the strongest density of millennials in New York City today, with a whopping 67% of the population belonging to millennials. Williamsburg While the Financial District may reign king when it comes to density of millennials, this Brooklyn neighborhood has the highest number of millennials calling it home. In 2019, it was reported that 44,866 millennials lived in Williamsburg, the proclaimed “hipster capital of the world.” Although rent prices can run high here compared to other neighborhoods, Williamsburg is the place to be for an Instagram-worthy brunch or vintage records shopping spree. DUMBO DUMBO is short for “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass” and is yet another gem in the Brooklyn borough. With antique industrial buildings and skyline vistas, this up-and-coming area is now a haven for artists. Relinquishing over 20% of its workforce to the arts, DUMBO is bursting with top-notch art galleries and inspiration. Astoria These days, neighborhoods like Astoria in Queens are gaining in popularity among the millennial crowd. Sure, it isn’t Manhattan, but that’s only a 15-minute subway trip away, and you won’t have to pay that outrageous Manhattan rent. Astoria was originally ...


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March 22nd, 2021


Inspired to Organize Your NYC Kitchen? Start with Self-Storage

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We all pine after the clean, beautifully organized kitchens we see all across social media. They often look as if they’ve never been used and like they’re ready for a curated Instagram post at a moment’s notice.When you live in New York City, however, this dream kitchen can feel out of reach. It’s hard to compare those giant Malibu, California kitchens to the Barbie-sized kitchenettes that New Yorkers typically have. If you’re looking for Insta-worthy kitchen organization, though, we have a few tips. How to Better Organize Your Tiny NYC Kitchen Every inch of countertop space is prime real estate when you have a small kitchen. Maximize your usable kitchen space with our expert organization hacks. Cut Down on Seasonal Kitchenware Minimalism is in but that does not mean you should toss out that set of Christmas china you inherited. Keep that somewhere accessible for holidays to come. What we do recommend is renting a storage unit to hold all of the kitchen items that you don’t use year-round. Hang a Magnetic Knife Strip Ask yourself how many knives you actually use. Do you really need that 12-piece knife set cluttering up your counter space, or would you be okay with one chef’s knife, a paring knife, and maybe a few steak knives? Hang a magnetic knife strip on the wall of your kitchen or on your backsplash, choose a few good knives to keep, and store the rest. Add a Wine Rack Under Your Cabinets For all of you wine connoisseurs, an under-cabinet wine rack should hold a few of your favorite bottles and keep them from taking up too much space in a tiny kitchen. Use a Pull-Down Spice Rack If you love to cook, a spice organizer is an absolute must. You can usually find a pull-down spice rack that will fit around 30 bottles of dried herbs and spices in a tiny cabinet. Imagine having labeled drawers for all of your spices or utilizing all of that wasted vertical space in your cabinet. Find Storage Options in ...


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March 12th, 2021


Everything You Need to Know About Long-Term Storage

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Whether you need a spot to store seasonal items like winter clothes and skis, you’re planning on living abroad, or you just want to keep your heirlooms somewhere safer than your New York City apartment, long-term storage is becoming more common. If you’re considering storing your things for the long haul, it’s important to note that different items may require different packing techniques when being stored for months or years at a time.We want your items to come out of your storage unit in the same condition you put them in, so we created this comprehensive guide for you to follow. Tips for Storing Your Belongings Long Term Perhaps the two biggest advantages of self-storage are saving money and peace of mind. By following our packing tips, you can rest assured that your belongings will remain safe and sound during their hibernation. Avoid Plastic Bags Plastic bags may be cheap and easy to come by, but they are not the best option for storing items for long periods of time. Plastic bags can rip easily or trap in moisture, potentially causing damage to your belongings. Seal Boxes When stuff sits around for a long time, dust tends to settle. If your boxes aren’t sealed well with a high-quality packing tape, you could be letting dust encroach on your stuff while you’re away. Ensure that all of your containers are completely sealed before jetting off. Cover Furniture Items Speaking of settling dust, if you leave any furniture items uncovered, you could come back to a nice layer of powder on your couch. No need to buy any fancy furniture covers — a generic bed sheet will do the job nicely. Stack and Pack Boxes Neatly Carelessly stacked or packed items can result in unnecessary damage and stress on your stuff. Pack boxes neatly and make sure breakables are safely secured in their containers to eliminate any risk of harm. Make Sure Items are Dry We have saved the most important tip for last. If any of your items are not given enough time ...


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March 8th, 2021


How to Donate Medical Supplies to NYC Hospitals During Coronavirus

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As the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, New York City has been among the cities hardest hit by the virus, with more than 177,000 cases reported. The city also experienced a rapid increase in patients admitted to hospitals for COVID-19, and in patients in ICUs at public hospitals. In some locations, hospitals quickly reported being dangerously low on supplies as they struggled to cope with the huge influx of patients.But as grim as the news has been in many NYC hospitals and medical centers, there are also encouraging signs coming out of this health crisis. One is that, as the share of coronavirus tests coming back positive has decreased, it’s clear these health care workers are saving lives and having a real impact on helping people.As news reports about hospitals struggling to cope fizzle out, it’s brought out an increased spirit of generosity  — not just in NYC, but all across the country.That was demonstrated when Nike announced plans to donate 30,000 pairs of its Air Zoom Pulse shoes to health care workers fighting the COVID-19 outbreak on the front lines. Nike will distribute those sneakers to hospitals and health care systems in not just New York City, but also in Chicago, Memphis and Los Angeles. It isn’t just large name brands like Nike that are being generous in the face of this pandemic. In NYC, that spirit of giving is alive and well. How Has COVID-19 Impacted NYC’s Hospitals and Health Care Workers? A startlingly high number of coronavirus cases hit NYC so hard at first that on March 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered hospitals to stop procedures for elective surgeries so they could prepare for the surge in COVID-19 cases. It wasn’t until May 4 that hospitals could begin preparing to open their operating rooms once again for elective procedures.That surge in patients meant hospitals on the front lines of the coronavirus response quickly discovered that the N95 masks — considered the most effective way to protect against the airborne virus ...


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May 6th, 2020


Construction Projects Moving Forward in NYC During Shutdown

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When the coronavirus pandemic first hit New York and Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statewide Stay At Home order, that included the closing of nonessential businesses. At first, that didn’t include many construction sites, but construction was allowed to continue on a host of development projects, from high-rise apartment complexes to office buildings.By early April, the governor issued a new directive that halted most construction statewide, with most residential and commercial construction projects getting suspended. Work was allowed to continue on some projects, though.“We’re closing down nonessential construction sites,” the governor said during a press conference. “Some construction is essential to keep the place running, but nonessential construction is going to stop.”As so many of these construction projects have come to a halt, it isn’t safe to leave expensive equipment, tools, and supplies sitting at the site until the lockdown has been lifted. A growing number of construction site managers are choosing to instead put their most valuable work-related belongings in a self-storage unit where they’re safe and easy to access. What Construction Projects are Still Allowed in NYC?  Initially, when cases of the coronavirus first occurred in NYC, New Yorkers were encouraged to stay home as much as possible to help slow the spread of the deadly virus. Restaurants and bars were closed as a safety precaution, but private construction sites were allowed to continue operating. As the days went by, and the number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise, there were increasing concerns that construction workers could pick up COVID-19 at their worksites.The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, which represents union workers in this field, even released safety protocols that included: Additional handwashing stations for workers Limiting the use of tools shared by workers and limiting the number of workers in confined areas. At first, all construction in the state got classified as “essential” and were exempt from the shutdown order. However, the state would later update its guidelines to state that “all nonessential construction must shut down except emergency ...


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April 30th, 2020


Why Car Storage is a Growing Business in NYC

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In a city with plenty of public transportation, from bus routes to an extensive subway system, a sizable population of New Yorkers don’t own a car. Those who do keep a vehicle know that street parking is in short supply, leading to frustrating searches for valid spots near their home. The same is true for paying a monthly car parking fee, which can feel like a second rent.More than a few car owners in NYC have been choosing a third option: storing their vehicle at a professional storage facility during those times when they don’t expect to be using their car. That can be true, for example, when they choose to keep their cars parked in winter or when traveling. Self-storage is a convenient, safe, and cost-effective way to store cars in the city without worrying about high parking fees or fines.  Why are More New Yorkers Storing their Cars? One recent estimate found that about 1.4 million households in the city, or about 45 percent of all New Yorkers, own a car. Now, with the Stay At Home order in place due to the covid-19 pandemic, not many people are driving, and city streets are quiet. The same has been true for taxis, rental vehicles, and leased cars. With so many cars coming off the road, it’s extremely challenging to find enough spaces to park on the street. Parking lots that would normally be empty during the day are suddenly full.Leaving cars on the street is risky. Since the coronavirus lockdown, the New York Police Department has seen a 57% increase in thefts of cars, motorcycles, and mopeds between March 16 and April 14, or 458 thefts during that time. Likewise, cars that may be parked illegally, even accidentally, can get towed by different government agencies, including the NYPD.Paying for a permanent parking space, particularly in Manhattan, can be prohibitively expensive for many residents. The Wall Street Journal reports that at least two new condo developments are charging $1 million for ...


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April 22nd, 2020


Can You Use Self-Storage Facilities for Recreational Vehicles?

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For those living in a big city, getting away during the summer or fall for a road trip is something they look forward to every year. That’s one reason why recreational vehicles are so popular. Avid campers usually have their own RV for either summer getaways or long weekends, where relaxing in their homes-on-wheels lets them enjoy the open road and the peace and quiet in their camping area.Since RVs are mainly used when the weather allows, they can sit idle throughout the winter months. Fortunately for the owners, today’s storage facilities give them the option of putting their vehicle into a storage unit where it won’t be vulnerable to rough winter weather or potential theft.   What are Some Advantages of RV Storage in New York? Owning a camper offers plenty of advantages to people who love traveling, but for those who decide to own rather than rent their RV, there are the challenges deciding what to do with it during the off-season. Keeping it in your driveway or parked on the street means it gets exposed to snow and ice storms and could get broken into. Large RVs can also take up your entire driveway, and in some neighborhoods, there are city limits on how long an RV can be parked on the street. In a big city, parking can also get very expensive very quickly.  Weather Protection Using a self-storage unit allows you to free up space and gain peace of mind when the winter months come along. Whether you have a trailer or a motorhome, a self-storage space like the ones at Treasure Island Storage gives you the advantage of a space that will protect your vehicle from extreme climate. Safety from Theft Storage units are also much safer than keeping an RV or trailer in front of your house, where either vandalism or theft is a possibility. An RV storage facility like Treasure Island Storage has the added benefit of advanced security measures like front gate access, video surveillance systems, and enhanced ...


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April 17th, 2020