Archive for November, 2012

Let’s Fix Sandy and Reclaim NYC

By danielle


We love New York(ers)! In tough times, they have a way of coming together for the greater good. Our facebook and twitter pages are exploding with newly formed organizations, founded by volunteers who are looking to help any way they know how to rebuild the city and aide in the post-hurricane relief efforts.

Lighting designer James Bedell has been using social media to gather a small group of design professionals including (but not limited to) interior designers, architects, kitchen designers, color specialists and furniture designers to offer their services to the victims of Sandy at discounted rates. The name of the project is called Fixing Sandy (#FixingSandy on twitter and @FixingSandy on Facebook). They’ll be pulling together volunteers, spreading the word to local communities and recruiting sponsorships.

In addition to Fixing Sandy, our friends Jennifer and Jean are trying to find a way to RECLAIM NYC. The two are working with the Parks Dept and calling upon designers to use debris and refuse materials from the storm to create pieces of furniture and art that will be auctioned from charity. It is there hope to transform fallen trees and storm-damaged building materials into objects that represent the city’s recovery. They’ve started a page on Facebook for those interested in participating.


These are just a few…the list of helping hands goes on and on.

Taste of T at A&D Building Nov 8

By danielle


The New York Times Style Magazine and the Architects & Designers Building are gearing up to host their annual Taste of T. While they toyed with canceling the event due to Sandy, the organizers have decided to move forward with the plans and help raise money for their charitable partner – God’s Love We Deliver. It is the tri-state area’s leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. Over 30 of the building’s K&B showrooms including Artistic Tile, Davis & Warshow, Miele and St Charles are opening their doors – and their kitchens – to some of the city’s most esteemed chefs.  Click here for tickets and to see a full list of participants.

Royal Botania Hosts BDNY After Dark Party

By danielle


As power is set to come back to most of Manhattan by midnight tonight, we are hopeful that we can begin to rebuild and recover from Sandy’s devastation. While the Royal Botania showroom, 394 Broadway, is still without electricity, the team is moving forward with their planned party (ironically called After Dark). After all, we could all us some hospitality right about now! They are inviting the industry to join them AFTER HOURS on November 10 from 9PM-2AM. There will be Belgian beer and bites and a DJ to keep the party going all night long. They will also be raising money for the Red Cross. Donate a $1 and grab a red ribbon at the door to show your support.

The event kicks off the Boutique Design NY (BDNY) show, which runs from the 11th-12th at the Javits Center North. Look for Royal Botania there too at booth 4462!

Oh Sandy

By danielle


Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Hurricane Sandy. While our office remains without power, we are fortunate to have electricity in our NJ apartment. If you would like us to communicate information about a postponed or cancelled event, please send an email to We will happily share your news.

For those of you trying to make your way into and out of the city, here’s some info on what’s open and what’s not.

1 trains will operate local between 242nd Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street.
2 trains will operate between 241st Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street, with express service between 96th Street and Times Square.
3 trains are suspended.
4 trains will operate in two sections making all local stops: 5 trains will operate express in Brooklyn between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Flatbush Avenue.
6 trains will operate local between Pelham Bay Park and Grand Central-42nd Street.
7 trains are suspended.
42nd Street Shuttle S trains will operate between Times Square and Grand Central.
A trains will operate in two sections making all local stops:
 B and C service is suspended.
D trains operate in two sections:
 E trains are suspended.
F trains operate in two sections making all local stops:
 G trains are suspended.
J trains operate between Jamaica Center and Hewes Street making all local stops.
L trains operate between Broadway Junction and rockaway Parkway making all local stops.
M trains operate between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue.
N trains operate between Ditmars Blvd. (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops.
Q trains are suspended.
R trains operate in Brooklyn between Jay Street-MetroTech and 95th Street making all local stops.
Both the Franklin Avenue and Rockaway Park S shuttles are suspended.

All shuttle buses will operate north on 3rd Avenue and south on Lexington Avenue. 
1. Between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge
 2.Between Jay Street-MetroTech and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge 
3.Between Hewes Street and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Williamsburg Bridge

Brooklyn – (Jamaica-Brooklyn): Hourly service
City Terminal – (Jamaica – Penn Station): Suspended (anticipate shuttle between these stations later tonight)
Ronkonkoma Branch: Suspended (goal to restore hourly service from Ronkonkoma to Penn Station for AM rush hour Thursday, Nov. 1)
Port Washington Branch: Suspended (goal to restore hourly service from Great Neck to Penn Station for AM rush hour Thursday, Nov. 1)
Babylon Branch: Suspended
Port Jefferson Branch: Suspended
Montauk Branch: Suspended
Hempstead Branch: Suspended
Long Beach: Suspended
Far Rockaway: Suspended
Oyster Bay Branch: Suspended
West Hempstead: Suspended

Hudson Line: Suspended
Upper Harlem Line: Suspended
Lower Harlem Line: Restored with hourly service
New Haven Line: Suspended
New Canaan Branch: Suspended
Danbury Branch: Suspended
Waterbury Branch: Suspended
 Pascack Valley: Suspended
 Port Jervis: Suspended

Robert F. Kennedy Bridge: Open
Henry Hudson Bridge: Open
Throgs Neck Bridge: Open
Bronx-Whitestone Bridge: Open
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge: Open
Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge: Open
Cross Bay Veterans Memorial: Open northbound to Broad Chanel; Open southbound to Rockaways but subject to period closures for emergency equipment
Hugh L. Carey Tunnel: Closed
Queens Midtown Tunnel: Closed

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