House and Home

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Here are Ten Terrifying New York Housing Stories to Mess Up Your Day

    There are so many ways housing in New York can go wrong: a Craigslist scam, a crazed roommate, a radiator that screams like a jet engine without heating the apartment, or, best case scenario, just an enormous rat king that takes up residence beneath the stove. But no matter how bad you think you've ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 5, 2014


    The Orchids are in bloom

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Vegetable Literacy Author Deborah Madison Loved Vegetables Before It Was Cool

    Deborah Madison lives in Galisteo, a tiny adobe village just south of Santa Fe. It was in her backyard there -- an eighth of an acre of beds raised above New Mexico's clay soil -- that she noticed the similarities among vegetable blossoms and fell into studying botany. Years before we collectively ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 6, 2012


    Walk in Monet's French garden

  • Voice Choices

    January 18, 2012
  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Bed Bugs Enjoy Sexing Their Brothers and Sisters

    ​Bed bugs. They live in your mattress. They infest your books. They crawl all over you and suck your blood in the middle of the night, they terrorize you and ruin your life, they make you constantly itchy, or constantly afraid of feeling itchy. Some among us won't even put their bags on the fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Adorable Bed Bug Hotels Show New Yorkers Where There Are Bed Bugs​This summer was supposed to be the Summer of the Bed Bug (before it became the summer of the rat, and the summer of the hurricane, and the summer we worked a lot). But, thank goodness, the great bed-bug-ification of New York City never truly came to fruition in June, July, and ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 5, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Bed Bug Insurance Is Here; Bed Bugs Still Attacking

    ​Finally some potentially good news in the ongoing war against bed bugs: insurance. According to a press release issued yesterday, Aon Risk Solutions, Global Excess Partners, and Terminix have joined forces to provide bed bug insurance for "hotels, landlords, student housing, corporate busines ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 25, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Men Relax More When Their Wives Are Doing Chores (Seriously)

    ​Today in stereotype-reinforcing studies, we get this: Guess what? The stress levels of married women drop when their husbands help them with chores. But married men relax most when their wives are busy doing things besides relaxing. Hm! And we wonder why women seem to be less interested in ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Macy's 37th Annual Flower Show: Fake Daisies and Dogs in Floral Snuggies

    Heather Holland via The Lush Side​It's a good thing the wall of daisies was artificial, since the near-freezing wind that swept through Herald Square would have made short work of any exposed bloom at Macy's annual Flower Show on Sunday. Still, midtown tourists and shoppers took little notice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Apartment Vermin: If You Can't Beat 'Em,
    Eat 'Em! Recipes for Cooking Your Pests.

    Who needs Dean & Deluca?​ Ah, city living. The museums, the opera, the vermin. Damn annoying those pests, making themselves so at home in your apartment. An urban inevitability, perhaps, but if so, why not put them to use, such as saving money on your grocery bill? Make infestation a good thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    New York City Rats, Bed Bugs Getting Their Own Reality Show

    ​Bed Bugs have infested bedrooms, the Gramercy Hotel and have even scared away tourists. Rats are on the subway and even someone's face. It's inevitable that someone was going to give our local celebrities a reality television show. But you too can be a part of the action!

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Gene-Morphing Bed Bugs Now Virtually Indestructible

    ​Have we properly freaked out about bedbugs yet this year? Not really? Let's do it, now! The Wall Street Journal published a piece today that had even our most hardened staff members quivering in their cargo shorts. Here are the scariest bits: --"bedbugs may have boosted their natural defense ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Bedbugs Are Biting 7 Percent More New Yorkers

    Once there's a T-shirt, you know it's real.​Bedbugs. They are terrifying. They are gross. They are everywhere. And they are continuing to reproduce with a vengeance. According to the latest stats from New York City's Department of Housing, Preservation, and Development, via the Wall Street Jou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Rich People Are Totally Outsourcing Christmas

    via Apartment Therapy​Among all the outrageous holiday things we do, whether we're rich or poor or simply middle-class, there is the outrageousness of paying someone else to do it for you. We're all a little bit guilty of this, most likely -- store gift-wrapping? Buying the pies instead of mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Bedbugs Demand Education, Even If It Is Just the Public Kind

    ​Bedbugs. We have them. Well, not us, in particular (not yet, fingers crossed), but New York City clearly has them. And New York City schools have them, now more than ever. The Daily News reports a spike in cases in public schools, up to 336 in the first two months of the school year, from 135 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Here Are 10 of New York City's Creepiest (Unhaunted) Places

    Creepy abandoned smallpox hospital. ​We're feeling kinda Halloweeny, and, luckily, New York has a whole host of reputedly haunted locales, including the Algonquin (now, creepily, a Marriott), the Dakota, the Empire State Building, and Washington Square Park. But it struck us that each of those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Are Bedbugs Scaring Tourists Away From NYC?

    ​Tourists afraid of bedbugs? The Associated Press thinks so! Today's national wire carries a terrifying (and mostly anecdotal) piece about how bedbugs -- this year's trendiest New York annoyance/epidemic/infestation -- are threatening the city's "$30 billion tourism industry."

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    New Yorkers Most Afraid of Rats; Lower East Side Is the Second "Rattiest" 'Hood

    ​A new survey conducted by a leading pest control manufacturer says rats are still New Yorkers' least favorite pest. So how do jaded New Yorkers react when these dreaded home invaders are on the prowl? And which Manhattan neighborhoods are considered the "rattiest?" Let's find out!

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Bedbugs Are in NYU Dorms with "Bedbug-Proof" Mattresses

    via Mammakaze​This just goes to show that nowhere can really truly be bedbug-proof, not even the dorms of the naive and young-blooded -- all the better for the vampire-like parasites. Welcome to New York, kiddies; hope you packed your cortisone cream, because NYU representative Beth Morningstar co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    West Nile Virus Made a Comeback this Season -- Save Yourself from Its Wrath

    ​West Nile -- it almost sounds like something that should be on VH1's I Love the '90s -- but it's still among us and it can be dreadful, especially for those on either side of the age spectrum. The disease, first found in the U.S. in 1999, is at its highest levels in New York since 2000. There hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    NYC Rental Negotiations Will Now Include Tales of Bedbugs, Extreme Itchiness

    Landlord or bedbug?​On what may someday be considered a monumental day in the annals of bedbug history, Governor Paterson has signed into law the bedbug disclosure bill. Yes, starting immediately, New York City landlords have to tell prospective tenants -- in writing -- if there has been a bed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    NYC Is the Most Bedbug-Ridden Place in the USA!

    ​As Rosie mentioned last week, maybe it's time to accept the bedbugs as our overlords. Personal anecdote: This very blogger walked down 2nd Street on Sunday and saw no less than 6 mattresses waiting in the rain for garbage collectors. Since it's neither the last nor the very first of the month ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Bed Bugs Are Way Worse Than Mice

    Friends don't let friends do bed bugs. ​Drag star Vodka Stinger knows this, having hideously been through both infestations. See, Vodka and her boyfriend (yes, she has a boyfriend, too!) suffered the horror of bed bugs last year and they're still having flashbacks about the 30 bags of laundry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Let's Just Give Up and Accept that the Bedbugs Have Won

    ​Bedbugs have now infested the AMC movie theater in Times Square. Yes, it's horrifying. But at this point, the idea that bedbugs are all over the damn place is not new. Let's look at all the places that have been infested by the little critters this summer:

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Press Clips, Day 6, Late Edition: The Beautiful Bedbugs of Elle Magazine

    ​Bedbugs! VICE! And can you "haz" a "dead" web? Find out in today, Day 6, of Press Clips.

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Bedbugs Take Over Hachette Book Group's Offices

    ​Coming to you with the latest in bedbug news: Hachette Book Group's three floors at 237 Park Avenue and East 46th Street are infested and undergoing "aggressive treatment" for the bugs on Thursday and Friday while, we presume, the lucky/unlucky Hachette employees "work from home" or "go to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Victoria's Secret Falls to the Scourge of Bedbugs, Gets Back Up Again

    Bedbugs!​I know, it's wrong...but it's almost enjoyable to watch all of these places we never, ever shop (except last year, you know, to buy a Halloween costume) fall prey to bedbugs. There was Hollister, which we've only walked by on occasion to catch a glimpse of a nude torso...then there wa ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 22, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 22, 2010

    Q&A: Earth Day Art Exhibit Commemorates Demolished NYC Gardens

    ​In honor of Earth Day, we wanted to tell you a story about a garden -- The Magic Garden -- that's going to be torn down to make room for a high-rise housing development. Oliver Rios, an East Harlem-bred artist, grew up around gardening when his mother Lydia Roman began transforming abandone ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 9, 2010


    They're cute and fuzzy, and now you can eat off them!

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Why Garden? Because Dirt Is the New Prozac.

    woodleywonderworks/flickr​The Huffington Post has an interesting piece on how getting down and dirty with nature in, for example, a vegetable garden can keep us emotionally healthy. The microbes in dirt, apparently, affect the same neurons that are stimulated by Prozac. A British study from a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2008

    This Bites: Called for Bedbugs, City Shuts Astoria Apt. Bldg.

    A resident of 8-29 Astoria Boulevard complained of bedbugs, but when inspectors arrived they found more amiss, and now the Department of Buildings is shutting the apartment complex down, reports WCBS. Turns out the place lacks fire escapes, sprinklers, and smoke alarms, and ABC adds that all 15 apar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008

    Video Tuesday Continues, with Bedbugs

    Bedbugger continues our multimedia morning with a horrifying YouTube video of what looks like hundreds of bedbugs occupying a Brooklyn apartment. Consider this your Not-Safe-For-Sleeping-Soundly-Tonight alert. This infestation, the filmmaker reports, was tamed after three exterminator visits. The ... More >>

  • Film

    August 19, 2008

    Manny Farber 1917-2008

    Remembering the painter, professor, and underground model for scores of American film critics

  • Film

    August 12, 2008

    Manny Farber 1917-2008

    Remembering the painter, professor, and underground model for scores of American film critics

  • Film

    July 16, 2008
  • Voice Choices

    May 13, 2008


    Meatpacking district gets repackaged

  • Specials

    October 18, 2005

    The Rose and the Thorn

    Nodding Out in the East Village

  • NYC Life

    April 29, 2003

    How the Other Half Lives

    America Gets in Touch With Its Interior Designer

  • NYC Life

    May 14, 2002
  • News

    July 24, 2001

    War of the Roses

    Garden Vote Could Settle Perennial Problem

  • Theater

    May 15, 2001

    Device Squads

    Currently on View: Puppets, Politics, Pianologue, and Peonage

  • NYC Life

    August 24, 1999
  • News

    March 30, 1999

    Spring Catalogue

    Plots thicken as gardens head for auction block

  • Dance

    December 1, 1998

    Rich and Strange

    Three Women Ignite Asian Traditions

  • News

    November 17, 1998


    The City Yanks More Gardens Out of Harlem

  • News

    October 27, 1998

    The Mod Squad

    Prowling the showrooms of Soho

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