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Live and Play in Manhattan- Take Advantage of the New York Public Library and Its Programs

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team in full PPE suits Water damage has to be handle correctly for it to be safe. Call SERVPRO their IICRC certified technicians know all the protocols used.

Manhattan Dwellers can Satisfy their Curiosity by Participating in Virtual or In-Person Offerings by the NYPL.

Life in Manhattan can be many things, but boring is not one of them. Singers, writers, financiers, academics, and artisans all have a place within the tapestry of our community. As you kick off 2021 and resolve to pursue additional interests for work or leisure, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for right here in New York. If learning more about your heritage makes the list of new year’s resolutions, you may want to take a look at the New York Public Library for programming on the topic. On February 4th, an online session will offer the following an introduction for beginners looking to explore African American genealogy. Details include-

  • The session will be held online via zoom and requires registration.
  • It is intended for amateur researchers as a guide to resources online and offline. 
  • There is no cost to the one-hour zoom seminar.

As we resume gatherings in 2021, one should expect the NYPL to offer more in-person opportunities to learn various topics and continue online sessions.

Much like you would explore a new hobby, you should also research the best water removal service in Manhattan. Undoubtedly, SERVPRO will show up as a leader in the industry and ready to help you when water takes over your business or home. A call to SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan at (917) 423-6364 becomes a one-stop solution to your problems. Give us a ring and let us successfully leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

New York, New York!

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. Water restoration is no easy task. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the help you need to restore your home to preloss condition.

Explore New York City and Discover the Secrets of the City that Never Sleeps

New York City is the subject of songs, movies, plays, and dreams worldwide. Anyone who has ever visited can attest to the intensity in the air and the constant movement of people and activities. Some would even say that the heartbeat of the world is felt on the island of Manhattan. The Big Apple is relevant in finance, fashion, and politics and is the home to many artists and art collections. Regardless of your interests, you are bound to find something to suit your fancy as you explore the city.

As the most densely populated city in the United States, New York houses innumerable cultures, ethnicities, and religions as it becomes a microcosm of the world as a whole. Its importance in the diplomatic arena is further ratified by the presence of the United Nations headquarters. When talking about NYC, one cannot ignore the differences and similitudes among its five boroughs, namely Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. When tourists talk about New York, they mainly think of Manhattan, which is often depicted as the city’s most recognizable skyline.

Manhattan is the birthplace of New York City and is bordered by the Harlem, East, and Hudson rivers. Generally speaking, one can divide Manhattan into three- Upper, Midtown, and Lower Manhattan. Wall Street, located in Lower Manhattan, is the leading financial hub globally, and many financial firms keep offices there. As one travels to Midtown on foot, subway, bus, or cab, one can enjoy some window shopping in some of the most expensive retail outlets in the world. Upon arriving at the Upper East Side, it is easy to detect how affluent New Yorkers live.

New York, or New Amsterdam as it was initially called in the 1600s, has always played a crucial role in our nation. Dutch colonists first inhabited the Lower Manhattan area until the English took over the area in 1664. The English transfer prompted the city’s name change when King Charles II granted the land to the Duke of York. New York was, at one point, the capital of the young nation.

One of the most emblematic symbols of the American Dream lives I New York Harbor and has inspired hope in many who arrive in the country. The Statue of Liberty has greeted immigrants since the late 19th century and has become synonymous with liberty and inclusiveness. If this visual reminder of core American values is not enough, one can also visit Times Square and simply people-watch. Chances are you will see people from all walks of life and all over the world.  

Actors and performers also dream of New York, performing on Broadway or in many concert sites throughout the city. Most commonly known for the acting venues throughout the Theater District, the area also houses TV studios, record labels, and agencies. Long-standing shows and newer productions are ready to entertain the millions of tourists and locals who visit the city each year.

Higher Education in New York City

The words “college” or “university” may not be the first to come to mind when you think of New York City, but there are over 120 higher education institutions in the city. 

Some of the most widely recognized include-

  • New York University: Founded in 1831, it focuses on research and merit. Its main campus is in Greenwich Village.
  • Columbia University- founded in 1754 and considered one of the Ivy League schools, Columbia is the fifth oldest higher learning institution. It lives on the grounds of Trinity Church.
  • City University of New York (CUNY)- although it wasn’t established until 1961, some colleges that make up this reputable system date back to the 1800s. Today, it is the most extensive university system in an urban setting and enrolls more than 275,000 students.

Elementary and secondary education in New York City is often at the core of policy discussions. 

Even though some schools excel, others are considered sub-par, and education is continually being discussed by government and community leaders.

New York Architecture

Much can be said about the coexistence of architectural styles throughout the city. Brooklyn is home to most of the older structures, whereas One World Trade Center symbolizes the more modern style of recent construction. 

Throughout its history, New York City has boasted of having the tallest building in the world, and it is considered the third city in the world with the most skyscrapers. In residential neighborhoods, you may find brownstones and townhouses, as are often portrayed in movies. Surprisingly, parks and green spaces are available despite the city’s high population density.

Taking Care of New York City Homes

SERVPRO takes care of New York City homes by bringing the best water restoration techniques into the neighborhood. Population density and the sheer pace of the city can make restoration jobs challenging when disaster happens. Even when an incident occurs in a neighboring unit, the effects can be felt in your household, forcing you to resort to the best in the industry.

When a pipe or appliance leaks, water extraction is a top priority. Our team at SERVPRO is ready to bring dehumidifiers, drying mats, wand extractors, and other equipment to regulate humidity levels in your home. We are also prepared to move any of your belongings to avoid further damage or if we need to apply specialty drying solutions. Regardless of your specific situation, our trained staff is ready to be part of the solution.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan embodies the community we serve. Once you call us at (917) 423-6364, you access our quick response team focused on restoring your home as soon as possible. Our goal is to mitigate your loss while applying our expertise to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Learn the Art of Feng Shui in New York City

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles Master the art of Feng Shui as SERVPRO masters the art of mold damage remediation on your commercial business property.

New York City Classes Show How to Become a Feng Shui Master in Six Days 

Use the holiday season to develop a new skill for 2021 in New York City. The training for the Feng Shui master certification goes for six consecutive days. Once the courses get completed, participants will have a designation as a Gold-level standard feng shui master. 

  • Training begins December 14th, 2020
  • The course includes a Feng Shui manual
  • A compass
  • Laminated charts to create layouts for living spaces

The courses give participants a solid foundation to practice Feng Shui and possess a working knowledge of the theories to help individuals have the most productive, calming spaces for work and living. Upon completion, the students receive a certificate and a free listing on the International Feng Shui School website.

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan supports local New York City business properties with their commercial mold damage remediation services. The techs are available 24/7 at (917) 423-6364 to make the mold infestation, "Like it never even happened."

Kick Off Your Holiday Celebrations on The Lower East Side

12/5/2020 (Permalink)

celebrate on a Christmas ornament We cant wait to celebrate with the community at Festivus for the rest of us.

Lower East Side Residents are Invited To Festivus For The Rest Of Us 

Holiday lovers of all ages are welcome to attend the Lower East Side celebration Festivus for the Rest of Us. Both kids and adults are welcome to kick off the December holidays and winter season by decorating the holiday tree in the park center. 

  • Decorations that encompass Christmas, Winter, and Hanukkah provided
  • Holiday treats provided for the kids
  • The decorating starts at 4 PM on December 6th
  • The tree lighting happens at 4:30 PM

Social distancing recommendations are in place, and face coverings are required to be worn for all participants. The event will also supply hand sanitizer and face coverings to individuals that do not bring them to the event. To comply with current NYC Park Department regulations, please register for this event ahead of time so an accurate count of attendees can get compiled as the city limits gathering sizes. 

When local Lower East Side residents need assistance getting rid of the flood damage in their homes, they call on SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan at (917) 423-6364. The certified techs have comprehensive training to handle the water and restore the property.

SERVPRO Restores Property and Contents After Fire Damage in New York City

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

New York City Call the experts at SERVPRO when your New York City property is damaged by a fire.

Local New York City Property Owners Can Count on SERVPRO To Arrive Quickly, Every Time

Almost everyone knows the area around New York City was purchased from the indigenous people who inhabited that land, and then the incoming settlers developed the region over the years. Around the end of the 1800s, there were over 40 independent municipalities around the vicinity, and the result was chaos and the massive problem of no cooperation between communities. 

In 1898, the Charter of New York got drafted and joined the five boroughs: 

  • Brooklyn
  • Staten Island
  • Queens
  • The Bronx 
  • Manhattan 

This made New York the largest city in the United States. This combination of the boroughs brought a celebration one hundred years later with the largest fireworks display in history. The bringing together of the boroughs spurred on contests between the builders to see who could build the tallest skyscraper. Each time a structure got crowned as the tallest building in New York, another architect with a vision outdid the current record. This led to the design of numerous structures still standing today, including: 

  • Flatiron Building
  • Woolworth Building
  • Chrysler Building 

All designated as the tallest structure for a short time. By the end of 1902, New York was home to nearly 70 skyscrapers. In the present, the five tallest buildings in NYC are One World Trade Center at 1,766 feet, Park Avenue standing at 1,396 feet, the Empire State Building which tops out at 1,250 feet, the Bank of America Tower at 1200 feet, and Three World Trade Center at just over 1000 feet in height. 

Attention on Workers' and Women's Rights in New York City

The Industrial Age in New York City brought terrible working conditions, including low pay, extended working hours, and employers that could behave abusively towards workers without any type of reprisal. This lack of worker rights culminated in the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. 

Poor practices in the factory of stacking up piles of fabrics led to the deaths of 150 women who were trapped after the owners locked them inside. This tragedy led to sweeping labor reforms after 20,000 female garment workers drew attention to the need for regulations after they marched on City Hall. 

Birth of the Age of Jazz and Organized in New York City

When Prohibition outlawed the sale of alcohol, the rise of bootlegging and speakeasies where liquor got sold illegally also gave rise to organized crime. Jazz kicked off strongly after the Great Migration from the South led to the Harlem Renaissance when the area became the hub of African American society and culture, bringing poetry, music, and an arts community that influences and inspires in the present. 

New York City During the Stock Market Crash

When the stock market crashed in 1929, the Great Depression lasted throughout the 1930s, and New York City changed to handle the crisis. The city saw its Central Park get filled with tent communities called "Hoovervilles" after the President, who was unwilling to help the needy who had nowhere else to go. 

Bringing New York City Out of the Depression

Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia petitioned President Franklin Roosevelt to bring in relief money to rebuild New York City to greatness.  Areas such as Riverside Park and the Triborough Bridge are two of the New Deal projects that are still functioning today. 

Sunny Days and Hurricanes in New York City

The climate in New York City could be considered continental with cold winters, including snow and hot, muggy summers. The coldest average temperature in January is around 24 degrees Fahrenheit while the July summer temps average approximately 80 degrees with high humidity. An average of 25-inches of snowfall yearly during the winter.

Hurricanes and tropical storms occasionally hit the city, delivering high winds, flash floods, and other structural destruction. The most likely time for these events to occur is in August and September. Since record-keeping began 148 years ago, statistics show that the city can expect to get hit with one of these massive storms every four years on average. One of the most costly and deadly hurricanes to impact the area in recent history was Hurricane Sandy, which flooded the New York Subway System when the superstorm made landfall. With the significant number of tall buildings in the city, engineering and technology play a role in making the structures safe during storms containing high winds with advances built into the building's design such as wind dampers or only leaving floors open for the winds to pass through. 

How Can Fire Damage Odor Get Stopped From Spreading in New York City Homes?

After a fire occurs in a New York City residence, there may be little fire damage and a considerable amount of smoke odor to remove. Fortunately, the professionals at SERVPRO have the training and equipment to eradicate the odors that get left behind. 

The technicians undergo comprehensive training and have access to a large selection of equipment to remove smoke odors rather than merely cover them. 

Many specific actions need to take place to eliminate the scent of smoke in a home post-fire. Limiting the spread is one of the first actions the technicians perform, including: 

  • Putting up containment to stop the potential for cross-contamination
  • Use of air quality improvement measures such as using air scrubbers and negative air chambers during the restoration services
  • Removal of charred and damaged items with approval to diminish odors
  • The use of odor control equipment to eliminate pungent scents at the molecular level

The removal of smoke damage on surfaces also assists with limiting foul odors within homes. After performing tests on surfaces, the techs choose the type of cleaning with the best outcome based on their experience and training. The techs use proprietary formulas, some with solvents, to release the grip of thick, wet smoke as needed and restore both structure and contents through their professional cleaning methods. 

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan at (917) 423-6364 supports the local community assisting residents with any size fire damage mitigation. The techs are available 24/7 to make the home return to normal, "Like it never even happened."

The New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

11/21/2020 (Permalink)

toy trains on train tracks It will be exciting to see the community at the New York City Train Show!

Explore the Splendor of Model Trains at this New York City Train Show

Through the holidays and to the end of January, New York City residents and visitors have the unique opportunity to dive further into the world of model trains amidst magnificent displays. The New York Botanical Garden is hosting the Holiday Train Show® now through January 31, 2021. Exhibitions constructed for this show include various New York landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and more – all using natural materials like cinnamon sticks, birch bark, acorns, and others. Ticketing is limited for this event due to local recent health and safety guidelines, so check the New York Botanical Gardens website for ticketing details.

  • Date: Now through January 31, 2021
  • Time: Ticketing for designated time slots throughout the day
  • Cost: Varies depending on the ticket selection

Local events and shows throughout New York City are essential to our team here at SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan. If you are a local homeowner dealing with a water-related emergency, you can count on us to handle your water restoration needs. We are Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we can be at your property and ready to work within hours of your call. Reach us 24/7 for emergency response at (917) 423-6364.

Enjoy a Free Standup Comedy Show in New York City from Your Living Room

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Zoom Stream Keeps 13-Year, New York City, Show Running While People Quarantine.

With the restrictions imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19, it might be hard to continue your daily routines. Even your entertainment plans might be heavily curtailed. However, you can still participate in entertainment events in New York City virtually.  One such event that can be streamed right into your living room is the standup comedy show hosted at the Postmark Café on 326 6th Street every Friday at 8 PM. 

Some of the impressive details about the show include:

  • Watch some of the funniest TV comedians.
  • Hear jokes the comedians are working on for future appearances on Fallon, Comedy Central, The Tonight Show, and Conan.
  • Family-friendly shows since the comics are required to keep their content clean to suit all audiences.

You can book any show from November 20th or afterward free, but reservations are limited only to the first 50 people. Booking is easy since you only need to have a valid email address to make the reservations. An email with a Zoom link is sent half an hour before the show starts.

Adapting quickly to emergencies is the best strategy to help restore normalcy. SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan helps manage flood damage incidents in New York City, restoring normalcy faster.

Can Delicate Items Be Cleaned After Flood Damage?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

cloud to ground lightning strike in night clouds Storms happen in New York. Call SERVPRO when floodwaters enter your home for fast, effective remediation.

Not Everything is a Total Loss with Flooding in New York City – SERVPRO Knows How to Restore Treasured Items with Minimal Damage 

New York City is a coastal area that has experienced approximately 12 inches of sea-level rise in the last 93 years. While this may not seem much, having occurred over a long period, it increases coastal flooding risk. It not only raised the possibility of flooding but also the severity of the storms and floods. The highest observed flood in the area was in 2012 and reached 9 feet. If a flood level of below 6 feet were to occur, 91,000 people are at a high risk of being impacted. All these folks have homes that are at risk too. 

Can Stains Be Removed from My Antique Chair Cover? 

When homes experience flood damage in New York City, the initial focus is on emergency mitigation. Dealing with safety issues, water extraction, and drying out impacted areas is the critical focus. Floodwater is highly contaminated, and items may need to be disposed of, more so than in a home water intrusion. But some things may have peripheral damage, such as spots and stains that can be cleaned. Delicate items such as the upholstery on your antique chair can often be cleaned. While regular cleaning takes place, spot and stain removal is a bit different:

  • Stain and spot removal are specialized techniques.
  • This type of cleaning occurs before cleaning the entire item.
  • Spot cleaning may cause discoloration to the affected material.
  • Cleaning the content thoroughly after spot cleaning can reduce changes and help the stain blend in. 

Isn’t a Spot and a Stain the Same Thing? 

In most people’s minds, they would be the same if they even gave it much thought. However, there is a difference. A spot is produced when a component is added to the fiber of the material. Things like sugar, gum, or wax produce spots. A stain occurs when the grain of the material becomes discolored by something like wine or coffee. Our technicians are trained in understanding the cause and effect behind water damaged material, allowing them to apply the appropriate treatment. 

How Do Items with Spots or Stains Get Treated?

Different types of soils require specific treatments. Fabric items such as upholstered furniture, carpets or rugs, or drapes are examples of often treated possessions. The kind of dirt on them plays a role in the cleaning agent used. Soils can include: 

  • Water-soluble– Sugars and starches fall into this category. These get removed with a water spotting solution.
  • Oil-soluble– Greases and tars come under this heading. An oil-based spotting cleaner gets used to remove these soils.
  • Insoluble– Sand and skin cells cannot be dissolved. Vacuuming works best or suspension and extraction if necessary.
  • Protein-based– These would include soils such as milk or egg. In this case, an enzyme-based product gets used.
  • Color adding– Tannins, think tea or toner are examples. Dry brushing is employed, followed by a spotting agent. 

When dealing with the home contents that need spot or stain removal, the first step is to extract as much soil as possible. The faster the stain is addressed, the better the chance of repair. The material should ideally be dry, but our technicians advise on the best approach. If the damage is extensive and the item is wet, the technique may vary. 

Restoring Your Possessions 

Once the excess dirt has been removed from flood damaged items in New York City, determining the type of soil is necessary. The fiber content of the item is also defined. Understanding the soil type being dealt with and the fiber content is vital to ensure the right cleaning method gets employed. Before SERVPRO begins any cleaning of your items, we explain the process and the expected outcome. Then the best solvent for the job is chosen, and the item gets cleaned. All content is rinsed and dried, and restored as close to preloss condition as possible. 

Flooding can result in devastation to your home and the contents. At SERVPRO, our goal is always to restore rather than replace it if we can. We sympathize with what our customers who have experienced flooding are going through. If we can save even a small portion of your treasured belongings, we are happy to do so.  

Your Home is Important to Us 

For around the clock professional flood damage, contact SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan at (917) 423-6364. We not only restore the structure of your home but the treasured possessions inside.

Does a Fire Restoration Team Protect Personal Property After a Fire?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo against green background You can depend on our SERVPRO teams to cleanup and restore your property and personal belongings after a fire takes place.

SERVPRO Can Help Clean and Restore Personal Belongings After a Fire in a Lower East Apartment.

Life in the Lower East Side is vibrant and intense, so when a fire erupts, leaving soot, ashes, and an acrid smell in every corner of your home, it is best to call a fire restoration team for a quick resolution. When time is valuable, using the right tools for the task can save you both time and money, and only a professional crew can provide that expertise.

SERVPRO leads in fire damage restoration in the Lower East Side, and we know how to work at the pace you expect when living in this area.  Once the fire source is under control, we enter your unit carefully, avoiding cross-contamination and getting to work quickly to prevent damage escalation. Thanks to our specialty drying solutions, you may feel relief when we explain how we can salvage items such as pictures and documents, despite the damage resulting from the fire and extinguishing actions.

Does SERVPRO also help with the smell of smoke after a fire?

Our staff is and trains with industry experts on all aspects of fire restoration, including eliminating the smell it leaves behind. We adhere to the best practices of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). In most cases, the scent permeates throughout the living quarters, independent of how far the flames were from spaces such as bedrooms and closets. In this area’s high-rise apartment and condo buildings, the circulation of smoke often negatively affects the adjacent and other level neighbors’ units. Your ventilation system plays a role in allowing smoke to travel and for the odor to settle ubiquitously through your home.  To address this nuisance, our SERVPRO team may resort to some of the following-

  • Hydroxyl generators to purify the air with chemical conversion of malodors
  • Air scrubbers to remove particles traveling through your home, outfitted with charcoal deodorizing filters
  • Foggers to apply neutralizing solutions on all surfaces
  • Air movers to port smoke-filled ambient air to the exterior with flexible ducts (negative air pressure)

SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan is here to help when you need us. Call us at (917) 423-6364 as soon as you detect the issue and let us provide an efficient response to your restoration needs. Our goal, like yours, is to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” 

What Should You Do About Mold Damage in Your New York City Bistro?

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

mold growth Recognizing the threats of mold growth can showcase the need for professional remediation.

Mold growth is threatening to your New York City business, but there are remediation methods to help get things back to preloss condition.

Bistros in New York City are more and more common as they offer quick dining options at reasonable prices for the hundreds of thousands of residents living in each of the boroughs. In Manhattan, small dining locations can also be impacted by higher humidity conditions and develop mold colonies, especially in subterranean levels often used in storage capacities. When mold grows in your eatery, it must be addressed immediately to prevent the threat from contaminating your food preparation area and smaller dining area attached.

Mold damage in New York City is not uncommon, especially with the city mostly surrounded by rivers, creeks, and the ocean. When storage areas or damp regions of your structure begin to host fungal and mold colonies, they can present a hazardous situation for those exposed. Microbial organisms can destroy organic matter used to host the colonies, which can become another advantage to moving quickly on professional mold remediation by our SERVPRO professionals. Managing mold growth in your business involves several actions, including:

    •    Moisture Inspection
    •    Controlled Demolition
    •    Surface Cleaning
    •    Air Filtration

Can SERVPRO Perform Reconstruction?
As with all actions that our professionals take after a mold growth situation, we must abide by the information provided by environmental sampling and third-party inspections. These are regulations established by state governing offices for fair and non-predatory remediation practices for businesses and residences. We have in-house contractors to help with repairs and build back when these actions are recommended.

Recognizing the threats of mold growth can showcase the need for professional remediation for your bistro before areas like the kitchen and dining areas become damaged. Our SERVPRO of Lower East Side Manhattan is available 24/7 at (917) 423-6364.