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October 2017

18 Oct 2017

New York City is many things to many people. For some, it’s an opportunity to receive a world-class education while others see it as a step towards their dream career. Whatever your reason for wanting to live in this amazing city, there’s one thing on which everyone can agree — NYC has one of the most diverse food selections on the planet. Food from nearly every corner of the globe is available in abundance, satisfying every taste and budget.


If you’re a student or just starting a new career, you may need to cut back on your food expenses every now and then. Fortunately, NYC has many tasty and budget-friendly options. One of the city’s most popular and shockingly cheap eats is dollar pizza. You can get a huge slice of pie (as the locals say) for only $1. Midtown and Lower Manhattan have the highest and best-rated concentration of these locales so you’re sure to run into at least one no matter where you go.

Another affordable food option is the local bagel shop. Ideal as a companion for your Sunday morning coffee or a quick take-out option, a New York bagel will never disappoint. Even vegan and gluten-free food lovers can enjoy them. Food trucks have also become an increasingly common sight throughout the city and are much beloved by the lunchtime crowd, especially in Midtown, Flatiron and the Financial District.


If you’ve got some wiggle room in your budget, you’ll find that spending a bit more gives you access to a lot of the city’s best food. There’s so much food diversity in NYC that you can try something new every day of the week — in some cases, without even leaving your own neighborhood. If you’re in the mood for takeout (or sit down), you can sample all the flavors of the Orient, including Indian, Thai, Korean, Chinese and Japanese, every few blocks in Manhattan.

Queens also boasts an impressive selection of Asian eateries, which are frequented by locals, as well as celebrities and even former Presidents, so you know that they’re the real deal. Want to try Ethiopian, Moroccan or Lebanese for the first time? You can find all three in lower Manhattan. Of course, NYC staples like Italian and Americana are abundant throughout the city and if you’re in the mood for soul food, a trip to vibrant Harlem is an absolute must. Best of all, even if it’s a rainy day and you’re stuck in the office, you can still treat yourself to a culinary feast at the click of a button thanks to food apps that deliver around the city.


Birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions are the perfect time to go all out and treat yourself to some of NYC’s finest dining. Ranked among the top five cities in the worldwith Michelin star restaurants, the city that never sleeps is home to 99 of them! In fact, six of these restaurants are ranked three-star, the highest honor possible, which denotes exceptional cuisine, service and an overall unforgettable experience. One three-star Michelin restaurant in NYC serves French and Japanese fusion in a 20-course tasting menu. French, Japanese and Asian fusion cuisine dominate NYC’s top-ranked restaurants. However, if your tastes are more sophisticated but your budget can’t quite keep up, you can also try one of the city’s newest additions, Tim Ho Wan, a dim sum shop affectionately dubbed the “world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant.”

NYC attracts a diverse range of people, and thanks to this diversity the city hosts an amazing range of food options, enough to make your taste buds sing, one bite at a time. To find a great apartment that will put you in the heart of NYC’s food scene, please visit us at NoFee Rentals. We’re happy to assist you with your apartment search.

11 Oct 2017

Photo by California Grown

No one’s better at making furniture do double duty than apartment dwellers. Ottomans with secret storage, a chair that converts to a guest bed…yup, you’re really good at making the most of every inch and making it look good.

That’s why you need a pumpkin keg at your Halloween party!

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It’s not just festive, it’s also eco-friendly and a natural insulator so your beverage of choice will remain the proper temperature throughout the party. And, it doesn’t have to be cold beer, either. Think warm cider! Imagine being the guest who shows up with one of these!

We found a lot of how-to’s online for making pumpkin kegs but this one by California Grown is definitely the easiest and best looking. Check it out! When you make one, post a picture on our Facebook page so we can see your handiwork.

4 Oct 2017

Some of the most compelling art in New York is displayed publicly. Residents and visitors in the area can see these installations at no charge. Here are the best public art displays in and around the city.

You can see Adrian Villar Rojas’ The Theater of Disappearance sculptures outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 1000 Fifth Avenue. The installation is on display until October 29, 2017. If you love figurative ensembles, this display belongs on our list. The Argentinian artist created a detailed replica of more than 100 objects from The Met collection.

Take a deep dive into the idea that the Internet changes how we perceive the natural world with artist Katja Novitskova. Her aluminum sculptures, printed with digital photographs, are of-the-moment and breathtaking. The work is both funny and dark. The Earth Potential display is at City Hall Park, Vesey Street to Chambers Street Between Park Row and Broadway until November 9, 2017.

The public art installation in Marcus Garvey Park is an amazing representation of the diversity and excitement of the New York art scene. The park is located at 120th Street and 5th Avenue. The artist Suprina uses a DNA Totem installation to represent our collective disregard for our absurd disregard for our natural habitat. The Harlem resident is a respected member of the New York Society of Women Artists. Her award-winning work has been featured in venues all over the United States.

The designer KAWS collaborated with painter Brian Donnelly to create the stunning installation at a basketball court located at Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Find it by taking Chrystie Street to Forsyth Street between Canal and East Houston Streets. New York Made: Stanton Street Courts will remain until November 16, 2017.

Check out the large abstract bronze nudes along the Broadway Malls. The artist grew up in Japan, and her love of minimalism shines through in her sculpture pieces. Joy Miller’s installation includes several figures standing, sitting, or reclining. You can see them on the Upper West Side at Broadway Malls on 72nd through 166th Streets. The installation remains until November 17, 2017.

Rose DeSiano’s Island of Empirical Data and Other Fabrications makes Randall’s Island Park a destination for art lovers. It’s an interactive piece with photographs of landmarks, sites and buildings from government records. Large reflective panels, covered with these images, superimpose archival images in a way that is thought-provoking and striking. You can see the installation through November 30, 2017.

Born in Romania, the Brooklyn artist Leonard Ursachi used his memories of a Cold-War childhood under a Communist regime to create yet another sculpture that brings to mind fortified military bunkers. Although it’s a departure from his more obvious work, this woven-basket, globe-like and egg-shaped figure echoes his distinct artistic voice. This incredible installation is on display in Tribeca Park through December 15, 2017.

Do you feel inspired by New York’s amazing art installations? Making this incredible city your home is easy with NoFee Rentals. We’ve helped students and young professionals from all over the globe find apartments in Greenwich Village, apartments in Chelsea and NY apartments in nearly every neighborhood. We’d love to help you find the perfect NYC rental apartment to call home.

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