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Dedicated Q and A with www.storenyc.com-March 22nd, 2019

Dedicated Q and A with www.storenyc.com

A new #FabULyssfind that all divamoms/dads and glamas on the Upper East Side are going to love!


No Hassle. Just STORE.

STORE is New York’s only local neighborhood storage solution.
Located at 1290 3rd Avenue in the heart of the Upper East Side,
STORE offers no-hassle storage starting as low as $8 per month.
Stop by STORE and try it out or just say hi and we will see you at the #fabULyss Divamoms event on April 3rd 7pm-9pm.



Q: Please tell our readers what inspired you to open STORE on the UES?

 A: We opened STORE on the UES because we knew the area lacked adequate storage facilities. Most are close to capacity and often a hassle to get to, so customers are forced to schlep all the way across town just to get to their storage unit. To make matters worse, with so few units available, customers are frequently forced to take whatever unit is still available, causing them to pay for space that they don’t fully utilize.

 Q: How did you pick the most amazing location that you did? How long did it take you to scout for this corner? 

 A: It took well over a year to find the perfect spot for our first location, and we knew it when we first saw the space at 1290 3rd Avenue! We were attracted to the neighborhood because we knew that Upper East Siders would appreciate the convenience of white-glove service and superb value that our solution provides. We also knew our STORE Valet pick-up and drop-off services would be a hit with busy neighborhood residents who don’t have the time to drag their stuff back and forth to their storage unit, and hate sitting in traffic or waiting around.

Q: Can you please tell our readers how easy your service is? Please elaborate on the valet part of the service.

 A: Using STORE is a breeze; our customers can just go online, create an account, pack up their stuff, and then request a time and date for our Valet Runner to drop by and pick everything up. Customers can also stop by STORE to setup an account, or simply give us a call and we’ll setup the account for them and answer any questions they may have about the process. We employ friendly and reliable Valet Runners who are just a phone call away and will quickly come pick up your stuff – saving you the time and hassle of schlepping everything to a storage unit across town. At STORE, our motto is ‘Leave the Schlepping to Us.’

Our Valet Service is modeled after the time when Doctors still made house calls; our Valet Runners are professional, friendly and fast. Because we use Valet Runners instead of moving vans, STORE can get to our customers quickly, saving them time so they can spend their days doing the things which bring them joy, like working out, spending quality time with family and friends, or just some quiet time alone.

 Q: What are the different costs to Store? Do you have monthly and or yearly packages that moms and dads can purchase?

 A: We like to think of ourselves like the Soul Cycle of Storage; only pay for what you use, as you use it! With STORE you only pay for the items you are actually storing. There are no minimums or contracts to sign. Each storage item is charged per item on a monthly basis. That’s it. This approach enables our customers to tailor make their own storage solution, adding or removing items from storage as they see fit. No one is forced to overpay for a storage unit which is only 1/2 full, nor are their things held hostage by lengthy contracts. We want your stuff to work for you!

 Q: Is there anything specific you want the divamoms/dad and glamas to know about how easy it is to work with you and Store? 

 A: STORE was designed entirely with convenience and ease-of-use in mind. We are only a phone call away to answer any questions – big or small. With our convenient retail location, Divamoms/Dads and Glamas can even make it a one stop event, dropping by STORE on the way back from their summer or winter house/share to unload and store their seasonal items so they don’t have to lug skis, bikes, or golf clubs back into their apartments. A simple heads up is all STORE needs, and we will literally lighten your load, so you can stop schlepping and get on with living.

Q: What seasons do you anticipate being most busy for you? I cannot wait to store all of my winter boots, kids jackets and skis with you. 

 A: Our busiest times of the year are spring and fall, as customers move winter items and sporting goods into storage and request the return of summer items. Those peep-toe Jimmy Choos & Manolos are just a cruel tease during the winter months and that Canada Goose jacket should fly to storage once spring has sprung!! With STORE, you can have what you need whenyou want it.

 Q: I love that you store strollers, cribs and baby beds.  Can you please explain to our readers where you store everything and talk about the blue bins.

 A: All stored items are kept at our 24/7 monitored, safe & secure, climate-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility located in Queens. The blue STORE bin is our most popular storage container because it is durable, weatherproof and lockable. It is the perfect size for winter or summer clothes, books, tax records, holiday decorations, or family keepsakes.

For furniture type items like cribs and baby beds we work with FlatRate Moving, who is highly-rated and well-respected in the industry. Through our partnership with FlatRate, we offer STORE users a 5% rebate for moving and storage of all furniture items. Customers can book their furniture storage request directly through STORE and we will make all the necessary arrangements.

 Q: What do you see as being the most popular service for UES families?

 A: The most popular storage item is our multipurpose blue STORE bin and our most popular service is white-glove valet pick-up and drop-off. By using our Valet Runner our customers save time, space, and money; 3 things all New Yorkers can’t get enough of!

 Q: How many STORES do you think you will open over the next few years in NYC? We reach families all over NYC and they are going to want to Store with you as well.

A: We will open 3-5 more STORE locations in NYC, as we expand to neighborhoods like Chelsea, Murray Hill and the Upper West Side.  For those customers who want to use STORE but don’t live on the Upper East Side, we are able to make pick-ups and drop-offs with our STORE Van for a small fee, which varies based upon customer location. For customers who prefer to come to us, STORE will credit back transportation costs against any storage fees – up to $30.

 Q: Is there anything else that you want to share with our readers about STORE?

 A: STORE was designed to make city living more livable and help New Yorkers enjoy their stuff on their own terms.  We built STORE to serve our customers; if there is anything that we can do to improve our business or storage solutions- please stop by or give us a call and let us know, we’re here for you!


A New #FabULyss Family Casting Just For You- January 17th 2019


Please note the last day to interview people for this casting is this friday. Please do not delay in sending in your submission today or tomorrow. They can interview people from anywhere in the United States not just in the New York area. The fastest way to submit is to just send an email to tcc@tiffanycompanycasting.com and you will receive the autoresponder for the google form.



Introducing a new #FabULyssfind HudsonWay Immersion School 12/19/2018



Introducing a new #FabULyssfind HudsonWay Immersion Schoowww.hwis.org. Located on the Upper West Side and expanding and relocating to 525 W. 52nd St in time for September 2019.  Nursery – Grade 8 Immersion now in both Mandarin and Spanish!


Q: Please tell our readers about the mission of the new Upper West Side HudsonWay Immersion School…

A:  With this move we are able to increase our capacity for preschool enrollment, expand to grades 6-8 and add a Spanish track alongside our Mandarin track.  Our students consistently outperform, outscore and outsmart monolingual students at every grade level while developing bilingual and bi-literacy skills. Our students also develop critical thinking, cultural competency, and enhanced social skills. We strongly believe that “bilingual students become brilliant adults”.

Q:  What makes this new school different from other immersion schools in NYC?

A: We are a full immersion school where starting from as early as age 2, children are immersed in a 100% Mandarin or Spanish environment.   Our 3 and 4 year old students are in an environment where 90% of the instruction is being delivered in Mandarin or Spanish.  This develops the brain resulting in superior cognitive skills and sets them up to learn academic content in kindergarten-grade 6 in two languages.  As a result our students are highly proficient in both languages and also outscore independent school norms in all subjects tested in English.

Q: Please tell our readers about the curriculum for preschool as well as elementary school… What grade does the school start at and at what grade does it end? What is your ex-missions program like? Getting kids into schools after they have graduated from the school. Please elaborate.

A:  In preschool we use Creative Curriculum as a framework for a theme-based program.  Each theme lasts about 6 weeks for in depth discovery.  We observe children in 8 developmental areas- social-emotional development, cognition, language, literacy, math, science and technology, art, and physical using a framework of 38 developmentally appropriate objectives. For elementary school, we select “best of breed” curriculum in the content areas of Mandarin or Spanish Language Arts, English Language Arts, math, science and social studies.  We provide a 1:1 chrome books for all students in kindergarten and above.  Beginning in K, students are assessed every 6-8 weeks and placed in flexible groups.  This challenges each student to his/her potential, individualizes the learning and maximizes the learning opportunity. Beginning in September 2019 we are adding Grade 6 and continuing growth through Grade 8.   If students do choose to leave they are accepted at the most highly competitive schools.

Q: What are the hours for preschool and elementary school? What is a typical day look like for each

A: For preschool 2’s and 3’s we offer either half day (8:30am-12pm) or full day (8:30am-3:30pm).  Our pre-K 4’s and K-Grade 6 are full day at 8:30am-3:30pm.  A typical preschool day consists of center activities followed by morning meeting, bathroom and snacks time, playground, art, music or PE, and  read aloud.  Elementary students will start with a morning meeting, follow by Mandarin or Spanish Language Arts, specials (arts, PE and music), lunch, English Language Arts classes, math, science and social studies.

Q: How many kids are in a classroom? What is the teacher/child ratio?

A: In preschool, our ratio is 1:4 for 2’s, 1:7 for 3’s and 1:8 for pre-K.  In elementary, the ratio is around 1:15.

Q: You now have two campuses one on the Upper West Side and one in New Jersey. What are the main differences besides the location between the two schools if any?

A: The programs use the same curriculum, and are overseen by the same leadership team.  Now with offering Spanish in NY starting September 2019, the programs will be the same.

Q: Are the families very involved with the school and the community? How do you engage parents to get more involved?

A: Because we have such a unique program and mission our parents are extremely committed and supportive.   The HudsonWay Immersion School Parent Association (HWISPA) promotes a sense of community among the families and administration, support the school in creating an outstanding learning environment for the students, and enrich the student experience through organizing school-wide events and activities and fundraising.

Q: Will you be having any open houses in January? If  so can you please elaborate on who can attend (parents and kids or just parents)? Do you know when they will be?

A: We’ll have general information sessions on January 10 and February 7 at 9 am, however we welcome all those who cannot attend one of these sessions to contact us for a private tour.

Q: What is the best way to set up a time to visit the school.. email, phone number, contact via the website? Please provide

A: Parents can feel free to join any of our information session by signing up on our website, www.hwis.org,  or contacting our Admissions Manager Nicole Liu at nliu@hwis.org to arrange a private tour.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers about the HudsonWay Immersion School?

A: We want to quote from one of our parents: ” My child loves coming to school everyday….she’s upset on the weekends when there’s no school. Her  love of learning is what we value most.  Our 5 year old daughter learned the anatomy of an ear in Mandarin and because neither my husband nor I speak Mandarin she translated it all in English to us.  We were floored”.




5 Best Kept Secret Activities for Families in the Hamptons- June 7th, 2018

A new #fabULyssfamilyfind for you in the #hamptons


5 Best Kept Secret Activities for Families in the Hamptons

Jennie Magaro

The Hamptons are world renowned for the beautiful beaches, celebrities, and gala fundraising events.  But what can you do when vacationing in the Hamptons with your kids?  As a local mom, and co-founder of Hamptons Family Concierge, I am willing to share a few secret spots that I’m sure your whole family will love.


1) Elizabeth Morton Wildlife Preserve – Sag Harbor

All year round, Morton’s is a wonderful outing for all ages.  The most important thing to remember – bring birdseed!  During most of our visits (time of year and time of day vary), the chickadees and other birds will come and eat out of your hand.(even my 4 year old!)  There are also turkeys, chipmunks, and other local wildlife, that you may observe as you walk through a scenic, shaded wood.  One trail leads you to a lovely bay beach where you can take a break and have a picnic!  Cost: Free (but donations appreciated)


2) Free concerts in the Park – Sag Harbor, Southampton, Easthampton, Montauk

During the summer months, each of the above towns has a weekly outdoor concert in their park.  It is perfect to bring a picnic or pizza, and let the kids play and dance while enjoying various types of music.  Cost: Free (but donations appreciated)


3) Seven Ponds Farm – Southampton

This Farm is not as well known as some of the other Hamptons farms, but it is my favorite.  In the summer, my kids pick raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, while in the fall you can pick your own apples and pumpkins.  There are also other vegetables you can pick yourself, as well as gorgeous flowers.  There is a playground for the kids, hay rides, and a small corn maze in the fall.  The farm stand is fantastic.  After we gather all that fruit, if we have the energy, we go home and make a pie!


4) Whale’s Tale Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Parlor – Shelter Island

It is a nice day trip to hop on the Shelter Island Ferry and spend the afternoon.  There are several wonderful family friendly restaurants, and then after lunch, you can go play mini golf.  It is an old fashioned place, but the kids love it, and they love the ice cream afterwards even more.  This is only open seasonally.


5) Blockspot – SYS, Southampton

This creative, fun filled center is brand new, and has a variety of classes, and activities for age 2-10 years.  Blocks and building materials of all shapes and sizes abound.  View the schedule to see when you would like to drop in.  Great for birthday parties as well.


There are so many factors involved when planning your weekend or vacation activites: the season, the weather, your children’s ages and interests, your location, and so on.  Hamptons Family Concierge was developed to assist families in creating the perfect Hamptons experience.  We can customize itineraries, plan amazing events, schedule quality services and activities (even at your home), so you can relax and enjoy your trip.


Hamptons Family Concierge




The Kent- #fabULyssfamilyfriendly New Condo- May 16th, 2018

The Kent

 We have a new #fabULyssfamilyfriendly find just for you!

Q: Please tell our readers about Extell’s new “#FabULyss” Art Deco Upper East Side condo, The Kent? What made the Art Deco architecture an inspiration for this beautiful building?


A: Designed by award-winning architect Beyer Blinder Belle, The Kent is a modern take on the classic pre-war building. Paying homage to the history of the Upper East Side, The Kent’s architectural vocabulary expresses a harmonious relationship with the classic brick buildings along Park and Fifth Avenues, accented by metal panels, crown lanterns, oversized loft-style windows, and a limestone clad base. Saluting classic Art Deco structures of the 1920s, the building’s silhouette is shaped by a series of graceful setbacks, chamfered corners and careful articulation of the facade that culminates in a decorative metal, glass and masonry crown at the top of the building.


Q: Where exactly is the building located? What makes this location so great for NYC families that want to live on the Upper East Side?


A: The Kent is located at 200 East 95th Street, at the corner of 95th Street and Third Avenue. The building is adjacent to the new Second Avenue subway and in close proximity to some of the best schools and parks in the City, as well as fine dining and cultural institutions. Adding to the allure is the convenience of a bus stop at 93rd Street and 3rd Avenue that transports children to popular summer camps and extracurricular activities.

Q: How big are the apartments? What are some of the favorite features of the apartments?


A:  The Kent offers a collection of 83 grand condominium residences that showcase elegant and intelligent living spaces. Curated by celebrated designer Alexandra Champalimaud, the interiors have been crafted for the modern family lifestyle.  They include large kitchens and living spaces while incorporating the charm and allure of a classic pre-war aesthetic. The two-to-five-bedroom homes – a select few with large private terraces – range in size from 1,285 to more than 4,500-square-feet. The residences boast 10-to-15-foot ceilings and large windows that highlight the multiple exposures and views of Midtown, Central Park and the East River.


Q: What schools, parks and restaurants are most coveted in the area?


A: The Kent is perfectly situated between Central Park and Carl Schurz Park, offering residents access to some of the best parks and playgrounds on the Upper East Side. Prestigious public and private schools, including The Spence School, The Dalton School and The Winward School, are all within walking distance of the building. The Kent will also be in close proximity to the stylish boutiques on Madison Avenue such as Blue Tree, Alice + Olivia and cultural institutions along Museum Mile, including The Frick Collection, The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Met Breuer.

Residents who live in this coveted enclave of the Upper East Side enjoy sought-after neighborhood amenities such as a Whole Foods Market, and some of the best restaurants in the city including Sfoglia, The Writing Room and Sarabeth’s.

 Q: For a family looking to find out more information and take a tour of the building, who should they contact? Please provide email, phone number.


A: The building has recently debuted its on-site sales center and unveiled its first model residence. Prices start at $2,450,000. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the sales team at 212-922-9595 or visit www.TheKentNYC.com.


Q: What makes this building so unique?


A:  The Kent is a new tradition on the Upper East Side, making the coveted lifestyle of the area accessible to more buyers. The Kent will deliver the same high-quality luxury and design found in classic pre-war buildings – with the added luxuries of more living space and amenities, making this the perfect residence for today’s modern family. The Kent also offers the 20-year tax abatement, which will help lower monthly carrying costs for residents.


Q: Please tell us about the amenities of the building….


A: The Kent will offer a full-service lifestyle with three levels of curated indoor and outdoor amenities. Residents will enjoy the beautiful drawing room adjacent to the lobby, featuring a fireplace and marble-top bar. The third-floor Garden Salon will include a billiards table and full catering kitchen all overlooking a beautifully landscaped courtyard designed by internationally acclaimed West8 Landscape Architects. Those looking for health and wellness facilities will be pleased to discover the heated indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center with men’s and women’s changing rooms and infrared sauna.

A one-of-a-kind amenity offered at The Kent is “The Sound Lounge”, designed by Lenny Kravitz’s eponymous Kravitz Design firm. The lounge is the perfect harmony between a state-of-the-art recreational space and a refined rehearsal studio. Professional quality amplifiers, guitars, drum set, and piano give residents a rare opportunity to play and practice music in their own building. The space also functions as a screening room and includes multiple gaming consoles.

The Kent will even offer its younger residents a full-service lifestyle with their own array of amenities, including Camp Kent – an interactive play space adjacent to the outdoor playground also designed by West8. Added conveniences for the whole family include a dog wash station and stroller valet.


Q: Is the amazing penthouse still available? If so please share with us what makes this penthouse so incredible…


A: The full floor penthouse at The Kent is located on the top floor of the 30-story tower. The home spans 5,188-square-feet and features five bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms. The master bedroom suite features two walk-in closets and all bedrooms include en-suite bathrooms. This grand home provides 360-degree views of the Manhattan skyline, East River and Central Park. Standout features include an expansive great room and modern kitchen, window-lined dining room, corner living room with a fireplace, as well as a private 1,466-square-foot wraparound terrace.


Q: What makes this building so kid/family friendly? 


A: In addition to the building’s amazing location, the residences at The Kent have been designed for a modern family lifestyle.  They offer generous layouts with three, four and five bedrooms as well as large kitchens and living spaces.  The amenities have been designed with all residents in mind, and feature amenities for children of every age, including Camp Kent, the outdoor children’s play area, The Sound Lounge by Kravitz Design, and a stroller valet.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers about The Kent?


A: Move-ins begin this summer!




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