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UrBin Seeks to Simplify Storage in New York City

By Kathryn Hawkins   April 28, 2014

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In New York City, where an average studio apartment in Manhattan rents for more than $2,000 a month, space comes at a huge premium. If you have items cluttering your apartment that you don’t need to access each day, it often makes more sense to put them in storage than to let them take up that expensive real estate.

For urban dwellers, though, renting a truck and getting to a self-storage facility can be hard, especially when you factor in hauling heavy boxes up and down several flights of stairs.

New York City startup UrBin thinks it has answer with its storage-by-the-bin service, although several other companies say they’ve got the same answer. UrBin’s New York City rivals in the storage-by-the-bin market include self-storage REIT CubeSmart as well as fellow startups Boxbee and MakeSpace.

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New York vs. LA vs. Chicago: Which One Is America’s Best Big City? [Infographic]

By John Egan   April 10, 2014

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The Big Apple seems to have everything you’d ever want, from bagels to Broadway to the Bronx Zoo. In the City of Angels, you’ll find beaches and sunshine and stars. The Windy City offers deep dish pizza and Michigan Avenue and Wrigley Field.

Of course, the best qualities of each city go beyond these. But if you were considering a move to either New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago, how would you choose which of America’s three biggest cities to call home? This infographic may help answer that question.

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Cellphone Storage Thriving Near New York City Schools

By John Egan   

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You can store furniture. You can store business records. You can store wine. You can store cars. Now, there’s a new high-tech wrinkle in the business of stashing stuff: cellphone storage.

A recent New York Times story points out that several shops near public schools in New York City’s borough of Queens are ringing up extra money by charging students to store their cellphones during the school day. In New York City, students aren’t allowed to carry cellphones in public schools.

These stores aren’t the only ones taking advantage of the cellphone ban, which took effect in 2005. The Associated Press reported in 2012 that thousands of New York City students are paying a $1 a day to leave their cellphones at gadget-storage trucks parked near schools—namely those campuses equipped with metal detectors, which can be set off by cellphones.

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Which Metro Areas Spend the Most on Moving and Storage?

By John Egan   October 8, 2013

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In Connecticut’s Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk metro area, you’ll spot lots of mansions. After all, it holds the distinction of having the highest concentration of wealthy households (17.9 percent) among all U.S. metro areas. The local town of Greenwich, less than an hour’s drive from New York City, boasts some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the U.S.

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Patagonia Backpacks: We Get Around at SpareFoot

By John Donegan   September 9, 2013

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With a no-policy vacation policy firmly in place, SpareFooters take more vacation days than your average Joe. And when we do, we typically bring our SpareBags.

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