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Good temporary agencies in NYC?

I am looking for recent, first-hand recommendations for good temporary agencies in NYC (beyond the three mentioned in this thread). I have a background in nonprofits, but I cannot limit myself to niche agencies. I would also (secondarily) welcome current insight into the temp world. Thank you! At least I know Excel this time around
posted by skbw on Aug 25, 2013 - 6 answers

What are the most affordable and helpful wine stores in NYC?

What are the most affordable and helpful wine stores in NYC? I'd like a wide selection of bottles $15 and under sold by nice, helpful, non-pretentious people. I am aware of Trader Joe's Wines and Astor Place Wines. I'm in Fort Greene, so anything in Brooklyn or Manhattan below 60th St is most helpful!
posted by Viola on Aug 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Help us find a vacation rental for the end of Sept in NYC

We're driving to New York City at the end of September for about a week. We plan to park at the Weehawken, NJ, ferry terminal ($15/night, quick trip into NYC). Finding a place to stay in NYC is a bit of a problem. [more inside]
posted by mbarryf on Aug 22, 2013 - 13 answers

Cheap dinner with wine/beer in Midtown West, NYC?

I'm going to be in NYC Fri-Sun and have arranged to have dinner tomorrow evening with an old friend before heading up to the Bronx (Fieldston, near the Horace Mann School) where I'll be spending the night (so I need to be in a useful place to catch the 1 train or an express bus). I had been thinking of Luigi's, which was my standby thirty years ago (great cheap Italian food!) and which I was delighted to see was still in business, but they don't serve booze. Any suggestions for a good place in the Columbus Circle area? Must be reasonably cheap: my friend is broke and I'm not exactly flush. [more inside]
posted by languagehat on Aug 22, 2013 - 9 answers

What should I do next week in NYC?

In an effort to distract myself from my life, I've decided to spend next week in NYC. I've never been, and am getting a little overwhelmed trying to decide what to do there. Oh yeah, and I'd like to not have to sell my firstborn to pay for everything. [more inside]
posted by jenlovesponies on Aug 22, 2013 - 44 answers

How should I acknowledge my job references for helping me land the gig?

I recently started a job that I'm really excited about. Part of the reason I was hired is because I got great endorsements from my references. I'd like to send flowers to the Manhattan offices of each one, but if you have a better idea for a considerate thank you gift for three smart, accomplished women in their late 20s/early 30s, I am all ears! I want to send something nice that makes it clear how grateful I am for their confidence in me. [more inside]
posted by andromache on Aug 21, 2013 - 12 answers

Best places to do freelance work in Manhattan

I'm in Manhattan for a few weeks and am looking for good spots with free (or cheap) wi-fi. [more inside]
posted by jtothes on Aug 20, 2013 - 6 answers

How to track down a teacher

Is it possible to track down a teacher through the NYC public school system? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Aug 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Dance Performance in NYC (Aug 20th)

I'm in NYC for one more week, and I'd like to go see a live dance performance this Tuesday. I'd prefer something more modern, or even circus-y, to ballet. (Sorry - I don't have the right vocabulary to talk about dance!) Budget is $100 for good seats at the right show, but I'd prefer cheaper. Do any of the NYC mefites have recommendations?
posted by Metasyntactic on Aug 18, 2013 - 4 answers

NYC Recording Studio Tour?

I want to take my friend on a tour of a recording studio in the NYC area to take a friend on for his birthday. Google has come up surprisingly short. I'd prefer a recording studio that has come kind of historical importance, though I know that most of the legendary studios in NYC have moved or closed. If a historically significant studio isn't a possibility, I was hoping to find one that has recorded interesting artists in the alt/indie rock, power pop, or soul genres. [more inside]
posted by fructose on Aug 13, 2013 - 4 answers

New bike or upgrade the frame with old components?

I ride a single speed (flip flop hub) here in NYC and am at a bit of a crossroads - my bike is at the shop and the diagnosis is grim - the worn out seat post is corroded into the frame. If it doesn't come out easy the repairs might be more than the original cost of the bike. Should I strip the components off the bike and get a new frame? Or a new bike entirely? Bike fiends I'd love some tips/pointers on this one. Specific details inside... [more inside]
posted by cristinacristinacristina on Aug 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Pro photographer in NYC, this week

I need to hire a photographer to take some photos of my organization's founder, which will be used in various publications. Ideally, I'd need these photos taken this week. I'm not sure where to begin looking for a photographer, or how much (ballpark) this will cost us. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Aug 12, 2013 - 6 answers

I'd rather not be our block's roach coroner forever.

For years, my Brooklyn apartment never had a single roach. Now I'm finding huge, dead waterbug roaches all over. Why? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Aug 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Benefits, my ass.

Is there ANY way I can cash in my "commuter benefits" debit card? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Aug 9, 2013 - 35 answers

Is it OK for a landlord to demand an additional deposit for moving?

[NYC Renting] YANML: New management company/owner is demanding a special "move out" deposit that wasn't there when I moved in. There are very little details why this deposit is necessary and what criteria they use to decide whether or not to keep it. Is this right? [more inside]
posted by teabag on Aug 7, 2013 - 22 answers

Short, dressed man.

I am getting married and need one of two things: a nice suit store in NYC that caters, specifically, to small dudes (I am 5'6" and ~130 lbs and Uniqlo quality won't cut it this time) or one of those made-to-measure places that will measure you and get you a suit made abroad. I need it by mid-October at the latest. Personal experience (good and bad) would be great. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 6, 2013 - 27 answers

Going to New York City for the books . . .

I'm looking for a medium-priced, safe hotel in New York City that's within safe walking distance (maybe 1 mile?) of The Strand Bookstore. Bonus points if the hotel is near anything else of literary interest. I've only been to NYC once and that was ten years ago so I'm very sketchy on neighborhoods/geography of the city, so I don't even know if this is a realistic request. Any thoughts, NYC booklovers?
posted by bookmammal on Aug 4, 2013 - 15 answers

Scrap Metal NYC

Is there anywhere in NYC I can go to browse through scrap metal and parts? I'm looking for broken machine parts or empty metal cases or just scrap steel, but not car parts. I've tried Film Biz Recycling and BuildItGreenNYC, but would like larger more useless items than what they carry.
posted by edbles on Jul 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Freelance advertising rate for creatives in NYC?

What should my day rate be for copywriting at a major ad agency in New York City? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Jul 29, 2013 - 5 answers

About to interview with a recruiter

I have a great job as a designer but it has some long hiatus periods. I have an interview with a recruiting company on Monday. However, I also have a decent number of freelance clients, including some very large companies and I'm worried that joining with this recruiter might either not be necessary or worse. [more inside]
posted by Brainy on Jul 26, 2013 - 4 answers

Nicest Hyatt within weekending distance of NYC?

We have two free nights to use at any Hyatt in the US. The catch is that we must use them by Aug 31. We would like to do a weekend away from our home in Brooklyn. There are 3 of us -- two adults and a 7-year-old boy. We tend to spend very little on hotels, so this is our chance to treat ourselves to a special hotel. Can you recommend a very nice Hyatt property within reasonable driving distance of NYC? That could include Philly, Boston, upstate NY, Connecticut, Rhode Island, etc. More concerned with hotel "wow" factor than location, but a great location is certainly a plus! [more inside]
posted by ROTFL on Jul 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Great scrub massage in NYC

Looking for an awesome, exfoliating scrub massage in NYC. Salt, sugar, whatever the medium—I'm interested in trying anything. Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jul 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Short term (1 month) pocket hotspot recommendation for NYC?

I have a friend from overseas who is going to be visiting NYC for 1 month starting next week. She is going to be staying in a Bronx apartment without internet access of any kind and really needs a way to get online with her laptop & foreign iphone while here. [more inside]
posted by dcjd on Jul 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Great places to rent for a young person in NYC

22 years old here and I work full time and study part time and live on my own currently. I really really want to move out of my current place. I'm supposed to be getting an increase in pay soon and as such I'm wondering what are some good parts of the city (NYC here) that have affordable rent that doesn't eat a crazy chunk of income. Assume that my maximum rent is $1200 (but I would rather go a bit less - I'm looking at value over price, but not some run down place or a place in the projects.)
posted by antgly on Jul 24, 2013 - 17 answers

Where to stay in NYC?

I am planning an anniversary trip to NYC for the third weekend in October - we would like someplace fun and reasonable to stay (an actual hotel, so AirBnB is out). We plan on doing some touristy things (a Broadway show, some of the big museums), but we would like to spend the rest of the time in a part of the city that's entertaining and quirky and a bit off the beaten path. Any recommendations of where to stay, and things to do once we're there, would be welcome. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Jul 23, 2013 - 16 answers

Ethical Shopping in NYC

I'm in NYC and would like to shop at establishments that give their retail and service workers a living wage and benefits. I'd also like to avoid the most egregious workers' rights offenders. Can you help me compile a list? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Jul 22, 2013 - 7 answers

Reinventing my (work)self - how does one start from scratch at 56?

My career as a high end photo retoucher for magazines seems to be winding down, mostly because of the shift from print to digital/ipad consumption of content. Seems that my options are to gear up my portfolio to work for ad agencies, or learn to be a decent illustrator if I stay with it. Even so, I'm not confident that there will be enough work as things move forward. [more inside]
posted by hick57 on Jul 21, 2013 - 2 answers

Re(le)nting in NYC

This will take a bit of time as I will go into some details but bear with me please.I have seen the earlier threads but the kinda of questions I had are, sort of, very different. I am in early 30's and have just moved to NYC. I am by myself now and expect my wife to join me after December. Currently, am in a hotel provided by my employer and can have this for a month more. My office is in mid-town manhattan (near grand central) and one client whom I would be visiting often is in long island city. I plan to use subway extensively for my travel. So, I have started my house hunting now. Q1: Is this the right time or am I too late and I should beg my employer to give me couple of more weeks? [more inside]
posted by TheLittlePrince on Jul 21, 2013 - 18 answers

Where is this magical place?

I'm looking for a place in New York City to dance to 90s pop and hip hop djs. Would love to avoid expensive, velvet-rope clubs and I'm not a fan of techno/house/electronica. [more inside]
posted by auntietennis on Jul 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Looking for a new public high school in nyc....

SO. My friend is about to get her teaching certification from the NYC Teaching Fellows program. Very exciting! At the end of the program, she will be eligible to teach at a high school in NYC. HOWEVER, apparently due to some current hiring freeze, she's only able to apply to jobs at public (non-charter) high schools that have opened in the past three years. Is there some database online that lists...um... dates when particular nyc schools opened? Or, do any of YOU know of a public h.s. in your neighborhood that opened in the past couple years? We're at a loss as to how to search for these schools! Anywhere in nyc will do.
posted by silverstatue on Jul 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Please help me find kid-friendly sites on the Upper West Side?

Please help me find little kid-friendly sites on the Upper West Side that are near the American Museum of Natural History. Preferably free or cheap, preferably air-conditioned, and preferably not the Children's Museum. [more inside]
posted by Viola on Jul 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Living in NYC, what are my health insurance options right now?

I am newly graduated, living in NYC, and wondering what my options are for health insurance. My school offers a continuation plan, but the price seems outrageous. [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Jul 15, 2013 - 15 answers

Itinerary to ride ALL THE SUBWAYS

My son wants to ride all the NYC subways in one day. He doesn't need to do the full length all-the-stops-on-every-line (whew), just ride a little on each one. What is the quickest / shortest itinerary that will let us do this? Some extra requests inside: [more inside]
posted by Mchelly on Jul 14, 2013 - 10 answers

What's a fun second date around BAM on Sunday evening?

Hello! I'm looking for second date ideas around the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Sunday evening after or before getting ice cream. We're both nerdy literary types and the first date was Despicable Me 2 in the theatre, which was great. [more inside]
posted by yaymukund on Jul 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Living for 3 weeks in NYC - now what?

I'm going to be living in NYC (UWS near Lincoln Center) for 3 weeks in August, as well as taking a class in Chelsea. Help me make my way in the big city and make the best of my not-in-class time! [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Jul 11, 2013 - 21 answers

My own personal ESPN Body Issue

I guess I have the body (and ego) to ask this: Does anyone have any advice or suggestions on getting nude photos in the style of the ESPN body issue taken of one's self? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Jul 11, 2013 - 9 answers

What's going on outside my office right now?

There's a huge protest happening somewhere in the vicinity of Park and 23rd. [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on Jul 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Dentist Recommendations for Guardian Mananged DentalGuard in NYC

Does anyone had any personal recommendations for a dentist under Guardian Mananged DentalGuard in NYC (Manhattan or Brooklyn.) [more inside]
posted by c on Jul 7, 2013 - 3 answers

ID this picturesque spot

Where in Manhattan is this? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jul 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Would grad school be a good way to relocate?

With a strong desire to live in NY or LA and having trouble finding work that will get me out there, if grad school is a partial-to-fully-subsidised option, would it be worth while to relocate for? [more inside]
posted by djduckie on Jul 5, 2013 - 18 answers

Give me just one night...

Where to stay for one night between Providence and NYC? [more inside]
posted by Mender on Jul 3, 2013 - 7 answers

where to find a cheapish sports bra in Manhattan right NOW?

Where can I get a cheapish sports bra in Manhattan? I'm currently near 60th street and 6th ave. Bonus points for a pair of throw away shorts/tshirt. I'm staying in Newark for the night (flight leaves ewr in the morning), so I don't want to go too far. [more inside]
posted by matildatakesovertheworld on Jul 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Navigating moving and real estate- New York City style

We are currently in the process of selling a co-op in Brooklyn and purchasing another co-op in Brooklyn. How do people pull this off without ending up temporarily homeless? Really NYC-specific stuff under the fold, so recent NYC real estate experience would be best. [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips on Jul 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Food and cooking on a budget in Manhattan?

How does one do food shopping and eat healthily on a very constrained budget in Manhattan? I'm looking for resources: specific stores that have 'dented' food items, websites for good local deals, etc. [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Jun 28, 2013 - 21 answers

Is NYC the only city in America that is off-limits?

I've long considered New York City to be the one place in America that your normal person just can't live in. Generally speaking, is it? Can someone making very little money thrive there? Tips? Advice? Stories? [more inside]
posted by signondiego on Jun 27, 2013 - 32 answers

Searching for history of NYC's Empire Hotel

I'm working on a story and was looking for some historical information on the Empire Hotel in Manhattan, one of the oldest hotels in the city. I'm not experienced in research, and my google searching did not produce much. Can you all steer me in the direction of how to research the history of this hotel? [more inside]
posted by dysh on Jun 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Need to buy a blazer or suit in NYC

I left my standard blue blazer on another continent and will be speaking in front of a group of 400 people tomorrow in Manhattan. I'll be there by 1pm and don't know where to get something that fits. I'm thinking of a) finding something else a bit more stylish, b) would buy a suit if necessary but doubt it could be ready in time, but I'm open to that if there is a great recommendation.
posted by carlodio on Jun 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Which cool, stylish pants will help me not hate summer commuting in NYC?

Hot summer days in New York can be miserable with the heat and humidity. I feel like I'm on an endless quest to find the perfect summer pants. What should I wear to keep cool and look stylish without being over or under dressed? [more inside]
posted by andrewraff on Jun 25, 2013 - 10 answers

New to Scuba in NYC

[Scuba filter] I live in NYC and received my PADI open water certification this weekend (woo!). I'm interested in weekend dive trips for beginners. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Jun 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Need recommendations for low-cost/sliding scale psychiatric care in NYC

Asking for a friend of mine who lives in Brooklyn. She's suffering from some acute anxiety, and really needs to see someone, but the healthcare she gets through her company do not cover mental health expenses, and she cannot afford to pay out of pocket. [more inside]
posted by sparringnarwhal on Jun 20, 2013 - 3 answers

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