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Great Entertainment for Free in Manhattan

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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West Side Comedy Club in Manhattan Offering Free Tickets

The West Side Comedy Club, located on 75th Street in the upper west side of New York City, regularly offers superstar comedy to its patrons. Bill Burr and Jerry Seinfeld both recently closed their shows to standing ovations. New talent frequently is part of the show. While you may not have heard of them, they provide an entertaining evening for everyone. One of these entertainers may be the next major star, and you saw them at the West Side Comedy Club.

On Jan 19th, patrons can book tickets for the Blue Crush Comedy show. Entertainment begins at 7:45, and tickets are free until sold out. Comedians from popular venues will be on hand for your comedy entertainment, such as

Comedy Central,

Fallon. Conan,


True TVCBS and

Sirius XM

The club offers excellent food and drinks to enjoy during the show. The tickets are free; however, the club is asking for a two-drink minimum.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side provides water damage services to Manhattan residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (917) 498-1362. We respond 24/7 to help with all your water damage needs.

Upper West Side – Manhattan – a Cultural Powerhouse

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Explore Your Families History at Manhattan's Ellis Island Immigration History Center

Manhattan is one of five boroughs comprising New York City and is the most densely populated of all boroughs. The (UWS) Upper West Side is one of the neighborhoods in the borough. While Manhattan consists primarily of Manhattan Island, the Upper West Side is bounded by the Hudson River on the west, Central Park on the east, 59th Street to the south, and up to 110th street in the north.

Approximately 214,000 people live in the Upper West Side area compared to 1.6 million people living on the island. The UWS is considered one of the cultural, media, financial and intellectual hubs of the area.

Manhattan began as a trading post in 1624, named New Amsterdam by Dutch colonists, and purchased the island for 60 Guilders from Native Americans. The English took control in 1664, renaming the area from New Amsterdam to New York after the king's brother, the Duke of York. The city of New York was the United States capital for five years, from 1785 until1790. The Statue of Liberty, gifted by France and dedicated in 1886, has greeted millions of people immigrating to the United States. The Statue was one of the first visual cues that immigrants saw when they arrived by ship. It remains a potent symbol of freedom in America and is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Manhattan is the densest populated area in the US and among the densest in the world.

There are many cultural, dining, and entertainment activities for residents to take advantage of along the Upper West Side of Manhattan and nearby. A few are listed:

Extensive shopping, restaurants, and fine hotels – Broadway and Amsterdam's streets are filled with restaurants and bars from 67th street to 110th street.

Central Park – is the east side boundary of the Upper West Side, covers 843 acres, and is visited by an estimated 38 million people every year.

Fairway Market – the flagship store at Broadway and West 74th street

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts – covers 16.3 acres with multiple building complexes dedicated to the performing arts, including the Metropolitan Opera, the NTC Ballet, and the NY Philharmonic.

Numerous universities and colleges are located in the borough, which ranks among the top 40 in the world:

Columbia University

New York University

Cornell Tech

Weill Cornell Medical College and

Rockefeller University.

Manhattan & Upper West Side Museums

New York City, Manhattan, and each of the boroughs have made considerable contributions to American society, covering all facets of our life. Music, Finance, Industry, and cultural development in the city has made contributions that affect us today and for many years in the future. A few of the exciting venues to visit are:

American Family Immigration History Center

American Museum of Natural History

American Folk Art Museum

Children's Museum of Manhattan

American Family Immigration History Center

The American Family Immigration History Center is located on Ellis Island and schedules regular family history research activities for individuals and families researching their history. As many as 22 million people landed at the Port of New York and Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924. The majority were immigrants, and however, many were crew members and other passengers coming to New York.

The history center runs daily schedules for anyone wishing to research their family history. Book tickets online and secure your date and time to visit. Volunteers are available to assist; however, searchers should prepare in advance. Collect as much information as possible beforehand, including:

First and last names

Year of arrival


Age on arrival

Ship traveled on

Port of departure

Traveled alone or with family members

All of this information will increase the opportunities for finding information about your ancestor's journeys from ship manifests and images. Many people use this information to complete their family's history in the New World and link back to the original cities and towns in Europe where they originated.

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is among the most significant natural history museums in the world. Twenty-six buildings are housing 45 exhibition halls with collections of more than 34 million specimens. Learn everything you want to know about plants, animals, fossils, rocks, human remains, and human artifacts that can be found in the museum. As with all large museums, it is essential to plan your visit to ensure that your visit is productive. Tickets can be booked online and specify the time of entry to manage the number of people visiting the museum every day.

Water Restoration of Historic Buildings in Manhattan

Many commercial businesses are operating out of historic buildings in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. As with any structure, including historic buildings, it is essential to remove water and moisture as quickly as possible before long term damage occurs and mold gets a chance to infest the area. Historic buildings are even more susceptible to water damage due to their age and requirements to preserve the historic architecture. They require specialized water restoration and mitigation techniques that protect and maintain the architecture of the buildings.

SERVPRO has the equipment and highly qualified trained technicians to manage every situation. We respond 24/7 to all water damage incidents knowing how important it is to protect the contents, the building, and buildings directly connected to yours. Our approach includes the following steps to the restoration of your premises, "Like it never even happened."

Assess the situation

Deploy water extraction equipment

Install air movers and dehumidification equipment

Utilize specialized minimally invasive equipment to find and remove water pockets and remove excess water and moisture while mitigating the damage.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side provides water restoration services to Manhattan commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (917) 498-1362. We respond 24/7 to help with all your water restoration needs.

Visit Manhattans American Museum of Natural History

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment at work. If water damage sits to long you have to worry about mold. Mold remediation should be left to SERVPRO for the safety of you and your family.

Manhattan Residents Can Enjoy Many Events and Displays

The American Museum of Natural History can be a great place to visit for individuals and the family. The museum is located at Central Park West at 79th street, and the museum is central to Manhattan and easy to access via mass transit, bicycles, and cars. There are many activities and displays to enjoy, however planning is essential. Visitors should book tickets online and note the time of entry to ensure that they maximize their time at the museum.

There are many exhibits and events planned at the museum. Some run daily for a defined period, while others are on display for a short period. During January, the following exhibits can be considered by anyone planning to visit the museum:

Hall of Human Origins – presents human evolution from our earliest ancestors to the present day.

Iridescent Opals – view the colorful iridescence and internal structure by scattering light.

Rare Jade – view a two-foot slide of Jade from a jadeite boulder from 12 miles’ underground.

Fossil Halls – check out the dinosaurs and other smaller fossils.

There are many more events, and displays visitors can view during January 2021.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side provides mold remediation services to Manhattan residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (917) 498-1362. We respond 24/7 to help with all your mold remediation needs.

Upper West Side Kids Can Take Part in Story Pirates Sleep Squad

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

toddler sleeping with teddy bear Sweet dreams for your family in the Upper West Side as SERVPRO attends to fire cleanup

It’s a Virtual Story World That Comes with a Dreamtime Travel Kit for Upper West Side Families

Lilli Cooper is a Tony Award Nominee and the star of the Sleep Squad. It is an enchanting audio experience that invites children to take part in one of three adventures:

  • Stuck Island (desert island)
  • Spinosaurus Birthday (dinosaurs)
  • 20 Moons (intergalactic adventure)

The on-screen performance also comes with a Dreamtime Travel Kit. The kit includes:

  • Dream journal
  • Sleep google mask
  • Star machine

The kit is optional and will be delivered to the home before the event. Designed for ages 4 – 12, the family pass is $35. The Dreamtime Kit is an additional $15. You choose your date for this delightfully imaginative bedtime experience. This one happens on December 15th at 7 PM, but there are other times available too.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side has been providing fire damage restoration to Upper West Side residents and businesses for many years. We are experts at fire damage mitigation. Contact us at (917) 498-1362 for more information.

Central Park West Residents Head to Bank of America Winter Village

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

ice skating in Central Park NYC After the storm, SERVPRO invites you to ice skate in Central Park

Ice Skating, Shopping & More – One of the Favorite Events with Central Park West Folks

Winter does not mean staying inside. Getting out into the open air is good for your mental and physical health. The Bank of American Winter Village at Bryant Park is recommending folks do just that. The main event is ice skating, and it is free. While you are there getting some physical activity, you can indulge in some rink-side snacks and hot drinks. There is plenty of local shopping as well. The walkways have been expanded to allow for less congestion. Other things to know include:

  • Rink reservations must be made online
  • Enhanced cleaning is taking place
  • Skate time is booked per timed session
  • Ice skaters must wear a mask

You can visit the Holiday Shops through January 3, 2021. Typical hours are Monday – Friday: 11 AM – 8 PM. Many stores may be open later after Thanksgiving.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side offers storm and flooding restoration services to Central Park West and the surrounding areas. Contact us at (917) 498-1362.

Manhattan Residents Can Depend on SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Times Square NYC From Time Square to Your Manhattan Residence or Business, SERVPRO Provides Premier Fire Damage Restoration

When Fires Happen in Manhattan Our Technicians Provide Fire Cleanup Mitigation Fast

In 1624 Dutch Republican colonists formed a trading post called New Amsterdam. And from those humble beginnings, the borough grew into the entertainment, media, the cultural, and financial capital of the world. Of the five New York City boroughs, Manhattan has the most people. When it comes to NYC, this city is vital for:

  • Economic center
  • Administrative center
  • Cultural identifier
  • Historical birthplace

Connected to the World

Known simply as “The City" by New Yorkers, the global connection is phenomenal. It is where the United Nations Headquarters resides and where Wall Street action happens. It is thought to be the world’s leading financial center. It is considered to be the main economically powerful city anywhere on the globe. Adding to all this power within the finance and economic world, the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ call Manhattan home. All of this makes Manhattan one of the most sought-after pieces of real estate. Retail renters can expect to pay $3,000 per square foot as of 2017. Residential property goes for approximately $1,600 per square foot. Commercial rent like this is seen nowhere else in the world.

Humble Beginnings and Hard Work Develop into Something Amazing

The Dutch colonists that started New Amsterdam bought the land from local Indians. The amount they paid, 60 guilders, would equal roughly $1059 today. In 1664 the English gained control, and the area was renamed New York after the Duke of York, brother to King Charles II.  The location of present-day Manhattan, then known as New York was the United States capital from 1785 until 1790. When New York consolidated in 1898, Manhattan became one of its boroughs.

Packed with People

There is only one county in the US that is almost as small as New York County, and that is in Hawaii. Out of all the U.S. counties, it is the most densely populated. It is one of the topmost densely populated areas in the world. As of 2019, the population equaled 1,628,706. All these people live in a space that is just over 22 square miles. And this is just the people who live there. Each day thousands of people commute to Manhattan for work, adding to the congestion.

Home to Famous Tourist Attractions

There are many landmarks and districts that are well known in Manhattan. In 2017 over 62.8 million tourists visited the town. Tourists love visiting:

  • Times Square
  • Central Park
  • Grand Central Station
  • Brooklyn Bridge and other famous bridges
  • Empire State Building
  • Chrysler Building
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Broadway
  • Fulton Center
  • Lincoln Center for Performing Arts
  • Madison Square Garden
  • Rockefeller Center
  • Trump Tower

Diverse Cultures Come Together

Chinatown has more people of Chinese descent than any other place except Asia. There is also Koreatown, Little Australia, and Little Italy. Other famous neighborhoods include:

  • TriBeCa
  • SoHo
  • NoMad
  • Harlem
  • Greenwich Village
  • Washington Heights
  • Rose Hill

The diversity of culture and languages are amazing. Languages that are spoken there besides English include:

  • Spanish – 23.07%
  • Chinese – 5.33%
  • French – 2.03%%
  • Japanese – 0.78%
  • Russian – 0.77%
  • Korean – 0.72%
  • German – 0.70%
  • Italian - 0.66%
  • Hebrew – 0.64%
  • African languages – 0.48%

Contemporary Life & Culture

Walt Whitman thought Manhattan was one of the busiest, bustling locations around. The American cultural movement saw many important events take place in the borough. Women’s rights were fought or in 1912, with a march of 20,000 people commemorating 156 workers who perished in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. In the 1920s, the Harlem Renaissance kicked off. The American pop art movement got its beginnings with Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns. Andy Warhol was one of the artists in the ‘70s that helped the downtown pop art movement explode.

Theater & Dance Flourish

There is nothing like taking in a Broadway theatre show. Highly respected, 39 professional theatres host musical and plays. Almost every one of them is in the Times Square region. There are also off-Broadway theatres such as the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Located on Lincoln Square in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, it shares the area with:

  • Metropolitan Opera
  • New York City Opera
  • New York Philharmonic
  • New York City Ballet
  • Vivian Beaumont Theater
  • Juilliard School
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center and Allice Tully Hall

Visit Some Stunning Art Collections

If you love art, classical or contemporary, Manhattan is where you need to be. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is on every art lovers list. From there, you can move on to the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Frick Collection, and the Guggenheim Museum. Art buyers flock to the borough to participate in expensive art auctions. The Chelsea neighborhood alone houses more than 200 art galleries.

Marching Fun and Festivities

One of the major ways Manhattan folks love to celebrate is by having a parade. Everything from holidays to major league sports victories get celebrated with a street parade. Of course, the most famous one is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Another well-known one is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

SERVPRO Proudly Serving the Manhattan Area

SERVPRO is the premier fire damage restoration company in Manhattan. When your home experiences a fire, big or small, you want to know there is a restoration business you can depend on to help restore it. Our technicians are experienced in fire restoration and emergency mitigation. Depending on the extent of the fire, when our crew arrives at the scene, we do the following:

  • Deal with safety issues and emergency mitigation measures.
  • Scope the premises and put together a plan of action.
  • Begin water extraction and chemical residue cleanup if firefighter hoses were involved.
  • Remove charred and badly burnt structural elements and debris.
  • Dry the premises before cleanup begins.
  • Remove smoke residue and soot from the home.
  • Clean the home and the content.
  • Deodorize the home using a variety of methods.
  • Dispose of materials that cannot be saved.
  • Restore structural components as needed.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side strives to return your home to preloss condition whenever possible. As your neighbors, we understand how upsetting even a small fire can be and the disruption it can cause. Contact us at (917) 498-1362 for professional fire damage restoration.

Enjoy Comedy under the Picturesque Manhattan Skyline

11/21/2020 (Permalink)

neon sign showing the words comedy show It will be exciting to see the community at the Rooftop Comedy Show!

Join Other Manhattan Residents for a Rooftop Comedy Show Featuring NYC's Best Comedians

With the limitations imposed by the pandemic, you might be cautious about attending events in Manhattan, where many people congregate. However, the entertainment you get at home may not match the thrills of going out. One great solution to this challenge is finding entertainment events that meet the safety requirements.  The Rooftop Comedy Show held at The Three Monkeys can be a perfect way to spend your evening, starting from 7.30 PM on most days of the week. 

There are many exciting things about the event:

  • It features some of the top comedians in New York City with credits like Comedy Central, HBO, and Netflix
  • The Manhattan skyline provides a perfect backdrop as you enjoy your evening laugh
  • The event is free

The outdoor setting allows better social distancing and free flow of air.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side is one of the premier water restoration companies in the Manhattan area that provide technology and skills to tackle any water damage incidents. You can reach us at (917) 498-1362.

Thanksgiving Day Without a Parade? Macy’s Manhattan Tradition Adapts and Emerges Triumphant

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon We are looking forward to this year's parade!

Enjoy the Fun and Festivity of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Virtually from Midtown Manhatten’s Herald Square 

A special event, anticipated and watched by millions every year, will not see its 90-year history of glitz, energy, or balloons grounded in 2020. Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade this year takes on a different slant but still delivers the holiday entertainment. Filmed over two days in front of Macy’s flagship on Herald Square in midtown Manhattan, the pageantry and fun come to fans on-screen during its airing on Thanksgiving morning, November 26, at 9:00 am Eastern Time.  

Changes include: 

  • Deferring out-of-town participants for this year
  • Focusing on local talent -- socially distanced
  • Wrangling the signature balloons with specially engineered vehicles, not humans 

Mold removal companies need adaptable plans to remediate the damage in your business. Call SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362 to solve microbial overgrowth challenges so your show can go on.

What Actions are Necessary to Restore Sanitary Conditions after Flood Damage Affects a Condo in the Upper West Side?

10/29/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Well Versed with General Cleanup and Removal of Harmful Substances from Properties after Flooding Incidents.

A flooding incident can affect any section of a condo, whether it is individual units or common areas, like the parking lot. Restoring the property to its preloss state takes several processes, including sanitizing all the areas the floodwaters reach. Sanitization may also be necessary for areas unaffected by the water since moving in and out of the facility can spread contaminated materials from the affected areas. SERVPRO helps ease the restoration of flooded condos in the Upper West Side

What does sanitization require after flood damage affects a condo in Upper West Side? 

  • Removal of dirty water
  • Removal of solid wastes like mud, silt, or raw sewage
  • Removal of affected building materials
  • Cleansing all affected materials

Flooding affects properties in different ways, including depositing harmful substances on surfaces or deep within materials. Moisture action also breaks down materials or starts chemical processes within the materials. Restoring sanitary conditions in a property is only possible after addressing all these issues. Our SERVPRO crews break down the process into groups of related tasks making it easier to handle the damage.

Is it possible to prevent contamination of a property once flooding occurs?

The Intrusion of floodwaters into a condo readily spreads contaminants around the property. The initial dispersal of such materials is limited only to sections where the groundwater reaches. Contaminants can only spread in the rest of the property through secondary transfer by foot traffic or aerosolized through the air. It is possible to prevent such secondary spreading by taking timely preventive steps.

Our SERVPRO technicians can help by setting up physical barriers to limit people and air movements from spreading materials from the affected areas to the unaffected sections. We set up the barriers using plastic sheets and other unique accessories such as spring-loaded metallic poles. It takes limited time to set up the barriers creating airtight protection around the desired sections of the condo. With this option, our technicians can: 

  • Block hallways, doors, and other access points
  • Create three-side rooms within rooms
  • Seal off sections of the property

With the temporary barriers in place, we can be sure that the areas we clean or disinfect cannot be re-contaminated by people or the other steps we take to restore the property, such as running air movers to improve the evaporation rate from wet materials.

Which resources are needed for efficient cleanup of the condo?

  • Various types of water extractors 
  • A variety of cleaning tools 
  • Access equipment like ladders or cherry pickers
  • Miscellaneous tools such as shovels, pry bars, and saws

Since the soils introduced by flooding into a property vary, several types of equipment are necessary to facilitate clean up. For instance, removing floodwaters may require different extractors at different stages, including self-priming slurry pumps, which remove water containing dissolved solids like mud and silt. Regular high-capacity extractors with accessories such as extra-long hoses are also necessary to fast-track water removal if there is a considerable volume of standing water in the property. 

Deteriorated materials within the walls or floors must also be torn down because once porous materials are contaminated, it is hard to cleanse them by cleaning or other restoration procedures. Our SERVPRO technicians arrive at the loss site prepared for such tasks by bringing building tools like saws and pry bars to facilitate the removal of drywall, insulation, and other porous materials affected by the floodwaters. 

Cleaning all the surfaces, including floors and walls, is necessary to remove visible soils and invisible contaminants. Our crews apply potent cleaning agents, including EPA-registered disinfectants. The task also requires proper agitation to reach and remove all the substances from materials. Our technicians use rotating brushes or pressure washers to provide the strength needed for removing such substances. 

What are some challenges that might prevent a smooth restoration process?

Sometimes the restoration of the condo might be affected by factors beyond the damages caused by flooding. For instance, if common areas and some units are affected, it might not be clear who should shoulder the cost of restoration.  Another problem is the failure to understand the full extent of damage and especially moisture spread patterns. Identifying the problems at stake can help people make decisions faster. Our SERVPRO technicians rely on state-of-the-art equipment such as thermal cameras and thermos-hygrometers to reveal unseen problems such as water intrusion into hidden sections of the building or excessively humid air, which can lead to unnecessary microbial growth, lengthening the time taken to restore sanitary conditions.

SERVPRO of Upper West Side can help the restoration of a flooded condo. Call us at (917) 498-1362 when you need help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Are the Benefits of Calling Fire Damage Restoration Professionals?

10/10/2020 (Permalink)

closeup of section of a fire truck When the fire trucks leave your damaged property in Manhattan--SERVPRO is ready for the cleanup and restoration, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO Helps Manhattan Property Owners Save Time and Money with Premier Fire Cleanup and Restoration

Property owners in Manhattan know they can rely on SERVPRO technicians when their property is damaged by fire. Our restoration professionals work hard to stop further harm and begin the restoration process quickly. By working to restore rather than replace whenever possible, our team can help customers save time and money.

What Should You Expect When You Call SERVPRO?

SERVPRO technicians are trained to respond swiftly to Manhattan fire damage emergencies. We know that fast action is the key to mitigating the fire loss. Here are some of the first steps we take when called to a property requiring cleanup and restoration.

  • Respond to your questions and concerns
  • Determine the extent of the fire damage
  • Test materials to determine what can be restored to pre-fire conditions
  • Discuss the results with you and your insurance adjuster
  • Obtain signed permission to begin the restoration process

We understand the stress that a flareup causes, and with many years of experience, we treat you with empathy even as we work to simplify the claims process. We are not an insurance company but expedite the process as much as possible. Communication is key. Let's get you back to your daily routine as quickly as possible.

What if Your Property Incurred Secondary Water Damage?

Because NYC firefighters respond to around 2,000 fires per month, our Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can deal with water damage resulting from the extinguishing efforts. Our crew receives cross-trading in many aspects of restoration services.

SERVPRO technicians use advanced equipment to extract water and dry all wet materials and contents. All mitigation efforts can work simultaneously.

We provide restoration efforts from the first visit to the final walkthrough to ensure total customer satisfaction. Our goal is to make you feel, "Like it never even happened."

When you have a fire at your property, trust the fire cleanup and restoration to us. Contact SERVPRO of Upper West Side at (917) 498-1362.