1. Earth-Friendly Furniture
- Nova Zembla
117 Atlantic Ave., Downtown Brooklyn; 718-222-5705
This eco-focused furniture store is knocking 20 percent off hardwood furniture (including already reduced items), 20 to 40 percent off in-stock upholstery, and 10 to 15 percent off lamps. A hand-hammered copper-and-steel floor lamp is $195, reduced from $325.
- Manhattan Cabinetry
Three locations; 800-626-4288
Widely known for bookshelves and cabinets, this rather expensive firm is taking 80 percent off floor samples (photos at manhattancabinetry.com), plus 10 percent off custom orders. An English- sycamore credenza, formerly $9,500, is $3,900.
3. Tableware and Décor
- Apartment 48
12 W. 17th St.; 212-807-1391
The charming and inexpensive Flatiron- district housewares shop is running its Spring Preview Sale—20 percent off all new merchandise, including dinnerware, pillows, vases, lamps, and more— from March 14 through 21.
4. Fabric and Upholstery
- Beckenstein Fabric and Interiors
4 W. 20th St.; 212-366-5142
This old-line store is moving on April 1. To reduce inventory before the move, the proprietor, Garry Greenberg, is running a deal: Select an in-stock fabric for reupholstering and it’s free with labor.<
- Goodbye Clutter, Inc.
Nancy Heller, who will untangle that dysfunctional relationship you have with your bedroom closet, is (for the first time) knocking 20 percent off her hourly rate of $125 through the end of March.
6. Design Classics
- Design Within Reach
Multiple locations; 800-944-2233
Much of the chain’s line of mid-century classics and crisp contemporary furniture will be 15 percent off from March 5 through 18, with free standard shipping to sweeten the deal.
- Aronson’s Floor Covering
135 W. 17th St.; 212-243-4993
The friendly family-run business is offering cork and linoleum tile at 30 percent off throughout March. Then, during a warehouse sale from April 24 through April 27, area rugs are 60 percent off; orders placed that weekend for Merida rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting will also be discounted 20 percent.
8. Serenity at Home
- Harmony Thru Design
The feng shui consultants will help you place furniture, draw up charts, choose colors, and follow up, and do it for $150 off the basic consultation fee. (A studio is $400; a one-bedroom, $500; a two-bedroom, $700.)
Smart ways to nest for less.
From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).