Anyone who’s switched over to spiral CFL bulbs knows that some give pleasantly flattering light—and others make you look like you’re in the final throes of a medieval illness. That’s why we welcome the little test booth at Green Depot: It allows you to see the light a given bulb puts out before you spend hundreds on an energy-saving binge. 222 Bowery, nr. Prince Street; 212-226-0444
Best New Idea: The Lightbulb Test Booth
From the 2010 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).