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Ask New York Archive

January 12, 2004
Who Can Update My Fur Coat?

My mother gave me one of her best furs, but it’s a little too Dynasty for my taste. Is it possible to alter the style without ruining it?

June 7, 2004
Where Can I Get My Linen Jacket Dyed?

I love the cut of my old linen jacket, but I’m tired of the color. Is there anywhere I can get it dyed for spring?

May 31, 2004
Where Can I Get My Undergarments Mended?

Too many of my hand-wash-only, ultra-delicate undergarments have been ravaged by the washing machine—or an overzealous date—lately. Is there anywhere I can have them mended?

May 17, 2004
What's a Good Way To Spend a Day On The Water?

Some New York–savvy friends are visiting this spring, and I’m trying to think of new things to do. They’ve already tried the Circle Line. Are there any other ways to spend a day on the water?

May 10, 2004
Where Can I Get a Foot Makeover?

I just tried on strappy sandals for the first time this year, and my feet look terrible! Making them presentable calls for something beyond a standard pedicure. What can I do?

May 3, 2004
Where Can I Donate an Old Computer?

I just bought a fancy new iMac, but my old PC from ’96 still works, and I can’t bear to throw it out. Where can I donate?

April 26, 2004
Who Can Help My Kids Pack for Summer Camp?

My kids are going to sleepaway camp this summer, and I’m dreading the thought of packing their trunks and remembering everything they’ll need. Is there anyone who can do it for me?

April 19, 2004
Where Can I Learn To Use My Cocktail Shaker?

Someone gave me a cocktail shaker recently, but I have no idea what to do with it. Is there anyone who can teach me?

April 12, 2004
Where Can I Learn To Refurbish Furniture?

I’m an avid flea-market bargain hunter, but I can barely afford to refurbish my finds. (I paid $265 to redo a $30 chair last week!) Where can I learn to do it myself?

April 5, 2004
Where Can My Child Get Etiquette Lessons?

My 8-year-old daughter has an ugly habit of shoveling cereal into her mouth, then dribbling the milk. Her friends applaud her, and I can’t stop her. Where can she go for etiquette lessons?