Learn gardening tips on zoom through a York County ‘Master Your Garden’ program

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The York County Public Library, Poquoson Public Library, and York-Poquoson Master Gardeners are hosting a series of educational gardening seminars on Zoom. (WYDaily/ Annie Gallo)
The York County Public Library, Poquoson Public Library, and York-Poquoson Master Gardeners are hosting a series of educational gardening seminars on Zoom. (WYDaily/ Annie Gallo)

Get prepared for a beautiful garden this spring and summer by learning some tips and tricks from a local virtual Master Your Garden class.

York County and Poquoson Public Libraries are partnering with the York-Poquoson Virginia Cooperative Extension office to host a series of virtual classes presented by Master Gardeners.

Master Gardeners’ mission as trained volunteers in partnership with the York–Poquoson, VCE agency, is to provide gardening educational opportunities to the public through research-based gardening programs and activities to enhance the environment and community. For more information on Master Gardeners click here.

The Master Your Garden series features a variety of Saturday seminars to help community members improve their gardening skills. Below are the classes on the schedule:

Starting from Seed (Feb. 6)

  • Join Master Gardener Nate Brauner and learn simple techniques and secrets to growing flowers, vegetables and favorite plants from seeds at home.

Pruning (Feb. 13)

  • Master Gardener Mary Boxer will lead the class to teach the safe and proper use of pruning tools to improve the health, longevity and appearance of
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Despite a mass exodus during the pandemic, many apartment buildings are not listing all available apartments – but some renters are finding hidden gems, with a little bit of digging.


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Alison Raisian, a marketing professional, recently moved into a new apartment with more space than her previous one, plus a rent savings of more than $200.

Her studio was $2,759 a month. Now, for a one bedroom, she pays $2,533 – in the same building.

“It took some digging to find that there are more apartments out there, even just in my own building.” Raisian told CBS2’s Dave Carlin.

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Four units there were listed online as available. But then, going floor by floor and talking to fellow residents and staff, she learned many more were empty.

“They were saying 6{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} vacancy publicly, but then it was speculated that it was 18{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c},” Raisian said.

“I think there is a widespread acceptance among a lot of landlords now that the market has changed,” said Erin Hudson, real estate reporter at The Real Deal.


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From the very beginning, Lilse McKenna knew that a typical New York starter apartment wasn’t going to cut it when it came to designing a new home for her client, a twenty-something marketing professional and blogger with decidedly old-soul taste—and career experience working with high-end design companies.

“She’s young but has a great eye and is very sophisticated,” says McKenna of client Nan Philip, who began her career in the design space before moving into fashion. “Shopping for her is always fun because she already knows the industry so well—it’s a challenge to surprise her!”

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With a lease secured—Philip’s new apartment, a one-bedroom in the West Village, was brimming with charming pre-war details like casement windows and a separate entry vestibule—McKenna got to work. “We wanted to create the illusion that everything in it was collected over time rather than purchased and installed within six months,” says McKenna.

Limited to strictly cosmetic changes, McKenna looked to make as much of an impact as possible with paint and pattern. While the motifs themselves might veer traditional—dainty chinoiseries, classic ikats, an archival hunting print—a fearless palette keep things fresh: The living room boasts pink walls and an electric-blue velvet sofa,

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The volumes, one for fitness, the other a spa, are roofed in standing-seam aluminum and clad in larch reclaimed from a dismantled 1950s Hudson River bridge. Photography by Nicole Franzen.

“What drove me to start out on my own was 2016,” architect Jennifer Preston says dryly. “It marked an important internal shift for me as a woman in architecture.” She opened Shelter Design Architecture that same year and shortly after convinced Pedro Marmolejos, a former colleague at BKSK Architects, to come on as co-principal. Now a four-person team, they work remotely (and did so long before COVID-19), Marmolejos out of New York City and Preston in Vermont.

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A wellness annex to Troutbeck—an Upstate New York hotel owned by Anthony Champalimaud, son of Interior Design Hall of Famer Alexandra—proved to be a project “encapsulating everything we stand for,” Preston
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Though 2020 began with strong sales, Covid quickly kneecapped the market when it slammed the city in March. For about three months, brokers could not show apartments, while a ban on nonessential construction activity shelved some condo plans. And hundreds of thousands of mostly wealthy New Yorkers relocated to summer houses and suburban towns this spring.

But after a lull in coronavirus cases, and a loosening of restrictions, the market began to recover, which resulted in a surge of deals at the end of the year — a point that real-estate boosters are quick to emphasize — even if the gains were relative.

In the fourth quarter, which covers October through December, there were 1,894 deals, according to a new report from the firm Brown Harris Stevens, up from 1,556 in the previous quarter, which bucks a decline that typically happens around holiday-time in the winter.

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Step 1: Design and Planning

Think about how you want to use your new kitchen island:

Additional counter space for food prep and storage

Having extra counter space means you’ll have more room to bake and cook. Consider adding extra cupboards and drawers to the island to store dishes, pots and pans, and cooking utensils. Search online or at your local home improvement store for some unique storage options.

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