Since 1985, our annual “Best of New York” issue has named standout services, unique shops, and special spots in dozens of categories. Now that Curbed is part of New York’s family, we have reimagined “Best of New York” as an ever-expanding resource that could rival Yelp in usefulness but feels more like a secret Google doc that gets passed among friends. To find the places recommended on these lists, we polled hundreds of stylish and savvy New Yorkers and begged them to tell us their go-tos. The result: our own Yellow Pages, containing only excellent places.
Condo and townhome owners in NYC often look to update their living spaces with new paint in colors that better suit their personalities, lifestyles, and existing furnishings. Meanwhile, lofts and studios are favorite living quarters of NYC artists, who may be very skilled with a paintbrush on canvas but can benefit from a little professional help with painting the high ceilings and tight spaces in their homes.
Architect Peter Feigenbaum found Jonathan Barsness’s name on a painter forum on Brownstoner. A litany of positive reviews (from one: “does good work — and I’m fussy”) convinced Feigenbaum to book him to repaint a spare room in his Williamsburg apartment. The walls had “a lot of patch marks and chips and were an especially ugly color: mustard yellow,” says Feigenbaum. “After Barsness came, all the old crusty bits miraculously disappeared, and the questionable paint-color choice was replaced with relaxing grays.” Barsness’s precision and (relatively) low pricing (small rooms, like a nursery, start at $500, while a bedroom in a brownstone with tall ceilings and historic molding may start at $2,000) mean his customers tend to come back over and over — like Feigenbaum. “He doesn’t need a lot of hand-holding,” he says. “I’ll hand him a swatch, leave him a key, and he takes it from there.”
New Yorkers are notoriously busy people with too much to do and too little time. Fortunately, Paintzen makes quality house painting easy by offering fast and free digital quotes without a walkthrough. This way, you can make home update decisions when its convenient for you and then have our licensed, insured and certified crews come out within 72 hours.