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Smarthome Showroom

Automation technologies are taking over almost every aspect of our lives. We have apps for almost everything and want the capacity to control much of our systems and platforms from our handheld devices.

Leading New York City electronics integrator Sakab Designs recently opened a multi-floor technology center in New York City that allows visitors to experience the capabilities and power of the latest home and office automation technology tools created by Nortek Security & Control.

The showroom offers home and business owners a hands-on experience of what is possible with established automation technology systems that tie together everything from lights to door locks to multi-room audio and video in their home or office (or even your home-office).

seamless smart home design at the Sakab Designs showroom

“We wanted to give local home and business owners a real-life experience that shows how the latest technologies can simplify and improve everyday tasks.”

Jeff Sakkal, Sakab Designs owner

Practically every aspect of home automation is on display, with the main floor mimicking a residential space (living room, game room, kitchen and backyard) and the second floor simulating a business setting (conference room, office space and reception area).

Unlike popular DIY solutions, the Sakab solutions are a fully developed family of products installed by professionals, offering seamless user experience and increased flexibility and power.

New York City’s Got Milk

New York City makeup brand, Milk Makeup is moving into its own location: 586 Broadway. Once sold only in Sephora shops, Urban Outfitters, Birchbox and online, now Milk Makeup’s 100% vegan, cruelty-free and paraben-free products will be available in the brand’s flagship store. Created by Milk Studios, Milk Makeup creates original, healthy products that redesign… Continue Reading

Foam Food Containers: A Thing of New York’s Past

New York City has taken a big step toward environmental protection by banning foam food containers and packing peanuts. Now the city’s take-outs, delis, food trucks, and eateries have changed to paperboard or bamboo plates, cups, and take-home boxes. This earth-friendly move follows on the heels of a New York statewide ban on most types… Continue Reading

Tracking Renewable Energy Sources In NYC

New York City is always looking for new ways to reduce carbon emissions from communities and facilities. Tapping the often-ignored geothermal energy from the ground is now an option with a new screening tool. Now being built to test this technology for all New York City properties, the city will begin utilizing the free resource… Continue Reading

Using Tech to Breath Better

Residents in the tri-state area can take a deep- and clean(er)- breath in the coming year. OpenAQ is making sure of that! The open-source platform gathers air quality data from governments and international organizations in one site; it is all free and accessible to everyone. It is also cultivating a community of activists, scientists, and… Continue Reading

Fur Free for 2020

All four brands of SMCP, the Chinese-owned French fashion company, are now entirely fur-free. As more and more consumers look for fashion that is sustainable, kind, and responsible, fur, leather, and animal byproducts are falling out of favor. Claudie Pierlot is the last of the ready-to-wear brand to cease the use of fur in its… Continue Reading

The Innovation Potential in New York City’s Oldest Buildings

For all our modern-day advances, in every field and realm, industry and business still thrive on, and in, brick-and-mortar buildings. That is why commercial leaders are taking an aggressive approach to drive real estate out of the Stone Age, literally. Commercial Observer held its first-ever Innovators Forum in early December 2019 at the Sheraton New York… Continue Reading

New York’s Independent Store Owners Celebrate Shopping Small

New York’s independently owned shops took part in “Small Business Saturday” on November 30, 2019. This annual event, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, was created to give level the competitive holiday retail field for small businesses. This year marks the 10th anniversary of “Shop Small” and thousands of Manhattan businesses offered sales and discounts throughout… Continue Reading

Tiffany & Co Gets a New Luxury Backing

The French luxury group LVMH has bought the Tiffany & Co jewelry company for $16.2 billion. LVMH is the world’s biggest luxury group and has 75 different brands, including Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Bulgari. For LVMH, Tiffany — which faced financial and public image struggles recently — is a sensible transformational project. Tiffany will… Continue Reading

New York Tech Celebrated at Blockchain Weekend

On the weekend of November 7-10, New York City was busy with the inaugural BlockchainWeekend NYC 2019. In partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), BlockchainWeekend highlighted projects from a variety of NY based companies, startups, and entrepreneurs. More than 50 events took place across all five boroughs, creating a networked platform for decentralized… Continue Reading