Fireplace mantels light up 8 NYC homes

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Whether you're using it as a display for family photos, a dramatic place to lean against during parties, pensively holding a tumbler of Scotch, or for its intended purpose of blocking smoke from a wood-burning fireplace--nothing makes a room feel as simultaneously cozy and imposing as a good, solid mantel. We've scoured the market for homes currently available with mantelpieces ranging from the old-timey to the ultra-modern.

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