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The Subway Swagger

One of the most amazing, complex human creations is the subway system. Sure, here in New York the subway is a little smelly, grimy, rat-ridden, expensive and unreliable on the weekends but we pride ourselves on it anyway. Hey, at least we’re not driving some gas-guzzling SUV and contributing to global warming like our Midwest […]

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When Do You Become A New Yorker?

When does one officially become a New Yorker?  The barriers of entry to the city are pretty low, as evidenced by Kim Kardashian’s recent move to the city in the wake of many California reality stars, but there is something to be said for longevity in this town. Whether or not you are a true […]

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NYC’s New Year’s Eve: The Un-hyped Reality

Ah, New Year’s Eve. The most hyped-force-yourself-to-buy-a-new-outfit-and-swear-you’re having-the-best-time-of-your-life holiday of the year!  What other city better guarantees a positively epic night than New York? Despite Dick Clark and the glistening ball drop, it still seems like a big overrated jig to me. First, most people assume that Times Square is the place to be on […]

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The NYC Christmas Tree Hunt

Every household develops traditions around the holidays that incorporate decorating in some capacity and my humble apartment is no different.  Many of my friends have warmly expressed concern that my shoebox sized living quarters prohibit such holiday fanfare and I attempt to explain that while the decorating happens, it’s just on a much smaller scale. […]

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It’s Christmas Time in the City

Yes, yes, it’s that time of year. The holidays are quickly approaching (or if you’re Jewish, they’re here—Happy Hanukkah, by the way!) and the city has undergone its annual transformation into a winter wonderland, garnished with red ribbons and LED lights galore.  There really is only one way to describe it. New York at Christmas […]

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Why NYC Kids Rock

NYC kids are a funny bunch. I generally try to avoid children in my day-to-day life, and fortunately live in a neighborhood where they aren’t prevalent, but my brief encounters with kids in this city never cease to entertain. I’m not sure if it’s the constant exposure to adults and adult conversation or just city […]

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The Rat Race: NYC Style

First it was the bed bugs and now it’s the rats.  Though these growing plagues are not of Black Death proportions, they’re concerning enough that Senator Perkins took it upon himself to survey 5,000 New Yorkers on their rat sightings.  The results of his survey are in, showing that a not-so-alarming 99 percent of New […]

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Montauk in October: Pumpkin Patch & Pumpkin Bisque

While most New Yorkers prefer to head to the Long Island beach towns throughout the summer, my friend’s family has a standing Columbus Day weekend out in Montauk, the end of the south fork of Long Island.  Montauk has been dubbed as the town “Where the Hamptons Relax.” Though I think this phrase is taken […]

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To Brita or Not to Brita?

NYC tap water has been branded as the best in the nation.  In fact, some clever entrepreneurs even started bottling it last year but considering it didn’t explode in popularity, I’m not sure that venture was much of a success.   NY Mag went to the trouble of testing NYC’s water a few months ago from […]

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National Coffee Day, The French Way

Apparently today is National Coffee Day. The first thing I thought when I saw the string of tweets this morning related to National Coffee Day was “Gawd, how American!” (A week in France isn’t without some snobbery, right?) But in the American spirit many coffee chains like Dunkin are offering a free cup of Joe, […]

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