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I first discovered the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in 2009 when I ventured into Staten Island via the State Island Ferry with my young children. Our goal was to find the Staten Island Children’s Museum but in the process came across a beautiful area past an arch stone entry that united the tall iron fences on both sides in which it was enclosed.
If you want to get a taste of NYC and its rich history, to me, there is no better place to start than the Museum of The City of New York. Though the exhibits change and the information display can be different from one installment to another, the essence of the city, of the people who live here, and of the stories to be told is ever-present.
I am so excited! One of my favorite celebrations in NYC is returning this April!
Scotland Week is the annual celebration of all things Scottish.
It will kick-off with the 9th annual Scotland Run (10K) on Saturday, April 7 in Central Park, which in itself is a festival in full force! Participants will enjoy organic Stoats porridge bars, hear Scottish pipers and dance to live music by Scocha. Plus, there’s the opportunity to win fantastic raffle prizes. Be sure to show your Saltire too!
Come join the fun in your best Scottish garb. Snap a photo and share it with About Scotland because the best dressed wins BIG! This free festival takes place in Central Park from 8:00am until noon.
There are many more events that will be held throughout the week, but the last major event to cap off Scotland Week is the National Tartan Day Parade taking place April 14th on Sixth Avenue, which we enjoy each year as well.
For more information check out Visit Scotland at http://www.scotland.org/culture/festivals/scotland-week/
A night walking through the streets of New York City. On this particular evening my feet covered the Lower East Side, East Village and some of the West Village.
Despite those things that didn’t really feel like they belonged among the coolness and uniqueness of the neighborhood, like the Super Cuts and Chipotle on St. Mark’s Place or the Starbucks on 1st Avenue, it was refreshing to walk the streets late at night, among the hipsters and cool kids and just photograph the sights.
I’ve blogged about the Scholastic Store so many times now that it’s not secret I love that place. But it’s been a bit since, and I just wanted to put a little reminder out there to everyone looking for fun, free events for their little ones and family in the city that the Scholastic Store always has something going on. So, for example, with the movie Hunger Games coming out, Scholastic is celebrating the series with family fun activities on March 24, 2012. But whether you go this month, next month or later in the year, don’t forget to give check out their website at http://www.scholastic.com/sohostore and the Scholastic Store events page for up-to-date information on what’s happening.
I admit: I’m not a huge fashionista. But when you live in the fashion capital of NYC, trendsetter or not, it’s always a thrill to glimpse into the glitzy world that most people have relegated to Hollywood fictions (ahem, Gossip Girl). Recently, I got my own taste of the sequins and gowns at New York Fashion Week, when NYCityMama was invited by Fiber One to attend Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2012 show.
I arrived at the silver Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week façade about 15 minutes before the show. This is the second year the sleek building sat on the southwest corner of the Lincoln Center plaza, nestled between the grand homes of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Ballet. Inside, pop-up booths featuring sponsoring brands lined the bright lobby, offering free samples, photo ops, and other fashion-themed displays.
The show was late to start—no surprise there—so I waited at the information desk to get my seat assignment. I stayed in line instead of exploring the booths because I didn’t want to lose my place, but not for want of entertainment. Let’s just say that with all the multi-colored outfits, costume jewelry, and other curious ensembles showgoers flaunted, the lobby itself became an impromptu catwalk.
When the doors finally opened, each party was individually escorted to runway area (nothing to make you feel more important than a personal guide, right?). I took my seat, and though I didn’t spend much effort into celebrity sightings, the chatter of the girls in the row behind me told me some of the Gossip Girl cast was indeed present.
Before long, the room went dark and the show started—and it was every bit as dramatic as it looks on the big screen. As the lights dialed back up and the first model hit the runway, pumped-up music and all, I couldn’t help scooting to the edge of my seat and leaning in.
Fiery reds, shiny black leather, and sparkling sequins paraded before our eyes in various shapes and forms. I saw nothing that I’d personally wear, of course, but I was mesmerized. I later learned that Monique Lhuillier had her beginnings in bridal couture, which explained the beautiful silhouettes of the flowing gowns and open backs. My favorite of the collection, which is meant to be an edgier and sultrier upgrade of past designs, was the marbled red and black strapless gown (above) with an off-center thigh-high split. At the end, the models filed out one after the other for a final strut, and then it was all over.
So here’s my take on New York Fashion Week for the non-fashionista: You don’t have to anticipate the trends. You don’t have to get, or even like, the collections. All you have to do is marvel at the theatrics—on and off the runway—and delight in being a part of all that glitters, if only for just a bit. At the very least, it’s something that will make all your girlfriends jealous.
Photography by Christine Wei.
Disclosure: Admission to the Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2012 show was courtesy of Fiber One Bars, which were sampled at Fashion Week. We also had the opportunity to taste the new Fiber One 90 Calorie Chewy Bars in Chocolate, Caramel & Pretzel.
It’s so sunny out, but so windy and cold. You don’t want to stay inside – especially if you’re visiting NYC – but how can you avoid freezing your tush off and still take in all the city has to offer?
Well, I’m going to dust off a few fun posts I’ve shared on some tours you can enjoy (inside), especially on a nice day, making a day out in NYC fun and exciting for the entire family to enjoy. And even if you are from NYC, touring the city and taking advantage of these tours is a lot of fun. I personally was giddy to have the backstage access to some of these, and there’s so much to learn a long the way too!
My husband is fascinating with the art of making sushi. He tried it once at home. They were big balls of rice that tasted delicious, but were oddly shaped and not very pretty. He was determined to figure out what he was doing wrong and learn tips to really perfect the technique.
Lucky for me, he thought to combine this need to learn with a fun date night adventure for us. He signed up with Sushi by Simon, a class presented by Chef Simon Feil, a sushi instructor located in NYC.
This morning’s New York Times article “So You’re Priced Out. Now What?” did nothing but stir close to full blown rage in me.
As someone who just recently moved to New Jersey for this very reason, I am still a tad bitter about this topic and find it nothing to brag about as a New Yorker. As a matter of fact, I find it quite shameful that it has come to this for most families living in the city.
I put the conversation out on Twitter and within minutes my stream was on fire. Though the article makes mention of places where people can venture to for cheaper rents and mortgages, when it comes to the quality of schools – an issue on every family’s mind – it does so only in passing. And I hardly consider “two-bedrooms at the new MiMA tower on 42nd Street rent for about $6,500 a month; the most expensive three-bedroom there is $16,250 a month” a great deal.
Oh and “MiMA” is what is being passed along as Hell’s Kitchen these days, just like Hudson Heights is now what used to be known as Washington Heights and Sugar Hills what used to be Harlem. What’s the difference in the name you wonder? Well, about a few thousand, if not million dollars and a little less diversity.
But after being here for 6 months, and seeing my family flourish in their new schools and bountiful space, I say let them laugh and snicker. I don’t compete for good schools. I don’t have to cry at the DOE’s office anymore, or ask friends for special favors in an effort to offer my children the best education we can. I’m not overpaying to live in a shoe box refurbished apartment in the middle of a gentrified neighborhood. But it took a little bit to adjust to the fact that I wasn’t living in my beloved city anymore.
That one tweet says it all. Why is that?
There is something pretty cool about living in one of the greatest cities in the world, and today more than ever because it’s a status symbol. It implies that you have the means to afford the lifestyle in a city so insanely expensive.
I believe that anyone can live in New York City, but not everyone can live in New York City and afford to enjoy all that the city has to offer to the fullest. Like the New York Times article makes clear, in order to live there you have to be willing to compromise and sacrifice. The life of a New Yorker is all about compromise and sacrifice. You sacrifice space. You sacrifice neighborhood. You sacrifice education. You sacrifice access. At one point you start realizing that maybe what you’re sacrificing is giving your children the best you can. Then you start to wonder if it’s really all that worth it to be able to brag about living in a place that though you love, you just can’t grow in.
But what New York City is sacrificing in exchange for its luxury living and exuberance made available to only a select few is the families, the New Yorkers, who have been there for years – born and raised. Families who have worked for generations to keep the city alive, who gave to the neighborhoods when no one else cared enough to do so to help make it what it is today. The people and communities who gave New York City its flavor, its color, its diversity.
New York City’s inability to contain the over-pricing of its real estate, its inability to invest instead in its school, in its already established communities and neighborhoods, in its privately owned businesses and shops is killing everything that New York City is supposed to be about.
Pretty soon New York City will be nothing more but a boring island of generic, big name shops and businesses catering to the wealthy and well-connecting.
There are many reasons to visit New York City. There are many reasons to venture around and see what there is to discover, but there are fewer and fewer reasons for families to live there – starting with their failing schools. As a New Yorker it hurts me to admit that. It stings more than words can ever describe. And it is nothing to be proud of. I am sad for my city, I am sad of what it has become, but most of all I am sad for what is being lost each time a New York family is priced out and forced to leave.
Your loss New York City. Your epic fail.
Oh! It’s an exciting time in NYC for theatre lovers! Broadway’s Season of Savings booklet is out and is offering theatre goers up to $50 off ticket prices! I’m talking about REAL Broadway shows, right on the Great White Way people, with some really great off-Broadway performances too, such as Freckleface: The Musical (we loved it) and Stomp!,(which I’ve seen more than 7 times – at least).
Ok, I know. I sound a tad too excited, but I do love when the booklet comes out and I get to enjoy all the magnificent shows The Big Apple has to offer and save at the same time.
What kind of shows you’re wondering? Well, smash hits like Bette Midler’s Priscilla Queen of The Dessert with tickets starting at $43.oo, or classics like Phantom of The Opera with tickets starting at $26.50, and Rock of Ages with tickets starting at $46.50.
So, if you have a little list of shows you’d like to see, either for the first time or again, this is the time to get your tickets. If you happen to be visiting New York City, then you really don’t want to miss it.
Season of Savings was created in response to the devastating effect that September 11th had on sales at Broadway shows and at businesses in and around the Times Square theatre district.
Now in its 10th year, Season of Savings is the unofficial “New York Theatregoer’s Guide to Times Square.” It includes a special edition Playbill, published twice per year, that features discount coupons to numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows as well as restaurants, hotels and NYC attractions.
For a complete list of spectacular Broadway and Off-Broadway performances check out www.seasonofsavings.com for more information.
See you at the theatre!