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    5 Inexpensive Ways To Spruce Up Your Tiny NYC Bathroom

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    In prepping to move into our new place, I’ve been obsessing over my favorite design blogs and magazines (okay, mostly Pinterest) for ideas on how to liven up tiny bathrooms.  In the end, we’ll probably keep it pretty minimalist, but here are a few of my favorite ideas for making tiny NYC apartments feel a […]

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    5 Ways To Make Girlfriends In NYC

    Monday, August 25, 2014

    Whether you’re new in the city or have lived here for forever and are looking to broaden your social circle, meeting quality girlfriends and creating long lasting friendships is equal parts art and science.  True, you MAY just stumble into a bar one night and find the Samantha to your Carrie, the Serena to your […]

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    10 Of Manhattan’s Best Green Spaces Beyond Central Park

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    As the dog days of summer approach, make the most out of these last bits of sunshine in some of Manhattan’s best green spaces that are perhaps not as well known (or crowded!) as our crown jewel, Central Park. 1. The smallest park in all of NYC, located in the heart of the Upper West […]

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    From The Lips Of A Local

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    Our featured New Yorker today is Alan!  Brooklyn native and bootcamp guru, we’re excited to bring you a slice of Alan’s NYC!   Name: Alan Courtenay Occupation: I’m an NASM Certified Fitness Expert , CEO and Founder of NYC Boot Camp. I consider myself a master at training individuals to improve their bodies and minds through progressively encouraging […]

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    Suck At 2nd Languages? Me Too, But There’s Hope…!

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    I’ve been kicking my language learning into overdrive this summer.  We’re going to the motherland (i.e. Bosnia) next week, and there’s nothing quite so inspiring to get past the “Hi, how are you?/Zdravo, kako ste?” than knowing you’ll be hanging out with your husband’s 80 year old grandmother.  I needed to master Bosnian small talk, […]

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    UYC’s Book Club: Unorthodox

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Okay, remember when we were going to read Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York back in MAY?  ::hangs head in shame::  Well, here’s the thing…despite it’s great reviews, I just couldn’t get into it.  And boy did I try!  I started and restarted that book several times over the last 3 months and […]

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    Treasure Hunting At Brooklyn Flea

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    We’re in the process of prepping to move into our new apartment.  (I say “prepping” because, although our lives have been packed into boxes for the last 2 months, the small renovations that were needed are moving at the speed of smell.  Ahh, hopefully by end of summer…!)  During the giveaway/sell/packing process, we made a […]

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    Postcards To NYC

    Friday, August 8, 2014

    Dearest NYC, I finally made it to your hidden waterfall in Midtown!  Considered such a hidden gem, in fact, that they discourage tourists and locals alike from snapping photos, with a giant “No Photography” sign at the entrance (but…I got a quick one in, albeit a giant head is in the way.  Shh, don’t tell!) […]

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    5 Ways To Explore Las Vegas Off The Strip

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

    {that time I won 10 cents} My hubby and I love Vegas.  Love, love, love.  And not for the traditional reasons, either.  We don’t gamble (well, maybe ONE blackjack table for kicks!) nor do we party like it’s 1999 anymore (hey, 30′s!).  But the glitz!  The glamour!  The hotels!  The pools!  The heat!  The BUFFETS! […]

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    Intermission: Cabaret

    Monday, August 4, 2014

    “What good is sitting alone in your room? Come, hear the music play. Life is a cabaret, old chum, come to the cabaret!” An iconic invitation, how can you resist? Even with MY froggy vocals doing the inviting! Over the years, I have heeded this call. This is my 3rd visit to a revival of […]

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Top 5 Vacation Essentials

I’m leaving this weekend for vacation, yay!  Heading down south to visit my family in Virginia and North Carolina for 2 weeks, and then the hubby and I will be headed to visit his family in Bosnia, with a stop along the way in Croatia for some beach fun!  (I’ll be posting updates on Instagram!) […]

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Jul
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Gillman’s Minivacay With Dogvacay!

{this is a guest post written by my chihuahua Gillman!} When mommy told me she was going to be working from home this summer, I was stoked!  All day long with my favorite person?!  Could life GET any better?! Well, don’t take this the wrong way, Mom, but after a few weeks I found myself…how […]

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Jul
28

My Summer With Jeff Koons

Anyone who knows me is well aware I never lack for conversation nor hesitate to share my opinions.  After all I am a born and bred New Yorker and we never hesitate to articulate our thoughts. After all, if you see something, say something!  But the work of the controversial artist Jeff Koons renders me […]

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Jul
25

New Yorker Moments

{stumbling upon this colorful street in chinatown} Running the blog, I feel lucky in that I often feel like a tourist in my own city.  This week I was on a museum tour with people from France, Germany, California…even Kansas!  A nice reminder that you can live in a place for a really long time […]

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Jul
24

Visit The MOMA’s Sculpture Garden For Free

On a recent visit to the MOMA, I noticed the queuing system had changed…it seemed they were only checking tickets to go upstairs, rather than also on the ground floor of the museum…the floor that houses the sculpture garden.  I asked at the information desk, and sure enough, the garden is now free to the […]

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Jul
23

Bye Bye Starbucks, Hello Save Bucks!

A few months ago I interviewed Stefanie from The Broke and Beautiful Life, who has a really great mantra when it comes to spending and saving money: write everything down!  So I did just that.  And you know what a quick scan of my iPhone Notes recently told me?  Since the start of summer, I’ve […]

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Jul
22

Postcards To NYC

Dearest NYC, For all the ladies (and gents!) pondering the most mentioned brand on Sex and the City, oh, EVER, the answer is clearly given to us in this brilliant 9 minute montage which details all the brands mentioned in the show in every. single. SEASON!  Ekk!:-) xoxo, Jess p.s. if you guessed #vogue, you […]

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Jul
21

Get Blown Away (Or Not) At The New Museum’s Exhibit “Here And Elsewhere”

{totally love this dishtowel hanging in the gift shop…says it all;-)} As Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum, the New Museum is known for being THE destination for new art and new ideas.  And on top of that, the museum features the work of living artists, which we at UYC think it pretty awesome. {Sidenote: I’ll […]

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Jul
18

New Yorker Moments: One Year

Last week Mr. P and I celebrated our 1st anniversary of being very married!  Seriously, where does the time go?! I mentioned to him that as an anniversary gift (because 1st year = paper, right?), I’d like to make a tradition of taking photos each July 7th.  Ya know, kind of like how some families […]

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Jul
17

An Afternoon On Roosevelt Island

I often joke around that I’m “staying on the island for the summer”…meaning the island of Manhattan, of course.  But there’s another island right next door that’s super quick and easy to get to (no car needed!), and offers a lot of quiet, solitude, and nature that we’re not necessarily swimming in on the island […]

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