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    My Summer With Jeff Koons

    Monday, July 28, 2014

    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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    New Yorker Moments

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    {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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    Visit The MOMA’s Sculpture Garden For Free

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

    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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    Bye Bye Starbucks, Hello Save Bucks!

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    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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  • Postcards To NYC

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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

    Monday, July 21, 2014

    {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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    New Yorker Moments: One Year

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    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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    An Afternoon On Roosevelt Island

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    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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  • A Ride On The Roosevelt Island Tram

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

    Today I’m taking you on a ride on the Roosevelt Island Tram, which, for the swipe of a Metrocard, offers some of the best views in the city! And what, you may wonder, is there to do on this Roosevelt Island once I’m there?  Excellent question, my friends!  And get excited, because we have a […]

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    Lunchtime Meditation At The Three Jewels

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Meditation has always been something that’s intrigued me (remember, it was on my summer to-do list!).  While I practice yoga on the regular, it’s never been much of a zen activity for me…let’s chalk this up to the fact that I like hot yoga, and it’s hard to be zen when you have about a […]

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Jul
14

Between The Seas Festival + Giveaway

This contest has officially ended.  A huge New York thank you to all who participated, and congrats to our winner, Leslie!  Stay tuned for more exciting UsedYorkCity.com giveaways! Happy Monday!  We’re thrilled to share with you an upcoming contemporary dance/theater/music festival that we love and are huge fans of here at UsedYorkCity…and of course, giveaway […]

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Jul
11

Ask Jess

Hi guys!  Welcome to the second installment of “Ask Jess”, in which I publicly  answer questions that I’ve received through the site! Remember, if you have a question feel free to send me a Tweet, comment below, or post the question to UYC’s Facebook wall.  Looking forward to answering yours next! Q: I’ve visited NYC several times and did most […]

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Jul
10

The Comfiest Ballet Flat, Ever

Us New Yorkers walk EVERYWHERE.  To the subway, from the subway, to the grocery store, back from the grocery store (lugging 50 pounds of food and drink, mind you), out for coffee, back to the office…you get it.  We are a city of power walkers. That being said, footwear is exceptionally important.  Like many NY […]

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Jul
9

A Walk Through NYC’s Smallest Park

You may remember way back when I mentioned one of my goals for the blog was to start incorporating video. I think this got put off for so long because, well, only so many hours in a day!  But then I realized that video doesn’t have to mean mega productions (who has the attention span […]

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Jul
8

Intermission: Phantom Of The Opera

Allow me a bit of nostalgia …… I have arrived full circle with “The Phantom of the Opera.”  This granddaddy of a musical is still playing some 26 years after its 1988 opening at the appropriately named “Majestic Theater” and remains the longest running show on Broadway.  I can’t envision anything topping this fantastic record, […]

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Where To Eat And What To Order

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Apr
25

5 Of The Sweetest NYC Candy Shops

If you’ve had your share of the same-old, same-old Easter candies, (peeps, chocolate eggs and jelly beans, I’m talking to you), take a walk with me to discover some of NYC’s unique candy shops that will give a fresh spin on your favorite sweets. I started my journey in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn where I was […]

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Apr
18

FoodPorn Friday: Kings’ Carriage House

After the delightful time we had at Lady Mendl’s, my mother-in-law suggested that we take NYC by the horns and visit every reputable tea parlor in all five boroughs, featuring the best ones here. Never one to turn down an adventure (or macaroons), it took all of 2 seconds for me to commend her brilliant […]

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Apr
11

FoodPorn Friday: Houston Hall

Thursday night in the city and you want to know where all the cool kids are?  Head downtown to Houston Street, and chances are you’ll hear them before you see them. (yes.  it’s loud.  but embrace it and you’ll have a good time, promise.) Houston Hall is, by Manhattan standards, a ginormous beer hall decked […]

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Apr
4

Choice Eats Delivers A Happy Belly

The Village Voice’s 7th annual Choice Eats tasting event was a satisfying hit!  As soon as I walked into Basketball City on South Street and noticed the thousands of people lining up at each table, I knew I shouldn’t have eaten lunch that afternoon. I was greeted with a tasting glass, a souvenir tray to […]

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