New Yorker Moments


Confession: most of my non-working hours this last week have been spent obsessively binging on this little Netflix gem called Orange Is The New Black.  Anyone heard of it?;-)  Thankfully, there was only one season to sit through, or positively nothing else would have gotten accomplished at all, work included.

Have you ever been completely addicted to a TV series…if so, which one?


{saw these adorable bud vases at a street art show in albany, had to bring one back for my apartment}

{loved the “kiss the chef” booth at the “taste of france” festival}

{crazy eyes, one of my favorite characters from oittnb}

{taking the scenic walk home at night}

{knee deep in wedding reception diy projects}









UYC’s Kitchen: Adult Applesauce


Along with PB&J and a baggie of Goldfish, applesauce was a staple in my childhood lunchbox.  When I came across this slightly grown-up version, I knew I had to give it a try (don’t worry, if you’re not a whiskey lover it’s JUST as amazing without the shot, I taste-tested it!)  And with apple picking season in full-swing, what better way to get use out of all those leftover Granny Smiths?!



I love that you can throw this in your Crock Pot overnight, and have a delicious smelling breakfast ready to go when you wake up, no prep work required.  And yes, you can Mason Jar it up for either scrumptious snacks or sweet gifts to give your favorite foodies.



What’s your favorite childhood food, slightly reinvented?


By: Jessica Tiare Bowen






Ensemble Peripherie + Giveaway

Photo Credit: www.ensembleperipherie.com

This contest has officially ended.  A huge New York thank you to all who participated, and congrats to our winner, Juliette!  Stay tuned for more exciting UsedYorkCity.com giveaways!

How much fun is attending a concert at Carnegie Hall?  There’s just something so regal about it, right?  This week we’re so excited to be giving away tickets to their upcoming show, Ensemble Peripherie, which will be taking place on Saturday, October 26th.  Here’s all the info:



“Established by young composers to promote contemporary chamber music, Ensemble: Périphérie is bringing their fresh take on classical music to Carnegie Hall. This innovative group chose their name to illustrate their goal: to bring exposure to underperformed composers, or music that lies on the periphery, just waiting to be discovered.  Program includes music by Russian composer Irina Dubkova, Louis Karchin (described by The New Yorker as a composer of “fearless eloquence,”), award-winning composer David Gompper.

SAVE 50% WITH DISCOUNT CODE DCG17703 – over the phone, online or in person!

To Purchase Tickets:

IN PERSON: Carnegie Hall Box Office – 57th Street and Seventh Avenue
M-Sat 11 AM-6 PM, Sun 12 PM-6 PM. When there is an evening performance, the Box Office is open one-half hour past start time; otherwise, it closes at 6 PM.

PHONE: CarnegieCharge – 212-247-7800, Daily 8 AM-8 PM 
CarnegieCharge sells tickets up to an event’s official start time.


Want those free tickets?  Here’s how to enter:

1. Subscribe to Used York City, getting the best picks of NYC delivered straight to your inbox.  (Don’t forget to respond to the verification message you are sent via email.)

For a bonus entry:

1.  Like us on Facebook!


The contest will run until Monday, October 7th, 2013, at which time a winner will be randomly chosen and announced on this post and via Twitter, and the winner will be notified directly by the email address that they subscribed with!  Best of luck to all our readers!


By: Jessica Tiare Bowen






From The Lips Of A Local

Rachel Figueroa-Levin

Each week we feature a different local, sharing their unique experiences on what makes NYC the best place, ever.  Hey, we never said New Yorkers weren’t cocky.  

This week we’re delighted to be chatting with writer and homeschool mom extraordinaire, Rachel Figueroa-Levin!   



Name: Rachel Figueroa-Levin

Occupation: Writer, Homeschooling Mom, Babywearing Evangelist, and Soapmaker.

New Yorker since: I emerged from my mother’s cervix and into a hospital on Staten Island.

What hood do you live in? Inwood

Where do you get your morning coffee? Dichters Pharmacy/Soda Shoppe. It’s a throwback to the old timey lunch counter soda fountain places.

Restaurant you’d be really, really sad bordering on clinically depressed if they closedLand & Sea Diner in The Bronx and Vegetarian Dim Sum House in Chinatown. Without those two places I would starve to death.

Every tourist must visit: Coney Island

NYC trend you’re currently loving/hating: I don’t understand the appeal of cronuts.

Favorite way to while away a (non-workday!) NYC afternoon: Trying a new restaurant and obsessively writing about and instagraming my food.

NYC’s best kept secretThe Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art on Staten Island.

To connect with this awesome New Yorker, visit her on Twitter, here, here, and here.



Want to be featured as the New Yorker of the week?  Drop us a note at info@usedyorkcity.com! 




Your NYC Weekend: September 28-29, 2013


You know that saying, “Americans live to work and the French work to live?”  (Yes, of course you do, New Yorkers!  You know it all too well!)  This weekend, put the Blackberry on vibrate and take a page out of the French’s book with our five weekend picks.  We’re talking pure joie de vivre.



1. For two days, enjoy a first class ticket to France without leaving Bryant Park.  From French food and fashion, to wine and culture, A Taste of France has it all.

2. On Saturday, September 28th, enjoy free admission to a plethora of museums for you and a friend, courtesy of Smithsonian Magazine.  Participating museums are listed here, and you can download your free ticket for two here.  (Bonus: This fab deal is good in all states, not just New York!)

3. Head to Brooklyn for what the Village Voice calls “a visual tsunami”, the Dumbo Arts Festival.


4. The 51st Annual New York Film Festival is coming into town this weekend.


5. John Grisham’s hit book “A Time To Kill” has been made into a Broadway production, and previews begin September 28th.


Wishing you the very best NYC UYC weekend,

Jess + Team UsedYorkCity