From The Lips Of A Local

Angel Rodriguez

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 Managing Editor at, Angel!  



Name: Angel J. Rodriguez

Occupation: Desktop support technician at a large financial institution on Wall Street.

New Yorker since: I arrived in NYC when I was 5 years old way back in 1982. I have never looked back.

What hood do you live in? I currently live in Kew Gardens, Queens. But I still rep the Bronx when asked “where I am from.”

Where do you get your morning coffee? Due to the heavy abuse of thermogenics back in my bodybuilding days, I developed a low tolerance to caffeine. One cup of coffee will have me experiencing the same withdrawals as a crackhead does when without any crack! So, I do not drink coffee. But if I did, I’d probably be a loyal, local coffee drinker.

Restaurant you’d be really, really sad bordering on clinically depressed if they closed: Dig Inn. I eat my lunch here every single day. They are a bit pricey, but the food quality is amazing and I never get any migraines from eating here. So they are my top, numero uno spot!

Every tourist must visit: Times Square. As annoying as I find it, and as much as I try to avoid it, this place is NYC at its finest. You will find food (mostly touristy stuff though), shows, all sorts of people, and lots of shopping. I do find it amusing because years ago, when snapping on each other, me and my friends used to say “Your mother works at 42nd street”, which meant your mother was a hooker. Of course today it would only mean she works at one of the many fine establishments in the area.

NYC trend you’re currently loving/hating: Hmmm. Cronuts? I just find the whole concept terribly annoying. Granted, I haven’t had one, but lord knows I’m not going to stand on some ridiculous line for a donut/croissant or whatever the damn thing is! Sheeesh! LOL.

Favorite way to while away a (non-workday!) NYC afternoon: I actually enjoy taking a walk in Central Park from time to time. Sadly I don’t do it as often as I would like to, especially now that the weather is getting colder, and it gets darker earlier. If you do take this walk, do be cautious, it can be a dangerous place.

NYC’s best kept secret: The promenade in Brooklyn Heights is actually very beautiful to take a walk or a jog on. These types of questions are difficult because NYC has so much to offer, so to narrow it down to any one space, when I’m sure there are so many that I’m just not remembering at the moment is always a hard thing.

To connect with Angel, hit him up at any of his spots:
Angel J. Rodriguez
Managing Editor,


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UYC’s Walks: A Blustery Stroll Down 5th Avenue

One of my favorite traditions during the holiday season is walking down 5th Avenue, taking in all the store windows, and ending at Rockefeller Center to see the tree.  This year it happened on a blustery Tuesday night…we were graced with snow during the first half of the day, but by nightfall all that was left was nippy Christmas wind!

Starting at 58th Street, first up is Bergdorf Goodman.  The theme this year is “Holidays On Ice”, and each window showcases a special non-Christmas holiday.  The pink saturated Valentine’s Day window is by far my favorite.  



Tiffany & Co on 57th Street did a particularly adorable job this year with dollhouse-size buildings adorned with the iconic little blue boxes.  My favorite party of this intersection isn’t the diamonds (shocking, I know!), but rather the giant UNICEF sparkling snowflake that is suspended at the intersection.  I always refer to it as a bit of Tiffany’s frosting.



Henri Bendel got quite whimsical this year on 56th Street, paying tribute to caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.  The windows are adorned with caricatures of folks you know and love, Woody Allen, Sarah Jessica Parker, Marilyn Monroe, and my favorite, Audrey Hepburn.  Bravo, Bendels!



Keep perusing down 5th and you’ll reach Saks at 50th Street, which showcases the Yeti Snow Workshop.  Starting at the beginning, the windows follow the story of a little yeti who leaves his family in Siberia to make it as an artist in NYC (does that story sound all too familiar to anyone else?!)  Take a walk across the street, and you’ll see the snowflake light show come to life on the facade of Saks after dark.  Truly magical for kids and adults of all ages!



And of course…you made it!  Directly across the street from Saks is the Rockefeller Christmas Tree!  My holiday season has officially begun!



We’d love to know…what holiday traditions do you most look forward to every December?  Share below!


By: Jessica Tiare Bowen






UYC’s Guide: 8 NYC Staples To Experience This Winter

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The winter weather is about to start, and rather than sit around the house, it is really time to get out and about and do some socializing. Winter festivals around New York City offer the perfect chance to see some new faces and celebrate all that New Yorkers love. Some of the favorite festivals and events for this winter are below. Go to at least one, or go to them all! You will never regret it.

The celebration of Christmas lasts virtually the whole month of December. Of course, when you are in New York City, it’s time to take the Christmas Walking Tour to see the famous holiday decorations adorning the department store windows. Even the skyscrapers change color. You will see a number of Christmas movie locations as well as browse markets offering wonderful holiday wares.



Naturally, if you are in New York City for New Year’s Eve you can’t miss New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Although people watch this event in their living room from all over the country, there you will be, right in the middle of the action. There is nothing like it as the Waterford Crystal Ball drops and the seconds count off to welcome the New Year in.



For January, the choices of winter festivals are many. After the New Year, or before, you must make your way to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree which will remain until the 7th of January. Witness this gigantic tree with more than 30,000 bulbs that if stretched out on their wire, would stretch a total of five miles.

Then in January there is the Winter Jazz Fest 2014. It is most definitely coming, although details are not available yet and you’ll need to check the website for the set dates. Last year it was one big party for two days with an incredible line-up of musicians – more than 70 different jazz groups. We can’t expect it will be any different this year! Besides a wide variety of music, there will likely be a wide variety of venues across the city like last year. If you love jazz, you’ll love this jazz fest.

Be sure to get yourself to Central Park on January 25th for the Winter Jam, taking place in the bandshell area. This free event will take place no matter what sort of weather has come to the city. There will be cross-country skiing, with snow provided where it is missing. Snowboarding right in the center of Manhattan! Who would believe it? If you don’t have your own winter equipment, it will be provided at no cost.



February brings more fun with the 2014 NYC Winter Wine Festival on February 21. You’ll get to enjoy wine tasting of more than 200 varieties. There is an admission charge but it includes antipasto, cheeses, breads and hors d’oeuvres! And the music! Listen to jazz performed live while sampling rich wines and keeping your tasting glass, a Riedel Wine glass that is worth a small sum by itself!



Winter is not quite over in March, so stay tuned for even more fun. For instance, the Flamenco Festival 2014 is happening on March 6th through the 9th. This is at the New York City Center and offers some Spanish music and dance that everyone will enjoy. Authentic flamenco is always a treat, particularly when you are watching four of the most celebrated dancers in the field. This is an evening not to forget.

Then there is the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Another must-see, you have to put this on your New York list of winter events. This event has been held in the city since the 1760s. This year it will be on March 15 and should be about a five-hour event. Enjoy the bands, the marchers of all shapes and sizes as well as the military processions.

Yes, a winter full of lively festivals and events will make the cold weather season go by much faster! See you in the Spring!


About the Author: Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, your nationwide source for RV rentals. El Monte RV also sells used motorhomes through eight different locations across the United States.






Happy Thanksgiving! (and a tiny commercial break!)

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Happy Thanksgiving to all our fabulous readers!  Hope you’re spending time with your favorite people eating all your favorite foods!



For the first time ever, I’m staying in NYC for the holiday!  You may remember one of my 4 simple goals before the new year was to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in person…well, that’s totally happening right now!  Make sure to check our Instagram feed for streaming photos!  After which we’re headed back to the apartment to cook (with a lotta little help from Whole Foods), and to enjoy the evening with family and friends.



On another note…I’ll be taking a little break from regular posting this month (but don’t worry, I have a few holiday themed posts for you pre-scheduled!).  The long awaited wedding celebration is happening December 6th, so I have my hands busy doing last minute glitter projects and spending time with my out of town loved ones!  The (surprise!) honeymoon will be taking place over the Christmas/New Year holiday, and I’m told we’ll have limited internet access!  Again, photos will be streaming on Instagram, and I’ll be sure to share the whole story with you guys soon!

From the Team at UYC, we wish you all the happiest holiday!








Loving Right Now: Vimbly

Classic New Yorker problem – there are so many things to do in NYC that sometimes you just don’t know what to do or, more importantly, what’s actually going to be worth your money. So you end up at the same bar, with the same people, doing the same thing.  Enjoyable?  Yes.  Boring? Definitely, maybe.



If you want to get yourself out of your predictable behavior, there are quite a few options in this crazy city of ours, and if you’re looking for a list of ideas, you can find them at VimblyBroken down into straightforward categories, Vimbly gives you the rundown of fun and interesting things to do in NYC. Whether it’s to spice up date night options or mix it up a bit for girl’s night out, the list of choices are varied and provide something for everyone.

Sick of the same old happy hour? How about a taking a beer brewing class in Brooklyn instead? Bitter and Esters in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights offers a home brewing class that will teach you the essentials of brewing beer at home. The class is informative, interactive, and it comes with generous servings of beer (bonus!). And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love education served with adult beverages? Plus, two weeks after your class, you can stop by Bitter and Esters for a taste of the beer you made during class – two fun date nights for the price of one.



But of course the options don’t stop there – you can take a food tour of Greenwich Village, try out an improv class, learn how to make New York’s best pizza, or you can even take an archery lesson. The possibilities truly are endless.

You can see the full listing of Vimbly’s offerings on their website.

Which would you like to try most? 



By: Adrienne Mansard