• 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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    Between The Seas Festival + Giveaway

    Monday, July 14, 2014

    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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    Ask Jess

    Friday, July 11, 2014

    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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    The Comfiest Ballet Flat, Ever

    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    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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  • A Walk Through NYC’s Smallest Park

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    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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Jun
18

5 Ways To Stay Cool In NYC This Summer

After that insane Polar Vortex of a winter we had this year, I doubt any of us are complaining about the summer heat too much.  But when the subway platforms start feeling like you’re inhaling a bowl of miso soup every time you breathe in right around July 4th weekend, we got you covered on […]

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Jun
16

Intermission: Aladdin

The very first movie my mom ever took me to see in theaters as a kid was The Jungle Book, setting the stage for my love of all things Disney and musical.  In 1992, the Disney version of Aladdin came to the screen, and my siblings and I must have watched that VHS copy, oh, […]

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Jun
13

FoodPorn Friday: Flatiron Hall

Before I start, I’d like you to all take a good, long look at this pretzel.  Soft, warm, salty, and when dipped into that piping pot of cheddar ale dip…hot diggity!  Loyalty for life is what I call that, Flatiron Hall! Nestled in NoMad, Flatiron Hall is the sister restaurant to further-downtown’s Houston Hall (and […]

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Jun
11

Wanderlust Wednesday: Travel Traditions

Over dinner the other night we were talking about travel traditions.  You know…a little ritual or thing you do in every place you travel to.  I find these fascinating, and am always curious about what peaks people’s interest.  My husband, for example, gets a haircut in every country he visits (the $2 haircut in Cambodia […]

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Jun
9

New Yorkers’ Choice: The Best Coffee Shops In NYC

Coffee is something we New Yorkers don’t take lightly: besides finding a spot with spot-on baristas that perfect your cup of brew EVERY TIME, it certainly helps for the place to have a bit of character of it’s own.  We asked some in-the-know New Yorkers what their go-to coffee shop is and why, and here’s […]

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Where To Eat And What To Order

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Jan
10

NYC’s 5 Must Try Vegetarian Pasta Dishes

In a city that lays claim to not one but TWO Little Italy’s, weeding through Italian restaurants for the city’s most noteworthy veggie-friendly pasta is no easy feat.  However, over my 8+ years in NYC, these are the dishes that continuously have me going back for more. 1. Goat Cheese Ravioli, $22* Nestled in the […]

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Nov
19

Loving Right Now: Melibea’s Urban Mediterranean Cuisine

Ever so rarely in this darling city of ours do you hit the restaurant trinity: amazing food, fabulous vibe, and top-notch service.  One?  All over the place.  Two?  No problem.  But three out of three?  That’s a rarity I’m certainly willing to sing about. Last night I had the true pleasure to dine in a […]

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Nov
6

That Black Truffle Ricotta Ravioli!

You could say I stumbled on Crispo as an accident.  Charged with making dinner reservations for a group of 6, I booked at a nearby restaurant that was just.  too.  loud.  Like, we’re talking the kind of walk-in, cover the ears, scream “ya wanna get outta here??”  ”HUH?”  ”I SAID, DO YOU WANT TO GET […]

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Oct
16

Cheap Date: Jazz Brunch + $0.92 Cocktail

Where can you go for free live jazz and legit, tasty, $0.92 cocktails without leaving New York, you ask?  Why, the fabulous Hotel Chantelle (not really a hotel, btw).  Every weekend from noon to five, this retractable-rooftop spot is the place to be, for all that and amazing, decently priced food.  Take a peak for […]

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