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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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Reinvent At The Fifty

Summer travel and healthy living go together like brownies and hot fudge peas and carrots, do they not?  While NYC is certainly the epicure capital of the USA, there’s something about those 90 degree days…sweating on the subway platform…makeup dripping down your face…clothes clinging where they shouldn’t (you get the idea, right?), that makes the […]

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Postcards To NYC

Dearest NYC, Be still my beating heart!  Vegan tofu veggie cream cheese that tastes like (gasp!) regular veggie cream cheese?!  And spread on those original, freshly baked bagels you’re so world renowned and loved for?!  I hate to be super selective, but I fear that after experiencing Pick A Bagel no other bagel joint in […]

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The Big List Of New York City

It’s been on my “to do” list for a while to make one huge, comprehensive list of all my favorite NYC sites and blogs.  So when I got a Facebook message from a reader this weekend saying that not only had all the best NYC sites been included in one bookmark, but UsedYorkCity was included […]

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FoodPorn Friday: Anable Basin

Summer in the south was all about the three B’s: buddies, beer, and (the best) BBQ’s.  While I am neither a beer drinker or meat eater (gasp, I know!  what kind of southern girl am I?!), I always looked forward to months spent outside grilling with family and friends on the back porch. New Yorkers […]

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A New York Minute In Donna’s Apartment

We are so excited to welcome Donna Dugan to the blog today to share her lovely NYC home with us! What neighborhood do you live in?  Astoria, the 30th Ave stop on the N/Q. How long have you lived in this apartment, and who do you share your home with?  I’ve lived here for 10 […]

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Where To Eat And What To Order


Belgian Bites And Beers At Resto

One of my favorite ways to wile away a lazy winter weekend afternoon is to pop into a restaurant in those quiet hours between lunch and dinner for a snack.  Nothing substantial, just something salty, something sweet, and a tall glass of something soothing.  We found ourselves on 29th Street this weekend and were immediately […]


Central Harlem’s Foodie Find: Native

My first few years living in NYC, I was an uptown girl…and by uptown I don’t mean “Upper East Side close to the MET”, more like “Inwood: the last neighborhood in Manhattan before reaching the Bronx.”  Needless to say, I was always on the lookout for up-and-coming restaurants ABOVE 96th Street…cause honestly, I didn’t feel […]

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Treasured Tables: The Back-To-Work Special

Bzzzz (your Blackberry / iPhone)… read work emails that arrived overnight, eyes half open… Wait in long line for lousy latte (shudder)… Work, work, work. Work. Work. Grab a bite and wolf it down at New York’s most quintessentially “treasured table” – i.e., your office desk. Work – work – work some more… Coffee break? […]

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Yasuda: Sushi Supremacy–Service Not Included

We’re in violent agreement with NYC’s top critics that Yasuda is currently serving the finest sushi in New York (save for maybe the outrageously expensive $500+ per person proposition at Masa). The service; however, is abominable. To go… or not to go? (Never take sushi to-go, but that’s another story…)     I defer to […]

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