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    5 Inexpensive Ways To Spruce Up Your Tiny NYC Bathroom

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    In prepping to move into our new place, I’ve been obsessing over my favorite design blogs and magazines (okay, mostly Pinterest) for ideas on how to liven up tiny bathrooms.  In the end, we’ll probably keep it pretty minimalist, but here are a few of my favorite ideas for making tiny NYC apartments feel a […]

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    5 Ways To Make Girlfriends In NYC

    Monday, August 25, 2014

    Whether you’re new in the city or have lived here for forever and are looking to broaden your social circle, meeting quality girlfriends and creating long lasting friendships is equal parts art and science.  True, you MAY just stumble into a bar one night and find the Samantha to your Carrie, the Serena to your […]

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    10 Of Manhattan’s Best Green Spaces Beyond Central Park

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    As the dog days of summer approach, make the most out of these last bits of sunshine in some of Manhattan’s best green spaces that are perhaps not as well known (or crowded!) as our crown jewel, Central Park. 1. The smallest park in all of NYC, located in the heart of the Upper West […]

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    From The Lips Of A Local

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    Our featured New Yorker today is Alan!  Brooklyn native and bootcamp guru, we’re excited to bring you a slice of Alan’s NYC!   Name: Alan Courtenay Occupation: I’m an NASM Certified Fitness Expert , CEO and Founder of NYC Boot Camp. I consider myself a master at training individuals to improve their bodies and minds through progressively encouraging […]

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    Suck At 2nd Languages? Me Too, But There’s Hope…!

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    I’ve been kicking my language learning into overdrive this summer.  We’re going to the motherland (i.e. Bosnia) next week, and there’s nothing quite so inspiring to get past the “Hi, how are you?/Zdravo, kako ste?” than knowing you’ll be hanging out with your husband’s 80 year old grandmother.  I needed to master Bosnian small talk, […]

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    UYC’s Book Club: Unorthodox

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Okay, remember when we were going to read Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York back in MAY?  ::hangs head in shame::  Well, here’s the thing…despite it’s great reviews, I just couldn’t get into it.  And boy did I try!  I started and restarted that book several times over the last 3 months and […]

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    Treasure Hunting At Brooklyn Flea

    Monday, August 11, 2014

    We’re in the process of prepping to move into our new apartment.  (I say “prepping” because, although our lives have been packed into boxes for the last 2 months, the small renovations that were needed are moving at the speed of smell.  Ahh, hopefully by end of summer…!)  During the giveaway/sell/packing process, we made a […]

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    Postcards To NYC

    Friday, August 8, 2014

    Dearest NYC, I finally made it to your hidden waterfall in Midtown!  Considered such a hidden gem, in fact, that they discourage tourists and locals alike from snapping photos, with a giant “No Photography” sign at the entrance (but…I got a quick one in, albeit a giant head is in the way.  Shh, don’t tell!) […]

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    5 Ways To Explore Las Vegas Off The Strip

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

    {that time I won 10 cents} My hubby and I love Vegas.  Love, love, love.  And not for the traditional reasons, either.  We don’t gamble (well, maybe ONE blackjack table for kicks!) nor do we party like it’s 1999 anymore (hey, 30′s!).  But the glitz!  The glamour!  The hotels!  The pools!  The heat!  The BUFFETS! […]

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    Intermission: Cabaret

    Monday, August 4, 2014

    “What good is sitting alone in your room? Come, hear the music play. Life is a cabaret, old chum, come to the cabaret!” An iconic invitation, how can you resist? Even with MY froggy vocals doing the inviting! Over the years, I have heeded this call. This is my 3rd visit to a revival of […]

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May
8

7 Can’t-Miss Shows This Season (Spring 2014)

With just about a month left to go before the Tony Awards (by far our favorite award show here at UsedYorkCity!), we wanted to roundup a few of our favorite on and off Broadway shows that we’ve been personal fans of this season, many of which are nominated for quite a few Tony’s!  And the […]

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Spring Cleaning by UsedYorkCity.com
May
7

Spring Cleaning? There’s Free Charity Pick-Ups In NYC!

Spring cleaning is high on my list of favorite things.  (Crazy?  Yeah, I know.  But nothing quite beats the feeling of an organized closet, right?!)  What’s perhaps NOT on my list of favorite things is the aftermath of a good closet cleanse: bagging and lugging all the giveaways downtown to the nearest Goodwill/SalvationArmy/charity of choice.  […]

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The Modern by UsedYorkCity.com
May
6

Postcards To NYC

Dearest NYC, Dining in MOMA’s restaurant, The Modern, certainly promises to have aesthetically pleasing plates.  But for a dish on sensory overload, delighting the palate even more so than the eyes, order that little dish in the middle, the poached egg, porcini mushrooms, buttermilk and sorrel.  Tastebud tingles, promise! Cheers, Jess      

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May
5

Reflections On The 11th Annual Bosnian Herzegovinian Film Festival

I spent a good portion of this past weekend practicing Bosnian, guys!  (Remember that tiny ambitious goal from last year that I still haven’t checked off yet?  Fail, I know.)  BUT…I spent several hours immersed in the language at the 11th Annual Bosnian Herzegovinian Film Festival, so we’ll consider that a win! This year’s festival […]

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May
2

Cinco de Mayo In The City!

Cinco De Mayo is a Mexican celebration commemorating La Guerra de Puebla in 1862. Some people mistake this day for the Mexican Independence day, which is actually celebrated on September 16th.  Cinco de Mayo is a minor holiday in Mexico but here in the US, it’s another reason for big, BIG celebrations. This year, Cinco […]

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May
1

A New York Minute In Tracy’s Apartment

We are so excited to welcome Tracy Kaler to the blog today to share her lovely NYC home with us! What neighborhood do you live in? The Upper West Side. How long have you lived in this apartment, and who do you share your home with? I’ve lived here for 5 years with my husband, Mike, my […]

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Apr
30

Intermission: The Cripple Of Inishmaan

Sometimes less is more, so I’m gonna keep it simple,  skip a clever intro and cut right to the chase….The Cripple of Inishmaan IS ONE  FINE PLAY. Theater is obviously a highly collaborative art form, but if you don’t have a good plot, you don’t have a play. You can dress a show with wonderful sets, […]

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Tin Pan Band by UsedYorkCity.com
Apr
29

Postcards To NYC

Dearest NYC, What an unexpected treat to find my new favorite local band while walking the chichi in Central Park!  The Tin Pan Band is a delicious little mixture of twenties swing, jump, and blues, a delightful addition to the city’s springtime soundtrack…(and my iPod).  Here’s a little peak. xo, Jess    

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Apr
28

UYC’s Book Club: The Overnight Socialite

Guys, can you believe we’re four months into this whole NYC-inspired book club thing?!  I’m so glad we went with an easy breezy chick-lit pick for this month, as it was perfect reading for those handful of days we had that were actually sit-on-a-bench-in-Central Park worthy!  (Not that we had THAT many, hence the perfect […]

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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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