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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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    Intermission: Phantom Of The Opera

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014

    Allow me a bit of nostalgia …… I have arrived full circle with “The Phantom of the Opera.”  This granddaddy of a musical is still playing some 26 years after its 1988 opening at the appropriately named “Majestic Theater” and remains the longest running show on Broadway.  I can’t envision anything topping this fantastic record, […]

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    New Yorker Moments

    Friday, July 4, 2014

    {lunch dates at shake shack are the best} Happy 4th of July!  It’s long been my favorite holiday…probably something to do with all. that. SUNSHINE!  Oh, and the grilling, fireworks, and festive gatherings aren’t so bad, either;-)  We’ll be having a quiet weekend in the city (I say quiet because it always feels like half […]

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  • Backstage With Daniel Radcliffe + Giveaway

    Thursday, July 3, 2014

    This contest has officially ended.  A huge New York thank you to all who participated, and congrats to our winner, Herbert!  Stay tuned for more exciting UsedYorkCity.com giveaways! You may remember how we raved and raved about The Cripple Of Inishmaan.  I believe the exact words were: “I am not quite certain which comes first – […]

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    The Boston Ballet + 5 Free Reasons To Visit Lincoln Center This Summer

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    Last week I went to the ballet, darlings!  (How fun is that to say?!)  A childhood ballerina myself, I had no doubt I was going to adore the dances going in, but had little hope for the hubby.  ”Please just stay awake, and I promise we’ll go to The Smith afterwards and order all your […]

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    UYC’s Kitchen: Fruit Flag

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014

    For those of you hosting rooftop fireworks parties this year, I have a super adorable, no-bake, no-work, 5-minutes-and-you’re-done, festive recipe*!  Trust me, your vegetarian friends who are skipping the hotdogs will love you, as will your gluten-free friends who are skipping the apple pie, not to mention your sober friends who are skipping the beer, […]

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    That Time I Took A Selfie With Justin Timberlake

    Monday, June 30, 2014

    So last weekend I got to hang out with Johnny Depp, Brangelina, and Jennifer Aniston.  Oh, AND go on the set of some of my fave TV shows and films…Mad Men, I Love Lucy, and Jurassic Park.  Did I mention Beyonce and I danced a little diddy some of you may have heard once or […]

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    My NYC Summer To-Do List

    Friday, June 27, 2014

    Since summer is now in full swing (last day of NYC public schools was yesterday!), I put together my top 10 NYC activities I would love to accomplish before Labor Day, all things I haven’t yet experienced in my 9 years of living here.  As they get ticked off, I’ll be sure to share the […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Where To Eat And What To Order

Can't go wrong with goat cheese!

Sweet And Savory Crepes At Bar Suzette

I’m a sucker for a good crepe.  And let’s be honest, is there such a thing as a bad crepe?  (Besides the epic flops I tried to make once in the comfort of my NYC kitchen, which turned out more like lumpy pancakes than crepes…so yes.  I guess there is such a thing as a […]

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Getting My Jjigae On At Kori-Tribeca

After hearing about the marvel of Eastern and Western fusion in the New York Times, I decided that some things needed to be tested and tasted personally. So I hopped on the 6 train and texted some friends. I had about half an hour to wait so I ordered a dirty martini, was not disappointed […]

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Get Your A** On The 7 Train And Go To Flushing

I suppose my use of profan*ty in the title makes me a real New Yorker. And in a way that sort of bothers me, so every now and then I need a break. Sure, it’s great to schlep out to the Hamptons or fly down to Florida for the weekend, but there is no better […]

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The Lower East Side’s Authentic Japanese Joint: Hachember

Do you know that feeling where you walk into a place and feel your whole evening has just taken an epic turn?  Then upon entering, you suddenly leave the world behind and enter an urban novel or movie?  Two years ago, I moved back to NYC to find that feeling again, and yet, my largest […]

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