Sep
26

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New Yorker Moments

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{being retweeted TWICE by Marlon Wayans, simply the ultimate;-)}

We had some big, BIG laughs this week at P&G’s #NYTough Comedy Showcase.  Hysterical “clean” comedy was performed by Marlon Wayans, Michael Che, Sherri Shepard, and Michelle Buteau, with a NY twist, of course.  Here’s a few of my favorite one-liners:

“There’s nothing more hood than saying where you’re from.  ‘I’m from Brooklyn!!!’, sounds scary and I’m running and then you throw out ‘Bed-Stuy!!!’ and it’s not til’ you get punched in the face that you get honest ‘Okay, it’s really Park Slope.'” -Marlon

“I look out my windows and all I see is white people jogging and I get paranoid: What are ya’ll all training for at the same time?!” -Sherri

“I love my man, he makes me feel like a Kardashian.  He makes me feel special for no reason.” -Michelle

Have a great weekend, guys!

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{shots from the #NYTough event}

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{being a supportive wifey and cheering on my hubby’s team, cupcakes and all}

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{i asked this guy what he wanted to do for the day and he was all, “sailboating!” once we got there little man got cold feet}

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{meeting cast members from the lion king on broadway at inglot}

 

xx,

Jess

Sep
25

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My NYC Fall To-Do List

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Oh hello, crisp weather and cashmere sweaters!  You’ll all be proud to know I held off on ordering my first pumpkin spice latte until Tuesday, which was the first official day of fall!;-)  Victory, I know!

I had so much fun completing my NYC summer to-do list these last few months (and yes, besides moving apartments checked off every last one…doing that next week;-), that I decided to make it a seasonal thing.  Without any further adieu, may I present to you, the top 10 activities I look forward to experiencing this fall!

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1. Learn to make pizza dough at this cooking school in the West Village.

2. Start a monthly book club to discuss NYC themed books in person (already one in and it went swimmingly!)

3. Host Thanksgiving in our new apartment!

4. Pick up ballet again (aka the only sport I was ever any good at as a child!)

5. Visit the Madeline in New York exhibit at the NY Historical Society.

6. Go on a hike right when the leaves are changing colors (any suggestions of trails are much appreciated!)

7. Take a (free!) historical walking tour of the Lower East Side.

8. Continue to support a cause I care so much about: adopting animals!  (The next fundraising event in NYC is this weekend, if you’d like to get involved or donate!)

9. Plan a date night at this place, because BYOW, painting, AND karaoke!?

10. Celebrate Gillman’s 14th(!!!) birthday on 10.2 by doing his favorite things: puppy-friendly cupcakes from Sprinkles, and bench sitting in Central Park. #bestthingsinlife

I’d love to know…what’s on your fall to-do list?

xx,

Jess

 

Sep
24

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UsedYorkCity Inspiration #3

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^^This decorative door, spotted in SoHo.^^

1. A spirited account on ordering bagels, reminding us the only thing constant in NYC life is change. (via NY Times)

2. Need the time? Voila! 10 sundials located throughout NYC. (via Untapped Cities)

3. In case you need inspiration on how to do NYC like a French girl. (via Refinery 29)

4. Visiting the Big Apple? Here’s 10 ways not to look like a tourist. (via A Cup Of Jo)

5. Hungry? These are the 5 must-try food vendors at Madison Square Eats. (via Guest of a Guest)

What’s been inspiring you this week?  Share below!

xo,

Jess

Sep
23

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SoHo, Beyond The Shopping

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When we think of spending the day in SoHo, the first (and perhaps only) activity that pops into our heads is SHOPPING!  And while, yes, it’s totally the truth that SoHo is filled to the brim with any and every store you could possibly imagine–all the way from the tippy top designers to tiny boutiques with budding no-names–there’s more to SoHo than clothes.

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Today, we’ve partnered with our friends at TripGo to take you around to all our favorite non-fashion forward stops in SoHo.  TripGo is a handy dandy app that connects your calendar with real-time transport suggestions, providing all your door-to-door options for easy breezy comparison.  Basically, a New Yorkers best friend.  Before heading out for the day, I plugged in my locations (below), plus my travel preferences (subway + walking), and was provided an optimized schedule for my day in SoHo.  First stop…breakfast!

1. Chobani

While a yogurt bar may sound about as exciting as a bag of rocks, let me promise you, this place is deliciously worthy of a visit every single time I’m in the neighborhood.  They have Sweet (toasted coconut + pineapple), Savory (cucumber + olive oil), and Seasonal creations that are hands-down out of this world!  Since it’s the start of fall, I opted for the seasonal special of the day, pumpkin + cranberry.

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2. The Earth Room

What would you do if given a 3,600 square foot loft space in the prime real estate area of SoHo?  I bet 9.5 out of 10 of you sure wouldn’t say “fill it with dirt”…which is exactly what you’ll find at 141 Wooster Street.  This free exhibit has been open to the public since 1980…although there are no huge signs or fanfare letting you know the gallery exists.  A bit of a hidden gem (or if not gem, at least hidden!;-)  You go to the address, press 2B, and wait to be buzzed in.  Upon entering the building you’ll smell the room right away (I mean…280,000 pounds of dirt!)  Unfortunately, no photos are permitted, so you’ll just have to go and experience this one for yourself!

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3. Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

A quick walk down the street will land you at another under-the-radar museum, featuring LGBTQ art and the artists who create it.  Also a free museum, you can walk right in and enjoy the art, or check out their calendar for a host of events…film screenings, opening receptions, talk back with artists…lots of greatness going on here.

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4. The Mondrian SoHo

When you’ve reached a point in your day when you’re ready to kick those feet up, there’s no better place to go than the Mondrain Hotel in SoHo.  From its entrance, you’ll get a glimpse of just how cool this place is.  You can sit anywhere on the first floor, grabbing a cup of joe or glass of bubbly if you’re feeling festive.  My favorite place to go is on the second floor.  Across from the reception desk is a darling outdoor terrace with comfy lounge seating.  Perfect place to catch up on emails or call your mom;-)

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5. Housing Works Bookstore

It’s no secret I love bookstores (especially this one, which is where we had our wedding reception!)  Housing Works sells used books, and the proceeds then go to help the local homeless with HIV/AIDS.  Besides being an awesome charity, the two-level store has a vintage feel, tons of seating, and a cafe in the back.  Oh, and TONS of special events here, guys!  We’re talking author readings, story time and sing-a-longs for kids, free films…you name it!

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6. Pearl River Mart

Besides being a place to get inexpensive, adorable gifts, let me tell you the real reason to visit Pearl River Mart.  Okay, you know that store Anthropologie (please tell me I’m not the only one obsessed with everything there?!  Well, everything BUT their price tags…crazy town!)  So here’s the insider’s scoop: a lot of the very same home goods that Anthro sells can be purchased right at Pearl River Mart for a FRACTION of the cost.  Seriously, this chihuahua nut bowl was $10 at Anthro, and $5.95 at PRM.

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7. The Angelika Film Center

No secret to movie buffs, as this fabulous theater is where to go to see the artsier, more independent films that aren’t at your local AMC.

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8. La Esquina

When asked about the best Mexican food in NYC, this place is always first out of my mouth.  While the fancy rezzie-only restaurant is downstairs (call ahead, wayyyy ahead, people!), you can grab some of the basic goods at the faster-food joint upstairs.  Like these avocado veggie tacos.  Oh.Emm.GEE!!!

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9. Street Art

And of course, I would be amiss if I didn’t draw your attention to the huge amounts of random street art you’ll be encountering along your SoHo adventure.  Here’s a few snaps of some that caught my eye.

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So glad I got to share my favorite non-clothing store SoHo shops with you guys!  And make sure to check out the TripGo app that made this adventure super easy, from point A to Z and everywhere in-between!

I’d love to know…what are your favorite places in SoHo?  Share below!

 

By: Jessica Tiare Bowen

 

This post is part of Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox.

Sep
22

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Intermission: Bedbugs!!!

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As we waited for the house lights to go down and Bedbugs!!! to begin, my seat mate turned to me and whispered, “Hey, do you want to really start freaking people out?”  No need to go on, new friend, as I knew exactly what he meant, because it was already going through my head.  We both started our own little theater debut by dramatically itching, and while we did get a few chuckles from the folks around us, it was nothing compared to the laughs that were to follow during the next 2 hours of the show.  Seriously, a new cult comedy just hit NYC, and I, for one, put it well above even the tried and true and much adored Rocky Horror.  Here’s why.

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Ever so rarely do you see a show, especially an off-broadway one, where every single aspect of the production is spot on perfection.  From the set design (hello NYC pre-Giuliani!), to the choreography (those dance moves!), to the costumes (completely creepily brilliant!), to each and every performance from the lead down to the backup dancers, these guys were ALL solid A-game the entire time.  Let’s just say they set the bar for off-broadway comedies high, and other shows are going to have a tough time getting it this right.

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Bedbugs is a girl-meets-bug sci-fi-rock-musical-comedy, in which Carly, an exterminator, is hell-bent on avenging her mother’s bedbug-related death. In an effort to permanently rid the city of its infestation, she accidentally mutates the pests into an army of human-size, intelligent, carnal creatures out for blood and world domination.

BUT, the fun doesn’t stop there.  Throw in the pop star Dionne (sound familiar to another Canadian star we all know and love?), and you have perhaps one of the best parodies I’ve ever seen in live theater.  Actor Brian Charles Rooney absolutely kills it with his performance.  Carly has a burning hatred for Dionne, because she was up listening to her concert the night her mother was taken by bedbugs…so naturally anytime she hears her crooning voice on the radio she goes mad.

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A cautionary tale of toxic love mixed with 80’s nostalgia and classic NYC characters (the Williamsburg hipster who hates being called a hipster, the penny-pinching orthodox Jewish man with 13 kids, the WASPy martini-drinking-at-9am wifey)…this is a must see for everyone, but New Yorkers especially, you’ll have a special place in your heart for this piece of musical theater…us crazy folks in the audience pretending to get all itchy-itchy during the performance certainly did.  Bravo, Bedbugs, bravo!!!  

Are you a fan of cult comedies?  Share your favorite below!

 

Photo Credit: Rex Bonomelli//Article By: Jessica Tiare Bowen