Tracy's New York Life | A Blog About Life in New York City

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Newcomer's Guide: How to Rent an Apartment in New York City

by Tracy Kaler

This 6th-floor walkup could be your New York pad.

The quest for a New York City apartment is never an easy one, especially if you don't live here, aren't familiar with the city and how the whole rental process works, and don't have access to unlimited funds.  Furthermore, relocating to NYC is probably more challenging than finishing a triathlon in the dead of winter, particularly when it comes to real estate. (I’ll save finding a job for another blog post.)

Know this: Renting an apartment in New York City is probably tougher than buying a house in many other US markets. Yes, it’s that tough, and I am NOT exaggerating. Vacancy rates are often one percent or less, making the real estate market tighter than those size zero jeans you sported back in 1998. Yes, really. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Zespri Kiwi Packs Punch in Every Bite and Sip

by Tracy Kaler                                                                                                  ***SPONSORED

Kiwi in a cocktail? Yes, indeed.  Sipping on the Kiwitini, made with SunGold Kiwifruit.

Before meeting and mingling with the Zespri
® team at Little Owl's event space last week (which, by the way, is a lovely spot to hold a private party or gathering), I knew little about the nutritional benefits of kiwi, the furry, oval-shaped super fruit. I did know, however, that its uses extend far beyond the expected fruit tart or salad, in which kiwi usually marries with berries, melons, and pineapple. One of my all-time favorite recipes from the New Southern Cookbook  –– Shrimp Awendaw with Kiwi, which I've blogged about before –– utilizes kiwifruit. You can find that recipe here.

Friday, July 18, 2014

How to Live on a Budget in NYC

by Tracy Kaler

Get creative with your money to thrive in New York.

I'm alway cutting costs, and chances are, if you live in New York City, you are too. Life is one big budget in the Big Apple, but there are many ways to get financially creative, or just be smart when it comes to managing your money for day-today life here.

Certain splurges are worth it (saving up for those orchestra seats to see Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig!), but walking those three extra blocks to grab the subway for $2.50 rather than spending $25 on a cab is an easy way to keep cash in your pocket. (Carry a comfy pair of shoes to change into.)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

My Second Trip to NYC: I Felt Like a New Yorker

by Stephanie Crocker

I came to New York for the second time in May.

Friend and blog fan Stephanie Crocker is back with a guest post today. Stephanie made her second visit to New York at the end of May. Like me (and probably all of you!), Stephanie loves this city, and it's evident as she describes her experiences here. I also got to meet her, which was a real treat for me. 

I wrote about my first New York City experience a few months ago, and now I am sharing some of the highlights from my recent trip. It wasn't easy to decide what to share, believe me. I had so many great and different experiences this time in The Big Apple, but these are the most memorable.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

11 Manhattan Street Photos You Have to See

by Tracy Kaler

Manhattanhenge {Where: 72nd Street)

What makes New York one of the most photographed cities in the world? Perhaps the constant activity, diverse population, stunning architecture, racing yellow cabs, and tree-lined streets drive the city to be one of the most coveted locations to photograph. Even at its trashiest, derelict worst –– on a dreary day with rain-filled skies, streets swarming with crowds of grumpy commuters, and overspilling garbage cans littering every corner –– somehow, this town can't produce a bad picture. 

These 10 Careers Almost Make NYC Life Affordable; Meet a Real-Life Brooklyn Farmer; Bushwick Gets a Hotel, and More

by Tracy Kaler

new york city dogs, east village dog run, tompkins square park,
The Tompkins Square Dog Park could be the best in town. He thinks so.

Audiologist, Air Traffic Controller, BrickMason and these other surprising careers almost make life affordable in New York City.  {Brokelyn}

Tompkins Square dog park might be the best in town. Vote for your favorite starting this Friday. {Curbed}

We think Rocky on Broadway was a knockout, but not every else does. So, sadly, the show will close in August. {Broadway World}

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