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

Friday, August 29, 2014

11 Sizzling Summer Blog Posts You Should've Read

by Tracy Kaler

New York streets will be ultra quiet this weekend.

Lazy beach days are almost behind us and a quiet weekend is ahead in the city, (many New Yorkers will leave town for the last hurrah of summer). Even though we're sad that these warm months have flown by, at Tracy's New York Life, we'll be back in full blogging swing next week. And we can assure you, we're super excited to dive into fall. 

Take a few moments (or many) to relax over the next couple days, catch up on these sizzling blog posts from the summer, and perhaps even share your favorites. Whatever your Labor Days plans are, in NYC or out, make the most of the final days of the season!

 1. 62 Free Things to Do in New York City

 2. At Home on the Upper East with Photographer Robert Farber

 3. 9 Great Things About Being Single in New York

4. What's Hot: Flatiron's General Assembly

5. On the Road: From NYC to Eastern NC

New Yorkers need time away from the fast-paced lifestyle. A road trip can be relaxing.

6. How to Rent an Apartment in New York City

7. Brooklyn Guy Ditches Single Life for Wedding Bliss

8. NYC Subway Girl Cathy Grier Talks Busking, Poodles, and Her Love for the City 

9. The 10 Things I Miss Most About New York City

10. Eating and Drinking Your Way Through Bayside, Queens

11. The Reality Behind 5 New York City Dream Jobs

Bayside, Queens is a cute neighborhood with a selection of terrific eateries. {credit}

If you enjoyed reading these popular posts, check out other favorite posts from THE BEST OF column here. Happy Labor Day from all of us at Tracy's New York Life!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

5 Must-Try Labor Day Cocktails from Ketel One

by Tracy Kaler

Cocktails and the beach? Sounds good to me.

As we prepare to move into the holiday weekend and bid adieu to summer, this is an excellent time to mix up something new, cool, and colorful using Ketel One vodka. Whether you're relaxing on a beach, toasting the start of fall with a Labor Day cookout, or hanging at one of your fave local NYC spots with friends, simple, flavorful cocktails like these always find a place in your regime. Personally, I can't choose because they all sound fantastic, so I may sip more than one.  Enjoy!

Play a Lottery to Win a Cheap Apartment; Read This List Before Moving to Manhattan; Cocktails With Killer Views, and More

by Tracy Kaler

Play the New York housing lottery and you could win big. {credit}

The 1970s bell bottom boom is one we'll never forget. {}

Feeling lucky? Play the lottery and you could win an 80/20 rental in NYC

You CAN eat healthy in New York City for $40 a day. {Ahoy New York Tours & Tasting}

Check out the cost comparisons. My suspicion is confirmed. Duane Reade is the city's most expensive drugstore, and yet, I still shop there. {Scouting NY}

You are not ready to move to Manhattan until you read and agree with this list. {Movoto}

New York really is the center of the universe. Get ready. {via Giphy}

Fall is around the corner. Here's how to upgrade your look and transition from the Birkenstocks you shouldn't have been wearing all summer. {NY Mag}

Astoria eats and you should too. Check out the 30th Annual Labor Day festival on Monday. {We Heart Astoria}

Rewind to 1984 when Madonna walked St. Mark's Place. {Bedford + Bowery}

These could be the best NYC hotel roof bars with killer views of the Empire State Building. {Overnight New York}

Broadway previews of It's Only a Play starring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and Stockard Channing open today! {}

Who wouldn't want at look at this while sipping a cocktail? {credit}

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bogey in the City: A Dog About Town

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by Tracy and Bogey Kaler

Bogey is ready for his city adventure!

We know that New York City is a dog-friendly town, but with an almost 80-pound Labrador in tow, what are your options for a fun day with such an oversized pooch? When DogVacay asked Bogey and me to spend the day out and about in our hometown, neither of us could refuse a #dogventure, and here's where our paws took us! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Eating and Drinking Your Way Through Williamsburg, Brooklyn

by Jerry Del Priore
Pies 'n' Thighs has taken Williamsburg by storm. {credit}

I remember when I was growing up in Brooklyn circa 1980, Williamsburg wasn’t the type of neighborhood that you would visit for a food and culture fix. In fact, it had a seedy element to it  and was a forgotten part of New York City. But those times are long gone, as the area’s gentrification process has turned it into a city hotspot for food and entertainment. As for where to drink and dine in Williamsburg, we've formulated a fantastic list for you to relish while on your next trip to the hipster locale. Enjoy!   

Monday, August 25, 2014

New York City Habits Die Hard

by Lauren Malamala

New Yorkers stay in their own little worlds and rarely pay attention to traffic signals. {photo via James Maher}

New Yorkers have a distinct way of life that is unlike any other city in the world. Everyone knows about the rush of commuting to work, the crowds, and the insanely quick tempo of the city. What I find interesting, however, are the habits I’ve developed since moving here. These five easily adopted habits are common among New York locals; myself included.

Whenever I go back to suburbia to visit my parents, I have to remind myself that you can get a ticket just for taking one step away from the curb when there’s a red light at the crosswalk. Fortunately, that’s not the case in New York. If there are no cars coming, you go – or you just weave between cars if traffic is moving slow. With everyone’s busy work schedules, there’s not enough time to wait for each light to turn green.
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