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

Friday, October 31, 2014

Make 'Em Laugh: Stand-Up Comedy in New York

by Tracy Kaler                                                                                               ***SPONSORED 

"A comedy club is a place where you work out material, you're trying material."-- Chris Rock

I can never forget the first time I saw live comedy in New York City. Several years before I moved here, Michael and I were in town on vacation, and at the last minute we decided to see a late stand-up show downtown. I remember we had great seats –– not too close to the stage (thank goodness!) and not too far away –– and we laughed hysterically at every performer that night. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Edging Out the Competition: 6 Tips to Get Ahead in New York

by Lauren Malamala

The competition is stiff in every arena in NYC.

New York City is a gladiator stadium for anyone in pursuit of a successful career. Unless your ultimate goal is to be a perfume spritzer at Bloomingdale’s, you will eventually find yourself in this metaphorical arena, facing some stiff competition. Climbing your way to the top, however, isn’t always about being the biggest or most intimidating person out there. Think of your professional life as a game of chess in the sense that strategy is your best friend.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dare to Scare: A Broadway-Themed Halloween

by Rori Nogee

For Broadway performers, every day is Halloween. {credit}

With their caked-on makeup, elaborate wigs and elegant false eyelashes, theatre performers often say, "I don’t dress up for Halloween because every day is Halloween." However, for Broadway lovers, Halloween can be a chance to become a favorite stage character. (I spent many a Halloween as Mimi Marquez in Rent…) While the rest of the world will don Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty) or Queen Elsa (Frozen) garb, here are 10 fun costume ideas for theatre fans, whether going solo, as a couple, or as a group.

Monday, October 27, 2014

East Harlem Gem: Central Park's Conservatory Garden

by Tracy Kaler

Discover the beauty of the Conservatory Garden if you haven't already.

There's no denying the beauty of the Conservatory Garden. One of Central Park's hidden gems, the manicured six-acre parcel is an idyllic retreat, a wonderful oasis for a stroll or a scenic locale for an afternoon wedding. I question how many New Yorkers have visited this formal garden, which is the only one of its kind in Central Park. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tailgating with Jets + Chefs at NYCWFF

by Tracy Kaler                                                                                            ***SPONSORED

The Food Network NYC Wine & Food Festival attracted thousands last weekend.

What do New York foodies and Jets fans have in common? A tailgating party at the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival. Mike and I joined hundreds on Saturday at the Esurance Rooftop at Pier 92. It was a gorgeous day weather-wise (not too warm and not too cool), for meat eaters and Jets devotees. If it wasn't enough to have star players like Quinton Coples and Erik Coleman handy for photo ops and autographs, celebrity chef Mario Batali and the ultimate Jet, 'Broadway Joe' Namath were in the house.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Woes of the New York City Pedestrian

by Lauren Malamala

How nice it would be to hop in a taxi to head downtown for a night out with the girls.

Unless you have the budget to take a cab everywhere you go, living in NYC means that you’ll be hitting the pavement and doing a significant amount of walking. I'd love to take a taxi downtown for a night out with the girls, but that’s often coupled with the thought of “Wow, I could've used that money to pay my electricity bill.” So, for the most part, my main mode of transportation tends to be the subway, bus, or my feet.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Angel Ball Baby Bumps; Smelly New York; 10 Commandments to Live Clutter-Free, and More

by Tracy Kaler

Know these 20 things before you ride the New York subway. {credit}

Are you a good subway commuter? Then you should know these 20 things. {Time Out NY}

Bethenny Frankel returns to the Real Housewives of NYC. I guess it's time I start watching. {}
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