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Friday, September 19, 2014

Long Live Boots & Saddle : You, Me, and a Drag Show

by Tracy Kaler

Drag show
Boots & Saddle is no ordinary gay bar.

"It's a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I'd be a drag queen."--Dolly Parton

I had been to a gay bar before so I had no qualms about stopping by a Christopher Street tavern with a friend one Saturday afternoon. Scott and I had taken a lengthy walk (from the Upper East Side to the Brooklyn Bridge) during Summer Streets, followed by jazz brunch at the Garage, after which, a laid-back cocktail called our names. Boots & Saddle –– a West Village institution since 1974 –– had lost its lease and would be closing soon, so this was a great time to pop in for a drink before the end of an era.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Candyman Kelly Jaime Sweetens the Upper East Side

A chat with a fascinating New Yorker
by Tracy Kaler

The Sweet Shop satisfies even the sweetest tooth in the Big Apple.

If you venture about a 7 to 10-minute brisk talk from the subway toward the edge of the Upper East Side, I promise, the journey will be well worth the trek from the 6 train. Far east, past First Avenue on 73rd Street, lies a luscious treasure known as The Sweet Shop. Owned and operated by Kelly Jaime, aka "The Candyman" ––– this confection-filled boutique can satisfy even the sweetest tooth in New York City. Jaime may not have magical powers or live as a character in a hit song, but he happens to be a real Upper East Sider with a passion for creating memories, and of course, candy.

Today, we get down and sugary with with the Candyman himself, while he tells us all about his sweet life in the Big Apple.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Put These 5 NYC Dating Myths to Bed –– Right Now

by Lauren Malamala

With over one million people crammed into Manhattan alone, you're surrounded by a wealth of potential dates. {credit}

For years, New York City has had a reputation for being one of the worst places for anyone in search of a romantic relationship. Not one to shy away from a challenge, I took it upon myself a few years ago to do a little research via online dating. I interviewed people who were looking for love, and put my newly-single self in the midst of the city’s dating world to see how accurate this stereotype was. I like to think of it as one of my many community service projects.

The Crown Heights High-Fiver; Queens Has a Farm (Who Knew?); Speed Roommating, and More

by Tracy Kaler

Where are the rudest drivers in the country? Not in New York.

According to survey, Idaho's drivers are ruder than New York's. {CBS Local}

Filmmaker from Crown Heights high fives people hailing cabs around the city. {Daily News}

Misty Copeland is an unlikely ballerina. Will she become the first African-American principal dancer with ABT? {The New Yorker}

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

9 Birthday Celebrations in New York City


New York City is a fantastic city to celebrate a birthday. {credit}

There's no doubt that New York is a terrific city to celebrate special occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs, and of course, birthdays. Recently celebrating one of my own, I reminisced about nine of my birthdays in the Big Apple. Perhaps you've blown out candles and made a wish at one of these NYC spots yourself.

I clearly recall the thrilling moment when Mike asked me what I wanted to do on my birthday this year. I, of course, responded with enthusiasm, "Go to New York!" Little did I know, but that trip would be the first of many Big Apple birthday soirees to come, because I moved to the 'city that never sleeps' less than one year later.

We flew in from Atlanta, stayed at the Sofitel, saw the Broadway revival of A Chorus Line (which happens to be my favorite show, ever!), and had dinner at Lupa, one of my go-to Italian restaurants, always.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall for Broadway: The Upcoming Season

by Rori Nogee

'Tis the season for revivals on Broadway.

As New York City becomes a whirlwind of pumpkin lattes and crimson leaves, so too will Broadway experience a new season.  Fall 2014 brings eagerly anticipated revivals, revisions, brave new works, and a slew of stars to The Great White Way.

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