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

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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

THE WORD'S OUT
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. {Bethenny.com}

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oscar de la Renta: Paying Tribute to a Legend

by Tracy Kaler

Oscar de la Renta's vision and legacy will live on. {credit}

He dressed thousands of women over the years including first ladies Jackie Kennedy, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Laura Bush, and most recently Michelle Obama. Celebrities are no stranger to the artist's creations, either. And some, such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Amy Adams, and Jessica Chastain, have graced the red carpet more than once in Oscar dresses.

A Great Musical Has Been 'Found'

A Theatre Review
by Rori Nogee


Found opened October 14 at the Linda Gross Theater, with the Atlantic Theater Company. {credit}

 “Dear Mom, summer camp is not fun anymore. Everyone is dying.” This and other sentiments are expressed in Found, the new Off-Broadway musical with a book co-written by Hunter Bell, one of the masterminds behind the Broadway meta-musical, [title of show]. Found tells the story of Davy Rothbart, creator of Found Magazine, which is a collection of real-life notes, lists, and scribbles that have been discovered by actual people in Chicago and around the country.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Harding's NYC: Fresh Americana and a Brunch Burger Like No Other

WINE DINE & FOOTLIGHTS
by Tracy Kaler


Carnivores flock to Harding's for one of the best burgers in NYC.

When the folks at Harding's invited me to stop in and check out their new brunch menu, I couldn't refuse. Despite what the NY Times wrote recently in the article "Brunch is for Jerks," I thought I'd take my chances at the risk of coming off as another youngish, conforming Gothamite. Because the truth is, I like brunch now and then. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Why Blogging Is Better Over 40

TRACY TALKS

Is blogging the "it" occupation at any age?

There was a time when I thought I was too old to blog. To me, blogging had always sounded like a teen or college student hobby, and not one that could ever be a job, let alone a career. But bloggers are everywhere. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Eating and Drinking Your Way Through Astoria, Queens

THE BBQS
Straight from the outer boroughs
by Jerry Del Priore 


Upscale Trattoria L'Incontro has brought mouthwatering Italian dishes to Astoria since 1999. {credit}

Astoria happens to be one of my favorite New York City nabes to grab a tasty bite and a dazzling drink. Though this section of Queens is primarily Greek, the area also has a rich, eclectic mix of other nationalities such as Italians, Asians, South Americans, Eastern and Central Europeans, and Middle Eastern people who call it home. 

As for its fare, Astoria’s melting pot population is surely represented well, with a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy. From great Greek places to iconic Italian spots, to Japanese gems to Middle Eastern marvels, Astoria will never disappoint as a food and drink destination.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Herb Lester: Discover the Usual and Unusual in NYC and Beyond

WHY I LOVE...
by Tracy Kaler

"A Brooklyn Bar for All Reasons" is just one of many travel guides from Herb Lester.

Some of New York City's most awesome spots remain secret, or frequented by natives only. Sure, we know about the most legendary things to do such as visit the Statue of Liberty or walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. And we've heard about McSorley's to grab a brew, Lombardi's to chow on a world-famous slice, or Katz's Deli to indulge in a corned beef sandwich like no other. But what about all of those other places not on our radar?

Murals Stop Bronx Graffiti; Worst Landlords in NYC; Fall Whiskey in Brooklyn, and More

THE WORD'S OUT
by Tracy Kaler


The Lower East Side will continue to change. {credit}

Take a look at 30 years of gentrification on the Lower East Side. {Curbed}

Where's the best pastrami in NYC?  {Thrillist}

Property owners use artist murals to prevent graffiti in the Bronx. {DNAinfo}
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