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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

9 Places Where Banksy Left His Mark in NYC

by Tracy Kaler

bansky graffiti artist
Banksy's "Hammer Boy" at 79th and Broadway

You probably remember all the fuss over Banksy and the impression the artist left on New York City last fall. The UK-based street painter spread his controversial work around town for 31 days, and no one knew where he would strike next, which was part of the intrigue. He kept New Yorkers guessing, watching and talking, and the media following his every tag.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sunday Supper New York-Style: Moules Marinière

by Tracy and Mike Kaler

Moules Marinière are inexpensive, quick, and an easy, yet delicious supper.

Sunday evenings are relaxed in our house and we almost always eat in. The great thing about mussels in white wine is that they are quick, easy, and inexpensive to prepare (even in New York City).

So first, let's start at the beginning. And that's with wine. Before we start cooking, we like to sip a glass. Often in the summer, our go-to wine is a French rosé.

I am usually the cook in the family, but Mike does a top-notch job with mussels. I am talking restaurant quality when finished.

Friday, July 25, 2014

A New Yorker's Nightmare: The Noisy Neighbor

by Tracy Kaler

In New York City, a certain amount of neighbor noise is inevitable, but how much is too much? {credit}

Have you ever lived next door to a noisy neighbor? I've experienced the screaming-at-the-top-of-their-lungs neighbors, the barking-dog-from-the-yard-at-all-hours neighbors, and the occasional-loud-music-playing neighbors. No matter what kind of ruckus a neighbor makes, there's but one thing that matters to me –– I can hear it.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

On the Road: From NYC To Eastern NC

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by Tracy Kaler

Tracy Kaler New Yorker
Sometimes, I just want to get in a car and drive. Here I am in a 2014 Toyota Highlander.

As a New Yorker who rarely drives a car, sometimes I get the sudden urge to get behind the wheel and hit the road. If you live in the city, does that ever happen to you? I mean, I have a appreciation for the convenience of the NYC subway, but come on! Although I don't miss sitting in traffic one bit, I have moments when I do miss driving.

Two weeks ago, Michael and I took a lengthy road trip to Kinston, NC. Our cousin Steven and his bride-to-be Andrea tied the knot (congratulations, again!), and we ventured south for a long weekend of gentility and soul food. We toyed with the idea of flying from New York into Raleigh (about a 90-minute drive from Kinston), but when Toyota offered us a 2014 Highlander, the road trip was a no-brainer!  In fact, once we settled into the comfy seats and figured out the bundle of bells and whistles, we didn't regret driving at all. 

Wedding events kept us busy most of the time, but we managed to steal a few hours here and there to explore Kinston, a charming town that sits about an hour from the coast. Kinston is in the process of experiencing a rebirth, and this is exciting to see. I have been to this part of the state several times, and was thrilled to discover the start of a revival of downtown, particularly on N. Heritage Street.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Eating and Drinking Your Way Through Long Island City, Queens

Straight from the outer boroughs
by Jerry Del Priore 

A bartender in action at Dutch Kills Bar in Long Island City {credit}

Long Island City was once a forgotten part of New York, filled with a plethora of drab warehouses and listless factory buildings, but how times have changed. If you take a look now, you’ll witness one of NYC’s most progressive neighborhoods, complete with a vibrant art, nightlife and restaurant scene, making it a Gotham hotspot destination. 

Speaking of the food and bar landscape, LIC has numerous worthy options sure to help you tie one on, or send your taste buds into orbit. With that being said, we've come up with a list of awesome places to drink and dine to heart’s content in this pocket of Queens.

New Apartments Near the Apollo; A Snake Visits Washington Square Park; Subway Map Includes Bars, and More

by Tracy Kaler

On the horizon: 30 apartments at the corner of 125th and Frederick Douglass Boulevard  {credit}

Residential development is coming to 125th Street near the famed Apollo Theater.

25 lessons I learned from my trip to New York City. {The Simple Luxurious Life}

Shoe shopping again? Get it right! {Swagger New York}
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