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

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The City Is My Date: A Day Alone in Manhattan

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by Tracy Kaler

View from the Time Warner Building at Columbus Circle

Making the rounds in New York City with a beau or a bestie on your arm is easy enough, but what about those times when you're flying solo? Is New York really as much fun when you're alone as when you're in great company? Although the dynamic is completely different without a plus-one, I can tell you that going stag in the city that never sleeps is pretty thrilling. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Old School and New School Staten Island Pizza: Denino’s and Pizzeria Giove

by Jerry Del Priore 

The "M.O.R." at Denino's Pizzeria & Tavern in Port Richmond, Staten Island.  {credit}

Whenever I have a hankering for delicious pizza and my appetite is up for the challenge, more often than not, the brick oven variety gets the call. While New Yorkers are familiar with the great brick oven places in Brooklyn and Manhattan, in particular, Staten Island seems to fall by the wayside, unless, of course, you’re from the borough and know where to go. 

For me, if I am on the island, I can’t pass up eating at old favorite Denino's Pizzeria & Tavern, or new kid on the block, Pizzeria Giove, which is within walking distance to my sister’s house. If you enjoy classic, tasty brick oven pizza and fine brews and vino, then you’ll love both of these Italian restaurants.

Backyard Chickens, Every New Yorker Should Own a Fanny Pack, An Upper West Side Celebrity Doorman, and More

by Tracy Kaler

Chickens want to live in New York, too. {credit}

It's cool to have pet chickens in your NYC backyard, but you'd better find a chicken sitter when you leave town. {BrickUnderground}

What goes into making a Brooklyn hot dog? {Edible Brooklyn}

Every Sex and the City brand is right here...and in only 9 minutes. {Man Repeller}

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.
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