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

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Celebrities Ride the Subway; the Worst Decisions You Could Make in NYC; Leaving Bed-Stuy for Good, and More

by Tracy Kaler

Everyone rides the NYC subway, even celebrities. {credit}

Celebrities ride the subway too. Check out these photos of famous New Yorkers acting just like us. {NY Mag}

The best and worst boyfriends ever to hit Broadway are right here.  {Playbill}

Neo dive bars? These nine watering holes keep NYC's downscale drinking alive and well. {Grubstreet}

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

How to Survive a 60+ Hour Workweek in New York

by Lauren Malamala

The "nine-to-five" work day rarely exists in New York City.

For many New Yorkers, it’s not unusual to work 60 or more hours every week. If you’re climbing the corporate ladder or working on your acting career while simultaneously taking on several jobs to pay the bills, the quintessential “nine-to-five” work day typically becomes obsolete.

Whether you’re in an office, working from home or somewhere in-between, the average workweek can take its toll on your stress levels, energy levels, and overall health. Maintaining proper habits can make all the difference between feeling accomplished by the weekend, or feeling as if you’ve just endured some draconian punishment. To stay on track and keep your sanity, try incorporating these five basic survival tips into your daily NYC routine.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Dressed in White: 5 NYC Kitchens to Dream About

by Tracy Kaler

  Contemporary Kitchen by New York Kitchen & Bath Remodelers KBR Design & Build
I'm dreaming of a white kitchen.

I think it's a clean, timeless look that I find so alluring and desirable. A date or year isn't stamped on a white kitchen, either –– a well-designed space can appear as if it was installed in 1994, 2004, or last week. Whether we realize it or not, the white kitchen will always be en vogue.

These New York apartment kitchens work with varying amounts of space, yet each well-thought-out room incorporates all things needed to host a gourmet meal. Even if you're not much of a serious chef, picture sipping your a.m. coffee while perusing the NY Times, or quaffing an evening cocktail over chit chat, in one of these five white kitchens.

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Winslow: UK-Inspired Pub Dishes with a NY Twist

by Tracy Kaler

The Winslow's menu includes delectable pub dishes as well as classics prepared with a New York twist. {via The Winslow}

New York is no stranger to pubs –– every neighborhood has its share of "wakes," "taverns," and "houses." But few do public houses better than the UK, and there are certain dishes that few locals can compete with, either. But after dining at The Winslow in the East Village, I'm happy to report that I've discovered a few delectable dishes that Great Britain is known for, as well as other classics prepared with a New York twist.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Autumn in New York: Still So Inviting

by Lauren Malamala

The gradual drop in temperature, humidity relief, and earlier onset of nightfall are all signs of one of the best times in the city – autumn. As I enjoy the chilly breeze on my balcony and no longer have to continually blast the AC (I had to pay Con Ed way too much money this summer), it’s hard not to have the song “Autumn in New York” stuck in my head.

The cliché signs of fall tend to be something along the lines of chunky knit sweaters, multi-colored leaves, and pumpkin spice lattes. In New York City, however, the season seems much more poignant than that, and few things describe autumn in the city as well as the words that Vernon Duke wrote in 1934.

“Autumn in New York – Why does it seem so inviting? Autumn in New York, it spells the thrill of first-nighting.”
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