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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Don't Piggyback Through Tolls; Horse Lives Good Life in Central Park; Surgery to Fit in Designer Shoes, and More

by Tracy Kaler

Sit in traffic and pay the $13 toll. {credit}

Don't piggyback through toll booths. Suck it up and pay because you will get caught, like this cabbie. (Yahoo News)

Temperatures run the gamut this time of year, so Sheri Silver offers a few helpful hints about how to dress until we officially warm up in New York. (Donuts, Dresses and Dirt)

New York's many murals are worth visiting.  (Hyperallergic) 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Violet on Broadway: More Than Meets the Eye

A Theatre Review 
by Rori Nogee

Violet opened at the American Airlines theater on April 20. {credit}

Amidst the glitter and glitz of Aladdin and the epic power ballads of Les Miserables, sits Violet, a quiet, intimate gem where acting and story take center stage over spectacle. Presented by Roundabout Theatre Company, this is the show's first turn on Broadway after an Off-Broadway run in 1997 and an Encores! Concert just last year.

The story occurs in 1964 and centers around Violet (Sutton Foster),  a young woman from North Carolina who bears a scar on her face, the result of an axe blade accident when she was 13.  Tired of the gasps and stares from strangers, she longs for “a pair of Gene Tierney eyes and Ava Gardner’s eyebrows…” 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pack Your Perfect New York City Picnic

by Melissa Kravitz

So many sunny days for picnics lie ahead {credit}

Picnic season has finally arrived! Set up your blanket in one of the city's many green spaces, from Central Park to Prospect Park, and pack your basket with some of New York's best picnic fare.  Visit these spots, or have your picnic group divide and conquer to assemble a fantastic outdoor meal with tasty food from NYC's best gourmet shops.  


Pick up a fresh baked loaf from Amy's Bread.  The Manhattan bakery makes over 20 different doughs daily with each formed into a different shape and size. Amy's signature bread, Semolina with Golden Raisins and Fennel –– both sweet and aromatic –– is one of the uniquely flavored and textured loaves. Other favorites include Black Olive Twists, French Baguettes, and Organic Miche. Amy's also offers prepared sandwiches, if you'd like an easier route.  

4th Annual Tasting Brooklyn: Eat, Drink, Be Merry

Straight from the outer boroughs
by Tracy Kaler

It's no secret that the Brooklyn food scene has exploded over the past few years. In fact, you'll find a diverse selection of eats in most every neighborhood in the borough of Kings. We've featured eateries in areas like Carroll Gardens, Prospect Heights, Bay Ridge, and Greenpoint, right here on Tracy's New York Life. Likewise, with the array of scrumptious places to dine and imbibe in our great city, sometimes choosing our next meal out is one of our biggest challenges. (This is an excellent challenge to have!)

Friday, April 18, 2014

My Favorite Spring Blog Posts of All Time

by Tracy Kaler

Spring is in full swing!

Spring is my favorite season in New York. In mid-April, blooms begin to add accents of color to the dull, gray cityscape. By early May, the city is in full green with daytime temperatures in the high 60s and low 70s. Meanwhile, early morning and nighttime numbers linger in the 50s, ideal for sporting a spring coat.

With Easter, Passover, warmer weather, and the changing landscape around town, New Yorkers emerge from their apartment cocoons and fill the streets, parks, shops, and sidewalk cafes.

Spring also provides a host of topics to blog about. I looked back and selected some of my favorite posts to reshare in case you missed them the first time around. 

Happy holiday weekend!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Muse Cocktail Debuts at The Leopard at des Artistes

by Tracy Kaler

The Leopard at des Artistes is a restaurant in Hotel des Artistes, one of the most majestic buildings in NYC. {credit}

Hotel des Artistes is a majestic structure in the Lincoln Square area of the Upper West Side. Located at 1 W. 67th St., the residential pre-war tower is between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, just steps from Central Park.

You might have stumbled past the landmark on your travels and not realized it. The 1917 building is one of many on the tree-lined  "artists row," a compilation of residences originally sited for both artists and musicians. Besides its reputation for being one of the most famous apartment buildings in town, the cooperative is also home to The Leopard at des Artistes, a restaurant known for its ornate murals, decadent space, and authentic Southern Italian food.  
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