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

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Did You Know? 9 Fun Facts About New York City

by Tracy Kaler

Think you know every fact about New York City? You might. But you might not.

1. New York City is the most linguistically diverse country in the world, with approximately 800 languages spoken throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island. The borough of Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world.

Don't Be Cheap! Tip Your Doormen; Café Edison Is Closing; 10 New Things to Do in New York This Winter, and More

by Tracy Kaler

Winter in New York brings cold temperatures and snowy days, yet fantastic new things to do.

The 100 best dishes in New York City this year. {Time Out}

10 new things to see in New York this winter. {The Points Guy}

If you need a break from city life, consider taking a day trip this winter.  {Glenwood}

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shop in Style on Madison Avenue: My Favorite Stops

by Lauren Malamala

One of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday afternoon is taking a long walk down Madison Avenue with my friend Bekki. Both of us have insane work schedules, so we like to lazily meet up after we’ve slept in – no planning or time constraints allowed. Our casual strolls begin in the Carnegie Hill area and usually end around the East 50s, several hours later.

Monday, December 15, 2014

5 Less Touristy Things to Do in Midtown Manhattan

by Tracy Kaler

There's more to Midtown Manhattan than the iconic attractions.

In the 'new' New York, tourists frequent all five boroughs. With cleaner and safer streets, a plethora of sights to see and things to do for any age and budget, it's no wonder the Big Apple is one of the most traveled destinations in the world. 

10 Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers for Her

by Tracy Kaler

Last-minute shoppers crowd the first floor of Macy's Herald Square.

I don't know about your holiday shopping habits, but mine tend to be last minute. I've never understood how anyone can start shopping in January for Christmas, or worse, those who insist on hitting stores for the day-after sales on December 26. By this point, I'm gearing up for New Year's Eve.

Friday, December 12, 2014

5 Questions for Tracy: Beauty Routines, Her Favorite New York Film, and Central Park

by Stephanie Crocker

Stephanie                                                                           Tracy

Hello Tracy! The interview last month was so much fun. Thanks for agreeing to do it again. As you know, I find New York to be fascinating, as well as the people living in it. So, let's talk. Me, in my house in Nova Scotia. You, in your apartment on the Upper West Side. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Rediscover Queens Pizza with Lucia and John’s

by Jerry Del Priore

Most every neighborhood in New York could hang this sign.

One of the benefits of working all over New York City is the glorious opportunity I get to try all different types of pizza, a food for which I have an affinity. Since I spend an ample amount of time working in Queens, I’m always searching for appetizing establishments, and eventually spread my opinions to the masses through written word.

I recently discovered a gem of a pizza spot in Flushing, and I've had the pleasure of frequenting another top locale in Central Queens over the years.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

6 Annoying Remarks I Hear as a New York Transplant

by Lauren Malamala

New York is a city filled with transplants.

With thousands of people moving to NYC every year, it’s only natural that there would be a bit of a rivalry between born-and-bred New Yorkers and transplants. As a non-native myself, I’ve heard just about every aggravating statement and question possible pertaining to my move to the city – both, from locals and outsiders. Apparently, a lot of transplants have heard the same. These are six of the most annoying comments I hear.

16 Random Facts About the NYC Subway; Cat Cafe on the LES; Take Notes from Valentino, and More

by Tracy Kaler

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After 90-plus years of planning, the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway will complete in 2016. {credit}

Did you know the Second Avenue line has been in the works since 1920?  Learn 15 other random facts about the NYC subway. {Thrillist}

Bring on the Manicotti!  Here are 10 old-fashioned Italian-American restaurants to try in Brooklyn. {Eater}

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tree Lighting, Cocktails and Caroling

by Tracy Kaler

Every first Sunday in December since 1945 Park Avenue has held its tree lighting and caroling celebration. {credit}

Singing "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" while sipping pinot noir or a chocolate martini might seem like an unlikely combination. But when the outside temperature feels like 25 degrees and a group of New Yorkers come together for something as traditional as the Park Avenue Tree Lighting, you can count on a festive evening with a mix of cocktails, caroling, and laughter.
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