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

Monday, December 22, 2014

Top 14 Blogs of the Year Countdown: #14 - A Brooklyn Guy Finds Happily Ever After

by Tracy's New York Life Editorial Team

We're approaching the end of another year so we'll be counting down the top 14 blog posts of 2014, now through New Year's. This flashback will give you the opportunity to catch some of our hottest posts of the year if you missed them, or re-read a few favorites before we move on to 2015.

We've mentioned before how tough dating in New York City can be. With more than eight million people, there's no shortage of potential relationship candidates, but finding your prince or princess among the frogs is never an easy feat. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Decor: My NYC Apartment at Christmas


Do you decorate for the holidays? I've gotten excited about Christmas decor for as long as I can remember. Even when I lived the single life in a shotgun apartment, I strung lights and decked out my abode. Each year, I picked out a tree, transported and secured it myself, and decorated it with the usual red, green, and gold tchotchkes. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bravo Zabar's: You're 80 and Still Going Strong

by Tracy Kaler

Any business that survives 80 years in New York City deserves praise.

Zabar's has done it. The tried-and-true institution has survived and thrived on the Upper West Side for 80 years. If you've never shopped at the Broadway emporium, you probably find it hard to believe that for decades, one store could outlast dozens of others on the same stretch of city street. But if you know Zabar's, you know that the bread-loaded, cheese-filled, salmon-stuffed market is the only one of its kind 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.
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