It’s the end of another blogging year in New York City, and we’re looking back on those posts that received many views and shares. You might have missed a few on the first go-around, so now’s your chance to catch a read before we move on to new, exciting stuff in 2014 and these front-runners get buried deep in the archives.
These are the top 13 blog posts from 2013 on Tracy’s New York Life!
#13 In New York, Breaking Up Is Hard Enough
by Liz Magee
People break-up. It happens. It happens everywhere, all the time. Healing the wound of a broken heart in the Big Apple presents its own set of challenges and obstacles unlike anywhere else. I have firsthand experience of this, so I compiled a list of the various hurdles I encountered while picking up the pieces. Read more…
|Another broken heart in the Big Apple–credit|
#12 All Eyes on Anne et Valentin’s NoLIta Flagship
Meander past the trendy boutiques and twenty-something hipsters in the happening NoLIta neighborhood, and you’ll soon discover the elegant eyeglass designs of Anne et Valentin. This modern, mostly mirrored optical shop – located near the corner of Prince and Bowery – feels luxurious and more spacious than its modest 600 square feet. Atelier Architecture 64’s simple, sleek store design allows the sophisticated frames, which are kept beautifully and conveniently in shallow maple drawers, to be the real stars, as they should be. Read more…
|Cool sunnies from Anne et Valentin|
#11 Get Hungry: All You Can Eat in NYC
by Melissa Kravitz
In a city of variety and indulgence, all-you-can-eat specials are a gem, many times not too expensive and a great way to try a grand assortment of food (though don’t expect fine dining). Perhaps not for everyday, AYCE is a fun treat for a birthday or girls’ night out. While I have yet to find a good all-you-can-eat-bagel place (please, someone do this!) there are still plenty of fun options for pigging out in Manhattan. Read more…
|Melissa Kravitz gets hungry…ALOT.|
#10 How to Know if You Should Be Living in NYC
I’ve received an unusual number of emails from some of you about moving to New York City. You might have an exact date set; or perhaps you contemplate taking the leap yet have reservations about leaving your current life behind; or, you’re determined to one day make the dream of living in NYC happen despite some personal challenges. Read more…
|Should you be living here?–photo by James Maher|
For as long as I can remember, I would visit Prospect Heights to frequent places such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Botanic Garden, and the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. If I wanted something to eat, I would venture over to nearby Park Slope. But, the area’s bar and restaurant scene has exploded over the years, with new establishments popping up all the time, giving me even more reasons to explore the eclectic neighborhood. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, is located in Prospect Heights. Nevertheless, here are some of Prospect Heights’ best places to drink and dine. Read more…
|Nothing like Brooklyn pizza–via Cataldo’s|
To some, shoes are a necessity, a functional article merely worn to get from point A to point B. But for others, shoes are much more. A fantastic pair of shoes can brighten the bleakest day or enhance the most humdrum outfit; that extra-special pair can make most any woman feel like a million bucks. No one knows this better than Heather Holt, Founder and CEO of the new online shoe shop, Just Soles. This shoe goddess will eagerly share her sentiment for designers like Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Brian Atwood, and other high-end desirable footwear brands. Read more…
|Are you a shoe goddess?|
#7 The New York Actor’s Sacrifice: A Survival Job
by Rori Nogee
I will never forget the words spoken at my NYU orientation: “Don’t let New York make you forget about the sky.” Actors come to NYC full of dreams, but soon become inundated with their survival jobs in order to pay the bills. You think, “I’ll quit as soon as I book something.” Yet, when you do book that $125 a week show in the Midwest, suddenly, quitting your lucrative job doesn’t seem like such a good idea. But if you’re not careful, you may fall into a common rut in which your placeholder job becomes the dominant part of your life. Perhaps you get used to the money, or you don’t want to deal with scheduling conflicts, or you become accustomed to hiding in obscurity to avoid risking failure. However, to truly be an actor, you must take every risk. Read more…
|Aspiring actors must be willing to take every risk, especially in NYC. –credit|
Even though 30 W. 21st St. may be a hotshot condo building today, it wasn’t always a desirable address in a high-rent area of town. Back in 1985, this wasn’t even a residence. The address was the location of the popular 1980s nightclub, Danceteria. You may recognize the name from the ’80s flick, Desperately Seeking Susan, starring Madonna and Rosanna Arquette. The mega-club was a hangout of Madonna’s on and off the movie set, and she frequently worked there as a hat-check girl. Read more…
|How cool did Madge look here?—via Wikipedia|
Sunday was a fun-filled day between the NYC Half Marathon and St. Patrick’s Day. I met Mike downtown at the finish line near the South Street Seaport and we walked for about 15 minutes after the race. We ended up at a tiny spot called Fresh Salt for brunch and then decided to grab a beer at a nearby Irish pub called Ryan Maguire’s, but between the runners, spectators, and St. Patrick’s Day revelers, we couldn’t even walk through the bar. We left quickly and wandered to a less-than-desirable watering hole next door called the Iron Horse. That’s when the real fun began. Read more…
|I must confess. I have never swung on a bar before.–via The Iron Horse|
#4 Falling Through the Cracks in NYC’s Rental Market
by Suzie Dundas
When I decided to move to NYC last year, I had no idea how hard it would be to find a place to live. One would think that an able-bodied person with a job and a savings account would have no problem renting an apartment, but this isn’t always the case in New York City. So, this is the final post in my New York housing saga, for now. If you’ve followed the last posts, you know that in three weeks, I went from having an apartment with mice and no utilities (that includes heat!) to having a broker basically steal a few thousand dollars, to getting rejected on an application. Read more…
|Qualifying to rent an apartment in New York isn’t easy.–credit|
#3 The Myth of Overnight Success
by Rori Nogee
In the wake of all the positive buzz surrounding my current project, Showgirls! the Musical! an acquaintance texted me, “I am so jealous of your sudden success!”
What is success anyway? Money? Happiness? Fame? An actor profile on Broadwayworld.com? One hit show? To each his own. The only thing that successful people have in common is that they all worked really hard to get where they are. Read more…
|What is success to you?|
#2 10 Reasons Why I Love the Bronx
by Alexandra Maruri
I was raised in the Bronx. I grew up in the ’70s and ’80s when it was a different time and place. It’s changed a lot since then. I have news for everyone — the Bronx is not burning! No matter what you read or see in film or on TV, our borough is alive and well. Like some other parts of New York City, not every neighborhood is pristine or gentrified, but many areas in the Bronx are safe, quiet, and terrific places to live.
I put together the 10 reasons why I love living in the Bronx and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I encourage you to visit our great borough. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. Read more…
|Little Ireland is just one of the great areas to live in the Bronx.|
Photos by James Maher
Life in New York City isn’t for everyone. Many try it with high hopes, but arrive and quickly realize it’s nothing like they had expected. Others come to NYC on a whim, fall in love and stay for life. There isn’t any specific ‘New York type’ or a way to predict anyone’s outcome or future here. Sometimes the least likely will flourish in the ‘City That Never Sleeps,’ and those expected to succeed, last only a short time.
Suzie Dundas has been living in New York for about six months, and though she loves cities, she’s not loving New York in the way she should. In fact, it seems the longer she lives here, the less she likes it. Should she give it more time? Try living in a different neighborhood? Or maybe, New York just isn’t for her.
Tracy Kaler has been living in New York for about six years, but despite its challenges, she has loved the city since she stepped off a Bieber bus in 1979.
Suzie has created a list of New York’s weaknesses –– those things she hates and has discovered only since moving here. She feels the sooner she can accept these, the sooner she will learn to accept the city and embrace the lifestyle.