A Love Letter to New York City

A year ago today I wrote this. The feelings remain…

nycToday, I had a lengthy conversation about why I love the city I now call home – New York City. It is often the case where people ask me why I made the decision to move to one of the most expensive, tough, chew you up and spit you out kind of cities in the world. When they do, I reply with one simple answer –

Never in my life have I been more fulfilled by anything or anyone. Whether I’m exploring the city “alone” or embracing the millions of people (friends or not), New York is me. New York is about me. New York makes me who I am. It is what I believe in. And some would even venture to agree when I say, “New York is my boyfriend!” It is a perpetual love affair, I hope never dies.

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Escaping the Big Apple for Another Kind of Apple – Adventures and Apple Picking in Hudson Valley

img_7624Fall – The most glorious time of year in the northeast. The leaves are turning bright hues of red, yellow and orange. The air is crisp. The fabrics are lush. And the fireplaces are starting to crackle. It’s simply fabulous.

And there’s no better way to celebrate this magnificent time of year than with an all-American weekend in New York’s gorgeous Hudson Valley. Now sure there are endless activities around the state and the region to participate in, but Hudson Valley has a sort of enchanting and extra special vibe.  Continue reading “Escaping the Big Apple for Another Kind of Apple – Adventures and Apple Picking in Hudson Valley”

Le Diner En Blanc – A Secret Picnic with 5,000 of Your Closest New Yorkers

img_6318What do you get when you invite 5,000 New Yorkers to a fancy picnic at a secret location? Le Diner En Blanc, of course. What started as a small idea, has grown into a world wide phenomenon with waiting lists as long as the circumference of the equator!

In 1988, after being abroad for part of the summer, Francois Pasquier had the grand idea to invite a small group of friends to a fancy fete like they’d never experienced.  He instructed each of them to wear white so they’d be able to find each other in the Parc de Bagatelle in Paris and the first official Dîner en Blanc was born. They loved the idea so much, the following year they decided each person would invite other friends and 25 years later, the event has grown into the global glam picnic it has become, with thousands of people attending, and that many more on a wait list, hoping for their chance at this one-of-a-kind celebration.  Continue reading “Le Diner En Blanc – A Secret Picnic with 5,000 of Your Closest New Yorkers”

Blacktail – A Cuban Cocktail Club Lands in Lower Manhattan

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Photo Courtesy of The New York Times 

At a time when Cuba seems to be the topic of conversation, and closer than ever before, a new Cuban-themed cocktail bar and restaurant, is sure to be a hit. Part speakeasy, part time capsule, this new local watering hole is the latest bar to emerge on the southern tip of Manhattan. Brought to you by the guys who put together one of New York City’s most famed libation lairs, The Dead Rabbit (just blocks from the new bar), Blacktail makes a landing in Battery Park, a redeveloping hood in lower Manhattan. Continue reading “Blacktail – A Cuban Cocktail Club Lands in Lower Manhattan”