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Tour the Shore! Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey Roots

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I was. . . Born in the USA! I was. . . Born in the USA! But not just any part of the United States of America. Bruce Frederick Springsteen, American icon, Rock n Roll hero, serenader of the Blue Collar Worker, local Kid Who Made Good, was born in the swamps of Central New…

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History of the Rockaways, Queens – Past and Present

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In the summer, New Yorkers line up at Pier 11 to catch the New York Beach Ferry. It takes up to 250 passengers from Wall Street to the Jacob Riis Park Beach in the Rockaways. The ferry travels by the Statue of Liberty, under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and past numerous scenic landmarks on the way…

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8 Must-See NYC Globes

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1) The Unisphere Commemorating the beginning of the space age, this amazing 12-story structure is the largest in the world weighing over 700,000 pounds. First unveiled for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair, the symbol was erected with the theme “Peace Through Understanding” in mind. 2) Trump International Hotel and Tower Nestled in Central Park West, this…

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Jamaica Bay: A NYC Getaway

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Jamaica Bay: Thousands fly over it every day and thousands more drive past it, but it’s rare a New Yorker actually explores the salt marshes and wildlife of Jamaica Bay. But we’re a unique brand of New Yorker! Mark and his buddy David Grupper took the LUNYmobile, strapped that big canoe on it, and headed…

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OP-ED: New York’s Surveillance Culture & the Boston bombing

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The Boston marathon bombing by the Tsarnaev brothers was a stark & painful reminder of the modern-day Security adage “It’s not a matter of if we’re attacked, but when.” And the truth is that we have been attacked multiple times in the past two years by enemies who were not foreign but domestic. Names like Adam…

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New York + Puerto Rico = Nuyorican!

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New York and Puerto Rico go together like red beans and rice, like salsa and merengue. Though, I never really thought much about the Puerto Rican diaspora into our city until last weekend when I had the awesome opportunity to visit the Rich Port with my lady Danielle for her 30th birthday! Read More »

10 Sober Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in New York City

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10 ways to celebrate that won’t leave ya bushed: 1.  Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16th A parade for a religious holiday on a Sunday? Can you imagine the cheek of it! In its 252nd year, New York City has the world’s oldest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade; the grand celebration was moved to the Saturday before…

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A Clocktower Landmark in New York

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Gordon Matta Clark was the first on the scene in a seminal and clever 1974 video entitled “Clockshower”. Woody Allen considered it for a location, Amy Grant shot a music video up there and if you’ve seen 9 and ½ Weeks you may recognize it from the steamy love scene (skip to 1:30) between Kim Basinger and…

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Fashion Week in New York

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fashion week in new york New York City and fashion go hand in foot like Sex in the City and Manolo Blahniks. Even as a teenager I knew this – especially because I went to the mecca of fashion, the High School of Art and Design. My…

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The Marvelous MET and the Bewitching George Bellows

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Every tour guide knows that January and February are a time to hunker down, live light, and prepare for the busy season that rolls up in March, just like your favorite perennials. For some, that might mean catching up on some classic films (Matt Baker) checking out some live music (Matt Apter) or hell, for…

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