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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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15 Tips to Be a New Yorker

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New Yorkers …and if these don’t get you there, book a private tour! 1. The best people watching is to be done in Union Square not Times Square. Times Square is what happens when you crawl into the TV in your living room on the commercial break…

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895,000 buildings and Robert Moses: the New York Panorama and the 6th Annual Panorama Challenge

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In 1964, New York City hosted its second World’s Fair in 25 years – and the fair had companies like US Steel contributing iconic structures, some of which became part of NY’s Outer Borough Skyline – like the 120 foot high stainless steel Unisphere. If you’ve ever traveled to or from Laguardia Airport or been…

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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….

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The 10 Most Romantic Locations in NYC!

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Where are the most romantic locations in NYC? For romance… or maybe popping a specific question! These are places you could return with a future family to tell the kids, “Yes, its true, (insert-name-of-spouse) and I agreed to tie the knot right here.” We could even devise a private tour that ends in the romantic locale…

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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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January is for Lovers in NYC – 3 Tales of Wintery Wedding Bliss

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Well folks, it’s winter in New York City. And not the shiny big tree, holiday lights and getting presents half-of-winter, I mean the post-New-Years-hangover, bitter-January-wind-and-frost half. That’s when work is slow, temperature is low and there aren’t a whole lot of holidays to mark the time. In short, this isn’t the time of year for romance….

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Street Art Article in USA Today – Instant Graffitification

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Everybody knows I love graffiti. Which means that I also love wheat-pastes, stencils, paste-ups, tags, bombs, murals and collages. Which are all elements of a new vanguard of urban expression – Street Art. I like to say that “Street art is graffiti with a college degree.” Back in October, USA Today asked me to put…

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Have You Seen Mr. Bones?

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In what is certainly one of the more interesting emails we’ve received in quite some time, a cold-cases hobbyist contacted Matt earlier this week asking if we could help him with a 50-year old missing persons case. As wild as that sounds, the inquiry centers on a victim with a connection to the Greenwich Village…

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