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Tips on Tipping: What Are Your Tipping Tendencies?

Last year, getting out of a cab in Kyoto, I paid my fare and tried to give the driver a tip. His face winced as though I had insulted him and, to my surprise, he insisted on giving my change. All of it. The same happened with the bellman who helped me with my bags at the hotel. Looking curiously at the yen I pressed into his palm, he asked, “This is for me?” read more »

An English Girl's View of New York City

Women all around the world have undoubtedly been drawn to the glamour and ultimate lifestyle that New York City brings to many of our favourite female film characters: the romance between Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in Sleepless in Seattle, the success of career-driven Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30, the raunchy adventures of Piper Perabo in Coyote Ugly and obviously the alluring lifestyle of the entire Sex and The City cast. read more »

No Doubt, Mariah Carey to Kick Off NFL Season

Football fans and music fans alike can delight in the NFL’s pre-game performances by Mariah Carey and No Doubt that kick off this year’s football season on September 5. The Grammy award-winning artists are set to perform at Rockefeller Center just before the season opener between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. read more »

Traveling with a Teen in NYC

Longing for some uninterrupted time with our only child, my husband and I agreed that we needed a family vacation. Bribing is not necessarily the best parenting practice. However, the opportunities to travel with our insanely busy college-age son, Weston, are dwindling. So we made him an offer he couldn’t refuse–an all expense-paid trip to New York City. read more »

Discovering New York's City Island

City Island is a fun day trip for adventurous visitors willing to leave Manhattan and travel off the beaten path. Located up in the Bronx (one of New York City’s 5 boroughs), this tiny community is surrounded by the Long Island Sound on one side and Eastchester Bay on the other, and is one of New York City’s hidden treasures. It has a rich maritime history. City Island was an English settlement in the 1600s, home to oystermen and Hellgate pilots (who guided ships through treacherous waters) in the 1700s and 1800s, and a boatbuilding center from the 1800s through the mid-20th century. During World Wars I and II, many of the military’s tugboats, minesweepers and PT boats were produced here. Later on, several America’s Cup-winning sloops were constructed at island shipyards too. Today, City Island is mainly a residential community, with knockout water views and a small-town feel that’s unusual for New York City. Its charm lies in the fact that it’s totally un-touristy.

 

 

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Five Best NYC Museum Exhibits for Kids

Kids have the attention span of, well, kids. When taking the little ones to a museum it is possible to avoid the dreaded “I’m bored” and “Can we go yet?” Here are five museum exhibits in New York to visit that will keep your kids entertained and have them instead asking you, “When can we go back?” read more »

For art in the park, visit New York Botanical Garden

I’ve always considered The New York Botanical Garden my garden. As a kid growing up in an apartment in the Bronx just a few blocks away, the park was like a big back yard for me. I played house under the cherry trees and games of hide and seek behind the big rocks. I remember days counting the fish in the ponds outside the Conservatory, and summer nights stretched out on a blanket on Daffodil Hill at free concerts with my parents. Even now, all grown up and living 12 miles north in a house with a yard and daffodils of my own, I still go to The New York Botanical Garden every chance I get. And if you’re in the Big Apple this spring, summer, or fall, it’s a great time for you to visit too. Because this is the year that The New York Botanical Garden is transformed into Monet’s Garden. read more »

High fashion at Met Gala kicks off new exhibit

Opening Thursday, the Met's Spring 2012 Costume Institute exhibition, Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations, explores the striking affinities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, two Italian designers from different eras, who never met. read more »

Food Trucks That Rock: NYC Street Food is on a Roll!

Looking for a quick bite in New York? Follow that food truck! We’re talking more than hot dogs and souvlaki here. Think Belgian waffles… Maine lobster… artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches, and much much more-perfect for grab-and-go meals enjoyed alfresco. We’ve listed a few standouts below. Be aware that food trucks rarely stay in one place, though, so follow them on Twitter to see where they’ll be next. And expect long lines during the lunch and dinner rush. The wait will be worth it! read more »

Walking New York's High Line

Open since 2009, the High Line park in New York is built on an abandoned old elevated railway, 30 feet above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Freight trains ran here from 1934 to 1980, but in the years after the High Line railway closed, the tracks and the black steel structure that supported them were considered an eyesore and slated for demolition. read more »

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