Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

Idina Menzel with Me and Rebecca Levey at the press conference announcing the contest!

Idina Menzel with Me and Rebecca Levey at the press conference announcing the contest!

Yesterday, I was at a press conferece with Idina Menzel.  Yep.  That’s me and her – right there with Rebecca Levey.

We were together to announce some special events at this year’s Kids Night on Broadway. And to ask this question: Is your kid Broadway’s biggest fan?

Because KidzVuz (my website for kids) and Kids Night on Broadway want to find Broadway’s biggest (kid) fan, and we’re having a contest to do just that.

I was a HUGE, theater geek.  I still am, actually.  But I never got a chance like this one:  KidzVuz and Kids Night on Broadway are giving away two family four packs of tickets to see a Broadway Show!  Amazing, right?  It’s the Broadway’s Biggest Fan contest – and it’s a contest for kids only (6-18) and it’s easy to enter.

But don’t take my word for it.  Here’s what the stars have to say about it.

What’s Kids Night on Broadway?  It’s an amazing, nationwide program where, when you buy a full price ticket to a Broadway or regional participating show, you get a ticket for a kid 6-18 – free.  Yep.  FREE!!!!

So get your kid on KidzVuz — and you and your whole family could be enjoying a Broadway Show as part of Kids Night on Broadway!

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Female Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) eat...

Female Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) eating a squirrel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yesterday, walking in Riverside Park in NYC, I saw a Red-Tailed Hawk swoop down, grab a squirrel,  slam it on the ground a few times until it was dead, and eat it.

An apt metaphor for life in the city.

I’ve lived in this city for my entire adult life. At times, I’ve felt like the squirrel, at times the Hawk. (except for the nasty eating my kill part.) That’s the dichotomy of life in New York:  There’s the feeling of being no more significant than a rodent – hastily making your way around the throngs, virtually invisible, nervously dodging others lest they wallop you.  But then there are days when just being a part of the greatest city in the world makes you feel like a hawk: soaring above the rest, conquering the small stuff. (more…)

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, member of the United States House of Represe...

, member of the United States House of Representatives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Hello, my name is Ashley, and I’ll be your server this evening.  This summer, our chef has a season long special: WeinerSpitzle.  WeinerSpitzle is an only in NY combination of hubris, stupidity, perversion, and blatant disregard for the law.  We take a little bit of working class Bronx-boy-made-good-goes-bad, mix it in with the fallen star of an uber-powerful real estate dynasty, and serve it up to voters too shocked at the utter gall of it not to order it. So far, it’s the clear winner!


Only in NY.


It’s hard to believe that this election cycle we have not one but two formerly-disgraced-now-looking-for-redemption politicians in the mix.  Former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s transgression – mistakenly sending semi-nude (not even nude!) photos of his – ahem, weiner – out on Twitter, rather than to a private, consenting adult, and then blatantly lying about it, was stupid and showed lack of judgement and lack of respect for his wife, but wasn’t criminal.   Elliot Spitzer, on the other hand, flaunted the laws he had sworn to protect first as Attorney General, and then as land-slide elected Governor, when he frequented a “high-class prostitute”. (I love the distinction – isn’t  “high class” prostitute an oxymoron?  Do high class hookers have better manners?  Do low class whores chew with their mouths open?)

And now they both want back in. And according to a poll released today - they just may get their wish. (more…)

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Samsung House. Last month in downtown NYC.

A few weeks back, my fridge died.  It was old. It was battered.  It was time.

My oven, too, had been acting up.

So after much deliberation and research, I bought  a new fridge and range.  Both, as it turns out, from Samsung.

One day later — really – the very next day – I was invited to Samsung House in NYC, Samsungs weeklong showcase for its new appliances and gadgets.  Take a look at what is was like.  In a word: awesome.

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I have a problem with breast cancer campaigns about Loving Boobies.  I think they trivialize a serious disease.  I don’t love all the pink-i-fication of breast cancer — as if it’s not a real killer, just a fun, frilly, glamorous one. 

That’s why I’m thrilled to tell you about Moon Walk NY.  On July 20th, at 10pm, thousands of participants will take part in a power walk weaving their way through Manhattan’s most iconic neighborhoods and past famous landmarks, to bring awareness to Breast Cancer – no boobie language necessary.  It’s a real commitment, this walk, The full loop is 26.2 miles and there will be a 13.1 mile option, (but you’ll have to choose your route in advance.)  Either way, it’s a chance to walk with women not only doing good, but celebrating the successes of walks past: Since its inception 16 years ago in London, Walk The Walk has raised over $126 million dollars to support breast cancer research!!!  Now, we can’t let those London-ers beat us, can we?  (And lest you think it’s an oh-so-serious event, know this: there’s music, comedians, and more at the start…and a lot of participants walk in their bras!)

MoonWalk NYC’s  goal is to raise $2 million dollars in one night, most of which be granted to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to help support the Breast Examination Center in Harlem, one of the first free screening facilities for breast cancer in the country where 80% of patients are uninsured but guaranteed support and guidance.

Walk the walk.  Moonwalk NYC.  And help bring prevention to thousands of women right here in NYC.  Register by clicking here.

I was offered $75 to post this post – instead, I donated that amount right back to  MoonWalk NYC.

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Kidz_Vuz 055The Sunday before Thanksgiving, KidzVuz hosted our fifth event — but by far our biggest one!  It was FashionTweenStas: Get your Girl On.  100 tween girls (yes, I am insane!) and their moms (less insane) in NYC  for a fashionable, fabulous, and fun day filled with all kind of great stuff for the girls to try, touch, experience, and learn.

Here’s what the girls did:

1. They got to Get Their Fashion On, by styling The Children’s Place mannequins with fabulous Holiday looks.  The folks from Children’s Place set up basic mannequins, and the girls got to use the huge selection of fabulous accessories and layers to give the mannequins their own special flair! (more…)

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Yesterday evening, two children from my neighborhood were fatally stabbed, allegedly by their Nanny, who then appeared to try to take her own life.

It is a horrific story.  Beyond imaginings.  To talk about how upsetting it is — well, what is there to say?  So I won’t talk about that beyond saying that I feel for those parents, for their families and friends, I cannot imagine their grief.

What I’d like to talk about instead is the media coverage.  Of course it’s sensationalistic.  Of course it feels sordid when reporters bombard neighbors, people who didn’t even know the family, with questions about the couple and their kids.  I’m used to that.  What bothers me is that almost without exception, every report about the murder — the murder of two small children — included a reference to the family’s social status. (more…)

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English: United Airlines Flight 175 crashes in...

English: United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center complex in New York City during the September 11 attacks (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a re-post from 2008.  I’m glad to say that finally, the gaping hole where the Towers used to be is finally filled.  The memorial busy and reverent. But 9-11 wasn’t the only collapse in downtown Manhattan.  When I wrote this post, the financial crisis was just starting.  9-11 is now more than a decade past, but the scars still hold, the wounds still hurt.  And NYC’s other downtown collapse – well, it’s only just begun re-building.

The other day, I went down to Wall Street. While I was there, I couldn’t help but look for signs of the evil arch-enemy of Main Street politicians keep talking about.  I was hoping to see the callous, ultra-rich, a-moral, self-serving “Masters of the UniverseTom Wolfe wrote about back in the eighties–the women wearing shoulder pads that made them look as tough as line-backers, the men smoking cigars that cost more than some people made in a week.  Instead, I saw  exhaustion.  Tired senior executives, harried young businessmen, “runners” heading home too tired to remove their tell-tale jackets.  I also saw the same thing I see everywhere in New York: people getting ready to go out for the evening, working mothers on their cell-phones telling their babysitters they were running late.  It wasn’t a disaster area, but those Masters of the Universe – - they were no where in sight.

Then, as I reached Pearl Street, I saw something.  Not the kind of Master I had expected, but a Master nonetheless.  There, on the sidewalk, it’s cord and plug snaking out behind it, was a Stairmaster looking as if it were waiting to be used, waiting for a second chance. And suddenly, I had as apt a metaphor for what’s been happening in the financial sector as any I’d heard. (more…)

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The New Global Table Store on the Upper West Side

I like to joke that I live in the suburbs.  The strollers, the families, the dogs. The big box stores like Staples and Barnes and Noble.  Oh, and subways, and crowds, and apartments and doormen.  See, I am an Upper West Sider.  There is not a whole lot of cache to living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  It’s where the families go.  It’s relatively quiet after 10pm.  If you’re a tourist, you probably wouldn’t come by.  We do have Zabars, where bus loads of tourists stop in to get upscale deli food like smoked salmon, whitefish salad, and a huge variety of cheese and prepared foods.  We have The American Museum of Natural History, which is a great place for families.  We have Central Park and Riverside Park.  And Lincoln Center on the southern end.  But mostly, it’s residential, not a tourist magnet. You wouldn’t come here to shop.

And that would be a mistake.

You are in NY.  Shop like a NYer, why don’t you?  Not a chain store on the list.

Food:Zabars and Fairway are legendary NY food institutions.  Zabars, known mostly for it’s Jewish delicacies, and Fairway for it’s vast selection of…well, everything, and more than worth a visit.

Salumeria Rosi – Less known but no less delicious, this restaurant with a counter for purchases up front offers a vast array of – you guessed it – salamis  – many of them housemade.

Jacques Torres Chocolates, right next door to Salumeria has the best Hot Chocolate in the city.  And pretty fantastic chocolates, too.

Bakery Levain – Scone sized chocolate chip cookie cakes. ‘Nuff said.


Darryl’s – I admit to a bias here – I have been shopping at Daryl’s for more than 20 years.  I bought when I was in college, and I still buy there now.  Darryl has a great eye – price is less important than look – and he knows better than I do what will work on me. He’ll do the same for you.  Personal service, small boutique vibe, and a nice, not –inexpensive but well-priced selection. Love.

Loehmann’s – this place such a NY institution that I’m always surprised when people haven’t heard of it.  Discount discount discount.  Men and women, and a small selection for baby to 6x.  We are talking serious designers and serious bargains.  The hand bags are fabulous.

Barney’s Coop – It isn’t Barney’s.  It’s smaller, more manageable, less intimidating – and most importantly – less expensive.  Not inexpensive.  Not AT ALL.  But still, you might be able to find something you can afford here from a new hot designer.  And you won’t be intimidated by the staff and clients while you buy it. Plus, you’ll be able to say of whatever fabu thing you buy “I bought it at Barney’s.”

The Town Shop – another NY institution, and the best bra fitters in the business.  If you’re shy – don’t come.  But if you don’t mind showing your stuff to get a great fitting bra – this is THE place to go.  I bought my very fist bra here.  And so did just about every other New Yorker I know.


West Side Kids – Yes, there is a giant Toys R Us at Times Square.  Who cares? You have a Toys R Us wherever you live, I’d bet.  Try out this neighborhood gem, where they really help you pick out something fabulous, and where you’ll find things from lesser known, quality American and European toy manufacturers.

A Time for Children – A portion of proceeds from this lovely shop go to support the Children’s Aid Society.  And the young staff are all teens being trained on how to run a business, do books, work with customers, etc.  Add to that a well selected collection of clothing, books, toys and truly fabulous gifts for baby – with great prices and lots of little things you can just pick up – and you can’t miss.


Gracious Home – it’s expensive. I’ll admit it.  But a lot of the time, it’s worth it.  The service is great.  They have everything for the home.  And they will do whatever they can to help you, to get you what you need, to ship it, take it back, help you figure out what you mean when you say “You know – that thing, you know…the thing you use?”  They’ll know.

Global Table – Incredibly affordable, super chic table ware, vases, bowls and more. This is a new addition to the Upper West side, and probably where I will buy all of my gifts for the next…forever.

And that’s not even talking about the shops at Columbus Circle, the independent boutiques that run the length of Columbus Avenue. Have fun. Stroll around.  You might be the only tourist.  And sometimes, that’s the best shopping of all.

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Saw this at Toy Fair this week.  Could it be more perfect for your tweeps? From Jay@Play Toys!

Gift for Social Media Junkies

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