New Neighborhood of the Week: Staten Island

Dave and I first started up with weekend day trips last year after realizing that in 8 years living in New York, there were so many neighborhoods we hadn't even heard of. This year's first "new neighborhood" is actually not a neighborhood at all, but a whole borough; Staten Island. Staten Island- the forgotten sibling of the 5 Borough family. When we do remember it, we tease it; nothing good is there. In theory. But nestled in this forgotten borough lies gens fit for a Chinese Emperor. We biked the beautiful East River bike path from our Williamsburg abode to the Staten Island Ferry. For tourists, this free ferry provides a unique way to see the city- and get a cool breeze, relieving you from the otherwise muggy air.   Staten Island is fabulous for biking. The perimeter of the island is lined with bike paths and the roads don't…

Sniffapalooza Spring Fling 2014

It's been almost 9 years that I've lived in New York City and it never ceases to amaze me how many different kinds of events happen here. I recently had the pleasure of attending the biannual event; Sniffapalooza. Sniffapalooza unites the fragrance industry and fragrance fanatics in a weekend-long fragrance frenzy! Our day started bright and early with breakfast at Bergdorf Goodman's café. The intimate setting allowed us to speak openly and learn more about the other guests. Sniffapalooza is not something that you go to by accident. During breakfast, reps from some of the best perfume houses spoke to us about upcoming launches. Fragrance and travel are two industries that are highly memory-based. Many fragrances are based on travels, experiences and even memories as simple as a good night kiss.   We were lucky enough to have acclaimed perfumer, Roja, come speak to us. Each of his scents has…

The Re-Opening of the 1964 World's Fair

The 1964 World's Fair was the third World's Fair to be held in New York. Taking place in Queens Corona Park, this World's Fair embodied the space frenzie of the 1960's. What was really important about this fair is that it was the first to give fair-goers direct interaction with computers! The most notable features of the fair were the giant globe called the Unisphere and the New York State Pavillion with the UFO-looking observation towers and "Tent of Tomorrow."  The fair grounds have been abandoned since the 1970's, but on April 22, 2014, they opened the grounds of Tent of Tomorrow to visitors for a few hours.   My girlfriend and I got there right at 11 when the park opened and the line was already down the promenade of the park into the parking lot.    Three hours later, we got to what we thought was the front…

Scenterprises: Personalizing Perfume in TriBeCa

I'm always on the lookout for unique and interesting workshops in NY, so when I stumbled upon Sue Phillips's company Scenterprises. Sue's has made a name for herself in the perfume world. Sue's background includes Elizabeth Arden, Chloe, Karl Lagerfeld Burgerry, Trish McEvoy, and Lancome Paris. She was also name VP of marketing for Tiffany and launched the Tiffany perfume for their 150th anniversary. Scenterprises has just found a new home in a quintessential TriBeCa townhouse. I made my way down the stairs and immediately felt like I was transported to the country-house parlor of a dear friend. Over tea and freshly baked cookies, Sue told me about the power and allure of scent, and how to properly wear it. As a teenager, a friend's older sister teaches you the spray and walk technique, which, almost ironically is the absolute worst way to apply scent. Firstly, you're wasting a ton…

A Day Exploring Fall in Massachusetts

While I am a real city girl, I consider the rustic New England farmlands of my native Massachusetts to be one of the most beautiful places, particularly during Fall foliage season. It is must-see every year. Two of my favorite places to experience foliage season are Honey Pot Hill Orhard and Nashoba Valley Winery, located less than an hour from Boston   See larger map From Boston, route yourself through the back roads of route 117. The suburbs will thin out and the farmland will start to surround you. Trees with pockets of red, orange and yellow line the horizon. First stop is Honey Pot Hill Orchard. Originally a dairy farm, Clifford Martin purchased Honeypot Hill Orchard in 1923 and began planting apple, pear and peach trees. Clifford’s Son, Richard, was one of the founders of the pick-your-own concept and pushed Honey Pot Hill Orchard into becoming one of the…

The Great Halloween Pumpkin Blaze

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I am obsessed with just about anything pumpkin. So when I heard about an event called The Great Jack o' Lantern Blaze in a little town called Croton-on-the-Hudson by Sleepy Hollow, NY, I HAD to check it out. In the month of October, the Van Cortland Manor is illuminated with over 10,000 pumpkins, 5,000 of those being hand carved. Tickets go on sale late August and the event sells out every year. The blaze is set on the grounds of Van Cortland Manor and creates scenes of graveyards, ghosts, witches, crazed jack in the boxes, haunted grandfather clocks, a tunnel of doom, prehistoric creatures and finally a massive Chinese Dragon. There’s truly nothing like it! The haunted house    Graveyards and the ghosts that haunt them      Spiders and spiderwebs    Jack in the box and grandfather clock    A tunnel of doom…

The Great New York Pizza Crawl: Roberta's

Amist the warehouses and loft apartments of Bushwick, lies the famed pizza place, Roberta's. Set off a main street, the thick wooden door of Roberta's might easily have been missed if the masses of patrons weren't waiting outside. Despite it's rather large size, Roberta's vibe is cozy and comfortable. A large woodburning oven at the head of the kitchen illuminates the restaurant with a soft orange glow. The front room is full of communal picnic tables light up by nostalgic colored christmas lights. Once you make your way to the maitre'd, expect upwards of an hour wait. The back of the restaurant has a small bar with minimal seating; you feel constantly in the way standing. Adjacent is another room with a garden. The beer selection is a bit heavy for my tastes, but if you like hoppier lagers and IPA's you will feel right at home. We ordered the…
Looking for a quick outdoor getaway? New Hampshire’s White Mountains offers year-round activities for people of all ages. Some of the most scenic landscapes that New England has to offer are only a short 2.5 hour drive from Boston. From an early age, I loved what the White Mountains had to offer and as an adult, its offerings only expanded. I’d like to talk about some of my favorite and convenient activities that I have found while visiting the north. Pro-tip 1: Try to avoid peak summer holidays and weekends, as traffic can get particularly bad, especially traveling home on a Sunday afternoon. Pro-tip 2: As you’re driving through the mountains, make sure to pull off at some of the scenic vistas. Most offer stunning views of the surrounding areas. There are several scattered along the Kancamagus Highway (route 112) and Bear Notch road (closed in the winter). 1. Hiking…
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