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New Yorker Moments: How To Know It’s Autumn In NYC

pumpkins grace the sidewalks

warm curries fill dishes, then bellies

augusten turns into au-Ghost-en

the stoop game on the upper east side is ON

pooches dress up in costumes

nyc littles forage the parks for treasures

playtime is golden hour, every hour

every day? a beautiful one



p.s. for more autumn-in-new york inspiration, here’s where to go pumpkin picking in nyc, the best places to trick-or-treat in nyc with kids, and a really darling children’s book about the macy’s thanksgiving day parade. and click right this way for more new yorker moments.


CalaXini Sample Sale

WHAT: CalaXini Sample Sale

WHY: Women's sandals, slides, wedges & platforms at up to 75% off retail at the CalaXini Sample Sale.

CalaXini sandals are handcrafted in Menorca, Spain.

WHEN: 6/3 - 6/7; M-F (10-5)

WHERE: ESP Showroom
231 West 39th Street
Suite 715
New York, NY 10018

For the complete list of today's sales and sample sales check HERE.

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August in Osage County 2018



Test Your Knowledge of NYC at MCNY’s Ultimate Trivia Night

1964 – 1965 New York World’s Fair – The Unisphere On The Left Side. Photo courtesy of Joe Haupt via Flickr Creative Commons 

Are you a New York City history buff? Put your knowledge to the test at The Museum of the City of New York is and Gotham Center for New York City History’s Ultimate NYC Trivia Night! Try not to get stumped with questions from different categories spanning the city’s epic 400-year history, iconic “only in New York” places and moments, and the notable individuals who have shaped our fair city – for better or for worse. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. Tickets to the event include museum admission, so you can arrive early to explore and study up in the exhibitions. If you are an Untapped Cities Insider, you can join this event, from our partner MCNY, for free! Not an Insider yet? Become a member today to gain access to free behind-the-scenes tours and special New York City events all year long!

DATE: Tuesday, November 13th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

PRICE: FREE for Untapped Cities Insiders! ($10 for the general public)

CAPACITY: 15 guests. Spots allocated on a first come, first served basis.

REGISTRATION: Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 at 12 PM EST

Players can compete in teams of up to six people, but no less than two. Each participant must have their own ticket and teams will be created at the door. There will be a cash bar!

See our full list of Untapped Cities Insiders Tours and our upcoming Public Tours.

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GovBall Announces 2019 Summer Lineup

Crowd surfing at Japandroids, June 2018

Yesterday saw the announcement of the lineup for Governors Ball, and it’s as eclectic as ever. There are plenty of up-and-comers mixed together with longtime veterans on the 2019 festival bill.

This year, headliners are particularly massive, seeing the likes of Tyler the Creator, Lil Wayne, Florence + the Machine, Major Lazer, The Strokes, and Nas. Other bands blipping the radar include Lily Allen, Mitski, Sunflower Bean, and Calpurnia (with lead frontman Finn Wolfhard, of Stranger Things fame). The 2019 artists certainly have a tall order to fill, after last year’s sonic spectacular.

The 9th iteration of this festival kicks off May 31 and runs through June 2 on Randall’s Island. Tickets are on sale now. Full line up below.


L.A. Gangs Unite to Pay Homage to Fallen Comrade: NIPSEY HUSSLE  

Local bloods and crips gang members unite in solidarity to honor fallen rapper Nipsey Hussle(photo courtesy of Big U/ Instagram).
Local bloods and crips gang members unite in solidarity to honor fallen rapper Nipsey Hussle(photo courtesy of Big U/ Instagram).

By Kimberlee Buck

The death of legendary rapper, Nipsey Hussle, shook the South Los Angeles community and broke the hearts of many fans across the U.S.

Since the murder of Hussle, many fans and local residents have held candle light vigils and celebration of life events around the city of Los Angeles to pay their respects to the rapper and philanthropist. However the largest and most historical event of them all was the unity walk orchestrated by rival gangs.

On April 5, gangs from Watts, Compton, Inglewood and the Los Angeles area called for “peace in the streets” to honor the life and legacy of Hussle. Rival gangs marched in solidarity from a local Crenshaw grocery store to the rapper’s Marathon clothing store located in the Crenshaw district where he was shot to death allegedly by 29-year-old, Eric Holder.

To date, this is the largest gang peace rally since the 1992 L.A. Uprising!

“We [had] a gang truce and rally so all the different gangs from L.A. [could] get together and celebrate the life and the gift of Nipsey,” stated community leader, Big U in a statement to Vibe.

“It’s a lot of people who were calling who said they wanted to get together and come to the vigil and pay respect. Nipsey was the first real L.A. artist that was from L.A. — not like Tupac [who] was from somewhere else and then L.A., and Biggie [who was visiting L.A. when he was murdered]. Nipsey was the first like real L.A. artist to die the way he died. He didn’t have no conflict with nobody, he wasn’t beefing with nobody.”

Tributes throughout the City

The South Los Angeles community will continue paying tribute to the fallen rapper by naming a piece of the city after him. On Tuesday, April 9 Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson announced the intersection of Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue, would be named Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom square after the legend.

“Ermias Asghedom known as “Nipsey Hussle” was an icon and West Coast hero,” said Harris-Dawson.

“Nipsey’s genuine nature allowed him to be a light to everyone he interacted with from family, friends, fans, and his larger community.  As a father, brother, and son, Nipsey was a rock helping to build an empire that will continue through generations. Nipsey will always be remembered for delivering a pure, authentic Los Angeles sound, his numerous philanthropic efforts, his innovative, community-focused business mindset, and his humble heart.”

As of press time, the petition for the name change has received over 500,000 signatures.

Councilmember Harris-Dawson also stated that the Los Angeles City Council would hold a meeting and go on public record to discuss the various contributions Hussle made to the community, local residents and the world.

Residents in the South Los Angeles community will have the opportunity to say their final farewells to Hussle as he makes one last victory lap before being laid to rest.

On Thursday, April 11, Hussle’s casket will travel though some of the city’s most notable landmarks as well as the rapper’s Marathon clothing store. The procession is said to cover over 25 miles and will take place after the memorial service held at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles.

This article originally appeared in the Los Angeles Sentinel


Air France – $873: New York – Mauritius. Roundtrip, including all Taxes

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ITA will price this at $900, using those dates on Air France should reprice to $873.

Trou Aux Biches, Mauritius - Photo: Photo: Ilsa via Flickr, used under Creative Commons License (By 2.0)

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FOX & SCHAMEL, Flushing

Flushing’s boom began in the 1980s, when the relatively sleepy intersection, Roosevelt Avenue and Main Street and the surrounding streets were revitalized with an influx of immigrants from East Asia. The first wave of development, though, began in 1928 when the IRT Flushing Line made it its easternmost outpost. The neighborhood’s cozy Victorians were doomed, as one after the other were razed in favor of high-rise apartment buildings. It took a few decades for the smalltown flavor to completely disappear; some of it remains in places like Waldheim, which itself is quickly disappearing.

The stretch along Roosevelt Avenue and Union Street is illustrative. Big boxes like Macy’s and Old Navy now dominate the south side, while a mishmash of bargain stores and fast food joints are along the north. Years ago, I noticed a painted ad for Fox & Schamel Hardware at a building at 136-41 Roosevelt. I was riffling through the Municipal Archives 1940s tax photos today (I do it so you don’t have to) and lo and behold, there was Fox and Schamel on Roosevelt. If you look closely you can see church windows next door on the right. This was the First United Methodist Church of Flushing, which today is at 38-24 149th Street a few blocks away.

Fox & Schamel had two locations in NYC, one here and another one in Greenpoint at #92 Nassau Avenue; one of their catalogs is available on Ebay.

While a look through those Municipal Archives pictures linked above will demonstrate the near-total change that has come over Roosevelt Avenue — and other streets in Flushing — the old painted Fox & Schamel ad has also disappeared. My image is from 2012 and, while the building and ad still exist, neighborhood youth have done their ineluctable work and covered it in street art. Sick transit, Gloria!

Check out the ForgottenBook, take a look at the gift shop, and as always, “comment…as you see fit.”



IBS-D Resource and an IBS-friendly Holiday Season!

This is a sponsored post. Salix Pharmaceuticals compensated me for this post. All opinions are my own.

A few months ago I opened up to you all about my struggle with IBS (you can read about it, here!)

First things first, what is IBS? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common intestinal disease associated with unpredictable bowel movements. People with IBS usually have stomach (abdominal) pain at least 1 day a week, for at least 3 months. And IBS-D? If more than 25% of bowel movements are loose or watery and less than 25% are hard or lumpy, you could have IBS-D.

As implied above, IBS is complex. Symptoms aren’t always crystal clear and they can be confused with symptoms for a plethora of other illnesses.

Thanks to Salix and their website,, information on what IBS-D is, including the symptoms and how it is diagnosed, is at your disposal and it has been a HUGE help for finding resources.

Not only does the website really go into some of the possible causes and symptoms of IBS-D, but it gives tips on how to manage life with IBS-D… this is my favorite part!

There is no cure for IBS, but there are treatments that address the symptoms and a low FODMAP diet may be suggested by your doctor. In the last few months of my low FODMAP life, I have found the diet to seriously reduce my IBS symptoms. What are my favorite low FODMAP meals, you ask? I have become the bone broth QUEEN! Bone broth soup filled with steamed squashes and zucchini is the way to go! Also my smoothies are FODMAP friendly, and we all know I live for a good smoothie!

As you begin planning out your holiday meals, keep in mind the CDC notes that clostridium perfringens (the second most common bacterial cause of food poisoning) occurs most often in November and December and has been linked to foods commonly served during the holidays, such as turkey. Since food poisoning has been linked to developing IBS-D symptoms, it is important to make sure the food you are preparing isn’t cross-contaminated, is cooked properly, and also stored properly! If you are curious as to what holiday menu items are IBS-friendly, here are a few of my favorites!

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast!

Mashed potatoes. Potatoes themselves are low-FODMAP, and to keep them low-FODMAP, mash them with butter and lactose-free milk. Use salt and pepper instead of garlic, and garnish with chives instead of onions!

Gravy- use cornstarch instead of flour!

Green Beans- grilled/sautéed. NOT as a casserole.

This year I even worked on a LOW FODMAP Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving!

My Roasted Vegetables dish! Butternut squash and Brussels sprouts, but in limited quantities (2-4 sprouts), of course.

I can’t tell you enough how important is, and the impact it is having on the IBS-D community. Did you know that if you have IBS in your family then you are more prone to having it? By learning more about IBS and finding the alternatives that work for you, you can help someone in your family and others who are struggling, too!


Tuesday 190312 – Experienced

A1. 3 Push Jerk + 2 Split Jerk, 4 sets, across – heavier than last week
A2. Single Arm Dumbbell Row 4×8/side, building

10 minute AMRAP:
5 Chest to Bar Pull Ups
10 Push Ups
20 Double Unders

Here’s what’s on tap for Thursday’s All Levels classes:

Sumo Deadlift Complex:
Pause 1 inch off floor for 1 second + Pause at knee height for 1 second + Sumo Deadlift
5×4 (moderate load)

8 rounds for time:
8 Russian Kettlebell Swings (32/24)
8 Box Step Ups (24/20)
8 Ab-Mat Sit Ups


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