A Comprehensive Guide To Bike Month NYC

green bikes lined up for bike tour

Bike Month NYC is coming up, where Transportation Alternatives collaborates with numerous biking businesses and nonprofits to create “the most cycling-friendly time of year.” Bring out your bikes and helmets, and watch out for pedal-powered events all over NYC. Even if you’re not a biker, join the fun and pedal as much as you can! That way, you’ll also be preparing for National Bike to Work Day on May 20th! Check out these 5 events that help you get the best out of Bike Month in New York! Continue reading

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Museums To Visit In The Upper West Side

kids standing at the entrance of the American Museum of Natural History

Another weekend, another place to visit in New York City! You can go dine out, see a movie, meet up with friends for happy hour…but aren’t those things you can do any day? Take this weekend as an opportunity to try something new. Curious about dinosaurs? Eager to explore folk art? Do something educational with the kids!  Explore some museums in the Upper West Side. Here are some highlights of each one:

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5 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in New York City

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She’s packed your lunches, driven you to school, wiped away your tears, and done countless other things every day to show her endless love and care for you. Mothers are gems, and you should treat yours like a queen all the time, not just once a year. While there’s nothing wrong with a Sunday Brunch, why not ditch the eggs benedict and mimosas on May 8th and praise your mother in a new way? We can assure you any of the following 5 special gifts will put a huge smile on her face and make Mother’s Day 2016 memorable for the coming years. Continue reading

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Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes

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Picture this: You’re exhausted after a long day at work, and craving a satisfying dinner. You’re wondering if you should whip something up from the fridge, order the usual sushi, pick up a couple of pizza slices, or test out that new Chinese place at the corner. Most of us New Yorkers are pretty familiar with this scenario. However, there are healthier, tastier alternatives for your weeknight dinners; all you need is an hour per day (or less) and a weekly visit to the supermarket. Ultimately, you’ll have a satisfying meal and know how it was prepared. Continue reading

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8 Amazing Rainy Day Activities In New York City

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There are days dedicated to vegging out, scavenging the fridge for food, and binge watching Netflix until there is nothing left to watch. We call those days- rainy days. Not every rainy day has to end up like this. New Yorker’s know when it rains, it pours but that doesn’t restrict us from going outside.  This just gives us an excuse to explore new venues, check out new food markets, explore new exhibits or even attend a Broadway show.  Get out of the house and enjoy these rainy day activities like the rest of us!  Continue reading

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Yoga In The Upper West Side

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Running into a yoga practitioner in New York City is like meeting a vegan here: it’s fairly common these days, and bound to happen (seriously, have you seen all the great vegan food trucks popping up lately?). At some point, many of us get caught up in the hustle and bustle of New York City, and end up looking for ways to relieve stress. Some find yoga to be the best approach, which isn’t surprising. After all, the purpose of yoga is to strengthen our mind and body by managing our (physical and mental) stress.

In fact, yoga has become an alternative workout for many people over the years, since its benefits include weight loss, improved respiration and energy vitality, as well as increased muscle strength. Interested in trying out this health and wellness exercise, or finding a new yoga class? Here are some great yoga studios to visit in the Upper West Side: Continue reading

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How To Celebrate Earth Day In New York City

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Earth Day, a world-wide celebration in support of environmental protection, is held every year on April 22nd  which marks the 46th anniversary of this event. While NYC, one of the most urban places on the planet, may seem like an odd place to celebrate nature but it actually makes perfect sense. Cities aren’t going away, and it’s the ability to make them more “green” that will affect the planet now, and in the future. Continue reading

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Spring 2016 Fashion Trends

Spring 2016 trends for men and women

We can’t say when the weather will reflect the Spring season, and that’s why it’s vital to prepare your Spring wardrobe ASAP! The Spring 2016 fashion trends from New York to London and Milan to Paris all brought a variety of styles for both men and women, and we’ve narrowed it down to 5 styles that can work for anyone. From 50’s inspired shirts and bomber jackets (gentlemen) to sculptural pleats and striped apparel (ladies), amplify your look using modern shapes, traditional colors, and a range of unanticipated accessories. Be bold, stay ahead of the curve, and we guarantee you’ll turn heads when you walk down the streets of NYC! Continue reading

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Restaurant of the Month: The Ribbon

Inside of The Ribbon restaurant in Upper West Side

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It’s no question New York City is the destination for exquisite dining. The abundance of restaurants, cafes, and pubs (some of which share the same cuisine) that line the streets makes it difficult for a foodie to choose just one. Luckily, our new “Restaurant of the Monnth” category will help you avoid this obstacle. For March, we explored the underrated food scene of the Upper West Side and fell under the spell of The Ribbon! Read why we loved this restaurant, and visit it on your next brunch, lunch, or dinner to understand why it’s ‘the epitome of Upper West Side dining’. Continue reading

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Top 5 Shops In The Upper West Side

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With Spring finally here, it’s time to revamp your lifestyle! Update your wardrobe, add some new items to your apartment, and trade old, unused books and records. Put away those heavy sweaters, coats, and scarves, and make room for short dresses, light jackets, and thin cardigan sweaters! While you’re at it, define your personal style by shopping at boutique shops. You can find everything from retro and contemporary clothing to modern decor and vintage records. For a great shopping experience, here are top 5 boutique shops you should visit in the Upper West Side, one of Manhattan’s most luxurious and diverse neighborhoods. Continue reading

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