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American Flag by Camilla Webster

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Sara Kay Gallery: Function to Freedom

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Mantra in the 16th by Alexandra Posen

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Christmas Holiday by Dora Frost

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Vermin for a New City

We’re Number Three.  A study by Orkin (https://www.orkin.com/press-room/rattiest-cities-2018) recently noted that Chicago and Los Angeles have more rats than New York City…but only New York has vermin with star quality.  It took one appearance on a subway platform to make Pizza Rat an internet phenom with a licensing deal – practically overnight. Research says mice. . .

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Virge Randall

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Virge Randall is a former UPI banking reporter, an award-winning public relations and marketing communications professional, social media strategist, and copywriter…and a very opinionated native New Yorker.

Don’t Get Me Started: Package Roulette

Since the Times Square cleanup, three-card monte has vanished but a new type of street ‘game of chance” has emerged. It’s moved from the sidewalks to the alcoves and doorways of New York City’s apartment buildings: It’s Package Roulette Will that Fresh Direct package be there when you get home? How about that Ikea order?. . .

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Virge Randall

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Virge Randall is a former UPI banking reporter, an award-winning public relations and marketing communications professional, social media strategist, and copywriter…and a very opinionated native New Yorker.

Don’t Get Me Started: (Subway) Signs of the Time

The new subway etiquette signs don’t go far enough for veteran riders from the ’70s and ’80s, even though the standard of acceptable behavior back then was set at a very doable, “Please don’t rob or stab the passengers.” This may be confusing to newer arrivals who think the big omission in the list is,. . .

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Virge Randall

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Virge Randall is a former UPI banking reporter, an award-winning public relations and marketing communications professional, social media strategist, and copywriter…and a very opinionated native New Yorker.

A Holiday Reality Check for NYNatives’ Houseguests

It’s hard for New York Natives to give houseguests coming to NYC for the holidays a reality check about staying in a NY apartment…but it’s as necessary as telling a teenager there’s no Santa Claus. Reality Check number one: For instance…all those NY apartments you see in movies and TV shows – those sunny, spacious. . .

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Virge Randall

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Virge Randall is a former UPI banking reporter, an award-winning public relations and marketing communications professional, social media strategist, and copywriter…and a very opinionated native New Yorker.

My Velvet Underground Experience: NYC

From October 10 – December 30, 718 Broadway NYC is home to The Velvet Underground Experience; a series of unique experiences, concerts, special events, lectures, pop-up installations, fashion collaborations, art exhibitions, screenings, performances, and master-classes about the band and the cultural world they inhabited and helped create. A fascinating history, to be sure, but for my. . .

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Laura Flanagan

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Laura Lee Flanagan is the founder of New York Natives, a digital media and production company that taps, distills, and delivers native intelligence on all things New York.

Comic Sans

My brother Vinnie and I had good reasons to be comics fans.  Our family was poor, our neighborhood was dangerous and our parents were crazy (and not the fun kind).  We couldn’t run away; we already lived in NYC, the runaway destination of choice. (Anyplace else was a step down. Nobody runs away to Newark.). . .

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Virge Randall

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Virge Randall is a former UPI banking reporter, an award-winning public relations and marketing communications professional, social media strategist, and copywriter…and a very opinionated native New Yorker.

Happy Thanksgiving Scoop du Jour

I’m writing this on the plane home to NYC from Madrid, where I joined a press trip with journalists and chefs from Belgium, Holland, Spain, and Japan. Last night—delirious from a week of nonstop days, not enough sleep, and long, windy bus rides—we shared a bottle of cava, a pillowy, oniony tortilla and a platter. . .

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Hannah Howard

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Hannah Howard is a food and travel writer who spent her formative years in New York eating, drinking, serving, bartending, hostessing, cooking (on a hot, hot line, flipping giant wheels of fabulously aromatic cheese)