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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How To Be A Grown-Up Excerpt

The cab pulled up outside the high rise and, one ear-popping elevator ride to the edge of our atmosphere later, I was greeted at the penthouse by the same sight as always: some pristine backdrop of sumptuous serenity being crisscrossed by manic twenty-something’s wearing surgical booties over their shoes.  These homes would never have so much—energy—in them again. 


Nicola Kraus

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Nicola Kraus is the co-author of the #1 New York Times best seller The Nanny Diaries, which was adapted into a 2007 movie of the same name starring Scarlett Johansen and Alicia Keys.

Thomas Wolfe Was Right

I spent my formative years on the Lower East Side. Even decades later, its hold on me is stronger than a rent-controlled apartment lease. Last summer, for instance, my brother Vinnie and I did a nostalgia tour; it was hot and I needed a pit stop. As we walked east on 7th street past Tompkins Square, an ancient synapse sparked to life and flashed “It’s only a few blocks, I can wait till we get home.”


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.

Tia Keenan, New York’s Cheese Goddess and The Art of the Cheese Plate

“Trust me,” Tia Keenan said. We were sitting on crates on the construction site on West 52nd Street that would soon be Casellula Cheese & Wine Café. It smelled of wet paint and wood dust. “We’re going to do something really special.”

I trusted Tia, and she was right. I gratefully accepted my job offer. A few weeks later we opened Casellula.


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)

There’s no Elaine’s without Elaine

The first time I met Elaine she scared the sh*t out of me, and I don’t scare easily. I’m a New Yorker, after all.

The culture at Elaine’s jumpstarted the Studio 54 mentality: Can you get a good table (or in Studio’s case, get in at all)? And if you do, can you please get a gander at who’s making these decisions?

Michael M. Thomas, who has written many a New York column, found Elaine refreshing. “I got a kick out of her. She was who she was. She learned the art of sucking up to people by insulting them. Elaine was the Toots Shor of the writing world.”

Toots was known as “the master of the needle jibe.” Take it from there.


Amy Phillips Penn

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Amy Phillips Penn is a renowned society columnist. Her career began at the New York Post as assistant to the legendary society columnist Eugenia Sheppard. Penn followed in her mentor’s path with her own byline. Her column, Around the Town, was syndicated in the Palm Beach Daily News.

Jay-Z’s New York Reality Tour

Ever wonder which parts of the Big Apple are nearest and dearest to the “Empire State of Mind” rapper’s heart? Here are seven of them.

In his Big Apple ballad “Empire State of Mind,” Jay-Z shouts out hometown landmarks from the Statue of Liberty to Yankee Stadium, places that are already on the to-do lists of your typical Times Square tourist.

But there are scores of lesser-known spots throughout the city with a special significance to the rapper, as I learned in writing my book Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner To Corner Office . One need only listen closely to his records—and keep an eye on Page Six—to get a sense of where they are, and why they matter.

For those without the time to undertake such an endeavor, I’ve compiled a short virtual guide to Jay-Z’s New York.


Zack O'Malley Greenburg

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Zack O'Malley Greenburg is the author of the Jay-Z biography Empire State of Mind: How Jay-Z Went From Street Corner to Corner Office. A native Manhattanite, Zack works as a staff writer at Forbes. He has also written for The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated and McSweeney’s. For more, visit his website:

Doug Argue – Inspiring Wonder at the Freedom Tower

Some of New York’s greatest landmarks are filled with art, including the Freedom Tower. Doug Argue’s masterpieces in the lobby of this new icon uplift the viewer with energy to focus on a new future. ArtBeat visits with the artist to uncover the vision behind this public work.


Camilla Webster

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Camilla Webster is a New York Natives founder, which means she wears many hats. The contemporary artist is also an award-winning best -selling author. Born and raised in New York, she’s got city in her soul.

When Harley Met Laura

Harley Flanagan and I met during the hardest periods of both of our lives; and that is saying a lot because he had a very crazy life, and although his took place on the Lower East Side and mine took place on the Upper East Side, there was no shortage of crazy in mine as well.

The first year we were together, we have often joked that it was like being on a life raft; me and him and his kids, all holding onto each other in a storm of personal, and in Harley’s case, media drama.


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.