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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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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

Contributor, Author
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

Contributor, Author
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)

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. 

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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.”

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Virge Randall

Contributor, Author
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.