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Give Blood, Eat Dessert

Check out our guest post!

Our friends at Sip N Sizzle, a new NYC food & reviews blog, reached out to us for a guest post. Inspired by the 30 flyers the New York Blood Center sent me in the last 2 months, I explain my three favorite places (and desserts) to refuel after giving blood. One catch: No cupcakes allowed! We all know where to get those…

Check it out here: Top Places to Get Sugar After Giving Blood in NYC


Hog Heaven: The Big Apple BBQ Block Party

You know you’ve been spoiled when you have to shower twice before the smell of barbecue smoke begins to subside.

Madison Square Park turned into a literal pork steam bath this weekend for the 9th annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party. New York institutions like Blue Smoke, Pappy’s and Hill Country had crowds lined up to suck on four ribs or a pulled pork sandwich for $8.

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Everywhere, people were eating. They slurp down ribs on stairways, brisket while leaning against walls, pork sandwiches sitting in the park, and whole hog standing in lines for more whole hog. Picnic tables and impromptu beer gardens line the Madison Avenue side of the park, and bluegrass bands rotate playing sets. [Below, a favorite: The Crooners.]

What makes the Big Apple BBQ unique is its attendance. All ages, backgrounds and personalities make their way here. Unlike some festivals, where everyone seems to have the same interests, the only thing bringing this crowd together is a love for meat. …But I’m sure the 75-degree weather didn’t hurt.


The Tents: New York Fashion Week, Parte Deux

The fashion, styling and off-the-wall beauty tips have magazine editors swooning, but being a spectator at fashion week is all about the show: lights, cameras and music.

Sam Ronson DJs the Charlotte Ronson Fall 2011 show at New York Fashion WeekSam Ronson, Charlotte’s sister, is famous all on her own for her skills with a turntable. Her best move? When a model with hot pink hair emerged from the backdrop, she made the seats shake with The Strokes’ first single from their new album. The song, “Under Cover of Darkness,” was released February 9th.

And then there are the bloggers.

Adryan and Bryan Boy at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2011

Bloggers are always happy to strike a pose. Bryan Boy (left, obviously) is pictured with my fashion week date, Adryan of La Bird Boheme, by Tara for TKGO

Yes, bloggers. Bryan Boy, who splits his time between New York and the Philippines, found himself with front row tickets to multiple shows, including Charlotte Ronson’s. His neon lime green fedora and matching fluorescent lime green fur anklets may have been photographed as frequently as what was actually on the runway.

The sponsors were equally flashy. To promote the new Pepsi Slim, Pepsi built a bar in the middle of The Tents to hand out samples and erected seven-foot aluminum high heeled shoes around the courtyard to amuse anyone waiting in lines.

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The Tents: New York Fashion Week, Parte Un

New York Fashion Week Fall 2011 Charlotte Ronson

As you enter Lincoln Center on your way to New York Fashion Week, the first sign that greets you demands that you have an invitation to enter. The second sign (below the first) explains that by entering The Tents, you agree to allow anyone to take a photograph of you. These two notices exactly describe the people and the attitude you’ll find inside.

Charlotte Ronson makes her after-show appearance, New York Fashion Week Fall 2011

Charlotte Ronson makes her after-show appearance, New York Fashion Week Fall 2011, by Tara for TKGO

Designers, models, journalists, bloggers and rovers there for the free Kim Crawford wine in plastic stemless glasses meander around the lobby. Between glancing at their free copies of New York Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily and T Magazine and posing for photos, they’re kept busy until the next show begins (or they tire of the scene and leave).

Tickets are given to individual shows, so store buyers and the press attend the vast majority, while people like me and my friend Adryan (of the fashionable La Bird Boheme) scored tickets for one show. We stayed for two laps around The Tents stalking men in feathered hats before high-tailing it to a bar. Tres chic, I know.

Without further adieu, I give you a preview of the Fall 2011 collection from Charlotte Ronson. (Keep your eyes on the spectators. It’ll pay off, I promise.)

Charlotte Ronson Spring 2011 New York Fashion Week

Charlotte Ronson New York Fashion Week Fall 2011

And the finale…

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Come back Thursday for Parte Deux, featuring fashion blogger Bryan Boy in a neon lime fedora and a high heel made of Pepsi cans!

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A City of Rooftops: The West Village, NYC

This second installment of A City of Rooftops (an exploration of NYC from the roof deck of two CitySights tour buses) documents some of the architecture in the areas around the West Village—in the top half of the city, where eyes don’t always wander.

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The world’s shortest guide to the West Village:

West Side Highway: Walk south toward Battery Park and you’ll pass picnicking families, dog owners playing catch and New Yorkers catching some rays on a nice day. In the winter, you may even see some snowmen.

Bleecker Street: Once the bohemian center of Manhattan, the West Village has since become a family-oriented neighborhood famous for its restaurants and expensive real estate. Bleecker Street has become a slightly touristy stretch of establishments from the famous John’s Pizzeria to local favorite Murray’s Cheese, which offers wine/cheese and beer/cheese pairing classes.

Washington Square Park: Recent renovations, which included moving the center fountain a few feet to help the park’s symmetry, have left WSP more lively than ever, and full of NYU students, tourists and New Yorkers alike.

The West Village quick tour from TKGO

You Are Here, courtesy of Google Maps

And when you return to street level (or get hungry)…

There’s no shortage of great restaurants in the West Village. (Choose virtually anything that looks and smells good from the outside and you aren’t likely to be disappointed on the inside.) If you’re looking for a classic New York slice, head to Bleecker Street Pizza on Bleecker and Seventh Avenue, or, for a French brunch (and desserts!), stop in Tartine on the corner of W. 4th Street and W. 11th Street. When it’s time to let the food settle, catch an out-of-the-box flick at the IFC.

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SantaCon 2010: Christmas Anarchy in New York City

I don’t like the holidays. But I have finally found a reason to enjoy the entire month of December, and it has everything to do with the worldwide phenomenon known as SantaCon.

My SantaCon New York began at 9 a.m., when I met two friends in Union Square, pulled a santa suit over my clothes in the middle of the park and headed to the nearest subway stop. Between these activities, the three of us were stopped by a group of Argentinean tourists for a photo, countless pointing and screaming six-year-olds, three grandmas, and one lost and drunk SantaCon participant who went from “oddball” to “BFF” in the time it takes to fall down the stairs to the subway.

SantaCon 2010 NYC

SantaCon 2010 NYCFor more photos, check out the TKGO Facebook page!

To meet up with the rest of the santas, the only way is to follow the @SantaCon Twitter feed, which announces the intersection whose bars will soon be overrun, or the part of Central Park in which the santas will be playing reindeer games.

@SantaCon 2010 Twitter Highlights from TKGO

In a santa suit, it’s impossible not to make fast friends. Going to an ATM, buying pumpkin bread at the farmers market, crossing the street—all result in ridiculous conversation, laughter and Christmas carols.

This weekend, all the lucky residents of Las Vegas, Toronto, Reykjavik, Tokyo, Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle and even my hometown, Appleton, Wisconsin, will get to witness SantaCon firsthand. If you plan on crashing, don’t forget the essentials: sneakers, gloves, ID, cash, and a Kleenex pocket pack for when the toilet paper inevitably runs out.

Find your nearest SantaCon location and buy your $10 suit—’tis the season!

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Side Note: For those of you in Chicago, you’ve missed your chance at SantaCon this year, but don’t miss the equally obnoxious Chiditarod in March, 2011! (Registration required!)

A City of Rooftops: Midtown, NYC

Ignore the crazed pedestrians, traffic and commerce at street level and New York transforms. In two CitySights bus tours, I tried to capture some of my favorite architecture in each neighborhood — but only the top half of the buildings, where the city goes to relax.

First up is Midtown, where the Downtown bus tour starts.

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The world’s shortest guide to Midtown and the Flatiron District:

Empire State building: Art deco at its finest. Your neck might cramp before you feel the need to tear your eyes away from this one.

Penn Station: Along with Grand Central, this station hosts commuters from the areas that surround NYC as well as most subway lines.

Flatiron building: Designed to fit the small corner it has occupied since 1902, the building was the first skyscraper. It gave the surrounding neighborhood its name.

Macy’s in Herald Square: The department store’s flagship location and host of the famous Thanksgiving Day Parade is also an architectural showcase.

You Are Here, courtesy of Google Maps

And when you return to street level (or get hungry)…

Across the street from the Flatiron building, try Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop. It’s a true New York lunch counter with strong coffee, heaping pastrami sandwiches and the best clientele for people-watching.

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