The Gritty and Mesmorizing Reality of Transparent


I just got done binge watching Transparent, a comedy-drama about a dysfunctional, Jewish L.A. family, in less than 24 hours on Amazon Prime. I had been dying to finish this show since I watched the pilot a few short months ago, so when the time came to continue, I just let the video roll. And roll it did, I literally couldn't stop and now I'm devastated that it's over (thankfully, a second season has been announced). Why? Because Transparent is one of the most honest, real, gritty, organic pieces of story-telling I have encountered in some time. If Read More


Walks of New York Presents: A Walking Tour for the Food Obsessed


Confession: I'm not a foodie. I don't follow world renowned chefs and I don't eat at their restaurants. My kids watch cooking shows on the Food Network and from time to time, I watch with them. But I do know New York City. I've been living here a long time, and I feel the city's pulse. When I was invited on a walking tour, hosted by Walks of New York, celebrating its culture and history from the perspective of one of the country’s top chefs and restaurateurs, Mario Batali, I didn't hesitate. Batali has his home base in Greenwich Village, and I'd heard Read More


Helping Kids Explore Friendship with Netflix


Growing up, I learned a lot about friendship from movies. From The Breakfast Club to Pretty in Pink and later to Thelma and Louise and Career Girls, I learned a lot about life and love. Watching movies that celebrate seemingly unlikely friends helped me understand and figure out relationships and connections. They provide insight to bullying, cliques, feeling judged, self esteem issues and patterns of behavior. Just think about Mean Girls, Freaky Friday and Clueless. They give kids a chance to talk about what's going at school on the playground and on Read More


Ticket Watch: Kids’ Night on Broadway


  This morning I attended a very special press event honoring the upcoming KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY. Tickets are on sale for the public tomorrow, starting at 11:00am E.S.T. The program, which will take place Friday, January 9th to Thursday, January 15th, 2015, is an annual event when kids ages 6 to 18 can see participating Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A ticket includes pre-theatre activities, restaurant discounts, parking discounts, educational programs, and more. The program is in its 19th Read More


Multi-Generational Zen at the Emerson Resort and Spa


When I invited my mom to accompany me to a weekend at the Emerson Resort and Spa in the Catskills, I had a feeling we were in for something special. I'd been to the area and knew it holds an aura of tranquility. I also knew we were going to be near hippie-esque towns and that we needed time to explore after our stint at the spa. We both needed the experience to escape stress and reality, and I had no doubt the time would be bonding and rewarding. After all, my mom just moved to New York, and I'm embracing the time with her. The Emerson would be our Read More


Giveaway: The NY Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show (Family Pack)


  The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Holiday Train Show has become a special and memorable experience for all of us. When our kids were babies, their eyes popped out at all the moving trains buzzing around the room.  As toddlers, they started to chase the trains and watch the lights flashing around the room.  Now that they’re officially tweens, they'll surely look at it through a new lens, more curious about the landmarks represented and how they were made. The experience is a one and only.  You and your kids will marvel at the charming Read More


Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF


There's nothing like a good Halloween campaign for social good. One of UNICEF’s most notable traditions, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF began in 1950 as a way to help kids who need more than candy.  Since then, children all over America have gone door-to-door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes and have raised more than $170 million. Adding an extra treat to this year’s campaign, actress, platinum recording artist and author Zendaya has been named the 2014 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Spokesperson. For the first time in its 64 year history, Read More


Announcing The Noir Series, a Play (live and online)

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If you're into live theater and don't live in NYC, here is an opportunity to experience a new production....from your living room! Heretick Theater Lab’s live production of “The Noir Series”, a series of four thematically linked, interactive plays written by Stephen McFeely, Ed Brubaker, Nancy Keystone, John Hindman, and The Burglars of Hamm, will see four performances in Los Angeles which will be live streamed to the world via the internet. Studio audience tickets can be purchased for $20 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/.  Online purchases and Read More


Where You’ll Find Me

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While I've been hunkering down on work and personal life over the last few months, I've managed to keep on writing about my favorite activity: TRAVEL. I do have a few trips coming up very soon, so stay tuned for more, more, more as I continue my journey to explore the world, mostly with my kids in tow. I want to inspire them by showing them parts of the world I didn't really start exploring until I hit adulthood. Here's where you'll find me. Over on MiniTime, where I write bi-monthly about family travel, I wrote about Great Things to Do with Read More


Why New Yorkers Need a Women’s Equality Party #voteWEP

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It's probably not news to you when you hear that women’s equality is suffering across the country. Women are making, on average, 77 cents on the dollar and continue to face discrimination in the workplace. A man is 32 times more likely to become the CEO of a Fortune 500 company than a woman. Every woman deserves the opportunity to become a powerhouse in her field. 25% of women experience domestic violence in her lifetime. These women need a break. And if you live in New York state, listen up. There's a better chance this could happen in just three Read More