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My wife and I recently celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary by being locked in a room with strangers and working for an hour to escape. The ‘Escape the Room’ and other similar franchises are popular but we had never done one. A holiday gift from a relative gave us the chance to try it. We… Read more »

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Changing jobs means figuring out new benefits and pay scales, learning new things and figuring out how to get your email to work correctly at your new job. In New York we have the additional calculus of our daily commute. My old job was in the Flatiron District, which from Flushing meant a bus to… Read more »

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Brett Benowitz, now quite the New Yorker, is very much aware of the ways in which his upbringing affected him in his adulthood. First in Newport Beach, California and then in Cartersville, Georgia, Brett grew up surrounded by the kind of music that made him want to create – one of his earliest memories, he’s… Read more »

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I’ve recently changed jobs and on the last week of work my office had a social outing to wish me well. I had never been to Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse and asked to go there. Yes, it is shameful that I had lived this long and not gone to Sammy’s, being a New Yorker through and… Read more »

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New York City is such an intense and captivating force that New Yorkers must all leave their beloved Gotham from time to time for areas more peaceful and serene, places where the air is cooler and the pace of things slower. City life is an immense trade-off. We have the greatest art and culture in… Read more »

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I drove to the New York Hall of Science with my children and found the usual driveway to the parking lot barricaded. A woman wearing the uniform of a U.S. Open worker stood there. There was no reason for her to be there. The Hall of Science has no tennis courts. She quickly waved through… Read more »

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I had promised myself I wasn’t going to spend money to see the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight. McGregor is a great mixed martial arts fighter and proud Irishman but a perpetual shit-talker who took the low road in promoting this fight. Floyd Mayweather is one of the best boxers the sport has ever… Read more »

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This August is a perfect time to be outside of civilization. I recently experienced this when I went camping with my family in the Catskill Mountains, about 100 miles north of New York City. City dwellers take pride in being in the center of it all, in being connected to what is happening here and… Read more »

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The longest part-time job I held down during high school was at Sea Breeze, a seafood restaurant in Guilford, Connecticut, one town over from where I lived. A friend connected me with a job there and I started as a dishwasher and eventually became a line cook. I learned how to make fantastic onion rings,… Read more »