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That Time I Met The Gilmore Girls Family

I have an amazing Gilmore Girls-related tale to tell. I have never committed this story to paper. Besides the friends I’ve told and one Facebook post, this has literally been a legend in my own mind. It’s also one of those stories that makes you say “Only in New York”. All the news and excitement about the revival not only renewed my own love of the show, but also reminded me of my all time favorite New York and Gilmore...

Getting Dressed In Winter = Struggle City

I truly admire all those people who manage to look super attractive during the winter months here in New York City. I tip my hat to you because winter here simply makes it extremely difficult to look like a put together human being.  Some days I’m going to be frump girl, I’ve accepted it. But there are times when winter here is just the worst (I would still rather be chilly than sweating, so let’s say almost the worst). Ruthless wind...

My First Stitch Fix + Review

Sometimes, I just really hate shopping–there I said it. I mean, I love picking out new clothes for myself and it can absolutely be fun and a nice treat. But honestly, when a store is crowded or it’s that strange in-between weather and I can’t maintain a comfortable body temperature and people are hovering around me. I just can’t. I think most people can relate to this, but I think I have found the majority of my clothes when I...

Staten Island Residents Are Taking Action As Build It Back Sits Idle

If you’ve driven down Hylan Blvd. recently, you may have noticed some local Islanders rallying near the corner of Hylan and Jefferson Ave. Led by Aiman Youssef, the founder of Midland Avenue Neighborhood Relief, residents are now taking action in front of Build it Back’s local office, demanding answers on why the agency has done so little and where the funding has gone. According to a recent Epoch Times article, the city agency, which has helped less than 1% of the...

Residents Are Tired Of The Empty, Decaying Homes Threatening The Community

Update on June 12th: After the running water at 501 Midland Ave was brought to City Council member Steven Matteo’s attention, it has now been fixed and is no longer a danger to the home next door. The home should still be checked for mold and any structural danger, but this is one small item off the checklist. I sent this blog post to the Facebook page of Borough President James Oddo, and this was the response I received. “This has been...

Thoughts On NYC Comptroller’s Sandy Oversight Hearing

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked over to the community center on Wednesday night for the NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s Sandy oversight hearing. I thought it would either be empty or filled to capacity. The hearing was held in order to hear residents out on everything they have endured, especially related to the Build it Back program, which the comptroller’s office is now auditing and has held similar hearings in other boroughs.  The room was standing room...

One Year Later

I didn’t really know how to start this post. I didn’t want to be dramatic, but I wanted to share my thoughts about how I, and I’m sure others, have been feeling. I know that it helps a lot of people to know there is someone out there who feels the exact same way. There’s been a lot of media coverage the past week or so–comparisons of then and now, the status of federal relief, rebuilding, buyouts, etc. For me,...

I Chose Italy Over Junior Prom: My case of the travel bug

For those like me who have been hit with the travel bug, any kind of getaway is highly anticipated. Whether it’s a long weekend or a two week excursion, I get equally excited. Looking back, I chose to go to Italy for the first time over the junior prom and driver’s ed. As I think back, this makes a lot of sense. This weekend, Frank and I are road tripping to Reston, Virginia for an industry conference Frank is attending...

Reflections from the front lines: Three months after Hurricane Sandy

I was finally able to write about my experience over the last few months. While I planned to write about my hometown eventually, I never expected anything like this to completely throw any plans, or semblance of routine, completely off track. Midland Beach is a town that is ingrained in the history of many families here, including mine. It continues to pull through the muck that Sandy brought onshore, but the waves could not sweep the spirit of this town...