NYC Gifts: The Best Of New York City

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We know that people are always looking for books and gifts related to New York and there is just so much out there, that is definitely hard to choose what’s best!

So, here you can find a great selection of our top gift recommendations! It’s the best of New York City!

Enjoy!

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Shop NYC Gifts Greenpoint Self Guided Tour

Welcome to our Behind the Scenes NYC (BTSNYC) world!

We’re soooo excited to share with you our newest E-Book with a Greenpoint Self-Guided Tour. We share some of our top secret, off-the-beaten-track, local spots in Greenpoint – one of the hippest neighborhoods in Brooklyn! Some are our personal favorites, of course!

We’ve hand-picked 30+ of the best restaurants, bars, galleries, coffeeshops, stores and historical places so you can explore a bit of what this amazing neighborhood has to offer…and a special bonus recommendation at the very end!

You will find gorgeous pictures of the places, great informative texts, all the contacts you need, an easy map with all the spots, information on how to get to Greenpoint (super easy, by the way), and more!

Have fun!!


Shop NYC Gifts Top 10 Coolest Restaurants in NYC

New York City is undoubtedly one of the world’s most amazing and sought-after destinations for tourism.

There is soooo many outdated guides out about NY, right?

Well, we’ve curated the perfect, fresh, quick guide with some of our favorite and coolest restaurants in NYC and Brooklyn, called “Top 10 Coolest Restaurants in NYC“.

Perfect if you’re coming to NY for only a few days and can’t waist time reading long, boring, countless reviews!

We’re sure you’ll enjoy every spot it as much as we do! And, stay tuned for our upcoming exclusive, BTSNYC Guides!

*Make with Love, by Locals!*


We are huge fans of Brandon Stanton’s work and have been following his account Instagram account for a long time!

We couldn’t be happier when he announced the release of his first book “Humans of New York“.

One story at a time, Brandon’s first book is a photographic lineup of NYC’s beautiful people.

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Brandon Stanton, founder of Human’s of New York launched a second book, “Humans of New York Stories“, this time with amazing in-depth interviews.

He took his photographic story telling to another level and presents an entire new group of “Humans”, sharing their most intimate and secret stories about life.

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Brandon Stanton’s, founder of Human’s of New York, has yet a 3rd book, “Little Humans“.

It’s surely one of the cutest work we’ve seen.

In this 40-page book, he shows a bit of New York’s little ones in beautiful, spontaneous and stylish pictures.

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We love everything about Atlas Obscura and we’re always checking out their website, and attending their NYC event.

So, it’s time to get off the beaten path with “Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders“. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world.

Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders—the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that’s so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan’s 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England.

Created by Joshua Foer, Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton, ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird, the unexpected, the overlooked, the hidden and the mysterious. Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is. And with its compelling descriptions, hundreds of photographs, surprising charts, maps for every region of the world, it is a book to enter anywhere, and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer.

Anyone can be a tourist. ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer.

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This is definitely one of the books we most love about New York, since it definitely has a similar inspiration for our work.

Secret New York: An Unusual Guide” talks about the city’s biggest unrevealed secrets, hidden gardens, ancient Indian burial grounds and more! It’s a local guide by local people!

Plus, uncover a forbidden island, fall into a trance before a piece of subway art that flickers and moves, and so much more….

Secret New York: An Unusual Guide is an indispensable resource for those who thought they already knew everything about America’s metropolis, or want to begin exploring it hidden places.

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James and Karla Murray have been capturing impeccable photographs from the streets of New York City since the 1990s.

Store Front II: A History Preserved – The Disappearing Face of New York” chronicles their continued efforts to document a little-known but vitally important cross-section of New York’s Mom and Pop economy. The Murrays’ penetrating photographs are only half the story, though.

In the course of their travels throughout the city’s boroughs the Murrays have taken great care to document the stories behind the scenery. Their copious background texts, gleaned largely from interviews with the stores’ owners and employees, bring wonderful color and nuance to the importance of these unique one-off establishments.

The Murrays have rendered the out of the way bodegas, candy shops and record stores just as faithfully as the historically important institutions and well known restaurants, bars and cafes. From the Stonewall Inn to the Brownsville Bike Shop and The Pink Pussycat to Smith and Wolensky, the Murrays reveal how New York’s long-standing mom & pop businesses stand in sharp contrast to the city’s rapidly evolving corporate facade.

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And another book by the couple James and Karla Murray!

James and Karla Murray are the bestselling authors of Store Front – The Disappearing Face of New York (above), a vital and widely applauded document of the city’s iconic facades.

In “New York Nights“, the Murrays take us on a new photographic journey: the city’s nightlife now and through the years. This stunning body of work portrays a Gotham at play in a mythical realm of nocturnal pursuits.

The Murrays have taken vivid photographs of an outstanding selection of bars & pubs, restaurants and cafes, music venues, and shops, all with historical significance and enduring after-dark aesthetics. Turning the pages of New York Nights, one can easily imagine tripping the light fantastic: perhaps starting with drinks at the KGB Bar or a walk through the East Village – window shopping at Trash and Vaudeville, moving on to an engagement at Radio City Music Hall or the Village Vanguard, followed maybe by an early morning bite at the Yaffa Cafe.

Stories of a bygone New York are brought to life by words from the proprietors and employees who experienced them.

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Yes! We really enjoy all the books by James and Karla Murray!

Broken Windows – Graffiti NYC” documents the flowering of the graffiti movement of the post-train era, and this newly revised 2010 edition has been completely redesigned with 70 more pages and many new photographs.

In the 1980’s graffiti was pushed out of the subways as the trains were cleaned once and for all. In the 1990’s, much of the graffiti action in New York migrated to the city’s walls, enabling the ‘writers’ to execute more refined and concept-driven large-scale pieces. By the end of decade, this new medium was being used to great effect.

Photographers James & Karla Murray took great pains to faithfully capture an unprecedented re-birth of the movement, documenting the most significant murals created between 1996 – 2001.

Broken Windows contains insightful interviews, an extensive selection of women s’ graffiti, and features the work of more than 180 artists from The United States, Germany, France, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Holland, Italy, and Norway.

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“Join one of the world’s greatest chefs in his most personal book yet, as Jean-Georges Vongerichten shares his favorite casual recipes in “Home Cooking with Jean-Georges“.

Though he helms a worldwide restaurant empire—with locations in New York, Las Vegas, London, Paris, and Shanghai—Jean-Georges counts his greatest joy in life as family first, then food.

In Home Cooking with Jean-Georges, he brings readers into his weekend home, where he cooks simple, delicious dishes that leave him plenty of time to enjoy the company of friends and loved ones.”

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“One of the weirdest and most glorious museums this weird and glorious city has ever seen”, one of only two trees that have been designated as New York City landmarks, the oldest building in New York City, the hobbit doors of Dennet Place, a park with only one tree, learn how to breathe fire, swallow swords, hammer a nail into your skull and charm a snake, the oldest subway tunnel in the world, world’s smallest Torah, a secret museum built into the hallway of a Williamsburg apartment, a farm inside Domino Sugar factory site, world’s first commercial rooftop vineyard…

Far from the crowds and the usual clichés, Brooklyn offers countless off-beat experiences and is home to any number of well-hidden treasures that are revealed only to residents and travellers who find their way off the beaten track

Secret Brooklyn” is an indispensable guide for those who thought they knew Brooklyn well or would like to discover the other face of the city.

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New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants” is a great book to have or gift a friend! It’s definitely up our alley and talks about some of the best secret spots in the city!

A supperclub on a helipad, a dinner in a dumpster, a hidden heavy metal bar in Brooklyn, a dim-sumrestaurant that turns into a nightclub, New York’s “most legitimate speakeasy”, a club “not open since 2009”, a Swiss ski chalet accessed through a kitchen, a referral-only Japanese restaurant, a grungy underground sake bar, an open-to-the-public dining room in the United Nations, gourmet donuts inside a car wash, restaurants inside freight entrances …

A hundred places with amazing decor, eccentric owners, bizarre food, old-time survivors and more that will please and astonish underground and post-industrial design buffs, refined gourmets and cocktail drinkers, world food lovers and anyone curious enough to discover the infinite possibilities to have fun in New York.

An absolute must-have guide to enjoy the amazing, hidden New York City bar and restaurant scene.

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Our dear friend Eljay Aguillo’s book is certainly one that we recommend! It all started from his Instagram page and came to life beautifully!

It’s a great book that will make you remember “why” you ever moved to New York City…or will convince you “why” you should!

When an Instagram hit becomes a book: “WHY I LOVE NEW YORK CITY“, based on the Instagram artwork by Eljay Aguillo, is more than a love letter to New York City.

A book for New Yorkers and New York lovers.

It has 144 amazing pages in full color, 130 pictures and quotes about that New York City feeling.

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How about some cool Mugs!? There’s nothing better than starting the day reminding yourself that you live in the dopest city in the world: New York, or that it’s simply one of your favorite places ever!

               

 

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“With the publication of “Bright Lights, Big City” in 1984, Jay McInerney became a literary sensation, heralded as the voice of a generation.

The novel follows a young man, living in Manhattan as if he owned it, through nightclubs, fashion shows, editorial offices, and loft parties as he attempts to outstrip mortality and the recurring approach of dawn.

With nothing but goodwill, controlled substances, and wit to sustain him in this anti-quest, he runs until he reaches his reckoning point, where he is forced to acknowledge loss and, possibly, to rediscover his better instincts.

This remarkable novel of youth and New York remains one of the most beloved, imitated, and iconic novels in America.”

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Roof Explorer’s Guide: 101 New York City Rooftops” is the one and only comprehensive guide to New York City rooftop destinations.

New York City is world-renowned for its skyline and high atop its lofty heights beats a feast of breathtaking rooftop destinations for every taste and imagination.

This amazing book, by Leslie Adatto, is the first and ultimate guide to an urban treasure trove of rooftop gems.

This complete guide showcases a dazzling array of surprising rooftop escapes in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx, from hotel rooftop bars and restaurants to elevated parks to museums, theaters, green roofs and elevated farms, plus rooftop classes, entertainment and sports.

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It can be pretty hard to keep track of everything we loved exploring and discovered when we travel, right?

It’s not a secret that we are addicted to Moleskine’s Mini City Guides, and we couldn’t forget to suggest the beautiful NY Mini Guide for everyone coming to town!

It’s definitely the best way to keep all your findings in an organized way!

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The New York Pizza Project” is a coffee table book documenting the heart and soul of New York City’s last authentic pizzerias through photography and interviews taken over the last five years.

The foreword is written by New York Times best-selling author, and native Brooklynite, Jonathan Lethem. The book, created and published by five 30-year-old native New Yorkers, is the first of its kind – focusing not on the pizza, but the people and places behind New York City’s favorite food.

Over the past five years, the book’s creators have visited over 100 pizzerias across the five boroughs—taking photographs and capturing the stories of customers, employees, and owners. What started five years ago as a passion-project is now a Kickstarter funded, professionally designed and printed coffee table book.

In May 2014, the team raised almost $30,000 on Kickstarter—nearly double their $15,000 goal. The campaign became a featured project of the Kickstarter staff, and was featured in Gothamist, Village Voice, Time Out NY, Huffington Post, and NYLON.

The project is ongoing! The team continues to hit pizza shops throughout NYC—speaking with customers, makers, and photographing everything in sight.

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We love Pillows! We’ve selected a few fun ones to have spread throughout your home!

  

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This a beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming-of-age at the turn of the century, by Betty Smith’s, called “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn“.

It’s a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and people and incident.

The story of young, sensitive, and idealistic Francie Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years.

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We’re sure you’ve all heard about one of Leonardo Di Caprio’s amazing movies, “The Wolf of Wall Street“, right?

Sex. Money. Power. Drugs.

Brace yourself for an outrageous true story from legendary filmmaker, Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as a young stockbroker hungry for a life of non-stop thrills where corruption was king and more was never enough.

His rise to power earned him the title: The Wolf of Wall Street. Together Scorsese and DiCaprio deliver a story of American excess.

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Jordan Belfort — immortalized by Leonardo DiCaprio in the hit movie The Wolf of Wall Street (above!) — reveals the step-by-step sales and persuasion system proven to turn anyone into a sales-closing, money-earning rock star.

For the first time ever, Jordan Belfort opens his playbook and gives readers access to his exclusive step-by-step system—the same system he used to create massive wealth for himself, his clients, and his sales teams. Until now this revolutionary program was only available through Jordan’s $1,997 online training.

Now in Way of the Wolf, Belfort is ready to unleash the power of persuasion to a whole new generation of readers, revealing how anyone can bounce back from devastating setbacks, master the art of persuasion, and build wealth. Every technique, every strategy, and every tip has been tested and proven to work in real-life situations.

Written in his own inimitable voice, Way of the Wolf cracks the code on how to persuade anyone to do anything, and coaches readers, regardless of age, education, or skill level, to be a master sales person, negotiator, closer, entrepreneur, or speaker.

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With 3 Oscar nominations “Brooklyn” the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn.

Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City.

The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love.

But, soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

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We are huge fans of Woody Allen.

In “Manhattan“, released in 1979, Woody directs and also plays a leading role in the film.

With other amazing actors like: Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway and Meryl Streep, the film tells the story of a divorced TV writer with a teen-age girlfriend falls in love with a married friend’s mistress.

Surely, a classic!

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Gadgets here, gadgets there! We just love gadgets!

      

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Gotham: The Complete First Season

The good. The evil. The beginning.

When rookie Gotham City detective James Gordon, dedicated to restoring his crime-ridden metropolis back to its decent and illustrious past, catches the case of a murdered socialite couple, he promises their shattered, surviving son Bruce Wayne he’ll find their killer.

It is an obligation and an obsession that will cost him dearly – and set the stage for the gritty and exciting world of Gotham.

Inspired by DC Comics characters beloved by generations, this gripping hit series from the talents behind The Mentalist, CSI, Nikita and Gossip Girl reaches deep into Batman lore to uncover the sinister layers of corruption that secretly rule Gotham City, spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains.

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Gotham: The Complete Second Season

The darkness grows on GOTHAM, as super villains more ambitious and depraved are introduced, and a realignment of alliances shakes up the fight for power in Gotham City.

With Detectives Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock at the forefront of the fight against crime in this dangerously corrupt city, Season Two witnesses Gordon’s moral compass wavering, as he confronts Gotham’s most notorious criminals.

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Gotham: The Complete Third Season

The stakes are higher than ever, as Super-Villains more ambitious and depraved are introduced, and a realignment of alliances shakes up the fight for power in Gotham. Season three of Gotham peels back the curtain on the infamous criminal organization known as the Court of The Owls.

With the Indian Hill escapees on the loose, Jim Gordon must take matters into his own hands, as a bounty hunter in Gotham. He makes it his mission to find Hugo Strange and Fish Mooney. Meanwhile, GCPD’s Bullock and Barnes remain at the forefront of the fight against crime in the monster-ridden city.

And Bruce Wayne discovers still more secrets behind his parents’ murder. As the city sinks deeper into chaos, Gotham’s Super-Villains will be joined by the future Poison Ivy, a young woman who’s harnessed the full power of her charms; the Tweed Brothers; and a talented hypnotist teetering on the edge of madness who goes by the name of the Mad Hatter.

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We obviously knew about the cute famous Instagram dog named Marnie and we were so lucky to meet her, and her owner, a while ago at an event.

Now, we found out there’s a book! “Marnie the Dog: I’m a Book” tells the story of once an old, sick dog who was found on the streets and named “Stinky,” Marnie the Dog got a second lease on life when she was adopted from a shelter at age ten.

Soon, her signature looks and endearing personality would capture the hearts of not only her new owner, but nearly everyone she encountered.

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Definitely one of the classic movies of all times!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s“, the famous 1961 story based on Truman Capote’s novel, this is the story of a young woman in New York City who meets a young man when he moves into her apartment building.

He is with an older woman who is very wealthy, but he wants to be a writer.

She is working as an expensive escort and searching for a rich, older man to marry.

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A celebration of a timeless classic, this companion volume, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic film, is the perfect book for any fan of Audrey Hepburn or the cinema. This gorgeously illustrated tribute to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is the only official companion to be published in association with Paramount Pictures and the Audrey Hepburn estate.

It celebrates the film’s ongoing popularity: complete with candid behind-the-scenes photos, facsimiles of the shooting script, full-color reproductions of the poster art, a special section on the costumes, the score for Moon River, and much more. Many of the illustrations included have never been published before.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s features a top-notch cast, including George Peppard, Mickey Rooney, and Patricia Neal, yet Holly Golightly was the role that transformed Audrey Hepburn into a movie icon. Dressed by Hubert de Givenchy, directed by the infamous Blake Edwards, and brandishing the trademark cigarette holder, hers was the most memorable role.

Rich in detail and in illustration, this keepsake tribute volume is the perfect celebration of a beloved classic.

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In the early ’60s, Robinson, a German illustrator, visited New York and documented his trip in his signature style, the self-described “X-ray view,” in which he depicts important buildings simultaneously from within and without (instead of showing exactly what was already visible in photographs).

Today, with such programs available as Freehand and Illustrator, Robinson is considered a graphics pioneer.

From a Greenwich Village restaurant to Chinatown’s Mott Street; from a Museum of Modern Art exhibit to takeoffs and landings at Kennedy Airport; and from the Rockefeller Center ice rink to Times Square, New Yorkers and tourists alike will savor Robinson’s beautiful and meticulous re-creations.

The book, “New York Line by Line” also includes updated urban facts.

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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, “Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898“.

To European explorers, it was Eden, a paradise of waist-high grasses, towering stands of walnut, maple, chestnut, and oak, and forests that teemed with bears, wolves, raccoons, beavers, otters, and foxes.

Today, it is the site of Broadway and Wall Street, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, and the home of millions of people, who have come from every corner of the nation and the globe.

The events and people who crowd these pages guarantee that this is no mere local history. It is in fact a portrait of the heart and soul of America, and a book that will mesmerize everyone interested in the peaks and valleys of American life as found in the greatest city on earth.

Gotham is a dazzling read, a fast-paced, brilliant narrative that carries the reader along as it threads hundreds of stories into one great blockbuster of a book.

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We love those adult coloring books and, for us, it’s definitely a type of relaxation method.

Scenes of Olde New York Coloring Book“, has forty-three illustrations to color portray the changing face of a renowned metropolitan region.

Ranging from the Dutch settlement of the 1600s to the bustling Gilded Age city of the 1890s, these masterful depictions offer fascinating backward glances at Wall Street, Coney Island, Grand Central Station, Chinatown, and other New York City landmarks and locales.

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How can someone forget this big-screen adaptation of Lauren Weisberger’s best-seller “The Devil Wears Prada“?

The story?

As assistant to impossibly demanding New York fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), young Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) has landed a job that “a million girls would die for.”

Unfortunately, her heaven-sent appointment as Miranda’s personal whipping girl just might be the death of her!

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A New Yorker who is not curious?

Rare, indeed. New Yorkers are among the most curious people on the planet. Just ask the staff of the popular “F.Y.I.” column in The New York Times.

They receive more than a thousand questions each year, asking everything from how Manhattan clam chowder was named to why there are so few rainbows in New York City.

Here are 329 of the most intriguing questions and amusing answers about the Big Apple’s history, landscape, subways, architecture, laws, and personalities – “The Curious New Yorker: 329 Fascinating Questions and Surprising Answers about New York City“.

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We’ve featured a fantastic interview with Antonia Grecco. She talked about the best spots in New York City, if you’re single!

Tired of trying to understand the “Dating Scene” and how the opposite sex works?

Who Lies More: Men or Women?: 6 Ways to Succeed in Dating, Relationships and Life” was written by Antonia Grecco – where we interviewed (here). She talks about real life experiences and findings.

“Dating isn’t what it used to be and with the increasing change in technology and the way we communicate now versus twenty years ago, too much information is available to today’s dater.

This drastically changes today’s dating game and begs for parameters in which one can be guided.”

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