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Winter Beauty Tips for Healthy Skin, Hair and Makeup in Cold Weather

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Winter is very nearly upon us. With winter comes cold weather which can affect the appearance of your skin, hair, makeup, and even your mood. Today we bring you some great NYC winter beauty tips!

The cold weather can cause your hair to become dry and more prone to breakages. Your skin can become dry, sore and irritated, and your makeup doesn’t sit the same on your face because of this.

Thankfully, all is not lost! There are a wide range of things you could be doing during the winter to keep you looking and feeling as good as ever.

So, come take a look at the amazing winter beauty tips!

Your Skin

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You may be experiencing dry, chapped, and sore skin because the weather has cooled down. But, more often than not the cause for these symptoms is because of what you’re putting into or onto your body.

Here’s some tips to help keep your skin moisturized and glowing:

  • Always remove makeup at the end of the day. It might be tempting to jump straight into bed after a long day in the winter months, but failing to do this could cause your skin to break out in acne or even worse, blackheads. Prevent any breakouts and stick to a skincare routine.
  • Once you’ve cleaned your face, it’s important to use a moisturizer that’s deep in hydration. Opt for lotions and creams that don’t contain any perfumes or harsh chemicals to ensure you’re maintaining the right pH balance on your skin. Doing this will also help prevent your skin from drying out, causing it to flake and crack. Checking out this article on Dry Patches On Skin: Symptoms, Causes, And Treatment may help you determine why you’re suffering with dry skin.
  • When it comes to bathing or showering, your best bet is to switch to products that are designed for sensitive skin. Because your skin is more exposed to the elements in the colder months, it becomes less resilient. Products that are packed full of fragrance and other chemicals could irritate your skin. E45 is a wonderful skincare brand that also makes bathing products, so consider switching to that – even if just for the winter months – to add some extra moisture into your skin.


  • Ditch cheap makeup brands! Makeup products that come at a higher cost are more likely to contain ingredients that are going to be kinder to the skin. Not only that, but it will also sit better on your face too.

Your Hair

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For most people, their hair is their pride and joy and when it becomes broken, damaged and dry it can seem like the end of the world.

Luckily, there are a few simple tips you can follow to keep it in the best condition possible:

  • Avoid dying your hair, especially in the winter months. The cold weather itself is damaging to the hair and dying it will only make it more prone to breakages.
  • Visit your hairdresser regularly for a trim. Cutting off dead ends can reduce the appearance of dry hair and help keep your hair healthy and strong.
  • Choose moisture-locking serums to apply to your hair after washing. These serums should also contain a heat protectant if you’re planning on using the hair dryer on your hair.
  • Never brush your hair when it’s wet. Your hair is much more susceptible to damage when it’s wet and brushing it will pull on your hair and snap. If this is something you’ve always done, you’ll notice much more hair comes out when you brush it wet. If you absolutely need to detangle after washing your hair, use a wet brush.
  • Spend a little more to get a quality branded shampoo and conditioner. Your hair will thank you for it, and you’ll notice your hair is much softer and shinier.
  • Try to avoid scraping your hair back into a ponytail or a bun. This can put pressure on your hair and compromise its integrity.

Your Diet

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We all know that what you put into your body reflects on the outside! And this is life changing when we talk about the winter beauty tips!

So, if you’re not eating a good diet then your skin will out you! Stopping or cutting down on junk foods that are full of man-made ingredients and switching to natural produce will make a world of difference to your skin.

There are foods, however, that are particularly good for the skin, so where possible try and stock up on these foods. Any food that contains Omega 3 will help the appearance of your skin, and it’s really good for your health overall.

Other foods like oily fish, nuts, avocados, cucumber, sweet potato, olive oil, spinach and eggs are also incredibly beneficial to the skin. Loading up on foods that contain vitamin A, C and Zinc will also greatly benefit your health and your skin.

One thing that many people fail to do is drink enough water! Water helps the skin maintain its elasticity, flushes out toxins, prevents wrinkles and helps keep the body healthy in general.

If you’re struggling to consume the 2 liters of water each day, you could try one of two things to increase how much water you drink:

  • Purchase a water bottle with time stamps on the outside. Many people find drinking a little often helps them achieve the goal. Plus, it’s fun to monitor how much you’ve consumed!
  • Consider investing in an Air Up. These are fairly new to the game, and they allow the user to drink pure water without even realizing it! You can achieve this by using scent to make the you think you’re drinking flavored water. The product has been highly successful, so if you struggle with consuming enough water, it’s worth a go!

Your Mood

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Did you know that your mood or your mental health can greatly affect how your hair and skin look and feel. This could be because you haven’t slept enough, or it could be due to a low mood.

It’s important to make sure you do things that make you happy and that you give yourself time to regenerate and relax. Doing things to make you happy will reflect on your hair and skin – when you’re happy it shows on the outside!

A bath and a bit of “me time” won’t solve all of life’s issues. But, it can certainly help you relax so that you get enough sleep ready to tackle another day. Remember that if you’re leading a stressful life, it’s important to prioritise which stresses are worth the hassle.

If you are struggling with low mood, anxiety or signs of depression then it’s important to speak to your Doctor as soon as possible. Be sure to talk about what kinds of treatment are available to you.

Mental health should never be ignored, and improving your mental health will show on the outside too.

Other factors

Finally, there are other factors that may be causing your hair and skin to be less than optimal. These other factors are mainly alcohol and smoking, and are crucial when talking about winter beauty tips.

Here’s why you should cut down or avoid them altogether:


Drinking alcohol regularly will dehydrate your skin and contribute towards premature aging of the skin.

Even if you drink plenty of water after a drinking session, your body has still lost a significant amount of its hydration levels. And your hair and skin will suffer because of this.

While alcohol in small doses is not dangerous, avoid binge drinking for your health, hair, and skin.


You don’t need to be lectured on why smoking is bad for your health. But, like alcohol, smoking can affect the way you look too.

It also causes premature aging of the skin, yellows your teeth, and makes you smell.

Quit smoking now for your health and your appearance.

How to have a Luxurious Trip to NYC on a Budget

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Today we will show you how to have a luxurious trip to NYC on a budget! Take a look and prepare your bags!!!

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New York City is known for being one of the most expensive cities in the world. The rent is expensive, a meal for two can be pricey, and you definitely count on taxis breaking the bank. But with that said, these high prices shouldn’t stop you from visiting NYC. So we will tell you how to enjoy NYC on a budget!

In fact, even though the city, both living and traveling in, can be expensive, it doesn’t mean that you need to sleep in sketchy motels or starve just to have a great time.

You can even enjoy luxury while exploring NYC on a budget. So, here’s how you can enjoy a luxurious trip in New York City while still remaining on a budget!

Stay in Manhattan

Preferably, you should stay somewhere like the Upper West Side when hunting for nice (and affordable) accommodation in New York City. But, it doesn’t need to end there, either.

Why stay in an Airbnb or even a hostel when you could indulge in a gorgeous hotel offering incredible service, such as The Lucerne?

Overall, Manhattan is an absolute must when visiting New York City, as it has some of the best hotels, views, and shops, but don’t forget about any of the accommodations, either!

On the other hand, open up to exploring and staying in other Boroughs like Brooklyn – which has been the hot spot in the last few years.

While Williamsburg is the hot spot, other neighborhoods like East Williamsburg, Greenpoint or even Cobble Hill, have great options. Plus, you’ll be more likely to explore the real New York, versus staying in Manhattan.


Eat Like a Local

One thing you want to SKIP OUT on is chains. Say “NO” to McDonald’s, TGI Fridays, BWW, and any other chain that you’re familiar with.

Why eat Cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory when you can instead go to Junior’s and enjoy some magnificent cheesecake there?

While these smaller businesses may not scream out “fancy” like a Michelin Star restaurant does, in the end, you’re getting the local experience, and that alone is quite a luxury!

And, as you guys know, we are all about exploring local spots, so be sure to book dinners in restaurants like Frevo (entrance behind a painting inside a gallery in Greenwich Village), Sunday in Brooklyn (where are always take people for their first Brooklyn experience) or Milk & Roses (at the very tip of Greenpoint, only with locals).

Ah! And never think twice when entering a local coffee shop! They are all amazing and incredibly charming!

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Also, another great tip is, many of New York City’s best restaurants have special discounted prices on Mondays. It’s a slow day and you can actually have their main courses for only $15, like Osteria Morini (part of Altamarea Group)! Be sure to check out other restaurants and their Monday Specials!


Free show and event

As we said in the beginning, New York known for being one of the most expensive cities in the world. But, it’s also a city that offers countless FREE experiences throughout the year.

It’s one of the best cities in the work for music lover, art lover and entertainment in general.

Most museums have a special day a week (or a special day a month) with discounted prices, “pay as you wish” or free tickets. From the famous MET – The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim to other extraordinary ones like The Rubin Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum, you’ll be able to attend the best exhibitions maybe even for free!


There are Discounts for Everything

If you do enough research, you can absolutely count on finding discounts! Want to see a Broadway Musical while you’re in NYC?

Sure, it can happen! Tickets to Broadway musicals can be pricey, but a well-known but never old tip is to score discounted prices by visiting the TKTS discount booth in Times Square.

You may not be able to see a show you were dying to see, but regardless, you’re still going to be able to see a great show!

If you have credit card points, these can help you score experiences, too, whether it’s dining, shows, excursions in NYC, or even just transportation. For almost anything out there, you can expect to find discounts.


In the end, luxury has a different meaning for everyone. What may be luxurious to you may not be luxurious to someone else.

But, what matters most is just doing what you love and what you want to see in NYC while still saving some money. It’s possible, you can do it, and you can still count on having an incredible time during your stay…after all…it’s New York City!!! Enjoy NYC on a budget!

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Looking And Feeling Great In The Big Apple: Simple Health And Beauty Hacks

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New York is a vibrant, bustling city synonymous with glitz and glamor. Residents of NYC are known for taking care of themselves, and visitors want to look and feel their best on their city break. In this guide, we’ll share some simple health and beauty hacks to ensure you look and feel great in the Big Apple.


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Exercise is part of daily life in New York. You can’t walk around an urban park or complete your daily commute without spotting endless runners, cyclists and outdoor fitness enthusiasts working up a sweat. Regular exercise is essential for physical and mental health.

The great news for those keen to get fit in the big city is that there are exercises and activities for everyone. From dance, yoga and spin classes to trampolining, Pilates, swimming, team sports and boxing, you’ll find classes and sessions for all abilities.

If you’re new to exercise, one of the best ways to up your activity levels is to walk as much as possible. We all know that rush hour traffic is a nightmare.

Save yourself time, money and stress and boost your health and well-being by walking instead of driving, getting cabs or riding the subway. Wearing an activity tracker is a great way to monitor your progress and work towards new targets.

If you need to cover longer distances, or you’re short on time, you could also consider cycling.

It’s beneficial to learn about the benefits of physical activity if you’re starting a new regimen, or you want to be more active. Exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and some forms of cancer.

It also strengthens the bones and muscles, improves flexibility and lowers the risk of anxiety, depression and chronic stress. If you work out frequently, you may also notice that you sleep better and you feel happier and more energetic.

Moving your body releases endorphins and it also causes the levels of dopamine and serotonin in your brain to increase.



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Looking after your skin is essential in a big city. Walking around crowded blocks and sharing the streets with thousands of vehicles can take its toll on your skin.

New York is also a city that experiences changeable weather. Freezing in the winter and hot and dry in the summer, you may find that your skin bears the brunt of strong winds, cold temperatures and powerful UV rays.

The best place to start when working towards healthier skin is to establish a daily skin care routine. Cleanse, tone and moisturize and use products that are designed for your skin type and cater to your needs.

You can buy a huge range of products today, ranging from serums and lotions to tackle dry, sensitive skin to anti-aging solutions and products designed to reduce redness or hide dark circles.

As well as adopting a daily skin care routine, it’s a brilliant idea to treat your skin to a little pampering from time to time.

You can visit one of New York’s many beauty salons, spas or aesthetic clinics for indulgent facials or non-surgical skin brightening or tightening treatments or enjoy a DIY spa day at home.

Protecting your skin from the sun is another crucial consideration in New York. In spring and summer, temperatures rise and the heat can be intense.

Wear SPF every day and use a high-factor sunscreen in the summer to prevent your skin from burning. Exposure to the sun is beneficial for producing vitamin D, but it can put you at risk of sunburn and skin cancer.

Always protect your skin if you’re out and about. It’s also essential to stay hydrated.



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For many of us, our hair is our crowning glory. To enjoy healthy, lustrous locks, it’s important to manage stress, use products that suit your hair and nourish your scalp, keep hydrated and eat well.

Self-help techniques, such as regular exercise, meditation, taking time out, having a hobby and doing breathing exercises can all help to reduce stress levels. It’s also crucial to make sure you drink enough water and follow a healthy, balanced eating plan to boost hair health.

Foods that are particularly good for shiny, strong hair include eggs, oily fish, berries, nuts, seeds, avocados and sweet potatoes.

Visiting a professional salon regularly is beneficial for keeping your hair in good condition and getting styling advice and tips for hiding gray hair, boosting growth or changing your hair color or cut.

Salon treatments are often more intensive than treatments you can do at home and you can also benefit from expert advice and recommendations.

Whether you need inspiration for a makeover, you’re looking for ideas for wedding hair or a style for a landmark party, or you’d like help with covering grays or growing bangs out, you won’t struggle to find talented, experienced stylists in New York.



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Did you know that a third of US adults don’t get enough sleep? Sleep troubles tend to be more common in people who have stressful jobs and busy schedules. This is another one of our simple health and beauty hacks!

New York is known as the city that never sleeps. While this relates to the constant buzz of activity in the metropolis, it’s also an accurate description of sleeping habits for many residents.

A 2022 study concluded that New York is the most sleep-deprived city in the world. Good quality sleep is vital for optimum health.

Your body needs to rest to recharge and recover. While you sleep, critical restorative processes take place. If you don’t get enough sleep, or you have disturbed sleep, this can impact your body and mind.

Symptoms include loss of concentration, a lack of energy, increased susceptibility to illness, irritability, mood swings and fatigue.

If you find it hard to sleep, the first step to take is to analyze your routine. What time do you go to bed and when do you wake up? What do you do before you go to sleep? Do you go to bed at the same time every day?

Sleep patterns are influenced by our internal body clocks. If you go to bed at a similar time each night, you should find that you get tired when that time approaches. If you’re going to bed at 10 pm one night and 2 am the next, your body clock will be out of sync.

Establish a set routine.

Your environment is another important consideration, especially in the heart of the city. Bright lights and loud noises can make it difficult to drift off.

Try to make sure that your bedroom is as tranquil and serene as possible. Use heavy curtains, shutters or blackout blinds to block light and wear earplugs. Avoid taking phones and laptops into the bedroom and choose soothing colors and soft lighting.

New York is a sophisticated, chic city, which is known for its glamorous residents, as well as its iconic skyline and inimitable atmosphere.

To fit in and ensure you look and feel great in the Big Apple, take these health and beauty hacks on board.

Exercise regularly, enjoy the outdoors and take good care of your skin and hair. Make sure you get enough sleep and be proactive in managing and reducing stress. So, be sure to follow these simple health and beauty hacks!

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What to See in NYC That Aren’t Tourist Traps

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Today we will share with your some amazing ideas of what to see in NYC that aren’t touristy traps. Take a look and let us your what’s your favorite place!

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For years, big, bustling, beautiful New York City has captured the popular imagination. And, it’s not hard to see why. We will share with you today 3 ideas of what to see in NYC that are far away from the touristy scene.

From historic museums and sumptuous restaurants to high-rise office buildings and vast, sprawling parks, there’s something in NYC for every kind of person imaginable.

Maybe you yourself have dreamed of donning a little black dress and a pair of chic women’s tights for a night out at the theater. Or strolling down one of the city’s many bustling shopping streets.

One thing’s for certain: there’s so much to see and do in NYC that just one visit is nowhere near enough.

If you’ve already seen most of New York’s most famous tourist spots, or if you’re simply the type of person who takes joy in wandering off the beaten path, then rest assured that the Big Apple has plenty of secret spots to satiate your curiosity.

Here are 3 ideas on what to see in NYC on your next visit:

The Hispanic Society of America

New York is widely recognized as one of the world’s great cultural centers, not least of all because of its abundance of museums.

Lovers of art and history won’t want to miss the Hispanic Society of America – a hidden gem located west of Broadway in Upper Manhattan.

Designed in the Beaux Arts style, this elegant building’s façade is a feast for the eyes all by itself. But, even that pales in comparison to the treasures contained within.

The Hispanic Society of America houses over 18,000 works of art in a wide array of fields, including painting, sculpture, illustration, and decorative art.

Its collections also span the breadth of human history. It begins with the Paleolithic Era and continues all the way into the 20th century.

Some of the most prominent Hispanic artists in the world have work featured at the museum. Some names include Francisco de Goya, Joaquin Sorolla, Diego de Velazquez, and many others.


Old City Hall Station

For many, the mention of NYC brings to mind images of speeding trains, packed train stations, and people rushing to and fro en route to their next destination.

Most travelers in NYC will use the city’s extensive subway system at least a few times during their stay. It’s one of the fastest and most efficient ways to get around.

What many are unaware of, however, is that a “ghost” subway station exists on New York subway line 6. And, that it’s one of the prettiest subway stations you’ll ever see.

Despite having been closed since 1945, Old City Hall Subway Station is anything but decrepit.

In fact, it’s entirely possible that the very lack of foot traffic through the station has helped it maintain its pristine state over the years.

Its intricate arches, crystal chandeliers, elaborate tilework, and stained glass windows hark back to the New York of a century past.

Actually snatching a glimpse of Old City Hall Station can be something of an adventure in itself. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Transit Museum occasionally offers special tours of Old City Hall Station. But, these are usually reserved for special occasions only.

There’s no guarantee that one will be running during your next visit to NYC, but it’s still worth giving the museum a call if you’d like to participate.

What if you can’t or would rather not take a tour? Then all you need to do is jump on the 6 train and ride it to the end of the route. This train still passes through the station on its way down the line.

You won’t be able to get off and see it up close. But, with proper timing and a little skill, you may just be able to photograph this lovely slice of New York City history.


Rockefeller Center’s Rooftop Gardens

The Rockefeller Center’s iconic central plaza is such a quintessential image of NYC that visitors tend to overlook the buildings surrounding it.

All around the Rockefeller Center stand five Art Deco sibling towers facing outward toward Fifth Avenue.

These somewhat obscure buildings are home to some of New York’s best-hidden green spaces—five elaborate rooftop gardens once collectively known as the “Gardens in the Sky.”

Characterized by ornamental hedges, elegantly manicured topiaries, and huge flowerbeds, these rooftop gardens were intended to be a public attraction when they opened in the 1930s.

Situated high above New York City’s streets, they served for a time as small oases for New Yorkers seeking to escape the chaos of city life for a brief period.

Unfortunately, the gardens proved too expensive to maintain at the time and were eventually closed.

The rooftop gardens at Rockefeller Center are no longer open to the public today, but you can still view three of them from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck.

Another, now known as 620 Loft and Garden, is available to rent for weddings and other celebrations.

It only makes sense that a city as large and diverse as New York City would have surprises around every corner.

The above three sights are just the beginning, so don’t hesitate to explore further and discover even more of NYC’s secret spots.

How to Smoothen Your Move to New York

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Moving to a new city is never easy, but moving to a big one can be even more challenging. So, check out how to smoothen your move to New York City if that’s your next destination!

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Planning to move to New York? You’re not alone. As the greatest city on the planet, New York will always attract dreamers, workers, and just about everyone else.

Yet while the Big Apple’s popularity does help to give it that irresistible charm, it does make things a little more difficult for those who want to make it their home.

It’s harder to fashion the life you want when there are so many people who want the same thing.

But don’t despair. Moving to New York is still very much possible. If you’re moving soon, then take the following tips onboard.

Gather Information

There are some cities where you can just turn up, and figure things out later.

New York is definitely not one of those cities.

It’ll pay to spend some time (or maybe even a lot of time) gathering as much information as you can. The big one will be the cost of living.

You might earn a good salary in your current city, but unless you’re coming from San Francisco, you’ll likely find your income goes nowhere near as far in New York.

It’s also worthwhile reading up on the downsides of living in the city. Some people get an idea of New York from visiting the city, but actually living there is a different experience.

It’s also recommended to read up on the different boroughs and neighborhoods, so you can begin to have an idea of where you might want to live.

Oh! Also gather information of your possible monthly expenses, so you won’t be taken by surprise at the end of the month!


Consider Downsizing

Unless you’re coming to New York with many millions of dollars in the bank, then you can be pretty sure that you’ll be living in a smaller property than where you currently live.

After all, it costs a lot of money to have space in New York! You may find it beneficial to use this as an opportunity to sell your unneeded belongings and downsize your life.

For the items that you do want to keep, leave the transportation of those goods to a company that offers a cross country moving service.

That way, you’ll be able to fly into one of the city’s airports, without having to drive all your goods yourself.

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Sell Your Car

 And talking of driving: it might be best to sell your vehicle before you move. This can be a good way to raise some extra capital for all those expenses you’ll acquire.

Most New Yorkers don’t have a car, and really, thanks to the city’s excellent public transportation system, you really don’t need one anyway.

The subway system connect practically every little part of New York to make an easy commute anywhere, even though you can find some smelly subway carts, rush hours can be intense and late night with homeless sleeping on the seats is (unfortunately) something common.

Having a car in New York City can be quite expensive, aside from the big chance of getting tickets. So, just use public transportation (or Ubers)!


Know It’ll Take Time to Settle In

New York is a big, often overwhelming city. You’re not going to make a circle of friends on your first day in the city, or perhaps even after several months of being in the city.

It’ll take time to settle in and to get used to New York’s energy.

For the first few months, just take the time to get to know your version of the city, and over time, you’ll find that it begins to feel like home.

One of the best tips on making new friends is signing up to your local gym or taking a cooking class. You’ll definitely find like-minded people and start creating your own group of friends.

New York is surely not for the shy and introverts. If you ARE shy and introverts, just try to find groups and sign up to classes. If you’re and extrovert, things can be a bit easier. But, regardless, the city is amazing, and you’ll have the experience of a lifetime living in NYC!

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How to Make Your NYC Apartment More Liveable

It’s definitely amazing to live in a city like New York, but it’s not always easy. So, today we will show you how to make your NYC apartment more livable! Check it out!

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For many people, living in New York City is the only option — there’s nowhere that they’d rather be.

The excitement, the buzz, the culture, and the convenience is something that you won’t find anywhere else.

It’s New York or nowhere, after all!

However, that doesn’t mean that every aspect of New York is incredible. The housing situation can be tough, and unless you’ve got millions in the bank, you’ll probably find that you have to work to make your apartment move liveable.

In this post, we’ll look at some handy tips that’ll ensure you can live in comfort, no matter the size of your NYC apartment or where it’s located.

Get to Know Your Neighbors

There’s a thing in New York, as there is in most big cities, whereby people don’t really know their neighbors. In some cases, they don’t even know their roommates.

But, there are a lot of advantages to getting to do so. You’ll find that things are much easier when you have people next door that can help you out when you need it (and you can help them out).

Plus, it’s just nicer to live in a place where you’re surrounded by friendly faces, rather than strangers.


Create Your Own Environment

You’ll live in New York because you live the buzz of life that the city provides. But also, it’s important to have your own space.

Your apartment should offer a breather from the mania of the outside world. But of course, this won’t automatically happen on its own! You’ll need to make it a reality.

You can do this by adding touches that make your apartment very much feel like your own. For instance, you could add plants, incense, and cozy lighting.


Get the Basics in Order

Life in New York can be tough — you don’t want to make it any more difficult for yourself than it needs to be! While the look and feel of your apartment matters, what really counts is that your apartment functions well.

All the basics should be taken care of. A problem with your appliance can be misery-inducing, especially after a long day at work. You can prevent these problems by learning how to fix basic problems.

If you know how to troubleshoot a leaky fridge, fix a leaky drain, and replace a showerhead, then you’ll be in a good position to keep your apartment working exactly as it should.

For some things, you’ll need to call a professional — but you’ll likely find that you can handle most jobs yourself, with a little bit of knowledge.


Increase Your Security

New York is awesome, yes, but it can also be dangerous.

While it’s highly unlikely that you’ll experience any problems, it’s best not to take any chances.

Investing in your apartment’s security will both make it less likely that you’ll be targeted and give you the peace of mind you need to really relax while you’re at home (and when you’re traveling).

Upgrading your locks and securing any access points will all make you feel safer.

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5 Fun Things to Do in New York City

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Check out 5 super fun things to do in New York City this weekend! We’re sure you’ll have an amazing time exploring the City!

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New York City is an incredible place to explore and experience. So, today we will share with you a couple of fun things to do in NYC with friends or family!

It’s a melting pot of culture, people, and activities.

With so much to do in NYC, deciding what activities to prioritize during your visit can be challenging.

To help you narrow down your options, here are five fun things you should do in New York City that will give you an authentic taste of the city.

#1 Go On a Food Tour

One of the best ways to experience NYC is through its food.

Countless restaurants, bars, and cafes throughout the five boroughs serve up delicious dishes from around the world.

So, if you’re looking for an immersive culinary experience, take a food tour with one of the many expert guides available in the city.

A food tour will take you to some of the most popular eateries in town while providing interesting insights into their history and culture.

Some tours even feature celebrity chefs or allow participants to learn how to make some classic dishes themselves.

#2 Take a Free Walking Tour

New York City has no shortage of attractions and sights worth seeing, but it can be difficult and expensive to cover them all alone.

Fortunately, plenty of free walking tours throughout NYC provide comprehensive explorations of different boroughs or neighborhoods. These guided tours typically last between two and three hours.

They are led by knowledgeable locals who can provide great insight into popular attractions and hidden gems off-the-beaten-path locations.

#3 Join a Cooking Class

Cooking classes are among the best team building activities in NYC and are offered all over the city.

They usually teach attendees how to cook staple dishes like pizza or bagels from scratch.

These classes help you learn new cooking skills and allow you to interact with other locals and learn more about their culture through food.

Not only will this allow you to pick up new cooking techniques, it could also come in handy if you ever want to impress your guests with homemade meals.

#4 Visit a Museum

A trip to NYC would only be complete with visiting some world-famous museums, and there are some amazing under-the-radar museums to explore.

On the other hand, you can’t miss the well-known one like: The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the largest in the United States and contains more than two million works worldwide.

If modern art is more your style, check out the Museum of Modern Art, which showcases some of the best contemporary pieces from today’s most renowned artists.

For a real educational experience, take a tour at the American Museum of Natural History or head to the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum for an interactive look into aviation history.

Or, organize a day-trip upstate to some of the most amazing Contemporary Museums like Dia: Beacon.

#5 Visit Central Park

Central Park is one of the most iconic spots in Manhattan. Even though it’s probably the most well-known attraction in NYC, we never get tired of exploring and talking about it!

There are plenty of things to do here.

Whether strolling around scenic pathways or exploring beautiful gardens filled with lush greenery, Central Park has something for everyone.

If you plan, Central Park often hosts various events throughout the year, such as concerts or family-friendly activities like movie screenings on summer nights, which also make for great photos.

New York City is full of exciting activities that appeal equally well, whether traveling solo, with family, or with colleagues.

The choices are endless! You can easily fill up your itinerary with fun things while visiting New York City without breaking your budget.

Make sure that whichever activity catches your eye fits within your interests so that it truly helps enhance your visit here.

With all these options, there’s no excuse not to have an unforgettable adventure when visiting America’s favorite city.

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Get Fit and Fabulous: The Hottest Workouts in New York City

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Come take a look at some of the hottest workouts in New York City and prepare to get fit and fabulous yearlong!

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Are you looking to get into shape, improve your fitness levels, and feel fabulous? If so, you’re in luck because New York City is home to some of the hottest and most effective workouts around.

Whether you’re just starting out or you are a seasoned fitness enthusiast, these workouts will challenge you and help you reach your goals.

But, with so many options, deciding which ones to try can be overwhelming.

So, read on to discover the hottest workouts in New York City that will have you feeling fit, fabulous, and ready to take on the world.


New York is home to some fantastic bike routes, with more and more people taking to two wheels to get around the city and explore the beauty of the local area.

Cycling is becoming increasingly popular whether you want to explore NYC via urban cycle lanes or go off the beaten track.

New York has everything from the Rockaway Beach Loop to the Hudson River Greenway Loop and even multi-day trails around the Adirondacks.

Just make sure you have the right cycle for your route, be it a road bike or urban cycling, or looking up what is a gravel bike for trails with steeper inclines and better handling on different terrains.

Aqua cycling

Aqua cycling is a unique and challenging workout in a pool.

It’s a low-impact workout that’s easy on the joints, making it an excellent option for those with injuries or arthritis.

The water resistance adds an extra challenge and helps to tone your muscles.

Aquastudio is a famous aqua cycling studio in New York City that offers classes in a heated pool. The classes are led by certified instructors who will guide you through a series of cycling exercises and upper-body movements.

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Workouts

HIIT workouts are a great way to burn calories and build strength in a short amount of time.

These workouts typically involve short bursts of high-intensity exercise followed by short rest periods or low-intensity exercise.

One of the best HIIT workouts in New York City is offered by Fhitting Room.

Fhitting Room offers group classes led by certified trainers who will guide you through a series of exercises using kettlebells, dumbbells, and bodyweight movements.

The workouts are challenging but scalable, making them suitable for all fitness levels.


Yoga is one of the best ways to improve flexibility, balance, and strength.

Sky Ting Yoga is a popular yoga studio in New York City that offers a variety of classes, including vinyasa, restorative, and yin yoga.

The classes are led by experienced instructors who will guide you through a series of poses and breathing exercises. The studio is known for its welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, making it an excellent option for beginners.

Another popular yoga studio in New York City is YogaWorks.

YogaWorks offers a variety of classes, including vinyasa, ashtanga, and Iyengar yoga. The classes are led by experienced instructors who will guide you through a series of poses and breathing exercises.

Additionally, the studio also offers workshops and teacher training programs for those who want to deepen their practice.


SoulCycle deserves a section of its own because it’s one of the hottest workouts in New York City.

It’s is a high-intensity cycling class that combines cycling with upper-body exercises and choreography.

The classes are set to upbeat music and are led by motivational instructors who will push you to your limits.

SoulCycle’s cult following is known for its welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. With locations all over the city, finding a class that fits your schedule is easy.


If you want to get in shape and feel fabulous, New York City is the place to be. There’s something for everyone, from cycling to aqua cycling to HIIT workouts to yoga.

These workouts are challenging but effective and will help you reach your fitness goals.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your workout clothes and get ready to sweat!

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Ways to Have an Enjoyable Move to New York City

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If you have a move on the horizon, then you may already be starting to panic. So, check out a few ways to have an enjoyable move to New York City.

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Moving can be a very stressful experience for some people, and most people feel it to some degree, specially if you’re planning to move to New York City.

However, the severity of the experience can be mitigated by putting into a place a lot of measures.

In fact, if you are prepared and have the right mindset, it can actually be an enjoyable experience. So, let’s find out how you can make your move a lot more fun.

Develop a Positive Mental State

One of the most important things you can do to make the experience enjoyable is to think positively.

Focus on where you are moving to and how you are making a fresh new start. When you go through your things, make it a fun experience.

Take your time and think about all the memories that you made there and all the new memories you will make in the new space. If you like organizing, you can see it as a great way to hone your skills.

If organizing is not your forte, then consider it a challenge.

The more positive spin you can put on the jobs you have to do, the better you will feel, and your mental state will remain steady about the move.

Plan in Advance

The earlier you start the preparations for the move, the easier it will all be. To avoid stress, organization is the key.

Start by creating a long list of tasks that need to be done. These will include contacting your utility companies, contacting insurance companies, etc., and getting a removal firm booked in with a date in stone.

This may be even more vital if you are going to be crossing state lines; consider a firm like interstate moving if this is the case.

With a moving date, you will find you have something to aim for, and you can start creating timescales.

Other things you’ll need is to start decluttering, getting the right packaging, telling the children about the move, informing your families, informing schools, and quitting your jobs (well, at least one of you will if you are a couple), and so on.

There is an awful lot to consider, but if you have the time, then you will be able to remember everything and do it all with time to spare.


This may well be one of the largest jobs and potentially the most difficult job.

If you have a lot of stuff in your home, you may have to go through a pretty hard process of throwing stuff away, selling it, or giving it away. All your clutter cannot go with you.

So, that means you need to grow strong and start getting rid of all the things that you no longer need. In some cases, if you have an attachment issue, you may need extra help. Plus, ask a friend or a family member to help if you are struggling.

Look at this process as a way of cleansing you before you make the move.

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Tips to Manage Mental Health & Big City Life: NYC Edition

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The city never sleeps. Do you? Hype or burnout? Which one is it? Here is how to manage mental health & big city life.

Three people crossing the light in the Streets of New York City

Fellow urbanites – how are you? Really. – A question to be taken somewhat seriously. What lurks beneath the polished, well-dressed surface? Hype? So, how can you manage mental health & big city life?

To call New York City your home, well, it’s a privilege. No price is too high. We can take it. We can take it all.  Job, finances, rent, social life, romantic life, vegan lifestyle, naked yoga – and others.

Well-being? Pro. But how manageable is it? Objectively. Let’s try and be honest; it’s just us here—you and me. No eavesdropping.

Burnout, anyone? Autonomy is a costly affair. Thrive or survive? Mental health problems are exquisitely common in urbanites. Why? Euphemism: absence of balance.

Truth? Self-neglect. How do we go about it? How do we tackle the perpetually hindering obstacles?

Let’s find out. That is how to manage mental health & big city life like a professional.

The Holy Tripod

We know this already. We just tend to forget. Or rather choose to ignore. Balance. What do we mean by it? There are not one, not two, but three planes to a human being: emotional, mental, and physical.

If one collapses, the others will follow. Two-legged tripod? Improbable.

Now, big cities and the holy tripod are a perpetual battlefield. Work, mental effort, push – intellectual strains, and long shifts. Months go by; the body starts withering away.

Track club? – For sure, just not right now. May? June? Maybe. Long hours. Can’t make it. Can’t wait, though. – Can it wait? Can the body wait that long? Our mental health? Our emotional apparatus? – Venting. A mental health must.

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How do we manage mental health & big city life? – Easy. Ready, set, go.

The cliché: exercise

Yes, we know. Exercise advice is so passé. We’re tired of people telling us we need to buy running shoes. But we do. It’s science. (we can’t argue with that, can we?)

Here’s how it works. Vanity first.  Exercise improves our physical appearance, no matter its shape or form. The better we look (“OH, YOU HANDSOME DEVIL” mirror reflection), the better we feel about ourselves—self-esteem, self-confidence, and overall, a healthy Narcissus narrative.

On a physiological level, there’s dopamine, a significant factor. The feel-good chemical is released into our under-the-weather brains as we shed tears and sweat.

Kind and benevolent, this neurotransmitter improves our mood (from downbeat to upbeat), increases motivation, and betters our attention span and memory function.

Addiction recovery experts from Bright Futures Treatment Center report: “Exercise is of paramount importance for sobriety and mental balance.” A walk a day can do wonders. No exceptions.


Close your eyes

(not to be read in a threatening tone) What’s more essential than sleep? Name one thing. Except for air. Too obvious.

To manage mental health & big city life (and get them to work in unison), we must consider interconnectedness. “Cause and effect.” Simple as that.

Without quality sleep, our body starts to shut down. It refuses to cooperate. And we have work to do. Without cognitive capacity, our work and interpersonal relationships begin to suffer. Things begin to crumble down. Prematurely. And incomprehensibly.

Getting the right amount of sleep would increase our brain function, and the “cause and effect” momentum would live to a happier ending: creativity and concentration drive, anxiety resting, and depression at bay—all that jazz.

With noise pollution, crime anxiety, and impossible working hours, it’s hard, not impossible. Find a routine that works for you.

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You know you want it.


Social fort

It goes for us introverts, too. Leave no man behind. Social butterflies or solitary cocoons, human beings are hardwired for connection.

An inherent need gifts us a sense of purpose and belonging. Of course, this doesn’t mean we need to throw ourselves under the party bus if we’re uncomfortable with the idea.

However, having that one (preferably 2?) go-to friend, when the much feared (often unannounced) “night of the soul” unravels is more than crucial. Social activities involuntarily lift the holy tripod.

But, again, party mode is not mandatory. Organizing a night with some high-quality company will suffice. And we don’t even have to drink ourselves to oblivion.

Ever thought about throwing a sober party for once? It’s just as fun (and maybe a bit more awkward at first, but give it an hour). Fearing for your mental health? Try to spend quality time with your friends as often as possible.

Invite novelties

Neophilia – love for new stimuli. Unfortunately, following the same routine (and falling into a rut) is a frequent occurrence. Yes, NYC is no exception.

We walk the same streets, ride the same train, and enjoy happy hour with the same familiar faces, day in-day out. But science says: new experiences improve our mental health

. So, how do we do it? We expand our comfort zone.

Continuous learning is innate to human survival and our well-being; novelties impact our mental apparatus positively, whether we’re strutting new neighborhoods, shaking unfamiliar hands, or simply learning a new skill.

New experiences keep our neural pathways awake. And, come on, it’s NYC. See that new play. Bars? Museums? Concerts? – all things imaginable within arm’s reach. Excuses, much?

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Surprise yourself; try something new.


Solitude hour

“I’m not feeling too social right now.” – Got it. Lose the entourage, and put your running shoes on. Just in case. Is money tight?

Plenty of amazing things we can do for free. Yoga classes, botanical gardens. Looking for some peace in New York City? Try:

  • The Cloisters
  • Green-Wood Cemetary
  • Hayden Planetarium
  • Wave Hill
  • The Rambles, Central Park
  • The basement of the Strand Bookstore
  • The Rose Reading Room
  • Septuagesimo Uno (New York City’s smallest park)
  • Grant’s Tomb, Riverside Park
  • Burp Castle

Final thoughts on tips to manage mental health & big city life

To manage mental health & big city life, we must permit ourselves to whine about all the drawbacks. Articulate your hardships.

Is it uncomfortable? Let it all out.

Finding someone who can nod and validate our experience sends a message: You are not alone.

If you’re dealing with anxiety or depression, contact a mental health professional.

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