<![CDATA[NBC New York - The Scene]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York http://www.nbcnewyork.comen-usTue, 23 May 2017 02:50:07 -0400Tue, 23 May 2017 02:50:07 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Sale Pending for Walt Disney's Technicolor Desert Retreat]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 22:26:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/knbc-walt-disney-palm-springs-house-tn-2.jpg A Palm Springs home where Walt Disney and his wife spent their twilight years is in the process of being sold.

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<![CDATA[Cyndi Lauper's Stamford Estate for Sale at $1.25M]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 18:23:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Cyndi+Lauper+and+house+1.jpg Cyndi Lauper’s home in Stamford, Connecticut, is for sale, listed at $1.25 million. The French Country Colonial-style estate sits on the 1.58-acre property. The 3885-square-foot home's interior was designed by Howard Kaplan, and includes three bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms and three fireplaces.

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<![CDATA[New Rooftop Bars to Check Out in New York City This Summer]]> Mon, 22 May 2017 12:50:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/rooftopgeneric3_WNBC_000000016300035.jpg The most exciting time of the year is upon us. That's right, it's rooftop season.]]> <![CDATA[2017 Cannes Red Carpet]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 05:57:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/TryptichCannes.jpg The 70th Cannes Film Festival opened Wednesday, May 17, in Cote D'Azur amid heightened security measures, restricted access and even an anti-drone system.]]> <![CDATA[April the Giraffe's Baby Is Probably Bigger Than You]]> Sun, 21 May 2017 10:23:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17105735261797.jpg

Watch out, Mom. He'll be bigger than you in no time.

In just over a month, the baby giraffe that gained a following when his mother, April, was pregnant with him, is growing up big and strong.

Tajiri (Swahili for "hope") is now 6-foot-4-inches tall and 200 pounds. The baby stood at 5-foot-9-inches tall when he was born on April 15.

He is happy and doing well with April and his dad, Oliver, at Animal Adventure Park in upstate New York.


The zoo is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

April gave birth to Tajiri on April 15 at the privately owned zoo. It was her fourth calf, but the first for Oliver.

Visitors are expected to flood the zoo for its fifth season after April's pregnancy became the second most livestreamed channel in YouTube history, with more than 232 million live views during a seven-week period.



Photo Credit: Animal Adventure Park via AP
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<![CDATA[America's Favorite Pizza Chain, Mexican Spot, More Revealed]]> Fri, 19 May 2017 09:10:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/torta+thumb.jpg Five Guys dethrones In-N-Out Burger, Starbucks narrowly defeats Dunkin' Donuts and more trends revealed in Harris Poll's latest EquiTrend Study on brand health longevity. This year, more than 100,000 U.S. consumers assessed more than 4,000 brands (including 90 restaurant brands) across more than 450 categories. Click here for details on the methodology and scroll through the photos to see the top restaurant brands of the year in eight major categories.

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<![CDATA[7-Eleven's Bring Your Own Cup Day Returns This Week]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 14:18:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/byocslurpee.jpg

Slurpee fans, rejoice!

7-Eleven is celebrating the start of "Slurpee season" with Bring Your Own Cup Day.

Customers can bring their own cup to fill up with their favorite Slurpee flavor for $1.50 on Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide. 

But don't go grabbing a cooler to fill up just yet. While customers are encouraged to get creative, there are some rules.

Only one clean, watertight container is allowed per person. The container must also fit upright through a 10-inch slot.

7-Eleven's new cinnamon-flavored Pepsi Slurpee will also be available to try during the two-day event.

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<![CDATA[Customers Getting Chance at 'Marshmallow Only' Lucky Charms]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 13:15:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-455979736.jpg

For fans of one classic cereal, your dream has come true: Lucky Charms is giving away boxes full of just marshmallows.

General Mills announced that, starting this month, 10,000 boxes of the sweet treats will be available. You can enter the drawing for one of the coveted limited edition items by entering a 14 digit code found on normal boxes sold in stores.

After entering the code at MarshmallowOnly.com, you are eligible for the contest that runs through December.

In 2015, a similar promotion was organized with just 10 marshmallow only boxes.

The appeal to nostalgia comes as cereal makers are battling a trend toward products with healthier ingredients like yogurt and energy bars, Adweek reported

According to General Mills' most recent annual report, cereal sales were down 1 percent in fiscal year 2016. That percentage grows to 4 percent when compared to 2014 sales.




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<![CDATA[Lucky Charms to Give Away Boxes with Marshmallows Only]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 13:45:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/luckycharms.jpg

General Mills is holding a contest to give away 10,000 boxes of Lucky Charms filled with only marshmallows.

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<![CDATA[200 Nude Models to Descend on Times Square Next Month]]> Wed, 17 May 2017 10:47:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/173*120/7916naked.jpg

Nude and semi-nude people in Times Square, no big deal. 

Two hundred nude people in Times Square ... that's a little less ordinary.

A non-profit called Human Connection Arts said Tuesday it plans a "public art project" called Body Notes on June 9. The event would gather hundreds of fully nude male and female models and let each of them be "painted with a personal message of his or her choosing," the group said in a statement.

Andy Golub, the artist behind the project, is also the founder of NYC Bodypainting Day. In 2011, he and one of his models were arrested during a bodypainting project in Times Square; the city was ultimately forced to pay the model a settlement and Golub was allowed to continue his work

As for the backers, an outfit calling itself the Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society said it is co-sponsoring the event. The group stages topless group readings at parks, mostly recently in Central Park earlier this month. 

A spokeswoman for the society said they had obtained all the necessary permits to hold the event, which will be held on Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets.

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<![CDATA[Frank Lloyd Wright's Home in Chicago Suburb Listed at $1.07M]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 21:37:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/flw+house+thumb.jpg Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Laura Gale house is up for sale in a Chicago suburb.

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<![CDATA[Ducklings Waddle Up New Ramp at US Capitol Reflecting Pool]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 20:33:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cms-%281%294.jpg

Ducklings are in luck! Two new ramps have been installed at the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool to provide easier water access to families of ducks -- and the ducklings have already figured out how to use the new amenity.

Warmer weather has allowed for an increase in the pool's duckling population, but its slanted edge was making it difficult for them to get back into the water.

The Architect of the Capitol consulted with City Wildlife, an organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating animals in the District, and held a design contest to find the best solution to the ducks' problem.

The ducks apparently approve of the ramps. A gaggle of ducklings was shown waddling quickly up the ramp in a short video posted Tuesday afternoon on Twitter.


"Duckling update: Ramp in Use!" read a tweet from the @uscapitol account.

According to the Architect of the Capitol, four families of mallard ducks are   living in the pool. While the ramps are in place to keep the ducks around, officials also warn the public against feeding them.



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<![CDATA[New York Pizzeria Serves Up Massive 2-Foot-Long Slices]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 16:51:27 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/197*120/leahhamptoninstathumb.png A New York pizzeria is going big with its two-foot-long slice of pizza.]]> <![CDATA[Diane Keaton's Former Oceanfront Estate Hits Market for $16M]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 14:40:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/keaton+laguna+beach.jpg A stunning Laguna Beach estate once owned by Diane Keaton is looking for a new buyer to revel in its luxurious serenity. And it can be yours for just a hair under $16 million. Take a look inside. The home is listed with Mike Johnson of Villa Real Estate. See the full listing here.

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<![CDATA[The 'Donut Man' Draws Crowds to His Route 66 Shop]]> Tue, 16 May 2017 03:48:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-566026249.jpg

Nearly every morning since 1972, Jim Nakano has started his day at his Glendora doughnut shop with a cup of coffee and a fresh buttermilk doughnut, NBC News reported.

The two in hand, he greets new and longtime customers as they wait in line picking between the nearly two dozen types of doughnuts The Donut Man sells. He then heads to the back of the shop to taste-test some of his stock, making sure everything is handled with care and fried to perfection.

"I don't eat all the donuts," Nakano told NBC News. "I eat part of it, look at it, and taste it. I look at the consistency."

The Donut Man is located on Route 66 in Glendora, California, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except for major holidays.  



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<![CDATA[How to Make a Black-Eyed Susan]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 18:14:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/blackeyedsusan.jpg

The Black-Eyed Susan is the official drink of the Preakness. Find out how you can make one of your own while watching the race.



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<![CDATA['Venus' Revival Makes a Point About Sexual Exploitation]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 12:34:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/venus+sub.png

Twenty-plus years after its New York debut, the Suzan-Lori Parks drama “Venus” is getting an adventurous revival as part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright’s residency at Signature Center.

With its focus on a woman who was exhibited on the freak-show circuit in 19th century Europe, “Venus” might initially suggest comparisons to “The Elephant Man,” the historical drama about Joseph Merrick. But unlike Merrick, Saartjie Baartman -- who would become known as the “Hottentot Venus" -- wasn’t famous for a deformity, proper.

Rather, she came from the Khoikhoi natives of southwestern Africa, who were observed, as a manner of normal development, to have oversized buttocks. Charles Darwin described examples he’d seen (the genetic condition is called “steatopygia”) as nothing less than a derriere that projects “in a most wonderful manner.”

So, a “deformity”? No. A hindrance in other ways? Yes. Also, as Parks subtly questions here, an opportunity? Well … there’s an argument to be made.

Parks (“Topdog/Underdog”) has always acknowledged that the story of “Venus” is fictionalized, but inspired by Baartman, who was a real woman who worked on the London stage. The author has said she wrote “Venus,” which debuted in 1996, as an exploration of objectification.

“Venus” depicts how the men and women of 19th century Europe have ulterior motives when it comes to the protagonist, be they sexual, financial, academic, or some combination of the three. (The word “hottentot” originates from the clicking sounds made by speakers of the native African language, though today it has taken on derogatory meaning.)

Zainab Jah stars as the African woman seduced by promises of a better life to journey to London, where she’s quickly sold off to “The Mother” (Randy Danson) into a form of entertainment industry slavery. Audiences will remember Jah as the ferocious, self-made warrior from the recent Broadway and Off-Broadway productions of Danai Gurira’s “Eclipsed.”

Jah is marvelous here as a woman imprisoned, yet not wholly a victim. At the start of the two-act, two-hour plus drama, she walks onstage in a neutral colored bodysuit and dons Venus’ costume, with its bulging, exposed breasts and enormous buttocks -- so, we’ve met this Venus first as a contemporary woman with a “traditional” body. It’s an image that will stay with us even after she’s dressed for a different role.

Most of the actors in Signature’s production, which features carnival-like and sometimes too-cluttered direction by Lear deBessonet, play multiple roles. An exception is Kevin Mambo (“Fela!”) as “The Negro Resurrectionist,” a narrator who introduces the story by telling us what we already suspect: Venus is destined for an untimely death.

While the plot progresses in linear fashion, the Resurrectionist counts scenes backward leading toward the Hottentot’s demise at the hands of so-called scientists.

Venus recognizes what the world views as her chief asset, and she does flaunt it, clinging tenuously to the hope it will provide entree to a better life. Her physical appearance is the reason she will try to negotiate better financial terms from “The Mother,” her carny boss, and also why she agrees to move to Paris with a doctor (John Ellison Conlee), who makes her his mistress.

Empowered? Feminist? Pragmatic? In control? Jah’s Venus is all those things in degrees, in spite of the choices she makes, and the choices that are cruelly made for her. In this revival, the Hottentot’s lifelong adult imprisonments are almost -- almost -- besides the point.

“Venus” through June 4 at the Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St. Tickets: $30. Call 212-244-7529.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



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<![CDATA[Girl's Wedding Photos With Burrito]]> Mon, 15 May 2017 13:13:27 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/051217+main+burrito+wedding+photo.jpg What if you loved a burrito so much you married it? A teenager in Loudoun County, Virginia, loved a burrito so much she had beautiful, backlit "wedding" photos taken with it.

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<![CDATA[America's Best and Worst Supermarkets Revealed]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 14:49:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-519742164.jpg Consumer Reports has released its latest supermarket report, which ranks America's best and worst grocery stores.]]> <![CDATA[Man Spends Hours Taking Engagement Photos -- of Wrong Couple]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 13:28:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/engagement+possible+1.jpg A photographer in Arkansas spent half a day capturing majestic engagement pictures of a couple at Whitaker Point (Hawksbill Crag), widely considered the state's most picturesque spot, only to find out he had the wrong couple.

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<![CDATA[How to Write a Good Mother's Day Card]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 12:48:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cardsGettyImages-488591684.jpg

You may not have decided on what to do for Mother's Day. But at least your mom can expect a card. 

Nearly 80 percent of Americans plan on purchasing greeting cards for the special women in their lives, according to the National Retail Foundation. 

If snarky messages are your thing, joking and rude cards abound online. One card on Etsy reads, "I love you more than dad," while another says, "You may have carried me for nine months, but you'll always carry me financially." Others reference giving birth and "ruining" mom's body, while some explicitly say, "I hate you." 

Crafting a more uplifting Mother’s Day card that speaks to you can be a challenge. But don't worry. American Greetings and Hallmark, two of the nation’s largest stationery retailers, have plenty of advice for penning that note. 

Anne McEvoy, a senior writer at American Greetings, said people are finding it pays to be "honest and real." 

She said there’s no way to pinpoint whether a more sentimental card is better than a cheesy, humorous card. But humorous cards often sell more for Father’s Day than Mother’s Day, she said. 

When picking the perfect card for your mom, go the "simple and sincere" route, she says. 

Keely Chace, a Hallmark Master Writer offers tips for writing cards to mothers, mother figures, grandmothers and more in a blog post on the stationery company's site. 

Some of her suggestions for writing out cards for mothers include simple phrases such as: 

"You're my one and only mom, and I'll always have a special place in my heart for you." 

"Sorry if I drove you crazy sometimes. I only did it because I love you!" 

"To my mom, my friend, my angel." 

McEvoy said that when she sits down to write a card, she tries to think of a particular type of mother — but when it comes to crafting a message for your own mother, it all comes down to individual relationships. 

"Nobody knows your mom like you do," she said, "So trust your instincts." 

She added that relationships with people who aren't necessarily a mother, but are like a mother, are important to celebrate, too. Stationery companies offer selections of cards that cover such relationships. 

Some of Chace's recommendations for writing out a card for mother figures include: 

"With love to an amazing lady…from someone who hopes to be one someday." 

"Happy Mother’s Day to an amazing woman I'll always admire, appreciate and love!" 

But as McEvoy said, nobody knows your mother — or mother figures — like you do. So keep it sincere and write from the heart.



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<![CDATA[Leo to Star in Movie About NYPD Icon Killed 108 Years Ago]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 15:17:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dicaprio+petrosino.jpg

Leonardo DiCaprio will star in and executive produce a movie about an NYPD detective killed in the line of duty in Italy more than 100 years ago while on an undercover mission to fight the mafia in America. 

Lt. Det. Joseph Petrosino, the first Italian-American of his rank in the NYPD, was also the first member of the department to be killed on duty on foreign soil. He was shot to death in Sicily by the mafia on March 12, 1909, after responding to a message from someone claiming to be a mafia informant.

It wasn't until 2014, during an unrelated investigation by Italian police, that a mob boss' descendant admitted his relative had been responsible for killing Petrosino, thus bringing closure to the more than century-old unsolved slaying. 

Petrosino, who died at the age of 48, was a pioneer in combating organized crime in the early 1990s and considered to be the NYPD's "secret weapon" when it came to taking down Italian mafia. 

The movie, called "The Black Hand," is based on the book by Stephan Talty. DiCaprio is the executive producer and will star as Petrosino in the film, which is in pre-production and expected out next year. 

NYPD officials, relatives of Petrosino and some Italian-American organizations are expected to speak about the movie Friday in Manhattan.



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<![CDATA[Top 10 NYC Neighborhoods for All You Night Owls]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 07:34:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cms800.jpg

New York City is known as "The City That Never Sleeps" and with that title comes people working around the clock, including the night shift.

So night owls, StreetEasy put together a list of the best neighborhoods for people who work that grave shift.

It incorporates areas with median rent prices below $2,500, commute times, late night train reliability and late night crime rates.

So let’s check out the top 10:

10. Highbridge, Bronx

With easy access to Manhattan and a quick commute – only about 32 minutes to and from Union Square – this neighborhood has a relatively low crime rate and a median rent of $1,625.

9. Ridgewood, Queens

This neighborhood sits off the M train and offers a quick 30-minute commute to Union Square. And to top it off, trains are on time 74 percent of the time. Its pricer rents could set off some people, but it’s close to East Brooklyn nightlife, such as Bushwick and East Williamsburg.

8. Mott Haven, Bronx

This neighborhood on the water and within walking distance to Randall’s Park or Manhattan has a median rent price of about $1,900. It’s a 22-minute commute to Union Square on the 2,4,5 and 6 trains, however it has the lowest on-time rating of any neighborhoods on the list.

7. Woodside, Queens

A bit of a hike to Manhattan, but the R train is a straight shot directly to Union Square. This neighborhood also has access to other trains, the 7 to help get around other parts of Queens and the LIRR.

6. Sunnyside, Queens

This neighborhood has a similar feel to Woodside, and a quicker commute, too. With easy access to the 7 train you can quickly get to Manhattan, however a transfer is necessary but a transfer station at Queensboro Plaza is right on the 7 train’s line.

5. Ditmas Park, Brooklyn

A western Flatbush neighborhood, here you can find the lowest rent price in any Brooklyn. Reliable train service on the Q line that is on time 75 percent of the time and quick 33-minute commute to Midtown. However, this neighborhood does have a slightly higher late-night crime rate than others on this list.

4. Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn

Prospect Lefferts Gardens, or simply PLG, has the lowest on-time train rate of all Brooklyn neighborhoods. It does, however, have a slightly lower crime rate.

3. West Harlem

This Manhattan neighborhood has one of the lowest crime rates after 10 p.m. on this list. With reliable fast train service – under 30 minutes – on the A or D line makes it even more attractive to night owls. It does have one of the highest median rent price coming in a $2,450.

2. Prospect Park South, Brooklyn

Coming in at No. 2 on the list is a neighborhood that many might think fly under the radar. A quick 30-minute commute to Union Square on the Q train and offers low nighttime crime rates.

1. Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn

A somewhat quiet New York City neighborhood, but it’s just a short walk to Park Slope. An average commute is just shy of 30 minutes on the D, N or R trains and to top it off those lines run on time 75 percent of the time. Median rent price comes in at near $2,100 making this neighborhood the best of the 10 on this list.



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<![CDATA[Three New Places to Get a Mouthwatering Breakfast in NYC]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 13:13:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sohosalmon_WNBC_000000016209975.jpg Here's a look at some new New York City restaurants to try if you are looking to start your day with a full stomach and a smile.]]> <![CDATA[5 Things Real Moms Told Us They Want for Mother's Day]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 08:48:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/screenbedcanva.jpg What do moms really want for Mother's Day? That's the question we posed to our viewers on Facebook ahead of the annual holiday.]]> <![CDATA[See Inside Christie Brinkley's Hamptons Home of 18 Years]]> Thu, 11 May 2017 11:25:07 -0400 See the full listing here. ]]> See the full listing here. ]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Living123.jpg Supermodel Christie Brinkley lived in her sublime Bridgehampton home for nearly two decades -- and she spent much of that time adding spectacular amenities to the 20-plus acre estate. Take a look inside. The home is represented by Enzo Morabito of Douglas Elliman. See the full listing here.

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<![CDATA[10 Experience Gifts to Give Mom This Mother's Day]]> Wed, 10 May 2017 14:09:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/waffstraw.jpg Struggling to think of the perfect gift to give mom this Mother's Day? Give her the gift of a memory.]]> <![CDATA[America's 20 Favorite Grocery Stores Have Been Revealed]]> Fri, 12 May 2017 10:11:23 -0400 Wegmans massive stores and reasonable prices helped it land in the top spot on Market Force's list of America's favorite grocery stores. The popular chain scored a 77 percent on Market Force's Customer Loyalty Index.

Here's a look at Wegmans opening in the tri-state area.
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Wegmans massive stores and reasonable prices helped it land in the top spot on Market Force's list of America's favorite grocery stores. The popular chain scored a 77 percent on Market Force's Customer Loyalty Index.

Here's a look at Wegmans opening in the tri-state area.
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Trader Joe’s has been dethroned as America’s favorite grocery store.

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<![CDATA[See Inside: Chris Bosh's Pacific Palisades Estate]]> Tue, 09 May 2017 18:54:59 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Chris+Bosh+Pacific+Palisades.jpg

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<![CDATA[New Dove Campaign for Shaped Bottles Gets Backlash]]> Tue, 09 May 2017 12:56:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dovecampaign_1200x675.jpg

Dove debuted six body wash bottles in different shapes and sizes as part of the company's latest campaign to celebrate women and their bodies.

But rather than celebrate the campaign, social media handed Dove a backlash.

The bottles came in tall, short, round, curvy and straight with a slight, curvy shape. Dove said the unorthodox shapes were in line with its decade long "Real Beauty" campaign portraying and celebrating the diversity of women everywhere. 

"Each bottle evokes the shapes, sizes, curves and edges that combine to make every woman their very own limited edition," Dove said in an online statement."They’re one of a kind–just like you. But sometimes we all need reminding of that."

The statement went on to says its own research revealed that "one in two women feels social media puts pressure on them to look a certain way. Thankfully, many women are fighting with us to spread beauty confidence."

Not everyone was fond of the campaign. Some mocked it for being unrealistic:

Others were a bit more practical and showed concern about their bathroom space:



Photo Credit: Dove
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<![CDATA[Jay Z to Headline The Meadows Music Festival at Citi Field]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 17:29:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Jay-Z-EFE.jpg

Jay Z is headed to Queens for the second annual The Meadows music festival in September. 

The Brooklyn rapper will be headlining the three-day event alongside the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Gorillaz, event organizers announced Monday. 

Queens' own Nas, of Long Island City, and Action Bronson, of Flushing, should also get a warm reception on their home turf. 

Among the 60-plus other acts taking the stage from Sept. 15-17 are Future, Bassnectar, Weezer, Run the Jewels and LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, M.I.A., Erykah Badu, Foster the People and Migos. 

The star-packed roster goes on to include Big Gigantic, TV on the Radio, Two Door Cinema Club, Milky Chance, Blood Orange, Broken Social Scene, De La Soul, Joey Bada$$, Tegan and Sara, Tory Lanez, 21 Savage and many more. 

For the complete lineup, visit TheMeadowsNYC.com. Tickets go on sale Wednesday at noon, starting at $275. 

The festival will also showcase art and feature food vendors and craft cocktails in partnership with The Infatuation, organizers say. 

The event ecomes from the same team behind the Governors Ball Music Festival, Founders Entertainment, who are native New Yorkers.

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<![CDATA[What Do Moms Really Want for Mother's Day? Survey Says ...]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 08:19:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NC_momsday0505_1500x845.jpg

A recent RetailMeNot.com survey reveals what most moms really want for Mother's Day. NBC's Chris Clackum reports.

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<![CDATA[Popular NYC Food Delivery App Shuts Down]]> Mon, 08 May 2017 15:44:18 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/259*120/momofuku+buns.jpg

Maple, the trendy app-based food delivery service backed by David Chang, is done in New York after just a few years. 

In a letter to customers posted on the company's website Monday, co-founders Caleb Merkl and Akshay Navle said operations would cease immediately. Backed by Chang of Momofuku fame, the gourmet startup launched in April 2015 pledged to bring "fresh meals made from the finest ingredients we can get our hands on, all prepared by some of New York's top culinary minds," to your door in roughly 15 minutes. 

Tax and gratuity were included in the $12 lunch or $15 dinner costs, and the customer base exploded fairly quickly. In considering "what's next," though, the co-founders decided they needed to think bigger picture. 

"We set out two years ago with a big idea about a new approach to food delivery and the lofty ambition of turning an industry on its head," the letter said. "Serving thousands of meals daily across Manhattan is no small operational feat, and our team orchestrated this dance with a grace that is rare in the face of such unrelenting expectations." 

As Merkl and Navle sought to evolve, they decided they needed a "partner with scale -- one that would allow us to leverage all that we had built across a broader platform." They found that in Deliveroo, an England-based food delivery company that started from a local office in London and grew to operate in 140 cities (12 countries) across the world. 

"As a result, some members of the Maple team will join Deliveroo operations in London, and our technology will be used to help accelerate growth and efficiency across the platform," the letter says. 

Merkl and Navle didn't indicate whether they expected Maple to return to New York City customers in some form at any point in the future, but simply thanked patrons for their loyalty and referrals.

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<![CDATA[You'll Never Guess the Most Popular Dog Name in NYC]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 11:46:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/95572844.jpg The city has revealed the most popular dog names for 2016, and while two take home top honors for the second year in a row, there are plenty of newcomers – and some odd emerging trends. Take a look for yourself. And ICYMI, these are the top 10 dog breeds in America (you know, just in case you wanted to see more puppy photos).

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<![CDATA[Cinco de Mayo Food and Drink Deals in New York City]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 10:05:08 -0400 Roboppy's Flickr]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/FondaDelSol-8091+LR.jpg

Raise a margarita in honor of Cinco de Mayo!

The annual holiday celebrates the Mexican Army's victory over the French in 1862, but is often celebrated with enticing drink and food deals.

Here are some great Cinco de Mayo specials in New York City:

Camacho's, 118 E. 15 St., is giving away free shots every hour on Cinco de Mayo in addition to the free shots they give out at 11 p.m. nightly.

Davio’s, 447 Lexington Ave., is throwing its first-ever Cinco de Mayo Rooftop Fiesta on its 27th floor terrace.

El Vez, 259 Vesey St., is serving up $9 frozen classic margaritas, pork belly nachos and hamachi ceviche for Cinco de Mayo, in addition to other specials. A live mariachi band will also be playing from 6-10 p.m.

Guac Tacos + Tequila, 179 Avenue B, invites guests to buy four tacos and get the fifth free. They'll also be serving up $5 original and spicy margaritas, $5 Mexican beers, a guacamole flight for $25 and a free large guacamole with an order of five shots.

Hudson Terrace, 621 W. 46 St., is offering free entry to their Cinco de Mayo celebration for guests who say “fiesta” at the door. Guests who arrive before 6:30 p.m. also get a free drink. Specials include two-for-one margaritas, $5 Bud Light & Modelo beers, $8 mango margaritas, $8 tequila shots and $10 cocktails.

NYLO New York City hotel, 2178 Broadway, is celebrating the holiday in a different way with a Frida Kahlo-inspired cocktail. The Instagram-worthy drink will come in a sugar skull glass and a flower crown for $15. The party is from 5 p.m. until midnight.

Treadwell Park, 1125 First Ave., is an Upper East Side bar offering a special of two house-smoked pulled pork tacos, a 21st Amendment El Sully Lager and a shot of tequila for $20.

Haven Rooftop, 132 West 47 St., is hosting a fiesta with $5 tequila shots and $5 Mexican beers. There will also be food specials on tacos, nachos, ceviche, quesadillas and chips & guacamole. The night's festivities will go from 4-11 p.m. and will include a live DJ.

Mundo, 37-06 36 St., will be pouring up their festive signature margarita, the Pachamama. Visitors can jam to music and listen to candid stories of romance performed by Rafa Reyes. The performance starts at 9:30 p.m. in the the Paper Factory Hotel’s Rose Room.

Cantina Rooftop, 605 West 48th St., will be offering specials on ceviche, guacamole and tacos. Diners can also expect drink specials.

Ghost Donkey, 4 Bleecker St., is mixing up signature cocktails like the El Diablo Swizzle and the Paloma. They'll also be serving up delicious drinks from their new frozen drink machine. Guests will leave with party favors like the "Cinco Kit," which contains a mini bottle of tequila, mexican candies and some festive Cinco de Mayo items.

La Fonda del Sol, 200 Park Ave., is offering an all day happy hour in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Happy hour includes $5 drafts, $6 sangrias and $7 margaritas. And if you're feeling hungry, diners can snag $2 tacos from 3-10:30 p.m. in the bar and lounge. There's also something for tequila connoisseurs. La Fonda del Solo is also hosting a tequila tasting with El Gran Jubileo on Friday. The $35 event starts at 6:30 p.m.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Fonda Del Sol]]>
<![CDATA['Amélie' Says Au Revoir to Broadway]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 21:21:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AmelieClosing.jpg

In a crowded Broadway season, the Tony nominations have a way of making or breaking a less-popular new Broadway show. Score big spots in key categories and you can all-but guarantee an extension through June's awards — perhaps even the summer if you pick up a trophy or two.

But snubbed entirely and it becomes challenging to keep momentum going under the wake of the Tonys push — especially if your show doesn't have the strongest reviews, advance ticket sales, or family-friendly appeal.

Such is the case with "Amélie," the new musical based on the 2001 Oscar-nominated film of the same name that opened on April 3. With no nominations coming from Tuesday's Tony announcement, the show will now play its final performance at the Walter Kerr Theatre on May 21. 

At the time of its closing, it will have played just 27 previews and 56 regular performances.

"Amélie" came to Broadway with a buzzy cast, including "Hamilton" breakout Phillipa Soo as its title role, "Peter and the Starcatcher" favorite Adam Chanler-Berat as her love interest, Nino, and Tony nominee Tony Sheldon ("Priscilla, Queen of the Desert") leading an ensemble cast of Amélie's neighbors and co-workers.

It's creative team was equally strong —Tony winning director Pam MacKinnon ("Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"), a book by "The Light in the Piazza" writer Craig Lucas and a score from Daniel Messé (music and lyrics) and Nathan Tyse (lyrics).

Sadly, reviews were tepid from critics and reviewers, including NBC New York's Robert Kahn. In the week leading up to the nominations, the Broadway League reports 'Amélie' only grossed $38.4% of its potential $985,352 gross — filling just 63% of its house.

“It has been an honor and privilege to work with the brilliant, talented team of writers, actors and creatives who have brought 'Amélie' to life for the past two years," producers said in a statement. "We’d like to express our gratitude to all of them, as well as the audiences who have shared the experience with them and with us."

The original Broadway cast recording for "Amélie" will be released digitally on May 19, and in stores on June 9.

Customers with tickets to cancelled performances can contact their point of purchase for refunds or exchanges.



Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA[Here's How You Can Get a Free Frork This Friday]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 13:07:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mcdonalds_frork1.jpg

You've probably heard of the Frork by now, but if you haven't, it's an admittedly "supremely superfluous" utensil McDonald's unveiled this week to help customers scoop up any toppings that may fall as they enjoy one of the fast food restaurant's new premium sandwiches. 

The fork-shaped device has an opening where that can hold up to four french fries, serving as fork prongs. And on Friday, while supplies last, McDonald's is giving them out for free to customers who buy one of the company's new "Signature Crafted Recipes" sandwiches. Nearly 100 locations in the New York area are among the restaurants participating. Find one near you. 

To boot, there's an all-day party at the 220 West 42nd Street McDonald's.

"While the Frork is supremely superfluous, it shows that McDonald's is willing to do whatever it takes to help them enjoy every last bite," Michael Haracz, McDonald's chef, said in a statement announcing the utensil this week.

Legendary TV pitchman Anthony Sullivan starred in McDonald's mock infomercial to announce the creation, which McDonald's billed as a consumer problem-solving product: "Edible, utilitarian and desperately innovative." 

The Frork is compatible with all three of McDonald's new "Signature Crafted Recipes" sandwiches: Pico Guacamole, Sweet BBQ Bacon and Maple Bacon Dijon.

"Will the Frork change your life? Probably not," Sullivan said in the infomercial. "Will the Frork improve your Signature Crafted Recipes eating experience? I mean, sure... maybe."



Photo Credit: McDonald's]]>
<![CDATA[George Takei Returns in 'Pacific Overtures' Revival]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 20:50:11 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PacificOverturesMain.jpg

“Pacific Overtures,” a Stephen Sondheim musical that doesn’t come around very often, opens Thursday night at the Classic Stage Co. The elegant production is directed by John Doyle, the CSC’s artistic chief and the man behind recent revivals of “Sweeney Todd” and “Company,” as well as last season’s stunning reimagination of “The Color Purple.”

Doyle has trimmed Sondheim’s operatic 1976 musical (with librettist John Weidman) down to a single 90-minute act, in the process cutting a couple of songs beloved to purists. The result, though, is a spare and serene story that seems particularly relevant in a day when nations everywhere are reexamining stances on globalization.

“Pacific Overtures” relates the story of Commodore Matthew Perry’s 1853 mission to Japan to open up trade channels. It’s told from the perspective of the Japanese, with the focus on a samurai, Kayama (Steven Eng), and a fisherman, Manjiro (Orville Mendoza), who both become caught up in the westernization of the East.

The title has a second meaning, aside from the musical allusion. It refers to threatening overtures to the island nation by foreign powers such as America.

In one song, “Please Hello,” members of Doyle’s 10-person, all-Asian cast mock Japan’s foppish suitors by wrapping themselves in the flags of the overreaching superpowers and offering their goods: “Und vouldn’t you like a vooden shoe?” a Dutch admiral asks Lord Abe (Thom Sesma).

George Takei, recently seen in “Allegiance,” is here as a narrator figure, “The Reciter,” who truth be told is only minimally involved in Doyle’s proceedings. The fine cast also includes original “Avenue Q” star Ann Harada, who delivers a hysterical “Welcome to Kanagawa,” in which she teaches prostitutes how to please Americans.

The contemplative tone of the production is established with the opening number in which the Japanese sing of “The Advantages of Floating in the Middle of the Sea.”

“Pretty Lady,” one of my favorite songs from the score, is handled beautifully, with the slaying of British soldiers at song’s end left mostly to the imagination.

The actors wear modern clothes. The simple white stage curls up at one end, representing the parchment on which the original commerce treaty between Japan and America was written.

Given the spare directing, much of the action is conceptualized. In one scene, a group of actors come together wearing scarves imprinted with ocean wave designs by Katsushika Hokusai, and then they combine the pieces of fabric to create the idea of a boat sailing on the ocean.

“Pacific Overtures” is a complicated musical, even by Sondheim standards. But Doyle has shaped a delicate production that’s comparatively easy to parse. One last point: Unlike the director’s other Sondheim interpretations, no one in the cast plays instruments. Here, there’s a separate nine-person orchestra.

“Pacific Overtures,” through June 18 at Classic Stage Co., 136 E. 13th St. Tickets: $70 and up. Call 212-352-3101.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



Photo Credit: Joan Marcus]]>
<![CDATA['Harry Potter' Headed to Broadway Next Spring]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 12:08:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/HarryPotterPlayLondon.jpg

It took Britain's Olivier Awards by storm, breaking records with nine wins including best new play, and now "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is flying across the pond to conquer its next battle: Broadway.

The "Harry Potter" sequel stage play, by Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany, will open at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Preview performances, casting and all further details will be announced in the coming months.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Thorne and Tiffany, 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" picks up years after Rowling's popular "Harry Potter" books left off. It tells the tale now of Harry as an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, husband, and father of three school-aged children — including youngest son Albus who struggles with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.

The production is one play presented in two parts — intended by its authors to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings.

Tickets will go on sale in the Fall via the official website only. Details of how and when tickets can be purchased will be released soon.

To learn more and to sign up for the mailing list for ticket alerts , visit www.HarryPotterThePlay.com.



Photo Credit: Manuel Harlan]]>
<![CDATA[See Inside Sting's Majestic, Unique NYC Duplex, Now for Sale]]> Fri, 05 May 2017 16:31:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sting+penthouse.jpg Sting's stunningly unique duplex penthouse on Central Park West has hit the market. And the legendary musician has poured more than a bit of his own character into the design. Take a look inside. See the full listing with Sotheby's International Realty here.

Photo Credit: Andrew Kiracofe]]>
<![CDATA[You Need an Appointment to Try This Exclusive $38 Pizza]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 11:28:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/sofiapizzadoughdici.jpg

We know New Yorkers love their pizza, but would they pay $38 for it? 

The answer is apparently yes. 

Manhattan’s popular Sofia Pizza Shoppe is serving up the pricey pie and you need to purchase a ticket ahead of time to get a taste. 

So, what’s so special about this exclusive pie? The DoughDici has a puffy crust that has been compared to a soufflé, according to one of Sofia Pizza Shoppe’s owners, Thomas DeGrezia. 

The 2-inch crust is then delicately topped with the shop’s own marinara, homemade fresh mozzarella and high-end grated cheeses. 

“It’s a pie for real pizza lovers,” DeGrezia said. “It’s a special pie. It’s not meant to be had every day ... it’s very decadent.” 

And even if you wanted to have the pie every day, you couldn’t. 

DeGrezia said he wakes up at 6 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, the days the DoughDici is served, to start the process of making three of the special pies. 

Two of the pies are for the two seatings available by appointment on those nights and one pie is for DeGrezia and his family. 

After letting the dough rise for six hours in a very specific corner of the pizza shop, which DeGrezia describes as tiny but “perfect,” the process of checking on the dough every 30 minutes begins and lasts for another six hours. After a total of 12 hours, the pizza is ready to be placed in the oven. 

“This is something we do for passion,” DeGrezia said, noting that despite the pizza’s high cost, the shop isn’t making much, if any, return on it because of the even higher cost of ingredients used in the pie. 

Those interested in getting their hands on one of these pizzas have until the end of summer to try to make an appointment, according to DeGrezia. 

The DoughDici is served in-house on Mondays and Wednesdays to two lucky parties. 

DeGrezia said diners can bring as many people as they want with them, but the pie only comes with six slices. 

If you want to take a shot at getting an appointment, tickets are available here. 

After the summer, Sofia Pizza Shoppe will announce surprise seatings on its Instagram and Facebook page, according to DeGrezia.



Photo Credit: Courtesy of Sofia Pizza Shoppe]]>
<![CDATA[See Inside Mary J. Blige's Stunning $8.8 Million NJ Estate]]> Thu, 04 May 2017 09:25:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/blige+thumb.jpg Singer Mary J. Blige's stunning four-acre New Jersey estate is still on the market, and with just an $8.8 million asking price, it's a far better bargain than she got when she bought it nine years ago. Take a look inside. See the full listing at NJ Lux Real Estate.

Photo Credit: Listing agent -- Joshua Baris/NJLUX.com]]>
<![CDATA[Tony Awards 2017: The Biggest Nominations Snubs]]> Tue, 02 May 2017 15:57:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GlennCloseRichardHubertSmith.jpg The 2017 Tony nominations were filled with surprises — including some very serious snubs.

Photo Credit: Hubert Smith]]>
<![CDATA['Beats the Traffic': Karlie Kloss Takes Pedicab to Met Gala]]> Mon, 01 May 2017 22:07:47 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/212*120/GettyImages-675618534.jpg

Rush-hour traffic in New York City is rough.

Now add a star-studded fête, a swarm of star-gazing fans and a queue of luxury SUVs lining the city streets, and Manhattan is paralyzed.

Getting to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side for the Costume Institute's Met Gala Monday evening proved difficult for many celebrities. Gala guests are given staggered arrival times, and showing up to the red carpet un-fashionably late could land you on Anna Wintour's bad side. 

So what's a celebrity to do?

If you're Karlie Kloss, you hop on a pedicab. The model zoomed to the Met, cutting through Central Park, on a pedicab to avoid the standstill traffic. “Riding in style,” Kloss, in full hair and makeup, says in a video posted on Twitter, adding "beats the traffic."

“When there's too much traffic en route to the #MetGala, you take a pedi cab,” the supermodel wrote.

And the open-aired bicycle-powered ride didn’t ravage her look. Kloss stepped on the red carpet donning a Carolina Herrera dress and a flawless coif.

Actress Mindy Kaling, who arrived in a blue embroidered Prabel Gurung gown, told New York Times reporter Jacob Bernstein, “I took the 6 (train) from Nolita.”



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[McDonald's Unveils the Frork]]> Tue, 02 May 2017 06:19:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mcdonalds_frork1.jpg

McDonald's has unveiled a "supremely superfluous" utensil designed to help customers scoop up any toppings that may fall as they enjoy one of the fast food restaurant's new premium sandwiches. 

It's called a Frork.

The fork-shaped device has an opening where that can hold up to four french fries, serving as fork prongs.

"While the Frork is supremely superfluous, it shows that McDonald's is willing to do whatever it takes to help them enjoy every last bite," Michael Haracz, McDonald's chef, said in a statement.

Legendary TV pitchman Anthony Sullivan starred in McDonald's mock infomercial to announce the creation, which McDonald's is billing as a consumer problem-solving product: "Edible, utilitarian and desperately innovative." 

The Frork is compatible with all three of McDonald's new "Signature Crafted Recipes" sandwiches: Pico Guacamole, Sweet BBQ Bacon and Maple Bacon Dijon.

"Will the Frork change your life? Probably not," Sullivan said in the infomercial. "Will the Frork improve your Signature Crafted Recipes eating experience? I mean, sure... maybe."

Frorks will be given away at participating McDonald's nationwide on May 5 to customers who buy one of the new sandwiches.



Photo Credit: McDonald's]]>