<![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-usSun, 22 Oct 2017 08:27:56 -0400Sun, 22 Oct 2017 08:27:56 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Pups in Costume at the NYC Halloween Dog Parade]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:22:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-8647446121.jpg More than 500 animals attended the 27th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Nutritionists Rank Halloween Candy from Better to Worst]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:47:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_070930054765.jpg

Some Halloween treats are trickier than others when it comes to sugar and calories. Here's a better way to dip into your kids' candy stash.

NBC News worked with experts to size up the nutritional labels of some of the most popular Halloween candies, with a strong focus on calories, portion size and sugar content, so you can make better choices in the lead-up to Oct. 31. (To keep things in perspective, the American Heart Association recommends limiting added sugar intake to 37 grams for men and 25 for women per day.)

Top Picks

Nutritionist Pick #1: Trolli Sour Bit Crawlers 

One serving — eight pieces — of these brightly colored gummy worms comes in at 100 calories and 14 grams of sugar.

Nutritionist Pick #2: Snack-Size Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

A single peanut butter cup has 110 calories and 11 grams of sugar.

Nutritionist Pick #3: Charms Blow Pop

Although this lollipop with gum in the center has 13 grams of sugar, it’s only 70 calories.

The Best and Worst of the Rest (In That Order)

Snicker Miniatures

Twix Caramel Cookie Bars Mini

Kit Kat Minis

Twizzlers Strawberry Twists

Tootsie Roll Minis

Brach's Candy Corn

<![CDATA['Bearded Bakers' Bring Epic Dessert Party to NYC]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:59:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/knafeh+ny+guys.JPG

At Knafeh New York, you'll find only the eponymous dessert on the menu. It'll be served by men in white dancing to thumping music inside a tricked-out shipping container.

Yes, there's a lot to process for an eatery that sticks to a one-item menu. 

The knafehs are being dished up at the first New York outpost of the Australian bakery, which has made appearances at the Queens Night Market and the 3rd Avenue Festival in Bay Ridge.

As you order your knafeh, you'll see the so-called bearded bakers ladling batter into plates, spritzing rose water wash with grand arcs of the arm, and drizzling syrup with flourish, all making for entertaining dessert theater. But it's interactive, too: they dance and beat on drums and jump over the counter to dance with the crowd as music plays. 

The creamy knafeh is then presented in a small pie plate, the top torched over so that it's like a creme brulee, complete with a sweet crunchy coating that cracks open with the most satisfying of whacks. 

While a sweet staple all across the Middle East, this particular recipe for knafeh happens to be created by founder Ameer El-Issa's mother back in Sydney. It became a cult hit when it landed on the menu at a restaurant he was helping to open at the time, and when the restaurant became overwhelmed by the demand, El-Issa decided to create a concept space devoted exclusively to the dessert.

He drew on his background as an architect and an old dream of creating something out of shipping containers (he'd done a case study on them while in school) -- and the box-based Knafeh bakery was born. 

The Knafeh New York shipping container was outfitted in Sydney and shipped from there over water, taking six weeks to arrive in New York. It's been open for business for about a month here, and also has locations in Sydney, where it launched three years ago, and in Melbourne. 

El-Issa, whose father was born in Jerusalem and mother in Jordan, says he comes from a family where "we were always surrounded by food and people," and learned the pleasure of eating was just as much about the experience as the product.

There's no rhyme or reason to how they have fun, El-Issa says -- they just go with the flow, and the music they play follows no set playlist. There's a bit of European and Middle Eastern music, there's some hip-hop and R&B, there are classic American standards. 

"We feel like it's very hard to have knafeh and not be happy," El-Issa said simply.

Knafeh New York been set up at the Queens Night Market the past few Saturdays, and will be there again for the last weekend of the season, on Oct. 21. 

Knafeh has also set up shop in Bay Ridge the past few Sundays and made other appearances around town. It will head across the Hudson to New Jersey on the weekend of Oct. 28 and 29. 

"Queens has been amazing, Brooklyn's been incredible," El-Issa said of the month that he's been in New York so far with the entire Knafeh team from Sydney (including his mother).

He's hoping to eventually recruit local "bakers and shakers" to start running the shop, then has his eyes set on expanding internationally.

"Once we can make it in New York, we can make it anywhere." 

To see where Knafeh will set up next in New York, follow them on Facebook and Instagram

Photo Credit: @knafehnewyork/Instagram
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<![CDATA[$1,000 Bagel Is Back in New York City]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:52:02 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/WNYTS-Bagel-4.jpg

The $1,000 bagel is back in New York City.

The Westin New York hotel in Times Square is offering the extravagant bagel for a limited time next month, 10 years after it was first introduced on the menu.

The bagel, from New Yorker Bagels, will be dressed in Alba white truffle cream cheese, topped with goji berry-infused Riesling jelly and flaked with golden leaves.

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Pound for pound, the white truffle is the second most expensive food in the world, after caviar, according to a spokeswoman for the hotel. The delicacy is grown in the Alba region of Italy beneath certain oak trees, and trained dogs or pigs are necessary to locate them.

Production of the truffles is extremely limited, and they're in season from late autumn to winter. The spokeswoman says the Alba white truffles are the "star" of the bagel creation and the main contributor to the four-digit price tag. 

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Tax and tip are included in the $1,000 bagel, which is available for order via 24-hour room service or at the hotel's Foundry Bar during breakfast hours. 

A spokeswoman for The Westin says ever since the $1,000 bagel made its first brief appearance in the fall of 2007, "requests for this over-the-top bagel have come in yearly without fail." 

"Considering how pricing has risen in the past decade (try buying an apartment for the same price as it was in 2007), this bagel at its introductory cost is nearly a deal," says the hotel. 

But the bagel buyers needn't feel too bad about such a lavish expense -- 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.

The $1,000 bagel will be offered from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 and must be ordered 24 hours in advance. 

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<![CDATA[Rock Star's Palatial Central Park Penthouse Sells for $50M]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:50:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sting+penthouse.jpg Sting's stunningly unique duplex penthouse on Central Park West is now off the market, having sold for a whopping $50 million, according to Page Six. The legendary musician poured more than a bit of his own character into the design. Take a look inside. See more homes for sale with Sotheby's International Realty here.

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<![CDATA[Neiman Marcus Launches 2017 Fantasy Gifts Catalog]]> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:11:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/2017-nm-fantasy-gifts.gif

Neiman Marcus launched their annual Christmas Book of fantasy gifts for the 2017 holiday season on Tuesday, with the least expensive item being an Omy Coloring book for $9 and the priciest a private New Year's party for $1.6 million.

Company officials revealed this year's catalog at Park Place Premier Collection dealership in Dallas, saying the items were curated from hundreds of submissions.


“These gifts will exceed expectations through exceptional experiences and one-of-a-kind objects that only Neiman Marcus can curate,” said Jim Gold, president and chief merchandising officer for Neiman Marcus Group.

The 300-page 2017 Christmas Book features more than 780 holiday gifts. Nearly 50 percent of the items are under $250.

The most expensive fantasy gift is a private New Year's party for you and 299 of your closest friends atop New York's Knickerbocker Hotel, with $80,000 of the $1.6 million price tag being donated to charity.

This year's catalog also includes "an aerial photo session with Gray Malin, a pampering experience in Paris with Sisley, and a bespoke handbag collection and Parisian experience with Olympia Le-Tan."

The “Yours & Mine” Fantasy Gift is a pair of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited-Edition Dawns in two color options.


First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts.

"There’s something that creates that wit and whimsy that only Neiman Marcus can create for our customers. We work all year round with a team of our associates to come up with and create these experiences like none other. Something that will really surprise and delight our customers," said Vice President Neiman Marcus Corporate Communications Mimi Sterling.

Among this year's fantasy gifts is one promising to give back 100 percent of its proceeds. Dallas based Paper for Water's origami ornaments are $50, which its young founders say can provide water for someone for a lifetime.

“Without water you can’t live. You can’t work. It also enables kids to go to school because they don’t have to spend their whole day hauling water. They try to position the wells so that nobody has to walk more than 30 minutes to get clean water. That’s just a huge time saver, and it enables people to start businesses and try to get out of poverty,” said Katherine Adams.

A portion of all other fantasy gifts will be donated to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which provides art education for kids.

MORE: Neiman Marcus Christmas Book

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<![CDATA[The Most Terrifying Haunts in the Tri-State This October]]> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 17:37:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Headless+Horseman+thumb.jpg From a paranormal hotel in Brooklyn to a hayride on an eerie family farm, there are plenty of haunted attractions to check out across the tri-state this Halloween season.

Photo Credit: Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses]]>
<![CDATA[Arby's Rolls Out Venison, Elk Sandwiches]]> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:18:36 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/arbAP_16300617472964.jpg

Arby's announced Wednesday that it will be selling its venison sandwich at all 3,300 restaurants nationwide starting on Oct. 21, after releasing it in five states last year.

The sandwich features a thick-cut venison steak marinated in garlic, salt and pepper and cooked sous-vide for three hours, "Today" reported. The meat is then topped with onions and a juniper berry sauce, all served on a toasted roll. The sandwich will only be available while supplies last.

The nationwide rollout comes after Arby's sold it in 17 locations — most of them  in popular deer-hunting hot spots like Wisconsin, Tennessee and rural Pennsylvania — last fall.

Arby's also will be selling an elk meat sandwich in just three locations in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana.

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<![CDATA[22 of the Most Unique, Glamorous Looks From NY Bridal Week]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:48:20 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bridal+week+fashion.jpg

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<![CDATA[Smithsonian Accepts Donation of 'The Walking Dead' Artifacts]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:29:03 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*213/ET2017-14025.jpg The Smithsonian National Museum of American History has accepted artifacts from AMC’s award-winning television series “The Walking Dead." Cast members, including Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Andrew Lincoln and Lennie James, attended the donation ceremony and presented some props that viewers may recognize from the past seven seasons.

Photo Credit: Hugh Talman, Smithsonian]]>
<![CDATA[46 Local Pizzas Land on Annual List of America's Best]]> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:01:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*160/emmy+squared+roofiesony+instagram.jpg If you live in the tri-state area, it should come as no surprise that nearly half of America's best pizzerias are located in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.]]> <![CDATA[See Inside Jennifer Lopez's $27 Million Penthouse]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 21:49:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/JLO+NYC+PAD+THUMB1.jpg Jennifer Lopez has put her $26.95 million Midtown penthouse on the market. See what realtors have listed as a "crown jewel" duplex.

Photo Credit: Evan Joseph]]>
<![CDATA[Comic Con Fan Pics]]> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 10:59:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/wwoman-859152448.jpg New York Comic Con brings some of New York's biggest comic book and pop culture fans under one roof.

Photo Credit: John Lamparski/WireImage]]>
<![CDATA[One NYC Neighborhood Ranks Among the 10 Coolest in America]]> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:02:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/203*120/frelard+maciek+lulko+flickr1.jpg These are the top 10 of those neighborhoods to visit in the United States. A neighborhood in Brooklyn scooped up one of the spots.

Photo Credit: Maciek Lulko/Flickr]]>
<![CDATA[Your Guide to the 2017 Hamptons International Film Festival ]]> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:32:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/hamptons+film+fest.png Are you planning ahead? We’ve rounded up all you needed to know about attending the 25th annual Hamptons International Film Festival this fall.
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<![CDATA[5 Great Deals in Honor of National Taco Day]]> Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:16:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/tacos-1613795_1920.jpg

Forget Taco Tuesday, it's all about Taco Wednesday this year.

That's right, Oct. 4 is National Taco Day and restaurant chains across the tri-state are celebrating with some tasty deals.

Here's a look at five of them:

Taco Bell: Taco Bell is encouraging customers to spread the love this National Taco Day with a $5 gift set. The gift set includes four tacos: a Crunchy Taco, a Nacho Cheese Doritos Locos Taco, a Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco and a Fiery Dorito Locos Taco.

On the Border: Participating On the Border locations are serving up 50 cent tacos for customers dining in Wednesday. You can find a location near you here

Chevys Fresh Mex: Chevys is giving out free tacos for a year at some locations in honor of National Taco Day, but there's a catch. Participating restaurants are adding the "Titan Taco" to their menu for the holiday and inviting diners to participate in the "No Mas Taco Challenge." The first five challengers at each location to finish the $30, four-pound taco will win free tacos for a year. 

California Tortilla: California Tortilla, which has locations in New Jersey, is offering up buy one, get one free tacos in honor of National Taco Day Wednesday. There is a limit of five free tacos per person. 

Qdoba: Customers can receive a free drink or free chips and salsa when they sign up for Qdoba's loyalty program on National Taco Day. Find locations near you here

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<![CDATA[White House Turns Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month]]> Sun, 01 Oct 2017 22:32:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/PinkWH.jpg

The White House lit up a bright shade of pink Sunday night to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

First lady Melania Trump tweeted a photo of her hot pink view from inside the White House, saying, "In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month we lit the @WhiteHouse pink!"

In a statement, Trump encouraged women to talk to their doctors about mammograms and what they can do to reduce their risk of getting the disease.

"More than 250,000 American women and 2,000 men will likely be diagnosed with some form of breast cancer in 2017. Because of early detection and improved treatment options, deaths from breast cancer have decreased significantly in the last decade, but there is still work to be done," read a statement from the White House.

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<![CDATA[Beyoncé and Jay-Z Buy $26M Mansion on Long Island]]> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 16:11:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/JAYZ+BEYONCE+HOME+EAST+HAMPTON.jpg Take a look inside the historic, 12,000-square-foot home music-mega-couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z reportedly bought in East Hampton for $26 million.

Photo Credit: AP/Jeffrey Colle]]>
<![CDATA[Portraits of New York in the 1930s ]]> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 20:52:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/thumb+mcny.jpg Photographs from 1930s New York City capture a time of scarcity but also show a dynamic urban landscape gearing up for the economic and social whirlwind of the mid-20th century.

Photo Credit: Federal Art Project/MCNY]]>
<![CDATA[Taylor Swift's Unique West Village Rental Gets a Price Cut]]> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 18:32:29 -0400 the full listing with Corcoran here. ]]> the full listing with Corcoran here. ]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/23+CORNELIA_10.jpg Taylor Swift rented a charming carriage house in the heart of the West Village for a time last year while her Tribeca apartment was being renovated, according to published reports. We first told you about the listing in April, when the "exceptional and unique" home hit the market for $24.5 million. Now it's had a price cut, so it can be yours for even less. You can see the full listing with Corcoran here.

Photo Credit: The Corcoran Group]]>
<![CDATA[Look Inside: NYC's Incredibly Opulent 'Oscar Wilde' Bar]]> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:23:23 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CMC_4352.jpg This recently opened 'Oscar Wilde' bar in New York City is dedicated to the famous author, and has been lavishly decorated to celebrate the excesses of the Victorian era. ]]> <![CDATA[10 Great Deals for National Cheeseburger Day]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:47:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/costcohamburgerthumbnail.jpg

Attention, Cheeseburgers lovers! Monday is National Cheeseburger Day and restaurants across the country are serving up tasty deals in honor of the national holiday.

Here are 10 deals for you:


Please read all coupon details and call your local store to make sure the offer is eligible for your location.

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<![CDATA[Oreo's Latest Limited-Edition Flavor Is About to Hit Stores]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 10:32:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/OREO+Cookie+Butter.jpg

Oreo is about to release a limited-edition cookie butter flavor in time for the fall season. 

"Today" reports the Cookie Butter Oreos will be available in stores nationwide beginning Monday. 

The actual cookies are graham-flavored, and the cream filling is cookie butter-flavored. 

"Today" notes the popularity of cookie butter has skyrocketed in the past few years, particularly among the Trader Joe's set addicted to cult-favorite Speculoos Cookie Butter.

(Trader Joe's, incidentally, has its own version of the cookie butter cookie.) 

A listing for Cookie Butter Oreo sandwiches on sites like Target confirm the existence of the cookies -- though they're not available to order just yet. 

In the meantime, Oreo's fall favorite flavors are still being sold: apple pie, pumpkin spice, mocha, red velvet and even orange-flavored Halloween. There's are also the salted caramel and coconut Oreo thins. 

Photo Credit: Nabisco
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<![CDATA[15 NYC Events to Put on Your Fall To-Do List]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:03:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/6f3781dfe91842ed90bd77eb91ed2f08.JPG.jpg

Grab your scarves and pumpkin-flavored everything, New Yorkers! 

Autumn is almost here and New York is brimming with events celebrating food, art, nature and culture. From food festivals and Halloween parades, to art fairs and scenic hikes, there is no shortage of fun things to do this season.

We've found 15 great events happening in and around the Big Apple this fall. 

1. Taste Some of the Best Street Food in NYC at the Vendy Awards

Find out for yourself which publicly nominated vendor is the best by sampling unlimited food and beer at the 13th annual street food competition.

(Sept. 16) Price: $100

2. Unite with Bookworms and World-Renowned Authors at the Brooklyn Book Festival

You might bump into your favorite author at the Brooklyn book festival, the largest free literary event in New York. From international stars to emerging authors, this festival is book lover’s dream.

(Sept. 17) Price: Free

3. Enjoy a Day Full of Beer, Music, Science and Art at the New York Botanical Gardens Blues, Brew, and Botany

Sample beer, listen to music and learn from experts about the science behind it all while taking in views of CHIHULY sculptures in a garden landscape.

(Sept. 23-24) Price: Non-Members $43, Members $15

4. View Artwork From Around the World in a Historical Setting at the 10th Annual Governor's Island Art Fair

Featuring works of 100 carefully selected artists from around the world, this unique art fair encourages conversation between artists and visitors. It was originally launched by 4heads, an artist-run non-profit organization that recognized the cultural importance of Governors Island.

(Weekends from Sept. 2 - Oct. 1) Price: Free

5. Enjoy Everything Vegan at the New York Vegan Food and Drink Festival

You may not realize the cheese isn’t real! Even non-vegans can enjoy this vegan food festival, featuring 100 of the top local and international vendors. Attendees should expect the very best comfort food, wine, beer and more--all 100 percent vegan.

(Oct. 1) Price: $10

6. Celebrate All Things Fall at the Kickoff to Fall at Queens County Farms

Nothing says fall more than fresh apple cider, pumpkin patches and a home-baked pie. Celebrate the start of autumn with the whole family at Queens County Farm, where you can listen to live country music, get lost in the Amazing Maize Maze and pick your favorite pumpkin.

(Oct. 1) Price: Free 

7. Experiance Munich in NYC at Oktoberfest

You don’t have to travel across the country to enjoy authentic German beer, live music and everything that makes the genuine Oktoberfest atmosphere. You can experience it right here in New York, with some of the best food and steins while taking in breathtaking skyline views of the city.

(Sept. 15 - Oct. 2) Price: Free

8. Enjoy a Great Meal With an Even Better View at Rooftop Reds' Harvest Dinner

The only thing better than a delicious meal and good wine is delicious meal and good wine with a gorgeous view. New York City's only rooftop vineyard is hosting a farm-to-table Harvest Dinner on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. The event includes a wine reception and a four-course dinner with wine pairings for each course. 

(Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.) Price: $150

9. Eat and Drink Wine For a Good Cause During The New York City Wine and Food Festival

Imagine drinking the finest wine and indulging in delicious dishes made by celebrity chefs while simultaneously helping end world hunger. This Food Network- and Food & Wine Magazine- sponsored event donates all proceeds to charity and has raised millions for those in need. All you have to do is eat and drink all you can.

(Oct. 12 - 15) Price: $40-$300

10. But First, Coffee..and Then Some More at the New York Coffee Festival

The New York Coffee festival gives you unlimited access to more than 100 exhibitors, along with interactive workshops, seminars and demonstrations from world-class baristas. Enjoy multiple cups of joe, live music, art exhibitions and street food at this festival that donates all profits to Project Waterfall, an organization bringing clean water to coffee-producing countries.

(Oct. 13 - 15) Price: $24.50

11. See New York Like You've Never Seen it Before at the Open House New York

Open House New York provides the public with access to extraordinary architecture and off-limits sites just for the weekend. Open House New York celebrates the planning and urban design of the city as well as the people who help build and preserve it.

(Oct. 14 and 15) Price: Free

12. Enjoy Cider All Over the City During New York City Cider Week

Enjoy fresh craft cider at your favorite restaurant, bars and retail shops all across New York City. Cider Week also includes free tastings, dinners and classes.

(Oct. 20 - 29)

13. Watch Hundreds of Dogs All Dressed Up at the NYC Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

You might find a princess Pomeranian or a rock-star Rottweiler at the country’s largest Halloween Dog Parade. If a park full of dogs doesn't sounds irresistible enough, this community fundraiser will have a runway competition and the winner will receive thousands of dollars in prizes.

(Oct. 21) Price: Free, Suggested donation is $5

14. Step into an Immersive Photographic Village at Photoville 

Freight containers were transformed into into galleries to make this one of a kind photo festival. Featuring indoor and outdoor exhibitions, the event includes talks, hands-on workshops, nighttime programming, a beer garden, food vendors, picturesque views of the city and more.

(Sept. 13 - 17 and 21 - 24) Price: Free

15. Make a Statement at the NYC Village Halloween Parade

Put on your boldest makeup, craziest wig or spookiest outfit! The 44th New York City Village Halloween parade invites only those in costume to an unforgettable night featuring hundreds of giant puppets, more than 50 bands, dancers, artists and thousands of New Yorkers showing off their own unique and creative disguise. 

(Oct. 31) Price: Free

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<![CDATA[63 Years Later, Marilyn's NYC Skirt Photo Still Spellbinds]]> Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:43:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/marilyn+ap+anniversary.jpg On Sept. 15, 1954, photographer Sam Show captured the iconic "flying skirt" image of Marilyn Monroe.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[A Look Inside North Jersey’s Fanciest New Movie Theater ]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:42:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*120/image4amcdinein.jpg AMC Theatres has opened a new, “Ultra Lux” dine-in theater in Hackensack, New Jersey, at The Shops at Riverside.]]> <![CDATA[See Inside Celeb Couple's Chic Brooklyn Home, Now on Market]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:03:38 -0400 according to Curbed. Now it's back on the market for $8 million. The property is listed by Corcoran agents Karen Talbott and Kyle Talbott. You can see the full listing here. ]]> according to Curbed. Now it's back on the market for $8 million. The property is listed by Corcoran agents Karen Talbott and Kyle Talbott. You can see the full listing here. ]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Photo+Apr+0411+05+17+PM.jpg Actor couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski bought a stunning townhouse in Park Slope less than a year ago. As of this week, the 5,200-square-foot, seven-bedroom haven is back on the market.

Photo Credit: Evan Joseph courtesy of Corcoran]]>
<![CDATA[11 Places to Go Apple Picking in the Tri-State]]> Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:26:16 -0400 here.]]> here.]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/masker+orchards+shinya+suzuki+flickr.jpg Whether you're in it for the foliage, the hay rides or the apple cider donuts, there are plenty of great farms and orchards in the tri-state area.

Photo Credit: Shinya Suzuki / Flickr]]>
<![CDATA[Mario Gets Help in 'Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle' Game]]> Fri, 01 Sep 2017 20:11:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/MRKB_Screen_Explo_Ang_E3_170612_215pm_1497264516.jpg

In video games, Mario, the intrepid princess-saving plumber, does not usually pair up with anyone outside of the Mushroom Kingdom.

There are exceptions for special events, like Mario teaming up with Sonic the Hedgehog for the Olympics, but generally, the most iconic video game character doesn’t use backup.

Until now.

The Mushroom Kingdom is in danger from an outside force in “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle,” a new video game for the Nintendo Switch gaming console. Mario and friends are getting help from the Rabbids, crazy rabbit-like creatures who speak in gibberish, yelling "BWAAAH!" very often, from another gaming company, Ubisoft.

Creative director Davide Soliani said he and his team wanted to bring something to the Mario universe of games that no one had seen before, and using the Rabbids and their penchant for chaos and slapstick violence provided the perfect injection of new ideas for a bold take on Mario. He said there is a familiarity in the overall look and feel of the game, but surprises are waiting around every corner.

“We used these contrasts as a focus to bring new ideas, new game mechanics, new environments, and that’s why you are in the Mushroom Kingdom, but it is twisted,” Soliani said.

“Mario is very well known as a hero, a brave guy. And the Rabbids are quite the opposite, quite different. How cool it could be if Mario, throughout the game, teaches to the Rabbids how to become heroes? And Mario learns from the Rabbids how to crack a joke, to take it easy.”

Mario is joined by his friends Princess Peach (no rescuing needed this time), Yoshi, and Luigi. They team up with four Rabbid heroes who mimic their Nintendo idols, taking costumes to look like the original gang. In the campaign, these characters will form teams of three to find a way to fix the Mushroom Kingdom by visiting different worlds and battling enemies.

“We wanted make something that Mario players would recognize, like jumping and stomping,” Soliani said. “But at the same time, we were using the Rabbids to inject in those mechanics new ways to spice up the combat, new ways to spice up the Nintendo characters as well.”

The development team at Ubisoft specialized in tactical and strategic games. Making a new game with such beloved characters presented challenges, but Soliani said a turn-based strategy shooter made the most sense to maximize the divergent ideas of gameplay and abilities in the game.

“We should try to stay true to the Mario universe and mix tactical phase, combat phase, which is more in line with the Mario world,” he said. “Finding treasure chests, collect coins to buy new weapons, meet new heroes and be challenged by new enemies.”

When he came up with the idea for the mashup, Soliani knew he would have to not only convince his own company, Ubisoft, he would have to sway Nintendo to allow him to use their characters. He met with Shigeru Miyamoto, the man who created the Mario character, originally called Jumpman, in the classic video game “Donkey Kong” in 1981.

Solaini said presenting his idea to “the most legendary game designer in the world” was intimidating.

“When we first presented the game to Miyamoto-san, we had only three weeks in-house to come up with a prototype. When we presented the prototype to Miyamoto-san, he was surprised that we had, in our prototype, Mario and Luigi.”

Miyamoto asked how Solaini got the character designs for Mario and Luigi in the prototype. Solani told him his team made them from scratch for the presentation, impressing the Nintendo game designer.

Early reviews of the game have been very good, mentioning the different elements of gameplay and the creativity used to bring Mario and the Rabbids together. The style of combat is reminiscent of another turn-based shooter, X-COM, with a variety of weapons and the use of cover for defense.

However, Solaini said their inspiration came from another popular game.

“I’m a big fan of X-COM, the original one from Julian Gollop and the new one from (Jake) Solomon,” he said. “But our reference was not X-COM but Mario Kart. We wanted to bring the dynamics, the surprise that you have in go-cart racing to our combat system in a strategy game.”

With delightful and recognizable characters, whimsical environments and dialog, and a battle system that combines movement and shooting into strategic combat, Solaini and his team were proud of what they accomplished.

“Those were the basic foundations that we built up for the rest of the game. When we did that, we said, OK, I think we have something very strong, something that we should explore even more.”

He invited all fans, including diehard Nintendo fans, to experience something different.

“Mario+Rabbids: Kingdom Battle” is available now for the Nintendo Switch. It is rated E+10 for everyone 10 years of age or older due to cartoon violence, comic mischief, and mild language.

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<![CDATA[These Are the 11 Most Popular BBQ Joints in New York City]]> Sat, 02 Sep 2017 07:34:56 -0400 here.]]> here.]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/hillcountry+jazz+guy+flickr.jpg New York City may not be known for its barbecue, but there are still plenty of great places to get it.

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<![CDATA[Cyndi Lauper Drops Asking Price for Stunning Stamford Home]]> Wed, 23 Aug 2017 09:25:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Cyndi+Lauper+and+house+1.jpg Cyndi Lauper appears to have dropped the asking price for her gorgeous home in Stamford, Connecticut, from $1.25 million to $935,000, according to the updated listing.

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.

Designer Vince Camuto, founder of Nine West, built the house in 1975. Then, the house was assessed at $601,290. See the listing.

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.

Designer Vince Camuto, founder of Nine West, built the house in 1975. Then, the house was assessed at $601,290. See the listing.

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<![CDATA[Newly Released Photos Capture 20th Century NYC]]> Tue, 22 Aug 2017 08:16:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Carole+Teller+crop.jpg The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation is releasing hundreds of photos of New York City by the artist Carole Teller, who has lived in the East Village since the early 1960s. The photos, which span the early 1960s to the early 1990s, capture a city undergoing immense change.

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<![CDATA[New Yorkers in Mad Dash for Eclipse Glasses ]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:01:40 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GhostLeeOne.jpg

Watch live eclipse coverage from across the nation here starting at 12 p.m. ET.

New Yorkers are searching high and low for a pair of specialty sunglasses affixed with a solar filter ahead of Monday’s much-anticipated Great American Eclipse.

Thousands of glasses have been delivered to stores in the city, but many of them have been scooped up in recent days, leaving last-minute searchers scrambling.

Photos posted to social media on Sunday showed block-long lines of people hoping to bag a pair.

One of the longest lines was at Adorama in Chelsea.

“The Great American Eclipse is already being overshadowed by the line to get a pair of solar eclipse glasses for The Great American Eclipse,” @NYAdventureClub posted to Twitter along with a photo of a line.

“Partial eclipse of the line @adorama for eclipse glasses,” Eric McClure tweeted.

At B&H in Midtown, there was a long line of people picking up online orders of the glasses. The store was out of glasses for walk-in shoppers. 

Multiple Best Buy stores in Manhattan and Queens had voice messages that said they too were sold out of the glasses.

Some people are hoping to grab a pair at libraries or viewing parties during the eclipse on Monday. Others plan to make their own pair using online tutorials.

"I'm going to make the little box, like you know, the little shoe box thing with the pinhole," Cynthia Webb said. 

No matter what, it’s important not to view the sun without proper protection.

Meanwhile, many people have made plans to attend a viewing party or to step outside at 2:44 p.m. for the maximum eclipse. 

"I think I'll just try to find the tallest building I could go up in," Keenan Brooks said. 

Customers of the Lovage Rooftop NYC on 40th Street can buy eclipse glasses with a cocktail, that is, if they don't sell out. "We are 37 flights up in New York City in the middle of Midtown West." manager Lindsay Benjamin said. 

Over at the Haven Rooftop on 47th Street, Manager Monica Seo said she's got a long list of reservations for Monday. 

If you're still planning your day, here are some of the places where you might be able to score solar eclipse glasses. And here are some locations in the tri-state where you can watch the historic event. 

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<![CDATA[10 Questions About Monday's Solar Eclipse Answered]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:18:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Solar+Eclipse+Asia.jpg

On Monday, August 21, hundreds of millions of people will get a chance to view the first total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States in nearly 40 years. Here are some of the most asked questions about the historic event. 

What’s the gist of Monday's solar eclipse?

Fourteen states are in the path of totality, called “umbra.” The New York region will be experiencing a partial eclipse, or “penumbra.” You can see a partial eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of the sun, anywhere in North America. To see a total eclipse, where the moon fully covers the sun for a short few minutes, you must be in the path of totality. The path of totality is a relatively thin ribbon — around 70 miles wide — that will cross the United States from West to East.

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When and where will the eclipse be viewable? 

The first point of contact will be at Lincoln Beach, Oregon, at 12:05 p.m. EDT. Totality begins there at 1:16 p.m. EDT. Over the next hour and a half, the eclipse will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina. The total eclipse will end near Charleston, South Carolina, at 2:48 p.m. EDT. From there the lunar shadow leaves the United States at 4:09 EDT. Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds.

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How many people will be able to see the eclipse?

An estimated 500 million people will be able to observe the total solar eclipse, in partial or total form: 391 million in the United States; 35 million in Canada; 119 million in Mexico; it will also be viewable in Central America, parts of South America and northwestern Europe. 

When was the last total eclipse in the continental United States, and when is the next one after this year's?

The last time the contiguous United States saw a total eclipse was in February 1979. The next one is in April 2024.

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Who is capturing the eclipse?

Eleven spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station are all offering a unique vantage point for the celestial event. 

Where can I get special glasses to view the eclipse with?

A number of retail chains are selling official eclipse eyewear; among them are: 7-Eleven, Best Buy, Bi-Mart, Casey’s General Store, Circle K, Hobby Town, Kirklands, Kroger, London Drugs, Love’s Travel Stops, Lowe’s, Maverik, Pilot/Flying J, Toys “R” Us, and Walmart. 

Libraries across the country are also giving away free eclipse glasses with support from NASA, Google, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Space Science Institute’s STAR_Net initiative. More than 2 million ISO-compliant solar eclipse glasses have been handed out to more than 6,900 libraries. To find out which libraries are holding eclipse-related events and distributing the free glasses, see the library map on the STAR_Net website.

Are there any basic safety tips while watching the eclipse?

Eclipse glasses are an essential tool, but unfortunately some aren't safe to use, so you shouldn't use any eclipse glasses that haven't been verified as safe or properly certified (Amazon has recalled some). Make sure the certified glasses you’re using haven’t been damaged. 

It's also important not to look at the eclipse with regular sunglasses or unfiltered binoculars, through a reflection, or through clouds or fog. Phones and cameras need special solar filters or the eclipse could damage their lenses.

What are other ways to view the eclipse?

Trees with a lot of leaves will project the eclipse onto the ground. It’s one way you can view the eclipse without special glasses. 

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When is the best time to view Monday’s eclipse?

In the greater New York area, the eclipse begins at 1:23 p.m. on Monday, August 21, according to Andrew Yolleck, a STEM educator at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. This is when the moon starts passing over the sun. Maximum eclipse will occur at about 2:44 p.m. and that’s the time to best view the eclipse. It’s also when it will be darkest outside. The moon will slowly move off of the sun after that, with the eclipse ending at 4 p.m. As of Friday, the weather looks good for viewing, with mostly clear skies in the forecast for the New York area. 

Where is the best place to view the eclipse in the tri-state? How dark will these areas get?

Areas further south in the tri-state will get the best view. The southern tip of New Jersey, near Cape May, will see the moon covering 75 to 85 percent of the sun since the area is closest to the path of totality, which is cutting through the Southern states. 

Areas closer to New York City will see about 71 percent of the moon covering the sun, according to Yolleck. During maximum eclipse, it will be darkest in the areas further south. In areas in the path of totality, it will be as dark as night for a couple of minutes. In the New York City area it will still be light outside, although somewhat darker. Here are some places to catch a glimpse of the eclipse in the tri-state area.

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Will the 2024 eclipse be visible in the New York region?

The next total solar eclipse will be great for East Coasters. While people in the New York area will see about 70 to 75 percent of the sun covered on Monday, it will be even more than that in 2024. What’s more, the path of totality — where viewing of the eclipse is most optimal — will be closer to the tri-state area. People who travel Upstate or to cities like Buffalo will get a near-optimal view of the eclipse, according to Yolleck. And those willing to head near the United States-Canada border, to places like Burlington, Vermont, will enter the path of totality.

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<![CDATA[Yankees Announce Birth of Derek and Hannah Jeter's Baby Girl]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:04:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/derek+jeter+hannah+davis.jpg

Derek Jeter is now the proud father of a beautiful baby girl, according to the Yankees. 

The Yankees tweeted congrats to the 42-year-old former shortstop and his wife, Hannah, on the birth of their daughter Bella Raine Jeter Friday afternoon. 

"We can't wait to meet her!" the tweet said. 

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The Players Tribune -- a sports journalism site founded by Jeter — echoed the Bronx Bombers' congratulations to the couple. The tweet said the baby was born Thursday. 

The celebrity couple hasn't commented yet. Hannah Jeter announced in February on The Players Tribune that the couple was expecting. 

In that February post, Hannah Jeter said she and her husband recognized their child would be born into an "extraordinary situation," but wanted their little girl — and any possible kids beyond her — to live as normal lives as possible.

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"We don’t want them to be defined by their dad’s name — for them, we want him to just be 'Dad,'" Hannah Jeter wrote. "That will be the piece of him they’ll have that the rest of the world doesn’t. It will be special, and it will be theirs." 

"We’ll let them know that they are strong and smart, and that they can do anything they put their minds to," she added. "I hope they’ll be honest like their father. I hope they’ll be stubborn like me. I hope that they know what they want and won’t settle for less."

As for whether any kids would play baseball like their future Hall of Fame father, Hannah Jeter wrote, "We're gonna have a little talk first." 

The 26-year-old fashion model and Yankee legend tied the knot in Napa last summer.

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<![CDATA[Where to Watch Monday's Solar Eclipse in the Tri-State Area]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:12:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/186*120/eclipse-ojos-quemados-009.jpg

On Monday, Aug. 21, millions of people in United States will be treated to a once-in-a-lifetime event: a total solar eclipse.

Unfortunately for New Yorkers, only a partial eclipse will be visible since the Empire State is not in the path of totality.

But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy the occasion or, at the very least, use the historic event as a good excuse to grab a drink with friends.

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Here's a look at some places to catch the eclipse in the tri-state area (and if you don't have the special solar glasses yet, here's where you can get them before Monday): 

Haven Rooftop: Enjoy the eclipse with a cocktail and a snack at Haven Rooftop, a glass enclosed rooftop bar located on top of the Sanctuary Hotel in Manhattan. The bar will have a solar eclipse-themed cocktail named the Solar Negroni for you to sip on as you watch the eclipse. More on Haven Rooftop here

American Museum of Natural History: Those interested in the educational aspect of the solar eclipse can visit the American Museum of Natural History’s total solar eclipse event on Monday at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. The afternoon will include various events before, during and after the eclipse, which will be streamed live by NASA. More on the event here

The Dubliner: Just steps from Hoboken Terminal, The Dubliner, will host a rooftop solar eclipse viewing party. Attendees can grab a drink while looking at the eclipse with a pair of free glasses. More on The Dub Pub here

Liberty Science Center: Have questions about the eclipse that you want answered? Liberty Science Center's STEM team will be available Monday during the science center's event Monday. They will stream a remote broadcast of the eclipse, explain the historic event and provide the safety equipment neccessary for you to try to catch a gimpse yourself. More on the event here

Brooklyn Grange: Brooklyn's rooftop farm, Brooklyn Grange, is hosting a yoga retreat and viewing party for the solar eclipse. The afternoon event includes a farm tour, yoga class and an evening cocktail. More info on Brooklyn Grange here.

Connecticut River Solar Eclipse Cruise: Take in the partial solar eclipse on the Connecticut River on a 2-hour cruise from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Monday. Special viewing glasses will be provided. More on the cruise here

Intrepid: New Yorkers have the opportunity to watch the eclipse on the flight deck of the Intrepid, free with admission. Beginning at 12 p.m., the first 500 guests will be provided free NASA-approved glasses so they can view the eclipse safely. More on the event here

New York Hall of Science: In Queens, a viewing party will be held at the New York Hall of Science from 1 to 4 p.m. Some safety glasses will be provided and shared and guests will have the opportunity to make their own pinhole projector. More on the watch party here

Once the eclipse happens, you will want to take a photo. Here are some tips for safely photographing the historic event with your phone. 

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<![CDATA[How to Make Apartment Living Work for You and Your Pup]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:39:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Bergs-dog.jpg

Living in an apartment with your canine companion isn’t much different from living with a human roommate: They don't clean, they don’t pay for groceries and you're starting to suspect they don't even have a job.

But canine roommates present additional, unique challenges.

Arguably the biggest challenge for dog owners in apartments is having to escort their furry friend outside for all exercise — and all bathroom — breaks. That means rain, shine, sleet, snow, 6 a.m. or 3 a.m. or 11:30 p.m. — buddy, you’ve got to put on your pants.

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"If you’re living in an apartment with a dog, first and foremost the onus is more on you to get the dog out for all of his or her needs," says Mike Kaviani. Kaviani is the Director of Lifesaving Operations at the no-kill shelter Austin Pets Alive! in Austin, Texas, and he says apartment living can in some cases actually benefit your pup.

"As long as the owner is committed to getting the dog out for fun outings, the dogs actually end up getting more activity and more outings and more time with their person," he says. Kaviani knows from personal experience: He lived in a studio apartment with the first dog he owned as an adult, and he recalls having to "leash him up and go out there."

"As long as you're willing to do that — I mean, he had so much activity." With multiple daily outings, Kaviani realized he and his pup were both getting more activity because of their apartment lifestyle.

"So, I actually think it can be a real win for the dog," he said.

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Anthony Newman, a canine behavior consultant in New York City, echoes Kaviani on the activity level of house dogs versus that of apartment dogs.

"Often, in fact, I find dogs in suburban areas suffer from 'suburban dog syndrome,' lacking adequate socialization, exercise and leadership due to lack of regular daily owner-led walks, obedience work and daily off-leash social play in dog parks," Newman says.

He says he noticed his family's dogs, while growing up in the suburbs of St. Louis, had behavior issues stemming from lack of discipline and socialization.

"City dogs can end up being the calmest, most social, peaceful and obedient dogs around," Newman noted.

No matter how committed you are to your apartment dog, however, you're going to have to leave him or her alone sometimes. And since apartments do not have doggie doors, your pup can't just stroll outside for business purposes.

If you know that you won’t be able to get back to walk your pup at the usual time, that’s fine — you can hire a professional or convince a trusted neighbor to come by to walk your dog.

There is likely a dog-walking service of some kind in your neighborhood — research online and ask other dog owners in the area to find a service that works for you. Try to meet the person who’ll be walking your dog if they’re going to be doing so on a regular basis.

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You should also give a trusted person in your building a set of your keys; if you’re away and the building needs to be evacuated for any reason, you’ll want someone to help get your pup out, too.

Speaking of neighbors, they present another significant difference between apartment dog life and house dog life.

You should make an effort to introduce your dog to your apartment neighbors, especially those who live on your floor and those directly above you and below you. It’s also a good idea to introduce yourself to anyone in your building with young children — you can let parents know whether your dog is cool with kids. Make clear to your neighbors what your dog's boundaries are, and be consistent in your interactions with them.

Another thing about apartment neighbors is their physical proximity to you.  

It's important to remember that dogs are not silent. Barking is not the only noise dogs make — they like to play, to run around and toss and catch. And it’s fine to play those games indoors with your dog, but if you have people below you, just keep in mind what time of day or night it is when you break out that hard plastic toy your dog likes to throw against the floor. If your floors aren’t carpeted, getting an area rug (probably not an expensive one) will help muffle noises for people below and will also help protect hardwood floors from scuffing.

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If your dog reacts to your absence by barking herself hoarse while you are gone, this is a problem (unless you never leave, but that actually sounds like a different kind of problem). Not only will this incessant row irritate your neighbors — maybe enough to complain to your landlord — it’s also a sign that your pup isn’t able to relax when you go out to do the human stuff you have to do.

"Separation anxiety," says Newman, can be a problem for your nervous pet, and then for you and even your neighbors — some dogs bark, or whine, to express their anxiety.

To help curb some of that separation anxiety, Newman emphasizes the importance of creating a calm, relaxing space for your pup within your apartment. If she views the apartment as the place where you and she play around and have fun — and not as the place where you do that AND the place where she hangs out and sleeps in her own bed — "when you leave, [s]he barks and tears the place up. Also guarding, digging, chewing, and other destructive behaviors" can present as symptoms of separation anxiety.

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Newman says to help your dog get accustomed to chilling solo in a new living environment, it's best to make sure your pet's "exhausted and fulfilled mentally, physically and socially, and feeling comfortable at home with her bed, toys and chews" before leaving her alone in the place.

Kaviani recommends teaching your dog new tricks or providing them with brain-stimulating puzzle toys indoors to keep them entertained in the smaller space.

So, if you've got an apartment but want a dog, or if you've got a dog but want to move into an apartment, you should start by considering your dog's needs and temperament, Kaviani says. "If the dog can handle being in an elevator with strange people, and sometimes strange dogs," he shouldn't have an unusually rough time adapting to apartment lifestyle.

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"Where it can go poorly, or where you’ll find some challenges, though, would be if the context or living environment isn’t conducive to the dog’s needs," says Kaviani. He cautions that if you have a dog with some shyness or some fearful behavior, they may not be comfortable hopping in and out of elevators or winding their way through crowded hallways and staircases. You should do your best to find a living space that won't cause too much additional stress on your pet. 

But, he says, "don't overthink it."

"Dogs don’t need a mansion to live in. They don’t need a certain amount of square footage to meet their standards. Really, when they’re home, they just want to chill with you, their person." The living arrangement would only become a problem, he says, if your work or life schedule isn't "conducive to spending a good amount of time with your dog."

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Apartment living with your dog requires a more serious commitment than living with your dog in a house with a fenced-in yard. 

Anthony Newman's tips for moving yourself and your dog(s) to a new apartment:

  • Establish a plan to exercise and socialize your dog multiple hours a day from the get-go. Call and interview walkers, walking services and/or daycares. Do research on the local dog parks. When moving in, especially the first few weeks, exhaust your dog mentally, physically and socially, so he can start to condition the new home positively.
  • When moving in, set your dogs’ beds down (the more the merrier!) as a first item of furniture. Work the "go to your bed" command early and often. Experiment with "long rewards", e.g. Kongs stuffed with wet food and chews like bully sticks.
  • When you initially enter your new home, keep your dog on leash and lead her around to every room. You lead and introduce to minimize marking and other destructive behaviors.
  • Be careful of the first few times you leave her home alone to minimize separation anxiety. If you start the ball rolling, it will worsen; so get off to a good start by having your dog exhausted and fulfilled mentally, physically and socially, and feeling comfortable at home with her bed, toys and chews, before you leave her alone in the place for the first time. Then, leave very briefly and return soon. Repeat as needed, leaving for gradually longer periods. After a week of conditioning, most dogs should be fine being left alone for a few hours.

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<![CDATA[The Luxurious Lifestyle of New York's Poshest Pooches]]> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:57:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/1LK_3334_NYCDogs_WEB.jpg

Ashley and Cooper get a taste of the high life, New York style. From a five-star hotel exclusively for dogs to a puppy pool party in the Hamptons, it's clear that NYC really has gone to the dogs!

<![CDATA[Where to Find Solar Eclipse Glasses in NYC by Monday]]> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:15:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-830380350.jpg

If you're hoping to view the total solar eclipse coming up Monday, you're going to need a pair of specialty sunglasses affixed with a solar filter. But -- as we mentioned -- that eclipse is coming up Monday. That means you have just one day to score a pair if you haven't yet.

And they've been notoriously difficult to nab. Here are a few options in the city, but you should call first to make sure they're still in stock (and if you're not sure where to get the best view in the tri-state, here are a list of spots):


Check your local library branch. STAR_Net, a national science and technology resource for libraries, sent millions of eclipse glasses to libraries across the country, including some in New York. Branches in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, Pelham Bay, Bronx and Glendale, Flushing and the Rockaways in Queens are among the ones that got them, according to Curbed. You may have to attend one of their eclipse parties to get a pair, the website says, so call in advance to doublecheck.

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Eyeglass company Warby Parker is giving out free solar eclipse glasses (limit of two per person), according to Brokelyn. The website says Warby Parker's Brooklyn location is already out of eyewear, but the company's SoHo, Meatpacking District and Upper East Side still has some (call ahead to be sure).

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The American Museum of Natural History will host a viewing party from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday. Solar eclipse glasses will be available for purchase.


Most would-be eclipse viewers will likely have more luck shopping online, assuming you can get them shipped ASAP. Amazon still has viewing glasses in stock, but most appear to be sold in packs of five or more for around $39.

But be careful -- Amazon recalled some counterfeit solar eclipse glasses earlier in the week. According to a company spokesperson, people who purchased the counterfeit glasses have been notified and will receive refunds.

Despite the recall, there are plenty of brands on Amazon and other shopping websites with the appropriate ISO certification for standardized products.

The American Astronomical Society maintains a list of reputable vendors for glasses with the appropriate filter. Official glasses should have language printed on them indicating they were built to "conform to the transmission requirements of ISO 12312-2" and "Filter for Direct Observation of the Sun."

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a guide to making your own pinhole camera for safely viewing the solar eclipse. All you'll need is two pieces of white card stock, aluminum foil, tape and a pin or paper clip.

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<![CDATA[Introducing the New Dorney Park FREE Pre-K Pass]]> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:14:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Dorney-Park-Generic.jpg

Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to! Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom are letting kids ages three to five in FOR FREE.

This special is a new type of season pass titled the Pre-K Pass that allows kids of the right age to go to the park for free for the rest of the 2017 season as well as the full 2018 season.

“We’re introducing the Pre-K Pass to help families with young children more easily and affordably enjoy everything that Dorney Park has to offer," said Mike Fehnel, Dorney Park vice president and general manager.

The average daily admission price for a child ages three to five is about $40.

Fehnel says the new pass is a benefit to the whole family.

“The Pre-K Pass allows parents to save money as the entire family experiences not only the kids' rides in Planet Snoopy™ but also roller coasters, thrill rides, shows and our fantastic water park," he said.

To ensure your kids get in free for the rest of the current season as well as the next, be sure to register between August 16 and October 29. Registration for the pass for the 2018 season is open until May 28, 2018.

After registering for the Free 2018 Pre-K Pass, follow the directions to submit and activate the pass.

<![CDATA[Beth Stern, Katie Lee Talk Clear the Shelters and 'Pethood']]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:53:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/215*120/Katie+Lee+Beth+Stern.jpg

Clear the Shelters, a nationwide pet adoption drive to help animals in need finding loving homes, will take place on Saturday, August 19.

This year's event hosts, celebrity chef Katie Lee and Beth Stern, stopped by the "Today Show" to talk about the initiative.

They also brought along a few rescues from North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, New York, who are in need of forever homes.

Stern advised potential pet parents to assess their lifestyle before going through with an adoption, noting "pethood is hard."

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<![CDATA[6 Free Apps for Pet Owners]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:47:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-77541854.jpg Nowadays, caring for your pet has never been easier and more enjoyable. From finding a pet sitter and setting up play dates to handling medical emergencies and training your pet, there’s an app for that. Whether your looking to better fulfill your pets needs or find resources to help you with yours, these free pets apps have you covered.

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<![CDATA[10 Truly Unique Museums to Try in NYC]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:28:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Obscura+Antiques_Mike+Zohn1+.jpg From taxidermy animals to trains to exhibitions that tickle your taste buds, New York City has a range of unique museums you may have never heard of. Next time you're in the mood to visit a museum, consider some of these lesser known options.

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