<![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, 22 Aug 2017 03:35:48 -0400Tue, 22 Aug 2017 03:35:48 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![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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<![CDATA[8 Grocery Chains With Some of the Best Prices in America]]> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:32:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-456335138+%281%29.jpg Everybody loves a good deal, right? And shopping for groceries is no exception.

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<![CDATA[Let's 'Clear the Shelters' on Saturday, August 19!]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:46:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/2017+CTS+Collage+TopLine+2083x854%5B1%5D.jpg Every summer, animal shelters and rescues are filled to the brim with new spring litters and homeless pets. Shelters run on all cylinders to match pets with new forever families. Their efforts result in many pets finding new loving homes, but unfortunately some pets are left behind and live in shelters for months or even years until they are adopted. Inspired by a North Texas pet adoption effort led by our Dallas NBC and Telemundo stations, all of our NBC and Telemundo-owned stations decided to step up to the plate to help their local animal shelters and communities 'Clear the Shelters' every summer.
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<![CDATA[Hundreds of Pikachus Parade Through Yokohama, Japan]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:58:06 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pikachuparade.jpg

More than 100 Pikachus, a character from the game Pokemon, paraded through the streets of Yokohama, Japan, on Aug. 14.

<![CDATA['SNL' Alum Rachel Dratch Gets 20-Year-Old Parking Ticket From Chicago]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:50:55 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/Rachel+Dratch+2007+Tribeca+Film+Festival+Bryan+Bedder.JPG

Former "Saturday Night Live" star Rachel Dratch posted a photo on Twitter of a 20-year-old parking ticket she received this week from the City of Chicago.

"Chicago does not f around," the New York City-based comedian wrote on Twitter. "I received this parking ticket in the mail today. Look at date. It's from TWENTY years ago." 

The ticket was issued on Dec. 8, 1997 — right around the time Dratch was a member of the Second City cast in Chicago.

Sure enough, the "offense location" is listed as 150 W. North Ave., just a block from the historic comedy club in the city’s Old Town neighborhood.

NBC 5 asked the City of Chicago about the ticket's authenticity and whether there is a statute of limitations on parking violations. 

A spokeswoman for the City of Chicago’s Office of Budget and Management and Department of Finance, which is responsible for collecting parking and red light ticket fines, responded. Here's what she said:

"The City sends at least five separate notifications to motorists regarding parking violations before referring a ticket to collections. Once a ticket is in collections additional notifications are sent, and it can be re-referred to a separate collection agency to work to identify new or updated mailing information. We followed the same process in this instance."

While a 20-year-old parking ticket sounds like it may be a plot line from Dratch's iconic "Debbie Downer" sketches, the actor will have to pay a real $73.20 fine to the city, unless she contests it.

Dratch performed on Second City’s main stage from 1995 through 1998, alongside fellow 'SNL" alum Tina Fey, according to her bio on the theater’s website.

She then went on to star on "SNL" from 1999 to 2006, and has appeared in several films and television series, including Fey’s "30 Rock," "Bob’s Burgers," "Inside Amy Schumer" and more.

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<![CDATA[The 'Best Burger in America' is Finally Headed to NYC]]> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:18:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/burgeraucheval.jpg

Burger lovers, prepare yourselves. One of the Midwest’s most popular burgers is on its way to the Big Apple.

Au Cheval, Chicago’s well-loved "upscale diner," is expected to open at 79 Walker St. next summer, according to a report from the New York Times. 

The restaurant's popular burger, which has been named the best in America by the Food Network, is not for the faint of heart.

It consists of either two or three patties, depending on the customer, an abundance of American cheese, pickles and a spread of dijonnaise. If that’s not enough for you, there is the option of adding peppered bacon, a fried egg or both to have the full experience.

If you were lucky, you might have tried the burger during its two-day stint at Nolita’s Chef’s Club last year.

The diner will reportedly have 75 seats, share its space with a coffee bar and will definitely draw crowds.

People wait for hours to try the burger in Chicago. 

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<![CDATA[What Kind of Dog Best Fits Your Lifestyle?]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:03:37 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Dogs-GettyImages-180680638.jpg

There are a million reasons why people love dogs. They make great companions, provide a slew of the health benefits and love unconditionally.

Yet, there are lots of valid reasons why some people opt out of bringing home a furry friend. From cramped living quarters, to allergies, to busy work schedules and social lives, caring for a dog is a huge commitment, so it’s important to make sure your lifestyle is compatible with your four-legged friend’s.

Fortunately, dogs come in all shapes, sizes, personality traits and energy levels, and chances are there’s a pup who’s right for you.

Use the filter above to see what kind of dog could potentially match your lifestyle:

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<![CDATA[Michael Moore Preaches to the Converted in Slick 'Surrender']]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:04:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SurrenderMain.jpg

Theater hasn’t been the place to find escapism this summer.

First, there was “Julius Caesar,” with its gory assassination of a Trump-like politician. Then came “1984,” which reminded us that Big Brother still owns a rat cage. Now comes what may be the biggest reality-check of them all: Michael Moore’s “The Terms of My Surrender.”

In his Broadway debut, the disheveled, Oscar-winning raconteur’s first words on stage are: “How the (expletive) did this happen?” It’s escapism you were seeking? May I suggest you check the availability of “Hello, Dolly” tickets?

Directed by Michael Mayer (“Hedwig”), whose penchant for pizazz pairs nicely with Moore’s Lefties-Home-Companion storytelling style, “Surrender” is a slick and engaging mash-up of entertainment and politics.

It’s also very much a call-to-arms for civic involvement, in a room where—this being New York City—Moore is preaching to the more-or-less converted.

Theatergoers at the Belasco will, on arrival, notice a mezzanine box with an American flag draped beneath. Those seats, Moore explains, are reserved for President Trump, who has yet to take him up on an offer to attend. Moore also extends the invitation in his Playbill bio … in both English and Cyrillic.

“Surrender,” performed without an intermission, is sometimes, though not always, presented with celebrity guests. Bryan Cranston was a recent visitor; U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters was another. Structurally, it’s split neatly into a half-dozen or so 10 or 15 minute segments.

The “Bowling for Columbine” filmmaker reluctantly acknowledges the president’s popularity in an opening monologue, reminding us that “The Apprentice” in its heyday had roughly four times the number of viewers as does “The Bachelorette” today.

When there isn’t a mahogany desk on stage as a prop, or a comfy leather chair, Moore stands in front of a backdrop onto which is illuminated a giant American flag. Sometimes, a digital news ticker of President Trump’s more notable soundbites is projected onto the flag’s stripes.

On Tuesday, the night I saw “Surrender,” I was impressed to catch the “fire and fury” quote about North Korea. President Trump had made his statement only hours before.

An early “Surrender” segment has Moore dragging out his carry-on luggage to run down what he perceives as a civil rights-restricting list of TSA mandates regarding travel. For illustrative purposes, he has most of these items in the bag, and he removes them one at a time, after tossing aside a dozen or so baseball caps—a cute sight gag.

There are memoir-like retellings of the early events that shaped Moore’s point of view, such as the time he was elected to his local school board while still a teenager: “What if all 17-year-olds knew that if they did something small, something big could happen?”

On the lighter side, there is an audience-participation section in which Moore selects two ticketholders for a game of “Stump the Canadian,” in which he attempts to prove, quiz show-style, that “the dumbest Canadian in the room is still smarter than the smartest American.”

More serious segments recount a 1985 trip to Germany to protest President Reagan’s visit to a German military cemetery. And there’s a devastating rundown of the poisoned water horrors still unfolding in Flint, Mich., where Moore was born.

Another difficult part of the show comes when Moore recounts the death threats, and actual attempts on his life, that began after he became a public figure.

In 2005, radio host Glenn Beck contemplated over the airwaves the ways he might “kill Michael Moore.” Moore asks us to consider whether we think such a thing might be legal, then stages a phone call to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in which he uses a script of Beck’s threatening words, but directed to the governor.

Moore tell us there’s been no response from the governor’s office … yet.

If you’re wondering what Moore considers the “terms” of his surrender, he says so toward night’s end: Dump President Trump. And dump Vice President Pence. By its conclusion, “Surrender” becomes his plea to the audience to do something small, such as running for a local office, in an effort to change the country’s direction.

This is a man so comfortable with confrontation, it would be fascinating to see him take “Surrender” on the road. I can think of a few places the audience wouldn’t be nearly as friendly as New York, which would make for an even more electrifying event.

Unrealsitic? Too dangerous? Perhaps. Meanwhile, Democrats will take comfort here ... Libertarians and Republicans, not so much.

“The Terms of My Surrender,” through Oct. 22 at the Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St. Tickets: $29 and up. Call 212-239-6200.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn

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<![CDATA[Toys 'R' Us to Make Triumphant (Temporary) Times Sq Return]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:06:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_2192526670691.jpg

After a nearly two-year absence, Toys "R" Us is returning to Times Square -- at least temporarily.

Customer demand fueled the decision to open a temporary 35,000 square-foot store at the corner of 42nd Street and Broadway, just two blocks from the flagship location at West 44th and West 45th streets that shut down Dec. 30, 2015 after 15 years of calling the intersection home.

The temporary store is scheduled to open later this month in the historic Knickerbocker Building, offering kids and families "a one-stop toy shopping experience – complete with a dedicated play area – just in time for the holiday season," Toys "R" Us said in a statement Thursday. 

The three-level store will have one main entrance on Broadway and include a scaled-down animatronic dinosaur on the second floor, a nod to the huge one at the company's former Times Square location.

Customers will also find other interactive and life-size toy displays across the three-story store throughout the holiday season. Toys "R" Us' buy online, pick-up in-store service will also be available at the 1466 Broadway location. 

The toy store didn't say how long the temporary location would be open.

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<![CDATA[Tips for Traveling Safe With Your Pet]]> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:28:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-454008386.jpg

One of the most stressful parts of pet ownership is what to do with your four-legged companion when you travel. While some pet owners opt for boarding, others choose to bring their furry family members along.

If you’re looking to hit the road or fly the skies with your canine companion or feline friend, American Kennel Club the has some tips to make the trip as smooth as possible.

Health Checks: Bring your pet to the veterinarian for a check up before going on a long journey trip. Make sure all vaccinations are up to date and obtain a record showing proof of up-to-date vaccinations. Health certifications are required for airline travel.

Ask the vet about potential health risks at your destination, like Lyme disease, and what the necessary preventive measures your pet needs to take.

Crates: If traveling by car, pets should be confined to a crate or carrier in the back seat. This will prevent distractions as well as protect the animal in the event of a collision. It can also keep your pet from getting into trouble in a hotel or at your host's home. Airlines also require that pets travel in a carrier or crate, whether they are flying in the cargo hold or plane's main cabin. Contact your airline directly for information on their pet policy. 

Crates are available from most pet supply stores. Look for these features when purchasing and check out these crash-tested options:

  • Large enough to allow the pet to stand, turn and lie down.
  • Strong, with handles and grips, and free of interior protrusions.
  • Leakproof bottom covered with absorbent material.
  • Ventilation on opposing sides, with exterior rims or knobs to prevent blocked airflow.

Have Proper ID: In the event that your dog or cat slips away during the trip, you significantly increase the odds of recovery by making sure they can be properly identified.

  • Make sure your dog has a sturdy leash and collar. The collar should have identification tags with the dog's name, your name, and your home phone number, as well as proof of rabies shots.
  • Mark your pet's crate with your name, contact number, destination phone number, and photo of your pet. You should also carry a picture of your pet.
  • Consider a permanent form of identification, such as a microchip.

Traveling by car: Bringing your pet along for a road trip requires more than just throwing a crate in the back seat, especially for long distance trips or if you plan on being away for a long period of time. 

  • Get your pet geared up by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car.
  • Bring food, a bowl, leash, a waste scoop, plastic bags, grooming supplies, medication and first-aid, and any travel documents. 
  • Be sure to pack plenty of bottled water, and avoid feeding your pet in a moving vehicle. Traveling on a full stomach can also cause pets to become car sick.
  • Keep the car well-ventilated. If the dog is in a crate, make sure that fresh air can flow into the crate.
  • Don't let pets ride cars with their heads outside the window. Dirt and other debris can enter their eyes, ears and nose and cause injury or infection.
  • Make frequent stops to allow your pet to go to the bathroom and get some exercise. Be sure to clean up after your pet. 

Traveling by plane: Most airlines have their own set of rules for canine air travel. Call ahead for information and make arrangements in advance of your trip.

  • All airlines require health certifications and proof of vaccinations.
  • Federal regulations require pets to be at least 8 weeks old and they should be weaned at least 5 days before flying.
  • Try to book a nonstop flight and avoid plane changes when possible. Some airlines will not transport animals when it is extremely hot or cold. 
  • Dogs must be in an airline-approved crate when transported as cargo. Some airlines allow certain breeds and sizes to travel under the seat in a crate or carrier.

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<![CDATA[Starbucks' Latest Frappuccino 'Inspired' by Horchata Drinks]]> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:24:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/160*128/starbucksfrap0809.JPG

From unicorns to horchata. 

Starbucks announced Tuesday its new Horchata Almondmilk Frappuccino is now available in participating U.S. and Canada stores, in a move that is getting a mixed reception from horchata fans. 

Starbucks’ beverage features a combination of almond milk, cinnamon dolce syrup, coffee and ice. It also includes whipped cream, cinnamon, sugar sprinkles and a swirl of caramel on top. The company said their drink was inspired “by the popular Horchata beverages, which vary by culture and region.” 

“The creamy and cool texture-ideal for warm August days-is complemented by sweet caramel and warm spice flavors of cinnamon which hint that fall is near,” Starbucks’ release said. 

The drink was first offered in U.S. and Canadian stores on Aug. 8, a Starbucks spokesperson said. While it is the first frappuccino that uses almond milk as a default milk, the drink is not dairy-free because it is topped with whipped cream and other dairy-filled products. 

Eater.com notes that Americans are most familiar with the Mexican version of horchata, a rice-based drink that is also made with cinnamon and vanilla. 

In fact, Starbucks first offered the Horchata Frappuccino in Mexican outposts in the summer of 2013.

But versions of horchata in Spain are made with tigernuts and horchata drinks also vary across Latin America. 

In El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Costa Rica, jicaro seeds are ground with rice and spices for a drink called semilla de jicaro. 

Horchata de ajonjolí in Puerto Rico is made with ground sesame seeds. Sesame seeds are also used for a version of horchata in parts of Venezuela.  

The drink’s debut hasn’t gone unnoticed among horchata aficionados, with some contrasting the drink to the Unicorn Frappuccino. 

“Starbucks has a new Frappuccino. If you like horchata, it might make you angry,” blared one headline on Miami.com

“The horchata is not some mystical, purple-haired unicorn,” the post's writer Chloe Herring said. “It’s a real ass drink. It wasn’t broken and it didn’t need Starbucks’ sugary adaptation or ‘fixing.‘” 

Latin culture site Remezla.com featured a handful of tweets that ranged from curiosity over Starbucks’ offering to predictions of being underwhelmed by the product. 

“We imagine Starbucks is riffing off of Mexican horchata and that this new drink will appeal to many taste buds, but we also believe many will stick to the horchata they already know because it’s already perfect,” the site’s writer concluded.

--Daniel Macht contributed to this story

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<![CDATA[24 NYC Eateries Land on List of America's Best Restaurants]]> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:43:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/marea2getty.jpg Nearly a quarter of the best restaurants in America are in New York City, according to a food website's 2017 ranking.]]> <![CDATA[For Sale: House That Inspired Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary']]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:35:31 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/stephen-king.jpg

In the market for a haunted house? The Orrington, Maine, home that inspired Stephen King's "Pet Sematary" is currently on sale for $255,000, 'Today' reported.

King came up with the idea for the novel in 1979 while renting the two-story house, which features wood floors, two fireplaces and new paint.

The book and subsequent movie adaptation were inspired by real events: when King's daughter's cat was run over by a truck, he buried the animal in the woods, where local kids had created a makeshift cemetery for other slain pets.

The house sits on a three-acre plot, and many rooms have a wall of windows that let in plenty of light.

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<![CDATA[Moscow Mules in Copper Mugs Won't Kill You: Officials]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:31:34 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/moscow-mule-copper-mug.jpg

Don't worry, Moscow Mule fans: Those solid copper mugs often used to serve the popular alcoholic drink probably aren't going to kill you.

Contrary to reports last week that Iowa was banning copper mugs entirely, a state official said that restrictions apply only to restaurants and bars, who may not serve acidic liquids -- like the lime juice in Moscow Mules -- in unlined copper vessels.

"It's not that if you drink a Moscow Mule from a copper cup, you're going to die," said David Werning, a spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals.

Most commercially available copper mugs are lined with tin or stainless steel, making them safe to serve any beverage, including the popular cocktail's mix of vodka, ginger beer and lime.

The controversy began after a routine inspection of the Hy-Vee Bar and Grille in Ankeny, Iowa, when restaurant inspectors found unlined copper mugs behind the bar, according to an inspection report provided to NBC.

Because the mugs were tarnished and pitted, Werning said, the Iowa Alocholic Beverages Division issued an advisory July 28 to restaurants in the state, eventually drawing national attention.

While the advisory tells business owners that that a state code "prohibits copper from coming into direct contact with foods that have a pH below 6.0," such as fruit juice, it lacks any kind of restriction on individual consumption at home.

"The food code only governs licensed food establishments. I know for a fact in my own family there are some copper cups," Werning said. "What you want to do in your home kitchen or home bar is up to you."

Iowa's state code follows a model code prepared by the Food & Drug Administration -- one that has generally been adopted in every other state, Werning said. An FDA spokesperson referred NBC to this code and declined to comment further. 

Werning added that he does not recommend that people consume Moscow Mules out of unlined copper mugs, given "the science behind the food code" and the beverage's 3.5 pH.

For every kilogram of their body mass, someone would need at least 0.01 milligrams of copper in order to face a potential health risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 220-pound person, for example, would need to consume one milligram of copper to experience health effects.

It's unclear how many many Moscow Mules it would take to ingest a significant amount of copper, or how long the drink would need to sit inside an unlined mug to actually leach the metal.

Ingesting high levels of copper can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, while very high doses can lead to death, according to the CDC.

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<![CDATA[Someone Bought Obama's One-Time Brooklyn Brownstone]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:03:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/obama+house+bhs.jpg It looks like President Barack Obama's one-time Park Slope brownstone has a buyer. The home on Second Street in Park Slope hit the market in late April for a shade over $4 million. It was listed by Brown Harris Stevens.

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<![CDATA[Bon Jovi Drops Asking Price for Stunning West Village Duplex]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:37:06 -0400 according to Curbed. It's now on the market for $15.95 million, down from its $17.25 million June asking price. The property is listed by the Robby Browne Team at Corcoran. See the full listing here.]]> according to Curbed. It's now on the market for $15.95 million, down from its $17.25 million June asking price. The property is listed by the Robby Browne Team at Corcoran. See the full listing here.]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/150CharlesSt4BSFOR+PRINTS4.jpg Rocker Jon Bon Jovi has dropped the asking price for his West Village stunner. Take a look inside.

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<![CDATA[Haunted NJ Road to Star in New Horror Movie]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:06:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/andrew+leahey+flickr+clinton+road.jpg

If you are from New Jersey, you have probably heard tales of Clinton Road.

The 10-mile stretch of pavement in West Milford will be the focus of a new horror film that Ice-T will reportedly star in, according to Variety.

The story is based on what has been described by some as one of the nation's most haunted roads.

In the film, a group of fearless teenagers venture to Clinton Road to investigate the tall tales that they have heard and end up stranded, facing a satanic cult, according to the report.

The infamous road is known for urban legends of alleged paranormal activity, strange creature sightings, gatherings of witches and disposals of dead bodies.

Ice-T has joined Vincent Pastore and Ace Young in the upcoming independent horror movie, which is tentatively named "Clinton Road."

Filming will start in New York City beginning in August, so look out for Ice-T, who will play the role of a club owner who tries to warn the teens of the danger that lurks around Clinton Road.

Steve Stanulis is directing and the script is by Derek Ross Mackay. The producers of the film are Noel Ashman, Richard Grieco and Stanulis through Stanulis Productions.

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<![CDATA[New York City Is Finally Getting Its Very First Dog Cafe]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:33:26 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/BorisandHorton_TiffanyLo.jpg

New York City is about to get its very first dog cafe.

Boris and Horton is making its way to the the East Village. It is the brainchild of father-daughter duo Coppy and Logan Holzman and is named after their pups. 

Their target audience? Dog lovers who also love a good cup of joe. 

“We wanted to come up with a solution for people when they want to grab a coffee or a snack and don't want to leave their dog at home or tie them up outside,” Logan Holzman said.

The cafe will have tasty treats for four-legged attendees to enjoy as well as pastries for their owners to munch on. The eatery will also feature merchandise and a photo booth.

Wondering if you can bring your other pets? Nope. The cafe is only for dogs and their owners. 

Boris and Horton will occupy two store spaces. One space for the cafe and one space for the dogs. However, a glass window will unite the two spaces so that those eating in the cafe can watch the pups frolic.

The eatery is specifically designed to ensure sanitary dining conditions.

“We will have strict rules of conduct to ensure the safety and comfort of our guests, so loud or rambunctious dogs will be asked to leave," Holzman said. "Its funny, because our dog Boris probably wouldn't be an ideal guest in the cafe, but we're working on his manners,” she joked.

The cafe is also teaming up with Brooklyn Badass Animal Rescue to help unite customers with dogs in need of a loving home by hosting weekly adoption events.

“We both have a passion for animal rescue and hope to create a space where we can promote the cause through adoption events and fundraisers," Holzman said. "When I lived in New Orleans, I would sit outside my favorite coffee shop with my foster dog in his or her 'adopt me' vest and I found it was a great way to gain exposure for the dog and the rescue.” 

The cafe is expected to open in December and the cafe’s website will launch shortly before that.

The cafe will open on the corner of East 12 and Avenue A.

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<![CDATA[Mural Honors Late Linkin Park Frontman]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 10:00:08 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Screen+Shot+2017-08-02+at+6.33.03+PM.png

Los Angeles artist Jonas Never painted a mural of the late Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington on the wall of a Sherman Oaks, California, pizzeria. Never, who has painted many murals around Los Angeles, says Bennington, who took his own life in July, inspired him to mix genres in his work.

<![CDATA[Pumpkin Spice Season Has Already Started]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 18:04:48 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/pumpkin-spice1.jpg

It's barely August, but pumpkin spice mania is already upon us.

World Market released its annual pre-ground pumpkin spice coffee Tuesday, according to Today.com, joining plenty of other fall-themed products in grocery stores during the peak of summer.

Pumpkin spice versions of Cheerios, Dannon's yogurt, Ghirardelli's chocolates and Starbucks K-cups were all spotted in stores at the end of July.

Though pumpkin spice lattes won't hit Starbucks locations until Labor Day, the coffee chain has been known to give customers the opportunity to purchase the drink early.

Total sales of pumpkin-flavored foods in the U.S. grew almost 80 percent between 2011 and 2015, according to Nielsen data. Starbucks alone has sold over 200 million pumpkin spice lattes since 2003.

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<![CDATA[Surf Up!: Hounds Ride Waves at Annual Competition]]> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 09:45:05 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/giphy4.gif

The World Surf Dog Competition will return to the Bay Area August 5, bringing with it a sea of hounds who can hang ten and a few who will wipeout.  

The competition, hosted by TasteTV, is open to amateurs looking to ride the waves with some of the world's top dog surfers.

Last year’s winner, Abbie, traveled from Southern California to compete, but owner Michael Uy said it was actually a home reunion.

The Australian Kelpie was adopted from the Humane Society of Silicon Valley after being rescued from the side of a road. 

Uy said he would take Abbie to the beach as part of her rehabilitation. He soon discovered Abbie could ride a wave by herself while he was out surfing one day.

The talented pooch has since gone on to become a decorated "surf dog" and holds the Guinness world record for longest wave surfed by a canine.

More surfers are opting to take their four-legged friend out on the waves with them. However, if your dog does not take to a surfboard immediately, there is still hope.

The Surf Dog Series released tips for getting your dogs ready to head out on the water and a decorated surf dog, Ricochet, hosts a home training schedule online:

Here are some of their tips you can use to get your dog stoked for surfing:

  1. Swim Before You Surf: "Make sure your dog can swim!" Uy said. Even his world record-holding dog Abbie falls off the board. Uy emphasized making sure conditions are safe and your dog can handle the wave.
  2. Safety First: Uy outfits his dog in a wet suit designed just for Abbie. But Judy Fridono, a dog trainer and owner to famous surfer dog Ricochet, said most people looking to surf with their dogs “are folks who go out a few times a summer.” Most active surfer dogs have at least a doggy life jacket on during the ride.
  3. Don’t Force It: Many owners can sense if they’re dog is having fun or not. Trainer Fridono emphasized the biggest rule for her is: "If they really don't want to surf, then find something else you both enjoy." While some dogs surf on their first time out on the water like Abbie, others take a bit longer to learn so patience and baby steps may be required.
  4. Train at Home Practice makes perfect! "Getting your dog to surf really depends on each individual dog,” Fridono said. However, she does suggest putting away the surfboard when you're not training so your dog gets excited each time.
  5. Food and Treats By serving treats and meal time on the surfboard, the trainer said you reinforce your behavior of your dog being on the board, rather than getting off it.
  6. Distraction Training: "Many dogs are very distracted by everything else going on, so they tend to jump off the board to play, go after a ball, sniff another dog …" The trainer said to complete basic distraction trainers to get your dog ready for crowded beaches.
  7. Use Verbal Cues: "Use a word to release your dog from being on the board, such as 'release.'" Many dogs surf backward so they can keep an eye on their owner. The trainer suggests using a word to help your dog learn that they should stay on the board even when you’re behind them.
  8. Say Cheese: Your dog has a special talent and people will take notice! Prep your dog for the social media fame that may follow.
  9. Have fun! Each trainer and owner emphasized that the biggest part of surfing with dogs is to spend more time with the dog. Make sure it is fun for you and your furry friend!

The second annual World Dog Surfing Championships is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on August 5 at Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica.

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<![CDATA[Existential Comedy 'A Parallelogram' Takes Shape at 2ST]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 12:05:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ParallelogramMain.jpg

In “A Parallelogram,” Celia Keenan-Bolger is Bee, a drugstore chain manager who has just begun co-habitating with Jay, a heart-on-his-sleeve, over-privileged white guy who has ditched his wife and kids for -- let’s call it what it is—a trophy girlfriend.

Unknown to Jay, and only slightly clearer to Bee, there’s a third person living with them: That’s Bee 2, 3 or 4, an older woman so named by playwright Bruce Norris depending on where in the two-act play we find ourselves: Bees 2, 3 and 4 are older, wiser versions of Keenan-Bolger’s character … but with a smoking habit.

Seasoned with a gleeful dash of sadism by veteran entertainer Anita Gillette (“Chapter Two,” etc.), the older Bees own a dangerous remote control that can be used to rewind or fast forward to pivotal events in younger Bee’s life. Given all this, Keenan-Bolger has to make a choice: Relive certain moments, to try making them better … or let them slide into history.

Well, I know what I'd do: Let’s grab that remote and put it through her paces! (Willy Wonka would've hated me.) 

“A Parallelogram,” which three-time Tony nominee Keenan-Bolger has colorfully deemed a cross between “Our Town” and “Black Mirror,” premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 2010. The next year, Norris’s “Clybourne Park” would win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and then win the Tony for top play after that.

You can see the ideas of class and status explored in “Clybourne Park” percolating in this earlier existential comedy, with its title that suggests the shape of experience: If something happened in the past, it could be happening again, in parallel, in the present. Events, naturally, aren’t always unfolding in a linear fashion.

As the play opens, Jay has employed a sinewy, business-savvy Latino (Juan Castano) to mow the lawn for $50. We can see where this is going from a mile away, but it’s still fun to watch the character (Stephen Kunken, of “Enron”) hem and haw over whether the fellow deserves a $10 tip ... it's the wrong thing to be fretting about.

Birds -- both a parrot, that Bee had a painful experience with as a child, and a finch, which provides a pleasant memory for Jay -- play into the proceedings, as does, uh, a virus that threatens to wipe out humanity.

We spend much of the second act in a hospital, where a gathering of fine minds tries to decide whether Bee’s disposition is merely her personality, or the result of that sinister disease going around: “What’s the name of that cheese?” ponders Bee 2, who has joined us in a doctor’s coat for this particular exchange.

“The one with the teeny little holes. Is it Lorraine? ... That’s what your brain starts to look like.”

Someone in this room is sick as a parrot, but we leave never figuring out quite whom. And anyway, I’ve omitted a couple of key details.

First, though Bee can always see her older self, the older woman has the power to become invisible whenever Jay’s around. And while the older woman can share with Bee her knowledge of past and future events, and let her relive them, there’s nothing young Bee can do to alter their outcomes.

And that’s how “A Parallelogram” finally takes shape.

Though young Bee can’t change the inevitable, she can tweak the tenor of the exchange leading up to it, making a hostile exchange less so, for example. Put another way, in a situation where someone’s going to get hurt, they’re still going to get hurt … but there’s a difference between schadenfreude and empathy, and we do -- all of us -- have control over the vibes we’re giving off.

“Dear Evan Hansen” director Michael Greif allows Norris’s misanthropy to creep slowly into the proceedings, like smoke from the older Bee’s Marlboro’s. “A Parallelogram” is a dark piece that argues we’re unlikely to emerge from the primordial muck of our own creation. That said, I’d gladly grab that remote control if it, by chance, could provide gentler conclusions to some of the more abrasive endings in my own life.

“A Parallelogram,” through Aug. 20 at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater, 305 W. 43rd St. Tickets $66-$109. Call 212-246-4422.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn

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<![CDATA[Owner of Defunct 'Dirty Dancing' Resort Seeks Clean-up Help]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 12:41:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dirty-dancing-cms.jpg

The owner of the now-defunct Catskills resort that inspired the film "Dirty Dancing" is seeking government help in cleaning up contamination left behind during the property's glory days.

A subsidiary of Westchester-based Cappelli Enterprises has asked the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to designate the former Grossinger's resort site a brownfield, according to the Times Herald-Record of Middletown.

Such a designation would make the dilapidated property eligible for state aid in removing contamination from underground fuel tanks, dry-cleaning chemicals and other resort-related operations.

The owner wants to demolish the last remaining buildings and construct a 300-room hotel and housing complex.

Grossinger's was the most famous of the Catskills' old Borscht Belt resorts, operating for nearly 70 years before closing in 1986, a year before "Dirty Dancing" was released.

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<![CDATA[Tri-State Beach Tops List of 20 Priciest Summer Destinations]]> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 09:44:41 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-488022864.jpg Cheaphotels.org recently released its list of the 20 most expensive beach destinations in the country for -- and three of them are in the tri-state area. The rankings are based on the average rate for each spot's cheapest available double room for the month of August. Hotels or inns with less than a two-star rating and those not located near the beach were excluded from consideration. Here's a look at the most expensive destinations, in reverse order.

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<![CDATA[World's Largest Suspension Bridge Opens in Switzerland]]> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 20:04:51 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_SUSPENSION_BRIDGE_073117_1-150154379559800001.jpg

Hikers can now travel more than a quarter mile on the world's largest pedestrian suspension bridge in Switzerland. The new bridge is part of the two-day Eueopaweg hike.

<![CDATA[Top Makeup Company Giving Away Free Lipsticks]]> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:07:15 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/MAC-Generic.jpg

One of the world's most popular makeup brands is giving away free lipsticks in celebration of National Lipstick Day on Saturday. 

MAC Cosmetics will give away a full-size lipstick -- valued at about $17 -- to anyone who gets to one of its stores or retailers on July 29, the company announced in a series of tweets Friday.

And there's no catch. Customers don't need to make a purchase to score a free tube and customers can choose whatever color they want.

The offer is exclusive to participating U.S. stores and MAC counters across America. Contact your local MAC store to inquire about participation in your area.

However, supplies are limited and, according to MAC, lines are likely to be long early in the day. 

Another popular brand for lipstick lovers, Kat Von D, is offerings its own #NationalLipstickDay deal: its normally $21 Studded Kiss lipsticks will be priced at $15 on its website, and a free mini Everlasting Liquid Lipstick will also be thrown in with promo code LIPSTICK, according to Allure

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<![CDATA[Boston's 'Skinny House' Was Built on Betrayal and Spite]]> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:43:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Skinny+House.JPG

Sandwiched between two brick and mortar buildings in Boston's North End is the city's famous “Skinny House,” a structure built on betrayal and trust.

The 1,166-square-foot home at 44 Hull Street was sold in May to an anonymous buyer for $900,000. The new resident now lives in a piece of Boston history, albeit cramped and not ideal for too much company. 

The property is said to have belonged to two brothers who inherited land from their father in the 1800’s. However, when one of the brothers was away fighting in the Civil War, the other sibling built a large home on the property, taking up more than his share of land. When the other brother returned to find his share of the land invaded, out of spite, he decided to squeeze in an adjacent house, blocking this brother's views and sunlight.

The “spite house” has no front door. Guests enter the home through a side door that resembles a window. 

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It boasts four floors that are less than 300 square feet each. It has all of the amenities of a normal home, just much, much more compact. Most furniture cannot fit in the building due to the tiny space allotted between the walls and stairs. 

However, this unique home packs a lot into a small amount of space. All of the furniture and household needs fit snugly into the nooks and crannies of the Skinny House.

It does have a surprisingly spacious backyard for a North End dwelling, and the roof deck  great views.

NBC Boston took a tour of this historic dwelling with a representative of the anonymous buyer so you can see this charming attraction for yourself.

<![CDATA[A Cream Cheese-Centric Cafe Has Opened in the East Village ]]> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 10:52:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/168*120/Becky%27s+Bites+Assortment+of+Treats.jpg

When you think of famous New York City foods, dollar pizza, hot dogs and bagels may come to mind. 

But what about the cream cheese schmear that makes your bagel and lox? 

Becky’s Bites, a cream cheese-centric cafe, is shining some serious light on the lovable spread. 

On the menu at Becky’s vintage-inspired, but modern cafe, are “a.m. noshes,” which included bagels with a choice of ten different cream cheese options, parfaits and coffee.

In addition to the morning eats, the new eatery offers a slew of sweet “p.m. treats,” like tiny tarts, mini cookie sandwiches and Beckaroos, the cafe’s take on the childhood classic, "Dunkaroos." Another item on the treat menu is a chocolate dipped cream cheese bite, which was the initial recipe by chef and owner Becky Rosenthal that inspired the cafe.

The treats are small and surprisingly light thanks to the use of whipped cream cheese sourced from New York’s Hudson Valley.

Along with the many sweet treats, Becky’s Bites will offer unique flavors of cream cheese for purchase. Cappuccino, cookies and cream, strawberry, loaded lox, funfetti and a few more unusual flavors round out Becky’s Bites' cream cheese offerings.

The take-out or delivery only cafe, opens Friday on E. 7th Street near Tompkins Square Park in the East Village.

<![CDATA[25 Pet-Friendly Colleges in America]]> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 13:21:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/189*120/Stetson1.jpg

Use the map above to locate a pet-friendly college near you.

Heading off to college for the first time and leaving the comforts of home can be a difficult transition. And for students leaving an animal companion behind, the move can feel even more difficult. 

While most schools have a strict no pet policy for campus housing, some offer special accommodations for students to help ease the process.

From lizards to horses, each school has a different pet policy, including restrictions on age, weight, cage, and sometimes, whether or not the animal was a family pet before entering college.

While service animals on campus were once used only exclusively as guide dogs for students with visual impairments, today schools are grappling with a rise of "emotional support animals."

As diagnoses of anxiety, depression and other mental health problems among college students reaches record highs, according the Center of Collegiate Mental Health, so has the prescription of these pets, also known as comfort animals, for their soothing abilities. 

Whether or not a school agrees that these animals are therapeutic is besides the point; imposing an outright animal ban for all students could violate federal law prohibiting discrimination in housing.

So which college is most pet-friendly? According to Animal Planet, Eckerd college. Residents may choose from 14 residence halls that permit dogs, cats, rabbits, ducks, chinchillas and ferrets. In addition, small pets in cages are permitted in all residence halls. Students also have access to a local veterinarian who does pet health checks twice a year.

Best of all, outgoing pets at Eckerd are honored at a separate graduation ceremony.

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<![CDATA[Sold! Meg Ryan's 'Magical' SoHo Loft Goes for $9.85 Million]]> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:36:09 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/meg+ryan+soho+thumb.jpg Actress Meg Ryan has sold her "magical" SoHo loft — featured on the cover of the November 2016 issue of "Architectural Digest" — for $9.85 million according to Curbed. The 4,100-square-foot palace had hit the market in mid-February with an asking price of $10.9 million. Take a look inside. You can see the full listing with Corcoran here.

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<![CDATA[Coke Zero is Getting a New Recipe, New Name]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:32:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/231*120/coke+zero+sugar.JPG

The new name is intended to make clearer that the drink has no sugar, and a new recipe is intended to make the drink taste more like regular Coke. The company isn't specifying what it's changing aside from saying it tweaked the "blend of flavors." It says the drink will use the same artificial sweeteners.

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. says the new cans and bottles, which will incorporate more red like regular Coke, will start hitting shelves in August.

Fans who like Coke Zero just the way it is took to social media, with some people joking about stockpiling the current version or referencing the history of New Coke. Others asked the company to please reconsider, and Coca-Cola's social media team was busily responding, saying they're hopeful that people will love the new version.

The push behind Coke Zero comes as Americans continue moving away from Diet Coke, which was introduced in the 1980s and has its own taste that's different from Coke. Coke Zero was introduced in 2005 and is intended to more closely mimic the flagship cola.

Coke Zero has generally been marketed to sporting events that skew to a male audience, while Diet Coke has been marketed to audiences that skew female, says Duane Stanford, editor of Beverage Digest. Both drinks are listed as having no calories.

Coca-Cola in the past has blamed the declines of Diet Coke on concerns over the aspartame used in the drink, though the ingredient is also used in Coke Zero, which has enjoyed growth globally.

James Quincey, CEO of Coca-Cola, says people haven't always understood that Diet Coke and Coke Zero have no sugar.

"It may surprise you to learn, but it's true," Quincey

Coca-Cola notes that the newer version of Coke Zero has already been launched in some other countries. That may allay concerns that the revamp won't go over well with fans, such as the infamous 1985 rollout of "New Coke," or PepsiCo's more recent recipe change for Diet Pepsi. PepsiCo had removed aspartame, which it said people didn't like. But then it brought back a version of Diet Pepsi with the artificial sweetener after sales fell.

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<![CDATA[Luke From Gilmore Girls Performs in NYC Coffee Shop]]> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:20:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ScottPattersonNYCBean725.jpg

Certain things just go better together. Two of those things are Gilmore Girls and coffee.

So it makes sense that Scott Patterson, who played Luke Danes on the hit show, would play his “Atomic Love” tour in a series of coffee shops across the country. The tour came to New York City Tuesday evening.

Patterson’s band, SMITHRADIO, played the first of a their shows in the Big Apple Tuesday evening at The Bean on Broadway to a sold out crowd of 30.

Patterson performed seven original songs and shared several annecdotes as he strummed along on his goblin sticker-covered guitar.

“This is my introduction to the music community, somewhat, so I wanted to try and lead with some of the better songs that are deeply felt. And I think that’s appropriate for a coffee shop,” Patterson said.

The “Atomic Love” tour may be Patterson's introduction to the music scene, but he says he has been a songwriter since his teens. One song he performed Tuesday he wrote when he was 15 years old, while others he wrote just a few years ago.

All the song choices combined with the intimacy of the venue allowed Patterson to be open and honest with attendees.

After one song, Patterson revealed how David Bowie’s death “hit him like a ton of bricks,” and how the birth of his son changed him. His vulnerability at Tuesday night’s performance was a stark departure from his Gilmore Girls counterpart Luke Danes.

Even though the concert was not a Gilmore Girls event, the love for the show was palpable. Several audience members were sporting Luke’s Diner shirts.

Sadly for Gilmore fans, Patterson said he had no update on the prospect of another season on Netflix.

“I never heard anything, I don’t know anything. I am hoping [it happens] for the fans, of course, but I don’t know,” Patterson said.  

The coffee shop tour is a unique choice. The tour consists of Patterson and his co-guitarist performing in more than 21 coffee shops nationwide in just about three weeks.

Patterson says he chose the coffee shop format so he could play for his fans as soon as possible. He says putting together a full band tour would have taken between six to nine months, at least.

You can find a show near you here.

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<![CDATA[9 National Tequila Day Drink Deals in the Tri-State]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:39:56 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/166*120/GettyImages-524792132.jpg National Tequila Day is here! Check out one of these tri-state spots for a tequila drink or two.

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<![CDATA[Wags to Riches: Rescue Dogs Living the Good Life]]> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:10:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-520304204-marnie.jpg

Which Instagram celebrity has garnered 2.1 million followers, gone backstage at a Demi Lovato concert, and snapped a picture with Taylor Swift at a Grammy Awards after-party?

Marnie the Dog.

Instagram-famous pets attract the attention of social media users around the world, gathering thousands of likes on each adorable picture. Like many celebrities, some of these furry friends were not born into fame, but rather rose from unlikely circumstances.

Marnie the Dog is one of these famous canines who began life in an animal shelter. Marnie's owner, Shirley Braha, was browsing through the animal adoption site Petfinder when she spotted Marnie.

"Marnie's condition when she was living in the shelter was not that fantastic," Braha said. "She had stomach worms, was really dirty, and seemed sad. I felt guilty leaving her there so I took her home."

After a thorough grooming and some time to settle in, Braha got to know Marnie's personality and began posting photos of her dog on her personal Instagram. Once a friend with 10,000 followers posted a photo with Marnie, the pup's following grew rapidly.

Marnie, adopted at age 11 as a senior dog, poses with celebrities and entertains followers with her cute photo-ops.

"A lot of these older dogs have a harder time getting adopted," Braha said. "It just seems like the right thing to do would be to go help an animal."

Marnie is not the only canine that emerged as a social media hit from humble beginnings. Instagram-famous dog Popeye the Foodie began life as a stray on the streets of Los Angeles when his future owner Ivy Diep found him. Diep quickly discovered how much her new pet enjoyed going out with her, so she began bringing Popeye to pet-friendly restaurants. When a friend pointed out how photogenic Popeye is, Diep began brainstorming ideas for an Instagram account.

"I wanted to do something different and it just clicked: how about a dog foodie?" Diep said. "A lot of people call themselves foodies … [Popeye] can be a foodie too!"

Popeye can be spotted at restaurants all around Los Angeles, posing with gourmet meals and desserts in photos that get thousands of likes. While Popeye was not adopted, Diep acknowledges that she would always promote adoption as the first choice for people looking to get a pet.

"We're trying to get the point across that you can find a wonderful dog out there," Diep said. "Just to show that, hey, this dog that might not be in its best condition at the moment … can blossom with a little bit of love and care."

Businesses are also looking to join in on the success of social media-famous animals, with advertisers reaching out to the pet owners for opportunities to promote products. Popeye the Foodie has been featured in sponsored posts by companies such as Burger King, American Express, and Honda.

Along with these advertising opportunities, famous dogs living lavish lifestyles have the power to make a difference. Marnie the Dog, for example, recently became a therapy dog at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

"I have this dog that makes people so happy," Braha said. "It feels like it's a really good use of my time and Marnie's time to bring a little bit of happiness to these children who are in situations that no one should ever be in."

Organizations such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) encourage adoption and utilize the social media presence of famous adopted dogs to spread that message. Joey Teixeira, senior manager of planned giving at the ASPCA and owner of Instagram-famous dog Mervin the Chihuahua, recognizes the impact that adoption can have on the lives of animals and their owners.

"We really just focus on making the right match, trying to work with people to remove those barriers [to adopting]," Teixeira said. "When you adopt, you're not only gaining a new family member, but you're also saving a life."

Mervin first arrived at the ASPCA shelter emaciated, missing his teeth and in need of care. Now, three years after Teixeira adopted the chihuahua, Mervin has come into his own and puts smiles on the faces of his Instagram followers.

"Once he got into a loving home, he was able to really come out of his shell and become his true self," Teixeira said.

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<![CDATA[Pet-o-nomics: The Cost of Owning a Dog or Cat]]> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:22:44 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-112705133.jpg

Dogs are known to help reduce stress and teach family members lessons in responsibility — but dog ownership demands fiscal responsibility, too.

The costs of bringing an animal into your home go far beyond any initial adoption fee, which will be waved or significantly reduced at hundreds of shelters around the country on Aug. 19 for Clear the Shelters.

The first year includes hidden fees that the owner must take into account, including supplies like a crate, collar, and veterinary bills. The price may vary based on differing circumstances, but a pet owner can expect to spend anywhere from $1,144 for a cat to over $2,000 for a largest breeds of dogs, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

After the first year, the ASPCA says pet owners can expect to shell out about $700 annually for smaller dogs to over $1,000 a year for big breeds.

Below is a breakdown of the average first year and annual costs the average pet owner will incur:

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