<![CDATA[NBC New York - The Scene]]>Copyright 2018 https://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/4NY_Horizontal.jpg NBC New York https://www.nbcnewyork.com en-usThu, 18 Oct 2018 06:18:16 -0400Thu, 18 Oct 2018 06:18:16 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Brace Yourselves: 1st Annual Haunted Subway Is This Week]]> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 07:58:30 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/haunted+subway.jpg

The NYPD's Transit Bureau and the MTA are trying to make the subways scary this Halloween, turning a Manhattan station into a two-day fright fest they're dubbing the "first annual haunted subway." 

So yes, this may be just the beginning.

The NYPD Transit Bureau tweeted that the 14th Street/Union Square stop would be converted into a spooky station this Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The haunt is described as "family-friendly." 

Enter at 15th Street and University. 

Neither the NYPD nor the MTA hinted at what the spook-fest may have in store.



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<![CDATA[Pero Que Funny!: How Latino Content Creators Impact Society]]> Thu, 04 Oct 2018 20:18:47 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cell-GettyImages-536989145.jpg

If you’re on social media, chances are you’ve heard of these guys: LeJuan James, Jenny Lorenzo and the Chonga Girls.

Their hilarious viral videos reach millions of people every day. And they’re on the same mission: to entertain.

“I want people to relate to my content, I want people to feel nostalgic with my content, I want my content to bring people together. I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to do that so far,” said Jenny Lorenzo, who is most well known for her Abuelita character.

Not only are they hilarious, but their content takes Latinos back to their roots.

“By doing what I’m doing, I’m able to give people an outlet to say, ‘Oh hey, that’s just like my mom, my father.’ What I want to do, the cool thing about the internet, it lives forever. Well beyond the moment I leave this earth, and then kind of inspire others to do the same and follow their dreams,” said LeJuan James, a content creator who reaches millions.

Whether their content reminds you of your abuelita, or your mami cleaning the house on a Saturday morning, or that girl you were afraid of in math class in the eighth grade, regardless (or should I say, irregardless), it’s content that takes you back and makes you feel good.

But it’s not all fun and games for them. In fact, it’s how they make a living – and they do quite well at it. Now, big brands are reaching out to them to collaborate.

Brands like Proctor and Gamble and NASCAR are reaching out to these content creators to advertise their products.

“It’s fun to do NASCAR as chongas because it’s something that chongas would never do. You would never see a chonga at NASCAR. What’s also cool is that what we’re doing is that we’re promoting their Latino driver, who is Mexican,” said Laura Di Lorenzo and Mimi Davila, who are also known as the Chonga Girls.

It’s no secret their content has an impact on Latinos. LeJuan James has more than 3 million fans on Facebook. His videos can easily be shared hundreds of thousands of times and get several million views.

“We’re all different. We have our nuances, different lingo and dialect. Whether you’re Argentinean, Mexican, from the Caribbean, South American, Venezuela, Colombia, we’re all very similar. By uniting us through this content is what I really want to do. I want to inspire, unite, come together as a community,” said James.

But despite their incredible success, they never forget their roots.

“I’m Cuban American, but not everybody who watches my stuff is Cuban American and they can still relate. So I do have Miami to thank for that,” said Lorenzo.

“What inspires our content is our nostalgia, our friendship, our childhood, where we’re from, Miami, and we love bringing memories to people,” said Davila.



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<![CDATA[7 Ways to Save Money on Halloween Costumes]]> Thu, 04 Oct 2018 10:35:37 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hlllo.jpg

Follow these tips to save money on this year’s Halloween costumes.

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<![CDATA[General Mills Brings Back Iconic Fruity-Shaped Trix Cereal]]> Mon, 01 Oct 2018 14:16:25 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Fruity+Trix.jpg

Silly rabbit, these Trix are for '90s kids.

General Mills announced Monday that it is bringing back its classic Trix fruity-shaped cereal.

"Trix cereal is beloved by our fans, and we heard loud and clear that they wanted to see the iconic shapes back in their bowls," said Scott Baldwin, director of marketing for General Mills cereal. "When Trix launched in 1954, it was the first fruit-flavored cereal that was colorful and fun. We're excited to continue that legacy, bringing an extra dose of joy to breakfast."

The company said fans have been asking for a return of the fruity shapes for years, and they received more than 20,000 requests just in the last 18 months.

The wait is over and Trix said the fruity shapes are here to stay. Nineties kids rejoice. 

First introduced in 1991, the fruity shapes established its place in '90s pop culture history. Trix retired the fruity shapes in 2006 and returned the cereal to its original round form.

General Mills said Classic Trix Fruity Shapes will be on shelves at major retailers nationwide in the fall.



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<![CDATA[Want to Get Away? Here Are 5 of Top Weekend Trips From NYC]]> Mon, 01 Oct 2018 13:57:11 -0400 Mohonk Mountain House: New Paltz, New York]]> Mohonk Mountain House: New Paltz, New York]]> https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/mohonk+mountain+house.jpg It's that time of year again. New Yorkers are looking to get out of New York City -- at least for the weekend. Looking for some ideas?

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<![CDATA[America's Single Best Pizza Is in Tri-State, New List Says]]> Thu, 27 Sep 2018 11:28:05 -0400 pepperoni at Grimaldi's in Brooklyn comes in at No. 9 on The Daily Meal's list of America's 101 best pizzerias. ]]> pepperoni at Grimaldi's in Brooklyn comes in at No. 9 on The Daily Meal's list of America's 101 best pizzerias. ]]> https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/grimaldis+pep.jpg

The tri-state area is standing up to its reputation for best pies by having the most pizza places on the "101 Best Pizzas in America" list for 2018 according to The Daily Meal’s annual ranking of America’s best pizzas.

Of the 101 pizzeria’s ranked, New Jersey was home to seven, but New York state took home the most at 36, with seven of the top ten in New York City.

The list is carefully curated and assessed by a panel of professionals who judge on things like distribution of cheese, sensibly combined toppings, the overall ingredients, and finally the ratio of sauce, cheese, toppings and crust, which remains the “integral component” overall, according to The Daily Meal.

Did you favorite joint make the cut? Check out the top five tri-state shops below, or check out the full list here.



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<![CDATA[Tri-State Pizzas Dominate New Ranking of Best in America]]> Thu, 27 Sep 2018 12:41:42 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/best+piz+thumb.jpg Start salivating.

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<![CDATA[Anthony Bourdain's Manhattan Apartment for Sale for $3.7M]]> Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:16:58 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bourdain-comp.jpg

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<![CDATA[In Photos: Body Paint Artist Makes Models Disappear]]> Wed, 19 Sep 2018 17:59:03 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/bodyartthumbnail.jpg

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<![CDATA[No NY City Ranks in Best Places to Live in America Study]]> Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:25:49 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Park+Slope+Street+View+Generic+Resized.jpg

It's not so great to live in New York -- anywhere in New York, according to a new study. New Jersey and Connecticut have some options, though.

Money Magazine recently released its annual study ranking the Best Places to Live in America and Big Apple locales were conspicuously absent from the list.

The study did, however, mention New Jersey and Connecticut cities within its top 50: Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, came in at No. 26, while Union, New Jersey, was ranked No. 43. West Hartford, Connecticut, took the No. 48 spot.

A little over an hour away from NYC, Parsippany-Troy, brags top schools and low crime. Union celebrates diversity with a high population of Hispanic, Portugese, and Polish inhabitants. West Hartford, a northern Conneticut town, is a quiet suburb, home to the beautiful, 101-acre Elizabeth Park. 

The study’s top 50 spots are based on factors including economic growth, affordability and quality of life. Money Magazine evaluated locations with good schools, a thriving economy, exuberant communities and a low crime rate.

They partnered with realtor.com to add a new metric that compares the price of real estate with income, and what they found is that the best places to settle down were the places where the cost of living is directly proportional to income.

Find out where your city ranks here.

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<![CDATA[The 2018 Emmys Highlights: From the Red Carpet to the Stage]]> Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:32:13 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/emmys-thumb-update.jpg Stars walk the red carpet in preparation for the 2018 Emmy Awards. ]]> <![CDATA[Photos: Hello Kitty Cafe Opens in Southern California]]> Thu, 27 Sep 2018 13:30:22 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/JakobLayman.0818.HelloKittyCafe_012.jpg The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe -- the first of its kind in the U.S. -- is now open in Irvine, California. In addition to the supercute cafe area, the eatery boasts a hidden pink oasis in the Bow Room where guests can enjoy Afternoon Tea or evening Cocktail Service.

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<![CDATA[See Inside $49M NYC Penthouse at ‘Ultimate Global Address’]]> Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:46:26 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DPH+-+Living+Area+-+Photo+Credit+Anastassios+Mentis+edited+size.jpg A penthouse duplex described as having the “ultimate global address” is up for sale — to the tune of $49 million.

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<![CDATA['Secret Beach' Pop-Up Bar Keeps Summer Alive in NYC]]> Fri, 07 Sep 2018 19:03:51 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Secret+Beach+pop-up+bar.jpg Even though the days are getting shorter, NYLO New York City is proving that summer is here to stay with its brand new “Secret Beach” pop-up bar on the Upper West Side.

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<![CDATA[Cannolis, Zeppoles and More at Annual Feast of San Gennaro]]> Mon, 10 Sep 2018 19:32:57 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/92+Annual+Feast+of+San+Gennaro+Thumbnail.jpg Mulberry Street in Little Italy will soon be alive with celebration as the 92nd Annual Feast of San Gennaro kicks off.]]> <![CDATA[The Best Labor Day Deals (and When to Go In-Store Over Online)]]> Mon, 03 Sep 2018 10:01:22 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_18142730689001-appliance-store.jpg

Labor Day weekend often sees major sales on big-ticket items like home appliances and automobiles, and NBC Better talked to some experts to help figure out the deals that are really worth it.

"If you're in the market for new kitchen gadgets and appliances, you'll find sales on refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washers and dryers," said Chelsea Hudson, a personal finance expert at TopCashback.

She also pointed out that iPhones often start to be discounted in September, which is when new versions are typically announced.

Struggling brick-and-mortar stores are likely to emphasize deals on items you can touch and feel, like clothing, said Carnegie Mellon business school marketing professor Jeffrey Galak.



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<![CDATA[Spirited Sips at Disneyland Are Not Far, Far Away]]> Sat, 01 Sep 2018 17:47:23 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ogc92384092384023fi-624x352.jpg

Like brave rebel spies attempting to determine where the First Order's secret schematics are hidden, "Star Wars" fans are poring over three words in the latest post on the Disney Parks Blog.

And those words are "libations for adults."

And the location where "libations for adults" will be served, at the Happiest Place on Earth?

Inside Oga's Cantina, inside Black Spire Outpost, inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, inside, yes, Disneyland Park, which is inside Anaheim, and not a galaxy far, far away.

The cantina element of the big reveal is full of fantasy and quirk, with accompanying artwork that speaks to a space-tastic "sip 'n sup" space that fans can expect to visit when the "Star Wars"-inspired land opens in summer 2019.

And the "libations for adults" part of the announcement, which was posted on the Disney Parks Blog on Thursday, Aug. 30, has fans chattering: Will this be the place to purchase a spirited drink, one made with alcohol, inside Disneyland Park?

Disneyland officials confirm that hunches are correct: You will be able to buy a grown-up beverage inside the world's best-known theme park, finally.

Well that "finally" is a bit soft, as alcohol is already served at Club 33 in New Orleans Square, a private club open to members and their guests.

And Disney California Adventure's Wine Country Trattoria is known for its nice vinos, while, over at Pacific Wharf, a brew buff can find a line-up of sophisticated suds.

Whatever you choose to quaff at Oga's Cantina, you can do so while listening to the musical stylings of RX-24, "... the former StarSpeeder 3000 pilot droid we first met in Star Tours, who has re-envisioned himself as the cantina's DJ."

Questions, intrigue, and mystery will continue to swirl around Oga's Cantina, like planets orbit a double sun.

After all, the establishment overseen by Oga Garra, an "intriguing alien prospector," already boasts a reputation as a "... smugglers' safe haven and a popular stopping point for those seeking to avoid the authorities."

Will the "unique vessels" that will hold the libations at the "notorious local watering hole" pay homage to the Cantina scene of "Star Wars IV: A New Hope"?

Will you spy patrons inside Oga's who look as though they've just rocketed in from Mos Eisley?

And will any of the drinks pay tribute to the blue Bantha milk from Tatooine, and the other sippables made famous in the film series?

Best go practice your light saber moves and wait it out, for there are more delicious reveals from Oga's Cantina, and the Happiest Place in the Solar System, still to roll out over the several months.



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<![CDATA[18 New Bars and Restaurants Opening in NYC this Fall]]> Wed, 05 Sep 2018 13:32:10 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/New+Restaurants+Opening+Thumbnail.jpg Whether it is an expansions of an old favorite or a brand new take on the New York restaurant scene, here are 18 bars and restaurants to keep your eye on when they open their doors this fall.]]> <![CDATA[One-Time Priciest Downtown Penthouse on the Market Again]]> Thu, 30 Aug 2018 16:55:59 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/212+West+18+PH+Thumbnail.jpg A penthouse that once had the distinction of being the priciest property Downtown when it sold years ago, is back on the market, but this time with a massive price cut, according to published reports.

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<![CDATA[Take a Look: Modern Residence Above MoMA on Sale for $42.5M]]> Wed, 29 Aug 2018 11:40:44 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/53W53+Thumbnail+Renderings+by+Three+Marks+and+VUW+Studio.jpg A new residence in a luxury condominium development could very well end up being the perfect place to call home for art aficionados. Why? The skyscraper is rising above the world renowned Museum of Modern Art.]]> <![CDATA[2 of Nation's Best Water Parks Are in NY and NJ, Report Says]]> Wed, 29 Aug 2018 10:41:54 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/hurricane+harbor1.jpg Baby, it's hot outside. After a blistering stretch of smothering humidity and temps in the 90s, people across the tri-state just want to get (and stay) in the water. Good thing we've got some of the nation's best water parks, according to a new report.

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<![CDATA[FAO Schwarz Flagship Is Reopening in Rockefeller Center]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 12:56:46 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/FAO+Schwarz+Piano.jpg

FAO Schwarz is reopening in Manhattan this fall — and you could land a job dancing on its iconic piano.

The fabled toy store, which closed its flagship store on Fifth Avenue in 2015, plans to reopen at Rockefeller Center in November, the Wall Street Journal reported.

As part of the relaunch, the store plans to hire “product demonstrators, magicians… men and women playing various costumed roles, including toy soldiers,” and performers to dance on the giant piano Tom Hanks danced on in “Big,” according to the outlet.

“We’re looking for people who can deliver that sense of theater,” the chief executive of ThreeSixty Brands, which bought the FAO Schwarz brand from Toys "R" Us in 2016, told the outlet.

FAO Schwarz will start auditioning people for the roles on Sept. 8, he said.

ThreeSixty Brands also plans to open an FAO Schwarz store in China in 2018 and at LaGuardia Airport this fall, according to the Journal.



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<![CDATA[Photos: 19 of the Most Valuable Cars at Sotheby's Monterey Auction]]> Mon, 27 Aug 2018 19:22:22 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/193*120/monterey-auction-sothebys-1962-Ferrari-250-GTO-by-Scaglietti_0.jpg In August 2014, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO became the most valuable car ever sold at auction when it crossed the block in Monterey, California, for $38 million. That staggering record was shattered in August 2018 by another '60s-era Ferrari with the famed GTO name.

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<![CDATA[Jurassic Park Ride Proposal Will Leave You With a Dino-Sized Smile]]> Tue, 28 Aug 2018 08:53:35 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/jurassic-propose-cover.jpg

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<![CDATA[Reporter Eats Food From 114 Countries Right Here in NYC]]> Fri, 31 Aug 2018 09:37:46 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/mike+george+cover+photo.jpg

Can you find food from every single country on Earth right here in New York City? One reporter is trying to find out.

NBC New York reporter Michael George covers some of the biggest news stories in the tri-state every night at 11 p.m. But in his off-time, he’s spent the last two years exploring New York for the best food from all over the world.

He’s documenting his quest, called “Mike George Eats The World”, on Facebook and Instagram. He’s already tried food from 114 countries so far, and he’s looking for more! Over the next few weeks we're going to show you all of the world restaurants Michael has eaten at during his mission, and maybe you can help us help him finish his quest. Here is Part 1, Afghanistan to Ecuador, and here is Part 2, Egypt to Lebanon.

In the meantime, this is how it all went down, according to Mike.

How did it start?

"I was covering a fire on Staten Island one night, and the only thing open was an Uzbek restaurant. The food was fantastic! I immediately started thinking what a waste it is that we usually stick to the food we know -- American, Mexican, Chinese, Italian, etcetera. This is New York- the city of immigrants! I came up with a plan to try food from every country in the world, and to share it with others.”

How did you find these places?

“I wanted it to be authentic, so I asked people from those countries -- friends, coworkers, even Uber drivers and complete strangers! Turns out everyone loves talking about food. When possible, I would go to a restaurant with a friend from that country so they could help me order, which was especially helpful when the staff didn’t speak English.”

What’s are some of your favorites?

“There’s so many! Bhutan, Belgium, and the Philippines all make my top 10. A Georgian dish called khachapuri- it’s basically a bread boat filled with cheese. South Africa’s bobotie is amazing. It’s curried ground beef with an egg custard topping. I also learned a lot about real Mexican and Chinese food -- not the kind we’re used to in America. Oh, and French fries are way better when eaten the Belgian way; with mayonnaise instead of ketchup."

What’s your least favorite?

“I’m the kind of guy who likes pretty much everything. But I will say the only challenging one for me was a Filipino street food called balut. It’s a boiled duck embryo, and it’s not for the faint of heart. Don’t Google it.” 

What’s next?

“I’ve done 114 countries so far, and I’m always looking for more! I still need an authentic Icelandic restaurant, Saudi restaurant, and lots of central African countries! If you know a good spot, hit me up on my Instagram or on Facebook.”

Did you ever get sick?

“People always ask that! I never got sick, not once. Maybe eating so many different things all the time gives me a cast-iron stomach. The only downside is the 15 pounds I put on eating all this food over the last 2 years.”

How can I try some of the food you ate?

"You’ll find the location of every restaurant I visited on Facebook and Instagram and right here at nbcnewyork.com."


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<![CDATA[Grubhub Reveals 10 Most Popular Foods of Summer]]> Thu, 23 Aug 2018 08:47:13 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/chicken+burrito+pexels.jpg .

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<![CDATA[See Inside World's Biggest Aircraft (Glass Floors, Anyone?)]]> Wed, 22 Aug 2018 06:32:20 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Airlander+10+Thumbnail.jpg Testing is underway for Hybrid Air Vehicles' massive Airlander 10, an environmentally-friendly hybrid aircraft that has the potential to alter people's perceptions of air travel forever.

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<![CDATA[Butter Sculpture, Ice Cream Nachos, Drone Lights at NYS Fair]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:38:00 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/New+York+State+Fair+2018+Thumbnail.jpg The Great New York State Fair is returning to Syracuse, NY with a lineup of events and activities that is sure to entertain the whole family.

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<![CDATA[See Inside: Selena Gomez Drops Asking Price of Texas Mansion]]> Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:37:45 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/182*120/selenaTLMDPORTADA.jpg Pop star Selena Gomez has dropped the asking price of her luxurious mansion in Fort Worth, Texas, from $2.99 million to $2.7 million.]]> <![CDATA[Blue Wine Is a Hit]]> Wed, 15 Aug 2018 18:16:45 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/blue+wine.jpg A turquoise-colored chardonnay called "Vindigo" has been a hit at a Mediterranean resort in France.]]> <![CDATA[Dogtographer Helps Shelter Pets Unleash Their Best Features]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 21:26:23 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/Spike+MSPCA.jpg

Kaylee Greer has found a way to do what she loves — and be successful.

The 33-year-old North Reading, Massachusetts, native is an internationally acclaimed canine photographer, traveling the world photographing dogs for private and commercial clients. 

Greer's talents as a dogtographer has even caught the attention of TV executives, scoring a reality show called "Pupparazzi" set to premiere on Nat Geo Wild this fall. 

Dog owners hoping Greer could capture their beloved pooch in one of her striking and whimsical photos spend two-years on a waitlist.   

However, her company Dog Breath Photography started as a pet project at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at Nevins Farm in Methuen. Greer was a volunteer at the shelter and would photograph the dogs.

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"With my photography, it’s all about telling the story of that dog in a single image, capturing their personalities, their spirits, and their souls," she said.

She even adopted her own dog, Joshua, from the shelter. The fun-loving pit bull will also be featured in the reality show.

Greer continues to donate her time to photographing shelter dogs in need of forever homes. She said she hopes the photos help capture someone's attention and gets them to consider the dog.

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"And hopefully that will then translate into them coming into the shelter and meeting the dog," she said. "And the dogs will take it from there." 

Greer's latest shelter photo subjects — Arvin, Spike and Bear — are available for adoption along with dozens of other pets at the MSPCA. For more information on how to adopt these animals, click here



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<![CDATA[Shelter Dog-Turned-Model Is 'Living His Best Life Ever']]> Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:48:36 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Tuco-CTS-081218.jpg

Tuco the Japanese Mastiff mix may be a supermodel on the rise, but his life hasn’t always been glitz and glamour.

Tuco’s wags-to-riches story began in Texas at Arlington's Animal Services Center after he was found nearby, wandering the streets neglected and underweight.

"He was about 40 or 50 pounds, just skin and bones from the pictures they sent me," said Clay Hayner, who adopted Tuco last year. "You could see every bone on him."

Shelter staffers had a soft spot for Tuco, who was known for carrying his bowl around in his mouth and getting visitors to fill it with food, water and treats. After gaining some weight and recovering, Tuco was ready to be adopted.

Hayner, a professional photographer, went to the shelter in March 2017 looking for a four-legged companion, but it was Tuco who picked his two-legged comrade to take him home.

"He jumped up, gave me a big hug and he was like, 'Take me home.' I was like, 'You're the one,” said Hayner. "It just clicked. He knew what he was doing."

Tuco quickly became a focus in Hayner's photography.

"He's so easy going. He just sits there, he lets me decorate him, dress him up," Hayner said.

From a spider monkey Halloween costume to sporting hiking gear in New Mexico, and any number of hats that Tuco is able to endure, the camera seems to love the expressive pooch.

"He just lets me do whatever to him. So, anytime you get dogs in a shot — it just makes it better," Hayner said.

And advertisers agree. Tuco has been hired to model in photo shoots for clothing companies, lighting and ceiling fans, and even Hari Mari flip flops.

He will also soon be gracing the posters for Purina dog food. That modeling job came with an added bonus: extra bowls and dog food, which Hayner and Tuco decided to donate to Arlington's animal shelter.

Hayner said Tuco still carries his bowl around, “for attention” and treats.

The charismatic dog has a big social media following. His Instagram account @adventure_of_Tuco,  which showcases Tuco "living his best life ever," has made him insta-famous.

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Hayner said while he has given Tuco a new lease on life, the pooch has returned the favor in an even greater way, "unconditional love."

And Tuco isn’t Hayner’s only doggie model, the photographer also donates his time to shelters, taking pictures of pets in need of forever homes to help get them adopted.



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<![CDATA[Anna Kournikova's Former Miami Beach Estate Hits Market for $14M ]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2018 11:46:36 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Waterfront+of+Ana%27s+House.jpg The Mediterranean waterfront estate in Miami Beach that was once owned by former professional tennis player Anna Kournikova is hitting the market for $14 million.

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<![CDATA[McDonald’s Offering McGold Card, Free Food for Life ]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2018 08:06:45 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-953183602+edited.jpg

International fast food giant McDonald’s announced it was giving away the “mythical” McGold Card to one lucky person — granting them free McDonald’s for life.

The chain officially confirmed Thursday the ever-so elusive McGold Card “exists and only a handful of people have ever gotten their hands one.”

However, burger fans now have the chance to get their hands on one — the first time McDonald’s has ever given away a McGold Card in a sweepstakes.

For a chance to win free McDonald’s for life, customers in the United States need to download the McDonald’s app and place an order via Mobile Order & Pay from Aug. 10 through Aug. 24. According to the fast food chain, only one entry per day per customer is permitted.

“The winner of the McGold card will also be awarded with a customized 24-carat golden phone case to mark their membership into the history and mystery of McGold Card lore,” according to McDonald’s.

The fast food chain is giving away the McGold Card to celebrate the launch of Mobile Order & Pay within the McDonald's App.

At a ceremony introducing The Gateway Arch in 1965, McDonald’s gave out the first McGold Card to the mayor of St. Louis, Missouri. From that moment, a small select number of McGold Cards have been given out to notable figures — from the governor of Michigan to the king of Sweden.

For more information on the sweepstakes and how to enter, click here or download the McDonald’s App.



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<![CDATA[11 S'mores-Inspired Treats Around New York]]> Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:53:59 -0400 https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/National+Smores+Day+Thumbnail.jpg National S'mores Day is on Aug. 10, and thankfully there are loads of marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker filled treats to enjoy across New York.]]>