Events, holidays, Manhattan, quizzes

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You may not wake up early enough tomorrow to catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but we bet you know these balloon characters anyway. 10 of those famous helium-filled stars were matched up with “their” NYC neighborhood. Guess which character belongs in each neighborhood in this fun Buzzfeed quiz!


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City Living, Events, Features, holidays

NYC Volunteer Opportunities: Giving Thanks and Giving Back

By Michelle Cohen, Tue, November 25, 2014

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The season of good cheer–and good food–has begun, but there are many who are left out in the cold. Share the abundance; volunteer your time, your food, or your funds (or all of the above) to help spread real warmth to all New Yorkers. We’ve rounded up Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities around the city to make it even simpler for you to give back.

Check out our list of ways to get involved

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Features, holidays, Interviews, New Yorker Spotlight, People

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Photo by Chris Franko

When Janna Kennedy Hyten was growing up in rural Florida, she probably never envisioned the crowds that would one day gather outside her Brooklyn home for Halloween 313. At the time, Janna’s physical world was small, but her imagination was large and primed to create the wonder, joy, and gore necessary to captivate thousands of children each Halloween.

Halloween 313 began 20 years ago when Janna opened her home at 313 Clinton Avenue to Clinton Hill‘s children. Over the last two decades, what began as elaborate Halloween decorations on the home’s exterior, developed into an annual, full-fledged, front yard production with fun names and storylines like “Grimm Scary Tale,” “Pirates of the Scarebbean, The Curse of the White Pearl,” and “20,000 Screams Under the Sea.”

We recently spoke with Janna to find out more about the woman and home behind Halloween 313.

Read the interview here

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Features, holidays, real estate trends

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Photo via Plowboylifestyle/CC

Not so surprisingly, Manhattan has a slew of cemeteries, graveyards and built-over potter’s fields (for unclaimed bodies). Madison Square Park was originally used as a potter’s field, as was Bryant Park. And though these swaths of land served many purposes over the years, it took an eternity before they were lovely public parks. From the late 1600s, burial grounds were generally confined to what would now be just south of City Hall, but more began popping up further uptown during the 1800s as the city’s population grew in leaps and bounds.

With Halloween upon us, tis’ the season for checking out if living near one might give a buyer a bit of a ghostly scare or whether it takes an eternity to sell when the living room window overlooks tombstones marking coffins buried six feet under.

Hear what experts say, and then learn about the city’s most notable graveyards.

Do homes near cemeteries sell at a discount in NYC?

Design, holidays, Products

Zia Priven, Philippe lamp, skeleton lamp

No, it’s not a Halloween decoration. Philippe is a year-round floor lamp that’s sure to spice up any room with its eerily glamorous appeal. Created by the lighting designers at Zia Priven, this lamp resembles a skeleton you might find at the doctor’s office. The only difference is it’s topped with lamp shade and comes finished in silver, bronze, or a natural-looking bone white.

More details on Philippe here

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Features, History, holidays

Columbus Circle, Christopher Columbus, Columbus monuments NYC

It’s easy to forget that Columbus Day is more than just a day off from work (which we’re not complaining about), but rather a holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas on October 12, 1942. But if you need reminding, look no further than these memorials scattered around New York City.

Take a tour of where to find Christopher Columbus monuments in NYC


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