Twins’ First Photo Released

Rapper Jay-Z grew up in the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, New York, but didn’t let this minor setback stop him from achieving greatness. Not only is Sean Carter a lyrical genius and one of the best rappers to ever grace the mic, he also captured the heart of the beautiful Beyoncé Knowles.

Married since 2008 , Carter and Knowles kept their relationship under wraps for many years, but have recently gave the public an inside glimpse of the happenings in their life. We’ve been there for the Lemonade, Kanye, and Solange, too. We’ve been there to hear of possible Jigga-affairs with Becky with the good hair, and now, we’re here to welcome the couple’s twins with open arms.

Joining big sister Blue Ivy, twins Sir and Rumi Carter were born in early June. One-month after delivery, Bey released the twins’ first photos, and as expected, they’re each equally adorable (although an up-close-and-personal baby shot would’ve suited us perfectly well.) Mom also stunned us with her beautiful appearance, but that is nothing unusual.

The newly-released Instagram photo shows Beyoncé holding the twins while wearing only a luxurious silk wrap covering her nude body. Sir was born just seconds before Rumi during a planned C-section. Although no photo of the entire Carter clan has surfaced yet, we eagerly anticipate seeing a photo of the five-some together very soon.

If there was ever a great way to make a comeback from a marriage in turmoil, delivering twins is certainly the way. Eat your heart out, Becky. Congratulations to Jay and Bey on the gorgeous babies!

Phish set up in MSG

The jam band Phish, notable for their long and meandering musical jams, is setting up house in MSG for what they are calling their baker’s dozen of shows which will extend from late July (21) to early August (6th).

Phish has been a popular band since their debut in 1083 and is renowned not only for their instrumental skills but also for their innovative and unique set lists which are never duplicated and always have some clever and unique elements to them. In other words, no two shows are exactly the same and many Phish fans may attend multiple, and potentially all, of these MSG shows.

These Baker’s Dozen shows are being promoted by Peter Shapiro who also promoted many of the shows by the Grateful Dead, another jam band that is commonly linked to Phish. Shapiro is estimating that there will be almost 100,000 tourists and visitors to New York City that will come in as a result of these Phish concerts which will be positive for the local economy, even though Phish fans are not known for their materialism.

Many Phish fans (or phans as they are commonly referred as) are now older and have families of their own. Many fans are likely to bring family members to the city and to the shows. The event promoter indicated that they worked to create some family and children friendly events such as children events with Phish music playing to help manage the fans time outside of the event. Further, he indicated that there is likely to be an uptick in attendance at local restaurants and at museums, of which New York City has some of the world’s leading examples of.

There is also likely to be an infusion of tie die shirts across NYC due to the Phish baker’s dozen concert, of course.

Higher Temps for New York City Coming

While New York City is a great place to live in and visit in the summer months, this summer may not be the ideal situation for some travelers. For those that would like to avoid extreme heat, New York City could be a tough choice as they are already facing their third big heat wave of the 2017 summer (

During this upcoming week, most areas of New York City will see temperatures that are in excess of 90 degrees. They could also break the summer high marks of more than 93 degree, which was hit earlier this year. Along with the higher temperatures, many people will flock to the local pools and other recreational places to stay cool and enjoy the nice temperature.

While the weather may be ideal for some, there are some additional concerns. Due to the age of many buildings in the city, there are millions of people that do not live with constant access to air conditioning in their homes. This could actually end up posing a very big risk concern for some people, particularly the elderly who are more prone to over heating. Another risk is the fact that it will be a pretty dry area for the next few days. This could create a larger potential for fires, which will require the local fire departments to staff accordingly.

While the weather will be very hot for the next few days, there does appear to be some relief coming. The current forecast calls for a number of rain storms to come through the area over the weekend. This could help to reduce the temperature and improve the overall air quality in the region. However, if the storms do not come, it could result in much higher humidity, which could lead to a higher overall heat index.

A New York Room With A View

I understand that real estate comes with a premium price tag in the city of New York, and this listing is no exception to that. It’s the “something extra” that is thrown in with the 3.5 million dollar price tag on this fourth floor, walk up penthouse that will leave people in awe.

Apparently, the old owner of the penthouse loved the beach or coastal living so much that they created a “Nantucket” style cottage on the roof. Yes, I said that correctly. The fourth floor walk up comes with an additional cottage on the roof. In fact, the only thing that is missing from the “beachy” feel of this cottage is actual beach. The new owner will just have to get used to a view of the East Village on three sides.

The pictures are beautiful of both homes but my Mid-west sensibilities leaves me wondering about a couple things. Firstly, what do you do with the property in the winter? It kind of makes more work for the New Yorker that buys this property. I mean someone has to shovel the roof clean if you get hit with a snowstorm right? Plus that question leads me to this one? Did they add extra support in the apartment below for a whole cottage to be added to the top of the pre- existing structure? I would hate for someone to sink 3.5 million into these two residences and have the whole thing crumble due to structural integrity failing. Both living spaces certainly are beautiful.

You can judge for yourself if it would be worth it by viewing the features and pictures here. as for me, I think I will stick with my simple home and drive to the beach. It’s a bit cheaper.

New York Based Non-profit Enters $33 Million Contract to Help Eliminate Homelessness

Homelessness is a problem in New York City. For the past decade, non-profits have defined homelessness as chronic homelessness—the state of being unsheltered for more than 9 months and having mental problems, physical or developmental disabilities and/or substance abuse issues. An association of non-profits dedicated to this cause, lead by The Center for Urban Community Services, has entered a $33 million contract with the City of New York to take on this issue. The contract requires these organizations to give a new definition to homelessness. These organizations are now being asked to help short-term homeless people and newly homeless people.

Despite the fact that the economy has risen within recent years, factors such as the high costs of living in New York City, low salaries, job instability, unemployment, underemployment and competition are pushing people into homelessness. There are a lot of people with jobs who are homeless.

There are 6 drop in centers in the City of New York, and two more are planned to open. In these places, people can drop in to take showers and receive meals. The city has a main shelter system, though city shelters have a reputation of being unsafe places. Shelters also have strict restrictions and curfews. As a result, many people choose to live outside, despite the chance of authorities throwing them off the land and destroying their belongings.

Because of the bad reputation of shelters, the city has opened up safe-haven beds in smaller quarters such as churches. These safe haven beds do not have such strict curfews and restrictions as shelters.

To get an idea of how many homeless people there are in New York City, one must look at various figures. According to a survey in February of 2017, it was found that about 3,900 people live outdoors in New York City, which is a 40% increase from the year before. However, these numbers may not be completely accurate, and there may be even more homeless people who are not accounted for in the survey. According to a list of names that the city has, about 2,000 people are homeless. On some of the most not-so-great days, the amount of people in the main shelter system can reach around 60,000.

The Housing Condition in New York

New York City is known as the capital of the world. This means that it has one of the most expensive housing on earth. Not only is finding a house in New York difficult but it takes away much of your savings. New York is known for its competitive house rates. The spaces are also crammed leave alone the fact that you have to commute to work through the metro stations. However, a recent article by the New York Times revealed that if you know where to look and how to act, you might get the chance of getting the best deals in the city. To get an apartment that is less that $1500 a month, you will have to compromise on many things like living with a roommate or living in a neighborhood that will greatly inconvenience you with your work schedule.


In a recent survey, it was revealed that many people living in New York are cost burdened. This is a term used to describe people who spend more than a third of their salary on rent. There is a trend in the size of the apartments reducing with an increase in the number of people moving into the city. The shrinking is meant to make housing affordable. Most people in New York make an annual salary of $56,350 putting their monthly rent at $1409. This is not the real case in places like Manhattan where you have to pay an apartment for $3,475 meaning that you should have an annual income of $139,000 to support such kind of rent.


A former commissioner at the department of housing in New York acknowledged that people’s salaries have stayed flat while the rent of houses has skyrocketed. He expressed concerns for graduates moving into the city in search of jobs. For instance, a graduate in finance should expect a starting salary of about $70,000 while their counterparts in arts and entertainment are in a fixed position earning $30,000 annually.

New Restaurant In New York From Famous Chef Anne Burrell

New Restaurant In New York From Famous Chef Anne Burrell

New Yorkers love to eat. From pizza to Chinese food to Indian takeout, they know food and they love those who adore it as much as they do. So it comes as no surprise that this city has continued to attract world class chefs determined to make their mark here. Now, another chef has decided to make this city her own. Anne Burrell is known for many things. As one of Food Network’s rising stars, she’s been involved in many food battles online. She’s also hosted her own Food iNetwork show where she took some America’s worst cooks and taught them how to create gourmet meals. Her other ventures include a series of well received cookbooks.


A Brooklyn Location


While all of New York is a foodie haven, in recent years a vibrant food community has developed in Brooklyn. Anne Burrell has decided to make Smith Street on Brooklyn the home of her new restaurant. Called Phil and Anne’s Good Time Lounge, the restaurant is a partnership between her and indie food voice Phil Casaceli. The two have a point of view that is very much about bringing delicious food with unique dishes to the world. She’s a creative force who likes to play around with classic Italian favorites that she grew up with and make them more about modern, cleaner tastes.


An Innovative Menu


The thirteen hundred square food space offers a lot of space to experiment and plenty of room for guests to relax and explore the entire world of food. Diners can choose from varied kinds of menu items that range from snacks to more filling dishes. Choices like roasted baby beet and carrot salad are all about keeping as healthy as possible while not letting go of flavor. For those with heartier appetites items like meatballs with ricotta and diced dill pickles or a seared cod with clams and shrimp help people fill up on a cold winter day.


Elegant Japanese Cuisine Comes To The Upper East Side

The Japanese have developed an entirely unique cuisine. With a focus on fresh fish and bright colors, people all over the world have come to love what it offers. New Yorkers are no exception. As in so many other world class cities, New Yorkers adore this varied style of preparing food. Today, diners can pick from all kinds of Japanese restaurants in New York from small sushi joints to places that serve intense and upscale plates. A style of Japanese food known as omakase has become particularly popular. From a Japanese phrase that means allowing the chef to choose the meal, this kind of Japanese dining is all about the use of quality ingredients and letting a chef use their skills to create something that entirely special. Several Japanese omakase restaurants have opened up in New York City, much to the delight of residents pleased at the chance to enjoy a style that can be hard to find outside of Japan.


The New Restaurant


Residents of the Upper East Side can head to 74th street to try omakase at Sushi Ishikawa. This new venture offers quality at a reduced price. This way, many diners can sample one of the most luxurious styles of Japanese food. There are twenty-three seats so there’s expected to be enough room for everyone who wants to be here without a wait. The chef plans to offer two menus for diners to pick from. Each diner can expect to enjoy a wide variety of fish and seafood as well as other kinds of Japanese ingredients all via the guidance of a skilled chef who cares about creating a truly memorable meal each night. A typical meal may start with mushroom soup topped with abalone and then include other, very special ingredients such as hairy crab, Japanese grunt and octopus. Special emphasis is placed on the use of accompaniments such as bonito flakes and a salt that is mixed with green tea.


New York City Baseball Sees Odd Streak

New York City is the most populated city in the United States and is often considered one of the hotspots for finding talent for a few different major sports. While a lot of basketball and football talent has come out of New York City, it has actually not produced a lot of top baseball talent. According to a recent article, it has been over 20 years since a high school baseball player out of New York City has been drafted in the first round of the MLB amateur draft (

The last time that a baseball player out of New York City has been drafted in the first round was 21 years ago. In that draft, Jason Marquis was picked number 35 overall by the Atlanta Braves. Marquis went on to have a long and successful career with a number of teams including the Braves, Cardinals, and Cubs. This included winning the World Series with the Cardinals in 2006.

While it has been awhile since a player was drafted in the first round, it has continued to be a pretty exclusive club. Only four players in the past 35 years, and eight in the last 50, have been drafted in the first round. The most notable selection may be Shawn Dunston, who was drafted number one overall and was an All-Star player with the Cubs and a few different teams.

While it has been a long time since a player was picked in the first round, there is a good chance that the streak will be coming to an end. Quentin Holmes is a very talented high school player and is considered to be the 33rd overall prospect in this year’s draft. According to at least a few different experts, Holmes will be picked towards the end of the first round. There are a range of factors contributing to this. One may be the fact that New York schools play less games, which gives less opportunities to see a player live.

New Chinese Restaurant Concept For New Yorkers Near Columbia University

New Yorkers, like everyone else, love Chinese food. Chinese food is often made from fresh ingredients and full of flavors like soy sauce, ginger and garlic that are commonly used in many cultures. Many New Yorkers are familiar with the varied elements of Chinese culture. A new restaurant concept seeks to translate their familiar flavors into the fast casual concept. Like other fast casual restaurants, this one will offer the chance to customize a meal from all kinds of specific components to creates something that is entirely unique for each diner. Junzi Kitchen is slated to open near Columbia University on June 21st. The first Junzi Kitchen began in 2015 as a way to turn around the standard Chinese restaurant in America into something that is hopefully more modern, faster and ideally easier for the average American to navigate on their lunch hour with friends.


Their First New York Location


This new restaurant will have seating for thirty-five in an eight hundred foot square space. Diners can come here from 11 in the morning to 10 at night to create their own special plate. They are allowed to pick out a base such as noodles. After that, it’s on to their choice of toppings and protein. They can pick from varied kinds of meats depending on what they want on any given day. Additional choices include vegetables that have been quickly fried and a choice of varied kinds of sauces. A diner might decide to go for wide knife noodles. Then they could add in meat options that include chicken and pork. Vegetarians can pick from mushrooms and tofu. Garnishes include scallions and bean threads while roasted sesame and sweet soy as well as tomato egg and called jaja. Each location has something special that is designed to cater to specific tastes that may be more locally common. The New York space will offer choices like shrimp salt with a tang and chive ash.