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Living in NYC

ny-300x244New York City has an amazingly large population, there is no doubt about it. With this many people from all over the world an endless amount of lifestyle variety is sure to follow. There are many things that people can enjoy and experience in this place that are all guaranteed to be one of a kind. From the unique neighborhoods, many of which feel like their own city within a city to the different cultures, sounds, smells, and sites- everyone can find some piece of NYC that feels like home. Continue reading

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Top Art Museums in NYC

Capture5-300x169Although there are so many large museums with prestigious collections of various artifacts located in almost every major city all throughout the globe, the best of the best of these museums are still undoubtedly found in New York City. Every art museum has become the sources of pride of the City and these museums have also created a great deal of significance to its residents. Continue reading

Why Choose New York City for Starting Your Business

New York City is the city with the highest population in the US. It’s the capital of the state of the same name, which is also New York. In order to differentiate the two, city is usually added to know that the place that you’re talking about is New York City. This is one of the most popular cities not only in the country, but around the world. It’s home to hundreds of companies in different industries, including fashion, art, media, entertainment and finance. If you’re thinking of starting a new business, New York City is a great location.

It’s a Global Hub for Business

As mentioned, you’ll find all types of business here, including international companies operating in different countries around the world. These companies are often on top of the trends on everything that concerns their field. You can use this to determine the next trend in the industry you’re in. Moreover, many people perceive the city as a reputable place for business, attracting more clients.

Prices are Competitive

Since there are several businesses in the city, the competition is stiff. As a company, you will also be utilizing other companies’ services as you would need them in various areas of your business. Because of this competition, you will find many great options at a highly competitive price.

Get the Latest Information

The city has cutting edge technology and the latest information. As they say, knowledge is power. This also applies in business. Being on top of what’s happening in the market, especially in your specific industry will give you the edge to businesses located in other places. This information can be very crucial in making the right decisions for the success of your business.

Social Activities

New York City has many events where people can mingle with each other. These activities give you the chance to socialize both with potential business associates and possible clients. Make sure to have several business cards printed to hand out to the people that you would meet.

If you decide to open a business here, you can easily find an NYC office space that you can use as an office, showroom, restaurant or retail store, depending on your field.

3 Reasons Why I Decided to Invest in Websites

When I first started out, everybody thought I was crazy. In fact, I still do get raised eyebrows and the occasional, “Are you for real? You bought a website for that much money?!”

Yes, I invested in websites. But before you judge me or hover your cursor to close this page. I ask you to hear me out.

Like you, I was one of those 9-5 boys working and churning. When the paycheck comes, I pay the bills, buy groceries, take care of everything that needs to be taken cared of and what little left I had I saved up. After all, that’s what you’re supposed to do, right? So I did. When I finally had enough, instead of letting it sit in the bank and wait for interest to sprinkle its fairy dust and grow it into a 6-figure sum (which probably wasn’t going to happen in my lifetime) I looked at investing as a way out.

My first option was to look into investing in stocks. I had a friend who knew a friend who was supposed to be good at this whole stock market thing. After all, I needed a crash course. He set us up on a casual meeting to talk about it and by the end hour, all I understood was that he was happy Germany won over Brazil in the last World Cup; he’s getting married soon and something about bulls in markets. Eventually, I thought, maybe I should just research. I did. Poured on books, articles and pretended that I understood what I was doing. But eventually, it just wasn’t working. I was more confused than ever and the more I read about investing in stocks, the more it felt to me like I was merely gambling away my money. It was this last thought that sunk in most of all. I wanted something a bit more secure.

Then while having our usual pool get together, one of my friends mentioned about looking into buying and selling websites. By this point, I was already a bit jaded and thought, “Here we go again.” But he seemed genuinely enthusiastic so I heard him out.

He said it’s similar to selling real estate, except it’s all online, it’s all about websites and flipping is totally fine. I’ve got to admit, he piqued my interest although I still wasn’t sold. When I got home, I went online and Googled it. There’s not much information out there. In fact, I was even looking for a list of benefits to back up the idea in my head and I couldn’t even find anything! (Hence, the reason I’m writing this.)

Just when I was about to give up, I clicked on a link that brought me to a site called Trusted Site Seller. Yeah, I’m not sure why I didn’t think of entering those keywords in the first place. Anyway, it’s a pretty straightforward site. There were testimonials and a short introduction by Ryan Kaufman, the lead broker.

By then, I was interested but like anything, I wasn’t about to jump into something I didn’t understand. All I did that time was sign up for the email alerts. It took me weeks of constant soul searching before I finally found the courage to email and ask questions. Lucky for me, Ryan was pretty accommodating.

Trust me; I had questions like a fifth-grader discovering Jedi’s for the first time. Ryan was patient with me and explained the details. Eventually, I decided, this could be a good investment. Here are 3 reasons why I think so:

1. You earn without working up too much of a sweat.

Most of us feel guilty if we simply get something good without working hard for it. It’s ingrained in our brains that if something is easy to achieve then it’s probably not right. If it’s as simple as handing over money, investing it, and getting good profits and returns as a result; it’s probably fake. We all like to conclude that but the fact is it doesn’t have to be. Buying a website for instance is easy. You invest in a solid business site with a proven income stream and audience. You don’t break a sweat. But it doesn’t mean you didn’t break a sweat earning the money you used to pay for the site. Do you get what I mean?

2. You get an established business, not just a website.

When you invest and decide to keep the site, you are investing in an actual business. For instance, Ryan has a listing for a jewelry shop on the site right now. Let’s say you buy that. What you’re buying is not just the site, but you’re actually purchasing a well-established business as well. If you love jewelry and always thought of having a shop of your own, it’s your big chance, don’t you agree? Starting is often the most difficult part of a business. When you buy an established company, the kinks are ironed out for you. I’m not going to lie, you’d still need to learn to handle it properly in order to make it even more profitable or improve it. But if it’s something you are passionate about, then that shouldn’t be a problem.

3. It gives you freedom. (Don’t we all want this?)

If the website you purchase gives you strong revenue, particularly a passive income, then you can give yourself freedom from the 9-5 and simply do what you love. You can choose to venture into other side businesses or finally find time to write that book or travel. It’s your life and you choose to live it the way you see fit. But with a good investment behind you and some guaranteed profits, the amount of stress you feel is slightly lower plus, you can make room by letting go of what doesn’t matter as much and instead indulge in things you love.

So these are my reasons. I’m sure there’s plenty more benefits but these are the most important to me. We all want some form of security and more time on our hands to do what we love and spend time with those we care about. Investing in websites is one form of inching our way to that.

If you need help or simply have a lot of questions you want to ask about this, you can contact Ryan directly and he’d be happy to explain things to you. You can even reach him through Skype so you can just talk. It’s much easier than doing the emails. I wish you the best and hope it works out for you like it has for me.

Choosing Your Roofing Materials

There are more options when it comes to roofing materials then there have been in the past. This makes it harder and more confusing for anyone when it comes to deciding on what type of materials their new roof should be made of. In New York there are certain types of materials that may be better suited for your home or business.

Concrete Tile
Concrete tile is one of the most durable types of roofing materials available. It is said to last at least 25 years. Another plus to using concrete tile is that it can resist both insects and rotting.One benefit to using concrete tiles is that they are energy saving and highly insulated. So they are also a great option for the cold.This may be a good reason to get them for the cold weather we have in New York, but there are probably more reasonable options out there.

Wood Shakes/Shingles
If you choose to use this material for your new roof, you will need to make sure to properly care for and maintain the roof. This includes removing any pine needles, leaf litter or other debris that may get caught between the shingles or shakes. These work fine for most New York homes and businesses.

Metal
This type of roofing
material is one of the lighter materials. It can sometimes even be installed directly over old roofing materials. Metal roofing does not break, crack, fade or curl. Like wood shingles/shakes, most metal roofing materials can protect against hail and even heavy snowfalls and falling tree limbs.In addition to that, metal roofs do not burn so they are great for homes that have chimneys or stovepipes. Although this is not the most popular option for most New York homes and businesses, it is still a good option.

Asphalt Shingles
One of the most popular type of shingles in New York are asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingles are probably the most commonly used type of shingles in the United States as well as the New York area.. However, over time the oil in the shingles soften in the sun and when it rains the oils are washed out over time. This can cause the shingles to eventually rot and even expose the nails.So if you are looking for a more durable type of material for your roof this may not be the best one to consider. Some pros of using asphalt shingles is that they are one of the more affordable materials available and they last from 20-50 years.

Slate Shingles
Slate shingles are one of the more expensive types of materials you can use but they can last anywhere from 80 to 400 years. Slate shingles come in a number of different colors and even decorative patterns. These type of shingle is best if your roof is not too steep because they are sometimes held up by gravity. If your roof is too steep the shingles can slide off. This is a great option for any New Yorker if you have the money to spend and plan on living in your home for a long time. It also is a great option for any business in New York.

How Far Will You Go?

Cosmetic surgery is all the rage but there are some things that are just too ridiculous for words. The number of people undergoing cosmetic surgery, especially here in good ole NYC, just to look like their favorite pop or film star is getting a little out of hand but judging by the amount these people spent, they clearly have far more money than sense. Let’s have a look at what people are doing:

  • Justin BieberToby Sheldon spent the staggering sum of $100,000 over 5 years and the result was not nice to look t. I suppose it was successful really!
  • Lady Gaga – Donna Trego coughed up $100,00 and she is still spending – she is making money out of it though by being a member of a tribute band
  • Kim Kardashian – Myla Sinanaj has spent around $30,000 in surgeries including lip injections, liposuction and breast implants
  • Miranda Kerr Yuh Reum Hong has spent an undisclosed sum on doing her eyes and nose to look like Miranda – different nationalities might make the transformation a little impossible perhaps?
  • Demi Moore – Lisa Connell went to $60,000 on eyebrow lifts, liposuction, breast implants and other alterations.
  • Jessica Alba – Xiaoqing was lucky. Her split with her boyfriend convinced her she needed to change to get him back but she didn’t spend a dime – Jessica Alba herself heard what she was going to do and stopped her.
  • Britney SpearsCrystal U spent almost $25,000 on fat grafts, Botox, breast implants and a rhinoplasty
  • Brad Pitt – Mike and Matt decided to both go for the Brad Pitt look and spent around $29,000 on cosmetic procedures.
  • Jennifer Anniston – Kelly Chandler totted up bills totaling $26,000 for liposuctions, implants and a rhinoplasty just to make her ex-husband feel a little jealous.
  • Ryan Gosling – Nicholas Ryan racked up $55,000 in surgery bills – just on Botox and fillers
  • Jennifer LopezHer namesake forked out more than $16,000 on just three procedures.

As I said, more money than sense, some of them. I wonder how many of these people checked their surgeon’s credentials before they went under the knife.  I heard that any good NYC plastic surgeon attends a college for Cosmetic Physicians, to undergo training and education in all manner of procedures before they do them.

Let’s face it anyway; a properly qualified professional surgeon is going to boot out anyone who says they want to look like Justin Bieber!!

The Speed of Things to Come

The internet has to be one of the greatest inventions of all time. I think most of us would agree that we would be pretty darn lost without it now. I mean, I wouldn’t be able to bring you my blog now, would I?

The internet is our future and the faster it gets the better it is. And that’s what’s happening here in good old New York City.  We’re getting something called dark fibre. And, it isn’t just businesses that are going to benefit this time, not like when broadband was first introduced or fibre optic.

Into the Darkness

Oh no, this time, we all get to take advantage of the latest in internet speeds, security and privacy. I did a bit of digging about dark fibre and found a lot of useful information on the internet.

It’s now the fastest option known to man – or woman – and will speed up our internet beyond our wildest dreams.  For example

  • Each fibre is designed to carry personal traffic from point to point – i.e. your fibre, your data only.
  • One single fibre is capable of delivering an incredible 400 GB per second! This means, with your personal dark fibre network, you have access to more bandwidth that you could possibly know what to do with.
  • You get the highest level of security known to man on your private data network – no-one else has access so you get to control the management of it
  • You get to become your own network provider at a surprisingly good price.

Ok so maybe it is aimed at companies for now but eventually we’ll all get our hands on it. If you own your own business though, you should think seriously about investing in this dark fibre – it is the future of internet technology and anyone who hasn’t got it in a few years will be left completely in the dark.

In the meantime, I can only dream about how fast my internet speeds could be, how fast I could download files and upload these blogs and videos to the net.  One day, we’ll all be in the dark and we’ll all be happy to be there.

Longing For That Tropical Island Feel

I’m a true-blue New Yorker who was born and raised in the Big Apple. My parents settled down in New York and built a small bookstore and coffee shop where I spent most of my years after school. We live in the building above it and so this small community is my family and my home. Walking down the block where the newspaper stands are, I can say hi to a couple of old timers whom I have known all my life. Farther down are Italian restaurants where one can get the best pasta and pizza on this side of the planet – I will argue with anyone who challenges me on this.

During the summer, my family and I will stay with my aunt at the Hamptons. Everyone knows how posh and rich that place can be. I do it because I love the beach and the ocean and would do anything for a day out swimming and for clam bakes by the shore. When I finished high school and worked full time at the family business, I was able to save up enough money to start college and go on a small adventure.

I decided that New York and New Jersey was a little too much to take in now and wanted a fresh look at the world. I chanced upon an Asian cities cruise which includes Thailand holidays. I’ve heard a lot about Thailand from friends who have visited the country years ago. They rave about the beaches, diving, snorkeling, shopping and eating really spicy food. The travel bug in me can’t wait for the adventure to begin.

While I counted off the days, I searched online for tourist spots I wanted to see. I was intrigued by the reclining buddha at the Wat Po temple. I also wanted to see the floating markets and the famous night markets. Going there with my best buddies, I know we will be in for a great time. I want to to try diving and snorkeling and eat lots of fresh seafood and spicy chilis. Let’s bring in some New York flavor to Thailand!

New York and Modern Women’s Lifestyle

A woman’s lifestyle depends on the place where she lives. In the United States, women who are liberated and independent are admired by a lot of people all over the world because they are considered as role models of the modern generation. Their competency in all aspects of life makes them stand out in any field that they choose.

When I moved from Florida to New York, I instantly made some friends from the company I work with and they taught me how to adjust to the lifestyle in the Big Apple. At first, I was a bit astonished at how things are different in New York from other U.S. cities, but later on I got used to it. The activities, the people’s attitude, and their survival needs are quite different from what I had experienced in Florida. I cannot deny that most New Yorkers are mean and rude at times, and dealing with this type of attitude is the most difficult part for me as a newcomer.

I also learned how to take care of myself better. That means cleaning the pad, preparing meals, defending myself from bad people, up to grooming myself. In the business industry, it is very important that you look presentable at all times because it determines your professionalism as well as your character. There are times when special occasions happen without notice and I am too busy to make an appointment with someone who can do a little makeover for me. Thus, I did a little research on effective ways of applying makeup and creating different hair styles. Some of my friends taught me the basics of grooming and makeup, but I soon find myself wanting to known more, and I started checking out articles about beauty, reading women’s magazine and such.

One of the best things I have learned from all the magazines I have read is buying the best tools and gadgets for enhancing your beauty. Even with minimal makeup, changing your hairstyle makes a big difference in how you look even if you are in a hurry. On this website, they feature the best curling iron, which has different styling functions. For the best curling wand, you can also check this page to learn more about its uses and other information. These are very handy grooming gadgets and does not take that much space in your handbag. With a curling wand or a curling iron you can instantly create a different hairstyle and be good to go.

Making yourself beautiful starts with the basics. Getting used to the city lifestyle may be a bit difficult for some, but anyone can surely adapt to it if they are willing to change themselves for the better.

New Yorkers Rush For The Brazilian Butt-Lift

Blame it on Kim Kardashian and “Jenny from the block”. Right now, women are rushing to have their posteriors enhanced so that they look like those of the classic Brazilian carnival belles that grace TV screens all over the US. Yes, every New Yorker with the means can now sport that Latino eye-catcher without having to gyrate their butts on the streets for days on end.

The uninitiated may be wondering what this Brazilian butt-lift really is and what it has got to do with Kim Kardashian and Jenifer Lopez. In case you heard that J-Lo insured her butt for a million bucks, look at it and you will see why. It turns heads, several times. And that is what New Yorkers want for themselves.

What Is This Procedure?

Buttocks augmentation (also known as the Brazilian butt-lift) entails using fat, silicone or other means to enhance the shape and appearance of the buttocks area. This procedure does not change the size of the buttocks area. Instead, it does away with sagging skin and filling them out. Liposuction will often be done to give the posterior a better contour.

If one wants to improve both the shape and the size of their butt, fat grafting is the method of choice. Here, liposuction is done on parts that have more than enough fat so that after that fat has been purified, then it is put in the area of the buttocks that needs reshaping. This is a more natural approach to changing the shape and size of the buttocks area but the problem with it is that its effects usually don’t last so long.

Silicone implants address the issue of longevity. Just as there are different sizes of implants for breasts, there are several too for the buttocks area. Much as they have a more permanent effect, they are also associated with a host of complications so one has to be sure the procedure is handled by the best surgeon possible.

How Easy Is It To Perform?

According to Dr. Philip Schoenfeld in Washington DC, who specializes in facelift surgery, he has also seen a huge increase in demand for this procedure. Between 2012 and 2013, the number of women seeking the Brazilian butt-lift increased by 58% and that is largely due to a change in the perception of a rounder posterior among women.

Most plastic surgeons can perform that procedure but one needs to seek out those that have lots of butt-lifts under their belt so that you are sure that the person working on you has sufficient hands-on experience to deliver the best results.

Putting it together…

The Brazilian butt-lift has taken New York by storm. Do not be surprised when all the women that walk past you have very, what it is it called, “bootylicious” butts. It will not be because the genes causing those kinds of posteriors have suddenly become riotous, it will be because of very happy plastic surgeons being kept busy (and rich) by the women lining up at their clinics to have this procedure done. When in New York, do as the New Yorkers!

Anti-Aging Secrets of New Yorkers

New Yorkers are known for many things, among them, looking young and fit. So what’s the secret to the youthful skin many New Yorkers boast, despite living a high-stress life? Here are some.

Lots of Walking

When you live in New York, you find yourself walking. A lot. Most New Yorkers don’t drive anywhere, so we usually walk to work, walk to the gym, walk to the club, etc. The average person in the United States walks about 2.2 miles per day, but it’s believed that the average New Yorker walks up to 6.5 miles every day! This helps keep the weight off for a more youthful look while also building muscle tone.

Yoga

Yoga is a $27 billion industry in the United States, and many yoga trends that have swept the United States started right here in the Big Apple. Last year, the latest craze to hit New York was Modo, a new version of Bikram Hot Yoga, where 90-minute classes are taught in 105-degree studios in Manhattan. One of the strangest things you’ll notice if you attend a yoga class in New York is the almost cult-like atmosphere where everyone seems to be punishing themselves to look good.

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery and cosmetic procedures are big business in New York City, but we do it a bit differently here than in most parts of the country. Most New Yorkers want to look younger to stay competitive in a city of millions, but they also don’t want to take time off work. This has given rise to many procedures that can be done over a lunch break. One of the most popular procedures in NYC is the vampire facelift, which is done with dermal fillers instead of incisions. According to Dr. Masri of Masri Clinic for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery, traditional facelift recovery can stretch for eight weeks, which is something most busy New Yorkers are unwilling to accept. Hence, the vampire facelift is born to allow professionals to get some work done on their lunch hour.

Sperm Facials

I have to admit, this one is pretty gross, but apparently many New York City women are willing to do anything for youthful skin. A sperm facial is exactly like it sounds; you go to a spa and have semen applied to your face. Semen contains enzymes that break down proteins, so in theory, these enzymes can break down uneven and thick layers of dead, old, or sun-damaged skin on your face.

Staying Out of the Sun

Unlike people in Southern California, us New Yorkers don’t get quite as much sun. Yuma, Arizona, the sunniest place on earth, gets 313 days of sun a year, compared to 234 in New York. Staying out of the sun is one of the best things you can to do keep wrinkles and age spots at bay, and it’s yet another reason New Yorkers tend to look younger than their counterparts in other parts of the country.

Nose Jobs Decline in Popularity Among New York’s Jewish Population

Recently, I read what I see as great news: more Jewish girls are happy with their nose and ditching rhinoplasty. While once the traditional Jewish nose was viewed as a barrier to beauty and the mark of an outsider, more people are now embracing their natural beauty and rejecting cosmetic surgery.

Since 2000, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons has found that the number of nose jobs has fallen 37%, with the procedure becoming a lot less popular among Jewish people. This hits home for me, as I’m part Jewish and New York City has the largest Jewish population in the United States at 9.6%, or 1 out of every 6 Jewish people in the country.

While more Jewish people are happy to embrace their ethnic heritage and are feeling less pressured today to conform to a specific idea of beauty, the same can’t be said of others, as rhinoplasty is now on the rise among Hispanics, African Americans and Asians. These groups are now taking the place of where Jewish people were two generations ago.

I find it very troubling that millions of people feel pressured to change their appearance and try to hide their ethnicity, when really all ethnicities and races are beautiful. The good news is more people who seek rhinoplasty surgery today are doing so not to hide their ethnicity but rather retain it.

I asked a surgeon about this trend last week. Dr. Frankel specializes in nose jobs, and he explained that more people are now requesting something referred to as an “ethnic rhinoplasty.” The procedure is virtually the same as a regular nose job, with the same rhinoplasty recovery and swelling time, but it is performed on African American, Asian, Hispanic and Middle Eastern people who want to improve the shape and function of their nose while still retaining their sense of ethnicity.

Plastic surgeons who provide ethnic nose jobs have to know the anatomical and shape differences between ethnicities, and there are some ways in which the procedure differs, as some ethnicities have physical differences in the nose that require a different technique.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, most Asian patients of plastic surgeons today want the wide, full eyes and almond shape that is characteristic of an Asian face when they get eyelid surgery, while African Americans often want to reduce the size of their nose to achieve balance with their face without trying to get a nose that looks more European.

A lot of actors and actresses over the years have been pressured to get nose jobs so they could “pass” as non-Jewish and play non-ethnic roles in movies. A good example of this is the change Jewish actress Sarah Jessica Parker underwent to play the non-ethnic role of New Yorker Carrie in “Sex and the City.”

There was a time, not too far in the past, when rhinoplasty was almost a given for any Jewish girl with enough money. I think it’s wonderful that ethnic pride is improving and fewer Jews are trying to look “less Jewish” to blend in. While it’s a shame that so many people still feel pressured to look different, we are all unique and our ethnicity and ancestry is something we should take pride in, particularly here in New York City, one of the most diverse cities on earth.