Monday, December 27, 2010

Free Chiropractic Care for Returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

Free Chiropractic Care for Returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

Doctors of chiropractic from around the United States have answered the call to participate in a new initiative aimed at supporting America’s newest returning veterans.

This new generation of veterans has been subjected to a level of stress and trauma that has not been seen in living memory. The 24-hour stress, the nature of injuries, the length of deployments and the uncertainties of returning to civilian life all contribute to the physical, practical and financial, mental and spiritual
burdens returning veterans must face.

The statistics are staggering, with nearly 10,000 amputees, more than 18,000 brain injuries, approaching 50,000 wounded in all categories of physical injury, thousands with emotional and psychiatric damage, and the numbers continue to mount.

Back and spinal problems represent one of the leading causes of lost time in action and are the leading cause of disability retirements from the military.

Out of a desire to serve and to fill in a vitally important health care gap, Dr. Marino has extended an offer of care for one full year for any US military veteran returning from overseas deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq, at no charge.

The impact of war on the human body and soul has been given much serious consideration over the years by the chiropractic profession. Dr. Marino believes that through the power of chiropractic care, we can help returning veterans strive to recover and restore their lives physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

All returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan are eligible to receive this service with presentation of their service certificate.

Please feel free to forward this information to any returning veterans you may know. We appreciate your assistance in "spreading the word" about this program and we look forward to serving those who have
served us so courageously. Thank you.

For more information or to make an appointment, please contact:

Center for the Alignment of Body, Mind and Spirit.
Dr. Gina Marino
2050 Wantagh Avenue
Wantagh, NY 11793

Thursday, December 23, 2010

December a Bust for my Blog

Well December was a bust for me in NYC and writing on my blog. The first weekend it was so cold with high winds I did not even step foot out of my apartment. The second week I had some minor surgery so we did not even go into the city. Last weekend we went into the city (see my post for Dec. 18th - Oh Christmas tree). This weekend is Christmas, and since my family lives on Long Island once again I will miss another weekend in New York City. We are planning to go in for New Years weekend so stay tuned.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

We walked all the way from 37th & 10th to get those wonderful "Holiday Cocktails" at the Madison Club Bar at the Roosevelt hotel to be told "What holiday drinks"? So we had to suffer (NOT) and have some Chocolate Martini's instead, and may I say WAY to many Chocolate Martini's. "Oh Christmas Tree Oh Christmas tree - how will we find you since we drank one to many!"

Well we found the tree. No matter what age you are this tree is the best and most beautiful!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

My childhood friend Peter is now my neighbor again after 34 years

It is really exciting to be living in the same area again only 8 blocks away from my childhood friend Peter. I went to visit him this week during my week in the city. As I am sitting in his living room I discover that his view from his livingroom window is actually looking right at my building! I mean what our the odds of that happening??? He didn't even know until I pointed it out. Now we are going to see if he can figure out which one is my apartment one night. He will call me and I will blink the lights on and off!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Heartland Brewery Times Square

Had the Red Rooster Ale and like it alot, looking forward to going back to try some of the other beers. I was a little leery about going to a restaurant in Port Authority (about the only area I hate being around in NYC so far) but when inside you really have no idea where you are other than "Heartland Brewery".

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner at Cookshop in Chelsea

We went for Thanksgiving. I know the restaurant can be so different when it is not a holiday. It was pre-fixed at 65.00 per person, which I thought was high but if the food is excellent I would be ok with that. We were VERY happy with our appetizer choices, so we felt the experience was going to be great. We both ordered the Turkey since it was Thanksgiving. The turkey was VERY fatty and not good. I thought the sweet potatoes were good, but then I started to taste something crunchy in it during one mouthful and then a second and third mouthful and I gave up. I like creative and different but the Stuffing sticks were just not good. Oh well. Bummed because it was recommended to me to go there. I am thinking it is a good place just not on a holiday.

The only "Perfect Crime" was how they stole our money

Went to see the "Perfect Crime" longest running play in NYC. We left confused and not really sure of the story line. The lead character has been the original actress since the play started, but I think only because she couldn't find work anywhere else. Let's just say, we feel the Perfect Crime was stealing peoples money to see this play.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

La Cage - Loved it!

REALLY enjoyed seeing La Cage, though Kelsey Grammer's singing voice is pretty darn bad.

Monday, November 15, 2010

I dream of owning a Bed and Breakfast

In 1990 when my son was born and I left working in the Jewelery business, I decided I needed a job that I could work from home and still raise my son. So this is when I started as a "Travel Agent". It was so very different helping clients back than, the internet was not so popular yet, so you still relied on hotel brochures. It was much different when I left the travel business in 2010. In 2010, now all hotels had websites and there was social media for marketing. Times really changed. During those years is when my love of travel and the hotel business.

The Bed and Breakfast business was always interesting to me. I have stayed in many over the years I traveled. I enjoyed the concept on how different and more hands on they are to make the guest happy with all the extras of breakfast, wine/cheese hours, or evening snacks. I thought it was great how the owners really got to know the guests from all over the world. Well it has always been a dream of mine to own one someday. My only issue is that I still could never decide on a location of where this bed and Breakfast should be. It is something I still think about.

So when I saw this fun nifty game today to see if I have what it takes to own a B&B I wanted to share it. Have fun!

Blogmyway Play Games

Saturday, November 13, 2010

RAIN A Tribute to the Beatles

I was feeling a bit under the weather, but when I saw RAIN it brought some happiness in my heart. A great Tribute to the Beatles.

Friday, November 12, 2010

BB Kings and my buddy Peter's Birthday!

I grew up in Glendale Queens. It was a great childhood, I couldn't ask for better. Since I can remember I have been friends with Peter who is two years younger than me, and Gina his sister 4 years younger than me

There is nothing better than having friendships last that long. They are more than friends they are family.
So for Peter's birthday he wanted to go to BB Kings to see a singer "Basia" and his family and my husband and I came along. I never heard of "Basia" and was pretty impressed with her voice and lovely music. It was a fun great evening out celebrating!

We ate dinner there too, a bit pricey for sure, but the food was delicious. Getting to BB Kings at 6pm for a 8pm show is recommended if you want to get a good seat, so you mine as well eat there then too.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Korean Way...and why that block has sentimental meaning to me

This past weekend I went to Korean Way, located on 32nd Street between 5th and Broadway . From 1984 to 1990 I worked at 6 West 32nd Street between 5th and Broadway. No it was not Korean way in the 80's though there was a hotel across the street that seemed to cater to Asian clientele and at corner of Bway and 32nd there was a restaurant serving Sushi (not as popular in the 80's yet)

Well this past weekend I went back there to try Korean food for the first time (and most likely my LAST time) and see my old work block and 6 West 32nd Street. I worked on the 12 A floor, I guess who ever owned the building was superstitious and could not bring themselves to call it what it was 13. The company I worked for "Austern & Paul" manufacturer of fine jewelry. Now this building is a hotel.

I did not like the Korean food, thought I am glad I experienced it. I can not review the restaurant I went too, because I do not think it would be fair since I had no idea what I was eating and did not really enjoy what I was eating.

One last word, if it was not for 32nd street, I would never have had my wonderful son Ryan. I met my ex husband there on 32nd Street at Austern and Paul. My son is my world and I thank that street which is now called "Korean Way"!

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!! MACYS!!

Walking around over the weekend, stopped at Macy's and they are getting ready for the Holiday and it really put me in the Christmas spirit. I use to live in Chelsea and work on 32nd during the 80's and that area has always still been in my heart. I miss places like Gimbles!! Thank goodness Macy's is still there and it warms my heart walking in there. I am always excited to go down to "The Cellar" on those old wooden escalators.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Diners in NYC

I was always a fan of the Empire Diner, and was very sad when it closed. Yes I know it was limited menu and expensive, but the history and atmosephere was what made me keep coming back since the mid 80's from when I lived in Chelsea. Well after it closed I have tried a few new diners near by Skyline Diner on 34th St and Market Diner on 11th Ave in Hells Kitchen. But now my vote is in for my new favorite diner "Tick Tock Diner" near Penn Station. They have a great variety on thier menu and very reasonable prices. They have healthier choices and vegeterian dishes which makes me even happier.

So from now on when I need my diner fix I will be headed to "Tick Tock"!!

Tick Tock Diner
location: Corner of 34th Street & 8th Avenue
481 8th Ave. New York N.Y.
OPEN 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Top deals and things to do in NYC this week

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thank you to my NYC Real Estate agent

Last year around this time we set off to explore neighborhoods of NYC and luxury rentals. We would stay at hotels in different neighborhoods in Manhattan to get a feel of what they were all about. After months and months of doing this we decided on "Hell's Kitchen" in NYC.
So by April of 2010, I felt that it would be important to get a professionals opinion now on the rental market. I did my homework with finding the neighborhood we wanted and now it was time to get some help and find a Real Estate agent. I was lucky enough to find the best New York Real Estate agent! Social Media is great, I found "Brandon Debok" on Twitter and then followed him on Facebook. After seeing some of his great posts I had the confidence that he was trustworthy and honest and I gave him a call. I had called a couple of other agents over the months and was put off by the way they handled the call. Not Brandon, he was exactly what I thought. Hardworking, honest, trustworthy, knowledgeable....oh I could go on and on. So in May of 2010, we met with Brandon and found our "Pied-a-terre" in NYC.

Brandon recommended that we go see a great new luxury rental apartment building with all the amenities we were looking for in the neighborhood we we wanted. He was right on the money! So now we spend our weekends in Manhattan and weekdays in Long Island.

Roof top deck with awesome Empire State Building views!

Brandon now has become a friend and we invited him over for wine and to check out the apartment finished and decorated. I can not believe we are soon going on our 4th month here. When we are ready to purchase an apartment in the future, no doubt Brandon is our go to man. Thank you Brandon!!

Brandon stays on the cutting edge of social media and Real Estate in NYC. You can follow him on his blog

Monday, November 1, 2010

Shake Shack vs Carvel - Shakes

One night wondering around Time Square we ran into Shake Shack for one of thier Shakes. To our suprise we get this tiny little cup shake that cost us 5.25. I can get an exta large HUMONGOUS Thick Shake Float at Carvel for less than that and in my opinion much better. I do have to admit I have never been to Carvel in NYC, only Long Island. So maybe my price comparision is not fair. Either way I will drink my shakes, which does not happen much, but when it does at Carvel on Long Island!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

New Yorkers don't do Pedicabs

According to Donald Trump on one of the recent Apprentice episodes, where the teams had to make money running thier own pedicabs in NYC, he said "New Yorkers" don't take pedicabs.

Well as part of my "Living like a tourist in NYC" even though I am a New Yorker. (Born and raised in Queens, lived in Chelsea, worked many years in NYC, moved to Long Island, but now back in Manhattan with a weekend apartment) Guess what?????? We took a Pedicab! I felt I had to do it at least once. Once is all it will be since it was pretty expensive! We had fun..... though it can be scary at times with all the traffic!

Treat or Treat for Adults at the Madison Club Bar at Roosevelt Hotel

What could be better than "Trick or Treat" Martini's during Halloween weekend in NYC?

Milky Way Martini and Snickers Martini

Just was back on Roosevelt Hotels "NY Know" blog site and was excited to see they have Fall Cocktails out now! Guess we will have to stop by and visit Eddie the bartender again very soon at the Madison Club Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel.

Check out thier blog site below:

The NY Know

A stop to rest my feet at St. Patrick's Cathedral

Rockerfeller Center before the holidays!

Stopped by Rockerfeller center to see the BEFORE Christmas look

"No Soup for you"

Anyone and everyone who is a Seinfeld fan remembers one of the funniest episodes with the "Soup Nazi" Well we can all visit the original place again which re-opened July of 2010. So I headed up there and followed the rules and got my soup and enjoyed! The soup comes with "Bread, fruit and a lindt chocolate too" It was delicious and I will be heading back often since I love soup.

Soupman - 259A West 55th Street, NYC (at 8th Avenue) this is the original

Make sure you follow the rules:

The LINE must be kept moving

1. Pick the Soup you want

2. Have your money ready

3. Move to the extreme left after ordering

Otherwise there may be "NO SOUP FOR YOU"!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

"Let Me In" Interesting flick "Eat Some now, save some for later"

To keep with the scary theme until Halloween, I had to go see a scary movie. Though I was not totally really scared, it did creep me out. A bit twisted and enjoyable. Of course I do not want to say too much because I would spoil it for anyone that did not see it. I feel it was worth it and would recommend it. Do not expect boogie men jumping out and scaring you. It is a twisted story line and vampire themed. Not typical "TrueBlood" or " Vampire Diaries" type vampires.

I love vampires stuff so I found it was a new and different twist on that. All I can say is "East some now and save some for later"

Saturday, October 23, 2010

BloodManor successfully scared me

If you are following me on my blog, by now you know I am a Haunted House Halloween junkie. I love to be scared and try to do Haunted Houses, haunted B&B's or haunted places every year. This year I seem to be going over board and have so far done Nightmare Superstitions in Noho, Jason's Woods in PA and now I have added Blood Manor in Chelsea to my list.

Out of the 3 I have designated BloodManor #2 between the 3 above. We purchased the R.I.P. tickets through Goldstar at a discounted rate of 25.00 per ticket. In my opinion so well worth it. The R.I.P is a V.I.P pass that allows you to skip the line and another plus take the elevator up to the 5th floor.
The make up on the actors was so well done. There was 2-3 actors per room so this helped everyone in the group get scared here and there. One of the faults of not getting scared at Nightmare Superstitions was one actor per room and no real boogie men jumping out at you to surprise you and get you to SCREAM!!

My husband asked if I would go back, and I would if I could not try a new place next year. I am hoping I can finally add Salem, MA to my list October of 2011. (I went to Salem as a kid, but not as an adult yet)

So I would say if you want 15-20 minutes of fun scary stuff and you get get it at a discounted rate, for sure "I DARE YOU TO DO IT" !!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Deals & Things to do this coming week in NYC

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Take me to your leader

There was a buzzzzz that UFO's were spotted in NYC last week. Here are some of my pictures that shows proof!

First take a look near the top left corner of this picture in the sky. (UFO or Not?) Picture was taken from my apartment out the window.

Second this little guy came by to visit

Can you say Pretzel Spaetzle 10 times fast?

Had dinner at one of the many restaurants I have on my list to dine in this next year while we have the apartment called Klee in Chelsea. Due to Oktoberfest time they had a special menu and I couldn't pass up some spaetzle . Cheesy spaetzle with pieces of pretzel?? Wow! A very delicious concept!

I thought this was a really good restaurant, though I have trouble dining at places that I just think are a bit too expensive. I have dined at great places that are reasonable with delicious food, so when I think things are a little inflated I have difficulty wanting to go back. Some may say quality gourmet food should be priced high. I agree to some degree if I am paying for seafood or a really delicious out of this world dish. I paid 15.00 for a 1/2 portion of cheesy spaetzle with pretzels in it. I am part German and had handmade spaetzle many a time, so comparing the noodle to what I had as a kid it did not meet my expectations. It seemed more like cheesy mac n cheese and I actually could not tell where the pretzels were in the dish. I was a bit disappointed. Though now the creativity of the thought of this dish, I may try to create it myself at home some day.

I think I have to try Klee again with their regular menu someday to give this restaurant a fair review.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Meet the Breeds at Javitz

We live right next to Javitz Center so we have decided to take advantage of some of the events they hold there. So we brought our doggie to "Meet the Breeds" hosted by American Kennel Association. It was a well done event. They had a booth with every dog and cat breed with a dog and cat actually at the booth to see and pet. Of course we stopped at the Shetland Sheep dog booth for our doggie Shannon to see some of her kind!

Monday, October 11, 2010

A weekend off from NYC to PA Dutch

Ok I know this is my "New York City" blog but I had to tell you about my weekend break from the city. We decided to head to PA Dutch instead of the city for Columbus Day weekend. After being disappointed at Nightmare Superstitions in Noho NYC, I headed back to an all time favorite haunt of mine "Jasons Woods". It was as great as I remember and I had MANY a scream! I got on a Haunted Hayride, Haunted House, a 3D haunted pirate house and a museum of items from horror movies and such all for 45.00 almost the same as Nightmare Superstitions which I had no scares and one exhibit.
I also wanted to make special mention to the great B&B we stayed at called Greystone Manor in Bird in Hand. Besides being so reasonable the grounds and home is just lovely. I highly recommend staying here if you head off to PA Dutch.