17 Reason you shouldn’t move to New York City
FROM COMPLEX.COM – We’ve all heard the songs. New York, New York, it’s a hell of a town. This is the city of all cities, the center of the world. This is where dreams are made.
Or come to die. New York may attract the best and the brightest, but it also attracts the worst and the dimmest. For every Anne Hathaway, we have a Lindsay Lohan. For every Donald Trump, we have a Donald Trump.
Before you make the big move to the big city, there’s a lot you need to consider. Make a pros and cons list. On the pros side, you can include everything you’ve learned from the movies and TV shows that wax rhapsodic about life in the Big Apple. On the cons side, you can list all the cons and ex-cons that live here, ready to take advantage of a naive newcomer. Then add this list of 17 Reasons You Shouldn’t Move to New York City, and try someplace a little less intimidating, like Baghdad.
Check the list HERE.
Funk carioca and classical music
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New York Minute
How well do you know Brazil? (from The Christian Science Monitor)
2012, September 24
Do you know how people call Brazil’s current president? And what are the Units of Pacifying Police? Check the quiz with good questions and funny answers HERE.
The president Dilma Rousseff: Ms. Copacabana Bikini in 1966 or not?
Seven cool tips for those who want to visit my country (from New York Times)
1. ‘Consolidate’ a lower fare
It’s just plain dumb to book a flight to Brazil through big online travel companies or the airlines’ sites. Yes, dumb — as in feeding-cash-to-a-paper-shredder dumb. Instead, to find much lower fares, check with consolidators (agencies that negotiate with airlines for special rates) that specialize in Brazil. I generally call BACC Travel (800-222-2746), but this time, for variety’s sake, I tested a competitor, AirProjects.com. Searching online for a 10-day trip from New York to Rio de Janeiro four weeks out, I found a $923 (taxes and fees included) nonstop fare on the Brazilian carrier TAM. Repeating the search on Kayak and Expedia, the best prices were $998 with a layover or $1,109 for nonstop.
Also, for travel within Brazil, don’t be tricked by the international travel sites that show only one or two airlines operating domestic flights there. As in the United States, multiple airlines (which in Brazil include TAM, Avianca, Gol, Webjet and Azul) compete bitterly over domestic routes, often slashing prices below bus rates if you reserve well in advance. (Beware, though, that it can occasionally be tricky to reserve these online with an American credit card.)
2. Cut costs in Rio
When most Americans imagine a trip to Brazil, they’re thinking about Rio de Janeiro: Ipanema beach, the Christ the Redeemer statue, samba and caipirinha cocktails. That’s a caricature, of course, but not a horribly inaccurate one. The city is painfully gorgeous, its residents famously festive and its offerings ever more culturally sophisticated. You shouldn’t skip it.
But it is expensive, so here’s one way to cut costs: Don’t go during Carnival, New Year’s or during other big events (say, the Confederations Cup soccer tournament in June), when hotel prices soar.
You can also save by staying outside the well-to-do neighborhoods of Ipanema and Leblon or the tourist epicenter of Copacabana. Consider neighborhoods like Glória, Flamengo and Botafogo. Avoid Barra da Tijuca (too far and too bland) and downtown (too dicey).
Apartment rentals can also be great deals, but think beyond Airbnb.com. Search online instead for “rio apartments” and you’ll find a ton of local agencies. I use Vinicio Flats, but that’s just habit; there are lots of good ones. Finally, the site camaecafe.com.br offers good deals for home-stay-like B&Bs in Santa Teresa, a gorgeous Bohemian neighborhood up in the hills above the center of the city. (Cama e Café means “bed-and-breakfast.”)
3. … and then leave Rio
You can’t stay in Rio the whole time, both because it’s pricey and because you’ll leave with a warped view of what Brazil is — much like a foreign visitor who comes to the United States and sees only Manhattan.
So how about a hop up to the Amazon, you say? Nope. Too far, too pricey, too complicated. Instead, I suggest traveling to Minas Gerais, one state north of Rio. Its waterfall-studded countryside is great to explore: its 17th- and 18th-century colonial mining towns are well preserved and romantic, and not expensive (the most well known are Ouro Preto, Diamantina and Tiradentes). The area’s farm-fresh pork-and-stews-and-greens-and-sweets cuisine is what I consider the soul food of Brazil.
4. Weigh what you eat
São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are full of great restaurants; too bad many of them are absurdly overpriced. But even in those cities, and certainly in the rest of the country, there are tons of reasonably priced alternatives. Two genres of dining spots worth seeking are “self-service” buffets where you pay by weight, and diners sometimes called lanchonetes, where set meals are often under 10 reais. Juice stands (which also sell healthy sandwiches) abound in Rio.
5. Pick a pousada
Instead of booking hotels, look for pousadas, inns that often include breakfast and whose prices range from very reasonable (well under $100 a night) to stratospheric. Some pousadas come up on search sites like Hotels.com, but in general you need to do some digging.
How? Start with guidebooks (you know, the paper ones), which list lots of options. Then try a site called hiddenpousadasbrazil.com, a rare English-language pousada site nicely curated by an expatriate Englishwoman, Alison McGowan. Beyond that, simply Google “pousada” and the city or town you’re looking for. (Then, if the site is only in Portuguese, run it through Google Translate.)
6. Speak (some of) the language
Brazilians are wonderful people who speak terrible English. That’s a pithy generalization, but is broadly true. English speakers are most likely to be found at major hotels, touristy attractions and pricey restaurants, precisely the places a budget traveler must avoid. So get a phrase book and see if your local library offers its members free access to Mango online Portuguese lessons — New York’s does. (Note: Your Spanish might help, but not as much as you think.)
7. Disappoint muggers
Rio, São Paulo and the other big cities are not nearly as dangerous as you might think from watching Brazilian movies like … well, like just about all of them. Except for the rarest of exceptions, tourists don’t get killed or kidnapped. But they do get mugged from time to time. So aside from not walking alone at night and taking other appropriate precautions, simply don’t go out with anything you couldn’t stand losing. I take a bit of cash, one credit card and a copy of my passport.
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Cariocas vs New Yorkers
Smile, you are being filmed
A man called John Zippy has been secretly video-taping more than 100 women on New York trains and uploaded 35 videos on a YouTube channel. Police are now trying to find the guy, but he’s not alone. Check this pictures from the blog “New York Subway Girls”:
‘America’s got a talent’ and Brazilian Luiz Meneghin
Brazilian invasion in NYC
Walk around the New York attractions and you’ll see: Brazilians invaded the city. The number of tourists from Brazil has nearly tripled in recent years and they spend five times as much as the Indians.
Check the some numbers published by New York Post.
* Visitors per year: 701,000
* Spent per day: $415
* Spent per trip: $2,602
* Visitors per year: 259,000
* Spent per day: $247
* Spent per trip: $1,482
* Visitors per year: 1 million
* Spent per day: $249
* Spent per trip: $1,350
* Visitors per year: 195,000
* Spent per day: $88
* Spent per trip: $971
John Malkovich, iPhone and linguiça
US stamps: jewelry for collectors
Collectors and Hollywood fans be prepare. In Silver Spring, Maryland, the U.S. Postal Service will honor in their stamps the amazing filmmakers Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, and Billy Wilder.
In August, five designs will be issued in Orlando, FL, with characters from ‘A Bug’s Life’ (1998), ‘Toy Story 2′ (1999), ‘Monsters, Inc.’ (2001), ‘Finding Nemo’ (2003) and ‘The Incredibles’ (2004). Check it out:
Texting while walking?
Texting while walking is illegal now in Fort Lee, a small town near New York. Last year, 74 pedestrians were hit and 3 people have been killed ignoring crosswalks in favor of playing with their phones. The new law imposes $85 fines on walkers caught texting.
Michelle Obama and the White House garden
Michelle Obama dreams about how ending the sedentary lifestyle of today’s kids and uses her kitchen garden since April of 2009 as an example. Her garden and others across America are in her new book, American Grown, that will be lanched at the end of May.
Lourdes Ciccone lifestyle in New York
Since 2010, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, Madonna’s daughter, study in a public school in New York. There are paparazzi near LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts almost everyday and last March, the 15-year-old was caught on camera smoking. Despite this, Madonna let Lourdes pick the backing dancers for her new tour, MDMA.
Check the photos:
Courtney “the artist” Love
Courtney Love is always in trouble, but, yes, she’s also an artist. She’s Not Even Pretty, on view at Fred Torres Collaborations, in New York, bring nearly 50 of the singer’s works in colored pencil, marker and watercolor. Art like children’s drawing and a dress (with offensive words) for a marriage that never took place with actor Edward Norton. Check the photos below:
Courtney and the wedding dress
The accents of the five boroughs of NYC
Check this funny video of New York City’s accents by each borough: The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan.
New York’s first Instagram photography exhibit
Six talented Instagram photographers are in the first-ever Instagram photo exhibition, in New York. The artists were asked to capture New York’s structuresm design and architecture. The exhibition is taking place in W Hotel.
Freedom Tower: the tallest buiding in NY
Still under construction, the One World Trade Center became the tallest building in New York City today. The building (also known as Freedom Tower) that is in the same place of the Twin Towers, surpassed the Empire State Building.
Check the time-lapse video showcasing the construction progress from 2004-2012:
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Sonia Temblay (nailsmag.com)
I am in Austin, Texas, for the International Symposium on Online Journalism that will finish this Saturday. So here a small list with what I discovered about the capital of Texas:
- Sandra Bullock lives and has two restaurants in the city (Bess Bistro and Walton’s Fancy and Staple).
- Whole Foods headquarter is here since 1978, when the original name of the market was Safer Way.
- Lance Armstrong was born in Dallas but has a huge ranch 30 minutes far from Downtown. Three people told me that saw him riding his bike in the last weeks.
- More than 1 million of bats has chosen (under) the Congress Avenue Bridge to live. It’s the biggest colony of these animals in America.
- Music, musicians and food trucks are everywhere.
Morning with Martha Stewart
If you want to see “The Martha Stewart Show” live, request you tickets online and be prepare. Anyone can participate, but is highly recommend arrive promptly at 8:30 am and “dress to impress”.
“Martha LOVES when our audience is colorful & dresses to impress. The camera picks up bright colors best, so please try to plan your outfit accordingly. Do not wear: Black, gray, tan or any muted colors, T-shirts, prints, logos, hats, or sleeveless tops.”, said the email that I and my friend received before our morning with one of the most famous and influential women in America.
Check the photos that I took yesterday in Hallmark TV studio, in New York. Top chefs like David Bouley, Alfred Portale, Tom Colicchio and Eric Ripert were there showing their secrets in the kitchen. I did everything that the Martha’s producers told me (clap my hands, smile a lot, although I was not so impress) and I came back home with a lot of gifts: book, graters and blender and popcorn makers gift cards.
Celebrities ride the subway
They could use their limousines, but sometimes celebrities prefer ride the subway in New York. Check the pictures:
Isabeli and Rohan Marley
Pillow fight day
Tomorrow is the International Pillow Fight Day. What it means? In New York, everybody is invited to take their pillows to Washington Square Park. The event is free and will happen here and in more than 100 cities around the world. People from all ages are welcome, but there are some rules to participate:
- Soft pillows only
- Swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once.
- Do not swing at people without pillows or with cameras.
- Remove glasses beforehand!
- Wait until the signal to begin.
Check this video with great images from 2011 Fight Pillow in New York: