Navigating New York!
Navigating New York!
Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
If I can Make It There, I Can Make It Anywhere - Frank Sanatra
Nightlife - Onye
Empire State of Mind - Jay-Z & Alicia Keys
If I can Make It There, I Can Make It Anywhere - Frank Sanatra
Nightlife - Onye
Metropolitan Opera House
Avery Fisher Hall
A few years ago I went to see Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart at the Met. It was grand! The performance was incredible. The voices, the staging, the costumes, and the script had me entertained from the beginning to the end. A long time ago I saw Aida at the Met.
Lincoln Center is filled with some of the most well known stages in the world and puts on some our times most important shows. The performances are professionally and shown in impressive halls and auditorium on a large central campus.
The performances are especially wonderful if you are a student of the theatre. You learn from the best staging, costuming, design, sound, direction, etc. From the ushers to the lights, most performances that I have been apart of or seen performed they were flawlessly executed.
The Diller - Quaile School of Music
The Diller-Quaile School of Music is a world reknown for its quality in Western classical music. The school is wonderful from top to bottom.
I started as a student at around 12 years old. I was recommended to the school my primary school's music teacher. He's an Ivy League educated Opera singer that taught at the school, my primary school (MCS) and traveled abroad as a professional singer over the summer. His command over music, awesome presence, style of teaching, and gentility sold me on the school just as he told me about it. I remember being excited for the audition and interview. Because of my financial constraints, the school had to see a particular seriousness, dedication and fervor. Financing a student's study can be hard for administrators who have to ask philanthropist, companies and other donors for support. They like excellent results for their support. So, I was elated that I was able through the interview process to show them what they needed to go to the school.
I remember meeting the founders Angela Diller and Elizabeth Quaile one day at one of their homes and looking like the young girl above! The musical experience has been one the most important ones to my life. The teaching not only refined my skills in music, in etiquette and other important challenging parts of my life, they helped groomed me into a top notch musician and professional.
At 16 years old I started teaching and have enjoyed an incredible career as a music professional ever since. DQ is phenomenal. I highly recommend it.
Sam Ash and Guitar Center
As a musician, Sam Ash and Guitar Center are the stores to know where to go for all your music needs. Located in prime Manhattan real estate, they are easy to access on 34th and 14th Streets.
The quality of the products they sell is excellent. They have a wide variety in the showroom and are quite knowledgeable as to where to obtain products that they do not directly work with. They have classes and it is a great place to meet and network within reason with other pros looking for gear.
They sell new and used and are reasonable and work with you or direct you to other sources which i the music biz is a wonderful asset. Both stores have a nice ambience. You can check out the sound and play on different instruments before you make a purchase. That's a plus for an artist!
Over the years, I have bought a lot of gear there and have most of the time enjoyed not only the products, but the experience.
Apple is one of the most important computer and communications companies in modern times. There products and services are some of our best in America and are helpful in getting many tasks done. The level of solid and reliable equipment that has a reasonable company warranty and easy transferable 3rd party , makes getting work done more efficient, less stressful and time consuming. They are also reasonably priced, though they may be generally still a bit of a strain to the pockets! I recommend Apple product especially as a musician. I find that they are some of the best and safest ways to work.
I like Toshiba's products. They are solid and reliable. They are also, typically for certain household electronics, affordable. It is important as a young person in school to learn about the major brands and the products that they make. The more you know, the more you keep in your pocket! Over my lifetime, I have been happy with my purchases with Toshiba and if for any chance there is an issue with the device (thank God not often), there return policy and warranty guarantee are solid and buyer friendly.
Burlington Coat Factory has in recent years become central to the New York buying experience. While other major pricey retailer begin to fade into the past like Lord and Taylor and Sax Fifth Avenue, new lower end quality driven department stores are beginning to command New York's modern experience. I like it because I think of it like a retail flea/antique shop. It kind of has a Goodwill feel, but with new merchandise. I love that! I also love the quality and affordability. You can really get a lot of bang for your buck. Another wonderful part of the shopping experience is what I always appreciate non invasive retail staff like Macy's for the most part, and the return policy is solid.
Venmo is one of many new important financial communications companies of our day. Now merged with Paypal, its usefulness and popularity has made it an easy way to make economic decisions and financial transfers quickly, smoothly and affordably. The app design is well organized and I have not had any accounting errors to date. That is key! I also love the option for immediate transfer bank transfer for a modest fee. The fun listings on the wall of friendly transfers is great go through at the end. I like to see what's trending and what people are sharing their wealth!!
Sony Corp is one central to our American lives! It controls lots of the electronic and entertainment forces that we buy. From TVs, Play Stations and Stereos to movies and music, Sony is an entertainment power house! Sony's quality generally is phenomenal. For decades I have relied on their products for consistency, design accuracy, longevity and solid pricing. For a woman with a modest budget, it is important to me that company I buy from sells reliable products that last. I find Sony products to be some of the best. The administration is also reputable, professional and friendly.
Viacom is a huge force in modern entertainment. They are the umbrella company for some of the most influential outlets of modern American TV. Their holdings are the major networks, but are some of the companies that have many of the well watched and entertaining shows. Their viewership is vast and youth oriented and they work with some of the progressive, diverse and multicultural themes. Though there is a lot wrong with modern television every step toward better programming makes a difference.
I worked for Merrill Lynch for close to 5 years as a relatively recent graduate of Wesleyan University. I started as a temp and shortly after became a full time employee, At the time Stan O'neal was he CEO and I worked for a short time under the COO who was also African American man, which left a wonderful impression on me. Working for Merrill Lynch was one of the most important employment experiences of my life. Though all of the work thus far was thankfully valuable, the skills and knowledge I picked up from Merrill Lynch helped to shape me into an administratively and economically well rounded woman. Merrill Lynch's professionals are some of the finest around. Top notch in education, professionalism and organizational skills, their knowledge of the financial scope of the world is of the most superior in quality. That does not mean that it is easy to navigate Wall Street or anything else in this economy. The money game is tough! However, Merrill Lynch's staff are know it alls!! Many Harvard University educated professionals, they know a lot about the nature of money, stocks and how to navigate the economic system. Their offices are modern classically designed, clean, neat and well organized. Merrill Lynch does have it own interests, so you better have your own interests in focused. I think you need to know what you want and a rudimentary idea of what and how you want to attain it. They have a level of honesty and seriousness that makes financial growth possible. But, again when you work with financial advisor, you become apart of a team and your voice and knowledge matter. You cannot make assumptions and put your money in their hands blindly. They don't make miracles! If you are looking for a excellent and reputable brokerage firm, Merrill Lynch is one of the best.
It's Your money...have your "A" game on!
I worked for JPMorgan Chase many moons ago. Both companies had recently merged and I worked as an Executive Assistant and did other reception and administrative work for different departments. I must say that then they had an seemless operation. There computer system and general professional conduct made my work pretty easy. They seemed to have a strong portfolio of leaders in the financial sectors and entertained top notch clients. I used to work in the Executive offices. My mother also did some banking with them and they handled her account, in my opinion, relatively professionally. On the storefront side, I have not had an account with them, but have from time to time done transactions in regards to music and their ATM services. They seem to be not to be doing as much robust business these days, but with the ebb and flow of business as it is designed, it is to be expected that leaner times come. The amount of people that I watch at the storefronts near me seem to be dwindling and I am not certain why. However, they are still considered one of our best banking options with the most solid reputation so, I hope that in regards to America's business things improve.
Why you ask?
We all need to eat and well!
When I first started banking with TD Bank it appeared to be an exciting new banking option. Still a relative newcomer to the working world, I liked the average New Yorker appeal and the attention to those of us who typically work with a smaller less impressive financial budget.
First impressions are lasting impressions and when I first opened an account with an Accounts Representative at one of their UWS branches, I did not appreciate the tone and attitude of the representative. She was abrasive and seemed to have a not to want to push me to another banking option using microaggrasive cues. I had descent credit and a solid banking and employment history at the time as a college graduate. She still seemed to reluctantly open an account, however finally did.
Over the years, banking with TD Bank has had its good and bad. They have many locations. This makes banking with them convenient. There fees are affordable. The tellers are friendly and highly competent. The phone assistance auto and live is pretty good too. So, that has been wonderful and made life easier.
However, the accounting side which is the core of he experience, has a lot to be desired. As I noted above, my initial meeting did not go very well and over the years their have been a lot of questionable accounting transactions. There have been times where it was like dealing with a magician with cards, where online and talking to the car salesmen, important numbers and information would disappear, or move around right infront of my eyes.
Overall, they are one of the better banking choices in my opinion so, good luck!
I'm a techie! I love my tech! Through out the years many electronic stores have come an gone. One that is etched into my memory forever is the Wiz! Nobody Beats The Wiz!! Well, now Best Buy is our best bet in the city!!!
They are affordable, they are reliable, the customer service staff is friendly and knowledgeable and shipping is a good deal.
P.C. Richards is the best place to get your home appliances, electronic and tech needs met. They have great deals and the staff is helpful and friendly. The quality of merchandise is excellent. Warranties are pretty long in length and typically not to hard to have honored by the store or manufacturer.
The showrooms are huge and you an fiddle with all types of gadgets and asks lots of questions. The staff (mostly male) are female friendly! So, even if you're not a tech savvy as I am, they won't make you feel like a fool!!
Staples has all my office needs. I like the design of the store and the quality in the products they sell. They are priced right and the clearance section is my fun little treat!
Most of your standard office electronics are on display. They also have a variety of accessories and supples. The sell office furniture. I also like the array of paper goods, pens, labels, stickers, boxes and cleaning products.
The best thing that Staples is doing to me is the back to school sale deals. I think they are awesome and a wonderful way to make sure that our children are well stocked for the year with the school supplies that they need.
They've also started to sell some wonderful toys around Christmas time. It's a nice option to peruse at that time of the year too!
Whole Foods Inc. is one of New York's latest and greatest elegant gourmet food staples. From ambience to product, Wholefood is becoming a must go to when it come to purchasing quality foods at high to moderate prices. I constantly struggle with trying to find the best bargains in New York and sometimes fail to invest in as much quality as I can. This is a huge no no when it comes to my food, but with these paychecks, what do I do? I appreciate that Whole Food has been listening to it's hugely growing clientele and has been battling the price war successfully. It seems that they have kept consistent the quality of their product and have been able to reduce the price which makes it more affordable to the average New Yorker.
I must say, I grew up healthily in New York, partly due to my home grocery, Keyfood! Keyfood is more of a standard no frills grocery store and I do appreciate the high standard of quality. I worked as a cashier at Keyfood while in high school, so I could learn while I earn!! I learned the ins and outs of commercial/retail food distribution and from cashier to management how major food distribution operates. It was a wonderful experience. Back then I had a great boss and relatively few issue as a young employee. The quality of food is excellent. Of course you need to know what your buying and what it will do for you. With the financial perils that all New Yorkers face, I appreciate their acceptance and relative ease in working with lots of programs that assist the poor and to middle class in balancing their budget like SNAP and WIC.
Trader Joes is awesome! It is a Crunchie's paradise! It has an urban New York appeal, yet has a earthy rural farm like essence that makes it a fun shopping experience. I am amazed at the value to my dollar. I do feel I save a few. The quality and taste of the product is nice. I do get nervous, especially with all of the atmospheric crisis about validity of new companies and hope that the FDA and other regulatory agencies are doing their jobs, but so far I do appreciate what Trader Joes is bring to the foods industries and the new options presented to average New Yorker. I am alway watching my diet, though some days and better that others (wink!!). So far the food that I have incorporated into my diet have made a positive difference on my waistline, pockets and skin! I'm liking it!
$.99 Stores, $1 Stores and Bodegas!
All across the city are some of my favorite shopping staples, stores nicknamed the 99 Cent Stores. They are an economic marvel. The quality to affordability for home products is unmatched. I like that they understand not only the day to day product and home design of this diverse country's citizens, I also appreciate that they keep it fresh and affordable (there may be some issues with the food areas however). The staff in typically unobtrusive and friendly and their is so much to choose from. Typically many of these stores are owned and managed by people of Middle Eastern and African decent from counties like Yemen. It is nice converse with different New York neighbors and see the commonalities between us.
Walmart has become an American mainstay. There is a huge amount of variety in product and is they are priced to move. The quality is excellent and the online store is easy to navigate. They have an excellent phone/service staff if any eventualities come into play. The purchase and shipping policy is great and the products that I purchase come quickly.
Amazon makes buying on line effortless. The design of the site is marvelous and it has so much to choose from.
It's a wonderful hub for all different types of products that can be purchased easily, shipped affordably and delivered quickly. I enjoy the experience. Sign up! Make a wish list!! It's fun!!!
Yankee Stadium, Met Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Sports and General Entertainment Spaces in New York City
The excitement in the air that surrounds a stadium outing as a young person. It is all so brand new. The crowds the popcorn, the hot dogs, soda, and of course the game or performer makes a day in life, a day to remember and fondly!
I still remember when my Mom gifted my elementary school class to see my first baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Thank you, Mom! I almost caught a foul ball!! That Almost!!!
NYC performers and athletes are serious about what they do. Many come to NY to try to make it with respective talent. So, they don't play, until they are ready to play the game and well!