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When I was a little girl, I had a porcelain figurine of a cat curled up with a tiny kitten. The precious item is so small it fits in your hand. I’m not quite sure where this came from, or if it was even a gift for me. I just remember one day it appeared and I cherished it through my youth.

I feel pretty confident in my knowledge of the NYC gallery scene. A lot of spots specialize in different mediums—everything from painting and sculpture to performance art and photography. I haven’t, however, heard of a gallery that specializes in an emotion, until now.

Last week, I went to Alobar—a fairly new Long Island City eatery, which celebrates rustic American, nose-to-tail (meaning, to use every part of the animal) cuisine. The large dimly lit space is accented with rich wood and antique prints showcasing the shipping and industrial past of the neighborhood.

Spending the holiday season in New York City is a magical time of year. Most street lamps and surrounding trees are decorated with soft white lights and almost every building has elaborate holiday decorations in the lobbies. This is also the perfect time to visit one of the many holiday markets that pop up all over the city.

In all of the years I’ve lived in New York City, I had never taken a Double Decker bus ride until a few weeks ago. I know what you’re thinking, “how is that even possible?” Sure, I’d seen the colorful buses zip by while walking to and from work—the eager passengers on the top level smiling and pointing out buildings to each other, but for whatever reason, I’d just never done it.

Elf the Musical is the perfect kid-friendly Broadway play for the holiday season. The cheery musical is based on the 2003 Will Ferrell movie of same name, but cuts out much of the adult humor that gave the film a PG rating. When my friend and I went to a performance a few weeks ago, I could see from the excitement on the faces of the children in the audience how much those under 10 enjoyed the cute songs and childish jokes.

A few weeks ago, I saw Dead Accounts—the new Broadway play starring Norbert Leo Butz, Katie Holmes, Judy Greer, Josh Hamilton and Jayne Houdyshell. I went to a press event for the play in October and the bit of information provided—I knew it was set in Ohio and involved some sort of financial dispute—left me curious about the show.

I really love being in New York during the holidays. This festive time of year sees the city transform into a wonderland of holiday lights and iconic traditions—like the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center and the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square. A number of holiday-themed festivals and markets also pop up this time of year.

In addition to the famous New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square, and the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the most popular New York City holiday celebrations.

Anyone who has spent enough time in New York City will tell you that sporting designer brands is pretty much a way of life for a lot of city dwellers and visitors. This metropolis is full of high-end boutiques and department stores that carry everything from Alexander McQueen to Louis Vuitton.

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