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Have you been searching for the perfect addition to your home décor? Creel and Gow has a fascinating collection of objects from around the world including rare minerals, coral, silver shells, taxidermy and exotic accessories. All of them are stunning, and often exotic, like the Butterflies in Flight (pictured, $5,000).

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Creel and Gow

131 E. 70th St.

(212) 327-4281



Bronze Beach Babe

Sun, sand, an ocean breeze—Spring Break can’t come soon enough. But the season of beach getaways also means this is the first time your body will be seeing the sun in months, and no one wants to blind all the other beach goers. The quick fix? An airbrush tan at the spa at Equinox gym ($70). The organic, aloe-based mist will give you a beautiful glow, and not that unseemly orange hue we so often associate with fake tanning.

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Equinox 1429 2nd Ave. (212) 249-3917


Baguette Amor

Walking around Paris, you won’t pass a corner without seeing someone toting a fresh baguette. Delicious for every meal, including breakfast or dessert (chocolate and brie sandwich, anyone?), baguettes are a staple in France, and therefore they know how to do it right. Now, we can finally get a real French Baguette Monge ($2.75) right on the Upper East Side, at Maison Kayser. This boulangerie has multiple locations in France as well as select international cities, and New York is lucky enough to be one of them.

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Maison Kayser

1294 Third Ave.

(212) 744-3100


Spring Cleaning

It’s that season again—time to reorganize and refresh. For a truly thorough spring clean that will leave your home feeling brand new, contact Wizard of Homes. This domestic referral agency offers a Deep Clean (price depends on size of apartment) that gets into every nook and cranny, to make your apartment dirt and dust free. Wizard of Homes



Gastropub for Grownups

The Penrose is a cozy and casual pub with reclaimed wood bars and exposed brick walls–the perfect neighborhood spot to converse with friends over craft cocktails like the Jack Rabbit Club made with Applejack, Pear Cordial, Dolin Rouge Vermouth, and Baked Apple Bitters ($11) or the Ginger Lee with Blanco Tequila, Fresh Pressed Ginger, Lime, Crème de Cassis, and Club Soda ($11). It’s also a genuine gastropub, offering up greasy but quality fare like Beer Battered McClure’s Brooklyn Pickles served with Smokey Sauce ($7) and Oyster Sliders with Fried West Coast Oysters, Bacon, Pickles, and Remoulade ($8).

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The Penrose

1590 2nd Ave.

(212) 203-2751



Go Vegan

How can you be vegan but still eat meat? Easy, go vegan on your feet! Galo Shoes has a whole line of vegan leather shoes, all in adorable styles like these vinylized-cotton loafers ($235). Besides being animal-friendly and environmentally sound, vegan shoes have an added bonus—they’re way more weatherproof than leather!

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Galo Shoes

895 Madison Ave

(212) 744-7936




Kitchen Arts & Letters is a bookstore dedicated completely to the culinary arts. They carry books on everything you need to know about cooking, including out of print titles. This is the place to find some inspiration to spice up your family dinners, and to help you have a little more fun making them, too. Find out your favorite chef’s secrets, or the latest recipes of modernist cuisine, to help you brainstorm for tomorrow night’s meal.

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Kitchen Arts & Letters

1435 Lexington Avenue

(212) 876-5550‎



Plaits, Please

Cozy’s Cuts for Kids knows how to help impatient kiddos make it through the hair cut process with balloons and treats. But there’s another reason it’s the best children’s hair salon in town: the Braid Bar. Kids can flip through a look book of different braided dos, and pick a style to match the newest runway trends ($15 & up).

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Cozy’s Cuts for Kids

1125 Madison Ave.




Tarator Falafel & Grill

You can get a falafel sandwich on many street corners in Manhattan, but at Tarator Falafel & Grill you are in for a real treat. The restaurant’s name refers to tarator, a tahini-based sauce made with lemon, garlic, parsley, and cumin. Unlike most falafel sandwiches that are doused in a mayonnaise-based sauce, Tarator’s is actually healthy. A Falafel Pita Sandwich with tarator, lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles is just $5, making it the perfect alternative to greasy fast food.

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Tarator Falafel & Grill

1163 2nd Ave.

212 317 0600


Bye Bye Birdie

If you’ve ever played tennis, then you’ll be a natural at badminton. So why not give it a try, if you haven’t already? At NYC Badminton, walk-ins are welcome, so come in on a Saturday and try your hand at shuttlecocking, or sign up and become a member. NYC Badminton also offers coaching, tournaments, and summer camp.

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NYC Badminton

220 East 76th Street

(646) 450-8918