Discovering NYC Series: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

Discovering NYC Series: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

The leaves are changing colors and the crowds are starting to die down – it must be fall in New York City. Before the wintery weather takes over this concrete jungle, spend a few days outdoors visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  When is the last time you took the opportunity to explore our nation’s gateway to culture and immigration? Here’s what to expect when visiting: Statue Cruises is the official provider authorized by the National Park Service to take visitors to and from Liberty and Ellis Island. Through their official website, you can purchase different levels of tickets from visiting both of the islands’ grounds to making your way up to the crown. Every ticket includes a pass to Ellis Island Museum. Statue of Liberty Take a stroll around the grounds of Lady Liberty and then, depending on the type of ticket you purchased, head into the pedestal. The pedestal was actually constructed and paid for by the American people and is roughly half the height of the entire monument. Pedestal tickets allow visitors to access the museum as well as the Fort Wood Level. From the pedestal you can take the stairs or elevator to the top of the Statue. You can experience 360 degree views of Lower Manhattan by walking around the crown. Self-guided, as well as Park Ranger guided tours, are available for purchase. Ellis Island Ellis Island was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States from 1892 until 1954. Before heading into the museum, walk along the American Immigrant Wall of Honor and search for your family’s name....
Business Tips: How to Network…the right way

Business Tips: How to Network…the right way

“It’s not what you know. It’s who you know.” While this is valid business advice, it’s not always about exchanging business cards; it’s also about presenting yourself with confidence, knowledge and finesse.  Networking can be uncomfortable but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips to guide you through your next networking happy hour or to prepare for an interview. The first and most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Everyone is either in your shoes or was once in your position. Take comfort knowing you’re not pioneering through unchartered territory. Relax, take a deep breath, and remember—you already know the most vital information, which is about yourself! Next, start off small. Go to an event that only has a few attendees (less than 30) to prevent becoming overwhelmed. Try to attend the event by yourself. While tagging along with coworkers may seem more comfortable, push yourself outside of your boundaries and interact with multiple people. Before attending any networking event, always be prepared. Draft out a plan about what you want to talk about, how you may be able to help other people, and what your true talents and strengths are. Consider your audience. Are they potential business partners, future bosses or peers with valuable business knowledge? Again, relax, and take a deep breath. Lastly, disregard your personal agenda and never dismiss someone as unimportant. You never know who you may be talking to, and, title doesn’t always carry more significance. That person may be able to introduce you to someone who can significantly benefit your career. By ditching your personal agenda...
Pork Chops with Apple & Cider: Fall Recipe without pumpkin

Pork Chops with Apple & Cider: Fall Recipe without pumpkin

Pumpkin spiced lattes, pies, stews—pumpkin everything! All are very delicious, but are there fall recipes that don’t include pumpkin? Yes! There are plenty. We sifted through hundreds of recipes in search of the perfect fall meal and found NY Times’ David Tanis’ Pork Chops with Apples and Cider. Here’s how you can get in the fall spirit without breaking the bank or buying a pumpkin: Ingredients For the Spiced Salt ¼ tsp black peppercorns 3 cloves 4 allspice berries 2 tbsp roughly chopped sage 1 and ½ tbsp. kosher salt For the Pork and Sauce 6 boneless pork chops, 4 oz each, about ½-inch thick 2 large apples 2 tbsp butter ½ cup hard cider, plus 2 tbsp 2 tsp Dijon mustard 1 ½ cups chicken broth 2 tsp potato starch dissolved in 2 tbsp cold water 3 tbsp crème fraiche 1 tbsp Calvados, apple brandy or Cognac 2 tbsp finely cut chives 2 tbsp chopped parsley Preparation Grind all of the spiced salt ingredients in a spice mill or mortar until it becomes a powder. Season both sides of the pork with all but ½ a teaspoon of the spiced salt. Set aside. Peel, quarter and core the apples then cut each into a total of 12 wedges. Heat a wide skilled to medium-high and melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add the apple wedges and gently brown both sides, about 2 minutes each. Remove apples from the pan. Melt another tablespoon of butter in the same pan and add the pork chops. Cook 4 minutes on each side until slightly brown. Remove chops from the pan and turn...
4 Fun Things to Do in NYC during October 2016

4 Fun Things to Do in NYC during October 2016

Guten Tag! October is here and now is the time to drink a lot of beer! We’re just joking – partially! From pumpkin picking to Halloween celebrations, there are plenty of things to do in New York City to keep busy this October. Here are some city-wide event suggestions: Oktoberfest at Bierhaus NYC (Now until October 31, times vary, Bierhaus, 712 Third Avenue, New York) Oktoberfest is not over yet! Bierhaus NYC is celebrating all month long with events ranging from Kidtoberfest to National Bratwurst eating contest. Don’t feel like celebrating? Just stop by and try their selection of imported German beers. New York Comic Con (October 6 – 9, times vary, Jacob Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street, New York) Don ye best cosplay costume for this year’s Comic Con! Whether you dress up, or are just there to observe, you’ll feel as if you landed in one of your favorite comics. Tickets are limited on the official website, however other vendors such as StubHub are still selling tickets. New York City Wine & Food Festival (October 13 – 16, times vary, locations vary throughout NYC) The most awaited booze and food festival is back and tickets are selling like hotcakes! From tastings to intimate dinners, classes and late night parties, there’s an event for everyone. Visit your favorite Michelin-starred chef or check out the latest fresh talent. The Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade (October 22, 12 – 3pm, Tompkins Square Park, 500 East 9th Street, New York) Three words: dogs in costumes! From noon until about 3pm watch hundreds of pooches parade around Tompkins Square...