Wave Goodbye To Big City Crime? Not Quite … But Maybe

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If you asked a resident of Los Angeles whether or not they felt safe in their home or in their neighborhood, what kind of responses do you think you would get?

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By sheer coincidence, I recently saw the movie Hollywood Homicide,” which opened with the brutal slaying of several members of an up and coming rap group and includes several gunfire exchanges in crowded public areas, including the subway and during a car chase through the Los Angeles city streets.

With all the films in town that run along the same lines, L.A. must be a very violent place. It might even be as violent as New York City, for example, which must be the most commonly named crime-riddled city in the country.

Now what if I told you that neither answers A or B were accurate. In point of fact, Los Angeles is not among the top 100 most crime-plagued cities in the country and that New York City isn’t in the top 100, either.

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Yes, this makes little sense if you get all your crime statistics at the cineplex. It turns out that, while production studios churn out movies left and right in Los Angeles and New York out of sheer convenience, there are hardly any movies filmed in the violent crime capital of the country, which happens to be Camden, New Jersey.

In fact, says the Web site NeighborhoodScout, when it comes to violent crime per ca pita – which means the number of murders, forcible rapes, armed robberies and aggravated assaults reported to the FBI per 1,000 residents of each location–there were many surprises. Neither Boston or Chicago made the top 100, either. Instead, cities in the country’s heartland, which are rumored to be steady and affluent, did make the list, including Kansas City, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Minneapolis.

The top 10: Camden, N.J., followed by Chester, PA, Detroit, MI, Saginaw, MI, Oakland, CA, Bessemer, AL, Flint, MI, Atlantic City, NJ, Wilmington, DE, and Memphis, TN.

Does this mean you can leave your homes unlocked in LA or New York?

That doesn’t seem likely.

It still pays to be safe. Of the utmost concern remains the socio-economic status of the neighborhood where you live. Big cities still have high crime districts and low or lower crime districts. And, of course, even small cities have areas with better statistics than others.

This leads us to the No. 1 crime-prevention or crime-fighting tool in the United States and probably the world and the simple truth is that you probably already own one.

To be cute about it, the No. 1 most universal piece of crime-prevention equipment is probably your front door – one with a lock. But the new gadget that is also widespread is simply the computer.

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A computer or a smart phone may be your best ally simply because you can run to the Internet and actually look at neighborhood to neighborhood statistics on crime. There are variables related to income and family needs, of course, but the truth is, you can find crime data online that simply tells you where not to move.

NeighborhoodScout is just one of the tools online, one that happens to track crime data, provide information on schools and give simple descriptions of each city. Where I live, for example, it is 82.2 percent hip and trendy, 68 percent urban sophisticates. It rates 44.7 percent on the walkable scale (which judges if you can walk to work) and 26.6 percent on quiet.

That sounds like we’re loud and young. And that is true. Only 9.8 percent of the Ithacan are 65 or older (I’m getting close) and 39.9 percent are single, never married.

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If staying away from crime is the No. 1 strategy, let’s call the locked front door No. 2. After that are a wide variety of crime prevention strategies that also revolve around modern technology.

Just for comparison reasons, let’s just admit that 30 to 50 years ago and back through the ages until the dawn of man, the third most valuable bit of crime prevention equipment had a wet nose, four feet and a tail. But now we’re a little more sophisticated than that.
Nowadays, with a smart-phone in your hand, you can turn your home’s thermostat up and down, cranking up the heat from long distances if a weather report says temperatures are dropping in your home town. You can also lock electronic doors, open or close the garage door and you can even turn the lights on and take a look around the place.

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Full security operations can provide some very slick options. Full information is readily available at http://www.securitychoice.net/home-security-systems/California/Los-Angeles/ and other Web sites dealing with a wide range of security options.

The Internet, of course, is the new data highway, through which information on motion detectors or footage from security cameras can travel around the world. If your home is in Be Air – or anywhere else – and you happen to be on a cruise in the Caribbean, you can still keep an eye on your home. You can turn down the heat, activate motion sensors, lock and unlock doors.

The old adage is that nothing is fool-proof or burglar-proof. But the new truth is that insurance companies often have homeowner policies that give discounts if you add security measures, so that electronic security can pay for itself. The hardware and installation are relatively cheap and the ongoing service worth the price if you would have otherwise been paying a higher insurance premium, anyway.

New York City – The Perfect Destination for a Family Vacation

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New York City:

The Perfect Destination for a Family Vacation

New York is also known as ‘The City That Never Sleeps’. So, if you’ve got a young family and you’re due to go on vacation, New York is probably the last on your list of considerations. But we’re here to tell you that the Big Apple is full of activities that the whole family will love. With everything from zoos to visit and picnics in the park to enjoy, we can guarantee that there’s something to keep children of all ages entertained.

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American Museum of Natural History

Almost every little boy goes through a phase where they’re obsessed with dinosaurs. So, rather than sit at home and watch Jurassic Park for the seventh time, why not take them to the American Museum of Natural History? They are in proud possession of a huge Tyrannosaurus rex fossil that is sure to excite and delight your children in equal measure. A trip to the museum is fun for the kids as well as being educational. So, this is a trip that will keep both the kids and the parents happy.

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Picnic in Central Park

New York is a thriving metropolis, where you and your family will get to experience the hustle and bustle of the big city. But it’s also far easier than you might have imagined to ‘get away from it all’ and enjoy some peace and quiet. Right in the center of the city lies Central Park, which is beautifully maintained and a lovely place to share a picnic with your family. You could also end the day by exploring the park in a horse-drawn carriage. The kids will love it, and it’s a great way of spending some quality family time together.

See a Game at Madison Square Gardens

If your children are big sports fans, then no visit to New York would be complete without seeing a game at the world-famous Madison Square Gardens. If sport really isn’t your thing, they also host music events including performances by artists such as Billy Joel and Usher. So, check to see what’s on before you book to help ensure that you pick something the whole family can enjoy.

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Many of the music concerts and sports games finish quite late in the evening. So, we recommend that you book a reservation in one of the nearby New York apartments. Then if you are traveling with younger children, at least you won’t have far to go to get to your accommodation.

Bronx Zoo

If your little ones happen to be animal crazy, they’ll absolutely love a day trip to the Bronx Zoo. It offers a rare chance to get up close to some of the world’s most exotic and fascinating of animals. Everything from crocodiles, gorillas, through to elephants and polar bears call the Bronx Zoo their home. So, if you fancy spending a day with your children that they won’t forget in a hurry, the Bronx Zoo should be at the top of your list of places to visit.

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I bet you didn’t realize quite how much there was for families to see and do in New York. Well, now that you do, there’s no excuse – you better book some tickets!

The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens Fashion Outlet Mall

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Things can get a bit hard on your family budget towards the end of the year. You’ve got back-to-school supplies and apparel to purchase, but also need to start thinking about holiday gifts that you’ll need to buy for family and friends. Those that know me well can tell you how much I adore outlet shopping, so I am very excited to tell all of you about the recent transformation of The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens!

Whether you are a native New Jersey resident, live within the tri-state area, or plan to go shopping in New Jersey, you can expect true value and head-turning deals from all of your favorite brands at The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens. Visitors from all over are stopping by — local residents, domestic travelers, and even international visitors!

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Tying to find a great deal while keeping every one of your family members in mind (and their sizes, too) can be a truly daunting experience. Luckily, The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens is the largest indoor luxury fashion outlet center — and they also offer tax-free shopping on clothes and shoes (yes, this is really happening!!!). If you can’t find it thereyou likely aren’t going to find it anywhere (just bein’ honest!).

What can I find at Jersey Gardens?

You can expect clothing, toys, entertainment, home goods, beauty and personal care, games, and everything (and anything) else that you could think of. Need a break in between stores? Enjoy the movie theater complex, deluxe food court, or one of several sit-down restaurants before heading back out for more shopping.

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The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens is a major tourist attraction and quite popular for shoppers living and visiting New Jersey and New York City. The mall sees approximately 18 million shoppers from more than 160 different countries annually. Designer brands at outlet prices — what’s not to love?

With more than 200 premium retailers, I can likely guarantee that you’ll be able to do 99.999% of your holiday or back to school shopping all under one roof: at The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens. They include

  • Michael Kors
  • Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH
  • Century 21
  • Neiman Marcus Last Call
  • A/X Armani Exchange Outlet
  • True Religion Brand Jeans
  • Coach Factory Store
  • Coach Men’s
  • Calvin Klein
  • Banana Republic Factory Store
  • The PUMA Store
  • Vince Camuto
  • G by Guess
  • Disney Store Outlet
  • The LEGO Store

*Visit JerseyGardens.com for the full store list and other information.

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Eager to learn more or need to start planning a trip to The Outlet Collection | Jersey Gardens? Of course, I feel the same way! Head on over to JerseyGardens.com to discover more about this fabulous New Jersey outlet mall and start planning your trip out today. I don’t mean to scare you, but it’s time to start thinking about the holiday season!

Sign up today and create a personal profile with JerseyGardens.com to receive  the hottest deals, special promotions, and The Outlet Collection insider scoop on all there is to know about this sensational indoor fashion outlet in Jersey!


QUICK! How do I get there? How fast can I get there? When are they open? Woah, slow down! You’ll be able to get there quite easily after you read these very simple directions (or plug their address into your GPS — and save to your favorites, too).

NJ Turnpike Exit 13A, 651 Kapkowski Road Elizabeth, NJ 07201


Located at Exit 13A on the NJ Turnpike, those visiting New Jersey and New York City will find the mall quick and easy to reach, with a network of transportation options available. Also very easy to access through public transport. The shuttle ride will only be 5-minutes from Newark Liberty International Airport. Traveling from Manhattan? That will only be a 30-minute ride via. the New Jersey Transit Bus #111 from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Simple enough, right?


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Follow and like The Outlet Center | Jersey Gardens on Facebook, Twitter @OCJersey, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram. Join the conversation and see what others are saying on Twitter when you follow the official #JerseyGardens hashtag!


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Homemade Green Cleaners

Take a stroll down the cleaning aisle of your local department or grocery store and you will find an abundance of products designed to make your home look its best. Unfortunately, these readily available items contain a long list of ingredients that pose a potential health risk to you and your family. Instead, create your own homemade non-toxic cleaners that will cleanse your home without polluting the environment.

Safe and Organic Cleaners

Baking Soda – Found in the baking aisle, baking soda has long been used to deodorize, clean, scour and soften water. This non-toxic product is safe to use around children and pets, and is relatively inexpensive.

Lemon – Lemons and its juice is an effective and all-natural cleaning agent that can kill most household bacteria while dissolving grease and grime. Wiping your linoleum floors with lemon juice will leave them shiny and smelling lemony fresh.

White Vinegar – White vinegar is a versatile and organic product that has a wide array of uses both inside the home and out. Not only can white vinegar be used as a homemade weed killer, but also it can also cut through grease, kill mold and mildew, get rid of odors and remove some stains.

Cornstarch – Cornstarch is a great safe alternative to chemically filled furniture polish, window cleaners and carpet cleaners.

Homemade Green Cleaner Recipes

For an all-purpose cleaner you can sue on windows, chrome fixtures, mirrors and to remove water deposits on shower doors, mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1/2 gallon of water.

A safe homemade mold cleaner that you can use in your bathroom requires mixing two parts water with one part 3-percent hydrogen peroxide. Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and saturate the mold or mildewed areas with the solution. Wait at least one hour before rinsing the solution off with water.

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If your drains need cleaned, simply dissolve 1/2 cup of salt in 4 liters of hot water and pour directly down the drain. For an even stronger cleaning, dump 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1/2 cup of white vinegar. The chemical reaction that naturally occurs will help break up fatty acids into glycerine and soap. Wait 15 minutes and flush the drain with hot water.

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Relocating Your Family to NYC: What You Need to Know

     Relocating Your Family to NYC What You Need to Know

If you’re relocating to New York City, it’s important that you ask yourself why you plan to make the move. Moving is already hard on families, but without work or friends in the city, it’s also a lonely and difficult move to make as well. If you do your due diligence, find a good home in a good neighborhood, and visit the city ahead of time, you will find New York City to be one of the most interesting and rewarding places to live in the USA.

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Find Personal Contacts

Tap any friends and family who may already live in or near the city. Ask them about the common issues you expect to have, like commute time or basic costs of living. A personal contact is also good for those who need a couch to sleep on in a bind, but probably not a solution for an entire family. What they can do is provide you with some knowledge about neighborhoods. That insider knowledge will help you find the property you want in a neighborhood that is safe and reliable.

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Due Diligence

You need to actually make the trip to NYC before you move there. Due diligence means that you’ve actually inspected your options and can make an informed decision. Price is a factor in NYC, so you’ll need to determine what the optimal size is for you and your family. Bear in mind that space is also a commodity there. Don’t expect grand entry ways and wide open
rooms. Everything is built to be compact and vertical, with a few very high priced exceptions. And then there is the agent. Is this person actually helping you find a property you can move into, or just conning you out of your money? If you actually visit the city before you move your family, you will know the answer to these questions.

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Check Rentals

Talk to personal finance gurus and they will tell you that you should be spending no more than 25% of your income on your rent. Let’s face it, mortgages are high in New York. Therefore, it may be in your best interest to rent an apartment when you first arrive. This carries a few advantages: you get to scout neighborhoods for yourself (including schools and activities for children), you can personally meet with your agent, and your family has a place to stay while you work on finding permanent housing. Month-to-month leases are not uncommon, so consider that over rushing a move into a home that may not fit your needs.

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Job Prospects

NYC is a big city, so there is a lot of work to be found in different industries. Unfortunately it’s also an expensive place to live, so some of the lower grossing jobs out there might want to consider a move elsewhere. Philadelphia, for instance, has some quality apartments and homes at a cost that is far more reasonable than NYC. Still, if you’re dead set on moving there, make sure you have lined up a job for yourself. Talk with a temp company to see if they can place you, or tap your personal contacts again to see if you can get an interview. Save up before your move as well, so you’re not as pressured to immediately get on your feet.

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Moving Day

If you’re relocating from out of state, choose a moving company to make things simple on you. Because space is so hard to come by, you’ll probably end up selling off most of your furniture in preparation for the move. Don’t drive a U-Haul. They are expensive, hard to park for an extended period of time in the street, and a pain to drive in the congested city traffic. A moving company will handle everything from packaging to transport, leaving you with more time to focus on getting situated in your new home.

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Ways That NYC Landlords are Cleaning Up Their Act

  Ways That NYC Landlords are Cleaning Up Their Act

When one thinks about New York City, perhaps the last thing that comes to mind is the term ‘eco-friendly’. In a city with more than 8 million people and counting, how can it be possible to be eco-friendly?

Despite the fact that the city is so heavily populated, several landlords are making strides to create environmentally-friendly apartment homes. It seems that sustainability is all the rage now as more people become more conscientious of their carbon footprint. Here is a look at what some NYC landlords are doing to clean up their buildings and keep up with the demand for more eco-friendly living quarters.

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Keeping It Simple

Applying weather stripping to doors and windows to prevent heating and coolant loss is just one of the very simple ways that NYC landlords are improving their properties. In some areas, the installation of sun-shielding shades and blinds help with controlling the heat from the blazing sun, which reduces the amount of air conditioning needed to cool buildings. Installing compact fluorescent lighting cuts down on the amount of electricity used as well as the amount of greenhouse gasses that are released into the environment. As an extra effort, many buildings are converting to energy efficient appliances like refrigerators, ovens, and laundry units, as well.

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Water Conservation and Purification

Since saving water usually results in saving electricity, it is easy to understand the ‘trickle-down effect’ of water conservation. Some apartments in NYC are installing low-flush toilets, or are converting the existing ones to be low-flushing. Installing water-efficient faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads are also excellent ways to conserve water. Additionally, some apartments are being equipped with water softeners similar to the those provided by Life Source Water in an effort to cut down on the amount of chemicals and sediment deposits that build up in city water.

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Growing Food

As an increasingly popular trend, several apartment buildings in NYC are hosting vegetable gardens where tenants can participate in growing their own food. Dubbed ‘green roofs’, these rooftop gardens are not only an excellent way to make the best use of space in such a tiny city, but allow for more carbon dioxide to oxygen conversion. The revolution of rooftop gardening in NYC even stretches to some local restaurants and eateries considering some of these establishments are stocking their kitchens primarily with freshly grown produce from the apartment just down the street.

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Making Recycling Easy

Several apartment superintendents around the Big Apple are making recycling a priority and providing tenants with options that make recycling easy. In fact, the local municipality promotes an Apartment Building Recycling Initiative (ABRI), offering incentives to buildings that participate in active recycling campaigns. This initiative also provides participating apartment buildings with necessary materials to promote recycling inside the big city.

It would seem that the days of the ‘dirty and dingy city’ stereotype are being carefully and conscientiously wiped away thanks to eco-friendly efforts in New York City. Making sustainability a passion has become a top priority for residents and city officials alike. For those that consider NYC home, these improvements are a welcome reprieve. With everyone doing their part, creating a cleaner, more beautiful world not only seems doable, but easier as well.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester: New York Family Fun Attractions

One of the local New York attractions that we’ve been really eager to visit is LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Westchester. With my son just turning 5-years-old and really, really into LEGO’s nowadays, I know it will be a huge hit and the memories will be priceless! In case you haven’t heard of LEGOLAND Westchester, it  is one of the top kids attractions and one of the world’s biggest boxes of LEGO bricks (seriously!).

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester is one of New York’s top landmarks — and it’s made completely out of LEGO bricks! Visitors will learn secrets from the Master Model Builder, experience their indoor soft play, and have an amazing time enjoying all of the LEGO rides.

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Perfect for families and ideal for children aged 3-10 years old, LEGOLAND Discovery Center includes 15 different attractions, which are all included in the admission price. Tickets are limited, so you should definitely purchase tickets online as this is the only way to guarantee entry to LEGOLAND.

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Langham Place Measure Lounge Sing-a-Long Brunch: Tunes with Tina in NYC

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“Tunes with Tina” returns to Measure Lounge at Langham Place

Looking for something fun and entertaining to do with the kids on Mother’s Day? Measure Lounge, located at Langham Place on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, will be hosting “Tunes with Tina”.  With two kids under 5 years old, I know it can be quite difficult to find a great activity for all of us to enjoy. Whether you are a resident of New York City, or have a trip to the Big Apple planned between now and May 11th (Mother’s Day), I know this will be a hit for the entire family!

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Multi-talented singer, songwriter, and jazz pianist, Tina deVaron, will be performing at “Tunes With Tina”. This family-friendly musical sing-a-long brunch in New York City is going to run every Sunday at 11:30am from Easter (April 20th) through Mother’s Day (May 11th). Guests of all age are invited to join in the fun and enjoy a scrumptious meal at the same time!

Moms and dads know just how difficult it can be to take the whole family out to eat. The kids grow impatient, don’t want to sit and wait to be served, and they’re crawling out of their seats by the time the appetizers reach the table! I love the idea of a musical sing-a-long brunch at Measure Lounge. You’ll be creating long-lasting family memories all while the kids have a blast singing along. Tina’s one-of-a-king songs are improvised and created especially for them, which makes for quite an interactive and special experience for the kids!

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Tina deVaron is an acclaimed singer, songwriter, and jazz pianist. Her combination of jazz for kids and original songs about motherhood have made her a favorite for audience for all ages around the country. Tina writes songs that are inspired by the kids that come to see her perform. She loves taking requests from the audience as they all sing their hearts out. The end result is a magical experience full of everlasting memories, which is why Tina always encourages parents to bring a video camera!

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As if a family sing-a-long isn’t enough, guests will be treated to a custom-designed kids menu that has been specially created by Measure Lounge’s talented Executive Chef, David Vandenabeele. Specialty dishes that will be offered throughout the Spring “Tunes with Tina” sing-a-long brunch will include kid’s favorites — Belgian Waffles with house-made chocolate sauce and whipped cream; and Breakfast Pizza with tomato, sausage and mozzarella served on an English Muffin.

Chef David’s scrumptious brunch options for adults include Scotch Egg with chopped pork and chorizo served with curry mayonnaise; a variety of Breakfast Quiche; and the mini Measured Lamb Burger with goat cheese and fresh pickles.These brunch options perfectly compliment Tina’s classic children’s songs and up-to-the-minute favorites, which include personalized numbers that she is known for improvising right on the spot!

Langham Place includes a full-service spa (The Space at Langham Place), a state-of-the art fitness center, and the only midtown outpost of Julien Farel Salon. Their salon offers both full and express services for business and leisure travelers on the go. Hungry? Check out their Michelin-starred restaurant from Michael White’s Alta Marea Group, Ai Fiori, located on the hotel’s 2nd floor. Of course, Measure also features your favorite classic cocktails and an extensive wine and beer list at their all-day lounge. You’ll find Modern American classics with a British twist courtesy of Chef David Vandenabeele.

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*Full brunch menu available {click to open PDF file}:

Tunes With Tina Langham Brunch Menu



Measure Lounge doesn’t normally accept reservations, but they are accepting them for “Tunes with Tina” brunch guests. If you are interested in booking your reservation, head on over to OpenTable.com or call the hotel at at (212) 695-4005.

Fixed price brunch is $40.00 for adults and $20.00 for children under 3 years old. Measure Lounge is located inside Langham Place, which is a hotel centrally located at 400 Fifth Avenue (intersection of Fifth Avenue and 36th Street) in the heart of Manhattan.


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Learn more about Langham Place in New York City, discover all there is to know about Measure Lounge, and don’t forget to book that reservation for an upcoming “Tunes with Tina” any Sunday between now and Mother’s Day (May 11, 2014)!

Stay connected and learn more about Measure Lounge and Langham Place! Follow Measure Lounge on Instagram, @measure_nyc on Twitter, and Facebook. You can also find Langham Place on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to stay updated on upcoming events and hotel news.


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Sahara Sam’s Oasis – New Jersey Indoor & Outdoor Water Park!

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New Jersey Indoor & Outdoor Water Park!

You may or may not know that I recently relocated my family to the Poconos from New York City. I didn’t realize what a temperature difference 100 miles could make. It is COLD here and we always have snow on the ground! Since moving was a huge expense for our budget, I am looking for an affordable and family friendly trip that is local enough to treat ourselves to a short night away from home.

Last year I found out about a great indoor/outdoor water park in New Jersey – Sahara Sam’s Oasis! It is the LARGEST indoor water park in New Jersey and it’s PACKED with attractions, rides, and fun for the entire family! We skipped on a trip last year since I was pregnant, but now we’re ready to go and can’t wait to get our feet wet (especially since we’ve moved to the mountains and it’s coooooold!).

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Sahara Sam’s has an amazing variety of packges and options for their pool birthday parties. They just rolled out a brand new birthday party package, Sam’s Cooking Up Fun! Let the kids play chef for the day as they prepare their very own pizzas and cookies before heading into the water park for a day full of fun and excitement! The party will run for a total of 3.5 hours, which allows for 2 hours of water park access and 1.5 hours exclusive use of the Festive Party Room! Scroll down for additional details.

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The birthday child and guests will toss on their chief hats, make their own personal pizzas, and decorate tasty cookies in their very own private festive party room. Thereafter, your party will head into the water park for 2 hours for a splashin’ good time!

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  • 3.5 Hours Long Party, Start to Finish
  • 1.5 Hours Exclusive use of a Festive Party Room with a Dedicated Party Host at the Beginning of the Party
  • 2 Hours in the water park following the party room time
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Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari: Dino Tails Street Team Around NYC – June 20

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Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari:

"Dino Tails" Street Team Hitting The Streets on June 20th!

If you think you’re starting to see "weird" things going on around the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Hoboken on Thursday June 20th — it’s just the Bronx Zoo having a little fun with you to pump guests up for the Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari going on all summer long (May 25-September 8, 2013)!

Keep your eyes open on June 20th because the Bronx Zoo is sending out a "Dino Tails" Street Team! There will be approximately 50 people taking the streets conspicuously wearing a very distinctive accessory that ties into the Bronx Zoo’s newest adventure, Dinosaur Safari!  

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The Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari Street Team will be distributing promo codes for 20% OFF Total Experience tickets, which includes the new Dinosaur Safari attraction!

*Check the full Dino Tails Street Team locations list {click or scroll down!} and keep an eye out from noon until 6pm on Thursday, June 20th!

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If you spot some tails on Thursday,  hit @theBronxZoo on Instagram with the #dinotail hashtag and share the experience with your friends! Dinosaur Safari street team members will be out from 12-6pm on Thursday, June 20th (see full location list for more details)

NYC Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari

It’s an event 200 million years in the making! This summer, Bronx Zoo guests will be immersed in the wonders of the prehistoric world as they hop aboard a paleontologist’s wagon and take an exciting journey back to a time when dinosaurs ruled the world. Visitors will encounter 16 large-scale majestic animated creatures, as well as baby dinosaurs and nests, representing numerous species that once roamed various areas of the globe! 

The limited engagement outdoor exhibit setting will evoke a primeval forest where visitors will ride through a prehistoric environment that showcases the brilliant colors, scales, and fins that latest scientific research reveals may have adorned these incredible beasts.  By comparing these adaptations of dinosaurs with similar features found in modern animals, the visitor will get insight into why animals look the way they do across time and the fascinating adaptations that help them thrive and survive.
Guests will disembark at the Dinosaur Safari Field site and experience what it feels like to be at an archeological dig. Guests can uncover fossils at three fossil digs, explore real dinosaur artifacts, pose for a picture atop a mighty T. rex, and even control a robotic Stegosaurus! Within the park, visitors can create hands-on dinosaur crafts and fossil rubbings, take home a memory from the dinosaur merchandise cart, catch the 4-D experience; Ice Age; Dawn of the Dinosaurs and watch the magical new theatrical performance of Adaptations! A Dinosaur Musical. It will be a dino-mite summer at the Bronx Zoo!


“Dino Tails” Street Team Locations:


Battery Park City: Battery Place – Chambers between West St. and Hudson River Esplanade

Pier 25 & Esplanade: Chambers – North Moore St.

Gramercy Park & Union Square: 14th – 23rd St. between 1st and Park Ave. (Union Square is between Union Square E & W)

Stuyvesant Square (2nd Ave. between 15th and 17th St. • Gramercy Park (20th – 21st between Irving and Lex) • Union Square (14th – 17th St. between Union Square E & W

Hudson River Park: N Moore St.–16th St.

Hudson River Park: Chelsea Lawn 17th St.–34th St.

Financial District: Bowling Green – Barclays St. between Church & WaterBrooklyn Bridge: Barclay–Worth St. between Broadway & Pearl St.

Soho-Nolita: Canal–Houston St. between 6th Ave. & Bowery St.

West Village: Houston–14th St. between Hudson St. & 6th Ave.

Greenwich Village-Noho: Houston–13th St. between 6th Ave. & Bowery

Chelsea: The Highline and Chelsea Market

Chelsea: 14th–22nd St. between 6th–11th Ave.

Chelsea: 23rd–30th St. between 6th–11th Ave.

Penn Station/Herald Square: 31st–37th St. between Broadway & 9th Ave.

Hell’s Kitchen: 43rd–54th St. on Hudson River Park & 38th–50th St. between 8th &11th Ave.

Columbus Circle-Lincoln Square: 51st – 68th St. between 6th & West End Ave.

UWS: 70th–82nd St. between Central Park West & West End Ave.

UWS: 83rd–103rd St. between Central Park West & West End Ave.

Lower East Side: Below Houston St. between Bowery & Columbia St.

East Village-Alphabet City: Houston–14th St. between Bowery & Avenue D

East Village: East River Park and Stuyvesant Town

Flatiron District: 14th–26th Sts. between 1st & 6th Ave.

Murray Hill-Medical City: 27th–42nd St. between 1st & Madison Ave.

Midtown East/Grand Central: 42nd–50th St. between 1st & 6th Ave.

Midtown East: 50th–63rd St. between 1st & 6th Ave.

UES: 63rd–79th St. between 2nd & 5th Ave.

UES: 79th–96th St. between 2nd & 5th Ave.

UES: 63rd – 96th St. between FDR Dr. & 2nd Ave.

42nd Street: 42nd Street between 10th and 2nd Ave. 

34th Street: 34th Street between 10th and 2nd Ave. 

23rd  Street: 23rd Street between 11th  and Park Ave. 

5th Ave: 5th Ave. between 59th and 14th St. 

Central Park: 59th–72nd St.

Central Park: 68th–83rd St.

Central Park: 81st–97th St.

Central Park: 97th–100th St.

Brooklyn: Park Slope, Flatbush Ave.–14th St. between 5th & 8th Ave.

 Brooklyn: Prospect Park, south of Center Drive 

Brooklyn: Prospect Park, north of Center Drive

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Heights, Atlantic Ave. to Old Fulton St., East River to Court St./Cadman Plaza

Brooklyn: Dumbo, Nassau St. to East River, Bridge St. to Brooklyn Bridge

New Jersey: Hoboken 


Adaptations! A Dinosaur Musical

With the help of a friendly tortoise, future paleontologists Marsh and Cope take a trip back in time to discover the adaptations that allowed dinosaurs to survive for millions of years. When the boys stumble upon a gigantic T. Rex, they must learn to adapt quickly so they don’t become extinct!

WHEN: Wednesday–Sunday at 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45, and 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Asia Theater

PRESENTED BY: OshKosh B’gosh®

Meet & Greet

Meet James Gurney, author and illustrator of the popular Dinotopia series. Gurney will teach visitors how to draw a dinosaur, and discuss how he combines science, imagination, and observation of living animals to bring extinct animals to life.

WHEN: June 29–30 at 1:00, 2:30, and 3:30p.m.

WHERE: Dancing Crane Plaza


Dig for or assemble your very own dinosaur to take home. 

WHEN: Saturday–Sunday from 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Dancing Crane Plaza


Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt

Animals living at the zoo today and dinosaurs of ancient times share adaptations that help them survive and thrive. Download an interactive dinosaur scavenger hunt, courtesy of Bright Horizons, and search through the zoo to discover these amazing connections.


Psst… Want to get your hands on some free Dino stickers from the Bronx Zoo? Check the top right corner of the page to request free dinosaur stickers. What a great way to pump up the kids for a fun Dinosaur Safari trip at the Bronx Zoo! 



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