Tracy Kaler

I don’t believe in Mr. Right

I’ve often questioned what life would be like as a single girl in New York City. I’ve been married so long that I may have forgotten what single life is like anywhere. Even so, I can’t help but question if living in the city that never sleeps is more fun as a single or as a couple. Both have their...

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 3:40 PM

Rainy days and Tuesdays don’t get me down

I've become boring and settled in my middle age, even in a town as heart stopping as New York. Living on the Upper West Side, or the "burbs" of Manhattan as I like to call my neighborhood, has brought out a different side of me. Most days, I feel like I'm in a small town and not a metropolis,...

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 2:52 PM

Hurricane Sandy, please excuse my gray hair

As Hurricane Sandy approaches, New Yorkers are taking every measure possible to be prepared. Streets and places of business were packed yesterday, with hustle and bustle equivalent to a Monday rush hour rather than a Sunday afternoon.Last year during Irene, we were ready for the worst and got lucky...

Monday, October 29, 2012, 5:58 PM

Thank you for not smoking

In 2003, New York City law banned smokers from restaurants and bars in New York City. Last year, on May 23, the smoking restriction was extended to all city parks, beaches and plazas throughout the five boroughs.If you’re a smoker, in what areas does lighting one up remain legal?And as a non-smoker...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 10:04 PM

The New York life: You either get it, or you don’t

After dozens of negative comments in response to a recent article that I’ve written about why I pay so much to live in Manhattan, I've questioned my status, reasoning and future in New York City.Even though I'd only read about half of the offensive remarks from these nasty trolls living in the...

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 9:13 PM

I wanna be a Rockette, not a dancing bear

While living in NYC, I try to attend as many stage performances each year that my wallet allows, and those include dance, classical music, plays and musicals. I greatly admire performers of all kinds — dedicated creative people spending hours of their lives trying to get a part — any part. For some...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 3:28 PM

Welcome to Manhattan: No backyard, no garden & no grill?

I visited family in New Jersey this past weekend. Gigi and Jeff own a cute 1930s house on a cul-de-sac with a small landscaped backyard. The first floor of their three-story nest is bigger than my entire NYC apartment.Located about 40 minutes outside of Manhattan in Radburn, their home would seem...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 3:09 PM

A New Yorker in Hollywood

Even I, as a diehard New Yorker, need a little hiatus from life in the big, red glossy apple from time to time. Changing coasts and removing myself from this world so familiar can put everything in perspective.When I was 19 years old and on my first trip out West, I fell in love with Southern...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 3:16 PM

Where the wild things are

The Upper West Side is a charming New York City neighborhood with brownstones, prewar apartment buildings, tree-lined streets and Central Park. We have everything needed for city living at its best, and still, it’s relatively quiet for Manhattan. Our pocket of the West End Historic District is far...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 7:39 PM

Looking for love in all the right places?

Finding your perfect mate in a city of eight million is in no way easy. If you’re living outside New York and a fan of the typical rom-coms based in Manhattan (girl meets guy and despite 90 minutes of unrealistic obstacles, they live happily ever after), you might think the options are endless and...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012, 3:45 PM

What’s life without carbs?

I used to eat healthier before my life in Manhattan — the island of opportunity, stylish shoes, and gluten-full foods. I remember my boring pre-NYC diet, which consisted primarily of omelets, peanut butter, fish and grilled chicken salads. I rarely ate (don’t say it!) a sandwich.But in this town,...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 2:43 PM

One is no longer the loneliest number

While living in New York, have you wondered what life would be like as a single --- not just unattached — but living with no roommate, spouse or significant other? Would it be lonely and unaffordable over the long haul? You may already know. According to stats, 46 percent of Manhattanites are...

Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 9:07 PM

The 'And Guest' at table 29

Just like other events in New York, weddings in the Big Apple bring together a diverse group of people and anything can happen. But with the expected updos, strappy sandals, and magnums of champagne, unexpected disasters may crash the party. Although seating arrangements and place cards are...

Thursday, August 2, 2012, 3:43 PM

Will the ‘real’ New York please stand up?

Most New Yorkers avoid, dread, and despise Times Square. But for most visitors, this “Lullaby of Broadway” hub represents much of what New York is about — crowds, excitement, energy, and of course we can’t forget the neon lights. Last Friday during a wedding, I met a gentleman on his first trip to...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 10:23 PM

A $330 sweaty Sunday brunch

It was a hot Sunday. At a sticky and humid 87 degrees, it may have been too sultry for a trip to the trendy Meatpacking District, but a girls' brunch was long overdue. I braved the subway and the long walk West to Ninth Avenue, arriving at Pastís just after 3pm. When I entered the restaurant with...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 8:50 PM

Exposed: A flasher and a peeper

Privacy — can it be found in New York City? With more than 1.6 million people crowding the streets, transit, and buildings of Manhattan alone, this is hardly a place where anyone finds solitude.I seek quiet and comfort on the inside of my Upper West Side apartment. I close the windows, draw the...

Thursday, July 12, 2012, 7:24 PM

Dog Town USA

Before I lived in New York, I tried to imagine how everyday life would be different from other places. As a tourist for many years, I never noticed grocery stores, movie theaters, children playing or dogs walking on the streets. I usually stayed in the Times Square area (as most out-of-towners do...

Thursday, July 5, 2012, 4:12 PM

Summer in the city: A schvitz is a schvitz

It hit 97 degrees in New York last week. That means the RealFeel was more than 100 and subway platforms were hotter. With minimal air circulation in high-rise apartments, and most lacking outdoor spaces, ‘sultry’ is a gentle word of description. At that temperature, expect to see New Yorkers...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 3:11 PM

Laws of the underground from a New Yorker

Traveling to the Big Apple this summer? It may be your first time visiting this chaotic yet charismatic metropolis, or perhaps your last trip was in 1986, when you were propositioned by a prostitute and got lost on the subway. I can't promise either of those won't happen again, but if you've never...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 3:33 PM

A little black box saved the day

Before I lived in Manhattan, I had more space than I knew what to do with. I wasn’t a clotheshorse pre-New York, but I still managed to fill every nook and cranny with furniture and flea market finds. Somehow, even in a maxed-out two-story house with just a few bare shelves in the kitchen, nesting...

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 3:01 PM