2019 Best Neighborhoods To Live in New York

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What’s not to love about New York? You’re surrounded by people from different cultures, beautiful sceneries, unlimited events, and restaurants. I lived in almost every borough such as Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens and don’t wish to leave New York. You may also want to live in the Bronx, Staten Island or New York City. There are unlimited options to live in this outstanding metropolitan New York utopia. However, living in New York City is expensive but in this post, you’ll find areas that may cater to your needs.

Chelsea

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It’s located in Manhattan New York on the West Side. Chelsea is known for its’ attractions and one of the best places to explore art. Additionally, it’s also known for the “Chelsea Markets” and the “High Line”. The neighborhood also has an impeccable nightlife scene. This neighborhood most certainly has character! Apartments range from $3,000 – $8,000.

Brooklyn Heights

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This neighborhood is a good balance of vintage and modern. Furthermore, there’s a lot of history here. Each block displays beautiful old row houses and mansions. Many people love to buy homes/condos here but you can also rent. Apartments usually go for $2,400 – $10,000.

Hell’s Kitchen

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It’s no longer a NY kept secret! Hell’s Kitchen is located in Manhattan. It is filled with a lot of luxury developments with a few mom and pop shops. Homes, apartments, and condos here range from $1,200 – $50,000.

Upper West Side

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This is area is filled with very friendly people and a great spot for millennials. Apartments, condos and homes range from $1,150 – $800,000.

Flatiron District

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The Flatiron district is more than a shopping area. Flatiron NYC is also a nice area to dine with friends and family. Many would also say, it’s a very safe part of NY. It has an elegant and professional vibe with lots of pizazz. Apartments, condos and homes range from $1,900 – $600,000.

East New York

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It’s a residential area in the eastern part of the Brooklyn borough. Despite its very rough history with crime, East New York is an upcoming neighborhood. Additionally, it’s a very diverse and friendly neighborhood. It’s attracting lots of buyers due to its potential and location near the city. It also has a lot of delicious cultural restaurants. East New York is going to be the next big thing! Apartments, condos, and homes range from $850 – $600,000.

Bedford-Stuyvesant aka Bedstuy

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It’s located in the north-central part of Brooklyn. Bedstuy is still a developing area with lots to offer! It’s very diverse and filled with friendly neighbors. It’s affordable to live in this district. Additionally, you can easily hop on and off new york transits to get to your destination. Apartments, condos, and homes range from $900 – $40,000.

Bushwick

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This is a quiet neighborhood filled with young professionals and families. There’s a lot of good restaurants nearby and close to transportation. Apartments, homes and condos range from $650 – $40,000.

Williamsburg

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Williamsburg is one of NY trendiest neighborhood and it resides in Brooklyn. It displays a combination of industrial and modern life. You will have multiple transportation options and you can get a good real estate deal compared to Manhattan. The homes, condos, and apartments range from $900 – $30,000.

Forest Hills

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Forest Hills has a very suburban setting yet it’s near transportation. It’s surrounded by great schools, restaurants and shopping districts. Apartments, condos, and homes range from $700 – $500,000.

Sunnyside

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This district is very close to Manhattan. Sunnyside Queens is an ultra-diverse neighborhood with immigrants from Ecuador, China, Korea, Mexico and more! This area also has a lot of lost landmarks such as Queen’s version of CBGB which once opened for Kiss. Apartments, condos and homes range from $1,300 – $200,000.

Park Slope

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There are wonderful restaurants located in Park Slope. It’s a family-friendly and quiet neighborhood away from Manhattan. There are excellent schools, diversity, and gorgeous historic houses. The district is surrounded by train stations which mean easy transportation/traveling. Apartments, condos & homes range from $1,050 – $20,000.

Soho

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Soho is filled with lots of cast-iron buildings and also one of the trendiest neighborhoods to live in NYC. However, living in Soho is expensive. Soho living can range from $2,050 – $40,000.

Crown Heights

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The population of Crown Heights has fluctuated. It has a harsh history but things are different! This district is filled with stunning architecture and cultural attractions. Crown Heights is also known for the famous, ” Brooklyn Botanical Garden”, “Brooklyn Museum” and the northeastern edge of Prospect Park. This districts apartment, condo and home range from $650 – $9,000.

Astoria

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Astoria is a neighborhood in Queens. I spend a lot of time in this district. I love the culture and diversity. It’s close to midtown Manhattan. Real estate has increased but still affordable compared to many Manhattan apartments. The views in Astoria are breathtaking and the restaurants are divine. Apartments, condos and homes range from $1,400 – $20,000.

Upper East Side

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The upper east side is part of Manhattan. It is known for upscale buildings. Additionally, there’s well-known prep schools, townhomes, affordable apartments, and designer boutiques. Apartments, condos and homes go for $1,600 – $32,000.

Harlem

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I love Harlem! I spent most of my years there. Harlem is part of the borough of Manhattan. The people are very friendly and Harlem is rich in culture. It’s known for the popular “Apollo Theatre” and the “Cotton Club”. The night scene is filled with jazz music and afro culture. Additionally, there are plenty of brownstones and public transportation. The apartments, condos, and homes range from $1,000 – $15,000.

Prospect Heights

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Prospect Park is part of the Brooklyn borough. Despite its’ rough history, Prospect Park is an upcoming neighborhood with modern apartments and brownstones. It’s very affordable to live here and great for middle-class families. Apartments, condos and homes are from $700 – $18,000.

Riverdale

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Riverdale is a beautiful and quiet residential area in the northwest part of the Bronx. It’s relatively affordable to live here. You can buy a house/condo or rent an apartment. Apartments, condos and homes range from $1,100 – $8,000.

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Best Poke Bowl Places In New York

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The fresh and natural flavors of a poke dish compel me to buy it every weekend. It’s safe to say that I am obsessed with this Hawaiian delicacy. Poke to me was a quick escape from reality. As you continue to read this post, you’ll discover all about poke and local poke restaurants in New York. Join the craze!

What is poke?

It’s a native appetizer or main course that consists of diced raw fish such as salmon or tuna in Hawaii. In other words, it’s one of the main dishes to many native Hawaiians. The word “poke” (poh-kay) means to slice or cut. Hawaiian poke is heavily influenced by Japanese and other Asian cuisines. Therefore, it represents the diverse culture of Hawaii. A poke bowl is made up of a base; rice, cubed sushi-grade raw fish, vegetables and Asian toppings such as seaweed or soy sauce.

Is poke healthy?

Yes, it is! Poke is one of the healthiest current food trends. It contains salmon and tuna which offer lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Four ounces of poke is under 150 calories. However, it should be eaten in moderation due to mercury poisoning but that’s with all seafood/fish!As

You must be hungry and thinking, “Is there poke near me?”.

Here are my top places for a delicious poke bowl or dish in New York.

1. Pokeworks

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For those who want just poke, everything at this place is affordable. A regular poke bowl at Pokeworks is 11.95 + and a poke burrito which is the same ingredients in a wrap is the same price.

Locations:

Bryant Park (63 W 37th St , NY 10018)
Union Square (21 E 15th St , NY 10003)
Grand Central (117 E 41st St, NY 10168)
Park Slope (258 7th Ave, NY 11215)

2. Blossom Ice Cream & The Poke

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The regular signature bowl is $10.95 + and the large is $13.25. There are many sides to choose from such as miso soup or a kani salad. The Poke is also a great spot for vegans! Also, you can order Asian-style hand rolled ice cream with toppings!

Location:

54 N 6th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

3. Poke Bowl

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A very nice trendy and cozy environment to go with friends or family. You have a huge variety to create your poke bowl. Additionally, the staff is very friendly! They even have a “nacho supreme poke plenty bowl” for people craving spicy poke.

Locations:

104 FULTON STREET ( NY, 10038 )
386 CANAL STREET (NY, 10013)
840 8th ave between 50 & 51 east side (NY 10019)

4. Noreetuh

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This modern Hawaiian restaurant elegantly prepares brunch and dinner poke cuisines. They offer authentic poke Hawaiian food and meals such as mochiko chicken wings, grilled octopus, truffle gnocchi, mentaiko spaghetti and more! Lets’ not forget dessert!! You can also order a pineapple upside down cake, chocolate haupia sundae and SO much more! There’s even a wine list! Everything at this restaurant is under $40.

Location:

128 1st Avenue (NY, 10009)


5. PokeWave

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Everything here is less than $15. You can order a classic poke bowl or anything different like wasabi or a tofu mix. My favorite at PokeWave is called Spam Bam which is spam, scallion and eel sauce.

Locations:


35 07 Broadway, Astoria (NY, 11106)
135-27 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing (NY, 11354)


What are some of your favorite NY poke restaurants?

20 Best Products and Tips for Hair-Growth

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There are many methods in stimulating or improving hair growth. Did you know that the average person loses about 50 to 100 hair stands per day? But don’t worry, this is normal! The hair goes through a cycle in which our hair follicles grow, rest and eventually falls out. Although losing strands of hair is normal, excessive hair shedding may be a problem.

Here are ways you can stimulate or improve your hair growth:

  1. Drink lots of water. Water not only hydrates the body but helps regulate the circulatory system. This process helps feed the hair follicles which stimulates hair growth but be mindful of the amount of water you’re consuming. 
  2. Biotin. Biotin not only helps with hair growth but it can encourage your nails to grow. It comes in a tablet ($8 – $18) or liquid ($10 – $25) form and can be mixed into smoothies.
  3. Brush your hair. It can stimulate the follicles and remove shed hair. Remember, too much of a good thing isn’t good. Try to refrain from too much brushing.
  4. Use castor oil. Castor oil is rich in Omega-9 fatty acids and vitamin E. It is very thick so use to your liking. You can leave it in your hair or rinse out after 30 to 45 minutes on the scalp. Jamaican Castor Oil ($5 – $10) or Home Health’s Castor Oil ($5 – $18) are great products!
  5. Eggs. Eggs are great to use in a hair mask. They’re a great source of protein!
  6. Essential oils. Essential oils such as peppermint, rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood stimulate growth. You can add it to your hair mask, conditioner or even shampoo.
  7. Cayenne Pepper. Yes, this isn’t a typo. Cayenne pepper/oil not only brings a tingling sensation to scalp but it can help with hair loss.
  8. Rice Water. The amino acids in rice water help to regenerate the hair which results in faster hair growth. It contains vitamins B, C, and E. Must be rinsed out of hair after 20 minutes on the scalp. 
  9. Coconut Milk. Coconut milk contains nutrients for healthy hair and promotes hair growth.
  10. Apple Cider Vinegar. This product can aid hair loss and can be used as a substitute for shampoo. You can use Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar ($4 – $7).
  11. Green Tea. Stimulates hair growth, decreases hair loss and shedding.
  12. Zhou Nutrition Hairfluence. This is a nutrition-packed pill supplement that contains biotin, bamboo extract, folate, vitamins C, B12, and A, keratin, and collagen. Zhou Nutrition Hairfluence ($19 – $ 24) is a must buy!
  13. OGX Biotin & Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner. These two products consist of B7 biotin, collagen, and hydrolyzed wheat proteins. OGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo or Conditioner‘s price varies between ($6 – $12) depending if you want one of them or a pack.
  14.  Scissors. Yes, scissors are your friends. Trimming your split ends will help your hair to grow faster. 
  15.  Deep treatment. Deep treatments can bring moisture back to your hair and assist in hair loss, or other problem areas.
  16.  Say no to cotton pillowcases. Cotton is known to snag hairs. You can buy a silk or satin pillow ($8 – $25).
  17.  Wrap hair with satin or silk scarf.  Satin, silk or silk-like fabric is best for a headscarf and ($5 – $12) will maintain moisture in your hair.
  18.  Avoid heat styling tools. Always use a heat protectant when applying heat styling tools to your hair but be mindful, too much heat isn’t good for the hair.
  19.  Avoid chemicals. Chemicals such as sulfates, isopropyl alcohol, ethanol alcohol, polyethylene glycol will make your hair brittle and prone to breakage.
  20.  Healthy Diet. Most importantly, maintaining or having a healthy diet will show positive and drastic changes in your hair and energy.

 

 

In conclusion, these natural hair tips are beneficial to all hair types and lengths. Hair by nature takes a while to reach the length that we desire and properly maintaining your hair will heavily improve it. Just enjoy the journey!

Eczema Treatment For The Hands and Body

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When I was young, my skin flare up but now it’s my hands. My hands would develop boil-like symptoms which become uncontrollable when you’re trying not to itch. At first, I thought it was heat rash but due to research, it was eczema. I knew two things, I had really bad eczema that was caused by excessive hand-washing and a very heated environment. It felt as if my life was over. I have eczema, but is there a cure?

Sigh, I looked for every product on the market to find a cure for this sudden eczema breakout. I even tried Shea Butter but it would leave an oily residue on everything I touched. The search was finally over! I came across a great product that relieves itching and treats eczema. Aveeno Active Naturals’ Eczema Therapy was my knight in shining armor! This product’s price varies from $8 – $20.

The moisturizer’s texture was like vaseline and was safe for daily use. My temporary relief of having cold water run on my hands to stop the itching was no more! After a while, I saw a dramatic change with my hands. The scars/discoloration caused by eczema finally cleared up. After using this product, I concluded that eczema on African American skin was no different and the product rid the skin of eczema. It’s safe to say that this product works for all! To avoid a huge eczema breakout, I tried to stop excessively washing my hands and made sure my environment(s) were cool or comfortable to my liking. Even though this product works for me, you should do additional research in case you might be allergic to any ingredients.

However, for those looking for a truly organic, natural and thrifty method you can use these 2 ingredients to stop the itch and heal it. Coconut oil is not only natural but gentle for the skin. The effects of coconut oil are beyond outstanding! It is commonly found in local health food stores and online. You can apply 2-3 teaspoons daily to the eczema spots. Another ingredient is turmeric. Tumeric has continuously been used to treat skin conditions. It has anti-inflammatory and bactericidal properties. Simply, mix the turmeric powder with water and apply to the skin. This method will help cleanse the patchy eczema spots.

In conclusion, there are solutions to alleviating and healing chronic or dyshidrotic eczema and quickly treating this issue will prevent it from spreading. Eczema on dark skin or any shades can dramatically affect the appearance but don’t stress! These products will most certainly deliver a quick and efficient fix!

Sealants vs Moisturizing Oils

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Have you ever wondered, why your hair is dry, frizzy or brittle? Or, why it is too oily? Many people apply oils to their hair without knowing the full potential use of each product. All oils are not the same and should be treated differently. First, you must observe the characteristics of your hair, research the product and method in which you apply it.

Here is why oils should be treated differently. When dealing with natural hair there are two categories, sealants, and moisturizing oils. Sealants are used to lock or seal moisture within the hair shaft and moisturizing oils job is to provide hydration for your hair. Furthermore, if your hair is too oily or dry, you’re applying the products wrong.

How and when do you apply these products?

Well, if your natural hair is dry or brittle you can either use the LOC (Liquid Oil Cream) or LCO (Liquid, Cream, Oil) method.

You can use water or any liquid product first on your hair to saturate it. Apply moisturizing oil(s) then a sealant to keep your hair healthy and thirst-free.

If your hair is very oily you can refrain or use a small amount of oil/product and use other helpful hair-care methods.

Hair oils are very beneficial to ALL hair types (short natural hair to long natural hair).

Below is a list of top sealants and moisturizing oils.

In conclusion, there are many uses for oils on natural hair. Essential oils are also good for hair growth and maintenance. The oils vary from peppermint, cedarwood, and rosemary. Personally, the best carrier oil for natural hair is castor oil. Castor oil has been in my daily hair stable for than 5 years. Additionally, it has many benefits and is a GREAT sealant.

Is natural hair hard to manage?

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What were the lessons you learned during your hair journey?

Personally, understanding your hair type and porosity level is important. It encouraged me to discover products that accommodated my natural hair. My hair is 3c/4a with a medium porosity which means it’s kinky curly and it can easily absorb product. I’ve been natural for more than 4 years and it was a journey! I bleached the ends of my hair but due to the lack of care, it slowly broke off. My bleached ends were stringy and begging to be cut. I had to start all over again by removing the damaged ends but I wasn’t too upset! Furthermore, bleaching natural hair should be taken very seriously. Make sure you go to a professional! Try to maintain moisture and pay attention to your hair’s health! After this stage of my life, my mane improved and continued to thrive.

But it worked for Youtubers…

Don’t listen to YouTubers who claim you must buy a specific product(s) or try methods for your hair to flourish. I would buy countless products from Youtube natural girls and hope for the same results. Remember, videos are edited in ways the contributor wants us to perceive them. Also, they could have the same hair type but different porosity, density or other hair attributes. Do what’s best for your hair! You’ll know what it likes when you start to see positive changes!

The key to a healthy natural hair journey is PATIENCE.

What can I do to help my hair?

You can take vitamins or use different oils to speed the process but realistically hair growth takes time. The article, “Sealants vs Moisturizing Oils” explain the difference between these oils and how to apply them! Shockingly, your hair goes through many stages for just 0.5 inches of new growth per month. Try distracting yourself with hobbies or work and eventually, you’ll be astonished by the results.

Another key is low-manipulation but maximum hydration. Always make sure your hair is moisturized and stay away from tension-based hairstyles such as a high ponytail or tightly braided hair. Additionally, you can wear twists or comfortably loose braids under a wig for length retention. Just make sure that your mane is still moisturized!

Maybe length isn’t your goal. You love short hair! To rock natural haircuts doesn’t make you less important than those who focused more on length retention. Haircuts for natural hair are just as easy to manage! There are styles for short natural haircuts that consist of twist/braid-outs, shingling, taper cut, finger-waves, finger-coils and more! Go ahead, flaunt your naturally curly haircut!

The natural hair movement embraces all! Here’s an article to help maintain your hair’s health. The article is called, “20 Best Products and Tips For Hair-Growth“. It’s a great read for people with short natural hair to those rocking long natural curly hair. The article goes into great detail as to why each product or method works for our mane.

In conclusion, hair creams, oil(s) of your choice and a light spritz are your friends! Remember to be patient, low manipulate your natural hair and drink lots of water! Have a happy and carefree natural hair journey! Natural hair isn’t hard to manage if you know what you’re doing!

How do you manage your natural hair?

What is the rose water ingredient good for?

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What is rose water?

Rose water is water infused or scented with rose petals which can be used as a perfume, culinary or even medicinal purposes. It’s even great for the hair and skin! I constantly add rose water to my everyday use and see immediate results.

What’s special about rose water? 

It has anti-inflammatory properties! As you continue to read this post, you’ll realize there’s more to rose water than just a setting spray.

Where to buy rose water?

You can buy pure rose water at your local organic/beauty store(s) or online. They usually range from $4 – $15 depending on the ingredients. I highly recommend Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater ($5 – $7), Heritage Store’s Rose Petals Rosewater Facial Toner ($6 – $11) which is the best organic rose water or Pure Rose Water Facial Toner by Poppy Austin that’s vegan and cruelty-free.

However, for those who want to save money, you can easily purchase organic dried rose petals on Amazon for $5 – $15. I use these roses for my rose water. You may be thinking, “How is this a cheap alternative?”. You buy a pack of dried rose petals. Therefore you’re stretching the amount which can last for an entire year or two. Additionally, you can add essential oils or any other ingredients. The disadvantage with buying store-bought ready-made rose water is that it may quickly need to be restocked. Also, you must be watchful of the ingredients in the product. You may be allergic to them.

How to make rose water?

After you buy the organic dried rose petals, bring water in a pot to a boil then add the number of rose petals to your liking. Just remember, the more rose petals you add, the greater the benefits. Let the water infused rose petals cool off, strain then enjoy! In addition, you can add essential oils to the mix. Tada, you have organic rose water! Organic rose water for face is great for clearing acne and discoloration.

Below is a list of benefits and uses of rosewater:

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In conclusion, rose water can be used in many ways such as a toner, setting spray and more! It’s a miracle product that is good for the hair, skin and immune system. Don’t be afraid to experiment with this ingredient!