Celebrities Riding the Subway

Celebrities Riding the NYC Subway

You’re bound to run into celebrities when roaming the streets of New York City, but did you think you’d actually ride the subway with them? Here is a list of celebrities who are cool enough to ride the NYC subway with the rest of us.

Keanu Reeves Giving Up His Seat on a Crowded Q Train

Tom Hanks Riding the NYC Subway like a Champ

Tom Hanks seen riding the subway

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Tom Hanks riding the New York subway on January 22, 2015.

Katie Holmes Riding the Subway to Rehearsals

Katie Holmes Riding the Subway to rehearsals for "Dead Accounts" in Manhattan.

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Katie Holmes Riding the Subway to rehearsals for “Dead Accounts” on October 15, 2012.

Mariah Carey Arriving to a Gala in Style on the 1 Train

Mariah Carey Riding the Subway to a Gala

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Mariah Cary not only rode the subway to a New York gala on May 29, 2014, but also took the time to post it on her Instagram account “Glimpses of our joyride on the 1 train #subwayincouture,”

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Sir Ian McKellen waits for the subway in New York

Sir Ian McKellen waits for the subway

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Just because he’s been knighted doesn’t mean that the talented Sir Ian McKellen is too good to take the subway. October 25, 2013 in New York City

Cool Mom Naomi Watts Taking Her Kids to School on the Subway

Naomi Watts Riding the New York Subway with Alexander Schreiber and Samuel Schreiber on their way to school

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Naomi Watts Riding the New York Subway on Oct. 24, 2013 with her boys Alexander & Samuel on their way to school.

Sarah Jessica Parker Walking through the West 4th St. Subway Station

Sarah Jessica Parker Takes the Subway in New York City

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Sarah Jessica Parker Takes the Subway in New York City on April 9, 2014.

Helen Mirren Looking Gorgeous on the R Train

Helen Mirren Riding the NYC Subway

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Helen Mirren having a seat on the R train in New York City on Jan. 30, 2015

Kevin Bacon Riding the Subway

Kevin Bacon rides the subway in New York City

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Kevin Bacon rides the subway in April 2012 in New York City.

Drew Barrymore Painting Her Nails on the New York Subway

Drew Barrymore paints her nails on the New York subway.

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Cool girl Drew Barrymore paints her nails and puts on makeup while riding on a packed NYC subway.

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Nick Offerman Riding the C Train in New York

Nick Offerman on the C train

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Nick Offerman taking the C train in December 2014.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Husband Justin Mikita Waiting for the Subway

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Waiting for Subway

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson from “Modern Family”, left, waits for the subway with his husband Justin Mikita at the Spring Street stop in SoHo.

Elizabeth Olsen waits for the C train

Elizabeth Olsen waits for the C train

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Actress Elizabeth Olsen waiting for the C train on September 5, 2013 in New York City.

Taylor Kitsch Waiting for the Subway

Taylor Kitsch takes the subway in NYC

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Taylor Kitsch takes the subway in NYC on Nov. 15, 2014.

Willie Garson Riding the Subway

Willie Garson Riding Subway

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We’re not sure if Stanford Blatch from “Sex and the City” would ever ride the subway, but Willie Garson who played him on the show was seen riding the L train.

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NYC Rent Really IS Too Damn High!

Jimmy McMillan was (and continues to be) right, the rent really is too damn high! Your bank accounts have probably noticed that New York City rents have risen faster than inflation during the past three years. According to new figures from the Census Bureau survey on NYC Housing and Vacancy, the relentless NYC housing squeeze shows no signs of releasing its greedy clutches.  Although Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning on building more dense and affordable housing, it may not come soon enough for many NYC renters.

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NYC Rents Outpace Inflation

Average NYC Rent Increase 2015

New York is a city of renters. In fact, two out of every three homes in NYC is a rental. In the past three years, NYC rents outpaced inflation. The median rent from 2011 to 2014 rose 3.4%, after adjusting for inflation, to $1,200 a month. When we factor in utility costs, the median rose 4.3%, to $1,325. Although the rent jumped by 4.3%, the median household income rose by only 1.1%.

The median rent in 2014 was $1,500 for market-rate apartments, $1,200 for rent-stabilized units, $900 for rent-controlled homes and $583 for other apartments, a category that includes public housing.

If that’s not depressing enough, the survey shows that 30% of NYC renters are “severely rent burdened,” which in layman’s terms means that a person’s rent is more than 50% of the household income. Ouch.

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Manhattan Rental Market Stats 2014-2015

(face rent) Jan-15 %Chg (Yr) Jan-14
Average Rental Price $3,974 4.6% $3,800
Rental Price per Square Foot $53.44 6.1% $50.37
Median Rental Price $3,299 5.9% $3,114
Number of New Rentals 4,206 40.2% 2,999
Days of Market (From Orig. List Date) 58 -4.9% 61
Listing Discount (From Orig. List Price) 1.8% 3.6%
Listing Inventory 5,498 8.2% 5,080
Vacancy Rate 2.43% 1.81%

 

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Microliving Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

New Yorkers understand what cramped living is all about, but could you survive living in a microhouse? All that efficient design may not be all it’s cracked up to be.

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NYC Frozen Featured

Frozen NYC Harbor

Beautiful aerial photography shot of the frozen NYC harbor.

Frozen NYC Harbor Aerial Photography

You can see the full frozen NYC harbor video on CBS News.

 

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Grossest Words in the English Language

All of the grossest words in the English language used in one skit. You’ll love using these moist bits of genius on your roommate. Oh, and we hate webinars, too!

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29 Must-Have Cooking & Baking Infographics

This collection of 29 kitchen guides and infographics is the ultimate in cooking cheat-sheets. They’re all so well done and informative that we even printed one out to put on the kitchen wall!

Cooking Formula for a Simple Vinaigrette

Simple Vinaigrette Infographics

 

10 Easy Homemade Soups

10 Easy Homemade Soups Infographic

How to Store Your Groceries

How to Store Your Groceries Infographic

When Are Fruits in Season?

When are Fruits in Season Infographic

How to Properly Grill Meats & Veggies

Guide to Grilling Infographic

Guide to Tweaking Cookie Recipes

Cookie Baking Guide

Infographic on Every Type of Pasta!

Pasta Infographic

How to Fillet a Fish

How to Fillet a Fish Infographic

How to Cook Vegetables Cheat Sheet

How to Cook Vegetables Infographic

How to Make a Sourdough Starter

How to Make a Sourdough Starter Infographic

Proper Grain to Water Ratios Infographic

 

 

Grain to Water Ratio Infographic

How Much Food & Drinks to Serve at a Party

How Much Food to Serve at a Party Infographic

Vegan Egg Substitutions

Egg Substitutions Infographic

Guide to Choosing the Right Onion

Onion Infographic

Kitchen Knife Infographic

Cooking Knife Infographic

Cuts of Meat Infographic

 

Cuts of Meat Infographic

How to Fix a Dish That’s Too Spicy Infographic

How to Save a Spicy Meal Infographic

Healthy Oil Cooking Guide

Healthy Oil Cooking Infographic

 

 

Marinating Times Infographic

Marinating Times Infographic

Kitchen Mixer Infographic

Kitchen Mixer Infographic

How to Prepare and Care for a Cast Iron Skillet

Cast Iron & Skillet Maintenance Infographic

Kitchen Volume Conversion Aid

Kitchen Volume Conversion Infographic

Hard Boiled Egg Readiness Chart

Hard Boiled Egg Guide

Kitchen Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients

Kitchen Measurement Conversion Chart Infographic

Kitchen Conversion Chart for Measures & Temperatures

Kitchen Measurement Conversion Chart Temperatures Infographic

10 Easy Homemade Soups

10 Easy Homemade Soups Infographic

Flavoring with Spices Infographic

Spice Flavoring Infographic

How to Check if Meat is Done

Meat Doneness Handtest Infographic

Cooking & Baking Substitution Infographic

Cooking & Baking Substitution Infographic

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Case of the Chillingly Cheap Roommate at Michigan U

“Back in 2004-2005, I was a senior at University of Michigan.  My roommate was a girl, lets call her “C***ball”, and she was my best friend.  We had a great time living together, until winter rolled around.  Being tight on cash, since she spent all her money on weed, beer, and pizza, she complained about how much we were spending on the heating bill.

Keep in mind, our apartment was a half-basement apartment, in Michigan, in December.  It was colder inside our apartment than outside, in the snow.  The thermostat was by my room, so I would turn it up, and then after an hour or so, she would come and turn it down.  This happened all the time.   She said “just put on another sweatshirt”.  Um, no c***, I want to be comfortable in my own home and not freeze in 45 degree temperature in my room.  Plus I had bronchitis and severe anemia.  seriously, I have to freeze to death in my home with BRONCHITIS???  I thought, “OK, you want to do that?  then I will get a space heater.”

Bitch would come in my room at night and turn it off.  I woke up countless times from being so cold that I couldnt sleep anymore.   Her boyfriend was over ALL the time, and I never asked him to pay rent and I never complained.  Then one week she went away on a trip, and her boyfriend stayed in her room.  finally, I could put the thermostat on 70 degrees.  It was lovely.  She came back, and first thing she said was  “Kyle told me you had the temperature on 70 the whole time, so you should pay for it.” I was SO angry.  Good thing I was in charge of all the bills so I could charge her more somewhere else to make up for the lower heating bill payment.

Anyway, at the end of the year, I was relieved to get the hell away from her.  Out of one last act of kindness, I left the tv cable box there so she could watch TV for the rest of the month (I left earlier than she did).  All she had to do was return it before she left.  Of course she did NOT return it and I got charged $50.  Do you think I ever saw that money again?  No. Needless to say, we’re no longer friends.”

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Adorable Kitchen Gadgets

13 Adorable Kitchen Gadgets for Your Apartment

These kitchen accoutrements are fun additions to any kitchen. Your roommate will approve. List is not in any order.

#1 Diamond Ice Cube trays

Diamond Ice Cube Trays

Bling up your next party with these bad boys. For bonus roommate points consider making diamond jello shots!
Diamond Ice Cube Trays

#2 Steamship Steaming Lid

Steamship Steaming Lid

For the wanderlust cook in all of us.
Steam Ship Silicone Steaming Lid

#3 Skull-Shaped Egg Mold

Skull Egg Mold

Brunch with your roommate has never looked so devilishly delicious.
Egg-A-Matic Skull Egg Mold

#4 Custom Engraved Rolling Pins

Custom Engraved Rolling Pins

Your cookies will be anything but cookie cutter with these adorable laser engraved rolling pins. 
Vatek Laser Engraved Rolling Pins

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#5 Quintuple Bladed Herb Scissors

Quintuple Bladed Herb Scissors

These scissors pack five-times the herbal punch. Great for being an awesome roommate and cutting some chives over your roomie’s omelette.
Quintuple Bladed Herb Scissors

#6 Brain Freeze Ice Mold

Brain Freeze Ice Mold

Ice cubes worthy of the Walking Dead!
Brain Freeze Ice Mold

#7 Hot Man Trivet

Hot Man Trivet

Keep your counters cool with this adorable trivet (the thingy that protects your table from getting burned by hot items)

Hot Man Trivet

#8 Deep Tea Diver Tea Infuser

Deep Sea Diver Tea Infuser

Dive into a cup of herbal loveliness with this cute little deep tea diver.
Deep Tea Diver 

#9 Unicorn Sprinkler Shaker

Unicorn Sprinkler Shaker

This is almost as good as a double rainbow  sprinkler shaker!
Unicorn Sprinkler Shaker

#10 Hedgehog Cheese Grater

Hedgehog Cheese Grater

Grating has never been so fun with this cute little guy.
Hedgehog Cheese Grater

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#11 Panda Sandwich Stamp

Panda Sandwich Stamp

How adorable are these little sandwich cutters?
Panda Sandwich Cutters

#12 Mr. Tea Infuser

Mr. Tea Infuser Mr. Tea Infuser

Your best friend when steeping tea.
Mister Tea Silicone Tea Infuser

#13 Mitten Ice Thongs

Mitten Ice Thongs

Because good roommates don’t grab ice with their fingers.
Mitten-Wearing Ice Thongs

Air Plants

Hanging Air Plants

They’re fun, a conversation starter and fill your apartment with a curious elegance. Air plants, also known as Tillandsias, are an inexpensive way to breach life into your urban abode.  Hanging air plants bridge the world of architectural structure and horticulture and are easy and fun to create by yourself or with your roommate. You can hang them in a terrarium (the glass globe object), plant them in a mini-pot or even insert them into used wine-cork magnets and put them on your fridge.

Buying Air Plants

Air Plant Varieties

If you’re going to “do it yourself,” the best method of buying Air Plants is to visit your local plant store or greenhouse. They’ll be able to show you all of the different varieties of plants and give you some tips.  If you’re crunched for time or stuck behind your office computer, you can also find tons of links and resources online to buy air plants in ready-made kits. The kits range from classy to… a little less than classy. You can get an Air Plant multi-pack for about $15.

Do It Yourself Air Plant Projects

We’re going to do three simple step-by-step projects for preparing the Air Plants: Hanging Terrariums (or Terraria if you’re a classicist), Magnetic Wine Corks and Air Plant Centerpieces.

Hanging Air Plant Terrariums

Air Plant Terrarium

For this project you will need:

  • Air Plants
  • one (or many!) glass terrarium. You can buy them at your local green house, plant shop, hobby shop, home goods store, or even just buy one online.
  • rope or twine
  • decorative moss (optional, sand or smooth pebbles)
  • a screw with an o-ring
  1. First figure out where you would like to place the air plant terrarium. If you have marked a spot on the ceiling, you should then take the o-ring screw and screw it in. USE CAUTION, no one likes to fall off a chair while doing this, unless your roommate is filming it for youtube.
  2. place your Air Plant and decorative moss inside.
  3. insert the twine through the installed o-ring screw and pull to the desired length, cut and knot.

Done! Easy enough, right?

Magnetic Wine Cork Air Plants

Air Plant Wine Cork Magnets

This project is a little more advanced but still super easy and adorable.

For this project you will need:

  • Air Plants
  • Wine corks (one per air plant)
  • a small hand drill
  • a glue gun or epoxy glue
  • a small magnet
  1. first take the drill and carefully drill a hole half-way deep into the center of the top  of the cork
  2. apply glue to the face of the magnet and stick onto the cork. Let it sit for three minutes or until set.
  3. insert the Air Plant into the cork

Done! Still easy and pretty cool, didn’t we tell you!

Air Plant Centerpieces

Air Plant Centerpiece

Centerpieces made with Air Plants are a way to accent your living space while showing off your creative flare. You can go in so many directions, but the best ones are when you take a great conversation piece or powerful object and integrate an Air Plant to give the piece a biological dimension. Be creative!

Caring for Air Plants

Just because they don’t need soil doesn’t meant that Air Plants don’t need water and nutrients. Before starting your projects, it’s best to soak the plants in filtered water for about 30 minutes. Allow them to completely dry before introducing them into their new environments. You should mist them with a spay bottle every couple of days and never drench the Air Plants. Their roots should not be left to sit in water for long periods of time.

Air Plants are best kept in bright indirect light. Direct sunlight will dry these babies out and should be avoided.

If well kept, your Air Plant will have “pups!” We’re not kidding about this one (that’s what they’re actually called). After the pup grows to be about a third of the size of the mama plant, then you can gently separate them and give the little pup a new home to call his own.