My friend is looking to change careers and hopefully move into the nonprofit world. Is a career change possible at her age? What should she be doing? What types of positions should she be looking for? She's in her 50s and has a legal background. She can practice law and formerly worked in legal publishing, but she hasn't worked in law for decades. She's spent the last decade or so as an analyst at a financial company.
In a month or so, I will be buying a used car from a relative in a far away state to bring to New York state (not city). What do I need to do to be in compliance with the law, regarding insurance and registration? I already have a NY state license.
Can you recommend a tailor/seamstress/dressmaker in New York who can make an exact copy of a beloved, though not at all high-fashion, dress that has seen better days? [more inside]
Dearest Mefites of the USA, my 21 yo daughter is planning to galavant around your country this Northern Hemisphere summer, and we'd like your input! Any advice/recommendations for things to see, places to go, how to get there, accommodation, etc appreciated. We're yet to book flights, leaving everything pretty much to the last minute. We have friends in San Fran who will likely be her first stop, then after that, all is variable. [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for places to buy corsets, both in NYC and online. I am familiar with Orchard Corset. Thanks for any other ideas!
I have most of the day free in NYC tomorrow - anything particularly fantastic going on? [more inside]
I got into Columbia for grad school. Yay! But I will be at the Washington Heights campus. I'm moving from SF, and I've never lived on the East Coast. I will be moving with my boyfriend. Please help me figure out where I want to live, how much it'll cost, and also how to actually FIND an apartment in NYC (broker??). [more inside]
My partner and I are very likely going to be moving to Stony Brook, Long Island (or vicinity), because one of us has been accepted to a graduate program at Stony Brook University. We are very excited about the acceptance (it's a great program!) but our excitement has been somewhat dimmed by being waitlisted for programs in locations we might have preferred (in Vermont, or in New York City, where we currently live). While we wait to hear about the outcome of those waitlists, we want to be excited again about the place that has already said "yes!" What are your favorite things about living near Stony Brook and Port Jefferson, NY? [more inside]
I'm trying to identify this painting/print that I have seen on several design blogs. This example is at the Marlton Hotel in Greenwich Village.
I'm hosting a Passover seder next Friday night. (!) One of the things I'm cooking is a brisket. I need to buy a 3.5 lb flat cut brisket sometime between now and Friday morning. What is the risk that the store will run out of said brisket because so many people cook brisket on Passover? [more inside]
Is there a place/person who will rent me a goat (or sheep) for a few hours in NYC? [more inside]
I'll be away from my apartment in Brooklyn for 3 months for work. Subletting isn't an option, so my apartment will be empty that entire time. What steps and precautions should I take to ensure that things are safe and as cost-effective as possible while I'm away? [more inside]
Shhhh! We are trying to figure out whether a surprise mother-and-daughter trip to sightsee in New York is possible in the third week of April. What nice but budget-conscious (i.e., not luxury) hotels can you recommend in Manhattan? [more inside]
I know you weren't there. Can you point me to a report from someone who was?
I’m looking for someone -- or some service -- to help me prepare my application to be admitted to the New York State Bar. (I’ve already passed the bar exam itself.) I don’t have blemishes, so-to-speak, that need to be explained, but my pre-law work history is complicated, and I lived in a million different places before law school but during the applicable period -- and I'm very busy right now -- so I'd like someone to help me carefully and precisely put the application together. [more inside]
I'm thinking about going to law school... but there are special circumstances: public school and evening program. And federal civil service... [more inside]
Seeking recommendations for great food, bars, and any must-see sights in Brooklyn, NY. This is for a visit starting tomorrow. [more inside]
My mom just had bunion surgery on her foot. We have joked about carrying her around on a palanquin built for a queen--piled high with cushions, carried by servants feeding her peeled grapes--and I want to make a variation of this happen! This Saturday. I have about 4 friends to help, am already dreaming about props and costumes, and am ready to shell out some dough if needed for an epic surprise. Challenges: it's 25 degrees in NY. A carriage ride seems touristy and not that over-the-top. I want to surprise her and spoil her and make her laugh.
I am about to start a divorce process. I was in NY for couple of year and got my marriage certificate from NYC clerk. As part of separation I moved to NJ last October. Now, as I start the divorce process, I am wondering how strict are the courts about residency requirement. [more inside]
How can my friend determine if a private landlord is a scam artist, and/or if his rental property has been in foreclosure? This is in New York. [more inside]
I am a senior engineer looking for software development work in NYC. I'm attracting a lot of attention from recruiters, and I need some advice for how to work with them. I'm concerned that I've already made a huge mistake. [more inside]
My husband and I are planning a vacation to visit our daughter. She lives in Brooklyn. We would like to get out of the city for most of the week and go see...something. Can you throw some ideas at me please? [more inside]
How can we sell, in the U.S., a car from the U.S. with Canadian plates that was never permanently imported into Canada, but that has Canadian plates? [more inside]
Because we are in New York state, when we close on our refi, we are going to have to sign all of our paperwork in person. As I understand it, New York law requires this. We had our own lawyer present when we closed on the purchase of this house. Should we have one when we close on the refinance? If so, Why? If it matters, we are in Nassau county, and we are refinancing with the original bank who has owned our mortgage since we purchased the home.
I and my partner will be in NYC for about a week in a couple of months, and we're looking at our accommodation options now. We're leaning towards finding a place through air bnb because they look really nice and we've heard good things through friends, but we've also found some hotels in Manhattan that are a cheaper option, and we're not sure which way to go. [more inside]
What can you tell me about living year round on Long Island's North Fork? [more inside]
I am planning my next New York trip and am looking for an unusual place to stay - think something between a youth hostel and standard AirBnB share. Greatness criteria inside! [more inside]
Can anyone recommend independent men's clothing stores (think more formal) in Manhattan that have a good selection of larger sizes (56 chest, 50 waist)? Suggestions of used/vintage clothing stores that have a similar selection would also be welcome. [more inside]
How can I find out the distance to the local telephone company's switch? (I'm in upstate New York). [more inside]
The museum closes at 5:30pm. Do they begin clearing the galleries then, or do they just stop selling tickets at that point? If you are already inside could you get, say, half an hour more of viewing time before being kicked out?
Sober living communities in New York - do they exist? [more inside]
I go to New York about once a year, and have been to many restaurants over the years -- both high-end and (more often) not so high end. My favorite restaurant used to be Bellavitae on Minetta Lane, but it's been closed for more than a few years now. Tia Pol in Chelsea is still around, but I was there last time. [more inside]
Where in New York can I go to find someone to either make or find me a pair of women's jeans that will fit me? [more inside]
I recently moved to New York City. I find getting around the city seems to involve constant interior thrum of unwarranted anger at other people. I would like to stop being a person who is heading to work or the grocery store while being mad at most everybody else; it's not a good way to live. Any tricks or heuristics or habits of thought you use would be very helpful! [more inside]
Can't decide if I should move back to NYC from SF. Please help me find some new ways to think about the problem. [more inside]
I run a city-wide trivia company that's been growing pretty quickly in the last few months. It's a business that requires a lot of printed materials (answer sheets, handout rounds, prize certificates, promotional posters, that sort of thing), and we could use a regular, friendly place that won't gouge us. [more inside]
What should a couple in their early 30s do in New York City on Thanksgiving Day? [more inside]
Asking for a family member: I'm a distressed brother living in Australia with no experience of US family violence, health systems, judiciary, police or addiction services. Please help. My sister "Pas" lives in Wood Side Queens, New York. She is a single woman and works as a nanny for the moment. She speaks very good English and is independent. Yesterday, whilst visiting an aunt who is very sick with cancer in New York, she was attacked by the aunt's son without any provocation. (Under influence? not sure). [more inside]
I'm visiting New York for Thanksgiving. I'm driving from Pittsburgh to Manhattan and I arrive late tomorrow. I'm staying in the Upper West Side through Saturday, but I'm spending Thanksgiving with family in Monroe, NY. I have one night booked at a hotel in that area. Where can I conveniently and cheaply park my car in Manhattan for 5 days? How can I get from Manhattan to Monroe, NY, reliably and cheaply? I'm currently planning to park on the street and take the Port Jervis line. [more inside]
My fiancee found a wedding band at an estate jewelry store that specializes in Art Deco-style pieces. The band can't be sized due to the design, so I'm hoping to find someone in New York to make the ring as a custom job. Does anyone have recommendations for someone in New York who can do this type of work reasonably quickly--within, say, a month? [more inside]
What's the job market like for software engineers in NYC? [more inside]
Im traveling from Albany, NY to Ann Arbor, MI tomorrow. Should I got via Canada or Ohio? I'd like to travel by Niagara Falls and through Detroit, but I'm wondering if the border crossings will be problematic. [more inside]
I have two kids (5 & 8) who are very excited about Halloween, but we are going to need to spend the evening of the 31st driving fro Philadelphia to Boston. I would like to stop at a couple of places on the way for them to do some Trick-or-Treating (yes, they will be in costume in the car - sorceress and cobra). So, I would love suggestions for some neighborhoods/streets that would be good places to trick or treat. Ideally in CT off of the Hutchinson River Parkway, Merritt Parkway, or I-84; or else off of the MassPike. [more inside]
At what brick-and-mortar shop in New York (downtown) or Brooklyn can I shop for high-end gourmet salts? [more inside]
misfish and I will be in New York for the next week. It's our first time. We have a very loose itinerary. Help us fill our time with the awesomest parts of NYC! [more inside]
I find myself in the Theater District in NYC for the evening with two coworkers. Where should we eat? [more inside]
We will be staying on Upper West Side at 73rd near Broadway from October 9-17. Could you please suggest places to go and things to do? 1. Favorite breakfast places nearby? 2. Favorite things to do in NYC, low to moderate cost? 3. Favorite restaurants for lunch or dinner, both moderately priced and splurgy? 4. Any special events or festivals going on at that time? 5. Any guesses about the weather and how many warm clothes to pack? 6. Inspirations that I haven't thought of? Thanks Hivemind. [more inside]
What to get for a couple getting married in New York but who live in Moscow? [more inside]
I just purchased a bunch of new clothing at Theory, which is definitely a much hipper store than I'm used to shopping at. (My old standby was Banana Republic.) The sales staff was very helpful, and I'm very pleased with what I came home with, but I'd love some help in mixing and matching everything. Photos of (almost) all of the items I bought can be found here. [more inside]
What is the best way to get to the New York Maker Faire? I'm driving from New England and pretty unfamiliar with New York. The Faire is in Queens at New York Hall of Science. Website recommends several ways to get there. I can't tell one from the other honestly. [more inside]