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Looking for a decently priced New Jersey weekend beach house!

8-10 people want to rent a beach house in New Jersey for a weekend (ideally Asbury Park), hopefully for $50/person per night. Everything we've seen wants a week-long commitment. Is our New Jersey beach weekend feasible? [more inside]
posted by Hwaet on Apr 16, 2014 - 7 answers

 

Cityson is graduating, and we'll all be hungry to celebrate.

Cityson is graduating from a Western NY University. He's done great, and we're all as proud as we can be. About 8 family members are making the overnight trip, and would like to have a nice dinner after traveling on Friday, the evening before the ceremony, which is on Saturday, May 17. We're all staying at the same hotel in Bath, NY and Cityson requested a family restaurant meal rather than splitting up the extended family, as only a graduate and parents may attend the University-sponsored pregraduation dinner. I don't want to leave my own elderly parents and aunt to fend for themselves for dinner, either. The problem is that we've not eaten out at a restaurant nicer than a diner the entire time he's been a student, and have no idea where to go. [more inside]
posted by citygirl on Apr 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Silence a loud outdoor gate

My landlord just installed an alley gate between my building and another. It was in response to some attempted break-ins from the back of the walkup. The problem is that when the door slams shut, it’s really loud and startling. On a Saturday, it slams shut very loudly around 20 or so times a day (not really an exaggeration). To me being the noise sensitive type, who gets a jolt of adrenalin each time it happens, this is a very bad addition to my already urban environs. [more inside]
posted by shimmer on Apr 15, 2014 - 9 answers

I'm trying to find a song. Maybe you can help. Won't that be exciting?

Hello, darlings! How are we all today? Growing tall and strong? Good, good. That's what I like to hear. I must now commandeer your brains and I will give them back when I'm done. Years ago, I was out for a drive, and listening to the radio late at night. This would have been at the lower, collegey end of the FM dial. I want to say I was somewhere in Connecticut at the time. Total ballpark here, but I'd guess it was maybe something like 2006. I heard a song that I remember as being fun to listen to, and I wanted to find it again, and I have not been able to do so. Details are within. [more inside]
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER on Apr 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Can I gain something by strategically opening credit cards?

In January, I got my business successfully running, paid off and closed a bunch of personal credit cards, and began making a decent amount of money. Now I'm in a place to start opening credit cards and rebuilding my credit. Last time I looked (10 years ago), there were ways to open new credit card accounts, and as long as you were responsible about always paying off all of your balances at the end of every month, you could get bunches of free flights and bonuses and things. I recall people who played with new account bonuses as a relatively lucrative game. Is this still a thing? Is it worth the time?
posted by sirion on Apr 2, 2014 - 7 answers

Obsucre New Wave Music Expert: What is this song/artist?

It's the first track on this youtube mix. Shazam and SoundHound come up empty.
posted by mizrachi on Mar 23, 2014 - 4 answers

New Cat - Male or Female?

We are about to move into a much larger home than we currently live. We already have one amazing cat but we are 90% certain we will want to add to our brood once we are settled into our new home, but.... do we get a male cat or a female cat? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro on Mar 10, 2014 - 27 answers

80s New Wave Song With A Lyric Like "Knock Me Down Like Bowlin' Pin."

I have been trying to figure out artist and title of an 80's New Wave song that I have heard two or three times over the years. Kind of poppy, keyboard heavy with a female vocalist. I believe on of the lyrics is "Knock Me Down Like Bowlin' Pin," but there is always a possibility that I misheard the line. I have been searching google and yahoo and webcrawler, etc. off and on for years trying to figure this out. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
posted by knirkle on Mar 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Being New Money in an Old Money World

I am interested to read some commentary / discussion / critiques / first-person accounts about social climbing in our current society (preferably U. S. based). About both sides of the coin - people who are either successful or unsuccessful at navigating a change from lower-class to upper-middle-class, or beyond. [more inside]
posted by vignettist on Feb 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Agnostic prayers, polytheistic prayers, and meditation chants.

I am an agnostic that really likes the calming effect of prayer, but am totally not interested in the monotheism or taking organized religion very seriously in general. Do you have prayer advice for me, and what sort of agnostic or polytheistic prayers (or meditative practices) do you take part in? Resources and recommendations are welcomed! [more inside]
posted by Hawk V on Feb 19, 2014 - 20 answers

Graduate student moving on, what to do next?

Graduate student "Mastering out", trying to begin next steps [more inside]
posted by jroger2908 on Feb 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Articles on structural inequality in NYC?

I would like to be pointed towards an article that connects how NYC's investment in corporate and banking interests directly worsened the prospects of the poor and working class in NYC during the Bloomberg years. This should be intelligent but not too dense -- something that could be easily readable by college freshmen without background in social science, written in a style such as you'd find in the New Yorker, Atlantic, NY Times Mag, etc in style and difficulty level. Thanks! Note: I **don't** need ethnographic stories focusing on people's lives, such as the Dasani article in the NY Times. (Those are great but I have plenty.) Rather I need a non-specialists' discussion of the structural connections between wealth and poverty in NYC, something explaining exactly why choices to invest in fancy buildings led to more homelessness -- for example, detailing how city money was diverted from x to y during these years.
posted by third rail on Feb 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Depressed & need inspiration.

I am a single mother, down in the dumps and looking for mefites for a lightbulb or maybe just a bone. I've been juggling my post-divorce financial mess, toxic workplace, toxic people all around, and I'm so tired and exhausted, I just know my six-year old and I need to be somewhere where the atmosphere is more laid back with better quality of life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2014 - 13 answers

Practical gifts for parents of newborn Twins? In Singapore...

Hello, My brother and Sis in law are expecting twins in a couple days. What gifts can I send them? It has to be able to ship to Singapore, around $100 (USD) or so, and best if it can ship through Amazon Global. [more inside]
posted by greta_01 on Feb 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Are there any new small, vegan cars out there?

Please help me find a new small, good gas-mileage, vegan car. The car cannot have any leather anywhere in its interior, and it should ideally be equal to or less than 175 inches in length. I would also like it to be no more than $30,000.
posted by Four-Eyed Girl on Jan 22, 2014 - 30 answers

Movie / Music Posters in New York City?

On a bit of a deadline, need to find some posters for the avengers, deadmau5(e) and a couple of other current hits. My google-fu has failed and hope the hive has a bit of insight to somewhere that specializes in posters in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 on Jan 9, 2014 - 4 answers

Good junk shops in New York City?

I'm headed for NYC and want to find cheap treasures before the hipsters get them. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Jan 5, 2014 - 6 answers

New Orleans in Feb or March, but not for Mardi Gras. Oui?

My friend and I would like to plan an (approximately 4-day) trip to New Orleans this February or March, but not be there for Mardi Gras itself. Are these good times to travel there? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Jan 3, 2014 - 14 answers

How to write down life and business goals

It's the goal writing season, and I recently came across an article that explained a specific technique for writing down one's goals. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Dec 31, 2013 - 5 answers

Where can I find a pair of boots like these in NY?

Help! I live in Brooklyn and I need to have a pair of lace up boots like these or these on my feet by the end of the day. Where can I find some? Doesn't need to be this specific brand, just this type of lace-up boot that you see young women wearing everywhere. Even better if they're slightly beaten up. I'm willing to venture to Manhattan. Budget: must be less than 250.
posted by timsneezed on Dec 8, 2013 - 16 answers

Five days in May

Help me plan the best trip ever to the Grand Canyon? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Dec 6, 2013 - 6 answers

How to have a great time in New Orleans?

I’m travelling with my significant other to New Orleans between December 29th and January 3rd, so we are looking for recommendations (food, bars, entertainment, etc.) Specific details and questions below the fold! [more inside]
posted by turniphead on Dec 6, 2013 - 6 answers

New relationship - advice on meeting her child for the first time?

Never had children of my own - how do I handle meeting a new partner's child for the first time? [more inside]
posted by de void on Dec 3, 2013 - 15 answers

Amtrak - Xmas travel from NYC to DC with infant and luggage

Questions on Christmas Amtrak travel from NYC to D.C (how busy and what's the deal with luggage?) for a small family who has never traveled Amtrak before. [more inside]
posted by inflatablekiwi on Dec 2, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me convince the boss I DON'T have to be in the office 12/26-12/31

I've been asked to show up at the office for the four weekdays between Xmas and January 1 -- AGAIN. But the boss is taking vacation. More drama inside. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Nov 21, 2013 - 59 answers

Seeing a play at Cort Theater in New York - What seats should I get?

I'm planning on going to see Patrick Stewart and Ian Mckellen do Waiting for Godot (AMAZING!). The tickets are a lot, from $100-300. Because it's already that much, it would really stink to get some of the cheaper tickets and be dissatisfied with them. Can you tell me which tickets to buy? Seating chart inside. [more inside]
posted by Buckt on Nov 17, 2013 - 4 answers

How safe is Clinton Hill, Brooklyn?

I've been living in Brooklyn Heights for two years. It's expensive and kind of boring, but definitely very safe. I'm moving soon and found a place I love in Clinton Hill close to Pratt. I love the beautiful architecture and artsy vibe. I was ready to sign a year's lease but then I did a bit of googling and found out that Clinton Hill and Fort Greene were found to be the 6th most dangerous neighborhood in NYC. Is Clinton Hill really that dangerous? I am a 95 pound woman in my 20s, not super street smart, but familiar with the Subway and Brooklyn in general. Is moving to Clinton Hill a bad idea? Am I doomed to moving to Park Slope instead just to be safe? Will I be okay in Clinton Hill as long as I don't walk home alone at midnight - which I do in Brooklyn Heights now? Or conversely, is it on the dangerous level of not walking alone any time after dark?
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me hone my new york apartment hunting skills

I'm looking to rent a room in Brooklyn/Queens ASAP but I know very little about the city. I have a place to stay for a few weeks when I move down there on the 17th of this month but after that I'm pretty much on my own. How can I educate myself in the meantime so I know what to look for when I'm reading craisglist ads? Also, suggestions for good apartments based on what I'm looking for? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on Nov 8, 2013 - 10 answers

I want to move to NYC and get a design/dtp job. Or graduate school.

I'm a fresh college graduated from a European academy for Graphic Design and want to move to NYC to gather more experience in the field, and live there for a while. Question about job search and accommodation. Considering doing a masters degree too. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Nov 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Why is it so hard to find a therapist in NYC?

I've been trying to book an appointment for weeks, but everyone is booked up. How do you go about finding a therapist in the city? [more inside]
posted by shotinthedark on Nov 6, 2013 - 10 answers

Share your secret paradises for relaxation and celebration

Where in the world can we vacation and ring in the new year? As it's Nov now, we're terrible at planning. [more inside]
posted by inevitability on Nov 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Marathon Weekend in NYC

Help me and my kids plan a fun, low-hassle weekend in New York watching Missus_A run the marathon! [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Nov 1, 2013 - 26 answers

What is this strange Halloween guest?

Anyone able to ID this critter? Tried to get in just now, think it wants my Almond Joy.
posted by vrakatar on Oct 31, 2013 - 3 answers

Help with New Orleans piano

I have become obsessed with New Orleans piano. What CDs are the best place to start for the following: Jelly Roll Morton Professor Longhair Dr. John. Plus, any names I should add to the list? Thanks.
posted by captainscared on Oct 27, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I look for a job in NY without living there?

I'm trying to move to Brooklyn by December 1st. I have some money saved up, but I'll need to find a part time coffeeshop job (4 days a week) to support myself while I intern the other 2-3 days. Right now I live in Boston and I have no clue how to go about looking for a job from afar. Considering that I may have to go on several interviews before being offered a position, that I currently have a part time job here so I can't be staying in NY for long periods of time while I look, that I have no friends in the city to stay with and that my funds are limited, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by timsneezed on Oct 24, 2013 - 3 answers

I'm not interested in dating or being your friend. Thanks and goodbye.

How do I tell somebody I recently met that I'm not interested romantically or even as a friend? The problem is that I'm not exactly sure whether she is looking for just a friend or something more? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Oct 22, 2013 - 24 answers

What would be dumb to miss for a person on business travel to NYC ?

I have never been to NYC. I'm on business travel next week to NYC (Manhattan financial district to be precise). I won't have a lot of touristy time, but my evenings are free, Monday - Thursday. With that limited time, and a hotel in the financial district, what sort of things would it be dumb for someone to not checkout? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Oct 17, 2013 - 22 answers

Where should I live?

Looking for a home in a gay marriage state. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Oct 14, 2013 - 50 answers

How is life in San Francisco different from life in New York City?

I'm a late 20's native New Yorker - grew up in Brooklyn and lived in Manhattan and Brooklyn for most of my life. I've lived in San Diego for the past year. Lovely place, but it's not for me. Got a job offer in San Francisco and I'm excited and ready to make the move. I've always loved my visits to San Francisco and its walkability, culture, food, shopping, and diversity have always made it comparable to New York in my mind. I love New York, but I don't want to move to San Francisco expecting it will be just like living in New York. I've already noticed some big differences that I embrace (and some I dislike.) People who have lived in both cities (especially as a young person): what are some of the differences you found between life in New York and life in San Francisco? Thanks!
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Oct 8, 2013 - 16 answers

Ideas for a 2week inspirational break excluding sitting on a mountaintop

I'd like to take two weeks off of work and come back with a new sense of direction in life. I have been in the same job for almost four years and find little fulfillment there, yet also haven't found the motivation or made the time to move on. Maybe some semi-structured time off work to think, mark next steps, and break patterns will help? How and where should I spend my time? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Oct 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Restorative Justice in NYC

I help run an arts organization in NYC, and recently, it was brought to our attention that a person's behavior has made some of our other community members feel unsafe. The person has agreed to stay away from our organization and its events until invited back, and seems genuinely repentant. I'm looking for information about restorative justice - either resources on how it works, what standard practices are, and also (ideally) any organizations in the NYC area that could help us understand and navigate this situation. Please understand I can't provide any more details than this, for obvious reasons of confidentiality.
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2013 - 2 answers

New England weekend getaway

Where, within 3-4 hours of Providence, RI, can a couple find a nice B&B with easy access to impressive foliage, good hiking, and some really excellent dining? We're particularly interested in VT and NH, although perhaps there are some options in MA. All responses welcome.
posted by munyeca on Sep 22, 2013 - 9 answers

Problem with providing proof of a past employment for a new job

In order to accept a job offer I have to provide documentation as proof of a past employment. Problem: I don't think there is any. What should I tell the company who have offered me the new job? Can documentation for an old job be acquired 6 months post-leaving? [more inside]
posted by Lubo on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

How to buy new car for cash...

I plan on buying a car in the next few days, for cash. My question is when do I pull out the checkbook and announce that I am not financing but want to pay by personal or cashier’s check? A few more details, of course... [more inside]
posted by calgirl on Sep 13, 2013 - 20 answers

Places to stop between New York and Chicago

Looking for interesting things to see and do between NY and Chicago. [more inside]
posted by phoenix_rising on Sep 9, 2013 - 16 answers

New Teacher's Aide Feeling Overwhelmed -- Is this normal???

Hi Everyone, I recently took a job as a teacher's aide in a public elementary school. It's my second week, and I like it, but I'm feeling overwhelmed. I think I may want to become a teacher, but I'm having some setbacks that are making me wonder if I am cut out for this field. I feel like I am one step beheind everything and/or totally ineffective at communicating with the kids. Here are some examples (They are long-winded . . . my apologies) [more inside]
posted by neanderloid on Sep 8, 2013 - 36 answers

Newly renewed New York State Drivers License expires in 1 year?!

I just moved back home to New York from California. I renewed my NY state drivers license online and received it in the mail today. However, it expires in 1 year on my birthday. Why does it expire so soon? I don't get it. My family members license don't expire for another 4+ years.
posted by Wanderer7 on Sep 3, 2013 - 4 answers

how to cope with starting a new job that I don't want?

I love my part-time job, but it doesn't pay the bills. In order for it to become a full-time job that pays the bills, I have to go back to school and get a master's (library science - yay for very little career opportunities!). In order to go back to school, I need to get a full time job and earn some money to pay for school. I just accepted a full time office assistant position in a law firm. I'm not excited at all. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2013 - 16 answers

How can I live a better life?

After years of depression and self-medication I'm trying to live a better life. What should I be doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2013 - 15 answers

NYC vacation for a California family

What would be some fun and interesting things to take a five year old child from Southern California to do in New York City next week?
posted by Dansaman on Aug 21, 2013 - 12 answers

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