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Need WiFi? The Library Lets You Check Out A Hotspot (Like A Book) For Free

December 12th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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Long gone are the days of library books and trolling the aisles of your local library for research and entertainment.  Around the country, the old institution is still going strong, but the New York Public Library is standing out by adapting to the changing times and offering a new service; the ability to check out WiFi. According to the Wall Street Journal, beginning later this month, New York City residents will be able to check out wireless Internet hubs at no charge from their local library. Over 10,000 WiFi units will be made available in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn public libraries, thanks in part to a $1 million donation from Google.

Besides growing demand for such services and the need to stay relevant in our digital age, the initiative is part of New York’s most recent attempt to provide everyone in the five boroughs with WiFi. A related project includes turning about 6,000 of NYC’s payphones into WiFi hotspots as well.  For the almost 2.5 million city inhabitants who don’t have Internet at home, this initiative could be a huge boon to those who need access for work, online learning programs or job hunting.  A chance to check our email wherever we go and help out less advantaged folks? This is a program we can totally get behind.


What do you think?  Would you utilize a service like this at your local library?  Share your thoughts below!

Can You Hear Me Now? Verizon Is Bringing Calls Underground

January 29th, 2014 by Tech Staff

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NYC Verizon customers rejoice!

You can now make and receive calls, texts and access the Internet at 35 subway stations throughout the city.  Verizon announced on Tuesday that it will bring its voice, 3G and 4G LTE data services underground to various New York City subway stations.

Verizon Wireless says it has invested more than $4.5 billion across the New York City region since 2000.

The news is not only important for convenience, but also for security. When Verizon customers dial 911, the dispatcher will automatically know if that call is coming from underground and be able to detect the exact platform from which the call was made.

The stations are largely on the west side of Manhattan, from 23rd Street to 96th Street, including the Times Square, Herald Square, Rockefeller Center, Lincoln Center and Columbus Circle stations.

To quickly find stations that have wireless service on-the-go, please visit Transit Wireless’ mobile-friendly website at .

For the latest and greatest Verizon Wireless news in the New York Metro region, follow @VZWNYMetro on Twitter.

Toyota’s Girlfriend Adventures Series (Episodes 1 – 4)

August 4th, 2013 by Christen



Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  Our first adventure, SALSA DANCING!




Check out what happens when we take on salsa lessons at Step Into Salsa NY at Pearl Studios in NYC.

Summer In The City

Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve already gone salsa dancing, so our next stop?  Indoor rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders.

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What is Brooklyn Boulders?  Brooklyn Boulders is New York City’s only fully dedicated rock climbing gym and one of the East Coasts’ largest.  With 22,000 square feet of climbing surface and a dedicated and skilled setting staff, Brooklyn Boulders offer both a premium training ground for advanced climbers and a variety of climbs for the total beginner.  So whether you’re a seasoned 5.13 climber or just found yourself interested in trying something new, come to BKB and find what you’re looking for. (Located at 575 Degraw St. in Brooklyn – visit for more info.)

Check out what happens when we take on the rock wall for the first time at Brooklyn Boulders in Brooklyn, NY.



Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve tackled the rock wall in Brooklyn, and learned some salsa moves, so our next stop?  Spicing it up in the kitchen at Cook&Go.





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What is Cook&Go?  Cook&Go Culinary Studio allows participants, who are not professional chefs, to learn culinary skills in a fun, relaxed environment.  Original menus test the limits of culinary aesthetics, while at the same time respecting traditions.  There is a spirit of fun making dishes that are accessible to all skill levels.  You don’t have to be a professional chef, you just need to have a passion for learning, sharing (and eating!). Cook & Go uses high quality, fresh products and a passion for teaching to help you to create healthy, well balanced meals.

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I had such an amazing time and each dish we prepared exceeded my expectation of deliciousness!  This foodie’s dream came true inside of that kitchen, so much so a food blog could be in the works soon… maybe (HA!)


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girlfriend adventures


Looking for ways to enjoy your Summer In The City?  No matter where you live in the world, there’s always unique experiences you can find almost anywhere.  There’s no better place in the world like New York City in the summertime, and I want to explore everything the city has to offer.  So I thought, why not bring along my girls to do things that we’ve never done before for Essence Magazine’s “Girlfriend Adventures” series.  We’ve tackled the rock wall in Brooklyn, learned some salsa moves AND stepped up our game in the kitchen – so our next stop?  High flying adventures at Trapeze School New York!

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What is Trapeze School New York?  Trapeze School New York (TSNY) is dedicated to making flying trapeze available to anyone who seeks inspiration, challenge, fitness or just a couple hours of unique fun. Located atop Pier 40 at Chelsea Piers, TSNY offers flying trapeze classes for all levels (first-timers and beginners welcome) as well as intensive multi-session workshops for more advanced flyers.  girlfriend adventures

Remember that Sex And The City Episode? (SATC Season 6 Episode 82 to be exact…) – let’s face it, if you’re a woman and a writer in New York, chances are you’ve experienced at least one Carrie moment in your life… and this was my moment…

Carrie Bradshaw Trapeze



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For a behind-the-scene look at all the up the wall action, visit our travel channel at

Samsung Celebrates Opening of Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy

April 26th, 2013 by Analie

It’s been just about a month since Samsung Mobile officially launched their next flagship device the Samsung Galaxy S4. If you don’t recall, it was the Broadway spectacular presented at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Soon after Samsung announced that they would be opening up “Samsung Experience Shops” at Best Buy’s across the nation. The Samsung Experience Shops officially began rolling out on Wednesday (April 24th). They started off with the Best Buy located in Union Square, New York City, (the only 24 hour Best Buy location).


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Samsung Mobile took to their Facebook page on Wednesday to announce that the first 300 Samsung fans to visit the Best Buy Union Square store at 5:00 pm ET today, April 24th will be able to attend an appreciation event for fans that includes an experiential event featuring models of the Samsung Experience Shops and a performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Bruno Mars. The event is being held to celebrate  the opening of Samsung Experience Shops nationwide and the arrival of the Galaxy S® 4. Attendees will be among the first to see and demo the Galaxy S 4 through interactive stations just hours before it goes on sale nationwide.


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Opening of Samsung Experience Shops At Best Buy Official Launch Event Details

In true Samsung fashion, the opening Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy Official Launch  appreciation event was huge! The event location was set up to look like a giant Samsung Experience Shop. With many models of all of Samsung’s devices on display and with specially trained Best Buy and Samsung employees, attendees were treated to lively demos and many chances to win grand prizes. Similar to an arcade experience, guests earned tokens to redeem for the prizes. Devices ranged from popular Samsung smartphones such as the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Note II, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet, and of course the Galaxy S 4. It wasn’t limited to Samsung Mobile products only, as there were also laptops The more tokens you get (similar to tickets at an arcade), you can redeem them for the bigger prize.  You got a token or two for listening and engaging in demos, and going to special booths that highlight many of the Galaxy S 4’s celebrated features. For example, you could order Spanish, French, or Italian food at mini food stands using the S Translator feature to translate the name of the plates.


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Rev. Run of Run DMC rocked the crowd during the Samsung Galaxy S4 Launch Event



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Guests learned about the S4 features, apps and more during the interactive experience.


Opening of Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy Official Launch Event – Prizes

These prizes  included: Free Bruno Mars Music Download, Fedora, Samsung Muse MP3, Serious Sound Ear Buds and major Samsung devices including the, Galaxy S 4, Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Camera and a Samsung 46” Smart TV. No I didn’t win any of the grand prizes, but I did win a memory card!


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The tokens gave guests an incentive to interact with Samsung Experience Shops employees and learn a thing of two about the latest Samsung Products. During the event, we were lucky to have Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of the classic hip-hop group Run DMC  mixing for us. To top off the night, we got to witness a spectacular performance by award-winning artist Bruno Mars. He sang many of his popular songs and even incorporated some old-school hits. The crowd went wild. Samsung did it again!


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Will the crowd enjoy the Galaxy S 4 as much as the launching events? We’ll find out soon enough since the smartphone officially comes out this weekend (April 27th). There have been some changes from carriers. You can see the latest updates from the major US carriers HERE.




Nicki Minaj & Nokia Lumia 900 Times Square Takeover (VIDEO)

April 9th, 2012 by Christen

Nokia brought Times Square to a standstill on Friday as thirty-thousand people watched one of the biggest electronic take-overs of the iconic New York landmark for the launch of the Nokia Lumia 900. Using the latest CGI technology the team behind the massive Hollywood blockbuster, i-Robot, created one of the world’s largest LED displays.

Nokia took control of nine of the square’s famous electronic screens to ensure the crowd was immersed in light and music from every direction.

The light show was introduced by international superstar Nicki Minaj, who sang a medley of tracks from her new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.


Dozens of the world’s leading visual artist worked for more than 5,000 hours, day and night for more than three weeks, to create the hundreds of jaw-dropping effects that were used on the large screens.

All of the electronic screens were controlled from a mobile server that was fed by eight miles of cable spread over four square blocks of the city.

Combining real dancers with 200ft high computer generated graphics, a building in the square was turned into a living, breathing entity. It was made to appear as though it was filling with water and then “melting” in front of the crowd.

The ground-breaking visual event, to launch the Nokia Lumia 900 in North America, was choreographed to an exclusive Nokia Lumia remix of Minaj’s hit ‘Starships’, performed live by DJ and producer Doorly.

Watch the full experience below…

Nicki said about the big concert:

“To see the idea on paper was amazing but to see it for real blew me away. It brought Times Square to a standstill. The absolute bonus for me is that my fans, who have been so loyal to me, are now part of the video for the Starships Nokia remix.”

“Performing in my home town of NYC the same week as the release of my new album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is amazing and it really is a dream come true.”


The Nokia Lumia 900 will be available exclusively in North America from AT&T from April 8 for $99.99. With 4G LTE speeds and outstanding design, the Nokia Lumia 900 lets customers access their email, music and social media quickly.

Calling All NYC Tourists & Transplants…There’s A New App Just For You!

April 2nd, 2012 by Christen

With over 50 million tourists annually, New York City is launching a better map to help them navigate a little easier or at least one that makes it easier to patronize city businesses.  A new iPhone map app from the city’s official tourism center portrays businesses not as little red pins, but with their logos. It incorporates social media updates, OpenTable booking capabilities and daily deals directly into the map.

The app is a co-branded version of a map app called CityMaps that launched earlier this month. By hooking into a bundle of APIs, it’s able to expand beyond capabilities of a typical online map.



Store owners can claim their spot on the map in order to curate their presence on it, and eventually the startup hopes to make money by charging them for some of these privileges.

Advertisements for the new co-branded version of CityMaps will appear on bus shelters, on taxicab video screens and even on a Time Square jumbotron.



Which NYC based apps are you currently using to navigate through the “concrete jungle where dreams are made of”?  Would you use this new app as an NYC tourist, transplant or original borough dweller?  





Hurricane Survival Kit & Must Have Gadgets…

August 26th, 2011 by Christen

Okay East Coasters, by now you’ve heard from President Obama and your local government authorities about the impending damage that Irene is bringing your way, now it’s time to react.

Do you have a “Go Bag”?

Create your ‘Go Bag’ and Emergency Supply Kit

A “Go Bag” is a collection of items you may need in case of an emergency evacuation. Every person in the house should have a “Go Bag” stocked and readily accessible in case you have to leave your home or office in a hurry. Your best option for the bag itself is a backpack, which leaved hands free so you can carry a flashlight, a cell phone, or hold the hand of a loved one. A backpack on wheels or a rolling suitcase is a good alternative.

In wake of any impending disaster or in this case Hurrican Irene, here’s your must have list of items & gadgets to have packed in your emergency supply kit.

Your “Go Bag” should contain:

  • Copies of your important documents in a waterproof Ziploc bags. Insurance cards, ID, proof of address, special family photos.
  • Extra house and car keys
  • Credit and ATM cards
  • Cash. Carry about $50 to $100 in small denominations (just in case).
  • Bottled water and nonperishable food. Energy and granola bars are good options.
  • At least one flashlight and extra batteries. (LED flashlights are more durable and last 10 times longer than traditional ones.)
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  • A manual radio or battery-operated radio. Manual radios often have cell phone charging features, solar power options, flashlight, siren and compass.

Coby CX50 Compact AM/FM Radio with Digital Display

  • Medical: Keep a list of medications for each family member, why they take it and the dosage. Pack along any extra medication, if you have it.
  • Extra eyeglasses, if you have them.
  • First Aid kit
  • Waterproof matches, Swiss Army knife, Sharpie markers to write ID info on children, rain ponchos, thermal blankets, extra socks and undies.
  • Feminine hygiene items, diapers, if you need them.
  • Small map of the region
  • Items to relieve anxiety: Playing cards are a good way to keep occupied – no batteries needed.

Express Breaks Guinness Record

July 27th, 2011 by Christen

From record-breaking weather to record-breaking runways…while the temps were breaking records in NYC this past weekend, the clothing brand Express was breaking them, as well: 1,243 Express fans walked in a Times Square runway show to earn them the Guinness World Record for most people to walk a catwalk. Participants rocked “Model for a Minute” t-shirts and cat-walked along with the NYC Naked Cowboy. Afterwards, they debuted their holiday collection with actual models—though we doubt they looked any less melted than the regular people. Not a bad way to spend a sweltering Saturday.




If you’d been there, would you have walked in the Express show?


Slimming Style: Running of The Brides

June 2nd, 2011 by Christen

Slim·Fast®, the brand known for helping millions of people slim down quickly, knows that there are many moments in life when looking your best is top on the to-do list – and a bride’s wedding day is certainly one of those moments. To help women get the perfect fit in the perfect dress in time for wedding season, Slim·Fast® is partnering with Filene’s Basement’s Running of the Brides® and will host the event alongside celebrity style maven – June Ambrose!

On-site, Slim·Fast will keep brides energized and entertained with Slim·Fast® 3-2-1 products, free pampering treatments, bridal games, and giveaways to help brides make the most of their time before Filene’s Basement’s doors open. Most importantly, one lucky bride will have the chance to win an on-site raffle, moving her to the front of the line as the doors open!  If you’re a bride to be (Like Me!) then this is definitely the place to be.  Join Divas and Dorks as we get a first-hand experience at this exciting event!

“Eighty percent of brides-to-be plan on dieting for their wedding1, but most procrastinate until the last possible minute.  When the stakes are high and time is short, the Slim·Fast® 3·2·1 Plan is a simple, proven way to lose weight fast.” said Virginia Blake West, Slim·Fast® brand director.  “Whether you’re a bride, bridesmaid or guest, the Slim·Fast® 3-2-1 plan will get you picture perfect in time for the big day – it is simple, tastes great and gets you results fast.”

Are you ready for your BIG DAY? Stay Tuned to find out how you can participate in our “Slim-Fast®: Slimming You Down For Your Big Day” promotion soon.

For more information on the Slim·Fast® partnership with Filene’s Basement and the Slim·Fast® 3-2-1 plan visit Slim·Fast® at


Fashion140 Takes NYC!

April 20th, 2011 by Christen


Join Divas and Dorks on May 4, 2011 along with representatives from the world’s leading fashion namesakes where we will convene at the Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall for the inaugural Fashion140 Conference. Fashion, media experts, celebrities and innovators will come together to discuss the growing impact of emerging social media and technological advancements on the style-driven industry. With over 60 leading speakers from Facebook, Twitter, Google Boutiques, Gilt Group, Urban Outfitters, Neiman Marcus, Bonobos, Hautelook, Kmart Fashion and Time Inc., to name a few, and a dynamic program made of short speaking slots and panels, the conference aims to showcase a unique global perspective of the fashion industry and its future.


Fashion140 is co-curated by Jeff Pulver, producer of 140 Characters Conference, which analyzes effects of real-time internet on businesses in varying industries and Lilly Berelovich, CEO of Fashion Snoops, an innovative online forecasting service. The partnership started at one of Jeff’s event where the two met and deiced it is time to narrow down the focus on the fashion market. “Not many people know that clothing has the largest sales value of all eCommerce categories”, said Jeff Pulver, “Surprisingly it still makes only 7% of the total 370B$ spent overall on clothing, which demonstrates the unrealized potential. To effectively compete it is imperative for retailers and brands to establish clear digital and social media strategies”. Conference discourse will cover topics such as the changing face of retail, customer engagement, celebrities and social media, real-time fashion reporting, and social return on investment. “Aside the obvious well-oiled marketing-driven fashion brands are leading the social media revolution, we see many old-school businesses that still look the other way”, says Berelovich, “but the change is eminent; with retail shifting to new types of e-commerce, with direct brand-to-consumer engagement and personalized social shopping environments, whoever stays behind may miss the boat. These are just a few examples we will be discussing at #fashion140”


For detailed information regarding speakers, plan, sponsorship opportunities, and press access, please visit Make sure to follow @DIVASANDDORKS for special ticket discounts leading up to the event OR you can just click HERE for your special discount compliments of Fashion140 and (a portion of proceeds from these ticket sales will be donated to charity.)  Get your tickets today, seats are limited.


See You There.




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