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Treat Yourself with Tropical Healing in Mayan Ruins with Hosh Yoga! Early Bird Special !

We had the so much fun with Hosh Yoga this past summer in Cuba and are so excited that they will be hosting a five-night, six- day yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico led by Hosh yoga instructors, Jen Devery and Amy Hansen. Running from February 17th to the 22nd 2018, the retreat will bring yoga enthusiasts on a Mayan adventure to relax, explore, and unwind.

They’ve got an Early Bird special until the end of the year so if you want to book a beach vacay on a budget that’ll raise your energy and consciousness, now is the time!

Devery and Hansen’s focus throughout the retreat will be on harmonizing body, mind, and spirit and helping yogis achieve a sense of greater well being. Mornings will begin with breakfast and an energetic yoga practice to set the mood for days filled with adventure, re-connection, and grounding. Evenings will feature a mindful activity, mediation, or restorative yoga practice. Continue reading

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Schlep Your Pooch To The City With a Locally-Designed Stylish Dog Tote by Jaxx Hound

New York living would be way too lonely without our furry friends by our side, who provide us cuddles and kisses not only when we refuse to leave our apartments in the dead of winter, but also increasingly commonly at work. Dog friendly offices are totally on trend right now, but with crowded subways and a recent backlash on “fake” service dogs, bringing your pup to and fro around the city is becoming more of a challenge. Especially if you want your dog bag to match your personal sense of style.

Longtime North Brooklyn resident Tennille Teague was frustrated at the lack of stylish options to tote her lovable daschund Mo to and from work every day. Dogs need to be in a carrier of some type if you take them on the subway, ferry or in a cab—and most of the available doggie travel bags at big box retailers or online come in rather obnoxious colors or patterns, and don’t really fall in line with the fashion forward sensibility of hip New Yorkers. And aside from looks, there were other features Tennille wasn’t able to find in a doggie travel bag—a well-designed pocket for accessible poop bags, detachable straps, a leather bottom with metal feet, or one end open for the dog’s head to peek out, for example. And even if a bag had one of those traits, it didn’t have them all.

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So after more than a year of design and production exploration, Tennille is ready to unleash Jaxx Hound onto the NYC dog scene. Jaxx Hound’s cleverly designed bags, collars and leashes will be produced nearby in Jersey, in production by the end of the year and ready to ship out in early 2018, if she meets her Kickstarter goal of $39,000. To support Jaxx Hound with a $25 pledge, you can rock the McGolrick dog run with a cute “Pup Culture” tee which features illustrations of dogs reimagined as celebs: Billdog Murray, Meryl Sheepdog and Bernese Sanders. And if you’re dying to get your hands on one of the bags, a pledge of $225 will get you one in classic black, grey, navy or olive green. And while that might seem like a lot to some, in the realm of locally-made and ultra-stylish dog fashion (with 5% of proceeds going to NYC shelter Animal Haven) the price makes sense. Your best friend and daily companion is worth whatever it costs. The Jaxx Hound Kickstarter ends in a few weeks; hook up your pup with the chic-est way to travel, before everybody else is doing it.

Billdog Murray, Jaxx Hound Kickstarter reward
Billdog Murray, Jaxx Hound Kickstarter reward
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Yulair Launches in NYC // Win $1000 in Travel!

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Relive Your Youth With The Wild Honey Pie’s Summer Camp!

The Wild Honey Pie, a music blog based in Brooklyn, is a collective of writers, videographers, directors, photographers, and artists who promote the music they love via words, photos, original videos, and live concert events.

This year, they’re doing something new:  Summer Camp!  Imagine an entire day (to night) event during which they’ll be filming buzz sessions with six different bands, enjoying free food/beer/pool party/bbq/bonfire/all that good stuff at an uber (gasp!) secret location about an hour away from NYC on MetroNorth.

Summer Camp

I was able to chat with TWHP’s Christine Campbell, to tell us more about Summer Camp.

GP:  What’s the concept behind the Summer Camp?  Who are the Founders/ Organizers?  How long has this been going for?

Christine:  Summer Camp is the brainchild of Eric Weiner, founder of The Wild Honey Pie. We’re pulling it off with the help of our friends over at Consequence of Sound.  Continue reading

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Want to Volunteer in Rockaways? Take the Rockaway Ferry

According to NYCEDC blog:

“Helping to assist thousands impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaways, Mayor Bloomberg, New York City Economic Development Corporation and Seastreak today announced a partnership to provide temporary ferry service between the Rockaways and Manhattan while subway service on that route is suspended. Seastreak will operate the ferry service beginning this Monday, November 12.

  • Ferries will depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive (View Larger Map), where NYCEDC has installed a temporary landing, and stop at Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan with free transfers between Pier 11 and East 34th Street in Midtown.
  • The service will start at 5:45 AM in the Rockaways with ferries departing for Manhattan regularly until 9:20 AM, with regular service resuming during the evening rush.
  • One-way fares will be $2.”

Rockaway Ferry Schedule

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The Garden Spot, Week 17

I did a post a while back about all the other farms in Brooklyn that I was planning on visiting this summer. While I have been slacking on that a little, I did get out of town this weekend and managed to swing by a place that is pretty inspiring for any small space gardener.

Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon, Massachusetts was nothing more than a tiny farm stand when I was a kid, but now it is a flourishing 4H with a giant greenhouse, a fully stocked store, and more baby sheep than you can shake a stick at (please don’t shake a stick at them).

I tried to steal one of these but I don't think they'd get along with my cat.

I am a total softy, and I die for baby animals. My partner and I spent 45 minutes feeding the cows and goats and lambs grain pellets and trying to talk sheep with them. It was totally magical in a way that is hard to find some days in New York.

On our way out I spotted a Charlie Brown-style blueberry bush, and knew it had to be mine. It is now out on the balcony, adjusting to the sounds of McGuinness Boulevard, and the slightly smoggier air of our dear city.

please be bountiful.

Have you gotten out of town recently? What are some fun, farm/garden day trips I should take?

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