Your Big Apple List of Summer Events & Activities


Let’s review a number of great events and festivities this summer in the Big Apple. First, the Lincoln Center Festival is such a summertime treat.  We caught The National Ballet of China’s Penoy Pavillion, one of the most famous love stories from Chinese literature (think China’s version of Romeo and Juliet.)

Two: My doula recommended the book Mama Glow: A Hip Guide to a Fabulous and Abundant Pregnancy, which I gobbled up in two days, flat.  Best pregnancy book I’ve read yet, written by NYC maternity lifestyle maven, Latham Thomas.  If you’re an expectant mom with a zeal for veggies and yoga, totally grab a copy.

Three: Recently began taking saltwater aerobic classes at the New York Health and Racquet Club, and it’s decidedly my new favorite workout!

Four: Every Wednesday, I look forward to author Gretchen Rubin and sister Elizabeth Craft’s new episode of their spirited podcastHappier, a quickie 20 minute pick-me-up discussing practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits.

Five: Have you guys heard of the boutique Meg?  I visited their East Village location recently and was instantly in love with their dresses (some of which work for maternity wear without looking frumpy, thank God!)  Everything in the shop is locally made, with the motto: A meg-tastic piece should make you feel fashionable, elegant and chic but also feel like you are wearing PJ’s. Effortless fashion is always the goal!!

Six: This simple French Yogurt Cake is as delicious as it is easy to make, and has been on rotation in our home for tea time, dessert, and even brunch!

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Seven: I’m rereading The Great Gatsby for bookclub this month, and love it even more now than I did back in high school.  I mean…these quotes.  “The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.”

Eight: Love cream puffs?  I stumbled upon a Japanese bakery on the Upper West Side, Beard Papa’s, dedicated to them, and they’re delicious.

Nine: Pulsd NYC is my current go-to app/site for finding quirky (and heavily discounted) experiences in the city and surrounding areas.  If you’re on the hunt for summer adventures, totally check them out!

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Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.
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