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Take a Hike: Sightseeing in the Heart of Manhattan

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

It is not news, of course, that walking is in fact healthy and that those who walk tend to be more calm, alert and happy than people who are inactive [ie. not walking]. Combat those afternoon office sleepies by taking a walk during your lunch hour. Many studies support that lunchtime strolls can almost immediately boost moods and the ability to handle common work time stressors. You work in possibly the greatest eye-candy environment there is – leave your desk and stir up some energy.

  • Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral 5th Avenue between 49th and 51st Streets. A double whammy – an impressive landmark destination for its architecture and the city’s most prominent Catholic church, unlikely neighbors, but great neighbors nonetheless.
  • New York Public Library and Bryant Park, between 40th and 42nd Streets, 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue. Who doesn’t love Bryant Park? It’s one of the city’s best public spaces for strolling, napping, sunbathing, people watching, table tennis, a wrap or a cup of joe. The renovated main branch of the NYPL has an excellent library shop, and offers you the joy of walking through its Reading Room, where – GASP! – you can take in the extraordinary sight of people reading!
  • Waldorf Astoria. 301 Park Avenue. Walk to it, then walk through it. If you start at the Yale Club next to Grand Central station and walk to Penn Station – you’ll replicate Nick Carraway’s walk from The Great Gatsby.

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    Greenacre Park

  • Greenacre Park. E. 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. A hidden gem, Hideo Sasaki’s masterpiece of a pocket park features a little known 2
    5-foot waterfall – Calgon take me away!
  • Times Square – the obvious departure from all reality and mega scene for people watching.

Start tomorrow by taking a stroll during lunch. Chances are you won’t even be missed! If you can’t fathom a non-working lunch hour, then grab an office mate and talk shop while walking to and around the short routes above. Don’t forget your kicks!

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5 NYC Afternoon Stroll Destinations

It is not news, of course, that walking is in fact healthy and that those who walk tend to be more calm, alert and happy than people who are inactive [ie. not walking]. Combat those afternoon office sleepies by taking a walk during your lunch hour. Many studies support that lunchtime strolls can almost immediately boost moods and the ability to handle common work time stressors. You work in possibly the greatest eye-candy environment there is – leave your desk and stir up some energy.

  • Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral 5th Avenue between 49th and 51st Streets. A double whammy – an impressive landmark destination for its architecture and the city’s most prominent Catholic church, unlikely neighbors, but great neighbors nonetheless.
  • New York Public Library and Bryant Park, between 40th and 42nd Streets, 5th Avenue to 6th Avenue. Who doesn’t love Bryant Park? It’s one of the city’s best public spaces for strolling, napping, sunbathing, people watching, table tennis, a wrap or a cup of joe. The renovated main branch of the NYPL has an excellent library shop, and offers you the joy of walking through its Reading Room, where – GASP! – you can take in the extraordinary sight of people reading!
  • Waldorf Astoria. 301 Park Avenue. Walk to it, then walk through it. If you start at the Yale Club next to Grand Central station and walk to Penn Station – you’ll replicate Nick Carraway’s walk from The Great Gatsby.
  • Greenacre Park. E. 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. A hidden gem, Hideo Sasaki’s masterpiece of a pocket park features a little known 25-foot waterfall – Calgon take me away!
  • Times Square – the obvious departure from all reality and mega scene for people watching.

Start tomorrow by taking a stroll during lunch. Chances are you won’t even be missed! If you can’t fathom a non-working lunch hour, then grab an office mate and talk shop while walking to and around the short routes above. Don’t forget your kicks!

 

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The 3 Best Broadway Area Bakeries

Argh, you’re running late again or you’re inundated with deadlines – either way you’ve forgotten your best friend’s birthday or your colleague’s promotion. Don’t sweat it – there are three distinctive bakeries steps from the office that’ll help with a recovery effort.

Baked by Melissa

526 7th Ave, New York (212) 842-0220

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Just a teeny tiny breath away from the office is Baked by Melissa. Please do not excuse this is any kind of ordinary cupcake shop. In fact, I’d sooner mistake this bakery for an art gallery.

Owner Melissa was fired from her job in advertising in 2008 and decided to pursue her love of baking in making her next career move. She was inspired by the care free rock n roll culture of the 60s and 70s and the idea that people should be able to taste more flavors without feeling guilty over the sweet indulgence. Thus her mini cakes, both in size and art form, accomplish both.

Unique to this shop is an enrollment in the Mini of the Month Club where members receive a package of the newest Mini of the Month, the first week of every month!

Memberships are available in 3, 6, and 12-month increments, and you can choose to receive 25, 50, or 100 cupcakes each month. Now how about that as the perfect celebratory gift! The cupcakes that keep on giving!

Another huge hit are her celebration boxes. Here’s an example:

IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY! CELEBRATION BOX (LARGE)

Packed in a Gift Box wrapped in Tie-Dye Ribbon, the box (Large) includes:

  • 75-Pack of mixed cupcakes
  • New York City T-Shirt (please choose a size)
  • Sticker & Tattoo Fun Pack (10 of each)
  • 10 Candles

Crumbs Bake Shop

1385 Broadway, New York (646) 780-0454

Open since 2033, Crumbs has offered an impressive sampling of classic baked goods, but they too have made a name for themselves with their signature-sized cupcakes. We are not talking mini cakes here, now these babies are the size of your head.

To save the business form closing its doors, Marcus Lemonis and Fischer Enterprises stepped in to take ownership of Crumbs in 2014. One of the goals of new ownership was to expand its product offerings beyond traditional cupcake goods. Crumbs now carries an extensive selection of gluten free items, biscotti and even ice cream. But have no fear, you can still find the infamous peanut butter cup cupcake – some things don’t need changing.

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MacarOn Café

152 West 36th Street between Broadway & 7th Avenue, New York (212) 564-3525

Not a cupcake fan? No problem, step over to dark side with French macaroons that’ll knock your socks off and then some. This colorful cookie is the mainstay at this Café and owners Cecile and Arnaud Cannone make about 50 different kinds that rotate with the changing seasons.

All the traditional flavors can be found every day – like chocolate and raspberry or vanilla – but with the changing of tides, comes shocking and pleasing flavors like pumpkin and violet flower! These sinfully delicious macaroons are the perfect gift for any occasion.

Outside of the beautiful cookies themselves, the shop offers some specialty gifts such as the MacarOn Bakery Kit for $39. It includes a recipe book from the café, almond flour mix, confectioners sugar, 2 pastry bags, food coloring, 1 tip and a pattern sheet. Voila – make your own confectionery dreams!

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