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The Interdependent Self: A Reading & Conversation with Ruth Ozeki & Gish Jen

October 8, 2018

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 7:00pm Asian American Writers’ Workshop 112 W 27th Street, 6th floor New York, NY 10001   How do you make sense of something that’s always shifting? Identity and self-definition are perpetually in flux — writer/reader, past/future, fiction/reality, linear/cyclical, maker/made are treated as dichotomies, but these writers… Read more

What 8th Street Has Bee-come: Former Shoe Street, Now Eat Street

September 27, 2018

It’s been a while (2007) since my last contribution a few years ago and much has changed on my favorite street in my hood or “hive”. I live right off 8th Street, between 5th & 6th Ave (once known for all the shoe stores that formerly occupied this street), where… Read more

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Welcome to neighborbeeBLOG!!!

January 1, 2017

neighborbeeBlog is a NYC-based blog that focuses on life in the five boroughs of New York City that started in 2008.

I’m Anthony Lobosco, founder.

We had more than 80 volunteer writers who covered a variety of topics like the dating experiences, being thrifty in a big city, food & cooking, and much more.

neighborbeeBlog provides insights into what life was like 9 years ago.

Enjoy exploring neighborbeeBLOG as I do…  It’s a special moment in time. Read more

Neighborbee – Made in NY

December 9, 2016

Neighborbee, LLC was set up in 2007, but the spirit of neighborbee was born long before that. I am a New Yorker who has gone to school, worked, and lived in NYC for nearly 15 years. For two of those years, starting in 2002, I had the privilege (and challenges)… Read more

Thrifty Bees

Bee Wheelin’ To Brooklyn Flea

How’s ridin’ my fellow wheelers?!  Hope you guys have been out on your bikes enjoying this great, but hot summer.  After hearing so much about it, this time our destination was the Brooklyn Flea.
Did you know it’s so popular, there are two locations:
1) An indoor at The Williamsburg Saving Bank (the tall building in downtown Brooklyn with the big clock you can see almost anywhere in Brooklyn)
2) An outdoor in Fort Greene, which is where we went.
Since it was Saturday, (outside flea’s on Saturday inside’s on Sunday) we went to the outdoor flea.  We headed out from my place on Cortelyou Road and made our way to Bedford Ave.  We took a left on  Bedford Ave.   Befored Ave is the class 2 lane that I’ve mentioned in previous posts and is a main thoroughfare for bikes.  It runs from Williamsburg to Sheepshead Bay.
Each time I travel along Bedford, I notice how crappy the conditions are in the midsection area.  But at either end it becomes much nicer and smoother. What’s the reason for this?  Is it property taxes?  Seems an investigation is in order – but that’s for another post.  Right now, lets continue on our trip…  So, from the crappy part of Bedford, we made our way to Lincoln Rd.  We turned right at the fork where Washington Ave and Flatbush Ave meet.  We headed up Washington and I was surprised at what an easy hill it was to conquor. Not only was there a reward in getting to the top of the hill, but also, I also saw and heard a dj playing some very funky house music in Dr. Ronald E. McNair Park.  House music always gets me going! Read more

Queens Urban Market set to open Aug 31st 2013!

QNS Urban MKT is an up and coming flea market in Long Island City, New York. We operate every Saturday inside the SMP (standard motor parks) building that also houses COFFEEDNYC and Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm. Here is more info on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/QNS-Urban-MKT/135152803341292 Read more

a little bee told me about…a free art exhibition at +aRt in West Chelsea

“De-Coherent Histories” is an exhibition produced by artists Peter Gregorio and Austin Shull, which will include photography, video, paintings, and sculpture.  The exhibition merges historical and futurist ideas to confront the viewer in the present, leaving mysterious questions unanswered and perpetuated. Exhibition Dates: October 21st – November 6, 2010 Operating… Read more

Helper Bees

911: A day to always remember

Every year on September 10th I get very depressed.  It’s really amazing and this year was no exception. Where were you on 9/11?  I was in my office on 100 William Street that faced both towers.  Before work, I went to the gym on 14th St. and 5th Ave and… Read more

Dating in New York City – Holding Hans with Brian Hansbury: Secaucus Santa

Q:  My girlfriend insists that we go to visit her parents in Arizona for Christmas.  I don’t want to go because I think it needs to be cold to be Christmas.  I would much rather get her to stay here and spend the day with my family in New Jersey.  How do I do that?
Signed,
Secaucus Santa
A:  My first piece of advice is never move to Australia.  My second piece of advice is go to Arizona.  And my third piece of advice is Christmas is not that special.
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All Things Brooklyn – Brooklyn Sting: Three Hours, Thirty-Two Minutes, and Nineteen Seconds

I’m writing this on Sunday, a few hours after my friend (and fellow Brooklyn resident) James completed the 2008 New York City Triathlon. The race consisted of a 1.5 kilometer swim (in the Hudson!), a 40 kilometer bike ride around the Upper West Side, and a 10 kilometer run around the loop in Central Park

James’ wife, their families, and their friends joined thousands of spectators in unusually high heat and humidity to cheer him on. We were supporting him for two reasons: first, his amazing transformation. The James I knew from college was a beer-drinking foodie who spent many an afternoon doing nothing more strenuous than reaching for a bag of chips from his perch on the couch. Now he was swimming, biking, and running further and faster than I’ve ever attempted.

The second reason is more complicated. This contest wasn’t just about surprising his friends with his hidden athletic ability.

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Cultural Bees

A little bee told me about “Legs and All” being presented by Horse Trade Theater Group at The Kraine Theater

HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP IN ASSOICATION WITH SUMMER SHAPIRO & PETER MUSANTE PRESENT LEGS AND ALL SPECIAL LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! OCTOBER 2-16 @ THE KRAINE POST-SHOW Q&A OCTOBER 2 & 10 PHYSICAL THEATER WORKSHOP ON OCTOBER 17 After winning the Festival Favorite Award at the 2010 FRIGID New York Festival, an… Read more

The Bruce Springsteen of Queens: Constructing a Life — The Wrestler

It’s funny, because the older I get, the more I think I might be starting to understand people a little more. Everyone has friends and family they think are strong and have everything together, but as time goes on, I kind of see that they need me as much as I need them. I think maybe everyone is strong in a different way.

For a while, probably 10 or so years, I’ve been beating myself up for not being tough enough to work manual labor, not being tough like my Dad (who has worked for the last 31 years at a chemical plant in Louisiana) Well, the past 3 weeks I was in New Orleans helping a friend and his pregnant wife renovate their home. I wanted to help them to benefit them, but part of me wanted to prove something to myself.

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Sex, Love, and Scandal: A Reading & Conversation with Indira Ganesan, Shereen El Feki, & Timothy Liu

Days are short; nights are long and cold. We’re entering prime cozying-up season. (In other words: there’s a good reason so many babies are born in September.) Please join us for an evening of readings and talk about what really drives humankind and its literary documentarians: love, sex, and all… Read more

Book Bees

The Interdependent Self: A Reading & Conversation with Ruth Ozeki & Gish Jen

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 7:00pm Asian American Writers’ Workshop 112 W 27th Street, 6th floor New York, NY 10001   How do you make sense of something that’s always shifting? Identity and self-definition are perpetually in flux — writer/reader, past/future, fiction/reality, linear/cyclical, maker/made are treated as dichotomies, but these writers… Read more

Mouth-to-Mouth Open Mic with An Rong Xu & Ed Lin

It’s time to bring your words and music-making talents to the stage again. Our Mouth-to-Mouth Open Mic series is back for its best season yet! Polish off the skeletons in the family closet and bring your poems/fiction/songs/comedy on the theme of ANCESTORS. Veteran open mic host Ed Lin will master the ceremonies, and special… Read more

NYWC’s 9th Annual Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival on August 24!

Killer stoop sales, the Brooklyn Flea, and the saucy return of Habana Outpost are Fort Greene staples come summertime. But when it comes to a community tradition in this ever-changing neighborhood that readers and writers from all generations flock to, there’s very little that matches the power of NYWC’s Fort… Read more

Family Bees

NewBee Daddy: I’m not that guy!!!

My wife is due in a couple of weeks (HALLOWEEN) and nesting is in full effect.  I mentioned nesting in a previous post, a couple of months ago…

We’ve spent the past couple of weeks putting in new windows, painting, and various other projects to get the apartment ready for the baby.

Thing is, I’m not the guy that did ANY of that.  Although I did spend today putting up blinds and acted as apprentice to my father-in-law when he painted the bedroom.

Does that make me a bad father to be?

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A Little Bee Told Me.. about a New York Kids Club event

Now that I’m going to be a new dad soon, I pay close attention to children events, especially ones that have discounts!
Click  here  for  full event from Groupon

Whereas 20th-century children were easily kept occupied with discussions on the Young-Helmholtz theory on trichromatic color vision, modern moppets require a more substantive entertainment. Keep kids engaged with ease with today’s Groupon to the “Friday Fun for Everyone” event or the “Pajama Party” event from the New York Kids Club. This Groupon is valid for redemption at all six of its locations. Choose from three options:

For $20, you get admission for one child to a Friday Fun for Everyone or Pajama Party event (a $40 value).
For $30, you get admission for two children to a Friday Fun for Everyone or Pajama Party event (a $60 value).
For $40, you get admission for three children to a Friday Fun for Everyone or Pajama Party event (an $80 value).

The New York Kids Club provides Big Apple families with enriching entertainment for both the young and the young-at-heart. On Friday night, the club holds its week-wrapping-up events—Friday Fun for Everyone or Pajama Party:

The Friday Fun for Everyone event, held every other Friday from 3:30–5:30 p.m., rings in the weekend with supervised playtime for kids on the club’s state-of-the-art gym and play space. While kids’ teeth explore circumferential mathematics with a pizza dinner, parents can socialize and share mining tips over beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres.
The Pajama Party, held every other Friday from 6–8 p.m., invites juniors to throw on jammies and enjoy a themed night of gym play, art, storytelling, games, dinner, and more, giving parents a chance to go out on the town and share an evening together. Upcoming themes for the Pajama Party include “Animal Planet,” “Carnival in Brazil,” and “Under the Sea.” Regardless of theme, all Pajama Parties end with a disco dance party, just as any good gathering, be it social or funereal in nature, should. Read more

Race, Page & Stage: A Youth Workshop Intensive

Race, Page, & Stage: A Youth Theater Intensive is a free weekend scene-writing and improvisational theater workshop for youth ages 15-18, exploring the theme of interracial dating and relating. Date & Time: Friday, Nov. 15, 5 pm – 7 pm; Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 am – 2 pm; Sunday, Nov.… Read more

Social Bees

The Interdependent Self: A Reading & Conversation with Ruth Ozeki & Gish Jen

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 7:00pm Asian American Writers’ Workshop 112 W 27th Street, 6th floor New York, NY 10001   How do you make sense of something that’s always shifting? Identity and self-definition are perpetually in flux — writer/reader, past/future, fiction/reality, linear/cyclical, maker/made are treated as dichotomies, but these writers… Read more

What 8th Street Has Bee-come: Former Shoe Street, Now Eat Street

It’s been a while (2007) since my last contribution a few years ago and much has changed on my favorite street in my hood or “hive”. I live right off 8th Street, between 5th & 6th Ave (once known for all the shoe stores that formerly occupied this street), where… Read more

Cool in the Code – neighborbeeBLOG!

Wouldn’t it be cool if you had a friend who always knew what to order at that new French place, which movies are worth the 12 bucks, or what’s happening on any given night of the week? Well, the neighborbee blog wants to be that friend. Read more

Healthy Bees

BE STRONG: BUZZING ABOUT YOUR ZZZ’S

By Irene Ross Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP is a NYC-based Health Coach.  For more information, and to sign up for her newsletter, visit: www.irenefross.com. Admittedly, when you live in an urban jungle like New York City, it can be difficult to get adequate sleep. We’re constantly assaulted by sirens and… Read more

A Little Bee Told Me . . . about an Urban Hike on The Upper West Side

  This article is from David Tacheny, founder of Performance Athletics, which is located on the Upper West Side. When I began riding and racing bicycles I quickly discovered that, being a skinny little thing, I was going to have to learn to accelerate going up hills and find shelter… Read more

dish buzz: carb-based delights at tartinery

Lara also is founder and editor of Grits in the City Tartinery – Preparing Tartines at Shecky’s Toasts & Tastings Recently I went with some girlfriends to tryTartinery, a restaurant I had been curious about since sampling their tartines at the Shecky’s Toasts and Tastings event a few weeks prior. They were also… Read more

Media Buzz

The Interdependent Self: A Reading & Conversation with Ruth Ozeki & Gish Jen

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 7:00pm Asian American Writers’ Workshop 112 W 27th Street, 6th floor New York, NY 10001   How do you make sense of something that’s always shifting? Identity and self-definition are perpetually in flux — writer/reader, past/future, fiction/reality, linear/cyclical, maker/made are treated as dichotomies, but these writers… Read more

NY Media Swarm: Hello, Twitter!

Hello my fellow neighborbee’s!  I am excited to introduce you to my new column the NY Media Swarm.  My goal is to help you bee in the know while focusing on the media swarm that is New York. Working in the media industry for the last several years has made me a culture fiend and inclined to all things media. So get ready for highlights, scoops, and gossip on what’s going on in the media world. Since media is so intertwined with culture, I will at times also feature notable music, art, and food events throughout the city.  Hope you enjoy!  (2009)

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Sex, Love, and Scandal: A Reading & Conversation with Indira Ganesan, Shereen El Feki, & Timothy Liu

Days are short; nights are long and cold. We’re entering prime cozying-up season. (In other words: there’s a good reason so many babies are born in September.) Please join us for an evening of readings and talk about what really drives humankind and its literary documentarians: love, sex, and all… Read more

Worker Bees

a little bee told me about…Open House Weekend throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan

The selection of top-notch developments will offer something for everyone, from studios to four bedrooms, townhomes and lofts, high-end amenities, private outdoor space, FHA financing, immediate occupancy and more. Mortgage brokers will be on site at several developments as well.  Open houses at all developments will run from 12 PM… Read more

Buzzin’ Around NYC w/ Adam: A Close Shave

From 2000 – 2010, I’ve had my hair cut in one place: Astor Place Hairstylists. You descend the stairs into the basement of a building at 2 Astor Place, you tell the guy at the front desk you want a haircut, he looks around the large room for an open… Read more

50 Signs you’re a Bad Neighbor

This is a great article that was sent to us by changeofaddress.org, which is a unique organization that helps the American public with the challenges of changing an address.  Click here to learn more about them.

We all have neighbors that we could really do without, right?  You know the people that I am talking about…  It might however surprise you that to someone else YOU are one of those people that they just can’t stand to have as a neighbor.  So, you might be wondering how you know if you are one such person.  Funny you should ask as I find myself in the same predicament.  So, after a bit of soul searching and digging in my memory I came up with the following 50 signs that you are a bad neighbor:

Pets – Nobody has an issue with you having a cat or dog, usually if something comes up it is more how you are taking care of the pet or not that becomes an issue like:

You let your dog out of the house late at night or early in the morning and they bark a lot (and loudly).
You let your dog out and don’t quickly let them back in so they scratch and scratch at your door (while barking loudly).
You let your dog go to the bathroom in your yard and don’t clean up (so your yard is a mine field).
You walk your pet but don’t keep them on a leash.
You let your dog or cat roam the neighborhood (because “everyone loves them”).
Your dog has a problem with biting yet you tie them up outside your home for extended time periods.
You let your dog dig holes in your yard making it less than attractive which reflects on the neighborhood.
Your dog is outside so much the grass is worn down from their chain dragging back and forth as they run and bark at people passing by.
You don’t clean up after your dog when they go to the bathroom in your neighbor’s yard.
You let your cat or dog fight with other pets in the neighborhood.

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