ARCHIVE FOR June, 2013

I’m Mike D and I Get Respect1

Posted by Deirdre // 06-18-2013

 

If you have not seen Mike D’s gah-orgeous house in Cobble Hill, that was featured in the NY Times yet, prepare ye self.

Lots of blogs and media outlets picked it up. And there was some back lash about the bougie-ness, especially on twitter. Whatevs. He’s earned it. And this is kind of what brownstone Brooklyn has become, right?

If this were ours would it have legos and school papers all over the place?

If this were ours would it have legos and school papers all over the place?

 

Live Your Dream4

Posted by Deirdre // 06-11-2013

 

There was an ad for this General Store in Edible Brooklyn that made my heart skip a beat. The ad was not inviting shoppers to come and purchase their sweet Delaware Valley wares, but to buy the store. It reads, “Have you ever sat in your Manhattan cubicle and fantasized about getting out of the rat race, but didn’t know how? Well, now you can”. Gulp. Who’s in?

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Forbes Odd “Best Cities for Raising A Family”8

Posted by Deirdre // 06-06-2013

 

Always variable, and as they say “come down to personal tastes and preferences,” but these things are fun to read. This year #2 is my mother’s home town of Boise, Idaho! A beautiful place and cool, progressive small city, believe it or not. Other top 10 – Grand Rapids, MI at #1, Provo, Utah at #3 (yeah, you and Alan Stanwych – didn’t this guy see Fletch?) and  Raleigh, NC at #5. Ok, I get Raleigh but seriously– close to home, there’s Poughkeepsie at #6 (?!) and Worcester, MA at #10 (according to my husband, “the East Coast Meth capital?!”). Note Provo isn’t the only city in Utah in the top 10, and Ohio also shows up twice. Seems kind of strange, no?

The beautiful Boise River, which runs right through the city

Here are their criteria:

“We looked at the 100 largest MSA’s in the United States, ranking each in seven categories: median income, overall cost of living, housing affordability (what pct. of the market is affordable to a family at the median income), commuting delays, percentage of families owning homes, crime rate and education quality (mainly test scores).”

So you may want to look a bit further into the schools, if their basis is mostly test scores – it may not be exactly the kind of education you’re looking for, but who knows!

My favorite part is the writer’s assessment of life in NYC, which if I had to guess, is not his cup of watered-down tea (and Chicago, where people often party with the stars I’m told), “If you’re looking to chase a fortune, party with the stars and feel the energy of millions, go to New York or Chicago”. Yep, that sums up my life. “But if you’re happy with a solid job that lets you get home in time to see the kids, and where the value of your house isn’t likely to crumble tomorrow, the small-city life is tough to beat.”

Thoughts on this?