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Consider These 3 Things Before Getting a Tattoo



One of the most exciting things you can do is get a tattoo that you absolutely love. Yes, it may seem kind of weird to categorize this as ‘exciting’, truth be told though – if you get a tattoo you love, very little compares with it. The entire process of getting a tattoo is something that is addicting, and one of the beautiful things about the world of tattoos is that it is diverse, colorful, and full of stories. 

Some people get deeply meaningful tattoos, inspired by real-life experience and meticulously designed and painfully planned out over long extents of time. Others get a tattoo as a form of self-love from time to time and there may not be any meaning past a design they thought was cool. Regardless of what kind of person you are or what kind of tattoo you are getting, be it planned or spontaneous, there are certain considerations you will be happy you took into account when it comes to getting new ink. 

Getting a tattoo is an awesome experience and brings a whole new level of self-realization and expression to your personhood, but they are also permanent. While there is very little that can compare with an awesome tattoo that you are proud of – the same goes for one you may regret. Tattoos are expensive, time-consuming, painful to get, and even more painful to remove.

So, whether you are adding to the existing collection of tats, or you are getting your very first one, here are three things to consider before getting a tattoo! 

1: There’s No Going Back

The first thing to really take into consideration is that tattoos are permanent. Now, if you are a spontaneous person who values memories made with friends and family on the fly – you probably won’t be too phased by this. A tattoo can be a monument to your spontaneous nature, and if it’s a design you absolutely love, then you can proudly display this part of your personality on your skin.

That being said, no one ever regretted, even in the most spontaneous situations, taking a little bit of time to really think through it. There are a lot of things to think about, and one of them is that you will age. The permanence of a tattoo means that it will grow old with you. With the right tattoo, this is an exciting element of getting fresh ink because it’s something you can be proud of for decades to come. With the wrong tattoo and placement, you may be at peace with it in your twenties, but what about your forties or fifties? 

Take a little time to look at the longevity of your tattoo choice, because there is no going back! So get something you’ll love for years to come! 

2: Tattoos Are Painful

This probably goes without saying, however, if you are a first-timer then you need to know – tattoos are painful! Not only are they painful while you are under the needle, but they are also painful to heal. When you get a tattoo, you essentially have an open wound for a prolonged duration of time. While tattoos are considered to be safe and easy to heal from, you want to be sure you trust the establishment you get them from.

The process of getting a tattoo creates a risk of infection, and it’s important that the tattoo parlor of your choice is up to standard on cleanliness and uses sterile equipment. The placement of the tattoo will have a large bearing on how much pain you experience from your tattoo. Anywhere there is less flesh and more bone-to-skin contact will typically have a higher pain signature. So a hand, foot, or rib tattoo will hurt more than a thigh tattoo – however, they all have a decent amount of pain. 

Before getting your tattoo, consider using a numbing cream for tattoos. These kinds of creams are safe for your tattoo and have natural ingredients that help numb nerve endings in the applied region so that you don’t have to deal with the full force of the pain. Tattoo-numbing creams can be a huge benefit for anyone getting a tattoo in overly sensitive areas.

3: Consider Recovery

Recovery from a tattoo can take up to two weeks, and your body is sore and healing during that time. So planning out your recovery time is a crucial part of getting a tattoo responsibly. It’s not participating in activities like hiking, camping, or any kind of physical sporting event directly after getting a tattoo. Your tattoo will need adequate time to heal properly so that you can not only avoid infection but also maintain a good-looking tattoo! 

When it comes to getting a tattoo, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration, but none of these should hold you back from getting the ink you want. Getting a tattoo can be a wonderfully liberating and empowering experience. Not only is it addicting to get beautiful artwork inked on your body, but it’s a powerful and satisfying way of exhibiting self-expression.

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Food and Drink

White Wine for Summer Send Off




It is hard to believe that summer is officially wrapping up. But as days get shorter there is still plenty of time to toast the season in style with these favorite white wines.

Kenwood Vineyards Six Ridges Chardonnay 2019

This refreshing chardonnay crisp apple and crunchy peach flavors is electrifying and oh, so yummy! It brings out the feeling of velvet caressing you. This is simmply all of the best the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County has to offer.

Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc


Divinely balanced wine with zesty aromas and highlights of pink grapefruit, melon and gooseberry. It refreshing and perfectly sweet. Every sip will have you singing praises to the wonderful summer you just had.

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Beatles Brunch at City Winery Where Strawberry Fields Lives Forever



I was taken to City Winery by Eli Marcus for the Beatles Brunch with Strawberry Fields.
This show plays every Sunday with an unlimited brunch buffet that includes coffee, tea and juice, starting at noon. A bottomless brunch cocktail package is also available and children get in free. Here tourists mingle with New Yorkers, eating scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, dried out French toast, spicy potatoes with onions and peppers, perfectly done chicken, salad and fresh fruit. What is so nice, is that everyone seems happy to to be here, to see and hear the Fab Four.

Eli Marcus, Suzanna Bowling

The show starts off without fan fare. The lights dim and four men enter, not quite looking like the originals. Tony Garofalo (John Lennon), Billy J. Ray (Paul McCartney), Ira Siegel (George Harrison), and Michael Bellusci (Ringo Starr) and their costumes and wigs have seen better days. Then the music starts. You can watch one of our video’s here.

From the early hits like “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” “Ticket To Ride” “Eight Days A Week” and more the first act is nostalgia at it’s best. It was adorable to watch the audience, especially the young ones “Twist and Shout.”

After a break in came the Sergeant Pepper era, clothing and all. From that we got “Nowhere Man,” “My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “When I’m 64,” “Penny Lane” and songs that dig into your soul. They are done well and the Beatles live again. You can see our video here.

Then the later songs like “I Am The Walrus” and “Don’t Let Me Down” end a show that is almost two hour long of music, that is classic. I have to admit I wanted to hear “Blackbird” and “Norwegian Wood,” but what you get is a  well rounded assortment of those songs that shaped several era’s.

Billy J. Ray, Ira Siegel

Ira Siegel stands out with his guitar playing that is out of this world. I really loved all the songs he sang as well.

Michael Bellusci

Michael Bellusci, gives Ringo a run for his money on the drums.

Tony Garofalo

Tony Garofalo is the founder, creator and producer playing rhythm and lead guitar and singing lead vocals along with Alan LeBoeuf from the original Beatlemania playing bass guitar. Ray looks the most like the Beatle he is playing.

Alan LeBoeuf, Ira Siegel

Alan LeBoeuf, Ira Siegel

Alan LeBoeuf

Strawberry Fields has been covering The Beatles for over three decades. They used to have a residency at B.B. Kings, but these days their home base is City Winery and it is definitely a great way to spend a Sunday. All four are consummate musicians and obviously have a love for what they do and that rubs off on their audience.

For a souvenir up a City Winery Strawberry Fields Rose Wine and have it signed by the cast. With its is its strawberry pink color, you get a combination of kiwi, watermelon and the taste of strawberry that lingers.

City Winery is right next to Little Island, Chelsea Market, The Highline, the Meatpacking district, Chelsea, and West Village. Everything is nearby to make a perfect outing for the whole day and this is one brunch where you definitely get your money’s worth. Click HERE for tickets

Tickets are $65.45

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A Fun Night at Dave and Buster’s 42nd Street



Thank-you again to Eli Marcus and the staff of Dave and Buster’s, at 234 West 42nd Street.

Eli Marcus

Eli was sending the concierge’s to the show The Shark Is Broken.

The producers of The Shark Must Be Broken, Eli Marcus and the general manager of Dave and Buster’s

There were lots of new friends to be made such as Carol Mennie, Caroline Rosado from the Hilton, Dinnella Collado from the Washington Square Hotel, Benjamin Maddy from Dave and Buster’s and Maddie of Benjamin Steakhouse Prime


This destination for sports enthusiasts, foodies, and arcade offers space, fun and some fabulous happy hour deals.

All across the multiple screens were football, basketball, and hockey games from across the sporting world. At the sports bar an impressive selection of drinks, including craft beers, signature cocktails await. I sampled some their tasty bites and was impressed.


Pretzel Dogs

To sooth your inner child air hockey and arcade games are waiting to be played.

Margarita and I playing for Make A Wish

If you are looking for entertainment they have a legendary Trivia Night with fantastic prizes.

Double Pepperoni Flatbread


BBQ Chicken Flatbread

This is actually a great place to throw your holiday parties.

Fire-Grilled Atlantic Salmon

Boneless Wings

Chocolate- and caramel-filled churros with chocolate and salted caramel dipping sauces.

I am so glad the Mayor of Times Square invited me to his event.

Margarita Parlionas and Eli Marcus

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Book Reviews

We’re Here to Help – When Guardianship Goes Wrong



This happened to Britney Spares, as well as Frances Rappaport, Libra Max  and countless other loved ones who became victimized by a system that was supposed to protect them.
Diane Dimond uses compelling stories of real people, like Frances Rappaport, Libra Max and countless others to pull back the curtain on a guardianship system shrouded in secrecy, where power, greed and influence all too often intersect with devastating consequences.
 A powerful book.

-Kent Walz, attorney & journalist

Diane Dimond’s book on the scourge of abusive adult guardianships is coming out very soon. It only took her 8 long years of investigation and countless interviews with affected people to get to the bottom of this extremely flawed part of the justice system.

People who have lived through this nightmare knows first hand what this “protective” part of the court system can do to rip apart families. But because it’s such a secretive system few Americans realize that they – or someone they love – could be guardianized without warning. It’s not just Britney Spears – up to 2 million people currently live under guardianship/court control.

All it takes is for someone (a vindictive relative, a greedy business partner, a former lover, even a landlord) to file a guardianship petition with the court saying someone is not competent to care for themselves. The judge usually agrees – often without ever seeing the targeted person – and the guardianship is established. Judges routinely appoint a total stranger as guardian to make all life decisions for the new “ward of the court.” All their civil rights are stripped away and, suddenly, the person has no say in their own life –they can’t even hire their own lawyer to fight it. There are many more horrific aspects to this “justice” system and Ms. Dimond spells it all out in the book.

We’re Here to Help – When Guardianship Goes Wrong not only reveals the predatory nature of the system (which controls a collective $50 billion in ward’s money every year!) but also tells what to look out for. It provides a guide for readers to protect themselves and those they love.

Diane Dimond is the author of four books including the upcoming, “We’re Here to Help: When Guardianship Goes Wrong, published by Brandeis University Press, released Sept. 19, 2023


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Voices: Stars for Foster Kids



On September 18th at 7:00 PM at The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, Voices: Stars for Foster Kids a musical benefit for You Gotta Believe, a NYC organization specializing in helping older foster youth find permanent, loving families will take place. Hosted by SiriusXM’s Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, expect a plethora of Broadway stars and performers, who will come together to celebrate the power of love and family.

Performers include; Rosie Perez, Bellamy Young, Ta’ Nika Gibson, Charlotte d’Amboise and Terrence Mann, Sharon Catherine Brown, Griffin Matthews and Matt Gould, Krysta Rodriguez, Anika Larsen, Norm Lewis, Gracie McGraw, Patina Miller, Brenda Braxton

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