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Are you considering sprucing up your home and changing the inner décor? In addition, are you also thinking about changing the floors in your home?

When you invest in flooring of high quality, it will give you long-term benefits. They are able to add a sense of timeless elegance and simple beauty to any room they are installed in, and can be a wise decision if you are thinking about remodeling your home or buying a house. They are also capable of lasting for many years, so choosing the correct hardwood floor for your specific requirements is very important.

However, that does not mean they are inexpensive to maintain – they are particularly vulnerable to scratching, and excessive moisture levels can damage them extensively due to rotting. Before installing them in your home, there are some factors you need to consider to make sure you are making the best decision. Here are some of them.







Consider the interiors of your home

Before you decide on the kind of wood floor you want, it is important to think about the interiors of your house. T3hat also includes the furniture, such as your cabinets trim work, door casings, as well as numerous design elements that take into account the wood properties and its color. This will ensure the floor does not look out of place in your home.

A good example would be creating a modern aesthetic look by combining maple floors with modernized home settings. In another example, the use of darker wood such as hickory and oak together with lighter pieces will go very well to create a traditional setting.

If you are not sure on what to choose, an interior designer can assist you in making the right choices, but you can always come up with your own twist on things to give interesting outcomes.

The type of subfloor

All floors have subfloors, and this is an important consideration when you want to choose a hardwood floor aesthetic. You can decide on engineered floors or solid wood, depending on the result.

The most common types of subflooring is concrete slabs, particle boards, and plywood. The most versatile of these is plywood, as you can do both engineered and solid wood on it.

If your subfloor is of particle boarding, you will need to install plywood before adding engineered or solid wood afterwards. A subfloor of concrete slabs will require you to install plywood before installing a solid wood floor, but they work well with engineered wood. 








The sections that require installation of hardwood

Not all forms of hardwood floors dallas will not go well with every section in your house, so you need to think carefully about the area where you are installing them. for instance, engineered wood goes well for spaces below the ground level such as basements, and you must avoid using solid wood in these areas.

The main reason forthis is that solid wood does not do very well in areas below ground level, as the rise of moisture from beneath the ground will lead to serious problems.

Finishing and staining choices

There is a reason why they are popular – they are very beautiful when they are in their natural form. The problem is when they begin to stain, something that inevitably happens as they continue staying in your home. Stains will change the color of the wood, and the grain patterns of the wood start to appear.

It is important to maintain them by polishing them using various finishes, as this will reduce the chances of the floor becoming dirty and reducing the aesthetic appeal of the wood. You can apply finishes to all kinds of hardwood floors, so the ultimate choice you make will depend on your style preferences.

Your lifestyle

It is additionally important to consider the impact of wear and tear on the floor when you choose it. For instance, if your home is the center for most parties, or you have pets in your house, then you need to choose a species of wood that is hardy and resistant to scratches. For cases such as these, the best choice you can make is red oak wood, as it is reasonable in terms of pricing and hard enough to withstand most damages.

Putting the cost into account

The overall cost of hardwood floors is a combination of the initial installation cost, as well as the cost of maintaining the floor. This will also depend on the number of years you plan to stay there.

It is important to think about whether you want to refurbish the floor during the time period you will stay there, and the chances of you replacing your furniture with options that suit the floor best. In addition, you need to also think about the costs of removing and disposing the old floor, as well as establishing whether it is included with installing the new floor.

The species you will use

There are several species of trees that are usedto make hardwood floors, and they all have their own unique characteristics, patterns in their grains, as well as other variations that make them unique. In case you need guidance on that, you can check the American Hardwood Information center, where the differences between different woods are explained in depth. This will help you to make a correct decision based on your needs.







The scope of natural daylight

You may not think much of it when you are selecting your flooring, but it is good to consider the impact of natural lighting, as well as using the colors of your walls to create harmony with the flooring.

When they are out of sync with each other, the end result will fail to look pleasing, so this is an important factor to consider as it will spoil or enhance the overall look. If the house has several windows that let in a lot of natural light, consider using darker floors to create contrast, and vice versa.

Final thoughts

It is important to choose a hardwood floor that suits your needs. It may seem complicated, but when the floor looks good, as well as being durable, it will give you a lot of satisfaction knowing you made the right choice.

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The Pepsi 125 Diner



In celebrating its 125th birthday, Pepsi is opening a unique pop-up restaurant for a limited time in NYC.

The Pepsi 125 Diner will open at a location in Midtown Manhattan TBA on October 19 and remain open until October 25. The secret entrance promises to be “instagram worthy.” The Pepsi themed American diner will serve timeless diner inspired dishes alongside a vast selection of Pepsi inspired offerings.

This fascinating immersive journey will have you traveling back in time through every era of Pepsi and get a glimpse into the future! A 3-course meal will consist of delectable diner classics with an innovative Pepsi twist. Specially crafted cocktails and mocktails will also be available. This experience states it goes beyond food and drink but brings together the connection between Pepsi and the world of pop music and culture through spectacular performances and rare memorabilia.

The diner is open to all ages with a duration time of approximately two hours. Ticket prices are set to start at $50, this will include appetizer, entree, dessert, and unlimited Pepsi soft drinks.

Tickets went on sale to the public and were snatched up ASAP, however there is a waitlist at

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Indigenous Climate Warriors in Times Square



(Photo by Honor the Earth)

On Tuesday September 19, 2023, the Indigenous peoples took to the frontlines of the climate crisis on Turtle Island and took over Times Square painting a giant mural with the message, “No Green Colonialism; Land Back NOW!”

This mural came the day before the UN Climate Ambition Summit, where world leaders are expected to come together and make decisions around the climate crisis.

The Indigenous communities are organizing to push back on the Biden Administration’s push toward solutions to the climate crisis that threaten the lives of Indigenous people across Turtle Island, which they call “Green Colonialism.” “For too long, Native lands and communities have borne the brunt of harm from mining and other extractive industries. As the federal government moves to support clean energy development, this cannot come at the expense of clean water or Indigenous rights. This familiar assault on Native lands and communities is another wave of colonialism, and we will not stand by and allow our lands to be sacrificed,” Krystal Two Bulls,  executive director of the national Indigenous organization Honor the Earth said in a press release.

The mining projects violate treaty rights and threaten clean water and land in places such as Thacker Pass, Oak Flat , and the Talon-Tamarak mine near the Mississippi headwaters.

We should all be fighting this fight!


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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 Michaela Paratore of Benjamin Steakhouse Prime

Michaela Paratore

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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