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4 Things I Learned in Europe

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 11:00 am

I’m back! I bet you guys didn’t even notice I was gone. My birthday was last week and I was lucky enough to be able to travel to Paris and Rome with my mom.

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I debated on whether or not I should write about this trip. I’ve been talking on and off with someone I know about traveling to Europe and figured maybe I should turn this into a post on tips for traveling to France/Rome. So, here are 4 things I learned on my first trip to Europe!

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Tasting: Milk River Cafe

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 9:07 am

I was invited out by my friend Raeshon to see his band play at a tasting for a new restaurant on Atlantic Avenue this past Tuesday. As usual, I was glad to see RGK2 play but I was really happy about being able to try out a new restaurant in my neighborhood. So, my mom and I walked the few blocks over to try out Milk River.

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The head chef and co-owner, La-Niece Lyew has also worked at Umi Nom (which is across the street from my house) and Mercer Kitchen (fancy!).

Milk River Cafe
960 Atlantic Avenue
btwn Grand and Washington Ave
Brooklyn, New York

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Low-Income Mercedes House Apartments

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Although I’ll probably be living in the apartment I’m in now for the next 10 years (unless I have kids before then), I periodically check the NYC housing lotteries to see what’s out there. On NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) website, advertisements for different places in the five boroughs are listed, sometimes including apartments in new, luxury buildings.

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One of those listings now includes availabile apartments at Mercedes House on West 53rd/54th Street and 10th Avenue.

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Available apartments now range from $3,450 for a one-bedroom to $4,450 for a two-bedroom. Through HPD’s 80/20 program, 20% of the apartments in the building are designated for low-income residents. Although the 20% will be paying considerably less than the 80% in rent, they have access to all the same amenities.

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National Bicycle Day

Friday, April 19th, 2013 at 11:00 am

I was going to buy a bike last summer but then I bought a car, and now, bikers annoy scare me. Still, it doesn’t seem like they’ll be leaving NYC’s streets anytime soon. About a week ago, I noticed that, not one but two of DOT’s new CitiBike stations were installed on my block.

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In honor of National Bicycle Day, I ask this:

People in Bensonhurst, Brownsville, Far Rockaway, and South Jamaica (a.k.a. the ungentrified neighborhoods) don’t like to ride bikes?

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AssataSAYS.com Refreshed

Monday, April 15th, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Since this blogs inception in 2007, it’s been a better reflection of me than any mirror ever could be. Over the last 6 years (OMG! It’s been 6 years!!) I’ve covered most things important to me from fashion, music, food, celebrity gossip, and everything in between. I covered my college graduation, the move out of my mom’s house into my first apartment, and the birth of my Godson Shawn.

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Whenever there’s been a major turning point in my life, it’s been chronicled here either through series of posts or, lack thereof.

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Well, more changes have been happening and AssataSAYS.com has gotten an update! See the new picture?

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Instagram Album

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 at 11:56 am

Last week I was scrolling though all of the pics I posted on Instagram in the last 6 months and noticed there were some that I’d like to hold on to. A few days later, I got a notification through my Walgreen’s app that they will allow you to print your photos straight from Instagram. Talk about good timing.

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I figured I’d wait to print the pictures until I found an album to store them in, like the one above. This custom wood album has 10 pages and each holds up to 18 photos. That’s perfect. The album is $108.47 on Etsy. Not so perfect. I’m still on the hunt for a nice, inexpensive album to store my photos in.

Any ideas? Leave me a comment :)

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Welcome, Spring 2013!

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 at 9:00 am

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I feel blessed to see long days again. My fingers are crossed that the warm weather isn’t too far away.

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Barclay’s is Hiring

Friday, June 8th, 2012 at 9:53 am

I’m no longer excited about the stupid Barclay stadium. I’m an… “old Brooklyn” girl and have been driving for the past couple of weeks so all of the annoying, new traffic changes have been such a nuisance. That, combined with what I know of Bruce Ratner, how bad the Nets actually play, and all of the other changes that are happening have killed my enthusiasm for what may be my neighborhoods biggest headache.

It’s nice to know that something good may come of it though. Prospect Heights’ Patch.com page annouced today that the Barclay Center has opened up a new site for people to register for jobs at the center. Brooklyn’s NYCHA (public housing) residents and residents of certain community boards will have first priority over other applicatns.

For more info, visit BrooklynBarclaysCenterJobs.com. If you don’t need the information, still, pass it on. Someone will.

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Orange-Pecan Salmon

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

The third dish I made also included fish (which has been reoccuring thus far). Salmon is something that I eat a lot of anyway but I’ve never made it like this before. This recipe will probably be my favorite for a long time.

Orange-Pecan Salmon

Prep Time: 10 min. + Marinating
Bake: 20 min
Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup orange marmalade
1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 salmon fillets

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Tameeka’s in the New York Times!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 at 11:19 am

My best friend of… years and years’ sister, Tameeka Ford-Norville, was interviewed for the New York Times blog yesterday! Although I’m excited to see a familiar face online, it’s under sad circumstances.

Tameeka runs 8 different after school programs in Manhattan and Brooklyn, but particularly in the Ingersoll Housing Porjects in Fort Greene. The day of the interview, she received a call that yet another young man, one building over was murdered. Killings of this nature are a harsh reality for Tameeka who lost her brother to gun violence in 2006.

To read more about the great work that she’s doing and how your asshole of a mayor is trying to cut her funding, click here.

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