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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
It is sometimes odd to me these days that so much has finally come to light about what we now call "Going Green."  Or, to be more precise as in Bau Biology, "Going BEYOND Green."  I actually knew nothing at all about this subject back in 1996 and there in our course guide were days of courses taught by an expert in the Field of Bau-Biology by a woman called Carol Cannon.Wait, hold on, I thought Feng Shui was about Energy, Furniture placement, Mindfulness...where did THIS come in?  Yet over the years it has helped many of my clients tremendously to have knowledge of "Natural, Healthy Buildings" particularly when they were remodeling.  This knowledge was and sometimes is more then they bargained for as well....the out gassing that occurs from rugs and mattresses, the VOC's and other toxin...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
It is often funny when your world gets smaller how very little you can get along without.  Your world narrows and you are thrilled just to be able to take a bath, some good hand cream and if you're really lucky, a wonderful IV nurse.  You get by with so little and you don't even miss it.  Janis Joplin:  Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose....Most of you already know I am the queen of clutter- LESSNESS.  Less is definitely more around here!  Or so I thought.  Then I can't imagine that in the few days that I've been home I have been cleaning out and up; things that could be sold are just being donated, things I thought I had a particular attachment to I find that I wouldn't miss at all.  Goodwill and several other charities are doing quite well these days.I've had Feng Sh...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
I think often of the word "Destiny."  I sometimes wonder how much is really ‘written in the stars for you' and how much free will we have over each and every decision.  I believe we can always change the course we are on, but should we?  Are some things absolutely MEANT to happen?  And shouldn't we allow them to occur? If you know me at All you know I don't believe in coincidences or accidents.  Funny thing is, I never really did; this did not come after some revelation in my life, it was rather just the way I believed things to be. Many years ago while in my very first job as a shampoo assistant in an upscale salon, the BUZZ was all about an Astrologer coming in to get her hair done.  This was my first introduction to Western Astrology and it was certainly an event there.  I met a woma...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
A pictureless post for obvious reasons about a Feng Shui Consultation in New York City...with a MESSAGE.I have read enough and learned enough about some people that are glued to almost every single item they own.  They have clothes for years because it might "some day" fit them again, stacks and stacks of paperwork they no longer need, items of every sort that they have accumulated over the years and have never been able to part with.I can see through clutter and give my clients specific ideas on how to begin to tackle it; for those that truly "hoard" I know the issues run much deeper then the objects all around them.  I always ask my clients not to do anything differently on the day we are having a Feng Shui Consultation.  I want to see the home the way they actually LIVE in it, not wh...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
That little Yoda was a WISE one.  I believe he might have meant to Say "May the Energy be With You" or isn't that EXACTLY what he WAS saying.Gary Woltal recently wrote a post that struck a nerve with me.  If you haven't seen it, it's here:  Other beauty INSIDE a home   As a Feng Shui Consultant, we find the beauty and help bring it out.When I wrote my post about Feng Shui Eyes, FENG SHUI EYES by Feng Shui Long Island, New York City  it is about learning to see a space, whether it be a home, business, apartment, a studio or even a corporation from different perspectives.  I can always see so MUCH potential in homes, even when they are badly in need of work or upgrades.  As Feng Shui Consultants not only do WE see that way but when we are going over a client's space with them and the chan...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
After the snowstorm this week and the driving rain tonight, I am glad to be getting back to warmer thoughts.  My "Spring Like" day in New York City.  (Sorry, we are FAR from over; this was one long, beautiful day).  Besides, I love to show New York City-as seen from a Feng Shui Consultant's eyes.Here are more pictures of that day and some stories that go with them.  If you missed Part One, you can see those photos:  A New York City Day--Take a Walk with Feng Shui Long Island   or this one:  A Feng Shui Consultant in Central Park, New York by Feng Shui Long Island   We were just about to leave Central Park; or so we thought.  Every time I went to leave something else caught my eye.  The camera was put to good use that day!A Rabbit...These are behind Tavern on the Green. More of the Topia...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
 Many people have asked for more information about what we call "The Tradition of the Red Envelopes" as it relates to Feng Shui.  Here's my disclaimer, right at the beginning:  I can only tell you the way I personally practice the tradition, which is exactly as I was taught in 1996.  I know it is done differently now but I have never changed the way I was originally taught because it is what feels RIGHT to ME.  We know that the Chinese and some other cultures consider RED an Auspicious Color.  Giving money in these envelopes is considered to bring good fortune to both the giver and the receiver.  They are often times give at birthdays, anniversaries, during the Chinese New Year and at weddings (when they often carry the symbol for "Double Happiness).They are used in Feng Shui as an Ener...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
I believe in the power of words.  I believe every single thing you write that is posted on the Internet represents you.  I have many of my thoughts and ideas through articles and blogs on the Art of Feng Shui and my beliefs about it as I have been posting for years.I also believe people can either connect with you through your words or realize that you are not the person for them.  Oftentimes something just strikes a NERVE with something you write and a potential client finds it and feels compelled to call you to discuss the possibility of working with you.And so it was for me recently from an article I had posted a year or two ago.  I received a call from California from a woman who said she found me on the Internet and loved what I'd written. One article led her to look for others and...
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By Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
(Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island)
Growing up on Long Island, my parents very rarely went into New York City; I can remember them taking me to Radio City Music Hall and The Old Ed Sullivan Theatre-and that's about all.  It wasn't until I was 17 and dating someone who lived in Queens that I got "introduced" to the City.When I wrote my last post about Central Park I was able to give you the history of the Park and how it came to be including the contest to design it, the architects and landscapers and when it officially opened.  Back to Nature--Central Park in New York City! by Feng Shui Long Island   As I reflect back into the early to mid Eighties when I spent a considerable amount of time there, it was a completely different New York!Union Square was a place to stay away from; it was often dirty and I had a feeling of b...
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
Earlier today, I found myself in front of an old favorite haunt, FAO Schwartz, in search of a baby present for a favorite client's first grandchild.  So I went inside and began my exploration.  My needs were simple.  I was looking for something nice, cuddly and made someplace other than China.  Now Schwarz is not K-Mart, where you expect to find low budget Chinese imports.  This is a high end toy store where a doll house sells for the equivalent of about a month's mortgage payment on a starter home.  Just inside the front door, I found some fabulous stuffed toys.  They are famous for almost life-sized polar bears, unicorns, and the most adorable bunny rabbits I've ever seen! The bunnies were a definite possibility.  I mean, look at these guys!  They raise adorable to an art form!  But t...
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
As I was walking down Park Avenue the other day, I reached the intersection with East 49th Street of was literally pulled through a revolving door by some unknown force!  While I lived in New York for over 10 years, I had never set foot inside of this amazing city landmark, and when I finally walked in, there was a sense of being back in the 1930’s, soon after the place opened its doors.The original hotel, built in in 1893    stood on the site of today’s Empire State Building.  And that could be a blog all of its own, with a fascinating family feud involving the Astors, one of America’s wealthiest families.This “new” art deco classic was designed by Leonard Schultze and S. Fullerton Weaver, opened its doors in 1931.  At over 40 stories in height, it was the world’s largest hotel.  And s...
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By Mitchell J Hall, Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn
New residents in New York City may be overwhelmed by the vast array of public services and municipal structure that they find upon arrival. The following information is a general guide for new New Yorkers who are trying to get settled. Driver's licenses For on-line instructions visit http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/. To register a vehicle for the first time or change registration Bring the following to your local Motor Vehicle office: Completed registration/title application Proof of ownership Proof of insurance in the registrant's name Proof of inspection Sales tax clearance Proof of registrant's name and date of birth If the registrant is not the owner of the vehicle, registration authorization from the owner together with proof of the owner's name and date of birth If the vehicle was pu...
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By Ross Ellis
(Halstead Property, LLC)
1. Plan ahead by organizing and budgeting. Develop a master "to do" list so you won't forget something critical. To estimate costs, get quotes from two or three reputable movers.2. Sort and get rid of things you no longer want or need. Have a garage sale, donate to a charity, or recycle.3. Don't throw out everything. If you're inclined to toss it, you're probably right. But one can go overboard in the heat of the moment. Ask yourself how frequently you use an item and how you'd feel if you no longer had it. That will eliminate regrets after your move.4. Pack like items together. Put toys with toys, kitchen utensils with kitchen utensils. Your life will be easier when it's time to unpack.5. Decide what, if anything, you plan to move yourself. Precious items such as family photos, valuabl...
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By Jesse Frank
(Citi-Spaces)
The Crosby Connection is a nice sandwich stand located by the intersection of Crosby and Bleecker St. (@ 172 Crosby St.)  The sandwiches are actually very good.  I was saddened to learn that their lease is almost up & it looks like they will be pushed into finding a new location.  If you want to support this working class shop please do the right thing and sign the petition.  Below is a mouth watering sandwich first.To be honest I found this article on Gothamist.  You should go through them for the links and full story.
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By Chris Campbell
(CD&C Business & Legal Form Processing Services, LLc)
Marketing your business should be done on a consistent basis even if your business is successful.  It is also encourage having several ways of marketing your business however; making sure to keep track of your marketing methods to determine which methods works best for your type of business.CD&C Business & Legal Form Processing Services, LLC is committed to advertising their website aggressively to your targeted clients/customers giving your Ads maximum exposure.CD&C is offering FREE Advertising for virtual professionals and independent contractors/freelancers on their online classifieds with a subscription to their free newsletter.To take advantage of this offer subscribe to CD&C free newsletter then email the following information to be listed on their classifieds.•·        Your full ...
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While a child is growing he is also developing his psychology and character, parents need to encourage their child to develop self motivation at an early age so he can achieve his goals in life and acquire a personality that will never give up.
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By Sal Poliandro - Helping People Win, Broker Associate
(RE/MAX Properties)
This past weekend talks came to an abrupt halt after negotiators were unable to reach a middle ground.  This means no Broadway shows through November 25th...prime Thanksgiving holiday travel.  Many families will be very disappointed this holiday season when they visit the city in hopes of seeing a Broadway play.  I hope that they can come to an agreement soon so visiting families won't miss out on the magic that is Broadway.
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
      Washington, DC where I live,  and New York City, where I am visiting, have something important in common.  Both have beautiful urban oases designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The topography of Central Park was carved out by the glaciers that covered the area during the Ice Age.  The Park has outcroppings all over the place.  The one in the picture on the right was a favorite of mine when I lived in the city.  I worked at Rockefeller Plaza, and i would often bring my lunch and a book to this rock to get away from it all. Then, there is the Wollman ice rink, a favorite movie and TV set for skating scenes. At the southern end of Central Park, There is the beautiful reservoir that is home to a population of huge carp. Central Park was planned to begin at 59th Street (now called Central...
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By Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital
(RLAH Real Estate)
Yesterday, the sun came out, and we took a walk up 5th Avenue to a favorite old haunt of mine, the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  When I lived here, my fifth floor walk-up apartment was in a run-down brownstone around the corner, and I visited the place often. The Met is an amazing place, with the Rembrandts, Goyas, Miros and paintings that you would have to spend days to really see and appreciate.  There is also an impressive collection of Egyptian art and sculpture, Greek and Roman, Renaissance and Baroque - then you get to the home decor and fashion sections, and you gotta go "Wow!"  But there is one section of the Met that is an absolute must if you ever visit New York with a child.  Since I went with a big kid, we had to stop by the hall with all of the medieval armour. It's a whole ...
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By Scott Slocum, Scott Slocum & Associates 239-222-4800, Cape Coral
(Florida Future Realty Inc.)
It seems to be a common thread my generation to ask "Where were you on September 11th, 2001?" For generations such as my parents and their parents it used to be "Where were you the day that JFK was shot?" or "Where were you when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor?" Some people these days feel that we should just brush the "dust" of 9/11 under the rug and quickly move on as if nothing had ever happened.  Maybe it's because the wounds are still just too surreal even though it's been almost 6 years since that beautiful September day on the southern tip of Manhattan.  I've heard people say "Oh just move on already." I happen to live by a different motto "NEVER FORGET."  But just in case you have forgotten click here and view this very eye opening account of the events in still images repres...
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