Jeanne’s Guide To: Dining Out – Part I

Jeanne’s Guide To: Dining Out

Glenn isn’t the only one who knows a thing or two about a thing or two. My 10+ years in the service industry has given me an insider’s view of the world of dining out, and I’m hear to spread the wealth!
In honor of NYC’s first restaurant week of the year I’m starting a month-long series on how to maximize your dining experience, not act like a rube, and learn to eat-out like a pro.

Hit the jump for Jeanne’s genius!

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Jeanne Says…Read Free Local Papers!

Jeanne Says…Read Free Local Papers!


Read free local papers! Support print media! Who doesn’t like free shit?

I’ve been an avid reader of free, local periodicals for as long as I can remember and now it’s time for all of you to discover this interesting, informative and entertaining world. Living in New York there’s something for everyone and even after being here for years I still discover new papers all the time ( What up, THUNK illustrated paper!) and am a staunch follower of many ( L magazine, The Village Voice). It’s a great way to stay informed about local politics and events, and ups your intelligence stock a few points (The Long Island Press has a section called ‘How to Sound Smart at a Party) and gets you reading some news that’s not coming at you via a shiny screen.


There’s many categories of free newspapers out there. You have your dailies, weeklies,monthlies and quarterlies. You have papers based on location, interest, culture (including language) or profession. Every city has its own version of The AM and Metro. Some are ‘alternative’ or ‘independent’. Some are propaganda ( yeah I’m talkin’ to you Awake! ) and some are farce ( The Onion! Love it!). There’s papers about beer (Ale Times), soccer (Goal Times), holistic medicine (Inspiration) and they’re placed in places where their demographic can find them. So next time you’re exiting a shop and you see a pile of papers on the way out, pick one up and check it out!


Free newspapers are the gift that keeps on giving. They’re filled with deals and specials and if its a demographic-specific paper you’re reading, it’ll be for stuff relating to that field. The events you find from newspapers that you’d miss out on-how do you think I found out Lincoln Center was screening Christoper Nolan movies or about a Church uptown that’s got a Labyrinth you can walk through for Free Wed nights and Sunday afternoons? Plus crossword puzzles, Sudoku, ken-ken, sometimes a word search or a code puzzle. Lots of fun things to keep you occupied on the train AND help stimulate the noggin’!

Voice distributor

In addition to you winning out, supporting local papers is a de-facto good deed. You’re supporting local artist, writers, photographers, businesses and journalists. You’ll get to know your local representatives and become an informed citizen of local laws and issues. When visiting another city you can swipe a paper, seem like a local and find fun places to go and things to do. Now, say this aloud ‘I read about it online’. Eww, gross, lame. Now try this on for size; ‘ I was reading the paper and….’. Nice, right? Or this one, ‘In this week’s _____, there’s an article about ______’ Feels good, don’t it?


So next time you’re leaving a store and see a pile or there’s a dispenser out on the sidewalk or a rack by the train, grab a free paper and give it a read. Why?


‘Cause Jeanne says so.

Newspaper Fun Facts:

newspaper reader

Herald Square got its name because the offices of The New York Herald were located there, same for Times Square/The New York Times
The Village Voice
88% of newspapers are recycled, commonly into more newsprint
Every newspaper is made up of about 30% recycled content
The first modern newspapers were made in western Europe-
Belgium- Nieuwe Tijdingen- 1616
France- Gazette- 1631
England- The London Gazette- 1665

The New<br /><br /><br />
England Courant

The first Newspaper in the US (before it was the US) was The New England Courant in 1838 by ‘The Hell-Fire Club’ and was founded by Ben Franklin’s older brother James
The Spectator, considered to be the first satirical paper, was published in London in 1828 and is still published today
The Village Voice was founded in Greenwich Village in 1955 and became free of charge (in the 5 boroughs only) in 1996 and has a circulation of about 180,000
The most circulated newspaper in the US in ‘The Wall Street’ Journal at 2.1 million
The most circulated English paper is ‘The India Times’ at 2.14 million copies/day
For Nick!
The record daily circulation of a newspaper is held by the Soviet Newspaper ‘Trud’ which reached 21.5 million in 1990,
The record for a weekly publication is 33.5 million held by the Soviet paper ‘Angumenty I Fakty’ in 1991

Jeanne Says…Go Cuomo!

Jeanne Says…Go Cuomo!



Go Cuomo! New York State’s 56th Governor, Andrew Mark Cuomo, has made headlines again after passing the strictest gun control policy in United States history. The man is committed to his ‘New New York’ political agenda which includes balancing the budget, increasing incentives for breweries and wineries in the state, enacting same-sex marriage and fighting for the rights of students.

So he’s not perfect, there are things like funding cuts for homeless youth and possibly lifting the moratorium on fracking which I am against (believe me, I’ve sent e-mails)  but all-in-all this presumptive presidential candidate has got it going on!

So taking a page outta Mr.Butz’s book (and double it) and present you with Ten Reasons why I say, Go Cuomo!

10.) His Relationship with the Clintons and Kennedys

Pallin' Around

Pallin’ Around

Gov. Cuomo served under the Clinton Administration as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development  and also supported Hillary Clinton’s run for Senate. I think we can all agree that anyone who’s cool with ‘Slick Willy’ is fine by me! His ex-wife is Kerry Kennedy, part of another awesome political legacy in the U.S.

9.) He’s an Italian-American

Molto Italiano!

Molto Italiano!

I’m a little bias because I too am of Italian descent but it’s nice to see an Italian-American leader who’s not a character in a mob show/movie or drunk on a reality-tv show. He’s the son of Mario and Matilda, father of Mariah, Michaela and Cara. How cute is that? Molto benne!

8.) He’s Got an Awesome Girlfriend



Like a lot of modern men in today’s world, Gov. Cuomo has been divorced. He is now in a 5-year relationship with Sandra Lee. She’s a self-made Food Network star and author of a series of cookbooks. While not First Lady of New York (for lack of the ‘I-Do’s’) she recognizes her high-profile position and is using it to…feed people! Way to use your skill set! Her agenda is not gonna cost taxpayers any money ( again, no ring, no state money a lesson Giuliani never learned) ’cause she’s gonna pay her own way. While I’m a little wary of people who keep birds as pets ( Cuomo got her a baby cockatoo for Christmas) I still give the Gov props for landing such an awesome lady.

7.) Lookin’ Good in the New York Neighborhood!

Our 'A' Team

Our ‘A’ Team

Andy was recently named one of People’s sexiest man alive and, let’s be real, we could use a face lift in New York politics. Past governors Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson were not exactly dreamboats, but now the attractive Cuomo joins Chuck Shumer and Katherine Gillibrand as progressive New York  leaders who are easy on the eyes. Now if we could only do something about Bloomberg….

6.) He’s a Beer Man!

I Want One!

I Want One!

Gov. Cuomo held a beer and wine summit and helped pass legislation to support local breweries and wineries. How awesome is that? Thanks to him Long Island (shout-out!) wineries will thrive and awesome small breweries across the state – many right here in the city ( what up Brooklyn Brewery!)- will expand while still remaining small enough to retain their tax breaks. Think Global, drink local!

5.) He’s a Sagittarius!

Happy Birthday! Dec 6, 1957

Happy Birthday!
Dec 6

Ok, again with the bias, but this is my list damn it! Seriously, Sagittarians are awesome and when it comes to politics, ‘The Archers’ have done a lot. Other Sagg politicos  include Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, John Jay, and the alive and well Rahm Emmanuel. So suck on that.

4.) Did a Dandy Job During/Post Sandy

Nice Windbreaker!

Nice Windbreaker!

A lot of the East Coast leaders were thrust into the limelight during and post Sandy, and were judged accordingly. Cuomo received national praise for the way he handled the crisis. The Governor visited several sites, gave us here in the city free transportation for a week (granted, it was busses) and lobbied hard for Federal Funding relief. He also got back to his kick-ass Attorney General roots by demanding investigations into power companies that failed to provide efficient recovery and gas stations accused of price gouging. Get ’em Andy!

3.) Cuomo is Gay for Gays

Makin' Me ProudDuring Pride

Makin’ Me Proud
During Pride

On July 24, 2011 New York became the seventh state to legalize gay marriage, a campaign promise Cuomo made while running for office. Before he was the Gov, Cuomo attended the Gay Rights Parade every year with his family and stated that it was ridiculous that a progressive state like New York would deny any of its citizens rights. The Republican controlled State Senate had struck down the Marriage Equity Act several times, but Cuomo rallied the troops and got it passed, hip-hip-hooray!

2.) Pulled the Trigger on Gun Control Legislation

How a Bill Becomes a Law

How a Bill
Becomes a Law

Most recently Cuomo passed gun-control legislation (he himself is a gun-owner) in New York, in the wake of the Newport tragedy. Many (of NRA status) said that he was taking advantage of a tragedy. I find it to be exasperating that after EVERY SINGLE GUN TRAGEDY lawmakers don’t want to be seen in that light. Guess what, after Newport a 16 year old was shot on the LES of NY for not giving up his jacket. There was a school shooting in California by a 15 year old. Before Newport we had the tragedy in a Colorado movie theatre and a Congresswoman shot in Arizona. It’s refreshing to see the other side of the coin and have a leader say, ‘You know what, this just happened and it could happen again and before we forget that let’s get something done’. The legislation bans assault rifles, large carriages for bullets, and guarantees that if an Order Of Protection is issued the person it’s against must surrender their weapon. Take that NRA!

1.) Oh yeah, he’s the Governor of New York

Look at Him Go!

Look at Him Go!

New York is awesome. and vast. and highly populated. and diverse. We have beaches, mountains, waterfalls and skyscrapers. Farms and cities and islands. Andrew Cuomo, born in Queens, has come back to make his New New York (ok seriously, you couldn’t think of anything better than that?) plan work to improve the lives of the 19+ million people who call New York home. What’s next? He’s gonna be fighting for Women’s Rights, improving NY education and continuing recovery from Sandy.

A Class Act!

A Class Act!

So there you have it! My Top Ten list of why Gov. Cuomo is awesome. With a 63% job approval rating the man is an unstoppable force. I look forward to his Presidential run in 4 years and will be there to help support his campaign. He’s a beautiful man with a beautiful spirit and will be doing great things for this country.You all should take a moment and bask in the wonderment of Andrew Mark Cuomo. Why?

That's My Guy!

‘Cause Jeanne says so.