Commuting With Fitbit to NYC

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Commuters are happiest if they walk, bike, or take the train.

People who commute in these three ways are more satisfied with their commutes than people who drive, take the bus, or take the subway, according to a McGill University survey of 3,377 commuters in Montreal.

I received a Fitbit from Verizon a number of weeks ago.  My husband received his Fitbit the day after me.  He is using his Fitbit to gauge his daily commute into NYC.

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I thought his progress would give a great insight into how much ground is covered when traveling from North Jersey to NYC.

My husband is a very competitive man and having this on his wrist is challenging him every day to beat his miles, maintain his heart rate and burn those calories!

Here is a glimpse of his statistics for a four-day commute into NYC with his Fitbit on his wrist.

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To make wearing the Fitbit even more competitive you can earn badges to mark your activity accomplished.

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I hope to be able to get into the competition and pass my husband’s Statistics but I have a lot of ground to make up.  He is off and running with his Fitbit!!

Disclosure: As a member of a very cool team of influencers for Verizon Wireless I received compensation to think of this story from my life and write about it.

Images snapped by Kathleen DeCosmo of Katie Shea Design with a Samsung Galaxy Note5.

Recording NY Mets Baseball History With Verizon FiOS

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I love attending a Live baseball game versus watching on TV.

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Both have their own pros and cons.

Dining at Citi Field’s  Acela Club is definitely in the “pro” column for me.  I can watch the game and enjoy the amazing buffet spread along with a very cold beer of my choosing.

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It happened to be lightly raining while we were very cozily sipping, noshing and viewing the NY Mets playing the San Francisco Giants in the comfort of our Acela Club chairs.

Around the third inning, we moved down to our stadium seats just in time to watch the Mets set a new franchise record for the most runs scored in an inning.

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The con in this scenario is that you cannot repeatedly rewind the history that was just made like you can when you are at home watching the game on your Verizon FiOS network.

I did manage to catch a small clip of the fans going crazy during the third inning scoring.

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I assumed my husband had already set the game to record.  I glanced over to confirm and caught a glimpse of him checking his FiOS Mobile App.

To his disappointment, he had not set up the recording that would’ve had the historical inning to watch at his leisure.  He proceeded to record the rest of the game, then to his surprise and relief Verizon FiOS grabbed the prior hour of what was playing on channel 577 SNY because the TV was already on that specific channel and in the buffer!! The recording started from around the second inning and that was a gift to him!!

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If you are a Verizon FiOS Customer already you can download the FiOS Mobile App at Google Play and the App Store to start streaming your recorded content from anywhere with an internet connection right away.

A glimpse of Verizon FiOS Mobile App Capabilities:

  • Stream every subscribed channel and all recorded content while at home
  • Watch nearly all recorded shows while away from home
  • Access thousands of On-Demand titles
  • Manage DVR recordings from virtually anywhere
  • Use mobile device as a Fios TV remote
  • Set parental controls

Check Here for Verizon FiOS Service availability in your viewing area.

Disclosure: **I am a member of both #LifeOnFiOS and #VZWBuzz Ambassador Teams–  selected teams of influencers for Verizon FiOS and Verizon Wireless who love the FiOS and Wireless service. Compensation was provided and opinions are, as always my own.

The Commuters

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Upon entering an unfamiliar entrance into an empty Ninth Avenue area of Port Authority Bus Terminal I stumbled upon three tired commuters waiting by a departure door for a bus to bring them back to New Jersey.

A very unexpected treat to find a  great piece of art  by Sculptor George Segal.  The name of the sculptures “The Commuters”.  The sculptures are cast in bronze with white patina.

The piece’s interpretation is that the artist was paying homage to the brave masses who pass through Port Authority Bus Terminal each morning and evening, month after month and year after year.

Even in one of the most congested and busiest  transportation hubs in New York City,  I was able to have full wireless service with my Verizon.  #BetterMatters #collab #VZWBuzz

Verizon Wireless rates #1 in speed, data, reliability and overall performance in the U.S.

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Image shot with a Samsung Galaxy #Note5 Smartphone

Disclosure: As a member of a very cool team of influencers for Verizon Wireless I received compensation to think of this story from my life and write about it.

Macy’s Flower Show Is NYC Tradition

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Macy’s Flower Show is NYC tradition but is also in five other cities in the United States.

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The theme this year is “America The Beautiful”.  Six regions of the United States are represented using indigenous plants from each region to exhibit the beauty and variety that each specific area brings.

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They are all living plants that are refreshed during the run of the “America the Beautiful” Flower Show March 20 – April 3, 2016.

Girl Scouts of America has teamed up with Macy’s this year to replant all the blooms after the show in local parks.

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Macy’s has an audio tour available for each Flower Show Location.

Visit Macy’s mobile site to enjoy the audio tour on your smartphone.  Don’t forget your earbuds!Macys audio tour social.macys.com katiesheadesign 2016

I used my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note5  powered by Verizon’s Wireless Network (that is #1 in speed, data, reliability and overall network performance in the U.S.) to listen to the audio tour as well as snap images because #BetterMatters to stay connected!

Disclosure: As a member of a very cool team of influencers for Verizon Wireless I received compensation to think of this story from my life and write about it.

A Nation Became A Neighborhood

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“On that terrible day, a nation became a neighborhood. All Americans became New Yorkers”. ~ George Pataki 

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All day on 9/11/01 my cell phone served as a lifeline to so many in NYC delivering news to loved ones when all the lines of communication were difficult to get through. My Verizon service was there for us because #‎BetterMatters‬!

Verizon Wireless rates #1 in speed, data, reliability and overall performance in the U.S.

How does your network perform for you?

Disclosure: As a member of a very cool team of influencers for Verizon Wireless I received compensation to think of this story from my life and write about it.

Did You Know?? There is a Skyscraper Museum in NYC!

NYC Skyscraper National Park  Kurt Vonnegut  Image by Katie Shea Design VZWBuzzThere is Skyscraper Museum in New York City, the world’s first and foremost vertical metropolis, The Skyscraper Museum celebrates the City’s rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. Through exhibitions, programs and publications, the Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. For a description of the gallery and for photos of the space, please visit our Photo Slideshows page.

The Skyscraper Museum in NYC is located in lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City at 39 Battery Place. Museum hours are 12-6 PM, Wednesday-Sunday.

The Skyscraper image was shot with a Verizon DROID RAZR HD Smartphone back in summer 2013 from my hotel window at the Trump Hotel Central Park Columbus Circle courtesy of Trivago.

I have since been upgraded several times with the latest in smartphone technology while I am participating in the #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Program as a Verizon Wireless Influencer and Brand Ambassador.  I am currently testing a Verizon Droid Turbo and also shooting images with an iPhone6 as well this summer.

Stay connected with the latest smartphones

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Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Applebee’s “Taste the Change”

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On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Applebee’s hosted  a street party “Taste the Change” in Times Square to celebrate it’s new menu.  The festivities included free samples of new menu items, such as the new Triple Hog Dare Ya sandwich, a takeover of twelve of Times Square’s famous billboards, complete with social media integration; live music featuring performances from Jason Derulo, X Ambassadors and DJ Fitz (of Fitz and the Tantrums); games and activities for guests to enjoy.

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The tagged tweets #WatchApplebees of those who could not make it to New York on May 13 appeared on a massive Times Square billboard during the event between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. EDT. Applebee’s shared live photographs from the event and the digital displays from the Times Square billboards at www.applebeestastethechangefest.com, where guests whose images appeared on the billboard were able to share via Facebook and Twitter with the headline, “Applebee’s threw a party in Times Square and I was there!”

Hosting a  live Periscope video broadcast was Vincenzo Landino, who with more than 40,000 video followers is among Twitter’s leading live video personalities.  Landino broadcasted live from Times Square in 30-minute segments throughout the event.

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Later this month, the nearly 2,000 Applebee’s locations across the country will update their menus with eight new or improved sandwiches and appetizers, including the Triple Hog Dare Ya, Brew Pub Philly steak sandwich and Maple Bacon Chicken Piadini.

“An over-the-top sampling party at the Crossroads of the World is the perfect way to introduce and celebrate our new menu,” said Applebee’s Senior Vice President of Culinary and Marketing Darin Dugan.  “We’re proud of our new food and we’re inviting the world to give it a try.”

American Kobe Style Meatballs made in house, cooked really slow in Pomodoro sauce (chunky tomato sauce), parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley on top.

Maple Mustard Chicken Piadini  

Piadina is a wrap, it’s like a tortilla but it’s made from a thin dough, very trendy right now.  Piadina is almost like a really thin flat bread dough that applebee’s cooks on the grill.  They  roll cedar grilled chicken, cheddar cheese, bacon and a maple glaze on the inside with some fresh greens rolled up nice and hot off the grill.

Triple Hog Dare Ya

Three Hogs in it:  Black forest ham, bacon, and slow roasted pulled pork tossed in a chili salsa verde on a toasted ciabatta bread with cheddar cheese, crispy frizzled onions, and Applebee’s homemade steak sauce. My Favorite is the Triple Hop Dare Ya!

Shredded Brisket Nachos

Beautiful tender, slow roasted brisket tossed in salsa verde sauce on top of chips.  Three different cheeses: white cheddar, yellow cheddar and a white queso dip.  It has roasted poblanos, roasted jalapenos, caramelized onions, pico de gallo, all in a beautiful white silky sauce layered with the beef brisket on top of that with Applebee’s nacho lettuce (cabbage and shredded iceberg, pico de gallo, scallions, cilantro and fresh sliced jalapenos) and then chipotle lime seasoning on top.

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Michael Slavin, the corporate executive chef for Applebee’s product development (developed all these recipes)  gave us all the details in a special live interview at Applebee’s Times Square New Menu Tasting Event May 13th.

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The event was a huge success with so many participating all across various social media platforms.

The use of the live streaming app Periscope  by Vincenzo Landino brought the experience of the “Live” event to the masses!

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When in NYC stop by Applebee’s and taste!!

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The Applebee’s Brand

Applebee’s is the world’s largest casual dining chain, with more than 2,000 locations in 49 states, 16 countries and one U.S. territory. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, Applebee’s takes pride in providing a welcoming, neighborhood environment where everyone can enjoy the dining experience. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar® restaurants are franchised or operated by DineEquity Inc.’s (NYSE: DIN) wholly-owned subsidiary, Applebee’s International, Inc. and its affiliates.

Disclosure **I am a member of  #VZWBuzz Lifestyle Blogger Team.  I am supplied with different devices to use and test.  All opinions are my own. **

Images by Katie Shea Design shot with a Verizon iPhone6  #VZWBuzz