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Friday, July 29

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Englewood Chamber of Commerce Sidewalk Sale in downtown Englewood (also on Saturday, July 30).

Saturday, July 30

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Butterfly Day at DeKorte Park, located at the Meadowlands Environment Center, 2 DeKorte Park Plaza in Lyndhurst. Enjoy butterfly walks and kids activities.

11 a.m.: Kiddie Academy Northvale’s Storytime LIVE where live characters jump off the page. Also, families will have the opportunity to meet Curious George! Kiddie Academy is located at 271 Livingston Street in Northvale. more

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Take this weekend to new heights at the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

From female human cannonballs to 115-foot-tall balloons, the 34th annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is going to be a sight to see. The three-day event will paint the Hunterdon County skies with 100 hot air balloons from around the world, including the UK, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and Thailand. more

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It’s time to roar! Be the leader of the pack in these leo-inspired fashions.

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Ed Jarrett might just be the real life Sandman.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

On a recent trip to the beach with my ten-month old nephew, I found myself dumbfounded by the art of sandcastles. It’s just sand and water packed into a mold, right? Wrong. Somehow between the ages of six and 24, I completely lost my sandcastle-savvy. I even had to consult with a three-year-old on the proper building techniques. more

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

From Barkboxes to Broboxes, there seems to be a subscription box for just about anything or anyone. While we appreciate the thrill of receiving any package with our name on it, the staff at Urban Agenda Magazine has a proclivity for our Birchboxes. Not only do they give us the chance to try new products, but they also make it feel like it’s our birthday every. single. month. Whether or not you’re ready to gift yourself with this monthly indulgence, Birchbox offers full-sized versions of all their samples online. Here, we outline some of our favorite products from Birchbox. more

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This summer, swap that vodka tonic for one of these unusual drinks created by the area’s best mixologists.

Chile peppers, ginger beer, and pickled peas aren’t necessarily the first things you think of when it comes to cocktails, but they are key ingredients in some of the Tri-state area’s trendiest drinks. As New York and New Jersey’s gastronomic landscape becomes more competitive, their mixologists get more creative, and their drinks, more delicious. more

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Friday, July 22

ALL DAY Saint Ann’s Italian Festival, 704 Jefferson Street in Hoboken. Rides, entertainment, and zeppoles (through Sunday, July 24).

9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer exhibit at Liberty Science Center, 222 Jersey City Blvd. in Jersey City. This is the exhibit’s first stop on a national tour (through September 5).

10 a.m. to 9 p.m.: Intrepid Museum The Star Trek Experience at Pier 86, W. 46th Street and 12th Avenue in New York City. Experience “trek tech” as you become a cadet at the Starlet Academy. Also, learn about the overnight programs (through October 31)! more

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Modern rings for a modern woman.  

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Because guys deserve to be pampered too.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Spa days shouldn’t be a female-only experience. While treatments like facials and pedicures typically fall into the “female sphere,” men deserve to be primped and primed just as much as the ladies. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make men feel more comfortable about entering a spa that’s likely full of women (and decidedly feminine in its décor or services). Luckily, there are spas that are breaking the barrier with male-friendly treatments. Below, we highlight spas that are making massages macho and putting the “man” in manicure. more

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These iPhone cases have attitude and sass. 

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Thanks to Instagram, the gastronomic landscape of NYC has gotten a lot more colorful.

With over 400 million monthly active users sharing more than 80 million photos per day, Instagram is a social media force. Since Instagram’s advent in October 2010, we’ve been compelled to turn personal moments like watching a sunrise, opening a Birchbox, or getting engaged, into shared experiences. If there’s no photo of said horizon, makeup freebie, or ring uploaded to Instagram, is it as if the experience never happened? In a society that is increasingly turning to “virality” instead of reality, the answer is a resounding yes. more

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By Anne Levin

One of the most breathtaking views of Manhattan can be had during a four-minute ride across the East River. In a red capsule suspended 250 feet above the water, a conveyance known as the tram transports passengers from the noise and congestion of the Upper East Side to Roosevelt Island, a surprisingly peaceful expanse less than a mile away. more

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By Anne Levin 

A sleepy swath of the Staten Island waterfront is being targeted to become a major tourist attraction. If planners, investors, and local officials have their way, a 630-foot, state-of-the-art Ferris wheel will soon be looming above the harbor in St. George, luring tourists and locals looking for a new kind of visitor experience. more

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Photos Courtesy of Fiddler’s Elbow

This historic country club, located on 1,000 acres in Bedminster Township, was once a peach orchard, then a dairy farm. Built in the 1930s, the original stone manor now serves as the clubhouse. The name “Fiddler’s Elbow” originates from the bend in the middle of the Lamington River that runs through the property.  more

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By Ilene Dube

New York was once the oyster capital of the world. Oyster carts were as ubiquitous as hot dog stands, and our very streets were built over crushed oyster shells. But at the turn of the century, over-harvesting, poor water quality and habitat loss resulted
in the plummeting population of the prized bivalve. The ecosystem the oyster
was a part of played a critical role in protecting inland settlements from waves and flooding; its loss has resulted in increased vulnerability to rising sea levels. more

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By Kam Williams

Cecilia Peck directed and produced, with Barbara Kopple, the documentary Shut Up & Sing, which chronicled the political backlash against and artistic triumph of the Dixie Chicks following their “comment” just prior to the invasion of Iraq. The film, shortlisted for the 2007 Academy Awards, was awarded Best Documentary by the Boston Society of Film Critics and the San Diego Film Critics.  more

Saturday, July 16

A Day Out With Thomas & Friends in Phillipsburg, NJ. Enjoy a train ride, meet Sir Topham Hat, music, jugglers, and more (also on July 17).

Tuesday, July 19

New York’s Public Theatre presents Troilus and Cressida as part of the free Shakespeare in the Park series in Central Park (through August 14).

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North Jersey foodies Anne Constance & Natalie Lewis share their tips for taking a savory snapshot

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

In the age of Instagram, people are sharing “foodstagrams” with their social media networks in unprecedented numbers. Perfectly plated veggie dishes and artfully designed acai bowls seem to be taking over the Internet, and we’re not complaining about it. This is particularly true when a photo from Fish.Eye Design (@fisheyedesign) pops-up on our Instagram newsfeed. more

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Look stylish while biking around your neighborhood this summer. 

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Photo by Yasmeen Anderson Photography; www.momentumnj.com

Photo by Yasmeen Anderson Photography; www.momentumnj.com

Get fit this summer with one of Summit’s premiere fitness studios

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Become a tourist in your own hometown with these staycation accessories. 

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Urban Agenda Magazine gets an inside look at the creative force behind Eastridge Design. 

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Whether you’re looking for a square, round, fashionable or classic frame – we have the look for you!

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Get out your finest red, white, & blue attire for these Independence Day activities in North Jersey.

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Outfit your backyard for the perfect 4th of July celebration with these fun products!

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(Images and information courtesy of chango.co; photography by Jacob Snavely)

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Sport and style come together at this classic British event.

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Looking for the best food and drinks North Jersey has to offer? Clear your calendar – and your stomach – for July 9.

BBQ, Bourbon, and Biergarten. These three B’s are the crux of the fourth annual Montclair Food and Wine Festival, and they’re guaranteed to lead to another “B”: bliss. more

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It’s summertime and the living is easy. 

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Who says ice cubes have to be made of water? Check out these gussied-up cubes that will take your beverage to the next level.

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