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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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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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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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Interview by Lynn Adams Smith

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

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

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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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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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Amanda Goodman puts veganism in full bloom with her tips and recipes for edible flowers.

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Treat Dad with these family events and activities in Northern New Jersey

 12th Annual Washington Borough Car Show

Saturday, June 18, 9am-2pm

44 Washington Avenue (Route 57) Washington (Warren County)

This family-friendly annual event features antique trucks, farm equipment, and classic cars. Aside from the 100+ cars featured at the event, there will be a live DJ, a weekly farmer’s market, and tons of open downtown shops. Tickets are $20 advanced and $25 day of show. more

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In the words of Junot Diaz, It’s Where All of New Jersey Comes Together

By Ilene Dube

Whether made from Brazilian hardwood or recycled soda bottles, chances are a boardwalk will be making contact with your feet in the coming months. Boardwalks are about mingling: people-to-people, of course, but also a place where the scent of sauerkraut and mustard meets the sea air; the screams from carnival rides mingle with the crashing surf; and the steady rumble of pedestrians, cyclists and skateboarders overlaps with the serenity of those sitting on benches. more

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By Bill Alden

The northern Jersey town of Springfield has the feel of a typical upscale, leafy, east coast bedroom community with impressive homes, well-manicured lawns, and quiet neighborhoods.

But tucked into 474 acres in the northwestern part of town, off of Shunpike Road, stands one of the iconic sporting venues in the world, the Baltusrol Golf Club. more

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The pocket square is making a comeback.

This elegant accessory is often worn in bright, contrasting colors to a men’s tie. Urban Agenda Magazine has selected our top pocket square patterns below, which make the perfect gift for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19. more

Bugaboo Product of the Day

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Bee3 Extendable Sun Canopy | bloomingdale’s

The Bugaboo Bee3 extendable sun canopy is UPF 50+ with adjustable coverage from the sun.

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Photo Credit: John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

In honor of John F. Kennedy’s 99th birthday anniversary, Urban Agenda Magazine remembers the former President and New Englander’s classic summer style. From white oxford shirts to trainers and aviators, JFK’s impact on men’s fashion continues to endure.

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Welcome summer with these Jersey Shore Instagram accounts

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

It might be a little dreary outside, but that’s not preventing the Jersey Shore from embracing the unofficial start of summer. This weekend, most of our beaches will open and fearless New Jerysians will dive into the Atlantic. Other, less adventurous beach-goers will set up camp along the boardwalk or indulge in some Jersey burgers and beer. No matter how you’re celebrating Memorial Day weekend, these Instagram accounts will surely get you pysched for summer. more

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Shop outside the box, with unique items for tea lovers including a selection of premium teas, gourmet tea gift sets, teaware, and more.

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Check out the artists that will be viewing their work at these downtown stores. 

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Black cats and broken mirrors. Friday the 13th asks you to embrace your dark side.

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Telephone Wire Plate | Shoptiques

Traditional Zulu work and it is made from coils of telephone wire wrapped around a solid metal core, to define its shape. It has a modern twist to its make with the infusion of bright colour patterns. The intricacy in the design makes this basket so precious due to the long production days involved in its design. No two pieces are the same. Designs may vary, making each individual piece that much more unique.

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Does art imitate fashion or does fashion imitate art? You decide.

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