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One Last Thought: Gratitude for Miles

There is something so special about Novembers in New York City. Each year, the month kicks off with one of the largest, most outstanding displays of strength and perseverance in the world: The ING NYC Marathon. The streets transform into a runway for experienced athletes and novice marathoners alike; and the sidelines are packed with cheering and inspired fans. It is a long awaited day filled with hope, excitement and — this year especially — resilience. Back on track after the 2012 cancellation

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Taking Turkey Out of the Menu: Farm Sanctuary

At Farm Sanctuary, a bucolic Watkins Glen haven for farm animals rescued from inhumane conditions, Thanksgiving is a special holiday —but for a very unexpected reason. “At Farm Sanctuary’s annual event, ‘Celebrate the Turkeys,’ the lovable birds are the guests of honor, rather than the centerpiece,” says Samantha Ragsdale, senior director of education for the organization. She adds, “Our goal is to offer an alternative way to experience a turkey, a healthy and compassionate tradition

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Outlasting Influence: Long Island's Native American Culture

Manhasset, Montauk, Massapequa, Merrick, Setauket. The names originally bestowed by Native Americans upon areas throughout Long Island still are spoken on a daily basis. And as we attend to the everyday necessities of urban and suburban life, we relate these names to the neighborhoods, businesses, schools and geography that are so familiar to us. Our associations may be modern, but the roots of the names retain the original natural richness experienced by those who came before us, and offer the

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In the Kitchen, Out on the Road to Recovery

Where does one begin with changing the employment and food systems in America? On a national level, the task is daunting; it seems as though only someone in a high-ranking, high-impact position, like Michelle Obama, could incite any transformative action. But for Debra Richardson of Utica, changing the status quo begins by identifying the strengths and weaknesses, on an individual level, within a small corner of one’s own community. Ms. Richardson’s New York state of mind is to “protect, promote

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NYSOM's Holiday Gift Guide #2: For Him, Her, Kids & Home

What do you get for the person who has it all (including today's kiddies)? How do you select something that's one-of-a-kind and will survive the test of time? More importantly, how do you shop during this chaotic season without losing your sanity? The NYSOM Marketplace has you covered for all contingencies -- and all price points. (Psst! Want 10% off your order? Share your email address HERE and you'll receive a code for a 10% discount off your next New York States of Mind Marketplace purchase.) *** FOR

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Start Your Engines: NYSOM's Holiday Gift Guide #1

We have to admit it: the end of November is upon us. Our Movember-participating friends now boast facial hair that would make a lumberjack jealous. And yesterday we overheard "Santa Baby" three times. THREE TIMES. If you're feeling just as daunted as we are about the fast-approaching holidays, begin with this simple step of purchasing greeting cards and wrapping paper from Smock's Holiday 2013 Collection. Second only to this year's dynamic coinciding forces of Thanksgiving and Hannukkah ("Thanksgivukkah"

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Outsourcing Talent to Bring it In-House

Necessity is the mother of invention. As a corollary, budget cuts can be effective calls to creative action. This is particularly true if the budget in question concerns arts education in public schools, and if the respondent is a renowned patroness of the arts. In 1977, New York City was in dire straits. The serial killer known as the Son of Sam terrorized the town; an electrical blackout plunged the five boroughs and Westchester County into darkness and left those areas vulnerable to looting and

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More Than Just a T-Shirt: You and Who

You and Who is out to “make the Goodest Shirt ever!” The steps to this goal are simple: sell a T-shirt and give a brand new T-shirt to a helpful organization, and support local economies in cities around the United States. In the winter of 2009, Buffalonian Dan Gigante was watching an interview of Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS — the popular footwear and eyewear company that donates a pair of shoes and a vision aid package (including medical treatment and glasses) for every pair of TOMS

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The Suburban/Urban Outfitter: Fashion designer Lela Rose

On any given day in Manhattan, one of the city’s most fashionable cyclists can be seen around town on a one-of-a-kind ride. “I call it a bicycle, but my husband calls it a tricycle,” says Lela Rose, of her custom-built bike. “It is truly like having a car in New York City and never having to pay for parking tickets.” Genius. Between a caged front basket (usually reserved for her Norwich terrier, Bobbin) and an aft wooden cart, she can fit up to “two kids and two dogs,” plus totes full

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Outside of Time: Abby Carnevale Jewelry

Many young women move to New York City with dreams of adding their voice to fashion's vernacular. Texas-born Lela Rose struck it big (as in Bergdorfs big) with her elegant dresses and separates, designed for a chic, confident woman — whether she runs a corporation or is a lady who lunches. Our video interview with the couturier (also a cyclist and gourmand) debuts this week. Another designer — this one a Vermont native — shares her creative vision with her line of vintage-inspired jewelry.

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