Monday, November 29, 2010

Week of November 29 – December 6, 2010

Last week, GEM NYC volunteered their time with the New York Cares Organization by servicing the underprivileged population of the Church of St. Francis Xavier (Flatiron District) with a hot meal and a warm smile this Thanksgiving. We were pleased to interact with these individuals as they taught us so much about being THANKFUL… Here at GEM, we’re thankful every week to have the privilege of sharing insights about your wonderful city–the Big Apple, New York – and the cool events, places, and products on offer.

Happy Cyber Monday, everybody! This week, we’d like to
show you some of the BEST deals “in digital town” - for Cyber Monday (11/29), and much more! Also, don’t forget to share some of your own GEM NYC finds, or if you’d like to drop us a line please do so at


Chances are if you’re online today, it’s probably because you’re trying to buy a gift for someone (or maybe one for yourself!). The National Retail Foundation anticipates that online holiday shopping will increase about 10 percent this year, with over 100 million people pointing and clicking to their holiday heart’s content. So what are some of the best deals out there? See below : )


Whether you want to impress the water-cooler gang at the office
holiday party, or find Christmas presents that your loved ones won't re-gift, today's deal is for you. Just surf over to where today's deal will get you $100 off the site's gorgeous jewelry for just $50. This means that by purchasing a certificate at, at a price of $50 – you’ll be able to claim $100 off of your purchase today! From bracelets to fashion rings to cuff links and studs, this online jeweler, trusted since 1999, has a massive selection of everything you need to keep yourself, or your special someone, looking like a million bucks. Want to sport some accoutrements with color? Check out the selection of gemstones and pearl jewelry. At 50% off, you can afford to accessorize in style. That's what we call twice the Ice for half the price.

Knock another $1 off this deal when you "like" on Facebook.



$20 OFF + FREE SHIPPING = SHOE BLISS! Thanks to ShoeWoo, you can enjoy doorbuster deals starting as low as $29.99 (select styles), plus take $20 off of a purchase of $75 or more online today! The icing on top is that today you get free shipping on ANY purchase, regardless of the sales amount… Now that’s a SWEET deal! Satisfy your shoe-holic tendencies online today by visiting the virtual ShoeWoo shop here.



The above sales too tame for you? - Not a stranger to online buying, I see – well check out the
roster of online sales, savings and deals that will make your mouth water!

Bloomingdale’s: You get $50 off every $250 spend, except for beauty and fine jewelry.

: The already discounted stock at this site is getting an additional 10 to 20 percent off.

Endless: Again, the more you spend, the better the discount gets. Just don’t believe that if you spend more, you save more. That just doesn’t make any sense.

French Connection: 40 percent off and free shipping on orders over $125? What’s not to like about that?

JC Penney: Free shipping on all orders over $25, plus discounts on over 40,000 items in the store.

Macy’s: Free shipping on orders over $75, sales on stuff in nearly every department (just not mattresses, sorry) and 25 to 40 percent off on clearance items.

Max and Chloe: Need jewelry? Be sure to check out the deals
here — this site is trying out the same spend more, take more off strategy as other smart stores.

S The more you spend, the better your discounts gets. A cart filled with $250 will earn you $50 off, but if you spend $1,500, you get $500 off.

Stila: Get up to 75 percent off makeup and other beauty products.

Tory Burch: If you spend $300, you get 30 percent off. Plus, there’s a limited edition tote if you spend over $150 and free shipping and gift wrap no matter what your order looks like.

Urban Outfitters: Last day for free shipping! Men’s outerwear is up to 40 percent off, and the Thanksgiving Sale is still going strong.

Now, this isn’t a comprehensive listing, so be sure to search far and wide before you buy — you might be able to get a better deal somewhere else. Happy shopping, and be sure to let us know
what deals you score!



On Monday, November 29, 2010 the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District and presenting sponsor Time Warner will host the Eleventh Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square
– New York City’s largest holiday festival!

Winter’s Eve kicks off with a neighborhood tree lighting ceremony and features free entertainment, food tastings, in-store activities and shopping around and about this colorful and vibrant neighborhood. Stores, restaurants, cultural organizations and public spaces in the district will be buzzing with activities for both children and adults.

At the same time, sidewalks along Broadway from Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle to
68th Street will be alive with performers, street musicians, jugglers, stilt-walkers and more, making for a festive fun-filled stroll through the streets of this dynamic Upper West Side neighborhood.

WHEN: Monday, November 29, 2010, 5:30 PM, Rain, Snow or Shine!

WHERE: The celebration begins with a neighborhood tree lighting ceremony at Dante Park - Broadway& 63rd Street! Festivities continue along Broadway from Time Warner Center to
68th Street.

BY SUBWAY: Take the 1, A, B, C, or D train to 59th Street/Columbus Circle or the 1 train to 66th St
reet and Broadway.

Admission is free, but please bring a canned food donation to Dante Park at Broadway and 63rd Street and help feed the hungry!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please call 212.581.3774 or email for more information or to learn how to get involved.




Marco Britti, the musician owner of Favela Cubana, combines his love of Brazil and Cuba (the Italian has lived in both) by offering authentic food and live music to boot! In order to make this mélange of cultures, Britti has tapped Oscar Santana, a chef from his bygone steakhouse, Soho

Santana serves Brazilian-style grilled sirloin with mashed potatoes and string beans along with other national dishes such as Bahia-style shrimp (prepared with peppers, onions, tomato, and coconut milk) and a grilled whole snapper with coconut rice and mango sauce. On the Cuban side, there’s arroz con pollo, ropa vieja, and the like (take a look at the first, second, and third pages of the menu). Naturally, the $7 to $9 cocktails include an assortment of mojitos (one of them made with basil instead of mint) and fresh-fruit caipirinhas (blueberry, raspberry, kiwi, etc.).


WHEN: Every Monday from 9:00pm to 10:00pm
WHERE: Favela Cubana
543 LaGuardia Pl
New York, NY 10012


Menu: Mains and Sides
Menu: Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Desserts
Menu: Appetizers and Sandwiches

For more information, visit their site, or call directly at 212-777-6500.



We're headed to Park Slope, Brooklyn for a great cause! Join us for some laughs and libations as an eclectic blend of entertainment and media personalities come together to celebrate the First Anniversary and raise funds for Milagros Day, a courageous endeavor to empower abused women.

About Milagros Day:
Milagros Day, a non-profit organization, provides personal growth and professional development to women who have recently left abusive relationships. Founder Dawn Diaz started Milagros
Day in honor of her mother, Carmen Milagros Lugo, whom she witnessed being abused for years. For more info:

* Hosted by GLAAD Award-winning journalist and producer Carlos Anaya.

* Music by the Untouchable, Demolition Crew DJ F.A.M.E

* Comedy showcase featuring Dave Lester, Gina Brillon, and Aldo Marachlian. Combined, these comics have performed on Comedy Central, HBO, Telemundo, and
countless other TV, film, and stage appearances with various award credits. Bottom line, they are hilarious!

Agenda for Event on December 2, 2010:

6:45 PM: Doors Open
7PM to 8PM: Happy Hour/Networking
8PM to 10PM: Program (Speakers/Comics)
10PM to 11PM: DJ Fame

WHERE: Garfield's Lounge
274 4th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 222-0290

Drink and Appetizer Specials All Night

$22 Advanced Tickets / $30 Cash at the Door

For more information and to purchase your tickets in advance online at the: Milagros Day Facebook Page



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