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Seija Goldstein

Seija Goldstein has lived in New York City for 40 years and has no intention of ever leaving. After working full time in media and raising two wonderful children, she is now planning to sample everything that her favorite city has to offer. She will be reporting her experiences on this blog and inviting other New York City Boomers to join in the adventure.
How to Find a Volunteering Opportunity That’s Right for You
How to Find a Volunteering Opportunity That’s Right for You

How to Find a Volunteering Opportunity That’s Right for You

Newly retired who find themselves with all those extra hours they used to spend in the office often start looking for volunteering opportunities. However, the universe of non-profits is so huge that it may be difficult to pick the right volunteering opportunity. Do you want to sign up with a large, high-prestige organization like a major…
My Life Is… a Walk in the Park
My Life Is… a Walk in the Park

My Life Is… a Walk in the Park

One of the wonders of New York City is its many green spaces hidden among the skyscrapers. For years I have actually walked through two of them, Central Park and Bryant Park, on the way to work, and many mornings wished  that I could just keep on walking. Other parks I have spent time in are Carl…
Tourist Days
Tourist Days

Tourist Days

I have a shameful confession to make: I have never been to the Statue of Liberty in my 40 years of living in New York City. I almost did once: I visited Ellis Island on a class trip when my son was in middle school. But almost does not count! There are many other things that every self-respecting tourist has…
NYC Boomer Discounts
NYC Boomer Discounts

NYC Boomer Discounts

For us boomers each birthday comes with a silver lining in the form of ever more discounts and special deals. The deals start coming as soon as we hit the big Five-Oh. More discounts roll in at 55 and 60 and 62 and 65, so it’s hard to keep track of all this windfall. One of…
Daily Deals Tricks and Traps
Daily Deals Tricks and Traps

Daily Deals Tricks and Traps

If you sign up for daily deals, your inbox will be flooded every morning with discount offers for restaurants, movies, deli lunches, kitchen tools, dental work, house cleaning, massages and everything in between.  For example, this morning I was offered French lessons, painting lessons, weekend getaways and all types of restaurant meals. And that was just from Amazon Local!  So,…
City Boomer’s Quick Guide to NYC Rental Apartments
City Boomer’s Quick Guide to NYC Rental Apartments

City Boomer’s Quick Guide to NYC Rental Apartments

The first thing you should know about New York City’s rental apartments is that the market is divided in three parts: rent-controlled, rent-stabilized and market-rate apartments.  Each has its special features that you need to understand when you start looking for your NYC apartment. Rent-Controlled: These apartments are the holy grail for tenants. These are the 6-room…
What I Learned from My CityMD Experience
What I Learned from My CityMD Experience

What I Learned from My CityMD Experience

A few weeks ago, I took a nasty fall heading to close a window in the dark of the night. The next day, Sunday, my chest hurt with every deep breath, so I figured maybe I should get it checked. Luckily, I recalled seeing a CityMD location a few blocks away. (They have an easily…
3 Go-To Websites for Free Lectures, Events and Programs
3 Go-To Websites for Free Lectures, Events and Programs

3 Go-To Websites for Free Lectures, Events and Programs

You can spend your entire day surfing the web and looking for all the wonderful things you could be doing if you got out of your house. Or you could just quickly check these three sites and head out to experience many wonderful events and activities – most free or dirt cheap – that NYC…
Can You Retire to NYC on $50,000 A Year? Yes, You Can!
Can You Retire to NYC on $50,000 A Year? Yes, You Can!

Can You Retire to NYC on $50,000 A Year? Yes, You Can!

We all know that living in New York City is expensive, but do you have to be a billionaire to live here? Of course not! But can you actually live in NYC on an amount close to what you might pay in an assisted living community? We say you can. A relatively healthy single person can live…
City Boomers in Helsinki: Leaving Suburbs for a Co-Housing Apartment
City Boomers in Helsinki: Leaving Suburbs for a Co-Housing Apartment

City Boomers in Helsinki: Leaving Suburbs for a Co-Housing Apartment

Over the summer I visited some city boomers in Helsinki, Finland. My brother and sister-in-law gave up their large suburban house as the last of the kids headed for college and moved into a brand-new co-housing apartment building. The beautiful, modern building, completed in November 2013, is the culmination of six years of work from a group of…