New Andy Foundation Yard Sale Shop!

Good news everyone! The Andy Foundation Yard Sale Shop is up and running {successfully, I might add}. Its new location at 195 Herricks Road in Garden City Park, one block south of Jericho Turnpike, holds a collection of all sorts of great finds! 

If you haven’t been yet, make sure to stop by and check out their collection of furniture, artwork, tableware, jewelry, home decor and much more. The store is staffed only with volunteers and is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 10am-4pm. 

Have no fear- the word is that the Andy Foundation will still hold their annual spring yard sale at St. Paul’s this year. 

New, gently used and vintage items will be accepted for donation, but please call516-739-1717 first before dropping items off.


Coach Andrew Ties The Knot

As many of you have already heard, Garden City’s own Andrew Karen has finally taken the plunge. Andrew married his girlfriend of over two years, Heather, a few weeks ago and shared his happy news with Inside Garden City.

Andrew and Heather kept their nuptial celebration very small {with only 15 guests} and enjoyed a beautiful wedding in Aruba. Note- Andrew made sure to be back in time to coach hockey. Now that’s dedication!

When Andrew returned to work from the wedding festivities, he was greeted by yet another wedding celebration- a surprise one at his second home {which some say is his other true love}… the roller hockey rink at Community Park. Of course, GC couldn’t let the wedding of the town’s unofficial Mayor go unnoticed, could they?

I asked Andrew if anything felt different now that he’s gotten married. He said that wearing a ring is going to take some time getting used to and that he’s pretty nervous about losing it. He also mentioned that he feels a bit strange using the word “wife”. One thing that hasn’t changed is their schedules- Andrew and Heather work conflicting schedules and actually don’t get to see each other very much. Sounds like this could be the start to a long, happy marriage!

InsideGardenCity wishes Andrew and Heather many happy years together in wedded bliss!

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Coquette- That’s a Wrap!

Now that the weather is definitely more fall-like, I found myself in need of something warmer to wear but of course, I wanted something fun and chic. I stopped in Coquette {on Seventh St.} to check out what they had for the season and was pleasantly surprised! Take a look at the pictures below and drop into Coquette if you need a new piece to wrap yourself up in this fall. 

 This vest has an urban vibe to it. Loving the faux fur around the hood. Wear this when you want to channel some NYC into your day. 

Chic, fun and sophisticated. Like how they’ve paired it with a bright, chunky necklace.  

 A cozy, warm wrap. I’d like wrapping myself in this for day or night. 

 Totally fun and hip, this vest is very in right now. Love the texture. 

This can be dressed up or down. Casual with jeans and flats or dressy with a skirt and boots. 

Right on trend and super cool, yet not overdone. 

Coquette has lots of options for wrapping yourself in warmth this fall while still looking cool and trendy. So grab a PSL and get shopping- before they’re all gone!

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A Little Chocolate {Works} Now and Then Doesn’t Hurt

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” 
― Charles M. Schulz

Let’s face it… life is better with just a little bit {meaning a lot} of chocolate. Well, chocolate lovers… listen up! I have the place for you {us} and it’s called Chocolate Works located in The Gallery at Westbury Plaza. 

I stopped in last week and met Rich Penchuk, the owner, who couldn’t have been more welcoming and hospitable. Rich opened Chocolate Works last November. He made the move from a completely unrelated field, thoroughly researched the company, hired the best chocolatiers he could find and has been going strong since!

This is a deadly store for me, a self-confessed chocoholic. Of course when I was there I sampled a delicious truffle or two… but who’s counting? Then Rich showed me a fab treat- everyone knows the best part of a crumb cake is the top, right? I mean really… why do they even make the bottom? But anyway, he sells just the crumb cake top as a cookie, either chocolate covered or plain. Genius. 

Chocolate Works has lots to offer its customers besides just dropping in for a quick piece of heaven, I mean chocolate. They have Chocolate Field Trips for scouts, schools and youth or senior groups, Chat & Chocolate (for adults), Ladies Nights Out and PJs & Movie Night and more! Sounds fun, right? Plus, all of their special events include a dip in the 4′ chocolate fountain (yes, they have a 4′ chocolate fountain!) and a treat smothered in chocolate and sprinkles using their 20′ chocolate conveyor belt- I Love Lucy style. 

They have unique gifts as well- edible chocolate picture frames, baskets, corporate gifts, company logos and many more creative ideas. I spied a chocolate “Happy Divorce” plaque when I was there. The cutest gift may be the photo on a piece of chocolate- all edible. This would make the cutest favor for almost any type of party- engagement, wedding, retirement, birthday. 

Chocolate Works also holds drop-off events for kids. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, you may need some time to prepare sans kids. Try dropping them off at the Gobble ’til You Wobble Pizza Party from 12-2pm on Wednesday, November 25th while you get your errands done. Or if Black Friday shopping is your plan, let the kids have some fun at the Black Friday Pizza Party (11am-1pm) while you shop the deals and steals. 

So now you know. There’s a great chocolate store, plus party place, kids drop-off locale, gift store, etc… right in your backyard. I suggest you visit, try some delights in person and see what else they have to offer! Let us know what you think. 

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Ready, Set, Go! St. Anne’s Respite Games September 19th

The Not-So-Calm Before the Storm:  Respite Games Held Early on Spirit Day – September 19, 2015

GARDEN CITY, New York (August 10, 2015)  Before the bounce rides, games and music even begin, a very special part of Spirit Day has already begun:  the Respite Games.  Starting at noon on Spirit Day, indoor games and activities are hosted by Saint Anne’s for children and young adults who have special needs.  The Respite Games have been part of Spirit Day for the last several years. 

Organized by Saint Anne’s Special Needs Ministry, the Respite Games offer a sampling of the year-long Respite Care program, which provides wonderful evenings of fun and friendship for children who have special needs from the age of 5 on through young adulthood.   Saint Anne’s Respite Care program meets on various Friday evenings at Saint Anne’s throughout the year.  It is centered on the relationship between the special children and their volunteer buddies, both teens and adults, who partner with them for a light dinner and some great activities, which include sports, music, games and arts and crafts projects.

According to John Rakowski, who leads the activities at the Respite Games and has served as a Respite volunteer for many years, “Every moment volunteers spend with these kids is a blessing.  Spirit Day is an extension of that wonderful feeling.”

The Church of St. Anne hosts its 13th annual Spirit Day on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 1-10pm with rides, games and music all day and evening.  The day is highlighted with a beautiful celebration of Mass outdoors at 5pm and the exciting Big Bucks Raffle drawing at 10pm.  Additional Big Bucks tickets are always available at the rectory or you may call and we will be happy to mail one to you.  Families from the parish who have special needs children and are interested in participating in the Respite Games on Spirit Day are invited to contact Linda Leone at St. Anne’s Parish office at 352-5904 or visit the website at

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Make the Most of Summer’s Last Days

Once friends start discussing Labor Day plans, you know it’s all over. As August winds down, you might be wondering what else you could squeeze into these precious last days before summer comes to an official close. Why not spend your last summer days locally with some activities from the list below? 

Nature– Enjoy the summer weather before fall rolls in by taking a nature walk through the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. Click here for a list of birds you might see along your way.

Picnic– Grab some already prepared food at Town Meat Market, Food For Thought or Prime and head to one of GC’s many parks for a leisurely picnic lunch or early dinner. 

Hiking– Garvies Point Museum and Preserve has 5 miles of nature trails that were originally purchased from the Matinecock Indians. There are a variety of trails here and the difficulty level is categorized as “easy”. Click here for more information on Garvies Point and take a hike!

Catch an Outdoor Movie if you haven’t already. Eisenhower Park will show Annie on August 27th at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre. Showtime: dusk. Cost: free. Click here for more details on Eisenhower Park’s movies under the stars.

Culture: To soak up some local culture, visit Adelphi’s Ruth S. Harley University Center Gallery for the solo exhibit of Richmond Lewis: Paintings which runs through September 22nd. Click here for more information on this artist.

Sale-ing into fall– What better way to cure the end-of summer blues than with some retail therapy? There are a lot of great end-of-season deals around Garden City that are perfect for a little pick me up right about now. Envie, Coquette and Madison’s Niche are all having sales right now. 

Outdoor bar hopping– Enjoy the warm summer nights before they give way to chilly fall air by enjoying an al fresco cocktail. You can have a drink outdoors at the Garden City Hotel Patio Bar, BK Sweeney’s or Plattduetsche Park, to name a few. 

However you choose to spend your last days of summer, enjoy them because soon the pumpkin spice lattes will be brewing! 

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V Spa: Back to the Basics

I’ve been experimenting with gel manicures lately as many of you know. Post gel mani, my nails weren’t in the greatest of shape. This is partly my fault because I decided to remove the gel polish on my own (warning: DO NOT attempt to dismantle a gel mani at home) which wasn’t the best idea. 

After my experience with a couple of gel manicures, I can say that I am steering clear of them for a while. Although it was great to not have my nail polish chip and to actually have it looking good for about two whole weeks (aaaamazing!), I don’t think it’s the mani for me on a regular basis. I’ll save it for special occasions or vacation. Admittedly, my nails weren’t in great shape before the gel mani but it definitely didn’t help. So today I decided to go back to the basics and get a good ol’ fashioned manicure. 

I tried V Spa on Franklin Ave for my no-frills mani. They took me immediately (even though the salon was somewhat busy for a Thursday morning) and every tool they used was either out-of-the-package new or sanitized, which is awesome. I was treated to a great mini shoulder/upper back massage during the mani, which I love. Too often nail salons forget this little perk. The massage was a teeny bit painful at times, but maybe that’s a good thing. I’m sure there were a few knots back there (tension much?) anyway. The cute animal ring holders on the manicure tables were a fun touch.  

My manicurist, Tess, was very nice and seemed well informed. I told her about the current condition of my nails (chipping, peeling, overall weakness) and she recommended a specific nail hardener for me and advised me against using any colored polish today. 

The hardener was only an additional $1 and I went sans color. Tess told me to monitor my nails’ condition over the next few days to see if things are improving. So I don’t have a fun summer color on my fingers today, but I’m happy that they look clean and healthy.  

I will go back to V Spa again for a mani and maybe sample some other services. Have you been to V Spa? What did you think?

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The PAC Wraps Up

The Pac (Performance Athletic Club) wrapped up another triumphant week last Thursday. The Club, run by Peter LeSueur and Tim Goettelmann, local lacrosse legends, was deemed a success by parents and players alike.

It started on Monday with individual and group photos, t-shirts and an all around intro. The boys and girls got right into the action after that and it continued all week.

 Day one- getting acquainted. 

The coaches were very enthusiastic as they led the players through various drills and skills. The no-equipment rule was a welcome one during the hot July week. Coaches LeSueur and Goettelmann were also on hand all day, every day lending their knowledge and expertise to the players.

On the last day, all participants were treated to a host of surprises- from pinatas in the nets to a dance party to Italian Ices and more. 

Piñata time!

How’s Your Aim? 

Closing Dance Party

And that’s a wrap. See you again next summer!

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A Lot of Hockey Left to be Played!

Inside Garden City is happy to have Andrew Karen back with an update on Community Park’s roller hockey program and the new rink. This is truly a great asset to our town and residents should be sure to take advantage of it! 

A lot of hockey left to be played!!!!

The Garden City Recreation & Parks Department roller hockey program is in full swing this spring. From beginner clinics for kindergarten and first grade, to leagues for 2nd & 3rd graders, 4th & 5th graders, 6th through 8th graders and a pick up game program for the ‘big kids’ (AKA adults ages 30 & over.) The program offers something for all!

With a brand new state of the art roller rink, the program and the sport continue to grow right here in our very own backyard. The new roller rink was designed to ensure the people of GC received the best rink possible. During the design process, we took notice of how the sun sets and positioned the rink so that when playing on it, you would not have the sun in your eyes (especially the goalies). Also, many people have commented that the skating surface is the smoothest they have ever skated on. Another interesting fact about the rink is that the facility is equipped with a full sound system to allow us to play music and make announcements during special events, like the championship games.

The adult pick up game program is open to any village resident ages 30 & above. Experience doesn’t matter and over the years we had a nice mix of guys who all call the program a great way to conclude the weekend (since the games are on Sunday night) with their fellow GC neighbors.

The department currently offers two seasons (one in the spring & one in the fall) on Friday & Sundays. 

The spring season begins in early April and concludes in early June. The fall season begins right after Labor Day and concludes right before Thanksgiving.
If you are interested in learning more about our various programs or just looking to hang out and enjoy good old sports activities from right here in GC, come down to the roller rink in Community Park because there is a lot of hockey left to be played!

Open Rink Hours For GC Residents:

Sunday 10am-1pm, Monday-Thursday 3pm-dark, Friday- closed for programs, Saturday 10am-dark. Helmets required.

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Feldis For Mother’s Day {Procrastinators}

If you haven’t gotten a Mother’s Day gift yet for your mother, wife or sister {or yourself},  don’t despair- Feldis Florist on Seventh St. has got you covered!

I stopped in there this afternoon to see what they had going on for the big day and the place was pumpin’. Ed and crew were hard at work with barely a minute to chat. Orders were coming in by phone and by foot. Gorgeous bouquets and gifts were everywhere. Here’s a glimpse:

So beautiful…

 Looking like Spring!

 A beautiful array…

They have bouquets in all price ranges, from the min to the max. And pretty creative too- have you ever seen purple calla lilies before? Calla lilies are one of my absolute fave flowers but in deep purple they’re going to a whole new level that I just love.

Loving these…

A beautiful bouquet for all budgets.

Feldis’ customer service cannot be beat. They will hook you up with the best bouquet for your budget. And if flowers aren’t what you had in mind, you can also stop in there for chocolates, a cozy stuffed animal, picture frames, a unique vase and more.  

And they’re also hooking you up with extended hours for Mother’s Day. You can stop in Saturday until 8pm and Sunday from 8am-5pm. Whichever way you look at it, they’ve got you covered!

Feldis is located at 160 Seventh St., Garden City. 516-747-3330

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