Kelly Bensimon: Spring style conundrums solved

A major must-have: Gucci loafers, worn by Kelly

(Credit: A major must-have: Gucci loafers, worn by Kelly Bensimon)

Kelly Killoren Bensimon - model, fashionista and author of the book "I Can Make You Hot! The Supermodel Diet" - dishes out style advice to amNewYork's readers.

What is the must-have item for spring/summer? It's been since 1953 that Gucci created the horsebit detail on the classic loafer - so in celebration of the 60th anniversary, invest in a pair! Today, the classic loafer comes...

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Video of the day: 'We Saw Your Boobs' parody

Parody

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Seth MacFarlane's controversial performance at the Oscars on Sunday night has been a topic of conversation across the country all week. But of course there are people out there who will get together and make a joke out of everything. Check out this parody spinoff of MacFarlane's "We Saw Your Boobs" song, titled "We Saw Your Junk."  

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amEXPERT: Dr. Jennifer Collins talks tackling a cold

Dr. Jennifer Collins

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Dr. Jennifer Collins is an assistant professor and physician specializing in allergy, asthma and immunology in the Department of Otolaryngology at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary.

She answered some questions for amNewYork:

I feel a cold coming on. My eyes are itchy and my throat scratchy. What's the first thing I should do? There are a few things you can do to help reduce the duration...

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Guayusa leaves: An alternative to coffee

Runa Tea is a Brooklyn-based company.

(Credit: Runa Tea is a Brooklyn-based company. )

We've all felt sluggish at work, prompting some of us to make a bee line for the Keurig cup machine or the Starbucks down the block.

After the fix, you feel good for an hour or so, but then you're back in the bottom of the proverbial empty cup. Coffee is God's gift to man, some say, but the double-edged sword is the subsequent, and likely guaranteed, crashing come-down.

Some people prefer...

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A glimpse into Superstorm Sandy's NYC school destruction

William E. Grady Career and Technical High School

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Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott spoke about how Superstorm Sandy devastated city schools during a hearing Tuesday.

His presentation included stunning photos of the damage that the buildings suffered.

Click on the related content below to view photos of Sandy destruction in NYC schools in Queens and Brooklyn. ...

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Cardinal Dolan heads to the Vatican for papal conclave

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan had a very "New York" way of dismissing speculation that he'll be elected pope at the upcoming papal conclave.

"Listen, I think I got a better chance of taking A-Rod's place than I do of Benedict XVI," he said after morning Mass at the Cardinal Cooke Catholic Center Tuesday, according to NY1. Dolan left Tuesday for Rome to take part in the papal conclave...

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Why eating local and seasonal food is good for you

Pick up local produce at the Brooklyn Borough

(Credit: Pick up local produce at the Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket, open year-round. (GROWNYC))

Eating local foods in season may sound like just another hip foodie trend, but this time you actually might want to buy into the buzz.

Carolyn Brown, MS, RD, nutrition expert at Foodtrainers, a nutrition and fitness company on the Upper West Side, said there are several reasons to hop on the bandwagon.

First and foremost, local foods are packed with more nutrients. The term local means...

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Seth MacFarlane: 'No way' would I host the Oscars again

Seth MacFarlane

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Seth MacFarlane said "no way" to hosting the Oscars ever again.

The "Family Guy" star emceed the awards show Sunday to mixed reviews, with some calling his jokes racist, sexist and homophobic, but yesterday he tweeted that he won't be back.

"No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though," MacFarlene tweeted when asked whether he would return.

Still, MacFarlane's...

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New York Aquarium to reopen

The aquarium had to close after being damaged

(Credit: The aquarium had to close after being damaged by Superstorm Sandy. (Julie Larsen Maher/WCS))

Get your galoshes ready. The New York Aquarium will partially reopen late this spring, thanks to restorations to the park after it was damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

The Wildlife Conservation Society announced Tuesday that the aquarium's reopening will include Glover's Reef; exhibits in the Main Hall; the outdoor spaces of Sea Cliffs, which house the walrus, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters...

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New York real estate strong despite dip in sales price index: Experts

A "For Sale" sign hangs near a home

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A report showing a small decline in home prices doesn't mean the city lost any real estate luster, housing experts say.

S&P Dow Jones Indices released a report Tuesday that tracked the 2012 home prices indexes for 20 cities and found the tri-state area had a .5% decrease.

Although the national average sales price index went up 7.3% last year, New York's price decline didn't mean...

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