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Winter Fun in the City

Puffy jackets, beanies, gloves, and snow can only mean one thing – winter has officially hit NYC. Even with Winter Storm Hercules upon us, there is no reason we should feel crippled by the face-numbing chill. New York City boasts numerous activities that can be enjoyed inside and outside. So instead of hibernating at home until Easter, why not get out and embrace the winter and all that NYC has to offer?

For the Night Life

NYC is home to some of the best music venues and artists in the world. Why not bowl a few frames, sip some whiskey, and catch a live show at Brooklyn’s very own Brooklyn Bowl?

Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn Bowl

For the Outdoorsy

Feel like getting some exercise? Head over to Central Park’s Wollman Rink and show off those skills we all know you have.

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Wollman Rink in Central Park

For the Relaxed

Curl up by the fireplace, play Jenga with friends, and eat soft pretzels at Greenpoint’s Spritzenhaus.

Greenpoint’s Spritzenhaus

Greenpoint’s Spritzenhaus

For the Curious

The hardest part about going to a museum in the city is picking which one to visit! With world famous museums like the MOMA, The Met, the New Museum, the Guggenheim, and the American Museum of Natural History, it can be a challenge picking just one. So why not spend a day hitting them all?

Chris Burden's Extreme Measures exhibit at the New Museum on the LES

Chris Burden’s Extreme Measures exhibit at the New Museum on the LES

These really only scratch the surface of what NYC has to offer. What are your favorite things to do in NYC during these cold winter months?

Women You Need to Know NYC

Women You Need to Know NYC #WomenInComm

At Squeaky, we are fortunate to work with and be influenced by smart women on a daily basis. These women (including our co-founder Mailet Lopez) are entrepreneurs, thought leaders and business owners…and never run out of energy or insight when they’re in a room together.  However, unfortunately, it appears to us that this doesn’t happen often enough. While there are plenty of conferences, seminars and networking events in New York City, there aren’t many events specifically catered to successful women.

So, as an agency with a majority of female employees, we decided to do something about it. We ideated an event that would break the mold of the typical networking event filled with entry-level women looking for jobs. Instead, ours would be built around quality connections and encourage a free flow of ideas among exceptional women.

As we began planning, we knew that we couldn’t be the only people out there who wanted to bring women together like this, so we searched for another agency to partner with. As soon as we approached J Public Relations, a female-owned and operated travel public relations agency, it was clear that they were just as excited and eager to make this event happen as we were. Together, we pooled our resources to plan the first-ever ‘Women You Need To Know’ event.

After months of planning, the night we were all waiting for finally happened on Wednesday, July 10th and it’s safe to say that we have never been in the presence of so many talented women at one time. As soon as they started arriving, the conversation (and drinks) started flowing. It was clear that these women didn’t need any panels, presentations or nametags – after all, they’ve built careers on their ability to make connections and share ideas.

With the help of Tequila Avión, Brooklyn Winery, Suja Juices and Uber, we were able to provide delicious drinks and easy transportation to and from the Squeaky loft, and even had DJ Oui Oui (a Squeaky project manager by day) on the 1′s and 2′s to set the mood.

The event was a great success and we have plans to continue the ‘Women You Need to Know’ series, so be sure to stay tuned! Check out photos from the event on our Facebook page.

The Adventures of Chippy Part 2: In the Heights! Ya Tu Sabe!

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From Austrian to Taiwanese and so much more, the Squeaky team epitomizes ‘melting pot’. This diverse mix of backgrounds is part of what makes both our approach to our work as well as our company culture so “Squeaky”.

If you didn’t already know, this entry is a part of an on-going blog series featuring a look into the lives of the Squeaky family through the eyes of our mascot, Head of Security/Director of Intern Procurement, Chippy.

This week’s adventure? A taste of life in the Heights (Washington Heights that is) with Geo. Before the city tried to call it Hudson Heights or some other baby-stroller-friendly term.

The day started early with a visit to Inwood Park where American Indians were duped into selling Manhattan for about $24 from a smooth criminal named, Peter Minuit. Although it was a bit chilly by the water, a bit of batting practice and a bandera warmed him up (evidently, Chippy is a Yankee fan).

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Next it was time to experience mangu (the official dish of the Dominican Republic), fried salami, queso y huevos for brunch—of course, it was all washed down with a glass of Morir Soñando and followed up with a prescription for a colonoscopy.

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With a full stomach and full of ambition, Chippy hit the mean streets to do some walking and happened to run into his tio (aka uncle for you non-Latinos)—you know, that one that nobody really talks to at parties but with whom you stay social enough in case he is secretly rich and bestows you some goodies.

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They made a quick stop at the local bodega for Dutch where we were of course sold on a few platanos from this handsome fellow.

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Soon enough, Geo and Chippy were on their way and headed to Fort Tryon Park.

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Ready for some more culture, they decided to visit to the Cloisters museum and gardens, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe.

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Little did Chippy know, but Geo had a secret agenda of her own and dragged him along while she went to get her nails did at Nail Lounge on Broadway.

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(he didn’t really put up much of a fight)

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He even insisted they hit up the hair salon next, so Geo took him over to New Wave Beauty Salon where the owner was kind enough to let us snap some photos and even gave Chippy a discount on a weave (we think he just likes visit all the pretty girls).

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Finally, they decided to end the day with (otra ves, more food) at La Casa del Mofongo which included smashed plantains with fried pork y tostones…YUM! Yes, Dominican people LOVE platanos…but can you blame them?

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Find more photos from the adventures of Chippo Suave aka Chippy Chulo aka Perro Caliente aka perrito lindo on our Facebook page. Big shout out to all of the businesses who were so kind to Geo and Chippy! Wheppppa!

WalkAbout NYC Agency Edition

WalkAboutNYC

WalkaboutNYC is a behind-the-scenes look at the people and places fueling our creative, technological, and entrepreneurial culture in New York City. As a company which prides ourselves on our diversity, culture and unique work space, we jumped at the opportunity to be part of this open-house event.

It all takes place October 19th but in order to visit us, you must RSVP for either 4pm or 5pm here. Come visit Squeaky HQ, enjoy great conversation, whiskey, beer and get an inside look at how our creative cogs turn. For more information check out WalkAboutNYC.com

The First Five Years of the Artist Whose Canvas was New York

Recently, we were fortunate enough to check out the Keith Haring exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. Real Pop Art lovers know everything there is to know about Haring, the pre-eminent artist and social activist. But for those who aren’t familiar, we’ve gathered some of his pieces to share with you in celebration of his short but intense career. The show took place in three main galleries and presented Haring’s early works (1978-1982) in a variety of media. It outlined the development of his studio practice and production of public and political art through works on paper and archival objects such as exhibition flyers, rarely seen videos and self-portraits.

After viewing this huge collection, it is hard to believe it was all produced in a brief five-years—with the young artist dying at just 31-years-old.

Keith Haring was one of the prominent artists of the downtown scene in the 1970’s and 80’s, along with his good friends Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Untitled piece: Basquiat & Haring Collaboration (on the left: Haring’s baby and Basquiat’s crown – two important symbols)

Haring first came to public attention with his drawings, a subtle wink to New Yorkers on the subway—and his friendship with Andy Warhol connected him to rising celebrities like Madonna, who described Haring’s work as “StreetArt”.

Haring was also socially-conscious, and his work often reflected his position on social issues.  As a philanthropist, he established the Keith Haring Foundation to provide funding to AIDS organizations as well as to promote activism and awareness about the disease.

By expressing concepts of war, birth, death and sex with his simple lines and vibrant colors, Haring’s work has become a widely recognized visual language of the 20th century.

His personal sketchbooks were the most fascinating; they were filled with intricate drawings with enigmas needing resolve. Haring’s life photographs were also displayed on some walls and as we browsed the gallery, it really felt like we were in his head.

Indeed, beyond the display of his technical art, the exhibition gives us a real overview of what kind of person Haring was: a humane and committed artist with a kind soul.

If you’ve never been to the Brooklyn Museum, you should check it out—although the Keith Haring exhibit is over for now they’ve got some other really amazing exhibits worth seeing.