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After the release of the singer’s latest album “reputation,” AT&T decided to celebrate its partnership with Taylor Swift by creating a pop-up experience for her fans downtown. The shop included exclusive merchandise and a number of props from the “Look What You Made Me Do” music video, including the phone and the throne.

The fine folks in charge of the production gave me a VIP tour of space, which was in the South Street Seaport and was open for almost a full week. Yes, even Ms. Swift herself popped by and surprised fans on its opening day.

Almost a week separated from crossing the finish line and I’m still wrapping my head around the fact that I ran 26.2 miles through my favorite city in the world only to learn that it’s an even better place than I originally thought.

And trust me; I was already head-over-heels in love.

Back in August my friend Kerry presented me with an opportunity I couldn’t refuse: a chance to run in the TCS New York City Marathon without having to qualify, win a lottery or raise any money. I joined #TeamULTRA and represented Michelob Ultra amongst 50,000 other marathoners scampering across the five boroughs.

Despite my love of running and my consistent schedule of hitting the trails, I knew this wouldn’t be easy; when I started training, I never ran more than 7 miles at a time. Furthermore, I have an erratic work/life schedule and I knew that eventually I’d be moving – a task that in itself is a full-time job here.

But running the marathon here was something I’ve always wanted to do. This was too good to pass up and short of a severe injury or traumatic life event, there was nothing that could stop me from pursuing this.

I could go on to document the training schedule I created for myself, the run itself and the aftermath but instead, here are a few frequently asked questions that I’ve fielded since crossing the finish line on Sunday.


“So, how was it?”
Physically and emotionally overwhelming in the best way possible. The experience far exceeded my expectations and is something I’d recommend to anyone.

“What was your favorite part?”
As far as overall, having my family there to cheer me on was special but I sobbed like a child after I finished as a result of the love I felt throughout the five boroughs. People cheering, making noise, offering food and drinks, holding signs… it was incredible. And Sunday wasn’t the nicest day weather-wise; it was colder than expected and the rain really never let-up. You wouldn’t have known that based on the crowd’s spirit.

I have to mention as well that multiple people told me I’d hate the Bronx. If you look at my mile-by-mile breakdown, I ran some of my fastest miles up there. My playlist synced to my run perfectly so that just as I was crossing the Willis Ave. Bridge I heard The Tramps’ “Disco Inferno.” Of course, it was on my playlist because I’m a diehard Yankees fan and those overtures of “Bern, baby bern!” brought back a lot of great memories from Yankee legend Bernie Williams.


“What was the most difficult part?”
Overall the mental game you play as you attempt to overcome physical shortcomings. I cramped and tightened up quite a bit during the run; while it slowed me down once I never stopped and I escaped injury-free.

“How are you feeling?”
Great, thanks! I bought a new pair of running shoes and should be back on a treadmill this weekend. I think not over-training and eating clean helped me to recover quickly.


“Will you do it again?”
Never say never but probably not. It’d be tough to top this experience, one which despite still attempting to fully process I am extremely grateful for.

Our old friend Jax called in to the show from her new home in Los Angeles and we had a lot to chat about it. I ran the New York City Marathon this year and she completed it last year so we compared notes on the 26.2 mile trek before moving on to Jax’s new music and the next season of “American Idol.”

Attorney Jill Stanley, PROOFWithJillStanley.com, called in with an update on the report regarding the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office pursuing rape charges against disgraced studio head Harvey Weinstein.

Photo: David Shankbone

Photo: David Shankbone


Prior to last weekend, Ross Lynch was mostly known as one of the stars from Disney Channel’s “Austin & Ally” as well as a member of the pop group R5. To say people are now seeing him from a different perspective would be quite the understatement; Lynch portrays a teenage version of Jeffrey Dahmer in the new film, “My Friend Dahmer.”

“I think a lot of people are really excited – R5 fans, not R5 fans,” Lynch responded when I asked him about the reaction he anticipated from the band’s supporters. The artist phoned me from the Bowery Hotel downtown where he was participating in a press junket for the film. “I think (R5 fans) are expecting to see Ross Lynch acting but I think pretty early on in the movie you forget that it’s me.”

However critics are not forgetting and Lynch is earning praise for his role. The actor told “Rolling Stone” that when his agent presented the film’s script, he had “no idea” who the serial killer was.

“It was my first time playing a serial killer,” Lynch revealed to me. “So I really just wanted to get all the information I could, whether it was Wikipedia, whether it was the interviews (Dahmer) did with his father after he got caught and convicted.

“I did a lot of research. I just really wanted to do a good job, so I just read anything I could get my hands on.”

Lynch didn’t have any contact with Dahmer’s remaining family, although the film was shot in Akron, Ohio where the killer’s father is believed to reside. The actor did speak with author John Backderf, who was friends with Dahmer and penned the novel and memoir from which the movie and its title was adapted.

And while the film is certainly providing Lynch with his breakout role, the artist doesn’t seem to be straying from his band. R5 will play a handful of dates later this month in South America, and Lynch promised a new single from the group soon.

He just returned from a cruise and is preparing for a cross-country move, but thankfully neither stopped New Kids On The Block star Joey McIntyre from calling in to my radio show this week.

For those who don’t know, I’m running this weekend’s TCS New York City Marathon with #TeamULTRA, and this week I’ve been gathering advice on what to expect as a first-time marathoner both privately and publicly. When I thought of music artists that ran a marathon, McIntyre was the first person who came to mind; he completed the 2013 Boston Marathon about five minutes before the terrorist attack. The singer/songwriter returned with bandmate Danny Wood to then complete the marathon again in 2014.

So I was very pleased when McIntyre agreed to an interview, candidly sharing experiences, advice and a few mantras that helped him along the way.

“’What can I do to make my situation better?’” was the first phrase he told me about. “Meaning like, ‘Focus on my feet, am I working on my feet?’ or ‘Focus on how my shoulders are.’”

The idea is to make yourself feel more comfortable and also preoccupy your mind “for chunks at a time.”

And that was the vibe I caught from McIntyre; this will be just as much mentally challenging as it will be physical.

“But it’s thrilling man,” he assured me. “There’s such a high. You go through the tough times but there are moments when you’re like, ‘Wow, I’m really doing this.’”

McIntyre didn’t completely rule out doing it himself next year; the NKOTB artist just launched a new podcast called “The Move” which is inspired by his family’s pending move back east to New York City.

“My wife is from the city; I put in a solid 10 years in my 20’s so it’s been bubbling up,” he revealed. “We’re ready for a move and we’re going back to New York.”

McIntyre plans on using his new podcast to tell stories from his move while also inviting others to share their experiences of relocating.

“Moving, no matter where you’re going, brings up a lot of feelings and thoughts and history,” he noted. “I think it cuts through a bunch of levels on an interview basis.”

Despite the move to the Big Apple, don’t expect McIntyre to abandon his routing interests. We talked just days after his Patriots traded backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and like any true New Englander, the singer had a thought or two on the matter.

“People are sort of dumb-founded, a little shaking-their-head,” he mused before adding, “It’s hard to argue with Bill Belichick.

“We’ve been so lucky with the Patriots man. At this point, we don’t even get worked up.”

Will Reeve stopped by the show to chat about the new season of “The MSG Hockey Show,” which airs weekly on MSG. In addition to sharing his opinion of the hockey locals, Reeve also offered up some tips to me on running my first NYC Marathon; Reeve ran it last year to raise funds and awareness for his parents’ foundation. I’ll run my first with #TeamULTRA on Sunday.

Now this is a story all about how my Saturday got flipped-turned upside down. Royalty and the west coast are not involved but Philadelphia serves as one of the backdrops.

The plan was simple: take an early afternoon Amtrak to Philadelphia, attend the wedding of friend/former intern/past-contributor Jessie Holeva, enjoy the reception and catch a train back to Penn Station that would return me to New York well before either last call.

Things went awry from the get-go. What should’ve been a 20 minute commute on the subway to Penn took over double that thanks to weekend construction. I missed my 2:05 train and rebooked for 3:07. But I wasn’t fazed; I figured I’d use the time to run upstairs to our studio, use the restroom, take a deep breath and then head back downstairs.

Right before I did, I went to the men’s room one more time. Our private restroom by the studio appeared occupied so I used the bathroom that the entire floor has access to. Everything was fine until I flushed the toilet. They’re brand new and so the flusher is electric. But it malfunctioned and wouldn’t stop flushing.

Thankfully I bolted out of the stall before any damage was done to me, but that’s not to say that by the time the toilet shut off the restroom wasn’t filled with a few inches of sitting water. I took the appropriate measure of alerting our chief engineer, put myself back together and made it just in the nick of time to my departing train.

The ride down was smooth, pleasant and scenic. If you’re wondering, Amtrak does have Bloody Mary mix; the food cart offers the serviceable Mr. and Mrs. T’s.

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Upon arrival at the 30th Street Station I was pleased to find out that the convenience store sells greeting cards, a perfect look for the single bachelor en route to a wedding without one. A few minutes after checking out I met my Uber driver, who drove me 20 minutes north of Philly to Cabrini University.

This was my first time on campus and I have to say, I was impressed. It is scenic and close to the big city yet feels somewhat secluded and tucked away, which I enjoyed. The ceremony and reception were fantastic; it was great to reconnect with a few old friends and meet a few more new ones. Jessie looked stunning and of course I’m very happy for her and Justin who fun fact, once put me up for the night after I covered a Young The Giant/Grouplove show in the City of Brotherly Love (another story for another blog).

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The reception wrapped at 11 and so I grabbed another Uber to head back to 30th Street for my 12:05 am departure. Upon my arrival I was greeted by a closed bar inside the station and then just before I thought we were boarding… a delay.

A two-hour delay.

So where did I go? Following a failed attempt to drink a pint next door inside a Irish pub, I ordered another Uber en route to The Franklin Bar, a speakeasy downtown. There I met a patron from Long Island City who was keeping the bartender, her on-and-off again boyfriend, company. I ended up becoming friends with everyone in the place, stayed until last call and eventually Uber’d back to the station where I encountered almost no food options and… you guessed it, another delay.

My train back to New York eventually left after 3 am. I arrived at Penn Station at quarter to 5 am. Following two Uber drivers cancelling on me and a random guy throwing water on me, I hailed a cab.

And I yelled to the cabbie “Yo homes smell ya later!” I walked in to my bodega; I was finally there. Turkey on a whole wheat wrap; Philly can’t compare.

The ladies of Little Mix took a quick break from “The Glory Days Tour” in Scotland to chat with me about the “Reggaeton Lento” remix with CNCO, their favorite Starbucks orders and their plan to rest and relax for the holidays, happily noting that for the first time in a while, they have “a beautiful two months off.”

Little Mix will release “Glory Days: The Platinum Edition” on November 24.

Just two weeks ago, my new roommate and I were standing in center field for game 3 of the American League Division Series in the Bronx when Greg Bird took former-Yankee Andrew Miller deep. Yankee Stadium went ballistic. The home run broke a zero –zero tie and propelled the Yankees to a victory that night and an eventual series win over the Indians.

The following week, the Bronx Bombers found themselves within one win of the World Series against the Astros. I scored tickets to Game 5 of the Fall Classic, which was to be played at the Stadium this Sunday night. My friends and I were all-set to watch the Yankees battle the Dodgers.

And then, last weekend happened. The Yanks traveled to Houston and didn’t bring the offense along. Game 6 went to the Astros and the momentum swing in to the vaunted game 7 was too much for the Baby Bombers to handle.

It also marked the end of an era: this week the team announced that after 10 seasons at the helm, the contract of manager Joe Girardi would not be renewed. Now, the annual “hot stove” talks center on not if the Yankees will make a free agency splash but who will be the skipper of a team poised for another run at the World Series next season.

If you didn’t know any better, you would have no idea that just last week we were planning on hosting the World Series. Now, I’m looking in to a return trip to Bear Mountain this weekend so I can take-in some of the fall foliage.

In the words of a-many great philosophers that frequent bars in Murray Hill, and that Nationwide commercial, “Life comes at you fast (bro).”

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