My photo published in Parade Magazine, Sept 5, 2014
It's been quite a few years since art school where I initially had dreams of seeing my photos in print/online. But, I still have the skills in my toolkit!
My photo of Grandparents.com CEO Steve Leber was featured in Parade Magazine on Sept 5, 2014 before Grandparent's Day. I sent a few shots over and they picked my favorite one!
Steve looks good, wouldn't you agree?
Quoted in The New York Times, Aug 3, 2014
Jennifer Fragale offered on Twitter: “Having to move furniture down from a 4th Fl walk up, around the block, and up a 5th Fl walk up.”
I don't remember when it started, but sometime after moving to NYC I decided that it was my "lifelong dream" to be quoted in The New York Times. To me it was a goal on my quest to become a true New Yorker. I thought that, an obituary aside, getting my name printed in the paper of record would cement my presence here.
I had one near run-in when my co-worker and I were interviewed in May 2011 at the Starbucks a block from the NYT building (across the street from Grandparents.com). We were questioned about the Anthony Weiner scandal and at the time, asked if we thought the Twitter picture was planted or was in fact him. A lively conversation ensued and the reporter scribbled down a bunch of my responses but when the article came out, it only included quotes from his constituency in Brooklyn. It made sense, and I decided, lifelong dream aside, I didn't really need my big break to be talking about dick pics and social media scandals.
Years later, when the Metro Desk posed a question about NYC Reverse Bucket List experiences in their City Room article on June 18, 2014 I immediately tweeted at them and shared very truncated versions of my infamous NYC stories. The tweets were like poetry almost and I was thrilled simply when @NYTMetro liked a bunch of them. Little did I suspect what would come!
Nothing can compare to waking up on Sunday, Aug 3rd to a friend's photo posted on my Facebook wall of the print edition with my name in it. My heart started racing, my hands holding my phone were shaking, and tears of indescribable joy began falling.
And there is no bitter taste to it—that April move in 2010 was a hilarious, albeit exhausting, day but one I will always remember fondly.
Quoted in the Huffington Post, Feb 14, 2014
Jennifer Fragale, director of alliance partnerships at Grandparents.com, described "Timeless You" as this: "It takes a comprehensive approach to what you can do to feel your best, and includes advice and tips for creating healthy relationships, exercise, eating well and lowering stress."
Timeless You: The Biology of Youth & The Wisdom of Experience, was a collaboration between Deepak Chopra and Grandparents.com. It's a program I helped create and market during the first quarter of 2014.
Over 10,000 people took the program. Deepak was invited as a guest on Bloomberg TV and CNN and write ups appeared in The Wall Street Journal and on the Huffington Post, in which I was quoted.
I was proud to be spreading a message about changing your perception and habits in order to regain control and change your life. Through the six courses filled with engaging actives and exclusive video, participants learned how to adjust their daily routine to reverse aging, eliminate stress & calm their mind, maximize their energy, and find joy & fulfillment in every day.
Quoted in the Tribeca Trib, June 2013
It also took only one class for Jennifer Fragale to take a more critical look at the tree outside her building in Chelsea. “I was horrified,” Fragale said. “Some branches were hanging too low, others were reaching too far out. This is a glaringly obvious tree in need of pruning!”
Every time you get quoted there is a chance, you'll really not like the way it sounds (reads?) in print. That was the case with the Tribeca Trib's June 2013 coverage of my tree pruning class which I participated in through Trees New York. Luckily now, as a certified citizen pruner, I can deal with the "horror" myself and just prune it away!
Since I graduated and have been hitting the street (trees!), I've had people approach me as I wield my 5' long extending pole saw and ask me if I am cutting down the tree. I laugh and explain that it's the opposite in fact. I am helping the tree grow up, not out—allowing it to become a beautiful street tree that no one needs to duck under when walking by.
That being said, tall individuals, if you have a tree that forces you to do a little dance to get around/under, let me know. I am more than happy to travel and prune away your problem.
Featured on the home page of New Yorkers for Parks and in their monthly email as their featured "New Yorker for Parks," Sept 2012
That Fragale joined The Daffodil Project, one of the largest volunteer efforts in the city’s history, was only fitting: volunteerism – whether teaching seniors or beautifying her neighborhood – has been a near-constant in her life since becoming a New Yorker.
After volunteering for the Daffodil Project in 2011, I graced the homepage of New Yorkers for Parks website in October.
In Sept 2012, I was included in New Yorkers for Parks monthly email as their featured "New Yorker for Parks". You can read a very apropos story of my experience distributing bulbs in Brooklyn in the profile here. If anyone is interested in joining in the Daffodil Project, you can learn more and sign up to volunteer here.
Quoted in Chelsea Now, July 2012
“I’ll never forget when we were planting, and a woman came up to us and said ‘you’re adding a piece of heaven to a warzone!’ That’s something that made me realize how much the community appreciated what we were doing,” Fragale said.
The Club started in spring 2011 when members of the 300 West Block Association decided we needed a formal organization to plant and cultivate the plots of land that lay barren except for their young trees. Fast forward a few years and the blocks are bursting with color—pleasing pedestrians, bikers and drivers alike!
Featured on The Brian Lehrer Show, May 27, 2011
On May 27, 2011 The Brian Lehrer Show quoted me as I described my first and only bike ticketing experience which happened back in Oct 2010. Listen at the 13:00 min mark as they butcher my last name (oh well!) in their telling of my story...
I was ticketed at the corner of 2nd Ave and East 25th St for "failure to use bike lane when one was provided" at 8:30am on Sunday 10/16/10. The cops refused to hear any of my pleas, specifically that the bike lane wasn't present when I entered 2nd Ave. The ticket was for approximately $130. I went to court to fight it with the law highlighted where it says, "--34 RCNY 4-12(p)(1) states that bicyclists should ride in usable bike lanes, unless they are preparing to turn, or are avoiding unsafe conditions (including but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, motor vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, pushcarts, animals, surface hazards)." I went to court with maps, the law, and more, and I didn't have to say a word because while the law is on the state books, the judge immediately said, "This law is not applicable in the city. Case dismissed."
Quoted in Gotham Gazette, Feb 2010
Jennifer Fragale, a Chelsea resident who hauls her out-of-use electronics on the subway to city-run collection programs, likes the proposed law for its convenience to city residents. "I've used the electronic drop off sites but it's always a production to plan your schedule around them, and I don't think most people care enough to lug their keyboards, CPUs, and TVs downtown to have them disposed of properly," she said.