How to Do Just About Anything

From organizing your closet to surviving a nuclear disaster, we’ve got dozens of new skills for you to try.


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3: Take a walk on the wild side. What White Plains lacks in vines to swing from it more than makes up for in swinging watering holes. Embark on your own wild animal pub crawl with stops at The Brazen Fox (914-358-5911;, Black Bear Saloon (914-422-3270;, and The Thirsty Turtle (914-993-0505).

4: Get your big game face on. Hungry for a safari-type dining experience? Chow down on steaks, ribs, and fish prepared in wood-fired ovens at Mighty Joe Young’s in White Plains (914-428-6868) and dine amid flaming torches, antlers, hardy palm trees, and piped-in calls of the jungle.

5: Capture your own safari style. Are you so over the cargo pants thing? No pith helmet handy? Fortunately for you, faux exotic skins are really big this season. Hunt down leopard-print cashmere gloves by Autumn Cashmere ($132), a snake-patterned rayon scarf from Paris ($98), or a leopard-patterned pashmina and silk scarf by Tolani ($112) at Great Stuff (Chappaqua, 914-238-0057; Rye, 914-967-1377; Scarsdale, 914-723-0504). Or head to Siren in Mamaroneck (914-777-2122) for a faux alligator evening bag ($65) and leopard-print kitten heels by Martinez Valero ($138).

…Find Your Car at The Westchester

The Westchester has 3,200 parking spots. How the heck are you going to find yours?

1: Park in the Same Place Each Time. Memorize the parking section closest to your favorite store, then always park there. To find out the parking section closest to your favorite store, see the box below.

2: Write It Down. The ticket you get when you enter the parking garage is the perfect place to jot down your space and section number, since you need it when you’re leaving anyway.

3: Pay Someone Else to Worry About It. The Nordstrom valet is on Paulding Street off Westchester Avenue, and the Neiman Marcus valet is located on Pauling Street off of Maple Ave.

Keep your life from turning into a Seinfeld episode by using this list to figure out where to park in The Westchester—then park there every time. BTW: The parking lot is divided into East Parking and West Parking. You get to the East lot from Bloomingdale Road or Paulding Street. You can enter the West lot from Pauling Street or Hale Avenue.

Park on P1 East and go up the escalator to Retail 1 for Burberry, 7 for All Mankind, Tiffany & Co., Sephora, Theory, Hugo Boss, Sony Style, and David Yurman.

Park on P3 G, and enter onto Retail 1 for Barney’s New York CO-OP, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon, Tumi, Gucci, and Salvatore Ferragamo.

For Coach, Michael Kors, Tourneau, Louis Vuitton, Ann Taylor, and Pottery Barn, park on P5 F, and enter onto Retail 2.
For Abercombie & Fitch, Marni, Victoria’s Secret, and Cole Haan, park on P5 G, and enter onto Retail 2.
For Apple, Pottery Barn Kids, Bose, Swarovski, Godiva, and Starbucks, park on P7 F, and enter onto Retail 3.
For Verizon Wireless, J. Jill, Amy’s Hallmark, Aldo, and Foot Locker, park on P7 G, and enter onto Retail 3.
For P.F. Chang’s, park on P3 West.
For Neiman Marcus, park on P3 G (Retail 1), P5 G (Retail 2), or P7 G (Retail 3)
For Nordstrom, park on P1 East, P2 East, P4 West, P5 F (Retail 2), or P7 F (Retail 3).

…Get Cast in a Reality TV Show

1: Apply. “I can’t tell you how many people ask me what they should do to be on a reality show, and then when I ask if they’ve applied, they say no,” says Mark Yawitz, co-founder and president of “You’re not going to get on if you don’t even apply.”

2: Read the Instructions. “People complain all the time that applications are too long,” says Yawitz. “But my response to them is, this show is only on air once or twice a year, meaning you are only applying once or twice. It’s not that bad.”

3: Keep Photos Current. “You want to send at least two clear and current photos of yourself—one headshot, one body shot,” Yawitz says. “If you are thirty-nine, don’t send a picture of yourself when you were twenty-five. And if you have blonde hair in the picture you send, don’t show up as a brunette if you’re called.”

4: Don’t Apply for Everything. “The casting world is a small world,” Yawitz says, “They don’t like it when they see the same person applying for every show online.”

5: Look for Open Casting Calls. “Just because you apply for a series online, doesn’t mean you can’t attend an open casting call in your area,” he says. Yawitz recommends doing both.

6: Don’t Call Back. “So many people ask what they should do after they apply,” Yawitz says. “My answer? Nothing. If they like you, you’ll get a call.”



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