Are you getting enough sleep?

March 2 – 8 defines National Sleep Awareness Week, culminating on the start of Daylight Savings Time, when almost all Americans will lose an hour of sleep.  But, perhaps due to stress, diet, illness or environment, getting enough sleep every night may be a recurring problem for some.

How much is enough sleep? We will spend up to a third of our lives asleep. The recommended range for adults is between 7 and 9 hours per night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Many can do fine with as few as 6 and as many as 10 hours per night. The key is to pay attention to how you feel upon waking up.

  • How is your energy level? Are you jumping or dragging yourself out of bed?
  • Do you depend on caffeine to get you through the day?
  • Are you falling asleep on the metro – or worse, behind the wheel?

If you are having trouble with getting enough sleep, the impact on your quality of life can be significant. For more information on improving your sleep, visit the National Sleep Foundation website: https://sleep.org/

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Celebrating Chinese New Year with a Party on the 25th

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These red lanterns are hung to celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. Chinese New Year remains the most important holiday in China. Its celebration begins on the last day of the Chinese calendar and culminates on the 15th day of the new year with a lantern festival, making it the longest festival in the Chinese calendar.

It is celebrated throughout the world, in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations. The largest celebration outside of China is in San Francisco, CA.


Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one.  Those born in sheep years are often artistic, charming, sensitive, and sweet. It is known as the most creative sign in the Chinese zodiac.

Residents are invited to our Chinese New Year Party on Wednesday, February 25 at 7:00 to 8:30 on the Mezzanine. We will enjoy traditional foods, drinks and music to welcome in the Year of the Sheep.

Thanking Asia Nine for what will be a delicious menu.





Trivia on Washington to honor President’s Day

In honor of President’s Day, here is some lesser known trivia about the inspiration for our very District of Columbia:


  • George Washington was the only president to be elected unanimously.
  • He was the only president that did not live in the White House.
  • He delivered the shortest inaugural address of all time. He had only one tooth at the time and his dentures often gave him pain. It was only 133 words long and took a mere 90 seconds to deliver.


  • George Washington never chopped down a cherry tree. The legend was made up by Mason Weems shortly after Washington’s death.
  • He had many sets of false teeth, but none were made of wood; they were actually made from human or animal teeth and ivory or lead.
  • It is also said that he threw a silver dollar across the Potomac River. However, the Potomac is over a mile long and there were no silver dollars when he was a boy.

The Man

  • George Washington never attended college. In fact, he stopped attending school at age 15.
  • One of his hobbies was to breed hound dogs. He often gave them rather unusual names like: Tarter, Venus and Sweet Lips.
  • He inherited 11 slaves from his father, as was commonplace at the time. Though he owned more than 300 at his death, they were emancipated in his will and some were paid pensions for decades.
  • After retiring from the presidency, he built one of the largest whiskey distilleries in the U.S.


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The Apartments at CityCenter is More than just ‘Pet Friendly’

Your pets are your family. At The Apartments at CityCenter, your pets are more than that – they are our four-legged residents, VIPs (Very Important Pets), and also candidates for our PAW-PARAZZI.

Each month, we select a resident pet as our Paw-Parazzi of the month from those nominated by their owners. They are featured in our Facebook, Twitter and Blog posts, as well as in a place of honor in a frame at the Concierge Desk.

With our rooftop SkyBark, complimentary dog treats at the Concierge Desk and Home Away From Home Services that can cover feeding your pets as you travel, we strive to make your family pets feel as important as you do.

Would you like to see your pet as PAW-PARAZZI of the month? Send an email with a photo TACCConcierge@bozzuto.com and let us know a little about what makes your pet special.

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The Concierges Around You – Terrifically Talented Inside & Outside Our Properties

Would you recognize Daniel Sticco, your Director of Resident Services, if you saw him outside of The Apartments at CityCenter? Perhaps not if he’s conducting or sitting behind a piano or keyboard. Our staff, teaming with some of Washington, DC’s most accomplished property managers and premium guest services providers, is mighty talented inside and outside our properties. We’ll be showing them off to you in 2015 and beyond.

Daniel is a classically trained composer and pianist. He studied professionally with renowned pianist Martha Braden Jones in New York and is an actual Broadway composer!

Daniel has conducted over 100 shows. A few of Daniel’s favorite conducting venues are at the Studio Theater, Kennedy Center, Lyric Opera House in Chicago, and Don’t Tell Mama’s Cabaret in New York, NY. Just as he performs so passionately, he also plans your activities around the property with the same gusto and passion. Stop by the desk and add a line to the melody of CityCenter programming; he’ll work it in.

Our day, night and weekend Concierge teams offer so much variety in capabilities. Throughout this year, you’ll be hearing and seeing more about the team and their special talents, including Sanovia Gross, George Cook, Tierra Epps, Tony Brown, Lauren Sneed, Blair Bryant, Brian Quander, Biniam Belachew and Charissa Loera. And we’ll be showcasing other amazing CityCenter team members on our staff as well. There are so much to see on “the other side of the tracks.”

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Taking Care of You in the New Year

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Cough, cough, sniffle, hack, sore throat, and then the ever popular chills. Blankets and warm tea won’t shake the worst colds and flu. The melodies of sick sounds are in the air, and are always looking for new human hosts.

How do you take care of yourself during the colder months? Naturally, keeping our regularly scheduled check ups are important. Physicians prescribe and advise on several remedies and medications which help. Here are five of our recommendations for keeping The Apartments at CityCenter buzzing with fun, instead of sounds of cold and flu.

1. Remember to wash your hands often. Washington our hands my not create a germ-free environment, but it can cut down on the spread of them.

2. Use antibacterial wipes and hand liquid. We have many touch – points, from the front door, to the handrail along the stairs, elevator buttons, door knobs, computer keyboards, and more. A wipe or two throughout the day can help decrease the spread of germs.

3. Consult your doctor quickly if you feel the onset of cold or flu – like symptoms. Some are skilled at ridding themselves of illness quickly. Others can see cold symptoms linger. It’s never a bad idea to connect with your physician about your health.

4. Maintain your healthy eating and fitness routine. Healthy bodies combat illnesses a lot better than when we don’t keep ourselves fit. Our FitnessFirst programming can augment most fitness programs. Check with your physician to determine which programming is best for you, then join in on the fun!

5. Suggest new programs and health topics for upcoming events. Are you very connected in the Washington, DC area and have access to fitness and healthy living experts? Let us know who they are. We can’t program around them all, but we can try.

Spring will be here before we know it! Let’s all stay healthy together.



Five Ways to Remember Your New Year’s Resolution

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Here it comes, end of year personal assessment time.  Now is the time of year when many people think of ways to make positive changes in life. We all consider ways to do things different or better, or stop doing things altogether.  Unfortunately, the New Year season soon wears off and the “resolutions” we make with it.

Making a to-do list can be relatively easy. Remembering it requires a bit more effort. Here are five tips to keep your new priorities top of mind.

  1. Keep your list short

As tempting as it may be to make a long list of improvements, the likelihood of getting through an extensive list can become exhausting. Creating one or two priorities will make it a lot easier to remember what to focus on each day.

  1. Use short descriptors for each resolution

Fancy words are great, but when it comes to daily commitments, short descriptors can be easily recalled when urges arise. Posting short lists on sticky pads, and note cards and placing them in areas you frequent such as your bathroom mirror, refrigerator, or even night lamp and computer monitor can be effective.

  1. Create reasonable goals

Think about the goals you create. Are they reasonable? If you have a very ambititous challenge, try breaking it into two or three goals.  For example, if you have a goal to reduce eating out costs, creating a goal of days to cook per week is one way to impact that priority. Another goal might be to determine one eating out night per week. Another goal might be to eat left overs at least twice per week. Before you know it, you will have a full week of planned dinner goals thereby allowing you to achieve your challenge.

  1. Establish frequent milestones

Milestones are the key to keeping up with resolutions. Daily, weekly or monthly checklists can help move through the year with ease. If you are good at sticking to your goals, then monthly milestones may be best.

  1. Reward yourself along the way

Resolutions are great when we reach the finish line, but we can celebrate the entire way though if we plan it. Rewarding ourselves can be as basic as buying ourselves a new book, blouse or sweater, or as extravagent as booking a few short weekend getaways. This all depends on the timeline we set for our resolutions and how challenging they may be to reach.

The main point is to have fun along the way. 2015 is going to be great.



Celebrating the Beginning of 2015 & Ending of 2014

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Washington, DC may not have Time Square on New Year’s eve, but there is no shortage of amazing ways to begin 2015 and close out 2014. If you’re trying to determine how to celebrate, see this list of local events. There are countless other lists as well, many which include everything from social gatherings at places like the 9:30 Club where Torche and Lionize will perform, Old Town Alexandria’s First Night family friendly event which includes a fireworks display, Potomac River event ship cruises, and more. 

If you’re planning to stay in and need advice on the best places to pick up holiday party supplies, stop by the concierge. We’ve got tons of ideas to help you ring in the New Year in your own special way.



Our Cool Weather Entertainment Series Continues in December

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We’ve got another amazing evening of entertainment planned for you at The Apartments at CityCenter. This December 17th, from 7:00 – 8:30p.m., gather with your neighbors while listening to the sounds of Nasar Abadey.

Nasar Abadey, drummer and composer, was inspired by legends such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington. He has played with greats from Dizzy Gillespie, to Ella Fitzgerald; Eartha Kitt, Stanley Turrentine, and Charlie Rouse, to name some.

A few of his albums are: Diamond in the Rough, Mirage, Theory & Practice and Allen’s Odyssey by King James. Samples of his music can be played at www.NasarAbadey.com.

In addition to playing, Nasar is also Professor of Jazz Percussion in the Jazz Studies department at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. 

Crystal City Sports Pub will cater this sensational event. Mark your calendars and prepare to ease into a jazz – filled paradise. This is an exclusive residents and guests only, jazz music treat here at The Apartments at CityCenter. See other upcoming events at CityCenterDC. Click here. 



Support for The Capital Area Food Bank This Holiday Season

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Not everyone has a warm home, adequate nutrition, and family to spend the holidays with each year. In fact, in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan region, many struggle with basic daily living needs. According to the Capital Area Food Bank’s Website, nearly 700,000 Washington, DC area residents are at risk of hunger.

This is one reason why The Apartments at CityCenter participate in charitable events in Washington, DC.  This season we are supporting the Capital Area Food Bank.

From now until December 22, 2014 at 7 p.m., residents may drop off their food donations at the concierge desk.

Some of the donation needs include:

Speaking of winter time giving opportunities, The Apartments at CityCenter is also participating in the local area’s Toys for Tots program. You may drop off a new and unwrapped toy at the concierge desk from December 1st – 22nd, 2014, at 7 p.m., and that toy will be added to the hundreds of thousands of toys to be distributed to local area children in need. Did you know that Toys for Tots was originally started by a Marine Corps Reservist, Major Bill Hendricks? Read about this special story at www.toysfortots.org.

Don’t fret, we have not left out our fury friends. We’re working with Home Buddies by collecting gifts for dogs.  Gifts for dogs may be dropped off December 1st – 22nd at 7 p.m., at the concierge’s desk. All gifts for pets will be donated to the Washington Human Society

Pitch in and help out. If you’re in the spirit to do even more this winter season, which promises to be very cold, click here for a list of area charities and volunteer opportunities. Tell us about other charities you would like to see included in future holiday seasons. We’d love to learn about some of your favorite ways to help those in need. Send an email to taccconcierge@bozzuto.com or submit your request through BuildingLink.