Post Tagged with: "New York City"

11Dec
2011

A Love Letter to Little Italy at Christmastime

I loathe the holidays. Mariah Carey plays nonstop in every elevator. Fifth Avenue is not walkable. Stores are not navigable. Sidewalks are littered with more shopping bags than people. And if I was not forced to cross Broadway by the fact that I live on the edge of Soho, I would have walked five blocks out of my way just to circumvent the chaos. But this is only the daytime scene. When stores close and restaurants open for dinner service, […]

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30Nov
2011

Little Italy’s San Gennaro Festival

As Little Italy’s most famous festival, the Feast of San Gennaro turns Mulberry Street into a madhouse. Unlike most street festivals, where a visitor can expect to stroll along a wide avenue, pick up a lemon ice and browse racks of jewelry, no one was kidding when they named San Gennaro a “feast”—there is no jewelry to be had here, and no one comes looking for it, either! The Italian restaurants on the block set up tented booths on the […]

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30Jun
2011

Give Blood, Eat Dessert

Check out our guest post! Our friends at Sip N Sizzle, a new NYC food & reviews blog, reached out to us for a guest post. Inspired by the 30 flyers the New York Blood Center sent me in the last 2 months, I explain my three favorite places (and desserts) to refuel after giving blood. One catch: No cupcakes allowed! We all know where to get those… Check it out here: Top Places to Get Sugar After Giving Blood […]

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13Jun
2011

Hog Heaven: The Big Apple BBQ Block Party

You know you’ve been spoiled when you have to shower twice before the smell of barbecue smoke begins to subside. Madison Square Park turned into a literal pork steam bath this weekend for the 9th annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party. New York institutions like Blue Smoke, Pappy’s and Hill Country had crowds lined up to suck on four ribs or a pulled pork sandwich for $8. [portfolio_slideshow thumbs=true] Everywhere, people were eating. They slurp down ribs on stairways, brisket while […]

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16Feb
2011

The Tents: New York Fashion Week, Parte Deux

The fashion, styling and off-the-wall beauty tips have magazine editors swooning, but being a spectator at fashion week is all about the show: lights, cameras and music. Sam Ronson, Charlotte’s sister, is famous all on her own for her skills with a turntable. Her best move? When a model with hot pink hair emerged from the backdrop, she made the seats shake with The Strokes’ first single from their new album. The song, “Under Cover of Darkness,” was released February […]

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15Feb
2011

The Tents: New York Fashion Week, Parte Un

As you enter Lincoln Center on your way to New York Fashion Week, the first sign that greets you demands that you have an invitation to enter. The second sign (below the first) explains that by entering The Tents, you agree to allow anyone to take a photograph of you. These two notices exactly describe the people and the attitude you’ll find inside. Designers, models, journalists, bloggers and rovers there for the free Kim Crawford wine in plastic stemless glasses […]

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29Dec
2010

A City of Rooftops: The West Village, NYC

This second installment of A City of Rooftops (an exploration of NYC from the roof deck of two CitySights tour buses) documents some of the architecture in the areas around the West Village—in the top half of the city, where eyes don’t always wander. The world’s shortest guide to the West Village: West Side Highway: Walk south toward Battery Park and you’ll pass picnicking families, dog owners playing catch and New Yorkers catching some rays on a nice day. In […]

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17Dec
2010

SantaCon 2010: Christmas Anarchy in New York City

I don’t like the holidays. But I have finally found a reason to enjoy the entire month of December, and it has everything to do with the worldwide phenomenon known as SantaCon. My SantaCon New York began at 9 a.m., when I met two friends in Union Square, pulled a santa suit over my clothes in the middle of the park and headed to the nearest subway stop. Between these activities, the three of us were stopped by a group […]

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26Oct
2010

A City of Rooftops: Midtown, NYC

Ignore the crazed pedestrians, traffic and commerce at street level and New York transforms. In two CitySights bus tours, I tried to capture some of my favorite architecture in each neighborhood — but only the top half of the buildings, where the city goes to relax. First up is Midtown, where the Downtown bus tour starts. The world’s shortest guide to Midtown and the Flatiron District: Empire State building: Art deco at its finest. Your neck might cramp before you feel […]

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