Thursday, September 4, 2014

Take the Kids to the New York Hall of Science

Since 1964, when it was built as part of the New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science has been enthralling adults and children. When it was first opened it was one of the very few science museums anywhere in the world. After going through a period of severe deterioration and then renovation, it reopened in 1986 to unexpected crowds of visitors, inspiring even more expansion of the facility.

NY Hall of Science
In 2004 the museum’s north wing was opened. This wing is called the “Hall of Light” and differs significantly in design from the rest of the museum. Because of the semi-transparent fiberglass insulating panel system on the slanted roof and walls of the upper floor, sunlight is able to enter, eliminating the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours. This special design has resulted in a LEED certification for the building.

The fifth annual World Maker Faire is coming to the NY Hall of Science on September 20-21. The Faire will host over 700 ‘makers’ exhibiting such amazing examples of modern technology and scientific achievements as personal drones, wearables, 3D printing, humanoid robots, and much, much more.

The Faire will be housed in the northwest corner of Corona Park in Queens. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the Faire. The museum is certainly worth a visit any time of year. Hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5:45pm. Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 4:45pm. Adults are $11 and children ages 2-17 cost $8. There is free admission in the winter/spring months from September to June on Fridays from 2-5pm and Sundays from 10-11am.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Red Bamboo Replaces Meat with Joy

This vegan restaurant will surprise and please even the most lustful meat eaters, as long as they have an open mind. The broad menu offers first courses, specials, pastas and burgers, salads, sandwiches and more. For instance, try the mouth-watering Soul ‘Chicken’ which is delicately breaded with panko, and seasoned with rosemary. This is a restaurant which will prove that there is much more to eating than “meat and potatoes.”
Red Bamboo between McDougal and 6th Avenue in the West Village

Located at 140 West 4th Street, the atmosphere is warm, cozy and even “homey.” You might even feel like you are eating at mom’s. Lunch is served, and you can easily take a date that is willing to experience something different for a change. Come in time for happy hour. Red Bamboo’s hours are: Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 11:30pm and Monday through Friday from 12:30pm to 11:30pm.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Take a Big Bite from the Big Apple!

Here is a brief description of some of the more interesting evening entertainment venues around town. It’s the Big Apple, so take a bite!
  • Combine cruising with jazzing during this unique evening getaway. Sail down the East River while swinging to the cool sounds Duke Ellington himself would admire. See the spectacular skyline from a unique perspective aboard a private boat, get happy with a few drinks purchased at the bar and just simply relax.  Right now there are three trips you can join: Wednesdays on July 16, August 6 and October 8; from 7:00pm – 10pm. $85.
  • Have you yet been to the most respected, and longest running open-mic event in the world? Well then quickly make your way to Open-Mic with Ron Grant, and maybe you’ll get to see the next Jamie Foxx, Prince or Mariah Carey shoot to stardom right from the stage. Every Sunday at 9:15pm. $15.
  • Try out an improvisation show with just a touch of love. The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre- East go into the audience and find out about someone’s love life. Then UCB spins their stories into a hilarious but heartwarming skit guaranteed to bring tears of laughter to your eyes. Saturdays, July 12, 19 and 26 at 10pm. $10.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Take Part in the Audience of Your Favorite TV Shows

Here’s something to do that’s a little bit different, lots of fun, and best of all: Free! Join a studio audience and watch one of your favorite shows either live of being taped. New York City is a mecca for television these days, and you can choose from a great selection of popular and quite enjoyable venues.

Since there is generally a long wait on line for tickets at the last minute, its best to write in for your tickets ahead of time; the more time the better.


Bethenny Frankel
This syndicated daytime talk show features Bethenny Frankel. You may know her already from “Skinnygirl” and “Real Housewives of New York City.” What you will hear when you are there: discussions about pop culture, beauty, fitness, relationships and a lot more. To attend a taping you must be at least 18 years old, although if you are 16 you can come, but with someone else who is at least 18. Contact: or to get your tickets.
Location: 528 W. 57th St. (bet. Tenth and Eleventh Aves.)
Schedule: Visit the show's official website for schedule details.


The Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert has hosted his own satirical news show since 2005 under the auspices of Comedy Central. He arrived from the wildly successful “The Daily Show” and has kept his audiences in stitches of laughter ever since. Although the scheduled taping session are booked far in advance, you can ask for tickets and keep checking back on-line using the show’s ticket-reservation system. If you don’t mind taking a chance not getting in, you can sign up for standby tickets at the studio starting at 4pm the same day as the taping.
Location: 513 W. 54th St. (bet. Tenth and Eleventh Aves.)
Schedule: The Colbert Report tapes Monday through Thursday.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Hungry? Go Eataly

At Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street you will encounter a feast for the discriminating palate, especially if said palette has a bit of a yearning for great Italian cuisine. Imagine what you might get if you mixed an Italian food court with a gourmet market- if you can do that you can imagine Eataly.

Created by the well-known chef Mario Batali, make sure you are good and hungry when you arrive at this enormous restaurant. Upstairs on the roof’s birrerria not only will you find scrumptious Italian specialties, but also on hand is hearty Austrian and German food, served up with some fabulous beer.

Downstairs in La Piazza you will find exquisitely prepared sandwiches made with only the best ingredients, to be washed down with a wonderful glass of wine. On the lower-level there is also a full-service pizzeria and pasta restaurant; a raw bar and fish restaurant and beers on tap.

Located at 200 5th Avenue at 23rd Street in New York’s Flatiron district. Call for more information: 646.398.5100

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Free New York!

Its almost time for spring break. Wouldn’t it be nice to take the kids out without breaking the bank or breaking your head thinking of where to go? Here are some ideas that you and your kids are sure to love.
Brooklyn Children's Museum

The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is free every third Thursday of the month from 4.7pm, and the first full weekend of every month from 2-5pm.

The Queens Botanical Garden is free Wednesdays from 3-6pm and Sundays from 4-6pm. Now until October 31.

At the Museum of Modern Art the Theater has free film tickets on Fridays from 4-8pm. Children under 16 are always free.

The Bank Street Bookstore, Books of Wonder, Greenlight Books and others have story times on their premises at different hours and on different days. It pays to find out when and where by contacting each bookstore.

New York definitely does not have to cost an arm and a leg to enjoy the special culture available in this spell-binding, child-friendly, city.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The World’s the Stage and You are Its Players…

If you have never heard of Accomplice, then you are in for a happy surprise. Accomplice combines street theater with a scavenger hunt, mystery, touring, barring and more in a way that the New York Times says is “Like being in the Michael Douglas movie ‘The Game.’”

Entering its ninth season at the end of the month, Accomplice has two versions in lower Manhattan. The longer, 2 ½ hour show is called Accomplice: New York; and the 1 ½ hour show, and less expensive, is called Accomplice: The Village. Both tours combine the best elements of scavenger hunts, interactive theater, and walking tours.

Accomplice takes a maximum of ten people on a journey through the streets of New York with the goal of solving a mystery using clues they find along the way. During the trek through some of the less traveled paths of the city participants will come in contact with mysterious cast members who will help them decipher the secret to the carefully crafted plot that slowly unfolds.

Accomplice promises to give participants an experience of New York they have never had before. For more information call: 347-559-6223