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

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Seeing Ghosts: New York City Walking Tours

NYC is Haunted!
Ghosts of New York, part of the nationwide group Ghost Walks USA, offer walking tours of New York with a ghoulish twist.

Licensed guides take clients through what many people believe is the “most haunted city in America;” on the lookout for not only ghosts but ghostly experiences stranger than reality, mysterious sightings, scandalous and legendary stories, and much more.

Tours take about 90 minutes and cover less than a mile, walking at a leisurely pace so that the full impact of the haunted locales can be savored. Choices of tours abound, including:

Peter Stuyvesant and his ghostly friends of the East Village
From Ghost Busters to John Lennon: The Ghosts of the Upper West Side
Ghosts of Brooklyn Heights

And many more.

Ghosts of New York promises to “enchant, entertain, inform, and scare” its clients. For more information contact “Ghosts of New York.”

Monday, January 6, 2014

Murray’s Cheese Class: Bite a Bit of New York

If it has anything at all to do with cheese, you will find it at Murray’s. With locations in Greenwich Village, Grand Central Terminal, and partner locations in many other states throughout the US, Murray’s knows just about all there is to know about cheese. But what is even better, they are willing to share much of what they know with the public.

Cheese at Murray's is a thing of beauty!
Murray’s takes pride in the many educational events they offer, which are not only informative, but amazingly fun. There are many different class offerings to choose from: The Cheese Course guides curious students through the tasting of half a dozen a point cheeses; City Winery offers instruction on the marriage of Murray’s exclusive cheeses with the perfect wines which are selected by the grape experts at City Winery are keen on sharing their knowledge with eager students; those really ready to tackle the secrets and intricacies of the cheese challenge can sign up for a three day intensive weekend of Murray’s Boot Camp. There are also private classes which can be customized to fit a group’s particular needs.

Not so sure you are ready for a cheese class yet? Well, Murray’s also offers a cheese club which delivers to your door a new, delicious cheese once a month. Club members receive a newsletter which includes tasting notes, cheese profiles, histories and other suggestions.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Hidden New York Worth Exploring

Residents of New York who grew up here probably think there is nowhere of interest that they have not visited, or at least heard of. Well, at the risk of being wrong, but I have a feeling I wont be, I would like to list some of New York’s best kept secrets. I believe even the most seasoned New Yorkers will find this list, if not exciting, at least noteworthy.

  • There is a hidden subway station below City Hall: Our of service for the last 65 years, the station will induce awe in fans of pre-World War II architecture, with tall arched ceilings, antique tile, and glass skylights filling the space with warm, natural light. How to get there? Take the number 6 train to the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall Station. It’s the last stop heading south. But do not disembark. The train then turns around the City Hall station loop. This little excursion will give you an extraordinary view of a location that can’t be reached in any other way.

Be careful what you say in the whispering gallery

  • Grand Central Terminal’s Whispering Gallery: An unmarked archway in the GCT, found in front of the Oyster Bar & Restaurant, has a magical, mysterious, even mystical quality: When two people stand in the diagonal arches and whisper they hear each other’s voices “telegraphed” from across the way.

  • Of course you have been to the Frick Collection: But did you know there is a beautiful, vintage bowling alley in the basement? Henry Clay Frick had the alleyway built in 1914 as a wonderful addition to his already luxurious mansion. With mahogany-paneled walls and pine-maple lanes, and custom made balls, which are still usable, a visit is bound to bring smiles. The museum restored the alley in 1997, but it is kept under strict lock and key. But you’re a New Yorker, see if there’s a way to get a glimpse of this rare treasure.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

She Loves You- Here, Here, Here!

Wow! The Beatles in New York!
Have you ever wondered if there was some way to combine your love for the Beatles and love for the Big Apple in one, inclusive experience? Well, you need wonder no more. For only $3,500 per person, between 1 and 2 people can visit every corner of New York which holds some Beatles-relevant meaning, in about 2 hours.
Tour leader Frank E promises to guide his guests through the streets of New York, looking at the city through the eyes of the Fab Four, while learning “a ton along the way!” The promised itinerary includes:

The Ed Sullivan Theater: the place where the Beatles first strutted their stuff in the US of A.
Carnegie Hall: The place where the Beatles played their first New York City concert , in 1964.
The Plaza Hotel: Yup, they stayed here during that first frenetic tour.
Strawberry Fields in Central Park: This grassy knoll is a memorial to the late John Lennon.
The Dakota Apartments: Former residence of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, as well as the site of the tragic murder of Lennon.

For more information about this very different and very intriguing tour, check it out here.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

New York Pizza with a Difference: You Make it Yourself!

Already been to the Statue of Liberty? Seen it all at the Met? Hot dogs at Nathan’s is not your style? How about New York pizza your way? Sounds enticing, yes? Combining the delicious wonder of a New York pizza with a touch of individuality, the Pizza a Casa Pizza School teaches its students how to make artisanal pizzas minus the fancy ingredients or the high tech equipment.

Rather, the school takes its students on a journey into the world of pizza using its brilliant recipe which can be reproduced easily in the comfort of your own kitchen. The school is located in the historic district of the Lower East Side at 371 Grand Street near Essex, just down the street from the entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge.

Regina Schrambling of Entrepreneur Magazine said of Pizza a Casa that:
"Mark Bello perfected the pizza, then built Pizza a Casa Pizza School, teaching pizza-crazed New Yorkers how to do it themselves.  Last year The Village Voice declared Mark's pizza one of the three best in New York City.  And it is sensational: a thin, crisp crust paved with the ideal balance of cheese and sauce, finished with fresh basil and a drizzle of top-grade olive oil.  But you can't buy it.  You have to make it.  And this in a city with more than 1,800 pizzerias."
If you crave pizza, and believe New York has the best pizza in the world, then come learn how to make the best of the best and have it whenever you want to, in your own backyard (or kitchen or dining room, or wherever.)