Or, Marge Simpson's guide to the fun and off-beat.
JeffClair and kedrin both nagged me into starting a thread with things to do in NYC, so here are a few of the things I've done this year, in no particular order.
I kicked off 2012 by treating myself to afternoon tea at Lady Mendl's. I enjoyed it so much I'm going to do it again this January. Info here:
If you'd like to have afternoon tea, or a light meal, in a more casual atmosphere, this place is a favorite of mine:
Their scones are to die for.
Earlier today i was in the East Village, so here are some places to check out if you're in the area:
Book lovers paradise at the Strand:
Did you know that NYC has a Ukrainian museum?
It's a small place with frequently changing exhibits and friendly staff. Check out the divine kilim exhibit if you're into such things.
St.Marks in the Bowery is an interesting place that is supposedly haunted by the ghost of Peter Stuyvesant. I have been there many times, however, and have never seen a peg-legged ghost gliding down the aisle. They do a lot of community outreach; it's my private theory that anyone who claims to have seen a ghost in the church was probably there to attend an AA meeting. However, they put on a lot of programs and in the summer the garden is a lovely place to visit. Check their schedule and see if there is something to interest you:
I love this little shop:
It's crammed with all sorts of colorful, cute things from Mexico: jewelry, day of the dead figures, wall hangings, oilcloth bags. All sorts of stuff you didn't realize you needed until you saw it in the shop. The prices are all reasonable, and the clerks are friendly and chatty. You can put yourself on their mailing list, and they'll notify you when they have sales, or are running neighborhood walking tours.
While I was strolling around today, I came across this divine bakery:
I had never seen this place before, so I had to try something. I can personally vouch for the choclate peppermint cake.
It was too cold for me to consider eating ice cream today, but I fantasize about the salty pimp at this place: