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    Governor's Island re-opens this weekend, schedule of events is here:
    http://www.govisland.com/html/visit/calendar.shtml
    The ferry to the island is free, and there's plenty to keep you occupied once you're there. I'd recommend bringing a lunch with you, though, as the lines for the few food trucks on the island are v. long.
    The Jazz Age Lawn Party sounds pretty cool; I may have to rustle up a flapper dress.
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    I've been off from work this week and I've been doing my usual assortment of offbeat things.
    On Monday I took a cupcake baking class at Butter Lane in the East Village. I consider myself a pretty good baker, but I've found that cooking classes are great fun, even if you could do the same thing at home without an instructor telling you what to do. And I wanted to get Butter Lane's recipes, because their cupcakes are really tasty.
    There's a maximum of 12 people in a class, and we divided up into 3 groups to make different flavors: chocolate, vanilla and banana. (I was a banana, hehe)
    Then we made frosting while the cupcakes cooled: vanilla, chocolate and cream cheese. Truthfully, the frostings were a bit too sweet for me and if I make them at home I'll cut back a bit on the sugar. We sampled all the frostings and then we added stuff for variation: cinnamon to the cream cheese, peanut butter to the chocolate and raspberry preserves to the vanilla. So we had 3 flavors of cupcakes and 6 frostings. Our instructor showed us how to frost, which was a lot harder than it looks. I won't be getting hired by Butter Lane anytime soon. We were supposed to go home with 6 cupcakes apiece, but we had extras and we all ended up with 9.
    I ate one and gave the rest to a neighbor with 2 kids, I certainly didn't need to eat 8 more cupcakes.
    All in all, lots of fun. Info here, but check groupon first, you can usually take the class for half price:

    http://www.butterlane.com/classes.php

    While I was prowling around the East Village I came across this restaurant. I was a bit startled to find it's Georgian, not Japanese, but I think it would be an excellent place for an FSU get-together.
    http://odahouse.com/

    I ate dinner at a place called Little Poland; I hadn't been there in ages. Well, since I was a punk and used to go to all the clubs down on Avenue A. (Does anyone remember the Pyramid Club? Or King Tut's Wah Wah Hut?) Anyway, their peirogis are still up to par.
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/little-poland-new-york

    BTW, the schedule is up for Shakespeare in the Park:
    http://www.shakespeareinthepark.org/...!calendar/cfvg
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    Another vote for Little Poland; I eat there a lot when I've been to the movies over that way. I usually get the combination platter.

    PS Marge, see you tonight.

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    Schedule is available for Lincoln Center Out Of Doors, all events are free:

    http://lc.lincolncenter.org/organiza...r-out-of-doors

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    I found a great historical NYC website:

    http://ephemeralnewyork.wordpress.com/

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    While I was out and about today, I discovered there are free tango lessons in Union Square:
    http://www.dotsnyc.com/2012/05/free-...uare-park.html

    I hung around and watched, the dancers looked quite sexy, but if you ask me, it was much too hot to be in such close proximity to someone.

    Yesterday I was on the upper west side, scouting for a place to eat dinner, and came across this place:
    http://www.sugarandplumm.com/our-menu.html
    I almost went in, but decided against it as I knew I would ditch the idea of dinner in favor of an ice cream sundae.
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    [QUOTE=Marge_Simpson;3931418]I ate dinner at a place called Little Poland; I hadn't been there in ages. Well, since I was a punk and used to go to all the clubs down on Avenue A. (Does anyone remember the Pyramid Club? Or King Tut's Wah Wah Hut?) Anyway, their peirogis are still up to par.
    http://www.yelp.com/biz/little-poland-new-york

    HAHA, I used to go to Pyramid Club and King Tut's Wah Wah Hut!!!!!
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Marge,

    I found something for you to check out: Circus Warehouse (circuswarehouse.com) in Long Island City. At the very least I expect to hear that you have taken beginner trapeze lessons.

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    Hmm, I'm not sure about that. However, the way to guarantee that I'll do something is to suggest that I'm incapable of doing it.

    Rob, that's so funny, but I bet you didn't have pink hair. Or wear Docs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    Hmm, I'm not sure about that. However, the way to guarantee that I'll do something is to suggest that I'm incapable of doing it.

    Rob, that's so funny, but I bet you didn't have pink hair. Or wear Docs.
    No to the pink hair, but mine was a very bright copper in those days. And yes, I wore Docs - I had about 6 pairs going at any given time.

    I loved Trash & Vaudeville too. And I went to Mudd Club and CBGBs (I ain't got time for that now).
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    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    This ain't no party! This ain't no disco!
    I never made it to CB's, but I was a regular at the Ritz.

    The Egg Rolls and Egg Creams festival is this Sunday:
    http://www.eldridgestreet.org/june


    The schedule is up for the movies in Bryant Park. You need to get here early if you want to get a spot on the grass; bring a towel or blanket with you. If it's too crowded, you can always grab a chair and move it to where you can see the screen.
    http://www.bryantpark.org/plan-your-...mfestival.html

    The Museum Mile Festival is this Tuesday. I've gone to it several times, the entertainment is always fun, more so than getting to visit the museums for free.
    http://museummilefestival.org/

    BTW, Trash and Vaudeville still exists!
    http://www.trashandvaudeville.com/index.html
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    As I fill out my itinerary, I have a few hours to kill between my morning sojourn in Williamsburg and dinner/NYC Philharmonic at night. I have two options--Staten Island Ferry or IKEA in Brooklyn. I was feeling guilty for preferring IKEA but I didn't know NYC forced IKEA to build a park (a nice one at that--Erie Basin Park).

    And there's a water taxi between IKEA and Manhattan?!?! http://www.nywatertaxi.com/tours/ikea

    I'm going to IKEA!

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    If you are going to Williamsburg on a weekend, be sure to check out Brooklyn Flea (Sundays) or Smorgasburg (Saturdays), info here:

    http://www.brooklynflea.com/

    I've never taken the water taxi, but I have just added it to my bucket list.

    The River to River festival starts this weekend:
    http://www.rivertorivernyc.com/

    Schedule is up for SummerStage:
    http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage/
    I've gone to a lot of their dance events in Central Park, I'd advise going at least an hour early to get a good spot (you are free to bring food with you and picnic on the grass) and bring a towel or blanket to sit on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    This ain't no party! This ain't no disco!
    I never made it to CB's, but I was a regular at the Ritz.
    Me too! Lots of good shows at the Ritz.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    I saw Duran Duran there before anyone had heard of them; I think there were about 100 people in the audience.

    I went to Williamsburg (not the colonial one, the Brooklyn one) this afternoon to visit the Brooklyn Flea. But to be honest, I spent more time at the food booths than I did looking for treasures. Afterwards, since it was such a nice day, I decided to broaden my horizons and stroll around in the southern part of the neighborhood. That was interesting, to say the least; if looks could kill I'd be dead right now. Luckily I was wearing pants and a cardigan on top; I don't know what happens to people in shorts and tank tops who dare set foot in that part of town.

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    Marge, totally off-topic, but I FINALLY got around to going to the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop- the new one in the W Vil (Grove and 7th), and Holy Crap, was that good!! I highly recommend the Monday Sundae. Holy bajeezus!

    Sorry, just had to say that.
    "You may know what you need, but to get what you want better see that you keep what you have." ~ Stephen Sondheim

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    I'm going to check out the WV location, lately the line at the EV one is always halfway down the block.
    I will try the Monday Sundae, but you must have a salty pimp!

    I should organize an ice cream tour, if it doesn't exist already.
    I had a coffee cone from a place called Blue Marble when I was at the Brooklyn Flea, it was quite delicious.

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    Thank you for posting the Bryant Park calendar. It's my (work's) backyard, but I hardly ever go there which is a shame. We will probably go to ET on August 19 at the Bryant Park with my son. Please join

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    I'd love to see you again, and meet your son. When I am at work tomorrow I will see if anyone else is off that evening; if not, I will request the evening off.
    If anyone else would like to join us, we could have a picnic. And I can bring my famous peanut-butter chip brownies.
    I saw Hudson Warehouse's "Complete William Shakespeare (abridged)" over the weekend, it's hilarious. And it is free, you don't need a ticket or to stand in line - just show up. They perform at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at W 89th and Riverside Drive, which looks like a Greek temple and is a great spot to have a picnic dinner before the show starts. Go see it! Info here: http://www.hudsonwarehouse.net/season.htm
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    Wonderful, I marked my calendar for Aug 19th. Picnic is a great idea--we'll bring some Russian delicacies We'll try to get out to at least one of the shows on the UWS, thank you for sharing.

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