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Out and about in NYC

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Marge_Simpson, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

  2. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    We have tried to go to Serendipitys everytime we are in NYC but the lines are outrageous. Frozen hot chocolate is not worth that kind of wait, IMO. We will keep trying, though. My friends went right before close on a Thursday night and said there was hardly a wait at all.
  3. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    The auto show just started. I have zero interest in cars, but when I was a kid, my dad would take my brother to this every year.

  4. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

  5. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    For fashionistas:
    The FIT Museum (which is free) has a great exhibit going on now, "Shoe Obsession"

    The Met has an exhibit about fashions in Impressionist paintings:

    For those of you who don't go into the ballet thread: single tickets are on sale for ABT this spring. Info here:

    Ditto for NYC Ballet:

    Alvin Ailey will be at Lincoln Center in June, whee! Info here:

    Has anyone been to the Fraunces Tavern Museum? I have it on my bucket list, but I'm not sure it's worth the trip downtown.
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  6. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

    I've been to the Fraunces Tavern Museum, but it was quite a few years ago. I remember it as being interesting and small; it was easy to do in an hour or so IIRC. I wouldn't make a special trip there, but I would combine it with a day doing other things in the neighborhood, like the Museum of the American Indian in the Customs House at One Bowling Green.

    OT, but glad you got to Kalustyan's; I used to work in that neighborhood and it was a regular hit.
  7. mackiecat

    mackiecat Well-Known Member

    Try Hampton inn time square it is nice, clean, great people working there and free breakfast
  8. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    Saturday is International Pillow Fight Day. (I know people think I make these things up, but I assure you I do not)
    This sort of oddball thing is right up my alley, so I may go investigate. Apparently the pillows are donated to homeless shelters, and many cities are hosting pillow fights. Info here:

    But Saturday is also the tartan parade. Do I watch men in kilts, or swing pillows around? Decisions, decisions........

    My dog-loving coworker told me about NYC's monthly bagel bark. If you're an early riser and own a dog, perhaps you'd be interested. Info here:
  9. kedrin

    kedrin Well-Known Member

    ooooh men in kilts, for sure. men in kilts throwing pillows at each other? even better.

    I enjoyed Fraunces Tavern even though much of it has been rebuilt (for me, the coolest thing I saw there was a lock of George Washington's hair). My friend and I followed up our visit there with a beer in the bar downstairs. Also, I second the recommendation of visiting the Museum of the American Indian- I've been, and have been meaning to go again. It is located on the site of the original Dutch Fort, and doing the museum in conjunction with Fraunces Tavern is a good idea.


    I personally enjoy simply walking around lower Manhattan- I can really feel the history through the narrow streets even though few of the truly old buildings remain.
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  10. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    Since I was going to see ABT's Studio company at the Schimmel Center later in the evening, it really was a no-brainer for me to spend the afternoon in lower Manhattan.
    Fraunces Tavern was much more interesting than I expected; I didn't see Washington's hair, though. Perhaps I missed it, there really is a lot to see in there. I found out they give lectures once a month; if you are an American history buff, you should check the schedule on the website. The restaurant looked really cool, but I didn't eat there as I had discovered this place beforehand:
    Not as good as Empanada Mama, but their empanadas are huge and the price was right.
    I also spent quite a bit of time at St Paul's Chapel:
  11. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    I tried Stand Burger this afternoon while I was wandering around the Village. The fries are awesome and I am in love with the homemade pineapple soda.
    The shakes looked yummy, but I was planning to get dessert at the Big Gay ice cream place later on, so I passed. I'll have to go again and try the S'Mores shake, which looked very tempting.
    When I got over to the ice cream place, the line was halfway down the block. So I decided to check out Butter Lane, which is just a few doors down.
    Quite good, although I'd give Magnolia's cupcakes the edge. The shop was not busy, so I chatted to the clerk a bit and found out they give cupcake baking classes in the building next door. :)

    While I was roaming around I came across the East Village Cheese Shop:
    It's not as fancy as Murray's in the West Village, but the prices are much lower and they have a huge selection.

    On Saturday I dragged my friend out to the Metropolitan to see the Impressionist fashion thing, it's fabulous. If you have even a passing interest in fashion or Impressionism, check this out, it's great. I ended up buying the book: http://store.metmuseum.org/history+...-and-modernity/invt/ifmuchicago/#.UWIuSCrD-cw
    Afterwards we went to Café Sabarsky and we both loved it. There's a really nice atmosphere in there, like you're in an Austrian café. We shared the chocolate hazelnut cake and the apple strudel, both come with whipped cream. I'm not a coffee expert, but my espresso was very strong and very good.
  12. talulabell

    talulabell Well-Known Member

    Bumping this thread up so that I can ask a few questions:

    first and foremost, what is a frozen hot chocolate? sounds very oxymoron-like, and yet delicious at the same time.

    My real question: I'm taking my mother to her 55th high school reunion this weekend in The Bronx. On Saturday, while she is having reunion fun (between noon and 4:00ish), I will have about 3 1/2 hours to kill. Is it worth it to go to Manhattan? I'll have a car, but will I hit so much traffic that I'll spend all my time trying to get in to (and out of) the city that I'll have no time?

    My brother may be with me, but I dont know. he will be taking the train, but I dont know if he'll take it all the way into The Bronx, or he'll take it to Penn Station and I'll meet him. Whether it's worth it for me to drive into the city might determine his final destination (does anyone know what line/stop is best for The Bronx Zoo?).

    If I should go into Manhattan Saturday afternoon, whats good for killing a few hours? Chelsea Market sounded good. Any other suggestions (maybe something more midtown)? When we did this 10 years ago, my brother and I went to The Bronx Zoo while mom was at her reunion. If it's not worth going into Manhattan, then maybe we could do that again and save Manhattan for the evening.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2013
  13. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    I'd take Metro-North into the city from the Bronx, depending on where in the Bronx you'll be. From Fordham it is only 25 minutes to Grand Central. From GCS I'd do something nearby, otherwise I don't think it's worth it as most of your allotted time will be taken up with commuting.
    If you want to stay in the Bronx, you can always visit the zoo or the Botanical gardens. The orchid show is on at the Botanical Gardens and I've heard it's pretty nice. It's easy to get to BG on Metro-North, take the Harlem line to the Botanical Gardens stop and it's a 5 minute walk from there. By regular bus or subway is a big pain.

    Is your mom's reunion near the zoo? I recommend driving there, IMO it's a pain to get there on public transportation.
  14. talulabell

    talulabell Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info. My moms reunion is near/on Country Club Road (Villa Maria Acadamy), which is on the east side of the Bronx. If my brother comes (his boss somehow changed his 16:00 - midnight schedule and put him on midnight to 08:00 on Saturday without telling him), he's going to take the the train to the Botanical Gardens (the 5?) and I'll meet him there. We'll probably do the BG and save going into Manhattan for Sunday on the way out of town.
  15. victoriajh

    victoriajh trying to ignore rod and find the eurosport feed

    we went and ended up at magnolia in bloomingdales instead.... i really wanted to try it though!!!! sounded lovely
  16. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    talulabell, have you been to City Island? You might consider driving there if the weather is nice. It's fun just to stroll around, and there are some nice seafood restaurants. (My coworkers and I are partial to the Lobster Box :))
  17. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    I have found nirvana, and I can tell you exactly where it is: on Christopher Street.
    Why did I not know that there is a shop here that sells Scandinavian candies? And all this time I've been making do with the small chocolate selection at Scandinavia House. Hmph! Well, better late than never, I say. I bought almost 2 pounds, telling myself I'd bring most of it to work with me on Monday. Although I fear there won't be any left by then. :lol:
    I don't want to scroll through the whole thread, but who sent me to Cones? Probably that eville DustPuppy again! I came across it quite by accident as I was cruising down Bleecker Street, and of course I had to buy some gelato, because I had added it to my bucket list. I'm usually a chocolate person, but the banana gelato here was probably the best ice cream I've had, anywhere.
    I took a little stroll down memory lane (well, ok, down Bleecker Street) and was kind of startled to discover that Bleecker Bob's still exists. (yes, I know that Bleecker Bob's is not actually on Bleecker Street) I used to come here in the early eighties to buy British imports. (Does anyone remember picture discs?!)
    But whatever happened to Condomania, did it close down or just relocate somewhere? For those not in the know, this was not a real estate agent, it was a place that sold imported condoms from all over the world. I kid you not!
    If you find yourself in the Village, be sure to check out Faicco's. 2 words: rice balls!

    When I came off the subway at West 4th, I discovered there is a branch of Fay Da bakery right down the block. I can personally vouch for the cake rolls; I have bought these several times from the Chinatown location to take to work. Besides cakes, they also have snacks such as pork buns, and the prices are pretty low:
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  18. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    Tribeca Film Festival starts this week:

    The schedule has been announced for Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night's Swing. I did the 80's night 2 years ago and had a blast. The same band (Loser's Lounge) is doing the disco thing this year, I'll probably go if I can get the evening off from work. But I might do the silent disco, that looks like a hoot. Even if you are too shy to buy a ticket and get up on the dance floor, it is great fun just to go hang out and watch. The bands are always terrific. And if you want to dance but tickets are sold out (or you don't want to pay for one ;)) plenty of people dance outside the dance floor. Info here:

    Here is a clip of the MSNS I attended, you can even see me briefly during the dance lesson; I'm wearing a dark purple shirt.
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  19. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    I'll only eat peanut butter if it's in some sort of dessert. But as I was in the Village this weekend, I checked out PB & Co, it's an adorable little place. I discovered that they have LOTS of pb desserts, but unfortunately I did not partake as I had already gorged on gelato and Swedish candies. However, I got a jar of their "Bee's Knees"
    (pb with honey) to take to my job; my coworker's snack of choice is pb on crackers. They scarfed it up and begged me to get more. So thanks for sending me there.
  20. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    My foodie friend and I had dinner at Dirt Candy tonight.
    I haven't been in the best frame of mind and my friend had to prod me out of my apartment, but I'm glad she did, because the food is FABULOUS.
    We decided to go the whole hog and order the snack, appetizers, and entrees. There are photos of most of the dishes on the website and the portions looked kind of skimpy, plus we figured veggies couldn't be very filling. The joke was on us!
    The snack: jalapeno hush puppies served with maple butter. Yum, yum.
    For appetizers, my friend had the mushroom and I had the onion. We'd agreed to share everything, but I think mushrooms are revolting, so she had them all to herself. She was smacking her lips over them, though. The onion was divine: chive pancakes, with a grilled scallion salad that was VERY filling, and tiny onion rings made from pearl onions. For the entrée, I went with the cauliflower and she had the bean, everything was delicious. By the time we finished, we realized that ordering 3 courses had been a colossal mistake: we had no room for dessert. :eek: The couple sitting next to us shared the green pea ice cream bar, which looked delicious, but we honestly couldn't have eaten another course.
    The place is small but quiet, and the service was perfect...they obviously need to turn the tables, so the first course came out pretty quickly, but we also had enough breathing room between the rest of the courses.
    Highly recommended!
  21. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    Governor's Island re-opens this weekend, schedule of events is here:
    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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  22. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    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. :lol:
    All in all, lots of fun. Info here, but check groupon first, you can usually take the class for half price:


    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. ;)

    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.

    BTW, the schedule is up for Shakespeare in the Park:
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  23. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

    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.
  24. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

  25. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

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  26. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    While I was out and about today, I discovered there are free tango lessons in Union Square:

    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:lol:.

    Yesterday I was on the upper west side, scouting for a place to eat dinner, and came across this place:
    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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  27. Rob

    Rob Beach Bum

  28. emason

    emason Well-Known Member


    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.
  29. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

    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. :lol:

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

    Rob Beach Bum

    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). :p
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