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The best things to see, do, eat, and more in NYC, according to locals. For over two decades, the American Legion Post has hosted weekly jam sessions in which rotating jazz musicians from around the world share a humble stage. Haze fills the tight quarters, cut only by the thumping music and wafting scent of homemade Southern-style cooking. These days, the audience is an improbable group of old-timey veterans and a new generation of locals and tourists, who follow the menagerie of bluesy, brassy sounds to find an unexpected surprise waiting inside.
Oh, to be back in that room again.
The city unequivocally takes you in, giving you a home. But as a place of contradictions — it can be both magical and merciless — the city also tests your loyalty in unforgiving ways. And the pandemic this year pushed our limits to an extreme. We went from rubbing shoulders with strangers in packed subway cars and bars to keeping our distance, slowing down, withdrawing inside, and staying still — it was not our fast and frenetic nature.
But as New Yorkers do, we adapted and found new ways to come together : singing and dancing from the rooftops, celebrating milestones like weddings outdoors on sidewalks, and of course, marking time by clapping for our first responders and frontline heroes.
One time, when I was dating my husband, we were Travel dating new york running and saw that a stranded duck had found its way out of the water and couldn't get back in to its babies because of the fence around the water.
The duck gave chase, but we finally caught it, and put it back over the fence. Grab a picnic table, order some out-of-this-world chevapi Balkan sausagesand watch the boats cruise by. Looking into its history, the park is dedicated to theNew Yorkers who died of AIDS and is purposely situated outside of what used to be known as St. Vincent Hospital, which housed one of the first wards on the East Coast dedicated to fighting the disease.
Today, a beautiful and massive memorial stands with a fountain, along with dozens of benches and tables for reading or eating lunch. The park serves as a little piece of solace next to busy 7th Avenue and a great spot to meet up with friends before browsing around the West Village. The Tenement Museumwhich normally gives tours in their two buildings on Orchard Street, has now shifted to doing outdoor walking tours of the neighborhood.
Nothing can totally replace seeing in person what the cramped indoor quarters of a tenement were like — and truly understanding what living conditions in the late 19th century were like for many families. For now, the interior of the monument remains closed. But I was able to get an up-close view on a beautiful fall day with Classic Harbor Linewhich offers two-hour, socially distanced, jazz sailings on foot schooners — wine and snacks included. Architecture tours are also available for those who want a more in-depth understanding of the history of New York Travel dating new york.
And the energy around outdoor dining is fantastic — you never know when you'll bump into celebrities like Anne Hathaway and Danny Meyer. Don't miss the gnocco fritto or the cacio e pepe in Emilia lettuce draped with pecorino dressing and cracked pepper. It puts the Caesar salad to shame. Mine, I must say, did not include a New England-inflected fishing town on a tiny island in the Bronx — but there you have it. New York really has everything. Here, a menagerie of musicians, jugglers, chess players, street artists, skateboarders, NYU students, and neighborhood residents all vie for attention — an endless swell of people pulling your gaze here, then there.
Here, a rotating cast of nonnas from Italy and beyond whip up authentic, comforting, good-for-your-soul dishes from their home countries. The menu changes daily — one day, you might find yourself luxuriating over lasagna bianca each sheet of pasta lovingly layered with parmesan, mozzarella, artichoke, mushrooms, and butternut squash and coated with bechamel sauce or canolicchi di mare razor clams simmered in white wine with garlic ; the next, savoring specialties from Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Japan, Russia, and the list goes on. And Happyfun Hideaway, a queer dive bar with a big backyard and even bigger characters, is an essential part of my NYC.
It's a cool acoustical trick: The arched ceilings in that spot conduct the sound in a way that one person can hear the other perfectly — even amid the rush hour crowds and announcements.
We would walk through our new neighborhood, peering inside dark restaurants and looking up menus online, preparing for the day when we could dine out again. One in particular caught our eye: King Motheron Cortelyou Road, with extensive wine and cheese lists.
It quickly became our neighborhood spot. The tables are generously spaced, the staff feel like your best friends, and the wine flows endlessly. It was a place I could safely walk without running into crowds, and the relative silence of the large historical Travel dating new york was perfect for reflecting. The expansive green space is also the perfect place to uncover New York history, from the family mausoleums to the famous historical figures.
It will always be the best neighborhood, in my humble transplant opinion. While my favorite coffee shop with the best Haitian patties closed its doors this year, the best place to spend a hot afternoon or cold night is Peaches HotHouse. Arguably some of the best fried chicken and cornbread in Brooklyn can be found here. This small park at the tip of Red Hook was an amazing place to feel the sun and sea breeze on my skin, smell the ocean, and feel a little bit removed from, well, everything. Now, it's still a favorite spot to spend an afternoon. We've been outdoor brunching at Blossoma friendly plant-based spot on a lively stretch of Columbus Avenue in the Upper West Side where the restaurants have really nailed their outdoor dining games every weekend this summer and fall.
The wide, greenery-lined pathway cuts through the campus at th Street and is fairly serene, but also a little buzzy. One of these dreams is virtually never stepping foot into a supermarket and only visiting local specialty shops for whatever I may be making for dinner that evening.
Paisanos Butcher Shop, one of the oldest and most well-known in the neighborhood, is dangerously close to my home, so I spend at least two hours every week waiting in the short line outside a new COVID safety effort and perusing the seemingly endless isle of quality cuts. Strangely, this is one of my happiest places in NYC, and I can't recommend the chimichurri skirt steak enough.
My perfect Sunday consists of a Met visit followed by cookies from the nearby Levain Bakery and a stroll through Central Park. Like a Local Logo.
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