Author: Steve Mirsky

Mamoun’s Falafel

Mamoun’s Falafel
A place has got to be good if it’s still around after opening here in NYC back in 1971….and in the Village for that matter, with all its high priced gentrification.  At 119 MacDougal St., Mamoun’s serves up some mean falafel!  It’s easy to pass with a brown awning blending...
May 8th, 2010 | New York | Read More

Greenwich Village’s Abingdon Guest House

Greenwich Village’s Abingdon Guest House
In case you haven’t already noticed, I like to steer folks to unique lodging offerings here in NYC.  The big landmark hotels, while superb in their own right, often don’t reflect their neighborhood’s street level character. Staying in ultra posh digs isn’t likely to immerse...
May 6th, 2010 | New York | Read More

Radio City Music Hall Tours

Radio City Music Hall Tours
Want to get a behind-the-scenes look at Radio City Music Hall’s beautiful art deco interiors? Since opening in 1932, Radio City Music Hall has been known for its spectacular Rococo architecture and mind blowing performances. Come see what makes it all possible behind the scenes. Radio City Music...
May 4th, 2010 | New York | Read More

Beach Getaway in Sandy Hook

Beach Getaway in Sandy Hook
It appears that the heat of summer has already descended upon us here in NYC.  Although it may still be too cold for ocean swimming, we’re getting closer to those hazy days when its 85 degrees at 7 a.m. and the humidity makes it feel like you’re breathing through a sponge.  Not exactly a day...
May 2nd, 2010 | New York | Read More

Give Real Change – From Street to Home

Give Real Change – From Street to Home
It’s inevitable…just like in any city, you’ll hear it eventually.  It’s usually something like “Scuse me, could you spare a quarter?”  The approach and story can get more elaborate or you might just see somebody curled up on the sidewalk or pushing a grocery cart filled with tons of...
April 28th, 2010 | New York | Read More

Treasure Hunting at West Side Flea Markets

Treasure Hunting at West Side Flea Markets
Spring is the perfect time for changing your wardrobe and freshening up your apartment’s interior.  So clear out your tired threads, sweep away the dust bunnies, and tear down those fraying posters.  In Manhattan’s West Side, the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood encompassing West 34th...
April 26th, 2010 | New York | Read More

Galapagos Art Space

Galapagos Art Space
After more than a decade in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg, Galapagos Art Space couldn’t afford the rent in its prime North 6th St. location so it moved to over to DUMBO (Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Underpass).  This new location and lower rent allows them to focus on nurturing budding artists rather...
April 23rd, 2010 | New York | Read More

NYC’s Panorama at Queen’s Museum of Art

NYC’s Panorama at Queen’s Museum of Art
If you’re in the mood for acting out your inner Godzilla, towering high above the city looking down at all of New York’s grand yet tiny buildings below, perhaps you should take a trip over to see the Queens Museum of Art crowning exhibit: The Panorama of the City of New York. Miniature Replica...
April 21st, 2010 | New York | Read More

Desmond Tutu Center A Lush Oasis

Desmond Tutu Center A Lush Oasis
Right in the heart of bustling Chelsea, the Desmond Tutu Center evokes a castle-like setting complete with lush grounds surrounded by recently renovated 19th-century Gothic buildings.  Made of stone and outfitted with wrought iron banisters, this South African-inspired retreat offers a startling juxtaposition...
April 18th, 2010 | New York | Read More

Lower Manhattan Pocket Parks

Lower Manhattan Pocket Parks
A lot of times, pocket parks are overlooked in the mad rush to grander sylvan refuges like Central Park, Prospect Park, Wave Hill etc.. But ignoring the following smaller pockets of respite stuffed into New York’s urban fabric is your loss!  You’ll definitely miss out on some intriguing capsules...
April 16th, 2010 | New York | Read More

Space Billiard Cafe in NYC

Space Billiard Cafe in NYC
You’re in Manhattan’s Koreatown, it’s almost 12 a.m., you had a genuine Korean dinner, Karaoke is not your thing, so now what to do? Inside Space Billiard in Koreatown NYC If you’re up for shooting some pool but not keen on playing tables stuffed in the back of bars as an afterthought, don’t ...
April 14th, 2010 | New York | Read More

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company

Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company
A destination for real super heroes or wannabes like the rest of us, the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company is truly surreal.  Everything is tongue in cheek from cans of courage, custom capes, secret identity kits, to wall-climbing suction cups.  Muscle and Speed of Light Potions Sold at Brooklyn Superhero...
April 12th, 2010 | New York | Read More

Fuerza Bruta NYC

Fuerza Bruta NYC
Fuerza Bruta (Brute Force), a product of underground Argentinian theater, is a non-stop collision of dynamic music and aerial action held twice daily at the Daryl Roth Theater in Union Square. During the span of this 1 hour show, a suited man runs full throttle through a series of moving walls, women...
April 10th, 2010 | New York | Read More

Bridge to Ward’s Island

Bridge to Ward’s Island
Wards Island Bridge, within view from atop Carl Shurz Park and the Gracie Mansion grounds, can be reached by taking a moderate stroll down the East River Esplanade along FDR Drive. Ward's Island Bridge Spanning the Harlem River The bridge’s bluish-green arched stateliness can’t be missed...
April 8th, 2010 | New York | Read More

Giddyup NYC!

Giddyup NYC!
Does horseback riding in NYC merely conjure up images of mounties navigating the streets? Turn your quaint notions of enjoying the beauty of New York City’s parks via horseback into reality!  Starting at $30 per hour in most locations, you have several options: Horseback Riding in Prospect Park In...
April 6th, 2010 | New York | Read More

Red Mango a Refreshing Change

Red Mango a Refreshing Change
The sudden spike in temperatures here in NYC have officially ushered in spring.  It’s now increasingly safe to wear shorts, flip flops, and take your time with your favorite frozen yogurt.  That’s right, I didn’t say ice cream cone because Red Mango is in town!  They keep it simple at first...
April 4th, 2010 | New York | Read More

Living History at Gracie Mansion

Living History at Gracie Mansion
Five miles north of Midtown overlooking the East River’s fast moving swirling eddies, historic Gracie Mansion has gone through many lives first starting out as a country estate built in 1799 by Archibald Gracie, a prosperous New York merchant. It then became an ice-cream parlor, first home of the...
April 2nd, 2010 | New York | Read More

Cancun: A Perfect Balance of Relaxation & Adventure

Cancun: A Perfect Balance of Relaxation & Adventure
Even though Cancun is one of the most heavily visited regions on the Yucatan Peninsula, plenty of opportunities await for cultural immersion and outdoor adventure to complement your requisite R&R.  Lounging poolside with a margarita in hand as turquoise waves crash on the beach is as much a part...
April 1st, 2010 | On The Road | Read More

Community Gardens Abound in the East Village

Community Gardens Abound in the East Village
If you’re already out catching the first blossoms of spring in East Village’s Tompkins Square Park, there are two community gardens nearby that you can’t miss.  La Plaza Cultural, on the corner of 9th Street and Avenue C reflects the neighborhood’s diversity with loads of intricately twisted...
March 31st, 2010 | New York | Read More

Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee

Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee
Just what is stir brewed anyway?  It just happens to arguably be NYC’s best coffee! It’s difficult for New Yorkers to give a definitive answer on which shop offers the best coffee.  Some are better than others for different reasons….heck, your absolute favorite coffee shop may go out...
March 29th, 2010 | New York | Read More