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Merrill Lee Girardeau grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. The recipient of a BA in English and an MFA in Writing, Merrill Lee teaches English to college students and lives in Brooklyn.


Over-the-Top Steak and Layer Cake at NYC's Two Strip House Locations

(January 18, 2019) - Strip House, the intimate downtown steakhouse, has expanded to midtown, offering New York twice the steak, sides, and dessert. (read the story...)

Visiting Brooklyn on a Budget

(January 18, 2019) - Brooklyn operates on a lower gear than Manhattan, but it’s still New York. It’s fast, it’s loud, and it can certainly be expensive. If you’re planning a trip to Brooklyn and sticking to a budget, we have some tips to get your itinerary in working order. (read the story...)

Kids Become Firefighters at NYC's FDNY Fire Zone

(January 18, 2019) - Meet New York firefighting heroes and learn practical skills at the FDNY Fire Zone, located near Rockefeller Center! This educational experience gives your family a look into the life of a firefighter and empowers kids with information about fire safety. Stop by this attraction for a fun, fascinating presentation from New York’s Bravest. (read the story...)

NYC Must-See Week 2019: 2-for-1 Tickets to Museums, Tours, and More

(January 18, 2019) - Looking for a fantastic New York experience for half the price? You’re in luck! From January 21 to February 10, some of the city’s top attractions will offer 2-for-1 tickets during NYC Must-See Week. (read the story...)

Sensational Sichuan at China River Near Times Square

(January 14, 2019) - New to the Times Square area, China River offers exceptional Sichuan cuisine in a convenient location near a host of Broadway theatres. Formerly called Sichuan Manor, this restaurant leads with a wide range of Chinese dishes that are never short on flavor. (read the story...)

5 Lunch Specials to Try Right Now in Midtown NYC

(January 14, 2019) - Some of New York City's finest restaurants are best visited at lunch. Often, you can enjoy a meal for less than you’d pay in the evening. You’re also more likely to get a table at these popular spots. Here are several lunch specials available now in midtown! (read the story...)

Shades of Brilliance: Tiffany Glass at The Neustadt Collection and Queens Museum

(January 11, 2019) - The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, located in Long Island City, Queens, seeks to preserve Louis C. Tiffany’s contribution to American design and innovation. Tiffany’s distinctive glass lamps and over 250,000 pieces of glass, collected at Neustadt, are open to the public for the first time ever! Twice a month, come experience an intimate, guided tour of the Tiffany Glass Archive, just a short ride from Grand Central. (read the story...)

2019 Kids Week at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

(January 11, 2019) - All aboard! This February, Kids Week returns to The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, and the theme is “Full STEAM Ahead.” During this week of science demos, animal shows, and crafts, kids can develop their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Concurrent with NYC school system’s midwinter break, Kids Week lasts from Sunday, February 17 through Saturday, February 23. (read the story...)

The Statue of Liberty Museum Opens This May in NYC

(January 11, 2019) - Standing 305 feet above the water in New York Harbor is one of the world’s most recognizable figures: the Statue of Liberty. This iconic New York landmark is getting her due with a new museum opening in May. The Statue of Liberty Museum, adjacent to the Statue on Liberty Island, will be free for all visitors. The museum will contain unique multimedia experiences and astounding artifacts from the copper lady’s 130-year history. Below are some highlights about this brand-new cultural institution. (read the story...)

Chinese New Year in NYC: How to Celebrate Year of the Pig

(January 11, 2019) - Chinese cultures mark time by the lunar calendar, and each year is symbolized by an animal from the Chinese zodiac. This coming year will be The Year of the Pig, starting February 5. New York City will erupt in parades, fireworks, dancing, and music. Read on for a range of events in Manhattan and Queens during the first half of February. (read the story...)

Do It for the Gram: 14 Instagrammable Pop-Up Exhibits in NYC

(January 10, 2019) - Instagrammable moments, or should we say “immersive experiences,” are taking over New York City these days. They’re not quite art exhibits and not quite museums, but these photo ops are awfully pretty and fabulous fun to visit. These walk-through installations are based on themes as diverse as astrology, Grand Theft Auto, and Mickey Mouse. Each will make great fodder for your Insta feed, with neon lighting, patterned wallpaper, and ball pits designed for selfies galore. Below are fourteen installations happening in early 2019, only in the endlessly photographable New York City. (read the story...)

12 Secret Restaurants in NYC

(January 04, 2019) - In a city filled with blinding marquees, spinning signs, and street hawkers, there’s a certain value to keeping secrets. These 12 NYC restaurants are defined by exclusivity and word-of-mouth advertising instead of bright signage. (read the story...)

From Bowl to Soul: wagamama Opening in Murray Hill on February 6th!

(January 03, 2019) - Brand new to the Murray Hill area, UK Asian fusion restaurant wagamama will be opening its newest location in New York. (read the story...)

Eat, Shop, and Play at Industry City, Brooklyn's Innovation Ecosytem

(December 27, 2018) - Industry City is a self-described “innovation ecosystem” in South Brooklyn, inviting tourists and locals alike to shop, eat, and explore its 35 acres of converted industrial space. The facilities consist of 16 gigantic buildings on the Brooklyn coastline in the neighborhood of Sunset Park. (read the story...)

Joeys and Java: 8 Australian Restaurants to Try Now in NYC

(December 27, 2018) - There are many, many Australian cafes and restaurants in New York City for anyone wanting a photogenic Avocado toast or a savory pie filled with kangaroo meat (no joke). Find 8 of your new favorite all-day cafes and restaurants here! (read the story...)

Tips for Visiting New York City During the Winter Months

(December 21, 2018) - Cold weather and snow storms in New York City make visitors shiver and turn the streets a little treacherous. November through March, temperatures can drop below freezing. Here are some benefits to traveling to NYC during the colder months, including lowered costs, special events (NYC Restaurant Week, Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, a Hot Chocolate Festival), and tips on winter gear. Suit up, sled down a hill, and get ready to shop! (read the story...)

See the Mixed VR Defying Gravity: Women in Space at the Intrepid Museum

(December 21, 2018) - On view now at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is an exhibition for the inspiring astronaut in you. Defying Gravity: Women in Space takes you on the groundbreaking journey of Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, with the help of VR headsets and a real space shuttle, the Enterprise, a permanent installation at the Intrepid. (read the story...)

What to Shop at the Grand Central Holiday Fair

(December 21, 2018) - It’s here! The Grand Central Holiday Fair is in full swing, selling gifts and goodies for the holidays at the world’s most famous transit hub. After a competitive application process, 40 vendors were selected to participate in this popular indoor market. Read below for a roundup of great booths you’ll find at Grand Central this holiday season. (read the story...)

Now Open! KGB Spy Museum in NYC

(December 21, 2018) - Brand new to Manhattan, the KGB Spy Museum takes you deep into the world of Soviet espionage from the early 20th century to today. Located on West 14th Street, this museum exposes kids and adults to the secretive technologies that make spying possible, like cryptology machines, tiny recording devices, and poisonous umbrellas (you read that right!). You’ll also find out how the covert work of intelligence agents has shaped the world and influenced our public fears of Russia, a country still prominent in the American imagination today. (read the story...)

How to Spend New Year's Eve 2019 in Brooklyn

(December 18, 2018) - For New Yorkers, it’s about as normal to avoid Times Square on New Year’s Eve as it is to join the throngs to watch the ball drop. If you’re looking to avoid Times Square—and/or Manhattan altogether—hop across the East River and try New Year’s in Brooklyn! There’s a Prohibition-themed party, several rock concerts, a heated beer garden, fireworks at Prospect Park, and much more. Below are 10 events where you can count down to 2019, Brooklyn-style. (read the story...)

Tickets on Sale for Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving at Brooklyn Museum

(December 17, 2018) - Opening February 8, 2019, Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving will present the art and artifacts of the renowned Mexican painter at the Brooklyn Museum. Tickets are on sale now. (read the story...)

Have a Ha-Ha Holiday With These 12 Comedy Shows in NYC

(December 11, 2018) - Laugh and celebrate the winter holiday season with comedy shows staged throughout New York City. Some of the 12 listed below are explicitly holiday-themed (Christmas, Kwanzaa, even Festivus!), while others are just great acts coming to New York this December. (read the story...)

Visit the World's First Mozzarella Bar in Two Amazing NYC Locations: Obica

(December 11, 2018) - If you love fresh, creamy mozzarella on a Neapolitan pie or a fresh plate of burrata, visit the mozzarella experts in New York City at Obicà. This Italian chain, with locations worldwide, has two New York outposts in Midtown East and Flatiron. (read the story...)

The Best New Year's Eve Boat Rides in NYC

(December 05, 2018) - Let these cruise companies take care of you as you welcome 2019 in New York City! (read the story...)

Festive Fun at 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer in NYC

(December 04, 2018) - Flatiron is getting a lot more fun this holiday season, as the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership hosts 23 Days of Flatiron Cheer. Each day from December 1 to 23, local businesses are celebrating the holidays with a series of giveaways, free walking tours, free fitness classes, performances, and an interactive art installation on Flatiron Plaza. (read the story...)


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