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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.


Tour de Frosé: The Best Frozen Rosé in NYC

(July 18, 2018) - Rosé is enjoying quite a heyday in New York City right now. With this trend has come new spins on this picturesque pink wine, like frosé (or frozé, if you prefer). Like a frozen margarita, this slushy drink makes a perfect cooler for a hot NYC day. Various bars and restaurants are spiking it with hard liquor and flavored liqueurs, plus fresh fruits like strawberry, orange, and lemon to cool you down even better. Here are some of the best frosés out there, appearing at bars throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. (read the story...)

New York Sports Tours: A Brand-New Luxury Ride Through NYC Sports History

(July 17, 2018) - Some of the longest-standing traditions in U.S. history started right here in New York City, including the sports we still play today! The story of New York sports is a dense, fascinating tale, and now you can learn it from the best. Experience the history of baseball, basketball, football, boxing, and more with the brand-new New York Sports Tours. (read the story...)

Free Music, Talks, & Dance at Lincoln Center Out of Doors

(July 16, 2018) - The joy of Lincoln Center steps into the sunshine this summer at its annual Out of Doors Festival! Held on the large plaza outside a temple of New York culture, the festival lasts for three weeks in July and August. It kicks off Tuesday, July 24, and all events are absolutely free! (read the story...)

Beat the Heat at Malls and Department Stores: Where to Eat & Shop NYC

(July 13, 2018) - NYC has you covered for indoor shopping locations with clothes, shoes, accessories, and even some food when you need to refuel. Read on for nine stores and malls where you’ll spend a dog day afternoon inside, cool, and in style. (read the story...)

10 Caribbean Restaurants to Try in NYC

(July 13, 2018) - Craving a taste of the islands? Visit a Caribbean restaurant in New York! The city is home to over one million descendants of the Caribbean islands, and whether it’s from Jamaica, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago, or other islands of the West Indies, you can find some amazing takes on the cuisine here. Try some jerk chicken, oxtail stew, and rum—yum! (read the story...)

Luxurious Fun: Zavo Mediterranean Restaurant, Bar, & Lounge

(July 13, 2018) - Whether you’re eating, drinking, watching a show, or a little of all three, you’ll have a magical evening at Zavo. (read the story...)

The Best New Brunch Deals in NYC

(July 13, 2018) - While we don’t claim to have all the answers, we do know a few great new brunches being served around New York City. The following restaurants feature new brunch menus, with flavors from French to farmers market-fresh. (read the story...)

On the Border with Tanya Aguiñiga: Craft & Care at the Museum of Arts and Design

(July 12, 2018) - Come see Tanya Aguiñiga’s giant fringed umbrella, tapestries of knots made by commuters traveling the border, and other pieces made through community partnerships on both sides of the U.S./Mexico divide. (read the story...)

Private Parties NYC: Host Your Event at Il Cortile, A Little Italy Classic

(July 12, 2018) - Il Cortile opened its doors in September 1975 and has been a Little Italy institution ever since.Owned and operated by the Esposito family, Il Cortile invites your family to celebrate your next special occasion here, whether you’re hosting a company function, a small family reunion, or a large wedding reception. (read the story...)

Live Music and Soul Food at Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar in NYC

(July 12, 2018) - Want some live music with your dinner and drinks? Come to Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar, an eatery established by the songwriting team behind “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” (read the story...)

9 New York Parks Where You Can Score Free Yoga This Summer

(July 11, 2018) - In warm weather, New York City commits an amazing act of generosity: the city trots out its best professional yoga instructors, sends them to beautiful parks, and invites the public for group yoga classes that are free to participants. (read the story...)

Édouard Manet’s "Woman in Striped Dress" in a Startling Restoration at the Guggenheim

(July 11, 2018) - The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, a prestigious organization with museums around the world, has sponsored the restoration of a special painting: Woman in Striped Dress (ca. 1877-80) by Édouard Manet. The dramatic results, now on display at the museum, reveal the painting’s heretofore hidden colors. (read the story...)

What to See at the Morgan Library & Museum

(July 11, 2018) - This summer, come see the special exhibitions on view at the Morgan Library & Museum, housed in magnificent facilities that mix new world with old. (read the story...)

Up the Down Staircase: Escher Exhibition & Experience Comes to Brooklyn

(July 11, 2018) - This year, Escher’s work will enjoy an extended stay in Brooklyn—specifically, the undersung neighborhood of Industry City. At ESCHER: The Exhibition & Experience, around 200 of Escher’s pieces are on display, in addition to work by other artists, fashion designers, filmmakers, and more who have been inspired by Escher. (read the story...)

Paddlesports Galore! Free Kayaking, Rowboat Rentals & Paddleboard Yoga in NYC

(July 11, 2018) - You might’ve seen New York by bus or by boat, but what about a kayak? A rowboat? What about a war canoe? All of these paddlesports and more can be found in New York’s major and minor bodies of water, from the serene Van Cortlandt Park Lake in the Bronx to the waterway to the world, the Hudson River. (read the story...)

Where to Have Post-Theater Drinks & Dessert in Midtown

(July 11, 2018) - Imagine you’ve just seen a Broadway show. You laughed, you cried, you were transported somewhere new. After the doors open and you emerge back into Midtown, you and your partner want a cocktail and something sweet to go with it. Below are your best bets for drinks and dessert in the area, with not a bad choice in the bunch. Enjoy! (read the story...)

Upcoming Summer Comedy Shows in NYC

(July 11, 2018) - Whether you’re based in New York City or coming here for a break, stop by one of these tried-and-true comedy clubs to keep your giddy going this summer. Find clean laughs for you and your kids at LOL, or laugh along with Whitney Cummings at Carolines. We’ve listed the shows according to venue. Catch the best comics around throughout July in the comedy capital of the world! (read the story...)

What to Do and Where to Eat Around Yankee Stadium in the Bronx

(July 11, 2018) - Whether you’re a die-hard Yankees fan or hopping on the bandwagon during a winning streak (no judgment!), any day at Yankee Stadium is a good day. While you’re around, why not check out some of the area’s best restaurants, bars, and activities? (read the story...)

9/11 Museum Debuts “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11” This Summer in NYC

(June 27, 2018) - This summer, come see “Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11”, a special exhibition at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. This exhibit will explore the uplifting moments at sporting events following the September 11 attacks. (read the story...)

Silent Summer Disco Parties with DJ Calvin Harris at Madame Tussauds New York

(June 26, 2018) - Madame Tussauds in Times Square is taking the silent disco up a notch by placing DJ Calvin Harris at the head of the party. (read the story...)

A Dazzling Summer of Magic at the New-York Historical Society

(June 26, 2018) - Ever wondered how a magician could catch a bullet, saw someone in half, or make an audience member disappear? These and many other questions will be answered at the New-York Historical Society’s Summer of Magic. (read the story...)

Summer Museum Happenings in NYC for Every Weekday

(June 25, 2018) - Be advised: your weekdays just got a little more interesting. Monday through Friday, NYC museums offer reduced admission, free drawing in museum galleries, live music and cocktails, and much more. Avoid the weekend mob and have a special experience during the week at one or multiple of these cultural institutions. Events are listed by day of the week; plan away! (read the story...)

Scooter & Moped Tours of NYC

(June 19, 2018) - Let’s celebrate the diversity of city transportation with a quick look at New York scooter tours. Whether you’re seeking a motorized kick scooter or a full-blown Vespa, you can see the city in style and even get a few fun facts about it along the way. (read the story...)

Celebrate Brooklyn! Outdoor Music Concerts This Summer in NYC

(June 18, 2018) - Summer fun doesn’t get much better than outdoor concerts. This year, Celebrate Brooklyn! returns for its 39th year to the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn for high-caliber musical acts. (read the story...)

Hell's Kitchens: The Best Outdoor Restaurants for Pre-Theater in NYC

(June 15, 2018) - If you’re seeing a Broadway show on a nice day, there’s simply no need to sit inside to eat! There are plenty of restaurants with al fresco dining nearby in Hell's Kitchen, and we’ve rounded up eight dependable options. You can choose from Turkish, Italian, French—okay, we won’t spoil the rest. Read on for outdoor dining options in Hell’s Kitchen that are perfect for pre-theater. (read the story...)


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