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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.


Where to Eat and Drink at the New TWA Hotel at JFK Airport

(July 12, 2019) - In addition to 512 rooms and an on-site museum on the history of TWA, the TWA Hotel contains several new bars and restaurants open to the public. Next time you’re coming in or out of JFK, stop by one of the following 6 spots to eat and drink in style. (read the story...)

Mais Oui: French Restaurant Week in NYC

(July 03, 2019) - This July, Restaurant Week goes Gallic. French Restaurant Week, similar to New York Restaurant Week in winter and summer, offers discounted food and drink at French restaurants around the city. The event, organized in part by OpenTable, will last July 8-21. (read the story...)

The Best Eats Near Kings Theatre

(July 02, 2019) - Kings Theatre is a Brooklyn treasure. This event venue, located in the Flatbush neighborhood, was built in the 1920s and modeled after the palace at Versailles. Here’s a list of where to eat before or after the big show! (read the story...)

Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion Opens July 20 at Brooklyn Museum

(June 26, 2019) - Fashion phenom Pierre Cardin will be honored in a retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum this summer. On July 20, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, the exhibition will open to celebrate the French designer who embodied the Space Race and futuristic concepts in his designs (read the story...)

Join the Three-Day July 4th Block Party at Empire Outlets

(June 24, 2019) - Empire Outlets, New York City’s first and only outlet mall, will light up July 4 weekend this year! Come to this waterfront destination on Staten Island for a three-day block party this Independence Day weekend. (read the story...)

10 Things to Do in Brooklyn This Summer

(June 21, 2019) - This summer, do Brooklyn right. The borough will be filled with outdoor concerts, mermaid costumes, beachgoers, movies, and fantastic food and drink all season long. Here are 10 ideas to kickstart your Brooklyn summer. (read the story...)

What to Do Before the July 4th Fireworks in NYC

(June 21, 2019) - July 4 is right around the corner, and we have some ideas on how to spend your free day in the city. Sure, there are the classic picks like fireworks and Coney Island, but we’ve chosen a few offbeat activities to consider before the Independence Day spectacle begins. Here are a few museums, parties, and picnics to enjoy on July 4 in New York City. (read the story...)

The Ultimate Day in NYC on New York Water Taxi

(June 21, 2019) - New York Water Taxi opens up the whole city for a day of fun! We’ve put together a day that will make the most of your New York Water Taxi All-Access Pass and give you some of the best sightseeing the city has to offer. (read the story...)

10 Rooftop Happy Hours in NYC

(June 14, 2019) - New York rooftop experiences typically come at a premium, but not on this list. Here are 10 rooftop bars with happy hour deals to kick off your summer—and keep it going strong. (read the story...)

6 Murray Hill Happy Hours You Should Know

(June 14, 2019) - Murray Hill occupies that limbo space between Midtown Manhattan and Not-Exactly-Midtown Manhattan. This East Side neighborhood is typically defined by the following boundaries: east-west from FDR Drive to Madison Avenue, and south-north from East 23rd to East 34th Streets. There are plenty of residences and offices here, meaning ample opportunities for post-work fun at the bar. You can also find city treasures like The Morgan Library & Museum and Grand Central Terminal nearby. Here are 6 places to unwind and enjoy cocktails, wine, beer, and food at a discount in Murray Hill! (read the story...)

Empire Outlets, NYC's Only Outlet Mall, Opens on Staten Island

(June 11, 2019) - An exciting new shopping destination has recently opened in New York City. Empire Outlets, a retail center in Staten Island, is the only outlet mall within the five boroughs of New York City and the first of its kind in one of the shopping capitals of the world. (read the story...)

Be a Star! 'Madame Tussauds New York Presents Broadway' Now Open

(June 10, 2019) - Some of us never stop dreaming about being a Broadway star. Now, your dreams can come true at Madame Tussauds New York. Step behind the scenes of a Broadway show, and strut your stuff onstage at this interactive experience coming to Madame Tussauds June 4, steps away from the Great White Way. (read the story...)

Where to Celebrate Pride 2019 in NYC—WorldPride and Stonewall 50

(June 07, 2019) - New York City Pride goes global this year with WorldPride. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Millions are expected to flood the annual Pride March on June 30, and the many other events on the calendar will be packed with proud people as well. (read the story...)

The Best Sushi in New York City

(June 06, 2019) - The New York sushi circuit boasts stiff competition. Legendary sushi chefs establish their counters both small and large here, importing delectable fish, seaweed, crab, roe, and basically anything edible from under the sea. (read the story...)

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

(May 31, 2019) - 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...)

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

(May 29, 2019) - 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...)

Free Yoga Classes in 9 NYC Parks This Summer

(May 28, 2019) - 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...)

Burgers and Shakes to Remember in NYC: Bill's Bar & Burger

(May 28, 2019) - New York thinks a lot of its burgers, and for good reason. There are plenty of solid and even stellar choices all around town—so many that it can be hard to choose. But look no further: your next stop is Bill’s Bar & Burger, which has a menu thirteen burgers strong, all with freshly ground beef patties that are hand-pressed every day in the kitchen. From the Konichiwa to the Ranch Hand, find your flavor, grab a shake, and chow down. (read the story...)

NYC's Best Outdoor Movie Screenings for Summer 2019

(May 24, 2019) - New York is obsessed with movies, and we’re very glad it is. City parks and rooftops fill with picnic blankets and cinephiles throughout all five boroughs every summer, taking in movies from black-and-white classics to international hits to superhero blockbusters. (read the story...)

What's New at Smorgasburg, NYC's Premier Outdoor Food Market

(May 24, 2019) - Smorgasburg has bragging rights as the largest weekly outdoor food market in the country. Find out the new locations and times you can experience Smorgasburg this season! (read the story...)

What to Do at the Seaport District This Summer in NYC

(May 24, 2019) - The Seaport District, formerly known as South Street Seaport, has been getting some serious upgrades lately. The former shopping center there has been torn down, replaced by rows of shops, restaurants, a movie theater, and an outdoor concert venue. (read the story...)

Summer Museum Happenings in NYC for Every Weekday

(May 24, 2019) - 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 these cultural institutions. Events are listed by day of the week; plan away! (read the story...)

From Bowl to Soul: wagamama Now Open in Murray Hill!

(May 23, 2019) - Brand new to the Murray Hill area, UK Asian fusion restaurant wagamama has opened its newest location in New York. (read the story...)

Poster House Museum to Open in NYC on June 20

(May 22, 2019) - Posters are everywhere. We see them on our commutes, hang them in our bedrooms, encounter them at our offices, community bulletin boards, and movie theaters. Enter Poster House, the first American museum focusing on the history of international poster design. Coming to the Flatiron neighborhood of New York City, Poster House will open June 20. (read the story...)

Celebrate Your Graduate (or Graduation) at These 13 Restaurants in NYC

(May 17, 2019) - It’s graduation season in New York, meaning it’s about time to make some reservations for a celebratory dinner. Here are 13 restaurants worthy of a newly minted grad, ranging from haute cuisine to down-home barbecue and located all around the city. Congrats! (read the story...)


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