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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.

Best Bachata Clubs in NYC

(September 17, 2018) - With a tremendous Dominican population in New York City, there are several places where you can dance bachata, whether you’re a lifelong devotee or learning the steps for the first time. Baila! (read the story...)

Itinerary—Saturday in Gowanus: A Brooklyn Neighborhood Reborn

(September 14, 2018) - Gowanus is a Brooklyn neighborhood once known for manufacturing and shipping, as its namesake canal runs directly through the area. Once an eyesore wedged between prettier areas like Carroll Gardens and Park Slope, Gowanus has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent years. We’ve put together a day of fun in Gowanus for the adventurous and hungry visitor to this remarkable neighborhood. (read the story...)

Buzzy O’Keeffe: The Man Behind Brooklyn's Iconic River Café

(September 14, 2018) - The River Cafe is one of New York City’s preeminent dining institutions. The restaurant’s owner and operator Michael “Buzzy” O’Keeffe ensures it stays that way. (read the story...)

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at Brooklyn Museum

(September 11, 2018) - Proponents of Black Power had no better advocates than the artists among their ranks. Painters, sculptors, and performance artists rose up during this era to make protest art that spoke to the black experience in America and critiqued the white establishment that resisted them. Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at the Brooklyn Museum features over 150 works of art inspired by this vital sociopolitical movement. (read the story...)

Where to Get the Most Mouth-Watering Wagyu Beef in NYC

(September 11, 2018) - Wagyu beef refers to a particular breed of Japanese cattle. Once bred only in Asia, these cattle are now cultivated on select farms in the U.S., producing high-quality beef prized by chefs around the country. Read on for the best wagyu beef in NYC. (read the story...)

Upcoming Film Exhibits and Screenings at the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC

(September 07, 2018) - It’s hard to imagine life without movies, but the medium is only 130 years old. The Museum of the Moving Image is a temple to filmmaking in Astoria, Queens, and deserves a visit if you’re a film buff—or just really like the Muppets (see below). Learn about the history of filmmaking and the methods behind the magic through a series of film clips, artifacts, and interactive experiences like a voice-dubbing booth. The museum also shows movies in the fabulous Bartos Screening Room throughout the week, from documentaries to Disney cartoons. Below are film series and exhibitions ongoing and upcoming at the museum. And… action! (read the story...)

An NYC DIY Tour for 30 Rock Fans

(September 07, 2018) - The near-perfect sitcom 30 Rock follows grumpy, sweatshirt-prone TV writer Liz Lemon and her colleagues who make a weekly live comedy show at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Use this guide and you'll find the New York of your 30 Rock-inspired dreams. (read the story...)

10 Exhibitions Not to Miss in NYC This Fall

(September 07, 2018) - We can’t wait for fall exhibitions in New York. This year's exhibits recontextualize familiar figures like Andy Warhol and Harry Potter. We’ve got ten exhibitions at ten different locations throughout the city: enjoy! (read the story...)

How to Get the Most Out of Fall 2018 New York Fashion Week

(September 05, 2018) - New York Fashion Week is hurtling towards us for fall 2018, and we’re already picking out our ensembles in case we bump into Grace Coddington or Alexa Chung. Happening September 6 through 14, fashion elites gather from around the world to celebrate the fall collections at Carolina Herrera, Tory Burch, and Rodarte, among many others. (read the story...)

Do It for the Gram: NYC's Most Instagrammable Pop-Up Exhibits

(September 05, 2018) - 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 The Velvet Underground and pizza, but they’ll all make great fodder for your Insta feed, with neon lighting, patterned wallpaper, and ball pits designed for selfies galore. (read the story...)

Where to Find the Best Shawarmas in NYC

(August 31, 2018) - Shawarma is a variation on the gyro. Like a gyro, the meat is grilled kebab-style (shawarma is Arabic for “turning”), but the shawarma’s meat is marinated for longer, and there’s a more diverse list of toppings. The best spots to seek out shawarma in NYC. (read the story...)

6 Smashing Avocado Toasts in NYC

(August 30, 2018) - Granted, avocado toast had its moment a few years ago. But let’s be honest: we’re all still eating (and Instagramming) it. An import from Australia, this creamy, crunchy concoction satisfies vegans and omnivores alike. Below are some of the most exemplary avocado toasts in New York, some tricked out with veggies, sauces, and salmon, and others simple and satisfying. (read the story...)

The 10 Best Juice Bars in NYC

(August 24, 2018) - Juice is always a good idea. It’s light, it’s cold, and (for the most part) it’s healthy. Take a juice break on a hot New York afternoon or cleanse away your summer indiscretions with a solids fast at these juice places all over NYC. (read the story...)

Dîner en Blanc, New York's Most Exclusive Picnic, Returns September 17th

(August 17, 2018) - Dîner en Blanc was started in Paris in 1988. An exclusive pop-up picnic where all guests wear white (hence blanc), the dinner has become a worldwide sensation every summer since. The event is a thrilling throwback and a novelty, with an added dose of mischief. (read the story...)

Restaurants with Play Areas for Kids in NYC

(August 15, 2018) - If you’re in the city with energetic children, you might be looking for a place where they can play and you can enjoy a glass of wine and a plate of pasta. Below are six restaurants in New York with child-friendly play areas and activities like coloring to keep them occupied at the table. These restaurants provide kids menus too, such as mac ‘n cheese, mini barbecue sandwiches, and chicken tenders. Everyone wins! (read the story...)

Virtual Space Flight, Hotel Transylvania, & Zombie Attacks at VR World NYC

(August 14, 2018) - To the list of New York experiences you can't get anywhere else add the largest and most innovative virtual reality center in the country: VR World. (read the story...)

Live Shows to Catch in NYC Before August Is Gone

(August 13, 2018) - The summer’s not over yet, and we’re here to help you keep it going strong. We’ve rounded up concerts in parks, on rooftops, and concerts with a side of cornbread (we’re looking at you, Opry City Stage). Drake, Sweet Tea Trio, Guided By Voices, Beach House, and more. (read the story...)

Your Perfect Day in Central Park

(August 09, 2018) - Here is an outline of a perfect day in Central Park for an active, outdoorsy group, from breakfast time to sunset. (read the story...)

New York Spirit: The Best Distillery Tours in the City

(August 09, 2018) - Check out some craft distilleries making excellent spirits in facilities throughout Brooklyn and one location in the Bronx, in addition to a new vodka distillery in Manhattan. (read the story...)

Experience the Historic Brooklyn Waterfront at Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO

(August 08, 2018) - The Brooklyn Historical Society has established a second location in DUMBO to orient visitors to the area’s rich history. (read the story...)

PMac’s Hospitality Group: 6 Bars & Restaurants You Need to Know in Midtown Manhattan

(August 08, 2018) - The bars and restaurants of PMac’s Hospitality Group have injected fresh life into Midtown West. Michael and Patrick McNamee, brothers from Dublin, are the main force behind the group. The McNamees design restaurants from the ground up and their creations in New York are full of style and atmosphere. (read the story...)

9 Amazing Movie Theater Alternatives in NYC

(August 07, 2018) - Alternative movie theaters in New York City open up the worlds of VR, 4D, and deluxe experiences where you can enjoy craft cocktails and fries while checking out a great film. At these 9 movie theaters in NYC, you’ll find an experience no home theater can replicate. (read the story...)

Group Travel NYC: Where to Take Dance Classes with Friends

(August 07, 2018) - Picture this: you and your crew want some bachelorette-party fun, or you’re on a trip to the city, or you’re all tired of the same old night out. The solution to all of these problems is to book a group dance class. An instructor from one of these New York studios will teach you any kind of dance you’d like, from Bollywood to ballet to Beyonce. (read the story...)

The Best Malaysian Restaurants in NYC

(August 07, 2018) - The Southeast Asian country of Malaysia has a few faithful representatives on the New York food scene, but these few are mighty. Malaysian food features flavors you’ll recognize from the cuisines of nearby nations like Thailand, Vietnam, China, and India. So expect flavorful soups chock-full of meat, seafood, veggies, and noodles, plus ingredients like rice, egg, coconut milk, and cucumber (a common garnish). Head to one of these spots to try out some delicious dishes! (read the story...)

Summer Fun for Less: Use These City Guide Discounts in NYC!

(August 07, 2018) - Do New York City right with coupons and discounts to some of the city’s best attractions and restaurants. City Guide is your password to a museum of weird, wonderful treasures, the breathtaking One World Observatory, a Little Italy restaurant with a skylit garden, magic shows, comedy shows, and much more! (read the story...)

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