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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.


Winterfest at Brooklyn Museum: Shopping, Santa, & Free Holiday Events

(November 02, 2018) - Slide into the holiday season, Brooklyn-style! Brand-new for the 2018 holiday season, the inaugural Winterfest at the Brooklyn Museum opens the day after Thanksgiving and closes out on New Year's Eve. This six-week winter wonderland, popping up on the grounds of the museum, will feature a wide range of offerings for the whole family. (read the story...)

A Dazzling New Finale for the 2018 Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes

(November 02, 2018) - The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes been lighting up Radio City Music Hall since 1933. To this day, Santa and the legendary dancing troupe, the Rockettes, entertain, engage, and inspire families from around the world each holiday season. By New Year's Day 2019, over a million people will have seen the show during this season alone! (read the story...)

11 Immersive Theatre Experiences in NYC

(November 02, 2018) - Thanks to the many theater companies staging immersive shows in New York City, if you've ever dreamed of a seat in a Prohibition-era seance, a flight through Neverland, or a dance party with Cleopatra, you can live it here. Read on for the immersive theater happening now in New York City, where audience participation reaches a whole new level. (read the story...)

Steakhouse Staples and East-Side Elegance at the New David Burke Tavern

(November 02, 2018) - Inside one elegant townhouse on the Upper East Side, celebrity chef David Burke invites you to drink, dine, and relax at David Burke Tavern. This brand-new restaurant, which opened in early October, features a seasonally minded menu of artful cocktails and robust proteins like lobster steak, Wagyu pot roast, and Burke’s signature “Clothesline” candied bacon. (read the story...)

Get Some Class: Offbeat Classes and Workshops in NYC

(October 30, 2018) - When you take a class in New York, adventure, surprise, and a new obsession can all be yours. These eight unique classes offered throughout the city will help you self improve—and they also make a fun date night! Learn how to pair wines and cheeses, frame an Instagrammable photo, fly on a trapeze, and do yoga naked (it’s a thing). (read the story...)

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

(October 30, 2018) - Instagrammable moments, or should we say “immersive experiences,” are taking over New York City these days. These walk-through installations are based on themes as diverse as dogs, 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...)

How to Celebrate Halloween in Brooklyn

(October 26, 2018) - Whether you enjoy jump-scares in a Victorian cemetery or wholesome harvest festivals, there are plenty of opportunities in Brooklyn for Halloween fun. Read on for the 10 best Halloween events happening in Brooklyn this October. Costumes are optional but encouraged! (read the story...)

Zombies Attack in Mission: Undead 7D at Madame Tussauds in NYC

(October 26, 2018) - A brand-new 7D experience at Madame Tussauds New York, Mission: Undead, tasks you with killing more zombies than your friends! Prevent the zombie apocalypse and survive your first night of work on the force at this newly-opened, state-of-the-art, Times Square attraction. (read the story...)

Students Attend Spy School for Free at SPYSCAPE

(October 26, 2018) - SPYSCAPE, one of the hottest new attractions in New York City, welcomes students to Spy School! This program, free with the purchase of a regular ticket, will train students in the fine art of espionage using interactive experiences and authentic artifacts from historical spies. Participants at this spy museum in Midtown West will build skills in critical thinking, leadership, creativity, and agility (during the laser-dodging portion, that is!). (read the story...)

Saar Indian Bistro: Fine Indian Cuisine in NYC’s Theater District

(October 19, 2018) - Hemant Mathur, the Michelin-starred chef behind restaurants like Devi and Tulsi, has embarked on a new culinary venture with Saar Indian Bistro. (read the story...)

How to Win at the Upright Citizens Brigade

(October 12, 2018) - The Upright Citizens Brigade theater is the mecca of improvised comedy in New York. UCB shows run the gamut from improv comedy to scripted sketch performances, and there are shows seven nights a week. (read the story...)

Why You Should Visit Brooklyn's Art Deco Masterpiece Kings Theatre

(October 12, 2018) - Located in the Flatbush neighborhood of central Brooklyn, Kings Theatre was built to be a “wonder theatre” in 1929. It was modeled on the ornate Palace of Versailles and inspires oohs and aahs immediately when you enter the high-ceilinged lobby. After being shuttered for decades, Kings has made its glorious return, hosting fantastic music, theater, dance, and other performances. (read the story...)

R.H. Quaytman: + x, Chapter 34 Opens at the Guggenheim

(October 12, 2018) - The new exhibition R.H. Quaytman: + x, Chapter 34 at the Guggenheim Museum sees a contemporary artist responding to a historical one. Your trip up the museum’s winding ramp will introduce you to a forgotten historical figure, Hilma af Klint, who pioneered modernist painting, in the exhibition Paintings for the Future. At the top of the rotunda, find R.H. Quaytman’s response to af Klint’s work with a new series of paintings. (read the story...)

Mystical Modernism: Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim Museum NYC

(October 09, 2018) - Discover Hilma af Klint, a woman before her time, at the new Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum exhibit Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future, opening October 12. (read the story...)

New York's 10 Best Food Carts

(October 05, 2018) - If you’ve lived here long enough, a food cart on the sidewalk poses little more than a barrier for your power-walk down 6th Avenue. Read on for Middle Eastern, Indian, and Trinidadian dishes and the carts they call home. (read the story...)

Where to Find Late-Night Eats on the Lower East Side

(September 28, 2018) - Any night of clubbing or bar-hopping will probably include a spell of ravenous hunger. In the Lower East Side, where the nightlife stays active even on weekdays, many kitchens are sympathetic to the partier’s plight, providing food into the wee hours. Stop by a classic deli, a pie shop, or a place with pizza in a cone for filling food to keep you going strong all night long. (read the story...)

The Best Cooking Classes in NYC

(September 28, 2018) - New York boasts endless restaurants, so it also boasts an endless amount of chefs. Cooking classes in New York give you access to experienced and helpful kitchen pros who can teach you the basics of knife-wielding, animal butchery, making pasta from scratch, and even shopping for groceries. Take a date, a friend, or a group to one of these phenomenal cooking classes, offered throughout the year and fueled by a love of food. (read the story...)

A Perfect Day at Liberty Island, Ellis Island, & The Battery

(September 28, 2018) - The tip of Manhattan—The Battery, connected to Liberty and Ellis islands across New York Harbor—is the cradle of New York history. A strategic battle site in the Revolutionary War and the former seat of the United States capital, this area combines the old and the new, with beautiful antique buildings like City Hall near brand-new construction projects like the ultra-modern Oculus mall. (read the story...)

Fall Packing Essentials for NYC

(September 28, 2018) - Fall is here, and you might be planning a trip to New York for a concert, a play, a game, or just a much-needed getaway. The weather might throw you for a loop in autumn, but there’s no need to stress over the packing process. (read the story...)

All in the Family: Chef Sal Scognamillo of Patsy's Italian Restaurant

(September 28, 2018) - In 1944, Pasquale “Patsy” Scognamillo opened Patsy's Italian Restaurant in New York’s Theater District. Today, the restaurant remains on West 56th Street, thriving with a committed local following and constant stream of visitors. The epitome of a family restaurant, Patsy’s has seen only three executive chefs: Patsy himself, his son Joe, and the current chef, Joe’s son Sal Scognamillo. (read the story...)

See Luke Skywalker’s Authentic Lightsaber at Ripley’s!

(September 28, 2018) - Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square is a sightseeing experience unlike any other, and through the month of October there's a special rarity making it even more attractive: Luke Skywalker’s actual lightsaber from Star Wars! Mark Hamill, who played Skywalker, wielded this prop in The Empire Strikes Back. (read the story...)

10 Exhibitions Not to Miss in NYC for Fall 2018

(September 28, 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...)

Why You Should Visit the Rubin Museum of Art

(September 24, 2018) - While you’re exploring the galleries in Chelsea, take time to relax at the Rubin Museum of Art, a uniquely meditative look at the art of the Himalayan region. At the Rubin, you’ll walk a spiral staircase to a wondrous six floors of galleries housed in the former site of the department store Barneys. (read the story...)

Brooklyn Backyards: 8 Parks to Visit in Brooklyn

(September 21, 2018) - Brooklyn might move at a slower pace than Manhattan, but it’s still New York City. It’s crowded and busy! Sometimes you need a release, whether it’s a game of bocce or a nap under a tree. Read on for the best green spaces in Brooklyn where you’ll find jaw-dropping views of the skyline, community activities, sports, and nature. (read the story...)

New York's 5 Best Gyros

(September 21, 2018) - A classic Mediterranean street food, the gyro is a pita wrap packed with thin slices of savory, herb-y meat, lettuce, tomato, and special sauce. Here are the five best in the city! Grab some extra sauce for us, will you? (read the story...)


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