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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.


Free Fridays at the Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum

(March 18, 2019) - This year, the Intrepid has announced an exciting new initiative: free admission on Friday nights! April through October, this space and engineering museum in New York City will offer free admission on select Friday evenings. (read the story...)

Top 10 NYC Must-See Spring Festivals

(March 15, 2019) - Whether you’re visiting NYC for the season or a local tired of living snowbound, there are plenty of activities to get you excited for warm weather. The 10 festivals below represent interests like folk music, indie movies, Bloody Marys, and spring’s finest feature: flowers. (read the story...)

Celebrate Tanner Smith’s 4th Anniversary with Craft Cocktails and Late-Night Bites

(March 13, 2019) - Dive into Prohibition-era NYC at Tanner Smith’s in Hell’s Kitchen. Although this bar and restaurant is turning four in 2019, the atmosphere takes visitors back in time with lush period details throughout the two-story space. (read the story...)

Where to Watch March Madness 2019 in New York City

(March 06, 2019) - It’s about time to get bonkers for basketball. The NCAA tournament, March Madness, starts March 19, and you can find several places in NYC screening the 67 games during these 19 days of bracket-crazed competition. Find 10 bars and restaurants below where you can cheer on your team in the company of friends, food, and booze. (read the story...)

The Vessel, The Shed, and What Else to See at Hudson Yards

(March 01, 2019) - Hudson Yards is the state-of-the-art building development coming to the West Side of Manhattan. Larger than Rockefeller Center at 28 acres, this impressive development will contain offices, residences, a mall, an arts space, a climbable monument, restaurants, and 14 acres of public space. (read the story...)

The Tastiest Cheese and Charcuterie Boards in Hell's Kitchen

(March 01, 2019) - There’s no shortage of great wine in New York, but cheese and charcuterie plates don’t always pass muster. Hell's Kitchen serves up some tasty options. Swipe a pheasant pâté onto a piece of bread and an apple slice through baked camembert as you savor every bite of cheese and charcuterie in dining heaven (i.e. Hell’s Kitchen). (read the story...)

The World's First Museum for Kids: Brooklyn Children's Museum in NYC

(March 01, 2019) - Brooklyn Children’s Museum was the first museum for children, founded in 1899, and is New York City’s largest cultural institution for families. This popular attraction in Crown Heights invites children to explore the world with hands-on exhibits and diverse perspectives. (read the story...)

Drop-In Yoga Classes for Visitors to Midtown NYC

(March 01, 2019) - If you’re a yoga junkie or just need to de-stress in the hectic city, a yoga class lies right around the corner—guaranteed. Read on for seven yoga studios in Midtown New York, offering drop-in rates for classes a la carte. (read the story...)

NYC Destinations Offering Student Discounts

(March 01, 2019) - College comes with a lot of challenges (term papers, being broke), but there are plenty of perks too (boundless opportunities, free time on weekdays). Take advantage of your four years by checking out New York’s many student discounts, whether you’re a local student or here on a visit. (read the story...)

The Best Late-Night Dining in Midtown NYC

(March 01, 2019) - Whether you’re eating late after a Broadway show or hankering for a second dinner, Midtown has you covered on late-night eats. Ramen, burgers, wings, and Korean barbecue are all on the table—the hardest part is choosing. Below are 10 Midtown NYC spots where the kitchen stays open past 10pm. (read the story...)

The 6 Best BYOB Restaurants in NYC's East Village

(March 01, 2019) - Whether you’re looking to save money or you’re just really picky about your wine, BYO/BYOB restaurants always come in handy. In the East Village, an area filled with excellent cheap eats, there are several spots that let you brown-bag your own beer or wine. Below are six of them, offering home-cooked Italian, Chinese, and Sri Lankan food to pair with whatever drink suits your fancy. (read the story...)

Where to Eat Near the Javits Center

(February 27, 2019) - If you have a work conference coming up in New York, chances are it’ll be at the Javits Center. Read on for our picks for the best places to eat near NYC's convention center. (read the story...)

Spark Your Child's Imagination at Pip's Island, An Immersive Experience Coming to NYC

(February 26, 2019) - Imagine your child could enter the world of her favorite cartoon, interact with the characters, and save the day. Pip’s Island brings your child’s dream to life with its immersive entertainment center, coming to New York’s Times Square area in 2019. (read the story...)

The 9 Best Museum Shops in NYC

(February 26, 2019) - A museum store lets you take the museum experience—often too fleeting—with you. Read on for our picks for the 9 best museum shops in NYC. (read the story...)

Jackie Robinson's Centennial Celebrated at Two NYC Museums

(February 26, 2019) - A legendary New Yorker is receiving retrospectives at two museums this year. Baseball giant and civil rights activist Jackie Robinson will covered at a Museum of the City of New York exhibition as well as his own namesake museum in honor of his centennial. Read on for a brief biography of the American hero and a synopsis of his exhibition and museum. (read the story...)

The Best Spots to Celebrate Mardi Gras 2019 in NYC

(February 25, 2019) - Laissez les bons temps rouler in New York City this Mardi Gras! The Big Easy spirit is headed north for Fat Tuesday, March 5. Celebrate throughout the first weekend of March by eating, drinking, dancing, and even masquerading. Grab some beads, and check out these upcoming Mardi Gras celebrations in NYC. (read the story...)

License to Thrill: The First James Bond Exhibit Comes to SPYSCAPE

(February 22, 2019) - Experience the world of history’s most famous spy at Driven: 007 x SPYSCAPE, a brand new exhibition inside SPYSCAPE. New York’s spy museum is bringing Agent 007 stateside on March 8. (read the story...)

Greek Treats All Day, Every Day at Fournos Theophilos in Midtown NYC

(February 22, 2019) - For a fast lunch in midtown, a box of pastries you can take to the office, or a delightful Mediterranean dinner, check out Fournos Theophilos. Opened in October 2018, this casual Greek cafe serves delicious baked goods and savory entrees from its two-story location near Times Square. (read the story...)

The Guggenheim NYC Celebrates its 60th with 'Artistic License'

(February 21, 2019) - For the first time in its history, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City will commission six artists to curate a show from the museum’s vast collection of fine art. Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection, which also marks the 60th anniversary of the Guggenheim’s iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, will be on view from May 24, 2019, to January 12, 2020. (read the story...)

The Ribbon: An Instant Classic Arrives in Times Square

(February 20, 2019) - Times Square’s newest draw is The Ribbon, a spinoff of the Blue Ribbon empire. Brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg, hospitality legends with more than 25 years under their belts, have brought the Theater District a winning combination of elegant-yet-approachable environs and perfectly executed elevated comfort food. (read the story...)

Tickets on Sale for Auschwitz at Museum of Jewish Heritage NYC

(February 20, 2019) - Opening May 8, The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will debut the traveling exhibition "Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away." (read the story...)

Ripley's + 1 Ticket Offers Discounts to Major NYC Attractions

(February 19, 2019) - Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is a museum of wondrous and strange exhibits in Times Square. Right now, with the Ripley’s + 1 promotion, buy a Ripley’s ticket and get a major discount off admission to a top New York attraction. (read the story...)

Savings and Discounts: Visiting New York City Museums on a Budget

(February 14, 2019) - There’s no reason to skimp on culture when you’re in New York. If you want to see some of the world’s great art works and learn fascinating stories from history, take advantage of the many free and cheap museum events throughout the city. (read the story...)

Raise a Glass for 8 Great Wine Classes in NYC

(February 13, 2019) - If you’re like us, any interaction with a wine list is like walking the West Village without a map: completely disorienting unless we’re near a familiar landmark. If you’d like to up your game on Chablis, Chardonnay, and Chianti, check out New York’s best wine classes. (read the story...)

New Winter Exhibits at the New-York Historical Society Explore Cartoons and Conservation

(February 13, 2019) - New York’s first museum has kicked off 2019 with a suite of fascinating new exhibits for locals and visitors alike. Located on the Upper West Side, the New-York Historical Society dives into the history of this great city with art, artifacts, multimedia installations, and special events surrounding a wide range of city-centric topics. In February, check out the Mort Gerberg exhibit, profiling the over 50-year career of this New Yorker cartoonist. (read the story...)


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