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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.


Bridezillas Museum of Natural Hysteria Comes to Times Square

(February 20, 2018) - Friday, February 23, revisit the reality show that catapulted the word “bridezilla” into the zeitgeist. In honor of the return of Bridezillas to WeTV, the network is opening the Museum of Natural Hysteria at 4 Times Square. (read the story...)

Where to Watch the 90th Annual Oscars in New York

(February 20, 2018) - It’s a seminal year for this awards show (not just becausethe list of nominees is so diverse), which kicks off at 8pm EST after a red-carpet show at 6:30. Find below some New York City restaurants and other venues screening the Academy Awards on March 4, 2018. (Black-tie optional.) (read the story...)

10 Great Restaurants to Try In and Around Grand Central

(February 16, 2018) - We’ve rounded up the 10 best spots in and around Grand Central, whether you’re a stalwart, workaday New Yorker or a newbie stargazer—or somewhere in between. (read the story...)

Celebrate Women's History Month 2018 in NYC

(February 16, 2018) - Get excited: Women’s History Month is coming up! Each March since 1987, the U.S. has recognized the many and various contributions of women throughout history, as well as the ladies making the world a better place today. New York has no shortage of brilliant, glass-ceiling-busting women, and you can enjoy their work throughout the month of March and beyond. Here are some museum exhibitions, events, comedy, food, and drink, to whet your appetite for Women’s History Month. (read the story...)

Things to Do in the Flatiron District in NYC

(February 15, 2018) - The Flatiron District takes its name from the Flatiron Building, the endlessly photographed wedge-shaped building on 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue. The boundaries of the neighborhood push north of 23rd Street into what used to be considered a portion of the NoMad neighborhood, and south down towards Union Square. After you snap your perfect pic in front of the Flatiron, you have endless options to explore. We’ve narrowed them down for you, whether you’re looking to shop, eat, explore, or all of the above! (read the story...)

Don't Miss Majestic Mountain Photos at China Institute

(February 08, 2018) - This year, the China Institute Gallery will unveil an exciting new exhibition called Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens, running from February 8 to December 2, 2018. Featuring over 60 photographs from a range of modern Chinese photographers, this exhibition will allow visitors to consider the role of mountains in China’s geography, history, art, and philosophy. (read the story...)

Enjoy Pre-Theater Dinner at These Stellar New Japanese Restaurants

(February 02, 2018) - The pre-theater options in Midtown are endless, but not all are created equal. We invite you to consider elegant dining options at two up-and-coming Japanese restaurants near the Theater District. You’ll have some of the best sushi in the city, a dash of Peruvian chili, innovative chicken, buttery wagyu beef, and sake for days at Sen Sakana and Suzuki. (read the story...)

The Best Ways to Celebrate Chinese New Year in NYC

(January 31, 2018) - Every winter, New York celebrates the Chinese New Year with parades, performances, and maybe a dumpling or two. In the Chinese 12-year cycle, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Read on for the best ways to celebrate Chinese New Year in New York City. (read the story...)

Try Pufferfish and Much More at New York Newcomer Suzuki

(January 31, 2018) - If you’re looking for fresh seafood, exquisite presentation, and perfectly soft rice, come to Midtown Manhattan's Suzuki and its accompanying sushi bar, Satsuki, which recently received a Michelin star! Through March 2018, you can also try thin slices of fugu, or pufferfish, at both restaurants (the pufferfish is famously toxic if not prepared correctly, but no worries about that here!). (read the story...)

NYC Steak Destination: Angus Club Steakhouse

(January 30, 2018) - Come over to Midtown East for some of the best steak of your life. At Angus Club Steakhouse, you’ll find beautiful cuts of beef, whether you’re craving ribeye, porterhouse, or even lamb chops. (read the story...)

Hwa Yuan: A Chinatown Legend Returns

(January 30, 2018) - New York City legend Hwa Yuan first opened in 1968, with Chef Shorty Tang at the helm. Newly reimagined for the modern era, it has recently reopened in a massive three-story location next door to the original on Chinatown’s East Broadway. (read the story...)

The Best Spots to Celebrate Mardi Gras 2018 in NYC

(January 29, 2018) - Looking for a taste of the Big Easy in the big city? New York has concerts, parties, New Orleans-themed cocktails, and plenty of beads to go around for Mardi Gras this year. Celebrate the weekend of February 9-11, or on Fat Tuesday itself, February 13. Of course, if you really want to party like it’s NOLA, you’ll celebrate all week long. (read the story...)

NYC's 10 Best Restaurants with Live Music

(January 26, 2018) - Whether you’re planning a Valentine’s Day date or looking for some extra oomph in ambiance, you’ll find incredible musicianship and fine food at some of New York’s best restaurants. (read the story...)

10 Must-Try Chocolate Desserts in NYC This Valentine’s Day

(January 26, 2018) - This Valentine’s Day, don’t settle for drug-store chocolates in the shape of a heart. Check out some of New York’s best bakeries and restaurants for truly transportive chocolate desserts. From 24-layer chocolate cakes to boxes of shortbread cookies to frozen hot chocolate, we’ll help you find a treat you and your sweetheart can share over candlelight, a movie, or a night in. (read the story...)

What to See This Winter at the New-York Historical Society

(January 26, 2018) - With a diverse display of art and artifacts, the exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society reveal unexpected similarities between the New York of centuries ago and New York today. Read on for our picks of the best things to see at the NYHS in winter 2018! (read the story...)

10 NYC Comedy Shows to Cure Winter Madness

(January 26, 2018) - Whether you’re visiting New York City or living here in a drafty apartment, it’s blisteringly cold and we could all use some comedy to warm us up. Laugh through the madness this winter at these weekly comedy nights, sets from world-class comedians, and improv silliness. Here's our picks for the 10 best comedy nights coming up this season. (read the story...)

HBO Doc 'The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm' at NYC's Museum of Jewish Heritage

(January 26, 2018) - As world history gallops ahead in this era of upheaval, teaching children about the Holocaust might seem too great a task for parents and educators. But it is necessary to bring this piece of history to young people, with its messages about tolerance, human endurance, and freedom that remain vital to contemporary times. HBO and the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York have sought to bridge the generational gap with the new documentary short, The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm. (read the story...)

2-for-1 Tickets to Museums, Tours, and More at NYC Must-See Week

(January 23, 2018) - Looking for a fantastic New York experience for half the price? You’re in luck! From January 29 to February 11, some of the city’s top attractions will offer 2-for-1 tickets. (read the story...)

Get VIP Access to Jake Shears and Kirstin Maldonado—The New Stars of Kinky Boots!

(January 19, 2018) - Come to Broadway this spring to meet your favorite musicians as they take the stage in Kinky Boots! Broadway Plus VIP Services gives you an all-access pass to meet the new stars of the show: Jake Shears of the band Scissor Sisters, or Kirstin Maldonado of the a capella supergroup Pentatonix. (read the story...)

Best Armenian Food NYC

(January 19, 2018) - Armenia is the little country in the Caucasus Mountains, at the hinge of the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Russia. Armenia carries great historical importance as the country the Kardashians are kind of from and you'd think that essential fact would be reason enough for a few Armenian spots to open in New York on interest alone. However, there are arguably no Armenian-only restaurants left in the city. But that doesn’t mean you can’t sample this country’s cuisine on a few menus throughout New York. Find a few below! (read the story...)

Why You Should Visit Carnegie Hall

(January 19, 2018) - Carnegie Hall held its first concert in 1891. Now this New York landmark is one of the world’s most famous venues for orchestral music. The best of the best pianists, violinists, and grand orchestras play here. If you’re intimidated by classical music (the Hall offers much more, by the way) or are turned off by tuxedos, there’s still a seat for you at Carnegie Hall. Find out why in the list below! (read the story...)

Tour the Alberto Savinio Exhibition at CIMA, SoHo's Best-Kept Secret

(January 12, 2018) - This airy loft in SoHo is not quite gallery, not quite museum. Regardless, it’s extraordinary. And at the Center for Italian Modern Art this year, you’ll find a fascinating exhibition of the artist Alberto Savinio. (read the story...)

Uptown or Downtown, Morton's Serves 'The Best Steak Anywhere!'

(January 12, 2018) - The first Morton’s The Steakhouse opened in Chicago in 1978. Now Morton’s has 40 years of service under its belt and dozens of locations to its name, both in the U.S. and abroad. Come celebrate 40 years of fine steak, fine wine, and more at one of two Morton's locations in Manhattan! Bring a date, business associate, or a whole party to either location for an outstanding meal and impeccable service. Here’s everything you need to know about Morton’s The Steakhouse in Midtown East and the Financial District. (read the story...)

Top 5 German Restaurants in NYC

(January 12, 2018) - Break out the bratwurst, wise up on wiener schnitzel, and buy a beer or two at these German restaurants in New York. Whether you’re looking for a beer hall, a quick counter, or a cozy place to tuck into some sausage and cabbage, you can find it here. Time it right, and you may even hear an accordion while you’re at it. (read the story...)

2018 Kids Week at Intrepid

(January 09, 2018) - Attention, aspiring naval officers and scientists! The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host its annual Kids Week from Sunday, February 18 through Saturday, February 24. Kids on winter break will have the opportunity to participate in dozens of fun-filled activities and hands-on workshops, while also enjoying live shows and special guest appearances. (read the story...)


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