NY Cliché of the Day: On the Street Where Carrie Bradshaw Lives

Perry Street in New York’s West Village is tree-lined, mostly residential, and only six blocks long. It has a couple cute bars that make for nice first date spots and no shortage of  brownstones to lust after #NYCGOALS. Most New Yorkers would just think of it as another Village street that’s easy to get lost on because it’s not numbered. Yet there is one trivia fact about Perry Street that makes it an ultimate destination for a niche NYC fandom…

On any given day, you’ll find crowds on this quiet New York City street photographing a building just off West 4th. Why??

No, it’s not Alexander Hamilton’s downtown home.

It’s not another addition to Taylor Swift’s real estate empire.

Not Melania Trumps safe house. 

66 Perry Street is Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment from the TV show Sex and the City.

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Museum Hack’s Unofficial, Unlicensed, Unbelievably Awesome Harry Potter Tour of the Met Museum

Harry Potter mania is sweeping NYC what with previews of the Potter play “The Cursed Child” just one month away. Now, you could sit in front of a screen for the next two days and attempt to get tickets… Or you can embrace that you don’t actually want to see a 6 hour play with ticket prices that rival Hamilton!

I solemnly swear I’ve got the perfect Hogwarts ticket for you instead.

Put on your house colors and head to the Met Museum for an event that’s faster than a Firebolt! More Potter-full than this theme restaurant in Brooklyn! Yes it’s-

The Completely Unofficial & Definitely Unlicensed Boy Wizard Museum Hack Tour!

Museum Hack, a tour company I love like Hagrid loves terrifying monsters, is known for energetic, off-the-wall, sassy tours of NYC’s biggest museums. Guides craft their own tours around exhibits and artifacts they are most passionate and interested in. This makes for the most intriguing stories, plus excitement and energy that never stop! Read More

NY Cliché of the Day: Old New York Charm at Grand Central Oyster Bar

There’s an oyster bar on the mezzanine level of Grand Central Terminal that will make you feel like an extra on Mad Men.

Grand Central Oyster Bar

Grand Central Oyster Bar has been around since 1913 and it certainly keeps plenty of it’s old school charm.

Can’t you just imagine Don Drapper hanging out under the glowing arches and nautical lights? Shmoozing some dame or just avoiding going back home to Betty and the kids? Read More

[Replay Cliché] Bad Date And Everyone (But Him) Knows It

Originally posted January 2010, gifs added later.
Still one of the worst dates I ever went on!

You know you’re on a Bad Date when you’re not exactly having fun. Conversation is strained, you are not quite connecting with this person. At best. At worst? You’re repulsed, offended, nauseous, questioning your sexual orientation. You know it’s bad.

Another way to know you’re on a Bad Date? You’re sitting at the bar and the woman seated near you is getting up to leave. As she puts on her coat she taps your shoulder.

“Is this yours?” she asks you, indicating the floor area between your chair and hers. You turn towards her, searching the ground. “I don’t see anything, where could it possibly be?” You ask yourself. Before you fully realize there is nothing fell, not even a napkin, the woman hisses in your ear. “Honey, it’s not going anywhere. Leave now. This guy is just going to bore you all night.” Making her way to the door, she gives you a knowing look. Her eyes speak the wisdom of the decade of experience she has on you. The subtext of that look could fill a hundred pages.

You stare at her with bewilderment and amazement. So this is what it feels like to be speech-less. Read More

Street Art Saturday: Paint NYC Pedestrians Step on Every Day

In 2018, we’re all looking down constantly at our phones. Street artists have capitalized on this habitual posture. One minute you’re looking down to see if a dude’s texted back, when out of the corner of your eye you see a flash of color. Your eyes are dragged away from the addictive light of the screen, back to reality. You’re literally stepping in art.

The streets of New York are paved with paint.

And existential conundrums! I walked over this one on a lunch break and it haunted me the rest of the day… Read More

Weekly New York Minute #3

Every Friday I feature some fleeting moments from my week that made me stop and think, “I’m so lucky to live in NYC!” Here we go for the last week of January (so glad that month is DONE!)

Looking up and seeing someone’s birthday balloons stuck to the ceiling of Grand Central! This made me smile so hard. Think it was intentional or an accident? I can’t tell but I love it regardless. How the hell will they remove them? Will they just wait until they deflated? So many questions!

Snow in Central Park! I walked through the park after the dusting of snow we got on Tuesday. It was magical as always. But then I saw something completely CRAZY/scary? Read More

6 Non-Cliché Ideas For Celebrating Valentine’s Day in NYC

It’s February 1st (SO LONG, JANUARY!), time to make those Valentine’s Day NYC reservations! Finding a place for a romantic dinner on February 14th gets cut-throat in this town. What if you want to do something a little different? Maybe even avoid the crowds and couples and go out on an adjacent day? I’ve got some ideas:

Hold hands and go for a spin on the rink in Bryant Park

Ice skating is so classic, perfect for winter, and it’s a great way to find if your date is someone who clings to the wall or risks falling! Skating is FREE but skate rental is $20. Bring your own lock at you can use free lockers to put your shoes! Open Valentine’s Day until 10PM.

Sample sweets with your sweetie on a Chocolate Tour of Brooklyn 

This tour takes you all over Brooklyn sampling the best chocolate treats and learning a local’s scoop of so many different neighborhoods. It’s a blast. It looks like their February 14th tour is already sold out (cut throat!!!), but stretch your celebration and get in there for the 16th! Read More