13 February 2015

It’s Valentine’s Day this weekend, New Yorkers, in case you couldn’t tell from the abundance of lovey-dovey inspirational quotes or proclamations of undying love in all your social media feeds.

Whether you’re celebrating with gal pals, indifferent or have something really special planned. And who knows, maybe even those of you who find February 14 the most abhorrent day of the year could find something fun to do on the list below.

Valentine’s Day Brunch Cruise

Spend your Valentine’s Day aboard the Hornblower Hybrid. Make a lasting memory by having a romantic dinner along the Hudson that includes your own private table, a four-course meal, a sparkling wine toast, and a single red rose for the special person in your life. Romantic Dinner Package is $110/person and boat leaves from Pier 40 at 7 p.m. Boarding time begins at 6:30 p.m. If you feel like celebrating earlier in the day, check out their Valentine’s Day Brunch Cruise from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Sip on bottomless mimosas and take advantage of the bountiful buffet, dessert station, and selection of coffee and herbal teas. Tickets are $80/person and boarding time begins at 12:30 p.m.

Valentine's Day Brunch Cruise

Hot Chocolate Festival

Regress to childhood with skillfully concocted mugs of hot chocolate courtesy of the downtown canteen, City Bakery. Owner-mastermind Maury Rubin will serve a different flavor of his intoxicating cocoa every day during February

Hot Chocolate Festival

Blood Manor’s Bloody Valentine’s Weekend

If you and your sweetheart like living on the dark side, get your tickets for Blood Manor’s Bloody Valentine’s Weekend. General admission starts at $30, RIP Express Entry is $45, and RIP Express Entry Demon Package is $60.

Blood Manor's Bloody Valentine's Weekend

Winter Chamber Music Valentine’s Day Concert at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

It’s not just love that’s in the air. So is chamber music. The Musicians of the Crimson Menagerie, an ensemble that specializes in 19th century salon museum, will play a concert of romantic pieces by Mozart, Haydn, Boccherini and Beethoven at the Bronx’s Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum at 7pm on February 14. 895 Shore Rd., Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, from $20.

Winter Chamber Music Valentine's Day Concert at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Tinder Live with Lane Moore: Valentine’s Day Spectacular with the Cast of Orange is the New Black

Lane Moore brings her already hilarious ongoing series to the theater with Beth Fowler (Sister Jane Ingalls), Connie Shulman (who plays zenned-out Yoga Jones), Laura Gomez (bushy-browed Blanca Flores) and Lin Tucci (Anita Demarco) from Orange Is the New Black! We can’t wait to see how Moore and the ladies roast those NYC Tinder profiles onstage

s Day Spectacular with the Cast of Orange is the New Black

“Get Steamy” at the Museum of Sex

Things get steamy at the Museum of Sex this Valentine’s Day weekend. Buy a spa-themed package that includes stimulating exhibitions, alcoholic aphrodisiac “treatments” ($10.80), and the debut of their new sensual bath and body kit. Taste the Lychee Libidinal, Pomegranate Virility, or Citrous Oxide vodka shooters to help boost your sex drive or walk through the recently opened exhibition “Funland: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground”.

"Get Steamy" at the Museum of Sex

Sensory Tour: Valentine’s Day at Brooklyn Museum

Discover the power of touch on the Sensory Tour: Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14, 2:30pm) at the Brooklyn Museum, which is offered to the blind or partially sighted, or simply those who wish to expand their appreciation of art beyond sight alone. A museum guide will lead guests through exhibits by including rich verbal descriptions, interactive discussions and curated sound and tactile experiences. 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, free.

Sensory Tour: Valentine’s Day at Brooklyn Museum

Love Bites: The Power Ballads Sing-Along

Start your fist pumping now because Union Hall’s Love Bites: The Power Ballads Sing-Along is coming your way this Valentine’s Day. Sing along to heartbreaking and heartwarming collections of music from the 80’s and 90’s and wave your lighters in the air. Watch or take part in the air guitar competition, enter the power ballads costume contest, sip on themed drinks like the Eternal Flame, Kiss From a Rose, or More Than Words, and don’t forget to grab your free valentine heart candy and cards for that special someone. Party begins at 9:30 p.m. and admission is $10.

Love Bites: The Power Ballads Sing-Along

Romance Under the Stars

Eschew the dinner date on Valentine’s Day, and snap up tickets to this swanky soiree at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space. The night begins among the asteroids (have a “heavenly bodies” quip ready) with an open bar of cocktails and champagne, passed hors d’oeuvres and chocolate, while a jazz quartet sets the mood with standards. An hour later, cozy up in the Hayden Planetarium while an astronomer tells lovey-dovey stories based on the mythology of the cosmos.

Romance Under the Stars

By Wendy Rose Gould

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9 February 2015

National Pizza Day Has Us On The Search for The Best Pie in Town

It’s National Pizza Day, AKA the day you can gobble up as many slices as you want without regret because hey, it’s a holiday!

The Twitter world is certainly abuzz with talk of the best pizza in New York City, and it seems as if everyone’s got a (very strong) opinion of their own regarding who’s got the yummiest pie in town.

Today we’ve learned that if you want to create a debate in NYC, all you have to do is ask a bunch of people which pizza place is truly the most delicious. To help us decide — and to inspire your dining options for tonight and every night moving forward — we’ve compiled a list and created a poll. Cast your vote now!

Lombardi Pizza
@Bill25_says votes for Lombardi Pizza: “America’s first pizzeria (1905) is still offering its beautiful coal-oven smoky-crusted pizza topped with San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil.”

Artichoke Pizza
@mattpcharles writes, “Happy #NationalPizzaDay Me in awe @artichokepizza last night. Not been before, ❤️’d it!”

Harry’s Italian
@AdrianaMurillo says, “My kingdom for a piece of pepperoni and garlic pizza from @HarrysItalian Battery Park #NYC”

Joe’s Pizza NYC
@MonarchLounge actually listed a few of their NYC favorites, including Artichoke, Joe’s Pizza NYC and Robertas Pizza.

Don Antonio Pizza
@Peproman: “If you come from US and want to eat real pizza go to @DonAntonioPizza in New York.”

We’ve taken these considerations into hand, and have also added a few more to our list. Vote and let us know which is your preferred place. And if you don’t see your #1 in the poll, leave a comment!

15 of The Best Pizza Places in NYC

Artichoke Pizza
328 E 14th St
New York, NY 10003

230 9th Ave
New York, NY 10001

Don Antonio Pizza
309 West 50th Street (at 8th Ave.)
New York, NY 10019

348 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
1 Front St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Harry’s Italian
2 Gold Street
225 Murray Street
Concourse Level Rockefeller Plaza

Joe’s Pizza
7 Carmine St.
New York, NY 10014

John’s of Bleecker Street
278 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza
32 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

Lucali Pizza
575 Henry St
New York, New York 11231

Patsy’s Pizza
2287 1st Ave
New York, NY 10035

Paulie Gee’s
60 Greenpoint Avenue
New York, New York 11222

Roberta’s Pizza
261 Moore St
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Totonno’s Pizzeria Napolitano
1524 Neptune Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11224

Zero Otto Nove
2357 Arthur Ave
Bronx, NY 10458

By Wendy Rose Gould

Image credit: Flickr: Dennis Wilkinson

Posted by Wendy Rose Gould at 10:30 PM
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3 February 2015

New Bill May Mean Less Movie and TV Filming in NYC

Think about the myriad TV shows and movies that have been filmed in New York City over the years. There were 242 movies shot in NYC last year alone, plus 44 TV shows filmed for the 2014-15 season.

Now, thanks to a new city council bill that requires reports on film shoots, filmers may be more reluctant to do their business in NYC. Commissioner Cynthia Lopez says she’s worried the legislation will make people think “filming isn’t welcome in New York” reports NY Daily News, and she’s not alone in her worries.

From a financial standpoint, the filming industry generates big bucks for NYC. We’re talking billions of dollars, some of which may be lost to other cities if it becomes more difficult to film here.

Read more about concerns voiced by NY residents, film makers and council members here.

By Wendy Rose Gould

Image credit: Flickr: fliegender

Posted by Wendy Rose Gould at 10:30 AM
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31 January 2015

Who’s got time to scroll through loads of pins or mull through recipe websites when all you want to do is watch the big game? Whether you’re hosting a large gathering with friends or family, planning an afternoon for two, or making it a solo event, we’ve done most of the legwork for you. At least where food and beverages are concerned.

Below are 11 Super Bowl snack and drink ideas to put on this year’s menu. Bonus: we’ve kept everything on the healthy side for you.

Stuffed Cucumber Cups

You can’t go wrong with fresh cucumbers, sour cream and herbs. Feel free to keep or toss the bacon depending on your preferences.

Stuffed Cucumber Cups

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites w. Yogurt Gorgonzola Dip

It’s like Buffalo wings, minus the guilt part.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites w. Yogurt Gorgonzola Dip

Double Decker Taco Cupcakes

This one sounds decadent, but each “cupcake” has beans and veggies and is petite sized to prevent over-indulging.

Double Decker Taco Cupcakes

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Warm up with a bowl of delicious, satisfying chili. The turkey makes for lower fat content, but it’s just as tasty.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

These take all of five minutes to prep and are as healthy as they are delicious.

Baked Parmesan Tomatoes

Snack Stadium

We love this one because you can really customize it. For example, you can keep it veggie or fruit heavy if you want to lean more healthy. Oh, and this one’s great if you have a lot of company.

Snack Stadium

Football Deviled Eggs

No party is complete without some deviled eggs. Make ’em into mini footballs and they’ll fit right in with everything else!

Football Deviled Eggs

Seahawks Super Bowl Cocktail

OK, so a cocktail is a little bit of an indulgence, but you’ve got to have a beverage at a Super Bowl party. This one has green apple soda, vodka, and blue curacao, making it ideal for Seahawks fans.

Seahawks Super Bowl Cocktail

Patriot’s Fan Cocktail

Prefer the Patriots? Opt for this Patriots cocktail idea instead. You’ll need grenadine, cranberry juice, vodka, blue curacao, and Sierra Mist Natural.

Patriot's Fan Cocktail

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Footballs

Everyone needs a little dessert. Use dark chocolate for these and enjoy.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Footballs

Watermelon Football Helmut

Fresh fruit in the shape of a helmet? Yes, please.

Watermelon Football Helmut

By Wendy Rose Gould

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Posted by Wendy Rose Gould at 02:00 PM
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