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Day 91: Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

In NYC, NYC Bars, NYC Culture, NYC Restaurants, Queens on August 30, 2009 at 11:56 pm


It’s been said that in New York, you can travel the world without even leaving the city, thanks to all the ‘little’ neighborhoods, and the shops, cafés and bars within them. If you’re ever in the mood for a visit over to the Czech Republic and its surrounding Eastern-European neighbors, head to Astoria to Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, where for an evening, you’ll feel a world away. The last remaining beer garden of its kind and a fixture in the community since the early 1900s, Bohemian Hall is a gathering place for local Czech and Slovak communities and adventurous others with a liking for beer and a taste for some hearty Slavic fare. The massive back garden is especially inviting on warm-weather days where lines of picnic tables cover the ground and mobs of strangers and friends unwind to live music—note the Czech and Slovak flags on the stage—, a great beer selection, and what else but pierogies, potato pancakes, sauerkraut and goulash. Does it get any better than this?


Day 88: Frying Pan

In Chelsea, Hudson River, NYC Bars, things to do in NYC on August 27, 2009 at 11:47 pm


Docked at Pier 66 off the West Side Highway, Frying Pan is an NYC summer must. One of the US Coast Guard’s historic lightships, or what was essentially a floating lighthouse, the ship got its name from the Frying Pan Shoals off the coast of Cape Fear, NC which it guarded from 1930-1965. After being abandoned and later spending a few years under water, the barnacle-clad ship was brought to New York where it’s now one of the city’s best outdoor bars, and a true dive at that. With all the elements of the typical drinking venues—the crowds, the deejay, the fried food—and a few one might only find on a boat—the rocking, the buckets of beer, the river breeze and up-close view of the city lights on the water—it’s a cool shift from life on land…for a night anyway. Just be careful dodging the fitness-obsessed as you make your way across their path to the dock at 26th Street!

Day 65: Live Music Show

In NYC, NYC Bars, NYC Music, things to do in NYC on August 4, 2009 at 12:53 am


On any given night of the week, whatever your preferred genre of music, in New York City, you can find a place to go for a show. Add together the number of venues and the number of artists condensed within this city and you’ll understand the possibilities. Rock, Folk, Jazz, Blues, Latin, Experimental, Indie Pop, Punk, guitar soloists and ten-piece bands, music legends and fresh-faced singer-songwriters hoping to get their break, the music scene itself is a melting pot, or a distinctive brew of styles and sounds. Timeout or Village Voice list goings-on for the week. Mark your calendars and remember your dancing shoes…or maybe your ear-plugs.

Day 60: A Walk Through Williamsburg

In Brooklyn, NYC, NYC Bars, NYC Bookstores, NYC Shopping, NYC Vintage Stores, things to do in NYC on July 30, 2009 at 11:56 pm


Most New Yorkers know of Brooklyn’s hip neighborhood Williamsburg, just across the East River, one stop out of Manhattan on the L train. But if you aren’t a resident yourself, you might not know where to go when you get there. For a day of fun soaking up the artistic and ethnic aspects of the this still burgeoning locality, take a look at the cheat sheet below:

Start your day off with an iced coffee, egg and cheese (2 eggs, queso blanco and salsa verde) and a fresh sugar donut from Maribel at La Villita. Next head over to stylish salon/gift shop (dreamlike Japanese boutique) Commune for a haircut by Chi. With new ‘do, head to Spoonbill & Sugartown to peruse the shelves and with favorite paperback  in hand, head to the park right at the water’s edge at Kent and North 8th for a hour’s read. Next walk over to Beacon’s Closet for a tour through endless racks of vintage goodies sure to jazz up your summer wardrobe. After tiring yourself out there, stop for a late-day mojito at Nita Nita and hang out with great jukebox tunes in one of the neighborhood’s best backyards. Stroll back down Bedford in and out of stylish boutiques and make a stop in Uva wine shop where you’ll find some affordable wines without breaking the bank. Head a way’s further south to Bedford Cheese for a Napoli baguette and some marinated olives. Then turn back around and catch the L back to the city. Once on the train, sit back and smile at all your great finds.

Day 53: Pianos Happy Hour

In Lower East Side, NYC, NYC Bars, things to do in NYC on July 23, 2009 at 11:53 pm


Once darkness falls, the sidewalk outside is crowded with people waiting to get in and beyond the entry door it’s a challenge to move. A now longtime Lower East Side hot spot, Pianos is a favorite of rockers, hipsters and your run-of-the-mill bar hoppers, with a ground floor bar, an upstairs lounge and a show space playing live music every night. Though no one needs to spread the word about this place, what many don’t know about is the daily 3-7pm Happy Hour where thirsty patrons can order up $3 beers and well drinks and $4 wines. Don’t forget to check out the food menu, that by the way beats most in the ‘hood with tasty cheap eats for six bucks and under. Head over and pull up a seat at the bar for a post-work unwinding or a pre-show dinner and drinks with a cool crowd, in an even cooler setting that’s just the right mix of dive and swank. A word of caution: Watch out for the frozen margaritas. Sip ‘em too fast and you might have trouble leaving.

Day 22: Rooftop Sangria

In NYC, NYC Bars, NYC Rooftop Bars, Sangria Recipe, Summer 2009, things to do in NYC on June 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm


Rooftops were made for warm weather gatherings and sangria was made for summer. But since New Yorkers know that neither will be around forever, best that you get out now, even if the sun itself is still in hiding. For a relaxing end to the day head up to the roof with glass [of sangria that you made the night before] in hand and muse at the city below. Don’t have a roof? Don’t have a pitcher? Check out one of the many rooftop bars in and around the city for the same taste of a great night in the open air. 

New York City Rooftop Bars

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