So What Are You Doing October 15th-19th?


Visiting us in New York for the CMJ Music Marathon, we hope! Here are the facts:

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It’s an annual music industry convention and music festival held in various venues throughout New York City. The focus of the event is on the new…attendees can be the first to check out the rock gods of tomorrow: Arcade Fire played in 2004…Mumford and Sons in 2009. CMJ started over 30 years ago with a measly two bands; this October there will be over 1,400 performances.

There are also lots of generic viagra online panels on the state of the music industry today, such as marketing opportunities, copyright seminars and the ins and outs of royalty rates on internet radio


Anyone! While there are definitely a ton of music industry taste makers checking out the new bands, the festival is open to everyone.


The conference will be headquartered right here in the NYU Greenwich Village campus. Over 80 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn, like Arlene’s Grocery and Irving Plaza, will be showcasing the music.


Music! We love music!

How much:

A badge for the whole shebang is $495 if you buy in advance…for students it’s $275. Click here to get your badge.

We’ve still got rooms available. You can reserve with us here.

See you in October!



Take A Stroll Down Perry Street


Perry Street has a few one-of-a-kind retail shops and restaurants nestled in among the online canadian pharmacy brownstones on this lovely, tree-lined road in the heart of the Village.

Geminola at #41 is the place to go to get that perfect, stand-out frock for a special occasion. Re-worked vintage dresses and skirts and dip-dyed silks crowd the racks with other unique looks.

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Kaas Glassworks, at #117 sells beautiful pieces of decoupage under glass, put together by hand using reprinted images that the artists have collected from scouring flea markets, antique shows and estate sales. It has a great collection of trays, plates, coasters or paperweights, like a beautifully decorated tray decorated with sunflowers or owls for $142. Plus customers  can request custom made-to-order items.

A.P.C. Specials, at #92, is a surplus store for the A.P.C. brand–a preppy look for downtown hipsters. In this location you’ll find overstocks, novelties and discounts.

Saturdays Surf NYC at #17, is an espresso bar, a surf shop and a beauty products distributor all rolled into one. Where else can you sip coffee, window shop for surfboards and stock up on bathing suits and hair pomade all at the same time?

Duck into Aria Wine Bar at #117 for a cozy snack and glass of vino. Lots of small plates of nibbles (sauteed artichokes, baked clams) and pastas plus a wide selection of Italian wines by the glass.

If you love Latin food, head to Yerba Buena at #1. Arroz con pollo, ceviches, empanadas and tacos. Si, all yummy.

Oh–and fans of modern architecture should know that those gleaming apartment towers at #173 and #176 were designed by none other than Richard Meier.


He Was A Green-wich Village Folk Song Salesman


A silly little ditty to lead you into the weekend…courtesy of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood. Nancy sticks her tongue firmly in her cheek in this ode to the folk song hawkers female viagra cream that flooded the neighborhood in the 60′s.

Have a fantastic weekend all you happy, hopped-up hippies!

Take a Stroll Down Greenwich Avenue

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Greenwich Avenue is most definitely one of the city’s shorter streets–it runs for only a few blocks from 6th Ave. and West 8th to 8th Ave. and West 13th at Jackson Square. (Got that? Good.)  But apparently good things can come in short packages.

Check out the Jefferson Market Garden on Greenwich between 6th Ave. and West 10th–a true oasis in the middle of the bustling Village. A selection of children’s activities and community events are held throughout the summer. (The rose garden should be blooming right about now.)

The Meatball Shop at #64 sells seriously delicious meatballs of all sorts: beef, pork, veggie or chicken. Pick your protein, pair it with one of their yummy sauces and you’ll be singing the praises of whoever dreamed up the idea to make these little meat and cheese laden globs of goodness. (She or he was a genius, I tell you!)

At #121, Otte sells hip clothing and accessories from the biggest designers du jour like Rag & Bone, Alexander Wang and Vanessa Bruno. It’s a wee expensive for my taste. I’m more apt to go to Star Struck Vintage at #47 for used, vintage and consignment duds. There are lots of gently used pieces from fancypants designers like Gucci and Christian Dior, but you can also pick up cheap stuff like men’s Hawaiian and bowling shirts. I’m not suggesting that you should, mind you, but it’s nice to know that you can.

Save Khaki at #112 is a New York-based company that, “brings new life to menswear basics through fit, feel, and color, with a streamlined, contemporary touch.” The clothes look basic but tasteful, and I didn’t blanch at the prices.

Here’s one you won’t see outside of the city: the NYC Firestore at #17, is a shop that carries anything and everything, at least apparel-wise, that NYC firefighters–and the people who admire them–could possibly want: T-shirts, patches, Christmas ornaments–all emblazoned with the FDNY logo. And of course firemen calendars!

If you’re feeling like some British grub, hit Tea & Sympathy at #108. Bangers and mash, roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, Shepherd’s pie, treacle pudding–all the basics. And get this–the owners have refurbished a black viagra usa pharmacy London cab that they rent out for weddings, photo shoots and the like. Sadly, the oh-so-knowledgeable British cab driver does not come with the rental.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

National Pillow Fight Day!


This might be the only holiday better than Halloween. Crazy folks everywhere from Istanbul to Harere, Zimabwe are participating. And New Yorkers are of course joining in–right here in Washington Square Park!

The fight starts tomorrow at 3 p.m. and lasts three hours. The ground rules:

+ Soft, feather-free pillows only!
+ Swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once.
+ Do not swing at people female viagra australia without pillows or with cameras.
+ Remove glasses beforehand! (I learned that one the hard way.)
+ Deposit pillows in donation boxes or take them with you.*
+ Jammies are welcome.

* Preferably the former, as the event collected over 1500 pillows for homeless shelters last year.

Lastly, don’t forget the ultimate pillow fight rule that still stands from when you were a kid: play nice!

Have a great weekend, everyone!






Take A Stroll Down Bleecker Street


One of the most popular streets in the village, it was named after the Bleecker family, because the road ran straight through their family farm in the late 18th century. Today the chickens and horses have been replaced by perfume shops and shoe stores and pastry shops.

Amy’s Bread (#250) A fantastic bakery with a small cafe serving sandwiches and noshes. The black olive twists are to die for.

Diptyque (#377) is the first U.S. online viagra foray for this French parfumer. Check out the variety of eaux de toilette, candles, colognes and body-care products.

John’s of Bleecker Street (#278) has been dishing out yummy, brick oven pizza since 1929. On the website it’s recommended by none other than Jack Black (Tenacious D!).  Black says that the pizza is so good, “I get it plain.” High praise, indeed.

Rocco’s Pastry Shop and Espresso Cafe (#243)  Cannoli’s, my friends. Cannolis. That is all.

(Word to the wise: You can skip Magnolia Bakery at #401, made famous by the ladies of Sex & the City. There’s a reason those ladies were so skinny–the cupcakes aren’t very good.)

Bleecker Street Records (#239): Yes, you can still buy vinyl, CDs and posters on Bleecker just like back in the day.

Murray’s Cheese (# 254): The best, best, best cheese shop in the city.

(Le) Poisson Rouge (#158) The new incarnation of the famed Village Gate features reasonably priced music of all genres. Classical, gospel, hip-hop, R&B, funk…everything from electronic to Americana to a string quartet.

Plus some fancy clothes:

Jimmy Choo (#407): Shoes!

Jack Spade (#409): Men’s store by Kate’s hubby.

Ralph Lauren has several outposts on Bleecker. RRL (#381) for jeans, boots and vests. Across the street, Rugby (#390) sells more traditional, preppy Lauren gear.

And that’s a little taste of Bleecker…



Have You Been To The Ear Inn?


Everyone knows many of the city’s oldest taverns:  McSorley’s, Fraunces, The White Horse…but few visitors may know the Ear Inn. Erected in the late 18th Century by James Brown (no, not that one), an aide to Washington during the revolution, the house now has landmark status, and is one of the few remaining examples of Federal architecture in the city.

Through the years it’s alternately been a haven for thirsty sailors, a boarding house, a speakeasy during buy generic online viagra the days of Prohibition, a smuggler’s den and a brothel. Women (clearly other than ladies of the night) were not allowed for decades.

Flash forward to 1977: the new resident-owners christened the place the “Ear Inn”. That strange name? It was chosen to bypass the Landmark Commission’s lengthy review of any new sign. (Bureaucracy is still alive and well, thankyouverymuch.) To skip the red tape, the neon “BAR” sign was simply painted over to read “EAR”.

Now, surrounded by dusty tchotchkes, you can swill a pint or sip a whiskey or a glass of wine. Then tuck into a full, reasonably priced menu–burgers, mussels, Caesar salad, chili, steaks and the like. The fun part? Your neighbor chowing down may be a biker, a teamster, a doctor or an artist or…who knows?

Plus you can hear music on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday from midnight on. (Or as the website says, 11:59.) You can find traditional blues, jazz and, my personal fave, “weirdo country music”.

Check it out!

The Ear Inn – 326 Spring St. NY, NY (212 226-9060)


Take A Stroll Down Christopher Street


Everyone remembers Christopher Street as the center of the gay rights movement in the 60′s and 70′s. Many moons later it’s still a vibrant thoroughfare right in the middle of the Village full of shops and bars for gays and straights alike.

McNulty’s Tea and Coffee Company (#109) buy viagra with discount has been selling rare coffees and teas since 1895. As a matter of fact, it feels just like you’ve been transported back to the 19th century once you walk through the doors. Caffeine junkies regularly flock here for the variety. (You need to try the chocolate covered espresso beans before you die. Really…you do.)

Propel yourself forward into the 21st century with Rag and Bone (#104). If hipster is your thing, this is the place you should go. Hipsters with money, that is. The clothes are cute, but only if you have cash to burn. Thriftier folks will make out if they wait for the sales.

Aedes de Venustas (#9) is heaven for perfume lovers. Another expensive joint, but you can also find lovely scented things for less. The parfums can run up a hefty tab, so try the bath gels and soaps…you can get that luxurious feeling without maxing out your credit card.

Il Cantuccio Bakery: Two Italian bakers opened up an American offshoot of their Tuscan cafe at #91. Pizza, biscotti, sandwiches on schiacciata (a type of foccacia) and cantucci (kind of like a biscotti but softer and made with no butter or oil) are killer.

Of course we can’t forget the Stonewall Inn (#53), the site of the legendary 1969 riots, in which patrons stood up to police that had constantly harassed them for drinking and dancing with same-sex partners. It’s still going strong seven days a week with special shows and parties catering primarily to gay folks.

Another fun joint is The Duplex (#61)–a piano bar and cabaret. Bring your pipes for sing-alongs. Straights are welcome, especially if they can belt one out!


Baby, It's Cold Outside…

I really can’t stay (But, baby, it’s cold outside)
I’ve got to go ‘way (But, baby, it’s cold outside)
This evening has been (Been hoping that you’d drop in)
So very nice (I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice)

My buying viagra in chicago mother will start to worry
(Beautiful words you’re humming)
And father will be pacing the floor (Listen to the fireplace roar)
So really I’d better scurry (Beautiful, please don’t hurry)
Well maybe just a half drink more (Put some records on while I pour)

The neighbors might think (But, baby, it’s bad out there)
Say, what’s in this drink? (No cabs to be had out there)
I wish I knew how (Your eyes are like starlight now)
To break the spell (I’ll take your hat, your hair looks swell)

I ought to say no, no, no sir (Mind if I move in closer?)
At least I’m gonna say that I tried (What’s the sense of hurtin’ my pride?)
I really can’t stay (Oh, baby, don’t hold out)
Ah but it’s cold outside (Baby, it’s cold outside)

I simply must go (But, baby, it’s cold outside)
The answer is no (But, baby, it’s cold outside)
The welcome has been (How cheap cialis online lucky that you dropped in)
So nice and warm (Look out that window at that storm)

Words and music by Frank Loesser. Check out the cool version by Norah Jones and Willie Nelson here.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. Stay warm and dry!

Say Cheese!

Anyone who knows me that as much as I love my wine….I love my cheese even more. Yes, that much. And for fromage freaks like me, Sunday is a day to bow our heads, give thanks, order viagra online and chow down on the creamy, the veined and the stinky. It’s National Cheese Lover’s Day, people!

So where do I go to stock up on my favorite nosh? The best place in New York is Murray’s Cheese right here in Greenwich Village.  Why? Because it’s awesome, that’s why.

The variety is incredible and the knowledgeable staff can educate you on the difference between cialis online a Roquefort and a Cabrales or a Parmigiano Reggiano and a Pecorino Romano.

They even have a shop online, with a virtual cheese counter where, under categories like “I’m Entertaining”, “I’m Cooking” and “Find My New Favorite Cheese” they list a bunch of adjectives to describe what you might be looking for in your purchase. You click on the description, and…voila!

Want a wacky cheese? That would be Up In Smoke, a smoked goat cheese.

How about an over the top ingredient for homemade mac and cheese? Use Sottocenere, a flavored cow’s milk to blow diner’s minds.

It’s so much fun–and you can discover so many new flavors, like my personal favorite under the “stinky” category: Pont-l’Eveque.

Have a Happy Cheese Lover’s Day!