Labor Day Weekend Happenings

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There’s something for everybody in the city this upcoming holiday weekend, so read on…

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For music heads: Head out to Randall’s Island Friday, Saturday or Sunday for the fifth Electric Zoo music festival. In the biggest electronic dance music festival in the city, with both superstar DJs and underground up-and-comers entertaining you on five separate stages on the island. Day passes start at $139.

For those into good old-fashioned family fun: The Richmond County Fair in Staten Island runs on Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. Expect music, dance workshops, pie and hot dog eating contests, magic, pony rides and arts and crafts. Kids can check out farm animals while adults may be into the classic car exhibition. Adults are $16, Seniors $11 and kids shorter than 30″ are free.

For art fans: the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit is right in our own backyard on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Fine artists and craft artisans from the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world are showcased. (FYI, if you don’t catch it this week, it’s running the next weekend as well.)

For one-wheel enthusiasts and the people who are fascinated by them (i.e. me): The NYC Unicycle Festival takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, cyclists can enjoy a 13 mile unicycle ride through Brooklyn. Saturday and Sunday are perfect for spectators, where from 12 pm cialis pharmacy to 5 pm on Governor’s Island, folks can watch competitions, exhibitions, sports (unicycle basketball and hockey…who knew?) amid other craziness. If you’re daring (and have better-than-average balance) you can even try it yourself.

For absolutely everyone who loves great music, colorful costumes and a good time: The West Indian American Day Parade on Monday from 11 to 6 at Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Chow down on Caribbean food and drink, shop for jewelry, arts and crafts and colorful apparel. And dance! Everyone must dance! It’s Carnival, right?

And of course, for tennis nuts, there’s always the US Open, which I told you about earlier.

Enjoy your three day weekend!

In Case You Missed It…

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Here’s a little taste of the Macy’s show last night, as seen from Hoboken, NJ right across the Hudson River. If you look at the left side of the video, pill viagra you can see the Empire State Building changing colors along with the fireworks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlksYcOCSgw

Enjoy the rest of your long holiday weekend, everyone! Hit a barbecue or two, plop down on a towel in the Jones Beach sand, people-watch as you stroll along the steamy city streets or catch a summer blockbuster in an air-conditioned theater. Whatever you choose to do, have fun and please stay safe!

Chowing Down Pre-Fireworks

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As North Square was surely your first choice for a July 4th pre-fireworks pigout you must be bummed that it’s temporarily closed for renovations, right? Fear not. I’ve got a list of a few of my favorite restaurants within striking distance of the pyrotechnics. Here you go:

Cookshop: 10th Ave. and 20th street. Cookshop in Chelsea kind of reminds me of North Square with its focus on seasonal and organic produce and affordable wines. And the service? One night at dinner a very animated member or our party waved his hand to make a point and–SMASH–there goes our bottle of wine. I wanted to crawl under the table but much like our waitstaff, the good folks at Cookshop couldn’t have been nicer about it.

Daisy May’s BBQ USA: 11th Ave. and 46th St. Who says New Yorkers can’t do the ‘cue? This Hell’s Kitchen joint is owned by that super famous god of grilling, Adam Perry Lang. Pick your rib style: Oklahoma, Memphis or Kansas City. Or get a whole pig (feeds up to 12) or a whole pork butt that feeds up to 6. Mmmmm mmmm mmmm…..

Pio Pio on 10th Ave. between 43rd and 44th is part of a min-chain serving Peruvian food. Delicious arepas (corn cakes), empanadas, ceviche and roasted chicken with a special sauce dominate the menu.

Boqueria: I’m crazy about Spain and its cuisine, so whenever I need a tapas fix, I head to this place on 19th St. between 5th and 6th. (There’s a second outpost in Soho.) The nibbles are crazy good: try chorizo vela, fuet (a Catalan pork sausage) and of course, jamon serrano coupled with wonderful Spanish cheeses. If you haven’t tried pan con tamate (grilled bread rubbed with garlic, tomato and olive oil) you really, really need to put it on your bucket list before you die. Simply heaven. The croquettes, the tortilla espanola…oh, I could go on and on, but it’s viagra levitra making me too hungry so I need to stop.

So hopefully I’ve given you some good ideas for the holiday. Remember that the lobby bar will be open on the 4th and North Square will resume regular meal service the next day. so come back to us!

Happy Fourth of July!

 

 

Memorial Day

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“Memorial Day” by Del “Abe” Jones

A time for picnics, time off work -
Vacations and the “Indy” -
A holiday, too often times
We forget what, it should be.

A time to pay respect to those
Who rallied to the battle cry -
Who gave their lives for liberty -
Those freedoms for you and I.

Such a waste of brave young souls -
Some still struggling through their youth
Who faced and fell willingly
Before wartimes’ awful truth.

So as we share this holiday
With our friends or family -
Take a moment to give thanks buy viagra with discount to
Those who died so we’d stay free.

Let us strive for world peace -
For the end of greed and hate -
For next time, after “the war”
It just may be too damned late.

We salute the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Thank you.

 

Hey There, Sailor…New In Town?

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Fleet Week was cancelled this year, so sadly New Yorkers can’t experience one of their favorite annual rituals…watching brave sailors on leave having a blast while exploring our fair city.

But we can look back, can’t we?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7CIgWZTdgw

New York, viagra no perscription usa New York, it’s a helluva town.

Have a great weekend, everyone. Take some time to relax and enjoy the ones that you love!

Memorial Day Weekend + Free = Fun

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Time to kick off summer with freebies, people! Check out fun stuff to do without spending where to buy viagra any cash:

Memorial Day Concert at St. John the Divine. Celebrate with the New York Philharmonic in this beautiful cathedral on Amsterdam and 112th on Monday at 8:00 pm. Tickets are first-come, first-served and available the day of the performance at 6:00 p.m. If you don’t get in, music will be piped out onto the adjacent Pulpit Green, weather permitting. (And as of now, it’s looking like the weather will permit: forecast for the day is high of 68 and sunny.)

The Intrepid Museum plans to celebrate the weekend the right way, by honoring our service women and men. Aside from a screening of Top Gun for it’s freebie movies on Friday night series, Pier 86 will be filled live performances (the USO Show Troupe!), hands-on activities and displays.

Memorial Day Parade(s): There’s a bunch of them–just pick your borough. Probably the largest is the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Parade. It stars at 2 p.m. at the corner of Northern Blvd. and Jayson Ave. in Queens. This year’s parade is dedicated to those who served in Vietnam, as it’s the 40th anniversary of the end of the war.

And what holiday is complete without sparkly explosions? None, I say. To see fireworks, though, you have to head downtown on Thursday night (23rd) so that Lady Liberty is in view. Fireworks will be set off in the harbor near Liberty Island at around 9:15 p.m. (Not sure why they only have them on Thursday night-I searched and searched–but hey, if I’m mistaken and there’s more, please let me know!)

Have fun!

Feed A Mom This Sunday

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If your mom is more Clair Huxtable than Joan Crawford, you’ll probably want to toast her kindness with a giant bottle of champagne this weekend. Throw in a gut-busting meal on top of those cocktails and the woman who raised you will truly feel the love. (Honestly, if you feed me, I’ll pick up after you and do your laundry for the next year. Scouts honor.)

Chef Yoel has created a special brunch and a three course $42 prix-fixe dinner menu specially designed for mamas this Sunday.

Click on the links above to see all the offerings. I have to say that I’m intrigued by the evening selection of pan roasted elk with crispy shallot mashed potatoes, asparagus, with an aged balsamic and bacon reduction. (There’s nothing like a little game meat to show mom just how pfizer soft viagra much you love her.)

Click here to reserve a table for you and the main woman in your life.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful moms out there!!!

 

 

 

 

Cinqo de Mayo, Seis Margaritas

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Cinco de Mayo…a day for Mexican folks to display their ethnic pride and for people of all cultures to indulge in mariachi music, mouth-watering Mexican food and strong, tasty margaritas.

As legend would have it, the margarita was invented in 1941 in Ensenada, Mexico by a bartender named Don Carlos Orozco. Orozco was experimenting with mixing new drinks when a prestigious visitor arrived: Margarita Henkel, the daughter of a German ambassador. Don Carlos offered the drink to Margarita and named it after her for being the first person to taste it. So if you can believe Wikipedia (I know…I know…), the margarita was named after a German.

In any event, here are a few recipes for you to try out at home!

First, a classic margarita from the Epicurious website:

  • 2 ounces tequila made from 100 percent agave, preferably reposado or blanco
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Salt for garnish

Combine tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Moisten rim of Margarita or other cocktail glass with lime juice or water. Holding glass upside down, dip rim into salt. Shake and strain drink into glass and serve.

Here’s a frozen margarita courtesy of drinksmixer.com:

  • 2 tsp coarse salt
  • lime wedge
  • 3 oz white tequila
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 2 oz lime juice
  • 1 cup crushed ice
Place salt in a saucer. Rub rim of a cocktail glass with lime wedge and dip glass into salt to coat rim thoroughly, reserve lime. Pour tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and crushed ice into a blender. Blend well at high speed. Pour into a cocktail glass.

Bobby Flay has a cool frozen watermelon margarita that serves eight:

  • 5 cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water, heated until sugar melts), cooled
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups silver tequila
  • 4 ounces orange liqueur
  • 2 ounces melon liqueur
  • Watermelon wedges, for garnish

Place watermelon in a food processor and process until smooth. Pour the pureed watermelon into two empty ice cube trays and freeze until firm, at least four hours. Place martini glasses in the freezer to chill.

Place two cups of the watermelon ice cubes and the remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into four glasses and repeat with the remaining ingredients. Garnish each glass with a watermelon wedge.

A low-cal version comes from Cooking Light magazine. (To be honest, it looks like it’s just a really small drink, but you can always have two and still feel good about yourself.)

  • 1 ounce premium or silver tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur
  • 1.5 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice

Combine ingredients. Shake with 3/4 cup ice; garnish with lime.

And for folks who don’t drink alcohol, here’s a Virgin Margarita recipe for four from lovetoknow.com.

  • 1 6-ounce can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 lime, cut into 4 equal size wedges
  • 4 cups ice cubes

Moisten the rim of the serving glasses with a little lime juice. Put the salt in a huge saucer or shallow pie pan. Invert each glass in the salt, and gently twist to coat the rim with salt. Invert each glass in the salt, and gently twist to coat the rim. Place the limeade concentrate, orange juice and ice cubes in a blender. Pour into glasses and be careful not to disturb the salt on the rims. Garnish the viagra soft tabs 100 mg drinks with lime wedges and serve.

And finally, if you love both mojitos and margaritas and are waffling over which one to have, try a Mojarita for four, courtesy of iVillage:

  • 20 fresh mint leaves, more for garnish
  • 8 oz. tequila
  • 2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 2 oz. agave nectar
  • 4 oz. soda water to top
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges

In a cocktail shaker, add torn mint leaves, lime wedges, lime juice, and muddle together allowing the flavors to marry and the aromas to release. Add two cups crushed ice and tequila. Shake well. Pour evenly into four glasses, adding additional crushed ice on top and mixing well. Top with soda water. Garnish with mint sprigs.

But if you’re lazy, like me, come to the North Square lounge and have the bartender mix you up a strawberry basil margarita with jimador tequila, lime juice, strawberries and basil. Estaba delicioso!

Cheers!  And enjoy the weekend, everyone!

Derby Day NYC

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The 139th Kentucky Derby is on Saturday and believe it or not, you can celebrate here in NYC in style. Seriously, don’t you just want to wear a flowered dress and a fancy hat or a seersucker suit and swill bourbon and laugh at the folly of it all? I thought you did.

So here are the basics:

The races take place this Saturday from 4-7 pm ET. The post time for the actual Kentucky Derby is 6:25. This year’s favorite is Verrazano, a horse named after they NYC bridge that connects Staten Island and Brooklyn. (Yes!)

Here are a few local places to take it all in:

mad46: Their annual rooftop Kentucky Derby Bash at the Roosevelt Hotel on 46th street takes place from 3 to 10 pm. A giant flat screen TV will broadcast the race and guests will be awarded prizes for the most stylish derby attire and hats. And yep, mint juleps will be served. (FYI this should be a good choice as the weather forecast is sunny with a high of 68 degrees.)

Boulton And Watt: (Avenue A at 1st St.) This gastropub has a whopping seven televisions that viagra india will broadcast the race, so clearly you won’t miss a thing. A hat competition will follow. The party begins at 2 pm.

Brickyard Gastropub: (9th Ave. between 52nd and 53rd) The race will be screened on nine ginormous TVs. $5 mint juleps can be sipped while you chow down on derby-themed appetizers. Plus the best-dressed party goer will win a $50 gift certificate.

21 Club: (West 52nd between 5th and 6th) You can truly feel fancy here. From 3:30-5:30 pm, $45 gets you two Woodford Reserve mint juleps (apparently WR provides the official derby MJ’s), assorted bar bites like cornmeal fried oysters with remoulade and Kentucky ham on a biscuit, with tax and tip incuded. Pick a winner throughout the broadcast and you can score Woodford Reserve prizes (which I assume means more mint juleps which is not a bad thing). Dinner for two at “21″ will go the best dressed in Derby attire.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Happy Earth Day!

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A few quotes relative to Earth Day gathered viagra prescriptions from Goodreads. (If you’re not familiar with it, Goodreads is a sort of virtual book club, in which you rate books you’ve read and get recommendations from your pals. If you’re an avid reader, you truly need this!) Here we go:

“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.”
― Gaylord Nelson

“I had assumed that the Earth, the spirit of the Earth, noticed exceptions — those who wantonly damage it and those who do not. But the Earth is wise. It has given itself into the keeping of all, and all are therefore accountable.”
― Alice Walker

“It’s Earth day I wonder if we can plant more trees than people for a change?”
― Stanley Victor Paskavich

Let’s take care of the planet today and every day. Happy Earth Day, everyone!