Surf, Tacos and Cocktails at Rockaway Beach

Surf, Tacos and Cocktails at Rockaway Beach

The Rockaways, a narrow peninsula on southern Long Island, has a mixture of lower and middle-class neighborhoods. Among its residents are firefighters, policemen, and rappers. Although the area is accessible by subway and has four miles of wide sandy beaches, it wasn’t known as a summertime destination. This changed two or three years ago, spurred in part by the reconstruction efforts that followed Hurricane Sandy. Cadres of surfers and young beachgoers from Brooklyn and Manhattan have been dipping their toes in these waters. The New York Post said it best,…

Remember House music? It still booms in New York

Remember House music? It still booms in New York

For those of you who were of dancing age in the 80’s, you might remember the sudden popularity of House, a style of electronic music born in Chicago. Most sources credit the DJ Frankie Knuckles with creating these beats (he started playing his now-famous sets at a club called Warehouse in the late 70’s), but the genre quickly spread to other cities, and has many “godfathers.” I mean, this music really made you dance, just listen to Pump up the Volume by Marrs, and Black Box’s Ride on Time. By…

An experience for all the senses: Queen of the Night

An experience for all the senses: Queen of the Night

“Immersive” theatre is in vogue these days. I’ve been to Sleep no More, an interactive play loosely based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, where you wander through a sort of haunted hotel and watch different scenes of varying weirdness. The set decoration is excellent. Afterwards, you’re escorted to a cocktail lounge where you watch a live jazz band. Some people love it; I think it has its good moments. But Queen of the Night, playing at the Paramount Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, takes things to a whole new level. To begin with,…

Hip Paris vs. Hispter New York

Hip Paris vs. Hispter New York

If there’s a city I love as much as New York, it’s Paris. Yesterday I stumbled upon a great post by Hip Paris Blog, written by a New Yorker living in Ille St. Louis, a gorgeous little neighborhood in the City of Lights.

Fun Cooking Class for All Levels

Fun Cooking Class for All Levels

I recently had to organize a party for a friend, and wanted to make it food themed, so I began searching for places that offer private cooking classes for groups. My criteria: not too expensive and not too technical. I chose Cook & Go, right next to Chelsea market. It’s a bright big space with friendly, accommodating instructors. Everyone had a great time.  We sliced, diced, and kneaded for about an hour, drinking wine along the way, and then ate our tasty creations together: handmade pappardelle (thick ribbons) with Bolognese…

Hiding from the Cold in NYC

Hiding from the Cold in NYC

When the cold hurts, like it has been hurting lately, my philosophy is to basically just stay indoors. I’m not in to skying, sledding, ice fishing, or anything remotely winter-y. But when I need to get out of the house, I either go hide in a movie theater, or find places that offer assorted diversions under one roof. There’s Eataly, for example, an Italian “amuse-bouche park” in Flatiron, where you can hop from one food stand to another gulping pastas, frutti di mare, salumi, and wine. You can also shop…

First Look at “The Cat Show,” a catty art exhibit at White Columns

First Look at “The Cat Show,”  a catty art exhibit at White Columns

CAT LOVERS: Run to the West Village!! White Columns, a non-profit alternative art space on Horatio Street, just unveiled The Cat Show. This group exhibit features dozens of paintings, video installations, sculptures and photographs dedicated to- that’s right- cats, by both established and emerging artists. But cart art is only part of the picture here; the show’s highlight may well be its pop-up rescue center, allowing attendees to adopt one (or two) of the kitties playing inside a huge, custom-designed mesh cube. These cats-in-residence will make their star appearances on…