NYC By The Movies – Miracle on 34th Street

When I was young (and not so young), I watched Miracle on 34th Street every year. If it was on TV, I was there. The old black and white film takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in New York City. The story centers around a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa. It looks at the people surrounding the case and the changes that happen in their lives from knowing him. The film has become a holiday classic, it won 3 Oscars, is in the Film registry at the Library of Congress, and part of the Academy Film Archive.… Read More

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Chinatown NYC – wrapup

To paraphrase that famous line from Chinatown “It’s Chinatown, Jake”. The visits were fun. The food was amazing. The experiences varied. Manhattan’s Chinatown is set up for tourists to visit. You can take tours, you can wander by yourself. Either way you are going to see something new and if you have a sense of adventure, try something new. Flushing Queens Chinatown has been a mecca for foodies for years. These dining halls are immense. You can find one down almost any hallway or any side street. They vary in tourism friendly from “Glad you are here” to “why are… Read More

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Chinatown – Irish and Dive bars

Had your fill of Asian cuisine? Want to have a conversation with a long time New Yorker over a beer or cocktail? Just looking for something a bit more familiar? Have no fear, there is an Irish or Dive bar in each of these Chinatowns. Manhattan fancier – Whiskey Tavern  79 Baxter Street Across from the jail, you will find plenty of lawyers and city employees here. Upscale, a little more expensive than the other Manhattan option. This was filled at 3 in the afternoon. They have a full menu and some basic beers as well as some micro brews.… Read More

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Sweety Shop – A shop full of Sweet things

There are 2 Sweety Shops  in Brooklyn on 8th Avenue. One is at 53rd street and the other at 60th street on 8th Avenue.  They both have so many sweet things. Small wallets with cute characters, diaries with keys and cute characters on them, slippers with cute characters on them, purses, bags, shirts with cute characters on them, you get the idea. This shop is just adorable. A pre-teen girls dream shop. I loved that they had pencil cases, I didn’t even realize they really made those anymore. And they had cute characters on them. Unfortunately, they did not allow… Read More

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