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With so many independent bookstores located across the five boroughs, finding the best gifts for book lovers this holiday season will be a cinch. Pop into the Strand Book Store for quirky, book-centric tchotchkes, nab the latest literary tech gifts or help your favorite bookworm create her ideal reading ambiance with incense or a book lamp. All gifts are available online, so if you don’t have time to hit the streets of NYC to shop for gifts for friends, go ahead and checkout from the comfort of your own reading nook.
When shopping for the best Christmas gifts for couples, it’s good to get creative—a fairly easy feat considering the plethora of expensive or cheap Christmas gift ideas. For the active couple, book salsa dancing classes. Need a go-to gift for your two favorite gourmands? Snag them a gift card for cooking classes, where they can share cocktails and conversation while learning the foundations of the low and slow beef braising technique.
NYC is a great place to shop for holiday tech gifts and gadgets. Browse drones and cameras at the best electronic stores, pick up pair of wireless headphones at one of the best music stores or stock up on cooking gadgets from New York’s world-class kitchen stores. But if you don’t have the time to shop in-person this holiday season, you’re in luck, because these tech gifts and gadgets are all available online as well.
The annual Ciacco Gala is all fun and games until the legendary two-pound truffle goes missing and someone winds up dead. Enjoy a three-course meal and sing along as you collect clues to uncover the murderous thief during this immersive murder mystery musical comedy.
You’d never guess that New York’s seemingly idyllic residential community was once crawling with convicts and lunatics banished to the island’s neo-Gothic asylums and penitentiaries until death did them part. Not only will this two-hour walking tour question your belief in the undead, it’ll stir up anxieties about how we deal with society’s poor and sick, challenging your own discomfort with the unconscious human desire to keep all things “unpleasant” hidden from view.
Nestled under the Brooklyn Bridge, this 10-story eco-luxury hotel offers retreat-worthy rooms outfitted with native greenery, reclaimed materials and sweeping waterfront views. Be sure to step out for a sunset beverage or two—the hotel’s 4,000-square-foot rooftop boasts killer cocktails and panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty.
Specializing in traditional Shanghai street food, this Fulton Mall offshoot is a much-welcomed addition to a neighborhood food scene that struggles to offer anything beyond Shake Shack. The sizeable blue crab and pork soup dumplings come four to an order, filled with a steaming hot, sweet and savory crab-pork bath sealed tight by supple dough and a distinguishing orange-hue tip.
In NYC, the top Asian restaurants prove that noodles are a dish best served cold. Whether you’re looking to cool off with a leisurely meal of sautéed catfish and pickled daikon-topped vermicelli from one of the best Thai restaurants in NYC or a quick bowl of Szechuan-spiced wheat noodles from one of our favorite Chinatown restaurants, you’ll be sure to find your chilled dish of choice right here.
Whether you’re on a mission to find the perfect premade picnic baskets to take to your favorite NYC parks or just simply looking for fun things to do outside, these seasonal and year-round farmers’ markets are sure to showcase the best our fertile Eastern Seaboard has to offer.
Although it’s considered the ugly stepchild of Grand Central Terminal, there’s no denying Penn Station’s necessity to New York City. Located underneath Madison Square Garden in the heart of midtown Manhattan, Penn Station—named after the Pennsylvania Railroad—serves over 650,000 rail passengers via Amtrak, LIRR, NJ Transit, PATH and NYC subway each day.
Home to the world-renowned New York Philharmonic, the oldest symphony orchestra in the country, Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall serves as a cultural hub for critically acclaimed music, film, dance, opera and theater from around the globe.
These independent bookstores in NYC are well-stocked with some of the best and most affordable new, used, rare and specialty books out there. We can all agree that The Strand Bookstore is one of the best bookstores in NYC, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t spread the indie love by highlighting some of the smaller, lesser-known shops located across our fine city.
With so many lush and verdant NYC parks to choose from, finding the perfect picnic spot will be a breeze—all you need to add is the best premade picnic baskets in NYC. If you don’t know what to pack for the perfect picnic, you can just leave it up to the experts. We’ve scoured the city in search of the best restaurants to get premade picnic baskets packed with everything from porchetta paninis to strip steaks to the best cheesecake in NYC.
The New York Botanical Garden is revered as one of Gotham’s greatest cultural institutions, and for good reason: Where else can you find 250 spectacularly verdant acres filled with over one million tropical, temperate and desert flora within mere walking distance of a major metropolitan subway stop?
For nearly a decade, Brooklyn Flea has been luring in both tourists and locals alike with its expansive and charmingly eccentric offerings of antique housewares, vintage clothing, repurposed jewelry and just about every other tchotchke you never knew you needed.