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Mari S. Gold is a freelance writer whose work has been published in The New York Times, American Profile, Go Nomad,, Stratton Magazine, Go World Travel, and other outlets. A lifelong New Yorker and avid traveler, she also writes on food, theater, and other cultural events. Her blog, But I Digress…can be found at

59E59 Theaters: Off-Broadway in a Central Location

(March 22, 2017) - To see excellent theater at reasonable prices, look into the transparently named 59E59 Theaters, at 59th Street between Park and Madison Avenues. Since 2004, this Off Broadway venue has presented acclaimed live performances six days a week, 50 weeks a year. As a bonus, this is an "uptown" theater, making it easily accessible to visitors and midtown theatre fans. Read on for the best of the spring and summer season at 59E59. (read the story...)

Proud Pets: Traveling with Animals in New York City

(March 10, 2017) - New York welcomes animals of all kinds, from poodles to parakeets. Whether you live in town or are coming to visit, all pet owners need a primer on traveling around the city with dogs or cats. (read the story...)

The Best Shoe Shopping in NYC

(February 22, 2017) - New York is a walking city where tootsies sport everything from red-soled Louboutin stilettos to drugstore flip-flops. Here are our favorite spots for the best shoe shopping in New York City. (read the story...)

The Best Things to Do for Valentine's Day in NYC

(February 01, 2017) - Romance is in the New York City air, especially come Valentine's Day. We've got the best things to do for couples, from date nights at museums, cocktail lounges, and out on the water. We've also got breathtaking views from the air, and ideas for classes, spa getaways, and chocolates. Read on for our picks on the best things to do on Valentine's Day 2017 in New York City. (read the story...)

What to See at New York City Center

(January 27, 2017) - Since 1943, New York City Center has been a major venue for the performing arts offering music, theater and dance in midtown NYC. 2017 will be no exception to the exceptional programming, with a group of wonderful performers and performances coming up this winter and spring. Read on for our rundown of the best shows coming to City Center. (read the story...)

Valentine's Day Date Ideas in New York City

(January 23, 2017) - Whose significant other wouldn't love dinner at a romantic spot? Many New York City restaurants have special Valentine’s Day menus that often carry hefty price tags; others are more reasonable. Of course food is only the beginning in New York: read on for some great 2017 Valentine's Day date ideas. (read the story...)

Perfect Harmony: NYC's Chorus Groups

(January 03, 2017) - Choral performances give each singer a way to participate in an activity that involves them artistically, builds community, and results in a musical product of great beauty. Choral singing is incredibly popular, and nowhere more so than in New York, where there are many opportunities to hear choral groups performing varied styles all year round. (read the story...)

Tea for Two (and More) with Sebastian Beckwith at the Guggenheim

(December 19, 2016) - In the late 1980s, when Sebastian Beckwith was a trekking guide in Bhutan and northern India, he fell in love with tea. Not long after, he and a few colleagues founded In Pursuit of Tea, a company developed to encourage knowledge of tea. (read the story...)

The Best Stocking Stuffers in NYC

(December 07, 2016) - Buying stocking stuffers can be tough—some days it seems everything is either too expensive or too large to snuggle inside. We've made it easier to holiday shop with ideas for almost everyone on your list, culled from the best of NYC specialty stores and online shops. (read the story...)

Holiday Shopping: Gifts From Off the Beaten Path in NYC

(November 21, 2016) - Time to think of presents—be they for Christmas or Hanukah. New York City is a shopper's wonderland with museum shops, houseware emporiums, and specialty stores crammed with unusual goods, perfect for those seeking off-the-beaten-path presents. You can spend a lot or a little but there's sure to be something that will bring a smile to your intended recipient—or yourself. (read the story...)

Wild, Weird, and Wonderful: Fall Shows at NYC's Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)

(October 14, 2016) - Shows at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) are invariably unique and highly original; the fall 2016 exhibits at are no exception. Focused on artists who work with traditional craft media in new ways, MAD Transformations looks at fiber, clay, jewelry and metals from points of view you probably never thought of. (read the story...)

Paleyfest 2016: Television Made in New York

(September 19, 2016) - Here's a chance for an up-close-and-personal look into the making of top-rated television programs set in New York. The Paley Center for Media from October 6-19, 2016 welcomes PALEYFEST: Made in New York, highlighting some of the most celebrated programs made in the Big Apple. (read the story...)

The Store at the Museum of Arts and Design: Where Craft, Art, & Design Intersect

(August 15, 2016) - In a city with many museums, all with gift shops, the Store at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is a stand-out. The museum, a celebration of the creative process, is lively and original, offering a way to take home a special piece of artistry. (read the story...)

S. Feldman Housewares: One-Stop Shopping Across Four Generations

(July 20, 2016) - S. Feldman Housewares on NYC's Upper East Side has provided one-stop-shopping across four generations. Drop in and see what old-fashioned good service combined with up-to-the-minute stock is all about; you're certain to find something wonderful calling your name. (read the story...)

Going MAD for New York's Museum of Arts and Design

(July 19, 2016) - Enjoy a respite from the hectic beat of New York City and step inside the cool, contemporary, and altogether fascinating Museum of Arts and Design (MAD). This institution displays and interprets objects that celebrate innovation in craft, art, and design with special attention to workmanship. Exhibits change approximately eight times a year but never all at once, so there's always something fresh to investigate. (read the story...)

Park It: The Best People-Watching Spots in NYC

(May 23, 2016) - One of New York's best features is the endless variety of its people. When you're ready to chill in the big city, one of the most entertaining breaks you can take is to people watch. Read on for our picks for the best people-watching spots in New York, from museum steps to incredible public spaces. (read the story...)

The 10 Best Specialty Stores in NYC

(May 17, 2016) - With so many impersonal chain stores around, it's a treat when you find a shop that sells one kind of merchandise alone—the kind of shop that manages to thrive in New York City. Most of these are small operations; many have been in business for a long time. Customers love them, both for their personal service and their unique wares. You will, too. Read on for our picks for the 10 best specialty stores in New York City. (read the story...)

The World Is His Oyster: Chef Sandy Ingber of Grand Central

(May 03, 2016) - "We serve seafood that's as fresh as the day itself. I know as I personally get up at 2am to go the fish market and buy it," says Executive Chef Sandy Ingber, who has been overseeing New York City's most famous seafood institution, the Grand Central Oyster Bar, for 26 years. (read the story...)

The Best Independent Pharmacies in NYC

(March 30, 2016) - In New York when you need a drugstore, there is likely a big chain store on a nearby corner, which is fine for a magazine or bottle of water. However, you will probably be better served if you take your business to an independent pharmacy. Independent pharmacies treat you like a person with knowledgeable, friendly help. Read on for NYC's best independent pharmacies. (read the story...)

All the Single Ladies: New York for Solo Women Travelers

(March 08, 2016) - Whether you're traveling in New York on your own or with friends, there are lots of attractions of special interest to women. There's shopping and makeup, sure, but also theater, nightlife, and public art that nods to the historic contributions of the fairer sex. Read on for some great activities when you're a woman alone in New York City. (read the story...)

Things to Do for Couples in New York

(January 14, 2016) - Enjoying activities as a couple provides a shared experiences and often leaves each of you with lots of stories to tell. New York City offers many experiences that are great for couples and some are totally free. (read the story...)

Where to Eat on the Lower East Side

(January 08, 2016) - The Lower East Side, abbreviated by many New Yorkers as simply the "LES," is the area roughly between the Bowery and the East River and Canal and Houston (that's pronounced 'House-ton') Streets downtown. Today's LES is a vibrant area with chic shops, hot music venues, and lots of great restaurants. We've got a rundown of the best places to eat on the Lower East Side. (read the story...)

New York's Four-Legged Rock Stars

(January 06, 2016) - New York City pets are often treated like rock stars, as many owners—er, human companions—stop at nothing to indulge them. If you've got a four-legged friend deserving of some pampering, we've got the best of NYC's pet services, from spas to playgroups to lifestyle brands. Yes, lifestyle brands. (read the story...)

Museum Stores NYC

(November 30, 2015) - New York has some of the best museums in the world, covering everything from fine arts to natural history to transportation to New York City itself. Shopping in a museum store extends the experience of a museum visit and we've got a guide to the best in museum store shopping in NYC. (read the story...)

Ice Skating NYC

(November 05, 2015) - Ice Skating NYC: despite New York’s perpetual squeeze for real estate, there are great opportunities for getting out on the ice. From the magic of the Rink at Rockefeller Center to Bryant Park, Central Park, and Prospect Park, we've got the best spots for ice skating NYC. (read the story...)

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