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Merrill Lee Girardeau grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. The recipient of a BA in English and an MFA in Writing, Merrill Lee teaches English to college students and lives in Brooklyn.


How to Celebrate the Moon Landing's 50th Anniversary in NYC

(July 19, 2019) - On July 20, 1969, American astronauts walked on the moon. Fifty years later, the city is celebrating the Apollo 11 anniversary with new museum exhibitions, talks, films, and more. Take one small step—or a giant leap—to one of these lunar activities, happening this weekend and beyond in NYC. (read the story...)

What to Do on Governors Island This Summer

(July 17, 2019) - It’s a city getaway without leaving the city! Governors Island, located a short ferry ride from Brooklyn or downtown Manhattan, is New York’s summer playground. (read the story...)

Where to Pick Up Food for Your Central Park Picnic

(July 17, 2019) - New York City doesn’t get much better than a sunny day in Central Park. Here are several options for your picnic, whether you’re looking for a DIY feel, a grill-out day with restaurant steaks, or a concierge picnic service. (read the story...)

6 Great Restaurants for Seasonal Eating in the Flatiron District

(July 17, 2019) - The Flatiron District, which boasts some of the city’s top restaurants, features several seasonally minded spots with new menus for the season. Here are six places to enjoy summer eats in the Flatiron, like seasonal fish, pork belly with strawberries, and juicy tomatoes. (read the story...)

Where to Eat After Visiting the Statue of Liberty

(July 17, 2019) - This year, thousands and thousands will take the Statue Cruises ferry to New York’s iconic Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island. After your trip across New York Harbor, it’ll be high time for a pick-me-up. Whether you’re looking for a lobster roll, a waterfront view, and/or or a stiff cocktail, they’re all waiting nearby in the Financial District at the tip of Manhattan. Read on for 8 great restaurants located a short walk from the Statue Cruises dock. (read the story...)

Patrick's Restaurant & Oyster Bar Comes to Times Square

(July 17, 2019) - New to Times Square, Patrick’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar has arrived on 42nd Street. Come to this dining destination before a show, after a trip to nearby Madame Tussauds, or pretty much anytime you could use a Patrick’s Painkiller. (read the story...)

Enter the World of Anna Sui at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC

(July 16, 2019) - Opening September 12 during New York Fashion Week, The World of Anna Sui celebrates one of the country’s top designers at the Museum of Arts and Design on Columbus Circle. (read the story...)

NYC: Above and Beyond Coming to the Empire State Building

(July 16, 2019) - The Empire State Building has announced an exciting, brand-new exhibition at the world’s most-visited building. In addition to a view from the top of the 1,454-foot skyscraper, visitors can experience NYC: Above and Beyond at the top of the Empire State Building beginning this fall. (read the story...)

Two Exhibitions, One Conversation: Titus Kaphar and European Works on Paper at Brooklyn Museum

(July 16, 2019) - Presented in tandem, The Brooklyn Museum recently unveiled two unique exhibitions for the summer. One: Titus Kaphar will focus on a single work by the artist Titus Kaphar—a painting called Shifting the Gaze—while Rembrandt to Picasso: Five Centuries of European Works on Paper will examine the development of European art on paper. (read the story...)

Where to Eat and Drink at the New TWA Hotel at JFK Airport

(July 12, 2019) - In addition to 512 rooms and an on-site museum on the history of TWA, the TWA Hotel contains several new bars and restaurants open to the public. Next time you’re coming in or out of JFK, stop by one of the following 6 spots to eat and drink in style. (read the story...)

Mais Oui: French Restaurant Week in NYC

(July 03, 2019) - This July, Restaurant Week goes Gallic. French Restaurant Week, similar to New York Restaurant Week in winter and summer, offers discounted food and drink at French restaurants around the city. The event, organized in part by OpenTable, will last July 8-21. (read the story...)

The Best Eats Near Kings Theatre

(July 02, 2019) - Kings Theatre is a Brooklyn treasure. This event venue, located in the Flatbush neighborhood, was built in the 1920s and modeled after the palace at Versailles. Here’s a list of where to eat before or after the big show! (read the story...)

Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion Opens July 20 at Brooklyn Museum

(June 26, 2019) - Fashion phenom Pierre Cardin will be honored in a retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum this summer. On July 20, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, the exhibition will open to celebrate the French designer who embodied the Space Race and futuristic concepts in his designs (read the story...)

Join the Three-Day July 4th Block Party at Empire Outlets

(June 24, 2019) - Empire Outlets, New York City’s first and only outlet mall, will light up July 4 weekend this year! Come to this waterfront destination on Staten Island for a three-day block party this Independence Day weekend. (read the story...)

10 Things to Do in Brooklyn This Summer

(June 21, 2019) - This summer, do Brooklyn right. The borough will be filled with outdoor concerts, mermaid costumes, beachgoers, movies, and fantastic food and drink all season long. Here are 10 ideas to kickstart your Brooklyn summer. (read the story...)

What to Do Before the July 4th Fireworks in NYC

(June 21, 2019) - July 4 is right around the corner, and we have some ideas on how to spend your free day in the city. Sure, there are the classic picks like fireworks and Coney Island, but we’ve chosen a few offbeat activities to consider before the Independence Day spectacle begins. Here are a few museums, parties, and picnics to enjoy on July 4 in New York City. (read the story...)

The Ultimate Day in NYC on New York Water Taxi

(June 21, 2019) - New York Water Taxi opens up the whole city for a day of fun! We’ve put together a day that will make the most of your New York Water Taxi All-Access Pass and give you some of the best sightseeing the city has to offer. (read the story...)

10 Rooftop Happy Hours in NYC

(June 14, 2019) - New York rooftop experiences typically come at a premium, but not on this list. Here are 10 rooftop bars with happy hour deals to kick off your summer—and keep it going strong. (read the story...)

6 Murray Hill Happy Hours You Should Know

(June 14, 2019) - Here are 6 places to unwind and enjoy cocktails, wine, beer, and food at a discount in Murray Hill! (read the story...)

Empire Outlets, NYC's Only Outlet Mall, Opens on Staten Island

(June 11, 2019) - An exciting new shopping destination has recently opened in New York City. Empire Outlets, a retail center in Staten Island, is the only outlet mall within the five boroughs of New York City and the first of its kind in one of the shopping capitals of the world. (read the story...)

Be a Star! 'Madame Tussauds New York Presents Broadway' Now Open

(June 10, 2019) - Some of us never stop dreaming about being a Broadway star. Now, your dreams can come true at Madame Tussauds New York. Step behind the scenes of a Broadway show, and strut your stuff onstage at this interactive experience coming to Madame Tussauds June 4, steps away from the Great White Way. (read the story...)

Where to Celebrate Pride 2019 in NYC—WorldPride and Stonewall 50

(June 07, 2019) - New York City Pride goes global this year with WorldPride. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Millions are expected to flood the annual Pride March on June 30, and the many other events on the calendar will be packed with proud people as well. (read the story...)

The Best Sushi in New York City

(June 06, 2019) - The New York sushi circuit boasts stiff competition. Legendary sushi chefs establish their counters both small and large here, importing delectable fish, seaweed, crab, roe, and basically anything edible from under the sea. (read the story...)

Paddlesports Galore! Free Kayaking, Rowboat Rentals & Paddleboard Yoga in NYC

(May 31, 2019) - You might’ve seen New York by bus or by boat, but what about a kayak? A rowboat? What about a war canoe? All of these paddlesports and more can be found in New York’s major and minor bodies of water, from the serene Van Cortlandt Park Lake in the Bronx to the waterway to the world, the Hudson River. (read the story...)

Eat, Shop, and Play at Industry City, Brooklyn's Innovation Ecosytem

(May 29, 2019) - Industry City is a self-described “innovation ecosystem” in South Brooklyn, inviting tourists and locals alike to shop, eat, and explore its 35 acres of converted industrial space. The facilities consist of 16 gigantic buildings on the Brooklyn coastline in the neighborhood of Sunset Park. (read the story...)


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