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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.


Celebrate Your Graduate (or Graduation) at These 13 Restaurants in NYC

(May 17, 2019) - It’s graduation season in New York, meaning it’s about time to make some reservations for a celebratory dinner. Here are 13 restaurants worthy of a newly minted grad, ranging from haute cuisine to down-home barbecue and located all around the city. Congrats! (read the story...)

More Seats, More Sake and Take-Home Kits: What's New at Ichiran Times Square

(May 17, 2019) - Ichiran, serving world-class ramen, has a brand-new location in Times Square. Now, all 103 Ramen Focus Booths are available for guests during the Midtown lunch rush and during dinnertime. (read the story...)

Patsy's Italian Restaurant Celebrates 75th Anniversary in NYC

(May 14, 2019) - New York restaurants come and go, but Patsy’s Italian Restaurant is forever. The famed Midtown West eatery turns 75 years old this year and is only getting better. Join in the celebration with a meal at Patsy’s, welcoming you and your family. (read the story...)

5 New Ice Cream Flavors to Try in NYC

(April 30, 2019) - There’s no shortage of unexpected ice cream flavors to try at shops and restaurants around New York City. After all, the city is a land of novelty. (read the story...)

The Best Italian Eateries in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn

(April 30, 2019) - Craving some savory spinach gnocchi or crisp, wood-fired pizza? Head to Carroll Gardens: Brooklyn’s take on Little Italy. This neighborhood of lush gardens, churches, and peaceful rows of brownstones has been home to a strong Italian-American population and, as a result, plenty of authentic cuisine from Italy and its neighbor Sicily. Read on for the best pasta, pizza, and cannolis in Carroll Gardens! (read the story...)

Serra Fiorita: Eataly's Primavera Pop-Up Comes to the Flatiron

(April 29, 2019) - In the spirit of spring, Eataly’s rooftop restaurant, Serra by Birreria, is in full bloom with a brand-new look and special menu. Read on for what you’ll find at Serra Fiorita, NYC's idyllic Italian greenhouse. (read the story...)

How to Watch the Met Gala Red Carpet From the Sidelines

(April 29, 2019) - Springtime in New York brings cherry blossoms, mint juleps, the blessed return of patio seating, and—glory be—the Met Gala. The first Monday in May, celebrities, designers, musicians, filmmakers, athletes, and other elite invitees attend the gala to fun the Met Costume Institute and hearken its new exhibition. (read the story...)

Artisanal Coffee & Cocktails at New Starbucks Reserve Roastery New York

(April 25, 2019) - It’s all the coffee you can handle, and then some. The new Starbucks Reserve Roastery in the Meatpacking District is much more than a typical Starbucks cafe. Opened in December 2018, this three-level coffee emporium is outfitted with two coffee bars, a cocktail bar, a bakery, and a retail shop. (read the story...)

Where to Find Outdoor Concerts This Summer in NYC

(April 25, 2019) - When the weather gets warm, the city spills outside to enjoy every moment of its hard-won good weather. In the next few months, you can take a trip to Coney Island or linger in Central Park to hear musical acts from Cardi B to Dead & Company to Morrissey. Here are some of the best places to listen to live music and boost your vitamin D at the same time in New York City. (read the story...)

Martha Stewart Praises NYC's Linhart Dental Care Products

(April 23, 2019) - Lifestyle icon Martha Stewart has highlighted Linhart’s exceptional oral care products in the latest issue of her magazine, Martha Stewart Living. (read the story...)

Do It for the Gram: 19 Instagrammable Exhibits in NYC

(April 23, 2019) - Instagrammable moments, or should we say “immersive experiences,” are taking over New York. They’re not quite art exhibits and not quite museums, but these photo ops are awfully pretty and fabulous fun to visit. (read the story...)

How to Celebrate Earth Day in NYC

(April 18, 2019) - On and around Earth Day, April 22, take a trip to one of the city’s vital botanic gardens, attend a tree’s funeral, or walk down a car-free Broadway. (read the story...)

Explore the Power of Intention at The Rubin Museum of Art

(April 12, 2019) - Although “setting an intention” has become a common phrase, its deeper meaning is often ignored. The Rubin Museum in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood explores intention with its new exhibition The Power of Intention: Reinventing the (Prayer) Wheel. Opened on March 1, this show draws on the Buddhist tradition of the prayer wheel and is part of the museum’s “Year of Power.” (read the story...)

6 Egg-ceptional Easter Events in NYC

(April 08, 2019) - Easter is coming up on April 21. Whether you’re celebrating the Christian holiday or just soaking in the wonder of springtime, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the city with family and friends. Below are Easter egg hunts for kids, cruises for families, and the classic Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue for all DIY milliners. The only thing missing on the list is a hunt for Peeps marshmallow chicks; looks like you’ll have to organize that on your own. (read the story...)

6 Restaurants to Try at Hudson Yards

(March 29, 2019) - It’s here! Hudson Yards opened earlier this month on the far-west side of Manhattan, attracting visitors with a slick new mall and a climbable sculpture called The Vessel. New restaurants to check out include Wild Ink, Mercado Little Spain, Fuku, Estiatorio Milos, TAK Room, and Kawi. (read the story...)

Ramen Haven Ichiran Opens Third Location in Times Square

(March 28, 2019) - Ramen purists, rejoice! The popular Japanese chain Ichiran is coming to Times Square. With two locations already in New York City, now there will be three places where you can slurp excellent tonkotsu ramen in peace and, if you like, solitude. (read the story...)

10 Bars Where You Can Dance in NYC

(March 26, 2019) - We’re skipping the clubs for this list and focusing on 10 bars in New York with dance floors, good tunes, and fun crowds. (read the story...)

10 Magic Shows to See Now in NYC

(March 26, 2019) - New York has a robust magic community (fittingly) hiding in plain sight. Some of the world’s top magicians stage mind-blowing shows in the city every week, assisted with state-of-the-art production and one-of-a-kind settings like the oldest magic shop in the city. Be astounded and amazed at these 10 shows currently running in New York. Abracadabra! (read the story...)

The Best Trivia Nights in Brooklyn

(March 26, 2019) - If you’re gearing up for your appearance on Jeopardy! or just want to feel smart in front of strangers, you need a round of trivia. These nine Brooklyn bars offer up trivia for anyone with a head full of obscure history factoids and Homer Simpson quotes. Team up with your friends, and you might score free drinks, gift cards, or other prizes—that is, if you can rattle Steve Guttenberg’s birthday off the top of your head. (read the story...)

14 Spring Museum Exhibitions to Check Out in NYC

(March 22, 2019) - This spring, we’re expecting great things from New York City cultural institutions. There are exhibitions about punk rock graphics, 007, Frida Kahlo, Coen brothers costumes, and so much more at museums across the city. Learn something new at these exceptional institutions, and get excited for all things spring! (read the story...)

'Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art' at American Folk Art Museum

(March 22, 2019) - The American Folk Art Museum, located at Lincoln Center, will unveil a New York City-themed exhibition next week. Made in New York City: The Business of Folk Art will debut at the museum on March 19 and run through July 28. This is a cultural institution for everyone: admission to the American Folk Art Museum is completely free! (read the story...)

Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die Punk Exhibition Opens at MAD Museum

(March 22, 2019) - Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976-1986 is coming to the Museum of Arts and Design this spring. See the legacy of punk music through the graphic design it inspired, from album covers to flyers to zines in a large collection of artifacts. The exhibition opens April 9 and runs through August 18. (read the story...)

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

(March 22, 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...)

New Spring Deals at Manhattan's Fogo de Chão

(March 22, 2019) - Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão presents a feast unlike any other. The spit-fired meats, fresh vegetables, delectable seafood, and wine are hand-picked so that every customer has a delightful meal. This spring, come to Fogo’s three-level location near Rockefeller Center for lunch, drinks, brunch, and dinner, and see what the churrasco is serving up. (read the story...)

Free Fridays at the Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum

(March 18, 2019) - This year, the Intrepid has announced an exciting new initiative: free admission on Friday nights! April through October, this space and engineering museum in New York City will offer free admission on select Friday evenings. (read the story...)


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