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Top 10 Dive Bars in NYC

Dive bars come in all shapes and sizes; dark and dank or brightly colored and loud. Dive bars don’t care about what they look like or what people think of them. They care about the people, plain and simple. If you respect them, they’ll respect you and show you how to have a good time. Here is a list of the Top 10 Dive Bars in Manhattan. ` 1. The Iron Horse Friday nights are usually loud and wet at…

Bröd Kitchen: Bringing Nordic cuisine to the Upper East Side.

On the corner of 63rd street is a small, sleek and modern bakery. The doors are open and a jovial, excited cook is handing out flyers on the corner. This is Bröd Kitchen, a Nordic-inspired casual eatery serving every meal from breakfast to dessert, as well as in-house or take-out. [caption id="attachment_340" align="aligncenter" width="470"] A selection of sandwiches.[/caption]     Chef Hugo Uys and Culinary Director Monette de Botton have created a menu using sustainable and local ingredients that are…

Fine Greek Food with Maria Loi

Maria Loi has had a wonderful career as a celebrity chef with such accomplishments as cooking for President Obama, owning her own cookware line, and most recently releasing a book and opening a new Manhattan restaurant. In addition, she is deeply involved with charity funds for children and has a vested interest in sharing the culture and benefits of Greek Food with the world. This past week she held a seminar and luncheon “I Love European Fine Food”, showcasing the…

Brooklyn Flea: Why I Love Antiques

My whole life I was always more interested in what happened in the past, or what could possibly happen in the far future. I love the early 1900s as well as the Victorian Era. I also love cars from the 30s to the 50s, as well as the lifestyle, values, and "advancements". Space and the future of the human race fascinate me to no end, and nothing disappoints me more than the fact that I will never see things like…

Restaurant Review: Lure Fishbar

FIRST IMPRESSION: So this is what it will feel like to be on my million dollar yacht when I hit the big time! This underground restaurant and bar had structural accents of a yacht in all the right places; port holes letting pedestrians have a glimpse inside, white and silver edges like the hull of a ship, brass knobs and gleaming oak. It was beautiful to look at. And full of beautiful people. It was buzzing with chatter and loud, almost club-like…

A life of fantasy.

I live in the same house I’ve lived in since birth. It’s a small farm house, split level, with an old garage with lots of rusty farm equipment and tons of terra cotta pots. The sun beams down through the places where weather and rain made the shingles soften and cave in. Vines have started to creep over the walls and down into the cement foundation. The earth is going to reclaim it soon. Even farther out on our property…