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Happy Friday, New Yorkers! Back on Monday, we asked you guys for suggestions for one of our favorite summer pastimes: the picnic. After all, there’s little we love more than spending a long afternoon in the park enjoying fresh fruit, bread and cheese, and maybe some wine in plastic cups with our friends.
The problem we were running into was where to go for a picnic. So, we asked you for your favorite picnic spots, all around the city. After all, it’s kind of a bummer to end up on a bench in the East Village - it’s not actually a park. We’d rather find somewhere with at least enough grass to spread a blanket on, and at least one tree to shade us. A view would be nice too.
As usual, you had opinions, but we didn’t get quite enough suggestions to run the contest. However, that doesn’t mean we’d deprive you of the suggestions you did offer. So, we’re sharing your suggestions, plus adding a couple of our own favorites, so that the rest of you can spend the summer checking out these grassy patches out, picnic basket in hand.
When it comes to comedy clubs in New York, we know the power of a good recommendation. So when Jerry Seinfeld, Adam Sandler, and Jay Leno all recommend the same place, comedy fans listen. These comics have all taken the stage at Dangerfield’s in Midtown East, the legendary comedy club open since 1969.
Daydreaming about a Mediterranean escape? Start practicing your Greek with the next best thing – a Hellenic-style meal at Williamsburg’s Santorini Grill. This local Brooklyn favorite has garnered dozens of 4-star Yelp reviews praising its freshly prepared Greek cuisine, warm and friendly atmosphere, authentic decor, and generous portions.
As you might have noticed from our In the Know interviews, we know some pretty cool New Yorkers doing some pretty cool things. Because you want to be in the know yourself, we’re highlighting a few of these that are particularly “of the moment.”
1. Tuesday’s interviewee, Village Voice restaurant critic, Lauren Shockey, recently released her first book, Four Kitchens: My Life Behind the Burner in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv, and Paris.
We don’t need to tell you much more than that - the title says it all, really, and more than enough to get us hooked. Cooking around the world sounds like a dream opportunity, and we’re happy that Lauren lets us come along for the ride. The book has already received praise from some of the world’s top food writers, so find out what the buzz is about for yourself.
2. Wednesday’s interviewee, Liz Wolff, runs the hot East Village vintage store, Cure Thrift Shop. In preparation for the store’s third anniversary, she brought in Small Girls PR (including In the Know-er and Cure fan Bianca Caampued) to throw a kick-ass birthday bash, with all proceeds going to the Diabetes Research Institute, of course.
It happens every time we find ourselves in Central Park – we wish we had a bike! There’s something about the rolling lawns, casual games of baseball and frisbee, canoodling couples, and gorgeous trees swaying in the summer breeze that has us dying to see it all from two wheels. With Sayat Bicycle’s Central Park bike rentals at 61st and Central Park West, next time the urge hits, we know where to grab our cruiser.
Founder, Cure Thrift Shop
Professional Garbage Picker
Born and bred New Yorker? Born & bred - 4th generation
Favorite part about summer in the city: Beaching it at Rockaway Beach
Ideal first date? Hitting up a bunch of Salvation Army stores outside of Manhattan, followed by laughs over Italian ices.
Best pizza in NY: Mozarelli’s, Gramercy. They make the most amazing gluten free pizza - my husband has Celiac disease, so we scour the city for the best of the GF.
Where would you have your birthday party? Hot Skates in Long Island. Rollerskating + pizza + music = FUN
Those looking for a real night out know there’s no better place than the Meatpacking District to find beautiful people, well-mixed cocktails, music you actually want to listen to, and a lively, chic atmosphere. Don’t end up at a dud of a bar, though – take our advice (and BlackBook, and NYMag) and head to Honey, where the food is as much of a star as sexy vibe, drinks, DJ or live music, and décor.
Born and bred New Yorker or transplant? Born and bred!
Favorite brunch spot: I am anti-brunch on principle, but if I do go to brunch, I generally end up at Peels because it’s near my house, and the pecan sticky buns are literally to die for.
What’s your local? I get drinks at Von a lot. It’s good for when you want something nicer than a dive bar but not a chic cocktail lounge.