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New York City date – Visit New York and enjoy these unique experiences

Pretend you’re fictional husband and wife detective team Nick and Nora and solve a NYC mystery through Accomplice New York, then grab a couple of old fashioned drinks at Bemelman’s Bar.

If you never thought you’d ever have the chance to fantasize you were a detective and have a romantic role-playing adventure with your partner while solving a crime… here’s your chance. You can pretend you’re Nick and Nora Charles, the 1930s and 40s TV, radio and movie detectives inThe Thin Man. Grab yourself a fedora and a little velvet hat and get going!

Accomplice is a brilliantly designed and executed interactive game that is part theater, part scavenger hunt and part tour. You’ll be given a mission, a plot to solve and sent out onto the streets of Manhattan aided by clues and mysterious cast members scattered throughout various locations such as street corners, bars, iconic landmarks, and out of the way spots. The New York Times says “it’s like being in the middle of the Michael Douglas movie The Game”. The adventure lasts 2 ½ to 3 hours and you can choose from Accomplice: New York which takes place in the neighborhoods of Chinatown, Little Italy, Soho and the Financial District or Accomplice: The Village which takes place entirely in the crooked, narrow streets of Greenwich Village. All games take place Fridays through Sundays onlyand you definitely need to reserve in advance for this. Call or email them to see how far in advance they suggest you make a reservation. You may need to book a month or more ahead of time. They do sell out.

When you’re finished it’ll be late afternoon and you’ll be ready to relax with a good Martini or Old Fashioned. Head uptown to the classy Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle Hotel for a little unwinding and conversation. The bar and hotel date back to the late 1920s. There’s no loud music here, just a piano player and occasionally other musicians playing old jazz standards and cabaret style music. The drinks are expensive, to be sure, but you almost feel as if Nick and Nora themselves, or Cary Grant were about to walk in any minute. Make sure you look good. Be comfortable but don’t where white sneakers or jeans if you can help it. Remember, they always looked good back in the day, even when solving mysteries! For the full effect I recommend going in the evening when it’s dark, so you might have a couple of hours to kill (go before 9:30pm and avoid a cover charge – the music starts at 9:30pm). Try going for a stroll up Madison Avenue between 59th and 80th Streets. You’ll see cute little restaurants tucked away on the side streets and even a diner or two if you want to grab a bite to eat first. Be spontaneous and just pick one that looks appealing to you.

 

The Essentials:

Accomplice, Tel: (212)242-1524www.accomplicetheshow.com

Bemelman’s Bar (inside the Carlyle Hotel), 35 East 76th Street, entrance on Madison Avenue between 76th and 77th Streets. Tel: (212)744-1600

 

Some interesting notes:

The Carlyle Hotel is where former president John F. Kennedy supposedly had his affair with Marilyn Monroe. Look for his picture on the wall when you enter the hotel but before entering the bar.

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The Breakfast at Tiffany’s Date – visit New York

The Breakfast at Tiffany’s date

This is a good weekend afternoon date. Get the popcorn ready, get comfy and snuggle up to watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s a classic romantic New York movie with George Peppard and the timeless, inimitable Audrey Hepburn. It is loosely based on the Truman Capote novel of the same name and is also a bit of a New York time capsule, having come out in 1961. Directed by Blake Edwards, it won Henry Mancini two Academy Awards for Best Musical Score and Best Original Song (Moon River). Healso garnered a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album. Mrs. Hepburn was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her memorable role as the naïve, eccentric Holly Golightly.

Now for some fun. How about taking a stroll past Holly Golightly’s Upper East Side apartment and then shooting straight to Tiffany’s to have something engraved, just like Holly and Paul did in the movie? How awesome is that? The green-and-white candy-striped awning at 169 East 71st Street (between 3rd Ave and Lexington Ave) may be gone but you’ll still recognize the white limestone-colored townhouse (adjacent to the left of the brownstone). A nice walk would be to start at Park Avenue and 71stStreet and walk to 3rd Avenue, stopping a moment to gaze at that location where such a warm and touching (and often funny) love story took place.To continue your walk, make a left on 3rd Avenue and walk up to 78thStreet. Make a left on 78th Street. This four-block stretch is one of the most beautiful blocks in the city. Notice all the beautiful townhouses and brownstones, the different types of architecture, the abundance of trees overhanging the street. From Park Ave and 71st St to 3rd Ave to 78th St to 5thAve is about a 25 minute walk so make sure you pick a day when the weather is nice. This is a great stroll through a beautiful neighborhood.

 

When you get to 5th Avenue and 78th Street there’s a good chance you won’t want to walk another 20 minutes to Tiffany’s on the corner of 5thAvenue and 57th Street so just go ahead and hail a taxi for a quick ride (hopefully, if the traffic on 5th Ave isn’t too bad). Tiffany’s will be on the far left corner. Now remember in the movie when Paul, a struggling writer with no money, asked the man behind the counter to engrave something for Holly? He bought something inexpensive ($10 I think it was) andmade this romantic gesture to Holly. Go ahead and do the same thing! Hopeless romantics will love this. Of course you will probably not find anything for $10 but let’s have some fun with the counterperson and ask them if they’ve ever seen Breakfast at Tiffany’s and if they remember that scene when Paul and Holly were in the store. If not, go ahead and explain it to him or her. No doubt they will try to be as helpful as possible. Who can resist such unbridled romance as this!

 

The Essentials:

Holly Golightly’s apartment, 169 East 71st Street between Lexington and 3rd Avenues in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.

Tiffany’s, 727 5th Avenue at 57th Street. Tel: (212)755-8000.www.tiffany.com.

 

Some interesting notes:

Author Truman Capote originally chose Marilyn Monroe to play the lead role but ultimately Paramount Pictures had the final saying and decided to go with Audrey Hepburn. Inside Tiffany’s along the wall to the left when you enter you’ll find the Tiffany diamond. It’s a 128.5 karat yellow diamond with 90 facets. It’s considered priceless. Only two women ever wore this diamond: Mrs. Mary Whitehouse and Audrey Hepburn during publicity photo shoots for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

 

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Romantic Dates in New York City – Visit New York

The Romantic Movie Locations Date – ice skating, frozen hot chocolate, the Empire State Building and one really big sandwich!(Movies: Harry Met Sally, Serendipity, Sleepless in Seattle)

This can be a lot of fun if you’re a big movie fan. And if this kind of a date excites you, just make sure your partner-in-crime is as equally excited as you are! To make this adventure even more fun you could even do a movie marathon night the day before your date, watching these movies first and then going out and having fun visiting the locations.

 

Now, while there are many great romantic movies shot in NYC (probably more than any other city in the world) I chose three fairly mainstream movies for you to have fun with. You can even turn this into a twice-a-year tradition where you watch a few movies set in New York and then prepare a day to visit and explore some of the locations from key scenes in the movie.  Some other romantic movie favorites shot on location in New York are 9 ½ weeks, West Side Story, Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters, An Affair to Remember, You’ve Got Mail and Maid in Manhattan.

 

First is When Harry Met Sally with Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal. Remember that scene? You know the one I’m talking about… uh huh… yes… that one – the “I’ll have what she’s having” scene where Sally fakes an orgasm right in the middle of a crowded delicatessen. Well, that’s how good Katz’s pastrami and corned beef sandwiches are! So head on downto Katz’s Delicatessen on the corner of Houston and Ludlow Streets in downtown Manhattan. Order a pastrami or corned beef on rye or a Reuben sandwich and let the swooning begin. Be sure to get some pickles! (And if you decide to re-enact this scene yourself in front of your date, please be sure to write to me and let me know the reactions you get from nearby diners!) You will notice a sign above the table Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal sat at when they filmed that scene on location right here at Katz’s Deli. You will need to get a ticket when you enter and then get on line (there’s always a line). The counterman will mark your ticket. You MUST not lose your ticket or you may have a problem when you leave. You will need to show your ticket to the cashier when you leave and pay the amount written on your ticket.

 

Next, if it’s November through March (always call ahead and make sure they are open) hop a cab or take the subway to the 59th Street and 6thAvenue entrance to Central Park. The Wollman Rink is a two minute walk into Central Park from this entrance. Follow the footpath directly into the park and stay to the right. (subways: Take the A, B, C, D, 1, 9 to 59th Street or the N or R to 5th Ave/59th St or the B, Q to 57th Street). Once you’re there remember the love story shared here by Jonathon and Sara (played perfectly by John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale) in the 2001 romantic comedy Serendipity. There were actually two scenes filmed here, one in the beginning when they’re skating together and the one at the end when they find each other after being apart.

 

After your romantic escapades on the ice take a 15-minute walk (or a quick cab ride) over to the extremely popular Serendipity 3 on 60th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues for their famous Frozen Hot Chocolate (it’s out of this world delicious!) – or if doing this date April through October head straight to Serendipity 3 after Katz’s Deli. Jonathon and Sara drank theirs together at an upstairs table. There can be a long wait to get in here and they do not take reservations. So you’ll just need to give your name to the host or hostess and wait for your name to be called. While waiting you can check out the many home décor or antique shops along 58th and 59thStreets between 2nd and 3rd Avenues (known as Designers and Decorator’sWays) or spend some time at Dylan’s Candy Bar on the corner of 60thStreet and 3rd Ave.

 

The final part of your date honors that classic of classics romantic film Sleepless in Seattle with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan by taking a trip to the top of the Empire State Building’s 86th floor observation deck. What a great scene that was! The view from here is just as classic as the movie itself – sweeping, jaw-dropping views that are sure to excite and inspire. Keep in mind that there is also an enclosed 102nd floor observation deck. That is not the one we are talking about here (however the 102nd floor one was where Cary Grant waited for Deborah Kerr in Affair to Remember). Purchase and print your tickets online at www.esbnyc.com. The line to get to the top can take anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour. If you want to drop some extra cash you can opt for the Express Pass which lets you bypass the line. You will see this option on the website when you get your tickets.

 

The Essentials:

Katz’s Delicatessen, 205 East Houston Street on the corner of Ludlow Street (Lower East Side). Tel: (212)254-2246.www.katzsdelicatessen.com.

Wollman Skating Rink, Central Park. Tel: (212)439-6900. Check the website for updated hours and pricing: www.wollmanskatingrink.com.

Serendipity 3, 225 East 60th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Tel:(212)838-3531www.serendipity3.com.

Empire State Building, 350 5th Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets. Tel:(212)736-3100. The Observatory is open every day, including weekends and holidays from 8AM to 2AM. www.esbnyc.com. Prices as of this writing: $25 or $47.50 for the Express ticket (main deck).

 

Some interesting notes:

Katz’s Deli still has their old signs in the window from World War II that say “Send a salami to your boy in the army”.

 

The Empire State Building was completed in May of 1931 in just 13 and a half months right in the middle of the Great Depression. During World War II an American B-25 bomber lost in the fog crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building (the building did not incur any major structural damage).

 

Central Park is a completely man-made park, having been mostly marshes and swamps prior to its construction. It was completed in the 1870s and was the first urban park in America. It covers 843 acres (2.5 miles long and a half mile wide) of extremely expensive real estate right smack dab in the middle of Manhattan.

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Visit New York – Great Dates in NYC

I have an exciting announcement to make. I will be writing my first book about NYC, specifically about great dates and fun things to do in NYC.

We will be posting one to two dates every week, so stay tuned!

Here’s our first one:

Brunch at Antique Garage, followed by gallery hopping in Soho

This is a great downtown date. Antique Garage has a warm, cozy atmosphere, live jazz and an excellent Mediterranean/Turkish menu (the Turkish Meatballs are amazing!). Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm and live jazz can be heard between 1pm and 4pm (there is no cover charge for the music). The restaurant is located in the trendy neighborhood of SoHo.

Following your awesome brunch, do a little SoHo gallery hopping (one of the best free things to do in New York). Below you’ll see a walking tourroute that you can follow to get you started. Of course, feel free to allow yourself some of your own diversions as you will no doubt spot a gallery or cool little boutique or store that catches your eye. Here is a short list of 5 noteworthy galleries to check out.

Animazing Gallery (54 Greene St), has a unique collection of original and limited edition animation and illustration artwork

Morrison Hotel Gallery (124 Prince St), features great photography of legendary musicians over the past half-century

Opera Gallery (115 Spring St), a high-end gallery with museum-quality modern and contemporary art from around the world

Moss (150 Greene St), furniture as well as decorative/functional items with an artistic mindset are displayed here and available at this unique gallery/store

Pop International Galleries (473 West Broadway), an exciting art gallery specializing in Pop Art, Urban Art and art and photography that is influenced by popular culture

Suggested gallery walking tour route (once again, be sure to allow for some spontaneity in your journey – great dates always involve a little bit of adventure, surprise and spontaneity):

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Head left when leaving the restaurant and make your first left ontoBroome Street. Go to the next block and make a left onto Greene Street. Animazing Gallery will be on your left (54 Greene St).

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Make a right out of the gallery back to Broome Street and turn left on Broome. Walk 2 blocks to West Broadway and turn right onto West Broadway. Walk just short of 3 blocks to come to Pop International Galleries. It’ll be on your right (473 West Broadway) between Prince and Houston Streets.

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Make a left out of the gallery and walk 1 block down to Prince Street. Turn left on Prince Street and stay on the right hand side of the street. Walk 1 block to Wooster Street. Just a little past Wooster Street on Prince Street is Morrison Hotel Gallery on your right (124 Prince St).

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Make a right out of the gallery and walk 1 block to Greene Street. Turn left on Greene Street and stay on the right hand side of the street. About half way up the block will be Moss on your right (150 Greene St).

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Make a left out of the gallery and walk a block and a half to Spring Street (the block after Prince). Turn left on Spring Street and Opera Gallery will be on your left (115 Spring St).

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* For a little sweet love snack head left out of the gallery past Mercer Street and just before you get to Broadway you’ll see Baked By Melissa on your left. They make tiny little cupcake perfections that you can enjoy by the dozen. So load up on some sugar and get that heart pumpin’!

 

Some interesting notes:

SoHo stands for south of Houston Street. It started off as an industrial manufacturing and warehouse district in the 19th century when city life was concentrated more downtown and neighborhoods further uptown were not quite as settled as they are today. It eventually became abandoned in the early to mid 20th century as the population of Manhattan started moving further uptown to the newer areas (Manhattan grew from south to north; from downtown to uptown). Artists started moving into the abandoned warehouses in the mid 1900’s and loft-style city living began. But it was cheap, gritty and undesirable. With the abundance of artists came galleries and cafes to cater to their lifestyle. Eventually the neighborhood attracted the attention of the real estate industry who became interested in putting this area on the map as New York City’s next hot neighborhood. The acronym SoHo was coined, and the many manufacturing and warehouse buildings were converted into expensive loft apartments. Eventually people started moving in and boutiques and restaurants sprouted up all over the place to cater to this new crowd. Today, SoHo is one of the best places to shop in New York. Many galleries still thrive here but these are not the galleries of the struggling artists of 50 years ago. Nonetheless, gallery-hopping in SoHo is a favorite thing to do for many New Yorkers and visitors and it’s absolutely free!

The Essentials:

Antique Garage, 41 Mercer St. (212)219-1019.www.antiquegaragesoho.com

Animazing Gallery, 54 Greene St. (212)226-7374www.animazing.com.

Morrison Hotel Gallery, 124 Prince St. (212)941-8770.www.morrisonhotelgallery.com

Opera Gallery, 115 Spring St. (212)966-6675www.operagallery.com

Moss, 150 Greene St. (212)204-7100www.mossonline.com

Pop International Galleries, 473 West Broadway. (212)533-4262www.popinternational.com

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Planning a trip to New York City – dates in June to remember

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If you are planning a trip to New York City in June keep these dates in mind!
If you are going to visit New York in June it would be good to remember the date of June 19, 1885. For it is on this day under a cloudy sky that New York celebrates the Statue of Liberty’s arrival from France.
The first completed portion of the statue, her three-story tall arm and torch, spent nine years as a tourist attraction in Madison Square Park (Madison Ave & 5th Avenue between 23rd and 26th Streets). When the body was finished, the arm and torch returned to France and the completed statute was shipped to New York.
The statue consists of 300 copper plates riveted to a steel frame. The steel skeletal frame was designed by none other than Gustaf Eiffel, who would then go on to build the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. The shackles at her feet represent freedom from tyranny, the seven spikes on her crown represent the seven continents and the seven seas, the torch represents enlightenment and the tablet in her left hand has inscribed upon it the date of July 4, 1776, the year we declared our independence.
The Statue of Liberty’s dedication was delayed until October 1886, because of a shortage of funds for her pedestal. We were responsible for raising the money to build the  pedestal upon which the statue would stand. However, New Yorkers were not very forthcoming in sending in their donations and it wasn’t until newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer wrote a letter in his newspaper asking New Yorkers to come forward with their support and promising to print the names of every single person who made a donation no matter how small, did the residents of our city finally send in their pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.
It is important to remember that the statue was not a gift from the government of France to the government of the United States, it was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States honoring our freedom and democracy that they so desperately wanted.
Although the Statue of Liberty will not be opening until July 4th you can get great views by taking a Harbor tour around the waters of New York surrounding the statue. I recommend New York Water Taxi, I love their boats and their guides for the most part are very good. They have tours that depart from the South Street Seaport as well as Pier 83 on the Hudson River, near the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum.
Also this month in June, Coney Island presents the first roller coaster on June 6, 1884.
On June 25, 1906 architect Stanford White is shot and killed on the roof of the Madison Square Garden he designed by the husband of showgirl Evelyn Nesbitt, Mr. White’s former mistress. That Madison Square Garden was built on the corner of Madison Avenue and 26th St., but today is the location of a prominent feature of the Manhattan skyline, the New York Life Insurance Company building.