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Gucci's Still Got It!
May 31, 2007, 5:55.01 pm ET

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Gucci's Spring Display 2007 on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.

11G for Concert Tickets?
May 31, 2007, 5:54.28 pm ET

Paying $11,000 to see The Police at Madison Square Garden? That's the top rate for premium seats on TicketsNow (by the way please by them on this site so we can make a buck). The story first reported in today's New York Post. So the question is - Would you pay 11G for concert tickets? Click here to take part in our poll.

Tocqueville by Andrea Strong
May 28, 2007, 8:46.00 am ET

Dinner should by all means begin as ours did with a parade of bar snacks. The selection of hors d'oeurves made us feel as though we were having our own private little cocktail party at our table.  more

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Love Shine
May 27, 2007, 11:20.13 pm ET

"These are made by my really good friend," says Alex, the owner of Love Shine in Williamsburg, as he shows customers his stock. He says this often--each designer, it would seem, is his friend. But given his cheerful and welcoming demeanor, that's not too hard to imagine.  more

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Ethos by Jennifer Voit
May 27, 2007, 11:18.22 pm ET

“Ethos” in Greek means character or reputation and this restaurant of the same name has both a good reputation and a lot of character.  more

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Baden Baden
May 27, 2007, 11:08.13 pm ET

When you think of Korean food you might envision kimchi and barbecue, not fried chicken and Belgian beer. But that's exactly what you will find at this wonderful spot in K-town. First, let me say the owners and staff at Baden Baden are extremely warm and hospitable hosts. Secondly, walking inside you might think you're in American sports bar and that's exactly the feeling the owners are looking to project; a place where you feel comfortable hanging out and chatting while chowing down on some of the best chicken in the city.  more

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The Year of Magical Thinking by Diane Snyder
May 27, 2007, 11:07.49 pm ET

Thanks to the venerable Vanessa Redgrave, Joan Didion’s cool, understated prose comes vibrantly alive in this rich and perceptive adaptation of her prize-winning memoir.  more

                  Photo: Brigitte Lacombe

Chocolate Bar at Henri Bendel
May 23, 2007, 8:49.21 pm ET

The dark chocolate secret is out!  Henry Bendel's stylish new Chocolate Bar is now open on the third floor of it Fifth Avenue location on 56th Street.  We stopped up for some chocolaty treats and a few snapshots.  This delicious spot comes compete with white leather banquettes and cafe style seating.  And in true Bendel style, even the servers are wearing designer dresses.  Sip on one of their hot or cold chocolate drinks while nibbling on bon bons, brownies and jumbo chocolate chip cookies.  Oh my!

Gotham Book Mart Closes
May 23, 2007, 7:36.53 pm ET

A wretched end to a beloved bookstore.  Gotham Book Mart, a fixture in New York City since 1920, closing with a fire sale to pay back rent.   Gotham ran into trouble after moving from the Diamond District into a new spacious location on East 46th Street.  It ended an era of organized chaos where rare books could be found in random piles throughout the store, although the help always seemed to be able to find exactly what you were looking for.  The new shop never really took off and the landlord took action.  So, Gotham is gone and with it a bit of New York history.  It will be remembered for the famous literary types who shopped there and its famous sign which read, "Wise Men Fish Here."    

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Rising from the Ashes
May 20, 2007, 8:45.53 pm ET

A recent visit to "Ground Zero" in Lower Manhattan shows a building boom underway at the former World Trade Center site.  The sound of cranes and heavy machinery fills the air these days.  As one worker put it, "There's building going on everywhere!"  It's a fitting tribute to all those that lost their lives on 9/11 and first responders who continue to pay with their lives.   Here are a few images from our visit.












Radio Golf by Lesley Alexander
May 20, 2007, 8:34.42 pm ET

When August Wilson died in 2005 America lost one of its greatest playwrights. His effort to chronicle the African-American experience via a ten play cycle (including "The Piano Lesson" and "Fences") led him not only to the Pulitzer Prize (and other accolades) but commercial success as well. His final installment, "Radio Golf," retains the power of his lyricism, deftly drawn characters, and the thematic balance of historical perspective.  more

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Starry Nights
May 20, 2007, 8:24.57 am ET

Tucked away deep inside the Chelsea Hotel you'll find the Star Lounge, an
elegant hideaway, brought to you by the same folks behind the Star Room in the Hamptons.  more

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Wine and Cheese in Hell's Kitchen
May 20, 2007, 8:12.15 am ET

Casellula means "the little hut" in Spanish and this little spot in Hell's Kitchen is already drawing lots of attention. Think exposed brick, a butcher block bar and ample seating for romantic dining at this cheese and wine bar.   more

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Snacking at Schnack
May 20, 2007, 8:09.27 am ET

Ok. So it took us a while to get to Schnäck, the Brooklyn burger joint bordering Red Hook. But after one visit I must say I'm hooked on the onion rings. More on that in a moment.  more

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How Much is That Teensy-Weensy Doggy in the Window?
May 20, 2007, 8:04.03 am ET

Paris Hilton made them famous with her "Tinkerbell", now Pocket Pooches are the talk of the town. We found folks lined up outside this Manhattan shop gawking at the micro-pups in the window at not so micro prices.  more

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Where A Buck Still Goes A Long Way
May 20, 2007, 7:59.18 am ET

There are very few places where a buck gets you very much. So it was quite a refreshing surprise when I stumbled upon "A Piece of Chicken." It's not actually a restaurant per se, rather an extension of Jezebel's Southern and Soul Food restaurant on 45th Street and 9th Ave. The entire operation is done through a kitchen window and believe me people are lining up... including some in suits.  more

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Something Fishy?
May 12, 2007, 10:06.43 pm ET

Almost two years since the Fulton Fish Market packed up and moved to its new digs in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, the smell of fish is gone and so is a bit of New York's soul.  Today the market once bustling with fish merchants stands vacant with no signs of development that we can see.

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Anthos by Andrea Strong
May 12, 2007, 9:39.04 pm ET

While you are sipping on your cocktails or sparkling Greek wine, your waiter will present you with a complementary selection of that evening's complementary snacks. These are worth the price of admission alone.  more

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LoveMusik by Lesley Alexander
May 12, 2007, 9:35.25 pm ET

Great romance has made great theatre - "Love Musik"! Utilizing the compositions of Kurt Weill, and based upon the letters of the composer and his wife, actress and singer, Lotte Lenya, the show takes the audience on a journey through their stormy relationship, beautifully accented with songs from shows in Weill’s canon.  more

Nelson Blue
May 12, 2007, 9:32.26 pm ET

You're likely to be greeted by owner Pauli Morgan with a friendly "good day mate" as you enter his new gastro-pub in the shadows of the Brooklyn Bridge.  more

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Legally Blonde The Musical by Lesley Alexander
May 9, 2007, 9:38.59 pm ET

It's nice when a hit film comedy loses none of its vigor by being adapted to musical comedy for the stage. Fans of the deliciously 'Valley Girl' "Legally Blond" will not be disappointed in this bouncy, frilly, colorful and tuneful show.

                                                                                  Paul Kolnik

Segway Protest
May 7, 2007, 8:40.30 pm ET

Segway owners, including Jonathan Gleich of Brooklyn (left), stage a protest in Times Square after Gleich was fined $90 for operating an unregistered vehicle.  He claims his segway reduces the use of harmful emissions and that the city should be embracing them, not steering people away.

Where the Lines Are!
May 6, 2007, 9:03.16 pm ET

New Yorkers love ice cream, so ya gotta bet they'd be out in force for the opening of Grom, a new Italian gilato parlor on the Upper West Side.  And boy were they ever.  When we got there the line was already down the block.   Wonderful!  Two thumbs up!  And delicious!  Those are just the few of the words we heard being mumbled between licks!

                                             Even some for sharing...

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Gus's Place by Brian Scott Lipton
May 6, 2007, 10:54.47 am ET

“You look familiar,” owner Gus Theodoro might intone the minute you walk into his namesake eatery, Gus’ Place. From someone else’s lips, the phrase might sound like oily salesmanship or mere flattery, but Theodoro is nothing if not a sincere man. His well-known geniality was one reason the original Gus’ Place lasted for nearly two decades on Waverly Place in the West Village before closing in 2005, and it’s sure to contribute to the success of this new, smaller incarnation on Bleecker Street, just east of Sixth Avenue.  more


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