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1 Liberty Island - Ellis Island, New York, NY 10004, USA
Ellis Island Immigration Museum is a unique and thought-provoking place to visit for locals and visitors alike. While this spot is significant to American history in general, for many it is a special experience to visit an important piece in their...
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888 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306, USA
The concept behind Mana Contemporary is a work of art itself. A hub for artists and art aficionados, the venture brings together artists of every medium with art enthusiasts and service providers. Housed in an cluster of old warehouses and factory...
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28 Church St, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
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From their killer French Toast (yes a certain A+ list chef asked how they make it) to their designer omelettes (who else owns their own egg laying chickens?) to their custom blended coffee and creamy lattes, Raymonds is and has been the brunch...
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416 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
Like going to a Parisian flea market but without the jet lag, Little Cricket is (and has been for more than a decade) the go-to spot in Montclair for unique vintage finds. Thematic, but ever-changing, the shop is stocked with a surprisingly...
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122 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542, USA
There were many dismayed bibliophiles around here when Micawber Books closed a few years ago. Luckily, this famous university town didn’t have to go long without a stellar independent bookstore to bolster its reputation. Labyrinth Books on Nassau...
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303 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
Hudson County Art Supply brims with the colorful organized chaos of an artist's studio. Stacked floor to ceiling with high quality art supplies, the corner store prides itself on friendly service that welcomes customers new and old to the...
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Stan's Square Records is a local music institution—for new music and old hits this is the place to go. Stan has a passion for the pure sound of vinyl and is a great resource for music knowledge. As I stared at brand new records of Adele and Amy...
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Carnegie Lake, New Jersey 08540, USA
On sunny days, you could do worse than pack a picnic and head down to the banks of Carnegie Lake, the three-and-a-half-mile expanse of water that serves as the training site for the Princeton University rowers. Created in 1906, the Lake was a gift...
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516 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712, USA
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Bella Nutella breakfast which is Nutella stuffed French toast and a side of bacon. It's the 4th of July and my friend and I took a beach day together. First stop is a filling breakfast at Toast then we'll hit the shoreline.
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195 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302, USA
There's nothing trashy about this expertly curated vintage treasure trove, where embroidered Chinese silk kimonos and curvaceous one-piece bathing suits from decades past find a stylish second home. Each piece is hand-picked by the owners, who...
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305 MAST Way, Highlands, NJ 07732, USA
Plodding down the (long) path to the beach at Sandy Hook, I happened to look up and see the Verrazano Bridge over in New York. The day was hazy but I could see the bridge as she majestically joined two parcels of land. On Sandy Hook at the beach,...
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15 Central Ave, Madison, NJ 07940, USA
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Madison, NJ is charming and quaint. Friday nights are good nights to eat out and Firehouse Pizza is the perfect place for that perfect slice. We call them pies and slices here in New Jersey! Firehouse has delicious thin-crust, brick-oven pizza,...
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215 Essex Ave, Spring Lake, NJ 07762, USA
Spring Lake was created as a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey in 1892. It is considered one of the most beautiful seaside towns in the state with its huge Victorian homes. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries' "Gilded Age" Spring Lake...
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1480 NJ-23, Sussex, NJ 07461, USA
High Point State Park's distinctive obelisk-like structure could make you think for a minute that you are in Washington D.C. The tall slender monument was generously dedicated to the State of New Jersey by the Kuser family, and turned into a State...
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510 Bangs Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712, USA
Asbury Park, NJ is full of artistic flair. Cafe Volan offers chill background music and delicious coffee. They have a large community sink g room table stacked with magazines and books of surfing and outdoor sports. Wifi is also available if there...
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150 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
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One of my favorite coffee places in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is Bakeri. Well, it is not a spelling mistake. This is the name of the an artisanal bakery in the neighborhood, with a French feel in it.
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44 Eagle St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
Wandering through rows of basil and tomatoes, with the Manhattan skyline in the background and volunteers weeding and chatting away, I am struck by an intense 'I (heart) NY' moment. The sunny Eagle Street Rooftop Farm is a large urban garden with...
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225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA
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The Morgan Library is an endowment from Pierpont Morgan and his son J.P. and hosts one of the finest collections of European manuscripts and rare documents in the country. The library hosts revolving exhibitions on literary classics, like recent...
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195 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205, USA
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Grab dinner at a funkyCheers-type South African restaurant that celebrates Nelson Mandela. This is one of the top hip spots—and I don’t ordinarily like using the wordhip. —Jason Lampkin As told to Linda Dyett. See all ofJason Lampkin’s favorite...
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23 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011, USA
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Located in the heart of the Flatiron shopping district is Paper Presentation, a sunny, colorful paper paradise. Browse aisle after aisle of paper, cards, card stock, envelopes, stationery, custom invitations, scrapbooking materials, presentation...
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47 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022, USA
The Grolier Club on east 60th in NYC is devoted to the art of the book.
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The cafe counterpart to Candle 79, Candle Café is quick, casual and equally fabulous. This Upper East Side cafe serves simply prepared vegan, organic farm to table fare—perfect for a feel-good meal with the family. It's so good in fact, I suspect...
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55 E 59th St #21C, New York, NY 10022, USA
Since my semester abroad in college and working at a gallery in Barcelona, I have a deep appreciation for Spanish culture. The Queen Sofía Spanish Institute is committed to promoting the awareness of Spanish speaking countries in a variety of ways...
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80 21st St, Astoria, NY 11102, USA
One of my favorite parts of living in Astoria is this amazing park! It's got gorgeous skyline views, one of the largest public pools in the US, running trails, basketball courts, a skate park and more. During the week I run here before work...
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99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, USA
For most of its history, the Whitney Museum, originally founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1931, was located on New York's Upper East Side, in the building that now houses the Met Breuer. In 2015, it reopened in a new, larger space designed...
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31 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222, USA
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It is really hard for me to walk past a cute bakery without going in. Pretty decor plus shelves and glass jars filled with homemade treats just catches my curiosity everytime. Plus, there is something very comforting about biting into a scone with...
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217 E 51st St, New York, NY 10022, USA
I just moved from New York after seven years, and one of the things I'll miss most is this tiny oasis right in the middle of Manhattan. If you walk past this little haven as you walk along 51st Street between Second and Third Avenues, you might...
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145 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016, USA
There's just something about the rooftop bar at the Pod 39 Hotel. It's like something out of a movie. Ascend a glass-enclosed elevator, after you've been deemed worthy downstairs in swank Salvation Taco, emerge with your best dressed, most...
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377 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024, USA
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If you need a sugar fix after hours in Central Park or the Museum of Natural History with the kids, try Sugar & Plumm, a sweets store and bistro on the Upper West Side. Outside, the store beckons with its sweet colors and whimsical decor. Inside,...
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175 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
Lovers of dance... get thee to the Joyce Theater next time you're in New York. Seriously. Move away from Broadway. I know you've been there and done that. It's expensive. And too glossy. Take a risk. See something beautiful or slightly scary in a...
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224 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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It can be extremely difficult to keep up with new or cool restaurant openings in NYC. My trick? I look for the lineups. On Soho's edge, Jack's Wife Freda, had a relaxed buzz about it. When I returned I was able to get a table solo at this packed...
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28 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
The Sketchbook Project lives within the Brooklyn Art Library, filling their entire left wall from floor to ceiling. Yes, leave it to a place as cool as Brooklyn to have an art library. Anyway, my friend and I stumbled onto this fascinating place...
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Breezy Point, NY 11697, USA
There’s no better way to spend a balmy, summer Saturday in NYC than to bike to one of the city’s most up-and-coming beaches— Ft. Tilden. Equipped with a trusty Google Map and a book bag filled with the day’s ration of food and beverage, I began...
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99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040, USA
The Cloisters, a museum devoted to medieval art and architecture, is a delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of NYC. This tranquil treasure is definitely worth a half day (or more) trip on your next visit. A branch of the Metropolitan...
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211 W Broadway # 1, New York, NY 10013, USA
Maslow 6 is an exceptional wine store. Owner Keri Jackson Kunzle organizes her store by intensity with, generally speaking, whites toward the front and reds to the back. Instead of bottles from the predictable countries alone, she also features...
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267 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012, USA
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This restaurant feels like you stepped back in time - think Mexico in the 70s. The story goes - it all began in the VW van in Playa del Carmen. Tacombi used to sell tacos out of the van, and now he has a nice, cozy spot in Soho where the van is...
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Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, NY 10305, USA
Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island provides a lovely NYC "staycation" option, complete with a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. Staten Island just may be the most underrated of the five boroughs, but Fort Wadsworth and the Arthur Von Briesen...
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4079 Albany Post Rd, Hyde Park, NY 12538, USA
The stable and coach house is often and least talked about during guided tours at Hyde Park. Hyde Park is home to the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. The historic Hyde Park is just less than 2 hours away from New York...
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26 Route 52 East, Liberty, NY 12754, USA
Some people fine abandoned places very creepy while others regard them as extremely fascinating. I align myself with the latter camp. With the few derelict and discarded locations we've visited, the underlying motive has never been about exceeding...
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249 Palmer Neck Rd, Pawcatuck, CT 06379, USA
Barn Island's roomy wildlife refuge is a great spot for a long weekend ramble right near adorable Stonington, CT (which has great antiques).
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Lake Sebago, State Park,, Southfields, NY 10975, USA
To New Yorkers, it sounds gloriously apocryphal: an inexpensive, uncrowded, lakeside camp deep in the elm- and oak-studded woods one hour from the city. But it's for real. Really real. I've lived it. Ensconced in Harriman State Park since 1926,...
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5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, DE 19735, USA
Sometimes the beauty is simple
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94 Walnut St, Montclair, NJ 07042, USA
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A welcome addition to the Montclair small cafe scene, this relaxed and uptempo cafe with a playlist worthy of what I'd expect to hear in a Seattle coffee shop offers fun breakfasts, sandwiches and dinner. Eclectic, and as it was started by the...
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57 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012, USA
A delicious underground Japanese restaurant in the E. Village. Order Branzino and lots of sake.
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89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, USA
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The Grand Central Oyster Bar celebrates its 100th anniversary this year as a New York institution. Located in the lower concourse of Grand Central, it serves over 25 varieties of oysters daily. There is a huge menu of American...
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132 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
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This tiny, sexy speakeasy seemed to just appear one day, just a few blocks up the street from our apartment in the pretty and quiet Clinton Hill neighborhood of brownstone Brooklyn. Open late every night, Mayflower is great for a clandestine or...
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408 Broome St, New York, NY 10013, USA
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A taste of Spain can be had right here in New York City. Despaña Specialty Foods & Tapas Café in SoHo has everything you need to transport yourself to the land of flamenco and Gaudi. The store is part wine shop and part market, with a Cafe in the...