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Little Italy, New York, NY 10013, USA
Held yearly in the month of September, the San Gennaro Festival is New York City's oldest religious street festival. Little Italy was the first location in America for several hundred thousand Italian immigrants who came to the U.S. in the early...
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529 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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This relatively new contemporary Chinese restaurant in Greenwich Village is as charming as it is delicious. The organic fare is a mixture of Eastern and Western ingredients. I especially recommend the incredible pork dumplings—such a simple dish,...
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New York, NY, USA
Just a block and a half from Loews Regency sits New York's landscaped wonder and one of the greatest urban parks in the world, Central Park. Stretching between 59th and 110th Streets and Fifth and Eighth Avenues, the park covers a total of 843...
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2365 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Smack in the middle of Waikiki’s perennial party, the Moana Surfrider has elegant old bones and the bustle of a big-city hotel. On any given day, the Victorian-era lobby is full of young Japanese brides and grooms, trailed by their...
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215 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114, USA
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Drinks in the old Charles St. Jail? Kudos to whoever dreamed up the idea to create Alibi in the former "drunk tank" for the City of Boston, a building with a storied past. Set in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, the original floors and brick walls...
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348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, USA
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The Ft. Point Channel neighborhood has undergone a renaissance of late, and Barbara Lynch's bar Drink is a fun addition to the scene. Arrive at the modern basement space and you're fate is left in the hands of the bartenders. Talk about your...
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540 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02210, USA
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Award winning chef Jody Adams has brought the influence of her travels to this neighborhood restaurant. Located at the edge of The Rose Kennedy Greenway, and close to the harbor, this groundbreaking LEED Gold building is a visual delight. Small...
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1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128, USA
This spiraling white concrete structure, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is one of the most iconic buildings in NYC, if not in all of the USA. This is one museum where the building itself is as interesting as the exhibition inside. First check out...
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4303 Diamond Head Rd, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
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Get the total Oahu vibe of this most-visited Hawaiian Island just as the locals do. After two years of living "on island," snorkeling at North Shore, shopping at farmers' markets, getting hammered at Buzz’s and partying in Chinatown, here's the...
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Chelsea Market, 75, 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA
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To me, coffee should be served simple and as unaltered as possible. If your drink has more ingredients than a dinner recipe, it's not coffee. Ninth Street Espresso has a similar philosophy, and that's why they're my favorite cafe in Manhattan. The...
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281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014, USA
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If you are into craft beer––and even if you’re not––don’t sidestep the Blind Tiger. Nestled among the shops and restaurants lining New York City's Bleeker Street, its humble presence lets its impressive ever-changing gallery of craft beers take...
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342 Seaside Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
A retro aloha vibe sets the tone at this new 135-room, high-rise hotel just two blocks from iconic Waikiki beach. From $195. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue. Image: Erin Kunkel
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47 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022, USA
Early this spring, I had an hour to kill in Manhattan, so I ducked into the Grolier Club, where I saw a fascinating exhibit devoted to Wunderkammer, the cabinets of curiosities that originated in 16th-century Europe. I am a big fan of visiting...
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140 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA
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Jimmy’s Corner is long and narrow, as if some great prophet looked at a hallway and said, I see a dimly lit saloon here, complete with an extended bar and walls plastered with photos of boxers. Opened in 1971 by erstwhile pugilist James Lee Glenn,...
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For traditional Hawaiian food, I go to my favorite lunch truck. Try the lau lau, which is pork or sweet potato wrapped in a taro leaf and a tea leaf. — Hoku Haiku 66-412 Haleiwa Rd., Haleiwa, (808) 321-5967. This appeared in the June/July 2013...
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Pupukea Rd, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA
The cultural site is home to Pu‘u o Mahuka, Oahu’s largest heiau, or ancient temple. The site has beautiful panoramic views, and you can look out to Waimea Bay, which is cool when the waves are big. —Hoku Haiku Off Pupukea Rd. This appeared in...
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67-292 Goodale Ave, Waialua, HI 96791, USA
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Jerry’s knows how to make pizza. It’s BYOB, so you can go across the street to the Brown Bottle and pick up some beer or a bottle of wine. — Hoku Haiku. 67-292 Goodale Ave., Waialua, (808) 637-8866. This appeared in the June/July 2013 issue. ...
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59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA
This historic nature park has gardens, cultural sites, and a waterfall that empties into a pool visitors can swim in. Don’t miss botanical specialist David Orr’s monthly full moon walks, which showcase plants that bloom at night. — Hoku Haiku ...
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9 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003, USA
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Joe Coffee is a great go-to coffee shop where the product is excellent, and—wait for it—the service isn't snooty! The company prides itself on hospitality, is family-owned, and provides a well needed dose of caffeine after a long day wandering...
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1 Court St, Boston, MA 02108, USA
Modern and spare, the design of the Ames hotel in central Boston is in sharp contrast to the bricks and steeples of the surrounding neighborhood. The location can't be beat, and the staff is attentive and helpful.
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Hulopoe Beach, Hawaii 96763, USA
From the surface, the reef surrounding First Cathedrals looks like every other reef on Lana'i. Turquoise parrotfish flit above the coral, schools of convict tang sway with the current, and the visibility is often in the vicinity of 100 ft. 55 feet...
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165 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111, USA
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When you've been called "the best coffee in the world" by the likes of NPR and the NY Times, you've got the bar set pretty high. Thinking Cup does justice to those beans, and is a really great spot to get your morning or afternoon fix. Their cafe...
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46 Waltham St, Boston, MA 02118, USA
Walking down the alley to the courtyard of Patch NYC, you'll probably think-Where is she sending me? Trust me, there's gold at the end of the tunnel! In the beautifully designed shop, you'll find the the work of a highly curated group of vendors,...
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623 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02118, USA
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Emerging artists and small-batch food producers are the focus at Olives & Grace. Started by Jamaica Plain resident Sofi Madison, this sumptuous shop spreads the word about the quality and provenance of all the foodstuffs, body products, and...
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276 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118, USA
Jewelry designer Michele Mercado's showroom and work space in Boston's historic South End is filled with metal treasures. Her award winning designs feature 100% recycled Harmony Metals and she is a big champion of up cycling clients old pieces...
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375 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118, USA
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Every Sunday from May through October, the SoWa (south of Washington Street) Open Market celebrates all things local. Started a decade ago, it features a farmers' market with growers from the area, an indie design market, and a rotating group of...
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636 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022, USA
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On Lexington Ave, right on the corner of 54th street, rest the original Clarke's Standard, with freshly ground beef from a local butcher, tall stainless glass, offering an open view of the streets, white stools and waxed wooden tables, a secret...