5Pointz Resurrected: The Museum of Street Art (MoSA) in New York City

When we showed up at the new CitizenM Bowery Hotel for our tour of the Museum of Street Art, the chipper front desk clerk showing us the way asked, “Do you know about 5Pointz?” We excitedly proclaimed that we’d actually visited the original (which returned such a big WOW that we felt like we’d just confessed to being present when electricity was discovered). It shouldn’t be surprising. The walls of 5Pointz were whitewashed less than five years ago, but its loss was felt amongst street art lovers worldwide. It’s a local legend, and treated as such.

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Queens International Night Market

The Queens International Night Market is a family-friendly event located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, directly behind the New York Hall of Science. The event boasts small-scale cultural performances, picnicking areas, and more than one hundred vendors selling merchandise, art, and food. The respective diversity of America, New York, and most importantly the borough of Queens is on full display nearly every Saturday night, Spring through Fall. From Jamaican Jerk to Peruvian Ceviche, Portuguese Egg Tarts to Burmese Palata, attendees will find a little bit of anything and everything at the market. Even better, the organizer of the market institutes an affordability cap, so your night out won’t break the bank. Vendors agree to offer their products between an affordable $5-$6 price point in exchange for subsidized vendor fees. Note: Entry to the event is free, but most vendors only accept cash payment.

Read about our recent visit to the market here.

Find more information, such as a list of the current vendors, here.

Death By Chocolate: A Visit to The Big Chocolate Show in New York City

In the earliest days of our relationship, food was common ground. And Lynn was far and away the more experienced gastronome. She turned me on to Malaysian cuisine. She explained that the Chinese food I had been eating–and genuinely liked–was, in fact, American food, promptly taking me out for the real thing. Lynn even gave me my first bites of sushi (or should I say “attempted” bites, as I struggled mightily with chopsticks back then). There was one food, however, that needed no cross-cultural exchange, clarification, or introduction: chocolate. When it came to chocolate, we were on the same footing from the start. It’s the foodie version of a universal language, after all.

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Queens International Night Market

The Queens International Night Market is a family-friendly event located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, directly behind the New York Hall of Science. The event boasts small-scale cultural performances, picnicking areas, and more than one hundred vendors selling merchandise, art, and food. The respective diversity of America, New York, and most importantly the borough of Queens is on full display nearly every Saturday night, Spring through Fall. From Jamaican Jerk to Peruvian Ceviche, Portuguese Egg Tarts to Burmese Palata, attendees will find a little bit of anything and everything at the market. Even better, the organizer of the market institutes an affordability cap, so your night out won’t break the bank. Vendors agree to offer their products between an affordable $5-$6 price point in exchange for subsidized vendor fees. Note: Entry to the event is free, but most vendors only accept cash payment.

Read about our recent visit to the market here.

Find more information, such as a list of the current vendors, here.

More Than Meets The Eye: A Visit to the Museum of Illusions in New York City

There’s a saying that goes “Ask no questions, and you’ll hear no lies”. Being duped isn’t generally what one considers a positive experience, but the Museum of Illusions might be able to convince you otherwise. Optical illusions play with motion, color, patterns and space to create images that, when processed by the brain, create a perception that doesn’t match the true image in reality. Remember the viral phenomenon of 2015 where millions of people saw a black and blue dress as white and gold? (And if you do, have you made up with all the friends and family you disagreed with?) Well, that’s just one of many examples where the eyes can deceive.

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The Daily Grind: My Favorite Coffee Shops in Manhattan

I’m not a car guy. I don’t collect watches or chase the newest technology. I’m not a smoker and a rare drinker. I only have one significant vice–if it even qualifies–and that’s coffee. I have a deep, visceral, obsessive love for coffee.

“Back home we toss a horseshoe in the pot. Stands up straight, coffee’s ready”
-Frank Hopkins, Hidalgo

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Queens International Night Market

The Queens International Night Market is a family-friendly event located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, directly behind the New York Hall of Science. The event boasts small-scale cultural performances, picnicking areas, and more than one hundred vendors selling merchandise, art, and food. The respective diversity of America, New York, and most importantly the borough of Queens is on full display nearly every Saturday night, Spring through Fall. From Jamaican Jerk to Peruvian Ceviche, Portuguese Egg Tarts to Burmese Palata, attendees will find a little bit of anything and everything at the market. Even better, the organizer of the market institutes an affordability cap, so your night out won’t break the bank. Vendors agree to offer their products between an affordable $5-$6 price point in exchange for subsidized vendor fees. Note: Entry to the event is free, but most vendors only accept cash payment.

Read about our recent visit to the market here.

Find more information, such as a list of the current vendors, here.

Queens International Night Market

The Queens International Night Market is a family-friendly event located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, directly behind the New York Hall of Science. The event boasts small-scale cultural performances, picnicking areas, and more than one hundred vendors selling merchandise, art, and food. The respective diversity of America, New York, and most importantly the borough of Queens is on full display nearly every Saturday night, Spring through Fall. From Jamaican Jerk to Peruvian Ceviche, Portuguese Egg Tarts to Burmese Palata, attendees will find a little bit of anything and everything at the market. Even better, the organizer of the market institutes an affordability cap, so your night out won’t break the bank. Vendors agree to offer their products between an affordable $5-$6 price point in exchange for subsidized vendor fees. Note: Entry to the event is free, but most vendors only accept cash payment.

Read about our recent visit to the market here.

Find more information, such as a list of the current vendors, here.

How to Spend a Day in Long Island City, Queens

We always get excited when visitors start to spend time in New York City’s neighborhoods, because that’s when they discover how wonderfully schizophrenic the city is. There are so many pockets with distinct personalities, and we don’t just mean across ethnic lines like in Chinatown and Koreatown. The Upper West Side and the Upper East Side have distinctly different vibes, and friendships have fractured over the East Village vs. West Village debate. But trekking into the other boroughs is still a daunting task for many. With trendy spots like Williamsburg, Brooklyn gets all the love. But we believe Queens’ criminally underrated, westernmost residential and commercial neighborhood, Long Island City, is the perfect starter neighborhood to explore New York City’s largest borough.

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Queens International Night Market

The Queens International Night Market is a family-friendly event located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, directly behind the New York Hall of Science. The event boasts small-scale cultural performances, picnicking areas, and more than one hundred vendors selling merchandise, art, and food. The respective diversity of America, New York, and most importantly the borough of Queens is on full display nearly every Saturday night, Spring through Fall. From Jamaican Jerk to Peruvian Ceviche, Portuguese Egg Tarts to Burmese Palata, attendees will find a little bit of anything and everything at the market. Even better, the organizer of the market institutes an affordability cap, so your night out won’t break the bank. Vendors agree to offer their products between an affordable $5-$6 price point in exchange for subsidized vendor fees. Note: Entry to the event is free, but most vendors only accept cash payment.

Read about our recent visit to the market here.

Find more information, such as a list of the current vendors, here.