New York City : Off -The- Record
THE BEST OF 'THE BEST'
1. The best bar, the best bathroom, the
best bus line, the best block party, the best back-crack, the best Brooklyn
hipster haircuts, the best gossip, the best magazine browsing, the best patriot
outlaws...Does it get any better? The VILLAGE VOICE Best of NYC
2. Best Way To Find Whatever It Is That You're
Looking For: www.CITYSEARCH.COM
helps you find bars, restaurants, shops, and
museums all the time—and I've yet to come across an incorrect phone number or
3. JACK'S COFFEE -- ‘Jack is no ordinary
coffee shop’. Stir brewed coffee, premium teas, live music on Tuesday, and
Thursday night movies. ‘Great Vibe’. 138 W 10th St.
4. The Village Voice
has named MUD 'The Best Coffee Empire'. Giving NYC residents an alternative to
the Star$$$$'s take-over. Look for the orange truck at Astor Place and Union
5. THE HUNGARIAN PASTRY SHOP - A Heavenly view of the
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. Amsterdam & 109th Street.
CUPCAKE CAFE - is close to Broadway and the fabulous 42nd Street area where
there are movies, arcade games, and a wonderful cluster of import shops. It is
just behind the New York, New Jersey Port Authority in an area where you might
not think to stroll. Located at 522 9th Avenue on the corner of 39th Street,
the nearby highway leads to the Lincoln Tunnel.
7. HOUSINGWORKS USED
BOOKS & CAFE--'Soho's Best kept secret'- 126 Crosby Street, NYC 10012.
HAVE MORE FUN!
8. BIKRAM YOGA-Offering classes in Bikram-style
Yoga (Hot Yoga), a form of hatha yoga conducted in a heated room.
9. GALAPAGOS- 'May be the only public place in
town where (while imbibing) you can hear a reading of Shakespeare's Tempest,
shimmy to live Cuban music and see trapeze artists all in the same month.' 70
North 6th St. (Williamsburg/Greenpoint) Between Wythe and Kent Aves. Take L
train to Brooklyn 718-782-5188
10. Poetry Slams. With poetry or prose,
untried and unstoppable writers gain stage worthy experience. NUYORICAN POETS
CAFE 236 E 3rd between B & C (212) 505-8183
11. THE BOWERY POETRY
CLUB - 308 Foot of First Street between Houston & Bleecker
FORUM- 209 W. HOUSTON ST. N.Y., NY 10014 BOX OFFICE: (212) 727-8110 New York's
leading movie house for independent premieres and repertory programming -- The
Film Forum presents independent filmmakers, international collections,
complete retrospectives of worthy filmmakers, silent films, and mini-festivals
13. LEISURE TIME BOWLING AND COCKTAIL LOUNGE at the Port Authority
Between Eighth and Ninth Ave from 40th to 42nd Streets, (212) 268-6909 Electronic
scoring! Lotsa Lanes!!
14. ST. ANN'S WAREHOUSE - Aritists, audiences,
volunteers, creative freedom and some of the best perfomances in the outer
bounds of entertainment. 38 Water Street Dumbo Brooklyn
STORYBOOTH is a soundproof environment where you can record your story or the
stories of your loved ones located between Track 13 and 14 of Grand Central
16. BRYANT PARK a green and sensual urban oasis including
"Seventh on Sixth" fashion shows; the JVC Jazz Festival; the "New York Times
Young Performers Series"; lunchtime concerts
by Juilliard students; Monday
night movies in the summer; the Kaleidoscope Circus; boules and chess games.
17. WNYC National Public Radio 820-AM
College Free Form 91.1- FM
19. WFUV-FM Adult Alternative
PEOPLE ARE HAPPIER WHEN THEY ARE LEARNING
20. WARD STUDIO is
a coveted acting studio in the Meisner Approach. Offering summer sabbaticals for
the corporate professional and intensive acting training for the serious minded
actor. 145 West 28th St. Ny, Ny 212-239-1456 www.wardstudio.com
DANCE THEATRE WORKSHOP @ 219 West 19th St. is about supporting and advancing the
work of artists - constantly evolving to sustain artists at every stage of their
development. They provide a wide range of administrative, promotional and
technical services to the community of independent artists in New York, across
the country and around the world.
22. THE INSTITUE OF CULINARY
EDUCATION- was named “Avocational Cooking School of the Year” by the
International Association of Culinary Professionals. ICE has three
divisions: Recreational, Career and Special Events: 50 West 23rd Street between
5th and 6th Avenues www.iceculinary.com
23. ANNE BOGART AND SITI
TRAINING. Disinct, challenging and innovative methods of actor training.
Viewpoints & Suzuki, Master Classes-Guest Artist Series, Drop-in Classes.
24. CRUSH WINE CO. 153 E. 57th St. offers a quick wine
tasting primer for $50.
GREAT PUBLIC SPACES
25. PALEY PARK @ 53rd
Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues. Located within Midtown's cultural
district and surrounded by high-rises, this celebrated "vest-pocket" park is a
welcome respite from the sights and sounds of urban living.
PUBLIC LIBRARY @ 42nd street and Madison boasts a gorgeous reading room that
would make anyone feel like royalty - indeed, it rivals the ballrooms of
European palaces. But out in front, along the street, is where this illustrious
institution truly connects with the city around
it. A series of well-linked
spaces - steps, plazas, little nooks and pathways - provide innumerable places
for sitting, meeting, eating and chatting.
26.CONEY ISLAND streets,
buildings, public beach and boardwalk may be a bit down at the heels, but it
remains a one-of-a-kind destination. Vicinity of Surf Avenue & West 15th
Street, Brooklyn, NY www.coneyisland.com
27. HUA MEI BIRD GARDEN
Community garden that hosts daily, early-morning gatherings of Chinese men who
bring beautiful songbirds in fancy bamboo cages. Sara Delano Roosevelt Park.
Lower East Side, New York, NY
28. GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL- One of the
most well known and impressive indoor public spaces in the country, Grand
Central Terminal- provides an unparalleled experience to over half a million
people every day. Park Avenue and 42nd
Street, New York City, NY
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM STEPS- The grand, granite steps leading to The Metropolitan
Museum of Art are a destination themselves: a place to meet, eat, talk, and
watch both people and Fifth Avenue traffic. Fifth Avenue from 80th - 84th
Streets, New York, NY
IN PRAISE OF THE LOCAL BOOKSTORE. -- Owning a
bookstore is a labor of love, and the financial rewards are slender.
Independently owned businesses, like bookstores, drugstores or hardware stores,
help define a community.
30. " Oh joy! Oh Rapture!" COLISEUM BOOKS,
WELCOME BACK!! 11 W. 42nd Street New York, NY Phone: (212) 803-5890. Across the
street from Bryant Park.
31. LABYRINTH BOOKS- 536 West 112th Street, for
32.ST. MARKS BOOKS- 31 Third Avenue, for a wide
selection of all books.
33. THREE LIVES AND CO. 154 West 10th Street,
34. THE DRAMA BOOK SHOP
Drama Books is one of the largest
book stores specializing in theatre related material. 250 W. 40th St Phone:
SMALL BUSINESSES MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
beautifully made hat is a headturner. BARBARA FEINMAN MILLINERY- 66 East 7th
Street NY, NY 212-358-7092.
36. Wahoo! Elisa Miller knows how to throw a
class act Swank! SOMEDAY PRODUCTIONS handles all aspects of party and event
planning-- 347-432-8949 www.somedayproductions.com
37. GO YOGA- Located
in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A small, friendly Yoga Center offering a
variety of classes all day - every day. Go Yoga is located within the Girdle
factory at: 218 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn NY. www.goyoga.com
38. GREENMARKET FARMERS MARKET is a program of the Council on the
Environment of NYC, promoting regional agriculture and ensures a continuing
supply of fresh, local produce for New Yorkers. Comprehensive regulations govern
what may be sold at a Greenmarket. With few exceptions, all items must be
grown, raised, foraged, caught, or otherwise produced by the seller.
39. CHELSEA MARKET includes The Juice Factory, Amy's
Bread, Chelsea Wholesale Flower Market, Fat Witch, Chelsea Wine Vault, Hale and
Hearty Soups and lots more.... Eat, browse and leisurely stroll. 75 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
40. UNION SQUARE PARK AND GREENMARKET-
Three-square-block urban park that hosts a year-round, open-air farmers market
four times a week. 14th Street and Broadway, New York, NY
About the Author
Janice Hoffmann is Ceo and founder of Success Is Sweetest
A New York City based Career and Lifestyle Coaching