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Brooklyn Blackout Cake: the Best NYC Dessert that was Almost Forgotten

Most of my favorite New York City souvenirs are food souvenirs– I’ve already covered black and whites, my favorite bagels and Levain’s cookies. Today I’m going to add to that list by revealing my neighborhood secret place with a dessert wholly exclusive to New York. This dessert is so delicious that I often avert my […]

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While the majority of the jukebox is dedicated to Sinatra, you'll find other crooners mixed in with some more recent additions.

My Hoboken: Finding Sinatra and the last of Italian American Culture

Sinatra’s Hoboken, My Hoboken Cynics be damned, I love the music of Frank Sinatra. Play me a song and I’ll start swaying, lost in Sinatra’s world of eternal optimism, where romance is carefree and easy, and flying to the moon or taking off into the blue is as simple as picking the right tune. When […]

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My Favorite NYC Bagels (and Why You Shouldn’t Fall for the Birthday Cake Bagel)

New York City bagels– sure you’ve heard that they’re “the best” and may have even planned to try one on your visit to the city. But really, how good are they? Good enough to lug a sack full back to your hometown, where you probably have your own favorite local bagel shop? Yes. If you […]

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An Eloise Experience at the Plaza: Afternoon Tea and Shopping

“I am a city child. I live at the Plaza.” So says the pint-size heroine of one of the greatest children’s books ever written, Eloise at the Plaza. The Plaza of course is the famed Plaza hotel in New York, where Eloise takes up residence in the room on the “tippity-top floor.”   Eloise lives […]

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