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The Best Cupcakes in Park Slope

June 27, 2011 by  
Filed under Food, Travel News

The Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn is home to several of the tastiest cupcakes in New York City. Bakeries have been competing for two decades to win over the growing customer base for the small cake designed to satiate one person. Three Park Slope spots have developed cupcakes that would satisfy even the toughest critics.
butter-lane-cupcakes-park-slope Butter Lane Cupcakes, Park Slope, Brooklyn © Gennaro Salamone

Butter Lane Cupcakes recently opened a Park Slope location after years in the East Village. Their French and American buttercream icing is extraordinary especially on top of a Sea Salted Chocolate cupcake. The general feel of the place is a lot better than the previous occupant — King of Cupcakes. There is a bench for two in front of the shop that might remind Sex and the City fans of the one Carrie and Miranda sat on in a July 2000 episode while munching on cupcakes and chatting about Carrie’s new crush on Aiden.

A little further down 7th Avenue is Crespella, which specializes in crepes, but is also a retailer for Robicelli’s cupcakes. Found in locations throughout the city, Robicelli’s has delectable flavors including S’Mores, cheesecake buttercream, and apricot chardonnay cake. For chocolate lovers, head over to Ladybird Bakery (formerly Two Little Red Hens Bakery) on 8th Avenue for their Brooklyn Blackout cupcake. It consists of chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, chocolate frosting, and lots of chocolate sprinkles across the top.

Read about the best chocolate in NYC or view tasty candy bar cupcakes.

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A Scenic View of New York City

October 19, 2010 by  
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New York City has a captivating urban landscape. Follow this photographic journey through the lens of local New York photographer, James Maher.

This is a time-lapse exposure of a busy city crowd moving through Grand Central Station.  The effect was created completely in-camera. The woman seemed to be a lonely tourist waiting for someone to come rescue her.  She was so amazingly still that she looked afraid to even move. I never saw anyone come, and she soon walked off by herself.
grand-central-terminal Waiting in Grand Central Station, New York City © James Maher

This is a photo that I’ve been wanting to take for a long time. It captures two New York City subway trains in motion. This image was also created completely in-camera at the 72nd Street station in 2010.
train-new-york-subway Subway Trains in Motion, 72nd Street, New York City © James Maher

This photo was taken from the top of my mother’s building on Broadway and 94th street on a hot summer night in June of 2007. Lightning was flashing all around the building and the wind was gusting hard. Soon after this photo, it started to pour and the lightning strikes got close enough that I thought it best to leave. Earlier in the day, it is believed that one of these strikes hit a substation in Queens and was the cause of a blackout in the Bronx and on the Upper East Side, which created a lot of chaos during the 90 degree weather.
new-york-weather-lighting Lightning over Manhattan, New York City © James Maher

This photo was taken during the huge blizzard that hit the city in 2003. The snowstorm created such bad conditions that for much of the day I was completely lost in the park. At some point I found this bridge to seek refuge under. It didn’t take long before this couple came along with the same idea.
central-park-winter-tunnel Couple in Snowstorm, Central Park, New York City © James Maher

The Chrysler Building, in my opinion, is the most iconic building in the city. The Gargoyles are probably the most talked about aspect of this classic Art Deco building, but I much prefer the metal spire, which can often be seen glinting like a diamond in the hot sun, or glowing throughout the night.
chrysler-building-black-and-white Chrysler Building Spire, New York City © James Maher
james-maher.jpg James Maher is a fine art street and studio photographer based in New York City.  James credits his inspiration for photography to his love for the city and its endless supply of personalities to capture and streets to explore.  His New York photography consists of both scenic and architectural views of the city, as well as the closeup daily life of the people on the streets.
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The San Gennaro Festival

September 13, 2010 by  
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The Feast of San Gennaro is the longest running festival in New York City. It began in 1926 with the arrival of immigrants from Naples, Italy who lived along Mulberry Street in Little Italy. Revered by Neapolitans, as their protector, legend has it that vials San Gennaro’s blood liquify several times per year including on September 19. Though the festival still maintains religious significance to many attendees, it is primarily a celebration of the Italian culture that once filled the streets of the community.

little-italy-new-york-city little-italy-restaurant Little Italy, New York City © Gennaro Salamone

What was once a thriving Italian enclave, Manhattan’s Little Italy has shrunk over the decades leaving only a small section with Italian restaurants and shops. While visiting Arthur Avenue in the Bronx provides for a more authentic experience, attending the San Gennaro Festival is an opportunity to participate in a traditional street fair.

torrone-san-gennarozeppole-san-gennaro Torrone + Zeppole © Gennaro Salamone

The highlight for festival goers is eating Italian food from street vendors. Sausage and peppers, zeppole, and cuts from giant slabs of torrone are especially popular. There is also a cannoli-eating contest for those with bottomless stomachs.

italian-americans feast-of-san-gennaro Italian Americans cooking traditional sausage © Gennaro Salamone

When they’re not preparing your meal, vendors exhibit their fun-loving and uninhibited nature. It’s a much needed diversion from the crowded lines on Mulberry and the adjacent streets.

italian-horn-corno san-gennaro-statue Italian horns (corni) protect against the evil eye + Pinning of money on San Gennaro © Gennaro Salamone

For individuals who are more interested in the religious aspects of the San Gennaro, a mass is held on the official Saint Day (September 19) at the Most Precious Blood Church followed by a procession. It is tradition to pin money on the statue of San Gennaro as a donation to the church.
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20 Travel Tips From Our Commenters

February 19, 2009 by  
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Joanna Young of Confident Writing recently compiled an excellent resource for fighting writer’s block by using suggestions from her readers. That inspired Enduring Wanderlust to select 20 helpful travel thoughts from our commenters. The personal experiences and incites of our readers are an invaluable resource. Read through the list and feel free to add your favorite and unique travel tips in the comment section.

Visiting Great Cities

1. I like strolling in the Lower East Side and visiting the Essex Street Market or going to Chelsea Market. NYC’s Green Markets are a great place to see what’s local and seasonal and where lots of great chefs get their produce.

Katie Parla | Katie

2. I would also add the free outdoor movies shown during the summer months in Bryant Park (NYC) and at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO.

Wendy | Escape From New York

3. We went to Paris a few years ago for Valentine’s Day. That’s definitely the most romantic city. Especially at night. You can view the city from atop so many different monuments (Arch, Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur).


4. I have been to Vegas at least a dozen times and the Bellagio fountains never get old. The Conservatory at the Bellagio also never gets old, as they change it for the season/holiday. [Test] drive a Ferrari’s from the Wynn [Hotel]!

Ryan | Lifegawker
brooklyn-bridge-new-york.jpg Brooklyn Bridge © Gennaro Salamone

Eating On The Road

5. Picking foods that are native to the area is a great way to have a picnic. Then all you need to do is find that “special” spot.

Barbara Swafford | Blogging Without A Blog

6. I have to agree on Di Fara [Pizza] and Grimaldi’s as the top stops [in NYC]. Both deliver a great pie. I would add Patsy’s to that list. It’s right up there with Lombardi’s and Totonno’s.


7. The best pizza, naturally, comes from Italy. The best pizza I have ever had was made by a Roman who had a pizza bar in a neighborhood nearby [Australia]. Where most pizzas are made in electric ovens this guy used a wood oven. [Often the best foods come from neighborhood restaurants without famous names]

Sire | Wassup Blog

8. Una Pizza Napoletana [NYC] gets points for their crust with manages to mimic the texture, consistency and thickness of a Neapolitan crust. It fails in several ways: the center of the pizza is too thick. I want the almost translucent dough of Starita [Napoli] and Di Matteo [Napoli]. Also, their pizzas cost $21. A Napoli, 4 euros. Its dough. And marginally palatable mozzarella. Get real. And $10 for a glass of second rate wine. If the name “una pizza napoletana” wasn’t crafted to evoke the ideas authenticity and simplicity, then I would have no qualms. But since it was, then I expect both.

Katie Parla | Katie

On Giving Back

9. I’m planning on participating in As a person who runs a business, I needed a loan at one point…I’d like to help other succeed. Especially, since it won’t require much in a lot of those countries. I was in Peru a few months ago. I’ll try someone from there.

chandigarh-rock-garden.jpg Rock Garden, Chandigarh © Gennaro Salamone

On Green Travel

10. Chandigarh was so much fun when we visited it. It was truly a pleasant surprise and a change from most of India’s chaotic cities. The weather during monsoon season is a not as hot as in most parts of India because of its geographic location. The [rock] garden was an amazing experience. Be sure to visit manmade Lake Sukhna after the garden and take a boat ride.


11. Here in Philadelphia, Isaiah Zagar has created a “garden” and mosaic house out of basically junk. [It’s called] Zagar’s Magic Gardens.

Kim Woodbridge | (Anti) Social Development

12. Coyotes are spotted often in Oakland County Michigan, Detroit’s northern suburbs. It’s very common to watch wild pheasants walk across streets of rural Detroit. Wildlife is running out of wild so they are forced to adapt to nearby cities. The mix isn’t always workable. Man always wins, even when we shouldn’t.

Brian D. Hawkins |
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Bringing In A Lucky Chinese New Year

13. Another thing that Chinese consider good luck is the pulling of Raw Fish strips (during Reunion Dinner which is end of CNY) – the higher it’s pulled (vertically) from the table, the better.

Kelly |

14. I really like the idea of cleansing the house and body at the beginning of the year. It’s like setting the tone for the rest of the year. It’s human nature to judge something based on how it begins and ends. If you start off a year properly, then you are setting off on the right foot.

Trey | Swollen Thumb Entertainment

15. That’s [luck for the New Year] what my mom’s been stressing to us yesterday and today — oranges and a clean house. Phew I’ve been cleaning some parts of the house since yesterday. And we’re not even Chinese!

Brian Karl | Brian

16. I think one of the most important aspects to have a good year is having an environment that promotes balance and feng shui.

Elijah | The At Home Couple

17. In my family, a bowl of black-eyed peas on New Year is essential for good luck.

T Edwards |
indian-sari-women.jpg Conservative Clothing, Pushkar, India © Gennaro Salamone

On Staying Safe Abroad

18. In terms of sexual assaults, a big mistake that women travelers make in India – as they do in the Middle East – is to think that because it’s hot they can wear next to nothing. Female travelers forget that India is a conservative society – Hindus and Muslims both so – and that wearing minimal clothing is provocative.
I don’t think it’s a matter of right or wrong, it’s more a matter of appreciating that the culture (whichever culture it is) is different and as travelers we’re guests (male or female) and we need to appreciate that culture regardless of what we think of its values.

Lara Dunston | Cool Travel Guide

19. “Safety” is such a broad word. Terrorist attacks [in India] are not my number 1 concern. Better measures are necessary for dealing with more everyday crime. Because when I am attacked when leaving a shopping mall in Kolkatta, I don’t want to hear from the police that “it was probably my fault, because I must have provoked the thugs somehow” – as happened to me last January.

AnnaE | Budget Trouble

On Travel Gear

20. I used to have this [Canon Powershot SX10 IS] camera (or a previous version of it) and it is the best little camera. A great choice if you’re looking for something a little more advanced than a small point-and-shoot but aren’t quite ready to go into the DSLR arena.

Tabitha | From Single to Married

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Planning a Perfect Romantic Getaway

February 6, 2009 by  
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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It marks the perfect occasion for planning a romantic getaway with your significant other. Whether you’re trying to spark a new flame or celebrating a well-established love, we’ve delivered the five steps necessary for a superlative weekend escape.

1. Know Your Lover
“Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” ~Robert Heinlein

The best way to provide a memorable getaway for your lover is to plan according to their interests. This weekend is the time to reserve seats at her favorite restaurant, buy airline tickets to the city he’s always hinting about visiting, arrange for that perfect picnic, or finally get that babysitter for the kids.
romantic-fireplace.jpg Romantic Fireplace © Arild Storaas

2. Gifts
“The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.” ~Pierre Corneille

Gifts are an expression of our feelings. Be sure to enhance the experience with attention to detail. We are often very generous with the present itself, but fall short on the delivery. Try to spend a significant amount of time, before the getaway weekend, on presentation. Does she love roses? Consider spreading rose petals across the bed sheets or running a warm bath with petals and candles. Does he love chocolate? Skip the yearly heart-shaped box of chocolates for a basket of hand-selected pieces from a local or online specialty shop. Jacque Torres, Godiva, and B.T. McElrath are a few of the top chocolatiers. Even better, sign yourselves up for chocolate-making classes.

3. Location
“Laughter is an instant vacation.” ~Milton Berle

If the means are available, leave town for the weekend. There are countless romantic places to venture off to either locally or globally. Venice Carnival will be in full swing, the evening lights of Paris will be shining bright, the charming locals of Hawaii will be waiting to greet you with a Lei, and New York City will be working to keep you partying all night.

If not, pick your partner’s favorite place, near home, for a day trip or weekend. Be sure to pre-arrange for any romantic details for your trip. On arrival, leave your daily life behind. This is an occasion for laughter and relaxation.
romantic-pictures.jpg Romance © Brandon Warren

4. Conversation
“We do not remember days we remember moments.” ~Cesare Pavese

This getaway is a chance to indulge in reminiscence. We rarely return to the stories of our first days together. Take this point in time to talk about your awkward meeting, funniest moments, or the instants that defined your relationship. It’s also important to accentuate the experience with photographs. Bring your favorite images on an electronic-storage device or in a nicely decorated box. Be sure to flirt and hold hands.

5. Compliments
“I can live for two months on a good compliment.” ~Mark Twain

Compliment your significant other. Our lives are often busy and we forget to express gratitude for their love. Don’t assume that planning the weekend or buying presents is enough of an indication. It surely meets the requirements, but saying it aloud has a magical effect.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
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A Travel Picnic To Die For

January 28, 2009 by  
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Picnics are a great way to have an authentic travel experience. It has the added benefit of saving the traveler valuable cash resources. In order to maximize the benefits of your travel picnic, we’ve created four steps to the perfect outing.

1. Location
“To leave a place is to die a little.” ~French Proverb

Select a comfortable spot that reflects the interests of the participants. It’s often best to select a place that communes with nature. Areas within reach of rivers, lakes, or parks are ideal. This approach is feasible in the urban jungle too. For instance, the banks of the Seine River (below) in Paris have popular walkways to spend an afternoon. The Great Lawn (map) of Central Park in New York City represents another great spot. The latter has Belvedere Castle within its vicinity.
travel-picnic.jpg Picnic, Seine River, Paris © Malias

2. Food Selection
“Tell me what you eat, I’ll tell you who you are” ~Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Picnicking is an opening to have an authentic meal. It’s easy to collect a variety of foodstuffs, from local markets, that residents eat in their daily lives. A sojourn to an Italian city or village, for example, would allow for a picnic menu that consists of fresh mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, mortadella with breadsticks, chunks of Parmigiano-Reggiano, prosciutto on wedges of honeydew, and a basket filled with figs and grapes. Add a glass of local wine or fresh tomato juice with lemon and black pepper.

Having trouble with coming up with ideas? A great resource for selecting new picnic foods is The Minimalist: 101 20-Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics.
picnic-foods.jpg Picnic Meal © Nanda

3. Guests
“Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.” ~Rod McKuen

Consider inviting a couple of locals or fellow travelers to your gathering. There is no better way to understand a location that to spend time with those who know it best. It will also provide an opportunity to learn several new phrases in their native language. If you haven’t met any residents, contemplate arranging your get-together near a smiling group of locals. Don’t be surprised if an invitation to join them is in the offing. This is especially helpful for solo travelers.

4. Conversation Topics
“Friends are those rare people who ask how you are then wait for an answer” ~Unknown

During the meal, it’s best to keep to light topics. Allow each guest to select a topic for discussion over the course of the afternoon. This makes sure that everyone has a chance to participate in the conversation. It’s equally helpful to listen to your fellow picnickers and provide feedback to their musings.

Stomach churning? Read about the best pizza in New York City.
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6 Steps to a Lucky Chinese New Year

January 23, 2009 by  
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Chinese New Year brings forth celebrations throughout the world. Chinatowns from London to New York to Singapore will be filled with parade attendees enjoying dancing dragons, flexible acrobats, and dynamic fireworks displays.

Chinese New Year also brings about a fresh start for those wishing for a better upcoming twelve months. There are lots of traditions that help to bring about a fortunate year. Here are six of the most popular steps to a lucky Chinese New Year:

1. Using Citrus Fruit
Eating or displaying citrus fruits represents good health and a long life. It’s common to see Chinese families with oranges and tangerines throughout their residence. They are also given as gifts. Pomelo, produced mostly in the United States and China, is said to bring luck and status. Pomelo is the biggest of the citrus fruits and has a sweeter taste than its ancestor the grapefruit. Try pomelo in a fruit salad or a variety of Asian dishes.
pomelo-salad-recipe.jpg Pomelo Salad © SheriW

2. Cleaning and Decorating Your Home
Cleaning your dwelling before the New Year is a must for any Chinese family. It’s believed that this ritual sweeps away the bad luck of the past year. All cleaning items are to be put away after the cleaning, as it’s bad luck to use them on New Year’s Day.

It’s also important to decorate your residence to welcome in the New Year. It’s especially lucky to use red décor. Placing flowers throughout the home is customary. Peach blossoms represent good luck and narcissus help to bring prosperity. The decorating isn’t limited to the interior of the residence. It’s equally important to place banners around the doorway. The most common symbols on the banners are a “door god” or the Chinese character fu for blessing.

3. Eating For Luck
There are plenty of options for dining on Chinese New Year. Jiaozi (Chinese dumplings) are eaten right after midnight to give family members good luck for the upcoming year. The dumplings are filled with ground meat and vegetables.

Jai or “Buddhist delight” is a vegetarian dish. Many Buddhists use it for purification during the first few days of the New Year. The ingredients range from lotus seeds and bamboo shoots to cabbage and fried tofu.

Common on every plate will be long noodles (uncut), which are said to bring a long life to the person who consumes it.
red-lantern-chinese.jpg Red Lanterns, Singapore © Ryan Meuth

4. Red Money Envelopes
Red is the color of luck for the Chinese New Year. It is also the color of money or treat envelopes that are given to children. It’s also common for red envelopes to be given to the unmarried by the married. The amount given has an important significance too. For luck, an even number is most common.

5. Fireworks Celebrations
Wearing Chinese traditional clothing, often newly purchased, is customary with lots of red and tints of gold for luck and prosperity for the New Year. Parades in Chinatowns, across the globe, will be filled with a sea of red clothing from attendees. It’s believed that costumed dragons, dancing lions, and exploding fireworks scare off evil spirits. While fireworks have been banned for personal use by many governments, there continue to be professional displays in cities with significant Chinese populations.
martial-arts-new-york.jpg New Year’s Martial Arts Demo © Julialat34

6. Greeting With “Gung Hey Fat Choy”
Be sure to wish everyone a “gung hey fat choy,” which wishes others prosperity and wealth.

Want to learn more about Chinese New Year? Setting goals for the New Year? Feeling spiritual?

Read about the three perfect places to befriend a Buddhist monk, lifestyle design for the New Year, the world’s most colorful Chinatowns, and celebrating Chinese New Year in Shanghai.
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Free Things to Do in NYC

January 10, 2009 by  
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Visiting New York City will quickly burn a hole in your wallet. Even budget hotels are extremely expensive in comparison to most cities around the world. Enduring Wanderlust has compiled a multitude of quality activities throughout the city that will allow visitors to have an enjoyable experience without having to shorten their trip because of a lack of funds.

Cultural and educational

There are lots of free museums in the city including the National Museum of the American Indian and the Museum of American Folk Art. Several other museums are based on suggested contributions such as the American Museum of Natural History and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The latter institutions expect a donation based on your ability to pay. Find a full list of the free museums in city.

Visit Ground Zero and St. Paul’s Chapel for a grim remainder of the events of September 11, 2001.

Two must stops for visitors to the Big Apple are St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

Take a self-guided Bob Dylan Tour (Greenwich Village). It covers lots of places connected to the great musician.
brooklyn-bridge-view.jpgBrooklyn Bridge © Gennaro Salamone

Walking the city

Walk or bike across the Brooklyn Bridge for a beautiful view of the city. Consider having Grimaldi’s pizza on the Brooklyn side of the bridge. Read about the best pizza in NYC.

Times Square is filled with animated neon and LED signs advertising a variety of products. No trip to the city is complete without wandering its streets.

Central Park is an oasis in this concrete jungle. It offers visitors a wide variety of walking tours,
activities, and attractions.


Numerous popular television shows are filmed in the city. These include David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, Rachel Ray, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Regis and Kelly Live and many more. Tickets to the shows are gratis for attendees. For free tickets, go to the show websites.

Club Free Time does an excellent job of listing free happenings in the city. These events range from art classes and concerts to site tours and book readings.

Concerts (Mostly Summer) are held throughout out the city. The free shows range from the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera to Jazzfest.

Summer Stage (Central Park) offers several months filled with free performances. Watch for their new schedule about a month before the summer starts.

Seven bars who offer free food to customers. Be sure to check with the bar before arriving to see if their offer remains.
polar-bear-bronx-zoo.jpg Polar Bear, Bronx Zoo © Gennaro Salamone

Fun with the kids

The Bronx Zoo (Wednesdays) is a perfect place to spend an afternoon. It has a wide range of wildlife along with plenty of activities for the whole family. Be sure to watch the feeding of the sea lions.

Free kayaking is available at the NYC Downtown Boathouse. You will be supplied with a kayak, life jacket, paddle, and some tips on paddling.

The Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is a fun and free place to show off your costumes.

On the move

The Staten Island Ferry provides free rides between Manhattan and Staten Island. From the deck of the ferry passengers have a view of The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

RightRides provides free rides home for women on Saturday nights within a select area of New York City.


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The Best Pizza in NYC

December 24, 2008 by  
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1. Di Fara Pizza

Domenico De Marco is the master of pizza-making. Di Fara Pizza thrives based on the mouthwatering flavor of each bite of his fresh pies. The unorganized, long lines are a worthwhile penance to bask in the joy that comes when Mr. De Marco uses a scissor to chop fresh basil onto your searing pie. For the ultimate ecstasy, order a pie with porcini mushrooms. Do note that take-out is the best option.

2. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is perfect for travelers arriving to New York City for the first time. Just take a stroll, from Manhattan to Brooklyn, across the historic Brooklyn Bridge and you’ll be moments away from waiting in line for one of the best coal-oven pies in the world. Grimaldi’s has fresh ingredients and a level of consistency that is unrivaled. Be prepared to sit in close proximity to your fellow pizza lovers.
grimaldis-pizza-nyc.jpg Grimaldi’s © Eric Konon

3. Totonno’s Pizzeria

This Coney Island institution has fans lining up to partake in a ritual of devouring its coal-oven masterpieces. The decor is simple, but the taste of Totonno’s pies is divine. Don’t be surprised to see a group of teenagers polish of a pie–each. Do note that the pizzeria closes once the fresh dough runs out for that night.

4. Famous Joe’s Pizza

This award-winning institution is one of the few exceptional pizzerias to offer slices. Though the decor and seating aren’t inviting, the mozzarella oozes off the thin-slices of this crowd-pleaser. This is the perfect place for an individual dropping in for a couple of slices or the backpacker who wants a quick bite of NYC’s best without denting their wallet.

5. John’s Pizzeria

The carved-wooden booths of this institution house hundreds of loyal, passionate clients who order pies at this no-slice haven. Long lines develop before lunch and dinner to taste John’s scrumptious, thin-crusted pies. One of several coal-fired pizzerias on the list, John’s customers always leave satiated.

6. Lombardi’s Pizza
lombardis-pizza-nyc.jpg Lombardi’s © Robyn Lee

Lombardi’s was the first pizzeria in the United States. The original establishment opened its doors in 1905 by Gennaro Lombardi. Today, Lombardi’s continues to make exceptional pies for its eagerly awaiting patrons. This cash only establishment creates the perfect crispy crust to go along with the aura of its history.

7. Una Pizza Napolitana *Closed

The most unique choice on the list is this Anthony Mangieri pizzeria modeled after the local Italian-style with wood-fired, brick oven pizza. With a limited menu of four pies, Una Pizza Napolitana relies upon fresh ingredients such as mozzarella di bufalo and San Marzano tomatoes to keep its customers returning.

8. Ottimo Restaurant

Ottimo is the perfect place for a group of friends who want to select from a variety of Italian fare. After the meal, those who didn’t try the Neapolitan-style pizza with fresh buffalo mozzarella will be wondering if they made the best choice. Unlike most of places on the list, Ottimo has a restaurant ambiance with sufficient and comfortable seating.

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2009 Arrives Early for Times Square

December 18, 2008 by  
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The 7-foot tall number 9 for the 2009 lights display in Times Square, New York arrived by ferry this week. Times Square will be the scene of unmatched crowds of New Year’s Eve revellers in less than two weeks. It is a great spot to join in with thousands of visitors from around the world waiting to bring in the New Year. Be sure to arrive early and dress warmly.
times-square-new-years.jpgTimes Square © Gennaro Salamone

Partying the night away? Try a stop at one of the best pubs in the world.
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