Send cookies from the Lower East Side Girls Club for Valentine's Day! Your purchase "supports programs that teach inner-city girls ages 13-18 culinary arts and business skills." Unfortunately, delivery is limited to Manhattan. If you decide to order, please list "Nikia" as the salesperson when you place your order. I am now volunteering every week at the Girls' Club as a mentor and Nikia is my mentee. She will get $1 for every order of cookies I sell. Nikia and I both thank you for supporting the Lower East Side Girls' Club.
As a new New York resident, I'm playing catch up with all my fellow citizens who've resided here longer. For example, only today did I find out that the state muffin of New York is the apple muffin (of course!), which is something I'm sure everyone else has already known for a very long time.
Every Wednesday from 3-6 PM there are free wine tastings at Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Sprits (679 Madison Ave., NYC). Next week features Spanish Rioja from CUNE and the following week (January 29th), "[t]he incredible single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons of Lokoya," whose bottles are in the $150 range. If you've got the time, you can't beat sipping on some really expensive wine for free.
Point of clarification: the celebrity spotting post below was not made because I was all gaga for having spotted a celebrity in NY, having a) spotted many already and more importantly b) wanting to respect their privacy because the one time I was "celebrity" spotted, it totally creeped me out. It was because it was funny; it's funny if you see a celebrity and overhear him/her slagging his/her own movie!
Forgotten NY, "the infrastructure of a lost metropolis," is a trove of wonderful old New York City-related photos and details. With topics such as, "Old Advertising" (which is always one of my favorite things to see on the side of a building), "Streetlamps," "Cobblestones," and "You'd Never Believe You're in NYC," it's enough to keep me poking around for a long time. Very cool! [via Gawker]
The New York City Council approved a bill to ban cell phone use at public performances in the City, not including sporting events. It includes places like movies, galleries, and lectures (but allows for emergency use). Does "I'm at the front of the line at the concession stand, did you want butter on your large popcorn?" count as an emergency? I agree it's annoying and obnoxious when someone's phone rings during one of these events, but is total prohibition the answer? How about something along the lines of driver's ed instead? Before you can buy a phone, you need to receive some sort of "phone etiquette" certification. Topics to be covered include: "Talking on phone OK before movie starts, talking on phone BAD once movie begins" etc.
Now that Gawker is actually live, I can point you to my favorite post to date regarding "[o]ur elite circle of dolphin people." Can't you hear the high-pitched squeeking?
Gawker, "a live review of [New York] city news, and by news we mean, among other things, urban dating rituals, no-ropes social climbing, Condé Nastiness, downwardly-mobile i-bankers, real estate porn — the serious stuff," goes live today at noon EST. I've been reading this site for the past few weeks in its "beta" form and it's become one of my favorites already. It's a guilty pleasure, like reading InStyle on the airplane or a trashy paperback at the beach, but with a touch of the practical thrown in. Let everyone else quote the New Yorker, quippy Gawker references will make you the true talk of the town.