New York City little known points of interest

Let’s hang out.

If you have not decided what to do, where to go on New Year’s eve, check out The Red Rooster in Harlem.


“New Year’s Eve” – The Red Rooster!

Friday, December 31 through Saturday, January 1, 2011


Red Rooster is open and is thriving!

For this New Year’s Eve, we’re hosting our first Annual Red Rooster New Year’s Eve Celebration, and I invite you to join with your friends and family.

Join us as we ring in the New Year with DJ Cosi and special guest musical performances upstairs and downstairs.

Call to book your tickets, space is limited: 212-792-9001.

  • A 3-course, prix fixe menu is available with a Champagne toast for $95.
  • The entertainment and open bar from 11pm to 2 am is $75.



December 29, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Holidays

Hope everyone had a happy holiday (whichever holiday you celebrate.) Looking forward to a fantastic, prosperous New Year. Got some surprises for you beginning in January. Will set up the format for this blog. As Katt Williams would say, “wait for it.”


Happy New Year!

December 29, 2010 Posted by | General | , | Leave a comment

Let’s go shopping

Studio in Harlem
Image via Wikipedia

Harlem shopping and eating tour. If you haven’t finished (or haven’t started) your shopping yet, this is for you. Starting today, at 12 noon, (please verify today’s schedule) visit  17 shops and 21 restaurants in Harlem. Bus departs from The Studio Museum, 144 W 125th St in Harlem. Saturday, Dec 18th and Sunday, Dec 19th from 12 noon to 5pm. Great discounts. Some of the stops: Food for Life Supreme, Amy Ruth, Dinosaur BBQ, B , The Brownstone Boutique, Grandma’s Place Toy Boutique, and many more. $20 for 1 day pass, $30 for weekend pass per person.

Please book in advance at or call 212-209-3370 for more details.

This event is hosted by Jacqueline Orange from ArtCrawl Harlem and Taste of Harlem.


December 17, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , , | Leave a comment

9-11-01, A Tribute

The World Trade Center in New York.

Image via Wikipedia

I have wanted to say this since this tragedy happened.

It is hard to express our feelings about the events that occurred on 9-11-01 in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. All of us at Nuggets in the Hood remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard that a plane had stuck one of the Twin Towers. (My first thought was that it was a small plane and I wondered how a pilot could not see those 110 story buildings.)  As the events began to unfold, there were feelings of fear, sadness and anger. In the days and weeks that followed that terrible day, we have all wanted to do our part to remember the victims of that day. Indeed, we are all victims. We are also Native New Yorkers. We mourn the loss of life and the destruction of those magnificent buildings what had been a part of our lives for 25 years. This is our tribute to the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.



2 tall symbols of one man’s vision piercing the night sky.

Extraordinary view from the top and the bottom.

Directional landmark by land, sea or air.

Standing side by side, like the number 11. On 9/11 they all died.

Hundreds of voices silenced in the thunderous roar of pulverized concrete and twisted steel.

Someone’s husband, wife, son, daughter, friend, co-worker.

They live always in our hearts, in our resolve to rebuild.

If not the structures, at least we will rebuild our lives.

For we all were touched by this great lost-directly or indirectly.

Ah, but we will not bow to the deeds of mad men.

We stiffen our backs – straight and strong as the Towers themselves.

We stand tall and united. More than ever before.



Written August 19, 2002.


December 7, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , , | Leave a comment

Christmastime is here!

A christmas tree.

Image via Wikipedia

This is a happy, jolly, yummy time of the year. Colored lights, Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs, snowflakes, Salvation Army red donation kettles, decorated store windows, even chestnuts roasting on vendor carts. And only a few days to see it all. Wow.

Everyone knows about the famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and it is an impressive site to see but did you know about some of the other beautiful trees on display in New York during the holiday season?

There is a 50 foot high Douglas fir at the South Street Seaport. You can also hear a cappella groups singing carols on Fridays (6-7pm) and weekends (3,4pm). Free. Daily 24 hours. Fulton Street at South Street in Manhattan.

Another little known but magnificent tree can be found at the New York Stock Exchange. I have to admit, I never knew about this tree before working in the area. It boasts 33,000  multicolored LED lights, 250 huge decorative balls and is a 60 foot tall,  Norway spruce topped by a 100 pound star. It’s not a money tree but it is beautiful. Free. Daily 24 hours. Broad Street between Exchange Place and Wall Street, right in front of the Stock Exchange. Lighting Dec 7, 5-5:30pm.

Cannot forget Brooklyn Borough Hall. The lighting ceremony for this 40 foot high tree from Canaan, Vermont will be Dec 7 at 5:30pm and will include a performance by the Brooklyn Ballet doing their hip-hop-influenced Nutcracker. 209 Joralemon St at Court St in Downtown Brooklyn. Free.

If you know of other beautiful trees, please email the information to

December 5, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Keep in touch

Make sure you subscribe to our blog and feel free to comment.

If you would like to share an event, place of interest, etc, please email us at

We really want to hear from you.


The Mystic Diva


December 3, 2010 Posted by | General | Leave a comment


New York City Serenade

Image by joiseyshowaa via Flickr

Of course, I’m doing things in reverse. Anyone else ever get so excited about what they are doing that they jump right in before setting the foundation? That seems to be what I’ve done and I ask your indulgence.

I need to say that the New York City landscape changes almost daily. NUGGETS will make every attempt to publish up-to-date information but please be aware that stores close, places may relocate into other boroughs, attractions may be seasonal, websites shut down, phones get disconnected, etc.

We will provide you with as much information as we can to make your New York state-of-mind experience memorable. We advise that you check the information before going to an event or location.

As we begin this exciting journal, new posts will appear mid-week so you can prepare for your weekend. Don’t forget to subscribe so you get the information as it posts. Don’t want you to miss anything!

December 3, 2010 Posted by | General | , | Leave a comment

Some history

A building of the Brooklyn Academy of Music in...

Image via Wikipedia

I was so excited to start this blog, I neglected to give you some history about us. We began this project way back in the summer of 2001. As I said, the idea came from my friend and former co-worker, Robert Cornegy Jr. Immediately I thought it was a fabulous idea. He said the idea came to him when he traveled to various cities as a member of a basketball team. BTW, Rob is almost 7 feet tall and back then wore his hair in braids. Whenever he arrived at a city, he would look for the barber shops that knew how to care for his braids. He suggested we put together a guide that would contain the information a first time visitor would need. With the help of my daughter, the three of us got together to brainstorm what could be found in the “other” New York. That’s when the name hit me, NEW YORK ON THE FLIP SIDE, NUGGETS IN THE HOOD. This blog is called Nuggets in the Hood but the book will have the entire name.

I wanted Flip Side to be different from your average visitor’s guide. Don’t get me wrong. There are some excellent guides out there. The problem is they ignore most of the places you might want to visit if you knew they existed. New York is rich in culture and diversity. There are so many different people living here, many in their own little communities. Surely, you have heard of New York’s Chinatown, Little Italy or the Hispanic sections of Washington Heights. If you were Asian or Italian or from one of the Caribbean Islands, wouldn’t you want to visit that part of New York that you recognize as well as the usual attractions? That’s how this venture was born.

For instance, New York is well known for it’s theaters, particularly on Broadway. As a visitor to New York, you might be here to see a Broadway play, like FELA which is now starring Patti LaBelle, but as a lover of the arts, you might also want to know what is playing at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (B.A.M.) or the National Black Theater in Harlem. After shopping at Macy’s or on Fifth Avenue, you might want to check out B, The Brownstone (for women) or B Oyama, exclusive men’s store , both in Harlem or Nubian Heritage in Brooklyn and Queens. Instead of or in additional to the usual tours of New York, you could check out the Queens Jazz Trail which highlights the homes of jazz greats, the Braggin’ about Brooklyn tour for historical and cultural sites in Brooklyn, or the hop on, hop off Bronx Trolley cultural tour. Just a few examples of why this guide/blog is needed. And the other reason is so New Yorker’s will know what gems and nuggets they have in their own backyard. You’d be surprised how many New Yorker’s DO NOT know what they have here. Nuggets in the Hood hopes to shed some light on our treasures, not just for the visitors but also for ourselves.

December 3, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New York, New York

Empire State Building as seen from Top of the Rock

Image via Wikipedia

New York is one exciting town. You’ve heard some of the cliches, “so nice, they had to name it twice”, “the city that never sleeps”, etc. So much to see, so little time. Where do you start?

Well that’s where Nuggets in the Hood comes in. Many New Yorkers think of South Jamaica in Queens, Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn, Harlem in Manhattan, or the South Bronx when someone mentions the Hood but your Hood is wherever you live. Could be the Village, the Soundview section of the Bronx, Staten Island, the lower East Side or even Long Island just to name a few places in New York.

Whether you are here on a business trip, a long awaited but well deserved vacation or have been living in New York all your life, any visit to The Big Apple is unique. Of course, you want to see some of the main attractions like the Empire State Building, Statute of Liberty, Ground Zero, Macy’s or a Broadway play but if I know you and I think I do, you also want to find the spots the tourists don’t know about. Like Rachael Ray, you want to go where the locals hang out.

December 1, 2010 Posted by | General | , , , , | Leave a comment

Hello world!

Welcome to This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

December 1, 2010 Posted by | General | 1 Comment