New York City little known points of interest


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Get your praise on with Pastor Donnie McClurkin and the Perfecting Faith Church on April 24, 2011, Resurrection Sunday.

This will be a time of praise and worship with the inspired Word of God celebrating the victory of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Service will be held at the David S. Mack Sports & Exhibition Complex at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Doors open at 11am. Service starts at 12 noon. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, please call 516-223-8300 or visit

Be blessed.


April 16, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Coney Island cyclone

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Hey my Brooklyn friends,

Coney Island was supposed to open today for the 2011 season but it was rained out. I’m sure everything will get moving as soon as this weather clears up. Looking to see you at Luna Park and on The Cyclone Roller Coaster.

Coney Island was the original hot spot to go to for fun and games back in the day. The home of Nathan’s foot long hot dog and french fries made with fresh potatoes, not frozen. (The hot dog bun was never as long as the hot dog though.) Cotton candy, candy apples, popcorn, sausage and peppers. Back then there were 3 roller coasters, the Cyclone, the Thunderbolt and I think the other one was the Tornado. There was also the world famous Steeplechase, the Parachute Tower and the Wonder Wheel ferris wheel. The Parachute Tower and Steeplechase have long since closed but Coney Island is still a nice outing for the family.

And they have cleaned up the beach. Got to check it out. So glad someone had sense enough to know that this is a landmark and should not be scraped for more unaffordable housing. In this economy, let’s have as much fun as possible.

The fun is back in Coney Island!!!! See you on the Wonder Wheel.

April 16, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment


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There is an incredible exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum located at 2 East 91st Street and Fifth Avenue. This exhibit, called SET IN STYLE features Van Cleef & Arpels.

Take a look at some of the timeless pieces worn by the Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor, just to name a few. There are 350 works including jewels, timepieces, fashion accessories and objects d’art. Exquisite!!!

You still have time to visit Cooper-Hewitt as SET IN STYLE will run though July 4 this year. Monday-Thursday, 10am-5pm, Friday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. Entrance fee is $15.00.


April 13, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


Federal Reserve Bank of NY, 33 Liberty Street

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Here’s a different experience.  Have you ever seen the gold vault at the Federal Reserve Bank in New  York City? WOWOWOW. Now that’s a sight for sore eyes. After all, how many people have actually seen blocks of gold?

The Federal Reserve Bank is located at 33 Liberty Street in Lower Manhattan. The tour involves a brief overview of the Federal Reserve System, a short video about the cash processing facility, guided tour of the gold vault and admission to the Bank’s museum. The tour is not very long but it will leave a lasting impression.

Though it is a first come, first served basis, you have to make reservations to go on the tour. Bank is open weekdays only except bank holidays. Tours are 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm. Admission is free. Confirmation email or admission ticket must be presented before the tour.

By the way, don’t believe the hype you see in the movies about people trying to rob the reserve bank. I’ve taken this tour and believe me, you will not get out of there once that vault door slams shut until someone comes to get you!!!

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Hippest Little Place in New York

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Where is the hippest little place in New York? City Island of course. Bet you didn’t know that.

City Island is a tiny community only 1.5 miles long and just 6 blocks wide. WOW. It boasts soft sea breezes in the summer, the look of a small New England town and some great seafood. The population is about 4,500 people.

Being an island, it has a rich nautical history which includes the building of WWII PT boats and submarine chasers as well as world class racing yachts including all Americas cup winners of U.S. registry.

Most people get to City Island by car but you can reach the Island by taking the #6 subway to the Pelham Bay stop and transferring to the #29 bus to City Island. If you are driving, however, you can take 195 to exit 8B Orchard Beach/City Island or the Hutchinson River Pkwy to exit 5. You can even get to City Island by boat. How cool is that?

Picture is the Nautical Museum on City Island.

April 13, 2011 Posted by | General | Leave a comment

Chelsea Piers

view of Chelsea Piers and Venus Mural

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Chelsea Piers is a 30 acre sports village offering activities for the entire family such as roller skating, bowling, golf, rock climbing, and dance just to name a few.

This is a year round complex so no matter what season of the year, you can find something to do for yourself and your family. The Piers opened in 1910 as a row of nine ocean liner piers. In the 1990s, Chelsea Piers was reborn when the restoration and revitalization of the Piers began. Now anyone can enjoy healthy, fun-filled recreation.

Other activities include a sailing school, The Spa at Chelsea Piers, dinner and jazz cruises year round and so much more. And you can always just sit and watch the traffic passing by on the river, from inside and outside.

Take advantage of this great resource. And have lots of fun.

April 13, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , | 1 Comment

Spring/Easter break

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Time for a little spring break with the kids and I’m sure you don’t want to be stuck in the house with the children and their friends for a whole week whining about “there’s nothing to do.” So I’ve lined up a list of things to do, places to go that might take the edge off. Of course, for the working parents, you will have to do this on the weekend but you could also get your older children to take the younger ones to some of these places.

One great spot is the Toys R Us store on 44th Street, midtown Manhattan. There is a ferris wheel in the store! And a T-Rex also. I took my grand daughters several years ago but they were just my excuse. I really wanted to see the R-Rex myself since I’m a fan of dinosaur movies. Of course, you will have to set a limit for any spending because you could sell the house in that store. LOL

Check it out. Take lots of pictures.

April 13, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , | Leave a comment

Summer in the Hood

Wow. It feels like summer. Summer in New York is wonderful because there is some much to do. Stay tuned for the warm weather happenings in the Hood.

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