New York City little known points of interest

Wine Tasting

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Looking for something different to do on a  Saturday afternoon?

Olivino Bed-Stuy invites you to their weekend wine tastings. Olivino’s has an incredible selection of wines to experience. Every Saturday, the friendly staff selects a wine for their customers to taste. They are happy to help you select the right wine for whatever occasion you are planning, from appetizers to desserts. Stop by for a taste and some wine history. You may even meet the owners: Tony Walker and Katrine Pollari.

Olivino Bed-Stuy is located at 426 Marcus Garvey Blvd at the corner of Macon Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216. Hours are Monday through Saturday, noon to 10pm. Sunday noon through 7pm. Please check on the hours for the weekend wine tastings before going. You can reach this store at 718-249-0721.

There is another store, Olivino Wines located at 905 Fulton Street, between Clinton and Vanderbilt, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Same hours at both stores. You can reach this store at 718-857-7952.

Contact for more information.

Remember please drink responsibly.


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Louis Armstrong House Museum

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Let’s go back to Queens for a minute. Let’s visit the King of Jazz!

Louis Armstrong, named the world’s most famous jazz musician, settled into a modest house in Queens, New York in 1943 with his wife Lucille. Although wealthy, Armstrong refused to give up living in this vibrant neighborhood for something fancier.

When you visit the house, it is just as it was when Armstrong and Lucille lived in it. On tour, you will hear him enjoying a meal with Lucille, joking with friends and practicing the trumpet, thanks to 650 reels of candid home recordings that he preserved. You will also see photographs, awards and one of Armstrong’s gold-plated trumpets along with many other treasures. You can research everything Armstrong at the Armstrong Archives located nearby at Queens College in Flushing. Call 718-997-3670 to make a research appointment.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum is located at 34-56 107th Street, Corona (Queens), New York 11368. For more info, call 718-478-8274 or email or log on For directions, visit the website. The House Museum can be reached by #7 subway train.

Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 5pm. Saturday and Sunday hours are 12 noon to 5pm. The guided 40 minute tours start every hour on the hour and the last tour is 4pm. The House Museum is closed on Mondays and the following holidays: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Admission is $8.00 adults. Students, seniors and children $6.00. Group rate (eight or more people) $6.00. Free to members and children under 4. Join the Louis Armstrong House Museum and receive free admission, private tours, a subscription to the museum’s newsletter, discounts at the Museum Store and more.

Coming soon: Louis Armstrong Visitors Center. The Louis Armstrong House Museum will be expanding with a $15 million “green” visitors center that will include a state-of-the-art exhibit gallery, museum store, archival center and performance space. Visit the website for updates.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum is a National Historic Landmark and a New York City Landmark.

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Best Beef Patties in Bed-Stuy

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I heard that these are the BEST beef patties in Bed-Stuy (Brooklyn for you non New Yorkers.) Here’s the thing. I need you to try them and report back to Nuggets in the Hood. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

New York City is the only city where finding a freshly made beef patty is not a rarity. In many parts of the country, people don’t even know what a beef patty is. (It’s like the bagel. ONLY IN NEW YORK!!!) So here’s the list from an article in the BED-STUY PATCH:


Island Taste at 1403 Fulton Street. The spicy filling is cooled down by the thick, harder crust.

West Indian Caterers at 321 Nostrand Avenue. Thick, soft and crumbly crust with a slightly sweet flavor. Filling is smooth and has a distinct savory taste that compliments the sweetness of the crust.

Rowe’s Restaurant at 310 Tompkins. Firm crust that is thick and bready with a warm, salty and spicy filling that oozes out of the patty when you bite into it.

Jamaican Way at 1557 Fulton Street. Huge patty with thin, crispy crust. Filling is soft and spicy.

Tastee Pattee at 1371 Fulton Street. Thin, flaky, buttery crust with a mildly seasoned filling that doesn’t overpower the crust.

Another place was mentioned in the article: Christie’s on Flatbush Avenue. They also have chicken and veggie patties as well as beef.

Recommended: eat these patties with coco bread. No better combination. Hat’s off to Jamaican food!


Don’t know about you, but I’m really hunger now. May have to go to Brooklyn to get a good meat patty.

Happy eating.


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Let’s Stay Here

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OK. We had a weird spring but it looks like summer is about to kick in big time. Need a great place to stay while in New York enjoying this summer weather? Look no further than this bed and breakfast with a unique name: Patrice-Lorie Company.

Patrice-Lorie is a colonial house built back in 1906 in Queens, New York. It opened for business in 2001 after being restored and remodeled in 1995. It is conveniently located 2 blocks from the Long Island Railroad Hollis stop and is also close to NYC subway E, F, and J trains. 3 miles from nearest airport, JFK. Limited on street parking.

Rates are reasonable. $125.oo for single occupancy, $150.00 for double occupancy. $100 deposit is required at time of reservation. Accommodations include kitchenette. There is no minimum stay required. Children are welcome but no childcare is provided. Check in is 1:30pm and check out is noon. Continental breakfast, afternoon snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are included with room rate. Breakfast is served from 8am to 11am. Lunch and dinner is available by special request for $delivery menu.

This is a great place for a romantic escape, peaceful retreat or family vacation. The area boasts fine dining, museum, Flushing Meadow Park, Shea Stadium/Citi Field-home of the Mets baseball team, Arthur Ashe Stadium for the tennis buffs and is excellent if visiting college children at St. John’s University or York College.

Innkeepers are Pat and Wayne. Contact them at 718-740-6348. The address is 196-14 100 Avenue in the Hollis area of Queens, NY 11423. Note-there is a cat on the property.

So come and enjoy another Nugget in the Hood and tell them we told you about it!


BTW: there is a bakery on the premises and their signature dish is cherry, pineapple, blueberry or strawberry cheesecake! There goes the diet.

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