New York City little known points of interest

Louis Armstrong House Museum

Louis Armstrong, jazz trumpeter

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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.


May 29, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , | 1 Comment

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.


May 29, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let’s Stay Here

Alley leading to Unisphere in Flushing Meadows...

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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.

May 29, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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Sailors, Marines, Coast Guard men and women in town this week. It’s the 24th annual Fleet Week New York and it brings 3000 sailors, marines and Coast Guard men/women into town. (Nice eye candy, ladies!)

They arrived yesterday morning with the Parade of Ships moving along the Hudson River to the George Washington Bridge and back down the Hudson again. They had a military jet escort as they arrived. The ships will be here through Monday, May 30th, Memorial Day.

Friday is Military Day in Times Square and will feature the Navy Band Northeast Jazz Ensemble and the U. S. Marine Corps Band, all day from 9am to 6pm.

Saturday will be Marine Day in Battery Park with a day of entertainment and outreach from 9am to 6pm.

Sunday is the Annual Athletic Competition, Tug-of-War at Pier 86. This is from 2pm to 4pm and tickets are needed.

Monday, Memorial Day Ceremony and Pier Displays, will feature a fly-over of military aircraft and the Gazillion Bubble Show at Pier 86, at 11am. Tickets needed.

The USS Iwo Jima is one of the ships in town this week. The big draw for ship tours is expected to be the USS New York, the amphibious transport dock built with 7.5 tons of steel from the destroyed World Trade Center. The USS New York will be berthed at the Homeport Pier in Staten Island.

So come out and enjoy tours of the ships, the musical performances and tactical demonstrations of military maneuvers and show some New York love for our fighting men and women.

May 26, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Victorian Bed & Breakfast

Staten Island Ferry

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Here’s a nice alternative to the hustle and bustle of midtown living.  Check out the Victorian Bed & Breakfast of Staten Island for your stay in New York City. Remember, we are talking about Nuggets in the Hood, little known places in New York’s different neighborhoods for a unique New York experience.

This elegant bed & breakfast, located on the North Shore of Staten Island in the town of West New Brighton, is a beautiful Italianate villa built back in 1846. It boasts original Victorian decor of circa 1860 including chandeliers and many pieces of furniture. Many prominent New Yorkers were entertained here including Edward G. Robinson, the actor who portrayed gangsters in many movies and a real gangster, Bugsy Siegel.

As a guest, you will enjoy warm hospitality and home cooking. There are two floors of bedrooms, two rooms with a bath on each floor and each morning you will awake to a hearty country breakfast served between 8am and 9:30am. Amenities include AC and ceiling fans, bathrobes, coffee/tea facilities, hair dryer, satellite/cable TV, radio, alarm clock and Internet.

The Victorian is open all year and requires a one night non-refundable deposit to hold a room. Restrictions are no smoking, no pets and the Victorian is not suitable for small children and handicapped persons.

Rates are single occupancy-between $85.00 and $90.00 (private bath), double occupancy-between $115.00 (shared bath) and $125.00 (private bath). Additional person $40.00.

When you arrive, you will be greeted by Danuta Gorlach, Innkeeper. Office hours are Monday-Sunday 8am to 10pm. Call 718-273-9861 or cell phone 347-733-5059 for information or reservations. You can also email Ms. Gorlach at

Victorian Bed & Breakfast is located at 92 Taylor Street, Staten Island, NY 10310. Perfect for a weekend getaway or a nice alternative for your business meeting. Be sure to say you heard about them from Nuggetsinthehood,


May 18, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , | 1 Comment

Meet a Star (Jones, that is)

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STAR JONES, formerly of the View and presently appearing on Celebrity Apprentice, will be at Hue Man Bookstore this Tuesday, May 17 at 8pm.

Ms. Jones will be promoting her book, Satan’s Sisters, an irresistible tale of ruthless ambition, guarded secrets, back-stabbing drama, true sisterhood and an unforgettable tour backstage where the real talk happens. Sound familiar?

So come on out and meet a Star. Purchase her book and have it autographed and you may be able to ask her some questions about back-stabbing drama or ruthless ambition or what it felt like to be fired by The Donald on nationwide TV. Come on. You know you want to know.

Hue Man Bookstore is located at 2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd, New York City 10027. Call 212-665-7400 for more information.

Happy reading.

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


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Who knew? A bed and breakfast in the heart of New York City.

Allie’s Inn offers luxury hotel style studios with the feel of a country bed and breakfast just a 5 minute walk away from City College and a short train ride away from Columbia University. Great way for Mom and Dad to visit their college student for special events, including graduation.

Allie’s Room is a newly renovated large sunny studio with a queen size bed and a daybed with trundle. It has a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, private bathroom with skylight and large walk in closet. There is complimentary WIFI, LCD TV, continental breakfast and housekeeping service upon request.

Garden View Room has a garden view, of course, a luxury full bed and all of the above amenities.

So where is this gem located? In the Hamilton Heights/Sugar Hill section of West Harlem. It is adjacent to St. Nicholas Park, which was named after St. Nicholas of Myra, by the way. How many New Yorkers knew that? I didn’t.

Sorry. I digress. The address is 313 West 136 Street, between Frederick Douglass Blvd and Edgecombe Avenue, New York City 10030.

It really is located in a fabulous part of New York. Look at some of the landmarks you can visit while staying at Allie’s Inn:

Sylvia’s Restaurant, 328 Lenox Avenue between 126th & 127th Streets,

Londel’s, 2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd, between 139th and 140th Streets,

National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 104 East 126th Street off Park Avenue,

Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 West 138th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd and Lenox Avenue.

For more info, please call 212-690-3813 or email

And by all means, come, stay at Allie’s Inn, visit some of the landmarks and other points of interest and be sure to let us know all about it.


May 16, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Historic Lower East Side

The corner of Orchard and Rivington Streets, L...

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Put on your walking shoes and explore the historic Lower East Side. This downtown neighborHOOD was home to hundreds of thousands Irish, Jewish and Italian immigrants. Examine the architecture of the area’s buildings. Learn to distinguish between a row house and a tenement and see examples of rear tenements, dangerous holdovers from an era of unregulated overcrowding in the mid-19th century.

This walking tour will be this Sunday May 16, 2011 at 10:45am. The meeting spot is the corner of Canal and Eldridge Streets in Manhattan. For more information, visit

Admission price is $16 adults, $14 students and seniors, add $2 if purchasing ticket on day of tour.

Enjoy and come back to shop.

May 14, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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Sunday, May 15, 1:00 – 4:00pm
The 1st First Annual Bronx Hip-Hop Block Party
Celebrating the Birthplace of Hip-Hop

This event is filled with interactive activities aimed to inspire creativity in the youth culture through the power of music. This is set to bring the community together and will honor the birth place of hip-hop through the means of art, dance, rap, dj mixing, and fashion.

Celebrity Appearances From: Prodigy (Mobb Deep/G-Unit), Wu Tang, Lord Finesse, Large Professor, Neek The Exotic, Cuban Link, Grand Daddy IU, Grafh, Ma Barker, GrandWizard Thodore, Pebblee Poo, Zulu Nation, Reggae Star Rayvon, Wordsmith, Chip Fu aka Jungle Rock Jr D Chamberz and More! House Disc Jockey: DJ K Swift and Dj Boof

Special Presentation for DJ Mister Magic: Proclamation will be issued to Dj Mister Magic from The Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz JR, accepted by Tyrone “Fly Ty” Willialms and the Juice Crew. Showcase Categories: DJ Scratch Demonstration, Maya The B ( Live Inerview, Little Club Heads, Dance, Rap, Fashion, Art.

Contact: Email

a Bronx Week Event

Admission: FREE

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

Outdoor celebration of jazz

Hunterfly Road Houses, Weeksville, Brooklyn

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Here is where you need to be on May 15, 2011. Weeksville Heritage Center, in conjunction with the 12th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, is hosting ECO SOUL featuring Jose James and Friends, Amy LaCour and Saunders Sermons.

Jose has been blessed with a warm, rich baritone reminiscent of Gil-Scott Heron and Jon Lucien and has toured internationally at venues such as the Nice and North Sea Jazz Festivals, Billboard Live Tokyo and Central Park Summerstage, to name a few. Treat yourself to this smooth combination of soul, hip-hot and jazz.

Weeksville Heritage Center, 1698 Bergen Street, between Buffalo and Rochester Avenues, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Gates open at 2pm, concert begins at 3pm. Cost: FREE

For more information, contact

Go out and enjoy the music!!!

May 12, 2011 Posted by | General | , , , , , , | 1 Comment