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Things To Do In New York City

August 15, 2017

A few weeks ago I shared Fodor’s recommendations on the 15 things not to do in New York City.  Today I’ll take a more positive approach with my take on the 15 things you should do in the city.  Here they are, in no particular order.

  1. Take a tour of Yankee Stadium which includes a visit to Monument Park, where you’ll learn about many ot the people who helped make the team the most successful pro sports franchise in American history.
  2. Explore Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters, and have lunch at the New Leaf Restaurant.
  3. Ride the Subway. Whether you ride five stations or five boroughs, the subway is quintessential New York.
  4. Visit Madame Tussauds, where you’ll see incredible likenesses of many favorite real and fictional characters. Yes, it’s tourist…but also fun!
  5. Travel to the top (actually the 86th and 102nd floors) of the Empire State Building. Then go to the Top (actually the 70th floor) of the Rock to compare views.  They say bigger is better, but you be the judge.
  6. Take in and Off-Broadway (or Off-Off-Broadway) show an entertaining, affordable, and often quite unique experience.
  7. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and enjoy different views of the Manhattan skyline. On the Brooklyn side, enjoy a treat at nearby Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory.
  8. Chow down a Nathan’s Hot Dog (or 72, if you dare) at Coney Island. If you’re tempted to take a ride on the Cyclone, you may want to do the first!
  9. Visit the Statue of Liberty, and travel up to the crown for some great views (advance reservations needed), and know that part of the trip up is a strenuous stair climb.
  10. Take the Staten Island Ferry and get some great views of lower Manhattan, Liberty Island, and Ellis Island. Take some time to see Staten Island.
  11. Visit the Unisphere and the Panorama of the City of New York, both from the 1964 World’s Fair, at Corona Park in Queens.
  12. Count the statues in Central Park and take a boat ride on The Lake. Then enjoy lunch at the Boathouse.
  13. Take a loved one to the Whispering Gallery in Grand Central Terminal, then say romantic things (even a proposal!) to each other.
  14. Feast on bulgogi, kalbi, and (if it’s your thing) kimchee in Koreatown.
  15. See the many animals at the Bronx Zoo.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

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http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters 

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Things Not To Do in New York City

July 21, 2017

I normally write about things you may want to try or see in New York, but I’m changing that up in this post.  I recently ran across an article from Fodor’s which contained a list of 15 things you should not do in New York City, including Times Square and the Empire State Building.  Since I’ve done many of them, I don’t agree with all of their non-recommendations.  However, the down sides they share of each one are important to remember before you decide.  See the full list at http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/new-york/new-york-city/experiences/news/photos/15-things-not-to-do-in-new-york-city#!1-intro. Enjoy!  Thanks, Jack.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters 

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

One World Observatory is Thriving!

June 29, 2017

Years ago I had the pleasure of visiting Windows on the World on the 107th floor of One World Trade Center and found the experience awesome!  Unfortunately, the opportunity for anyone to visit ended on September 11, 2001.  But last year, One World Observatory opened on floors 100-102 of the new One World Trade Center, and they’ve al;ready had more than three million visitors!  Thanks to NBC New York, you can get a preview of what’s there, including the elevator ride up.  Just go to http://www.nbcnewyork.com/on-air/as-seen-on/One-World-Trade-Observatory_New-York-392283021.html; I think you’ll enjoy it!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters 

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Cheap New York City

June 6, 2017

Do you want to save some money in New York City?  If so, budgettravel.com offers a list of 16 Secret Bargains in the city based on interviews with locals, celebrities, editors, and readers, and some of them may surprise you.  Go to https://www.budgettravel.com/article/budget-travel-tips-best-kept-secrets-of-nyc-from-citys-savviest-celebs-insiders_52869; you won’t regret it!  Thanks, Jack.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Visit Bryant Park Over the Holidays

December 13, 2016

bryant-park-holiday-shops

Bryant Park, located behind the main branch of the New York Public Library, is a great place to visit in the summer for watching movies or people or just relaxing.  But it’s also a great place to visit during the holiday season.

The Winter Village at Bryant Park features an ice skating rink, complete with skate sharpening, skating lessons, and lockers that is open until March 5.  It also features the Holoday Shops, a collection of more than 125 boutique shops offering gift ideas for all.

It’s worth a visit to get in the holiday spirit.  For more info, go to http://www.bryantpark.org/things-to-do/wintervillage.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com.  On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at The Cloisters

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

It’s Time for the Grub Street Food Festival

September 30, 2016

grub-street

For the seventh year, tomorrow from 11 am to 5 pm the Hester Street Fair will feature the Grub Street Food Festival.  Admission is free, and you’ll find a beer garden, live music, and food by more than 50 vendors from A Cake Baked in Brooklyn to Yumpling.  You can find more details at http://www.grubstreet.com/2016/09/the-2016-grub-street-food-festival-will-return-october-1.html.  Enjoy!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Half Price Broadway Shows!

September 11, 2016

Broadway

That’s no misprint, folks – and for one more week, until September 18 – Broadway Week is being celebrated, and you can buy 2-for-1 tickets to some of the best shows in the City, including Aladdin, Chicago, Holiday Inn, Matilda the Musical, Kinky Boots, Jersey Boys, Something Rotten!, The Phantom of the Opera, and Wicked! Good deals – you can find full details at http://www.nycgo.com/broadwayweek. And while you’re at that site, enter the sweepstakes to win dinner and a show for you and five friends…break a leg!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

The Force is Strong in Times Square

August 21, 2016

One of the current exhibitions at Discovery Times Square is “Star Wars and the Power of Costume,” highligting the many costumes from the first six movies (and a bonus peek at costumes of The Force Awakens). It’s a great exhibition, and no true Star Wars fan near New York City should miss it. But hurry; the exhibit is scheduled to close Labor Day! For more info go to http://www.discoverytsx.com/star-wars-exhibition.

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

Summer Streets 2016

August 12, 2016

Summer Streets 2016

On the next two Saturday mornings (7am to 1pm on tomorrow and next week), Park Avenue will be closed to motor vehicle traffic between the Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park. The reason is the annual Summer Streets, which is, according to the event website, provides an opportunity for prople to “play, run, walk, and bike.”

Free activities include music, sounds of the shore, athletic activities, and crafts using small bicycle parts. In addition, there will be 5 rest stops along the route, featuring free activities, performances, and demonstrations:

  • Foley Square at Duane and Centre Streets
  • SoHo at Spring and Lafayette Streets
  • Astor Place at Lafayette
  • Midtown at Park Avenue and 25th Street
  • Uptown at Park Avenue and 51st Street

You can find more details, including videos from past years and the route map shown above, at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/home/home.shtml. I’d say it’s a great way to spend a summer morning…

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale

The Psycho House Comes to New York!

August 5, 2016

Psycho House Met

Years ago, I visited Universal Studios with my family. One of the attractions we saw on the Studio Tour was the house on the hill from the movie Psycho; it was actually pretty cool.

If you want to see it now, you don’t have to travel to California, as the house is also located on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue. This one was fabricated from a deconstructed red barn, and will be on display there until the end of October.

Get more info at http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2016/cornelia-parker. Enjoy!

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back – I write and post often! And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well. They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my improved website, designed and built by my son Don, http://www.randolphmase.com. On my site, you’ll also find excerpts of my books that you can read – please check it out!

Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

http://www.randolphmase.com

http://www.facebook.com/randolphmase

http://www.facebook.com/MatthewHoganMysteries

http://twitter.com/randolphmase

My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death at the Cloisters (just published!)

Death Inside Diamond Head (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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