New York has express tracks. It drives the tourists crazy. The only other system I can find that has express trains is Tokyo, which has two lines that were opened in 1969 and 1994. Why are express trains not more used? Is it simply cost or is there a design reason behind it? [more inside]
My wife and I both used to volunteer one or two days a month. Since our child was born, it is much harder to find the time to volunteer. Are there any good volunteer opportunities that would work well with a 20 month old? We live in Brooklyn, if anyone knows anything specific to our area. [more inside]
What's it like living in Poughkeepsie, NY? Things to do? Nightlife? Meet- up groups? Cost of living? [more inside]
When I turned 26 a few weeks ago, I was summarily dropped from the health insurance my mother gets through her job ( I was eligible to stay until 26 b/c of a disability). Now, I'm facing a nightmarish bureaucracy trying to get enrolled in managed care before the 31st. Help me shovel some snowflakes out of my way so I can actually do this right. [more inside]
Because I'm an awesome mom, I'm driving from RI to Syracuse in March so my daughter can go to a concert. We're going up the day before the show, and I've never been to Syracuse, so I don't know how to spend our free time. [more inside]
Please help me compile research resources for a project I will undertake in the year ahead. I would like to become very familiar with the following subjects: 1) New York City and Greenwich Village in the 1850s-1900. 2) The experience of Irish immigrants in that same era 3) The state of Christmas as a cultural entity and practice in that era. Special snowflake explanation inside. [more inside]
I am looking for an interesting card and a little box or envelope big enough to give something the size of a silver dollar. The gift is for an illustrator so I am feeling self-conscious about getting something they will really appreciate. Handmade, beautiful, interesting, well designed would be notes I want to hit. Ideally in NYC but mail order could be OK too.
Today, a guy called up my elderly mother, pretending to be me, with a far-fetched story about 'me' traveling in a car that was speeding, and yada yada yada, the police needed $2,000 wired to them so that this incident wouldn't go on my 'permanent record'. The phone number the 'policeman' gave was a 514 area code (Montreal). My mother used Western Union to wire the scammers the money. She lives in New York City. Yes, I've told her not to give any information over the phone, and yes, the con story is nonsensical in several ways, not least of which is her incorrectly recognizing her son's voice-My question is, do we have any chance of identifying and prosecuting these guys? The victim is in NYC, the perps were impersonating me and a (corrupt) San Francisco policeman, and they were using a Montreal phone number, which may also have been stolen/spoofed. Any insight appreciated. Be careful out there!
I'm planning to go to the Storm King Art Center (in New Windsor, NY) on Friday. I'd like to eat something delicious for lunch while I'm there or before I go. I can bring it from Manhattan (or anyplace in the city, I guess), but I would have to buy it the day before on Thanksgiving. Or, I could eat near the museum or near my hotel in Monroe. [more inside]
Hi there, I think I have messed up with booking some holiday tickets for my family and would really appreciate some help asap!!! [more inside]
I'd like to go on a short solo vacation during the Thanksgiving weekend, to somewhere green and quiet, where I can just relax and read. I live in New York City and I don't have a car. I also don't want to fly. Where can I go? [more inside]
My wife are planning to move to New York in around six months. Assuming you had the $$$ & job situation figured out, what steps in moving are unique to that city, or things you wished you did before you moved there? Is there a good 'NYC basics' guide (things that tell you-- yeah you really should get a NYC driver's license, etc) that isn't geared to 22 year olds? [more inside]
Help, New York MeFites! My daughter and 359 of her closest friends are participating in a little shindig you guys throw at Thanksgiving. Her 20th birthday is right in the middle of all the festivities, and she's sad about being away from home on her birthday. Help me figure out how to make her day special in the midst of the hubbub. [more inside]
My relatives are coming to visit the big apple and I would be chaperoning them around on a site-seeing tour. The problem is that they are elderly (are retired), from another culture & country (India), a group of 5 and there is a very young baby ( couple of months old) traveling with them. This makes using subways, or taking long walks or using bicycles a difficult proposition. What would be the best way to give them a good NYC experience? [more inside]
I'm stranded in New York City for a day. Is there anything to do in this town? [more inside]
Looking for apartments is rough on my sister so I want to make it up to her, but I don't know where anything is, plus I don't understand manicure terminology, really. Where's a nice mani/pedi place near a subway (either Columbus Circle or Parsons; or somewhere along the F or E)? She likes shellac and gelish; she'll probably want to become a regular is she likes it. Let's say around $50 or less for mani plus polish unless that's not realistic; advise me. Points for friendly, family-owned business or other charming features.
There are artists set up in larger parks in NYC--like Central Park--who will draw you if you pay them. They have on display drawings they've done of celebrities. They are all in precisely, eerily, the same style. Why? How? [more inside]
What public creative person (defined pretty broadly, but hopefully at least somewhat famous) has a really cool office in the NYC area? We're looking for someone with a rich, interesting-looking space, interesting tools and great stories. Examples might be say, magazine writer Gay Talese, who works in his townhouse in Manhattan surrounded by memorabilia from all his past stories, or the honchos at Pixar who have special secret hideaways and whatnot. (Definitely looking for personal workspaces, not big companies with fancy buildings and foosball tables.)
No, seriously, why am I having zero luck? I ended a long-term relationship in June. I'm still getting over it, but I want to get back on that damn horse. I moved to NYC for grad school in August, and I have had zero (literally, 0) luck with men since the breakup. [more inside]
I'm officiating my first wedding next week (Exciting! Scary!) and working on final details. I really would like to include a quote from Jane Jacobs, the couple's hero. “Neighborhood is a word that has come to sound like a Valentine. As a sentimental concept, ‘neighborhood’ is harmful to city planning. Sentimentality plays with sweet intentions in place of good sense.” is what I'm currently playing with, but it's not quite hitting the spot in a way I'd like without over-explaining it. Urban planning and sociology nerds: can you suggest any and all Jane Jacobs quotes that in some way connect with love, community, and growth? I welcome truly any thoughts you have, and feel free to share a bit about how you might use it. THANK YOU!
I used to love this pasta salad that I bought at Fairway in the middle of the last decade called "Baton Rouge Macaroni Salad." Anyone know where it went or how to replicate it? [more inside]
I work in digital publishing, mostly doing email newsletters, and the pressure and workload keep cranking up. I'm looking for something else, but I need help surviving in the interim. [more inside]
Someone I know is moving closer to NYC soon and is looking for information about how to best navigate the city. She is confined to a scooter and has extremely limited mobility. What resources can I give her? This would be more for periodic visits, not day-to-day commuting. I already know about the MTA's homepage for accessibility and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities. What else is there? [more inside]
I have wasted years, literally, recovering from recent breakups and life is slipping away. Is there a psychiatrist in Manhattan or Brooklyn who could help? [more inside]
My flight lands at LGA in a couple of hours, and I want to get to a place near the Natural History Museum as easily/quickly as possible. Willing to spring for a cab or car if it's substantially faster or just easier to deal with (I'm exhausted). I always use JFK and don't know anything about LGA- is there any advantage to taking Uber or Lyft over a cab? Is it possible that it will be as fast just to take the bus/subway if I'm landing at 6pm? If you see this in time to answer, thanks. :)
Is high-proof (190 or higher) grain alcohol (Everclear, Gem, Graves, etc.) sold in New York State, and, if so, how difficult is it to find (especially in rural areas)? [more inside]
In less than three weeks I'll be in New York City. I am ridiculously excited. Of the less than stellar times I have free, when is best to visit the Whitney? [more inside]
Language learning questions here tend to get a lot of "watch Univision, listen to podcasts, converse with native speakers" types of answers, which are great. I will probably utilize some of those things, but I'd really like to take a class because I would benefit from the externally imposed structure. [more inside]
I need to find a medical malpractice lawyer in NYC. How do I find the best one? [more inside]
I want someone to come to my apartment, seal any gaps behind the sink, stove, etc. and caulk the entire baseboard. [more inside]
I'm moving to New York in September for a new job and I'm planning to do a one month sublet on Airbnb so that I can find a permanent place once I have arrived in New York. Is there anything that I need to check up on or ask the hosts before I select a place? How do I make a decision when there are multiple options? [more inside]
[Asking for a friend] My building had a fire last night, on the floor below mine. I have middling fire damage at baseboard level in both bedrooms, both of which will be uninhabitable until the damage is ripped out and redone. All my windows are broken and glass is everywhere, but aside from the above stuff and the overwhelming odor of smoke and my broken-down front door, there is no other (water or fire or smoke stain) damage to the apartment. This is in NYC, and I have no renter's insurance. [more inside]
Was interracial marriage ever illegal in New York State? What was the status of the law in 1961? [more inside]
I recently bought a corset for a friend of mine. She looks killer drop-dead amazing gorgeous in it. We'd like to go out to dinner somewhere in NYC where such attire would be both appreciated and fit in. (She'll probably pair it with pants—nothing fetish-y. I'll do my level best to look sharp, but I can hardly compete.) All suggestions appreciated. Thanks!
When I was visiting New York twenty years ago as a teenager I stepped on a well-dressed man's flip flop and broke it. He started screaming at me and demanding hundreds of dollars. Thankfully there was a pushy adult around who told him to get lost, that I was a kid and didn't even have hundreds of dollars to give him (which was true). Was this a scam? [more inside]
I am moving from California to New York for a job that starts on September 15th. Is there a reasonable way to remotely find a studio/1 bedroom or move in with a roommate starting September 1st? Or is it necessary to do a short-term sublet or Airbnb rental and then apartment hunt in person? [more inside]
What are the best vegan restaurants in Brooklyn and Manhattan? Do vegan chicken and waffles exist? [more inside]
I'm a student in NYC. I'm looking to volunteer somewhere where my time will do the most possible good. Think "effective altruism" but with time instead of money, which I don't have. [more inside]
Your friendly itinerant field recordist wants to know: do any masjids (mosques) in the greater NYC metro area regularly announce the call to prayer? And if so, do they observe the 5x-daily adhan schedule, or only certain prayer times? Thanks for any info!
I'm a mediocre ocean swimmer who mostly practices at Aquatic Park, a protected cove in San Francisco (so clearly I don't care about water quality or temperature.) I might wind up relocating to Queens, NY. Is there anywhere similar to Aquatic Park where I can go swimming? I'm not into big organized swims as much as ad-hoc individual swim opportunities, ideally with non-club/public showers and lockers. I can't be more specific than "somewhere in Queens" and long transit journeys are acceptable.
My iPhone 4s was lost in Manhattan today, and has been traced to a very different neighborhood. I went there with a friend and it's in an area with lots of cars and apartments, so finding it's exact location is not as easy as if it were in a house that had a big yard. Or any yard. What else can I do to potentially get my phone back? [more inside]
Hey guys! I just re-joined OKCupid a month ago and haven't received many messages. It's nerve-wracking to post my profile here, but who knows: maybe you can help! [more inside]
You get to spend a week in New York, Paris or Rome, during which money isn't much of an object. You're not a millionaire by any means, but for once you're going to have a romantic holiday where you're not cutting costs by backpacking or AirBNBing or packing your own lunch or commuting from the outer rim every morning. [more inside]
We'll be spending some time in Canaan NY, near the Massachusetts border, this summer. While we have plenty of outdoor sunny day options, rainy days can be tough with a 5- and 2-year-old. Any ideas for my bad-weather destination list? I know the Norman Rockwell museum has a kids' space, for example. [more inside]
I would like to give my boyfriend a cooking class as a birthday present. Any suggestions on where in NYC to go? [more inside]
My sister, an avid dog walker in the English countryside, will be finding herself free for the day in New York on Thursday 25th June. She would love to spend that entire day walking a dog around while seeing the sights. [more inside]
I own a wood Singer sewing machine table handed down to me by grandmother that is in otherwise decent shape except for the top, which is damaged (as you can see here). Seeking recommendations for someone in New York City who can restore the top. Thank you.
Should I trust this podiatrist even though he's being sued for malpractice? Also, do you have any advice for somebody with Morton’s Neuroma? [more inside]
I've been to NY dozens of times and enjoy exploring neighborhoods like the Village and SoHo where there are lots of shops, coffeeshops, restaurants, etc. I prefer independent shops over the corporate stores you'd find in Midtown. I haven't spent a whole lot of time in NY in the last 10 years so I'm not aware of neighborhoods that may have changed. I'm visiting this weekend please help me decide where to spend my time! [more inside]
Asking for my wife, who doesn't have an account. My wife will be staying near Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn for about three weeks. She has a problem with gluten - trace amounts and cross-contamination are an issue. Looking for both dining and grocery shopping suggestions. She has relevant apps and online resources but not coming up with much to go on. Would love some local perspective. Thanks for any help you can provide.