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NYC neighborhood with no pigeons?

Im looking for a neighborhood to move to with no lots of pigeons around the subway stations. All borough including Jersey City are considered, but I'm really trying to stay in affordable ones. I find all lower Brooklyn are ridden by the rats with wings, especially D train Ft.Hamilton pkwy and all stops follows, all lower part of N trains especially Bay Pkwy. I also found lots of pigeons at grove st stop of PATH in Jersey city. Queens seems hae more rodent problems. Please help give some advice about really clean and affordable neighborhood in NYC. I caught Lyme disease in one dirty residence. I am sick with rats and rats with wings in NYC.
posted by pack2themoon on Dec 28, 2013 - 22 answers

Name the movie I am thinking of! (Or tell me it is all in my head)

Name the movie I am thinking of! (Or tell me it is all in my head) [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Dec 27, 2013 - 8 answers

101 guide to NYC laundry service

I've been dropping off my laundry for the past several years now, but really only know about the drop and fold. My work wardrobe is more business attire these days (male), but can't seem to figure out the terms and services usually available. This may sound a little silly, but I run into language barriers and unclear signs in every laundromat in a 10 block radius. So whats usually available besides the classic wash & fold (and dry cleaning)? -I have button down shirts, what does pressed mean? -Whats the correct term for wash and iron? Sometimes they look puzzled. (sometimes they don't have this service) -If you have your shirts done itemized, the $1.75 each option, what are they doing? -How do most men get there work shirts laundered at these places? Thanks, and note: these laundromat persons around me are all pleasant, and hard workers, but I just can't figure out whats what.
posted by shimmer on Dec 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Upcoming contemporary dance in NYC?

I wanna go to some dance performances! Help me figure out what to see. [more inside]
posted by neroli on Dec 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Fun neighborhoods for first time visitors to NYC?

I have been charged with being "the guy" to sort out accommodation for four of us in NYC in May. I know exactly what I want, but how do I ensure that I'm doing right by them? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Dec 26, 2013 - 15 answers

NYC subway trains stink, mold?

I feel sick every time I get on to nyc subway trains. The N train is constantly stinky like urine and mcdonalds and feet, that triggered my multiple chemical sensitivity badly. I noticed 7 train usually have very fresh air which does not trigger my symptoms, as well as #6 train. R train is much better than N train, and E train is much better than F train. I want to know what caused these nasty stinky trains? Are all odor caused by mold? Btw: I can't tolerate PATH smell as well. I'm so confused people in these trains seem do not feel anything. Any information or comment are welcome.
posted by pack2themoon on Dec 19, 2013 - 11 answers

A last minute Christmas by myself?

For various reasons including pets with no available sitter and a few failed plans, I have my first Christmas Day in NYC by myself. I don't feel particularly sad about this, but it might be weird to wake up in the morning with nothing to do. Fun and meaningful activities? [more inside]
posted by ulfberht on Dec 19, 2013 - 20 answers

Drums in NYC

Where can I play a drum kit in New York City? [more inside]
posted by dyobmit on Dec 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Is this a bedbug?

Recently moved into a pre-furnished room in NYC and noticed a lone dead bug on the mattress a few days ago. I hope it's not a bedbug, but I can't tell for sure. Someone look at this picture and say it isn't so! Also, that it isn't another species that will be invasive or cause an infestation. [more inside]
posted by taupe on Dec 16, 2013 - 7 answers

What are some good NYC restaurants open Christmas Day?

NYC-ers: Where have you eaten dinner on Christmas Day that's awesome? Caveats: $30/person max, coming from UWS and we have a show in the Hell's Kitchen area (50th and 8th) at 8pm... [more inside]
posted by windbox on Dec 16, 2013 - 8 answers

Christmas in NYC

I'm visitng NYC for the next couple days and would like to pack in some quintessential Christmastime in New York City activities. ! [more inside]
posted by gardenbex on Dec 14, 2013 - 18 answers

What is the most ridiculous thing I can have delivered in Manhattan?

For my friend's birthday I want to send the most absurd, ostentatious thing possible to her office in New York. What is that thing? [more inside]
posted by Aizkolari on Dec 13, 2013 - 43 answers

Looking for a volunteer food prep opportunity in NYC

I'd like to put in a few dozen to a hundred hours over the next year practicing cooking large amounts of food---far too large for me to buy and eat myself. Is there a place in New York where I could volunteer a few hours each weekend doing scutwork in somebody's kitchen? More specific criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang on Dec 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Send me away, please.

I left my holiday vacation planning until the last minute and I'm at my wits' end as to where I can take a warm, relaxing vacation at any time between Dec. 21st and Jan. 5th without spending my life's savings. Any ideas or frugality resources? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite on Dec 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Great haircut in NYC?

I want to get my hair cut, and I'd like to go to someone who can just look at me and say "This, this is what you should do with your hair," or something like that. A genius with scissors. Any recommendations for a really skilled haircutter in NYC? I don't want to pay too much more than $100, if I can help it. Thanks!
posted by swheatie on Dec 11, 2013 - 8 answers

Good places to buy men's gloves in midtown and the lower east side

What are some good places in Midtown and the Lower East Side to find men's winter gloves? I work in Midtown and want to hunt for some on my way home to Brooklyn this evening. [more inside]
posted by rhythm and booze on Dec 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Cost of a New York City misdemeanor prosecution?

An activist performance artist is currently facing a year in jail for a 15 minute protest in a New York bank; the Manhattan District Attorney’s is charging him and his choir director with “riot in the second degree, menacing in the third degree, unlawful assembly, and two counts of disorderly conduct”. The case is well publicized and has first amendment issues; I’m curious about its economic implications. How much money will New York City spend bringing this case to trial? What if the trial goes past the one hearing? How much does it cost to jail someone for a year? Courtroom use; judge and prosecutor time; trials for other crimes having to start later, appeals: added up, what do these parts of a misdemeanor prosecution cost NYC in cash money?
posted by Haere on Dec 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Trying to find a restaurant with dishes named after government orgs?

I remember hearing about a restaurant with dishes named after city organizations. For example, the "department of sanitation sandwich" or the "FDNY sandwich." It is probably in NYC. It may have shut down. Can you help me find this restaurant?
posted by yaymukund on Dec 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Big Apple Juice: where's a good French cider selection in NYC?

I'm looking for a merchant in NYC who sells a good selection of French sparkling hard dry ciders (from Normandy and Brittany). Also great if said merchant has more diverse hard cider options (UK or Scandinavian etc.) [more inside]
posted by spitbull on Dec 6, 2013 - 14 answers

NYC around NYE. Difficulty level : Teen

Bluetapdole (who is 13) and I will be visiting NYC for a week in late december, early january. Help us make it a great, interesting trip. [more inside]
posted by bluefrog on Dec 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me navigate my anxiety over life changes good and bad

Hello, folks. My overthinking tendencies are working overtime as I try to navigate the next few months of my life (job/apartment change, travel?) amidst the fallout of the last few months of my life (end of long term relationship). I can't tell if I'm biting off more than I can chew or if I'm just standing in my own way. [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire on Dec 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Where to find Taylor ham/pork roll in NYC?

I need to know once and for all: where can I find Taylor ham (or pork roll, depending on where you're from) in New York City? [more inside]
posted by bookwibble on Dec 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Spa with private hot tubs in NYC

Spa with private hot tubs in NYC? Looking for an equivalent to Watercourse Way in Palo Alto, CA, which rents out private rooms to individuals or small groups that feature hot tubs and showers.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Dec 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Where to get dinner near the Barclays Center? Or even not-so-near?

We're going to a show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night and are looking for a great place to eat dinner at beforehand. [more inside]
posted by ldthomps on Dec 3, 2013 - 14 answers

NYC for the socially anxious

I have moderate-to-severe social anxiety which I'm trying to overcome on my own by exposure therapy. My big goal for this year was to take the train into Manhattan alone. I need your suggestions on what to do once I get there (and any tips about the places I already know I want to visit). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2013 - 16 answers

Best place to take an improv class in NYC for a nonactor?

I'd like to take an improv class for various reasons unrelated to acting -- to think better on my feet, to be more spontaneous, less shy in groups, etc. I live in NYC where I suspect even an intro class will be filled with experienced actor types. This is fine, I guess, but I wonder if anyone can recommend a place where regular people like me might be in the mix. I'm also in my 40s, which makes me feel like I'll be too old, but I'll hopefully get over that soon enough. Thanks for any ideas.
posted by swheatie on Dec 1, 2013 - 8 answers

What's a reasonable price range for airfare from New York to Tokyo?

I'm traveling with a friend to Tokyo next year, May 24th to June 6th. I've had Orbitz, Expedia, Kayak and Skyscanner on heavy rotation for three weeks and the best price I can find for travel time shorter than 24 hours is about $1500 round-trip. I'd rather not get scolded by our friends for paying too much, and Googling "nyc to tokyo airfare price range" is giving me the equivalent of hearing "usual and customary" from my insurance company, so I am turning to MeFites for help. Possible pertinent details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Recliner of Rage on Nov 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Heatless in NYC

My apartment has no heat. How long must I wait for a response from my landlord before I report them to the NYC housing authority? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2013 - 11 answers

How Old Before He Can Travel On His Own?

What's a nice round consensus on the minimum age for an unaccompanied boy to go from South Station to Midtown? [more inside]
posted by whuppy on Nov 25, 2013 - 44 answers

The Penn is mightier than my patience

Two adults catching a mid-afternoon Amtrak from New York Penn station on Wednesday. Looming weather disasters aside, what's the best way to make this as stress-free as possible? Travel pros, share your Penn station hacks! [more inside]
posted by Theophylactic on Nov 25, 2013 - 16 answers

Thanksgiving in Manhattan

Help me be an non-touristy tourist in New York City this week. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Nov 24, 2013 - 13 answers

Best way to get from Boston to NYC

We're trying to get from Boston to NYC with as little expense and aggravation as possible. What's the best way to do that? [more inside]
posted by Colonel_Chappy on Nov 24, 2013 - 23 answers

Wedding Dance Lessons NYC

Weddingfilter: My fiance and I are getting married in NYC in October, we'd like advice on Wedding dance classes. We'd like personal recommendations if anyone has experience with specific places. [more inside]
posted by edbles on Nov 23, 2013 - 2 answers

What hoop-jumping is necessary to take or audit classes at NYU?

I graduated from college in 2010, and have lived in downtown NYC ever since. I'm getting the desire to take some classes again, and NYU is a few blocks away. But I can't find any information on how to get into classes there, as a non-student. [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo on Nov 21, 2013 - 6 answers

snowflake skirt needed

I would like to find a seamstress or tailor to make a custom pencil skirt for me that I can wear to work (so, stuffy business fabric). My attempts to google a solution have not been successful. I either find places that want to charge me $300 or more (nope!), places that do alterations (I need it made from scratch), or places that make custom clothing for men but not women, or brides but not non-brides. I am located in lower Manhattan but have a subway card and am willing to use it. Can anyone suggest where I can go to have a nice suit-like pencil skirt created for me?
posted by prefpara on Nov 21, 2013 - 7 answers

Post-assault PTSD resources in NYC?

A friend of mine was physically attacked while walking to the train station in NYC a couple of days ago. Can you recommend good, affordable PTSD counselling/care in NYC? More details under the cut (trigger warning for violence). [more inside]
posted by fight or flight on Nov 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Muppet Puppets in NYC

Anyone know where I can buy Bert and Ernie-ish hand puppets in NYC? [more inside]
posted by overhauser on Nov 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Where should we go?

My wife and I have 10 days off after Christmas and would like to take “a trip of a lifetime.” We got married this past June and never got a chance to go on a honeymoon. This is our chance to go on a fantastic trip but we can’t decide where to go. We are hoping you all can help! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by degoao on Nov 19, 2013 - 35 answers

App for alternate-side parking regulations, street by street, in NYC?

Is there an app or a web site that will tell you what the alternate-side regulations for each block in the city? (And if there are meters or) not. [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Nov 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me find a new psychiatrist in NYC pdq?

I've looked at all the askme NYC psychiatrist questions but haven't found what I'm looking for, which is a recommendation for a doctor who will pretty much do two things: take insurance and manage meds. I am not interested in talk therapy; I have a non-MD therapist that I love. My prescriptions are just straightforward antidepressant/anxiety stuff. [more inside]
posted by torticat on Nov 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me become a bomb-ass hip-hop dancer in New York City!

Where do you find great hip-hop dance classes in NYC? I have never taken a dance class before. I am interested in private instruction or intimate classes (NOT a gym class...). I would like to learn as quickly as possible, in a structured way. I don't expect to go from 0-60 overnight, but I will put in some serious work. I tend to prefer methodical approaches to learning new skills with clear goals. I'm most interested in hearing about personal experiences and recommendations.
posted by yaymukund on Nov 17, 2013 - 1 answer

Who is this?

Who is the guy being interviewed by Fuse in Washington Square Park last week? I *think* I know, but would like some outside opinions...
posted by blaneyphoto on Nov 15, 2013 - 13 answers

Can you recommend a food tour in NYC?

I'm sure my Manhattan (West Village) based niece would adore a food tour as a gift, but I'm overwhelmed with the choices and don't know New York very well. She has traveled much of the world and is an adventurous eater as well. Single, thirty-something, is relatively new to NYC. If you have either specific food tours or operators to recommend, I would very much like to hear. Thanks!
posted by DrGail on Nov 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Where can I get a neck tie in this one-horse town

Where can I buy a cheap, solid red neck tie in NYC? Preferably in Soho, or anywhere along the west side? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Nov 13, 2013 - 9 answers

Best agent for cat travel NYC-London?

Howdy! We're relocating from New York City to London at the end of this year, and of course we're taking our cat Olive with us. What we're having a little bit of a hard time with is figuring out just *how* to bring her, and we're hoping you can help us. [more inside]
posted by adamgreenfield on Nov 11, 2013 - 5 answers

How to Visit an Art Gallery

I've only been going to art museums, but lately, I've been wanting to explore and go to art galleries. Problem is, it's a bit of uncharted territory, and so I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by Puck Soppet on Nov 11, 2013 - 9 answers

What to do around NYC 11/22 to 11/24

Know of any fun activities for the weekend of 11/22-11/24 somewhere around NYC? [more inside]
posted by cali59 on Nov 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Make Me Fancy.

For a bunch of reasons (some good, some bad) I have the next two and half months totally free. I don't have to do a thing, I have no reason to make any more money and I've got oceans of time, a nest egg of savings, and a gym membership. Previous times like this I've focused on making my skill-set or apartment better/fancier, but now I want to focus on myself. No creative projects, no learning and growing, just pure, unabashed vanity. What can I do in two and half months to get all kinds of pretty? Ideally during the day. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Nov 9, 2013 - 27 answers

What to do with teens on one-day visit to Manhattan?

I think I'll take my kids (18 yr. old daughter & her boyfriend; 16 yr. old son) down to NYC for just the day this Sunday. Kids have spent almost no time in NYC and not since they were little, so it's pretty much brand new to them. I only get to go about once every 5 years, so I'm not very familiar. Son is video game enthusiast, Minecraft, EDM, young for his age, geeky kid. Daughter likes everything and will be gung-ho no matter what we do. Neither of them is particularly into museums. I myself just like walking along the streets, taking in the sights, people-watching, window shopping. I'm thinking walking around in Central Park, maybe the zoo. Or maybe checking out the highline. But what else should we do with about 5 or 6 hours? Also, we're driving down, using a rental car. What's the best part of town to park in, and what kind of parking situation would be best?
posted by primate moon on Nov 8, 2013 - 17 answers

I want to move to NYC and get a design/dtp job. Or graduate school.

I'm a fresh college graduated from a European academy for Graphic Design and want to move to NYC to gather more experience in the field, and live there for a while. Question about job search and accommodation. Considering doing a masters degree too. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Nov 7, 2013 - 10 answers

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