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Weird NYC & DC! RIYL Mütter Museum, Body Worlds, anatomical collections?

My favorite place in the entire world is Philadelphia's exquisite and incomparable Mütter Museum, I've seen Body Worlds more than a dozen times... and you should probably refrain from clicking either of those links if you are squeamish. I will soon be spending a week in NYC followed by a week in Washington, DC. Can you help me make a list of similar museums, exhibits, and collections to visit while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Apr 16, 2014 - 6 answers

 

Temp agencies in NYC, then and now

How has getting work through NYC temp agencies changed since the 1990s? [more inside]
posted by gubo on Apr 14, 2014 - 8 answers

Working in Rutherford, NJ. Where should I live? Can I live in NYC?

I'm a single, college-educated, mid-twenties male who will very likely be relocating from the West Coast to the Tri-State area in a few months for a full-time desk job in Rutherford, New Jersey. I'd love to know your recommendations for affordable rooms, apartments, studios, etc. in safe and convenient neighborhoods. [N.B. I grew up in and lived in South Brooklyn for many years, so I'm familiar with the NYC area, but I've never lived in NJ nor ever considered living there in the past.] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2014 - 19 answers

Settle a trivial question, New York New York, or New York New York?

There may be no way to resolve this question (and it's not one of the great mysteries, I'll admit), but I'll take a majority consensus if that can be achieved. In the song, "New York, New York", is Sinatra effectively singing, "New York (City), "New York (State)", or is he singing, "New York (City), New York (City)"? My belief is that if the song were about, for example, Chicago, Sinatra would sing, "...I want to be a part of it, Chicago, Illinois", however I've encountered more than once the opinion that it would be equivalent to "...I want to be a part of it, Chicago, Chicago". What says the Hivemind?
posted by planetthoughtful on Apr 4, 2014 - 38 answers

If I can make it there...

Hi all- Heading up to NYC in a few weeks for my birthday and I'm trying to plan a fantastic weekend. Before my job became my life, I was much more up on what to do mind where to go in NY. Now, I'm a bit more clueless. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by superfille on Apr 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Where can I buy Coors Banquet Beer in NYC?

After trying Coors Banquet Beer purchased at a grocery store in Colorado, I have a strange and growing craving to drink this supremely yeasty beverage again. However, I'm having trouble locating it (tried Fairway UES and Whole Foods Union Square so far). I checked the Coors website locator, but it gives me locations that sell ALL kinds of Coors, which is not helpful. Have you seen this beer? Help! [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Apr 1, 2014 - 14 answers

Apparently, I'm going to New York

My dad and I are spending two and a half days in New York City. I have essentially never been to New York. What do I want to see? (Specific desires and some background below.) [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Mar 29, 2014 - 24 answers

Need a dinner recommendation near Town Hall, in NY

I'm meeting up with a friend to attend a concert at Town Hall in New York next month, so I need some dining suggestions. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Mar 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me adjust to (or tolerate) the Midwest...

I grew up and attended university on the East Coast. I don't know what I was thinking when I matriculated at a graduate program in the Midwest-- perhaps I thought that having lived in diverse settings would be a good life experience or something (?) ... Well, what's done is done, and I'm here for the next three years. Please help me better deal with this culture shock! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2014 - 60 answers

Where should New Yorkers and Washingtonians meet for a summer weekend?

We have done a long weekend at the Delaware shore with friends for the past few summers, and would like to try a new place. We'd like to go somewhere where we can swim with toddlers and babies (so no rough ocean--the Delaware bay was great for this) and is not too far a drive for either of us. [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Feb 26, 2014 - 11 answers

Packing and unpacking services in NYC

I am moving in Brooklyn and need a service that will pack my current apartment and unpack in my new apartment. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Feb 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Will the PATH (NJ->Manhattan) shut down if there's too much snow?

One of my coworkers said that the PATH will shut down if the snow accumulates past the height of the 3rd rail. But the line is underground (except outside where there are wires above head-height handling the charge) - could that actually happen. Has the PATH ever been shut down due to snow accumulation before?
posted by ch3cooh on Feb 13, 2014 - 6 answers

I want to be a part of it ...can I?

I have always wanted to live in New York for a year. Life circumstances mean there is now a possibility of being able to make that happen, in theory. Can you let me know if this will remain a pipe dream or if there is a chance of turning it into reality? I would like to work as a counsellor, or with an NGO. Many specifics to follow. [more inside]
posted by billiebee on Feb 12, 2014 - 16 answers

Moving to California from NYC: How... to do that.

So I've just gotten a job in San Francisco and my GF and I will therefore be leaving New York and moving. I've never lived more than 125 miles from NYC before, so I need help with understanding the logistics here. [more inside]
posted by shmegegge on Feb 10, 2014 - 22 answers

Where can I view back issues of National Geographic in NYC?

I'm looking for an article from a National Geographic magazine originally published in 1967. I've checked the New York Public Library catalog but no luck. Any ideas where I can find a copy? Digital or hard copy is fine.
posted by rsk on Feb 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Private New York karaoke venue for 30 people?

I am looking for a private karaoke room in New York that can fit approximately 30 people. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Falconetti on Feb 3, 2014 - 6 answers

Small meeting room suitable for recording in Manhattan?

A friend and I would like to have a place we can meet privately in Manhattan on a regular (monthly?) basis with enough room for the two of us, a laptop, and a microphone with the intention of recording our conversation. [more inside]
posted by ckolderup on Feb 3, 2014 - 4 answers

How can we respond to a bounced $16k check from a law firm in NYC?

What are some first steps that should be taken when a settlement check written to a client (resident in NYC) by an NYC law firm bounces? Aside from this Better Business Bureau page about filing complaints against lawyers, is there any oversight mechanism, or regulatory body, or state or city office that can help to resolve this? [more inside]
posted by jardinier on Jan 25, 2014 - 70 answers

Seeking great cherry pie delivered in midtown NYC

A relative is recuperating from surgery in midtown Manhattan. I would like to get an awesome cherry pie and have it delivered to him in the next couple of days. [more inside]
posted by alms on Jan 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Can I sublease my NY apartment while I'm gone for 1-2 years?

Our apartment in New York is rent stabilized and we love the neighborhood it's in. I was very, very lucky to find this place back back when I was single. But in April we are moving to London temporarily (maybe for two years?) because of a job my wife has taken. The dream scenario is that we could leave our furniture, find someone we trust to sublease to, and have the option to come back in two years. Or if things go terribly in London we could come back earlier. But there's a complicating factor and I don't even know if the rules would allow us to sublease for very long. Details below. [more inside]
posted by theory on Jan 14, 2014 - 8 answers

"So basically you should just try not to need a doctor."

The New York insurance website said I qualify for Medicaid. This means I'm not eligible for the regular subsidized plans and must pay full price for them if I want them. This makes no sense whatsoever, but nobody will budge on this. What can I even do? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Jan 11, 2014 - 64 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

High quality flowers in Brooklyn?

I need to have flowers delivered to a friend in Brooklyn (South Slope), and I want them to be great - looking for recommendations for someone who can do a beautiful, high quality arrangement and won't try to rip me off or fall through on delivery.
posted by ryanshepard on Dec 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Finger waves in New York?

A question from my fiancée: Bromius and I are getting married in Brooklyn in May. I have a vintage-y wedding dress and about five inches of hair, so I figure finger waves are the way to go for the big day. I'm not from NYC and I don't know any hair stylists in the area. Are there any you would recommend that can do finger waves/retro-y hair? Bonus points for makeup artist recommendations (retro-y or not). Thanks!
posted by Bromius on Dec 23, 2013 - 6 answers

NY Health Exchange Plan: Oscar, Health Republic, Metroplus. Help please?

I would love the knowledge and insights of Mefites on this decision and on my top three contenders for insurance companies and their networks: Oscar, Health Republic, and Metroplus. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous on Dec 10, 2013 - 6 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

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

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

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

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 on New Years in New York City? 2013

Mr. Slothhog and I will be in NYC for New Years Eve. We are going with 3 other lovely friends.The actual holiday is one of our group's actual 40th birthday. Interest has been expressed in attending a party... Please give us input about things that will make this visit amazing, especially the ringing in of the new year!
posted by slothhog on Nov 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Marathon Weekend in NYC

Help me and my kids plan a fun, low-hassle weekend in New York watching Missus_A run the marathon! [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Nov 1, 2013 - 26 answers

What would be dumb to miss for a person on business travel to NYC ?

I have never been to NYC. I'm on business travel next week to NYC (Manhattan financial district to be precise). I won't have a lot of touristy time, but my evenings are free, Monday - Thursday. With that limited time, and a hotel in the financial district, what sort of things would it be dumb for someone to not checkout? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Oct 17, 2013 - 22 answers

Travel in NYC during Thanksgiving?

We will be travelling to the US from Europe next year, and I'm interested in the Macy's parade. Is it worth timing our trip so we can see it - particularly as hotels seem to be cheaper in November - or is it a bad idea to visit the US during Thanksgiving (and maybe the chaos of Black Friday)? Possibly relevant: neither of us have driving licenses so would be reliant on public transport, and would plan on spending a few days in NYC before travelling on or flying home.
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2013 - 39 answers

Looking for an ADHD Coach/Psychologist in New York

I need help finding someone to help me with ADHD issues in New York City. Specifics (Sodium Acetate Crystalline Structure Details) below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Hey Albany mefites! Outdoor adventures in the area??

I'm in Albany, NY for two months and I would love some outdoor adventure ideas for this weekend (there are so many destinations to choose from - HELP!) [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 on Oct 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Fee-based financial planner in NYC for non-ultrawealthy?

Financial advisor-filter : Can anyone recommend a fee-based financial planner in NYC? Or are there sites/review sites that don't have shills on them? For DINK couple looking to save for apartment purchase and make general financial plans for the future. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Where to buy — and test — knives in NYC

Seeking suggestions for good stores in NYC to buy high-quality kitchen knives where you can test them out before purchasing. Even if they don't let you actually cut or chop anything, are there places that at least let you hold the knives in your hand, to get a sense of the grip/feel/weight, etc.? Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Sep 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Down to the wire

I'm looking for an Oct. 1st roommate share in Brooklyn, and so far I'm coming across shockingly few places listed on Craigslist. Is there another list I'm not aware of? I already put word out to my network. Details: -- I've lived in BK for six years (Crown Heights + Park Slope), and have never had trouble finding a place before. --Budget is $1100 and under. --Looking to stay for 6 months or longer --I'm searching under "rooms & shares" AND "sublets & temporary" Thanks!!
posted by jessca84 on Sep 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Antique jewelry in NYC

Looking for suggestions for places which sell reasonably-priced antique jewelry (or contemporary jewelry with a classic sensibility) in NYC. Stores with helpful, novice-friendly staff a big plus. Thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Sep 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Great NY hotels for families?

What are some great New York hotels with rooms good for a family of four (two adults, two kids)? Preferably in Manhattan, preferably in a cool area, and preferably cool architecture/design.
posted by shivohum on Sep 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Quick, Help! Birthday Event in Central Park Planned, Now Rained Out!

Where can I bring about 20 friends who were planning to meet me tonight in central park for a birthday gathering? Storm clouds are brewing and I need a good backup, like a bar. Help me save the day!!
posted by amoeba on Aug 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Cheap dinner with wine/beer in Midtown West, NYC?

I'm going to be in NYC Fri-Sun and have arranged to have dinner tomorrow evening with an old friend before heading up to the Bronx (Fieldston, near the Horace Mann School) where I'll be spending the night (so I need to be in a useful place to catch the 1 train or an express bus). I had been thinking of Luigi's, which was my standby thirty years ago (great cheap Italian food!) and which I was delighted to see was still in business, but they don't serve booze. Any suggestions for a good place in the Columbus Circle area? Must be reasonably cheap: my friend is broke and I'm not exactly flush. [more inside]
posted by languagehat on Aug 22, 2013 - 9 answers

NYC Recording Studio Tour?

I want to take my friend on a tour of a recording studio in the NYC area to take a friend on for his birthday. Google has come up surprisingly short. I'd prefer a recording studio that has come kind of historical importance, though I know that most of the legendary studios in NYC have moved or closed. If a historically significant studio isn't a possibility, I was hoping to find one that has recorded interesting artists in the alt/indie rock, power pop, or soul genres. [more inside]
posted by fructose on Aug 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Boston and New Hampshire area - what to do and see with a baby?

My husband and I are flying to Boston this month with our 11 month old. We will arrive in Boston early on a Thursday then have an event to attend at the University of New Hampshire on Friday. We leave the area the following Tuesday afternoon. What should we make a point to do and see when we've never visited the New England area before? [more inside]
posted by justlisa on Aug 3, 2013 - 17 answers

Mefites, especially New Yorkers, can I support myself in New York?

I finally moved out of my abusive household, and I am proud of myself to finally be independent now. But I moved to Seattle on a whim, and after being here for 2 months, I feel as if it's not the right fit for me. I want to move to my dream city, New York. My sublet term is up at the end of August, and I have to move, either to somewhere else in Seattle or elsewhere, either way. But I have some complicating factors, and I am not sure if I can make it work. But I really want to make it work. Can you help me figure out what my options are? Many thanks for any help! [more inside]
posted by independence under the radar on Aug 1, 2013 - 28 answers

Great scrub massage in NYC

Looking for an awesome, exfoliating scrub massage in NYC. Salt, sugar, whatever the medium—I'm interested in trying anything. Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jul 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Is it legal to throw up on a train on the New York subway system?

Is it legal to throw up on a train on the New York subway system? Inspired by something that happened to Griphus from the We Have Such Movies to Show You podcast.
posted by Bugbread on Jul 24, 2013 - 21 answers

Where to stay in NYC?

I am planning an anniversary trip to NYC for the third weekend in October - we would like someplace fun and reasonable to stay (an actual hotel, so AirBnB is out). We plan on doing some touristy things (a Broadway show, some of the big museums), but we would like to spend the rest of the time in a part of the city that's entertaining and quirky and a bit off the beaten path. Any recommendations of where to stay, and things to do once we're there, would be welcome. [more inside]
posted by Slap*Happy on Jul 23, 2013 - 16 answers

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