I love to stop and draw when I take walks in New York. I'm inspired by architectural details and monumental perspective, contrasts of space and light. Usually I wander aimlessly until I find an interesting spot to sit with my sketchbook, but that's a bit tougher when it's 20 degrees outside. I'm in the process of setting up weekly sketching adventures with a novice artist friend, and I feel there should be some planning involved. Help me compile a list of potentially inspiring places we can sit and sketch in the city without our fingers freezing off. [more inside]
I love watching male ballet dancers in the New York City Ballet. What else would I enjoy watching? [more inside]
My husband and I are taking my nearly 2 year old on her first trip to New York. We're going to be there to buy books and fabric, but this will take less than a day out of our three day trip. We've been to New York dozens of times, but never with a kid in tow. We'd like some suggestions for toddler-friendly shops, sites, and restaurants that we can use to break up our errands. [more inside]
I'm an established photographer with a large body of work in travel and performance/event, with a niche in circus arts. I've exhibited in the past, and I'm looking for resources on funding/grants to put on an exhibition in either New York or London. [more inside]
How / Where can I sell some designer items? [more inside]
What weather and road issues should I be aware of in my drive from Birmingham to Boston next Saturday, and what sights should I see? [more inside]
Where in New York can I get a machine-washable 35"-40" long apron for ~$15? I'm tired of wearing aprons that end at mid-thigh, but all the long aprons I've found are heavy, expensive things designed for protection while welding or turning wood or working with chemicals. This is just for cooking, so a waterproof backing would be nice but I don't need leather or ballistic nylon or pockets. I'd rather not go online because the shipping alone is often $15.
New Yorkers: Visiting early next year, wife and child traveling with me. Wrinkle: I'll be working during the days, so I'm looking for cool (and safe) things for them to do and places to go while I sit in a convention center. [more inside]
What is the copyright status of works created by the New York City government? Specifically works created by the Department of Health or similar agencies, concerning vital statistics and similar public data? (That is, indices to vital records but not actual vital records, which are protected by privacy restrictions.) Does it make a difference if the records and books were published more than 50 years ago? 40 years ago?
(looking for somewhere to live) Where is like New York, but not as expensive? [more inside]
How do I find a quality language tutor for myself in NYC? [more inside]
Need a NYC doctor (GP) that is laid back and understands people who are terrified of doctors. [more inside]
Where in Manhattan could I get my hair cut next week? [more inside]
Where can I go to get a squat/deadlift form tune-up in NYC? [more inside]
This non-New Yorker is looking for personal recos for an awesome place (coffee shop, library, resturaunt) to work from in mid-town Manhattan tomorrow. Requirements: cheap WiFi, not too far from a subway drop, and doesn't mind me hanging out for basically 10 hours on my laptop. [more inside]
I am in New York City until Friday evening. What are some good ways to pass the time (indoors, please!) [more inside]
Another NYC/Brooklyn restaurant question: City views edition. [more inside]
I want to donate more in support of Hurricane Sandy, but I'm concerned that while the Red Cross and the NYC Mayor's Fund are probably getting a ton of love, there are other charities in the city that are in dire straights as a result of the hurricane. (Or just in general.) What smaller, local NYC charities need our support the most?
Need to buy some subway tile in NYC... quickly. [more inside]
I’m currently in NY in an apartment without water, sewage, heat or electricity. I’m living elsewhere until my area gets these services back. As I understood it, an apartment without these sorts of things (not to mention the stench of sewage and sea water eating away at the belongings in the floor below and the mold that must be growing there – I think the tenants down there are simply walking away and not cleaning up) is considered uninhabitable. Aren’t renters, by law, not obligated to pay rent until these issues are fixed? [more inside]
Apologies in advance for a very niche question . . . I commute to and from work on the BDFM trains in New York City. I've noticed that between the Rockefeller Center stop (47-50th St) and the Bryant Park stop (42nd St) going southbound, the express trains (BD) switch sides with the local trains (FM). In other words, looking in the direction the trains travel heading south, at 50th st, the BD trains are on your right and the FM trains are on your left, whereas at 42nd st they are reversed. I've also seen both trains leave the station at the same time heading south and somehow switch sides between the two stations. My question is, how? I could see a switch in between the stations, but again, I've seen both trains leave at the same time and arrive at the same time, so that would seem to rule a switch out. Does one go above the other one? It's such a short distance between the stations I find that hard to believe, but that's the only explanation I've come up with. Am I missing something? Is there a switch and I just missed it? Is there a place online to see maps of the actual subway tracks underground?
Paid off the NY speeding ticket. Got additional fees. What do? [more inside]
Where to get a very high quality but casual meal alone this Sunday evening in NYC? [more inside]
What are the best student discounts in New York City for non-traditional students? [more inside]
Help me rent out my NYC-based events space for workshops, seminars, presentations, parties, mixers, etc.
Help me rent out my NYC-based events space for workshops, seminars, presentations, parties, mixers, etc. [more inside]
Looking for a place in NYC where I (a dude) can get good, natural-looking hair coloring for about a hundred bucks. [more inside]
A friend and I are heading into NYC next weekend. We are coming from Montreal and driving across the border. However, after that, we haven't decided the best way to get into the city. Should we drive to Albany and take a bus from there? (Is there long term parking in Albany?) Should we drive into a suburb and take a train in? Should we drive into the city and find a lot? (I'd probably prefer to do one of the first two unless there is some reason to do the third.) [more inside]
I need good estimates on timing for a cab ride from the East Village to La Guardia on a Tuesday afternoon. [more inside]
Where can I find cinematography courses in New York City? [more inside]
My dad tells stories of New York tax collectors hanging out in the parking lots of popular New Jersey malls and Ikeas and the like, writing down NY plates and sending estimated sales tax bills or "reminders" for the voluntary portion of their bill. Is this real or apocryphal?
It's a bit of a wide net I'm casting here, but where's the biggest and/or nicest apartment I can rent for under $500 in fairly cool cities in the Eastern half of the USA? Say, anywhere east of (and including) Minnesota to Louisiana. I love NOLA, and I've liked everyone I've ever met from Minnesota... [more inside]
I live in New York City. I own a car that I only need to use 2-3 times a month. Are there any low(er)-cost parking alternatives if you don't need constant access to the car? The ideal parking situation for me would be a garage with 24-hour access that would be reachable by public transit. Something way out there in Queens, Brooklyn or even Westchester. Is there such a thing?
I want to learn about garbage removal in early New York. [more inside]
Does there exist a fancy karaoke venue in Manhattan? I'm turning 31 and I want to have a birthday party at a karaoke bar. I would also like to dress up. [more inside]
Where can a short guy buy clothes that fit? [more inside]
Can you be middle-class and live in Manhattan? What is that like? [more inside]
What can I expect from New York Comic Con? [more inside]
How do I acquire pepper spray in New York City? [more inside]
How to fix a lousy afternoon commute routine? [more inside]
Let's say I have a stack of parking tickets in NYC in the 1990's and early 2000's. What are the chances they're going to come up if I get a license in NYS again? [more inside]
I'm looking for film noir-ish locations in Manhattan to sit down and write! [more inside]
When driving a roadtrip from Toronto / Buffalo to Newfoundland should I go through Canada or the US? [more inside]
NYC filter: How does the bedbug disclosure law end up playing out when one is looking for a new apartment? [more inside]
Where should we go for a nature-filled long weekend within 4 hours of Toronto, Canada? [more inside]
Starting in one month, I'll be an unemployed NYS graduate student living completely off of loans. Am I eligible for family health plus/medicaid? [more inside]
Do you know a good talk therapist in Brooklyn or Manhattan, or can you help me find one? Would you recommend yours? I'm not sure why I'm finding it so difficult. [more inside]
Where to stay in Brooklyn, October 2012 edition. [more inside]
What do I tell New Yorkers when they disparage Boston, my home town? [more inside]
What to wear to a play in New York? [more inside]
Leaving the city: how do you pick your new town? [more inside]