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Places to hang out in New York?

Hey Internet. I'm lonely and bored. I graduated from college in May and haven't had any luck finding paid work or even volunteer work so far. Can you recommend some free/cheap places I can hang out in NYC with my laptop? Or free events/activities during the day? If there's any place that will let me walk in and volunteer, that would be great, too. [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on Aug 20, 2014 - 12 answers

A choice, for once.

Should I go with Optimum/Cablevision or Verizon FiOS internet in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Affordable tennis in NYC?

I'm looking to play tennis casually and recreationally in the Queens/Brooklyn/Manhattan area. But the costs and inconveniences are real deterrents. If I understand, I need to pay the annual membership, THEN a per-diem fee, and all of that AFTER finding a court that has availability. Is there a better way? (My friends in the suburbs drive to a local park, walk over to a free court and... play.)
posted by counterfugue on Aug 12, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me use my sick day tomorrow!

So I need to burn off a sick day tomorrow. I was planning on going to the beach but alas, the forecast calls for rain. What's something else fun that I could do in Manhattan and/or Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by Everythingsalrighteverythingsfine on Aug 12, 2014 - 11 answers

Lend us you expertise with NYC, subway, and Yankees

Lend us you expertise with NYC, subway, and Yankees [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Aug 8, 2014 - 17 answers

Reliable computer repair in NYC

My desktop computer crashed. It won't boot or even recognize the key combo for a Safe boot. [more inside]
posted by KRS on Aug 7, 2014 - 4 answers

King Lear in Central Park

Has anyone stood on line for free tickets for Shakespeare in the Park recently? How bad are the lines? How early should I get there?
posted by islandeady on Aug 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Recommendations on a costume seamstress in NYC?

My fiancee has a costume piece that needs to be taken in a bit. The piece has boning and is somewhat complex, and we'd like to find a seamster/seamstress in NYC who has experience with boning to able to alter it. Can you recommend someone? [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Aug 5, 2014 - 2 answers

Wedding Night NYC

Wedding Night Hotel NYC. I'm looking for a hotel room for our wedding night in October. [more inside]
posted by edbles on Aug 5, 2014 - 4 answers

NYC helicopter rides?

My lifelong New Yorker spouse would like to take a helicopter ride for his September birthday. Have any of you done this, and could recommend a company?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 5, 2014 - 2 answers

Loan for renovation of NYC Co-Op Apartment ? (no HELOCs/mortgages)

Loan for renovation of NYC Co-Op Apartment? (no HELOCs/mortgages). [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Aug 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Furniture in NYC

Is there somewhere in NYC (preferably Brooklyn) that has quality furniture with prices on par with the internet? We need to buy a bed, living room seating and a dining room set. The answer to this question is not Ikea. [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 5, 2014 - 19 answers

How to attach shower head to sideways Pre-War NYC bathroom

Anyone in NYC (maybe elsewhere, too) with Pre-War apartments might recognize the hoop-style shower curtain rod, the 4 tub faucets, and the centered shower head that I have just moved into. What I'd like to do is connect a hand-held shower head to this shower and clamp it to the curtain rod, turning my shower to the usual length-wise orientation. Any ideas on how to do this?
posted by antipode12 on Aug 3, 2014 - 8 answers

To what expensive NYC restaurant should I take my sister and her fiance?

My sister is getting married in New York City in January. Since she and her soon-to-be-husband live in a bitsy studio in Midtown, my husband and I don't want to buy them any "stuff" as a wedding gift. Instead of dishes/towels/silverware, I'd like for us to treat them to dinner at an amazingly fancy place that none of us would ever dream of spending that much money on normally. The kind of epic dinner that you can talk about for the next 20 years. [more inside]
posted by slenderloris on Aug 2, 2014 - 27 answers

My hair needs to be cut. Not buzzed.

Where can a man with longish hair in NYC go for a decent haircut? [more inside]
posted by breakin' the law on Aug 1, 2014 - 12 answers

Regular, temporary evening meeting space in Manhattan?

I'm working with two collaborators on a project, and I'm looking for a small temporary meeting space for three people, somewhere in Manhattan, for use only in the evenings. [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Jul 28, 2014 - 4 answers

Is it legal to require a security deposit before running a credit check?

I'm looking to rent a new apartment in NYC. For our 3 previous NYC apartments, we’ve filled out an application and paid an application fee and then once our application was approved, paid security deposit / first month’s rent at lease signing. The management company for the apartment that we are looking to rent is requesting the following: we fill out an application, pay an application fee and give them a security deposit equal to one month’s rent. If our credit is approved, then the security deposit is non-refundable and we basically have to sign a lease. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by bzn on Jul 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Peep Out Of Our Peephole, People!

My partner and I just moved into a new apartment in Queens. There's one small issue, and it's our peephole. It's missing the cover on the inside. Where can I get a replacement? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jul 27, 2014 - 9 answers

Where can I get plain ramen noodles?

Where can I get plain (par-cooked) ramen noodles in NYC? I'm talking about frozen/refrigerated, not dried. I work in Midtown, so I'm near some Japanese groceries, but all I've seen are frozen packages that include soup- is there a better option than buying those and throwing out the broth? Also, are there particular brands to look out for?
posted by mkultra on Jul 27, 2014 - 10 answers

screaming kids on the street too noisy, any code in NYC?

Recently there is this family brings their super noisy kids(about 5-6) to run and scream on the street infront of my apartment everyday from 6pm-10pm. The street is in a quite neighborhood, there are families, but I never hear or saw a single kids making such noise outside of there home on the street. One day I went down and talked to the parent and kids, that they shouldn't make noise like this, but they didn't listen and was quite rude, both the parent and the unruling kids. I really can't take this, it's extremly noisy, the screaming can't be stopped by closing my windows and putting on earplugs, not to mention it's hot summer that I need a little bit of breeze and peace in the evening at home. What Can I do? this is in NYC, is there any code for noisy street kids? thanks!
posted by pack2themoon on Jul 23, 2014 - 23 answers

No medical insurance in NYC

I haven't been to a doctor in a few years, and I don't have insurance now and won't have it for 8 months or longer. I was wondering how much would it cost to go to a doctor with no insurance and what choices do I have in the NYC area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Mefites of New York: Where should I live in NYC?

So, I'm moving to New York, and the housing situation looks really complicated. I have a friend I can crash with for a week or two, but I would ideally like to find a place soon after I arrive in the city in early August. I have no idea which areas I should be looking in, or what's reasonable for my budget. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2014 - 29 answers

Aestheticians, et cetera for a transitioning trans lady in NYC

A friend of mine who is transitioning has asked me to ask MeFi for a couple of recommendations for beauty-related services in New York City. Needs and requirements as follows: [more inside]
posted by brina on Jul 17, 2014 - 2 answers

Can my employer make me work for free for past Metrocards? [NYC-Filter]

I recently gave notice at my job, after having received Metrocards in advance. The HR department says because of the Metrocards, I still have to keep working until my resignation date, but won't get a final paycheck and will owe them money afterwards. Is this either legal or normal? What should I do? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by corb on Jul 16, 2014 - 60 answers

“Get yourself together, man. Move to X, buy a loft…”

New York City has us feeling like a New Yorker cover. Where should we relocate? [more inside]
posted by Spiced Out Calvin Coolidge on Jul 15, 2014 - 42 answers

Good place to get super-8mm home movies put on DVDs in NYC?

Lots of home movies, some are super-8, some are tapes, some are mini-DV tapes, etc. I'd like to get them put on DVDs that I can then easily edit. I'm in Manhattan, NYC. thanks (oh a long time ago there was another question like this and somebody suggested a mail-order place, but I don't feel comfortable sending off my precious home movies from the 1950s etc. away)
posted by DMelanogaster on Jul 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Thoughts on CIS major? (Computer Information Systems)

Is CIS a reliable major for future careers in NY? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Jul 11, 2014 - 5 answers

Is New York City's Tar Beach still a thing?

The door to the roof of my new NYC apartment beckons to me with dreams of sunset glasses of wine and weekend lunch picnics, but am I inviting trouble? Does "unofficial rooftop access" exist? I know people in the city hang out on their roofs all the time, but exactly how kosher is this? And what is the limit? Do landlords on average just turn a blind eye? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by snappysnapper on Jul 8, 2014 - 28 answers

What can someone who is alone this July 4th weekend do?

Usually I get together with someone and we go to the nyc piers to watch the fireworks, but since this year the 4th lands on a Friday we can't do that as my friend celebrates the sabbath. I figured I could just go the Meetup.com route, but looking at the site today there doesn't seem to be much going on that isn't already full. (I guess I shouldn't have left it to the last minute) If anyone happens to have any suggestions as to what I could do tomorrow I'm all ears.
posted by rancher on Jul 3, 2014 - 11 answers

Nice but not crazy-pricey NYC restaurants for 12 - 15 people?

I'm helping my friend's Maid of Honor plan the bachelorette party. Due to a miscommunication, I thought we would be a party of 6 for dinner. Nope. It's between 12 - 15 people. I need to rethink. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Jul 3, 2014 - 8 answers

NYC Doctor Rec

I need a new doctor in Brooklyn or Manhattan. Can you recommend one? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jul 3, 2014 - 7 answers

How can I get some work done on vacation without being an asshole?

So, my boyfriend of six months and I are heading to NYC tonight and staying 'til Sunday. I have a up against a wall with an approaching work deadline and because of my own poor planning will need to do a little bit of chipping-away-at-it while we're there. I need to carve out three or four 3/4-hour (ish) focused working sessions during our trip, and I wanted to ask the hive mind if anyone familiar with the city could suggest any non-awful ways to handle this. Light flurries inside... [more inside]
posted by sixswitch on Jul 2, 2014 - 36 answers

Businesses in New York that have been around for over 100 years

I'd like to compile a list of businesses in New York City—starting with Manhattan—that have been around for 100 years or more. I'd also like to include places the public can visit that aren't "businesses" per se. I'm guessing this information is publicly available, but I don't know where to start. Any guidance would be extremely helpful. Thanks!
posted by context adventure on Jun 29, 2014 - 20 answers

A way to thank leasing office employees?

A couple of middle-manager-ish employees perhaps bent the rules a little bit for us and allowed us to transfer a lease to new parties, completely getting us out of the lease. Should I/how do I say thank you? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jun 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Veg-friendly NYC restaurants

[NYC Filter] I want to take my girlfriend out to a nice dinner. No special occasion being celebrated. I'm thinking New American style. For vibe, think Northern Spy, which she and I loved. She's a vegetarian (I'm not) so I want the place to be veg-friendly. Most places only have a token veggie appetizer and veggie entree. I'd love to find a place that offers her more choices. Bonus points if they take reservations. Any thoughts guys?
posted by prunes on Jun 27, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me kill time while working near 34th St, NYC

Pottering around NYC: I work near 34th St/Herald Square and have huge gaps in my work schedule. Help me find nearby places (walking distance or only a couple subway stops at the most) where I can escape the office? Slightly narrowing constraints inside: [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Jun 25, 2014 - 21 answers

Strip club recommendations for NYC

There are old questions about this topic but I am looking for updated information and suggestions about strip clubs in Manhattan or Brooklyn. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Is it legal in NYC to charge tenants for repairs to building?

My NYC apartment management company is charging tenants for repairs to the roof and outside of the building (the facade). These are not improvements to the units, but to the building. The repairs were finished earlier this year. My apartment is rent stabilized. As I understand it, my next rent invoice will show an extra payment due for these repairs -- although I do not know what the fee will be yet. Before I call 311 and complain, is it legal to charge tenants for building improvements? Thanks in advance!
posted by quixotictic on Jun 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Finding an Apartment in NYC without a broker?

I am moving to NYC for work (yay!) and need to find an apartment. My start date in my new position is between 8/15 and 9/1, depending on when I can get into a place. Because I'm moving from a low-income area to a high-income one, my salary is basically doubling, which is fantastic, but not until 8/1. I'm trying to figure out a way to get around paying broker fees because my cash flow is not going to be great until the raise kicks in. [more inside]
posted by elvissa on Jun 23, 2014 - 19 answers

Hey Brooklyn Mefites, do you love your veterinarian?

I have a dog, and the vet I take him to is okay. She's nice, I'm sure she's competent, but she's not the best communicator, and for some reason I don't have absolute confidence in her. My dog has a heart issue, and I'm going to want a really good vet as he gets older. Any recommendations? I'm in Park Slope, but would go elsewhere for someone great.
posted by swheatie on Jun 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Quiet location to study in NYC where it's not too cold

Can anyone suggest a relatively quiet place to study(must have power socket and wifi) without loud music and not too cold? In NYC, Brooklyn or Manhattan. Preferrably can stay for long hours. NYU library is too cold due to AC temp too low. I already wear long pant and fleece jacket, just cant sit still without chills. Thanks.
posted by pack2themoon on Jun 21, 2014 - 13 answers

Looking for Foreign Films filmed in NYC

Hello, everyone, I'm looking for non-American films that were filmed in NYC. I don't mean films that just take place in NYc but are filmed elsewhere (a la The ninth Gate) but films that were actually filmed in the city. They don't have to be in English, in fact it might be preferable if they weren't.
posted by I-baLL on Jun 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Why would a potential Craigslist landlord ask for my birthday?

Is there a scam I'm not aware of, or any reason why I shouldn't tell this person my birthday? I can't think of why I shouldn't, but it just seems a little strange. I would ask them why they want the info, but don't want to come across as strange, in case this is a normal thing. [more inside]
posted by taupe on Jun 18, 2014 - 15 answers

Looking for NYC-based activities for recently retired grandmother

My grandmother is 89, and only retired in the last year. Since she's retired, she hasn't been doing much, and I'm worried about how she'll do over the next few years if she doesn't stay busy. I'd like to make a list of things she could be doing in NYC, where she lives, to stay active. She has some very specific needs and interests, though, and can be a bit ornery, so I'm hoping you can help me work within her limitations. [more inside]
posted by violetish on Jun 17, 2014 - 14 answers

Real estate agent recommendations in Manhattan/NYC?

We're thinking seriously about buying a place in Manhattan (and possibly Brooklyn). We have a fairly unique split search (one strand of which is focused on looking for a place that will lower our costs, and the other strand of which is focused on finding a place that might increase our costs a little bit). We need recommendations for honest, intelligent, and very capable real estate agents to help. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Jun 16, 2014 - 6 answers

New York City Subletting and maybe leaving early?

What is an appropriate agreement to buy out an NYC apartment sublease in order to leave before it is through? [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips on Jun 16, 2014 - 1 answer

JFK -> Penn Station

Trying to work out some travel logistics. If I am on an international flight that gets in to JFK at 7:20pm on a Tuesday, what is the likelihood that I could make it to Penn Station to catch a 9:20pm train? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Jun 16, 2014 - 34 answers

Affordable intermediate sailing lessons in NYC: is it possible?

Ahoy! I've taken (and enjoyed) Manhattan Sailing Club's basic intro to sailing course and been on the water several times in other places. I'm now looking for a way to continue to sail and learn in New York on the weekends. Is there anywhere you can take a non-beginner class with an instructor without emptying your bank account? [more inside]
posted by J-Do on Jun 15, 2014 - 3 answers

NYC bar for a Saturday night gathering

Seeking an NYC bar for a gathering of around eight people in their mid-to-late 30s. Requirements: quiet enough to talk; spacious enough that we can all congregate in one spot or will take reservations; in downtown Manhattan (roughly speaking); reasonably accessible by subway a big plus. Difficulty: event planned for a Saturday night, around 8 PM, and I don't expect everyone to show up at the same time (which makes reservations tricky). Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jun 9, 2014 - 8 answers

Where to live for Yeshiva/Albert Einstein College of Medicine?

My cousin's boyfriend has accepted a postdoc at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. He'll be moving here in August. He is a research scientist and will be keeping very odd hours and making frequent trips to campus to access the lab. Where should he live? Details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by kimdog on Jun 3, 2014 - 10 answers

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