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Please help me find kid-friendly sites on the Upper West Side?

Please help me find little kid-friendly sites on the Upper West Side that are near the American Museum of Natural History. Preferably free or cheap, preferably air-conditioned, and preferably not the Children's Museum. [more inside]
posted by Viola on Jul 15, 2013 - 7 answers

 

Living in NYC, what are my health insurance options right now?

I am newly graduated, living in NYC, and wondering what my options are for health insurance. My school offers a continuation plan, but the price seems outrageous. [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Jul 15, 2013 - 15 answers

Itinerary to ride ALL THE SUBWAYS

My son wants to ride all the NYC subways in one day. He doesn't need to do the full length all-the-stops-on-every-line (whew), just ride a little on each one. What is the quickest / shortest itinerary that will let us do this? Some extra requests inside: [more inside]
posted by Mchelly on Jul 14, 2013 - 10 answers

What's a fun second date around BAM on Sunday evening?

Hello! I'm looking for second date ideas around the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Sunday evening after or before getting ice cream. We're both nerdy literary types and the first date was Despicable Me 2 in the theatre, which was great. [more inside]
posted by yaymukund on Jul 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Living for 3 weeks in NYC - now what?

I'm going to be living in NYC (UWS near Lincoln Center) for 3 weeks in August, as well as taking a class in Chelsea. Help me make my way in the big city and make the best of my not-in-class time! [more inside]
posted by booksherpa on Jul 11, 2013 - 21 answers

My own personal ESPN Body Issue

I guess I have the body (and ego) to ask this: Does anyone have any advice or suggestions on getting nude photos in the style of the ESPN body issue taken of one's self? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus on Jul 11, 2013 - 9 answers

What's going on outside my office right now?

There's a huge protest happening somewhere in the vicinity of Park and 23rd. [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on Jul 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Dentist Recommendations for Guardian Mananged DentalGuard in NYC

Does anyone had any personal recommendations for a dentist under Guardian Mananged DentalGuard in NYC (Manhattan or Brooklyn.) [more inside]
posted by c on Jul 7, 2013 - 3 answers

ID this picturesque spot

Where in Manhattan is this? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jul 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Would grad school be a good way to relocate?

With a strong desire to live in NY or LA and having trouble finding work that will get me out there, if grad school is a partial-to-fully-subsidised option, would it be worth while to relocate for? [more inside]
posted by djduckie on Jul 5, 2013 - 18 answers

Give me just one night...

Where to stay for one night between Providence and NYC? [more inside]
posted by Mender on Jul 3, 2013 - 7 answers

where to find a cheapish sports bra in Manhattan right NOW?

Where can I get a cheapish sports bra in Manhattan? I'm currently near 60th street and 6th ave. Bonus points for a pair of throw away shorts/tshirt. I'm staying in Newark for the night (flight leaves ewr in the morning), so I don't want to go too far. [more inside]
posted by matildatakesovertheworld on Jul 2, 2013 - 9 answers

Navigating moving and real estate- New York City style

We are currently in the process of selling a co-op in Brooklyn and purchasing another co-op in Brooklyn. How do people pull this off without ending up temporarily homeless? Really NYC-specific stuff under the fold, so recent NYC real estate experience would be best. [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips on Jul 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Food and cooking on a budget in Manhattan?

How does one do food shopping and eat healthily on a very constrained budget in Manhattan? I'm looking for resources: specific stores that have 'dented' food items, websites for good local deals, etc. [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Jun 28, 2013 - 21 answers

Is NYC the only city in America that is off-limits?

I've long considered New York City to be the one place in America that your normal person just can't live in. Generally speaking, is it? Can someone making very little money thrive there? Tips? Advice? Stories? [more inside]
posted by signondiego on Jun 27, 2013 - 32 answers

Searching for history of NYC's Empire Hotel

I'm working on a story and was looking for some historical information on the Empire Hotel in Manhattan, one of the oldest hotels in the city. I'm not experienced in research, and my google searching did not produce much. Can you all steer me in the direction of how to research the history of this hotel? [more inside]
posted by dysh on Jun 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Need to buy a blazer or suit in NYC

I left my standard blue blazer on another continent and will be speaking in front of a group of 400 people tomorrow in Manhattan. I'll be there by 1pm and don't know where to get something that fits. I'm thinking of a) finding something else a bit more stylish, b) would buy a suit if necessary but doubt it could be ready in time, but I'm open to that if there is a great recommendation.
posted by carlodio on Jun 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Which cool, stylish pants will help me not hate summer commuting in NYC?

Hot summer days in New York can be miserable with the heat and humidity. I feel like I'm on an endless quest to find the perfect summer pants. What should I wear to keep cool and look stylish without being over or under dressed? [more inside]
posted by andrewraff on Jun 25, 2013 - 10 answers

New to Scuba in NYC

[Scuba filter] I live in NYC and received my PADI open water certification this weekend (woo!). I'm interested in weekend dive trips for beginners. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Jun 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Need recommendations for low-cost/sliding scale psychiatric care in NYC

Asking for a friend of mine who lives in Brooklyn. She's suffering from some acute anxiety, and really needs to see someone, but the healthcare she gets through her company do not cover mental health expenses, and she cannot afford to pay out of pocket. [more inside]
posted by sparringnarwhal on Jun 20, 2013 - 3 answers

Who will fix my readynas?

I have a Readynas which will not boot. I have gone through support and am ready to give up. Assuming the problem is fixable, is there anyone in New York who you would trust with recovering your music / photo collection?
posted by shothotbot on Jun 19, 2013 - 1 answer

Awesome activities in and around New York City?

I'm lucky enough to work for a company that sponsors occasional off-site activities for team building. We get to go anywhere and do anything we want together, self organized, within a reasonable budget. We're (mostly) 20- and 30-something males. I'm looking for more awesome things to do in Manhattan, or within an hour or two's drive (i.e. chartered bus). Within one day or possibly including an overnight stay. [more inside]
posted by arantius on Jun 19, 2013 - 9 answers

Education That Make You Sweat

Kinda fit 20ish guy in NYC looking for classes that have physical activity as a large component. I'm not looking for sports teams or exercise classes, but " learn a skill/a thing" classes that just happen to require you to lift, run, haul, etc. A spinning class would be out, but horseback riding would be a bit closer ( but not actually horseback riding). Ideally I could get to this class on the subway.
posted by The Whelk on Jun 15, 2013 - 28 answers

Where should we meet for lunch and beers in Midtown/Chelsea?

I'm meeting with a friend tomorrow afternoon for a few beers and something to eat, and I'm drawing a complete blank! [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames on Jun 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Hit by a fence

So I was biking home from work last night and was hit by a fence. It was very windy and a portion of the fence at Grand St. and Center St. in Manhattan blew over onto me. I'm mostly fine, a little bruised but annoyed because it tore my fancy rain jacket. I know I'm going to get a lot of IANAL responses but I wanted to see if anyone had suggestions of things I could do to possibly be remunerated for the jacket by the city. Here's a picture of the bloodthirsty fence after I extricated myself and my bike from it. Any advice much appreciated.
posted by zackola on Jun 14, 2013 - 18 answers

One of these days these boots are gonna...vanish into thin air?

Asking for a dear friend who lost some beloved footwear over the course of a move: Where in New York City do you go to get a nice pair of cowboy boots?
posted by DeWalt_Russ on Jun 13, 2013 - 6 answers

Kill them. Kill them with fire. But which fire and how much?

[NYC-filter] We definitely have bedbugs - no question - and know that we need an exterminator. We will need to pay for it ourselves. What are some good, discreet, effective (preferably inexpensive) NYC exterminators? And how much do they cost, especially for the size of our infestation? Are there any better steps we can take in the meantime to prepare, minimize the infestation size, and lower our costs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Where in New York City can I take some parents to hear the Blues?

My friend's parents are going to be in town from June 14-17, and they want to see some Blues. Anyplace with Jazz is apparently a no-go; has be be Blues exclusively. [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first on Jun 11, 2013 - 2 answers

Vegetarian-friendly restaurant in Brooklyn/Manhattan on short notice?

My dad and cousin are visiting tomorrow— what's a good vegetarian-friendly restaurant in Brooklyn or Manhattan where we could get a table for three around 7pm today on short notice? It should be pretty nice and quiet. Dirt Candy would be perfect, but it looks like we're too late to get a table for tonight.
posted by yaymukund on Jun 10, 2013 - 12 answers

Where is this wedding dress shop?

Please help me find this retro wedding dress boutique in NYC that caters to plus-sized women. I may have totally made up this place in my head. [more inside]
posted by AlisonM on Jun 8, 2013 - 3 answers

lunch on upper east side

Please suggest a lunch spot on the upper east side, as close to 74th and Lexington as possible; I need to suggest a place to meet and I am blanking on suitable places within a couple of blocks of that intersection. [more inside]
posted by third rail on Jun 8, 2013 - 6 answers

The Happiest Drink in the World in NYC?

Where can I get Babycham in NYC? Either by the glass in a bar, or for purchase by the bottle. Mail order is fine, too. I'm not looking for any substitutes or similar products... I want the prancing deer!
posted by kimdog on Jun 5, 2013 - 4 answers

What is the deal with Presbyterian Delis?

I just moved to NYC for the summer, am living in Washington Heights. It's a pretty dense commercial area with a ton of shops. Among these shops are a number of places that call themselves "Presbyterian Deli." What is this? [more inside]
posted by el io on Jun 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Need to park a motorcycle for 2 weeks (continuously) this July in NYC.

Hello. I acquired a '91 Honda Nighthawk CB250 last summer, and now I need to leave town (Manhattan) for 2 weeks in July. Help me figure out what to do. [more inside]
posted by jacobdezoet on Jun 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Good bars in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Seeking a good bar or bars in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for this Saturday night. We're a group of about eight (for a decidedly non-rowdy bachelor party), and we'll be wrapping up dinner at Cubana Socíal (N. 6th & Wythe) at around 10:30 or so. We'd love to head to a place somewhere within reasonable walking distance that's fairly low key, not overpriced, not terribly loud, and (this is the holy grail, right?) not super-crowded. I'd be grateful for any recommendations. Thank you!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jun 5, 2013 - 4 answers

What are some good Italian Food in the Meatpacking district in NYC

My buddy is going on a first date with a girl and wanted to take her out to Italian in the meatpacking district in NYC. What are good choices in that area. He's looking to keep the total bill to around $125, but remember this is a first date, so we need to impress a little as well ;) Thx! Firestyle
posted by FireStyle on Jun 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Possibly Moving back to London- Help?

Hi, I am considering moving back to London after over a decade in NYC. I have a few questions that I am curious about. But after just typing and erasing them- I am just going to ask how other people have found the differences between living and working in (not visiting!) the two cities. [more inside]
posted by bquarters on Jun 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Best route from Brooklyn to I-80W in a big-ass truck?

Moving out of Brooklyn (finally). As I see it, there are two basic options. Can you tell me which one is a better bet, and/or suggest an alternate route? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on May 28, 2013 - 10 answers

Finding Notary NYC...level: Difficult

Hi, I am looking for a notary in NYC. Yes I have seen this question. [more inside]
posted by bquarters on May 25, 2013 - 15 answers

Thai Basil in NYC

Where can I buy Thai Basil in NYC?
posted by willie11 on May 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Green Mountain Energy in NYC

New York City dwellers: Do you use Green Mountain Energy for your household power? Why or why not? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on May 21, 2013 - 3 answers

Dinner in Williamsburg for 10

Looking for a restaurant in Williamsburg that can accommodate about 10 people on a Saturday night in June, for a bachelor party. Will not be a stereotypical raucous, wasted BP crowd, but would like someplace laid back. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on May 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Iconic buildings/symbols of Astoria or Queens

I'm wanting to do a project similar to this, but for Astoria (specifically, if possible) or Queens (generally, if that works out better). So basically, I'm looking for suggestions of iconic people/places/things that represent the neighborhood and/or borough, and would evoke fond memories for folks who have lived there. I'm not going to be taking photos, so I'm not limited to things that currently exist or that are concrete (as a terrible example of this, I mean that an apple could represent "the Big Apple"). I've already thought of Shea Stadium and the World's Fair stuff in Flushing Meadows (QMA, Unisphere, NYState buildings, etc.) What am I missing, Queens-folk?
posted by unknowncommand on May 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Great NYC self-serve copy shops?

I want to organize a small event where people would make/assemble their own b&w zines and minicomics. Is there a copy shop that meets my needs? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on May 19, 2013 - 2 answers

Moving from London to NYC

I'm 40, likely to be moving to NYC from London with my partner and 11 year old daughter, and am fortunate enough to have an apartment to rent out in London which gives me a budget of 5,000 dollars a month. Where would MeFi people recommend to live in Manhattan when looking for a 2 bedroom place with that budget? I have no clue, have never been there but it seems like the greatest place on Earth!
posted by colie on May 18, 2013 - 23 answers

Books about the history of New York City

I'd like to read about New York City. I'm looking for more general "New York 101" overviews, or books about longer eras/themes. I'm not looking for books about cultural "scenes" or specific events/short periods. I have my eye on "Gotham" by Burrows and Wallace, which seems like the standard one volume history, and also "The Power Broker" by Caro (which, to give you an idea, is about as focussed and specific a book about New York as I'm looking for right now). What else can you recommend?
posted by caek on May 16, 2013 - 17 answers

NYC travel challenge: LaGuardia to Weekhawken this Saturday afternoon

My wife is traveling to New York City for work this weekend, so we're making a family trip out of it (including a 5 and 1 year-old). Their first time - yay! Unfortunately, we're flying into LaGuardia and the person organizing her travel just changed the hotel reservation to the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken. We've only visited NYC a handful of times, but enough to know that's a difficult jaunt with no direct route. Getting a car service is an option, but it's almost $200 and we'd like to find more frugal option using public transportation if at all possible. Is our best bet an airport bus to the Port Authority, then transfer to something going into Weehawken (bus or bus/ferry combo)?
posted by brozek on May 16, 2013 - 17 answers

Loans for NYC Moving Expenses

I'm planning to move from one NYC neighborhood to another at the end of the summer. Though I'm 99% sure I'll be able to cover all potential expenses (movers, security deposit, first/last month's rent, broker's fee), I was wondering if there's a reputable company that advances small loans to help cover these costs. [more inside]
posted by incomple on May 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Where can I take a shower and leave a bag for the day in New York City?

In a few weeks I'll be flying into NYC around 9:00 AM and flying out around 9:00 PM, and I'd like to take a shower somewhere and maybe even leave my bag for the day so I can wander the city. So far the only options I've found are to pay about $50 for access to an airline lounge, which seems too pricey for what I want, or to book a hotel room. Surely there are cheaper options? I'm not too picky about location, but somewhere in Lower Manhattan would probably be best. Please help me out, New Yorkers!
posted by reductiondesign on May 13, 2013 - 20 answers

Best way to get from Northern Virginia to NYC?

I need to get to NYC on a Friday evening. I work in Tyson's Corner, I live in Arlington, and I will have my car with me. I would rather not drive, and I don't live near the metro. What are my options if the earliest I can leave work is 4PM? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on May 13, 2013 - 7 answers

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