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Seth Fera-Schanes

Publisher, Full Access NYC

A River is Never Too Far Away: Fly Tying in Harlem

New York is the most populated city in the United States.  It is home to some of the highest skyscrapers around.  It has residential apartment buildings layered with tenants.  Needless to say, it can be a crowded, congested place to live and visit. There are three moments when […]

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Where to Get the Great Buffalo Wings in Harlem

Corner Social – My personal favorite spot for hot wings in Harlem.  Corner Social has a full restaurant menu and a nice bar.  It can get a little noisy but has a great atmosphere and is a good place to go with friends.  The wings are big, flavorful, a little pricier than other places on the list, but this is my go to restaurant and I would recommend trying them out.

Venison Medallions with Cocoa Powder and Smoked Paprika Rub

Not only is New York a food town, but given its location within the tri state area, you can source a lot of fresh ingredients from the Hudson Valley, Connecticut and New Jersey.  My friend provided some Central Jersey venison and I got to have some fun with a few ingredients that had been sitting in my spice cabinet.

I had purchased Tcho cocoa powder and it was just asking to finally be opened.  I also had smoked paprika from Sullivan Street tea and spice company in the Greenwich Village. Rounding out the ingredient list was a Laguna Salt Company Black Truffle Salt.  I got out a little bowl and added about a tablespoon of cocoa powder, dash of smoked paprika and pinch of truffle salt (exact measurements, obviously.)

Winter Bird Watching in Central Park

There is a great documentary on HBO called, Birders: The Central Park Effect.  The movie shows the huge range of birds who live in the park and use it as a stop over on their migratory flights.

If you live in the city or are just visiting you can take full advantage of bird watching in the park.  One of the best places to go is the North Woods towards the top of the park.  Spending even an hour on the weekend will afford you the opportnity to see a lot of different bird species.

How Do I Avoid Paying Broker Fees When Moving Into A New York City Apartment?

You are excited to move to New York but know there is a laundry list of work to get you started.  This might include finding a job if you went the 2 suitcase and 1 way plane ticket route.  It will include locating your nearest grocery stores and quickly learning how many bags you can carry home (remember most of us don’t have cars.  I can carry up to 8 bags of groceries at this point….)  Where is your local bar, sushi and thai restaurants.  Brunch place for new residents is also a must.  Finding the right subway car that lets you off at the exact exit that is closest to your apartment is for a slightly more seasoned newcomer but trust me that within 4 months you will know exactly where to stand.

I feel like I might be overlooking one small detail.  Possibly something about Maslow and shelter.  That’s right, you need to find a place to live and very few cities can be more nerve wracking than New York.  It’s everything you have already heard and read about (expensive, inevitability of dealing with some cockroaches or mice, loud, multiple entry doors, lots of stairs.)

Hard Workout Along the Hudson River Greenway

Picture a path in the city that is both scenic and not congested with tourists and residents.  A place like this exists on the Hudson River Greenway if you start at 125th street in Manhattan and head north.

You can access the path right off the 1 train at the 125th street subway stop.  Walk a few minutes west past Dinosaur BBQ and Fairway Grocery store and you will be met with a panoramic view of the Hudson River and New Jersey.

What Can I Do Morningside Heights?

Let’s say you have been to New York City before.  You have seen Times Square, attended a Broadway play, spent time with the Pharaohs in the Egyptian wing of the Met and sat at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park and watched the boats peacefully glide across the pond and then bump into each because no one knows who to steer those things apparently.

Late Night Jazz in Harlem

Late night music in a small venue has always appealed to me.  The intimate atmosphere and energy that moves through the crowd when a solo artist or group is deep into their set is electrifying.  This led me to look for music spots around the city and one I had long heard about was Bill’s Place on 133rd street in Harlem.  When I had family come into town one weekend I made my move and got us tickets.