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.)
One of the best kangaroo burgers in New York City is from Burke and Wills on Manhattan’s Upper West Side neighborhood.
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.
We all knew winter was coming and today it arrived. Here are a few videos and pictures of the snow from Harlem in Manhattan.
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.)
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.
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 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.
I went through the Full Access NYC instagram feed and pulled 32 of our favorite photos from 2015. We started the year with some real cold and snow. Spring and Summer allowed us to get in some community gardening, fishing in Central Park and nice bike rides along the Hudson River. Fall brought vibrant colors and neighborhood exploratory walks. Winter came again but has been mild and allowed us to get in some additional outdoor activities before our annual 2 month hibernation for the start of 2016.
Why is soul food great? Because it is made with love. It is the same reason your mom’s chicken soup cures your cold and why your Grandmother’s meatballs are without comparison. The thought and care that goes into creating these dishes is what make them special. And this care can be seen in products that are developed and sold throughout the city.