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Yesterday afternoon, I took a tour of Times Scare—a haunted destination in Midtown that’s open all year. The spooky vibe begins once you set foot in the space: The entrance looks like an old cathedral, including a re-imagined Sistine Chapel ceiling, with Adam as a half skeleton and God surrounded by skulls.

Sirio Ristorante New York, named after legendary restaurateur Sirio Maccioni, opens today at The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York. The History One of Manhattan’s most beloved restaurateurs, Sirio Maccioni, has been a leading fixture in the New York hospitality game for nearly 50 years—evening helping to the launch the careers of household names, including chefs Daniel Boulud and Jacques Torres.

Yesterday afternoon, I took a tour of Holiday House—an Upper East Side mansion that transforms into a holiday-themed designer showhouse every fall. This year, 27 designers were given the task to thoughtfully design each of the many rooms—picking a theme for each space.

Last week, I traveled to the Lower East Side with a friend to see a band, Their Planes Will Block Out the Sun, play at Leftfield NYC. I don’t find myself in this area too often, so I was presently surprised when we didn’t find ourselves totally lost while looking for the venue—it’s near Delancey St., the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare.

In all the time I’ve lived in Upper Manhattan, I’ve wanted to go to a Columbia Lions football game at their 218th Street stadium, but never remembered when football season came around. This year, I made it a point to go and was glad I did. The game I attended, against the Fordham Rams, started at noon, but most fans got to the area over an hour earlier to start tailgating.

On Monday night, I was invited to eat at Barrio 47, an intimate West Village eatery specializing in wood-fired, Mediterranean cuisine and creative cocktails—crafted with house infused spirits. This has been a particularly rainy week, and Monday was no exception. Although I found myself walking, in the rain, in the wrong direction to the restaurant, once I finally got my bearings and found the place—ironically it is very close to the subway station—I instantly forgot about my soggy adventure.

Have you ever heard people try to chalk up someone’s personality to birth order? Like being firstborn, middle child, last-born or the only child instantly explains our behaviors? I mean, people have actually written books on this. I don’t really subscribe to that sort of thing, but I will say, as the firstborn, I like to brag about my younger brother’s accomplishments—almost like a parent.

Want to see a new band, listen to a reading by your favorite author or mingle with book-lovers at a party all while donating to charity? Head to Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe, where you can do all of the above.

Last week, I took a tour of Beretta Gallery on the Upper East Side—and very close to Central Park. I’ve seen images of the store on the pages of IN New York magazine and was interested in seeing the space for myself. The three-story shop reminds me of an elegant townhouse—from the polished wood accents and plush chairs, to the hunting-related artwork and trophies prominently displayed on the walls.

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