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Last night, I went to an event at Tribeca Grill’s upstairs space The Loft. Like the Robert DeNiro-owned restaurant’s downstairs dining room, The Loft is filled with soft lighting and exposed brick that made me feel cozy and warm on a chilly, rainy night.

The first bar/lounge I ever went to in New York City was Beauty Bar. As the name might suggest, this casual watering hole near Union Square pairs a good old-fashioned neighborhood bar with a healthy dose of glam. You can enjoy one of your favorite libations at the bar or a table in the back room while listening to guest DJs spin tunes.

Growing up, barbecue was always one of my favorite types of cuisine, so when I moved to New York City, I was pleasantly surprised to find a great bbq spot within my first few weeks of being in this metropolis. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que is a lively rib joint a short walk from the 125th Street 1 train stop in Harlem.

A few weeks ago, I hiked through the snowy hills of Fort Tryon Park to The Cloisters, a medieval art museum operated by The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I know quite a few people with children, and it seems more often than not—be it a holiday or birthday celebration—these friends, parents and relatives find themselves searching for that perfect gift, one that the younger set will cherish for a lifetime. I tell these grown-ups to head to Kidding Around.

One of the most visited places in New York City is Times Square. This main thoroughfare of lights, attractions and restaurants is always bustling with things to do and see. Several activities are currently going on in the area to celebrate the month of love. Through March 10th, visitors to Times Square can walk through the Valentine's Heart Sculpture entitled “Heartwalk, ”created specifically for Times Square by Situ Studio.

Dining out in New York City is always an adventure. On any given night, you can enjoy every type of global cuisine, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. A number of eateries in this metropolis will offer special menus to celebrate the occasion. For Chinese cuisine, Hakkasan New York will offer a seven-course menu served with a glass of rose champagne.

Considering the large space requirements needed for a bowling alley, it’s surprising how many there are in New York. Midtown has a handful, Chelsea Piers has an alley in its spacious sports complex and even Greenpoint, Brooklyn has two bowling facilities, including my favorite: The Gutter.

New York City is full of iconic places and a New York CityPASS allows you to see six for a fraction of the cost of regular entry tickets.

The Harlem Fine Arts Show, now in its fourth year, showcases the work of visual artists of African and Caribbean heritage. The event takes place today thru Feb. 10 at the historic Riverside Church and visitors can view and purchase the work of a wide range of talented artist.

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