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On Wednesday, I went to an event at Zucker’s Bagels and Smoked Fish near Grand Central Terminal in Midtown East. This recently opened, cozy spot offers authentic hand-rolled, kettle-boiled bagels made on-site and much more—including a wide assortment of pastries, coffee from popular roasting company La Colombe, authentic seltzers, daily shipments of smoked fish, and deli sandwiches—all from New York vendors.

I wouldn’t say I’m a coffee snob, but I’ve been drinking the caffeinated brew for as long as I can remember. I don’t subscribe to the “double whip,” “double foam,” etc. philosophy—just give me a plain old cup of coffee any day.

If you’ve never heard of roller derby, get ready to learn about your new favorite sport. New York City’s league Gotham Girls Roller Derby includes four teams: Bronx Gridlock, Manhattan Mayhem, Queens of Pain and Brooklyn Bombshells.

Last year, I went to Grand Gourmet – The Flavor of Midtown® at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall. This culinary event brings together the finest Midtown Manhattan restaurants all in one place and delectable delights range from succulent steak to seafood and even an ample helping of desserts.

A jewelry designer once told me “a good statement piece makes or breaks an outfit.” In the same vein, an interior designer friend once told me “it’s all about the finishing touches.” So, when I visited Macklowe Gallery—a tony, family-owned establishment on Fifth Avenue in Midtown East, which specializes in French Art Nouveau furniture and objects, Tiffany lamps, lithographs, antiques and estate jewelry—I was sure I’d find something spectacular.

Yesterday afternoon I went to the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan. The three-story, multi-media museum gives a comprehensive look into Jewish life, history and culture—from its origins all the way through the present.

Greenpoint’s independent bookstore, Word Brooklyn, is home to an array of literature, author events and friendly staff members.

My first introduction to the skillful art of synchronized dancing while standing on top of a bar was the movie Coyote Ugly. I was still a good four or five years away from the legal drinking age when this cinematic masterpiece hit a theater near you, but the film did raise a lot of questions for me: Do bartenders really dance on the top of bars? Isn’t it slippery? (And most importantly) Someone decided Tyra Banks needed to be on the silver screen?

A few weeks ago, I went to Hofbräu Bierhaus in Midtown East. This German beer hall is the perfect place to go with a large group of friends—the space boasts several long wooden tables—for authentic German beer.

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