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Last night, I saw the hilarious new musical Hands on a Hardbody, which follows 10 contestants competing to keep their hands on a truck from their local Nissan dealership. Set in Texas, the truck takes center stage literally, but also in each of the characters’ minds as the American Dream.

New York City is full of specialty stores, and Tender Buttons is definitely one to visit. The quaint shop, in a brick townhouse on the Upper East Side, is bursting at the seams with buttons for sale—housed in display cases and wooden drawers. Several antique buttons are even mounted and framed on the wall.

I’ve never been very interested in sushi, but after a recent visit to Midtown’s Bamboo 52, I’ve changed my mind. I tried cucumber avocado, salmon and spicy tuna rolls, which we were able to watch the sushi chefs prepare in the restaurant’s open kitchen

The Manhattan neighborhood Chelsea is an enclave of beautifully manicured townhouses, rowhouses and independent shops. When you walk further west in this popular community, you will find a large concentration of some of the world’s most renowned art galleries.

A few weeks ago, a friend was in town visiting from California and wanted a nice, casual place to have a few drinks with friends. She opted for VU Rooftop Bar in Manhattan’s Koreatown—or K-Town, as locals know it. This intimate space—with no dress code or cover charge—is perched on the 14th floor of LaQuinta Manhattan Hotel and offers great views of the nearby Empire State Building.

The other night, I saw Broadway’s new comedy ANN, the story of former Texas governor Ann Richards. Starring veteran actor of stage and screen Holland Taylor, who also wrote the play, the one-woman show was set up as if Richards were delivering a speech at a college commencement ceremony.

Last weekend, I went to one of my favorite places in the city, Brooklyn Museum. I hadn’t been to the Park Slope museum for a few years, but now that I’ve been back, I remember why I love it so much.

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.

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