The areas below Midtown are pretty happening ‘hoods, with independently owned businesses and more. I got to check out two: Wellington Hair Spa and Joy Burger Bar.

My whole idea on the subject of museums changed a few weeks ago when I spent a (slightly) rowdy Friday night at The Rubin Museum of Art.

Weekend brunch is a way of life for many New Yorkers. I recently “did brunch” with a friend at IL Bastardo—a Tuscan Grill and Italian steakhouse in the heart of Chelsea.

This past Thursday, a friend and I made impromptu plans to meet up for a drink. 

Recently I traveled to Chelsea to check out Loehmann’s, a department store where savvy shoppers can save big bucks on designer finds. At the time, the store was gearing up to debut its brand new look. The famed off-pricer has flip-flopped the first and second floors, putting fashion at the front door.

A few weeks ago, I went to a one-woman comedy show at Magnet Theater. I headed to the small storefront venue in Chelsea to see Jolene Turner perform Doll Talk. The show is a very creative retelling of Turner’s journey from a thirtysomething-year-old server at the Mall of America’s American Girl Store café to using the job as her ticket to relocate to NYC and follow her dreams.

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.

One of the nicest things when you live in a city of almost 20 million people is to find a place that makes you feel like you belong. Or, to quote the long-running comedy Cheers, a place “where everybody knows your name.” For me, the Chelsea bar and brasserie Guilty Goose is one such place.


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