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Mari S. Gold is a freelance writer whose work has been published in The New York Times, American Profile, Go Nomad, www.newyorkarts.com, Stratton Magazine, Go World Travel, and other outlets. A lifelong New Yorker and avid traveler, she also writes on food, theater, and other cultural events. Her blog, But I Digress…can be found at www.marigoldonline.net.


May the Course Be With You: New York Road Runners and Where to Run in NYC

(June 27, 2019) - One New York experience that doesn’t cost a penny is running—just toss those kicks and basic gear in your bag and you’re set. There are parks, loops, and trails fit for everything from a gentle jog to a long distance workout, many with wonderful views of iconic NYC sites. (read the story...)

9 Places to Appreciate the Beauty of Stained Glass in NYC

(April 26, 2019) - New York is home to an incredibly rich diversity of sacred structures, many with magnificent artistic treasures in their carved stonework, intricate ceilings, and beautiful stained glass. (read the story...)

6 Museum Restaurants to Try in NYC

(April 26, 2019) - A morning visit to one of New York’s wonderful museums demands a refueling lunch break. Some museums have simple cafes, but several have great restaurants that are worthy destinations in themselves. Includes New-York Historical Society, The Brooklyn Museum, Cooper Hewitt-Smithsonian Museum, The Jewish Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, and the Morgan Library & Museum. (read the story...)

5 Unique Ice Cream Stops to Try in NYC

(April 26, 2019) - A natural when it’s hot out—but even before the summer starts, dessert fans flock to these way-outside-the-cone iced treat venues in NYC. Far from ordinary, these sweets are artisanal and highly Instagrammable, which helps explain their popularity. (read the story...)

Size Matters: Free Exhibition on Miniature Bindings & Texts at Grolier Club

(April 15, 2019) - As collectibles go, none may be more charming than the tiny books on view through May 19, 2019 in A Matter of Size: Miniature Bindings & Texts from the Collection of Patricia J.Pistner, a free exhibition at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street. Two hundred seventy five little marvels are on view with the oldest a cuneiform tablet, a form of writing predating Egyptian hieroglyphics, dating from 2500 BCE. (read the story...)

NYC Cultural Spring Scene at The Shed, City Center, and More

(April 10, 2019) - Hudson Yards has a brand new cultural center, The Shed, that commissions works across all disciplines. Learn more about spring programming at The Shed, supplemented by more great New York culture running into the summer months, including City Center, Brits Off Broadway, and more. (read the story...)

3 Affordable Chinese Restaurants to Try in NYC Right Now

(January 18, 2019) - You don't have to break the bank to enjoy tasty sit-down Chinese cuisine in NYC; you can even have a pleasant bit of atmosphere. Here are three great spots where you can enjoy fresh, tasty Chinese cooking at affordable prices. (read the story...)

Jack Sinanaj: New York Steak Master and Empire Builder

(October 12, 2018) - The life of Jack Sinanaj is a stellar tribute to the rewards of hard work. This native of Montenegro (which borders Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Albania) came to the U.S. in 1991, only twenty years old and speaking barely a word of English. Now, he's got a steak empire that spans from New York to around the world. (read the story...)

Celebrate Architecture at Open House New York Weekend

(October 05, 2018) - To see special spaces that make New York the fascinating place it is, join the 16th annual Open House New York (OHNY) Weekend. This year’s celebration of architecture and urban design takes place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 12-14, 2018. (read the story...)

Learn the Stories Behind the Playhouses of New York's Theater District

(August 17, 2018) - Beyond Broadway plays and their endless lore, there's a rich history to New York City's theatres. Read on to learn more about the back story behind the legendary Theater District of midtown Manhattan. (read the story...)

How to Walk Like a New Yorker: City Sidewalk Etiquette

(August 08, 2018) - To get where you're going in New York City (and maybe to pass for a local, if you'd like), it's good to know the rules of the road. New York sidewalk etiquette is easy to master if you take a minute to study up on how to walk like a New Yorker. (read the story...)

Japan Society: Timeless Tradition in the Heart of Manhattan

(August 02, 2018) - Steps away from the United Nations, the Japan Society in Midtown East welcomes anyone interested in things Japanese. From September through June, the Japan Society offers performing arts—music, plays, play readings, and dance. (read the story...)

From Art to Economics: What to See and Do at NYC's China Institute

(June 15, 2018) - Whether your interest in things Chinese relates to art, language, programs for kids and teens or cultural topics, Lower Manhattan's China Institute is a great resource. Read on for our picks for what to see there now. (read the story...)

Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms at New-York Historical Society

(May 30, 2018) - For a look at American popular culture of the Rockwell/Roosevelt era, visit the first floor galleries at the New-York Historical Society to see Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, a new exhibition that gives insight into how Rockwell’s paintings united public opinion behind President Roosevelt’s call for the defense of universal rights. (read the story...)

Kids Use Their ImagiNATIONS at NYC's National Museum of the American Indian

(May 23, 2018) - Entertaining learning experiences for kids abound at the new ImagiNATIONS Center at the National Museum of the American Indian, where a series of lively, interactive galleries awaits. (read the story...)

Where to Get Your Comfort Food Fix in NYC

(April 27, 2018) - While every culture has different comfort food cravings, here in NYC a good grilled cheese, pizza, chicken fingers, a hearty late night sandwich, bbq ribs, do the trick. Here are a few suggestions on where to fill up on some NYC classic comfort foods. (read the story...)

Historic Lower East Side Synagogues

(April 13, 2018) - Whether you are interested in history, Judaism, architecture, or even none of the above, there is a lot to enjoy at three old synagogues on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the most famous immigrant district in a city renowned for its immigrant history. All three can be visited in a few hours as distances between them are small. (read the story...)

The Best Places to Get Mussels in NYC

(March 29, 2018) - Here are our picks for the best mussel spots in NYC. (read the story...)

Solid Futures at the Rubin's Visionary New Exhibitions

(February 23, 2018) - The Rubin Museum of Art has declared 2018 as the year of the future, with exhibitions, programs, and experiences that heighten the awareness of past, present, and future. (read the story...)

Now and Forever: The Art of Medieval Time Opens at the Morgan Library

(February 16, 2018) - Keeping track of time was important long before Western civilization had clocks which appeared around 1300. The exhibition, Now and Forever: The Art of Medieval Time at the Morgan Library & Museum on view from January 26 through April 29, 2018, makes a compelling reason to look up from your digital device and visit. (read the story...)

What to Catch at the Rubin Museum This Fall

(September 29, 2017) - Whether you contemplate a visit to the Himalayas or can’t think further than New York’s Chelsea, a visit to the Rubin Museum of Art can spark new ways of seeing the world. You can look at art—painting, sculpture, objects, even an entire shrine-- that spans 1500 years; enjoy immersive experiences, join gallery tours; attend workshops solo or with families; see films; listen to music and eat at Café Serai, open whenever the museum is as well as during Wednesday Happy Hours 6-9 PM with discounts and complimentary live music. (read the story...)

These Are the Best Macarons in NYC

(August 09, 2017) - Once upon a time a chef took two almond paste shells and glued them together with a filling. The macaron was born. Since then, a number of bakeries, many with French origins, have opened locations in New York City serving these delectable desserts. Here are the best. (read the story...)

Secret Gardens in New York City

(August 09, 2017) - New York is mostly cement with noise. However, there are some wonderful green places where visitors go to get a little respite from city streets. Here are some of NYC's best kept secret gardens. (read the story...)

The Sounds of Silence: Say 'Om' at the Rubin Museum of Art

(June 19, 2017) - Longing for peace both inner and outer as a break from the noisy delights of New York City? Say om and transport yourself to the just-opened World is Sound exhibit at the Rubin Museum of Art. The program extends throughout every corner of the beautiful museum space—even the ladies’ room is imbued with sound—and the entire experience is calm and relaxing while also being stimulating. (read the story...)

Over There: WWI Beyond the Trenches Opens at New-York Historical Society

(June 13, 2017) - For a beautifully curated, sensitive, and informative exhibition, take yourself to World War I Beyond the Trenches at the New-York Historical Society, running until September 3, 2017. The show encompasses paintings, posters, sculpture, photographs, and even sheet music, which together reveal how artists worked to depict, promote, or oppose the conflict. I (read the story...)


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