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History of the Rockaways, Queens – Past and Present

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In the summer, New Yorkers line up at Pier 11 to catch the New York Beach Ferry. It takes up to 250 passengers from Wall Street to the Jacob Riis Park Beach in the Rockaways. The ferry travels by the Statue of Liberty, under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and past numerous scenic landmarks on the way…

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Al Fresco Dining in New York (Or Eat Your Big Apple Outside)

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From gourmet picnics to elegant feasts on a rooftop terrace, New York City offers diners many ways to enjoy world-class food in the great outdoors. Alice Waters, the famed restaurateur, author and organic food activist, once said, “It’s true that appetites are sharpened and tastes are enlivened in the open air.” Exploring the city’s avenues,…

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Punk Rock to the Rockaways!

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Over the past two months, I had the awesome opportunity to co-lead a Punk Rock School Bus tour, in concert with the recently closed HEY HO! LET’S GO! Exhibit on the Ramones at the Queens Museum. One tour was back in June and the other was last month. On each tour I got to take…

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I Love The Bronx… Week!

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I Love The Bronx Week Levy's Unique New York Family Of Tour GuidesA few weeks ago, Jonah Levy and I had the wonderful opportunity to TAKE a tour, instead of LEAD a tour. Better yet, we got to take a tour of The Bronx – probably the…

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A Concert In My Living Room

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A Concert in My Bushwick Living RoomI came home a month ago to find a concert in my living room. Well actually, I came home a month ago to find 40-some-odd complete strangers, hanging out in my kitchen and living room, drinking beers and wine (they BYO’d,)…

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In which Matt Levy takes a DIY Craft Cocktail Class

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Matt Levy and Eben Freeman make craft cocktailsFor those of you that didn’t know it, I am a craft cocktail enthusiast. This is a combination of circumstances (having a 2.5-year-old means I don’t go out much after bedtime) location (NYC is an incredible craft cocktail city) and…

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Panorama Challenge 9: Round 1 Questions & Answers

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Thanks again to all of you who came out to the Queens Museum to make it a great night! There were no perfect scores, but there were no 100% stumpers, unlike ‘Ota Benga’ from last year.  At least one team got each of the answers,  both Challenger & Pro. Congratulations to all! See you at…

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Panorama Challenge 9: Halftime Presidential Quiz

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Name any 4 Presidents for ONE POINT maximum. He saw Lincoln’s funeral procession from his family home in NYC. TEDDY ROOSEVELT He lived in the Bronx (Riverdale) as a boy. JFK ‘His Accidency’ got married in 1844 at Church of the Ascension on 5th Ave. JOHN TYLER He had 2 tickertape parades in NYC, but…

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Panorama Challenge 9: Round 2 Questions and Answers

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ROUND 2 All Saints 16 This Saintly Avenue runs north for over 4 miles, beginning here an area we ‘might’ call SoHoHoHo. Name the Saintly thoroughfare. SAINT NICHOLAS AVENUE The most famous poem about that saint came from a man whose father named this neighborhood. He named it after a London facility which is now…

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Final Results for the 9th Annual Panorama Challenge

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Congratulations to all the teams!  Thanks to everyone for coming out to the Panorama.  You helped raise money for a fantastic place, The City Reliquary, and everyone had a great time! (Right?) This year we did (as I had a feeling we might) went into ‘sudden death overtime’ as four Challenger teams had identical scores. …

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