Andrew Hickey

Some of the crazy concoctions available at the Doughnut Place in New York City

A sample of the crazy concoctions that are available at the Doughnut Plant in New York City

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Let’s face it, we Americans love junk food. We cant help it as most of us were raised on it from a young age. As much as we try to count calories, eat organic and attempt to hit the gym, the occasional donut or cupcake finds it way into our hands and down our throat. So stop hiding your love for all that is devilishly delicious, embrace your inner kid-like cravings and visit these four high-sugar eateries around New York.

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M Bar

M Bar

Not long ago, we filled you in on five of New York’s newest hotel bars. But the city has plenty of other spots serving ice-cold cocktails worth checking out. We like these four in particular:
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The Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum

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New York  is full of many great museums, many of which are concentrated along Museum Mile on the Upper East Side. But these three spots — a bit distant from popular tourist haunts like Times Square and the Financial District — are worth a subway ride for their interesting collections and special exhibits and events.

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The New York Palace Hotel, a short walk from Saks.

The New York Palace Hotel, a short walk from Saks.

Recession or not, one thing remains a staple around Manhattan this time of year: the holiday windows. So if you plan on visiting New York, or even if you live nearby, here is a list of some stores you need to stop by for more than a last-minute gift. Read More »

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Tomatoes in Union Square

Tomatoes in Union Square

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New York has plenty of restaurants stocked with local, organic, family-farmed, and otherwise sustainable ingredients. But sometimes it’s more fun to go straight to the source — or at least the farmers who actually grew (or raised) what you’re eating. Here are three greenmarkets worth a stop.

Union Square Greenmarket: Opened in 1976, this year-round attraction is by far the most well known greenmarket in the city. Come by early enough in the morning and you may bump into some of New York’s top chefs as they pick out items for their restaurants. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays feature cooking demonstrations from the likes of Robin Puskas of “Kitchen Caravan,” and on Fridays you’ll be able to sample some fine wines. Union Square West from 15th to 17th Streets. Stay nearby at W New York — Union Square. Read More »

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Hallo Berlin

Hallo Berlin

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It’s been 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, which for us is as good a reason as any to suss out some of New York‘s best German food. Here are three restaurants where a toast to reunification would be particularly appropriate.

Heidelberg: Located in what was once a vibrant German neighborhood, Heidelberg has the look, feel and taste of Deutschland down to a science. Chow down on some of the city’s best wurst, including the perfectly cooked smoked bratwurst served with potato salad and sauerkraut and a two-liter draft. Save room for their out of this world apple strudel. 1648 Second Ave. Stay nearby at the Franklin NYC. Read More »

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The Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge

We don’t need to tell you that hiking across the 126-year-old Brooklyn Bridge is incredibly popular with visitors to New York. But once you walk out the door of Lower Manhattan hotels like Gild Hall or the Millenium Hilton, it’s a more than two miles to cross the bridge and get back. To us, that’s more than enough distance to warrant a snack on the east side of the East River.

Perhaps confusingly, the neighborhood right at the end of the Brooklyn Bridge is called DUMBO, or Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, for the other big suspension span nearby. While the names may not make too much sense, stopping at a few of these places certainly would. Read More »

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Bryant Park Hotel

Bryant Park Hotel

Starting November 6, New York‘s Bryant Park will be kicking it into high gear for the holidays with two great annual attractions.

The Pond at Bryant Park: The Pond is the first and only free ice skating rink in Manhattan, which takes the sting out of $12 skate rentals. Those packing their own blades skate for free. While lockers are free, bag checks and lock rentals cost $9. The Pond at Bryant Park will be open seven days a week between November 6 and January 24, 2010, Sunday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight. Read More »

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Pete's Tavern

Pete's Tavern

New York’s leafy Gramercy Park neighborhood may be best known for its namesake — and notoriously exclusive — park, but it also has some of the city’s most authentic Irish pubs. Here are three of the best bets, all of which are just a short walk from hotels in the area.

Pete’s Tavern: Opened in 1864, this popular pub claims to be the oldest continuously running bar in New York — and even served up cold ones during prohibition by disguising itself as a flower shop. Legend has it that O. Henry wrote “The Gift of the Magi” here, though he was likely sipping something stronger than the house brew, 1864 Ale, while working on his tragic short story. 129 E. 18th St. Stay nearby at the W New York — Union Square. Read More »

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