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Articles By: Leah Williams

Born in Colorado, raised in Alabama, Leah Williams quit her job and flew the Southern coop at age 25 and moved to France. Then after three years of exploring, eating, peopling, philanthroping and moving every year on the dot, she finally found her home in New York City. And now she's going to write about it. Enjoy.


This Thursday, March 20, 2014, New York is celebrating its 4th Annual Macaron Day, a sugar-filled culinary adventure where one can try as many free macarons as they can (at least that’s how we play it), all to benefit City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization. In honor, we put together our top favorite macaron shops in the city. (Please note, not all of these are participating vendors, for a full list check out their website.)


Cafe Lalo hot chocolate spots NYC Untapped CitiesPhoto via Cafe Lalo’s Facebook Page

Before the spring arrives (which we are all anticipating), there are still a few fun activities to enjoy while we wait. Namely, drinking plenty of tasty hot chocolate! So to get you through these last few weeks of winter, we’ve compiled a carefully curated list of the best hot cocoas to check out in the city. We had such a tough time “researching” for this, but hey, someone had to do it.


Nicholas Roerich Museum-UES-Manhattan-Upper East Side-NYCNicholas Roerich Museum. Image via Wikcommons by The Fixers

Nestled right next to Riverside Park on West 107th is a tiny, lesser-known museum dedicated to a talented and prolific Russian artist, Nicholas Roerich. So prolific was Roerich that technically he was also an archeologist, costume & set designer, writer, philosopher and public figure…did you get all that?

The Nicholas Roerich Museum is like a mini-Frick Collection but with a few exceptions–the museum is free, and all the artwork and artifacts were painted and discovered by Nicholas Roerich himself. Housed in this three-story Upper West Side town house are over 200 works of art ranging from paintings of the Himalayas to scenes from historical references to sketches from his early days designing sets for Russian ballets like The Rite of Spring composed by Igor Stravinsky.