Staten Island’s Snug Harbor is an excellent day getaway from the island of Manhattan by Staten Island Ferry. A New York City park and cultural center, Snug Harbor is one of those places that can satisfy the urban explorer, the naturalist and the casual tourist in all of us. Here you can learn about local nautical history, spot some contemporary art, watch a performance or walk the beautiful sprawling gardens making up the park grounds.
What we love about New York City is that you can find food from anywhere in the world here, even delicacies from Central Asia: the juicy marinated grilled meat of shashlyk, the julienned Korean-style salad morkovcha, the tandoor-baked lepeshki, hand-pulled lagman noodles, and many other homemade delicacies. Luckily for us, New York has a swelling community of Central Asians who have begun to migrate here after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Iron Curtain, and have opened many Central Asian restaurants where you can catch up on all the food that you have been homesick for.
In the wake of the recent hurricanes and severe weather patterns, it is possible that uptown neighborhoods like Hudson Heights (also known as Fort Washington) within the broader Washington Heights neighborhood may become more desirable places to live in New York City. A hilly alternative to the otherwise flat landscape of Manhattan, the neighborhood is one of the most beautiful in New York, and full of Art Deco and Tudor Revival architectural details. It also has the unique position of being home to both the highest point in New York City and one of the deepest subway stations. (more…)
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area we had influence from the music of New York City in waves over the years. My first sounds of the streets were from lowrider car cassette decks playing old R&B songs but with intervals of the sounds that were coming from the streets of New York from groups like Los Hermanos Lebron, Eddie Palmieri, The Fania All Stars, Hector Lavoe, and Ruben Blades to name a few. I always imagined that these sounds filled barrios across the United States with the feeling that our voice was being heard even though the mainstream media did not play it on the radio. (more…)