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Jamaican jerk chicken, Chinese stewed beef pulled noodles, Ukrainian borscht – a trip along the BQ and N subway lines in Brooklyn is an international culinary adventure. Nicknamed the “Brooklyn Horseshoe,” the subway lines traverse a chain of neighborhoods with extremely high immigrant concentration and diversity. (more…)

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Nathan’s Famous has been “more than just the best hot dog” since 1916. In fact, the Coney Island-based chain is one of the original fast-food restaurants. The products are available in all 50 states, and around the world from Egypt to Malaysia. But beyond its delicious sausages and huge impact lies a rich untapped history.

Read more below and join us for our next tour of the Secrets of Coney Island, where you’ll learn about the secrets of not just Nathan’s but the fascinating, lesser known history of the entire area:

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The interior of Chikarashi. Photo by Selwyn Chan

Nestled between East Canal Jewelry Inc. and a multi-use building in Chinatown, is Chikarashi, a new Japanese-style poké sushi bowl restaurant at 227 Canal Street. Prior to 2016, the building maintained a number of identities. Before it was Chikarashi, the store sold knockoff designer bags. Now, Jonathan Chu, part of Chu Enterprises, is ready to bring new life to Chinatown. Chu was involved in other projects in the Chinatown neighborhood, including the transformation of 50 Bowery into a luxury hotel and the restoration of the historical Tuxedo Restaurant on Doyers Street.

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New Taste of the UWS will be held the evenings of June 3-4 on Columbus Ave between 76th & 77th Streets.

New Taste of the UWS will be held the evenings of June 3-4 on Columbus Ave between 76th & 77th Streets.

Every spring the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District hosts a food festival celebrating the Upper West Side’s best and most patriotic neighborhood restaurants, which contribute their food and labor stylishly and generously for the betterment of the neighborhood. There’s no more efficient way than New Taste to learn where to eat and have fun on the UWS.

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Keyword (Floating Bar)-Frying Pan-NYC-Untapped CitiesThe Frying Pan with Pier 66 Maritime Bar & Grill. Photo via Frying Pan

More than just places to gather and imbibe, many of New York City’s floating bars have a great history as well. So if the sea calls to you like it does to a titanic number of New Yorkers, don’t worry, you’re not too late. You can still get your nautical fill at any of these ten floating bars around New York City.

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Join us on a trip through the booze-soaked trenches of Brooklyn.

If you walk down Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, past all of the chic boutiques and vintage shops, then skip under the Pulaski Bridge before you hit the water, you come out on the other side to an abrupt change of scenery. You might almost miss the unassuming entrance of Greenhook Ginsmiths, distracted by the epic mural painted on the brick wall across the street.  The distillery inhabits a warehouse surrounded by metal shops and a motorcycle repair joint – an odd spot for a former Wall Street capital markets broker to set up shop. There, beneath a small metal door with the 208 spray-painted over it, we meet Steven DeAngelo, head distiller and founder of Greenhook Ginsmiths. (more…)