Local resident feeding the seagulls at Brighton Beach. Photo via Athena’s Gown.
Brighton Beach, Brooklyn
In the southernmost parts of Brooklyn, nestled between Coney Island and Manhattan Beach, one can find New York City‘s very own Ukraine, far from Russia of course. Little Odessa, as it has been traditionally coined due to the great number of immigrants from Odessa, is located in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach. Although the neighborhood has seen a recent influx of different ethnicities ranging from Hispanics, to African Americans and Chinese, the area is known for its predominantly Russian-speaking population. If you ever wondered where the Russians are in New York, Little Odessa is the answer.
When Argentina’s wealthy and powerful rest for eternity, they do it in style. Recoleta cemetery is one of the world’s most extraordinary graveyards, with over 6,400 grandiose mausoleums resembling Gothic chapels, Greek temples, fairytale grottoes and elegant little houses. The exclusive cemetery is the last stop for the country’s most celebrated (and controversial) presidents, intellectuals, army generals and entertainers, and a popular attraction for visitors to Buenos Aires.
Though the cemetery most famously holds the remains of actress-turned-First Lady Eva Perón (also known as Evita), many of Recoleta cemetery’s less internationally known residents are buried in masterpiece mausoleums, many with dramatic and intriguing stories behind them. Here is a look at 10 tombs to visit in Recoleta Cemetery. (more…)
Though New York is often dubbed as the “city that never sleeps”, only a handful of shops can truly pride themselves as a 24 hour destination — that is, a business that stays open for a consecutive 24 hours during the week. While there are countless eateries, food stands, and diners that always keep their lights on (like our favorites Wo Hop and Halal Guys), here are a few others you might want to explore on your next late-night odyssey.
A beautiful tribute to New York City, Mapping Manhattan is a collection of hand-drawn maps compiled by Becky Cooper. Cooper walked the length of Broadway handing out blank maps with the outline of Manhattan and asking people to draw in their associations of the city. The book includes maps by prominent New Yorkers (and non-New Yorkers who love the city) such as David Chang of Momofuku and Vahram Muratyan, creator of Paris v. New York: A Tally of Two Cities. (more…)
Your New York lifestyle probably results in all sorts of kooky holiday traditions, whether its stuffing an eight-foot-tall tree into a crowded Subway or jumping into a freezing lake. Why not make Holiday Scratch-Offs from the New York Lottery one of your holiday traditions? At just $1, $3, $5, and $10 a ticket, this is one tradition that can pay off big and actually fits inside a stocking.
Sure, the Beat writers spent a lot of time in Caffe Reggio, but the restaurant actually prides itself on one other pretty neat historical detail about their establishment. Their crown jewel is the “Original Capuccino.” According to them, they were the first place to bring the now-famous caffeine drink from Italy to New York City. Caffe Reggio also made our list of the Top 10 coffee shops in Manhattan for design buffs. (more…)