July 2005 Archives
Great Idea for Cell Phone Users
Add a couple of new entries to your cell phone ... ICE (In Case of Emergency) numbers can help first responders reach your loved ones if you are unable to communicate ... create entries in your cell's phone book and label them starting with "ICE" ...
ICE - Dad George
ICE - Spouse Mary
ICE - Neighbor John
Bob Brotchie, with the East Anglian Ambulance service in England, has come up with a simple and elegant way for emergency services personnel to contact your loved ones if you have a cell phone with you and you're seriously injured or in shock:
By entering the acronym ICE – for In Case of Emergency – into the mobile’s phone book, users can log the name and number of someone who should be contacted in an emergency.
The idea follows research carried out by Vodafone that shows more than 75 per cent of people carry no details of who they would like telephoned following a serious accident.
You got your cell phone in part for safety, right? Only takes a minute ... And if your kids have cell phones, add them there, too!
Hat tip: Ernie the Attorney who also suggests
I'd add an entry in that ICE contact that describes what blood type you are and if you are allergic to any medications.« Close It
2nd Annual Singapore Chili Crab Festival
The 2nd Annual Singapore Chili Crab Festival, Sunday, August 7th, 2005, DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Brooklyn, 66 Water Street (between Dock and Main Streets), 12 - 6pm. (rain or shine) ... a sensational experience for all ages in DUMBO's summery outdoors ...
enjoy Singapore chili crabs and other specialities prepared by The Global Culinary Society of the Culinary Institute of America ... free admission (you pay for food and beverages) ...
limited free transportation from South Street Seaport by NY Water Taxi ... or take a leisurely stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge ... the walkway feeds into Washington Street, then walk north toward the East River on Washington Street to the Festival ... www.tigerbeer.us/newyork or www.waterstreetrestaurant.com
From Tiger Beer
In addition to chili crabs, other Southeast Asian flavors including Beef Rendang, deep fried Beef Wontons, and Singapore Satay (bite-sized skewered meat) will be available. Entertainment will include live band performances, souvenir vendors, children's street entertainment and petting zoo, caricaturists, face painters, massage therapy, traditional lion dancers, East-West horoscope readings by Madame Tiger and kickboxers from Gleason’s Gym.
Best dim-sum update
When eating dim sim at the Chatham Restaurant some prefer to go to "Dim-Sum-A-Go-Go" ... where you place the order on a piece of paper and the trays are delivered to you ... that is only good for customers who do not speak Cantonese and want to pay three times more ... as we advised in our previous post
... keep an eye out for the fresh dishes carting out from the kitchen ... pick your choice and enjoy ...
you can do this even if you don't speak Cantonese ...
Another good block for produce in Chinatown
is the block on Mott Street, between Grand and Hester Streets ... located in Little Italy ... which has been absorbed into Chinatown .... very convenient when you are in that area ... run by Cantonese people ...
See our previous article: best block in Chinatown to buy fresh green vegetables
More fun things for summer visitors to enjoy - with a three-course lunch for $20.12
"Summer Restaurant Week" isn't over yet ... extended through Labor Day, some of New York's finest restaurants will continue to offer three-course lunches for just $20.12 (beverages, tax and tip are extra).
On the Upper East Side, before or after visiting the Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy the fine French cuisine at Cafe Boulud, 20 East 76th Street, 212-772-2600 or at Dumonet at The Carlyle, 35 East 76th Street, 212-570-7192 ... classic French and delicious
On the Upper West Side, a visit to the New York Historical Society and the American Museum of Natural History must be combined with a lunch at Cafe des Artistes, 1 West 67 Street, 212-877-3500 ... Austrian-Hungarian and very cozy ...
On Columbus Circle, visit and shop at our own "Las Vegas" mall ... the new Time-Warner Center ... and lunch at Asiate in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street, 212-805-8881 ... a very spectacular view of Central Park from the 35th floor!
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- New York metro.com
- MenuPages - menu and reviews
- New York Press (scroll down)
- New York Times
Cafe des Artistes
How to make a Chinatown green salad
Chinatown green salad
Buy two bunches of watercress for $1 ... a pound of French shallots for $1 ... two bunches of cilantro for $1 ... Watercress and Cilantro salad in a wooden salad mixing punch-bowl ... half a cup of extra virgin oil, three table spoons of Dijon mustard, two table spoons of red wine vineger, a pinch of sea salt, mixed all into the punch-bowl ... wash a bunch of watercress thoroughly, drain and dry, chop into bite size and deposit into the punch-bowl ... wash the bunch of cilantro and chop off the roots and stems, drain and dry, toss into punch bowl ... that is the basic salad ... add tomatoes, steamed red beets, sliced carrots, pecan or walnut nuts, tofu ... inexpensive and so good ... with a bottle of chilled Rioja rose and enjoy
See previous article best block in Chinatown to buy fresh green vegetables
Good Italian food
My friend from Rome told me a very long time ago ... the only place to enjoy a fine Italian meal is at home ... Gabrio Buitoni, a member of the Buitoni pasta family ... I went to NYU with him and he was responsible for introducing me to Italian food (I was fresh off the boat from Penang and did not have a clue about Italian cuisine. I have learned plenty since but he planted the seed) ... I really do not go out for Italian ... usually not worth the price and so simple to prepare pasta at home ...
Try this simple pasta ... dice fresh, sun-ripened tomatoes ... finely chopped garlic ... a cup of finely chopped fresh basil leaves ... mixed with a little olive oil and pepper flakes ... preferably prepare the sauce a few hours ahead of the meal-time ... in order for the garlic to marinade with the olive oil and the fresh diced tomatoes ... grind fresh black peppers ... toss the al dente pasta with the basil leaves and mangia over good noodles ... perfect ... here's a recipe
Also, see "How to Eat Spaghetti" by Anna Maria Volpi
Other's reviews of the best Italian restaurants in New York
- "10 Best Italian Restaurants in New York City" - from Gayot.com
- "100 Best Italian Restaurants," by Robert Sietsema, the Village Voice, June 9, 2004
- Best Italian Food 2005, from CitySearch
- Italian Restaurants - New York - from 10Best
|"The Complete Book of Pasta and Noodles," by Cooks Illustrated||"The Arthur Avenue Cookbook: Recipes and Memories from the Real Little Italy," by Ann Volkwein|
Great Sichuan cuisine - in mid-town
Wu Liang Ye Restaurant is a find for Sichuan cusine in mid-town.
The ma pao tofu (also called ma bo dofu, ma po dofu, etc. ... on the Wu Liang Ye menu as Chef's Ma Paul Tofu, which includes tofu, ground pork, green onion, green pepper, black bean sauce and spices) is the best we have had - anywhere ... spicy and served hot .. the tofu is fresh .. cooked just right ... try the razor clams cold appetizer ...
338 Lexington Avenue (between 39th St. and 40th St.), 212-370-9647.
Chef's Ma Paul Tofu
AGINY Good Value and Highly Recommended
Crab meat and ground pork soupy dumplings - Joe's Shanghai
Crab meat and ground pork soupy dumplings are a Shanghainese delicacy ... so one must patronise Shanghainese restaurants ... such as Joe's Shanghai on Pell Street (9 Pell Street) ... and Joe's Ginger at 113 Mott Street ... go and compare them both ...
- MenuPages - menu and reviews
- New York Times
- "In Search of the Golden Wok: A Yokel's Guide to Chinese," by Brian Bernbaum, The Black Table
Also see our quick review of Green Bo
Best block in Chinatown to buy fresh green vegetables
The best block in Chinatown to buy fresh green vegetables is on Mott Street between Hester and Grand Streets ... the vegetable seller will call out his produce in sing-song Cantonese ... for good value, buy after 7pm when the produce will go on sale for $1 per package ...
AGINY Good Value
Crab meat and ground pork soupy dumplings - Green Bo
Crab meat and ground pork soupy dumplings are a Shanghainese delicacy ... so one must patronise Shanghainese restaurants ... such as New Green Bo on Bayard Street, which is also famous for the scallion pancakes ... 66 Bayard St. (between Mott and Elizabeth St), 212-625-2359
To eat soupy dumplings - xiao long bao - ... carefully (you don't want to tear the skin just yet) lift one out of the steamer basket/off the plate with chopsticks and put it in a soup spoon ... pour a little vinegar (should be on the table) over the dumpling ... carefully bite off the top of the dumpling ... put a little more vinegar into the now open dumpling ... then slurp and eat the rest of the soup dumpling ... fantastic ... careful, soupy dumplings can be very hot when they first arrive at table ... and don't forget to eat the cabbage leaves ...
AGINY Good Value
“…one of the most sensual, graceful open spaces in New York City.”
Next to the New York Public Library in mid-town, Bryant Park is located between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues ... a gem of a park ... moveable chairs provided ... ride a carousel for $1.75 ... free wifi ... free movies during the summer ... fantastic people watching ... very relaxing ... you can play pétanque here ... beautiful flowers and trees ... what are you waiting for?
thefoodloop - bleg
This a bleg for information from anyone who's used thefoodloop ... do you like it ... what have you used it for ... anything else ...
"Images of the Divine" at Asia Society
Great produce in Chinatown - fun to browse and haggle
I agree with Julie Powell ... the Union Square Farmers' Market is too expensive and elitist for my taste ... a great place for browsing ... and where I buy my produce is Chinatown ...
I confess that half an hour browsing in that utopia of produce [Manhattan's Union Square Farmers' Market] - or the new Whole Foods Market at the square's south end - often leaves me longing for the antiseptic but nonjudgmental aisles of low-end supermarkets like Key Food or Western Beef.
Don't get me wrong: I love a big, ugly tomato as much as the next girl. I buy my fair share of pencil-thin asparagus and micro-greens, and I'm sure if ever I were to stand in an orchard and taste a peach picked during one of its two days of succulent perfection, I would find it one of life's greatest joys.
Shopping is the province of the privileged; fine cooking is not. Indeed, great cuisine arose from privation. The techniques of smoking, drying, salting and roasting were all developed to preserve foods past the "perfect peach" stage, past the day the vegetable was harvested or the animal butchered, to save for a time of less bounty. Preserved foodstuffs led directly the development of culinary traditions, as people who wanted nothing more than to feed themselves well and with pleasure taught themselves how best to combine ingredients artfully, to create something more than the sum of its parts.
Posting may be light this weeeknd
Off to Long Island for the weekend, so posting may be light ... if you're going to Long Island and want some suggestions, see this previous article
MTA MetroCard - AGINY Good Value
The MetroCard has many great features ... such as: a free transfer between a bus and subway or vice versa within a 2 hour period ... ride costs 20% less when you buy a Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard worth $10, $20 or more ... $7 for the one day fun pass, $24 for seven days and $76 for 30 days ... if you're reading this as an archived article, check the MTA site for current pricing
AGINY Good Value
A Friday evening Fine Arts education
Keep Friday evenings free because it is pay as you wish ...
(1) Start at the Guggenheim Museum, 6 pm. - 8 pm., 1071 5th Avenue (88th Street), take the elevator to the top floor and walk down the circular staircase ... so much fun ... to see the art-works ... people watching ... time required about 45 minutes ...
(2) Afterwards, walk out of the museum and head south and east to Sant Ambroeus, 1000 Madison Avenue (78th Street), treat your-self to two scoops of delicious ice-cream or fruit ice for $3 ...
(3) Then walk south to The Whitney Museum, 6 pm. - 9 pm., 945 Madison Avenue (75th Street) ... keep the Whitney for last because of the 9 pm closing time ... watch all the Lower East Side young and very hip folks trekking up-town for the 5 floors of American art ...
In one evening, you get a very cool Fine Arts education with some exercise and lots of ice-cream ... I'm in heaven on earth ...
AGINY Good Value
NYPD nnounces random searches on subway and buses
In New York City, officials announced Thursday afternoon that the NYPD is instituting random searches of subway passengers carrying bags or backpacks, and similar searches may be conducted aboard city buses.
New York City Dept. of Parks - web site
The New York City Dept. of Parks and Recreation has a web site that is very useful for finding out about many free events that take place throughout NYC.
Want to learn how to play petanque? ("A close relative of bocce and a distant cousin of horseshoes.")
How about a two-hour boat ride along the Hudson featuring an on-board lecture by Joyce Gold about the history of the waterfront neighborhoods .. with dinner .. for $20?
Or maybe you'd prefer to "sample regional cuisine from neighborhood restaurants, picnic on the grass as the sun sets over the city, enjoy performances by local musicians and dancers and, as the sky darkens, see exceptional international films on a large format screen - all set against the spectacular backdrop of the Manhattan skyline."?
These are only 3 among hundreds and hundreds of events listed.
Art as an investment
I have heard about efforts to index the art market for old masters ... and create financial instruments for portfolio diversifying ... the huge problem is the high transaction cost and not a very liquid instrument to trade transparently ... too many fakes to worry about, too ... A posibility in this context, create a portfolio of Modern and Contemporary prints, multiples, posters, lithographs, etc. ...
- "Art Investment Companies Begin to Make Purchases," by Daniel Grant in Maine Antique Digest (March, 2005)
- "Collectible art is among alternatives to traditional financial instruments," by Tom Walker, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 3, 2005
- "Art of Art Investment!" on GreekShares.com
Fine French prix fixe lunch $20.12
July-Labor Day: two-course lunch, $20.12
Labor Day-July: two-course lunch, $29; three-course lunch, $36
Getting to and from La Guardia airport
Very easy to get from La Guardia airport (LGA) to anywhere in NYC ... The Port Authority has a very convenient page on their web site ... also see the handy page at CitiDex that includes driving directions and parking info, and all the ground transportation options such as city bus, taxi, train, and shuttle ...
To get to mid-town Manhattan (1) take the M60 bus, which stops at all terminals (get a $2 MetroCard and get a free transfer to the subway) ... (2) take a shuttle (between $8 and $22)... (3) if you have plenty of money to spend ($35 - $45, including tolls), hop into a taxi ...
With the M60 bus, you can travel to and from La Guardia from the West Side (stops in front of Columbia University at the last stop). The M60 runs between 106th St and Broadway in Manhattan and La Guardia Airport from approximately 5 am to 1 am, seven days a week - schedule here in pdf. The M60 serves all airport terminals. Connections can be made with all north-south Manhattan subway lines ... This is a grand-view ride across the Triborough Bridge to 125th Street and Lexington Avenue (i.e., Harlem) and free-transfer to the IRT #4 or #5 subway downtown to Grand Central ... about half hour for the trip ...
The MetroCard has many great features ... such as: a free transfer between a bus and subway or vice versa within a 2 hour period ... ride costs 20% less when you buy a Pay-Per-Ride MetroCard worth $10, $20 or more ... $7 for the one day fun pass, $21 for seven days and $70 for 30 days ...
AGINY good value
Excellent shopping web site - Recommended
LittleViews on Shopping is an excellent web site with shopping tips and secrets that even experienced New Yorkers will find worthwhile. And many of her quick tips warm our frugal heart.
Do you know where you can get fancy umbrellas? Wholesale jewlery? Where to locate lists of sales in the City? You will after you visit this "little" gem, hosted by Karen Little.
Elegant prix-fixed lunch with wine pairings for $32
Aquavit, 65 East 55th Street (between Madison and Park Avenues, 212-307-7311) for an elegant lunch at their new location ... very charming place ... three course prix-fixed lunch with wine pairings for $32, tax and tips extra. Very good value for fine Swedish cuisine...
Hudson River bike path
Hudson River Park and Bike Path ... Another very great locale for enjoying New York in the hot, humid dog days of summer ... very cool breeze from the Hudson River, great place to day-dream, read a book, walk, meditate and smile at the whole world ... you can't swim in the Hudson but you can kayak on the Hudson ...
I have been going there for the past 5 years ... on my bicycle, riding along the Hudson River ... north and south ... to the Staten Island ferry or north to the Cloisters and the George Washington Bridge ... I met my girlfriend on the Hudson River bike path at 122nd Street ... she was on her roller-blades and I was riding my bicycle back from a Jazzmobile concert in Harlem ...
New Penn Station Approved
New York has approved the design for the new Penn Station, to be located in the Main Post Office on Eighth Avenue, which is across the street from its current location. NY Daily News has a story.
Aside from rush hour, it was empty, and had a sad battered quality that made you feel like a rude sack of meat slumped over a ration of intoxicants. ... The reality is a waiting room with insufficient signage, a great hall that isn’t, and a Hudson News thronged with balding guys, ties askew, furtively paging through battered porn mags.
nycsubway.org - web site - Highly Recommended
nycsubway.org is a website devoted to the subway sytem in New York City. It is run by David Pirmann, who started the site in 1995. The site does not contain operating information about the subway, but it is filled with information about the development and history of the NYC subway.
If you are interested in the history of the NYC subway system or how it works, or you want to see photographs of stations, trains, or subway yards, you must see this site, which is truly a labor of love. Thank you Mr. Pirmann.
If you like nycsubway.org, leave a tip for the webmaster.
nycsubway.org is Highly Recommended
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Good food on the drive to eastern Long Island
On the drive out of the City to Southampton and eastern Long Island, stop for a light meal at Joe's Shanghai (136-21 37th Avenue, Flushing, Chinatown, 718-539-3838) ... preferably after 10pm. because of free parking and light traffic on the Southern State Parkway ... crab and pork soup dumplings ... a bowl of fresh shrimp noodle soup ... get back on the car and drive blissfully...
The next day, drive to Brewster's (the owner has his own high-tech deep-sea fishing boat and he is a very friendly guy) ... (Brewster's Seafood Market, 631-728-3474, 252 E. Montauk Hwy, Hampton Bays, NY) ... the freshest raw clams, steamers in a garlic soup, raw oysters, steamed lobsters, smoked sweet scallops and salmon, tuna sashimi, fried flounder, black fish, etc...bring your own wine or beer ... on the Montauk Highway and the Shinnecock Canal (across from the Mobil gas station ... get the cold beer there!)
Afterwards, drive north to Briermere Farm (4414 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 631-722-3931) for fresh, delicious fruit pies ... locally grown peaches, blueberries, etc. .... a great gift for the folks you left behind in the sweltering City....
Heading back to the City on the LIE, take the Queens Blvd. exit (exit 19) ... drive a few blocks and turn right onto Broadway, continue till you pass the railroad over-pass ... you are now in Elmhurst, Chinatown ... where there is an Oriental mall with free parking, on your left ...
Park and visit the Vietnamese Pho restaurant (Pho Bang, which is a small NYC chain, 82-90 Broadway (Elmhurst Avenue), Queens, 718-205-1500) ... I love the rice noodles with fried spring rolls and grilled pork ... great quality. Also try the three-bean ice cold snack ... the Penang restaurant (8284 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY 718-672-1185) for spicey roti canai, Hainanese chicken, and laksa ... walk to the super-market and buy some groceries for the work week...
Shakespeare in the Park
Sadly, July 17th was the last performance for As You Like It, Shakespeare in the Park. But, Two Gentlemen of Verona starts August 16 and runs through September 11.
Parking in NYC
Looking for parking garages in NYC? We've used Icon Parking's web site and found some good deals, like $60 for a week.
Also check out Erik Feder's book, "The Feder Guide to Where to Park Your Car in Manhattan (and Where Not to Park It!), Downtown Edition, paperback
Also see Driving in New York from ny.com
Greater New York 2005 at PS1
Greater New York 2005 ... Currently the best museum exhibition in town ... PS1 (an exhibition of contemporary art) ... through September 26, 2006 ... 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City... 718-784-2084 ... in Queens...I was there, last Sunday. Pay as you wish...suggested admission...a great bonus... directions
Best dim-sum in Chinatown
Best dim-sum in Chinatown ... Chatham Restaurant (it used to be called Hop Shing), 9 Chatham Square, 212-267-0220 ... you can eat for under $10 per person ... keep an eye out for the fresh dishes carting out from the kitchen ... pick your choice and enjoy ... the chicken feet are outstanding ...
I have been going there since I came to New York, circa 1968 ... the patrons used to spit the chicken bones onto the floor ... simply amazing, times have changed ...
Reviews of Hop Shing
AGINY good value and Highly Recommended
Free jazz concerts - Jazzmobile
Jazzmobile.org...free live jazz concerts...I have been attending these concerts for the last five years ... a great experience ... a Harlem block party ... fried whiting dinner available for $5 ... best way to get there is to ride your bike with the freedom to roam the City at dusk
Wednesday, July 20, 2005, 7.00pm - 8.30pm: Wallace Roney...Grant's Tomb, 122nd Street & Riverside Drive...
Friday, July 22, 2005, 7.00pm - 8.30pm: Wycliff Gordon...Marcus Garvey Park, 122nd Street & 5th Avenue...
Ha Jin at Summer Stage July 27
Ha Jin...National Book Award winner will read from his third full-length novel "War Trash" (Vintage). An interview with the author will follow the reading...Wednesday, July 27th, 7.30 pm ... Central Park, SummerStage, 69th Street & 5th Avenue ... eat watermelon, a pinic in the Park, stare up to the clouds and heaven ... relax... www.SummerStage.org
Central Park SummerStage is located at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. Enter the park at 69th Street and 5th Avenue on the east side or at 72nd Street and Central Park West on the west side. MAP
NY Philharmonic in Central Park - FREE
The NY Philharmonic is playing this evening ... Lorin Mazel is conducting... a program of Czech music composed by Antonin Dvorak ... on the Great Lawn, behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 81st Street & 5th Avenue or Central Park West....with fireworks after the music. Music starts at 8:00 pm - bring a picnic (and umbrella just in case) and enjoy a beautiful evening in Central Park ... bring a blanket for gazing at the stars and moon.
How to walk in New York
Two great guides for how to walk in NYC.
Chinatown Bus from Washington, DC
TheCapitol.Net has good summary of the Chinatown bus from Washington, DC to NYC.
Skyway - Malaysian restaurant
In today's village voice, Robert Sietsema reviews a Malaysian restaurant, Skyway, that we are going to check out.
Kitchen Arts and Letters
For a great encyclopedic experience for serious food lovers, cooks and pastry chefs...visit "Kitchen Arts and Letters," 1435 Lexington Avenue, NY, NY 10128...www.kitchenartsandletters.com. 212-876-5550
Deluxe Food Market
For a great Chinatown food shopping experience, please visit the "Deluxe Food Market," 79 Elizabeth Street - store runs from Mott to Elizabeth
Freshly prepared hot meals to go ... 3 items over white rice for $2.75!!! BBQ roast duck, crackling skin roast pig, soy-sauce chicken, etc. ... baked pastries, coffee and tea ... fresh fish, lobsters and shrimps ... smoked salmon from Acme ... frozen soup dumplings, shrimp won-tons, pork buns, soy beans, unagi, surf clams ... fresh vegetables, meats and tofu ... marinaded meats and fishes for the home cook to save time and effort.