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NYC Chocolate – Mast Brothers

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Arguably, these two boundary-breaking bearded brothers now make the best chocolate in America.

Innovation through Simplicity: Rick and Michael of Mast Brothers Chocolate

Mast Brothers Chocolate, 111 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249, 718-388-2625, open daily 12 noon – 7 pm. [Yelp | NY Mag]

Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook – Google Books

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“Land of Dreams”

A new YouTube video – “Land of Dreams” – featuring Rosanne Cash and other musicians, shows different tourist experiences in the United States.

From Discover America.

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Shakespeare in Central Park – FREE

Shakespeare in Central Park started last night …. at the Delacorte Theatre … Romeo & Juliet … it was a beautiful evening to enjoy a comedy in the Park ….
The evening was cool and autumn-like with clear blue skies and a stiff breeze … the open-air stage was surrounded by lush green trees, which gave a magical feeling to the show … the stage was very minimal with a revolving wood-plank circle and a shallow moat of water in the centre … movable iron bridges and shelving provide the changeable scenes … the actors gave a fine performance with much water trashed about … it was thrilling to be at the show on opening night and enjoy a free performance.
Next week, the Metropolitan Opera will perform on Tuesday in the Great Lawn … Patsy’s fresh mozzarella & tomato pizza and vino to go … summer-time and the living is easy, fish are jumping …

    Romeo and Juliet, June 6 – July 7, 2007, Tuesday – Sunday at 8:00 pm (more info and dates)

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream, August 7 – September 9, 2007 Tuesday – Sunday at 8:00 pm (more info and dates)

Pick up your free Shakespeare in the Park tickets on the day of the performance beginning at 1pm at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park or from 1 to 3pm at The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street.
The Delacorte Theater is located near Turtle Pond, just south of the Great Lawn, in Central Park. The closest Park entrance from the East Side is Fifth Avenue at 79th Street; from the West Side, Central Park West at 81st Street. After entering, follow the footpath to the Delacorte Theater …

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Noon music at Rockefeller University

The Rockefeller University hosts a recital series called the Tri-Institutional Noon Recitals. Held on Fridays at noon from September through June, this series brings outstanding musical talent to NYC.
For example, on December 15, 2006, pianist Soyeon Lee gave a great perfomance. She played with much expression and enthusiasm. What a joy!

Soyeon Lee

Tri-Institutional Noon Recitals, Caspary Auditorium, The Rockefeller University, 66th Street and York Avenue (#2 on this campus map – pdf), Recitals Hotline: 212-327-7007, ext. 1
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Macbeth at Delacorte Theatre – FREE

Macbeth is playing at … through July 9, 2006 …
Strongly recommended … I saw the play last Wednesday and Thursday, even thought they posted a “Sold Out” sign … there are tickets available at the last minute because of many no-shows … sitting in the open fresh air in Central Park is so magical … the blowing wind amongst the trees, the movement of the clouds, the airliners, the stars …
The Delacorte Theater is located near Turtle Pond, just south of the Great Lawn, in Central Park. The closest Park entrance from the East Side is Fifth Avenue at 79th Street; from the West Side, Central Park West at 81st Street. After entering, follow the footpath to the Delacorte Theater …
all shows at 8:30 pm

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  • Pick up your free Shakespeare in the Park tickets on the day of the performance beginning at 1pm at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park (212-539-8750) or from 1 to 3pm at The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street [NYT | Central Park 2000]

    APPLE store for music

    Friday night I went to the APPLE store on 58th Street and 5th Avenue and did not leave until 2:15 am on Saturday …they have a live DJ playing and creating contemporary dance music with lots of energy … the DJ Friday night was Louis Vega … I sat behind him on a bar stool and watched his fine performance … the APPLE store plans to host a live DJ show every week, 12 am to 2 am Friday night/Saturday mornings …
    APPLE store, open 24 hours a day, every day … 767 Fifth Avenue, 212-336-1440 [Yelp] … see “Exclusive photos from the Apple Store Fifth Ave,” by AppleInsider, May 18, 2006
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    Summer on the Hudson – lots of free fun

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    Summer on the Hudson is gearing up for its 6th season of free cultural and recreational events in Riverside Park South. This summer we have a great line-up of world class musicians for Acoustic Sundays, river themed movies for Movies Under the Stars, special all-day events, including the 1st Annual Main Squeeze Accordion Festival on July 8th, plenty of activities and events for kids, including Mamapalooza on May 21st, plus, yoga, pilates and kayaking.

    Summer on the Hudson

    Saturday, June 10, 2006, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: The Rail Yard History of Riverside Park South, Riverside Park South – Pier I @ 70th Street
    Saturday, July 8, 2006, 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm: 1st Annual NYC Main Squeeze Accordion Festival
    Sunday, July 9, 2006, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Acoustic Sundays – Metropolitan Klezmer
    Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm: Movies Under the Stars – On the Waterfront
    Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm: Movies Under the Stars – The African Queen
    AGINY Recommended

    Rockefeller roof decks reopen

    A Guy In New York is a member of the travel blog network at Blogads, a group of some of the best independent travel blogs on the web. Check out some of the posts from blogs in the network:

    • Do-everything travel goo … “This stuff is amazing.” … you need this along with duct tape and a swiss army knife … (Treknologies)
    • Rockefeller roof decks reopen … “The 69th-floor indoor/outdoor deck and the 70th- fully exposed top-floor deck offer phenomenal views of the city.” … with a “panoramic view of Central Park.” … see the pics … (NewYorkology)
    • de Young Gala Opening in San Francisco … “it will integrate organically into the surrounding gardens when the museum’s copper surface becomes oxidized. Kind of like an old machine left in the garden…” (Jet Set Lara)
    • Gaviota, The Last Cowgirl in Cuba … “The crack-down on ‘free’ enterprise is in full swing; 10 year prison sentences are handed down for the simple possession of beef, fish, or lobster, which naturally is reserved for the tourist hotels.” … (Travel Blogs)
    • This week in reviews … “links to New York City restaurant reviews and mentions from the previous seven days in blogs, magazines, and newspapers” … (A Guy in New York)

    “Crazy Russian Cats”

    gothamist has a post, “Crazy Russian Cats,” about the Moscow Cat Theatre appearing at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center through the end of DecemberLoco and Luca can’t do any of those tricks …

    Q: You keep saying “she.” So which is easier to train—female or male cats?
    A: Females are better. They’re smarter. The boys . . . are not so smart. They do different things. The females know what I want from them.

    From Russia With Cats: Talking with Yuri Kuklachev, lead clown and creator of the Moscow Cats Theatre,” by Rebecca Bengal, The Village Voice, October 13, 2005

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    Open House NY – October 8 and 9, 2005

    The 3rd annual openhousenewyork weekend will be held October 8 and 9, 2005.
    This is a fantastic way to see some of New York City’s buildings up close and in ways rarely possible.

    This year’s event will highlight 150 sites throughout the city, allowing you to explore landmarks such as the Chrysler Building, major projects such as Fresh Kills, and sites open for the first time, such as the grounds of Ellis Island Hospital PLUS lighthouses, lookouts, monuments, mansions, fireboats, forts, farmhouses, penthouses and SO MUCH MORE!

    They also need volunteers to work at the sites as well as professional photographers.