Meet 41st Street

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Meet 41st Street

My walk across 41st Street began pleasantly as the easternmost point is ensconced in Tudor City, a secluded old garden-filled neighborhood, a bit disconnected from the busier city streets surrounding it. Brick buildings sit tranquilly a level above the street and offer a scenic overlook of the East River … read more

Library Hotel

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Travel & Lodging, Hotel

  • Side Pick

299 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
212 983 4500
libraryhotel.com
Library Hotel

As a onetime children’s bookstore owner, I am especially drawn to this hotel, breathing the air of books and the romance that comes with them. The lobby is like a slightly roomier study, with squashy chairs sitting between shelves of books set to soft jazz tunes. Upstairs, the library hits full steam, … read more

Meet 40th Street

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Meet 40th Street

My walk from east to west on 40th Street started inauspiciously amidst the serenity of the early morning hours, under a flock of seagulls looking out across the East River. Quickly, however, I entered the bustle of midtown Manhattan where there are numerous eateries, hotels, parking garages, hair salons, … read more

Piccolo Cafe

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Food & Restaurants, Breakfast, Cafe

  • Side Pick

274 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018
212 302 0143
http://www.piccolocafe.us/
Hours:
M-F 7:30am-8pm; Sa-Su 10am-8pm
Other Locations:
157 Third Avenue; 238 Madison Avenue; 313 Amsterdam Avenue
Piccolo Cafe

Wandering into Piccolo was a most welcome surprise on this side of 40th Street. In this tiny, yet quaint cafe, with distressed, reclaimed wood on the floors and counter tops, Italian coffee and food are dished out to eagerly waiting customers. There are six stools for seating, but no one seems to mind … read more

Meet 39th Street

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Meet 39th Street

Every few steps, there were enchanting discoveries that lured me in as I walked on 39th. With almost thirty Side Picks, I might have found the most gems on one side street thus far.

Just opening in the first days of spring 2014, Chicken Provenceread more

Mercato Trattoria

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Food & Restaurants, Italian

  • Side Pick

352 West 39th Street
New York, NY 10001
212 643 2000
mercatonyc.com
Hours:
11am-12am Everyday
Mercato Trattoria

Mercato was the perfect discovery as we were ending our walk across 39th Street. We found this spot to feel like a traditional trattoria that is relaxed with simple wood tables, upbeat music that does not overpower the room, exposed brick and touches of antique kitchen equipment, vintage posters and … read more

Crazy in Love (with Chocolate) - Side Picks for the Chocoholic

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Crazy in Love (with Chocolate) - Side Picks for the Chocoholic

Chocolate has an effect similar to that of shopping. Even though we don’t necessarily need that new outfit, there’s just something about it that makes us feel so good. More than just a piece of candy, chocolate is a sensory experience that reminds us of the simple joys in life. There is a real art … read more

Bookstores: True Hidden Gems of Manhattan

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Bookstores: True Hidden Gems of Manhattan

Spending time in a bookstore is a wonderfully comforting experience: the smells of old, worn and fresh, new books mingle with the subtle aroma of coffee, the quiet hum of rustling pages, and hushed, contented voices. There is something warm and reassuring about it. In the age of Kindles, Nooks, tablets, … read more

The Side Streets' Presidential Past

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The Side Streets' Presidential Past

From Washington to Wilson and so many in between, it seems our nation’s presidents were frequenters of the Side Streets too! This Presidents’ Day, we celebrate the rich history of Manhattan.

McSorley’s Old Ale House, … read more

Brooklyn Fare

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Food & Restaurants, Grocery Store

  • Side Pick

431 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018
212 216 9700
brooklynfare.com
Hours:
7am-11pm; Everyday
Brooklyn Fare

Brooklyn Fare is a perfect example of why people need to walk the side streets and discover what surrounds either their apartment or their work place. So many people that we chatted with in the area had no idea that this incredible food store existed only a few steps away from them. Moe Isa first opened … read more



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