Cheap and tasty rice noodle rolls from Sun Hing Lung Co

Cheong fun is a dish associated with dim sum. It’s normally found side-by-side with some of the more popular dim sum dishes like har gow, sui mai and char su bao. Continue reading “Cheap and tasty rice noodle rolls from Sun Hing Lung Co”

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The A, B, C and Ds of ALPHABET CITY (the “Not East Village” song”)

Two years ago when I first moved to New York, Avenues A, B, C and D were talked about as if they were apart of the East Village. And I happily went along not knowing better. Continue reading “The A, B, C and Ds of ALPHABET CITY (the “Not East Village” song”)”

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Get a TodayTix discount with the following promo code: BIHLO

When it comes to Broadway tickets, “rush” tickets and Standing Room are great if you can get them, but you can sit in line for hours and walk away empty-handed. Continue reading “Get a TodayTix discount with the following promo code: BIHLO”

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Citi Bike confirms locations for the 80 new stations in Upper West Side and Upper East Side

After much discussion and community input (complaining, letter-sending and yelling), a plan has been agreed on for the approximately 80 new stations planned for the Upper East Side and Upper West Side of Manhattan.  Continue reading “Citi Bike confirms locations for the 80 new stations in Upper West Side and Upper East Side”

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How to choose the best Citi Bike at the docking station

Picking a Citi Bike is a crap shoot. Other than kicking the tires, there’s not much you can do to ensure you chose a good or bad bike until you actually start riding the bike. Continue reading “How to choose the best Citi Bike at the docking station”

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1,000 brand new, redesigned Citi Bikes hit the streets of New York City

Citi Bike released 1,000 of their redesigned bikes this week. I wasn’t aware of the new bikes, so when I first came across one, it was a surprise. Continue reading “1,000 brand new, redesigned Citi Bikes hit the streets of New York City”

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We could all learn a little about life from this “Brooklyn hustler”

In November 2014, The Atlantic posted a short video on Jazzoon, a Brooklyn man that followed his passions– sports memorabilia, music, and comic books –into a viable living. Continue reading “We could all learn a little about life from this “Brooklyn hustler””

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Is Kennedy Fried Chicken on 14th street closed for good?

With each new bank branch and fast franchise that opened on East 14th the last two years, the Kennedy Fried Chicken outpost felt more and more out of place in the East Village. Continue reading “Is Kennedy Fried Chicken on 14th street closed for good?”

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Tompkins Square Park’s basketball courts closed for improvements and renovations

The nearest Citi Bike station to me is on East 10th and Avenue A, so I walk by the basketball courts at Tompkins Square Park all the time. Continue reading “Tompkins Square Park’s basketball courts closed for improvements and renovations”

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Is Finnerty’s the best bar to watch the Golden State Warriors in New York City?

Are you a Golden State Warrior’s fan living in New York City and looking for a bar to watch your team with other Bay Area fans? Continue reading “Is Finnerty’s the best bar to watch the Golden State Warriors in New York City?”

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No Valets: How to crowdsource Citi Bike’s supply and demand problem

Last year, Citi Bike introduced a new valet service to maintain balance throughout the bike sharing system. Continue reading “No Valets: How to crowdsource Citi Bike’s supply and demand problem”

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That one time when a subway performer and an angry stranger connected on a NYC subway platform

Anything can happen when a diverse set of people share common space as we do everyday in big cities across the country. A lot of these interactions happen on public transportation. Continue reading “That one time when a subway performer and an angry stranger connected on a NYC subway platform”

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New York’s Cheap Eats #2: Halal Cart (Chicken & Rice for $5)

In a past post, I discussed the #1 cheap eat option in New York City: Pizza. Continue reading “New York’s Cheap Eats #2: Halal Cart (Chicken & Rice for $5)”

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What happened to Bourbon Coffee on 14th Street? When did it close?

I am not sure what happened, but sometime between mid February and early March, Bourbon Coffee + Crust closed. Continue reading “What happened to Bourbon Coffee on 14th Street? When did it close?”

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New York’s Cheap Eats: The ubiquitous $1 pizza (or 99 cent pizza slice)

One thing that I was pleasantly surprised by when I moved to New York was the affordable food options in the city. Continue reading “New York’s Cheap Eats: The ubiquitous $1 pizza (or 99 cent pizza slice)”

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New York vs. San Francisco: No contest when it comes to the DMV

Here’s another point for New York City in the “San Francisco vs. New York” debate. The Department of Motor Vehicles in New York is approximately 5x better than San Francisco’s.  Continue reading “New York vs. San Francisco: No contest when it comes to the DMV”

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Cheap and tasty dumplings at Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Restaurant

Though Flushing (the city), Prosperity, Lam Zhou, Xi’an Famous Foods and Vanessa’s get a lot of the ink when it comes to cheap, tasty dumplings in New York City, I’d have to insert Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Cuisine Restaurant into the conversation. Continue reading “Cheap and tasty dumplings at Shu Jiao Fu Zhou Restaurant”

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New York vs. San Francisco: The population density between the two densest cities in the United States

Despite San Francisco being the second-densest city in the United States after New York – it always feels empty when compared to New York City. Continue reading “New York vs. San Francisco: The population density between the two densest cities in the United States”

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Millions March vs. Santa Con: 2 events that couldn’t be more different

On any other year, New York would collectively roll our eyes and the media would skewer another aimless, zero-value SantaCon as it stumbled through the city. Continue reading “Millions March vs. Santa Con: 2 events that couldn’t be more different”

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Is the MTA adding entrances to the L Train at Avenue A?

For selfish reasons, I think there should be a TRAIN STATION at Avenue C or D, but I welcome the news that MTA is looking to extend the 1st Avenue entrance to the L train to Avenue A. Continue reading “Is the MTA adding entrances to the L Train at Avenue A?”

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A table of the fastest, slowest, most-reliable and least-reliable buses in New York City

The Straphangers Campaign just released a survey of the city’s buses to determine the fastest, slowest, most-reliable and least-reliable buses in New York City. Continue reading “A table of the fastest, slowest, most-reliable and least-reliable buses in New York City”

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The ultimate list of the best “cheap & tasty” restaurants in Manhattan (updated)

One’s definition of “cheap” becomes skewed when they live in a city like New York for a long enough time. Cheap becomes relative. Continue reading “The ultimate list of the best “cheap & tasty” restaurants in Manhattan (updated)”

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Best of East Village: TopSec Security & Locksmith

I rarely review a business unless I’ve used their service or been to their establishment at least twice, but in some situations where it’s a one-time thing or exceptional service, a review is merited from just one experience.  Continue reading “Best of East Village: TopSec Security & Locksmith”

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