for NY singles...
tea, or coffee anytime, a terrific place for being
on your own or with girlfriends is Drip,
located on Amsterdam between 85th and 87th or
so. This is a funky dating service well disguised
as a coffee bar. You come in, buy some coffee
(regular or spiked), and browse the loose-leaf
notebooks of prospective Mr. or Ms. rights. Profiles
have no personal info, so all first dates are
arranged by Drip and you must have them there
where you can be chaperoned. This very chatty
place is also a very safe place to be. My best
friend and I often stop by even though we are
both married, either to giggle over the notebooks,
gaze sneakily at the couples being introduced
to each other by the Drip staff, or just to have
an intimate conversation on their big couches.
It's mostly an under 40 crowd, but I did, on one
occasion notice two 60+ ladies having coffee and
Cynthia, New York
Bakery has moved...
Bakery, a favorite of New Yorkers,
has moved to West 18th Street between 5th and
6th Avenues (Avenue of the Americas) and is bigger
and better. They now serve some egg dishes at
a counter with a fabulous counterman to chat with.
There is also a great and very extensive salad
bar with seating upstairs after you've picked
up your salad. There are lots of new pastries,
all quite yummy and really not terribly expensive
by Manhattan standards. I even met a TV star in
the ladies room recently.
Ellen, New York
to my neighbourhood...
you are a Beatles fan, you might want to make
your way to 1 West 72nd Street. The towering castle-like
structure that stands on this corner overlooking
Central Park is the famous Dakota
Apartment Building where John
Lennon lived when he was fatally shot. His widow
Yoko Ono still lives there and when I'm out walking
I occasionally see her getting into her limousine.
Cynthia, New York,
Books is a beautiful new independent store near
Union Square, specializing in travel and international
literature. A bookstore organized by country,
Idlewild carries fiction and non-fiction from
all parts of the world, including new and classic
works in translation, travel guides, books about
politics and culture, graphic lit, language-learning
books, maps and more. Address: 12 W. 19th Street
near Fifth Avenue.
safety report card...
York City is the safest big city in the country,
according to a report from the Federal Bureau
The FBI's 2002 'Crime in the United States' indicates
that while crime increased nationwide, New York
City's crime rate actually decreased 5% to the
lowest level since the 1960s. The FBI's ranking
of New York City as the safest large city in the
United States means that, of all American cities
with populations of 1 million or more, New York
City has the lowest rate of total crime committed.
(Source: NYC & Company)
York has a very extensive public transportation
system to help you get around: 722 miles of subway
track, 3,500 buses and 14,000 bus stops. The only
problem is that you have to share the subway with
3.5 million weekly subway riders.
(Source: The Complete Idiot's Travel Guide
to New York)
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