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The Carlton Arms inconspicuous entrance.

The Carlton Arms funky front desk.

One time in New York, Anne recommended that I stay at the Carlton Arms (digital city review). I did and loved it. It was mostly full of young foreign. The halls and stairwells were covered in murals and each room was full of art, and i don't mean oil portraits. Other reviews found it filthy, but I only remember it as old in places, never really dirty.

Anne also recommended Two Boots Pizza, Video, and Theater. That's exactly what i want to start in Denver some day! I'll be checking the place out next time i'm in NY and taking heavy notes.

Carlton Arms Hotel
160 E. 25th St.
NYC, New York 10010
Rooms: 54

Rooftop Films, movies on a roof in Brooklyn.

Rooftop Films screen on community rooftops. From the roof of The Old American Can Factory, an artists' complex in Park Slope / Gowanus, to our new education partners Automotive High School, in the heart of Williamsburg, Rooftop Films collaborates with our venues and neighborhoods to show you where and how we live. Our films come from around the globe, and include both world premieres and festival award-winners. The artists we present include first-time filmmakers, long-time outsider artists and seasoned film professionals.

Eugene Mirman's great restaurant reviews in Brooklyn. has a great map/list of bars in New York, shown on an interactive google map, with the nearest subways and stops! It's an awesome resource!.

The Brooklyn Museum is not only free the first Saturday of each month, but they have all sorts of special events, from live music to tours all happening.

The Whitney and the Guggenheim have free events on Fridays? first fridays?

The Met is always pay as you wish, so students and other kinds of broke people can enjoy it.

The MoMA Design Store, Soho / MUJI at MoMA 81 Spring Street, NYC downtown is right near the apple store.

Traci and the plastics

For tons of great information on pizza in New York check Also see Jeff Varasano's write up on recreating his favorite NY pizza recipe at home.

On Manhattan's west side is the High Line, an elevated rail line above 10th Avenue (mostly). The current High Line is a remnant of a much larger elevated freight rail system, and it has been out of use since 1980. The trackbed provides a glimpse of what New York would look like if it were abandoned and turned over to nature. See pictures and comments from some people that snuck in and hiked the length of it.

Channel 102 is a great thing to do in New York. People submit short films in competitions.

The perils of seeing Stand-up Comedy in New York

Ray has been around a lot, and recommends two hotels in NYC: The Royalton and the Paramount. Ray remembers both having Phillipe Staark interiors, done maybe in the 70's or 80's. I haven't seen them, but i'll check them out my next time there.

If this doesn't suit your tastes, check out Rudy Maxa's New York's Best Bargain Boutique Hotels.

If you are headed to the MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) and have an mp3 player, definitely check out these unofficial audio guides to the museum, or, if you're really into it, create your own and upload them for others to use.

Shaun and Allison were in New York and told me about a thing in Tribeca called the Dream House. I can't remember what it is (It was in a bar around New Year's), but remember that it was interesting. They said that it was in a loft and cost $4 to get in. Here's a Pitchfork Media review of it.

Off the shore of Staten Island New York rests a veritable graveyard of decommissioned, scrapped, and abandoned ships of various sizes, ages, and states of decay. Things are constantly changing here; new boats are brought in and old ones are chopped up or sunk into the muddy banks of the harbor.

Other Music's Year End Recap

Other Music is a tiny, boutique shop with an incredibly broad selection of genres--from vintage psych-folk to avant jazz to obscure electronica. Other Music is located in New York City's East Village so I don't get to shop in the store very often, but their online presence keeps me satisfied between trips. Every week or so, they email out a "new release update" containing the staff's brief impressions of the latest albums, including (and this is key) links to RealAudio samples of the songs. Annually, they publish their Year End Recap. It's overwhelmingly cool how much great music was released this year that I've never heard of. (taken from

Bike shops list and maps for mountain biking in New York