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Fort Tilden New York Best Swim Spots

Get the Skinny on New York's Best Dips

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Get yourself to any of these locations and come back once the sun has backed off enough to enjoy the cool air of the city's beautiful summer nights. 
Downtown Karaoke Bars New York Baby Grand Planet Rose Sing Sing Up Stairs Bar

No-frills, all-thrills: Downtown Karaoke Bars

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Our favorite downtown karaoke bars have something for everybody and we’re sharing them with you. 
Best Tacos NYC

A Taco Tour of NYC

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These Mexican restaurants meet firmly in the middle between great taste and exciting atmosphere.
Summer Reads McNally Jackson Sam MacLaughlin

McNally Jackson Summer Reading List

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For your reading pleasure. McNally Jackson’s Sam MacLaughlin shares his must-read list. 
Davide Sorrenti Photographer Downtown New York

Basquiat, Davide Sorrenti & More: Summer Art Picks

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From Sorrenti's photographs of 90s downtown New York to the Guggenheim's first artist-curated exhibition—these shows are not to be missed.
Pastis Restaurant West Village New York

Pastis 2.0: The Rebirth of a New York Culinary Icon

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Last month saw the bold return of famed French brasserie that closed its doors in 2014. Natasha Silva-Jelly investigates.
Best Outdoor Rooftop Film Series New York City

Films Under the Stars

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For your viewing pleasure, a roundup of the best outdoor film series at locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and the flicks to catch at each spot.
Main Squeeze: Downtown Juice Bars

Main Squeeze: Downtown Juice Bars

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These local spots serve everything from fresh seasonal juices to organic superfood smoothies.
Feel the Pride: Downtown's LGBTQ Musts

Feel the Pride: Downtown's LGBTQ Musts

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During World Pride month and even beyond, be sure to check out these six essential, unique, fun, and historically important downtown spots.
Embrace the Heat at these Top 5 Summer Escapes

Embrace the Heat at these Top 5 Summer Escapes

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From Rockaway to Oyster Bay to the easternmost tip of East Hampton—our guide to doing summer right.
New Classics: Gran Tivoli & Peppi's Cellar Open in Nolita

New Classics: Gran Tivoli & Peppi's Cellar Open in Nolita

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Celebrated Australian restaurateur Jason Scott brings his take on Americana to America with an elevated version of a classic New York bistro and basement bar with live music.
A Sopranos Tour of NYC

A Sopranos Tour of NYC

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For the 20th anniversary of the iconic series, we visit the NYC locations featured prominently on the show.  
A Rundown of the Run-Down

A Rundown of the Run-Down

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True New York dives worth knowing about, according to Bass Drum of Death frontman and dive enthusiast John Barrett.  
Playing It Loud At The Met

Playing It Loud At The Met

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Rock and roll’s most iconic instruments go on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads give us the lowdown.
And Action! Must-See Flicks At The Tribeca Film Festival

And Action! Must-See Flicks At The Tribeca Film Festival

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To help suss out Tribeca’s must-see films, we tap Roxy Cinema curator Illyse Singer for her picks and commentary.
Famed Photo Walls of NY

Famed Photo Walls of NY

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It’s a classic feature of New York’s most iconic delis and restaurants—those cluttered walls with framed photos. Here, we line up four of the best, most star-studded photo walls in downtown NYC.
Local Guide to Spring New York

Friends of GrandLife Share Their Spring Hangouts

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It’s time to embrace the warmer weather, show some leg, and dine al fresco whenever possible. Plus, we round up our favorite spring day trips.
New York's Most Authentic Sidewalk Cafes

New York's Most Authentic Sidewalk Cafes

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Sundays in Red Hook

Sundays in Red Hook

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MacDougal Street Musts

MacDougal Street Musts

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Basquiat, Mapplethorpe & More: Spring Art Picks

Basquiat, Mapplethorpe & More: Spring Art Picks

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THE SPICE IS RIGHT: CHINESE CUISINE’S GREATEST HITS

THE SPICE IS RIGHT: CHINESE CUISINE’S GREATEST HITS

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WHERE TO DRINK DOWNTOWN THIS WINTER

WHERE TO DRINK DOWNTOWN THIS WINTER

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HOW TO TRAVEL: THE ULTIMATE SURVIVAL GUIDE

HOW TO TRAVEL: THE ULTIMATE SURVIVAL GUIDE

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LES UNCOVERED: THE LATEST & GREATEST

LES UNCOVERED: THE LATEST & GREATEST

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A CINEPHILE’S GUIDE TO NYC

A CINEPHILE’S GUIDE TO NYC

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SWEET LIFE: NYC’S FINEST PANCAKES

SWEET LIFE: NYC’S FINEST PANCAKES

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AUSSIE FAVORITE SCANLAN THEODORE OPENS IN TRIBECA

AUSSIE FAVORITE SCANLAN THEODORE OPENS IN TRIBECA

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A CHEF’S GUIDE TO GREENPOINT

A CHEF’S GUIDE TO GREENPOINT

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A FALL COOKIE RECIPE & MORE FROM JANICE ALIDA JOSEPH

A FALL COOKIE RECIPE & MORE FROM JANICE ALIDA JOSEPH

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ALDO SOHM’S GUIDE TO DRINKING RED WINE

ALDO SOHM’S GUIDE TO DRINKING RED WINE

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TOP PICKS FOR A HUDSON VALLEY GETAWAY

TOP PICKS FOR A HUDSON VALLEY GETAWAY

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LEGENDS OF THE FALL: COCKTAILS FOR THE SEASON

LEGENDS OF THE FALL: COCKTAILS FOR THE SEASON

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RAW LIKE SUSHI: NYC’S GREATEST HITS

RAW LIKE SUSHI: NYC’S GREATEST HITS

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Vintage Stores Worth Traveling For

Vintage Stores Worth Traveling For

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FINAL CUT: THE FLICKS TO SEE AT THIS YEAR’S NYFF

FINAL CUT: THE FLICKS TO SEE AT THIS YEAR’S NYFF

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THE FASHION SET’S GUIDE TO DOWNTOWN NEW YORK

THE FASHION SET’S GUIDE TO DOWNTOWN NEW YORK

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WARHOL, TILLMANS & MORE: MUST-SEE FALL EXHIBITIONS

WARHOL, TILLMANS & MORE: MUST-SEE FALL EXHIBITIONS

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HARMONY KORINE’S "BLOCKBUSTER" REDEFINES THE VHS TAPE

HARMONY KORINE’S "BLOCKBUSTER" REDEFINES THE VHS TAPE

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SANT AMBROEUS SOHO: NYFW’S UNOFFICIAL HOME BASE

SANT AMBROEUS SOHO: NYFW’S UNOFFICIAL HOME BASE

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FROM PARIS TO NYC: THE CULT OF MAISON KITSUNÉ

FROM PARIS TO NYC: THE CULT OF MAISON KITSUNÉ

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ON SHOW: THE LOST WARHOLS

ON SHOW: THE LOST WARHOLS

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Tribeca's New BBQ Restaurant with Old New York Charm

Tribeca's New BBQ Restaurant with Old New York Charm

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MUSIC HISTORY WAS AND STILL IS MADE AT THESE NYC VENUES

MUSIC HISTORY WAS AND STILL IS MADE AT THESE NYC VENUES

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NYC'S NEW WAVE OF CONCEPT STORES

NYC'S NEW WAVE OF CONCEPT STORES

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GUCCI’S NEW DESTINATION TAPS INTO SOHO’S CREATIVE HERITAGE

GUCCI’S NEW DESTINATION TAPS INTO SOHO’S CREATIVE HERITAGE

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STEP INSIDE DONALD JUDD’S FINEST WORK

STEP INSIDE DONALD JUDD’S FINEST WORK

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HOW TO SCORE ONE OF NEW YORK’S TOUGHEST TABLES

HOW TO SCORE ONE OF NEW YORK’S TOUGHEST TABLES

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SUMMER DAY TRIPS TO IGNITE YOUR SENSES

SUMMER DAY TRIPS TO IGNITE YOUR SENSES

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REMEMBERING A DOWNTOWN ICON: DAVID WOJNAROWICZ  AT THE WHITNEY

REMEMBERING A DOWNTOWN ICON: DAVID WOJNAROWICZ AT THE WHITNEY

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THE HISTORY OF NYC BAGELS AND WHERE TO EAT THEM

THE HISTORY OF NYC BAGELS AND WHERE TO EAT THEM

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HORIZONTAL: JR’S FIRST SOLO SHOW IN NYC

HORIZONTAL: JR’S FIRST SOLO SHOW IN NYC

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SAKE NIGHTS: A MIX OF OLD AND NEW NYC SPOTS

SAKE NIGHTS: A MIX OF OLD AND NEW NYC SPOTS

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YOUR GO-TO GUIDE FOR AUTHENTIC NEW YORK DINERS

YOUR GO-TO GUIDE FOR AUTHENTIC NEW YORK DINERS

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VINYL DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN’S GUIDE TO RECORD SHOPPING IN NYC

VINYL DJ JONATHAN TOUBIN’S GUIDE TO RECORD SHOPPING IN NYC

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LATE NIGHT CALL: WHERE TO EAT & DRINK PAST MIDNIGHT

LATE NIGHT CALL: WHERE TO EAT & DRINK PAST MIDNIGHT

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5 SECRET MENU ITEMS IN NYC YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

5 SECRET MENU ITEMS IN NYC YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

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DOWNTOWN GALLERIES, BECAUSE IT’S NOT JUST  ABOUT CHELSEA

DOWNTOWN GALLERIES, BECAUSE IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT CHELSEA

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NATURAL HIGH: WHERE TO SIP ORGANIC WINE DOWNTOWN

NATURAL HIGH: WHERE TO SIP ORGANIC WINE DOWNTOWN

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BUBBLES, OYSTERS, AND LOBSTER: WHERE TO GO FOR THE ULTIMATE TRIFECTA

BUBBLES, OYSTERS, AND LOBSTER: WHERE TO GO FOR THE ULTIMATE TRIFECTA

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NYC JAZZ CLUBS TO KNOW, ACCORDING TO MUSICIAN KEN FOWSER

NYC JAZZ CLUBS TO KNOW, ACCORDING TO MUSICIAN KEN FOWSER

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Orchard Street

ORCHARD STREET: A PHOTO STORY OF A NEIGHBORHOOD OASIS

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5 LUXE LUGGAGE BRANDS YOU NEED TO KNOW

5 LUXE LUGGAGE BRANDS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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NEW YORK SLICE: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO PIZZA DOWNTOWN

NEW YORK SLICE: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO PIZZA DOWNTOWN

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THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO SOLO DINING IN NYC

THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO SOLO DINING IN NYC

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MAIN SQUEEZE: DOWNTOWN JUICE BARS

MAIN SQUEEZE: DOWNTOWN JUICE BARS

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THE ORIGINALS: NYC INSTITUTIONS THAT ARE STILL WORTH A VISIT

THE ORIGINALS: NYC INSTITUTIONS THAT ARE STILL WORTH A VISIT

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INSIDE THE NEW ROMAN AND WILLIAMS GUILD

INSIDE THE NEW ROMAN AND WILLIAMS GUILD

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Soho Grand Hotel

310 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013

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2 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10013

212.519.6600