I stayed here overnight once before the dorms opened. It has very nice rooms that make you feel as if you're staying with an older aunt or somesuch rather than at a skeevy hotel that you'd get for the same price. Regina herself is very nice and speaks something like five languages and is very passionate about New York City and specifically Brooklyn. Forte Greene is also a great cultural location.
I mainly dodged into this bookstore because the title reminded me of the white pimp character from King of the Hill. "Alabaster!" The bookstore itself is not much to speak of besides the title. They seem to specialize in old photography books , geography tomes and New York centric books, and my coffee table is already full. Plus, it's really close to the Strand, rendering it unnecessary.
This a is a well stocked used bookstore on the drowsy Eastside that distinguishes itself with its very old and beautiful arcitecture and interior. It feels a bit like that old library from Indiana Jones. Very peaceful and quiet, it's a good place to relax and it's also one of the only good bookstores on the East side to my knowledge. They also have a healthy foreign language section that most bookstoers don't bother with.
This a very nice, laid back dowtown bookstore that is ideal for browsing. It doesn't have any new books that I know of, but if you're like me you'll jump at the chance to dig through stacks of used books looking for a comely old edition or out of print book. They also have a rare book section, and set themselves apart slightly with the addition of vintage records for sale.
On the East coast there's always been a lot of bantering about who has the best bagel and which area has the best bagel. Some say New Jersey, some say Brooklyn or Manhattan. The best I've ever had come from H & H in Manhattan, hands down. My friends at school scoffed at the cafeteria bagels, and wouldn't even touch them. I thought they were just fine. Until, that is, I went to H & H. I didn't know what a bagel could truly be, baked fresh and lovingly.
We stopped in here after coming back from a party in the bronx one night and were mildly impressed by the grocery store feel. Most places in New York are either cramped, dusty, overpriced delis that smell lke catfood or huge, overwhelming marketplaces with chess sections the size of your apartment. This place feels like it could be a grocery store from home in Oregon. Prices aren't great.
This is a very special bookstore that specializes simply in rare, out of print, signed, and just plain fun children's books. While you might get a few strange looks if you show up without a kindergartner in tow, it's worth it to browse through the dazzling collection of children's books for awesome editions of old favorites or new surprises that you can pass along to nephews or neices.
I hadn't heard of this place, but was intrigued by the title. What was mysterious about it? Was I walking into some kind of fantasy story? I was disappointed to find just a niche bookshop, specializing in mystery novels and nothing else. The place was dead and I was silently pressured into buying the Complete Sherlock Holmes. I'd never go back there.
Tannen's Magic is absolutely magical! Wow, I feel dirty after writing that. But in all seriousness, this is a magic lovers dream come true. That sounds trite, but this place has it all, from lowly stripper decks all the way up to life-sized trick coffins. I just went in for a few trinkets, but if I was a rich eccentric man I would live at Tannen's. On Saturday nights aspiring magicians hang out and perform tricks for free. Legend has it that's where Blaine and Copperfield started out.
You've got to respect and Indian food place that has the guts to name itself over a specific region in its homeland. With that kind of confidence, Indus Valley has made itself one of the best restaurants on the Upper West Side and in my opinion one of the best restaurants in NYC. This is probably the best indian food I've ever had. The all you can eat buffets in Salem, Oregon that I was so familiar with do not hold a candle. Great service, huge variety.