This is a quintissential small comic book shop, crammed into the second floor space of a building. The shop isn't that large, and reeks a bit of too many hours spent over vintage Fantastic Four comics, and they don't have a whole lot in the way of Graphic Novels, tending more toward the cartons full of old individual issues of comics. Roger is a bit creepy as well, so I wouldn't drag a girlfriend along.
If you're a student and looking to fly somewhere on the cheap (and why would you not?) you'll do well to stop in at STA Travel to talk to a customer service representative about getting to where you need to go. They're especially helpful if you need to get somewhere in Europe and have no idea how to navigate the air channels there. They really helped me out when I was buying plane tickets for London, and you can't get that kind of student friendly service off af a website.
This is a fairly hip, somewhat underground music scene on Greenwich street. The place looks seedy from the outside, with it's name painted on black shutters and red light spilling out the front, and it's still pretty seedy on the inside, but they have great drink deals to accompany the live perfomances. THey showcase a lot of hard rock/swing/ swagger fusion bands, few of which, if any, you've heard of. But that's all part of the adventure.
This is a very good Japanese restaurant in the building owned by a friend's father, which is how I came to know it. They have moderate prices, and actually make their their own soy sauce from scratch, and it is delicious. The location isn't great, but the sevice is friendly and they offer wonderful 'big rolls' that are basically supersized rolls stuffed with a variety of fish. Nice atmosphere, very clean and not overly cluttered with cultural brickabrack.
Nicely laid out store with an even split between vinyl and CDs. They have a big selection but in tends toward known artists. They have a big selection of Live albums that you didn't know existed and a lot of obscure solo records from members of well known bands. If you're looking for lesser known people you're better off elsewhere, but to complete your collection of an old favorite you'll probably find something surprising here.
I saw another review of this floating around, but I can't seem to find it, so here's another. As the name of the store implies, this is where you'll find everything you want off the top forty charts. The place is small, but supremely dedicated and friendly, offering a huge selection of independent and rare music, as well as used classic independen music and vinyl. Don't waster time fishing around the Virgin Megastore, because Other probably has it or can get it for you, all at reasonable prices. They also have shows occasionally, such as Animal Collective.
Adjacent to the Museum of Natural History, the Rose Center for Earth and Space doesn't quite have the draw of its sister, due to its limited exhibits and much smaller size, but there's enough here to warant a visit from general space and science buffs. The real star though is the new dazzling planetarium with its intricate and hypnotic light shows. And once every month they have starry night jazz shows set to lasers, which is truly awesome.
Even the Subway stop near this place is cool. Hands down the best museum I've ever been to. As you could probably tell from the film "Relic" this place is huge and filled to the brim with scientific curios. And there aren't actually any monsters. You can kill days in this place, and they cosntantly rotate out the exhibits. Most of the stuff they have isn't even on display. It's great by yourself or entertaining out of town guests.
Though marketed as a veritable tourist attraction, the NBC Studio store is just another chintzy tourist trap in Midtown, albeit with a much prettier face. The store captures your eye at first with its various tv screens neon lights and memorbilia, but once you get past the glitz there isn't much there. just a bunch of cheesy T-shirts you'd never be caught wearing in the city, and sundry useless merchandise.
Ah, the Film Forum. Probably the epicenter of prententious film appreciate in Manhattan. Though they premiere a number of new independent films, the Forum specializes in restoring and screening copies of classic and obscure cinema treasures, the number of which is huge and ever changing. They take film seriously, and they will not let you into a movie late or early. A friend of mine worked there last summer and had to turn away Faye Dunaway because she was late to a screening. Basically, if you're serious about film appreciation, you should make it to the Forum at least once a month. Plus, it's nonprofit.