My son just graduated from this school. He has been a student here since kindergarten. The teachers that he has had have always seemed to be very nice and competent. However, the building itself is very old and can certainly use major renovations. During the graduation ceremony the auditorium was very hot, and I have been told that the sanitation in the bathrooms is not very good. The school does have a fairly big yard, and there is a small playground with playground equipment off to the side. The physical condition of this school is probably the norm for most New York City public schools, and in fact I'm sure there are many schools which are in worse condition.
This store is located right on the corner of Selfridge St and Metropolitan Ave. They used to be in the middle of the block but they moved to this corner location several years ago. They have a good selection of baseball cards, comic books, and many other collectible items. In years past they have also occasionally had New York Mets players at the store to sign autographs. I don't remember seeing any signs in front of the store this year though. (With the success of the Mets it's probably a lot harder to get any players to come to sign autographs.) This is a very nice store and the only one of its kind that I know of in the area.
Visiting this museum is a good complement to a visit to the FDR House, Library and Museum. The house at Val Kill is not nearly as nice as the FDR house, but it looks comfortable nevertheless. The land doesn't appear to be quite as big as the FDR house site, and the view is certainly not as nice as the FDR house which overlooks the Hudson River. However, a visit to the FDR House would not really be complete without a visit to Val Kill to see how Eleanor lived after FDR's death.
Admission to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum is included in the tour price for the Roosevelt house. The house is the main attraction of the tour, but the Library and Museum has plenty of keep FDR buffs busy. But if you go and don't want to go into the museum or house, you can walk around the grounds for free. This includes the garden in which FDR and Eleanor are buried, and the rest of the very picturesque grounds that the house and museum are on. This is a long day trip from New York, but it is certainly doable.
This museum is located in Battery Park City, about a 10 minute walk from Ground Zero. The best exhibit in the museum is the original model of the World Trade Center. There are also many pictures of the World Trade Center during its construction. There is a lot to see at this museum for anyone who is interested in skyscrapers, and admission is very cheap at only $5.
As the name implies, the specialty at this restaurant is congee. However, my favorite dish is the shredded pork chow mein. They have the crunchiest chow mein noodles of any restaurant, and it remains crunchy for days if it's left dry. This restaurant is a decent size for the area that it's in, and they probably do about half of their business eat-in and half take-out. Their prices are very reasonable and the quality of their other dishes is very good as well.
This museum is in the financial district just a few blocks from Wall Street. They have many exhibits showing the history of the financial markets in the United States. They also have items from the 1929 stock market crash which are quite interesting to see. Admission is also very cheap at $2. There is also a walking tour of the financial district which meets at the museum but is much more expensive. This is an interesting place for anyone who plays the stock market.
Theater Cafe is located right next to Cinemart Cinemas on Metropolitan Ave. It is a good size restaurant, and it has a lot of outdoor seating as well. Their menu is not that extensive; it has mainly drinks and foods like pizza, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. It has a very good atmosphere and is a nice stop before or after a movie. Street parking is tough to find on Metropolitan Ave, but is easy to find only a block or two away towards 72 Ave.
This diner is located right off the Grand Central Parkway. It is shaped like a typical diner, and is not very big inside. I've only had breakfast there, and it was very good. Their pancakes were very fluffy and soft, just the way they should be. They have a parking lot which makes it convenient so you don't have to worry about looking for parking.
This park is right on the East River and has a great view of Manhattan. Admission is free and they often have concerts, films, and other special events. The times that I have been there the sculptures have been quite unique, but nothing too spectacular. However, this is a good place to go on a nice day to just enjoy the view, particularly on weekends when there is a lot going on there.