Lots of natural foods and produce grown locally make up this roadside market that has a verylarge selection of natural and health foods. Great alternative to the local grocery store for some more exotic or hard to find foods in the area
For what is almost a roadside flower stand, the Amherst Flower Shop has a large amount of plants and flowers, and the people who work there are more than happy to help you out and give you a good deal on them. Very convenient area to stop by.
There are probably about a thousand video stores in New York, and many of them are of the super-large-have-every-video variety, so why anyone would go to Blockbuster voluntarily is beyond me. I suppose if you're looking for the latest big action film release, it will always be there, but nothing else will. Their selection is horrible. 300 copies of the latest Will Smith movie, and nothing else. You would think in a city this independent minded they would have a few other more obscure films, but no. Also, they picked their employees from the School of Dunces. Don't expect any help finding your film, and don't expect them to lift a finger to help you at all. They don't care, and that is why Blockbuster sucks.
Unlike the similar museum in Manhattan, the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens is less interested in past tv shows, and more interested in the evolution of cameras and filmmaking technology. The amount of stuff on display is amazing, and many exhibits are hands-on, including a sound effects exhibit and one on blue-screen technology. Even though it's a little hard to get to, the museum is completely worth it for everyone
PROS: Great, informative, fun museum
CONS: Hard to get to
The Forbes Galleries aren't the most famous nor do they have the most stuff, but if you're looking for something to do for an hour or so, this is a great place to go. It's free, and it has, amongst other things, a collection of Faberge Eggs, a collection of WWII-era papers, thousands of tiny toy soldiers and boats, and a small photography gallery. Seeing as these galleries are the work of billionaire Malcom Forbes, his collectibles are slightly more interesting than yours or mine.
It's on the border of the LES and Chinatown, underneath a bakery, and often hard to find. It's totally worth it. The food is amazing (I recommend the pumpkin ravioli), the wine list is great, and it's very romantic. Good for a splurge night
PROS: great food, great atmosphere, rarely crowded
CONS: hard to find
Tucked away in a corner of the West Village is one of the best burger places in New York. Huge burgers, great fries, ridiculously cheap beer, and it's open until very late at night for those post-party munchies. Gets crowded most nights, but it's worth it, and you can always eat at the bar
PROS: amazingly cheap, great food
CONS: crowded, long waits for a table
In the old town hall, on Main Street, is a two-theatre cinema that's everything that everyone thinks off when they think of small towns. Cheap prices, refills on everything, a balcony, second-run shows, classics nights, and they often show old shorts, like The Three Stooges, before the shows. It's obviously a labor of love for the owners, and you'll never feel more like you're in a Norman Rockwell painting
PROS: great theatre with old-time feel
CONS: Chairs are uncomfortable
I've been going there for years, whenever I'm visiting family. Good prices for great cuts (approx. $30 for wash/cut/dry), and they also have a manicurist and a masseuse. All are extremely friendly and remember you even if you're only there once a year
Even though the local Loews will play independent films in New York, Angelika is definitely the place to go for the most offbeat, low-budget, or foreign films that are currently out. They have a small cafe upstairs that has a lot more to offer than the normal movie theater fare, and encourage patrons to stay there and have coffee after the show.