WABC-TV Channel 7 is a well-known entity in my five blocks. Tourists and New Yorkers alike line up daily for tickets to see “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly,” and the offices take up the entire square block between 66th and 67th streets and between Columbus and Central Park West. And now the local station has built a new studio located at the northeast corner of Columbus Avenue and 66th street. It is a modern, high-tech studio where passers-by can view the anchors in action or find out the latest weather and news from one of the several HD TVs in the windows.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Magnolia Bakery has gone pink. For every “Pink Ribbon Cupcake” purchased throughout the month of October, Magnolia will donate 50 cents to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Each “Pink Ribbon Cupcake” costs $3.75. And, if you visit the location in my five blocks — on Columbus Ave at 69th st — you will find new pink curtains in all the windows. Enjoy, and help support a cure for breast cancer.
A new healthy food cart hit the upper west side last weekend, setting up shop in front of the Lululemon store on Broadway between 64th and 65th, right across from Lincoln Center. It’s called NYC Healthy Bites. And since it’s new, the owners were still working out the permanent location and awaiting one of the key food items — all natural, handmade pretzels.
Healthy Bites is another example of the growing healthy food craze in my five blocks. It offers organic hot dogs — including one vegetarian option called the “smart dog” — and natural sausages, both with a choice of classic bun or whole wheat. Plus you can order natural hand made pretzels, drinks and chips, all at reasonable prices. The hot dogs/sausages range from $3.50 to $6.00 depending on the toppings. Drinks include ZICO coconut water, Illy coffee, Honest Kids juice pouches among others. And, the chips are Deep River Kettle Cooked Potato Chips in a variety of flavors. See the menu below:
The Healthy Bites
slogan is “The Tasty Cart That Takes Your Health to Heart”. Check out the Facebook page for the latest information.
Lincoln Center has been bustling the past two weeks with Fashion Week but is now settling back into the more typical cultural offerings of Music, Ballet, Opera and Plays. Even if you’re not planning to attend one of the many performances, it is worth a visit to experience the interesting architecture and the beauty and serenity of the newly renovated Lincoln Center Plaza. In particular, wedged between the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65th street) and the high-end restaurant Lincoln is the Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace. In the middle of the pool, you will see the Henry Moore “Reclining Figure” sculpture. And, you can also view the sculpture from the vast, sloping green lawn on the roof of the restaurant Lincoln.
Henry Moore's Reclining Figure at the Paul Milstein Pool and Terrace
Lincoln Center is right in my five blocks, so I took the opportunity to enjoy a walk through the Plaza this weekend during one of New York City’s first beautiful Fall days. I was hoping also to purchase a “turn-back” ticket for that evening to see War Horse, but it was sold out. Based on the incredible written and “word-of-mouth” reviews, War Horse is also a must see at Lincoln Center.
In time for Fashion’s Night Out, HELMUT LANG has moved into the space formerly occupied by Theory, which moved down a block to the corner of 69th street and Columbus Avenue.
HELMUT LANG — Columbus Avenue between 70th and 71st — joins several other Fashion labels in my five blocks including:
Rag & Bone Columbus Ave
Burberry Brit: 160 Columbus Avenue (between 67th and 68th streets)
UGG Australia: 160 Columbus Avenue (between 67th and 68th streets)
Rag & Bone: 182 Columbus Avenue (between 68th and 69th streets)
Comptoir des Cotonniers: 184 Columbus Avenue (between 68th and 69th Streets)
Reiss London: 76 West 69th St
Theory: 201 Columbus Ave (Corner of 69th street)
Paige Denim: 245 Columbus Avenue (between 71st and 72nd streets)
Fashion's Night Out Cupcakes - $3.75 each
My five blocks is bustling as Fashion’s Night Out approaches tonight. In case you’re hungry along the shopping route or just want a fun (short-term) memento, stop by Magnolia Bakery for specially decorated cupcakes showcasing shoes, bags, dresses and hats. Plus, for each Fashion’s Night Out cupcake purchased ($3.75 each), Magnolia will donate 50 cents to the NYC Aids Fund in The Community Trust.
Mini Cupcake - vanilla cake with pink and white vanilla buttercream frosting
Mini cupcakes are my favorite size cupcake at Magnolia Bakery…just the perfect amount; however, they are only available via special order. You can order them with chocolate or vanilla buttercream in your choice of Magnolia’s own pastel colors and hand colored sprinkles. The minimum order is 12. So next time you’re having a party or just want to stash a few small treats at home, try the minis.
Peanut Butter Cupcakes - $3.50 each
Peanut Butter seems to be the rage around my five blocks in September…must be in honor of Back-to-School season. As an example, Magnolia Bakery has designated September Peanut Butter Month. In addition to its traditional Peanut Butter Ice Box Pie, Peanut Butter Bar, Peanut Butter Cookie and Peanut Butter Toffee Bar, Magnolia has added a few NEW peanut butter items that I’m sure every kid (and adult) would like added to their lunch boxes.
1. Peanut Butter Cupcake — Peanut Butter Cake with Jelly filling and Peanut Butter Buttercream frosting. It’s delicious!!! The frosting is my favorite part.
2. P&B&J Sandwich: Layers of peanut butter buttercream and grape jelly sandwiched between 2 slices of rich peanut butter loaf cake.
3. Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownie – filled with chocolate chunks and topped with a layer of semi-sweet chocolate.
Let me know what you think.
As evidenced by the crowded streets right now, New Yorkers in my five blocks of the Upper West Side were eager to get back outside. Although many restaurants and stores are still closed, several have opened already and more are gearing up. Here’s a quick list of a few:
The Muffin Cafe
Fiorello’s – the line is out the door!
La Traviatta Pizza
Red Velvet Bakery
Aroma Espresso Bar
Empire Columbus Ave
An’s Beauty — in case you’re in need of a manicure, pedicure or massage
Note that all the Starbucks in the neighborhood are closed til Monday, August 28th.
Among the many retail stores overcrowded with New Yorker’s preparing for Hurricane Irene was Bed, Bath and Beyond on Broadway between 64th and 65th st in my five blocks. It’s easy to walk by this store and mistake it for an apartment building due to the entrance “lobby” with doormen, and since the actual store is located on two massive levels underground.
Doorman John at Bed, Bath and Beyond
I pass this Bed, Bath and Beyond almost every day. And even when I’m not shopping there, I’m greeted with a smile and hello from doorman John. He is probably one of the friendliest doormen in all of Manhattan welcoming shoppers as he holds the door open, helping with bags and wishing passers-by a good day. He could put a smile on anyone’s face, even the most stressed New Yorker on the way home from a long day.
During the hurricane preparations, he maintained his positive attitude with a smile as big as ever. A real New York City community story!
Check out Bed, Bath and Beyond for the shopping too. This store sells everything you can think of (and more) for your home and houses a Harmon drug store with great selection and prices. And, it stays open until 10pm.