- Canal Street
Taking a subway ride over to Canal, cruising Chinatown and Little Italy, haggling with every fish monger, Chinese kitsch shop and Italian bakery known to man is a unique, inexpressible joy. Whether you’re looking to pick up boho/chic denim (oh, how I loved The Canal Jeans Company) or score some knockoff Prada from a street vendor hawking his wares, there’s no place else like Canal for a quirky bargains. An urban festival.
- Ess-a- Bagels
New York. All about the bagels, right? Well, my favorite bagel shop is Ess-a-Bagels on Third Street in Midtown. Dense, chewy, amazing bagels with a wide array of smears and sandwiches options, this place rocks. If you hear that the guys behind the counter go all Soup Nazi on you if you’re not quick with your order…don’t worry. Just give them a big out-of-town smile. They’re teddy bears.
- Central Park
An 843 acre wonder in the middle of Manhattan. To me, there’s nothing like simply walking the park. Sure, you can grab a pedi-cab, go all romantic with a horse-drawn carriage or rent a canoe at the Loeb Boathouse but I love just walking through the park taking in the sights and sounds and people of the city. Stop by Strawberry Fields. Check out the statues throughout the park (Alice in Wonderland is my fav).Enjoy a lobster roll at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s roof garden cafe or go star-gazing at the Hayden Planetarium .Take in some jazz in the evening. This is New York. Options are endless.
- The New York Public Library/Bryant Park
The lions are iconic, the architecture is amazing and the location near Bryant Park is perfection. Grab lunch at Untamed Sandwiches or a chocolate babke and coffee at Breads Bakery and find a bench in the park to relax. When you’re finished, walk over to the library. Quiet and clean, it’s one of the best freebies in town. Peek at a Gutenberg Bible, check out the map room and the art collections, or find a spot to read and enjoy this Beaux Arts masterpiece, a National Historic Landmark containing more than six million books. Stop by the gift shop to buy a copy of Library Lions, a perfect souvenir for kids.
- TKTS Booth
Broadway, baby. Or off-Broadway. If you want to see a show, stop by the TKTS booth in Times Square, a great way to experience the arts in New York City at affordable prices. I snagged tickets to see Bill Macy in David Mamet’s play, Oleanna. Third row, great seats, amazing night. If you love theatre, download the app, it’s a can’t-miss.
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By-the-book Marianne McBride wants to prove she’s more than a computer geek in a pair of horn-rimmed glasses. But how did she end up hiding in a cake, waiting to sing “Happy Birthday” to Nick Wright, a sexy and arrogant serial-dater? Not exactly part of her plan. Especially when she finds herself kissing the birthday boy, and then running like hell…
Nick falls for no woman. No strings, no commitments, and no relationships. Not even with the sweetly curvaceous bombshell from his birthday. But then he’s hit by a bombshell of his own. He needs to find the perfect faux fiancée, or kiss his key to the executive washroom goodbye. Fortunately, his matchmaker sister has the perfect girl in mind.
Now Nick and Marianne have to pretend they’re in love for six weeks. No dating. No sex.
And definitely no acting on the wickedly-hot chemistry that could ruin everything…
After ten years of survival, aka working, in Hollywood, this former actress and current author of sexy contemporary romance is living happily-ever-after in Pittsburgh with her longtime sweetie, AKA Husband Number 1, and their two punky kids. When not carpooling to birthday parties or testing her gourmet cooking skills by throwing a frozen pizza into the oven, Maggie daydreams about sneaking off to the Vegas or Napa, or even just the movies. A love of red wine, Italian food, and music round out her list of life’s greatest joys. Oh, and Tuesday night karaoke, totally underrated fun.