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While traveling in Jordan many years ago, a brief stop to ask for directions led to an invitation to a Bedouin wedding feast. In Uzbekistan a family welcomed us into their home. We had no language in common, but shared a love of vodka and laughter. My wanderings have taken me from a racing yacht in Antigua to a catamaran on the west coast of Scotland; from swimming with jellyfish in The Red Sea to swimming buck-naked in Mauritius. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I hadn’t traveled. This month’s magazine embraces the spirit of adventure and escape. From day trips to jungle adventures, we talk to the people who travel for work, pleasure, and sometimes self-discovery. We even learn about the joys of discovering your own city through the eyes of a tourist. I hope it inspires you.



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own town and see the world through new eyes.


Getting away from it all when you don’t have the time or the budget for a vacation.

Tyler Mount’s latest Broadway obsessions in his exclusive column for W42ST.



Comic book writer Brian K Vaughan’s words of wisdom when it comes to world travel.


Sarah Funk’s year of travel continues. This month, she joins a Carnival parade in Brazil. A warm welcome awaits in Austin, Texas.







Readers’ day trips, weekenders, and faraway travels ... be inspired, then start planning.


CONTENTS April Edition


How volunteering in Sri Lanka was a life-changing experience for Carla Duval.


We dare you to be a tourist in your

Our Instagram picks of the month.



Our diary of happenings is the only guide you’ll need this month.


Travel is all part of the actor’s experience. Sharon Washington advises on how she survives long periods on the road.


This month, we get all the gossip on what an actor’s agent ACTUALLY does.




A creative journey, from Kinky Boots to Miami, via Amtrak.


Our verdict on Come From Away, Sunset Boulevard, and Arthur Miller’s The Price.



After years of fat being public enemy #1, is the real nutritional demon a whole lot sweeter?


Free pizza and as much coffee as he can drink. Does Mike Bergemann have the dream job?



Visit New York State’s best wine makers in their natural habitat. Bring a designated driver (or, better still, stay the night).


We love New York, but beer is as good a reason as any to get out of the city every now and then. We bring you our top three destinations.


Bringing an LA vibe to a luxury Hell’s Kitchen building with Hamilton star Lexi Lawson.



Gorgeous gifts for home and away. The journey starts here.



COVER ARTIST Alexander Lansang is a cartoonist from Jersey, working in NYC. He has an imaginary dog named BARC. His clients include Sony Music, Kit Kat, Hallmark, Trolli, Motorola, and he’s currently lead designer on visuals for the new Gulliver’s Gate attraction. Visit his secret base at alexander to see his most prized projects buried deep underground. gulliversgate. com


Adventure, romance ... and a possible proposal when Mary Geneva goes traveling.


It’s all about the J word ... but our columnist’s personal journey has hit a bump in the road.


The best of HK, from personal trainers to dog walkers, restaurants to cocktail bars, dry cleaners to show repairs. Contact to be included.


Hell’s Kitchen’s most handsome pups are ready for their close-up. Get involved by emailing waggingtales@


Look out for the cool fold-out zine inside, with people, places, and a map – it’s your key to Hell’s Kitchen.



Stephen Field is the concierge at Ink48 Hotel. He has lived in Hell’s Kitchen for more than 30 years and his in-depth knowledge of the neighborhood has earned him trending status on TripAdvisor.

“Tabacco Road has always fascinated me and scared me at the same time.”

STEPHEN’S HK Dianne & Elisabeth, 10th

Ave - 45th/46th St Medi, 9th Ave 53rd/54th St 44 1/2, 10th Ave 44th/45th Ave Añejo, 10th Ave 47th St Arriba Arriba, 9th Ave - 51st St Casellula, W52nd St - 9th/10th Ave The Jolly Goat, W47th St 10th/11th Ave Uncle Mario’s, 9th Ave - 50th St Don Giovanni, W44th St 8th/9th Ave Betti Bar, W46th St - 8th/9th Ave



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Hell’s Kitchen


Stephen Field is the neighborhood’s most famous hotel concierge … what’s his secret? Photograph Nacho Guevara What’s your Hell’s Kitchen story? I moved to New York from Northern California to be an actor and singer, and living in Hell’s Kitchen was more of a convenience than anything else: I was close to auditions, close to theaters, and it seemed that all the other aspiring performers I knew were here too. I was young, so the rough quality of the area didn’t bother me much. It was actually rather exciting, a gritty slice of NYC that I never expected to be a part of. I was cautious though; when I had my first hotel job at The Paramount I used to wrap my cash tips around my ankle and cover it with my sock in case someone tried to mug me! What’s the best thing about the neighborhood? The plenitude of small restaurants and amazing wine bars. Walk into Dianne & Elisabeth’s intimate dining room or the lovely open-air patios at Medi or 44 1/2 you’re instantly hit with a wonderful atmosphere. I could name a dozen other places like that; small operations with management who truly care about their customers and the quality they provide. And the worst? It has to be the crowds and the tourists. We gotta love ‘em because they’re our bread and butter, but we all feel the hordes steadily moving west from Times Square. Part of me wants to wrap up the heart of HK and keep it in a bubble but we do need growth and change. You give insider tips to tourists every day, but where do YOU hang out when you’re not at work? Añejo is probably my go-to place to chill


Opposite: Stephen in the penthouse suite at Ink48 – with all of HK at his feet.

out with fantastic food and amazing margaritas. I also go crazy for the jalapeño margaritas at Arriba Arriba, made with fresh jalapeño puree. If I want to indulge, I go to Casellula and try a new wine and partake of their unique cheese pairings. And I make a stop at The Jolly Goat for coffee every day on my way to work. I adore that place. What question are you most often asked by guests? Either “Where’s the best pizza?” or “Where can I get Italian food?” Depending on my mood I prefer either The Grama pizza at Uncle Mario’s or the pizza Genovese at Don Giovanni. Seriously, is there anything you don’t know about Hell’s Kitchen? Yes. I’m not really familiar with the sports bars in the area because that’s not my vibe. Oddly, I’ve never been to Rudy’s either but I need to rectify that. Same with Tabacco Road, which has always fascinated me and scared me at the same time. Do you have a neighborhood secret? Shh, we won’t tell a soul ... After dinner one snowy night years ago I was walking down W46th Street with a friend and I looked across the street and saw a neon sign that said: “Speak Easy.” Of course, we had to go explore and that’s how I discovered Betti Bar on top of the Hourglass Tavern. I love how they kept the tenement feeling of the original apartment and fitted the bar in. The restroom is the original bathroom, porcelain tub and all. See Stephen’s tips for living like a tourist in your own town on p22.



If his eyebrows and his cheek dimples aren’t enough to get you on board the Derek Klena train, his powerhouse voice and performance in the new Broadway production of Anastasia sure will.


I remember her as Cruella de Vil, but her return to Broadway is even more noteworthy. The woman literally gets a standing ovation during act two for sitting down in a chair. If you think I’m kidding, go see the show. (Then write me an official apology note for not believing me in the first place.)

#FANGIRL The life and obsessions of Tyler Mount


very month, Broadway’s most brilliant vlogger brings you his favorite things, whether it’s his #1 tune on Spotify repeat, his latest crush, or neighborhood recommends. We’re hanging on his every word …


It is no secret that Dear Evan Hansen is my Broadway obsession of the year, and with their newly released cast recording now available on Spotify, this song is on constant repeat in my house. ‘You Will Be Found’ is to Dear Evan Hansen what ‘Defying Gravity’ is to Wicked – if you don’t get the reference, please quit reading.



Come on! Those eyebrows! Those dimples!

Before I saw this show, I knew nothing about it. All I knew was that Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote a musical about cats and a musical about this – so it must be good. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.





I no longer use an alarm clock. I wake up on my own at the thought of being able to see Charlie’s new post each morning.


Nothing makes me ugly-cry more than military spouses coming home from war, and Ellen Degeneres giving deserving people loads of cash, trips, and free cars. If you haven’t gotten stuck in the dark hole that

PEOPLE is “Ellen Giveaway” videos, you’re missing out.




“Where can you go, when the world don’t treat you right? The answer is home.” See, not only am I obsessed with this show but I even remember the theme song. Is that impressive or embarrassing?


I know, I know. I’m super late to this party. But isn’t it cool to be late to parties in the first place? I’m obsessed with Tina Fey, I’m obsessed with the humor, and I’m obsessed with this show all around.



Standing ovation. Hello! THE GIVING KEY

I don’t know about you, but I love giving gifts – and this is the perfect one. The giving key is a cute necklace with a single word engraved on it, like “love,” “power,” “happiness.” You give it to someone who needs it, who then passes it on to someone else. It’s the only necklace to ever make me cry.


This superquaint bar on 9th Avenue is a must-see. Its speciality cocktails and eclectic environment are the perfect place to pre-game prior to eating frito pies at Flaming Saddles.

“Half -marathons are addictive. Like meth, except instead of your teeth falling out you get a six-pack.” LOCAL RESTAURANT THE MEATBALL SHOP

As Celie from The Color Purple would say: “LOOK WHAT GOD HAS DONE.” One of my favorite restaurants has moved uptown and is now serving meatball, pasta, and cheap wine goodness every single day of the week. This could be dangerous.

Above: Surely the only person to get a standing ovation for sitting on a chair?

Hottie of the month

CHRIS HEMSWORTH Need I say more?


Halfmarathons are the new trend and I’m fully addicted. It’s like meth, except instead of your teeth falling out you get a six-pack and bigger calves.

ABOUT TYLER Broadway fan girl turned YouTube Star, Tyler Mount, is the creator of the wildly popular web series Playbill’s The Tyler Mount Vlog. Seen by over a million people in 168 countries, former guests include Gloria Estefan, Jerry Mitchell, Anthony Rapp, Todrick Hall, Perez Hilton, Laura Osnes, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, and many more of Broadway’s biggest stars. New episodes every Monday & Friday at noon - | @TylerGMount




You love the city, no doubt about it, but sometimes you just have to get the f*** out of here! The W42ST family is all over that, with inspiration for day trips, weekend breaks … and some stuff that’s a little more exotic




Antonella Manieri

DAYTRIPPER “I adore Manhattan over anything else, but when I feel like escaping the madness to what feels like the countryside, I head to Snug Harbor in Staten Island. The Staten Island ferry is not just free, it also offers wonderful views of the Manhattan skyline and surrounding bridges (with the option to buy alcohol onboard). “Once in Staten Island, I take a 20-minute walk along the waterfront to get to Snug Harbor. There are endless things to explore: 26 historic buildings,

Stephane Toullieux

nine botanical gardens, a two-acre urban farm, all on an 83-acre park-like setting. There are lakes to feed ducks, a castle connected to a secret garden, and architecture to drool over. Also, it’s free, so there’s no excuse not to explore!”

Above: Infinity pool perfection in Puerto Rico; Snug Harbor, a little closer to home.

not a trust fund baby, I have to shop around for great deals. Three of my favorite places with flights under four hours from NY are Puerto Rico, Bahamas, and Turks & Caicos.”

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE I use to get an idea of what places to visit, and to look for flash sales or weekend packages.” Instagram: @antonella212

A LITTLE BIT LONGER “I sometimes get anxiety about flying, which is the main reason I book last minute. And because I’m unfortunately

Madagascar, Namibia, Mongolia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Tanzania, Brazil. I love to live at local people’s houses or to camp. I also love the great outdoors. Most of these trips are family trips – they’re the best. “That being said, Europe has its gems: any weekend in Italy is a treasure, and France is awesome (I may be biased – I’m French and commute from Paris).

Below: San Francisco, Pier 39, with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge; Madagascar, and the unforgettable baobab.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE “I use TripAdvisor all the time to review destinations (hotels especially) and make my reservations through,, and Expedia (I always try to compare). I also use NY Times 36 hours, subscribe to Backpacker, and look to Instagram for inspiration.” Instagram: @stoullieux

WEEKENDER “Last year I went to the Hamptons for the weekend. Gurneys hotel in Montauk was a perfect getaway. I also went to Los Angeles and San Francisco (flights in the US are so cheap compared with Europe), which were great.”

A LITTLE BIT LONGER “I tend to travel at least once a year to a destination far away: Costa Rica last year, Japan, Utah/Wyoming, Hawaii,

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Jeffrey Dyksterhouse

Main: Da Kine Diego shack, Satellite Beach, Florida; Above: Puerto Rico.

WEEKENDER Fire Island is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and is truly a magical place, whether you’re gay or straight. It’s less than 60 miles from NYC and everyone should experience it at least once. “I’ve been going since 1989 and summers there make winters in the city that much more bearable.”


LynNette Blanche

For transportation ( Fire Island Pines Historical Preservation Society ( Nightlife (,, Fire Island Pines Arts Project ( instagram: @jeffdnyc

daytripper “Work has been really hectic these last couple years and I’ve not had a ton of time to travel. As a result, I’ve had to maximize my long weekends and get creative about escaping the city. On most weekends, I go to galleries and Chinatown and lean on my imagination to draw me into another world of culture, adventure, and gastronomic pleasures.”

people tend to flock to Cocoa Beach, I keep driving down the A1A, past the Patrick Airforce Base (who doesn’t love a man in a uniform?) and settle in to a less crowded shore. Having grown up in Florida, I’ve learned to seek out the local spots. One of my absolute favorites is Da Kine Diego’s. This Hawaiian-themed shack has a special jasmine rice burrito that will knock your socks off. “For a slightly longer but still easy travel destination, Puerto Rico always finds a way to charm me, and you can find tons of amazing Airbnbs for a great price. While I usually stay in Isla Verde for the fantastic beaches, I love getting lost in Old San Juan. The colors, the architecture, and the spirit keep me coming back for more. I recommend making a pit stop on the way into Old San Juan to capture the first point of the Bermuda triangle. The 29,000 ft of ocean below makes for some marvelous waves and the view is breathtaking.”

WHY TRAVEL? weekender

Above: Fire Island fun with the boys.


“For an immediate escape outside of the city, I head to Guilford, Connecticut. The sunrise over Indian Cove is pure magic and the historic charm of the town will win you over. My favorite way to get acquainted with the streets of Guilford is by running. I take the four-mile run from Indian Cove, towards the Town Green, and pop by Perk on Church to refuel with a hearty breakfast. “For four-day weekends, I escape to Florida. One of my favorite hidden gems is Satellite Beach. While most


“Travel is a gateway to new cultures, culinary experiences, and community. I love the quote (I’m a sucker for a good quote): ‘The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon.’”

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE ‘My go-to apps are Airbnb, Nike+ and Instagram. I lean heavily on Instagram’s geo-tagging and hashtags to find local entertainment and food when traveling.” Instagram: @lsblanche


Chelsea Hoagland

across jungles in Costa Rica … to name just a few experiences. “Traveling should push you out of your comfort zone. There is no better way to learn about a new culture, discover how you work under stressful situations (especially if traveling with your significant other), or just get away from it all.”

Marilyn Perez


WHY TRAVEL? “The real question is why wouldn’t you travel? Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love New York, but I can tell you that Chinatown is much different from the real thing. And climbing the Great Wall is something I’ll never forget. I climbed higher than One World Trade Center in two hours, and that was in 100+ degree weather. I’ve swum with manta rays in the Maldives, explored 3,000-yearold temples in Myanmar, and zip-lined

“There are a few things I never leave home without when I travel: packing cubes (organized space savers – they’ll change the way you pack!), Advil and other simple meds you may not find in other countries, a good eye patch for sleeping on the plane, and a journal to record all those memories. “I’m a big fan of Expedia and using their points program to get discounts, but another great website is HipMunk. com. They organize flights based on time of day or price. And no trip would be complete without some serious research on TripAdvisor.” Instagram: @chelseahoagland

“I actually live in Dutchess County in upstate NY but my parents live in Hell’s Kitchen, so when I want to ‘escape’ I come down to the city! But I live very close to places like Beacon and Cold Spring, which are popular day trip locations and less than two hours away on Metro North’s Hudson Line. Zipcar has just been added to the Beacon train station too!” Instagram: @Marilyn_coffeeink

Hiking in Cold Spring.

Dia Art Foundation, Beacon. Left: Jumping for joy in Beijing; falls in Laos; the ultimate blue in the Maldives; Sanibel Island, Florida.

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Get out of your comfort zone and start exploring.

“If you’re looking for something a little more exotic, turn on your tablets and search for flights to Dubai. Some might think going halfway around the world is a bit much, but with only a 12-hour flight standing between you and an experience of a lifetime, why not? “The United Arab Emirates has a growing invitation for tourism. A blend of culture and incredible landmarks etch out a beautiful and unquestionably unique city by the sea. “And now they’ve made it easy to explore both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, with only a short bus ride separating the two cities.”

Laura Koury

WEEKENDER “New York City is one of the most stimulating cities around and an adventure in itself. There’s so much energy around us that I find the importance of ‘escaping’ to be helpful, both mentally and soulfully. When I’m looking for a quick getaway I follow the Hudson River north to New Paltz or the Catskills to enjoy a beautiful landscape of mountains and rivers. There are a multitude of trails, whether you’re an experienced hiker or just wanting to be in nature.”

WHY TRAVEL? “I value the importance getting out of my comfort zone and opening myself up to the many cultures around me. We learn from each other. Traveling helps us see that the world is bigger than what we perceive it to be. So this summer I challenge you to try something new. Life is too short to stick to routines. Happy travels.” Instagram: @lo_lamae

WHY TRAVEL? “For inspiration, to experience a different/fresh point of view, and to learn how other people live. It’s a fun way to incorporate a history lesson too. Cultural and mystical expression through crafts and costume is intriguing to us, so we choose to visit countries that excel in artisanal work. “We’re lucky to be able to travel and buy for our business and forge special relationships with people. We might miss a few landmarks or ‘must see’ things but our interactions with locals are priceless.”

Nicki and Luisa

From above: Night time in Vedado, Havana; view from the balcony.

A LITTLE BIT LONGER “This year we visited Cuba and Mexico and used Airbnb for the whole trip. We always try to stay with families because the dimension it adds can’t be replaced. And our hosts this trip were a major highlight. We want to go back just to hang out some more with them. Can anything replace that? We noticed Airbnb now has an ‘experience’ section, offering small tours by local people like you and me, which is intriguing.”


TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE “Google is definitely our friend. We research each trip well in advance, but we leave room for the unexpected. A route can change in an instant if we meet someone interesting, willing to show us a different path. “And our major ‘tip’ for any trip is to remember: when you get lost or something doesn’t go as planned, that’s when things get really interesting.” Instagram: @domusnyc



La Isla


Tossed on stormy seas, seduced by oysters, and enticed into a throbbing Carnival parade, Sarah Funk is spellbound on the Island of Magic


he ocean water sprayed on our faces as the red wooden fishing boat rocked against the waves, fighting the impending tropical storm. We watched the island of Campeche slowly shrink into the distance as our captain aggressively steered the boat back to Armação, where we would soon disembark, returning to our Amazon-esque home. The ride was only 45 minutes, yet the sunny day on the white sandy beaches of Ilha do Campeche felt ages away. This place earns the nickname “Island of Magic” for a reason. Florianopolis (Ilha da Magia) is the most alluring island you’ve never heard of. Its charm and beauty are said to conquer whoever steps foot on its soil. Fables tell of witches and sorcerers casting spells and curses on locals. Legend has it that the boulders on the beach of Praia de Itaguaçu were once witches now turned to stone. Folklore or fact, the island certainly is enchanting. From spellbinding sandy coasts to turbulent, adventure-filled seas, timeless fishing villages to isolated rainforest shores, diversity is what this island is all about. The southern side of “Floripa” is practically untouched by tourism compared to the northern tip. Villages immersed in tradition and history, such as Santo Antonio de Lisboa and Ribeirão da Ilha, resist the approaching modernity. The fishing boats, the lace makers, and the cuisine distinguish these colonial towns. The Azorean (Portuguese) spirit, inherited from immigrants who settled the region 250 years ago, marks the island’s personality. In traditional Azorean fashion, Floripa stands out for its seafood and celebrations. February is the month of


“It’s a messy, colorful disaster that entices even the most reluctant bystander to join in the fun.” Carnival, a momentous time in which locals party for days on end wearing colorful, revealing outfits, buzzed on caipirinhas and Brahma beer; dancing to the beatsof drums until the wee hours of the night. When they get tired, they feast on fresh seafood and oysters and drink energy drinks to keep the party going. It’s a messy, colorful disaster that entices even the most reluctant bystander to join in the fun. And that’s how I found myself inside a Carnival parade; slightly afraid, considerably uncertain and eventually delighted that I had crossed an item off my bucket list. Floripa is about pushing your limits, experiencing adventure, and encountering a bit of magic. It’s the eye of the storm in a country riddled with crime. Heck, Condé Nast even rated it the friendliest city in the world in 2013. Yet Floripa surprises at every corner. A sunny day at the beach can turn into a stormy sea, but that stormy sea will bring the best seafood feast you’ll ever have. Sarah left her Hell’s Kitchen home in January to travel the world, living in a different country for a month every month. To follow her adventures, visit or catch up with her on Instagram @SarahFunky.


PEOPLE CUISINE Served everywhere Pastel, similar to an empanada, generally filled with cheese or meat. Caldo de cana, juice made from sugarcane. Caipirinhas, the national cocktail, made with cachaça, sugar and lime. Queijo coalho, cheese grilled over hot coals and dipped in oregano. Often found at the beach. Pastel de Belem, a Portuguese egg tart pastry.


Above: Sarah decides to take it easy following her Carnival adventure.

Sarah's progress

Bar do Arante, a beachside restaurant covered with notes from customers ( AranteBareRestaurante). Books & Beers, a unique themed bar with a diverse selection of craft beers ( BooksBeers). Ostradamus, for incredible oysters in a scenic dining experience (

VISIT Ribeirão da Ilha, a colorful fishing village filled with personality and the best oysters on the island. Lagoa da Conceição, centrally located, combines beaches, dunes, nightlife, and the biggest lagoon. Stay in this area if you’re visiting. Ilha do Campeche, an island located 1,250m south-east of the coast. Jurerê, an upscale beachside neighborhood on the northern shore.


Im h e r e!

Hiking Sandboarding Surfing Swimming Paragliding



PEOPLE Destination Austin, Texas


East Austin and Clarksville

Getting there

A four-hour, non-stop flight


Around $400 round-trip

TEX MAX Make the most out of beautiful Austin by staying in a neighborhood that has all the charm, culture, and diversity you’re used to – but with balmy temperatures! Words Petur Workman


ince I started going to Austin, Texas, over 20 years ago, I’ve seen it grow in the most amazing way. And early spring is the best time to travel – especially now that one of the biggest events of the year, the media/film/music festival SXSW (South by Southwest), has ended. You’ll find a warm, inviting music and cultural scene here like no other. The surrounding locations also serve up some pretty amazing, one-of-a-kind fare. Once there, a car rental is key to getting out of the “hood” and seeing what the “live music capital of the world” is all about.



Austin is all over the food truck scene. But when not dining “truck side,” my favorite eating options are: Yellow Jacket Social Club (, The White Horse (thewhitehorseaustin. com), the Violet Crown Social Club (, Jeffrey’s Restaurant (, Clark’s Oyster Bar (clarksoysterbar. com), Peche ( – especially for its cocktail classes offered by the state’s best mixologists – and, last but not least, “the worst gay bar that is not gay,” Dirty Bill’s on 6th Street (

Have a glass of bubbly poolside at this gayowned hotel. Tucked away in the trees, close to downtown, this oasis has all the charm and amenities you could want.

“Come as you are” is the motto in Austin, and they mean it. A perfect example? Euphoria Festival (April 6-9), where curious people camp, eat, listen, and experience what being human and having a good time are all about.

Hotel St Cecilia



Above: Welcome to Austin, home to great food, wine, music and amazing people.

Other fun events this month include the Weird Homes Tour (weirdhomes on April 22 and Austin Food and Wine Festival (austinfood from April 28-30. This is what Austin means to me: great food, wine, music, and amazing people.


Fredericksburg for history, restaurants, and wineries about an hour and a half outside the city. Hire a driver to go to the best Texas wineries and tastings around (you’ll want to sample the goods so don’t bother driving yourself). But it’s so close to Austin you might just stumble on it by accident. Lukenbach a hill country hamlet with blacksmith shops, beer joints, dance hall, and working cotton gin. Gruene wild west meets modern historic district, complete with amazing water tower and music hall. Lake Austin take a blanket for the day and enjoy the mid-80 degree weather beach side. And don’t miss Lake Austin Spa Resort (lakeaustin. com), rated one of the top 10 resorts in the world. Once you’re done with everything that downtown Austin has to offer, jump on a riverboat to take you to the spa for the day. From culinary amazement to yoga to lake adventures on paddleboards, this is my must see/ do while you’re there.



How I wasn't prepared to


Carla Duval had never even heard of Sri Lanka before she decided to set off on her two-month adventure. But that was only the start …


oaves of bread disappeared slice by slice as lunch at the Manhattan soup kitchen was in full swing. Despite the rush, I enjoyed the tranquility that comes from focusing on simple, repetitive tasks. It was the week before my 24th birthday. After crumpling up my plastic apron and walking through the heavy wooden doors, the existential doubts that plague us all swooshed back in, heightened by the upcoming transition from my early 20s to *gasp* my mid-20s. So I decided to do something different with my 25th year. Since I enjoyed volunteering in Manhattan, why wouldn’t I enjoy volunteering abroad? After a couple hours of Google searching, I had my stubborn mind set on going to Sri Lanka (a country I had no idea even existed when I’d woken up that morning) at the start of 2017. I have a real Type-A-for-anal personality, so boy did I prepare. I scoured books and blogs for information, recited basic phrases in Sinhala every day, and bought ten cans of mosquito repellent (and found ten more in my Christmas stocking). But despite my best efforts, there’s no way to prepare for everything when volunteering abroad. When I first walked into the cluttered temple classroom and was met with nine mini-monks with shaved heads and orange robes staring up at me with big, curious eyes, I wanted to hurl. After two summers of working as a camp counselor, I freak out whenever the little lunatics outnumber me. Pair that with my skin-


“Teaching English was a lot like being on a first date. We shared our names, made small talk about the weather, then dove right into a rousing discussion of body parts.”


Above: Watching the sun rise after cllimbing 7,000 feet in the dark up Adam’s Peak. Right: Carla takes time out to see the sights.

PEOPLE blotching, sweat-inducing fear of public speaking, and let’s just say teaching was never something I considered doing. But there was need, so there I was. Teaching English was a lot like being on a first date. We shared our names, made small talk about the weather, then dove right into a rousing discussion of body parts like true Tinder-matches. Every activity was followed by a round of Duck, Duck, Goose (which they loved, despite not fully understanding what a goose was, or how it was different from a duck). At the end of each class, the little monks would hound me for stickers to put in their notebooks with a junkie need, backing me into the corner. It was actually refreshing, seeing a 12-year-old boy looking forward to a sticker rather than drawing male genitalia on his desk. On the last day, I wrote a story on the board that the kids were able to co-create by filling in the blanks with words they learned over the course of the week. It ended up like this: “Once upon a time, there was a happy boy. The boy had a pet cat. The boy and his cat liked to run. The boy fell and hurt his elbow. The cat drove the ambulance.” “Cat driver!” my students chanted. By the end of the story, the cat and the boy were sharing ice-cream and bananas and we were all laughing. I was so proud that I gave them all two stickers each.


pressed my thumb into her throat until she started to cough. Her body shook at the effort. I held my thumb in place as yellow mucus dribbled over her lips. The girl looked about four years old, but I was told she was most likely ten or 11. I let her breathe. A tube was placed to suck up the liquid. “Again, please.” I pressed my thumb into her throat, into the hollow space between her collarbones beneath her oversized head. Her arms curled in on themselves and her fingers draped unfeelingly over my offered hand. She stared ahead as the tube was brought to her mouth once more, trying to clear out the fluid in her lungs. “Again, please.” It was the most difficult moment of my most difficult volunteer placement – choking a child for her own benefit at an orphanage for disabled children. I


afety regulations fall under the category of first-world luxuries, I realized, as I swung a pick-axe between my sandal-clad feet. We were digging a trench in order to build a brick wall around a temple. Once our digging was done, we were tasked with loosening old bricks from a long-forgotten pathway to reuse them. I traded my pick-axe for a metal pike and began to wedge it between the bricks and the dirt while my partner pulled them up with her gloved hands.

Above: With her fellow volunteers (bandanas are a must to avoid lice). Left and below: Trading Times Square for a temple and subway rats for monkeys.

had no medical experience, and no way of preparing myself for the heartache that would stick with me after. I was comforted knowing that, despite all the pain that existed between those winding cement walls, there was an incredible amount of laughter, and smiles, and love that existed too. The second most difficult moment was when I left for the last time. The fact that I could leave and they could not made me lose a lot of faith in life. I never learned that girl’s name, but I sought her out in the bouncy seat she couldn’t bounce. I spoke to her as I swatted the flies from her face and brushed my fingers on her forehead to move some hair. Her eyes flitted upwards and I smiled. She had never responded to my touch before.


“It was the most difficult moment of my most difficult volunteer placement – choking a child for her own benefit.” Soon it was lunch time, and though the call of rice and curry had long stopped enticing me, I was hungry from the physical work. I staked my pike into the dirt next to me as I had seen it placed before. As soon as the pike hit the ground, a jet of water shot up so fast that I almost tripped backwards. At first I thought I had discovered some underground spring, which might be useful. But no, my romantic notions were dashed and I soon discovered that I’d managed to drive my two-inchwide pike into the exact center of a three-inch-diameter plastic pipe that served as the main water source for the temple. Fudge.



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NEW WORLD A miniature planet is about to be discovered on your doorstep


record 59.7 million tourists visited our great city last year. They took up valuable space on the sidewalk, walked too damned slow, and paid full-price entrance fee at The Met. They also kept a lot of us in jobs. And while we were busy cursing them for getting in our way, they were experiencing New York with a kind of child-like wonder we’ve probably forgotten. So this month, how about seeing the city through their eyes? Or … here’s another thought: travel the world without having to renew your passport or get a course of


antimalarial meds. Gulliver’s Gate is a brand new, interactive, city blockwide miniature world that takes you from Times Square to Angkor Wat, St Basil’s Cathedral to Stonehenge, complete with 1,000 moving trains, 10,000 cars and trucks, flying planes, and a growing population of real people. Yes, you can actually get a tiny 3D printed model of yourself placed in the location of your choice when you become a “citizen” of Gulliver’s Gate. This is too much fun. The makers have spent three years creating their $40 million vision, using craftspeople from eight countries


Above: The airport escalator gets its finishing touches.

on four continents. In Brooklyn, where they created the New York street scenes, 3D printing technology recreates stunningly precise landmarks, while the tiny Russian models were made entirely by hand (if you read Russian, perhaps you can translate the cheeky graffiti left there by the artists). In fact, the closer you look, the more you’ll see; little vignettes of couples making out on a car hood, a bull turning the tables on its matador, bears dancing in the wood. Press a button, and the Loch Ness Monster will appear; press another and the

PEOPLE “The closer you look, the more you’ll see; little vignettes of couples making out on a car hood, a bull turning the tables on its matador, bears dancing in the wood.”

Great Pyramid will reveal its stellar secret … But while there’s a playfulness and irreverence running through the space, the central message is clear: we all share this world and what unites us is stronger than anything that threates to divide us.

Clockwise from above: The Rem Koolhaas CCTV building in Beijing and the Forbidden Palace; Times Square; Abbey Road.

FROM THE CONCIERGE Stephen Field is concierge at Ink48 hotel. He’s also a longtime Hell’s Kitchen native, and his knowledge of the neighborhood has won him trending status on Trip Advisor. And, while he spends his days advising tourists how to live like locals, here are his tips to help locals live like tourists …


Go to the water! Get on the Water Taxi at 39th Street and, for about $25, you can hop on and off six different stops. Have lunch in the West Village, ride the merry-go-round in Dumbo, and even make a stop off at IKEA in Red Hook! Take a dinner cruise, which could be a fancier experience on Bateaux or Fish Bar, or a more casual time with The North River Lobster Company, an

old gambling boat that takes you on a free cruise while you enjoy the mostly lobster-themed menu.


Go see a show. America is known for enriching the world with the creation of two cultural phenomena: jazz and Broadway musicals. Using the TKTS booth in Times Square can get you a same-day halfprice ticket and here’s a tip: show up Tuesday through Thursday after 5pm and the crowds are mostly gone and the line moves faster. The newly opened kiosk across from Lincoln Center still hasn’t caught on, so lines and wait times are shorter there. For even better discounts, check out which lists rush and lottery ticket policies for every Broadway show.



Go have a glass of wine. You’ve heard of a pub crawl? Try a wine bar crawl. Spend a few hours leisurely talking with a friend over a glass of wine with small bites, tapas, appetizers, oysters and you’ll be transported to another world where your daily cares no longer matter. Dianne & Elizabeth, Medi, Blue Seafood Bar, Aria, Wine Escape, and Ardesia are all great little spots to unwind and experience in vino veritas.


Go to the park. Walking past the Bethesda fountain and over Bow Bridge in Central Park will never lose its magic, but my favorite outdoor time is spent in Riverside Park South, just north of West 59th Street. I love the feeling of separation from the city and the tranquility

of the river. Every season they have new art installations but the most impressive things to me are the gantries – huge wooden structures that once moved trains on to barges, that remain in the water. They are living pieces of art and history that exist among the centuries-old pilings.


Go dance/sing/act/etc. You live in HK, you’re surrounded by performers and artists, and those people hone their craft right here in our neighborhood. Try taking a beginner class at Broadway Dance Center or Dance Times Square, take an Introduction to Meisner Technique at The Acting Studio, or ask that neighbor who sings constantly where they take lessons and explore your voice.




YOUR LIFE That weekend we nearly drowned …

Time: 7:45pm, on a cold March night. Location: An anonymous-looking office building in NoMad. Our mission, should we choose to accept it: break out of a sealed room in a (fake) submarine, find a (fake) air source, and make our way to the surface before we run out of oxygen and die a horrible, agonizing (fake) death. Simple.

Right and below: Trapped underwater in a tin can – how will these four survive?


ut first, four of the sharpest minds and keenest intellects in Hell’s Kitchen must solve the biggest riddle of all: get through to someone from Escape The Room on the intercom. It takes several attempts (remember, it’s cold out there!), and more than one mistaken and increasingly irate conversation with the Latino Commission on AIDS upstairs, before we hit the right combination of numbers and finally tumble through the door off the street. At this precise moment we’re joined by a bachelorette party from New Jersey that has been pacing the block for the past 15 minutes in a futile search for our shared destination. They couldn’t even find the door! Despite these initial hiccups, we’re confident we can do this thing. Once inside, we’re briefed on our challenge. We’ll be locked in a room (actually, it turns out to be two rooms – one slightly larger than the other, both pretty convincing replicas of the interior of a what I can only imagine a submarine looks like) for 60 minutes.




“While she’s picking up clues and thinking laterally and generally working shit out, the rest of us are still staring at each other with faces that say: ‘Remind me why we didn’t just go to a bar instead?’” To escape, we must solve a series of challenges, physical and mental. Should our cluemaster think we’re struggling, he may choose to issue some clues to help us on our quest. Or he may choose to be mean and remain silent. Then, without further ado, the clock starts ticking. OK, to answer a couple of questions first off. Yes, if you really need to go pee or you get claustrophobic or suffer a heart attack with the excitement of it all then, sure, you can get out. And if you don’t solve the problem in an hour, they don’t REALLY kill you. But you are

Play collaboratively. Escape will take team work.


Communicate every piece of information you find, speaking out loud – you never know what will turn out to be a super-important detail.


4 genuinely locked up, so you’d better start getting along with your fellow escapees quick. As luck would have it, one of our bachelorettes turns out to be a virtual genius (her previous escape room experience also helps). So while she’s picking up clues and thinking laterally and generally working shit out, the rest of us are still staring at each other with faces that say: “Remind me why we didn’t just go to a bar instead?” Spoiler alert: we don’t escape. But here, for your benefit, are some of the things we learn in the process.

Above: Lasers are a high-tech obstacle in OMEscape, here in Hell’s Kitchen.

This takes some serious mental gymnastics, so THINK Goddammit. If you’re not very smart, bring someone who is.


Even better, bring someone who has either done this sort of thing before, or plays problemsolving games on their computer. That brain power will definitely help.


Don’t get drunk first. That will definitely NOT help.

Other than that, have fun. This is seriously way more enjoyable than I imagined. And even though we don’t escape, we feel kind of proud of ourselves that we spent the evening thinking rather than drinking. We DID need a drink after though …

LET THE GAMES BEGIN Escape Games NYC Each game is designed for parties of between two and six people, and players can book their own room rather than sharing with another party. The themes here include Detective, Outer Space, and The Experiment. Location: TriBeCa Mission Escape You can also hire out the whole room here, while playing a Jekyll and Hyde theme game (The Hydeout), try to stop a spaceship crashing to earth (Nemesis), or escape a psychopath (the Darkest

Hour – played in the actual dark using flashlights!) Location: Chrystie Street Mystery Room Play detective as you escape the clutches of a nebulous organization called Biotech Labs that has held you hostage in a quarantined, longclosed cafe. Location: Midtown OMEscape New York Police Department has obtained information that Dr Snake has a secret laboratory


developing a neurotoxinin in the sewage system of the city. You must go underground, find the lab, and find a cure to the neurotoxin. This site also includes The Penitentiary (which features cool lasers). Location: Hell’s Kitchen 59:59 Room Escape NYC Take your pick from Hound of the Baskervilles, or Three Little Pigs, where one of your team mates is locked away from the rest and you must earn their freedom. Location: Midtown

Clue Chase Locate a lost spy, save the US from nuclear disaster, or find your way out of an Egyptian tomb. Just an average day in Midtown Manhattan. Location: Bryant Park Room Escape Adventures You’re trapped in a room with a zombie. He’s chained to the wall, but every five minutes the chain is released a little more and he gets closer to his meal: you. You must solve clues/puzzles to find the key and escape before he does. Location: Midtown


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APRIL All the Broadway action, family fun, and music you love. No fooling.

April 1-2 Diva Jazz Orchestra Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

The all-female Diva Jazz Orchestra brings contemporary, mainstream big-band jazz to its NY home to celebrate its 24th anniversary.

Dark Mondays Indecent Cort Theatre

This play from Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel examines a moment in theatrical history, when immigrants were changing the face of America.

Dark Sundays Miss Saigon Broadway Theatre

Back on Broadway after its run in London, this Cameron Mackintosh production tells the story of girl from Vietnam and an American GI.

Opens April 14 The Lucky One

Begins April 18 New York City Ballet

Written by A A Milne, this is a story of antagonism between two brothers: Gerald, who stands in the sun, and Bob, who stands in Gerald’s shadow.

April 6-8 Lorna Luft

Pershing Square Signature Center

Feinsteins/54 Below

Ends April 8 When It’s You

April 13 Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand

What really matters? Lucille Lortel and Obie winner Will Eno ask this question and celebrate life’s simple pleasures.

Clurman Theatre

A personal look at the ripple effects that follow gun violence in contemporary America, with Obie winner Ana Reeder in the central role.

Beckett Theater

Ends April 2 Wakey Wakey

The daughter of Judy Garland and Sid Luft presents her selections from the all-American songbook and more.

Beacon Theatre

We’re into the second year of the comedian’s residency, and more dates have been added.

David H Koch Theater

The NYCB spring program opens this month with All Balanchine and All Robbins performances on varying nights.

Every day Mummies Opens April 19 The Assignment ART/New York Theatres

An English professor is shaken when a student’s personal essay describing an act of violenc, reopens long buried wounds.


April 21-24 Artexpo New York Pier 94

More than 400 exhibitors show original prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, giclee, lithographs, glassworks, etc.


Museum of Natural History For thousands of years, people around the world practiced mummification as a way of preserving and honoring their dead. This new exhibition brings us face to face with some of those ancient relics and reveals how scientists are using modern technology to uncover fascinating details about the preserved people and their cultures.

Opens April 23 The Antipodes

Every day Counter Couture

Pershing Square Signature Center

MAD Museum

This play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker has already been extended, after selling out in less than 72 hours. In previews from April 4.

This exhibition shows the work of artists from the 1960s and 70s who fought for change through quilting, patch-working, and tie-dyeing.

Sundays Sunday Undie Brunch April 25-29 Jane Monheit Birdland

Ella Fitzgerald would have been 100 years old on April 25. So Jane Monheit performs a fitting tribute on this centenial week.

Opens April 27 A Doll’s House Part 2 Golden Theatre

Laurie Metcalfe picks up the role of Nora Helmer in this sequel to Ibsen’s family drama. Previews begin April 1.

April 27-29 Michael Che

All over Hell’s Kitchen

Caroline’s comedy club

Roll the credits: the star of SNL has also been voted one of Buzzfeed’s “50 Hottest Men in Comedy,” and Variety’s “Top 10 Comics To Watch.”

April 30 Travis Scott

Ends April 30 Jes Fan

Terminal 5

MAD Museum

The hip hop act has already supported the Weeknd and Rihanna; now he’s here in his own right, with the Birds Eye View tour.

April 27 Next W42ST out It’s May, and we’re talking food, glorious food. If you’d like to be featured in the magazine, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us at

The Green Room Hell’s Kitchen’s newest brunch event features underwear-clad singing duo The Skivvies, performing covers and eccentric originals on instruments ranging from the cello and ukulele to the glockenspiel and melodica. Each week they’ll be joined by special guests (on April 9, look out for Betsy Wolfe, who plays Elsa in the upcoming Broadway musical Frozen).

Work by Brooklyn-based Jes Fan, whose art explores transgender identity, body modification, and self-determination.







On the


Travel comes as part of the package for a jobbing actor. Surviving it takes skill, technology, and a lot of luggage, says Sharon Washington Portrait Dustin Cohen


us and truck,” “National Tour,” “on-the-road,” “on location”… whatever you call it, if you’re an actor lucky enough to be working, chances are you’re also traveling. Sometimes a LOT. From the earliest days of the touring companies of Greek and Shakespearean actors “playing the provinces,” through vaudeville and the “chitlin circuit,” until today, performers have been schlepping around with their stuff; via horse and cart, steamship, trains, planes, and automobiles. Sometimes with family in tow (hence the term “born in a suitcase.”) Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some amazing places to do my work. Film sets usually offer the most exotic locales and luxe accommodations, although I participated in the Sundance Theatre Lab last year which was held for the first time in Morocco. Three weeks working on a new play in an upscale desert resort outside of Marrakech? Can’t get much more exotic than that! But I’ve also gotten to know and love some amazing cities here in the U.S. because, when I’m working on a play, it’s usually a stay of eight to ten weeks including rehearsals and performances.


“If you’re an actor lucky enough to be working, chances are you’re also traveling.”

Left: At the end of the year, Sharon will be bringing her play back home to her hood with Primary Stages.

Once you’re in performance you have most of your days free to explore. And when you “sit down” in a place for that extended period of time you really get to know a city. GET YOUR BEARINGS The first thing I do, if it’s a city I’ve never been to before, is take the basic sightseeing tour, to get the lay of the land and hear some history. Most times the actor housing is close to the theater for convenience so I won’t have a car. As a native New Yorker this doesn’t faze me one bit – walking a city can be one of the best ways to find its hidden treasures. Once I have my bearings I’ll ask a local resident – maybe an audience member or volunteer who works for the theater – what’s your favorite thing/place in the city? Ask them to share a local secret.

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OUT THANK GOD FOR FACE TIME! Being on the road away from my husband, home, friends, and support system can be challenging – and lonely. Thank God for Face Time! Also, I pack a lot of stuff. A friend consistently teases me that I travel like Fanny Brice – with steamer trunks – but a lot of it is what I use to “nest.” If I’m going to be away from home for weeks at a time I need to bring some of home with me. I have a travel kit that includes my favorite candles (smells like home); my own linen/towels/throws (feels like home); my playlist (sounds like home); and of course personal photographs (looks like home).

“A friend consistently teases me that I travel like Fanny Brice – with steamer trunks – but a lot of it is what I use to ‘nest.’” And you can’t eat out ALL the time on the road – it can be unhealthy and certainly expensive. Depending on the contract you may or may not be provided with a “per diem” allowance. But thanks to our Equity regional theater contract there are kitchen basics that must be supplied in order for the actor to cook if they desire. So, after sampling the local cuisine, I check out where the closest grocery and greenmarket is. I also travel with spices (tastes like home). It’s really lovely when you can share “homecooked” meals with your castmates. WHICH BRINGS ME TO … What makes road life bearable? The friendships you forge while traveling and living together. You spend a lot of time on and off stage with the members of your company. In the best cases you really like each other and become a family (complete with all the dynamics and dysfunction of a real family). You do eight shows a week with these people then spend your one day off together. Some of my favorite memories are trips with castmates to the


Clockwise from top left: Sharon on the road, in Morocco, at the Globe Theater in London, at Stonehenge, and at the roofless church in New Harmony, Indiana.

Minnesota State Fair; the Vermont Country Store; a tour of the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA; driving through Napa Wine Country; the Kentucky Bourbon Trail; a Maryland crab boil; skating on Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies; a breathtaking hike through the Garden of the Gods and Red Rocks Ampitheatre in Colorado; a camel ride in the Agafay desert; the list goes on. ON THE ROAD AGAIN And at the end of this year I’ll be packing it up. Again. To take my solo play, Feeding The Dragon, which I


debuted on the road at City Theatre in Pittsburgh last fall, to Hartford Stage. I’ll be staying in Hartford for eight weeks. Over Christmas and New Year’s. Holidays on the road are particularly hard. It just means I’ll have to pack some extra special trimming in my trunk! At the end of the run I’ll be coming back home – bringing the show Off-Broadway to Primary Stages in March. And “Oh Auntie Em, there’s no place like home!”





BIO Frankie Moran Is an agent with Wolf Talent Group and represents actors on Broadway, film, and TV. He graduated from the School of Theater, Film, and Television at UCLA and lives in Hell’s Kitchen with his fiancé and their feisty terrier mix, Trudy the Troublemaker. THE JOB In a nutshell, we get actors jobs. It is a process though. We submit our talent for appropriate roles in projects, “push” them to casting directors to get an audition appointment, then negotiate the terms to get them the best deal possible. We provide career guidance to help actors get to that next level, and support them by seeing their work as much as possible. THE RESUME Like quite a few other agents, I was an actor first, in my teens and twenties. While I worked regularly, I started assisting a couple of talent managers and soon realized I enjoyed working with actors and helping their careers blossom more than actually performing myself. WHEN THINGS GET WEIRD It doesn’t happen too often, but an actor who just shows up at our office without an appointment and proceeds to launch into a performance of some sort – in period costume – hoping to prove just how enormously talented they are, is not going to leave that day as a newly signed client. Unless they’re Carol Channing. Then yes, maybe. WHAT A HEADACHE! Actors sometimes talk themselves out of a potential job before they even audition. But part of being a successful actor is auditioning for all sorts of things, even things that at first you think you might not be right for. Sometimes you’ll surprise yourself and book a wonderful role that is nothing like you’ve ever done before.


Agent In our series on Broadway’s unsung insiders, this month, Carla Duval meets the actor’s best friend


DON’T MISUNDERSTAND ME It’s not all Entourage jet-setting and opening night parties (though those are great). There’s a lot of hard work involved behind the scenes. BUT I ALWAYS COME HOME TO HK It’s the location. I walk to work, I’m close to the theater, great restaurants, the river, Central Park with the dog ... it’s wonderful not having to drive or even take the subway most days.




Writer in


A long journey south gives Kinky Boots stagehand Julia Rubin the time, space, and inspiration to put pen to paper


need a vacation, have needed one for a while, but increasingly frequent visits to my elderly mother in DC on top of working unpredictable hours have made it hard to plan. Even if I have a few free days, the stress I’m already under makes the added stress of flying too much to take, so I end up staying home. Then my boss at Kinky Boots showed me an article about Amtrak’s Writers’ Residencies – free long-distance train trips. While my boss knows me as a stagehand, she also knows I write. Not that I’ve had much time for my novel lately. Kinky Boots ends with the song ‘Just Be (who you wanna be).’ So I go ahead and download the residency application. After name and address it asks for my Twitter account. Twitter? I still use a flip phone! My boss tells me to get on social media. Instead, I bypass the residency program altogether and go straight to Amtrak’s website. Years of travel on the NE corridor have earned me tens of thousands of rail miles. Fifteen thousand get me a roomette to Miami. My vacation starts at Penn Station. One perk of a roomette ticket is access to Amtrak’s first-class lounge, with its couches, free refreshments, and wifi. It also includes an escort to the platform, where I meet the porter for my sleeping car. BJ introduces himself, then ushers me aboard. My roomette roughly the size of a large walk-in closet. Next to the window two seats face each other. A table folds out between them. On one side of the door are a discrete commode and a flip-down sink; on the other, a place for my bag and coat. Meals are included and complimentary beverages are available in the sleeper.


After wishing me a good trip, BJ goes to the passenger across the corridor and I hear him switch from English to French. I get a coffee, then take out my novel. A grant has brought the impoverished Maestro Papez and his lutichord to the summer house on the Franzen estate. The instrument, unknown in 1890s AustriaHungary, resembles a lute swallowing a harpsichord, but in its music Franzen finds a peace he hasn’t known since his father’s death.

“Lazing under the covers, I watch the passing landscape until the thought of coffee lures me out of bed.” In DC we stop long enough for passengers to get off. It feels odd to stay by the train rather than head to my mother’s house. Restless, I pace the platform, keeping an eye on BJ, but my mind keeps turning to Papez. Back on board, I open my notebook to a blank page. It’s the night before Papez moves to the summer house. Clutching a half-empty bottle of vodka, he stares at the cracks in the ceiling above the lutichord. At a little before eight, BJ suggests I head to the dining car. The cloth-draped tables, all set for four, are mostly full, but the maitre d’ finds me a seat with a couple I met earlier in the Amtrak lounge, also heading to Florida, and a woman visiting her daughter in North Carolina. While we


Left: Needing time and space to focus on her half-finished novel, Julia takes the long-distance train journey from New York to Miami.

eat, we trade travel stories. The company is as good as the meal. It’s almost ten o’clock when I get back to my roomette to find that BJ has folded the seats into a bed. Though I rarely get to sleep before midnight, my eyelids are drifting shut. I wake to the brightening sky. Lazing under the covers, I watch the passing landscape until the thought of coffee lures me out of bed. In the dining car, a woman invites me to join her. She and her daughters, who are still asleep, boarded in the middle of the night. Their roomette was cheaper than three plane tickets. As she leaves, I think about Papez’s first morning on the estate. His need for coffee overcomes his desire for solitude, and he joins Franzen on the terrace. Their conversation is strained. It also needs rewriting. I get a cup of tea to take to my roomette, which BJ has restored, and pull out my manuscript. I have about five hours left to write, but first I thank BJ for all he’s done to make the trip so lovely. He tells me this is his first long-distance trip as a porter. I ask him about the French I heard him speaking. It was Creole. He grew up in Miami, but his family is from Haiti. He says he wants to visit New York. I tell him to see Kinky Boots. One of the show’s songs comes to mind. ‘I’m Not My Father’s Son’ is about wanting to live up to your parents’ dreams, yet needing to be yourself. Franzen intended to follow his father into commerce, but his passion is music, so he keeps putting it off. With his father’s sudden death, regret turns Franzen’s grief to despair. Taking a breath, I pick up my pen …






s the standing ovation subsides and the audience gathers together their belongings from under their seats (surreptitiously wiping eyes in the process), the eight-member band that has provided the stirring soundtrack throughout Come From Away appears center stage and continues to play. It’s the kind of raucous, rousing blend of fiddle, mandolin, accordion, and bodhran that dares you not to stomp your feet and whoop it up. We can barely tear ourselves away from this big bearhug of a musical so linger a while longer … In the wake of events on 9/11, New York air space is shut down and 38 planes are forced to land at an airfield near the remote Newfoundland town of Gander. As the 6,579 passengers attempt to make sense of their immediate circumstance and the world-shattering attacks that have stranded them indefinitely, the

townspeople of Gander take them into their homes and their hearts. The potential to descend into a Titanic-sized tear-jerker is enormous, but it manages to neatly side-swerve the schmaltz with a generous dose of cynicism and self-deprecation. And cod-kissing. The talented ensemble cast deftly double up on roles (and accents), while the simple set of wooden chairs, which serve as everything from bar stools to aircraft to cliff edge, is smart in its starkness. Writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein (the husband and wife team who also wrote the book this musical is based on as well as the lyrics) have created the sort of deeply human, enriching piece of art we need to see right now. We laugh, we cry, we start packing for Canada. Open-ended run. Ruth Walker





f the success of a Broadway musical is measured by the reaction of its audience, then Sunset Boulevard is the biggest goddam hit of the century. Holy shit! People LOVE this belter of a show. The appearance of Glenn Close on stage, reviving the role of Norma Desmond in the Andrew Lloyd Webber showstopper after 22 years (a role that won her a Tony, remember), is met with such rapturous applause, you can’t help but get swept along by it all. In Act II, when the reclusive silent movie star makes her pathos-loaded return to Paramount studios, the audience erupts. And when she delivers those classic Desmond lines (“I AM big. It’s the pictures that got small”), she practically brings


the house down. So, make no mistake, if star power and glamor and old-school, big-budget Broadway brilliance are on your tick list, you’ll love this. It does everything it promises on the poster. But while Close’s portrayal of a woman on the edge is nuanced and fragile, if you’re looking for a genuine emotional connection, something that touches you beyond the immediate experience, you may be left disappointed. Everyone does exactly what’s required of them – from the 40-piece on-stage orchestra to the stellar supporting cast – but what is technically faultless somehow fails to deliver on a human level. But maybe that’s just me. Limited engagement until June. Ruth Walker




OUT Review THE PRICE THE AMERICAN AIRLINES THEATRE keep a straight face and proves DeVito has lost none of his brilliant comic timing. The tension is ramped up in Act II as Franz’s estranged brother Walter (played beautifully by Tony Shalhoub) appears on the scene and the pair pick over the choices they made in youth: Victor who gave up his studies so he could care for their ailing father; and Walter who became a wealthy doctor. Jessica Hecht, who has been a skittish presence as Victor’s wife Esther, comes into her own as the mediator who finally forces the pair to address the root of their long-held resentments. Runs through May 7. Ruth Walker




here’s an unexpected moment of pure joy during Act I of Arthur Miller’s The Price that slaps the charged atmosphere across the face like a wet fish. Victor Franz (Mark Ruffalo) has returned to his childhood home following his father’s death to sell the piles of antique furniture now collecting dust there. Enter Danny DeVito, used furniture dealer Gregory Solomon – aged 89 but still wily as a fox, and twice as cheap. As the pair hammer out a price, DeVito delves into his battered briefcase, pulls out a boiled egg, and, barely pausing delivery of his lines, starts to eat. The spray of yolk has Ruffalo struggling to



Right: Now fat is no longer the enemy, that doesn’t mean you can pig out on cakes and frosting.


FATlies Why dietary fat may not be the villain after all Words Samina Kalloo


at makes us fat. That’s the message we’re fed. So we fill our shopping carts with low-fat foods, yet still our waistlines are expanding. One minute, fat’s the bad guy; the next we’re told to drink whole milk. If you feel dizzy with the mixed messages, unsure whether to choose the full-fat dressing over its fat-free counterpart, you’re not alone. Experts suggest this misunderstanding is the result of decades of unsound and misleading nutritional advice that was never based on solid science. So let’s take a closer look at the latest research behind the controversial fat vs sugar debate.


After decades of fat being Public Enemy #1, it looks as though that dubious honor should have belonged to sugar all along. In fact, researchers now believe the white stuff may be putting our hearts at more risk than butter and burgers. In the 1960s, evidence emerged showing that a low-fat, high-sugar diet could increase cholesterol levels, but the truth was never revealed to the public until now. According to a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Sugar Association (then called the Sugar Research Foundation) had funded a review of literature on sugar, fat, and coronary heart disease. The studies in the review were apparently picked by the sugar group


“After decades of fat being Public Enemy #1, it looks as though that dubious honor should have belonged to sugar all along.” and, unsurprisingly, downplayed the link between sugar and heart disease and, instead, singled out saturated fat as the primary culprit. The result was that the food industry went wild promoting low-fat foods that were also laden in carbs and sugar. The shift didn’t make us healthier, and that’s likely because we cut back on healthy fats as well as harmful ones. Over the past several years, the ever-increasing use of added sugar in our food has coincided with a obesity epidemic. Coincidence? Expect to see more studies in the future evaluating the effect of added sugars on coronary heart disease, but in the meantime be mindful of your sugar intake.


The idea behind weight loss is to burn more calories than you eat. One gram of sugar will give you four calories while one gram of fat will give you nine – more than double. On the surface, then,


EAT it’s easy to see why fat is seen as the villain. But it’s a fact that the human body needs fat to function – it gives us energy and supports cell growth, as well as helping us better absorb nutrients and produce important hormones. On the flip side, we don’t need sugar at all. But get this: the average American eats about 152 pounds of sugar (yes pounds!) per year, plus an additional 142 pounds of flour, which converts to sugar in the body. An excessive amount of sugar makes our cells numb to insulin, which is what allows our bodies to burn the sugar in the first place. And when we can’t burn excess sugar, it gets stored as fat.


As you (hopefully) begin to warm up to dietary fats, it’s important to separate the good from the bad. There are four types: saturated, trans, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated. The American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fat, typically found in butter, cheese, and red meat, and totally avoiding trans fat (found in partially hydrogenated oils and some processed foods such as readymade frosting). Stick with healthy fats such as those found in fatty fish, nuts, seeds, avocado, and nut butter.


It may be hard to wrap your brain around the fact that dietary fat isn’t so bad after all, but before you go buying those fat-laden snacks, proceed with caution. Focus on eating healthy fats and practice portion control. If you melt at the creaminess of fullfat Greek yogurt, keep in mind that the calories are also higher than the lower fat version, so balance out your meal or snack with a lower calorie item to stay within your daily budget (for example full-fat yogurt mixed with fresh fruit versus granola). And avoid processed foods, which are usually high in unhealthy fats and sugar, and stick with clean eating whenever possible.

Samina Kalloo RD, CDN @cookingfortots, @SaminaKallooRD




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Caffeine, pizza, paperwork, repeat. Not that Mike Bergemann's complaining Job description Pizza man, occasional dishwasher, CEO. What does an average day look like? The bakers are in at 5am, but I typically have an 8.30am start, checking in with everyone. I drink an espresso (to check if the machine is working) then a cold brew to get the proper ratio of caffeine to hours that I’m awake. We then get on with baking for the day, work through lunch service, afternoon is paperwork (accompanied by a slice – purely to check quality). These days, as we are in start-up phase, I'll do dinner service and probably lock up. I like being around the market when everyone has gone. It's peaceful – a contrast with the rest of my day.

After the restaurant closes and the lights are turned off, how do you wind down? By battling the subway or taxis, eating food (which is a mistake) .... then I pass out.

And the worst? I don't want to complain about anything ... but … I guess I’d like to find more time for normal stuff and see my girlfriend when she's awake.


What did she have? I can’t tell you – that's confidential information – but she did like the Gino's Italian Ice sticker on our fridge (she said: “It reminds me of junior high!”)

This is your second place in Hell's Kitchen – you opened Ivan’s Slurp Shop. Where else do you like locally? First on the list is Rudy’s – I like to go in for, like, three minutes, order a beer and grab a hot dog. I’m a fan of Sunac – I love the efficiency of that place. And we lived in Tehuitzingo during the construction: they had great cemita sandwiches. I also love Tulcingo Del Valle for breakfast and enchiladas, and the Westway Diner can get my late-night business too. What do you do on your nights off? I don’t have any yet. But when I do, my favorite thing is to go on a boat, like the East River Ferry or Staten Island Ferry, and eat plenty of shellfish. I’m going to try out the North River Lobster Company or Fish Bar this year. Everything tastes better on a boat.

Best thing about the job? Besides free pizza? And coffee? When people come back and tell us they really like the food. Putting yourself out there with your own business is tough – the praise is the best part.

Any famous faces in the restaurant? The best one ever: Marisa Tomei (twice).

Do you have another string to your bow? Wrestler? Life model? Cat whisperer ...? Gardening is my love and end goal. My dad owns a small landscaping company, so I worked outside with him. I had a great backyard in Carroll Gardens, but the landlord sold the place! I’ve now got a garden at my parents’ place in NJ and that's going to be my space to grow my own stuff for consumption. There’s nothing better than eating the thing you grew.

What about your other customers? The construction guys are cool, any taxi driver who will take me home to Greenpoint is welcome … and we've got to know the staff from Robert’s Steakhouse (the Penthouse Club). It’s an interesting crowd.


Above: This is Mike's second place in Gotham West Market ... and he has big plans.

What’s the dream – the five-year plan? I want to transition to a place that is involved in the whole cycle of food. The chef doesn’t exist without the farmer and I’d like this all to be more connected to that. It’s limited in this size of space, but I’m up for big plans. Eating real food is the solution to many of our problems.

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If Tuscany or Burgundy are in your heart, but your pocket book can’t quite swing it, Jeremy Kaplan has some alternative destinations in mind


hink about wine destinations and you picture the hillsides of Tuscany, the rolling vineyards of Napa Valley, or ancient chateau estates of Bordeaux. But getting to any of these destinations will cost you a pretty penny, not to mention a fair bit of planning. So, if you want to just get up and go, New York State is calling .… Our vineyards typically have more than just tasting rooms – with picnic sites, shops, live music, and food thrown in as an additional temptation. And, interestingly, in order to taste a lot of NY state wines you’ll actually have to make the trip, since many don’t make it as far as our local wine shop or restaurant.


This wine region is centered around, you guessed it – the Finger Lakes – Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, and Cayuga. These deep bodies of water create a temperate climate that helps protect the vines in the winter and provides ripening,

reflective light in the summer and autumn. It’s probably best known for producing riesling, but you’ll find all types of wine throughout the area. There are 126 wineries in the Finger Lakes, and some of my favorites include Fox Run, Dr Konstantin, Wagner, and the world-famous Hermann J Weimer Estate. But worth a special mention is Damiani Wine Cellars. Damiani’s specialty is red wines that are world class. Plan ahead and you can attend a concert or dinner event but don’t miss the tasting room.

Below: New York State wine stats.


The eastern end of Long Island is divided into two distinct areas: the North Fork and the South Fork. Though the South Fork has the beaches and the polo ponies, the North Fork is where you’ll find the majority of wine action. You’ve likely heard of many of the wineries here, including Opsrey’s Dominion, Lenz, Pindar, Palmer, and Shinn Estates. But Macari Vineyards is among


THE STATS New York ranks #3 nationally in total wine production.

There are 10 recognized wine regions in the state, and 37,000 acres of vines producing some 200 million bottles annually.


This industry contributes almost $5billion to the state economy.

my favorites. The wines are very balanced and, best of all, not terribly expensive. The tasting room is open year-round and you can also order flights or bottles of wine to enjoy with artisanal cheese and charcuterie boards in a beautiful setting. As with most vineyards, dinner events and festivals are planned, so call ahead, or check the website.


This wine region stretches from just north of NYC all the way up to Albany. Like Long Island, there are two “distinct” areas: East and West, with the Hudson separating the two. Here you have some additional libation options, as not only wine is produced here but distilled spirits and hard fruit ciders too. The winery names may be less likely to spring to mind, but there are several of note: Warwick, Benmarl, and Tuthilltown (for whiskey). But also seek out the Millbrook Winery on the east side of the river. Just 90 minutes from Manhattan, it has tastings, tours, and a restaurant. Dinners, music … even 5k running races take place through the vineyards here. The wines are solid and improving and worth bringing home.


Famed wine makers Robert Foley, Abe Schoener, and Christopher Nicolson make some class wines in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The fruit comes from the North Fork and the Finger Lakes, so the wine is still NY State, but those I’ve tasted have a more “global” sensibility – and are delicious. The tasting room is open daily and free tours are offered. The best bit? It’ll only cost you a two-way Metro Card ride.

Wine has been produced in NY state since the 1800s, but the first vines for actual wine production, in the form of a vineyard, were not planted until the 1950s.



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ew York City is home to an ever-expanding list of top-notch breweries. Every borough except way-toocrowded and expensive Manhattan has at least one claim to fame (even Staten Island!). But despite all this formidable local beer, it’s easy to get into a rut. I’m a big believer that distance does indeed make the heart grow fonder, especially when it comes to New York. Loving this town means leaving it. Often. But leaving the city doesn’t have to mean lowering your standards. Whether you have a day, a weekend, or a full week, there’s excellent beer outside of this town just waiting to be tasted. For the day tripper without a car: Beacon and Peekskill A gorgeous hour-and-ahalf trip hugging the Hudson on the Metro North takes you into the charming and idyllic town of Beacon. Three minutes of walking from the train station lands you at Two Way Brewery ( The inauspicious outside betrays the cool industrial feeling inside. The selection isn’t huge but it’s solid and a four-beer flight is a great way to acquaint yourself with their selection. If you love something, get a 32oz growler and head back to the

Right: Which state has the best beer in the States right now? Hint: It’s not NY.

“Loving this town means leaving it. Often. But leaving the city doesn’t have to mean lowering your standards.” DIGITAL EDITION

train. Peekskill Brewery (peekskillbrewery. com) is another under five-minute walk from Peekskill station. This sleek twostory spot has a rotating list of everything you know and love from this incredible brewery. The food is excellent, which is necessary as you’ll want to try as many beers as you can here. For the weekender: Philadelphia Philadelphia is a fantastic beer town. Monk’s Cafe ( gets rare access to Russian River, Northern California’s OG bragging-rights brewery. Another place with food to match the beer, Monk’s should be your first and longest stop in Philly. For a mini-day trip outside of the city, Bonn Place Brewery (bonnbrewing. com) is a stellar spot. Sam and Gina Masotto started out in Bethlehem. Sam spent years bartending in Hell’s Kitchen and has a dedicated fan group that consistently makes the trip out there and comes back with glowing reports. For the week-long vacationers: Vermont What is there to say about Vermont that hasn’t already been said? It’s gorgeous, the people are chill, and the beer is (at the risk of being burned at the stake by ride-or-die New Yorkers) the best in the world. Hill Farmstead (hillfarmstead. com) and The Alchemist (alchemistbeer. com) are two of the most sought-after breweries in the States right now. Go and have your mind blown. On your way back to the city, take a detour in Massachusetts at Treehouse Brewery ( As a fan of super citrusy IPAs, I have a real soft spot for the place that created Julius and King Julius, a single and double IPA that are all juice. This place is hard to find and the hours are limited, but it’s tiny, charming, and worth the trip. For the retired, unemployed, or trustfunded: time to explore Craft beer is blowing up and the best stuff is at mom-and-pop places that don’t have distribution. Every state is full of tiny, killer breweries that nobody outside the community knows about. I’m convinced that several month-long beer-focused roadtrips around the country are the only way to get at these gems.








The female lead in Hamilton has brought a warm LA vibe to her Hell’s Kitchen high rise home Words Ruth Walker Photographs Greg Salvatori


heck this out for the power of positive thinking. Convinced that, one day, she’d be in Hamilton, Lexi Lawson started rehearsing, singing along to karaoke tracks on You Tube, just hoping … willing it to happen … six months before an audition was even in the pipeline. “I knew that there was the Chicago cast and I knew there was the Los Angeles cast, so there was going to be a bunch of roles available,” she says. “So I really worked hard and put in a lot of rehearsal time on my own.” What she didn’t know then was that, with Phillipa Soo preparing to leave her role as Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, a role she originated and received a Tony nomination for, one of the key female parts in the Broadway production was about to become vacant. “I was in Los Angeles, in the garage parking the car, and my manager called. He was like, ‘Are you ready?’ and I was ‘What?’ He said, ‘You got the part of Eliza.’ And he paused and said, ‘On Broadway.’ And I was like: ‘Whaaaaaaat?!’ “I had a lot of eggs in other baskets,” she says. “I was actually turning down other work because I convinced myself I was going to get Hamilton. There was another show I was offered in London and I said, ‘No, I’m going to be in Hamilton one day.” She joined the cast in July last year – just as Lin-Manuel Miranda and Phillipa Soo left to pursue other creative endeavors. And the transition?

“Whenever I would envision being on Broadway and having a job, it would be through these streets. This is where I’d look up and feel so inspired.”


“It was easy,” she says. “Tommy Kail, our director, is really, really great at picking not only talented actors but also humble and kind and grateful and compassionate people. So everybody gets along, there’s no diva in the cast.” Phew! Lexi was born in the Bronx and grew up in Newburgh, on the Hudson River. Mom worked right on 42nd Street, at the Met Life Building, and Dad was a New York City firefighter, “so whenever I had auditions, they were always down here in Hell’s Kitchen.”

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LIVING She had performed as Mimi in the national tour of Rent and Vanessa in the national tour of In the Heights, but “this is where I was most familiar with and most comfortable with. Whenever I would envision being on Broadway and having a job, it would be through these streets. This is where I’d look up and feel so inspired.”

Opposite: The apartment is a calm retreat, away from the lights of Broadway ... but she can still see the Richard Rodgers Theatre from her window.

“I can see all the way down to World Trade Center ... I can look over the Times Square billboards and see where I work, see the Empire State Building. It’s unbelievable” So, when life and work brought her back to the east coast, she was drawn to this neighborhood; specifically to the Manhattan View condos on W42nd Street, with their full-length windows and dramatic Manhattan views (not to mention on-site doggy day care). “I have a 360 panoramic view of every area,” she says, still a little breathless at the thought. “I can see all the way down to World Trade Center, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, and in the other direction GW Bridge, the Hudson River. I can look over the Times Square billboards and see where I work, see the Empire State Building. Like What?! It’s unbelievable.” Her interior decor vibe is all faux fur, texture, warm tones of cream and cocoa. “A lot of my furniture is from Los Angeles and so I kind of brought my LA vibe to New York. I’ve always really loved earthy, plushy, bohemian chic … that’s been my style. “And I like texture, whether it’s metal or the faux fur, oak, wood ... “When my mom saw my bedroom she said, ‘Wow, did you have some interior designer come here?’ And I was like, ‘No … that was me!’” She beams. Lexi shares the space with her husband Leon, also an actor. “We met on Santa Monica Boulevard on Halloween,” she says. “He was dressed



as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and I was a flapper girl. I’d just got back from China and I was so jetlagged. He put his feather boa around me and said, ‘Give this back on our first date.’” That was five years ago. The pair married two and a half years later. Making up the family is adorable Yorkshire terrier Seven. “I’ve had her since she was a puppy – I got her from a breeder in NYC. She started traveling with me and touring with me and became very much a world traveler. She’s my child – we communicate. She’s very smart.” The name? “Seven is the number of completion.” See Lexi’s top five HK hangouts in our KTCHLST pull-out






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In between snow days and leaping the crosswalk puddless, this month saw us lolly licking, sandwich munching, meatball tasting, dog walking, hair styling, pier dancing, and drag loving. Bring on April! Remember, anyone can get involved in these pages. Just tag your images #W42ST and you might be the one whose photograph ends up in the next issue.







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Romance, adventure, hookers, and ants. This is how Mary Geneva does Costa Rica

or many years, my best girl Zoe was my traveling companion of choice. There was a point when I decided to start going solo because her crazy sexual energy tended to eclipse everything else within a five-mile radius, including me. She was with me on this particular trip to Costa Rica, however, and, as usual, in a matter of what seemed like seconds, Zoe had hooked up with her pick of the local litter: the hot hotel lifeguard/surf instructor, whom we nicknamed Puss in Boots because he’s like Antonio Banderas as the cat in Shrek. But her rendezvous was also beneficial to me. Because Puss gave us free private surf lessons on a secluded beach. We had to cross what he told us was a crocodileinfested river just to get to this secret beach. The adrenalin was pumping! Then my heart just about popped right out of my chest as Zoe went off to make sweet jungle love in a tree with her newfound Latin stud, leaving me stranded on my surfboard with an undertow so strong I was slowly being swept out to sea. Puss

eventually heard my cries for help, went into Baywatch mode, and towed me back to safety. But our Central American trip wasn’t just about tropical romance. The first half included adventure. We were hypnotized by the beauty of the Costa Rican jungle: the draw of the waterfalls, the sight of the butterflies, and the sounds of monkeys in the trees – we were living in the moment, at one with Mother Nature. We painted each other in volcanic mud masks, zip-lined through the rainforest (and I’m terrified


This page: Costa Rica combined hanging upside down on cliffs with hot Latin surf studs.

of heights), hung upside down on cliffs, and went horseback riding. We ended our jungle adventure with a death-defying water moment on the Congo-like river, after being forced to sign a waiver written in Spanish. I’m pretty confident we signed our lives away that day. The rapids were strong, but I didn’t want to look like a chicken by not completing this last leg – I’d come so far. So I psyched myself up and placed one leg and then the other into an inner tube, plopped down, and held on for dear life as the rapids pushed me down the river with what felt like lightening speed. I think I almost peed my pants. You know what, I probably did (a little). I lost sight of Zoe. I was scared. And the rapids were becoming stronger the further downstream I got. When I went over the third waterfall, my tube flipped over and I was stuck. I imagined this was what it felt like to be inside a washing machine. I had a pocket of air I had to struggle to breathe into, while the pressure of the waterfall was making it nearly impossible for me to turn my tube the right side up. Eventually, after what felt like hours, I managed to break free from the water’s grasp and got dragged along the bedrock, but my tube was still upside down. I grabbed on to a passing stick and held on tight with one hand and used my other hand and feet to flip the tube over. I flopped back into the tube, bloody knees and all. I was exhausted. But, hey, it could have been worse. One poor tourist went over a waterfall he wasn’t supposed to go down and when the tour guys found him a half hour later he had bumps, bruises, and blood from head to toe. Imagine if he had understood what that waiver read? By now, Zoe and I had had our fair share of adrenalin-packed adventures in the Costa Rican forest. We decided that we should keep the rest of our trip safe and just beach it. It was refreshing to have my best gal next to me on the beach sipping rum


out of coconuts. I’ll never forget the machete-wielding coconut man, who seemed to be able to read our minds. Whenever we needed a refill, he was right next to us in the blink of an eye, chopping open fresh coconuts with his scary-looking sword, and topping them off with a lot of booze. Fun times. However, they were to be short-lived because once again Zoe left me for Puss and I was left alone.

“OK, so she wasn’t so much his girlfriend, more his girlfriendfor-the-night. Sort of like pizza to go, only much, much hotter.” I decided to take a walk down the beach, where I met Gilberto, a local tour guide. We chatted for about an hour, and when Zoe and her man-of-the-moment finally climbed down from the tree, the four of us decided to have dinner together. Gilberto and I became a twosome, too. Our second night, we left Zoe and Puss behind for what Gilberto described as a drive “into the wilderness.” I figured that because he was a tour guide he knew what he was doing, so we drove and drove, before pulling the car on to a deserted road off the beaten path by

the beach and making out under the pale moonlight. What could be more romantic? Turns out, just about anything. Almost the minute our lips touched, my skin began to itch and burn like crazy. I was covered with ants, and they found me even tastier than Gilberto did. Gilberto tried to count just how many bites I had sustained, but there were so many, he lost track. However, an exotic insect attack was only the beginning of our adventure. As I stood there scratching furiously, we suddenly heard what sounded like a couple of guys walking on the empty beach. Gilberto clamped his hand over my mouth (my hands were otherwise engaged with the scratching) and whispered to be quiet, as men appearing in the dark on deserted stretches of Costa Rican beach usually come with weapons. I thought I was going to die. Then again, considering the agony I was experiencing, it might have been a mercy kill. But there was no beachside shakedown, and no kidnapping for ransom. Gilberto got me back to the hotel safe and sound, albeit a little itchy, where Zoe and I succeeded in counting the bites. There were 64. But after a good night’s sleep, or as good a night’s sleep as a person can have while covered with fresh ant bites (thank God for calamine lotion), I was ready for another round of fun and frolics with my new friend the next night. This time, I met Gilberto at the end of the mile-long road that led to the hotel exit. The area was all tropical


forest, so I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere. He drove us to a small, shacklike dwelling where he rented an ATV from a local. I learned that Costa Rican “businessmen” typically wear more than one hat. Our friendly ATV-rental guy was also the local pimp, complete with a notebook full of local ladies of the night that he offered for rent by the hour. We got on to the ATV and Gilberto whisked me away through the forest. It was incredible. We saw a herd of 100 cattle pass by, crossed little streams, and finally arrived at the cutest out-ofthe-way bar hidden on the beach where we watched the sunset over the crystal blue ocean. It was like a postcard. Next, we headed to Flamingo Beach, a popular tourist attraction because of its beautiful pink sand. This wasn’t another quiet, picture-postcard encounter, though. Unless you like postcards featuring a fat, greasy, shady-looking American guy on a tropical beach. Turns out, the chubby American was a friend of Gilberto who owned a condo in the area. Because the sun had gone down and we were an hourand-a-half of dense jungle away from

This page: A final tropical sunset ... and an unexpected proposal.

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STYLE my hotel, it looked like we would be bunking with Fatty for the night. But before we could head for the condo, we had to pick up his friend’s girlfriend. At least, I thought she was his girlfriend. We pulled up in front of a ramshackle old motel with a seediness level that was off the charts. Then, to my complete surprise, out walked a very beautiful woman. OK, so she wasn’t so much his girlfriend, more his girlfriend-for-thenight. Sort of like pizza to go, only much, much hotter. I wondered if Fatty ordered her through the ATV guy’s notebook. I was a little freaked out. But my fears were calmed when we made it to Fatty’s condo for cocktails (I made mine a triple). We listened to music and just hung out, and the beautiful call girl turned out to be really nice. We all just chilled until Gilberto and

I crashed in the spare bedroom. The next morning, we watched the sunrise. It was my last Costa Rican sunrise. That was the day I was due to fly out – and for my tropical romance to come to an end. Gilberto turned what could have been an ordinary trip into a real adventure. Even better, he was totally smitten with me. On one of our last nights, he got down on one knee and fake-proposed with a glass ring he bought on the beach. At the time I thought maybe it was love (blame too much time in the sun and an abundance of cheap rum). The reality is, you can’t take the jungle out of the boy. Gilberto needed his natural habitat to survive. And so, for that matter, did I. New York City. But it’s always fun to look back on that amazing week. Except the ant bites. Those I could forget.


About Mary Mary Geneva is a sales professional by day and serial dater by night. In her book Nicknames, she tiptoes into the dating pool accumulating latenight, drunken scraps of paper and text messages outlining unbelievable – yet totally true – events. Undaunted, she lives, works, and plays in New York City, and calls Hell’s Kitchen home, along with her rescued pets, pup Valentino and kitty Diva. Follow her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @marygenevanyc. You can buy Nicknames on And you can share your most bizarre dating story with Mary. Email


Don' t stop

BELIEVING We’re all on a journey of some sort … it’s just that Jaci is stuck on the shoulder



ourney. It’s the dreaded J word you can never escape. There are whole sections of bookshops devoted to the personal growth journey, and everyone’s on one. Or had one. Or is looking for one. Or is on one but wants a different one. I’ve tried to get myself a journey, I really have; but it’s more of a stop-and-go affair. While others extol the virtues of yoga, meditation, and self-help books, I just don’t seem to be able to clock up the spiritual Air Miles in the endlessly optimistic, upbeat world of the inner traveler. I like shallowness. I tried to read Eckhart Tolle, whose books come highly recommended by Oprah Winfrey. Under normal circumstances, I wouldn’t have gone near him; his beard lies in a half-crescent at the bottom of his face, as if he was caught mid-shaving when the doorbell rang and forgot to return to the bathroom mirror. His basic premise is that we spend too much time dwelling on the past and the future and miss the joy of the present. Quite why it takes him 236 pages to say that is anybody’s guess, and nothing contained therein gives any indication as to the difficulties of implementing the philosophy. With my dwindling finances, I thought the chapter headed “Mind Strategies for Avoiding the Now” might prove particularly useful. “Tomorrow’s bills are not the problem,” states Mr Tolle. If I make them so, I am apparently holding on to a “core delusion” and turning a “mere situation, event or emotion” into a personal problem, which is the real cause of the suffering. I tried it out with my bank manager. The thing is, I explained: what we have here is not a problem, it is a mere

Above: Jaci just doesn’t seem to be able to clock up the spiritual Air Miles in the world of the inner traveler.

“The sun was about to become overpowered by the moon; this rare event was going to increase my problems manifold. ‘You, in particular, will be grossly out of luck.’”


situation, and if you were to free yourself from yours, and the bank’s imprisonment in psychological time, you would start to see my debt in a different way. In fact, you would begin to see it as something in which to be joyous, because it is of the moment, the now. He said I still have to pay back my overdraft. I hoped that “Ganeesha Speaks” online would give me a kick start, as he/she/it promised to tell me how a solar eclipse was going to change my life forever. The sun, it explained, was about to become overpowered by the moon; “this rare event” was going to “increase your problems manifold.” And they weren’t just going to be problems; they were going to be “problems of astronomical proportions.” It got better. “You, in particular, will be grossly out of luck.” Gee, thanks. You have a good day too. Psychics are huge business too. One day, I walked up to a doorway offering a $10 reading. I was greeted by a disinterested girl of about 18. “What d’you want?” “Well, what is there?” “Tarot, palm, crystal ball, eye.” “OK, I’ll have the eye.” “You want me to read your eyeball? That’s $45.” “But your sign says $10.” “Yeah, that’s a palm reading.” “OK, I’ll have one of those.” “To be honest, it’s not very accurate.” As journeys go, I feel mine is going to be a long one, but I’m going to persevere. I may be on the shoulder at the moment, but I can sense a gas station coming up. There always is. And not knowing exactly when is all part of the J word.



Wagging tales

These camera-happy cuties took time out from the morning stroll for a quick Q&A with W42ST

Scarlett Humans’ names: Krystle and Rafael. Breed: German Shepherd. Age: One year old. What makes me bark: Squirrels, squirrels, SQUIRRELS! Three words that describe me best: Smart, feisty, and sweet. Confession: I startle myself when I fart and I look around wondering where the noise came from. Scares me every time!


Pretzel Human’s name: Chris. Breed: Beagle. Age: 14 weeks. What makes me bark: Anything that rolls on the floor, when I steal something and have to give it back, and when I’m not allowed to do what I want. Three words that describe me best: Inquisitive, playful, smart. Confession: I think I have around three personalities.

Willis Humans’ names: Ashley and Phil. Breed: Goldendoodle. Age: Almost one. What makes me bark: When the pups at the dog run aren’t playing with me. Three words that describe me best: Fluffy, social, and affectionate. Confession: I have a great sense of style. When I’m home alone, I like to redecorate by moving rugs around the apartment.

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Beatrice Human’s name: Mark. Breed: A Frenchie. Age: Eight months. What makes me bark: My pet hedgehog. Three words that describe me best: Willful, determined, and not taking no for an answer. Confession: I have eaten $80 in cash in three months (that dad knows about). Instadog: @beatrice_le_frenchie

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The essential guide to Hell’s Kitchen, from working out to eating out (and in) – it’s the business!



Il Forno

Rustic Table

8th Ave - 44th/45th St

W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

Kodama Sushi & Japanese

Skylight Diner

W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

W34th St - 9th/10th Ave

9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St


The Jones

Bar Bacon

9th Ave - 54th/55th St

9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

9th Ave - 54th/55th St

North River Lobster

Theatre Row Diner

At Nine Restaurant

Pier 81, W41st St - 12th Ave

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave


Tick Tock Diner 8th Ave - 34th St

9th Ave - 37th/38th St


Westway Diner

Route 66 Cafe

9th Ave - 43rd/44th St

9th Ave - 55th/56th St


Siri Thai 10th Ave - 45th/46th St

Basera Indian Bistro 9th Ave - 50th/51st St

Aaheli Indian Cuisine

The Marshal

9th Ave - 54th/55th St

10th Ave - 44th/45th Ave

Aleef Coffee House

Traditional northern Indian cuisine

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

at family-owned and operated

Atomic Wings


eatery. Open for lunch and dinner

9th Ave - 39th/40th St

with a full bar & happy hour.

Azuri Cafe

(212) 757-9787

W51st St - 9th/10th Ave

Fresh From Hell W47th St - 8th/9th Ave Fresh, delicious food and juices, prepared in a friendly, neighborly way.

(212) 956-4355

Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen 8th Ave - 48th/49th St

Parada 47 Mexican W47th St - 10th/11th Ave

Paradigm Cafe 9th Ave - 35th/36th St

Bourbon Street Bar W46th St - 8th/9th Ave

Carbone W38th St - 8th/9th Ave

Better Being 940

White Oak

9th Ave - 39th/40th St

10th Ave - 54th/55th St

NYC’s premier photoshoot caterers in their

It’s worth the effort to walk a few


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Dafni Greek Taverna

DAY Happy Hour + Oysters. Craft

W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave

cocktails - Elevated “Pub Grub” -

El Azteca

Raw Bar - Daily Specials.

9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

Esanation Thai Street Food (646) 692-9247

9th Ave - 50th/51st St

China Xiang W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave

v{iv} Thai Restaurant & Bar 9th Ave - 48th/49th St


10th Ave - 47th/48th St

Vintner Wine Market 9th Ave - 46th/47th St

Zoob Zib 9th Ave - 35th/36th St

8th Ave - 44th/45th St

Cosmic Diner

El Rancho Burritos W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

Gazala Place

8th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

9th Ave - 48th/49th St

Ecuadorable! Quaint, Ecuadorian


Hell’s Chicken (646) 649-4678

Tehuitzingo Deli & Grocery

City Kitchen at Row NYC

10th Ave - 47th/48th St

make Ñaño a special experience.

9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

9th Ave - 39th/40th St

9th Ave - 48th/49th St

some modern flair. Family recipes

Taqueria Tehuitzingo

Curry Hut

Zora’s Cafe

eatery serving traditional dishes with

9th Ave - 35th/36th St

9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

10th Ave - 46th/47th St


9th Ave - 51st/52nd St

Chirping Chicken

Tulcingo Del Valle

Ñaño Ecuadorian Kitchen

Bombay Grill House

Sushi Star

10th Ave - 35th St

10th Ave - 45th/46th St

Gotham West Market

Jonny Panini NYC

11th Ave - 44th/45th St

9th Ave - 37th/38th St

Hourglass Tavern

La Panineria

W46th St - 8th/9th Ave

W36th St - 9th/10th Ave


Manganaro’s Hero Boy 9th Ave - 37th/38th St Our 60 year anniversary! The original six foot Hero will feed 30 to 40 people. Large restaurant: eat in, take out, catering. Reasonable prices!

(212) 947-7325

Stitch Bar & Lounge


42nd Street Pizza

W37th St - 7th/8th Ave

Amy’s Bread

W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

Capizzi Pizzeria & Wine Bar

The Jolly Monk

9th Ave - 46th/47th St

Frisson Espresso W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

Green Nature Coffee House W42nd St - 10th/11th St

9th Ave - 40th/41st St

9th Ave - 48th/49th St

City Slice

The Waylon

10th Ave - 51st/52nd St

10th Ave - 50th/51st St

Clyde Frazier’s

Tir Na Nog W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

10th Ave - 37th/38th St

Kahve 10th Avenue

Daisy May’s BBQ

10th Ave - 46th/47th St

11th Ave - 46th St

Kahve 9th Avenue

Lucky’s Famous Burgers

9th Ave - 51st/52nd St

W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave

Kava Cafe

Merilu Pizza Al Metro

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

Kee’s Chocolates

New York Sal’s Pizza

Lansdowne Road

9th Ave - 53rd/54th St

This neighborhood sports bar is a great place to gather for tasty pub food, wings and a wide selection of beers while watching your favorite team. Back bar available for parties.

West End Bar & Grill (212) 239-8020

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

10th Ave - 48th/49th St

Little Pie Company

Uncle Mario’s Brick Oven Pizza

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

9th Ave - 49th/50th St

Iron Bar

Old Country Coffee


8th Ave - 44th/45th St

As Is

8th Ave - 55th/56th St

W34th St - 9th/10th Ave

Poseidon Greek Bakery 9th Ave - 44th/45th St

REX Coffee 10th Ave - 56th/57th St

Schmackary’s Cookies W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

Snax Spot 9th Ave - 39th/40th St

The Cafe Grind 10th Ave - 36th/37th St

The Jolly Goat Coffee Bar W47th St - 10th/11th Ave

Think Coffee W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

Underwest Donuts 12th Ave - 46th/47th St


8th Ave - 48th/49th St

SOMETHING SPECIAL Bricco Ristorante W56th St - 8th/9th Ave

Cara Mia 9th Ave - 45th/46th St


10th Ave - 50th St

Juniper Bar

Beer Authority

W35th St - 7th/8th Ave

W40th St - 8th Ave

Landmark Tavern

Beer Culture

11th Ave - 45th/46th St

W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

Lincoln Park Grill

Blue Ruin


10th Ave - 43rd/44th St

Chez Josephine

9th Ave - 56th/57th St

9th Ave - 39th/40th St

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

McGee’s Pub

Brickyard Gastropub

Return to the joie de vivre of

W55th St - 7th/8th Ave

9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

Dalton’s Bar & Grill 9th Ave - 43rd/44th St

Dave’s Tavern

1920s Paris, with a blue tin

Molloy’s Irish Pub

ceiling, red velvet walls and

9th Ave - 49th/50th St

chandeliers lighting up

Mr. Biggs Bar & Grill

Josephine Baker portraits. (212) 594-1925

10th Ave - 43rd St

9th Ave - 41st/42nd St

New York Beer Company

Heartland Brewery

W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

8th Ave - 40th/41st St

Rattle ‘N Hum

Holland Bar 9th Ave - 39th/40th St

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

Houndstooth Pub

Rudy’s Bar & Grill 9th Ave - 44th/45th St

8th Ave - 36th/37th St

House of Brews

Chimichurri Grill 9th Ave - 43rd/44th St

Esca W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

Green Fig

W51st St - 8th/9th Ave

Yotel, 10th Ave - 41st/42nd St Shared dishes, locally sourced ingredients, perfectly crafted wine list.

(646) 449-7790

Fish Bar

Kiabacca 10th Ave - 45th/46th St Featuring 20 specialty brick oven pizzas and a high quality selection of rotating crafts at fantastic prices. Always interesting draft cocktails and wine on tap. Comfortable vibe. (212) 649-4675

Hellcat Annie’s Tap Room 10th Ave - 45th St Neighborhood bar with rotating local craft beer on tap, easy drinking lawnmower beers, cans & cocktails, sandwiches & shareable

123 Burger Shot Beer 10th Ave - 50th/51st St

appetizers. Happy Hour 3pm-6pm

Scallywag’s Irish Bar & Restaurant

Pier 81, W41st St - 12th Ave

9th Ave - 38th/39th St

W43rd St - 8th/9th Ave

The best Irish hospitality in Hell’s Kitchen. We offer delicious food, live music every night, happy hour,

K Rico Steakhouse 9th Ave - 51st/52nd St

great sport - it’s all here for you.

La Vela Dining & Bar (646) 490-4803

11th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

Pio Pio 10th Ave - 43rd/44th

Monday thru Friday.

Social Bar, Grill & Lounge

8th Ave - 48th/49th St



PRINT Restaurant 11th Ave - 47th/48th Ave



Sangria 46 W46th St - 8th/9th Ave


Staghorn Steakhouse


W36th St - 8th/9th Ave

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave


Ardesia Wine Bar

10th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave

Trattoria Casa Di Isacco

Pocket Bar NYC

9th Ave - 39th/40th St

Uncle Vanya Cafe STYLE

W54th St - 8th/9th Ave

BOYS & BARS 9th Avenue Saloon 9th Ave - 45th/46th St

Flaming Saddles Saloon 9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

Press Lounge

Sullivan Street Bakery

11th Ave - 47th/48th St

W47th St - 10th/11th Ave

Social Drink And Food

SUNAC Natural Market

Yotel, 10th Ave - 41st/42nd St

W42nd St - 11th Ave

The Stinger

9th Ave -39th/40th St

W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

W48th St - 9th/10th Ave


9th Ave - 45th/46th St

34th Street Wine & Spirits


W34th St - 9th/10th Ave

42nd Street Wine Loft

Wine Escape

W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

W44th St - 9th/10th Ave A cozy, intimate wine bar with tapas &

5 Brothers Gourmet Market

wines from around the world.

10th Ave - 47th/48th St

Big Apple Market


9th Ave - 39th/40th St

W51st St - 9th/10th Ave

Brooklyn Fare

The Ritz OUT

W46 St - 8th/9th Ave


W37th St - 9th/10th Ave

Cellar 53 Wines & Spirits 10th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

8th Ave - 54th/55th St

Clinton Gourmet Market 10th Ave - 45th/46th St

Empire Coffee & Tea Company 9th Ave - 41st/42nd St

Esposito Meat Market 9th Ave - 37th/38th St

Grace Wine & Spirits LIVING

10th Ave - 43rd/44th St

Grand Cru Wine & Spirits 11th Ave - 43rd St

Gristedes 8th Ave - 53rd/54th St

Healthy Market Deli 10th Ave - 45th St

Terra Market The MKT @ Mercedes House W54th St - 10th/11th Ave

Veritas Studio Wines W45th St - 10th/11th Ave

Westerly Natural Market 8th Ave - 54th St

STYLE SHOP IT OUT B&H Cameras 9th Ave - 34th St

Champion Stamp Company W54th St - 9th/10th Ave

Couture du Jour W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

Delphinium Home W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

Fine And Dandy W49th St - 9th/10th Ave Ties, handkerchiefs, suspenders, socks, hats, jewelry, flasks, cards, books, gifts & more.

Glitz & Glory 9th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

Grishko Dancewear W50th St - 8th/9th Ave

Hell’s Kitchen Brewtique


Hell’s Kitchen

9th Ave - 39th/40th St

International Grocery 9th Ave - 40th/41st St

Manhattan Plaza Winery 9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

Mazzella’s Market 9th Ave - 47th/48th St

Ninth Avenue Vintner 9th Ave - 46th/47th St

Odyssey Wine & Spirits 10th Ave - 37th/38th St

Ray & Frank Liquor Store 9th Ave - 48th/49th St

Sea Breeze Fish Market

Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market W39th St - 9th/10th Ave An authentic NY experience, one of the city’s oldest flea markets. Year round, each weekend. Antiques, vintage clothes, collectibles & more!

9th Ave - 40th/41st St

Simply Natural W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

Stiles Farmers Market W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave

Housing Works Thrift Shop 9th Ave - 49th/50th St




Grum’d Barber Shop W46th St - 9th/10th Ave

Hair 2 Stay

Owners Luisa and Nicki work with artisans around the globe to source unique home decor items, gifts and jewelry. Candles and cards make it a one-stop shop. (212) 581-8099

TAGG 9th Ave - 48th/49th St

Thrift & New Shop 9th Ave - 43rd St


Hell’s Kitchen Barbers


9th Ave - 57th/58th St

Blocker Yoga Get your zen on with private or group yoga classes led by certified instructor, Brooke

W38th St - 9th/10th Ave

Rafik Barber Shop 9th Ave - 50th/51st

Nacho Guevara Photography

Manhattan Kayak Company

I’m a professional portrait and

Pier 84 - Hudson River

fashion photographer committed

Manhattan Plaza Health Club

to producing highly creative

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

pictures with a unique look. (773) 441-9455

Mark Fisher Fitness Mercedes Club W54th St - 10th/11th Ave

8th Ave - 44th/45th St

Mid City Gym

Danny’s Cycles - Hell’s Kitchen

W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave

10th Ave - 46th/47th St


Enoch’s Bike Shop

W45th St - 10th/11th Ave

10th Ave - 36th/37th Ave


Hell’s Kitchen Rolfing

W49 ST - 8th/9th Ave

W51st St - 8th/9th Ave


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42nd Nails & Spa

Skintrade Tattoos

9th Ave - 41st/42nd St

W35th St - 8th/9th Ave

9th Avenue Barbershop

West Vibe Hair Salon

9th Ave - 37th/38th St

W46th St - 9th/10th Ave

Ada Salon

began. Join us at the original

W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

(912) 313-9911

Cyc Fitness

our historic walls where Pilates

Massage Envy Pura Dermatology

W39th St - 9th/10th Ave

Come enjoy a workout within

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

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10th Ave - 47th/48th St

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Al’s Cycle Solutions

Rolates Pilates

Vera’s Shoe Repair

9th Ave - 45th/46th St

Jeunesse Hair Salon W44th St - 9th/10th Ave

W37th St - 8th/9th Ave

W44th St - 8th/9th Ave W56th St - 9th/10th Ave

Domus Unaffected Living

Schwartz Luggage Storage

9th Ave - 54th/5th St


Albano Salon

54th Street Auto Center

450 9th Ave - 35th/36th Ave

America’s Hairstyle International W50th St - 9th/10th Ave

Christian Miles Photography

W54th St - 9th/10th Ave

Cybert Tire and Car Care 11th Ave - 51st/52nd St

Westside Highway Car Wash

Best Barber

Joseph Pilates Studio, check our

10th Ave - 48th/49th St

W47th St - 12th Ave

website for class schedule.

David Ryan Salon


Balloon Bouquets of NY

based in New York. She shoots

W46th St - 9th/10th Ave

De Lido Hair Salon JCohen Chiropractic

8th Ave - 52nd/53rd St

W52nd St - 8th/9th Ave

Dramatics NYC

Liberty Bicycles

W57th St - 8th/9th Ave

9th Ave - 55th/56th St

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

Jay Cleaners

9th Ave - 43rd/44th St

Erik’s Barbershop

M2 Organic Cleaners

10th Ave - 46th/47th St

9th Ave - 54th/55th St

Ilona Lieberman Photography Ilona Lieberman Photography is editorial portraits, photojournalist weddings and relaxed modern family portraiture.





Sean Kelly Gallery


Frames Bowling Lounge 9th Ave - 40th/41st St

Lucky Strike

W55th St - 9th Ave

Mud Sweat & Tears

Baryshnikov Arts Center

10th Ave - 46th St

W37th St - 9th/10th Ave

Space Ibiza

W50th St - 11th/12th Ave


SEE THE SIGHTS Circle Line Environmental portraits, editorial, features. Specialty-events at Center, Piers 92 & 94. Favorite

Hudson River Park

Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites W40th St - 8th/9th Ave

Belvedere Hotel

New York Marriott Marquis

Residence Inn New York

NY Waterway Ferry

9th Ave - 38th/39th St

Cassa Times Square Hotel

W34th St - 11th Ave 12th Ave - 39th/40th St


Comfort Inn & Suites Times Square South

The Daily Show

11th Ave - 51st/52nd St W42st - 11th/12th Ave

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

Comfort Inn Midtown West W48th St - 10th/11th Ave

W57th St - 12th Ave

Comfort Inn Times Square West W44th St - 8th/9th Ave


Courtyard Marriott

W44th St - 9th/10th Ave

W37th St - 8th/9th Ave

Signature Theatre

DoubleTree by Hilton

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

W36th St - 8th/9th Ave

The Lark Theatre

Econo Lodge Times Square

W43rd St - 8th/9th Ave

W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

The New Group

Element Times Square West

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave


10 Columbus Circle

11th Ave - 47th/48th Ave

W46th St - 9th/10th Ave

New Dramatists

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Ink 48 Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave


W44th St - 8th/9th Ave

W44th St - 6th/7th Ave

Javits Center

Ensemble Studio Theatre


Hotel Mela

Quality Inn Convention Center

Davenport Theater


W37th St - 8th/9th Ave

Intrepid Museum


W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave

Homewood Suites New York

Broadway - 45th/46th St

Ars Nova Theater

W45th St - 8th/9th Ave

414 Hotel

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

Candlewood Suites Times Square

Tom Otterness Playground

W54th St - 10th/11th Ave


Holiday Inn Express - Times Square

W48th St - 8th/9th Ave

W46th St - 12th Ave

subjects--dogs and children.


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Madison Square Garden, Javits

LET’S DANCE Alvin Ailey Theater

W42nd St - 12th Ave

Mo Lynch Photography

10th Ave - 36th/37th St

Fountain House Gallery 9th Ave - 48th St Our gallery exhibits and sells

W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

EVEN Hotel

W35th - 8th/9th Ave

original, affordable art made by local

Four Points by Sheraton

artists living with mental illness.

W40th St - 8th/9th St

French Quarters Apartments W46th St - 8th/9th Ave

Hampton Inn - Times Square North

Orchestra of St. Luke’s W37th St - 9th/10th Ave

8th Ave - 51st/52nd St

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Hampton Inn - Times Square South W39th St - 8th/9th Ave

Hilton Garden Inn Times Square W42nd St - 6th/7th Ave

Hilton Times Square W42nd St - 7th/8th Ave

Holiday Inn - Times Square South 8th Ave - 38th/39th St

Holiday Inn Express - Midtown West W48th St - 10th/11th Ave

W36th St - 9th/10th Ave 6th Ave - 38th/39th St

Row NYC Hotel 8th Ave - 44th/45th St

Skyline Hotel 10th Ave - 49th/50th St

Staybridge Suites Times Square W40th St - 8th/9th Ave

The Knickerbocker W42nd St - Broadway

The OUT NYC W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

The Time Hotel W49th St - 7th/8th Ave

Travel Inn W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

Washington Jefferson Hotel W51st St - 8th/9th Ave

Wyndham New Yorker 8th Ave - 34th/35th St

Yotel New York 10th Ave - 42nd St


W47th St - 8th/9th Ave

360 W43rd St W43rd St - 8th/9th Ave

420W42 W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

432W52 W52nd St - 9th/10th Ave

535W43 W43rd St - 10th/11th Ave

Addison Hall W57th St - 9th/10th Ave

Crystal Green W39th St - 8th/9th Ave




Emerald Green

Prudence Design & Events

W38th St - 8th/9th Ave

W36th St - 8th/9th Ave

Gotham West


W45th St - 10th/11th Ave

Instrata at Mercedes House W54th St - 10th/11th Ave

Manhattan Plaza W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

Mercedes House W54th St - 10th/11th Ave

Midwest Court W53rd St - 9th/10th Ave

One MiMa Tower

Isaac Halpern

W42nd St - 9th/10th Ave

Halstead Property

One River Place

I live in Hell’s Kitchen and I

W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

specialize in sales and rentals

Riverbank West

in the neighborhood. Contact me

W43rd St - 10th/11th Ave

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Silver Towers W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

SKY W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

The Armory W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

The Helena W57th St - 11th/12th Ave

The Helux W43rd St - 10th/11th Ave

The Orion Condominium W42nd St - 8th/9th Ave

Ian TD Smith

The Park Clinton

TD Realty Corp As a native and long term

W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave

resident of Hell’s Kitchen, Ian

The Westport

provides extensive real estate

W56th St - 10th/11th Ave

services to his neighbors in

Two Worldwide Plaza

and out of the The Kitchen.

W50th St - 8th/9th Ave

(917) 216-2771


Adam 99 Cents & Up


American Home Hardware

Coco and Toto

9th Ave - 42nd/43rd St

11th Ave - 51st/52nd St

Clinton Glass & Mirrors

Pet Ark

9th Ave - 46th/47th St

10th Ave - 43rd/44th St

Columbus Hardware

Petland Discounts

10th Ave - 51st/52nd St

9th Ave - 49th/50th St

9th Ave - 55th/56th St

Epstein’s Paint Center

W52nd St - 10th/11th Ave

Pure Paws Veterinary Care

Framing on 9th

W42nd St - 10th/11th Ave

9th Ave - 51st/52nd St

We all want what is best for our pets;

Fresh Cut Flowers

beginning with exceptional veterinary care. Pure Paws of Hell’s Kitchen provides

W43rd St - 9th/10th Ave

cutting-edge services for dogs and cats.

Gotham Mini Storage

(917) 534-7838

10th Ave - 38th/39th St

Jadite Custom Picture Framing

The Spot Experience

10th Ave - 46th/47th St

W42nd St - 11th/12th Ave

Matles Florist

Westside Animal Hospital

W57th - 8th/9th Ave

W46th St - 9th/10th Ave



“Oh God. Goddammit. I never got to see the pyramids. Or the Taj Mahal. I … I never even got to leave the country.” “Don’t sweat it, brother. You got to live in NYC. You didn’t miss shit.” Brian K. Vaughan


uring a prolific screenwriting career, Brian K. Vaughan contributed to shows such as Lost and Stephen King’s Under the Dome. But it is his work as a comic book writer that has brought him most acclaim. He has written for some of the bestknown characters at Marvel, including X-Men, Spider-Man, and Captain


America, as well as for Batman and Green Lantern at DC, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer for Dark Horse. But he is also famed for creating his own characters, in works such as Y: The Last Man, Pride of Baghdad, and Ex Machina, a political thriller set in the aftermath of 9/11. This quote takes place during that series, in which super-powered New


York City mayor Mitchell Hundred discusses his lack of passport stamps with his friend Rick Bradbury. Vaughan has been called “the greatest comic book visionary of the last five years,” being compared to Frank Miller, Alan Moore, Paul Pope, and Steve Niles, and was entered into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2015. He has a wiener dog called Hamburger.




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Inside the travel special: Daytripping, weekending, adventure and romance in Costa Rica, volunteering in Sri Lanka, joining Carnival in Braz...

W42ST Issue 28 - Escape from Hell's Kitchen  

Inside the travel special: Daytripping, weekending, adventure and romance in Costa Rica, volunteering in Sri Lanka, joining Carnival in Braz...

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