There are two marble cemeteries in the East Village, the New York Marble and the New York City Marble. They have nothing to do with each other, but they’re both very old and almost always locked to the public, except for a few weekends each year.
All aboard the Floating Library at Hudson Pier
Until October 3, aboard the Lilac Steamship docked at the Hudson’s Pier 25, you will find the Floating Library. The creators call it “a space for critical cultural production by pushing boundaries under the open skies that are conducive to fearless dreaming.”
Characters abound at Donohue's Steak House on Lexington Avenue
Donohue’s Steak House still decorates its dining room with high, dark booths and red tablecloths, crackled paintings of tumultuous seas on wood-paneled walls, and a chalkboard loaded with specials from the Eisenhower era: Broiled Boston Scrod, Yankee Pot Roast, Meatloaf.
Leo's Laticinni, an eatery built on respect — and good food
This is my introduction to Irene DeBenedittis of Leo’s Laticcini, also known as Mama’s of Corona. Irene makes the mozzarella and her sister Marie does the cooking—turkey with gravy, roast pork, manicotti, you name it. “I don’t use recipes,” says Marie. “I just go on instinct.”
Tapping into the pulse of the New York City at Smalls Jazz Club
On a recent summer night I wandered past Smalls jazz club on West 10th Street in the Village. The Maine coon cat reclining on the doorstep caught my attention, and the chalkboard announcement of “Tap Jam” held it. The cat is called Minnow and the Tap Jam is not to be missed.