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Blondie Live at the House of Vans, Brooklyn

Catching Blondie live in New York is bucket-list level for a music fan; seeing her playing live in a skate park takes it to its zenith. Blondie has always been the pretty young punk band that broke through to the mainstream the hardest and fastest from the gritty skid row dive bar, CBGBs. The band rose at the same time as Television, the Talking Heads and The...

Going Underground in Over the Rhine, Cincinnati

Once America’s most bad-ass hood, we get really underground in Over the Rhine. Cincinnati was once a city fueled by beer. As one of America’s largest producers of beer and with its community of German immigrants, the Over the Rhine area had one of the country’s largest concentrations of breweries and bars. Main drag, Vine Street was home to 130 theaters, bars...

Wine, witches and song at New Paltz, NY

New Paltz is an upstate college town in Ulster County, first settled by French Huguenots in 1678. A group escaping religious persecution, the Hugeuenots had escaped Germany (hence the Germanic name) and sought refuge in the new nation. For us, we’re seeking refuge from the big city and being only an hour and a half from Manhattan and easily accessible via a Trailways...

Racing history is made at the 150th Belmont stakes

The races – where the beautiful people go to get ugly. It’s never been truer than at the Annual Belmont Stakes and in its 150th iteration, the crowd is better looking and the worst behaved the track has probably ever seen. And by track we mean the train there. This section is a cautionary tale, so feel free to skip ahead The main access to Belmont Park is via...

Hoboken, New Jersey

Old cobblestone streets, hundred-year-old Irish bars and a strong Italian community, Hoboken adds another flavor to your Tri-state experience. Unofficially dubbed the sixth borough, New Jersey’s Hoboken and to a lesser extent, Jersey City are basically extensions of New York. The architectural styles are the same and the accents are pretty similar (apart from a...

Texas Capitol Building, Austin

The Capitol Building in Austin bears more than a passing resemblance to the Washington Capitol, but at Easter, it has more of a connection with the White House. So Dallas Isn’t the Capital? For foreigners (us included), the prominence of Dallas in media growing up had us thinking that it would be Texas’ capital city, but like New York, where the actual...

Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia

Arlington Cemetery provides a moving memorial to fallen heroes and space for quiet contemplation. What do the men of Band of Brothers’s Easy Company, astronauts, former presidents, Hollywood actors and a jazz great all have in common? They’re all buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Arlington’s esteemed internees include Lee Marvin, Glenn Miller...

Chelsea Market, New York

Chelsea Market is a collection of boutiques and eateries in the midst of the bustling New York hot spot, situated between the Google Headquarters and the Highline. New York’s Chelsea Market is the home of hip eateries, farm to table restaurants and artisinal fare. Housed in the gut renovated National Biscuit Company factory (I never realized that is where the...

The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art), NYC

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, known more commonly as The Met is one of the world’s great museums. The use of art in The Met’s title is loose. This is a serious museum. Sure it has an incredible collection of Van Goghs, rooms of Degas and many pieces that will have you thinking – wow, I didn’t even know that was in America! But this is place is palatial...

Staten Island Ferry

The Staten Island Ferry is proof that visiting New York shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. Ah Staten Island. The fifth borough is almost an afterthought for most New Yorkers. It’s probably more that it’s out of mind more than out of sight. There’s more green space and cheap rent, but probably a little more crime than gentrified-Manhattanites would want to be...