Summer Ends This Weekend, What Shall You Do?

Who: Feast of San Gennaro

What: Food and free musical entertainment that reflects Italian-American culture and heritage

Where: Little Italy

When: September 11- 21, 2014 from 11:30am to Midnight

Who: Smorgasburg at Central Park

What: Food Flea Market with Music

Where: Rumsey Playfield 72nd Street and 5th Ave

When: September 19, 2014 from 5pm to 9pm

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Who: Photoville

What: Photo exhibitions, Artist lectures and seminars, Summer beer garden with Food vendors

Where: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5

When: September 18-28 Thursdays through Sundays

Thursday & Fridays 4pm -10pm

Saturdays 12pm – 10pm

Sundays 12pm-8pm

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What: Smorgasburg

Where: Saturday: Williamsburg at East River State Park and

Sunday at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2 (SEPT Only)

When: Every Weekend April- November from 11am-6pm

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Who: Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace

What: A free event for friends and family to share messages with live music and performances

Where: Paul Milstein Reflecting Pool at Hearst Plaza, Lincoln Center

When: September 21, 2014 from 1pm to 8pm

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What: African American Day Parade 2014

Where: 111th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. To 136th Street

When: September 21, 2014 at 1pm

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5 Spots To Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day!

Hurray, it’s National Cheeseburger Day! Where are my burger lovers? This post is for you. Now I must be honest, cheeseburgers are not high on my foodie list so I had to consult a dear friend of mine who is THE burger expert. We put our heads together and decided on 5 perfect spots perfect to celebrate this national holiday. Get your mouths ready, this one is going to be good!

1. Bareburger

Bareburger is popping up everywhere so that means they must have a lot of delicious burgers to offer. More so, they pride themselves in offering pasture and humanely raised meats. We believe that’s what makes Bareburger a step above the rest. What also provides elitism to these restaurants is the option to create your own burger.  You not only have a choice between a variety of meats (such as beef, turkey, buttermilk fried chicken and veggie patties) but you can choose your bun, veggies, cheese, bacon and sauces. (By the way, we think buttermilk ranch is delicious!) These days, everyone loves options and Bareburger provides all the options you need.

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(Photo via @Bareburger on Instagram)

2. Bobby’s Burger Palace 

Bobby Flay is the chef behind Bobby’s Burger Palace so you know these burgers have to be good.  Their menu is pretty small but each burger is packed with flavor and personality. My favorite burger is the Bobby Blue Burger which is topped with blue cheese crumbles, bacon, lettuce and tomato. But before you order any burger on this menu make sure that it is crunchified! Crunchified means that your burger is topped with potato chips. Chips in a burger? Who would’ve known. Also whichever side you choose to accompany your burger, make sure you taste bobby’s dipping sauce, it is amazing. Lastly, the Frozen Cactus Pear Margarita is a must add to this combination, it has and will put a smile on my face each and every time!

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3. Soho Park

Soho Park is a hidden treasure in Soho. I honestly randomly stumbled upon it while walking around in Soho. What drew me in was their open, relaxed and garden-like feel. Soho Park is a nice place to  grab a burger and chill out with friends. You order your food, they give you a license plate and you take it to your seat. When you food is ready, they bring your food to you. Their burgers are light and refreshing yet filling.

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4. Harlem Shake

Harlem Shake has an old fashion twist on the more modern burger spot. Our favorite part of this old fashion twist is they serve Coke in the old school Coca Cola bottles. That’s something you definitely don’t see anymore these days. Harlem Shake is located in the heart of Harlem and is named after the infamous dance, “Harlem Shake” which means it has history and flavor. This combination is demonstrated in their decor and their burgers and hot dogs.

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(Photo via @HarlemShakeNYC on Instagram)

5.  Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole is famous for their huge 7 oz burgers. These massive burgers can not entirely be eaten by the average burger lover so most people take half of it home. Not only are their burgers huge and delicious, their milkshakes are amazing! Jackson Hole is a diner but it’s burgers are not average and don’t give you that boring diner food feel. Trust me, this burger experience is like none other.

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Go See “No Good Deed”

I never thought I would be rooting against Idris Elba’s character in a movie but in No Good Deed I was hoping this convict would be caught already. In this suspense filled movie Idris plays a sweet talking, love crazed convict named Colin whose revengeful intentions traps Terri (Taraji P. Henson) and her two young children. Colin and Terri battle each other throughout the movie for what is thought to be two completely different reasons but in the end they share a very common connection. I was completely on edge this entire movie. I think it was because of a twisted combination of me admiring the attraction of Colin while hoping his antics would be over. I also was so afraid for Terri and her children but Terri proved that she is no weakling. She has the strength and determination to not only protect herself, but her children as well.

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That is all I will share about the movie but if you love a thriller and overall a great movie, go see “No Good Deed.” Actually, if you just want to see Idris take his shirt off and Taraji demonstrate the strong beautiful woman that she is, go see the movie! If you’ve seen it already, share your thoughts below.