Ok you’ve taken the ferry to Manhattan, it’s been a great ride, you’ve eaten at Stone Street, walked Wall Street, gone to Ground Zero, and now the question is: what to do next? You would like to go to a museum, but the really good ones are all the way uptown. Well, how about a few smaller, lesser known ones in walking distance from the ferry! Check these ones out.

The South Seaport Museum is an often-overlooked museum. Most people don’t even know it’s there. It’s right at 12 Fulton Street, in the Seaport Street Mall. But you need to know that it is only open Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Its paintings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries depict a maritime New York that is long gone, but worth remembering. When

 When I asked my friend what he would like to do for his recent birthday he quickly responded with “Peking Duck!” I said, "Peking Duck?" Yes, he said, 28 Mott Street. And so, we went to the heart of Chinatown on Mott Street just around the corner from the “bloody angle” on Doyers Street. What’s that? You don’t know about the “bloody angle?” It was the sight of many Tong or gang wars in the early 20th century. Now a peaceful haven of restaurants and shops, its history goes back to the earliest

The definition of a “community” is typically a group of people who live in the same area and interact with each other. The modern world has extended that definition to include electronic communities such as the social media worlds of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat among others. Within communities there are sub-communities. Here in Rockaway there are many sub-communities.

The Rockaway community-at-large extends from the most eastern tip of the peninsula all the way to the most western tip and

In 2003 the guys who created the “Spinal Tap” movie produced the epic movie “A Mighty Wind” that was a "mocumentary" on the folk music scene in the sixties. The movie is pretty funny in the same tradition as some of the other movies that Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy have concocted such as “Waiting for Guffman” and “Best in Show.” But the movie could also be the title of the current Rockaway weather pattern, that is, rain or shine, there is a mighty wind that blows through these

I am like most red-blooded American men in that I like a good steak, a hot dog, a hamburger, chicken and most meat products. I don’t like to think about how those items came to me, or what the process was, or even if any of that stuff is any good for me; if it tastes good, that’s good enough for me. Sometimes it’s just the memory of something tasting good, because not every steak is a good one.

So I was in for a bit of shock when I came home to the announcement by the mermaid that she was

Alphabet is the parent company of Google and all powerful, but even though Google is everywhere, that is not what I am talking about here. I am talking about the actual alphabet, you know, A, B, C, D, etc., etc., etc. We learn the alphabet at the earliest age, and it’s re-enforced in grammar school by a very powerful reminder. It’s the seating order that we all were put in regardless of the school we went to. Our last names were alphabetized and we sat in alphabetical order. And for most of our

The soft breezes finally came after all that rain. The waves tucked in and lengthened across the sand bars allowing the young ones to play in small lagoons formed at the shoreline. The sun got hotter, the sand, what’s left of it, got warmer, and the ocean looked friendlier. Yes, it seems that almost despite Mother Nature, summer has indeed arrived.

Families gathering, generations coming together, teenagers showing off, grandmothers sitting with blankets on in the sun. Crinkly noses burned by

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