Posts Categorized: Good Hood News


Feeling Crafty?

Some of the most heartfelt gifts are the ones you make yourself. Have you been feeling crafty? This year, give the gift of warmth with hand-knit scarves, hats, and sweaters, and not the itchy ones your grandma makes every year. Head to Annie & Company, the largest needlework store in NYC, to find everything you need for knitting, crochet, needlepoint, and cross-stitch. They also offer classes for all levels of experience ($50/hour), so you can learn how to make all kinds of handmade gifts, like this needlepoint pillow, that will inspire genuine thank-you’s!

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Annie & Company Needlepoint and Knitting

1325 Madison Ave.




Everything But The Latkes

Forget making dreidels out of clay, get Dreidel Crayons ($2.50) at The Jewish Museum for even more fun. The Jewish Museum is your one-stop shop for Hanukkah this year, with a wide selection of candles, menorahs, books, music, toys, and gifts. Every New Yorker needs the cute and practical Schlep Tote by Barbara Shaw ($25). The shop also features the beautiful Folds Vase by the designers at Studio Armadillo ($148), whose work is made in Israel and included in the permanent collection at The Jewish Museum.

Photo courtesy of The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum

1109 Fifth Avenue

(212) 423-3333



Candy Shop Fairy Tale

Walking into Coco Le Vu is like walking into the witch’s candy house in Hansel & Gretel, except instead of looming danger there’s just candy. Jars upon jars of candy line the shelves, from Charleston Chews to gourmet chocolate. Coco Le Vu opened its candy-striped doors in January of 2012, and has since been brightening up the neighborhood with treats, gift baskets, and parties. Yep, it’s not just a candy shop—they also have a party room for private events (for kids and adults!)

Photo courtesy of TimeOut New York

Coco Le Vu

202 E. 110th St.

(212) 860-3380


Fight For Your Rights

We New Yorkers take pride in our candor, as we should, because it’s one reason why this city is so great: we get stuff done. The Activist New York exhibition celebrates these accomplishments in social activism from the 17th century to the present. The collection of photographs, artifacts, and video presentations document activism in New York City surrounding such diverse issues as historic preservation, civil rights, wages, gay rights, and religious freedom. Visit the exhibition and learn more about our history in instigating change (and earn more bragging rights about being a New Yorker!)

Photo courtesy of The Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue

Through Monday, December 31st

Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Graffiti Hall of Fame

Graffiti can be viewed as an art form or a nuisance, but either way it’s a ubiquitous presence in New York City. In honor of this social phenomenon, graffiti artist Ray Rodriguez (a.k.a. Sting Ray) founded the Graffiti Hall of Fame in 1980. This schoolyard is a sanctuary for street art to be appreciated without upsetting property owners. You can visit the murals any time, and as often as you want—as is the nature of the art form, the walls are ever-changing and displaying new talent. Graffiti Hall of Fame

106th between Madison Ave. & Park Ave.


Shop for a Cause

Housing Works is a thrift store with a mission: to help battle homelessness and to support people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Not only can you always find high-quality clothes and furniture at reasonable prices, but it’s also the most socially-conscious way to shop! Housing Works accepts tax-deductible donations and provides volunteer opportunities. Whether you’re looking to expand your wardrobe or do some spring-cleaning, you’re supporting a good cause. How’s that for a business model? Housing Works

1730 2nd Ave.



Not Just A Gym

It’s near impossible to stay motivated to work out, especially with the holidays right around the corner. But at CrossFit, a personal training facility, working out is more than hitting the gym—it’s about trying something new, and being part of a community. The coaches incorporate basic gymnastics, metabolic conditioning, and Olympic weightlifting to achieve fitness goals. CrossFit even has competitions to keep things exciting, plus the promise of a whole crew of workout buddies to encourage you to keep up the good work.

Photo courtesy of CrossFit NYC

CrossFit Metropolis

156 E. 100th St.

(646) 596-6497



The Poet's Den Theater

The Poet’s Den Theater shows every kind of performance art, from musical recitals to burlesque. The current production is the dramatic comedy Growing Up Gonzalez by Felix Rojas. The play stars Luis Antonio Ramos as Johnny Gonzalez, a Nuyorican who is tasked with cleaning out his younger brother’s apartment after his recent death. Despite the dark theme of coping with death, the laugh-out-loud moments and brotherly love will leave you feeling touched.

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309 E. 108th St. (between 1st Ave. & 2nd Ave.)

November 22-25

Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 4 p.m.


Farm Fresh Foods

Brussels sprouts tend to have a bad reputation. But now that they’re in season and available at the 92nd Street Greenmarket, maybe it’s time to branch out and give them another chance? Fall is the best time to try some new recipes to warm you up! Before the weather gets too gloomy, stock up on fresh, local produce like butternut squash and Honey Crisp apples. We love the artisan bread and scones (try the savory feta version!) from Bread Alone, fresh baked treats from Meredith’s Bakery, and wild caught seafood from American Seafood.

Photo courtesy of Thrifty City

92nd Street Greenmarket

1st Ave. between 92nd & 93rd

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Every Sunday through 12/23/12


Where To Buy Your Thanksgiving Pie

Yura on Madison is always a go-to for prepared foods on those nights you just don’t feel like cooking, and Thanksgiving is no exception. In addition to serving up a full menu of traditional dishes, Yura on Madison has all of your pie needs. Try choosing between a Heritage Brown Sugar Pumpkin Pie ($25), a Toasted Caramel Pecan Pie ($30), or a Hudson Valley Apple Orchard Pie ($25), or get all three! It is Thanksgiving, after all.

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1292 Madison Ave.

(212) 860-1707