5 Best Jewelry Stores in NYC

Sometimes you need to buy jewelry as an accessory, a symbol of love and commitment or a higher status. Keeping that in mind, we have come up with a list of the best jewelry stores in New York City where you will find the trendiest jewelry in the city.

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  1. Graff

Graff is a popular name in the jewelry business, and with more than 35 stores worldwide, it has also become synonymous with high end jewelry. With a clientele that constitutes the who’s who of the world of showbiz on its list, Graff has managed to carve a reputation for itself that no other jewelry retailer has managed to replicate. What sets Graff apart from the rest is that it handles more diamonds than any other jewelry store in the country, making it the place to visit when looking for something special, that is, if money is not a problem. Located at 710 Madison Avenue, Graff is also famous for its most notable piece of jewelry, The Peacock Brooch, which comes with a price tag of just $100 million, yet another reason why it continues to inspire an elite clientele.

  1. Greenwich Jewelers

Located at 64 Trinity Place, Greenwich Jewelers should be on every soon-to-be groom’s list mainly because it has the best collection of wedding and engagement rings that can be yours at incredibly reasonable prices. And, if you’re not sure if she’ll like it, the sister duo that owns the store are always willing to pick out the perfect ring for you (no charge).

  1. Chopard

This is another luxury jewelry store in New York City that is able to draw the attention of royals, celebrities, and the like. Chopard is also famous for its luxury timepieces that sport a distinctive design and style you won’t find any place else. Located at 709 Madison Avenue, just a hop, skip, and a jump from Graff, this luxury jewelry store continues to surprise the world with its designs, making it another presence of note in the jewelry world.

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  1. Van Cleef and Arpels

Located at 744 Fifth Avenue, Van Cleef and Arpels is known for having a great collection of sophisticated looking jewelry. Apart from that, the jewelry store is also known to be a world expert in precious stones and fantasy pieces as well, making it a must visit for all those who appreciate great jewelry design and gem setting.

  1. Love Adorned

Looking for novelty? Then Love Adorned is the place where you will find the best in offbeat and edgy designed rings, necklaces and bracelets. And even though the jewelry here isn’t what you would call wallet friendly, it’s still cheaper than some of the names mentioned on this list.

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From rings to necklaces, earrings and bracelets, these are the jewelry stores in New York City where you will find the perfect piece of jewelry that appeals to you.

 

 

6 Best Jazz Clubs in NYC

Legend has it that Jazz was the music the devil chilled out to and recommended it to the Big-G at one of the heaven and hell annual parties. Big-G politely accepted it at first but threw it out the window when no one was looking, sending it spiraling down to the world of the living. If the hippin’ and the hoppin’ isn’t your thing, then chances are, jazz is.

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The music genre stems from New Orleans and is based mainly on rhythm and improvisations. Today, jazz music has become a staple in the U.S. If you’re wondering what are the places to hear some real life jazz tunes then look no further. The following is a list of the best spots for listening to jazz music in New York City.

1. Café Carlyle

Within the premises of the famous Carlyle Hotel, this bar has made a name for itself hosting some of the city’s best jazz musicians. Located at 35 E 76th Street, Café Carlyle is where you will get to see famous personalities such as Woody Allen jamming with the Eddy David New Orleans Band. While this venue is by far the best when it comes to jazz music, spending an evening at the Carlyle will cost you, so better make some plans first.

2. Arthur’s Tavern

Located at 57 Grove St, West Village, Arthur’s Tavern features Sweet Georgia Brown, a saucy blues singer who makes an appearance Thursdays and Fridays. But, visitors can get to listen to some of the best Jazz tunes throughout the week without a cover charge, which is one of the reasons why the bar is able to draw a large crowd every night of the week.

4. The Fifth Estate

The Fifth Estate is your typical hangout, only difference is, you will also find a lot of up and coming Jazz musicians here who come to jam with fellow musicians, making it the place to be for those who enjoy an evening of Jazz music. Located on 506 5th Avenue, Park Slope, The Fifth Estate is where you can chill out to the music of some of the best aspiring Jazz musicians in town at a decent cover charge of just $5. Not a bad deal at all!

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5. Village Vanguard

Located at 178 7th Avenue Street, Vintage Vanguard offers just what its name suggests. It’s an old school jazz club that oozes with tons of history, making it one of the places where most Jazz musicians aspire to play in. Apart from the legends of Jazz, visitors also get to listen and enjoy the music of the younger generation as well, making it a great hang-out for all Jazz music fans.

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6. The Iridium

Located at 1650 Broadway, between 50th and 51st Street, The Iridium is still considered as one of the best spots to listen to your favorite jazz musicians. Once frequented by the late, great Les Paul, the club has a growing list of young talent along with some of the heavy weights of Jazz such as Ulysses Owens and Jimmy Cobb just to name a few. The steep covers can climb up to around $ 40, the experience at Iridium is priceless.

 
So, these were the names of just a few spots where Jazz lovers can get to feast their senses and immerse themselves in old school Jazz.

Best Views in NYC

New York City is called the city of skyscrapers and is one of the reasons why millions of tourists flock to the city each year — to get a glimpse of this modern city and all its sleek and futuristically designed buildings and monuments. From the famous Central Park to roof top bars, there are many vantage points from where one can get magnificent views of the city’s landscape. If you happen to be wondering exactly what and where those vantage points are read on to find out more on where you can get the best views in New York City.
 

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Sutton Place Park

We start off our countdown with what could quite possibly be the city’s best kept secret when it comes to incredible views. Sutton Place Park is where you can get some of the best views of the city overlooking the East River. While you will have to walk all the way towards the end of East 57th Street, the short trek will definitely be worth your while after you see the view that awaits you. The beauty of New York City from Sutton Place Park was neatly captured by Woody Allen in his 1979 classic “Manhattan.”
 
The High Line

The High Line is an abandoned, elevated railroad track which has been converted into a modern park where people go to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s easy to see that a lot of thought and effort has gone into creating this unique park that boasts of some of the best views of the city. In fact, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that The High Line has literally changed Chelsea and is easily one of the most beloved parts of the city.
 
A Sail around Manhattan

Since the island of Manhattan is, well, an island, taking a cruise along its banks will enable you to get some breathtaking views of the city and the magnificent Statue of Liberty. Either get on board with the Shearwater schooner or take the City of Lights Sail and witness all the incredible vistas the city of New York has to offer.
 

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The Metropolitan Museum

While we all know that the Metropolitan Museum houses some great works of art, all the beauty certainly isn’t confined within the four walls of the famous museum. You can also visit the roof garden café and martini bar at the top of the Met and get some of the most breathtaking views of Central Park and the infamous Manhattan skyline. The space also doubles as a sculpture garden making it a truly one of a kind experience. Once in the Museum just as the guard for directions to the roof elevator and you’ll thank yourself later.
 
Battery Park City

Battery Park is another must-visit, featuring scenic walking paths, manicured landscaping, benches and even a public arts exhibition. Battery Park really feels like an urban oasis smack in the middle of the big city with plenty of breathtaking views of the city, including Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

So, there you have it, the five best places you can visit to get the best views of the New York skyline.

 

5 Best Used Book Stores in NYC

Just about everybody agrees on the fact that books have the ability to change the world, (that is, the well written ones at least!). New York City is considered as one of the most literary places on the planet, so naturally one would find plenty of independent bookstores where they can buy their favorite books. We’ve combed the city and have come up with our own list of the best used bookstores in New York, and here they are.
 

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1. Word Up Community Bookshop
 
Located on 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, Upper Manhattan, Word Up Community Bookshop is basically a volunteer effort and is run by various local organizations who have put together one of the best selection of books one would find in the English and Spanish languages, along with some very impressive rotating art exhibitions as well. A definite visit for book lovers in New York City.
 
2. Unnameable Books

The interestingly named Unnameable Books is located at 600 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn. The famous bookstore sells both new and used books and is a great place to go to find works of the lesser known, but talented authors. The store has a great selection of books on philosophy, poetry and fiction along with many other genres. There are also carts outside the store where you can find overstock books for around a dollar.
 

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3. Strand Book Store

Located on famous 828 Broadway is the Strand Book Store which is by far one of the best used book stores in the city…nay, the country. This bookstore opened its doors back in 1927 and has been the favorite when it comes to buying used books in New York City ever since. While there are plenty of book store within close proximity of the Strand, they don’t come close to the variety available at this bookstore. There’s a reason why this book store uses the tagline “18 miles of books.” The Strand has three floors of books from almost every genre you can think of along with many works from up and coming authors. If you have a book you can’t find any place else, you are definitely going to find it here.
 
4. Book Thug Nation

This book store was started by four friends who used to sell books on the sidewalk. The bookstore also doubles as a community space at 100 North 3rd Street, Williamsburg. Apart from having a great name, the book store is also home to some of the best literary works you could find in the city. The store’s strong suit is that even though it is about the size of a living room, it boasts of an impressive collection of books from genres such as, poetry, philosophy, history, fiction and pulps.
 
5. Housing Works Bookstore Café

Located at 126 Crosby Street, Housing Works Bookstore Café is a cool place to browse for books from your favorite authors or just listen to some of your favorite writers (the ones who are living) talk about their craft and who their journey as a writer all began. This Soho institution is also famous for its workshops, book clubs and game nights. So, if you’re looking to have an interesting experience while trying to find works by your favorite authors this bookstore should be right up your alley.

 

These were the best of the best when it comes to used book stores in New York City. So, make sure you pay them a visit if you’re really devoted to books but financial constraints often hold you back.

 

5 Best Karaoke Bars in NYC

Karaoke is big in the U.S. as well as in many other countries worldwide. Reason being, it allows people to express themselves through singing. Because if you can’t say it, why not sing it. Right! Apart from the job that singing both on and off key brings to the Billy Joel wannabe, karaoke also offers a number of health benefits as well, but we’ll leave that for another day and another post. This one is going to show you the spots in New York City where you can get the ultimate Karaoke experience without having to pretend to enjoy watered-down martinis.
 

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  1. Karaoke Duet

This up-scale karaoke spot is the real deal, with sleek décor, an updated song list, and just stellar overall service. Karaoke Duet literally sets the standards when it comes to karaoke bars in New York City. Located in three separate locations across the city, the one close to K-Town is considered the best of the lot. Visit in the evenings and you will find the place full of budding songsters and other cool people who just want to have a good time. The private rooms at Karaoke Duet are swanky and squeaky clean, and the place also has a massive party room which can house around 30 to 35 people at a time, complete with a disco ball and all, making it definitely worth the visit.
 

  1. Karaoke Shout

While New Yorkers might consider Manhattan as being the hub for karaoke bars, the truth is that Astoria isn’t too far behind. This karaoke bar features both a general karaoke bar along with private rooms as well. Mondays are free, so you’ll always get your money’s worth at Karaoke Shout, even if you didn’t pay for it (which is always a good deal!). There’s also happy hour which starts at 8p.m. till closing time.
 

  1. Planet Rose

This East Village spot boasts of zebra couches and Christmas lights, which means that there is never a dull moment at Planet Rose. For those who are prone to sing off tune, this karaoke bar is more often than not packed with a forgiving crowd, so no one will boo you off stage which is set in the middle of this dive bar.
 

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  1. Gagopa Karaoke

Gagopa Karaoke is another karaoke bar where you can transform your rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “You know I’m no good.” The venue has a bring-your-own-booze policy, so there’s plenty of encouragement before you belt one out (or if you want to forget what just happened!). All you have to do is work up the courage to sing your song in front of a room full of strangers you’ve never met before (or hope to never meet again).
 

  1. The Trash Bar

Brooklyn backroom Karaoke at The Trash is the stuff of legend and for good reason. For all the night owls out there, the best part of The Trash bar is that things don’t begin to heat up till after midnight, when the joint really turns loud and wannabe rock stars seem to be coming out the woodwork. But, be warned, Trash bar is where only the brave and the bold can survive while belting out those soul tunes.

 

Just like everything else in New York City, karaoke bars are plenty and cater to various music tastes. No matter what the age, the mere suggestion of okie stirs excitement and sometimes even pure panic, but to experience it with friends makes a karaoke bar worth the visit when you’re in New York (just make sure you put down a pint or two before you decide to jump on stage and murder Hotel California).

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