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Submit your photos! It’s happening again…. Manhattanhenge in the Flatiron

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Manhattanhenge, sometimes called the Manhattan Solstice, is back for a few weeks. If you are new to the phenomena, for a few weeks each year the sun sets perfectly between the east-west streets in Manhattan, creating a visual that reminds us of Stonehenge.

We will again be publishing your photos of the awesome phenomenon in the neighborhood (tell us what streets you were on). Send it in to along with the photo credit you want. Here is a link to submissions from prior years.



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Big Apple BBQ 2015 event returns to Madison Square Park on June 13-14th, 2015

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The largest barbecue event in New York City is back right here in Madison Square Park on June 13-14th, 2015 with 17 Pitmasters from around the United States cooking up regional BBQ favorites at each stand.

Pappys Smokehoue Ribs

Pappys Smokehoue Ribs

The Big Apple BBQ event is free to attend, and each dish typically runs from $9-$11. There is also booze and live music.

Warning, the event is always packed, and lines are long, so plan accordingly. You could also spring for a VIP Pass where the BBQ and booze get served to you, and you get to meet the Pitmasters, but that luxury will cost you $275.

The smokers start Friday, June 12th and it kicks off Saturday at 11am-6pm. It then is open again from 11am-6pm on Sunday.

Here is the current menu:

Menu via

And here is the music schedule:

Saturday, June 13th

1:00-2:15pm Reed Turner Band
2:45-4:00pm Shook Twins
4:30-5:45pm Andrew Combs

Sunday, June 14th

1:00-2:15pm Whiskey Shivers
2:45-4:00pm Nikki Lane
4:30-5:45pm Jonny Fritz

Links to the Pitmasters:

Blue Smoke (New York City): Pork Spare Ribs with Pickled Peppers

Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q  (Decatur, AL): Pulled Pork Sandwich with Spicy Mustard Coleslaw

BlackJack Barbecue (Charleston, SC): Pulled Pork with Coleslaw

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (New York City):

Hill Country (New York City):

Hometown Bar-B-Que (Red Hook, NY)

Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q  (Birmingham, AL):

Louie Mueller Barbecue (Taylor, TX)

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint (Nashville, TN):

Memphis Barbeque Co. (Horn Lake, MS)

Pappy’s Smokehouse (St. Louis, MO): Baby Back Ribs with Baked Beans

The Salt Lick BBQ (Driftwood, TX):

17th Street Bar & Grill  (Murphysboro, IL):

The Shed Barbecue & Blues Joint (Ocean Springs, MS)

Skylight Inn (Ayden, NC)

Ubon’s Barbeque  (Yazoo City, MS):

The Woodshed Smokehouse (Dallas/FortWorth, TX)


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Madison Square Park’s 11 Madison Avenue office building to sell for $2.6 Billion

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In one of the top office building sales of all time, 11 Madison Avenue on the east side of Madison Square Park will reportedly be sold to SL Green Realty Corp by Sapir Organization and CIM Group for approximately $2.3 Billion and an agreement to invest $300 million in the building for improvements. The deal is reportedly the second largest in US history, which is shocking considering it is only 29 stories tall.

Bloomberg is reporting that SL Green Realty Corp. will have an additional “200,000 square feet of development rights associated with nearby 1 Madison” Avenue, which they also own.

The building was finished in the 1920’s but originally was going to be the largest building at the world at the time, but they ran out of money. This is why the building appears to be chopped off at the top.

Current tenants of the office building include Credit Suisse’s US headquarters, Sony’s US headquarters, Yelp Inc and William Morris Endeavor.


11 Madison Avenue

11 Madison Avenue

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Flying Tiger Copenhagen opens first US store in the Flatiron

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The heavily styled and whimsical Danish home decor store Flying Tiger Copenhagen has just opened south of Madison Squsre Park in the Flatiron District at 920 Broadway (at 21st Street).They took over the spot previously occupied by restaurants Brio, Mayrose, and Lunetta.

It is the first Flying Tiger in the Unites States and most items are under $15. You can find things like dishes, blankets, pillows, mugs, exotic toilet bowl cleaners, hats, utensils, greeting cards, and more. Founder Lennart Lajboschitz and US Managing Director, Tina Kantor, cut the tape in the opening last weekend and the first 100 shoppers got free gift bags.

While new to the United States, Tiger will hit 500 stores globally this year in 25 countries.

Here are some product shots from their Facebook page.

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Shake Shack in Madison Square Park reopens after renovation

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The original Shake Shack, located in Madison Square Park has reopened after closing October 14th 2014 for renovations.

ShakeshackAs part of the re-opening, Brooklyn United Marching Band played, Bocce Bakery was there with treats for dogs, special t-shirts were handed out to early-comers, and Brooklyn Brewery has a special Shack PhoeniX lager on tap. They also are serving a limited-edition ParkBurger (Jasper Hill Farm cheese sauce and Niman Ranch applewood smoked bacon).

Plus for summer the corn dogs are back, as well as new Red Velvet Cake Concretes. And here is the May Custard Calendar: Caramel Walnut Cake (May 18-24) and Strawberry Cheesecake (May 25-30)

As you would expect the lines were long. Welcome back Shake Shack!

The ParkBurger (Photo via Shake Shack facebook)

The ParkBurger photo via Shake Shack Facebook page)

The ParkBurger (photo via Shake Shack Facebook page)

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