NFT Travel Guides: Q, Pickles, and Open Houses

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One of our travel guides partners, Not For Tourists, has several unique offerings on their website this week. Check out the following highlights...


Down Home Cooking, by Karen Clements

Mississippi Barbeque

When the air is scented with charcoal and your eyes sting from smoke, the light must be spinnin' at Mississippi Barbeque. That light is the cue 'cause their ain't much signage to lead the way to that sweet and tangy BBQ sauce.


Vestments Vertiginous, by Rebecca Katherine Hirsch


I'm hip to Narnia. It's a reliable store. Expensive, but of continuously excellent stock. I'm down with the salesladies. I've seen them steaming. A vintage store without clothes that are steamed is like a bed full of bedbugs that hasn't been exterminated.


Prime Pickle-Watching, by Sarah Moroz

88 Orchard

This Lower East Side café provides a calm, unpretentious respite from the trendytown around. Seating options abound: if you want to make pedestrians jealous, there are a handful of tables along a slight strip of outdoor sidewalk; if you want to watch them quietly from indoors, there is a wide windowed view to check out well-heeled passers-by; or, if you want to get away from it all, there is quieter dimmer seating downstairs, an array of board games within reach.


Access: NOT Denied!, by Rob Tallia

Open House New York

This weekend, October 4-5, one of my favorite annual events in NYC takes place: Open House New York. OHNY has taken the concept of the neighborhood “tour of homes” to a new level by providing New Yorkers unprecedented access to some of the city’s coolest spaces; additionally, spaces that you may already have access to are also on the bill, but in both instances, guides will give you little-known info and will almost always be able to answer any question you can come up with. Here’s just a short list of intriguing spaces to check out: The Hall of Fame of Great Americans in The Bronx, MTA Substation #22 in Brooklyn (if you’ve never seen one of these, this is a MUST), a vertical tour of Cathedral of St John the Divine in Manhattan, The Hindu Temple Society of North America in Flushing, Queens, and the Alice Austen House in Staten Island. My recommendation: pick at least one private residence, one public building, one religious institution, and one industrial site. Needless to say, sites outside of Manhattan are much easier to get into—enjoy!


Tanks for the Memories, by Rob Tallia

Unguarded Tanks

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, as Martha lies unconscious in a ditch while hordes of locusts descend upon unprotected livestock and we spend more and more billions of dollars to send Young Americans overseas to fight oil wars, there are, right in the heart of Manhattan, near the epicenter of past terrorist attacks, random tanks filled with who-knows-what-gas ready to be exploded, abducted, or otherwise messed with by the many, many terrorists on those famous "watch lists" that everyone and their mother is publishing, and yes, those tanks are just sitting in the open with no one guarding them.




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