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Arthur Avenue Retail Market in Bronx Little Italy

Bronx Little Italy, Arthur Avenue

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2344 Arthur Avenue, Belmont, Bronx
Between 183rd and 187th Streets, about 4 blocks south of Fordham Road
On Arthur Avenue, south of 186th Street.
Like Little Italy’s street vendors who came in from the cold thanks to Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia 1940 opening of the new indoor market full of produce and Italian meats and cheeses, you and your family can get in from the cold for a bite to eat, a spot to sit, some delectable treats from gems like Mike’s Deli located in the market and even a cigar rolling demo at the cigar shop in front. Now you’re in the Real Little Italy! 

Tips:
Bathrooms are in the back, upstairs.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Times:6am-6pm.
Subway:4 or D to Fordham Road station. Walk 11 blocks east along East Fordham Road (or catch the Bx12 east) to Arthur Avenue. Turn right heading south on Arthur Avenue. The fun starts around 187th Street. 2 or 5 train to Pelham Parkway then #12 bus heading west to Arthur Avenue. Walk south on Arthur Avenue.
Bus:Bx12 east-west along East Fordham Road
Train:Metro-North Harlem or New Haven line trains to Fordham Road Station. Walk 6 blocks east along East Fordham Road, turn right on Arthur Avenue. The fun starts around 187th Street.
Parking on site:No
Limited on street parking and be prepared to stay on top of the time on the meters.
Bathrooms:No
No public restrooms except for patrons at the many restaurants. There is one at the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, 2344 Arthur Avenue.
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Arthur Avenue, Little Italy, Bronx

Bronx Little Italy, Arthur Avenue

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2344 Arthur Avenue, Belmont, Bronx
Between 183rd and 187th Streets, about 4 blocks south of Fordham Road
Many hear of, but not enough find, their way to what some foodies call New York’s “real Little Italy.” It’s easier to find than you think, close by the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Gardens and Fordham’s Rose Hill campus.  Take a stroll down streets decked in holiday tinsel, have a bite of some classic “red sauce” Italian and pick up some truly wonderful stocking stuffers and hostess gifts for the foodies on you list.

Tips:
Our favorite field researcher picks up dinner from the neighborhood’s butchers during a late lunch between sites. Pack a cold bag and you’ll be able to bring some Italian sausage home too.
Fees:Free
Good for:All
Subway:4 or D to Fordham Road station. Walk 11 blocks east along East Fordham Road (or catch the Bx12 east) to Arthur Avenue. Turn right heading south on Arthur Avenue. The fun starts around 187th Street. 2 or 5 train to Pelham Parkway then #12 bus heading west to Arthur Avenue. Walk south on Arthur Avenue.
Bus:Bx12 east-west along East Fordham Road
Train:Metro-North Harlem or New Haven line trains to Fordham Road Station. Walk 6 blocks east along East Fordham Road, turn right on Arthur Avenue. The fun starts around 187th Street.
Parking on site:No
Limited on street parking and be prepared to stay on top of the time on the meters.
Bathrooms:No
No public restrooms except for patrons at the many restaurants. There is one at the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, 2344 Arthur Avenue.
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B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

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237 West 42nd Street, Manhattan
Times Square.
The Club features world-class musical entertainment and a full Southern style menu in both the Showcase Room and Lucille's Bar and Grill. In Lucille's, named for B.B. King's famous guitar, you can eat and listen to free live music every night at 8pm.   Saturdays at noon, come for Beatles Brunch featuring tribute band Strawberry Fields. Sundays, Gospel Brunch rocks the house at 1:30pm.

Tickets for the Showcase Room acts can be purchased online, through Ticketmaster and at the box office.  The Club has headlined some of the best musicians of the recent era: B.B. King, Gregg Allman and Friends, Brian Wilson, George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars, Etta James, Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, Peter Frampton, Better than Ezra, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dr. John, Robert Cray, the Roots, Ozomatli, Taj Mahal, Junior Brown, Wilson Pickett, Sonny Rollins, James Brown, Little Richard, The Pharcyde, the Radiators, the Neville Brothers, the Wailers, Lyricist Lounge, Steel Pulse, Buddy Guy, the Beach Boys, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Maceo Parker.  Need more cred?
Fees:All
Ticket prices:Shows vary in price.
Ticket info:Call Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171 to buy tickets over the phone, purchase tickets online or at the box office at the Club.
Good for:All
Hours:Open daily from 11am-1am for lunch, dinner, & drinks. Concert times vary but most shows begin at 8pm and 10:30pm . Doors open at 6pm for most shows. Call the box office for information or check the website for specific times.
Website:http://www.bbkingblues.com/media/index.shtml
Phone:(212) 997-4144
Subway:N, Q, R, W stop at Times Square. 1,2,3, 7 stop at Times Square. The A, C and E stop at Port Authority. Take the 4,5,6 to Grand Central and then take the shuttle to Times Square.
Bus:M104, M27, M42, M6, M7 all stop in the Times Square area. M10, M16, M20 stop at Port Authority. Walk East on 42nd Street to club.
Parking on site:No
Park at 250 West 43rd street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) to get a reduced rate. Bring your parking lot ticket stub to the B.B. King Box Office for validation.
Bathrooms:Yes
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Barnes & Noble Bookstores and Celebrity Book Signings

Barnes & Noble

Year Round

555 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
Between 45th and 46th Streets on Fifth Avenue.
This one at Fifth between 45th and 46th is near the Tree at Rockefeller Center. Many other locations around town, notably Union Square.
Consider some book and music holiday gifts knowing you can have them wrapped and shipped so you won't have to lug your purchases to the ballet later.  Barnes and Nobles has bathrooms for shoppers and cafe patrons.  Book signing events are free but note, big names draw crowds so arrive early.

Fifth Avenue store events:
12:30pm, Wednesday, November 2: Bill Cosby signs his latest book, I Didn't Ask to be Born
12n, Tuesday, November 15: New Yorker Regis Philbin explains How I Got This Way
3pm, Tuesday, November 15: Shaquille O'Neal on his autobiography

Union Square holds frequent events including some holiday related ones and thier weekly storytime (Sundays at 2:30):
7pm, Tuesday, November 15: Umberto Eco reads from his new book of fiction Prague Cemetery
7pm, Wednesday, November 16: Diane Keaton introduces her double bio about her life and her mother's
7pm, Thursday, Decmebr 1: Chef Bobby Flay cookbook signing
6pm, Thursday, December 7: Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim book signing

For a complete list of events in New York by store and more detail on events above, click here.

Tips:
Arrive early for celebrity book signings; there is often a line and space is limited.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Hours:Monday-Friday, 8am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 10am-8pm
Website:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/index.asp
Phone:(212) 697-3048
Subway:E,V to 5th Ave/53rd St station
Bus:M1, M2, M3, M4, M5 down Fifth Avenue
Parking on site:No
Bathrooms:Yes
for shoppers and patrons
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Bryant Park

Bryant Park

Year Round

42nd Street at 6th Avenue, Manhattan
Entrances on 41st Street, 6th Avenue and 42nd Street.
Now a midtown favorite, Bryant Park has undergone a major transformation and is filled with gravel paths and green chairs, where you can enjoy a lunch with friends, have a walk or just sit and relax. The park is right behind the New York Public Library. Bryant Park hosts a free ice skating rink, holiday shops and food purveyors entertain from morning to night once the holidays get rolling.  A perfect midtown oasis.  Ice skating continues until late February.

Tips:
Excellent restrooms at this mid-town park.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Website:http://www.bryantpark.org/
Subway:B,D,7 to Bryant Park station. N,Q,R,S,1,2,3 to Times Square station which is one block west of Bryant Park.
Bus:M1, M2, M3, M4, M5 down 5th M5,M6,M7 up 6th M42, M104 along 42nd St
Parking on site:Yes
The Holiday Shops of Bryant Park recommends these nearby lots and garages: Central Parking Systems, 25 W. 39th St, 212-382-3872 Champion Parking Inc., 31 W. 37th St, 212-944-7196 Edison Parking East, 136 W. 40th St, 212-221-9827
Bathrooms:Yes
NYC's favorite public bathroom has an attendant, fresh flowers and adequate supplies. Located in the northeast corner of the park towards the NY Public Library.
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