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If you’ve tried one too many times to get tickets to Saturday Night Live, opt for a show at Chelsea’s Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theatre instead, where many SNL cast members got their start. SNL alum and Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler, who founded the theatre along with Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, is still known to show up for Sunday’s ASSSSCAT 3000.

As I've mentioned before, brunch is a popular meal for most New Yorkers, and several eateries will be open on New Year’s Day. Check out these two options.

This afternoon, I witnessed the final test of the New Year’s Eve ball drop at the iconic One Times Square building. My journey began with a short elevator ride to the 21st floor. From there, I was briefed on the history of this famous New Year’s Eve tradition, which began December 31, 1903 with a fireworks display to celebrate The New York Times’ move to the area.

My first New Year’s Eve in New York City, I decided to ring in 2007 with a trip to Times Square. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see the iconic ball drop in “The Crossroads of the World”? The problem? I decided to attempt this around 11 p.m. on December 31, 2006.

Northern Manhattan, know by locals as “Uptown,” is finally becoming ‘cool’ to the outside world. I’ve known it for years, but now MTV is creating a reality show called Washington Heights, and hip-hop power couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé were recently spotted at Inwood’s La Marina.

Last week I saw Silence! The Musical, the musical parody of cult horror film The Silence of the Lambs. I’m usually terrified of scary movies (and plays), but the humorous songs in this show calmed my nerves despite its murder-filled plot. For those who’ve seen the Anthony Hopkins/Jodie Foster classic, the show is likely even funnier.

One of the easiest ways for city dwellers to pass the time while commuting in NYC is to read the numerous advertisements on the subway trains. These ads run the gamut—everything from whiskey ads to airline offers. One particular ad campaign that caught my eye a while back was for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, or BAM.

A few weeks ago, I went to East of Eighth Restaurant & Bar—a contemporary bistro in Chelsea. I have a few haunts in the area, but surprisingly had never heard of this particular establishment. I went with a friend who used to work a few doors down, and, is by self-acknowledgment, “a regular.”

There are several worthwhile winter activities in New York City, and a skate around the famous ice rink at Rockefeller Center is definitely one that should top your list. The rink, which sits at the bottom of the sunken plaza at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, is a great place for both seasoned skaters and newbies to show off their skills.

There are a lot of reasons to love my neighborhood—Inwood in Uptown Manhattan, but few can actually convince my friends who live downtown or in other boroughs to spend an hour on the train to visit me. One thing that’s really worth the trek is Indian Road Café.

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