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Every first Friday of the month, people head to Old City to view the edgy, imaginative and beautiful works at neighborhood art galleries that keep their doors open later to welcome the crowds. Festivities spill out onto the sidewalks, where musicians and performance artists entertain, and, after getting their culture fill, patrons file into their favorite restaurants and bars. Credit: A. Ricketts

The answer to that question is yes! What is there to say about our nations first city and how the streets scream of colonial America. Philadelphia is one of many places where you can visit and it feels like you’re walking through history.

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Filet Mignon. Photo courtesy of Ben & Jack's Steakhouse.

Remember that resolution you made at the beginning of the year? The one when you told yourself that you were going to carefully watch what you ate and would cut back on red meat and fatty foods? That you would instead seek gluten-free, lactose-free, wheat-free, low or zero calorie and fat free options that, while difficult, would lead you towards the promised land of better health?

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Workaholic
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My name is Andrew Savage and I’m a workaholic. They say the first step to solving any problem is admitting that you have one. So, there it is, that has been my addiction for the past six years. As I’ve stated before, I am a proud public school teacher and there is nothing that I would not do or any sacrifice that I would not make for my students. So there is the heart of my workaholism. My sense of guilt that if I don’t devote every minute of every day to the job that I am letting my students down. Regularly, I would work after school from 3pm until about 6pm. One night I was even ambitious enough to work until 8pm. All of these hours plus the hour and a half commute would lead to exhaustion, which would linger for the rest of the evening and sometimes carry over into the very next day.

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Fetish, Weight
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No matter what your background is, albeit straight, gay, bi and everything in between, we all have aspects to another person that we like.  When it comes to the sexual aspects of a partner or partners, it can often lead to the term “fetish” which can either turn someone on or completely off depending on what it particularly is.  As someone who has always been a bigger dude, my weight or “huskiness” has been a particular weakness in other guys who find me attractive, but some take it to extremes that lead me to ask the question: Are you into me for me, or my weight?

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Credit: Primal Cut

Primal Cut, located in the heart of the Upper East Side between 1st and 2nd Avenue, is one of the more unique experiences I have ever had when it comes to culinary reviews for Manhattan Digest.  The unique in this situation is that this is the first time where I have written about a restaurant that is connected to Sapphire New York, one of the most popular gentlemen’s clubs here in Manhattan.  Suffice to say, the staff at Primal Cut gave us a wonderful experience that we recommend anyone stopping in for, after the massive snowstorm we will be getting tomorrow of course

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Open Market
Credit: Max Eisenstat

One of my favorite areas of Manhattan is easily The Meatpacking district.  It is one of the trendiest areas of the cities, as it has a ton of amazing shops and restaurants to indulge in every once in a while (or every day, if you are lucky enough).  Last night, all of this was celebrated under one roof, as Highline Stages, on 14th between 10th and 11th, played host to its 4th Annual party called Open Market.

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Fire Island, LOGO TV
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As a native Long Islander (who has made their way to East Harlem as of September), a big coo about living out there was the convenience of location that Fire Island truly was.  There have been documentaries about this wonderful place in the past, but never has there been a series focused solely on it and the people who inhabit its surroundings.  That reality is no more as LOGO TV is premiering the series of the same name later this spring, which follows a group of young professionals living together in a beachfront share house for the summer as they search for the romance, temptation and thrills that have brought the LGBTQ community to the island for decades. I got a chance to interview them this past Tuesday night at the season 9 premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race to get the scoop on it all.

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American Museum of Natural History
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Manhattan has a history of iconic locations closing throughout the years.  Most recently we saw FAO Schwarz and Carnegie Deli close its doors for good, however one location that millions of us have grown up with and continue to love is the American Museum of Natural History.  This legendary museum, located right off the C train on Central Park West and 79th Street, has been dazzling generations for decade with its mission statement of ” “To discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe.”

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RuPauls Drag Race
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Playstation Theater, right in the heart of Times Square, played host to another go around of the best reality show on television, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”.  The show is now entering its ninth season (minus the two All Stars season), and is prime to continue its journey in the pop culture stratosphere of bringing fierce competition, drama and so much more to the airwaves.  I was front and center last night to chat with the girls on the new season, where they spilled some tea on finally making it onto the show, stiffest competition, and so much more.  Also, some surprise guests were in the building…

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St. Patrick’s Day, the biggest Irish celebration of the year, is coming up shortly next Friday, March 17th!  Green will be covering so much of Manhattan that day, as it is a great reason to celebrate with food, drink, music and so much more.  Luckily, we have found some great places for you to make reservations at and ensure that a good time is had by all!