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Annual TedX Broadway Conference Attracts Broadway’s Best and Brightest


Two weeks have passed since passionate Broadway fans and industry insiders gathered in Midtown for the 7th annual TedX Broadway Conference. Perhaps some of the ideas that were generated there have already been implemented Or, as co-founder Jim McCarthy suggested, ”Maybe these ideas will act as a time bomb. One of the speakers you hear today might ignite a spark down the road and will change your perception or the way you do things.”   Co-founder Damian Bazadona joined McCarthy at New World Stages on February 27th  for the sold-out event.  In the past, the two have framed the event around the question, ”What is the best Broadway can be?”  This year, the query was different:  ”What is something you’ve paid a price to know?”

Gay Rugby Team The Gotham Knights Announce Major Drag Fundraiser

Gotham Knights
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The Gotham Knights Rugby Football Club, who happen to be the one of the top gay & inclusive sports leagues in Manhattan, have announced their annual drag show fundraiser that will be taking place on April 4th. The dudes pictured above won’t be looking like that once you enter Industry Bar that night, I can guarantee it.

Pasta Galore- Where to Go to Celebrate National Ravioli Day

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It seems every single day of the year celebrates something food wise, and we definitely aren’t complaining.  Next Tuesday’s holiday honors a day that celebrates one of our favorite kinds of pasta- ravioli!  That’s right, March 20th is National Ravioli Day, and these Manhattan hotspots are cooking up something fun and delicious to devour and enjoy.

Manhattan Digest Exclusive with Culinary Legend Donatella Arpaia!

Donatella Arpaia
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I have big a huge fan of culinary icon Donatella Arpaia for quite some time now, dating several years back as I experienced her restaurant David Burke & Donatella back in my early 20’s. Her food impressed me on a multitude of levels, however as I was further enamored with this charismatic individual as her tenacity and drive in a male-dominated industry just shows what an absolutely successful badass she has become thirty years into her career.

How Fun! &pizza Hosts Free Weddings in NYC for Pi Day on Wednesday!

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If you are thinking about getting married but don’t want to go through all the troubles of booking a venue, spending thousands on food, drink and more, and want to do it in a way that is beyond memorable, then &pizza is definitely the place for you this Wednesday.  They will be transforming their Astor Place locations into a wedding venue to host local couples at on Pi Day!

You Don’t Just go to Guyer’s on the Upper West Side for the Food

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The Upper West Side is one of my favorite places to dine and dish in, primarily because it is made up of moderately sized locations that are filled with some of the tastiest cuisines in the entire city.  Guyer’s, on 74th and Columbus, has some delicious food and drink like most other places do, but they don’t have a major secret ingredient that sets it apart from the pack.  Here’s what it is.

What are the Best Spots in Manhattan to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick's Day
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St. Patrick’s Day is about a week away (March 17th) , and several Manhattan hotspots are making sure you experience the “luck of the irish” with some fantastic food and drink options!

Celebrate Day of the Dude with Three Olives Vodka

Three Olives Vodka
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Okay I know you’re wondering what the hell is Day of The Dude?!! Don’t worry, you know Manhattan Digest has you covered on everything.

Blue Water Grill’s Super Seafood & More Light Up Union Square Park

Blue Water Grill
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Even though I’ve lived in or near New York City for several years, I never treated myself to the iconic hotspot that is Blue Water Grill.  I vividly remember this location being on an episode of Sex and the City, but for the life of me I can’t figure out why I’ve never been inside.  Now, I have, and for the future… I will go back again for several more rounds of fantastic ambiance and some of the best seafood I have ever tried.

Harlem Haberdashery’s 5th Annual Masquerade Ball Recap!

Harlem Haberdashery
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This past Saturday, hundreds of New York City’s most fabulous descended into Harlem proper for an event that was fun and exciting but most all benefited a wonderful location organization.