5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

These are the top 5 events going on in NYC this week:

The New York City Ballet begins its Winter Season at Lincoln Center (Tuesday, 21)

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The American Songbook Series kicks off with a free show at Lincoln Center (Wednesday, 22)

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Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic at Barclays Center (Wednesday, 22-Sunday 26)

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Masters of Ceremony Hip Hop Reunion featuring DMX at Radio City Music Hall (Friday, 24)

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Luke Bryan Plays MSG (Saturday, 25)

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Bonus pick!

The Devils play The Rangers outside in Yankee Stadium (Sunday, 26)

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Are you going to one of these events this week? Doing something else we didn’t list? Tell us all about it on Twitter at @GrayLineNewYork

Where to Watch the NFC & AFC Championship in NYC

Alright Football fans, the road to MetLife Stadium has come down to four. This Sunday is championship weekend in the NFL and we soon will have our Super Bowl matchup set.

So who are you rooting for? Don’t have a dog in the fight? Head to one of these team specific NFL Championship watch parties this weekend and you’ll be sure to find one. This Sunday these are the official NYC watch parties for each of the remaining teams.

Where to watch the NFC Championship if you are a 49ers fan:

Finnerty’s

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Where to watch the NFC Championship if you are a Seahawks fan:

Carlow East

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Where to watch the AFC Championship if you are a Patriots fan:

Traffic Hell’s Kitchen

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Where to watch the AFC Championship if you are a Broncos fan:

Mustang Henry’s

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Where will you be watching the games on Sunday? Tell us on twitter at @GrayLineNewYork

5 Best (Remaining) Record Stores in NYC

Colony Records, no longer with us.

For many, vinyl is a thing of the past. Heck, physical music in general has become antique. With the advent of iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube, the music industry has gone almost entirely digital. Just last year NYC lost a 64-year veteran of the record selling business, Colony Records.

But there still are the purists out there- the ones who are constantly updating their turntables and organizing their sleeves in alphabetical order. This is for those of you who are still looking for the record mainstays in NYC. These are the 5 best record stores in NYC, still standing:

Bleeker Street Records

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Last year Bleeker Street Records almost faced the same fate as Colony. Its rent had gone up too much, but luckily it was able to find a spot nearby to call a home. It may no longer be on Bleeker Street, but it’s still one of the top record stores in NYC.

Permanent Records

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We can only hope that permanent’s name holds true, because the Greenpoint record shop is top-shelf. In a time when record store after record store is closing the doors, Permanent holds strong.

Turntable Lab

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This Alphabet City music shop sells more than just records, and that might be what keep them alive for the long haul. That being said, their vinyl selection is fantastic!

Good Records NYC

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Located in the East Village, Good Records both buys and sell records. They also have fantastic service, which, let’s be honest, is what make a good record store a good record store.

Academy Records & CDs

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Academy is another very large record store with great prices. The buy, sell, and also deal in all forms of music media, which is nice, just in case you feel like something other than vinyl.

What’s your favorite record store in NYC? Tweet us at @GrayLineNewYork

5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

This week features a few events in Brooklyn that you need to go to. Here are the 5 events to keep an eye on in NYC:

Jay Z is back in his home for another night on the Magna Carter World Tour at Barclays Center Monday, January 13

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Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C. F. Martin opens at The Met Tuesday, January 14

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Stop by The Word in Brooklyn for a special Comic Book Night Panel with Sean Howe and Tim Leong Wednesday, January 15

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The Under The Radar Festival continues through this Saturday at The Public Theater Through Saturday, January 19

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Join Fran Lebowitz and Martin Scorsase in conversation at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Sunday, January 20

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5 Best Breakfast Spots in NYC

They say it’s the most important meal of the day, and who are we to disagree. We love breakfast in NYC just as much as the next guy. But when searching for restaurants in New York that serve a delicious breakfast, what do you consider? Is it the waffles or pancakes that sway your decision? How about the price and quality of service? Well, we broke it all down and have come to our list of the 5 best breakfast spots in New York City.

In no particular order…

Tom’s Restaurant Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

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This Brooklyn based diner will have you dying for seconds, but you’ll be too stuffed to even think about it. Tom’s has an old school feel but a menu for even the most diverse of breakfast connoisseurs. Found in Prospect Heights, it’s perfect because once you can walk off those delicious waffle calories in Prospect Park.

Clinton St. Baking Company LES, Manhattan

The Clinton St. Baking company is regularly voted as one of the city’s top breakfast places, and you should believe the hype. Head down to the Lower East Side where heaven will dance in your mouth. Just be prepared for a line, especially on weekends.

Five Leaves Greenpoint, Brooklyn

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We’re going back to Brooklyn for our third breakfast spot, this time in Greenpoint. Five Leaves breakfast menu is simple, but done right. We recommend the Ricotta Pancakes. Thank us later.

Balthazar SoHo, Manhattan

The Balthazar breakfast and pastry menu may be a bit more pricy than some of our other options, but if you’re looking for a high quality breakfast experience, this is the place to go. Homemade doughnuts, Croissant’s to die for and our recommendation, a Full English Breakfast, are all on the menu here.

Amy Ruth’s Harlem, Manhattan

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Amy Ruth’s in Harlem has perhaps the most unusual breakfast selection in NYC. Try “The Rev. Al Sharpton” (chicken and waffles) or “The Lloyd Williams” (waffles with boneless rib-eye steak), just two of 14 unique waffle selection on their breakfast menus.