Fela! 2019 Concert at Ford Amphitheater

My family and I went to the Fela! concert last night near the Coney Island boardwalk. The concert features members of the original Broadway Tony Award-winning production, Fela! It has electrifying rhythms from a live 10-piece Afrobeat band, singers and dancers. The lyrics of Fela Kuti, the founding father of Afrobeat, proved why he’s one of the world’s celebrated and revolutionary music legends.⁣⁣

Duain Richmond is a talented actor whom successful narrated the connection of Kuti’s life and his music. The atmosphere was filled with people of all ages and backgrounds. Laughter, happiness, and excitement ran through everyone’s veins. I was truly amazed! The dancers including Rachel Oneika Phillips were outstanding! I couldn’t be more proud of my African roots!

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Namaste or Namasgo? Indian Restaurant Review

The Host
Photos by: SteFou!

A friend and I were on the lookout for our next food adventure. We traveled to Union St, Brooklyn. There were an unlimited variety of restaurants around. We picked an Indian restaurant called Namaste to fulfill our food temptations. The dim lit restaurant was cozy and tastefully decorated. We were greeted by a waiter and handed menus with a glass of water. We were overall impressed by the quick service. It seems as if we had the whole place to ourselves. It was 10 pm and after skimming the menu we settled on our entrees. I requested Fried Crab Cakes and she ordered Tandoori Wings with Mango Lassi. The evening was going well. We were filled with smiles and laughter. Our server kindly handed us the plates. We couldn’t wait to sample the delectable meals. The crab cakes seem overcooked but they were tender and quite flavorful. I had some of my friend’s Tandoor Wings and they were amazing! As we continued to enjoy our meals, we realized that we were being watched. The waiter and the manager were eyeing us from a distance. Despite their presence, we continued to dine. The waiter asked if we would like to order more but we politely declined. A couple of times the waiter would pass us with his eyes looking in our direction. We started to not feel welcomed. Once we were done with our meals we paid the bill. I paid with cash and she paid with her credit card. We both carefully counted the money and placed it between the booklet. The waiter opens the booklet and counted the money three times in front of us. We were not only uncomfortable but disappointed. We gathered our things, with both meals fully paid and mannerly said goodnight. Namaste’s Indian food was delicious but they lacked proper service. I guess it explains why the restaurant wasn’t full of people so namasgo (now I must go).

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2019 Best Neighborhoods To Live in New York

New York City Skyline
Photo by: Ula P

What’s not to love about New York? You’re surrounded by people from different cultures, beautiful sceneries, unlimited events, and restaurants. I lived in almost every borough such as Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens and don’t wish to leave New York. You may also want to live in the Bronx, Staten Island or New York City. There are unlimited options to live in this outstanding metropolitan New York utopia. However, living in New York City is expensive but in this post, you’ll find areas that may cater to your needs.

Chelsea

Don Giovanni - Chelsea, New York City
Photo by: Andreas Komodromos

It’s located in Manhattan New York on the West Side. Chelsea is known for its’ attractions and one of the best places to explore art. Additionally, it’s also known for the “Chelsea Markets” and the “High Line”. The neighborhood also has an impeccable nightlife scene. This neighborhood most certainly has character! Apartments range from $3,000 – $8,000.

Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Heights
Photo by: Jeanie

This neighborhood is a good balance of vintage and modern. Furthermore, there’s a lot of history here. Each block displays beautiful old row houses and mansions. Many people love to buy homes/condos here but you can also rent. Apartments usually go for $2,400 – $10,000.

Hell’s Kitchen

New York
Photo by: KennardP

It’s no longer a NY kept secret! Hell’s Kitchen is located in Manhattan. It is filled with a lot of luxury developments with a few mom and pop shops. Homes, apartments, and condos here range from $1,200 – $50,000.

Upper West Side

City View
Photo by: Dov Plawsky

This is area is filled with very friendly people and a great spot for millennials. Apartments, condos and homes range from $1,150 – $800,000.

Flatiron District

Flatiron
Photo by: Kris

The Flatiron district is more than a shopping area. Flatiron NYC is also a nice area to dine with friends and family. Many would also say, it’s a very safe part of NY. It has an elegant and professional vibe with lots of pizazz. Apartments, condos and homes range from $1,900 – $600,000.

East New York

Photo by: Apartments.com

It’s a residential area in the eastern part of the Brooklyn borough. Despite its very rough history with crime, East New York is an upcoming neighborhood. Additionally, it’s a very diverse and friendly neighborhood. It’s attracting lots of buyers due to its potential and location near the city. It also has a lot of delicious cultural restaurants. East New York is going to be the next big thing! Apartments, condos, and homes range from $850 – $600,000.

Bedford-Stuyvesant aka Bedstuy

Sunny side
Photo by: Carlos Escobedo

It’s located in the north-central part of Brooklyn. Bedstuy is still a developing area with lots to offer! It’s very diverse and filled with friendly neighbors. It’s affordable to live in this district. Additionally, you can easily hop on and off new york transits to get to your destination. Apartments, condos, and homes range from $900 – $40,000.

Bushwick

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Photo by: Osire

This is a quiet neighborhood filled with young professionals and families. There’s a lot of good restaurants nearby and close to transportation. Apartments, homes and condos range from $650 – $40,000.

Williamsburg

Sunsetting over Williamsburg
Photo by: Tony Shi

Williamsburg is one of NY trendiest neighborhood and it resides in Brooklyn. It displays a combination of industrial and modern life. You will have multiple transportation options and you can get a good real estate deal compared to Manhattan. The homes, condos, and apartments range from $900 – $30,000.

Forest Hills

Austin St, Forest Hills, Queens
Photo by: Brian

Forest Hills has a very suburban setting yet it’s near transportation. It’s surrounded by great schools, restaurants and shopping districts. Apartments, condos, and homes range from $700 – $500,000.

Sunnyside

Autumn Sunset on Queens Boulevard - Sunnyside, Queens
Photo by: Chris Goldberg

This district is very close to Manhattan. Sunnyside Queens is an ultra-diverse neighborhood with immigrants from Ecuador, China, Korea, Mexico and more! This area also has a lot of lost landmarks such as Queen’s version of CBGB which once opened for Kiss. Apartments, condos and homes range from $1,300 – $200,000.

Park Slope

Park Slope in Brooklyn, NY
Photo by: Otavio

There are wonderful restaurants located in Park Slope. It’s a family-friendly and quiet neighborhood away from Manhattan. There are excellent schools, diversity, and gorgeous historic houses. The district is surrounded by train stations which mean easy transportation/traveling. Apartments, condos & homes range from $1,050 – $20,000.

Soho

Sunset at SoHo
Photo by: Aldo Altamirano

Soho is filled with lots of cast-iron buildings and also one of the trendiest neighborhoods to live in NYC. However, living in Soho is expensive. Soho living can range from $2,050 – $40,000.

Crown Heights

19950703 08 Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY
Photo by: David Wilson

The population of Crown Heights has fluctuated. It has a harsh history but things are different! This district is filled with stunning architecture and cultural attractions. Crown Heights is also known for the famous, ” Brooklyn Botanical Garden”, “Brooklyn Museum” and the northeastern edge of Prospect Park. This districts apartment, condo and home range from $650 – $9,000.

Astoria

astoria queens
Photo by: Pspyro2009

Astoria is a neighborhood in Queens. I spend a lot of time in this district. I love the culture and diversity. It’s close to midtown Manhattan. Real estate has increased but still affordable compared to many Manhattan apartments. The views in Astoria are breathtaking and the restaurants are divine. Apartments, condos and homes range from $1,400 – $20,000.

Upper East Side

Evening on Upper East Side
Photo by: Eric Demarcq

The upper east side is part of Manhattan. It is known for upscale buildings. Additionally, there’s well-known prep schools, townhomes, affordable apartments, and designer boutiques. Apartments, condos and homes go for $1,600 – $32,000.

Harlem

Harlem, NY
Photo by: Baptiste L

I love Harlem! I spent most of my years there. Harlem is part of the borough of Manhattan. The people are very friendly and Harlem is rich in culture. It’s known for the popular “Apollo Theatre” and the “Cotton Club”. The night scene is filled with jazz music and afro culture. Additionally, there are plenty of brownstones and public transportation. The apartments, condos, and homes range from $1,000 – $15,000.

Prospect Heights

Frida & Diego
Photo by: Idaliska Flickr

Prospect Park is part of the Brooklyn borough. Despite its’ rough history, Prospect Park is an upcoming neighborhood with modern apartments and brownstones. It’s very affordable to live here and great for middle-class families. Apartments, condos and homes are from $700 – $18,000.

Riverdale

riverdale ny
Photo by: Pspyro2009

Riverdale is a beautiful and quiet residential area in the northwest part of the Bronx. It’s relatively affordable to live here. You can buy a house/condo or rent an apartment. Apartments, condos and homes range from $1,100 – $8,000.