This town looks pretty wonderful from most angles (hey, we said "most"), but there's something about seeing the city from a high vantage point, stretching out majestically on all sides and disappearing far off into the distance, that really knocks your socks off. That's why virtually every tourist who's ever set (soon-to-be-sockless) foot in New York City has made the pilgrimage to the tops of either the Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty or Rockefeller Center (it also, of course, explains why we like to spend so much of our time drinking on rooftops).
If you want to get a really great aerial view of the city, take a look at this fantastic interactive panoramic shot taken by Digital Design & Imaging Service, Inc., to display the views that will be visible from their planned new building. The sights themselves are spectacular, but the real joy comes in the ability to zoom in and out while panning around at will, giving the delightful perspective of flying around the cityscape like a drunk Superman. According to The New York Times, the tethered balloon—named Lucy, after its seamstress—has gone as high as One World Trade Center's observation deck (1,376 feet, to be precise).
For Long Island City, the transformation from underserved 'hood to serious food-and-drink destination has been percolating for the past several years. Alewife represents the next crucial piece of the puzzle: a craft-beer destination that can go toe-to-toe with the most pedigreed suds haunts in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Sure, there's an Anywhere, USA vibe to the generic-looking gastropub, and we could do without the poppy soundtrack and truffle oil on our fries. But while the out-of-towners behind the bar—a team of hops zealots with ties to Alewife Baltimore and the cultish Lord Hobo in Cambridge, Massachusetts—may not get every detail right, they come through where it counts. The beers are phenomenal, and their enthusiasm for sharing them is exactly what's needed to gain the craft-beer movement some new converts. DRINK THIS: You'd be hard-pressed to find a dud among the 28 draft lines, which dispense a well-balanced selection of domestic all-stars (High & Mighty, Two Brothers), Old World classics (Mahr's) and hard-to-find European imports (De Ranke XX Bitter, Guineu Riner). Among the latter, committed beer hunters will notice an exciting (and largely unpronounceable) cast of Scandinavian breweries—the up-and-coming region is well represented, with recent hits including a refreshing Nøgne-Ø Saison from Norway and a funky, flowery Oppigrds Well-Hopped Lager from Sweden. Friendly servers can help steer the uninitiated through the unfamiliar terrain. If you're at a loss, a good mo
Venue says: “Gold rush happy hour - Monday through Friday 4:20 - 7pm. Late night Happy Hour Sunday-Thursday 11pm - to close”
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