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5 Pointz Graffiti Yard in Queens, NY

January 22nd, 2011 · Art, Music & Culture

The 5 Points Graffiti Yard in Long Island City, New York is considered to be one of the most prestigious graffiti yards known throughout the world. Overlooked by founder and curator Meres One, this open to the public urban art gallery has been visited and painted on by famous Graffiti artists such as Cope 2, Tats Cru, Tracy 168 and other worldly renowned artists from around the world.

5 Pointz Graffiti

ALL LOCAL AND VISITING GRAFFITI ARTISTS ARE WELCOME TO PAINT WITH PROPER PERMISSION!

5 Pointz Graffiti

5 Pointz Graffiti

5 Pointz Graffiti

5 Pointz Graffiti

5 Pointz Graffiti

They paint it ALL THE TIME!
There is always something new to see anytime you go.

For more information, visit 5ptz.com
For all other inquiries, contact MeresOne@5ptz.com

DIRECTIONS: Take the 7 Subway TO/FROM Queens to 45 Rd-CourtHouse Square station. Walk 1 block to 45-46 Davis Street NY, 11101


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Copacabana – The Hidden Brazilian Grill

January 3rd, 2011 · Food Finds

Astoria CopaCabana Brazillian Restaurant

Outside it says “Pizza and Grill”, but when you walk inside “CopaCabana’s” it’s an authentic Brazilian style buffet.  Don’t be fooled by the exterior.  Inside this Astoria-based restaurant you’ll find a delightful selection of exotic brazilian cuisines and dishes in a buffet style self-service.  Perfect for the locals and to bring the family!  It’s authentic, it’s cheap and it’s delicious!

Astoria CopaCabana Brazillian Restaurant

Copacabana
I’m glad I took the chance to go inside and check it out.   I have now been there four times.  And yes, I will be coming back again.

Astoria CopaCabana Brazillian Restaurant
$7.00 for a plate like this and a drink.

Map of Business

Located at:

Copacabana
31-13 36th Ave.
Long Island City, NY
(718) 545-3685
Buffet open 7 days a week from 11:30am – 10:00pm

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Bond 45 Restaurant – Overrated!

December 25th, 2010 · Food Finds

Bond 45

My girlfriend and I were looking for somewhere semi-fancy to go for Christmas Eve dinner.  We saw Bond 45 in Times Square and, as an instant impulse, decided to try it out.  First impression when you walk in this place is it’s very cozy, huge with a very upscale, romantic kind of setting.

Bond 45

The drinks were GREAT!  Very strong!  But very expensive!  Huge wine selection! (Although I’m not a wine drinker.)

The service was NOT SO GREAT.  The waiter had no patience and I got the feeling he wanted to get our order out of the way real quick.  Treated almost like we didn’t belong their (since we kind of didn’t).

The food
was OVERPRICED!  They have an extensive menu of appetizers, a wine menu and one page menu list of entrees.  Not a very big selection in terms of entrees.  We tried one pasta dish and one steak.  The pasta – good!  The steak – overpriced and.. well… it was just a tiny piece of meat for around $45 bucks (no sides).  Was undercooked, had to have the guy cook it again.  You have to buy the sides separately which none are under $10.  The side of parmesan potatoes we did order was NO BIG DEAL!  In other words, the potatoes we made for breakfast at home were better than those!

Bond 45

Bond 45

Bond 45

Bond 45 Filet Mignon 12oz.

Bond 45 Linguini

What we Got -

  • 2 Alcohol Drinks (1 Special Mixed, 1 Wine)
  • 1 Appetizer (Calamari)
  • 1 Filet Mignon 12oz. Steak.
  • 1 Side of Parmesan Potatoes
  • 1 Lobster, Shrimp, Clams & Mussels Linguini

Our Bill – $160 dollars

Overall – For the price, NOT WORTH IT!  A skimpy steak with no sides for over $45 dollars was the most upsetting part.  I’ve tasted better for 1/3 of the price.  This place is obviously more for the wealthier, atmospheric minded.  We ended up leaving very disappointed in the whole experience.  WE WILL NOT COME BACK.

Go to www.bond45.com for more information.

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