What’s new in New York City?

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Jessica Colley

Something is always new in New York City. But recently, a couple new additions have been taking the city by storm.  

Barbecue. Until recently, New York didn’t have a quality barbeque scene to compete with other cities. Now there are several places changing this reputation, bringing a barbecue craze to the five boroughs. Check out the John Brown Smokehouse in Long Island City or Mighty Quinn’s in the East Village.

Citibike. New Yorkers patiently waited for a bike share program and as of Memorial Day 2013, the wait is over. These bikes have completely changed transportation in New York City, with hundreds of stands and bike lanes improving all the time. When renting, remember to think of yourself as a car and move in the same direction as traffic. Don’t cycle the wrong way down a one-way street; you must stop at red lights.

The Cronut. The Dominique Ansel Bakery in SoHo opened to great acclaim in 2011, but burst back into the spotlight recently with the invention of the Cronut, a new pastry that is a cross between a croissant and a donut. The pastry sells out every morning, but if you’re an early bird, join the queue for New York’s most-talked-about-pastry and coffee. Around the corner on Thompon Street there is a picnic area to sit down and enjoy your breakfast.

Sarah Gleim

Bruce and Eric Bromberg — they're the geniuses behind the Blue Ribbon Restaurants in New York and Las Vegas — just opened Blue Ribbon Beer Garden in New York on May 22. It's the group's first barbecue and beer venture and it's located on a spacious outdoor terrace in the Lower East Side overlooking Allen Street. Expect a well-curated beer list (Hitachino White Ale from Japan, large-format Saison DuPont Farmhouse Ale from Belgium and small-batch Sorachi Ace by Brooklyn Brewery, to name a few), as well as wines by the carafe. And you know the food is going to be good — so far the menu features plates of barbecue (you can choose from BBQ hen, BBQ ribs or market veggie of the day) with bean salad, coleslaw and cornbread for just $15, or bar snacks like pork rinds and boiled peanuts for $3.

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