- New York Aquarium
602 Surf Avenue, Coney Island, Brooklyn, 718-265-FISH; nyaquarium.com
The ever-playful sea lions have taken center stage at the Aquatheater, and they’re making waves. That party animal, Otis, hauls his 600 pounds up on the dock in one slamming move and barks like John Belushi in The Blues Brothers. Then he scans the bleachers looking for lucky audience members to smooch. The trainer leads him and his pool buddy Fonzie through the crowd, and if your budding marine biologist is one of the chosen ones, she’ll feel that hot breath and whiskered nuzzle on her cheek. Osbourn, the daintiest of the troupe, eventually joins in, jamming to the high-energy music, slapping around the perimeter, climbing towers, whacking balls, having a grand ol’ time. Like you.
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
Where can you find the city’s top dog groomer? Last-minute tailor? Beef tongue? We eat, drink, dance, shop, shvitz, and trampoline our way around the city, not to mention poll scores of in-the-know colleagues, hard-partying friends, opinionated family members, and, this year, a team of guest expert bloggers to bring you answers to all of the above questions, and hundreds more, in the form of our annual “Best of New York” issue.