Two blocks north of T Tower, the dark hole of culture in NYC, lies the block deep complex of a French refuge for world culture. For $99 a year you can rent it as an individual, $75 as a senior or academic, $35 as a student. For families and a mere $150 this is an oasis. Its benefits to you will far outweigh these low costs. You get each week a film (in French, but subtitled) from the very best of French cinema. The past two showings of the current series sold out – but all is reservable and free to members. FIAF seems determined to provide culinary or cultural excuses for its members get to know one another – and speak French if the occasion arises. There are monthly gatherings in a glass topped sky room – treats and wine included – and after each film where again treats and wine are included. Wine and good food flow fast at this oasis. Chocolate and champagne pairings this coming Monday, March 20th. Take a look at this month’s calendar – it’s crammed with those movies we’ve always loved or wanted to see: Un + Une, A Man and a Woman, Lola plus a feature on the taking of Mosul with a talk by its director. A beautiful library designed by a famous architect gives you access to 25,000 French books, 1500 DVDs of French cinema. Moreover, its location at 60th and Madison is the gateway to art openings on the upper east side (check out and to gallery row all along in the single digits to the west and east of Fifth Avenue. Let FIAF be your cultural home base. You could not get one better than this.