Friday, August 10
90s Summer Jams Sing-Along Win free drinks, 90s memorabilia, and enjoy cheap beer while belting out Spice Girls and NSYNC lyrics!
790 Metropolitan Ave, (at Humboldt St), Brooklyn, 10pm, FREE
I Love Free Parties- Free Party!
SOBS, 204 Varick St, 10pm
Saturday, August 11
Schmaltz Brewing Company beer tasting at New-York Historical Society. Check out the NYHS’ current exhibit on the history of beer brewing and become part of history by trying New York beers!
170 Central Park West, 4pm, $35, non-members
Public Assembly’s This Party Is Killing You will feature an open vodka bar until 10:30, Dancing on your own contest, prizes, costumes, and more!
70 North 6th St, 10pm, L to Bedford, FREE
Civil War Weekend at Governors Island will feature living history, historic weapons, music, tours, and more! 10am-4pm Sat-Sun. Take ferry from South Ferry to Governors Island, FREE
Sunday, August 12
Olympic Food and Beer Truck Festival will feature food and drink from around the world! Hey, you may not be able to run like an Olympian but you can probably eat like one…
South Street Seaport, 12pm-9pm
Woodstock Bowl @ Brooklyn Bowl is sure to be psychadelic!
61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, 11am
No Comments | Posted on August 10, 2012 | Categories: From the Blog, Weekend Forecast
If you are trying to get a taste of Argentina in New York, why stop at just dinner? At Novecento, you don’t have to. In addition to serving Argentinian fare, every Wednesday this upscale SoHo bistro is host to both tango lessons as well as a live tango band. This past Wednesday, a friend and I made our way up narrow stairs near the front of the restaurant to the Malbec Room, where we found Yamila Viana giving heavily-accented instructions to bewildered novice dancers.
After an hour of (more or less successful) lessons, we took a break to enjoy the lounge atmosphere of the restaurant’s upper floor. While there, we tried a glass of their house red, El Guardado Malbec, an Argentinian wine for which the room is named. This wine is rich, with a smooth creaminess and a mellow taste that would pair well with just about anything on the menu. If beer is more your thing, go for a Quilmes, an Argentinian lager which is light and refreshing.
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No Comments | Posted on July 18, 2012 | Categories: Dining, From the Blog, SoHo
The Weekend's All About Hipster Pups!
Thursday, March 22nd
The Egg and Dart Club Presents Dominoes Out Front – FREE!
It got nice out. Put on your best old Puerto Rican dude hat, bring your chicken foot strategy and come down to the club for a game.
Egg and Dart Club, 15 Vanderbilt Ave, btwn Park and Flushing, Brooklyn, 6p.m.-dark, then moving upstairs;RSVP to email@example.com
Friday, March 23rd
School Night! with Luscious Jackson and Twin Shadow at The Bowery Hotel – FREE!
School Night!, party group recently transplanted from Los Angeles, is coming back to New York this Friday. With a diverse selection of artists and DJs, ranging from Australian singer Matt Corby to celebrity singer Samantha Ronson to DJ sets from Luscious Jackson and Twin Shadow, this event is well worth its price – free. Make sure to RSVP here to get free entry.
Bowery Hotel, 355 Bowery, 9 pm, B/D/F/M to Broadway-Lafayette St, free with RSVP
“….And Was It Love” Performance Art at Grace Exhibition Space
Have your art intuitions investigated by a psychotherapist, watch a performance about what it means to be yourself which includes a plastic cube filled with water on a leash. There will also be beer, wine, and whiskey.
Grace Exhibition Space, 840 Broadway (2nd floor between Ellery st and Park ave), 9-11 pm, subway: J.Z to Flushing Avenue, $10.
Saturday, March 24th
Midnight Magic at The Brooklyn Bowl
Fusing disco, electro, soul, and funk, Midnight Magic sounds like a cross between disco queen Donna Summer and Brooklyn lounge music. For a mere $5 advance ticket, see them at The Brooklyn Bowl and shake your tailfeather.
The Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., L to Bedford Ave., Doors: 11:30 PM, Show: 11:59 PM, $5 advance and $7 day of.
Brooklyn Mutt Show
Celebrity judges, including reality TV’s Doggie Moms and Brooklyn City Council member Letitia James, will be selecting the winners for two days full of contests from “curliest tail” to “looks most like owner” to “Mayor Mike look-alike” Last year’s 2nd Annual show had over 1,200 attendees and an even larger turnout is expected this year.
Saturday and Sunday 11am-7pm, Brooklyn Lyceum 227 4th Ave (btw President and Union sts), subway: D/N/R to Union St. $5 suggested donation
Grillin’ on the Bay: Barbeque and Chil
Grillin’ on the Bay is the most official barbeque event in New York, and the only one sanctioned by the New England BBQ Society. At the same time, the Chili Smackdown will allow amateurs and professionals to compete against each other in Chili making. Attendees pay just $10 for all you can eat chili!
11am, E 18th st (at Ave Z) Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, Q to Sheepshead Bay
NYC Bhangra’s 3rd Annual Holi Hai -FREE
Holi Hai is a festival of colors and spring celebrated in many south Asians cultures with dance, music and performance. Celebrate Holi Hali in New York at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza where there will be Indian sweets, live performances, holi colors, henna, and crafts.
3-5 pm, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza 300 E 47th st, 4/6 to 51 st
Champagne Party at MOVES
Celebrate spring with 10% off the new collection at the boutique and 40-70% off sale items! Enjoy FREE champagne all day and a variety of live performances.
MOVES, 419 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, 2pm-9m
No Comments | Posted on March 22, 2012 | Categories: Event-Related, From the Blog, Nightlife, Weekend Forecast
Staying in the city for your school’s break? Visiting for the week? Check out our editors’ picks for the best events happening this week:
Monday, March 12
Open Mic Monday @ Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Participate or just join the enthusiastic office at one of NYC’s most loved and best known poetry slams!
236 East 3rd Street Between Ave B & C , F to 2nd Ave, 9pm
Tuesday, March 13
Yoga and Meditation – FREE!
Siddha Yoga and Meditation holds a weekly sessions called a “satsang” where the emphasis on meditation rather than physical exercise. What better time to center yourself than spring break?
Siddha Yoga and Mediation, 230 W 29 st, Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 pm, subway: 6 to 28th st.
Speaking For Myself- A new film directed by Bert Shapiro
Against a background of “unseen” Manhattan, Speaking for Myself tells the inspiring story of eight contemporary artists living in New York City. Speaking for Myself pulls back the curtain so that we see the world through the artist’s eyes, their passions, inspirations, hard work and persistence. A uniquely fascinating and motivating journey. Featuring a dancer, a concert pianist, an actress, a Noh performer, a multi-instrumentalist, a tabla virtuoso, an organist and a singing poet. This very personal film focuses on the work and passions of these varied performing artists. Artists from the film, as well as the film’s director will be on hand to answer questions.
32 Second Ave & 2nd St, 6pm, $6
Wednesday, March 14
It’s Pi Day! Check out Pie Face, The Little Pie Company, Two Little Red Hens, or another one of our favorite pie restaurants and get your 3.14 slices of pi on!
Thursday, March 15
The Ladies of Pop Sing-a-long
Featuring Madonna, Britney, Christina, Cher, Gaga, Whitney (RIP), Beyonce, there will be an awesome selection of music videos with all with the words on the screen (though we bet you know all the words already) so you and your friends can sing along as you dance. Enjoy themed drinks like the Single Lady, Teenage Dream, Material Girl and Genie in a Bottle.
Union Hall, 702 Union Street at 5th Ave, Brooklyn, $8, 21+
Friday, March 16
Williamsburg Pub Crawl
Start at Trash Bar (we love their fresh and free tater tots!) and check out the hottest bars in Williamsburg. Not a hipster? Put a bird on it! Or alternatively, slap on some retro sunglasses, chug a PBR and you’re good to go!
Trash Bar, 265 Grand St, L to Lorimer St, 11pm, $15
Saturday, March 17
St. Patty’s Day Shamrock Shuffle
Tickets for bar crawl include a wristband, a cup, and drink specials at each stop. Drink specials include $2 draft beers, $5 mixed drinks, and $5 shots. So celebrate St. Patrick’s day by taking on the whole city!
Start locations vary, 11 am-9pm, tickets: $15 (+2.95 service fee)
St. Patricks Day for Sinners- All Redhead Burlesque Party
If you’re looking for a more alternative St. Patrick’s Day experience try the Bell House. They promise “No green beer, no Pogues cover bands, just great music, naked redheads, good beer and whiskey and awesome people.” Also redheads get in free!
149 7th st, Brooklyn, Saturday March 17, 8 pm, subway: L to Bedford Ave, tickets: $10
Grand St. Pub Crawl - FREE!
Find your pot of gold on St. Patrick’s Day with drink and food specials at restaurants and bars along Grand Street in East Williamsburg. Grand Street has become a destination for its eclectic bar scene, and what better way to check them out than a St. Pattie’s Day pub crawl? Two of INY’s picks, The Saint Austere and Burnside, will be featured.
Burnside, 506 Grand St., L/G to Lorimer St., 4 pm, free.
Sunday, March 18
Gotham Writers’ Workshop: Creative Writing 101 – FREE!
Learn the basics from a pro, John Oliver Hodges, before you get back to school!
Housingworks Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St, 11am, N/R to Prince St
No Comments | Posted on March 10, 2012 | Categories: Attractions, Editor's Pick, Entertainment, Event-Related, From the Blog
Thursday, October 20
Zadie Smith: “Why Write?”
The Creative Writing Lecture Series welcomes Zadie Smith, the Orange Award-winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty, this Thursday October 20. Smith an acclaimed fiction and essay writer and Professor of Creative Writing at New York University, will address the questions challenging the contemporary writer in her lecture titled, Why Write? Smith will also explore the themes in Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot by the 18th-century poet Alexander Pope. Taking ideas from the Age of Enlightenment to contemporary literature, Smith will examine the plight of today’s writer.
7pm, Miller Theatre, Columbia University School of the Arts, 1 to 116th St
Portugal. The Man, GIVERS, and Alberta Cross at Terminal 5 Don’t forget — CMJ continues through Saturday! As part of the festival, you can catch Oregon-based indie rock group Portugal. The Man on tour after the release of their stellar new album, “In The Mountain In The Cloud.” If you prefer your angsty ballads to rock hard and be indignant instead of whiny, you might wanna check these guys out.
Terminal 5. 610 W 56th St. (212) 582-6600. Thurs, Oct 20, 7PM. $22.50 (before service charges). 1,A,B,C,D to 59th St.
Friday, October 21
Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show
Check out the best in vintage clothing, textiles, accessories and more from over 90 of the city’s top vintage vendors! $20 (pick up a free promo card at NYC vintage stores for $5 off!)
125 W 18th St, Metropolitan Pavillion, Friday (1pm-8pm) & Saturday (11am-6pm), 1 to 23rd St
Ballet Maribor presents Radio and Juliet If you’re interested in contemporary ballet, but afraid you won’t really “get it,” Ballet Maribor’sRadio and Juliet might be a great place to start. Romanian choreographer Edward Clug tells the famous tale of star-crossed lover’s from Juliet’s perspective, accompanied by the music of Radiohead. Sounds like a must-see!
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South). (212) 992-8484. Fri, Oct 21-Sat, Oct 22, 8PM. $25-35. A,B,C,D,E,F,V to W. 4th St – Washington Square.
Saturday, October 22
The Rewind Show at the Highline Ballroom
A result of a vision of professional party-ers. Every Saturday they promise to bring you an experience like no other by combining the live music of the 80’s Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ’s spinning the present hits.
11 pm, Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St (btw 9th and 10th Ave). FREE w/ RSVP before 11!
212-414-5994. Subway: A,C,E,L to 14th St. 21+. $20 day of show or RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org and receive a discount.
Sunday, October 23
Ear to the Earth 2011: New York Soundscape
A sonic portrait of New York City with events in the five boroughs. Catch the end of this one week festival this Sunday at Union Square, where award-winning composer Richard Lainhart will perform 100 x John 2, a tribute to John Cage on his 100th birthday year, with an electric guitar and Kyma, a powerful sound design system, to transform the ambient noise of Manhattan’s streets and alleys into a magically
4:30 pm. Union Square, West 14th Street and Fifth Avenue. Subway: L, N, Q, R 4,5,6 to Union Sq
The 17th Annual Tour de Bronx- FREE
It’s been widely expressed that New York is best seen from the seat of a bike. So if you want to see more of the Bronx’s “historic districts, vibrant neighborhoods, beautiful waterfront and gorgeous greenways” (and you can handle a 25 or 40-mile ride down the Sheridan expressway), there’s still room to register at New York State’s largest free bicycling event. After the festival, dance away your sore butt at an end-of-ride festival at the New York Botanical Garden.
25-mile riders: 158th St (btwn Grand Concourse and Walton Ave). 40-mile riders: 161st St (btwn Grand Concourse and Walton Ave). Check-in begins at 9:30 AM. B,D to 161st St – Yankee Stadium. FREE! Be sure to register.
1 Comment | Posted on October 20, 2011 | Categories: Event-Related, From the Blog, Native's Pick, Weekday Forecast
On a scale of one to smokin’ sexy diva, I thought I ranked around a four. That’s not saying anything about my confidence level–I’m a very secure young woman–but I wasn’t the type of girl who would actively practice her stripper walk, make sexy faces in the mirror, or feel comfortable giving a lap dance.
After taking the Lap ‘n’ Grind lap dance class with an expert at StripXpertease, however, I felt like a downright bombshell; it was a sentiment every girl in the class shared with me and something I think every woman has the right to feel every now and then. Read the complete post »
2 Comments | Posted on July 24, 2011 | Categories: From the Blog
If you couldn’t tell from our recent Weekend Forecasts, Pride Month is in full swing in NYC! While the volume of LGBTQ events is clearly greater than average in June, the city offers a variety of fun queer-friendly events throughout the year.
Every Friday, the Stonewall Inn, the historic site of the 1969 Stonewall riots, hosts “Lesbo A Go Go,” an evening of dancing, drinks, and the city’s hottest lesbian Go Go dancers. Having never been to such an event before, I was unsure what to suspect, but eager to experience the city’s nightlife as I never had before.
The weekly event starts at 10:00pm, but arriving anytime before 11:00 is a huge mistake. Believe me, my friends and I made it. An hour after the listed time, women from the ages of 21 to mid-sixties start pouring into the upper level of the bar by the dozens, cheering over tequila shots and clinking beers as they meet up with old acquaintances. Top 40 music blares and colored lights rapidly flash as every attendee is pushed onto the dance floor.
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6 Comments | Posted on June 11, 2011 | Categories: Event-Related, From the Blog, History, Nightlife
Held inside and outside of a junior high school, this year-round flea market houses vendors of just about everything you never knew you absolutely needed. Looking for a cheap chandelier for your room? A creepy mannequin? How about some bathroom tiles with subway maps on them, or Audrey Hepburn cufflink earrings? Greenflea is the perfect place to find something unique for yourself or friends. After you’re done perusing the various antiques, jackets, and imported figurines, don’t forget to head across the street to the “green” part of the market, where local farmers sell their produce and baked goods.
Greenflea Flea Market. Sundays, 10:00am to 5:30pm. Columbus Avenue & 77th Street.
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No Comments | Posted on February 13, 2009 | Categories: Attractions, Event-Related, From the Blog, Manhattan
On the subway platform at 116th and Broadway, five well-dressed young women in matching heels tried to apply makeup to each other. Some 95 blocks downtown the doors had just opened at the Chelsea club and restaurant Duvet for “Sexxx in the City,” a monstrous gathering of NYC’s newest undergrads that began, somewhat notoriously, as an all-invited bash in the cramped Carman double of one Stephan Vincenzo (CC 12), which the Facebook savvy folks at Columbia ResLife managed to break up weeks before a single freshmen arrived on campus. The aborted kickback then developed, with help from some New York natives, into what promised to be “the hottest party of the year.” That promise notwithstanding, Stephan warned all invitees in a mass e-mail that the bar would be alcohol free, “but,” he hastened to add, “can you say Pre-Game lol.” And judging from their success with the makeup, these ladies clearly could.
At Duvet, the freshmen were herded, abattoir-style, through a line that rounded itself up and down the 21st St sidewalk, giving partygoers a taste of the shove-and-be-shoved intimacy of the goings-on inside. Bouncers who knew full well that this was an event for college freshmen called out: “Twenty-one? Anyone over here twenty-one?” Inexplicably, a gaggle of girls shot their hands up and rushed to the front of the line. One could not remember her address; another, in a flustered attempt to produce the birthday printed on her plastic, claimed to have been born in the year 2000; yet another offered to pay to get the confiscated I.D. back (it was a legit driver’s license, apparently it just wasn’t hers). Meanwhile, a young man in a button-down pink shirt, the collar popped, sneered: “Why is the place called Duvet? Isn’t that, like, French for ‘ass-shower’?”
Inside, patrons were stripped of cigarette packs, purses were raided, dubious bottles of Coke and Vitamin Water hastily consumed (apparently a lot of 2012ers can say “Pre-Game lol”). By the time the party had started, over 1100 attendees had, per instructions on the event’s Facebook page, RSVPd to get their names on a guest list that promised reduced admission. Cashiers, however, extracted 20 bucks from everyone at the door, responding to the odd protest with a curt: “Yeah, yeah, everyone’s on some list. That’ll be twenty.”
The Duvet’s bar—dubbed the “ice bar” for its translucent white tabletops and counters—served up a small menu of grenadine-soda-and-fruit-juice specials that nobody seemed to go for. On the dance floor, one DJ hollered, “Columbia? NYU? Fordham? Where you at?” eliciting whoops of enthusiastic collegiate pride from the sweaty-faced, hip-grinding crowd. Those not on the dance floor relocated in packs to the large white canopy beds, looming over the crowd and lavishly dressed in white curtains. Some stood up and danced on the beds and tabletops to the encouraging white flashes of a camera. Others departed in droves as early as 11, hustling to the exits in conga lines that weaved their way through the dance floor like violent veins. Still others stuck around and withdrew into their iPhones, Blackberries, and Sidekicks, hurriedly texting away in the corners of vacant booths, leaning on empty barstools, idling near the bathroom door, and looking up every now and again to see if anyone had recognized them yet.
Of course, no single party or event could possibly unite an entire class. And, indeed, as many people seemed to fit in with the crowd as people seemed overwhelmed by it. But it was noble and encouraging that the folks at 11th Floor Entertainment—the group of students that organized the event—went and put something together, something that, in a single night, seemed to capture all the chaos, confusion, exhilarating ups and dispiriting downs of those first tastes of college life. It seems inevitable for Sexxx in the City to go down in the collective history of the Class of 2012 as the first major “one of those nights.” May it not be the last.
No Comments | Posted on September 2, 2008 | Categories: Chelsea, From the Blog, Nightlife