Where: Music Hall of Williamsburg
When: Friday, June 22
Why: Good music!
More Incentive: FREE!
The doors officially open at 9, but it’s essential that you get there early, as people will start queueing up around 5PM.
The concert is free, but to assure yourself a spot, you’ve got to RSVP online. Find the link here, and register this morning!
This trio is performing a solo show, so it’s sure to include some new and old favorites. Come out! It’ll be a great (and cheap!) way to spend this Friday night!
No Comments | Posted on June 21, 2012 | Categories: Attractions, Entertainment, Event-Related, From the Blog, Music, Nightlife, Special Occasions, Williamsburg
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
It's Broadway Week!
All week (through Saturday February 4th) all Broadway shows are 2-for-1. And if you’d rather watch something Off Broaday, guess what? Off-Broadway week is 1/30-2/12 and you can buy 2-for-1 tickets for those shows too!
Monday, January 30th
Grab your pad and pencils for a night of inspired drawing, comedy and music, draw-a-thon-style! The Draw-mania draw-a-thon is a figure drawing party for artists, featuring some of New York’s top art models in a variety of poses to inspire your creativity (bring your own drawing materials).
Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 East 14th Street, between Avenue A and B, Manhattan, 8p-midnight; $15
The State of the Occupation Address: Where We’ve Gone and What to Expect From Occupy in 2012 - FREE
A launch party for The Declaration of the Occupation of New York City (second edition), a booklet comprised of documents related to Occupy Wall Street. Free copies of the book will be distributed at the event along with a discussion with some of New York’s leading social activists.
Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby Street, 7 pm, B/D/F/M to Broadway-Lafayette St
Tuesday, January 31st
Artist Talk at the Guggenheim (FREE with student ID)
A program called “when night falls in the forest of static choices” that combines elements of a performance, a lecture, and an interactive scavenger hunt, led by Natascha Sadr Haghighian, an artist from Berlin, Germany who rejects the concepts of CV’s and resumes and bios as part of her larger critique of institutionalized forms of knowledge.
The Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth avenue, at 89 street, 6:30 pm, subway: 4.5.6 to 86th st. $10, students free with rsvp at email@example.com
Dry the River at The Mercury Lounge
Start off February right by seeing Dry the River, a band that fuses punk vocals with sweeping gospel sounds and violin. Known for their passionate performances, Dry the River has already developed a cult following.
The Mercury Lounge, 217 E Houston Street, Doors: 9:30 pm, F to 2nd Ave, Tickets: $10
Brooklyn Slur Happy Hour
Hosted by the Slow Food NYC movement (a movement that was created to counteract the fast food movement in support of local food traditions) this bi-monthly happy hour is a great way to get involved in food activism or just have a great drink at a cozy bar that overlooks its own distillery. Stay till 8 pm for the distillery tour and tasting! The house mixologists are offering two different types of homemade gin.
The Shanty, 79 Richardson St (btw Leonard and Lorimer) 7:00-9:00 pm, L to Lorimer St
Wednesday, February 1
Bronx Culture Trolley -FREE
Take the The Bronx Culture trolley for a tour of the South Bronx Cultural Corridor. Stops include
art exhibitions and performances at the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and BronxArtSpace. The Bronx Culture Trolley is a program of the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA). Admission to venues is free and all are welcome to hop on board and enjoy them.
450 Grand Concourse and 149th st, trolley departs at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, 2/4 to 149th St and Grand Concourse.
Ask Roulette - FREE
During Ask Roulette, strangers ask each other any question they want, big or small, in front of a live audience. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds. In fact, it’s built on trust — you can only ask a question once you’ve answered one. If you prefer, you can just be part of the crowd. Questions are serious or silly, and answers are short or long. Over the course of the evening, you’ll get unexpected connections, surprising anecdotes, and honest conversation. You’ll also laugh. Special guests Starlee Kine fromThis America Life, David Carr from The New York Times, and more!
Housing Works, 126 Crosby Street, Manhattan, 7pm, B/D/F/M to Broadway-Lafayette
No Comments | Posted on January 30, 2012 | Categories: From the Blog, Weekday Forecast
Image courtesy of bodyandpole.com
This week, I traded in my trapeze for something a little closer to the ground: the pole. (Cue eye-rolling of parents—don’t worry, I’m staying in school!) While I enjoy risking my life in the air, my lack of upper body strength makes it quite challenging; little did I know that pole dancing requires the same skills! But hey, any dance studio that advocates that wearing fewer clothes is better (for sticking to the pole, of course!) is worth checking out… Body & Pole in Midtown was my studio of choice.
Commonly misconceived as a raunchy, perhaps even a strip club activity, pole dancing is, in fact, an art form, combining dance and gymnastics and requiring hours upon hours of training to build strength and flexibility. Sure, anything can get its bad rap, but try spinning around a pole with your ankles before you judge! And speaking of judging, Body & Pole currently has an instructor, Steven Retchless, in the Top 16 on America’s Got Talent- vote for him! Lian, owner of Body & Pole, explains that having a male pole dancer come this far in the national competition is fantastic for pole dancing as an art form, giving it legitimacy as Steven wows audiences.
After a long workweek, I changed into my bike shorts and camisole and headed to Body & Pole for their “Pole Virgins” class- an hour-long pole fitness class that teaches the basics so students can move onto upper levels. Six poles and twelve students made the perfect class size: small enough that I received personal instruction, but large enough to eliminate most of my self-consciousness about being watched. Dim overhead lights and pink party lights illuminating the mirrors set the perfect atmosphere for the next hour.
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2 Comments | Posted on August 14, 2011 | Categories: Attractions, From the Blog, Midtown East, Native's Pick
Fifteen years ago, I believed that I was destined to become an Olympic gymnast and immediately enrolled in classes at my local gymnastic center. Shortly after we started learning summer-salts and cartwheels, we were instructed to walk across the high balance beam, at which point I burst into tears and refused to attempt any such gravity defying feat. On a weekly basis, I adamantly protested walking across this death trap until my gymnastics career inevitably ceased due to my irrational fears.
A decade and a half later, five year old Melissa would be shocked to see where I was Tuesday night: balancing high atop a flying trapeze, struggling to do flips and poses at Bushwick’s Sky Box.
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3 Comments | Posted on July 28, 2011 | Categories: Attractions, Bushwick, From the Blog
Ever wanted to fly? Well now you can! Soar into Sky Box – a box of wonders discreetly located in Bushwick. Home to New York’s premiere aerialist community, Sky Box offers classes in silks, ballet, rope, trapeze, and lyra. The group is hosted by the House of Yes theater, which produces circus variety shows, music videos, and workshops. Inside New York‘s Shira Laucharoen and Melissa Kravitz swung out to get a glimpse from above.
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2 Comments | Posted on July 28, 2011 | Categories: Attractions, Brooklyn, Bushwick, From the Blog, Native's Pick
Warm weather means New York is waking up again. Though we’re still pretty far from Summerstage, the Jellyroll Pool Parties and Shakespeare in the Park, April brings a slew of events marking a return to the outdoors, and this weekend the festivities will commence.
International Pillow Fight Day is the brainchild of Lori Kufner and Kevin Bracken, Read the complete post »
No Comments | Posted on April 2, 2010 | Categories: Attractions, From the Blog, Nightlife
Photo from Flickr
Think Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are stealing the spotlight this weekend? How about the Oscars? INY thinks otherwise. This weekend, we’ll kick off the month in celebration of The American Gangster, The Alamo, and Soup, to name a few. If you must be traditional, we’ve even included those aforementioned Hollywood Heavy-Hitters, but of course celebrated in NYC’s unique style…
THREE NAKED WOMEN…in a giant pot of soup. Enough said.
WHEN: Thurs-Sun @ 7pm
WHERE: HERE, 145 Sixth Ave. (between Spring & Broome)
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No Comments | Posted on March 4, 2010 | Categories: Attractions, Dining, Event-Related, From the Blog
Which is better—Twitter or Facebook? Who was the best boy band—New Kids on the Block or N*Sync? What do you like better—fake boobs or the real things?
From the trifling to the tasteless, these are just a tasting of the topics that were mulled over at VH1’s The Great Debate: Ivy League Throwdown Kick Off held live in Herald Square on Monday. Debate teams from the nearby Ivy Leagues—the University of Pennsylvania, Yale, Harvard, and Columbia—paired up to duke it out verbally. Sillier prompts like, “What’s the best dance craze—the YMCA or the Macarena?” started the first round, in which top debaters from UPenn and Columbia pitted their pop culture wits against each other.
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No Comments | Posted on July 9, 2009 | Categories: Event-Related, From the Blog, Greenwich Village