This past Saturday, a mass of New Yorkers sporting their colorful yoga gear jumped onto the subways to make their way to the Harbor Lawn in Brooklyn Bridge Park. A free early afternoon yoga session is the perfect way to escape from the daily stresses of city life, and Yoga in the Park offers just that to those in need of some rejuvenation, or just some healthy fun! With unusually warm weather for the first day of fall, the immense crowd, which stretched across the entire lawn, joined together in a revitalizing chorus of deep “Om’s,” to unwind on this physical and spiritual journey,
This totally free outdoor event sponsored by Emblem Health and Flavorpill had many incentives to attend! The first 250 arrivals scored free yoga mats and other fun stuff, which ran out quickly. The featured class was taught by sought after instructors whose sessions would otherwise run steep- Elena Brower and Aarona Pichinson. Both women teach their own elite classes in New York and are masters in the practice; they have traveled the world in order to gain a worldly and diverse perspective in the art. They are yoga enthusiasts, believing strongly in its capability to strengthen and heal both the body and the mind. If you have never tried yoga before- this is certainly the way to jump right into it.
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No Comments | Posted on September 28, 2012 | Categories: Attractions, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Heights & Dumbo, Chelsea, From the Blog, Talking About
Friday, September 21
Le Grand Fooding NYC continues all all weekend! Check out various foodie events in Brooklyn hotspots featuring Veuve Clicquot champagne!
Spend Friday night at the movies! Annie Hall will be playing at the Rubin Museum of Art (free, with $7 bar tab, 9:30pm). For something a bit scarier, check out Carrie at Nitehawk in Williamsburg ($11, 12:25am).
Saturday, September 22
Robyn Resurrected brings the return of our favorite Robyn party! Get there early, last month’s Robyn party had lines down the block… The Bell House, 149 7th St, Brooklyn. 10pm. FREE.
Register for a FREE yoga class in Brooklyn Bridge Park!
Free folk music? Yes! Rory Block and the Heritage Blues Trio will be performing in Madison Square Park starting at 3pm. Bring a blanket, grab some Shake Shack, and relax in the fall weather. FREE. N/Q/R to 23rd St.
Sunday, September 23
The Brooklyn Book Festival is finally here! Check out events featuring acclaimed authors, literary lovers, and more! 10am-6pm
Orchard Street and the Lower East Side (LES) will again be covered in astroturf and pushcarts when the Lower East Side Business Improvement District’s free DayLife event returns! ‘Imagining the Lowline,’ is an exhibit that will showcase the solar technology for the Lowline, a proposed underground public space.
No Comments | Posted on September 20, 2012 | Categories: From the Blog, Weekend Forecast
Why is it that when it comes to exercising, people rarely veer away from the usual gym room staples: the dreaded treadmills and punishing ellipticals? I say “dreaded” because, let’s face it, very few of us actually enjoy running on a machine, especially in the sticky New York summer. What everyone really wants to know is whether it’s possible to get a full-body workout without having to painstakingly jog in place for miles. The answer: replace the machine with a human instructor, grab a mat and ditch the gym for a calmer environment like that of The Yoga Room in Astoria. The schedule and hours change daily, so an assortment of yoga, pilates and personal fitness classes are held on rotation. Nobody said this stuff was easy, but rather than feeling sweaty and exhausted, you’ll find yourself mellowed-out, with a sense of accomplishment.
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1 Comment | Posted on June 25, 2012 | Categories: From the Blog
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
Who's going to win Mr. LES this weekend?!
Friday, January 20
The 13th Annual Mr. Lower East Side Pageant
“The 13th annual Pageant will prove to be an extra-glamorous extravaganza, similar to the Ms. Universe Pageant, if all the contestants were hairy and liked Budweiser.” Come judge a parade of contestants (show up at 9:30 to sign up) in a talent competition, a swimsuit competition, evening wear, and question and answer.
Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery). 10pm – 1 am. F to 2nd Ave. or the 6 to Bleecker, $7
International Motorcycle Show
Stunt show! Ultimate custom bike show! Free motorcycle seminars! Even a special information session for women!
Jacok K. Kavitz Convention Center, 655 W 34th st, Friday 12-9, Saturday 9-9, Sunday 9-5, Subway: 1.2.3 to 34th St- Penn Station. Tickets: $18 (online)
J.P Morgan Squash Tournament - FREE!
Apparently there’s a state of the art squash court in Grand Central underneath Vanderbilt Hall and this weekend is the J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions. You can watch financial analystsby day squash enthusiasts by night duke it out for free, or for $8 if you want prime seating.
Grand Central Terminal, E 42nd st & Lexington Avenue, Friday – Thursday, January 26th. Subway: S to Grand Central
Vodka Tasting at Dylan’s Candy Bar
Kanon, a Swedish Vodka company, will be pouring special $4 candy infused vodkas in this Upper East Side candy shop which actually looks like candyland.
Dylan’s Candy Shop 1011 3rd Avenue (at 60th st) 8:30-11 pm, Subway: N.Q. R to Lexington Ave/59th st. RSVP here.
Saturday, January 21
Come play Freeze-Tag on Wall Street! - FREE
Returning for the 6th year in a row, Freeze-Tag on Wall Street makes a triumphant return, NYPD Occupy Barricades or not. Celebrate your favorite schoolyard games in the heart of the Financial District. Freeze-Tag, Blob-Tag, Wolf Sheep Rock, Red Rover and more will be taught to those who forgot their childhood. See 100% of you on Wall Street!
12noon-3pm. Corner of Wall and Broad St.
This party is described as “dance dance dance” and features hundreds and hundreds of pictures of beautiful men.
Public Assembly Loft, 70 North 6th st (btw Berry and Wythe) Williamsburg, No cover before 10:30, Subway: L to Bedford Avenue.
Akron/Family plays 285 Kent Avenue
Akron/Family, known for its folk-inspired hippie jams, is a favorite among hip Brooklynites.
285 Kent Avenue. 285 Kent Avenue. Doors: 8PM. G to Metropolitan Ave, L to Bedford Ave. Tickets: $12.
Screening of a documentary about Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the so-called “bad boy of Buddhism,” who was responsible for spreading Buddhism to the West. Stay after for a discussion panel with Elena Brower, famed Yoga instructor.
Rubin Museum of Art – 150 W 17th St. (212) 620-5000. 1:30PM and 4 PM. 1 to 14th Street. Tickets: $12.
Sunday, January 22
Sunday Double Feature at Brooklyn Winery - FREE
Brooklyn Winery is showing Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure followed by Scott Pilgrim vs. The World on their 92’’ screen.. The advantage of watching a movie at a winery is you can also try the new wine, beer and food on their winter menu.
Brooklyn Winery 213 North 8th st (btw Driggs and Roebling sts), 6:00-11:00, Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
No Comments | Posted on January 20, 2012 | Categories: Attractions, Editor's Pick, Entertainment, Event-Related, From the Blog, Native's Pick, Nightlife, Weekend Forecast
From Yoga to the People website
As winter approaches, colder weather may make you want to curl up in bed all day instead of heading out to the gym. And when
there’s snow and ice on the ground, you often have no choice but to get your exercise indoors, which can be dreary and boring.
Yoga classes are a great form of indoor exercise, and can be a fun variation on your typical gym routine. But yoga classes are often expensive, making them unfriendly to a student’s budget. That’s where unique studio Yoga to the People comes in. Yoga to the People was founded in 2006, in an effort to make positive, affordable yoga classes accessible to everyone. Classes are open to students of all experience levels, and instead of focusing on star instructors, the studio aims to allow each student to focus on their own enjoyment. The goal is to get as many people as possible practicing yoga, in a comfortable and welcoming environment.
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2 Comments | Posted on October 20, 2011 | Categories: Entertainment, From the Blog
Courtesy of greenhouseholistic.com
I stumbled into Greenhouse Holistic Yoga Studio and Spa two minutes late, and as a first timer was certain that I’d miss the class. Instead, I was greeted by the bright green eyes and lean limbs of a die-hard yogi who offered to save a spot for me in the room while I rushed out of work clothes and into stretchy pants and a shirt.
My mat was at the very front of the room, which is always a scary sight. In my experience, classes where people avoid the front like they’re moving away from someone who farted in an elevator are always the hardest. People just don’t like making fools of themselves, and today it would be my pleasure to give them all something to smirk about. I regularly do bikram, have gone to the off-chance Yoga for the People work out, and bike 30 minutes to work every day, but none of this mattered in Amanda’s open level Vinyasa. To say that I was schooled is to be kind.
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No Comments | Posted on August 11, 2011 | Categories: Attractions, From the Blog, Williamsburg
What’s going on this week? Check here for our suggestions!
FREE Vinho Verde Tastings
At assorted restaurants around the city, get free tastings of Vinho Verde, a Portuguese wine, with your meal. Celebrate Vinho Verde week in style by checking out the participating venues.
FREE Bowling at the Brooklyn Bowl
From 6-7 pm every weekday, bowling AND bowling shoes are free at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. There’s a minimum of 2 people per lane, so bring your friends!. There’s usually live performances at the venue too, so feel free to kick back and relax if you’ve been scoring more gutter balls than strikes.
61 Wythe Ave. b/w N. 11th and N. 12th
NYC COCKTAIL WEEK (until June 29)
Seventeen bars and restaurants throughout the city will, from now through June 29, be offering two cocktails and an appetizer for just $20.11. The complete list of participating locations is on Liquor.com, so check it out and don’t miss this great opportunity to try some expertly crafted drinks from some of the city’s best mixologists.
Monday, June 20
FREE Walking Tour of the Jewish Lower East Side!
Learn about the history of one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in NYC with Masa Israel. Find out more about opportunities with Masa Israel, too!
RSVP here. Facebook event here!
Meet at Chatham Square (corner of East Broadway)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Bryant Park
Come to the kick-off of the start of the FREE HBO Summer Film series in Bryant Park with this classic film. Bring a blanket, a picnic, and enjoy the beautiful New York Evening outdoors!
Lawn opens at 5pm for blankets, film begins at sunset
The Big Story: Fiction Writers’ Beginnings
Join Deborah Treisman, fiction editor at The New Yorker, as she moderates a conversation about literary life between fiction writers at this monthly event.
7pm, Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St.
Tuesday, June 21
Ciders at Jimmy’s No. 43
Only $10 for a whole night of cider tasting!
43 East 7th Street
FREE Mind Over Madness Yoga
This yoga event is celebrating the sun, summer, and creativity that all New Yorkers share. Facebook page has more information!
7:30am-7:30pm (Rain or Shine)
Broadway Plazas between 45th and 47th Streets. Check in at Broadway and 48th Street.
$2 Margaritas at Cubby Hole
Cool off with a cheap drink at this casual, gay-friendly West Village bar. Bring a few extra dollars to use on the jukebox!
281 W 12th St.
Make Music New York
Check out the website for over 1,00 free concerts throughout the city on the longest day of the year!
Wednesday, June 22
Idealist Summer Grad Fair
Know what you want to do after graduation? Neither do we. Attend this fantastic event to help you plan for graduate school, careers, and more!
Fordham University, 113 W 60th St.
Take a free yoga class designed at hitting your funny bone! Complete with exercises designed to make you giggle, this Wednesday class will have you chuckling all the way home.
Free every Wednesday at 5:30 PM
1430 BROADWAY, cross street 40th, Suite 1107, NY 10018.
Girls, Girls, Girls @ Metropolitan
Sip $3 PBRs and dance among the company of New York’s loveliest ladies at one of Williamsburg’s hottest bars.
559 Lorimer St. Williamsburg
2 Comments | Posted on June 20, 2011 | Categories: Attractions, Brooklyn, Entertainment, Event-Related, From the Blog, Lower East Side, Native's Pick, Neighborhoods, Weekday Forecast, Williamsburg
The Yoga Room embodies the core ideal of this
stylish and homey place, as everything is designed just up to the point: your health and well-
With a friendly green and glass front against the mosaic wall,
the small room welcomed me warmly. As I stepped inside and looked around, I
sensed a philosophy of “vinyasa” in the decor—“vi”, in a special way, “nyasa”, to place—
everything is placed in a special way; in one corner, a wooden table chest held a copper
brown hand wash, with a large wooden Buddist embossment hanging over it, inviting a deep breath in the special ambiance of religious tranquility. This
small world made me feel like I was in an exotic and
authentic Indian lounge.
I was asked to take off my shoes at the entrance, because everyone should have the right
to enjoy themselves without any binding from the outside—both physical and psychological.
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2 Comments | Posted on June 14, 2011 | Categories: Astoria, From the Blog, Long Island City, Native's Pick, Neighborhoods, Queens