Nuyorican Poets Cafe

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East Village
This 30-year-old community arts center, deep in the heart of the East Village, is known for its long history of raucous poetry slams, jam sessions and anything-goes open mikes.
Venue name: Nuyorican Poets Cafe
Address: 236 E 3rd St
New York

Cross street: between Aves B and C
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 7pm–1am
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Cover: $7–$15. Average drink: $3. Cash only

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  • Comedy Until Thursday October 22 2015
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  • Literary events Friday October 16 2015 - Friday December 25 2015
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Monica L

6 out of 5 stars. My friends and I bought “VIP” tickets to the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Friday Night Poetry Slam via Livingsocial and were granted entry before the rest of the crowds filed in. That means we were able to grab chairs for the night’s show - most other audience members had to stand on the balcony or sit in the aisles to watch. The emcee and DJ were hilarious and did a great job engaging the crowd. The poets were incredibly talented. Almost every single performance gave me goosebumps. The emcee and DJ did a wonderful job of balancing the sometimes heavy atmosphere with fun dance breaks in between rounds. At one point they had the entire Cafe doing the Wobble. Get there early and plan for a long night, but it’s absolutely worth it. Hands down one of the best things I’ve done in my years living in New York.