A post shared by Becky's Bites NYC (@beckysbitesnyc) on Jun 21, 2017 at 2:11pm PDT Everyone knows New York City is home to the best bagels in the world. But what about the bagel’s sidekick? Becky’s Bites, a cream-cheese–focused catering company from Becky Rosenthal, is opening its first brick-and-mortar in the East Village this July. The shop will serve mini-bagels, tarts, cookie sandwiches and parfaits–all with a cream-cheese component. And there won’t be your typical spreads, like scallion or lox, either. Look for apple pie, cappuccino and cookies-and-cream–flavored spreads, with rotating fillings like bacon, egg and cheese. Becky’s Bites will be located at 122 East 7th Street.
Gothamites may have a love/hate relationship with Trader Joe’s, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been praying for new locations to pop up on our routes home. Earlier this year TJ’s announced they would be opening three new stores this year. One in Brooklyn and two in Manhattan. After pushing back the dates (the store was original supposed to open in 2016) the time has finally come. The Downtown Brooklyn store will be opening it’s doors at 9am tomorrow! On Friday, we will no longer be the only Trader Joe's in Brooklyn. Our new store opens at 9 AM in the City Point building! — Trader Broseph (@TraderJoesBK) June 21, 2017 Located in the huge City Point building, Trader Joe’s neighbors include: Target, Century 21, an Alamo Drafthouse and the brand new DeKalb Market Hall. City Point has basically become a one-stop shop, and I will be seeing a majority of my paycheck spent here.
Fri 23 The Pride Kickoff Rally Foley Square; 6pm; free Before the glittery spectacle of the Pride March and the rest of the Gay Pride Weekend festivities, gain perspective on the fights that still remain for the global LGBTQ community. This official Gay Pride Weekend opening event started as a "gay power" demonstration with 500 protestors in Washington Square Park a month after the 1969 Stonewall riots, considered the dawn of the modern gay-rights movement. Since then the rally has jumped locations all over town, including incarnations in Central Park and East River Park. Big-name performers often take the stage—Lady Gaga performed in 2013—while local politicians, comedians, and other members of the LGBT community offer both serious and silly takes on Pride themes. Swedish Midsummer Festival Robert F. Wagner Park; 5pm; free For 20 years, Battery Park has hosted one of the world’s largest Scandinavian summer solstice celebrations outside of Sweden, with more than 3,000 guests showing up to dance around the midsummer pole. If roaring rounds of folk dancing and pro fiddling wipe you out, grab a spiced herring crêpe from Crepes du Nord or malt balls from Fika, and chill out on the grass. For the perfect keepsake, you can even make your own ceremonial flower wreath. Unit J’s Ladies’ Night Unit J; 8pm; $8–$10 Do my ladies run this? Hell yeah. Comedian Lucy Shelby hosts this night of performances and dancing featuring Christine Cherry, Megg Farrell & Friends, jazz guitarist Sa
1. It’s your one chance to stay late to watch the sunset on Governors Island. Tonight, the park will remain open until 10pm to celebrate the summer solstice. 2. Drink free cocktails with drag queens today. Drag Queen Sips is offering a day of free themed cocktails in W Hotel elevators throughout New York. 3. Visit the two blocks of Broadway that have been transformed into an urban green space. Between 36th and 40th Streets, traffic has been replaced by plazas with outdoor art, events and a food market. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
It's hard to say which feat was more grueling: Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel in the early 16th century or the lengthy construction of the Oculus at the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. The former took nearly 15 years to complete and was a serious toll on the legendary artist; the latter was finished 10 years late and $2 billion over budget. This summer, the two are coming together for an incredibly cool art installation. Dubbed Up Close: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, the exhibit brings 34 reproductions of the Renaissance artist's iconic frescos to Westfield World Trade Center (you know, the mall that makes up most of the train station). The pieces are laid out in an immersive setting across the space, which may be the next-best thing to traveling all the way to Italy and checking out the renowned chapel in-person. The installation runs from June 23 through July 23, and tickets start at $15. The exhibit will also be making a national tour, so if you miss it at the Oculus this summer, you could always head over to Garden State Plaza in Paramus, NJ, to see it in September. Photograph: Courtesy Getty Images/Eugene Gologursky
It looks like NYC's biggest ingenue is going to stick around. Jeff Koons's 45-foot-tall inflated sculpture, Seated Ballerina, will continue to hold court above Rockefeller Center through Wednesday, July 5. The eye-catching piece—brought to life with help from Kiehl's and the Art Production Fund in support of National Missing Children's Month in May—was originally scheduled to deflate on June 2. Koons has a long track record of installing giant sculptures at the famous midtown plaza. In 2000, his 43-foot-tall Puppy sculpture towered above the venue throughout the summer, and in 2014, his 37-foot-tall Split Rocker piece came to the location, filling up Instagram feeds across the city. A post shared by VISIONN.AiR.E (@visionn_air_e) on Sep 3, 2014 at 7:46pm PDT The simultaneously dainty and monumental piece will be around for a little bit longer, so be sure to go and check it out before it leaves for good.
What happens when a sprawling New York City cemetery begins to run out of space? That's a question that Green-Wood Cemetery is being forced to reckon with, as the 478-acre burial site is rapidly approaching capacity. The Brooklyn cemetery, which was founded in 1838, is the final resting place for thousands of Civil War soldiers, infamous New Yorkers like Boss Tweed and the Brooks Brothers. But over the years, the location's space for new grave sites has started to diminish as the number of dead beneath its grounds rapidly approaches capacity. This week, Green-Wood reached a deal with the historic Old First Reformed Church to acquire a stretch of plots that occupy just a fraction of an acre. The church acquired the land from Green-Wood in the 19th century during an era in which the cemetery was pushing for local houses of worship to bury their dead at the beautiful location rather than at their own church grounds. Much of the space that came into Old First's ownership was never used, and so the two historic institutions struck a deal to sell back the cemetery within the cemetery (known as the Cedar Dell) to Green-Wood for a cool $500,000. Green-Wood is facing a fate that is fairly unique for cemeteries in the United States. Trinity Church Cemetery in Washington Heights stopped selling new burial plots a few years ago. Calvary Cemetery in Queens is rapidly approaching capacity. Even Arlington Cemetery is running out of room. This pickle is a direct result of the mindset c
Your prospects for being able to afford a Prospect Heights apartment just went up. Starting today, applications are being accepted for 10 affordable units in a new development at 1007 Atlantic Avenue. Not only does the building boast a roof deck, but it also has a package room and bike storage room. And let's be real, what other storage requirements do you need? You don't have a boat! Like all affordable housing lotteries in NYC, your income must fall within a certain range in order to apply. In this instance, your household income must be between $26,743 and $57,240 to qualify for any of the available apartments. Two studios currently accepting applications have a monthly rent as low as $780. There are also three one-bedrooms available for $806 a month, and five two-bedrooms going for $973 a month. You can submit an application for an apartment in the building, which was designed by Issac and Stern Architects, on Housing Connect until July 13. Good luck! We're all rooting for you.
If you're running late and need to get across town quickly, hailing a cab or ordering an Uber is not always your best bet. A recent study from the University of Central Florida and University of Toronto found that riding a bike during peak travel periods in New York City is faster than—or at least competitive to—taking a taxi. The researchers dug into all of the data from CitiBike trips and cab rides during 2014, and the findings are fascinating to anyone who's interested in the most efficient ways to navigate the city. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to biking in NYC It's no secret that driving in Manhattan isn't exactly efficient—a study published earlier this year showed that the influx of ride-sharing apps has caused traffic in the borough to move 12 percent slower. Riding a bicycle, however, is an effective way to avoid being delayed by New York City's gridlock. According to the study, most of the CitiBike trips taken in 2014 were less than two kilometers (the same applies for taxis), and those short trips were often quicker for cyclists during peak periods. More than 62 percent of CitiBike trips with a distance between one and two kilometers during weekday morning rush hour periods (7-10am) were either competitive to or faster than cabs. Roughly 60 percent of CitiBike trips of the same distance during the middle of the day (10am-4pm) were faster than or competitive to cabs, and that figure for CitiBike trips during the afternoon rush period (4-7pm) was 53.1 percent.
A post shared by Wild Oleander BK (@wild_oleander) on May 21, 2017 at 1:51pm PDT Quick! Look down at your nail beds. Are you overdue for a manicure? While there are plenty of affordable and over-the-top nail salons in the city that can help get your digits in check, few (if any) are as unique as Wild Oleander—a brand-spankin'-new nail salon and spa located in Bushwick. The family-owned, Varet Street pamper haven looks like a '70s dream, equipped with retro floral wallpaper, stunning antique light fixtures, throwback sofas and plenty of neon signage that will draw customers in like a moth to a flame. You might say the salon also resembles a tropical oasis (owner Sandra Hatton drew inspiration from her childhood spent in Hawaii) where the gorgeous but dangerously poisonous oleander flower grows wild. (How's that as a metaphor for the beautiful but powerful qualities of a woman?) When you go in for a manicure ($25) or pedicure ($30), don't be surprised if you start craving a piña colada. The hankering can easily be cured when you request the all-natural, house-made, cocktail-scented products and oils during your pedi treatment ($37). The nail art designs (start at $50 or $60) generated by Creative Director Misleidys (@msladiiz) are MoMA-worthy, and you bet your ass we'll be requesting this magical, geode look during our next appointment. A post shared by Wild Oleander BK (@wild_oleander) on Jun 14, 2017 at 8:20pm PDT Our favorite salon feature
This Chelsea restaurant serves fresh, seasonal Italian fare from its brick-walled kitchen. The specialty here is the pizza: Think classic margherita ($14 for a small, $20 for a large), mozzarella with spicy sopressata and caramelized onion ($15 for a small, $25 for a large) and prosciutto with shaved parmesan and arugula ($17 for a small, $27 for a large). Diners with allergies can make any pie gluten-free (starting at $19 for a small). You might want to order a salad to share, like the prosciutto with pear and gorgonzola ($14.95), or just go all in on appetizers like arancini ($12.95), traditional bruschetta ($12.95) or polenta with sausage, mushrooms and truffle oil ($14.95). Other entrees include eggplant parmesan ($17.95), gnocchi with bolognese ($17.95) and veal piccata ($22.95). As for drinks, the bartenders will be happy to mix you anything you like from the fully stocked top-shelf bar.