There are two types of party people in NYC. Partier number one stays out until the sun comes up, and partier number two is at home and in bed by 10:30pm at the very latest. (There is no shame in your early to bed, early to rise game, partier number two!) We get it, New York is the city that never sleeps. But that doesn’t mean Gothamites should sacrifice their much-needed z’s in order to have a fun night out. Well, guess what? Our fair city caters to folks who would rather get into the groove and get under the sheets before midnight, too. These dance parties, which start early and end early, are proof that you can have a blast and still stay true to your 10pm bedtime. Daybreaker NYC Join the Daybreaker crew at the crack of dawn for some early-morning yoga and rump shaking. Cold brew, healthy smoothies and breakfast treats are provided to fuel your sick moves on the dancefloor. The next sunrise bash is on Mother’s Day (May 13) with a “Mama Bare All” theme. Bear costumes are (apparently) encouraged. Best of all, the party ends at 1pm, which gives you the whole day to work on your side-hustle, connect with friends or, let’s face it, go back to bed. The Get Down Fact: You will work up a sweat at this dance party, which kicks off with a pre-party meditation at 6:30pm, followed by a slate of guest DJs spinning their best tracks to get your happy feet tapping. The banger ends at 10pm, so you'll definitely wake up the next day feeling refreshed...and maybe a little sore from teari
Earlier this week, Mayor de Blasio released his preliminary executive budget for fiscal year 2018. The $84.86 billion proposed plan includes funding for a wide range of programs and initiatives that will have a direct impact on the everyday lives of residents across the city. A major theme in de Blasio's budget is focusing on making New York a more affordable city. Rents have been increasing citywide since 2000, but household incomes have dipped. His budget takes a swing at making NYC affordable again by earmarking $1.9 billion to "increase or preserve" the number of affordable apartments by 10,000. These units will be available to households that make up to $40,000 annually. Half of them will be allocated for senior citizens, and another 500 will be set aside for veterans. If the budget passes in its current form, New Yorkers can expect to see a lot more affordable housing lotteries opening up across the city. Granted, many New Yorkers earn too much money to qualify for these cheap digs, but complaining about raking in too much cash to qualify for a set of apartments that are designated for low-income families is a whole bunch of entitled, bourgeois nonsense.
OK, this is amazing. We all know her, some of us have dated her, many of us have been her, and now there's a parody advertisement that immortalizes her legacy in Barbie form. Meet Commuter Barbie, the definitive NYC doll on-the-go, complete with a yoga mat falling out of her Strand Book Store tote bag, headphones jacked up to a This Barbie Life podcast, a Canada Goose coat and a misspelled Starbucks cup. The brilliantly hyperspecific sketch comes from comedians Carina Hsieh and Claudia Arisso, and features detailed miniatures of a New Yorker magazine, Zadie Smith's Swing Time and a S'well water bottle. They're not kidding around with this.
In terms of first world problems, the only thing that's worse than commuting is having to deal with a commuting service that is perpetually unreliable—a characterization that aptly describes just about every mode of transportation that involves Penn Station. Following a recent slew of derailments and delays and an announcement by Amtrak (which controls Penn Station) about an infrastructure makeover process kicking off in May (expect disruptions to your commute all summer long—yay!), the New Jersey Transit, which operates out of Penn Station, is attempting to make commuters' lives a tad easier by offering excuse letters if a train delays their getting to work. We'll take a stack of those, thank you very much. "If you have experienced delays that have compromised your work situation, please stop by one of our Customer Service offices and pick up a delay letter for your employer," writes New Jersey Transit executive director Steve Santoro in an open letter posted online. Although we do appreciate the effort, we suspect that the constancy of the delays will render the tardy notes obsolete and meaningless. So thanks for nothing, as usual, Penn Station.
We've got the scoop (pun intended) on this sweet event happening for the first time at Bryant Park in June! One of the best things to do in summer is indulge in frozen treats at some of the city's best ice cream shops, right? Well, this midtown park is making it even easier for you to gorge with its upcoming event dubbed Scooper Bowl: an all-you-can-eat ice cream festival. During the first three days of June (that's June 1–3), go crazy on creamy, frozen delights from Baskin-Robbins, Ben & Jerry's, Big Gay Ice Cream, Wafels & Dinges, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and many more while soaking up the sun on Bryant Park's lawn. A ticket ($20 in advance) gets you as much ice cream as you can stomach from noon to 9pm. That means you can enjoy the frosty dessert for lunch, second lunch, dinner, second dinner, etc. Get your tickets here before they sell out! 100% of the proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fund (which supports cancer care and research at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) and the pediatric wing of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.
Nothing beats getting out of a long winter like the combination of vitamin D and dancing-induced endorphins—and Mister Sundays has you covered for both. The hugely popular Sunday institution at Ridgewood’s all-outdoor Nowadays space is gearing up for its summer lineup with an opening party on May 14th. For those who didn’t get a chance to experience it last year, Mister Sunday is the open-air iteration of the popular “Mister Saturday” parties, where the best DJs play experimental (yet always highly danceable) jams to a 16,000-square-foot lot. In addition to the dance floor, the outdoor area is furnished with picnic tables and grassy knolls for lounging, food and drink vendors, and games like bocce ball and ping-pong. You can even bring your dog! This year promises new improvements to combat the long lines that arose out of the overwhelming success of last year’s parties. The venue has re-introduced an RSVP system for early and discounted entry, and the dance floor is equipped with ample shade so you can keep moving in comfort. They also recently met their Kickstarter goal set up to finance the construction of an indoor space, which will mean soon the parties will be able to continue all year long. Here is the lineup for 2017: May 14th- Mister Sunday Outdoor Season Opener May 21st- Avalon Emerson and Eamon Harkin May 28th- Memorial Day Weekend Special June 4th- Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin June 11th- Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin June 18th- Rick White June 25th -
Plan on spending as much time outdoors (preferably drinking) as you can after work today. Whether you hit up happy hour, a floating bar, explore the secrets of Central Park or just take an amazing walk around the city; this may be the only time this weekend where the sun will be making an appearance in our lives. Ugh, sun. Please don't leave us again. Today, the fickle sun is shining bright and it's forecast we'll hit a high of 80. Tomorrow, however, thunderstorms are in the forecast and then we're in for a stretch of dreary weather through Monday. Rain storms will be returning late next week as well. ICYMI Premium: A blocking pattern may lead to a major East Coast storm late next week. https://t.co/FiJtUhEc8i #nywx #njwx #ctwx #pawx pic.twitter.com/MZAbT7GDb0 — NY Metro Weather LLC (@nymetrowx) April 28, 2017 So much for being able to break out the sandals, shorts and sunscreen! Sunny summer weather really can’t get here fast enough.
On Thursday, the first span of the brand new Kosciusko Bridge opened, and residents and visitors in the area were treated to an incredible light show. The LED display marked the beginning of the of a new initiative called the "New York Harbor of Lights," which will bring citywide, coordinated Empire State Building-esque light show to every MTA-operated bridge and tunnel every night of the year. New lights will be installed on bridges and tunnels throughout the city by May of 2018. The idea behind the illuminated infrastructure is to boost tourism spending and to "symbolize the connection and strength of communities across the region." Check out photos from the light show below, and prepare to see this sort of display in every corner of the city. A post shared by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (@nygovcuomo) on Apr 27, 2017 at 9:05pm PDT
We’ve had plenty of burger hybrids in the city, including the Burgrito, the Ramen Burger and mac-and-cheese–covered patties. Now, the Chinese Club in Williamsburg is adding to the mix with their dumping-burger crossbreed called the Momo Burger. Fried Tibetan-style momo dumplings are filled with chicken meatballs and topped with gooey cheese, mayonnaise and lettuce atop a burger bun. The "burger," which will be available for dinner at the Hakka-Indian restaurant, will set you back $8.95.
Fri 28 In Studio Experience with Artist Iris Scott; Location TBA; 7:30pm; $42 Get creative with The Camaraderie—an incredible social women's group in NYC—with New York artist Iris Scott. Head to Scott’s private studio in Brooklyn to hear her stories, learn her painting style, and then practice her teachings first-hand. FYI: You're going to get your hands dirty, as she’ll show you how to finger paint with oils on a large canvas like a pro. It's like reliving the glorious days of Kindergarten all over again! Brooklyn Folk Festival; St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church; various times; $35, three-day pass $85Transport yourself to a land of fiddles and banjos with three days of performances from bands with names like Feral Foster, Bill & Belles and plenty o’ jugs. If you feel like jamming out yourself, take a workshop to learn how to play your first few chords on the strings, or show your strength during the Banjo Toss contest. Diana Ross; New York City Center; 8pm; various prices The iconic and incomparable Diana Ross hits the Big Apple when the Supreme takes over the New York City Center for five nights only. With two shows already sold out, now is your chance to see the legendary songstress sing classic hits like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “Stop! In The Name of Love” and many, many more. If the shows are anything like her 1983 Central Park performance, we suggest purchasing these seats pronto—you can’t hurry love, but you’ll need to grab these sweet tix now because they