We won't lie: The prospect of a new Trainspotting has us all kinds of excited, as does the forthcoming Wolverine drama Logan, April's lovably lunkheaded The Fate of the Furious and May's reboot of King Arthur directed by bloke-of-all-blokes Guy Ritchie. Still, aren't you feeling a touch of dude overload? We are. So we sifted out the best of the anticipated female-centric film offerings in the coming months. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in the spring in NYC Ghost in the Shell Already there’s been criticism over the “whitewashing” of this live-action rethink of a Japanese manga due to the casting of a Caucasian lead actor. But when that actor is Scarlett Johansson—equally adept with arty sci-fi (Under the Skin) as she is with roundhouse kicks (Lucy)—we reserve the right to remain excited. (Opens Mar 31) Personal Shopper Kristen Stewart has long left the teenage-vampire stuff in the rearview mirror: These days, she’s a respected, award-winning actor with impressive taste in indies. Her latest, made with revered French director Olivier Assayas, has her haunted by text messages from the dead. Is there an emoji for “sign us up”? (Opens Mar 10) Raw A horror movie that unnerved audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival—ambulances were actually called to the theater to tend to nauseous viewers—director Julia Ducournau’s vicious, unmissable breakthrough is about a young veterinarian-in-training (Garance Marillier) who becomes a cannibal. (Opens Mar 10
And the No. 1 NYC neighborhood with the most millennials looking for a new apartment is…Astoria! Apartment-finding app Roomi recently did a study collecting data on where millennials were looking for a room to rent, and the Queens neighborhood took the top spot. According to the results, 38 percent of New Yorkers between 20 and 36 years old using the app apply for rooms in Astoria. In second place is Clinton Hill, followed by East Harlem, Lower Manhattan and West Bronx. Surprisingly, Williamsburg didn’t even place on the list—though it’s maybe not all that surprising since the average rent in Williamsburg is $1,301 a month compared to Astoria’s $1,105 a month, according to Roomi. And Astoria is giving Brooklyn some competition in the accessibility and trendy-hipster categories, too, between the resurrection of the W train and the speakeasy hidden inside a hardware store.
Large-scale protests have been taking place in New York pretty much every weekend since Donald Trump was inaugurated, and this one is no different. The upcoming long weekend even has an additional significance as President’s Day Weekend. Not surprisingly, many rallies and protests have been planned to protest President Trump and his policies. NYC Solidarity Rally for the General Strike This rally is being held in solidarity with the general strike going on across the country today. Its main aim is to demand that representatives “uphold the constitution and actively combat any language or action taken by this administration that could be interpreted as unconstitutional.” It’s also an effort to organize and further build the working community in New York. Mourning the Presidency: A Mock Funeral for President’s Day This New Orleans-style mock funeral will be taking place by the Washington Square Arch tomorrow beginning at noon. The demonstration, organized by Rise and Resist and Gag Is Watching, is meant to represent “the rebirth of the Presidency dedicated to the service of all peoples and ‘sacred fire of liberty’ that President George Washington swore to uphold." Participants are encouraged to come dressed in all-black or as a favorite past President. Today, I Am a Muslim Too: A Day of Solidarity This rally will be a day of solidarity in support of equality and tolerance for American Muslims. The event will take place in the middle of Times Square and feature Russell Sim
Dynamite things to do Pop-Up Magazine Town Hall Theatre; Mar 2 at 7:30pm; tickets start at $130Think of this live magazine as a combination of a variety show and podcast, featuring Oscar-winning filmmakers, New York Times bestselling authors, popular radio hosts and emerging artists. After the show, performers and audience members all gather around a bar to mingle. Grab tickets to the New York City stop of Pop-Up Magazine’s 2017 tour for a chance to see the phenomenon for yourself. The NoSleep Podcast Highline Ballroom; Mar 2 at 9pm; tickets start at $51Warning: This live podcast recording isn’t for the faint of heart. Based off the r/nosleep Reddit channel, the NoSleep Podcast tells some of the scariest stories on the internet. Only attend this show if you’re ready to be scared out of your wits, and maybe bring a friend along for moral support. Saturday Evenings at the Met The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Mar 4; $50Art and architectural historian Thomas Beachdel offers up insights into the museum's permanent collection and sneak peeks of new exhibitions in these monthly evening tours. Registration is required at least 24 hours in advance and details of the tour are emailed to attendees the day before the event. Holi in the City Stage 48; Mar 11 and Mar 18; $20, VIP $35Wear white and brace yourself for four stories of rainbow delight as Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, hits NYC. Dance in kaleidoscopic ecstasy with hundreds of strangers while you get covered in tinted
It’s no secret that New York doesn’t exactly have a surplus of well-appointed bathrooms that are accessible to the public. A quarter of every New Yorker's life is probably spent waiting in line at Starbucks or trying to remember where the biggest major chain retailer is. One person who’s hoping to help Gothamites in their never-ending quest to find a suitable rest stop is Andrew Maksymowicz. He’s the man behind Poopers Guide, an Instagram account that reviews bathrooms based on criteria like cleanliness, comfort, accessibility, size and amenities. The project actually started ten years ago, and resulted in a 26-page guide to bathrooms that Maksymowicz still keeps under his bed. “I started Poopers Guide while I was at college in Rhode Island,” said Maksymowicz. “I would visit my family in NYC and be walking around thinking, ‘Why is it so hard to find a place to pee in the city that has everything?” Before reviewing any bathrooms, Maksymowicz asks himself if anyone from the street would be able to walk in and use it. If so, he gives it a go. (The only place he's ever been kicked out of was Motorino.) A few of his surprising finds so far have been a semi-functional bidet in an East Village sushi place and the bathroom in the back of Victoria’s Secret in Herald Square. “My current number one pick for the best restroom in New York is in the Flatiron,” he says. “Between the private stalls in the lobby and spacious flow of the downstairs restroom. It’s got all granite, dark wor
This city is absolutely crawling with tourists—60 million of them in 2016, to be exact. Add that to the 8.5 million permanent residents, and you’ve got a hell of a lot of foot traffic. And yet, even at its most crowded, New York City still harbors a few secrets. Most locals probably don’t know about the Revolutionary War history of Washington Square Park, the former saloon still standing in Midtown East or Little Italy restaurant where mob killings once took place. Peel back the veil of mystery on one of these nine tours. Once you know the city’s hidden side, you’ll think of New York in a totally new way. Gramercy Gilded Age TourNew Yorkers have gotten used to having the run of the city’s 1,700-plus public parks, so it’s no wonder that private Gramercy Park takes so much flak. The only people allowed to hold keys to this uber-exclusive oasis are the residents of the 39 homes bordering the park—and only if they pay $7,500 per year. Nothing—not even this tour—can get you inside the park. It can open the doors to the equally exclusive Player’s Club, a society of actors and artists, and give you a peek into what living in this historic neighborhood might be like. Alternative New York Street Art TourThe Met, MoMa and Whitney aren’t the only places you can find incredible works of art in NYC. In fact, some of the most avant garde pieces are hidden in plain sight on the city’s street corners and back alleys. Choose whether you want to explore the street art of Brooklyn or the L
New York has many art installments throughout the city; the Times Square Immigration heart, outdoor art projects, and most recently signs from the Women’s March that took place less than a month ago. So if you are looking to see something new during the spring you are in luck! In celebration of its 40th Anniversary season, the Public Art Fund is installing a whirlpool at the base of Pier 1 in the Brooklyn Bridge Park. This massive structure, created by artist Anish Kapoor, will be on display beginning May 3. "Descension" marks the first time that one of Kapoor's visually arresting installations have come to New York. It consists of a large, spiraling funnel of water, meant to contrast with the nearby East River, that then disappears at the center. Since the '90s, Kapoor's work has often explore the ideas of voids, including pieces that recede into the distance or disappear into walls and floors. "As we celebrate 40 years of bringing remarkable public art to New York City, it's important to recognize those artists and exhibitions that have shaped the discourse and been so memorable to our broad public audience," said Public Art Fund Director and Chief Curator Nicholas Baume in a statement. "We're thrilled that Anish's newest work will be a highlight of this anniversary season, more than a decade after his outdoor debut with us." "Descension" will be on view at Brooklyn Bridge Park until September 10.
It’s the last day before a long weekend, and you’ve had a ruff week. Someone spilled their coffee on you on the Q train? Or perhaps you dropped your $10 salad while walking back to the office? We feel you, and so do these puppies: Here’s what some of the most adorable dogs from the Westminster Dog Show think about the three-day weekend. “It's Friday afternoon and my boss just told me he needs me to stay late and finish a project before the long weekend.” “I’m on coffee No. 3, but I don’t think it's kicked in yet.” “It's 5:56pm and all I can do is watch the clock.” “FREEEEEE. FREE AT LAST. Until Tuesday, at least.” “Walking into happy hour like…” “It's now Saturday at noon, and I haven’t gotten out of bed yet. I have no regrets.” “The hardest thing I’ve done all weekend is come up with a caption for this Instagram.” “But we really should have taken these pictures before 3am.” “Guys, why did we get home from Sunday brunch at 5am on Monday?” “The long weekend is over, I'm headed back to work anddddd the trains have 'signal problems.'" Photographs: Lauren Spinelli and Kelsey Dubinsky
Artists worldwide have claimed Frida Kahlo as a major inspiration for their work, but not as many restaurateurs have. Colombian-born couple Fernando and Paula Lopez are opening a tapas restaurant in Chelsea (525 W 29th St) inspired by the surrealist Mexican artist. The spot, aptly named Kahlo, will have subtle references to the artist and La Casa Azul woven into the decor and on the menu, which will include small plates like sopa de lima with chicken broth and homemade empanadas, and large plates like braised chicken and a fish of the day. The restaurant plans to open its doors in September.
Fri 17 Little Cinema: Romeo + Juliet House of Yes; 7pm; $30Two households, both alike in dignity, come to tear the roof off at House of Yes for a bananas immersive viewing of Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 pop spectacle, starring the angelic youths Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio. Witness live ballet and aerial performances synced to the film, and get down at an after-party inspired by the legendary soundtrack. Truly Madly Deeply Fula Lounge; 10pm; $10 suggested donationBrowse sex toys from Unbound, Dame Products, Spectrum Boutique and more at this ’90s-themed party hosted by dating collective It's Not Personal. Tunes come courtesy of DJs Wamoo and Amelia Holt and painter Ashley Yang-Thompson will be making art throughout the night. Your sex life isn't the only thing that will benefit from this soiree: proceeds go to RAINN, the largest anti–sexual violence non-profit in the U.S. Mikey Carubba & Friends Perform Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill American Beauty; 10pm; $12–$15A stacked lineup of NYC’s rock & roll acts perform Morissette’s seminal 1995 album in its entirety, with proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood. AMCONYC NYFW Official After Party R.S.V.P. for location; 10pm; $30Are you itching to attend an exclusive New York Fashion Week party with celebrity guests, live music performances and chic style bloggers? Fashion powerhouse AMCONYC is giving you the opportunity to rub elbows with industry experts, designers and models during its post-NYFW late-night rager. The lo