The folks at Mazeish Grill are in the business of home cooking, no matter how far away home might be. The cozy, under-the-radar gem, known in the Lower East Side for Middle Eastern staples like their crazy-perfect baklava (the family recipe is over 150 years old!), cumin-dusted fries and crisp falafel rounds, is in the spotlight for their event series, Displaced Dinners. Twice a week, owner Nasser Jab invites recently resettled refugees to both host and help cook a dinner for a small group of New Yorkers, offering guests a menu from the hosts' homeland and a look into their lives as they share their story. The supper club’s inaugural chef is a recently resettled Syrian man who made it into the United States just before President Trump issued a controversial executive order that barred the entry of refugees from the war-torn country. He was able to secure work and permanent housing thanks to a helpful guest of Displaced Dinners. The upcoming event on May 30 will focus on food from the Palestinian diaspora in Latin-America; the menu reflects the blending of both cultures with dishes like kufta- and halloumi cheese-stuffed empanadas and Bedouin chicken barbacoa. The proceeds will go directly to UNRWA, feeding eight Palestinian refugee families throughout the month of Ramadaan.
With reports of discrimination on the rise in New York City, Mayor de Blasio's office and the NYC Commission on Human Rights have teamed up to launch a campaign to encourage more inclusiveness in the city. The campaign includes PSA videos (like the one above), community events and ads placed on LinkNYC kiosks, subway and bus shelters, local businesses and media outlets. The initiative follows a 60 percent increase in reports of discrimination to the Commission in 2016, and a 30 percent increase in complaints so far this year. The Commission reports that it currently has 1,600 open discrimination cases, compared to 1,200 in May of 2016. “There’s no place for hate or bias in our city,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in a statement. “At a time where bias incidents are rising at alarming rates across our nation, this campaign reminds us that all New Yorkers have a right to feel safe and secure." The community events accompanying the campaign will take place across the city, each with the goal of fostering conversation about inclusiveness among New Yorkers. The events are slated through the end of June—you can find a full schedule here.
Summertime in NYC means sweating buckets, smelly garbage and tourists asking how to get to the Statue of Liberty from Times Square. Sounds like an excellent time to get the hell out, right? Count your blessings, New Yorkers, because your summer getaway is within reach, and you don’t have to fly out of LGA, JFK or Newark to get there. Praise be. Starting June 15 out of Stewart International Airport (it's just 50 miles north of NYC), you can hop on a plane to Scotland or Ireland for dirt cheap. Prices start at just $199 for a one-way trip. Check out the full schedule: Edinburgh, Scotland: Daily flights begin June 15 for the summer season and operate through October 28, then three times per week during the winter season beginning October 29. Belfast, Northern Ireland: Flights three times per week during the summer season from July 1 through October 28, then twice weekly for the winter season beginning October 29. Dublin, Ireland: Daily service begins July 1 and transitions to three times per week during the winter season on October 29. Shannon, Ireland: Twice-weekly service begins on July 2. Plus, Norwegian Air is making it easier for New Yorkers to get upstate. The airline, in conjunction with airport, is partnering up with Coach USA to offer travelers the Stewart Airport Express. The $20 bus trip is timed to the Norwegians’ flight schedule and leaves from Port Authority, turning the upstate airport into a very viable option for New Yorkers. You gotta love the
Magnolia Bakery may be best known for its pastel cupcakes and Sex and the City stamp of approval, but every local knows that it's the shop's banana pudding that steals the show. The creamy-rich treat is usually tricked out with vanilla wafers, vanilla pudding and freshly sliced bananas, but the bakery is adding a whole lot more to the mix this summer. Each month, the chain will introduce a new, rotating banana-pudding flavor. June's special is “Rainbow” with edible confetti and whipped cream added to the usual array of fixings. Through July, find a "Magic Bar" variety with vanilla pudding, toasted coconut, graham crackers and chocolate chips. August's flavor is a s'mores riff, with chocolate pudding, graham crackers, marshmallow fluff, marshmallow and chocolate shavings. And finally, September will feature a salted-caramel version with dulce de leche pudding, homemade salted caramel and, yes, more bananas.
There's perhaps no better test of a New Yorker's patience than walking along Seventh Avenue through midtown during the summer. The sidewalks become jam-packed as tourists flood into Times Square, making the hike between the popular attraction and the area's other proverbial hellhole, Penn Station, the stuff of nightmares. But a new plan put forward by Manhattan Community Board 5 aims to make traversing Seventh Avenue in midtown a much less miserable experience for pedestrians. The idea is to make a handful of simple, effective changes to the streetscape, including widening the sidewalks on the west side of Seventh Avenue between 42nd and 33rd Streets. The new sidewalks would be made of epoxied gravel and would provide an additional 10 feet of space for pedestrians. The plan also calls for bus-boarding islands to be constructed next to existing stops on the west side of the avenue and for the addition of left and right turn lanes to help improve the flow of traffic through the area. Curbs would be extended across from each left turn lane, encouraging drivers who aren't turning to stay in the through lanes. Here's how the new street design breaks down: Image: Courtesy Manhattan Community Board 5 The community board didn't stop with Seventh Avenue, though. It also pitched a plan to launch a pilot program to close off two blocks of Broadway to cars this summer. Inspired by the success of 30 blocks of Broadway going car-free on Earth Day, the plan aims to ban vehicle t
Because flower gardens with just flowers are so boring. This July, the Prospect Park Alliance is decorating its Rose Garden with an exhibit of 7,000 pinwheels. They’ll be on view from July 7 to 17, but they need your help now to decorate the spinning pinwheels. Called the Connective Project, the exhibit will be crafted from photos and art submitted by you. (You can send in your submission from June 1 to 30.) It’s one of the many things to do at Prospect Park this summer to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Currently, the former lily ponds in the Rose Garden are just empty concrete pools, so they’re in desperate need of an update. The pinwheels are temporary, but a long-term project is in the works as well, with a complete remodel hopefully beginning construction in the next few years. The Prospect Park Alliance will also be hosting a free community workshop on June 10 to brainstorm ideas for that with the community, because apparently no one can do anything themselves anymore. Photograph: Courtesy Prospect Park Alliance Photograph: Courtesy Prospect Park Alliance
You're never too old for a sleepover, especially one that portals you into a mystical, otherworldly dream slumber, as Silent Barn's 10-hour long ambient marathon intends to do this Friday night. Six ambient musicians will be generating sleep-inducing sonic landscapes starting at 11:20pm and continuing into the morning. Attendees can camp out during the early part of the evening, where some of the more visual acts will be performed, and sink into sleep whenever the peaceful tunes shepherd them off to dreamland. Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, big stuffed animals, foam and comfortable attire are all encouraged. The only exclusion is air mattresses, for space reasons. The lineup includes a range of musicians from across the country. Casual Decay is a Troy-based solo-act who has previously only played in an arctic cave. Tennessee's Terror Pidgeon is presenting a work intended specifically for a vertically-reclined audience, paying special attention to how the sounds reverberate off the floor. Chrome Sparks, who has gained notoriety around Brooklyn for his electronic music, will act as everyone's best alarm clock ever with a set starting at 8:15 am, lulling guests gently back to reality, after a blissful night of continuous harmonies. It beats your hungover Saturdays being jarred awake by the J train, that's for sure. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door (that's only $1 per hour!). Drinks will be served, but the bar will close promptly at 4am. For more information
Shocker. According to a study posted by the "high-class" adult entertainment app Lazeeva, NYC ranks as the sixth best city in the world for watching, buying or having sex. The list is compiled based on ten factors from 100 cities across the world, which include reports of sexual activity, satisfaction and experimentation; consumption of sex toys and porn; active presence of adult entertainment venues and swingers' clubs; access to contraception; LGBTQ and gender equality. As a bonus, Lazeeva included the top porn keyword search of each city. It appears that after lugging bags around the subway all day, a large number of New Yorkers dream of getting a massage. Anyway, here's the top ten: 1. Paris 2. Rio de Janeiro 3. London 4. Los Angeles 5. Berlin 6. New York City 7. Sao Paulo 8. Las Vegas 9. Ibiza Town 10. Amsterdam Ranking each category from 0–10 based on surveys, data and population numbers, the app came up with a pretty decent list. But it's all relative: Paris clinched the #1 spot because of its high number of swingers' clubs and adult entertainment venues. For many sexually active urbanites, those factors may bear little significance to how they get off. Lazeeva did admit that many global sex hubs didn't make the list because information was hard to find. So the quest for truth continues. What's more, it's likely that L.A. only beat NYC on the list because it's one of the world's capitals of pornography production. So don't feel too bitter. I'd argue th
The pool at the McCarren Hotel is opening just in time for the long weekend. The Williamsburg summer hotspot officially opens to the public this Friday, May 26. Day passes for the pool are available 48 hours in advance, so tickets for Friday go on sale today. This summer, the Williamsburg pool will offer exclusive access to hotel guests from 7am until 11am with a general admission swim from 11am to 6pm. You can see the rates for the 2017 season below. The site for buying passes currently appears to be down, but keep an eye out for it to be back up later today. Non-Hotel Guest Ticket Rate Weekday (Monday-Thursday)Day Pass: $55Single Day Bed: $150Day Bed for two (with a $50 F&B credit): $325 Weekend (Friday-Sunday)Day Pass: $65Single Day Bed: $175Day Bed for two (with a $50 F&B credit): $375 Hotel Guest Ticket Rate Weekday (Monday-Thursday)Day Pass: FreeSingle Day Bed: $55Day Bed for two (with a $50 F&B credit): $150 Weekend (Friday-Sunday)Day Pass: FreeSingle Day Bed: $65Day Bed for two (with a $50 F&B credit): $150 Pool Package Rate Weekday (Monday-Thursday)VIP Sectional Area (10 guests): $1,750 F&B minimumPool Packages (10 guests): $1,350 + tax and serviceAdditional Guests: $135/person + tax and service Weekend (Friday-Sunday)VIP Sectional Area (10 guests): $2,000 F&B minimumPool Packages (10 guests): $1,500 + tax and serviceAdditional Guests: $150/person + tax and service Weekend Holiday (Friday-Sunday):VIP Sectional Area (10 guests): $2,500 F&B minimumPool Pa
When you live in NYC, it can be hard to stick to a budget. Luckily, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for a concert, art exhibit, comedy show or even a date idea, there are plenty of places to good time without paying a dime. Here are the best free parties, cultural events and things to do between now and next Wednesday. RECOMMENDED: Free things to do in NYC guide Golden Girls TriviaRoll up your polyester sleeves, slice into some cheesecake, and study your Sicily stories for this night of Golden Girls fan adoration that’s more fun than a game of Gugenspritzer. With rounds of clips, images and Miami minutiae, you’ll have to prove your knowledge of Blanche’s many men and Rose’s history of St. Olaf, Minnesota, or else you might be left out on the lanai. Stone Creek Bar and Lounge, 140 E 27th St (212-532-1037, triviaad.com). Thu 25 8–9:30pm. Movies Under the Stars: West Side StoryEven the most hardened Jets and Sharks among us won’t be able to keep a dry eye at this screening of the legendary 1961 love story (still the record holder of most Oscar wins for a musical). Watch Natalie Wood’s Maria and Richard Beymer’s Tony flirt and fall in love among a tribal battle in a ’50s-era, very different Lincoln Square. Faber Pool, Richmond Terr between Faber St and Sharpe Ave, Staten Island (718-667-3545, nycgovparks.org). Thu 25 8–10:30pm. Fleet Week Times Square Flash MobIt’s Fleet Week in NYC, so celebrate the big Naval arrival with panache at this one-hour dance party