After a power outage at 7th Avenue-53rd Street earlier today, a dark cloud of chaos descended on the New York subway system during the morning commute. Riders fought valiantly to get to work against massive delays on the A, B, C, D, E, F, J, M, N, R, Q and Z lines. Personally, I spent a lovely 45 minutes at the Second Avenue F stop wondering just how many people I would be squeezed between once a train finally came. (It was about six.) Even after making it to a random stop in Midtown, I was still about three avenues over from where I needed to be. It was truly a hero’s journey. Service finally resumed at 11:30am today after the MTA connected backup generators at the station. (It was a Con Ed equipment failure.) The MTA has assured traumatized New Yorkers that the evening commute shouldn’t be too affected by this morning’s power outage, with the possible exception of the lines that bypass Seventh Avenue. Governor Cuomo had the following to say on the incident in a statement: “The loss of power due to a Con Edison equipment failure during the morning rush hour caused a cascading effect and impacted the lives of thousands of commuters. The New York City subway system is the lifeblood of the city and a critical means of transportation for millions of people, which is why we are making unprecedented capital investments into modernizing the system. The MTA will continue to deploy emergency resources to address the short-term issues, and our investigation will address all aspects
In about four weeks, Shakespeare in the Park begins its summer season with previews of Julius Caesar, and we can’t wait to see it—assuming it doesn’t rain! But maybe you’re worried about being able to wait all day in the park for free tickets, and yet you love alfresco Shakespeare. You’re in luck.The Drilling Company, best known as presenters of Shakespeare in the Park(ing) Lot, are celebrating their fourth year as the company-in-residence for Bryant Park Presents Shakespeare. This summer’s lineup include six performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor in May and June, three performances of Twelfth Night in late July and six performances of The Tempest in August and September.The season kicks off on April 21, Shakespeare's observed birthday (and day of passing), with a collection of villains' monologues from the Bard, including Angelo from Measure for Measure, Regan from King Lear, Iago from Othello, Lord and Lady Macbeth and Aaron the Moor from Titus Andronicus.Performances take place in Bryant Park's Upper Terrace, located directly to the rear of the New York Public Library, between the Bryant Park Grill and Bryant Park Cafe. All shows are free and open to the public; Bryant Park's open space guarantees no lines to enter, great sight lines and no crowding. More information here.
A post shared by akismetoo (@akismetoo) on Apr 18, 2017 at 3:56pm PDT A very important and often overlooked worldwide event occurs on Saturday—Earth Day—and you should make Leonardo Dicaprio and, y’know, the planet proud by either volunteering to clean up NYC parks or attend one of the awesome Earth Day events in the city. RECOMMENDED: Earth Day in NYC guide FYI: The Earth Day activities in New York this year are pretty freaking awesome. The events run the gamut from a major $1 sale hosted by one of the city’s most beloved thrift stores to a very exciting exhibition opening at the New York Botanical Garden. Are you intrigued? Check out the details below for the three must-go Earth Day events that are making us pumped for the weekend. Buffalo Exchange’s $1 sale Do you even thrift, bro? Well, you probably should on April 22 at Buffalo Exchange. What’s better than buying some cool throwbacks at popular chain? Answer: When they’re $1 apiece! In honor of Earth Day, the brand is basically giving away a large selection of clothing, accessories and jewels for a buck each. All the proceeds will be donated to The Humane Society of the United States. Various locations in the city. Car-free streets day The weather this Saturday (April 22) is perfect for this NYC DOT event, as 30 blocks-worth of NYC roads will be car-free. Take advantage of all the gratis entertainment you can enjoy outside, ranging from dance classes to arts and craft workshops as well as musical performan
For those of us who are so done with the unicorn drink trend and packed to the brim Bloody Marys; a reprieve is in sight. A re-boot on the classic iced latte, The Good Sort Cafe in Chinatown has introduced a rainbow iced latte. This Sino-Australian vegan coffee shop is all about simplicity and letting their drink do the talking. While this drink is well on it’s way to becoming one of the most Instagrammed drinks in NYC, patrons can be assured that it won’t taste strictly of sugar, as this is a matcha superfood latte. As a perpetual iced coffee drinker, nothing is more satisfying than watching that milk mix in with my morning caffeine boost. But knowing that there is a latte that is good for me along with pretty colors; has me (almost) commuting to Chinatown before work every morning. Monday the 20th marks the official start of Spring ~ It also marks the launch of our Superfood Rainbow Iced Latte! We are also adding some tasty new savoury bites to our colourful menu. Watch this space! #rainbowicedlatte #bringonspring A post shared by The Good Sort (@thegoodsort) on Mar 17, 2017 at 8:22am PDT Finally got myself to try the rainbow latte! So interesting... 🦄 A post shared by Farwah Ali Sheikh (@lesheek) on Apr 17, 2017 at 6:12pm PDT OK, OK, I'll finally admit that I was kind of totally charmed by this rainbow milk latte from @thegoodsort, taken a couple weeks ago & kind of wish I had one to brighten up this grey Monday morning. 🌈
Say hello to Domino Park. Since the massive development around Williamsburg’s old Domino Sugar Factory was first announced, a waterfront park has always been part of the plan. Now we have a first look at just what that park may end up looking like, thanks to new renderings released by Two Trees Management. One of the most striking features of the new six-acre green space is how it sets out to incorporate elements from the old factory in its decidedly modern design. A 450-foot-long elevated portion of the park, inspired by old factory catwalks, will be called the Artifact Walk. (The park was designed by James Corner Field, the same firm behind the High Line.) On its northern end, will be placed two 80-foot tall cranes that used to once operate at the site. The park will also feature old crane tracks, 36-foot tall tanks used for collecting syrup and 21 columns from a former warehouse. “We were deeply inspired by community input and the site’s rich history when creating Domino Park,” Lisa Switkin, a principal at James Corner Field Operations, said in a statement. “The design of Domino Park aims to create a space that will revitalize the beauty of New York City’s incredible waterfront and foster interest in the history of the site and the surrounding neighborhood.” The park is set to open sometime next summer before any of the new waterfront buildings officially open. Those will eventually add a whopping 2,800 new rental apartments to the neighborhood. Rendering: Courtesy
Eddie Huang’s Baohaus in the East Village reintroduced their special “Cheeto-fried chicken bao” to the menu yesterday, as a stoner food tribute to everyone’s favorite day of munchies. If you weren’t able to make it there for the high holiday, however, you’re in luck. The popular menu item will be available for the rest of the month. The Baos are made with all-natural, antibiotic and homone-free meats. Check out some photos of the addicting snack below, and grab one to try for yourself before they’re gone once again after next Sunday. 420 #BAOHAUS SPECIAL: CHEETO FRIED CHICKEN BAO, OG BIRD & SPICY BIRDHAUS NOW AVAILABLE @TRYCAVIARNYC #FASTBITE 💚🌲💚🌲💚 pic.twitter.com/NTZwQ30HeP — Baohaus NYC (@BaohausNYC) April 20, 2016
It’s just so easy to be lazy in the on-demand economy. Nowhere is this more apparent than New York City. You can pay someone else to wash your laundry, fetch your groceries, repair your clothes, shine your shoes, walk your dog, clean your apartment, cook all your meals… the list goes on and on. Outsourcing every little want and need might be convenient, but it sure ain’t cheap. And in a city where the price of everything from rent to subway fare to a cup of coffee seems to be constantly on the rise, couldn’t we all use a little extra cash? Instead of relying on Postmates and TaskRabbit, learn all the skills you need to do it yourself (and start saving in small ways every day) with these useful classes in NYC. Your wallet will thank you later. Knife Skills at the Institute of Culinary Education Learning how to handle a knife properly is the first step in learning to cook. Being able to wield a sharp knife with ease not only keeps you safe, but also makes you faster and more efficient in the kitchen. This course will cover slicing, dicing, chopping, mincing and more—everything you need to know to become a pro. Meal Planning 101 at the Brooklyn Kitchen If you’re buying a whole bunch of cilantro for a recipe that only calls for a few tablespoons, you’re wasting money. Same with that “value pack” of yogurt that you couldn’t finish before it went bad. Find out what habits you need to change to work smarter, not harder in the kitchen—from grocery shopping to selecting recipe
A post shared by Buffalo Exchange (@buffaloexchange) on Apr 1, 2017 at 1:15pm PDT Even though thrift stores are known for being, you know, thrifty, it can actually take a little digging to find real bargains there. But get ready: Tomorrow, thrift store titan Buffalo Exchange is selling a wide selection of clothes for just a dollar. There will be both men’s and women’s clothes available, and you can feel good about reducing waste by recycling vintage duds. The annual promotion takes place on Earth Day, and the entirety of the proceeds will be donated to The Humane Society of the United States. Boom, there’s your excuse for completely re-doing your spring wardrobe. RECOMMENDED: Full coverage of Earth Day in NYC You can visit any Buffalo Exchange location in NYC, but remember, the Earth Day event is only valid on Saturday.
River to River—an annual staple in the city's schedule of free summer concerts—is returning this year to locations on Governors Island and in Lower Manhattan. Hosted by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the 2017 edition of the fest features more than 100 performances and events in theater, music, visual art and dance from June 14 to June 25. Highlights include: excerpts from A Marvelous Order, an opera about the NYC urban development battle between Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs; Kamau Ware’s Black Gotham Experience, an expansive multimedia project that will involve graphic novels, walking tours and more to celebrate the city's African diaspora; and trumpeter-composer Amir ElSaffar's Rivers of Sound, a large ensemble of instrumentalists who bridge Western and Middle Eastern traditions. This year's edition of the festival is dedicated to two recently deceased visionaries: choreographer Trisha Brown and philanthropist David Rockefeller. You can find the full schedule of events at the official website.
The New York Botanical Garden is one of the most inspiring places in the entire city, and a new art installation has made it an even more incredible spot to visit. The exhibit, dubbed "CHIHULY" after its creator Dale Chihuly, brings more than 20 separate installations to the 250 acres of landscape in the Bronx. From eccentric glass statues to "polyvitro" plastic sculptures to tangles neon bulbs to an intimate display of watercolors, the works on display were curated to embolden (and be emboldened by) different areas across the gardens. The Native Plant Garden is now adorned with an insanely cool hand-blown stained glass sculpture, and the pool at the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Courtyard boasts a magnificent neon creation that lights up at night. Chihuly, a Seattle-based artist, collaborated with NYBG for two years to create the project, which features selections of his works from the past 40-plus years. He had a previous exhibition there in 2006, but it was not on the scale that it is this year. Anyone who's plugged into the art world knows that Chihuly is a big deal. His works have been shown around the world, and his career in glass and other other mediums is nothing short of masterful. In the 1960s, he studied under renowned glass artists Harvey Littleton at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and both literally and figuratively carried the torch from there. In 1976, Chihuly was in a car accident in England, which resulted in him losing vision in his left eye. He