Movies: They're only improved by cocktails—especially themed ones. So get your drink on, as well as your film geekery, at NYLO Hotel (2178 Broadway at 77th St), where every Wednesday night, they convert their library into a cozy theater. For $10, you rent a set of headphones, plug in, and ease back into their cushy chairs. In front of you, a movie will screen; the selections are smart, ranging from Fellini's immortal 8½ to cool docs like Exit Through the Gift Shop. Meanwhile, stealthy waiters bring you popcorn and enormous drinks, such as their recent gin-based "Muse," inspired by Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick and served during a recent screening of Factory Girl in a très-arty Campbell's soup can (pictured). All of this sounds awesome to us, including the moment when you lock eyes with a fellow film nerd and get a room upstairs. Check out the schedule and make your reservations here.
Spring dating fever is in the air, whether you've already got a bae or are still furiously swiping to find someone to grab a drink with this weekend. And we all know what kind of messages those swipes can lead to... Chances are that during your NYC dating history, you've received some pretty out-there statements and your fair share of prompted (and very, very unprompted) sexts. Now, you care share them with all of Gotham! An inaugural art festival is heading to Brooklyn to showcase the ups and downs of flirting in the digital age, complete with screenshots. The festival will be held on April 5th at Littlefield, and the artwork will be provided by you. Organizers are looking for images, texts, video and audio featuring the best (and worst) sexts that you've either received or sent. There is a strict no-shaming policy so if you’re thinking of embarrassing that person who ghosted on you after a few dates, think again. From the organizers: "We enforce a strict no shaming policy. If there is a face in your submission, please upload an additional picture (yours or your ‘friend’) which includes your face and the current date as proof of consent to be judged in the festival. You can always take a pic next to todays-date.net." If you feel like submitting your dating life, head to the Sexting Art Festival for more info on how to become part of this festival.
MoMA PS1's music events always bring together inventive talent, but we're particularly excited about this newest happening from the venue. Other Music—the beloved East Village record shop that closed last year—teams with audio equipment company B&O Play and MoMA this Sunday, March 26, noon–6pm, to present Come Together Music Festival. The event will feature live performances, films, workshops and panels along with a label fair featuring over 60 participants—phew! Give yourself a moment to take all that in. The fest aims to celebrate the essential role communities—both local and international—play in the creation and consumption of new sounds. Highlights include a solo set by bedroom twee-popper Frankie Cosmos, a panel on New York DIY from key Brooklyn music organizers, a virtual reality meditation workshop from experimental club label Purple Tapes Pedigree, and a collaborative set from Afrofuturist artists Moor Mother, Rasheedah Phillips, GENG and Matana Roberts. Check out the full schedule of events and buy tickets at the official website here.
If you commute on the LIRR through Penn Station and you haven’t left the city yet, then good news! You’ll be hitting up your local happy hour after work today because you’re probably not getting out of the city until 8pm. The MTA is currently telling commuters to hold off on heading to the station because of delays and cancellations caused by this morning’s train derailment. Currently, 29 LIRR trains out of Penn Station between 4pm and 8pm have been cancelled in order to free up space for delayed NJ Transit and Amtrak trains. If you can, you should probably head to another station. The LIRR will continue to operate on close-to-normal schedules out of Atlantic Terminal and Hunterspoint Avenue. Amtrak trains out of Penn Station are also delayed. Limited outbound service on NJ Transit resumed about an hour ago. You can find the latest updates on train status here: #NJCL & #NEC is operating outbound from #NYPenn. See here for more info: https://t.co/Alcn7i8lBz — NJ TRANSIT (@NJTRANSIT) March 24, 2017 For more details on tonight's LIRR cancellations, see the official information from the MTA below. Babylon Branch The 4:03 p.m. train from Penn Station due Babylon at 5:05 p.m. has been cancelled. Customers can take the 4:12 p.m. train from Penn Station due Massapequa Park at 5:10 p.m. with stops at Woodside, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, Rockville Centre, and all further stops to Babylon. The 4:34 p.m. train from Penn Station due Babylon at 5:39 p.m. has bee
It's about time! More than a year after Manhattan got free public Wi-Fi kiosks, Queens is finally getting them too. (Yes, it took so long that even the subways got Wi-Fi first.) The free Wi-Fi is arriving via LinkNYC kiosks that are being installed in Long Island City and Astoria. There are already 11 kiosks on Jackson Avenue, and it's being reported that more will be installed on Broadway between 21st and 49th Streets. The internet will be beamed down from the heavens starting this month, and at the booths, you can also charge your phone and make phone calls for free.
Here’s a venue to add to your summer drinking bucket list. Clinton Hall, a craft beer bar at 90 Washington St, is opening a beer lover’s paradise at South Street Seaport in May. The two-level location will be located on the corner of Fulton and Front streets and will feature a rotating selection of the bar’s 20 craft beers and 20 burgers. So basically at least a summer’s worth of different beer and burger combos. In addition to craft beer, the 40,000 square foot pop-up will feature a Food Lab selling meals from a different celebrity chef every two weeks. The Lab is scheduled to open in June along with a cocktail bar. Throw in the planned floor of corn hole and life-size Jenga, and it sounds like there will basically be something for everyone. h/t DNAinfo
So, yeah, the first week of spring hasn’t exactly been a bed of roses with temperatures dipping into the 20s. But for the season’s first official weekend, it looks like things are warming up at least! So we’re just going to ignore the rainy forecast and focus on the 60-degree temperatures that lie ahead instead. Here are the spots you should hit up this weekend to celebrate the official start to spring. Sycamore Kill two birds with one stone by picking up spring flowers and a bar tab (wee!) at this Ditmas Park bourbon-focused bar set behind a fully-functioning flower shop. Gallow GreenThis cocktail bar that sits above the McKittrick Hotel tops NYC's "beautiful bar" lists for a reason—decked out in twinkly trees, potted plants and verdant trellises, you’ll feel like you’re floating in a spring dream. Gallow Green Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz Bohemian Hall and Beer GardenThe old-school, bustling beer hall is the perfect spot to camp out with friends while discussing your forthcoming Saturday night plans over pitchers on the picnic tables outside. Mother of PearlFor a highbrow tiki bar experience, head to Mother of Pearl in Alphabet City to be transported to a breezy, Polynesian island, complete with white and turquoise accents and tropical drinks. Mother of Pearl Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz Zombie HutAlternatively, for a lowbrow tiki experience, try Zombie Hut in Gowanus. Drink enough shared scorpion bowls or Mai Tais to forget that all your friends ar
Last year, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum captured the public’s attention with a working, solid gold toilet installed in one of its restrooms. This year, they're are going for something a little more subtle: A “desert” that’s acoustically soundproofed to prevent anything but the lowest of ambient sounds. PSAD Synthetic Desert III, as the installation is formally titled, is the creation of West Coast artist Doug Wheeler, who originally conceived the idea nearly 50 years ago. Working in collaboration with the museum, Wheeler is finally realizing the project after all this time. Study for Doug Wheeler PSAD Synthetic Desert III, 1971, detail Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, © Doug Wheeler The work consists of a viewing platform jutting into floor covered with rows of steep pyramids made of sound-dampening material (the piece is basically a high-cultural version of those semi-anaechoic chambers used by scientists and manufacturers to conduct acoustical experiments). Special lighting fools the eye into thinking the gallery is an endless space. Wheeler likens experiencing his work to wandering the Arizona desert where he’s spent time. Doug Wheeler PSAD Synthetic Desert III, 1971 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, © Doug Wheeler The ephemeral nature of PSAD Synthetic Desert III is a hallmark of the rest of Wheeler’s work, which has had a long association with the California Light and Space movement of the ’60s and ’70s. A left-coast spin-off of
For the woman (or man) who desires every sensual delight in one night... To incentivize you to browse their vast selection of goodies, the amazing sex shop Babeland will be offering a free tacos and tequila happy hour tonight. While you get slightly tipsy, you can learn sex tips from Babeland pros and then shop their wares with an even more open mind. The first ten guests to arrive will walk away with free goodies. Might we recommend the Womanizer or the B-Vibe? Enjoy tips, tacos and tequilas at the Bergen Street Babeland tonight at 7pm. The event is free, but registration has sold out, so be sure to get there early to find a seat.
Do you love the ’90s? Then maybe you love Miss Saigon, a.k.a. last of the Anglo-French 1980s megamusicals (it opened in London in 1989). This loud and special F/X filled show ran on Broadway from 1991 to 2001, and now it’s back at the same venue, the Broadway Theatre. David Cote may love the ’90s, but he sure didn’t love this show, calling it “a heap of Orientalist clichés filtered through 19th-century European melodrama and presented with all the subtlety of a coked-up, steroidal Michael Bay flick.” Two stars. Read the whole thing here.St. Ann’s Warehouse has brought back one of its repeat offenders, the British devised-theater troupe Kneehigh. Previous Kneehigh shows to tour here have included an impressively multimedia Brief Encounter and the acrobatic Tristan and Yseult. The new piece has the frisky title of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. It’s a crazy-sounding mix of childlike whimsy, metaphysics and World War II adventure. Our reviewer Helen Shaw explains: “A Kneehigh production…is like a merry-go-round. From the outside it seems like the worst ride imaginable; you have to be on it to enjoy it.” Alas, she didn’t enjoy the ride. Two stars. Read it here.How to Transcend a Happy Marriage is a winking, tongue-in-cheek sort of title. It’s the new play by Sarah Ruhl, a semi-surreal writer who is, frankly, an acquired taste. David Cote reviews this story of two middle-aged, middle-class couples who are shaken up by a polyamorous thruple. He liked the first hour as a s