The food world has waited with bated breath to see what Wylie Dufresne's next moves would be. The Michelin-starred chef and molecular gastronomy icon has been without a permanent kitchen since closing wd~50 in late 2014 and Alder in summer 2015. He's following up those acclaimed eateries with, of all things, a fast-casual doughnut shop. Opening Wednesday, April 26th next to Williamsburg's William Vale Hotel, Du's Donuts and Coffee is a cake-doughnut collaboration between Dufresne and pastry chef Colin Kull (of San Francisco's Tartine Bakery). The fluffy rounds come in ten varieties, including grapefruit-chamomile, pomegranate-tahini, banana-graham, and strawberries and cream. Beyond the doughnuts, the shop serves Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee and is planning on expanding the food menu with breakfast sandwiches. Check out the treats and space below. 107 N 12th St, Brooklyn (dusdonuts.com) Photograph: Courtesy Du's Donuts and Coffee Photograph: Courtesy Du's Donuts and Coffee Photograph: Courtesy Du's Donuts and Coffee Photograph: Courtesy Du's Donuts and Coffee Photograph: Courtesy Du's Donuts and Coffee Wylie Dufresne Photograph: Courtesy Du's Donuts and Coffee Photograph: Courtesy Du's Donuts and Coffee Photograph: Courtesy Du's Donuts and Coffee
The first span on the new Kosciuszko Bridge will be unveiled by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday night, providing six lanes of traffic that will connect Brooklyn and Queens over the Newtown Creek. The new structure replaces the now-defunct 78-year-old bridge of the same name, which will be demolished by way of dynamite this July. The new bridge is the first to be built in New York City since the debut of the Verrazano Bridge in 1964, and Cuomo will welcome it with a dazzling LED light show. Dubbed "The New York Harbor of Lights," the state is bringing an Empire State Building-esque display of lights to every MTA-operated bridge and tunnel (plus the George Washington Bridge) by May of 2018. Kosciuszko will be the first to receive the luminous treatment, which is set to make NYC's beautiful set of bridges even more incredible. The new span will include three lanes of traffic in each direction. When the final iteration of the bridge is completed in early 2020, there will be five lanes for Queens-bound traffic, four lanes for those heading into Brooklyn and a 20-foot-wide bike path and walkway. Thursday's light show will be synced up to tunes playing on select iHeartRadio stations, and will be coordinated with another display on the Empire State Building. There is no word yet as to which songs will be included, but DJs would be remiss if they omitted the Red Hot Chili Peppers's "Under the Bridge" and Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" from their playlists.
Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest is hosting a week of rap concerts and events in Dumbo with DMX, Rakim and more
The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival returns to the NYC waterfront with another stellar lineup of concerts, talks, film screenings and parties from July 10–16. This year's finale concert on July 15 at Brooklyn Bridge Park hosts DMX alongside fellow Ruff Ryders the Lox. In addition, you'll be able to see neo-soul hip-hop duo Oshun and hear DJ sets by Mister Cee and Stretch & Bobbito, with more acts TBA. The rest of the fest features a live Q&A with legendary MC Rakim, performances by Bas, Cozz and Omen (all on J. Cole's Dreamville label), a film festival and more. Tickets are on sale now. Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival 2017 schedule July 10thTold It First Hand with RakimThe live interview series hosted by Festival Founder and Executive Director Wes Jackson will be blessed by the legendary Rakim.Location: The Brooklyn Historical Society July 11thGet Paid To Be YourselfThe Forbes column and career workshop created by Julian Mitchell will have a live conversation with a cultural influencer who mastered the skill set of monetizing their value by taking their talent and turning them into sustainable income.Location: TBA July 12thThe Hip-Hop Institute “Speak The Truth”Lectures, panels, and workshops dedicated to the study and advancement of issues of community empowerment, social justice, health & wellness, and entrepreneurship.Location: Medgar Evers College, Crown Heights, Brooklyn The Combat Jack Show LiveThe original #1 Hip-Hop podcast, the Combat Jack Show with Reggie Osse a
Nature lovers, get excited: On May 1, New York's car-free oasis in Upper New York Bay opens for 2017 season! There's going to be some pretty amazing things to do on Governors Island this year, which is one of the many reasons why the operators of the local paradise want to relaunch with a big bang. RECOMMENDED: Governors Island, NY guide During the first night of opening weekend (Friday, May 5), the Trust for Governors Island plans to keep the attraction open late (until 9pm), so visitors can linger and savor the island's many amenities. (It's surely been a long fall and winter without this treasured hideaway, so we're all about it.) It'll be worth your while, too, as the special event includes free entertainment such as live music from Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra as well as an opportunity to watch the sunset at The Hills—the attraction's new 10-acre park equipped with slides for adults and amazing landscapes offering killer 360-degree views of New York Harbor. Make sure to hit Little Eva's Beer Garden Grill at Liggett Terrace so you can ogle that beautiful cotton-candy sky with a beer in-hand! Ferry schedule for Friday, May 5: Ferries departing the Battery Maritime Building, Lower Manhattan for Soissons Landing, Governors Island: 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM (last ferry) Ferries departing Governors Island for Lower Manhattan: 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM (last ferry)
NYC's latest affordable housing lottery comes in the form of a converted Williamsburg warehouse at 66 Ainslie Street. There are just 10 units up for grabs in the lottery, two of which are studios with monthly rent of $833. In order to qualify for one of those coveted pads, those applying must have an annual income between $30,446 and $38,100. There are also another eight one-bedroom units available in the building, all of which are going for $895 per month and open to applicants with annual household incomes between $32,640 and $43,500. 66 Ainslie has all of the amenities that one should expect in a new Williamsburg residential building. There is laundry on site, a rooftop deck, a doorman and is nearby G and L train stations. The lottery is the latest in an exciting spring for affordable housing lotteries in New York. Earlier in April, applications opened up for 20 units in a refurbished church in Bushwick. In March, a set of apartments opened up in the Lower East Side's new sprawling Essex Crossing development, with rents starting at just $519. Repurposing old warehouses into new developments is nothing new for Williamsburg, a neighborhood that was once an industrial hub but has become a haven for millennials and young urban professionals. Earlier this month, Bowery Presents unveiled its new venue, Brooklyn Steel, which is situated in an old steel factory.
Mon 24 Mac & Cheese Smackdown Berg’n; 6pm; $35–$45 Taste your way through the best mac & cheese that Brooklyn has to offer! We've challenged the borough's best restaurants to offer creative takes on this cheesy classic in the ultimate showdown to crown Brooklyn's top mac. Enjoy tastings from eateries such as Bonnie’s Grill, Lumpia Shack, Pretty Southern and more, then wash the grub down with two Tsingtao beers. DJ Jeronimo provides the tunes to keep you shuffling along. Artexpo New York Pier 94; 10pm; $20, run of show $40 As if NYC weren’t enough of an art mecca, this annual convention of more than 400 leading galleries, artists and publishers packs Pier 94 with stunning works from around the globe. Peruse halls of multimedia pieces, and engage with rising artists during talks and seminars held throughout the day. The Moth StorySLAM Flushing Town Hall; 7:30pm; $19-$30 Everyone in NYC has a story to tell, but how many of us can hop onstage and share it with a room full of strangers (without even asking for money)? Think of a tale you’d like to unload, then head to this storytelling throwdown, at which volunteers are drawn at random to share five-minute pieces. This week’s Spring Cleaning prompt encourages readers to share five-minute tales of clean slates and new beginnings. Taste of the Nation NYC 180 Maiden Lane; 7pm; $250 The fund-raising blowout comes back for its 30th year with a star-studded, 50-restaurant lineup, featuring heavy-hitters like Barano, Samesa and O
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. 🌈