It was just too good to last. After an announcement last September that bar cars would be returning to Metro-North trains, there’s now a counter piece of news that seems like it will limit the amount of booze in train stations. The stands on train platforms selling snacks and booze may be disappearing, because of course we can’t have nice things. Several dozen cart vendors were recently put out of a job, a strong indicator that the carts may soon be gone altogether. Though no official decision has been made yet, you may want to start stocking up on snacks now and find a new happy hour spot that’s not a train platform. And in the meantime, you can still eat your feelings and all the free samples at Grand Central’s Dining Concourse this week.
The Campbell Apartment, the opulent cocktail lounge inside of Grand Central Terminal, is coming back, baby. The bar closed last summer due to a change in management—Scott Gerber of the Gerber Group (Kingside, Whiskey Blue) outbid Mark Grossich, who had held the lease since 1999—but will return May 1st as, simply, the Campbell, according to a video by Bloomberg. Gerber will reportedly honor the original bar's timeless looks, but will freshen the space with a marble bar and new light fixtures. Stay tuned for more details.
When you live in New York, many of the dogs you see (including the infamous hugging dog) walking around the city look way better than you do. But this dog... this dog will get that promotion you've been working toward, become your best friend's new best friend and steal your girl, all in one train ride. He's taking that N train from the last stop, but it's the weekend baby, and he's feeling good. I mean look at him. He's wearing sweet kicks and bright shades, he's SO ready for spring, and best of all, he knows damn well how good he looks. This dog makes me want to post on missed connections. The coolest dog in the world has been spotted on a train in Queens
Word hit last month that the meme-sparking meat seasoner known simply as Salt Bae was opening a restaurant in New York—now we finally know where that likely heavily salted restaurant will be located. Nusret Gökçe will debut his eponymously named steakhouse, Nusr-Et, at the former location of midtown's China Grill, which has stood at 60 West 53rd Street for three decades. Details on an opening date are still to come but, if the New York location is similar to its sisters in Istanbul and Dubai, diners can expect meaty dishes like a tenderloin with mustard sauce, barbecued Turkish sausage and marinated sliced beef.
Late last year, Amy Schumer made history as the first female comedian to break Forbes' top five highest-paid comedians list, which featured Kevin Hart in the top position. While the upset was exciting, the roundup still featured a lot of white dudes whose names I can't seem to remember (and I'm a comedy editor). As some factions of the entertainment community make efforts to balance out representation, NYC's comedy scene is taking the issue head on. Last year, Coree Spencer founded the Cinder Block Comedy Festival, which spotlights performers from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, and features improv, sketch, stand-up and storytelling and variety acts. It's a great showcase for well-established names like Frank Conniff, along with some of our favorite rising NYC comics. In anticipation for this September's festival, the Cinder Block team is offering early registration for women, people with disabilities, people of color and LGBT comedians until March 7. Standard registration runs from March 8–April 15, so you can still get pitch your shtick, but the early registration comes with a discounted fee of 19.25. Last year's fest was a big success, with shows by some of the funniest New Yorkers, including Lynn Bixenspan, Carolyn Castiglia, Calvin Cato and Marga Gomez. The second annual Cinder Block Comedy Festival takes place September 7–10. You can register here.
Much like T-Swift, we’re naming names. The city has released its yearly list, containing the 100 New York landlords who are simply the worst. We all have our fair share of landlord horror stories, but there’s a good chance none of them compare to the terrible tales involving the folks in this roundup. Right up there with the tenants rights your landlord doesn’t want you to know, make sure you peep at this list before signing your next lease. Here are the 25 worst New York landlords. See the full list here. 1. HARRY D SILVERSTEIN2. ALLAN GOLDMAN3. EFSTATHIOS VALIOTIS4. VED PARKASH5. MICHAEL NIAMONITAKIS6. FELIX GOMEZ7. RAWLE ISAACS8. JOEL KOHN9. ISKYO ARONOV10. DAVID DAVID11. BRUCE HALEY12. ISAAC SCHWARTZ13. JOSEPH HOFFMAN14. JONATHAN COHEN15. JAY MILLER16. ADAM STRYKER17. ZEV SALOMON18. JOEL GOLDSTEIN19. MARC CHEMTOB20. MEIR FRIED
If you’re already missing the record-breaking warm weather from last Friday, luckily you’re not going to have to wait too long for the city to warm up again. Clouds are expected to move into the area this afternoon with high temperatures in the low 50s. After that, the temperatures will start warming up Tuesday night and Wednesday. In fact, the temperature on Wednesday could once again edge into the 70s with a current forecasted high of 71 degrees. Following a sunny start, clouds will increase this afternoon. Temperatures will also warm up with rain Tuesday night & Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/kz8QDRiv2F — NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) February 27, 2017 But don’t get too excited. It won’t be quite as nice as last week’s gloriously warm Friday. Rain is expected to start Tuesday night and continue into Wednesday with the chance of thunderstorms. Seems like we've just decided to skip winter this year.
Gelato and macarons and cupcakes, oh my! With sweet shops from Alphabet City to the West Village selling every kind of treat imaginable, New York City is a sugar fiend’s paradise and a dentist’s worst nightmare. But where do you even start when there are so many delectable cannolis, cookies and truffles to choose from? Let a professional plan your eating itinerary for you in one of the city's best dessert tours or baking classes. It's the best bang (read: sugar) for your buck. Raaka Factory TourUnlike the vast majority of chocolate on the market today, Raaka doesn’t roast their cacao beans, but keeps them in their “virgin” state to preserve the complex natural flavors. The company offers guided tours of its Red Hook factory so you can take in the whole process, from bean to bar, and get up close and personal with the finished product. Bake the Book: Birthday Cake and Truffles ClassTrue devotees of funfetti know that Momofuku Milk Bar’s version of the sprinkle-studded cake is the ultimate way to enjoy it. Fluffy white cake get dressed up with pops of rainbow color, extra crunchy cake crumbs and a lusciously smooth coating of vanilla frosting. You’ll learn how to make this delicacy—and it’s cousins, Milk Bar's birthday cake truffles—in a workshop at the bakery’s Williamsburg location. Cupcakes, Cookies and Gelato Walking TourYour ticket to this walking tour includes not one, not two, but six tastings. Start off small with one of Baked By Melissa’s bite-sized cupcakes, then
Mon 27 Hidden Fences Peoples Improv Theater; 7pm; $7First, it was a verbal gaff at the Golden Globes. Then, it became a viral meme lampooning white Hollywood's incapability of comprehending that multiple films could exist starring black actors. Now, it's a riotous play by Jordan Temple, mashing up the plots of Hidden Figures and Fences and taking on all the hypocrisy of Black History Month in 2017. Get ready for some vicious satire. Run the Jewels + Gaslamp Killer + Gangsta Boo + Nick Hook + Cuz Terminal 5; 8pm; $30This North-South hip-hop throwdown is sure to pack in outrage aplenty as Definitive Jux hero El-P and quick-witted Atlanta MC Killer Mike spit incisive political venom on their appropriately titled third album, Run the Jewels 3, a collection of braggadocio and cutthroat takedowns. The swirling psychedelia of L.A. beatmaker the Gaslamp Killer sets the stage. Unfaced Hudson Guild Theatre; 6:15pm; $23In this one-person showcase, intrepid actress Maria DeCotis plays a bizarre host of characters worthy of an episode of Portlandia. Watch her interpret her absurd experiences traveling the world in this surreal plane-set journey. Tight Ship Freddy’s Bar; 8:30pm; freeLocal comics Sarah Lazarus and Daniel Lempert host this monthly night of stand-up, character comedy, interactive games and whatever else that will get a laugh. Tue 28 Mardis Gras: Brass, Sass and Ass at House of Yes; 10pm; freeMasquerade masks and gobs of purple, green and gold glitter are encouraged at
Normally we reserve this space for a recap of the few sparks of a generally dull ceremony, and last night's Oscars certainly had its share. There were zingers launched at Donald Trump from host Jimmy Kimmel (relaxed and confident as the night's emcee), and stirring statements of international solidarity from presenters Gael García Bernal, Meryl Streep and many more. Here's a full list of winners. RECOMMENDED: Full coverage of the Academy Awards But #EnvelopeGate is what all viewers will be talking about for years to come. In a staggering mistake, the wrong Best Picture was read from the wrong card. For a couple of minutes (and no more), La La Land was the night's big winner, long enough for three producers to make their joyous acceptance speeches. But then, La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz came to the microphone and said, "No, there's a mistake. Moonlight—you guys won Best Picture. This is not a joke." The crowd audibly gasped. Here's a complete play-by-play of how it went down: Presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, reunited 50 years after Bonnie and Clyde, walk downstage, the Best Picture envelope in hand. After some banter, the nine nominees are read and Beatty opens the envelope. Smiling and slightly confused, he shows the card to Dunaway, who thinks he's just stretching out the tension to be coy. "You're impossible," she teases. (Actually, it turns out Beatty was legitimately flummoxed.) He gives the card to her and she declares, "La La Land." It turns o