Say adios to the Kosciuszko Bridge! The bridge over Newtown Creek that connects Brooklyn and Queens will be falling to pieces said Governor Cuomo yesterday. A much needed replacement bridge has been under construction since 2015 and is slated to open in April. Once it's fully functional, the 78-year old Kosciuszko Bridge will literally be blown to smithereens. The reason behind blowing up the bridge is that it will just save the work crew's time. Usually, it takes months to dismantle a bridge so blowing it up is actually much easier (not to mention, considerably more dramatic). The opening of the new bridge will be the first phase of the ongoing initiative to clear up traffic between the two boroughs. Phase Two will see a second bridge built in order to accommodate traffic coming from the opposite direction. Until then, can we put our name down to push the plunger? [h/t NYPost]
It is one of the many mysteries of the world that a city as important as New York is forced to deal with arguably one of the most dysfunctional transportation systems in the country (let alone the least welcoming station hub, Penn Station): the Long Island Rail Road. And now, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority shatters our already low expectations by increasing ticket fares across all lines... again. The hike, which was approved back in January, will officially go into effect on March 19, 2017 and apply to all ticket purchases: from one-way and roundtrip tickets to weekly and monthly passes. Hurrah! Check out the LIRR's website to figure out how much more you'll have to shell out every time you need to take the train (it depends on the zone you live in), but expect an overall 4% hike to affect prices across the board over the next two years. “The MTA is focused on keeping our fares affordable for low-income riders and frequent riders, and on how we can keep necessary scheduled increases as small and as predictable as possible,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast back in January. The good news? We're all in this together so, while you're cursing out the LIRR, remember that there is always someone else just as angry as you (including us!)—and we've got Twitter to prove that: @LIRR how about instead of a fare hike you pay back the lost hourly wages of everyone late to work because of crap like this https://t.co/z4yRuESJxh — Sean (@Sean3116) February 8,
When the best New York City breweries invite their favorite beer purveyors from around the world, you know it’s going to be epic! NYC Beer Week kicks off on Friday 24, with an opening bash at the Brooklyn Expo Center on Saturday 25 (get your tickets here). Neither snow, rain, nor heat shall keep all the “beer buffs” or cicerones from partaking in eight days of unlimited suds sampling and an opportunity to chit-chat with some of the best in the business of brewing. As if unlimited sampling isn’t enough to start rubbin’ your beer bellies in anticipation, the event honors your experience with a complimentary tasting glass to take home. Nothing beats a souvenir. And a beer festival wouldn’t be complete without grub. The event will have a variety of vendors curated by LIC Flea to keep you sober. Snack on bites from Bronx Hot Sauce, Slant Shack and Fairway Market—just to name a few. The event, which runs through March 5, also features tours, pairing menus, home-brewing workshops and the first annual NYC Fermentation Festival for, y'know, all things fermented. For more information, visit nycbeerweek.com. — Written by Jonathan Cotto
Next month, it will be a lot cheaper to eat like a King in Kings County. “Dine in Brooklyn” is bringing 10 days of deals to the borough at over 60 restaurants (and counting) beginning March 20. Prices for meals at the restaurants will be fixed, similar to Restaurant Week. Brunch will be set at $12, a two-course lunch will set you back $15 and a three-course dinner will cost a mere $28. This year’s event will run from March 20 through March 30. You can find all of the participating restaurants (as well as a very handy interactive map) on the Dine in Brooklyn website. The list should be finalized by February 28. [h/t DNAinfo]
The new season of hugely successful, ren-fair-come-to-life epic Game of Thrones won't air till summer—June 25 if rumors are to be believed—but this March you can warm up for its return by revisiting the music of the show. Game of Thrones: Live Concert Experience comes to Madison Square Garden on March 7, and tickets are on sale. Whether the concert will meet the high bar set by previous tie-in events like Rave of Thrones, we make no promises. But you can except an audio-visual experience set to the music of Ramin Djawadi. Time Out's Zach Long talked to the composer earlier this year about the tour, and Djawadi divulged some details (spoilers!!!) about putting the program together: You had six seasons of music to pull from, how did you go about building the narrative for the concert?I sat down and I pulled all my favorites. When I did that, I had six hours of music and I knew we couldn’t have a six-hour concert, so I had to condense it. It was really tough to make those decisions and shorten pieces and summarize things. Game of Thrones jumps around quite a bit, so we do that too. I assume that most people who come to the concert have seen the show, so it goes through all six seasons. Get a look at the concert's huge LED screens and Wall-like stage setup below.
Her Royal Goopiness is back at it again, folks. Gwyneth Paltrow—Oscar-winning actress and vocal proponent of "conscious uncoupling" and $15,000 gold dildos—is opening another restaurant in New York this March, reports Eater. Dubbed 3 Green Hearts, the takeout cafe is the second brick-and-mortar NYC offshoot of Paltrow's health-food brand with fitness instructor Tracy Anderson (the first is inside Anderson's Church Street studio) and will debut at the new Tracy Anderson Studio at 241 East 59th Street. (Though access to the studio requires a $900-a-month membership, the eatery is open to the public.) On the menu, expect health-conscious stuff like vegan burritos, fresh-pressed juices and kale ravioli, because of course.
When you live in the most expensive city in America, 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 Fight ClubYou may say you’re heading to this free screening for the violent postmodernism, but we all know it’s to see a smoking-hot peak Brad Pitt on a big screen. Enjoy the fights, the fur and the fabulous Helena Bonham Carter, all while you nosh on corn dogs and chili Fritos pie from the Bazaar restaurant. Don’t trust any sexy strangers you meet. Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave (bkbazaar.com). Wed 22 at 8pm. The Library After Hours: “Love in Venice”To inaugurate its new “Love in Venice” exhibition, the NYPL is throwing a bash that celebrates the costumes and culture of the Venetian Republic (1297–1797). Show up in a gagworthy look, enjoy Italian vittles and cocktails, construct your own masquerade masks, take on ballroom dance lessons, and check out sensual Venetian films. Be debauched! New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Ave (917-275-6975, nypl.org). Fri 24 6:30–9pm. K2 Fridays NightsThe Rubin Museum of Art goes all out for its Friday-night celebrations. At 6pm, Café Serai becomes the K2 Lounge where you can enjoy Pan-Asian tapas an
★★★☆☆ Would the real Branden Jacobs-Jenkins please stand up? Throughout half a dozen plays, the restless, talented writer has flaunted a genius for polymorphous perversity. His output includes absurdist neo-minstrelsy (Neighbors), meta-historical race melodrama (An Octoroon), pitch-black workplace comedy (Gloria) and metaphysical family drama (War). His next move—of course—was to update the 15th-century English morality play Everyman.To be fair, satire runs clearly through Jacobs-Jenkins’s sensibility as well as a fascination with the ways in which blackness is appropriated and defamiliarized on stage. In Everybody, characters argue about racial insensitivity and political correctness, but that almost feels like a red herring. This time, the writer is chasing a bigger, faster-moving target: mortality and morality.In the source play, God enlists Death to call Everyman to account for how he lived his life. Terrified about facing extinction alone, our allegorical hero turns to family, friends and even anthropomorphized possessions for companionship as he travels to the other side. Each rejects Everyman in turn, until he is left with only his five senses to face the grave.For this very meta and saucy adaptation, Jacobs-Jenkins neutralizes gender and randomizes the casting: Five actors who, we're told, memorized the entire script (Brooke Bloom, Michael Braun, Louis Cancelmi, David Patrick Kelly and Lakisha Michelle May) are assigned their roles by lotto-style Ping-Pong balls. Th
As the leader of Parliament-Funkadelic, George Clinton has always been a tireless workhorse—his memoir lists nearly 60 albums in its “select discography”—and age has hardly slowed the 75-year-old. He’s still touring regularly, with a group that combines longtime P-Funk members and a new generation of musicians. Recently, Clinton has been working with electronic producer Flying Lotus, and he recently acted in FlyLo’s out-there film project, Kuso, which was reportedly gross enough to scare away several audience members at Sundance. Clinton revived his more free-form, rock-driven project Funkadelic with 2014's First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate, and plans to release a new Parliament album—full of classic horns and funk stomp—this spring. We caught up with Clinton before the mothership touches down in Times Square for his annual Fat Tuesday show. You’ve made music through a lot of politically challenging times. What’s it like now?It looks just like 1968. I can’t get away from the television. I don’t necessarily like looking at the news, but it’s happening so fast every day, and you’ve seen this story before. Did you know there was going to be some kind of backlash after having the first black president?No, no way. I saw it happening but I didn’t believe it. I got a thing, that we’re in socially engineered, anarchy-induced chaos. They play us against each other to the point that we’re all mad at each other and can’t explain or understand what we’re even mad about. I’ve heard ther
By any chance, were you in England last month to see the great Simon Russell Beale play Prospero in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new Tempest? No? Not to worry. Starting next week, a high-definition recording will be broadcast to select movie houses across North America. Gregory Doran’s staging, which opened to strong reviews at the RSC’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon, was filmed for Live from Stratford-upon-Avon. New Yorkers can catch a screening at Symphony Space on March 15 or March 25.This innovative production of Shakespeare’s magical late play was developed with Intel, in association with Andy Serkis’s Imaginarium Studios. It aims to break new boundaries in theatrical staging with the first live-motion capture performance in a major classical stage production.Watching great theater, dance and opera from around the world is increasingly a matter of visiting your local movie theater. For years, the Metropolitan Opera and London’s National Theatre have brought their work to millions of viewers around the world. Here's a chance to see a great performer in a great play. With popcorn. For more information and tickets visit the RSC online.