The ongoing drama surrounding the deteriorating New York subway has taken some interesting turns in the past few weeks. With rampant delays resulting from overcrowding, track fires, derailments and an arcane signaling system, straphangers calls for a fix have mostly been met with a lot of hot air. In late June, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Joe Lhota as chairman of the MTA, and less than a week later declared a "state of emergency" for the subway. The pair then set a deadline of July 31 to drum up a plan for expediting work to fix the city's transit woes. Since then, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Cuomo and Lhota have engaged in a back-and-forth with the media as to who is actually responsible for fixing the transit system that is used by more than 5 million people every single day. The MTA Capital Program is overseen by the MTA Board, which is appointed by Cuomo, so the fact that there's a debate as to who holds the keys for the subway system is confusing at best. The whole argument feels like a multi-billion-dollar game of hot potato, and doesn't help the riders who find themselves late for work on a regular basis as a result of an unreliable subway system. In the past few weeks, Lhota and Cuomo have both asserted that New York State is not responsible for paying for the subway system, and that it is the city's responsibility to shoulder the cost for its operation and upgrades. Over the weekend, de Blasio held a press event on the F train and fired back, saying that Lhota's
There were some oohs and ahh when Brad Pitt popped up, mid-set at Frank Ocean’s performance at FYF Fest on Saturday. Mostly though, the reaction to that surprise, and the set as a whole, was stunned silence. Playing stripped down version of songs from Blonde and Endless along with covers, new singles (and new verses) and even a Channel Orange throwback, Ocean’s set was painfully direct and stark in its delivery. Tonally, the music was closest to Endless’s fluttering minimalism, calling to mind that music video’s image of a craftsman alone in his workshop. Spike Jonze’s cameras, aimed at Ocean from multiple angles delivered the intimacy that’s become Ocean’s trademark: a huge (and hugely popular) production that felt like late-night phone call. The set was startling for its somber tone: I can’t recall any performance I’ve seen with more audience members straight up bawling in the crowd. And keep in mind, a lot of people waited a long time for this set. Ocean canceled his headlining FYF appearance in 2015, leaving folks hanging only a few days before the show. Earlier this year he pulled out of Sasquatch, Hangout and Primavera. Accordingly, demand for Saturday was high. It was the only day to sell out, and before gates opened one-day passes (normally ~$125) were going for more than three-day wrist bands (upwards of $300). Since releasing his eagerly anticipated new album last summer, FYF was only his fourth show. Panorama this weekend will be his fifth. At FYF Fest, Ocean's
2017 is shaping up to be the year of dessert. Specifically, dessert that our inner children would go bananas over. Earlier in the year, DŌ, the cookie-dough-centric shop opened, then there was Wowfulls, serving cotton-candy-Oreo scoops in warm Hong-Kong-style waffles. (And don't even get us started on the unicorn, cotton candy and rainbow upsurge). And now, a shop mainly devoted to donut-ice-cream sandwiches is opening this Saturday. On July 29, founders Jackie Luu and Alan Yaung are baking original donuts and churning ice cream in-house to serve their "cruff" sandwiches as a two-for-one deal. At Stuffed, the glazed donuts will be warmed pre-sandwich, and will be dipped in sweet toppings upon serving at the 139 First Ave location. Based on these Instagram photos, we're excited. A post shared by Stuffed Ice Cream NYC (@stuffedicecreamnyc) on Jul 13, 2017 at 5:35pm PDT
There's nothing quite like a rain shower to turn New Yorkers into inconsiderate assholes. Whenever the huddled masses across town are reminded of the phenomenon that is the water cycle, all hell breaks loose and nearly every unspoken social contract that binds the city together is thrown out the window. The most pernicious? Awful umbrella etiquette. New Yorkers wield their umbrellas with the carelessness of a six-year-old child whose fingers are caked with melted gummy bears. The oft-repeated warning of "you could poke an eye out" feels more relevant than ever when trying to navigate a rainy street in Gotham. We're acutely aware of the haphazard manner with which New Yorkers carry umbrellas—it upsets us so much that we've been compelled to put together a brief guide for umbrella etiquette in the city on a rainy day. Should we have to do this? Probably not, but we're hoping that this can be one small step toward reminding people that a little bit of rain does not give you the license to act like a complete dick. 1. Beware the subway stairs We've tackled the problem of umbrellas on subway stairs before, but it's worth reinforcing. If you're walking up the stairs, take the extra five seconds to clear the top step (and any human heads nearby) before unfurling your water shield. A few drops are not going to kill you, but a metal tip to the face could do some damage. If you're heading down to the subway, carefully close your umbrella before descending. It's really not comp
There are many things you can to do stay cool during a hot-ass day in New York: you can visit one of the city’s many air conditioned museums or take a dip in one of Gotham’s numerous public swimming pools. Thanks to Summer Streets, the city is getting another way for folks to combat the heat and make a splash. RECOMMENDED: Summer Streets NYC 2017 guide LG Electronics is teaming up with Citi Summer Streets to create Manhattan’s first-ever water park, and it’s going to be larger than two-and-a-half tennis courts combined. In honor of the brand's new dishwasher, the water park will resemble a larger-than-life iteration of the LG QuadWash equipped with sprinkler arms, enormous plates as well as a spoons that double as waterslides. Sounds fun, right? The only downside is that this is the closest most of us will ever get to having a dishwasher in NYC. Another bummer is that this attraction is only temporary, and will last for the duration of the Summer Streets event. However, you do have multiple chances to check it out on August 5, 12, and 19 from 7am to 1pm. Check out the rendering for what the park will look like below. The waterpark is located at Park Avenue between 70th and 71st Sts.
New Yorkers have a lot of things to worry about: rent hikes, treacherous subway commutes and the constant paranoia of a bed bug infestation, to name a few. After a series of strange attacks last week, locals have another thing to fear: squirrels. The adorable rodents roam freely through the city's parks and green spaces, living in a respectful symbiosis with human passersby. But last week, one rogue squirrel in Prospect Park broke the long-held truce between its kind and the people of New York when it went on a rampage, wounding five unsuspecting park goers in the process. Between July 18 and July 20, five people were attacked and bitten by a "potentially rabid squirrel" close to the Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance to the park, according to a statement from the Health Department. The incidents led officials to hang up a set of flyers near the affected access point, urging anyone that may have been bitten by a squirrel in the area to immediately seek treatment for rabies. While reports of squirrel bites are nothing new for the Health Department (there are roughly 70 reported bites from our bushy-tailed brethren in the city each year), the aggressive nature of the Prospect Park squirrel is unusual. The department notes that New York State has not found a rabid squirrel since it began surveilling for rabies in 1992, but, given how nuts (get it?) the rodent in question is behaving, it's acting under the assumption that the creature is rabid. The attack of the squirrel oug
Mon 24 Time Out Pool Party Dream Downtown; 6:30pm; $35–$55, VIP $600 After a brutal winter and a chilly spring, it's time to indulge in a smoking hot summer. Head to this dope pool party at the McCarren Hotel, featuring complimentary Prosecco DOC, Core Water cocktails, vittles and giveaways. If you're down to lounge like royalty, opt in for the VIP ticket, which grants you and ten buddies a private lounge with unlimited cocktail service. Treat yourself! 20th-Anniversary Tribute to Portishead Roseland NYC Live Le Poisson Rouge; 8pm; $25 It’s been 20 years since Portishead forever cemented trip hop’s legacy in the states with their live show at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom. For this tribute concert and Planned Parenthood benefit, Le Poisson Rouge welcomes LARCENY Chamber Orchestra, Joan As Police Woman, Holly Miranda, Erin Markey, Sophie Auster and Alfred Kpebsaane to perform. The Moth StorySLAM Flushing Town Hall; 7:30pm; $10 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. Muse Central Park, SummerStage; 7pm; $60 With theatrical, awe-inspiring live shows, it's easy to see why Muse is seriously massive worldwide. The band's newest single, "Dig Down," is an incensed return to stadium-rock form for the English power pop trio, transla
1. New downtown bar Coup is the perfect place to grab a drink after work. The place features big-name guest bartenders slinging drinks for a good cause. 2. Spend the night with fellow nerds at The Lord of the Rings trivia at Hill and Bay. You can even win $50 off your tab. 3. If you want to find the best new theater offerings, check out the New York Musical Festival. Running now through August 6, it has the shows everyone will soon be talking about. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
1. Stuff your face at the Jamaican Jerk Festival in Queens today. You can sample the best Caribbean food from the city’s best restaurants. 2. Spend the evening watching a rock cabaret show at The Duplex. Comedy Central’s Tessa Skara takes the stage for a show with both live music and comedy. 3. If you’re craving something sweet, head to the Brooklyn Ice Cream Takedown. The event will have desserts from places like Ample Hills. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
1. Today there’s a dessert festival with unlimited wine in New York. Head to outdoor shopping bazaar LIC Flea and Food in Queens to find it! 2. A massive festival arrives in Central Park today. Starting at noon, there will be everything from movie screenings to live music to comedy shows. 3. The Queens United International Party is an all-night festival for just $5. Head to Sunnyside Gardens Park for the food and dance party. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.