The Waldorf-Astoria, one of the most legendary hotels in the world, is closing indefinitely for renovations this upcoming Wednesday in order to be partially converted to luxury condos. Photographer Samantha Ferraro has a look back at the iconic space. In 2012, I photographed my first indoor wedding ceremony that didn't involve a holy church or temple. The couple was coming from the UK to elope with both sets of their parents. They actually contacted me through Flickr and wanted some images to remember both their time in Manhattan as well as their elopement itself to take place at The Waldorf-Astoria. This hotel, after almost 86 years in its current location, is now shutting its doors for indefinite renovations. While the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission is attempting to save some of the lobby, most of the hotel will change and the soul of what once embodied this space will be put to rest. Lauren and Owen were one of the first couples who gave me the feeling that they trusted me completely, and wanted me to create something beautiful with them. Our relationship was solidified during their extremely emotional wedding ceremony on the 39th floor of the Waldorf Towers in a private suite. The most spiritual Reverend Annie Lawrence presided, and she created a beautiful space. Afterwards, the hotel staff brought an assortment of handcrafted appetizers while everyone took a moment to congratulate the couple. They toasted champagne and we headed downstairs for
In the never-ending saga of how different New York is from Los Angeles—and the argument over which city is better—we all know there's a lot to discuss. La La Land, one of our best movies of 2016, is up for 14 Oscars this Sunday. The film shows Los Angeles in a bright-hued (literally), joyful light, praising the city's dreamers and excellent weather. Well guess what? New York's got dreamers and great weather (at least today) too! And this YouTube parody, about the somewhat dimmer, more cutthroat, possibly illegal world of finance and startup hopefuls in the Big Apple, show's you how La La Land might be if it were filmed here (Hint: There's 100% more pizza).
Earlier this month, we reported that pop singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, who wrote the Tony-nominated score for Broadway's Waitress, will soon step into the musical's lead role—Jenna, an expert at making pies but less adept at finding love—for 10 weeks, starting March 31. Now the production has announced who will play opposite her: crushable comic actor Chris Diamantopoulos. Diamantopoulos, 41, may not be a household name—six syllables is a lot to ask—but the Greek-Canadian actor is a familiar face to many TV watchers. He was Brian, the sympathetic boom-mike operator, on The Office; he was Marky, Portia de Rossi's face-blind beau, on Arrested Development; he was Rob, President Cherry Jones's chief of staff, on 24. The man has range: He has played Frank Sinatra, Robin Williams and, in the 2012 Three Stooges movie, Moe Howard. He is also no stranger to Broadway, though he hasn't visited in a while. In the early 2000s, Diamantopoulos starred in two musicals: as the pining romantic Marius in Les Misérables and the well-endowed stripper Ethan in The Full Monty. In Waitress, starting March 31, he will play Dr. Pomatter, the small-town gynecologist who gets all up in Jenna's business. For an actor of his versatility and charm, it should be easy as pie.
It's Friday, New York, and, even better than that, it's 70 degrees out. You know what that means? Everyone will be heading to 230 Fifth. But you’re going to be smarter than that. In a city of 8 million people, 7.5 million of whom probably want to drink outdoors tonight, we thought we'd provide a whole host of outdoor drinking options so you can have room to soak up those rays. Mr. Purple: Head up to the 15th floor at Hotel Indigo on the Lower East Side to drink in views of One World Trade and the Empire State Building, not to mention the $16 cocktails. 180 Orchard St (212-237-1790, mrpurplenyc.com) Westlight: This newish rooftop bar at the William Vale Hotel is a 22nd-floor behemoth punctuated by bright yellow and blue furniture. Beverages come courtesy of Anne Robinson and small plates by Andrew Carmellini. 111 N 12th St, Brooklyn (718-307-7100, westlightnyc.com) The Ides Bar at the Wythe Hotel: Another Brooklyn favorite, this bar isn’t set up nearly as high as Westlight (on the sixth floor), but who cares once the beer goggles kick in? 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn (718-460-8006, wythehotel.com) Belle ShoalsPhotograph: Liz Clayman Belle Shoals: Don perfectly coiffed hair and sundresses to attend this Southern-belle–themed spot in Williamsburg. The outdoor garden is fitted with white trellises, winding vines and twinkly lights. 10 Hope St, Brooklyn (718-218-6027, belleshoals.com)Hotel Chantelle: All bad decisions start at this multi-level Lower East Side bar, which makes
Broadway’s newest venue is actually one its oldest: The Hudson Theatre, which opened way back in 1903, just celebrated the opening of its first live show since 1968: a splendid Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford (my four-star review is here). I was delighted to visit Broadway’s 41st house, located on the same block as the Belasco on the under-valued east side of the theater district. Quick takes from one visit: comfortable yet classy and very attractive. The seats are notably wide, with ample leg room. The bar is spacious and gorgeous; you actually want to hang out there during intermission. Don’t forget to look up and admire the glass dome pieces that overhang the Tiffany Lobby. As for drinks, they serve wine in real (breakable) glasses. A Broadway theater treating us like adults? It’s weird to see audience members tottering back to their seats clutching real glasses, not tacky, branded sippy cups. We already went over the fascinating history of the Hudson in 2015. Following are pictures of the interior. Enjoy! A full house at the Hudson tonight. Be sure to check out the gorgeous Tiffany glass dome. As Sondheim's George sings: "Color and light. There's only color and light. Yellow and white. Just blue and yellow and white." Tired of cramped seating and zero legroom as in most Broadway theaters? You can spread out here. Sunday in the Park with George is only running through April 23. Get your tickets n
The temperature isn't the only thing heating up this weekend—Time Out New York kicks off a weekend of Scoville-testing spice with its annual Wingfest series, which will take on the best wings found in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan over the next three weeks. The series starts tomorrow at Long Island City beer hall Studio Square with two sessions (with tickets still available to the 11am to 1pm session), during which guests can sample saucy drumsticks from participating restaurants like Austin’s Steak and Ale House and Atomic Wings at Bar 43. Beyond the wings, Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey and Bronx Brewery will be on site to pour boilermakers, DJ Jeronimo will be behind the turntable spinning tunes, and games and giveaways will be aplenty. You can grab $35 tickets here. Can't make it to the Queens kick-off? Don't fret—a Manhattan installment of Wingfest is set to take place at Flatiron's Hill Country on Sunday, March 12th, with spicy wing options from the likes of Black Tap and Duke's. A Brooklyn event will follow at Hill Country's Adams Street outpost on March 19th.
In case you haven’t stepped outside today (and you really, really should), it is a freakishly-warm day for February in New York right now. In fact, it feels a lot more like spring or early summer than the usually slush-filled slog we’ve come to expect this time of year. The reason for the warm temps is a high pressure system and exceptionally warm air mass over the Western Atlantic. With temperatures hovering around 70 degrees all over the metro area, it’s not surprising that a number of record highs are being shattered. The National Weather Service has been tweeting out a number of the new records today, including a temp in Central Park that hasn’t been seen in February since 1997. A record high temperature of 61° was set at JFK. This breaks the old record of 60° set in 1984. — NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) February 24, 2017 A record high temperature of 74° was set at Newark. This breaks the old record of 73° set in 1985. — NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) February 24, 2017 Record high temperature of 61° set at Bridgeport, CT today breaking the old record of 60° set in 2016. — NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) February 24, 2017 70° currently in Central Park as of 11:30 AM. Last time February had a 70° temp in NYC was Feb 27, 1997 — NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) February 24, 2017 Enjoy this perfect day while it lasts (may we suggest a rooftop bar, perhaps?) A cold front is expected to move in tomorrow with the possibility of thunderstorms on Saturd
★★★☆☆ Watching the pair of Dutch Kills Theater Company one-acts now at Ars Nova can feel a bit like a game of name-those-influences. Where are playwrights getting their ideas these days? If we can judge by these two brief pieces, the answer is surprisingly retro. Ben Beckley's Latter Days feels like an early draft of a Samuel Beckett play, and Jean Ann Douglass's The Providence of Neighboring Bodies will remind you of our absurdist-in-chief Edward Albee. Maybe the one-act form will never escape Albee and Beckett—it's not easy to avoid the masters when you're trying to craft something short and sharp.Both are beautifully produced in repertory: the hour-long shows share a director (Jess Chayes), a designer (Carolyn Mraz) and a space (Ars Nova). Of the pair, Bodies is the stronger piece, a surprising and wicked little concoction. Douglass's comedy makes an odd little love-triangle out of three women trying to become chums; as Albee did so violently to the sanctity of families, Douglass does to female friendships.Dora (Lori Parquet) is hugely over-invested in cozying up to her apartment neighbor Ronnie (Amy Staats), who is in turn obsessed with Jane (Dinah Berkeley), a stranger paying to crash on her couch. This three-way need for connection ratchets up over a fraught weekend, and when Jane turns out (in true absurdist fashion) to be a beaver, the sisterhood frays. Douglass's play seems like a sweet little woodland creature, but it's got needle-like claws: every kind gesture end
Even if you’re the type of New Yorker who drinks iced coffee year-round, you should still get excited now that it’s finally warm enough for ice cream. And these cereal-covered cones from Soft Swerve are just the thing for 60-degree spring days. A post shared by vivian🐘🍍 (@veedang_) on Feb 23, 2017 at 8:57am PST The Lower East Side shop opened last November, but foodie Instagrammers have just begun blowing up your feed with these colorful cones now that it’s nice out. The store serves hipster-ish flavors including Matcha, Black Sesame (that’s the gray one) and Ube (that’s a purple yam, thus the purple one). And the best part: cereal toppings! You can get a cone dunked in Reese’s Puffs, corn flakes, Lucky Charms marshmallows or Fruity Pebbles. You heard it here first: Kiddie breakfast foods are in the midst of a serious comeback in NYC. A post shared by Alison Raisian (@allyray) on Feb 20, 2017 at 3:10pm PST A post shared by NYCmouth (@nycmouth) on Feb 19, 2017 at 12:01pm PST A post shared by Wang Jiaqian (@wjq200) on Feb 20, 2017 at 11:52am PST A post shared by Connie Shi (@skconnie) on Feb 20, 2017 at 11:58am PST
New Yorkers aren’t afraid to cough up some change for great food, but when those delicious bites are totally gratis? Now we’re talking! RECOMMENDED: Free things to do in NYC guide Grand Central’s “Taste of the Dining Concourse” kicks off on Monday, February 27, and the lower level foodie haven is serving tons of free grub, including mini tacos from La Chula, pretzels and hot dogs from Zaro’s Family Bakery as well as pizza and meatballs from Prova Pizzabar, to name a few. The complimentary tastings are from 11am to 12pm as well as 4pm to 5pm every day through March 3, so consider your meals taken care of of next week. Before you go, make sure to check our list of 10 fascinating secrets about Grand Central, y'know, to keep things interesting. For a full list of participating vendors, click here. Grand Central Terminal Concourse, 89 E 42nd St. Mon 27–Mar 3 11am–noon and 4–5pm.