With warm weather right around the corner, it's not too soon to start thinking about your summer plans—those rentals are gonna get snapped up, after all. Got Memorial Day booked? July 4th? How's Labor Day looking? For the latter, since 2009, one of the city's top options for end-of-summer revelry has been the Electric Zoo festival. And it's returning in 2017 for its ninth edition—Electric Zoo: The 6th Boro—at Randalls Island September 1-3, 2017. (Mercifully they leave you the holiday Monday free.) Three-day passes to the fest are already on sale, but you probably want to know who's playing, right? Here's a first look at the lineup, including headliners DJ Snake, Above & Beyond, deadmau5 and Eric Prydz. As you can see by the poster below there are still plenty more acts to be announced, so stay tuned for more news as the festival approaches. Electric Zoo 2017 lineupAbove & BeyondAlan WalkerAly & FilaAudienClaptoneDanny TenagliaDeadmau5Dj SnakeDon DiabloDrezoEric PrydzExcisionGaiserHenrik SchwarzJoyrydeLost KingsMarkus SchulzMartin SolveigNghtmreOliver HeldensPaul KalkbrennerSasha & John DigweedSeven LionsShaun FrankSlanderSub FocusSunnery James & Ryan MarcianoTchamiThomas JackTritonalWax MotifYellow ClawYotto
New York can be a slog. It’s easy for residents here to get caught up in their own lives and forget that, you know, there are another 8.4 million people living in the city. New Yorkers love to brag about how amazing the city is, and it's hard to disagree. But, at the end of the day, it's not hard to imagine a New York that's a little bit more friendly, a touch cleaner and generally more accessible for everyone. This city is a wonderful place, but it could be better—and you can help. It all starts with giving a shit. Here are 20 incredibly simple ways that you can make New York a better place. Let’s start with the small things Get to know your neighbors. Establishing a stronger sense of community in your nabe doesn’t have to be some grandiose effort—it can and should start with the other tenants in your building. Try holding a door open for someone, because the precious six seconds you’d otherwise save will likely make no difference in your day, and you might actually, you know, feel a human connection in the process. Give up your seat on the subway to anyone who looks like they could use it more than you. Swipe your MetroCard for someone if they ask. Seriously, don’t be a dick about it. Help tourists out with directions, because when people know where they’re going the city runs more smoothly. There’s a lot you can do for the environment Join a community garden, because the best veggies in New York come from New York. Pick up your dog’s shit. The stuff attracts rat
There was a minor fire within the cooling tower on the roof of Chelsea Market yesterday afternoon, and thankfully, no one was severely hurt or injured. We shared the upsetting news on our Facebook page as soon as we heard, and it wasn't long before our lovely readers started commenting and addressing their concerns...for the tacos. As many of you know, Chelsea Market is home to one of the most fiercely beloved taco joints—Los Tacos No. 1. (Hell, it's even our number one pick on our best tacos list!) Rest assured that those handmade tortillas, and, y'know, the visitors and people working inside Chelsea Market, are safe and sound. Thanks @FDNY for responding quickly and keeping us safe. https://t.co/a7YgoaLJBn — Chelsea Market (@ChelseaMarketNY) March 28, 2017
Classic rock fans should clear their schedules from July 29-30 immediately. The full lineup for this summer’s music festival “The Classic” was officially announced today and it is basically the platonic ideal of dad rock. On top of headliners Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles, performances have now been confirmed from The Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Journey and Steely Dan. What did we do to deserve this? Was it that hugging dog? The Classic will be held on both coasts on two separate weekends. Classic West is scheduled for July 15-16 at Los Angeles’ Dodges Stadium and Classic East will be taking over Citi Field in NYC from July 29-30. Tickets for god’s gift to New York are on sale from 10am on Friday, April 7. For tickets and more information, visit the festival's official site.
Even casual moviegoers will remember Amélie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 2001 French romance about a plucky but lonely Parisian waïf (played by the wide-eyed Audrey Tautou in a page-boy cut) who gets tangled up in the lives of various strangers and neighbors. As our reviewer notes: "Likely to be the role for which Tautou will be remembered until her dying day, the film is all the more interesting for remaining an eccentric one-of-a-kind that feels every bit the product of its writer-director’s unique sensibility and worldview. Well, you probably didn't know that Amélie has been turned into a Broadway musical. It stars Phillipa Soo, the dulcet-voiced powerhouse ingenue from Hamilton and the original Off Broadway cast of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. The score is by Daniel Messé, lyrics are by Nathan Tysen and Messé. Directed by the wonderful Pam MacKinnon, Amélie opens this Monday. We just got advance video from the production; take a look. Keep up with the latest news and reviews on our Time Out Theater Facebook page
The housing lottery for affordable apartments is now open for a newly constructed luxury building at 845 Grand Street in East Williamsburg. There are eight units available through the lottery, six one-bedrooms with a monthly rent of $1,020 and two two-bedrooms that will rent for $1,224. As always, in order to apply for the open apartments, you will have to meet strict annual household income requirements. In this instance, the requirements range from $34,972 to $54,360. You can find the detailed breakdown for each unit, and more information about submitting an application on Housing Connect. If you already live in Brooklyn Community District 1, you’ll have a leg up on the competition. Half of the apartments have been assigned for residents of the area, most of whom would no doubt be happy to live in the new building. On top of a rooftop terrace and backyard, the new development also includes an exercise yoga room, bike room, laundry room and elevator.
Dynamite things to do Prospect Park 150th Anniversary Weekend; Prospect Park; Apr 1, 2; free Brooklyn’s beloved backyard gets a Goliath birthday send-up, just in time for spring. The celebration opens with Lola Star’s Ice Disco on Friday 31, then features barbecues, a Smorgasburg meal, baseball games, bird-watching sessions and more for the rest of the weekend. And did we mention the frolicking dogs? MoCCA Arts Festival; Metropolitan West; Apr 1, 2; $5 per day This excellent comics and cartooning festival welcomes more than 300 publishers—major and minor—to display their wares. Hear a lineup of expert cartoonists, illustrators and creators, including iconic Wonder Woman artist Cliff Chiang and Gotham Academy creator Becky Cloonan. The Photography Show; Pier 94; Apr 1, 2, $30 per day More than 100 galleries descend upon Pier 94 for the 37th edition of this expo. Peruse pieces from the 19th century through present day, head to talks like “When Is Documentary Photo Art?” and “Vision and Justice” with industry luminaries, and find something special for your home. And #nofilter required. An Idle Afternoon with Passerbuys, Sand & Such and RUDAS; Canal Street Market; Apr 2, installation is ongoing; free Passerbuys (a fashion blog spotlighting awesome women in NYC) teams with Canal Street Market to create an installation all about the hygge life with West Elm. Rest on a Casper mattress, sip delicious tea from the Primary Essentials, and relax to music provided by Sonos. Expert
The MTA has decided to return garbage cans to subway stations, because it was a trash idea in the first place
Five years ago, the MTA launched a pilot program aimed at reducing littering on subway stations. Instead of staffing more custodians or stepping up the enforcement of littering laws, the authority announced that it would be removing trash cans from subway stations, which it said would encourage more riders to carry their garbage with them and throw it out above ground. But it didn’t really work, and now trash cans are returning to the 39 stations from which they were removed. The plan to remove trash cans as a means of reducing littering might seem counterintuitive, but it isn’t without precedent. In Taiwan, for example, there are no public trash cans—everyone throws away their garbage at home. The country is incredibly efficient when it comes to managing its trash and recycling, but New York is no Taiwan, and we’re a bunch of dirty, disgusting people. For years, the MTA hailed the program as a positive, claiming that it led to less trash being collected systemwide and a reduction in rodent activity on the rails. But the littering failed to slow down in a substantial way, and so the cans are coming back as the authority looks to other solutions to keep it stations clean. The MTA has now turned its cleaning efforts to a new fleet of vacuum train cars, which straight up suck garbage (and probably some rats) right off the tracks. It’s a little bit less subtle of a solution than removing trash cans, but when it comes to giving social engineering a go in New York, the trash pr
Just last week, I opened my mailbox to an unlikely springtime sight: the distinct red envelope of a Christmas card. It was one I’d sent to my cousin back in December, and four months later, it finally found its way back to me after being marked undeliverable. Recently I’ve realized that, especially for apartment dwellers, sending snail mail in the internet age is like tossing a message in a bottle into the sea: There’s really no way to know if it’ll reach its destination, and trying to be at home when your package will supposedly arrive is like attempting to land a spaceship on Pluto. There used to be a thrill associated with getting a letter in the mail; and, hey, I still love every check I get. But my mailbox has started looking less like a communications channel and more like a microcosm of America’s debt culture: It’s a mix of student-loan bills that I actually manage online and credit-card offers that go straight into the trash. Then there’s the occasional card, usually partially ripped open by the time it gets to me (something my suburban parents never deal with). I’ve had it with the United States Postal Service and its cousins, UPS, FedEx and DHL Express. I’m in an ancient apartment with no buzzer, which doesn’t pair well with my online-shopping addiction. You can imagine the number of “Sorry we missed you” slips that end up stuck to my front door—or blow down the street. The mail sucks, and that’s why no one uses it anymore—especially in NYC. If you Newmans disagr
For fabulous fetishists, stylish sex fiends and rookie deviants, there’s a place where fantasy becomes reality: the Black Party. Now in its 38th year, the epic dance welcomes more than 4,000 revelers of all gender identities to an 18-hour bacchanalia (Saturday at 10pm to 6pm the next day), featuring aerial sex performances, bondage and plenty of dark corners where you can lose your inhibitions. “Black Party loyalists consider it to be as much a part of their lives as Christmas Morning,” says producer Stephen Pevner. Here’s why one of NYC's best parties is about to be your favorite holiday. 1. It'll get you off your phone. While Halloween often retains more luster on Instagram than in reality, this blowout has to be experienced to be believed. All phones are checked at the door, leaving you to wander, flirt and show off your skimpy look to real live admirers—not your online followers. 2. You can look (and feel) like a sex god.You don’t have to resemble a porn star to feel like one. This is your chance to manifest your innermost desires, whether that means strapping into a leather dominatrix getup or baring it all in a jockstrap. You’re about to enter a room of open-minded strangers in harnesses, so abandon your insecurities at the entrance. 3. A return to the past.Long before sex theaters in Times Square were shut down and same-sex marriage was legal, queer New Yorkers had to find connection and community in an underground of their own making. For one night you can vis