When I reviewed Sarah Jones’s solo show Sell/Buy/Date this past October, I was reminded all over again what a genius chameleon she is (it had been a decade since her Broadway outing, Bridge & Tunnel, for which she nabbed a Tony). With subtle physical adjustments and invisible vocal re-calibrations, Jones morphs across gender, age and ethnic barriers to become a dizzying range of people: a stoop-occupying b-boy, a spunky Jewish grandmother, a theory-spouting millennial feminist and a dour “Euro-American rights” spokesman. In the show, she used a sprawling cast of characters to tell a sci-fi fable about how evolving social attitudes towards sex and sex workers might lead to greater liberation, but also new crises.Now her prodigious talents are not confined to theater. Public Radio International has just announced a podcast called Playdate with Sarah Jones. In it, Jones “transforms into a cast of characters to connect with her guests and reveal their values and beliefs, explore their passions, and celebrate their unique journeys.” Upcoming guests include Grammy-winner India Arie, authors Baratunde Thurston (How to Be Black), Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) and the great Lily Tomlin (maybe they’ll swap characters). Part performance art, part talk show, part radio drama, Playdate sounds like a great use of the medium, conjuring voices out of thin air to challenge our assumptions about authenticity and identity. Isn't that what art is supposed to do? Here's a trailer:
Here’s a prom you’ll actually want to remember. If you’re a proud dog-owner who would much rather go on a date with your four-legged bestie than your significant other, this event is for you! Puppy Prom 2017: Diamonds and Bow Ties (yes, that’s the theme) is coming to NYC on June 10th. You and your pooch are expected to sport your best black tie attire at this Toyota-sponsored affair, which is bound to be reminiscent of your high school prom (sans the drama). Enjoy a delicious hot and cold buffet (and dog treats!) before shaking your tails on the dancefloor to tunes provided by a live DJ. There will also be a “Prom Walk” fashion show for all fuzzy guests. Don't worry if you run out of storage on your phone—a professional photographer will be around to capture every butt sniff. And it wouldn’t be prom without a little friendly competition! Not only will one lucky male and female canine be crowned king and queen, but there will be a parent lip-sync battle, too. Sounds like a proper prom to us! (Which means the next morning will be ruff). Early bird tickets are still up for grabs ($30; get tickets here), and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Yorkie911—a non-profit organization that rescues and protects Yorkshire Terriers and other small dog breeds. Looking for more weird (but cool!) things to do with your dog? We got 'em. Location: Toyota of Manhattan, 645 11th Avenue. Jun 10 1–5pm. Oh, and in case you need some outfit inspiration... Alfie Pet
Steve McQueen, the filmmaker, shares a famous name with a legendary Hollywood action hero, but his work is very much his own. Apart from movies like Shame, Hunger and the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, McQueen has plenty of contemporary video art to his name. (He's no mere dabbler, either: His gallery work has won him Britain's Turner prize, their Academy Award for visual arts.) Beginning May 6, MoMA will install McQueen's Static, a digital projection completed in 2009. The piece is an aerial helicopter shot swirling around the Statue of Liberty at varying degrees of closeness. Depending on your vantage point, the torch-bearing beacon of American virtue will either seem distant, mighty, ominous or welcoming. Static gains in resonance the more you watch it. MoMA will feature the installation through the summer.
Your Friday night plans are officially made. Kick off your weekend by living your best life at this tea party where you can snuggle some plush Pikachus to mark the closing of Michael Pybus’ installations at the Castor Gallery Downtown. The party lasts from 6-8pm on Friday. The indoor Pikachu Orchid garden is a part of Pybus’ show, In 3D the basil never wilts, along with pieces from Keith Allyn-Spencer, Huey Crowley, Bradford Kessler, David Kirshoff, Gino Saccone, Sydney Shen, and Alex Ito. The show closes this Sunday. Guests are invited to sit back and relax, while sipping on a boozy cup of tea and indulging in a cupcake. Uh... Can you say cozy as fuck? And now I rest #pikachu #pikachugarden #artopening #nyc #pokemon A post shared by Alex (@sliceofalex) on Mar 2, 2017 at 2:53pm PST Milk & Hunnie🍼 🍯 ❤ at last night's opening for @michaelpybus #michaelpybus #pikachu #milk&hunnie A post shared by Emma (@jeunecourtisane) on Mar 3, 2017 at 10:44am PST TBH; spending a Friday night drinking a cocktail out of a tea cup, while surrounded by beautiful pieces of artwork and sitting in a Pikachu Orchid Garden is how I should be spending every Friday night.
In case you haven't figured it out yet, an inordinate amount of money passes through New York City. From Wall Street banking to a sprawling luxury real estate market, there is a whole lot of green to be made in this town. But, like any other major city, the people who get rich in New York don't always live in New York. They flock to the suburbs, and the New York metropolitan area is home to some of the richest suburbs in the entire country. A recent report from Bloomberg dug into 2015 census data of U.S. household incomes, and found that 33 of the 100 richest towns in America are New York City suburbs. Silicon Valley's Atherton, California topped the list with an average household income of $444,374. Scarsdale, New York, Short Hills, New Jersey, Old Greenwich, Connecticut, Bronxville, New York and Darien, Connecticut all made the top 10 on the list. Another 28 towns within commuting distance of New York City made the top 100, leading to the obvious revelation that there are a lot of super bougie suburbs in the area. One would hope that with so many rich people living outside of the city, rent here would be reasonable. But that's not the case, and you're going to continue to pay way too much for a studio apartment no matter how many McMansions pop up in Jersey.
The legendary Waldorf Astoria hotel has already closed for 2-3 years of renovations, but we now have our first look at just what those renovations may entail. The proposed plan, from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and Pierre-Yves Rochon, attempts to protect the historical integrity of the landmark hotel while also interpreting the interiors in a more modern way. The city landmarked many of those interiors last month. “Our design for the Waldorf Astoria New York reclaims the full potential of one of New York City’s most legendary buildings and opens a new chapter in the hotel’s celebrated history. The Waldorf Astoria has been an audacious civic icon since it first opened in 1931, and we are honored to be leading the effort to restore this Art Deco masterpiece, while turning it into a world-class destination for the 21st century,” said Roger Duffy, a Design Partner of SOM, in a statement. The plan for transforming one of New York’s most famous hotels makes a point to restore all of the building’s landmarked spaces, and will now be submitted for public review by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. In addition to the renovated and restored public and event spaces, the Waldorf will also include a number of luxury condominiums when it reopens. Waldorf Astoria lobby Rendering: Courtesy Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP / Rendering by Methanoia Inc. Peacock Alley Rendering: Courtesy Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP / Rendering by Methanoia Inc. Le
A post shared by johnkyan (@johnkyan) on Mar 29, 2017 at 10:47am PDT The internet's favorite butcher/chef made his way to New York on Wednesday, and we couldn't be happier about it. Salt Bae, formally known as Nusret Gökçe, was spotted by dozens of social media users across the city yesterday. Donning a bright red turtleneck, the meat-salter turned meme looked just as gorgeous as he did when he was propelled to fame by way of majestically seasoning a steak earlier this year. This morning, Gökçe posted a video to Instagram in which he stands in front of a smoking grill, dangling a juicy piece of steak with a look of pure admiration on his face. A post shared by Nusr_et#Saltbae (@nusr_et) on Mar 30, 2017 at 5:33am PDT Gökçe is working on opening a restaurant in Midtown, which will be similar to its sister locations in Istanbul and Dubai and will feature all things meat. Once that happens, we hope that every cut is topped off with a splash of salt that shimmers in the sunlight, just as the meat gods intended.
Think you’ve been through hell? You haven’t until you’ve squished yourself into a crowded subway car at 7am only to discover there’s a god-awful smell and the A.C. isn’t working. Just the thought of that dreaded train delay announcement is enough to give any New Yorker anxiety. And since even the MTA admits service has been getting worse, it’s probably time to get used to the jam-packed cars, delays and breakdowns. There is something you can do to make your time as a straphanger slightly more pleasant, though: Arm yourself with these must-haves for subway commuters. With these useful supplies in hand and a few subway hacks up your sleeve, there’s nothing you can’t handle. For swiping in quickly and efficiently No more rummaging through your bag to find your MetroCard. Keep it handy in a clear plastic case—your fellow commuters will thank you for getting through the turnstile without blocking the flow of traffic. For getting rid of all that bacteriaThink planes are gross? Think again: The New York subway is 900 times dirtier than an airplane tray table. Stash a few individually wrapped hand wipes in your bag to remove any germs you might have picked up during the ride. For your dying phone batteryCharge any smartphone quickly on-the-go with a portable charger no larger than a tube of lipstick. It’s especially handy for those days you drain your battery trying to check the delays on the feeble underground service. For holding onto the grimy poles Sit next to the woman pluc
Smorgasburg, Instagram's favorite food festival, is making its grand return to the outdoors on Saturday, April 1, and the food is lookin’ pretty bomb. The 100-vendor market will kick off in Williamsburg (East River State Park) on Saturday, and then move to Prospect Park (Breeze Hill) on Sundays. This Sunday, they'll be celebrating the 150th birthday of Prospect Park with a specially brewed beer from Brooklyn Brewery, called Long Meadow Gold. But back to the food. Here are the new eats that we’re really looking forward to chowing down this summer: Halo-halo from Ube Kitchen: The Filipino dessert contains deep purple, home-made ube ice cream, fresh fruit, toasted coconut flakes and diced dragon fruit in a bright pink dragon fruit bowl. Photograph: Smorgasburg/Kyle Huebbe Raclette sandwiches from Baked Cheese Haus: That gooey cheese scraped off a wheel that you’ve been seeing everywhere? It will be served on a toasted baguette in the market. A post shared by Traveling Foodie (@fattywithoutborders) on Dec 17, 2016 at 11:56am PST Juice from John’s Juice: The juice from oranges, grapefruits, watermelon and pineapples will be made inside the actual fruit, and given to you for on-the-go drinking directly from the source. Photograph: Smorgasburg/Kyle Huebbe Spaghetti donuts from Pop Pasta: Will two of our favorites foods combine to make something even greater? Choose from flavors like red sauce, aglio and olio and carbonara. A post sha
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