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1. Tonight there’s an Ice Cream Social at Ample Hills Creamery in Hell’s Kitchen. You get to eat the dessert plus learn how it’s made and play ice cream-themed trivia. 2. Discuss Jane Austen at a free talk at the Mid-Manhattan Library. Head to the library near Bryant Park at 6:30pm to learn about the Pride and Prejudice author. 3. Spend happy hour on Hornblower’s Alive After cruise. Set sail from Pier 15 at 6pm and drink as you watch the sunset. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
So remember last summer when you kept running into people while you tried to find Pikachu around the city? Well, the virtual world just got a bit bigger and much more interactive. With a new augmented reality app, watch Abhishek Singh walk through his recreation of Super Mario Bros in Central Park (in full Mario gear no less). My thoughts: this will be a new workout craze within the next month.
Music festivals and beer—sometimes the simplest combinations are the best. Back in April, Pitchfork debuted its new website October, which seeks to make craft beer accessible by ridding it of the esotericism that's come to define the culture surrounding it. Well, the inevitable is now happening: a craft beer and music festival thrown jointly by the two platforms. This fall, Pitchfork and October present OctFest, which will take place at Brooklyn Hanger in Brooklyn's Sunset Park on Saturday, September 9. The one-day event has announced eight bands so far (with more to come) and 40 participating breweries, both spread across two sessions. Indie stars Guided By Voices headline the day session, which runs from 1–5pm, preceded by sets from Okkervil River and The Sadies. At the evening session, which runs from 7–11pm, you'll find the "Screaming Eagle of Soul" Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires performing alongside Kilo Kash and indie sad-sacks The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Breweries include local favorites like Peekskill, Threes, Sixpoint and Braven, as well as international offerings like Cloudwater (England), Radeberger (Germany), and Weihenstephan (Germany). You can snag tickets for a cool $60 at octfest.co.
On Tuesday, an A train derailment in Harlem left more than 30 passengers injured and gummed up service across the New York City subway system. The accident was the latest in a string of issues that have left straphangers reeling and desperate for a fix for the system. On Wednesday night at 6pm, a group of protesters will head to Governor Andrew Cuomo's office at 633 Third Ave to hold an emergency rally. The event is organized by a trio of transit advocacy organizations: Riders Alliance, New York Communities for Change and the NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign. Passengers across every line have seen the poorest level of service in years. Overcrowding and an arcane signaling system have been two primary causes of the issues, but fixing the problems will be neither easy or cheap. In May, Cuomo and the MTA Board released a six-point plan to address the service problems—as well as an updated capital plan that throws more money at the system—but there is no robust, long-term solution in place to keep the subway from falling into disrepair. If June serves as any indicator, this summer is not going to be fun for subway riders. Between a sweltering F train getting stuck between stations for 45 minutes and Tuesday's derailment, Cuomo is poised to catch a lot of flack from subway riders—Wednesday night's protest is just one example. Whatever you do, don't go screaming at Mayor Bill de Blasio. He has no control over the MTA, but he did manage to roll out a new line of 149-seat ferry
When you live in NYC, 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 Accordion PicnicsEvery Wednesday, Bryant Park welcomes masters of the accordion to show off their best on the lawn. Check out sets on Wednesday 28 from father-daughter duo Lena and Charlie Giordano, Brazilian bluegrass performer Rob Curto and more. 40th to 42nd Sts between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-768-4242, bryantpark.org). Wed 6–8pm. Broad City Trivia Think you’re a resident of Broad City? Grab a ferry from North Brother Island, study up on those Kirk Steele videos, and prove it at this intense trivia night dedicated to NYC’s baddest kweens. Reserve a spot for a team of up to four frands, and get there early: This showdown will be more packed than a rat party at Ilana and Jaime’s apartment. Essex, 120 Essex St (212-533-9616, triviaad.com). Wed 28 at 8pm. Citi Summer in the Square Every Thursday during the summer, Union Square Park hosts a full day of free activities, including yoga, cardio and bootcamp classes, lunchtime jazz, screenings of classic flicks like Back to the Future and The Karate Kid and a series of dueling performances, wherein pianists, beatboxers, dancers and guitarists square of
Each week, we take two New Yorkers who swear they're totally undateable, and put our matchmaking skills to the test. Afterward, we find out what went well on their date, and what went horribly, horribly wrong. Photograph: Kelsey Dubinsky Why they're single:Alyssa: She’s picky and has trouble finding someone with a good sense of humor.Billy: He has a busy schedule, and it takes more than just a beautiful woman to turn his head Ideal date:Alyssa: Happy hour at a bar, or something very noncommittal.Billy: A picnic in Central Park THE DATE First impressionAlyssa: “I didn’t want to be that girl who’s late, and I was trying really hard, but I was about three minutes late. He stood up, and we hugged. He was really nice and charming.”Billy: “She was about five minutes late, which annoyed the shit out of me. As soon as she walked into the room, I knew she wasn’t the girl for me. She didn’t have the goods.” ChemistryAlyssa: “He’s an actor, and that’s totally uncharted territory for me. I like a really stable job in a significant other. But the conversation was very friendly. He did a lot of the talking.”Billy: “Whether I was attracted to her or not, I still had to sit there for two hours and be a gentleman. We had a nice conversation. She complimented me many times.” Awkward MomentAlyssa: “A couple of times he told me not to be nervous. I wasn’t nervous, but that made me second-guess myself and get in my head. And then the conversation stalled.”Billy: “She ordered her f
Snap. Crackle. Pop. These are sounds I don’t want to hear from your grossly agape mouth while you shovel in your morning cereal. RECOMMENDED: See more New York rants Perhaps living in NYC—densely populated with humans and all their indecorous habits—is a bad idea for anyone who suffers from misophonia, the typically self-diagnosed (but gravely real) hatred of noises like chewing and sniffling. It’s no secret that, generally, each city dweller lives in a few-hundred-square-foot space, often shared with other people who probably snore, in an apartment building that almost certainly has leaky pipes, underneath tenants who obviously have a yappy dog. Yet month after month, we pay our rent, and year after year, we renew our lease just to continue traveling to work via the same subway cars overcrowded with mouth breathers, gum crackers and oafs who listen to music through earbuds that might as well be surround-sound speakers. Sure, it’s on us sufferers of this rage-inducing condition to find coping mechanisms, which is why I listen to white noise for hours on end, like a psychopath, to mask the noise of that salad being crunched, that soup being slurped, those carrot sticks being gnawed. But people, since every smack of your lips registers to my ears as a pointy nail dragging down a long chalkboard, can you just close your trap? I remember learning “chew with your mouth shut” around the same time as “tell the truth.” Here’s the truth: Petting-zoo table manners make me want to
If renting an apartment in New York costs an arm and a leg, buying a home in the city comes at the expense of all four limbs and one's will to live. Real estate prices have soared over the past two decades, leaving millennials who are hoping to buy a home with fewer options than the generations preceding them. A new study from Adobo dug into home-buying trends among people under the age of 35 in markets across the country and came to some pretty interesting conclusions. Aside from the already obvious fact that real estate is disgustingly cheaper in almost every other market in the country, the study found that the New York metropolitan area has one of the lowest millennial homeownership rates in the country at 19.8 percent. Nationwide, roughly 32 percent of millennials are homeowners, and that figure is upward of 40 percent in markets like Des Moines, Iowa and Grand Rapids, Michigan. But Gothamites, who are forced to reckon with everything from rising home prices, high student loan debts and expensive costs of living, the path to owning real estate is not so simple. Adobo looked into the median income among millennials in the 100 largest markets across the country and compared it to the average cost of homes bought by members of the generation in each area. The study then calculated how long it would take to afford a 20 percent down payment on that average home price if one saved 15 percent of their income. For New Yorkers, the answer is 22 years. If you're an average
Bo's Kitchen & Bar Room
Bo's Kitchen and Bar Room offers you a choice: dinner in the full dining room or more casual bites at the bar. For bar snacks, there’s crispy alligator with chili aioli ($15), a cheeseburger topped with caramelized onions, heirloom tomatoes, lettuce and onion ($16) or olive oil–braised baby octopus tacos with mushrooms and blistered fresno chiles (three for $17). You’ll probably want a signature cocktail to go with it. Order something sweet like the Antebellum (bourbon, blood orange tea, lemon and mint) or a drink with more savory notes, like the Casa Capri (gin, cherry tomatoes, basil, black pepper, lemon and honey). Sit in the dining room to order something off the more extensive dinner menu. There’s fried brie with fig jam and braised beets ($14), lemon-buttermilk fried chicken with creamed kale ($23) and truffle mac and cheese ($12). Don’t forget dessert—the restaurant offers fried cookie dough beignets and a blood orange tart with chantilly cream (both $13).
Venue says: “Join us for our 2nd Tiki Takeover event on Tuesday July 11th. Guest bartender, tiki concoctions and a night of fun!”