What happens when a sprawling New York City cemetery begins to run out of space? That's a question that Green-Wood Cemetery is being forced to reckon with, as the 478-acre burial site is rapidly approaching capacity. The Brooklyn cemetery, which was founded in 1838, is the final resting place for thousands of Civil War soldiers, infamous New Yorkers like Boss Tweed and the Brooks Brothers. But over the years, the location's space for new grave sites has started to diminish as the number of dead beneath its grounds rapidly approaches capacity. This week, Green-Wood reached a deal with the historic Old First Reformed Church to acquire a stretch of plots that occupy just a fraction of an acre. The church acquired the land from Green-Wood in the 19th century during an era in which the cemetery was pushing for local houses of worship to bury their dead at the beautiful location rather than at their own church grounds. Much of the space that came into Old First's ownership was never used, and so the two historic institutions struck a deal to sell back the cemetery within the cemetery (known as the Cedar Dell) to Green-Wood for a cool $400,000. Green-Wood is facing a fate that is fairly unique for cemeteries in the United States. Trinity Church Cemetery in Washington Heights stopped selling new burial plots a few years ago. Calvary Cemetery in Queens is rapidly approaching capacity. Even Arlington Cemetery is running out of room. This pickle is a direct result of the mindset c
Your prospects for being able to afford a Prospect Heights apartment just went up. Starting today, applications are being accepted for 10 affordable units in a new development at 1007 Atlantic Avenue. Not only does the building boast a roof deck, but it also has a package room and bike storage room. And let's be real, what other storage requirements do you need? You don't have a boat! Like all affordable housing lotteries in NYC, your income must fall within a certain range in order to apply. In this instance, your household income must be between $26,743 and $57,240 to qualify for any of the available apartments. Two studios currently accepting applications have a monthly rent as low as $780. There are also three one-bedrooms available for $806 a month, and five two-bedrooms going for $973 a month. You can submit an application for an apartment in the building, which was designed by Issac and Stern Architects, on Housing Connect until July 13. Good luck! We're all rooting for you.
If you're running late and need to get across town quickly, hailing a cab or ordering an Uber is not always your best bet. A recent study from the University of Central Florida and University of Toronto found that riding a bike during peak travel periods in New York City is faster than—or at least competitive to—taking a taxi. The researchers dug into all of the data from CitiBike trips and cab rides during 2014, and the findings are fascinating to anyone who's interested in the most efficient ways to navigate the city. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to biking in NYC It's no secret that driving in Manhattan isn't exactly efficient—a study published earlier this year showed that the influx of ride-sharing apps has caused traffic in the borough to move 12 percent slower. Riding a bicycle, however, is an effective way to avoid being delayed by New York City's gridlock. According to the study, most of the CitiBike trips taken in 2014 were less than two kilometers (the same applies for taxis), and those short trips were often quicker for cyclists during peak periods. More than 62 percent of CitiBike trips with a distance between one and two kilometers during weekday morning rush hour periods (7-10am) were either competitive to or faster than cabs. Roughly 60 percent of CitiBike trips of the same distance during the middle of the day (10am-4pm) were faster than or competitive to cabs, and that figure for CitiBike trips during the afternoon rush period (4-7pm) was 53.1 percent.
A post shared by Wild Oleander BK (@wild_oleander) on May 21, 2017 at 1:51pm PDT Quick! Look down at your nail beds. Are you overdue for a manicure? While there are plenty of affordable and over-the-top nail salons in the city that can help get your digits in check, few (if any) are as unique as Wild Oleander—a brand-spankin'-new nail salon and spa located in Bushwick. The family-owned, Varet Street pamper haven looks like a '70s dream, equipped with retro floral wallpaper, stunning antique light fixtures, throwback sofas and plenty of neon signage that will draw customers in like a moth to a flame. You might say the salon also resembles a tropical oasis (owner Sandra Hatton drew inspiration from her childhood spent in Hawaii) where the gorgeous but dangerously poisonous oleander flower grows wild. (How's that as a metaphor for the beautiful but powerful qualities of a woman?) When you go in for a manicure ($25) or pedicure ($30), don't be surprised if you start craving a piña colada. The hankering can easily be cured when you request the all-natural, house-made, cocktail-scented products and oils during your pedi treatment ($37). The nail art designs (start at $50 or $60) generated by Creative Director Misleidys (@msladiiz) are MoMA-worthy, and you bet your ass we'll be requesting this magical, geode look during our next appointment. A post shared by Wild Oleander BK (@wild_oleander) on Jun 14, 2017 at 8:20pm PDT Our favorite salon feature
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:Daniel: He has unrealistically high expectations and a fairy-tale idea of finding the right person.Alex: He’s busy with work and can come off as guarded and a little inaccessible. Ideal date:Daniel: Dinner then a walk through an unfamiliar neighborhoodAlex: Dinner followed by an outdoor activity, if the weather’s nice THE DATE First impressionDaniel: “Alex arrived on time, which I appreciated. We shook hands, and then he sat down and jumped right into questions. He seemed really interested in getting to know me.”Alex: “He came off as a bit guarded. I don’t want to say that he was cold, but I could tell he was more Type A and likes to be in control. I can read people really well.” ChemistryDaniel: “I got more of a friend vibe, but the conversation was good. We covered a lot of taboo first-date topics like race and religion. We even talked about genocide.”Alex: “I thought he was super attractive, physically. He also seemed really smart, which I like. I’m not a very intellectual person. I’m kind of a dumb-ass fool.” Awkward MomentDaniel: “He made a comment that he was using the word ‘bougie’ too much. After that, I started keeping count and he kept using it. I think the count got up to eight.”Alex: “A little bit o
PARK NEWS: Alliance has restored historic Wellhouse into a comfort station with composting toilets—1st for NYC Parks https://t.co/976fR4MJ5L pic.twitter.com/vbxcqodjRm — Prospect Park (@prospect_park) June 19, 2017 It’s the fanciest outhouse ever. New bathrooms opened this week in Prospect Park’s Wellhouse Comfort Station, making it the first time the building's been open for public use in nearly a century and giving those luxurious restrooms in Bryant Park a serious run for their money. The exterior of the station, built in 1869, was refurbished with a new paint job and a new roof, but the main feature is its compost bins. The bathrooms start their environmental friendliness by using less than six ounces of water instead of a toilet’s typical one-and-a-half gallons—that’s 97 percent less water. The water mixes with a special soap before running down to composting tanks below the bathrooms. Those tanks will be filled with thousands of worms later this year to assist with composting, which is the stuff of nightmares but also really healthy for plants. This is the first composting bathroom in an NYC public park, though there are already ones at the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden. The first batch of compost at Prospect Park will take 10 years of fermentation before it’s complete, but we’ll be holding our breath.
Pride in NYC offers everything: LGBT activism, spectacular costumes, hilarious queer comedy, community-building and discourse, and, of course, the chance to be slutty. It's like Halloween, but you don't have to worry about getting pneumonia from wearing just a thong in public. Here's our rundown of some of this season's sexiest fetes: RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Gay Pride in NYC Lez SwimRoom Mate Grace Hotel, Thursday June 22 at 6pm, $25, at the door $30The creators of LezSkate, LezBowl and Lezzertag invite Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans-identifying women to this indoor pool party, featuring a swim-up bar, sauna and plenty of pool toys. The Grace's pool is pretty tiny, so you're likely to get intimate with your new friends. Red Light, Green Light Go-GoBronx Beer Hall, Friday June 23 at 9pm, $5The Bronx BLAQLIST and the Bronx Beerhall present this stoplight soiree, where attendees select one of three colored bracelets to express their relationship status: red for those who are committed, yellow if things are a tad complicated and green for those flying solo—for now. Horse Meat DiscoOutput, Friday June 23 at 10pm, $50The merry lads of Britain’s beloved beats bash hit NYC for another night of joyous (and mostly shirtless) funk. Get down to endless thumping beats from DJ Ron Like Hell and the Horse Meat crew at Output, and sneak over to the Panther Room for more simmering bass sounds from Octo Octa and Butched. Within minutes, you’ll be belting your favorite Anita Ward jams with y
Considering that NYC movie theaters often forget to turn on their AC, there's really no difference between watching a movie in a cinema and seeing one in the heat. So if you're going to break a sweat while taking in a film this summer, you might as well do it in a location with incredible views. Added to the list of outdoor movie screenings this summer is Hudson Riverflicks, which hosts free viewings every Wednesday and Friday nights through mid-August. Held at Pier 46, the screenings will offer a gorgeous view of sunset on the Hudson. The Wednesday night screenings are meant for cinephiles of all ages, and the Friday shows are all family-friendly selections. Here's the lineup for the Wednesday night event, which usually begins screening at around 8:30pm: July 5: MoonlightJuly 12: KeanuJuly 19: ArrivalJuly 26: Lego BatmanAugust 2: Hidden FiguresAugust 9: La La LandAugust 16: Logan There will also be special sing-along screenings of Chicago (July 13) and Mamma Mia (August 10). The family-friendly lineup runs concurrently on Friday nights, and features some gems in the lineup: July 7: The Secret Life of PetsJuly 14: TrollsJuly 21: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate FactoryJuly 28: Kubo and the Two StringsAugust 4: SingAugust 11: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemAugust 18: The Karate Kid You can learn more at Hudson River Park's website.
Whether it’s in Chelsea or on the Lower East Side or Uptown, summer in the New York gallery world generally means group exhibitions. But this year, the idea gets a new twist as galleries across the city group together for two massive shows. The first, kicking off today, is Ugo Rondinone: I ♥ John Giorno, a tribute to legendary poet, artist, activist and muse John Giorno by his husband, the Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. But homage isn’t being paid just by Rondinone: Scores of artists are participating in this exhibitions spread among a dozen of the city’s leading art institutions, including the Kitchen, the New Museum and the Rubin Museum. Among the highlights will be Andy Warhol’s classic 1963 film, Sleep, a long take of Giorno snoozing for five hours and 20 minutes, at the Swiss Institute. You can find out more about it here. Photograph: Condo NY The other big show is Condo NY, in which 36 cutting-edge galleries from around the world are being hosted by 16 of the hippest galleries in Chelsea and on the Lower East Side. The show, based on a similar one in London, runs from June 29th to July 28th and may become an annual event. You can find more information here. Whether you take in one of both shows, you'll be on the coolest art walk under the summer sun.
One long-ago afternoon, when the city was firmly in the grip of summer heat, an NYU freshman said these irresistible words: “Get a load of this!” RECOMMENDED: See more New York rants We crowded around as she lifted her foot before our stunned eyes. The flesh below her ankle, hot to the touch, had swollen to the size of an elephant’s leg, and a flimsy flip-flop dangled from her distended toes. A blister caused from breaking in her thongs had become majorly infected, and when she finally saw a doctor, she needed an IV drip of antibiotics. Had she waited longer, she might have lost her foot. Sure, it’s a dramatic example, but the lesson is simple: Don’t wear flip-flops in New York City. Flip-flops breed strong opinions like steaming summer street puddles breed bacteria. Those opposed will say no one wants to see your disgusting feet, that open-toed shoes are a privilege of those with pedicures. Some argue that wearing rubber shoes is for children or that the thwack-thwack sound they make is noise pollution. But fashion and propriety aside, common sense begs you to think twice before walking around the city basically barefoot. Have you ever seen a smashed rat in the middle of the street? One that’s flat as a pancake, insides on the outside, its tail the only indication that it was once a living rodent? Have you smelled a mysterious pool of liquid you’ve instinctually known wasn’t water or gotten a metal shard stuck in your shoe? Probably. Remember these scenarios next time
This Upper East Side diner has all the classics covered: omelettes, sandwiches, waffles, burgers and so much more. Open until midnight every night, Trend Diner offers locals an easy way to satisfy almost any comfort food craving. For breakfast, choose from more than 15 different omelettes ($8.95–$12.25), Monte Cristo french toast ($12.95) and waffles with every topping imaginable ($8.75–$13.50). Lunch and dinner options include an open-faced hot roast beef sandwich ($19.95), triple-decker BLT ($14.95) and penne alla vodka ($17.95). Need something sweet? They’ll blend a milkshake up for you, whether you want a traditional black and white ($6.95) or the Elvis, with chocolate, peanut butter and bananas ($7.45). The dessert menu also includes New York–style cheesecake ($6.25), a classic banana split ($8.95) and bacon-fried bananas dusted with cinnamon sugar ($10.25).
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