Here’s a couple of things you can do, courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Work out in the presence of great art; check out cool outdoor installations with rooftops views of Central Park. Now here’s another: Being able to choose from more than a quarter million online images of treasures in The Met’s collection, and downloading them for free in high resolution—no permission required It’s all part of a recent initiative to grant unlimited use of any images of artworks from The Met that are in the public domain—which, as noted above, is a lot. Just what you do with them is up to you: Print them out to frame, wallpaper your bathroom with them—it’s all good. Getting to them from the museum’s home page is a bit tricky, but basically you click Art on the menu at the top of the page, go to Collection on the pull-down menu and click on that, then click on the box marked Public Domain Artworks just under the Search bar, and voilà! Here’s small sampling of what you can find: Johannes Vermeer, Young Woman with a Water Pitcher, circa 1662The Metropolitan Museum of Art El Greco, The Vision of Saint John, 1609–14The Metropolitan Museum of Art Vincent van Gogh, Wheat Field with Cypresses, 1889 The Metropolitan Museum of Art Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Harvesters, 1565The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Who doesn’t love oozy, melty, flat-out food-porny cheese? Although you might not think it socially acceptable to just order a big hunk of fromage for dinner, we've found the best cheesy dishes in New York that come pretty damn close. Savoyarde raclette at Raclette:The rustic East Village eatery keeps the alpine tradition of raclette alive by heating and scraping French cheese tableside over plates of roasted new potatoes, cornichones and pickled white pearl onions. Khachapuri at CheeseboatThis Georgian restaurant set in Williamsburg is an ode to khachapuri, the country's cheese-filled bread boats (hence the name). You can get it classic or flavored with fixings like spinach, bacon or garlicky chicken. A post shared by Cheesy_Travelers (@cheesy_travelers) on Feb 13, 2017 at 12:02pm PST Saganaki at Ed & Bev’s: Inspired by Greek diners found in their native Detroit, it's no surprise that brothers Max and Eli Sussman serves a sizzling saganaki at their Riis Park stall. The gooey cheese arrives fresh from the fire with a half loaf of sesame bread. Queso fundido at El Vez: It's Mexico's answer to fondue: At this Stephen Star restaurant, dishes of piping-hot melted cheese are jazzed up with your choice of red chorizo or truffle wild mushrooms. Both are served with a side of flour tortillas, so get scooping. The Quinn at Emily: This white pie at the acclaimed Clinton Hill pizzeria spotlights four different cheese: House-made mozzarella, havarti, pecorino and
★★★★☆ Last October, when it played New York City Center for a mere three days, the Jake Gyllenhaal–led Sunday in the Park with George left no time for the paint to dry. It was here, it was gone and nothing was left but bragging rights. And you had to forgive the braggers. The energy of a limited run is unique and galvanizing; unconstrained by complex blocking or much of a set, actors are freer to play around. Vocally, they may be more inclined to reach further, take bigger risks. Who knows when they’ll get another chance to do the role?How about now? Several of the cast members are back for the Broadway re-mounting at the refurbished Hudson Theatre, including, most importantly, Gyllenhaal as French pointillist painter Georges Seurat and the kittenishly sweet Annaleigh Ashford as his model, lover and muse, Dot. They are well supported by a chamber orchestra under the sensitive baton of Chris Fenwick, so Sondheim’s plangent, soaring score sounds marvelous. If Sarna Lapine’s budget staging reminds you that this version began as a concert, at least you can get lost in the music. And bravo for the art-installation Chromolume in the second act, much more artful and dazzling than in most revivals. Designers Tal Yarden and Christopher Ash dip scores of strobing, colored bulbs over the audience’s head, creating a pulsing, three-dimensional field of points—neatly adapting Seurat’s technique to modern, multimedia times. There aren’t many Sunday revivals where you leave humming the Chro
In the NYC tradition of repurposing old metro lines to serve as public spaces, the abandoned lines of the Rockaway Beach branch of the Long Island Rail Road has a proposal in place to become “the Queensway”, a pedestrian and bike-friendly walkway running through the center of Forest Park. While the project is still waiting on city approval to begin construction, Untapped Cities, in partnership with the Friends of the Queensway and Trust for Public Land, is offering an informational behind-the-scenes tour of the site. This will be the first public tour that has provided access directly onto the railway, which has been abandoned for 55 years. Andy Stone, director of the New York City program of the Trust for Public Land, will be providing first-hand insight regarding planning and phasing of the construction. Tour-goers will have a unique opportunity to view the area before it transforms into a new state-of-the-art, 47 acre, 3.5 mile-long park (over twice the length of the High Line, by comparison). Whether you have a creepy fascination with abandoned places, you’re an urban development nerd, or you live in Queens and are looking for exciting new bike routes, this event has a little something for everyone. The tour takes place April 8th, at 11am. Admission is $35. You can book online here.
Just moved to New York and shopping around for someone to shack up with in the cheapest apartment you can find? As much as we all dream of finding the perfect person to live with, everyone has their own specific flaws. That said, here are 25 types of NYC roomies that you should especially be on the lookout for. (Because, unfortunately, we can't all live with this guy.) 1. The one who walks in on you masturbating and doesn’t know where to look 2. The girl who asks you what you think of her date outfit, and who you don’t know well enough to give an honest answer to, leading to this face: 3. The one who agrees with you that your current living situation is “just short-term” 4. The guy who asks incredibly personal questions despite the fact you’ve only known each other for 38 seconds 5. The one who moves their bedbugs in with them 6. The one who’s just waiting for their “big break” in New York…and has been for the last 15 years 7. The one who’s a little vague on how they actually intend to make the rent 8. The one who breaks things and pretends it wasn’t them 9. The one that knocks on your door at 3am after having “a little accident in the kitchen” 10. The one who ends up being kinda…distracting 11. That couple who you end up having that one regrettable drunken night with, and can’t even look at for the rest of your lease term 12. The endlessly pedantic bastard 13. The one who is constantly trying to hook-up with you 14. The one who is constantly trying to hook-up w
Poe Dameron is set to go on a killing spree this summer. Actor Oscar Isaac, perhaps best known for his portrayal of the roguish space pilot in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (and the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi), will get a change to spread his X-wings as the thoughtful and vengeful Danish prince in Hamlet at the Public Theater, in a production scheduled to run from June 20 through September 3. As New York stage lovers know, Isaac is no stranger to Shakespeare. Before he was Poe—or the title characters in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)—he played Proteus in the Bard-inspired musical Two Gentlemen of Verona (2005) and Romeo in the teen-love weepie Romeo & Juliet (2007), both under the aegis of the Public's Shakespeare in the Park. His brooding, emotional presence should be a fine match for the melancholy Dane, who is driven to bloody revenge by the ghost of his murdered father. Sam Gold (Othello) will direct the production. Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key will Hamlet's pal Horatio, and the rest of the cast looks promising: Peter Friedman (Jacuzzi) as the nattering Polonius; Gayle Rankin (Cabaret) as his much-abused daughter, Ophelia; Anatol Yusef (Boardwalk Empire's Meyer Lansky) as her brother, Laertes; Roberta Colindrez (Fun Home) and Matthew Saldívar (Peter and the Starcatcher) as the hapless Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Casting for the key roles of Claudius and Gertrude has not yet been announced. (The Public's most recent production of Haml
A rally tonight at the Stonewall National Monument will be held to protest President Trump’s recent action to rescind protections for transgender students put in place under the Obama administration. The President sided with Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday in rescinding the protections, which allowed transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice, even though Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was in favor of keeping them. Tonight’s rally is being sponsored by over 50 local LGBT-rights organizations and will feature appearances by public advocate Letitia James, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, State Senator Brad Hoylman, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and other public officials. The event, which currently has over 2,500 people interested in attending on Facebook, is set to take place from 5:30-7:30pm.
Before you get adorable springtime baby animals at zoos in New York, you get this. (But we’re so close to warm weather, promise.) Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, NY (that’s about a three-hour drive outside the city), is currently livestreaming a video of a giraffe about to give birth. Aw! And also, ew! The giraffe’s name is April, and it will be her fourth calf. The calf will be about six feet tall when it’s born (that’s short for a giraffe). Once the baby is born, there will be a contest to name it, though basically nothing could be better than the baby camel named Alexander Camelton. Last night, two of the videos on YouTube were flagged for being “sexually explicit,” according to the zoo, but it appears to be up and running now, with nearly 50,000 viewers. Watch the live video below!
Everyone’s favorite ginger, Ed Sheeran (other than Ron Weasley of course), is playing a secret show in NYC next month in support of his new album, Divide. Ed’s album will be released on Friday, March 3 and New Yorkers have a chance to enjoy a free private concert with the singer on Monday, March 6 at a yet-to-be-disclosed location in the city. For a chance to hang out with Ed, Gothamites just need to have a SirusXM account and enter to win on their website. While I am not aware of anyone who has a SirusXM account (Spotify Premium user for life); just be sure that your account has been active since the beginning of February 2017 to be able to enter. Good luck to all the sheerios out there! I’ll just be over here twiddling my thumbs, waiting for him to call me up to grab a pint at any NYC dive bar.
The talented @damien__mitchell unmasked another beautiful mural at The Levee today: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. A post shared by The Levee (@theleveebk) on Feb 21, 2017 at 11:38am PST More artistic resistance has sprung up against Trump and his administration. This time, it's outside the Williamsburg bar, the Levee. Artist Damien Mitchell worked with the bar to paint, "The Hand That Rocked The Cradle," depicting Vladimir Putin removing a Donald Trump mask and winking. The message is pretty self-explanatory. The dive bar is no stranger to colorful murals painted on its corner, and this is its third collaboration with the street artist, who said it took between 15 and 18 hours to complete.