You’re not undateable, you’re just going to the wrong places. The dating app Hinge released the results today of a user survey analyzing what was most and least likely to lead to a second date in NYC. After surveying 8,000 members, the company discovered that going to see a movie or show was the type of first date most likely to lead to a second one in New York at 79%, followed by restaurants (51%), parks (47%) and bars (42%). The survey also asked users what specific spots in the city were most (and least) likely to lead to a second date in the city. Check out the list below, and plan accordingly. MOST LIKELY The Penrose Central Park Good Night Sonny The Wayland Dear Irving LEAST LIKELY The Belfry Soho House Pod 39 Little Branch Buvette
The Empire State Building will remain dark this evening to commemorate the lives lost during the recent bombing in Manchester, England. The death toll for the attack is currently at 22, and dozens more were injured, after an IED was detonated at an Ariana Grande concert. The NYPD has increased security in NYC following last night’s incident and a book of condolence is now open online at www.manchester.gov.uk for those wishing to sign their respects. In deep sympathy for the lives lost in Manchester, England last night, we will remain dark this evening. 📷: @isardasorensen pic.twitter.com/QOnxlkCaY1 — Empire State Bldg (@EmpireStateBldg) May 23, 2017
Last night, bar-world glitterati descended upon Ascent Lounge in Columbus Circle to celebrate the third annual Time Out New York Bar Awards. Reps from the 36 nominated Bar Awards finalists joined fellow industry pros and Time Out staffers to find out which barrooms and bar teams would take home one of nine coveted awards, each chosen by a panel of high-profile judges. This year's illustrious class of winners include Brooklyn newcomers like Jupiter Disco (Best New Bar) to Manhattan staples like Mayahuel (Best Single-Focus Bar). Brand ambassadors including Mitch Bechard of Glennfidich and Erik Andersson of Hendrick's Gin were on hand to present the Best Bar Family and Bar of the Year awards, respectively. During the celebrations, party-goers enjoyed a range of cocktails by William Grant and Sons, featuring Glenfiddich and Hendrick's Gin, Segura Viudas and Topo Chico. Check out photos of last night's festivities below.
A collection of 52 circular sculptures were installed across New York this week, bringing another head-turning public art display to the city. The sculptures, dubbed "Wave Walk," have been installed in each of the five boroughs, and are the product of a collaboration between nonprofit conservation organization Project 0 and skincare brand La Mer. Each of the "waves" adhere to a circular template, but vary widely in design and style. They were all designed by renowned artists and recognizable celebrities, including the likes of Richard Branson, Keith Richards, Sienna Miller and Slash. The installation aims to raise awareness for Project 0's mission to protect the world's oceans. Specifically, the organization is working to create a protected marine area in the Azores off the Portuguese coast; invest in research to help push for sustainability in the East China Sea; and protect and restore mangroves in the Caribbean Sea. The sculptures are currently up for auction online, and will be on display until June 21. At that time, they will be auctioned off live at Sotheby's and all of the proceeds will go towards Project 0's marine conservation efforts. You can find a full map of each sculpture's location here. You're not going to want to miss the window to check these out—they're among the coolest pieces of public art to hit the city this year.
Midtown isn't under a giant glass dome, but it could have (should have?) been. At the very least someone brought up the idea: Back in 1960, architectural visionary R. Buckminster Fuller proposed putting a geodesic dome measuring one mile high and 1.8 miles over a stretch of Manhattan running from 62nd to 22nd Streets. Its purpose? To keep the busiest part of the city not too hot and not too cold. Also, dry: Fuller noted the savings in snow removal would pay for the dome in 10 years (today, we have something else taking care of the snow—climate change). Fuller's dome was just one of the countless, ambitiously wacky schemes for New York—from a system of pneumatically-propelled elevated trains crisscrossing town to a silvery Guggenheim Branch in Lower Manhattan—dreamed up over the years. Any one of them would have drastically changed the city as we know if realized, but what if all of them had actually been built? That's the premise of a show at the Queens Museum coming up in September. But first, they need your help in getting it up. The museum has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $35,000 for “Never Built New York,” an exhibition that looks at “200 years of visionary architectural and urban designs that never came to be.” A central feature of the show will be 70 miniature models of futuristic fantasies installed within the Museum’s renowned Panorama of the City of New York—among them, a 1930 tower for MoMA resembling stacked Jenga blocks and a state-of-the-art stadium
Cold brew soft serve at Dominique Ansel Kitchen Photograph: Courtesy Dominique Ansel Kitchen Hitting up the soft-serve window at Dominique Ansel Kitchen is one of the tastiest things to tick off your summer food bucket list. Operating at the dutch door on the side of the West Village shop, the seasonal window returns tomorrow with the fan-favorite burrata cone (balsamic caramel, microbasil), as well as a host of new, rotating flavors.From May 24th through the end of June, the shop will serve cold-brew soft-serve ice cream with anise biscotti and milk foam. The July flavor is a white-peach soft serve with salted pistachios and lavender honey, while August's special features dark-chocolate–olive-oil ice cream with fig agrodolce and sea salt, each served in a house-made honey-tuile waffle cone. The window will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3pm to 9pm, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 10pm, and Sunday from noon to 9pm.
New Yorkers are in for a killer summer of outdoor movie screenings, with favorites like Films on the Green, Rooftop Cinema Club and Rooftop Films announcing epic lineups. Today brings news from another contender vying for your loafing time: The HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. Now in its 25th year, this year's fest honors iconic NYC movies, and will feature five returning flicks from past festivals in its ten-film lineup. The fest kicks off its weekly residency on Monday June 19. The nights start with a pre-show of classic Warner Bros. cartoons at 5pm, followed by live performances at 6:30pm before the sunset screening. Here's the lineup: June 19: King Kong (1933) June 26: On the Town (1949) July 3: The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984) July 10: Sabrina (1954) July 17: Wall Street (1987) July 24: Pillow Talk (1959) July 31: The Hustler (1961) August 7: All That Jazz (1979) August 14: North By Northwest (1959) August 21: Dirty Dancing (1987) You can find out more at bryantpark.org.
Best known for absurdist public performances, William Pope.L has a history of dealing with the politics of race and identity—which the African-American artist doesn’t limit to black versus white: His installation at the 2017 Whitney Biennial, for instance, consists of a four-sided structure covered with rows of rotting bologna slices meant to represent the percentage of Jews in New York City. With a solo show opening in midtown, Pope.L talks about his fascination with the relationship between words and pictures, his fondness for quirky materials and the importance of truth in his art. William PopeL., Crawling To Richard Pryor's House, 1994 © Pope.l, courtesty the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY Writing seems as key to your work as making art. Is one more important than the other?Not really. The idea of being a writer making visual things intrigues me, but what I’m really interested in is the relationship between language and image, and how language can become an image. William PopeL., Fundamental, 1989–2013 © Pope.L, courtesy the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY As someone making political art, how do you answer those who say that art can’t effect political change?I say if that were true, then volunteering at homeless shelters wouldn’t matter, but anybody who works in one would tell you that it does. So if that sort of participation matters, then I think arts participation matters too. William Pope.L, Mal Content, 1
Sunny days are here, and with them comes the tradition of sipping cocktails while dancing under the open sky. Whether you’re getting down at a rooftop bar or doing the merengue barefoot on a park lawn, there is a multitude of ways you can get your groove on while enjoying the glorious weather. Here are five of our favorite dance parties this month. Bryant Park Dance Party If your moves could use a little work, dance pros provide free lessons during the park’s weekly series Dance Party, followed by live music to put your new skills to use. Learn salsa, disco, swing and other genres from around the globe (each week focuses on a different style). If you’re itching for a taste of cumbia, this installment features lessons set to guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarin and his band.40th to 42nd Sts between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-768-4242, bryantpark.org). Wed 24 6–8pm; free. Mister Sunday Memorial Day Weekend SpecialThis regular summer fete at Nowadays is an all-day affair perfect for restless party souls. Resident Eamon Harkin is joined by guest electronic DJ Avalon Emerson, and the Nowadays food truck (directed by Henry Rich of Rucola and Metta—think burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches) dishes out local fare while the masses dance under the trees.56-06 Cooper Ave, Queens (718-386-0111, nowadays.nyc). Sun 28 3–9pm; $10–$15. Tiki Disco at the WellThese sun-streaked, feel-good dance parties take place every other Sunday through October at the Well. If there were a roof on the place,
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. Photographs: Kelsey Dubinsky Why they're single: Alyssa: She has a unique sense of humor and sometimes gets nervous around new people.Emily: She's picky with personalities and wants someone strong and complementary. Ideal date: Alyssa: A movie or dinner before a stroll around the city if the weather is niceEmily: An amusement park with a pocketful of quarters for rides and games THE DATE First impression Alyssa: “I got there early, and she came on time. Right off the bat, she was very friendly and talkative; she made me feel very comfortable. Conversation started flowing.”Emily: “She was really cute, which was nicely surprising. I greeted her with a hug while she was seated, so it was a squat hug. We laughed about blind-date awkwardness.” Chemistry Alyssa: “I would say it was friendly. We connected over movies and TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and discussed our past experiences. A lot of good convo topics went around.”Emily: “We bonded for sure. I don't know if it was romantic; it was more getting to know each other. Some topics took her out of her comfort zone, but it wasn't bad by any means.” Awkward Moment Alyssa: “The couple next to us engaged in some heavy PDA. They were just all over each other. At one point, Emily and I
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The only New York outpost of the bison-centric restaurant chain is in Midtown, and adventurous meat-eaters flock from all over the city to taste the lean protein. It’s not all bison burgers, either—though you could certainly sample one with bacon and cheddar ($21) or another with gruyere, blue cheese, caramelized onions and arugula ($22). Sample the bison nachos with pepper jack cheese ($12), dabble in the barbecue bison short ribs ($26) or go all out with the aged bison filet ($40). Of course, there are also plenty of bison-free options, like the cedar plank salmon ($28) or the beer-glazed roasted half chicken with garlic mashed potatoes ($23). Ted’s Montana Grill also offers a full beer and wine menu, plus several signature cocktails. You may still be in the big city, but you’ll certainly get a taste of Big Sky Country.
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