Okay, there’s good news and there’s bad news for all you BEC lovers. First, the good news: Eggslut is making its temporary location in NYC a permanent fixture. The famed Los Angeles breakfast sandwiches arrived in NYC in March and were immediately met with lines stretching out the door and down the block. New Yorkers were eager to compare the West Coast’s Instagram-famous sandwich with their local bodega’s bacon egg and cheese, and the offerings from Alvin Cailan at Chefs Club Counter rose to the challenge. Now for the bad news: The classic Fairfax egg sandwich made with Sriracha mayo and the egg-in-a-jar Slut are disappearing from the menu. Instead, the shop is opening under a new name with an entirely new menu of sandwiches. Yes, it includes a bacon-and-egg variation, along with twice-cooked hash browns. If you do want to try the OG egg sandwiches before they migrate back to LA, you have until June 1 to visit the pop-up counter in Nolita.
As the 71st annual Tony Awards telecast on June 11 approaches, New Yorkers are writhing in the helpless grip of Tony fever. Thankfully, the Broadway League steps in every year with a balm: Stars in the Alley, a free outdoor concert that features informal but spirited performances from many of the year’s top Tony contenders. This year's edition of Stars in the Alley is on Thursday, June 2, at 1pm (a bit later than usual). The two-hour event will take place—rain or shine—in Shubert Alley, the poster-plastered passage between 44th and 45th Streets just to the west of Broadway. If you want to secure a good spot, get there early. RECOMMENDED: Time Out’s complete guide to the Tony Awards The 2017 Tony nominees scheduled to perform include Jenn Colella (Come From Away), Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen), Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), John Douglas Thompson and Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Jitney), Richard Thomas (The Little Foxes), Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon), Corey Hawkins (Six Degrees of Separation) and Johanna Day and Michelle Wilson (Sweat). The event will be hosted on social media by Falsettos mensch Brandon Uranowitz. Along with their shows, participating musical productions include 2016-17's Anastasia, Bandstand, Groundhog Day, War Paint, Cats, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, A Bronx Tale and Sunset Boulevard, as well as long runners Aladdin, Beautiful, Chicago, Kinky Boots, On Your Feet!, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Waitress and Wi
Every restaurant in New York City is required to publicly post its score from the Health Department, allowing patrons to know that the establishment is (or isn't) up to code. But that regulation does not apply to food trucks across the city, and a handful of state senators are aiming to change that. On Tuesday, the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), a group of democratic politicians that tend to caucus with republicans in Albany, issued a report that details just how gross many of the city's mobile food vendors are. The report looked into health inspection data for food trucks over the past three years, with an emphasis on inspections from 2016. In total, the Health Department carried out 7,071 inspections of food trucks and carts last year, resulting in 7,861 violations, 234 temporary closures and 10 were closed on two different occasions. The analysis found that 35 percent of the inspections led to no violations being issued to the vendor, and a quarter of them resulted in multiple violations. A vast majority of the health inspections of food trucks in the city last year were in Manhattan, where there were a total of 5,044 violations issued to street vendors. Manhattan also had the highest number of violations per inspection, at 1.17. Here's a breakdown of violations per inspection by borough: Further, the most common types of violations that food trucks and carts were busted for in 2016 are pretty damn gross. There were 452 violations issued for potentially
The folks at Mazeish Grill are in the business of home cooking, no matter how far away home might be. The cozy, under-the-radar gem, known in the Lower East Side for Middle Eastern staples like their crazy-perfect baklava (the family recipe is over 150 years old!), cumin-dusted fries and crisp falafel rounds, is in the spotlight for their event series, Displaced Dinners. Twice a week, owner Nasser Jab invites recently resettled refugees to both host and help cook a dinner for a small group of New Yorkers, offering guests a menu from the hosts' homeland and a look into their lives as they share their story. The supper club’s inaugural chef is a recently resettled Syrian man who made it into the United States just before President Trump issued a controversial executive order that barred the entry of refugees from the war-torn country. He was able to secure work and permanent housing thanks to a helpful guest of Displaced Dinners. The upcoming event on May 30 will focus on food from the Palestinian diaspora in Latin-America; the menu reflects the blending of both cultures with dishes like kufta- and halloumi cheese-stuffed empanadas and Bedouin chicken barbacoa. The proceeds will go directly to UNRWA, feeding eight Palestinian refugee families throughout the month of Ramadaan.
With reports of discrimination on the rise in New York City, Mayor de Blasio's office and the NYC Commission on Human Rights have teamed up to launch a campaign to encourage more inclusiveness in the city. The campaign includes PSA videos (like the one above), community events and ads placed on LinkNYC kiosks, subway and bus shelters, local businesses and media outlets. The initiative follows a 60 percent increase in reports of discrimination to the Commission in 2016, and a 30 percent increase in complaints so far this year. The Commission reports that it currently has 1,600 open discrimination cases, compared to 1,200 in May of 2016. “There’s no place for hate or bias in our city,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in a statement. “At a time where bias incidents are rising at alarming rates across our nation, this campaign reminds us that all New Yorkers have a right to feel safe and secure." The community events accompanying the campaign will take place across the city, each with the goal of fostering conversation about inclusiveness among New Yorkers. The events are slated through the end of June—you can find a full schedule here.
Summertime in NYC means sweating buckets, smelly garbage and tourists asking how to get to the Statue of Liberty from Times Square. Sounds like an excellent time to get the hell out, right? Count your blessings, New Yorkers, because your summer getaway is within reach, and you don’t have to fly out of LGA, JFK or Newark to get there. Praise be. Starting June 15 out of Stewart International Airport (it's just 50 miles north of NYC), you can hop on a plane to Scotland or Ireland for dirt cheap. Prices start at just $199 for a one-way trip. Check out the full schedule: Edinburgh, Scotland: Daily flights begin June 15 for the summer season and operate through October 28, then three times per week during the winter season beginning October 29. Belfast, Northern Ireland: Flights three times per week during the summer season from July 1 through October 28, then twice weekly for the winter season beginning October 29. Dublin, Ireland: Daily service begins July 1 and transitions to three times per week during the winter season on October 29. Shannon, Ireland: Twice-weekly service begins on July 2. Plus, Norwegian Air is making it easier for New Yorkers to get upstate. The airline, in conjunction with airport, is partnering up with Coach USA to offer travelers the Stewart Airport Express. The $20 bus trip is timed to the Norwegians’ flight schedule and leaves from Port Authority, turning the upstate airport into a very viable option for New Yorkers. You gotta love the
Magnolia Bakery may be best known for its pastel cupcakes and Sex and the City stamp of approval, but every local knows that it's the shop's banana pudding that steals the show. The creamy-rich treat is usually tricked out with vanilla wafers, vanilla pudding and freshly sliced bananas, but the bakery is adding a whole lot more to the mix this summer. Each month, the chain will introduce a new, rotating banana-pudding flavor. June's special is “Rainbow” with edible confetti and whipped cream added to the usual array of fixings. Through July, find a "Magic Bar" variety with vanilla pudding, toasted coconut, graham crackers and chocolate chips. August's flavor is a s'mores riff, with chocolate pudding, graham crackers, marshmallow fluff, marshmallow and chocolate shavings. And finally, September will feature a salted-caramel version with dulce de leche pudding, homemade salted caramel and, yes, more bananas.
There's perhaps no better test of a New Yorker's patience than walking along Seventh Avenue through midtown during the summer. The sidewalks become jam-packed as tourists flood into Times Square, making the hike between the popular attraction and the area's other proverbial hellhole, Penn Station, the stuff of nightmares. But a new plan put forward by Manhattan Community Board 5 aims to make traversing Seventh Avenue in midtown a much less miserable experience for pedestrians. The idea is to make a handful of simple, effective changes to the streetscape, including widening the sidewalks on the west side of Seventh Avenue between 42nd and 33rd Streets. The new sidewalks would be made of epoxied gravel and would provide an additional 10 feet of space for pedestrians. The plan also calls for bus-boarding islands to be constructed next to existing stops on the west side of the avenue and for the addition of left and right turn lanes to help improve the flow of traffic through the area. Curbs would be extended across from each left turn lane, encouraging drivers who aren't turning to stay in the through lanes. Here's how the new street design breaks down: Image: Courtesy Manhattan Community Board 5 The community board didn't stop with Seventh Avenue, though. It also pitched a plan to launch a pilot program to close off two blocks of Broadway to cars this summer. Inspired by the success of 30 blocks of Broadway going car-free on Earth Day, the plan aims to ban vehicle t
Because flower gardens with just flowers are so boring. This July, the Prospect Park Alliance is decorating its Rose Garden with an exhibit of 7,000 pinwheels. They’ll be on view from July 7 to 17, but they need your help now to decorate the spinning pinwheels. Called the Connective Project, the exhibit will be crafted from photos and art submitted by you. (You can send in your submission from June 1 to 30.) It’s one of the many things to do at Prospect Park this summer to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Currently, the former lily ponds in the Rose Garden are just empty concrete pools, so they’re in desperate need of an update. The pinwheels are temporary, but a long-term project is in the works as well, with a complete remodel hopefully beginning construction in the next few years. The Prospect Park Alliance will also be hosting a free community workshop on June 10 to brainstorm ideas for that with the community, because apparently no one can do anything themselves anymore. Photograph: Courtesy Prospect Park Alliance Photograph: Courtesy Prospect Park Alliance
You're never too old for a sleepover, especially one that portals you into a mystical, otherworldly dream slumber, as Silent Barn's 10-hour long ambient marathon intends to do this Friday night. Six ambient musicians will be generating sleep-inducing sonic landscapes starting at 11:20pm and continuing into the morning. Attendees can camp out during the early part of the evening, where some of the more visual acts will be performed, and sink into sleep whenever the peaceful tunes shepherd them off to dreamland. Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, big stuffed animals, foam and comfortable attire are all encouraged. The only exclusion is air mattresses, for space reasons. The lineup includes a range of musicians from across the country. Casual Decay is a Troy-based solo-act who has previously only played in an arctic cave. Tennessee's Terror Pidgeon is presenting a work intended specifically for a vertically-reclined audience, paying special attention to how the sounds reverberate off the floor. Chrome Sparks, who has gained notoriety around Brooklyn for his electronic music, will act as everyone's best alarm clock ever with a set starting at 8:15 am, lulling guests gently back to reality, after a blissful night of continuous harmonies. It beats your hungover Saturdays being jarred awake by the J train, that's for sure. Tickets cost $10 and are available at the door (that's only $1 per hour!). Drinks will be served, but the bar will close promptly at 4am. For more information