Sometimes, New Yorkers have to get away from it all. And that’s all they need. They’re not looking for a weekend full of activities and bar-hopping or to be surrounded by other people. Just getting out of the city is enough. And these days, truly getting out of the city means getting off the internet. That’s the kind of escape that Jon Staff and Pete Davis had in mind when they launched the company Getaway in the summer of 2015. Getaway builds tiny houses and places them on rural land an hour or two outside of major cities. After launching in Boston, the company expanded to the New York area last June. Currently, stressed-out New Yorkers can book a tiny house two hours north of the city in the Catskills. It’s possible to get there using Amtrak and a 20-minute cab ride, but renting a car will probably cost you less money. Once you arrive at your cabin, you enter a passcode you’ve been given in advance and enter your tiny home away from home. Photograph: Courtesy Dylan Engels The 160-200 square-foot cabins, designed by Harvard Graduate School of Design students, are Instagram-ready, start at $99 a night and can fit between 2-4 people depending on the model. Once inside, you’ll find plenty of items that are there to help even the most stressed-out Gothamites disconnect and recharge. There’s a wooden box for locking up your cell phone during your stay, plenty of board games, piles of books and even a guide to classic outdoor activities like stargazing and knot-tying.
After the explosive success of New York's Museum of Ice Cream last summer, it's high time that the city gets another sugar-high–inducing dessert museum. This time, the focus is chocolate and it comes courtesy of cocoa master Jacques Torres. The chocolatier is opening Choco-Story New York, The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres inside his Hudson Square shop at 350 Hudson Street. Details of what specifically will be featured are still to come—a preview invite mentioned tastings and chocolate-making workshops—but we're already dreaming of chocolate waterfalls à la Willy Wonka.
For the first time since the comeback after the Great Recession, New York City officials are expecting the number of foreign visitors to the city to drop—and they're placing the blame on President Donald Trump's America First attitude. NYC & Company, the city's tourism marking agency, released a new forecast predicting 300,000 fewer foreign visitors this year—down from 2016's record 12.7 million international visitors and far below the increase of 400,000 international visitors they had projected before the election. The slowdown is expected to cost New York businesses a whopping $600 million in tourist dollars—a further financial blow to the city that's already paying $1 million a day to protect the First Family at Trump Tower. And it's not just New York that's going to feel the pinch. Noting that online searches for airline tickets and hotels have dropped since the election, Adam Sacks, president of international forecasting firm Tourism Economics, told the New York Times he predicts the U.S. will see 6.3 million fewer visitors in the first year of Trump's presidency. However, even the industry expert notes that the uncertainty around Trump's policies (and the international reaction to them) makes making predictions more difficult than usual. To counteract the Trump slump, NYC & Company has issued a new slogan to lure international travelers: "Welcoming the World."
You know it’s officially spring in New York once all the best NYC food trucks come out to play. Thanks to Grand Bazaar NYC and The New York Food Truck Association, you don’t have to wait until March 20 to gorge on some grub on-the-go. Next Sunday (March 12), a dozen gourmet food trucks will be stationed at 100 W 77th Street from 10am to 5:30pm for a special NYC Food Truck Fest. Some of the vendors participating include Luke’s Lobster, Carl’s Steaks, Neapolitan Express, Gorilla Cheese NYC and more. You can also shop over 100 of Grand Bazaar’s market vendors between bites. We received some photos of the grub that will be there, so make sure to peep these food-porn pics as well as the full vendor list below. Oh, and if you’re planning to attend, we suggest that you wear your stretchy pants. Food trucks: Big D's Gorilla Cheese NYC Souvlaki GR The Empanada Sonata Carl's Steaks Luke's Lobster STUF'D Truck Crepes Truck Neapolitan Express Sweet Chili NYC Gorilla Cheese NYC Big D's Luke's Lobster The Empanada Sonata
Mother Nature must be having fun watching New Yorkers try to figure out how to dress every morning. New York is supposed to reach a high of 71 degrees today. Later this week, snow flurries are forecasted on Friday. What the in the actual hell is going on? Near record highs on Wednesday with a chance of strong thunderstorms before temperatures drop below normal for the end of the week. pic.twitter.com/YuALFRrs1t — NWS New York NY (@NWSNewYorkNY) February 27, 2017 We have already experienced a brief snowstorm, followed by a polar vortex, then record high temperatures for February. So far, 2017 is shaping up to be the year of the surprising whiplash—from politics to the Super Bowl winners to that insane Oscars upset. And now the weather. One can only hope that the sun will come out tomorrow and this March Madness won’t continue for the rest of the year.
The Financial District has been on a hot streak of restaurant openings lately (Fowler & Wells, Augustine and Amada among them) and it looks like 2017 will be no exception. Danny Meyer—the hospitality giant behind the Shake Shack chain and restaurants including Gramercy Tavern, Marta, and the recent four-star reincarnation of Union Square Cafe—will be heading downtown for a sky-skimming, 60th-floor restaurant at 128 Liberty Street.Details are scant, but according to The New York Post, the contracted space will be set 880 feet above ground level with 360-degree views of the skyline, and will be divided into a 12,000-square-foot public restaurant, a bar and a private event space. The project is part of a $30 million partnership between Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group and Fosun Property Holdings. Stay tuned for more intel.
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 Pictures Under the PalmsWe still have to wait for summer to see outdoor movies, but you can get the next best thing at free weekly screenings in Brookfield Place’s enclosed atrium. Show up at 5:30pm to nab a seat, munch on gratis popcorn and groove to a DJ set by the always-fabulous Natasha Diggs before the film—Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris—kicks off at 7pm.Brookfield Place New York, 230 Vesey St (212-978-1698, brookfieldplaceny.com). Wed 1 at 5:30pm. Dirty Thursday: MadonnaramaAll right, material girls and boys: Snap on your shiniest cone-shaped bras, and prepare to express yourselves on the dance floor during this Bushwick fan tribute. Geared pop jams from the ’80s fuel your moves all night, and sporadic live performances—like workout video re-creations—ensure there’s never a dull moment (as if there ever could be when you’re channeling Madge). House of Yes encourages you to get off your phone and get into the groove, dammit! House of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn (houseofyes.org). Thu 2 at 10pm. K2 Friday Nights at the Rubin MuseumKick off your weekend at the Rubin, where admission is free from
★★★☆☆ Thornton Wilder's 1942 allegory The Skin of Our Teeth takes place in no time and every time at once, but its concerns seem especially timely at present. New Jersey resident George Antrobus (a vague David Rasche), who may also be the biblical Adam, is the inventor of the wheel, the alphabet and mathematics; his wife, Maggie (the staunch Kecia Lewis), takes care of their kids, murderous Henry (Reynaldo Piniella) and gentle Gladys (Kimber Monroe), with help from their cheeky maid, Sabina (Mary Wiseman, as refreshing as a dollop of sour cream). In each of the play’s three acts, disaster strikes: the Ice Age, the Great Flood, a devastating war. But the show must go on, and does. Wilder’s tragicomic long view of history, with its cycles of apocalypse and rebirth, speaks to those who fear the worst, and some of The Skin of Our Teeth’s details—catastrophic climate change, a flood of refugees—are thick in the air we now gasp to breathe. But the style of the play has aged less well. Having influenced generations of avant-garde theater, Wilder’s nonlinear storytelling and metatheatrical trickery have lost much of their surprise, and his symbolism often feels heavy. Arin Arbus’s staging for Theatre for a New Audience prods this unwieldy epic forward; the 35 performers deliver fine new songs by César Alvarez and don pleasing costumes by Cait O’Connor. (Prefiguring the Flintstones, the Antrobuses have a dinosaur and mammoth as pets.) What’s missing is a more intimate sense of the ce
★★★★☆ As she keeps reminding herself, Linda (Janie Dee) is a success: a powerful exec at a cosmetics company called Swan, with a happy family and a still-trim figure. The latter point at least is undeniable. She tries to remain—as her teenage daughter (Molly Ranson) says—“Mrs. Positive,” even when it comes to her damaged older daughter (Jennifer Ikeda), who hides her body in a skunk onesie. But at 55, she is acutely aware of her professional and sexual marginalization as a no-longer-young woman. When Amy (Molly Griggs), an ambitious 25-year-old shark at Swan, proposes marketing antiwrinkle cream to women in their twenties, Linda offers an impassioned plea for visibility. “Look at me! Listen to me!” she insists at the end of Act I. “I will not disappear!” And then the lights cut out.Penelope Skinner’s Linda raises important questions with bracing rhetorical force, and Lynne Meadow’s MTC production has two huge assets: Walt Spangler’s stunner of a rotating set, which helps create cinematic montage effects, and, especially, Dee’s superb turn as the title character, at once indomitable and vulnerable. In defiance of the notion that women’s stories have lower stakes, Skinner pushes the story into King Lear territory in the play’s second half, and the engineering is sometimes too obvious. But the play, flawed like Linda, demands to be seen. Manhattan Theatre Club (Off Broadway). By Penelope Skinner. Directed by Lynne Meadow. With Janie Dee. Running time: 2hrs 15mins. One intermis
No one expected February weather upwards of 60 degrees this far north of the tropics, but we're not complaining. It does, however, have us itching for outdoor summer concert season. Fortunately, days spent splayed out on the grass in front of the Central Park stage are only a few months away! Many of the essential outdoor summer show series have yet to release their full schedules, but a handful of benefits and special gigs are already planned. Always a hot spot for big-name talent, SummerStage has posted a few killer ticketed benefits: indie staple Young the Giant, the ever-hard-rockin' PJ Harvey and (recently announced) Elvis Costello line the calendar so far among others. You'll have to wait until May for the full lineup for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! as well, but for now you can plan for The Shins and Conor Oberst, who have ticketed shows, and Lake Street Dive, who kick off the season with a free show. Forest Hill Tennis Stadium features some especially alluring performances at its outdoor digs too, from post-rockers Sigur Ros to delicate indie-pop legends The xx. And don't forget that multi-day summer festivals in New York are coming too. Check out the lineups for Panorama (Frank Ocean, Alt-J, Nine Inch Nails, A Tribe Called Quest…) and Governors Ball (Tool, Phoenix, Chance the Rapper, Lorde…). Prep your sunscreen and get ticket-hunting!