Mon 1 Ron Amato: The Box; Strand Book Store; 7:30pm; free FIT associate professor of photography professor Ron Amato launches his gorgeous new collection of male nudes, featuring men of different ages, races and backgrounds coming together in spare, intimate conditions. Amato discusses his process with the College of Art Association's Hunter O'Hanian. An Evening with George Takei; Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM); 7:30pm; $35–$75 Your favorite actor turned Facebook activist tells it like it is in regard to POTUS. Tue 2 Punderdome 3000; Littfield; 8pm; $8–$10 Jo Firestone and her Rodney Dangerfield impersonator father, Fred, host this beloved competition, in which the first 18 individuals or duos to sign up at the door attempt to pun-up each other’s spontaneously produced wordplay. Winners are determined by the Human Clap-O-Meter and go home with a Mystery Box prize. Trivia Tuesdays; The Sackett; 8pm; free Don’t let the Sackett’s stacked drink menu blur your trivia skills, because you need to bring your A-game for five unpredictable rounds. You have to keep up with music, visual and mystery rounds if you want to win eternal glory (at least, until the next game, two weeks later). JoJo; Irving Plaza; 7pm; $27.50 Back around 2004, pop songstress Jojo penned a megahit that charted No.1 on Billboard‘s mainstream Top 40, signed a seven-album deal with Blackground Records and released a platinum-selling debut album. Most impressive about those stats? She was 12. After a dec
The upcoming 2019 L train shutdown is one of those rare changes to the city’s transportation network that will have such a large effect it practically begs for an out-of-the-box, radical solution. In public meetings and at independent design competitions across the city such innovative ideas have been proposed as a soaring gondola over the Williamsburg bridge, a giant floating pathway over the East River and completely shutting down 14th Street to automobiles. This week, the MTA announced that they’re preparing for the massive disruption to the subway system by purchasing 200 diesel buses. Uh... ok, sure. DNAinfo reports that the MTA's board approved the purchase of 628 new busses for a total of $366,495,966. All of the busses except ten are diesel powered (sorry, environmentalists). Those ten will be part of an electric bus pilot system that will have a three-year test run beginning in 2017. In addition to the new fleet of busses, the MTA is continuing to work with the Department of Transportation to come up with other alternative service plans. But, come on. Surely that money could have at least bought a few gondolas.
It can be easy to forget that New York is surrounded by water, especially in the middle of winter when it can be a struggle to just make yourself go outside, let alone down to the waterfront. That’s why making the most of the city’s waterways is one of the best things about summer in NYC. You may not want to dive in for a swim (well, not yet at least) but there are still plenty of opportunities to venture out on the waves to enjoy some sunshine and amazing views. And while you should definitely try the new citywide ferry service or spend an afternoon enjoying free kayaking, we know why you’re really here: floating bars. This week, another one of the city’s popular floating bars is opening for the season. The Brooklyn Barge, located just next to Transmitter Park in Greenpoint, opens for its second summer on Thursday, May 4. In addition to the 80 x 30-foot docked barge, which boasts a full bar, the venue also features picnic style seating on land for those who may be more prone to sea sicknesses. This summer’s menu includes a lot of great options for group sharing including peel and eat shrimp, grilled and chilled corn in a cup, grilled hot dogs and tacos. For those who might be looking to spend a more active afternoon, the Brooklyn Barge will also once again be offering educational programming and experiences on the water. Monthly scuba classes, sailing lessons, free catch-and-release fishing sessions, tours of historic vessels and stand-up paddle boarding are all on the dec
Tucked away in an unassuming corner of a pleasant park in the middle of Manhattan lies a treasure of unimaginable wonder. While countless people rush past its stern façade without a second thought, a lucky few quietly whisper of the glories contained within its mausoleum-like exterior. For just past that black gate, up a short pathway and through a doorway crowned with the ominously chiseled words: “WOMEN MEN,” lies the entrance of what is, without a doubt, the classiest of all New York’s public restrooms. A quick stop at the Bryant Park public bathroom is like a leisurely afternoon at the spa, a night spent at the symphony and Sunday afternoon tea at The Plaza rolled into one. You may walk into one of its well-appointed stalls a Dickensian street urchin, but you'll depart a refined gentlemen of manners. Someone who appreciates the finer things in life, like rotating sanitary seat covers. There are flowers. Classical music plays while you’re on the crapper. There’s even fancy soap. It was because of this indisputable level of excellence that many were surprised to hear the Bryant Park Corporation had decided to invest $300,000 in an eight-week renovation of a space already radiating over-achievement. Dan Biederman, the president of the Bryant Park Corporation, a nonprofit that manages the park, insists that the additional work was necessary to maintain the luster of this washroom wonderland. “[The bathroom]’s been worn down under the strain of a million and a half users
This weekend, New Yorkers will be flocking to events across the city, drinking their weekday worries away on patios and relishing in the last weekend of April. But, depending on where you live, traversing the city could be a pretty hellish experience until Monday. It's our goal to keep you on your way and out of subway purgatory, so we've rounded up the most impactful subway service changes coming to New York this weekend. Uptown-bound 1 trains will run express from Chambers Street to Penn Station from 11:45pm Friday through 5am Monday, and downtown-bound 1 trains will run express from 145th Street to 96th Street from 11:45pm Friday through 8pm Sunday. Uptown-bound 2 trains will run local between Chambers Street and Penn Station from 11:45pm Friday through 6:30am Sunday and from 11:45am Sunday through 5am Monday. From 11:45pm Friday through 5am Monday, 4 trains will be suspended in both directions between New Lots Avenue and Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall, and 3 trains will be running to and from New Lots in Brooklyn instead. 4 trains will also be running local between 125th Street and City Hall. 5 trains will not be running between Bowling Green and Grand Central from 6am through 11pm on Saturday and from 8am through 11pm on Sunday. The 5 will also be closed between Eastchester-Dyre Avenue and East 180th Street from 11:45pm Friday through 5am Monday. Coney Island-bound F trains and Church Avenue-bound G trains will skip 4th Avenue-9th Street, 15th Street-Prospect Park and
There are two types of party people in NYC. Partier number one stays out until the sun comes up, and partier number two is at home and in bed by 10:30pm at the very latest. (There is no shame in your early to bed, early to rise game, partier number two!) We get it, New York is the city that never sleeps. But that doesn’t mean Gothamites should sacrifice their much-needed z’s in order to have a fun night out. Well, guess what? Our fair city caters to folks who would rather get into the groove and get under the sheets before midnight, too. These dance parties, which start early and end early, are proof that you can have a blast and still stay true to your 10pm bedtime. Daybreaker NYC Join the Daybreaker crew at the crack of dawn for some early-morning yoga and rump shaking. Cold brew, healthy smoothies and breakfast treats are provided to fuel your sick moves on the dancefloor. The next sunrise bash is on Mother’s Day (May 13) with a “Mama Bare All” theme. Bear costumes are (apparently) encouraged. Best of all, the party ends at 1pm, which gives you the whole day to work on your side-hustle, connect with friends or, let’s face it, go back to bed. The Get Down Fact: You will work up a sweat at this dance party, which kicks off with a pre-party meditation at 6:30pm, followed by a slate of guest DJs spinning their best tracks to get your happy feet tapping. The banger ends at 10pm, so you'll definitely wake up the next day feeling refreshed...and maybe a little sore from teari
Earlier this week, Mayor de Blasio released his preliminary executive budget for fiscal year 2018. The $84.86 billion proposed plan includes funding for a wide range of programs and initiatives that will have a direct impact on the everyday lives of residents across the city. A major theme in de Blasio's budget is focusing on making New York a more affordable city. Rents have been increasing citywide since 2000, but household incomes have dipped. His budget takes a swing at making NYC affordable again by earmarking $1.9 billion to "increase or preserve" the number of affordable apartments by 10,000. These units will be available to households that make up to $40,000 annually. Half of them will be allocated for senior citizens, and another 500 will be set aside for veterans. If the budget passes in its current form, New Yorkers can expect to see a lot more affordable housing lotteries opening up across the city. Granted, many New Yorkers earn too much money to qualify for these cheap digs, but complaining about raking in too much cash to qualify for a set of apartments that are designated for low-income families is a whole bunch of entitled, bourgeois nonsense.
OK, this is amazing. We all know her, some of us have dated her, many of us have been her, and now there's a parody advertisement that immortalizes her legacy in Barbie form. Meet Commuter Barbie, the definitive NYC doll on-the-go, complete with a yoga mat falling out of her Strand Book Store tote bag, headphones jacked up to a This Barbie Life podcast, a Canada Goose coat and a misspelled Starbucks cup. The brilliantly hyperspecific sketch comes from comedians Carina Hsieh and Claudia Arisso, and features detailed miniatures of a New Yorker magazine, Zadie Smith's Swing Time and a S'well water bottle. They're not kidding around with this.
In terms of first world problems, the only thing that's worse than commuting is having to deal with a commuting service that is perpetually unreliable—a characterization that aptly describes just about every mode of transportation that involves Penn Station. Following a recent slew of derailments and delays and an announcement by Amtrak (which controls Penn Station) about an infrastructure makeover process kicking off in May (expect disruptions to your commute all summer long—yay!), the New Jersey Transit, which operates out of Penn Station, is attempting to make commuters' lives a tad easier by offering excuse letters if a train delays their getting to work. We'll take a stack of those, thank you very much. "If you have experienced delays that have compromised your work situation, please stop by one of our Customer Service offices and pick up a delay letter for your employer," writes New Jersey Transit executive director Steve Santoro in an open letter posted online. Although we do appreciate the effort, we suspect that the constancy of the delays will render the tardy notes obsolete and meaningless. So thanks for nothing, as usual, Penn Station.
We've got the scoop (pun intended) on this sweet event happening for the first time at Bryant Park in June! One of the best things to do in summer is indulge in frozen treats at some of the city's best ice cream shops, right? Well, this midtown park is making it even easier for you to gorge with its upcoming event dubbed Scooper Bowl: an all-you-can-eat ice cream festival. During the first three days of June (that's June 1–3), go crazy on creamy, frozen delights from Baskin-Robbins, Ben & Jerry's, Big Gay Ice Cream, Wafels & Dinges, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and many more while soaking up the sun on Bryant Park's lawn. A ticket ($20 in advance) gets you as much ice cream as you can stomach from noon to 9pm. That means you can enjoy the frosty dessert for lunch, second lunch, dinner, second dinner, etc. Get your tickets here before they sell out! 100% of the proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fund (which supports cancer care and research at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) and the pediatric wing of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.