Starting this Saturday, Brooklynites will have a brand-new option when it comes to sky high rooftop pools. The brand-new 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is officially opening the gorgeous 1 Rooftop Pool to the public this weekend with two official kick-off parties. On Saturday, guests can enjoy a Santorini-themed Beach Party with music by Chloe Caillet and E.B. Sollis. Sunday’s party will have a “Lime and Kotch” theme with reggae and funk music courtesy of Damon DeGraff and Gabija. Located on the Brooklyn Heights waterfront, 1 Rooftop offers wine, beer, cocktails and a menu of seasonal bites from Chef Michael Oliver. The pool itself is open to the public from Monday to Friday after 6pm at the discretion of the host based on reservations. A minimum spend applies starting at $75 per person. The pool (and its to-die-for view of Lower Manhattan) will also be opened to the public for themed pool parties taking place on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. The minimum spend during those times will start at $200 per person.
In the decades since his 1989 documentary Roger & Me, which skewered corporate downsizing in his hometown of Flint, Michigan, Michael Moore has been one of the U.S.’s leading leftist culture warriors. He has explored and satirized major issues in books, TV shows and movies (including Fahrenheit 9/11, the highest-grossing film doc of all time)—but not, until now, on the American stage. This summer, Moore makes his Broadway debut in The Terms of My Surrender. “I’ve not done this,” he says. “For me that makes it thrilling—and dangerous.” We sat down with him after a recent rehearsal to discuss his solo show, which takes a hard look at the state of the union under Donald Trump. What made you want to do a theater piece? It’s what I always loved doing. I was writing and performing plays at five or six years old. My aunt married a guy on Staten Island, and we would drive here in the summer, and she took us to Broadway plays every year in the mid-to-late ’60s. We’d tell people back home in Flint that we “summered on Staten Island.” Of course no one knew what that meant. It sounded really luxurious! [Laughs] Did you do any theater in school?I always wanted to but I was scared in high school. Back in those days, you didn’t want to be known as a drama club person. Might have well have just hung a sign on yourself saying, not “Kick me,” but “Please beat the living hell outta me and leave me for dead along the side of the road.” But in 12th grade I tried out for the fall play and I got
The experience of using the subway system these days is one of abrupt stops, overcrowding and unnecessary delays. And no, we’re not talking about the highly publicized, slowly declining performance of the city’s trains. The subterranean world of confounding commuting truly begins at the gates of efficiency hell: the subway stairwell. Abandon hope of being on time, all ye who enter here. Your journey into the heart of tardiness has begun. RECOMMENDED: See more New York rants As millions of pedestrians course through New York’s streets every day, they form an iced-coffee-drinking river of constant movement. Unfortunately, that movement encounters a number of dams known as subway stairwells. At these pressure points, its flow is slowed to an aching halt by people who suddenly decide at that very moment, inside the tiniest of corridors full of rushing people, that they really have to check their goddamned phones. Imagine a midtown office employee out to get lunch. As the worker bee crosses 42nd Street to pick up a tiny cup of fruit from Pret a Manger, he suddenly stops halfway across the street, pauses for a second and thinks, You know, I should probably check my Twitter feed to see if there are any more hot takes on last night’s Game of Thrones episode. Then, as a wall of frustrated drivers blare their horns, the human obstacle slowly reaches into his backpack, pulls out his phone and searches for service. No, honey. You don’t get to do that. Just as any sane person would
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. Why they're single:Chad: He’s too busy and not really looking for anything serious right now.Jules: She hasn’t been living in New York long and has found it hard to meet people. Ideal date:Chad: Cocktails at a rooftop bar overlooking the cityJules: Roaming around the city and popping into random dive bars THE DATE First impressionChad: “I thought she was cute and gave off a chill vibe. It seemed like we both just wanted to see what would happen and have an experience.”Jules: “When I first walked in, the manager told me that he’d gotten there half an hour early! I walked over and introduced myself. He seemed on the quiet side but nice.” ChemistryChad: “We had a great conversation. We laughed and talked about our similarities and differences. I got more of a friend vibe than a romantic one.”Jules: “The conversation moved along well, but it was clear we didn’t have much in common. I love travel and he doesn’t…. He said he didn’t see the point.” Awkward MomentChad: “She accidentally spilled red wine on her dress. I asked if she was okay, and she said she was good. But then, replaying the incident in my head, I started to laugh.”Jules: “He asked me if I wanted kids, which kind of took me aback. Then, before I could even answer, he said he hated them. I tried to
Finding a seat on the subway during rush hour is damn near impossible. Soon, such a feat will literally be impossible on cars across the system. MTA chairman Joe Lhota held a press conference on Tuesday to announce an emergency plan for fixing the New York City subway system. The plan included 30 action items that aim to tackle a wide range of issues that cause an estimated 79 percent of the delays across the system, the most intriguing of which is a pilot program to remove seats on select cars across two different lines. The program will strip seats out of train cars operating on the L line and the Manhattan Shuttle, which Lhota says will help increase capacity and reduce overcrowding. The cars in question will be painted a separate color and have other signage to let customers know that they are sans chairs. The initiative is inspired by a similar setup in place on some MBTA trains in Boston. There is not yet a time line for the rollout of the spacious cars, but Lhota did say that all of the action items detailed in the press conference will be delivered within a year. Until then, it's time to start cherishing a subway seat when you find one. Soon enough, New Yorkers will face yet another set of "standing room only" signs.
Fans eagerly awaiting a follow-up to Fleet Foxes’ stellar 2011 record, Helplessness Blues, may feel as if the half-decade of studio silence passed slowly. But frontman Robin Pecknold doesn’t hold the same sentiment. “It felt like those six years flew right by,” he explains a week prior to the band’s two BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! benefit shows. The tour touches down in support of Crack-Up, Fleet Foxes’ long-awaited third album, released in June. Between records, the (now) five-piece went through its fair share of changes. Josh Tillman (a.k.a. Father John Misty) left the band to pursue his solo endeavors, and Pecknold shifted his career: He traveled the world and went back to school at Columbia University. The singer-songwriter transformed into a student, focusing on having a regular routine instead of the vagabond tour lifestyle he had been immersed in since his teens. “I was isolated [during my time at Columbia], but I did it on purpose,” says Pecknold. Simply put, he needed a change. But once the group entered the studio, the album came together quickly. “We began making the record in July  and finished in January,” he says. When Helplessness Blues was released, the record spurred the indie-folk wave, which also included acts like Bon Iver and First Aid Kit. Today, Fleet Foxes still remain stalwarts of the genre but have found a more cohesive sound thanks to their time apart. Fusing pastoral, slowly building ballads like “If You Need to, Keep Time on Me” with jauntier
For more than two decades, Paul Giamatti has graced the silver screen with a B-list presence that's hard to come by. The Brooklyn resident's body of work spans films like Cinderella Man (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award) and 12 Years a Slave, and his forays into TV include the hit HBO miniseries John Adams, in which he played the titular role. If you don't recognize Giamatti by name, it's completely understandable—he's an actor who's often forgotten by casual film aficionados. He doesn't have a Twitter account, and he doesn't attract the level of fanfare that many of his peers do. Despite all that, he's developed a devout cult following that wants nothing more than to immortalize his life and work in the form of a wax sculpture. Earlier this summer, a trio of New Yorkers visited Madame Tussauds wax museum in midtown and were inspired by a call for suggestions. The group (Rebecca Shaw, Valerie Bodurtha and Sophie Mann) was taken aback by the omission of Giamatti's visage from the uncanny gallery and have since made it their mission to get a wax figure of him made. They proceeded to launch a campaign, simply titled Let's Get Paul Giamatti a Wax Figure, urging members of the public to reach out to Madame Tussauds and ask them to produce a wax sculpture of Giamatti. It's confusing, hilarious and perhaps a crass misuse of one's personal time. Nevertheless, they persist. "The country is pretty divided right now," Bodurtha says. "We think that this is one thing
Julian Metcalfe, the man who brought Pret a Manger to New York, is about to bring us another gift from across the pond. Anyone who has been to England—or has enjoyed a stopover at Heathrow—will be familiar with the ubiquitous British fast food company Itsu and its colorful butterfly logo (they're about as easy to spot in London as Duane Read is in NYC). The Asian-inspired restaurant chain offers up healthy grab-and-go options including noodle dishes, soups, salads, dumplings and sushi. Metcalfe announced in a statement that Itsu will be expanding outside of England for the first time with a spot in midtown. The new location is set to open sometime in 2018 at 530 Seventh Ave, where, conveniently, there is already a Pret a Manger. This is probably not going to be the last you hear of Itsu. Since its founding in 1991, Pret has quickly spread to become a global name, now boasting more than 50 locations in NYC alone, and Itsu might be on the same track. Even if an English company bringing sushi to NYC seems counterintuitive, I can personally vouch for the miso soup and dark chocolate covered rice cakes—both long-time airport staples for me. The chain, whose motto is "Eat Beautiful," focuses on nutritious foods with low calorie and saturated fat counts. Itsu claims that their dishes help you "feel and look beautiful too." It's quite a lot of "beautifuls" for fast-food sushi. Still, ever-busy New Yorkers should appreciate a healthy option for quick grub that doesn't involve cho
Good news for MUJI shoppers residing in Brooklyn: the popular Japanese retailer, well-known for its sustainable, functional and minimalistic products, is joining the fray of chain stores in Williamsburg this September. The spacious, 7,300-square-foot outpost (nestled at 200 Wythe Avenue) will be the brand’s seventh shop in New York, carrying MUJI’s signature and affordable merchandise including kitchenware, furniture, interior and storage accessories, stationary, skincare and travel items. A unique feature to this specific store is a flagship-exclusive embroidery station, which allows customers to create bespoke textiles from a selection of more than 300 designs. Make sure to check it out on the location's opening day on September 8, 2017.