A post shared by Shawn Rassman (@shawnrassman) on Sep 24, 2016 at 2:54pm PDT New Yorkers aren't hurting for warm-weather beer gardens at which to cool off with a refreshing pint (or three). But that doesn't mean we can't welcome one more, right? Enter the Bowery Beer Garden: the Chinatown bar is re-opening for summertime with 80 TVs, 40 beers on tap and classic bar-food twists like potato-chip nachos, tater tot skillets and a macaroni-and-cheese burger. For lighter fare, oyster happy hours will occur daily from 3pm to 7pm with dollar shellfish and $10 frozen cocktails. There's even a lounge called Mr. Wu's basement located below the venue, though the website touts "exclusivity is everything." Okay then. Maybe you'll want to stick to that more welcoming beer garden, which will debut at 93 Bowery on May 1st and will be open in both summer and winter months thanks to fans and heat lamps.
It may not seem like it if you look outside your window today, but summer is almost here! In New York, that means that outdoor movie season is just around the corner. We’ve already got the lineups for screenings at Brooklyn Bridge Park, McCarren Park and Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens. Now, we know what titles will be screening at one of the city’s most popular waterfront film festivals: Hudson RiverFlicks Movie Series. Where some screening series in the city stick to classics or themes, you’ll be able to catch a slew of new releases in Hudson River Park this summer. In fact, all of the films have been released in the last year. On top of that, not only is the event free, but you also get a free popcorn when you attend. Check out the lineup below. 7/5 – Moonlight 7/12 - Keanu 7/19 – Arrival 7/26 - Lego Batman Movie 8/2 - Hidden Figures 8/9 - La La Land 8/16 - Logan
It’s official: President Trump is returning to his hometown for the first time since moving into the White House in January. Trump plans on visiting the U.S.S. Intrepid next Thursday, May 4 on the west side of Manhattan. He’ll be joined at the event by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia to commemorate the 75th anniversary of WWII’s The Battle of the Coral Sea. The United States fought alongside Australia during the battle in 1942. The event doesn’t appear to be open to the public. In the current heated political climate, there will no doubt be a fair share of protests surrounding the President’s visit especially on the West Side. One protest that’s been scheduled in the less than 24 hours since the visit was announced, already has over 3,000 people interested in attending on Facebook. That will be held in DeWitt Clinton Park from 6pm-8pm. In addition to protests, another thing that’s definitely a given is that Midtown traffic will be a nightmare leading up to Thursday’s event. Stay tuned for more updates on specific street closures and public transit changes. You can read the official announcement of the event below. “On May 4th, the President will speak aboard the USS Intrepid museum in New York City to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, a major World War II naval battle in which the United States joined with Australia to halt the advance of enemy forces. That same day, at the museum, the President will also hold a bilateral meetin
New York's subway system is one of the most robust in the world. It provides nearly 1.8 billion rides every year, giving the city the highest rate of public transportation usage out of any metropolitan area in the United States. But for hundreds of thousands of disabled New Yorkers, commuting through a vast majority of the city's subway stations is simply impossible. A pair of class action lawsuits filed by a collection of individuals and disability rights groups this week argues that the MTA and the city lack of elevators and handicap-accessible subway stations systemwide is in direct violation with federal, state and local laws. Of the city's 472 subway stations, only 112 of them are wheelchair-accessible. Of those 112, just 100 are currently functioning and provide elevator service in both directions. On top of that, the suit provides that there are an average of 25 elevator outages on the system every day, and when outages occur there are no alternate accommodations for those who require elevator access. All of that and more, the suit argues, violates disability rights laws, including Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 19773 and the New York City Human Rights Law. The plaintiffs in the case include a medley of local advocacy groups like the Center for Independence of the Disabled, Disabled in Action of Metropolitan New York and the New York StateWide Senior Action Council. The suit says that the "plaintiffs atte
You may think NYC is loud and crowded right now (and it is), but wait until you hear what it was like 400 years ago. Unsung.NYC has created a video that imagines what NYC would look and sound like if it had stayed a green park instead of evolving into the metropolis it is today. When Henry Hudson landed in our fair city in 1609, the land was more ecologically diverse than Yellowstone. There were hills, streams, trails and a wide variety of fauna. The American Museum of Natural History used to have actual nature, with marshes and meadows with wolves and bears roaming around, instead of just whatever fits in one measly museum. If early settlers hadn’t colonized NYC, it could’ve been one of the best national parks in the U.S. In the video, you find out the High Line would’ve been covered in water if not for landfill. You hear the green frogs and red-tailed hawks that would still be here if it weren’t for those pesky humans taking over. You can find out what the best NYC parks looked like before they were flattened and drained. If you want to get a tiny taste of what NYC was before it was a city, the video recommends heading way up north to Inwood Hill Park, the closest thing to a forest we have left in NYC.
A famous gossip columnist once told me he knew he’d made it in New York the day he bought an apartment with a washer and dryer. If you’re one of those insufferable New Yorkers who has a washing machine in your apartment—stop reading now. We hate those people, right? That’s because everybody knows doing laundry in the city is a hellish experience, every time. Our collective avoidance of laundry day is why so many of us go to work in clothes that are “clean” (we already wore this shirt one-and-a-half times, hope no one notices!) or pair an evening gown with a hoodie and call it an outfit (it’s all we have left in the closet). RECOMMENDED: See more New York rants I’d kill for the luxury of having in-building laundry amenities, which usually means scrounging for loose quarters before schlepping your giant bag down to a dank basement that the super might lock while your wet clothes are still in the wash, giving them that mildew-fresh scent hours later. For those of us without even that, it’s all about finding your spot. Every laundromat has its quirks. Maybe yours is conveniently located next to a bar. Or maybe it has one broken TV that only plays staticky foreign music videos. Fortunately my laundromat is right across the street from my place, which would be great if last wash weren’t 10 minutes before I get home from work. But what makes my place special is the fact that it has twice the number of washers as dryers, turning Sunday afternoon laundry runs into a hand-to-hand co
Running smack through the middle of Chelsea’s gallery district, the High Line exhibits its fair share of art installations, but its latest is somewhat depressing, unless you’re into the whole patriarchy thing. To promote its TV series based on Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu has enlisted the services of artists Paula Scher and Abbott Miller to design a sort of interactive mural slash book kiosk that's distributing 4,000 paperback editions of Atwood's disturbing vision of a future theocracy in which women's rights have been severely restricted. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hulu Scher and Miller's creation consists of a pleated or accordion-shaped structure imprinted with multiple images of one the handmaids envisioned by Hulu’s show, which stars Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss. As passersby take down copies of the book, they reveal messages like “Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum” (translation: Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down), which figures as a slogan of resistance in Atwood's story. The whole affair is lit by fixtures in the shape of the distinctive bonnet worn by Moss’s character, Offred. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hulu Think it can't happen here? Maybe not. But if you’re interested in familiarizing yourself with Atwood's chilling vision before streaming the show, you can stop by between now and Sunday to check out the installation at the High Line's 16th Street entrance. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Hul
Strolling the corridors of the Met, the MoMA or really any NYC museum on a Saturday is an exercise in frustration. First, the person in front of you moves way too slowly—then, someone rounds a corner unexpectedly and cuts you off, nearly causing you to trip and fall into a priceless sculpture. Fighting through the crowds does not make for an enjoyable experience. To really soak up the splendor of the city’s best museums, try booking one of these four priority access tours. The opportunity to ponder works by Francisco Goya, Paul Gauguin, Jackson Pollock, Frida Kahlo and other artists without any disruptions is so worth the price of a ticket. EmptyMet Tour It's tough to appreciate the sheer magnitude of Emanuel Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware” when you can only catch a glimpse of the painting over someone’s left shoulder. No matter when you visit, the Metropolitan Museum of Art almost always seems crowded; in fact, the museum drew a record-setting 6.7 million visitors in 2016. The only way to find some serenity in the crowded galleries is to book a private, guided tour of the museum before it opens for the day. You’ll see that there’s nothing quite like standing in front of the Temple of Dendur in utter silence. Mornings at MoMA With prominent works like Salvador Dalí’s “The Persistence of Memory” and Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” in its collection, it’s no wonder that the Museum of Modern Art draws in the crowds. Like the Met, MoMA also offers a guided
The rent freeze that's been in effect for New York's rent-stabilized apartments over the past two years is likely coming to an end. The NYC Rent Guidelines Board, the local body that establishes rent adjustments for the roughly 1 million units in the city that are covered under the 1974 Rent Stabilization Law, cast a preliminary vote on Tuesday to allow for slight increases in rent come October. The board recommended increasing the rent for one-year leases signed between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018 by 1 to 4 percent, and a raise on two-year leases by a factor of 2 to 4 percent. The decision isn't final yet. The board will be hosting a series of five public hearings from June 5 through 19 before voting to approve the rent hikes in a June 27 meeting. The proposed hikes are smaller than what landlord groups have been pushing for, but take into account the rising cost of operating a rent-stabilized building in New York. A study from the Rent Guidelines Board found that the operating cost for such buildings rose by 6.2 percent over the last year, which includes a whopping 25 percent increase in fuel costs. Even with the modest hikes, landlords of many of rent-stabilized apartments have other ways to jack up rents on tenants. The folks over at ProPublica have documented the way in which renters in nearly 30 percent of the city's rent-stabilized units are subject to a loophole that allows for landlords to jack up their rent without much notice. If you worried ab
Dynamite things to do WOW Festival; Apollo Theater; May 4–7; Tickets start at $41 Calling all fierce females: It’s time to celebrate the power of ladies at the Women of the World festival. This year’s lineup includes a tribute concert honoring jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln, a teen summit hosted by Harlem native Gabourey Sidibe and a night of storytelling with The Moth. Night of 1000 Stevies; Irving Plaza; May 5 at 9pm; Tickets start at $52 Hordes of Stevie Nicks devotees descend on Union Square every year for this enormous fan event. Costumes are encouraged, so bust out the curly blond wigs, sequined dresses and fringed leather jackets and prepare to spend all night singing along to covers of “Landslide” and “Stop Draggin' My Heart Around.” Astor Blaster Silent Disco; Astor Place Cube; May 5; free Don't forget the Alamo—the official name of the Astor Place "Cube"—as it turns 50. Celebrate with a free silent dance party. You'll don wireless headphones (provided on a first come, first serve basis) to get down to three live DJs—or pop on your own headset and dance to the beat of your own drummer before the party continues with specials at local bars. HUMP! Film Festival; Cinema Village; May 5–May 11; $25 Dan Savage’s artist-driven indie-porn fest hits NYC with a new batch of wild, five-minute-or-less picks made by filmmakers with no porn experience. Films like “It's Fucking Complicated” and “I'm Not Poly But My Boyfriends Are” push you outside of your comfort zone, but it’s