Everyone who calls New York home ought to make an effort to make the city a better place. Whether it's getting involved and taking action in your community or something as simple as holding the door open for a stranger, it's important to ensure that NYC remains the amazing place that it has become over the past, you know, 500 years. But in order to be a great New Yorker, it's important to educate yourself on both the history and the current state of the city. One effective and simple way to obtain such an education is through maps. These six maps all tell different stories about where New York stands today and how it got there. The level of civic pride in NYC is hard to find anywhere else in the world, and it's our hope that these maps help make you a prouder, smarter and overall better New Yorker. Get to know NYC's 59 community districts Photograph: City of New York New York City has hundreds of neighborhoods across its five boroughs, but the actual borders between each of them are ambiguous, to say the least. When it comes to demarcating different areas in the city, community districts are a much better way to look at things. There are 59 of them in New York, each of which has 50 unpaid board members who are appointed by the respective borough president or City Council member. The borders between NYC's neighborhoods have long been subject to change and debate (and have long been manipulated by real estate brokers in order to sell and rent property), but if you want t
One of the city’s best outdoor food festivals is returning on May 20. For the 23rd year, Taste of Tribeca will bring some of the ritzy neighborhood’s top chefs and restaurants together for an afternoon street festival to raise money for PS 150 and PS 234. You can find the full list of this year’s participating restaurants on the official site, but some highlights include three Michelin star recipients (Bouley, Brushstroke and Jungsik) as well as three notable new additions (Bâtard, Schnippers and Yves). A general tasting card for the event ($45 early bird, $55 day of event) will get you six tastes from participating restaurants and three drinks. That may not sound like a lot, but the “tastes” are generally pretty large portions. The drinks can include beer and cider from the Beer and Cider Tour of Tribeca which is back for the third year, featuring beers and ciders sourced from New York breweries at bars in the neighborhood. New for this year’s event is an interactive past-making station for kids, from the chefs at Eataly NYC Downtown, and a Vespa raffle! Who doesn’t like a Vespa raffle?
When it comes to New York real estate prices, Brooklyn is still climbing. Now that the figures for the first quarter of 2017 have been released, it’s easy to see some clear trends in the city’s real estate market. One big takeaway—that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who’s been apartment hunting lately—is that Brooklyn continues to catch up with Manhattan in high-end sales. Of the top ten most expensive neighborhoods in the city, a whopping four were located in Brooklyn at the start of this year. Brooklyn Heights saw the largest price appreciation in the city with a 127% year-over-year increase, followed by Boerum Hill (104%) and DUMBO (76%). The six other neighborhoods rounding out the list were all in Manhattan. (The most expensive neighborhood, once again, was TriBeCa.) See an in-depth rundown of the top ten priciest parts of the city at PropertyShark.
In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller, "life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." Apparently, that dictum applies in NYC. Travel site Net Flights has compiled a list of just what exactly goes down during an average minute in the city, and the results are pretty prodigious. Right now, this minute, in New York, there are approximately: 416 taxi rides 95 Times Square visitors (bless their souls) 1,003 Hot Dogs eaten 25 Broadway tickets sold (probably for Bette Midler in Hello Dolly!) $106.25 million traded on Wall Street. ...And the list goes on and on. You can check out more staggering statistics here.
It was nice while it lasted. After two years of steadfast prices, NYC is about to get the biggest raise in four years for rent-stabilized apartments. The proposal comes from a group of landlords, because of course it does. The group is requesting a four percent increase on leases of one year and an eight percent increase on leases of two years. The Rent Guidelines Board will make its final decision on the matter on June 27, so stay tuned for the results. In the meantime, check out how this proposal will actually influence your life (and budget): First, find out if your apartment is rent stabilized. Second, study up on the 10 tenant rights you probably don’t know about. And finally, cry yourself to sleep because NYC is the second most expensive U.S. city so you’re going to be broke regardless of what happens.
Unicorns are having a moment right now. My Little Pony has compromised our java with the much buzzed-about Unicorn latte and Frappuccino, and now those same rainbow horses are going after the way we accessorize. We just have one question for you: Who’s feeling horny? Er, we mean, who wants to wear a horn on their head? If you do, then this new Brooklyn boutique is the shopping destination of your dreams. The store is called Brooklyn Owl, and we’re surprised it’s not called Brooklyn Unicorn. Why? Because the brand is known for its hand-made sparkly unicorn headbands and hawks other magical clothing and merchandise for kiddies and adults. If the thought of this is giving fulfilling your Lisa Frank-loving soul, welcome the shop to the neighborhood on May 6 during its day-long bash. Go early to be one of the first 30 people to snag a swag bag and witness a real-life unicorn at noon. There will also be a prize wheel and a “Cutest Unicorn Dog Contest,” if you want to get your four-legged best friend involved. Go nuts, and try not to poke anyone's eye out after securing your horn. Brooklyn Owl is located at 252 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn. The shop is open starting Saturday, May 6 from 10am–7pm.
The food world has waited with bated breath to see what Wylie Dufresne's next moves would be. The Michelin-starred chef and molecular gastronomy icon has been without a permanent kitchen since closing wd~50 in late 2014 and Alder in summer 2015. He's following up those acclaimed eateries with, of all things, a fast-casual doughnut shop. Opening Wednesday, April 26th next to Williamsburg's William Vale Hotel, Du's Donuts and Coffee is a cake-doughnut collaboration between Dufresne and pastry chef Colin Kull (of San Francisco's Tartine Bakery). The fluffy rounds come in ten varieties, including grapefruit-chamomile, pomegranate-tahini, banana-graham, and strawberries and cream. Beyond the doughnuts, the shop serves Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee and is planning on expanding the food menu with breakfast sandwiches. Check out the treats and space below. 107 N 12th St, Brooklyn (dusdonuts.com) Photograph: Courtesy Du's Donuts and Coffee Photograph: Courtesy Du's Donuts and Coffee Photograph: Courtesy Du's Donuts and Coffee Photograph: Courtesy Du's Donuts and Coffee Photograph: Courtesy Du's Donuts and Coffee Wylie Dufresne Photograph: Courtesy Du's Donuts and Coffee Photograph: Courtesy Du's Donuts and Coffee Photograph: Courtesy Du's Donuts and Coffee
The first span on the new Kosciuszko Bridge will be unveiled by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday night, providing six lanes of traffic that will connect Brooklyn and Queens over the Newtown Creek. The new structure replaces the now-defunct 78-year-old bridge of the same name, which will be demolished by way of dynamite this July. The new bridge is the first to be built in New York City since the debut of the Verrazano Bridge in 1964, and Cuomo will welcome it with a dazzling LED light show. Dubbed "The New York Harbor of Lights," the state is bringing an Empire State Building-esque display of lights to every MTA-operated bridge and tunnel (plus the George Washington Bridge) by May of 2018. Kosciuszko will be the first to receive the luminous treatment, which is set to make NYC's beautiful set of bridges even more incredible. The new span will include three lanes of traffic in each direction. When the final iteration of the bridge is completed in early 2020, there will be five lanes for Queens-bound traffic, four lanes for those heading into Brooklyn and a 20-foot-wide bike path and walkway. Thursday's light show will be synced up to tunes playing on select iHeartRadio stations, and will be coordinated with another display on the Empire State Building. There is no word yet as to which songs will be included, but DJs would be remiss if they omitted the Red Hot Chili Peppers's "Under the Bridge" and Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" from their playlists.
Brooklyn Hip-Hop Fest is hosting a week of rap concerts and events in Dumbo with DMX, Rakim and more
The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival returns to the NYC waterfront with another stellar lineup of concerts, talks, film screenings and parties from July 10–16. This year's finale concert on July 15 at Brooklyn Bridge Park hosts DMX alongside fellow Ruff Ryders the Lox. In addition, you'll be able to see neo-soul hip-hop duo Oshun and hear DJ sets by Mister Cee and Stretch & Bobbito, with more acts TBA. The rest of the fest features a live Q&A with legendary MC Rakim, performances by Bas, Cozz and Omen (all on J. Cole's Dreamville label), a film festival and more. Tickets are on sale now. Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival 2017 schedule July 10thTold It First Hand with RakimThe live interview series hosted by Festival Founder and Executive Director Wes Jackson will be blessed by the legendary Rakim.Location: The Brooklyn Historical Society July 11thGet Paid To Be YourselfThe Forbes column and career workshop created by Julian Mitchell will have a live conversation with a cultural influencer who mastered the skill set of monetizing their value by taking their talent and turning them into sustainable income.Location: TBA July 12thThe Hip-Hop Institute “Speak The Truth”Lectures, panels, and workshops dedicated to the study and advancement of issues of community empowerment, social justice, health & wellness, and entrepreneurship.Location: Medgar Evers College, Crown Heights, Brooklyn The Combat Jack Show LiveThe original #1 Hip-Hop podcast, the Combat Jack Show with Reggie Osse a
Nature lovers, get excited: On May 1, New York's car-free oasis in Upper New York Bay opens for 2017 season! There's going to be some pretty amazing things to do on Governors Island this year, which is one of the many reasons why the operators of the local paradise want to relaunch with a big bang. RECOMMENDED: Governors Island, NY guide During the first night of opening weekend (Friday, May 5), the Trust for Governors Island plans to keep the attraction open late (until 9pm), so visitors can linger and savor the island's many amenities. (It's surely been a long fall and winter without this treasured hideaway, so we're all about it.) It'll be worth your while, too, as the special event includes free entertainment such as live music from Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra as well as an opportunity to watch the sunset at The Hills—the attraction's new 10-acre park equipped with slides for adults and amazing landscapes offering killer 360-degree views of New York Harbor. Make sure to hit Little Eva's Beer Garden Grill at Liggett Terrace so you can ogle that beautiful cotton-candy sky with a beer in-hand! Ferry schedule for Friday, May 5: Ferries departing the Battery Maritime Building, Lower Manhattan for Soissons Landing, Governors Island: 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM (last ferry) Ferries departing Governors Island for Lower Manhattan: 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM (last ferry)