It just got a whole lot easier to take a tiny trip to the beach. This summer, vacation rental service Getaway has partnered with Gateway National Recreation Area and the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy to bring their signature tiny houses to the beach in New York City. Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to rent one of three houses placed on a beach somewhere in the Gateway National Recreation Area. The company releases the exact address of the houses a week before your stay, but we’re told their location is about a 30-minute Uber ride from Prospect Park. Earlier this year, we tried one of the company’s minimal, well-designed tiny house rentals that was located in the Catskills, a few hours north of NYC. The affordable escape from the city was not only a blast, but also featured plenty of nice amenities, a gorgeous interior and stunning views of the surrounding nature. The ethos at the heart of the company, that busy, young Urbanites need a space to escape not only the city, but modern-day technology as well, is present in everything from a smartphone lockbox to an “adjusting back to the city” guide. The houses are also completely off the grid. You can find more information about booking one of this summer’s pop-up waterfront cabins here. You’ll receive directions, and a private key code to enter the house, a week in advance. Getaway also holds on to a a few nights at their houses for last-minute availability, so if the dates you’re
Finding a reasonably priced apartment in neighborhoods across Brooklyn is becoming more difficult by the month, and Williamsburg is certainly no exception. You can expect to pay upward of $3,000 for a one-bedroom apartment in the nabe, though the looming 15-month shutdown of the L train may lead to a reduction in rents there. The latest saving grace for Brooklyn apartment seekers comes in the form of a new housing lottery for 16 newly constructed units at 781 Metropolitan Ave. The lottery includes four studio apartments with rent at just $867 per month, four one-bedrooms going for $931 per month and another eight two-bedroom pads at $1,123 per month. The cheap studios are a touch more expensive than the pair of $833 Williamsburg units that opened up through a housing lottery last month but are still among the most coveted apartments in the entire borough. To qualify for one of them, applicants must have an annual household income of no less than $31,612 and no more than $57,240. You can find more details on the lottery here, and apply through the NYC Housing Connect website.
Dinner and a movie is a hallmark of Saturday nights, but now you can freshen up that weekend routine with brunch and a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn. Launching on Memorial Day Weekend, the Alamo's first ever brunch menu will include dishes like breakfast tostadas, a morning pizza with bacon and eggs, and a spring-vegetable frittata with grilled bread, overseen by chef Ronnie New (San Francisco's Comstock Saloon). Check out the full brunch menu below: Deviled Eggs Smoked Trout, Dill Breakfast Tostadas Beans, Chorizo, Pickled Onion, Avocado Crema, Cotija Breakfast Pizza Onion Puree, Cheddar, Green Onions, Egg, Bacon Spring Vegetable Frittata Asparagus, Artichoke, Roasted Onion, Ricotta, Grilled Bread Breakfast Sandwich English Muffin, Fried Egg, Bacon, Aioli, Fried Potatoes
In the perfect combination of art history and middle school nostalgia, The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of E.L. Konigsburg's From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler with special tours on July 13 and 15. The Newbery Medal–winning book turns 50 this year, so by now the majority of New Yorkers likely read it at some point in grade school. And we’d be lying if we said we didn’t scope out our choice hiding spots every time we’ve visited the Met since. (Please only participate in official museum sleepovers, though. You don’t want to be that kind of lawbreaker.) For those less familiar with classic children’s books, the 1967 tome tells the story of two children who sneakily spend the night at the museum. The tours at the Met this summer will take you to locations featured in the story, like the Egyptian mummy and bronze cat. The Michelangelo "Angel" is fictional, unfortunately, but if you want to see more of his work we got you. The free Art Trek events are held several weekend each month, and though they’re technically for families, our inner eight-year-old selves want to crash the tour. We’re pretty sure the Kincaids would approve.
In the 19th and 20th centuries, outbreaks of diseases like yellow fever, smallpox and cholera caused the death rate in New York City to skyrocket and life expectancy to plummet. With the advent of modern medicine, the life expectancy in the city has steadily increased over the past 70 years...but it actually dropped in the past three years. On Friday, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released its annual Summary of Vital Statistics, which documents a medley of eerie datasets on Gotham's population, ranging from the leading causes of death to overall life expectancy. The report, which is a synthesis of health data from 2015, shows that the average life expectancy at birth for the entire city was 81.2. That figure marks a slights dip from 2014, when the life expectancy was 81.3. In the grand scheme of things, New Yorkers are in fact living longer—in 2006 the expected age for New Yorkers was 79.9. How long New Yorkers tend to live is largely impacted by where they live—higher income areas have significantly higher life expectancies than their lower income counterparts. For example, Murray Hill and the Upper East Side had the highest life expectancies in the entire city at 85.9 each. Battery Park/Tribeca, Greenwich Village/Soho and Elmhurst/Corona in Queens followed. The lowest expected age of demise among NYC's community districts was in Brownsville, Brooklyn, at 75.1 years, with Central Harlem and the Bronx's Morrisania tied for second at 76.2. T
Downtown Brooklyn's DeKalb Market Hall, which is primed to be one of the largest food halls in the country, has been in the works for a while now. And the wait is almost over—the whopping 33,000-square-foot venue is set to be Smorgasburg’s main rival when it opens its doors mid-June. And while some vendors, including Ample Hills, Arepa Lady and Katz's Delicatessen, have been previously known, there's a fresh batch of stalls of recently announced stalls to drool overs. From key lime pie specialists to pickle purveyors, here are the vendors to look out for next month: Hard Times SundaesWilma JeanFulton Landing Seafood CompanyWiki WikiSteve's Key Lime PiePierogi BoysMr. Lin NoodlesPaella ShackKotz Berliner Döner KebabHome FriteJianbing CompanyGuss’ PicklesEight Turn CrepeDulcineaCuzin’s DuzinDekalb TacoBK JaniBelle CheeseTwo Tablespoons
A post shared by Spread Art NYC (@spreadartnyc) on May 12, 2017 at 7:18pm PDT A massive, three-story mural of Bed-Stuy's own Notorious B.I.G. may be nearing the end of its run. According the collective Spread Art NYC, the owner of the building at Bedford Avenue and Quincy Street will be removing the rapper's giant, crowned visage to add more windows to the apartment building. Painted in 2015 by collective artists Naoufal “Rocko” Alaoui and Scott “Zimer” Zimmerman, the mural is one of several public art works repping the MC—though, at 38-feet tall, it's certainly the biggie-est. Accord to an Instagram post last week, Spread Art NYC offered the building's owner $5,000 to keep the mural, but deemed the counter-offer ($1,250 a month) out of its price range. This year is the 20th anniversary of Notorious B.I.G.'s death, and it was marked with several memorial events back in March. Still, if you want to pay your public respected to our top-ranked rapper at this particular spot, you better do it soon.
Whether you want five-for-$28 panties or a $3 million bra, Victoria’s Secret has you covered. In case you didn’t know, there’s a secret (get it?) museum inside the store on Fifth Avenue in NYC, and its latest exhibit features the OTT looks from last year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in Paris. The exhibit also includes a retrospective of the fashion show’s history (it was first held at the Plaza hotel in 1996, making NYC the perfect location for the exhibit). Though Bruno Mars’ high heels aren’t on display, there is footwear from Brian Atwood created specifically for the show. Typically we watch the fashion show from home, eating ice cream in bed and swearing to go to the gym… tomorrow. But here, you can shop at the lingerie store directly after admiring the extravagant getups. Because the sexiest thing you could wear in the bedroom is a massive headdress constructed from multicolor feathers.
Forget the cheesy souvenirs and vacation scrapbooks: These days, Instagram is the only way to show off your travels. Visit any of the top New York attractions and you’re bound to see more than a few tourists snapping photos. And it’s no wonder why: New York City offers some of the best views in the world, from shots of Central Park blanketed in snow to Manhattanhenge. Every tourist who visits NYC will post at least a few of these Instagrams. After all, if you went to New York City and didn’t ‘gram it, did you even go? 1. Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge brooklyn bridge boardwalk . . . . . . . #cantstopwontstop #brooklynbridge #brooklyn #dumbo #lowermanhattan #manhattan #nyc #nycphotographer #newyork #america #views #exposure #travelphotography #travel #travelblog #usa #nypd #wooden #industrial #landscape #cityscape #cityphotography #bridge #boardwalk #blue #createexploretakeover #create #night #sundown #amateurphotography A post shared by John Goudis (@johngoudis) on May 22, 2017 at 3:35am PDT 2. The view from the Empire State Building 🏙🇺🇸 #empirestatebldg #empirestatebuilding #newyork #newyorktrip #newyorklover #magyar #magyarig #mik #ikozosseg #bigapple #newyorkview #cityview A post shared by Judit H. (@judithosnyanszki) on May 22, 2017 at 9:20am PDT 3. Eating a classic New York slice John's of Bleecker Street dominating the pizza game since before you born 🍕👑 #pizza #sausage #sausagepizza #coaloven #johnsofbleecker
With summerlong track shutdowns and possible reroutes of Amtrak trains to Grand Central, the work to fix Penn Station is going to be anything but cheap and painless. The transit hub has fallen into such a bad state of disrepair that Governor Cuomo is seeking federal aid to fix its deep-rooted infrastructure issues. On Sunday, he issued a letter to President Trump that calls for the federal government to "recognize the conditions at Penn Station as an emergency." "As you know, the station is in deplorable condition and has been for years," the letter says. "However, the recent track breakdowns and mechanical problems have made the situation intolerable." Amtrak, which owns the tracks at Penn, recently notified regional transit officials that emergency repairs at the station this summer could reduce service by roughly 20 percent. For the 600,000 passengers who travel through the station every day, that notice is nothing short of gut-wrenching. The letter does not get into the specific amount that Cuomo is requesting, only that he is looking for funding for the "short-term Penn construction and transportation alternatives and facilitation of a long-term resolution for Penn Station." An overhaul of Penn Station has been long overdue, but a pair of derailments followed by hellish delays earlier this spring brought its issues into the forefront of public conversation. Whether or not the Trump Administration okays the funding for the station's fix, it's going to take decades