Governor Cuomo just announced that the MTA is launching a competition to fix NYC’s transportation system, but we all know what this really is: a white flag. Cuomo tweeted, “We need outside-the-box thinking to tackle the subway’s vexing technology and design challenges.” Loosely translated, that means the MTA is completely out of ideas and is looking for people willing to give them a solution for free. What could go wrong? With train derailments, the upcoming L train shutdown and just overall shittiness of service, the MTA is desperately in need of an update. So the MTA Genius Transit Challenge was created to find “outside experts” with quick and efficient solutions for the subway transportation. The best ideas will receive a $1 million award, so we’re going to stop making jokes and start planning our submission now. That’s why we’re launching a competition to address the subway system’s toughest challenges. https://t.co/XjBtQzNr96 — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 23, 2017
If the mere mention of science conjures visions of napping through high school classes, wake up! World Science Festival, celebrating it’s 10th anniversary, returns May 30 with a week of exciting talks, exhibits, performances and fascinating reasons science is flippin’ sweet. “Science is the most powerful tool for figuring out how reality works, and so it holds our future in its hands,” says festival cofounder Brian Greene. “Like art, music and literature, science greatly enriches human life, and the World Science Festival is dedicated to giving [everyone] a place to experience, explore and celebrate that profound impact.” The fest kicks off with Time, Creativity, and the Cosmos, a gala show featuring Greene, musicians and modern dance company Pilobolus (Jazz at Lincoln Center, Tue 30 at 7pm; donation based). On June 2, head to the American Museum of Natural History for a mummy-themed trivia night complete with free drinks and science experts on hand (6–9pm; $49–$100). Also on June 2 is “Hidden Figures No More! Heroines of Space Science Past, Present and Future,” which explores the role of pivotal female scientists in space exploration (NYU Global Center Grand Hall, 8–9:30pm; $20–$100). Want to experience science on the cheap? Times Square plays host to Holoscenes, a performance installation inside a 12-ton glass aquarium that floods and drains, causing the performers inside to react to the changing levels of water (June 1–3 6–11pm; free). Stargazers can peer at the moon an
Loosie’s Cafe, the new Williamsburg coffee shop from the Loosie Rouge and Loosie's Kitchen team, will be serving free coffee drinks all summer long from 7am to 8am. And it’s not just plain black drip—this warm-weather deal includes iced coffees and lattes, cortados, macchiatos, Americanos and cappuccinos. You can either take your caffeine fix to-go or hang out in the verdant, sunlit space and munch on creative cafe fare like Nutella beignets or matcha doughnuts. As if there already weren't enough reasons to love summer. 93 South 6th St, Brooklyn (loosiescafe.com)
I know, it's New York, so there’s a disproportionate likelihood that the people at a karaoke bar with you are classically trained Broadway chorus stars. But come on! This is not your American Idol audition, nor is there a record executive in the audience of a basement bar off the Halsey subway stop waiting to discover you right now. Hell, even your chance of getting laid only increases by about 20 percent if you hit every note. RECOMMENDED: See more New York rants Karaoke is for us, the vast majority of vocally inept quiet types who want a release after a long week. It is for the underpaid, the underappreciated, the recently broken up with. I am judged from the time I get on the subway (thanks, bystanders) to the time I drag myself home (thanks, roommates), so I’m in desperate need of a judgment-free zone. Screaming something at the top of your lungs is an amazing way to forget about the L train, your boss or your dismal dating situation. So let me have a go at making a fool of myself, and back off the Christina Aguilera act. And why don’t you have some fun too? Stop playing it safe with boring songs “in your range.” Why don’t you play some emo tunes and climb on the furniture? Sing Meatloaf, Blink 182 or Kate Bush, and force strangers to sing along with you! Karaoke night should be one long, upbeat finale number of Kinky Boots, not the intermission music for Long Day’s Journey into Night. Yes, my F was sharp, but it is the only F I happen to give right now. So good job
The Second Avenue subway has been toying with our emotions since it opened in January. There are four spotless new stations with amazing artwork, yes, but anyone who’s ridden it knows that it’s common to see 20 minutes go by between trains. (And then there’s the station entrance that already shut down. It was nice while it lasted.) However! The MTA just announced that two new trains will be added to the Q line at rush hour in November. Right now there are currently 10 southbound trains and three northbound trains running during rush hour on the East Side line, which isn’t quite enough for the 176,000 passengers who ride the trains daily. In further good news, as of last night, the 83rd Street entrance to the 86th Street station finally has working escalators again! A source working at the station could not confirm if all the damage had been repaired, though, saying only that they’re taking it day by day. We wouldn’t expect anything more.
Following Monday night's attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, the New York Police Department is on alert for any implications that may affect the city. The motives of the attack, which killed more than 20 people and injured dozens more, according to the New York Times, are still unclear, but it has widely been speculated as an act of terrorism. A statement from Governor Cuomo directed local law enforcement officials to be on heightened alert this week. "An attack on one is an attack on all, and New York stands in solidarity with the British people and our friends around the world against the forces of hate and terror," the statement read. "Out of an abundance of caution, I have directed state law enforcement officials to step up security and patrols at high-profile locations across New York, including our airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems." NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill followed suit, tweeting that the department will be closely monitoring the events in Manchester in case there are any implications for the safety of New Yorkers. .@NYPDCT @NYPDChiefPatrol @NYPDChiefofDept closely monitoring events in Manchester, England, to determine any possible implications for #NYC pic.twitter.com/ElJVcg0gFr — Commissioner O'Neill (@NYPDONeill) May 22, 2017 The attack comes less than a week after a man drove his car into a crowded sidewalk in Times Square, killing one person and injuring more than 20 others. The accident was not an act o
After 48 years of marches, protests, boycotts and balls, the revolution will finally be televised. After the 2016 Gay Pride March welcomed two million participants and 35 marching garrisons, it seems that NYC's LGBTQ community has become too loud to ignore, and now local affiliate station WABC-TV is getting in on the action. The Tri-state area channel will air this year's march and connected festivities live from noon–3pm on Channel 7, along with a feed streaming on abc7ny.com. The network will also cover PrideFest, the Pride Luminaries brunch, the Rally and the brand-new Pride Island music festival, which features Tegan and Sara, Years & Years and Patti Labelle. RECOMMENDED: Full coverage of Gay Pride in NYC If you're planning on marching but haven't come out to your Meemaw in New Jersey yet, you better make your phone call now, because she will definitely spot you in a Carmen Miranda headdress singing "We Are Family" from a lube float while she's flipping channels. Just a suggestion.
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