We mustache you a question: Wouldn't you love a car-service app that allows you to snag a ride for a cheap fee or donation? Well, you're in luck. Lyft, a hail-a-ride start-up founded in San Francisco, is bringing affordable car services to Brooklyn and Queens this Friday. Just look for the puffy pink mustache on every Lyft car—drivers use it to identify themselves. Though it sometimes may not seem like it, Manhattan yellow cabs are like rats on subway tracks: They're everywhere. Because of this, Lyft has chosen to focus its services in boroughs outside Manhattan: specifically Brooklyn and Queens. Lyft will be going up against the well-established Uber, which just announced it'll be cutting its fares by 20 percent. But with Lyft giving out free rides during its first two weeks in NYC, Uber will have a real competitor on their hands. Lyft is planning to have 500 drivers available by the time the service launches this weekend, with rides ranging up to 60 miles in any direction. The major difference between Lyft and Uber is that the former doesn’t employ any official cabdrivers or limo chauffeurs. Instead, Lyft is all about recruiting everyday people. As long as you're willing to do background check (because safety!), and have your own car and a current license, you're eligible to earn some extra cash as a Lyft driver. Riders should note, however, that Lyft is currently in "ongoing discussion" about its move to New York due to the fact that the company doesn't yet have a licens
Prep your stomachs! New York Restaurant Week is back for its warm-weather incarnation, offering New Yorkers three-course lunches and dinners at Manhattan’s top-notch restaurants for only a fraction of the usual price (lunch is $25 and dinner a cool $38). While the full line-up of participating restaurants can be found here, these are our picks for your Restaurant Week reservation must-haves. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to NYC Restaurant Week Butter Midtown: Run by Iron Chef and Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli, this midtown outpost uses greenmarket offerings to create their seasonal menu—they will offer lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. The Cecil: Harlem's Afro-Asian-American brasserie will offer its globe-trotting eats for dinner from Monday through Friday. Clement: Tucked inside the Peninsula New York, the American restaurant will host lunch and dinner every weekday during Restaurant Week. Costata: Meaning “rib eye” in Italian, this SoHo steakhouse also offers seafood and their signature hand-made pastas to go along with their meatier entrees, available for weekday lunch. The Gander: Also serving up lunch Monday through Friday is Jesse Schenker’s contemporary American restaurant-bar in the Flatiron District. Il Mulino Uptown: Founded over 20 years ago by Fernando and Gino Masci, Il Mulino is a Restaurant Week regular--they will be serving their Italian plates for lunch at their uptown location every weekday. Lafayette: Dine at this beautifully-lit French resta
Lazy picnickers rejoice! Starting today, Delivery.com will deliver snacks and booze straight to your favorite Central Park sunbathing spot. Gone are the days of packing cold-cut sandwiches into Ziploc bags and lugging coolers full of beer, or leaving the park to meet a Seamless messenger at a specific address. No, instead order hot wings, panini, burgers and even chicken pot pie—plus smoothies and frozen lemonade—for your Great Lawn gathering and kick back in the grass. Delivery hours are 11am–8pm from now through Labor Day, so you can meet friends for a boozy Sunday brunch in Sheep’s Meadow or a post-work pizza party at Strawberry Fields. As long as you’re between 66th and 86th Streets and West of the Loeb Central Boathouse, your delivery picnic is possible. Set a specific meeting point with your delivery guy (i.e. don’t tell him you’re “near a big tree”) and you’re good to go—er, stay put in the park. Delivery.com delivery zone for Central Park Check out a few highlights from the menu, and then get outside: Picnic PackagesVitamin G(rease): bacon and egg sandwich, coffee, Gatorade, Advil, $10.99Made in the Shade: garden salad, Portobello mushroom quesadilla, berry smoothies, fruit salad, giant cookie, $40.99Hot ‘n’ Cold: Amstel Light 12-pack, cheese pizza, ice, $60.99Summer Lovin’: fruit salad, antipasto salad, ricky lemonades giant cookie, $19 BeerBudweiser, $2.75Bud Light, $2.75Samuel Adams, $3.25Amstel Light, $3.25Corona, $3.25Beck’s, $3.25Heineken, $3.25 BurgersC
Another of New York's summer institutions is finally back with three free concerts. Previous RiverRocks series have offered indie-rock luminaries like Ted Leo and Deerhunter, and this year's lineup doesn't disappoint, with a trio of big-name British bands heading the bill. RECOMMENDED: Full coverage of concerts in NYC Wild Beasts + Mutual Benefit + DJ Bill Pearis (July 10) Four records deep into a remarkably solid career, the Mercury Prize–nominated Wild Beasts will headline tonight's show. Their last two albums have inspired Brits to hitch themselves to the electro bandwagon, and their latest LP, Present Tense, is laden with dark, uneasy synths. Tender indie-folk collective Mutual Benefit opens, and the night starts with a DJ set by BrooklynVegan editor Bill Pearis. Teenage Fanclub + Honeyblood + Saint Rich (July 24) Teenage Fanclub may go down in history as a perfect example of music writers' folly: in 1991, Spin named their album, Bandwagonesque, the magazine's pick for album of the year, ahead of a little record called Nevermind (spoiler alert: Nirvana got the last laugh). Teenage Fanclub's moment at the top was short, and the Seattle grunge wave swept the Scottish rockers away. But the underrated Big Star sound-alikes have persevered, releasing their ninth album in 2010. They are supported here by jangly, lo-fi duo Honeyblood and Jersey's Southern-fried Saint Rich. Temples + Here We Go Magic + Spires (Aug 7) English psych-rock quartet Temples formed only two years ag
To celebrate its home state’s favorite snack, the Canadian-style sandwich shop Mile End will offer limited-edition fries at both the Brooklyn and Manhattan outposts next week. From Tuesday, July 15 to Sunday, July 20 owner and Montreal native Noah Bernamoff will add beef tongue and salsa verde to a chilaquiles poutine, American cheese sauce to the chopped smoked meat burger variety, plus more nontraditional fry condiments atop the Thanksgiving, General Tso’s and foie gras options. This isn’t the first time cheese curds have held the spotlight at the delicatessen, which also celebrated Canada’s La Poutine Week in February with inventive off-shoots like hot dog poutine. Chow your way through the cheesy goodness and get bonus points (literally) if you eat every style: a completed loyalty punch card will earn you a complementary classic poutine, which is exactly what you need after a week of gut-busting gravy fries. C’est la vie.
What do a bag of M&Ms and a Fendi bag have in common? Double letter monograms, an assortment of tantalizing bright colors, the power to console you after a breakup… and now, they’re both stocked in vending machines. Yep. The storied Italian house replaced candy with high fashion inside dispensers in its new Soho pop-up, which just opened on the corner of Green and Prince Streets. The swap is a surprise, given that creative director Karl Lagerfeld famously shuns junk food (too many calories, darling). Fendi hopes the reference to Cheetos and Doritos will entice more millennials to splurge on its goods—"it" bags like the Baguette and the Peekaboo dangle from shiny metal tongs inside the vending machines, while glitzy neon signs in the store read #FENDISOHO. Because millennials love a good hashtag, #amiright? If Fendi sticks with selfie star Cara Delevinge as its campaign model, the storefront windows should prove to be Instagram gold. But we’ll probably stick with our M&Ms, thanks. Through December 31st at 122 Greene St.
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Fri July 11 NYC Parks Summer Movie Series: Coraline 3D at Maria Hernandez ParkBring a blanket and venture into a secret world in this Neil Gaiman penned modern classic of a children’s movie. Prospect Heights Music Festival at The Way StationThis first annual indie fest will be like being given a live sample of some of the best up-and-coming artists to test out for your new playlist. Karaoke on the Boardwalk at Coney Island BoardwalkWhy not combine the awesomeness that is the Wonder Wheel with your love of belting at the top of your lungs to your favorite hits? Sat July 12 Huey Lewis & the News at Citi FieldHuey Lewis is playing at Citi Field directly after the Mets-versus-Marlins game, combining ’80s nostalgia with baseball. A Bikeable Feast in various locationsWhat could be better than biking around Brooklyn at sunset? How about a delicious locally-sourced meal made for you directly after? Coney Island on Tap at MCU ParkThis craft beer fest features over 100 of the finest libations. ‘Nuff said. 4Knot Festival After-Party at Webster HallLow Key hosts a night of hip-hop featuring California native Ab Soul. Sun July 13 Bastille Day on 60th Street at various locationsIndulge your inner Francophile during this celebration of French national pride. Oui oui! THE SALON: Pièce de Résistance at Rebel NYCThe Hot Sardines and Gordon Webster Blues Quartet provide the swinging tunes at this jazzy Bastille Day party. The Outsiders Screening at Habana OutpostWhat could top seeing a movie
The Oscars of T.V. are still a way away, taking placed August 25 in LA, but Emmy buzz is already sky-high, with nominations announced this morning by The Mindy Project heroine Mindy Kaling and The Voice host Carson Daly. Before you start bemoaning the WTF snubs (no Emmy Rossum for Shameless? Nothing for Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany? What are you smoking, Academy of Television?!) and happy surprises (big ups to Martin Freeman, who scored double nominations for Fargo and Sherlock), we’ve got to point out that there’s an awful lot of lovin’ bestowed on New York in this year’s nominee lineup: Saturday Night Live: Two words: Kate McKinnon. SNL’s breakout star deservedly nabbed a nomination for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Elsewhere, the sketch classic was nominated for Outstanding Variety Series, a slew of guests (Melissa McCarthy, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey) were nominated for their respective hosting stints, and the rip-roaring “Home for the Holidays (Twin Bed)” got a surprise nom for Best Original Song. Orange is the New Black: Centered on uppity NYC soapmaker turned hillbilly-stabbing convict Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), the prison dramedy scored a Lead Actress nod for Schilling, Supporting Actress Kate Mulgrew and a spot for Outstanding Comedy Series, as well as a slew of Guest Actress noms: Natasha Lyonne, Uzo "Crazy Eyes" Aduba and a history-making Laverne Cox (the first transgender person to be nominated). The Normal Heart: The HBO mini-series—centered
There are plenty of weekend shopping markets in NYC. And here's a new one to add to your shopping list: the BFF-themed Greenpoint Summer Market, which is set to debut Sunday, July 20. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Greenpoint, Brooklyn Greenpointers.com is hosting the event at the Greenpoint Loft, featuring more than 60 vendors. Look for fragrances from Brooklyn Groove Perfumes, unique jewelry from Acre Goods and desserts from Pie Corps. And because it wouldn't be a Sunday funday without some shopping and a few refreshments, belly up to the bar for Brooklyn Brewery Beer and homemade white sangria. In addition to shopping and food, the market is planning free activities like photo booths, nail art stations and a craft table where you can make friendship bracelets. (See? There's where the BFF theme fits in). Also worth noting: This loft boasts amazing views of Brooklyn and Manhattan, so this might be the only market in the city where the scenery is just as inspiring as the goods for sale. Greenpoint Summer Market, Greenpoint Loft, 67 West St, fifth floor. July 20 1–7pm.
In a prewar apartment building on the Upper East Side, a trove of literature known as Brazenhead Bookshop will soon be ousted. Originally located on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, Brazenhead’s initial incarnation gave author Jonathan Lethem his first job some 30-odd years ago, then owner Michael Seidenberg moved to a commercial space on the Upper East Side. After that, rent quadrupled, so he moved the shop’s contents to his apartment. He and his wife eventually relinquished the space to the books. With three rooms populated not by people but by books, it may be a true bibliophile’s dream but one that's the result of New York rent raises. Seidenberg recently announced to his Facebook friends (one of the best ways to find the shop’s address and find out about gatherings is to “friend” the owner) that the shop has lost its lease and will no longer exist in its current locale come October 31. On social media, the shop's owner and its fans already mourn with notes like, “What did I think the end of times was gonna be like?” and “There should be more Brazenhead, more CBGB and less assholes.” But of course, Goonies and book-lovers never say die, so like St. Mark’s Bookshop before, Brazenhead is looking for support. On its brand-new website, fans can sign up for updates on the eviction and Seidenberg’s future plans. In the meantime, Seidenberg will continue selling books and hosting salons through October. But you’ll have to get the address yourself.
Turns out when you ask for volunteers to remove their clothes and lie on top of a bunch of nude strangers, New Yorkers are surprisingly willing. To create the cover of our Naked Truth About Sex issue, photographer Wesley Mann shot 46 fearless peeps for nearly nine hours at Pier 59 at Chelsea Piers. They are real people—not models, not actors—representing a variety of shapes, sizes, backgrounds and orientations. They are you and me. (Well, you and me, only a little bit braver.) For the full story on how New Yorkers are doing the dirty these days (hint: a lot of them are probably going here), check out this week’s issue of Time Out New York, on stands now. (And to learn just what kind of NYC lover you are, take our highly scientific quiz!) Video credit: Dan Wang
Mon July 14 Coney Island Flicks on the Beach: E.T.; Coney Island Yes, this famed stretch of sand has more to offer than hot dogs and sideshow freaks. It also has adorable aliens who are addicted to chocolate. French Restaurant Week ; Various Locations French cuisine is a lot more than frog legs and catty waiters. It's quite FRANCly delicious. See what we did there? Franc? Hey, these captions can't all be home runs, people. Rosas/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker; Gerard W. Lynch Theater (at John Jay College) Belgium-based Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker revisits four earlier iconic dance works. HOT! Festival; Dixon Place This festival will be HOT!, in all caps, with an exclamation point, so you know damn well it's gonna be a good party. Get your groove on with your pants on (or off), as seems appropriate. Taste of the Terminal; Grand Central Terminal Ever wonder what Grand Central Terminal tastes like? Enjoy free tastings from select Grand Central shops and restaurants every Monday in July. Kegs & Kluckers; Brooklyn Brewery Show your love for local home brewers and chicken keepers at this egg-cellent event. We’re so punny! Night Train with Wyatt Cenac; Littlefield This weekly stand-up showcase is hosted with a cool head and a warm heart by former Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac. Bruno Mars + Pharrell Williams; Madison Square Garden (Jul 14-15) Two singers that you and your mom can agree on will be performing under the same roof. Need we say more? Tues July 15
New Yorkers love trains. In fact, we love trains so much that we've started incorporating our favorite rides in our insults. Here's a few that have been heard around the TONY office! Girl, are you the F train? Because you're never there when I need you, and when you are, you're a hot mess. Boy, are you the R train? Because you haven't worked in two years. Girl, are you the L train? Because there's so many hipsters in you it's shameful. Boy, are you the G train? Because you never, ever go outside of your borough and you're a colossal disappointment. Girl, are you the S train? Because you're never gonna go very far. Boy, are you the 1 train? Because you're way too busy but very well connected. Girl, are you the A train? Because what the fuck is that smell. Boy, are you the E train? Because I don't see myself going very far with you at night. Girl, are you the C train? Because you saved my ass getting home the other night. Boy, are you the 2, 4 or 5 train? Because you confuse the living fuck out of me. Girl, are you the J or Z train? Because you have an identity crisis. Boy, are you the 7 local train? Because ain't nobody got time for that. Girl, are you the LIRR? Because you're the manic pixie dream train in that you make escapism way too convenient. Boy, are you the 6 train? Because you're not as good as reports say you are. Girl, are you the planned Second Avenue T train? Because you're taking forever to come. Boy, are you the M train? Because yo
In the summer, New York can stink. Literally. Uncollected garbage wafts a toe-curling stank in your face as you make your sweaty way to shows that probably don’t even want to see, anyway. If the show was any good, would it be opening in the summer? There are worthy offerings, of course: Lincoln Center Festival brings Kabuki and Cate Blanchett to town (not in the same show, mind you). And despite the recent glut of King Lears, we are eager to see John Lithgow in Central Park. But what if you just need to get out of the city, but you still want to see a show? Here’s our handy weekender playgoer guide. Don’t have a car? Not to worry—we’ll get you there. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to things to do in the summer in NYC What is it?Bard SummerScape 2014 through August 17What’s on?Love in the Wars is the theatrical attraction this year (SummerScape is primarily devoted to music and opera; this year’s central composer is Franz Schubert). Based on German playwright Heinrich von Kleist’s 1808 tragedy Penthesilea, John Banville’s adaptation takes a cold, hard look at sex, gender and the human propensity for violence. The stark and stunning production is directed by the wonderful Ken Russ Schmoll and stars one of our favorite downtown performers, the formidable Birgit Huppuch (pictured above). Love in the Wars runs through July 20 at the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on Bard College campus, about two hours north of the city.How the hell do I get there?Usually ge
Yes, people—you’ve filled in all but one of the blank spaces on your World Cup wall chart, wept with joy at the sheer beauty of that goal/that footballer’s haircut/that fourth beer, and now you nearly understand the offside rule. It can only mean one thing: The World Cup 2014 final takes place on Sunday. And let there be no doubt, this will be one hell of a game, matching the two strongest futbol teams on the planet: Germany and Argentina. So, because we love you, we’ve put together a list of the top five viewing spots for this Sunday’s showdown, including a dedicated German biergarten and an Argentine enclave. So you can have your steak and eat it, as it were. And if you're thirsty for even more, check out the 20 best New York bars for watching the action, or our pick of outdoor World Cup viewing parties. Gooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallll!!!!Radegast HallThis rambunctious Williamsburg Biergarten has romped its way through the World Cup, showing the game on massive screens in both its beer halls. The venue has been rammed to the rafters throughout the tournament, so you’ll want to arrive in good time for this German final. Order one of the Hall’s delicious artisanal sausages, a tall bier and some sauerkraut, and bellow as loudly as you can. (113 North 3rd St, Williamsburg, 718-963-3973) NovecentoArgentina fans will flock to this Soho bistro, which opens up its second floor for the Cup and shows the game on two projectors. Just think: the beautiful game, massive steaks, an
Everyone knows that the Ramones gave rock & roll a new attitude, a new fashion and a new name, all handily referred to as punk. But what makes their music so enduring, and endearing, is how classic it sounds: Flail around to “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Judy Is a Punk” or “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker,” and you’re responding to the same primal pulse that fueled “Johnny B. Goode.”Tommy Ramone—the band’s best-known drummer and last surviving original member, who died yesterday of bile-duct cancer at age 62—was arguably the man most responsible for that pulse. Originally, it was Joey, the band’s future iconic frontman, who sat behind the kit. But that wasn’t a good fit, so the Ramones’ then-manager, a Hungarian Jew born Erdélyi Tamás, took over, and in the process, helped the band’s world-beating early tunes to breathe. The group’s signature hip-shaking swing is unthinkable without Tommy’s laid-back drive.Tommy drummed on and co-produced the first three Ramones albums—1976’s self-titled debut, and 1977’s Leave Home and Rocket to Russia—but later stepped back to his initial behind-the-scenes role. (He cited the “depressing” nature of touring as one reason for the decision.) In his later years, he was a chilled-out NYC fixture, who played mandolin and sang in the folk duo Uncle Monk. Tommy was always happy to reminisce about the group that made him famous, as he demonstrated in 2012, when he dropped by our office to play and discuss Ramones staple “Rockaway Beach.” We leave you with a clip
Empire builders Rob Newton and Kerry Diamond are playing a game of musical chairs down on Smith Street: Their Vietnamese joint, Nightingale 9, is moving to the former Seersucker space to make room for this newcomer, a casual spin-off of their Southern-fried hit. On the menu, fried chicken is king, served as a dinner platter, in a sandwich or on a stick. Comfort-food classics like corn bread, cheddar-cheese grits and tater tots round out the offerings, alongside lighter salads like a raw-collard-and-roasted-peanuts combo. Natural light floods the minimally adorned space, which gets a boost of Deep South hospitality courtesy of communal tables and original Hatch Show Print pieces. 345 Smith St at Carroll St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-422-0444) MENU Fried ChickenChicken on a stick, $5Chicken breast with buttermilk dressing, $6Chicken thigh with buttermilk dressing, $4Drumstick with buttermilk dressing, $3Half chicken dinner with coleslaw and one side, $14 SandwichesFried chicken sandwich on a potato roll, $7Fried bologna sandwich, $5Burger, $6Cheeseburger, $7Bacon cheeseburger, $8Double burger, $10 SidesSmashed and fried red bliss potatoes, $3Hand-cut seasoned fries or tator tots, $3Coleslaw, $3Potato salad, $3Cheddar cheese grits, $4Mac-n-cheese, $4Cornbread, $2Carolina field pea and cherry tomato salad, $4Braised collards with country ham, $4Baked beans, $4 Salads and AppetizersRaw collard and roasted peanut salad, $6Iceberg salad with blue cheese, bacon and butte
It’s been a banner summer for cinephiles; this weekend was no exception. Viewers saw an army of CGI simians raging against their human masters (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as well as the vividly emotional spectacle of watching a Texas kid grow into a college-bound adult (Boyhood). But there were great things happening off the big screen, too, as three of our favorite recent movies now arrive on streaming services and Blu-ray. We’re big fans of writer-director James Gray (Two Lovers) and he outdid himself with his period melodrama The Immigrant, starring Marion Cotillard as a Ellis Island refugee who gets involved with a con artist in 1920s Manhattan. Beautifully photographed by the great cinematographer Darius Khondji, the film debuts on Netflix after a limited theatrical run. (Check out our list of other recent additions to the streaming service here.) Over the weekend, another movie came to home video—though, in a unique twist, not as it was losing theatrical venues, but gaining them. You can watch Bong Joon-ho’s inventive dystopian thriller Snowpiercer—which features Captain America himself, Chris Evans, as the leader of a revolution aboard a train populated by the last remnants of humanity—in the multiplex or on your personal monitor of choice via Amazon and other such services. This is all part of a new release strategy being tested by the film’s American distributor, The Weinstein Company. Though the movie is a thrilling big-screen experience, it’s nice to know yo
The G train’s much-dreaded service suspension begins next Friday, leaving residents of Greenpoint and Long Island City no option but the ever-frustrating MTA shuttle buses. If you thought riding the G caused sweating and anguish before, your love/hate (or maybe just hate?) relationship with the line is about to get more complicated. For five weeks, beginning at 10:30 p.m. on July 25, northbound trains will go no farther than Nassau Ave; there will be no service at Greenpoint Ave., 21 St. or Court Square. And this isn’t just a weekend thing—it’s 24/7 until Tuesday, September 2. According to the MTA, the closure is due to Sandy-related repairs to the Greenpoint Tube, which connects North Brooklyn and Queens. During the storm, the tunnel was flooded with 3 million gallons of salt water; though the MTA got G service running again, the agency did not have time for the long-term repairs that would make the system less vulnerable to future storms. As many disgruntled riders are all-too-aware, the MTA has already been working on the tunnel on the weekends. The agency did increase weekday service last month, however, and said these 5 weeks were picked for the most intense work because they have historically had the lowest subway ridership. So here are your options, G train riders. Maybe after this you’ll be a little more grateful for the G, flaws and all. Or maybe you’ll just move. - Shuttle bus service along Manhattan Ave., between the Nassau Ave and Court Sq stations, stopping at
On July 16 at 6pm, the Bessies will select the winner of its outstanding emerging choreographer award from the following dance artists: Rashida Bumbray, Jessica Lang, Jen Rosenblit and Gillian Walsh. As usual, this is a somewhat confusing list: Lang, who recently formed her own company, spent years creating dozens of dances on the regional ballet circuit. What’s emerging about that? In any case, along with the announcement, the press conference—open to all—will also include the unveiling of 2013-14 Bessies nominees in categories of outstanding production, outstanding performer, outstanding visual design, outstanding composition or sound design and outstanding revived work. Those on hand for remarks and presentations include Lane Harwell, Lucy Sexton and Annie-B Parson. The conference will be held at Gibney Dance Center’s Studio H Theater, 280 Broadway (enter at 53 Chambers St between Broadway and Elk Street). RECOMMENDED: See more on the Bessie Awards
Our summer concerts feature gives you the run-down on all the big-name touring acts hitting NYC this season. But rather than search for imported commercial talent, consider diverting your attention and funds locally to these NYC-grown acts who have been making waves over the past year. All are playing shows across the next few weeks in smaller venues and DIY spots—perfect for exploring. Frankie Cosmos: July 18 at Radio BushwickWith over 40 lo-fi releases, Frankie Cosmos (born Greta Klein, pictured, far left) is a prolific Bandcamp-er. The 19-year-old's brand of twee indie rock comes out in brief one-to-two-minute bursts, chronicling the little pains we stumble through on our way to bigger plans. Take “Buses Splash with Rain”—a song about being the kind of girl buses splash with rain—where she starts out a little dejectedly:“Look, Mom, I’m hobbling through / I’m gonna be a painter too.” Catch Cosmos at Radio Bushwick amid a sprawling 19-band lineup as the Brooklyn music and art magazine Gigawatts celebrates its first anniversary with a weekend long festival. See a few cuts from last month’s Frankie Cosmos performance at Brooklyn’s Northside Festival here: GHXST: July 19 at Silent BarnOver fuzzed-out guitars that seem to portend the coming apocalypse, singer GHXST Shelley X’s smokey croon calls in the four horsemen. The bleak descriptor hardly does justice to the band's frigidly dystopian tones, and though GHXST sits at some sinister intersection of doom and grunge, certain
Nike’s Jordan brand—one of Derek Jeter’s longtime sponsors—rolled out one fitting tribute to the famed, career-long Yankee shortstop, just in time for his 14th and final MLB All-Stars Game Tuesday night. The chill-inducing 90-second ad starts with an at-bat introduction by the late, great Bob Sheppard and gives way to a parade of salutes to the retiring legend from opposing teams (that’s Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester kicking things off), big-name athletes (Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan) and plenty of notable New Yorkers: off the bat, we spotted Billy Crystal, Jay Z, former NYC mayor Rudy Guiliani, Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony, director Spike Lee and, most touchingly, Jeter’s former Yankees manager Joe Torre and ex-teammates Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Tino Martinez. Watch the full spot and tip your own cap to one of baseball's most beloved players—yes, you should be grabbing the Kleenex right about now.
RECOMMENDED: See more Undateables The date: Drinks and empanadas at The Sackett (661 Sackett St, Gowanus, Brooklyn) First impression Ariana: “I got there a minute before him. He was skinny-nerdy cute. He asked me how to pronounce my name, which not a lot of people do—I appreciated that.” Steve: “She was sitting down when I got there. Physically, she was really not my type. Her haircut was not appealing—she said she did it for a role, but it turned me off.” Chemistry Ariana: “We didn’t stop talking until we left. It wasn’t awkward. He was kind of like a male version of me. My chemistry tends to come from personality, so that was definitely there.” Steve: “She was talking a lot but wasn’t earning the real estate her mouth was snatching. I’d rather find a conversation topic naturally, not just keep the motor spinning so things don’t get silent.” On being single Ariana: “I have a hard time with chemistry because usually if I’m physically attracted, they turn out to be complete jerks. The guys I’ve seen over the years that are charming and smooth end up not being very nice.” Steve: “Girlfriends aren’t like lemons—you can’t just go pick one up. Your time is all you have, so who you spend that with is a big deal. I don’t feel pressured about being single. I’m not panicked about trying to find someone to get off the bus with.” Afterward Ariana: “He walked with me to the train and got my number. He didn’t go in for a kiss or anything.” Steve: “As a politeness
After an unsuccessful search for Chinese-Taiwanese fusion to rival their parents’ cooking, sisters Hannah and Marian Cheng unleash secret family recipes at this white-walled dumpling house, named for their mother. Handmade with organic vegetables and meat from Park Slope butcher Fleisher’s, the ginger-and-scallion pockets come in three varieties: the pork-and-bok-choy Reinvented Classic, the kale-and-shiitake Mighty Veggie and the namesake Mimi Cheng (chicken, zucchini). The 16-seat shop runs on counter service alone, but dumpling lovers can also sit at reclaimed-wood tables to sample house-made mint lemonade and hibiscus iced tea or pan-fried dessert dumplings filled with fresh banana and sprinkled with powdered sugar. 179 Second Ave between 11th and 12th Sts (no phone yet, mimichengs.com) MENUSavory dumplings, $8 for 6; $10 for 8The Reinvented Classic: pork, baby bok choy and cabbageThe Mighty Veggie: kale, zucchini, egg and shiitake mushroomsThe Mimi Cheng: chicken and zucchiniDessert dumplings, $5 for 4Banana and powdered sugar &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;img id="f5d3dff9-30e3-b976-0d57-62ad62457aa8" width="660" height="439.2857142857143" data-caption="Pan-fried dumplings at Mimi Cheng's Dumplings" data-credit="Filip Wolak" type="image/jpeg" total="1268625" loaded="1268625" src="//media.timeout.com/images/101642765/image.jpg" class="photo lazy inline"&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt; Pan-fried dumplings at Mimi Cheng's DumplingsFilip Wolak &amp;amp;amp;amp
The essays in Sean Wilsey’s brand-new collection were written for a variety of publications, from National Geographic to The London Review of Books, and their subject matter is just as expansive. Wilsey travels across the country to profile restaurateur Danny Meyer, to explore the art of Marfa, Texas, to visit NASA. Read an exclusive excerpt from the book below, in which Wilsey’s subject strikes close to home: renovating his Bedford Stuyvesant building with fixtures and fittings from the wealth of Craigslist. And don't miss the author in-person at Greenlight Bookstore on July 16 as he reads from and discusses More Curious with his editor. “The Objects of My Obsession” The film Six Degrees of Separation ends in a conversation between a matronly uptown art dealer (Stockard Channing) and a street-kid grifter (Will Smith). He ’s robbed, conned, and tricked her. She vows to give him a job—under the condition that he turn himself in to the police and serve a few months in jail. She’ll find him an apartment, and persuade her husband to lend a hand, too. “I have no furniture.” “We’ll help you out.” “I made a list of things I liked at the museum. Philadelphia Chippendale.” “Believe it or not, we have two Philadelphia Chippendale chairs.” “I’d rather have one nice piece than a room full of junk. Quality always.” “You’ll have all that.” “Philadelphia Chippendale! And all I have to do is go to the police.” * * * I have a quasi-erotic attraction to well-built and beautiful
Pac-Man—the little yellow guy who runs around a dark room eating as many pills as possible while being chased by four ghosts—is coming to DUMBO to do a live-action version of his popular video game act. On Friday July 18th, international celebrity Mister Pac-Man himself (or rather, someone dressed like him) will be running around the streets of DUMBO and will apparently be controlled using social media accounts and cell phones. The ghosts are played by four other players who are also being controlled by THE UNSEEN HANDS OF THE DEVIL HIMSELF players on their cell phones, who'll have a full view of the "game" (via sat-nav systems and Apple/Google Maps) and will be able to control the players on the ground. Players take turns being either a ghost or Pac-Man and everyone has a big, fun day running around one of Brooklyn's toniest neighborhoods. Oh, and to make matters more interesting, they still have to follow city street rules such as traffic lights. We wouldn't want Pac-Man running into traffic, right? How else is he supposed to get the cherries? Oh, those rascally, rascally cherries. Tickets are available here. The event runs from 3-6pm (and spaces are filling up as you read this very sentence). You have to arrive at 30 John Street in DUMBO with a charged cell phone in order to play. Roles will be assigned at random; you'll either be a ghost or Pac-Man or a controller from the home base at 30 John. The Pac-Man day is being run by NYU's Tisch School Of The Arts and their
Tomorrow the Jets will host a FREE movie night featuring…drum roll please…The Lego Movie. The showing will take place in MetLife Stadium and all guests are encouraged to join in on the Lego party before and during the movie, where you'll be able to build your very own block-inspired designs.The screening of the computer-animated adventure, directed by imaginative duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (also the minds behind 21 and 22 Jump Street), begins at 7:30pm on a gigantic, stadium video board. Stadium staff are also offering walking tours of the Jet's locker rooms, face painting and "Jet's Fest" interactive rides. This event may sound like it cost a pretty penny, but cool your jets, because it's totally free to attend. There will also be free popcorn and food for purchase.Currently, no other dates are set for future screenings, but stay turned—the team plans to host more movie nights in the future.But just 'cause it's free doesn't mean you shouldn't come prepared. Make sure to get your freebie ticket on the Jet's site and have a tangible copy to show when you arrive at the gate.
"If you don't like cookies, you might not have soul." Hard to argue with that. Band of Outsiders designer and cookie connoisseur Scott Sternberg chose these bold words as the tagline for his baked goods blog back in 2010. Four years later, the designer has a new project to occupy his time, but cookies are still very much on the menu. Band of Outsiders' Soho flagship, set to open soon (well, anytime between next month and sometime in the fall) at 72 Wooster Street, will feature an in-store cookie window purveying treats from Momofuku Milk Bar. Sternberg, who calls himself a cookieiofile, currently stocks his unconventional clothing at Barney's, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Opening Ceremony, but the new outpost will be his first US retail store since launching the brand a decade ago. The pastry partnership comes as no surprise, as Momofuko frequently crafts custom treats that tie in to the label's runway presentations (shoe-shaped cookies, anyone?). If the Milk bar needs help thinking up couture-worthy confections, they can always call on catwalker extroadinaire Karlie Kloss, who collaborated with Momofuko on chocolatey treats dubbed Karlie's Kookies. But if you'd rather stuff your wardrobe than your belly, let us suggest saving up for the sweet blouses and sweaters from the Band of Outsiders fall collection. Because if you don't like cashmere crew necks and asymmetrical button-downs, you might not have a soul.
It's a bois life. The bklyn boihood collective has been a strong foundation of the queer people of color (QPOC) community in NYC since their launch in 2009 with their LGBT-friendly parties, character-building workshops for healthier presentations of masculinity, and of course their infamous, annual calendar highlighting local brown bois. Now they’ll be making history as the curators for the first anthology written solely by masculine of center (MoC) queer people and transgender men of color called Outside the XY: Brown Queer Masculinity, to be published by Magnus Books and released mid 2015. TONY sat down with bklyn boihood collective member Morgan "Mo" Willis and founder Ryann Holmes to talk about their hopes for the book, the many layers of the boihood and what they’re up to today. For the record, the author of this story (me!) identifies within the boi/QPOC community and has followed and supported the collective's journey for healthy masculinity for a few years now. Ryann is also the Community Programming Director of MoCADA and is in charge of the planning for the upcoming Soul of Brooklyn Festival taking place August 17-23. You started bklyn boihood in late 2009, correct? RYANN: Yeah, a lot of the stuff from 2009 was kind of underground. Planning, gathering the team together and producing our first calendar and in 2010 we really hit the ground running from that point. Was the initial plan to have a calendar for bois of color, or did you always envision having the
Ready your clicking fingers, folks—tix for all these sweet shows go on sale on Friday Delta Spirit: Sept 30 at Mercury Lounge, Oct 1 at Bowery Ballroom, Oct 2 at Music Hall of Williamsburg This Cali crew, specialists in sleek, soaring, crowd-pleasing mainstream rock that recalls everything from the Killers to the Kings of Leon, drops by in support of its forthcoming new LP, Into the Wide. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 18 at noon Perfume Genius: Oct 7 at Music Hall of Williamsburg Delicately melancholic singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas (alias Perfume Genius) is set to release his third LP, Too Bright, this September, and appropriately, new single “Queen” gives off a glitzy synth shimmer that's certainly a couple shades brighter than Hadreas's earlier sad-boy fare. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 18 at noon Zola Jesus: Oct 19 at Webster Hall The brand of synth pop that Nika Danilova makes as Zola Jesus is as monumental as it is ethereal. She’s stated before that she wants to be No. 1 on the Billboard chart, and anyone who catches her cosmic set at Webster Hall will agree: The goal might not be far off. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 18 at 10am Mac DeMarco: Nov 4 at Terminal 5 This impish outsider-lite-rocker, pictured, has been busy on the local festival circuit recently, playing Northside last month and 4Knots last weekend alongside Dinosaur Jr (not to mention a sold-out show at Webster Hall). In case you missed all three chances to catch the Canuck hooligan live, he’
&lt;img id="e088e786-2260-e6ee-8bc3-4a46b57ecb73" width="660" height="894.1935483870968" data-caption="" data-credit="" type="image/jpeg" total="806310" loaded="806310" src="//media.timeout.com/images/101645057/image.jpg" align="middle" class="photo lazy inline"&gt; We may bemoan the stench of the subway (what is that smell?!) and have to fight back tears when writing our rent checks (why are there so many zeros?!), but one look at the Manhattan skyline and we’re instantly reminded of how lucky we are to call New York City home. As such, we don’t take it lightly when our favorite restaurants, bars and hangouts shutter in the wake of skyrocketing real estate prices and dwindling “hot spot” buzz. While we’ve seen many spots fade away (farewell, Lucky Cheng’s; au revoir Soup Burg) it’s not too late to save the places highlighted in this weeks issue—iconic haunts like Village Vanguard, Sunny’s Bar, Strand Book Store and Gray’s Papaya. It's up to you, readers, to #SaveNYC. And just in case you needed any more reasons to love the city, this week's issue features a foray into a new boozy, voyeuristic immersive theater experience and a before-and-after look into restaurants that have changed their identities. Plus: a list of ways to explore our NYC waterways by boat, an Q&A with NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan, and a run-down of this year's New York Poetry Festival. So get out and do the things you love, New Yorkers—save them before they disappear.
Want to crown the best burger in Gotham? Whether you're a diehard fan of your corner joint or a borough-hopping burger chaser, we want to know who makes your perfect patty. With just five days left of voting, the competition for Battle of the Burger is sizzling. More than 14,000 votes have come in (up from 10,000 last year), so if you want your voice—er, tastebuds—heard, tell us which patty deserves first place. Last year, readers chose neighborhood restaurant icons like Minetta Tavern and P.J. Clarke's in midtown. But if those don't do it for you, get your favorite on the list before the poll closes on Sunday, July 20. And if all this talk of burgers gets your stomach growling, snag tickets to the cook-off on August 7, where you can sample each of the finalists' patties in the Readers' Choice, Critics' Picks and New & Noteworthy categories. Plus, wash it all down with free beer from Amstel Light.
This Saturday marks the launch of Staten Island Beach Fest, a summer long series of free events for the whole family. Thanks to the New York City Economic Development Corp and NYC Parks along with the hosts, Berman Group, every weekend now until Labor Day on Midland Beach there will be a new set of activities and special events for you to enjoy. This weekend will jump off with a giant sandcastle demonstration by professional sand sculptor Matt Long starting at 9am. During the sand sculpting lesson there will also be free ice cream samples between 11:30am- 3pm from everyone's favorite dairy-treat-duo, Ben & Jerry, as well as live music courtesy of LoveBomb Band starting at 1pm on the Concert Lawn. Future events will include the Culinary Kids Farmers Market, Bikram yoga by the shore, free fitness classes, food tastings and even COX FarePlay video gaming truck by Splash Plaza where you can go on gaming adventures outside. Be sure to check out the SI Beach Fest calendar where all of the upcoming events will be listed. You have seven more weekends to take advantage of all this summer fun, so go get your tan on and have a good time.
In a move that surprised, well, no one, Saturday Night Live rookies John Milhiser, Noël Wells and Brooks Wheelan—whose screen time was largely devoted to the fact that he didn't have screen time—all got the ax from Lorne Michaels and co. this week. The trio were part of a wave of fresh-faced newbies hired to flesh out the SNL cast to seventeen actors, one of the largest in the show's 40-year history, a result of losing key repertory players Bill Hader, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen and longtime Weekend Update anchor Seth Meyers this year. Though we will miss Wells's spot-on Lena Dunham impersonation, it's not the end of the road for these one-season wonders—hell, comedy big-wigs like Larry David, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman and even Robert Downey, Jr. all maxed out their SNL careers in just one season's time. Wheelan, who broke the news on Twitter Monday with an actually-very-funny "FIRED FROM NEW YORK IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!", is already bouncing back from the blow with a stand-up show at Park Slope's Union Hall on July 28th, which you can grab tickets to here. Hopefully, there's plenty more self-deprecating humor in the cards for this one.
It's no secret that New York City is having a Jeff Koons moment. The artist has a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art and even a flowery Split Rocker piece currently on display at Rockefeller Center. You can also add H&M to the list of places to find Koons this summer. In honor of the fast-fashion chain's new flagship at 589 Fifth Avenue (at 48th Street), the artist lent a design for a limited edition bag. His yellow balloon dog graces the front of the leather cross-body bag ($49.50), which will be available when the new store opens tomorrow, Thursday July 17. But that's not the only reason to visit the shop on opening day. Starting at noon, the first 1,000 customers in line will get an H&M T-shirt and a gift card with mystery values ($10–$1,000). Plus, the retailer is offering a bunch of yet-to-be-announced opening day discounts. A few fun-facts about this outpost: At 57,000 square-feet, this is the world's largest H&M, and it's the first location in the city to feature a home goods department. You'll also find a Jeff Koons-curated mini exhibit within the store, which should hopefully make waiting in the inevitable opening day line even more worthwhile.
Summer can mean brisk business on Broadway: Tourists flood midtown seeking a great theatrical experience. But woe betide the show that hasn't gained box-office traction, due to bad reviews, lack of Tony Award love or poor marketing. This week we learned that two shows are closing in coming weeks. First, the Tupac Shakur-scored Holler If Ya Hear Me shutters on Sunday. Notices were mixed but attendance was lousy; last week they only filled 45 percent of the house. Yesterday, an even bigger property threw in the towel: Rocky announced an August 17 end date. Apparently boxing fans would rather see a real bout. Not all the news is dire: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is having a smashing summer, with sold-out houses and a box-office take—$901,681 last week—that brings it tantalizingly close to the million-dollar club. Still, summer is long and fall brings a bunch of new shows, so you can bet producers are nervously eyeing advance sales. Looking into our somewhat cloudy crystal ball, we can speculate on who might be getting ready for final bow in January, if not sooner. To be clear: We don't know about any individual show's finances or advance sales, we're just going off box-office trends and instinct. Bullets Over Broadway might be running out of ammunition. It's a harmless, frothy diversion, but there was no critical consensus as to whether smooth gangsters and sexy chorus girls deserved grumbles or chuckles. People seemed to expect more from Woody Allen and Susan Str
It’s been a bruising few weeks for New Yorkers with the news that institutions like Lucky Cheng’s and Soup Burg are closing their doors. Sadly, they weren’t the first and definitely won’t be the last. It’s time, New York, to say enough is enough. In our #SaveNYC issue of Time Out New York (on newsstands now), we pay homage to the other local joints we adore but have already lost (RIP Mars Bar, RIP Loehmann’s) and issue a rallying cry to our city. Every single one of us is guilty of not walking the extra block or waiting on line an extra twenty minutes to visit the places we speak of with passion, awe and wet eyes. But what would New York be without them? It would be a drabber, duller, quieter, less colorful place. It would be a place that may not make our heads swim and our guts churn quite so much as we walk down the street. In short, it would be fucking boring. Is that the type of place we want New York to become? Hell no! So join us! Pay a visit to your favorite record store, restaurant live music venue, bakery, bar or theater. Lay down your dollars. Tweet your messages of love with the hashtag #SaveNYC. Together we’ll ensure that this wonderful city of ours keeps its life-affirming joints that play such a huge part in making this city the greatest in the world. Yes, the whole world.Check out our series of guest blogs from notable New Yorkers pleading their case to #SaveNYC. First up: Julie Klausner!
Blue-haired up-and-comer Catey Shaw's latest single dropped yesterday and, in the vein of Katy Perry's "fine, fresh, fierce" hit "California Girls," it attempts to introduce the world to a microcosm of the female population, this time centered around the 11206 zip code. Yes, we're talking "Brooklyn Girls," a bubbly, insufferable ode to Kings County femmes prone to septum piercings, snapbacks and stoop hangs, because of course. The track only applies to about four Bushwick blocks of Girls-miming ladyhood, but to Shaw, "the whole thing about a Brooklyn girl is that you don’t have to be from Brooklyn." Actually, Kato, that's exactly what it means. But judge for yourself: Shaw's performing a free show to celebrate the release tomorrow night at Baby's All Right in—where else?—Brooklyn.
This week, in our #SaveNYC issue, Time Out New York pays homage to all the great places we've lost (RIP, Elaine's and Loehmann's) and tallies the other New York institutions it would break our heart to lose. Julie Klausner is a comedy writer/performer and the host of the popular podcast How Was Your Week. Her twitter is @julieklausner. Here, her take on what indispensable, amazing New York City institution is worth saving. Russ & Daughters "If Russ & Daughters ever goes out of business I will lose my mind. Mayor De Blasio will find me at his doorstep, in a bathrobe, with lipstick smeared all over my face, and I will cry until he promises me Russ & Daughters is coming back and I can have all of the whitefish salad, sable and Halvah I can stuff into my food face. I'm also glad St. Marks Books is still open, even though it's moved to 3rd and A. I worked there in college and lived in the dorm across the street. It's the best bookstore, and long may it reign. There are a lot of places I would miss like crazy if they ever disappeared: Film Forum, Sammy's noodles on 6th avenue, 2nd Avenue Deli, Temple Bar, B&H, Veniero's. Most of those are food places, I'm realizing. Whatever! You can't judge me!!!" Next up: novelist Miranda Beverly-Whittemore's case for the Newswalk water tower.
Tomorrow, make your way to East Village for the fifth installment of Howl Arts Presents Films in Tompkins to catch the free outdoor screening of Fast Times at Ridgemont High. This will be the first film of the series that will run every Thursday through August 14. The 1980s teen comedy classic will be followed by equally culty films like Fight Club and Labyrinth, a musical fantasy adventure directed by Jim Henson featuring the weirdly fantastic David Bowie as Jareth, the Goblin King. It’s not every day you find an event that’s both fun and hipster-friendly; so bring a picnic basket and some friends for this cool-kid movie night. Doors open at 6pm, and all films start at sunset. July 17: Fast Times at Ridgemont High July 24: Fight Club July 31: The Harder They Come August 7: Labyrinth August 14: Midnight Cowboy
Although we all know it's tough to be single in New York, every once in a while a reminder comes along that elevates everyone's blood pressure. Our most recent Undateables column seems to have done just that, and those of you out there seething about it are not alone. Here are our favorite responses, from indignant daters everywhere: I think Steve is the Undateable one here, no? via @TimeOutNewYork http://t.co/NBL2eciZCp — Kari Bentley-Quinn (@inflammatorywrt) July 15, 2014 @diepthought @TimeOutNewYork is doing ladies in NYC a solid by including a picture of that dude so we could avoid him at all possible costs. — Dyan Flores (@dyanysus1116) July 15, 2014 @TimeOutNewYork Lol that guy never gave her a chance. He should look at himself in the mirror before he dislikes her appearance. — d (@simplistic4012) July 15, 2014 @TimeOutNewYork "…wasn't earning the real estate her mouth was snatching" I'm wondering how small his dick is…#reallydudereally — Houseof1000fabrics (@thousandfabrics) July 15, 2014 <img id="c90b7dcd-bdbb-e3ee-9414-e721e3ca95fb" width="484" height="39" data-caption="" data-credit="" type="image/png" total="16837" loaded="16837" src="//media.timeout.com/images/101645403/image.jpg" class="photo lazy inline"> <img id="cee39899-7aa8-3c34-5de7-b6505e7ef293" width="492" height="38" data-caption="" data-credit="" type="image/png" total="16050" loaded="16050" src="http://media.timeout.com/images/1
This week, in our #SaveNYC issue, Time Out New York pays homage to all the great places we've lost (RIP, Elaine's and Loehmann's) and tallies the other New York institutions it would break our heart to lose. Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is the author of the New York Times bestseller Bittersweet; Set Me Free, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize; and The Effects of Light. She lives and writes in Brooklyn. Here, her take on what indispensable, amazing New York City institution is worth saving. The Newswalk Building’s Water Tower"The first time I took in the urban skyline from my bedroom, I noticed the twin towers in the distance, the Williamsburgh Savings Bank in the middle ground, and, seemingly within reach, a silver water tower set against the wide Brooklyn sky. Wearing a conical hat, the cylindrical tower stands atop a large brick building that had recently been turned into condos. Fifteen years later, the water tower is the source of a daily story my son casts as we snuggle into waking—the rocket ship which has blasted off into a wild adventure while we slept.I’ve still never even been on the roof the water tower stands on, but I think about it (because I see it) every day—wondering what the rounded silver panels hammered together would feel like under my hand (hot, I think, and smooth), or how I’d climb up to it (is there a ladder?), or what it holds (is it full of water? I still don’t know). In the intervening years, the skyline has changed, the Barclays Center has g
Fri July 18 Seeger Fest; various venues Friday marks the second day of the first annual Seeger Fest, a five-day tribute to one of America’s greatest folk musicians, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 94. Red Baraat + Raya Brass Band; Brooklyn Bowl Red Baraat—said to be the first Indian marching band in the United States—is a live-wire group that explores the exuberant Punjabi wedding-band tradition, as well as Bollywood classics and original tunes. Write Off Poetry Debt; Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop Almost everyone is plagued by debt. But thanks to debt-resistance group Strike Debt, we can at least have our deepest financial woes expressed by poets like Niina Pollari who are having the same struggle. Sat July 19 The Total Greenpoint Immersion; various locations Is this Greenpoint immersion the one where you buy a $7 latte from a guy with a BFA in performance art? Probably not. But it will show you some of the best and brightest highlights of this bustling neighborhood. Citi Field Sleepover; Citi Field Passing out at a baseball stadium used to be an activity reserved exclusively for drunk uncles; nowadays, you can actually sign up to do it! You can sleep on the field and wake up to breakfast fit for Mr Met himself, who will also be in attendance. Bronx Pride; various locations The northernmost borough gets proud with this festival, featuring performances by dance-pop divas SK8 and Lori Michaels, salsa singer Amadis and many more. Mah
On The Colbert Report last night, we got to see a different side of Mayor Bill de Blasio. Host Stephen Colbert (lightly) grilled the mayor on subjects ranging from income inequality to his predecessor Michael Bloomberg to the upcoming potential LIRR strikes. Mayor de Blasio certainly has been divisive since he took office, angering Democrats because he's not doing enough to promote the liberal agenda and angering Republicans because he isn't a senseless husk of a human with complete disregard for humanity. Usually when we New Yorkers see him, he's either at a press conference or being whisked from meeting to meeting; to put it bluntly, we don't see a lot of him being himself. He had some choice words about Bloomberg in particular, saying that his staying in office for a third term "was a mistake." He then deflected Colbert's jab about keeping Bloomberg's highly controversial stop-and-frisk program. Overall, though, Mayor de Blasio comes affable if a little tired; not entirely unlike a half-grumpy stepdad after a long road trip. Considering that de Blasio holds the reins to New York City (and is on the cusp of a much deserved but controversially timed vacation), it's good to see the guy show his true colors for once. Even if it took a comedian in character as a Republican blowhard to bring it out of him. Watch the whole interview below: The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive
I scream, you scream... really we should all stop screaming and use our smartphones instead. In an attempt to satiate our endless craving for ice cream, Uber, the on-demand taxi service that recently dropped prices for New Yorkers, will be commandeering local ice cream trucks to deliver treats all over Gotham (and 143 other cities across the globe) tomorrow, July 18—just in time to celebrate National Ice Cream Day on Sunday. To place an order, choose the ice cream option within the app. But be quick: The frozen treat service will only be available from 11am to 5pm and Uber has already warned on its site that “demand will be high and availability limited.” In other words, have your iPhone primed with your order at 10:55am and hope for the best. Six sweets will set you back $30, but you’ll be the cool (sorry, I couldn't resist) office favorite, so there’s that.
It's hot, friends. Like, you dropped an egg on the ground and now it's sunny-side up. That kind of hot. Which is why McCarren Hotel is hosting a free pool party series with music by Jason Dirtyboogie Rivera (best name ever) and his GetSummered radio crew called "GetSummered NITES," starting tonight at 5pm. Dirtyboogie Rivera is known for playing funky, breezy songs the capture the easy groove of NYC in the summertime, and special guest Brooklyn duo DJ DKDS will also be on hand to play some mesmerizing jams. There will also be gelato on-site from Ciao Bella Gelato and in case you didn't know, McCarren Hotel has a salt water pool, so you get the relaxing smell of the ocean minus the annoying sand in your beach bag, shoes, sandals, hair...you get the picture. They really pulled out all the stops to make party-goers comfortable. They obviously just want us to be all-dancing, all-eating sunburned little happy people all night. It's summer and everybody knows a pool in the heat is like a water in the desert; everybody wants in. So come early and scantily clad to one of the few places it's allowed. Oh yeah, and this party may be free, but you've gotta RSVP if you want to get in. Get on it. The party will run from 5pm-10pm tonight at McCarren Hotel & Pool and will continue on select Thursdays through the summer. See their website for details, champ.
The Bessies—or the New York Dance and Performance Awards—announced the winner of its outstanding emerging choreographer award on Wednesday night, and it's a puzzler. Well, that's a kind way to put the result: It's actually a tie. The award will be split between Jessica Lang, "for the formation of her own company and its impressive inaugural season" (I beg to differ) and Jen Rosenblit, "for a confident voice investigating the fluidity of identity, the pulse of time, and the nature of what it is to dance in a Natural dance."RECOMMENDED: See more on the Bessie Awards The 30th annual Bessie ceremony takes place Oct 19 at the Apollo Theater. Here are the rest of the nominations, many perplexing (wow!—visual design for Vectors, Mary, and Snow by Brooklyn Ballet?) and others warranted (Sarah Michelson's 4, Twyla Tharp's Bach Partita and Linda Celeste Sims of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, pictured). The problem, increasingly, is that it's hard to take any of it seriously. With 38 people on the nominating committee (and that's only because two dropped out), the awards are mired in compromise. Outstanding Performer Maggie Cloud in Passagen by Pam TanowitzSean Donovan in the work of Witness Relocation, Jane Comfort, Faye Driscoll, and othersJulia Hausermann in Disabled Theater by Jerome Bel and Theater HORASean Jackson in Rhythm in Motion by Lisa LaToucheMickey Mahar in the work of Miguel Gutierrez, Adrienne Truscott, Ryan McNamara, and Gillian WalshAngela "Angel" McNeal, for h
Flower beards are thing now, apparently, according to people in the media who think of things to say on a slow news day. Basically, men are putting (heavy sigh) flowers (long, pensive look out of a rainy window) in their beards (shakes head, drinks whiskey). Now, given that various "trend pieces" are making their way into the cultural lexicon, one might think that this is somehow an actual trend. Well, we here at Time Out New York are here to dispel the lies and tomfoolery going around about this singularly idiotic fashion dead-end. First off: nobody outside of a Tumblr photographer (#ugh) is having this done to their beards, especially in New York City. Should you wear this look around, say, the Lower East Side, you would be met with looks not of childlike wonder and appreciation but instead those of outright disgust. When I asked a bearded man pushing a shopping cart (one can only assume to Whole Foods in order to fill it with organic groceries) outside of the Time Out offices, he grunted meanly and threw me a look that could kill a small pony. "Fuck you," he said, before speeding off into the rainy Tuesday mid-afternoon, presumably to a pognolagist. Others seem to find it quite funny. Time Out New York music editor Andrew Frisicano says, "I'm benignly indifferent, bordering on affection, and a hairs breadth away from obsession. I think Wu-Tang said it best in their Cribs episode...you keep a fresh house, you keep a fresh beard. It just translates." Who are we to inclu
Everyone who ever met Elaine Stritch—hell, anyone who ever saw her perform—has a Stritch story. She often told stories about herself, most memorably in her 2002 solo play Elaine Stritch at Liberty. Brilliantly sardonic, inspirational and self-eviscerating, it was the acme (amid valleys and long plateaus) of one of the great theater careers of our time, which came to an end with her death today in her home state of Michigan, at the age of 89. Stritch gained new fans in recent years through her Emmy-winning role as the irascible Colleen Donaghy on NBC’s 30 Rock. But she was a theater woman to her bones, on stage and off. Her legendary Broadway run spanned 65 years, from her debut in the 1946 comedy Loco to her 2011 turn as the weary ex-courtesan Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music. Her performance of Stephen Sondheim’s “The Ladies Who Lunch” in the era-defining 1970 musical Company is on everyone’s top-ten list of eleven-o’clock numbers, down to its furious final command to join her in a toast: “Everybody rise! Rise! Rise! Rise! Rise! Rise! Rise! Rise! Rise!” I have had occasion to write about the tough-talking, hard-living Stritch many times, including here (about her cabaret shows at the Carlyle Hotel, where she also lived) and here (about Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, the 2013 film documentary about her). As a performer, there was no one quite like her. But it’s about the stories. In that spirit, here’s mine. Elaine Stritch was my trial by fire: the first big star I ever
This week, in our #SaveNYC issue, Time Out New York pays homage to all the great places we've lost (RIP, Loehmann's and Lucky Cheng's) and tallies the other New York institutions it would break our heart to lose. Virayoga founder Elena Brower is one of the city's most renowned and beloved yoga teachers. Her twitter is @ElenaBrower and you can follow her on Facebook here. Read on for her take on what indispensable, amazing New York City institution is worth saving. "My favorite place in NYC is ABC Carpet & Home. In that place, there is magic, fragility and soul everywhere I rest my eyes. In my twenties, I'd walk through the store almost daily to get inspired for the creative work I was doing, and every now and again I'd treat myself to a pillow, which at the time was a real expenditure (it still is, come to think of it)... I'd always dreamed of someday being part of that place in some way, whether having a creation of mine for sale in those gorgeous and mysterious shelves or working there. It's all come true—my book Art of Attention is sold there, and I'm continuing my 11am Saturday morning class there now that I've moved on from owning a studio. We'll gather there weekly for our practices amidst the beauty and spirit of my favorite creative haven in NYC. And if I'd had to choose a second, I'd say for certain it's the steam room at Soho Sanctuary. At least once or twice a week I'll go and recoup, steam, shower, and take some time to care for myself. A delicious
This week, in our #SaveNYC issue, Time Out New York pays homage to all the great places we've lost (RIP, Elaine's and Loehmann's) and tallies the other New York institutions it would break our heart to lose. Barrett Foa, who is best known to TV audiences as tech geek Eric Beale on the hit CBS crime drama NCIS: Los Angeles, is currently starring in Buyer & Cellar at the Barrow Street Theatre through, Sunday, July 27. Here, his take on what indispensable, amazing New York City institution is worth saving. Sardi’s "One of the world’s most famous restaurants—instantly recognizable by the caricatures of famous Broadway celebs that adorn the walls—this Theater District landmark has been a Broadway institution for over 90 years. This was the go-to place for actors, writers, agents, and critics to mingle, gossip, and make deals. Countless casts of Broadway shows would gather here after the curtain fell on opening night waiting for the New York Times review to spell their fate. (No more! Now we just open the NYTimes app on our iPhone and tweet it out. #TheNewGossip) Growing up in Manhattan, I remember going here as a kid before matinees. As an adult actor, it’s fun to pop in for a Cobb Salad and find so many of my friends on the wall."
Tomorrow will be a veritable scoops showdown: Smorgasburg and Hester Street Fair are each hosting ice-cream-filled fetes on July 19 to celebrate National Ice Cream Month, leaving New Yorkers with the best-problem-ever of having to choose between the two sweet shindigs. Which one is for you? Let's break it down: RECOMMENDED: Full guide to SmorgasburgSmorgasburg's Creme de la CremeAt this two-day festival, taking place on Saturday at Fort Greene's Brooklyn Flea and Sunday at the Williamsburg Flea, more than a dozen parlors including Time Out ice-cream favorites Morgenstern's Finest, Hay Rosie and OddFellows will scoop 50 flavors. On offer: herb-swirled goat’s-milk ice cream (mint, cardamom) from Victory Garden, frozen Indian lassi from Monsieur Singh and $6 pie shakes (s'mores, strawberry) from Butter & Scotch. And for you ice-cream sandwich lovers, the Good Batch will sandwich scoops between cookies, and Steve's, between doughnuts. Yes, we said doughnuts. Hester Street Fair's Ice Cream SocialAlong with a globe-trotting batch of ice creams—Turkish scoops from Lezzeti, Mexican paletas from La Newyorkina, Filipino shaved ice from Helo Halo—there will be a complimentary toppings bar courtesy of New American charmer Rosette, an Ice Cream IQ blind test pitting artisanal brands against the generic stuff, and a free ride to and fro the social for new users (using promotion code Hester30) from ice-cream-loving car app Uber. Oh and did we mention the fried ice cream? Because fried ice
After the news of Crumbs closing finally died down, we thought we were through with sad cupcake stories for a while. We were wrong. On Monday, July 21, mini-cupcake empire Baked by Melissa will shutter its original location, the little SoHo window where its bite-sized sweets were first sold five years ago. To bid farewell to her first shop, Melissa Bushell herself will hand out free cupcakes on the location's last day from 9am–2pm. But don't fret, there are still 13 other outposts to find the tiny treats, including the East Village, Grand Central and Midtown West locations.
There's a wealth of gorgeous, historic homes in the New York area to inspire your literary pilgrimages. While, admittedly, it would be amazing to purchase John Cheever’s Ossining home, which recently hit the market, or poet Wallace Stevens’s 3,900 sq. foot fixer-upper in Hartford, the pilgrimage is a much easier way to experience the magic and mysticism of an author’s hallowed grounds. Here are six houses that will transport you to worlds filled with novels and poems—and, fair warning, you'll probably want to give your own home a grandiose name after reading this. Your best bets by train or bus Photo: Courtesy of The Bronx Historical Society/Madeleine Doering Isom Edgar Allan Poe’s Cottage, The Bronx Why: Believe it or not, the macabre genius spent the last years of his life in the Bronx and, at this sweet cottage, wrote some of his best-known works like “Annabel Lee” and “The Bells.” The cottage has since been restored to its original appearance, and visitors can ogle, among other things, the bed where Poe’s wife died—if you’re into that sort of thing. When & How: Open Saturdays 10:00am–4:00pm, Sundays 1:00pm–5:00pm. The B, D, or 4 trains to Kingsbridge Road will take you right there. Photo: Karen M. Sharman Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, Irvington, NY Why: To visit Sunnyside is to step back into the 19th century; tour guides greet visitors in period costumes and many of the author’s furnishings still remain. Irving designed the house and grounds himself,
Robicelli's Bakery has been described as "off the chain" and "(sounds of eager hyperventilating)" by several Time Out New York employees, who, upon mere mention on the establishment, began writhing on the ground in sheer ecstasy. The bakery recently issued a press release deriding the current state of "shock" cuisine. You know the type. Bacon everythings. Cronuts. Wafflesomethings. The kind of food items that hold over the headlines for a few days before the next big culinary clusterfuck comes forth. Well…Robicelli's is just sick and tired of stunts like that. So they decided to one up the one-uppers... by making their very own stunt food items. Behold: That’s right foodies, and the significant others who grudgingly get dragged along with them! We are dedicating every weekend this summer to getting even MORE intense. There will be no “wow, this cake is really delicious exactly how it is!” Oh HELL no! Why settle for just plain ol’cake, when we can hybridize it with a whole bunch of things. Maybe with make the cake with duck fat, stuff it inside a doughnut, deep fry the f*** out of it, then coat it in some sort of bacon Sriracha and locally-foraged mango glaze, or some equally intense stuff. Then you put it online with the caption “WANT OMFG (drool) (dead)”. This is what we in the industry call “whimsy”. And we want you all to whimsy so hard that your junk falls off. This Saturday we being with our first bombastic creation: vafflecake. We’re making Norwegian waffles,
Pastry chef Brooks Headley has created—in David Chang’s opinion—the best veggie burger ever. And on Sunday, July 20, it will be released to the burger-crazed masses at his patty pop-up, Superiority Burger, in the Lower East Side. So what's so special about it? Before squishing his so-called masterpiece between ready-made Martin’s potato buns, Headley tops the patty with iceberg lettuce to recreate the fast-food feel. His mix of farro, barley, quinoa and brown rice is cooked risotto-style, with some ingredients overcooked and others undercooked, to create a meaty texture. Whatever the magic spell may be, it has captivated not only Chang, but Questlove and Headley’s meat-cooking comrades at Del Posto as well. To taste-test the meatless sensation, head to 231 Eldridge St, where Headley will be serving patties from 5pm until the stock is gone. We're not sure if this pop-up will be open after Sunday, so get there early to avoid missing out. Or sleep on the sidewalk Saturday night. Or, you know, try one of Gotham's top ten burger joints. Just don't forget to tell us which is the best burger in New York!
Anyone who grew up in the ‘90s knows him: He's Bill Nye the Science Guy, and he's about to drop some serious knowledge on you. Although Nye's educational TV show ended in 1998, the star has been busy hosting TV series' on The Science Channel and Discovery, debating creationism with "Anti-Science Guy" Ken Ham and taking selfies with Obama and Neil deGrasse Tyson. In advance of the Bill Nye the Science Guy lecture this weekend at Irving Plaza, the man of science discusses the scientific mysteries he finds most compelling, the possibility of a new TV show and his famed bow tie collection. How does it feel to have inspired millions of people about science?It’s wonderful. But I’ll admit, I’m not sure I grasp the reach of the show. So many people have come up to me to tell me how it influenced their careers and even their lives. It’s amazing and very gratifying. You're in New York City for three nights this weekend. What can people expect from your new lecture?I hope they’ll laugh. I hope they’ll enjoy the story of how the Science Guy came to be. Most especially though, I hope they’ll leave with optimism about how we each can be part of a bright future for humankind and change the world. It is very cool indeed to be on the same stage that has presented the Ramones, U2 and Bob Dylan. Science as the new rock & roll. Who knew? Rumor has it that you’re shopping around for a new TV show. Will today’s younger generation get to watch Bill Nye the Science Guy 2.0?I believe the Science
Their Facebook photos depict the usual things sweethearts do—selfies on the beach, dinners with parents—with a difference: There are three guys in the pics instead of two. Matthew Tweardy and Daniel Torres, both 35, have been together since college; seven months ago, they welcomed Travis Morin, 30, into their lives as an equal partner in an exclusive triadic relationship. After we profiled them in print for last week’s sex-themed issue, we heard from many people who wanted to learn more about this polyamorous trio. So here is a longer version of our interview with the happy throuple. Obvious opening question: How did you guys end up in this particular arrangement? Travis: Daniel and I met working, and then I met Matthew maybe about a month after that. It wasn’t something at all that I was seeking out. But it’s definitely—like, by far—the healthiest relationship I’ve ever been a part of, which I feel like people really need to hear. Because some peoples’ perception of this automatically go to right and wrong.Matthew: And also maybe the potential inequity for [Travis]. In that the two of you who are not Travis are legally married? Matthew: Yes, and even in terms of the dynamic. People assume that the third may be disposable or doesn’t get as much say.Daniel: From the very beginning, we said equality is first and foremost. We are three equal partners, as opposed to it being two and one. Speaking only for yourselves, what would you say is the best part of being in a poly
This week, in our #SaveNYC issue, Time Out New York pays homage to all the great places we've lost (RIP, Elaine's and Loehmann's) and tallies the other New York institutions it would break our heart to lose. New York icon Susanne Bartsch's legendary events have united New York's haute and demi-monde for the past 30 years. Today, her events are still the place to be, see, and be seen, from her weekly at Top of the Standard to the ultra-cool monthly Kunst in Brooklyn. She's also re-entering the art world by curating the bARTsch Inspiration series which launched in the Chelsea Hotel Gallery. The next installment will be presented during New York Fashion Week, and in October in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art/PS1. Here, her take on what indispensable, amazing New York City institution is worth saving. The Chelsea Hotel, et al "I love history. And I live in the Chelsea Hotel, which is FULL of it. What would we do without it’s friendly ghosts? The Chelsea’s like my mom. I feel safe here and secure. The West Village wouldn’t be what it is without the winding cobblestone streets lined with townhouses and trees. The Public Library is beautiful, essential, I love it there. Central Park. What would we do without our beautiful park?! I love the flea markets around the city, they’re the basis of my wardrobe! The chaos and color and sights and smells of Chinatown. I really miss the way Orchard Street used to be. I also love the various mercantile districts around the city. Br
Mon July 21 Broadway Sings Justin Timberlake; Le Poisson Rouge At the rate Broadway is going, we can reasonably expect a Justin Timberlake jukebox musical around 2030 or so. This intimate gathering is just the beginning, people. Taste of the Terminal; Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse Enjoy free tastings from select Grand Central shops and restaurants every Monday in July. Joanna Rakoff and Emma Straub; The Powerhouse ArenaThe authors of two of 2014's best books come together to read from My Salinger Year and The Vacationers against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline. Ladies of Laughter; Gotham Comedy Club Check out the semifinal round of America's funniest women competing for national recognition. Between the Seas Festival; The Wild Project Today begins the fourth edition of this Mediterranean-centric festival features theater, dance, music and performance pieces grounded in southern Europe and northern Africa. Literary Mixer; Strand Book Store Have you been looking in all the wrong places? Well head to Strand's rare-book room mingle with other literary minded folk. New Songs of Justice: An Evening Honoring Pete Seeger; Central Park SummerStage Outspoken singer-songwriters of all stripes, including theatrical pop sensation Amanda Palmer and Pittsburgh political punks Anti-Flag (performing acoustic here), pay tribute to folk icon Pete Seeger, who died in January 2014 at the age of 94. Tues July 22 A Cook's Tour of Chinatown; Manhat
This week, in our #SaveNYC issue, Time Out New York pays homage to all the great places we've lost (RIP, Loehmann's and Lucky Cheng's) and tallies the other New York institutions it would break our heart to lose. Today, actor and Hollywood star Toni Collette tells us what indispensable, amazing New York City institution is worth saving. "New York City has often been claimed to be one of, if not the best city in the world. You can do anything, find everything, and be anyone. It's also a city of extremes, which, at times, can be overwhelming and exhausting. Sometimes it's hard to find a balance whilst dancing in the boxing ring of Manhattan. I've been living here for over a year and I finally found a place that helps keep me grounded, relaxed and open. It's called Maha Rose, founded by the gifted Lisa Levine. It's an urban oasis in Greenpoint. I look forward to riding my bike there for a weekly combo of reiki, acupuncture and bodywork. But they offer other healing modalities as well as changing classes and workshops. It ain't no fancy spa and doesn't try to be. It's the real deal, folks, and that's no small thing!"—Toni Collette
I've been Editor-in-Chief of this wonderful brand for six months, and I won't lie: it's the greatest job on the planet. Hand on heart, it is. And I wouldn't give it up for just anyone. In fact, anyone else other than actor, activist, ping-pong devotee and all-round wonderful woman Susan Sarandon, and you would likely have to drag me out the door kicking, screaming and wailing hysterically. We've often discussed guest editors at Time Out New York, but no-one seemed quite, well, New York, enough. Until we thought about Susan, who is truly an iconic New Yorker. I knew that I would be leaving our readers in safe hands. So what can you look forward to? She's spending the day in our Manhattan offices today, July 21st, planning the articles, layouts, digital packages and social activity for our August 14th issue. It's an issue which promises to be full to bursting with causes and places close to Susan's heart. There'll be a launch party the week the issue lands (subscribe here so you don't miss it!) that you - yes you! - could attend. Stay tuned. I'll leave the final word to Susan as to just why she jumped at the chance to steal my chair: "New York is a big, beautiful, bad-ass town that constantly demands rediscovery. To act as a guide of sorts for people who are actively searching for the special, the magical, the interesting, makes me happy. This is my hometown; I want people to love it as much as I do." For now, I've got to go. It's time that #susanrunstimeout
Last issue's Undateables column sparked quite an uproar among our readers— so much so, in fact, that we deemed it necessary to round up our favorite responses. A few of you also asked for our daters' reactions, so we reached out to them. Although Steve politely declined to comment, Ariana was happy to share her thoughts. So, as the culmination of this Undateables saga, here are her answers to some tough questions about the date. What did you think of Steve's responses in the magazine? I actually felt like Hannah in an episode of Girls. I kept thinking, “This is exactly what would happen if Hannah did this experiment.” But really, I'm not perturbed he wasn’t attracted to me or enjoyed himself, though none of that was apparent during the date. But he is welcome think and feel however he wants. As corny as it sounds, what’s more important is that I really do like myself. I LOVE my body and my hair. I’m okay with being open and hopeful. With so much general negativity in the world towards women and the negativity that can come from the industry I work in, I can’t afford to let one person’s perception make me think less of myself. Honestly, I was more bothered at the way I was depicted [as] more naïve than I was about the whole situation. You mentioned that you didn't mean to give off such a positive impression of the date. Can you elaborate on that? Do you wish you had been a little meaner now? It’s not that I would have been meaner or less positive. It was more that wh
RECOMMENDED: See more Word on the Street <img id="b2f9108a-bc31-ea2d-6a85-80b0b0636e64" width="660" height="766" data-caption="" data-credit="" type="image/jpeg" total="199343" loaded="199343" src="//media.timeout.com/images/101649167/image.jpg" class="photo lazy inline" align="middle"> We eavesdrop on Gothamites on the street and on the subway, in bars and in stores, and everywhere in between, to bring you the most ridiculous chatter. Overheard something funny? Tweet it to us @TimeOutNewYork with the hashtag #wordonthestreet.
It's no secret that the Gowanus canal is full of shit. Literally. It's one of the most polluted bodies of water in America; it even has gonorrhea! So, hey! Fancy a swim? RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Gowanus, Brooklyn Having said that, the neighborhood surrounding the canal is one of the toniest neighborhoods in New York City. Nearby Carroll Gardens boasts some of the most fancy real estate in the country, and the Gowanus neighborhood itself is transforming from an industrial place that you wouldn't want to walk around at night to a bourgeois paradise complete with high-price lofts and boutiques. But there's something bubbling back up, Ghostbusters 2-esque, into the neighborhood's conscience: that of the Gowanus Canal itself. It's starting to bubble up in drains and sewage systems after heavy rainfall, ruining the delicate noses of Gowanus's new inhabitants. Several business–including the popular Bell House–have been threatened by the brown goo and it's potentially poisonous after-effects. Considering that there's going to be numerous high-rise buildings being constructed in the area, that brown sticky poo goo problem is about to get much, much worse.
Dead Man (1995) This provocative and mesmerizing black-and-white Western from Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive) is arguably his masterpiece. A pre-Pirates of the Caribbean Johnny Depp stars as meek accountant William Blake (yes, he shares his name with the famous Romantic Age poet), who travels to the wild, wild west for a job and instead gets a bullet to the chest. Slowly dying, he embarks on a spiritual quest with the aid of Nobody (Gary Farmer), a hilariously condescending Native American with a killer catchphrase ("Stupid fucking white man") and prime survival skills. Jarmusch's oddball humor is fully evident; ready yourself for the Iggy Pop/Jared Harris/Billy Bob Thornton campfire sequence with its cross-dressing shenanigans and sudden bursts of slapstick violence. But this is also his most trenchant film for the way it confronts America's troubled (and troubling) history. All that a killer Neil Young guitar score! Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg is presenting the movie in 35mm on Fri 25 and Sat 26 at midnight, so you're sure to get an appreciative crowd for this cult classic.
That pierogi-flipping East Village hallmark Veselka will celebrate its 60th anniversary tomorrow and to honor the occasion, the round-the-clock Ukranian diner is going back in time—well, at least the prices are. Starting at 6pm on July 23, the restaurant will dial back to its 1954 menu, doling out coffee for a dime, 60-cent borscht, $1 cheese blintzes and other discount eats, but only for 54 minutes. Yes, that means you only have until 6:54 to feast on all the crispy, for-a-nickle potato pancakes you want. Check out the full menu below and start working up your dining strategy:
In June, Sherman Alexie and Stephen Colbert plugged Edan Lepucki’s California on The Colbert Report—and completely changed the publishing life of her first book. California is now the most preordered debut title in Hachette Book Group’s history and a number one bestseller at Powell’s. And, lucky for us, Lepucki is in New York this week for two fantastic events: She’ll read from and sign the book tonight at WORD Bookstore, and tomorrow, Emma Straub and David Gutowski join her in conversation at McNally Jackson. I caught up with the author in the middle of her book tour to chat about how California came to be, how to raise children in a post-apocalyptic world and just how much she loves Stephen Colbert. Let’s actually go back to before California was published. A few years ago, you wrote a beautiful essay about the difficulty of selling your first book and facing its abandonment. So, what happened after you wrote that? I went back into my writing cave and finished California. One of the main reasons my agent and I agreed to stop submitting my first novel was that we both believed that California was a stronger book; I needed to stop putting mental energy into the publishing process and just finish this new manuscript. Honestly, writing California rescued me from the pain of rejection. A year later, the novel was ready to be submitted to editors. The process the second time around was totally different. With the first book, it took a while for editors to respond—if they bot
Someone—assuredly a very naughty boy or girl—has put white flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge over the night. It got taken down at 11am this morning. The flags themselves actually appeared to be washed-out American flags. Perhaps the person who put them there is a big Rage Against The Machine fan (naughty boys themselves!). Or perhaps they're reciprocating the flags on the moon. Or perhaps they are a bored tween with too much time on their hands. This, of course, make the very fancy Brooklyn Bridge Park look as if it's surrendering. The act of naughtiness has caught the attention of the Department of Transport, who informed our friends over at Gothamist that "We're looking into some possible incident with the flags that are on the bridge. We don't know yet, we're waiting for information from units that respond." Which translates from DOT-speak to English as "Someone has been a very naughty boy or girl and will assuredly go to bed without supper and by that we mean jail." The white flag is usually a symbol of surrender. Does this mean that Brooklyn is surrendering? If so, to what? Or does the all-white American flag symbolize that America itself you guys is surrendering? Is this a case of someone actually following through on an idea they had after a night of smoking high quality weed and reading Howard Zinn's "A People's History Of The United States"? More on this as it develops.
September 5, you could be invited to Harvey Theater for a 24-hour movie marathon (yes, overnight) hosted by Brooklyn Academy of Music's charity in support of kids and arts education. They call it an education-themed movie marathon, and by education they mean movies like Clueless will be your study in English and Jurassic Park for biology. Now that's our kind of class. So how to you get in on this action? First, you pay $20 of your own for the ticket. And since it is a charity marathon, you'll need to raise at least $250 for BAM. The first 500 people to reach the goal amount will be invited to hang out at Harvey Theater overnight, get your yoga on with a free class, possibly win cool prizes like round-trip Jet Blue tickets to wherever and get free meals courtesy of Ted & Honey, known for making fresh meals from exclusively local farmers. Not to mention you'll be watch movie after movie of some of the best classics to-date, including Dazed and Confused, which we think will be your study on weed. Don't you fret, there will be free massages, because BAM knows you'll need to wind down with all that movie excitement. You'll also get the chance to meet some guest celebrities, including Taylor Schilling from the Netflix hit Orange Is The New Black. For all you art supporters out there that laugh in the face of exercise , this marathon is for you. On your mark, get set, fundraise-- for your chance to be one of the lucky 500 folks that will get in on this 24-hour fun fest. Get creati
The competition for New York's best burger is red-hot. On Sunday, our poll for Readers' Choice in the Battle of the Burger closed with a record high of 30,000 votes. The list of finalists is top-secret for now, but we will be revealing the contenders soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, reserve tickets to our burger cook-off on August 7 at South Street Seaport before they sell out. At the event, you'll taste each of the top patties and wash them down with free suds from Amstel Light. Too impatient to wait two weeks for greasy goodness? Tantalize your tastebuds with photos from last year's best burger shindig. Get tickets here: timeout.com/nyburgerbattle.
At the risk of sounding massively ungrateful about having a job that requires me to sit on my ass and watch plays and musicals, it gets really dull in the summer. And while I’m looking forward to seeing John Lithgow rage in Central Park (next Thursday) and Cate Blanchett be psycho-sexy The Maids in August, it’s dead. The New York Musical Theatre Festival winds down on Sunday and the Fringe Festival will raise its ugly, many-pated head next month, but there’s a dearth of major quality shows. As proof, just glance across the pond to what’s on in London. Suddenly I’m green with envy. Here are some of the events I wish I were reviewing. Who knows? Some may come over.Martin Freeman as Richard IIIBest known as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit trilogy—not to mention the rebooted Dr. John Watson—Freeman (pictured above) happens to be a terrific stage actor. I caught him four years ago in the Royal Court Theatre’s excellent version of Clybourne Park, and he nailed the American accent and mannerisms without a jot of cartoonish condescension (rare among Brit thespians). While he’s incredibly warm and relatable, we bet his take on Shakespeare’s murderous throne-climber would be chilling. It’s a small production at Trafalgar Studios, and unless a producer wants to bet on Freeman’s box-office draw, probably won't transfer here. Plus, there was this, ahem, mildly well-received engagement last year.Billy Nighy and Carey Mulligan in a revival of SkylightI missed David Hare’s intimate study of the
There’s no better midweek relief than a ladies night out—and iAdventure.com has a hump day treat for you and your girls. Enjoy an evening of luxurious pampering at Summer Soiree on Wednesday, July 23 at one of NYC’s most scenic venues, Hudson Terrace. For only $20, sip specialty cocktails while overlooking the Hudson River then get your glam on with a complimentary manicure courtesy of cityMANI and hair styling from VIVE. Afterward, take a breather and enjoy a massage from Exubrancy—because you know you deserve it. But, the perks don’t end there. In addition to a night filled with beauty and booze, treat yourself to a little retail therapy and shop exclusively priced jewels by eff.Y.bee. The brand’s custom necklaces and bracelets are lavished with colorful beads and stones, perfect for accessorizing this summer. Also, for all you mani mavens, create your own personalized nail polish by Pretty Please Polish and receive nail tips from Mani Diaries in order to step up your nail art game. Spend a night with your besties while networking and making new friends along the way and be sure you purchase your tickets now, because tomorrow seems like the perfect night to indulge in a little “me” time.
Made Event's annual Electric Zoo Festival returns for its sixth installment next month, boasting a new stage that celebrates an old medium: Vinyl. That's right, the EDM blow out is going analog (at least partially), with all-wax sets by a bevy of respected selectors—Miami vet Behrouz hosts Aug 29, Scissor & Thread label-heads Frank & Tony assume control on Aug 30 and acid house maestro Josh Wink steers the ship Aug 31. See the full Sunday School Vinyl Only lineup below, and click here to check out the entire Electric Zoo roster. Friday, August 29Hosted by BehrouzBurchanLeonNow ServingSaturday, August 30Hosted by Frank & TonyDaniel BellHalcyon Soundsystem feat. Dahlia & LaurenNorm TalleySunday, August 31Hosted by Josh WinkElonJenöTerrence Parker
Flying Lotus: October 15 at Terminal 5Since 2012’s excellent Until The Quiet Comes, reigning emperor of the L.A. electronic beat scene, Flying Lotus, pictured, has indeed been quiet (save for a few collaborations and a rap side-project Captain Murphy). The producer born Steven Ellison broke that silence recently, though, announcing a fifth album, You’re Dead!, with a supporting tour to boot. Labelmate collaborator, and fast-fingered fusion bassist Thundercat opens the NYC show with his singular brand of fuzzed-out electronic jazz. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 25 at noon Jessie Ware: October 28 at Brooklyn Masonic TempleThough her lofty pop anthems usually soar majestically above a sultry undercurrent, Jessie Ware’s new single “Tough Love”—off this year’s upcoming sophomore album of the same name—is surprisingly reserved. The tune still packs an emotional punch, but packages it a little more subtly. Hear it this fall when the soulful British popster hits Brooklyn. Ticket info TBA Kimbra: Nov 2 at Bowery BallroomNew Zealand pop star Kimbra’s come a long way since her limited Stateside renown as a featured guest on Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” (yeah, that song). Her headlining tour comes to Bowery this fall in support of upcoming release The Golden Echo, with NYC art-pop singer Empress Sound filling out the bill. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 25 at noon Luscious Jackson: Nov 22 at The Bell HouseThe ’90’s alt-rock crew Luscious Jackson went kaput at the end of
Guess what? The Hangover Part III was one of the most LGBT-inclusive major films of 2013—as ranked by the watchdogs at GLAAD, no less! No, the Bradley Cooper vehicle wasn't secretly, subversively queer. It's just one of a handful of movies in a very shallow pool. For its second annual Studio Responsibility Index, out now, GLAAD examined all of the films released in the preceding year by the major American studios (20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Sony Columbia Pictures, Universal Studios, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Brothers) to evaluate their LGBT inclusiveness. The SRI tallied the total number releases from these companies featuring at least one LGBT character—which is a paltry 17 out of 102, and fewer than half of those passed GLAAD's Vito Russo Test. Inspired by the Bechdel Test, which examines the roles of women in films, the VRT requires films to meet all of the following criteria:1. The film contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT).2. That character must not be solely or predominantly defined by their sexual orientation or gender identity (i.e. the character is made up of the same sort of unique character traits commonly used to differentiate straight characters from one another).3. The LGBT character must be tied into the plot in such a way that their removal would have a significant effect. Meaning they are not there to simply provide colorful commentary, paint urban authenticity, or (perhaps most
It's a good week for people who love to complain about the gentrification of Williamsburg. The first Starbucks opened in the 'hood on Monday, and now signs for the new J.Crew have popped up at 234 Wythe Avenue. Instead of announcing its mid-September arrival with the traditional J.Crew logo (like the one pictured above), the company commissioned graffiti artist Greg Lamarche to plaster colorful block letters spelling out J.Crew along the wooden barricade that covers the construction of the shop. And according to this T Magazine post, that's just the first of many local touches that'll be in the shop. Locally-made furniture will be found in the fitting rooms and works from mixed-media artist Johannes Girardoni will be featured behind the cash registers. The opening of this store in Billyburg was inevitable (and kind of surprising that it's only just now happening), so at least J.Crew is going to the Urban Outfitters route and trying to make this location fit in with the neighborhood instead of opening another cookie-cutter version that can be found in any suburban mall. And to the skeptics out there: The sale section at J.Crew is always worth it.
We all love a good rooftop bar with the breeze and the booze and the pretty sites for our eyes. But nothing ruins a night out or a nice bit of day drinking like an obnoxious crowd. You know the kind. The Beckys and Chads of the world. Lucky for us, non-douchey rooftop bars do exist. Here are 10 of the best ones for you to check out, asshole-free™. 1. Northern Territory in Greenpoint Photograph: Evelyn Derico The Aussie owner couldn't take all those kangaroo attacks (we kid) so they brought a little bit of Down Under to Brooklyn. There's Australian cuisine plus authentic Oz-bred beers at this pub created by the same folks that brought you Berry Park. 2. Roof at Park South in Flatiron Photograph: Filip Wolak A cocktail bar without the cocky tude. And the view on this guy; you can see the lower Manhattan skyline from here.3. Empire Hotel Rooftop in Columbus Circle You can pretend you're a successful business tycoon as you stare from the top of the Empire Hotel at all the little people below before marveling at the amazing sunset. Then you can buy me a drink because you can afford it. 4. The Heights Bar & Grill in Upper West Side Expect over-stuffed burritos and margaritas at this extra friendly bar. If you're not at least happily tipsy when you leave here, you're not doing it right.5. The Rock Shop, Gowanus Photograph: Jessica Lin This is the least pretentious rooftop bar in all of Brooklyn, in that there's a small bar and a patio, and that's
Neapolitan pizzaiolo Michele Iuliano (Ovest Pizzoteca, Luzzo's BK) is taking his wood-fired, Southern Italian rounds to the streets. After building a custom mobile oven called Luzzo's Pizza Cart, he will sling fresh, handmade pizzas around the city beginning tomorrow, July 24. The personal-sized pies are made with the same quality as Iuliano's brick-and-mortar locations and will be offered in two styles: the traditional, Neapolitan margherita ($7) with basil and mozzarella, and the diavola ($8) with spicy salame. To celebrate its debut, the cart will be dishing out free pizza from 4–8pm on Thursday, July 24. Oh, and if you're wondering... ...you can find the cart at 513 West 27th on Thursday, but locations will change on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so follow @PizzaByLuzzos on Twitter to track down the tiny trattoria. Buon appetito!
Back in the 1970s, designer Massimo Vignelli introduced his now iconic map of the New York City subway. Inspired by the diagram found in the London Underground, Vignelli used clean color-coded lines to depict subway routes—a move that was hailed at the time for its innovative, graphic brilliance, while also being condemned for not correctly showing where the subway went, according to the city map. Why New Yorkers were such sticklers for geographic accuracy as opposed to riders of the Tube, or for that matter, Washington D.C.'s Metro, is a mystery that's never been explained. But in any case, Vignelli's map was abandoned. Fast forward to 2014 and another designer, Max Roberts, has decided to take a shot at straightening out the flaws of Vignelli's schematic, basically by bending it into shape. One again straight color-coded lines are used, but this time, angled slightly to more accurately represent the true direction of the trains. But again, critics carp that Roberts's map hasn't gone far enough to address the problem with the original. Well, this is New York, after all, and there's just no pleasing some people. But it does raise the question once more: If you're traveling underground in the dark, what difference does geography make?
You're familiar with the classic Gotham Grinch stereotype, of course: grouchy George Costanza, perennial harbinger of gloom Woody Allen (just check out his best and worst movies) and rock & roll Eeyore James Murphy, who told us we were stupid for voting his song "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down" as one of the city's finest anthems. But the miserable New Yorker isn't just a fiction; a new report written by Harvard researchers and published by the National Bureau of Economic Reaseach has the stats to back it up. Just take a look at this infograph: Out of all the American cities with a population of over one million people, New York is officially the least happy. Here we are, topping the list: 1. New York, NY 2. Pittsburgh, PA 3. Louisville, KY 4. Milwaukee, WI 5. Detroit, MI 6. Indianapolis, IN 7. St. Louis, MO 8. Las Vegas, NV 9. Buffalo, NY 10. Philadelphia, PA And voila, America's most chipper: 1. Richmond-Petersburg, VA 2. Norfolk-Virginia Beach-Newport News, VA 3. Washington, DC 4. Raleigh-Durham, NC 5. Atlanta, GA 6. Houston, TX 7. Jacksonville, FL 8. Nashville, TN 9. West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL 10. Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ But before you reach for that sadface emoji, know this: New York is the greatest city in the world, and we have 50 solid gold reasons to prove it. Sure, we may be a little neurotic (take our Neurotic New Yorker quiz if you dare) but we're also a city of romantics (find out what kind of New York lover you are!). And look
Ben Rimalower is getting used to pouring his guts out on stage. Back in 2012, he made his debut as a writer-performer in the hit solo show Patti Issues; though slated for five performances, the play wound up running for more than a year, earning raves and propelling Rimalower to tour it around the country and the world. Now TONY has learned that he will return to The Duplex on September 4 for a two-month run of a brand-new show called Bad with Money. Patti Issues intertwined Rimalower’s love for Broadway icon Patti LuPone with the story of his tormented relationship with his gay father. In Bad with Money, he divulges his secret history of massive overspending, which may sound less personal but is actually more so. The show is described as a “sometimes hilarious, sometimes harrowing” tale of “a journey that takes him through drug addiction, prostitution, fraud and multiple betrayals.” Having seen an early workshop of Bad with Money—Rimalower is a friend of mine—I can attest that this description is true. (Some of the show's breathlessly tragicomic episodes put the graphic in autobiographical.) Debt is a popular subject right now—see Funny or Die’s new web series The Program, a goof on Debtors Anonymous—and although Rimalower’s story is more extreme than most, he thinks people will be able to relate. “Considering how many people suffer from the same problem, it’s staggering how seldom it’s discussed,” he says. Red ink–stained wretches everywhere may have more in common with
According to consulting firm WealthInsight (cool name!) 1 in every 25 New Yorkers is a millionaire. This may come as a surprise to anyone who has taken the F train during rush hour, or anyone that has ever scraped together change to get a bagel, but it's apparently true. Even though New York City isn't the most expensive place to live in the world, it comes 4th in it's count of millionaires. The results were published in very-rich-person magazine Spear's, and it also reveals that almost a third of the population of Monaco is a millionaire. So there's that information if you're currently looking to hook up with anyone who is, shall we say, wallet-ly inclined. Can't afford a ticket? Stay in NYC and join a millionaire dating site. Hey, we all gotta start somewhere. We commoners most likely don't see most of these millionaires; they're most likely in their toney apartments smearing caviar all over eachother's naked, rich bodies. Or figuring out ways to hoard even more filthy lucre. But now that it's apparently true that you can most likely throw a rock and hit a millionaire in NYC, people are going to start throwing a lot more rocks.
Worldwide readers of E.L. James' bestseller, start your ovaries: The trailer for Universal's forthcoming adaptation dropped this morning. If you're one of those obsessed subway readers, you'll have your opinions: As curious student reporter Anastasia Steele, is The Social Network's Dakota Johnson too mousy? Not mousy enough? As for Jamie Dornan's title character—a business exec with "singular" sexual tastes—fans will wonder: Is he interesting when he's not shirtless? Actually, nah. They're not going to wonder that at all. For everyone else, here's what can be gleaned from these two minutes and change: The ominous new version of Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love"—complete with scary orchestral sweep—suggests that the movie is getting the high-toned Hollywood psychodrama treatment. Think Fatal Attraction or Indecent Proposal. And a few glimpses of the S&M whipping room (and one of a tied-up Johnson, moaning in pleasure) indicate that the R-rating will likely be earned—though can it be as explicit as the book? Someone please tell us. Fifty Shades of Grey opens February 13, 2015, right in time for Valentine's Day.
Say the word Tequila to any sentient New Yorker and you may be met with one or all of the following reactions: 1. Joy. 2. Horror. 3. Mixture of regret and nostalgia. The fact is that nobody is just “meh” about the Mexican mood-enhancer, so it makes perfect sense (sort of) that this lovely summer day be designated National Tequila Day. Now, because we have your best interests at heart, we’ve put together a list of the city's best Mexican food spots—because you want to eat while you drink, right? No? Okay. Fine. Here are our favorite non-douchey rooftop bars. And a playlist of the best drinking songs. Let’s cut to the chase. Just don’t blame us for your headache tomorrow.
Just when you thought outdoor movie season was beginning to wind down, the Seaport Film and Food Festival kicks it up, pairing international film screenings with free global grub. The four-week series premieres tonight at 6pm and will continue on Thursdays (July 31, August 7, August 14) as part of the SEE/CHANGE summer events at South Street Seaport. Each event will be dedicated to a different country, including France, Taiwan and Mexico. Spread a blanket on the artificia