1. There’s a Legally Blonde–themed brunch happening in New York. Head to 5th and Madison for themed drinks, trivia and a costume contest. 2. In case you missed it, there’s now a massive rhino statue at Astor Place. You can go see the bronze tower adjacent to the Astor Place Cube. 3. Attend the Morningside Park Easter Celebration today at 10am. To get to the free event, enter the park at 113th Street near the pond. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
Get ready, ‘grammers: There’s a brand-new mural of angel wings on Broadway. The artwork arrived today outside Angels in America at the Neil Simon Theater on 52nd Street. Street artist Kelsey Montague spent the entire workday on Thursday and Friday filling in the wingspan, and she just finished it tonight. The fuchsia-and-cobalt color scheme mimics the hues of the show’s poster, and she told us, “The design work is representative of the play.” “It has a very traditional outline,” she says of her new outdoor art, “but the inside is going to have much sharper edges. It’ll be very whimsical, but it will also be beautiful and also kind of tough—and I think that’s a good representation of Angels in America.” Photograph: Rebecca Fontana Montague, who is also responsible for the black-and-white wings you’ve seen at Kenmare and Mott Streets in NYC, says, “All my work is interactive in some way.” Yes, that means she wants you to share it on Instagram—her hashtag #whatliftsyou has more than 95,000 posts, and her wings have been geotagged everywhere from Nashville to Los Angeles. "I love creating work for different communities and focusing on people stepping into my work and becoming a part of it, especially using social media in a positive way,” she adds. We won’t judge you too harshly if you just pose with the wings and then head out, but if you want to know more about the show, we got you: This 25th-anniversary revival of the powerful production stars Andrew Garfield a
Madison Square Garden has long been known as one of New York’s premier concert venues. Now, the company is looking to expand its footprint in two other cities: London and Las Vegas. On Tuesday, the company unveiled its plans to build a state-of-the-art spherical venue in East London, appropriately named the MSG Sphere London. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard about orb-shaped arenas, though: In February, MSG announced its plans to build an 18,000-seat sphere in Las Vegas by 2020. The London venue will be MSG’s first outside of the country. The unusual shape isn’t the only unique feature of these arenas: The technology going into each arena sounds downright futuristic. The LED exterior of these orb-shaped arenas will be programmable, which means that artists, brands and events can display media and even live-stream video from inside the venue. Ultra-high-definition screens indoors will allow MSG to create multisensory concert and event experiences. Concertgoers at the London Sphere can also ask holographic concierges for help finding their seats. Of course, a top-of-the-line modular beamforming sound system is just the cherry on top. And what about our beloved New York venues? While MSG-owned venues Madison Square Garden, Beacon Theatre and Radio City Music Hall aren’t slated for any major renovations just yet, the company hopes to deploy the state-of-the-art sound system in Radio City Music Hall later this year. Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox ea
The apartments are on the Upper East Side, because of course they are. For the very first time, bitcoins were reportedly used to purchase apartments in NYC: The NY Post reports that two Upper East Side condos at 389 East 89th Street are now in contract for payment via bitcoin. One is a studio for $875,000, which translates to about 102 bitcoins. The other is a one-bedroom going for $1.48 million, which translates to about 172 bitcoins. But it comes with a den, so actually, that’s a bargain. But…what exactly are bitcoins? Bitcoins are an electronic form of money, similar to Neopets money. The brand-new form of currency was created in 2009 by mystery person Satoshi Nakamoto—not a bank or government. (That may sound a little scary, but remember, Alexander Hamilton created America’s first bank basically from scratch back in the late 1700s, so it can’t be that hard to do.) One bitcoin currently equals $8,620.22, and you can buy them at bitcoin ATMs (like the Money Tree) or online with a credit card. (When we wrote a story about NYC's first bitcoin ATM back in 2014, bitcoins were worth $505.50, which isn't depressing at all.) To get new ones, you need to mine them online, which includes a lottery system and solving math problems. Ah, so that’s why we don’t have any bitcoins. Bitcoins are now the most popular form of cryptocurrencies, and just like with Neocash, bitcoin transactions keep you identity private, so don’t worry if your username is still fluffypetloverz0768. So
Despite the continued hat-and-gloves weather in the city, spring has in fact arrived (well, technically, at least). In addition to longer days and hopefully warmer temperatures, spring brings the re-opening of some of the best outdoor attractions and venues in NYC. One we’re particularly excited about is Coney Island's Luna Park. On Saturday, March 24, Luna Park officially opens its doors for the 2018 season, and we can confirm this is a celebration you don't want to miss. For the first time ever, access to all of the rides will be free, so you can play to your heart's content. All the park asks in return is that you donate $5 toward its partner charity, The Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC. The charity supports business and philanthropic communities and helps the city launch amazing public programming. The party continues into Sunday when Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, local stakeholders and elected officials will gather around the Cyclone at 11am to officially kick off the season with the park's traditional egg cream christening. Brooklyn Seltzer Boys will also be providing an egg cream sample to the first 150 guests. So gather your friends and head to the beach this weekend—and don't forget to grab a Nathan's Famous hot dog while you're there! Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.
In your time walking the streets of NYC, how many horrific odors and substances have you been exposed to secondhand? Mystery sludge dripping off of fourth-floor air conditioner units; dematerialized Cheetos on the subway floor; hot steam rising out of manhole covers; and, of course, cigarette smoke everywhere. And while most of us don't bat a lash at the fumes anymore, Queens Councilman Peter Koo is attempting to take a stand with a proposed $50 misdemeanor ban on smoking while walking. Koo explained his cause to NY Daily News: “It has happened to me many times—I'm walking behind someone who's smoking, and I'm suffering for five or 10 minutes. I see mothers with their strollers walking behind people who smoke, and they're exposing the baby to secondhand smoke.” Current laws ban smoking inside restaurants, bars, stores, indoor public spaces and parks. But how would this one work? You would be able to smoke on a public sidewalk...so long as you don't move? It may be a bit tricky to enforce. That said, if they want to go after those dudes with those ostentatious, chimney-smoke vape cigarettes, have at them for all I care. Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.
Ah, spring in NYC has sprung (kinda), and that means Easter is right around the corner. And is there a freakin' cuter way to celebrate than with gourmet-style Peeps? Dominique Ansel has officially debuted his Peep-a-Boo packs that can be pre-ordered at both his Soho and West Village locations. Once you crack open the real eggshell, there will be a dark chocolate layer surrounding the honey marshmallow filled with a creamy salted-caramel center. The dessert wizard has also debuted the more traditional Easter option of six-inch chocolate—milk, white or "golden milk"—bunnies stuffed with mini white truffle eggs. Of course, this isn't the first creative twist Ansel has put on seasonal desserts. Remember the watermelon ice cream sandwiches or the caramel-corn soft serve for summer? Just make sure you get the peeps by Easter on April 1, the date the special ends (sadly, we don't think that's an April Fool's Day joke). To see the many stages of flaying the peep, see the Instagram video that Dominique Ansel posted below. Happy spring! A post shared by dominiqueansel (@dominiqueansel) on Mar 19, 2018 at 6:55am PDT Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.
On Saturday, March 24, demonstrators from across the country will take to the streets in Washington, D.C., for the March for Our Lives, a protest that demands national gun control reform in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month that left 17 dead. More than 500,000 people are expected to attend the march in the nation’s capital, but there are hundreds of other sister events across the country—including one in New York City. This weekend’s series of protests was spurred by the survivors from Parkland, who in just a month have launched a movement around gun control that’s drawn national attention. They’ve inspired young people in New York and beyond to amplify their own voices and advocate for political change, despite many of them not being old enough to vote. A youth movement is happening in the country, and this weekend’s march is a chance to see it in action in New York. Here’s what you need to know about attending. Where and when will the march take place? The march kicks off with a rally at Central Park West and 72nd Street at 11am on Saturday, though organizers are requesting that attendees arrive at 10am to organize. After the rally, demonstrators will walk south down Central Park West, turn onto Central Park South, turn south again onto Sixth Avenue and end at the corner of Sixth and 43rd Street. If you're more of a visual learner, here's a map: Will there be street closures? The New York City Department of
1. Today, puppies are taking over the iconic Saks Fifth Avenue window display. Go see and adopt the dogs from noon to 5pm on the ninth floor. 2. Jack White is playing an intimate show in Brooklyn tonight. If you can’t make it to the Warsaw, his new album also comes out at midnight. 3. Attend Hater's Roast at The Town Hall. Some of your favorite stars from RuPaul's Drag Race will be there and battling it out. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
Even if you hate sports, you should head to Citi Field to stuff your face, er, watch a baseball game. The reason why there are so many Mets fans in NYC finally starts to make sense when you look past the outfield to the food stands. Though Yankee Stadium has long been known as the home of the best baseball team in NYC, Citi Field admittedly has much, much better food offerings. Last year's favorites like DŌ and Fuku are returning for another season, and this year, there's even more delicious grub on the way. Look, we're not expecting the Mets to get to the World Series anytime soon, but if they did wind up there in another five-hour-and-seventeen-minute game, you'd have plenty of sustenance available in the stadium. Brand-new additions to the lineup this season include Sweet Chick, the Brooklyn restaurant known for serving addictive fried chicken with bacon-cheddar or rosemary-mushroom waffles. Also, Wowfulls is now on the roster, serving egg waffles jam-packed with ice cream, gummies and sprinkles. There’s also Baked Cheese Haus, a traveling food purveyor serving the gooey raclette sandwiches you know and love from the food stands surrounding the Bryant Park Winter Village. The complete lineup of offerings is below, so start planning your trip to the Queens ballpark now. Because Mets fans certainly don't go to Citi Field for quality sports—they go for the food. Sweet Chick Wowfulls Baked Cheese Haus Fuku Momofuku Milk Bar Photograph: Courtesy Mil