1. Food festival Dine Around Downtown is happening today. Featuring restaurants including Brushstroke and Blue Ribbon Bakery, the festival's highlight is sure to be Danny Meyer’s new spot Manhatta. 2. Yum’s the Word at Le Poisson Rouge is a birthday party with storyteller Robin Gelfenbien. There will be cake served, of course. 3. Head to the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building for a free poetry reading. You’ll be able to hear several of Lou Reed’s newly published Early Poems. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
Beach season officially kicks off in New York this weekend, but it’s about to be a bummer of a summer for residents and fans of one the city’s most popular waterfronts. On Monday, the city’s Parks Department announced that a 12-block stretch of Rockaway Beach will be closed indefinitely due to erosion. The area between Beach 91st Street and Beach 102nd Street will be shut down in order to maintain a protective dune built in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which helps keep swimmers safe, the Parks Department said in a statement. The full boardwalk and surfing area from Beach 88th Street to Beach 91st Street will remain open, as well as a section of the beach in front of the concessions and bathrooms at Beach 97th Street, but there will be no access to the water permitted at that location. The remaining 4.5 miles of the beachfront will still be open for swimming and recreation. The affected stretch is among the most popular in the Rockaways. “This decision was made in the interest of safety, and that will always remain our top priority,” Parks and Recreation commissioner Mitchell Silver said in a statement. “The rebirth of Rockaway Beach stands as a symbol of this community’s strength and determination to move forward after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, so having to close even just a small portion of it is very difficult for us.” This summer marks the second year that the new NYC Ferry is offering service to the Rockaways, which provides a trip between the peninsu
New Yorkers love to declare that their city is the greatest in the world, and with good reason. If you can get over the spotty subway service, constant smell of trash and a disheartening degree of income inequality, then it’s pretty clear that New York is hands down the most amazing place on earth. But with that great power and prestige comes great responsibility—specifically the responsibility to relentlessly defend New York from people alleging that their hometown is a better place to live. On Tuesday, comedian Chris Gethard is taking this duty to a whole new level by inviting people from across the country to Skype into his show (The Chris Gethard Show) and defend their city’s cred against New York's. We think New York is the greatest city in the world. What makes your city so great? Bring it - Sign up to be a Skype caller and tell us. We've got guest @Michael8easley and music from @bushtetras! Tomorrow, May 22 LIVE at 11/10c on @truTV https://t.co/Bb4UrvLo4i pic.twitter.com/629UANsm6Y — Chris Gethard Show (@GethardShow) May 21, 2018 The schtick, dubbed “New York City vs. the World,” will be filmed live (as with the rest of the episodes on the show), and will give callers the opportunity to explain the merits of their city. “You can even try to dethrone New York, but I will have actual taxi drivers on hand who are gonna yell at you,” Gethard says in a promo for the episode. On top of the cabbies, Gethard is also bringing on New York Knicks player Michael Bea
While outdoor art is a year-round feature of New York City life, summer is definitely the time of year when public art projects (everything from a giant dog balancing a taxi on its nose to an an art bus serving free hot dogs at Brooklyn Bridge Park) pop up with greater frequency. Photograph: Alexandre Ayer The latest example is a suite of seven monumental sculptures situated on the Garment District pedestrian plazas on Broadway between 36th and 39th Streets. "Rebirth," as the show is called, comes courtesy of Taiwanese artist Kang Muxiang, who created his work out of reclaimed elevator cables from Taipei 101, a super-tall tower in Taiwan's capital city. From 2004 to 2010, the building was officially the world's tallest until the title was taken away by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. But it retains the honor of being the tallest and largest green building in the world, which may explain the whole recycled elevator cable deal. In any case, Kang has coiled the cables into "embryonic" forms that give new meaning to "fetal position." Photograph: Alexandre Ayer Sponsored by The Garment District Alliance, "Rebirth" will be on view until September 15.
Holistic healing is officially in the house. HealHaus, a new 1,100-square-foot wellness center opening in Clinton Hill Monday, hopes to act as a social hub for the surrounding Brooklyn community with a café, indoor/outdoor spaces for programming, a backyard deck and multiple rooms for private practitioners. The new space, located at 1082 Fulton Street, offers four daily group and yoga meditation classes as well as a curated selection teas, smoothies and “elixirs” (which may or may not involve spells) sold from their ground-floor coffee shop. The private rooms will host a diverse roster of practitioners offering services ranging from acupuncture to reiki. Workshops and panel discussions addressing topics like nutrition, anxiety and depression will also be held at the center across multiple floors.“Our Brooklyn flagship location is meant to be an inviting space for everyone and a place of community,” says co-founder Darian Hall. “It incorporates a wellness cafe with curated drinks that were developed alongside a leading herbalist and physicians... health and wellness treatments by the best professionals, and daily group classes that are unique and will help you realize that healing mind, body and soul is more than a trend, but a lifestyle.”HealHaus will be open seven days a week, and pricing for classes ranges from $18–$20 for a single class to more expensive monthly and annual memberships. Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.
Pardon our interruption on things to do in summer updates, but we need to share some news for all you Christmas fanatics. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree—the nexus of the holiday season in New York—is getting a new Swarovski star this year. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Christmas in New York The crystal brand is working with accomplished architect Daniel Libeskind to design a stunning tree topper set to debut on November 18. Like most stars, this new reiteration is inspired by the cosmos and includes dramatic architectural lines and geometries in true Libeskind fashion.n Libeskind says, “The new Swarovski Star for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is inspired by the beauty of starlight—something that radiates meaning and mystery into the world. The Star is a symbol that represents our greatest ambitions for hope, unity and peace. I am tremendously honored to collaborate with Swarovski on the Star, and with the entire design team, to bring cutting-edge innovation and design to crystal technology.” We can’t wait to see it. Except, we’d really like to enjoy the warm weather, drinking outdoors and visiting beaches in NYC first. Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.
The idea of legal weed is slowly but surely gaining traction in Albany, but Mayor Bill de Blasio is making moves of his own while he waits for the state legislature to warm up to the drug. Over the weekend, he directed the NYPD to issue summonses instead of making arrests for smoking the stuff in public, a City Hall aide told CNN. The news came less than a week after the district attorneys in Manhattan and Brooklyn announced a new policy to cut the prosecution of marijuana-related offenses in the boroughs, which followed a damning report from The New York Times that found a stark racial disparity among pot arrests in the city. Two days after the Times piece was published, Police Commissioner James O'Neill announced the formation of a “30-day working group” to review the way the NYPD enforces marijuana laws. In a statement, O'Neill said that the department does not target people based on race or other demographics, and that community complaints received from 911 and 311 lead to higher arrest rates for weed in some communities (a claim that is not supported by police data). O'Neill's group will review the NYPD's policies and procedures surrounding marijuana enforcement, and it will be tasked with seeking opinions from experts on the issue. The move is similar to a report commissioned by Governor Andrew Cuomo in January on the potential impacts of cannabis legalization. Still, so long as marijuana is illegal in the state, pot-related arrests will not be phased out entirel
Mon 21 Pop-up Magazine David Geffen Hall (at Lincoln Center); 7:30pm; $36–$79This live talent showcase invites authors, comedians, scientists and others to present researched stories on a wide range of interesting topics. May's edition features actor and comedian Franchesca Ramsey, actor Joy Bryant, artist and author Leanne Shapton, Editor and Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Davy Rothbart and more. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to things to do in NYC this week This Party Is Killing You: A Night of All Robyn Everything Brooklyn Bowl; 8:30pm; $10No more dancing on your own: join other dancehall queens and kings for a night of never-ending heartbreak ballads and pop as ADVENTURE[s] resurrects its beloved tribute party. In addition to the namesake Swedish pop goddess, divas like Mariah, Carly Rae and Britney always find their way into the mix. If you're overdue for a platinum dye job, now's the time to book it. Musical Theatre Factory’s People of Color Representation Roundtable Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater; 7pm; $25 Marcus Scott and Natasha Sinha welcome performers of color from the theater world to perform and speak on matters of representation, inclusion and visibility. Dietland Screening and Conversation 92nd Street Y; 7pm; $40 Stars Julianna Margulies and Joy Nash and creator Marti Noxon preview an episode of their dark new series about revenge and gender, and discuss the complex female characters they bring to the screen. Be My Cover The Strand Bookstore; 9:30am; freeJudge
1. Party with puppies on a midtown rooftop today. Sky Room is hosting the event, which will have a two-hour open bar, and proceeds will support the North Shore Animal League America. 2. Take the Central Park Tour to learn the secrets of New York’s biggest green space. It starts at 2pm at Fifth Avenue and 61st Street. 3. Attend the Pop-up Magazine event at David Geffen Hall tonight. This iteration of the showcase will have actors, comedians and filmmakers. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
1. The AIDS Walk is happening in New York today. It runs through Central Park and the Upper West Side, and it starts at 10am at 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue. 2. Attend the Brooklyn Garlic Takedown to sample the most pungent dishes in New York. The cooking contest starts at noon at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club. 3. BrunchCon is happening in New York this weekend! The food festival has your favorite midday eats along with an open bar of mimosas or Bloody Marys. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
Would you like a side of art with your meal? Every visit to Nha Minh in Williamsburg comes with a dose of the art world, since the restaurant regularly hosts exhibitions for local artists like oil painter Steph Terao and photographer Beth Perkins. Don’t get so caught up in the art on the walls that you ignore the menu of modern Vietnamese cuisine, though. For breakfast, you might order a grain bowl topped with vegetables of the day and a fried egg or two ($10.50 for one egg, $11 for two). Need more protein? Add-ons like asparagus seitan ($2), house-cured salmon ($5) and smoked Vietnamese ham ($5) allow you to customize your bowl to your heart’s content. Other menu items include an adzuki bean tempeh sandwich with hijiki seaweed, pickled carrots, daikon radish and avocado spread on herbed focaccia ($11), a smoked trout bun served with vermicelli rice noodles and vegetables ($13) and scallion egg noodle pancakes ($6).
Venue says: “Vietnamese American Restaurant and Coffee Shop that hosts Art Shows!”