I moved from Crown Heights to Bushwick almost two months ago. My new apartment is clean and tastefully laid out. But many things are missing, among them a dresser. There was once a dresser. It was wide, white and beautiful. I destroyed that dresser in a fit of blind rage when I realized that I had installed the drawers upside down and that the metal of its screws were too stripped to fix. There were hammers and grunts and shreds of wood on the floor. (I tell myself that it was an act of healing.) Now, all my clothes and books are stacked hideously in the corner of the room. Men just love sleeping at my place! In a partnership that’s too late for myself and others frustrated by the Swedish chain, Ikea and TaskRabbit have announced that they are teaming up for the ultimate vertical integration. You can now order Ikea furniture and book next-day TaskRabbit assembly at once. Payment for the assembly is based on the furniture and the Rabbit's flat rate, and you pay once everything is built and completed. The service is currently available at Ikea's Red Hook location, as well as its suburban locations on Long Island and in Elizabeth and Paramus, New Jersey. Shoppers can either link up with a TaskRabbit assistant in the store or online. Though visiting Ikea can strip you of your humanity, leaving nothing left but the skin on your bones, building furniture can be (sometimes) fun, provided you don't screw it up like I did. I had a fabulous time trying to watch that Versace show w
Take a trip through all the city's best havens for vinyl on April 21, as Warner Music Group hosts its third annual record store crawl for Record Store Day. For the past three years, this international celebration of independent brick-and-mortars has escorted lovers through the city's best record stores accompanied by special performances at some of the stops. Similar crawls will take place in other cities around the world from May through October. While last year's NYC trip featured the Heliotropes, this year's dates include pop-up shows from artists including Lionize, Eddie Berman, SISTERS and Walker County among many others. You can find tickets at the official website here, which will provide you with a seat on the Record Store Crawl bus, access to Record Store Crawl exclusive vinyls (including releases by Alice Cooper, The Notorious B.I.G., Royal Blood and Dio) and a gift bag of limited edition treats. Sounds to me like Chuck-E-Cheese, but less fun. Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.
Jack White will be in New York City to headline the annual summer blowout that is Governors Ball (got your tickets yet?)—but he'll also be visiting the city for a show much sooner than that. The formerly-red-obsessed, now-blue-clad performer celebrates the release of his new album, Boarding House Reach, with an intimate show at the Warsaw on Friday, March 23. To get in, you'll have to have already purchased a three-day pass or Friday one-day pass for GovBall by Sunday, March 18 and noon. You'll then receive a code on Sunday to get these limited tickets on Monday, March 19 at 10am. Capisce? RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Governors Ball 2018 Whether or not you score tickets, you'll be able to enjoy White’s new album in full when it comes out Friday, March 23 at midnight. Check out the latest single from that below. Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.
Over the last decade, Asbury Park has transformed into one of the best summertime getaways close to NYC (It’s actually pretty fun in the winter, too.) That ongoing revitalization continues this summer with an exciting new bowling alley and live music venue, Asbury Lanes, just a short walk from the boardwalk. You know what that means... It’s almost time for some sunburnt bowling. The new Asbury Lanes will occupy the same building as its eponymous predecessor which first opened in the 1960s. That 18-lane bowling alley then shifted into an alternative music and arts venue known for its DIY vibe, which hosted acts including The Bouncing Souls, Me First, Mick Jones of The Clash and the Gimme Gimmes over the last five decades, before falling into disrepair in recent years. “Everyone has an Asbury Lanes story,” said David Bowd of Salt Hotels, which will operate the Lanes. “Emotions ran higher with this project than with anything we’ve undertaken. What mattered to them matters to us: Keeping the soul of this incredible venue while making changes necessary to guarantee its future.” When the redesigned new space opens Memorial Day Weekend, not only will bowling return, but Asbury Park will get a state-of-the-art music venue. The capacity for concerts will more than double from 300 to 746, and the lineup is being curated by local NYC fave Bowery Presents. Another cool addition will be a freestanding, classic chrome diner dishing up fun twists on diner faves with ingredients from l
Fri 16 “Real People. Real Lives. Women Immigrants of New York” Queens Museum; 11am; suggested admission $8 This nonprofit artist collaboration shares the stories of 16 young immigrant women through photographs taken in iconic NYC locations, and through testimonials about their experiences of coming to the United States and creating a life in the city. Pregame Your Brain Caveat; 6pm; free This brainy happy hour invites experts to gather around the bar to share knowledge, games and trivia centered on a fascinating—and often esoteric—topic. At March 16's "Your Brain on Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll" edition, learn how your favorite vices stimulate your brain. Let Me Break You Up: An Anti-Dating Gameshow UCBEast; midnight; $9 At this long-running exhibit of single persons’ vengeance at UCB, the unbeatable, unpredictable Carly Ann Filbin invites real couples to her own cheeky version of The Newlywed Game to see if their relationship is actually up to snuff. The couple with the fewest points has to break up. Good luck, and let the meltdowns commence! Earthless Market Hotel; 7pm; $18 Connoisseurs of primo psychedelic fuzz-rawk, everything from Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys to contemporary heavyweights such as Clutch, will find sweet release in the molten jams of Earthless. Here the San Diego trio sets out to solidify its reputation for delivering adrenaline-inducing sets that leave you vibrating all the way home. Maxine Linehan: One—The Songs of U2 Feinstein’s/54 Below; 8:45pm; $35
Wait, is Times Square cool? Besides seeing a Broadway musical or play, a random art show or pretending to be a secret agent at the spy museum, the list of awesome things to do in Times Square is, well, the examples you just read. However, Blue Note Entertainment Group and Sony are giving New Yorkers another reason why the nexus of advertising is actually worth a visit. Sony Hall—a newly restored music venue located in the Theatre District (235 W 46th St) at the Paramount Hotel—opens to the public on March 27 with headlining act MGMT. The synth-pop duo plays sold-out shows at Kings Theatre and Brooklyn Steel a few days prior (read our interview with Ben Goldwasser here), so if you missed the opportunity to nab tickets, here's your second chance. Better yet, a limited number of fans can score tickets for free. The 12,000-square-foot space, which was the former venue for popular off-Broadway show "Queen of the Night," holds 1,000 standing and 500 seated patrons. There's a full-service restaurant and bar, and a small speakeasy set to open later this year. This will certainly be a game changer for Time Square. Bring a few more venues like this one to the tourist hub and it may actually become a place where locals want to hang out. Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.
1. It’s the opening night of the Jimmy Buffett musical on Broadway! Escape to Margaritaville is now playing at the Marquis Theatre. 2. Attend Employee of the Month with Catie Lazarus tonight. The show at Gramercy Theater will feature Hannibal Buress, Emily Mortimer and more. 3. Watch RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars at Branded Saloon. The free screening begins at 8pm and is followed by karaoke. For more events, check in with Time Out throughout the day.
Any dumb, boring doctor can tell you it’s important to stand and walk around for at least a few minutes every hour. But it takes a truly fabulous one (who maybe doesn’t have an “actual” “medical” “degree”) to remind you about the importance of periodic sparkling. Luckily, the Empire State Building (Heard of it?) has taken that fabulous, and dubiously reliable, advice to heart and will now be putting on a sparkling light show on the hour, every hour, between sunset and 2am. She’s an office building, she’s an icon, she’s beautiful and now... she a clock. The sassy skyscraper sparkle parties will last for five minutes and showcase the building’s advanced LED light system, that was completely overhauled in 2012. “Just as the world defines the New York City skyline by our famous silhouette, our iconic tower lights are the globally recognized icon of the New York City skyline at night,” chairman and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust Anthony E. Malkin said in a statement announcing the new feature. “We are excited to unveil the new sparkle effect which will permanently enhance the New York skyline.” You can share your photos and videos of the new flashy light show on social media using the hashtag #ESBsparkle. Feel free to also subtweet the Eiffel Tower who now has some catching up to do. Photograph: Courtesy Empire State Realty Trust Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.
Sometimes, your main reason to attend a baseball game is the food (no judgement). The very first MLB FoodFest arrives next month, serving the best dish from every single Major League Baseball stadium right here in NYC without any pesky team sports to distract you. The food festival will take place on April 21 and 22 at Center 415, a two-floor indoor location near Bryant Park at 415 Fifth Avenue. It includes offerings from both American League and National League teams, with a total of 30 different samplings. It’s the perfect event if you love peanuts and Cracker Jacks but hate sports. Each stadium chose the food that best represents it, whether it’s a longtime essential dish (like the classic NY deli pastrami sandwich from Citi Field) or a trendy new offering (like Cleveland’s Flamethrower pulled pork sandwich). For example, Citi Field is the NYC stadium known for its classic baseball snacks, but Yankee Stadium has a brand-new Adobo Bao and better ballplayers. A ticket gets you samples of all 30 dishes, with sessions starting at 11am and running in two-hour blocks until 9pm. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time and are $25 for food and $40 for food and beer (which includes three drinks). There’s complimentary soft drinks and water too, and you can purchase tickets here. Seriously, you get so much food: There are New England Lobster Rolls from Fenway Park. There’s the Pig Pickin’ tortilla stuffed with curly fries from the Atlanta Braves, plus four other kinds of nacho
You may remember Brooklyn's THNK 1994 as the DIY, Kickstarter-funded apartment museum that has immortalized the legacies of Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Nicole Richie's 2007 Memorial Day Barbecue party, and—most presciently—Tonya Harding. This time, museum heads (and roommates) Matt Harkins and Viviana Rosales Olen are taking their curated obsession with pop culture trash to the next level, with three new exhibitions opening this spring. From March 24 through April 8, view original artworks of Cher, Naomi Campbell, Stevie Nicks and other lunar-powered divas at “The Moon is a Planet, Darling,” inspired by Isaac Mizrahi's infamous planetary discourse on QVC channel. Then, the duo celebrates the backstage shenanigans of 2017's Met Gala at “Celebrities Smoking in the Bathroom at the Gala,” featuring pieces inspired by the bravery of Rita Ora, Dakota Johnson and Anna Wintour. And the pies de resistance arrives on May 18 with “David's Dead: A Celebration of Tiffany Pollard,” which honors New York's iconic, seven-minute-long meltdown on Celebrity Big Brother: UK. There will be multiple pieces immortalizing the queen of reality TV's greatest moments. Throughout the spring, THNK 1994 will host panels, dance parties and fashion shows, and is selling exhibition T-shirts to keep the operation going. Exhibitions are open Fridays through Sundays from noon–7pm at 1436 Atlantic Ave in Crown Heights. You can learn more at the THNK 1994 site. Sign up to receive great Time Out deals