What it is: A style of swing that developed in Washington, D.C., in the 1950s, with an emphasis on close contact and turns usually accompanied by soul, R&B, Motown and blues music.
What the name means: “I have absolutely no understanding why [it’s called hand dancing], and I’m not crazy about the name, but I am crazy about the dance, so I have to take the bitter with the sweet. When I first learned hand dance in 1956, we just called it ‘fast dance’: You danced fast or you danced slow, and it was just that simple.”
When to do it: July 3, with Urban Guerrilla Orchestra. Get nice and tight with your partner when the Philadelphia nine-piece plays ’60s and ’70s soul, R&B and Motown. Qool DJ Marv opens with an era-appropriate set.
Though this Lower East Side spot also serves dinner, it’s best known for its boozy brunch. For just $31.95, you get a choice of entree and as many mimosas, screwdrivers or Bloody Marys as you can drink in an hour and a half. Brunch entrees include The Aristocrat—potato pancakes topped with smoked salmon, sour cream, caviar and poached eggs—and Mexican matzo brei with scrambled eggs, black beans and avocado pico de gallo, in addition to more traditional options like omelets, eggs benedict and avocado toast. At dinner, choose from entrees such as gnocchi with tomato cream sauce and shrimp ($21), duck leg confit with baby bok choy and parsnip mash ($24) and blackened catfish with shrimp, potato and scallion hash ($22).
Venue says: “Love Wins NYC Pride Happy Hour Thurs June 22nd! Complimentary Smirnoff Love Wins Cocktail for Each Guest+Half-Price Drink Specials All Night”