Adam Goldman is Time Out's former New York Staff Writer.
The 30 best gay bars in NYC
New York has played a major role in LGBTQ+ history and it’s no wonder there are a slew of bars that have been beacons for the community (and prime party spots) for decades. The best queer bars in NYC range from dive bars to dance clubs, with historic spots like the Stonewall Inn anchoring them all. The West Village is a classic destination for queer nightlife, but you’ll find something exciting and welcoming in pretty much any part of the city.You can check out the best drag shows or cabaret performances, but these queer spaces all offer something unique, from cozy vibes and cheap drinks to high-energy dancing and brunch parties - sometimes in the same place on different days! Maybe your interests skew more trendy and urbane, or perhaps you're more of the down-and-dirty hook-up spots, the "what happens on the weekends, stays on the weekends" type — we're not here to judge! There are plenty of LGBTQ+ things to do in New York, but if it’s a bar you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best bars in NYC
The best NYC movie theaters
NYC is a film lover’s dream town. Whether you want something flashy and new or a classic from another era, there’s bound to be something you love—and that applies to choice of movie and venue. Presented in no particular order, here’s our list of favorite theaters to cozy up in during the winter or soak up some AC in the summer heat. RECOMMENDED: 101 best things to do in NYC
The most romantic spots in NYC
New York certainly doesn't lack for gorgeous places to wine and dine—just take a peek at our roundups of romantic restaurants and romantic bars for the most delicious examples. And you don't need to be a big spender to see Gotham at her finest, as our best cheap dates list proves. But you know what's really romantic? NYC's really beautiful, simple treasures. We've mixed classic attractions with lesser-known delights that should set your heart aflutter.
Governors Ball is trying to move up to the Bronx
Live music lovers, take note: there may be a shake-up coming to Governors Ball, one of New York's most beloved festivals. Historically, the festival has taken place on Randall's Island, for better or for worse; worse being the usual headaches that come from hosting a music festival that attracts roughly 150,000 enthusiastic fans every year. Now, however, the festival's management is considering a move north to Van Cortlandt Park, according to Stereogum. The move wouldn't be immediate, as the city has denied permits that would allow Gov Ball to take place in Van Cortlandt Park in 2020. Community members were reasonably worried about the strain on local infrastructure that would undoubtedly be caused by the influx of, let's face it, tourists. Festivals drop serious cash on whichever area they decide to temporarily invade, but the trade-off isn't always worth it. In this case, the future is uncertain: Governors Ball won't be moving to the Bronx in the new year, but it's interesting to see what might be a glimpse of their future plans. The festival will take place next year from June 5-7.
NYC Holiday Windows Tournament Final Round: Bergdorf Goodman vs. Bloomingdale's
Holiday window displays are a staple of the season in New York. But you're busy buying presents, seeing the sights, sampling our many exquisite hot chocolates. What's to be done? Luckily we've got you covered: we've scoped out all the major players and we're gonna tell you which holiday window display you simply can't miss. With brackets! Buckle up, it's about to get festive. Two displays enter, one display leaves. Who's it gonna be? Bergdorf Goodman vs. Bloomingdale's Well, it's been quite a journey. We started with eight competitors, and now we're down to the final two. When this process started, the president hadn't even been impeached yet! Wild, right? What we're looking for in a winner is something that stops you in your tracks, evokes the festive season, and gives you something you've never seen before. Join us as we crown the best holiday window display in New York for 2019! Courtesy Bloomingdale's/Joe Schildhorn/BFA.com Courtesy Time Out/Ali Garber Holiday Cheer Neither of these displays is serving Maximum Holiday Intensity—and honestly? I think they're stronger for it. This category is ultimately not the most important metric by which to judge our final round. That being said, the robot arms decking out the Christmas tree at Bloomingdale's just can't be beat. Am I a little obsessed with the robot arms? Maybe. I, for one, welcome our new holiday robot overlords. Advantage: Bloomingdale's Courtesy Bloomingdale's/Joe Schildhorn/BFA.com Spectacle Neither Bergdorf
You can now dine in an igloo-like dome overlooking the Manhattan skyline
Rooftop hangouts are a staple of summer in New York. Sadly, a majority of them usually disappear when the temperature drops—but not anymore! Time Out Market New York has just opened its Rooftop Iglounge - get it? Like, a lounge but also with igloo-like dome-y bubbles?—in DUMBO. Now you can curl up with a hot toddy while taking in one of the most spectacular views in the city. Sounds cozy! Courtesy Time Out/Ali Garber Time Out Market New York is the perfect place to keep warm now that the temperature has dropped. Three igloo-like domes are fully-stocked with fluffy blankets, twinkling lights, and (fake) fur-covered chairs so you can get that genuine hanging-out-at-the-ski-chalet-in-the-Alps feeling without leaving Brooklyn. Each dome seats up to eight people comfortably and no reservations are required; just show up, warm up and chill out. Plus, as always, there's a huge selection of food on offer from some of New York's most beloved chefs and eateries including Juliana’s Pizza, Ivy Stark, David Burke Tavern and more. Don't let the frosty weather keep you from one of the city's newest unique experiences. The Rooftop Iglounge will be open during normal Time Out Market New York business hours. Check it out, and be sure to tag us in your rooftop selfies!
Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell to reunite for Ragtime concert
Musical theater fans, rejoice! The much-loved but seldom-revived classic Ragtime is coming back for one night only with Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell, two heavy-hitting talents from the show's original Broadway cast. Ummm yay?! Ragtime is a tricky show, not least because of its massive scale. Based on E.L. Doctorow's 1975 novel of the same name, the musical charts the intertwining lives of three different groups navigating the cultural, political and racial tensions of early-20th century America. Heavy stuff! Originally staged in 1996, the story remains resonant today, though the show hasn't aged entirely gracefully. But then, who has? "The 1990s were mostly a dark time for musical theater," says Time Out's theater critic Adam Feldman, "but Ragtime kept the torch burning bright. It has a special place in the hearts of Broadway aficionados—not least of all for its extraordinary original cast." That cast was lead by Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell, who will return to their iconic roles as Sarah and Coalhouse Walker, Jr. for a one-night concert on April 27, 2020. The concert is a benefit produced by the Actors Fund dedicated to the Late Marin Mazzie, who originated the role of Mother in the 1996 production. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but keep an eye out because they're sure to go fast: Ragtime fans are passionate and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
NYC Holiday Windows Tournament Round Six: Bloomingdale's vs. Macy's
Holiday window displays are a staple of the season in New York. But you're busy buying presents, seeing the sights, sampling our many exquisite hot chocolates. What's to be done? Luckily we've got you covered: we've scoped out all the major players and we're gonna tell you which holiday window display you simply can't miss. With brackets! Buckle up, it's about to get festive. Two displays enter, one display leaves. Who's it gonna be? Bloomingdale's vs. Macy's At last, two of the oldest names in the game have come to duke it out. This is quite a match-up: classic vs. cutting-edge, old-school vs. new-school, and dare I say progressive vs. conservative? Courtesy Macy's/Bill Waldorf Courtesy Bloomingdale's/Joe Schildhorn/BFA.com Holiday Cheer: Not gonna lie, Macy's walks away with this one. Even after dinging them for their exclusively Christian focus, they've still got Bloomie's beat when it comes to celebrating the season. Advantage: Macy's Courtesy Macy's/Bill Waldorf Spectacle: We're at the point in this tournament where all of the competitors are extremely cool and incredibly expensive. It is therefore hard to choose who packs the most wow into their windows. While I'm impressed by the inclusion of so much neon at Macy's and the fun perspective trick with Willow the frankly kind of scary giant dog, I have to give this one to Bloomingdale's for variety and the element of surprise. As Miranda Priestly might say, "Santa Claus? In a holiday window display? Groundbreaking
Our favorite picks from the 11th annual Latke Festival
Potato latkes are a beautiful thing: how can you go wrong with fried potatoes, after all? For many people they're a staple of the holiday season. If you're a fan, don't miss next year's Latke Festival! This year's festival took place Monday night, and I was able to swing by and sample the latkes on offer. A crazy bounty! The Latke Festival took over the spacious lobby of the Brooklyn Museum, where over twenty participating restaurants and organizations presented their unique takes on the Hanukkah classic. Some latkes were more traditional and some were truly avant-garde - one was called the "inside-out latke" and was served in a spoon. Crazy stuff! Here are a few of our favorite choices and information about where they came from so you can track one down yourself. 1. The Blackened Cajun Treif Nightshade Latke from Shelsky's and the Gumbo Bros This was one of the more intense creations of the festival. This beast was "andouille-studded," topped with remoulade and scallions, and containing a strip of fried green tomato at its center. Most importantly, though, the latke itself was crisp and substantial without being too greasy. A meal in and of itself. (I had two.) Courtesy Time Out 2. Classic Latke from Yellow Magnolia Cafe A lot of these latkes were more about what went on the batter than in it, but Yellow Magnolia Cafe hit the magical combination of a strong base with a perfect topping. The crunchy little latkes were topped with horseradish creme fraiche, maple-whiskey brai
NYC Holiday Windows Tournament Round Five: Saks Fifth Avenue vs. Bergdorf Goodman
Holiday window displays are a staple of the season in New York. But you're busy buying presents, seeing the sights, sampling our many exquisite hot chocolates. What's to be done? Luckily we've got you covered: we've scoped out all the major players and we're gonna tell you which holiday window display you simply can't miss. With brackets! Buckle up, it's about to get festive. Two displays enter, one display leaves. Who's it gonna be? Saks Fifth Avenue vs. Bergdorf Goodman The time has come for these two titans to face off! Saks went all-out with a snowy Frozen-themed display, but Bergdorf stepped up with a whole variety of diverse visual ideas. Who will move on to our next round? Courtesy BFA for Saks Courtesy Time Out/Ali Garber Holiday Cheer: This one is tricky, because neither Frozen nor Bergdorf's general "GoodTimes" themes are specifically holiday-related. That being said, Frozen is at least on everybody's mind right now because it's got a sequel in cinemas, and also... you know. Magical ice powers. Advantage: Saks Fifth Avenue Spectacle: These are both stop-you-in-your-tracks displays. They're both colorful and eye-catching. What I love about Bergdorf's offering is the variety of imagery on display; our initial coverage didn't even mention the gem-encrusted donuts (?) on a roller coaster (??) featured in other nearby windows. However, Saks lit up the entire side of the building. This one is too close to call, I'm afraid. Courtesy Time Out/Ali Garber Courtesy BFA
NYC Holiday Windows Tournament Round Four: Macy's vs. Fifth Avenue Association
Holiday window displays are a staple of the season in New York. But you're busy buying presents, seeing the sights, sampling our many exquisite hot chocolates. What's to be done? Luckily we've got you covered: we've scoped out all the major players and we're gonna tell you which holiday window display you simply can't miss. With brackets! Buckle up, it's about to get festive. Two displays enter, one display leaves. Who's it gonna be? Macy's Courtesy Macy's/Bill Waldorf Courtesy Macy's/Bill Waldorf Courtesy Macy's/Bill Waldorf Courtesy Macy's/Bill Waldorf Holiday Cheer B+. Macy's goes pretty hard for the holidays, and while I appreciate the effort, the fact remains that their whole schtick is exclusively about Christmas. Which is fine! But that just doesn't resonate with everyone, and I have to deduct some points for including not even a gesture toward the fact that there are other things to celebrate in December. Spectacle A. Credit where it's due, these windows are fab, decked out in neon and chrome and fiddling with perspective in cool ways. Some of them are even interactive, an impressive touch. Concept B-. As detailed at length on the Macy's website, this window spread tells the story of "Santa Girl," a young New Yorker who becomes obsessed with Santa after the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, imagining herself as the jolly fat man and toying with the idea of stealing his identity, Talented Mr. Ripley-style. OK maybe not that last bit but the whole Santa Girl thing is
NYC Holiday Windows Tournament Round 3: Bloomingdale's vs. Van Cleef & Arpels
Holiday window displays are a staple of the season in New York. But you're busy buying presents, seeing the sights, sampling our many exquisite hot chocolates. What's to be done? Luckily we've got you covered: we've scoped out all the major players and we're gonna tell you which holiday window display you simply can't miss. With brackets! Buckle up, it's about to get festive. Two displays enter, one display leaves. Who's it gonna be? Bloomingdale's Bloomie's comes out swinging this holiday season with a concept that's out of this world. No I mean actually, that's the concept. "Out of this world" is the concept. How will we celebrate the holidays in space, where snow is somewhat harder to come by? Let's find out. Courtesy Bloomingdale's/Joe Schildhorn/BFA.com Courtesy Bloomingdale's/Joe Schildhorn/BFA.com Courtesy Bloomingdale's/Joe Schildhorn/BFA.com Holiday Cheer B. Outer space does not immediately fill me with thoughts of jingle bells and menorahs, but I admit the Christmas tree being decorated by actual robot arms is a nice touch. Spectacle A. This is like a fever dream from someone who fell asleep listening to Christmas music while watching David Lynch's Dune. Why does that one guy have lobster claws? Are those marshmallows on a stick being toasted by a jet engine? What is happening? Concept B+. Look, you try coming up with a fresh idea for holiday window displays every year. Outer space? I'll take it. Execution A. Uhhh did you see the thing about the robot arms
Two 600-foot towers could be sprouting up on the Williamsburg waterfront
Do you ever look out across the New York skyline and think, "Wow. What an achievement. And how impressive that despite the huge diversity of architects and artists whose visions make this city special, it still somehow manages to cohere into something magical, something that holds together and feels uniquely New York?" Well hang onto that feeling because two more giant towers are coming to the Williamsburg waterfront that bear no relation to the rich architectural history of the city. This is progress? Brooklyn Paper reports that Two Trees Management, the same company responsible for doing this to the old Domino sugar factory site, has big (as in tall) plans for River Street between Grand and North 3rd Street, which they purchased for $150 million this week. These would be the new tallest buildings in Williamsburg (the current one is 435 feet). The towers would house 1,000 residential units and would therefore require a whole mess of rezoning from the city. The rezoning process has hardly begun, but it's already been met with resistance from the local community, which has formed a neighborhood group called Sustainable Williamsburg to highlight their concerns that the local infrastructure isn't prepared for such a huge influx of new residents. Perhaps to distract from these concerns, Two Trees' plans also include some shiny objects like a publicly accessible beach and kiosks for community activities such as fishing. Which I guess could be fun? But still. IDK, maybe don't?
NYC Holiday Windows Tournament Round Two: Bergdorf Goodman vs. Louis Vuitton
Holiday window displays are a staple of the season in New York. But you're busy buying presents, seeing the sights, sampling our many exquisite hot chocolates. What's to be done? Luckily we've got you covered: we've scoped out all the major players and we're gonna tell you which holiday window display you simply can't miss. With brackets! Buckle up, it's about to get festive. Two displays enter, one display leaves. Who's it gonna be? Bergdorf Goodman Bergdorf's offering is almost overwhelming. The strange, colorful windows are all over the place conceptually; some don't even seem to be related to the holidays. That said, several of them play with a fun perspective trick, making it seem like you're staring down into a room from above by looking into the window. Pretty trippy! Time Out/Ali Garber Time Out/Ali Garber Time Out/Ali Garber Time Out/Ali Garber Holiday Cheer B-. Red and white stripes and a lone nutcracker do not a flawless holiday window display make, I'm afraid. Those elements seem kind of perfunctory, tbh. Spectacle A. There's a lot going on here! While we deducted some points for not being terribly holiday-focused, I give a lot of credit for the variety of imagery and ideas that have been employed. The disorienting perspective of the top-down window view is genius. Concept B+. This is tricky because I don't really know what the concept is here, but also I love what they did? According to their website, each window is a variation on the theme of "GoodT
The first trailer for Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights" will brighten up your Thursday
Good news for the Lin-Manual Miranda fan in your life! While the Hamilton screen adaptation is still probably a decade away, Miranda's previous Broadway outing, In the Heights, has just dropped its first trailer, and it's a perfect preview of what's sure to be the toe-tappingest movie event of the summer. In the Heights is a love story set against the backdrop of a rapidly changing neighborhood in Washington Heights. Like the best musicals, it's both intimate and universal. The show debuted on Broadway in 2008 and was nominated for 13—thirteen!—Tony Awards, ultimately taking home four. The film adaptation stars Anthony Ramos and Leslie Grace and is directed by John M. Chu, who delivered last year's breakout success Crazy Rich Asians. Based on the trailer and the history of the show itself, this one looks like a lot of fun. Granted, the competition for trailers for musicals that don't give me night terrors has not been strong the last few months, but still. There's something magical about filling New York's streets with dancers, and it just feels right. Am I shading La La Land? Who's to say. In the Heights comes to cinemas on June 26, 2020.