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NYC apartments packed with owners’ awesome collections

NYC apartments packed with owners’ awesome collections

"> Given the tight quarters most of us have to live in, it’s pretty darn amazing some of us we can still fill our apartments with what we’re obsessed with. Just take a look at these pads, which are all filled with New Yorkers’ passions, from dolls and morbid curiosities to sneakers and plants. They’re cool enough to make even those of us with micro apartments want to start a collection. Need more inspiration? Check out these awesome Airbnb Brooklyn rentals (and book one if you’re in need of a staycation). RECOMMENDED: Full guide to apartments in NYC

The best German restaurants in NYC

The best German restaurants in NYC

German food isn’t just for Oktoberfest. Throughout the city, chefs are looking to Germany and neighboring Austria to celebrate central European fare from sausage and hot dogs to schnitzel—washed down with plenty of craft beer, of course. From sprawling beer gardens to old-school Teutonic taverns, these are the best German (and Austrian) restaurants NYC has to offer. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in NYC

Real-life NYC meet cutes that will melt your heart

Real-life NYC meet cutes that will melt your heart

Photograph: Matt Bernstein It may seem like the only way to meet someone in the city these days is by swiping on apps or studying online profiles for hours. However, these real-life couples prove that you can still make a new connection the old-fashioned way. (And when you do, check out some of best date ideas, cheap date ideas and romantic restaurants recommendations to figure out what to do next.) Racquel & Mickalene Roseann & Thomas Shadi & Richard Erin & Kevin James & Mark     Photograph: Matt Bernstein Racquel Chevremont & Mickalene Thomas Racquel, art consultant and curator, and Mickalene, visual artist, filmmaker and curator, met at The Studio Museum in Harlem in 2002. Dating since 2011. Racquel: We met when Mickalene was artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem.Mickalene: The first time we interacted was at my open studio. I was working in Brooklyn in a basement studio. Racquel: I remember being very attracted to her, but we were both in different times of our lives.Mickalene: She was a collector and I was an artist, so the dynamics are different when you’re in those situations. Racquel: We would see each other at events. We were always friends. Then, in 2011, I was in Paris and she was in Giverny, France, doing a residency at Monet’s estate, and we ended up having dinner together. That was the first time that we’d actually been together, alone.Mickalene: That was probably the first time I realized there was something there, more than j

Amazing on-the-rise New York artists you need to know

Amazing on-the-rise New York artists you need to know

Photograph: Rozette Rago The art world might be changing drastically, but the young New York artist is alive and well. At least that’s the easy conclusion to take from viewing the works of these killer NYC artists, who are creating enveloping-pushing paintings, multimedia projects, films, collages, photographs and more. Get to know them below and boost your artsy prowess by brushing up on the NYC photographers, art galleries and art exhibits. Borna Sammak John Edmonds Maggie Lee Kia Labeija Kenny Rivero     Photograph: James Emmerman Borna Sammak Follow @bboorrnnaa Our cover-star artist remixes materials like beach towels and straight-from-the-boardwalk T-shirt decals to create his high-minded mash-ups. (You can check them out for yourself in his new show, “Hey, You’re Part of It,” starting Sunday 29 at LES gallery JTT.) Using otherwise banal things, Sammak captures the everyday absurdities and anxieties of contemporary life, spotlighting, say, the lost-in-translation poetics of deli awnings and mass-market American kitsch. He thanks his Ridgewood base for the endless visual stimulation: “You can’t help but look and be like, ‘How do I take a little piece of this that made me feel weird and translate it to give it to the next person,’ you know?” ↑ Back to top   Photograph: James Emmerman John Edmonds Follow @johncedmonds Edmonds’ photographs are filled with monumental figures—mostly young men of color—in portraits with the intensity of religi

The best new restaurants in NYC that opened in July 2017

The best new restaurants in NYC that opened in July 2017

Even in the heat of the summer, New York's food scene sizzles. July's hottest new restaurant openings include haute food markets, the uptown outpost of a dim sum favorite, a creme cheese–centric cafĂ© and an innovative all-bacon omakase. Here are the best new restaurants that debuted in New York this July. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best new restaurants in NYC

The best new restaurants in NYC that opened in August 2017

The best new restaurants in NYC that opened in August 2017

Theres no such thing as a summer slow down for the city's dining scene. August's hottest new restaurant openings include a Harlem ice cream shop, a healthy-ish all-day cafe, and a Roman-style pizza joint from Danny Meyer. Here are the best new restaurants that debuted in New York this August. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best new restaurants in NYC

The best restaurants near the Empire State Building

The best restaurants near the Empire State Building

It’s not always easy to locate a good meal in New York’s most touristed centers: Too often, the fare you’ll find is overpriced and bland. It takes some work to find the best Mexican restaurants in NYC, the best bagels in NYC and the best Italian restaurants in NYC—especially in hectic hubs like Midtown. Luckily, we’ve done the scouting for you, locating these more-than-respectable bars, cafes and restaurants near the Empire State Building, Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best restaurants in NYC

Awesomely stylish micro apartments in NYC

Awesomely stylish micro apartments in NYC

There are, of course, tons upon tons of reasons to love New York. Apartment space, however, isn’t one of them. Discover how a handful of locals morphed their ridiculously small pads into amazing spaces. Plus, if you’re looking for a new spot yourself, check out these apartment and real estate apps and our guide to all things apartments. Happy hunting. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to apartments in NYC

Bill Nye returns with a new Netflix show

Bill Nye returns with a new Netflix show

The TV scientist who made learning fun for a generation of kids returns this spring with a new Netflix series, Bill Nye Saves the World. Before its Friday April 21 premiere and a special sneak preview at the Paley Center for Media, the iconic Science Guy schools us about how New Yorkers can make a difference, what challenges the climate faces and his favorite earth-friendly New York attractions. Tell me about the new show. The mission is to save the world, to revolutionize, change the course of human history—in a half hour. How hard could it be? We want to approach issues facing our society from the scientific point of view. We’re living in an extraordinary time where there’s a nominal feeling that if you believe something hard enough, it’s every bit as good as evidence. And the claim in science is that, really, that’s not true. What’s the biggest challenge facing science today? What I’m worried about is scientific illiteracy. If you like to worry about things, this is a great time. What needs to be done? Take in as much information as you can. Evaluate it for yourself. What we want is not for people to get the facts of science but to get the process. You’re a New Yorker. What are some of your favorite science resources in the city? If you want to learn more about science and technology, go to the American Museum of Natural History. That’s the best [money] you’ll ever spend! How can New Yorkers live more sustainably? It’s very important not to throw away your water bottles

Meet the six designers who are making waves in the New York fashion scene

Meet the six designers who are making waves in the New York fashion scene

Fashion in New York is as diverse as the city itself, boasting an ever-expanding roster of designers who are pushing the envelope. So for this year’s spring-fashion issue, we decided to focus on the creators who make us excited to go shopping in NYC. We would argue that replenishing your warm-weather wardrobe is one of the best things to do in the spring. But before you hit Gotham’s stellar range of clothing stores and department stores for the latest styles, get to know the industry’s rising, self-made local talents, who give fresh takes on everything from progressive menswear to edgy hyperfeminine looks for inspiration. In the infamous words of Tim Gunn, these six designers know how to “make it work.” RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do in the spring in NYC Photographs: Kyle Dorosz

The best brownies in NYC

The best brownies in NYC

Sure, we all love chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes and macarons, but there is nothing quite like a fresh-from-the-oven bite of one of the city’s best brownies. Whether you like them cakey or fudgey, you can find top-notch chocolaty brownies at the city’s best bakeries and cafes.

Philippe Parreno explains the process behind some of his most important works

Philippe Parreno explains the process behind some of his most important works

Philippe Parreno’s H {N)Y P N(Y} OSIS at the Park Avenue Armory is this summer’s must-see show, and while you don’t have to know a whole lot about his earlier work to fall under its mesmerizing spell, the fact remains that Parreno’s approach is all about how one exhibit relates to another: how they segue one into the next, with old elements (sculpture, video, music) joined by new ones. Parreno wants to us to rethink our preconceived notions of what an exhibition should be—a standalone event with a beginning and end—and to imagine it instead as an evolutionary process where the show itself becomes the work. “I want to go through the journey of my shows,” Parreno says, “and treat each as a studio where I can invent things.” It only makes sense to look back at his prior efforts and get his take on them.

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Uchƫ

Uchƫ

The name of the Lower East Side’s newest Japanese joint means “universe,” which is apt, considering how its immersive environment is designed to sweep visitors to a world far from Eldridge Street. After a few passings of the chef’s knife, owner Derek Feldman (Sushi on Jones) has partnered with Michelin-spangled sushi chef Eiji Ichimura, who recently left his eponymous Tribeca spot. Their new 10-seat omakase bar offers two daily seatings for a constantly changing set menu of 18 to 22 courses made with the freshest seafood imported from around the globe (such as fish from Japan and caviar from Italy). Those worried about their food’s frequent flyer miles can rest assured that produce is hyperlocal: Herbs, berries and Japanese sweet potatoes are harvested from the rooftop garden.

Raviolo

Raviolo

Those who love to eat Italian food but are intimidated by heaping bowls of pasta will approve of this spot’s new way to chow down. At West Village boite Raviolo, consulting chef Massimiliano Eandi (Mulino a Vino) presents classic dishes as small plates, giving the flavors of the Boot a dim sum twist—when it comes to ordering, at least. Similar to single-serve bao or dumplings, Eandi’s pasta pockets are made for sampling and can be ordered via a checklist. But though the format is imported from China, the flavors are strictly Italian; think lasagna, eggplant parm and caprese paired with Negronis, prosecco and a three-layer Italian-inspired Bloody Mary.

The Lost Lady

The Lost Lady

Three years ago, Robert Ceraso and Jason Mendenhall (the Wayland, Goodnight Sonny) set out to add a nautical outpost to their growing cocktail kingdom. After two potential locations fell through, they’re finally ready to set sail with the project. A casual cocktail bar with thrift-store seascapes, vintage maritime photos and a cocktail menu loaded with agave and rum—the Lost Lady adds Wayland vet Ryan to the team’s takeover of the East Village drinking scene. As with their other popular downtown hangouts, the bar also offers a short list of affordable eats, this one leaning toward tacos and dinner bowls. If that’s not enough to get you on board, there’s also shuffleboard and a jukebox to help you drift away.

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Party in a cloud of rainbows at these NYC Holi festivals this spring

Party in a cloud of rainbows at these NYC Holi festivals this spring

Searching for great things to do outside once the weather warms up? As the spring equinox approaches, a full moon signals Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, which fell on the evening of March 1 this year. But don't fret if you missed it—NYC is giving you plenty of opportunities to celebrate over the next three months! You don’t have to be religious to get in on the fun; just grab a handful of colored powder. Here are five of the brightest Holi jubilees in town. Get ready to color way outside the lines.  Red Baraat Festival of ColorsNow in its seventh year, this nationwide musical celebration of Holi features performers from countries around the South Asian diaspora. The vibrant lineup includes dhol player Sunny Jain of the eight-piece Red Baraat, and more acts to be announced soon. Highline Ballroom, 431 W 16th St (highlineballroom.com). Mar 10 at 8pm; $20, at the door $25, VIP $35. Holi In The City Celebrate Holi with a side of PLUR at Stage 48. Be sure to wear white, as guests are given organic colored powder to toss around the four-story fantasyland. Celebrate the season in style with food, cocktails and beats at this party. 605 W 48th St (212-957-1800, stage48.com). Mar 17, Mar 31 noon–7pm; $35, VIP $50. 2018 Phagwah Parade Holi CelebrationThis inclusive parade in Richmond Hill, Queens—a neighborhood with strong Guyanese and Punjab communities—hosts a day of fun for all. Kick off the season with a sense of unity and a commitment to living vibrantly. Liberty Ave and 133r

A hot chocolate festival is coming to NYC in January

A hot chocolate festival is coming to NYC in January

January is the calendar equivalent of a hangover from the year before: a cold, dark post-holiday stretch with stacks of bills and barely a vacation day in sight. That's why we'll take any excuse to celebrate at the start of the year—New Year's resolutions or not.  Once again, the chocolate connoisseurs at Valrhona have come to the rescue with the third-annual Hot Chocolate Festival, an initiative that brings together the city's finest bakeries to celebrate the not-so-simple pleasures of a steaming cup of cocoa, all while supporting a good cause.  From January 20 through February 4, an impressive lineup of top sweets specialists—Dominique Ansel Bakery and Kitchen, LadurĂ©e, Fika, La Maison du Chocolat, Baked, Épicerie Boulud, Daily Provisions, Petrossian Bakery, Brooklyn Roasting Company and PĂątisserie Chanson—will show off their artisanal takes on the steamy bev. With 25 participating locations offering their exclusive—and elevated—spins on the elixir, chocoholics could try a different cuppa every single day of the fest. But you don't have to run around town to try them all. To get revved up for a monthlong chocolate infusion, head to LaudreĂ© Soho on January 18, where a $35 ticket grants guests unlimited access to sample the hot chocolate creations and delicious pastry treats while chatting with the chefs behind it all.  And there's no need to feel guilty for indulging at the start of the year: 50 cents from each cup—plus all proceeds from the kickoff ticket sales—will go to s

Christmas Eve is your one chance to visit Gramercy Park (no key required)

Christmas Eve is your one chance to visit Gramercy Park (no key required)

A post shared by Eugene Sokolov (@sockolove11) on Dec 10, 2017 at 4:37pm PST Like an in-unit washer-dryer, there are few things in New York City as coveted as a key to Gramercy Park. Manhattan's sole private park—there's only one other one in the city, Queens's Sunnyside Gardens—the block of greenery between 20th and 21st Streets in the Gramercy Park Historic District is only accessible to those who have a key, except for one day each year: Christmas Eve, when the park opens its gates to the public for one hour of caroling fun. With fewer than 400 keys in existence, each tied to one of the original lots surrounding the park, it's nearly impossible for most mere mortals to enter the park the other 364 days of the year, unless they're a resident of one of the key-holding buildings on the park's perimeter or a guest of the glamorous Gramercy Park Hotel, the Players Club or the National Arts Club.  The public Christmas Eve carols are a tradition dating back to the mid-19th century; today it's run by the Trustees of Gramercy Park, with the nearby Parish of Calvary-St. George's leading the music.  Head to the park on Christmas Eve to sing "Silent Night" from 6–7pm under the glow of the park's Christmas tree.  Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.​

The Trump SoHo hotel now has a brand-new name

The Trump SoHo hotel now has a brand-new name

A post shared by David Allen Ibsen (@daveibsen) on Dec 17, 2017 at 9:17am PST Trump has left the building—the former Trump SoHo hotel, that is. Overnight, five big ol' gold letters on the building's facade came down as the property was rebranded The Dominick Hotel, a politically neutral nod to the nearby street. The move comes after lackluster results at the property, which has experienced a slump after The Donald's political turn. NBA star LeBron James refused to stay there (or at any Trump properties), inspiring as many as 20 sports teams to do the same. And that's not the only problem the property's faced; the 46-story tower has been at the center of investigations into shady real estate deals involving some high-profile Russian and Kazakh oligarchs and claims of money laundering.   A post shared by re.SISTERS (@re.sisters) on Dec 21, 2017 at 7:35am PST The Trump Organization, which licensed the brand name to the hotel and managed day-to-day, officially backed out of the project earlier this fall. It's just one of several properties from Panama to Canada erasing their Trump ties—including some prominent NYC real estate. Just last year, the gilded letters were stripped from three Riverside Drive apartment buildings mere days after the election.  Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.​

Here’s where to watch your favorite Christmas movie in NYC this week

Here’s where to watch your favorite Christmas movie in NYC this week

Forget the so-called war on Christmas; the biggest holiday debate of the season is simple: Is Die Hard a holiday movie or what? you (plebeian, unrefined): Die Hard is a Christmas movieme (worldly, sophisticated): Die Hard is a Christmas film — dan mentos (@DanMentos) December 16, 2017 We'll leave that one up to you, but no matter what your preferred Christmas flick—whether you're a classicist who loves It's a Wonderful Life or a romantic who can't get enough Love Actually—there's plenty of holiday cheer on New York City's big screens this year.   It's a Wonderful Life at IFC Center If you can't make it to Seneca Falls—the New York town that's home to the Wonderful Life Museum—you can still get into the tradition of Frank Capra's 1946 classic. Mary Owen, star Donna Reed's daughter, will be on hand to intro the classic second-chance story at special screenings December 20–24, while film purists should check with the theater for select 35mm showings. Or, for an edgier take on the holiday, check out the theater's Rated XMas lineup featuring Christmas Evil and The City of Lost Children. IFC Center, 323 Sixth Ave (212-924-7771, ifc.org). Through 25 at various times; $15. Happy Henson Holidays at Museum of the Moving Image Celebrate the season with your favorite muppets at this film series of classic Jim Henson clips. While this year's 25th-anniversary screenings of A Muppet Christmas Carol have already passed, there's still time to see beloved TV specials including The Christmas

At a new Soho restaurant, even the dishes are on the menu

At a new Soho restaurant, even the dishes are on the menu

If you've ever been inspired by your favorite restaurant's decor, you're certainly not alone. And now, the design team behind some of New York's most Instagrammable restaurants—Lafayette, Le Coucou—has a new spot in town, where you can order a side of silverware with your entree. La Mercerie, which opens on Thursday, December 21, is the latest dreamy dining space from Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, the husband-and-wife design team known as Roman and Williams. But the all-day cafe, a partnership with Stephen Starr of Starr Restaurants, is just a small part of their new Howard Street design destination, Roman and Williams Guild New York, where everything, down to the Japanese donabe steamer your food is served in, is on the menu. (Pastries, coffee and evening cocktails will be available this week, with full service starting in mid January.)   Photograph: Courtesy Roman and Williams Guild   The 7,000-square-foot flagship shop is more than the usual temple to good design; it's also a distillation of the specific style of luxe interior—think warm metallic details, rich tufted leather and a certain perfect shade of blue—they've perfected over the past 15 years. It features the designers' debut furniture collection, plus a few favorite things from their community of collaborators: tasty treats from chef Marie-Aude Rose at La Mercerie, a curated library of Phaidon titles, flowers by Emily Thompson, and bath fixtures and hardware by partners Waterworks and H. Theophile. So next

Is Mayor de Blasio going to run for president?

Is Mayor de Blasio going to run for president?

If Iowa is known for anything, it's the Midwestern state's outsize role in the national political debate. Sitting right in the center of the country—geographically and in terms of size and population—Iowa is home to the earliest caucuses on the presidential election calendar, making it a bellwether of what's to come in the national political conversation. And that's why NYC's newly reelected Mayor Bill de Blasio's trip this week to the Hawkeye State—his third in just two years—is raising eyebrows. Bill de Blasio works the crowd in Des Moines, which if you think about it is really New York’s sixth borough. pic.twitter.com/Ps5zWpzmVp — Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) December 20, 2017 De Blasio traveled to Des Moines this week to speak to Progress Iowa, part of a plan to push party toward the left ahead of the next election cycle. While in town, Hizzoner touted the success of progressive programs like his universal pre-K plan while fervently denying he was laying the groundwork for a presidential run.  Despite criticism from local unions including the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which sent officers in protest, de Blasio seems sure he can take on even more. In fact, to demonstrate he can take on a larger leadership role in the party on a national level, while running the nation's biggest—and dare we say, best—city for the next four years, de Blasio made a dramatic show of chewing gum and walking at the same time. Proving once again that if you can make it here, you can make

Snag a $519 Lower East Side apartment through a new housing lottery

Snag a $519 Lower East Side apartment through a new housing lottery

A post shared by Essex Crossing (@essexcrossing) on Aug 3, 2017 at 3:07pm PDT Everybody in New York City knows the rent is too damn high, but once in a while there comes a (very slim) chance to grab that most elusive of urban legends: an affordable rental. The latest building on the list is 115 Delancey Street. This week the lottery opened for a spot in one of the 98 price-regulated units baked in to the new construction. The 26-story tower is also known as site two of Essex Crossing, the massive five-block development that's radically reshaping the lower stretches of the Lower East Side. When it's completed, the mega-development will bring some 1,000 apartment units to the neighborhood, 50 percent of which will be designated as affordable housing.  The units at 115 Delancey are reserved for those making between 40 percent and 165 percent of the area's median income, spread over four tiers. That means single people making between $19,680 and $26,720 could be eligible for $519-a-month studios, while households of six earning up to $182,655 can apply for three-bedroom apartments renting for $3,424. (Check with NYC Housing Connect for the full breakdown.)  Along with a primo location and a street-level movie theater, the building boasts a long list of amenities, including a fitness room, bike storage and a lounge. Half of the units are reserved for residents of Community Board 3—so, locals, be sure to apply before the February 13 deadline. And good luck making it through the

This Queens bakery is making doughnut cannoli

This Queens bakery is making doughnut cannoli

Holy Donnoli! Just when you thought cannoli couldn't get any better, a Queens bakery is giving the classic confection the hybrid dessert treatment. A post shared by NYC| Vaccaro's Bakery |QUEENS (@vaccarosbakerynyc) on Sep 30, 2017 at 6:29am PDT   At Astoria's Vaccaro's Bakery, chef Vinny takes the Italian classic and turns it up to 11 by switching out the flaky fried pasty shell for a fluffy donut exterior. But the the self-professed Cake King of Queens doesn't stop there. Vaccaro's Bakery offers his $5 Donnoli glazed and dripping with OTT toppings, from classic chocolate chips to Oreo cookie bits, s'mores fixin's and even decadent candy-glazed bacon. And just like the Cronut, the ice cream cupcake and other sugary mashups before them, the hashtag-worthy Donnoli is definitely ready for its close-up. Get yours at Vaccaro's Bakery on 28-05 Steinway Street in Astoria. A post shared by NYC| Vaccaro's Bakery |QUEENS (@vaccarosbakerynyc) on Nov 3, 2017 at 6:39am PDT A post shared by NYC| Vaccaro's Bakery |QUEENS (@vaccarosbakerynyc) on Oct 14, 2017 at 6:23pm PDT A post shared by NYC| Vaccaro's Bakery |QUEENS (@vaccarosbakerynyc) on Oct 3, 2017 at 7:00pm PDT A post shared by NYC| Vaccaro's Bakery |QUEENS (@vaccarosbakerynyc) on Sep 30, 2017 at 6:29am PDT A post shared by NYC| Vaccaro's Bakery |QUEENS (@vaccarosbakerynyc) on Dec 9, 2017 at 1:43pm PST Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.​

A cheaper Whole Foods outpost is opening its first East Coast location in Brooklyn

A cheaper Whole Foods outpost is opening its first East Coast location in Brooklyn

Frugal foodies and home cooks had a lot to celebrate in 2017, with the opening of three new Trader Joe locations in NYC. Now Whole Foods fans will have something of their own to cheer about—and a little more coin in their pocket—with the opening of New York's first-ever outpost of 365 by Whole Foods Markets, the brand's lower-priced, smaller-format sister store.  The 40,000-square-foot shop will open its doors on January 31, at 300 Ashland, a luxury residential tower in Fort Greene. (The building already boasts a ground-floor Apple store, a new public plaza, and a forthcoming library branch, BAM movie theater and museum dedicated to the art of the African diaspora.) Together with (relatively) affordable offerings from the brand's 365 private-label brand, the new grocery store will also feature select "Friends of 365," including a Juice Press juice bar, a Next Level Burger boüte and a cafe by 100-year-old New York bakery Orwasher's.  The 365 stores are able to compete with mid-market grocers by cutting back on staff (that means no deli or butcher counter), mixing in non-organic options and smaller packages, and opting for a no-frills industrial design. Shoppers went wild when the discount brand debuted in Los Angeles with a massive parking lot party. So be sure to get there early to get the goods—something anyone who's ever attempted to shop at the Union Square location during the evening rush has learned.   Until next month's opening day, check out our list of the city's best

There’s a vigil in NYC to fight gun violence five years after Sandy Hook

There’s a vigil in NYC to fight gun violence five years after Sandy Hook

Five years ago, on December 14, 2012, 20 first-graders and six educators were gunned down in a heartbreaking shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School. To mark the anniversary of the tragic event, viewed as a turning point in the nation's ongoing gun debate, groups across the country are demonstrating to remember those who have died and to advocate for change—including a gathering in New York City. In the past five years alone, there have been over 1,500 mass shooting incidents in the U.S., according to research by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit founded in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre. Since that awful day, more than 1,700 people have been killed in mass shootings on American soil, from Orlando to Las Vegas. On the Upper West Side, Rutgers Presbyterian Church is hosting the Interfaith Vigil to End Gun Violence. One of hundreds of vigils planned across the country in remembrance of the Sandy Hook shooting, the event will bring together more than 30 local groups advocating for gun violence prevention, all capped off with a keynote speech from Brooklyn City Council member Jumaane Williams, co-chair of the Gun Violence Task Force. Attendees are encouraged to wear orange, the color of gun violence awareness, or pick up an orange ribbon at the event, and you can also bring a photo of a lost love one you are honoring to put a face to the toll of gun violence and bring a bell to help break the silence.    Interfaith Vigil to End Gun Violence, Thur 14,

The main subway tunnel between Manhattan and Queens will close for five days this month

The main subway tunnel between Manhattan and Queens will close for five days this month

In a year filled with MTA horror stories that saw straphangers late, stuck and generally pissed off, the state's transportation authority has decided to end the year with another blow for New York City riders. Travelers between Manhattan's 50th Street Station and Queens Plaza on the E and M lines will have to find another way to get around when the tunnel connecting the boroughs closes for five consecutive days between Christmas and New Year's Eve, starting on December 26. The total shutdown will allow more than 400 workers to toil 'round the clock to lay wire to repair signals and replace some 2,700 feet of track and rails.    The decision to completely close the tunnels—as opposed to more traditional overnight or weekend shut-downs—to save money and expedite repairs comes as the beleaguered transportation authority faces what Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency. The unlucky dates were chosen because subway ridership dips from an average 5.9 million to five million people a day in the week between the holidays.  Here's hoping the inconvenience is worth it. In the meantime, we have a few ideas of our own for how to handle the city's steaming, dripping, stinking, unreliable underground mess.  Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.​