Get us in your inbox

Taya Kenny

Taya Kenny

Taya Kenny is Time Out's former New York Digital Content Producer at Time Out.

Articles (9)

The best things to do on Long Island, New York

The best things to do on Long Island, New York

Whether you refer to it as “out east” or “The Island,” there’s no shortage of things to do on Long Island, New York. Yes, you have your ritzy beaches and shops in the Hamptons and wild parties on Fire Island. But the 118-mile-long island is also home to top-notch wineries, fascinating museums, stellar dining and some of the best beaches near NYC. Better yet, it’s almost all accessible via public transportation on the LIE or LIRR. RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in the Hamptons

The best Grammy moments of all time

The best Grammy moments of all time

In its six decades, the Grammy Awards have come to be one of the most suprise-packed, controversy-laden nights of the year. The biggest names in music come together to perform the best new songs, as well as to honor the historic contributions of artists that came before them. And, lucky you, we've gathered our favorite moments from the award show's history to get you excited for the big night. Check the nominations list for 2018, stock up on a craft beer for Sunday's festivities, and check out our list of the best Grammy moments of all time! 

50 reasons why NYC is the greatest city in the world right now

50 reasons why NYC is the greatest city in the world right now

Narrowing down to 50 the reasons we love New York City was a difficult task—inevitably, some of the things that make Gotham great were left out. But here you’ll find a curated list of facts that prove NYC’s civic superiority, spanning everything from our superlative nightclubs and our expansive arts and culture scene to our place in history as an incubator of innovation, be it with architecture, dining or the arts.

The best independent NYC radio stations

The best independent NYC radio stations

One of the best things to do alone in NYC is curl up with a book and tune in to some new, exciting, inspiring music. And while Spotify and Pandora are great and all, sometimes there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned human-curated playlist to elevate you out of a rut. From shipping containers in Greenpoint to the Silent Barn in Bushwick, these stations may very well be in your neighborhood, providing exciting new content to the airwaves on a daily basis.

The best rooftop happy hours in NYC

The best rooftop happy hours in NYC

With tall buildings everywhere, NYC is the perfect place to upgrade your afternoon drink by adding spectacular views of the city. But you don’t need to be a big city baller to enjoy this metropolitan right of passage, stop in during one of these happy hours at one of the many great rooftop bars in NYC and make your frugal night a little more fabulous. From outdoor bars with elevated patios, to rooftops on luxury hotels, there are tons of options for spending a summer Friday. After all, if there’s one thing that goes well with a Manhattan, it's a view of the Empire State.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to bars in NYC

The best brunch happy hours in NYC

The best brunch happy hours in NYC

There are more than enough happy hours in NYC, and tons of great options for places to grab a breakfast sandwich or a bacon egg and cheese. But, why choose between the two, when you can indulge in both? Whether your hungover and looking for a hair of the dog, or just looking for a great way to spend a lazy weekend day, we've got the best brunch happy hours to spend all day boozing without the sticker shock. Keep the party going at a Sunday happy hour, and you're looking at the perfect way to unwind before the start of the work week. Bottoms up! RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best brunch in NYC

The best concerts to see at Mostly Mozart Festival in 2015

The best concerts to see at Mostly Mozart Festival in 2015

Summer music festivals in NYC are about more than sun-soaked island extravaganzas like Governors Ball and Panorama Festival. We are also home to some of the best classical musicians in the world, and one of the best things to do outside during the summer is to re-live some of Mozart's most famous works. Now in its 51st year, this NYC tradition is back to enliven Lincoln Center with (mostly) Mozart, but also works from Mendelssohn, Bach, Schumann and contemporary classical works.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Mostly Mozart Festival

The best outdoor happy hours in NYC

The best outdoor happy hours in NYC

When 5 pm rolls around, who says you have to go straight home? Why not take advantage of the sunlight and the long days from the comfort of one of our best outdoor bars! But, since rooftop bars and boat bars can get pricey, we have the budget-conscious covered with happy hours you can enjoy on a roof, in a garden, or by the water, so you can soak up your vitamin D without dipping into your summer vacation fund. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to summer drinks in NYC

The best boozy milkshakes in NYC

The best boozy milkshakes in NYC

Some of the best ice cream in NYC has been updated for adults with none other than good old fashioned booze, to bring you a new way to enjoy a summer drink in NYC that is so decadent it makes a piña colada seem like a diet food. Boozy milkshakes, adult shakes, naughty floats, whatever you call them, there's no denying these treats are gaining steam and popping up just in time for spring in NYC. Try out one of our favorites—it's a great excuse to hit the sauce (and we don't mean chocolate syrup.) RECOMMENDED: Full guide to cocktails in NYC

Listings and reviews (2)

Babycastles

Babycastles

In the vain of other independent DIY music venues like Silent Barn and Trans Pecos, and out of the ashes of the now defunct Williamsburg venues (RIP Glasslands and Death by Audio!), this music and art space features ambient, electronic and experimental musicians from all over the world.

La Monte Young Dream House

La Monte Young Dream House

This installation inside a Tribeca home sustains a repeated presentation of sound composed by La Monte Young, with visuals by artist Marian Zazeela. The sound is created using digitally-generated frequencies and intervals that are largely foreign to the human ear. Basically, it’s not like anything you’ve ever seen or heard before

News (30)

The 17 TV shows we're most excited to see premiere this spring

The 17 TV shows we're most excited to see premiere this spring

As springtime rolls around, Friday nights mean dining alfresco, rooftop bars, outdoor parties and generally blowing off steam from the stressors of winter. Hand-in-hand with all that fun are the inevitable hungover Saturday mornings, which make for the perfect excuse to binge-watch light-hearted comedies and gripping thrillers. Here are our picks for the best shows premiering or returning this spring, from nostalgic reboots to super-topical snapshots of modern dating (Aziz Ansari, you just get us). Grab a glass of rosĂ©, prepare some popcorn and get excited about these upcoming TV gems. RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 premieres on VH1 on March 24   If your idea of staying in and “reading” on a Friday night doesn’t involve books, then get ready for the next lineup of girls competing to be crowned “America’s next drag superstar.” There is even promise of hot-off-the-Superbowl Lady Gaga making an appearance this season. Grace and Frankie Season 3 drops on Netflix on March 24    Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda return as two baby boomers who have to deal with their respective former husbands getting remarried... to each other.   13 Reasons Why The series premieres on Netflix on March 31   The much anticipated adaptation of Jay Asher’s bestseller was announced by executive producer Selena Gomez, who termed it a “passion project.” The show follows a group of teenagers uncovering the truth behind a classmate’s tragic suicide by listening to tapes she left behind that outline the “13

NYC rapper Princess Nokia outs herself as the L train soup dumper

NYC rapper Princess Nokia outs herself as the L train soup dumper

Can we start calling her QUEEN Nokia? By now, most of us are familiar with one of most memorable moments of social justice that's taken place in New York this year. Last week, a video surfaced online of a man shouting racial slurs while nursing a Lime-a-Rita on the L train before being relegated to the platform by, well, pretty much everyone else on the car. After refusing to calm down when confronted by other straphangers, the belligerent man was put in place by one fearless woman who poured her Au Bon Pain soup on his head, rendering him gooped like a Nickelodeon game show contestant.  Yesterday, rising star and native New Yorker Princess Nokia came forward on Twitter to out herself as the dumper, saying on Twitter: And yes I threw hot soup in this mans face and kicked him off off the train , and kicked in the face. Any other racists wanna try us again? https://t.co/T6BpDMENIj — Princess Nokia (@princessnokia) October 11, 2017 This comes hot off the heels of playing a sold-out show in NYC, re-releasing her smash album 1992 and launching a brand new music video, which you can check out below. Safe to say, Nokia is killing it right now as both one of the best music acts of 2017 and subway vigilante.  Sign up to receive great Time Out deals in your inbox each day.

An amazing new music venue is coming to Bushwick this fall

An amazing new music venue is coming to Bushwick this fall

It’s been almost three years since Glasslands joined the ranks of the other defunct DIY venues that formerly populated the Williamsburg waterfront. On New Year's Eve 2014, the venue held a massive celebration closing out its Kent Street location forever. For a while, it seemed like we had heard the last of the progressive, creative and inclusive art/music space. There were hints of a new space last summer but nothing definite. As of yesterday, the team behind Glasslands announced that their new 24,000-square-foot arts space, Elsewhere, will be opening this November in Bushwick. The new venue will be comprised of five areas, including a 675-capacity performance hall. There will also be a smaller 200-capacity performance space for showcasing emerging artists seven nights a week, keeping up the supportive environment for local acts that Glasslands was well-loved for. Spring 2018 will see the addition of a 500-capacity rooftop with a full bar that is expected to host, among other things, film screenings and open-air art installations. Plans also include a bar/cafe, which will be open during the day, and the Skybridge Gallery that will float above the outdoor courtyard and will be dedicated to exhibiting artwork.  Confirmed acts for the new venue include Parquet Courts, No Age, ADULT., Anamanaguchi, MNDSGN and TOMI, as well as producers and DJs such as Jlin, Octave One, Classixx, lori and Poolside. Fans of the Bunker will also be excited to hear that Elsewhere will be hosting the

Brooklyn will soon be getting its first medical marijuana dispensary

Brooklyn will soon be getting its first medical marijuana dispensary

The New York State Health Department announced last week that five more companies have been allowed the necessary licenses to open dispensaries in NYC. Valley Agriceuticals and Citiva are authorized to bring dispensaries to Brooklyn, Pallia and NYCanna are expected to open somewhere in Queens and Fiorello Pharmaceutics will most likely be opening a storefront in Manhattan. These companies are no stranger to the New York market, manufacturing marijuana elsewhere in the state including Onandaga, Orange and Ulster counties. The dispensaries are expected to open after completing site inspections by the Health Department, which could happen as soon as early 2018. But, don't get too excited yet. Medical marijuana is still heavily restricted in the state in terms of what is considered a qualifying condition that is eligible for treatment. Chronic pain was qualified as of March, which increased the number of certified patients in the state by 72 percent, but many conditions approved by other states are still restricted here. But, the expansion of licenses to these organizations will make it so that there will be more access, more competition and more options for current patients.  “The addition of these registered organizations will make it easier for patients across the state to obtain medical marijuana, improve the affordability of medical marijuana products through the introduction of new competition, and increase the variety of medical marijuana products available to patients,”

Cynthia Nixon from Sex and the City is eyeing a run for NY governor

Cynthia Nixon from Sex and the City is eyeing a run for NY governor

Cynthia Nixon, the original pantsuit-wearing no-nonsense hero for single NYC girls with too much law school debt to think about expensive shoes, is being scouted as a potential opponent to Governor Andrew Cuomo in the 2018 gubernatorial election. Since her famous (and Emmy-winning) role as Miranda Hobbes on Sex and the City, Nixon has found time to make waves as an outspoken political activist. In particular, she has been a fierce defender of public education, on several occasions criticizing Cuomo for a misdirection of education resources. She is also an advocate for LGBTQ rights, giving a stirring speech at the LGBT Solidarity rally outside Stonewall in February and throwing fundraisers for LGBTQ-focused nonprofits based in NYC. Her efforts over the years culminated in an appointment in 2014 by Mayor Bill de Blasio on the advisory board for the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City.  If Nixon does indeed come out as an official candidate, she will be up against a medley of high-profile democrats. Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and former State Senator Terry Gipson have both been rumored as potential candidates.

Two free summer concert series are returning to Brooklyn after cancellations

Two free summer concert series are returning to Brooklyn after cancellations

While there is already a free concert worth checking out pretty much every day this summer, your free music agenda is about to get even more booked.  The Seaside Summer Concert Series in Coney Island and the Martin Luther King Jr. concert series in Flatbush were canceled abruptly in July due to a lawsuit involving the festivals organizers, as reported by Patch. Upon news of the cancellation, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams stated he was committed to finding a replacement organizer. As of Tuesday, his mission succeeded, and shows will begin as early as this Monday, August 7.  In addition to finding new organizers, the series were also brought back to life thanks to an allocation of city funds. “New York City is home to the most vibrant and artistic cultural community in the world, and home to a billion-dollar industry in this city," Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Vivertito said in a statement. "I’m proud to have supported measures that highlight the city’s cultural communities, like the Wingate Concert Series and the Coney Island Concert Series, and recognize their fundamental importance to the cultural fabric of the City.” Over the last 30 years, the Wingate Concert Series has brought free shows from acts like Public Enemy, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Doug E. Fresh to commemorate the memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, while the Seaside Summer Concert Series has brought Cheap Trick, The Go-Gos and the Village People to the Coney Island waterfront.  The City Park

JetBlue is having a huge sale today with $64 flights out of NYC

JetBlue is having a huge sale today with $64 flights out of NYC

If the surprise rain has got you thinking "man I wish I could be in Bermuda right now", JetBlue has heard the call and is here to make your dreams of a fall getaway a reality. Until midnight tonight (and while flights last) the airline is offering discounted flights for travel between September 6 and November 8. There are even a few air and hotel package options for as low as $329 for 4 days and 3 nights. Here is the full list of discounted origins and destinations, and below is a selection of a few of our favorite get-out-of-NYC deals that will make tomorrow morning's commute a little more tolerable.  New York, NY (LGA) --> Boston, MA (BOS), $64 New York, NY (JFK) --> Savannah, GA (SAV), $69  New York, NY (JFK) --> Washington, DC (IAD), $69  New York, NY (JFK) --> Syracuse, NY (SYR), $79  New York, NY (LGA) --> Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL), $84  New York, NY (JFK) --> Bermuda (BDA), $94  New York, NY (JFK) --> Austin, TX (AUS), $99  New York, NY (JFK) --> Orlando, FL (MCO), $109 New York, NY (JFK) --> New Orleans, LA (MSY), $149 New York, NY (JFK) --> Havana, Cuba (HAV), $159  New York, NY (JFK) --> Punta Cana, DR (PUJ), $204 New York, NY (JFK) --> San Francisco, CA (SFO), $219 New York, NY (JFK) --> Los Angeles, CA (LAX), $244

See your favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race stars in NYC this summer

See your favorite RuPaul’s Drag Race stars in NYC this summer

This Friday marks the first time in 14 weeks that there will be no RuPaul's Drag Race, and if that leaves a gaping void in your heart, we totally feel you. But fear not, squirrel friends! Some of the series' greatest queens are hitting NYC this summer, and you can get your fix of fierceness by seeing your favorite gals perform in person. So put on your reading glasses, get yourself a big cup of T and sashay away to these upcoming events featuring the stars of Drag Race. RECOMMENDED: Full NYC drag queen guide Alyssa Edwards The "Vanessa Williams of drag" and drop dead gorgeous Alyssa Edwards brings Texan heat to Fire Island, with help from Shangela. Trust the duchess: it's going to be sickening. (7/1 at Whyte Hall, Fire Island+ 7/2 at NYC Drag Brunch) Mimi Imfurst Season Three's Mimi Imfurst gave us one of the most infamous moments in Drag Race history when she lifted India Ferrah during a lip-sync battle. Beyond her provocative elimination, Miss Mimi's been stirring controversy for years, with hundreds protesting her annual Christmas pageants (in which she plays the Virgin Mary). Love her or hate her, if you find yourself in New Jersey she'll make your night.  (7/7 + 8/4 + 9/1+ 10/13 at Club Feathers, NJ, www.mimiimfurst.com/shows) Ginger Minj After slaying it with her one-woman show Crossdresser for Christ, the all-star floods the Laurie Beechman basement with her new cabaret show Sweet T. (7/27 + 7/29 at Laurie Beechman Theatre, spincyclenyc.com) Alaska Thunderfuck I

The upper decks of Staten Island ferries will now be closed on weekends

The upper decks of Staten Island ferries will now be closed on weekends

Besides holding up the subway, the line at Katz’s Deli and sometimes the entire dang sidewalk, tourists have another slow-moving tendency that's making New Yorkers cringe. Over the past few years, the Staten Island ferry has regularly been operating behind schedule due to people taking too long to disembark. In particular, the Hurricane Deck, the highest level of the ferry, has been a hot spot for tourists to take pictures and get a better view...but also to take too long to exit, thus holding up the cleaning and re-entry process. Studies have been coming out recently showing that the MTA is slowly ruining our lives, and commuters from Staten Island have long been familiar with that feeling. RECOMMENDED: Find more things to do in Staten Island, New York In an attempt to rectify this, the Department of Transportation is going to be closing the upper levels of the deck on the Staten Island Ferry for four weekends, the busiest times for tourist traffic. If the program is successful in expediting disembarkment, it may be instituted permanently and may also expand to weekdays. So, if you’re on a vacation (or even a staycation) over the next few weekends and looking to grab a snap of Lady Liberty, you might be better off shelling out for the Ellis Island tour or hitting up a booze cruise. And next, could we maybe shut down Times Square altogether during rush hour? We can only dream. 

Brooklyn has never been creepier than in Radiohead’s new music video

Brooklyn has never been creepier than in Radiohead’s new music video

For years, Radiohead has been putting out music videos that turn their native spaces into bastions of dread, exposing the underlying dreariness of otherwise idyllic cities. First it was London, with videos like "Just" and "Fake Plastic Trees" creating inescapably bleak pictorials of daily life in modern England. Then L.A., with Thom Yorke wandering through vast empty spaces and unsettlingly still interiors with "Daydreaming". Now, they have applied the same eerie treatment to Bushwick, turning the Cooper Park Tennis Courts and the Scott Avenue train tracks into the dangerous, paranoia-laiden wonderlands. Watching it is sure to make walking alone at night off the Morgan stop a little bit more anxiety-inducing. The video, released on Thursday, is titled "Man of War/Big Boots". Along with two other famous B-sides, it will be released on OKNOTOK, the reissue of the band’s seminal OK Computer album, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Check it out—maybe you’ll see something you recognize.

An awesome new music festival is hitting Riis Park Beach this summer

An awesome new music festival is hitting Riis Park Beach this summer

There is no shortage of summer music festivals in NYC, so why not break away from a fest in a park and enjoy your tunes at one of New York's best beaches? The first annual Rock! Away! Music Fest is coming to Riis Park Beach Bazaar from July 14-16 for a three-day bash of food, art and local music. The best part of all? It's free! So slather on some sunscreen, pack a few cans of rosĂ© in your backpack and hop on the Rockaway Beach bus for a day (or three) of tunes and sunshine. Here is the lineup for the event: Friday Main Stage:5:30pm Monkey Punch6pm Blame Mercury7pm Arson Welles8pm Black Widows9pm Hastings 3000 Saturday Main Stage:12pm Reckless Citizen1pm Benjamin Cartel2pm Lorena Leigh3pm The Forms4pm Walker and The Brotherhood of the Grape 5pm Rattrap Bumpkin6pm Jason Loewenstein Band (Sebadoh / The Fiery Furnaces)Busking Stage:11:30-12pm Open Busking — bring your instrument and sign up to busk for food, beer and tips! (First-come, first-served)12:40-1pm Open Busking 1:40pm Shannon T2:40pm White Merlot3:40pm John Baxter4:40pm Rah Taylor and Amiri Atsu Taylor (Blac Rabbit) TBC5:40 TBC7pm Vic Thrill (Billy Campion) Sunday Main Stage:Noon Blac Rabbit1pm TVv2pm The Lounge Act3pm The Flux Machine4pm Skells5pm Toranavox6pm Wonder MuffBusking Stage:11:30-Noon Open Busking — bring your instrument and sign up to busk for food, beer, and tips! First to busk first served
12:40-1 Open Busking 1:40 John Simonelli2:40 TBC3:40 TBC4:40 Patsy (Patrick Carrol)5:40 Matt Walsh (Forms) and Rob

A new outdoor summer music series is coming to Queens

A new outdoor summer music series is coming to Queens

Fans of summer outdoor music concerts à la Mister Sunday and Warm Up at MoMA PS1 have a new series in town to get excited about. Knockdown Center, Queens's visually stunning 50,000-square-foot mega space, has teamed up with local promoters, musicians and DJs to bring you Overtime, a series of concerts in its outdoor space (known locally as "the ruins"). Expected to run on every Saturday through September 3 from 3–9pm, you can spend a post-brunch afternoon dancing to hip-hop, electronica, dancehall and everything in between. Along with the performances and DJ sets, look for outdoor artwork, visual projections, and food and drink vendors, making for a multi-disciplinary cultural experience. Here's the current lineup, and keep posted for additional shows will being added throughout summer: June 10: Sun.CHASM -Presented by THE ORACLE Quay DashPrince HarveyNight DollHDVermilion Bird Tickets $15 - http://ticketf.ly/2sia8rp June 17: Devotion Presents: Sol Selectas Showcase SaboUndersKMLNMonolinkAmentiaNicholas MaddixOstro, Tuckahoe Tickets $15 - $40: http://ticketf.ly/2qmLKHG June 24: MIXPAK x Tryna Function Present SpiceMixpak Sound SystemEquiknoxxKamixloDJ BEBETygapaw Tickets $15-$30: http://ticketf.ly/2rHhCGI July 8: Brunch Bounce & Feel Up Records Present: Chicken & Beer The JillionaireSeraniJubileeMax GlazerSilent AddyHewyLove TapsZee MuffinBobby DubsNoise Cans Tickets $15: http://ticketf.ly/2r99tdy Check out Overtime's launch party on May 27th: 

The best things in life are free.

Get our free newsletter – it’s great.

Loading animation
DĂ©jĂ  vu! We already have this email. Try another?

🙌 Awesome, you're subscribed!

Thanks for subscribing! Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon!