“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
I want to let anyone coming to the city know about the 92nd Street Y, or as it’s officially known, the 92nd Street Young Men’s and Young Women’s Hebrew Association, or the YM-YWHA. (Got that?).
Its proper name may be a mouthful, but this Y is the Bentley of Y’s. New Yorkers in the know regularly attend classes, lectures, concerts, dance performances and literary readings. We in the city are bargain hunters; we appreciate when we can get a big dollop of culture for a reasonable cost. The Y is a non-profit and its prices reflect that.
But visitors can also take advantage of the programs and events! Here’s just a little taste of what’s on deck in the next few weeks alone:
See? A little something for everyone. Check it out!
Thompson Street runs from Washington Square South through the Village and Soho and is a lovely and active route to amble down on a sunny day. Previous residents include the late Frank Zappa at #180, plus various Bonnano and Genovese family members. (I’d tell you where they lived, but…)
Start at Kee’s Chocolates at #80. Their incredible handmade chocolates and macaroons will give you energy for your journey.
INA, at #101, is a designer consignment store. Drop in and see if you’re interested in someone else’s hand-me-downs, or bring our own older designer duds. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. (Isn’t that the saying?) But the trash here is high-class trash, got it? Plus INA recently produced its own line of women and men’s clothing.
The Hat Shop at #120 sells chapeaus both fancy and functional.
ZZ’s Clam Bar, at #169, is for all things seafood: a raw bar, ceviches, carpaccio… think of a way you like your fish prepared and I’m sure they do it.
Beer fans will love The Malt House gastropub at #206. They’ll help you pair their extensive brands of micro-brews on tap with their yummy comfort food.
Generations Records at #210 sells…records. (Remember them?) They have an extensive metal and punk collection and frequent live in-store performances.
The Chess Forum at #219 sells beautiful chess sets at all price points, plus chess-related items, like clocks and tournament supplies.
Speaking of games,The Uncommons at #230, describes itself as, “Manhattan’s first and only play cafe.” Sip a warm cup of coffee or tea while you obliterate your opponent at Checkers, Clue, Backgammon, Monopoly, Pictionary or practically any other game you can think of.
And for the kids? Vesuvio Playground, formerly known as Thompson Playground (the new moniker was taken from the popular Italian bakery on nearby Prince Street) is between Spring and Prince.
When: Sunday, February 2nd. Kick-off is at 6:25 p.m.
Where: MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ. An easy train ride from Manhattan.
Who: Dunno the teams yet, but the half-time show will feature the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars.
In addition, there are lots of crazy things happening on a created-just-for-the-event Superbowl Boulevard, along Broadway between 34th and 47th Streets on the week leading up to the competition, including autograph sessions with players, getting your picture taken with the Vince Lombardi trophy, and–oddly enough–a toboggan run.
If you don’t have tickets to the big game and are a football fan, there are hundreds of bars around town that will be broadcasting the event. Special (although generally costly) viewing parties have been set up at some nightlife venues. A cheaper alternative is grabbing a $4 beer at local pub Fiddlesticks or oyster bar and seafood shack Ditch Plains.
But hey–if you aren’t a football fan, come hang in the lounge with us! We promise that It will be warm, there will be no TV blaring and no one with a painted face will be pounding their chest and screaming. (And if I do, you can just politely ask me to cut it out.)
Have you seen the new movie Inside Llewyn Davis yet? The film chronicles a week in the life of a folk singer in the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961.
The movie shines a spotlight on the rich musical history of our beloved neighborhood. Take a look at T-Bone Burnett and the Coen Brothers strolling through the Village and talking about its rich musical history in this piece on CBS Sunday Morning:
Have a great weekend everyone!
Our fair city has a load of movie theaters; sadly, many of them are boring, generic multiplexes that you could find just about anywhere. But a few cinemas do stand apart from the pack…
The Paris Theatre: This old-school movie house is situated next door to the Plaza Hotel, on 58th St. Viewers take a step back in time in this single theater with an actual balcony. Yes, a balcony…didn’t think they made them anymore, did you? It’s the longest-running art cinema in the states and tends to show high-brow movies. (Vin Diesel fans will most definitely be left wanting.) Showing at the moment is Philomena, starring Judi Dench. (We do love Dame Judi so, don’t we?)
The Landmark Sunshine Cinema, on East Houston St. is a multi-plex indie theater that usually features avant-garde films. Currently offerings include Spike Jonze’s Her and Beyond Outrage, a film from Japanese action cinema master Takeshi Kitano. A cool promotion is aimed at moms and dads who just-need-to-get-out-of-the-house-oh-my-God-I’m-going-crazy…and their wee ones. Babies accompanying a parent gain free admission to the Rattle & Reel screenings on Wednesdays at noon. Just think: no babysitting fees, and no dirty looks when your kid tosses Cheerios on the person next to you.
The Film Society Theater uptown in Lincoln Center screens a nice mix of mainstream and indies, plus special themed series. Through 1/24, you can catch the New York Jewish Film Festival, featuring films from all over the world that showcase the Jewish experience. They also have a cool Dinner and a Movie deal–for 25 bucks, you get the flick, plus a glass of wine, a bag of chips and a sandwich! Beats Twizzlers any day!
Attention, folks! The 2014 NYC No Pants Subway ride is happening next Sunday (1/12). The title says it all: a bunch of people will discard their slacks and hop a ride aboard our lovely metro. Why? Because they can.
Participants must congregate at 3 p.m. sharp at various designated meet-up points throughout the city. Improv Everywhere, the pranks-collective that is organizing the event, is emphatic that everyone be on time. They may not wear pants, but you can’t accuse them of being tardy, people.
So who are these chinos-shucking jokesters? Improv Everywhere describes itself as a group that, “causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places.” The No Pants Subway Ride could be either chaos and/or joy, depending upon who doffs their slacks. (Nudity is not for everyone, people. Please be clear on that.)
The group names a mere two requirements for participation:
1) Willing to take pants off on subway. (This is evident. And clearly non-negotiable.)
2) Able to keep a straight face about it. (This is to be admired.)
Denim-ditchers are to meet at seven meeting points across New York City. They’re given instructions on which subway line they should shed their trousers and on which station to cut off their ride. It seems to be crazy organized, so non-participants will almost be sure to witness the fun if they ride the rails Sunday afternoon.
And all this stripping is not for naught. There will be an after-party beginning at 4:30 for those 21 and above at The Greenwich Village Country Club, on University between 12th and 13th. There’s a $10 cover, but there are drink specials for the pantless (as well there should be).
FYI New Yorkers aren’t the only people crazy enough to unzip and ride. About 50 cities all over the world (Adelaide, Australia, anyone?) will also join in on the fun.
So if you enjoy taking of your pants in public, or simply love watching others do so, be sure to ride the subway next Sunday. Here’s a video of last year’s event:
Tonight promises to be the coldest one that New York City has seen in 10 years. Brrrrrr….
So here’s a little something to cheer you up:
Spring will be here in 76 days.
That’s 1824 hours.
And 109,400 minutes.
And 6,566,400 seconds.
So grab a hot toddy, cuddle up next to someone you love and dream about Spring.
Have a great weekend, everyone!
If you love jazz, New York City is the place you want to be from January 7th through the 11th. (Frankly, even if you loathe jazz, you want to be with us, just because you love us, right?)
For the tenth year in a row, the Winter Jazz Fest will help be-bop and big band buffs ease into the new year with phenomenal sounds. Over a hundred artists will perform at multiple venues on the main dates: 1/10 and 1/11. $35 gets you a one-day pass and $55 will buy you two days of music. $95 will get you access to the whole shebang from the 7th on (including Blue Note Records anniversary concerts on the 8th and 9th).
Venues are mostly local to Washington Square: Le Poisson Rouge, Judson Church, NYU Lounge, Zinc Bar, Bitter End, Subculture and Bowery Electric. So buy a day pass, wander through Greenwich Village and get a little taste of everything.
Artists include Jason Moran, the (bassist) Chris Morrissey Quartet, the Jazz Passengers, the Antoine Rony Trio (featuring Kojo), NEXT Collective and Don Byron’s Six Musician Group. Click here for the full lineup, and read more about the festival on their Facebook page.
New Year’s Day is one of rejuvenation…new beginnings…oh, let’s be honest–getting rid of that flabby end result of all those chocolate Santas and fancy cocktails. So what better way to spend it than getting off your duff and moving?
Happy New Year’s Day Hike: The Shorewalkers is, a group whose mission is, “to enhance, enjoy and protect the parks, promenades and paths along the waters in and around New York City, Downstate New York and North New Jersey.” Meet at noon at the 178th St. and Broadway Port Authority Bus Terminal information booth to take a 6-mile walk that explores the shores and parks of upper Manhattan. The three to four hour walk is an all-levels hike. But if you had one too many glasses of bubbly the night before, don’t worry–there’s a chance to bail around the two-hour mark at 207th St.
JCC in Manhattan’s New Year’s Day Fitness Fair: Free exercise classes, people! The folks at JCC clearly want to get you healthy. Zumba, yoga, meditation, cycling and more. Plus TRX suspension training which sounds scary, so it must be really, really good for you, right? Located at Amsterdam and 76th St.
I’m not sure if the folks at the Polar Bear Club are healthier than us, or just crazier. But every New Year’s Day, at 1 p.m. (earlier if you’re going to participate) they gather on the boardwalk at Stillwell Ave. on Coney Island to take a frigid dip in the Atlantic. They may be a little nuts, but they’re good people: every swimmer is encouraged to donate $20 to Camp Sunshine, a charity that supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. (And you can too, even if you don’t take the plunge.)
Here’s hoping everyone has a happy and healthy New Year!