Marching Forward…

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Buh-bye, February. It’s been real, but we’ve gotta go. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in the city in March:

The New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show focuses on Key West, FL this year. The exhibition is inspired by a modernist Key West estate–its architecture is featured along with reflecting pools and soaring pergolas. There will be lectures, guided tours, Q&As with experts and musical entertainment. Oh–and orchids. Thousands of beautiful orchids. Runs through April 21st.

The NYC Tattoo Convention takes place from March 7th to 9th at the Roseland Ballroom, and features tattoo artists from around the world, piercing professionals, live entertainment and contests. Prizes will be given for Best Back or Chest Tattoo, Best Colored Tattoo and Best Overall Tattooed Person, among others.

The Armory Show, located on Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan is one of my favorites. The event showcases important artworks fo the 20th and 21st centuries. This year it looks to China, with a specially curated section devoted to Chinese contemporary art, featuring 16 galleries from Hong Kong and Mainland China. March 6th through 9th.

The New York International Children’s Film Festival helps answer the question, “So what exactly constitutes a kid’s movie?” Children and their parents can check out a host of unique and thought-provoking films geared towards young people. Workshops, short film programs and information sessions with the creators will round out the event. Runs March 7th through the 30th at various locations. For kids 3 to 18.

 

Here It Comes….

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It’s Wednesday. Hump Day. The temperature reads 28 degrees in New York City and another dusting of snow just fell on the ground. Our winter boots are thisclose to wearing out. My favorite hat recently blew away with the wind and my husband just lost his fifth pair of gloves. In short, we need a pick-me-up!

Here’s a little something to get all of us through the next few weeks:

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right

Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
It’s all right, it’s all right

Happy Hump Day, everyone!

 

 

And The Oscar Goes To…

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The 86th Annual Academy Awards will air next Sunday night, March 2nd. If you’re visiting the city–or are a New Yorker who just wants to get out of your apartment and watch the show with other people who will surely appreciate your sartorial expertise (“Just look at Lupita Nyong’o's dress! She’s the new fashion It Girl!”) or cinematic smarts (“If Christopher Rouse doesn’t win Best Editing for Captain Phillips, well, there is no God.”), then here’s where you need to be:

The Murray Hill Oscar Party is held at Joe’s Pub and is hosted by Murray Hill himself, the “hardest working middle-aged man in show business.” (Who’s to argue?) Attendees walk the red carpet, play trivia contests and cast their ballot for their screen favorites. Oh–and votes will be cast for the best and worst dressed audience members, so make sure you look good (or bad, if that’s your thing). $25 cover.

At 49 Grove, right down here in the Village, the fun begins at 6 p.m. Expect drink specials and games (and no cover).

Singl Lounge, right off Union Square, will also screen the Red Carpet at 6. You can expect delicious tapas, games, prizes and drinks named after the best movie nominations. No cover.

230 Fifth is an enclosed (in the winter), heated rooftop bar that will switch on the festivities at 7 p.m. $25 will get you a champagne, beer and wine open bar from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Snacks will be served for a couple of hours, too.

 

 


 

 

Last Call For Hot Chocolate!

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A few days ago I told you about a beer festival. Today, I want to turn all of you on to a fete of a different flavor:

The City Bakery, on 18th Street, has been holding their Hot Chocolate Festival the entire month of February. If you’re not familiar with this particular patisserie, suffice it to say that New York magazine feels that, “City Bakery is to hot chocolate what Katz’s is to pastrami.” Which we all know is a very, very good thing, right?

Each day, the fine folks at CB feature a different flavored mug of the yummy stuff. For instance, on Valentine’s Day they served “Love Potion Hot Chocolate”, and today they’re hawking “Peanut Butter Stout Hot Chocolate.”

If you haven’t been there, there’s still time. Here’s the schedule for the final days:

2/22: Banana Peel Hot Chocolate
2/23: Milk Chocolate Hot Chocolate
2/24: Bourbon Hot Chocolate
2/25: Darkest Dark Hot Chocolate (Mmmmmmm!!!)
2/26: Rum Raisin Hot Chocolate
2/27: “Happy” Hot Chocolate

So far they’re keeping mum on the flavor they plan to feature next Friday in the festival finale. (Guess I’ll have to go check it out.)

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Next Week Is Beer Week!

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Everyone knows that it’s Restaurant Week…but did you know about New York City Beer Week? Well, you’re about to…here’s the scoop:

The festival runs from this Friday, February 21st through March 2nd. Tastings, menu pairings and beer dinners will be held all week in dozens of venues throughout the city.

All sixteen local craft breweries will participate in the activities. Rockaway Brewing Company, Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery and Coney Island Brewery are just a few of the brands you’ll be tasting.

According to the New York City Brewers Guild, “The mission of the New York City Brewers Guild is to advocate for and promote awareness of its local brewing members; to increase the visibility of local beers through programs, events, and consumer education; and to foster a healthy, ethical and growth-focused craft beer industry throughout the city.”

And your mission? Tasting lots of different brews, of course!

The opening bash on Friday evening, in beautiful Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station, will feature all of our local breweries plus others from around the country.

Beer lovers should check it out!

 

Snow? What Snow?

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Nothing stops an intrepid New Yorker…not even a sloppy pile of the wet, white stuff. This weekend in Washington Square Park almost felt like a spring day (well, almost being the key word). Villagers suffering from cabin fever burst out of their homes to take a stroll:

Or feed the pigeons:

Some were checking out the local music:

Or simply getting a head start on that summer tan:

It’s true that we’re itching for spring, but in the end, the cold weather can’t stop us…because we’re New Yorkers, right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Love You!

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We love our guests. We love you bunches. And we want you to have a fun-filled, loving Valentine’s Day, so spend it with that special someone or someones. (Some of my greatest V-Days have been spent with the best friends anyone could ask for.)

We’ve still got a few tables left tonight, so come on in and grab a romantic bite with us.

Until then, please enjoy one of the great romantic cinematic moments of all time:

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!!! xxoo

Valentine’s Day Hangover Cure

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It’s Monday, February 17th. You’ve broken the bank proving your undying love to your one and only last Friday. Flowers? Check. Fancy-pants gourmet truffles? Done. Champagne, caviar, sparkly baubles? Yes, yes and yes.

Payback? Priceless. It was all worth it because your beloved will be bound to you forever, right? The bad news? You’re broke.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious three-course dinner at your favorite restaurant, right? And you can, because next week is Restaurant Week, people! Come to North Square and chow down on a three-course lunch for $25 or dinner for $38.

Of course Chef Yoel Cruz will change up the apps and entrees every few days like he always does, but we know that from the 17th through the 19th you can expect entrees like lobster, coriander crusted yellowfin tuna and paella. Lighter lunch fare like a hanger steak and organic kale salad and duck confit salad. Or winter comfort fare like a killer gourmet grilled cheese or short ribs.

So come and have a yummy bite with us for a mere song. Make your reservation here!

We Can All Be Fashionistas, Can’t We?

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If you’ve noticed a horde of extremely tall, whip-thin, effortlessly stylish ladies with shiny hair parading up and down the streets of New York for the past few days (well, even more than usual), there’s a reason: it’s Fashion Week!  You may or may not be one of the chosen few invited to compare notes with Anna Wintour at the Zac Posen show or swoon over Carolina Herrera’s 2014 spring line; I’m certainly not. But even if you can’t count yourself among the couture elite, fear not–at least you can look the part if you check out these sample sales:

The Scoop NYC Clothing & Accessories sale features 80% off on men and women’s clothing, outerwear, shoes and handbags. Designers include Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, Paul Smith, DSquared and John Varvatos. Sale runs from 11 am to 8 pm in their Soho store.

There’s an Elie Tahari warehouse sale at the Chelsea Market from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 7 pm.

Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Prada and others are all featured in a sale at European Classic in the garment district. Everyone’s welcome, but you must have an appointment. Call 917-821-7751 to set one up.

Sand by Saya sells elegant footwear and accessories. Get up to 75% off until the 21st from 10:30 am to 7 pm at their offices at 37 West 39th St. (between 5th and 6th).

 

 

 

473-475 Broadway
between Broome and Grand Streets
New York, NY – See more at: http://thestylishcity.com/scoop-nyc-warehouse-sale-3#sthash.4KOPRjyW.dpuf

Up to 80% off women’s and men’s clothing, outerwear, shoes and handbags at the Scoop NYC Warehouse Sale.

Designer Women’s styles include Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, IRO, Alice and Olivia, Phillip Lim, Roberto Cavalli, Current Elliot, Alexander Wang, Veda, SEA and more. Designer Men’s styles include Gant by Michael Bastian, Paul Smith, Rag & Bone, Dsquared, John Varvatos, Martin Margiela and Etro.

Women’s

- See more at: http://thestylishcity.com/scoop-nyc-warehouse-sale-3#sthash.4KOPRjyW.dpuf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHEN: 2/12 – 2/16; W-Sat (10:30-7), Sun (10:30-5)

WHERE: Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue
between 15th & 16th Streets
New York, NY 10011

- See more at: http://thestylishcity.com/elie-tahari-warehouse-sale-2#sthash.i6kJlXNo.dpuf

WHEN: 2/12 – 2/16; W-Sat (10:30-7), Sun (10:30-5)

WHERE: Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue
between 15th & 16th Streets
New York, NY 10011

- See more at: http://thestylishcity.com/elie-tahari-warehouse-sale-2#sthash.i6kJlXNo.dpuf

WHEN: 2/12 – 2/16; W-Sat (10:30-7), Sun (10:30-5)

WHERE: Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Avenue
between 15th & 16th Streets
New York, NY 10011

- See more at: http://thestylishcity.com/elie-tahari-warehouse-sale-2#sthash.i6kJlXNo.dpuf

It Was 50 Years Ago Today…

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Unless you live under a rock, you’ll know that today marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ coming to America. (Just look at them…aren’t they adorable?) Our city is celebrating that fact with NYC Fab 50, a music festival featuring both tributes to the Beatles and tribute bands at several venues around the city:

Three Across The Universe Music Festival events take place at the Hudson Theater. The first will feature The Spin Doctors plus tribute bands Clube Big Beatles from Brazil, The Norwegian Beatles Band from Norway, HELP! from Mexico, Blurred Vision from Canada and Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra from Williamsburg.

Event 2 includes Lucy from Germany, Genetic Control from The Bronx, School of Rock from Manhattan and Two of Us from Italy.

The third show takes place tomorrow and is co-hosted by John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird from Liverpool. (“Juu-lee-aa…”), The Cavern Club Beatles from Liverpool, Morsa from Mexico, Dress to KISS from Italy, The Oh-Nos from New England, The Clover from Japan and Hal Bruce from Halifax.

The America Celebrates the Beatles: All Star Concert takes place tomorrow at Town Hall. Performers include Tommy James, Melanie, Chuck Negron, Marshall Crenshaw, Fred Schneider, Gene Cornish, Greg Hawkes, Ron Dante, Randy Jackson, Ian Lloyd, Larry Kirwan and Aztec Two-Step.

An added plus? All concert proceeds will benefit the Food Bank for New York City, Autism Think Tank and Children’s Music Fund…all worthy charites.

A few other events also commemorating the Fab Four are happening around town:

The Fest For Beatles Fans is the oldest Beatles convention and is held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel this weekend. This year will feature Donovan, Peter Asher, Billy J. Kramer, Chad & Jeremy, Freda Kelly and Larry Kane. Click here for more info and tickets.

Plus, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center is presenting Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles, a free multi-media exhibition this Sunday that includes memorabilia, recordings, video, photos and more. You can even leave your own impressions of The Beatles in an oral history booth. You’ve got plenty of time to catch this, as it’s on until May 5th.