Winter Jam NYC


If you love the cold weather and all the outdoor activities that go along with it, head to Central Park tomorrow and take part in the Winter Jam, a free winter sports festival right here in the middle of Manhattan.

There will be sledding and cross country skiing and snowshoeing. (I’ve always wanted to do that. Basically because if you fall, you most likely won’t break anything, right?) There will also be lessons in skiing and snowboarding. You can bring your own equipment if you like, but there will be some available to use at no cost.

Doggie lovers should note that the event is partially sponsored by Iams, so there will be a canine salon and spa, where your pooch can get a free grooming and trim. And a Tail-gate cafe for snacks. (Get it?)

Funny enough, the Parks Dept. was spraying the area with manufactured snow when the storm hit this week–so ultimately we’ve got double the flakes!

The party lasts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enter Central Park at 72nd street and head to the Bandshell area–I’m sure you’ll see it right away.

And if you do go, please try to help those in need and bring a new or gently-used coat to donate to the New York Cares Coat Drive.

Have a great weekend!

Let’s Catch A Movie!


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!

Winter Jazz Fest 2014


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.


Jazz & Colors

JD Allen Quartet @ Olmsted Bed on the Mall4- Jazz & Colors Central Park (Sat 11 10 12)

Looking for something fun–and free–to do this weekend? Tomorrow, the New York City Parks Dept., Central Park Conservancy and Brooklyn Bowl are putting on the second annual Jazz & Colors–a free musical experience featuring thirty–count ‘em, thirty–jazz ensembles performing at various locations right snack in the middle of the beautiful fall foliage in Central Park.

The lineup has Buy levitra lowest prices something for everyone, from small combos to big bands. The location is…well, all over the park. All thirty bands will play perform the same compositions scattered at different locations from Midtown to Harlem. A first set will be played from noon to 1:30. Musicians will take a break until 2 p.m., when they’ll play a second set and encores until 4 p.m.

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So what does the set list look like? The first set will include jazz standards like Duke Ellington’s Caravan, Miles Davis’ So What and Dizzy Gillespie’s A Night In Tunisia.

The second set will highlight songs about specific cities–like Gil Evans’ Las Vegas Tango, Gershwin’s A Foggy Day In London and Billy Strayhorn’s Take The A Train. (How could we have a festival without including A Train, people? I mean, seriously.) Remember, each band will simultaneously perform the same exact songs, allowing folks to hear unique interpretations of the same compositions as they explore Central Park. 

So who will be there? Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, for one. Drummer and percussionist Kahlil Kwame Bell and Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars. And Duane Eubanks–a great trumpeter coming out of the infamous Eubanks family, will be making a return appearance.

To get more info and get a map of who’s playing where, click here.






Sunday Is Pickle Day!


I always thought there should be a Pickle Day–and now my wish has come true! And fittingly, it’s being getting cipro without a prescription celebrated on the Lower East Side here in Manhattan.

A bit of history: Pickle barrels and pushcarts were pervasive on the LES a hundred years ago. Selling those lumps of brined yumminess was a relatively cheap and easy way to make a living for newly-arrived Eastern European immigrants. And there was most definitely a demand, as in the days before reliable at-home refrigeration, the process made vegetables last much, much longer. And so the Pickle District was born.

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So what better place to celebrate those lovely transformed cucumbers than The Lower East Side?

The fun takes place this Sunday, the 27th on Orchard St. between 12 noon and 5 pm. Over a dozen picklers will be present, plus a terrific representation of noted LES restaurants, like The Meatball Shop, Mission Chinese and Russ & Daughters. Local retail stores will also be hawking their wares.

Add to that a Home Pickling Contest with two categories: Pickled Pickles and Pickled Other. To enter, bring five jars of your goodies (one for each judge). Your work will be judged for appearance, flavor and texture; the competition promises to be stiff, so bring the best you’ve got.

Of course there will be live music. Plus a Halloween Costume contest for both kids and adults! (To enter, check in at the LES BID table (Orcahrd Street between Delancey and Rivington between 1:00 and 2:30 and be judged by Fantasy Grandma.

Apparently there is a National PIckle Day, but it isn’t until November 14th, but who cares. We New Yorkers are always ahead of the curve!


New York City Festival Of Lights


A cool thing is happening tomorrow night right buy cialis online prescription free here on Elizabeth Street. The New York Festival of Light Organization is putting on the first annual NYC Festival of Light.

Nope, it’s got nothing to do with Hannukah. The NYFOL describes itself as, “a non-profit art group whose vision is to create and provide a unique and delightful experience for residents and tourists; enhancing NYC’s architecture through interactive, static and projected lighting installations.”

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Got that? In a nutshell, they recruit lighting designers to express themselves on the buildings of the city and show everyone how light is truly a form of artistic expression.

These lighting festivals have already hit ten other major cities on 5 continents, like Berlin, London and Sydney (shown above), but this is a first for New York

Here’s a peek at the FOL in Berlin, to give you a taste of what it’s all about:

Head to Elizabeth St Garden in Nolita tomorrow from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. to see this one-of-a-kind show…a first for New York!




Join Us At The NYC Wine And Food Festival!


So what are you doing the weekend of the 18th? I can tell you that we’ll be at Food Network’s NYC Wine and Food Festival!

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Tons of foodie panels, classes and tastings are happening all over the city during this four day event.

Want to know how to pickle? Check out The Art of Pickling with McClure’s Pickles.

Love Gabrielle Hamilton’s memoir Blood, Bones and Butter? (Blogger’s Note: If you haven’t read viagra online switzerland it and you’re into food, you really should.) Then get tickets to Blood, Bones and Bubbly, in which she teams up with Wine Wise Guy Anthony Giglio for an afternoon pairing seminar showcasing Hamilton’s unique recipes and fun stories from her book.

Are you a fan of farmer’s markets? Head to a Greenmarket Brunch hosted by Geoffrey Zakarian. Meet the food industry’s favorite local farmers and learn first hand about their star products. Witness the transformation of field fresh goodies in the raw into culinary perfection. And more importantly, attendees get to eat the results.

Food Network celebrities such as Mario Batali, Robert Irvine, Ted “You have  been chopped!” Allen, and Anne Burrell, renowned chefs like David Bouley and David Chang and writers and editors like Melissa Clark (The New York Times) and Dana Cowin (Food and Wine) are all participating in the event.

And yeah, we can’t forget our own chef extraordinaire, Yoel Cruz! Chef Yoel will be participating in the Grand Tasting at Pier 94 on 55th St. and the West Side Highway on Sunday, October 20 from 12pm – 6pm serving–get this–duck confit on a wonton crisp with kumquat tamarind glaze.

Please join us on Sunday and say hello to Chef Yoel and the gang. We promise you won’t be disappointed. And in case you’re feeling like a glutton, 100% of the net proceeds will benefit the Food Bank for New York City.

Duck confit…food bank. It’s a winning combination, don’t you think?




Comic Con!


Geek alert! The annual New York Comic Con is happening this week–from October 10th to the 13th in the Jacob Javits Center.

Stars both legendary (William Shatner, Sylvester Stallone) and new (True Blood‘s Kristin Bauer and Rutina Wesley) are all set to meet their biggest fans. online rx viagra You can snag an autograph from actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson from The X-Files or author R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series.

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Ticket holders can attend a panel on how to get press coverage (for small publishers) or a discussion on using graphic graphic novels and comics in the classroom. Or they can browse exhibits by publishers, toy makers and merchandise manufacturers. Or they can simply get their picture taken with Janeane Garofalo or Sigourney Weaver. Because that’s what you really, really want, right?

Tickets start at $30 and the event always proves to be a blast for the nerd that resides in all of us.


Happy Pagan Day!


We have festivals of all stripes here in the city. We celebrate every culture, each gender and sexual orientation, any political bent and every creed. This Saturday (the 28th), the city will be celebrating the 13th Annual Pagan Pride Day right here in Washington Square Park.

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The event runs from 11 a.m.through 5 p.m. and is for all ages. There will be music, workshops and belly dancers, plus vendors will be hawking candles, incense cialis no prescription clothing and jewelry.

According to the website: “New York City Pagan Pride is affiliated with the Pagan Pride Project, a global organization whose mission is to eliminate prejudice and discrimination against Pagan religions and to foster pride in Pagan identity through education, activism, charity and community.”

The group will be collecting money for charity–City Harvest and pet food drive. (They’ve collected about 300 pounds of food in the past and hope to hit 500 this year.)

We’re all about inclusiveness here at the hotel and will definitely check it out. After the festival, drop by and see us at North Square for a cocktail and a nosh!


Taste Of The Village


On next Thursday (September 26th), North Square will be present and accounted for at the 11th Annual Taste of the Village Festival.

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The event is a fundraiser for the Washington Square Park; we want to maintain its renovated loveliness, right? Over 30 food and wine purveyors will be hawking their wares alongside us. 50 bucks gets you all the nibbles you can eat between 6 and 8 p.m.

Chef Yoel Cruz is outdoing himself this year with this offering: tuna tartare with a sesame cracker and heirloom gazpacho soup with basil oil. Yuh-mee.

Other vendors include Sushi purchase viagra canada Samba, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, Burger Joint, Citarella and Curry Kitchen.

Tickets can purchased in person (cash or check only) at the Village Alliance office, 8 East 8th Street (btw 5th Ave./University Pl.) Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Or make your life easier and buy them online here.

See you there!