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!

San Gennaro Dos and Don'ts


The annual Feast of San Gennaro is on through Sunday.  Each September for 87 years, Mulberry Street teems with Italian-Americans and the people who love them (and their food). While the times have changed, the basic format has remained the same. Religious processions? Check. Musical entertainment? Yup. Food? Of course.

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But before you go, here are some quick festival Dos and Don’ts:

DO take in the festive decorations. It feels like Christmas in September.

DON’T stay for a long time if you’re in any way claustrophobic. (Or frankly, even if you’re not.) The feast gets insanely crowded.

DO try to get there at 7 p.m. on Thursday, the official Saint Day, for the religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried through the streets of Little buying viagra Italy.

DON’T go if you’re on a diet. Assuming you’re not a masochist. if so, have at it.

DO make sure that you snack on zeppoles, those deep fried dough balls dusted with powdered sugar. Deep. Fried. Dough. Balls. Need I say more?

Yes, it’s crowded and probably more expensive than you’d like, but a quick pop in can be a lot of fun. Grab a cannoli, check out the crowd and have a ball!



Coming in October…


The New Yorker Festival! The annual gathering of famous people and artists across film, television, fashion, food, and literature will be held from October 4th through October 6th at various venues throughout the city.

Some highlights:

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On Saturday the 5th, Billy Eichner, comedian and host of Funny or Die’s Billy On The Street, hosts An Evening With Funny Or Die, a program promising, “sketches, new comedy videos and surprises.”

Foodies will enjoy buy cialis delived fed ex a lunch on Sunday in the garden at Roberta’s–an acclaimed restaurant in Brooklyn–with chefs Amanda Cohen and Sean Rembold and others and listen to their thoughts on the rise of American food culture.

Also on Sunday, Morning at the Frick will be hosted by Peter Schjeldahl. For the sixth year, The New Yorker art critic will lead a tour of the museum before public hours begin, followed by coffee and conversation.

This sounds like fun: a live version of The New Yorker’s Cartoon Caption Contest. Cocktails will be served. (That should make it even more interesting, no?)

Aziz Ansari will screen his upcoming comedy special, Buried Alive, followed by a conversation between Ansari and the always-funny Andy Borowitz.

And of course, there will be a ton of talks: Musician Kim Gordon will speak with writer Alex Halberstadt (who recently profiled her in the magazine). Artist Marina Abramovic will have a sit-down with writer Judith Thurman. Director Noah Baumbach and actress Greta Gerwig will convene with staff writer Ian Parker.

Panels on journalism, physics, burlesque, espionage and whiskey are planned. Diverse enough for you?

Prices vary; you can purchase your tickets here.

So come stay with us in October and be both entertained and informed!

But for now, have a great weekend!

So What Are You Doing October 15th-19th?


Visiting us in New York for the CMJ Music Marathon, we hope! Here are the facts:

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It’s an annual music industry convention and music festival held in various venues throughout New York City. The focus of the event is on the new…attendees can be the first to check out the rock gods of tomorrow: Arcade Fire played in 2004…Mumford and Sons in 2009. CMJ started over 30 years ago with a measly two bands; this October there will be over 1,400 performances.

There are also lots of generic viagra online panels on the state of the music industry today, such as marketing opportunities, copyright seminars and the ins and outs of royalty rates on internet radio


Anyone! While there are definitely a ton of music industry taste makers checking out the new bands, the festival is open to everyone.


The conference will be headquartered right here in the NYU Greenwich Village campus. Over 80 venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn, like Arlene’s Grocery and Irving Plaza, will be showcasing the music.


Music! We love music!

How much:

A badge for the whole shebang is $495 if you buy in advance…for students it’s $275. Click here to get your badge.

We’ve still got rooms available. You can reserve with us here.

See you in October!



Labor Day Weekend Happenings


There’s something for everybody in the city this upcoming holiday weekend, so read on…

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For music heads: Head out to Randall’s Island Friday, Saturday or Sunday for the fifth Electric Zoo music festival. In the biggest electronic dance music festival in the city, with both superstar DJs and underground up-and-comers entertaining you on five separate stages on the island. Day passes start at $139.

For those into good old-fashioned family fun: The Richmond County Fair in Staten Island runs on Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm. Expect music, dance workshops, pie and hot dog eating contests, magic, pony rides and arts and crafts. Kids can check out farm animals while adults may be into the classic car exhibition. Adults are $16, Seniors $11 and kids shorter than 30″ are free.

For art fans: the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit is right in our own backyard on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Fine artists and craft artisans from the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world are showcased. (FYI, if you don’t catch it this week, it’s running the next weekend as well.)

For one-wheel enthusiasts and the people who are fascinated by them (i.e. me): The NYC Unicycle Festival takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, cyclists can enjoy a 13 mile unicycle ride through Brooklyn. Saturday and Sunday are perfect for spectators, where from 12 pm cialis pharmacy to 5 pm on Governor’s Island, folks can watch competitions, exhibitions, sports (unicycle basketball and hockey…who knew?) amid other craziness. If you’re daring (and have better-than-average balance) you can even try it yourself.

For absolutely everyone who loves great music, colorful costumes and a good time: The West Indian American Day Parade on Monday from 11 to 6 at Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Chow down on Caribbean food and drink, shop for jewelry, arts and crafts and colorful apparel. And dance! Everyone must dance! It’s Carnival, right?

And of course, for tennis nuts, there’s always the US Open, which I told you about earlier.

Enjoy your three day weekend!

Wednesday Is A Drag


It’s hump day, people, so we need to plan for the weekend to keep our energy and spirits high, right?

I’m definitely going to hit the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at one point. It takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And it’s free, free, free!

Highlights include saxophone guru Jimmy Heath and his big band performing an updated version of his earlier work “Bird Is The Word” from 7 to 9 p.m. at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.

Legendary sax guy Kenny Garrett tops the bill at Marcus Garvey on Saturday. On Sunday, the festival moves downtown to Tompkins Square Park where veterans Lee Konitz and Sheila Jordan will be soft viagra joined by newbies Christian Scott and Warren Wolf.

Sounds like a great time for jazz fans.

What are you dreaming about doing this weekend?