Five Reasons To Visit New York City In April

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April brings a little something for everyone. Here’s why you should come and stay with us next month:

1. In just a few weeks, the cherry blossoms will be in bloom. Central Park and the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens are key viewing spots, but our own Washington Square Park has its fair share of the springtime-announcing buds.

2. The Tribeca Film Festival. This year it runs from April 16th through the 27th and includes free community events like the Tribeca Drive-In, which screens family-friendly movies like Mary Poppins and Splash outdoor at Waterfront Plaza.

3. It’s opening season for baseball fans! The Yankees toss out the first ball on April 1, while the Mets get a head start on March 31st.

4. Car lovers can check out the New York International Auto Show from the 18th through the 27th. Visitors can drool over the fancy cars with no alternate side of the street parking issues to worry about.

5. The average daily temperature is about 60 degrees….oh-so-perfect for exploring the city.

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.

 

 


 

 

I Hate Football. So What Now?

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Not a football fan? Frankly, neither am I. So I’m going to avoid the Super Bowl hooplah and do something (anything) that doesn’t involve watching large men hugging oval-shaped balls and tackling each other. Here are a few of my choices:

The Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade & Festival starts at 1 p.m. in Little Italy and makes its way through the streets of lower Manhattan and Chinatown. The hub of the whole party is at Sara Roosevelt Park at Grand and Forsyte Streets; there will be plenty of vendors, food and otherwise, catering to people of all ages.

The Morgan has an exhibit dedicated to The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beautiful and philosophical story in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. The Little Prince: A New York Story examines the relationship between this charming book and our fair city, where much of it was written. The display also features the author’s only surviving handwritten draft.

Sunday is the final day to catch the Harlem Fine Arts Show at Riverside Church. (The exhibition runs all weekend.) This year’s show focuses on Martha’s Vineyard and features over 100 emerging and established artists from the island.

It’s Ground Hog Day! If you’re an early riser, head to the Staten Island Zoo at 7:30 a.m. and catch Chuck the Groundhog’s winter prediction. You can stay and have breakfast with him too if you’re so inclined. Or you can do what I would do and sleep in, then catch a screening of the movie Groundhog Day at noon at the Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg’s brunch screening.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

 

Y? Because It’s Awesome

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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:

  • Literary readings by Elizabeth Gilbert and Isabel Allende.
  • A class on how to really make it in voice-over work.
  • An evening concert featuring the music of Russia.
  • A lecture by America’s doctor, Dr. Oz.
  • A performance by the American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company, formerly ABT II, a classical ensemble made up of 12 up-and-coming dancers of outstanding potential.
  • A class on the world of Sicilian wine.
  • Plus It was 50 Years Ago Today…Celebrating 50 Years of The Beatles in the USA, an intimate conversation with some of The Beatles’ closest pals.

See? A little something for everyone. Check it out!

 

 

Inside Llewyn Davis

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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!

 

 

Coming in October…

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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!

August In The City…Just You And Me

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Here’s the thing…I love New York City all year round, but I especially love it in August. I love New Yorkers–just not viagra online pharmacy too many of them all at once. August is the month when many natives have hightailed it to the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore or anyplace with sand, leaving the concrete streets to me, myself and I (plus  a million or so of my close personal friends). So here are a few things that I plan to do this month now that the city is (close to) mine:

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Harlem Week is an uptown celebration that began in the ’70s as Harlem Day. Harlem Day has turned into Harlem Week–really Harlem month–as there are a bunch of performances, films, fashion and sporting events during the next few weeks. One feature of the festival is half-price Wednesday Amateur Night at the Apollo on the 14th and the 21st. (Be prepared for very candid reviews of the performers–New Yorkers don’t play.) This Saturday from 12 to 7, you’ll find a Dance Theater of Harlem Street Festival, an outdoor bash featuring arts and crafts, performance showcases, food and entertalnment on W.152nd from Amsterdam to St. Nicholas. Check the schedule for more events.

Take  there’s a last chance to enjoy Shakespeare in the Park. Love’s Labour Lost is being performed until the 18th. Grab a blanket and a picnic and head to the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

I’ve already told you about about Summer Streets and restaurant week and outdoor movie screenings, right? And of course there are always a zillion Broadway and off-Broadway shows that are probably a teeny bit less crowded.

So there you have it. You have plenty to do and fewer folks to bump into. New York City Nirvana.

 

 

 

Memorial Day Weekend + Free = Fun

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Time to kick off summer with freebies, people! Check out fun stuff to do without spending where to buy viagra any cash:

Memorial Day Concert at St. John the Divine. Celebrate with the New York Philharmonic in this beautiful cathedral on Amsterdam and 112th on Monday at 8:00 pm. Tickets are first-come, first-served and available the day of the performance at 6:00 p.m. If you don’t get in, music will be piped out onto the adjacent Pulpit Green, weather permitting. (And as of now, it’s looking like the weather will permit: forecast for the day is high of 68 and sunny.)

The Intrepid Museum plans to celebrate the weekend the right way, by honoring our service women and men. Aside from a screening of Top Gun for it’s freebie movies on Friday night series, Pier 86 will be filled live performances (the USO Show Troupe!), hands-on activities and displays.

Memorial Day Parade(s): There’s a bunch of them–just pick your borough. Probably the largest is the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Parade. It stars at 2 p.m. at the corner of Northern Blvd. and Jayson Ave. in Queens. This year’s parade is dedicated to those who served in Vietnam, as it’s the 40th anniversary of the end of the war.

And what holiday is complete without sparkly explosions? None, I say. To see fireworks, though, you have to head downtown on Thursday night (23rd) so that Lady Liberty is in view. Fireworks will be set off in the harbor near Liberty Island at around 9:15 p.m. (Not sure why they only have them on Thursday night-I searched and searched–but hey, if I’m mistaken and there’s more, please let me know!)

Have fun!

Drive-In Movies, No Car Necessary

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What’s better than viewing a great film? Watching it outdoors on a beautiful, balmy evening, of course. Summer in the city is filled with crazy outdoor viewing opportunities. Here are a few:

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Rooftop Films: This is a non-profit whose “mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists.”  Admission is around $13 for most films–but some are free. Included in the lineup this year? The Central Park Five doc, and Noah Baumbach’s latest, Frances Ha. Screenings are scheduled now through August.

Bryant Park Summer Film Festival:  Totally gratis, every Monday evening from 5 to 11:30 p.m. The full schedule doesn’t come out for a few days, as the screenings begin mid-June, but usually it’s a mix of classics, cult films, musicals, with a kid-friendly movie thrown in here and there. And if you don’t have time to pick up snacks, there’s a ‘wichcraft kiosk on the premises. (Yummy sandwiches by Tom Colicchio, Top Chef guy!)

Hudson River Park’s Riverflicks for Grownups: Movies begin at dusk, around 8:30 p.m. at Pier 63 in Chelsea. Screenings are gratis and will run in July and August. They’ve got some heavy hitters planned this year: Silver Linings Playbook (7/10),  Argo (7/24) and The Avengers (8/7). And get this–free popcorn!

The Intrepid Museum has some free family-friendly screenings planned in their “Friday Nights on the Flight Deck” series. This Friday, they’ll show Top Gun, featuring a young (and presumably less creepy) Tom Cruise. Jaws will run on 6/28 and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone will be screened on 8/2.

Happy viewing!

 

 

Let's Go To The Movies!

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The first sign of spring in Manhattan is upon us. Nope, it’s not Alex Rodriguez and his latest fling sipping cappuccino the morning after at an outdoor cafe. (Although that is sure to come soon, via the dogged investigative reporting of The New York Post.)

It’s much better: The 12th Tribeca Film Festival starts next week (4/17) and runs for eleven days.

53 features from 37 countries will be premiered and judged by 42 jurors in all, including luminaries such as Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Haggis, Bryce Dallas Howard (love her) and Evan Rachel Wood.

Highlights of the festival include Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight the follow-up to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, featuring on-screen lovers Ethan Hawke and Jule Delpy. (Yikes! They’re now middle-aged!) And hot shot directors Neil LaBute (Death at a Funeral, Nurse Betty), Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) and David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) are also contributing films to the competition.

Panel discussions will take place featuring Hawke, Delpy, Darren Aronofsky and Clint Eastwood (minus the chair, we can only hope).

Here’s a quick overview on tickets: There are various early sale dates for American Express members and downtown residents, but the general public can get single tickets on Monday starting at 11 a.m. online, by phone and through three designated outlets.

During the viagra without a prescription festival, tickets, if still available, will be on sale at all festival venue box offices. Prices are $8 for matinee and late-night screenings, $16 for evening and weekends and $25 for special talks. There are also special passes for a bunch of screenings and a $25,000 VIP pass which I can only assume means that Robert DeNiro will not only spring for dinner, but clean your apartment and buy you something pretty to boot. But that’s just me.