Winter Jazz Fest 2014

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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.

 

Walking In A Winter Wonderland

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Here’s one of our favorite holiday songs….Winter Wonderland performed by Annie Lennox. Enjoy:

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

Gone away is the bluebird,
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song,
As we go along,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown
He’ll say: Are you married?
We’ll say: No man,
But you can do the job
When you’re in town.

Later on, we’ll conspire,
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid,
The plans that we’ve made,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
And pretend that he’s a circus clown
We’ll have lots of fun with mister snowman,
Until the other kids knock him down.

When it snows, ain’t it thrilling,
Though your nose gets a chilling
We’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

Walking in a winter wonderland,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

Trees Are Being Lit Up All Over!

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Tonight is the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. This 75-year-old, 76-foot spruce from Shelton CT will be illuminated by 45,000 multi-colored LED lights and topped with a 9 ½-foot-wide Swarovski star.

Of course there will be stars of another sort performing–Mary J. Blige (love her!), Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson, to name a few.

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FYI, the first Christmas tree was set up in 1931 by workers who were building Rockefeller Center. The first tree-lighting ceremony ceremony was held in 1933, 80 years ago.

If you can’t get there–or hate crowds–NBC is broadcasting the event starting at 8 p.m., so be sure to tune in if you don’t want to miss the action.

Never to be outdone, we Village folk are having our own tree lighting here in Washington Square Park on December 11th from 5 to 6 p.m. under the arch. The Rob Susman Brass Quartet will play holiday songs–and children and grown-ups alike are encouraged to raise their voices and join in. (And no, you don’t have to be a good singer. Trust me. I know from experience.)

Oh, and Rock Center may have Kelly Clarkson, but we’ll have Santa Claus, people! (Now tell me who has the bigger star?) So come on down, give Santa your list, and stop by for a drink!

And finally, if you can’t make it to any of the above ceremonies, the Metropolitan Museum of Art conducts a tree lighting ceremony every Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m.

So there you have it. We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far!

 

 

 

Think Small

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Hey folks! Today is Small Business Saturday! If you’re spending the day shopping, please try to visit the independent stores of the city. The Village’s Mom & Pop stores are the heart and soul of our neighborhood, and we want to keep them alive and kicking.

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FYI, if you’re an American Express card holder, you can register your card to get a one-time $10 statement credit for spending $10 or more in a single, in-store transaction tomorrow at some small businesses in the Village.

Wherever you shop today, please think small for that last-minute Hannukah gift or early Christmas present.

Enjoy your day!

 

 

 

The Parade Is Back!

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Sandy may have given us a swift kick last year, but she can’t keep us down. The Village Halloween parade has returned!

It’s the 40th anniversary of this annual Greenwich Village extravaganza, and the theme is “Revival”. (Hear that, Sandy?) Costumes and puppets from all forty years the parade has been in existence will be brought back to life to pay homage to the Village’s biggest party. So I guess among the Miley Cyruses and Duck Dynasties, we’ll catch a glimpse of Donna Summer or Alf or maybe even an Ed Koch lookalike–no doubt carrying a sign asking, “How Am I Doin’?”

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The parade order prescription viagra begins at 7 p.m. on 6th Ave. and Spring St. and winds up at around 10:30 on 16th St. Click here to see the entire route, subway info and whatnot.

So stop by the lounge and show us your costume! We promise that our bartenders are currently living, as are the guests of the hotel–and Jack Nicholson hasn’t been spotted anywhere near us for quite some time (at least that we’re aware of).

Until then, I leave you with this:

Yeah…I’m not going to sleep tonight either.

 

 

New York City Festival Of Lights

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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:

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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!

 

 

 

Halloween Is Popping Up All Over!

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Everyone loves Halloween. What’s not to love? The holiday just screams fun. Fulfilling a fantasy to be someone (or something) other than yourself for at least a few hours certainly trumps stuffing your face with turkey and cranberry sauce in my book. (I mean, I can be Marilyn Monroe and eat tootsie rolls double-fisted at the same time? Yep. Count me in.)

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I really don’t think there is any place that is as passionate about the holiday as Greenwich Village. The annual Halloween parade is an unbelievable spectacle of creativity and good humor. The event was cancelled last year, possibly for the first time. (Damn you, Sandy!) But it’s back on, and I dare you to find a more inventive bunch than the Draculas, goblins, zombies, Duck Dynasty dudes or Miley Cyrus wannabees that will march up Sixth Avenue this October 31.

In fact, Halloween is a big deal around the entire city. buy cheap viagra in uk Shopkeepers keep overflowing bowls of candy on hand for sugar-obsessed kiddies that trick or treat along Broadway. Apartment buildings hold lobby pizza parties for their tiniest tenants before they knock on their neighbors’ doors begging for yummy things. Costumes are planned and discussed extensively weeks–even months–ahead.

Which brings me to the phenomenon of Halloween costume pop-up stores. Pop-ups begin appearing in late September all around the city. Probably the most widely-known is the transformation of Ricky’s stores into temporary Halloween stores. Ricky’s is a local funky beauty/fashion chain that converts a bunch of their outlets into costume emporiums every October. Make-up, wigs, entire costumes…everything you need you can find here. (By the way, the regular Ricky’s is pretty great, too.)

Halloween Pop-Up at 475 Sixth Avenue (between W.11th and W.12th)  has a bunch of prepackaged costumes plus a big supply of paraphernalia. Rotten teeth? Check. Fake blood and guts? Uh-huh.

Nifty Thrifty, an online vintage shop, is hosting a pop-up inside a Williamsburg barbershop (Seven Stars Beauty Salon, 556 Grand St. near. Lorimer St.) from October 25th through the 27th. Nifty Thrifty has a more create-it-yourself vibe than the other pop-ups. You’ll find everything from vintage prom dresses (Carrie!) to legwarmers from the 70′s (Flashdance!) and it’s up to you to make it work.

Between all the great options here in the city, I predict that it’s going to be a great Halloween.

I’m still on the fence as to my costume. What are you going to be?

 

Leave The Gun, Take The Cannoli

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Today is Columbus Day, a holiday in which our Italian friends celebrate their history and culture. And we’re celebrating our Italian friends! What other group of people can boast that they gave our country Chianti, Verdi, Sophia Loren and the two best members of the Rat Pack. (Sorry, Sammy and Joey.) And we can’t forget one of the finest gifts that they’ve ever given us….cannoli!

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Cannoli are Sicilian pastry deserts…tube shaped shells of fried pastry dough, filled with a sweet, creamy ricotta filling.

Here in New York City, folks can find probably the best cannoli north of Palermo.

Ferrara Bakery & Cafe, on Grand St. in LIttle Italy ship their goodies all over the US! Try the cannoli hand-dipped in delicious dark chocolate.

Also located in Little Italy, Caffe Palermo, on Mulberry St. serves up some delicious specimens. They buying viagra actually sponsor a Cannoli Eating Contest during the Feast of San Gennaro, so clearly they take those little cream-filled rolls seriously.

Right here on Bleecker St. in the West Village, you can find Pasticerria Rocco. Grab a regular cannolo, one dipped in chocolate or a Black & White (dipped in white and milk chocolate).

The East Village contributes to our cannoli cravings with Veniero’s Pasticerria on East 11th St. actually sells a do-it-yourself kit that they’ll ship anywhere in the continental US. They provide the cream and the shells, but separately, so when you assemble them the pastry tube doesn’t get mushy (a cannoli Cardinal Sin).

Happy Columbus Day!

We're Gearing Up For Halloween

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October 31st is probably the most exciting holiday here in Greenwich Village, and the earlier we start celebrating it, the better. Each Friday night, Boroughs of the Dead, a company that runs macabre walking tours in the city, conducts The Ultimate Greenwich Village Ghost Tour.

Folks who want to be scared (and the people who love them or at least put up with them) meet in front of St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery. The tour lasts approximately two hours (and one mile)  and winds up online pharmacy cialis right here in Washington Square Park.

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Guides relate ghost stories–verified to be absolutely, positively and undeniably true, of course. The tales provide a little history of the East and West Villages along with all the frightening stuff. Notorious murder scenes, hidden burial grounds and public execution sites are all explored on the tour. And yes, haunted houses. Many haunted houses.

The Ultimate Greenwich Village Ghost tour runs every Friday evening of the month plus Wednesday, the 30th, rain or shine. Price is $20 and tickets should be purchased in advance. Not recommended for kids under 12.

 

 

 

 

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

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

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What:

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

Who:

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

Where:

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.

Why:

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!