Thursday, April 19, 2018

Celebrate Earth day with free bike rides and events in the parks

To celebrate the 3rd Annual Car Free Earth Day, Citi Bike will offer FREE Citi Bike Day Passes to riders this
Saturday, April 21st.

From 9am-3pm Saturday, the NYC Department of Transportation will transform thirty blocks of Broadway into a bike and pedestrian paradise. The route will be filled with fitness classes, walking tours, dance performances, and of course, Citi Bikes! So grab your friends and get ready to ride for free, care-free, down car-free Broadway. We hope to see you there!

How do I get my Free Day Pass?
It's easy! Just go to citibikenyc.com/carfreeday and enter your email.

Bryant Park annually hosts over 1,000 free activities, classes, events and more.
From Shakespeare to fitness classes:
http://bryantpark.org/things-to-do

Thursday, April 12, 2018

What to do in NYC? my 2 weeks journal

What to do in NYC? my 2 weeks journal
by Jesica Mac Leod

The big adventure started with a very delayed and almost empty British airways flight, which I do not recommend as they have going down in quality. I made to NYC JFK 2 h before schedule, passed by a non friendly interrogation at the airport and took the AirTran to Jamaica station where the E express train takes to the city in 45 min, give or take.

On Tuesday’s night the best free bachata party is at Kanas tapas bar, so I went there. It was full and the sangria and empanadas were waiting for me, along with the best DJ and great dancers, which I have placer to call my friends.
I stayed for 1 night in alphabet city/East village, the area where avenues’ names are letters and not numbers), with awesome cafes, clubs and restaurants:
Club Cumming is an emotional roller coaster, a must if you like fun art (and who doesn’t?) with live music, a friendly environments and fun sketches of different types, I recommend you to check the schedule to find your fave!
In the same block the restaurant Buenos Aires (6th st), offers delicious authentic Argentinian food (from beef to Italian pasta), if you fancy Italian just cross the park to Gnocco (10th st).


This place is the coffee lovers paradise: Ninth Street Espresso is the best, followed by the Three Seat espresso and Barber, Abrasso and Round K, Third Rail coffee. If you are looking to add bagels, then you are in luck too: Tompkins sq bagels is the place, my favorite is Black seed with the all included bagel with salmon. For a proper breakfast the Clinton St Baking Company has amazing pancakes, be aware to go there earlier because it is very very very busy. For a friendly and tasty breakfast still in Houston st, go to Gaia Italian café, great pastries, sandwiches and coffee!
Now it is dessert time: Spot dessert bar has a lot of creative bites that can be eat with the eyes, chikaliciuos is also mandatory if you want a special treat. Now some soft ice cream places are in vogue, like Soft Swerve ice cream and Vivi’s Bubble tea. Now let’s talk about creamy ice cream: Big gay ice cream shop serves the best salty caramel, Van Leeuwen offers gourmet ice cream and creative and tasty flavors. If you are adventurous 10 Below has thai style ice cream and il laboratorio del gelato is a very neat place to grab a small scoop. I personally like Davey’s ice cream with their feature flavors (like the dark and light side from star wars, both were sooo yummy!). If you walk to Chinatown you can find the Original Chinatown ice cream factory with green tea and Asian flavors.

There is more than food in that area, the Russian Turkish baths are an old, emphasis on “old” place where artists go to relax their muscles in the ice bath and then have them beaten with palm leaves in the sauna.
The new museum is pay as you wish on Thursdays and some of the exhibits tent to be controversial and have socio-political views.
While walking in NYC always have your camera or phone ready, from street art to small galleries with great design, paintings and installations, some quotes will make you smile and give you live advice (your comfort zone will kill you).

A walk to the meatpacking area, on the west side will allow you to discover great parks and stores, crossing the Washington sq park is always fun, with jazz bands and art installations. The Highline starts at the Whitney museum of Modern art (pay as you wish in Fridays after 6 pm), with great views from their balconies. On the next block the standard Hotel is a must, go to the rooftop to the fancy posh Boom boom room (it looks like a set from a James bond movie). Then go to the fun party at the top of the standard to enjoy the Jacuzzi or the rooftop views with some freshly made crepes. Walking from 14th st to 34th st will allow you to enjoy it against the “traffic”. Don’t forget to stop by the Chelsea market just below the 23rd st entrance. That are mined with astonishing art galleries, actually the astonishing part is inside the galleries! From Picasos to absolutely new art pieces that will blow your mind.



For the TV funs, you can get tickets online for The daily show, SNL, etc, they all have live audiences and it just a thrilling activity to be in front of very talented comedians and actors, sometimes they have even more famous and interesting guests. I love the daily show with Trevor Noah and The late show. The studios are around Hell’s kitchen and Midtown.


If you are in Hell’s kitchen you should check out empanada mama and the thai and Ethiopian cuisine.
The best day for museum lovers is the first Friday of the month. It can turn into a marathon if you consider hitting all the options:
1-The Frick collection on 72nd st and 5th av is worth the visit for both the building and the art inside. They also have activities and concerts.

2-Morgan library, again great architecture guarding very interesting books and art exhibits.
3-The MOMA is free after 4 PM, I recommend you to arrive 5 min before as sometimes there is a long queue, go straight to the top floor or to whatever they have as a temporary installation/exhibit.

4-The Rubin museum of art host glamorous Indian and other Asian art pieces, as well as very interesting cultural events.
5-The New York Historical Society Museum and Library on the west side hosts some the best art pieces on American history and Audubon’s birds paintings, a gallery of Tiffany lamps. They had a comic books and superheroes exhibition that was quite interesting.
6-The Neue Galerie hosts masterpieces from German and Austrian artists, like Klint. The café on the first floor is gorgeous.
7-If you cross the pond to Queens, the Noguchi museums offers beautiful stone and wooden art from Noguchi.
8-The museum of the moving image has very fun and interactive exhibitions about the history of cinema and TV.

On Saturdays, more museums offer free or pay as you wish entrance:
1-Solomon Guggeheim Museum is easy to find on 5th av UES, it looks like a white UFO as it is charming with a small modern art collection, and very innovative installation that cover their spiral building. Go there around 5:30 PM so the queue is not too long, they open the doors at 5:45.

2-Cooper Hewitt design museum is almost next-door and it is also a gorgeous building with a lovely park, their exhibits go from interactive Pixal animations to costume design.
3-El Museo del Barrio. On the 3rd Saturday they have activities for the family and live music, plus you can enter the latin art gallery for free.
4- The Brooklyn museum is free some Saturdays and they add live music and activities to the already amazing exhibitions. From International art pieces to great classical paintings and modern art on the top floor (the famous feminist dinner will make you take photos of each plate).

In case you are busy on the weekend, you can check out other museums that are pay as you wish 24/7: the MET, The museum of natural history, Japan Society… for a complete list looks at this website: www.nyc-arts.org/collections/35/free-museum-days-or-pay-what-you-wish. For the Museum of the city of NY try to get a local how lives or works around the area, if they show their address they can enter for free. They have a marvelous short movie about the history of NYC.

No trip to NYC would be complete without a stroll by the parks. Central park is the top of the list from the gorgeous hills on the north, below 110th st to the Zoo on the south east area, all the park is gorgeous. In the warmer seasons they are free concerts in Summer Stage, and free plays.
Bryant park near Times Sq, is also a must, with free movie screens on Mondays and other activities all year around, next to it the the NY Library, with luxurious reading rooms and exhibits, can offer a fantastic cultural trip in Midtown.
Battery park on the tip of the island holds some iconic sculptures and monuments, also is next to the Ferries that can take you the Statue of Liberty, Governors island, or to Staten island, this last one for free.
NYC can be the dancer paradise. For swing dancing/lindy hop Prohibition productions runs a variety of parties. On Sundays St Maize’s in Williamsburg is a cozy vintage restaurant/pub with live music with the “Baby soda” band and on Thursdays Radegast, also in Brooklyn, offers great German food and bier with great live jazz and swing. On Mondays the Bierhaus bar has live music and fun parties, check the website for more events in gorgeous and vintage locations (www.prohibitionproductions.com). You can continue the party at the Back room, a speak easy with Sletvanas’ band having the best tunes to enjoy a classy and “dry era” cocktails in tea cups and brown bags, lovely place too: deco as a 20’s library or posh living room (check here for the password: www.facebook.com/DelanceyFive). On Tuesdays the party is at Swing 46 in Midtown with George Gee’s band. Thursdays are hot for regulars at Frim fram, or You should be dancing, I can guarantee you will have amazing dances here. Every other Saturday the party is at JCC in the Upper west side with live music and dress up socials.

On Friday I love the Tavern on the green, in Central Park west, live music by Fleur Seule (www.fleurseule.com), also Brooklyn Swings is a good option. For updated info: http://thisweekinswingnyc.com/
On the salsa and bachata side, La vieja guardia, las chicas locas, Taj, Cache and Jimmy Anton’s social are kind of mandatory for the hard-core latin dancers. For an updated calendar: http://www.salsanewyork.com/calendar.htm

Lots of photos of the Skyline and admiration to Gillian Anderson's "I'd rather go naked prefer to be naked than wear fur"


Friday, March 2, 2018

First Friday free and pay as you wish museums and tickets to live shows!


Friday Free museums:

Frick Collection 6-9 pm
Japan Society 6-9 pm
Morgan Library & Museum 7-9 pm
Museum of Modern Art 4-8 pm
Neue Galerie 6-8 pm
New-York Historical Society 6-8 pm (pay what you wish)
New York Aquarium 3 pm-closing (pay what you wish)
New York Hall of Science 2-5 pm (September through June)
Rubin Museum of Art 7-10 pm
Staten Island Museum 12-2 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art 7-9:30 pm
Yeshiva University Museum

How to get tickets for the daily Show and live shows with great comedians!:

https://www.showclix.com/event/TheDailyShowwithTrevorNoah

https://www.showclix.com/event/the-opposition-with-jordan-klepper

https://colbert.1iota.com/show/536/The-Late-Show-with-Stephen-Colbert

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Free Pancakes, free bachata class and party!

Free Pancakes At IHOP
Celebrate National Pancake Day 2018

On National Pancake Day, IHOP will be inviting guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of their signature buttermilk pancakes from 7am to 7pm. And in case you didn't know, there is an IHOP right in the city! Unless you don't like free, fluffy, golden pancakes (that's no one), go get your flapjacks.

Bachata class and party
at Kana tapas bar
class at 7 pm
Party until midnight
This Tuesday BACHATA NIGHT @ KANA 7 PM SHARP:
Learn to dance Bachata. One of the hottest and most sensual genres of Latin music from Dominican Republic.
One Hour FREE CLASS starting at 7pm Sharp.
Have some drinks, delicious tapas, meet new people and dance till 12 midnight. We promise you'll have a blast!
324 Spring St, Soho NY / www.kanatapasbar.com


Kitsuné x NBA Tour Launch Party, SoHo
Join Maison Kitsuné For A Party... & After-party

The ultra-cool fashion brand/record label Maison Kitsuné is throwing in some sports in there, for good measure. Come celebrate Kitsuné's collab with the NBA at its SoHo location with music and vibes galore. The party then continues at 10pm at Le Bain.....

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Chocolate tasting, Chinese New Year parade, Fashion week and new exhibits

Free Chocolate Tasting, The Strand
Indulge Your Senses With Some Haute Chocolate

Sorry, all the other aphrodisiacs, but we would bend it like Beckham for some unbelievable artisanal chocolate, if you know what we mean? Come taste sizzling chocolates by Haute Chocolate, a brand committed to "a life of virtuous hedonism," oh my. Free and open to public, so swing by any time this afternoon for a little bit of love.




Chinese New Year Parade
This month, Chinatown gets stormed by dragons, dancers and some of the best Chinese food the city has to offer in celebration of the Lunar New Year. But before you get lost in the bang of firecrackers, check out some of the best things to do in Chinatown, NYC. Brace yourself for what’s sure to be a wild celebration with the Chinese New Year Parade!

Get camera-ready for Fashion Week 2018. NYC will be filled with a stampede of posh editors, bloggers, stylists and shutterbugs. (They will be invading your favorite coffee shops and cafes. You’ve been warned). Tickets to some of the major runway shows aren’t available to the general public, but newsflash: you don’t have to be part of the elite fashion world to feel like an insider. Maybe you don’t have a front-row seat to the shows or a spot reserved next to Anna Wintour, but don't fret—we’ve got you covered. From free New York Fashion Week events you can actually attend to tips on how to get noticed by street style photographers, we’ll make sure to keep you in the loop. Make sure to book an appointment at one of the best hair salons NYC has to offer and hit the best clothing stores and plan out your most stylish outfits for the week—you never know who might be taking your picture.

RECOMMENDED: Full guide for things to do in winter

When is New York Fashion Week 2018?
New York Fashion Week runs from Thursday, February 8th to Friday, February 16th, 2018. Men's Fashion Week will be Monday, February 5th to Wednesday, February 8th, 2018.

Where is New York Fashion Week 2018?
Fashion Week shows take place all over the city, but the bulk of the core presentations take place at Spring Studios (6 St Johns Ln) with some shows at Industria (various locations in the city).

How do I get tickets to New York Fashion Week 2018?
NYFW includes two types of shows: Industry and open-to-the-public shows. Unless you're a buyer or work in press, it is unlikely that you'll be able to snag a seat to the heavy hitters. However, you can nab tickets to the public shows here.
The Socrates Annual
Feb
14
Arts & Culture
The Socrates Annual
Fifteen public art pieces debut at the Socrates Sculpture Park.


The Body: Fashion and Physique
Feb
14
Museums & Galleries
The Body: Fashion and Physique
The exhibit explores the relationship between garments and the human body over a 250-year period.


Picturing the City: Illustrated Maps of NYC
Feb
14
Things to Do
Picturing the City: Illustrated Maps of NYC
See a collection of colorful, cartoony maps at the NYPL.


Rose Crystal Tower at Union Square
Feb
14
Arts & Culture
Rose Crystal Tower at Union Square
Rose Crystal Tower is glass artist Dale Chihuly’s sculptural ode to pink rock candy in Union Square.

We’ll wait no longer for the gift of sound and vision. He sold the world, fell to earth, jammed with the spiders from Mars—few artists covered more terrain (and crossed more cultural boundaries) than David Bowie. The musician-actor-tastemaker-digital-innovator will be the subject of a Brooklyn Museum exhibition come March 2; handwritten lyrics, wacky outfits, videos and all kinds of rare archival material will highlight the audiovisual extravaganza.

Monday, January 22, 2018

More benefits with the NYC ID, free entry to museums, memberships and discounts


Go and get you ID for free!
New York City residents are now able to sign up for IDNYC – a government-issued identification card that is available to all City residents age 14 and older. Immigration status does not matter. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this initiative in his State of the City address in January 2014 and less than one year later proudly launched the largest municipal identification card program in the nation.

Getting Your IDNYC Card:
All New York City residents age 14 and older can get an IDNYC card. Applicants must complete an application and submit it at an IDNYC Enrollment Center. Applicants are also required to present proof of identity and residency in New York City. Many types of documents are accepted, all of which are listed on the documentation page. You must submit your application and proof of identity and residency in person at an IDNYC Enrollment Center or an IDNYC Pop-Up Enrollment Center, which travels to neighborhoods across the City. After you apply for the card, it will be sent to you in the mail.

The IDNYC card is free for all New Yorkers who apply through December 31, 2018. Cards are valid for five years from the date the application is approved. The application process is accessible to people with limited English proficiency and people with disabilities.

Using Your IDNYC Card:
The IDNYC card is an accessible and secure document that enables residents to access City services and grant admission to City buildings, such as schools. In addition, the card can be presented as proof of identification for interacting with the police and is an accepted form of identification for opening a banking account at select financial institutions.

You are able to use your IDNYC card at any public library in New York. The card can be integrated with your account at the New York, Brooklyn, and Queens Public Library Systems. This is the first time a single card can be utilized across all three systems. To use your IDNYC card at a library, ask a librarian or a library clerk at your local branch to connect your IDNYC card with your library account or sign up for a new library account and use your IDNYC card as your library card.

Furthermore, a number of additional benefits are available to IDNYC cardholders including the opportunity to sign up for free one-year memberships at 40 of the city's leading museums, zoos, concert halls, and botanical gardens. The IDNYC card offers a full package of exciting benefits that includes discounts on movie tickets, sporting events, prescription drugs, fitness and health centers, supermarkets, and New York City attractions. The card is also accepted at a number of banks and credit unions in the city to open a bank account.

For information about the benefits of the IDNYC Veteran Designation, visit the veteran designation page.

Card Availability:
The IDNYC card is now available at Enrollment Centers across all five boroughs. You can also use our map to get directions to your nearest Enrollment Center.

Privacy and Confidentiality:
The City will protect the confidentiality of all Municipal ID Card applicants to the maximum extent allowable by applicable federal and state law, and in accordance with Local Law 35.

In addition, the City will not ask applicants for information about their immigration status for purposes of obtaining the card in accordance with Executive Orders 34 and 41.

You can learn more about how your information will be protected by the City visit the privacy and confidentiality
page.https://www1.nyc.gov/site/idnyc/benefits/latest-idnyc-benefits.page

Thursday, January 11, 2018

January and february are winter wonderlands in NYC

Grand central train show
The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at Grand Central Terminal is back with its annual Holiday Train Show, whose layout features Lionel trains traveling through a two-level, 34-foot-long miniature New York City and countryside scene. Vintage trains from the museum’s collection, including New York Central models, travel all the way to the diorama’s North Pole.

Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors
JAN 11, 2017 — FEB 11, 2018
The Public Art Fund continues its celebration of their 40th anniversary year with a major citywide exhibit by world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei. Employing actual fences set in public areas throughout New York City, this unusual outdoor show will highlight the potent symbolism of barriers and walls at a time when they have become a hot topic. Sites chosen for the installation include Essex Street Market, Cooper Union, bus shelters in Brooklyn and Queens' Flushing Meadows Corona Park, along with other spots throughout the five boroughs.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition
JAN 11, 2017 — JAN 31, 2018

Fans of Downton Abbey will relish this immersive exhibition, which features set re-creations, costumes from the show and thousands of artifacts. Guests will find themselves transported to the post-Edwardian England era, with the show’s characters and the house coming to life. There are also opportunities to book private dinners or partake in special dinner events. (The exhibition takes place at 218 W. 57th St.)

NYC Ice-Skating Rinks
JAN 11, 2017 — MAR 31, 2018

New York City’s many ice-skating rinks are synonymous with winter and the first glimpse of the holiday season. If you prefer your skating experience to come with a killer view, take a spin at Wollman Rink (open late-October through March), with its amazing skyline vistas from inside Central Park, or enjoy the spectacular surroundings of the seasonal Rink at Rockefeller Center (in December, the famous tree will be there too). The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, which is open October to March, is another fine option with stunning architecture nearby. For an indoor experience that will make you feel like a professional hockey or skating star, visit City Ice Pavilion in Queens or the Aviator Sports & Events Center in Brooklyn; both operate year-round.

Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983
JAN 11 — APR 1
Forty years ago, dirt-cheap rents and an edgy vibe lured arty types to swarm downtown venues like CBGB’s and the Mudd Club. One such place was Club 57 on St. Marks Place, which hosted evenings like the "Monster Movie Club" and "Name That Noise: A Punk Rock Game Show," and attracted artists and performers such as Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, John Sex and Ann Magnuson. The scrappy venue is now the subject of this MoMA retrospective, which looks back to a moment when New York was dirtier and more dangerous—but also more alive with creative possibilities.

for more info check nycgo.com