One Burger Bar, Hold the Beer (For Now) →
The sign is already up inside the BK Whopper Bar, a hipper brand of Burger King set for a “soft” opening in Times Square Saturday afternoon: “Alcohol must remain on premises (sorry, it’s our way on this one).” But while patrons can expect to find food and drink for sale, they will not be able to buy alcohol, because the liquor license application is pending. (Don’t try to B.Y.O.B. either, a...
World's Classiest Scaffolding? →
Christian Dior simply doesn’t do run-of-the-mill scaffolding. The 57th Street store closed for a makeover on July 15th, and instead of erecting basic plywood to hide the changes, they put up a massive Lady Dior bag. Expect the store to reopen the second week of December. (via Racked NY)
Coney Island Talent Show 2010 →
Join Hostess Miss Saturn, The World Famous *BOB* and the fanfare of legendary talent that has come out of Coney Island, by being a part of the first ever Coney Island Talent Show on the boardwalk (between 10th & 12th streets) on July 31st from 4pm-8pm.
Summer Saturdays: Bay Ridge →
The best thing about hanging out in Bay Ridge is simple: water. With a winding harbor-front esplanade and a huge, uncrowded pier offering panoramic bay views, the neighborhood has some of the most peaceful waterfront property in the whole city. Even inland, the low buildings and family-centric streets make for a calm neighborhood that feels like a small town in this crazy city. A diverse...
McCarren Tennis Court Gets Full Makeover →
Incredible news for Brooklyn tennis players: Ten weeks after a group of regulars at the McCarren Park tennis courts got together to finance and resurface one of the long-neglected courts, American Express has stepped up to redo the other six! (via Brownstoner)
The Jersey Shore Guide to NYC Dining and Nightlife →
Ever since Jersey Shore hit airwaves last fall, the crew from the show have been popping up at some of New York’s hottest bars and restaurants, sometimes for business, sometimes for pleasure. In anticipation of tomorrow night’s Season 2 premiere, here’s a map of the NYC hot spots that the GTL crew visited since getting on TV, as well as a few of the bars and restaurants that tried to cash...
Breuckelen Distilling Company →
Estabrooke’s Breuckelen Distillery will open its long-awaited Sunset Park-based distillery for tours and tastings on Aug. 1, adding a much-needed jolt to Brooklyn’s spirit world. Breuckelen Distilling Company 77 19th Street, Sunset Park
4 Great NY Beaches You Can Easily Get to Without a... →
It’s sometimes easy to forget that New York is a city surrounded by great beaches, some accessible for just the cost of a MetroCard. Here are four excellent beaches that are easy to get to from downtown Manhattan: Fort Tilden, Sandy Hook, Manhattan Beach, and Jones Beach. (via Gothamist)
Mexicue is the sweet, sweet love child of red-hot Mexican cuisine and down-home, barbeque goodness. The Mexicue truck will be traveling through Manhattan and Brooklyn all week long!
Storybook Burlesque Presents →
Storybook Burlesque is thrilled to present a sassy, punky, and very (almost!) naked take on the Bard’s famous play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With their unique blend of literary performance art and burlesque, there’s no better troupe to tell Shakespeare’s tale. Thursday, July 29, 2010, 8pm. $15 Galapagos Art Space
Sonic Youth Free Concert at Celebrate Brooklyn! →
The glorious noise that is Sonic Youth engulfs the Bandshell in a free show that promises to be one of the summer’s highlights. Celebrate Brooklyn! @ Prospect Park Bandshell Saturday, July 31st, 2010 7:00pm
Movie Matinees to Scratch Your Summer Blockbuster... →
There’s no shortage of free classic & cult cinema around town this summer, but sometimes the lure of that ultra-hyped, big-budget blockbuster is nigh inescapable. Luckily, the good, old matinee’s still alive and well in Brooklyn. Read more…
East River Floating Pool Concept →
+ Pool is a new initiative by a collective of designers and architects who are looking for support to build a floating pool in the rivers of New York City. The project is meant to improve and take advantage of the natural resources that exist throughout the city.
Tweat It! →
Tweat.it makes it easy to find the mobile food vendors closest to you right now. Whether you are at your desk or on the go, seeing the city’s most unique mobile food vendors on a map in real-time means you can find your next meal in seconds.
Brooklyn Design Challenge: The Railroad Apartment →
There are a few different types that show up regularly in Brooklyn apartment hunts–the loft, the railroad, the brownstone (to name a few). They all have their charms, and their challenges. Who hasn’t griped about a lack of closet space, a wall that’s just a tiny bit too short for the couch you love, the way noise travels from the kitchen to the bedroom when there’s no walls, or that...
The Ultimate Mad Men Guide to NYC Bars and... →
In anticipation of this Sunday’s premiere of Mad Men Season 4, here’s a look back at the Manhattan bars and restaurants that the Sterling Cooper crew visited over the first three seasons of the show. Many are dead, some are still living, but all deserve the face time they’ve received on the show. For more info on the dining and non-dining landmarks that make up the New York...
Five New Bars and Restaurants Serving Large Format... →
New Yorkers seem to love big, splashy meals that they have to share, and it seems like a few of the city’s new restaurants and cocktail dens have applied this same logic to their boozy offerings. And why not? Sure, there’s something to be said for a well mixed cocktail that you can hold in one hand, but sometimes there’s no better way to spend time with friends than by...
Mad Men's New Office →
In the months following their inauspicious debut in a suite at the Pierre Hotel at the end of Season 3, the principals of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, who got the name “Mad Men” from their former Madison Avenue headquarters, have decamped to offices in the Time & Life Building at 1271 Avenue of the Americas — Sixth Avenue — between West 50th and 51st Streets. It is the perfect location...
M.I.A. on Governors Island this Saturday! →
Global trendsetter & cultural icon M.I.A. will make her 2010 national stage debut at HARD NYC on Saturday, July 24th at the South Island Field on Governors Island. Buy Tickets Now!
A stand-up round-up of free & cheap comedy in... →
“Do you like comedy?” Usually these words mean “Do you like to feel uncomfortable while a terrible and slightly offensive ‘up and coming’ comedian tries to make jokes at your expense while you guzzle expensive watered down drinks?” At least… that’s in Manhattan. Here in Brooklyn, you’re actually going to enjoy what’s about to happen—no two-drink minimum, no bull… just laughs. Here are some...
Manhattan apartment rents up, vacancies down →
The Manhattan residential rental market showed modest improvement over the last month, with inventory declining and rents climbing in both month-over-month and year-over-year comparisons, according to the Real Estate Group NY’s July report, which measures rental activity from June 15 to July 15 (see full report).
Olio e Più - Late-Night Pizza in the West Village →
Introducing Olio e Più, the newest brick-oven Neapolitan pizza den to enter the fray, opening this Thursday for late nights of charred, bubbly pizza goodness in the West Village. Olio e Più, 3 Greenwich Avenue, New York, NY
Children's Portico at Pratt →
This ancient looking portico used to be attached to William Tubby’s Pratt Library, and was called the Children’s Porch.The Pratt Free Library, the first public library in Brooklyn, used to have an extensive library for children, and this entrance was for them.
Kelvin Slush Truck →
Hanging out at convenience stores may be fun for the youth, but in NYC adults rarely have time for such frivolity, what with hectic schedules, and all the no convenience stores. Now bringing the best part of convenience stores right to you, the Kelvin Slush Truck. Moving beyond your average Rad Raz Slushie, the truck’s slinging exclusively “high end” homemade creations...
NY Culture Addict: Artlog Collect LES Art Crawl -... →
Artlog’s LES Crawl gives access to over 20 galleries, free drinks and after parties. Follow suggested tour routes by artlog.com Editor-in-Chief David Goodman, Observer’s arts writer Alexandra Peers and the curators of Lush Life (a group show across 9 LES galleries), or make your own tour. In…
Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series -... →
Metropolitan opera singers Susanna Phillips (soprano) Michael Fabiano (tenor), and Christopher Magiera (baritone), accompanied by pianist Jonathan Kelly, will perform on Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park, this Tuesday evening, July 20, beginning at 7:00. The program will include selections from Mozart’s Le Nozze de Figaro and Don Giovanni, Donizetti’s L’Elesir d’Amore and Lucia de Lammermoor,...
Ludlow Street, Light and Dark →
Ludlow Street — a seven-block flank to the east of Little Italy that runs south from East Houston down to Canal Street — leads a kind of double life, day versus night, and north versus south. The street is cut into neat northern and southern halves by Delancey Street. Katz’s anchors the northern end at Houston and Ludlow, and the Boe Fook funeral home marks the southern end near Canal...
Swimming Pools Coming to Manhattan for a Few Days →
For those New Yorkers who never received a coveted invitation last summer to dive into Dumpsters converted into pools in Brooklyn, there is a much easier alternative this year: Park Avenue. For the first three Saturdays in August, the Bloomberg administration will open three Dumpster pools on the east side of Park Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets.
Weekend in Bushwick: Saturday →
It seems like every time we hear about a cool new bar or an out-there art project it’s happening in Bushwick. One of the six original Dutch-settled towns in Brooklyn, today the area is home to a wide variety of artists, entrepreneurs and loft-dwellers looking for a little more space for a little less money. With the latest flood of additions to the coffee shop, gallery and bar scene,...
Futuristic East River Greenhouses Should Cheer Al... →
How are young architecture firms keeping busy during these lean times in New York City? A couple of ways! According to the Archpaper, some particularly rebellious whippersnappers are designing “secret, illegal apartments” in warehouses that flout zoning restrictions, while others are working on crazy research projects like the one seen above, from Phu Hoang. It’s...
Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel →
Introducing the pool deck at the brand-new Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel, home to one of the largest rooftop swimming pools in the city, accepting room reservations now and opening soon. Gansevoort Park Avenue Hotel, 420 Park Avenue South
You'll Need a Smartphone to Be Shocked By Calvin... →
Instead of Eva Mendes rolling around in the sand, Calvin Klein’s newest Houston Street billboard features nothing but a big red block of QR code and the words “Get it uncensored.” Take a picture of the ad with your smartphone, and the code will unlock a 40-second video featuring Lara Stone frolicking with four male models.
Brooklyn 8th Annual Bastille Day →
On Sunday, July 18th, come to Smith Street, Cobble Hill and celebrate France’s independence with a petanque tournament, pastis drinks, live music, delicious food and much more! Brought to you by Bar Tabac and Robin des Bois! The festivities start at 11am and continue until 10pm.
Polaroid: Instant Joy! →
The retro appeal of the Polaroid hasn’t died, even in the age of the ultimate in instant photography — the digital camera. For A.M. Richard Fine Art’s latest exhibit, “Polaroid: Instant Joy!” photographer Andrew Garn culled together Polaroids from the last 30 years, with pieces ranging from the comic (Bill Ray’s 1980 photograph of Andy Warhol holding a large Polaroid camera) to the abstract...
This Weekend: Siren Music Festival 2010 →
The Siren Music Festival returns to Coney Island for its 10th year anniversary on Saturday. Tens of thousands of fans will make their way to W. 10th Street (next to the world famous Cyclone) to see acts such as Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, We Are Scientists, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and headliners, punk pop duo Matt and Kim.
New Williamsburg Bar’s Mechanical Rodeo is No Bull →
Viva El Toro, a massive bar and restaurant that just opened on Berry Street, installed the borough’s sole mechanical bull, and you can saddle up for free. It’s a wild ride — daring enough that you have to sign an injury release form — that’s garnered so much attention, people from as far and wide as Manhattan are braving the L train for their shot at straddling glory. 188 Berry Street,...
Escape to Stone Barns →
The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture was established in 2004 by David Rockefeller and his daughter, Peggy Dulany, in memory of their wife and mother, Peggy Rockefeller. It is 80 sprawling acres of many things, including a non-profit farm, an educational center, and a super fancy partner restaurant, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, all planted within buildings on the Rockefeller Estate,...
The Eiskaffe Eduard Frauneder, Chef/Owner of the Austrian restaurant Seasonal in NYC shows you how to whip up a simple, traditional Austrian, “more refined milkshake” that Cool Hunting thought would be a good tip to help you enjoy your summer! Full recipe here.
Culturefix - A Sprawling LES Art Bar →
Today, UrbanDaddy brings you word of what they describe as a giant Lower East Side lounge/art scene/hipster Circuit City with the soul of a vintage nightclub. It’s called Culturefix, and it’s open now to serve the kind of bohemian culture crowd that once lubricated Andy’s Factory. 9 Clinton St (between E Houston and Stanton St) New York, NY 10002 646-863-7171
Tools for the Plugged-In Shopper →
Large and small real estate brokerages have been videotaping properties on the market for years. But in the age of the iPad and the smartphone, two of the larger brokerages in New York — Halstead Property and the Corcoran Group — have made an investment in video as a marketing tool, though they differ on the best way to use it.
Sunset Park: Near Yet Far From Manhattan →
The rolling terrain of Sunset Park, for which the neighborhood in Brooklyn is named, offers sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, Staten Island, New Jersey and downtown Brooklyn.
100 Seconds of Thrills →
On July 12, 1988, the Cyclone roller coaster along the boardwalk in Coney Island (834 Surf Ave. at W. 10th St.) was declared a landmark.
An Apartment With Room for Man, Woman and Dog →
Just over a year ago, Mark and Alejandra Ryan arrived in New York with little more than, as he put it, “a healthy dose of naïveté.” The couple chose New York for two reasons. It was the place where they had fallen in love. And it was a place where both could find work — he in medicine and she in the media — and “neither would be giving something up to be with the other,” said Dr. Ryan, 29,...
Best Flea Markets →
Stock up on one-of-a-kind antiques, used records and vintage clothing at five of Time Out’s favorite fleas, then grab a bite at a nearby eatery.
The 38 Essential Brooklyn Places, Spaces, and... →
Another post…another list of fun things to do to! The cultural life of Brooklyn—as reflected in urban design, restaurants, shopping, and outdoor activity—has never been richer. As such, the editors from Curbed NY, Eater NY, and Racked NY put their heads together to form the guide to the 38 most vital places, spaces, and destinations in Brooklyn.
Cheap Dates Around New York for $40 or Less →
From our good friends at Eater.com… To all the couples out there, here are some favorite cheap date spots that will neither break the bank nor necessitate a 45 minute R or 7 train ride. No $5 dumplings or tacos out of the back of a deli (though, those are pretty decent dates spots for the right kind of gal), no trips to Sripraprai, no eating out of a food truck. Just good food, at...
Cary Grant at BAM Rose Cinemas →
This sequel to last year’s series presents more films starring the inimitable leading man, whose iconic blend of elegance, comic timing, and flawless physique led Howard Hawks to declare him “by so far the best that there isn’t anybody to be compared to him.”