Valentine’s Day weekend is the perfect time to visit some of NYC’s vintage restaurants or hidden bars with friends or a loved one. With Presidents’ Day falling on Monday, the long-weekend is also a great opportunity to try something new or unusual. It’s not hard to create a more offbeat or even eccentric holidays here in New York City; if the classic dinner-and-a-movie combo doesn’t sound appealing this year, then check out one of these quirky Valentine’s events!
Tuesday, February 11: Register for a free presentation by Barry Benepe, the co-founder of New York City’s Greenmarket program. He will discuss the history and development of several iconic open air farmers markets in and around Greenwich Village. (more…)
This past weekend we were invited to an insane dance party hosted by art collective Thunder Gumbo. The event, entitled “Freezing Man,” was a musical homage to the infamous Burning Man music festival in Black Rock, Nevada, doubling as a coat drive: “It’s fun to play in the snow at big parties, but some homeless New Yorkers are at their most vulnerable this time of year.” Held at The Paper Box in Brooklyn, the quirky venue was the perfect host for funking in front of an ice effigy, only to knock it down ceremonially at the end of the night. (more…)
Our Untapped Cities Woolworth Building Tour has been so popular, we’re doing it again on Saturday, April 12th at 1 PM. In November, we took readers down to the vault of the bank and the former entrances to the NYC subway system. In January, we went down into the bowels of the building to see the infamous pool, the water tank and more, as seen in our Top 10 Secrets of the Woolworth Building.
This intimate, hour-long tour that takes readers to the normally off-limits Woolworth Building is led by Lisa Swyers, a preservationist working directly with the archives of the Woolworth Building. In addition to a guided visit through the spectacular lobby, we will also see the basement level where the bank vault is located. Other locations, as seen on previous Untapped Cities tours, will be dependent on building access on the particular day.
Tuesday, February 4th - KGB Bar hosts one of their weekly poetry readings, this week featuring writers from Finishing Line Press’ chapbook selections. Get the feel for one of these readings from our review of their “Columbia’s Select” themed event. Join James Goldcrown for his upcoming show at One Art Space, Hunger Game, his 12-year examination of fashion photography, comparing models to food being consumed. (more…)
Special guest, Bronx-bred poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips reading from his bookThe Ground.
In the candlelit Back Room Bar of the Lower East Side, the Poetry Brothel takes you to back to the Prohibition era, promising to entertain you with their unique poetry experience. The Madame, Stephanie Berger of the Poetry Society of New York, curates a carefully selected and scantily dressed evening of poetry, dancing, and spirits–echoing the atmosphere of Parisian brothels or New Orleans burlesque. Performers of the evening call themselves “poetry whores,” taking the stage to entice the audience with charming verse in the hopes of taking a “john” to the back room for a private reading. The theme for this month’s event was Chez Christiane, a 1920s Parisian brothel known for catering to the “special passions” of its wealthy patrons. (more…)