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A New “skylift” Observation Platform is Coming to 30 Rock

It’s been a while since talks about an observation deck addition to the Top of the Rock at 30 Rockefeller Plaza first circulated, and we’re delighted to report that the Landmarks Preservation Commission has officially (unanimously!) approved a set of plans that includes a rooftop beacon and a rotating ride alongside a new “skylift” viewing platform that will afford visitors incredible 360-degree views from above the building’s 70th floor.

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More than 60 Concerts are Coming to The Rooftop at Pier 17 this Summer

It’s going to be a full summer of concerts on The Rooftop at Pier 17. 

The Seaport’s summer concert series under the stars will feature more than 60 shows including from artists like Simple Plan, Sum 41, The Offspring, Pusha T, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Blondie, DEVO, Deftones, The Head, and the Heart, Flogging Molly, Bikini Kill, Mayday Parade, Jason Mraz, Rise Against, The Used, Dashboard Confessional, Franz Ferdinand, Jason Isbell and more.

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One of NYC’s best Viewstaurants just Reopened with New Menus

The bar program is first, where some of the $19 cocktails are named for local neighborhoods. The Astoria is made with blanc and dry vermouth, a gin blend, chrysanthemum, palo santo, and pickled honeydew. 

The Red Hook mixes toasted coconut-infused rye, Italian vermouth, maraschino, and chocolate. And the Manhatta(n) starts with rye and adds bourbon, Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, raspberry, walnut, and coffee bitters. The wine list numbers nearly 2,000 bottles, and 20 are available by the glass. Beers were sourced from New York state and regional makers. 

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A Disco-Themed Red Sauce Restaurant is Opening in Little Italy

Manhattan’s Little Italy is all about nostalgia, and one new red sauce joint is giving us a major throwback. 

Opening on Thursday, March 31, Manero’s on Mulberry is a full-service restaurant by the owners of nearby Manero’s Pizza, which is known for its hybrid Neapolitan and NYC-style pizzas served by the slice. The new Italian restaurant is envisioned as an homage to Italian joints in Brooklyn, with the atmosphere of the disco era. Family recipes are key, and many dishes will be prepared in the pizza oven. 

This article was originally published by Time Out and can be read here.

A First Look at This Year’s Fragrant Macy’s Flower Show

A glorious garden full of vibrant blooms is sprouting from the countertops and hanging from columns inside Macy’s Herald Square.

It’s finally the annual Macy’s Flower Show—now through April 10—a signal that spring has most definitely arrived in NYC. Outside, its entire Broadway facade is covered in flowers to create a rainbow-like spray with its windows dressed to match.

This article was originally published by Time Out and can be read here.

The Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms in NYC

Cherry blossoms in NYC offer New Yorkers a brief but gorgeous pop of beauty, which is why when they bloom each year, we flock in droves to see them. In fact, the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of the most popular NYC attractions during the spring! BBG isn’t the only place you can take in the beautiful Japanese blooms, however. From the best NYC parks to hidden spots around town, we’ve rounded up the best places where you can gaze at the delicate pink flowers and take the perfect warm-weather-ready photo for your Instagram feed and check off your bucket list with these best things to do in spring.RECOMMENDED: Full guide to March in New York City

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The 38 Best Brunch Spots in NYC Right Now

The best brunch in NYC can be found every day of the week. Saturday brunch is the best time to gear up for the night ahead, Sundays are perfect for relaxing and a weekday brunch is a rarefied treat designated for ad hoc time off.

It doesn’t matter so much when you do it, but where you do it is key. And whether you skew more toward the breakfast or lunch ends of the portmanteau’s spectrum, toward coffee or mimosas, these are the best brunch destinations in NYC. 

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The 28 Best Rooftop Bars in NYC

In New York City, “underground” is good. Speakeasy-themed bars. Hidden streets. Secret gardens. The actual underground. But sometimes you want to soar above it all, sipping effervescent libations among the clouds like some kind of fancy bird with an expense account. You want to be uplifted. 

In a city that never stops sprawling, upward expansion has also reached great heights. Many incredible eating and drinking destinations are poised in the sky like treehouses with cover charges. Among these rooftop bars are old New York throwbacks, party destinations, and seaside terraces practically fashioned for Instagram.

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A Super-Cool and Free “Drive-in Movie Theater” is Opening in Downtown Brooklyn Today

Drive-Thru might be the coolest thing to check out around town this weekend. Billed as a “drive-in movie theater,” Drive-Thru is actually a free public art installation aimed at pedestrians that will showcase a rotating selection of films by eight different local artists exploring unique perspectives on city life.

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The 14 best bars in NYC’s West Village

The West Village is chock full of our favorite restaurants and watering holes, including some on our best speakeasy-inspired bars and best bars in NYC list. Whether you’re looking to imbibe on the weekend after hitting one of the best brunch spots in town or looking to bar hop among the best gay bars in NYC, the Village has something for everyone.

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Nothing Really Matters is NYC’s Latest ‘Hidden’ Subway Bar

 Nothing Really Matters is the latest from Adrien Gallo, whose previous endeavors included Double Happiness and Grand Banks. It’s located between the entrance and the turnstile in the downtown-bound 1 train station at 50th Street and Broadway. “Expect the unexpected, right?” says head mixologist Cyllan Hicks. “It’s kind of like an old-school New York idea, where you walk down to a hidden cocktail bar. It’s kind of like a mystery for people when they come down here. And the place is beautiful.” The cinematic subway entrance that leads to Nothing Really Matters is next to the Duane Reade on 50th Street near Broadway. The facade is adorned in signs for the newsstand and barber shop that previously operated in the station’s small retail areas. An illustrated haircut legend is still on display. Trash is strewn about. It looks like a subway station from 1984’s Ghostbusters. 

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There’s a Secret Bar Behind NYC Hotspot Saint Theo’s

After opening in the middle of the summer, Italian restaurant Saint Theo’s quickly became one of those West Village hotspots that Instagram users flock to in order to pepper their grids with striking-looking dishes. (The ricotta pasta with Calabrian chili oil has become a social media staple.) Turns out, the restaurant is actually good, serving top-notch dishes inspired by the city of Venice and the Italian coast. Now, Instagrammers and foodies alike have yet another reason to stop by the Bleecker Street destination: Venice Bar, a new, 20-seat, Venetian-inspired cocktail bar hidden behind plush velvet, burgundy curtains by the restaurant’s dining room, is officially open for business. 

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11 Must-See Exhibitions We’re Looking Forward to in 2022

The NYC art scene will see some pretty incredible exhibitions in 2022 at its best museums and event spaces, from an immersive exhibition of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work to the long-awaited Whitney Biennial. No doubt, these will be some of the best exhibits and must-see attractions in NYC in the next year that you’ll want to check out by yourself, with friends or family, or even if you’re just visiting the city. 

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These NYC Bars are Among the World’s 50 Best!

The World’s 50 Best Bars has been bestowing top honors to drinking destinations all over the globe since 2009, and three NYC spots were recognized among the 2021 selections in a ceremony in London today, Tuesday, December 7.

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NYC’s 12 Best New Restaurants of 2021

At this time last year, we didn’t know which exciting, surprising, and splashy spots would emerge as 2021’s best new restaurants. But back then, we didn’t know a lot of things. We didn’t know when indoor dining would return, what would be required to partake, or whether our favorite “temporarily” closed venues would ever come back. Neither, of course, did the hospitality professionals who took a chance on a return to something, or at least the notion of this new normal that keeps being bandied about. 

These are the best restaurants that opened in New York City in 2021. 

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The 20 Best Day Trips from New York City…

The best day trips from New York City are how seasoned city dwellers escape and blow off steam. A change of scenery—whether a road trip, a weekend getaway or a shorter day trip—is a great way to clear your head and feel revitalized. But our list does something more: all of the highlighted destinations is not only excellent places to relax but offer an abundance of activities for both the adventurous and cultural set. Ready to get traveling?

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Fire Pits, Igloos And Blankets: The 11 Best Winter Rooftops In NYC

Some bars are only decorated for the holiday season, but there are quite a few that keep the magic up all winter long. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran at rooftop partying, or just want to see them all decked out for winter, check out these beautiful heated NYC rooftop bars. You’ll find everything from fireplaces and blankets, to fire-pits and igloos.

PHD Terrace has transformed into a Midwinter’s Night’s Dream for the season with a gorgeous garden and 10,000 twinkling lights. There’s a new gorgeous flower tunnel, throw blankets, and deliciously themed cocktails and desserts! Try their Dream in Roses red velvet cake with cream cheese cream and rose cake pops.

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Martini Menus are NYC’s Biggest Fall Drinking Trend…

Earlier this year, frozen drinks were everywhere, most notably at some previously unlikely locations. A little later, espresso “martinis”, which cling to that moniker mostly due to familiar glassware, made a curious reemergence. 

Now, we’re starting to see dedicated martini menus—rosters of cocktails with varying volumes of gin, vermouth, and, fine, sometimes vodka—at some of 2021’s best new restaurants. The most frequent explanation we’ve heard? These new restaurants and bars, however, varied their design and geography maybe, just seem to be speaking martinis to their operators. 

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The 25 best new restaurants in NYC

While we were busy catching up with all of New York’s best restaurants, a whole new slew of excellent dining destinations started popping up to further complicate our reservation schedules and meticulously orchestrated walk-in efforts. While we’re always delighted to revisit those old favorites, everyone knows that sometimes only something shiny and new will do. 

How new? This perpetually updated list includes the best new restaurants that have opened over the past six months. That means Victor, Pig & Butter and Kuxé depart this edition, and October’s joiners include vegan soul food, hard-to-find mole, the buzzy followup to a popular downtown spot, a 2019 opening’s excellent second act, and the new restaurant at Manhattan’s only bourbon distillery.  

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Incredible immersive experiences to do in NYC right now

New Yorkers, as much as they love their city, want to be transported to another space and time — at least that’s the trend museums, companies, and artists are capitalizing on. Immersive exhibits, events, and experiences are popping up all over NYC these days.

From “cocktail experiences” featuring beloved themes and stories with theatrics to trippy digital art taking over massive spaces, there’s no shortage of ways to be immersed in a different reality.  

With so many ways to be immersed, we decided it was high time to round up all the cool, immersive events, exhibits, and experiences happening in NYC now and coming up soon so you won’t miss the chance to experience something new and potentially mind-blowing.

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Edge NYC To Debut ‘City Climb’ Aerial Experience At 30 Hudson Yards

Edge NYC at 30 Hudson Yards is set to open City Climb, a new attraction for the supertall observatory in Hudson Yards. Billed as the “highest external building climb in the world,” the experience will invite guests to ascend a set of stairs along the precipice of the Kohn Pederson Fox-designed skyscraper’s slanting crown more than 1,200 feet above street level, and even lean out from a platform at the tip of the building.

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The 38 Essential Restaurants in New York City

It’s the simplest and most difficult question to answer: “Which restaurant should I check out in NYC?” The type of cuisine, price point, outdoor dining options, the neighborhood, and occasion are just a few factors to consider. Luckily, there are countless options in the five boroughs — and Eater New York’s map of 38 stellar restaurants to dine at now..This curated list of venues now includes street carts, food trucks, and one heralded pizzeria in New Jersey.

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Visit Intersect by Lexus

Welcome to Intersect by Lexus the new ground level destination ushers guests into the space with a luxurious yet approachable atmosphere featuring master-level culinary and cocktail craftsmanship.

The lounge experience will feature a new and unique menu by Executive Chef and Lexus Culinary Master Nickolas Martinez that is inspired by his international travels, INTERSECT’s past restaurants-in-residence and a nod to the Japanese philosophy of omotenashi.

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NYC Events in October 2021

‘Tis the season to get spooky! But beyond the best Halloween events, but there are also plenty of other awesome NYC events in October 2021. Use our events calendar to plan the quintessential month for leaf peeping and spotting fall foliage, pumpkin picking and more things to do in fall.

Kick off fall with some epic cultural events, you don’t want to miss happening like Open House New York, Oktoberfest and new haunted pop-up drive throughs.

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Tawny Chatmon Inheritance Art Gallery

December 14 – March 22, 2020

Tawny Chatmon is a self-taught artist working in the field of photography for over 16 years. She sees her photographs as a first layer of communication, further articulated by uniting them with other photographic and artistic elements, including paint, digital collage, illustration and gold leaf. This exhibition, organized in collaboration with Galerie Myrtis, aims to change the traditional African American child’s experience in a museum setting will include works from her series The Awakening, Byzantine Contempo, and The Redemption.

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Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait

Art Basel – Miami Beach

December 7 – 10, 2017

In our American show, leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, and editioned works of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall. Ambitious large‐scale artworks, films and performances become part of the city’s outdoor landscape at nearby Collins Park and SoundScape Park.

7 Artists to Get You Excited about Miami Fairs

For one week a year, Miami becomes a global destination for art and design. You can stroll through an art fair, and then go to the beach. (Or, you can skip the flight and browse the fair booths online.)

From Alex Israel to Mickalene Thomas, discover seven artists that will get you excited for Miami Art Week. To buy any of their works, you can click on the image to contact the gallery directly.

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Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined

For her first solo museum exhibition in New York, Toyin Ojih Odutola presents an interconnected series of fictional portraits, chronicling the lives of two aristocratic Nigerian families.

Ojih Odutola (b. 1985) creates intimate drawings that explore the complexity and malleability of identity. Depicted in her distinctive style of intricate mark-making, her sumptuous compositions reimagine the genre and traditions of portraiture.

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“Ballet Hispanico Shows What it is to be Latino in the Modern World.”

Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s premier Latino dance organization, in collaboration with the Apollo Theater, presents three inspiring works that reflect on the migrant experience, the tragedy of marginalization, and the resilience and triumph of the human spirit.

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Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem, and Modern Housing

“Living in America,” part of a manifesto that was written on wooden panels traveling with the model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City (1929–58), evokes a question that preoccupied architects and planners throughout the mid-twentieth century. Wright’s idealized plan for an exurban settlement of single-family homes offered one possible answer; plans for large public or subsidized housing located in urban areas presented another. Although these two visions seem a world apart, they share a common history.

Exhibition – Their Own Harlems

The Studio Museum in Harlem Presents Their Own Harlems by over Fifteen Artists including Dawoud Bey, Jacob Lawrence, Julie Mehretu, Wardell Milan, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

In honor of the centennial of the birth of Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), Their Own Harlems examines the ways in which the urban landscape has influence Lawrence’s artistic practice, as well as that of other artists.

Known primarily for his bodies of work that depict historical figures, Lawrence was also a keen observer of contemporary life, drawing inspiration throughout his career from the years he spent living in Harlem. He thought of Harlem in a broad sense, acknowledging the powerful and positive experiences people of African descent across the country could find in “their own Harlems.”

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Long Gallery Harlem Presents – Delano Dunn: No One Can Be This Tomorrow

Long Gallery Harlem
2073 7th Avenue at 124th Street

(February 1, 2017 – New York, NY) – Long Gallery Harlem is pleased to announce the opening of No One Can Be This Tomorrow, a solo exhibition of work by Delano Dunn that explores the false promise of true freedom and equality in the wake of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil Rights movement, and the election of Barack Obama, all moments of jubilation in Black America.

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Long Gallery Harlem Presents The Moon Is My Only Luxury

Long Gallery Harlem Presents The Moon Is My Only Luxury Solo Exhibition of work by Elizabeth Colombo

The Moon is my only luxury is the inaugural presentation of the newly opened Long Gallery Harlem, featuring a solo exhibition of works by Elizabeth Colombo. The focus of the exhibition is a survey of her portraits of women comprised of approximately twenty two oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings from 1997 to the present.

Long Gallery Harlem
2073 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10027
Press Preview: Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 10am
Reception: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 6 – 9pm

Peg Alston Fine Arts

Fall for Art

When it comes to fine art there is no other place to take in a private viewing than at the exclusive Peg Alston Fine Arts gallery. Located on Central Park West this small quaint space features world renowned artists.

The current exhibition has works by Todd Williams, Phoebe Beasley, Antonio Carreno, Ed Clark, Romare Bearden, Ike Ude, James Green and Elizabeth Catlett.

If you’d like to stop by for a viewing, email peg@pegalston.com!

Peg Alston Fine Arts
407 Central Park West, Suite 1C
(between 100 & 101 streets)
New York, NY 10025
Phone: 212-663-8333

The Sol Experience with Lewis Long

Sol Studio – Interview with the Founder Lewis Long

Charlie Lewis: How did the Sol Studio come about?

Lewis Long: We wanted to celebrate the African American community. And being so closely located to cultural institutions such as the Apollo and the Studio Museum of Harlem, as well as the national jazz museums that celebrate African American culture … we wanted to be a part of that. Another inspiration point was the photography of James Van Der Zee.  We initially thought it would be photography-related, and wanted to bring that visual to a new level with today’s technology and social media. This way we could provide positive images for and of the people in the neighborhood that allow them to feel good about themselves and share them to new networks.READ MORE

American Art

The Whitney Museum is one of my favorite places to catch up on the art world. What I love most about the new Whitney is that it’s not trying too hard, and the designers of the space considered the building and its offerings from every possible angle — there are five outdoor areas to complement the full structure.  With Fall approaching, it starts getting chilly, which could deter you from walking out and experiencing the breathtaking views of Manhattan, but bundle up and do it! It’s well worth a little nip to see the city from this vantage point. The museum is a ‘grown and sexy’ place for a date. It’s also a great way to spend time by yourself, wandering around checking out some of the latest collections/exhibits and people-watching. While there, make sure you check out the Studio Cafe on the top floor; I recommend stopping in as it’s a bit quieter. The restaurant Untitled on the 1st floor is quite the scene, as it’s run by the Danny Meyer Hospitality Group. So if a scene is what you’re looking for, stay on the 1st floor and feel impressed with yourself that you also took in a little bit of culture. The museum stays open late on Friday and Saturdays to 10pm.READ MORE