Are there floods of tourists between you and your gingerbread latte? Is the bitter cold preventing you from picking up breakfast in the morning? Suck it up and head out for brunch. Here are a few places to unwind with some booze and bacon while you avoid the hordes dressed like Jolly Old St. Nick.
On Monday, Urbanspace NYC opened Broadway Bites, a new street fair in Herald Square (Sixth Avenue and 34th Street). With 25 vendors serving everything from pizza (yes, it's Roberta's) to lobster rolls (Red Hook Lobster Pound) to gluten-free vegetarian fare (Two Tablespoons), the market is giving mid ... More >>
Twerking. In the future, it will be used as currency. It will be a tool used to combat world hunger. Twerking will be used to broker peace deals. It will end poverty. In these early days of Twerk Mania, it's hard to understand what it will become, especially given very few of us understand it. That' ... More >>
If you happen to be walking past Herald Square around noon today, and you see hundreds of people doubled over, butts jutting: Stay calm. It's just Big Freedia and her army of twerkers. As a promotion for her upcoming reality show on Fuse TV, the New Orleans Bounce musician Big Freedia is holding a t ... More >>
At 12:30 p.m. on September 25 in the Year of Our Lord 2013, something amazing happened: Some 358 New Yorkers got together in Herald Square and broke the world record for the number of people twerking simultaneously. The rules were simple: Keep your back straight. Pop your hips, not your knees. And n ... More >>
Craigslist is menagerie of oddities both gorgeous and grotesque. You can find anything on there: fan fiction about your favorite band, a record store, organs, a baby, certain death, even love.
Aside from a subway death solution, a review of the G train and a whole slew of transportation inconveniences, the MTA is also in need of a technological upgrade. Luckily, that'll be arriving shortly (the other issues mentioned... maybe not so much). Two summers ago, the agency installed several ne ... More >>
SPQR in Little Italy closed this week, Grub Street reported. The restaurant on Mulberry Street had been open in some capacity for 30 years, but the phone lines are disconnected and many of the items inside the space were auctioned off, including coffee makers, wine racks, and stoves. The building th ... More >>
Leske's Bakery will open a second location in Brooklyn on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. The Bay Ridge-based bakery has been around for over 100 years and is known for its Scandinavian heritage and black-and-white cookies. Join in the sweet festivities by showing up bright and early for a celebratory cookie ... More >>
Mmm...Enfes, the popular Turkish pastry shop that usually pops up at the Bryant Park and Columbus Circle Holiday Markets, can now be found permanently near Herald Square. Savory and sweet items include bourek and baklava. 70 W. 39th St.
Yesterday, we reported on the MTA's no-refund policy enacted in the aftermath of Sandy. Although no reason was given, the situation provided enough explanation: the agency was out a significant amount of cash flow and paying back all those fares definitely wouldn't have helped. So straphangers are f ... More >>
A 'stealth' Starbucks is an unbranded Starbucks location devoid of their usual mermaid decal, furnishings and overall look and feel. Grub Street broke the news that Macy's Square will be getting one called The Herald Square Cafe: From Grub Street: "Pastries are sourced from local bakeries, not ship ... More >>
Cintra Wilson discusses Fear and Clothing
New York Burger Co.'s Bowery Burger When you crave a hamburger, you usually go upscale or down. On the downscale side, you may walk into Five Guys, a diner, or even Burger King or Wendy's. Upscale, find yourself at maybe Minetta Tavern (where you can actually get a seat at lunch), 5 Napkin, or eve ... More >>
The only time of year animals take over NYC
Subway merch is obviously not a new idea -- you've all seen the subway-themed shower curtains, T-shirts, dog gear, magnets, umbrellas, and whatnot. But now there's an entire section of Macy's capitalizing on people's need to buy things that remind them of their dreaded commutes. The MTA has a ... More >>
"Occupying" is clearly not confined to Wall Street, having occurred over the weekend in Washington Square Park and, we hear, being planned for Tompkins Square Park this coming Saturday and Sunday. All the while, Occupy Wall Street Protesters are remaining at base camp in Zuccotti Park, where Mayor ... More >>
Last night Mayor Bloomberg addressed the city, along with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, in a press conference after officials announced a "specific, credible, but unconfirmed" threat of an attack in New York City or Washington D.C. timed to the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. T ... More >>
Back in 2009 when Fashion's Night Out launched, Anna Wintour, the brainchild behind the event, aimed to celebrate the fashion industry and its consumers with an all-night party at shops and department stores throughout the city, in an attempt to spruce up retail sales in the wake of the marke ... More >>
Robert SietsemaWhere angels fear to tread.Although we're not really fans of FoodParc, we now have one reason to be grateful for its existence. That reason is Tanoreen.
Heather Holland via The Lush SideIt's a good thing the wall of daisies was artificial, since the near-freezing wind that swept through Herald Square would have made short work of any exposed bloom at Macy's annual Flower Show on Sunday. Still, midtown tourists and shoppers took little notice ... More >>
Yes, it's true, good friends. National Condom Day and Valentine's Day fall on the very same day! Someone was either thinking, or not thinking, as the case may be, because just like Mother's Day, every day should really be National Condom Day. (And thereby, the two shall ever remain separate.) ... More >>
Old stand-bys and some new kids on the block
Foodparc is not quite as big and grandiose as it looks from the outside. If this era coming up has a theme, it might be the Era of Food Courts. They seem to be popping up everywhere.
If you laughed when bedbugs were found at Hollister and Victoria's Secret, you may not be laughing now that they're mounting the fashion food chain. The latest: The bugs have been found at two of New York's biggest department stores, Macy's in Herald Square and Bloomingdales on 59th Street. B ... More >>
Our patience is running as thin as her sobriety
Yesterday, in a maelstrom of glitter and Pixie Stix, Herald Square unveiled Material Girl, their new, tween-oriented in-house fashion line. Their collaborators: Madonna and her daughter, Lourdes. The face of the brand: panda-eyed Gossip Girl actress and the Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momse ... More >>
Over the weekend New York City Transit released a whole bunch of data about how we ride the subway. It turns out, ridership for 2009 was down slightly from 2008 (blame the economy and the fact that a bunch of us were unemployed; if you're the MTA, blame construction).
In case you were living under a rock (or outside, with a healthy application of spf, we hope) this weekend, we've consolidated a handy list of what the past two days had to offer. Fear the office water cooler no longer! Read on for what's on the lips of all the popular kids:
Michael Kors, Betsey Johnson, Diane von Furstenberg and 17 other top American designers are creating a summer-long "fashion show" that will march up Broadway from Herald Square to Times Square. The public art project, called "Sidewalk Catwalk" and put on by the Fashion Center Business Improvement D ... More >>
Robert SietsemaAl di La goes from Park Slope to Herald SquareTomorrow, Al di La is crossing the East River for one night only: chef Anna Klinger and her husband Emiliano Coppa will be making a five-course meal with wine pairings at De Gustibus, the cooking school perched at the top of Macy's. ... More >>
Whatever happened to all those unsightly metallic brown, fur-trimmed puffer jackets on the clearance rack at H&M? In all likelihood, they're probably out back in a garbage bag, fiberfill busting out of box-cutter slashes. On Tuesday, the Times published a story on retail giant H&M's shady practi ... More >>
With all the pale green bike lanes going in across town, you might think we have a bicycle-friendly mayor. Nothing could be further from the truth. The bike lanes are really his method of hectoring motorists by eliminating car-traffic lanes--as are the pedestrian malls at Times Square and Heral ... More >>
HARKAVY is now blogging at The Smart AssetYour Friday New York headlines...Fishy outcome: Actors' union buys Jeremy Piven's sob story, won't penalize him for ditching play over 'mercury poisoning.'U.S. to buy up to 40 percent stake in Citigroup, just keeping it private, in desperate move to keep it ... More >>
"Where's Reverend Billy?" asked a young woman with a camera. The acolyte who'd handed her a flyer for the Buy-Nothing day event at the north end of Union Square (detailing the activist Rev's "10 Commandments of Buylessness," and including a "Fun Page" of BND activities) thought a moment, then said, ... More >>
A web site touting the amenities in The Beaver House, a new building by developer Andre Balazs, features avideo of girls pillow-fighting among other delights. The sales gimmick, dubbed The Beaver Butler, allows owners to monitor their apartments while they are away through video surveillance, light ... More >>
With a brother in prison, Sanya Siraj sells books and hopes to remain in the country.
Reverend Billy works it. Reverend Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping Choir were outside the Victoria's Secret in Herald Square on Wednesday crowing for victory with the news that parent company Limited Brands has decided to stop clearcutting endangered forests to produce its ubiquitous catalogs ... More >>
Protesters swamped Dag Hammarskjold Plaza opposite the United Nations Tuesday as President Bush was inside pledging to deliver "democracy" to the Middle East. Most of the demonstrators were there to demand an end to the U.S. occupation in Iraq. Though the NYPD had told leaders of the anti-war group ... More >>
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