Summer is coming to a close, and the epic rager known as Labor Day Weekend is staring us right in the face. Consider celebrating all weekend long by checking out these events.
This week in Cheap Laughs, we have Harvard grads, bitches in plaid, slavery fans, Labor Day plans, and a shame too great to hide. Let's do it. Here's our rundown of the best in independently produced New York comedy this week.
"I Never Thought I'd Want My Mom to Love a Murderer Until I Met This Bloody Hunk."
The weather saluted Labor Day's signal that summer is over--or at least it gave us a reprieve from the stifling humidity of last weekend. And while we welcome the cooler temps, these days remind us that sweater season is really just around the corner. Before it comes, though, we'll be basking in ray ... More >>
Governor Christie's "Stronger than the Storm" ad campaign is about to go off the air! If you've ever been unlucky enough to see the schmaltzy 30-second spot, you'll be celebrating right along with us. Sweeping shots of New Jersey's coastline, super cute cupcakes, smiling children making sand castles ... More >>
Instead of frantically searching for last minute getaways--or taking a crash course in barbecuing 101--you should focus instead on these food-related reasons to stick around the city for the long weekend, none of which involve TSA pat downs or rush hour traffic.
A sizable part of this city's population has a high tolerance for wait lists, and the rest of us avoid lines at any cost--which means we've missed out on some of the restaurants other people rave about because we're simply unwilling to give up three hours to stand around. If you fall in the latter c ... More >>
West Indian american day brings parties galore
We hope you're enjoying the Labor Day holiday. Here are some great food events for the rest of the week. Monday, September 3 Alobar's Tomato Festival. Chef Ian Kapitan of Alobar is offering a rotating menu of tomato dishes supporting local farms in celebration of the harvest season at $30 per pers ... More >>
Tomorrow is Labor Day - that first Monday of September where people eat, drink and travel, all in the name of summer's end and universal workers' rights. It is the mark of a season's passing and one holiday that comes with a set rule overused in jokes and conversational side comments: you cannot wea ... More >>
[See More Ask the Critics: Where Can I Get Guatemalan Food in New York? | Where to Plan a Bachelorette Dinner] So I heard some of the Restaurant Week deals were extended through Labor Day weekend. Which places should I go to this weekend while I'm stuck in town? - My Voice colleagues Dear colleag ... More >>
Now that the heat wave seems to have died down, and Labor Day weekend is nearly here, it's the perfect time to barbecue and mix one last round of summer cocktails. Here's a peek at my favorites from this summer:
Bring your appetite to Pig Island
Take heed, dessert lovers! Fork in the Road learns that Big Gay Ice Cream has teamed up with Robicelli's Bakery to transform their signature cone, The Salty Pimp, into cupcake form. The treat will be introduced as part of BGIC's one-year anniversary (happening on Labor Day) of the shop's permanent l ... More >>
[See More Events: Swedish Crayfish Festival At Aquavit | Shark Week Tacos at MexiBBQ] Artisanal Fromagerie is adding another dessert item to their list: macarons. Chef Brennan will be offering a package of six for $15 that features three flavors: Ricard-fennel, chocolate, and raspberry. The resta ... More >>
The last footlong of summer -- click to enlarge it to full size. People without imagination find the last day of summer on Labor Day, when they lament the return to the routine of school, or the last summer-hour schedules at work. More poetic souls see signs in the first day you put on a jac ... More >>
Happy Labor Day to all! In our rush to get started on the holiday weekend, we didn't do our Comments of the Week roundup on Friday, so here it is in a special Monday edition. Every week we highlight a few comments that were particularly smart, or made us laugh, or started a thought-provoking ... More >>
The griot, or grillot, come with a luscious green salad. Griot (also spelled grillot) is one of the triumphs of Haitian Kreole cuisine, pork nuggets soaked in a solution of shallots and sour orange juice, boiled in the solution until the pan dries out, and then fried in lard, rendering the ... More >>
Stevie Nicks comes to Jones Beach
Garden gnomes: also eternal.A brief public service announcement from Fork in the Road to remind you that, like cockroaches, Restaurant Week will outlive us all. It has now been extended to through September 5. So should you find yourself here over Labor Day weekend, you can commemorate your ... More >>
Summer is now officially summer, and by that we mean not only is the sun shining down on our bare shoulders but also that Manhattan's 54 city pools will open tomorrow, just in time to take advantage of this really quite lovely weather (82 degrees and mostly sunny!) and the last day of school, ... More >>
Those of you who want to extend your summer past Labor Day might do well to check out the Truck America festival, a three-day music/comedy outing at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, N.Y., that has so far booked Baltimore bliss duo Wye Oak, as well as Okkervil River, the Hold Steady, and Ra ... More >>
Get out of your steamy apartment and dance next to hot people
hiphostess.blogspot.comBetter than a gin and tonic any day.Brighid L. asks: Now that it's cold, my go-to gin and tonic just doesn't hit the spot. Any suggestions for a winter drink? Dear Brighid: Drinking a gin and tonic shares many similarities with wearing white after Labor Day. Unless y ... More >>
Following 10 years and millions of dollars of research, scientists still don't know how safe the chemical bisphenol-A, or BPA, is. [NY Times] A cab crashed into The Bean coffee shop in the East Village coffee shop, hitting two bicyclists before smashing into a man inside, resulting in criti ... More >>
Happy Labor Day! You're probably thinking about picnics or sales, rather than about Joe Hill, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, strikes, solidarity, and such like. That's okay. Enjoy your day off -- which, like any other days off you may have, was won for you long ago by union people getting ... More >>
Ah, Labor Day weekend. Your last chance to wear white pants and white sandals (though my best friend tells me they're awful all year round). As for your weekend partying, skip the beach -- summer isn't over until the 22nd, so you still have time. Instead, welcome back NYC's nightlife and stay ... More >>
Robert SietsemaM&T's sautéed pine nuts and corn.If you don't have any Labor Day plans, consider yourself lucky: that means you'll have the opportunity attend the Asian Feastival, a culinary fantasia taking place in Queens.
An English professor from Manhattan was forcibly ejected from an Upper West Side Starbucks after refusing to order her bagel "without butter or cheese," which she claimed was linguistically stupid. [NY Post] Fruits and vegetables are ripening early this year due to warm weather, likely leadi ... More >>
Dragon Boat afloat in Flushing Meadows Pond. I went expecting to find a food scene something like the Red Hook soccer fields or the Labor Day parade in Brooklyn, and indeed there were tents, pavilions, and penants galore at the north end of the lake, like some medieval jousting match. Most o ... More >>
Robert SietsemaM&T's pepper with bean curd sheets.Food nerds still hemming and hawing about making Labor Day plans, take note: September 6 witnesses the first "Asian Feastival," a smorgasbord of eats in Queens.
Apologies in advance for how loudly this SOTC contributor will bang the All Tomorrow's Parties NY drums for the next two-plus months, but there really aren't many, if any, better music festivals in the United States. (All due respect, Bonnaroo, but no.) At ATP NY, you're nestled in a remote part of ... More >>
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Planning on walking home from your New Year's revels in the wee hours? Be especially careful. The Times tells us that, per an Injury Prevention article, New Year's Day is the "deadliest day of the year for pedestrians," with most of the January 1 walkers who were killed by cars showing "high blood a ... More >>
With all the attention going to yesterday's West Indian American Day Parade, you might have wondered: what about the Labor Day Parade? That's not till next Saturday, says its controlling organization, the New York City Central Labor Council. It will run up Fifth Avenue from 44th to 72nd Street. The ... More >>
You still at work? Us too. We have no epic Labor Day Weekend plans except to take it easy and enjoy the largely abandoned City -- not because NYC & Company advised us to "'Go Local' by discovering the City's five boroughs and taking advantage of the last chance to enjoy many summer activities ending ... More >>
Dance all day on the Gowanus
Clearly one of the most pressing concerns of climate change is how it will transform peoples' closets. At least this is Threadster's point of fixation, being a fashion blog and all. We took to the streets this past weekend, when the mercury hit 70, difficult style choices had to be made, and seasona ... More >>
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