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Big Apple Circus!

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

The Big Apple Circus annually presents an all-new show featuring renowned circus artists from around the world. This year’s performers come from America, Armenia, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, England, France, Germany, Italy and Russia.

11:00 AM


from $85.00

Click Here for More Info

Christmas Window Display Walking Tour

Monday, December 7th, 2009


Time: Leaving Front Desk at 11:00 a.m.
Cost: Free [Only Metro Card Needed]

New York City has long been known for its amazing Christmas decorations. This tour will take you to see the magic of some of the most creative and magical window displays in the whole city including the Saks snowflake spectacular on 5th Ave.

The walk is approximately 2 miles long and will take you from Macy’s at 34th st to Bloomingdale’s on Lexington.

We’ll also stop for a bite to eat at one of the many café style restaurants along 5th Avenue!

Burnt Sugar

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Burnt Sugar features guitar-wielding critic Greg Tate, who probably acquired more than one revelation from Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew. Thankfully, however, Tate has plenty of his own voodoo to run down. Using a conduction method on loan from Butch Morris, he spurs the large ensemble, always well-stocked with downtown-jazz luminaries, to acid-funk ecstasy. Tonight the combo celebrates ten years in the game, and the release of a new disc, Making Love to the Dark Ages.

Tickets: at tables $15 plus $5 minimum, at bar $10

Tonight 8pm, 10:30pm

Blue Note
131 W 3rd St (between MacDougal St and Sixth Ave)
Greenwich Village

Read more: http://newyork.timeout.com/events/rock-pop-soul/312988/burnt-sugar#ixzz0X3bZKev2


Thursday, September 24th, 2009

ART UNDER THE BRIDGE festival is all about self-expression and metamorphosis. It starts tomorrow and will continue for three days. It is an opportunity for young artists to use any medium imaginable to create temporary projects on the spot.

September 25th-26th. 2009

DUMBO ARTS CENTER: 30 Washington st. Brooklyn NY, 11201

F train to York street or A, C train to High street

What to do Fourth of July?

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Are you coming to New York on 4th of July to stay at L-hostels? Starting today, I will post different options for Saturday celebration. Regardless of the content of your wallet, there is plenty to do!!!!

The Beach Party with Robert Hood

# Water Taxi Beach
# Address: Second St. and Borden Ave Long Island City, NY

and special guest ROBERT HOOD
time: 8p – 3a

cover: $5 with flyer // $10 without

Brooklyn Boom!

* When:Sat 7/4 (9PM)
* Where: Public Assembly
* Address: 70 North Sixth Street Brooklyn, NY Map
* Cost: FREE!

7/4, 9 pm, Front Room, FREE!

*DJ Concerned
*Nappy G
*DJ Sheepdog


4th Of July Special: Hip Hop and Cook Out Classics

* When:Sat 7/4 (9PM)
* Where: Heather’s Bar
* Address: 506 E 13th St # 1 New York, NY Map
* Cost: FREE!

Gifts from Mayor Bloomberg

Monday, June 29th, 2009

At the recent conference, that Mayor Bloomberg hosted this week he announced Dear Visitors that despite the smaller volume of our wallets he was giving us many free events in New York this Summer. Below I will try to list some examples of Mr. Bloomberg’s generosity to my beloved city, those which cannot be missed.
One of the coolest things is that this Summer for three Saturdays —August 8th, 15th and 22nd—those looking for a fun, active urban adventure can enjoy car-free Summer Streets and ride on one of 150 orange bikes, on loan from NY400 and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which will be available for participants to borrow along the 6.9 mile route from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park!!!!!!
July 2 – July 5, 2009
38th annual international African arts festival
This yearly festival of African culture celebrates its 38th anniversary with a weekend of music, dance, spoken word and much more. For the kids, there’s storytelling, clowns and a youth talent search. The theme of this year’s festival is “Mashariki,” which in Swahili means “the East”—the name of the organization that began the tradition of African street festivals. IAAF is a nonprofit arts organization, and a (tax-deductible) donation is suggested.


Just in time for the Fourth of July, the 2009 Afro-Punk festival celebrates African-American pride and independence with music, art, skateboarding and movie screenings. BAMcinématek hosts six days of films; Documentaries on past heroes and controversial figures abound, including Spike Lee’s theatrical bio on the Black Panthers’ Huey Newton, and the Oscar-winning Muhammed Ali film When We Were Kings. Other standouts include documentaries about the rise of Los Angeles gangs, a London hairstyling competition and the black punk-rock movement. For more information and a schedule of events, visit afropunk.com.

And if you feel that humidity is killing you, and it is too far to get to the beach, how about:
The Hudson River is pretty to look at, so don’t be afraid to get in! On weekends, volunteer organization the Downtown Boathouse offers free river kayaking to the general public. Instructors provide the equipment and tutorials, so all you have to do is show up in a swimsuit or shorts and strap on a life vest. (Oh, and you also have to know how to swim.)

Movies on the roof, Movies on the grass and more….

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Movies outdoor is one of the NYC landmark forms of entertainment in the Summer.
From the the Hudson river to ooftop patios, and from parks to the legendary area of the Brooklyn Bridge, some of New York City’s most sensational outdoor spaces double as open-air cinemas. And to keep the City’s film buffs busy this summer, at least one timeless classic, recent favorite, low-budget indie or lighthearted family flick projects on a big screen somewhere in the City each night of the week. Take your blanket, kick off your shoes, pack something to drink and something to have a bite if action makes you hungry and use this daily guide to find a great movie under the stars on any given night while taking in some of New York’s most breathtaking scenery.


Start your week with a free classic film at the ever-popular HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival—a veritable New York institution. This summer’s weekly festival kicks off on June 15 with the Oscar-winning classic The Sting, featuring Hollywood heartthrobs Robert Redford and Paul Newman. The festival continues through August with a diverse lineup of the timeless (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), the whimsical (Gold Diggers of 1933) and the cultish (Harold and Maude). The crowd typically packs Bryant Park to the edges, so arrive early to snag a blanket-size plot on the lawn or a coveted spot on the stairs behind the New York Public Library. Another option for Monday: classic films shown weekly in July at the Elevated Acre, at 55 Water St., as part of the River to River Festival.


Tuesdays in August, grab the kids and head out to Bayside’s Little Bay Park for Movies Under the Bridge, an exciting—and free—series of family-friendly blockbusters. Located on the shores of the Long Island Sound and offering views of the Throgs Neck Bridge, this festival focuses on recent action-adventure films that will keep both kids and parents on the edges of their picnic blankets. Beginning August 18, the series packs in three weeks of thrills with 2008 box-office hits like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.


Wednesday nights, hop on the L train to catch SummerScreen in its new home at the McCarren Park baseball fields in Brooklyn. Kicking off a free six-week run on July 8 with Ben Stiller’s Reality Bites, SummerScreen focuses mainly on independent cult films such as David Lynch’s Wild at Heart and the Charlie Kaufman/Michel Gondry hit Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Other great Wednesday options include foreign films and international cuisine at Outdoor Cinema in Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park and two festivals on the Hudson—RiverFlicks for Grown-ups and Movies Under the Stars.

Don’t miss a Thursday night at Brooklyn Bridge Park—whose skyline vistas are sure to bewitch even the most jaded New Yorker—for the 10th season of Movies With a View. “Our screen is right under the Brooklyn Bridge,” says Kellie Rogers, programming director for the park, “so a lot of people come to the movies early, and they picnic as the sun sets…. It’s sort of like an urban oasis.” This summer’s lineup, based around the theme “Stolen Summer,” showcases fun films packed with heists, chases and con artists. The free festival kicks off on July 9 with the Coen brothers’ cult classic Raising Arizona and continues to span the decades with favorites such as The Maltese Falcon, Paper Moon and Catch Me if You Can.

Welcome the weekend on Pier 46 with a free family favorite at RiverFlicks for Kids. But don’t let the name fool you; the family-friendly lineup includes crowd-pleasers that are sure to satisfy film lovers of all ages. And the festival’s striking location on the Hudson definitely makes it “something different and unique,” says David Katz, vice president of marketing and events for the Hudson River Park Trust. “It’s really a great backdrop to have the river in one direction and the City skyline in the other.” The festival premieres on July 10 with The Wizard of Oz and is followed by classics both old and new such as Ghostbusters, The Muppet Movie and Kung Fu Panda.

Saturday nights, soak up the unique serenity of an NYC rooftop while enjoying Rooftop Films’ 13th season of “Underground Movies Outdoors.” Through the fascinating, primarily documentary-based series, you can meet the filmmakers behind movies about inspiring individuals in a largely deaf Bedouin village in Israel, a burgeoning Muslim community in Pittsburgh and a politically charged Venezuelan slum. Rooftop Films also screens fun flicks on a Lower East Side rooftop on Friday nights, including the Manhattan premiere of Lynn Shelton’s comedy Humpday, a fictional account of two hyper-hetero dudes who one-up themselves into making an erotic art film—with themselves as the stars. Tickets to Rooftop Films cost $9 but generally include admission to a nearby open-bar after-party.

Kick back and wind down with a margarita and a burrito while catching a complimentary movie in the mellow courtyard of Fort Greene’s Habana Outpost. The varied lineup features a slew of NYC classics, including Do the Right Thing, Saturday Night Fever and Beat Street, as well as favorites such as Star Wars, Jaws and City of God. Be sure to arrive early to try a treat from the renowned Bike Blender, a smoothie-making device that’s powered by your own two feet.

100 Things to Do With Visitors This Summer

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

One of my favorite NYC related websites published the list that might be extremly useful for you, Visitors at L-hostels as well as for your friends and friends of your friends.


It’s a list of 100 Things to Do With Visitors This Summer.
The recommendations are excellent and you will find them on following website:

My personal Top 10 items from that list for Summer 2009 fun:

1. Night at the museum.
2. Highline
3. Harlem Gospel Tours
4. Summer Stage in Central Park
5. Siren Festival


Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Today master of gypsy rythms from former Yugoslavia – Goran Bregovic plays for free in Prospect Park with his one and only Wedding and Funeral Orchestra.
Goran is a super star in Eastern Europe and actually all over Europe, but what is interesting, not for being another plastic musician but for staying close to his cultural roots. The video below shows the scene from Emil Kusturica’s movie Underground for which Bregivic composed the soundtrack. His shows are a lot like the video. Last year I saw him playing live at the most inappropriate venue for this music – Lincoln Center but still everybody danced, even very distinct looking ladies and gents. This time, close to nature like at a real Gypsy wedding. Do not miss that and disregard the rain!!!! Whenever I hear the song he composed for teh soundtrack of Arizona Dream, I feel shivers down my spine!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009 7:30 p.m.
· F train at 7th Ave. station, 15th St./Prospect Park station and Fort Hamilton Parkway station.
· 2 or 3 train at Grand Army Plaza station.
· Q train at Parkside Ave. station and Prospect Park station.
· S train at Prospect Park station.
· B train at Prospect Park station.

Shakespeare in the Park

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Delacorte Theater
Central Park at 81st St
Manhattan, NY 10024
subway: B, C to 81st St–Museum of Natural History


Being in New York, you cannot miss of the most awaited summertime experiences, Shakespeare in the Park starts its new season with the star of The Devil Wears Prada, Anne Hathaway. Relax under the stars and take in the summer air while enjoying the English playwright’s bold, convention-breaking comedy, directed by the Tony Award-winning Daniel Sullivan.

The event is free, for more information visit the website:
And register for the “line”.