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Drinking and drawing at 3rd Ward

Monday, October 5th, 2009


This member-based design center hosts a night of relaxing night of nude drawing while providing guests with the model, alcohol and music by DJ Jedi Mind Orgasm.

Every Wednesday 8-10:30pm

195 Morgan Avenue

Brooklyn, NY

COST: $15, free for members

Bike tours NYC

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

One of the coolest way to do some sightseeing of New York and have fun is to ride a bike. Yes, not only Amsterdam or Berlin offers that option. Our city provides many opportunities to do this as well.
Before you go, you can study some maps:

If you want to rent a bike and discover Harlem, check:

MODSquad Cycles

Summer Hours


Monday-Friday: 10 – 7

Saturday: 10 – 6

Sunday: 12 – 5

2119 Frederick Douglass Blvd
btw 114th-115th Streets

for further travels check Bike and Roll

Pier 84, Hudson River Park
557 12th Avenue @ 43rd Street
5 blocks west of Time Square
Across from Circle Line Tours

High Line – New idea of a park

Friday, July 10th, 2009

If you happen to be in New York this Summer, which I assume you do, being a guest of L-hostels, one of the hottest city places to be is newly opened High Line Park.
First of all, it is a very unusual park, no comparison to Central Park or Prospect Park.The High Line was originally constructed in the 1930s, to lift dangerous freight trains off Manhattan’s streets. When all sections are complete, the High Line will be a mile-and-a-half-long elevated park, running through the West Side neighborhoods of the Meatpacking District, West Chelsea and Clinton/Hell’s Kitchen. It features an integrated landscape, designed by landscape architects James Corner Field Operations, with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, combining meandering concrete pathways with naturalistic plantings. It looks really fun to see people walking on the old railroad tracks above the car traffic and all that greenery in between industrial elements.
Check the cool video produced by biggest trendsetter on magazine market Wallpaper a month before the park was opened.

One of the greatest advocates of High Line is David Bowie, who is living in New York now.
The High Line is open from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily.
* Gansevoort Street
* 14th Street (Elevator access will be available later this summer.)
* 16th Street (elevator access)
* 18th Street
* 20th Street

L / A / C / E to 14th Street & 8th Avenue
C / E to 23rd Street & 8th Avenue
1 / 2 / 3 to 14th Street & 7th Avenue
1 to 18th Street & 7th Avenue
1 to 23rd Street & 7th Avenue

Enjoy it!!! Take advantage of a sunny weather!!!!

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.)

Personal Brunch Guide

Friday, June 26th, 2009

This week edition of Time Out New York presents a list of variety of brunch spots in NYC. I decided to present my own personal list of 10 places with brunch to die for. (Order the restaurants are presented in, is completely random.) It’s Summer, brunches outside are so nice and as I always say it is almost a religion for New Yorkers to have them. Be a New Yorker this weekend, enjoy your brunch!!!


253 W 11th St
That part of 11th st. almost until Hudson river bank is really magical. Reminds me of Paris. (Marc Jacobs store, Magnolia Bakery, Bookstore that is amazing and many more). Tartine is a small sense of France in West Village. When you sit outside, you never know who you can see on the street (few weeks ago I saw Willem Dafoe). It is simple French cuisine, big portions, very good coffee. Be ready to stand in the line, especially if you want to sit outside. (pastries are amazing).

Radegast Beer Garden
113 N 3rd St
(between Bedford Ave & Berry St) Williamsburg
Jumping to Brooklyn now, but it is only one stop from Manhattan by L train. I am from Easter Europe, so Radegast’s brunch is really to my liking: crispy dumplings, potato pancakes, French toast with such lavishness of fruit that it takes your breath away. Bloody Mary – amazing if bartender in charge is in good spirits, otherwise wasabi in it can kill Terminator:) Really nice vibe in the big room, especially from 1 pm – 3 pm, before the real crowd comes.

Greenpoint Coffee House

195 Franklin St
(between Freeman St & Green St)
From Williamsburg to Greenpoint, it’s just minutes away.
I would say, come there for two reasons, French toast which is absolutely something else that you might expect and its pure delicacy accompanied with compote. Music is always surprising, so even if the food does not meet your expectations, you will be waiting anxiously for the next song to come. Oh, one more recommendation eggs with avocado, DELICIOUS!!!

135 N 5th St
(between Bedford Ave & Berry St)
Back to Williamsburg. One of the reasons to be excited about having brunch is the opportunity to sit outdoors and have a nice view. There is no place better for that than Juliette with its beautiful interior separated from the street with only glass wall and the rooftop terrace. Food is so, so but it is the best opportunity to watch Hipster Wonderland from the above and feel the Summer breeze.



Continuing in Willyburg. This is one of my absolute favorite places. They have the garden, which is open even in winter. The owners are French, smiling and super friendly. Simple French food again, but super nice atmosphere, cheese plate absolutely worth trying.

Roebling Tea Room
143 Roebling St
(between Hope St & Metropolitan Ave)
This is one of my long-time favorite places in Williamsburg. Located in a spacious loft, high ceilings, bar in the middle of the room, one side tables, the other comfy couches, chairs, kind of lounge style. This place is super spacious, classic brunch with unusual elements. (pickles to die for). Interesting crowd, can get too crowded sometimes.

88 Orchard
Now, Lower Eastside. This place isn’t super cheap but it has a great modern cafe vibe, located in the heart of LES, very cozy corner. Great coffee, variety of sandwiches, cookies, eggs. Good salads, nice staff.

Cafe Colonial
Very convenient corner of Elizabeth st. and East Houston (border between Soho and LES). This place is so calming with its blue interior and nice exterior with tables outside:) They surprised me with the variety of food they offer for brunch. It is by all means so much more than eggs, eggs, eggs…Sandwiches – mouth watering, basil mayo so good.
Simple Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich – very good!!!! Coffee – Brazilian Paradiso. Just follow your inner Samba and come here.

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

Taste of Time Square

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Date: Monday, June 8th
Time: 5:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Restaurant Row (West 46th bet Broadway and 9th)
Cost: Free, $1 tasting plates

Food fanatics and music fans have long known that “Taste of Times Square” represents a great gastronomic and entertainment value, offering an impressive range of top-quality international cuisine for dollars per dish, and a diverse variety of musical morsels for no cost whatsoever.


One of New York City’s most popular annual outdoor food festivals, Taste of Times Square, presented by the Times Square Alliance, is your chance to sample “tastes” of delicious signature dishes from Times Square’s best restaurants, enjoy classic New York street performers, catch top-notch local entertainment on three stages, and show off your hottest dance moves all evening with help from a swing band and free dancing lessons from Swing46.

Sunday walk with Issue Project Room

Friday, June 5th, 2009

If you read that blog long enough, you know how much I “heart” Brooklyn. One of the most amazing Brooklyn institutions is the ISSUE PROJECT ROOM. This is an old warehouse transformed into a performance space. You can see theatrical performances, movies, djs, gallery exhibitions there. It is really an amazing initiative that connects both the audience and artists in the most natural way possible. Supporters of that project are among others Moby and Steve Buscemi.
This Sunday a group of visionary artists will lead sonic excursions throughout New York as part of a rare live sonic arts experiment — the ISSUE Project Room Soundwalk-a-thon — a fundraiser and collective public inquiry into the connection between urban space and our collective sonic imaginations.

Led and designed by some of New York’s most exciting sound artists and musicians, these walks will take groups of 10-20 people at a time on an intimate journey of sonic discovery to experience our community in a way they may never have done before — through sound. Walks range from meditative deep listening, to sing-a-longs, to noise-making walks incorporating instruments, iPods, boomboxes, cell phones, or silence in order to amplify the nuances of our ever-changing soundscape. I will be there because there is so much to discover in this city, it seems it is like never enough time, never enough fun. So rain or shine take a train to Brooklyn and be a part of something different! Make a difference!
Check the website, sign in and participate in an audio-physical experience that can only happen in NYC.
Choose your own adventure:

* 12:30 pm Gowanus Soundwalk led by Marc Ribot
* 1:00 pm Tinnitus Contemplation Walk led by Anthony Coleman
* 2:00 pm Listen 2009 – Remote Access led by Keiko Uenishi
* 2:00 pm Transmutation in the shift (—Documenting the Grand Concourse) led by Du Yun
* 2:00 pm Urban Zen Sound Meditation and Labyrinth Walk led by Eric A. Dahl
* 3:00 pm Demasking The Bridges led by Daniel Neumann
* 3:00 pm Gowan-us! A Crudrophonic Sound Event led by Dylan Gauthier
* 3:00 pm Underpass Walk led by Bruce Tovsky
* 3:30 pm Prospect Park Ravine Soundwalk led by Jonny Farrow
* 4:00 pm Balloon Bassoon Promenade led by Kenny Wollesen
* 4:00 pm Gowanus Field Reflections and The Great Steel Elevator led by Bradford Reed
* 4:00 pm Prospect Park Soundwalk led by Andrea Williams
* 4:30 pm Carroll Street Soundwalk led by Todd Shalom
* 4:30 pm Four Bridges Walk led by Edmund Mooney
* 5:00 pm Bang a Gong for ISSUE led by Jonathan Kane
* 5:00 pm Detox Project led by Betsey Biggs
* 5:00 pm Poets March led by Steve Dalachinsky
* 5:00 pm Shuffle Sing-a-long led by Collective Opera Company
* 5:00 pm Tin Can Telewalk led by Kurt Gottschalk and Marie Evelyn
* Anytime – All Borough Bag Walk led by Michelle Nagai
* Various times – We would like to run past all your walkers, opposite their direction, while screaming songs. led by Flaming Fire
More information on:

Ladies, walk in Brooklyn

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

This time it’s all about you ladies. Time Out Magazine has a proposal of a tour around Brooklyn which will transform even the most stubborn tomboys into ladies. And gentlemen staying at L-hostels, you are welcome to follow the ladies as well. As they say, female brain is an unsolved mystery but who knows maybe this trip can change it…
Start: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkway (2, 3 train to Brooklyn MUSEUM)
End: Barrette, 601 Vanderbilt Ave
Distance: 2.2 miles
Time: 4 hours

1 Start your ladycentric jaunt at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Pkwy at Washington Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org) and its Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Gape at Judy Chicago’s seminal The Dinner Party, a massive triangular table with place settings for feminist icons (such as Sappho and Mary Wollstonecraft), which anchors the collection. Modern riot grrrls might also enjoy the museum’s new exhibit, “Reflections on the Electric Mirror: New Feminist Video.”

2 Down the block, lush greenery is in full bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (1000 Washington Ave at Eastern Pkwy, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; 718-623-7200, bbg.org). Monday 1 marks the beginning of Rose Month at BBG, whose Cranford Rose Garden houses more than 1,000 different species of the flower. The perennials will be at their peak for the next few weeks, but you can hold onto their scent by picking up a Kimono Rose set of bath salts and body wash ($34) at the gift shop.

3 Meander around the circle at Grand Army Plaza, then pop into the shabby-chic Joyce Bakeshop (646 Vanderbilt Ave between Park and Prospect Pls, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; 718-623-7470). Co-owner Mo Chin runs the café with his pastry-chef wife, Joyce. “We’ve gotten to know a lot of our neighbors,” he says. Settle on one of the benches and fuel up with a latte ($3.25) and a lemon poppy-seed muffin ($2). (They use to serve David Lynch’s signature coffee).


4 If you’ve been scouring your favorite stores for the perfect skull-and-crossbones sweater to no avail, don’t throw up your hands in frustration—DIY with supplies from Stitch Therapy (176 Lincoln Pl between Seventh and Eighth Aves, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-398-2020). Newbie knitters can register for a Not Just Beginners workshop (two sessions for $100), which is popular with a young crowd. Alternatively, owner Maxcine DeGouttes calls the Knitting Circle class ($25) “a mixed bag” that draws men and women between the ages of 14 and 50.

5 Next, head west to Fifth Avenue for a lesson in keeping your lady parts in good health. Yogasana (90 Fifth Ave at Warren St, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-789-7255) offers a female-only class on Sundays (2–3:30pm). “It’s an empowering way for women to connect with their cycles,” says studio owner Kristen Davis. Expect to practice poses that help tame the side effects of menstruation and pregnancy.

6 We’re just going to say it: Most ladies love chocolate. Also, you know, it tastes really good. Get your fix at The Chocolate Room (86 Fifth Ave between St. Marks Pl and Warren St, Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-783-2900), where a slice of gooey triple-layer chocolate cake ($6) will satisfy your sweet tooth. The shop is also one of the few eateries in the ’hood that carries Knipschildt chocolates. Sure beats popping Midol!

7 After you wind your way back to Prospect Heights, stop by Red Lipstick (560 Vanderbilt Ave between Bergen and Dean Sts, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; 718-857-9534, redlipstick.net). “I’m familiar with three generations of women,” says proprietor Staceyjoy Elkin. “My customers, their babies, their moms and sometimes even their grandmothers shop here.” Her space is filled with a rotating selection of clothing, leather bags and bejeweled rings by indie designers, and few pieces cost more than $110.

8 End your day of femme appreciation by nestling in one of the red leather booths at Barrette (601 Vanderbilt Ave at Bergen St, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn; 718-230-5170). Choose from a menu split between “trashy” and “classy” items: The former offers cheap beer-and-shot combos, while the latter boasts a supergirly signature cocktail containing grapefruit juice and bourbon. Sip slowly. If you’re lucky, you might catch some hot ladies doing burlesque—the bar hosts impromptu performances on its teeny, glitter-festooned stage. We won’t blame you if you can’t resist the impulse to join in, Blair Waldorf–style.