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FALL IN NYC

It’s the most wonderful time of the year- and by “it” we mean Fall in NYC.  Whether you’re tasting the season’s harvest at craft ciders or getting your thrill at haunted houses, the crisp air is filled with adventure. Get the most out of the months ahead with & must-do Fall events.

FAVORITE FALL HAPPENINGS

OKTOBERFEST NYC– Escape to Munich without ever leaving NYC thanks to Watermark’s annual Oktoberfest extravaganza on Pier 15. Enjoy one-liter steins ($16) filled to the brim with Hofbrau, Weihenstephan or Radeberger beer while feasting on German cuisine such as brats and pretzels all while taking in the amazing views along the East River. Reserve your spot here.

photography: Watermark

CIDER WEEK– For seven days celebrate craft cider by sipping at more than 50 bars and restaurants in NYC and indulge in free tastings, events and workshops at popular drinking dens such as Chelsea Wine Vault and Craftbar. October 21-30, for more info click here.

VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE- The big Village Halloween Parade features 53 bands, dancers, artists, puppets, and thousands of New Yorkers in costume parading up 6th Avenue from Spring St. to 16th St. Costumes are mandatory. October 31 at 7pm, for more info click here.

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QUEEN’S COUNTY FALL FARM FAIR– Celebrate fall at the farm! Country western band Savannah Sky will keep your feet tapping as you wander through the Pumpkin Patch. The Amazing Maize Maze will finally be open and you can watch the farm’s flock of Cotswold and Romney sheep get a new hairdo during a shearing demonstration. More info here.

HALLOWEEN AT THE ZOO- Boo at the zoo features costume parades, magic shows, a hay maze, scary stories, pumpkin carving, and treats at the Bronx Zoo and is included for free with a regular ticket. October 1-31, for more info click here.

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Summer Weekend Guide

New York City is known for always being ahead of the trend & thinking outside of the box. The summer events currently taking place in the city of dreams & high humidity, say none-the-less and make everyone who does not live in NYC kinda wish they did. The hot summer days are only getting well hotter & while boozing and beaching can help cool you down, we’ve found some other fun weekend activities to do the trick.

MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM – (no, we are not kidding- this is a real thing) Museum of Ice Cream which opens its doors today will include a swimmable rainbow ‘sprinkle’ pool, edible balloons, an immersive chocolate room and a collaborative massive ice cream sundae. Guests will swing on an ice cream sandwich made for two, seesaw on an ice cream scooper and find their match/favorite flavor on a custom app in Tinder Land. Visitors will indulge in an exclusive, one-of-a-kind ice cream tasting created by food futurist and overall rad scientist Dr. Irwin Adam, founder of Future Food Studio. Visual designs from renowned NYC artists will serve as the cherry on top of this modern, whimsical urban ice cream playground. This is one museum, not to be missed. 100 Gansevoort Street 

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Waterfight NYC 2016 will be going down this Saturday, July 30. The annual event brings kids-at-heart together to duke it out super-soaker style while getting thoroughly drenched in the process. If you’re not afraid to get a little wet, pick up one of the recommended “weapons” for the event (water guns, super soakers, squirt guns, spray bottles and water blaster) and head to the park for an afternoon of battle from 2-5pm. Sheep Meadow, Central Park, Saturday
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POETRY FESTIVAL-If your summer has been all about the day-partying here’s a festival that might give you that intellectual void you’ve been looking for. Don’t worry there will still be tons of food & drinking options accompanying over 200 poets who come out to strut their best works. Governor’s Island, Saturday & Sunday
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Bulletin Market– This new  Williamsburg market takes over a long-vacant lot that includes vendors for booze, snacks, games, home decor and jewelry. This outdoor fair offers a more laid-back vibe where you can grab beer while bargaining over cool knick-knacks.  Corner of North 8th St and Driggs Ave, Sat, Sun 11am–7pm; free.

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photo by: SpoiledNYC

 

FAVORITE ICE CREAM SPOTS

As summer officially starts to heat up in the city, we’ve scoped out the perfect spots for you to cool down. You can’t beat the humidity without having some frozen treats on hand and lucky for you we’ve found the coolest and with out a doubt the most instagrammable places to get your ice-cream licking on.

MORGENSTERN’S– This old-fashioned space is cranking out amazing flavors and toppings, including made-to-order whipped cream. 2 Rivington Street, 212-209-7684.

10 BELOW ICE CREAM– This sleek parlor for Thai-style ice cream rolls mixes a variety of flavors & toppings while you watch.10 Mott Street, 212-965-1336

MOMOFUKU– You know the taste you get when you are eating cereal and the last few bites of the cereal are deliciously soggy mixed with the milk? You know what we’re talking about. Imagine this taste now in ice cream. It’s hard to imagine but once you’ve tried a cereal milk ice cream from Momofuku you’ll be wondering what took you so long. Also available are delicious truffle birthday cake balls or confetti cookies. You’re welcome.  Various locations

EGGLOO– Eggloo is the first dessert shop in New York specializing in Hong Kong style egg waffles. Known for their instagrammable creations, their griddled waffles come stuffed with your choice of home-made ice cream, mochi, colorful cereal and more all for $8.

EMACK AND BOLIOS: Emack & Bolio’s invented the flavored cone in 1980 and offer your dream picks anything from Oreo’s, Rice Krispies, Fruit Loops, or Fruity Pebbles!  Chocolate dipped waffle cones also look great rolled in shaved coconut. No matter which one you choose, you can’t go wrong!

ODDFELLOWS ICE CREAM: Two locations, one specializing in ice cream sandwiches and the other in ice cream. Both shops offer milkshakes and ice cream floats. 175 Kent Ave, Brooklyn (ice cream shop, the original), 347-599-0556 & 75 East 4th St (ice cream sandwich shop) 917-475-1812

BEHIND THE SCENES

We sat down with Tony Award nominee, Jennifer Damiano as she dishes all the details about her role in American Psycho which sadly closes it’s door June 5th. She might just be 24 years old but when it comes to starring in a Broadway musical, she is an all-star. Jennifer, whose long list of previous work includes Next To Normal, Spring Awakening, Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, and most recently American Psycho.

 
NIGHT HOTELS: GUILTY PLEASURE?
JENNIFER DAMIANO: Social media, but I actually don’t feel
guilty about that…

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photography: Emma Mead

BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER GOTTEN PERTAINING TO
WORK OR LIFE? Don’t worry about what everyone else is
doing.
FAVORITE NYC SUMMER ACTIVITY? Anything involving a
rooftop.
GO-TO BAR FOR A NIGHT OUT? Depends on what vibe
you’re going for, I really enjoy Pony Bar on 10th avenue.
FAVORITE RESTAURANT? You will only ever find me at
Kodama, unfortunately…
PERFECT DAY IN NYC? I would just walk for hours with my
headphones on and people watch…
LETS GET PERSONAL- YOU MADE YOUR BROADWAY
DEBUT AT JUST 15 YEARS OLD- LOOKING BACK, HOW
HAS THAT HELPED SHAPED YOUR OTHER ROLES? I was very lucky to have had the opportunity to be on stage during
such a formative time of my life. You grow so quickly and
intensely in this business. I’m grateful to have learned so
much at such a young age so that now as a young adult I can
carry myself in a way that I might not have known to if I didn’t
start experiencing this industry so early on.

 

Photo: Jeremy Daniel
Photo: Jeremy Daniel

YOU’VE WORKED PREVIOUSLY WITH THE MUSICAL
DIRECTOR DUNCAN SHEIK FROM SPRING AWAKENING,
HOW HAS THAT BEEN TO SEE HIM FIT THE MUSIC WITH
THAT OF THE FILM’S TONE? Duncan has such a specific
and amazing way of making stories that you never think will
work as a musical work as such. And I think it is because
he purposely goes against what everyone accepts from
your typical musical. He has been such an innovator for the
Broadway community especially with Spring Awakening, and
now also with American Psycho as he has almost flawlessly
matched the sound with the strange, dark, entrancing aspects
of the film.
WHAT’S BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF
PORTRAYING YOUR CHARACTER JEAN? The most
challenging part of playing Jean has been to truly separate
what I as Jean know about Patrick Bateman as opposed
to what Jean knows about him. She only sees the good in
him and while that is a refreshing, important thing for the
audience to experience, it does get difficult to make sure that
they understand Jean is not some sort of masochist in any
way for being in love with him in the way she is.

Photo: Jeremy Daniel
Photo: Jeremy Daniel

YOU’VE WORKED ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY ONLY ON NEW
SHOWS THUS FAR, WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF
REALLY MOLDING A NEW CHARACTER? The part I love most
about working on original pieces because the exploration is
almost endless. When you are coming into a part that has
already been molded I expect that it probably gets hard to truly make things your own. The blessing of creating a
character from the ground up is the freedom and time to
really grow into it.
DID SEEING CHLOE SEVIGNY PORTRAY YOUR CHARACTER
IN THE FILM HAVE ANY INFLUENCE ON HOW YOU’RE
PORTRAYING THAT SAME CHARACTER? I absolutely love
Chloe Sevigny in this film. The characters are so different in
the film and in the show that it didn’t really influence me in
any particular way. She is so subtle and gentle in the movie
and those are a couple of characteristics that I certainly have
brought into this stage version of Jean.
THE SHOW TAKES PLACE DURING THE EXCESS OF THE
1980’S, ARE THERE ANY PARTS OF NYC DURING THAT
TIME PERIOD YOU WISH WERE STILL AROUND TODAY? I
really enjoy the pulse of the 80s. There was a very upbeat
energy to the city during that time and I can imagine it was a
very thrilling time to be a young adult in NYC.
LOOKING AHEAD, WITH THE BROADWAY START DATE
RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, WHAT ARE YOU MOST
EXCITED ABOUT? I am most excited to surprise people and
show them something they have never seen before

Stay up to date on Jennifer’s latest projects at: @jenndamiano

Rooftop Guide

Once those sunshine rays hit NYC there is literally no reason to be stuck inside especially when it comes to feasting and boozing. While most will flock to the beach once the temps rise, the rest of us will be heading to one of the many trendy and booze-acceptable rooftops that allow for full days of dartying (day partyingobviously.) So trade your wool scarf in for a T-shirt and sunnies, grab a cocktail and kick back. Here’s our list
of where Saturday’s are best spent.

PHD LOUNGE
Enjoy cocktails, appetizers and bottle service, all while taking in a one-of-a-kind view of the Manhattan skyline. PHD Lounge Located in Dream Downtown and Dream Midtown offers an unparalleled experience. 55 W 16th St or 210 W 55th St, 212- 229-2511 phdlounge.com

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JUE LAN CLUB
Eating Chinese food just became a whole lot trendier. Jue Lan Club, a glitzy new restaurant in the former Limelight space, offers a modern fare in a multi-room setting. Now opening their garden patio for spring and summer, this restaurant is a must-do for a boozy lunch or late-night snack and drinks. 49 W 20th St, 646-524-7407, juelanclub.com

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GALLOW GREEN
Feel like you’ve stepped out of the bustling city and into an enchanted garden party, lush and green, surrounded with unreal NYC views when you visit Gallow Green. To make a day of it, check out the long running interactive show Sleep No More, which plays downstairs. 542 W. 27 St, 212-564-1662, mckittrickhotel.com

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MONARCH ROOFTOP
Located on the 18th floor, Monarch offers greatmusic, delicious food and some unreal views of NewYork City. Monarch boasts 5,000 square feet for you and your friends to drink, dance and have fun overlooking Manhattan’s skyline. W 35th St, 212-630-9993, addisongroupnyc.com

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photography: Monarch Rooftop

LA BIRRERIA AT EATALY
Because eating pizza while sipping on some Italian wines outdoors sounds like a dream to me. Am I right? At La Birrerria, you can do just that. This scenic rooftop sets the perfect spot for an Italian feast accompanied by house brewed ales & high end imported beer.
200 5th Ave, 212-937-8910, eataly.com

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photography: La Birreria

HOTEL CHANTELLE
This is where you can get tipsy on a city rooftop garden while feasting on truffle grilled cheese. Hotel Chantelle is a buzzing 2-story bar, with outdoor seating has an amazing brunch menu with cocktails ranging from .92 cents to $5 dollars (which basically means free in NYC). 92 Ludlow St, 212-254-9100, hotelchantelle.com 

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photography: Hotel Chantelle

Q&A WITH ANDREE CICCARELLI

We caught up with the total “boss babe” Andree Ciccarelli, who is taking over the lingerie industry with her brand of handmade intimates, designed in the heart of New York City. With the success of her new line, Andree gives us the lowdown on what’s to come next and her favorite NYC spots.

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photography: James Norton

NIGHT HOTELS: GO-TO SPOT FOR A MUCH-NEEDED DRINK?

ANDREE CICCARELLI: To be completely honest, I don’t have one! I love checking out new bars around the city. That’s the amazing part of NYC; there are always so many options! But these are some of my favorites:  Boutlon and Watt, Fools Gold, Hill & Dale, Sweet & Vicious, The Edge, Whitman & Bloom, Smith & Mills and Lead Belly.

TOP SPOTS FOR NYC FEASTING?

This is a hard one- I have so many favorites! Aria Wine Bar, Malaparte, Wallflower, Van Leewen Artisan Ice Cream, Roberta’s, Emporio, Stanton Social, Jack’s Wife Freda, Cafe Gitane, The Cannibal, Buvette, Bluestone Lane, The Smith, Rubirosa Pizza, ABC Kitchen, Eataly, and Hundred Acres.andreeciccarelli_nighthotelparty2016.40 (1)

GIVEN ONLY 12 HOURS IN NYC, WHERE WOULD YOU GO?

First I would head over to Culture Espresso for a latte and the best cookie in the city on 38th and the corner of 6th Ave. Then I would wander west to the High Line and heading downtown, then eventually make my way over to Jack’s Wife Freda on Carmine St. for brunch! After that I’d head east into Soho for some shopping and stroll over to the NOMO Soho for a few cocktails at the NOMO Kitchen, then wander over to Emporio for a delicious bowl of Paccheri alla Norcina and a bottle (or two) of the Nero D’Avola- 12 hours with me will basically be a food and cocktail tour!

A BEAUTY PRODUCT THAT INSTANTLY MAKES YOU FEEL CONFIDENT?Red Lipstick

FAVORITE SPRING TREND? Slip Dresses

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photography: Stephen Wilson

INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT YOU ARE CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH? @johnbozinov

LET’S GET PERSONAL- HOW DID ANDREE CICCARELLI GET STARTED? I always wanted a lingerie line but always expected that to happen in the far future but it happened quite naturally! I was truly uninspired where I was working and started forcing myself to sew when I got home from work. It became a really great creative outlet. I began posting photos of the designs on social medias and then all of a sudden, people were interested in buying, photographing, you name it!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR LINE?

I think the line has a mix of a few things. It’s definitely feminine but has what I like to call “a little bit of New York City edge.” The line really focuses on traditional sewing and couture techniques but then modernizes them with fabrics and materials and silhouette.

DESPITE YOUR AMAZING SUCCESS, YOU ARE STILL MAKING EVERY PIECE BY HAND AND TO ORDER. WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR CONTINUED INSPIRATION FROM?

Yes, everything is handmade to order! That is where I am most inspired. Using my hands to create each and every order is what keeps me interested and inspired. I’m also very inspired by art history and architecture, which I get to experience through traveling. Lingerie uses a lot of style lines so architecture is such an amazing thing to look at for structural inspiration!

WHAT’S NEXT?andreeciccarellilogo

As of now, I am seeing where this will take itself. It started so naturally and I’d love to see it to grow naturally. Ideally, I’d like to have a big studio space where we can work with clients one on one, in-house seamstresses and lots of space to develop and create!

We can’t wait to see what the future holds! Check out Andree’s full line at: andreeciccarelli.com

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photography: David Paul Larson

Where to celebrate Cinco De Mayo

April showers brings May flowers…not! Despite being well into Spring, gloom and rain seem to surround us with no sign of saying goodbye just yet. To distract us from the cold reality of it still feeling like January, Cinco de Mayo has arrived to allow plenty of margarita-sipping and taco-eating to raise our spirits. Here are the best (inside) places to celebrate one of our favorite excuses to drink and dance, otherwise known as Cinco de Mayo.

GRAN ELECTRICA: Ring in this festive holiday with an all-day Cinco de Mayo party in Dumbo. There will be a DJ and drink specials on hand for the celebration, and their chef will be slow-cooking meat in the garden, where guests are also invited to delight in the magical ambiance of their twinkling lights, ivy-covered walls, and views of the Brooklyn Bridge.5 Front Street, Brooklyn, (718)-852-2700

BODEGA NEGRA: Feast your eyes and belly on some delicious tacos while sipping on the Blood & Fire with Patron silver, spiced hibiscus syrup and fresh lime juice. Rejoice with tacos and margaritas at one of the best spots around. 355 W 16th St, (212) 229-2336.

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ZEPPELIN HALL: If you are really in the party mood, take the PATH to Jersey City for Zeppelin Hall’s biergarten & barbecue party. The hall will offer half price beers, wine, and cocktails from open until close. Choose from a plethora of beers on tap, and five different types of nachos. 88 Liberty View Drive, Jersey City  (201)-721-8888

LUCILLE’S BAR & GRILL: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by rocking out to the music of Santana. The Santana Tribute Show, SantanaRia, recreates the high energy, world music, improvisational vibe of a Santana concert better than any band in the world. You’ll hear the classics from Santana’s greatest periods of the 60’s and 70’s like Black Magic Woman, Oye Como Va, Soul Sacrifice, Treat, Evil Ways, Europa. And you’ll hear the biggest hits from the Supernatural period of 1999 forward. Showtimes will be at 7:30pm & 9:30pm and doors open at 5:30pm & 9pm.. B.B. King Blues Club, 237 West 42 St. 

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PROFESSOR THOM’S: Celebrating in style, Professor Thom’s will have games on the patio, drink specials and free nachos. There will also be a raffle, and if you wear a sombrero, you get in for free. 219 Second Ave.

BLOCKHEADS: All nine Blockheads locations in NYC will be hosting Cinco de Mayo parties. Specials include: $5 frozen and $8 shaken margaritas, and free chips and salsa with every order. Multiple locations

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photography: Blockheads