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The Annual New York Burlesque Festival

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Put on your top hat and tails for sept 27th spectacular burlesque event! These magical nights showcase over 40 of the finest burlesque performers from around the globe in a 1920s supper club atmosphere. Expect glamorous gowns and gorgeous gals in a dazzling evening of entertainment that includes live jazz and big band music! Luscious night end up with a wild DJ/go-go dance party from 11:00PM until 1:00AM, that is free for all Saturday ticket holders.

The Annual New York Burlesque Festival is the largest and most acclaimed festival of its kind and has attracted sold-out crowds since its premiere in 2002. This year marks the 10th annual festival, and producers Thirsty Girl & Pontani Sisters Productions will once again serve up four nights of glitter and glamour in Gotham, with over 120 eye-popping performances from the world's leading burlesque and variety entertainers at four of NYC's hottest performance venues. In addition to tassels and tail feathers, this year's festival offers live music, international DJs, variety and circus performers, boylesque, and a burlesque boutique where you can try on custom corsets, peruse pasties, hair ornaments, vintage dresses, and lingerie, and even get a burlesque make-over.

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Harlem!

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Detroit, the playwright

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If good fences make good neighbors, then the quartet at the center of Lisa D’Amour’s sly, timely and neatly surprising Detroit are the worst next-door couples ever. Bourgie, insecure Mary (Amy Ryan) and Ben (David Schwimmer), and fresh-out-of-rehab drifters Sharon (Sarah Sokolovic) and Kenny (Darren Pettie) all have a distinct lack of boundaries—the inner and outer sort that allow them to live in close proximity without upsetting the suburban ecosystem. Of course, watching D’Amour upset, deface and finally trash these people’s habitats is what’s so fun about this superbly executed new play.
Detroit is a story of social insinuation and clarifying violence, with theatrical roots as varied as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Dennis Potter’s Brimstone and Treacle. It’s also very much an of-the-moment American play, contrasting recently laid-off Ben’s pathetic attempt to start a home office with Kenny and Sharon’s cheerful shiftiness and the relative freedom they enjoy from being totally broke. Guiding us smoothly through front-door and backyard scenes between the two houses as a warm but unstable friendship grows, D’Amour perfectly captures a certain pervasive lifestyle of today: atomized, mediated, ersatz and culturally leveled. We are ghosts, she seems to suggest, in our own cloned homes.
Anne Kauffman’s production unites an optimal cast and eerily vivid design, with clever sound-effect elements from Matt Tierney, who does with a barbecue sizzle or fly buzzing what D’Amour accomplishes with cascading, hilarious monologues and minutely calibrated chitchat. Her script might sometimes lapse into playwriting clichés (not one but three theme-reinforcing dreams get recounted), but there’s so much musical, juicy, idea-packed language that you forgive such faults. Detroit has just moved in; I suggest you bring over a fruit basket or bottle of wine and hope it stays for a good long time.—David Cote

"Powerful and funny. Speaks to the fractious, frightened American moment more perceptively than any play I've seen on a New York stage." Charles Isherwood, New York Times


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El Sabroso!

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In an area where reasonably-priced, tasty food is hard to come by, El Sabroso on West 37th Street is a great option for those on their lunch break. The tiny restaurant offers several appetizing and affordable options—if you can find it, that is.
Located between a fancy coffee shop and hole-in-the-wall Lotto/cigarette shop, you could walk right by El Sabroso even if you're looking for it. What makes the restaurant so hard to find? The fact that it's tucked away inside a loading dock. But don't let the strange location deter you—not only does El Sabroso offer delicious food, it also has a miraculous "A" rating from the Department of Health.
Tony, the man behind the one-person operation, is extremely efficient. Not only does he do all the cooking, he also serves you, handles the cash, and busses the seating areas (there are two). While there is a menu, availability tends to vary and there is typically a daily special.
On our trip today, we ordered the pork chop, shared an order of the roast pork, and our lunch companion had the beef stew. All items are priced between $5-6.50 and include white or yellow rice, beans and "salad" (a sprinkling of lettuce). While the portions weren't huge, the meat was very tender with nice flavors. If you like heat, be sure to add some of the hot sauce. While the empanada had a nice, crispy exterior, don't bother getting it—it's just cheese and is a little lacking in filling.
While there are certainly better lunches out there (and certainly better Spanish food in Queens), El Sabroso is an excellent spot to grab some cheap lunch in midtown. Besides, you can say you had lunch in a loading dock. If Tony's smart he'll start selling T-shirts.
265 West 37th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues

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7 Fabulous Fashion Week Hotel Amenities

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Forget the free mini shampoos. During Fashion Week, these New York City hotels (and hotel restaurants) are offering the style and designer-themed perks—no VIP ticket required.
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10 Must-Haves for the Perfect Brooklyn Hipster Home

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Flipping your skateboard upside down and balancing it on empty Tecate cans does equal a coffee table. Maybe you should grow up a little bit?
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Best Getaways From NYC

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The offMetro writers share their best getaways from NYC. Enjoy these top travel tips for things to do in NYC and beyond, be it by bike, boat, bus, or train.
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Fashion’s Night Out NYC 2012: The Events

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Who needs famous names...the real party was on the street.
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New York Fashion Week 2012

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New York Fashion Week is here, and we can't wait to see the collections! We've gathered our favorite glimpses of Spring 2013 thus far: enjoy!

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A History of New York in 50 Objects

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An artichoke and an elevator. A Checker taxicab and a conductor’s baton. A MetroCard and a mastodon tusk. From ancient artifacts to common everyday accessories, which objects tell the story of New York City?
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Fashion Week Extravaganza is about to begin

Fashion Week Extravaganza is about to begin | New York I Love You™ | Scoop.it

Labor Day weekend is over and that means New York Fashion Week is here, and as everyone knows, it's not just about the clothes. It's also about the fabulous parties where everyone talks about the clothes. Or is supposed to talk about them.

1. TOP OF THE STANDARD— Andre Balazs's Standard Hotel is always ground zero for New York Fashion Week and this one will be no different. The TOTS (ne Boom Boom Room) re-opened last year after a summer hiatus with a Kanye West performance and will once again play host to the Fendi O’ music series that will feature performances by Lykke Li and James Murphy, as well as the Purple party and probably a few others. Throw Le Bain into the mix with this one for events that take over the entire 18th Floor and what you have is the #1 place for Fashion Week nightlife.

2. THE ELECTRIC ROOM— Nur Khan will be showing off his new room in the basement of the Dream Downtown at this Strategic Group run space. Expect some intimate and wild gatherings during the debut of the space and several mentions in various gossip columns. It also gets major points for being the only truly new space that is opening in time for Fashion Week, always crucial when trying to make a splash.

3. WESTWAY— Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte's new West Village club may have been one of the big losers during New York Fashion Week in February, but the club has been up and running all summer long and is ready to claim itself as the hottest club operating below Houston. Expect some smaller but important fashion world players to throw their events here.

4. Ph-D— That other rooftop nightclub near the MePa opened big in the spring and has put together some very good summer nights. Expect the Strategic Tao group to show off their new club with a mix of Fashion Week events and late nights while Nur Khan holds court in the Electric Room below.

5. HOTEL AMERICANO— There are no Fashion Week events scheduled at the new hotel that is trying to make W. 27th Street a destination once again, but New York's newest boutique hotel is poised to become a place to be during the week as a yin to the Standard's yang. Or is it the other way? No matter, expect this place to be hopping over the next week as visitors enjoy the food and beverage spaces that soft opened over the summer.

6. THE DARBY— The Butter group's supper club may not be the newest game in town this year, but it does have the ability to attract boldfaced names to come by and jump on stage to wow the crowd, and the place also has its new basement lounge fully up and running, something that wasn't available the past two Fashion Weeks.


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Bike Rides New York City

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With the unveiling of the Citi Bike program this summer, all New Yorkers will have the opportunity to experience cycling in the city, and know the ease and joys of getting around town without needing to rely on the MTA or a car. In a two-wheeled state of mind, oM asked nine notable New Yorkers to share their favorite bike rides, and how they think the new bike share will change the city.

Actor and activist Matthew Modine likes to pedal up to Yankee Stadium, New York Cycle Club’s Ellen Jaffe reveals her favorite long, leisure ride throughout NYC, and Velojoy’s Susi Wunsch is partial to a breezy spin around Shelter Island.

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Himalayan NYC

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The Himalayan NYC guidebook offers special discounts at 45 participating businesses. With your guidebook in hand, journey outward to Shop, Dine at, and Explore Himalayan-inspired businesses throughout the city.
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Sensing the Autumn

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World Trade Center Commemorative Time-Lapse

In honor of the 11th anniversary of September 11th, EarthCam is proud to premiere this new commemorative time-lapse with cinematic views of the World Trade C...
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New Yorker Festival: Music

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From Afro-punk to Wagner and everything in between, this year’s New Yorker Festival program has something for all kinds of audiophiles.
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New York City History: A strange, new skyline: World Trade Center 1971

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The Doors to Guy Fieri's Midtown Kulinary Xanadu Are Open, Open, OPEN, OPEN

The Doors to Guy Fieri's Midtown Kulinary Xanadu Are Open, Open, OPEN, OPEN | New York I Love You™ | Scoop.it
KEWLNESS: Guy's American Kitchen and Bar is officially open to the public. The bartenders are mixing up refreshing Caliente Margaritas, the servers are dropping baskets of Guy-Talian nachos, and...
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3 Bike Routes To Balance Out The Daily News' Tour-De-Fear

3 Bike Routes To Balance Out The Daily News' Tour-De-Fear | New York I Love You™ | Scoop.it
(Steven Kelley) Daily News editorial board member Alexander Nazaryan is afraid. Not of 17th century English literature, but of biking in New York City.
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Last Night's Party: Saks

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Fashion's Night Out crowds flocked to Saks Fifth Avenues, where free treats, celebrity sightings and glitzy gowns were plenty.
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Open House NYC

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Open House New York (Oct 6, 7) is an annual weekend-long event during which historic buildings, architectural masterpieces and sundry landmarks welcome the public for tours and nosing around. It's the perfect opportunity to explore normally off-limits parts of New York and have a good old snoop.

The lineup for 2012 was released today on OHNY's website (and is included as a printed insert in this week's issue of TONY, with free copies made available at select locations in each borough; see ohny.org for details). There are more than 250 tours and places to visit, many of which are free and open to all. However, some of the big-ticket draws do require reservations costing $5—and these can go fast, in part because of limited space. Reservations begin tomorrow, Thursday, September 27 at 10am at ohny.org/weekend/reservations. To help you plan your attack, here are 12 spots and tours that require reservations that caught our eye.

The High Line at the Rail Yards (Sat, Sun noon–4pm)
Take a self-guided meander along the third and final section of this elevated park. Yup, this one will be over-subscribed. Thankfully, the High Line opens this stretch the following weekend as well (Oct 13, 14 noon–4pm). Visit thehighline.org for details and to R.S.V.P.

The Four Seasons (Sat at 3, 4pm)
This designated landmark makes its debut at Open House New York this year. Besides a chance to see the famed midcentury modern interior (designed by Philip Johnson) without forking out for a meal, attendees will be led around by architect Belmont Freeman, who oversaw the recent restoration of the space.

Lakeside at Prospect Park Construction Tour (Sun at 1, 3pm)
We are impatiently waiting for this to open in 2013, so we're psyched to get a sneak peek at how it's coming along and harangue construction workers to hurry up.

Wythe Hotel (Sat, Sun at 1, 2pm)
It was once a cooperage factory; now it's a boutique hotel. If you want to see Brooklyn's contemporary architectural style writ large, this new addition to Open House New York is probably a good place to start.

7 World Trade Center (Sat at 11am, 1pm; Sun at 1pm)
Take a tour of the first tower to be rebuilt at the WTC site.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 5 (Sat at noon, 2pm)
Take a tour of the construction site of the latest addition to this waterfront hot spot, due for completion this fall. We're hoping they'll make us wear a hard hat and fluorescent tabard—we rock those accessories hard.

Newton Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (Sat at 10, 11am, noon, 1, 2, 3pm) and Newton Creek Alliance Boat Tour (Sun at 10am)
The wastewater treatment plant's egg-shaped digesters are instantly recognizable and a perennial favorite. We hear the view from the top is something to behold. The next day, Alliance members lead a tour of the polluted creek on a NYC Water Taxi.

Coleman-Sanchez Residence (Sat 11am–4pm)
Resident and architect Christopher Coleman gives a tour of his bright, funky Williamsburg pad. This tour is one of 15 organized by Interior Design Magazine that focus on residential properties.

Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space Tours (Sat, Sun at 3, 5:15pm)
Community gardens and squats are an integral part of the East Village's storied past. Local activists lead this tour that may even stop at a current squatter's apartment.

Gowanus Canal "Super Fun" Site Canoe Tour (Sat, Sun at 1, 3pm)
What can we say? We're a sucker for a pun. Also, for paddling on this Gowanus superfund site with the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club.

Manhole Covers of 14th Street (Sat, Sun at 2pm)
Public artist Michele Brody leads a tour that points out beautiful and functional cast-iron discs. Anything that reveals a facet of the city that we'd otherwise not notice is all right by us.



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Shoes!

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Women sit inside the tents at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week REUTERS/Allison Joyce (UNITED STATES)

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Fashion’s Night Out NYC 2012: The Scene From Uptown to Downtown

Fashion’s Night Out NYC 2012: The Scene From Uptown to Downtown | New York I Love You™ | Scoop.it
The lines, the cops...the lack of booze. My Fashion’s Night Out started around 5:30pm.


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NYC beaches off the beaten track

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For the escapist: Robert Moses State Park, Long Island

Bliss out among the dunes on this massive Fire Island beach, which has enough nooks and crannies for you to uncover your own secluded patch of sand. Though only a 20-minute drive past the perpetually packed Jones Beach, this peaceful five-mile stretch of oceanfront feels worlds apart; you’ll find more and more solitude as you walk further from the immense parking lots. On top of amenities like umbrella rentals, concessions and an 18-hole golf course right on the water, you’ll get clean, shell-studded sand and just-rough-enough waves for boogie boarding. We advise capping off your day with a hike to the lighthouse at the western end of the beach, which offers a breathtaking view of the sunset.
How to get there: Car (60mins, parking $10) or LIRR to Babylon, then transfer to the S47 bus to Robert Moses Beach (2hrs, $21.50 round-trip with an MTA Beach Getaways package; mta.info/lirr/getaways)

For the nudist: Gunnison Beach, Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Shed your clothes and inhibitions at one of the biggest and most popular nude bathing spots on the Eastern Seaboard. This sparkly clean two-mile stretch of sand was once the site of a military base; soldiers frequently went skinny-dipping in the nearby surf until the facility was decommissioned in the early ’70s. Today, the beach continues to attract naturists—so much so that parking is frequently maxed out on weekends. Avoiding tan lines isn’t the only draw, as this pristine coastal destination also offers dramatic views of lower Manhattan, hiking (clothing required; we recommend the Old Dune Trail) and bird-watching.
How to get there: Car (60mins, parking $15) or ferry (35mins from Wall St–Pier 11 or 50mins from E 35th St terminal, $45 round-trip; seastreak.com)

For the gay flirt: Jacob Riis Park, the Rockaways, Queens

The easternmost end of “The People’s Beach” has long been the city’s unofficial LGBT waterside hot spot. On this broad, open shore, you’ll find a lively scene populated by scantily clad girls and boys, and although it’s not officially allowed, the occasional nude sunbather. Check out the recently renovated Art Deco bathhouse, a relic from the Robert Moses era, and the slightly dingy but charming boardwalk—perfect for a stroll and some shameless cruising. Concession stands are few and far between, so come prepared with a picnic.
How to get there: Car (35mins, parking $10) or 2 or 5 train to Flatbush Ave–Brooklyn College, then transfer to Q35 bus to Jacob Riis Park (75mins)

For the dog owner: Bayshore Waterfront Park, Monmouth, New Jersey

You’ll definitely need a car to reach this scenic park by the sea, but isn’t Fido worth it? After all, the city has really dropped the ball when it comes to canine-friendly waterfronts in the summertime—dogs are not allowed on any NYC beaches between May and September. This lovely county park on Jersey’s northern shore lets your doggie have some fun in the sun, provided he’s on a leash. Take advantage of the picturesque fishing pier, peaceful picnic areas, and of course, the mile-long stretch of pristine beach.
How to get there: Car (60mins, parking free)

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