Thursday, March 13, 2014

Manhattan Mix Tape, 3-13-14

Seven people are confirmed dead as a result of yesterday's East Harlem explosion, according to reports by various news agencies. Cold news on an unseasonably (and unreasonably) cold day.

New York Today: Extreme Drop (NYT)

The mayor will provide an update on yesterday's East Harlem explosion at 11:45 a.m., after meeting with first responders earlier this morning. Tonight, attend the National Book Critics Circle Awards Ceremony at the New School at 6 p.m. (free; see the finalists here); then, stick around for the after-party ($75). Or, learn how to cook eggs in zero gravity with Astronaut Charlie Camarda and space nutritionist Sara Zwart at the National Academy of Sciences at 6:30 p.m. ($25).

Best of New York (NY Mag)

The 2014 edition is online, bringing you the editors' picks for beauty, eating & drinking, fun & nightlife, home & help, and shopping. Peruse by category, by neighborhood or by alphabetical listing of the winners.

Artsy Places to Stay Warm Today

Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood: Film director Darren Aranofsky's pop-up exhibit featuring works inspired by the biblical story (and his upcoming film). Through March 29. 462 West Broadway.

The Last Brucennial: If it's truly the last, that's just sad. This always eccentric, eclectic show first launched just six years ago to coincide with the Whitney Biennial, New York's favorite art show we love to hate. Through April 4. 837 Washington St.

Staying In: Read, in honor of Lotte Fields, who so loved reading side-by-side with her husband that she bequeathed $6 million to the New York Public Library, the NYPL announced yesterday.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Manhattan Mix Tape, 3-12-14

Try to get outdoors this morning. It's almost 50 degrees again as I write. But following yesterday's sun comes today's rain, expected to start between noon and 1 p.m. And following yesterday's balmy mid-60s temperatures, comes tonight's plunging mercury. Time to make hay while the sun shines.

Alternate-Side Parking regulations are in effect.

Breaking Story: Explosion and building collapse at 116th and Park Ave. Continuing coverage here.

New York Today: Let it Rain (NYT)

After 11 a.m., look for the Coalition for the Homeless' annual "State of the Homeless" report, while CDP and other housing advocacy groups release "Weathering the Storm," a report on mold in public housing post-Superstorm Sandy.

And, something to do before (or during) the rain: Everything's going to the dogs at "Canine Kingdom," photographs of dogs at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show and other international pooch competitions by Landon Nordeman, a contributing photographer to The New Yorker. The exhibit, at The Half King Photography Series, launched yesterday; the opening reception is tonight at 7:30 p.m. (505 West 23rd St., at foot of the High Line steps at Tenth Ave.).

Things to Do in New York Today (TONY)

My picks from TONY's Picks: Two chances to see free burlesque tonight.

  • Nuit Blanche: Blue Angel Burlesque, 9:30 p.m., at Beaumarchais (409 West 13th St.).
  • Tres Leches, 9 p.m., at Duane Park (308 Bowery).

Longing for Summer: Yes, we may all be feeling a little melancholy when we wake up to tomorrow's freezing temps. Delude yourself into a summer state of mind with the Village Voice's ranking of the 10 Best Frozen Drinks in NYC. Make it through all 10 frozen concoctions today, and you may not even notice you're frozen in the morning.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Manhattan Mix Tape, 3-11-14

Alternate-Side Parking regulations are in effect.

New York Today: When the Bronx Invaded Manhattan (NYT)

In 1939 Bronx borough pres James F. Lyons tried to take Marble Hill from Manhattan.

Things to Do in NY Today (TONY)

Some highlights from TONY: If the new Cosmos TV series has you wanting more of astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, head for the Hayden Planetarium, where he narrates the Dark Universe space show every half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. ($27); for tonight's fun and games, check out Linda Loves Bingo, free, at Cibar Lounge on Irving Place, with drag hostess Linda Simpson.

It's the first 60plus-degree day since Dec. 23, 2013. Spend 30 minutes in Central Park. Use this interactive map from the Central Park Conservancy to find a spot you've never visited.

Random: Slow down on Park Ave. in midtown (52nd-57th Sts.) to take in artist Alice Aycock's newly installed "Paper Chase" sculptures; photographs here by Untapped Cities.

Staying In: The Real Housewives of New York season six premieres tonight on Bravo at 9 p.m. (ET).