April 30, 2014

Upcoming Street Fairs NYC May 3 - 4, 2014

Weekend Street Fairs 
10am - 6pm
May 3 - Lexington Avenue Festival
LexingtonAve from 60th to 66th St, Manhattan
May 3 – 4 - Spring Crafts on Columbus
Columbus Avenue from 77th to 81st Street
May 4 - Court Street Brooklyn Festival
Court Street from Union St to 9th St, Brooklyn  
May 4 - Happauge Long Island Festival
Town Line Road from Route111 to Nesconset Highway, Long Island  
May 4 - Broadway Spring Festival
86th to 93rd Street on Broadway, Manhattan

May 4  - Astoria Spring Street Festival 
31st Street Astoria Ditmars Blvd to 21st Avenue, Queens
May 4 - Cinco De Mayo Fair
41st Street from 6th - 7th Ave., Manhattan
May 4 - Bust Magazine Spring Craftacular
Brooklyn Bazaar: 165 Banker Street Brooklyn, NY 11222
A style event for indie fashionistas and beauty buffs, featuring 90+ vendors of handmade and vintage clothing and accessories, indie beauty products, live music, cocktails, and much more. 
Hours: 11 A.M. to 6:00 P.M

April 29, 2014

Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty

What: From Academy Award winner and bestselling author Diane Keaton comes a candid, hilarious, and deeply affecting look at beauty, aging, and the importance of staying true to yourself. Join Diane for her book launch - "Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty."
When: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014  |  7:00PM - 8:30PM
Where: Barnes & Noble, Union Square: 33 E 17th St.

April 28, 2014

The House of Vans Hosts: The Iconic Classics Party with Free Beer


Free Movie Monday: Adaptation

What: Nicolas Cage & Meryl Streep Star In A Free Screening of the movie Adaptation: the story of a lovelorn screenwriter becoming desperate as he tries and fails to adapt The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean for the screen.
When: April 28th, 2014  |  9:00PM - 11:00PM
Where: Huckleberry Bar: 588 Grand Street Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Law Week NYC

What: In honor of National Law Day the New York State Courts Access to Justice Community Outreach Program together with the New York City Bar Association's Legal Referral Service and the New York State Court Officers Association is hosting a series of legal information fairs. The information fairs present New York City residents with the opportunity to get free legal and procedural information about the courts, and free legal advice from an experienced attorney. Attendees can learn about the various community agencies that can assist in meeting their legal and social needs. The Mobile Legal Help Center will be at each of the Free Legal Information Fairs.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014  |  11:00am - 2:00pm
Brooklyn Borough Hall/Columbus Park: 360 Adams Street Brooklyn, NY 11201

Wednesday, April 30, 2014  |  11:00am - 2:00pm
Queens County Civil Court: 89-17 Sutphin Blvd. Queens, NY 11435

Thursday,May 1, 2014  |  11:00am - 2:00pm
New York County Civil Court: 111 Centre Street New York, NY 10013

Friday, May 2, 2014  |  11:00am - 2:00pm
Bronx County Civil/Supreme Court:  851 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY 10456


Christian Lacroix, evening dress, turquoise silk
satin, c. 1988, gift of Mrs. Martin D. Gruss.
What: Trend-ology examines the vast array of sources from which fashion trends have developed over the past 250 years. Trends have emerged from high fashion runways and urban street style, but they have also derived from art, music, novels, and socio-political movements. Particular trends change every season, but the phenomenon of the trend has come to define the modern fashion system itself. Curated by Emma McClendon and Ariele Elia, the exhibition features over 100 objects from the Museum’s costume, accessory, and textile collections. Themes highlighted include 18th-century court dress, the rise of the couturier in 19th-century Paris, hip hop fashion, and more recent developments related to blogging, fast fashion, and social-media networking. 

The show features designs by Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Rei Kawakubo, Jean Paul Gaultier, Helmut Lang, Martin Margiela, and Opening Ceremony, to name a few. Also on view is a video produced exclusively for Trend-ology, featuring interviews with fashion insiders Simon Doonan, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Saul Lopez Silva of WGSN, and many others.

When: April 28th - 30th, 2014 - All Day
Where: The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology: 227 W 27th St

April 25, 2014


What: Members of the New York Antique Auto Club will exhibit their cars on the farmhouse grounds. Automobile memorabilia, historic house tours, hayrides, and food will be available.
When: Sunday, April 27th, 2014  |  11 am – 4 pm
Where: Queens County Farm Museum 
Cost: $5.00 / adult  /  $2.00 / child (ages 12 & under)
Free with Farm Membership

April 24, 2014

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

What: A weekend celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.
Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival at BBG, offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival marks the end of Hanami, the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season.
When: Saturday, April 26th - Sunday April 27th, 2014 at 10:00am to 6:00pm
Where: Brooklyn Botanic Garden: 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11225
Cost: $25 for adults, free for children under age 12

April 23, 2014

Scoopfest at Baskin-Robbins!

Swing by Baskin-Robbins now through Thursday for $1 scoops of ice cream! Get a kids scoop for $1, two scoops for $2 or three scoops for $3! As always, tax is included and price/participation may vary.

Tribeca Film Festival Family Street Fair

What: Open to Festival registrants and the public. Digital games from leading game makers, live games to play from the game masters of Come Out & Play and the innovative Quest to Learn public school, and tents full of fun and discovery from: American Museum of Natural History, BrainQuake, Co.lab, Glasslab, Global Gaming Initiative, Zynga.org, Institute of Play, Quest to Learn, Kidaptive, Timbuktu TinyTap, FarmVille, Mark Animation and more!
When: Saturday, April 26th, 2014 at 10:00am to 6:00pm
Where: Tribeca: Greenwich Street, from Hubert to Chambers Streets, New York NY 
Fair Info

Fixing Session at BRIC

What: We suggest a $5 donation for each item fixed, but no one will be turned away.
When: WEDNESDAY, April 23rd, 2014  |  7:00-10:00 p.m.
Where: BRIC Arts & Media: 647 Fulton Street (Corner of Rockwell Place and just one block off the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Fulton Street) Brooklyn

April 22, 2014

Earth Day New York 2014

What: One of NYC's biggest Earth Day celebrations takes place over three days in two locations. Union Square is where the real action is, as the park is transformed into a giant eco-fair with live music, green goods and educational activities on Earth Day proper (which also happens to be the last day of spring break). Grand Central Terminal will also host two days of educational displays from eco-friendly companies outside the train station.
When: Tuesday, April 22nd in Union Square Park 11am-7pm
Where: Wednesday April 23rd - Thursday, April 24th 11am-7pm outside Grand Central Terminal on Vanderbilt Avenue and 43rd Street

April 18, 2014


What: Help kick off our growing season with a screening of Growing Cities -- a new documentary film about urban agriculture in America. Growing Cities showcases innovators and everyday people who are transforming their cities one vacant lot, rooftop farm, and backyard garden at a time. To learn more, visit www.growingcitiesmovie.com. Post-screening discussion to follow.
When: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014  |  7:30 pm 
Where: Queens County Farm Museum
Cost: $5

April 16, 2014


*Wristbands for post-show signing will be distributed w/TALK DIRTY CD purchase at Lucky Strike
*CD sales and wristband distribution will begin on 4/17 at 5pm at LUCKY STRIKE*

Where: LUCKY STRIKE: 624-660 W 42nd Street (42nd St & 12th Ave)

April 14, 2014

Sprinkles Cupcakes Ice Cream Shop to open in NYC

Sprinkles Sandwich Credit: sprinkles.com

What: NYC's first Sprinkles Ice Cream shop! The shop will serve up flavors ranging from coffee fudge almond and cap'n crunch to peanut butter cup and blood orange sorbet.
When: April 25th, 2014
Where: Sprinkles: 780 Lexington Ave. between 60th and 61st streets

April 12, 2014

The AIPAD Photography Show

What: More than 80 of the world’s leading photography art galleries will present a wide range of museum-quality work, including contemporary, modern and nineteenth-century photographs, as well as photo-based art, video, and new media, at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City’s Upper East Side.

When: April 10th-13th, 2014
Saturday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  |  Sunday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Cost: Tickets are available for purchase at the Show during Show hours (Thursday – Sunday). Each ticket admits one person. No transfers, discounts, refunds, exchanges, or upgrades.
 $30 for one-day Show pass 

Includes exhibition access for Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. 
$10 for one-day pass with valid student ID (not applicable for faculty)
Includes exhibition access for Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Accompanied children ages 12 and under free. 

Tax Day Freebies and Deals 2014

The fast-food chain is offering a free value size order of curly fries again this year. You’ll need a coupon that you can download from arbys.com a few days prior to April 15.

Boston Market
The fast-casual restaurant chain is offering two individual meals, each including a half rotisserie chicken with a choice of two home style sides and freshly baked cornbread, for $10.40 (as in IRS Form 1040). No coupon required.

Bruegger's Bagels
The bagel chain is reprising its “1040” special: 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese for $10.40 — about a $3.50 deduction. You have to download and print a coupon from Bruegger’s Facebook page or sign up for its email club by April 10. The deal is available April 12-15.

California Tortilla
Mention the secret password, "taxes shmaxes," when you place your order on Tax Day at the fast-casual Mexican chain and you’ll be rewarded with free queso and chips. A purchase is required. The cheese-intolerant can substitute salsa for queso.

Great American Cookies
Get a free chocolate chip cookie from participating Great American Cookies locations; no purchase or proof of filing (or even of an extension) required. First come, first serve.

Hard Rock Cafe
Musically talented (or low on inhibition)? You can take the stage at Hard Rock Cafes across America and earn a free dinner entrĂ©e by completing a whole song in front of the entire restaurant. The song is up to you — how about The Beatles’ “Tax Man”?

HydroMassage is offering a free massage “experience” on its user-controlled massage beds. You have to download this coupon and call ahead for availability; calling ahead isn’t required if you use a bed at a Planet Fitness location but there might be a wait. The freebie is good April 14-18.

Office Depot
Office Depot is letting customers shred up to 5 pounds of tax records (or anything else) for free through April 29. You'll need this coupon.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Customers can fill their cup with froyo and toppings for only $4.15 (as in April 15) via a coupon that will be posted on Orange Leaf's Facebook page. The chain says that amounts to approximately 50 percent off the regular price, depending on how much froyo and toppings a customer typically chooses.

If you buy a 32-ounce fountain drink and a bag of chips, the deli-sandwich chain will give you a small “The Original” sandwich for free. No coupon required. In case you’re not familiar with the Schlotzsky’s menu, the sandwich in question consists of ham, two kinds of salami, three types of cheese and an assortment of fixings.

Sonny’s BBQ
Once you’ve given the government its pound of flesh, head on over to Sonny’s BBQ to get half off on a plate of Sweet & Smokey or House Dry-Rubbed Ribs. It’s the Irresistible Ribs Special (IRS, get it?). No coupon is required, and the chain estimates this tax break is worth about $6.25 to you.


The fast-food chain is offering a free value size order of curly fries again this year. You’ll need a coupon that you can download from arbys.com a few days prior to April 15.

Read more at http://www.kiplinger.com/article/taxes/T050-C011-S001-tax-day-freebies-and-deals-2014.html#7O3kVpylwI2LRqKH.99

The 6th Annual Prospect Heights Craft Fair

What: The Prospect Heights Craft Fair – now in its 6th year! Grown up or child-like, you will find something for everyone at the Prospect Heights Craft Fair.  Come explore and shop our wildly varied array of handmade treasures ranging from apparel, jewelry, stationery and so much more in between.  And as always, we will have delicious treats from local eateries. Browse, munch, shop and don’t miss out on our spectacular raffle and activities for kids!
When: Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 11am – 6pm
Where: P.S.9: 80 Underhill Ave. @St. Marks Ave. Brooklyn

April 5, 2014

Seven places to watch the Game of Thrones Season 4 premiere:

The Bedford (Williamsburg)  
Halyards (gowanus): trivia starts @ 8pm 
Huckleberry Bar (Williamsburg) 
Lola (Fort Greene): season 3 finale starts @ 7:30pm 
Professor hom's: free jello shots if anyone dies, free first drink if in costume (east village) 
Tideology (Williamsburg): $10 pre-show includes a seat plus a got beer and nachos or a hot dog. Admission to the screening is free, but we're thinking it'll be quite full from the pre-show folks. 
Way Station (prospect heights)

National Grid Earth Day Celebration

What: This interactive family event will take place on the plaza outside Brooklyn College's Walt Whitman Theatre. Now in its seventh year, the National Grid Earth Day Celebration is designed to educate families on how they can play a role in caring for the Earth and creating a more sustainable future.  Interactive family activities, educational materials, and give-away items will highlight the need for conserving energy, recycling in the home, and having a heightened awareness of the environmental and global issues that we face today.
When: Sunday, April 6th, 2014 at 3:00pm
Where: Great Artists Plaza outside the Walt Whitman Theatre at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Campus Road & Hillel Place, Brooklyn NY 

LIC Flea is back!

Come join us for the opening weekend of the Flea season in LIC on Saturday and Sunday April 5 & 6 from 10AM to 6PM!


Harlem Food Truck Rally

the kitchen arts + letters bookstore

What: Books and hundreds of others are slightly damaged, shelf-worn, out-of-date, or a little too well loved. They're all on sale from $1-$10.
When: Saturday, April 5th  |  11am-6pm
Where: 1435 Lexington Avenue New York, New York 10128

Children's Carnival

What: Carnival in the apple orchard. Carnival rides, midway games and prizes, hayrides, and children’s entertainment make this a fun family event.
Carnival rides included with admission. Additional fees apply for all other activities.

When: Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 11:00am to 6:00pm
Repeating every week — Sunday, and Saturday through Sunday, April 13th, 2014
Where: Queens County Farm Museum: 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park NY 11004
Cost: $11 per person

Pillow Fight Day NYC

Pillows fly and teddies soar as you converge for a giant urban pillow fight! Swing and whack as you evade pillow-wielding assailants. Bring a soft pillow and wait for the signal. Dress as your favorite superhero or villain from comic books, movies, anime, the internet, or your imagination. Pillow fight!

Rules: Please follow these guidelines to ensure a safe and fun pillow fight for everybody!
+ Soft, feather-free pillows only!
+ Swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once.
+ Do not swing at people without pillows or with cameras.
+ Remove glasses beforehand!
+ Deposit pillows in donation truck or take them with you.
+ Pajamas welcome.

When: Saturday April 5th, 2014  |  3pm
Where: Washington Square Park 

April 1, 2014

Foodies Foodies Everywhere!

Comic & Cartoon Art Week

Illustration by Molly Ostertag
TUESDAY, APRIL 1  |  7pm 
New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium
at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, Bark Room
Guest speak Ernie Gehr, filmmaker/animator
Free and open to the public

7:00 - 8:30pm
Strong Female Protagonists
at the School of Visual Arts Amphitheater
209 East 23rd St., Room 311
A panel discussion with Raina Telgemeier, Diane Noomin, Shelly Bond, and Alitha Martinez.  Moderated by Keith Mayerson.
This event is free and open to the public.  Registration required.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2  |  2:00pm 
The Draftsmen's Congress at the New Museum
235 Bowery
The New Museum has invited the Society of Illustrators to participate in a collaborative project called the Draftsmen's Congress led by artist Pawell Althamer. The Society has partnered with the National Cartoonists Society exclusively. Members will take part in the making of one large drawing that will take up the entire fourth floor of the space in the museum.  

THURSDAY, APRIL 3  |  6:00 - 9:00pm
MoCCA Arts Fest VIP Cocktail Reception
Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63 Street
Help us kick-off the MoCCA Arts Festival weekend.  Join us for a private viewing of the current exhibits Drew Friedman's Old Jewish Comedians and Jeffrey Catherine Jones. Invitation only. 

7:00 - 8:00pm
Nick Abadzis + Tucker Stone
Strand Books: 828 Broadway
Nick Abadzis will speak with comics journalist Tucker Stone. Learn more...   

Edie Fake presents Memory Palaces
Bureau of General Services- Queer Division
hosted by Cage, 83A Hester Street
Chicago comics artist Edie Fake and Brooklyn publishers Secret Acres are pleased to debut a monograph of Edie's recent gallery exhibition, Memory Palaces.  Edie will present his drawings and discuss the genesis behind his project, a radical re-imagining of queer spaces in Chicago.

Katie Skelly Signing Operation Margarine
Desert Island: 540 Metropolitan Ave. Brooklyn, NY from AdHouse books