February 27, 2015


What: The Seed Market is a vegan food festival that aims to bring together the best local plant-based and cruelty-free businesses. New Yorkers will be able to freely access the indoor market and discover, taste, shop and learn more about the plant-based movement.
When: Saturday, February 28th, 2015  |  11:00AM - 6:00PM
Where: The Altman Building: 135 West 18th Street, Manhattan

Mad Men: Celebrate the End of an Era

Through its intimate and thrilling depictions of the lives of Madison Avenue advertising executives, Mad Men, the award-winning television series, has exerted an influence on fashion, design and pop culture. Celebrate the groundbreaking show's final seven episodes with a slew of citywide events, including museum exhibitions, screenings and panel discussions with the cast and creator, and tune in to AMC on April 5 to watch the premiere.

March 2–April 5

The Mad Men Book List
In early March, the New York Public Library will be unveiling its Mad Men Book List—a tribute to the series that features a collection of 25 books that were read by the show's characters. Nineteen branches—located in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island—will be offering physical and e-book copies of the titles. 
March 14–June 14
Matthew Weiner's Mad Men at the Museum of the Moving Image
Immerse yourself in the world of Mad Men with this in-depth exhibition of the show’s costumes, props, set—and even the personal research materials used by show creator Matthew Weiner to create beloved characters like Don Draper and Peggy Olsen. This is the largest exhibition of Mad Men memorabilia ever mounted, and it will include an evening of conversation with Weiner himself on March 20.
March 21
Lincoln Center Mad Men Retrospective
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and actors Jon Hamm, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery and Vincent Kartheiser will all be in attendance for this special event from the Film Society at Lincoln Center. Join the all-star group at Alice Tully Hall, where they will be discussing the show and some of their favorite scenes. The FSLC will also host a two-day marathon of Mad Men episodes chosen by Weiner himself.
March 29
Matthew Weiner in Conversation
In conjunction with its upcoming exhibition Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism, which opens on March 31, the Museum of Jewish Heritage will be hosting a public program featuring Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. At this special event, Weiner will speak at the museum about the evolution of Jewish identity on his hit show.
April 22–23
The Movies of Mad Men
Dedicated fans of Mad Men will enjoy this two-day event, during which the Brooklyn Academy of Music will be showing a series of movies that the characters on the show either watched or discussed themselves, followed by conversations with a surprise cast member and Matthew Weiner. Depending how obsessed you are with the show, you may be able to guess what will be featured. 
May 20
Live from the NYPL with Matthew Weiner
Will your world be empty after the credits roll on the final episode of Mad Men? Fill the void in your heart by watching series creator Matthew Weiner take the stage at Live from the NYPL several days after the finale, to discuss the show’s themes, characters and complete history. 

February 26, 2015


What: Happening in New York City, RED Power Conversations will bring people together for an evening of cocktails and conversations around the AIDS epidemic. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a passionate panel of activists, advocates and experts who will discuss HIV, stigma and other issues surrounding the epidemic.  Moderator: Charreah K. Jackson (@Charreah), ESSENCE Lifestyle & Relationships Editor. 
* 6pm - Cocktail hour (Get in the door, grab a drink, take pics, meet people!)
* 7pm - Panel conversation (Listen, learn and engage!)
* 8pm - Networking (Meet people in the room, give panelists props, and show off your red shoes). 
When: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 from 6-9pm
Where: The Time and Life Building, 8th floor - 1271 Avenue of the Americas 

February 25, 2015

Free Hot Dogs in NYC

What: Nothing is cheap in SoHo these days, so you can't imagine how excited we were to hear that every Wednesday you can enjoy an hour of free hot dogs at the awesome Spring Lounge. All you need to do is show up, and perhaps tip.
When: Wednesday, February 25th, 2015  |  5:00PM - 6:00PM
Where: Spring Lounge: 48 Spring St

February 24, 2015

The Oxfam Jam

What: The Oxfam Jam is an all-volunteer event to help raise money to support Oxfam’s work to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Join Corey Cambridge, Tattoo Money & Dyllan for a great time.
When: Thursday, February 26th, 2015  |  7:00PM - 10:00PM
Where: Pianos: 158 Ludlow Street 


What: Techies, hipsters, innovators and superstars, are you looking for love? In need of inspiration? Do you want to connect with like-minded visionaries? 
Before heading to SXSW, let's meet in New York City and celebrate tech, love and art together!
Join friends of dating app founder, Lori Cheek and creatrix Andrea Cook as we mingle and make awesome happen. Happy hour drinks are available with prices starting at $5. Get the newly launched Cheekd app. Enjoy the tech-inspired visual stories behind the new #TechLoveArt series of artwork.
When: Monday, March 2nd, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Solas: 232 E 9th St New York, NY

February 19, 2015

The Orchid Show: Chandeliers at The New York Botanical Garden

What: Look up to experience the soaring beauty of orchids! The Orchid Show: Chandeliers exhibit in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden will delight nature lovers and enchant guests of all ages who love the beauty of nature. Step out of the bustling city and walk directly under an aerial display unlike any other. Explore an expanded showcase of the orchid in all its myriad forms -- with the added elegance of hanging designs. You can even coordinate your visit with the complementary performances and activities, like dance, poetry and hands-on orchid care demonstrations, going on in the garden.
When: Feb. 28th - Mar. 19th, 2015
Where: The New York Botanical Garden: 2900 Southern Blvd Bronx, NY 10458
Discount Tickets 

February 18, 2015

Lunar New Year Parade in Flushing, Queens

What: March with the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce! Meet at our office (39-01 Main Street, Suite 511) between 9:30 and 10:30AM for some hot coffee and donuts ... we'll head off to the parade site together.
Budget enough time to get into downtown Flushing (it will be difficult to drive after 9AM as streets will be blocked).
The parade (itself) lasts about an hour; dress warmly and in layers; bring signs and banners representing your group. There are indoor cultural performances after the parade and tons of amazing food everywhere.

When: February 21st, 2015
Where: Queens Crossing: 136-17 39th Ave. (bet. Main and 138th Sts.) Queens, NY 11354

February 17, 2015

Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Goat

What: Celebrate this popular Chinese holiday with costumed folk dances, authentic music, and Lion Dance, presented by the New York Chinese Cultural Center. Youth will learn traditional techniques of paper cutting and calligraphy with hands-on art activities at 2:00pm, before the performances begin at 3:00pm.
When: Saturday, February 21st, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: The Bronx Museum of the Arts: 1040 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY 10456


What: Founded in 2012, Japan Week is a promotional event aimed at encouraging travel to Japan. It is a cooperative effort between the Japan Tourism Agency, Japan National Tourism Organization, and diverse businesses in both New York City and Japan. 
Japan Week provides the discerning traveler information on destinations across Japan, the chance to speak with tourism experts to help plan your odyssey, exclusive offers from Japanese travel agencies, and even a chance to win a flight from New York City to Japan!

Highlights from this year's Japan Week include the new Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train, a "depachika" food emporium with delectable sweets from regions all over Japan, and an extravagant wedding kimono—the centerpiece of a luxury Japanese wedding.

Let Japan Week be the first step in a voyage beyond your imagination!

When: February 18th –20th, 2015 
February 18: 11AM to 8PM
February 19: 10AM to 8PM
February 20: 10AM to 7PM

Where: Vanderbilt Hall

February 16, 2015

Whiskey, Cigars & Style with Savile Row Society & Ivy Oasis

What: Join Eventsy, Savile Row Society, and Ivy Oasis for whiskey, cocktails and men’s styling tips from Savile Row Society.
SRS stylists will present the latest in men’s fashion from its more than 75 brand offerings and demonstrate how their stylists work with actual clients to achieve their personal styles. Both men and women are welcome!
Business casual – Dress to Impress our photographers will be taking your picture!
When: Tuesday, February 17th  |  8:00pm to 11:00pm
Where: Beekman Bar & Books – 889 1st Avenue
Cost: FREE RSVP (bring a friend who could use a wardrobe update!) 21+

NYC Mardi Gras Comes To Brooklyn

What: Let the Good Times Roll with artisanal spirits, a gumbo cook-off, craft beer, live burlesque and live music for four hours of all you can eat and drink entertainment. 

Key features include (subject to change):
  • 10+ spirits vendors curated by Modern Distillery Age
  • A full evening of entertainment curated by Roots Rocker/Americana artist George Kilby, Jr.
  • Emcee Mark Ettinger will keep things happening all evening long
  • NYC Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-off with guest chefs and co-hosted by Matt Timms of thetakedowns.com
  • Craft beer from Abita, Smuttynose, Sixpoint and Lagunitas
  • Live music from Mona's Hot Four Ragtime Band
  • Select Burlesque from Hot Box Girls and Tap Dance performances from Astoria Tap Crew
  • Additional New Orleans-style foods (cornbread, jambalaya, Zapp's potato chips, more!
When: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Where: Irondale Center: 85 S. Oxford Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
Cost: $45 general admission

Grand Street Restaurant Week 2015

What: Restaurants all up and down Grand Street, in 
Williamsburg, will be offering 2-course lunches from $8-$10 and 3-course dinners ranging from $18-$30.
When: February 16 to February 22
Where: Grand Street, Brooklyn

16th Annual Lunar New Year Parade And Festival NYC

What: More than half a million spectators are expected to line the streets for the pan-Asian parade, which includes Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Malaysian and even Hispanic floats and cultural performances. Arrive early—by noon at the latest—if you want to snag a good spot. It's a very festive and very loud affair that's way too crowded for strollers, so it's probably a bit much for the preschool set. After you've seen your fill, head to Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Canal and Forsyth Streets for an outdoor cultural festival.
When: Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 at 1:00pm 
Where: Begins at Canal Street & Mott Street, to Chatham Square at East Broadway, down East Broadway under the Manhattan Bridge, proceeding down Eldridge Street to Grand Street at Forsyth Street, ending at Sara D Roosevelt Park.

February 7, 2015

Dima Drjuchin's Paper Bots!

What: Paper Bots is made up of 20 ultra-cool robot designs that can turn anyone on!
Each bot is pre-cut and scored so you can simply punch them out and fold them up with easy-to-follow instructions right on the page. You’ll instantly feel teleported to a bold new futurescape with these fun 3-D objects. Paper shuffling? A thing of the past—these bots will happily perform your dull, repetitive tasks on command. Paper Bots cleverly combine paper crafting with advanced paper engineering so no glue, tape, or tools are ever needed! Paper Bots make great drones for ages 7 to 101…and they may actually serve humankind after all—lets just hope its not on a plate.
Dima will be signing copies and helping all of us to build these funny little paper friends!

When: Saturday, February 7th from 4 - 6 pm
Where: 235 South 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

February 6, 2015

Greenpointers Valentine's Market

What: Food, Drinks, Fun, Shopping, and so much more! Some activities include:
Activities: FREE LOVE HAIKU by Lisa Markuson, FREE PHOTO BOOTH by Gustavo Ponce, FREE NAIL ART by @Peenk!, and FREE MASSAGES.

When: Sunday February 8th, 2015 from 1-7pm
Where: Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl) - take the elevator up.

February 5, 2015

Kids Week at the Intrepid

What: Kids Week is six days of fun-filled activities, hands-on workshops, live shows and much more, all exploring FLIGHT. From the science of aviation to sustaining life in outer space, every day offers unique opportunities for discovery.  Kids can learn how to grow food in space, create their own telescopes and master the physics of flight while making a perfect paper airplane. Families can learn about the stars in our pop-up planetarium, watch exciting science demonstrations or brace for a breathtaking display with live birds of prey. Each day features special guests and award-winning children’s book authors.
Kids Week activities, including planetarium presentations and special Tour Guide Talks, are free with general admission. Regular Museum activities such as Guided Tours and simulator rides require an additional fee. 

When: Monday, February 16th -Saturday, February 21st 
Cost: Activities are free with admission: In advance: $22 for adults, $17 for children ages 7-17 and $10 for ages 3-6; at the door: $2 more per person but present this coupon at the box office to get two-for-one admission!

February 4, 2015

The Gustafer Yellowgold Show

What: Singer, songwriter, artist and dad, Morgan Taylor, and his little yellow animated alter ego from the sun, Gustafer, come to Symphony Space for a special Valentine's Day performance. They're equal parts concert and cartoon, as Gustafer's animated adventures are accompanied by groovy, Beatles-like tunes.
When: Saturday, February 14th, 2015,  11am
Where: Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
Cost: $26 for adults, $16 for children

New York International Children's Film Festival 2015

What: Held at five Manhattan venues, this annual fest features kids' flicks from around the globe. Screenings often sell out quickly so check the schedule and buy tickets right away. There are always options for all ages, including shorts programs, and many foreign films are dubbed. There are often pre or post-show Q&As with the filmmakers and other special events, and everyone gets voting ballots to help select the festival winners.
When: Friday, February 27th - Sunday, March 22nd
Where: Manhattan
Cost: $13-$16. Save $2 per ticket with the exclusive discount code MOPO15.

February 3, 2015

Duo Yumeno

What: New York based koto / shamisen player and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki create a singular fusion sound, inspired by tradition but with a contemporary sensibility. Duo Yumeno’s repertoire includes a dynamic range of compositions – both traditional and contemporary - all of which explore the dialogue between classical Japanese and western music. 
When: Wednesday February 4th, 2015 @ 6:00 PM 
Where: The Rubin Museum of Art: 150 W17th St NY 

BAMkids Film Festival 2015

What: First the first time, BAM is partnering with other movie fests like TIFF Kids International and Animation Block Party to showcase more than 70 exceptional shorts (and two features) from around the world, including the Oscar-nominated Dam Keeper. Screenings are organized by age and there will also be fun hands-on activities in the BAMcafe upstairs, like animation workshops, magic shows, face painting and balloon twisting. 
When: Saturday, February 7th-Sunday, February 8th 
Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music: 30 Lafayette Avenue Peter J Sharp Building | BAM Rose Cinemas, Brooklyn NY 
Cost: $14 for adults, $10 for children under age 13 per screening

February 2, 2015

NYC Restaurant Week


One Girl Cookie Celebrates 3 Years in DUMBO

What: Dawn, Dave and the whole crew at One Girl Cookies are celebrating the bakery’s third anniversary in the neighborhood in February. To mark the occasion, One Girl Cookies invites you to enjoy FREE WHOOPIE PIES. Sweet! 
When: Monday, February 2nd, 2015 |  12-3pm 
Where: One Girl Cookies: 33 Main St (corner of Water) Brooklyn NY 11201

10th Anniversary of the Coffee & Tea Festival

What: Join more than 60 exhibitors from around the globe as they pour tastings of their finest coffees and teas and introduce you to new and award-winning products – the 2015 lineup will surpass all years past and include more coffee, as requested! This international extravaganza celebrating all things coffee and tea will offer two days of programs from well-known industry pros and pioneers, pairings, tastings, and more! The 28,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall will also feature some of the most delectable sweet and savory foods to compliment the spectacular collection of coffees and teas. This year, gift bags will be available to VIP ticketholders only. Get a VIP ticket to secure your guaranteed bag.
When: March 21-22, 2015
VIP Hour: 10:00AM - 11:30AM  (special ticket required; available both days) 
General Public: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30AM - 5:00PM 
Where: Brooklyn EXPO Center: 79 Franklin Street Brooklyn, NY 11222

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