September 29, 2016

#NationalCoffeeDay Deals and Freebies NYC!

Tarallucci e Vino
Italian eatery Tarallucci e Vino will be serving up free Lavazza coffee drinks, from cappuccinos to lattes and everything in between. Grab your free espresso between 9 and 10 am at all five of its locations. As an added bonus, head to Tarallucci e Vino's newest location, in NoMad (44 E. 28th St.), where you can get a free mini pastry from 8:30 to 10 am
Other Manhattan locations: 
136 First Ave.
15 E. 18th St.
475 Columbus Ave
9 E. 90th St

New York Hilton MidtownHead to the hotel's lobby for a free latte that's a little more than complimentary caffeine. Latte artist Michael Breach will be making designs for each person in line, giving attendees some individualized java artwork. If you follow the New York Hilton Midtown on its social media accounts and use the hashtag #CoffeeArtAtHilton, you'll be submitted for a chance to win a free Illy espresso machine. The hotel's restaurant, Herb N' Kitchen, will also be giving out free biscotti or canelés and a free flavor shot with every purchase of a medium or large Illy coffee. 
1335 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan, 11 am to 3 pm.

Eataly Downtown
Head to the newest Eataly location, found in World Trade Center 4, to enjoy a free cup of Lavazza coffee with any pastry purchase
101 Liberty St., floor 3, Manhattan, 7 am to 11 pm.

TOMS New York
This SoHo store and cafe, which sells both brews and shoes, is hosting a complimentary coffee tasting for National Coffee Day, as well as a variety of caffeine-related activities. Head to the shop to view latte art demonstrations and learn about the different roasts throughout the day. A representative from WaterAid, which works with TOMS to provide safe water to impoverished regions, will be in the store between 2 and 5 pm. 
264 Elizabeth St., Manhattan, 11 am to 5 pm.

Birch Coffee
Grab a free drip coffee at any of Birch Coffee's eight locations between 7 and 10 am on Thursday. Locations: 
21 E. 27th St.
56 Seventh Ave.
750 Columbus Ave.
134 1/2 E. 62nd St.
432 Third Ave.
8 Spruce St.
40-37 23rd St.
the Bronx
866B Hunts Point Ave.

Doughnut PlantDoughnut Plant is offering a "buy one, get one" deal on all coffee drinks. Get one coffee beverage, from a cappuccino to a cold brew, and get another drink, of equal or lesser value, free. 6:30 am to 10 pm
379 Grand St., Manhattan
245 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn
31-00 47th Ave., Queens

Dunkin’ Donuts
The coffee chain is offering medium cups of hot coffee for 66 cents at all New York City locations to celebrate its 66th anniversary.

Head to this coffee deal early, because starting at 7 am, The VNYL Coffee Co. is giving away free coffee, brewed with Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters. All you have to do is show up and follow The VNYL's Instagram page to get a free cup of joe. 
300 Third Ave., Manhattan, 4 pm to 2 am

Trademark Taste + Grind
Grab a $1 cup of coffee on your way to work at Trademark Taste + Grind. Starting at 7 am, this coffee shop by Herald Square is giving out cheap cups of hot Classic Drip or Iced Coffee, as well as samples of chocolate chip cookies. Stop by later to try Trademark's boozy coffee slushies for $8 (or alcohol-free for $6). 
38 W. 36th St., Manhattan, 11:30 am to 11 pm

Krispy Kreme
This donut chain is celebrating National Coffee Day the right way, with lots of free things for guests. Get a free original glazed donut and a free 12 oz. cup of coffee when you stop by the store's one New York City location in Penn Station. 
2 Penn Plaza (on the Amtrak level), Manhattan, 6 am to 11 pm.

September 16, 2016

Brooklyn Book Festival

What: The Brooklyn Book Festival is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors. One of America’s premier book festivals, this hip, smart diverse gathering attracts thousands of book lovers of all ages to enjoy authors and the festival’s lively literary marketplace.
When: Sunday, September 18th (10am-6pm, rain or shine)
Where: 209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

BKBF Children's Day: Literary Celebration for Families and Children
Saturday September 17th (10am-4pm, rain or shine)

Queens Hip Hop Festival

What: Taking place throughout Western Queens, the Queens Hip Hop Festival (QHHF) aims to celebrate music, art and film within the community.
Featured events include:
Friday, September 23rd:
Opening Party: 10:00pm – 2:00am, Flattopps (33-06 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria). Free party featuring music from DJ Rob Swift, an open mic or “cypher” will occur from 11:00pm – 12:00am. MC’s from throughout NYC are welcome.

Saturday, September 24th:
Artist Relaxation, An Art Show celebrating A Tribe Called Quest: 3:00-7:00pm, QNS Collective (36-27 36th Street, Astoria): Free Art show honoring the legacy of A Tribe Called Quest, music by DJ Floh Baybee.

Graffiti Walk: 4:00pm (Starting at 31-05 28th Road, Astoria): Led by Queens Stomp and graffiti legend Louie Gasparro, this tour will highlight graffiti and its history in Western Queens. Tickets: $25.

Queens Hip Hop Concert: 7:00pm-11:00pm, Shillelagh Tavern (47-22 30th Ave, Astoria): The festival concert will showcase up-and-coming talent in Queens. Artists include: Wordsmiff, Conflik, Cake Man, MelSwimnsGood and Jon Lewis. The concert is hosted by DJ Butchrock. Tickets: $15.

Sunday, September 25th:
‘Belly’ Screening: 4:00pm, Museum of Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, Long Island City): Directed by Queens filmmaker Hype Williams, ‘Belly’ is an American crime drama starring all-time-great rappers Nas and DMX. Released in 1998, the iconic hip-hop film was Hype Williams’ directing debut. Tickets: $12.

Closing Party / BLVD Brunch: 12:00pm-12:00am, La Gloria (86-11 Northern Blvd, Jackson Heights): Free party with DJ’s throughout the day.

When: Fri, Sep 23rd, 2016, 10:00 PM - Sun, Sep 25th, 2016, 11:30 PM
Where: Astoria, Queens
Cost: $15 - $50 Buy Here>>

47th Annual African American Day Parade

What: The African American Day Parade (AADP) is held every third Sunday in September and it is the most renowned African American parade in the country, with the largest cross-section of participants, including community & political leaders, community-based & religious organizations, civil servants, celebrities, fraternities & sororities, marching bands, dance ensembles and many more, with a viewing of over 900,000 along the parade route. We are considered a National Parade, with more than 200 participating organizations from more than 12 states, as well as countries around the world.
When: Sunday, September 18th, 2016 @ 1PM
Where: Harlem, NY - The parade route is on Adam Clayon Powell Jr. Blvd. from 111th Street to 136th Street

Stop 'N' Swap

What: Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! You don’t have to bring something to take something.
Please do NOT bring: furniture, large items, expired or open food, unsealed personal care products, medicine, dirty or ripped clothing, fabric scraps, incomplete toys and games, non-working electronics, magazines, or sharp objects.

Saturday, September 17 - East New York Clothing Swap
10am-1pm, East New York Farmers Market
Schenck Ave b/t New Lots & Livonia Aves (map) (flyer)
Clothing, shoes, belts, hats, and accessories only, please.
*Outdoor event subject to cancellation with inclement weather

Sunday, September 18 - Manhattan
11am-2pm, S.T.A.R. Senior Center (map) (flyer)
650 W 187th Street (b/t Broadway & Wadsworth Ave), Manhattan
Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! You don't have to bring something to take something. No furniture or large items, please.

Saturday, September 24 - Astoria Clothing Swap
12pm-3pm, Big Reuse Block Party
3-17 26th Ave (map) (flyer)
Clothing, shoes, belts, hats, and accessories only, please.
*Outdoor event, rain or shine

Sunday, September 25 - Staten Island
11am-2pm, Sea View Hospital (map) (flyer)
460 Brielle Avenue, Staten Island
Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! You don't have to bring something to take something. No furniture or large items, please.

Native American Pow Wow & Festival

What: Bear Mountain Pow Wow is a full contest Pow Wow attracting over 500 Native American artists, educators, singers, dancers and performing groups from across the Americas. Over 40 artist booths selling crafts, jewelry, food and more. Other highlights of the event include authentic cuisine: buffalo burgers, venison stew and corn soup. Visitors can interact with representatives from tribes of the Lakota, Navajo, Mohawk, Seneca, Cherokee, Aztec, Mayan, Samoan, Hawaiian and many more. There is a tipi raising.

When: September 17th-18th, 2016 - 11am - 7pm
Where: FDR State Park: 2967 Crompond Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Cost: $12 Adults & Teens (Plus fees if purchasing online)
$10 Seniors 65+ & Students with ID (Plus fees if purchasing online),
$8 Children 6-12 years old (Plus fees if purchasing online),
NEW: $35 Family 4-Packs (for 2 adults & 2 children ages 6-12) (Online purchase only) (Plus fees)
Free for Children 5 years old and under
$8 Parking

Peppa Pig Fall Reading Circle

What: Head to Macy’s Reading Circle with Peppa Pig. Children will sit in on a fun story time, plus they’ll get to meet Peppa Pig herself (and take a photo with her) after the storybook session. As fun bonus, if you spend more than $35 in the Kids’ department (supplies permitting), you’ll get a fun Peppa Pig gift bag. Psst…there’s a Peppa Pig book inside!
When: Saturday, September 17th at 1pm
Where: Macy's Herald Square - Kids on 7
Cost: FREE

Adoptapalooza Union Square

What: The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals is proud to present Adoptapalooza in partnership with the Petco Foundation!

Adopt a Pet!
Close to 300 dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, and rabbits will be available for adoption
from more than 25 Alliance Participating Organizations. All animals for adoption
have been vaccinated and spayed or neutered. Adoption fees vary by group.

Prepare Your Pets for Emergencies!
* Have your dog or cat microchipped by Vetco. The first 50 microchips will be FREE, or only $15 after the first 50.
* Purchase a dog license (required by law in NYC) from the NYC Department of Health. Licenses are $8.50, or $34.00 for dogs who have not been spayed/neutered. (Checks, money orders, and credit/debit cards only. No cash accepted.)
* Learn how to prepare yourself and your pets for emergencies from representatives from New York City Emergency Management / Ready New York.
* Take home free, personalized pet ID tags, courtesy of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.

Have Fun with Your Whole Family!
* Bring your children to the Blue Buffalo Kids' Korner for face painting and temporary tattoos by The Cheeky Chipmunk, animal illustrations by the Society of Illustrators, and more.
* Learn tricks and training tips from Petco certified trainers on the Merrick and Castor & Pollux Dog Training Field.
* Have free photos taken with your pet by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.
* Head over to Dylan's Candy Bar to purchase a treat for yourself to benefit the Alliance.

Take Home Free Pet Products!
Pick up free pet food samples, other products, and information from pet-related vendors. Confirmed vendors include Blue Buffalo, Castor & Pollux, Freshpet, Lucy Pet Products, Merrick, Nature's Recipe, Nature's Variety, Petco, Solid Gold, and Unleashed by Petco.

Bring a Shelter Donation!
Rock & Rawhide will collect your donations of clean towels, blankets, pet toys, and other supplies for shelter animals.

Learn About Urban Wildlife!
Meet experts and learn about the wild animals who share our urban home at the Urban Utopia Wildlife Rehabilitation and Wild Dog Foundation information tables.

When: Sunday, September 18, 2016 | 12pm - 5pm
Where: Union Square Park - North Plaza - Broadway and East 17th Street
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90th Annual Feast of San Gennaro

What: Presented annually since 1996 by Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping alive the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants. This year’s Feast is expected once again to attract more than one-million people from the four corners of the globe to the streets of Little Italy to participate in the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples.

Although this is an annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro is known the world over for its festive atmosphere, an 11-day event featuring religious processions and colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition! The central focus of the celebration takes place every September 19th, the official Saint Day when a celebratory Mass is held in Shrine Church of the Most Precious Blood, followed immediately by a religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried from its permanent home in the church through the streets that comprise Little Italy.

When: Thursday, September 15th, through Sunday, September 25th, 2016
Where: Little Italy, Manhattan, NYC

September 9, 2016

Kite Festival

What: Watch your kite soar above the Manhattan skyline! Kites will be available for purchase or you can bring your own.
When: Saturday, September 10th, 2016 | 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Where: Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park: Old Fulton Street & Furman Street, Brooklyn

More Info>>

September 7, 2016

Movies Under the Stars: The Addams Family (1991)

What: Inspired more by the 1960s TV series than by the original Charles Addams New Yorker cartoons, The Addams Family proved to be one of the more successful of the TV shows-turned-movies of the 1990s.
You should arrive before 7:30 p.m. to get your spot. Feel free to bring a blanket to sit on; there will be a limited supply of chairs available. Bottled water is OK, but no glass. Reservations are not taken; space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome!
When: Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 | 7:30 pm–10pm
Where: Poor Richard's Playground
Cost: FREE

Fashion Week: Tommy Pier

9/9, 7pm, 9/10 12-9pm
South Street Seaport - Pier 16, 89 South St, New York, NY 10038

The designer is pulling out all of the stops for New York Fashion Week. In addition to the runway show taking place on Sept. 9, Pier 16 will be transformed into a Tommy carnival with food, games, rides and, obviously, a Ferris wheel. The runway show will reportedly host 2,000 guests — half of that number being consumers. 

Free tickets will be distributed to loyal customers, and the items featured will be live-streamed and shoppable both online and in-store right after the show (#seenowbuynow). You can also view the live show in Times Square.

After the show, on Saturday 9/10, "Tommy Pier" will remain open, and feature Tommy x Gigi pop-up shops, an offering of vintage Hilfiger items, a record store and a salon offering nail art and temporary tattoos.

New York Fashion Week is here!

Bluemercury Fashion Facial

Bluemercury Tribeca, Union Square and West VillageGet a complimentary Bluemercury express facial — consisting of a 10-minute cleansing and exfoliation treatment — followed by a makeup touch-up with products from the retailer's in-house cosmetics line, Lune+Aster.

Macy's Front Row
9/7, 7:30PM The Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001

Ariana Grande and Flo Rida headline this fashion-centric spectacular, which will include a runway show featuring looks by Calvin Klein, Kenneth Cole and Tommy Hilfiger. For more information and to purchase tickets (100 percent of the proceeds benefit various charities), visit

Kendall + Kylie Fall Collection Launch - 9/7, 8-10:00pm
Samsung 837 at 837 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

Experience a virtual Kendall + Kylie shopping experience presented by Samsung 837, in addition to testing out airbrush makeup and a monogram station. If you can't make it to the Meatpacking district, tune into the livestream on the brand's website.

Kerastase Fusio Dose Hair Care Treatments beginning 9/8, until supplies last
Butterfly Studio Salon 149 Fifth Avenue, #2, New York, NY 10010
Lackluster hair got you down? Go in for an express treatment courtesy of Kerastase: The Fusio Dose treatment (starting at $60) is custom mixed on-site based on your specific hair concerns, and during fashion week, the first 50 people to experience a Fusio Dose treatment will also receive a miniature Kerastase hair masque to take home.

The Shop @ NYFW: The Shows
9/8, 12-7pm, 9/9, 12-3pm, 9/10-9/11, 12-6pm
875 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014

This IMG-sponsored pop-up shop will carry a range of designer jewelry, accessories and apparel in addition to a selection of products from NYFW partners including Maybelline and Intel. For more info, visit

TRESemmé Runway Studio - 9/8-9/14, 8-8pm
Spring Studios, 6 St. Johns Lane, New York, NY 10013

Enjoy exclusive behind the scenes NYFW content while receiving complimentary runway look-inspired styling with Tresemmé, the official hair sponsor of New York Fashion Week.

Urban Decay x Story - 90s Manis & Makeovers - 9/8, 5-9pm
Story, 144 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10011

The '90s are back. Get in on the glitter and grunge of the decade with a manicure featuring Urban Decay's nail color collection and a 15-minute makeover.

The Gap Is Open - 9/9-9/10 from 12-9pm, 9/11 from 12-6pm
The Supermarket, 393 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Experience a personalization workshop with "campaign talent and local artists" and shop a special collection of vintage Gap pieces in addition to new fall items. A limited-edition Gap logo T-shirt will also be available exclusively at the event, and all purchases can be customized with unique embroidery and screen printing at no additional cost.

September 6, 2016

Community Day at the 2016 US Open

We’d love to have you join us for Community Day at the US Open on Thursday, Sept. 8, featuring tennis, fun and festivities. And you’ll love that it’s complimentary. Gates open all day starting at 12 p.m. ET. Watch some of the game’s biggest names and top junior players compete. Tournament play features:
  • Men’s and women’s doubles
  • Mixed doubles
  • Junior competition
  • Champions Invitational, where the greats battle it out against each other in a mini tournament
And you’re invited to a once-in-a-lifetime event – a special farewell tribute to Louis Armstrong Stadium from 4 to 6 p.m. The stadium is being razed and rebuilt for the 2018 US Open as part of the transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center grounds, so we’re going all out to honor its storied tennis history:
  • Grammy-nominated artist, DJ RAC will play jazzed up jams to pay a final tribute to the legendary stadium
  • Tennis legends James Blake and Gigi Fernandez will pair up to battle against up-and-coming junior players
  • Witness jaw-dropping tennis tricks by some of the country’s best
  • Take your game onto our court with a chance to try trick shots and play with some of the best in tennis
When: Thursday, September 8th, 2016  | 12pm
Where: US Open, Queens, NY
Cost: FREE
More Info>>

September 1, 2016

Shows closing this weekend

Discovery Times Square is closing its three major exhibits: 

The Met is extending its fashion-meets-tech show Manus x Machina thru Monday Sept. 5 and will be open until midnight Friday and Saturday.

Caribbean Jerk & Reggae Fest

What: Live Reggae bands, Authentic Caribbean food menu created by Michelin-starred celebrity Chef Michael Psilakis featuring Challenger

6pm-7pm Happy Hour with amazing drink specials!
Half off Caribbean Beers, Island Cocktails, and Sangria 6pm-7pm

First come, first seated
Live reggae bands start at 7pm and play 2 sets

Caribbean Jerk Platter includes: Jerk Chicken Thighs & Jamaican Hot Pepper Shrimp, Caribbean Style Rice Pilaf & Callaloo

When: Thursday, Sep 1, 2016 7 PM EDT (6:00 PM Doors)
Where: The Hall at MP, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $15 General Admission tickets
$37 Caribbean Jerk Platter + General Admission ticket  Buy Here>>

So Long Sek'end Summer

What: Join us for a final summer party blowout before Fall moves in with full force. Bring a friend and enjoy the last bit of summery goodness! All you can drink curated cocktails, summer beers, backyard picnic foods, an Instgram-worthy Polaroid photo booth, summer tunes, and surprise Astoria swag! Get your ticket and celebrate the end of a fanstastic Astoria summer. 
Food Menu
  • Pretzels 
  • Shishito peppers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Burger Sliders 
  • Pulled Pork Sliders
  • Macaroni Salad 
  • Potato Salad 
Beer (all you can drink)
  • Captain Lawrence, IPA
  • Captain Lawrence, Liquid Gold 
Cocktail Menu (all you can drink)
  • Mexican Tradition Cocktail made with Ancho Verde chili liquor and Ocho Plata tequila
  • Astoria Heart Swizzle made with Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum and Cynar liqueur
  • Ancho Daiquiris aka The Smoke Show made with Ancho Reyes Original
  • Chili-Chokes Shots made with Ancho Reyes Original and Cynar liqueur
When: Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 7pm-10pm
Where: Sek'end Sun - 32-11 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106
Cost: $50 Buy Here >>