Date Your City | Hockney Exhibit at the MET

Hockney at the MET. Need we say more?

For nearly 60 years, David Hockney (British, born 1937) has pursued a singular career with a love for painting and its intrinsic challenges. This major retrospective is the exhibition’s only North American venue, so don’t miss it unless you plan to travel abroad.  In it, the artist is honored in his 80th year by presenting his most iconic works and key moments of his career from 1960-current day.

Working in an impressive range of media, thoroughly seasoned by his wit and intelligence, Hockney has taken a deep dive in capturing the perceived world of movement, space, and time … yet in two dimensions. The exhibition offers a superb overview of Hockney’s achievements across his chosen media, including painting, drawing, photography, and video. Go marvel at early experiments with modernist abstraction and mid-career experiments with illusion and realism … and take in the jewel-toned landscapes of his most recent work to partake in his exploration of the nature of perception and representation.

The last day to see this exhibit is February 25th!

Date Your City | Rooftop Reds

In case you haven’t heard, rooftops are the thing, the getaway, the perfect place to rise above it all and breathe. Either for a relaxing night out with your friends or a romantic date night, time is ticking to get your rooftop fix in, and no place is better than at the only rooftop vineyard in NYC. Roofs and wine, what is there to regret? Rooftop Reds is making waves in the media and is the “it” thing to go to this summer.  So naturally (because we are hip) we had to highlight this! Rooftop Reds is located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and has stunning views, pizza, wine, and movie nights (among other events – think ribs and rosé). So don’t let summer pass you by without visiting this only-in-New-York venue!

Date Your City | Restaurant Week Returns

NYC Restaurant Week is back!  That’s right boys and girls, it’s time to experience the best of the city’s culinary scene, partake in its incredible offerings, at a fraction of the price:  3 courses – $29 Lunches – $42 dinners (insert cheers and clinking glasses here).  There are a bunch of new restaurants joining in the fun from July 24th – August 18th!

This time around, we’d love to learn from you rather than suggest to you. You heard it right: we want you to tell us where you go and what you liked about your restaurant week treat.  There are so many more of you than there are of us, so we figured “why not tap into some crowd sourced wisdom for a change, and share the take-aways?”  If we get enough critical mass, we can create a little top 10 list that we can share with you all – for readers, by readers.  Further still, if you’re feeling particularly social, send us a pic or two of you delighting in your meal, and we may send you one back of our doing the same. We’d love to see you!

Date Your City | New York Botanical Garden

New York City has some incredible green spaces scattered throughout the boroughs, but none beats our summer favorite of the New York Botanical Garden.  The various summer events make us want to set up a tent and just take it all in.

Let’s start with the Chihuly exhibit, with 20 installations spread out throughout the gardens and created by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly in his first show in 10 years.  It’s been described as a “sensory-filled” exhibition with breathtaking texture and light.

Then we move to Dig! Plant! Grow, where you can smell, taste and learn all about herbs and how to use them in all parts of our daily lives.  You can even bring home a pot of your very own to enjoy in the privacy of your home. Got your green thumb ready?

Next, and not to be missed, is the Summer Solstice celebration, filled with morning yoga, live music and poetry readings.  Bring out the artist in you for the modern glass-blowing workshop and demonstration.

And there’s more, from a Jazz concert series to a landmark tour, and more – but will let you discover the rest.  And if you didn’t know that NY residents get in for half the price on the grounds with proof of residency, now you know.  Enjoy!

Date Your City | It’s Rooftop Cinema Season

In most cities or towns, the idea of watching a movie outside, on top of some building, may seem ho-hum or strange. But in a place like NYC, graced by a world-renowned skyline that you can almost touch, it’s nothing short of magical. It’s one of those unique experiences that living in the city provides us, brings us together, and helps us celebrate summer.

That’s why we’re showcasing the Rooftop Cinema Club, with rooftops in mid-town and Williamsburg. Add some popcorn, bubbly, and wireless headphones and get ready to relax in a deckchair while watching classics like Reservoir Dogs, and note-worthy newcomers like La-La-Land.

Don’t wait too long, however, as the mid-town showings are selling out quickly. Romance, relaxation and fun, all in one!


Date Your City | The Tribeca Film Festival

The 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival is almost upon us, taking place from April 19th to April 30th. Tickets are available at the official festival website, with $10 for matinee screenings before 6pm, Mon–Fri), $20 for evening and weekend screenings, or all-you-can-see passes for individual days or the entire festival. That’s a whopping 98 narrative and documentary feature films, 57 shorts, 15 talks, 23 Virtual Reality + Interactive Installations, and 15 television events to choose from. The films have been curated from across 30 countries, including 78 World Premieres, six International Premieres, six North American Premieres, two U.S. Premieres, and six New York Premieres.

As the Tribeca Enterprises’ Director of Programming noted: “It’s uncertain and tumultuous times like these that we need artists and storytellers the most, and this year’s program is a testament to the unending capacity of film for impact, empathy, and even much needed escapism. Each in their own way, these 98 films fill me with optimism and inspiration at the unique power of our medium, and the eyes of a talented filmmaker to inspire, challenge, and maybe even change the world.” Don’t you want to go now and relieve your political, financial, or existentialist angst? 🙂

Date Your City | NYC Street Fair Guide

Come and get it! Step right up for your NYC Street Fair Guide!

It’s close to that time of year, folks, as the ice thaws and spring blossoms. It is time to shed your winter layers and prepare for the various street fairs NYC has to offer:

If you like the last two of the above, you must check out the more pop-up geared set of culinary experiences across all of NYC: . At this rate, you can literally eat your way through the Spring and Summer, and use it as a perfect excuse to get out of the 10-block radius most of us call home 90% of the time … explore the city and bite into something new, an Italian treat or a Thai dumpling. Just remember to hit the gym so that you don’t become a dumpling, yourself.

Date Your City | The Guggenheim

We live in this amazing city filled with so much to do, each and every day, as outlets for so many interests. Yet we often fail to take advantage of its many cultural offerings, even though they’re in our backyard. So we wanted to draw your attention to a wonderful reason to pay the Guggenheim Museum a visit: Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim. The exhibition starts February 10th and continues until September, so you have plenty of opportunities to partake. It seeks to explore almost a century’s worth of original work, celebrating not only the artists but the patrons that helped define the identity of the Guggenheim Museum, itself. In the rotunda, you will be able to see more than 170 works from Cezanne, Chagall, Kandinsky, Picasso and Pollock, among others, which were drawn from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s permanent collections in Venice and NYC. And all of this is in honor of the foundation’s 80th anniversary; go take a part in its celebration!

Date Your City | Bryant Park Winter Carnival

We had a nightmare: that February 4 came and went and we didn’t have a chance to visit the incredible Winter Carnival at Bryant Park. This spectacular array of experiences is only available from January 27 to February 4 … only nine days to enjoy it all.  What might you opt for?  The Silent Disco? (We’ll let you figure that one out.)  The Ice Ball or the Winter Brew House for the beer lovers among you?  How about lessons in the art of winter sports, from free curling to skating lessons?  What about a giant Ice Castle (don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone that you’re humming “Let it go” as you mime your way through your favorite Frozen scene)?  Between those, the Virtual Snowball Competition and the ability to defrost in the Cozy Warming Lodge, you’re sure to find something for you and your loved ones at this winter extravaganza!

Date Your City | Your Guide To Thanksgiving Fun

Though we always try to practice gratitude, there’s no more appropriate time to be thankful than at Thanksgiving, itself. And, boy, are we thankful for the bounty of Thanksgiving activities that always mark this holiday in NYC. From the parade, itself, to the Pilgrim Pedal and Feeding NYC … there is something for everyone this month.

Macy’s Day Parade – This is likely not going to be just any other spectacular, balloon-filled parade, but a 90th year anniversary bonanza.  You will see all of your balloon favorites this year as well as some new characters that will float through the sky!  Don’t forget you can watch the balloons come to life the day before the parade! Get all of the details here.

Pilgrim Pedal (with Pancakes!) – This 10-12 mile family bike ride starts and ends in Manhattan but goes through Brooklyn and Queens! Prizes go to best themed bikes and best costumes. One of the best parts of it all: the pancake breakfast for all thereafter! Click here for all of the fun.

Feeding NYC – This is an opportunity to give back as you prepare and deliver food to families in need in NYC. This will be the 15th year of their mission and will surely bring a sense of gratitude amongst the waves of volunteers! It is a great activity for you, a group of friends or you and the kids. Start making a difference here.

Bryant Park Ice Skating – Though not necessarily linked to Thanksgiving, it’s a fantastic opportunity to glide your way into the spirit of the holiday season. Put on your skates, grab some hot chocolate (preferably not at the same time) and enjoy a little ice before it engulfs the city early next year. Ready to lace up, click here for the details!