April 13, 2006

Free Franz Ferdinand Show Friday

franz.jpgShhh! Franz Ferdinand will be playing a secret free show at Hammerstein on Friday. The show is sponsored by MySpace, which is now apparently hooking up free secret shows. There is a catch however, (no you don't have to post naked pictures of yourself) to get in, you must bring a print out of your MySpace profile with Secret Shows in your top 8 to the Tower Records at 692 Broadway. The URL for the Secret Show profile is myspace.com/secretshows. Make Secret Shows your "friend," put that in your top 8, print it out and take it to Tower. You'll get a wristband there, which is your ticket for entry to the afternoon performance tomorrow at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Doors are at 3pm, so you may have to play hooky from work. Just make it a three-day weekend!

Posted by Jeremy at 11:21 PM

April 07, 2006

Pravda Celebrates 10th Year with 100 Roubles Drinks

"What the sober man has on the back of his mind, the drunk has on the tip of his tongue."
-- Russian Proverb

1Pravda.jpg"To celebrate Pravda's 10th anniversary we will be very Russian and sell our cocktails cheap. Any cash transaction will be conducted in Russian currency and there will be currency exchange available at Pravda. We will also be unveiling our new 10th anniversary cocktail, the Pravda Muscvoy, made with our house-inflused orange vodka and which we'll be serving throughout April. Our delicious menu that includes Russian specialties like blinis with smoked fish, lamb shashlik and chicken kiev, will also be available. As for festivities, there will be live Russian entertainment and other quirky details to follow.

Best known for his bistros Balthazar and Pastis, Pravda is Keith McNally's underground vodka and caviar bar located on Lafayette Street. Pravda will be celebrating its 10th year on April 9, the actual date it opened back in 1996. It falls on a Sunday and the festivities will begin at 6pm and continue on through 1am. Pravda will be open to the public and regular reservations are available. Bring cash! Regular prices will apply for drinks paid with a credit card."

And so that your in the know... it's 100 Russian roubles to 3.63033 U.S. dollars.

Pravda ~ 281 Lafayette St. btwn Prince and Houston Sts., below street level ~ 212.226.4944

Posted by Jeremy at 02:49 PM

February 17, 2006

Pillow Fight in Union Square


While QLL never took our pants off for Improv Everywhere's No Pants 2k6 Subway Ride, we do take our hats off to the resurrection of games from our childhood. Last summer we reported on mass scale games of Capture the Flag. Today we are thrilled to announce that newmindspace is bringing Urban Pillow Fight to Union Square.

This Saturday at 2pm pranksters and professionals alike will converge, feather pillows in tow, to wreak feathery havoc on one another. Our mothers never supported pillow fighting, but QLL strongly advocates it. Let the feathers fly!

newmindspace insists:

Soft pillows only! Swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once. Do not swing at people without pillows or with cameras. Remove glasses beforehand! The event is FREE and appropriate for ALL AGES. Wait until the signal to begin! This event is more fun with feathers.

Posted by EMC at 01:17 PM

February 13, 2006

Warm Welcome to Winter


The Blizzard of 2006 is being hailed as "the biggest ever in New York City," blanketing Manhattan with a hearty covering of powder. In Central Park the official measure was 26.9 inches. With so much of our country still ravaged and recovering from extreme weather, one might have expected a hostile response to this potentially debilitating winter storm. However, the welcome given to the New York City Blizzard of 2006 was unseasonably warm.

snowman_small.jpgAll day Sunday people were out. Dressed with various articles of ski gear, rain boots, cowboy boots, snow boots, across the city people came out to play in the snow. On Sullivan Street between Houston and Prince, a squat little snowman with smart coal buttons, a carrot nose, plaid scarf and baseball cap sat prominently in the street, guarding a parking spot. Snowballs arched back and forth across Washington Square Park in an organized snowball fight and we even spotted people on cross-country skis. New York welcomed the storm, perhaps even found it amusing, but with temperatures ricocheting up and down the thermostat, the snow simply cannot last.

Enjoy the snow and the good humor while you can. Temperatures midweek are predicted to spike into the low-mid 50s by Thursday, dropping again over the weekend.

Posted by EMC at 10:56 PM

January 24, 2006

Pantless Idiots

no_pants.jpg If you missed it over the weekend, you can check out Improv Everywhere's new website which describes in visually painful detail their 2nd annual "No Pants" subway ride. Several readers contacted us to report on the event. The cops eventually showed up and freaked out, called in backup (25 more cops) and arrested 8 people. We choose to take the high road and not report on such silliness in advance however, today, my inner child has gotten the better of me.


This Saturday, starting in a TBD location in Brooklyn is the 3rd annual Idiotarod (yes, that's IDIOTarod not Idiotarod). It is New York's version of the great Alaskan dogsled race but instead of a pack of dogs it is people, and shopping carts replace the dogsleds. The event starts in Brooklyn, runs into Manhattan, and will end approximately five miles later. Last year 500 runners competed but an unknown amount finished. Drinking is encouraged as it "makes the pain go away".

It's BYOSC (bring your own shopping cart). Compete at your own risk.

Posted by Jeremy at 11:12 AM

January 06, 2006

Last First Friday at the Guggenheim


6,500 people have experience the Guggenheim's First Fridays since the series began in October. Tonight will be closing out the party for the season:

Just as attendees were catching their breath from Funkstorung's delirious December appearance in the grand rotunda, Flavorpill rolls out First Fridays' most highly anticipated guest to date: Diplo.
Diplo and $mall Change will ensure that First Fridays' winter session closes with a bang. When guests return March 3rd, a brand-new exhibition will be installed featuring the boldly original visions of the 20th century's preeminent American sculptor, David Smith, and a fresh set of world-class DJs will be behind the decks. Meanwhile, the public can relive First Fridays' past via Flavorpill and the Guggenheim's First Fridays Blog, full of professional-grade photography documenting the nightlife phenomenon of 2005.

Previous QLL coverage of First Fridays. If you join the Guggenheim (we did last time) you get to cut the line and bring a guest, membership is $125.00 (A little pricey for QLL, but its tax-deductible, oh and...for a good cause.)

Posted by Jeremy at 03:52 PM

December 27, 2005

13th Annual Superheroes Ball


Any decent New Yorker knows that Times Square is certainly not the place to be on New Year's Eve. Hoards of people and impossible taxi hailing render it quite possibly the worst night in Manhattan. However, if your trip to Europe fell through at the last minute and you find yourself in the category of decent adventurer stuck in the city for New Year's, fear not. The LVHRD Foundation has come up with an impressive scheme to bring fun and celebration to a select group of creative-minded New Yorkers.

The 13th Annual Superheroes Ball will be held the Eve of New Year's Eve, Friday, December 30 from 9pm until 2am. Combining "the mischievous, costumed revelry of a masquerade with the more macabre intrigue of a murder mystery," this curious fete certainly promises to be spectacular. Tear down the walls of your cubicle. Bring those knee boots, capes and jumpsuits out from storage. Hop into the nearest phone booth and remember what it feels like to fly. Space is limited and civilians are strictly prohibited. Delve into your imagination and come celebrate last year's accomplishments while basking in the intrigue of a year yet begun.

Heroes and villains alike are welcome. But act fast. Registration ends December 28th.

Posted by EMC at 05:05 PM

December 16, 2005

Simon Says: Follow Through

Follow Through #574: Rotate your body 90 degrees to the wall. Cross arms, turn head and slowly shuffle around counter-clockwise.

No, it's not a Simon Says 2005. It's New Media Art! Jennifer Crowe and Scott Paterson's Follow Through Project is now open at the Whitney Museum of American Art. followthrough2.gif

"Follow Through is a mobile, audio-visual artwork that has been created specifically for the Museum's 5th Floor Permanent Collection galleries and is accessible to visitors on portable media players. The project is inspired by the discrepancy the artists found between the active and energetic art on view in the galleries and the rather passive and languid body language of museum visitors looking at that art. Referencing the structure of the existing audio tour, the artists invite visitors to engage in a set of exercises designed to bring well-established behavioral codes of museum attendance into relief."

Hilarity ensues as you find a stranger on a bench and sit directly next to him or speak in a foreign language loudly and point at the painting (if you don't know another language, make one up). We recommend going with a friend, but make sure to pay attention to other people around you and try to spot other behaviors. We don't know if the security guards are in on the project, especially with one of the actions to make eye contact with a security guard and then quickly turn away. From the QLL Art Department, two ears up.

by Jennifer Crowe and Scott Paterson
December 1, 2005-January 29, 2006
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Ave. 5th floor.

Posted by Jeremy at 11:57 AM

December 07, 2005

Shoot off some steam!

KLK5.jpgThe holiday season can be very stressful for some people. QLL has never been one to advocate violence, however we believe we have found the perfect outlet for your holiday angst.

The Westside Rifle & Pistol Range will rent you a .22 or 9MM caliber rifle and after a short 10 minute introduction you can picture your boss and fire away. For a mere 50$ you get the rife, instruction and 1 box of ammo for as long as you take to shoot it. Sounds like a perfect holiday present or after brunch activity.

Westside Rifle & Pistol Range, Inc.
20W 20th St. (lower Level)
Monday - Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 5pm and Sunday 9am - 3pm

Posted by Jeremy at 10:35 AM

December 06, 2005

Ever see a dead body?

revealed.jpgHalloween is all but a distant memory at this point, however, here is your chance to see a real dead body. No worries, they are not the gooey, oozy kind that you would poke a stick at. BODIES is an exhibition located at South Street Seaport, in which real live cadavers are on display. All the guts have been removed and they are dry as mummies, left with only muscle, bone, and sinew exposed. There are also specimens of cancerous breasts, brains, lungs, and a penis. (puke) Guaranteed to be educational for people of all ages.

BODIES...The Exhibition will give the public the unique opportunity to see first-hand the inner workings of our bodies through authentic, preserved human body specimens. BODIES, The Exhibition is a 32,000 square foot exhibit that features 22 whole body specimens, as well as more than 260 additional organ and partial body specimens.

South Street Seaport
Adult $24.50
Senior (Over 60) $20.50
Child (12 and under) $18.50
QLL Note: The exhibition is BYOBB (Bring your own barf bag)

Posted by Jeremy at 11:42 AM

November 22, 2005

Thanksgiving 4 Free!

Everybody knows that in New York City, the night before Thanksgiving is one of the biggest nights out. Howver, being the end of the month, you may be strapped for cash so if a night at Marquee is not on your radar here are some free alternatives:

Skate and Meet the NY Rangers
The man made ice skating rink at Bryant park - known as The Pond - will host an evening of skating, meet and greet, youth hockey clinics, and autograph sessions with the NY Rangers and their alumni. Skate rental is available for a fee but skating is free @ Bryant Part.
nyfc_200.jpgNew York Fuckin City
This not-so-little showcase of NYC hip hop and rock talent is a great way to get that "sorry mom, I was out late last night" thanksgiving hangover. First, and foremost GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan is performing live. Add additional live acts Slaine, Stiffed, Three Sixtys, and Trouble to the bill and you have a happening live stage. Add Kech, Elle, Yoda, Sujihno, Cassiano, IXL, and SPAE on the tables and you have a full night of serious music. Open beer and gin bar from 8pm - 9pm get you going early. Free w/ RSVP @ Crash Mansion / BLVD (199 Bowery).

Jon Cutler Funky House Party
NYC House legend Jon Cutler invades the intimate Opus22 lounge for some serious deep house funk. Open vodka from 9-10 gets your night going @ Opus22. Free when you mention "the email".

RENT Release Party
Free T-Shirts, free beer, and free CD's make this a party full of rent booty. That, and the usual amount of booty that is usually at Soho323. Open bar from 10-11.


Happy Thanksgiving and eat responsibly.

Posted by Jeremy at 01:00 PM

November 17, 2005

Gentlemen, Start Your Mustaches!

figaro_shaves_1.jpgNew York City plays host to many charity events. QLL is all for it, and will often times participate when time and money allows. However this one, I personally refuse to partake in.

Mustaches for Kids, a non-profit charity for children is holding their seventh annual shave off. Participants raise money by growing mustaches between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Growers solicit donations from friends, family, co-workers, and people in their communities. At the end of the growing holiday season Mustaches for Kids hosts a contest where the facial hair is evaluated by an independent panel of judges, and one mustache is declared to be the finest. Today, November 17, is the official kick off, or Shaving Day as it is known.

This year, the proceeds will be donated to the Children's Hospital of New Orleans. In addition to the usual demands of maintaining their Kids First Clinics, which provide free care to children from low-income families, CHNO is faced with the additional challenge of setting up statewide outreach clinics to reach their patients who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina. They're saving kids; the least you can do is grow a mustache.

Mustaches for Kids Shaving Day
Ace Bar
531 East 5th St
between Avenues A and B, Manhattan
8:00pm; Admission is free

Posted by Jeremy at 05:09 PM

November 11, 2005

Tour De Bus


What if I told you that within less than 45 minutes you may be able to dodge midtown traffic, drink coffee, chill a drink, read the Times, listen to your i-pod, and burn up to 600 calories all while you commute to work (to arrive by 9am). Superman? Nah, you are just a New Yorker!

As New Yorkers, we are the ultimate multi-taskers and crave convenience and efficiency. Rio de Janeiro has satisfied this need by coming up with what must be the word's first mobile and moving gym called the Bus Bike. It is a totally modified bus offering indoor bike classes. 'Passengers' pay a monthly fee (which translates to $64 USD) for two classes a week (or you can opt for 3 classes per week). On board are an instructor, overseeing 16 bikes, as well as a dressing room, a fridge, and a sound system. The bus is connected to a GPS system to avoid getting caught in traffic jams.

bus.jpgThe bus uses fixed stops on three different 45-minute itineraries (M-F) The Bus Bike beats going to the gym and you get a changing perspective of the city. Better than any workout we can think of! With a spin-class on wheels, there could never be another excuse to run (or cycle) away from getting in your exercise!

Posted by Shari at 09:21 PM

October 25, 2005

Why I should (but never will) move

nymag_oct.gifThis week's New York Magazine cover story is again a piece that reminds me that maybe I don't belong in New York City. The last time I wrote in to QLL was to complain about the same magazine's "most beautiful New Yorkers" story. Now, the editors have taken time out of their day to remind me that I can't afford the life I lead. In "Nailing Your New York Number" you can take a quiz to find out how much money you need in order to quit your job and get by. A friendly warning: if you take it, you might be in for a good cry. But it's a nice reminder of why, if you want to stay in your favorite city, you should get real comfy in your cubicle.

Posted by at 11:36 PM

October 17, 2005

AAF Contemporary Art Fair

AAF_fair.jpg"AAF Contemporary Art Fair is the place for new and established collectors to discover and buy paintings, drawings, sculptures, video, photography and limited edition prints from distinguished galleries, all priced from $100 - $10,000. This year the Fair will host more than 140 galleries with approximately a quarter of the exhibitors from Europe, Canada and South America.

The fair will feature a variety of events during the four day Fair including a video and new media program, a weekend lecture series, a curated MFA candidate exhibition and children's art workshops."

AAF Contemporary Art Fair launched with phenomenal success in 1999 in London under the name of the Affordable Art Fair and has expanded to six cities worldwide, including New York; Bristol, England; and Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. AAF provides an opportunity for the seasoned collector, art novice, interior designer, young professional or family to discover and buy original art works represented by emerging and distinguished galleries.

The fair begins on Thursday October 27th and runs through Sunday October 30th at Pier 92 located at 52nd & 12th ave. Admission is $12 per day.

Posted by Jeremy at 03:44 PM

October 14, 2005

Walk the Lincoln Tunnel


On the morning of Saturday October 15th, thousands of New Yorkers will be walking through the Lincoln Tunnel. Fresh air will be pumped into the tunnel and cars diverted to the other tubes. Walk-The-Tunnel marks the first day of a march from New York City to Washington, DC, part of the The Campaign To End AIDS. The tunnel is just less than 2 miles long, so the entire walk should take less than an hour.

Hundreds of people concerned about HIV/AIDS will be walking for three weeks, from the Lincoln Tunnel to the Lincoln Memorial. At the same time, car and van caravans will be winding their way across the country from 8 other locations, converging on the nation's capital for a week of activism. These activists have invited all New Yorkers to join them for the kick off of their historic walk.

Walk-The-Tunnelis a once in a lifetime opportunity for New York City history lovers, engineering buffs, those who like unusual events, or those just curious about the world's greatest city's hidden underside.

Saturday, Oct 15th, 2005 @ Lincoln Tunnel. Times Square Kick-Off Rally 7:30am, Tunnel Opens 8:30am. Public transport will be available to bring walkers back.

Posted by Jeremy at 02:47 PM

October 12, 2005

Ice Skating

ice_rock.jpgThe ice skating rink in Rockefeller Center went up last week, a sure sign that winter is on it's way; we hope all this rain doesn't create a zamboni hazard.

In other ice rink related news, the NYC Parks Department has announced that Bryant Park will get its own 110 foot seasonal skating rink. It will take two weeks to put in place and cost $4 million, it will measure 17,000 square feet - about half the size of Wollman and about twice the size of the Rockefeller Center rink. The rink is scheduled to open on October 28thbryant_rink.jpg will be called The Pond at Bryant Park. Skating will be free or 7.50 for rentals and will be able to accommodate 500 skaters at a time. Ice skating is a really fun winter activity and we couldn't be happier that there will be more ice in NYC. Check out other places to skate in the city.

Posted by Jeremy at 02:09 PM

October 10, 2005

Feel like Causing a Scene?

"Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places"

Improv Everywhere is a collective of improvisers, practical jokers who called themselves agents and go on missions of chaos. Conquests involving synchronized swimming, subway nudity, celebrity trash, New Cheerios, and dozens of other scenarios. Wacky and often elaborate pranks in the tradition of TV's "Candid Camera" and other practical joke shows. The most notable of their previous pranks was "Look Up More" in Union Square last March when agents stormed into Forever 21, DSW and Filene's Basement to perform a choreographed dance in the windows overlooking the park. Check out the video, it is hysterical.


mp3_experiment.jpgTheir next mission is this Saturday, anyone is welcome to participate. The basic premise of MP3 Experiment is you download a MP3 off their website (don't listen to it), go sit in Sheep's Meadow in Central Park and at 3pm put on your ear phones, hit play and do what the MP3 tells you to do as hundreds of strangers around to do the same.

Posted by Jeremy at 05:37 PM

October 07, 2005


The Autumnal Equinox has officially come, so say hello to Fall by consuming mass quantities of beer, wurst, pork and cabbage. Despite the continuing warm weather and the apparent Indian Summer, you know it’s Fall when beer gardens and other Bavarian establishments across the city fill up with people celebrating Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is the autumn festival that usually emphasizes merrymaking and the consumption of beer. Zum Schneider in the East Village is hosting events every day until the 16th including DJs and live music. You can also check out Café Steinhof in Park Slope is also celebrating. Circle Line Cruises is having special holiday day trips up the Hudson stopping at Bear Mountain which is also hosting Oktoberfest festivities. Don't forget your Lederhosen and Dirndl!

Posted by at 12:06 PM

September 24, 2005

Best Of...Fall Movies

Life Imitates Art in Proof

Proof, Directed by John Madden and starring Gwyneth Paltrow in a very demanding role that to a certain extent mirrored the events in her personal life, is a story that revolves around a grieving daughter, in the prime of her "quarter-life", who takes care of her mathematician father in the last years of his life—a woman so distraught she doesn’t trust her own emotions or memories. During the production, Paltrow’s own father fell deathly ill. Director, John Madden described Paltrow’s performance by remarking that "She’s an actress who knows how to draw on her emotional life," Madden explains,"and she had the terribly raw and hot experience in her own life to draw on." For me, Proof was a smart and dark story with a purpose about unconditional love paralleled by the responsibility and conflict to be true to oneself. It is an insider look into the convoluted world of math which reinforces yet challenges many stereotypes. Although the math jokes about prime numbers are trite, you don’t need to be interested or know anything about math to enjoy this film. Proof also stars exceptional performances by Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Hope Davis. Proof was originally a play that won a Pulitzer for playwright David Auburn and a Tony for Mary-Louise Parker in 2001. Check movie times and theaters near you.

Posted by Shari at 02:49 PM

September 19, 2005

Moves New York Fashion Issue Launch Party

TarynManning_100px.jpgSomeone should tell Moves New York that Fashion week is over. This Thursday they will be celebrating the launch of their Fashion issue, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at One in the Meatpacking district. The party includes complementary food and cocktails... and Taryn Manning.

Entrance is free but RSVPs are a must. View the full invitation.

Posted by Jeremy at 04:06 PM

September 13, 2005

Die erste Riesling Woche in New York!

wine taste.jpgAfter my recent trip to Napa Valley and predisposition to sugar, I could not resist making QLL readers privy to this sweet wine-tasting event...it is the First Ever Riesling Week in New York sponsored by Wines of Germany. Wine-aficionados call it the "ABC" or "Anything But Chardonnay" trend among wine drinkers which has caused many consumers to look for more variety in their white wine choices.

There will be Grand Tastings in New York today at Thalassa that will feature over 100 German wines, representing eight regions and thirty different German wine producers. Event is open to the public from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with a $25 dollar ticket available for purchase at the door. For more information visist the Riesling Renaissance tasting events at www.germanwineusa.com.

Here are some wine tasting tips that I have cultured from my vineyard excursion:

You can tell much about a wine simply by studying its appearance. The wine should be poured into a clear glass and held in front of a white background such as a tablecloth so that you can examine the colour and clarity. You want to be able to see the weave of the fabric.

Swirling the wine not only allows you to observe the body of the wine ("Good legs" may indicate a thicker body and a higher alcohol content and/or sweetness level) but also releases the molecules in the wine allowing you to smell the aroma.

After swirling your wine, place your nose and lips close to (or into the glass) and take a deep whiff to smell the wine. You will want to experience a pleasing smell. If the smell is particularly strong and unpleasant, this may indicate that the wine has gone bad...for example corked, oxidized, maderized or refermented.

Now take a sip of the wine. You are looking for the balance between sweetness and acidity. Slosh the wine around and draw in some air (like a slurp even). Notice the body and texture of the wine and if it has an aftertaste. How long did the taste last? Was it pleasant?

And just note, a bottle is not bad just because you don't like it. Everyone has their favorite and every type of wine has its special characteristics. It should be palatable, oxygenating, and an intoxicating experience!

Posted by Shari at 09:47 AM

August 22, 2005

Dog Daze


As we enter the period of the summer when the Dog Star rises and sets with the sun, most of New York City slows to a crawl. The sultry summer weather causes a forced state of lethargy and general slacker attitude.

Speaking of the slacker attitude, the greatest slacker movie of all time will be shown on Pier 54 (Hudson River and 14th Street) on Wednesday August 24th at 8:30pm. Dazed and Confused is the story of a bunch of kids on the last day of school of 1976, hazing, hookups, pranks, drinking and marijuana. It's a night they would never forget.....if only they could remember it.

Posted by Jeremy at 02:03 PM | Comments (1)

August 17, 2005

Free Ciara Show in Bryant Park

In the continuing free Good Morning America concert series, Ciara will be performing live in Bryant Park this Friday from 7:00am - 9:00am. We suggest you arrive early as these shows tend to be nuts.

cciara.jpgDubbed the "First Lady of Crunk & B" by the producer who should know, Lil Jon, singer Ciara burst onto the scene with the never-gonna-get-it single "Goodies," the breathy "answer song" to Petey Pablo's "Freek-a-Leek." She was born in Austin, TX, but with her father in the Army, Ciara spent time living in Germany, New York, California, Arizona, and Nevada before landing in Atlanta. In her early teens, she got a piece of paper out and wrote down her life's goal, to become a professional singer. She joined a girl group, worked on her songwriting, left the group, landed a publishing deal, and found a "music soul mate" when she met producer Jazze Pha. With help from Pha, Garrett, and Lil Jon, Ciara released her self-titled debut in September the same year.

The last Good Morning America concert featured Jessica Simpson, check out the photos on Flickr.


Avril Lavigne performs on August 26, see the full schedule.

Posted by Jeremy at 02:03 PM

August 16, 2005

HOWL! Festival of East Village Arts

howlLogo.gifRemember the East Village back before cultural gentrification and sanitization when it was a mecca of cool? The third edition of the HOWL! festival presents 200 events all over the 'hood, including crowd-pleasing drag extravaganza Wigstock and theatre sub-fest Way the F*ck Off Broadway. The festival peppers its art offerings with countercultural gusto, including a marathon reading of Allen Ginsberg's namesake poem and the presence of Ms. Harry herself to shake things up for old time's sake. The festival also includes numerous free and G rated events.

Sunday 8/21 - Sunday 8/28 - Full Schedule

Posted by Jeremy at 02:02 PM

August 08, 2005

August and the Arts

20 venues. 16 days. 1300 performances.

The New York International Fringe Festival attracts more than 200 theatre and dance companies from across the globe, all conspiring to create what the New York Times calls "the scrappiest, most inclusive festival in the city..."

Political satire, parody, drama and sexy skits are the backbone behind North America's largest multi-arts festival. Running from August 12th though the 28th, FringeNYC is a production of The Present Company.


Info available online or by phone 212.279.4488

Posted by EMC at 02:01 PM

New York Magazine Names The 50 Most Beautiful New Yorkers


In a shocking twist that should take exactly nobody by surprise, 4 of New York Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful New Yorkers are staffers at Union Square's Coffee Shop. Every NYC resident knows (as does any college kid who ever shacked up at NYU Dorms for the summer) that the Coffee Shop waitresses are hotties, although the wait staff lost a bit of its street cred when the coat-check girl/waitress Naima Naima.jpgwent commercial and won America's Next Top Model this spring. The magazine's four beauties were nominated by Coffee Shop owner Carolyn Benitez, because "she was once a model herself and knows what it's like to have to make money to put your book together," so the whole thing reeks a bit of self-promotion. But bitterness aside, there is now official confirmation that Coffee Shop is a haven to all the aspiring pretty people in New York City. Well, them, and that buddha-looking waiter with only a small tuft of hair.

Check out these beauties, plus 46 others.

Posted by at 02:00 PM

August 03, 2005

Free Jessica Simpson Concert in Bryant Park

Against our better judgment we bring you this late breaking news:

jessica_smaller.jpgJessica Simpson Americas latest Britney poster girl will be performing a free concert in Bryant Park for Good Morning America on Friday, August 5th from 7:00am - 9:00am. If you are willing to be seen at a Jessica Simpson performance we suggest you arrive early to avoid the screaming hordes of teeny boppers sporting the latest Jessica fad, Daisy Dukes.

Posted by Jeremy at 01:59 PM | Comments (4)

July 27, 2005

Milk and Honey owner Sasha Petraske has created another favorite: Little Branch

little_branch.jpgBehind an unassuming door at the intersection of 7th Avenue South and LeRoy Streets, discrete drinkers will stumble upon an intimate, date-worthy watering hole. Descend the dark flight of stairs and continue through the door to find Little Branch. While $12 cocktails discourage empty-pocketed rowdy drinkers, dive-lovers who appreciate low-key quality and class will feel right at home.

The space is dark, seemingly dingy, yet somehow refined, sophisticated, and poised. Rustic cement banquettes cradle candlelit tables. A mohawked maitre'd in a tailored suit greets guests with an easy formality that is void of any pretension. Cocktails from bartender, Joseph Schwartz, are classic, crisp, made with the freshest ingredients.

pimms_ginspez_gr.jpgOn a late Friday night, we were seated immediately. Our waiter, attentive, knowledgeable and friendly, suggested rum muddled with raspberries, vodka with pomegranate juice. His instincts were right. Cocktails, which arrived promptly, were delicate, refreshing. The second round gave way to a remarkable Pimm's Cup and an ice-cold Mint Julep.

When reservations at Milk and Honey are hard to come by, head west. Little Branch may not offer oak and velvet accoutrements, but it promises the same service, discretion and intimacy. And, of course, The Rules.

Also check out Sasha's other bar East Side Company.

Little Branch
20 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10011

Posted by EMC at 01:54 PM

July 25, 2005

Lions, Tigers and Crabs oh my!

tiger_logo2.jpgHaving almost recovered from the effects of devouring upwards of 25 Maryland Blue Crabs this past weekend we are looking forward to the Second Annual Tiger Beer Singapore Chili Crab Festival. Aside from Singapore Chili Crabs, entertainment will include live band performances, souvenir vendors, children's street entertainment and petting zoo, caricaturists, face painters, massage therapy, traditional lion dancers, East-West horoscope readings by Madame Tiger and kickboxers from Gleason's Gym. Apparently they ran out of crabs early last year to everybody's disappointment, they promise to be better prepared this year.

Tiger Beer Singapore Chili Crab Festival (free admission)
Sunday August 7th, 12:00 - 6:00pm (rain or shine)
Water Street Resturant
66 Water Street (between Dock and Main Sts.)
DUMBO, Brooklyn
*Free Water Taxi from South Street Seaport to Fulton Slip Pier

Posted by Jeremy at 01:54 PM

July 22, 2005

StreetWars: Killer

watergun.jpgQLL may have a slight obsession with adolescent games being played by adults in the streets of New York City, quite frankly it fascinates us. Hot on the heels of Capture the Flag and Manhunt! DUMBO comes the latest and most insane game yet, StreetWars: Killer.

At the start of the game you will receive a manila envelope containing the following:
  • A picture of your intended target(s)
  • The home address of your intended target(s)
  • The work address of your intended target(s)
  • The name of your intended target(s)
  • Contact information of your intended target(s)
Upon receipt of these items, your (or your team's) mission is to find and kill (by way of water gun, water balloon or super soaker) your target(s).
You can hunt your target down any way you see fit; you can pose as a delivery person and jack them when they open the door, disguise yourself and take them out on the street, etc.

Where do I sign my enemies friends up?

This should prove to be interesting, just as they are starting random bag searches on the subway we are encouraging people to carry fake guns! Via Daily Candy

Update: Capture the Flag @ SoHo Thursday July 28

Posted by Jeremy at 01:52 PM

July 20, 2005

"Sole"ace In The City

tunic 2.jpgThese days, fashion is walking right off the runway and onto the beach. And in the city that "summers", dressing is casual and should never be fussy. Matt Bernson is making a big splash with his ethnic-inspired nouveau-bohemian sandals for men and women,(prices range from $70-$225). They have the ability to transport you from the city streets to St. Bart's. Walking in a pair of Matt's sandals make you feel instantly cool and serene. Matt's shoes are the perfect complement to this summer's blockbuster tunic trend ...QLL favors Tory Burch tunics.

matt_gold_smaller.jpgMatt Bernson Design is a startup shoe design company based in Manhattan. Last year they produced sandals exclusively. They are now expanding into other accessories and garments for the coming season. They have been featured in Vanity Fair, Lucky Magazine, and seen on Good Morning America, NBC Early Show, Daily Candy, and now QLL!

Summer just got sweeter ...Matt Bernson's can't-miss Sample Sale is happening tomorrow and Friday only... $25 per pair and 5 pairs for $100 (women's styles, cash only), QLL suggests to check out the sale Friday evening- wine will be served on the "porch" as you will watch the sun set over the Hudson...

434 Greenwich St.
Entrance on Vestry St.

Two Blocks South of Canal St. in Tribeca
For information call 212.941.7634
Too see the collection visit www.mattbernson.com

beach.jpgCheck Out QLL's Picks For "Best Of" Summer In The City:

Bronzing Powder-NARS (Sold at Sephora)


Sundeck-Chelsea Piers (2 sundecks overlooking the Hudson River)

Perfume-Bobbi Brown Beach (Smells just like Coppertone Lotion!)

QLL wants to hear from you! Post or tell us your favorite summer picks, tips, and trends.

Posted by Shari at 01:50 PM

July 19, 2005

Back From The Dead!


Attention Whole Foods lovers and Citarella snobs; Balducci's the originator and former king of gourmet foods is reopening its freezers! Once located at the corner of Ninth Street and Sixth avenue (currently home to Citarella) the new location will be in the old New York Savings Bank Building located at Eighth avenue and 14th street. The artist rendition remind us of Fortnum & Mason in London, the oldest (300 years) and most luxurious (the clerks wear tuxedos) gourmet market. Balducci's is expected to open in fall of 2005.

On a similar note, Trader Joe's is rumored to be opening in NYU's Palladium building in Union Square.

Posted by Jeremy at 12:07 PM

July 13, 2005

Free ROOTS show July 14th!


The ROOTS are coming to Hudson River Park's Pier 54 in on July 14, 2005 at 7PM for a free show.

More than any other East Coast hip hop "band", The Roots are the most steeped in underground cred. This Philadelphia group, formed by Black Thought (Tariq Trotter), drummer ?uestlove (Ahmir Khalib Thompson), bassist Hub (Leon Hubbard) and rapper Malik B, is deeply respected for their authentic sound and live jams.

We suggest you arrive early; these free concerts have a tendency to get super crowded.

Posted by Jeremy at 09:13 AM

July 01, 2005

Subway Thrill-Seekers, Expect to Pay

subway.gifMTA authorities plan crackdowns on subway thrill-seekers who find their outlet joyriding between cars. With 117 injuries and 13 deaths recorded in the last ten years MTA's point is valid: riding or passing between cars can be dangerous. Joyriding between cars is only one of a slew of subway rules intended to bolster public safety on the trains. However, the tedious rules and steep fines seem better suited to cramp the lifestyle of thrill-seekers across Manhattan.

QLL rated newly banned subway activities based on thrill factor. Subway scooter riding and racing leads the pack of banned activities with the highest thrill factor, it is followed by joyriding between cars, changing cars, turnstile jumping, standing on skateboards, wearing skates, resting feet on seats or platform benches and sipping coffee. Apparently, caffeine and the ACE just do not mix well.

Coffee sippers, (and other thrill seekers), apprehended by police officers may be fined anywhere from $25 to $100, but MTA police spokespeople have indicated that enforcement of these rules may not be black and white. If a passenger has a good excuse for violating a rule, chances are they may not be fined. Points for creativity? I doubt it.

An MTA board committee vote on Monday approved the comprehensive list of changes to subway rules. However, criticism from some MTA board members postponed the final vote until next month. The 30-day postponement provides time for consideration and, more importantly, subway scooter races.

See the complete list of current subway rules and regulations.

Posted by EMC at 09:14 AM

June 30, 2005

Free Concert in Battery Park - July 4th

matador.jpgPassed along by our good friend SDH:

"Matador Salutes The US of A!, or: God Bless Matador America is one of the top 8 or 9 countries in the world, and with that in mind, we're paying tribute to the land that brought you Breckin Meyer, Rick Dees, Mark Gastineau and Dick Army this July 4, when YO LA TENGO, STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS and LAURA CANTRELL perform in a free concert at The Lawn at Battery Park, NYC. Gates open at 2 PM."

2:00 PM Gates open
3:30 PM Laura Cantrell
4:20 PM Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
6:00 PM Yo La Tengo

You can hear some samples of Yo La Tengo at their website... Enjoy

Posted by Jeremy at 10:41 AM

June 29, 2005

Outdoor Summer Movie Guide


Introducing Quarter Life Living's definitive outdoor summer movie guide. Great for a romantic date, if you're running low on cash, or just to catch up on some classics. Venues include Bryant Park, Hudson River Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park and a couple of roofs in Williamsburg. Flicks range from Dr. No to Harry Potter, read on for the complete guide.


HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival 2005
Raindates are Tuesday nights. The lawn opens at 5:00pm for blankets and picnicking. The films begin at dusk (typically between 8pm and 9pm).

July 4 White Heat (1949)
July 11 The Gay Divorcee (1934)
July 18 Touch of Evil (1958)
July 25 Suspicion (1941)
August 1 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
August 8 The Odd Couple (1968)
August 15 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
August 22 Jaws (1975)

summerFilmSeries.gifBrooklyn Bridge Park
The theme of Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy’s Movies With a View 2005 is WATER in honor of the New York harbor and waterfront. This year Halcyon will be bringing DJs to the park to spin some tunes before the film begins to help set the mood for our feature presentation.

July 7 Key Largo
Directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Edward G. Robinson. DJs begin spinning tunes at 6:00 pm. Movie begins at sunset.

July 14 Gidget
Directed by Paul Wendkos, starring Sandra Dee, Cliff Robertson, James Darren, and Arthur O'Connell. DJs begin spinning tunes at 6:00 pm. Movie starts at sunset.

July 21 A Fish Called Wanda
Directed by Charles Crichton, starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin. DJs begin spinning tunes at 6:00 pm. Movie begins at sunset.

July 28 Dr. No
The first James Bond Movie. Directed by Terence Young, starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress. DJs begin spinning tunes at 6:00 pm. Movie begins at sunset.

August 4 Mermaids
Directed by Richard Benjamin, starring Cher, Bob Hoskins, and Winona Ryder. DJs begin spinning tunes at 6:00 pm. Movie begins at sunset.

August 11 Chinatown
Directed by Roman Polanski, starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston. DJs begin spinning tunes at 6:00 pm. Movie begins at sunset.

August 18 Movie Title TBD
Held if one of our previous movie nights gets rained out. DJs start spinning tunes at 6:00 pm. Movie begins at sunset.

August 25 Movie Title TBD
Held if one of our previous film nights gets rained out. DJs start spinning tunes at 6:00 pm. Movie begins at sunset.

logo_main.gifRiver Flicks presented by Hudson River Park
Seating is available and Free Popcorn. Beverages and snacks are for sale. Themed summer movie series has hit an all-time low. Spend your summer goofing off with this cornucopia of movies featuring a cast of dweebs, wastoids, scammers, partiers and nerds. Check here for showtimes.

Wednesday's at Pier 54
July 6 Slackers
July 13 Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
July 20 The Big Lebowski
July 27 Up in Smoke
August 3 Clerks
August 10 Animal House
August 17 Fast Times at Ridgemont High
August 24 Dazed and Confused

Friday's at Pier 25
July 8 Daddy Day Care
July 15 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
July 22 Back to the Future
July 29 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
August 5 Ella Enchanted
August 12 The Iron Giant
August 19 Shark Tale
August 26 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Rooftop Films films in Williamsburg
Rooftop Films was founded in 1997 by filmmakers who were interested in making, watching, and talking about good films in a communal environment. Tickets Required

June 4 Rockaway - Three young women on the edge of......Long Island
June 10 Hi/Lo Film Festival - Madcap and sublime shorts on a budget
June 11 Code 33 by Beilinson, Galinsky, Hawley, and Werner - Verite hunt for Miami's serial rapist
June 17 Youth Power - Youth-Produced Films
June 18 Undocumented - Records of the Unseen World
June 24 The Romantic Version - Short flings with love, lust, and loss
June 25 Rural Route Films- Tall tales, fast cars, slow food and slow talkers
July 1 Animation: Dark Toons - Everybody likes cartoons...co-presented with Avoid Eye Contact
July 2 Dirty Birds - Dirty Work by David Sampliner and Tim Nackashi & Birdpeople by Michael Gitlin & Special performance by The Mountain Goats
July 4 Some Folks Call It Un-American... - Media that Matters presented by MediaRights and Rooftop Films | Special performance by The Mountain Goats
July 8 Soft For Digging by J.T. Petty - Small town horror on a roof in the big city
July 9 Nick Peterson and the Clouds - Rainy day films from the Pacific Northwest
July 15 Caught In Between - Short films from communities on the edge
July 16 Special Show: details to come Governors Island Wild Pirate Shorts! - Part of an all-day arts festival
July 22 Kiss My Snake by Tom Tavee - Snake boxers in Thailand slap cobras for kicks!
July 29 Tape Freak - EAI presents rare works by video pioneers and the strange brilliance they inspire
August 4 Boat! - Walk the Plank Vic Thrill and Rooftop cruise around NYC on the Rocksoff Temptress Cruise Ship
August 5 Found Footage Film Fest - Hysterical detritus from the video revolution
August 12 New York Non-Fiction - It's your city, take a look
August 19 Theft Is Property - Reclaim space and thought with Video Data Bank
August 26 Still They Ride - Benefit for the National Lawyers Guild Critical Mass team
August 27 The British Connection -UK and NYC shorts presented with Shooting People
September 2 Bigger Than France - Little films from Texas at a Labor Day BBQ
September 9 Unspeakable Animation - Wordless Animation from NYC Filmmakers co-presented with Avoid Eye Contact
September 16 Rooftop Shots (highlights) - Short films shouted from the rooftop!

Posted by Jeremy at 06:23 PM

June 16, 2005

Capture the Flag


Following the latest trend of bringing back games from our childhood and combining them with the board like grid of New York City comes Capture the Flag Billysburg style. Streets are your playground, bases, jails, sides and flags all in streets of Brooklyn. QLL thinks there will be several people hit by cars, don't you people listen when your mom told you not to play in the streets? Sounds like fun. Thursday, June 16th, 2005, Bedford & N8th, 8:00pm sharp rain or shine.

Posted by Jeremy at 12:41 PM

June 09, 2005

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

bbq_logo3.gifThis weekend is the third annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. Saturday and Sunday ten of the country's top pit masters are taking over Madison Square Park. Seminars, live music and lots of barbecue: ribs, pulled pork, brisket and more. Ken Calaghan of Blue Smoke and John Stage of Dinosaur (our favorite) are some of the featured pitmasters. Get there early, last year 50,000 people showed up. Admission to the block party is free, including live music and seminars. Food, beverages, and merchandise are available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

June 11th-12th from Noon-6:00pm @ Madison Square Park.

Posted by Jeremy at 10:43 AM

June 07, 2005

27th Annual Museum Mile Festival

Tonight, FREE entrance to all museums, 5:45-9pm

wildthings.jpgThe 27th Museum Mile Festival kicks off at the Goethe-Institut where Planet Football, a photo show prelude to World Cup 2006, is on view. Hop over to fanciful highlights such as Sol LeWitt's Splotches, Whirls and Twirls on the Met's rooftop; the Guggenheim's equally colorful installation The Eye of the Storm by Daniel Buren; and the Jewish Museum's Wild Things: The Art of Maurice Sendak. For a more grounding tour, peruse Neue Galerie's Portraits of an Age: Photography in Germany and Austria, 1900-1938 and El Museo del Barrio's Mexico: The Revolution and Beyond, Photographs by Casasola 1900-1940. Once you tire of the galleries, there are plenty of open-air sights in the shape of street performers, self-promoting artists, and spectators on a Fifth Avenue open only to pedestrians.

Posted by Jeremy at 12:18 PM

May 24, 2005

From the land of Milk & Honey comes the East Side Company Bar

2005_02_eastsidec.jpgMilk & Honey, the famously secretive and elusive bar in the lower east side with draconian policies such as reservations only, no name-dropping, no star fucking, gentlemen will not introduce themselves to ladies, as well as an unlisted phone number has a spin off in the works.

East Side Company rumored to be completed for over a year may finally be open. "I think I'm in love with the bramble" says New York Press, refering to the painstakingly prepared most popular drink. In goes crushed limes, gin and a "special juice mixture we make ourselves," the bartender says enigmatically, perhaps to curtail, and rightfully so, cocktail-idea theft.

bitesbuzz040825_4_125.jpgQLL intends to check out East Side Company as soon as possible, check back for our full review.

East Side Company Bar*
49 Essex St. (Grand St.)

* Just as difficult to find as Milk & Honey, there is no sign, just a door. Look for "The Pickle Guys" which is just nextdoor.

Posted by Jeremy at 09:48 AM

May 23, 2005

Best of...Buzz For Your Buck!

Support Your Local Barista! It is undeniable that Starbucks has penetrated every neighborhood of the city that does not sleep (and even the world for that matter--did you know that there is a Starbucks in Myungdong, South Korea that is five stories tall?). And it is also not uncommon to even see two or more Starbucks on the same street corner.

As Starbucks multiply, the native coffeehouse are being driven out of existence. While there is no way to prevent a Starbucks infestation, (even I am guilty of getting my Starbucks Venti Half-Caf Soy Americano w/ Foam fix), there's still something to be said about supporting your average joe . Among my favorite grab-and-go stops are...


Mud Truck
Astor Place 7am-5pm
Wall Street (Near Water) 7am-5pm

71 Irving Place

71 Irving Pl & E 18th Street
(212) 995-5252


333 Lafayette St.& Bleeker
New York, NY 10012

Posted by Shari at 10:18 AM

May 18, 2005

Best Of...Playing Hooky From Work!


1.The Golf Club at Chelsea Piers
Pier 59
23rd St. & the Hudson River

If it goes right, it's a slice.
If it goes left, it's a hook.
If it goes straight, it's a miracle!

Practice makes perfect at this year-round urban country-club like getaway which overlooks the Hudson. Experience need not apply. With over 90 balls for a mere $20, you can hit from 4 different tiers into the 200-yard fairway which is enclosed with netting, to keep balls from flying off the platform. It has 52 heated and weather-protected hitting stalls on four levels, a computerized tee-up system, and a brewery next door for a post-tee treat!

2.Landmark Sunshine Cinema
143 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10002

grey_dog.gif3.Grey Dog's Coffee
33 Carmine St.
New York , NY 10014
Dogs are welcome...make sure to ask for a free doggie biscuit at the counter!

Posted by Shari at 09:19 AM

May 10, 2005

Best Of...Detox!

Bikram Yoga


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