December 02, 2005

First Fridays at the Guggenheim

250px-Wfm_guggenheim_exterior.jpgDo you think Solomon Guggenheim would turn over in his grave if he knew that on the first Friday of every month his museum turns into a giant club?

This season the Guggenheim presents world renowned DJ's: Tommie Sunshine and James Friedman, Oct 7; Matthew Dear & Ryan Elliott, Nov 4; Funkstorung, Dec 2; and Diplo, Jan 6. Grab a cocktail from the cash bar, and explore the fall exhibition RUSSIA! - a major exhibition of over 275 masterpieces, many never before seen in the United States. All galleries are open.

Tonight, December 2, and JAN 6, 9 PM-1 AM -- $15 admission (cash only at the door); FREE for Guggenheim Members.

Posted by Jeremy at 03:31 PM

November 28, 2005

A Taste of Christmas at Lincoln Center


Thanksgiving has taken another notch in our belts and as always, Christmas is right around the corner. This is the week when most Christmas-loving Americans break out the lights and holly, readying themselves to pose for kisses under the mistletoe. Grandmothers across the country dig up their candy thermometers to start making fudge and most important of all, tree-trimmings are scheduled.

mistletoe.jpgChristmas is my favorite time of year. The smells, the sounds, the sights all bring back childhood memories of delightful anticipation of presents and excitement of having a tree in the house. But as a true New Yorker, my cozy downtown apartment is barely large enough for its three inhabitants; playing host to arborist holiday inclinations is simply out of the question.

For those nostalgic for the scent of evergreen, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts hosts their Annual Holiday Tree Lighting tonight from 5:30-6:00pm. The celebration will be held on Josie Robertson Plaza at Columbus Avenue and 64th Street and boasts aerialist and operatic performances as well as an excerpt from George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. For more information, check out the Lincoln Center website.

Posted by EMC at 02:29 PM

November 14, 2005


fashion_van.jpgClaudine and Brian Gumbel melded luxury shopping with the Fresh Direct concept and came up with a truly New York idea. Gut-renovating the interior of a 2005 Ford Winnebago, the Gumbels transformed it into a mobile boutique, Caravan. The look is sleek. Artwork adorns the walls, hip vintage pieces fill an armoire, and video screens project runway footage. Caravan makes private house calls, but is not above stopping for walk-ins.

Always laden with new pieces, the image is young, with a tendency towards Los Angeles style. Caravan juxtaposes brands like Original Penguin, Generra and Rock and Republic with young designers' labels such as Yeohlee, Jak&Rae and Skull & Bones. The company's private label, 'C,' features staple travel pieces in blacks, grays and white and a stylist is always on hand.

Caravan is up and running on Saturdays and Sundays with a maximum capacity of ten people. For those of you prone to car-sickness, check out their online store.

The next time you spot a Winnebago trolling through Manhattan, stick out your thumb. The purchases you make will stop traffic.

Track them down.

Posted by EMC at 03:54 PM

November 02, 2005

Street Meet

Halal_Cart_small.jpgDoes Thiru Kumar, Tony Dragonas, or Rolf Babiel ring a bell? Well they're not quite Alain Ducasse, Mario Batali or Daniel Boulud, but they're superstar chefs in their own unique little space. Which space is that you ask? They are all finalists in the 1st Annual Vendy Awards. It's a thankless job but we are glad that someone is there to serve us hotdogs and pretzels after a long night out.

The final cook-off takes place November 10th, 7-10:30, the finalists will be selling their food (at their usual prices), there will be an open bar of wine and beer, and judges will pick the winner. It's $35 (tax deductible) and will take place at 27 E. 4th, for more information call 646-602-5679.

By the way, does anyone know where these guys wash their hands?

Posted by Jeremy at 06:13 PM

September 28, 2005

The City That Never Sleeps...Builds?

In the midst of the midtown tourist traps and turbulent rat race, stands the foundation for homes (and hope) literally being built around the clock. Beginning Monday, September 26, Rockefeller Plaza will become "Humanity Plaza" for 5 days and is funded by Habitat For Humanity via millions raised specifically for this cause. The new homes will benefit selected families displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

The project will be implemented over the next 2 months. NBC News "Today", Habitat for Humanity International and Warner Music Group are joining forces to help the Gulf Coast in the heart of Gotham City. Participating artists from Warner Music Group’s Atlantic and Warner Bros.Records include Josh Groban, Goo Goo Dolls, Tracy Chapman, T.I., Big &Rich, Randy Newman, Ryan Cabrera, Yolanda Adams and many others...

While this is a valuable effort that is both PR worthy and advantageous for all participants involved, perhaps we should start by applying NYC’s social service resources towards our own homeless who are being overlooked in Katrina's Shadow.

Posted by Shari at 09:27 PM

September 27, 2005

A Gate in Pursuit of a Floating Island


If you haven't been following the 130-ton Floating Island conceptual art project that has been circling Manhattan for the last few weeks you can get caught up with Gothamist's excellent coverage.

Conceptual art like this has always stuck us, as well, a bit stupid, along the same lines as The Gates from last winter.  Well apparently someone else thought the same thing.  Some Christo wannabe got a motorboat and built a replica saffron-colored gate and started to chase the floating island.  Caption Henry of the Floating Island remarks, "When I saw the kind of rig he was running, I didn't want him getting no closer. Joker like that? In a motorboat? I don't need that."

If you haven't actually seen the Floating Island yet, here is a list of its locations where it can be viewed.

Posted by Jeremy at 12:28 PM | Comments (1)

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 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 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

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

September 02, 2005

A Beach in Long Island City?

beach%20with%20tom.jpgThis kind of thing cracks us up. Are you stuck in the City this weekend? Wouldn't you rather be at the beach? You can be! Harry's LIC at Water Taxi Beach is located in Long Island City where they have trucked in 400 tons of toothpaste-white, Jersey Shore sand (cost: $17,000) and a couple dozen picnic tables to create a manmade beach. A tiki hut, $2 PBR tallboys and a grill serving elk burgers and beach volleyball, no swimming though (but you wouldn't really want to swim in the East River anyway) and an amazing view of mid-town.

Started by Tom Fox the CEO of Water Taxi and Harry Hawk who is the chef at all-American grubbery Schnack and a partner at Gowanus Yacht Club (sorry, no swimming either) who handles the food. The 34th Street water taxi is the most direct route, but why drop eight dollars round-trip? It's a 15-minute hike from the 7 or G train.

Check out their blog for daily weather conditions and special events, oh and don't forget the sunscreen.

Harry's LIC at Water Taxi Beach
2-03 Borden Ave. (Queens) at 2nd St.

Posted by Jeremy at 05:45 PM

September 01, 2005

US Open Comes to Manhattan

usopen_logo.gifThe U.S. Open is in full swing and tickets are becoming scarce. Ticket prices on CraigsList and eBay are approaching the triple digits, more still for day 13 tickets. But if the fun of summer has wrought havoc on your finances, (as it has ours), or if a trip to Flushing is far too long a journey, you still have a chance to see a match. American Express is bringing the excitement of the U.S. Open to two Manhattan locations: Satellite viewing events at Madison Square Park (between 5th and Madison Avenues and 23rd and 26th Streets) and the World Financial Center (bordered by the Hudson River and West, Vesey and Liberty Streets).

"From Saturday, September 3 through Sunday, September 11, both locations will be transformed into interactive tennis experiences complete with jumbotron screens where fans can enjoy the live broadcast of each day's matches from 11AM - 11PM, stadium seating, special concessions at Madison Square Park provided by New York eateries Blue Smoke and Tabla, pro instruction, daily ticket sweepstakes and an assortment of other activities, including a New York Sports Legends Doubles Challenge, player appearances and more - all open to the public and free of charge."

QLL is excited about the jumbotron and special concessions! These details will bring the U.S. Open experience into the heart of our city, stadium seating to boot!

Monica Seles will be offering tennis tips and answering fan questions at the World Financial Center on Tuesday, September 6 and at Madison Square Park on Wednesday, September 7th from 12:30PM to 1:30PM.

b_0830_037roddick.jpgOn another US Open note, Andy Roddick's loss at the hands of Gilles Muller of Luxembourg is compounded by the American Express ad campaign in which Andy "loses" his "mojo" and can't seem to hit any balls. The "Have You Seen Andy's Mojo?" slogan has been plastered on everything from subway trains to billboards.

Sorry Andy.

Posted by Jeremy at 02:28 PM

August 29, 2005

Campbell Apartment: Prohibition in Grand Central Terminal

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Stashed into a corner of Grand Central Terminal, a Gatsby-worthy bar serves up sophistication and flair in old-fashioned cocktail glasses. In the 1920s, business tycoon John W. Campbell decided to mix business with pleasure. He purchased a corner room in Grand Central with gaping, 25-foot ceilings and transformed it to resemble a 13th Century Florentine Palace. During the daylight hours, Mr. Campbell built his empire in this stunning office space. After hours, fancy crowds poured in and liquor flowed freely.

Prohibition2.jpgCampbell Apartment today is just as spectacular as it was then. Painted ceilings, stunning windows and impeccable service evoke the glamour and sophistication of 1920s America. Classic cocktails reminisce these days past with names like "Flapper's Delight," "Robber Baron," and "Roaring Twenties." The signature cocktail, "Prohibition Punch" is pretty and pink, generous in a fancy brandy snifter. Watch out - Prohibition Punch is delicious but deadly.

Campbell_Apt_small2.jpgEarly on weeknights the apartment is jammed with commuters seeking a moment of respite before dashing to catch their trains. Friday and Saturday the commuters steer clear and local Manhattanites come to drink. Sundays from 6 to 9pm are Swing nights and feature a 13-piece swing orchestra. Dress code is strict and cocktails are pricey, but Campbell Apartment is a New York apartment you cannot afford to miss.

Campbell Apartment
Grand Central Terminal
15 Vanderbilt Ave
Between 42nd St. and Vanderbuilt Ave

Posted by EMC at 02:23 PM

August 26, 2005

You've Got 2 Give 2 Get

rock.jpgGive 4 hours, Get 1 ticket! A new organization called Rock Corps has a new gimmick to get us to be a part of the youth movement to inspire social change in the community... and it may just work. Volunteering only 4 hours of your time will get you a ticket to an exclusive concert featuring Fat Joe, T.I., Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Young Jeezy, The Transplants and more to be announced at Radio City Music Hall in September. You can't buy a ticket, and the only way into Radio City Music Hall is by earning it! You've got to volunteer to be there in person, but the concert will be televised.

Posted by Shari at 11:21 PM

August 25, 2005

Get Dressed for a Good Cause...

met_gala_small.jpgDon't have enough black tie weddings? Is your formal dress or tuxedo gathering dust in the closet? Need some more tax deductions? The Metropolitan Foundation's annual black tie fund raiser is quickly approaching:

Event Chairmen Mr. John Moore, Miss Jennifer Bawden and Mr. John Nicholas Invite you to join New York's political, technology, sports, fashion and performing arts communities as they join together to fight breast cancer, promote environmental awareness and salute NYC's 9/11 heroes at a Gala evening at Central Park's Boathouse Friday, September 9, 2005.

Junior tickets start at $100 and includes an open bar and appetizers. There will be an after hours party at a yet to be named club, and let's not forget, it's for charity. Tickets can be purchased online.

Posted by Jeremy at 07:26 PM

3rd Annual Central Park Film Festival

FilmFestival_low.jpgThe 3rd Annual Central Park Film Festival is winding down, only 3 movies remain. The flicks are shown at Rumsey Playfield on East 72nd Street off Fifth Avenue at 8pm. While the picks aren't exactly what we consider film festival quality, but it's hard to pass up a free outdoor movie in Central Park. The 3 remaining movies are The Band Wagon with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisseon on Thursday, The Muppets Take Manhattan with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and The Muppets gang on Friday and to close the season, Little Manhattan on Saturday with Josh Hutcherson, Bradley Whitford, Charlie Ray, and Cynthia Nixon. Check out QLL's Summer Movie Guide to see what else is playing.

Posted by Jeremy at 09:24 AM

August 23, 2005

Refugee Camp Comes to New York City

camp300.jpgDoctors Without Borders is bringing an outdoor exhibit to Manhattan and Brooklyn this September and October.

Around the world, approximately 33 million people have fled their homes due to war, insecurity and persecution. The MSF exhibit asks visitors to imagine they are among the millions of displaced people, from countries such as Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and North Korea. Visitors are asked to imagine themselves in the situation of the displaced, asking questions such as, 'Will I be safe? What will I eat? How do I find water? Can I get medical care? And where will I live?'

Central Park, New York, NY
Cherry Hill at 72nd Street
September 22nd - 24th
9:30am - 6:30pm

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
Long Meadow
near Grand Army Plaza
September 28th - October 2nd
9:30am - 6:30pm

Posted by Jeremy at 02:04 PM

August 03, 2005

American Idol For The Theatre: Strawberry One-Act Festival

strawberry.gifThe Strawberry One-Act Festival could easily be regarded as an American Idol knockoff: a theatre competition in which audiences and judges cast votes to declare a winning play. But the annual event has been around for ten years - long before Mr. Cowell and company interrupted our lives. Forty playwrights compete for the chance to have a full-length play produced, and in the process, theatre lovers get to discover fresh talent - and the occasional rotten tomato - from all over the country. Title simplicity prevails in A Play About a Guitar and A Play About a Mouse, while Post Inferno and Hell for Dummies are set for a Dante-themed showdown. Via flavorpill

The Strawberry One-Act Festival
Fri 8-5 - Sun 8-14 (Mon-Fri: 7 & 9pm / Sat-Sun: 3, 5, 7 & 9pm)
Producers Club II
616 9th Ave

Posted by Jeremy at 01:59 PM

July 21, 2005

No. 2 Yellow Pencils: hip, vintage and a source of office entertainment

pencil3.jpgAs handwriting becomes obsolete and the most rudimentary writing utensil is a streamlined vessel that clicks out graphite needles, good old Yellow No. 2 pencils are a thing of the past. We bid adieu to those wooden elementary school mementos, and cast our farewells to pink erasers and pencil sharpeners, hand crank and electric alike.

But the Yellow No. 2 will not fade into oblivion. Following in the footsteps of 1980s track shorts and ringer tees, the Yellow No. 2 pencil is making a pointed comeback in hip, vintage circles. This summer, QLL has spotted Yellow No. 2's scratching out grocery lists in Citarella, mixing cocktails at Park Bar, even being sported behind the ears Lower East Side hipsters.

With Yellow No. 2 pencils on the horizon, QLL hopes to see a resurgence of Yellow No. 2 office pranks. Co-workers might not be easily lured into friendly games of pencils, (see note). However, marathon pencil sharpening, with a noisy electric sharpener, irritates everyone in earshot, providing quite the mischievous mid-morning boost.

Note: Pencils is an elementary school game between two players each equipped with a Yellow No. 2 pencil whereas one player holds a pencil horizontally between two hands while the other player snaps his or her pencil against it in an attempt to snap the horizontal pencil in two. Players switch back and forth from snapping and pencil holding until one of the pencils breaks. The player whose pencil breaks is the loser.

Posted by EMC at 01:51 PM | Comments (1)

July 18, 2005

Wine Tastings at Village

village.jpgSixth Avenue hustle and bustle can wipe you out. Looking for a place to rest those tired feet? Village Restaurant, West Ninth Street just before 6th Avenue, boasts repose and delicious cuisine in the midst of tasteful, modest Bistro / Brasserie decor.

Beveled mirrors, stained-wood mahogany bar and paneling, striped maroon banquettes and warm lighting create a classic, casual "only in New York" atmosphere. Wait staff is friendly and informative, the bartender quick to remember your taste in wine.

While plates off the standard menu of contemporary American/French fare are always scrumptious, QLL recommends checking out the daily specials. The Sunday special, spiced Salmon burger, goes great with a glass of 18 year Oban.

Plan your week around Village Restaurant. Good food aside, this Greenwich village gem also offers live jazz beginning at noon on Sundays and A World of Wine Wednesdays Tasting Series:

A six-week comparative wine and food tasting series set in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, perfect for meeting new people and getting' down.
The program will take place on Wednesdays starting at 7 PM- the first tasting will take place on June 29th, then will continue weekly though August 3rd.
Price: Pre-Purchased Individual Tasting $40, $45 at the door.

Wine & Food Do's & Don'ts
Why Certain Wines Work With Certain Foods
Hosted by Enrique of European Cellars
July 20

Sideways: Taste the Hype
A Pinot Noir Extravaganza
Hosted by Tim McBride of Village
July 27

The Women Take On The Men
Female Wine Makers vs Male
Hosted by Katell of Wildman Imports & Enrique of European Cellars
August 3

62 West Ninth Street
7 Nights/week 11:30am - 11pm (12pm on weekends)

New York Metro
New York Times

Posted by Jeremy at 01:20 PM | Comments (1)

July 13, 2005

The Minnow's Blue-Crab Fest

oldbay.jpgOld Bay, corn on the cob, bacon-potato salad, coleslaw, black-and-white cookies and watermelon... Oh yea, and all you can eat blue-crabs! This weekend is the The Minnow's annual crab fest. For $25 ($10 for kids) you get all-you-can-eat plus $2.50 for any Brooklyn Brewery beer. Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., first come, first served.

Be warned, we ate so much last year that we had to walk all the way back to Manhattan.

The Minnow
442 Ninth St. (Park Slope/Prospect Hts)
between Sixth and Seventh Aves.

Posted by Jeremy at 11:10 AM

July 02, 2005


petanque.jpgManhattan summer heat can put a damper on physical activity. If walking to the local watering hole for a cold mojito is the highlight of your summer exercise routine, try moseying up to Bryant Park for free lessons in Petanque.

Test your aim, your arm and possibly your French. La Boule New Yorkaise is hosting free lessons in this lovely, slow-paced French game of boules, cochonnets and of course good company.

If you do happen to work up a sweat while underhanding your boules, head to Bryant Park Grill for a refreshing cocktail!

Petanque lessons in Bryant Park
42nd near Sixth Ave
New York, NY 10110

Posted by Jeremy at 03:11 PM

May 18, 2005

Must See Photography Exhibit

AshesandSnowHorizontal.gifAshes and Snow
March 5 through June 6
at Hudson River Park's Pier 54

Posted by Shari at 11:00 AM

May 09, 2005

Starry eyed surprise...

starry nights.jpgA field trip the American Museum of Natural History has never been more intoxicating! On the first Friday evening of every month the museum hosts Starry Nights where you can enjoy tapas and drinks, while listening to live jazz in one of the most spectacular settings in New York - The Rose Center. The drinks are going to cost you, the jazz won't meet up to most standards, and you will share the evening with mom, dad, and kids. However, if are looking for a fun, unique, and cheap pre-dinner activity (admission is free), this is one to try!

Posted by Shari at 04:04 PM

April 26, 2005

Need a reason to get in shape?

xsmall_marathon.gif Feel like pushing your body to the physical limit? No, I don't mean eating McDonald's everyday for a month. The deadline to sign up for the 2005 ING New York City Marathon is June 1. If you miss it you'll be forced to do what I did last year, jump someone halfway through the race and take his number.bike_small.gif

If you can't make plans that far in the future, this Sunday is the Five Boro Bike Tour. The largest recreational cycling event in the country, 42 miles starting in Battery Park cycling through New York's five boroughs ending with a festival at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island. Registration is open until 7:45am Sunday at Battery Park.

Posted by Jeremy at 05:37 PM