This past Sunday, I had brunch with a friend at Gemma, a Lower East Side restaurant in The Bowery Hotel. I went to the hotel for an industry party a few years ago, but never the restaurant, so I was excited for the invite.
I’m a little bit of a comedy nerd. I’m not very funny, but I can appreciate the hilarity of other people. In college, a classmate wanted to try improv and I tagged along to The People’s Improv Theater (better known as The PIT) for one of their free improv jam nights.
In 1992, I was nine years old. I don’t know too many kids today with a great memory, and back then I was no exception. However, the one thing I recall vividly is “Achy Breaky Heart” playing on what seemed like a constant loop on the radio. A few years later, I even line danced to it during middle school dances.
Last week, I found myself in major need of a haircut. It was Friday when I made this decision and called my go-to salon, Wellington Hair Spa, to make an appointment for Saturday. Unfortunately, my lovely stylist Kay was off this past weekend, but I was able to book an appointment with the owner, Patrick Wellington.
Tonight and Saturday, head to The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, for a night of blues with Grammy®-winning guitarist and vocalist Alvin Youngblood Hart. Fellow guitarist Corey Harris and harmonica player Phil Wiggins will join Hart for two nights of acoustic blues.
The holidays are just around the corner, and pretty much everyone has their share of favorite holiday songs and movies. I must admit, I didn’t grow up watching A Christmas Story, but I did see it for the first time a few years ago and now understand why it’s such a classic.
Last night, I attended an IN New York and Where event at Lucky Cheng’s—the famous drag queen cabaret restaurant, which recently moved from it’s longstanding home in the East Village to a new spot in Midtown Manhattan’s Theatre District. Years ago I visited the downtown location and it was awesome but a bit cramped, so I second owner Hayne Suthon’s decision to move on up the island
Whenever I’m in the mood to enjoy happy hour specials, I head to Pranna, my go-to spot for reasonably priced drinks and savory snacks. On my first visit, I was quite surprised by the space: It’s technically in the same building as my job, and for a Flatiron District eatery, I expected a cozy, intimate setting. But, once I entered the spot, I was surprised to see that it is quite large.
Yesterday afternoon, I took a tour of Times Scare—a haunted destination in Midtown that’s open all year. The spooky vibe begins once you set foot in the space: The entrance looks like an old cathedral, including a re-imagined Sistine Chapel ceiling, with Adam as a half skeleton and God surrounded by skulls.