Matthew Dear & Ghostly International Crew Electrify Verboten

The scene was as wild as ever as Matthew Dear & his gang Ghostly International DJs slayed the crowd at Brooklyn's ultra-hip go to dance spot Verboten on Friday, July 18th.

The night started up with a steady trickle of people coming in as the doors were opened. DJ Jakub Alexander had the crowd up & moving in no time as he worked his way through a unified set of imaginative house & trance cuts blurring the line between DJ Shadow & Black Box. He capped of his set with a sprawling remix of "Tropical Sound" by DJ Gregory as the house started filling to the brim.

NYC's 7 Greatest Hotel Bars

1. The Ace Hotel Bar (20 W 29th St.)

Hotel bars can be swanky, classy, or elegant, but rarely cool. The Ace Hotel Bar pulls off that feat handily, with comfy communal couches, a great menu of cocktails and small bites, and of course the ability to get Stumptown coffee delivered right to your seat.

2. The NoMad Library Bar (811 7th Ave.)

The NoMad Library Bar isn't just one of the best hotel bars in the city -- it's one of the best bars in the city, full stop. They serve tasty, if overpriced, upscale pub food and have a cute library-themed decor. But the real star is their cocktail menu. Their bartenders are all Death & Co. expats and their concoctions are amongst the best in the city.

Everything We Saw at This Year's Asian Film Festival

The New York Asian Film Festival is a yearly festival that brings New Yorkers cinema from all over Asia, from the Philippines to North Korea. The festival has plenty of modern offerings and a handful of repertory showings, with a variety that has plenty for Asian cinema cultists or just adventurous action fans. Each screening began with a live introduction and giveaways of t-shirts and odd blu-rays, and some had a cast member or director in person for a post-show Q&A. At the festival's home base in Walter Reade Theatre there was also an exhibit of custom-made posters of some of the films at the event.

The Hype About HYTE


You may be able to take Hyte Park out of NYC, but you’ll never take NYC out of Hyte Park, because we will always want more.

We hope you were able to hop a ferry on over to Governors Island this past weekend for the extraordinary party, but if you couldn’t make it out, we’re here to tell you about the two day affair. Of course, no words can do justice to the excitement and thrill present at the festival, but we couldn’t hold back from sharing with our readers what we experienced at this production helmed by RPM Presents, Pacha NYC and Hyte NYC; join these two movements together and the production becomes one - #WeAreHyte.

Weekend Pick: Underground Comedy at the Capitol Lounge

Want to check out some of DC's hottest up-and-coming comedians? Every Saturday night the Capitol Lounge hosts their Underground Comedy night, with an hour and a half's worth of comedians and improv performers trying their best to make you laugh. The roster often includes comics who've performed at the DC Improv and Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse before.

The show is completely free, but it's first-come, first-serve so get there early. That means no cover and no drink minimum, although the selection of beer at the Capitol Lounge is so impressive and reasonably priced that you'll probably want to stay for a few rounds. The Capitol Lounge also has plenty of solid eats and a hip vibe that's dive-y on the outside and swanky on the inside.

The Museum of Natural History is Having a Slumber Party for Grown-Ups

For the first time, The American Museum of Natural History in New York City will be hosting sleepovers for adults (21+)- no kids allowed! Get your overnight bag packed because the first night of sleepovers at the museum is Friday, August 1st.

Test Your Senses in the Blindfold Gallery

Take a walk down memory lane—blindfolded.

Social Exposure invites you to the Blindfold Sensory Gallery: A Walk in the Dark, A Trip Down Memory Lane. Guests will be blindfolded upon arrival and travel through the five senses: taste, touch, smell, sound, and, eventually, sight.

"What if you could HEAR a memory? What if you could TASTE an emotion? What if you could connect with a perfect stranger and why does the smell of a certain something always send chills down your spine? Go on an emotional journey with us and explore your senses while immersed in the dark."

Weekend Pick: Trouble & Bassat Verboten
Looking for some Trouble? Well, we've found Trouble, and then some...Trouble & Bass, the NYC DJ trio, is coming to town! The DJ's, Drop The Lime, Star Eyes and AC Slater are notoriously raunchy ravers and current rulers of the underground scene. Using influences from house, electro, dubstep, drum & bass, metal and hip-hop, Trouble & Bass has successfully pioneered an entirely new genre; Heavy Bass.
Come on out to Verboten on Saturday, July 12th for a wild night of dancing and debauchery! The 10,000 square foot former metal shop, located in the heart of Williamsburg, is the perfect venue for an all-night rager. Don't miss out! Tickets are $20 and can be found here. Show starts at 11pm, don't be late!

What: Trouble & Bass at Verboten Where: Verboten, 54 N 11th St., Brooklyn, NY When: Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Hurricane Proof Your Holiday Weekend

The Fourth of July. A time for blowing the dust off the grill out back, picnic baskets, fireworks and… huddling in the crevices of your basement? Unfortunately, a hurricane is coming, and so it seems that most East Coasters will not be able to celebrate the holiday in its glorified traditional manner. This, however, does not mean that we can’t celebrate at all—it just means we have to switch it up. And if there is anything we American’s are good at, it’s creativity.

Listed below are just a few ideas to ensure a safe, fun, and happy holiday. So gather up the close friends and fam, throw your worries away, possibly board your windows depending on your location, and have fun!

Celebrate the Grand Opening of Haus Tonight

Still without plans for this beautiful Friday night? Look no further; Tribeca's newest hotspot, Haus, located at 285 W Broadway just South of Canal, is throwing it down tonight as they open their doors to the public for the very first time. Supplying the tunes is DJ Funkagenda to have you dancing all night long. Can't make it out tonight? The venue will also be hosting an exciting party tomorrow with music by LA Riots.

The Originals: Afterwork Sunset Sessions at Rooftop 48

This Thursday, June 26th, legendary DJ collective The Originals will be rocking the decks atop the lovely Rooftop 48 for some after work music, food and good vibes. Starting at 5pm and running until 11pm, the collective of NY DJ’s will take turns displaying the skills and music knowledge that made their names legendary not only in NYC, but around the world.

The Originals are comprised of DJ Clark Kent, D-Nice, Stretch Armstrong, Tony Touch and Rich Medina. Brooklyn native DJ Clark Kent has been one of Hip-Hop’s biggest DJ’s since the early 80’s. Starting off as DJ for rapper Dana Dane, Clark Kent began spinning at NYC’s hottest clubs, such as the famous Latin Quarter’s, which he helped to make a landmark club in hip-hop’s history. He is also known as one of Hip-Hop’s best producers, producing tracks such as Junior Mafia’s “Players Anthem,” Jay-Z’s “Brooklyn’s Finest” and more. Bronx native D-Nice began his career in the mid-80’s as a member of the group Boogie Down Productions where he landed the hit single “Call Me D-Nice” and then went on to become a world renown DJ, producer and photographer. D-Nice has become one of the go-to DJ’s for some of the most exclusive events in NYC and around the world. Stretch Armstrong made his name known DJ’ing at some of NY’s hottest clubs in the 80’s, such as Mars and MK. In the 90’s he cemented his status as a legend in Hip-Hop with his legendary radio show on WKCR (89.9), bringing in some of the biggest artists to ever touch the mic and exposing fans to exclusive new music long before the tracks hit mainstream radio. Tony Touch came up as a B-Boy in the early 80’s and then quickly made a name as one of NYC’s greatest DJ’s, putting together classic mixtapes featuring the best hip-hop artists NY has to offer. Rich Medina made his name known spinning eclectic mixes of hip-hop, soul, house, funk, afrobeat and dance records at legendary NYC clubs such as APT and Santos Party House.