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Oktoberfest

If last winter was any indication of what this year may have in store, we’re going to have to start stitching our proverbial beer sweaters as early as possible. Luckily, we won’t have to make up any excuses for ourselves, as the annual Bavarian beer festival, Oktoberfest, is being celebrated across the city, allowing ale aficionados (if you’re more of a lager person, that’s cool too) to try traditional German brews to their heart’s content! NYC has a varied assortment of biergartens and bierhauses to choose from, so do your research and grab a stein (lederhosen optional).

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Manhattan's New Swim-Up Bar is Everything We Dreamed It Would Be

The Upper East Side is about to gain some major swankage.Spa Castle the in- and outdoor spa establishment that has found much success at its current Queen's home base, will be making its way to Manhattan.

In just one short month, we can plan for the arrival of Spa Castle Premier 57 (115 E. 57th St.), the first of this brand of luxury spa retreats. Of course, guests can expect the usual — body scrubs, foot baths, saunas, and beauty treatments — but here, we’re going to focus on the next most important part: the drinks!

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New Balance’s Girls’ Night Out


Girlfriend…grab your girls for a night out on the town, New Balance style! On May 9th, 2014, elite international athletic brand New Balance debuted its very own “Girls’ Night Out.” This awesome concept helps social, active women connect and accomplish personal fitness ambitions together. Girls’ Night Out presents women the opportunity to reinvent the meaning of a “night out” with close girlfriends, bonding over shared passions: a night out with the gals and fitness!

Coinciding with the GNO launch came the debut of New Balance’s GNO MeetUp app, which helps women find and organize group fitness activities and runs, in addition to extending the fun invitation to friends. GNO MeetUp is absolutely genius, allowing women throughout the country to arrange the ultimate girls’ night by discovering group runs, finding new hangouts and establishing different running routes. “Buzz Run” alerts can be set up via the app, so you are aware when group runs are planned in your town or city.

Don’t forget to use #NBGNO on Twitter and Instagram to showcase your awesome night out on the town with the gals!

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MARQUEE NEW YORK: The Skrillex Takeover

New York City will never stop pushing boundaries. Amidst its bustling streets within its mere 468.9 geographic square miles, you’ll find the offices for the most prominent companies, renowned restaurants, and notorious nightclubs. It is verifiably the world’s headquarters, which makes it of paramount importance that the city always remain as the leading innovative visionary, keeping its citizens, as well as the world, on its toes.

When news first broke in early August that Skrillex would be playing Marquee New York for one night only, it was met with mixed reactions. While many die-hard fans of the GRAMMY nominated artist hustled and bustled with excitement, scrambling to their computers to purchase a ticket before the show’s inevitable sell-out, there were a few skeptics who questioned the idea, believing the venue to be an inappropriate choice due to size and atmosphere. While reasonable in their conflicted enthusiasm, this time, Skrillex proved the skeptics wrong, as his performance on September 4th at Marquee New York proved to be nothing short of tremendous.

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Until Next Summer, We Will Dream of All Day I Dream

At the tail end of spring in NYC, there comes a day each year that serves as a farewell to winter, fueling anticipation of summer with a clear sky, tranquil wind, and pleasant temperature. It comes unannounced, demands no preparation, and yet somehow assumes all our attention. Suddenly, personal and professional woes are placed aside as New Yorkers parade along the sidewalks with happy grins on their typically impassive faces, eager to partake in cocktails and dance to cheery tunes at the nearest outdoor bar.

This is the moment we spend six months praying for, the moment we savor till the very last drop, the moment we relish, celebrate, and dream of.

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Death By Audio - A Brooklyn Landmark Says Goodbye

The DIY Brooklyn music venue, Death By Audio has recently announced it is closely its doors November 22nd, 2014. A longtime staple of the Brooklyn music scene, the venue was started seven years ago by Edan Wilber and Matt Conboy and has held over 1000 acts every year since including the Dirty Projectors, Thee Oh Sees and Future Islands.

Wilber and Conboy recently wrote a letter to their supportive fan base which seemed to implicate rising costs in the Williamsburg area leading to a more expensive, and likely unaffordable lease.

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Legendary Ibiza Nightclub Coming to NYC

Word on the street is that legendary Ibiza night club, SPACE is about to find a new home in New York City. Are you are ready? Because the rumors are true. Headed by nightlife industry vets Antonio Piacquadio, Carlo Seneca, Michael Geniton and Rob Toma, the grand opening is less than 2 weeks away! Doors will open to the clubs new locale in Hells Kitchen next Friday September 12th- the last weekend of New York Fashion Week 2014.

CULTURE CLUB
Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter














Ambitious. Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter” is a curious rock musical, currently playing at the Minetta Lane Theater in Greenwich Village. Revolution is written by Icelandic brothers Ivar Pall Jonsson and Gunnlaugur Jonsson, and it attempts to cover multiple major themes, with humor that appears to fall somewhat flat on a largely American audience. The cast however, is top rate. The storyline portrays the human body (specifically Ragnar Agnarsson the furniture painter’s) as the universe, with the population highlighted in this play, residing in the elbow. God is referred to as Bob, because when the good people of Elbowville travel to Ragnar’s eye sockets, they behold visions of Robert Redford (Agnarsson’s favorite actor). The Prosperity Machine, the central component here, is an invention of Peter’s (the very talented, Marrick Smith) and addresses human nature and greed, by issuing easy loans reminiscent of the 2008 economic crash. These loans of course, cannot be sustained, so they ultimately lead to the town’s financial demise, and the revolution. Sex is covered as well, merely referred to as “the sexy thing,” and the theme of family, both adopted (in the form of a lovingly swaddled virus), and biological (Peter’s wife Brynja, played by Karli Dinardo, is pregnant throughout), is center front. Finally, tragically, death, as a suicide, brings this story full circle. It overwhelms! ...and we mustn't forget the lobsters! The people of Elbowville are fishermen...of lobsters from Ragnar’s lymphatic system. Lobster dialog and lobster costumes repeatedly materialize in this play. Looking further into lobster symbolism, we found that Surrealist, Salvador Dali, saw the claws of the lobster as representing danger. The Surrealist Art Movement during World War II viewed the lobster as a symbol of the dangers of war. Well, the show IS about a revolution.. The town of Elbowville is’t all seafood and sunshine - it is a city in turmoil, rife with corruption fueled by greedy mayor (The Producers' Cady Huffman), and the morally deficient Peter (Marrick Smith). Together they manage to financially run the town into the ground, all while Peter steals the love of his brother Stein (Brad Nacht), by putting his personal desires above the bond of a brother; family. Revolution in the Elbow’s set and effects are outstanding. The in-house band that accompanied the show’s musical numbers, the Revolution Cell Orchestra, rocked, with stadium quality acoustics. The acting was on point, but predictably so with this star-studded cast. Cady Huffman, specifically, was brilliant. The talent was apparent for all to see and hear, but the show was a lesson in excess, and proof that more times than not, less is indeed more. An overabundance of metaphors, loose connections and quirky symbolism, made it apparent that the script could have benefitted from some significant editing, but judge for yourself; it’s ripe for interpretation, and the tickets conveniently can be found here!
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A List Stars Hit the Red Carpet for Phoenix

“Don’t think a one night stand only lasts one night.” As powerful as those words are, we wish they were our own. However, they were strung together to create the memorable tagline for one of New York’s newest off-Broadway plays, Phoenix. Starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt, the show recently made its big debut and we were there to capture the range of reactions as viewers, actors, and crew members filed into the exclusive, jam packed after party held at The Leonora.

The consensus on the performances was that they were nothing short of amazing. Everybody raved about the chemistry, and the relevance of the play. Montego Glover of the hit show Smash told us, “it’s a very modern take on relationships, it’s actually a very current take on relationships.”

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Lauren Berger's 4th Annual Intern Queen Party

The Intern Queen, Lauren Bergen, hit NYC for the 4th time since 2011 just this past week. The CEO and founder of www.InternQueen.com - an archive of great internship opportunities nationwide—she also authored the National Best-Seller, All Work No Pay: Finding an Internship, Building Your Resume, Making Connections, and Gaining Job Experience, as well as Welcome to the Real World, which was released April 2014.

A young entrepreneur with much talent, she has created a mecca for students to take the first step in the real world. She is an expert in what she does, and she does it very professionally and enthusiastically. Wednesday, July 30th was a night of networking and fun for summer interns in the Big Apple, as they were honored for completing their summer assignments.

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Full Moon Fest Returning to Governors Island

Ready to fest with the best? MATTE Projects-The Production House Redefining New York City’s Creative Vision is bringing back the Full Moon Fest for the fourth year in a row. Not only is the fest successfully returning to NYC, it's returning to one of New York's best music venues, Governor's Island.

The founders of the festival, The founders, Max Pollack, Brett Kincaid, and Matt Rowean explained to us that the journey to getting the fest to Governors Island was "A natural evolution [into a music festival]. We started at Beekman Beergarden and the event grew from 1,000 to 2,500 in year two. Then for year three we wanted to take it to the next level, and the same owners of Beekman run the events at Governors so it was a nice transition."