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All Things New York – Concierge Corner: Get out in the cold, and bee cool

Posted Friday, November 28th, 2008 at 9:15 am by Marissa in Media Buzz. More in 10011

Good day! I hope you have all recovered from your tryptophan trip. As you know here at Neighborbee, we are concerned about your social-condition and would never leave you for a weekend without a to-do list. So get out there in the cold and get cool with some of the happenings going on below. We have everything from a pop-up boutique on the Lower East Side to a vegetarian restaurant with eats so good, Turkey will be a thing of the past. Well, maybe not that drastic, but you get my point.

Next week is full of holiday-goodness with cooking classes, wine shin-digs and theatre-happenings. Bee sure to tune in to your favorite Concierge corner. It’s where Cool St. and Hot Ave. meet.

The Week(end) Ahead
Raising the ‘Bar’: The Imperial. It’s not a Chinese food-buffet. It’s a club chock-full-of street art and graffiti goodness right in the heart of the Flatiron district. Serving up only cocktails, this VIP gallery of murals and canvases will satiate any art-and-liquor-loving critic. 17 W. 19th Street (between 5th and 6th aves). 212-352-2001. I recommend calling for club-hours and events, since they just opened – their site doesn’t offer up much info. Word has it they are open Thurs – Sat nights. Move over Guggenheim, a new kid is in town and looking a little bit fresher.

Ya ‘Heard’ it Here:
What exactly is, The Cringe? It’s who All Music called “The current decade’s answer to The Foo Fighters”. An interesting sound allows this band to appeal to both alternative and rock listeners. With their much-red-about success at CMJ this year, come and celebrate their biggest show to date! This Monday – Dec. 1st, they will be performing live at The Blender Theatre, 127 East 23rd Street – at 8pm. Tickets can be found here.

Rockin’ Restaurants:
After all of that turkey, your digestive system may want a serious break. Call me crazy, but I think everyone deserves a pretty good vegetarian meal here and there. If you concede, travel down to dirtcandy which just opened in the past couple of months. Having gotten past the pains of opening, I can fully recommend this delicious pearl of a restaurant. Don’t be fooled by the name, either. It’s a fancy reference to ‘vegetables’. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 pm – 11 pm, take a stroll down to 430 E. 9th Street (between Ave. A and 1st). Make a reservation though, space isn’t too vast – 212.228.7732. Make sure to try the Pinot Grigio Papardelle while there.

Cool Culture: GenArt encourages you to Shop NYC. On Monday, December 1st, from 6 – 10 pm, shop your little holiday-retailed hearts out at the sale du jour! The 30,000 square foot Metropolitan Pavilion, hosts over 60 of fashion’s emerging high-end designers displaying fall collections at deep discounts. That means, 70% off retail prices for women, men and all the accessories you fantasize about. But that is not all – complimentary Bailey’s frozen cocktails, Crunch-sponsors a DJ lounge, ECRU New York is in the house to fix up your hair and you can top it off by getting a sample-massage by the Chopra Spa. All of this fun, and more at 125 W. 18th St. (between 6th and 7th ave). Tickets ($15) need to be purchased in advance here. Psst: there is a VIP package you can purchase for not much more over the reg. ticket price ($40 each), and that gets you into a special VIP reception from 5 – 6 pm.

Watch This: At Monkey Town from tonight – Nov. 28th until Sunday, you can catch the last debut of Jean Painleve’s “Science is Fiction”. This is a surrealist film involving a great soundtrack via Yo La Tengo and Fleetwood Mac. Ocean creatures are filmed in orgasmic form and you can watch this ocean life move about in their world in a way you have never gotten a chance to see. Not even on Jacques Cousteau’s behalf. Free to show up, but there is a $10 minimum at tables. Tonight and tomorrow (Nov. 29) showtime starts at 7:30pm, and on Sunday, Nov. 30th – 7:30pm or 10pm. Reservations are recommended. Find Monkey Town in Williamsburg at 58 N. 3rd St. (between Wythe and Kent). 718.384.1369.

A La Mode: What can be more thrilling than things here today, gone tomorrow. Pop-up boutiques are one of my faves.The Reebok Pop-Up Boutique has one now in the LES. With limited edition tees, new collaboration kicks and a unique-to-NYC old school, pump sneaker per week – you can’t go wrong. Drop by on a fly. The Reebok Flash Pop-Up, 169 Bowery, near Kenmare St.. Hours are from Tue.–Wed. 11 am – 7 pm, Thu.–Sat. 10 am – 7 pm, and on Sundays from 11 am – 6 pm. You only have until December 14th till the pop-up goes poof!

Bee Here: Can you dig it, for charity’s sake? Canstruction is one of the most unique food charities in the world. Architects globally, come together along with engineers and students to compete throughout N. America to design and build giant sculptures made entirely from cans of food. NYC reps this year with over 40 entries at The World Financial Center. All of the cans of food involved will be distributed to City Harvest for distribution to those in need. FREE admission, with a can of food. You can do it, just grab those black beans, and bee on your way! WFC, 220 Vesey Street. The Winter Garden which has 22 sculptures runs until this Tuesday Dec. 2, with hours from 7 am-11 pm. The Courtyard Gallery with 18 sculptures runs until next Monday, Dec. 8th and the hours are from 9 am – 5 pm.

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