August 18th, 2014 / No Comments » / by admin
The DUMBO Arts Festival announced today that it will be back for it’s 18th year from September 26th-28th. For one weekend only New Yorker’s can experience a celebration of art on the Brooklyn waterfront with more than 100 open studios and art throughout the neighborhood’s shops, parks, buildings, and alleyways.
The DUMBO Arts Festival is the single largest free art event in New York City, bringing innovative and challenging artwork to a diverse audience and providing a career-making platform for artists from around the world. Festival goers can enjoy indoor and outdoor visual art installations and exhibitions, digital and interactive art, visiting artists in studios, street murals and performances throughout the neighborhood. The festival has also recently been embraced by Brooklyn’s tech community as a place to present fun and experimental creative projects to a diverse audience.
In addition to the spectacular art on display, the event will also feature a hydroponic tomato plant sculptures, a traveling dance party, a tour of DUMBO’s industrial history, and much more.
- Friday, September 26th, from 6 to 9 p.m.
- Saturday, September 27th, from Noon to 9 p.m.
- Sunday, September 28th from Noon to 6 p.m.
The DUMBO Arts Festival is sponsored by Two Trees Management Company and is made possible by a number of invested local partners, including the DUMBO Improvement District, the developers of DUMBO Heights and Empire Stores, as well as returning partners M&T Bank, Chicago Title Insurance, East River Ferry and local patrons Leaf Medical and Mark Jupiter Furniture.
Visit dumboartsfestival.com for the full schedule and map of events.
By: Ashley Lutzker
July 29th, 2014 / No Comments » / by admin
A fun event came across our desk and we just had to share it with our New York Buzz Blog readers. It’s a Pajama Party on August 5th from 5:30-8:30pm at the Josie Natori boutique in NoLita, which has undergone a total transformation into the world of Josie By Natori. The newly revamped boutique will introduce the Josie Collection, filled with mix and match lingerie, sleepwear, accessories, and home goods in bold patterns, vibrant colors, and exciting prints. The boutique will also introduce the new Josie fragrance collection of Eau de Parfum, body cream, and lotion.
The August 5th event is open to the public and will feature origami lessons, fortune cookies and a social media booth. Additionally attendees will have the chance to win a $500 gift card to the boutique just by sharing photos on Instagram with the #JosiePJParty hashtag.
The Josie Natori boutique is located in NoLita at 253 Elizabeth Street (btwn Houston and Prince). You can also visit them on their website at www.natori.com.
Check out the images of the store and invitation below to find out all the details and how to RSVP.
By: Ashley Lutzker
July 18th, 2014 / No Comments » / by admin
Last night New York Buzz Blog was invited to attend the 85th Anniversary party for sunglass brand Foster Grant. Foster Grant is actually credited with the birth of sunglasses in the U.S., starting with the first pair sold in 1929 on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Foster Grant was also the first company to correlate wearing sunglasses with the idea of “being cool” and in the 1960′s they were worn by celebrities including Elvis Presley, Anthony Quinn, Raquel Welch, and Mia Farrow.
The 85th Anniversary party was held at The Blue Room at the Gansevoort Hotel Park Avenue and was attended by the brands CEO Cesar Melo and latest celebrity face, Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham. The Blue Room itself was decorated with a variety of Foster Grant styles to check out and try on and especially featured their latest Vintage collection which included my favorite style, the Bryn Mawr. Foster Grant sunglasses are made from lightweight, durable materials that are both fashionable and affordably priced.
Foster Grant Bryn Mawr Sunglasses in Tortoise
At the end of the evening, each guest was given a pair of Foster Grant sunglasses to take home.
The Vampire Diaries actress and musician Kat Graham and Foster Grant CEO Cesar Melo celebrate Foster Grant’s 85th Anniversary, Thursday, July 18, 2014, at Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Foster Grant)
The Vampire Diaries actress and musician Kat Graham wears a vintage pair of Foster Grants to celebrate the brand’s 85th Anniversary, Thursday, July 18, 2014, at Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Foster Grant)
By: Ashley Lutzker
July 16th, 2014 / No Comments » / by admin
It feels like we’ve spent weeks now hearing about North River Lobster Company in conversation after conversation. Everyone we know is planning a birthday party or a happy hour event at this place this summer. North River has actually been on our radar here at New York Buzz Blog for a few months now, as we’ve kept meaning to make the visit to check it out, and this past weekend we finally did.
Thanks to the careful planning of a friend, we arrived before opening time (11:30am) to get in line to board the boat. Upon arrival, there was already a small crowd of people waiting for the velvet ropes to be lifted to board. As we waited, the line kept growing. Finally, at 11:35am, the ropes were lifted and 15 people were allowed on. Thankfully, we were in that first group.
We boarded the boat and headed straight up to the 3rd floor deck to grab a table that was both in the shade and in the sun (we had a mixed group of sun seekers and sun burners). After snagging our table we headed straight to the bar to order lunch and drinks. A nice thing about the boat is that there are 3 decks with a bar on each one to order from. After placing our orders we were given a number and our drinks and told to go back to our table to wait for the delivery of our food. Based on Yelp reviews, we were prepared and expecting to settle in for a bit of a wait on the food but were pleasantly surprised by the promptness of it’s delivery, within 10 minutes of ordering.
Suddenly our table was covered with chowders, and shrimp po’boys, and lobster cobb salads and we attacked them all like savages. After fully attacking our food we realized we were still short one guest in our party and as the time inched closer to 12:30pm, we hoped she’d make it in time for the boat to set sail on it’s 30 minute cruise along the Hudson River. Yes, throughout the day, the North River Lobster Company and the boat it’s on actually set’s sail for short boat rides on the river.
Finally we received a text from our friend that said she was still waiting on line to board the boat and we were struck with a bit of confusion & irritation as we realized that the lower 2 decks were actually pretty empty and yet there was a huge line of people waiting to board the boat but no one actually boarding. The only thing we could think of was that perhaps they were trying to control the number of orders going into the kitchen by controlling the number of people aboard the boat. Very strange.
Thankfully, our final guest made it on the boat before it set sail, as part of another small group of 20 that was allowed past the ropes. As our entire party settled in to enjoy the afternoon with more drinks, we reflected on the experience.
1. It really is a beautiful setting, the boat is very nice and clean and actually quite large
2. The food & drinks are fantastic, the lobster is SOOOO fresh, and we didn’t get a chance to try to the raw bar but definitely plan to in the future
3. If you get there promptly when the restaurant opens, you’re golden, otherwise you’re out of luck and can plan to wait in line for quite a while
4. The line system for boarding the boat does not make much sense and makes us very curious about what it’s like to try to get on board after work for happy hour
5. A lobster boat is no place for a velvet rope and the type of exclusivity this place seems to be pushing for, the messages are mixed
6. We would still come back, but probably only early on a weekend again or once the entrance system gets worked out
The North River Lobster Company is located at Pier 81 off of the West Side Highway and the boat set’s sail every few hours throughout the day and you should check the website for exact times.
By: Ashley Lutzker