Last Week of the City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival!

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Famous classic City Bakery hot chocolate. Credit: madparknews.com

Has there been a time in recent NYC memory when you needed hot chocolate more? It’s 17 degrees today and feels like 6. If you have to leave your couch/Netflix and go outside, at least drop by the 2015 City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival for some warm, chocolatey goodness. Today’s flavor? Bourbon Hot Chocolate, with real bourbon. So needed. See this year’s Calender of Flavors below. City Bakery closest to Waterside Plaza is located at 3 W 18th St, between 5th & 6th Ave.

2015 City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival Calender of Flavors.

2015 City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival Calender of Flavors. Credit: citybakery.com

February at the Community Center: Make Your Own Valentine's Day Bouquet

February 2015 Community Center

This month at the Community Center, bring some fun to a gray month with Board Game Tuesdays, 2-4PM, and make your own bouquet for your sweetheart on Friday, February 13, 1-4PM. See flyers above for details. The Community Center is located on the A Level in Building 40, and is open Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM.

Build Your Best Body with Cardio Carve at the Health Club!

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The Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club invites you to build your best body with Cardio Carve, Tuesdays at 12:30PM, FREE in the month of February. Cardio Carve is a fun, interval-style workout that combines dance fitness and traditional fitness moves using weights so you get all the fun of a dance class with twice the calories burned!

The Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, New York NY, 10010. You can learn more about the Health Club on their website and their Facebook page.

Survived Snowmageddon? Treat Yourself at Momofuku Milk Bar Pop-Up at Madison Square Park!

Momofuku Milk Bar.

Momofuku Milk Bar. Credit: Momofuku/eater.com

So you survived the Snowpocalypse? Congrats! Now you have the perfect excuse to reward yourself with Momofuku Milk Bar‘s sinfully delicious desserts at the new pop-up version opening THIS Saturday, January 31, in our neighborhood’s Madison Square Park. In addition to the usual mouthwatering Milk Bar treats like Crack Pie and Birthday Cake Truffles, the pop-up shop is debuting two NEW hot drinks: cereal milk chocolate made with white chocolate and apple cider with miso butterscotch. We are so ready for this. Madison Square Park reports the pop-up will be open 10AM-8PM daily. There is no reported end date for stand yet (hint: don’t wait!).

Pamper Your Valentine with Xia Spa February Specials

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Spoil someone you love this Valentine’s Day with Xia Spa’s decadent, relaxing February specials. Gift certificates are available for all spa services, but we don’t think you should pass up on the Mani/Pedi with massage for $30 or the 25% off Xia’s all-natural Signature Facial–if you’ve gotten any of these services before, you know you’re paying rock bottom prices for luxury services! Your sweetheart will thank you.

Xia Spa is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, and is open Tues-Sat 10AM-8PM, Sun 10AM-7PM. Visit the website and contact the spa at (212) 689 0691 or xialeder@gmail.com for appointments.

 

January 2015 at the Waterside Community Center

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Make 2015 the year you get to know your neighbors! Great family-friendly events are hosted every month at the Waterside Community Center. The January events are Children’s Arts & Crafts, Nursery Rhyme Sing-Along, and Share-a-Poem Day. See flyers above for dates! The Community Center is located on the A Level in Building 40, and is open Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM.

Power Into The New Year: Free Vinyasa Yoga at the Health Club

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Made a vow to get fit and centered in 2015? Try the January Swim & Health Club Special, Vinyasa Yoga, held on Mondays at 6:30PM. Vinyasa, also known as Flow Yoga, is a series of smooth, dance-like poses that move you through the power of breathing. The synchronized breath-based movements releases toxins, relaxes your mind, and promotes fluid energy flow throughout your body. Never fear if you’re a beginner. Vinyasa is both a great place to start and a wonderful way to continue challenging yourself both physically and mentally. FREE for non-members this month.

The Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club is located at 25 Waterside Plaza, New York NY, 10010. You can learn more about the Health Club on their website and their Facebook page.

Looking For a Last-Minute New Year's Eve Plan? Here Are 5 FREE Alternative NYE Events

1) Fireworks Spectacular at Grand Army Plaza

grand army plaza new year's eve fireworks partyFireworks over Grand Army Plaza. Source: parkslopestoop.com

On New Year’s Eve, you’ll find most New Yorkers anywhere except Times Square. The alternate parties are endless but even the most ardent party-goer can tire of the inflated prices and crushing crowds of New Year’s in the city. A great lower-key alternative is to warm up with free hot cocoa and live music at Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park. The show starts at 11PM but you should get there before 10:30PM to snag a good viewing spot! 11-12am. Fireworks best seen anywhere in Prospect Park, on West Drive and along Prospect Park West between the Plaza and Ninth St.

2) Broken Comedy New Year’s Eve Bash

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If you want to start your year off laughing, check out New York City Broken Comedy’s third annual New Year’s Eve Bash, at Brooklyn’s Bar Matchless, featuring stand-up from Comedy Central’s Nimesh Patel, and guests including SNL’s Brooks Wheelan, Mike Recine, Liza Treyger, and more! A hip-hop dance party follows at 10PM, and a free champagne toast at midnight, plus party favors all around. 8:30PM-4AM. 2-for-1 well drinks until 2AM. 557 Manhattan Ave @ Driggs Ave.

3) Time’s Up New Year’s Eve Bike Ride & Dance Party

time's up new year's eve bike ride and outdoor partyTime’s Up wishes riders a Happy New Year. Photo credit: Fred Askew. Source: http://times-up.org/

If you’re looking for an active start to 2015, you can bring your bike or skates to Washington Square Park for Time’s Up New Year’s Eve Bike Ride (or roll) up to resplendent Belvedere Castle in Central Park. Dress festive, bring your noisemakers and food to share at the post-ride dance party at the Castle! Meet at Washington Square Park arch at 10PM. (Plaza residents, you can also join the ride at Madison Square Park at 10:20PM.) Party at 11:45PM at Belvedere Castle. 

4) Jivamukti Yoga Kirtan Party & Silent Reflection

jivamukti yoga new years eve celebrationYoga practice at Jivamukti Yoga School, NYC. Source: jivamuktiyoga.com

If like the idea of starting off the year in a healthy way but could do without all the riding around, try the Jivamukti Yoga School New Year’s Eve Medidation Party. At 8PM, you can join in the free kirtan dance party, a hypnotic blend of Indian instrumentals, chanting and music. From 9PM-midnight, you can really contemplate your new year’s resolutions in mauna (silent reflection). 8PM-9PM; kirtan dance party. 9PM-midnight; mauna. Jivamukti Yoga School, 841 Broadway #2, New York, NY. FREE. You can also buy a yoga package for the night here

 5) Fireworks Cruise on the Staten Island Ferry

staten island ferry new year's eve fireworksMultiple firework shows from Staten Island Ferry on New Year’s Eve. Source: http://renaissance-hotels.marriott.com/

If you can’t get enough of fireworks (and who ever can?), did you know that you can see both the Grand Army Plaza and Central Park shows as well as the New Jersey fireworks from the NY habor? Private companies charge exorbitant prices for fireworks cruises but you can catch the same breathtaking displays for FREE on the Staten Island Ferry in a 25-minute ride from Manhattan’s Battery Park to Staten Island. 12AM-1:30AM. Staten Island Ferry, 4 South St., New York, NY. FREE.

 

 

5 Gramercy Park Fireplace Bars To Keep You Warm Through Winter

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Rose Bar. Source: gramercyparkhotel.com

I think we can all agree the best part of winter is the holidays–too bad they only last a few days! Here are five Gramercy Park fireplace bars to keep you warm and happy through the rest of winter–no matter your taste. The ultra-chic Rose Bar in Gramercy Park Hotel (above) is the place to be if you like high-end drinks and mingling with celebs. With vaulted ceilings and gold-leaf decor, Warhols on the wall, and an A-list clientele, Rose Bar is easily the most luxurious bar on the list. Reservations are required, and the doors are closed at 9PM. Needless to say, you should dress to impress. 2 Lexington Ave (btwn 21st & 22nd St)

Molly's

Molly’s. Source: iheartnycbars.com

The best thing about Gramercy Park is that there’s a hearth for every taste, and a home for every mood. Taking a hard left, the next bar on this list is Molly’s Pub, self-styled the “most authentic Irish pub in NYC.” With sawdust on the floor and Irish tunes on the jukebox, Molly’s is the definition of a cozy, neighborhood bar. Famous for its 10-ounce burger and warm service, Molly’s is the place to grab a Guinness and pull up around the fireplace with friends. 287 3rd Ave (btwn 22nd & 23rd St)

Cibar

Cibar. Source http://itsmybash.wordpress.com

And for another completely different scene, Cibar Lounge is the place to go for ambiance minus the crowds. Featuring warm, amber lighting, comfy couches, and a specialty martini and cocktail menu, Cibar is made for intimate conversations over cocktails. The bar is fittingly located in an elegant townhouse in lower Gramercy Park. 56 Irving Pl. (btwn 17th & 18th St.)

The Globe

The Globe. Source: nymag.com

The next bar on our list, The Globe, is one of the neighborhood’s busiest dives. If you’re looking to unwind with some beers, this is your bar on most nights. On some weekends, the bar turns into one big DJ dance party, although the crowd remains fun, young, and casual. 158 23rd St (btwn 3rd & Lexington Ave)

The Flatiron Room

The Flatiron Room. Source: theflatironroom.com

Walking into The Flatiron Room is like stepping into the past. Velvet curtains, live jazz, and an exquisite whiskey selection make this old-fashioned bar a great escape for a more grown-up crowd. The discerning drinker will especially appreciate the bar featuring nearly 700 bottles of old and rare liquors. Budding connoisseurs should also check out their Whiskey School. 37 26th St (btwn Broadway & 6th Ave)