3 Things To Do in NYC This Weekend in Gramercy Park & Beyond

Affordable Art Fair 2015

Sylvia White Gallery. John White. Birds on a Wire #11, 2012. Acrylic on paper. 40 x 36in. $1500. Photo credit: affordableartfair.com

Art shows abound in New York at this time of year but few are within a price range most New Yorkers can afford. The Affordable Art Fair, March 25-29, is the art show for the rest of us; a perfect place to find relatively affordable artworks to upgrade your digs for Spring. The Fair features over 70 galleries offering paintings, photographs, and sculpture between $100-$10,000, with more than half of them priced under $5000. Bring the kids along as the Fair hosts a Children’s Workshop, as well as personal shopping sessions, art tours, and food and drink. If you go tonight, Friday, March 27, between 6-8PM, admission is FREE. Until Sun, Mar 29; $18 general admission online/$20 at the door. The Metropolitan Pavilion; 125 W 18th Street (btwn 6th-7th Aves)

Recent Cutbacks, The Pit

Recent Cutbacks perform their hit show at The Peoples Improv Theater. Photo credit: timeout.com

Even closer to home at one of our favorite neighborhood venues, The Peoples Improv Theater (The Pit), comedy group, Recent Cutbacks performs their back-by-popular-demand comedy show, Hold on to Your Butts, a live-action parody of Jurassic Park, tonight, March 27, at 9:30 PM. If you don’t get tickets to tonight’s show, you have two more chances in April but book now as last year’s show sold out fast! Until Apr 4; $18. The Pit; 123 E 24th St. (btwn Irving & Park Aves)

The 2015 Orchid Show: Chandeliers

The 2015 Orchid Show: Chandeliers. Photo credit: nybg.org

If Spring won’t come to us, go to Spring at the ever-popular Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. This year’s theme is “Chandeliers” so be sure to look up when you’re there to view a stunning aerial display of hanging orchid baskets and living columns in dozens of gorgeous designs. As always, the show features a full calendar of events, including couple favorite, the romantic Orchid Evenings. Until Apr 19; $20 & up. New York Botanical Gardens; Bronx River Pathway

Waterside Kids' Easter Pool Party


One of our most popular kids’ events at Waterside Plaza, the Easter Pool Party is next Sunday, March 29, 11AM-1PM. All Waterside kids are invited to participate for FREE, but this party fills up fast so advanced registration is suggested! Participants should wear swimsuits, goggles, swim cap, and bring a towel, and change of clothes. Parent or guardian required.

Unwind into Spring: Free Stretch & Roll Class at the Health Club


If you feel stiff and tight after a long winter of hunching against the snow and wind, the Health Club’s Stretch & Roll Class, Thursdays at 12:30PM, is the perfect way to unwind into Spring. The class guides you through a full-body sequence of foam rolling exercises and stretches to promote muscle healing as well as flexibility. Foam rolling is the secret weapon of many recovery exercise programs–a terrific way to release tension in the body. Non-members are invited to try the class for free this month. Members are welcome at any time.

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.

See Worlds Within Worlds at the "Gazing Globes" Exhibition at Madison Square Park

The artist Paula Hayes's 18 "Gazing Globes" will be on view in Madison Square Park from Feb. 19 through April 19.Credit Yasunori Matsui, courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York

The artist Paula Hayes’s 18 “Gazing Globes.” Photography byYasunori Matsui, courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York. Credit: T Magazine, New York Times

If the Momofuku Milk Bar Pop-Up Shop hasn’t driven you to Madison Square Park yet, Gazing Globes, Paula Hayes’ magical, mystical winter sculpture garden really should. Mad. Sq. Art hosts a ton of public art exhibitions we love, but Gazing Globes, on view February 19 – April 19, is really working for us right now. Maybe it’s the hushed snowy weather, or the fact that we’re partial to tucked-away oases at Waterside, but we love how it lets you contemplate worlds within worlds in this busy city of ours. Plus, the snowglobe-feeling exhibition is just right for winter (and very ‘gram worthy)! If you’re at Waterside, stroll up to the park at night when the globes are lit and are especially wondrous.

Paula Haye's Gazing Globes at Madison Square Park

Paula Hayes’ Gazing Globes at Madison Square Park, March 5, 2015. Credit: Madison Square Park, Facebook

In the past few years, terrariums have really taken off, especially among us plant-space deprived apartment dwellers, but artist Paula Hayes has been working with them since the 1990s. Gazing Globes is a departure for the artist, who has replaced her usual live plants with landscapes made from the detritus of modern life, “radio parts, acrylic wands and other non-compostable parts, sprinkled in fairy dust made of pulverized CDs.” Hayes is inspired by the long history of the terrarium, which as she says to the New York Times, “is about reflection and divination…looking into something to ascertain the future and figure the past.” It’s a perfect fit for historic Madison Square Park, a tranquil enclave surrounded by busy buildings in a fast-moving city…and it’s definitely worth slowing down for.

Gazing Globes at Madison Square Garden

A closeup of a wintery globe. Photography by Yasunori Matsui, courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York. Credit: T Magazine, New York Times

Source: nytimes.com

Cure For a Long Winter: March Mani-Pedi Specials at Xia Spa

March Specials Xia Spa

You never need an excuse for some pampering but this perpetual winter is definitely a good one! Luxuriate with Xia Spa’s excellent mani/pedi deals this month and think of Spring.

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.


Last Week of the City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival!


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!


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!).