International Day of Peace Celebrations During UN Week

Source: internationaldayofpeace.org

Source: internationaldayofpeace.org

To most of us, UN Week, which is currently in session (September 16-24) only means worse traffic than usual but International Day of Peace, held around the world this Sunday, September 21, is here to remind us what all these people from around the globe are here working towards. To mark the 30th anniversary of the General Assembly Declaration on the “Right of Peoples to Peace,” the 2014 celebration is going back to its roots with the simple theme of “The Right of Peoples to Peace.”

Multiple celebrations throughout New York City mark the day, including an International Day of Peace Picnic featuring music and banner making in Queens Park, and a Peace Festival featuring yoga, meditation, and a potluck party at the Bowery Ballroom. See the full list of events HERE. And if you don’t get a chance to join an organized event, organizers invite you to share in the spirit of unity with a moment of silence at noon on September 21, and to share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #PeaceDay. 

It's New York Oyster Week 2014!

oyster week 2014

Source: oysterweek.com

Time to celebrate the fruit of the sea! New York Oyster Week 2014, September 12-28, recognizes the oyster’s unique role in the “culture, cuisine, economy and ecology of New York” with oyster-oriented events and oyster-dining at distinguished restaurants around the city. Kick off your weekend with Island Creek oysters and bubbly at Villain, Williamsburg’s swank raw loft, tonight, and see the full list of the week’s decadent oyster adventures here.

Meet Health Club Group Fitness Instructor: Catalina Diaz

Waterside Swim & Health Club pool exterior

Waterside Swim & Health Club pool exterior

Learn about one of the Waterside Swim & Health Club‘s most beloved fitness instructors, Catalina Diaz, featured in this month’s Health Club newsletter, Fit Bits (Volume 5, Issue 9). See the entire September 2014 issue of Fit Bits, including Back-to-School gym specials. Catalina leads Water Aerobics, which is FREE & open to non-members on Thursdays at 6:30AM this month!

Featured_Instrct_Cat_Diaz_Sept_2014

Xia Spa September Specials

xia-spa-deals-september-2014

Summer’s not over yet! Get your feet ready the start of a busy fall with Xia Spa’s September specials!

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.

4 Gramercy Rooftop Bars You Should Visit Before Summer Is Over!

Rooftop sun deck, Waterside Plaza Swim & Health ClubRooftop sun deck, Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club

Summer’s fading fast but there’s still time to soak up fun in the sun! Here are our top picks for rooftop/outdoor bars right in the Gramercy Park/Kips Bay neighborhood to check out before the warm weather’s over.

Gramercy Terrace, Gramercy Park Hotel

Gramercy-Park-Hotel-rooftop-terrace

Gramercy Terrace, Gramercy Park Hotel. Source: luxurytravelmagazine.com

A mainstay of any “Best NYC Rooftop Bar” list, the glamorous and gorgeous Gramercy Terrace, located on the 18th floor of the chic Gramercy Hotel, is a lush garden oasis that offers stunning views of the city–and city’s coolest bar-hoppers. 2 Lexington Avenue (21 St. & Lexington Ave.)

Crow’s Nest, The Water Club

Crow's Nest, The Water Club

Crow’s Nest, The Water Club. Source: thrillist.com

The one thing we can guarantee of any place we recommend close to Waterside Plaza? Every seat comes with a river view. Granted, The Crow’s Nest is not quite a rooftop bar–it’s better: it’s a boat bar. Located on the upper deck of the floating restaurant, The Water Club, it’s harder to imagine a more relaxing place to enjoy a drink than The Crow’s Nest when the evening breeze blows past you as the sky changes color over the water. E 30th Street & FDR drive. 

Roof at Park South, Park South Hotel

Roof at Park South, Park South Hotel.

Roof at Park South, Park South Hotel. Source: nypost.com Credit: Gabi Porter

A recent addition to the Gramercy bar & restaurant scene, the chic Roof at Park South, located above the Park South Hotel, offers unparalleled city views and exceptional high-end cocktails, without the usual rooftop crowds (for now). E 27th St, btw Lexington & Park Aves.

The Patio, Riverpark

Patio, Riverpark

Patio, Riverpark. Source: riverpark.com

Technically, neither The Patio or the outdoor terraces at Tom Colicchio’s acclaimed restaurant, Riverpark, qualify as “rooftops,” but with views like this, who’s complaining? Don’t stop at drinks–with an urban farm outside the kitchen doors, Riverpark offers delicious food, and a lovely, green scene to enjoy it in. What more can you want of summer? E 29th St & FDR. 

A New York City Birthday Photoblog!

The Empire State building views at dusk from Waterside Plaza.

The city viewed at dusk from Waterside Plaza. Credit: Marcy Hallerman, Waterside resident

350 years ago this week, 150 British sailors landed in the area today known as Brooklyn, and within a couple of weeks, changed the land’s name from New Amsterdam to New York City, and thus our beloved city was born! Waterside Plaza is home to many people, but New York is home to all of us, and we’d just like to take this time say “thank you” and Happy Birthday, NYC! We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

New York City skyline viewed from Waterside Plaza, 1970s

New York City skyline viewed from Waterside Plaza, 1970s. Credit: Betty White, Waterside resident

Waterside and the city viewed from Stuyvesant Cove Park.

Waterside and the city viewed from Stuyvesant Cove Park. Source: Instagram

The sun comes up on New York City, viewed from Waterside Plaza.

The sun comes up on New York City, viewed from Waterside Plaza. Credit @rubeno on Instagram, Waterside resident.

 

Sun sets over the East River, viewed from Waterside Plaza.

Sun sets over the East River, viewed from Waterside Plaza. Credit: @shmezlie on Instagram, Waterside resident

The sun comes up on the city & UN, viewed from the Plaza deck.

The sun comes up on the city & the UN, viewed from the Plaza deck. Credit: @rachelzevita on Instagram

Xia Spa August 2014 Specials

xia-spa-august-2014-specials

There are only so many summer days left to show off your mani/pedis to the fullest so flaunt them while you can with Xia Spa’s August Manicure & Pedicure Specials!

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.

Waterside Plaza Free Monday Night Movies Present: Moneyball

CN_Movies_Moneyball_2014_JPG2

Tonight, August 18, 8PM, Waterside Plaza presents the critically-acclaimed sports drama, Moneyball (2011). Based on Michael Lewis’ bestselling nonfiction book of the same name, Moneyball follows the general manager of the Oakland Athletics Baseball Team, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and assistant GM, Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) as they put together a competitive team for the 2002 season. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Waterside Plaza International Food Festival!

international-food

International cuisine. Source: vamosspanish.com

We talk a lot about Waterside’s international community and now it’s time to put our money where our mouths are–literally! Inspired by our incredibly diverse resident population, we are proud to present the first-ever Waterside Plaza International Food Festival this Saturday, August 16, 12 – 5PM! Dishes will be priced $3-$10 and the public is welcome. Below are the six types of cuisines we will be featuring at this year’s festival, plus beverages and desserts! Have we missed one of your favorites? Let us know for future events!

American Cuisine

Burgers & fries.

Source: busnessinsider.com

 Italian Cuisine

Italian food

Source: globerove.com

Greek Cuisine

greek food

Source: parade.condenast.com

Indian Cuisine

indian food

Source: newdelhipalacepasadena.com

Mexican Cuisine

mexican food

Source: www.personal.psu.edu

german food

Source: dailytrojan.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Waterside Health Club Cardio Pilates in August

free-cardio-pilates-waterside-plaza

 

Unwind and break a sweat all at once at the Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club with their NEW Cardio Pilates class. This pilates-inspired cardio class moves at a faster pace than regular pilates mat work, allowing you to burn more calories. Cardio Pilates is held on Thursdays, 6:30PM, and is is FREE for members and non members in August 2014. 

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.