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.
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.
1) Fireworks Spectacular at Grand Army Plaza
Fireworks 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
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 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
Yoga 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
Multiple 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.
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
Get holiday party ready with Xia’s luxury mani/pedi specials, especially her long-lasting gel manicure-pedicure combo. This month, Xia will stay open on Monday, Dec. 22, for pre-Christmas treatments.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for appointments.
It’s never too cold to swim when you have an indoor heated pool! Try this month’s complimentary Health Club special, Water Aerobics, on Wednesdays at 6PM. Non-members welcome.
It’s cold outside but it’s always warm in the Community Center, where Watersiders gather every week to hang out with their neighbors. This month’s events in particular celebrates togetherness as the holidays draw closer. The Community Center is located on the A Level in Building 40, and is open Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM.
Kid’s Story Time and Puppet Show: Thursday, December 18th, 3 – 4PM
All children and their parents / nannies / grandparents are invited to gather in the Community Center where they will be read classic children’s holiday stories. Story Time will be followed by an interactive puppet show, where the kids are asked to participate. Children will be provided juice boxes and light snacks. The Community Center is located on the A Level in Building 40, and is open Monday-Friday, 10AM-5PM.
Gift Wrapping Party: Monday, December 22nd, 2 – 4PM
Watersiders are invited to bring in their presents that they have bought for loved ones to the Community Center, which will provide wrapping paper, scissors, tape, etc. Residents are invited to share who their presents are for and what significance they carry, and are invited to share their stories from holidays past.
Do you live at Waterside Plaza? If so, you’re invited to the Waterside Resident Holiday Party held TONIGHT, Thursday, December 4, from 7-9PM at 15 Waterside Plaza! This year’s party theme is desserts, and we have a lot of “sweet” prizes to give away, including Xia Spa gift certificates, a 3-month Health Club membership, complimentary swim lessons, 1-hour kids party rentals & more! Special entertainment for kids will be available and all ages are welcome!
“We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.” Today, December 2, 2014, people all over the world celebrate generosity, and the gift of giving. Watersiders can get in on the charitable action without leaving the complex by donating to the City Harvest Food Drive and the Waterside Holiday Toy Drive. Help us make the holidays a little bit brighter for those in need.
City Harvest helps feed nearly two million New Yorkers who face hunger every year. This year, City Harvest will rescue and deliver over 50 million pounds of food to more than 500 emergency good programs throughout New York City. You can donate prepared, pre-packaged, frozen, and fresh food (following the City Harvest Donation Guidelines) until December 11 to the Waterside Swim & Health Club (35 Waterside Plaza; M-F 6AM-10PM/S-Su 8AM-8PM) and the Waterside Community Center (40 Waterside Plaza; M-F 10AM-4PM).
We are also collecting new and unwrapped gifts for children receiving treatment and the children of adults undergoing treatment over the holidays. The toys are distributed to a variety of Beth Israel clinics, not just as gifts, but for use in waiting rooms. The need for toys this year is very great. You can bring your gifts until December 11 to the Management Office (30 Waterside Plaza; M-F 9AM-5PM), the Swim & Health Club (35 Waterside Plaza; M-F 6AM-10PM/S-Su 8AM-8PM), and the Community Center (40 Waterside Plaza; M-F 10AM-4PM).