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    Coney Island to Host Giant New Year’s Eve Party

    The famed Brooklyn neighborhood will host a New Year’s Eve ball drop to rival the annual tourist-choked celebration in Times Square, borough officials announced.

    The big night in South Brooklyn will feature music, fire-spitting performers from the Coney Island Sideshow and fireworks at midnight.

    The main event will be a ball drop simulated in LED lights on the Parachute Jump, the towering steel structure in the center of the Coney skyline.

    “You should definitely come to Coney Island,” said Alliance for Coney Island Executive director Johanna Zaki said. “For one, we have fireworks.”

    Borough President Eric Adams began scheming about a Brooklyn New Year’s gala even before he was elected.

    “This New Year’s Eve, you won’t want to miss our beachfront Boardwalk blast in Brooklyn!” Adams said. “Now that we have our very own seaside ball drop, why be squished like a sardine in Times Square when you can rejoice like royalty in the County of Kings!”

    Coney makes a perfect alternative to spending hours wedged among the masses of Times Square revelers, organizers said.

    “People can walk right over and watch it,” Zaki said. “That’s the beauty of it.”

    Boardwalk bars and restaurants will open for the evening and host after parties.

    Coney’s “Unofficial Mayor” Dick Zigun promises a good show and added another big selling point.

    “You’re going to get the Coney Island sideshow instead of Dick Clark,” he said.

    Full article can be read over here. Written by Doyle Murphy.

  • You Guide To The Best Ice Skating Rinks in NYC!

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    Your official guide to the best ice skating rinks in New York City. There’s s many amazing places to go ice skating that we had to share this awesome guide of where to go this winter. You’d be surprise at where you’ll find some awesome places to skate at in this huge city of ours.

    The Rink at Rockefeller Center
    Known for its 80-year history and world-famous Christmas tree, the Rink at Rockefeller Center (open through April 2015) is a New York landmark that anchors institutions like NBC, Simon & Schuster and Radio City Music Hall. It doesn’t get more quintessentially winter-wonderland New York than this. Still, it’s the headquarters of holiday tourism, so be prepared for crowds. And since there’s a 90-minute ice schedule, the wait times can be very long. The good news is that when you do get on the ice, you’ve got an hour and a half to make the most of it. This year, the rink is also offering advance reservations through its First Skate Package (including a 7am session, skate rentals, coffee and hot chocolate and an optional breakfast for $45–$55 per person, Nov. 21–Jan. 4) and the VIP Skate Package (with a skate concierge, in & out access to the rink during a 90-minute session, hot beverages, skate rentals and freshly baked cookies for $60–$120 per person, through Jan. 4).

    Prices: Adults: $27–$30; Seniors/Children (under 11): $15. Skate rental: $12
    Hours: Open daily 8:30am to midnight
    Location: 600 5th Ave.
    Nearest Subway: B, D, F, M to 47-50th Sts./Rockefeller Center

     

    The Rink at Winter Village in Bryant Park
    The Rink at Bryant Park is one of Manhattan’s best locations for seasonal skating, and admission is free. Ringed by a newly expanded holiday shopping bazaar with plenty of food and hot-beverage options, the park is both a destination spot for tourists and a refuge for workers. Open through March 1, 2015, this is your best bet for getting onto some midtown ice without the Rock Center crowds. And while regular admission is always free, Fast Passes allow VIP admission, skate rentals and bag check for both individuals ($22–$28) and families of 4 ($75–$100, which also includes hot cocoa).

    Prices: Free admission. Skate rental: $15–$19
    Hours: Daily, 8am–10pm
    Location: Between 40th and 42nd Sts. & 5th and 6th Aves.
    Nearest Subway: 7 to 5th Ave.; B, D, F, M to 42nd St./Bryant Park

     

    Wollman Rink in Central Park
    Located in one of the most picturesque areas of Central Park, Donald Trump’s skating rink provides New Yorkers and visitors alike with a place to skate from late October to early April. Skating here is accentuated by the stunning views of the New York skyline to the east, south and west. Novices and experts are all welcome on the ice, but there are a lot of them. It was also featured in Serendipity and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. During the off-season, Wollman Rink is transformed into Victorian Gardens.Word of warning: Even spectators incur a $5 fee at this rink.

    Prices:  Mon.–Thur.: Adults $11.25, Kids (11 & under) $6, Seniors $5; Fri.–Sun. & holidays: Adults $18, Kids (11 & under) $6, Seniors $9; Spectators $5; Skate rental: $8
    Hours:  Mon.–Tues. 10am–2:30pm, Wed.–Thur. 10am­–10pm, Fri.–Sat. 10am–11pm, Sun 10am–9pm
    Location: Use entrance on W. 59th St. and 6th Ave.
    Nearest Subway: A, B, C, D, 1, 9 to 59th St.; N, R to 5th Ave.; B, Q to 57th St.

     

    The Standard Ice Rink
    Located on the High Line, the Standard New York is as much a downtown nightlife scene as it is a hotel. And for a few months each year, the Meatpacking District’s most popular hub is also a great spot for ice skating. Open until “late,” the miniature skating rink — which is set to open this year on Nov. 24, just in time for Thanksgiving — is accompanied by a patio with Alpine-themed eats and drinks including doughnuts and waffles, apple cider and hot toddies and black-and-white hot chocolates. Kids are welcome, but this spot is definitely geared toward adults, especially in the evening when the rink feels more like a party. And if you can’t skate, the Standard offers a “cute Standard skater” to help you keep your tooshie off the ice.

    Prices: Adults: $12; Kids: $6. Skate rental: $3
    Hours: Weekdays noon–midnight, weekends 9am–1am
    Location: 848 Washington at 13th St.
    Nearest Subway: L to 8th Ave.; A, C, E to 14th St.

     

    Trump Lasker Rink
    Great for novice skaters, the less-crowded Trump Lasker Rink on the north end of Central Park offers classes with professional instructors and thinner crowds. The serene setting is a great place to learn, but due to its many hockey programs, Trump Lasker’s public-skating hours are somewhat limited. Check for special holiday hours. And, like Trump’s Wollman Rink, there’s also a spectator fee at the Lasker Rink; here, though, it’s the same price as admission. Note that Lasker Rink may be closed for the 2014 holiday season; check the website for the latest details.

    Prices: Adults: $7.50; Kids: $4.00; Seniors: $2.25. Skate rental:  $6.50
    Hours: Mon.–Thur. 10am–4pm; Fri 10am–4:50pm & 6–11pm; Sat 1–11pm; Sun 12:30–4:30pm
    Location: 110th St. and Lexington Ave.
    Nearest Subway: 2, 3 to 110th St.; C, B to 110th St.

     

    Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
    The year-round indoor skating rink at Pier 61 is regularly open seven days a week (though through Dec. 14 it’s closed on Wednesdays) and accommodates skaters of all ages and ability levels. The twin-rink facility is available for general skating, but it also houses the Sky Rink Skating School, in addition to training programs for ice hockey and figure skating. With its party rooms, 3,400 square-foot Sunset Terrace and on-site food services, the Sky Rink is also a popular spot for birthday parties and private get-togethers.

    Prices: Admission: $10. Skate rental $5
    Hours: Check the rink’s site for the current schedule
    Location: Pier 61, Hudson River Greenway at 23rd St.
    Nearest Subway: A, C to 23rd St.

     

    City Ice Pavilion
    This rooftop skating facility in Long Island City is open year-round. Its NHL-size skate rink offers public skating, hockey programs for youths and adults and the City Ice Pavilion’s Skating School. With its “private party locker rooms,” this enormous skate destination also offers various packages for birthday parties and corporate events.

    Prices: Weekdays: $6; weekends and holidays: $9. Skate rental: $5
    Hours: 
    Check the rink’s site for the current schedule
    Location: 47-32 32nd Pl.
    Nearest Subway: 7 to 33rd St.; E, R to Queens Plaza

     

    Riverbank Sate Park Ice Skating Rink
    Riverbank State Park in Manhattan’s Hamilton Heights neighborhood is a 28-acre structure that rises 69 feet above the Hudson River. The state-of-the-art facility has a covered roller-skating rink that transforms in winter to an ice rink (early November through March). With its 150-seat restaurant and 800-seat cultural theater, visitors can turn their skating excursion into a full-day event. A broad range of sports, arts and recreational programs are offered year-round.

    Prices: Adults: $5; kids: $3. Skate rental: $6
    Hours:Fri. 6-9pm, Sat.–Sun. 1-4pm & 69pm
    Location: 679 Riverside Dr.
    Nearest Subway: A, B, C, D to 145th St./St. Nicholas Ave.; 1 to 145th St.

     

     

    Abe Stark Rink at the Coney Island Boardwalk
    Coney Island is a hot beach destination during the summer, but quiets down during the winter months. At this rink by the famous boardwalk, public skating is available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (Nov. 1-March 29). The rink also hosts hockey as well as ice skating classes.

    Prices: Admission: $10. Skate rentals: $5
    Hours:
      Sat–Sun 12:30–3:30pm, holidays noon–4pm
    Location: Coney Island Boardwalk and W 19th St.
    Nearest subway: D, F, N, Q, to Stillwell Ave.

     

     

    Lakeside Prospect Park
    Brooklyn’s massive Prospect Park has not had an ice skating rink since the previous one closed in 2010. That is set to change on December 20, 2013 with the opening of Lakeside. The $74 million project includes two rinks (one covered, one open air) and 32,000 square feet total for skating. There will be a bridge of ice connecting them as well. This is the first new structure to be built in Prospect Park since the 1960s. The architects and designers worked to restore this area (site of the previous ice rink) to the park’s original layout devised by Olmsted and Vaux back in the 1860s.

    Prices: Admission $6–$8, skate rental: $6
    Hours:
    Closed Monday; Tues.–Thur. 11am–6pm, Fri. 11am–8pm, Sat. 10am–9pm, Sun. 10am–6pm
    Location: Use Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance to the park
    Nearest subway: B, Q to Parkside Avenue

     

    The Rink at Brookfield Place

    Located on the plaza in front of the World Financial Center Winter Garden (it’s now called Brookfield Place Winter Garden), this rink brings a much-needed cold-weather option to the seasonally popular outdoor spot overlooking the North Cove Marina. At 7,350 square feet, it’s even bigger than the Rink at Rockefeller Plaza. Manhattan Youth and Asphalt Green will be offering learn-to-skate and ice-hockey lessons too, in case your crew’s in need of a little coaching. All ages.

    Prices: Admission $6–$8, skate rental: $6
    Hours: 
    Weekdays 1:00 – 8:30pm Weekends 10:00am – 10:00pm
    Location: World Financial Center
    Nearest subway: 4,5,6,2,3,A,C to Fulton Street — R to Rector St. — E to Chambers st.

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    Upcoming MTV Audience Casting Events

    MTV New Pilot
    Looking for MTV fans near NYC to be a part of our audience for a brand new show we are working on! We’ll be filming in our MTV studios on Friday the 19th in the early evening testing out a new show that we hope will be our new and improved TRL / weekly show! We’ll be dishing on pop culture and everything music with our comedic host. Email [email protected] if you’re interested in attending. We’ll be asking for audience feedback after the show, come help shape our show!

     

    MTV Victoria Justice Special

    Looking for outgoing fans to do commentary for the special via Skype this week. Must be 18 and a big fan! We’ll be asking you questions about Victoria and then airing the commentary in our upcoming special about Eye Candy. If you are interested email [email protected] for more information!

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    How to see J.Cole on The Late Show with David Letterman

    J. Cole will be performing a record off his new album 2014 Forest Hills Drive this Wednesday at 11:35 EST on the Late Show With David Letterman. Now we know there’s tons of J.Cole fans that would love to see him live (thanks to the constant emails and tweets on this matter). Below we put together information on how you can get tickets to hopefully see him live. We do hope this works and that tickets are available for the show. Good luck and go buy his new album!

    How To Get Tickets To The Late Show with David Letterman

    1. Submit your request online using their Online Ticket Form

    OR

    2. Visit the theater during specified hours and submit an In-Person Request

    If you would like to submit an audience ticket request in person, they have representatives in their lobby to process your submission:

    Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
    Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

    They are located at:
    1697 Broadway
    Between West 53rd and West 54th Streets

  • Secret Events in New York City

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    New York City is full of wonderful secrets beneath and above the concrete jungle. You’ll be able to experience comedy shows inside of apartments, delcious dinner parties, huge warehouse raves, to open bar parties in the catacombs in Brooklyn. Tolly Wright from TimeOut NY created an amazing list of secret events that go on in our city. Below are some events we want you to checkout. Enjoy!

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    Live @ The Apt

    Created in 2013 as an intimate stand-up show for friends in a tiny East Village walk-up, LIVE @ THE APT has grown into a monthly underground show featuring the best up-and-coming comedians performing in apartments all across New York. Each show is filmed live and released online. Watch full sets on the “Comedians” page or single jokes and live show highlight reels on the “Jokes” page.

    How to get in: You can attend a live taping by emailing [email protected] Locations are announced a few days before, and you should R.S.V.P. quickly—space can be limited to a dozen or so. (We mentioned these happen in New York apartments, right?)

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    A Razor, a Shiny Knife 

    While providing great food is certainly an objective for the three men behind this supper club, it’s their flair for culinary theatrics that has really turned heads. Past stunts have included creating popcorn ice cream with liquid nitrogen, serving an upscale dinner on a moving L train and hosting a 125th-birthday party for pizza, complete with a leaning tower of pizza made from Manhattan and Brooklyn’s most famous pie slingers. 

    How to get in: The only way to find out about upcoming events is by getting on the mailing list (arazorashinyknife.com). Of the people who R.S.V.P., only a few are picked for these typically free gatherings.

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    Spring Street Social Society

    Don’t let the stuffy-sounding society in the title fool you: This crew is all about just having a good time. Take a recent brunch, in which pro clown Jeff Seal served hors d’oeuvres (hilariously, we assume), an unannounced jazz band blasted tunes, and Society director Patrick Janelle and artistic director Amy Virginia Buchanan choreographed a dance routine.

    How to get in: Join its mailing list through ssssociety.com to find out about upcoming meals. In January, the society will take membership applications for those looking to learn about events before the general public, receive special discounts and enjoy exclusive meet-ups.


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    Secret Dinner

    Jeff Stark is behind these feasts, which take place in outlandish spaces around the city. Days before the potluck events, 40 selected lucky diners are given instructions on where to meet, what to wear (one example: formal attire with hiking boots) and what food item to bring. From the first location, they set off to the true destination, known only to the leaders. If you have any qualms about trespassing, don’t bother with this one: Past meals have been held in a deserted grain silo and an abandoned subway station.  

    How to get in: Subscribe to nonsensenyc.com to receive  instructions on how to be considered. Private secret dinners for two, also held at unusual locations, are available by special request. Those lucky enough to attend one of the more intimate affairs will also receive a portrait painting created by Stark.

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    ReSolute 

    ReSolute has been throwing epic dance parties in warehouses and on rooftops for a few years. Come prepared to rage: Some DJ sets don’t even begin until 6am, and at least one party went on for 28 hours.  

    How to get in: Follow facebook.com/ReSoluteEventsNYC for tickets, but don’t expect a venue name to appear until a few hours before the gig.

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    The Trash Museum

    A whole neighborhood’s trash became the city sanitation department’s treasure when one of East Harlem’s workers, Nelson Molina, displayed discarded objects he’d been collecting  for 30 years on the garage’s second floor. Over time, the collection has grown so large, trucks aren’t even allowed to park on that level anymore, though the space remains operational.  

    How to get in: Since the gallery is in a working sanitation garage, it’s not normally open to the general public. This year’s Open House New York did offer a tour of the space, and the department can authorize special visits. In other words, make friends with your garbage collectors, people. 

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    Secret Cinema

    Why just watch a movie when you can experience it, man? This successful British-born program, which throws stealthy screenings in odd locales with fully committed actors, props and sets, launched an NYC chapter in August with a three-venue screening of Dead Poets Society. Proceeds went to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and one event was hosted by pop-culture power couple Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman. Secret Cinema plans to host another showing in the coming months, and you can expect the affair, in which you must dress up in costume, to get intense: A recent London screening of The Shawshank Redemption had attendees trading their clothes for prison-ready jumpsuits beforehand, and the actors played guards.     

    How to get in: Send an email to [email protected] inquiring about the next event and followfacebook.com/SecretCinemaNY. Location and theme will be disclosed a few days before.  

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    Shanghai Mermaid

    Have you ever wanted to go to a cool ’20s-era club in Paris or New Orleans (or, yes, Shanghai)? This gathering might be as close as you can get without hopping into a time machine. Partygoers dress meticulously as flappers and their Jazz Age contemporaries to watch all-night burlesque, drag and aerial acts. Be warned: Organizers are known to turn away guests at the door (even after payment) who are not wearing wow-worthy-enough getups.   

    How to get in: Get added to the mailing list at shanghaimermaid.com

    You can view the full list of secret happenings in New York City at TimeOut NY

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    Sofar Sounds Secret Brooklyn Shows – RSVP

    Sofar Sounds are one of the world’s largest live music discovery community; curating secret, intimate gigs in unique spaces all around the world. Bringing the magic back to live music. They’ll be throwing a series of secret shows in Brooklyn in December and you’re invited to join in on the fun. You’ll need to apply for the gig of choice. Each show will feature a secret band or group of artists. We have no idea who will be coming to perform, but nonetheless, it’s going to be a magical night. Click here to apply

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    Upcoming Casting Events for MTV & VH1

    MTV Awkward & Faking It Shoot!
    Looking for outgoing MTV’s Awkward & Faking It fans to come to the studio and talk on camera about their favorite couples this season. Have your say on who the best and worst couples are. Tell us your favorite characters you would like to see romantically linked up and why. We’ll be filming in MTV Studios Monday November 3rd.

    Must be fans of the show and comfortable dishing your opinion on camera. If you’d like to come into the NYC studio you must be at least 18 years of age to be on camera. If you are outside the Tri-State area and want to be a part, we can set up a video session (must appear to be between the ages of 18-25.) Email me at [email protected] the following information:

    Full Name:
    NYC or Video Session:
    attach a recent picture:
    Your favorite couple and why:

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    LOVE AND HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD REUNION
    VH-1 is looking for BIG fans of Love and Hip Hop Hollywood to come watch the reunion live in our studio. We will be filming in Manhattan Tuesday November 4th. If you are interested in attending the free taping email [email protected] and put “LHH Hollywood” in the subject title along with the following information:
    Full Name:
    Age:
    Contact Number:
    # of tickets (max 3)
    *attach a recent picture

    *Tickets are limited, you will receive an invite with more information and then a confirmation with information if tickets are available.

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    NICKELODEON CASTING CALL
    Looking for outgoing girls and boys ages 12-15 to film a promo for Nickelodeon. We’ll be doing Arts & Crafts and filming for Nickelodeon Promos. This is a none paid shoot but great exposure and a chance to have fun, make arts and crafts and meet new friends. If you are interested email [email protected] and put “NICK” in the subject title along with the following information:

    name:
    age:
    contact number:
    would you like to bring friend:
    *attach a recent picture.

    We’ll be filming in Manhattan November 13th in the afternoon (after school)

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    Deadmau5 Announces Free Show in New York City

    Deadmau5 fans in the New York area, Honda Stage and Live Nation will soon be hosting a Deadmau5 show along with a VIP package giveaway. The show will be taking place at the beautiful and versatile Knockdown Center in Queens. The VIP giveaway will consist of a pair of tickets to the show at the Knockdown Center in Queens, $200, and hotel and airfare for a Deadmau5 superfan located outside of the New York area. General admission tickets will go live at an upcoming date. We expect those tickets to go super fast, but rest assured, the show is completely 100% free for everyone. Make sure you’re following us on Facebook and Twitter, we’ll do our best to let you know once the free general admission tickets are live.

    Head here to test your luck and enter in the Deadmau5 VIP giveaway.


    We were able to grab a bunch of tickets that we’d love to giveaway to fans. Entry into the venue are first come, first serve. We’ll be choosing random fans in our ticket lottery below:

    Enter to win Deadmau5 tickets

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    Summerstage: Vote for Artists to Perform

    For the upcoming 30th anniversary, SummerStage has partnered with WeDemand, a groundbreaking website that gets fans directly involved in the process of making a concert happen. WeDemand will share fan generated demand data with SummerStage’s team of curators, enabling a one-on-one conversation to inform them of the artists that festival goers want to see perform.

    In the first part of the campaign, audiences will be able to submit any artist they want to see play the festival. Afterwards, they will be able to select from a short list of the most popular artists. In the final phase, the most demanded artists will have their concerts confirmed once enough donors have pledged in a crowdfunding campaign. These concerts will all be free.

    Looks like Nas, Lauryn Hill, FKA Twigs, and a few more artists are in the lead to play next year. Vote for your favorite artist!

    Click here to request artists

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    The Blue Man Group

    Remember that time when you were little and one of your imaginary friends took your hand and led you into a world that looked like yours only brighter? No? Me neither. That’s what Blue Man Group is like.

    Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. Blue Man Group’s shows have been described by critics as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining.” But the only way to truly understand Blue Man Group’s global popularity is to see the show for yourself.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQZVd76ShrM

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