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Churner and Churner will host live performances during opening reception for Ander Mikalson’s “Three’s Company for Eight Performers” during Chelsea Art Walk

Churner and Churner will host live performances during opening reception for Ander Mikalson’s “Three’s Company for Eight Performers” during Chelsea Art Walk

Multiple locations in Chelsea
Thursday, July 24, free, 5:00 - 8:00

More than one hundred galleries from Sixteenth to Thirtieth Sts. between Ninth and Eleventh Aves. will keep their doors open until 8:00 tonight for the fifth annual Chelsea Art Walk. The evening includes open studios, artist talks, panel discussions, book signings, receptions, photo shoots, and other events. Below are some of our recommended highlights.

Agora Gallery
Wearable Art Photo Shoot: Everyone is invited to show up wearing some kind of self-made art (clothing, makeup, hair, nails), 530 West 25th St., 6:30 – 7:30

Bertrand Delacroix Gallery
Sneak peek at Federico Infante’s fall exhibition, “The Space Between,” including raffle of original Infante drawing, 535 West 25th St., 5:00 – 8:00

Churner and Churner
Performance and reception for opening of Ander Mikalson’s “Three’s Company for Eight Performers,” 205 Tenth Ave., three performances, 5:00 – 8:00

Dean Borghi — NBR Contemporary
Book reading, White Collar Slavery: Based on a Bit of Truth and a Few White Lies by Laurance Rassin and Tracy Memoil, 5:00; live music by Clusterfunk and short film Art Sharks, 6:00 - 8:00, 547 West 27th St.

Hauser & Wirth
Sterling Ruby “Sunrise Sunset” panel discussion with Michael Darling, Jeremy Strick, and Huma Bhabha, 511 West 18th St., 6:30

Onishi Project
Opening reception for group show “Summer Garden” featuring works by Osamu Kobayashi, Shinji Murakami, and Gail Stoicheff, with free special Mizu Shochu cocktails and live performance by Zander Padget at 7:00, 521 West 26th St.

Sragow Gallery
“The Art of Painting Portraits,” lecture by artist Alphonse van Woerkom, 115 West 30th St., 5:15

Yossi Milo Gallery
Book signing, Horizons by Sze Tsung Leong, 245 Tenth Ave., 6:00 – 8:00


Outdoor artisanal food court in Greeley Square Park is a culinary treat (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Outdoor artisanal food court in Greeley Square Park is a culinary treat (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Greeley Square Park
Broadway between 32nd & 33rd Sts.
Daily through August 1, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

We are absolute suckers for the spate of trendy food courts popping around the city, from the indoor Todd English Food Hall at the Plaza and the brand-new Hudson Eats in the World Financial Center to the pop-up Mad. Sq. Eats by Madison Square Park and Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. You can also catch us now at Broadway Bites, which continues through August 1 in Greeley Square Park by Macy’s. More than thirty vendors are selling their edibles; you can start with a pastry and a cup of joe from Breads Bakery, then move on to a slice of pizza from Roberta’s, a bulgogi burger from Asiadog, a rice ball from Arancini Bros., barbecue from Mason Jar NYC, takoyaki teriyaki balls from Mimi & Coco NY, a variety of meatballs from Mighty Balls, gluten-free veggie fare from Two Tablespoons, or a burger and truffle fries from Bar Suzette. There’s also California street food from Jicama NYC, Asian street food from Hong Kong Street Cart, Indian from Chutney, Thai from Bangkok Bar, Colombian from Palenque, Korean from Seoul Lee Korean Barbecue, Turkish from MMM Enfes, Mexican from Mexicue, cured meats from Charlito’s Cocina, empanadas from La Sonrisa Empanadas, sandwiches and beer from Mayhem & Stout, Brazilian cuisine from Carnaval, healthy Japanese fusion from Onigiri by Tampopo, and tacos from Brooklyn Taco Co. For dessert, our favorite is Macaron Parlour, but you can also try delights from Stuffed Artisan Cannolis, Nunu Beers & Scoops, La Newyorkina, Gelato Ti Amo, and Melt Bakery. As with Mad. Sq. Eats, it’s worth making a trip to this outdoor food court, not just stop by if you happen to be in the area or are going to or coming from Macy’s, Penn Station, or Madison Square Garden. In addition, we recommend taking your food just a few blocks north on Broadway and find a table amid Chakaia Booker’s public art installation, “The Sentinels,” a collection of sculptures made from tires and tubing.


restaurant week

Multiple locations
July 21 - August 15
Lunch $25, dinner $38

The theme of the twenty-third annual Summer Restaurant Week is “Eat Up,” and you can do so at more than three hundred spots serving three-course lunches for $25 and/or dinners for $38. You can find just about any kind of cuisine you’re interested in, from pan-Latin, new American, Cuban, Italian, Asian fusion, Australian, Greek, Mexican, Brazilian, Vietnamese, and Spanish to Indian, Mediterranean, steakhouse, Chinese, seafood, barbecue, Japanese, French, soul food, Peruvian, Thai, African, Korean, and continental. Among the myriad participating eateries are such new and returning favorites as Aureole, Bann, Barbetta, B. Smith’s, Chin Chin, City Crab, City Hall, David Burke Fishtail, Gotham Bar & Grill, I Trulli, Il Mulino, Le Périgord, the Marrow, Megu, Molyvos, and Red Rooster Harlem, many of which have posted their special menus on the promotion’s official website. Below is a small sampling of meals you can put together at ten city favorites.

‘21 Club’: Mediterranean grilled calamari with summer vegetable caponata and preserved lemon; braised baby lamb shank with whipped potatoes, English peas, golden raisins, broccoli rabe, and hazelnut gremolata; roasted peach tart with ginger cream and vanilla ice cream

Bar Boulud: Country-style pâté with chicken liver, pork, and herbs; corn-coated Angus beef flank steak with roasted fingerling potatoes and romaine heart; gâteau chocolat-framboise with chocolate chiffon, passionfruit cremaux, and raspberry gelato

Delmonico’s: Acquerella risotto with ruby red shrimp, charred corn, preserved Meyer lemon, and pea shoots; classic chicken à la Keene with pappardelle pasta, pequilo peppers, wild mushrooms, and sweet peas; Valhrona chocolate cake

Devi: Crispy fish pakora tacos with carom-seed-infused fish fritters with avocado and radish slaw; jackfruit biryani and boondi raita with basmati rice, jackfruit, and yogurt with chickpea crisps; gulab jamun crème brûlée with Indian milk dumplings

Kutsher’s Tribeca: Chilled “borscht” gazpacho with summer corn salsa and crème frâiche; house-cured, smoked, and hand-sliced pastrami on soft rye with creamy cole slaw and French fries; classic New York sour cream cheesecake with fresh berries

Les Halles: Slow-cooked shredded duck rilletes; boneless short ribs braised in white wine and ginger with potato galette; Nutella crème brûlée

Petrossian: Smoked salmon with crème frâiche, dill, and toast points; lightly grilled Spanish mackerel with sushi rice, enoki mushrooms, green onions, spinach, carrots, and ginger in a bonito lime broth; peach crumb cake with vanilla ice cream

Rosa Mexicano: Guacamole en molcajete with avocado, jalapeño, tomato, onion, and cilantro with tortilla chips and salsas; pescado à la Veracruzana with pan-roasted mahi mahi in a traditional salsa of roasted tomatoes, bell peppers, poblanos, pickled jalapeños, olives, mint, and cilantro; flan de Rosa with vanilla flan infused with espresso served on a warm, thin ancho chile brownie and topped with Mexican cinnamon whipped cream

SD26: Wild bass carpaccio, lime, fennel pollen baby cucumbers, and spicy tomato vinaigrette; seared diver sea scallops with purple potatoes, sugar snap peas, fagiolini Verdi, and prosciutto crisps; panna cotta in a balsamic vinegar reduction and strawberries

Tribeca Grill: Chilled pea soup; St. Louis-cut ribs with fingerling potato salad; passionfruit semifreddo


With predictions of sunny skies and mid-80s temperatures, Saturday’s free 4Knots Music Festival at the South Street Seaport is looking better and better. Although Re-TROS had to cancel and won’t be coming from Beijing as scheduled, the rest of the lineup — Mac DeMarco, Those Darlins, Speedy Ortiz, Radkey, Nude Beach, Dead Stars, Crazy Pills, the Viet Cong, and headliners Dinosaur Jr. — is set to fill two stages with sounds ranging from raucous punk to sensitive singer-songwriter guitar pop to a whole lot in between from 1:00 till 8:00. During that time, you can grab eats in the 4Knots Food Truck Courtyard, where you will find Papaya King, the Crepes Truck, Softee Xpress, Shanghai Sogo, Nuchas, twi-ny fave Uncle Gussy’s, and Yankee Doodle Dandy’s. If you feel like turning the beat around and are still ready to party as the sun sets, head to Webster Hall on Eleventh St. for the joint Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival/4Knots After-Party. The Village Voice cohosts this combined affair as well, featuring California rapper Ab-Soul and two special guests, newcomers Jarren Benton and YC the Cynic, in addition to online music curators DJ Meka and Low Key. Although the 4Knots Music Festival is free, the after-party isn’t: Tickets will run you thirty bucks.

1:00 — Dead Stars, Front/Row Stage
1:30 — Radkey, Pier 16
2:00 — Crazy Pills, Front/Row Stage
2:30 — Speedy Ortiz, Pier 16
3:00 — Juan Wauters, Front/Row Stage
3:30 — Viet Cong, Pier 16
4:00 — Nude Beach, Front/Row Stage
4:30 — Those Darlins, Pier 16
5:30 — Mac DeMarco, Pier 16
7:00 — Dinosaur Jr., Pier 16


Expect major crowds at weekly MoMA PS1 Warm Up dance party (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Expect major crowds at weekly MoMA PS1 Warm Up dance party (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

22-25 Jackson Ave. at 46th Ave.
Warm Up: Saturdays through September 6, $18-$20, 3:00 - 9:00
“Hy-Fi”: Thursday - Monday through September 7, suggested admission $10 (free with paid MoMA ticket within fourteen days except during Warm Up), 12 noon - 6:00

The summer’s sweatiest dance party takes places every Saturday in Long Island City, as thousands of people gather in MoMA PS1’s courtyard for the weekly Warm Up celebration. Now in its seventeenth year, Warm Up features an international roster of prominent DJs and live performances on Saturdays from 3:00 to 9:00 on the dance floor located between the winning Young Architects Program urban design installation in the courtyard and the entrance to the old school building that became an arena for cutting-edge art back in 1971. During Warm Up, M. Wells Dinette serves alcoholic drinks indoors and hot food and cold drinks outdoors, including fried chicken, grilled mackerel yellow bean salad, a grilled veal heart hero, and maple water. On Saturdays, the exhibitions on the second and third floors close at 3:00, but the first-floor and basement shows (“Maria Lassnig,” “Korakrit Arunanondchai,” “Gavin Kenyon: Reliquary Void”) continue through 6:00. This week boasts one of the best lineups of the summer, with DJ sets by Mister Saturday Night (Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter) and Auntie Flo and live music by Cibo Matto, Archie Pelago, and Gabriel Garzón Montano; July 19 brings together Robert Hood, Objekt, Rrose, Vatican Shadow, Conatiner, and Young Male, while July 26 sees Cashmere Cat, Total Freedom, GoldLink, UNiiQU3, and Suicideyear take the stage at the top of the steps, joined by a rotating series of installations by CONFETTISYSTEM, Nightwood, the Principals, and others. Tickets are available for $18 in advance and $20 at the door; be prepared for some long lines the later you go. It’s incredibly easy to get to MoMA PS1, which is the third stop on the 7 from Grand Central. Once you get off the train, just follow the thumping music, which reverberates throughout the neighborhood.

(photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Environmentally friendly organic towers rise in MoMA PS1 courtyard (photo by twi-ny/mdr)

Next to the Warm Up area, in the center of the courtyard, stands “Hy-Fi,” the winner of MoMA PS1’s fifteenth annual Young Architects Program. Created by New York-based firm the Living headed by 2013 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow David Benjamin, the three conjoined towers were made using nearly 100% fully compostable and environmentally sustainable biological technologies in collaboration with Ecovative, 3M, Advanced Metal Coatings, Shabd Simon-Alexander and Audrey Louisere, Build It Green Compost, Brooklyn Digital Foundry, Columbia University (where Benjamin is an assistant professor in the Living Architecture Lab), and others. “Hy-Fi” contains approximately ten thousand remarkably light handmade bricks consisting of such organic waste materials as cornstalks and mushroom mycelium, held together by mortar. The shiny, glittering bricks at the top are actually the molds in which the rest of the bricks were grown. (There are also several vertical wooden beams that hold up the entryways, primarily as protection against strong winds and storms, which came in handy last week.) The small gaps between some of the bricks are strictly artistic, resulting in streams of sunlight and shadows. Construction required no energy (except for human) and almost zero carbon emissions; when the installation, which also provides much-needed cooling, is brought down after September 7, the entire structure will be recycled. Unfortunately, because of the size and unpredictability of the crowds during Warm Up, on Saturdays visitors are not allowed inside the twisting structure, which was influenced by the designs of Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudí, but you can take a break in the small pool and sit in other circular areas while drinking wine, beer, and other cocktails. The Living, which was founded in 2006 with “the mission of creating the architecture of the future,” won the YAP commission this year over Collective-LOK, LAMAS, Pita + Bloom, and Fake Industries Architectural Agonism; you can currently see an exhibition on all five submissions, as well as finalists from similar competitions in Italy, Chile, and South Korea, at MoMA’s midtown location.


taste of the terminal

Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall
89 East 42nd St. between Lexington and Vanderbilt Aves.
Monday, July 7, 14, 21, 28, free, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

No, it’s not some cannibalistic event involving unlucky people on their deathbed. Instead, Grand Central’s “Taste of the Terminal” presents visitors a chance to sample food and drink for free from many of the stores and restaurants in the famed location. Every Monday in July, four shops and eateries will be giving away tastings and/or offering special deals from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, followed by another four from 4:00 to 7:00, accompanied by live musical performances courtesy of Music under New York. On July 7, Café Grumpy, O&Co., Shiro of Japan, and Spices and Tease will be highlighted during the early shift, with music by Gabriel Aldort, followed by Ceriello Fine Foods, Ciao Bella Gelato, Li-Lac Chocolates, and Tia’s Place holding down the late shift, with music from guitarist and songwriter Cathy Grier. The full lineup is below.

Monday, July 7, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Café Grumpy, O&Co., Shiro of Japan, Spices and Tease, with music by New Orleans blues keyboardist and vocalist Gabriel Aldort

Monday, July 7, 4:00 – 7:00
Ceriello Fine Foods, Ciao Bella Gelato, Li-Lac Chocolates, Tia’s Place, with music by guitarist and songwriter Cathy Grier

Monday, July 14, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Financier Patisserie, LittleMissMatched, O&Co., Oren’s Daily Roast, with music by violinist Susan Keser

Monday, July 14, 4:00 – 7:00
Beer Table to Go, Manhattan Chili Co., Neuhaus Créateur Chocolatier, Zaro’s Bakery, with music by the Poor Cousins

Monday, July 21, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Joe the Art of Coffee, O&Co., Shiro of Japan, Tia’s Place, music TBA

Monday, July 21, 4:00 – 7:00
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, Li-Lac Chocolates, Manhattan Chili Co., Spices and Tease, music TBA

Monday, July 28, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Irving Farm Coffee Roasters, LittleMissMatched, Shiro of Japan, Zaro’s Bakery, music TBA

Monday, July 28, 4:00 – 7:00
Ciao Bella Gelato, Financier Patisserie, Neuhaus Créateur Chocolatier, Oren’s Daily Roast, music TBA


Joey Chestnut will defend his hot-dog-eating record on July 4 at Nathans (photo courtesy Nathans Famous)

Joey Chestnut will defend his hot-dog-eating record on July 4 at Nathan’s (photo courtesy Nathan’s Famous)

Sweikert Alley, Nathan’s Famous
1310 Surf Ave. at Stillwell Ave.
Friday, July 4, free, 10:00 am

San Jose’s Joey Chestnut did it again last year, devouring a record sixty-nine hot dogs in ten minutes to win the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest for the seventh consecutive year. Sonya Thomas, the number five overall Major League Eater in the world — Chestnut is #1 — took home the women’s belt for the third straight year by consuming 36¾ dogs. Chestnut also currently holds the record for apple pie, asparagus, brain tacos, brats, chicken wings, chili, corned beef sandwiches, eggs, fish tacos, funnel cake, grilled cheese sandwiches, Krystal hamburgers, horseshoe sandwiches, short form ice cream, jalapeno poppers, Kolaches, pastrami, Philly cheesesteaks, Pizza Hut P’Zones, pork ribs, pulled pork, poutine, salt potatoes, shrimp cocktail, shrimp wontons, tacos, tamales, and Twinkies, while Thomas is tops in Armour Vienna sausage, long course baked beans, buffalo chicken tenders, cheesecake, cherrystone clams, chicken nuggets, chili cheese fries, crab cakes, crawfish, deep-fried okra, fruitcake, Big Daddy hamburgers, thickburgers, jambalaya, Maine lobster, meatballs, oysters, quesadillas, sweet potato casserole, toasted ravioli, turducken, and whole turkey. The event will also feature live music by the Brooklyn Community Choir, the Heavenly Chillbillies, the Skyriders, and former competitive eater turned rapper Eric “Badlands” Booker. To make it all a little more palatable, Nathan’s will donate one hundred thousand hot dogs to the Food Bank for New York City. For a different perspective on the event, with a special focus on the Takeru Kobayashi controversy, check out Jeff Cerulli and Barry Rothbart’s documentary Hungry.