Friday, November 20, 2009

Weekender: 11/20-11/22


Beautiful day today, hope you can take some time to walk around and soak it all up.  Let's take a look at some weekend picks:

FRI Nov. 20
  • 8a-1a: Ukele Cabaret [ Banjo Jim's - 700 E 9th Street], free - something different for a Friday evening: ) pick!
SAT Nov. 21
  • 10a:
    • I'm watching an advanced screening of Disney's newest animated movie, The Princess and the Frog (by the same creators of Little Mermaid and Aladdin), yay!
    • Until 12p: Or, observe the sun with the Amateur Astronomy Association! Central Park
    • Or stuff a bag with as many clothes as you can for $20 at Housing Works Rag Sale [LIC]
  • 2p: Chinese-Style Thanksgiving Potluck with some friends.  Invite only, but let me know if you're interested in coming: )
  • 4p: "Sesame Street: A Celebration - 40 Years of Life on the Street" Discussion - Hear directly from people who worked on this show, including actor Bob McGrath ("Bob") and Chris Cerf, composer; moderated by author Louise Gikos.  RSVP required.
  • 7p: Victor Lin in Concert at Church of The Advent Hope [111 E 87th St btw/ Park & Lexington], free!  Victor is an amazing jazz musician, and he will be playing a few solo pieces and also in a trio for this concert.
  • Late Night: Stargaze in Inwood Park, every Saturday! More details on the Saturday Star PartiesI met up with this group to see the meteor shower on 11/17, and it was such a fun experiences!
SUN Nov. 22

  • 11a-1230p, $5 donation to Food Bank of NY: Cupcake Crawl - meet at Babycakes [248 Broome b/t Ludlow and Orchard] - ft. 5 LES and EV cupcakeries...delicious!
  • 11a-4p: New Amsterdam Market @ South Street Seaport - it's a Thanksgiving market!
  • Until Apr. 26: "Tim Burton" Exhibit at MoMa [11 W 53rd b/t 5th and 6th Ave] - remember, MoMa is Target Free on Fridays, 4-8p!
  • 11/20-22: Housing Works Fashion for Action - charity sample sale ft. 150 top designers (Philip Lim, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Gucci, Fendi, D&G, etc) [143 W. 17th St b/t 6th and 7th Ave; Fri until 8p, Sat/Sun until 6p]
  • 11/21-22: FREE Toppings from Pinkberry, w/ coupon! I'll send it to you if you don't have one!
  • Until 11/23: "Canstruction" - 30+ sculpures made up of cans that will be donated to [World Financial Center, Winter Garden]
  • 11/23-1/3/10: Check out the Origami Holiday Tree: Origami A-Z @ American Museum of Natural History!
  • Until 12/24: Union Sq Holiday Market - 100+ vendors sell Christmas ready gifts!
  • Until 12/27: Wired magazine pop up shop - play with gagets galore [415 W13th]
  • Mon 11/23 from 12-7p: Free Spa Party @ Vada Spa [387 6th Ave]  Free laser hair removal, eyebrow and bikini waxes, face masks, and foot scrubs! There will be a line, but if you're in a rush, stop by and get a card to come back and get a service later! It's nice!
  • next week!  See my Thanksgiving post about seeing the balloons being inflated in Central Park and going to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade!  Gobble Gobble!

The Princess and the Frog

This is Disney's latest, "The Princess and the Frog"!  From the creators of my other 2 favorite Disney movies, Little Mermaid and Aladdin: ).  Limited release on 11/25, and then everywhere on 12/11.

I signed up for a free screening tomorrow!  I just hope it's not too cheesy and everything I expect from this story, as it's suppose to be a twist on a classic.  Should be fun: )

Some interesting movie trivia:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thursday 11/19: Free Godiva, Performances!

  • 5-7p: Stop by Godiva to pick up a free truffle!
  • 830p: Lincoln Ctr is kicking off its new new Target Free Thurs, w/ free performances!
Someone win this and take me!

  • Mon 11/23 from 12-7p: Free Spa Party @ Vada Spa [387 6th Ave]
This party is legit, as I've been twice now.  They give free laser hair removal, eyebrow and bikini waxes, face masks, and foot scrubs!  There will be a line, but if you're in a rush, stop by and get a card to come back and get a service later!  It's nice!
  • 11/21-22: FREE Toppings from Pinkberry, w/ coupon!  I'll send it to you if you don't have one!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

NYRewind: Free Flatbread from Jamba Juice 11/17

Just got back from getting my free CA flatbread from Jamba Juice!  I work right around the 53rd St and Lex store, so I stopped by right at 2p, hoping there wouldn't be a line - and there wasn't (for a free food event, it was nothing, maybe 10 min tops: ).


What did I think?  Pretty good for free.  It was light, somewhat fillling (for me, but I'm a small person: ), so probably more like a big chip for everyone else, but I don't think I'd pay for it, because it's a little more than what is worth to me.  But the prickly pear sample I might get again.  In any case, best if you go and get one now!

First 150 people until 5p today.  Midtown location (53rd and Lex) is quick, so head over!

Tuesday Fun: Food and More!

1. Free CA Flatbread from Jamba Juice: 2-5p
Be one of the first 150 people to stop by your local Jamba Juice to get your free California Flatbread, 2-5p!  There are 4 flavors: Tomo Artichoko, Four Cheesy, Smokehouse Chicken or MediterraneYUM - delicious!  I need 3 other people to come with me so we can try all of the flavors hehehe.  I have a buy 1 get 1 coupon too...: )

  • NOTE: not all of the stores are participating, so check the website or NYC Recessionary Diary, who called and confirmed some locations around Midtown, thanks!
Will update after I go!  [Thanks to for the tip]

2. November Samosa Crawl
Date: Tuesday, November 17th
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Meet at the corner of E 26th St and Madison Ave
Cost: Free

"Please join us for the November Samosa Crawl. We will meet at the northeast corner of Madison Square Park near the Chester Alan Arthur monument. Look for the group of hungry strangers. Feel free to bring friends or make new ones. Samosa scorecard and map will be provided. Pay as you go. Come hungry, leave happy."  [Thanks to for the info!]

3. Not For Tourist 11th Ed. Release Party
Get a free 2010 NFT Guide!

Date: Tuesday, November 17th
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Fontana's (105 Eldridge St, btw. Grand and Broome)
Cost: Free
Open Bar: Beer, 6-8

"Not For Tourists launch the 11th edition of their NYC guide tonight with two hours of free beer and free guidebook giveaways. There are even prizes from local companies and I am sure there will be some sort of musical accompaniment. Make sure to click here and print your invite. 21+" [Thanks to for the info!]

Sunday, November 15, 2009

NYRewind: Sat 11/14 Fun!

Saturday fun:
  • Karrie, Cameron, and Tammy came with me to the City Bakery/Bottlerocket Thanksgiving Workshop, featuring 10 wines and Thanksgiving bites (turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, butternut squash, brussel sprouts, pumpkin pie!).  Had a great time tasting the different wines and trying to get more flavor out of our food with the wine...but we couldn't really tell haha.  It was good, that's all that's important.

  • Afterwards, we went to the Union Square Green Market in the search for Pear Cider!  I jumped the gun early and bought apple cider first...only to find the pear cider at the booth after!  Rats! hehe, but it was still good.  I love getting a cup whenever I'm in the area.

  • Lastly, we stopped by the new apple store on 67th and Broadway to check it out!  It's big like a warehouse, with tall ceilings.  It's more convenient for me to go there than the other store on 5th Ave, if I ever need anything.

Nice weekend!