Taking after its neighborhood, Williamsburg, this candy store craftily combines vintage candies with unique, somewhat avant-garde confectionery selections. Handsome Dan’s serves up homemade, all-natural snocones and old-school sodas like Moxie, Nesbitt’s and Dad’s Root Beer.
In old-fashioned glass jars (so hipster!) you’ll find gummies, salt water taffy, Pop Rocks, jawbreakers, sour yummies, delectable chocolates and much, much more. If you want to go all-out-original with your candy selection, Dan’s offers Japanese Candy kits, local Brooklyn Sweets, and crazy cotton candy flavors like Earl Grey, Chocolate, Cherry and Peppermint. Don't worry, though, they wouldn't dream of leaving out classic Original Pink.
Joonbug has been given official word that due to forecasts of heavy rain, the Afrojack show at MCU Park has been moved indoors to Roseland Ballroom . No need to fret, however, as your tickets will be valid for this show.Showtime will now be from 8pm- 2am, doors open at 7pm. The show will remain 18+ to enter.
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Friday, September 20th
Swing by NYC hotspot Pacha to hear Deniz Koyu and Felix Cartal spin. Doors at 10PM. Admission is $10 before midnight. Click here to get on the list.
Pacha, 618 W.46th Street
Indie rockers Vampire Weekend return to their home city to headline Brooklyn's Barclays Center with support from Solange and Sky Ferreira. 8PM. Get tickets here.
Coming straight from DC’s Life In Color Festival to NY in order to play a very special set, is the Grammy Award-winning DJ/producer, Afrojack. For one night only, Afrojack, born Nick van de Wall, will be taking over MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, to put on show like none he has presented before.
MCU Park, home to the minor league baseball team, the Brooklyn Cyclones, is a Brooklyn landmark. Situated just outside Coney Island’s famous boardwalk, the park features breathtaking views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the historic amusement park. Although the park endured significant damage from last year’s Hurricane Sandy, the venue is now revitalized and ready for a party even stronger than the hurricane itself.
To designate somebody a freak in a place like NYC is a bold and highly subjective statement. Yet if there is anywhere on earth where one is not only guaranteed to find somebody you can call a freak, but would also be sure that said person would be proud to be called one, it is certainly at Coney Island's long-running Mermaid Parade.
This may all change though if Coney Island US, the tiny non-profit who organize this event are not able to raise enough money to cover the event. From all of the money that has been lost in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and as a result of increased regulations, they are in more danger than ever of not being able to put on the event at all. This is where you come in. At 8pm on Thursday, June 20, Abracadabra NYC presents the Coney Island Mermaid Parade Pre-Party which will take place at the Village Lantern (167 Bleecker Street) to help keep this New York institution alive.
Gotham Burlesque Coney Island Spectacular: Coney Island is invading Manhattan's Upper West Side October 6th at 10pm at The Triad. There will be twelve amazing acts from NYC's best burlesque and variety performers, including Bambi the Mermaid, The Great Fredini, Ekaterina, The Great Throwdini, Miss Harvest Moon, Scott Baker, Tigger, Justina Flash, and more! Shelly Watson will host this sultry extravaganza featuring song, dance, tricks, and plenty of treats. Tickets range from $37-$49 and can be purchased here.
If you're ever bored or feel like life is getting dull, all you really need to do is trek down into the dark, murky halls of the New York City subway system a.k.a the Pit of Hell. Here, all walks of life come together. It's one of the few places where there are no barriers of status. The Wall Street guy rolls right along next to the homeless guy, all packed into one steel cage of potential madness. While most commutes go off without a hitch, we've all had our fair share of "unusual" experiences --sometimes entertaining, other times flat out scary. We're not sure what the deal is, but stuff goes on down there that you don't normally see in the streets. From crooners to gregarious rats, to the shoe-licking, inebriated, or masterbating creeps, the subway is the ultimate freakshow. Move over Coney Island, you ain't got nothin' on this...
Sometimes we New Yorkers get so caught up in the bustle of everyday life in the city that we forget just how beautiful it actually is. Sure, there's too many people, piles of trash, possum-sized rats, and reeking sewers everywhere, but despite its blatantly filthy exterior lies a beauty that can't be found anywhere else in the world. I had a chance to attend the Levi's Photo Workshop with Bruce Davidson last fall where attendees got a slideshow tour of his work and a personal narration from the legend himself. The presentation was nothing short of remarkable and it's an experience I'll never forget. We got to hear directly from Bruce what is was like being in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement, and tales like getting held up in the subway as he was shooting photos, and walking through a dangerous Central Park at 2am in the 1960s; and how he gave up photography in the very lucrative fashion industry to shoot real life.
The rest of New York may changing faster than you can bitch about it to all your friends, but Coney Island is one little patch of the city seemingly safe from the erosion of evolution . It was timelessly dubbed the most bewilderingly, extravagant amusement park in the country over one hundred years ago and still phantasmagorically fits the bill. Coney Island helped transition America from the Victorian age into modernity, and today, some hundred years later, when we seek pause from our tech-saddled society, Coney still leads us into its labyrinth of wonder and illusion.