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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Thursday Night (April 1st) is Gamenight!

On one Thursday of every month at 8:00, on the beautiful red-curtained stage of our monthly home, the Slipper Room (at the corner of Orchard and Stanton on the Lower East Side), Neil and Clams bring you their classic guessing game that has been a live downtown hit for over three years! A panel of NYC's nightlife favorites (from burlesquers to bloggers) join forces and attempt to guess the occupation of regular New Yorkers and the identity of fabulous celebrity mystery guests! Past mystery guests have included Martha Plimpton, Zach Galifianakis, Mo Rocca and Randy Jones, to name just a few. Who knows who you'll see next month! And every month contestants are drawn from our audience, so you just might get to come up and play the game for fabulous prizes from our sponsors!

See the show Time Out calls New York's Number One game night for under $7, and the New York Post, Village Voice, Next Magazine Gawker and more all recommend! You don't even need to know the secret knock to get in on this Speakeasy's underground action.

Gameshow Speakeasy, at the Slipper Room, 167 Orchard Street @ Stanton (5-minute walk from the East Village Apartments).

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Deitch Projects: Final Days

Deitch Projects in SoHo is busy with its final gallery events before an anticipated June closure as a result of the appointment of its owner, Jeffrey Deitch, to the directorship of L.A.'s MoCA, according to the museum's board chairs David Johnson and Maria Bell. Inevitably, these events are so crowded, they spill out onto the street. While the real fancy parties held after the openings are only for the elite few, these are still great places to people-watch.



76 Grand St (between Greene and Wooster Sts)
212-343-7300
Subway: A, C, E to Canal St; R, W to Canal St ; J, M, Z to Canal St; 6 to Canal St
15-minute walk from the East Village Apartments.
Hours: Tue-Sat noon-6 pm.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Little Bit of History...


Rob Hollander
, of Save the Lower East Side, and Eric Ferrara, director of the Lower East Side History Project, spoke about the historical contrasts of the street known as Bowery, the city’s first theater district and at the same time the notorious red light district of early New York City.

The term “Jim Crow,” meaning black segregation, originated with a character in a Bowery minstrel show, according to a timeline that BAN has issued. The great 19th-century American actor Edwin Booth performed on the Bowery, and later, so did Eddie Cantor, W.C. Fields, Al Jolson and Jimmy Durante. Yiddish theater in America was born on the Bowery and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” had its opening on the Bowery.

Punk rock and the Ramones rocked at CBGB (closed in October 2006) on the Bowery. The Bowery Mission, which takes its name from the street famed as the city’s Skid Row, has been saving derelict bodies and souls since 1879. In the 1890s there were a dozen gay bars in the Bowery neighborhood. It was where early gangs — associated with political clubs and volunteer fire companies — constituted the underworld. McGurk’s Suicide Hall, a brothel that got its nickname from the prostitutes who decided to end it all there, was at 285 Bowery.

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Movie & TV Shows Filming Locations

Wake up early or stay up late, and go watch TV & movie stars on set in the streets surrounding the East Village Apartments!

Visit Bowery Boogie's website daily for filming locations & times around The Bowery.
You never know, you might actually catch your favorite show or actor!

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spas Under 50$ Steps From The East Village Apartments

Why not indulge yourself in a spa, blocks away from the East Village Apartments? I bet you deserve it, after all, sightseeing & shopping & walking all day is exhausting.
Plus, they're under 50$... so hop in! ;)

Great Jones Spa
29 Great Jones St at Lafayette St, 212-505-3185
Water Lounge Pass (bathing suit required) - Three hours: $50

The bone-warming hot-rock sauna and cloudlike steam room in the Water Lounge are good stops at this skylit courtyard, but you’ll find real bliss in the hot tub, where strategically placing yourself near the jets yields a gentle full-body massage.
What you’ll find: Hot tub and cold-plunge tub, plus steam and hot-rock saunas. Best part: Snag a lounge chair near the waterfall and palms, close your eyes and you can easily be in the Caribbean.—Elizabeth Barr

Russian and Turkish Baths
268 E 10th St between First Ave and Ave A, 212-674-9250
All day pass: $30

This place is old-school to the max, with a mostly AARP-member clientele wearing the (provided) wackiest robes and sandals in the tristate area. (A tip: Ask one of the regulars to show you his/her routine—it can be kind of confusing for first-timers.)
What you’ll find: Sundeck, Swedish shower, an aromatherapy room, a Turkish room, two saunas, an ice-cold pool and a restaurant. Best part: There are coed and single-sex hours, but it’s open 365 days a year—as is Anna’s Restaurant, right inside the front door, where you can get Russian delicacies from borscht to herring after your sauna session.—Colin St. John

Why Not Men’s Spa: After-hours body massage
174-04 W 4th St between Cornelia and Jones Sts, 212-337-8551
After Hour Discount (by appointment only) - One hour: $50
Mon–Sat 10pm–midnight

The friendly staff at this clean, minimalist spot put my spa-phobic self at ease. My therapist incorporated Swedish and Asian techniques, smoothing on a green-tea-scented lotion and adjusting the pressure until it was just right. I got a good working all over, including my temples, brows, cheekbones and ears, as well as my pelvis and rear—areas I had no idea needed so much attention. Take note: Rose petals adorn the massage room—unorthodox for a men’s spa, but hey, even guys like to feel pretty sometimes.—Roberto De Luna

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East Village Walking Tour

Saturdays & Wednesdays @ 12:00pm - $15

East VillageLearn all about East Village Apartments' history!
This is a crash course in East Village/Lower East Side history. From the farmlands of the 1600s and the wealthy estates of the 1700s, to immigration, tenements, the "melting pot" and how the East Village became a haven for artists and counter culturalists in the twentieth century (and everything in between).



Check out http://www.eastvillagetours.com for many other affordable & interesting tours in our neighborhood (Alphabet City, The Bowery, Lower East Side, etc.).

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Must See Destinations in New York City - Washington Square Park

Opened to public in the year 1871, Washington Square Park is among the best-known landmarks in New York City. Located at the foot of Fifth Avenue, in close proximity to East Village Apartments, the park is spread over an area of 9.75 acres (39,500 m2) and is very popular with the masses even till date.

In 1826 the land west of the Minetta was purchased, the square was laid out and levelled, and this property was turned into the Washington Military Parade Ground. Military parade grounds were public spaces specified by the City where volunteer militia companies responsible for the nation's defence received their training.

The streets surrounding the square became one of the city's best known residential areas in the early nineteenth century. This includes the now-well-protected Greek Revival style houses on the north side of the park.

The park that has now come up as a cultural hotspot in NY has a rich history behind it. For many years around World War II, the park has been frequented with various American artists, writers, and activists. The park was a very popular joint among the Folk and Hippie movements in 1950s and 1960s. The outdoor chess tables on the southwest corner of the park have been popular with gaming enthusiasts since almost a century and have even led to a proliferation of Chess Shops around the park.


As recently as December 2007, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation performed a major renovation of the mark making various significant changes to the park layout. The project cost was as high as US$16 million.

So while you enjoy your comfortable stay at East Village Apartments, I would suggest not to miss a visit to the ever-so-popular Washington Square Park.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Here’s how a vacation rental can make your tour memorable

You travel to relax your mind and to enjoy some time away from the
hustle-bustle of life. And of course, there are various health
benefits that you can obtain through your holiday. Add Image

Consider yourself lucky as now you have more options rather than just
hotels to stay at! Furnished vacation rentals have come as a highly
preferred staying option by travellers across the globe. And no,
saving costs is not the only reason for this trend. There are lots
more!

With the evolution of the travel industry in the last few years, you
can find a Holiday vacation rental in practically any part of the world. So
even if you are planning to visit that little-known obscure town in
some part of Europe, in all probabilities, you would be able to find a decent Holiday vacation rental premises there, even though you may not find a hotel.

The best part of staying at a Holiday vacation rental premises is that it is decently furnished to suit your comfort and you get to enjoy the warm hospitality of the owner. You may even get the facility of home-made food depending upon the amenities available. In some cases you may be able to prepare your own food in the attached kitchen.
Holiday Vacation rentals come as a wonderful option for large families as they can book an entire property for their stay, as opposed to spending a hefty amount on booking multiple rooms in a hotel.

So the next time you travel, make the best use of this remarkable stay option.

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