New Year’s Eve in the East Village

There is no shortage of great things to do, parties to go to, entertainment to see, while you are welcoming 2012 in the East Village this year. • The Central Bar at 109 East 9th Street will be serving drinks for five hours at their open bar on two floors to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. Appetizers will be served, party favors distributed, and a live DJ will help you ease into 2012. Eight big screens and a champagne toast will add an exciting touch to the celebration. 212-525-5333. [caption id="attachment_131" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="The Central Bar "][/caption] • The Forum is at 127 4th Avenue and is planning an unforgettable party for the hippest New Yorkers, including models, financiers and many of New York’s upper crust residents. The Forum is designed as a nod to the great Roman Forum of Julius Ceaser, including Corinthian columns and other classic details. The premium bar will be open for five hours from 9pm until 2am and a performance by one of the world’s premier DJs will make this a New Year’s you won’t forget. • Percy’s Tavern at 210 Avenue A is offering three options to celebrate the New Year. General admission is $10 which gives you an entrance to the bar where you can hear the Itinerants play, live. For $40 guests have access to a four hour open bar, and for $65 revelers can have the open bar and also a delicious dinner. (212) 228-4885 Happy New Year to all our friends in Lower Manhattan and the East Village. Read More

Lakeside Lounge for Great Alternative Sounds

[caption id="attachment_127" align="alignleft" width="176" caption="Lakeside Lounge in the East Village"][/caption] In the heart of the East Village, directly across the street from Tompkins Square Park, is a wonderful little club called the Lakeside Lounge. Found at 162 Avenue B, they feature just one band each night, and are determined to always start the show on time. The venue is unique, and a great opportunity for new bands just getting heard. The bands are not paid, and the listeners are not charged a cover. Noise is a problem, and the club says the next fine they will pay will cost them $9,000, so they do not book overly loud bands, and do not turn up the volume. That might suit many listeners just fine. Bands who have played at the Lakeside include:
  • Andre Williams
  • Graham Parker & the Rumor Steve Earle & the Dukes
  • Rudy Ray Moore (aka Dolomite)
  • Hasil Adkins
  • Dee Dee Ramone
  • Go To Blazes
  • Martins Folly
  • Waco Brothers
  • Freedy Johnston
  • Spanking Charlene
  • Chip Robinson
It is always free to get in to the Lakeside Lounge, and they are open from 4pm to 4am every day. You must be 21 or over to get in. Call 212.529.8463 for more information.
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Hotel 17 in Lower Manhattan Offers Cheap Comfort in Chic Style

[caption id="attachment_120" align="alignleft" width="134" caption="Hotel 17"][/caption] Not far from the East Village is the newly renovated Hotel 17, a chic place to stay which will not break the bank. Located at 225 East 17th Street, its centralized location puts you within a short walk of some of lower Manhattan’s hottest places, such as Gramercy Park, Greenwich Village and Washington Square Park. Hotel 17 has been visited by a long list of celebrities, models, actors and actresses, including Madonna who actually lived at the hotel before she hit stardom. Woody Allen shot the film Manhattan Murder Mystery at Hotel 17. Today there are 30 full-time tenants in the hotel, leaving the other 90 rooms available for temporary stays. Most rooms require guests to share the bathroom, but this inconvenience is made up by the fact that the communal bathrooms are all new, renovated with bright tiles, and kept immaculately clean by a 24/7 clean-up crew. Most rooms do have their own sink and hairdryer, though. There is no restaurant or room service; no business or fitness center. Hotel 17 screams, “Get out and see New York!” Staying at Hotel 17 lets you keep some of your money to do all the great things you came to New York to do. Read More

S’Mac is Good and Cheap, Too

ImageIn the mood for a meal out, but don’t have too much money? Just head on over to S’Mac at 345 East 12th Street in the East Village and have what many people agree is a great meal for a reasonable price. If you don’t already know, this specialty shop specializes in dishing out one of the world’s most wonderful of comfort foods, Macaroni and Cheese. At S’Mac this taste from childhood has been lifted into the spheres of culinary art, barely recognizable as the dish your mom whipped up for you in a matter of minutes. At the moment S’Mac offers its pride and joy in four varieties, The Sampler, Four Cheese, The Flag and S’Mac Sampler. There is also gluten-free feasting for those watching for that infamous carb ingredient. Go on over, fill up, and take some of your hard-earned money back home with you. Read More