Monthly Archives: October 2014

New York City Comedy Festivals

Whoever said the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is mistaken. Laughter is the best medicine, and what better way to dodge those pre-winter colds than to enjoy a four days full of non-stop laughter? This year’s annual New York City Comedy Festival does just that, and will be held November 5-9 at venues all over Manhattan. Don’t miss your chance to see some of the funniest comedians from all over right in your own neighborhood.

NYCF starts early with pre-festival shows like “HERsterical: One Big Fabulous Comedy Party!” that features a mix of stand-up, sketch and improve, hosted by SNL’s Kate McKinnon. Following the feminist-comedian theme is the “Time Out New York Women of Comedy 2014” show, hosted by some of the best women comics in the business and taking place at the Le Poisson Rouge.

On Wednesday, a benefit managed by the Bob Woodruff Foundation called “Stand Up For Heroes” is being held at Madison Square Garden. Sit back and laugh while donating to a good cause that helps post-9/11 injured service members and their families. Also on Wednesday is “Humor Me: The Betches od Comedy”, starring a lineup of Comedy Central, Total Frat Move and SNL comedians. Don’t miss “The Show with Chris Laker”, a stand-up comedy/panel gathering some of the funniest NYC comedians who discuss everything from education to phallus size.

Funny man Jim Gaffigan will be performing at the Jerome L. Greene Space on Thursday, talking about his humorous life choices and his bizarre stories of being a father. Not to mention comedian superstar Dane Cook, who will be at the Beacon Theater at 8:00. Can’t make it? Don’t worry; he’ll be performing on Saturday as well. Pete Holmes, the host his own “The Pete Holmes Show”, will be making an appearance Thursday, as well as hilarious and renowned comics Sommore and Chris Distefano. On Friday, Kathleen Madigan, who was the “Last Comic Standing” judge and host of her own show, will be performing at City Winery at 7:00 and 10:00pm. Get a chance to see Kevin Barnett, comedy writer and “MTV2’s Guy Code” regular at 7:00 at Stand Up NY as well. The infamous Amy Schumer will be having a show at Carnegie Hall, and she’ll be sure to put on a gut-busting strand up.

Last but not least, Saturday will be providing a slew of entertaining events, such as Bill Maher’s show at the Beacon Theater. Don’t miss out on Chris D’Elia, who’s been a part of everyone’s favorite Comedy Central show, “Workaholics”, as well as other comedy entertainment channels. My all-time favorite comedian Carly Aquilino will be performing at the NYU Skirball Center (I can’t wait) along with Jessimae Peluso, who are both part of MTV’s hysterical show “Girl Code”. Eric Andre, comedian and host of “The Eric Andre Show” will also be doing a stand up at the Gramercy Theater. Make sure to check out the comic legend Bill Cosby himself at Carnegie Hall, and laugh it up with reality TV host Jerry Springer and notorious comedy writer Bob Odenkirk on Sunday as well.

With such a fantastic lineup of hilarious acts, you don’t want to pass up an opportunity like this. Have a laugh and check out this year’s Comedy Festival, you won’t regret it!

he Barbarian Group, a new generation internet advertising agency, has a unique workspace design that challenges its employees creativity.

New York City’s Architecture and Design Month

Archtober is New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, the fourth annual month-long festival of architecture activities, programs and exhibitions taking place during the month of October. Throughout the month will be special tours, lectures, and exhibitions that focus on the importance of architecture and design. The goal is to raise awareness of the important role of design in New York City and to gain international recognition of New York’s environment.

The “Building of the Day” celebrates contemporary and iconic architecture in New York City with daily on site tours, led by the architect. Here are a few buildings that you should see.

The Barbarian Group
When: Friday, October 10
Tour Time: 11:00am
Where: Clive Wilkinson Architects 112 West 20th Street, Manhattan
Price: $10
The Barbarian Group, a new generation internet advertising agency, has a unique workspace design that challenges its employees creativity. The agency’s home is a 23,000 square foot loft in the Garment District that holds 125 employees and was renovated to create a large open space. The innovative plywood structure has grotto-like spaces that can accommodate meetings, provide a private workspace, and house bookshelves and other storage.

The Pavilion at Brookfield Place
Sunday, October 12
Tour Time: 12:00pm
Where: Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects 100 West Street, Manhattan
Price: $10

As a result of the September 11 attacks, the World Trade Center and World Financial Center were disconnected. The Pavilion at Brookfield Place is the new physical and symbolic link between Battery Park City’s Winter Garden and the newly completed Concourse that is part of the World Trade Center’s reconstruction. The Pavilion is a clear and open entrance that welcomes over 35,000 workers, residents, and tourists. The Pavilions curved steel columns design marks a gateway for public circulation in the reshaping of Lower Manhattan.

Red Bull Studios
Wednesday, October 15
Tour Time: 10:30am
Where: SLAB Architecture / INABA 220 West 18th Street, Manhattan
Price: $10

Completed in 2013, the 19,000 SF Red Bull Music Studios New York includes a full recording and production studio, event space, lecture room, gallery, bar, radio broadcasting studio, and lounges.

Campbell Sports Center
Sunday, October 19
Tour Time:
Steven Holl Architects Broadway & 218th Street, Manhattan

The Campbell Sports Center forms a new gateway to the Baker Athletics Complex, the primary athletics facility for Columbia University’s outdoor sports program. The facility houses strength and conditioning spaces, offices for varsity sports, theater-style meeting rooms, a hospitality suite and student study rooms. Designed by Steven Holl and Chris McVoy, the building aims at serving the mind, the body and the mind/body for aspiring scholar-athletes.

Starlight at the City Museum
Friday, October 31
Tour Time:
Where: Cooper Joseph Studio 1220 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

Starlight is a new attraction for the City Museum’s main entry space. It is a dazzling new light installation suspended above the Rotunda and accentuates its sweeping circular staircase. The 5,283 points of light complement the City Museum’s 1932 neo-Georgian home, reflecting its mission to connect the city’s past and present.

If you’re looking for an active day filled with fun, join the 20th annual Tour de Bronx.

Like to Bike? Go to This Year’s Tour de Bronx!

Get ready for this year’s biggest annual biking event in New York, the Tour de Bronx on Sunday, October 26th. Join nearly 6,000 cyclists through the boroughs of 61 neighborhoods, including men, women and children of all ages. The ride overlooks beautiful waterfront vistas and lush garden passages, so you can bike while enjoying New York’s gorgeous scenery.

The tour starts at the Bronx County Building at Grand Concourse and 161stStreet, and ends with a celebratory music festival at the New York Botanical Garden. If you’re not exactly Lance Armstrong, don’t worry—the Tour de Bronx is not a race. The 25 mile course is a less intensive route for families and casual riders, and is a leisurely ride for all ages and skill levels. You’ll venture through Bronx Greenway bike paths, parklands and enjoy views of the shore. If you want to live life in the fast lane, the 40 mile ride course is for you. It’s quicker-paced, winding through city attractions such as City Island, Woodlawn Cemetery, and SUNY Maritime College. This course is recommended for more avid cyclists who are comfortable riding in traffic, and children under 16 must be accompanied.

If you’re new to the Tour de Bronx, there are tips to make it easy as a ride through the park. Make sure to wear a helmet and keep a safe distance from the curb. Always yield to pedestrians, and signal all turns and stops by out stretching your arm to the right or left, while also being verbal. Watch for potholes, glass, and manhole covers. Ride on the left in one way lanes and right on two way streets. Remember, this isn’t a race, so just have fun!

Tour de Bronx is an event that is presented by the Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. and Transportation Alternatives, and produced by the Bronx Tourism Council. These organizations promote healthy and environmentally-friendly methods of travel. Burn calories, enjoy nature and have a good time? There’s no better way to spend your Sunday.

Participating in the Tour de Bronx is free and open for registration. If you’re looking for an active day filled with fun, join the 20th annual Tour de Bronx. Enjoy the ride!