NYC Life: East Side, West Side All Around the Town Fun

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Don’t be shocked if you see pant less people on the subway this weekend. It’s that crazy “No Pants” on the subway silliness tomorrow. For some ophisticated indulgence, have you ever had a Godiva Chocolate Martini. We’ll be serving them on a rooftop in Sutton Place at our Martini Wisdom Party Jan. 17th.  Still time to get tickets but wear your pants please.  Speaking of martinis, there’s a new bar in Chelsea that distills its own vodka. It’s always fun to explore neighborhoods you don’t often frequent, which is exactly what Valerie Smaldone did recently, exploring Hell’s Kitchen with a friend. Check out her finds. Knitters rejoice – there’s a two-day live knitting event this month. Plus, the Outsider Art Fair and the always anticipated Antique Show at the Armory are coming up. Go explore our city Tomatoes!

Martini Wisdom Cocktail and book party event

NYC’s First Distillery Since Prohibition

Vodka lovers rejoice. We had a chance to check out Our/New York this week, a small-batch, locally run vodka distillery and cocktail lounge located in Chelsea. We met the charming manager and had one of the best dirty martinis ever in their very cozy lounge. They offer a full bar and tours of the distillery too.

Tucked away on W. 26th Street (between 6th and 7th) this cozy bar and lounge is perfect for meeting friends for cocktails. If you’re nor a vodka drinker, you’ll find many other options including New York wines, and other small batch spirits.  And the drinks are surprisingly reasonable.  The martini menu is $13, wines are $13 and beers are even less.

Take the 20-minute tour and learn about the intricate process & magic of distilling vodka on site. 151 W 26th Street (btw. 6th & 7th Ave), NYC.  Get more details.

Jan. 18-20. Outsider Art Fair

Head to the Metropolitan Pavilion for The Outsider Art Fair – the first art fair to give a voice to talented artists outside the mainstream. Now in its 27th year, the fair continues to showcase those who create work that is “visionary, intuitive, primitive and self-taught in nature.”  The fair grows in size, so expect this one to be the most expansive yet.  Get the details.

Jan. 18-27. The Winter Show

Buyers and lookers alike will enjoy the The Winter Show at the Park Avenue Armory. It is the leading art, antiques, and design fair in America, featuring 70 of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts. You’ll find a dynamic mix of works dating from ancient times through the present day and maintains the highest standards of quality in the art market. And your admission ticket will benefit the East Side House Settlement. Get details.

Jan. 25-27. Vogue Knitting LIVE Event

Vogue Knitting LIVE is a one-of-a-kind, experiential knitting event. Take hand-knitting workshops at all skill levels. Shop the Marketplace, which showcases new yarn and accessories from around the world. Watch non-stop designer fashion shows and browse the knitted art gallery. All of this and more in one weekend! If you’re a knitter, this is the event for you! Tickets start at $20 for the Marketplace only, and then go up for classes. Mariott Marquis. Get the details.

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