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This Week in NYC: April 28 – May 4

Hello, “new” New York! Everything is sparkling in this welcome burst of sunshine and the city has never looked so beautiful. If you’re like me, you spent as much of the weekend as possible outside, boozing on rooftops and brunching with windows open, and you’re looking to continue soaking up the warm weather blessings all week long. We’ve got a week of activities to continue the good vibes, here.


Bathing suit season is right around the corner, whether we like it or not. Prepare your bikini bod at Strip: Ministry of Wax for a special $35 brazilian deal for new clients (normally $75! Yes, you’ll be saving $40). This wax salon is notorious for being innovative, unusually painless, and extremely hygenic; you’ll almost enjoy yourself. 56 Spring St.


Brooklyn Exposed hosts Tasting Brooklyn tonight, a walk-around event featuring unlimited sampling of the best in Brooklyn food and drink. Reasons to buy your tickets ASAP?  Food from thirty food and drink vendors, including Dinosaur BBQ, Widow Jane Whiskey Distillery, and Luke’s Lobster, to the tunes from DJ Nutritious. That, and general admission is only $55, which can be purchased here and is a total steal considering the caliber of food and drink served. The Green Building 452 Union St., Brooklyn


Big Gay Ice Cream
Photo Credit: Big Gay Ice Cream

After a long winter hiatus, I’m thrilled to be re-introducing ice cream back into my life this week. Get over the hump at Big Gay Ice Cream, one of my favorite dessert spots in my hood.  Try the salty pimp, take a photo next to the unicorn painting, and revel in the gayness of being an ice cream lover. 125 East 7th Avenue


Looking for a fun happy hour full of suit-clad financiers and al fresco drinking? Venture down to Stone Street in FiDi for a cobblestoned block of boisterous pubs and secure a seat at one of the outdoor tables. You can’t go wrong with any of the bars on Stone Street, but try Ulysses (95 Pearl St.) or Stone Street Tavern (52 Stone St.) first.


Another benefit of the warm weather is the opening of Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2, a newly renovated outdoor green space that includes a plethora of picnic tables, allowing you to snack with an unbeatable view of NYC. If picnic-ing isn’t your thing, the park also features bocce ball courts, handball courts, and shuffleboard. Motivate your friends to meet up with takeout and enjoy a night out with some old school games. 334 Furman St., Brooklyn


It’s springtime, the sun is shining, and we’re ready for rooftop brunching. Gallow Green at the McKittrick Hotel, home of Sleep No More, is now open and we’ll be imbibing and dancing all Saturday afternoon. Best of all, it’s for charity.

Join us for the 3rd annual Olevolos Brunch hosted by actor Bryan Greenberg. The $150 ticket will get you a delicious buffet, bottomless bevvies, and tunes by Just Ske and Mel DeBarge, all to benefit disadvantaged children from the Olevolos Village in Tanzania, Africa. Buy your tickets here530 W 27th St.


The Marrow Brunch

Get your brunch burger on at #bitchapproved West Village hotspot The Marrow in honor of NYC’s third annual Burger Week, which kicks off May 1st. This one is made with bone marrow and is served on a pretzel bun, which is as good as it sounds. 99 Bank St.



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