I thought Memorial Day was only the “figurative” start to summer in New York City. The weather would have us believe that summer is here to stay, and anyone without central air knows exactly what I’m talking about. Thankfully, New York gives everyone the chance to cool off with a multitude of nightlife dining, partying and socializing options. I have more than a few places where you can chill free of charge, but it’s the place that cost ten bucks that will have you on ice. Here is the Thursday Rundown for June 3, 2010.
The After Party – 10:30pm
Providence (311 57th Street): The folks from FreshXpress.com are part of a group of companies sponsoring tonight’s “Modern Day Matchmaker” event, which will be held at Providence at 8pm tonight. Tickets to that panel are sold out, but you can catch the panel of love experts online, as they talk about “better solutions for better relationships” on a live web stream. Of course, the after party is where the fun is at, and that too will be at Providence. DJ Holler will work the 1’s and 2’s for the duration of the night, as you put your new techniques for finding that certain someone into practice.
After Work Drinks – 6pm
Black Finn (218 East 53rd Street): Black Finn may not be the typical scene for the typical young, black professional, but I think most of you will find it enjoyable nonetheless. After work, this place is always teeming with young, New York City socialites in search of some summer relief and liquid spirits. With a happy hour that consists of a two-hour open bar for the cost of $20, it’s unlikely that you will find a more cost-worthy drinking hole in the city. With young, single people suffering from the effects of the two-hour open bar, you know Black Finn is a lighthearted place to say the least. And no, it’s not some dive bar where people are getting wasted and acting a fool. This place is actually pretty low-key, with an upscale clientèle, and it is certainly worth one night of your time, despite the fact that it’s on the East Side!
The Best Damn After-Work Party – 5pm
Amnesia (609 West 29th Street): With summer being here, you know the after work parties are going to grow both in number and in size. Personally, I like to have that one spot that I can hit up every single Thursday throughout the summer months, but I do like to survey my options before settling in on any one venue. I think you would be doing yourself a disservice not to give Amnesia a try as it welcomes a crowd of young, latino and black professionals to what should be one of the best Thursday after-work venues in New York City. With complimentary admission and a happy hour lasting until 7pm, this place won’t have you spending all of Thursday’s wages on drinks and food. As for the scene, Amnesia is a beautiful night club, and the promoters for this party always draw a super, sexy crowd, so make sure you’re feeling quite dapper and sexy yourself when you show up.
Pier 61 (23rd Street & the Hudson River): Summer is kicking into full blast, and it looks like it’s going to be a hot one. The most practical way to cool off is to jump in the pool. However, what if that pool were frozen? Consider ice skating as an alternative to getting drenched in chlorine-filled water, as Chelsea Piers is breaking into the summer-months ice skating business. Hey, it’s not that crazy of a plan? Especially when you can buy admission into the rink for a mere $10 by planning ahead and getting a discount here. That $10 gets you both admission and rental skates, which means you will have every thing you need to pull of that triple-axel you’ve always wanted to do since you watched the Winter Olympics this past February.
Lil’ Kim in the Building/Girls Night Out – 10pm
Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street): Ladies. Ladies. Ladies. I’m not sure what you all have lined up for the evening, but putting Webster Hall into consideration is a must. It’s Thursday, which means it is Ladies Night at the Hall, and that means free entry and drinks specials for the fairer sex all night long. To top it off, Lil’ Kim will be in the building, helping reign in the unofficial start to the weekend in a fashion that no other club will be capable of doing tonight. As for the guys, I’ve never seen a Ladies Night at Webster Hall that a man wouldn’t be proud of. So I say to both sexes: “Enjoy!”
Also of Note:
Tonight’s Rooftop Films category is “Full Frame,” which will be shown on the rooftop of Brooklyn Tech High School (29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, New York).