Belgian beer cafe is the international chain’s first New York City location and is getting ready for business. This european-inspired bar and cafe will highlight imported Belgian brews, including Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Chimay and will include 10 drafts and 30 to 40 bottled beers, all coming from some of Belgium’s 700 breweries. Prices will range between $7 and $10, depending on the availability of the beer. Belgian Beer Café, which is at the corner of 26th Street, will offer views of Madison Square Park and may add outdoor dining as well. The restaurant can currently seat up to 200 people, including 30 at the bar, and features a small mezzanine that is available for private events. Starting Aug. 28, it will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Link
The 1st Annual Hip Hop International Parade is ready to have their procession along Bathgate Avenue, between Cross Bronx Expressway & Claremont Parkway on Saturday, August 23rd from 11am to 4pm. The parade is about bringing the positive side of Hip Hop music through technology, education, and expression. This parade is for you the Hip Hop Culture. If you want to march or volunteer in the parade, go to the website www.ihhparade.org and register. Make sure you spread the word.
If you’re going to take the subway this weekend, make sure your MetroCard is full – or you have cash on you. The MTA is upgrading the software used by MetroCard vending machines Saturday so they won’t be able to accept debit and credit cards starting at 1 a.m. Customers can still buy or fill up their MetroCards at vending machines using cash only. All MetroCard vending machines at NYC subway stations, PATH, JFK AirTrain and LaGuardia Airport will be affected by the outage. The machines should be fully upgraded no later than 9:30 a.m. Saturday. LINK
The neon-lit bar, which has offered cheap beer and down-to-earth service across the street from Bloomingdale’s at 143 E. 60th St. for nearly 80 years, is facing eviction and is trying to raise $10,000 to pay lawyers and spread the word about their situation. The Salinas family launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign and a petition this week, after they say their landlord refused to renew their lease and told them they had to move out by Aug. 20. The World-Wide Group, which owns the building, plans to build “luxury condos” in place of the bar. The owners have put several large “Save Subway Inn” banners inside the bar as well as on the storefront, and they are also addressing their online petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio and other local officials, in the hopes of saving the bar. LINK
Are you considering updating your avatar profile? A free professional headshot courtesy of Mesh is looking for a few good people to pose, according to the blogger Brokelyn. Mesh, a Brooklyn-based online dating start-up, is looking for a few good heads to get shots of, at no cost to you, between now and August 10. According to their call for volunteers, you’ll get as many photographs as you want, and you’ll get them all after they’re processed. They are completely yours to do with as you please. You can schedule a time that works for you, because sometimes free really is free, and you’ll be helping a dating company promote their new site. If you’re interested in new photos and this sounds like a deal you’d like to take advantage of, sign up at their EventBrite listing and get ready to SMILE :>))
Everyone loves to have a good massage and we all know they can be very expensive but one solution won’t break the bank. At the New York College of Health Professions’ Chelsea clinic, New Yorkers can get a 50-minute massage for just $25 — as long as they’re willing to be treated by a student. Senior citizens can have a massage for only $15 as well as college students with valid identification get the same discount. The clinic allows students to test the skills they learn in New York College’s intensive Massage Therapy program, where students get about 1,200 hours of training before they take the state’s licensing exam. Patients at the five-room clinic at 134 W. 26th St. can choose either a Swedish massage, which uses oil and long, flowing rubs, or an Asian-style massage, which targets the body’s pressure points. Each session is supervised by a teacher, who will check in and occasionally assist students throughout the 50 minutes. The hands-on experience gives the students the confidence to practice their craft, teaching them what to do when they’re on the job. To book an appointment at the New York College of Health Professions‘ Chelsea clinic, call 212-924-3706. The clinic is open from Monday to Friday between noon and 8 p.m., and on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. LINK
New York Taste and City Harvest returns with the city’s BEST menu! Don’t miss this incredible feast –all you can eat, drink, and savor from more than 40 of New York’s most celebrated restaurants and mixology bars. New Yorkers will enjoy the most delectable and diverse menu tastings and libations. The General Tasting Event will take place from 7-9pm with a special Preview hour from 6-7pm for VIP ticket holders. This delighted event will take place on Monday, November 10th @ The Waterfront located at 269 9th Avenue.