Saturday, September 26, 2009

Kickin your Wednesday up a notch

Wanted to an invite to “Homecoming,” a young professionals event to benefit The TEAK Fellowship at Katra Lounge on September 30, 2009 from 7-10PM. The TEAK Fellowship “helps NYC students from low-income families gain admission to and succeed at top high schools and colleges. Along with academic support, TEAK provides leadership training, exposure to the arts and outdoors, mentoring, career experience, and assistance with the high school and college application processes.”

It is an organization that I’ve had the privilege to be a part of and an event I am proud to promote.

Come out for drinks, food, networking possibilities, and of course, an incredible non-profit!

To purchase tickets: and to learn more about us:

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Lookin for a New Job? A New Workout? To Meet New People?

Free Milk

FREE screening of MILK, a film about Harvey Milk, a gay rights activist tomorrow 1pm at the A.J Muste Institute.;FREE_SCREENING_OF_MILK

In the market for a new job?

Galapagos Art Space along with is hosting Career Camp, Session 3 about Socially Responsible Careers Tuesday September 22, 6-9pm. Career Camp is "a low-cost, high-value 5-part lecture and networking series for professionals living in New York City. Responding to the need for discussion, meaningful interaction, and a means to act upon ideas within a community of local professionals, Career Camp brings together industry-leading thinkers and next wave ideas in order to stimulate discussion, sharpen skills, and illuminate what comes next." Have a drink, join the discussion, network and get a FREE haircut! Tickets are available for $5 at:

World Beat Workout

NY Sports Club is hosting a reggae workout their last FREE outdoor dance class at Herald Square Wednesday September 23 from 5:30-6:15pm.

Random Events

Read about this group in the latest TIme Out New York. It's an opportunity to meet new people and try new things at a discounted rate...who's game?? The next event is Wednesday September 23 at Johnny Utah's to knock back a couple of beers and to ride a mechanical bull!.
Need pointers before riding into the sunset? Check out the how to video on


RandomEventsNY is a group at where you can find a group for anything and everything. Meetup's credo is to "Do Something, Learn Something, Share Something and Change Something" Sign up, join a group or start your own!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Callin all future writers

Gotham Writer's Workshop is hosting their Fall Open House tonight and tomorrow with 30 FREE classes. There's still time to register so get clicking!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mo Fashion Events and Then Some

IFB Dress Up Soiree at NYFW

Blogger, Jillian over at passed the word along about an event for fashion bloggers and its readers. The Dress Up Soiree hosted by Independent Fashion Bloggers, Moxsie and Microsoft featuring a panel of some well known fashion bloggers, music, and drinks tomorrow, September 14 at 7:30. to rsvp.

Gossip Girl Season 3 Premiere Viewing Party

It's September, which means a ton o season premieres along with some mediocre series premieres. Go with what you know and indulge yourself in this guilty pleasure at Southern Hospitality. No cover, get Gossip Girled up for specialty drinks and contests. Party starts at 8pm with the premiere at 9pm

Lucky Magazine's Boutique Crawl 2009

An event happening in the West Village September 24, 6-9 with drinks, great company, deals and gift bags to benefit Housing Works. Housing Works is committed to ending the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness. We believe that all people have the right to a rich and empowering life. Since 1990, we have provided the highest quality services for homeless men, women, and children living with HIV and AIDS in New York City and beyond. For more info about the event: and more about the Housing Works:

And the non-fashion related events (yet fashionable in their own right)....

The Quiet Party at Madame X

Genius? A party with the good kind of quiet, the deliberate kind where the only way to communicate is with pen and paper. Scribble something playful to the hot gentleman or woman across the way. Who knows?? Wednesday, September 16, 6:30-9:30. Admission is $10 with a 2 drink minimum. and for more on the origins of "The Quiet Party"

HBO Screening of Bored to Death

Bored To Death is a noir-otic comedy starring Jason Schwartzman about Jonathan Ames, a writer who attempts to moonlight as a private detective by emulating heroes from mystery novels. To celebrate the series premieres September 20, 9:30pm on HBO, the network is hosting an exclusive screening September 16 at Berry Park from 8-11pm with comp food and beverage. Must be 18+ to enter and admission is based on capacity. RSVP here:

The Fringe Encore Series

If you missed The New York International Fringe Festival in August, you're in luck. Enter The Fringe Encore Series, showcasing the festival favorites. From what I see, tickets run about $15-$18. YES. Why should you go? The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) is the largest multi-arts festival in North America, with more than 200 companies from all over the world performing for 16 days in more than 20 venues – that's a total of more than 1300 performances! FringeNYC generates an atmosphere of extreme excitement, and our energy is contagious! Now through September 27.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Life happens...

Still here...apologies for being MIA. Got a dose of the recession and lost my job recently so have been trying to get some things in order and unfortunately, NYCLookout got neglected...

With money being tight, freebies and the like are a necessity rather than a choice!

So with that being said, some notable events coming up:
In the spirit of NYC Fashion Week 2008...
Fashion's Night Out September 10, 2009

Vogue has joined forces with NYC & Company, and the Council of Fashion Designers of America to undertake Fashion's Night Out, kicking off Fashion Week in NYC. An event to revitalize the consumer spirit, invigorate the economy and to support the NYC AIDS Fund. Bring new and/or gently used clothing to be donated in this citywide clothing drive. Doing good, celeb and model sitings, freebies, discounts are the incentives. Check out to see participating stores (there are over 700!)

Fashion Week Opening Party at Kiss & Fly

Your affordable alternative to kick off NYC Fashion Week 2009. Event is hosted by Overtime Group and Depesha Magazine featuring a performance by First Movement, music by DJ Sasha Alexander, 1 hour open bar from 8-9, a Reiss gift bag (while supplies last) and NY Fashion Week Shows Raffle. Tickets are $20.

New York Couture

Good ol Webster Hall is keeping it classy with the New York Couture Fashion Show and Afterparty. Hosted by Contessa Stuto and Frenchy from VH1's Rock of Love, performance by Ultraviolet Sound, gift bags to first 100 guest, swith an open bar from 9-10. Fashion show at 11pm. Admission is FREE so long as you bring the flyer featured above or get your name on the guestlist.

The non-fashion related events...
20 at 20

When did off and off off Broadway shows get so expensive that "20 at 20" needed to be created??? Ah well, some great shows for a nice price tag. Go to the box office of show participating in " 20 at 20" 20 minutes before the show starts to get your $20 tickets.. It kicked off yesterday and will continue through 9/20.

The 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival

Keep it literary at the FREE public event at Brooklyn Borough Hall featuring emerging authors through themed readings and panel discussions.

Party like it's 1609

New York State is celebrating its 400th with deals, discounts and free events.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Out in the Great Westville

Check out one of Westville's locations for really good, affordable food with a small neighborhood restaurant feel. Had myself a delish Newport Steak sandwich with caramelized onions, horseradish mayo on a baguette. Yum.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Body By Brooklyn

Went to Body By Brooklyn, a beautiful spa nestled in Clinton Hill, for a girlfriend's birthday recently. Had myself a much needed Swedish massage after stuffing my face at the cafe/bar/restaurant, then chilled at the wet lounge. You can spend the day there for just $44 or get a treatment and have access to the facilities for free! Join the email list for alerts and discounts: Have a happy 4th!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Film Fest, Bklyn Style

Been meaning to blog about this...BAM (the Brooklyn Academy of Music) is hosting its first film festival running from June 17-July 2.

While you're there, check out BAMcafe Live where they feature free music every Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Cuba, NYC

Check out the recession special for lunch at Havana Central. For $12.99, you get an appetizer, entree with generous portions, dessert (go for the Cuban flan instead) and non-alcoholic beverage. Drink specials available everyday. Food's great and the price is just right...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Dinner and a Movie?

at the NYC Food Film Festival, the movie is dinner from June 13-19 at the Astor Center, Water Taxi Beach and the South Street Seaport.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Mag Pick!

Do yourself a favor and pick up Time Out New York's current issue, FREE THINGS TO DO. It will serve you well beyond the week!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Upcoming Events...

The 20th anniversary Human Rights Watch International film festival runs June 11-25.
For info and tickets:

The FREE Snapple Big Apple Barbeque Block Party is happening June 13-14 from 11am-7pm at Madison Square Park.

The highly anticipated High Line Park finally opens mid-June.

Monday, June 1, 2009

I'm going Downtown...

Chase Manhattan Plaza is hosting the annual Dine Around Downtown between Liberty, Pine, Nassau & William from 11am-3pm. It will feature samples from the finest restaurants for just $3-$6

Monday, May 18, 2009

MInty Fresh

Recently registered with at a friend's recommendation. It's a FREE personal finance service that pulls all your finances into 1 place- loans, credit cards, investments, checking and savings accounts. The site shows you where your money is going so that you can better budget as well as how to lower debt. Mint has won Money & PC magazine, Webby, World Economic Forum awards etc and is a secure site.

Friday, May 15, 2009

More Shopping for Good

Been meaning to share this event...the Posh Sale started yesterday and will continue through this sunday featuring top international designer goods at recessionista friendly prices. Hosted by LIghthouse International, a leading non-profit organization "that empowers people with vision loss to enjoy independent and productive lives." The event is a leading fashion fundraiser and has been for nearly 40 years. A "day" pass" is $10 and 50% for students with valid ID

Monday, May 11, 2009

Summer= Goldmine AKA Free Outdoor Events

River to River Festival

"Founded in 2002, The River To River Festival is a partnership between the Alliance for Downtown NY, arts>World Financial Center, Battery Park City Authority, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Port Authority of NY & NJ, and The Seaport.

The River To River Festival takes place each summer from June through August, in a variety of public venues that canvas all of Downtown New York - from Chambers Street down to the southern tip of Manhattan and across the island from river to river.

We aim to produce a world-class performing arts festival with a broad sweep of programming and free admission in order to enhance the vitality of cultural life in Lower Manhattan, to support its economic and social health, and to generate new audiences for the arts of our city. By removing barriers to the experience of live arts by free admission and by presentation at popular, mostly outdoor, public venues, we aspire to attract diverse audiences.

The partners founded the Festival following September 11, 2001 with the intention of using the arts as a tool for the revitalization of Lower Manhattan. Our effort, now in its 8th season, has not only assisted in renewal, but has transformed Downtown into a major cultural destination during the summer."

Central Park Summerstage

"Celebrating its twentieth anniversary, City Parks Foundation is pleased to announce the 2009 season schedule of its flagship free performing arts festival, Central Park SummerStage. Internationally acclaimed for presenting world-renowned and emerging talent from around the globe and New York City’s own backyard, the Central Park SummerStage season promises to be as electrifying as ever with a calendar chock-full of culturally diverse programs in multiple disciplines including music, dance, word, film, and comedy."

Celebrate Brooklyn

"The Prospect Park Bandshell is not only the Park’s main attraction for live outdoor entertainment, but one of New York City’s most exciting venues. The Bandshell is best known for hosting the Celebrate Brooklyn Performing Arts Festival, a series of performances held each summer from June through August, showcasing an extraordinary diversity of legendary, current, and up-and-coming artists. The festival attracts nearly a quarter million concert-goers per season.

A program of BRIC Arts|Media|Bklyn, Celebrate Brooklyn! will kick off its 31st summer of music, dance, theater and film at the Prospect Park Bandshell in mid-June, 2009. "

City Parks Foundation: Dance, Theater, Concerts
"With over 100 performances during July and August in 26 parks, our concerts, dance, and theater festivals expanded into historic East River Park in 2008. Overall, City Parks Foundation offered 38 free concerts, 45 free dance performances, and 24 nights of free theater this summer, plus four weeks of free theater workshops for teens and five weekends of free dance master classes for communities across the city."

Saturday, May 9, 2009


Brooklyn Bridge Flea
Not your mama's flea market at the Brooklyn Bridge Flea every Sunday 11-6

BKLYN Designs Show
More than 45 BK designers are exhibiting their goods this weekend at St Ann's Warehouse. Advanced tkts $12, at the door $15

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Sunday Paper takes the Stage

A day at the TImes Center with discussions featuring economists, fashion designers etc about the new administration's first 103 days.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

2009 Tribeca FIlm Festival

April 22-May 3

The festival was founded soon after the tragic events of 9/11/01 to give lower Manhattan an economic boost while promoting the city as a major filmmaking mecca.

Also check out the free events hosted by the Apple store in SoHo

Friday, April 17, 2009

Poets Rejoice

This cozy cafe saturated with history features a variety of groundbreaking events from slams, open mics, comedy, plays, to musical performances. Prices range from $5-15 making it an affordable night out with substance (not that kind o substance).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

View from the Top

Summer is around the corner (um sort of? one can dream...) so make plans to grab drinks with amazing views at the city's best Rooftop Bars. Note to self: do a mass tour of said bars. I can already vouch for the lounges at the Empire and Bentley Hotel as well as 230 Fifth for breathtaking views.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Luxe for Less

Take advantage of spaweek in the city from 4/13-19.
Check out for spa listings and discounts.