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Sunset Sail Happy Hour

You’re king (or queen) of the world! Hop aboard Hornblower’s Sensation and cruise along the Hudson while taking in unbeatable views of the Manhattan skyline. As you dance to live DJ's tunes on all three of the Sensation's  decks, you’ll be treated to Francis Coppola Diamond Collection wines, light bites, and Tattly’s temporary tattoo bar. And, yes, we’ll forgive you if you say, “I’m on a boat!” all night long. (We’ll be saying it too.)

Venue name: Pier 15
Address: 78 South St
Pavilion 2
New York
Cross street: at Fletcher St
Transport: Subway: 2, 3 to Wall St
Price: $20


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Brownsville Innovation Lab inaugurates new technologies and education programs aimed at modernizing public infrastructure, supporting neighborhood development, and bridging the digital divide

NEW YORK— Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chief Technology Officer Miguel Gamiño, and New York City Economic Development Corporation President James Patchett announced the roll-out of new smart city solutions and tech education programs for youth at Osborn Plaza in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The efforts will officially kick off on Saturday, July 8 and mark a key milestone for the Brownsville Neighborhood Innovation Lab.

In March 2017, Brownsville was announced as home to the City’s first Neighborhood Innovation Lab. The tech equity initiative brings together community members, government, educators, and tech companies to help address neighborhood concerns with cutting-edge smart city technologies. Over the last four months, the City has partnered with Brownsville community leadersto run a series of strategic planning sessions focused on defining neighborhood needs and exploring how smart city technologies can help improve quality of life and support local economic development. Top priorities emerging from this work include improving safety and cleanliness of public spaces, and strengthening access to healthy foods.

"As technology evolves and becomes even more essential to our everyday urban lives, New York City only grows stronger,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We are thrilled to see the launch of the Brownsville Innovation Labwhich will connect residentsto resources, dynamic education opportunities, and deliver a significant boost to economic development in the neighborhood.”

Neighborhood Innovation Labs present a unique opportunity for tech companies and universities to respond to community-identified needs and partner with government to test their technology solutions in a real-world environment with community feedback. The initial technology demonstrations being installed at Osborn Plaza in Brownsville include the newest iteration of the Bigbelly solar-powered smart waste and recycling system, which can hold up to five-times the amount of a regular trash bin and uses sensors to notify maintenance crews when it is full, and two Soofa smart benches, which use solar power to offer free charging for mobile devices.

“Being a smart city means ensuring our communities have access to technologies and programs that improve quality of life, create new jobs and support our City’s youth having skillsets to build their future,” said Miguel Gamino, Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York. “This next phase of Neighborhood Innovations Labs is an important step in making sure all New Yorkers can participate in a modern world.”

"The de Blasio Administration is constantly working to bolster our innovation economy and make it more accessible to New Yorkers across the city,” said NYEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “The Neighborhood Innovation Lab will connect Brownsville residents with new smart cities technologies and programming to improve their quality of life and drive economic development in the neighborhood.”

New tech education programs for Brownsville youth will also kick off on Saturday, starting with a hands-on workshop where elementary and middle school students will learn about STEM concepts by building solar-powered toy cars. The workshops are part of a new “Young Innovators Program” supported by BNY Mellon to spur interest in technology careers and create pathways for young people to join and diversify New York City’s thriving digital economy. Over the course of a year, the program expects to reach roughly 1,000 Brownsville youth through interactive workshops and technology demonstrations. In addition, 36 high school-aged youth and high school graduates from Brownsville will be invited to participate in an intensive skill development and professional training program that uses project-based learning to teach the foundations of product design and application development. The new program will be managed by the Brownsville Community Justice Center and aims to serve as a bridge to connect young adults to industry partnerships like the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline.

“BNY Mellon is pleased to support the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation through this public-private partnership,” said Daisey Holmes, President, BNY Mellon Foundation. She added, “Our funding will allow the city to prototype a new tech-equity and skills development program designed exclusively for youth in Brownsville. This unique program will complement the launch of the first Neighborhood Innovation Lab, and aligns with our focus on building the next generation’s skills and ability to contribute to society in a digital world.”

"Responsive neighborhood investment begins with a resident-driven community planning process. The Neighborhood Innovation Lab in Brownsville is the first step in prototyping and iterating on responsive technology that aims to improve the quality of life of tenured residents and create pathways for young people to join the digital economy" said Deputy Director of Brownsville Community Justice Center, Erica Mateo.  "We are proud to be a partnering on this initiative."

“This dynamic programming will provide a critically needed service to the youth in Brownsville and an opportunity to expand education opportunities in the neighborhood as a whole,” said Maria Torres-Springer, Commissioner of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. “The Neighborhood Innovation Lab was launched as a part of the Brownsville Plan, a holistic community plan developed in close coordination with community residents.  I want to thank our partners in government and the residents of Brownsville for continuously working with us to build diverse and livable neighborhoods.”

“We’re pleased to be participating in the Brownsville Neighborhood Innovation Lab and working closely with community leaders to explore creative ways to keep this neighborhood safe and clean,” said Kathryn Garcia, Commissioner of the Department of Sanitation. “As the City continues to make progress towards our goal of sending zero waste to landfills by 2030, we need to motivate and support every neighborhood to succeed. The Neighborhood Innovation Lab is a unique model bringing together City agencies, residents and technology companies to achieve our goals on a local level.”

“Innovation is at the heart of our sustainable future. The launch of the Neighborhood Innovation Lab in Brownsville—one of the City’s most culturally vibrant communities—will ensure New York City is at the leading edge of  technology and sustainability in a way that capitalizes on young talent and prioritizes smart, local solutions to global challenges,” said Mark Chambers, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.

“The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice recognizes the impact that the improvement of public spaces has on the creation of safer and more welcoming precincts and neighborhoods within New York City. The Neighborhood Innovation Lab is a critical vehicle towards incorporating innovative use of technology into our crime prevention initiatives in the Mayors Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety. MOCJ is looking forward to working together with the Mayor's Office of Technology and Innovation to pilot tech-enabled approaches that can accelerate progress towards neighborhood safety goals in Brownsville,” said Amy Sananman, Executive Director of the Mayors Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice.

“We are thrilled to be working together with the Brownsville community to address crucial needs, including access to healthy, affordable food” said Barbara Turk, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Food Policy. “This is an exciting opportunity to bring the resources and entrepreneurship of NYC’s tech community to engage in building a more sustainable food system that works for all New Yorkers.”

“Neighborhood Innovation Labs are 21st century incubators for experimenting with how we can make our urban spaces more livable,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “I commend all the partners involved in rolling out these new smart city and tech education tools in Brownsville, a Brooklyn neighborhood that has been historically neglected while facing generational poverty.”

NYS Senator Jesse Hamilton said, “A truly inclusive information-technology revolution means communities across New York having access to the technologies of tomorrow and the skills to design, create, and guide those technologies moving forward. Initiatives like the Brownsville Neighborhood Innovation Lab represent a welcome, concrete effort to turn that vision of an inclusive tech sector into an on-the-ground reality. With the installation of smart city technologies at Osborn Plaza and the robust education programs for Brownsville youth, we see both action today and the planting of seeds to grow tomorrow’s technology innovators. Thanks to all the partners across government, industry, and nonprofit sectors making this important launch possible.”

The Brownsville Neighborhood Innovation Lab will bring smart city technology to the heart of the community.  This will benefit the community by using technology to connect folks with educational and job opportunities,” said Latrice Walker, New York State Assembly Member for the 55th Assembly District. “We look forward to getting Brownsville connected to some of the most cutting edge technology that improves the quality of life.

“Smart city technologies can vastly improve quality of life and it’s important these technologies are developed with the input of residents,” said Council Member James Vacca, Chair of the New City Council Committee on Technology. “I’m excited to see this phase of the Neighborhood Innovation Lab get underway after months of community consultation.  This next phase will provide a dynamic public testing ground and presents a fantastic opportunity to encourage youth interest in emerging technology.”

"Time after time technology has provided the keys to address societal and economic challenges," said NYC Council Member Rafael Espinal. "As a city we must continue to invest in smart solutions that build our local communities and supply the educational tools that empower individuals in all corners of the five boroughs. I am proud that Brownsville, which had for so long not received investment, is the incubator of this innovation and progress."

"We welcome the opportunity that the City's first Neighborhood Innovation Lab brings to Brownsville, especially for our youth who will be engaged in new technology and education programs that the Lab offers" said Viola Greene-Walker, District Manager for Brooklyn Community Board 16

“We are thrilled by today’s launch of the first Neighborhood Innovation Lab in Brownsville, made possible through the public-private partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation (MOTI) and BNY Mellon. This new community-based initiative will bring cutting-edge technology and interactive programming to young people in this historically underserved neighborhood, creating access to technology and the critical skills necessary for young people to thrive in our 21st Century workforce. The “Young Innovator’s Program” is just one of the many initiatives undertaken by the Mayor’s Office to build tech equity across the city and diversify the face of this sector. We are excited to see the impact of these innovative programs on Brownsville’s homegrown talent pool,” said Darren Bloch, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC.

“There’s a great opportunity here to leverage technology to meet our needs of socio-economic and spatial justice” said Quardean Lewis-Allen, Founder and CEO of Made in Brownsville.  “Brownsville has no shortage of smart people, just a shortage of quality investment that actually serves the best interest of residents.  With residents at the helm, we hope that we can steer the benefits of smart technology investment in the right direction.”

"It is an honor to be part of NYC’s first Neighborhood Innovation Lab” said Mary L. Tobin, Director of the Brownsville Partnership.  “The Brownsville Partnership views technological advances as key to our command center using data as a collective impact tool for neighborhood improvement, advancing employment outcomes for residents, and improving overall environmental conditions. We are excited for Brownsville to become the model for smart cities and its potential to improve neighborhood health, safety, and economic prosperity."

"When we think of the introduction of smart technologies for smart cities into communities, more often than not, this process has not included communities like Brownsville” said Pernell Brice III, Executive Director of the Dream Big Foundation. “And that is why New York city's 1st Neighborhood Innovation Lab and the Young Innovators Program is so important.  The Brownsville Community will not only have opportunities to test new smart technologies, but they will also be able to have a voice in determining what other type of technologies are introduced into their community.  Additionally, Brownsville youth interested in technology and entrepreneurial pathways through technology, will have tangible opportunities to further their learning through workshops throughout the upcoming year.  These initiatives are important first steps in ensuring that the Brownsville community, particularly youth, has equal access to these emerging technologies."

"The Knowledge House empowers and sustains a talent pipeline of technologists, entrepreneurs, and digital leaders, who will uplift their communities out of poverty” said Stephany Garcia, Program Manager of The Knowledge House.  “In collaboration with the Brownsville Community Justice Center, TKH has been offering tech and entrepreneurship skills training classes for the past few years to court-involved youth. Since TKH is based in the South Bronx, being part of the NIL board allowed us to learn more about the needs in the Brownsville community while also connecting deeper with the youth that we serve. We were also excited to see other organizations gather around the conversation of technology as a way to empower Brownsville residents with the skills and tools necessary to be the change they want to see in their neighborhood."

“The world has changed, society has changed, and our communities are changing. This Innovation Lab will be placing Brownsville on the forefront of that change in New York City” said Clinton Dyer, Project Coordinator for Legal Hand. “As a native of Brownsville it was my honor to understand and shape what opportunities this lab could bring to my community. As the Project Coordinator for Legal Hand it is my duty to disseminate that information to the local populace. I want my community members to be aware, and fully utilize the prospects to come. Tech is coming to Brownsville, and we are going to be ready for it.”

"With my family being a part of the Brownsville community for over 70 years it has been an honor to participate on the community advisory board for the Neighborhood Innovation Lab” said Lennie J. Carter, Founder and CEO of TruCircle.  “I grew up in Brownsville seeing the impact of drug abuse and violence in the 80's & 90's.  The Brownsville lab is giving hope to a neighborhood that often feels forgotten by opening the door to more community design opportunities in the growing civic technology sector, as it is rapidly changes our city."

“The last couple of months have been awesome working with so many special people and organizations to bring technology to Brownsville in a way that is responsive to our neighborhood” said Johnnymae Robinson, Project Coordinator for What About the Children.  “Our organization is excited to be part of this journey.”

“The Neighborhood Innovation Lab is inspiring because it connects cutting edge urban-tech startups and innovators to the heart of New York City’s Brooklyn community. The initiative yields a network of knowledge and opportunity for urban planners, citizens and most importantly inspires the youth of Brownsville,” said Robinson Hernandez, Executive Director of the Urban Tech Hub @ Grand Central Tech. “Our participation in the innovation lab is directly tied to the Hub’s mission statement of bettering the lives of Brooklyn youth while also providing opportunity for local urban tech entrepreneurs.”

"1776 is honored to partner with the City of New York on the Brownsville Neighborhood Innovation Lab, and we look forward to connecting entrepreneurs with local community leaders to introduce transformative Smart Cities technologies, " said Evan Burfield, Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer at 1776. "The Brownsville Neighborhood Innovation Lab will strengthen New York City's startup ecosystem by creating collaborative pilot partnership opportunities and 21st Century jobs. We are excited to introduce our diverse network of startups to the initiative and applaud the City for its leadership." 

"The Soofa bench is iconic and naturally starts a dialogue about smart, social, and sustainable neighborhoods” said Sandra Richter, Soofa cofounder and CEO.  “We are looking forward to getting insightful feedback from community members as part of the lab. This will inform our product development for both the Soofa Bench and our new digital bulletin board the Soofa Sign. At Soofa we drive a citizen focused approach to making smart cities and the Innovation Lab model fits perfectly with our philosophy."

“Bigbelly is pleased to be working with the Mayor’s Office of Innovation in New York City’s first Neighborhood Innovation Lab.  The Brownsville community will enjoy cleaner public spaces, while the area collection crews benefit from increased productivity by knowing when to collect,” said Brian Phillips, CEO of Bigbelly, a smart city solution provider.  “This multi-purpose platform will deliver even more value to the Brownsville community by providing free Internet access.  The stations deployed in this area have embedded Wi-Fi hotspots, giving nearby residents and visitors expanded Internet access in these key public spaces.”

“It has been our honor to work with the Brownsville community, the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation and the NYC Economic Development Corporation to launch the Brownsville Innovation Lab.  Under the direction of Professor Constantine Kontokosta, CUSP’s research through this lab will allow for vast improvements in the observations, analyses, and models of various communities and allow for improved urban systems and quality of life in New York City,” said Dr. Steven E. Koonin, Director of NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress.

"The City reached out to us to help empower the community to make skeptical and educated decisions regarding technology. The goal is to bring community representatives into the room to vote and discuss when technology decisions that impact them are made. We want to help the Brownsville community build a 'smart city' that benefits them, not a 'menacing city" that happens to them," said  Matt Mitchel, Founder of CryptoHarlem.
"It has been an honor to collaborate with the Neighborhood Innovation Lab program" said Noel Hidalgo, Executive Director of BetaNYC. "For the past few years, we've been working to democratize access to civic technology, municipal data, and service design. Leveraging the wisdom of NYC's diverse neighborhoods will truly build smarter communities. We are excited to grow stronger, smarter, together."

Neighborhood Innovation Labs are a public-private partnership led by the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation, New York City Economic Development Corporation, and NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress. Brownsville Community Justice Center serves as the lead community partner for the City’s first Neighborhood Innovation Lab and Osborn Plaza serves as the anchor site for public programs and initial technology demonstrations. Members of the public interested in getting involved should visit:

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*It’s time again to watch classics, sip cocktails and take in a gorgeous sunset at summer’s hottest outdoor film series

Films go down better with cocktails—you know this to be true. And the whole experience is even sweeter when you can take in a Manhattan or Brooklyn sunset. Rooftop Cinema Club has perfected the night out at the movies, and we’re delighted to exclusively announce its third annual edition of summer movie screenings. Once again, the party comes to two venues: midtown’s swanky YOTEL (570 Tenth Ave) and East Williamsburg’s OfficeOps (57 Thames St).

At either location, expect popcorn, wireless headphones (a Rooftop Cinema Club speciality) and comfy seating. It’s BYO drinks at OfficeOps, but YOTEL has a full-service bar at your disposal. They also have some special offers: A general-admission ticket includes one box of popcorn and a glass of bubbles, but a "Rooftop Love Seat" includes a shared double deckchair, bottomless popcorn and bubbles. And the films they’ve selected are top-notch, a killer mix of time-tested essentials (North by Northwest, Breakfast at Tiffany’s), ’80s favorites (Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark), snappy comedies (Clueless, Pulp Fiction) and today’s Oscar-winning hits (La La Land, Moonlight). 

Here’s programming for June, July, and August (expect more updates here in the coming weeks). Click through the links below for tickets:

Rooftop Cinema Club: June calendar 

Note: Movies that are crossed off are sold out.

Thu June 1: Vertigo at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Thu June 1: Mean Streets at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Fri June 2: Rogue One: Star Wars Story at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Fri June 2: Moana at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Sat June 3: Logan at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Sun June 4: Hidden Figures at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon June 5: Lion at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon June 5: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Tue June 6: American Psycho at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Tue June 6: Manchester by the Sea at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Wed June 7: The Big Lebowski at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Thu June 8: La La Land at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Thu June 8: La La Land at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Fri June 9: Hidden Figures at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Sat June 10: Get Out at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Sun June 11: Back to the Future at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon June 12: Blue Valentine at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon June 12: Full Metal Jacket at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Tue June 13: Drive at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Tue June 13: The Lost Boys at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Wed June 14: Crazy Stupid Love at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Wed June 14: Dirty Dancing at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Thu June 15: La La Land at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Thu June 15: Predator at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Fri June 16: RoboCop at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Sat June 17: Goodfellas at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Sun June 18: Royal Tenenbaums at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon June 19: Moonlight at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon June 19: Raiders of the Lost Ark at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Tue June 20: Top Gun at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Tue June 20: Refinery29: Children of Men at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Wed June 21: The Big Lebowski at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Wed June 21: Hell or High Water at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Thu June 22: Split at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Thu June 22: Train to Busan at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Fri June 23: North by Northwest at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Sat June 24: Dirty Dancing (30th Anniversary) at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Sun June 25: Grease at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon June 26: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon June 26: Donnie Darko at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Tues June 27: The Lego Batman Movie at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Tues June 27: The Lego Batman Movie at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Wed June 28: Top Gun at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Wed June 28: Refinery 29: Arrival at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Thurs June 29: Refinery 29: Pitch Perfect at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Thurs June 29: Refinery29: Edge of Seventeen at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Fri June 30: Refinery 29: Mad Max Fury Road at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Fri June 30: Refinery29: Fatal Attraction at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)


Rooftop Cinema Club: July calendar 

Note: Movies that are crossed off are sold out.

Sat July 1: Refinery29: American Beauty at 9:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon July 3: 20th Century Women at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon July 3: I am Not Your Negro at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Tue July 4: Cruel Intentions at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Wed July 5: Brokeback Mountain at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Wed July 5: Beauty and the Beast (2017) at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Thu July 6: Get Out at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Thu July 6: The Place Beyond the Pines at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Thu July 6: They Live at 10:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Fri July 7: Burn After Reading at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Fri July 7: Pretty Woman at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Sat July 8: As Voted by WSJ+: The Godfather at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Sun July 9: La La Land at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon July 10: Beauty and the Beast (2017) at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon July 10: Casablanca (75th anniversary) at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Tue July 11: The Edge of Seventeen at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Tue July 11: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Wed July 12: Atonement at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Wed July 12: Hidden Figures at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Thu July 13: The Kids are All Right at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Fri July 14: Moonrise Kingdom at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Fri July 14: Logan at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Sat July 15: Manhattan at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Sat July 15: Annie Hall (40th anniversary) at 10:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Sun July 16: The Theory of Everything at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon July 17: Top Gun at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon July 17: Moonlight at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Tue July 18: Clueless at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Tue July 18: Shaun of the Dead at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Wed July 19: Get Out at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Thu July 20: Moonlight at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Thu July 20: Beginners at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Thu July 20: I Am Not Your Negro at 10:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Fri July 21: The Constant Gardener at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Fri July 21: Milk at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Sat July 22: Saturday Night Fever (40th anniversary) at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Sat July 22: Dirty Dancing (30th anniversary) at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Sun July 23: The Pianist at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon July 24: Logan at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon July 24: Dirty Dancing at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Tue July 25: Grease at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Tue July 25: Lost in Translation at 8:30pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)
Wed July 26: Pride and Prejudice at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Sun July 30: La La Land at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon July 31: Beauty and the Beast (2017) at 8:30pm, YOTEL (Manhattan)
Mon July 31: Sunset Boulevard at 8:15pm, OfficeOps (Brooklyn)


Rooftop Cinema Club: August calendar

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 03:33

Panorama Festival at Randalls Island

Panorama returns to Randalls Island for its second year, and it's boasting another action-packed lineup. Frank Ocean and Solange take the top slots on Fri 28, with Future Islands, MGMT, Tyler the Creator, Spoon, Theo Parrish, Omar S and DJ Shadow in the ranks. Sat 29's bill includes Tame Impala, Alt-J, Mitski, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Nicholas Jaar and Vince Staples, and Sun 30 features Nine Inch Nails, Angel Olsen, Cashmere Cat and Justice. Oh, and a little hip-hop outfit by the name of A Tribe Called Quest. According to Q-Tip, this is the group's final tour. Can you miss it? No, you can't.
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An actor drinks heavily (in the vein of Comedy Central's Drunk History) and then tries to corral others into enacting a story by the Bard. Bibulous excess is encouraged.




$35 for balcony tickets (regular price $55)
$49 for mezzanine tickets (regular price $69)
$69 for stage-side tickets (regular price $89)

Promotional description: There is a hidden library on the fourth floor of a building on 43rd and Eighth, with over 15,000 books. The Drunk Shakespeare Society meets there every night to drink…and perhaps do a little Shakespeare. One actor has at least five shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform in a Shakespearean play. A mysterious bartender serves cocktails through a 10-foot high bookcase made entirely of black books. A hundred prized novels are forever buried in an amber fluid in front of a royal throne. Other easter eggs are hidden throughout the room…

1. Online: Click here to buy tickets
2. By phone: Call 914-713-7865 and mention code: DRUNKTIME

Performance schedule: Monday at 7:30pm; Wednesday at 8pm; Thursday at 7:30pm; and Friday and Saturday at 8pm and 10pm. Some weeks also offer performances on Tuesday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 7pm and/or Saturday at 6pm.

Running Time: 1hr 30mins. No intermission.

21 or over only. Photo ID required.

Offer for performances thru 1/28/18. Not all seats discounted. Discount code valid for stage-side, mezzanine and balcony seats only. All purchases with credit/debit, including online and phone orders, will incur a $4 processing fee. Blackout dates may apply. Schedule and cast subject to change. Offer subject to availability. No exchanges or refunds, all sales final. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid for prior purchases. Ages 21+ only. HEALTH WARNING: We do not condone excessive drinking. Our actors have a regular rotation system and are carefully monitored at all times. Drinking in moderation can be fun. Drinking to excess can ruin your life. We promote healthy drinking. Theater is wheelchair accessible. For groups of 10 or more, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Sheila Michaels, an American feminist who brought the honorific "Ms" into mainstream use, has died aged 78.

Ms Michaels did not invent the term, but is credited with rescuing it from obscurity after she saw it used in an address, thinking it was a typo.

"Ms" did not convey a woman's marital status, unlike the traditional options "Mrs" or "Miss".

"I had never seen it before: It was kind of arcane knowledge," she said.

Speaking to the New York Times in an interview last year for her own obituary, she said the honorific resonated with her, both as a feminist and as the child of unmarried parents.

"[I] was looking for a title for a woman who did not 'belong' to a man. There was no place for me," she told The Guardian newspaper in 2007.

"I didn't belong to my father and I didn't want to belong to a husband - someone who could tell me what to do."

Born in St Louis, Missouri, Ms Michaels spent some of her childhood in New York City. She was a lifelong feminist activist, biblical scholar, and collected oral histories of the civil rights movement later in life.

In her professional life, she worked as a ghostwriter, editor, and even ran a Japanese restaurant - but her obituary in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes her favourite job was being a New York City taxi driver.

What's in a name?

The term Ms dates back to at least 1901, but its obscurity meant that Ms Michaels first thought it was a typo, intended to be Mrs, on a housemate's delivery of a Marxist magazine in the early 1960s.

Years later, she brought it up casually, during a lull in conversation on broadcast radio - where it was heard by others, and began to attract attention.

That broadcast would lead the first editors of Ms Magazine to adopt the honorific as its title in 1972 "after prompting from Sheila Michaels, who had been pushing the women's movement to adopt its usage," the magazine wrote last month.

"'Ms' is how you address a woman as a whole person. In a culture where women were identified on the basis of their marital status... [it was a] way to define ourselves as individuals, not subordinates or partners."

And while the new honorific was in the public sphere and a subject of debate, it was not adopted by the New York Times until 1984 - seen as a landmark for its usage by a traditional stylistic conservative.

Now, the newspaper has published an extensive obituary based on interviews with Ms Michaels herself.

"Ms Michaels leaves a legacy both minute and momentous: two consonants and a small dot - three characters that forever changed English discourse," the Times wrote.

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Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman has told Donald Trump to "get a grip" after the US president attacked him from the G20 summit.

Mr Trump tweeted that "everyone" at the meeting of world leaders in Germany was talking about John Podesta's supposed role in a Democratic Party email hack.

He accused Mr Podesta of failing to co-operate with US authorities as they investigated the cyber-attack.

Mr Podesta hit back in seven tweets, branding Mr Trump a "whack job".

"Everyone here is talking about why John Podesta refused to give the DNC server to the FBI and the CIA. Disgraceful!" Mr Trump tweeted on Friday morning from Hamburg.

Mr Trump's tweet appeared to conflate the hacking of Mr Podesta's personal account with another cyber-attack.

Mr Podesta pointed out in one of his replies that he did not run the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which suffered a separate email breach.

Russia has been blamed for both leaks but denies the claims.

Mr Trump's post came shortly before his first face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the two-day G20 meeting in Hamburg.

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 02:38

US jobs growth faster than expected

US employment rose by more than expected last month, but wage growth remained subdued, latest figures show.

The economy added 222,000 jobs in June, the US Department of Labor said, and job creation in April and May was higher than previously estimated.

However, despite the job gains and a low 4.4% unemployment rate, wage growth remained tepid.

Average wages rose 2.5% year-on-year, which analysts said was a sign the market still had room to improve.

"Once again, the buzz kill on the jobs report is the lack of more substantial wage growth," said Mark Hamrick, a senior economic analyst for, which tracks interest rates.

"This suggests that we've not yet checked off the 'full employment' box, meaning more progress can be extracted from the job market."

Vote of confidence

Economists have expected job growth to slow and wages to rise, as more people are employed and firms have a harder time hiring.

Job growth had appeared to decelerate in April and May, but in its latest release the Labor Department revised the job creation estimates to 207,000 in April from 174,000, and to 152,000 in May from 138,000.

Employment growth has averaged 180,000 per month so far this year, in line with the average monthly gain of 187,000 in 2016.

The job gains have encouraged more people to start looking for work, and this was behind a slight increase in the unemployment rate to 4.4% in June from 4.3% in May.

"The unemployment rate rose slightly in June, but it was because of more people looking for work, a vote of confidence in the job market," wrote Gus Faucher, chief economist at PNC Financial Services, in a note.

Some of the strongest employment growth in June came in the fields of health care and social assistance, financial activities and mining. Government employment also increased.

But there are still more than five million Americans working part-time who would like to have full-time work, according to the Labor Department's report.

Analysts said the job gains bolster the case for the Federal Reserve to continue to raise interest rates, even though inflation remains lower than policymakers at the US central bank would like.

"What matters to the Fed is that the rebound in payrolls strongly supports their view that the soft-looking spring data were 'transitory', and that the trend in the unemployment rate is guaranteed to fall further if payroll gains are sustained at anything like their June pace," said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.

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The celebration of life of our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Deaconess Elizabeth Obaseki ( Nee Maile ); Sunrise, uly 27, 1936 - Sunset, April 6, 2017.

Date: July 8th, 2017

Venue: 197-01 Linden Blvd, Queens, NY 11412

RSVP: Minister Precious Obaseki Ewoime; Mr. Peter Ade Ewoime.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday arraigned two suspects – Ejere Chris and Edoma Omagha  before Justice A. M. Nicol-Clay of the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, on 10 charges bordering on conspiracy and forgery to the tune of N7.3bn.

The accused persons were charged alongside Kehinde Ogbor, Danium Energy Services Limited, Sibet Oil Services Limited, Loveth Ogbor and Rhombi Energy limited, who are all at large.

The EFCC said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, that Danium Energy Services Limited allegedly approached the petitioner, Fidelity Bank Plc, between January 17 and February 9, 2017, to finance three different purchase orders for the sale of Automotive Gas Oil (diesel) to Total Nigeria Plc.

Thereafter, the bank allegedly financed two of the purchase orders to the tune of N7.3bn, after due confirmation from Total Nigeria Plc.

The products were allegedly supplied by Sibet Oil Services Limited and Rhombi Energy Limited and discharged at the Ibeto Tank Farm, Apapa.

The bank was said to have engaged an independent surveyor, International Logistics and Fulfilment Services Limited, which confirmed the existence of the products at the Ibeto Tank Farm as well as the Department of Petroleum Resources.

However, when the bank approached Total Nigeria Plc for repayment, it was discovered that the purchase orders were forged by the accused persons.

One of the counts reads:

“That you, Ejere Kelvin Chris, Edoma Omagha, Kehinde Eliot Ogbor (at large), Danium Energy Services Limited (at large), Sibet Oil Services Limited (at large), Loveth Miyemi Ogbor (at large) and Rhombi Energy Limited (at large) sometime between the months of January, 2017 and February, 2017 at Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to dishonestly convert and steal the cumulative sum of N7.3bn.”

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the counts.

In view of their pleas, the prosecuting counsel, George Chia-yakua, asked the court for a date to commence trial and prayed that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody.

Counsel for the accused persons, through oral application urged the court to admit their clients to bail, but was opposed by Chia-yakua, who insisted “they must file written applications.”

Justice Nicol-Clay adjourned to July 11, 2017 for hearing of the bail applications and ordered the accused persons to be remanded in the EFCC custody.

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