For 36 years, Urban Shaman Mama Donna Henes has been holding spring equinox celebrations in which she invites New Yorkers to stand hundreds of eggs on their end. Many claim this is only possible on the equinox (it’s not), but the real purpose of this spring egg balancing act, according to Chinese tradition, is to bring you good luck for the entire year. Typically Henes holds her eggstravaganzas in Manhattan, but this year she is bringing her ritual welcoming of spring to Grand Army Plaza on Sunday, starting around 7pm, before the vernal equinox at 7:21. She’ll have 360 eggs waiting for you under the arch (any unbroken ones will be donated afterward to CHIPS) and she welcomes drums and other musical instruments. Considering the winter we’ve had, this sounds like the most eggcellent drum circle imaginable.
When it comes to doughnuts here in Bay Ridge, we longtime residents know where to go for some sweet fried dough. First, there are the mom-and-pop standbys like Mike’s Donuts near 69th Street and 5th Avenue and Leske’s Bakery on 76th Street and 5th Avenue. And of course, there’s always the ubiquitous Dunkin’ Donuts. But […]
Yes, Thanksgiving week is the busiest, most hassle-filled travel time of the year. It’s just part of the holidays, like that cranberry jello salad your aunt always makes, or the tense mood that strikes the table whenever your cousin’s awful boyfriend opens his mouth. For New Yorkers, getting to the airport is either expensive, time […]
There are neighborhood haunts, and then there are bars worth traveling to because the cocktails are just that good. Our Behind the Bar series profiles the bartenders at these destination watering holes, and in this installment, we pay a visit to Matthew Belanger, head bartender at Donna, the stylish cocktail bar under the Williamsburg Bridge […]
“Sometimes you mess up the pancake and you have to make a new pancake.” Sandra Allen, deputy features editor at BuzzFeed, cracked this joke at Indie Media Camp in relation to stories that don’t become the “hits” you expect them to be, but she may as well have been speaking about the entire business of […]