Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thursday Happenings

Thursday does seem to be the night for a lot of free stuff...list-o-size me, Cap'n!

1) It's the last day Barilla is handing out free dinner kits (pasta, veggies, sauce, etc.). The truck will be at 58th street and Columbus Circle from 4-8p.

2) One of the last free outdoor movies at Brooklyn Bridge Park is tonight--Crooklyn. The Brooklyn Bridge Park movies are a great alternative (read: not impossibly crowded) to the Bryant Park series. Still recommend getting there before sunset, though. 

Food options for a picnic there are pretty good--a bunch of food trucks, and last time I was there, if you signed up on a SyFy mailing list you got a ticket for free popcorn, a free water bottle, and a free mini-speaker. Fantastic pizza at Grimaldi's or Ignazio's (no line!) is around the corner. If you go to Ignazio's, be sure to get a Manhattan Special to drink.

3) Language nerds should head over to WORD bookstore on Franklin Street in Greenpoint. There's a free talk at 7p with the editor of Merriam-Webster about how words end up in the dictionary. Either you'll go or you won't, I don't think I'm going to be able to turn anyone in either direction.

4) The House of Vans in Brooklyn is having another free show that promises to be a big party: Tokyo Police Club/Big Freedia/Japanther/Team Robespierre/Against Me! The list is most likely full, but you could try your luck at the first come, first serve deal. That being said, I'd recommend getting there by the 7p doors. There's also free beer and wine, and the last time I was there they had tie-dying and coconut water. 

5) Making our way back to Manhattan, there's a party with free booze (hilariously disparate at that: Disaronno and Crispin Cider) and musical guests at the Hotel Chantelle Rooftop  (92 Ludlow) from 8-11p. Take the advice of My Free Concert and RSVP at ASAP.

6) Get more free booze and music at Riff Raff's (360 Park Ave @ 26th). Also from My Free Concert, this one runs from 9:30-12 and appears to a promotion for Mehkong. RSVP to, however, I recently received this e-mail: 
"Due to the overwhelming response to this event and our limited space the venue will be enforcing heavy door digression for entry.  Please advise and understand that everyone will not be granted entry for this event regardless of RSVP."
I'd still say this event is worth a shot, cause it's at a tikki bar, which is awesome.

7) At Good Units (the basement of the intimidatingly trendy Hudson Hotel on w. 58th street), we've got a Talking Heads cover band and free Heineken 8p-1a. Both of the free parties at Good Units I've gone to have been amazing. RSVP here.

8) Lastly, Spotify is continuing to put on free late night shows at the Mercury Lounge on the LES. Tonight's Delicate Steve/The Stepkids/Parlovr; doors are at 11p. No RSVP necessary.

That's quite the night. Godspeed.

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