ICYMI: Parades! Yerba Mate! The Whitney!

Making plans for your long weekend? Read This!

Whitney Museum of American Art / Photo by Carolina Ramirez

It’s been a huge week for New York–related news, from Amazon pulling out of plans to build part of its HQ2 in Long Island City to the end of the El Chapo trial in Brooklyn. As we move straight from Valentine’s Day into the significantly less saccharine Presidents’ Day celebrations (though still poignant!), we can’t tell you what the heck is going on with the federal government…but that’s not what you came here for. In this column we’ll stick to what we know best—updating you on the latest goings-on in this bustling city.

New Moon on…Sunday

Have you every stopped to ponder how bizarre it is that we still can’t agree on what time it is? The Jewish New Year is celebrated in the fall; the Christian calendar marks the changing year between December and January; and the lunar calendar flipped just last week on February 5 (again, going by our standard Gregorian calendar). Luckily, these celebrations are ongoing! This Sunday brings with it the annual Chinese New Year Parade through Chinatown. The festivities will be exciting and, truthfully, any reason to celebrate in the middle of winter is a worthwhile venture—especially in such a great neighborhood!

8 7 Days a Week

The Whitney Museum of American Art has just announced that it will remain open every single day of the week from now until its seminal Andy Warhol retrospective closes at the end of March. Usually closed on Tuesday, the museum is now offering an expanded opportunity to experience everything this Chelsea staple has to offer and then grab a meal in the neighborhood. (PSA: Friday is still pay what you wish.)

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Photo by Ally Schenker

Calling All Kahlo Fans

If you’ve already caught the notable exhibitions in Manhattan, the Brooklyn Museum has finally opened its much anticipated Frida Kahlo show, “Appearances Can Be Deceiving.” Often her work is shown alongside that of her partner, muralist Diego Rivera, but this time the Mexican master has been given her full due—replete with ephemera from Kahlo’s life. Take in the exhibition and then you can enjoy the mild weather with a stroll through Prospect Park.

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Frida in New York by Nickolas Muray / Courtesy of Brooklyn Museum

Mate Mates

Yerba mate is an acquired taste. The earthy, caffeinated drink is hard to come by in the U.S., though Gael García Bernal sang its praises in Mozart in the Jungle. Now you can give this next potential health craze (move over, kombucha!) a fair try because a new mate bar, Porteñas, opened in Williamsburg last week. If this is not the drink you’re looking for, the Cauldron has created potable potions that might be up your (Diagon) alley.

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Photo courtesy of Porteñas

Supersize Me

Few can make Jewish comfort food as well as Russ & Daughters. If you’re jonesing (stonesing?) for matzoh ball soup without a stop on the Lower East Side, you can officially get your kosher-friendly fix at the brand-new (and huge!) Russ & Daughters location at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. And it opened just in time, because we’ve had our reservations about Manhattan recently, anyway.

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Photo courtesy of Russ & Daughters/Facebook

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