My obsession with New York City started early, and when I was a college student in Cleveland I would regularly fantasize about a life in the big, bright city. I browsed through the New York Times’ real estate listings and weekend magazines, perused the New Yorker’s articles and cartoons, and pored over New York Magazine’s news and reviews. I’m still a New York Magazine subscriber today because it was quick to move into the online digital arena, where, like the growing majority, I choose to get most of my news now. New York Magazine has built several successful online brands — The Cut, Grub Street, The Science of Us, and of course, Vulture. Vulture is their entertainment arm, providing movie, television and music news and reviews. A few years ago the Vulture Festival was hatched: a weekend extravaganza filled with panels, performances, and screenings to fill all your pop culture dreams and desires. The third annual festival included a tour of the Met Breuer led by their in-house art critic, a Rent sing-along, and a morning with The Muppets, among many others. Eclectic, to say the least.At this year’s Vulture Festival we had the good fortune to attend the introduction of a new TNT drama series called Animal Kingdom, which is based on a 2010 Australian movie of the same name. After loading up on complimentary candy and popcorn, we watched the pilot episode then listened to a conversation with the show’s executive producers, John Wells (ER, West Wing, Shameless) and Jonathan Lisco (NYPD Blue, The District, Halt and Catch Fire). They worked together on Southland and partnered up again on this project. The panel provided insight on why they chose to adapt the movie and where they decided to base it. The show is lucky to be anchored by Ellen Barkin, and includes recognizable names like Scott Speedman (Felicity), Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders) and Jake Weary (Pretty Little Liars). It’s a story about a modern crime family — with the emphasis on family — and it’s certainly a provocative look into a complicated matriarchy.Although this year’s Vulture Festival has come to a close, it’s worth keeping future festivals on your radar. It’s a carefully curated event which delivers pop culture in thoughtful and creative ways, and it’s a great way to geek out on your favorite shows and talent. In the meantime, our event was hosted at the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo, where they have a cozy 99-seat state-of-the-art screening room in the lower level. On Sunday evenings the luxury hotel runs a Film Club which is open to hotel guests as well as members of the public. They offer dinner or cocktails in The Crosby Bar followed by the movie of the week starting at 8 pm. It’s a fun way to end a weekend, so visit their website to see what’s on schedule.Location:79 Crosby St
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A meal at Taïm
Just around the corner from the Crosby Street Hotel, you’ll find Taïm’s Nolita location. Taïm’s chef and owner Einat Admony’s story is fascinating — her career in the kitchen started when she was a cook in the Israeli Army — but her food is what will win you over. Taïm was inspired by the street food in Tel Aviv, and still offers what many will argue is the best falafel in the city, over ten years after its inception.
The light menu features a variety of sandwiches, platters and bowls that include three different falafel flavors, other Israeli favorites like sabich (fried eggplant and hard boiled eggs), and an assortment of salads and sides. Their hummus is our favorite, and has a permanent spot in our fridge. The entire menu is vegetarian with multiple vegan options available and the falafel is gluten-free, but there is no sacrifice in taste here.
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