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Abraço 86 East 7th Street arlene’s grocery 95 Stanton Street Bleecker St Records 239 Bleecker Street Highline Ballroom 431 West 16th Street Gramercy Theatre 127 East 23rd Street The Hoodie Shop 181 Orchard Street Irving Plaza 17 Irving Place john varvatos 315 Bowery le poisson rouge 158 Bleecker Street Loreley 7 Rivington Street Longboard Loft 132 Allen Street Mercury Lounge 217 East Houston Street Other Music 15 East 4th Street Pianos 158 Ludlow Street SPiN NY 48 East 23rd Street

Bowery Ballroom 6 Delancey Street Bowery Electric 327 Bowery cake shop 152 Ludlow Street

subCulture 45 Bleecker Street Sullivan hall 214 Sullivan Street Webster Hall 125 East 11th Street

Brooklyn Brewery 79 North 11th Street cameo gallery 93 North 6th Street glasslands 289 Kent Avenue Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th Street

Station 166 North 7th Street Species by the thousands 171 South 4th Street

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11 Welcome to CMJ

An overview of the event that unites artists, industry insiders, and fans.

12 Festivities

Photos from the CMJ Lineup Announcement Party.

13 Playlist

A living playlist to help you make your CMJ schedule

14 Outlast the marathon 17 Industry Insider

The 7 must-know tips for surviving CMJ.

Get the inside scoop from CMJ founder Joanne Abbot Green.

On The Cover:
El Puente AntiSmoking Mural in Williamsburg. Photo by Laura Baker-Finch.

8 Director’s Note 80 On 81 Masthead

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The Guide
21 Navigating NYC
Cruise between showcases like a local.

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24 NYU

22 Roaming Restaurants
The 5 best food trucks for lunch on the go.

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Greenwich Village, from Sixth Avenue to Lafayette Street.

77 Venue Index

Get to know CMJ’s music venues.

32 West Side

West Village, Meatpacking, and Chelsea, west of Sixth Avenue.

41 Lower East Side

Mini Guides

East of Bowery, south of Houston.

50 East Village

South of 14th Street, east of Lafayette.

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NYU Kimmel

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Union Square, Flatiron, Gramercy, and NoMad.

68 Williamsburg 45
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Across the East River in Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

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Note from the Creative Director


the Cultivora team, I am delighted to introduce the official travel guide for CMJ 2013. This year marks my fifth consecutive CMJ Music Marathon, an annual tradition that I’ve come to look forward to. The timing is perfect – after the summer festivities, and before the excitement of the holidays – which makes October in New York all the more exciting. CMJ sets the tone for the upcoming festival season by introducing the next crop of breakout acts. Artists we saw at CMJ 2012, including DIIV, Icona Pop,
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Deap Vally, and Robert DeLong, later went on to play SXSW and the summer festival circuit. You may not recognize a lot of names on the lineup, but that’s the beauty of CMJ: it’s all about new discoveries. To train for the marathon, a little research will go a long way, and if you need guidance, check out our Playlist, which will be continuously updated as new artists are added to the lineup, or head to for more preview coverage to help you plan your schedule. If you decide to go into CMJ blindly, trust your curators – The Fader, HypeM, Pitchfork, Sounds Australia, and Fool’s

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Gold Records have consistently produced great showcases that breathed new life into my music rotation. One of my favorite parts of CMJ is that it takes place around New York City. Unlike festivals that are limited by their borders, CMJ has none, allowing you to take control and customize your festival experience. It may be a marathon, but you’re bound to end up with some down time between panels or showcases, and that’s where our guide comes in. New York is the city Cultivora calls home, and this guide is full of our team’s tried-and-true favorites. As with last year’s edition, we selected six central neighborhoods that host most of the CMJ action, color-coded for your convenience. This year, we’ve also introduced mini guides for Times Square and Chinatown, should you need to recharge before or after showcases in the area. This is also the first time we’re producing both print and digital editions of the guide. While both contain our top recommendations

around the city, the print edition (available at these locations) fits in your pocket and is more concise, while the digital edition contains more editorial features. We love New York, and we couldn’t be more excited to share that with you. We hope you do the same by Instagramming a photo that shows us why you love NYC, with the hashtag #cultivoraCMJ – you might even get lucky and win a pair of badges. Happy CMJ!

Marjana Jaidi Founder + Creative Director

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The Fest
11 Welcome to CMJ 12 Festivities 13 Playlist 14 Outlast the marathon 17 Industry Insider

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Welcome to
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aspiring to both. World-renowned speakers lead panels, exhibits, and thon has become one of the most mentor sessions, held in New York important platforms for music disUniversity’s Kimmel covery. Bands, fans, and Center, an appropriate industry professionals At A Glance location considering flock to New York City Headquarters: CMJ once stood for for five days and nights NYU Kimmel Center College Music Journal. to promote their music, 60 Washington Sq. South What the showcases discover new acts, and (212) 998-4900 do for music discovery, find the next big thing, the panels do for the respectively. Like Austin’s Badge Prices: future of the music SXSW, the marathon has Full Badge: $549 industry, and both become a rite of passage Student Badge: $395 have become industry for acts all over the world Website: benchmarks in their and chances are, a band own right. Year after you now love was once a year, CMJ continues to breakout band of CMJ. Twitter: answer the questions, “Marathon” is not @cmj Where’s the industry employed lightly – in heading next? What addition to the nonbusiness models are sustainable? stop showcases featuring over 1,400 and Who will the next big artist be? artists across 80 of the city’s best Want the answers for 2014? Join the venues, CMJ hosts a conference for performers, industry execs, and those marathon. – Laura Baker-Finch
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33 years, CMJ Music Mara-

Gearing up for CMJ
CMJ Lineup Announcement

On August 27, CMJ announced their initial lineup with a private party at Bowery Electric in New York City’s East Village. The event featured performances by Magic Man and The Weekend.

Clockwise, from top: Shaun Durkan of The Weekend; photogrpaher Jen Meola; Abe Pedroza; Pedroza performing with The Weekend; CMJ Photography Director Victor Castro; CMJ Marketing Director Amy Hintz, Kelsea Stahler, and Cristina Dennison. Photos by Marjana Jaidi.
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By Laura Baker-Finch

The best way to get to know the CMJ Music Marathon lineup is to listen & learn.


flock to the city this October. Listen f you thought overlapping sets to it now but make sure you also click at a regular 3-day festival were an “follow” – we’ll continuously update issue, just wait until CMJ. Over 1,400 the playlist as more artists make their bands play across 80 venues all way onto CMJ’s bill and as we discovday and all night – there’s a reason er new tracks by those already includthey call it a marathon. Since many ed. Unfortunately, we can’t feature of the festival’s artists are newcomevery single act, and not for lack of ers, it can be hard to know which trying, trust me. CMJ’s focus on the showcase to choose over another in up-and-coming means they don’t all the war that is creating your sched- have their material available on Spoule. While it helps to trust venues, tify or, as the case is with many interfriends, and curators, I’ve found the national acts, not on the US version of best way to decide is to, well, listen the service. to them. Feel free to star or share the That’s why we’ve released our tracks you like the most, and then CMJ playlist way ahead of schedule; compare the playlist with the festival we want to give you enough time to schedule to create your own Marathon sort through all the artists that will game plan.

Dismemberment Plan at Webster Hall, January 2011. By Stephanie Kimberly

Outlast the

You’ll need more to survive this marathon than your CMJ badge. These are the 7 must-know tips for the week. By Laura Baker-Finch
Bring a big bag
Whether it’s the CMJ registration gift bag or your own, a large bag will come in handy for keeping your iPad or notebook for panels, business cards, and a jacket to transition from daytime to nighttime temperatures. Plus, some showcases will be sponsored, and you know what that means – free stuff!
Tote bags: Juno Mak for Chapel of Dawn.
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Arrive Early and Have a Backup Plan
Many CMJ venues are small and tend to fill up quickly, especially when an event is free with an RSVP. Even if you have a badge, you will be turned away at the door if the venue is at capacity. If you don’t want to be stranded on the sidewalk after Plan A falls through, keep a festival guide or CMJ’s mobile app handy so you know where to go next. Every industry player and their mom come to NYC for CMJ. If you are a band or aspiring industry insider, pass out your business cards like candy and make small talk. You never know what opportunities may arise from networking, but don’t be too forward – save the resume pushing for your next meeting.

Bring Business Cards, Not Resumes

Get Charged

We’re huge fans of the Mophie Juice Pack this festival season; I’ll choose a battery case over carrying around a charger any day. Between Instagramming your new favorite band to following your Google Maps App to the next event, your phone is bound to die before the last show of the night.
Mophie Juice Pack External Battery Case available at Amazon.

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Download a Subway App
Both Hop Stop and Google Maps combine subway, bus, and walking directions to get you from Point A to Point B at specific times. Have a few bucks to spend? Download NextStop; it includes real-time arrival estimates. When getting around on public transport is this easy, you’ll save a fortune avoiding taxis.

Hit the Right Outfit Balance
You want to impress during the daytime panels, but showcases are more casual. To strike the perfect balance, dress nicely and respectably but keep the heels at home if you plan on showcase hopping. Black denim is always a good bet; it can be made to appear like business pants in the day yet pairs well with a leather jacket at night.

Keep our Pocket Guide Handy

Want to share some tapas before heading to Bowery Ballroom? How about lunch near CMJ’s headquarters? Our pocket travel guide to CMJ has you covered on where to eat, sleep, shop, party, and explore around the Marathon’s venues in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.

CLICK HERE to find out where to get your free copy of the pocket-sized print edition, or visit

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Industry Insider:

Joanne Abbot Green

CMJ Music Marathon’s founder and executive producer gives us the scoop on the event we all know and love. By Marjana Jaidi
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Industry Insider:
1,400 artists. 80 venues. 100,000 music lovers. It’s hard

Joanne Abbot Green

to believe that the epic annual event known as CMJ Music Marathon started with two bands in one New York City venue, but that’s just a testament to how far it’s come over the last 30+ years. Joanne Abbot Green started CMJ Music Marathon with the goal of identifying and marketing emerging talent by bringing together the sectors that could make it happen. While CMJ still fulfills this goal, the festival and conference have evolved to stay ahead of the rapidly changing music industry. Read on to find out what’s next for CMJ and get her insider tips for navigating the marathon.

to covering professionals -- and their Why did you decide to create CMJ? What did you feel the music industry strategies and objectives -- as it related to new media and opportunities. was lacking? How did CMJ fill that void? What differentiates CMJ from othAt the time there was no music busier music conferences like NMS and ness conference that at the time atSXSW? tracting the various sectors that CMJ Music Marathon is There are two fundamental differences: 1) focused on the the highlight of a yearCMJ’s one and only identification and marketing of round relationship with focus is emerging music -- from 101 levemerging music all facets of the emergel overviews to deep talent: college raing music industry. dive explorations of dio, independent advanced marketing, retail, and fanpromotion and artist development. 2) zines/independent publications. CMJ Unlike these events and most others, Music Marathon would fill that void. CMJ Music Marathon is the highlight of a year-round relationship with all Have your goals for the conference facets of the emerging music industry evolved since your initial launch? including online publications, social Yes. The music business has radically changed since those first events in the media outreach, and, digital music curation and consultation to large con1980s. CMJ has always attempted to sumer marketers. Upon the last day stay ahead of the curve with regard
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Industry Insider:
of CMJ, we don’t fold up the tents and say, “See you next year.” We say, “Talk to you on Monday,” as we continue our interactions with our business constituencies 24/7/365. Why do you think music festivals are important to the industry? How do you think they help the industry expand? Festivals are great tools because they attract many people in the same place at the same time to enjoy the same great music. In CMJ’s case, more than 100,000 music fans are being introduced to music curated by us that they have, in all likelihood, never heard before. It’s a place where young artists get their first shot and have the best chance to get their career in higher gear. How do you see CMJ growing or evolving in the next 5 years? CMJ’s success over the next five years must be focused upon providing clarity to its music business professionals and musicians in a completely anarchic and chaotic business. If CMJ can help its constituents navigate the “wild west” nature of today’s business, it will evolve into an even more critical product and service. What is your favorite CMJ memory? Among my greatest memories are two bookends from the very early days to the relative recent past: seeing R.E.M.

Joanne Abbot Green

at the Beacon Theater in 1985 and Band of Horses closing CMJ 2007 at the Bowery Ballroom. There are no doubt hundreds more memorable moments. As the ultimate CMJ insider, what advice do you have for people attending the conference for the first time? Comfortable shoes, hydration, lots of business cards, and a willingness to be adventurous and to attend CMJ shows not featuring the buzz bands of the minute. You’ll no doubt be surprised and delighted with what you’ll find. You graduated from NYU’s Music Business program in 1980, and continue to give back to the school by donating 500 badges each year. In this way, your involvement with NYU has come full circle. How else has your connection with NYU impacted CMJ? In addition to hosting the event at NYU and being a guest lecturer at various graduate and undergraduate classes through the years, I’ve endeavored to work with multiple organizations including WNYU, MEISA and the professors of Steinhardt and the Clive Davis School. Most recently we’ve introduced a new program: CMJ Sessions at NYU which enables students at Steinhardt to be part of the A&R, recording and marketing process of an emerging music artist curated by CMJ.

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The Guide

21 Navigating NYC 22 Roaming Restaurants 24 NYU 32 West Side 41 Lower East Side 50 East Village 60 Madison Square Park 68 Williamsburg 77 Venue Index

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Navigating New York
Cruise from showcase to showcase like an NYC local.

Subway + Bus

The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) operates an extensive network of subway and bus lines. Subways and most buses operate 24/7 and cost $2.50 per ride. You can buy Metrocards in any amount or, if you’re planning to take public transportation at least twice a day, save cash with an Unlimited Ride card ($30/7 days, $112/30 days.)

T axi

Taxis come in two styles: yellow cabs and livery cabs. We highly suggest you take yellow cabs whenever possible. Yellow cabs start at a standard rate of $2.50, and the fare increases by $.50 incrementally. Livery cabs are generally black town cars and rates must be negotiated with the driver before you depart. If you decide to take a livery cab, make sure that it’s marked with a New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission license.

Citi bike
Citi Bike, NYC’s bike share system, provides an efficient, eco-friendly way to zip around the city. Passes ($10/24 hours, $25/7 days) give you unlimited access to bikes at hundreds of locations across Manhattan and Brooklyn. For ease of navigation, download the official app, available for iOS and Android platforms.
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Roaming Restaurants


Food trucks are on the rise, both at music festivals and around the city. By Maressa Levy
have been growing in popularity since the late 2000s, have become popular way for New Yorkers to grab a quick bite on the go. As the weather gets cooler, the food heats up - uptown and in the outer boroughs, piragua vendors pack up their shaved ice until the following summer, hot food vendors rejoice in reduced competition, and ice cream vendors churn out more coffee than sweets. Read on for the lowdown on a few of our favorite NYC vendors.
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ood trucks, which




Their crack sauce is legendary, so be sure to add it to your dish of choice.

West Coast Mexican food served up by the Calexico brothers.

SoHo, Flatiron, and Dumbo every weekday from 11:30am3:30pm.

Grilled cheese with a sophisticated twist and ingredients provided by the country’s best cheese, vegetable, fruit, and meat purveyors.

From Midtown to Dumbo and everywhere in between.

The menu changes daily, and Morris offers desserts in addition to their variety of grilled delights.

Korilla (a “Korean grillmasta”) serves up tacos, burritos, and chosun bowls, all made with select meats, organic vegetables, and high quality add-ins.

Flatiron, SoHo, Midtown, the Financial District, and Dumbo between 11:30am-3pm.

Korilla offers both vegetarian and meat options, so carnivores and vegitarians can get their eat on. Van Leeuwen offers vegan options as well as unique flavors like palm sugar, Earl Grey tea, cinnamon, ginger, and currant.

Authentic and delicious ice cream, prepared with fresh, local ingredients.

Rotating locations, from Lower Manhattan to Williamsburg.

Crisp or chewy wafels loaded with all the dinges (toppings) you can handle.

Astor Place, Central Park, and Columbus Circle, from early morning until late.

Wafels + Dinges experiments with specials that change weekly, from savory to sweet.

For info and locations, click on any logo to visit the food truck’s website.
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campus plays host to the conference component of CMJ Music Marathon. Showcases may happen all over the city, but chances are you’ll end up at NYU’s Kimmel Center, if only for the panels. The Village acts as NYU’s college town within the city, which, like most campus towns, is teeming with low-key bars, affordable restaurants, and music venues.


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sullivan hall
214 Sullivan Street (212) 477-2782

blue note

131 West 3rd Street (212) 475-8592

village underground
130 West 3rd Street (212) 777-7745

le poisson rouge
158 Bleecker Street (212) 505-FISH (3474)

Wicked Willy’s
149 Bleecker Street (212) 254-8592


45 Bleecker Street (212) 533-5470

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Mini Guide


Kimmel Cent er
Every October, NYU’s Kimmel Center for Student Life transforms into CMJ’s conference headquarters. In between learning if EDM is the final dance frontier and discussing the death of A&R, roam the center, enjoy the view, and take advantage of everything Kimmel has to offer.


E vent Space 

Attend panels in the meeting rooms and banquet halls on these floors.


Student Areas  

Observe NYU natives in their natural habitat.


CMJ Registrant Lounge  

Pick up your CMJ registration gift bag, mingle with attendees, and attend a few panels.


Kimmel Marketplace

Grab a bite in NYU’s main campus dining area, where options range from salads to pizza.

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Student Lounge

Get cash from the ATM, but the lounges are reserved for students.


Flash your badge to get access to the building.

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Grey Dog Cafe $$

90 University Place (212) 414-4739 A quick and central spot for breakfast (served all day), lunch, or dinner near Union Square.

serving the city’s favorite falafel since 1971, using natural ingredients, imported spices, and signature recipes.

Otto $$

Pinche Taqueria $

333 Lafayette Street (212) 343-9977 Fresh Mexican fare conveniently located across the street from CMJ venue SubCulture.

1 Fifth Avenue (212) 995-9559 This Mario Batali eatery serves authentic Italian pizzas, pastas, cheeses, wines, and desserts for reasonable prices. If you’re tight on time, call ahead for a reservation.

119 MacDougal Street Mamoun’s original location has been

Mamoun’s $

240 Sullivan Street An intimate, cash-only coffee shop with a neighborhood feel and friendly baristas. It’s best to grab your drink to go, as the shop can only fit about 20 people.

Third Rail $$

535 LaGuardia Place (212) 477-8125 Bareburger’s heady mix of organic delights - burgers, sandwiches, salads, snacks, and shakes - are as tasty as they are ecofriendly. Try the California Burger with a side of french fries and onion rings paired with special dipping sauces.

Bareburger $$

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Hyatt Union Square $$$

134 Fourth Avenue (212) 253-1234 This new hotel’s emphasis on design creates a contemporary, urban vibe that feels more boutique than corporate. Guests can make use of the Hyatt’s three dining and bar options.

Washington Sq Hotel $$
103 Waverly Place (212) 777-9515 A Paris-inspired hotel featuring an intimate lobby bar and Art-Deco furnishings. Convenient if you plan to attend CMJ’s panels, located in the Kimmel Center just a short walk across Washington Square Park.

Lafayette House $$$

38 East 4th Street (212) 505-8100 This 1840s brownstone doesn’t have a front desk or restaurant, but for no-fuss, independent travelers, the hotel’s individually decorated rooms provide a retreat from the bustle of surround NoHo. In each of its 15 rooms, you’ll find antique furnishings and a working fireplace with many even including kitchenettes and private balconies.

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812 Broadway (888) 937-8020 A sneakerhead’s oasis with an inventory of wallto-wall rare kicks. Take a gander at the glass case in the back of the store where you’ll find their most prized collectibles.

Flight club $$$

15 East 4th Street (212) 477-8150 Other Music’s small size says nothing of their extensive record collection; the shop stocks a variety of new releases spanning multiple genres and price points. Stop in to be greeted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff and you may just get lucky and stumble upon a free in-store performance.

Other Music $$

828 Broadway (212) 473-1452 An NYC mainstay since 1927, this legendary bookstore houses 18 miles of new, used, and out-of-print titles. Stop in to browse their diverse collection, but book lovers beware - hours can fly by in this literary haven. 382 Lafayette Street (212) 677-6464 This vintage mecca has everything from jumpsuits and fedoras to sunglasses and jewelry. Mimi’s has been the go-to vintage shop in downtown Manhattan since its inception in the late 1970s, featuring quirky and unique designs - plus a few costumes - from a variety of decades.


Screaming Mimi’s $$$

Shakespeare & Co. $$

716 Broadway (212) 529-1330 In addition to their huge selection of books, the second floor of Shakespeare & Co. is home to an extensive collection of plays from both popular and lesser-known authors.

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Amity Hall $$

80 West 3rd Street (212) 677-2290 Beer reigns at this two-story bar, so pair your bite to eat with something new from their list of 40 craft drafts and bottled lagers. With 20 additional rotating craft beers, there’s always something new to try.

77 West Houston Street (212) 473-7348 For the bartenders at Pegu, mixology is an art and cocktails are an obsession. They spend hours perfecting flavors and combinations to provide unique, inspired craft cocktails. Their drinks leave nothing to be desired - except another round.

PEgu Club $$$

127 Macdougal Street (212) 505-1248 Located around the corner from CMJ’s headquarters, this tapas bar offers free Flamenco shows on Thursdays and Sundays, during which all food and drinks are $7. The wine list isn’t extensive, but it’s hand-picked and paired with cheese and meat platters to create shareable plates.

Wine Spot $$

The Half Pint $$

76 West 3rd Street (212) 260-1088 With over 200 beers to choose from, drink specials every night, and a diverse menu, The Half Pint truly has something for every drinker’s taste.

GMT Tavern $$

142 Bleecker Street (646) 863-3776 The dark Victorian interior of this British-style pub will make you feel as though you’ve gone back in time as you kick back with a pint. Peruse the 30+ draft beers, most from the UK and Europe, or the extensive whiskey list instead of settling for your usual.

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Fifth Avenue & Waverly Place (212) 360-8143 Though the park spans less than 10 acres, it’s home to the iconic Washington Square Arch, a dog-run, a large wading fountain, and a regular rotation of buskers. It’s also an NYC landmark, acting as a meeting place and center for cultural activity, particularly for NYU students.

Washington Square Park

Angelika Film Center

18 West Houston Street (212) 995-2570 The Angelika has showcased a diverse mix of independent films since opening in 1989, becoming one of the country’s most successful arthouses. No time to catch a movie? The lobby café serves a variety of pastries and snacks.

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West Side


a composite of three west-side neighborhoods: the West Village, Meatpacking District. and Chelsea. The West Village has stayed true to its bohemian past - think quaint boutiques and cafés as well as some of the city’s best jazz clubs and gay bars. Further north, in the Meatpacking District, where meat was once actually packed, you’ll find stiletto-clad ladies carefully making their way through cobble-stoned streets to hit the clubs and the late-night dinner scene. You’ll find a similar setting weekends in Chelsea, though the area’s biggest draw remains the art galleries that line each street.
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Music Venues
BB Kings Blues Club
237 West 42nd Street (212) 997-4144

Roseland Ballroom
239 West 52nd Street (212) 247-0200

Highline Ballroom
431 West 16th Street (212) 414-5994


200 Varick Street (212) 243-4940

Le Bain

848 Washington Street (212) 645-4646

Stage 48

605 West 48th Street (212) 957-1800

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West Side

Cafeteria $$

119 Seventh Avenue (212) 414-1717 American comfort food with a contemporary twist is this 24/7 eatery’s specialty, and it’s done well. They have a stacked menu, with all-night options including truffle oil mac & cheese, mussels, and the best wedge salad in NYC. The cocktail menu is not to be overlooked either.

New York slice for over 35 years. You won’t find heroes or garlic knots here – just traditional, thin-crust pizza.

L’Artusi $$$

7 Carmine Street (212) 366-1182 Joe has been slinging the quintessential

Joe’s Pizza $

228 West 10th Street (212) 255-5757 Executive Chef Gabe Thompson takes a modern approach to Italian cuisine at L’Artusi. He’s known for his noodles, so try one of Thompson’s pasta dishes, ranging from classic spaghetti to fettucine with rabbit. In addition to two floors of seating, the restaurant houses a 2,500 bottle walk-in wine cellar, cheese bar, raw bar, and chef’s counter.

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West Side

The Spotted Pig $$$

314 West 11th Street (212) 620-0393 This Michelin-rated eatery from British chef April Bloomfield serves up locally-sourced, seasonal English fare.

The Half King $$

90 Bedford Street (212) 741-4695 The Little Owl’s white-paneled walls and dark wood furniture make it seem more like a cozy country nook than an NYC restaurant, and its Mediterranean plates are the perfect sizes for sharing. 210 West 10th Street (212) 741-7971 Westville is dedicated to providing fresh, high-quality ingredients prepared simply yet deliciously. Their permanent menu is paired with a rotating selection of market items to eat as sides or combined into meals.

The Little OwL $$$

505 West 23rd Street (212) 462-4300 The front porch and large back garden of this restaurant, located under the High Line, provide ample outdoor seating. All dishes are made from scratch, from the bite-sized lamb shepherd’s pie to the crème brûlée.

Westville $$

Artichoke $$

114 Tenth Avenue Open until 5am Tuesday through Sunday, Artichoke is popular as a late-night snack among bar-hoppers and club-goers. The pizzeria features one of the best (and largest) slices you’ll ever eat. If you’re hungry, opt for their signature slice ­ - Creamy Spinach and Artichoke.

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48 Lounge $$$

1221 Avenue of the Americas (212) 554-4848 A high-end destination for after-work drinks and late-night cocktails that gives Midtown a downtown edge.

Rudy’s Bar & Grill $

627 Ninth Avenue (647) 707-0890 Score dirt-cheap pitchers and free hot dogs at this red leather clad-bar.

Yotel, 570 Tenth Avenue (646) 449-7790 Come for the people watching and view, stay for the signature cocktails and food in the Green Lounge.
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Iridium Jazz Club $$$

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113 Jane Street (212) 924-6700 The Jane Hotel has a long history in New York City - the building hosted sailors and Titanic survivors in the early 20th century as well as rock ‘n roll events in the 80s and 90s. Today, the hotel maintains both its sailor and musical pasts in its décor, terraces, and bohemian influences. Make use of The Jane’s complimentary bicycles and hip lobby bar.

The Jane Hotel $$

hotel is home to Provacateur Nightclub as well as the Plunge Bar and Lounge, which offers 360-degree views of both the city and the Hudson River.

hotel gansevoort $$$
18 9th Avenue (212) 206-6700

355 West 16th Street (646) 625-4847 The rooms of the Dream’s downtown location exude a surrealist luxury with giant porthole windows and stainless steel accents juxtaposed with bright colors and comfortable furnishings. The hotel is also home to Ph-D, the city’s only bi-level rooftop lounge.

Dream Downtown $$$

The Standard High Line $$

Opulence is key at Gansevoort, evidenced by its sleek and sophisticated rooms. The

848 Washington Street (212) 645-4646 The Standard, a super modern hotel rising above the picturesque High Line Park, houses some of the best and most exclusive bars in New York City - so it’s not the place to stay if you’re looking for a quiet weekend away from distraction. Le Bain, the Boom Boom Room, the Top of the Standard, The Standard Grill, and its neighboring Biergarten all call The Standard High Line home.

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421 West 14th Street (212) 206-0109 Athlete meets fashionista at the Puma Black Store. With guest collections from Star Struck Vintage $$ Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, 47 Greenwich Avenue and Miharayasuhiro, Puma’s Black Label sells bags, clothes, and of course, sneakers. (212) 691-5357 For a high-quality and diverse selection of Bleecker St Records $$ vintage attire and accessories, head to 239 Bleecker Street Star Struck and peruse well-organized (212) 255-7899 racks that hold their vast collection of tage rock n’ roll tees and well-maintained With their extensive collection of rock ‘n couture. roll, jazz, R&B, Latin, comedy, and country
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Puma Black Store $$$

records, Bleecker Street Records will have you digging in the crates for hours. Make sure to pick up some DVDs, posters, or T-shirts along with your vinyl or special 99cent LP. | 38

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20 Seventh Avenue (212) 929-4360 Behind an unassuming brown door in the West Village, this subterranean bar can feel more like a hideout than a swanky NYC cocktail joint.

Little Branch $$$

510 Hudson Street (212) 242-3021 Reminiscent of old-fashioned speakeasies, Employees Only serves deftly crafted drinks containing unique infusions such as lavender-scented gin.

Employees Only $$$

Art Bar $$

52 Eighth Avenue (212) 727-0244 “The diviest art gallery in the city” pairs rotating art exhibits with its seasonal signature cocktails and craft beers.

Standard Biergarten $$

53 Christopher Street (212) 488-2705 Best known for its role in the 1969 Gay Rights Movement, Stonewall Inn is a mainstay in the NYC gay community.

The Stonewall Inn $$

848 Washington Street (212) 645-4646 Open air in the summer and glass-enclosed in the winter, the biergarten offers a variety of unique beers, including Bitburger, Kostrizer, and Licher.

281 Bleecker Street (212) 462-4682 Enjoy a curated craft beer selection or drop in for an extended happy hour between 11:30am-8pm on weekdays.

Blind Tiger $$

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75 Ninth Avenue (212) 243-6005 Food reigns at Chelsea Market, housed in the factory where Nabisco first sandwiched the Oreo in 1912. It has become a mecca for foodies with restaurants, specialty food shops, and markets lining the indoor alleyways where visitors can also find boutiques, retail stands, and even a barber shop.

Chelsea Market

Even if you’re not an art buff, Chelsea’s galleries usually offer exhibits enticing enough for the art aficionado and laymen alike. New exhibits open Thursday evenings, during which galleries often provide complimentary drinks.

The High line

Chelsea Galleries

West 14th-30th Chelsea is a hub for world-renowned art galleries, presenting some of the finest names in the contemporary art world.

West 13th-34th, along 10th Avenue (212) 206-9922 The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. The park is home to art installations, gardens, and food vendors. It is also directly adjacent to Chelsea Market, so grab something to go, take a stroll, and have a picnic in this one-of-a-kind park.

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ter, the Lower East Side (LES), draws a young, hip, and often music-oriented crowd. This is where grunge meets glam – you’ll find everything from dive bars and rock clubs to high-end restaurants and lounges. The relatively small neighborhood is home to a majority of CMJ’s official venues, and while they too are small, they are ideal for discovering up-and-coming acts, or, if you’re lucky, seeing big names in more intimate settings. For a night of impromptu music discovery, start CMJ showcase-hopping on Ludlow Street.

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arlene’s grocery
95 Stanton Street (212) 358-1633

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87 Ludlow Street +1 (212) 677-1100


196 Allen Street (212) 477-4155

Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey Street (212) 533-2111

Living Room
154 Ludlow Street (212) 533-7237

96 Lafayette Street (212) 584-5492

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152 Ludlow Street (212) 253-0036

Mercury Lounge
217 East Houston Street (212) 260-4700

tammany hall
152 Orchard Street (212) 228-7556

Fat Baby

112 Rivington Street #1 +1 (212) 533-1888


158 Ludlow Street (212) 505-3733

the delancey
168 Delancey Street (212) 254-9920

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Katz’s Deli $$

205 East Houston Street (212) 254-2246 Since opening in 1888, Katz’s Delicatessen has established itself as a staple on the Lower East Side by serving the city’s best pastrami sandwich. Yet, whether you’re a pastrami-lover or not, the deli’s lengthy menu will satisfy all patrons - especially during the weekends, when Katz’s Deli is open all night long. Stop in to cap off a night of CMJ showcase hopping.

164 Orchard Street (212) 473-7257 Slinging Mexican food until 2am on weekdays and 4am on weekends, Snack Dragon is a creative change from the standard midnight meal of greasy pizza.

Snack Dragon $

191 Chrystie Street, Freeman Alley (212) 420-0012 Originally designed as a rugged colonial

Freemans $$$

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tavern, Freemans’ cuisine can be Mission Chinese $$ described as early American: simple, 154 Orchard Street rustic, and inspired by old world traditions. (212) 529-8800 Pok Pok Phat Thai $$ It’s not unusual to see a line outside this 137 Rivington Street subterranean eatery, so try to snag one of (212) 477-1299 their limited advance reservations. Come with a group to share a table full of A noodle-centric, teeny-tiny restaurant unusual appetizers, like cabbage leaves that’ll make you rethink - and totally and lamb tongue, as well as large, spicy appreciate - Thai food. To ensure they’re entrées. serving the best of the best, this Pok Pok location only pad thai dishes. cata $$

The Stanton Social $$$

245 Bowery (212) 505-2282 99 Stanton Street (212) 995-0099 A Catalan-inspired tapas bar that creates an authentic dining experience for Spanish The tapas at Stanton Social are quirky, gastronomy. The extensive small plates globally-inspired, and far from forgettable. menu is divided by meat, sea, and vegetaDishes are designed to share, allowing you ble and is accompanied by an equally deto taste as many of their intriguing plates tailed menu of gin and tonics. as possible.

78 Rivington Street (212) 420-7700 The type of Italian restaurant that makes you feel as though you’re in your Grandmother’s kitchen - If she’s Italian and can whip up top notch meatballs, that is.

Sauce $$

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Once south and west of the LES, you enter Chinatown, the largest enclave of Chinese people in the country and home to a number of CMJ venues. Canal Room, Santos Party House, and Le Baron all fall within its borders so if you find yourself in the neighborhood, here’s where you can get a cheap bite.

9 Pell Street (212) 233-8888 Head to Joe’s for their famous pork or crab soup dumplings, served until 11pm.

Joe’s Shanghai $

68 Forsyth Street (212) 625-8299 Known for their hand-pulled noodles, in soup or dry form.

Spicy Village $

1 69 Bar $

169 E Broadway (212) 641-0357 $5 shot-beer combos, oysters, po’ boys, and chicken thighs served until 4am.
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87 Baxter Street (212) 233-5948 Vietnamese food in Chinatown may be unexpected, but their pho is worth the trek.

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Thompson LES $$$

190 Allen Street (212) 460-5300 The Thompson LES is known for its minimalist yet cozy rooms, sweeping city views, and outdoor swimming pool with Andy Warhol’s face adorning the bottom.

The Bowery House $

220 Bowery (212) 837-2373 Equal parts hostel and hotel, the rooms, or ‘cabins,’ in The Bowery House range from shared to private with hotel-style amenities. You may not have your own bathroom, but at least it’s equipped with Italian marble floors and luxurious bath products.

Hotel on Rivington $$$
107 Rivington Street (212) 475-2600 THoR looms over the tenement-style housing and graffiti-covered blocks of the Lower East Side with its 20 stories of aluminum and glass that house simple, luxurious rooms within.

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181 Orchard Street (646) 559-2716 While this niche store’s focus is (obviously) hoodies, you can also find a selection of hoodless items in this Questlove-owned, psychedelia-inspired store.

Hoodie Shop $$$

132 Allen Street (212) 673-7947 Longboard Loft provides the most diverse selection of longboards in New York City, and allows new and experienced skaters to demo different models to find their perfect match.

Longboard Loft $$

assembly $$$$

170 Ludlow Street (212) 253-5393 Started in 2008 as an artisan hub for designers, Assembly has evolved into a highly sought after men’s and women’s boutique. Its in-house line combines natural and historic fabrics, utilizing linens, cashmere, cotton, and leather to create unique, high-quality items.

35 Howard Street (212) 219-2688 From an extensive collection of unique travel essentials to their expertly-curated fashion offerings, Opening Ceremony is at the pinnacle of unique, edgy style. Visit their Lower East Side boutique of exotic trinkets and retail talent to explore the brand’s very first store. 54 Clinton Street (212) 673-7060 Inspired by nostalgia, Community 54 mixes arcade games with men’s vintage street wear, emerging fashion brands, and contemporary art. Snag a snapback with spikes or a vintage Gucci ash tray.

Opening ceremony $$$$

Community 54 $$$

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Loreley $$

7 Rivington Street (212) 253-7077 Diners and drinkers share long wooden tables, which are meant to promote socializing and “Gemütlichkeit,” a German concept that translates to “coziness.” The biergarten features 12 German beers on tap as well as wines from the Lorely region.

191 Orchard Street (212) 228-9888 Named for the days when Irish gangs terrorized the Sixth Ward, this bar has specials ranging from weekend boozy brunches to weeknight $30 sampler combos and $4 domestic drafts and wells.

The Sixth Ward $$

131 Chrystie Street (212) 226-5708 This kitschy bar tends to draw a late-night crowd; once patrons have visited another bar or two, they come ‘home’ for some no holds barred dancing to unconventional party tracks.

Home Sweet Home $

92 Ludlow Street (212) 254-9100 Head through this LES bar’s unmarked doors to escape into Paris circa 1940, complete with red leather button-backed booths, wood-paneled walls, and bright florar wallpaper. Have a cocktail or two before heading upstairs to the rooftop restaurant. 1 Delancey Street As one of the city’s newest cocktail bars, Sel Rrose sets itself apart thanks to its Marcel Duchamp-inspired name, cocktail list, and industrial design. Come during Happy Hour to pair your drink - we recommend the French 27 or Lavender Piscine - with $1 oysters or a shrimp cocktail.

Hotel Chantelle $$$

Sel rrosE $$$

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LES Tenement Museum

97 Orchard Street (212) 982-8420 Housed in an actual 1863 tenement, the rooms depict the typical lives of immigrants from the 1860s through the Great Depression.

New Museum

235 Bowery (212) 219-1222 Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas, and is Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum.

East River Bridges
The Lower East Side’s Brooklyn Bridge (above), Manhattan Bridge, and Williamsburg Bridge are each charming and unique in their own right, and provide a nice respite from walking through NYC’s concrete jungle.

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itself from the Lower East Side in the 1960s when it became the birthplace of a number of artistic movements, most notably that of punk rock, centered around St. Mark’s Place and CBGB. This influence still permeates everything from the residents to the music venues and record stores. This rock n’ roll haven now shares its home with young families and chain stores, but the area still keeps its edge by housing the highest concentration of bars in the city, a density matched only by its diversity.


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9 Avenue A (212) 777-2230

153 East 3rd Street (212) 366-9231

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Webster Hall
125 East 11th Street (212) 353-1600

93 Second Avenue (212) 777-7987

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249 East 12th Street (212) 777-2644 New Yorkers often consider pizza a 2am meal enjoyed on the sidewalk, but they make an exception for Motorino. This 3-store chain has taken on the task of pizza redeemer with their fresh-out-of-the-oven pies and fresh-from-the-garden salads. Stop by in the day to enjoy the $12 prix fixe menu.

Motorino $$

Baohaus $

238 East 14th Street (646) 669-8889 Baohaus serves melt-in-your-mouth Taiwanese-Chinese street food right off the 3rd Avenue L stop. The tiny eatery’s signature bao, or glazed pastry similar to a donut, is filled with crispy fried chicken or pork belly before it’s topped off with a condensed milk glaze.

81 St. Mark’s Place (212) 786-2068 The dishes at Xi’an are Middle Eastern-infused and traditional of the non-traditional Chinese city from which it takes its name. During peak hours, be prepared to take your lamb burger or spicy noodles to go as seating is minimal. 316 Bowery (212) 254-0350 Named after two 19th-century racehorses, Saxon + Parole features traditional, all-American fare. Stop by during brunch to customize your cocktail at the DIY Bloody Mary bar.

Xi’an Famous Foods $

saxon + parole $$$

86 East 7th Street This tiny storefront is no larger than a studio apartment, but it brews some of the strongest coffee in the city, which is best when paired with their famous olive oil cake.

Abraço $

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Café orlin $$

41 St. Mark’s Place (212) 777-1447 While best known for their pumpkin pancakes during brunch, Café Orlin’ has an all day menu that features American and Middle Eastern dishes. Weekends on the patio can get packed, but you’ll forget once you have a mimosa in hand.

Del Jardin, overflowing with grilled Portabello, baked white cheese, marinated red peppers, jalapeño, and arugula. If you’re with a group, order a big pitcher of red or white sangria to go with your meal.

thai terminal $$

325 Bowery (646) 602-7015 Breakfast at Peels offers a taste of the South with dishes like grits or their BuildA-Biscuit option. While dinner tends to be quieter, the Southern fare is no less delectable. No matter the time, make sure to save room for their home-baked desserts and pastries that range from cherry pie to a cinnamon sugar donut. 67 1st Avenue (212) 979-6646 This Venezuelan eatery is off the beaten path and boasts an impressive selection of arepas. Our favorite? The


249 East 12th Street (212) 614-0155 Wedged in a corner off First Avenue that has more restaurants than most towns, Thai Terminal often gets overlooked. But its mirrored walls, white furnishings, and, of course, affordable dishes keep loyal customers coming back night after night. The dishes are as authentic as you can get outside of Thailand, and the service is always quick but never rushed.

guayoyo $$

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the bowery hotel $$$

335 Bowery (212) 505-9100 Bringing luxury to this historically gritty neighborhood, The Bowery Hotel exudes old New York City charm and style. The lobby is lavishly decorated with overstuffed leather chairs and vintage-patterned couches, a style that extends to the rooms themselves, which are adorned with plush velvet chairs and wooden accents.

25 Cooper Square Place (212) 475-5700 Floor to ceiling windows bring the outside in at The Standard East. Guest rooms are clean, quaint, and simply decorated, and the Standard provides a complimentary continental breakfast in the Penthouse while the ground floor restaurant is under construction. The staff is attentive and helpful, and will provide you with a comfortable, quiet stay.

The Standard east $$$

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toy tokyo $$

91 Second Avenue (212) 673-5424 Toy Tokyo is your one-stop destination for unique toys and collectibles that span a variety of genres and generations. Their twelve-inch dolls and porcelain miniatures seem to cover every film, TV, and pop culture icon from Star Wars to Lost; Disney to traditional Japanese anime. Collectors can also find recently-made figurines in addition to rare vintage items from Japan.

315 Bowery (212) 358-0315 John Varvatos merged fashion with music when he set up shop in the now defunct CBGB. While some consider the move to be sacrilegious, the store preserves the punk venue’s spirit, keeping the original graffiti-laden walls and opting for a musically-inspired décor. Customers can even buy 1970s hi-fi equipment and records or catch an artist perform after hours.

john varvatos $$$

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Metropolis $$

43 Third Avenue (212) 358-0795 In addition to housing the largest vintage shoe and boot collection in NYC, this popular, two-story vintage haven has an inventory that runs the gamut from band tees to dresses. The staff is helpful, but not pushy.

Search & Destroy $$

25 St. Mark’s Place (212) 358-1120 Search & Destroy is definitely not for the faint of heart. In order to get your hands on Search & Destroy’s $5 t-shirt rack, army uniforms, 80s dresses, and leather goods, you’ll first have to pass gas masks, bondage mannequins, and sex toys.

11 St. Mark’s Place (212) 598-9439 Although it might take a little digging, you’re sure to find a few treasures at St. Mark’s Comics. While the store seems small, we guarantee they pack a ton of comics both old and new.

St. Mark’s Comics $$

No Relation Vintage $

204 First Avenue (212) 228-5201 No Relation’s organizational scheme is a relief compared to the chaos of neighboring thrift stores. Its large space, color-coordinated racks, and easy to navigate categories, make shopping a breeze. Vintage Levi shorts, leather jackets, and 70s era dresses are what draw most in - but their guy t-shirt collection is not to be overlooked.

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Kingston Hall $$$

149 Second Avenue (212) 673-2663 Located above college-aged haunt The 13th Step on Second Avenue, this Jamaican-themed bar features a pool table, balcony, and fruity drinks served in coconuts. Grab a booth or bar stool and order a couple appetizers like coconut shrimp, jerk chicken wings, or island sliders. Although the Jamaican theme is apparent, Kingston Hall is far from garish.

25 Avenue B (917) 338-7090 “Bourbon. Beer. Rock.” Their slogan pretty much says it all. Owned by a music manager, Idle Hands doesn’t just use rock as a gimmick, it fully immerses itself in the NYC music scene. Local music-lovers frequent the basement bar both for the after parties of local gigs and just for the company - and good music tastes - of fellow patrons and bartenders.

idle hands $$

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Death & Co $$$

433 East 6th Street (212) 388-0882 Inspired by prohibition-era speakeasies and the skilled bartenders that preceded it, Death & Co instills a sense of the illicit. Alcohol may no longer be illegal, but, as you’re sipping your expertly crafted cocktail, you’ll feel as though you’re in on a dangerous little secret.

Manitoba’s $

99 Avenue B (212) 892-2511 This low-key neighborhood hang is lined with boxing memorabilia and band photos, harking back to a time when owner Richard Manitoba spent his time fronting Bronx punk band the Dictators.

black and white $$

86 East 10th Street (212) 253-0246 A small neighborhood bar in close proximity to Webster Hall, making it ideal for intimate pre- and after-show drinks. Come for a DJ nightly between 10:30pm and 4am, on Tuesdays for Trivia Night, or test out new material during Open Mic Night, the first Sunday of each month.

41 First Avenue (212) 475-5097 This East Village bar is known for its back patio, which has both a covered and uncovered portion to be enjoyed yearround. The beer selection fills multiple chalkboards behind the bar and, though they don’t serve food, they do allow you to bring in outside eats.

d.b.a $$

126 St. Marks Place (646) 755-8662 EVS only serves beer, wine, and sangria, which is a shame if you’re in the mood for shots but that’s exactly the point. Come to EVS for a mellow evening and gourmet takes on classic American favorites. 

East Village Social $

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La Mama

74A East 4th Street (212) 475-7710 If you’re in the mood for something avant-garde, there is always an option at La MaMa. As one of New York’s oldest experimental theaters, La MaMa is where playwrights and artists like Sam Shepard and Philip Glass got their starts. Today, it hosts nearly 30 resident theater companies and artists in their three performance spaces and art gallery.

tompkins square park
Avenue A & East 7th Street (212) 360-3411

While Tompkins is less polished than its Greenwich Village and Union Square counterparts, its charm and liveliness make up for the small size. Located in the heart of the East Village, locals come to the park for its playgrounds, chess tables, handball and basketball courts, and lawns. Yet its frequent impromptu musical performances are equally alluring draws.

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Madison Square Park

Gramercy, and NoMad – the neighborhoods included in this section – are all a stone’s throw from Madison Square Park. The area has fewer CMJ music venues than its southern counterparts, but they’re among the best. Since the introduction of several notable boutique hotels, such as the Ace and NoMad, myriad restaurants, bars, and shops have followed suit.

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127 East 23rd Street (212) 614-6932

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17 Irving Place (212) 777-6800

239 Third Avenue (212) 677-2600

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37 Union Square West (212) 627-7172 The communal seating and minimalist décor of Republic matches its non-traditional take on Asian cuisine.

Republic $$

24/7, with menu items that include steak frites and grilled swordfish.

Hill Country $$

38 Lexington Avenue (718) 709-8132 In a rush or on a budget, DiDi’s is a great option – everything on the menu is under $10.

Didi Dumpling $

30 West 26th Street (212) 255-4544 From the atmosphere to the food, Hill Country is what BBQ is all about. Regulars return for fall-off-the-bone meat, but the sides are just as good.

Forcella $$

L’Express $$

249 Park Avenue (212) 254-5858 L’Express serves traditional French fare

377 Park Avenue South (212) 448-1116 Forcella’s brick oven pizza is fired just steps away from your seat, emerging bubbling hot. Try a signature pie, or customize your own with gourmet add ons.

Madison & 23rd Street (212) 889-6600 This NYC classic began as a hot dog cart in 2001 to support Madison Square Park’s first art installation. The cart was such a hit that the Shack opened a permanent kiosk three years later. Opt for their staple burger and shake and check the online Shack Cam before coming to see how long of a line to expect.

Shake Shack $$

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1170 Broadway (212) 796-1500 A modern take on Europe’s grand hotels, the NoMad’s 168 guest rooms pair historic grandeur with a contemporary sensibility.

NoMad $$$

2 Lexington Avenue (212) 920-3300 Modern cool meets vintage luxury at this NYC mainstay, home to the art-focused Rose Bar and the stunning Gramercy Terrace, located on the hotel’s 17th floor.

Gramercy Park Hotel $$$

King & Grove $$$

29 East 29th Street (212) 689-1900 Guests enter King & Grove through a sleek lobby decorated in smooth leather and steel, a sophistication that permeates the hotel’s 276 rooms.

Ace Hotel $$

W Union Square $$$

201 Park Avenue South (212) 253-9119 Housed in a historic Beaux-Arts building overlooking Union Square, a stay at the recently-renovated W is as contemporary as it is central.

20 West 29th Street (212) 679-2222 With a bustling lobby (free WiFi!) and thoughtful decorative accents, the Ace Hotel is a known haven for the young, hip, and musically inclined. When booking, opt for a mini, small, medium, or large room, which are uniquely decorated to feel more like you’re staying at a friend’s apartment than at a hotel. The Ace often hosts DJs and parties in its basement space, Liberty Hall, exhibits in its art gallery, and the lobby features two boutiques, Project No. 8 and Opening Ceremony.

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Idlewild Books $$
12 West 19th Street (212) 414-8888 Peruse Idlewild’s extensive collection of books on the subject of travel, from essays and novels to classic travel guides and language workbooks. Warning: may induce wanderlust.

889 Broadway (212) 420-9020 This NYC-based store is the go-to shop for quirky glasses and dinnerware. Collections are organized by theme, whether it’s minimal or satiric.

Fishs eddy $$

Rudy’s Barber Shop $$

14 West 29th Street (212) 532-7200 This retro barbershop goes beyond haircuts with an upstairs boutique selling clothing and accessories found around the city, integrating emerging designers’ ware with vintage goods.

project no. 8 $$$

22 West 29th Street (212) 725-0008 Project No. 8’s location within the Ace aims to higher the standard of a hotel store. Ace guests can find ammenities they may have left at home while all patrons can imagine their next vacation with the store’s selection of guide books and travel accessories.

1170 Broadway (212) 481-6010 Founded by Daft Punk’s former manager, this eclectic fashion line doubles as an electronic music label. Housed within the NoMad Hotel, the Kitsuné boutique stocks clothing, accessories, shoes, and the label’s music compilations.

Maison Kitsuné $$$

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SPiN NY $$

48 East 23rd Street (212) 982-8802 This unique ping-pong hall serves a full courtside menu of food and drinks. Stop by day or night to indulge in a specialty cocktail and try your luck on the court.

the owner of Heartland Brewery, perfect for a brew or a sit-down meal.

Riff Raff’s $$$$

Flatiron hall $$$

38 West 26th Street (646) 790-3200 An antique-style, two-level beer hall from

360 Park Avenue South (212) 951-7111 A Bohemian tiki-bar-meets-dance-club where bartenders and cocktail waitresses deck you out in face paint while you sip on their signature rum punch cocktail. Bouncers can be selective, so Riff Raff’s is never too cramped, but you should dress to impress.

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Madison Sq. Park

Milk & Honey $$$

30 East 23rd Street There are no menus at this swanky speakeasy; instead, you describe your cocktail style and the bartender will whip up a customized concoction to enjoy in their dimly-lit booths.

Room is not to be overlooked. Nearly 700 bottles are available to choose from in this old-fashioned parlor where live jazz and fermented grain reign supreme.

Rodeo Bar $$

37 West 26th Street (212) 725-3860 If you’re partial to whiskey, The Flatiron

the Flatiron room $$$

375 Third Avenue (212) 683-6500 This honky tonk bar with a New York twist serves up large frozen margaritas and classic Tex Mex appetizers. After a serving of fried pickles or beef brisket, stay for the nightly live music.

Rose Bar $$$$

2 Lexington Avenue (212) 920-3300 Cocktails may be pricey, but they are impeccably crafted and creatively infused with unique flavors like a Pineapple Cinnamon Mojito. The rotating art displays are worth a visit on their own, showcasing the works of Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, and Basquiat, among others.

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Madison Sq. Park

Union Square

Broadway & 14th Street There’s more to Union Square than just the subway station, although the buskers that frequent the underground hub do elicit a stop. Activities range from walking tours and a greenmarket to pop up demonstrations and rotating celebrations.


200 Fifth Avenue (212) 229-2560 Italian delicacy mini-markets, wine stores, an educational center, and seven eateries make Eataly the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in the world.

Museum of Sex

233 Fifth Avenue (212) 689-6336 Dedicated to honoring the history, evolution, and cultural significance of sexuality, this museum features an unusual array of exhibits, including The Sex Lives of Animals.

Madison Square Park

Madison Avenue & 23rd Street (212) 538-1884 A quaint park located between East 23rd and 26th Streets and Fifth and Madison Avenues, Madison Square Park is largely known for housing Shake Shack as well as rotating art installations sponsored by the park’s Conservancy. But you can also enjoy the park’s free WiFi, dog park, fountain, and playground, or just soak in the city with the iconic Flatiron Building looming overhead.

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East River in Brooklyn, Williamsburg and its northern neighbor, Greenpoint, have become escapes for a new generation of young, artsy types. These residents have instilled a laid-back atmosphere, fostering a distinct nightlife scene and a music community of indie labels, venues, musicians, and fans. In Williamsburg, cocktail lounges, beer gardens, dive bars, and restaurants radiate from the area’s main drag, Bedford Avenue, while Greenpoint holds its own with standout eateries and bars lining Manhattan Avenue, just north of McCarren Park.
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Nassau / Metropolitan


Marcy Avenue


Bedford / Lorimer / Graham

Music Venues
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285 Kent Avenue 361 Metropolitan Avenue (347) 529-6696

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knitting factory

union pool

Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue (718) 963-3369

484 Union Avenue (718) 609-0484

Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th Street (718) 486-5400

Saint Vitus bar

cameo gallery
93 North 6th Street (718) 302-1180

1120 Manhattan Avenue

Spike Hill

pete’s candy store
709 Lorimer Street (718) 302-3770

289 Kent Avenue (718) 599-1450

186 Bedford Avenue +1 (718) 218-9737

The Trash Bar
256 Grand Street +1 (718) 599-1000

grand victory
245 Grand Street (347) 529-6610

public assembly
70 North 6th Street (718) 384-4586

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298 Bedford Avenue (347) 335-0446 $1 oysters during happy hour may be all you need to know, but Maison Premiere is worth your time even once happy hour is over. Their dinner menu and alcohol selection will excite any seafood lover.

Maison Premiere $$$

314 Bedford Avenue (718) 384-6127 Open until 2am, DuMont’s simple menu consists of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and desserts as well as a full bar.

DuMont Burgers $$

Jimmy’s Diner $$

93 North 6th Street (718) 302-1180 This music-oriented café serves food until 4am Thursday-Saturday, and shares a space with Cameo Gallery.

Cameo $$

577 Union Avenue (718) 218-7174 Head to Jimmy’s for all-day breakfast, fried chicken, and beverages ranging from milkshakes to cocktails.

Station $$

Vinnie’s Pizzeria $

148 Bedford Avenue (718) 782-7078 While best known for their unconventional pizza toppings, Vinnie’s also serves the classics.

166 North 7th Street (718) 599-1596 From brunch to late-night, this central spot serves vegans, carnivores, and everyone in between.

Calexico $$

645 Manhattan Avenue (347) 763-2129 Grab Calexico’s fresh, “Cal-Mex” food at their Greenpoint location where you can eat indoors or in the garden. On the go? Keep an eye out for their food carts.

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80 Wythe Avenue (718) 460-8000 This converted factory has open, airy, loftstyle rooms with exposed brick walls and striking Manhattan views. Visit the Wythe’s sprawling rooftop bar, The Ides, which is quickly becoming a go-to drinking destination. After a drink, head downstairs to Reynards, the in-house restaurant featuring locally-sourced ingredients.

Wythe Hotel $$$

King & Grove $$$

160 North 12th Street (718) 218-7500 King & Grove features a pool area with private cabanas, a 360-degree rooftop bar with views of the Manhattan skyline, and a sleek architectural design. Within the hotel, rooms are bright and spacious, with modern furnishings. Make use of the hotel’s bike tour to explore Brooklyn like a local, bicycle included.

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536 Metropolitan Avenue Fool’s Gold Records, an independent label founded by DJs A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, opened its flagship store in 2011. Within its walls, adorned with custom wallpaper by Dust La Rock, you’ll find everything from the label’s music releases and merch to exclusive product collaborations. The small storefront also doubles as an art gallery, from which works can be purchased.

Fool’s Gold $$

70 North 7th Street (917) 301-5765  This indoor treasure trove, open weekends year round, hosts a rotating selection of vendors selling a wide array of vintage goods and artisan items that range from clothing to handmade jewelry. You can also find a selection of records, home goods, and, if you’re lucky, gourmet icecream and coffee carts out front.

Artists & Fleas $$

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285 North 6th Street (718) 486-9482 A shop for serious vintage-hunters, carrying everything from printed scarves and concert tees to vintage signs. Head to the back room for more authentic, and more expensive, finds.

1 0 Ft. Single $$

469 Driggs Avenue (718) 384-6665 Monk features a diverse collection of men and women’s wear, as well as vintage accessories, hats, luggage, cameras, and posters. The neon interior is reminiscent of the ‘70s, the era in which much of the shop’s clothing originated.

Monk Vintage $$

Species by the thousands $$

171 South 4th Street (718) 599-0049 Cult admirers have followed this brand from retail outlets to its first brick and mortar shop, where sterling silver and brass handcrafted jewelry is displayed among apothecary items and folk craft-inspired home wares.

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60 South 2nd Street (917) 719-6072 Crown Vic’s 9,000 square foot backyard dwarfs the patios of its neighbors and even its own indoor area - and that’s why everyone comes here. Brooklynites slide past the DJ booth and bar to find a picnic table or try their hand at bocce ball in the fresh air.

crown victoria $

Skinny Dennis $

152 Metropolitan Avenue Embrace a little southern hospitality at Brooklyn’s newest, and perhaps only, honky tonk bar.

Barcade $$

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Radegast Hall & Biergarten $$

The Woods $

113 North 3rd Street (718) 963-3973 Radegast is as authentic as an Austro-Hungarian beer hall can get in Williamsburg. Add yourself onto a long outdoor bench for an imported mug of ale paired with a pretzel the size of your head or a sausage cooked on the outdoor grill.

48 South 4th Street (718) 782-4955 The Woods has all the right ingredients for hosting a great party: good music, affordable booze, and plenty of space to dance. If you need a break, head to the back patio and grab a bite from the Landhaus food truck.

Berry Park $$

4 Berry Street (718) 782-2829 Berry Park’s rooftop is the perfect spot for an afternoon drink enjoyed watching the sunset. With more than 10 beers on tap and a creative cocktail list, you’ll stay well into the night. Come for brunch for unique beverages like the Elderflower Bellini.

557 Manhattan Avenue (718) 383-5333 Just north of McCarren Park, this autoshop-turned-hangout is where the Greenpointers go for local bands, 14 beers on draft, a late-night bite until 3am, and a boozy brunch that tops the Williamsburg cafés.

Bar Matchless $

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Brooklyn Brewery

79 North 11th Street (718) 486-7422 Brooklyn Brewery opens its doors at the end of each week for visitors to enjoy cheap brews and a lively atmosphere. Opt to take a tour of the brewery to taste a few different beers while learning about the beer-making process.

Nitehawk Cinemas

136 Metropolitan Avenue (718) 384-3980 Nitehawk puts a new spin on the dinner and a movie concept, serving drinks and real food to bring to your seat. This isn’t typical cinema food either; options include fish tacos and burgers.

Brooklyn Flea

The Gutter

200 North 14th Street (718) 387-3585 This 21+ vintage bowling alley offers 12 craft brews on tap and is open nightly until 4am, should you want to indulge in a late-night game of bowling. Games cost $7 and shoes are available to rent for a mere $3.

East River State Park (718) 928-6603 Held on Sundays, this seasonal market sells pretty much everything you can imagine from clothes to furniture, both vintage and artisan-made. Stop by their culinary counterpart, Smorgasburg, on Saturdays for offerings that range from gastroadventurous to tame.

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Venue Index
A full alphabetical listing of the music venues featured throughout the guide, with helpful details such as venue capacity, number of bars, price range, and credit card policy. Click on the colored box to the left of each venue to jump to its corresponding neighborhood.

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285 Kent Arlene’s Grocery BB Kings Blues Club Bitter End Blue Note Bowery Ballroom Bowery Electric Brooklyn Bowl Cake Shop Cameo Gallery Canal Room The Delancey Drom Ella Fat Baby Glasslands Gramercy Theatre Grand Victory Highline Ballroom Irving Plaza Knitting Factory Le Bain Le Baron Leftfield Le Poisson Rouge Liberty Hall

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Lit Lounge Living Room Mercury Lounge Music Hall Of Williamsburg Nublu Pete’s Candy Store Pianos Public Assembly Rockwood Music Hall Roseland Ballroom Saint Vitus Bar Santos Party House Sidewalk Café SOB’s Spike Hill Stage 48 Subculture Sullivan Hall Tammany Hall The Trash Bar The Stand UCB East Union Pool Village Underground Webster Hall Wicked Willy’s

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