Another artistic performance space in the vein of Anne's Warehouse, only in Manhattan. You could also think of it as a cooler, edgier version of Symphony Space. And not to mention cheaper. The Kitchen plays host to a variety of hip, artsy acts that usually fuse mediums and genre, as well as video projects, experimental plays, and literary readings. It's also in a cool area downtown, so you can easily fit an event into an evening of dining and drinking.
Looking for something classy and offbeat to occupy a weekend evening and impress a date with your cultural literacy? If so, check out the concert schedule of Barge Music, a concert hall located inside a converted barge near the Fulton Fairy Landing in Brooklyn. It has many free classical music concerts, and the setting is sure to linger in your memory. It's also a great place to volunteer if you're a musician.
Do you want to see some of the most gifted dancers and musical performers in the world give free shows? Well before they join philharmonics and repertory dance theaters many of them have to entertain for free at Juliard. They give free recitals everyday practically for academic credit, and you'll see dancers and musicians at their prime, before they're famous. If you're looking for a cheap classy way to spend an afternoon, this is it.
If the Museum of modern Art is Cheers, then the Metropolitan Museum of Art is Frasier. Commonly known as The Met, this is an austere art museum that takes a classical approach to art appreciation. So, no bustling crowds and interactive exhibits and free for all flash photography and kinetic design store like at the Moma. Just classic, classy art. It is elegant and beautiful, filled with a sampling of the best art accumulated over the course of civilization. Even if you're not an appreciator of painting, you need to see the Met at least once in your life.
This is basically the NPR of stage venues in Manhattan. It plays host to a variety of live performances, such as the cult favorite Bloomsday on Broadway musical adaptation of Ulysses, as well as orchestra performances of new and classic music. It also hosts benefits, literary readings, and classic and avant garde film revivals. Ticket prices are steep, but you should definitely check out the event calender, as you'll very likely find something special.
On Water Street in Brooklyn, St. Anne's Warehouse is known among the cultural elite as a pioneering performance space. From orchestras to rock shows to weird multimedia trips, this place embraces the avant garde. They recently had original sound plays written by the Cohen Brothers and Charlie Kaufman set to a live effect set. Does that not sound amazing?
This is sort of the Sam's Club of Comic books stores in New York city. As they proudly claim, they carry every trade paperback, graphic novel, and manga in print. As a result it has a heavy, warehousey feel to the place, and is less homey than say Roger's Time Machine and less spectacle than Forbidden PLanet. They also don't have much in the way of vintage comics or backstock. But hey, everything is discounted and the selection is phenomenal.
This is a decent, if a bit tourist, comic book shop across from the Empire State Building. As its location indicates, this place draws more toward the geek-oriented tourist crowd. There are a lot of 3-d displays and action figures and trinkets and such, as well as a moderate selection of popular comic lines and graphic novels. There's no overwhelming reason to go here, but if you're in the area and want to pick up an issue of The Green Arrow, this place will do fine.
As you can probably tell from the title of the store, Gotham City Comics slants more towards vintage pulpy comics, with a wide variety of Batman comics, the hero who occupies the titular city. The space is somewhat cramped and dingy, and the organization ranges from decent to poor, with many boxes and cartons filled with reams of old comics, not necessarily in the best of condition. Not much new stuff here. If you have something specific and old, or the original run of a favorite comic, you might check this place out.
In a good location downtown, Manhattan comics offers a nice alternative to the bustle and gloss of Forbidden Planet. Less put on and cluttered with toys and memorbilia, Manhattan Comics takes a more serious, streamlined approach to comics, with a clean, well organized space. They also have a broad selection of vintage comics and graphic novels, as well as a respectable manga section.