Arts ~ Mariah Robertson

Brooklyn-based artist, Mariah Robertson will open our eyes to experimental photographs this coming weekend.

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Mariah Robertson, 191, 2016, unique chemical treatment on RA4 paper, 66 x 50 inches.

The intricate details, abstract style and variety of colours are truly mesmerizing. Take a stroll to the Upper East Side and explore another world of art at the Van Doren Waxter gallery.

Culture ~ Football Centres

adidas teamed up with Mayor Bill de Blasio, the mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC, the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the New York City Football Club to introduce 50 new soccer fields to numerous neighborhoods throughout NYC. The initiative will take place over the next five years. Collectively from the four investors, an investment of $3 million will support the project and maintain the fields as the program builds a community.

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adidas football waiting to be kicked. Photo: Highsnobiety.com

Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “With this partnership, we are tackling inequalities in all its forms – including in our parks and outdoor spaces. In the city of immigrants, with so many different languages and cultures, the New York City Soccer Initiative will be one of the great tools we use to unify young New Yorkers.”

Culture ~ OIJI

There’s a new restaurant in town luring young couples to the East Village.

Headed by chef, Sehong Brian Kim, Oiji is a destination for authentic Korean cuisine.

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Ready to dine? Photo courtesy: OIJI.

From the moment you enter, the amazing aroma of Asian spice fills the air. Spotting the exposed brick wall and ambient lights, there is a cozy feeling to the setting. Friendly waiters and excellent customer service adds to the charm.

The selective wine menu entertains the eye. I chose a semi-dry Riesling to cleanse the palette during my girls Friday night date. Examining the menu, I wanted to order everything but then asked the waiter for recommendations. Below photographed from left top to bottom right: Slow cooked pork belly and kimchi (entree), chil-jeon pan seven flavours (awesome appetizer), fried chicken with spicy soy vinagrette (tasty appetizer) and slow cooked oxtail and root vegetables (tender entree).

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Photograph from dinner with my bestie, Yi Lu.

The meal was absolutely delicious. One could savour the mixture of flavour and texture. The prices are reasonable for the portions as well. I believe that many patrons agree as there are multiple likes on social media outlets including Facebook and constant increase of followers on Instagram with beautiful and artistic snapshots of their dining occasions.

OIJI is a wonderful contemporary addition to the neighborhood. Highly recommended for solo dining with bar seating, couples and groups. Located at 119 First Avenue between 7th Street and St. Mark’s Place in New York.

Culture ~ Clubbing Scene

Today’s generation loves to party; the clubbing scene is where it’s happening and it will never die because we live for the thrive.

The most difficult part is getting in, what will happen tonight with that notorious bouncer I wonder…just keep positive energetic vibes.

It’s about the art of entering the venue, making your presence known. After surveying the place, choosing a spot to chill. Then checking out if the drink menu is fun. Trying to find something decent that you can keep drinking all night. Obviously discovering new tunes is a given and hopefully meeting the talent. And of course there’s the meeting new people, that aspect of socializing and networking. It’s always nice to make new acquaintances.

In all the craziness, the hours go by quickly. You lose track of time while wrapped up in this atmosphere of warm body heat and darkness. The thing to remember is, it doesn’t matter where you go but who you are with. You can celebrate nights with good crowds. Some believe that the Meatpack District is dead but I think it’s still very much alive! The following list includes amazing places where the music is always on point for a good time in NYC.

Finale ~ 199 Bowery

Santos Party House ~ 96 Lafayette St

Cielo ~ 18 Little West 12th St & 9th Ave

Provacateur ~ Hudson St between 13th St & Gansevoort St

VIP Room ~ 409 West 13th St & 9th Ave

Electric Room ~ 355 West 16th at Dream Downtown

PH-D ~ 355 West 16th St & 9th Ave

Day & Night ~ 431 West 16th St & 9th Ave

Avenue ~ 116 10th Ave bet. 17th & 18th St

1OAK ~ 453 West 17th St & 10th Ave

Lavo ~ 58th St & Madison Ave

Enjoy your nights out clubbing until 4am. And before hopping into a taxi, walk around in the city it’s the best time for almost complete silence.