Babies at Bars?? This may sound like a joke but in the Williamsburg area this is a common phenomenon. As reported by DNAinfo, many of the young parents are bringing their infants to the local bars. Some even go as far as organizing social mommy groups. Due to complaints from other bar patrons many areas are now enacting bans on babies in bars. 

DNAinfo.com Published an article today about our service and the $1,000 perfect date winners.

Some highlights from the article:
"The biggest mistake a man — or a woman — can make in the dating process is not having a plan"
And some more no-nos:
"Taking a date to the place where you met him or her [i.e. singles bar] . . .not accounting for a woman who will likely be in sky-high heels."
Full Article Here

This year Chinese New Year is on Sunday, February 10, 2013. It is the year of the Snake.  Don't miss these events. Combine with Dim Sum and you have yourself an extra special Brunch Date.

Edward Koch, Former Mayor of New York, Dies at 88
By Robert D. McFadden
NY Times
Edward I. Koch, the master showman of City Hall, who parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as mayor of New York with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified his city of golden dreams, died Friday morning at age 88.

Mr. Koch’s spokesman, George Arzt, said the former mayor died at 2 a.m.from congestive heart failure. He was being treated at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital.

'My Brooklyn' Tells a Story of Gentrification and Loss
Sarah Goodyear
The word 'zoning' may be one of the least sexy in the urban planner’s vocabulary, usually eliciting polite but blank stares from members of the general public. Even the sound of it is snooze-inducing.

Wake up to reality: Zoning is one of the most powerful tools that government has to shape places and the lives of people who live there, for better and worse. A new film by Kelly Anderson, My Brooklyn, aims to document the very tangible effect that rezoning has had on Downtown Brooklyn over the past few years. You can guess from the film’s tagline – "unmasking the takeover of America’s hippest city" – where the director’s sympathies lie.

Last September, we sent one of our clients on a "theather and a movie" date. The Belgrade Trilogy is dark and hilarious comedy about three groups of Serbians trying to make their way across the world. We called it "Belgrade in the East Village" The WhiteListed theather company is bringing it back for a limited run in February 7 - 17th. Valentine's Day Date anyone??? Just be sure to book a restaurant well in advance.  Il Buco sounds like the right combo. 
New York's Lovely Abandoned Subway Station
Eric Jaffe

In his new book, Straphanger, Taras Grescoe writes of an abandoned "ghost station" beneath City Hall in New York. Grescoe gets a privileged tour of the station on a promise not to reveal which train still passes along its tracks to this day. While we applaud Grescoe's journalistic integrity, this particular transit secret isn't much of one: it's rather well known that the downtown local 6 train circles the phantom station after the Brooklyn Bridge stop before emerging at the uptown platform.

Bernini Sculpting in Clay October 3, 2012–January 6, 2013
To visualize lifesize or colossal marbles, the great Roman Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598–1680) began by making small, spirited clay models. Fired as terracotta, these studies and related drawings preserve the first traces of the thought process that evolved into some of the most famous statuary in the city, including the fountains in the Piazza Navona and the angels on the Ponte Sant'Angelo. This exhibition assembles for the first time some fifty of these bozzetti and modelli, as well as thirty chalk or pen sketches alongside three small-scale bronzes and a marble group. Through connoisseurship and a comprehensive campaign of scientific examination, the selection of models addresses the issue of what separates the hand of the master from the production of his large workshop.

Picasso Black and White is the first exhibition to explore the remarkable use of black and white throughout the Spanish artist’s prolific career. Claiming that color weakens, Pablo Picasso purged it from his work in order to highlight the formal structure and autonomy of form inherent in his art. His repeated minimal palette correlates to his obsessive interest in line and form, drawing, and monochromatic and tonal values, while developing a complex language of pictorial and sculptural signs. The recurrent motif of black, white, and gray is evident in his Blue and Rose periods, pioneering investigations into Cubism, neoclassical figurative paintings, and retorts to Surrealism. Even in his later works that depict the atrocities of war, allegorical still lifes, vivid interpretations of art-historical masterpieces, and his sensual canvases created during his twilight years, he continued to apply a reduction of color.