The majority of TLC residents are diagnosed with severe depression, manic-depressive illness, or psychosis. In addition to providing 40 beds for temporary shelter purposes, TLC also supports residents through case management, psychiatric care, group and individual counseling, vocational services, and physical therapy. Once residents are ready to move into their permanent homes, BCS strives to supply them with several essential household items so that they can create comfortable homes and get fresh starts. Although TLC is substantially funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, government funds don’t cover the costs of providing the women with these household goods.
The burgeoning singers of the New York Opera Exchange team up with members of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra to present “An Evening of Scenes and Arias,” a showcase of excerpts from famous operas penned by artists including Puccini, Mozart, and Donizetti. Supertitles accompany each uvula-rattling performance, ensuring that audiences can follow euphonic gems such as Mimi’s Italian dialogue and emotional aria from La Boheme and the Queen of the Night's menacing, German aria from Die Zauberflöte. The January 28 performance is followed up by a reception where art appreciators can reflect on memorable vocal performances and swap opera trading cards. Peruse the ensemble’s website for a gallery of singing Viking helmets and a full listing of performance pieces.
It’s hard to miss anything on Twenty3 Supper Club’s menu. The restaurant has actually commissioned menus that light up when you open them, meaning they’re easy to read despite the dark retro-Vegas-nightclub atmosphere and the fact that miner helmets are no longer in vogue. Good thing, too. It would be a shame to overlook, for example, the section on small plates, which includes grilled sand shark in pineapple salsa and shrimp and chorizo on toasted Cuban bread. Order enough of them and the plates can be a meal in themselves, or else they can function as appetizers for the 23-oz. dry-aged rib-eye or the grilled lamb over chickpea hummus and cucumber salsa. After dinner, stick around for a trendy martini at the glowing blue bar and listen to the thumping beats of a live DJ.
The Dram Shop Bar's menu lays out a succinct tale of stackable, 100% fresh ground-beef patties further explicated by American fare. Dram Shop's burgers, which can fly solo ($9), double up ($10), or triple in meat-weight ($11), don toppings and pair off with a serving of fries, hand-cut by serrated fingers. Drop the beef for just a pile of the fries, which come with a choice of roasted garlic aioli, chipotle mayo, salsa rosa, or house-made ranch ($6, choose three sauces for $2 extra), or break culinary tradition with Miss McGrath's irish nachos, which smother fries with bacon, cheese, sour cream, green onions, salsa, and pickled jalapeños ($9).
Inside the kitchen of TriniSoul, students get the opportunity to face down the scotch bonnet—a lantern-shaped pepper that smolders with 50 times more heat than a jalapeño. The heavy-duty pepper is just one of the extraordinary ingredients introduced to students by Chef D, a Caribbean native who holds court during cooking classes that center around the recipes she grew up enjoying. Her foray into culinary instruction started as a few simple classes on the cuisine of Trinidad and Tobago, but her teaching style developed a rabid following, and Chef D's curriculum has grown to cover many types of Caribbean cuisine as well as American-style soul fare. More than 6,000 students have enrolled in Chef D's classes, which can accommodate groups of up to 24 in TriniSoul's kitchen as well as private instruction in one's own kitchen or properly equipped subway car.
With more than 120 classes and a plethora of programs offered each week, the YMCA bolsters bodies with invigorating and enjoyable fitness regimens throughout Manhattan. Aspiring circus strongpersons have their pick from brawn-building courses such as kettlebell for a full flexibility workout, spinning for 45 minutes of fat-burning cardio, and capoeira for winning dance-fights against hard-bargaining local street vendors.