Image courtesy of Whynot Bistro Image courtesy of Whynot Bistro
By New York Natives Staff

We’re eating…

Whynot Bistro

Whynot, a charming new Parisian-style bistro located in the heart of the West Village, is serving up delicious French fare, courtesy of Chef Dominick Pepe. This cozy, Paris-chic spot boasts an impressive menu (some of our favorites include the Croques, Salad Nicoise, Steak Tartare, and Rabbit Cacciatore) that can be paired with their extensive wine selection — especially when you factor in their Winter Wine Special (50% off on all bottles of wine through March!). Not hungry? Whynot has you covered: enjoy an exceptional cup of coffee surrounded by the paintings of NY-based modern artist, Jeremy Penn, who will be showing at Miami Art Basel.

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We’re going to…


If you like live music and amazing movies, look no further. Find out what happens when film and music collide at SCREEN/SOUNDS, presented by Destination Moon. On Friday, December 5th, at Lot 45 in Bushwick, musicians, composers, filmmakers and visual artists all join forces for a truly one-of-a-kind audiovisual experience. Where else can you watch short films as they’re scored live, enjoy musical performances complete with light projections, and then dance the night away?

Image courtesy of SCREEN/SOUNDS

Image courtesy of SCREEN/SOUNDS

Image courtesy of SCREEN/SOUNDS

Image courtesy of SCREEN/SOUNDS



We’re watching…

The Imitation Game

It doesn’t take an 85% Rotten Tomato approval rating (though it doesn’t hurt) to figure out that the historical thriller, The Imitation Game, is an exceptional film. Anchored by outstanding performances from Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game is based on the life of Alan Turing (namesake of the renowned Turing Test of artificial intelligence). The film depicts his integral (and until recently, largely uncredited) role in deciphering Nazi Germany’s “unbreakable” Enigma code and helping win WWII for the Allies, and despite this, his resulting persecution for being a homosexual. It’s no surprise that The Imitation Game has already garnered a slew of accolades, and will undoubtedly continue to accrue more.



We’re listening to…

That’s Christmas To Me  by Pentatonix

If you’ve somehow managed to miss the a cappella invasion of late (see, Pitch Perfect) then let us introduce you to Pentatonix. Popular with choir geeks and mainstream music enthusiasts alike, this reality competition show YouTube sensation turned bonafide musical phenomenon has been cranking out hit after hit. Their most recent release, a holiday album called That’s Christmas To Me, looks to continue that success. To put that success in perspective, consider this: That’s Christmas To Me just unseated the juggernaut album that is 1989 (by the perpetually smiling Ms. Taylor Swift) as the top downloaded album on iTunes.



Staff Pick: I’m watching…

Movie Sequel Trailers

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For anyone who’s a certifiable nerd like me, then you already know it’s been a great few days in film news — in particular thanks to the release of the trailers for two highly-anticipated movie sequels: Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Pitch Perfect 2. The former, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will be the (somewhat controversial, depending on who you ask) first new film in the Star Wars saga in 10 years, and the first since The Walt Disney Company acquired Lucasfilm. The latter is a relative newcomer; Universal Pictures’ sleeper hit, Pitch Perfect, was an undeniable (if surprising) success, so it’s no great shock that the trailer for the sequel (Pitch Perfect 2) set aca-fans (present company included) into a frenzy — if for no other reason than the return of Fat Amy, brilliantly portrayed by Rebel Wilson.




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