Welcome to Bad Apple, The New School Free Press’ weekly post that delivers the low-down on the most time-worthy and the best bad events of the upcoming week.


The Chocolate Museum and Experience with Jacques Torres

Tours run daily from 10:00 – 5:00.

New York’s first chocolate museum is a perfect outing for chocolate lovers of all ages! Visitors will learn chocolate’s journey from tree to bar through tastings, original artifacts, demonstrations, and more! This 5,000 square foot museum is not only fun and delicious, but educational too! You can find out more information and buy tickets here.

Jacques Torres Chocolate, 350 Hudson St.


Franklin Park Reading Series

Monday March 13 8:00 – 10:00 PM

Every second Monday of each month readings from both emerging and established poets, memoirists, and fiction writers are showcased at the Franklin Park Beer Garden Both local talent and host authors from around the world.  The reading series will be celebrating 8 years this week with a knockout lineup including: Mary Gaitskill (Bad Behavior, The Mare), Joshua Mohr (Sirens, All This Life), Clare Beams (We Show What We Have Learned), Hannah Lillith Assadi (Sonora), and Deepak Unnikrishnan.

Admission to this event is free and there are $5 draft drink specials throughout the readings. Free raffles to win the different authors’ books and sweet treats will also be circulating.

Franklin Park Beer Garden, 618 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn


Taco Showdown NYC

Tuesday March 14 7:00 – 9:00 PM

The Taco Showdown NYC will feature 5 restaurants who will compete live to get the very prestigious title of Best Taco in NYC! The 5 competitors include Taco Mahal, Tac-N-Roll, Coney Shack, Pampano Taqueria, and Choza Taqueria. This awesome event gives taco lovers an opportunity to taste as many tacos as possible and then vote for the best one! Your ticket includes all you can eat tacos and an open bar.

The Mezzanine, 55 Broadway


Saint Patrick Day Parade

Friday March 17  at 11:00 AM

Whether you’re Irish or not, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of NYC’s greatest traditions! Put on your favorite pieces of green clothing and join the fun! The Parade starts at 44th St. and 5th Avenue at 11am and proceeds up to 79th St.


The Road to Trans Visibility: Roles, Trolls, and Tolls

Saturday March 18 at 5:30 PM

Transgender visibility in the media is at an all-time high, with film and television, and advertising campaigns featuring trans talent. Actor and activist Laverne Cox, film director Silas Howard, and model Casey Legler, come together to discuss the responsibilities and challenges, of being a trans person in the public eye during our cultural moment. This event will be moderated by performer/activist Kate Bornstein. Tickets can be bought in advance here.

New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th St.


Coffee & Tea Festival NYC

Saturday March 18  –  Sunday March 19

Calling all coffee and tea aficionados! This liquid event is absolutely necessary for you! With over 28,000 square feet of 75 exhibitors and 100 different tastings from around the globe, this event will offer two days of seminars, pairings, tastings, and more! Tickets for this caffeine fueled event can be found here, luckily the tickets are pretty inexpensive so this event is accessible on a student budget.

Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St, Brooklyn


Wizard Fest 2017, Harry Potter NYC Party

Saturday March 18 at 8:00 PM

On Saturday, March 18, two floors of Webster Hall will be, magically, transformed into Hogwarts! A reward to the best dressed will be decided on the night. Help yourself to a couple of butter beers and some fire whiskeys, but this event is strictly for wizards of age (18+). Grab your cloaks, brooms and wands, this is the Wizarding Event of the Year! Tickets should be bought in advance here.

The Marlin Room at Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street


Brooklyn Meatball Throw down

Sunday March 19 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Brooklyn’s best home cooks compete for the prestige and bragging rights to the title ‘Best Meatball in Brooklyn’. For just $20 you can try all the balls and vote for the very best! The takedown competition’s been going for 15 years, it’s a Brooklyn culinary tradition – pitting cooks against each other for the public to come try, eat an insane amount of food, and party. All you can eat meatballs, in my opinion, seems like the best possible way to spend a Sunday afternoon and as an added extra a portion of proceeds benefit Women’s Education Project.Tickets can be bought ahead of time here.

Brooklyn Bazaar, 150 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn

Illo: Alex Gilbeaux


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