Treat Dad in the City

Every year, millions of Americans celebrate forgetting Father’s Day by presenting their father with a brand new screwdriver or taking him out to the local Outback Steakhouse. This year, don’t forget your dad, celebrate him the right way with a day out in New York City filled with the best excursions, beers and restaurants the man, who made you into the amazing son/daughter you are, deserves.

Excursions

Beer-Brunch Cruise

Start Father’s Day the right way with a combination of some of every dad’s favorite things: beer, brunch, and boats. Wake up to live jazz music with a bountiful brunch buffet as you cruise around Manhattan past landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge. As the day gets going, fill up your supplied Hornblower Beer mug with beer and mimosas to keep dad happy and prepare him for the rest of the day!

Brooklyn Maker’s Market

Appreciate the bygone era of handmade goods at this bazaar showcasing American-made crafts, furniture, clothing, and more. Featuring the handiwork of some of Brooklyn’s foremost crafters, this show is the perfect way to spend some time with your dad and perhaps pick out a gift that he’ll actually be able to use.

Glass Workshop

Does your Dad like Beer? Does he like making things with his own hands? If the answer to either of those questions was yes then a glassblowing workshop may be right up his alley. Even though this event takes place the week after Father’s Day, it’s still the perfect way to spend some time with your dad and leave him with a gift that he’ll not only remember, but be able to use as well.

Food

Peter Luger

There is no other name for steak in New York City than Peter Luger. While copycats have emerged in recent years, the quality and pride of this iconic steakhouse is impossible to match. If your Dad is a fan of perfectly cooked cuts of the finest quality, there’s no better meal to celebrate his special day.

St. Anselm

If you’re looking for steak without the price tag, try out St. Anselm instead. The well rounded menu manages to combine and perfect Mediterranean, Asian, and American flavors while still delivering some of the best cuts of meat available in New York city, and for a slightly more affordable run than your other steakhouses may offer.

Gato

If steak isn’t cooked to your dad’s liking, try a unique alternative for dinner at Bobby Flay’s canteen Gato. Featuring a more eclectic menu with items like lamb tenderloin with salsa verde and a mushroom-kale-and-egg paella, this delicious option will give your dad a taste of some of the hidden gyms of the New York dining experience.

All’onda

Introduce your dad to true New York fusion at Chris Jaeckle’s All’onda. Inventive modern Venetian dishes like roasted strip loin with mostarda and Parmesan potatoes are paired with an all-Italian wine program to add a splash of class to your father’s special day.

Drink

Twist & Smash’d

After a successful Father’s Day out in the city, there’s no better way to wind down the evening than kicking back for some sports and beer. With over 55 TV’s and nearly as many beers on draught, Twist and Smash’d provides you and your dad some much needed libations while you cheer your team on to victory. An ample bar menu also provides some delicious options to fill any room left after dinner.

Stout

This three-level bar lives up to its name with over 32 stouts on draught, and more sports than you know what to do with. Try the pub grub like oysters and fish-and-chips and let your Irish side show a little bit.

The Black Horse Pub

Take your Dad to a taste of Britain with this soccer focused pub. Featuring plenty of beer and a menu that will make you think you’ve just hopped the pond, The Black Horse Pub offers a taste of England right in the middle of Brooklyn and creates a jovial atmosphere perfect for ending your Father’s Day with your pops.

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Shakespeare in the Park

Amid the 21st century progressivism of New York City lies a standing tradition that brings together both theater and community. Shakespeare in the Park is an annual event that takes place at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, NYC. The event extends through the summer months, showing two productions, which honor the legacy of William Shakespeare. The tradition holds that admission is entirely free, should you rise early enough to wait in line for tickets on the morning of the given show. This honorary theater affair is one of New York City’s most beloved traditions, and a must-do for anyone who loves the theater, the beautiful atmosphere of central park, or simply the appreciation for long-standing traditions.

History

This summer celebrates the 54th anniversary of this event, which was created by Joseph Papp in the mid-1900s. Papp originally founded the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1954, which drew fame from being the first company in the United States to offer free Shakespearian productions. The Festival performed in various New York City parks, but found its permanent home at the Delacorte Theater of Central Park in 1962. Joseph Papp is known to be a pioneer of nonprofit theater, and went on to continue his work through transferring plays to nonprofit theaters across the U.S., as well as fostering the talent of many American actors, playwrights, and directors. This fifty-four-year-old tradition celebrates the classic works of William Shakespeare alongside the progressive movement of Joseph Papp to bring the elegance of theater to all ends of society.

Summer Schedule

The two shows featured this summer are The Taming of the Shrew, running from May 24th-June 26th, and Troilus and Cressida, running from July 19th-August 14th. The lighter of heart may prefer to catch a showing of The Taming of the Shrew, a romantic comedy telling the tale of three different couples, and both the elation and strife they feel whilst navigating the unpredictable paths of love. For those who enjoy a deeper, more complex plot, Troilus and Cressida tells a tale with a theme that dives into the relationship of, and conflict between, personal life and the interests of the state.

Shakespeare in the Park upholds a classic tradition, which, simultaneously, honors the great works of William Shakespeare and rejuvenates the life of nonprofit theater. Both residents and visitors of New York City can enjoy the beauty of this event in the peaceful center of a city that never sleeps. Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in this cherished tradition.

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Fleet Week in NYC

New York City will be filled with sailors this weekend as the City’s annual Fleet Week sails into port. This yearly celebration of the men and women who dedicate their lives serving in our nation’s Navy Coast Guard, and Marines is awash with exciting nautical themed events and both educational and entertaining events to attend. Explore the best nautical attractions around the city with this list of our favorite events or check out the Fleet Week event page for more ideas. Show your appreciation for the sailors who help defend our country this Memorial Day weekend, and who knows, maybe you’ll reel in a sailor of your own.

Saturday, May 28

Ship Tours

8am-5pm | Manhattan, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Homeport Pier (Staten Island)

Take a tour of one of the magnificent vessels belonging to the world’s most powerful Navy. Tours are located at the following locations and will be open during the same hours for the entirety of Fleet Week:

Manhattan:

-Pier 88S: USS Bataan (LHD 5)

-Pier 92S: HMCS Athabaskan (D 282), HMCS Kingston (MM 700), HMCS Moncton (MM 708)

-*Pier 86N (Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum): USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM 552) (*Tours will begin at 10 a.m.)

Brooklyn Cruise Terminal:

-USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USCGC Forward (WMEC 911)

Homeport Pier (Staten Island):

-USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Shamal (PC 13)

Joint Aviation Event

1-2pm | Eisenhower Park

Military bands accompany the U.S. Navy Parachute Team’s aerial demonstration and a Marine helicopter landing featuring a CH-53 Sea Stallion and AH-1W Cobra during this exciting event in Eisenhower Park.

Fleet Week Regatta

1 – 5pm | Liberty Harbor, 11 Marin Blvd. Jersey City, NJ

Hosted by the Manhattan Yacht Club, the inaugural Fleet Week Regatta begins in the New York Harbor and cruises to a finish out at the Statue of Liberty.

Navy Band Concert

2-3pm | Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, 102 Furman St. | Brooklyn, New York

Lose yourself in the patriotic sounds of the U.S Fleet Forces Brass Band and get in the spirit of Memorial Day. The Northeast Rhode Island Sound Navy Band will also be performing on Military Island at 4pm.

Sunday, May 29

U.S Marine Corps Battle Colors Detachment

10am | 9/11 Memorial, 200 Liberty St #20, New York, NY

Honor the memory of those lost in the tragedy of 9/11 with the Marine Corps silent drill team and drum and bugle corps as they pay tribute to the memory of the lives lost and the heroes who gave their all.

Fleet Week at Liberty State Park

10am-4pm | Liberty State Park

Delve into the waters of Fleet Week with this expansive event featuring a parachuting demonstration by the US Navy Parachute Team, “The Leap Frogs,” U.S. Navy and Marine Corps band performances, helicopter demonstrations, and much more.

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Block Party

1pm – 6pm | Pier 84, 555 12th Ave, New York, NY

Celebrate Fleet Week in true sailor fashion with live music, cold ice cream, Kona beer, and best of all, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum cocktails. Cage the Elephant will provide live music and “The Walking Dead” star Norman Rheedus will make an appearance on a custom Sailor Jerry Harley Davidson bike. The event is free, but tickets are required. Grab yours here.

Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)

Memorial Day Parades

Memorial Day and Fleet Week combine to offer you more parades than you’ll know what to do with. Check out the full list of Fleet Week events for a complete list of the Memorial Day parades and find your favorites to attend.

New Rochelle Memorial Day Ceremony

8am | Glen Island Park

Celebrate our past service members with a ceremony and military static displays accompanied by a free concert by American Legion Post #170.

Intrepid Memorial Day Commemoration

11:30am | Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, 101 St. & 4th Ave. Brooklyn, New York

Show your appreciation for the men and women who gave their lives to protect our country. Join hundreds of veterans at this ceremony, featuring the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag, taps, ceremonial wreath-laying, and a three-volley rifle salute at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Annual New York Mets/USO Military Appreciation Day

1:10pm | Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave, New York, NY

Join the New York Mets as they host their annual Military Appreciation Day and take on the Chicago White Sox. Other events like the first pitch, a flyover, and a demonstration by the U.S Navy Parachute Team come together to guarantee an amazing game.

Tuesday, May 31

Ships Depart

Watch as the U.S. Navy ships depart from Pier 88S in Manhattan; the Brookyln Cruise Terminal in Brooklyn; and Homeport Pier in Staten Island.

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Best NYC Museums

Whether you’re looking for a selection of art, history or information for your kids, New York City is one of the greatest places in the world to visit a museum that features exactly the kind of exhibits that you are longing to experience. Scattered across the city are endless museums of all shapes and sizes that feature some of the most varied collections of art and culture to be found anywhere in the world. Check out this list of some of the best Museums in the city organized by category to help ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for out of your museum experience,

Kids Museums

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

With a selection of rotating exhibits, a sensory play area designed to stimulate your child’s intellectual growth, and the ever popular World Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum allows children to discover and learn in their own way. With free admission every Thursday from 2 to 6pm, it’s also the perfect evening getaway for families looking for something to do together.

Rose Center for Earth and Space

Allow your little ones to explore all that the universe has to discover with a gateway into the cosmos. Exhibits like the Hayden Planetarium will open up your child’s mind to the mysteries of the universe and foster a long lasting love of discovery and learning.

Museum of Natural History – Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs

While the museum offers exhibits for kids of all ages, the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs has been a favorite with young children since before the prehistoric beasts roamed the planet. Satisfy your child’s love of fossils and learning with a permanent exhibit that they’ll be begging to return to again and again.

Modern Art Museums

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

One of The City’s most popular museums celebrates the unlimited potential and styles that modern art explores, all under one roof. Current exhibits include the more experimental works of Degas, an innovation on the Polaroid in the form of an Instant Camera, and a restoration and rediscovery of Universal Pictures films from between 1928 and 1937.

New Museum

Manhattan’s only museum dedicated solely to contemporary art, the New Museum has been repeatedly praised for its adventurousness and spirit as it showcases some of the most unique and daring pieces of art in the world within it’s ever changing walls.

History Museums

American Museum of Natural History

America’s premiere natural history museum features a healthy rotation of traveling exhibits while also showcasing its own incredible permanent exhibits geared toward thrilling visitors of all ages. Dinosaur halls thrill youngsters and enthusiasts alike while the halls of birds, reptiles, and forests offer insight into the natural world around us.

Museum of the City of New York

Since its inception in 1920, the MCNY has been gathering the best of New York’s photos, art, and objects together in one place in order to preserve and showcase the vibrant history created along its busy streets. Explore the past of America’s greatest city and see the pieces of the past that helped shaped New York into the vibrant cultural hub that it is today.

Fine Arts Museums

Metropolitan Museum of Art

As one of the world’s largest museums, the Met has over 13 acres of art spanning over 5,000 years of history spread out across its many walls. Discover relics and treasures from every corner of history alongside some of the most famous and controversial paintings in the world within the walls of this 19th century neo-classical institution.

The Frick Collection

Known for its extensive collection of Grand Master paintings and incredible examples of European sculpture and decorative arts, this former residence of Henry Clay Frick is a work of art in itself as one of New York’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions. The Frick offers more than simple artwork as it continues a rich tradition of special exhibitions and an acclaimed concert series, as well as encouraging the continued research into the history of art around the world and it’s collection and preservation.

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Kentucky Derby Party at Mad46

The Roosevelt is off to the races with the annual mad46 Kentucky Derby Event sponsored by Woodford Reserve, this Saturday, May 7th. With midtown Manhattan’s very own grandstand seated atop the Grande Dame of New York, you can bask in the spirit of Louisville without ever leaving the city.

Once the doors open at 3:30 pm, all bets are off. Guests will be dressed to impress in traditional Derby attire as mad46 begets an atmosphere of southern hospitality within its rooftop walls. Every year the best dressed individuals are presented with their own awards, leading to some of the most elaborate and authentic derby attire north of the Mason Dixon. There are even awards for best the best hat!

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Sabrina, the 2015 winner for best hat at the Derby Party!

Mingle and get your picture with the derby photographer or simply relax and watch the race unfold on one of several large screens positioned all over the rooftop, all while sipping a traditional Woodford Reserve Mint Julep, the official drink of the race. And, once the race concludes, extend your celebration into the night with a live DJ from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Specialty cocktails are available throughout the event as well as specialty wines served by the glass or bottle. Mad46’s excellent chefs will also be dressing their food to the nines with a specialty menu just for the derby featuring bourbon glazed wings, fried green tomato BLT sliders, Kentucky dusted shrimp and Kansas City braised beef brisket sliders. Whether you’re familiar with the derby or a first time attendee, there’s no better venue to watch the running of the roses than with mad46.

As the races keep running, mad46 will continue to celebrate, so keep an eye out for updates and mark your calendar accordingly. The Preakness thunders into The Roosevelt on May 21st, with a celebration riding on its heels that’s not to be missed.

This season at mad46 is just getting started, and with a full list of upcoming events and specials, there’s no better time to experience New York from above. No matter where you’re from, now is the time to discover why life in the city is better on top.

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