Category Archives: City Happenings

Easter in NYC

If you’re traveling with the family this Easter, you are in luck. We’ve compiled the best family-fun Easter activities for you to try out in NYC!

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

Just a few blocks away from The Roosevelt you’ll find the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival. This parade is less about floats and more about wild, festive costumes and hats! The event begins at 10:00 am, Easter Sunday, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Parade Route: Fifth Ave from 49th to 57th Sts.

Easter at the Rink at Rockefeller Center

Brunch AND skate with the Easter Bunny himself at this festive annual event. (You’ll need reservations for the brunch, make them at Stella 34 Trattoria – inside Macy’s Herald Square, available April 15 and 16 at 10am) In addition to skating and dining, there will also be face painting, balloon animals and Easter treats!

Town Square’s Spring Egg Hunt (McGolrick Easter Egg Hunt)

The day before Easter, head over to Brooklyn for a massive egg hunt, visits with the Easter Bunny and live music from your favorite DJs. Get your tickets ahead of time online.

Easter at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Saturday you’ll want to make your way to the Upper West Side to take part in the Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s annual Easter fun! Scour the exhibits to find all the eggs on the scavenger hunt and then collect your prize!

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Spring in the City

The trees and flowers are blooming and the crisp cold air is subsiding in the streets of New York City. It’s Spring! Springtime is one of the best times to visit the Big Apple. It’s warm enough to spend the days exploring the city but not hot enough to break a sweat! If you’re visiting during this time of year, pack a light jacket (an umbrella) and some good walking shoes. With the wonderful weather, comes a great line up of Spring activities. Here are just a few of our favorite events and happening this season!

NEW YORK BASEBALL SEASON
There is no denying that New York loves baseball. Major League Baseball Opening Season starts in April and lasts through the Fall with a full schedule for both Bronx Bombers and the Amazing Mets. Check out the schedules for the New York Yankees and the New York Mets and plan a day rooting for your favorite team. For more information on NY Baseball, including the minor leagues teams, the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Staten Island Yankees,  click here.

STREET FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
One of the greatest activities of Spring is the chance to enjoy the many street fairs and festivals hosted throughout the neighborhoods of Manhattan. With local artists and vendors (and some of the best street food on the planet), you will be sure to enjoy the best of the local culture.  Here is a full list of street fair locations throughout the season. Be prepared though, your visit may become ruled but endlessly chasing street fairs and the amazing things they have available.

There is so much to do in this city and even more when the weather is gorgeous.  From visiting Coney Island to Chelsea Piers to spending the day in Central Park!  For a suggested list of itineraries, visit NYCGO.com and TimeOut.com/NewYork.

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Mardi Gras Celebrations in NYC

Everyone knows New Orleans is the true home of Mardi Gras. However, we’re not in New Orleans and we want to celebrate too! If you’re in the same boat, this list we compiled of the best Mardi Gras celebrations the city has to offer should be a big help to you! For more information, visit TimeOut.com/NewYork.

Mardi Gras Bash at The Bell House in Brooklyn

“Ready to party Big Easy–style? The bumpin’ brass ensemble Hungry March Band, DJ Jonathan Toubin and pianist Gordon Webster tear this Brooklyn house down with traditional NOLA tunes. Make sure to snack on some gumbo to fuel your energy in order to boogie hard on the dance floor.”

“Funky Fat Tuesday” Celebration with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic at B. B. King Blues Club in Midtown (West)

“George Clintonthe one and only Uncle Jam and author of the recent memoir (deep breath) Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?—lands the mothership for a night of ass-liberating funk. Here the funk innovator hosts what’s become an annual Mardi Gras celebration for fifth straight year.”

Bierhaus NYC Mardi Gras at Bierhaus NYC in Midtown (East)

“Glug numerous brews, gorge on doughy pretzels, get your hands on some beads and revel in the gluttony during a special Fat Tuesday celebration inside this German Hall. Enjoy listening to some live music and, if you’re up for it, sign up for trivia at 6:30pm.”

Tulane NYC Mardi Gras Party at Drom in the East Village

“The Mardi Gras festivities can’t stop and won’t stop thanks to some folks from N’awlins itching to celebrate all over again in the Big Apple. Tulane, a New Orleans university, hosts this traditional bash with a performance by NOLA native and percussionist Derrick Freeman. He and his soul brass band play a lively set that will make you shake your tail feathers.”

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Romantic Spots in NYC

Everyone knows that New York City is a romantic town. If it wasn’t then why would so many Rom-Coms be filmed here? For you, we have compiled a list of the most recommended romantic locations sprinkled throughout this magical city. Feel free to contribute your own favorite spot if we happened to miss it!

  1. Brooklyn Botanic Garden – This 100+ tear old urban garden has been an oasis of natural beauty since its opening in 1911. (Note – The cherry blossoms, a visitor favorite, typically start to bloom in March.)
  2. Top of the Empire State Building – The city takes on a whole new look from the top of this famous building and you can definitely look forward to holiday themed lights all throughout the year.
  3. Butterfly Conservatory – Part of the American Museum of Natural History, the conservatory brings a tropical oasis to the city throughout the winter and early spring.
  4. Jane’s Carousel – This 1920’s era carousel, painstakingly and authentically restored to its original glory, opened to the public in 2011 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. It is protected by a glass enclosure, making a spin a possibility year round.
  5. Bow Bridge Central Park – Whether you walk over it or row ender it, the Bow Bridge is a wonderfully romantic destination to visit.
  6. Lincoln Center Fountain – Make sure to visit this fountain at night. It’s most beautiful when all lit up and you will have the chance to see one of the fountain’s 5-minute water shows.
  7. Highline – This raised path is truly infested with wildflowers and art in the best way. The Highline also offers weekly tours and the occasional stargazing opportunity.
  8. Williamsburg Waterfront – East River State Park is the perfect combination of hipster people-watching locale and perfect picnic place.
  9. Cloisters – Be transported in time as you explore this medieval-feeling castle and grounds, home to the Met’s medieval art and architecture collections.
  10. Boathouse at Prospect Park – This certified landmark is the perfect backdrop to a romantic stroll through the park.

For more romantic NYC spots, visit TimeOut.com/NewYork.

 

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Winter Carnival at Bryant Park

The 3rd Annual Winter Carnival at Bryant Park is upon us! Part of the Bank of America Winter Village, this 3rd annual event is packed with activities, entertainment and more. Discover what the carnival has to offer and make sure to stop by before it ends, Saturday, February 4, 2017.

Info provided by Bryant Park

Winter Carnival Activities:

Silent Disco

Join us for our 3rd Annual Winter Carnival Silent Disco, hosted by Southwest Airlines! This free outdoor dance party will have you shaking off the winter chill while onlookers wonder what the heck you’re doing…because the music can only be heard through headphones!

We’ll provide the headphones and have 3 DJs spinning 3 different genres live: Top 40/EDM, 80s and 90s hits, and Motown/Oldies. Switch between channels as often as you like! Your headphones will glow to show everyone what you’re listening to. The dance party (as well as headphone pick-up and drop-off) will be located on the Fountain Terrace, but there are no boundaries – feel free to roam the rest of Winter Carnival! Get a drink at the Southwest Porch or warm up in the Warming Lodge while grooving with your headphones.

Fun giveaways courtesy of Southwest Airlines, while supplies last.

Ice Ball

All are invited to don their fanciest top hats, tails, gowns and furs and skate to waltz music at a pop-up waltz ball hosted by the Simulacrum of Yore Society. Help us fill the rink with classic Viennese glamour!

Outdoor Winter Brew House

Inspired by our favorite beer gardens around the world, we’re opening up the northwest corner of the skate deck for eating and drinking. Don’t let a little winter chill discourage you – we’ll have beer garden-style seating, heaters, board games, and a whole roster of special events!

Drink – A variety of brews from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. Exclusive wine sponsor The Drop Wine Company will be mulling delicious, authentic gluhwein with their Cali Red. Available for purchase for those 21+.

Eat – Classic beer garden fare like sausages and bratwursts from Brooklyn Cured available for purchase, piled high with your choice of condiments from Sir Kensington’s.

GIANT Ice Castle

Come visit an urban interpretation of an “ice” castle – it’s constructed from giant modular building blocks! Come nightfall, the castle is washed in dramatic uplighting. Best viewed from the 6th Avenue entrance of the park.

Free Curling Lessons

Sweep sweep sweep! We’ll have professional instructors and equipment on hand to teach you how to play this classic oddball winter sport.

Line will form on eastern edge of ice rink. Skates not permitted – shoes only. Do not go through the Skating Pavilion to access this activity. Open Skating will be available on the rest of the Rink as usual.

Free Skating Lessons

Winter Carnival is stacked with opportunities to get on the ice and learn about Winter Village’s signature activity – ice skating!

Register for a free 30-minute lunchtime lesson to learn skating basics and get comfortable on the ice. Space is limited to 15 students per lesson.

Frozen Fingers Games and Giveaways

Our expert jugglers are here to teach you how to juggle, adding to the Carnival atmosphere! Test your coordination and dexterity with a free lesson. All skill levels are welcome to join in the fun. Equipment is provided.

Cozy Warming Lodge

Need to warm up from the chill outdoors? Step inside the cozy, heated Lodge and take advantage of comfortable lounge furniture and free device charging!

While you’re there, join in a virtual snowball fight and watch your name climb the live leaderboard. Daily prizes awarded.

As an added bonus, Bank of America cardholders can show their card for a complimentary hot cocoa.

For a complete list of events and schedule, visit Bryant Park’s Winter Carnival Homepage.

 

 

 

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