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Leap Day in NYC

There’s never a dull moment in New York City and, with so much to do, it often feels like there’s simply not enough time. This year, take advantage of your extra 24 hours to experience even more of what the city has to offer. Leap Year only comes once every 4 years, so take advantage of it before time runs out!

While not unique to the big city, Pizza Hut is offering a free one topping personal pan pizza to any carry out customers who can show they were born on Leap Day. Those born on the 29th can also receive a free entrée from a special menu at the Hard Rock Café all over the world. Meanwhile, Krispy Kreme is offering an additional dozen of original glazed donuts for just $2.29 with the purchase of any dozen donuts. Additionally, to help get you through your extra day, Starbucks is offering $29 off any order of over $100.

If you’re looking for something more unique to the city, the final day of the City Bakery’s Hot Chocolate Festival concludes on Leap Day. A different hot chocolate flavor has been featured every day this month and as the month comes to a close one day later than normal, a special hot chocolate party is being held in order to help everyone enjoy one of the most delicious warm beverages ever invented.

Enjoy the warmer weather this Leap Day with a visit to one of New York’s many parks and gardens. The New York Botanical Garden is currently featuring the 14th annual Orchid Show: Orcidelirium, exploring the past searches for orchids and the perilous journeys orchid hunters faced in search of this captivating flower. If flowers alone aren’t enough, visit the Butterfly Conservatory to watch over 500 butterflies from around the world as they fly around their vivarium.

If your Leap Day is feeling a little artless, check out Unorthodox, an art venue featuring over 50 contemporary artists displaying works that fit the venues name perfectly. Artists strive to break the traditions and contemporary ideals of art with their pieces and in doing so create many breathtaking works.

With all that’s happening across the city every day of the year, don’t waste your time this Leap Day. A little extra time is all you need to get closer to completing your list of things to do in New York City.

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Black History Month Events in NYC

On the heels of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January, Black History Month honors the history of African Americans in the United States and pays homage to the outstanding men and women of color whose contributions have helped shape the world of today. With a rich history all its own, New York comes to life during the month of February to celebrate these great men and women and the help educate residents and visitors alike in the rich history of African American culture through the years. Check out this list for a look at just some of what the city has to offer during this month of observance.

Harlem Fine Arts Show

Feb 4-7 | 91 Claremont Ave at 120th Street

The largest traveling African Diasporic art show in the United States returns to New York this February to continue its mission of empowering artists and non-artists alike to express themselves through their culture and ideas. The show features a gallery for artists to exhibit their work as well as a floor to sell their pieces as well.

Amateur Night at the Apollo

Feb 17 & 24 | Apollo Theater

Wednesday nights bring out the new talent at the Apollo with one of its most famous attractions. Helping to launch the careers of many famous performers and groups, this series of performances all year long gives the stage to up and coming acts and allows them their chance to shine.

America: The Legacy of African American Public Service

Through Feb 26 | Arsenal Gallery, Central Park

This exhibit honors and celebrates the noted government officials as well as activists and members of the public who dedicated their lives to the greater good of the people of America with works from a variety of artists.

8th Annual Black History Month Celebration

Feb 27| St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 West 126th Street

The Harlem Chamber Players invite all to attend the 8th annual celebration of Black History Month with the help of several musicians and performers including Janinah Burnett, and Eric K. Washington.


Feb 18-21| 161-4 Jamaica Ave, Queens, NY 11432

Join the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning for their celebration of Black History Month, including music, art exhibits, a film screening, and a four night performance of the Pulitzer Prize winning play FENCES by award-winning playwright August Wilson which explores the evolving African-American experience during the 1950’s.

Taste Harlem

Since 2007, Taste Harlem has been offering food and cultural tours of one of the most recognizable areas of New York. With tours ranging from architectural and neighborhood walks to exploring some of the best food spots in the area, Taste Harlem delves deep into the rich history that has made Harlem the cultural landmark it is today.

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