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Bike Expo New York (May 4-5) Relocated to Pier 12, Brooklyn; Venue to Pick up Packets for TD 5 Boro Bike Tour

April 16, 2018

Some 32,000 riders line up for the start of the TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI, the largest noncompetitive bike tour in North America, a 40-mile route that gives an incomparable view of New York City’s neighborhoods. This year’s Bike Expo New York, where participants pick up their packets, takes place on May 4 and 5 at Pier 12 in Brooklyn; the bike tour takes place on Sunday, May 6. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

After six years at Basketball City, Bike Expo New York, the largest bike show on the East Coast, is moving to Pier 12 in Brooklyn New York, on May 4 and 5.

Less than a month before the event, Bike New York announced it had to move the Bike Expo New York due to unexpected maintenance at Pier 36 which prevented the nonprofit from obtaining a permit to hold the event at Basketball City, where the event has taken place for six years.

“It’s no small undertaking to move an event that draws more than 60,000 people from all over the world, especially in this short a timeframe,” said Ken Podziba, President & CEO of Bike New York. “However, we are encouraged by all that Pier 12 has to offer and we will make every effort to ensure that the quality and experience of Bike Expo New York will be what our attendees and exhibitors have come to expect over the past six years.”

The venue is accessible by public transportation, including subway, bus, and ferry; the ferry docks on site. Bike valet and car parking will be available, and there are several Citi Bike docking stations nearby.

The Expo, which is free and open to the public, also serves as the rider packet pick-up location for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI, which takes place on Sunday, May 6; like the Tour, the event benefits Bike New York, New York City’s leading bike education nonprofit.

Among the 100-plus exhibitors are top bike, gear, and apparel brands, tourism companies, bike event organizers, advocacy groups, and many others dedicated to active lifestyles.

In addition to exhibitor booths, Bike Expo New York is packed with programming for casual and serious cyclists alike, including a fashion show, how-to demonstrations, and competitions. The Expo will also feature a beer garden, beer samples from New Belgium Brewing, food trucks, and amazing views of Manhattan, Governors Island, and the Statue of Liberty.

The TD Five Boro Bike Tour – which caps participation at 32,000 – is the largest noncompetitive bike tour in North America. It is remarkable to consider that the first ride in 1977 had just 250 participants.

The annual event raises money for bike education – 17,000 people a year learn how to ride, the largest free biking education program in the country. Bike New York operates bike education centers, after school programs, summer camps, and last year launched a Women’s Initiative, as well as a membership program. Individual slots are taken, but there is still a way to participate in the 5 Boro Tour, by signing on to one of the many charities, such as Doctors Without Borders, which also use the event for fundraising, purchasing registrations which participants then raise money against.

The ride is designed to be a family friendly tour, not a competition, appealing to cyclists of all abilities and ages – indeed, you see all manners of cycles. A pace car keeps the speed down, and keep it safe, and there are support vehicles to assist.

“Diversity is what makes the ride,” says Sam Polcer, who handles communications for Bike New York.

The 40-mile route embraces all five boroughs – and each shows off its pride and character with street entertainment. There are also well-positioned rest stops along the way which have a festive atmosphere.

About Bike New York Bike New York is 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to transform lives and communities through bicycling. In 2017, they taught bike skills to more than 25,000 kids and adults. Funding for these programs comes from numerous annual events, including the TD Five Boro Bike Tour Presented by REI, Bike Expo New York, and regional events. http://www.bike.nyc

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15 Restaurants Offer Meal Deals for Kids Night on Broadway Feb 27

February 6, 2018
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Fifteen Times Square area restaurants will be participating in the 22nd Kids’ Night on Broadway, which will take place Tuesday, February 27, 2018 © Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

New York, NY – Fifteen Times Square area restaurants will be participating in the 22nd Kids’ Night on Broadway, which will take place Tuesday, February 27, 2018, The Broadway League announced. Each eatery will offer specials for Kids’ Night on Broadway ticket-holders, including free entrees for young theatergoers. Check KidsNight.Broadway for more dining details, as well as parking offers.

Christy AltomareEthan Slater, and Lea Salonga will serve as ambassadors. Christy Altomare is appearing in the role of Anya in Anastasia. Ethan Slater can now be seen making his Broadway debut in the title role in SpongeBob SquarePants the musical. Lea Salonga, a Tony Award® winning actress, is currently starring in Once On This Island in the role of Erzulie.

Participating 2018 restaurants include: Basera Indian Bistro, Glass House Tavern, Ikinari Steak, Nizza, Planet Hollywood, Playwright Celtic Pub, Playwright Tavern, Schnippers, Sen Sakana, Southern Hospitality Restaurant, Toloache Restaurant, Tony’s Di Napoli, Utsav, Virgil’s Real Barbecue, and 5 Napkin Burger (subject to change). 

Participating 2018 shows to date include: AladdinAnastasiaThe Band’s VisitBeautiful: The Carole King MusicalA Bronx TaleCome From AwayChicagoFarinelli and the KingKinky BootsThe Lion KingOnce On This IslandThe Phantom of the OperaThe Play That Goes WrongSchool of RockSpongeBob SquarePants, and Wicked (subject to change).

Kids’ Night on Broadway is an annual event where kids 18 and under can attend participating Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. A Kids’ Night on Broadway ticket includes restaurant discounts, parking discounts, activities, and more. On Tuesday, February 27 2018, select shows will offer in-theatre activities for kids including talkbacks, Kids’ Night on Broadway activity books, and more events still to be announced!

Kids’ Night on Broadway will also take place in multiple cities around the country, with different shows and venues putting their own spin on the event, on numerous dates throughout the year.

Kids’ Night on Broadway is a program of The Broadway League. It is generously presented by The New York Times and is sponsored by WABC-TV with additional support from Turnstyle and Westchester Family.

 

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NYC Off-Broadway Week: 2-For-1 Tix on Sale for Feb 12-25 Performances

January 29, 2018
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Take advantage of two-for-one tickets at Off-Broadway shows during Off-Broadway Week, February 12 to February 25, 2018 © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, announced NYC Off-Broadway WeekSM two-for-one tickets are on sale to the public. The popular biannual program now in its ninth year will run February 12 to February 25, 2018, offering visitors and New Yorkers the opportunity to see more than 35 Off-Broadway productions at an excellent value. Participating shows—of which 22 are new to NYC Off-Broadway Week for winter 2018—include critics’ picks, musical revivals, celebrities, family-friendly themes, long-running classics and more. NYC Off-Broadway Week tickets can be purchased now at nycgo.com/off-broadway-week.

“The Off-Broadway theater community truly welcomes all as they continually offer a wide variety of entertaining productions for every audience type,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “We are proud to offer our NYC Off-Broadway Week program, which has featured over 600 Off-Broadway productions to date, and we encourage both visitors and locals alike to discover a new Off-Broadway show this winter at a value and support this welcoming community.”

The 36 shows participating in NYC Off-Broadway Week winter 2018 are:

  • A Letter to Harvey Milk*
  • A Walk With Mr. Heifetz*
  • Addy & Uno*
  • Amy and the Orphans*
  • An Ordinary Muslim*
  • Avenue Q
  • Balls*
  • Blue Man Group
  • Cardinal*
  • Cinderella the Musical*
  • Cruel Intentions: The Musical*
  • Disco Pigs*
  • Drunk Shakespeare
  • El Coronel No Tiene Quién Le Escriba (No One Writes to the Colonel)
  • Fire and Air*
  • Gazillion Bubble Show
  • Good for Otto*
  • In & Of Itself
  • In the Body of the World*
  • Jerry Springer – The Opera*
  • Jersey Boys*
  • Naked Boys Singing!
  • NEWSical The Musical
  • Party Face*
  • Perfect Crime
  • [PORTO]*
  • Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic
  • Red Roses, Green Gold*
  • Relevance*
  • Sistas The Musical
  • STOMP
  • THE Amateurs*
  • The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking
  • The Marvelous Wonderettes
  • The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats*
  • This One’s For The Girls*

*New participants in NYC Off-Broadway Week.

All participating shows are subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply

“The Off-Broadway League is excited to enter into a new year and a new season of NYC Off-Broadway Week with our friends and partners at NYC & Company,” said Adam Hess, President of The Off-Broadway League. “This winter season features 22 new participants along with more than a dozen returning favorites, and we hope this value program entices both regular theatergoers and new audiences to come out and discover the exciting shows that Off-Broadway has to offer.”

NYC Off-Broadway Week is produced by NYC & Company in partnership with The Off-Broadway League. NYC Off-Broadway Week will be promoted through exclusive content on nycgo.com, out-of-home media in the five boroughs, print and digital advertising, commercials running in NYC taxicabs and through social media posts on @nycgo and with hashtag #NYCOffBroadwayWeek.

Since its launch in 2009, over 600 Off-Broadway productions have participated in NYC Off-Broadway Week. The program has also generated over $3 million in revenue through ticket sales, of which over 85,000 have been sold.

New Yorkers and visitors also are encouraged to seek out the ultimate-value week this winter, January 29 through February 4, when three of NYC & Company’s signature programs align: NYC Broadway WeekSM, NYC Restaurant Week® and NYC Must-See WeekSM. Hotel savings are also available as the winter season offers the most attractive hotel rates of the year, particularly on the evening of Super Bowl Sunday (February 4). For all there is to do in NYC this winter, visit nycgo.com/winter.

 

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NYC Must-See Week Offers 2-for-1 Tickets to Attractions, Museums, Tours & Performing Arts

January 18, 2018
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From iconic attractions like the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile, to lesser-known gems, NYC Must-See Week’s 2-for-1 offer gives everyone a chance to discover more across the five boroughs at a value © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

New York, NY – NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, announced tickets are on sale to the public today at 10:30am EST for NYC Must-See Week. The program (formerly known as NYC Attractions WeekSM in 2017) will offer two-for-one admission to attractions, museums, tours, and performing arts venues across all five boroughs with tickets offered from January 29 through February 11, 2018. Experiences to be enjoyed among the 62 unique participants include iconic NYC attractions, skyline views, historic sites, world-class institutions and more. To view a full list of participants and to purchase tickets, visit nycgo.com/mustseeweek.

“NYC Must-See Week gives locals and visitors a unique opportunity to check off experiences from their bucket list and sample more of everything the City has to offer,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “From iconic attractions to lesser-known gems, the 2-for-1 offer gives everyone a chance to discover more across the five boroughs at a value.”

During NYC Must-See Week, there are options for everyone. For those seeking…

  • recently opened Times Square attractions, head to Midtown Manhattan to explore Gulliver’s Gate, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey or the NFL Experience Times Square.
  • observation deck views, book the Empire State Building Experience or visit One World Observatory.
  • waterfront explorationshop aboard with Bateaux New York, Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises or Hornblower Cruises & Events, among others.
  • cultural institutions along Museum Mile, visit the Museum of the City of New York; the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; or the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
  • world-class museums not found on Fifth Avenue, visit the Brooklyn MuseumMuseum of Modern Art (MoMA) or the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.
  • cultural heritage museums, visit the Museum of Chinese in America, Museum at Eldridge Street or the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
  • family-friendly activities, enjoy the Bronx Zoo, The Ride or Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, among others.
  • historical sites, enjoy Fraunces Tavern Museum, Morris Jumel Mansion, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden or head out on an educational historic walk with Lower Manhattan Tours.
  • food tours, dine with Like a Local Tours or Urban Oyster Tours.
  • behind-the-scene tours, discover Carnegie Hall Tours, Madison Square Garden All Access Tour or Yankee Stadium Tours, among others.
  • pop culture tours, head out with On Location ToursThe Tour at NBC Studios or see your favorite celebrities at Madame Tussauds New York.
  • music and performing arts, enjoy the Baruch Performing Arts CenterChamber Music Society of Lincoln CenterHarlem School of the Arts or the World Music Institute.

NYC Must-See Week will be promoted through exclusive content on NYCgo.com; @nycgo on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #NYCMustSeeWeek; through out-of-home advertising on NYC bus shelters, LinkNYC screens, Parabit Airport Kiosks, and PATH trains and stations; and through various media partnerships.

New Yorkers and visitors also are encouraged to seek out the ultimate-value week this winter, January 29 through February 4, when three of NYC & Company’s signature programs align: NYC Must-See Week, NYC Restaurant Week® and NYC Broadway WeekSM. Additionally, snag NYC Off-Broadway WeekSM 2-for-1 tickets during this time after they go on sale January 29 for performances from February 12 to February 25. Hotel savings are also available as the winter season offers the most attractive hotel rates of the year, particularly on the evening of Super Bowl Sunday (February 4). For all there is to do in NYC this winter, visit nycgo.com/winter.
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NYC Broadway Week Winter Begins Today With 2-For-1 Tickets, Sweepstakes

January 16, 2018
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Hello, Dolly! Is one of the Broadway shows offering 2-for-1 pricing through Feb. 4

New York City (January 16, 2018) — NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, announced NYC Broadway Week begins today, offering visitors and New Yorkers two-for-one tickets to nearly 20 Broadway shows with performances today through February 4, 2018. Also returning this season is NYC Broadway Week Sweeps where consumers can enter for the chance to win a free pair of tickets to 14 select Broadway performances. Supported by the Shubert Organization, enter the sweepstakes now for the chance to win the first drawing on January 22, and enter again after January 24 for the second drawing on January 29.

Visit nycbroadwayweeksweeps.com to enter (official rules and terms and conditions apply; see website).

Two-for-one tickets or ticket upgrades are still available to 18 of the 19 shows participating in NYC Broadway Week:*

  • A Bronx Tale
  • Aladdin
  • Anastasia
  • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
  • Chicago
  • The Children
  • Farinelli and the King
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • John Lithgow: Stories by Heart
  • Kinky Boots
  • Latin History for Morons
  • The Lion King**
  • Once on This Island
  • The Parisian Woman
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • The Play That Goes Wrong
  • School of Rock
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Wicked

*Subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply.

**Currently sold out.

Tickets for NYC Broadway Week can be purchased now at nycgo.com/broadwayweek.

NYC Broadway Week is produced by NYC & Company in partnership with American Express, The Broadway League, Ticketmaster, Telecharge and Audience Rewards. NYC Broadway Week will be promoted through exclusive content on NYCgo.com, out-of-home media in the five boroughs, print and digital advertising, commercials running in NYC taxicabs and through social media posts on @nycgo and with hashtag #NYCBroadwayWeek.

Since its launch in January 2011, NYC Broadway Week has cumulatively sold more than 1,128,000 tickets, generating nearly $77 million in revenue for Broadway.

New Yorkers and visitors are encouraged to seek out the ultimate-value week this winter, January 29 through February 4, when three of NYC & Company’s signature programs align: NYC Broadway Week, NYC Restaurant Week® and NYC Must-See WeekSM. Hotel savings are also available as the winter season offers the most attractive hotel rates of the year, particularly on the evening of Super Bowl Sunday (February 4). For all there is to do in NYC this winter, visit nycgo.com/winter.

 

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Take Advantage of 2-For-1 Ticket Offer During NYC Broadway Week Jan 16-Feb 4

January 8, 2018
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NYC Broadway Week winter 2018 tickets are now available, offering 2-for-1 tickets to 19 Broadway shows with performances January 16 through February 4 © 2018 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

New York City — NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, announced NYC Broadway Week tickets are on sale to the public today beginning at 10:30am EST. The popular biannual program, now in its eighth year, will run January 16 through February 4, 2018, offering visitors and New Yorkers the opportunity to purchase two-for-one tickets to 19 exciting Broadway shows. Of the participants, seven are new Broadway productions, including Farinelli and the King, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Parisian Woman, among others. Tickets for NYC Broadway Week can be purchased now at nycgo.com/broadwayweek.

The 19 shows participating in NYC Broadway Week winter 2018 are:

  • A Bronx Tale
  • Aladdin
  • Anastasia
  • Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
  • Chicago
  • The Children**
  • Farinelli and the King**
  • Hello, Dolly!
  • John Lithgow: Stories by Heart**
  • Kinky Boots
  • Latin History for Morons**
  • The Lion King
  • Once on This Island**
  • The Parisian Woman**
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • The Play That Goes Wrong
  • School of Rock
  • SpongeBob SquarePants**
  • Wicked

*Subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply.

**New participants in NYC Broadway Week.

NYC Broadway Week is produced by NYC & Company in partnership with American Express, The Broadway League, Ticketmaster, Telecharge and Audience Rewards. NYC Broadway Week will be promoted through exclusive content on NYCgo.com, out-of-home media in the five boroughs, print and digital advertising, commercials running in NYC taxicabs and through social media posts on @nycgo and with hashtag #NYCBroadwayWeek.

Since its launch in January 2011, NYC Broadway Week has cumulatively sold more than 1,128,000 tickets, generating nearly $77 million in revenue for Broadway.

Last month, NYC & Company announced the first-ever NYC Broadway Week Winter Stay hotel promotion. This winter, NYC Broadway Week 2-for-1 ticket holders who stay at one of 25 participating hotels will receive a daily $25 food and beverage on-property credit—perfect to use before or after attending a Broadway show. All participating hotels are centrally located to Broadway’s famed Theatre District and will offer attractive room rates as part of the promotion. For an up-to-date list of participating hotels and corresponding links to book, visit nycgo.com/nyc-broadway-week-winter-stay.

New Yorkers and visitors also are encouraged to seek out the ultimate-value week this winter, January 29 through February 4, when three of NYC & Company’s signature programs align: NYC Broadway Week, NYC Restaurant Week, and NYC Must-See Week. Hotel savings are also available as the winter season offers the most attractive hotel rates of the year, particularly on the evening of Super Bowl Sunday (February 4). For all there is to do in NYC this winter, visit nycgo.com/winter.

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What a Stocking Stuffer! Kids’ Night on Broadway Tickets Now on Sale

December 6, 2017
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Tickets are now on sale for Kids’ Night on Broadway®. Kids’ Night on Broadway will take place in New York City on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

New York, NY – What a stocking stuffer! Tickets are now on sale for Kids’ Night on Broadway®. Kids’ Night on Broadway will take place in New York City on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

Participating shows include: AladdinAnastasiaThe Band’s VisitBeautiful: The Carole King MusicalA Bronx TaleCome From AwayChicagoFarinelli and the KingKinky BootsThe Lion KingOnce On This IslandThe Phantom of the OperaSchool of RockSpongeBob SquarePants, and Wicked. Shows are subject to change.

Kids’ Night on Broadway is an annual event where kids 18 and under can attend participating Broadway shows for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult (all guests must have a ticket to attend shows; offer is applied as 50% off each ticket; no additional ‘free’ tickets are added to orders).

A Kids’ Night on Broadway ticket includes restaurant discounts, parking discounts, activities, and more. On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, select shows will offer in-theatre activities for kids including talkbacks, Kids’ Night on Broadway activity books, and more events still to be announced! Restaurants and parking discounts will be announced in January.

Kids’ Night on Broadway will also take place in multiple cities around the country, with different shows and venues putting their own spin on the event, on numerous dates throughout the year.

Kids’ Night on Broadway is a program of The Broadway League. It is generously presented by The New York Times and is sponsored by WABC-TV with additional support from Turnstyle and Westchester Family.

 

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Iconic 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Kicks off Holiday Season in NYC; Here’s What to Expect

November 9, 2017
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Macy’s iconic Thanksgiving Parade that kicks off the winter holiday season actually starts the night before, with a gigantic blow-up event that has become a major festival experience, drawing tens of thousands of onlookers on the streets around the American Museum of Natural History and Central Park West © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

NEW YORK –This Thanksgiving, a magical march returns to the streets of New York City and to homes across the U.S. as the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® kicks off the holiday season with its signature spectacle of wonder. On Thursday, Nov. 23 (9 a.m.-noon in all time zones), the streets of Manhattan will come alive at the sound of “Let’s Have a Parade!” Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Al Roker of NBC’s “Today” will host the broadcast. Telemundo will simulcast the parade in Spanish, with the event hosted by Carlos Ponce, Jessica Carrillo and Karim Mendiburu.

Ready to spread holiday cheer, the annual procession is sure to delight more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers nationwide with its traditional merriment. Since the first march in 1924, the Macy’s Parade has captivated audiences and become synonymous with the start of the holiday season. For the 91st edition, the line-up will feature 17 giant character balloons; 28 legacy balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,100 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; 12 marching bands; and 6 performance groups.

The star power on parade will once again feature some of the nation’s most riveting performers. Taking to the streets of New York City on board one of Macy’s signature floating stages and thrilling the nation with their performances at Herald Square will be 98 Degrees, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sabrina Carpenter, Andra Day & Common, Sara Evans, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots, Flo Rida, Goo Goo Dolls, Kat Graham, Andy Grammer, Angelica Hale, Olivia Holt, Nicky Jam, Wyclef Jean, Bravo’s Top Chef stars Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio, Dustin Lynch, Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, Bebe Rexha, Smokey Robinson, Jojo Siwa and more.

On 34th Street, Broadway’s best shows will take a star turn in front of Macy’s famed flagship with special performances from the casts of “Anastasia,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Once On This Island” and “SpongeBob SquarePants – The Broadway Musical.” In addition, the show-stopping Radio City Rockettes®  will bring their signature high-kicking magic to Herald Square.

“The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of our great holiday traditions and we’re thrilled to be able to once again bring the pageantry and spectacle to viewers across the country,” said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs and Late Night, NBC Entertainment. “We can’t wait to see all the balloons, floats and high-end entertainment that have become such an integral part of this wonderful event.”

“For more than 90 years, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has signaled the start of the holiday season for millions of families. We are thrilled to once again come together as a nation to give this gift of joy and wonder to all,” said Susan Tercero, group vice-president of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She added, “Our incredible team has planned a fantastic spectacle featuring an amazing line-up of giant character balloons, floats of fantasy, the nation’s best marching bands and performance groups, a dazzling array of musical artists, all coming together to herald the arrival of the one-and-only Santa Claus.”

The Macy’s Parade is always a unique multi-level, magical march that provides spectators with different experiences, whether they watch it on television with friends and family or scout the perfect spot on the route to watch it unfold live. To give fans another unique viewing opportunity, Macy’s, along with NBCUniversal and Verizon will once again take viewers closer to the magic via up close and personal views of the event through a 360-degree livestream of the parade on Verizon’s YouTube page. The stream, found at www.youtube.com/verizon, will be synced with the start of the Parade.

Flying Icons

Taking flight on Turkey Day will be the Parade’s signature giant character helium balloons. Since their introduction in 1927, these giants of the sky have featured some of the world’s most beloved characters. This year four giant characters will debut, including Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen,” Illumination presents Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Jett from Super Wings™ and PAW Patrol®.

The balloon line-up will also feature the return of Harold the Baseball Player, a legacy Macy’s character prominently featured in Twentieth Century Fox’s iconic holiday film classic “Miracle on 34th Street.” In celebration of the film’s 70th anniversary, the Harold heritage balloon has been recreated for this year’s Parade, painted in hues of black, white and grey, to look exactly as it did on-screen during a memorable scene in the 1947 film. In addition to Harold, the famed spokesduck, the Aflac Duck, will debut as an all-new balloonicle (a Macy’s Parade innovation of hybrid cold-air balloon and vehicle) and is sure to have fans quacking with joy and laughter down the route.

Returning giant balloon characters include Angry Birds’ Red; Charlie Brown; Diary of a Wimpy Kid®;  Sinclair’s Dino®; the Elf on the Shelf®; Hello Kitty®; Ice Age’s Scrat and His Acorn; Pikachu™; Pillsbury Doughboy™; Red Mighty Morphin Power Ranger; Ronald McDonald®; SpongeBob SquarePants; and DreamWorks’ Trolls.

Parade Floats

Floating down the route this Thanksgiving, the Parade’s signature floats transport spectators to worlds of wonder. Designed and created by the incredible artists of Macy’s Parade Studio, which include carpenters, painters, animators, sculptors, metal fabricators, scenic/costume designers and electricians, this year’s line-up of floats sets an unparalleled stage for entertainment. The painstaking process of creating a Macy’s Parade float is both a creative and technical endeavor. Macy’s Parade floats are often three-stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide, but must collapse to no more than 12½-feet tall and 8-feet wide in order to travel safely from the New Jersey home of the Parade Studio, to the Manhattan starting line via the Lincoln Tunnel each Thanksgiving eve. These creations are not only works of art, but also engineering marvels.

This year five new floats will debut including Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop by Entenmann’s® (Sara Evans), Harvest in the Valley by Green Giant® (Lauren Alaina), Parade Day Mischief by Sour Patch Kids® Candy (Nicky Jam), Shimmer and Shine by Nickelodeon (Jojo Siwa) and Universal Playground by Sprout® (Angelica Hale). A special float by Delta Air Lines will also debut to commemorate the season of togetherness with the perfect gift of song, as more than 125 Macy’s employees gather to form a one-of-a-kind cross-generational choir aboard the Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree.

The returning float roster includes 1-2-3 Sesame Street by Sesame Street (Leslie Odom Jr. and the cast and Muppets of “Sesame Street“); The Aloha Spirit by King’s Hawaiian (Goo Goo Dolls), Big Apple by N.Y. Daily News (Bebe Rexha); Big City Cheer! by Spirit of America Productions (Miss America 2018 Cara Mund); Building a Better World by Girl Scouts of the USA (Andra Day and Common); The Colonel’s Road Trip to NYC by Kentucky Fried Chicken (Dustin Lynch); The Cranberry Cooperative by Ocean Spray®; Deck the Halls by Balsam Hill® (Olivia Holt); Discover Adventure! by Build-A-Bear (Sabrina Carpenter); Frozen Fall Fun by Discover®/NHL (Wyclef Jean) and NHL Hockey Hall of Famers Ray Bourque & Bryan Trottier); Fun House by Krazy Glue® (Flo Rida); Heartwarming Holiday Countdown by Hallmark Channel (98 Degrees); It’s All Rock & Roll by Gibson Brands (Jimmy Fallon & The Roots); Mount Rushmore’s American Pride by South Dakota Department of Tourism (Smokey Robinson); On The Roll Again by Homewood Suites by Hilton® (Andy Grammer); Santa’s Sleigh; Snoopy’s Doghouse by Peanuts Worldwide; Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations by Domino® Sugar (Cam); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Nickelodeon (Kat Graham); and Tom Turkey featuring Bravo’s Top Chef (Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio).

Drum Roll, Please…

Marching bands are a central piece of the Thanksgiving delights, bringing national excitement and hometown pride to the streets of the Big Apple, not to mention the musical beat to the holiday revelry. Twelve performance ensembles will take up the call of the baton and march down the streets of Manhattan. This year’s bands include Colony High School (Palmer, Alaska), Davis High School (Kaysville, Utah), Rosemount High School (Rosemount, Minn.), West Harrison High School (Gulfport, Miss.), Rockford High School (Rockford, Mich.), Ohio University (Athens, Ohio), Nation Ford High School (Fort Mill, S.C.), Trumbull High School (Trumbull, Conn.), Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, Texas), the United States Air Force Band and Honor Guard, Macy’s Great American Marching Band (United States) and the NYPD Marching Band (New York, NY).

Specialty Parade entertainment always promises a unique, exciting, and sometimes humorous look at the nation’s finest performance groups. Returning to the line-up this year are the dancers and cheerleaders of Spirit of America Dance Stars and Spirit of America Cheer. These groups combined feature more than 1,000 of the nation’s very best performers recruited from small towns and big cities. Days before Thanksgiving, they will gather for the first time in NYC, ahead of their once-in-a-lifetime national spotlight. Adding to the dance floor revelry will be 34th & Phunk, a special group commissioned and produced by Macy’s with organizers from the United States Tournament of Dance. Choreographed by the legendary artist Willdabeast Adams and acclaimed dancer Janelle Ginestra, 34th & Phunk will be a one-of-a-kind hip-hop dance crew featuring performers of all ages and from all walks of life, who have a passion for dance and precision movement. Bringing a Broadway flair to the spectacle will be the talented kids of Camp Broadway, who this year have auditioned and selected dancers/singers from military bases around the nation, and who will pay tribute to America with their performance. Rounding out the performance group list are the zany Red Hot Mamas (Post Falls, Idaho) who will deliver their signature humorous take on the holiday season, along with the whimsical stars of the Big Apple Circus (New York, NY).

Interactive Fun

This year the magic of Macy’s iconic balloons and Parade artistry will head south for the winter to give fans an up close and personal experience for the holidays. Starting on Saturday, Nov. 18, Universal Orlando Resort’s destination-wide Holidays celebration begins, featuring the all-new “Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.” This one-of-a-kind experience is where merry and mayhem mesh to create a fantastic treat for park guests that features more than 15 incredibly detailed floats, colorful stilt-walkers and characters, and a specially created cast of all new Macy’s balloons that you can’t see anywhere else. Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s will run daily from Nov. 18 through Jan. 6.

The 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. from 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will march to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square. “A Holiday Treat for Children Everywhere” has been the guiding motto of this annual tradition for more than nine decades and is the mandate that continues to this day.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Brad Lachman Productions. Brad Lachman serves as executive producer, Bill Bracken will co-executive produce and Ryan Polito directs.

For more information on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,  visit www.macys.com/parade  or call the Parade hotline at 212-494-4495. Follow @macys on various social networks and join the conversation using #MacysParade.

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39th Annual Museum Mile Festival Takes Over Fifth Avenue, NYC June 13

June 5, 2017
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the most popular places to visit during the annual Fifth Avenue Museum Mile festival © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The 39th annual Museum Mile Festival, the biggest block party in the cultural capital of the world, takes place on Tuesday, June 13, 6 pm-9 pm, rain or shine on a mile-long stretch of Fifth Avenue, from 82 Street to 105 Street. The festival kicks off at 5:45 pm on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It is a fantastically festive event, with street performers – clowns, magicians, bands – plus art on the street activities. Best of all, all eight museums are open at no charge, many offer entertainment and special activities inside.

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Kids make art and become the art during the annual Fifth Avenue Museum Mile festival © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Begun as an initiative to spur the development of new museum audiences and to increase support for the arts during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, Museum Mile was formed as a consortium by the museums that share the Fifth Avenue address. It has become one of the most popular happenings in a city known for spectacular events – some 40,000 turn out. It’s such a wonderful opportunity to visit museums you might not otherwise see – I am always surprised.

Expect long lines and to get in about 3 or 4 museums during the course of the night, depending upon how much time you spend enjoying the street entertainment.

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The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of the museums participating in the annual Museum Mile festival © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Participating museums include:

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029, (212) 831-7272 (http://www.elmuseo.org/)

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029 (212) 534-1672, http://www.mcny.org/  

The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, (between 92nd & 93rd Streets), New York, NY 10128, (212) 423-3200, www.thejewishmuseum.org.

Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street (off Fifth Avenue) New York, NY 10128, 212-849-8400, http://www.cooperhewitt.org/

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 88th Street) New York, NY 10128, (212) 423-3500, https://www.guggenheim.org/

Neue Galerie New York, 1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street), New York, NY 10028, (212) 628-6200, http://www.neuegalerie.org/.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), New York, NY 10028, (212) 535-7710 http://www.metmuseum.org/.

Visit http://museummilefestival.org/ for more information, map, and schedule.

 

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29th Fleet Week Sails into New York With Ship Visits, Events May 24-30

May 24, 2017
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Lt. Commander Cameron Ingram of the USS Zephyr, a 2004 graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, with Rear Admiral James A. Helis, USMMA Superintendent and Mrs. Helis. For the first time, US Navy Vessel has come to USMMA for Fleet Week New York © 2017 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com

Fleet Week is underway in New York City, May 24-30, and for the first time, the US Navy has brought one of its ships, the USS Zephyr, to US Merchant Marine Academy, in Kings Point, Long Island.

Ships are positioned in all five boroughs, and in most cases are open to public to visit, and there are events in locations as far flung as Eisenhower Park, Nassau County, Long Island to Liberty State Park in New Jersey. (See below for schedules and locations.)

Tied up at the same pier as the Kings Pointer, the Zephyr is a fast, nimble Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship with guns forward and aft, capable of speeding through the waves at 35 knots that is used mainly to interdict and capture drug runners, mainly in the Caribbean Sea. Just last month, the ship captured 750 kilos of cocaine with a street value of $22.5 million, and the month before, 900 kilos worth $30 million. We get to walk through the ship, up to the control room, through the mess and into where the 28 crewmembers sleep in bunks (more like shelves) three high. The ship accommodates up to 40, with Coast Guard members and other specialists who come along.

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Lt. Commander Cam Ingram shows the control room of the USS Zephyr, a Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship © 2017 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The Zephyr is commanded by Lt. Commander Cam Ingram, a 2004 graduate of the USMMA, and it isn’t really a coincidence that the ship is here for Fleet Week (as opposed to the Bronx). He said he was grateful to be back, and recalled that when he first entered Kings Point, he could see the Twin Towers; by the time he left, they were gone. While among the service academies, the Merchant Marine (the only one of the service academies that flies the battle standard for the cadets it lost in battle during World War II), offers its graduates a lot more options in terms of how they fulfill their service. All graduate with Coast Guard licenses and can go into the US Naval Reserves and many go from here into commercial shipping, the merchant marine as well as the armed forces. Ingram went immediately into the US Navy.

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Lt. Commander Cam Ingram is justifiably proud of the awards the USS Zephyr has won, including the big “E” for winning 2016 “best in class” © 2017 Karen Rubin/ goingplacesfarandnear.com

We get to see the tattered flag that marks how the ship survived the fury of Hurricane Matthew this past year, which hit directly at its homeport of Mayport, Florida.

He took over command of the Zephyr a year ago – during which the ship earned the coveted best-ship in its class honor – and already knows his next posting, in the Pentagon.

For Fleet Week, visiting the ship, which is tied to the same pier as the academy’s Kings Pointer training ship, is by invitation – groups like the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and sea cadets have been invited.

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The USS Zephyr tied up at the US Merchant Marine Academy pier along with the Kings Pointer © 2017 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

There are many more ships that can be toured (they are positioned in all five boroughs), activities and performances, including at Eisenhower Park, Nassau (see schedules and listings below).

Fleet Week, taking place May 24-30, is the largest event of its kind, with five US Navy ships, four US Naval Academy (USNA)  Yard Patrol boats (YPs), two U.S. Coast Guard cutters (USCGC), and one Royal Canadian Navy ship, some 3,700 sailors, marines and Coast Guardsmen and a total of some 135 events.

Ship and pier locations include:

Manhattan, Pier 88: • Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), from Norfolk, Virginia. USS Kearsarge will be embarking several hundred Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Manhattan, Pier 92: • Legend-class cutter USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753), from Charleston, South Carolina • Kingston-class coastal defence vessel HMCS Glace Bay (MM 701), from Canadian Forces Base Halifax

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86: (Vessels will depart Saturday, May27) • Four USNA YPs, from Annapolis, Maryland • Oceanographic research ship RV Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), from Woods Hole, Massachusetts Brooklyn Cruise Terminal: • Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56), from Norfolk, Virginia • Ticonderoga-class cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61), from Norfolk, Virginia

Homeport Pier, Staten Island: • Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82), from Mayport, Florida • Keeper-class cutter USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM 552), from Bayonne, New Jersey

Kings Point (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy): (Not open for general public tours) • Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship USS Zephyr (PC 8), from Mayport, Florida

Bronx/SUNY Maritime College: (Not open for general public tours) • Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Yuma (EPF 8)

Ship tours will be conducted daily throughout the week in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of USS Kearsarge, which will be closed for tours on Sunday, May 28 due to cruise ship operations.

Ship tours on Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, will be open Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Now in its 29th year, FWNY is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services.

This year, FWNY is commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Naval Construction Forces’ “Seabees.”

Aviation Events Highlight Sea Services During 2017 Fleet Week New York

In support of Fleet Week New York (FWNY), the U.S. sea services will host a variety of aviation static displays to showcase the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services, May 25-29.

Public Events: (Events are free and open to the general public)

May 27:

  • 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, N.Y. – Event will include U.S. Navy (USN) Parachute Team “The Leap Frogs,” USN and U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) aviation static displays, personnel equipment, EOD demonstration, as well as a performance by Navy Band Northeast “Rhode Island Sound.”
  • Noon – 12:30 p.m., Homeport Pier, Staten Island, N.Y. – A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) helicopter will conduct a search and rescue demonstration over open water near the pier. During the demonstration, the helicopter crew will drop a mannequin into the water to simulate a person in distress. A rescue swimmer will then jump into the water to secure the mannequin, then both will be lifted securely back into the helicopter.

May 28:

  • Noon – 4 p.m., Rye Playland, Rye, N.Y. – Event will include a ceremony in honor of Memorial Day for veterans and USMC aviation static displays.
  • Noon – 5 p.m., Liberty State Park, Jersey City, N.J. – Event will include a parachute jump by The Leap Frogs, USN helicopter demonstration with EOD fast rope, USCG search and rescue demonstration, and performances by the USCG Silent Drill Team, USMC Battle Color Detachment and Navy Band Northeast.

May 29

  • 2 – 6 p.m., Glen Island Park, New Rochelle, New York – Event will feature USMC aviation static displays. • 2 – 2:30 p.m., Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86N | Manhattan, New York – A USCG helicopter will conduct a search and rescue demonstration.
  • 4:10 p.m., Citi Field, Flushing, N.Y. – During the annual New York Mets Military Appreciation Game at Citi Field, The Leap Frogs will jump into the stadium. Additionally, military personnel from all five branches will be represented on the field, the Joint Service Color Guard will present colors, and a member of Navy Band Northeast will sing the national anthem. The Mets will be taking on the Milwaukee Brewers.

Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard to Hold Public Performances During Fleet Week New York

During Fleet Week New York (FWNY), Navy Band Northeast, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Silent Drill Team and Marine Corps (USMC) Battle Color Detachment are scheduled to perform at various locations, May 23-28.

Events include: (All events are free and open to the general public.)

Tuesday, May 23

  • Noon – 1:15 p.m., Central Park, Manhattan, N.Y. – Navy Band Northeast will perform a concert in Central Park’s Naumburg Band Shell. Wednesday, May 24th
  • 1 – 1:30 p.m., 9/11 Memorial Plaza, Manhattan, N.Y. – USCG Silent Drill Team will perform on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.

Thursday, May 25

  • 9 – 9:30 a.m., 9/11 Memorial Plaza | Manhattan, N.Y. – USCG Silent Drill Team will perform on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.
  • 11 – 11:30 a.m., Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave.) | Manhattan, N.Y. – USCG Silent Drill Team will perform at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Friday, May 26

  • 1:15 – 1:45 p.m., 9/11 Memorial Plaza, Manhattan, N.Y. – USCG Silent Drill Team will perform on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza.
  • 5:30 – 6 p.m., Military Island (Times Square), Manhattan, N.Y. – USCG Silent Drill Team will perform at Military Island in Times Square.
  • 8 – 9:15 p.m., Military Island (Times Square), Manhattan, N.Y. – Navy Band Northeast’s Rock Band, Rhode Island Sound, will perform at Military Island in Times Square.

Saturday, May 27

  • 2:30 p.m. (tentative), Prospect Park, Brooklyn, N.Y. – USMC Battle Color Detachment is scheduled to perform during Marine Day at Prospect Park.
  • 10 a.m. – noon, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, N.Y. – Navy Band Northeast’s Rock Band, Rhode Island Sound, will perform at Eisenhower Park.
  • 11 – 11:30 p.m., Intrepid, Pier 86, Manhattan, N.Y. – USCG Silent Drill Team will perform on the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86.
  • 2 – 2:30 p.m., Intrepid, Pier 86, Manhattan, N.Y. – USCG Silent Drill Team will perform on the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86.
  • 3:30 – 4 p.m., Military Island (Times Square), Manhattan, N.Y. – USCG Silent Drill Team will perform at Military Island in Times Square.
  • 6 – 7:15 p.m., Military Island (Times Square), Manhattan, N.Y. – Navy Band Northeast’s Rock Band, Rhode Island Sound, will perform at Military Island in Times Square.
  • 8 – 9 p.m., Father Duffy Square (Times Square), Brooklyn, N.Y. – USMC Battle Color Detachment is scheduled to perform in Times Square in front of the TKTS red steps.

Sunday, May 28

  • 10 – 10:30 a.m., 9/11 Memorial Plaza, Manhattan, N.Y. – USMC Battle Color Detachment is scheduled to perform at the conclusion of the Fleet Week Freedom Run.
  • Noon – 5 p.m., Liberty State Park, Jersey City, N.J. – Event will include a performance by Navy Band Northeast.
  • 4 – 5:15 p.m., Military Island (Times Square), Manhattan, N.Y. – Navy Band Northeast’s Rock Band, Rhode Island Sound, will perform at Military Island in Times Square.

For up-to-date information on all FWNY events, visit the official FWNY website at www.fleetweeknewyork.com, “Like” FleetWeekNewYork on Facebook, or “Follow” @FleetWeekNYC on Twitter. FWNY photos can be viewed on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/fwnypao and Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/fleetweeknyc. Join the conversation on social media by using #FleetWeekNYC. Follow the Seabee Commemoration at #Seabee75th.

See also:

USAF Thunderbirds to Headline Memorial Day Weekend Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, Long Island

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