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Gatsby-esque Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island is One of NYC’s Best Events

May 15, 2017
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Charleston lesson at 11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

By Karen Rubin, Dave E. Leiberman & Laini Miranda

Don your best Gatsby-era duds, picnic basket, grab the ferry to Governors Island, and be prepared to be transported back to the 1920s: the 12th annual Jazz Age Lawn Party is set for four dates: Saturday, June 10 and Sunday June 11; and Saturday, August 26 and Sunday, August 27.

There, conductor, composer, musician and crooner Michael Arenella presents a personally transcribed, one-of-a-kind songbook for your listening and dancing pleasure by his Dreamland Orchestra, playing the Hot Jazz of the 1920s.

The entertainment abounds: Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society from Philadelphia, presents wry, spry, and certifiably Hot Jazz; The Dreamland Follies evoke Ziegfeld-esque grand dance routines; Roddy Caravella and the Canarsie Wobblers is a fun-loving dance troupe that conjures the rebellious and exuberant spirit of Roaring ‘20s youth; Gelber & Manning Band, feuding vaudevillian lovebirds quarrel, coo and make beautiful music together; Queen Esther pays tribute to jazz royalty of yore and Peter Mintun is “world’s greatest piano man.”

There are fun activities as well which you can join: Charleston Dance Contest to determine who is the Bee’s Knees; Bathing Beauties and Beaus Promenade, wearing vintage swimming outfits of the age (for entry email: bluevoon@aol.com), The High Court of Pie Contest (categories include “Mom’s Best” “Best Savory ”, “Most Original” and “Hobo’s Choice”; for entry email: govislandpie@gmail.com)

Start off with dance lessons teach you the hottest dance steps of the time, like the Charleston; immortalize the day in your own Vintage Portraits-You Ought To Be In Pictures, perched on a Paper Moons; the ultimate family-friendly event also features Kidland carnival games and prizes for junior Gents and Flapperettes. There’s also a 1920s MotorCar Exhibition, where you can get up close and personal with flivvers and Tin Lizzies, and Antique Gramophones that reanimate original recordings from the 1920s.

And what would a Prohibition-era, speakeasy event be without booze?  VieVité, Côtes de Provence Rosé is the official wine sponsor of the Jazz Age Lawn Party. In addition, refreshing summer cocktails feature Lejay, the official liqueur sponsor, which created crème de cassis in 1841, as well as Bootlegger 21 NY Distilleries, the official gin and vodka of Jazz Age Lawn Party, crafted in Roscoe, NY. Libations available also include ice cold beer, lemonade and soft drinks.  (Take note: you can’t bring in your own alcoholic beverages.)

New for 2017, Dreamland Gourmet Picnic Totes, featuring freshly prepared, custom ordered lunches that you receive when you enter,  complete with a chilled bottle of VieVité Rosé, and other treats! (included in all “Bee’s Knees and “Bonnie & Clyde” ticket packages).

Also available: Gourmet Picnic Market featuring fancy picnicking fare and gourmet food along with treats and snacks including ice cream, cotton candy, hot popped corn and more; the Dreamland General Store, offering picnic blankets, parasols, hand fans and assorted sundries. Plus, vintage clothing vendors and artisans, a veritable village of timeless treasures and inspired creations to take home.

This event sells out and for the first time, tickets are only available for purchase in advance. For tickets and information visit, http://jazzagelawnparty.com/. Purchase tickets at http://jazzagelawnparty.ticketfly.com/.

See photos and coverage from last year’s Jazz Age Lawn Party: 

11th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island Finishes Off With Really Hot Jazz

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‘Stars in the Alley’ Free Outdoor Concert to Feature Performances from 20 Shows, June 2

May 11, 2017

United Airlines and The Broadway League Present "STARS IN THE ALLEY" Free Outdoor Concert

New York, NY – May 11, 2017 – This year’s Stars in the Alley will take place on Friday, June 2nd at 1 pm in Broadway’s legendary Shubert Alley, west of Seventh Avenue between 44th & 45th streets, rain or shine.

Stars in the Alley is a free outdoor concert with live music, produced by the Broadway League and sponsored by United Airlines, that celebrates the end of the 2016-2017 Broadway season and adds to the festivities leading up to the 2017 Tony Awards.® The event will consist of performances from 21 musicals, including shows from this season as well as numbers from current long-running shows.

“We’re counting down to the 71st Annual Tony Awards and this season Broadway has served up a buffet of fun, entertaining and magical productions,” says Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League, which produces the event. “Stars in the Alley welcomes everybody to join in the celebration and enjoy a little bit of all that Broadway has to offer, proving that there really is a show for everyone!”

“For 20 years, United Airlines has proudly partnered with New York’s iconic Broadway League and we look forward to marking this milestone with our customers and our employees many of whom are Broadway fans,” said Mark Krolick, Vice President of Marketing at United.“

“Stars in the Alley showcases the excitement of musical theater and the vibrancy of Times Square all at once.  The opportunity to help bring great live music that is free to the public is the primary goal of the MPTF,” says Dan Beck Trustee, Music Performance Trust Fund.

PARTICIPATING MUSICALS INCLUDE*:

Aladdin

Anastasia

Bandstand

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

A Bronx Tale

Cats

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Chicago

Come From Away

Dear Evan Hansen

Groundhog Day the Musical

Kinky Boots

Miss Saigon

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan

The Phantom of the Opera

School of Rock the Musical

Sunset Boulevard

Waitress

War Paint

Wicked

 

WITH ADDITIONAL APPEARANCES FROM*:

Falsettos

Jitney

The Little Foxes

The Play That Goes Wrong

Six Degrees of Separation

Sweat

 

*subject to change

 

More details about Stars in the Alley to be announced soon! For Broadway information in NYC as well as for shows on tour across North America and internationally, visit Broadway.org.

The concert will come just nine days before the American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards®. The ceremony will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 11, 2017 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The Tony Awards, which honor theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, have been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.  For more information on the Tony Awards, visit TonyAwards.com and Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards and follow @TheTonyAwards on Instagram and Twitter.

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2017 Kids Night on Broadway Shows Announced; Tix on Sale Dec 6

November 28, 2016
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The 21st Kids’ Night on Broadway will take place Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Tickets to participating shows will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 10:30am © 2016 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

New York, NY– The Broadway League announced today the shows participating in the 21st Kids’ Night on Broadway, which will take place Tuesday, February 28th, 2017. Tickets to participating shows will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 10:30am.

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.

Participating 2017 shows to date (subject to change) include:

Aladdin, Beautiful: the Carole King Musical, A Bronx Tale, Cats, Chicago, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, In Transit, August Wilson’s Jitney, Kinky Boots, The Lion King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, On Your Feet!, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock the Musical, Significant Other, Waitress, and Wicked.  

“Kids’ Night on Broadway is growing up,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “This year we have a range of participating shows that will appeal to kids, teens, and their parents. Other League programs including the National High School Musical Theatre Awards and our new website BwayZone.com reiterate our dedication to educating all ages about how live theatre can engage and inspire.”

On Tuesday, February 28th, 2017, select shows will offer in-theatre activities for kids including post-show talkbacks, Kids’ Night on Broadway activity books, and more events still to be announced! Many Times Square area eateries will offer specials for Kids’ Night on Broadway ticket-holders, including free entrees for kids. Check  kidsnightonbroadway.com for participating restaurants.

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. Check kidsnightonbroadway.com for specific dates and locations.

KIDS’ NIGHT ON BROADWAY®, a program of The Broadway League, is presented by The New York Times and is sponsored by WABC-TV with additional support from Turnstyle and Westchester Family.

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38th Annual Museum Mile Festival, ‘Biggest Block Party in the World’ on New York City’s 5th Avenue, June 14

June 3, 2016
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Dancing in front of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum during the Museum Mile Festival, New York City © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The 38th annual Museum Mile Festival, the biggest block party in the cultural capital of the world takes place on Tuesday, June 14, 6 pm-9 pm, rain or shine on a mile-long stretch of Fifth Avenue, from 82 Street to 104 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 offering entertainment and special activities inside.

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. Expect long lines and to get in about 3 or 4 museums during the course of the night.

Participating museums include:

El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029, (212) 831-7272 (http://www.elmuseo.org/Figure and Form: Recent Acquisition so the Permanent Collection (on view through Dec. 4). Also Antonio Lopez: Future Funk FashionJoiri Minaya: RedecodeSarah Zapata: Siempre X.

Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street), New York, NY 10029 (212) 534-1672, http://www.mcny.org/ New York’s Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway, through Aug. 14. Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs  Cartoons from the “New Yorker (through Oct. 9). Also: Chris “Daze” Ellis: The City Is My MuseScenes from the South Bronx, 1976-82Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits, 1700 – 1860Activist New YorkGilded New York; and Timescapes (not to be missed)

The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, (between 92nd & 93rd Streets), New York, NY 10128, (212) 423-3200, www.thejewishmuseum.orgIsaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History is the first museum exhibition to focus on the influential American fashion designer, artist, and entrepreneur; on view through Aug. 7; Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist, through Sept. 18. Also: Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Beatriz Milhazes; Masterpieces & Curiosities: The Fictional PortraitThe Television Project: Some of My Best FriendsCulture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey; for children, Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces

Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum,   2 East 91st Street (off Fifth Avenue) New York, NY 10128, 212-849-8400, www.cooperhewitt.org (Beauty celebrates design as a creative endeavor that engages the mind, body, and senses, on view through Aug. 21; Passion for the Exotic: Louis Comfort Tiffany and Lockwood De Forest, through Oct. 10. Also: Cooper Hewitt Design TriennialThom Browne SelectsPixar: The Design of StoryEnergizing the Everyday: Gifts from the George R. Kravis II Collection.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 88th Street) New York, NY 10128 (212) 423-3500, https://www.guggenheim.org/ Moholy-Nagy: Future Present on view through Sept. 7. Also: But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa;

Neue Galerie New York, 1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street), New York, NY 10028 (212) 628-6200, www.neuegalerie.orgMunch and Expressionism closes June 13. invites attendees of the 2016 Museum Mile Festival to visit the second floor gallery where Gustav Klimt’s iconic portrait Adele Bloch-Bauer I (1907) hangs on permanent display (the subject of the movie, “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren. This work is joined by a selection of landscape and portrait paintings by Klimt, and a display of Austrian decorative arts from the early twentieth century.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), New York, NY 10028 (212) 535-7710 www.metmuseum.orgTurner’s Whaling Pictures is on through August 7) ; Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology is on through Aug. 14. Also: The Roof Garden Commission: Cornelia Parker, Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), weather permitting; and P.S. Art 2016: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids.

Entertainment includes Justin Weber Yo Yo (83rd St); Cabaret performer, Kim David Smith (84th Street); Magic Brian (87 St); Daisy Doodle’s Parties, Magic, Face painting & Balloons! (88 St); Alsarah and the Nubatones (89th St); Miss 360 (90th St); Imagination Playground in the garden, and on the sidewalk, a design activity in conjunction with the exhibition Pixar: The Design of Story (91 St)’; Mariachi Band (92 St); a Sammie & Tudie’s Imagination Playhouse (93 St).; It’s Showtime NYC, music by DJ Mickey Perez spinning Afro Latin disco (104th St).

There will also be an array of outdoor family activities for Museum Mile Festival attendees: The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will offer chalk drawing. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum entertainment will include Imagination Playground in the museum’s garden, and a sidewalk design activity in conjunction with the exhibition Pixar: The Design of Story.  Visitors to the Jewish Museum can create an abstract fabric design using stamps and drawing techniques inspired by imagery in the exhibition Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist and the looks on view in Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly History. El Museo del Barrio will offer art-making for the entire family.

See museummilefestival.org for more information, and http://museummilefestival.org/index.php/map-schedule/ for map and schedule.

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Free ‘Stars in the Alley’ Outdoor Concert Celebrates Broadway, June 3

May 21, 2016
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The revival of Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway is one of the musicals up for a Tony Award this year © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

New York – This year’s Stars in the Alley will take place on Friday, June 3 at 12:30 to 2:30 pm in Broadway’s legendary Shubert Alley, west of Seventh Avenue between 44th & 45th streets (rain or shine).

Stars in the Alley is a free outdoor concert with live music, produced by the Broadway League and sponsored by United Airlines, that celebrates the end of the 2015-2016 Broadway season and adds to the festivities leading up to the 2016 Tony Awards.® The event will consist of performances from this season as well as numbers from current long-running shows.

For Broadway information in NYC as well as for shows on tour across North America and internationally, visit Broadway.org.

The American Theatre Wing’s 70th Annual Tony Awards®  will air on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 12, 2016 (8-11pm ET/delayed PT) live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City, hosted by Tony Award-winner James Corden. The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.

For more information on the Tony Awards, visit TonyAwards.com and Facebook.com/TheTonyAwards and follow @TheTonyAwards on Instagram and Twitter.

 

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7th Annual SOHO International Film Festival Returns to NYC June 9-16

May 11, 2016
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Some of 2015’s Celebrity Attendees of the SOHO International Film Festival. The 7th Annual SOHO film festival returns to NYC June 9-16 (Photos by Champion Eye Media)

New York – From June 9 – 16, 2016 the SOHO International Film Festival #SOHO7 returns to NYC for seven days of films at Village East Cinemas located at 189 2nd Avenue on 12th Street in New York City.

Among the many titles in this year’s competition will be Opening Night Film “Coach of the Year” by David Stott making its official New York Premiere! A true story about a swim team that tries to win a state championship – without a pool to practice in – starring Harris Doran (“Junction”), Melissa Archer (“Days of Our Lives”), Hunter Gomez (“National Treasure”, “Family Guy”), James McCaffrey (“Revenge”, “Sam’), and Kevin Brown (“30 Rock”). 12-time Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin will also be in attendance.  The World Premiere for the French short film “Fish & Chicks” by Julie Grumbach, Elise McLeod was chosen to open the program.

Other notable films include the East Coast Premiere of “To Whom It May Concern” starring Dawn Olivieri (“Vampire Diaries”, “Heroes”), Wilmer Valderrama (“That 70’s Show”), NY Actor Robert Clohessy (The Avengers”, Blue Bloods”) and Directed by Manu Boyer;  A new documentary “Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Panda Dragon Good Time Fun Fun Show” by SOHO Alumni Carrie Preston (“True Blood”, “Crowded”); NY Premiere of Comedic Short Film “Not Right Now” by Brianne Moncrief (“All My Children”), and the NY Premiere of “EVOL: Theory of Love” by Mike Perrone starring Alexis Dziena (“Entourage, “Invasion”) Matthew Lawrence (“Melissa & Joey”, “Boy Meets World”) and Conor Donovan (“The Departed”).

This year’s record number of premieres will also bring Shamim Sarif‘s “Despite The Falling Snow” (UK) starring Rebecca Ferguson, Charles Dance, Antje Traue and Oliver Jackson-Cohen; World Premiere for the short film “The Last Hunt” (US) by Matthew Daddario (“Shadowhunters”, “Cabin Fever”) Brock Harris (*Major Crimes”, “Sam”); World Premiere of “The Hollow” (US) starring William Sadler, David Warshofsky, William Forsythe and director Miles Doleac; International Premiere of “Esoterika: Maynila” (PH) by iconic Filipino Director Elwood Perez.

“This year, is really exciting… we’ve received submissions from more countries than ever before, an even larger number of great films from women filmmakers, and a great number of LGBT films that allowed us to make a specific program for it.” said Sibyl Santiago, Executive Director and Head of Programming.  “….and we continue to be truly blessed with a super strong support from the NY Filmmaking community, which we are proud to continue to showcase at SOHO.”

The SOHO Intl Film Fest celebrates the cutting-edge of digital technology while honoring traditional forms of storytelling, encourages new and seasoned filmmakers from here in New York City and around the world to create and send in their fresh and innovative cinematic pieces.

Adding to the excitement of the event, many of the selected films will hold Q & A sessions with cast & crew members following each screening; along with panels, social events, and other networking opportunities for everyone involved. Leading figures from all disciplines of the film industry including distributors and media will also be in attendance.

The SOHO International Film Festival, which proudly carries the “Made in NY” logo from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Television and Broadcasting is a vehicle to help the economy of the city, enhancing the festival’s sense of pride while boosting filmmaking and tourism in the Big Apple. They are dedicated to celebrating the art of long and short form cinema created from the latest digital technology while still embracing the original goal ‐ incredible storytelling. Founded in the epicenter of New York’s most artistic district, by Jorge Ballos in 2009, the festival is has provided a unique and powerful platform for filmmakers to gain exposure and potential distribution. SIFFNYC is committed to exhibiting domestic and international films, focusing on dynamic, visionary cinema that creates extraordinary experiences.

For more information on the SOHO International Film Festival, visit www.SohoFilmFest.com, or Twitter  @SohoFilmFest, Facebook.com/SohoFilmFest.

 

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Feel the Love Throughout New York City This Valentine’s Day Weekend

February 10, 2016
Love fills the air throughout New York City through Valentine's Day weekend © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Love fills the air throughout New York City through Valentine’s Day weekend © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Feel the love in New York City this Valentine’s Day. Throughout Valentine’s Day weekend, the City’s five boroughs will be filled with activities and events where residents and visitors can find their true love or cherish time with their loved ones.

“New York City is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable and romantic Valentine’s Day getaway,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “From a date night under the stars of the Hayden Planetarium to romantic nature walks and chocolate tastings at Wave Hill in the Bronx, the heart of the five boroughs can be felt throughout the City.”

At the crossroads of the world in Times Square, celebrate Valentine’s Day at the Heart of Hearts public art installation. The display features 12 golden mirrored hearts that create a kaleidoscopic effect, reflecting the fast pace action of Times Square. Those looking for the perfect spot to renew their vows can join hundreds of locals and visitors at Duffy Square for a vow renewal ceremony. When the sun goes down, a special midnight moment by artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss will span across Times Square’s billboards for three minutes before midnight every night in February, presented in partnership with the Guggenheim Museum. (timessquarenyc.org).

Theatergoers who are in town during Valentine’s Day weekend can take advantage of 2-for-1 tickets to some of New York City’s best shows during Off-Broadway Week. Featuring more than 30 productions, Off-Broadway Week makes seeing a production more accessible and affordable. To purchase tickets, visit nycgo.com/offbroadwayweek.

Other Valentine’s Day events and activities taking place throughout the City include:

American Museum of Natural History: The stars of the Hayden Planetarium will illuminate on Valentine’s Day evening with a special Romance Under the Stars event. The museum invites couples for this unique date night, complete with an open bar cocktail hour, champagne, chocolates, hors d’oeuvres and music by the Josh Rutner Quartet, followed by romance storytelling under the stars of the Planetarium. To purchase tickets, visit amnh.org.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts: Kids can create their own special valentine with arts and crafts on Saturday, February 13. There will be activities throughout the afternoon and plenty of fun for the entire family (bronxmuseum.org).

Brooklyn Museum: In celebration of Valentine’s Day, take the free Love and Lust in American Art tour, which includes a stop at the American Identities installation and the exciting Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland exhibition (brooklynmuseum.org).

Bronx Zoo: On Valentine’s Day, the Bronx Zoo’s Name a Roach event will crawl back to life. Visitors can keep an eye out for more information about this year’s event at bronxzoo.com.

Brookfield Place: Purchase gifts for a special someone at Dry Bar, Cos Bar and many other fine shops at the new Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan. When done shopping, take a romantic walk beneath the 650 color-changing lanterns in the Winter Garden atrium as part of the Luminaries lighting display, which has been extended through Monday, February 29. (artsbrookfield.com).

Carnegie Hall: Mitsuko Uchida will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra from the piano as they charm the audience with beautiful melodies of Mozart this Valentine’s Day. The blend of the heroic and humane makes Piano Concerto No. 25 one of Mozart’s most popular, and the andante movement’s tenderness will fill your heart with love. To purchase tickets, visit carnegiehall.org.

Central Park Conservancy Ice Festival: This Valentine’s Day, celebrate at Central Park Conservancy’s Fifth Annual Ice Festival in Naumburg Bandshell. The event includes ice carving, a photo booth, a Central Park trivia contest, sweet treats and, as night falls, a 1980s-themed silent disco with DJs and more. For information on this free event, visit centralparknyc.org.

Cupid’s Chase 5K New York: Community Options, Inc., will hold its Annual Cupid’s Chase 5K Run on Saturday, February 13, kicking off at 10am in the West Village. The race will take place at Hudson River Park’s Charles Street Pier (enter at Christopher Street). To register, go to comop.org.

Empire State Building: The world famous Empire State Building will host 14 lucky pre-selected couples on Valentine’s Day as they say “I Do” on the 86th floor observation deck. At night, the spectacular heartbeat light show illuminates the building with shades of red, pink and white. Visit esbnyc.com for more information.

Gotham Archery: Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow like Cupid at Brooklyn’s Gotham Archery during Valentine’s Day weekend. After a brief intro class, archers can test their skills on one of the 30 shooting lanes and enjoy some friendly competition. To book a class, visit got-archery.com.

Historic Richmond Town: Take a step back in time, tour village homes from the 1690s to 1860s and see images of valentines from the General Store’s collection at Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town on Saturday, February 6. Participate in the Victorian Valentine Workshop, where guests will learn about Victorian scraps, paper lace and decoupage to create their own valentine (historicrichmondtown.org).

Hornblower New York Cruises: This Valentine’s Day, sail aboard a love boat with one of several Hornblower New York cruises. From a Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise to a two-hour happy hour mixer aboard the Aboard Alive After Five cruise, a cruise around the City’s skyline makes for an unforgettable evening. To book, visit hornblowernewyork.com.

Jazz at Lincoln Center: The sound of jazz will fill the air as Jazz at Lincoln Center offers three musical jazz performances through Valentine’s Day weekend. A regular at Jazz at Lincoln Center, singer Cécile McLorin Salvant will put on a Valentine’s Day–inspired performance that will have you feeling the love. Monty Alexander & Friends: Sinatra at 100 will treat you to jazz hits that will satisfy both nostalgic and contemporary tastes. In addition, jazz pianist and singer Freddy Cole will share Songs for Lovers, a great way to end a date night. To purchase tickets, visit jazz.org.

Love Sculpture: While exploring the sights of Midtown Manhattan, take a photo in front of the Love Sculpture. Originally designed by American artist Robert Indiana as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art, the sculpture sits on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 55th Street and is the perfect backdrop for a Valentine’s Day photo. For those looking for hope in the new year, not too far away is the Hope Sculpture on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 53rd Street.

Museum Hack: Couples can join Museum Hack for a private tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where a guide will reveal stories of love, relationships, fertility and ancient longing. Book a tour at museumhack.com.

Museum of the Moving Image: The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens will be screening several films throughout the day including Inside Out and Burden of Dreams. Families can also check out the family workshop and learn what goes into designing their favorite characters. For screening schedules, visit movingimage.us.

National Lighthouse Museum: All lighthouse lovers are invited to Staten Island on Saturday, February 6, for a beautiful evening of Valentine cabaret. Special signature drinks, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment are all part of a night to remember. To register, go to lighthousemuseum.org.

New York Botanical Garden: Between chocolate tastings and exploring the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, visitors to the Bronx are in for an immersive treat on Valentine’s Day. Walk through beautiful tropical rain forests of the conservatory, have a special love poem written and listen to music under the palm dome. Champagne, beer and wine will also be available for purchase (nybg.org).

New York Public Library: On Thursday, February 11, the New York Public Library will present Shakespeare, Love and Spring at Lincoln Center. This free performance is on a first come, first serve basis and features skits and songs of women in love, doomed love and universal love (nypl.org).

NYC Candy Stores: Sweeten your visit to New York with gifts from around the City. At M&M’s World Times Square, create customized M&M’s candies with your own image and personal message for special someone. Also stock up on jelly beans, gummies, chocolates and apparel at Dylan’s Candy Bar in Manhattan. Voilà Chocolat invites chocolate lovers to dip their own chocolate-covered strawberries, top off their own artisanal truffles and create personalized chocolate bars with love messages on Valentine’s Day weekend.

On Location Tours’ Romantic Movie Moments Tour: On the Romantic Movie Moments Tour, a local New York City actor will bring to life some of the most alluring movie locations featured on the big screen, including the bookstore where Harry and Sally met in When Harry Met Sally. To book a tour, go to onlocationtours.com.

One World Observatory: With breathtaking 360-degree views, One World Observatory, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, can be the perfect place for a memorable night. The Date Night package includes admission for two, two glasses of prosecco and chocolate truffles. To purchase tickets, visit oneworldobservatory.com or call 800-416-7192.

Queens Botanical Garden: For an unusual yet fun Valentine’s Day weekend event, the Queens Botanical Garden invites bird lovers to their 19th Annual Bird Counting Event. The event will include a nature walk, scavenger hunt and bird spotting along the way. To register for this free event, visit queensbotanical.org.

Rainbow Room: Atop Rockefeller Center, the beautiful Rainbow Room will be open for brunch and dinner, with live music from Vince Giorando & The Nighthawks and Nightingale Jazz Band, throughout Valentine’s Day weekend. Gigacup oysters, truffled boulangere potatoes and roasted salsify are just some of the delicious offerings to be found. To book a table, go to rainbowroom.com.

Staten Island Museum: Painter Sarah Yuster will share insights into her dreamy and romantic works of art depicting the lush landscapes and streets of Staten Island at the Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor on Saturday, February 13; wine will be served. To register, visit statenislandmuseum.org.

St. George Theatre: On Saturday, February 13, the St. George Theatre in Staten Island will host its exclusive Murder Mystery Dinner Show: Crime and Pun-ishment. Couples are invited to wear their best pin-striped suits and flapper dresses as a pair of undercover feds and jilted lovers make an appearance at this fun speakeasy. Book a table at stgeorgetheatre.com.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center: For those ready to pop the question, The Rink at Rockefeller Center is offering three VIP packages as part of its Engagement on Ice program. All packages include exclusive ice time and a celebratory romantic glide as the crowd cheers. Couples can also choose their favorite song to play and enjoy a celebratory champagne toast for an unforgettable proposal. For more information, visit the rinkatrockcenter.com.

Top of the Rock: As part of the 2016 Winter Starlight Music Series, Top of the Rock Observation Deck will host a special Valentine’s Day concert with a live performance from Joelle and the Pinehurst Trio. Guests will be immersed in 360-degree views of the City as they enjoy food and beverage available for purchase from The Sea Grill. To purchase tickets, visit topoftherocknyc.com; concert is free with price of admission.

Wave Hill: The intimate winter gardens of Wave Hill in the Bronx are a perfect backdrop for spending time with someone you love on Valentine’s Day. Adults can enjoy a decadent chocolate and wine tasting, where they can learn about how the chocolates were made from a premier chocolate maker. Families can enjoy a nature walk through the gardens, spot heart-shaped leaves and create a special keepsake to take home (wavehill.org).

Your Love, Our Musical: Located in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, the Littlefield venue will host Your Love, Our Musical on Valentine’s Day, where comedians Rebecca Vigil and Evan Kaufman will interview a real couple and create an improvised musical about the couple’s love story. Tickets to this fun celebration of love can be purchased online at littlefieldnyc.com.

In addition to these events, there are several Valentine’s Day and romantic-themed hotel packages throughout the City:

Hotel Packages 

Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island and Hampton Inn & Suites Staten Island: For a quiet getaway that is close to all the action, the Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton Inn & Suites Staten Island have several offerings as part of their “Eat. Stay. Love” package during Valentine’s Day weekend. Enjoy a three-course dinner at Lorenzo’s Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret or a lavish gourmet brunch buffet, complete with romantic piano music. Overnight accommodations are also available and includes in-room champagne and a breakfast buffet. For reservations, go to lorenzodining.com or call 718-477-2400.

Loews Regency New York: For the perfect girls’ night, the Loews Regency New York on the Upper East Side is offering a Girls’ Night In package, complete with a $200 food and beverage credit, monogrammed bathrobes and slippers, an in-room movie and accommodations in a grand or luxury suite. Spa treatments at the Julien Farel Salon are also available for an additional cost. To book the package, visit loewshotels.com or call 212-759-4100.

The Marmara Park Avenue: One of Manhattan’s newest hotels, the Marmara Park Avenue invites couples to book their Suite Hearts package on Valentine’s Day weekend. The package includes a drink at the OneOne-Four Bar & Lounge, a carriage ride around Central Park, a special hammam treatment for two in the authentic Turkish hammam and complementary early check in and late check out. To book, visit park.marmaranyc.com or call 212-603-9000.

The New York EDITION: Celebrate the month of love in style with the New York EDITION’s Suite Surrender package, which includes overnight accommodations, a premium bottle of rosé, a white rose petal turndown service and room service breakfast for two. To book a room, visit editionhotels.com/new-york or call 212-413-4200.

Peninsula New York: Romance is in the air during Valentine’s Day weekend at The Peninsula New York. The hotel’s Lucky in Love package includes accommodations in a deluxe king room, one dozen roses, a bottle of champagne and daily breakfast or brunch for two. Upon arrival, guests will receive a red envelope that could contain a complimentary upgrade to a suite, free dessert, a champagne toast at the rooftop bar and lounge and more. Go to newyork.peninsula.com or call 212-956-2888 to learn more.

Royalton New York: Couples can warm up by the fireplace and book a special Royalton Fireplace hotel package. The package features a choice of scented fireplace wood including oak, pecan, maple, hickory apple or limited-edition Burn Baby Burn Cherry Wood in the room’s fireplace. In addition, couples can enjoy cherry-chipotle braised short rib, a specially made cocktail named “My Cherry Amore,” a selection of desserts and more. To book, visit royaltonhotel.com or call 212-869-4400.

Sheraton New York Times Square: For the ultimate and memorable New York luxury experience, book a Penthouse Escape Package at the Sheraton New York Times Square. Relax in their two-level, 3,500 square-foot Penthouse Suite on the 45th floor overlooking Times Square and Central Park, complete with bottomless premium wine tastings, an in-suite gourmet cooking session and more. To book, visit sheratonnewyork.com or call 212-581-1000.

The Westin New York Grand Central: Just a short stroll from Bryant Park in Manhattan, the Westin New York Grand Central is offering a romantic getaway for couples with their Presidential Suite package. The package includes a split of prosecco, a personal guided Manhattan run, late checkout and accommodations in the 1,035-square-foot Presidential Suite on the 40th floor, complete with sweeping views of the skyline and a Jacuzzi tub. To reserve, call 212-490-8900 or visitwestinnewyorkgrandcentral.com and enter code PRSPKG.

For other great Valentine’s Day weekend events, visit nycgo.com/valentinesday.

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NYC Off-Broadway Week 2-for-1 Tickets on Sale to 35 Shows, Feb 1-14

January 19, 2016
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NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization, encourages theatergoers to purchase NYC Off-Broadway Week tickets, on sale beginning today at 10:30 a.m. As part of the biannual program, two-for-one tickets are available to 34 productions from February 1–14. To purchase tickets and for additional details, visit nycgo.com/offbroadwayweek.

Shows participating in NYC Off-Broadway Week Winter 2016 (subject to availability; blackout dates may apply):

  • 2 Across: A New Comedy of Crosswords and Romance
  • Avenue Q
  • Beauty & the Beast – the musical by Sgouros & Bell
  • Blue Man Group
  • The Body of an American
  • Buried Child
  • Crónica de una muerte anunciada (Chronicle of a Death Foretold)
  • Daddy Long Legs
  • Dot
  • Drunk Shakespeare
  • En el tiempo de las mariposas (In the Time of Butterflies
  • Familiar
  • Fuerza Bruta
  • Gazillion Bubble Show
  • La Tía Julia y el escribidor (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter)
  • My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis
  • Old Hats
  • Perfect Crime
  • Ruthless! The Musical
  • Sam Eaton’s The Quantum Eye – Mentalism and Magic Show
  • Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man
  • Shear Madness
  • Sistas: the Musical
  • Smart People
  • Smokefall
  • STOMP
  • Straight
  • Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life
  • The Berenstain Bears LIVE!
  • The Fantasticks
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Woodsman
  • Trip of Love
  • Women Without Men

First launched in February 2009, Off-Broadway Week is produced and presented by NYC & Company in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and The Off-Broadway League.

“We’re excited to provide visitors and New Yorkers the perfect opportunity to experience Off-Broadway’s talent, energy and appeal at an impressive value,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “With more than 30 productions to choose from, ranging in style from family-friendly shows to cutting-edge comedies, there is something for everyone to enjoy this winter.”

“The Off-Broadway League is proud to partner once again with NYC & Company on the Winter 2016 Off-Broadway Week promotion,” said Adam Hess, president of The Off-Broadway League. “With this year’s wide variety of productions participating it’s a great opportunity for audiences to introduce friends and family to their favorite long-running show or see the next big hit. Off-Broadway Week makes theatergoing accessible and affordable.”

“New York City is second to none when it comes to theater,” said Luis Castro, Acting Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. “Off-Broadway Week offers a terrific introduction to the City’s rich theatrical landscape and we are proud to partner with NYC & Company to give more New Yorkers and visitors the opportunity to experience it.”

NYC Off-Broadway Week is featured as part of Unlock NYC, NYC & Company’s new year-round seasonal campaign, with the first iteration focusing on winter travel. To unlock fun facts behind some of Off-Broadway Week’s participating shows, visit nycgo.com/unlock.

 

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NYC Restaurant Week 2016 is Largest Ever; Book Your Table Now

January 7, 2016
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While taking advantage NYC Broadway Week, also take advantage of NYC Restaurant Week, January 18 through February 5. Diners can book at one of the 372 participating restaurants throughout the City’s five boroughs. For menus, photos and reservations, visit nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

This winter’s iteration, the largest NYC Restaurant Week ever, features 41 new participants: ABC Cocina, ABC Kitchen, Adalya, Almayass, Bocca Di Bacco Theater District, Bocelli Ristorante, Brioso Ristorante, Carol’s Cafe, Cherche Midi, Claudette, Da Noi in downtown Staten Island and in Midtown Manhattan, Distilled, Dos Caminos Times Square, The Fillmore Room, French Louie, Hanjan, Hearth, Khe-Yo, La Sirene, London Lennie’s, Madiba Brooklyn, Mamo Restaurant, Manducatis Rustica, Mario’s Restaurant, MP Taverna in Astoria and Brooklyn, Noreetuh, Ocean Prime, Osteria Morini, Paul’s on Times Square, Pig and Khao, Rosa Mexicano in Tribeca, Sessanta Ristorante, Sutton Inn, Tao Downtown, Tasca Chino, Tommy Bahama, Trattoria L’Incontro, Vivaldi and Zenkichi.

NYC Restaurant Week welcomes back notable restaurants and longstanding participants: ‘21’ Club, Café Boulud, The Cecil, Craftbar, ilili, Nobu, Red Cat, The Sea Grill and Tribeca Grill.

“With more participating restaurants than ever, the success of NYC Restaurant Week over the years is in the numbers,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “As the program continues to grow, attracting new and noteworthy restaurants in all five boroughs, we are thrilled to welcome diners to experience the City’s best cuisine at a more affordable price.”

NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2016 by the numbers:

  • 3 course prix-fixe lunches for $25*
  • 3 course prix-fixe dinners for $38*
  • Record-setting 372 participating restaurants
  • 34 cuisines
  • 41 new restaurants and 331 returning restaurants
  • 5 boroughs, 41 neighborhoods
  • 19 days (January 18–February 5)
  • More than 25,000 posts on Instagram using #NYCRestaurantWeek

“New York City’s restaurant community is dynamic, with great food being served in every borough, representing virtually every international cuisine,” said Tracy Nieporent, chairman of NYC & Company’s Restaurant Committee. “Dining is important to New Yorkers and our guests, and NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2016 inspires us to offer the quality, variety, and hospitality that makes New York City the restaurant capital of the world.”

Again, this winter, American Express® Card Members have an exclusive offer to enroll any eligible American Express Card, use their Card to spend $25 or more at any participating restaurant and get a $5 statement credit up to four times. To learn more and enroll in this offer with an eligible American Express Card, visit americanexpress.com/nycrestaurantweek.

NYC Restaurant Week is also featured as part of Unlock NYC, During NYC Restaurant Week, the Unlock NYC site, nycgo.com/unlock, will feature editorial content highlighting NYC Restaurant Week insights and tips.

See also: NYC Broadway Week Two-for-One Tickets Now on Sale for 27 Shows, Jan 19-Feb 5

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NYC Broadway Week Two-for-One Tickets Now on Sale for 27 Shows, Jan 19-Feb 5

January 7, 2016
The cast of "Fiddler on the Roof" takes a well-deserved curtain call. Fiddler is one of 27 shows participating in NYC Broadway Week, Jan. 19-Feb. 5, where you can purchase two-for-one tickets © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The cast of “Fiddler on the Roof” takes a well-deserved curtain call. Fiddler is one of 27 shows participating in NYC Broadway Week, Jan. 19-Feb. 5, where you can purchase two-for-one tickets © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Tickets have just gone on sale for NYC Broadway Week where you can purchase two-for-one tickets to 27 of Broadway’s top shows at nycgo.com/broadwayweek for performances January 19–February 5.

“With Broadway being one of the most iconic NYC experiences, we are thrilled to offer theatergoers the opportunity to experience the excitement of Broadway at half the price,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization. “From family-friendly shows to laugh-out-loud productions to Broadway classics, there is something for everyone to enjoy at a terrific value.”

Shows participating in NYC Broadway Week Winter 2016 (subject to availability; blackout dates may apply):

  • Aladdin
  • Allegiance
  • An American in Paris
  • Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
  • Chicago The Musical
  • China Doll
  • The Color Purple
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Fiddler on the Roof
  • Finding Neverland
  • Fun Home
  • The Humans
  • Jersey Boys
  • The King and I
  • Kinky Boots
  • Les Miserables
  • The Lion King
  • Matilda the Musical
  • Misery
  • Noises Off
  • On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan
  • Our Mother’s Brief Affair
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • School of Rock
  • Something Rotten!
  • A View from the Bridge
  • Wicked

Theatergoers also can enter the Official NYC Broadway Week Sweepstakes, powered by Audience Rewards, for the opportunity to win dinner at Ocean Prime and tickets to a Broadway show of their choice for the winner and five friends.

“Seeing a Broadway show during Broadway Week is a gift to yourself!” says Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League. “Throughout the year, Broadway theaters are filled with a diverse selection of new and classic musicals and plays; and during Broadway Week’s 2-for-1 program, savvy theatre fans can treat themselves to twice as many shows.”

“Broadway Week gives more New Yorkers and visitors the chance to experience live theatre. We are excited to partner again with NYC & Company in offering this opportunity,” said Acting Commissioner Luis Castro, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. “Broadway Week opens the door for fans from across the five boroughs and around the globe to experience the enormous creative energy and talent on display in our City’s iconic theatre corridor.”

NYC Broadway Week is featured as part of Unlock NYC, NYC & Company’s new year-round seasonal campaign utilizing the tagline “Find a Winter Less Ordinary.” You can discover fun facts behind some of Broadway Week’s best shows at nycgo.com/unlock.

Since its launch in January 2011, NYC Broadway Week has cumulatively sold 712,532 tickets, generating $47.4 million in revenue for Broadway. NYC Broadway Week is produced by NYC & Company in partnership with American Express, Amtrak®, Audience Rewards, The Broadway League, NBC 4 New York, New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Telecharge and Ticketmaster, and with support from AARP.

See also: NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2016

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