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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/

Love fills the air throughout New York City through Valentine’s Day weekend © 2016 Karen Rubin/

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. (

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

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

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 (

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 (

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

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. (

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

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

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

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 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

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 (

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

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

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

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

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

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 (

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 (

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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; 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 (

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 and enter code PRSPKG.

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Sugartooth Tours Introduces NYC ‘Bright Lights & Broadway Bites Dessert Tour’

November 13, 2014
NYC's Great White Way. Sugartooth Tours has just introduced 'Bright Lights & Broadway Bites Dessert Tour' © 2014 Karen Rubin/

NYC’s Great White Way. Sugartooth Tours has just introduced ‘Bright Lights & Broadway Bites Dessert Tour’ © 2014 Karen Rubin/

The Big Apple is famous for delicious food and its equally amazing Broadway shows! So why not combine two of the greatest activities in New York City? Local dessert tour company, Sugartooth Tours, is doing just that and just in time for the holiday season with visions of sugar plums dancing, is introducing the ‘Bright Lights and Broadway Bites Dessert Tour.’

The duo behind Sugartooth Tours, Sarah Rolleston and Allyson Tolbert, have the chops (no pun intended) and background when it comes to theater and what tastes great. The two have traveled the country touring in theater productions, performed in NYC and tried every dessert possible along the way! The experience resulted in their newest tour, which is perfect for both locals and tourists alike! Currently, Rolleston and Tolbert are active NYC actors and founders of Sugartooth Tours. The ladies have also starred in various local NYC productions and national productions. Local productions include: Musicals Tonight, For Goodness Sake, and Fiddler on the Roof to name a few. National Broadway productions include: The Producers, Beauty and the Beast and Catch Me if You Can.

“What we’ve found on a handful of our tours is that a lot of guests are really interested in our background as New York actors and the history around Broadway,” said Sarah Rolleston, co-founder of Sugartooth Tours. “And what the public wants, the public gets! We thought it would be fun to combine our delicious tours with the history behind the bright lights and feature some tasty stops on the way,” added Tolbert.

So what can one expect on this tour? Each tour will be guided by real NYC actors who are also licensed tour guides through the Theater District for the inside scoop on Broadway and the theatre district’s history. Also along the way, interesting tid-bits will be shared about the shows that are currently playing on Broadway. Tour-goers are encouraged to catch a tour before or after a matinee on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. The tour will run year-round and tickets will be available the first week in November.

“Guests are guaranteed to have a great time on this tour. Whether you’re a theater buff or a dessert connoisseur, we have you covered! We’re excited to share insider info, like where you can spot Broadway stars, and of course there’s dessert!” continued Rolleston. “We’ll be focusing on New York classics as well as some unusual finds as we stop at classic delis, old school favorite theater haunts, and tucked away bakeries.”

Sure there may be other Theater District/Broadway walking tours, but there’s only one that gives you a literal taste of NYC and a first-hand background on what goes on behind the red curtain. Sugartooth Tours has your ticket.

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Take Me Out Organizes Nightlife Tours of New York City

May 21, 2013
Take Me Out, a NYC nightlife tour company takes guests to the hottest spots around the city, handling everything from limousine transportation to reservations at each stop © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Take Me Out, a NYC nightlife tour company takes guests to the hottest spots around the city, handling everything from limousine transportation to reservations at each stop © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Take Me Out, a NYC nightlife tour company takes guests to the hottest spots around the city, handling everything from limousine transportation to reservations at each stop.

While it may be a nightlife tour, Take Me Out is aimed at everyone, not just tourists. The company prides itself on providing an alternative way to explore the city’s nightlife that won’t have you waiting in line outside for hours.

“Take Me Out is a great way for everyone to experience New York City and we are actually one of the only night life tours in the city, said Mor “What makes us stand out is that we take our guests to exclusive places. These are places you can’t get in without a reservation. It definitely has a VIP feel.”

One of the Take Me Out’s tours includes the popular Mixology tour. This particular tour includes two charted limos, guides who whip up great drinks for tour-goers along the way, and stops at some of the city’s trendiest bars.

If you’re the type who is looking for something a little different, try the company’s most popular tour, the Prohibition Tour. This tour transports you back to the 1920’s and takes you to secret bars and hidden speakeasies throughout the city. Along the way, sip champagne, enjoy the limo ride, and learn about the era as you visit each stop.

Other tours include their nightclub tour for those who love to dance, and a singles social tour.

“The goal with launching this company is that I wanted to create something that guests could enjoy and that stood out from the typical nightlife experience in the city,” continued Mor. “Everyone enjoys the tours, both locals and tourists. They are also perfect for events like birthday parties, and with wedding season right around the corner, it’s the perfect idea for a bachelor or bachelorette party!”

Take Me Out Tours currently offers five tours, but also offers custom events. Attendees can expect on average three stops per tour and each starts from $100-$150 per person. Tours run most nights of the week, starting as early as 5pm, with most starting around 9pm.

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Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 Mission Astronauts to Visit New York’s American Museum of Natural History, Aug 16

August 8, 2011

Hundreds of young people will greet four astronauts from space shuttle Atlantis’ STS-135 mission at their first New York public appearance since completing their mission July 21.


The American Museum of Natural History will hold a public event, Tuesday, August 16, 10:30-11:30 am to celebrate this historic mission, which marks the end of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, and will welcome Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim. The astronauts will speak briefly about their experiences and answer questions from New York City children in the audience. This event is free with Museum admission.


This event is free with Museum admission. Suggested general admission, which supports the Museum’s scientific and educational endeavors and offers access to the Museum’s 46 halls including the Rose Center for Earth and Space, is $19 (adults) suggested, $14.50(students/seniors) suggested, $10.50 (children) suggested. For tickets, call 212-769-5200 or visit

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NYC’s Michelangelo Hotel has new ‘Best of Broadway’ Getaway that includes show tickets

May 4, 2011

Enjoy the "Best of Broadway" with new package deal from the Michelangelo Hotel, located amidst the bright lights of Manhattan's Theater District © 2011 Karen Rubin/

Every year, spring brings an increased buzz to Manhattan’s White Way with the announcement of the Tony nominees.  This year, The Michelangelo hotel is offering a way for guests to join in the excitement as theater aficionados across the country debate who should take home a coveted award on June 12, 2011.

Located in the heart of the Theater District steps from the Hirschfeld, Winter Garden, Gershwin and more, the hotel has become an ambassador to the performing arts for its guests.  This year, it augments its offerings with “The Best of Broadway” package. The new two-night getaway has been constructed to ensure the stage is the focus of the stay.  Components include:

•    Two tickets to a Broadway show of guest’s choice (you have to provide a selection in order of preference at time of booking; tickets are subject to availability)
•    Access to expert advice from a former stage veteran, Concierge James Jolis, in selecting the perfect play for the stay
•    Accommodations in one of The Michelangelo’s spacious guestrooms with Italian-inspired décor and Etro amenities
•    A sweet welcome treat of Godiva chocolates and nightly turndown service
•    Breakfast for two in-room, served at guests’ leisure

And for those keen to discover New York’s professional theater scene, but can’t make it to the Big Apple prior to the June awards, The Best of Broadway package will be available until November 30, 2011.  The extended availability offers travelers the chance to see if the award-winning productions truly deserved their trophies.

Rates for The Best of Broadway package begin at $550.00 per night, based on double occupancy, and exclusive of taxes and gratuities.  Two night minimum required.  Guests must call the hotel directly at (212) 765 – 1900 to book.

Located amidst the bright lights of Manhattan’s Theater District and steps from Rockefeller Center, the boutiques of Fifth and Madison Avenues, and the buzz of Times Square, The Michelangelo exudes the old world charm of an Italian Grande Dame hotel and features all the modern touches that today’s urban travelers have come to expect.  It is part of the Italian based Starhotels group and is the brand’s first luxury property in the United States.


April 20, 2011

The American Museum of Natural History is known for its thought-provoking exhibits like "Brain: The Inside Story" © 2011 Karen Rubin/

From the creators of Accomplice—theatrical experiences set on the streets of New York City, Hollywood, and London—comes an exciting new way to explore the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Part walking tour, part game, and part theater, Mystery at the Museum is an immersive adventure through the Museum’s halls. Meet characters, follow clues, and solve puzzles as you unravel a tale that takes you through iconic Museum locations and behind-the-scenes areas. Challenging and engaging, comical and poignant, Mystery at the Museum is an experience you won’t soon forget.

Mystery at the Museum is offered Saturdays and Sundays (8 performances per day; each performance runs approximately 2 hours) Admission is $50 (10 and up); advance purchase is required.

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World’s Largest Dinosaurs

Meanwhile, the museum best known for its dinosaurs has just opened its newest blockbuster exhibit The World’s Largest Dinosaurs (on view April 16, 2011–January 2, 2012). The World’s Largest Dinosaurs  focuses on sauropods, a group that includes the largest animals ever to have walked on Earth. Sauropod dinosaurs were extraordinarily successful, surviving for more than 100 million years. The World’s Largest Dinosaurs examines the biology and behavior of sauropods, looking particularly at how these animals evolved to such tremendous sizes. he highlight of the exhibition will be a life-sized model of the 60-foot-long sauropod Mamenchisaurus. The dramatic model is fully fleshed out on one side, while the other side will be a “visible dinosaur,” revealing bones, muscles, and internal organs. The exhibition also features specimens from the Museum’s collections of sauropod teeth, vertebrae, skin impressions, and a variety of other ancient specimens. Hands-on, computer-based activities let visitors investigate adaptations that allowed these animals to grow so big. The World’s Largest Dinosaurs is organized by the American Museum of Natural History ( in collaboration with Coolture  Marketing, Bogotá, Colombia.

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Get Insider Access for Exclusive Deals & Discounts to Hit Broadway Shows through

April 10, 2011

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Theatergoers can now access group purchasing power for insider deals to top Broadway shows through  The leading resource for group theater ticket sales and Broadway experiences, is offering special group rates for some of the most celebrated Broadway shows this spring through the winter months.

To re-visit a favorite classic, or for those that have yet to see some of Broadway’s most acclaimed musicals, is offering ticket specials to see the Tony-award winning crooners from Jersey Boys, the unforgettably wild-world of The Lion King, and the pop-musical Mamma Mia!, featuring songs from ABBA, among others.

Current specials include:

  • Book the Early Bird special for The Addams Family with tickets starting as low as $52 at select performances May 10-October 30, paid in full by May 6, 2011 groups of 12 or more.  Additionally, this family-friendly musical will be debuting a Monday night curtain July 11-September 4, 2011.
  • For Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening performances, Mary Poppins offers groups of 15 or more prices starting at $42 for rear Mezzanine and balcony seats, $52 for mid Mezzanine seats and $62 for Orchestra & Front Mezzanine seats.  Offer is available for shows August 23-November 20, paid 30 days prior to performance date.  In addition, receive one complimentary ticket for the first 20 paid tickets, or three complimentary tickets for 51 tickets purchased (Max. 3).
  • Rear Mezzanine seats start at $67, with all other seats starting at $87 for The Lion King.  Offer available for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings and Sunday matinee performances August 27-November 20.  Group minimum starts at 15 and payment is due 45 days prior to performance.  In addition, receive one complimentary ticket for the first 20 paid tickets, or three complimentary tickets for 51 tickets purchased (Max. 3).
  • From September 5-December 18, Orchestra & Front Mezzanine seats start at $76.50 with rear Mezzanine starting at $42 for the scandalously delightful Chicago. Specials are available for groups of 10 or more for any performance, except Saturday evenings.
  • Mega-hit musical Jersey Boys offers groups of 15 or more incredible discounts with tickets available for as low as $56 for most performances, select Orchestra seats as low as $62 and $43 for student groups this fall.  This Fall Sale is available for weekday performances September 6-October 30 and must be paid in full by July 31, 2011.
  • Sing and dance to ABBA at Mamma Mia! with tickets starting at $57 for rear Mezzanine seats and $75 for Orchestra & Front Mezzanine seats.  Offer available for groups of 15 or more, Monday-Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday matinees throughout 2011.

These and other shows are also featured on the group sales booking widget for travel buyers to promote and sell the most popular Broadway shows directly on their own website.

Additionally, for any last-minute planners, recently introduced their “Last Minute Stock” page featuring inventory of some of the hottest Broadway shows only a few days or weeks in advance of the show date.  Visit for current “Last Minute Stock” being offered.  In order to purchase tickets, the buyer must adhere to group minimums as set by each show.  To determine a show’s group minimum, please visit the shows page and see the “Minimum # of Tickets” column.

For more information on show information and to book these exclusive offers, visit  Restrictions and black-out dates may apply. advises to book early to ensure availability for these special offers.


CityPASS Eases Spring Getaway to New York City

April 10, 2011

CityPASS offers visits to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island as an option © 2011 Karen Rubin/

Spring is a perfect time to visit New York City: Central Park is awash in blooms and new leaves, temperatures are ideal, and, thanks to those last lingering months of the school year, the family vacation season hasn’t yet hit its peak. For travelers, that means shorter lines at Manhattan’s most popular attractions combined with more affordable, shoulder-season hotel rates.

Making Manhattan even more budget-friendly is New York CityPASS, which saves visitors nearly half off admission to the city’s most memorable attractions. Inside each New York CityPASS are prepaid admission tickets to the Empire State Building, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), as well as two option tickets that give travelers a choice of additional adventures. The first option ticket lets holders choose between the Guggenheim Museum and Top of the Rock; the second between a trip to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island or a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise.

New York CityPASS costs $79 for adults (a value of $146) and $59 for kids, ages 6-17 (a value of $103). In addition to the savings, each New York CityPASS admission ticket allows holders to bypass most main entrance ticket lines.

Less time in line means more time to enjoy the attractions, including Top of the Rock, the observation deck at Rockefeller Center. New to CityPASS in 2010, Top of the Rock is an ideal vantage point from which to scout Central Park for signs of spring. The observation deck, which soars 850 feet (259 meters) above Manhattan, also provides unobstructed views of the city, the Hudson River, the Statue of Liberty and other New York City icons.

Top of the Rock shares an option ticket with the Guggenheim Museum, whose stunning building is one of the most recognized in the world. Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece of modern architecture features a grand ramp that curves from the ground to the museum’s dome. And under that dome is one of the world’s finest collections of 20th and 21st century art: Chagall, Kandinsky, Picasso, van Gogh and other modern and contemporary masters. Add one of the museum’s free daily tours for fascinating insights into the artists’ lives and creations.

Still one of the world’s most romantic locations, the elegant Empire State Building’s 86th Floor Observatory provides a glorious panoramic view of the city that never sleeps. Best of all, the observatory is open nightly until 2 a.m. (the last elevators go up at 1:15 a.m.), which makes it a perfect stop for a late-night kiss against a backdrop of glimmering city lights. Thursday through Sunday, the Empire State Building ups the ante on romance with a live saxophonist performing on the 86th floor from 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

From awe-inspiring views to an awe-inspiring art collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art houses masterpieces spanning 5,000 years. Skimming through the Met’s galleries, visitors revel in ancient Egyptian treasures, European masterworks (including sculptures attributed to Michelangelo), eclectic paintings by Picasso, Far Eastern antiquities and fascinating artifacts from colonial America. From the museum’s sculpture-accented Roof Garden, open spring through late fall, visitors can drink in spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline and enjoy a snack, latte or glass of wine.

As a bonus, the Met’s CityPASS admission ticket also includes same-day admission to The Cloisters museum and gardens, located in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park. After admiring medieval art and the famous Unicorn Tapestries, visitors can enjoy views of both the Hudson River and the greening trees along the New Jersey Palisades.

For both adults and children, the razor-toothed jaws of the Tyrannosaurus rex at the American Museum of Natural History leave an indelible impression. And, thanks to its cameo appearance in 2006’s hit film Night at the Museum, the 94-foot-long (29 meters) blue whale suspended from the ceiling in the Hall of Ocean Life will be instantly recognizable to most kids. But, movie buff or not, anyone with a lick of interest in our natural world will be happy to lose themselves in this trove of scientific treasures. A New York CityPASS admission ticket also includes entry to the Rose Center for Earth and Space, as well as a Hayden Planetarium Space Show.

As the first museum dedicated to artworks of the contemporary era, The Museum of Modern Art’s (MoMA) collection includes such masterpieces as Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Claude Monet’s Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond and Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans. Additional works by Picasso, Matisse and a vast array of painters, photographers, sculptors and multimedia artists are represented. Inspired visitors can pop into the MoMA Design Store (across the street from the museum) for accessories, jewelry, furniture, lighting and more — all inspired by MoMA’s collection.


Two of America’s most inspiring national treasures are highlighted on the second New York CityPASS option ticket, which gives visitors a choice between the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise.

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island ticket takes visitors on a ferry ride to both Liberty and Ellis islands. Visitors can spend time touring each at their own pace (budget 4-5 hours to see both without rushing). Although the Statue of Liberty Pedestal/Museum entry is not included with CityPASS, access is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis to a limited number of early birds each day. Also, note that tickets to the crown are typically snapped up months in advance. For more information on pedestal access and crown tickets, visit

The Ellis Island Immigration Museum provides an important look at the building of our nation, as 12 million people passed through the island on their way to a better life.

On a Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise, passengers glide past both the majestic Statue of Liberty and the iconic New York skyline. CityPASS ticket holders can choose a two-hour Semi-Circle Cruise, a two-hour Harbor Lights Cruise at sunset (both providing panoramic views of Manhattan and a close-up of Lady Liberty), a 75-minute Liberty Cruise (a shorter trip along the Hudson River) or The Beast Speedboat Ride (a 30-minute, full-throttle spin past the Statue of Liberty). Note: The Liberty Cruise and The Beast Speedboat are available only May-October.

New York CityPASS can be purchased online at or at any of the CityPASS attractions. It is valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use.

As a premier product for travelers who crave savings, convenience and a well-defined means to discovering a city’s leading attractions, the CityPASS concept showcases the best attractions in North America’s most exciting destinations at an incredible discount. CityPASS ticket booklets are available for New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hollywood, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California and Toronto. For more information on CityPASS and its partner cities and attractions, visit

See also:

Ellis Island Immigration Museum: Where Everyman is Hero

Statue of Liberty invites visitors to her Crown: Only 240 tickets available each day and slideshow

Easter in New York: Famous Fifth Avenue Easter Parade is chance for self-expression and slideshow

NYC’S 5-Boro Bike Tour brings out the best in 32,000 and slideshow


Food Network Travel Offers VIP Access to Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival

August 23, 2010

Food fans in search of an exciting fall event are expected to flock to the 2010 Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival on October 8-10, 2010. As Food Network gears up for one of its most popular annual events, Food Network Travel is offering exclusive packages to the Big Apple’s hottest wine and food extravaganza with VIP access to several events.

A limited amount of packages are available to guests, which provide exclusive access to Food Network Chefs and an invitation to a private event. This intimate group will have a two nights stay at the brand new Eventi Hotel in the historic Chelsea neighborhood from October 8-10, 2010.

This is the second festival in which Food Network Travel is providing special access to food lovers. Last month, Food Network Travel offered packages to the Food Network Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, which sold out in three weeks.

Guests will enjoy credential access to select events as well as exclusive experiences ONLY available to Food Network Travel guests. The package includes a VIP ticket to a private Cocktail Hour at Food Network Kitchens with celebrity chefs Melissa d’Arabian ( Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d’Arabian) and the Season 6 Winner of the Next Food Network Star ! Aarti Sequiera. This event is only for Food Network Travel guests providing a truly intimate experience to meet and mingle with Melissa and Aarti.

Additionally, invitations to attend Tacos & Tequila hosted by Bobby Flay ( Throwdown with Bobby Flay), which is already sold out to the public will be available as well as special reserved seating at the Paula Deen’s Brunch ( Paula’s Home Cooking). The best part is guests won’t have to wait in long lines with speedline access to the Grand Tasting and to Sweet hosted by Duff Goldman ( Ace of Cakes) and Sandra Lee ( Semi-Homemade Cooking).

The cost of the Food Network Travel package includes two nights hotel accommodations (including taxes) at the Eventi Hotel, NYC and VIP tickets to the events detailed below. Package prices, including all taxes and fees start at $2040 for single occupancy and $2820 per couple, double occupancy. Guests wishing to book may do so through:

The VIP Tickets include access to:
Friday, Oct 8:
• 5 pm: Cocktail Hour at FN Kitchens with Melissa d’Arabian and Next Food Network Star! winner, Aarti Sequiera

Saturday, Oct 9:
• 11a-2p: Grand Tasting Session*
• 7p-10p: Tacos & Tequila hosted by Bobby Flay
• 9p-12a: Sweet (w/ speedline access) hosted by Duff Goldman and Sandra Lee

Sunday, Oct 10:
• 12p-2p: Paula Deen Brunch (w/reserved seating)
• 4p-7p: Grand Tasting Session*

(Note that you can only choose one Grand Tasting Session with this package)

For more information or to book, visit:

National Park Service invites public comments on safety improvements to Statue of Liberty

August 18, 2010
Statue of Liberty's Symbols of Freedom

Statue of Liberty holds high the symbols of freedom © 2010 Karen Rubin/

The National Park Service (NPS) is inviting comments on proposed life safety upgrades at the Statue of Liberty National Monument, as part of the Environmental Assessment and Assessment of Effect (EA/AoE) process. Comments can be submitted electronically or by mail, through Sept. 13.

Improvements are currently proposed because other sections of the monument are currently not compliant with life safety and accessibility codes. Upgrades to infrastructure,
circulation, and emergency egress within the monument would allow compliance with applicable codes to the maximum extent possible without compromising the historic fabric of the monument.

Climbing Statue of Liberty's staircase

A Park Ranger leads a group up the internal staircase to Statue of Liberty's Crown © 2010 Karen Rubin/

This EA/AoE evaluates two alternatives, the preferred alternative and the no action alternative, and also describes alternatives that have been considered but dismissed. The proposed actions involve both the renovation of existing elements and the construction of new features to improve firesafety, accessibility, and circulation within the structure. The proposed actions include the removal of and replacement of existing stairs andelevators as well as upgrades to the fire safety, ventilation, and lighting systems.

The proposed actions would be undertaken in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and would limit impacts to historic structures.  A draft Programmatic Agreement has been prepared and is included in the Appendix of the document, that once signed, will enhance consultation with the State Historic PreservationOffice and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and better outline the
process and schedule for the project’s consultation and any required mitigation.

Those who wish to view and comment on the EA/AoE, may do so between Aug. 13 and Sept. 13 either electronically at or by mail to the Park Superintendent at Statue of Liberty National Monument, National Park Service, Liberty Island, New York, NY 10004.

Be aware before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in a comment, that the entire comment – including personal
identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. Whileyou can ask in their comments to withhold personal identifying information from public review, the NPS cannot guarantee that it will be able to do so.

Located on a 12-acre island in New York Harbor, the Statue, Liberty Enlightening the World, was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States and is a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886,designated as a National Monument in 1924 and restored for her centennialon July 4, 1986.

For more information about visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum, see our stories:

Statue of Liberty invites visitors to her Crown: Only 240 tickets available each day

Ellis Island Immigration Museum: Where Everyman is Hero