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  • Join New York City In Honoring The Legacy And Achievements Of Dr. Martin Luther King!

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    Since 1986, the nation has observed a Federal holiday to honor the life and work of one of its most dynamic civil rights leaders— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King’s philosophy of nonviolent protest and his unwavering commitment to equality for African Americans (and for all men and women everywhere) has earned him worldwide praise since his death by an assassin’s bullet in 1968.

    New York City celebrates the legacy of Dr. King in a big way, with events in Manhattan and Brooklyn. If you’re planning to be in town January 19, 2015, be sure to check out these tributes to Dr. King’s message of hope!

    Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative March
    Harlem to the Upper East Side, Manhattan
    7th Ave at 137th Street
    10 a.m.
    Admission: FREE
    For the 27th consecutive year, eighth graders from the private school will lead a peace-minded march through Harlem, East Harlem and the Upper East Side. This year's theme is "Daring to Dream: A March of Hope." The procession begins at 10 a.m. from the iconic Renaissance Ballroom and Casino and makes its way through Harlem, with stops at the Apollo Theater, the Harlem Community Justice Center, the City Council District Eight office and the Young Women's Leadership School before ending at the Manhattan Country School, where hot chocolate is served.

    Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    Brooklyn Academy of Music
    30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
    Admission: FREE
    Author, professor, and activist Dr. Cornel West will deliver the keynote address at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's 29th annual Martin Luther King Day celebration. There will also be musical performances by Sandra St. Victor & Oya’s Daughter and the New York Fellowship Mass Choir. Attendance is free but space is limited—tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m.

    Big Onion Walking Tour of Historic Harlem
    Schomburg Center, 135th Street & Lenox Ave., Manhattan
    1:00 p.m.
    Admission: $20
    The cultural and historic center of New York City’s African-American community Harlem is one of New York’s most significant neighborhoods. Along tis informative walking tour, you’ll explore the history of Harlem, from its origins as a Dutch village in the 1600s, through its transformation into the “Capital of Black America” by the 1920s, to today, when it continues to serve as a nexus for African-American business, politics, art, and culture. Stops could include: Abyssinian Baptist Church, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Striver’s Row, the Apollo Theater, the Big Apple Nightclub, and sites associated with W.E.B. Du Bois, the Harlem Renaissance, Madame C.J. Walker, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and more.

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum
    145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn
    Admission: $9
    The Brooklyn Children's Museum celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. King throughout the three-day weekend with interactive activities that explore his many contributions to our society. Younger kids can create a peace-themed craft while older children can work on posters for a museum-wide peace march. The hour-long movie Our Friend, Martin is screened daily. On the official holiday, there will also be performances by the Berean Community Drumline.

    If you want to learn more about Dr. King in a fun educational way, check out the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Scavenger Hunt!

  • Ride ‘Em: Professional Bull Riders Arrive In New York City

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    Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
    Madison Square Garden
    January 16th - 18th
    Tickets $25 to $205

    Launching their annual tour from the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden, the Professional Bull Riders bring forty five of the world’s best bull riders to hop onto bulls that weigh nearly as much as most cars and try to hold on for eight seconds while the bull tries its hardest to buck them off.

    With roots in Mexico’s charreadas, bull riding became part of American culture thanks to the the mixing and merging of Mexican and American ranch hands in the Southwest. The first rodeo to use brahma bulls was ninety years ago in Mississippi, and was the first version held outdoors under electric lights at night.

    So how does it work? A qualified ride lasts for eight seconds. Once the bull’s shoulder or flank breaks out of the gate, the clock starts. Riders have to keep one hand under the rope (tied on in a very specific way that allows for quick release), and the other hand in the air. The ride ends when the rider falls to the ground or when the rider’s untied hand touches the bull.

    There are four judges who rate each rider on a scale from one to twenty five. Those points are added up and divided in half to determine the rider score. The bull is also scored on a scale of one to fifty, and that is also added up and divided in half to arrive at a combined score for the ride. The bull is always scored regardless of the rider’s success, and look for details such as the bull’s front end drop, kick, spin, and direction changes. Riders must complete the eight seconds to receive a score. There are time when a bull causes a foul or offers a bad ride and riders are then allowed to re-ride.

    Today the bulls are nearly bigger stars than the riders, and this year’s PBR event features Bushwacker as the main attraction with his 95% buck off rate. You will also see Asteroid, also with a 95% buck off record. Keep your eye out for Mick E. Mouse, the only bull at Madison Square Garden with a 100% buck off rate! Rango, Shepherd Hills Tested, Jared Allen’s Air Time, Smackdown, Bruiser, Roy, and I’m A Gangster Too will also be ready to toss the riders in the air.

    The top ten riders this year are Silvano Alves, the breakout star in 2014, with his astonishing 100% ride record. Look for Reese Cates, Matt Triplett, Kasey Hayes, Chase Outlaw, Cody Nance, Ben Jones, Kaique Pacheco, Shane Proctor, and Ryan Dirteater as they try to wrestle the title away from Mr. Alves.

  • From The Exotic To The Bizarre - You'll Find It At Ripley's Believe It Or Not

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    America’s love affair with the incredible is longstanding. So it’s no surprise to learn that Robert Ripley’s ever expanding collection of outlandish finds dates back nearly a century to a 1919 cartoon feature that appeared in the New York Globe. Originally focused on sports feats (and titled Champs and Chumps), Ripley’s Believe It or Not quickly became a popular feature for New Yorkers seeking a taste of the unusual, the exotic, and the downright strange. Ripley moved his column from the Globe to the New York Post and then the New York American before entering
    nationwide syndication.

    Today the Ripley tradition continues with museums in 13 states nationwide. The museum in New York City, where Ripley’s column first took hold, opened in 2007 and is located at the heart of New York’s Times Square neighborhood at 234 West 42nd Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues).

    Ripley’s is organized into a series of “Odditoriums,” each containing amazing finds gathered from across the globe, and each accompanied by a suitably incredible backstory.
    Many of the artifacts and treasures were collected by Robert Ripley himself during his four decades traveling the world in search of the unusual, the shocking, and the thought-provoking.

    Ripley's obsession with traveling and collecting oddities began when he took his first trip abroad to Europe. His second trip abroad in 1922 was to cover the Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium which led to a trip around the world. What he found and experienced on his exotic adventures was shared in his daily cartoon and a Believe It or Not book was published the following year. Ripley visited over 201 countries over the next fifteen years. Robert Ripley's live radio broadcasts and movie shorts with Vitaphone Pictures followed, but his greatest success came when his first “Odditorium” opened in Chicago, Illinois in July 1933 during the Chicago World's Fair, where his wild and weird collections brought in nearly 2 million visitors. In 1948, he created a television pilot that became the basis for one of the first weekly television series. Unfortunately Ripley himself passed away the following year of a heart attack at the age of 55.

    But the Ripley legacy lives on! As you tour the museum, you'll experience immersive interactive exhibits learn how diverse and fascinating our world really is. With over 20 galleries spanning two floors, Ripley's Times Square is the largest Ripley's attraction in North America and is home to the most amazing exhibits, including the Little Apple, the Impossible LaseRace, and the Spinning Vortex. You’ll also see the two-headed calf, the albino giraffe, the jade boat, and the shrunken head!

    Ripley’s also hosts occasional free sideshow performances right in front of the marquee on 42nd Street. In the grand tradition of the American sideshow, these performances range from the unusual to the bizarre, with artists such as The Human Blockhead; Jellyboy, the Sword-Swallowing Clown; Dubini, the Man with the Iron Stomach, Donny Vomit, the sword swallower; and two of the most dramatic examples of human body modification and full-body tattooing—Enigma and Lizard Man.

    No visit to New York City is complete without a trip to Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Ripley’s is available for group tours and special events, but be sure to book well in advance, as availability is limited and these slots fill quickly.

  • Discover A Taste Of New York's East Side: Cuisine From Little Italy To Yorkville

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    Lower East Side
    New York City has long been known as a magnet for immigration and enterprise. Perhaps no single neighborhood typifies these two concepts better than the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where mom-and-pop markets and eateries have thrived for decades in an environment rich in cultural diversity. From spicy pickles and single-origin coffees to fancy donuts and intensely flavored ice creams, Manhattan’s Lower East Side is a feat for the palate.

    When Italian, Irish, Chinese, and Jewish immigrants settled in the Lower East Side, they brought their traditional recipes and cuisine with them. Some of the purveyors have been in the neighborhood for decades, while others just recently opened—and the combination is nothing short of delicious.

    In these narrow streets, you’ll find a European-style indoor market, its aisles lined with butchers, cheesemongers, candymakers, fruit sellers, and chefs preparing lunches for local workers. You’ll wander down narrow streets lined with buckets of pickles and discover blocks where century-old businesses sit virtually unchanged alongside upscale new stores serving trendy, unique sweets. A combination of coffee, pickles, pizza and donuts may sound crazy, but there’s something magical about the combination.

    Upper East Side
    Manhattan’s Upper East Side has long been known for fine European cooking, particularly in Yorkville, where the German bakeries are famous. The area is also well known for its European-style sidewalk cafes and upscale restaurants.

    Now imagine starting your day with a light breakfast at the Upper East Side's premier gourmet market, where experienced chefs demonstrate their practiced techniques in the making of cheese, pastries and other delectable goodies. Next, explore an Upper East Side you never knew existed, with a visit to an old German bakery, a neighborhood fixture established nearly 80 years ago, when German immigrants favored the area. Taste the hand-made rye, pumpernickel and other signature breads of Central Europe baked in time-tested brick ovens.

    Next you’ll discover New York's only bookstore devoted solely to food and cuisine. The owner will be happy to guide you to the latest copy of The Joy of Cooking or a rare copy of a royal Ottoman cookbook. Then it's on to New York's most ingenious culinary-concept store, to sample some world-class wines.

    The tour ends with lunch—you'll have stories to tell after savoring the finest pastries at a very special patisserie, where the owner markets his sinfully sweet creations: the works of a master.

  • Five Reasons To Visit The Cloisters

    Nestled in Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan is one of New York City’s cultural gems—The Cloisters. Created through endowments and grants from the Rockefeller family, the Cloisters were designed in the 1930s by architect Charles Collens using imported stones from several European abbeys dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries. The result is a magnificent museum that houses one of the world’s finest collections of Medieval and Christian art.

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    Here are just five of the many reasons to make The Cloisters a stop on your tour of New York City.

    1. The Art
    The Cloisters are a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and thus hold their exhibitions to the highest standards. The Cloisters are home to approximately 5000 works of European medieval art—from the structures themselves to paintings, tapestries, and illuminated manuscripts, most dating from the 12th to the 15th centuries. Among the works of art are seven Flemish tapestries including The Hunt of the Unicorn. Among the many illuminated manuscripts are the Limbourg Brothers’ Les Belles Heures du Duc de Berry and Jen Pucelle’s Book of Hours. The collection also includes a wealth of silver, brass, gold, woodwork, frescos, sculptures, and other items. You’ll even find a chapel exhibit displaying the original apse and altar.

    2. The Library and Archives
    As one of the Metropolitan Museum's 13 libraries, The Cloisters maintain a collection of 15,000 volumes of books. The Library and Archives contains Museum Administration papers, the personal papers of George Grey Barnard, early glass lantern slides of museum materials, curatorial papers, museum dealer records, scholar’s records, recordings of musical performances at the museum, as well as maps.

    3. A Country Abbey with a View of the Hudson
    Overlooking the Hudson Valley from a rocky precipice high above the river, you may forget you are in fact in Manhattan. The views of the valley’s autumn foliage can be intoxicating on a clear October day, and the many courtyards and walkways of The Cloisters provide visitors with a sense of a European country abbey in the heart of one of the world’s largest cities.

    4. Leave the Hustle and Bustle
    Because of their location near the northernmost end of Manhattan, The Cloisters provide a welcome respite from the often crowded downtown streets. The peaceful setting is a great chance to stretch your legs and expand your horizons as you stroll through the many outdoor walkways and gardens. The view of the George Washington Bridge from the Cloisters is magnificent, and the adjacent Fort Tryon Park is also a great place to bring a picnic lunch, jog, or just enjoy the outdoors.

    5. Free Admission to the Met
    Because the Cloisters are part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, your admission to The Cloisters also grants you same-day admission to the Met itself. Also, the audio guide receipt from The Cloisters can be redeemed at the Met in exchange for their audio guide. So you can make a day of it and visit two prized cultural centers for the price of one!

    How to get there:
    Subway: Take the A train north to Dyckman Street.
    Bus: Take the M4 to The Cloisters.
    The subway ride is shorter, but be prepared to make the climb to The Cloisters entrance.

    Hours:
    Open 7 Days a Week
    March–October: 10:00 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
    November–February: 10:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
    Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

    Admission:
    Adults $25, Seniors (over 65) $17, Students (with ID) $12

  • Top 5 New York City Food Tours

    New York City, simply put, is not only rich with culture and history but also rather delicious. With the largest ethnic diversity of any city in the United States, you will find every kind of food imaginable within the city’s five boroughs. However, knowing where to start when seeking out New York’s culinary treasures can be a challenge – but luckily, there are many excellent NYC Food Tours to help you get started on your delicious adventure.

    Whether you want dinner, dessert, or learning to cook, we have found the best culinary tours New York has to offer.

    1. Greenwich Village Walk, led by Scott’s Pizza Tours

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    Pizza in New York is a revelation. Deliciously spicy with a crust that will make you scorn all pizza delivery chains, you can get a great slice in nearly every corner of the city. But if you’d like to really taste the best of the best, you’ll need to join tour owner Scott Wiener for one of his tours. He knows more about pizza than anyone. While your itinerary won’t be revealed until you arrive for the tour, you will be in for a treat.

    2. Chinatown Shop & Cook, led by Abigail Hitchcock of Camaje

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    Chinatown is fascinating – but can be a bit overwhelming as well. If you have ever wanted to really conquer how to cook real Chinese food, you will love this tour with a well-known local chef. Ms. Hitchcock will not only guide you through the many confusing and winding streets of Chinatown; she will also explain the many unique grocery items spotted and tell you how to cook them. Fun tour for all budding chefs.

    3. Tenements, Tales, and Tastes of the Lower East Side, led by Urban Oyster

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    New York City is filled to the brim with culturally ethnic neighborhoods, often with different groups nestled right together – like Little Italy and Chinatown. On this unique tour, local experts will lead you to taste everything from knishes to dim sum to tacos and more. On a lovely and winding three hour walk, you will learn all about the various neighborhoods of the lower east side and their history.

    4. Astoria Food Walk Tour, led by Susan Birnbaum

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    With a big promise to “go around the world in 80 minutes,” this food tour is centered in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens. Queens is an all too often overlooked borough but offers many unique foods, which you’ll discover on this tour. Taste delicious foods from Asia, the Middle East, South America and more – and you will end the tour enjoying a beer in New York City’s oldest beer garden.

    5. Upper West Side Chocolate, Dessert, and Wine Tour, led by City Food Tours

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    Do we need to even describe what you will get to enjoy on this fabulous tour? This amazing tour of one of New York’s most posh neighborhoods will be filled with delectable pastries, artisan handmade chocolates, cookies to die for, and the best gelato outside of Italy. You will enjoy not only yummy goodies but get to learn about the many historic buildings in the neighborhood before capping the tour in a wine bar.

  • Winter Events To Enjoy When It’s Cold In New York City

    So, the holidays are over – but don’t worry, there are still plenty of amazing winter events to enjoy in New York City! From Native American dancing to antiques to the world’s best dogs, there is plenty to do when it’s cold outside.

    New York is the city that never sleeps, and it doesn’t bow down to cold weather either. Here are just a few of the amazing events to look forward to this winter!

    16th Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Fireworks Festival

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    February 19th, 11am (Fireworks)
    February 22nd, 1pm (Parade)
    Fireworks at Sara D. Roosevelt Park
    Parade starts at Canal & Mott Street (view route here)
    FREE

    For an amazing afternoon of delicious treats, spectacular performances, and yes, fireworks, you do not want to miss these two cultural events in Chinatown. It’s the year of the goat in 2015, so bring your family to celebrate!

    Thunderbird American Indian Dancers in Concert

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    January 27 through February 5th, 8pm (no children)
    Children’s matinees Saturday/Sundays, 3pm
    Theater for the New City, 155 1st Avenue
    $10 for adults, $1 for children under 12

    For the 37th year in a row, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers will hold their annual concert and Pow Wow in the city. The proceeds benefit the Thunderbird Scholarship Fund. Children are not allowed at the evening performances, but will enjoy an interactive experience during the children’s matinees.

    The Orchid Show

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    March 1st through April 21st
    The New York Botanical Garden
    2900 Southern Blvd, the Bronx
    $20 for adults, $10 for children two to twelve

    This year’s annual Orchid show is highlighting the glorious flowers of Key West. With weekend musical performances, a poetry walk, orchid care demos and orchid growing classes, you will feel immersed in a spring at this stunning exhibition.

    Winter Antiques Show

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    January 23 through February 1
    Park Avenue Armory
    Park Avenue at 67th Street
    Open daily at Noon
    $25 for adults
    Benefits East Side House

    One of the most highly anticipated and respected antique exhibitions in the world! You’ll be amazed at the incredible collection of antiques for sale. With over 140 experts verifying the authenticity of the antiques, you know these are the real dinner. Proceeds benefit East Side House, a community education service in the South Bronx.

    Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual Dog Show

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    February 16th and 17th
    The Piers
    94 - 711 12th Avenue at 55th Street
    $22 for adults and $10 for children under twelve

    Founded in 1877, the Westminster Dog Show is the second longest running sporting event in the United States (beaten only by the Kentucky Derby). Here you’ll find the very best of every dog breed showing off their beautiful forms as well as one of the most impressive agility competitions out there. Perfect for the dog lover in your life!

  • Let's Pretend It's Spring In January

    Once the end of year festivities are over, January can begin to look a bit like a long, dark, cold tunnel with no spring in sight. With the wind-tunnel effect of New York City sidewalks and the early evenings, the winter doldrums are all too easy to fall into. But never fear! We’ve put together an amazing list of ways to beat the winter chill in January and pretend it’s already spring or summer. There are plenty of do-not-miss things to do in New York City events when it’s cold!

    The Butterfly Conservatory

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    American Museum of Natural History
    Central Park West at 79th Street
    Free with Admission
    $22 for adults, $12.50 for children

    What says spring more than butterflies? Visit the American Museum of Natural History and spend some time in this warm and tropical spot and allow the myriad colors and styles of butterfly to lift away your winter blues.

    Jungle World

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    Bronx Zoo
    2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
    Admission to zoo: $23.95 for adults, $19.95 for children
    Admission to Jungle World: $5

    This exhibition will transport you to the warmth of the jungle. With gibbon monkeys, otters, and many other creatures (including plenty of creepy tropical insects), you can spend an hour or more basking in the balmy temperatures. Be sure to visit the pond and watch the turtles and otters play!

    Indoor Sand Volleyball

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    The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers
    Pier 60
    20th St. & Hudson River Park
    With Membership or Classes
    Fees vary

    Skip right over spring and head into summer! Literally feel the sand between your toes by playing some indoor sand volleyball at Chelsea Piers. With plenty of open play opportunities as well as classes, you can work up a sweat and feel like you’re visiting summer at the same time!

    Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

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    The New York Botanical Garden
    Bronx River Parkway
    $20 for adults, $10 for children

    You can’t go wrong on a winter’s day visiting this Victorian style glasshouse garden. You’ll find the glorious A World Of Plants exhibition which highlights the many plants of lush rainforests, and a cactus filled desert as well! Bask in the warms and the smell of plants in this New York City landmark.

    Tropic Zone: The Rainforest

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    Central Park Zoo
    64th St and 5th Ave
    $18 for adults, $13 for children

    With multi-level viewing platforms at this warm corner of the Central Park Zoo, you will have plenty of chances to see the critters and warm yourself up! You’ll find ruffed lemurs, golden weavers, mountain coatis, and even Malayan deer mice in this glorious exhibition.

  • Five Must-See Winter Events In New York City

    Winter is a great time to be in New York City. The flowers may not be in bloom, but the city’s cultural events and nightlife certainly are. Check out these must-see events happening this winter in the Big Apple!

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    Henrí Matisse: The Cut-Outs
    Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
    11 West 53rd Street, Manhattan
    Runs through February 8, 2015
    $25 admission plus varying fees for special exhibition

    This is the largest and most extensive presentation of Henri Matisse’s cut-outs ever assembled. Approximately 100 examples from this innovative body of work—beginning in the 1940s when Matisse turned to cut paper as his primary medium—are shown alongside drawings, illustrated books, stained glass, and textiles. Among the masterpieces on view is The Swimming Pool (1952), a monumental cut-out originally made for the artist's dining room, which has been newly conserved and is being exhibited for the first time in more than 20 years.

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    Chinese Lunar New Year Parade & Festival
    February 22, 2015
    Canal & Mott Streets, Chinatown, Manhattan
    FREE

    Enjoy one of the largest celebrations of Chinese New Year in America! The festivities and parade begin at Canal and Mott Streets, and proceed to Chatham Square at East Broadway, down East Broadway under the Manhattan Bridge, down Eldridge Street to Grand Street at Forsyth Street, ending at Sara D Roosevelt Park. Enjoy the food, culture, costumes, dance, and pageantry… and welcome in the Year of the Goat!

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    The Ice Man Cometh
    Brooklyn Academy of Music
    30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
    February 5 through March 15, 2015
    Starting at $35

    Eugene O’Neill’s classic tale of pipe dreams and disillusionment is brought to life on stage by award-wining stage and screen actors Nathan Lane (The Producers and The Bird Cage) and Brian Dennehy (Golden Globe winner for his portrayal of Willy Loman in O’Neill’s Death of a Salesman). Join the crew at Harry Hope’s Saloon as they await the arrival of their friend, Hickey. This 18-character drama is directed by Robert Falls during a very limited run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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    The Armory Show
    Pier 92/94 (2th Ave at 53rd Street), Manhattan
    March 3 through March 8, 2015
    FREE

    The Armory Show is among the top international art fairs devoted to the most significant artworks of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Armory Show is an internationally recognized celebration of art, combining a selection of the world's leading galleries with an unmatched program of events and exhibitions at the fair venue and throughout New York City. The show attracts noted artists, gallery owners, collectors, critics, and curators from around the globe to New York each March.

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    Asia Week New York
    Various venues
    March 13 through March 21, 2015
    Fees Vary

    Join this 9-day celebration of Asian art and culture that spans 19 local museums, galleries, auction houses, and cultural institutions—including the Brooklyn Museum, the Noguchi Museum, the Museum of Chinese in America and the Rubin Museum of Art. Each venue will be showing works from the region, and art dealers from around the world will display their collections during open houses throughout the week. There will also be a full schedule of films, lectures, symposia, curator talks, tours, auctions and other special events.

  • Top Spots For Sledding In New York City

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    Honestly, is there anything more glorious than a city after a snow storm? Snow instantly cleans up everything and dampens sound, and it sparkles in the sun making it feel like you’ve suddenly come upon a winter wonderland.

    So, once the storm has passed it’s time to go SLEDDING! Do not fret; while New York City might seem like a city of concrete that doesn’t mean there aren’t fabulous sledding spots around the area. Here are five of the best – and don’t forget to enjoy some hot chocolate after sledding!

    Central Park in Manhattan

    Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without Central Park. This green space in the heart of the city dazzles in the snow, and while there are plenty of small hills for the smallest sledders, you don’t want to miss Pilgrim Hill (near the 72nd Street entrance at Fifth Avenue) and Cedar Hill (between 76th and 79th Streets, near the Metropolitan Museum of Art). Tip: if you get there before it stops snowing, you’ll beat the crowd.

    Riverside Park in Manhattan

    This lovely park on the Upper West Side – running from 72nd all the way to 129th near Riverside Drive – is a multi-level park so it’s ideal for sledding. You’ll find plenty of lovely hills throughout (watch out for the rocky outcrops), but the most popular spot is probably the hill near the Hippo Playground at 91st. Don’t worry, though, there are plenty of other spots. You really can’t go wrong at Riverside Park.

    Prospect Park, Fort Greene Park, and Owl’s Head Park in Brooklyn

    These spots in Brooklyn are both great for sledding. If you hit the hills in Long Meadow in Prospect Park, kids can warm up and get some free hot chocolate in the Picnic House. Owl’s Head offers the more challenging hills for the brave, but watch out for the trees at the bottom! Fort Greene is probably the most laid-back of sledding spots with a mix of hipsters and families – and with four different hills and speeds to choose from, you can’t go wrong.

    Cocheron Park, Forest Park and Juniper Valley Park in Queens

    Locals adore sledding in Cocheron Park thanks to the two perfect hills (both slow and fast) the park offers, making ideal for families. Forest Park, of course, is known for its forbidden “Suicide Hill” (don’t do it!) but also has some great hills by Mary Whalen Playground. But don’t overlook Juniper Park – sure, it’s on the small side, but it still has some lovely hills that make for great sledding.

    Cloves Lake Park and Silver Lake Park, Staten Island

    Cloves Lake is for the pros with a hill so steep the city has placed hay bales to stop sledders from entering traffic! The New York Rangers organize sledding races on snow days, too. Silver Lake, while smaller, still has some great sledding spots (and is, frankly, less crowded) including the not-as-scary-as-it-sounds Dead Man’s Hill.

    Crotona Park, Ewan Park, and Henry Hudson Memorial Park in the Bronx

    Crotona Park offers some great hills and is likely the most popular sledding park in the Bronx – and don’t be surprised if the staff shows up with hot chocolate for everyone! Ewan offers the excellent advantage of a staircase right next to the biggest hill, making it downward traffic only on the hill itself. If you want beautiful views overlooking the Hudson while you sled, you want Henry Hudson Memorial Park, but the hills can be a bit on the fast side.