CITYSIGHTS NY BLOG

  • Seven Bargain Brunch Spots In Manhattan!

    There’s nothing quite so luxurious as a late breakfast served in style. Manhattan is known for its diverse array of dining spots—from greasy spoons and charming cafés to boutique hotels and exclusive restaurants. But if what you seek is a delicious brunch that won’t break your budget, here are a few places to check out...

    Agave

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    140 Seventh Avenue South (between Charles and 10th Streets)
    For a Southwestern-style brunch, check out Agave’s bottomless 2-hour brunch, served till 4pm. The reasonably priced $28 special gets you an entree plus unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys, or sangria.

    Amy Ruth’s

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    113 West 116th Street (near Malcolm X Blvd.)
    If down home soul food is more your style, drop by Amy Ruth’s in Harlem for fried chicken and waffles, catfish and waffles, candied yams, and collard greens. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and prices that go easy on your wallet.

    Cornerstone Café

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    17 Avenue B
    For brunch on a budget, stop by the Cornerstone Café for banana nut pancakes, or try the Texas French toast. Brunch is served 8–11am and is a true bargain.

    Edward’s

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    136 West Broadway
    If you’re dining with a large group, try Edward’s in Tribeca. Styled in the decor of a French brasserie, Edwards delivers everything from pancakes to crab cakes, plus a generously stocked bar—so there’s sure to be something to suit every taste.

    Friend of a Farmer

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    77 Irving Place (between 18th and 19th Streets)
    Want a taste of the heartland in the heart of Manhattan? Try Friend of a Farmer. The rustic, inviting, and plainspoken menu includes fresh-baked breads and a host of hometown favorites created from the best ingredients.

    Square Diner

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    33 Leonard Street
    The classic diner breakfast lives on in this Tribeca eatery. Grab a table or straddle a chrome-clad stool at the counter and enjoy a short stack of pancakes and bacon. The waitress might even call you “hun.”

    Y Café

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    182 Avenue B
    A gem in Alphabet City is the Y Café, known for its fast service, generous menu, and reasonable prices. Try the Nutella pancakes!

    Still hungry? Check out some of the city’s best doughnut shops or if you’re headed to Brooklyn, sample some of their best food trucks!

  • Welcome Spring With Strings! There's Music And Fun For The Whole Family At Lincoln Center!

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    Lincoln Center in the heart of Manhattan is renowned the world over as a showcase for the finest in orchestral and operatic music from soloists to symphonies. But what you may not know is that it’s also a great place to introduce your kids to the wonders of music with children’s concerts and interactive hands-on events!

    Come welcome spring at Lincoln Center with two very special children’s events on Sunday, March 22.

    Inspector Pulse Pops a String
    2:00pm at Alice Tully Hall

    Follow along as Inspector Pulse discovers there’s more to the humble string than meets the eye. From the hammered and plucked strings of instruments like the piano and harpsichord to the bowed strings of the violin, viola, and cello, Inspector Pulse explores the world of strings in a way that’s fun for the entire family. A string quartet even drops by to help the Inspector unravel the mystery of string instruments. The role of Inspector Pulse is played by composer Bruce Adolphe, Resident Lecturer and Director of Family Programs of the Chamber Music Society. Joining Bruce will be the Amphion String Quartet, winners of the 2011 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

    Build a String Instrument
    3:00pm at the David Rubenstein Atrium

    Want more strings? After learning all about string instruments from Inspector Pulse, bring the kids to the Rubensteain Atrium where they can build their own working string instrument! This fun (and FREE) workshop is presented by Lincoln Center and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Kids will learn all about string instruments with a hands-on workshop that lets them learn first-hand how string instruments make music. And once you’re done building, take your child’s creations home to keep and play! Recommended for ages 4 and up. Admission is FREE

    And while you’re visiting, be sure the take the full Lincoln Center tour and see where the world’s most famous musicians and vocalists have performed! And for more info on the history of Lincoln Center, click here!

    If you go:
    Lincoln Center
    Sunday March 22, 2015
    61 West 62nd Street, Manhattan

  • Discover A Delicious Way To Usher In Spring!

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    Macaron Day may not be New York City’s oldest or most famous holiday, but it’s certainly among the most delicious. And there’s no better way to get in a spring mood than with a tasty treat.

    Friday March 20th, 2015 will mark the 6th annual Macaron Day NYC. Fifteen of the finest patisseries and bakeshops throughout the city will be participating in the event.

    The History of Macaron Day NYC
    This delicious annual holiday started in 2010 when François Payard—chef and owner of FP Patisserie, François Payard Bakery and Payard Patisserie & Bistro—organized the first Macaron Day in NYC. The day coincides with Jour du Macaron in Paris, and id held each year on March 20th to celebrate the first day of Spring.

    How Macaron Day Works
    Here’s how it works—drop by a participating bakery, buy a gift, give a donation, and get a free gourmet macaron! And you can be sure you’re giving to a good cause, as a portion of all macaron sales will go to City Harvest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting hunger and promoting sustainability. Participating locations will provide one macaron per customer, with limited quantities by location, between 10am and 5pm, while supplies last. To get your free macaron, just tell the shop worker you are there for Macaron Day NYC, and enjoy!

    About City Harvest
    Founded in 1982, City Harvest is the oldest food rescue organization in existence and help provide food for more than 1.4 million New Yorkers facing food uncertainty and hunger. With City Harvest, nothing goes to waste! Each year the organization collects approximately 50 million pounds of surplus foodstuffs from restaurants, grocers, bakeries, manufacturers, and farms… then delivers that food (free!) to over 500 community food programs across the city. City Harvest also partners with residents and organizations to promote nutrition education, conservation of resources, and sustainability along with a wholesome, food-secure diet.

    The Bakeries
    Participating bakeries include Bisous Ciao Macarons, Bouchon Bakery, Chantilly Patisserie, Éclair Bakery, Epicerie Boulud, Francois Payard Bakery, FP Patisserie, Macron Café, Mcaron Parlour, Mad-Mac, Spot Dessert Bar, Sugar and Plumm, Todd English, and Woops!.

    Make Macaron Day NYC part of your spring celebration! Want even more sweet bites—take a dessert lover’s dream tour of New York or sample some of the city’s best hot chocolate!

  • Whether You're Renovating Or Redesigning, You'll Find The Best Ideas At The Architectural Digest Home Design Show!

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    New York City is a world-renowned center for architecture and interior design—and if you’re looking to buy, browse, or gather ideas for that next big home redesign or renovation, there’s no better place than the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. This annual springtime event draws thousands of visitors from across the country and around the world. The show features thousands of products from more than 400 brands, design lectures hosted by Architectural Digest, and seminars presented by The New York Times. Each day of the four-day expo provides insightful panel discussions and Q&A with leading architecture and design experts. You’ll also find ample opportunities to socialize at the many book signings, cocktail receptions, and cooking demonstrations that accompany the show.

    Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll find at this year’s show…

    • The latest in home furnishings, lighting, carpeting, and decorative accessories from over 400 manufacturers around the world will be showcased.

    • Inspiring creations from independent designers are highlighted in the show’s “MADE” section—MADE is a great way to see the most innovative cutting-edge designs in a gallery-like setting and gather ideas for your next big home redesign.

    • Daily seminars tackle a broad range of topics, including kitchen and bath renovation, designing with a mission, outdoor living, integrating art and furnishings, luxury furnishings, regional design, and much much more! Panelists include Tim Schroeder, David Rockwell, Anthony Baratta, Shara Kasprack, Martha Stewart, and more!

    • reFRESH is a show within the show, highlighting the most innovating and luxurious kitchen and bath designs featuring state-of-the-art appliances, fixtures, tiles, and building materials.

    • Shopping—yes, many items at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show will be available for immediate sale. So if you’re feeling inspired and find that perfect accessory, why not buy it now!

    And while you’re at the show, be sure to grab a bite to eat. There will be lots of vendors, as well as evening reception and cocktail parties. You’ll even find some culinary demonstrations that let you sample freshly prepared gourmet cuisine!

    If you go:
    Architectural Digest Home Design Show
    March 19–22, 2015
    Piers 92/94 are located at 711 12th Avenue (at 54th Street), Manhattan.

    There’s so much to do and see in New York City, and so many ways to see it! And after the show, grab a bite at one of New York’s top eateries.

  • Enjoy The Luck Of The Irish On St. Patrick's Day In New York City!

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    Whether or not your ancestors came from the Emerald Isle, everyone’s a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. And few cities celebrate the holiday with the brightness and spirit of New York City. Since 1762, New Yorkers have been donning the green and marching to honor St. Patty’s Day, and that proud tradition carries on today.

    The 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade promises to carry on that proud tradition with thousands of participants—from military units and marching bands to high school bands, floats, pipers, and representatives of the many Irish-American societies that have helped to sustain the parade for 253 years. Each year millions of attendees gather from around New York, the nation, and the world to witness this grand celebration.

    The parade traces its roots the Colonial days, when Irish soldiers and ex-patriots gathered at the Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Lower Manhattan. The modern parade begins at the new St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 5th Avenue at 50th Street in midtown Manhattan. The parade will be reviewed from the steps of the Cathedral by the Archbishop of New York City, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who also serves as Grand Marshal.

    Among the largest and most well-attended parades hosted by the city, the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade expects about 2 million spectators along the Fifth Avenue route.
    Four hours of televised parade coverage will be provided on local NBC network affiliate
    WNBC4, along with live streaming video of the full event available online.

    The procession begins at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue at 11:00am on March 17th and threads its way marches up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick's Cathedral at 50th Street to 79th Street and the Irish Historical Society, where it wraps up around 4:30–5:00pm. Revelers typically continue their celebration at the many bars and pubs of Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

    If you plan to attend, the event is FREE. Keep in mind that the parade is a daylong event, from 11am–5pm and that mid-March weather in New York City can be nippy and breezy, so dress appropriately. Remember to wear a bit o’ the green!

    Looking for more events to add to your St. Patrick’s Day plans? Check these out!
    And if you’re looking for a walking tour of midtown and Broadway, check this out.

    If you are planning on taking a Citysights tour tomorrow, please be informed that there will be detours due to road closures for the parade.

    Street Closures for St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Tuesday, March 17
    The following streets in Manhattan will be closed from 11 am to 5 pm:
    • 5th Avenue between 29th Street and 44th Street
    • 5th Avenue between 86th Street and 79th Street
    • Madison Avenue between 63rd Street and 64th Street
    • Vanderbilt Avenue between 43rd Street and 46th Street
    • 44th Street and 45th Street between Vanderbilt Avenue and 6th Avenue
    • 46th Street to 48th Street between Park Avenue and 6th Avenue
    • 63rd Street and 64th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue
    • 80th Street to 85th Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue

    Downtown detours on Saint Patrick’s Day:

    Regular route to Battery Park. Coming back up on 1st Avenue
    Left on 42nd Street
    Continue on 42nd Street to 6th Avenue
    Right on 6th Avenue
    Stop between 53rd & 52nd
    Continue north on 6th Avenue to 59th Street
    Left on 59th Street to 7th Avenue
    Regular route to Times Square

    Uptown detours on Saint Patrick’s Day:

    Regular route to 5th Avenue
    South on 5th Avenue to 96th Street
    Left on 96th Street to Lexington Avenue
    Right on Lexington Avenue
    Stop at 49th Street and Lexington Avenue
    Continue South on Lexington Avenue to 42nd Street
    Right on 42nd Street to 8th Avenue
    Right on 8th Avenue to 47th & 8th Avenue”

  • Discover The World Of Asian Art And Culture During Asia Week In New York!

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    Every March, New York City celebrates the finest in Asian art and culture with Asia Week New York—bringing together superior Asian art specialists, renowned auction houses, and world-class museums and cultural institutions in the New York metro area.

    The event attracts collectors and curators from every region of the U.S. as well as international clients from nations around the world and celebrates the richness and historical significance of Asian art and its global influence.

    This 9-day celebration of Asian art takes place at various locations throughout metropolitan New York. Each day is packed with events, from lectures and museum exhibits to auctions, benefits, and art sales! Explore the history of Japanese Gardens, learn about the spiritual significance of Asian art objects in Buddhist tradition, or attend an auction of Asian art at Bonhams, Sotheby’s or Christie’s! There are so many things to see and do, you’ll never run out of options.

    The 2015 edition of Asia Week begins Friday, March 13th, when many of the art dealers launch their invitation-only exhibitions, followed by Open House Weekend, when all participating dealers open to the public.

    Asia Week embraces all five New York City boroughs, as well as events in the surrounding metro area. Just across the river in Newark, New Jersey, you can tour the Newak’s Museum titled “Rajas, Wrestlers & Renunciants: Portraits from Asia.” From adorned Indian princes, to muscled Japanese sumo wrestlers and serene Tibetan monks, you’ll be amazed by the dazzling array of Asian portraiture located within the Newark Museum’s 20 galleries devoted to the arts of Asia.

    Other participating institutions and societies include The Brooklyn Museum, The China Institute, The Japan Society, The Korea Society, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Charles B. Wang Center, The Museum of Chinese in America, The Noguchi Museum, and many more!

    If you go:
    Asia Week New York
    Locations: multiple
    Visit: http://www.asiaweekny.com/calendar/march-15 for a complete events calendar.

    Discover a gem of Chinese history and culture in the heart of Manhattan at MOCA: The Museum of Chinese in America.

    Or for a taste of Japanese culture, food, and fun, visit New York’s “Little Tokyo” in Tribeca!

  • New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade: A Proud Irish-American Tradition

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    Few communities celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the spirit and pageantry of New York City. The parade is among the oldest events in the nation, tracing its roots to the Colonial era, and has remained a focal point for Irish-American pride, music, and culture.

    To find the roots of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, you’ll have to go al the way back to 1762, when the first parade was held on lower Broadway in Manhattan. Back then the parade consisted of a few homesick Irish ex-pats and Irish soldiers serving under the British in the American colonies. During that time, England ruled Ireland and had banned any signs or symbols of Irish pride, but in the Colonies no such laws existed, so the Irish were free to wear their homeland green, play the pipes, sing Irish songs, and speak Gaelic. The New York City parade provided those of Irish birth or heritage the chance to celebrate openly, something they feared doing on their native soil.

    During its early years, the parade was organized by Irish military brigades, but following the War of 1812, hosting and sponsorship of the parade was transferred to the various Irish fraternal orders and beneficial societies that existed throughout the city. The original parade route began at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral at Mott and Prince Streets, where the crow was addressed by the Archbishop of New York.

    In the 1850s, as the parade grew in participants and popularity, the societies merged and appointed a Grand Marshal to oversee the festivities. The Ancient Order of Hibernians (Hibernia being the Latin name for Ireland) became the parade’s official sponsor, and the “Irish” 69th Regiment of the U.S. Army became the procession’s leader.

    Honoring its military roots, the modern parade continues to be escorted by a unit of soldiers, and though the 69th Regiment is now part of the National Guard, it continues to lead the parade up Fifth Avenue. Participants include representatives of the city’s various Irish societies, plus members of the individual county societies (honoring Ireland’s 32 original counties), and various marching bands, school bands, performers, and floats.

    In 2002, the parade honored the police, fire, rescue, and other first responders who lost their lives in the terror attacks of 9-11 with two minutes of silence followed by a prayer led by Cardinal Edward Egan. That year’s parade was the largest ever, with an estimated 3 million attendees. Since 2008, the parade has embraced the Internet age with live streaming coverage of the event.

    Now in its 253rd year, the parade continues to be the centerpiece of New York City’s Irish heritage and an event that draws hundreds of thousands from across the globe. It’s an al-day celebration that kicks off at 11:00am and ends around 4:30–5:00pm. If you plan to attend please remember mid-March weather can be unpredictable, so dress accordingly.

    Come out and enjoy a taste of Irish-American music, culture, and celebration!

    Looking for more events to add to your St. Patrick’s Day plans? Check these out!
    And if you’re looking for a walking tour of midtown and Broadway, check this out.

  • Spring Ahead...At The New York Vegetarian Food Festival!

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    Welcome spring with the nation’s largest vegetarian festival! The New York Vegetarian Food Festival is an annual celebration of all things vegetarian—from the importance of fresh pesticide-free GMO-free produce to presentations on vegan cooking, plant-based diet and nutrition, and much more! This two-day event is a must for not only vegetarians and vegans, but for anyone interested in natural alternatives to processed foods.

    What’s happening at the 2015 Festival?
    Here’s just a taste of what’s happening at the 2015 Festival….

    Saturday, March 14 will feature presentations on a cornucopia of topics, including raising healthy vegan children, plant-based nutrition, juice detoxes, plant-based diet and recovery from autism, and demonstrations of tasty vegan dishes (vegan rice pudding, vegan chocolate, and Japanese tofu cake). The Kumquat Kids Stage will feature tons of fun activities for the young ones—including making your own shamrock smoothie, making art from recycled materials, faces in nature, plus puzzles, quizzes, music, and story time!

    Sunday, March 15 promises to be another spectacular day, featuring presentations on food education, veganism and environmentalism, switching to (and sticking to) a plant-based diet, how kids and teens can help animals, sports nutrition, how to build your vegan products brand, how to make Korean vegetable pancakes, how to make fresh cashew milk mozzarella, springtime chili and cornbread, and more! Fun for the kids continues on the Kumquat Stage with a demo on making seed pudding, plus create your own comics, story time, music, and more!

    The Festival is very family-friendly, so bring the whole gang!

    About the Founders
    The Festival ids the brainchild of Sarah Gross and Nira Paliwoda, co-founders of U.S. Veg Corp, an event production and marketing brand dedicated to expanding vegetarian and green markets. In addition to the annual Festival, the organization provides ongoing offline and online opportunities for those interested in promoting a vegetarian and eco-friendly lifestyle. Nira and Sarah are active members of the local vegetarian and green movement. This years Festival benefits Evolve for Animals, an organization dedicated to promoting a vegan lifestyle through education, advocacy, and social action.

    If you go:
    New York Vegetarian Food Festival
    March 14 and 15, 2015
    11:00am–6:00pm
    Metropolitan Pavilion
    125 West 18th Street, Manhattan
    Admission: $40 per person.

    More tantalizing tastes, including vegetarian dishes, can be found at the city’s African cuisine restaurants. And for a truly unique dining experience, try Dining in the Dark.

  • Kick Up Your Heels At Radio City Music Hall's New York Spring Spectacular!

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    It’s nearly springtime in New York, and there’s no better way to usher in the season than with the dazzling Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall! This spring delivers a special treat for visitors young and old with a celebration of New York City itself.

    If you missed seeing the Rockettes during the Holiday Spectacular, now’s your chance to catch them in what is sure to become a spring performance tradition! The all new New York Spring Spectacular is an entertainment event you can’t miss—combining whimsical puppetry, dramatic staging and the Rockettes’ unique brand of high-stepping showmanship. The show centers on the surprising intersections among the lives of three New Yorkers. Always innovative and entertaining, the Rockettes deliver a fantastic performance you’ll remember for years to come.

    Tony Award winner Laura Benanti takes the stage as Jenna, a billionaire who buys a tour bus company with plans to transform it to a virtual experience. In an attempt to dissuade her from her plans, a tour guide takes Jenna on a fantastic tour of the city, where she encounters many of the New York City's icons as they come to life! Celebrity narrators include Whoopi Goldberg (The View, The Color Purple) and Bella Thorne (Shake It Up, My Own Worst Enemy). Derek Hough (Dancing with the Stars) co-stars. A few other famous New Yorkers involved with the show include Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, Donald Trump, and Martha Stewart.

    Director and choreographer Warren Carlyle joins forces with co-creative directors Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner and playwright Joshua Harmon to bring the New York Spring Spectacular to life! The show is perfect for kids and has a 90-minute run time so the little ones won’t get restless, so bring the whole family for a definitive New York City experience you can share!

    If you go:
    Radio City Music Hall
    1260 6th Avenue, Manhattan
    March 26–May 3, 2015
    Tickets start $59.50

    For more fun at Radio City Music Hall, check out the Stage Door Tour! And while you’re here, take the Rockefeller Center Tour!

  • From Classical To Pop, Spring In New York City Is Alive With Concerts!

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    New York City is home to some of the world’s premier music venues—from the symphony halls of Lincoln Center to the pop mega-events at Madison Square Garden. So if you’re planning on being in New York to kick off spring, here are ten exciting concert happenings that you won’t want to miss!

    Friday, March 13 and Sunday, March 15
    Meghan Trainor

    Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place (near Union Square), Manhattan
    7:00pm
    Meghan is “All About That Bass” as she brings her unique songwriting and performance style to New York. She’s the hot ticket right now so get your seats before they sell out!

    Friday, March 13
    The New York Philharmonic

    Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Manhattan
    7:30pm
    The New York Philharmonic presents an evening of Beethoven, Berlioz, and Ades. This is sure to be a sell out event, so get your tickets now.

    Friday and Saturday, March 13 & 14
    Keb Mo

    B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
    8:00pm
    Join Keb Mo for an evening of the blues. Drawing influences straight from the Delta, Keb Mo is a modern bluesman with a smooth rich style all his own.

    Saturday, March 14
    Diana Krall

    Beacon Theater, 75th Street and Broadway, Manhattan
    8:00pm
    Join jazz songstress Diana Krall as she brings the standards to life! In the tradition of the great jazz vocal interpreters, Krall blends the best of torch, lounge, blues, and Broadway into her unique performances.

    Wednesday, March 18
    Pentatonix

    Madison Square Garden, Manhattan
    8:00pm
    Grammy-winning Texas-based a capella group Pentatonix brings their one-of-a-kind vocal style to the big stage at Madison Square Garden!

    Thursday, March 19
    Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

    Beacon Theater, 75th Street and Broadway, Manhattan
    8:00pm
    It may not still be “late December back in ’63,” but the sweet sounds of 1960s vocal group the Four Seasons return to the Beacon theater as Frankie and the boys reprise some of their greatest hits!

    Friday, March 20
    The New York Philharmonic

    Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Manhattan
    11:00am
    Bring the family and enjoy a morning concert in Lincoln Center as Alan Gilbert conducts a program of Ravel and Strauss!

    Friday and Saturday, March 20 & 21
    Ariana Grande

    Madison Square Garden, Manhattan
    8:00pm
    Pop diva Ariana Grande is one of the hottest vocalists in the nation now. Come see her high-energy performance onstage at MSG!

    Sunday, March 22
    Jefferson Starship

    B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
    8:00pm
    Anyone remember Woodstock? They were the Jefferson Airplane back then, and their still rocking! Take a trip through time with Paul Kantner and rock legends The Jefferson Starship!

    Saturday, March 27
    Bob’s Burgers Concert

    Beacon Theater, 75th Street and Broadway, Manhattan
    8:00pm
    Yes, you read that right. The quirky hit animated series Bob’s Burgers comes to life on stage at the Beacon Theater. Plus stand-up and Q&A with comedians John Roberts, H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, and Dan Mintz.

    For more information about Lincoln Center or to take the Lincoln Center Tour, click the links!