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#MakeItMagnifique: Tea and Cheese at the French Cheese Board in SoHo

By Natasha Nesic, Contributing Writer, April 26, 2017

Sometimes joy comes sliced between poached pears and baguette.

So it is at the French Cheese Board, a tender slice of SoHo at 41 Spring Street. Polyglot gourmand ...

Canada In Full Bloom: Spring Festivals Highlighting the Season

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2017

As we move into spring, Canada is coming alive with a colourful array of events and festivals to celebrate the season, as well as its own

FACE Africa’s WASH Gala Brings Focus To Basic Necessities

By Monsurat Adebanjo, Contributing Writer, April 7, 2017

FACE Africa’s mission is to bring clean and safe drinking water to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa; the organization has been in operation in Liberia for the last seven years providing WASH (water, ...

Review: 'Bandstand' Dances, But Doesn't Always Deliver

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, April 27, 2017 There are so many elements to be savored in the new Broadway production Bandstand. First and foremost is the wonderfully inventive choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, who also serves as the show’s director. It was great fun to watch ...

Review: 'Six Degrees of Separation' Sparks a Connection

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 26, 2017 Oh, that Allison Janney. She can do more with one little finger than most performers can manage with their entire bodies. And that voice. That deep, dry, hilarious, wonderful voice. She’s one of that rare ones who can ...

#MakeItMagnifique: Tea and Cheese at the French Cheese Board in ...

By Natasha Nesic, Contributing Writer, April 26, 2017 Sometimes joy comes sliced between poached pears and baguette. So it is at the French Cheese Board, a tender slice of SoHo at 41 Spring Street. Polyglot gourmand Charles Duque created this permanent pop-up to communicate the creamy wonder of ...

100 Days, Funding and a Shutdown - We've Seen It Before ...

By Mark McLaren with Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, April 26, 2017 There is, if you can believe it, even greater scrutiny on President Trump this week as he approaches his first 100 days in office, and as he and Congress haggle over funding a wall, Obamacare, and the ...

Jazz Notes: Jazz Icon Ella Fitzgerald Honored With NYC Mayoral ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, April 25 2017 Even though the legendary Ella Fitzgerald died in 1996 at her home in Beverley Hills, she was a bona fide New Yorker throughout her remarkable career. Her story as The First Lady of Song began at the Apollo Theater ...

Review: 'Anastasia'—A Little Girl's Dream Comes True

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, April 25, 2017 Walking into the Broadhurst Theatre I felt like a little girl at Christmas. I was finally going to see my favorite childhood movie come to life onstage. Anastasia, directed by Darko Tresnjak, boasting a book by Terrence McNally with ...

Review: 'The Antipodes' Tells Us Stories About Stories

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, April 25, 2017 There are stories. And there are stories about stories. There are stories that number stories, that outline stories, that list stories. Somehow, The Antipodes, the new play by Annie Baker, directed by Lila Neugebauer at the Signature Theater, is ...

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Comes to Brooklyn In May

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 25, 2017 The third year of this up and coming fair brings a wide range of contemporary art from the African continent and its diaspora on May 5-7, 2017. You will see work from Senegal, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, ...

Review: The New York Pops Bridges the Generation Gap

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, April 24, 2017 As the older generation always says “I don’t understand what those kids are listening to these days.” I grew up in a household where I thought my parents' music wasn’t only good, but probably better than the ...

Review: Dance Theatre of Harlem Continues Its Legacy

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, April 24, 2017 Founded in 1969 and inspired by the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., the Dance Theatre of Harlem was established as a beacon of hope for young people. Through training in classical art form, instilling discipline and focus, a challenged ...

Planning a Trip to Cuba? What You Need to Know From Someone Who’s Been

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 24, 2017

For years, visions of Cuba danced before my eyes like Shangri-La or El Dorado, the colorful, wonderful land that was very close, yet very far away. My partner and I have wanted to visit for ages. He loves Cuban ...

We’re All Irish on St. Patrick’s Day

ZEALnyc, March 16, 2017

As we near the middle of March, many of us look in our closets for something green to wear on St. Patrick’s Day. Even if you’re not of Irish decent, there is something fun in taking part in the tradition of ‘wearing of ...

Celebrating Mardi Gras in the Big Apple (when you can’t be in the ‘Big Easy’)

ZEALnyc, February 24, 2017

Merely the name Mardi Gras conjures up images of parades, masquerade parties, and liquor-laden bacchanals. The Mardi Gras/Carnival season technically begins on January 6 with festivities culminating on “Fat ...

‘Outside the Box’ Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, February 8, 2017

Are you and your partner tired of the standard old candlelit dinner for two on Valentine’s Day? Or perhaps you’re looking to meet somebody new this year. You might even be celebrating ...

Celebrate Winter with Festivals in Canada!

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, February 2, 2017

As the winter season continues, a great way to break away from your regular routine is on a weekend or for a short-getaway. Come check out what your nearby neighbors in Canada are up to with their many ...

Get Ready to Crow—It’s the Year of the Rooster

ZEALnyc, January 27, 2017

December 31st/January 1st is the day that a large percentage of the world celebrates the beginning of a new year. But for those of us in metropolitan urban areas hosting large enclaves of Chinese, we all look forward to the festivities ...

Winter Blues? Restaurant Week to the Rescue!

ZEALnyc, January 19, 2017

It’s hard to believe, but this coming summer the institution that we all know and love as ‘Restaurant Week’ will be celebrating its 25th anniversary.  Starting out as a ‘lunch-only’ event for one week in ...

Where’s the Beef? Come See This Weekend at Madison Square Garden

ZEALnyc, January 4, 2017

There’s gonna be a lotta “bull” goin’ on at Madison Square Garden this weekend. City slickers and cowhands alike will have the opportunity to see some big-time bull riding when the Professional Bull Riders ...

What are you doing on New Year’s Eve? We’ve got some ideas….

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, December 26, 2016

As the holiday season winds down, you’re left with the proverbial question: ‘What am I doing for New Year’s?’ Many people find themselves reflecting on the past year’s events and ...

Holiday Wishes and New Year’s Resolutions (and what we’re looking forward to next year!)

ZEALnyc, December 23, 2016

It’s one of those unique years when the Hebrew calendar aligns with the Gregorian calendar, so when the first candles are being lit on menorahs signifying the start of Hanukkah, Christians will be making their way to Christmas ...

The Insider’s List for the Best Hot Chocolate in NYC

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, December 21, 2016

Winter is here. We’ve made hats and scarves part of our daily wardrobe and cursed the freezing temperatures every time we’ve had to step outside. But this chilly season isn’t all bad when you’ve ...

Escape to the North: What’s Going on this Holiday Season in Canada

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, December 6, 2016

Winter conjures images of hot mugs of cocoa, sleigh rides and crisp white snowflakes floating in the air. What better way to fully enjoy the best of this holiday season than in the Great White North? ...

Holiday Shopping — Pop Up Style!

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, November 23, 2016

Shopping conjures up a variety of emotions in people—they love it, hate it, or learn to cope with it. With the onset of the holidays you have new levels of anxiety thrown into the mix—the illusive ...

Giving Back or Paying it Forward — opportunities for volunteering on or around Thanksgiving

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, November 16, 2016

Thanksgiving is one of the most popular days to volunteer and give back to the community, and spots can fill up fast. But if you find you have a couple of hours to spare on and around November 24, ...

Finding your inner Olaf at all the NYC area ice skating rinks

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, November 15, 2016

The holiday season is upon us and if you’re staycationing in NYC with friends, family or out-of-town guests and in search of new ideas and sources of inspiration for fun-filled ...

Millennial Madness — Deals for Thrifty ‘Thirty-somethings’ (and under)

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, November 2, 2016

Living in New York and exploring all the wondrous cultural opportunities the city offers can satisfy even the most voracious appetite for entertainment; yet, it can also deplete your bank account in the ...

Halloween Costume Challenged? Here are a few budget-conscious ideas…

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, October 26, 2016

Halloween is right around the corner, but don’t worry if you haven’t bought a costume yet. Maybe you’re stuck on an idea, or maybe you just don’t want to spend $60 on a ready-to-wear one from Party ...

Things to do on and around Halloween

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, October 25, 2016

It’s that time of year again.  Halloween has become a huge holiday, at least here in NYC.  This year the city will host the 43rd annual Halloween Parade, which has grown substantially over the years from ...

Library Lions Gala to Honor 50th Anniversary of Truman Capote’s Black & White Ball

Restored Rose Main Reading Room at the New York Public Library; photo courtesy of www.nypl.org

ZEALnyc, October 24, 2016

The New York Public Library will fête the celebrated artists ...

If the ‘rat race’ is getting to you, then why not run one—of the ‘marathon’ kind

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, October 21, 2016

Do you have a slight obsession with running? Do you feel euphoric when you’re out there on a track or on trails? Do you find that races only heighten that feeling? Well you’re in luck, because ...

See ‘hidden NYC’ through Open House New York Weekend — October 15-16

Have you ever marveled at some architectural wonder here in New York and thought ‘I wish I could see the inside of that building’?  Well, for two days each October, the annual Open House New York Weekend unlocks the doors of New York’s most important buildings, offering ...

Annual Columbus Day Parade on Monday, October 10th

Yes, we all know there are lots of parades in New York City, and usually consider them more of an annoyance than anything.  But the Columbus Day Parade is a really wonderful parade to attend, as it’s usually held on one of those beautiful fall days, the cool air just beginning to kick in, ...

Java Joints To Get You Jivin’ — 5 great places for coffee all around the city

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, September 22, 2016

Coffee is life—plain and simple. Here in New York City, you’re never far from a Starbucks. But if you’re willing to hunt a little, you’ll find some amazing coffee shops where the baristas will ...

Be Italian — It’s ‘San Gennaro’ Time!

All New Yorkers know about the San Gennaro Festival. Although technically ‘The Feast of San Gennaro” is a faith-based celebration honoring the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy, it has grown to become a much-loved time to celebrate all things Italian. This will be the ...

New York City Wine and Food Festival Brings World-Renowned Chefs and Cuisine To You — all for a good cause

Are you a real “foodie,” or do you love the idea of rubbing shoulders with celebrity chefs whom you’ve been watching for years on the Food Network?  Well, your wait is over, because on October 13-16 the New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF) presents a ...

Top 5 NYC Rooftops That Aren’t Bars

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, August 31, 2016

Is there anything that sounds better than spending your remaining summer days on the rooftops of New York City? I didn’t think so. And while a rooftop bar may be the first thing that comes to mind, there ...

Summer’s Last Hurrah: No Plans Yet? Here’s a few suggestions…

Don Adkins, Managing Editor, with Contributing Writers: Caitlin Leonard, Joanne Lessner and Danielle Zickl, August 31, 2016

Labor Day has its beginnings dating back to the 1880’s, and by 1894 it was an official U.S. Federal Holiday set aside to celebrate ...

‘We All Scream for Ice Cream’—These aren’t the flavors you grew up with, but they may become the ones you crave

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, July 31, 2016

There’s nothing better than the cool, sweet taste of ice cream on a hot summer day. But sometimes you have to ditch the ‘same old, same old’ for something a little new and daring. So head to ...

A Trip to Prince Edward Island and the Charlottetown Festival Provides a Charm All Its Own

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, July 25, 2016

Summertime often brings out our wanderlust and we look for reasons to travel to slightly out-of-the-way places to enjoy nature and all its beauty, and often there is a festival of some sort or other ...

‘The Hills Are Alive’ and they’re opening on July 19th on Governors Island

Governors Island

https://govisland.com

Governors Island is a 172-acre island in the heart of New York Harbor. Yards away from lower Manhattan and Brooklyn, it's easily accessible by ferry and open to the public during the summer.

Be one of the first to experience The Hills on Governors Island by going out on opening day, July 19, 2016. Ferries will begin running at 9:00AM and will be free for all visitors. Picnic Point and the entire 2.2 mile promenade will also re-open to the public at ...

The 9 Best Places to Enjoy Nature in NYC

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, July 8, 2016

Whether you’re going for a run, working on your tan, admiring the sunset, or just people watching, summer is the perfect season to spend time outside. Though all that may come to mind are tall buildings and ...

A New Miss Nigeria-USA is Crowned at the Culmination of a Weekend of Festivities

By Monsurat Adebanjo, Contributing Writer, June 21, 2016

On May 28th, 2016, the Miss Nigeria USA Charity Pageant was held in New York City at Symphony Space. The Miss Nigeria-USA Pageant Event festivities included a weekend of international ...