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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 of the Chinese New Year. In ...

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 the summer of 1992, it has grown and ...

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 (PBR) launch their 2017 Built Ford Tough ...

Grand Rapids Symphony Brings More Than Great Music to Carnegie

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, April 17, 2018 The Grand Rapids Symphony arrives in New York this week for its first Carnegie Hall appearance in thirteen years with 85 players, a 135-member chorus, the world-renowned pianist Nelson Freire and its dynamic conductor Marcelo Lehninger. But according to ...

Review: Martha Graham Dance Company Continues Its Legacy and Ensures ...

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2018 The Martha Graham Dance Company, the oldest dance company in America, continued its 92nd season with performances of their Scared/Profane program at New York City Center this past weekend. On Saturday evening Janet Eilber, the artistic director of ...

Review: Basil Twist's Aquatic 'Symphonie Fantastique' Is Visually and Sonically ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, April 17, 2018 Twenty years ago, third-generation puppeteer, Basil Twist, decided to create a totally abstract work based on the music of Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. This year, HERE, the Off-Broadway theater, has revived the work as part of their 25th ...

Review: The Drama of Mozart's Music (and Life) Fills Geffen ...

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 The New York Philharmonic’s April 14 screening of Milos Forman’s Oscar-winning movie Amadeus, with the musical score performed live, was bittersweet; Forman died the day before, at eighty-six. Conductor Richard Kaufman dedicated the presentation to Forman, and ...

Jazz Notes: On April 20, Jazz Foundation of America Returns to ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, April 16, 2018 Every year, New York’s nonprofit the Jazz Foundation of America—whose motto is “Saving jazz and blues…one musician at a time”—helps to be a key factor for helping musicians who have faced natural disasters and ...

Review: An Expurgated ‘Carousel’ Nonetheless Thrills

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 Each year, when I cover Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel in my musical-theater history course at the Boston Conservatory, we have a lengthy discussion about what I call “The Elephant in the Room.” Carousel barker Billy Bigelow hits his ...

Art Break: Freud at the Center for Book Arts, Mixed ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018 Humans and their place within the community, landscape, and the planet in general, is a topic of fascination to artists throughout the centuries. Art Break is looking at several shows opening this week that examine and discuss how ...

From Rio With Love — Grand Rapids Symphony Returns To Carnegie ...

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2018 The Grand Rapids Symphony takes the stage at Carnegie Hall on Friday, April 20 for the second time in the orchestra’s 88-year history. Having celebrated its 75th anniversary there in 2005, the orchestra returns with the 140-member Grand Rapids ...

Ecstatic Music Festival Features Diverse Programming and Collaborative Performances

By Leonard Bopp, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2018 Kaufman Music Center’s Ecstatic Music Festival, now in its eighth year, presents collaborative performances from a broad, diverse range of musical groups. As Kaufman Music Center Executive Director Lydia Kontos notes, “since Kaufman Music Center launched the pioneering ...

Review: 'Children of a Lesser God' Continues To Provoke Discussion ...

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2018 The much anticipated revival of Children of a Lesser God is a testament to the timelessness of a story about the human struggle to connect and to communicate. Mark Medoff’s Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier Award-winning play made ...

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 decide to stay in, some want to party ...

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 Eve services and midnight masses in ...

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 got hot chocolate to keep you toasty. ...

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? Canada is home to a flurry of exciting ...

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 search for the perfect gift. Luckily, ...

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, we’ve highlighted five organizations ...

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 entertainment, then look no further. We’ve rounded up ...

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 process. As millennials’ spending ...

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 City or Ricky’s. Well, we’ve ...

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 what was basically a neighborhood ...

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 and wordsmiths of its 2016 class of Library Lions at the annual Library Lions Gala on Monday, November 7. This ...

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 we’ve compiled a list of some of ...

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 an ...

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 know your name and order every time you ...

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 90th year of this ...

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 national, ...

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 are plenty of other unique places to ...

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 “the contributions that workers ...

‘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 these New York City ice cream shops that ...

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 that provides the impetus for us to plan the ...

‘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 that time. This is the first time the ...

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 crowded streets and sidewalks, you ...

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 performances, a Charity Ball, and of course, most ...

Summer on the Hudson: Events and Programs Designed to Get You Out of the House

Summer on the Hudson

https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/summer_on_the_hudson

Various locations; check website for more information.

Summer on the Hudson, sponsored by the NYC Parks department, features an unbelievable number of special events and full day festivals for individuals, as well as the whole family.  By dividing up Riverside Park into sections, each area sponsors a whole range of performances and participatory ...

Looking for a Weekend Getaway? There’s ‘New Hope’ for you (and Lambertville, too!)

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, Summer 2016 I had been to New Hope, Pennsylvania before and have always considered it a charming getaway from New York City, but on this trip I found there are always new things to discover. First of all, I forgot how close it is—just an hour and a half from NYC ...

Better Than A Drive-In

Ann Fraser, Lifestyle Editor, May, 2016 What could be better than summer and movies?  How about a whole summer of outdoor movie choices available in every part of the city, from park to park and river to river, and almost all of it free? There are many options to choose from, so check out the ...

Top 5 Tourist Destinations Native New Yorkers Should Experience

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, May 24, 2016 I recently had the experience of showing some friends around NYC who had never visited before. I have to be honest when I say I wasn’t exactly thrilled at the idea, because, of course, they wanted to see all the touristy sights that ...

10 Things to Do in NYC for Under $30 (and some are even free!)

By Danielle Zikl, Contributing Writer, May 4, 2016 If you’re like me, a recent college grad whose money goes toward student loans, food, and not much else, you live for finding cheap (or even free) things to do for fun.  Good thing NYC has a lot to offer in this capacity! You’ll never be bored ...

Obscura Day 2016 April 16th

Ann Fraser, Lifestyle Editor, Apr. 1, 2016 Whenever I get a passing thought that maybe I should leave this expensive, loud, over crowded city, something like Obscura Day comes along and I am reminded why we all stay. Thank the folks at Atlas Obscura, a website of astonishing and unusual stuff from ...

You Outta Know: Soundscape 9:09 The Metropolitan Museum’s Unexpected Gift

Ann Fraser, Lifestyle Editor, Apr.1, 2016 The Metropolitan Museum has always had a rather complicated relationship with its collection of Modern and Contemporary Art.  Once relegated to a very unappealing, difficult to locate, lightless lower gallery, it was clear that The Met was ambivalent about ...

You Outta Know: National Theater Live

Ann Fraser, Lifestyle Editor, March 8, 2016 This is (was) the best kept secret in New York.  National Theater Live brings filmed live performances of some of the United Kingdom’s greatest productions to the big screen.  After around five or ten minutes you will not even realize you are ...

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