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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 ...

Review: 'The Children' Takes A Piercing Look At Adulthood

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, December 12, 2017 From the moment you enter the theater, you know something ain’t right. Things are cockeyed. Maybe it’s the bottle of wine you had at dinner? No, there is something definitely off-kilter about the stage at the Samuel ...

Review: Baritone Andrei Bondarenko Brings His Communicative Power To Weill ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, December 12, 2017 The voice-police were out in force for Andrei Bondarenko’s performance Friday night at Weill Recital Hall, and from the look of things, they were not most pleased, although candor compels me to note that few of them disdained ...

Review: Violinist Janine Jansen's 'Perspectives' Proves Exciting and Enlightening at ...

By Joshua Rosenblum, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 Dutch violinist Janine Jansen’s reverential following is bound to proliferate in the wake of her five-concert Perspectives series this season at Carnegie Hall, the second installment of which took place December 9 at Zankel Hall.  Two days after a ...

Review: Alvin Ailey Is 'Electrifying' In Its Holiday Residency at ...

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 This past Saturday evening's performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater was electrifying and diverse. [caption id="attachment_48201" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 'Memoria;' photo: Steve Wilson.[/caption] The evening began with Memoria, ...

Review: Philadelphia Orchestra Is In 'Superb Form' Under Nézet-Sé...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 The Philadelphia Orchestra's latest Carnegie Hall appearance under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin began exhilaratingly with the New York premiere of Thomas Adès's newly expanded Suite from Powder Her Face, an orchestral suite appropriating music from ...

Jazz Notes: Two Weeks of Maestro Kenny Barron at the ...

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 11, 2017 Two years ago Kenny Barron brought his piano magic to the Village Vanguard in the holiday season. This year he's aboard for two six-day stands at the club he calls home. The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz ...

Art Break: Combining Elements in 'Mary Frank Pilgrimage' at DC ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, December 11, 2017 A lot of powerful art can be created using the environment as an inspiration but it also can be easy to miss the mark. After all, when you get down to it, the natural world is more complicated ...

Review: 'Pirates' At Play At Skirball

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, December 8, 2017 The first snow of the season is predicted this weekend, and respite from the cold can be found at NYU Skirball Center for the few remaining performances of The Hypocrites' summery version of The Pirates of Penzance. The audience ...

The Magical Evening of Singalong: The Music of Stevie Wonder ...

By Dan Ouellette, ZEALnyc Senior Editor, December 8, 2017 As we are fully entered into the holiday season, the art of song holds sway, ranging from omnipresent secular carols to time-honored Hanukkah folk tunes to the majestic Handel’s Messiah oratorio. But this year as we approach ...

Things Are Running AMOC In Boston (And If All Goes ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, December 8, 2017 Looking for the re-invention of opera’s traditional image? Look no further, as Boston is becoming a hot-bed of boundary-pushing, inventive, chance-taking artists. Witness the launch of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) introducing its first line-up of productions ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Harlem Itineraries for Every Season – Winter, Another in ZEALnyc’s Harlem Neighborhood Series

Ann Fraser, Lifestyle Editor, February 29, 2016

Harlem is a neighborhood for all seasons. And for those unfamiliar with all its offerings, we’ve created some itineraries, one for each season. So no matter when you decide to go, you’ll have some glorious ...

Four Harlem Happenings, ZEALnyc’s Harlem Neighborhood Series

Ann Fraser, Lifestyle Editor, February 16, 2016

What’s happening in Harlem this month? There’s always so much happening in Harlem and this month the choices are especially broad.

MIST Harlem has an ongoing exhibition ...

valentine's day NYC

Top 8 Places to Spend Your Valentine’s Day in New York City

Cherilyn Beckles, Contributing Writer, February 7th, 2016

Love isn’t the only thing that is in the air this Valentine’s Day! Take your loved one to the place of their dreams or excite them with somewhere new with these great ticket offers and events. Here ...

Sweet Spots in Harlem – First in ZEALnyc Harlem Neighborhood Series

Ann Fraser, Lifestyle Editor, February 4, 2016

The area between Harlem’s 116th and 121st, from Frederick Douglass to Lenox Avenue is rife with sweet, sweet choices! Each of these spots has its own specialty, ...

The Tea Totaling Trail – Your Guide to the Teas of New York City

Ishani Chatterji, Contributing Writer, January 29, 2016

A warm cup of tea and good book are the perfect companions for a winter afternoon. Tea is generally a good, healthy alternative to most liquids we chose to consume on a daily basis. ...

You Outta Know: Syndicated

Ann Fraser, Lifestyle Editor

This is like a dream come true.  Syndicated offers a menu of high quality, seasonal ingredients, interesting drinks, comfy seats, and a movie.  Think art house classics, ...

You Outta Know: The African Market in Harlem

Ann Fraser, Lifestyle Editor

Tired of the same old same old?  You won’t find that here.  Shopping the African Market is like taking a trip to Cameroon or Mali, The Congo or Senegal, Ghana or West Africa, as all those countries’ crafts are represented ...

Koneko Kat Kafe

Ann Fraser, Lifestyle Editor

Full disclosure, I am an animal lover, all except cats.  I’ve just never felt the appeal.  When asked to visit the Koneko Kat Kafe, I was less than thrilled.  What I pictured:  a very cutesy, even twee, environment where cats would roam around my ...

Seinfeld At The Beacon in Monthly Concert Series: 'Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand'

Seinfeld At The Beacon in Monthly Concert Series: ‘Jerry Seinfeld: The Homestand’

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, December 1, 2015

Hoping that lightening strikes twice, The Madison Square Garden Company announced today a monthly Beacon Theatre concert series with iconic comedian and ...

You Outta Know: The Ravine in Central Park

Ann Fraser, Lifestyle Editor

Next time you have out of town guests visiting—no, scratch that.  Next time you want to surprise and delight even the most die hard New Yorkers, take them up to The Ravine, a hidden stretch of bucolic beauty that runs between ...