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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 ...

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 ...

NYC This Week: 2.19.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 19, 2018 This President's Day, take some time to plan a great week of New York City culture. We have some great ideas. Tony Kushner's monumental Angels in America took Broadway by storm in 1993, with its unvarnished examination of AIDS ...

Art Break: LaToya Ruby Frazier Champions the Oppressed Through Photography ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 19, 2018 Art Break knows that art and the act of creating it is a powerful thing. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the pieces of LaToya Ruby Frazier, now at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in upper Manhattan. Her ...

Review: Drama Reigns at the New York Philharmonic, and Not ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, February 16, 2018 Those weren’t boos you heard at Thursday night’s Philharmonic concert at Geffen Hall—they were howls of rage and contempt, and cries of “What an idiot!,” and a shouting-match that might have led to fisticuffs if a ...

Review: The York Theatre's Oy-Vey-Worthy 'Bar Mitzvah Boy'

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 15, 2018 First, let’s all acknowledge a deep debt of gratitude to the venerable York Theatre and their commitment both to fostering new musicals, and to unearthing old ones, polishing them off, and giving them a chance to shine in ...

Review: 'Hey, Look Me Over' Surprises at Encores!

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, February 13, 2018 As any musical-theater devotee can tell you, Encores! is the annual series of performances at New York City Center of historical musicals that have somehow fallen through the cracks. Every year, Encores! chooses three musicals to resurrect, and each ...

Aaron Tveit In Concert With Lincoln Center's American Songbook: All ...

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, February 12, 2018 In case we’ve never met, there’s something you should know about me: I’m a little loony on the subject of Aaron Tveit. It all started a decade ago when I snagged a $10 preview ticket to an ...

Review: Clémentine Margaine's 'Haunting Vocalism' Highlights Muti Leading Chicago ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, February 12, 2018 One of the Second City's greatest cultural institutions, the revered Chicago Symphony Orchestra, visited Carnegie Hall in a varied program under the baton of Riccardo Muti. Of particular interest was the New York premiere a newly commissioned concerto by ...

Art Break: Love Is All Around (or at least in ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, February 12, 2018 Valentine’s Day is this week and we’ve got a lot of lovely art to share with you (and it won’t cost a thing!). We start with Desiree Dolron’s show downtown at the Grimm Gallery ...

What's Coming Up at JALC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, February 9, 2018 Jazz at Lincoln Center's ideological goals could not be more evident from merely perusing the upcoming event listings for the most intimate space in its arsenal, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. The nightspot runs on a daily basis with bookings ...

Review: The Dynamic Duo of Bell and Denk Deliver a ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, February 9, 2018 With an eagle's wingspan and a long arching torso, Bell's charismatic playing fills the Isaac Stern Auditorium. In a recent, lofty, recital program alongside his frequent pianist, the expressive Jeremy Denk, paid tribute to the hall's namesake Stern, 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 ...

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 options. As we know, Avenue names ...

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 called Harlem Is…A State of Mind, curated by Oma Mishu, running ...

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