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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 ...

Review: Violinist Maxim Vengerov is Both Fierce and Tender as ...

By Christopher Johnson, Contributing Writer, October 20, 2017 The Montreal Symphony made a flying visit to Carnegie Hall this past Wednesday night—literally; they’d played the same pieces the night before in their stunning new concert hall back home—bringing a recent piece by Samy Moussa, ...

Jazz Notes: The Queen of Cabaret Marilyn Maye Dazzlingly Swings ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 19, 2017 The iconic cabaret singer Marilyn Maye loves to work. In fact, she says with gusto, “I work every day of my life.” As the preeminent singer of the “art of song,” as she calls it, Maye exudes a ...

The IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair Expands to the Javits ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 18, 2017 The International Art Fair for Prints & Editions, now in its 26th year, is known for its dazzling array of works in the mediums of prints and books. Previously located at the Park Avenue Armory, the fair has ...

Jazz Notes: The Jazz Foundation of America's 26th Annual Loft ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 18, 2017 With its motto ("Please help us to save the very people who saved you all these years with their music"), the New York-based Jazz Foundation of America has been raising funds to help and support elderly blues and ...

Review: Bill Murray Blurs the Lines of Literature, Classical Music, ...

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, October 18, 2017 Comedian, actor, writer, and now singer: Is there anything Bill Murray can’t do? Not likely. A chance encounter on a plane brought Murray and acclaimed cellist, Jan Vogler to the stage at Carnegie Hall this past Monday evening. ...

Review: Alison Fraser Stars In a 'Squeamish' One-Character Play

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, October 17, 2017 In Aaron Mark’s psychological horror play Squeamish, Alison Fraser’s character of "Sharon" starts off with a slow burn; she turns up at her psychiatrist’s office in a little black dress in the middle of the night ...

Canadian Composer Samy Moussa Makes Carnegie Debut with Montréal ...

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, October 16, 2017 This week the Montréal Symphony Orchestra plays Carnegie Hall with a program of Bartók, Brahms and the Canadian composer Samy Moussa. Moussa, who is 33, was born and studied in Montreal, and has a long history with ...

Jazz Notes: Renegade Upright Bassist Miles Mosley Plays Soul to ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 16, 2017 Diversity thematically informed the Monterey Jazz Festival last month with the brilliantly designed programming. Main stage acts honored the jazz masters Diz, Monk, Sonny, Ella. These pleasing sets were played by bona fides who had festival history. Upcoming ...

Art Break: Art Is Going To the Dogs (Courtesy of ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, October 16, 2017 The internet is full of animals doing all kinds of things: singing, jumping out of boxes, speaking in French. You could spend hours watching — and we know, because we’ve just finished doing it. But before the internet, ...

Review: American Symphony Orchestra Brings 'Sounds of Democracy' to Carnegie ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, October 13, 2017 During these tumultuous times, it is a comfort to know that the arts are responding with bold examinations of current events. In fact, the classical music scene in New York has some important voices that are presenting programming relevant ...

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 ...

You Outta Know: Lee Lee’s Bakery

Ann Fraser, Lifestyle Editor

I know, bakery shmakery, you say, and you’d be so very wrong.  This miniscule shop with its red and white striped awning, tucked away on west 118th st.  is the domain of Mr. Alvin Lee Smalls, formerly of South Carolina.   An African American ...

The Lowline Lab

Ann Fraser, Lifestyle Editor, October 26, 2015

The Lowline is a plan to use solar technology to illuminate an historic subway terminal on the Lower East Side. Plans are in place to create an underground park that will join sustainable life with the cobblestones, ...

Beverly Johnson The Face That Changed It All

Supermodel Beverly Johnson Presents Her New Memoir At The Fashion Influencers Gala Reception

New York Fashion Week zoomed forward as only it could; the city buzzed with the clamor of celebrities and their entourages, the jangling of baubles, side talk, and of course an overflow of street style.

On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, Super Model Beverly Johnson ...

Art for All at The Children’s Museum of Art on Charlton St. welcomes Mariam Pare

Ann Fraser, Lifestyle Editor, Sept. 29th

The Children’s Museum of Art, located at 103 Charlton Street boasts a clay bar, a sound booth, a media room,sculpture you can climb on,  and a full art studio, but perhaps its most inspiring offer ...

4 Fun, Free, Fresh Things To Hit This Weekend in NYC

Jody Williams, Contributing Writer, September 17, 2015

It’s that time of year. Summer is ending, the holidays are annoyingly close, and that Fire Island summer share splurge is weighing on the bank account. What better way to ease the pain than to have ...