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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 ...

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The New Yorkers
A Sociological Musical Satire

Cast & Credits

Book by Herbert Fields
Based on a Story by E. Ray Goetz and Peter Arno
Choreography by Chris Bailey
Featuring The Encores! Orchestra
Music Director Rob Berman
Directed by John Rando

Starring Cyrille Aimée, Clyde Alves, Todd Buonopane, Arnie Burton, Kevin Chamberlin, Mylinda Hull, Robyn Hurder, Byron Jennings, Eddie Korbich, Tam Mutu, Jeffrey Schecter, Scarlett Strallen, Tyler Lansing Weaks, and Ruth Williamson

With Matt Bauman, Sam Bolen, Christine DiGiallonardo, Brian Flores, Tessa Grady, Matthew Griffin, Curtis Holland, Evan Kasprzak, Marina Lazzaretto, Kathryn McCreary, Timothy McDevitt, Kristyn Pope, Mariah Reshea Reives, Lindsay Roberts, Brendan Stimson, Joseph Wiggan, and Cody Williams

Review: The Ridiculous Fun of ‘The New Yorkers’ at Encores!

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 29, 2017 Every once in a while, it’s refreshing to just turn off your filter, forget everything you know about quality, and just let yourself bask in the fun. For me, this was especially true with The New Yorkers, the ...


Review: ‘Che Malambo’ Seduces With Fiery Percussive Beats

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, March 29, 2017 The tango isn’t the only captivating dance to emerge from Argentina—behold, “Malambo,” a type of dance with origins dating back to the 17th century. Competitive duels, danced solely by men, that challenged skills of agility, strength and ...

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The Lowdown on LOOT 2017 at MAD

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 28, 2017 LOOT 2017 is a six day event at The Museum of Arts and Design showcasing a variety of one-of-a-kind artist jewelry. At this unique exhibition, the public can purchase items from over 50 artists working in a range of materials ...


Review: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Diva Scorned in ...

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, March 28, 2017 In revenge-themed plays and movies, the virtuous central character has been unjustly wronged, seeks retaliation against the evildoer, and righteousness prevails. Diva: Live From Hell provides ingenious twists on this classic theme of good versus evil. The central character, ...


Review: Paul Taylor Dance Company Ends Its Run On a ...

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, March 28, 2017 The concluding performance of the Paul Taylor Dance Company’s run at Lincoln Center delivered an energetic and joyful punch to its audience, and celebrated the artistry and choreography of Paul Taylor, one of America's groundbreaking modern dance choreographers. ...


Review: 'Picnic' and 'Come Back, Little Sheba' Bring Inge Back ...

By Jil Picariello, Theater Editor, March 27, 2017 Several years back, I went to a screening of Splendor in the Grass, William Inge’s 1961 film for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. I remembered seeing the movie on TV when I was a ...

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Review: Hamburg Ballet Presents 'Old Friends' Using a Mix of ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2017 The internationally acclaimed Hamburg Ballet made their Joyce Theater debut this past week when they presented the New York premiere of Old Friends (An Evening of Ballets). I always enjoy attending performances at the Joyce where every seat has ...

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Review: 'Come From Away,’ A Celebration of Our Better Selves

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2017 It’s not often that a Broadway musical transcends mere entertainment and provides an essential salve for the wounds of the country. The year 2016 was without question divisive, wrenching, and damaging to the American psyche. The new Broadway musical ...


Ailey II Debuts With Both Old and New at the ...

By Bethany Hopta, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2017 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is nearing a six-decade milestone of presenting, and at the same time, revolutionizing modern dance as we know it today. Over the years the company has grown and in 1974 the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble ...

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Art Break: Women and Art and 'The Movement of Herstory' ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, March 27, 2017 This week’s Art Break has women artists in focus. From traditional textile techniques to unique expressions of political and emotional states, these masters of their mediums bring new perspectives to the world around them. ZEALnyc recommends our ...


‘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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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? ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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‘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 ...

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

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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 ...

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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

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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 ...

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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 ...