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The latest lifestyle news from New York City. From restaurants to park retreats, neighborhood events and more, find previews, reviews and commentary here at ZEALnyc.

Channeling Your Inner-Goblin This Halloween

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, October 25, 2017 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 44th annual Halloween Parade, which has grown substantially over the years from what was basically a neighborhood ...

Open House New York Allows ‘Once a Year’ Access To Many of NYC’s Architectural Gems

ZEALnyc, September 28, 2017 New York City has the reputation of being one of the major architectural wonders of the world. While it may not be as old as many of Europe’s major cities, it’s the vast overview of building styles and periods that are represented here that makes it so unique ...

Ticket Deals for Thrifty ‘Thirty-somethings’ (or thereabouts)

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, September 27, 2017 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’ ...

Jazz Notes Intel: Farmer-Turned-Maestro David Amram’s Wisdom of the ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, November 7, 2018 At age 87, the curious jazz connoisseur, accomplished classical composer and agriculturist at heart, David Amram stands tall in the wisdom of the arts. Largely underappreciated in jazz circles, he firmly and singularly expresses his passion to encourage arts-minded ...

Jazz Notes Intel

Jazz Notes Intel: Overcoming Boundaries Chapter — Guitarist Lionel Loueke Journeys ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 9, 2018 In jazz, there is a plethora of guitarists, each with a voice on the six strings that rocks with fire or soothes with pastel colors or embellishes with strokes that support the surrounding conversations. Then there’s the ...

Art Break

Art Break: Engage in the Thrill of Discovery at Galleries ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 24, 2018 One of the best things about a new season of art shows and exhibitions is that moment when you walk into the room, look around, and say “Wow – this is where I want to be!” If you want ...

New York Philharmonic

Review: New York 'Officially' Meets Jaap with Philharmonic's Season Opening

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, September 22, 2018 The 2018-2019 season, and a new era for the New York Philharmonic, began with a gala concert at David Geffen Hall on Thursday evening. Entitled "New York, Meet Jaap," Jaap van Zweden made his debut with the orchestra as ...

New York Renaissance Faire

Life In Focus: It's Fairy-Nice at the New York Renaissance ...

By Juliana Crawford, Contributing Photographer, September 20, 2018   [caption id="attachment_60766" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Consulting a Book of Magic and Spells at the Faire; photo: Juliana Crawford.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_60771" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The Villagers of the Renaissance Faire; photo: Juliana Crawford.[/caption]   [...

PermaDeath

The First Video Game Opera, 'PermaDeath,' Receives Its World ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, September 19, 2018 At first glance, the title of Cerise Jacobs’s upcoming world’s first video game opera PermaDeath seems to imply another dark take or tale using the commercial success and wide-spread popularity of the multiplayer video game phenomenon. But ...

Judson Dance Theater

Roots of Modern Dance Are Traced through MoMA's Current Exhibit ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, September 18, 2018 The current exhibit at MoMA entitled Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done is an homage to the dance artists who created work at the Judson Church in the 60s and 70s. The dancers and choreographers who created ...

The Power of Art

Art Break: The Power of Art Through the Ages at ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 17, 2018 This week, Art Break is looking at a wide variety of art movements as well as their purpose and meaning. The oldest material on our list comes from The Frick’s exhibition of fifteenth century religious and devotional ...

There Will Be Blood

Review: Film Soundtracks Take Center Stage in NY Philharmonic's Art ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, September 14, 2018 If the New York Philharmonic were to program an evening of music by avant-garde Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, I suspect it would be a tough sell. The audience would be limited, and probably dwindle in number as the night ...

Agnes

Review: 'Agnes' Brings Dramatic and Meteorological Tensions to 59E59 Theater

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, September 14, 2018 Agnes is a compelling play about family, friendship, and connections. Set in a three-bedroom New York City apartment, Agnes presents five millennials sheltering themselves from a major storm. The talented playwright, Catya McMullen, adeptly sets up the backstory for ...

ZEALnyc FALL PREVIEW: Arts and Culture in Canada

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, September 13, 2017 This fall, Canada’s arts scene is going strong with international ballets, film festivals, and tons of outdoor performances and activities. Venture up North to catch the biggest names in music, art, and the movies, and enjoy the fall the ...

Feast of San Gennaro

Celebrate All Things Italian at San Gennaro

ZEALnyc, September 12, 2017 For the 91st time the Feast of San Gennaro, a faith-based celebration honoring the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy, takes place in the neighborhood of Manhattan affectionately known as “Little Italy” (Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets; the ...

For A ‘Not Your Everyday’ Ice Cream Experience—Look No Further

By Danielle Zickl, Contributing Writer, August 29, 2017 There’s nothing better than the cool, sweet taste of ice cream on a summer’s day (or any day, to be honest!). But sometimes you have to ditch the ‘same old, same old’ for something a little new and daring. So head to these ...

Catch the Final Summer Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island This Weekend

ZEALnyc, August 23, 2017 It’s easy to be swept away in the romanticism of the parties and lifestyle depicted in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic The Great Gatsby. Over the years, events and celebrations evoking this ‘devil may care’ sensibility and featuring period jazz band ...

A Birthday Party for America—Complete With Fireworks!

East River

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Between the Brooklyn Bridge and East 37th Street

ZEALnyc, July 3, 2017 National holidays provide the opportunity for us to collectively come together and celebrate the basic principles on which our country was founded, while recognizing the strength in our diversity and acknowledging what actually unifies us as one nation. What better way to ...

New Hope, PA Provides a Welcomed Respite From the Hustle and Bustle

New Hope, PA Provides a Welcomed Respite From the Hustle and Bustle

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, June 27 2017 Although summer is a popular time for vacations and getaways, it can still be challenging to carve out that much needed break from the everyday obligations that pull us in all directions. While I had been to New Hope, Pennsylvania on a number of ...

Kick Up Your Heels at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing

Damrosch Bandshell, Lincoln Center

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West 62nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue

ZEALnyc, June 22, 2017 Certain events and traditions help us celebrate the changing seasons. While during most of the year activities take place indoors in concert hall venues and theaters, we know it’s summer when everything starts moving outdoors. For three weeks each summer the plaza in ...

Summer on the Hudson: Sponsoring Free Events All Summer at Three Locations

ZEALnyc, June 21, 2017 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. Dividing Riverside Park into sections, each area sponsors a whole range of performances and ...

Travel Back In Time—Eat, Drink and Charleston—at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island

ZEALnyc, June 2, 2017 It’s easy to be swept away in the romanticism of the parties and lifestyle depicted in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic The Great Gatsby. Over the years, events and celebrations evoking this ‘devil may care’ sensibility and featuring period jazz band music ...

Artists & Fleas Market Brings New Artisan Life To SoHo

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, May 16, 2017 Artists & Fleas shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. The expanding artisan marketplace, founded by husband and wife duo, Amy Abrams and Ronen Gilmer in 2003, opened their newest location on May 12 at the highly coveted 10,000 sq. ...

#MakeItMagnifique: Tea and Cheese at the French Cheese Board in SoHo

By Natasha Nesic, Contributing Writer, April 26, 2017 Sometimes joy comes sliced between poached pears and baguette. So it is at the French Cheese Board, a tender slice of SoHo at 41 Spring Street. Polyglot gourmand Charles Duque created this permanent pop-up to communicate the creamy wonder of ...

Canada In Full Bloom: Spring Festivals Highlighting the Season

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, April 12, 2017 As we move into spring, Canada is coming alive with a colourful array of events and festivals to celebrate the season, as well as its own 150th birthday this year! Just a short flight from the U.S., various activities, concerts, and more ...

FACE Africa’s WASH Gala Brings Focus To Basic Necessities

By Monsurat Adebanjo, Contributing Writer, April 7, 2017 FACE Africa’s mission is to bring clean and safe drinking water to communities in Sub-Saharan Africa; the organization has been in operation in Liberia for the last seven years providing WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) services to ...

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 music, Cuban cigars, Cuban history, ...

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 the green.’ The major event ...

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 Tuesday”—the night before Ash Wednesday, the ...

‘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 ‘Galentine’s Day’ with your BFFs. ...

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 exciting and unique winter ...

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 ...

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 ...

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