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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.

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Feast of San Gennaro

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 ...

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

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 ...

Central Park in the Snow New York City NYC news lifestyle

Things to do in a Snowy New York: Days after #JONAS

Ishani Chatterji, Contributing Writer, February 10, 2016 “The cold never bothered me anyway”, said nobody in New York City. EVER! For the first time, in a long time, Christmas was not a white affair and neither was New Years. The first specks of snowfall only appeared a couple of weeks ago and ...

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 is ZEALnyc’s top 8 places to ...

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, and each is more than worth the trip. Settepani’s wonderful delights! Image ...

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. And New York City has a whole bunch of tea stores hidden in ...

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, 5o’s sci-fi, and curated contemporary favorites. January’s schedule includes Brother ...

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 here. You’ll find all manner ...

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 feet and jump ...

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 television star Jerry Seinfeld.  MSG Entertainment looks to recreate the success of another of ...

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 “The Pool,” itself a ...

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 culinary genius ...

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, old rail tracks and vaulted ceilings ...

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 helped kick off New York’s ...

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