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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.

Dispatch from London

Dispatch From London: Balancing Museums, Tea, and the Occasional Fish and Chips

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, July 13, 2018 London is bustling. As cosmopolitan as New York City, as historic as Rome, and covering more ground than L.A. or São Paolo, the city of Dickens and Sherlock Holmes is more stimulating, and practical to navigate, than ever.   View from the ...

Big Apple Circus

Conquering the Challenges: A Year of Touring with the Big Apple Circus

By Melissa Bondar, Guest Contributing Writer, July 3, 2018 There’s a saying in the circus that the sawdust gets in your blood. Back in September, a lot of people from different walks of life all sat together in a first company meeting for the Big Apple Circus — all drawn together by that ...

Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center runs June 26 through July 14

Dust Off Those Dancing Shoes at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center

ZEALnyc, June 21, 2018 It’s that time of year again when the Damrosch Bandshell Plaza at Lincoln Center is transforming into an outdoor dance hall as Midsummer Night Swing commences its three-week residency, hosting a variety of artists performing a wide-range of dance styles. This ...

Dispatch from London

Dispatch From London: Balancing Museums, Tea, and the Occasional Fish ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, July 13, 2018 London is bustling. As cosmopolitan as New York City, as historic as Rome, and covering more ground than L.A. or São Paolo, the city of Dickens and Sherlock Holmes is more stimulating, and practical to navigate, than ...

Review: 'Gone Missing' at Encores! Off-Center — A Moving Tribute to ...

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, July 13, 2018 First, a confession, and one that will no doubt brand me as heartless in the eyes of some. I’ve never enjoyed the work of the late Michael Friedman, who died this past September at the age of 41. With ...

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? Join the NYO

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, July 12, 2018 Since 2013, the National Youth Orchestra of the United States (NYO-USA) has drawn young musicians ages 16-19 from all over the country and Puerto Rico for a two-week residency at SUNY Purchase and a performance at Carnegie Hall, before ...

Mummenschanz

Review: Mummenschanz Creates Its Own World That Draws the Audience ...

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, July 11, 2018 Mummenschanz, often referred to as “The Musicians of Silence," has returned to New York City for the first time in four years. Since its founding in Paris over forty years ago (1972), the troupe has toured extensively in both Europe ...

Montreal Jazz Festival

Montréal Jazz Festival Embraces All the Colors of the ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, July 10, 2018 Celebrating its 39th year, the Montréal Jazz Festival has remained true to its mission as stated by president/director general Jacques-André Dupont to offer “a massive festive urban event with a major component of free programming” while also “...

Art Break: The Art of David Wojnarowicz on View at ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 9, 2018 Sometimes it’s difficult to remember how much fear and unknowing there was at the beginning of the AIDS crisis. How the medical profession began to realize there was a new deadly disease that had a rapid and ...

Umbria Jazz Festival Turns 45; a 'Lost' Coltrane Album; Polly Gibbons

Jazz Notes Intel: Italy’s Umbria Jazz Festival Turns 45 With ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, July 6, 2018 In the late ‘80s, I was still relatively a jazz rookie after having followed the many veins of rock and pop beforehand. But jazz was always sneaking in during that time until the flood gates opened when I ...

Ashley Bouder Project

Review: Ashley Bouder Project Is 'Original and Thrilling' at the ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, July 5, 2018 Ashley Bouder made a wise decision when she brought in the New York Jazzharmonic and Abdul Latif into her creative arsenal. The Joyce Theater is a wonderfully intimate venue in which to see dance, but often the music is ...

Big Apple Circus

Conquering the Challenges: A Year of Touring with the Big ...

By Melissa Bondar, Guest Contributing Writer, July 3, 2018 There’s a saying in the circus that the sawdust gets in your blood. Back in September, a lot of people from different walks of life all sat together in a first company meeting for the Big Apple ...

The Met Breuer: Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso

Art Break: Nudes at the Met Breuer and 'DIY: Made ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, July 2, 2018 Regardless of what you think about the news of the day, there is one truism that takes no sides: attention must be paid. Attention to all of humanity: no matter what they look like, where they’re from, ...

Coney Island New York fun at Luna Park and New York Aquarium

A Day @: Coney Island Is As Fun As It Ever Was

By Anne Marie Kelly, Contributing Writer, June 20, 2018 If the Hamptons is a haven for New York’s elite, then Coney Island is for everyone else. It’s not posh, but, boy, is it fun! It’s an offbeat mix of old-school amusement park, beachside restaurants, a boardwalk perfect for people ...

Life In Focus: Preparing for Performance in Ballet Class with New York City's SLK Ballet School

Life In Focus: Preparing for Performance in Ballet Class

By Juliana Crawford, Contributing Photographer, June 13, 2018   A stretch before class begins; photo: Juliana Crawford.   At the barre; photo: Juliana Crawford.   It’s changement time; photo: Juliana Crawford.   Now for an arabesque; photo: Juliana ...

The Brooklyn Academy of Music — An Awesome Cultural Gem

A Day @: The Brooklyn Academy of Music — It’s Time To Discover (or Rediscover) This Awesome Cultural Gem

By Anne Marie Kelly, Contributing Writer, May 24, 2018 Music may be front and center in its name, but the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is so much more than “merely” music. This cultural hub in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood offers cutting-edge theatre, dance, cinema and, yes, ...

Florence In Five Days From An Art Afficionado's POV

An Italian Travelogue: Florence In Five Days From An Art Afficionado’s POV

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, May 23, 2018 A full-frontal assault of sightseeing in Italy’s capital of the Renaissance — Florence. Not for the faint-hearted and leisurely paced, but my wife and I took on the daunting task of showing her Taiwanese family the greatest hits of the Renaissance ...

Jacob Burns Film Center, a cultural arts center in Pleasantville, New York

In Film Camp, There’s Always Popcorn

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, May 17, 2018 The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a nonprofit cultural arts center in Pleasantville, New York, has a dual mission. Their five-screen art house theater shows independent documentaries and world films, while across the street, a ...

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Will Lift You Out of the Everyday

A Day @: Brooklyn Botanic Garden Will Lift You Out of the Everyday

By Anne Marie Kelly, Contributing Writer, May 11, 2018 Are you tired of feeling trapped inside cars, trains and buses? Or being surrounded by glass, concrete and industrial lighting? Taking a stroll through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden might change your mind. This stunning 52-acre garden in the ...

Launching ‘A Day @:’ Series — Exploring the Not-To-Be-Missed Throughout the Boroughs of NYC

ZEALnyc, May 9, 2018 New York City may be our oyster, but where are the pearls? With so many museums, performances, street fairs, shopping, special interest events — how are we supposed to cull out the real gems from the enormous smorgasbord of possibilities? ZEALnyc is here to help. We’re ...

Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School: Home for the Whole Family

Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School: A Home for the Whole Family

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, May 8, 2018 Only in New York City can a community music school offer access to one of the country’s premier concert halls. As part of an array of educational programs that includes music, dance, and theater, Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School ...

Tertulia brings chamber music to intimate settings where it belongs

Tertulia Brings Chamber Music Back Where It Belongs and It’s a Delicious Experience

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, May 3, 2018 For years, it has seemed that classical music has grappled with a dwindling audience, as major institutions peddle expensive season subscriptions, wondering why young people aren’t interested. But, let’s face it — somewhere along the ...

NYC This Week: 3.5.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, March 5, 2018 With the Oscar Awards decided for another season, we know what films we need to catch up on. But how about New York City arts and culture? We have this week’s best picks. Read on! Tonight previews begin for the anticipated revival of Edward ...

NYC This Week: 2.26.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 26, 2018 Spring is still weeks away, but New York City arts and culture is heating up. Have a look at the most exciting happenings this week! While the weather inches warmer, it is sure to be nothing but hot at New York City Center as its annual Flamenco ...

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 and ...

NYC This Week: 2.5.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 5, 2018 Philadelphia is not the only city with a reason to celebrate this week. Here’s what’s hot in NYC art and entertainment. A valentine to the city, the five-time Grammy Award-winner Dianne Reeves returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s ...

NYC This Week: 1.29.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 29, 2018 The state of New York City arts and its entertainment is strong. There I said it. And here’s what’s hot this week. Member previews begin tomorrow and the public has access on the 31st to Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons: ...

NYC This Week: 1.22.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 22, 2018 New York City isn’t shut down, and here’s what’s hot this week in arts and entertainment. Tomorrow, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens a fascinating and short run of Birds of a Feather: Joseph Cornell’s Homage to Juan ...

NYC This Week 1.15.2018

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 14, 2018 Temperatures are radically up and down here in NYC, but we have some great reasons to head indoors. Here is what’s hot This Week in NYC. Read on. Everybody loves Cuba. Well, that is, most everybody who has visited Cuba. But Cuba visits NYC this ...

NYC This Week 1.9.2018

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 9, 2018 Our young new year has been a cold one. So how about some ideas that will warm your heart, body and soul. Read on. 2ndStage Theater has a mission to tell essential American stories. And there’s no more essential, timely American story than the ...

NYC This Week 1.1.2018

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 1, 2018 Happy new year! 2018 comes with a flood of fantastic stuff to do and see this week here in NYC. So let’s hit it. It’s rare that a new opera production makes headlines. But that changed this season and the hottest ticket of the week will be ...

Holiday Wishes, Resolutions, and What We’re Looking Forward To In the New Year

ZEALnyc, December 22, 2017 Well here we are: Hanukkah celebrations have just wrapped up, we’re days away from celebrating Christmas, and the day after begins the celebration of Kwanzaa which runs all the way till January 1, New Year’s Day—all of which means we are smack dab in the ...

Looking For A Holiday Escape? Look To The Northern Lights (of Canada!)

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, November 30, 2017 Winter is almost here and the celebrating is beginning to get into full swing. Where better to feel the crisp winter air or celebrate all things snow-related than in Canada? Just a short drive from the Northeast portion of the United ...

Where To Perfect Your Triple Axel At Area Ice Skating Rinks This Season

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, November 29, 2017 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 ...

Artisanal Holiday Shopping — Pop-Up Style!

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, November 24, 2017 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, ...

Celebrate The Holiday With The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

ZEALnyc, November 22, 2017 On Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 9 a.m. the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin its familiar route through the streets of New York. More than 8,000 people will participate in the parade, including clowns, balloon handlers and marching bands, while ...

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’ ...

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 ...

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!

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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 ...

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