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How To Escape the Undesirable Weather in NYC

Unpredictable summer weather can leave New Yorkers and tourists alike scrambling to find an escape from the wind, rain, or heat. Getting trapped in any weather you’re unprepared for can be disastrous and leave you seeking cover for an indoor activity. The Guggenheim is the perfect place to escape to whether you need to get away for just 30 minutes or a lengthy 3 hours.

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The entire building is a piece of art in itself. Although it is widely recognized for it’s exterior the inside is just as aesthetically pleasing. Stand on the main floor and stare up in awe! The Guggenheim is set up in the perfect way where you aren’t afraid that you’re missing any rooms. Level by level you can take your time when taking in the art!

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Located on the Upper East Side, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is right across from Central Park at the corner of Fifth Ave and East 89th Street. It’s also stop number 34 on our Uptown Tour bus tour! With easy access to other neighboring Museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of Design/ Jewish Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York. Take note of their hours as they change daily and the only day of the week they’re closed is on Thursdays.

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It’s a must for the art lovers. From Impressionist to Post-Impressionist, early modern and contemporary art you can experience them all at the Guggenheim. It also features special exhibitions throughout the year. There’s no way you could be bored with so much to take in. The collection has grown exponentially and continues to grow today!

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Daily public tours are offered at 2 pm led by highly knowledgeable Guggenheim educators. If you would rather experience the make sure to purchase an audio guide! An audio guide may be what’s best in store for you if you’re looking for a longer visit.

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Don’t let the weather steal away your day of sightseeing in New York City! There’s a plethora to see inside while dodging lousy weather. Visit the Guggenheim and experience a day filled with art. Access the Guggenheim via our Uptown Tour, hopping off at stop number 34. Or travel on the 4,5,6, and Q subway lines, or use the M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus lines on Madison or Fifth Avenue.

Don’t forget to follow CitySightseeing New York on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Share your Guggenheim pictures with us for a chance to be reposted!

 

July Events in New York City You Can’t Miss

Happy July New York! It’s summer time in The Big Apple and you know what that means; cruises, rooftop events and seeking air conditioning literally wherever you can find it (sorry avid subway riders).

Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise

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On Independence Day, enjoy a fireworks cruise on the Hudson with CitySightseeing New York! The cruise boards from Pier 78 at 5:30 p.m. and will be returning at 10:45 p.m. On board enjoy dinner, drinks, a DJ and the perfect view of the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show.  Reserve your spot while you still can!

Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest

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At 10:00 a.m. on July 4th in Brooklyn gather at Nathan’s to watch as the “most talented gluttons prove just how many of America’s finest delicacy they can swallow in ten minutes”. Thousands come together to watch every year. Join in on the celebration this year! For more information click here.

Free Concerts at the MoMA

Summer Sundays for classical and jazz music! July 9-30 the MoMA presents free concerts at The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. The gate will open at 7:00 p.m. and concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. Seating is first come first serve, for more information learn more about the event here.

NYC Poetry Festival

July 29-30 on Governors Island, attend the NYC Poetry Festival. There is a suggested donation of $10 at entry at 11:00 a.m. You can find information on the lineup, open mic performances, volunteering information and more here.

Shakespeare in the Park

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Every summer, the Public Theaters puts on Shakespeare in the Park. Taking place at the open-air Delcorte Theater in Central Park. To learn how you can get tickets, check out Time Out’s full guide. The second half of the summer presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream (July 11th- August 13th) directed by Lear deBessonet.

Iconic NYC movies in Bryant Park

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June kicks off the Bryant Park outdoor movie screenings. Grab your friends, a blanket and some popcorn! This is the 25th year that Bryant Park will be holding the outdoor film screenings. In honor of the monumental birthday, iconic NYC films will be featured all summer long. Every Monday the lawn opens at 5pm for you to snag your perfect spot!

Written by Taylor Hoblitzell

 

 

The Best Events NYC Has to Offer this June

Kick off the start of summer having fun in the sun! Free events, music festivals, and father’s day festivities for dad! You can’t miss out.

The Governors Ball Musical Festival

Music Festival – June 2nd-4th, 2017 – Randall’s Island Park – NYC

 

The iconic music festival on Randall’s Island is coming up this weekend! On June 2nd-4th The Governors Ball Music Festival is at Randall’s Island Park. All your favorite artists like Chance the Rapper, Lorde, Tove Lo, Childish Gambino and more will take the stage this weekend. Find schedules, tickets, transportation and more here.

 

Coney Island Mermaid Parade

Parade – Saturday, June 17, 2017 – Coney Island  (online pre-registration ends on Tuesday June 13)

Children, families, and floats are all welcome to participate in the 2017 Coney Island Mermaid Parade! The parade takes place on Coney Island at 1pm on Saturday, June 17, 2017. For more information, registration and more, click here.

Father’s Day Brunch Cruise

Brunch Cruise – Sunday, June 18, 2017 – Pier 40

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What better way to celebrate your father than treating him to a two hour brunch buffet cruise. Featuring a dessert station, mimosas and beers, and a live jazz band and DJ on board. On Father’s Day at 12pm boarding begins. Rain or shine the cruise will take place from 12:30pm-2:30pm. Get more information and reserve your seats here.

 

Shakespeare in the Park

Free Event – Until June 18 – Central Park  

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Every summer, the Public Theaters puts on Shakespeare in the Park. Taking place at the open-air Delcorte Theater in Central Park. Ending on June 18th, the public theater presents Julius Caesar directed by Oskar Eustis. To learn how you can get tickets, check out Time Out’s full guide. The second half of the summer presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream (July 11th- August 13th) directed by Lear deBessonet.

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Free Event – Every Monday at 5pm – Bryant Park

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June kicks off the Bryant Park outdoor movie screenings. Grab your friends, a blanket and some popcorn! This is the 25th year that Bryant Park will be holding the outdoor film screenings. In honor of the monumental birthday, iconic NYC films will be featured all summer long. The screenings begin on June 19th, showing 1933’s King Kong. Every Monday the lawn opens at 5pm for you to snag your perfect spot!

Written by Taylor Hoblitzell

May Events You Must Attend

New York City always has endless fun activities going on for both New Yorkers and tourists to take part in. But this May, here are the top events and festivals to put on your calendars.

Mother’s Day Garden Party May 13-14

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It’s the Mother’s Day weekend your mom deserves (and probably needs). Bring the whole family out for live music, games, picnicking, and more! Get your tickets here.

Food Book Fair May 11-14

If you love to eat and read then this fair is for you. You’ll be kept well-fed and well-read at this year’s Food Book Fair. Get more information about the fun filled weekend here.

The Village Voice Choice Eats May 19

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It’s the 10th anniversary of the tasting event featuring 50 PLUS restaurants reviewed by the village voice! Guests get to sample the best dishes from the best restaurants along with complimentary drinks! More information and ticket purchases can be access here.

Vulture Festival May 20-21

Experience the pop culture extravaganza May 20-21. The featured talent includes Aziz Ansari, Chelsea Handler, Stephen Colbert, Sarah Jessica Parker and so many more awesome and talented people. Tickets are already available for most shows now. Get more information about the Vulture Festival and who will be there here.

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit May 27-29

Come to Washington Square park the weekend of Memorial Day Weekend (May 27, 28, 29) and experience the outdoor art exhibit. Fine artists and craft artisans from New York and around the world are being showcased. Find out all about the exhibit here.

 

Written by Taylor Hoblitzell

Brighten Up Your April With These NYC Events

Earth Day New York 2017
Tuesday April 18, 2017 12:00pm-7:00pm
Meet at Union Square West, New York, NY for Dozens of exhibitors, environmental non-profits, green businesses, kids’ activities and live performances! Have questions regarding the Earth loving event? Contact info@earthdayny.org or call 212-922-0048.
Tribeca Film Festival
 April 19-30, 2017
It’s the annual legendary film fest here in NYC! You don’t want to miss out; get your tickets here!
Tartan Day
Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Register NOW; HERE. It’s the 19th annual New York Tartan Day Parade and you’re so invited! There’s no charge to march in or attend the parade– what a deal! Don’t miss out!
Arts Fests Happening This April
MoCCA Arts Festival 
April 1-2, 2017 ~this weekend alert~
This TWO DAY multimedia event is Manhattan’s largest independent comics, cartoon and animation festival. You’ll be one of 7,000 attendees if you go check it out which you totally should.
Downtown Urban Arts Festival
April 8-May 20, 2017
Theater. Film. Music. Poetry.
Intrigued by any of these forms of ART?! Well then you better get yourself the Downtown Urban Arts Festival.


Easter Events
Barnyard Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bring your baskets! This kid friendly Easter Egg Hunt in Queens will be a day of fun; get your tickets here!
Amazing Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 1:30 pm
POGO Events presents The Amazing Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt at Slattery’s on East 36th Street. For only $39 a person a series of clues leads you around the city! Book this awesome day of Easter fun here.
Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival
Sunday, April 16, 2016 @10am – 4pm
Every year on Easter Sunday celebrators show off their best bonnets along Fifth Ave. The pageant is a New York City tradition that dates back to the 1870’s. Viewers watch on 5th Ave from 49th Street to 57th Street but the best place to watch is the St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
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Food Events
Free Cone Day!
Tuesday April 4, 2017
Brooklyn Wine Fest
Saturday, April 8, 2017 
Callings all wine lovers! Here is your exclusive chance to get access to hundreds of new wines from all around the world. Get your tickets now and come to the Brooklyn Expo Center for unlimited wine samples paired with live entertainment, food and interactive games.
Hot Sauce Expo
April 22-23, 2017 10 am – 6 pm
Come to the Brooklyn Expo Center for a kid friendly Hot Sauce Expo for vendors, recipes, and more. Meet other hot sauce enthusiasts and invite your friends on Facebook!
NYC Bacon and Beer Classic
April 29-30, 2017
Citi Field hosts this heavenly events– explore and indulge in UNLIMITED bacon and craft beer, come on it doesn’t get much better than this. Sample over 100 beers from regional breweries and eat 50+ bacon-infused dishes from local chefs. There’s even a bacon eating contest! Get your tickets or volunteer here.
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Written by Taylor Hoblitzell

Ladies, Gentlemen… And Those Who Have Yet To Make Up Their Minds

The “Sex is in the Heel,” isn’t it? That may be true, but not for Charlie Price. His destiny was all but decided for him, as he was born into a family run shoe factory in the small town of Northampton, England. Charlie, however, will have none of this small town life. He races off to chase his big city dreams in London with his snobby fiancée, Nicola.

And just like that, his big city dreams are interrupted; his father has died. Who is now in charge of the shoe factory? You guessed it: Charlie Price.

What comes next is a heartfelt and truly realistic story of a young man realizing the vast difference between his perceived dreams and his true destiny. And who helps him find this path? None other than Lola, the unstoppable London drag queen who is the unexpected answer to save the factory.

Turns out that all the factory needed to do was find their niche market, which just so happens to be… drag queens! With more than a fair share of pushback along the way, Lola and the drag queens teach Charlie a VERY important lesson with one of their biggest numbers: “Sex is in the Heel.”
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From Charlie’s ever confusing love life to Lola’s secret training as a boxer, the show has more than enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes!

When the time comes for the boots to be showcased in Milan, trust me when I say, your breath will be taken away, not only with awe, but from uncontrollable laughter.

There were too many standout performances to count. Lauren’s (Taylor Louderman) rendition of “The History of Wrong Guys,” was hysterical, awkward and relatable across the board. There wasn’t a person in the theater not laughing during the song, and she was a wonderful comic presence, and a bit of a show stealer.

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But then again, every song felt like a show stealer. The two main ballads, “Not My Father’s Son,” and “Hold Me in Your Heart,” were the dry your eyes type of songs you would expect from a big production like Kinky Boots.

“Big production” is somewhat of an understatement, because the costumes, choreography and music are larger than life. Director/Choreographer Jerry Mitchell of Legally Blonde: The Musical and the current On Your Feet! About Gloria Estefan, did an incredible job, utilizing a seemingly drab factory set and making it a place of commotion, entertainment and excitement. Costume designer Gregg Barnes of Legally Blonde, Bye Bye Birdie and Aladdin brought the show to life with sparkles, sequins, and of course those kinky boots.

Our book writer, Harvey Fierstein, of Newsies and La Cage aux Follies, did an incredible job translating the movie to stage, which is not an easy task. The movie was a small Sundance picture, and Fierstein made it a Broadway smash.

Lastly in our core four we have music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. The show has an extensive and diverse cast of characters – not just in age, sex, or race, but in heart and goal. Each character is so unique with their own motives and desire, and Cyndi’s songs personified their goals and traits beautifully. Together the four of them have been nominated for 23 Tony’s, won 9, and took in a whopping 13 nominations and 6 wins for just the show itself.

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The show sings a great message of acceptance – acceptance of self, and others. In our modern times it’s important to heed Lola and her Angel’s 6 steps: 1.Pursue the truth, 2. Learn something new, 3. Accept yourself and you’ll accept others too, 4. Let love shine, 5. Let pride be your guide 6. You change the world when you change your mind.

Thoughts to leave you with…

-Young Charlie and Young Lola are the cutest things to ever be on Broadway
-The fight scene between Don and Lola was amazingly hysterical, and perfect to be in slow motion
-Lola’s Angels were fantastic, and I could have watched them do flips and splits for 5 more hours
-Seeing Charlie dance in the Kinky Boots was honestly pretty sexy

Kinky Boots has been running since 2013 at the Al Hirschfeld Theater in New York, and has performed over 1,500 shows. In case I haven’t been clear here: go see Kinky Boots!

 

Here are the Top Events You Must Attend in March

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Come to the top destination for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day: New York City. The Legendary St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, Friday March 17th from 11am to 5pm. The parade can be viewed on 5th Ave!

Not only is there the legendary St. Patrick’s Day parade, but with the best bar scene in the country there’s going to be an awesome bar crawl! And because this is a greatest city in the world, there’s three days of the most Irish spirited pub crawl ever! Sign up for Thursday the 16th, Friday the 17th, or Saturday the 18th here.

Craft Beer Festival

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Calling all beer lovers! March 24TH at 7pm to March 25th at 10pm. Located at 125 West 18th St. Enjoy 150 beers, ciders, and meads from 75 breweries! Buy tickets on their website and join their Facebook group and invite your friends!

Cat Camp

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Now for our cat lovers, take part in the city’s first feline-focused conference and adoption extravaganza this March! All cat lovers can come together to learn more about cats, shop, and meet adoptable cats. You may find your next furry friend here!

St. Patty’s Day Fun For All

The Irish Arts Center opens its doors for a free St. Patrick’s Day celebration! On Sunday, March 12th from 12pm to 4pm induldge in what the New York Times calls a free sampler of Irish culture. The center will be filled with authentic music and dance performances. They also have classes for adults and children. You could even learn the basics of the Irish language! It’s a special day you won’t want to miss!

 

Written by Taylor Hoblitzell

Madison Square Garden Tour

New York is the best city in the world, filled with the best of food, art, culture and entertainment. Knowing where to get a closer look of what the city has to offer including its history is hard, but did you know that you can take a behind the scenes tour of one of the most famous arenas in the world? MSG provides an all access tour in one of the most expensive stadium venues ever built, as you learn about its 139 year history.

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The current stadium located in Midtown Manhattan is the fourth venue to be named Madison Square garden. The first arena opened its doors on Madison Avenue in 1879. Unfortunately, the Garden was roofless. Summers were hot and winters were cold, and although architecturally beautiful, a second garden followed on the same site in 1890. It featured music concerts, dog shows, beauty contests and boxing, which was technically illegal at the time, simply called “exhibitions”.

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In 1925, Madison Square Garden III opened its doors on Eighth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets. MSG III’s most memorable cultural and sporting events occurred here, many becoming major moments in history. They commemorate historic events that occurred at the Garden including Wayne Gretsky’s retirement, Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali’s first fight and Marilyn Monroe serenading John F. Kennedy with her scandalously sultry Happy Birthday to You.

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Lastly, the currently standing Madison Square Garden IV opened in 1968. Although renovated, the new Garden kept some of its iconic characteristics, like the now famous round, cable-stayed great arena roof and a section of its original “blue seats”. The Garden is now used for, basketball, hockey, boxing, concerts, ice shows, circuses and other forms of sports and entertainment. They are home to the New York rangers, the New York Knicks, and residency to singer-songwriter Billy Joel. MSG continues to bring crowds in from all over the world and have as many as 320 events per year.

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If you’ve stepped foot in the big apple, are a sports fanatic, or fancy a specific musician, you’ve probably heard of Madison Square Garden. On the all access tour you’ll see exclusive VIP areas of the state-of-the-art arena and commemorate over 130 years of legendary Garden history. You’ll view the arena like never before and get the inside scoop on all your favorite players when you explore the Knicks and Rangers locker rooms. At a convenient location in Manhattan between 7th and 8th Avenues from 31st to 33rd Streets, it’s easy to get to, and near many Manhattan landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Herald Square, and Rockefeller Center.

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Number One Place to Go in February: The MET

The Met….All I can say is that in the seven years that I have been sightseeing in New York City, I am still in awe of all that The Met has to offer. From the European paintings to the vast array of sculptures to  the ancient artifacts that you were unaware were still even in existence: The Met brings to life things we didn’t even know we cared about. Here is a brief photo preview to the wonders of The Met!!!

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February Fun You Can’t Miss Out On

The MET

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is always a great place to spend your day! They have tons of events going on every month. February is the perfect month to become a member! Becoming a MET member brings you even closer to art, giving you access to exclusive events and classes.

February Haunted House in Hudson Square

Love is in the air! It’s the most romantic time of year to be scared out of your wits. Blood Manor in Hudson Square is a 5,000 square foot haunted house comprised of themed rooms, corridors, and a labyrinth of passageways designed to maximize one’s fears. They pride themselves on being designed to be the most intense, creepy and scream inducing haunted house attraction in the New York Tri-State area. All ages are welcome to experience Blood Manor but it is not recommended for children under 14. Blood Manor is only operating for the weekend of February 10,11,12 so don’t miss out on your one true scare of a lifetime!

Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Hart had themselves a great time at Blood Manor…

NYC Winter Wine Festival

The eighth annual winter wine festival is here! Saturday February 4, 2017 at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square you can enjoy 250+ wines, light Hors d’oeuvres and Live Jazz! Whether you can make the first session from 3:30 to 6:00pm or the second session from 8:00 to 10:30pm, you cant miss out on what Thrillist names as one of the 17 things you have to do in the winter in New York City!

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The 15th Annual Orchid Show at The New York Botanical Garden

Escape to a world of spectacular color at The Orchid Show’s 15th year at the New York Botanical Garden. This year, the cultural history of Thailand is being celebrated. Don’t miss out and get your tickets here! This event is from February 18- April 9.

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Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt

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For only $39 per person join The Amazing Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt. On February 11th and 1:30pm and February 14th at 6:30pm join the hunt at Slattery’s Midtown Pub. POGO Events present a 3 hour scavenger hunt centered on celebrating Valentine’s Day in New York.

New York Fashion Week

Strike a pose, Vogue, Vogue, Vogue! It’s New York Fashion starting February 9th!! While most of the events are industry only, many of the shows are live-streamed. A few particular shows are open to the public which you can purchase tickets for. You can save with the discount code “FWO”.

2017 NYC Beer Week

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February 24th– March 5th choose from featured events and brewery events centering on, you got it, beer! Beer lovers and prospective partners alike are welcome to get involved this in this annual beer enthusiast’s week.

Written by Taylor Hoblitzell