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Best parks and gardens to see NYC in full springtime bloom

No need to wait for April’s showers — there are plenty of blooms coming up to welcome spring. Here are the best places to see truly impressive flower displays around the city. April 1 is the official kickoff to cherry blossom season, but some of the sweet-smelling trees in...

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 11:11am

Food pairings with Guinness, the beer of St. Patrick's Day

When it comes to actual St. Patrick’s Day traditions, Aaron Ridgeway is going to have to stop you at the color green. “There’s a bit of debate about it now,” says Ridgeway, who works at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. “The color green is said to not be the original...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 2:08pm

Why Semilla is NYC's best new restaurant

There’s a lot of iconic food in New York City; we’re used to ambitious decor, meat as both entree and garnish, and traditional dishes done right. But as the clean-eating trend shifts, restaurants have gone in the opposite direction: smaller, veggie-focused and innovative. And it...

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 8:20pm

Fuku and the chicken sandwich that ate New York City

There’s an admirable democracy to New York City’s food scene. We wait months for the privilege of paying over $400 (per person) for dinner in the same city that spawned the fast-casual revolution. Just look at anytime Shake Shack offers a one-off burger. This time, however, the cows...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - 1:43pm

PHOTOS: NYC's best Christmas trees

Rockefeller Center may be the largest Christmas tree in New York City, but size isn't the only thing that matters. Check out our roundup of the most spectacular Christmas trees around the city. New York Public Library This time of year, even the lions get spruced up: Patience and Fortitude...

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 9:49pm

Pastrami Pilsner is like drinking the Jewish deli sandwich

It’s a special Chanukah for Shmaltz Brewing Company, which is celebrating 20 years of making Jewish-themed, certified kosher beers this winter. A special occasion deserves a special beer, but… distilling a pastrami sandwich into a pilsner? "Pastrami Pils just kind of manifested...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 9:24pm

SantaCon 2015 will not be the rager of years past

Whether it’s an annual tradition or a rite of passage for you, SantaCon is almost here again. This Saturday at 10 a.m., the festive mob will begin their journey at McCarren Park’s Aphalt Football Fields 1 and 2. From Greenpoint, the day-long march of Santas, elves and (more...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 8:15pm

A blooming marshmallow tops Dominique Ansel's new hot chocolate

The home of the Cronut, Dominique Ansel Bakery, is celebrating its fifth anniversary this weekend by bringing one of its biggest hits from overseas to the original SoHo shop. RELATED: Happy birthday, Cronut! Photos from Dominique Ansel's party for a pastry The Blossoming Hot Chocolate,...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 5:05pm

Adopt a pet and then get 'Stuffed' with Lisa Lampanelli

Lisa Lampanelli, the “queen of mean,” isn’t known for keeping mum. She said her parents taught her never to talk about who she is voting for or how much money she makes. Everything else is fair game. Animal adoption and body issues are two topics the comic will talk about freely...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 4:42pm

Two NYC spots are turning into Bob's Burgers for Halloween

Halloween costumes are great, but what if an entire restaurant got in character? Greenpoint's Alameda on Franklin Street is turning into Bob's Burgers from the Fox cartoon about a family-run burger joint, switching up its usual dishes of elevated American fare for an exclusively...

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:02pm

Eataly Downtown is the food hall Lower Manhattan needs

NYC’s second branch of Eataly, the Italian food hall that counts Mario Batali among its partners, couldn't be coming to a neighborhood that needs it more. The food hall opens Aug. 11 on the third floor of World Trade Center 4. CEO Nicola Farinetti knew his team would have to come up...

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 6:53pm

PHOTOS: Le District food hall brings France to Lower Manhattan

It’s finally worth hoofing it out to the west side of Lower Manhattan — Le District, dubbed the “French Eataly” is now open inside Brookfield Place. The project, in the works for more than 32 months by design firm ICRAVE, is divided into four districts (like the...

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 6:52pm

NY's biggest Pet Fashion Show brings Broadway style to the runway

Not even thundersnow could keep away the stylish dogs, cats, a couple of rats and even a bearded dragon from the 2017 New York Pet Fashion Show last night at the Hotel Pennsylvania. Billed as the country’s largest charitable pet fashion show, now in its 14th year, the event’s theme...

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 4:16pm

NYC fall culture preview: Can't-miss music, dance, burlesque and more

Looking for exciting art shows in NYC? We’ve got just the ticket. Here are some of our best suggestions for kinky, cool, strange or straight-up amazing artistic events coming soon to the five boroughs. New York Burlesque Festival Sept. 24-27 Various locations Free-$70 Over 100...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 6:55pm

At this art show about the Olsen twins, you're the one on display

Meeting a celebrity in real life is always a risky proposition, but it’s a rite of passage for fans. Viviana Olen was just 7 when she met Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen — who turned out to be nothing like on TV. “We waited in line for, like, three hours, and we just kind of passed...

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 5:28pm

Where Broadway stars go to party

After the hard work of winning recognition for your talents comes the celebration. But when it comes to the Tony Awards, which take place at Radio City Music Hall this Sunday, stage performers are a superstitious lot: It’s considered a jinx to think about — much less talk about...

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 7:29pm

With nudity, 'The Tempest' gets a feminist message

The Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society like to do the same things everyone else does in Central Park, just in less clothing. They read books, have picnics, get some vitamin D. This week, they’re joining forces with Torn Out Theater to perform Shakespeare’s The...

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 2:01pm

Hot chicken is the next phase of the fried chicken craze

Every time is seems like fried chicken’s 15 minutes are up, it finds a way to reinvent itself and restart the clock. Two of last year’s best openings — Birds & Bubbles, where it’s served alongside no less than flutes of bubbly, and the intensely Southern charmed Root...

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 2:30pm

Chick-fil-A opens first double-decker NYC restaurant in Herald Square

The country's most famous (and occasionally notorious) fried chicken chain, Chick-fil-A, is about to make its landing in Midtown Manhattan. Specifically, NYC's first full-size Chick-fil-A will be located at 37th Street and Sixth Avenue. The two-story restaurant has been nearly a...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 2:49pm

Get out on NYC's waters: kayaking, sailing, surfing and more

The dregs of winter are officially gone, and sunny days are here to tempt us back to the city’s rivers. Though it’s still a bit chilly for swimming — unless you’re a Polar Bear Club member — there are plenty of other ways to enjoy NYC’s waters this season....

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 4:16pm