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Christmas classic gets street cred with OG emcee Kurtis Blow in The Hip Hop Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a holiday classic and it's been reinvented, glammed up, dressed down and even got a little sexy, but 12 dancers are laying down cardboard and spinning Tchaikovsky's classic on its head. And special guest emcee Kurtis Blow (ya know, the hip-hop pioneer who mentored Rev....

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 7:51pm

Famous NYC restaurant with female head chef had a 'rape room'

One of New York City’s most prominent restaurants — and the launchpad for one of the country’s biggest female chefs — has a “rape room” where guests would terrorize female staff, former employees told the New York Times in a series of shocking allegations. The...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 7:21pm

Gift your conscience at Brooklyn's Social Justice Holiday Market

If you’re ready to start political conversations around your holiday table and wear your resistance with pride, there’s a new holiday market for you. Declare your allegiance while supporting marginalized creators at the first-ever Social Justice Holiday Market, taking place this...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 7:05pm

6 Star Wars Events in NYC To Get You Hyped for The Last Jedi

You don't need to be Force sensitive to know there's a great disturbance coming to movie theaters this weekend. The long-awaited Episode VIII: The Last Jedi drops in theaters Dec. 15 (officially, though many are showing it on Dec. 14), and because two years is a lot of waiting for a movie...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 4:34pm

NYC is getting the gift of a free bacon food truck this week

Forget the train to the North Pole — this winter, you’re taking The Bacon Express to Midtown. Applegate, the organic meat brand, has been on a big bacon road trip along the East Coast, and on Dec. 14-15 its food truck makes the last stop at Radio City Music Hall. Everything aboard The...

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:41pm

A secret Star Wars-inspired Dark Side Bar is coming to SoHo

Before you cheer for the Resistance in The Last Jedi this December, spend a night drinking with the bad guys at The Dark Side Bar. The unofficial Star Wars-inspired pop-up bar is a production of Zach Neil, who’s behind the Tim Burton-themed Beetle House in the East Village. Dark Side Bar...

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 9:48pm

Dale Talde turns matzo ball soup into Rabbi's Ramen for Hanukkah

Matzo ball soup turned into ramen? It’s not mashugana, it’s the new Rabbi’s Ramen at Rice & Gold, Dale Talde’s new pan-Asian restaurant in Chinatown. “To me, Jewish deli food is one of the cuisines that most defines this city, so what better way to represent the...

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 4:59pm

Free Game of Thrones screenings coming to movie theaters

You’re probably not getting the most out of Game of Thrones by watching it on your TV or phone, so HBO is putting it on the big screen — for free.  Relive the episode Spoils of War, where Daenerys and Drogon barbecue the Lannister army into submission, at AMC theaters in New York...

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 4:38pm

A giant high-tech gingerbread house opens in Madison Square Park

New York City already has the biggest gingerbread village in the country, and now it’s got a life-size gingerbread house too. Sitting at the north end of Madison Square Park, the giant gingerbread house is like a fairy tale come to life, complete with a picket fence and winding path leading...

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 7:39pm

Your guide to seeing the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

Every year during the holidays, Dyker Heights transforms into the most lit neighborhood in New York City. Literally. Once Thanksgiving is toast, the residents of the south Brooklyn enclave go all out with festive lights, blow- up Rudolphs, life-size nativity scenes, Christmas music on blast and...

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 7:09pm

Largest planetarium in the US opens in New Jersey

If there’s one scenario in which size matters, it’s when you’re trying to show the entire known universe on one screen. The big-deal opening of the year for science nerds is the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, now open at New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center. Located just 30...

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 5:50pm

UPDATE: SantaCon 2017: When is it, where can you drink, rules and more

Whether you would put the unofficial New York City holiday decidedly in the naughty or nice category, SantaCon 2017 is almost upon us and city residents should get prepared. We hope you already rented your Santa costume for SantaCon 2017, otherwise you might want to start planning on some other...

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 4:57pm

This is how the Brooklyn Ballet does The Nutcracker

George Balanchine staged his first iconic performance of The Nutcracker in New York City back in 1954. His choreography rightly became the gold standard, but the city has changed since then. Enter the Brooklyn Ballet, which has reinterpreted the holiday story to reflect its home into The Brooklyn...

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 6:46pm

See into the private lives of cat lovers at the Cat Film Festival

Cats have already won the battle for the internet’s heart and even made headway in the film world recently with “Kedi” and “Keanu.” And this weekend, they be the stars of the first-ever Cat Film Festival. Kicking off in New York City on Dec. 9 before going on the road...

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 3:21pm

We love SantaCon: Why the holiday bar crawl is a great tradition

It’s almost time for SantaCon, when hundreds of Claus-clad boozers crawl their way through the city’s bars. And we couldn’t be more excited. Since its beginnings as a “participatory art” event, SantaCon has spread to cities around the world. It’s also become...

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 1:49pm

Here's the real reason why women wore corsets

When it comes to fashion, it can seem as if the body is meant to fit the design. Nowhere is that more obvious than the corset, the French undergarment invented in the 1500s made to cinch the waist to as small as 18 inches and give the bustline a boost. But the reason why ladies wore corsets isn...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 10:28pm

10 great and not too Christmas-y things to do in NYC, Dec. 7-10

POP-UP Relax, Dammit Blue Point Brewing is bringing the beach vibes of its Long Island home to the city for three days with a pop-up “travel agency.” Step into up to the desk and get your free ticket to their hidden surf shack in the Lower East Side with free beer tastings, an...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 12:05pm

Adopt a family’s Christmas wish list with USPS Operation Santa

Shopping for gifts has to be one of the most stressful parts about the holidays. What are you ever supposed to get your dad? How do you balance making the holidays memorable for your kid and not spoiling her? What’s a suitable gift for the boyfriend you’re planning to break up with in...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 3:13pm

Meet live reindeer under Brooklyn’s largest Christmas tree

Many Christmas tree-lighting ceremonies have Santa, but his reindeer are only stopping by one event this holiday season. Downtown Brooklyn will light the borough’s tallest Christmas tree with the help of Santa’s #squad on Dec. 7 at 2 MetroTech Center. At 55 feet, Brooklyn’s...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 7:37pm

Christmas comes to NYC's miniature attraction Gulliver's Gate

Christmastime has come to New York City’s smallest attraction. Gulliver’s Gate in Times Square packs the entire world into a series of room-size miniature scenes, and for its first holiday season there are some new surprises for eagle-eyed visitors. The Holiday Scavenger Hunt...

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 7:22pm