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How Il Laboratorio del Gelato makes New York's best Italian ice cream

In Jon Snyder’s laboratory, the science experiments result in delicious gelato and sorbet flavors. Il Laboratorio del Gelato — designed to look like a lab with stark white walls and gleaming chrome machinery — has been churning out new flavors since opening in 2002 in the Lower...

Friday, December 22, 2017 - 2:44pm

Here are the books New Yorkers were reading most in 2017

New York City, you’re a woke town according to the public library's year-end tally of popular books. “Between the World and Me,” the award-winning bestseller by Ta-Nehisi Coates, was the most checked-out book of 2017 after debuting at No. 2 last year. Good job on keeping your...

Friday, December 22, 2017 - 12:59pm

What Christmas Eve dinner looks like all over the world

Christmas is celebrated all over the world, and for the most part we all share the same traditions: decorating a tree, a visit from Santa Claus, giving gifts. Where we differ though is what ends up on the holiday table depending on your country’s customs and culture. This year, we asked...

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 6:51pm

Where to eat and drink right now in New York City

There's always somewhere new to go in New York City, and we've got your guide to the hottest new bar and restaurant openings each week. Don Angie In a town with plenty of Italian restaurants, you should still run not walk to Don Angie in the West Village. Former Quality Eats power...

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 6:24pm

8 festive things to do in NYC on Christmas weekend

TELEVISION The Alienist Costume Installation While you’re holiday shopping at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market this weekend, take a moment to check out the new costume and art installation that’s just gone up ahead of the Jan. 22 premiere of TNT’s The Alienist. A psychological...

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 3:28pm

17 ideas for how to spend your Christmas vacation

Congratulations, you’ve (very nearly) made it through 2017. For persistence in the face of impossible odds, your reward is a whole week — if you’re very lucky — or at least a few days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day to do whatever you want. We’ve got...

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 2:18pm

PHOTOS: Downton Abbey exhibit delights fans and history buffs

Midtown Manhattan lacks the certain charms of the English countryside and Highmere Castle, the setting of Downton Abbey’s stately post-Edwardian drama. But you wouldn’t know the difference once you cross the threshold into Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, opening Nov. 18 in a sprawling...

Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 1:55pm

Gwen Stefani lights up the Empire State Building (in a good way)

Every city has a Christmas tree wrapped in twinkling lights, but NYC has a skyscraper lit up for the holidays. Each year, the Empire State Building becomes a musical holiday attraction with a light show choreographed to the song of the season. For 2017, that track is the bopper "You Make It...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 7:42pm

All aboard the best holiday train shows in New York City

We love (and love to hate) our urban trains all year long, but they have a special connection to the holiday season. According to the curator of the National Christmas Museum in Pennsylvania, whose train set covers over 20,000 square feet, trains and the holiday season became linked through...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 11:51am

You can throw axes at this new bar in Gowanus

Free associate on “ax-throwing” and a few images come to mind: Gimli doing the race of dwarves proud in “Lord of the Rings”; cartoon lumberjack Paul Bunyan making tall tale history alongside Babe the Blue Ox; Jack hacking down the bathroom door to terrorize Wendy in the...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 11:02am

All 20 holiday bars in NYC for all your Christmas spirit needs

It's December, and if you're not here to party then get out of the way of people rocking out to Christmas carols in ugly sweaters. Take your holiday cheer to one of New York City's many, many Christmas-themed bars. Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack Before Santa pulls his...

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 6:48pm

Bob's Burgers comes to NYC with all the dad jokes you can eat

Bob’s Burgers is landing in New York for one week of the best burgers dad jokes can inspire. The Fox animated series about the Belcher family, who runs a burger restaurant located in either Long Island or the Jersey Shore, features a new Burger of the Day in every episode with a pun-based...

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 4:16pm

Kellogg's NYC Cafe adds hammocks, DIY cereal bar at new location

A bigger and better — what else do you call adding indoor hammocks? — Kellogg’s NYC Café has opened in Union Square. After starting out in Times Square, the cereal cafe can now be found at 31 E. 17th St. and five times the size of the original. Billed as “a place for...

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 7:02pm

Yes, people do turn down a ride in the Cash Cab

Cash Cab, the only game show played in a New York City taxi, is back — but it was nearly someone other than comedian Ben Bailey at the wheel. “I actually heard, like most people, through the news that they were bringing it back,” says Bailey, who’s won three Daytime Emmys...

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 11:11am

NYC's rooftop ski chalet Baita is back for the season

The first snowflakes may be nowhere in sight, but New York City's aprés ski destination is open for business. As of Nov. 2, Eataly Flatiron's Alpine ski chalet in the sky Baita has reopened for "winter" 2017. The rooftop bar changes with the seasons, and the time of Adirondack...

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:11am

10 things to do in NYC, get your ugly Christmas sweater ready!

COMEDY In A World: The Dating Show A fledgling couple is invited to go on their first date in front of a live audience as comedians improvise a scene around them. It could be the best night of your life, too, whether cupid strikes or two real humans awkwardly fall apart in front of your eyes. Dec...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 10:19pm

Mission Impossible meets Double Dare at Brooklyn's Beat the Bomb

If you combine the Color Run, an escape room, laser tag and Nickelodeon’s Double Dare, you might get an idea of what Beat the Bomb is. Or, as founder Alex Patterson puts it, “How can you create a perfect team-building moment? Stand people in front of something that would explode, but...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 9:24pm

Gift Guide: 5 NYC classes to get your friend out of a rut

Sometimes you want to give the gift of an experience, instead of something tangible. You probably know someone who’s always wanted to learn how to make dumplings or cross flying trapeze off their bucket list. But they’ve probably never considered paying to indulge their whimsy. Here are...

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 6:26pm

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