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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

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