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Photos: Skate the skyline at Pier 17's rooftop ice rink Winterland

The Financial District must’ve been very good this year, because Santa has brought it New York City’s first and only rooftop ice rink at the Seaport District. The Rooftop at Pier 17 Winterland arrives as the seasonal replacement of summer’s hottest new outdoor venue. Created by...

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 3:18pm

The tradition of scary Christmas lives at NYC's Krampus house

For some people, nothing about the holidays could be as scary as Christmas Eve dinner, where the main course is family drama. But there are actual scary traditions for Christmastime, and for those of us looking for less jingle bells and more jangled nerves, there’s Krampus. New York City...

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 12:27pm

16 Amazing Things to Do in NYC This Weekend, Dec. 6-9

Have a Not So Silent Night For the first time in its over two-decade history, Alt 92.3 is bringing its annual Not So Silent Night Christmas Concert to New York! The all-star lineup includes Florence + the Machine, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, AJR, Mike Shinoda, Foster the People, Bastille and...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:21pm

Where to Meet Santa in New York City for Kids of Any Age

Want to tell Santa Claus what you want for Christmas over a fancy brunch? You can do that and more at the best places to meet Santa in NYC. Almost as good as the North Pole The closest you’ll get to Santa’s magical homeland and workshop is Macy’s Santaland, 13,000 square feet...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 12:17pm

Photos: Starbucks Reserve Roastery NYC reconnects you with your coffee

Want to feel excited about coffee again? That’s how you’ll feel walking into the caffeinated theme park that is the Starbucks Reserve Roastery NYC, opening Dec. 14 at 61 Ninth Ave. in the Meatpacking District. Described as “both workshop and stage,” the Roastery is...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 6:03am

Greenwich Village's iconic arts hub Cornelia Street Cafe closing after 41 years

New York is losing another icon of its bohemian art scene with the closing of Greenwich Village’s restaurant and performance venue Cornelia Street Café. The little coffee shop that grew into a beloved restaurant with a vibrant underground performance space for artists of all kinds will close...

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 12:19pm

SantaCon 2018 in NYC: Everything You Need to Know

The annual march of Santas is almost here. Ready or not, SantaCon 2018 is taking place Dec. 8 in New York City, just one of dozens of cities around the world that have taken up the beloved yearly tradition of dressing up in their holiday best and bar crawling until they’re actually seeing...

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 3:05pm

5 New Shows Making December Exciting for Theater in NYC

The cold weather usually brings with it the requisite holiday shows to Broadway and beyond. There’s The Illusionists for those who want to be dazzled by magic. Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken are teaming up for a concert of holiday classics. And, of course, all the many only-in-New-York...

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 7:51am

PHOTOS: NYC's Best Department Store Holiday Windows 2018

One of New York City’s oldest and most beloved Christmas traditions is the over-the-top department store holiday windows that glitter like larger-than-life ornaments. High-end retailers spend up to 10 months crafting, decorating and adding high-tech magic to displays that celebrate...

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 6:04am

Here's 7 Ways We Do The Nutcracker in New York City

The Nutcracker is a simple enough story: A little girl named Clara receives a nutcracker for Christmas, which transforms into a handsome prince on Christmas Eve just as an army of invading mice arrives. With the help of gingerbread soldiers, they save the day and have a giant party in the kingdom...

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 4:13am

19 Amazing Things to Do in NYC This Weekend, Nov. 30-Dec. 2

Things to Do in NYC: BlacKKKlansman with Spike Lee As The Metrograph says, “Spike Lee’s been so good for so long that it’s easy to take him for granted.” So they’re giving the groundbreaking director a six-film retrospective from Nov. 30-Dec. 3, with the highlight...

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 6:00pm

Light 'em up! NYC's best Christmas tree-lighting ceremonies

With all due respect to the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony, it’s not for New Yorkers. The performances can only be seen by very few people — and many of them don’t even take place in Midtown — and there’s no free hot chocolate, festive treats or other fun...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:46pm

PHOTOS: First-ever NYC Lantern Festival is a whimsical delight

A Chinese holiday tradition has arrived in New York for the first time, with 3,000 glowing lanterns and light sculptures taking over the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden for the NYC Lantern Festival. Though it's based on a 2,000-year-old tradition that used to involve lighting...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 11:22pm

Carnegie Deli is popping up for a week of 99-cent sandwiches

Not everyone is happy about Amazon coming to Long Island City, but at least they’re doing one public service to New York City: reopening the Carnegie Deli — for a week. The iconic restaurant immortalized in Adam Sandler’s Hannukah Song opened in 1937 and was known for the photos...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 2:46pm

The 2018 Holiday Train Show adds ferries and One World Trade

Each holiday season, a literal urban jungle springs up in the Bronx with the annual Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Hundreds of feet of track wind through a landscape of New York City’s neighborhoods recreated in vines, twigs, bark, seeds, moss and more, and this year...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 11:25am

Your Guide to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

New York City has lots of Christmas traditions — the Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular, Christmas-themed bars and magical holiday windows at Midtown’s biggest department stores, just to name a few — but there’s one that gets national attention: The Rockefeller Center...

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 2:43pm

Where to Find New York's Best Street Art, Murals and Graffiti

There's no shortage of things to look at when you're walking down the streets of New York. But the city of skyscrapers, incredible parks and endless great food is also full of amazing street art everywhere you look, brightening up abandoned storefronts, turning corrugated gates into...

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 10:42am

Free in NYC: This pop-up garden has plants from all continents

Snow, hail, icy wind — if you’re not into the realities of winter, there’s a way to escape them all inside a pop-up indoor garden with plants from all seven continents that’s totally free to visit.   Summer in Winter brings some of the biggest and brightest blooms of...

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 4:00pm

Help make the Best Day Ever happen at Trolls the Experience

Music, color, glitter and rainbows — if these sound like the ingredients for a good time and you’re under the age of 10, then Dreamworks’ Trolls The Experience is officially open for playtime. The wildly popular 2016 film and current Netflix series have spun the Trolls you...

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 12:28am

These sisters get to live their dream as Rockettes together

The Rockettes are New York City royalty during the holiday season, starring in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular. Onstage, they’re a marvel of precision coordination, a product of six-hour daily rehearsals and a bond as strong as sisters. But a very talented few among the team of 80...

Friday, November 23, 2018 - 5:35pm