Oct 112015
 

Santa travels

Christmas is 365 day a year at Christmas Cottage in Midtown.  Other cities have year-round Christmas stores, filled with ornaments and other seasonal items, and now NYC has one of its own.

Santa Claus is always in town at Christmas Cottage, on Seventh Ave. between 56th and 57th Streets.  It’s like a visit to Santa’s Workshop, including special ornaments celebrating New York City, including the Statue of Liberty and the world famous Radio City Rockettes.

And the store is located strategically a few minutes walk from the world-famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

If you are interested in buying only holiday ornaments made in America, that is the only thing the online company A Christmas Ornament sells.  Only Christmas ornaments made in America.

Dec 092014
 

hanukah events at JCC nyconthecheapHanukah begins one week from today, at sundown Tuesday, December 16, 2014, for eight nights of special holiday foods, small gifts, and the all-important lighting of Menorah candles, through Dec. 24th, also known as Christmas Eve.

Send a free Hanukah e-Card.

The Chabad website also has Hanukkah recipes, including for lowfat latkes and Hanukkah cookies and treats to make with the kids.

Nov 182013
 

free hanukkah e-cardHanukkah 2013 begins at sundown Wednesday, November 27, the night before Thanksgiving, and lasts for eight nights of special holiday foods, small gifts, and the all-important lighting of Menorah candles.   Send a free Hanukkah e-Card. The Chabad website also has Hanukkah recipes, including for lowfat latkes and Hanukkah cookies and treats to make with the kids.

Hanukkah 2013 is a once-in-a-lifetime holiday, since it is the only time n more than 70,000 years that Hanukkah overlaps with Thanksgiving.  Find a turkey-shaped menorah at the Jewish Museum in NYC, so you can celebrate Thanksgivikkuh properly.

Aug 222013
 

Celebrate the birthday of the U. S. National Park Service on Sunday, August 25th with FREE  entry to all U.S. National Parks and other historic sites operated by the National Park Service.  Take advantage by visiting the National Parks in New York City and nearby, including the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace at 28 East 30th St., Grants Tomb, Gateway National Park in Brooklyn and Queens, and the Vanderbilt Mansion Historical Site in Hyde Park, in the Hudson Valley.  And, of course, national parks a bit further away, including Yellowstone and Yosemite

  • Remember, the Statue of Liberty has re-opened since the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, also called Supestorm Sandy, last October, but Ellis Island remains closed.

Click here for the entire list of fee-free national parks.  The U.S. National Park Service operates millions of acres of picture-postcard views and educational experiences in hundreds of national parks, historic sites, and heritage areas.  An annual pass for a carload is $80, or  $10 for a lifetime pass for seniors.    There are additional fee-free national park days and weekends in 2013

  • August 25 – National Park Service Birthday
  • September 28 – -National Public Lands Day
  • November 9-11 – Veterans Day weekend

This is less than in 2012.  Blame sequestration.

Jun 242013
 

best locations for NYC July Fourth fireworksYou could join the crowds lining Riverside Park and the Highline to view the 36th Annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks extravaganza.  Or you could elevate yourself and relax with a camera in one hand and a drink in the other at one of NYC’s heavenly rooftop bars.  There are just a few rooftop spots on the West Side to watch the show, since most are already booked, including for corporate events.

230 Fifth — That’s the name of the rooftop bar, and its address.  The celebration starts here earlier in the day, with a live satellite broadcast of the other world famous NYC Fourth of July event — the famous hot dog eating contest at Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island.  There are no reservations and no special holiday cover charge for watching the fireworks at 230 Fifth Avenue.  Just get there early enough to stake your spot between the potted plants with a view of the Hudson River.

Hudson Terrace — This place is already sold out for July Fourth 2013, so you might want to book now for 2014.  Hudson Terrace is at 621 W. 46th St., between 11th and 12th.

Jimmy at The James — This rooftop bar has its own website, but no information about July Fourth, so there’s no way to know if it’s already sold out like Hudson Terrace.  The phone is 212-201-9118, but you won’t be able to speak to anybody — there’s only a recorded message telling you they don’t take reservations, and directing you to email events@thejames.com. Jimmy is at The James is at 15 Thompson St. in Soho.

Gansevoort Hotel Rooftop – Gorgeous pool, gorgeous view, and nothing on the hotel website to tell you whether the rooftop in Soho is sold out already or closed for a corporate event. So I phoned, and was told “we’re not currently accepting any more reservations”.

Ink 48 – This boutique hotel at 48th and Eleventh has several levels of floor-to-ceiling glass, including The Press Lounge.  But it’s closed for a corporate event.

Apr 052013
 

The week of April 22-26, 2013 is National Parks Week, and as always, entry to all U.S. National Parks and other historic sites operated by the National Park Service is FREE for the week.  Take advantage by visiting the National Parks in New York City and nearby, including the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace at 28 East 30th St., Grants Tomb, Gateway National Park in Brooklyn and Queens, and the Vanderbilt Mansion Historical Site in Hyde Park, in the Hudson Valley.  And, of course, national parks a bit further away, including Yellowstone and Yosemite

  • Remember, the Statue of Liberty is closed through July 4th, and Ellis Island is closed until further notice, because of the damage caused by Hurriacne Sandy, also called Supestorm Sandy, last October

Click here for the entire list of fee-free national parks.  The U.S. National Park Service operates millions of acres of picture-postcard views and educational experiences in hundreds of national parks, historic sites, and heritage areas.  An annual pass for a carload is $80, or  $10 for a lifetime pass for seniors.    There are additional fee-free national park days and weekends in 2013 after National Parks Week –

  • August 25 – National Park Service Birthday
  • September 28 – -National Public Lands Day
  • November 9-11 – Veterans Day weekend

This is less than in 2012.  Blame sequestration.

 

 

June 9 (Get Outdoors Day), September 29 (National Public Lands Day), and November 10 to 12 (Veterans Day weekend). Many park-related hotels, restaurants, gift shops, and tour operators offer special discounts on fee-free days, too.

Dec 072012
 

Here’s how to light a Hanukkah Menorah without candles or a menorah — click on the Virtual Hanukkah Menorah website, from the Union of Reform Judaism. Click on the link the appropriate night of the eight nights of Hanukkah, and the screen shows the Hanukkah blessings in Hebrew, transliteration and in English, which you can sing along with a recorded cantorial voice. Click out of the blessings,  and your mouse turns into a candle to light the other candles of the virtual menorah. Very cool website.

Hanukkah 2012 begins at sundown tomorrow, Saturday, December 8th, 2012. You can also attend the lighting of the world’s largest Menorah each night on Fifth Avenue and 59th Street.  Click here for the times, which vary.

Happy Hanuklah.

Dec 032012
 

christmas in nycCelebrate the sounds of the season in the elegant grandeur of the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel third annual free, live lobby holiday music program, December 5  to 21. There’s a different choral group evenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the festively decorated lobby, including the Big Apple Chorus and the PS 15o Chorus.

You can buy a drink or a nibble. Or not. But a glass of wine for $6, with or without an appetizer is less than the cost of a concert or theater ticket.

The InterContinental New York Barclay is located at 111 East 48th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.

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Nov 282012
 

Art Market at National Museum of the American Indian NYCThe annual art and crafts market of museum quality works by Native American artists and craftsmen is at the National Museum of the American Indian this weekend, December 1st and 2nd.  Choose from silver, semi-precious jewelry, ceramics, masks, hand-woven baskets, traditional beadwork, dolls dressed in Native regalia, clothing crafted from hand-woven fabrics, and paintings, prints, sculpture and more. The holiday market is free — as is the museum, a NYC branch of the Smithsonian.

There’s also a  ticketed preview party Friday, Nov. 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with Native foods and wines and a demonstration by award-winning beadworker Juanita Growing Thunder of the Assiniboine-Sioux. Click here to buy tickets, which are partly tax deductible. The Art Market also is being held December 1 and 2 at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.  Museum website

photo is the Thunderbird Amererican Indian Dancers, who often perform at the National Museum of the American Indian in NYC. 

Oct 292012
 

NYC sample sales, NYC shopping discounts,nyconthecheapGet lucky with top fashion bargains at the Lucky Magazine annual NYC insider shopping event November 1-3.  This is a ticketed event for access to curated fashions from top designers, freebie facials, complimentary cocktails and more.  Get a head start on your holiday shopping.  Ticket prices are around $30 a day, depending on which deal you want. Click here for tickets.  The Lucky Magazine Shop event is in Soho, at 82 Mercer St.

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