January 17, 2018

NYC Restaurant Week | Jan 22 - Feb 9, 2018

Photo by Jennifer Schmidt on Unsplash
What: NYC Restaurant Week is a semiannual promotion that celebrates fine dining at an affordable price. Participating restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe menus specially priced for lunch and/or dinner.*
When: Jan. 22 - Feb. 9, 2018
Where: NYC
Cost: 3 courses - $29/Lunch | $42/Dinner  | www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week
*Saturdays excluded, Sundays optional. Beverages, gratuities and taxes not included.

January 16, 2018

J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions #TOC18

What: The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, the world’s grandest squash championship and the only sports championship presented annually in Grand Central Terminal, features all the world’s very best players competing for one of the most coveted titles in professional squash. This PSA Tour World Series tournament celebrates its 21st anniversary in Grand Central Terminal this coming January 18-25, 2018, offering 25 sessions of play on the all-glass Oracle NetSuite Challenge court while providing both reserved ticket seating and free viewing to the public for the entirety of the event.

The ToC, as it is affectionately known to players and fans, is the best known and most viewed squash tournament in the world and is consistently identified as the “best tournament on Tour” by the PSA players. It is one of eight World Series events sanctioned by the Professional Squash Association (PSA), one of five to offer equal prize money and draw size for both men and women, and the only one to have been staged in the same venue for two decades. Fans will be able to catch the action in Grand Central from the ticketed seats in the stadium, free standing room at the front wall or on closed circuit TV screens in Great Northern Food Hall on the west side of Vanderbilt Hall.

When: January 18-25, 2018

Where: Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal

January 15, 2018

Ending Soon: 16th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal

What: The holiday season is a time of joy for kids of all ages and nothing says holiday enchantment quite like dazzled little faces watching in wonderment as model trains zip through tunnels, by subway stops, around familiar skyscrapers and through iconic city-scapes. To the delight of kids and railroad enthusiasts alike, the New York Transit Museum will continue its tradition of capturing hearts and imaginations at the 16th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal, running through the New Year. The event is free and open to the public.
When: Now – February 4, 2018
Monday – Friday 8AM–8PM  |  Saturday 10AM–6PM  |  Sunday 10AM–6PM
Cost: FREE

November 28, 2017

Tree Lighting Skate-tacular @BryantParkNYC

What: Tree Lighting Skate-tacular is an original holiday tale about a very special family on the night before Christmas. This year’s event, narrated by Tony Award winning, Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress, Jane Krakowski (30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), will feature a stellar line up of live performances from Olympic and World Champion skaters including Johnny Weir, Kimmie Meissner, Meryl Davis, Charlie White and Jeff Buttle, followed by ice skating for all.
When: Friday, December 1, 6:00pm–7:00pm
Where: Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Cost: FREE

2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

What: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City. The 2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 29, with live performances from 7–9pm, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Thousands crowded the sidewalks for the event and millions watched it live across the globe. The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 9pm on January 7, 2018.
When: November 29, 2017 |  7-9pm
Where: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC. Also watch it on NBC.
Cost: FREE

November 22, 2017

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade #MacysParade

What: It's the official kick-off of the holiday season! Don't miss giant balloons, one-of-a-kind floats, the nation's best marching bands, hundreds of cheering clowns, a host of celebrities and much more! Plus, relive the magic of past Parades—discover our proud history now.
When: Thursday, November 23, 2017, Parade starts at 9:00 am ET – Noon
Where: Begins at Central Park West & 77th st and moves along down to 6th Ave and 34th St. Or watch it live on NBC.
Cost: FREE

18th Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square #WintersEve

What: On Monday, November 27, 2017 the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District and presenting sponsor, Time Warner, Inc., will host the Eighteenth Annual Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square – New York’s largest holiday festival! Join legendary artists, up-and-coming musicians, dancers, street performers and more as we welcome the holiday season and light up the Upper West Side with an evening of music, food, dancing and fun for everyone. 

Lincoln Square’s sidewalks and public spaces will come alive with music, performers, processional groups, jugglers, stilt-walkers and more, making for a festive fun-filled evening along the streets of this dynamic Upper West Side neighborhood.

Over 30 of Lincoln Square’s finest restaurants and eateries will offer food tastings at nominal cost ($1-$4) at three separate outdoor locations from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Dozens of local stores and neighborhood institutions will host activities and holiday cheer throughout the evening.

When: Monday, November 27, 2017 | 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Rain, Snow or Shine!
Where: The celebration begins with the lighting of the Upper West Side Holiday Tree in Dante Park at Broadway & 63rd Street and continues along and around Broadway from Time Warner Center to 68th Street.
Cost: FREE

November 21, 2017

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation

What: Taking place in the afternoon and evening before Thanksgiving Day, at the Macy's Parade balloon inflation you'll get a preview of the larger-than-life characters in the next day's parade. 

Tips for Going to the Parade Balloon Inflation
The earlier you arrive, the less crowded it will be. No backpacks will be allowed. Central Park West will be shut down starting at noon.

Pick a good spot. There is a designated viewing path for observers. The path for the balloon inflation winds around the American Museum of Natural History, beginning at 79th and Columbus and travels along Columbus Avenue, 77th Street, Central Park South, and exits at 81st Street.

Consider taking public transit to the balloon inflation. Crowds will make parking nearby nearly impossible and access to the area will be difficult for taxis. The subway trains serving the balloon inflation area are B or C to 81st Street/Museum of Natural History.

Keep your kids close. If you're visiting with young children, keep a close eye on them.

When: Wednesday, November 22, 2017  |  1pm - 8 pm
Where: The inflation takes place at the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side. You can access it at the public entrance on West 79th Street and Columbus Avenue.
Cost: FREE