December 20, 2010

19th Annual Holiday Train Show

Experience the magic of New York City dressed to the nines for the holidays.  The New York Botanical Garden's annual Holiday Train Show has become a cherished seasonal tradition for families not just in New York, but across the country.  Marvel as G-scale model trains puff along a half-mile of track in and around the 140 landmark buildings constructed entirely of natural materials: nuts, tree bark, fruits, pinecones, and leaves, housed within the warmth of the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

I personally went to this Show many years ago and truly loved it, being the avid train lover that I am. I hope you will visit and experience the Winter Wonderland in miniature.
Now thru January 9. Get your tickets here.

December 10, 2010

Skate for FREE in Central Park this Weekend

 Be one of the first THOUSAND guests to arrive at Wollman Rink in Central Park on December 11th and 12th and you'll SKATE FOR FREE plus receive free skate rentals! We'll have plenty of fun, giveaways, great music and holiday cheer for everyone.

Attendees are also encouraged to stop inside the 106.7 Lite fm activation tent at Wollman Rink from 10am-5pm to receive free giveaways; a chance to win round trip Airline tickets from JetBlue Airways; enroll your child in a FREE CHILD ID program presented by New York Life Insurance; enter the H&R Block $100,000 Ultimate Tax Savings Sweepstakes; and Pledge to reduce air pollution in NY while entering to win a $50 Metrocard from Clean Air NY.

Gingerbread House Oh My!

Check out the gingerbread house in 56th street atrium of Le Parker Meridien, from December 1st – January 9th all created by local bakeries, trucks and restaurants.

Chelsea Lego Art Exhibit

"Cracking Up"
Plastic Bricks
32" x 33" x 15"
Check out LEGO artist Nathan Sawayaat his new exhibition: RED. The Agora Gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday from 11AM - 6PM and there is a free reception tonight @ 6PM. 

530 West 25th Street, Chelsea, New York 
Tel. (212)226-4151

December 6, 2010

Fourth Annual Snowflake Celebration

What: Two evenings of late night shopping and community spirit! "No Sales Tax Christmas" event.
When: Thursday, December 9 and 16, 2010
Where:  Park Slope, Brooklyn

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December 4, 2010

Handmade Cavalcade

It's back! . This year’s Holiday Cavalcade will be filled with handmade clothing, home decor, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, toys and bath & body products, all designed and produced locally.

Shop Sunday December 5, from 11am-8pm at OpenHOUSE Gallery in Nolita, New York.

Did someone say goody bags?

The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival

The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival is a one-day festival of cartoon and graphic art featuring artists and publishers displaying and selling publications; lectures and conversations on comics; and associated exhibits and satellite events.
December 4, 12- 9 pm
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
275 North 8th Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Click here for a full program
The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival is an ongoing project by Desert Island, PictureBox and Bill Kartalopoulos.

3rd Ward Handmade Holiday Craft Fair

On December 4th, 3rd Ward and Brooklyn Based bring you the 4th annual installment of one of New York’s most unique holiday shopping events. Bring your holiday shopping lists -- this fair will have something for everyone you cherish. Hailing from all over the country, this year’s craft vendors are gathering the best of their collections in clothing, accessories, jewelry, housewares, prints, winter essentials and culinary treats.

Enjoy live music from Zoz Beat, Respect Two, DJ Nonformat, beats by
DJ Clay Franklin and cheap Intelligentsia coffee and specialty cocktails from Red Jacket Orchards. Plus, there will be 3rd Ward workshops in DIY printmaking, flocking and sewing. Even make your own electronic holiday card! 

Saturday, December 4, 12 to 6 pm
195 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY, FREE admission
P.S. One of our very own Scribbles will be there selling her goodies. So go out there and support your local crafters!

Martha Stewart Holiday Craft Sale

The handmade holiday at the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Holiday Craft Sale is back for the second year in a row.

Skip the crowds this year in favor of more unique gifts and one-stop shopping at the Martha Stewart Holiday Craft Sale. Dozens of artisans and crafters, including many Martha Stewart company employees, will be selling their handmade projects and crafts. We guarantee you'll find a gift for everyone on your list!

Saturday, December 4, 2010 
Noon to 6 p.m.
Starrett-Lehigh Building
601 West 26th Street (between Eleventh and Twelfth avenues)
9th Floor
New York, NY 10001

December 3, 2010

Sunday Concert: Red Baraat

What: Comprised of dhol (double-sided, barrel-shaped North Indian drum slung over one shoulder), percussion and horns, this New York City-based group plays fresh originals, as well as traditional Punjabi songs and Bollywood numbers with an explosive stage performance and presence.
When: Sunday, December 5th - 3:00 pm
Where: Queensborough Public Library - Central Branch - 89-11 Merrick Boulevard (between Jamaica and Hillside Avenues)
Cost: Free

December 2, 2010

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Bryant Park

Kick-off the holiday season with the lighting of the tree with skating performances by: Michael Weiss, two-time Olympian; The Haydenettes, over 20 synchronized skaters performing to Let it Snow and White Christmas; and the Ice Theater of New York.  
Broadway Performances by cast members from Billy Elliot, Elf & Rock of Ages.
Musical Performances by  Wilson Phillips, Grammy-nominated and best-selling female group; Ethan Bortnick, 9-year-old pianist, composer, entertainment prodigy; and Graham Phillips, Star of CBS' The Good Wife and recent cast member of Broadway's 13.

Public skating is unavailable between 2:30pm - 7:30pm. However, the skating pavilion will be open during the Tree Lighting. Public skating resumes at 7:30pm. 

Tonight, December 2  |  6:00pm – 7:30pm | Citi Pond

Kings County General Store

Sponsored by the good folks at Bust Magazine, this local market will have you shimmying to tunes by Mikey Palms and friends from East Village Radio, while you sip special drinks and get your shop on. 
All gifts are locally made in NYC and range from $5 to $50.  

Sunday, December 5, from noon to 5 p.m.  
Southpaw, 125 5th Avenue (between Sterling Place and St. Johns Place)

Calling all cyclists!

Join actor/activist Matthew Modine tonight for a night of food, drinks and music—all in support of a good cause! The actor is hosting the event with urban, outdoor apparel company, Nau, to celebrate his nonprofit, Bicycle for a Day. Spend the evening shopping for sustainable goods—all at 20% off, and learning about how we can all better our environment. 

Thursday, December 2, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Nau + Dunderdon, 25 Howard Street (at Crosby Street)

Author Event

What: Meet Amy Sedaris, America's most delightfully unconventional hostess and the bestselling author of I Like You delivers a new book that will forever change the world of crafting. According to her,  it's often been said that ugly people craft and attractive people have sex. In her new book, SIMPLE TIMES, she sets the record straight.

When: Dec. 2 @ 7pm
Where: Columbus Circle - Borders
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019


FREE Preview Cabaret
Thu, Dec. 2 at 8pm


Five-minute excerpts of Mainstage Plays, followed by the Opening Night Party!  

Reserve online immediately!

Small amount of reserved tickets will be reservable. First Come, First Served after those are gone.

60 minutes

Topshop Nail Bar

Topshop's Nail Bar is offering free mani's with 12 custom designs inspired by the latest trends. 
Get down to the store early and book a same day appointment. 

Thursday, December 2, to Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, December 4, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  
Topshop, 478 Broadway (at Broome Street); 212-966-9555.