December 28, 2012

New Year's Barrel Blitz

What: Join USQ at "The Barrel" in the waning days of 2012 for a full-on sparkling wine sprint as we present our New Year's Barrel Blitz! This mad dash of méthode champenoise and charmat method wine will have bubbles rising and palates singing as we ring in the new year. Sip Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, and international sparklers from Italy to South Africa and discover your toast to the New Year! 

Today's Selections

5-7pm: Ruinart Brut Champagne Blanc de Blancs (Reims, France)

7-9pm: Pojer e Sandri Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine (Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy)

When: Friday, December 28, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: USQ Wines: 140 Fourth Avenue (@ 13th Street) |  (212) 675-8100 

Admission to this tasting is FREE, and reservations are NOT required!

Numark New Years Party

What: Celebrate the New Year with your friends at J&R as we present the Numark New Years Party in our brand new pro audio store. Stop on by on Friday, December 28th from 1:00PM to 6:00PM and celebrate the upcoming new year with free music, snacks and amazing savings on all Numark DJ equipment.
DJ Whuteeva will be on site from 4:00PM to 6:00PM.
When:Friday, December 28th  |  1:00PM to 6:00PM 
Where: J&R: 31 Park Row, 2nd Floor

December 19, 2012

Christmas Market by Astoria Market

What: Astoria Market: Over 40 vendors will be set up in the Main Hall and garden, featuring handcrafted products such as jewelry, clothing, and pottery, as well as tasty treats like eggnog, chocolates, and hot apple cider.
Where: Bohemian Hall - 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria, NY 11102
When: Saturday, December 22, and Sunday, December 23, 12-6pm

December 16, 2012

Healthy Kids Holiday Extravaganza

What: Join Yogi Beans & ivivva athletica for their Healthy Kids Holiday Extravaganza, an event which emphasizes a healthy, yet fun living. Kids will get to sample a variety of programs from yoga to arts & crafts to dance. For a free event with raffle prizes (up to $425!), food, and a trunk show with demos from vendors like The Little Yoga Mat or Metro Minis.
When: December 17, 2012  |  3pm to 6pm
Where: Yogi Beans Studio

December 15, 2012

The Muppet Vault

What: The Muppet Vault is a monthly series featuring classic, rare, and unreleased videos from the Muppets, Sesame Street, and the works of Jim Henson. Muppets and Christmas go together like eggnog and mistletoe, and with the holidays fast approaching, it's the perfect time to revisit the most memorable moments from the Muppets' dozens of Christmas specials, movies and appearances.
The event will include a screening of the classic TV special A Muppet Family Christmas, which finds Muppet Show characters sharing the screen with favorites from Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock. Plus clips and songs from various Muppety Christmas specials both beloved and incredibly obscure, and plenty of audience participation, with sing-along fun, cool giveaways, drink specials and more!

** Please note this event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection

When: Sunday Dec. 16  |  2pm
Where: Union Hall: 702 Union Street at 5th Ave., Brooklyn
Admission is $8

Queens County Holiday Market

December 14, 2012

Opening Weekend at the Museum of Mathematics

What: The brand new Museum of Mathematics is opening its doors this weekend! MoMath’s philosophy is to change peoples’ perception of math from numbers and formulas to something that can be creative, engaging, and fun. The museum does this by making all 30+ of its exhibits interactive. Some cool exhibits to look out for include: Square-Wheeled Trike, the square bicycle that rides smoothly on bumpy track; Math Square, a giant touchscreen floor on which you can play games and beat mazes; and Enigma Cafe, with interactive puzzles that vary in degree of difficulty. 
When: 10am-5pm Saturday, 10am-3pm Sunday
Where: Museum of Mathematics

Super Sabado: Super Holidays! at El Museo del Barrio

What: You’ll get plenty of hands on holiday learning at the El Museo del Barrio this weekend. The action packed day is filled with fun festive activities that include crown- and Three King costume-making, sing-alongs to popular Latin American hits, a performance by El Sistema music group, and the chance to learn West African dance moves for the 7 principles of Kwanzaa with Forces of Nature Dance Theater Company. 
When: Saturday, December 15, 2012  |  11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Where: El Museo del Barrio
Admission: Free

Join Citibabes for our annual Winter Wonderland Party!

What: Join Citibabes for our annual Winter Wonderland Party! Entertainment includes arts & crafts, a photo booth with Bellamy Blue Photography, a concert with The Rockdoves, Cupcake decorating with Junior’s Fresh, a holiday book fair hosted by McNally Jackson, and more!
We will be collecting canned food and toys for our holiday charities, City Harvest and Room To Grow. Proceeds from the book fair will go to benefit both of these charities. Please RSVP to 212.334.5440 or
When:  Saturday, December 15th from 10:00am-1:00pm
Where: Citibabes
Cost: $10 for members and $35 for non-member families

All Aboard: Historic Trains and Toys Weekend At New-York Historical Society

What: Join the New-York Historical Society for a weekend-long celebration of all things train, including train-inspired art, “tales of the rails,” and a train-themed treasure hunt! Among the festivities, designed for children ages 2 and up, will be the ability to cut out and decorate your very own train car, in an effort to create the largest train in New York City. This event is free with museum admission. 
When: December 15 and 16, 2012  |  1-3pm
Where: New York Historical Society

30th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition At The Arsenal

What: Featuring the work of 43 fine artists, horticulturalists, and designers, these wreaths will be made up of non-traditional materials like Legos, pistachio shells, and Chinese food containers.
When: Going on Now, 9am-5pm
Where: The Arsenal, located in Central Park at 64th Street and 5th Avenue

Weekend List

What: At a pop-up studio, bottles of Johnnie Walker Blue Label can be personally engraved in various languages.
When: Dec. 29, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Where: Grand Central Terminal’s Graybar Passage

What: $1 beers every day 
When: 5pm - 7 p.m. starting Friday Dec. 14, 2012
Where: Pig and Khao: 68 Clinton Street

What: Cocktail course that will include lessons on preparing tequila and mescal-based cocktails. Free snacks will be provided.
When: Saturday at 5 p.m
Where: Sycamore Bar and Flowershop: 1118 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn
Cost: $30 per person online

What: Eight Nights of Latkes” Hanukkah. Different iterations of latkes will be featured each night, from ones topped with pastrami-smoked duck to Peking duck. 
When: The dinner series ends Dec. 15.
Where: Kutsher’s: 186 Franklin Street in TriBeCa

What: Queens-based Dallis Bros. Coffee will take over Joe the Art of Coffee’s Joe Pro Shop. The holiday pop-up space will be selling new single-origin espressos and coffees, and a coffee lab demonstration will take place, too.
When: Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Joe the Art of Coffee’s Joe Pro Shop, 131 West 21st Street 

What: Salontea’s Sunday tea series kicks off its weekly tea tastings with a two-hour long party. The prix fixe menu ($37) includes scones with clotted cream, chocolate truffles and more. Tracy Stern, a tea expert, will be on hand to introduce the tea selection.
When: Sunday Dec. 16, 3 to 5 p.m.
Where: Hardings: 32 East 21st Street

Ilili, at 236 Fifth Avenue, will donate 10 percent of its dinner sales on Sunday to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.

Christmas Market

What: We’ll be holding our annual Christmas Market once again this year. This holiday tradition is sure to help you with your gift giving. Swing by, grab a mulled wine and stroll around the spacious Bohemian Hall shopping for that special hard-to-buy-for someone.
When: Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16, 12-6pm
Where: Bohemian Hall: 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria, NY 11102 

Hello Kitty, Hello Art

What: Hello Kitty, Hello Art! New York City Art Exhibition And Book Launch. Hello Kitty comes to Openhouse Gallery where you can enjoy the works of art inspired by Sanrio Characters for three days only. If you want to brig back some childhood memories mixed with today's art, this is the event for you!
When: Fri, Dec 14 at 11:00AM - Sun, Dec 16 at 5:00PM
Where: Openhouse Gallery: 379 Broome St

December 13, 2012

No Longer Bored: Imagination Play Project

What: On these afternoons the exhibition space will be transformed into an art making studio, in which children of all ages and their families are invited to experiment, create, and explore with all kinds of materials including textiles, light and natural goods. 

Please RSVP by emailing

When: December 15,16 and 20  |  1-4pm 
Where: NLE: 29-27 41st Avenue, Queens

Posadas y Pastorelas Family Program

What: Get into the winter holiday spirit a la mexicana. This family celebration promotes the popular traditions of the city’s Mexican community by featuring crafts, music, and food for all to enjoy. Join a Posada, a singing holiday procession; watch a Pastorela, the traditional shepherds’ play; and take part in a party with piסatas! For more information contact
When: Sunday, December 16 from 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Where: Museum of the City of New York: 1220 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10029
FREE with Museum admission!

Queens County Market Holiday Food Market

What: Queens County Market features a rotating group of local culinary entrepreneurs including food manufacturers, chefs, bakers and restaurateurs. Our producers manufacture in commercial incubator kitchens located in Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn and The Bronx.
When: Saturday, December 15, 12-4pm
Where: Quaint: 46-10 Skillman Ave., Sunnyside, NY 11104

December 12, 2012

Santacon NYC 2012

What: Santacon is an extremely fun Santa Claus convention that occurs once a year for absolutely no reason. It will take place in NYC, all over NYC, and lasts for 12 hours - thousands of Santas meet, greet and run around the city. Come see why many New Yorkers call this their most fun day of the year! There will also be a food drive along the way at participating venues.

Santacon 2012 Details
Also, keep track of where all the Santas are on the day of Santacon via the Santacon Twitter Feed!!

When: Sat, Dec 15 at 10:00AM - 10:00PM 
Where: New York, NY 

Brooklyn Craft Central Annual Holiday Market

What: It's our 5TH Year...Time to celebrate! - Different vendors each weekend: come twice
- Best 11th hour shopping in NYC: wait for it! - Handpicked local designers and food vendors: the best gifts
When: December 15/16  &  22/23
11:00am - 5:00pm 
Where: Littlefield Art Space in Park Slope/Gowanus

The Collective: A Showcase of Artists You Should Know

What: More than a dozen artists from different parts of New York will showcase their unique style and chosen medium of expression for three days only. This is the chance to buy a unique piece of art while also supporting local artists! 
Friday, Dec. 14 - Noon-7pm
Saturday, Dec. 15 - 10am-5pm

Opening reception from 6 pm to 10 pm on Dec. 13. Free admission. Cash bar. Proceeds from bar sales will go to the United Way of New York for the long term relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Sandy. 

When: Thursday, December 13th, 2012, 6:00pm – Sat 5:00pm
Where: The Aurora Gallery: 35-18 37th Street Long Island City, NY

Aurora Gallery:  |  347-288-6870


What: Hurricane Sandy happened over 40 days ago but many in Rockaway still don't have heat, hot water, or electricity, in addition to suffering from new mold problems. Want to help? Please read.

Please take a moment to watch and share via email, Facebook,Tweet, text, etc:

This was filmed 3 weeks ago and most is still the same except we now have practically ZERO volunteers in the Rockaways and mold remediation must happen in every single home. We know everyone has their own issues and people are busy living their lives, but what happened in Rockaway and other areas badly affected by the storm can only be fixed if you stop what you're doing and devote some time to another in need. It's time we come together to help our neighbors rebuild.

Our goal from these events is to raise awareness, boost morale, and most importantly raise funds to rebuild. Your support is appreciated and necessary to recovery.

Other ways we have set up for you to help:

*** TOY DRIVE: Please bring toys for our 12/16 toy giveaway to Rockaway children in need (featuring a special surprise Santa). Or dropoff toys to any of our locations BEFORE Dec 15th.

*** Book a fundraiser at any locations, guest bar tend for your friends and donate your tips and 15% of the bar ring to a charity for Sandy relief of your choice. Email to book

*** Know a Rockaway bartender or manager left unemployed by the storm? Every Friday, our bar, Sidebar NYC, will allow them to guest bar tend and make extra $ during their time in need. Spread the word and have them email

*** Want to volunteer on your day off in Rockaway? Email

***Can't do any of this? Don't worry, you can still help this important cause: CLICK TO DONATE!

Thank you from the

Together we will Rebuild!

When: Sunday, December 16th |  12PM – 5PM
Where: Belle Harbor Yacht Club: 533 Beach 126th St Belle Harbor, NY 11694 
Purchase tickets: 

December 11, 2012

Free Secret Santa Closet Swap Party!

What: Come see what all the fun is about at The Closet Dash Shop where you can shop and swap quality, name branded women's clothes, shoes and bags in a fun atmosphere. To help your Holiday shopping, this Saturday they are waiving the fee and also offering a fun, secret santa gift exchange! Just bring a $5-$10 gift, plus a lot of threads to swap!
When: Sat, Dec 15 at 1:00PM - 3:00PM 
Where: Closet Dash Shop: 30 E 20th St

NYC - Up Close & Personal

What: Art21, producers of the web series "New York Close Up," and online marketplace Etsy are passionate and committed to the artists they feature. Join Nick Ravich and Wesley Miller, creators and producers of "New York Close Up," and Tara Young, senior video producer of Etsy, as they discuss the challenges of producing online documentary shorts with modest means and big content ambitions. They’ll share some of their experiences in creating compelling arts-based documentaries for the ever-changing web video landscape.
When:  Tue, Dec 11 at 7:00PM -  8:00PM 
Where: Apple Store, SoHo: 103 Prince St

Holiday Pop!

What: Holiday Pop!  Eight unique vendors, including LIC Market, will be offering handmade gifts and imports.
When: Wednesday, Dec 12, 6-9pm  |  Saturday, Dec 15, 11am-5pm
Where: 43-01 21st Street, Suite 306B (3rd Floor), Long Island City, New York 11101

December 10, 2012

Breakfast with Santa' at various Applebee’s to benefit QEDC's Hurricane-Relief Efforts

When: Saturday, December 22, 2012; 8:30am -10:00am
What: The Queens Economic Development Corporation and the Queens Tourism Council invite you to kick-off your Holiday Season while showing support for your community. Enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” at a local Applebee’s and help raise funds for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The Jolly Man in Red will be at four Queens Applebee's and for $10, guests can get a Polaroid photo with him and enjoy a buffet that includes scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, pancakes, bacon, toast, orange juice and coffee or tea.

On Dec. 19, the Fresh Meadows Applebee’s at 61-48 188th St. will host the first of four Breakfast with Santa events from 8:30 am to 10 am.

On Dec. 22 from 8:30 am to 10 am and with the same price, Breakfast with Santa events will take place at Applebee’s restaurants in Bayside, 213-29 26th Ave., Rego Park, 95-25 Queens Blvd., and Astoria, 38-01 35th Ave.

Proceeds from the breakfasts will go to QEDC, which will then distribute the largesse to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, which has been carrying out rebuilding, clean-up and other volunteer operations in the Rockaway Peninsula since Hurricane Sandy.

MUST PURCHASE TICKETS. Please contact QEDC’s Rob MacKay at 718.263.0546, ext. 12, or email or

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ilka Tanya Payan Plaza

What: Please join Community League of the Heights and community members for the annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration at Ilka Tanya Payan on Monday, December 10 at 6pm. Come by for some hot chocolate, help decorate the tree and join in the holiday songs and cheer.
When: Monday, December 10, 2012  |  6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Where: West 157th Street and Broadway, New York, NY, Manhattan

Comedy Night at The Stand

What: Comedy has come to Gramercy in the form of a cozy little split-level joint on 3rd Ave. Unlike the touristy spots around Time Square, this place doesn't make comedians scrounge up their own audiences to perform and they don't have drink minimums, so there really is no pressure. Tonight features the laugh riots of Mike Lawrence, Christian Finnegan, Yannis Pappas and more.
When: Wednesday, December 12, 8p.m.
Where: The Stand: 239 3rd Ave, Gramercy 

The Moth StorySLAM: Disappearance at Housingworks

What: The theme of this popular storytelling showcase/competition is Disappearance. Got something to share? Show up and put your name in the hat and hopefully you'll get called up. These events tend to sell out, so arriving early is key. More info here.
When: Tuesday, December 11, 7pm
Where: 126 Crosby St, SoHo 

JJ” Sansaverino & Friends

What: On Thursday,December 13, multi-talented guitarist Joe “JJ” Sansaverino & Friends will perform their 3rd Annual Holiday Concert at SOB’s alongside nationally acclaimed saxophonist Will Donato and special surprise guests. These artists will be joined by drummer Eric Brown, keyboardist Etienne Lytle, and bassist Chris Parks. Come witness these extraordinary musicians perform live for a good cause, as the event will also play host to a food drive in the spirit of the holidays. 
When: Thursday,December 13  |  Doors will open at 7PM, and there will be one set at 8PM, and another at 9:30PM.
Email: with ” JJ Sansaverino” as the subject. We’re giving away 25 pairs of tickets for this event.

Holiday Pop Up Shop Powered by AT&T 4G LTE

What: Join us for a Holiday Pop Up Shop Powered by AT&T 4G LTE and Wix Lounge Creative Space.  Featuring interactive games by AT&T 4G LTE, punch and bites by SAAS Hot Sauce and free website building by Wix.
When: Monday December 17th from 6-9pm
Where: Wix Lounge Creative Space: 10 W 18th St. 2nd FL, NY

Klezmer for Kids

What: At this interactive song and dance performance, kids can explore Hanukkah through Eastern European Jewish music and heritage lessons drawn from Yiddish and Hasidic traditions. Sing, dance, learn some Yiddish, and even "get married" during an audience-enacted shtetl wedding ceremony.
When: Tuesday, December 25, 2012; 1PM-4PM
Where: Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street between Canal and Division Streets
Cost:  Adults $12, Students and Seniors $8, Kids Under 12 $6

December 9, 2012

Divalicious Events Presents Holiday Family Event & Toy Drive

What: Join Us for a Holiday Family Event & Toy Drive to Benefit the Families of The Rockaways & Howard Beach affected By Hurricane Sandy. Proceeds to Support the NYC Warriors Youth Sports Organization.
Where: Merrick Flea Market: 221-2 Merrick Blvd Queens, NY 11413
When: Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM


What: This Jewish singles extravaganza hosted by the Society of Young Jewish Professionals will keep Capitale hopping on Christmas Eve.
When: Monday, December 24, 2012. 8PM-2AM
Where: Capitale: 130 Bowery, 212-334-5500
Admission: Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online.

December 8, 2012

Jewish Community Project's Hannukkah Bash

What: Celebrate Hanukkah together with activities & crafts, music, food, Hanukkah storytelling and neighborhood fun. No RSVP Required!

New For Older Kids: Jam to Kid Bands from Church St. School for Music and Art, Play Dreidel and Pictionary, Take the Latke Challenge, and Become a Maccabi!

Fun For All Ages: Holiday Story Telling in the PJ Library® Tent, Sing Along with Jacob Stein, Make Your Own Menorah, Pose for Photos with Friends, and Get Your Face Painted!

JCP Welcomes Families!
At the Hanukkah Bash you will find specific programs and activities designed to engage your children, ages 0-2.  Look for Jacob Stein and his downtown puppets, face painting, and the Hanukkah story tent where one of our JCP teachers will be reading stories from The PJ library®.

Where: Citigroup, 388 Greenwich St.
When: Sunday, December 9, 2012  |  11:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Cost: $15/person, $60/family of four or more

Gowanus Nite Market

What: Starting Dec. 8th, FBR will play host to the Gowanus Nite Market, a monthly winter market featuring a revolving selection of locally crafted food and gift.  Check out this month’s vendors here.

Vendors will be immersed into the world of FBR, seated amongst our off-the-cuff selection of reclaimed props and oddities – anything but ordinary!

A wicked DJ, Brooklyn Brewery beers and and all-around good time.  Get in out of the cold and come shopping!  

Where: Gowanus Nite Market: 540 President St, Gowanus
When: Saturday, December 8, 7 p.m. to midnight
Admission is FREE

December 7, 2012

Party with Carmen Electra

What: Join Former Supermodel & Baywatch Lifesaver Carmen Electra For Mike Ruiz's BDay Celebration. She'll be performing her new hit single. It's going to be a fun night!
Where: XL Nightclub, Cabaret and Lounge: 512 W 42nd St
When: Fri, Dec 7 at 10:00PM - 11:50PM

Get Fresh - Free Open Bar In Chelsea

What: Let's get going with Absolut Vodka's Absolut Fresh experience tonight at Slate in Chelsea. Get drunk, play pool - all good!
Where: Slate: 54 West 21st Street
When: Fri, Dec 7 at 10PM - Midnight

Learn Tennis in Grand Central!

What: Come play tennis in one of NYC's most iconic buildings! Families with Kids of all ages are welcome to experience our amazing court, play games, learn about our Junior Programs, meet our Pros, and have fun! 

Vanderbilt Tennis Club at Grand Central Terminal is Manhattan's premier tennis facility, located inside Grand Central. Our club is entirely NON-MEMBERSHIP, so everyone is able to come and enjoy indoor tennis in New York City--no membership required.  

Join us Saturday, Dec. 8 for our FAMILY OPEN HOUSE, 1-3PM

** RSVP to Desk@vanderbilttennisc­ ** 

Light snacks provided.

Bring your racquet if you have one. (Racquets can also be provided.) 

Mention "Yelp" on Dec. 8 and receive 10% off our regular prices on any junior or adult program/package. (Offer valid for new customers only.)

Where: Vanderbilt Tennis Club: 15 Vanderbilt Ave. 4th Floor
When: December 8, 2012 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Cost: Free

Mustache Party at Red Bar

What: Movember might be over but you can still celebrate the upper lip sheath at this "soon to be famous" bi-weekly free comedy show featuring some of the brightest funny people. What's better than a free comedy show hosted by three beautiful ladies? A free karaoke after party, that's what! Get your 'stache on.
Where: Red Bar: 37 Greenpoint Ave, Greenpoint
When: Friday, December 7, 8 p.m.

An Evening With Oscar Winner Ang Lee

What: Join Oscar-winning director Ang Lee ("Brokeback Mountain;" "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") as he discusses "Life of Pi," his groundbreaking movie event about a 16-year-old boy who survives a tragic disaster at sea and is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While marooned on a lifeboat, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with the ship’s only other survivor—a fearsome Bengal tiger.
Where: Apple Store, SoHo: 103 Prince St
When:  Fri, Dec 7 at 7:00PM - 8:00PM 

Family Celebration at The Jewish Museum

What: Visit The Jewish Museum for special Hanukkah crafts and fun. You can learn to create a Hanukkah menorah from found objects, decorate a dreidel, dance to the tunes of Yosi and the Superdads, explore the Museum’s world-famous collection of Hanukkah lamps .
When: Sunday, December 9, 2012; Noon-4PM
Where: The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
Admission: Activities are free with museum admission ($12 for adults, $7.50 for students, and FREE for kids under 12).

December 6, 2012

Sephardic Music Festival

What: The Sephardic Music Festival is back in town from December 8-12, 2012. Artists including Yair Dalal, Electro Morocco, Michal Cohen, Diwon, Pharaoh's Daughter, and many others will be performing in venues ranging from Joe's Pub to the Spanish Portuguese Synagogue.
When: December 8-12, 2012
Where: Multiple venues
Cost: See specific show listings for admission prices.

Hanukkah Lights at the 92nd Street Y

What: Each night during Hanukkah, you can join the menorah lighting in the main lobby at the 92nd Street Y, dance and sing with the 92Y School of Dance and the 92Y School of Music, then end the celebration with chocolate Hanukkah gelt. Bring an unwrapped give to contribute to the 92Y Hurricane Sandy Gift Drivel.
When: Saturday, December 8 through Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 4:30PM.
Where: 92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Cost: Hanukkah Lights events are FREE, Hanukkah Festival admission is $10 per person

Holiday Pop-up Shop

What: Primp & Tease Salon and Body & Soul Restorations invite you to join us for a fun-filled evening of shopping, sipping, and support for RestoreNYC (an organization that helps women that have been victims of human trafficking get their life back on track)! Enjoy shopping for holiday gifts from fabulous LIC vendors. There will be jewelry, screen print clothing, bath soaks, gift baskets and more! Chair massage courtesy of Body & Soul Restorations; wine tasting courtesy of Court Square Wine & Spirits; and a raffle to support
When: Thursday, December 6, 6-9pm
Where: Primp & Tease Salon: 5-02 A 50th Ave., Long Island City, New York 11101

Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah

What: Everything is bigger in New York City. The Rockefeller Center tree has nothing on the world's largest Hanukkah menorah. This 32-foot-tall, two-ton candelabra is lit by a cherry picker. The nightly lighting ceremonies will be accompanied by folk dancing and sufganiyot (holiday jelly doughnuts). On the evening of December 8th, a special celebration will include live music, singing and dancing, "Chanukah Gelt" for the children and hot "Latkes" (potato pancakes) for everyone.
When: December 8-16, 2012 at about 5:30PM. The celebration continues at the same time each night of Hanukkah, except on the Sabbath. Candles will be lit at 3:30PM on Friday and at 8:30PM on Saturday.
Where: Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan, Fifth Avenue at 59th Street near Central park
Admission: FREE

December 5, 2012


What: Dog and Duck is hosting a holiday shopping event, along with Jill Callan of Tiny You and Dolores Corcuera of Marikit Designs, showcasing a handful of local artisans on Thursday, December 6. There will also be a collection for Hurricane Sandy victims. Marikit Designs will offer 10% off of total purchase for those that make a contribution of $10 or more.
When: Thursday, December 6, 6:30-9:30pm
Where: Dog and Duck Pub: 45-20 Skillman Ave, Woodside, NY, 11377 

Free Bruno Mars intimate concert

The teen heartthrob will be performing a special intimate concert  for amount of fans on December 10.  Join us on at this special event with the 6 million albums sold superstar. If you want free tickets, please email with “Bruno” in the subject title along with your name, and age.

P.S You’ll get a confirmation by email if in fact chosen to come to this amazing intimate concert.

December 4, 2012


December 5 – December 8, 2012

*December 5-December 8, during the Times Square Reveal, the first 100 clients over the age of 16 in line before opening will each receive on randomly selected gift card with a value of $10, $25, $50, or $100 redeemable at any Sephora location in the United States or online at Thirty-six (36) $10 gift cards, fifty (50) $25 gift cards, nine (9) $50 gift cards, and five (5) $100 gift cards distributed through this giveaway. Clients must be present (clients may not “hold” spots in line for those who are not present) and in line the entire time after arrival; clients who leave the line must return to the end of the line. No purchase necessary. Complete details in store.

An Evening with Rachel Ray

What: Ever wonder what Rachael Ray cooks when the cameras aren’t rolling? Join us as she gives you an inside look into her kitchen for one full year, with an intimate access to tasty dishes that will take you from breakfast to dinner!
When: Tue, Dec 4, 7:00PM - 8:00PM 
Where: Barnes & Noble, Union Square: 33 E 17th St

Schutz Shoe Shopping Spectacular

What: Join Schutz on Madison for an evening of 10% off everything in the store plus cocktails, light bites, music and more. Avenue Magazine will be hosting this terrific event, so there's a chance to get your 15 minutes of printed fame too - just RSVP:
When: Tue, Dec 4 at 6:00PM - 9:00PM 
Where: Schutz Shoes: 655 Madison Ave

Free Flu Shot

What: Councilman Peter Koo, NY Downtown Hospital and Healthfirst will offer free flu shots to members of the community. Representatives from NY Downtown Hospital and Healthfirst will administer the shots to eligible members of the community. Those interested in receiving flu shots must be over 18 years old, in relatively good health (no cold or fevers at the time of the shot) and have no allergies to eggs.
When: December 8th, 2012  |  10am – 1pm  |  first come first served basis
Where: Councilman Peter Koo’s office: 135-27 38th Avenue, Suite 388, Flushing

December 2, 2012

Eighth Annual Tree Lighting & Visit From Santa

What: Delight in all kinds of holiday excitement whether you’ve been naughty or nice! Santa arrives at 6pm to light a magnificent evergreen tree. All activities are FREE. For more information please call (516)922-8678 or (516)922-8676.
When: Friday, December 7th, 2012  |  5:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Coe Hall: Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
1395 Planting Fields Road Oyster Bay, NY 11771