February 27, 2018


What: WearingIrish is a movement spearheaded by Margaret Molloy, who in 2016, set out to tell the untold story of contemporary Irish fashion design by using the power of social media. The movement champions Irish designers and their world-class creations. After capturing the imagination of shoppers, press, and influencers on both sides of the Atlantic, now is the time to reveal the next phase in the WearingIrish movement.

WearingIrish NYC 2018 will take place from May 15th to 17th at Bank of Ireland startlab NYC, neighboring the iconic Grand Central Terminal. Eight of Ireland’s best fashion and accessories designers will be flown to New York for a showcase program with the city’s fashion movers and shakers where they will spend 48 hours meeting potential customers, networking with guests and forging connections to accelerate growth. The program will be packed with expert panelists and plenty of guests, eager to discover Ireland’s untold fashion story.

Partners supporting the event include the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, through Ireland’s Consulate in New York, Tourism Ireland, CIE Tours and Enterprise Ireland. The growing panel of judges and advisors include current and former merchants, executives, creative directors, influencers and editors from Bloomingdale’s, Accessories Council, Victoria’s Secret, Stella & Dot, Theia, Tadashi, Kate Spade, Navy Exchange, Harvard University, Gilt Groupe and Retro Flame.

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Applications close on March 5th and winners, selected by a panel of judges, will be announced during Bank of Ireland’s Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations on March 16th in New York.

When: May 15 - 17, 2018
Where: Bank of Ireland Startlab, NYC

WearingIrish NYC 2018 presents the designers an unprecedented brand building, learning, and growth opportunity. Notable benefits include:
  • Direct exposure and access to hundreds of US consumers and fashion influencers over two days, including select members of the New York fashion community, Irish diaspora, and other relevant groups
  • Forum to market designs to guests in May to fulfill at a later date
  • Immense potential for long-term relationship building with future customers by collecting contact information for follow-up marketing and customer referrals campaigns
  • Insights from consumers on demand for the products, pricing fit, preferred marketing channels, all to help assess the potential for scaling the brand in the US
  • Exposure in traditional and social media
  • Ample content creation opportunities for future promotional materials
  • Opportunity to be among the early story makers in the WearingIrish movement and play a role in sharing the untold story

February 12, 2018

Chinese New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival

What: The Better Chinatown Society will light 600,000 firecrackers to welcome the Year of the Dog and ward off evil spirits. In addition to the pyrotechnics, there will be lion dances and decorations giveaways, plus craft vendors and food booths where you can get your fill of traditional delicacies. It’s said that the more dumplings you eat at the celebration, the more money you’ll make in the year ahead.
When: February 16, 2018  |  11:00 am – 3:30 pm
Where: Chrystie St to Forsyth St. between Canal and E Houston Sts. Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Grand Street.

February 9, 2018

Ring in the Lunar New Year @Brookfield Place

What: Ring in the year of the Dog at Brookfield Place in partnership with the New York Chinese Culture Center. Get ready for energetic dance and music performances, as well as demonstrations of Chinese customs such as a martial arts demo and theatrical players in full traditional makeup-up and regalia. Guests of all ages should show up early: there will be a dynamic, colorful Lion Parade led by lion dances throughout the space before the show begins.

When: Saturday 2/17 2PM–3:15PM
Where: Winter Garden: 230 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10821
Cost: FREE

The Lunar Market @Artists & Fleas

What: The Lunar Market is a Lunar New Year themed pop-up maker's market with a goal of raising $10,000 for Charles B Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC). The event will feature unique artwork, apparel, jewelry, homewares and body care products made by Asian Americans and/or inspired by Asian culture. Participants that donate $25 or more to the CBWCHC will be invited to the closing reception with refreshments, live music, and raffle prizes provided by our generous sponsors.

Artists & Fleas is a collective retail experience committed to community, discovery and delight in shopping – featuring art, design, fashion and vintage from 150+ independent merchants. At Artists & Fleas, independent artisan businesses gain access to brick and mortar retail space and shoppers discover emerging talent.

When: Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11, 2018 
Where: 568 Broadway, SoHo, New York

National Museum of the American Indian: Manifestipi

What: The tipi, an iconic symbol and perhaps one of the most widely recognized structures of early life for Plains Indians, gets a space-age makeover in the newest installation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York. Manifestipi features five frosted Plexiglas tipis, each eight feet in height and colorfully illuminated with neon hues of pink, blue, green and yellow that rapidly change throughout the day. Arranged within a darkened space, the tipis are set against a background of quick-paced video projections of Native imagery and a ghostly soundscape. Visitors will be able to walk around the tipis and experience the installation from multiple angles.

The team created the futuristic encampment in 2016. Manifestipi is meant to challenge perceptions, encourage dialogue and discourse, and promote individual perspectives about shared spaces. Using tipis meshed with modernized materials, ITWÉ speaks about efficiency and portability in modern society by reliving the communal effort that it takes to build a sense of place.

Manifestipi is a special, limited-engagement installation running in conjunction with the exhibition Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound.

When: February 3, 2018–March 25, 2018  | 
Where: The National Museum of the American Indian:


What: Experience hours of building, creating, and learning at the all-new LEGO® LIVE NYC! Learn tons of tips and tricks from a LEGO® Master Builder and YouTube celebs*, with more than 4.66 million bricks and loads of fun!

Four-hour general admission tickets are available as are VIK (very important kid) with accompanying VIG (very important grown-up) packages that feature exclusive LEGO® LIVE swag, meet and greet with a Master Builder, plus an extra hour of play.

JUST ADDED: LEGO LIVE Game Night! Show off your build skills and compete against a LEGO Master Builder, YouTube celebs, Minecraft masters, and other LEGO fans in tons of brick challenges. Exclusive giveaways. Saturday, Feb. 17, 8–10pm. Recommended: Ages 8+

When: Presidents Day Weekend, February 16–18, Pier 36

Where: Pier 36: 299 South St, New York, NY 10002

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Sea of Light: An Interactive Journey Through Light + Sound

What: Sea of Light is an immersive sensory art and light installation activated by movement and sound. Join us for a unique winter experience, open every day through March 2018. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It is open 24 hours a day but can be seen best after dark.
When: Now thru March 31, 2018
Where: The Seaport District: 19 Fulton Street, New York, NY 10038
Cost: FREE