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NYC Beaches

May 22, 2015

Coney island
Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer; time to hit the beach! New York City actually has some great beaches to choose from. Check out the FDR Boardwalk & Beach on Staten Island or Cedar Grove Beach, also on Staten Island. Of course if you want rides and lots of excitement you can always go to Coney Island. But if you're looking for family beach you might want to check out Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn. And if you're looking to surf, the only place to do that is Rockaway Beach in Queens. There's more to choose from, of course, check out this website for a more extensive guide to city beaches.


Central Park Tours

May 20, 2015

It's a great time of year to explore Central Park. You've seen it in movies and television, but it's not the same as walking through it. Central Park offers some free guided tours as well as self-guided tours. Most tours explore a certain area of the park as opposed to the entire park (it's way too huge!) Check the website for a schedule of tours during your visit.


Fleet Week

May 18, 2015

Get ready to see lots of sailors walking around New York City next week because Fleet Week is back! On Wednesday, May 20 from 10am-1pm watch the parade of ships as the US Coast Guard and US Navy ships arrive in the New York Harbor. Later in the week you can take tours of the some ships, as well as attending other events throughout the week.
But really, half the fun of Fleet Week is catching the eyes all the sailors in uniform!


TODAY Summer Concert Series

May 15, 2015

MDNY_toyota concert
Summer is getting under way so it's time for more outdoor activities. We especially love free outdoor concerts. TODAY's Toyota Concert Series start next Friday morning with Meghan Trainor and is followed by Pitbull on May 29. General admission is free and open to the public and is on a first-come first-serve basis. It is recommended that those seeking admission arrive by 5am, though you can start lining up by 11am the day before. You can also obtain a fan pass via lottery for earlier admission. Visit the website for more information.


9th Avenue International Food Festival

May 13, 2015

The annual Ninth Avenue International Food Festival is happening this weekend, so come hungry. As it's name suggests, it takes place on 9th Avenue from 42nd Street to 57th Street. Try food from all over the world, like Poland, India, Thailand, and more. When you're full, take a break and listen to some live music, look at some art, or bring the kids to the kiddie rides. The festival will be taking place on both Saturday and Sunday, so you have plenty of time to try lots of food.


Dance Parade and Dancefest

May 11, 2015

MDNY_dance parade
For something free and fun this weekend check out the Dance Parade and Dance Festival. The parade starts at 1pm at 21st and Broadway and heads down to Tompkins Square Park. Watch several styles of dance as the parade heads down to the park including ballet, break dancing, waltz, salsa, tango and more. After the parade concludes around 3pm have fun at the party in the park. There will be 4 stages: a performance stage, a family friendly stage, a teaching stage, and a free dance area. All of this costs absolutely nothing! Have fun!


Exercising in Bryant Park

May 08, 2015

Yoga in bryant park
With beach season right around the corner, everyone wants to get in shape. But gym memberships can be expensive and single fitness classes can be as high as $37 in New York City. Luckily Bryant Park has an excellent solution. There are free classes offered in the mornings and sometimes in the evenings. Some selections include a barre class, tai chi, boot camp, yoga, and more. Visit the calendar to check out which fitness classes you'd like to try!


Japan Day

May 06, 2015

Celebrate Japan Day  at Central Park on Sunday. Japan day is an annual event that celebrates Japanese culture in New York City. Enjoy games, activities, live performances, and food for purchase. The festival takes place at the Central Park Bandshell which can be accessed from the 69th Street entrance at 5th Avenue. The sold-out race that kicks off the festival starts at 8:30am, but the rest of the festival continues through the afternoon. Have fun!


Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party

May 04, 2015

Spend Mother's Day outside at the New York Botanical Garden with the whole family. Enjoy live music, picnicking, games, and more. Kids can enjoy crafting Mother's Day cards, watching a bubble show, or adding to giant chalk drawings. Tickets for adults start at $30 per person. The events are ongoing on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. Happy Mother's Day!