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The Cherry Blossoms are in Bloom!

April 25, 2017

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And you don't even have to go to all the way to Japan to see them! Instead, take a mosey over to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and see them there. This year, the flowers will be blossoming from late April through mid-May, and according to the Cherrywatch feature on the Gardens' website, they are currently in peak bloom! These gorgeous pink trees are a stunning spring site, and are not something to be missed. 

If you're looking for a truly unique event, the Gardens are also holding a Sakura Matsuri festival this Saturday and Sunday (April 29 & 30) from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. The festival has over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture– all of which revolve around the blossoms. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased on their website. The festival's page also has a full list of performances for both Saturday and Sunday, which include everything from fierce samurai performances, to elegant Kabuki dances. 

Don't miss your chance to see this spectacular sight!

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Celebrate Earth Day with Chihuly

April 21, 2017

Chihuly

This weekend is Earth Day! Here's to you, Earth. Earth Day is the perfect reminder to go outside, enjoy the fresh air, and appreciate the our environment. And, in NYC, there's no better way to enjoy the outdoors than with a trip to the New York Botanical Garden. Starting tomorrow (April 22), the gardens will be presenting their newest exhibit on Chihuly. Known for his gorgeous and extravagant blown glass works, Chihuly has created installations that compliment the Garden's landscape and architecture. If the name Chihuly doesn't ring a bell, perhaps his works may. Have you seen the 30 foot high Rotunda Chandelier in the V&A in London? Chihuly. Or the multicolored glass ceiling at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas? Also Chihuly. This NYBG exhibit hopes to highlight the relationship between the organic shapes that Chihuly creates and the organic shapes in nature. If you didn't think that nature could get more beautiful, it just did.

To buy tickets to the Garden or to learn more about the exhibit, visit the New York Botanical Garden's website.
The New York Botanical Gardens are located at 2900 Southern Blvd in the Bronx.

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The Tribeca Film Festival Starts Tomorrow

April 18, 2017

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In case you missed our post about the Tribeca Film Festival a few weeks ago, here's a friendly reminder that this beloved NYC event starts tomorrow! From April 19-April 30, the festival will show a series of films for every type of film buff. No matter what you're looking for, this festival has something for you.

Visit the Tribeca Film Festival website to peruse their listings. But be sure to reserve your tickets as soon as possible, as screenings can sell out quickly. If you're looking for the full festival experience, the festival offers different ticket packages from 8 ticket passes to VIP passes. And if not, single tickets are now on sale as well.

You never know what you'll see on screen– or who you'll see in person– at the festival! So grab a ticket and take part in this wonderful event. 
 

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Hop on Over to the Easter Parade!

April 12, 2017

Easter

Every year on Easter, New Yorkers and tourists alike hop on over to Fifth Avenue to show off their festive Easter bonnets. Homemade or store bought, these colorful bonnets are a feast for the eyes. The pageant itself is a tradition that has been around since the late 1800s. The parade can be watched along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Street from 10am–4pm. Or, better yet, why not bring your very own bonnet and join in? 

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Brooklyn Historic Trolley Tours

April 08, 2017

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Looking for a unique outdoor activity this weekend? Why not check out the Hidden Gems of Green-Wood Trolley Tour on Sunday, April 9? From 1-3 pm, this expert led tour will give you insights on the stories of some of the park's most fascinating permanent residents and offers breathtaking views of Manhattan. Plus, you'll also get to visit the spot where George Washington and his troops fought the Battle of Brooklyn. 

If you're unfamiliar with Green-Wood, here's a brief history: founded in 1838, Green-Wood was one of the first rural cemeteries in America and covers 478 acres in Brooklyn. During the 19th Century it was considered to be of the highest honor to be buried there. As the New York Times said in 1866, “It is the ambition of the New Yorker to live upon Fifth Avenue, to take his airings in the [Central] Park, and to sleep with his fathers in Green-Wood.” Though touring a cemetery may not seem like a very traditional weekend activity, a trip to Green-Wood is a great way to see a beautiful part of New York...and hear some great stories while doing so! 

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased on Eventbrite. 
Green-Wood is located at 500 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY. 

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Macy's Flower Galore

April 03, 2017

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It's finally starting to feel like spring! While it may not be shorts and summer-dress weather just yet, it is time to get excited about the prospect of sunny days, outdoor activities, and flowers. Luckily, the Macy's Flower Show is around for another week to tide us over until the city is in full bloom. Every year, Macy's in Herald Square (W 34st Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues) puts on an extravagant display of floral arrangements dedicated to a specific theme. This year, the installment is "Carnival," so you can count on a very colorful and whimsical display. But be sure to sooner rather than later– this free exhibition is only around until Sunday, April 9. And while you're there, why not do a little spring shopping, too?

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The Tribeca Film Festival Returns April 19

March 29, 2017

Tribeca
The 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival will return to NYC from April 19-April 30. No matter what you're looking for, this festival has something for you. Visit the Tribeca Film Festival website to peruse their listings and, be sure to reserve your tickets as soon as possible, as screenings can sell out quickly. If you're looking for the full festival experience, the festival offers different ticket packages from 8 ticket passes to VIP passes. And if not, single tickets are now on sale as well. So take a trip the festival and experience something new! 

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A Stroll Through Union Square

March 23, 2017

US

New York is full of history. But walking around this beautiful city, with all the new restaurants, bars, shops, and more, it can be hard to remember each neighborhood's historical context. Luckily, the Union Square Partnership offers a free walking tour of Union Square every Saturday. Starting at 2pm, the tour takes you through history– exploring the social and political history, people, and events that made Union Square the fun, funky neighborhood that it is today. So take a walk through history and enjoy a day in the square! 

Tours meet at the Abraham Lincoln Statue near 16th Street– look for the guide holding a "Union Square: Crossroads of New York" sign. Reservations are only necessary for groups of 10 or more. More information can be found here

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Chocoholics Unite

March 20, 2017

Choc
Are you a chocoholic? Do you love foodie tours? If so, then we've got the perfect thing for you! Every Saturday and Sunday at noon, Best Tours holds a Chocolate Tour of New York. Starting at Chelsea Market (9th Avenue between 15th and 16th Streets), the tour visits five tasting sites before ending at Vosges haut Chocolat (Spring St & Greene Street). Tasting items can range from home-made truffles, to cupcakes, cookies, fudge, cannolis, and more. The three-hour tour is $50 per person. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite. Be sure to snag your spot on the tour for a very sweet weekend treat! 

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