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City as Canvas: an Exhibition at City Museum

By Heeseung Kim | February 4, 2014

(Photo by Lee Quiñones, from the Museum of the City of New York)
(Photo by Lee Quiñones, from the Museum of the City of New York)

(Photo by Lee Quiñones, from the Museum of the City of New York)

Graffiti took hold in New York in the early 1970s, starting in Washington Heights and the Bronx before spreading throughout the city. Artist Martin Wong moved to New York in 1978, and he saw the seeds of a major art movement popping up on the streets around him. In the 1970s and 1980s, Wong collected about 300 pieces from graffiti artists around New York, and now about half of the collection is on display at the City Museum in an exhibition called City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection. Read More

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Weekend Warrior: Free Music, Movies, and a Lot of Ice Cream

By Alexandra Fleischman | August 2, 2013

Who can resist that? (Photo: jasonlam)
Who can resist that? Photo: jasonlam

Who can resist that? Photo: jasonlam

TGIF, and now what? Here’s a look at events around New York City that are worth checking out.

All weekend

Restaurant Week continues! Get special dinner menus for $38 and lunch for $25 in restaurants all over the city.

Yes, I’ll take a pop-up artisanal food market open Friday through Sunday! Check it out: the Super(Duper)Market hosted by Paper Mag. Read More

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Weekend Warrior: Shakespeare and a Sunset

By Alexandra Fleischman | July 12, 2013

sunset, manhattanhenge, sun, new york city
sunset, manhattanhenge, sun, new york city

Photo: Shmuel

TGIF, and now what? Here’s a look at events around New York City that are worth checking out.

All weekend

The 9th Harlem Summer Shakespeare brings the wit and humor of The Taming of the Shrew to Riverbank Park beginning this week. Catch it any day this weekend, or Wednesday through Sundays until August 4th.

For the month of July, the Lincoln Center hosts a festival of culture-packed performances. Check out what’s on the stage for this weekend.

The New York Philharmonic will give free concerts every day this weekend in all five boroughs. Read More

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Weekend Warrior: Sunny Skies & Free Ice Cream

By Alexandra Fleischman | June 21, 2013

Photo: YBIA
Photo: YBIA

Photo: YBIA

TGIF, and now what? Here’s a look at events around New York City that are worth checking out.

All weekend:

Free ice cream sandwiches from the Coolhaus truck all weekend long. Yep. Get the ‘Killer Combo’ (a promotion for the upcoming season premier of Dexter), which entails one double chocolate cookie, one snickerdoodle cookie, and a filling of Tahitian vanilla bean and cherry swirl ice cream. (Click the link for the truck’s changing locations.)

Eat Drink Local Week kicked off on Thursday, with a week of food and drinks deals at restaurants all over New York to follow. For a schedule of events and guide to the offers, check Edible Manhattan’s website. Read More

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Learning Never Stops

By Jae Ponder | October 10, 2012

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Whew! Summer is officially over, you’re back to regular work hours, and the kids are back in school. For most families, parents work the normal 9 to 5, whereas kids may be done with school as early as 2pm.  Some kids and young adults spend their afternoons alone with nothing to do. This can ultimately lead to delinquency, gang activity, or even obesity.  What is your teen doing after school?

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Quick Bites of the Big Apple

By Diana Tsuchida | July 30, 2012

Lunch Hour NYC exhibit

Treat yourself to a midday break with a quick walk around Lunch Hour NYC at the public library, going on now through February 2013. The free interactive exhibit will satiate foodies and history buffs alike, leaving visitors to gawk nostalgically at the price of a slice of pizza in 1980 (it was 60 cents, by the way) while reading up on the fascinating traditions of peanut butter and how salads became a diet food. Check out pictures from the exhibit, including a recipe from New York’s first vending machines. Read More

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Spend Swedish Midsummer with the Rooster Crew

By Marcus Samuelsson | June 21, 2012

Swedish Midsummer celebration flags in Battery Park City.

Swedish Midsummer celebration flags in Battery Park City.

Every kid in Sweden, every adult, everybody has a story from Midsummer. When you’re a kid you dance with your parents around the tree, when you’re a teenager that’s when you met all the girls, and as an adult that’s when you go to all the parties. Every summer, droves of Gothenburg residents would head to Smogen, where I spent my summers, to celebrate Midsummer. It’s awesome to see the crowds go from 5,000 people to 100,000 people over a weekend and it gets crazy. As a teenager we loved it because since we spent every Midsummer in Smogen, you knew all the in’s and out’s of the area. We knew how to find the best parties and how to sell shrimp for more than it costs–the hustle was there. It was twice a summer in Sweden we took tables out and just had a huge block party and Midsummer was one of them. We’d always have tons of gravlax, herring and meatballs and we continue this tradition at Red Rooster and at the Swedish Midsummer Festival in Battery Park City.

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NYC’s Must-Do Summer Events

By MarcusSamuelsson.com | June 13, 2012

Photo:  Ed Yourdon

Photo: Ed Yourdon

The City seems to come alive when the first heat waves enter the air. Everyone sheds their winter clothes, put their bodies into fifth gear and head out to the NYC streets and parks to shake off their cabin fever. Thankfully, there are more than enough events and happenings going on throughout the 5 boroughs to keep everybody busy during the sweet summer months.

Looking for an event where you can gain some culture, get fit, learn something new, be inspired, jam out, or simply spend your summer day or night? Then look no further, we’ve got a list of NYC’s must-do summer events. But keep checking back to our site, since we’ll keep updating the events once we hear of even more fabulous events to come. Read More


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