The 2014 NYC Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

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One of New York City’s most zany traditions comes in the form of one of its shortest parades. Unlike the Thanksgiving Day Parade or the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which both travel miles on the NYC streets, the Easter Day Parade is s short one, only covering eight city blocks. Here’s how it works:

You ARE the parade. You show up at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on 49th street any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Easter Sunday. You can begin marching at any time during this span, and conclude when you feel like you’re done. You walk from 49th Street up to 57th Street on 5th Avenue, taking pictures with your fellow marchers, making new friends, and have a grand old time.

IMPORTANT: Don’t forget your bonnet!

You cannot march without an Easter bonnet, which is the whole purpose of the parade. Everyone puts on their Sunday best and finds themselves a smashing bonnet to show off. Unless you’ve been there before, you don’t know how much fun this thing is!

Details: This Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 5th Avenue between 49th and 57th streets.

The 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Cheat Sheet

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The Ultimate Tribeca Film Festival Cheat Sheet:

It’s one of the best times of the year in New York City: Tribeca Film Festival Week! Some of the best new, and classic, films from across the world are coming to NYC for what is sure to be another incredible 12 days of screenings, talks and events throughout Lower Manhattan. Here’s our cheat sheet to everything you should know about the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

The Films

The films begin screening on Wednesday, April 16 and continue through Sunday, April 27. This year, there are nearly 200 films being featured at the festival, broken up into four different groups: Narratives, Documentaries, Features and Shorts. These films encompass 27 different genres and come from 45 different countries.

For a full list of films, with descriptions and screening times, check out the official 2014 Film Guide.

Innovation Week

This year, from April 21-26, the Tribeca Film Festival is hosting Innovation Week, “A place for gamers, coders, hackers, screenwriters, futurists, directors, financiers, and anyone who has a story to tell.” Aaron Sorkin will kick off the week’s activities with a talk about the future of film. Throughout the wee you can expect more Future of Film discussions, the largest gaming event in NYC, Tribeca Hacks, Innovation Awards and more!

Check out all of the Tribeca Innovation Week activities on their website.

Sports Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival is working in conjunction with ESPN to host nine films dedicated to “celebrating competition, passion and teamwork through a variety of captivating sport-themed, films, events, and panel discussions with both established and first-time filmmakers.”

There will be a conversation about creating authentic sports stories with Peter Berg and Connor Schell on April 26, and nine highly anticipated sports themed films. I personally am most excited for Champs, which will be followed by a Tribeca Talk with Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, as well as boxing promoter Lou DiBella and director Bert Marcus.

Tribeca Talks

One of the things that makes the Tribeca Film Festival so great are the Tribeca Talks. Many of the films premiering at this year’s festival will be followed by talks with the directors, cast, producers and more. There are also several very exciting standalone panel discussions including

  • A talk about sports and film with Peter Berg,
  • A talk about morality and film with Aaron Sorkin,
  • The Directors Series featuring Lee Daniels with Robin Roberts and Ron Howard with Brian Williams
  • The Industry Series featuring talks about sound, editing, cinematography, and short content
  • Many, many more talks all festival long!

Schedule and Tickets

Each of these films will be screened in one of six venues throughout Lower Manhattan: AMC Loews Village 7, BMCC Tribeca PAC, Bow Tie Cinemas Chelsea, SVA Theater, Tribeca Cinemas, or the Tribeca Drive-In at the World Financial Center.

Tickets are currently on sale for all.

  • Single tickets
    • Matinee & Late Night: $9
    • Evening and Weekend: $17
    • Tribeca Talks: $30
  • Hudson Pass (Full access to all events, screenings, talks and the filmmaker lounge): $1,200
  • Awards Day Pass (Access to all award winners, popular demand screenings on April 27): $40
  • Innovation Week Pass: $400-$700
  • More ticket options available on the official festival website.

Rush Tickets

If a screening or talk is sold out, don’t worry, rush tickets are still available. For each screening, 45 minutes prior a line will begin to form for people trying to get into the show without tickets. 15 minutes before the film begins, they will sell tickets on a first come, first served basis to anyone in the rush line dependent upon how much room is available.


Recommendations

Begin Again, Directed by John Carney

Begin Again is one of the more star studded films of the festival, starring Keira Knightley and Adam Levine as college sweethearts and songwriting partners making the move to New York City. Carney’s film will make its world premiere at the BMCC Tribeca PAC on Saturday 4/26 to close out the festival.

Champs, Directed by Bert Marcus

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This provocative documentary follows some of the biggest names in boxing, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Bernard Hopkins, and their struggles overcoming a poor upbringing by using boxing as an outlet. Following the Saturday 4/19 screening is a conversation with Heavyweight Champions Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank, Directed by Sheila Canavan and Michael Chandler

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On the verge of retirement, this documentary gives and inside look at the first openly gay Congressman, Barney Frank, and his journey through politics over the past 40 years. Following the Sunday 4/27 screening is a conversation with Barney Frank and Alec Baldwin

Five Star, Directed by Keith Miller

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Up for awards in the narrative competition, Five Star follows the story of a member of the Bloods in Brooklyn as he navigate life and make some very tough decisions about family and gang culture. This film has four screenings, so you have no excuse to miss it.

Night Moves, Directed by Kelly Reichardt

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Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Saragaard are environmental extremists plotting to blow up Oregon’s Green Peter Dam. I’m very interested to see where Reichardt take this “drama about outsiders searching for a meaningful place on the edges of the system.”

Time is Illmatic, Directed by One9

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The documentary tracing Nas’ steps through the hip hop world beginning with his debut album, Illmatic, in 1994 is sure to be one of the best films of the entire festival. Time is Illmatic opens the festival at the Beacon Theater on Wednesday night.

 

 

 

5 CAN’T MISS EVENTS THIS WEEK IN NYC

Tribeca Film, Easter Sunday and really cool cars highlight this weeks events in NYC.

Christina Perri  plays Irving Plaza: Wednesday, April 16-17

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Golden Gloves comes to Barclays Center to host some of the best amateur boxers in the world: Wednesday, April 16-17

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The Tribeca Film Festival takes over downtown Manhattan: Thursday, April 17-27

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The 114th New York International Auto Show is back at the Javits Center: Friday, April 18-27

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The famous Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival will once again be held on 5th Avenue: Sunday, April 20

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We Can’t Wait for Summer! [CONTEST]

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It has been a long, hard winter here in NYC. Just when we think it’s going to warm up and we can start wearing shorts again, BOOM! Snow! We’ve decided it’s time to stop worrying about the snow and start getting excited about the summer. Sure, we may get a few more cold days this year, but our minds are on summer time!

Well, we’re hosting a contest. If you can guess which day is going to be the hottest in April, you will be eligible to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card! That’s all you have to do, just make a guess and if you’re right, you win! Here’s the thing: you can wait as long as you want to make a guess on which day you think will be the hottest, but you cannot guess a day that has already passed.

Better yet, Gray Line New York is 88 years old this year, so if we get some real summer fun this month and hit 88 degrees at any point, we’re going to give away bus tours to everyone who entered!

So get over to our facebook page and enter the contest here with this link because I don’t know about you, but we just can’t wait for summer!

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5 CAN’T MISS EVENTS THIS WEEK IN NYC

The Yankees Home Opener, whiskey tasting, and BBQ highlight this wee in NYC:

The New York Yankees 2014 season home opener at Yankee Stadium: Monday, April 7

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The Take Two Film Festival returns with an exciting roster of films showcasing from this Tuesday the April the 8th

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Free Cone Day is coming back to Ben and Jerry’s throughout NYC this week: Tuesday, April 8

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Whiskey Live will be at Chelsea Piers: Wednesday, April 9

The NYC BBQ Cookoff is back in NYC on Staten Island: Saturday, April 12

5 CAN’T MISS EVENTS THIS WEEK IN NYC

Major superstarstars are coming to town, the Scottish celebrate their heritage and affordable art is to be bought this week in NYC

One of the biggest stars in the industry, Lady Gaga, is performing in the Roseland Ballroom – Wednesday, April 2

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Affordable Art Fair Exposed will take place in  New York City this week at The Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea – Wednesday, April 2-6

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Globe superstar Miley Cyrus is bring her Bangerz tour to the Barclays Center – Saturday April 5

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This week New York will be colored with Tartan and deafen with bags pipes as the Scottish celebrate their 16th annual Tartan Day Parade - Saturday, April 5

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Juan Gabrielone, one of the best-selling Latin recording artists of all-time, will perform at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden - Sunday, April 6

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FAQ: How do you get to and from the airports in NYC?

As one of the leading NYC travel destinations, we hear a lot of questions from our guests about the city. One question that we’re asked all of the time is about getting to and from the airports in NYC. What’s the best way to get to LaGuardia? JFK? Newark International?

The fun thing about NYC is that the subway does not go to ANY of the major airports in or around the city, and by fun, I mean most inconvenient. So if you cannot take the subway, how do you get to your flight? It’s not like the double deckers have a hop off location in the vicinity.

The answer is actually pretty simple: Go Airlink NYC

Full disclaimer, Airlink is a sister company of Gray Line New York, but they didn’t put me up to writing this. They really are the best. You can take a share ride shuttle to and from the airport at a really low rate (starting at like $14) or you can book a private car for a little more extravagance. They provide door-to-door service, which is incredibly convenient, and you will always make your flight with time to spare. So how do you get to and from the airports in NYC? Go Airlink is the only way to go.

UPDATE: Go Airlink was just named a Viator 5 Star company, so if you don’t want to take our word on it, take the word of one of the biggest international travel websites out there. 

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