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5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

Frozen, Lava, Horror flicks and more of the best events in NYC this week:

Disney on Ice Presents Frozen comes to Barclays Center Tuesday, November 11-16

The New York City Horror Film Festival begins Thursday, November 13-16

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The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens begins Saturday, November 15-January 19

The very cool exhibition Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters opens at the American Museum of Natural History Saturday, November 15

The River staring Hugh Jackman will open on Broadway Sunday, November 16

5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

This week in NYC is all about museum openings, comedy and the Brooklyn Nets!

The Brooklyn Nets home opener at Barclays Center Monday, November 3

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El Greco in New York opens at The Met Tuesday, November 4

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The New York Comedy Festival begins Wednesday, November 5-9

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The Big Apple Film Festival also begins Wednesday, November 5-9

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The Museum of Modern Art opens it’s new exhibition, Sturtevant: Double Trouble Sunday, November 9

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5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

Ghosts, Ghouls and a three-acre corn maze bring in October this week in NYC.

Get a ghostly experience and take a Ghosts of New York Walking Tour Wednesday, October 1

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Find your way out of a three-acre corn maze in Queens at The Amazing Maize Maze Thursday, October 2

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For more terrifying trips, check out Blood Manor Friday, October 3

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See some of the best vintage finds and vendors at The Brooklyn Flea Saturday, October 4

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See New York’s scariest legends and myths at Nightmare: New York Saturday, October 4

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44 Reasons to Be Excited About Fall 2014 in NYC

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Fall is the season for beautifully burnt colors, the first chill of the season, football, tailgates, pumpkin spice added to all of our favorite beverages and giant piles of leave that are always more fun to demolish in theory than in practice. In NYC,, the autumn season is really about so much more than that. It’s about festivals of food and film and music and wine. It’s about brand new exhibitions flooding our museums- the greatest in the world. It’s about Broadway shows – 8 of them – opening the curtains for the first time. It’s about the beginning of the holiday season with Christmas Trees and giant turkeys and Rockettes and Nutcrackers. Here are 44 reasons to be excited about Fall 2014 in NYC:

  1. New York Film Festival is back in town (September 26-October 12)
  2. So is the NYC Independent Film Festival (October 15-19)
  3. And don’t forget the Big Apple Film Festival (November 5-9)
  4. There’s even a Horror Film Festival in NYC this Fall (November 13-16)
  5. But it’s not just about movies… The New York Wine and Food Festival comes this Fall (October 16-19)
  6. The Prospect Park Food Truck Rally is live on every first and third Sundays of the month (until October 19)
  7. New York Comic Con hits the Javits Center (October 9-12)
  8. The Global Citizen Festival is a free* concert with Jay Z and Carrie Underwood and more awesome people (September 27)
  9. And the CBGB Festival highlights younger bands with lots of free and cheap shows (October 8-12)
  10. The Village Halloween Parade is one of NYC most extravagant annual events (October 31)

 

There are 6 new exhibitions at MoMa

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  1. Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor (October 4)
  2. Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (October 12)
  3. Sturtevant: Double Trouble (November 9)
  4. Uneven Growth: Tactical Urbanisms for Expanding Megacities (November 22)
  5. Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949 (December 13)
  6. The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World (December 14)

And 3 new exhibitions at the Guggenheim

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  1. Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s (October 10)
  2. V. Gaitonde: Painting as Progress, Painting as Life (October 24)
  3. Wang Jianwei: Time Temple (October 31)

And 2 new exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum

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  1. Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond (October 3)
  2. Judith Scott—Bound and Unbound (October 24)

And 7 new exhibitions at The Met

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  1. Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age (September 22)
  2. Thomas Hart Benton’s America Today Mural Rediscovered (September 30)
  3. Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry (October 8)
  4. Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire (October 21)
  5. Bartholomeus Spranger: Splendor and Eroticism in Imperial Prague (November 4)
  6. El Greco in New York (November 4)
  7. The Art of Collecting Arms and Armor: Notable Acquisitions, 2003-2014 (November 11)

And 8 Broadway Premieres

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  1. On The Town (October 16)
  2. Disgraced (October 23)
  3. The Last Ship (October 26)
  4. The Real Thing (October 30)
  5. The River (November 16)
  6. Side Show (November 17)
  7. A Delicate Balance (November 20)
  8. The Elephant Man (December 7)

Plus, it’s the start of the Holiday Season!

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  1. Thanksgiving means the Macy’s Day Parade (November 27)
  2. And what comes the first Wednesday after the fourth Thursday of November? The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting (December 3)
  3. Our annual Holiday Lights Double Decker Bus Tour begins (December 4)
  4. Bryant Park Holiday Shops will be open once again (November)
  5. As will the Central Park Ice Rink, which is just beautiful with the burnt orange of the trees (November)
  6. The Salvation Army posts up all across the city with dances and songs (December)
  7. And the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is back for another year (November 7-December 31)
  8. Last but not least, The Nutcracker takes Lincoln Center by storm (November 28-January 3)

Fall in NYC has so much to offer! What are you most excited for this coming season? Tell us on twitter at @GrayLineNewYork

When is the 2014 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting?

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And a few other far-too-early-to-be-talked-about questions about the holiday season in NYC.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas in NYC, it doesn’t get much better than that. What’s that, it’s 92 degrees out today? Summer still has another month left? Yes, these things are true, but right around the beginning of August is when we begin consistently receiving questions about Christmas in NYC, so it’s time we start planning our holiday vacations while we answer your questions in a special holiday edition of NYC FAQ:

When is the 2014 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting?

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This year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, December 3 beginning at 7 p.m. Remember, get there early if you want a good spot of the show.

When does the NYC Holiday Lights Bus Tour begin?

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Each year, Gray Line New York turns our Night Tour into a specially themed Holiday Lights Tour catered to the incredible sights and sounds NYC puts on during the season. Between the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, 5th Avenue’s awesome holiday decorations, Macy’s light show, and so much more, we had to dedicate a tour to the season. This year, the Holiday Lights Tour begins on Thursday, December 4th, the day after the Christmas Tree Lighting.

Where is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree?

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The easy answer is Rockefeller Plaza.

The more appropriate answer is that the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree can be found between 5th and 6th Avenues on the plaza that connects 49th and 50th streets. You can approach the tree from the side by walking down one of those blocks and entering the plaza, or you can go to 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th streets to enter with the traditional view of the tree. There will almost always be a crowd on 5th Avenue taking pictures during the holiday season, so just look out for them.

How long will the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree be lit?

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The tree will be lit for the first time on December 3rd and remain lit until January 7th, 2015. Aside from a few special days during this stretch, the tree will remain lit until 12 a.m. each night.

Will there be any other tree lightings in NYC during the holiday season?

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Yes! Most people are only familiar with the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, but there are quite a few trees in NYC that have lighting ceremonies and remain lit for an extended period of time. Here are just a few:

  • The American Museum of Natural History has an Origami Holiday Tree on display
  • Bryant Park hosts one of the best trees in Manhattan at the top of their skating rink
  • Winter’s Eve in Lincoln Square is on December 1 this year
  • The New York Stock Exchange Tree will rise for the 91st time this year
  • The World’s Largest Menorah can be found on 59th and Central Park South

Where can I go ice skating in NYC?

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There are a few places to go ice skating underneath the cold, night sky in NYC. The most popular spot is Rockefeller Center, right below the big Christmas Tree. The Bryant Park Ice Rink is another beautiful park to go skating, surrounded by the Holiday Shops. Our third recommendation goes to the Central Park ice rink, which has some incredible views of the skyline.

The holiday season in NYC is truly as good as it gets. Decorations hang high, music and lights serenade the city streets, smiles will cover the faces of all and holiday cheer will capture will our hearts. Are you coming to NYC for the holidays? Do you have more questions that we didn’t cover? Let us know about it on twitter @GrayLineNewYork.

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5 Can’t Miss Events This Week in NYC

This week in NYC we have soccer, country music, and Park Avenue is shutting down for a party:

Manchester City take on Liverpool in a friendly at Yankee Stadium Wednesday, July 30

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Blake Shelton take on Madison Square Garden Friday, August 1

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Summer Streets is back to its old ways, closing down Park Ave all day Saturday, August 2

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The Museum of the Moving Image will be hosting a special screening and event with Film Critic Kenneth Turan Sunday, August 3

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The Prospect Park Food Truck Rally can be enjoyed by all Sunday, August 3

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What’s the deal with the orange fence things in Times Square?

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Pose for a picture inside the orange fences in Times Square

If you’ve walked through Times Square this week, you may have noticed an installation of orange framed cutouts in seemingly inexplicable places around 43rd street. The cutouts appear to be in the shape of human beings taking different poses, making it perfect for the thousands of passersby to hop right in the middle of it all for an unusual photo of which they will fondly look back upon while reminiscing about that trip to Manhattan. All in all, it’s pretty cool.

But what’s the deal? What are these odd orange things and why are they smack-dab in the middle of Times Square? What does it all mean?

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The orange framed cutouts are shaped like human silhouettes

As it turns out, these orange fence things are an exhibition called Nearness by Arles del Rio, hosted by Times Square Arts. Per the Times Square official website:

These panels invite participants to get close and even step through, representing metaphorically the social, political, cultural and personal barriers, among others, that may keep us away from one another.

And so there you have it. Next time you’re at a party and someone remarks “Hey, how about those weird orange fence things in Times Square,” you’ll be quick to respond “Yeah, they’re a metaphor about the social and political barriers that exist in the world today. Nuts, right?” Get ready to impress all of your friends.

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Nearness exhibition location and times:

July 8-19, 2014
Broadway plaza between 43rd & 44th Streets


July 20 – August 1, 2014
Broadway plaza between 42nd & 43rd Streets

August 2 – 9, 2014
Broadway plaza between 43rd & 44th Streets

August 10 – 18, 2014
Duffy Square at Broadway & 46th Street