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Tziporela is coming to Greenwich Village’s Players Theatre October 14

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Dana and Ben perform a song for the Tziporela comedy troupe. Photo Credit: Tziporela

The famous Israeli comedy troupe is coming stateside for the first time this month for a 5-week stint at the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village.

Beginning October 14, award-winning slapstick comedy ensemble Tziporela is coming to NYC, and they’re going to be bringing along tons of laughs. The group’s newest and most exciting show, Odd Birdz, is making its American debut next Tuesday and it is going to be a riot. Capturing the daily situational struggles of life, Odd Birdz mixes sketches and music and movement that all comes together for a night of high comedy that will have you curling over in laughter.

Before heading out to the Village, check out some of the comedy troupe’s most popular skits online like Cinema Show:

Or Something Stupid:

For Odd Birdz Tickets: http://bit.ly/1o3EqKi

And be sure to follow the troupe on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news and videos!

Celebrate Halloween with the 41st Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade

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The spookiest night of the year takes a fun new angle in one of NYC’s greatest traditions, the Village Halloween Parade!

Taking on the classic idea of parades in NYC, but with a twist, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is a wild, fun and crazy night of organized chaos which is fully open to all! Beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 31, join the hundreds of others who will dress up in costume and gallivant through the streets of one of NYC’s most extravagant neighborhoods.

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Here’s the lowdown:

  • Anyone can participate but on one condition: you MUST be wearing a costume. No plain-clothed lame-o’s welcome!
    • If you’re marching in the parade, arrive on 6th and Canal between 7 and 9 p.m.
    • You’ll be marching up 6th, but really all you have to do is follow the crowd
    • No alcohol on the streets! There are plenty of bars in the area to get your fill, this is supposed to be a family friendly event, not a reason to get smashed.
  • There will be giant puppets, artists, dancers and over 50 bands from around the world playing some killer jams throughout the night.
  • This year’s theme is ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’
  • If you don’t want to go, but would rather watch from home, you can find it on NY1
  • Want to volunteer to animate a giant puppet? I don’t know what that means either, but you can do that, too! http://www.halloween-nyc.com/volunteer.php

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The Village Halloween Parade has been NYC’s premiere Halloween Parade for over 40 years now, and all inclusive to anyone who wants to be a part of the fun. It is unquestionably on of the most vibrant celebrations of the year and if you happen to be in town, stop by to see what all the hype is about.

Free Outdoor Movies in Bryant Park This Summer

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The HBO Summer Film Festival has come back to Bryant Park and looks better than ever!

This past Monday Bryant Park opened up their lawn yet again to host arguably the best outdoor summer film festival in NYC. Thousands covered the lawn as Saturday Night Fever took to the screen for what turned out to be a beautiful night in the city!

Every Monday now through August 18 will feature a new movie in Bryant Park. The HBO Summer Film Festival is open to all and free, though you may want to keep the kids home for some of the scarier movies, like the festival finale, The Shining. Here’s the full 2014 Bryant Park Movie Lineup:

June 16: Saturday Night Fever

June 23: The Mask of Zorro

June 30: A Soldier’s Story

July 7: Blazing Saddles

July 14: Suddenly Last Summer

July 21: National Lampoon’s Vacation

July 28: Key Largo

August 4: The Karate Kid

August 11: Lover Come Back

August 18: The Shining

So, are you going to spend a Monday night in Bryant Park this summer? Which movies are you most excited to see? Tell us on Twitter at @GrayLineNewyork!

5 Can’t Miss Activities This Week in NYC

This week in NYC go to the movies, eat delicious food and watch the Brooklyn Nets win:

The Tribeca Film Festival continues with Innovation Week Monday, April 21-26

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Join Lincoln Center President Jed Bernstein along with several veteran and current dancers for a talk celebrating 50 years of NYC Ballet Tuesday, April 22

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The 14th Annual Taste of the Lower East Side bring over 50 restaurants together Thursday, April 24

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The Nets host the Raptors in Game 3 of their series in the NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center Friday, April 25

photo via Barclays Center

The Craft Beer Revolution Book Launch at The Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn Saturday, April 26

Photo via Powerhouse Arena

5 CAN’T MISS EVENTS THIS WEEK IN NYC

This week the Irish take over New York with for St Patrick’s Day, Billy Joel playing in concerts and for all ye tea and coffee lovers there is a festival specifically for you this week.

St. Patrick Day Parade this Monday the 17th. The Parade can be viewed on 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street 

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Coffee and Tea Festival on this Saturday and Sunday 22nd to the 23rd.  

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Image via the Coffee and Tea festival

Billy Joel this Friday the 21th, in Madison Square Garden 

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GLBT Expos on the 22nd and 23rd, at THE JAVITS CENTER. 

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AMALUNA is performing this Thursday the 20th in Citi Field FLUSHING 

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Image via Cirque Du Solsil

FAQ: How do you see all of NYC in one day?

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View from the top of the Empire State Building

How to take advantage of one full day in NYC

One of my favorite questions I get almost every day comes from the traveler who loves to spread themselves thin: I’m only going to be in New York for 24 hours, how do I see all of NYC in one day? There’s actually a pretty easy answer to this question.

You don’t.

If you think you can see all of New York City in one day, you’re out of your mind. Most people who have lived here for years on end are still trying to see the whole city. New York is just too big and there’s too much to do to see everything in one day. But that leads to the next question: How do I take advantage of my one day in NYC to see as much as possible?

Now we’re talking realistically. Allow me to lay out a play to see as much of NYC as possible in one day.

Early Wake Up Call

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You have to wake up early to truly take advantage of the day. Hit a bagel shop near your hotel that’s not named Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. For less than $5 you can get yourself the best bagel you’ve ever had and a coffee. You probably want to enjoy this breakfast as your stroll through Central Park. This is a true New York City start to the morning.

9 am: Manhattan Experience Tour

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Top of the Rock, NYC

You’re going to start out your exploration with the 8-Hour Manhattan Experience tour. Don’t worry, this isn’t 8 hours of sitting on a bus or listening to some guys talk, this is an all-inclusive tour that begins at 9 a.m. and includes a trip to the Statue of Liberty, the Top of the Rock, Lunch in Little Italy, and exploration of some of Manhattan’s coolest places. You will be touring the city on a comfortable motorcoach and a tour guide will take you on walking tours of Wall Street, South Street Seaport, Grant’s Tomb, Rockefeller Center, Little Italy, and the World Trade Center memorial.

5 pm: Grab a Slice

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The Manhattan Experience tour has knocked out a lot of the sightseeing, as well as giving you a sit-down meal in an authentic restaurant in Little Italy. Now it’s 5 p.m. so it’s time to grab a slice of pizza to hold you over, because you’re only getting one sit-down meal today.

5:30 pm: Catch a train to The Met

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You can’t go to NYC and not visit one of the world class museums we have to offer. If it’s a Friday or Saturday, you need to jump on the Subway and head up to either the 77th Street or 86th Street stop on the 4-5-6 line. The Metropolitain Museum of Art is open until 9 p.m. on these days, so that gives you plenty of time to see some of the museum.  If it’s not Friday or Saturday, check out the schedule of other NYC museums and stop by one that is open late on the day you’re in town. Again, you can’t truly see New York until you take in the art it has to offer.

7:30ish pm: Miscellaneous time

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Mr. Met at Citi Field

This one is one you, and time dependent. You need to do something that appeals to you specifically, not just take in the sights, so from this point forward, we’re on you time. Sports fan? Catch a game at Madison Square Garden or Barclays Center in the winter, Yankee Stadium or Citi Field if it’s summer. The early comedy shows typically start around 8 in the city, the same time most of the evening Broadway performances begin. This time is for you to do something catered to your personality.

10:30ish pm: Grab a drink, you’ve earned it

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You have been up for a while now, trekking across the whole city. You must be tired, ready to call it a night, huh? Well, New York City has an exceptional night life, so if you’re truly trying to see the whole city in all of its elements, you’re not even close to done with your night. Find a good bar, probably a hole in the wall on the Lower East Side or in Brooklyn. The hole in the wall crowd is one that you haven’t experienced yet in your NYC travels.

1:00 am: Time for some street meat

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Photo: Flickr / Oran Viriyincy

After a few drinks and maybe some karaoke, you just realized that you are starving. It’s time to leave the bar and find some food. NYC is home to some of the best street meat in the world, so keep your eye out for some food trucks. It’s shouldn’t be too hard to find one on the Lower East Side or Brooklyn this time of night, so hopefully you listened to me.

1:30 am: Let’s go Clubbing!

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Grab a cab to the meatpacking district to end your night partying at one of New York City’s most extravagant clubs. This is one of the last environments you have yet to see on your NYC journey, so even if you’re not much of a dancer, it’s still something to experience. Here’s a quick tip for going to a NYC club: Be a pretty girl, be with a pretty girl, be rich, or be famous, and getting into the club will be exponentially easier.

4 am: You have to catch your flight!

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You flying out of JFK early in the morning remember? Grab a cab to your hotel, gather your things, then head out to the airport. You’ll get there just in time for your early morning flight to LAX, and you can sleep on the plane.

So, you want to do NYC in one day? Here’s your itinerary.

Note: There are still tons of things that you’re missing out on, but again you only have 24 hours. What would you change about this itinerary? What other things in NYC do you want to see? Tell us on twitter at @GrayLineNewYork.

Celebrating Mardi Gras NYC

This year, Mardi Gras comes to us much later than usual. Normally in February, Mardi Gras 2014 is officially on March 4.

Sure, when you think Mardi Gras, you think New Orleans, but let’s not kid ourselves for one second. This is New York City. There is a party for every holiday in this town, and Fat Tuesday is no exception. Here are the best was to celebrate Mardi Gras in NYC.

Bourbon Street Bar & Grille

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This Hell’s Kitchen bar takes its name from the street that makes Mardi Gras in New Orleans famous: Bourbon. Every year Bourbon Street hosts one of the biggest Mardi Gras parties in NYC and this year is no different. There will be beads, face painting, giveaways and food and drink specials all day

Ninth Ward

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Another aptly named NYC party location for Mardi Gras, Ninth Ward in the East Village will be celebrating the day with some of the best Cajun food in the city.

169 Bar

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This dive bar will bring out the hipster in all of us with some authentic New Orleans Jazz and cheap drinks on Fat Tuesday

Billy Hurricane’s

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Get yourself a hurricane at this New Orleans themed bar. Like 169 Bar, this is a bit divey-er than our other options, but still a great place to celebrate Mardi Gras

SO where are you going to celebrate Mardi Gras this year? Tweet us at @GrayLineNewYork to let us know!