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Lounge on rainbow colored inventive seating options on vibrantly colored painted rebar and 27,000 feet of iridescent cord in Flatiron’s annual holiday installation.

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Macy’s Herald Square Window

Six enchanted windows take spectators through a journey with Santa Girl and her adventure on the spirit of the holidays. High-tech interactive elements include an interactive Santa-themed kaleidoscope window and a giant puppy with a nose you can scratch. Also…

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Luminaries

Dance on giant stairs underneath a canopy of 650 ever changing rainbow hanging lantern in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. Cool choreographed light shows occur every two hours. Also skate on a small ice skating rink featuring pushable sit-down…

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An Out-of-this-World Holiday

Bloomingdale’s goes intergalactic for the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, with stunning outer-space themed windows featuring astronauts and space ships. The theme continues throughout the store – go inside a giant intergalactic snow globe, enter  a rainbow smart light…

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Wreath Interpretations

Employing an array of unconventional materials like Jordan almonds, piano keys, foam ears, and plastic bottles, nearly 40 participating fine artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages celebrate and reinvent a familiar holiday symbol.

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Luminocity Festival

Walk through 12 acres of spectacular light art displays based on the tradition of Chinese Lanterns. Three theme parks include an ice Winter Fantasy, a globe-spanning, time-traveling Wild Adventure and candy wonderland Sweet Dream. * Everyone, even tickets holders, has…

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NYC Winter Lantern Festival

Seven acres of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden are lit up by 40 LED installations that stretch up to 30 feet tall  accompanied by live performances of traditional Chinese dances and art, and a variety of holiday vendors.

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Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo

Embark on an illuminated safari with animal lanterns, animated sculptures, and colorful designs throughout the spacious Bronx Zoo and take in the musical light show. Also enjoy costumed carolers, ice sculpting demonstrations , train rides ($3), hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows…

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Shine On at Hudson Yards

Go under five suspended large-scale stars comprised of 12,000 individually controllable LED lights, creating a visual spectacle synchronized to a classical soundtrack evoking the holiday season. Artist Christopher Schardt was inspired by the similarly named constellation, itself representative of the…

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Hello Panda Lantern Festival

This worldwide winter festival celebrates the holiday season with giant lantern displays, cultural arts and handicrafts, entertainment, food, modern art exhibits, interactive games, a holiday market, and live stage performances. Displays of light and color, handcrafted by world-class artisans. honor…

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Holiday Under The Stars

14-foot stars hanging from the 150-foot tall ceiling light up in an array of colors in time to holiday tunes by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Peek into the festively decorated Williams-Sonoma for free samples of holiday candy and…

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Union Square Play Holiday Pop-up

Explore 5,000 square feet of shopping, services, and fun for children, parents, and caregivers at a pop-up overlooking Union Square. Book special events with New York’s kids activity providers and favorite brands plus visit Santa. Donut’s and coffee avaialble from…

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GingerBread Lane

Marvel at the largest gingerbread village in the world. Lots of fun details to discover including cable cars and subway stations, all made from only edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. Make your own gingerbread houses or trains during…

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Winter Garden at The Standard East Village

Hunker down in heated alpine yurts with spiked hot chocolate, gooey fondue and freshly baked cookies — all made for sharing, plus plushy faux fur coat to wrap up in while you indulge. Also shop for wreaths and trimmings from The Manscapers…

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Frozen 2 Windows, Experience & Light Show

Saks’s center six windows feature action packed scenes from Frozen 2 with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and the cool ice horse. On the ninth floor, enter a Frozen 2 Enchanted Forest Experience at Saks for magic snowflakes and princess photo-ops.…

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It’s Holiday Time in PaleyLand

Enjoy continuous screenings of beloved classic holiday TV programs including Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Friends: “The One With the Holiday Armadillo.” Also special family activities like arts and crafts, dreidel games, and free hot cocoa. Play…

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The Largest Menorah in Brooklyn Lighting & Concert

Enjoy a live concert, starting at 4:00 pm, before the 6:30 pm Menorah lighting. The lightings continue every night of Chanukah with live music and hot latkes for all. Special gifts are distributed to every child. Lifted 35 feet in…

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Grand Army Plaza Menorah Lighting

The festival of lights goes large with the nightly lighting of an electronic candle on this 32-foot tall, 4,000-pound gilded steel Menorah. The first night party usually includes music, chocolate for the kids, and menorahs to take home and light…

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Tuesday, January 1

Caffe Storico

January 1, 2019 @ 11:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 10:00 pm
Caffe Storico
170 Central Park West at 77th Street+ Google Map

Feast on antipasti, artisanal pastas and paninis at Caffe Storico, a classy yet kid-friendly eatery within the engaging New-York Historical Society.

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10th Annual Welling Court Mural Project

July 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020

Walk though multiple blocks of 100+ murals by artists from around the corner and around the world, providing new arrays of visual experiences that change how people interact with their environment. Mural map available online.

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Billy Johnson Playground

October 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Billy Johnson Playground, Central Park
East 67th Street & Fifth Avenue Upper East SIde+ Google Map

This rustic playground hosts an amazing 45-foot granite slide nestled into a rocky hill, bucket and tire swings, and an amphitheater and miniature stone bridge made of natural materials like plants, stone, and wood at a child’s scale.

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Eataly NYC Downtown

October 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Eataly NYC Downtown
101 Liberty Street, Floor 3 Lower Manhattan+ Google Map

The downtown outpost of Italian marketplace Eataly is focused on bread, but you can also find delizioso pizza, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken, chocolate, gelato and weekend kids cooking classes.

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Épicerie Boulud

October 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Épicerie Boulud
1900 Broadway at West 64th Street Upper West Side+ Google Map

Chef Daniel Boulud's casual outpost is one of our favorite stops before or after Lincoln Center shows. My daughter gets a gourmet hot dog, I have a tasty salad or quiches, my son gets a hearty sandwich, we all end with colorful macarons. Counter service with limited seating; we like to go across the street to Dante Park (which usually has interesting public art) on sunny days - then come back for the artisanal gelato.

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DeSalvio Playground

October 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
DeSalvio Playground
Spring Sreet &Mulberry Street+ Google Map

This recently upgraded park has cool design, a big includes a big jungle gym with monkey bars atop rubber matting, lots of shaded seating area, a basketball court (with two hoops), checker board tables and sprinklers.

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Venchi Chocolate and Gelato

October 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 10:30 pm

Find a vast selection of bon bons and bars from historic Italian chocolatier plus gelato in a a variety of chocolate and other delicious flavors. Make it even yummier with creamy base of Suprema chocolate spread or a cone dipped in seasonal sprinkles like granules of Piedmont Hazelnuts, Nougatine, Chocaviar or Raspberry. Some seating in the back surrounded by a chocolate waterfall wall or enjoy it in nearby Union Square.

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Stick With Me Sweets Bonbons

October 1, 2019 @ 10:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Stick With Me Sweets
202A Mott St Soho/Tribeca/LES

Gorgeous bonbons in an array of colors and artisanal flavors taste as good as they look in this small Nolita chocolate shop.  

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Cones

October 1, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 pm
Cones
272 Bleecker Street+ Google Map

Argentinean-style small-batch ice cream and sorbet  comes in traditional and adventurous flavors including sweet potato with brie cheese, yerba mate  and the popular sweet corn with cinnamon.

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Uptown GRANDSCALE Mural Project

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Harlem Metro-North Station
101 East 125th Street at Park Avenue+ Google Map

Uptown artists transformed three blocks of fencing located adjacent to the 125th Street Metro-North station into a canvas for murals that support and uplift the community.

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Color Factory Circle Game

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA)
102 Charlton Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Interact with colorful dots by following painted prompts such as ‘leap up’ and ‘reach for the sun.’ Right outside the Children’s Museum of the Arts, which has a jelly bean dispenser (bring quarters) encouraging more color exploration. Both can be found on the Color Factory’s neighborhood exploration map, availble for free at 251 Spring Street.

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Dubuffet Sculpture

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Fosun Plaza
28 Liberty Street Lower Manhattan

An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.

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Hive

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station
Broadway & Lafayette

Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.

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Mural Outside Fluevog

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Fluevog New York
250 Mulberry Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Colorful florals decorate the wall outside a shoe store with fun funky shoes. A poster with a shoe telling us to ‘Choose Love’ might lead to philosophical questions about the emotional ability of footwear.

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WTC Street Murals

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
World Trade Center
Fulton & Greenwich Lower Manhattan

Street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place of mourning.

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Vandal Gummy at 4WTC

November 1, 2019 @ 5:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street Lower Manhattan

Wonder at how a giant gummy bear ended up in a prison mugshot, gripping an identity placard in between his gelatin paws in this lobby installation by WhIsBe.

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Eataly Chocolate & Gelato

November 1, 2019 @ 6:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Eataly Flatiron
200 Fifth Avenue at West 24th Street Gramercy/Flatiron

Shop by weight from bins of colorful Venchi bon-bons or pick up some artisanal chocolate made in Italy with raw ingredients in a variety of shapes and textures according to traditional recipes, from smooth spread to crunchy bars to elegant cigars. Or sample some of the best gelato in the city in a range of flavors.

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Hippo Playground

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

Frolic and splash with beloved hippo statues in this well maintained playground in lovely Riverside Park featuring swings, wooden and metal play equipment, slides, a spray shower, picnic tables, benches, sand pit, a drinking fountain, bathrooms and summer weekday art projects.

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Pier 25 Playground

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Pier 25
227 West St+ Google Map

The longest pier in Hudson River Park hosts an awesome playground with eight different water features (including some very unpredictable fountains), rock climbing walls, swings, monkey bars, a big sandbox, geodesic-dome-shaped climbing net and more. Also explore a 18-hole miniature golf course, a snack bar, sand volleyball courts, berthing areas for historic ships and a large artificial turf lawn.

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Levain Bakery UES

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 8:30 pm
Levain Bakery UES
1484 Third Avenue between 84th and 83rd Streets+ Google Map

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at the UES outpost of legendary bakery, from an array of rustic breads to the world-famous six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie. We are constantly debating the merits of these versus the equally giant dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookies, and the whole wheat walnut raisin rolls are also yummy (and a little healthier). Off-the-menu ice cream sandwich - two three-ounce cookies surrounding vanilla ice cream from Ample Hills - available on occasion, follow…

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Industry City Art

November 1, 2019 @ 7:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 9:00 am
Industry City
220 36th Street Brooklyn

High design Industry City has cool, touchable art (plus lots of yummy food options) throughout the indoor-outdoor complex of buildings and courtyards. The (non-working) elevators by the food court always have fun surprises.

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Norma’s

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 2:45 pm
Le Parker Meridien
119 West 56th Street Midtown+ Google Map

Availble-all-day breakfast at this nautical-themed kid-friendly hotel lobby restaurant are over-the-top and pricey - there's even a $2000 ' Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata' with caviar. Creative sweet and savory dishes in the $30+ range include Super Cheesy French Toast with caramelized onions and applewood smoked bacon, a 'Waz-Za' waffle with fruit inside and outside and crackly brûlée top, and Artychoked Eggs Benedict with truffle porcini sauce (and an artichoke heart instead of en english muffin).

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Noglu

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Noglu
1266 Madison Avenue at East 91st Street+ Google Map

Everything is 100% gluten-free and organic at this cozy French import featuring gourmet meals, pastries and coffee. The menu changes with the seasons  but you can always find classic signature dishes such as burgers (classic or vegetarian) and quiches. First floor is take-away counter service, the second floor is casual sit-down table service.

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Heavenly Rest Stop

November 1, 2019 @ 7:30 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Enjoy excellent pastries, sandwiches, salads and breakfast dishes plus Melbourne-style coffee) nestled among the limestone arches of what was once a side chapel of a 1929 art-deco church, or pick up provisions for a Central Park picnic.

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Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area

November 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - December 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area
West 23rd Street & Eleventh Avenue Chelsea/Meatpacking+ Google Map

The newly designed play area features a giant, multi-colored, one-of-a-kind, Robinia wood pipefish plus water features incorporating limestone cattle head sculptures reclaimed from historic meatpacking district business New York Butchers’ Dressed Meat Company.

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