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Rockefeller Christmas Tree

Come for a peek at the famous Norway Spruce illuminated with 30,000 LED lights and topped with a massive Swarovski crystal star. Stay to skate or watch the skaters on the rink below and walk through the illuminated angel figurines.…

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Lotte New York Palace Tree

This gorgeous, classy tree in the neo-Italian Renaissance courtyard of the historic landmark Villard Mansion (now Lotte New York Palace Hotel) has Rockefeller Center and the St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the background. Santa stops by for storytime and photos every…

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Bryant Park Winter Village Tree

The rinkside 50-foot Norway Spruce sparkles with 30,000 white and red LED lights and 3,500 starbursts, balls, snowflakes, and icicle ornaments. Get hot chocolate and other treats at the surrounding booths as you browse for unique gifts, or ice skate…

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Origami Holiday Tree

Over 800 intricate origami creations decorate this unique tree. This year’s paper ornaments are inspired by special exhibition T. rex: The Ultimate Predator.Patient volunteers (who started folding for the tree in July) are on hand to teach visitors of all…

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New York Public Library Tree

This gorgeous landmark building is transformed into a winter wonderland with a festive tree in the soaring lobby and wreaths on the lion statues out front. Also see vintage holiday cards plus Lego lions and inspiration for Winnie the Pooh…

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The Plaza Christmas Tree

The luxurious lobby of this storied hotel is even more spectacular during the holidays. The Palm Court is sparkling with evergreens and decorations, and a grand tree in the Fifth Avenue Foyer features dazzling ornaments. Downstairs, the Eloise store has…

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Father Fagan Park Tree Lighting and Holiday Merriment

Join holiday merriment in the park with a tree, hot chocolate, and maybe a surprise visitor. Sing and celebrate the season as a neighborhood.

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The CMOM Christmas Tree

Share your memories and make new ones this holiday season as you design ornaments inspired by the art in exhibit Art, Artists & You for the annual CMOM Christmas Tree.

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Sinterklass – Saint Nicholas Day

After a 1 pm traditional concert with colonial balladeer Linda Russell, enjoy a special visit from St. Nicholas as he arrives on horseback (around 2:30pm). In the Dutch tradition, visitors can feed St. Nicholas’s faithful horse carrots and hay. Children…

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Holiday on the Hudson

Celebrate the season with a tree lighting, live music, dancing, decoration-making, and hot chocolate.

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New York Botanical Garden Tree & Menorah Lighting

Take part in a special tree lighting of a stunning conifer display and menorah that in honor of the annual Holiday Train Show with holiday music performed by carolers and special guests.

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Tree Lighting at Tompkins Square Park

Theater for the New City hosts Tompkins Square Park’s tree illumination, with Carolers of Olde New York and music from the Mandel & Lydon Trio. Refreshements courtesy of Veselka Restaurant, Apple Savings Bank and C&B Cafe.

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Carl Schurz Park Holiday Tree Lighting

Sing carols with the Il Cantori Choir and Orbital Brass by candlelight while sharing candy canes and hot chocolate as the park’s tree is lit. Held snow, rain or balmy weather.

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The Lighting of the Park Avenue Christmas Trees

Trees along Park Avenue from 48th to 97th Street will light up following caroling, holiday crafting and hot cocoa ceremony outside the Brick Presbyterian Church as part of a tradition of that began in 1945 to honor the men and…

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Cathedral of St. John the Divine Peace Tree

As part of a 35-year-old tradition inspired by the 11-year-old Hiroshima victim immortalized in the book ‘Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes,’ the soaring Cathedral’s 20-foot tree is decorated with hundreds of paper cranes, an Asian symbol of harmony, longevity…

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Washington Square Park Christmas Tree

The iconic arch frames a brightly lit 45-foot tree. Home of two caroling events: Unsilent Night and the more traditional Christmas Eve Caroling Under the Arch  

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Washington Square Park Christmas Tree Lighting

Santa Claus himself has promised to appear and lead the children in the countdown to light up a 45-foot Christmas tree. All are invited to sing holiday songs accompanied by the Rob Susman Brass Quartet (complimentary songbooks provided by the…

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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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