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Last Wednesday, my sister and I spent the morning with a wide variety of animals at New York’s Bronx Zoo. We arrived when the Zoo opened at 10 a.m. and looked around for a bit before heading to the sea lions’ pool at 11 a.m. for feeding time. We only spent two hours there—long enough to see all our favorite animals: the penguins, lemurs, giraffes and a few more—but could have spent the entire day.

The oldest racetrack in the country kicks off its 150th Anniversary when gates open at 11 a.m., followed by first race post-time at 1 p.m. Events this weekend will also include Hats Off To Saratoga, a three-day festival, which will include world-class racing, family fun, live music downtown and at the track, and more.

Last week, I went to the grand opening party for the new Morton’s The Steakhouse location near the World Trade Center. The original lower Manhattan location was lost in 2001 during the September 11 attacks.

Last night, I got to try a variety of French-influenced American dishes at Alison Eighteen. The Flatiron District eatery, which rests on W. 18th Street, has the feel of a French brasserie with a deep purple and red color scheme, illustrated wallpaper featuring city scenes and cozy, warm lighting.

Discovery Times Square’s LEGO® art exhibit, The Art of the Brick, features pieces by Nathan Sawaya, a former corporate lawyer who relieved stress after his day job with the popular toys before turning his hobby into a career. Inside the exhibit, you’ll see Sawaya’s recreations of famous artwork and sculptures, as well as his own designs.

You can find a toy store anywhere, but there’s nowhere like New York’s FAO Schwarz. The flagship store is more than 150 years old and children and adults alike still line up around the block for a chance to shop inside. FAO is known for its selection of high-quality toys and life-size stuffed animals.

My father is a foodie, so when he came for a visit a few weeks ago, I racked my brain trying to think of NYC restaurants he might enjoy. As I thought of famed chefs, one name instantly came to mind: Gordon Ramsay. The world-famous chef is known for his no-nonsense personality—which is placed front and center on a number of reality TV shows, where he takes professional chefs and restaurateurs to task on their food and business practices.

I recently saw Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike—the dark comedy that nabbed the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play of the Year. The story follows Vanya (David Hyde Pierce) and his two sisters: the self-doubting Sonia (Kristine Nielsen) and the movie star Masha (Sigourney Weaver) over the span of a few days spent at their childhood home in Pennsylvania.

This past weekend my Dad came to town for a visit. Our go-to restaurant of choice whenever he’s in New York City is Bar Americain near Radio City Music Hall.

One of the best things about summer in New York is the wide range of free outdoor activities. Prospect Park Bandshell is host to Celebrate Brooklyn!, a concert series that includes plenty of free shows by well-known musical acts. This year a variety of musicians from different genres—like bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles, ballet company Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal and hip-hop artist Shaggy —are all scheduled to perform.


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