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I know quite a few people with children, and it seems more often than not—be it a holiday or birthday celebration—these friends, parents and relatives find themselves searching for that perfect gift, one that the younger set will cherish for a lifetime. I tell these grown-ups to head to Kidding Around.

One of the most visited places in New York City is Times Square. This main thoroughfare of lights, attractions and restaurants is always bustling with things to do and see. Several activities are currently going on in the area to celebrate the month of love. Through March 10th, visitors to Times Square can walk through the Valentine's Heart Sculpture entitled “Heartwalk, ”created specifically for Times Square by Situ Studio.

Dining out in New York City is always an adventure. On any given night, you can enjoy every type of global cuisine, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. A number of eateries in this metropolis will offer special menus to celebrate the occasion. For Chinese cuisine, Hakkasan New York will offer a seven-course menu served with a glass of rose champagne.

Considering the large space requirements needed for a bowling alley, it’s surprising how many there are in New York. Midtown has a handful, Chelsea Piers has an alley in its spacious sports complex and even Greenpoint, Brooklyn has two bowling facilities, including my favorite: The Gutter.

New York City is full of iconic places and a New York CityPASS allows you to see six for a fraction of the cost of regular entry tickets.

The Harlem Fine Arts Show, now in its fourth year, showcases the work of visual artists of African and Caribbean heritage. The event takes place today thru Feb. 10 at the historic Riverside Church and visitors can view and purchase the work of a wide range of talented artist.

The best word to describe Brooklyn Heights, the quiet little neighborhood on the east side of the Brooklyn Bridge, would be quaint. It’s the polar opposite of Lower Manhattan’s Financial District across the East River, with tree-lined blocks of brownstones, plenty of parks and the Brooklyn Heights Cinema.

This past Thursday, I went to an event at Méli—a recently open Greek restaurant in Midtown East. The beautifully designed, two-floor establishment has an intimate bar near the front and an ample-sized dining room in the back—complete with breathtaking scenic photos of Greece; romantic curtains; large, framed mirrors; and gorgeous chandeliers.

One of my favorite structures in New York City is Grand Central Terminal. This beautiful building—which serves as the main hub for the Metro-North Railroad, connecting commuters to and from New York City to other counties in New York and Connecticut—reminds me of the grandiose cathedrals in Rome and Florence. Highlights of the awe-inspiring Main Concourse are the large, blue astronomical ceiling and the four-faced clock, which rests atop the main information booth.

Last night, I had the opportunity to see Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA, a new Broadway musical, which is currently in previews at the Broadway Theatre and will officially open on March 3rd. This is the first time this classic story has had a home on the Great White Way—the new version, with a few modern twists for good measure—is based on a 1957 TV movie starring Julie Andrews in the title role.

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