Spending the holiday season in New York City is a magical time of year. Most street lamps and surrounding trees are decorated with soft white lights and almost every building has elaborate holiday decorations in the lobbies. This is also the perfect time to visit one of the many holiday markets that pop up all over the city.
In all of the years I’ve lived in New York City, I had never taken a Double Decker bus ride until a few weeks ago. I know what you’re thinking, “how is that even possible?” Sure, I’d seen the colorful buses zip by while walking to and from work—the eager passengers on the top level smiling and pointing out buildings to each other, but for whatever reason, I’d just never done it.
Elf the Musical is the perfect kid-friendly Broadway play for the holiday season. The cheery musical is based on the 2003 Will Ferrell movie of same name, but cuts out much of the adult humor that gave the film a PG rating. When my friend and I went to a performance a few weeks ago, I could see from the excitement on the faces of the children in the audience how much those under 10 enjoyed the cute songs and childish jokes.
A few weeks ago, I saw Dead Accounts—the new Broadway play starring Norbert Leo Butz, Katie Holmes, Judy Greer, Josh Hamilton and Jayne Houdyshell. I went to a press event for the play in October and the bit of information provided—I knew it was set in Ohio and involved some sort of financial dispute—left me curious about the show.
I really love being in New York during the holidays. This festive time of year sees the city transform into a wonderland of holiday lights and iconic traditions—like the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center and the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square. A number of holiday-themed festivals and markets also pop up this time of year.
In addition to the famous New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square, and the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the most popular New York City holiday celebrations.
Anyone who has spent enough time in New York City will tell you that sporting designer brands is pretty much a way of life for a lot of city dwellers and visitors. This metropolis is full of high-end boutiques and department stores that carry everything from Alexander McQueen to Louis Vuitton.
Last week, I went to an event at Scarlatto Italian Restaurant—a great Midtown eatery that specializes in Roman-style Italian cuisine. Located in the heart of the Theater District, Scarlatto is the perfect place to grab a meal before or after a show.
The new exhibition Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture opens to the public tomorrow at the American Museum of Natural History. The exhibit examines anything and everything having to do with food: celebrating cultures and cooking, historic meals and markets, and moments in our lives that we mark with food, as well as the ingredients that we have discovered and shaped over the course of thousands of years.
This past Sunday, I had brunch with a friend at Gemma, a Lower East Side restaurant in The Bowery Hotel. I went to the hotel for an industry party a few years ago, but never the restaurant, so I was excited for the invite.