George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ has been a staple of the New York holiday season for more than 50 years. One of the most distinct memories I have of my first year living in the city was seeing this venerable production at Lincoln Center, performed by the New York City Ballet. It truly was a magical experience.
Benjamin Steakhouse’s Benjamin Prelvukaj proves a master of the surf and turf by opening a seafood-based restaurant, The Seafire Grill. Prelvukaj has already made a name for himself with his two steakhouses. For his new eatery, he brings in seasoned seafood Chef Richard Pims, known for his proficiency with fish at notable spots like RM Seafood and Blue Fin.
When I was a little girl, I had a porcelain figurine of a cat curled up with a tiny kitten. The precious item is so small it fits in your hand. I’m not quite sure where this came from, or if it was even a gift for me. I just remember one day it appeared and I cherished it through my youth.
I feel pretty confident in my knowledge of the NYC gallery scene. A lot of spots specialize in different mediums—everything from painting and sculpture to performance art and photography. I haven’t, however, heard of a gallery that specializes in an emotion, until now.
Last week, I went to Alobar—a fairly new Long Island City eatery, which celebrates rustic American, nose-to-tail (meaning, to use every part of the animal) cuisine. The large dimly lit space is accented with rich wood and antique prints showcasing the shipping and industrial past of the neighborhood.
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.