What's on in New York

By Kirsten McCroskrie

There is so much to see and do in New York; keep up to date with our What's On page and make sure you have a holiday to remember. From one-off events to parades, New York is packed with things to do and places to go from local haunts to famous venues. Check out the New York Pass blog for more local information, suggested itineraries, events calendar, and more.

January

Three Kings’ Day Parade
Celebrate Three Kings’ Day with a march that begins at 106th Street and Lexington Avenue and travels to Third Avenue to end at 115th Street and Park Avenue. Expect floats, camels and puppets in this quirky event.

Broadway Week/Must-See Week
Keep an eye out for bargains this week as there are loads of Broadway shows and museums are offering half-price tickets.

February

Chinese New Year
Celebrate the Year of the Pig in Chinatown where you will see the annual Chinese New Year Parade. Expect floats, dancing, and yummy food.

New York Fashion Week
Get your hands on some fashion show tickets or scan the streets for the fashionistas flocking to Manhattan. Cameras at the ready!

Valentine’s Day
New York City is the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day with a loved one. Go on a date to the top of the Empire State Building, or take a romantic sunset boat cruise around Manhattan Island.

George Washington’s Birthday/Presidents’ Day
There are plenty of events happening in NYC for Presidents’ Day, and as schools have the day off, there are loads of events specifically for kids!

March

St Patrick’s Day
Celebrate at the St Patrick’s Day Parade before heading to one of New York City’s many Irish pubs for a pint of Guinness.

Macy’s Flower Show
If you need an excuse to go shopping, you have to visit Macy’s for their flower show. See, and smell, the stunning, themed flower arrangements fill up the iconic department store.

April

Easter Parade
If you’re lucky enough to be in New York City over Easter, you can’t miss the Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival. See the wonderfully weird bonnets at Fifth Avenue, from 49th St to 57th St.

May

Five Boro Bike Tour
Join 30,000 riders on a 40-mile tour around New York City’s five boroughs, as the cyclists take over the roads.

Mother’s Day
Take your mother to NYC for mother’s day, and go see some art at MoMA, or take a tour around Radio City.

Memorial Day
A day of remembrance for those who have died in service to the United States is commemorated by parades in Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx and observance in Manhattan.

June

National Puerto Rican Day Parade
Join the crowds along Fifth Avenue to celebrate National Puerto Rican Day with a parade honoring Puerto Rican culture.

Father’s Day
Treat your dad to a trip to New York for father’s day and take him to see the iconic Madison Square Garden and go on a bike ride around Central Park.

New York Pride Parade
Don your rainbow attire and join the crowds celebrating Pride in the heart of Manhattan.

July

Independence Day
The fourth of July is one of the most important dates in the US calendar - celebrate in style with many events happening all over NYC.

August

US Open
Tennis fans have to head to Queens to attend the US Open, one of the most important tennis events of the year.

September

SummerStage
Throughout September Central Park will be taken over by New York City’s largest free, open-air arts and culture festival.

Labor Day
Celebrate the annual workers’ holiday with parties and barbecues all over New York - or escape the city and head to the beach.

Feast of San Gennaro
There’s only one place to be on 19 September and that’s Little Italy. Head to the district to celebrate the Italian-American holiday with live music and delicious food.

October

New York Film Festival
Get tickets to the screening at the New York Film Festival to see preview screenings and interviews with the stars.

New York Comic-Con
Join thousands of fans at the annual New York Comic Con and see the amazing costumes and meet your favorite stars.

Columbus Day
The Columbus Day Parade takes place on Fifth Avenue and celebrates Christopher Columbus landing in the Caribbean in 1492.

Village Halloween Parade
The village is the only place to be on Halloween, as thousands of New Yorkers march in amazing costumes.

November

New York Marathon
Take to the streets to cheer the runners as they make their way through NYC’s five boroughs in the annual marathon.

Veterans Day Parade
Join New Yorkers at the parade as they celebrate with the biggest Veterans Day event across the US.

Thanksgiving Day Parade
If you’re in New York for the holidays then the Thanksgiving Day Parade is a must. See huge floats, balloons and performers make their way down through Manhattan.

Looking for even more things to do this Thanksgiving?

December

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
A Christmas must in New York is seeing the Rockettes at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Looking for even more things to do this Christmas?

The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
You know the season is upon us when The Rockefeller Center Tree gets lit up.

Christmas has arrived in New York City!

New Year’s Eve
There’s only one place to be on New Year’s Eve and that’s at the iconic Times Square.

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DUMBO Neighborhood Guide

[caption id="attachment_1170" align="alignright" width="1470"] Dumbo, Brooklyn[/caption] Brooklyn has been on the radar as a popular destination for a few years now. There are many fascinating neighborhoods with a rich history, full of cultural institutions, historical sights and national landmarks. One of the most picturesque Brooklyn neighborhoods is Dumbo. Dumbo stands for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass, clearly indicating the neighborhood's location. Dumbo is nestled between the two bridges, Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge, and offers amazing views of both. Dumbo is easily accessible by subway, but perhaps the best way to get there is to walk or bike across the Brooklyn Bridge, or the slightly less scenic Manhattan Bridge. If you plan to take public transportation, take the F train to York Street. For walking, the best option is the Brooklyn Bridge from Chinatown, offering amazing views and a truly unforgettable experience. For biking, the Manhattan Bridge is optimal, because of its spacious bike lane and no crowds. Dumbo is known for its cobble-stoned streets, industrial, brick buildings, factories and warehouses, and outrageously expensive apartments. Nestled between the rich brick-red buildings, you can find many artisanal coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. Food [caption id="attachment_1171" align="aligncenter" width="1300"] A pie from Julianas[/caption] Two of the most famous pizza shops in Brooklyn are located in Dumbo, very close to one another. One of them is Juliana's (pictured), a classic New York Style pizza joint, attracting customers from all over the world. The pizza is so good, usually there's a line outside. The second one is Grimaldi's, now a chain operating in multiple locations in the city, serving delicious brick-oven pizza right under the Brooklyn Bridge. To satisfy your sweet tooth, stop by Jacques Torres Chocolate, a sought-after artisanal chocolate and truffle shop. Art [caption id="attachment_1173" align="aligncenter" width="1107"] Robert Swain: Color as Color at Minus Space[/caption] Dumbo is home to one of the most vibrant art scenes in New York City. The neighborhood's spacious, lofty buildings make for perfect gallery space and the local crowd of hip, wealthy millennials creates the ideal clientele for new, provocative art. Art in Dumbo has put together the whole portfolio of local art galleries in an easy-to-navigate website. Head to Minus Space to admire minimalist contemporary art in a spacious gallery, or the Klompching Gallery for contemporary photography. Sites and Photo Ops [caption id="attachment_1169" align="alignright" width="6000"] Classic shot of Empire State Building peeking through Manhattan Bridge on Washington Street[/caption] Perhaps the biggest reason for tourists to flock over to Dumbo are the other-worldly views from its waterfront. Nestled between the two bridges, Dumbo offers incredible photo-ops and views of these engineering marvels, as well as the lower Manhattan skyline. Perhaps the most classic view is that of the Empire State Building peeking from under the Manhattan Bridge, from Washington Street and Water Street. If you prefer the Brooklyn Bridge, the opportunities for amazing shots are plentiful in this area, as soon as you descend the bridge, or are done with your pizza at Juliana's. Activities [caption id="attachment_1177" align="alignright" width="1500"] Janes Carousel | Photo via NYCGO[/caption] A trip to Dumbo would not be complete without riding the famous Jane's Carousel. Built in 1922 and originally located in Ohio, this carousel brings to life the classic feel of vintage amusement parks, right on the Brooklyn waterfront. Extending past the boundary of Dumbo is Brooklyn Bridge Park, a public park built right on the Brooklyn Piers, offering many opportunities for leisure, with the most magnificent views of Brooklyn Bridge and Downtown Manhattan. Walking through Brooklyn Bridge Park is an experience treasured by locals and visitors alike, with plenty of activities for both adults and children. If you wish to explore Dumbo with the help of knowledgeable tour guides, you can take the Brooklyn Bridge and Dumbo walking tour (free with the New York Pass), or take Circle Line Cruises' Hello Brooklyn Tour, which focuses on Dumbo and the Brooklyn waterfront. Alternatively, you can rent bikes or take a bike tour with one of our bike partners and explore the area on two wheels.
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10 Things to do on President’s Day in New York

President’s Day was originally designed to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. It’s a federal holiday held on the third Monday of February. These days, it’s meant to celebrate the birthdays of both Washington and Lincoln. But, it's often seen as a way to celebrate every U.S. president. It’s also a day of various happenings around the city. If you want to know how to celebrate the day, read on. Here are 10 of the best things to do on President’s Day in New York. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan President's Day coincides with the start of mid-winter break for public schools in the city. So, there are lots going on for families. The Children’s Museum of Manhattan has two new exhibits worth checking out. The first, 'Superpowered Metropolis: Early Learning City', is an interactive exhibit. It invites viewers into a comic-book-inspired New York, guided by a trio of pigeons. It's focused on early-learning brain skills. The other is called "Inside Art," and it features larger-than-life sculptures and installations with which visitors can interact. One of the 10 things to do on President's Day in New York! Photo copyright January StewartThe Intrepid Next, it’s Kids Week at the Intrepid! From February 15-22, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is offering more than 120 family-friendly events centered around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Families can check out maker spaces, live shows, a pop-up planetarium, animal shows, and more. On President’s Day itself, families can catch a performance by the Gazillion Bubble Show, hear author Drew Brockington (CatStronauts) and watch a presentation by the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Start checking off your list of the 10 things to do on President's Day in New York! Monday Night Magic Every Monday evening, the Players Theatre presents Monday Night Magic, with a special President’s Day show on February 17. Monday Night Magic (MNM) is New York’s longest-running Off-Broadway show; it’s been on the scene for more than 20 years. The show is characterized by its lack of Las Vegas-style frills—this is magic, pure and simple. Each show features four performers on stage; during the intermission, at least two magicians present close-up magic throughout the theatre. How does this tie into President’s Day? No idea. We imagine there's a little sleight of hand in there somewhere. Brooklyn Bridge Bike Rental If you were just thinking, ”I really need to get out more,” and by “out,” you mean an invigorating bike ride across the Brooklyn Bridge, you’re in luck. Brooklyn Bridge Bike Tours & Rentals offer both self-guided and guided bike tours; get yourself a set of wheels and go! The Brooklyn Bridge is a must-see spot (and a must-ride-across one as well.). Open in 1883, it’s now a national historic landmark with incredible views; it was once called the eighth wonder of the world. Grab some pals and get out there! Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island President’s Day is a great day to reflect on this country’s history—and no better place to do it than Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The former was once the entry point into New York; more than a third of all Americans can trace their ancestry to someone who arrived at Ellis Island. It’s now a historical museum with plenty of interactive exhibits. The Statue of Liberty, of course is, well, the Statue of Liberty. Inspired by Libertas, the Roman god of freedom, Lady Liberty was a gift from France to the U.S. and is a symbol of democracy and freedom from oppression. Kingston Restaurant & Bar Looking for a more unconventional way to celebrate President’s Day? How about one with lots of Mimosas? Every holiday Monday, The Alumni Group offers Mimosa Mondays to close out the holiday weekend. For an extra $20, patrons can add an hour and a half of cocktails including mimosas, to their brunch entrees at Kingston Restaurant & Bar. Specializing in Caribbean and jerk food (think pineapple mango salsa, jerk chicken, curry shrimp), it’s a great end to a cold winter weekend, and one of our 10 things to do on President's Day in New York. Photo courtesy Kingston Bar & RestaurantCarnegie Hall The old adage says that the best way to get to Carnegie Hall is to practice, but you can also attend Who are the Brave, a program of patriotic and original works by American composers and conductors, including Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein. The Distinguished Concert Orchestra and Conductors perform; student and senior discount tickets are available at the box office. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s revolutionary Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat turns 50 this year (!) and Lincoln Center is celebrating with an anniversary concert on President’s Day, February 17, at Lincoln Center in David Geffen Hall. The concert will feature more than 200 singers from across the United States, as well as the New York City Chamber Orchestra. The Metropolitan Museum of Art George (Washington, of course) couldn’t cross, or even gaze at,-the actual Delaware River in New York—but you can look at him looking at it in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Located in the Museum’s American Wing, the painting Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze is one of the museum’s most well-known works of art. What could be more appropriate for President’s Day? You’ll find plenty of other depictions of George as well as Abe (Lincoln) and some other U.S. presidents as well. (And there’s a fun activity—a president hunt!) BAM Oscar Movies And finally, missed some of the Oscar-nominated movies? Bam, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, is offering you a chance to catch up on some of the nominees this President’s Day. The all-day screening includes Knives Out, the 2020 Oscar-nominated animated and live-action shorts, and even Best Picture Winner Parasite. You can even catch up on lesser-known films like Cane River, which was lost in 1982; the negative was recovered in 2013. The film tells the story of African Americans fighting class and racial tension in Louisiana. Pick and choose, or see them all!
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