Governors Island to be open seven days a week in 2014!
Mon Dec 9
It may only be December, but we're already dreaming about next summer when Governors Island, for the first time, will be open every day of the week. Some great news for Governors Island fans (and c'mon, who isn't?): The green oasis will be open seven days a week for the 2014 season, which runs from May 24 to September 28. In addition to 30 new acres of park space, the island will also now be home to a day spa; the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Art Center at Governors Island will also expand their presence with more building space.RECOMMENDED: Governors Island in New York guideOne thing to keep in mind, though, is that the ferry will now cost $2 round-trip for adults (children will continue to ride for free and senior citizens will pay half price.) The morning ferries (exact times TBD) on Saturday and Sunday will remain free to everyone. While we can no longer call Governors Island the city's "best free getaway," it will no doubt...
Tenement Museum gets grant for a post-WWII exhibition
Thu Dec 5
Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities this week, the Tenement Museum will expand to 103 Orchard Street with a new installation. The Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side, one of the most wondrous historical spots in the city, is about to extend its reach into the mid 20th century thanks to a $500,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities this week. Until now, the museum has operated out of 97 Orchard Street, where several former tenement apartments have been painstakingly restored to the condition they were in while inhabited by specific families in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But because the building was vacated in 1935 (it was never brought up to modern safety code), the history lesson more or less stopped right there. (The museum's latest show to date, "Shop Life," goes a bit further but without the former-apartment dimension.) RECOMMENDED: 50 best NYC attractions for families With this new grant, the museum will...
The Rockefeller Center Tree is now lit for the season! (slide show)
Thu Dec 5
Families braved the crowds in midtown (or watched on television at home!) as the city's most popular holiday tree was lit. Now it's really starting to feel like Christmas! Last night, during a star-studded ceremony, the famous 76-foot-tall holiday tree in Rockefeller Center was lit for the season. Before the 45,000 LEDs were turned on, though, tons of stars—everyone from the Rockettes to Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey—performed. (The Today show's Matt Lauer, Savanah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales hosted the celebration.) RECOMMENDED: Christmas in New York with kidsThe spruce, which was topped with a 9.5-foot-wide Swarvoski star, will be on display in midtown through January 7. Scroll through our slide show to get a look of the ceremony, then plan a trip to Rock Center (be prepared for some big crowds!) to see the tree in person. You might also like December 2013 calendar 50 things to do this fall Must-see holiday movies Why NYC is the best city to raise kids What do...
Meet Grace Rundhaug of The Sound of Music Live!
Wed Dec 4
The seven-year-old actress who plays Marta in the upcoming Sound of Music Live! tells us about working with an all-star cast and spending the holidays in NYC. When we attended the open casting call for the Von Trapp children in the upcoming The Sound of Music Live!, we had no idea we’d meet one of the future stars of the show. After chatting with us, seven-year-old Grace Rundhaug auditioned for the role of Marta by singing “A Lovely Night” from Cinderella and found out she got the part the very same day! As the live premiere approaches (it’ll be broadcast on NBC at 8pm on December 5!), we followed up with the Connecticut native about rehearsing with the all-star cast (country music singer Carrie Underwood plays Maria), spending the holidays in New York City and what it’s like to be part of such an iconic production. RECOMMENDED: Meet the kids auditioning for NBC's The Sound of Music What was it like when you found out you got the role of Marta?When I got the call from Abbie and...
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