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New York City Weekend November 29, 2013-December 1, 2013.  Below, find 17 GREAT activities  in New York City. This weekend is an abbreviated post- we will resume our regular schedule next week.

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ART, MUSEUMS and GALLERIES in NEW YORK CITY November 29, 2013-December 1, 2013

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Al Hirschfeld: Permanent Exhibit at The Margo Feiden Gallery, throughout Henri Bendels AND NYPL Performing Arts

Best known for his black and white drawings of celebrities and Broadway stars, 75 years of Al Hirschfeld’s work can be seen on permanent display at the Margo Feiden Gallery. Having captured almost every famous performer of the 20th century, Hirschfeld was known for hiding his daughter Nina’s name in his artwork.

Can’t make it downtown to the gallery? Then be sure to stop by the Henri Bendel department store to see the “Al Hirschfeld Spectacular” comemmorating his work including a fabulous Christmas window, a two story Christmas tree topped with a sculpture of his Charlie Chaplin line drawing and a presentation of his drawings throughout the store. Click here for a full listing of the 82 Al Hirschfeld installations at Henri Bendels (scroll to the bottom of the page) *FREE*  http://www.alhirschfeld.com/hirschfeld-at-henri-bendel.html

ALSO, The Line King’s Library: Al Hirschfeld is at the Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. See his drawings, posters, album covers and even the barber chair and drawing table where all of his best known art pieces were created. Through January 4, 2014. http://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/line-kings-library?hspace=230359

Margo Feiden Galleries
15 E 9th St, between Fifth Avenue and University Place

Henri Bendel
712 Fifth Ave at 56th St

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza

john f kennedy“Dearest Jackie”: On the Death of JFK

This is the last weekend to see the exhibit at the New York Public Library marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On display are works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, a letter to Jacqueline Kennedy from Arthur Schlesinger, Jr written within hours after the tragedy and a heart-wrenching photograph by Elliott Erwitt. *FREE*

Through December 1, 2013. http://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/%E2%80%9Cdearest-jackie%E2%80%9D-death-jfk

New York Public Library Schwarzman Building
5th Avenue and 42nd St

japan moriRebirth: Recent Work By Mariko Mori 

A Japanese pop icon of the 1990’s, Mariko Mori’s latest solo exhibition Rebirth is taking place at the Japan Society Gallery through January 12, 2014. Featuring 35 sculptures, drawings, videos and photos, this installation traces the continuous circle of life through a visual narrative of birth, death and rebirth. *FREE* Admission Friday 6pm-9pm and Docent led tours are available at 7pm.

Through January 12, 2014

Japan Society
333 East 47th Street

MUSIC IN NEW YORK CITY November 29, 2013-December 1, 2013

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Get Your Tickets: Upcoming at Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College: Jay and The Americans, Boston Pops, Jelly Roll Morton and Valerie Simpson

Kupferberg Center at Queens College has a terrific line-up of musical entertainment in December 2013. And, the best part is that tickets are much less expensive than if you went to a larger venue in Manhattan. Here are some of the highlights for the next two weeks-click on the performers name for details:

*Jelly Roll Morton: A Fusion Concert  December 6, 2013 $30
*Jay and the Americans, December 7, 2013 $35-$55
*Holiday Pops with Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with Keith Lockhart, conductor, December 8, 2013 $50-$120
*Valerie Simpson performing the music of Ashford and Simpson December 14, 2013 $39-$75

KIDS IN NEW YORK CITY November 29, 2013-December 1, 2013


Get Your Tickets: Operation Slumber at the Intrepid -Dates are selling out!

Kids, have you ever dreamt of spending the night on a naval aircraft fighter ship? Well, here’s your chance…Grab your pop and head to Operation Slumber at the Intrepid Museum. Ideal for 8-12 year olds, it includes a visit to the Enterprise Space Shuttle Pavilion, Meals, Scavenger Hunts, a Ride on the XD Theater Cosmic Coaster, a Goodie Bag and a Complimentary Voucher for Museum Admission and more! $120/person. 6pm-8am. Spots are still available for December 7 and 14, 2013 (although early 2014 is mostly sold out).

Click link for additional information and to register for Operation Slumber on the Intrepid http://www.intrepidmuseum.org/Groups/Overnights.aspx

SPORTS IN NEW YORK CITY November 29, 2013-December 1, 2013

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Ice Skating Rinks in NYC

Outdoor skating is now in full swing with several new rinks open around NYC including: See/Change Rink at South Street Seaport (which opens TODAY!), The Rink at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City, McCarren Park Ice Skating Rink in Brooklyn and Lakeside Rink In Prospect Park scheduled to open momentarily. Click link for a full list of skating rinks around the five boroughs of New York City http://socialeyesnyc.com/nyc-ice-skating-rinks/

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*DISCOUNT* NY Rangers Tickets

Get New York Rangers tickets for as low as $50! Click on the opposing team name to purchase tickets and use Promo Code: NYRHoliday. This holiday special offer is for four games:

*December 2, 2013 vs Winnepeg Jets
*December 8, 2013 vs Washington Capitals

*December 10, 2013 vs Nashville Predators 
*December 12, 2013 vs Columbus Blue Jackets 



The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre 

Preserving the traditional marionette puppetry theater of Central Europe where it has a long history, the CAMT will present The Republic or My Dinner With Socrates, adapted from Plato’s dialogues. Tickets are $13-$18
Through December 15, 2013

La MaMa 
74A East 4th Street

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Newsies 2-For-1 Winter Sale

Extra, Extra…Newsies first ever 2-For-1 Winter Sale is on sale NOW! Set in New York City at the turn of the century, the musical is the tale of Jack Kelly, who dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. 

2-For-1 Tickets are valid for performances January 6, 2014-March 5, 2014. Tickets must be purchased by December 24, 2013.

Click link below to purchase tickets and use Promo code: BOGO 

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Festival del Humor: A Night of Laughter To Remember featuring Paul Rodriguez

A Night of Laughter to Remember is sure to be side-splitting! Join the first “Latin Kings of Comedy” including stand-up comedian and actor, Paul Rodriguez, native New Yorker, Ruperto Vanderpool, comedian and television host Jochy Santos, comedian and actor Cuquín Victoria and singer Anthony Rios. Tickets $35-$50

November 30, 2013 at 8pm. http://lehmancenter.org/th_event/rodriguez/

Lehman Center For The Performing Arts at City College
250 Bedford Park Blvd West off Paul Ave, Bronx

THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK CITY November 29, 2013-December 1, 2013

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Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

Dyker Heights is famous for the elaborate Christmas lights that adorn the homes in this community every holiday season. Homeowners take special pride in illuminating their neighborhood and entertaining the thousands of tourists that descend each year looking at the lights, animatronic figures, Santas and more that decorate the front lawns of this area.

On December 8, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a walking tour led by  Chamber President & CEO Carlo Scissura from 8pm-8:45pm. Meet at Boulevard Books, 7518 13th Avenue. *FREE* https://brooklynnycoc.wliinc27.com/events/The-Brooklyn-Chamber-Visits-Dyker-Heights-931/details

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Put On Your Calendar: Winters Eve at Lincoln Square THIS MONDAY, December 2, 2013

For the 14th season, the Lincoln Square Area comes alive for Winter’s Eve at NYC’s largest outdoor holiday festival.

On Monday, December 2, 2013 between 5:30pm-9pm, come to Lincoln Square to see the Christmas tree lighting, hear Arlo Guthrie sing and Rosie’s Theater Kids perform, taste yummy food samplings from over 30 of Lincoln Square’s finest restaurants (for $1-$4!!), see ice sculptures, be entertained by the Big Apple Circus and The Pop Ups at Winter’s Eve’s Kids’ Central and much more. All entertainment is *FREE*

Click link for full event line-up http://socialeyesnyc.com/2013/11/26/winters-eve-at-lincoln-square-nyc-december-2-2013/

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Get Your Tickets: Latke Fest at Metropolitan Pavilion on December 2, 2013

You don’t have to be Jewish to love a good latke! But, just in time for Chanukah, Great Performances is presenting the Fifth Annual Latke Festival, where over 18 participating restaurants will be serving up their most creative version of everyone’s favorite holiday treat. What do you think?? Caraway-Scented Latke: Short Rib Pastrami, Truffled Sauerkraut, Mustard Creme….sounds delicious to us! Tickets are $58.74 and will NOT be sold at the door. Click here to purchase tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-latke-festival-tickets-8502219367

Participating restaurants include: Kutsher’s Tribeca, Veselka, Sylvia’s Table, Delicatessen and many others. Click here for complete details http://www.greatperformances.com/the-dish/save-the-date-5th-annual-latke-festival/

 Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St between 6th and 7th Ave

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Toys For Tots at Aviator Sports 

Paying it forward. Isn’t that what it’s all about?? This holiday season, Aviator Sports is teaming up with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation to help less fortunate children experience the joy of the holiday season.

Between November 28, 2013-December 18, 2013, please stop by and drop off new, unwrapped toys, and help bring a smile to a child’s face.

Aviator Sports
3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn

holiday balls

Opening This Weekend:

South Street Seaport Tree Lighting Ceremony November 29, 2013  6pm
South Street Seaport, Fulton St and Front St

Menorah Lighting  December 1, 2013  5:30pm
Carl Schurz Park, East 86th St and East End Ave

Chelsea Bazaar  December 1, 2013  11am-5pm
135 W. 18th St between 6th and 7th Avenue

Hester Holiday Market  December 1-23, 2013  11am-7pm
233 Mott Street at Prince Street

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**NYC Christmas Holiday Department Store Windows 2013 http://wp.me/p428ro-74o
**DISCOUNT* Radio City Christmas Spectacular NYC Featuring the Rockettes 2013 http://wp.me/p428ro-61I
**NYC Christmas Trees and Hanukkah Menorah Lighting 2013 http://wp.me/p428ro-6VZ
**DISCOUNT* Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden  http://wp.me/p428ro-6TJ
**NYC Christmas and Chanukah Holiday Fairs, Markets and Festivals 2013 http://wp.me/p428ro-6N8
**NYC Broadway Christmas Season Discounts 2013 http://wp.me/P428ro-38
**NYC Christmas Holiday Music and Concerts December 2013 http://wp.me/P428ro-6W9
**NYC Christmas Holiday Dance Performances November and December 2013 http://wp.me/P428ro-6mv

grand central light show

Reminder: If at Grand Central, be sure to check out the 12th Annual New York Transit Holiday Train Show  featuring characters from Maira Kalman’s latest book next stop grand central AND  the Centennial Holiday Light Show on the west side of the Main Concourse between 5pm-11pm

*Get Directions To Grand Central Terminal*

Header Photography Courtesy of Hans Von Rittern

** Please Note That Above Listings Are Subject To Change**

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