Madison Square Garden Summer Concerts

Usher in the warm weather with a night out on the town singing along to your favorite artist in concert. Madison Square Garden has a slew of notables you’ll want to hear live this summer.

Lady Gaga

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The icon herself will be playing her Artpop Ball World Tour at the Garden to adoring fans and Little Monsters. Expect wild costumes to go gaga over and a hefty ticket price. After closing Roseland Ballroom, her average ticket price for the Garden is $338.81 according to Forbes.

 May 13th at 8PM

Katy Perry

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With Capital Cities (singers of your new favorite song ‘Safe and Sound’) opening the entire concert from start to finish should be one you can bop your head and lose your voice to. The style chameleon and songstress will be sure to belt out her biggest Number 1 single “Roar” and her 13 other top ten hits, including “Dark Horse.”

July 9th at 7:00 PM

Bruno Mars

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The Superbowl halftime performer and Grammy award winner gets will be performing for an audience in July at the Garden, where he’ll be joined by special guest Pharrell Williams.

July 14th & 15th at 7:30pm

Blake Shelton

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The CMA Awards reigning “Male Vocalist of the Year” and coach on NBC’s The Voice will take the stage at the Garden at the end of this summer. Country fans won’t want to miss this one with special guests The Band Perry, Dan & Shay and Neal McCoy.

August 1st at 7:00pm

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Tribeca Film Festival

All hail the Tribeca Film Festival. It began April 16th, and anxious cinephiles can finally get their taste of the new wave of indie films. Bringing together famous and emerging film stars in features, documentaries, shorts and talks the festival never fails to disappoint.

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Standouts and must-sees include the feature About Alex starring a staggering number of Hollywood’s finest, Aubrey Plaza and Max Greenfield in particular. It tells the story of a group of seven friends who reunite years after college to console one member who is having a breakdown, but things take a turn for the worst when their emotions get the best of them.

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Anyone as obsessed with the New York City Ballet as we are will enjoy Ballet 422, a behind the scenes documentary chronicling the life of choreographer and Corps member Justin Peck as he creates and premieres a brand new ballet for the company.

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For the fashion folk, Dior and I will serve as a conversation piece. Follow new Artistic Director Raf Simons as he weaves together a couture collection. Any peek inside the mayhem that produces such magical and iconic pieces is a welcomed one, wouldn’t you agree?

Of course, there’s more to Tribeca than fashion, dance and celebrities. It’s a great place to step out of your comfort zone and watch something you might not normally take the time to see if you were flipping through the movie channels at home.

Catch a movie, or two at one of the several cinemas around Manhattan hosting screenings for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Most films only have screening for a few days though, so plan ahead! Check out the official schedule and purchase your tickets today. Continue your stargazing with a cruise home on a Seastreak ferry!

Happy watching!

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Bill Cunningham “Facades”

Street photographer Bill Cunningham is beloved by fashionistas, bloggers, visual artists and just about anyone looking for inspiration. His photographs grace the pages of The New York Times, and now the walls of the New York Historical Society.

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His weekly column for The New York Times documents, dissects and summarizes trends that catch his eye. The column, “On the Street,” is practically an institution. His iconic blue overcoat (easily found in French drug stores) and ever-present camera around his neck make up the legend. He can be spotted at nightly events snapping photos of guests and the social scene, but he is equally at ease in the midst of Fashion Week.

The most fascinating thing about Bill is that he himself is a simple man with a childish enthusiasm for the unique. He only ever photographs what he likes and is well respected for staying true to his intuition.

Anna Wintour has famously stated “We all get dressed for Bill,” and this couldn’t be truer.

Bill has made a name for himself not overnight, but through years of hard work and many photographs. The New York Historical Society is showcasing just a brief period of his work with images from a book he published decades ago called Facades.

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The Examiner states, “An anthropologist of all things New York, Cunningham commenced his Facades project in 1968 by scouring the city’s flea markets, auction houses, and thrift stores for vintage clothing, which he then utilized to pose models in period costumes at historic New York locales.

By the time he had completed his project in 1976, Cunningham had amassed more than 500 outfits and photographed nearly two thousand New York locations.”

So if you’re into fashion, history, photography, or just being near Central Park, The New York Historical Society is a place to see this spring. Before checking out the exhibit, be sure to watch the documentary on Bill Cunningham to see how truly extraordinary this ordinary man is.

Take Seastreak into the city for nothing but an extraordinary time. Hang out on the top deck of our ferry for an unforgettable ride into Manhattan with Instagram-worthy views.

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The National Archives of New York

Create your own history lesson by researching your family history dating back to Ellis Island arrivals or learn about someone else’s history at The National Archives of New York City. Located downtown at One Bowling Green, the archives are a historical wonderland for those curious about everything and anything. Dubbed a “walk in research experience”, take your time to sift through original documents and microfilms in all their old-timer glory, as well as “oo” and “aah” over original artifacts. And we love that all events and access to the archives is totally free!

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Their resources in the Research Center include online subscription services such as Ancestry, Fold3, Heritage Quest, and ProQuest. They also offer activities in The Learning Center for families Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, in addition to pre-registered programs for adults, teachers and students.

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It’s a perfect spring break activity for families as well! For the April 14th – 18th break the archives have put together self directed learning activities that can be done from noon until 3pm. So take your kids, parents and grand-parents to dig deeper than their jewelry box for treasured family jewels (of information that is).

A fun activity that will be occurring on May 19th is their genealogy program where you can learn about immigration and naturalization records from a USCIS historian.

They even give short tours to get you acquainted with all the archives have to offer Wednesdays at noon. To top it off, kids age 12 and under ride free through Memorial Day on Seastreak, so it really is a family and wallet friendly activity.

One Bowling Green, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10004

1-866-840-1752

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South Street Seaport

If you take Seastreak into the city you don’t have far to go to enjoy and explore classic downtown Manhattan. Our Pier 11 stop is only 2 blocks away from the South Street Seaport at Pier 17, which is still rich in history hundreds of years after being a shipping port for residents.

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Stroll the two blocks to Pier 17 and you’ll find a beautiful water view, friendly local businesses and a very pleasurable area to amble around. After being hit terribly in Hurricane Sandy, the Seaport has slowly been rebuilding and revitalizing the area. Opening soon is a bar restaurant VBar Seaport that will serve seasonal dishes in addition to Studio Manhattan, a unique accessories shop specializing in printed bags with city photographs on them. These are sure to be a hit with tourists as a cool, one of a kind souvenir to take home.

These two businesses will complement the existing stores like Abercrombie and Fitch, Local Charm, tkts and Superdry.

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As a cultural hub, you can see people on any given day doing yoga on the makeshift lawn, watching a movie at the Front/Row outdoor cinema, or participating in one of the many walks the Seaport supports.

Opening next year at the Seaport is Manhattan’s first ever luxury movie theater, thanks to iPic Entertainment and the Howard Hughes Corporation. It’s expected to have eight screens and seat 505 people, serving as a major downtown attraction for an “affordable luxury experience.”

Downtown Manhattan has so much to offer and it’s just a ferry ride away! Check out our schedule to see when we sail to Pier 11.

South Street Seaport, Pier 17

89 South St

New York, NY 10038

(212) 732-7678

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Psychics

Everyone should visit a psychic once in their life for A) the fun of it and B) for curiosity’s sake. New York City is crawling with magical, spiritual and classically educated people who can read your palm, heal your soul and tell your future. A must-do for the astrology obsessed (guilty!), but who wouldn’t want to have a personalized session with the city’s finest psychics?

It seems like there’s a psychic on every block ready to tell your fortune, but is there a difference between a $5 session and a $100 session? Absolutely! While storefronts attract the adventurous  tourist, most of NYC’s well known mediums work out of their homes or private offices not visible at street level.

Deb McBride

If you read your horoscope like your life depends on it, then you’ll love  Deb McBride. A Brooklyn based astrologer, she takes classic astrology very seriously and prepares for your visit by reading your chart in depth. Key information about your birth informs your chart and her reading, so be prepared to give her specific details, including your birth date and time.

Karen Thorne

Karen Thorne is another popular astrologer that offers personal chart readings, combined charts for two people, business charts and birth charts. She has been studying the stars for years and even teaches classes to those aspiring to gain insight and become a psychic themselves!

Mark Seltman

Known as “Master Palmist,” Seltmans mission is to get you better acquainted with yourself by analyzing the lines on your hand. They tell a lot about a person, and arguably the key to predicting your future is in understanding your present. He says “the value in reading hands is in being able to readily and easily identify human character, behavior, and motivation.” We couldn’t agree more!

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Astro Twins

These famous twins are worth mentioning because they are physics to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Beyonce and Sting. They’re the brand behind several books including the upcoming Momstrology, teaching parents what their child’s sign brings to their personality and compatibility with you. Their site Astro Style has daily, weekly and monthly horoscopes read by thousands. They also offer scheduled phone or Skype sessions lasting anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes if you can’t make it in person, but the cosmic energy they emit is definitely worth a trip.

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New York City Easter

Grab your bonnet and be part of New York City’s annual Easter Parade this year because why would you pass up the opportunity?

It’s free and full of spectacles, with thousands of people celebrating by showing off their Easter hats. Things get fancy since the parade has turned into a photo op and informal competition for whose head can hold the craziest deigns atop it. Starting at 10am and lasting until 4pm on April 20th, the parade takes place on Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets. The best place to watch (and pray your picture is taken) is around St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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East Parade April 20th

10am-4pm

Fifth Avenue 49th to 57th Streets

You can then hop over to Full Bunny Contact, an Easter carnival serving up all the tricks for four days of fun. Admission is $10 and gets you access to the dance floor, food and games. The games at this carnival aren’t your average “knock the bottles over” type though; it’s more like “grab all the Easter eggs with prizes in them without getting flustered by the giant bunny in your way.” Prizes won’t pay your rent, but they do include gift certificates, food and other cool swag.

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Other games you’ll find are putt putt with raw eggs, race against a live rabbit with a tortoise shell strapped to your back, tic tac toe against a chicken, a dunk tank and a rabbit fortune teller.

If you’re planning your visit in advance, keep in mind their awesome special events like the bunny beauty pageant, egg decorating contest, and temper tantrum contest (may the biggest brat win)!

When you buy your tickets in advance you’re given more booth tickets to spend on games than if you buy at the door. If you want to participate, daytime entry and 25 tickets is $20 while evening entry (after 7pm) is $30. While kids age 4 and under are free, the event is suggested for people 15 years old and up.

Easter Carnival

The Clemente

            107 Suffolk St

New York, NY 10002

(212) 260-4080

April 17th – April 20th

 

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Get Up and Ride Bike Tours

Brooklyn waterfront neighborhoods are some of the most beautiful in New York City. Get Up and Ride offers bike tours of Brooklyn that touch on the history, food and beauty from a local’s perspective. The large borough offers a lot in the way of brunch, pastries and scenery. All you have to do is show up!

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Get Up and Ride supplies the bike, helmet, walkie-talkie (so you can listen to your guide as you ride) and your food. They keep groups under 11 people so it’s manageable size. The speed is relaxed and more like a leisurely ride with friends than any kind of race. It’s fun, great exercise and such a unique experience.

Choose from their selection of tours like the “Classic”, which takes you all over Brooklyn for four and a half hours, or the “Brunch in Brooklyn” tour that culminates with brunch at a Brooklyn favorite. Add on a pre-bike rooftop yoga class for some much needed muscle stretching, and we’d say you can call yourself a Brooklynite! They also specialize in custom tours for large groups, families and corporate events. Children older than 16 and taller than 5 feet are welcome; however younger kids can tag along if you book a private family tour.

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Tours last anywhere from three to five hours, and have plenty of stops to rest your legs and fill your tummy! You’ll see the real Brooklyn most tourists don’t get to see, and will have ample time to soak it all in. All tours begin in the trendy Williamsburg neighborhood and start at $60 a person. The majority are perfect for city biking novices because they take safe streets with dedicated bike lanes. Barring horrendous thunderstorms, tours are given rain or shine. No matter what the weather is, though, the waterfront views never fail to sparkle.

135 North 11th Street

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

 

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Art Classes

Does drawing a stick figure give you anxiety? You probably weren’t an artsy kid then. Maybe you would like to get over your fear or just learn a new skill? Art in any form is a great hobby; it can be therapeutic, but also wildly imaginative. Awake your inner Picasso with these engaging art classes in NYC. Newbies are welcome!

The Painting Lounge

Bring your own beer to any class at The Painting Lounge to take the edge off. Supplies are included in the class prices, so you can go, drink and take home a grand masterpiece! Each class has participants paint a famous painting. When you view their calendar before buying your seat you can see what the class will be painting during that session. Recreate an Andy Warhol or Van Gogh with the help of instructors; no one will ever know the difference between your work of art and the original!

The Painting Lounge offers split paintings as well, meaning couples or friends can each paint their own side of the painting, put it together and voila, a masterpiece!

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Manhattan Studio

39 W 14th St. Suite 401

New York, New York 10011

(212) 518-1803

The Art Students League

If you’re serious about your art, the Art Students League is the place to hone your skills. With no pre-requisites required, a catalogue of classes and rolling enrollment, finding the best fit for you is a breeze. They offer painting, sculpting, print making and mixed media all taught by working artists. Pay monthly for classes, which range from $90 to $250.

215 W 57th St

New York, NY 10019

(212) 247-4510

The Art Studio NY

Named the number one art school in the city, they sure do live up to their name! From painting to pastels to drawing, their nonjudgmental attitude goes a long way in attracting art enthusiasts. We think their date night at the Met class held on Saturday nights is pretty cool. It’s just you, your sweetie, a pad of paper and about a thousand works of art.

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145 W 96th St #1b

New York, NY 10025

(212) 932-8484

What are you waiting for? Grab your brushes, your imagination, and hop on board Seastreak. If the breathtaking skyline views of Manhattan don’t inspire you, then we don’t know what will.

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Of Mice and Men on Broadway

If either high school English or celeb stalking is your thing, we’ve got you covered! Of Mice and Men just began previews on Broadway and it stars none other than Leighton Meester (of Gossip Girl fame) and James Franco (of basically every movie you love fame).

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The two and a half hour long drama, based on John Steinbeck’s novella, tells the story of George and Lennie, two migrant workers in California during the Great Depression. Both want a better life, but Lennie always seems to be causing problems that interfere with their happiness and grand plan. George, a smart and driven young man “must choose between protecting his friend and staying the course towards his version of the American Dream”, according to NYC.com.

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Of Mice and Men is a limited engagement as it’s only on Broadway for 18 weeks. It officially opens April 16th and once it does tickets will surely be hard to come by. Pro tip? Whether you buy a ticket to the show or not, you may get a glimpse (and a picture or two) of the stars if you hang out by the stage door post-performance.

 

Longacre Theatre

220 W 48th St

New York, NY 10036

 

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