Glenn Close and John Lithgow Strike “A Delicate Balance” on Broadway

Benjamin Franklin’s saying goes, “Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.” Sometimes, it doesn’t even take that long before the tensions heat up and everything goes wrong. A suburban couple with an uneasy existence discovers this in Edward Albee’s classic play, “A Delicate Balance”. This revival, playing now at the John Golden Theater (252 W. 45th Street) stars John Lithgow and Glenn Close, as she makes her return to the stage!

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Tipping the Balance

Agnes and Tobias lead a relatively peaceful if uneasy existence with Agnes’s alcoholic sister, Claire. This fragile peace is disturbed by the return of Julia, the couple’s adult daughter, as her fourth marriage dissolves and she must return home. It is further threatened by the sudden arrival of Agnes and Tobias’s best friends, Harry and Edna. These friends’ anxiety has gone into overdrive. They believe some nameless threat has menaced them, and they want to stay with Agnes and Tobias to escape it.

As this volatile hodgepodge of people move in, both friendships and the bonds of family are tested by the weight of the past and the clashing needs for personal space. With tensions running hot, will they boil over and tear everyone apart? Or can Agnes and Tobias maintain their delicate balance?

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A Return to Broadway

Glenn Close has made her name on the silver screen, but she began her illustrious acting career on Broadway. She has appeared in various popular films, from the recent blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” to more cerebral favorites such as “Hamlet”. John Lithgow has lent his charm and acting prowess to many productions, appearing in the hit television shows “How I Met Your Mother” and “3rd Rock From the Sun”, and as the voice of the evil prince in the animated “Shrek” movies.

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Seastreak doesn’t believe there’s a balance between service and comfort. We aim to give you both the friendliest, most attentive customer service, and a luxurious ferry ride you won’t find anywhere else!

 

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Eat Delicious, Authentic Thai Food at Uncle Boons

Many of us grew up with a favorite uncle. Maybe he played ball, or took us to movies, or gave us the annoying toys our parents refused to buy for the sake of their sanities. Add another favorite uncle to your family, and check out Uncle Boons restaurant! It’s at 7 Spring Street, where you’ll find some of New York’s most delicious Thai food.

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Beer Slush – Enough Said

Eating at Uncle Boons is like finding yourself in Bangkok, sitting in a pub and ordering the local favorites. From curries right on down to the beer slushies, Uncle Boons has authentic Thai cuisine served in a delightfully exotic atmosphere. The décor and style of the restaurant are a real testament to the founders of the place, who spent an extensive amount of time traveling Thailand and learning its ways.

The food at Uncle Boons knows how to put on the heat. Your tastebuds will wake up with the first bite of the well-spiced dishes on offer here. Enjoy meals such as the yum kai hua pli, warm roasted chicken salad with crunchy strips of banana blossoms and a spicy dressing. If you never thought a salad could make you sweat, you are in for a delectable surprise.

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Currying Favor

Curry lovers will not come away from Uncle Boons disappointed. You’ll find your khao soi kaa kai, a golden curry with homemade egg noodles, chicken legs, and pickled mustard greens with coconut milk. If you prefer beef, you’ll want the massaman neuh, with boneless beef ribs and curry, potato, red onion, peanut, and green peppercorn. There’s a variety of grilled meats as well, hot off the charcoal fire.

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Seastreak ferries can’t get you all the way to Thailand (at our service speed, it would take about 10 days to sail there), but we can get you within two miles of Uncle Boons! Let us show you why Seastreak is the best ferry company for getting where you’re going.

 

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Join the Wildest Party Animals at Boo at the Zoo

It’s the last hurrah for Halloween 2014 this weekend! While Friday is the holiday itself, there’s still plenty of wild fun happening all weekend long! Unleash your inner beast, and head out to the Bronx Zoo (2300 Southern Boulevard) on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday for the exciting Boo at the Zoo event! You won’t find more party animals anywhere else this Halloween.

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Creature Feature

Forget ghosts, goblins, and vampires. You’ll see the real creatures of the night when you go to Boo at the Zoo. Hang out with bats, meet the who’s who of owls, and decline lunch with vultures! Learn more about critters that scurry, slither, and scare at chats about rats, snakes, and even dragons. (That’s komodo dragons. Sightings of the fire-breathing variety not guaranteed.) Then head back in time with the Dinosaur Safari, and find out about the beasts who lived before the inhabitants of the zoo.

For extra Halloween fun, wear your costume so you can be part of the costume parade! Take a walk in the dark, through the Jack O’Lantern Illumination tunnel, where more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins light your way. If that’s not enough excitement to send you out of your gourd, don’t miss the demonstrations on 3-D carved pumpkins. You’ll be amazed at the art you can make with a squash.

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Show and Tell

When you’re ready to sit for a while and rest your feet, there’s performances to keep you entertained. Enjoy puppet shows about extinct species, or be amazed at one of the magic demonstrations! Go hands on with creepy craft workshops, too.

After the Boo at the Zoo, have a Shriek at the Seastreak! (Though we’d rather you didn’t scream at anyone on the ferry. Shriek quietly before you get to the docks. It’s close enough.) Relax with our old-fashioned customer service and luxurious watercraft after your day at the zoo.

 

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Taste More Than 300 Whiskies at WhiskyFest

Not everyone gets into holidays. Maybe they’re not the celebratory sort, or it just takes more to make them feel merry. We’ve got a great inspiration for that festive spirit on October 29, at the 17th Annual WhiskyFest! It’s at the New York Marriott Marquis (1535 Broadway, on Times Square), and it promises to be a celebration worth getting excited about.

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300 Whiskies, One Night Only

More than 300 whiskies from all over the world await your discriminating judgement at this yearly tasting extravaganza. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about this popular and prestigious drink, this is the perfect opportunity to educate yourself about the different varieties of whisky on the market. There’s no better time to introduce yourself to this refined liquor.

Those already well acquainted with whisky can expand their knowledge at one of WhiskyFest’s many free seminars, conducted by whisky experts from all over. Meet master blenders, distillers, and other members of the whisky community. And did we mention the tasting?

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One Cannot Live By Whisky Alone

WhiskyFest features a never-ending buffet of gourmet foods to provide a foundation for your tasting exploits. Not interested in wandering home after a night filled with food and drink? The Marriott is offering special rates on rooms for WhiskyFest attendees.

What do you get for attending WhiskyFest? All festival goers receive the latest issue of Whisky Advocate magazine, a gift bag, and a commemorative crystal nosing glass. Tickets will not be available at the door, so be sure you get your passes online. They’re going quickly, so grab one fast!

Seastreak’s ferry captains won’t be hitting the WhiskyFest, so you’ll have to do it for them. We’re dedicated to getting you home safely after you’ve enjoyed your whisky tasting, or however you’ve spent your time in the city! Spoil yourself with a ride on one of our luxurious catamarans.

 

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Year-Round Scares Abound at Times Scare

Looking for a frightfully good time? Scares are in the air this season, with just a handful of weekends left until Christmas! Oh, and if that’s not terrifying enough, Halloween’s almost here, too. You don’t have to wait for the most ghoulish of holidays to enjoy one of New York’s most haunted attractions. Times Scare, at 669 8th Avenue, offers up haunted house fun all year round!

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A Haunted Haven in New York

Times Scare is New York City’s only year-round haunted house, but they really ramp it up for Halloween. They’ve made one of our nation’s most haunted buildings into a macabre scare fair, filling it with creepy custom designs and chilling, macabre décor. Not that the place needed much help. Back in the 20s, a crematorium operated here, and if you listen, you can still hear the whispers of the departed…or the screams from The Haunt, Times Scare’s haunted house.

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There’s more to see than just the 20-minute stroll through your nightmares. Times Scare features the Kill Bar, where you can down some liquid courage or calm your nerves after you’ve gone through The Haunt. You’ll find your favorite cocktails available, as well as some special concoctions unique to Times Scare. Try Ernest Hemingway’s “Death in the Afternoon” cocktail, or the Dracula’s Kiss. Or meet the infamous Green Fairy with a glass of absinthe!

Have a Night Out With the Ghouls

Times Scare features unique shows you won’t find anywhere else. Goon River presents stories and tales told in complete darkness, leaving the details to your imagination. Face Off! Improv will leave you laughing out loud. If you’d rather be in a show, warm up your voice and sing your heart out at Skaryoke!

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Seastreak ferries are not haunted by the ghosts of unhappy passengers, because we don’t leave any behind! Our fantastic customer service and luxurious catamarans deliver everyone to their destinations with smiles on their faces.

 

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Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal Star in “The Real Thing” on Broadway

There’s a few good ways to know if a love is not real. Should your mate shave your head while you’re asleep, you probably do not have a real love. Did you find all your socks and underthings in a freezer? Odds are good, your love is not real. But how do you know if your love is the real thing? A truly stellar cast explores this question in “The Real Thing” on Broadway. Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor, and Cynthia Nixon take the stage at American Airlines Theater (227 West 42nd Street) in a revival of Tom Stoppard’s popular play!

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Life Imitates Art

For playwright Henry, life has begun to look a little too much like art. He has written a play about a marriage falling apart, even as he is unhappy married to Charlotte, the actress who plays the lead role in his production. He undertakes an affair with their mutual friend Annie, but finds it threatens to tear all their lives apart. It leaves him to question whether or not their love is the real thing.

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A Cast of Award Winners

Ewan McGregor has been nominated for both Golden Globe awards and Oliviers. He’s played a variety of roles, though one of his best known is as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels. Maggie Gyllenhaal has played many fascinating roles, including Batman’s girlfriend Rachel in The Dark Knight. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Crazy Heart. Theater buffs will recognize Cynthia Nixon as a Tony Award winner from 2006, for her part in “Rabbit Hole”.

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You never need to question if Seastreak is the real thing! We’re dedicated to old-fashioned customer service and clean, luxurious watercraft that will get you to your destination on time. The next time you’re headed to Manhattan, choose Seastreak!

 

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Pizza Rules at Rubirosa Ristorante

If you live in New York, you have an opinion about the best pizza. (If you don’t live in New York, you might have an opinion about the best pizza, too, but we’re a little dubious about it. Unless your opinion is, “The best pizza is in New York.”) Everyone’s got a favorite pizza joint. It’s hard to go wrong with testing out other spots for a good pie, though, so if you haven’t already, head to Rubirosa Ristorante. It’s at 235 Mulberry Street, and if the pizza doesn’t draw you, the homemade pasta will!

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When the Moon Hits Your Eye

At Rubirosa, they make their pies with a thin-crust pizza recipe that’s been in the family for more than 50 years. That family recipe started out at Joe and Pat’s Pizzeria in Staten Island, the restaurant run by Rubirosa proprietor AJ Pappalardo’s parents, and has continued its delicious legacy in Manhattan. Taste tradition with Rubirosa’s classic pizza! Or branch out with one of their other creations, such as the vodka pizza, or the caprese with homemade cheese.

Pasta La Vista

For the days when pizza’s not what you’re hungry for, Rubirosa serves a delectable variety of other meals that are sure to hit the spot. Pasta lovers will be interested to know that Rubirosa’s pasta is made fresh every day, right in the restaurant.

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Old favorites like lasagna for two and ricotta ravioli are on offer, as are creations such as the mint gnocchi made with savory lamb. They have not neglected the salads, either. Fresh, house-made mozzarella makes the caprese salad something special. Or treat yourself to a fabulous plate of chicken parmigiano!

Pizza night? No problem. Seastreak will sail you to your favorite pizzeria (or closer to it, anyway), then get you back home again. Let Seastreak be your partner in your quest to test out every pizza place in Manhattan!

 

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New York Returns to Its Gilded Age at the “Gilded New York” Exhibition

Think you know how to throw a party? You’ve got nothing on the shindigs from the end of the 19th century, when grand balls thrown in mansions were the way the moneyed elite strutted their stuff. Take a look at how the rich and fancy showed their wealth at the “Gilded New York” exhibition, held by the Museum of the City of New York (1220 5th Avenue)!

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Party Like It’s 1889

Industrialists of New York’s Gilded Age rose to prominence and wealth quickly, and they often believed in flaunting their money with excess we only see in tabloids today. The upper class thought nothing of wearing a platinum brooch with precious stones worth enough to buy half a city block. Or a mother-of-pearl fan with painted satin and peacock feathers. It goes with everything.

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For a real look at how extravagant the dress of the era became, you need look no further than Mrs. Alice Gwynne Vanderbilt’s “Electric Light” dress, which even featured a torch powered by batteries hidden in the dress! (Back then, you couldn’t just run to the store for a package of AAs, so this was a pretty big deal.) The ball she wore it to reportedly cost $3 million to host, and had 1,200 guests.

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The Cane is Not For Sale

Lest you think ladies got all the bling, make sure you don’t miss the pocketknife decorated with sapphires and rubies. One enterprising “gentleman” even carried a cane with a secret compartment, which hid an ivory carving of a woman without her clothes. Never let it be said the men of the era weren’t class acts.

Seastreak’s ferries might not be gilded in gold, but they’re still the height of luxury! Feel like a Rockefeller when you ride one of our comfortable catamarans. We’re the pinnacle of seagoing style!

 

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Squash Boredom at the Haunted Pumpkin Garden

Going out of your gourd looking for something to do with your children? Trying to carve out some time for family fun? We’ve got just the thing. Halloween’s just a couple weeks out, and kids are getting excited about the big night. Suit up your young goblins and head for the Haunted Pumpkin Garden at the New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx). There’s no better way to get in the Halloween spirit!

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Rhapsody in Orange

Put boredom in an early grave with a trip to this silly, spooky squash spectacular. The creative use of pumpkins will delight both children and adults with fascinating (and in some cases, seemingly gravity defying) displays. The New York Botanical Garden receives new shipments of pumpkins every week, so there’s always a fresh design on display.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden has a fabulous array of activities for children, and adults, too. Go on a spooky night time adventure, or learn more about the creepy creatures of Halloween. Kids can play in a pumpkin house, and be part of a parade to show off their costumes! There’s even a Pumpkin Puppet Theater where kids can put on their own performances.

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Advanced Pumpkin Carving: A Skill for Life

This weekend, you can see Master Pumpkin Carver Ray Villafane work his magic on some unsuspecting pumpkins. Even better, you can learn some of his tricks for making the best jack-o-lanterns on the block with his one-day workshop! Be sure to make a reservation for this terrific event.

Seastreak is far better than a certain infamous pumpkin coach. We’ve got modern catamarans with indoor and outdoor seating, a full-service bar, and we don’t turn back into a squash at midnight. (It would make us late in the morning.) Ride with us and see why we’re the best!

 

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Find a Good Wine and a Great Meal at Charlie Bird

A restaurant’s vibe can be just as important as the food. Meals taste a little bit better when they’re served in a space you enjoy, accompanied by great music and maybe a good wine to drink. Sound good to you? Try out Charlie Bird! It’s at 5 King Street, and it’s serving up delicious seafood and modern Italian cuisine in a jazzy, distinctive dining room with a modern feel.

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Charlie Bird is the Word

Charlie Bird’s menu is filled with foods which will seem both comfortably familiar and delightfully fresh. Whether you’re looking for a belly full of pasta or plate of seafood that was recently swimming just offshore, Charlie Bird has a selection that’s sure to please. Chef Ryan Hardy has created a selection of foods with Italian influences and New York flair.

This restaurant joins many of New York’s eateries in sourcing its ingredients locally where it can. The live diver scallops with brown butter and garlic chives may have ridden into town on one of Long Island’s fishing boats. Charlie Bird’s pasta is just as fresh as the fish, made by hand in the restaurant itself.

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The Perfect Vintage

The wine list at Charlie Bird is expertly curated, and features a spectacular list of vintages to pair with any meal. Wine aficionados will rejoice at a selection that is nothing short of epic. You’ll find wines from many regions and countries, including Italian, German, French, and American wines. Better still, every wine on the list is available in a half carafe, for those who’d prefer something less than a bottle.

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Seastreak will give you the best customer service of any ferry company. We’ll give you comfortable seats both inside and outside on our luxurious catamarans. We’ll give you a full-service bar to snack from. But we will never give you the bird.

 

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