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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Celebrate One of New York’s Great Artists at the Saul Steinberg Exhibition

The work of some artists moves beyond the walls of galleries and curated showings of critics’ favored pieces. Their art instead contributes to the world’s views of a city, as the imagery becomes associated with both the name and the place in question. Saul Steinberg’s art became part of New York’s vast image for more than fifty years, as it graced the cover of The New Yorker and pictured both our city and visions of the American Dream. This is the last week you can see a special exhibit of Steinberg’s art at Pace Gallery (32 East 57th Street). Don’t miss the Saul Steinberg “100th Anniversary Exhibition”!

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A Foreign-Born New Yorker

Even people who don’t know Saul Steinberg’s name would recognize the distinctive art style of this Romanian-born artist. He escaped World War II to come to the United States, and this gave him a profound fondness for American culture that’s visible in his works. His journey to America, as well as his travels throughout the world, gave him a unique perspective on social structures, political systems, and cultures throughout the world.

Steinberg chose to work in whatever medium would best express his visions and ideas. This unique exhibit displays the true diversity in his talents through more than 80 pieces. Paintings, photographs, and even masks create a cross-section of Steinberg’s style, with an exciting look at some pieces that have never before been displayed.

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Icons of American Life

These pieces give us a creative glimpse into the period of time that immediately followed the last great war. It’s art that asks questions about people and society, and doesn’t give us ready answers.

Ferries are a New York icon, and Seastreak is proud to be part of that tradition! Take a ride on a luxurious Seastreak ferry, and find out why we’re known for our great customer service. You can always count on Seastreak to get you where you need to be.

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick Return to Broadway with “It’s Only a Play”

They’re back on stage! Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, unlikely odd couple of the Broadway stage, have returned to performing together at last. Fans of their first tour, and those theater lovers looking to be won over, will want to snatch up tickets for this stage revival of Terrence McNally’s homage to Broadway, “It’s Only a Play”! It’s playing now at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, at 236 West 45th Street!

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The Play’s the Thing

Lane and Broderick wowed audiences with their turn as producers desperate to turn out a critical flop in the Mel Brooks romp “The Producers”. Now, for the first time since that Tony award winning run, they’ve returned. Only this time, their characters are looking for good reviews to save careers. (Kind of an ironic turn, after their last show.)

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Matthew Broderick plays a playwright on the opening night of his new show. Critical reviews of the night’s performance will make or break his career. He nervously shares his important evening with his best friend, played by Nathan Lane. Will the good reviews come in, and on Broadway, is anything ever just “only a play”?

A Talented Cast of Characters

Also in this all-star cast is Stockard Channing, a veteran of both Broadway and the silver screen. (Remember Rizzo from the classic “Grease”?) Rupert Grint plays the wunderkind director of the play’s show-in-a-show, dressed up in wild suits you would never have expected to see on Harry Potter’s best friend. Joining them are the brilliant F. Murray Abraham, and incredibly versatile Megan Mullally.

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Seastreak isn’t only a ferry! We’re also luxurious catamarans, prompt schedules, and old fashioned customer service. Whether you’re going to see the latest show, or visiting your favorite city eatery, Seastreak wants to show you why we’re the choice you can count on.

 

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Fill Up On Authentic Barbeque at Mighty Quinn’s

Seastreak dating tips: Barbeque restaurants are a great place to take that attractive Sir or Miss on the first date! Everyone loves delicious, wood-smoked meals. Besides, barbeque sauce on your faces will both give you common ground, and provide a source of laughter for breaking the ice. (This is why we run a ferry company instead of an online dating service.) No matter why you’re going out to eat, you can’t go wrong with Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, at 103 2nd Avenue!

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Smoking Hot Food

Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque is a Smorgasburg success story. Chef Hugh Mangum, who appeared on Food Network’s “Chopped”, crafts old-fashioned barbeque out of the best meats and poultry he can come by, often grass-fed or raised outdoors. These components are spiced to complement the flavors inherent to the meats, then put in a smoker for hours to slow cook until they’re tender. It’s part of his philosophy on good barbeque: get the best ingredients you can, then don’t fuss with them too much.

The restaurant is one of New York’s finest and most authentic barbeque joints. You’ll find real pulled pork here, as well as ribs that are ready to fall off the bone. Mighty Quinn’s knows how to make baked beans, too. There’s burnt ends all throughout, adding a sweet, smoky flavor.

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Saucy

Too many barbeque places smother the natural flavors in their foods with an excess of sauce. Mighty Quinn’s adds a judicious amount of sauce to allow the savory flavors of their components to shine through. You’ll find plenty of additional sauce on hand to add for yourself, if you’re so inclined.

At Seastreak, we’ve given up our dreams of matching people with the loves of their lives. Instead, we want to match our customers with the best ferry experience they can have. Let us show you how Seastreak’s comfortable catamarans and customer service equal an unbeatable trip!

 

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Fun Times at Fall Fest

Fun Times at Fall Fest

Looking for that perfect Fall trip to take with your kids?  Think they might like to go for a pony ride? Ever take your kids to a petting zoo? How about a sweet hay ride?  Well, have we got the place for you!  Fall Fest at A. Casola Farms!

Choose Your Own Adventure

Choose Your Own Adventure

A. Casola Farms is a 200-plus acre true family-run farm, and it sits among the bucolic rolling hills and pastures of Central NJ.  Most of the year they specialize in nurseries and greenhouses, but during the Fall it’s a whole different story.  For many years, the farm has offered pick-your own pumpkins, hay-rides, an awesome petting zoo, pony-rides, face painting, a Wild West show, spooky Halloween decorations, and yummy Fall treats.

Your kids will LOVE the petting zoo!

Your kids will LOVE the petting zoo!

Insider’s tip:  It’s free to explore the farm, but you’ll want to bring some extra cash for some of the features.  Hayride, $4.00 per person.  Petting Zoo: $4.00 per person. Face painting, $5.00.  Pumpkins are priced by the pound.  Roasted sweet potatoes $3.00, fresh roasted corn from the farm, $3.00.

Sweet Pony Rides

Sweet Pony Rides

For a great escape from the concrete jungle this weekend, hop on a speedy Seastreak ferry at East 35th St/FDR or Pier 11, and we’ll whisk you over to NJ, where you’ll board a bus for the quick run to Farm Fest.  Later that afternoon, you’ll hop back on the bus, and return to our terminal for your ferry ride back to NYC, with your kids, and a pumpkin in tow, of course :-)

Plenty of Pumpkins to Choose From

Plenty of Pumpkins to Choose From

Click here for more information and to reserve your tickets or give us a call if you have any questions at 1-800-BOATRIDE (262-8743).  Hope to see you aboard!

 

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Hear the Best of John Lennon at “Through a Glass Onion”

John Lennon left behind him a legacy of unforgettable music, which has continued to inspire us decades after his tragic death. Music never truly dies; the melody is just picked up by other voices and carried forward. You can experience an example of this, as well as enjoy the timeless melodies of John Lennon, at “Lennon: Through a Glass Onion”, playing at the Union Square Theater (100 East 17th Street) until February 22.

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An Evening of Lennon

Renowned actor and talented singer John Waters, as well as his accompanist Stewart D’Arrietta, bring 31 of Lennon’s best-loved songs to Manhattan with this newly opened show. Hear favorites such as “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Imagine”, and “Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds”played live. There’s more than the music, however. You’ll also be treated to spoken word pieces that detail the life and times of the iconic John Lennon.

It’s a performance that earned wild popularity and rave reviews in Australia, where both performers originated, despite a very tiny 1192 premier. It was booked for a single week in the Tilbury Hotel, but the tremendous demand earned it five more weeks.

Remembering a Legend

John Waters is famous Down Under for his work on stage. He’s been in musicals such as The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Stewart D’Arrietta has performed as Tom Waits in Tom Waits for No Man and Belly of a Drunken Piano. This show promises a worthy homage to one of the greatest singers of all time.

Let us take you down, ‘cause we’re going to…New Jersey! We’re also headed to Manhattan, depending on which way you’re going. With Seastreak, you don’t have to imagine all the people sailing on in peace. Join our happy customers, and find out why Seastreak is the most luxurious way to travel.

 

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The Seastreak Family

 

 

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Try an Authentic Taste of China at Szechuan Gourmet

Mentioning Chinese food often sets certain expectations. A whole host of these expectations are stuck in the 80s, with the ubiquitous sweet and sour lumps served at every wanna-be Asian buffet the restaurant scene could cough up. Throw those outdated assumptions out the window, and head for Szechuan Gourmet, at 21 West 39th Street. It will recalibrate your mental picture of how Szechuan-style cuisine ought to be!

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More than the Name

The generic name of this restaurant belies the establishment’s quality of food and uncommon variety of meals available. You’ll find plenty of old favorites, as well as dishes just begging to join those well-beloved dishes you order time and again. Bring your appetite and your sense of adventure, and get ready to eat your way through a very worthy menu!

General Tso Meets His Match

Sure, you could let General Tso’s chicken lead the charge across your plate, or treat yourself to a plate of beef with broccoli, and you wouldn’t go wrong. You could also broil your taste buds with a braised whole bass with spicy hot chili sauce! If you’re not partial to lighting your face on fire, try the minced pork with clear noodles instead.

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Szechuan Gourmet has a reputation as one of Manhattan’s few truly authentic Szechuan eateries. Not only will you enjoy the diverse menu, but also the atmosphere of the restaurant itself. Paper lanterns provide soft lighting, while the red-accented walls and chairs add a vibrant energy to the place. Eat at the restaurant, or ask for your meal to go!

Seastreak approves wholeheartedly of bringing take-home Chinese food back to your place for a midnight fridge raid! We’re glad to let you bring both your leftovers, and your takeout, with you while you ride one of our comfortable catamarans. Whether you’re bringing back dinner, or just yourself, let Seastreak get you where you’re going!

 

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See Exciting Postwar Abstract Expressionist Works at the “From the Margins” Exhibit

Good abstract art is more than just random splatters of paint on a canvas. (The bad stuff gives anyone who’s ever spilled paint hope for fame and notoriety someday.) Abstract art shows an artist’s energy and emotion, and it leaves room for the viewer to bring their own perspective to the piece. You can learn more about two lesser-known but talented artists from New York’s postwar era at the Jewish Museum (1109 5th Avenue) at the “From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945–1952” exhibit. It runs through February 1, and it’s a thought-provoking look at two different approaches to Abstract Expressionism.

Overlooked but Remembered

This exhibit explores the parallels between these two artists who never got the critical acclaim of other, similar artists of their time. (It’s interesting to note that Lee Krasner was married to famous abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock, but her work never received the same attention as her husband’s.) Both Lewis and Krasner’s work reflect similar themes. Their chosen color palettes, scale, and intensity create a visual conversation between the two that isn’t often seen in other artists’ work.

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The Influence of Space

The Jewish Museum has done an excellent job of playing up the dialogue created by the two similar artists. Their styles were both influenced not only by their marginalized places in the time, but also, their physical workspaces. Many artists of the period created massive works, but both Krasner and Lewis had only small spaces to work in. The result is highly focused artwork with tremendous vitality packed into the smaller space allowed. It’s well worth seeing!

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Seastreak’s dedication to good customer care isn’t abstract, it’s a concrete fact. We want to give everyone a reason to choose our luxurious ferries and outstanding service. Come find out why Seastreak is the only way to make your trip to Manhattan!

 

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