2013 4th of July CitySightseeing NY Fireworks Cruise

This blog post was originally posted on CitySights NY Blog and is being shared here because we thought you would love it. Enjoy!

The 4th of July in New York City is like Arrested Development filming a fourth season: Awesome. Macy’s puts on one of the best firework displays in the world, streets are closed on the Hudson River so people can get a better view, and everyone has a good time. One popular way people choose to celebrate Independence Day is with a fireworks cruise, and ours is back once again.

The CitySightseeing NY 4th of July Fireworks Cruise will sell out yet again, and this year we’re upping the ante. The cruise will board at 5:30 and depart at 6 p.m. for a trek on the water. Here are more details:

  • Evening cruise around Manhattan Harbor
  • View of the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show on the Hudson River
  • DJ Performance on board
  • Ticket price includes a hot dog, french fries and a soft drink per person
  • Casual dinner menu available for purchase
  • Cash bar

This cruise sells out every year, so you don’t want to get left behind!

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The Largest Easter Egg Hunt in NYC

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Remember Easter morning as a child, waking up and hunting for eggs? This Saturday, treat your kids to a one-of-a-kind experience in Queens: New York City’s biggest Easter egg hunt.

In St. Albans Park in Jamaica, Queens, celebrate Easter with an egg hunt like no other. In addition to the biggest Easter egg hunt in NYC, there will be music, rides, coloring contests and more. The celebration will be held this Saturday from 12 noon – 5 p.m.

For more information visit: www.affinityplan.org/EggHunt

Photo: Flickr / MDGovpics

Checkmate, Winter. Outdoor Chess is back

Checkmate!  Outdoor chess players looking for their next opponent.

Checkmate! Outdoor chess players looking for their next opponent.

Spring is in the air! Which means that pawns, Queens, and Kings litter the streets again (the chess pieces of course). New York City is world renowned for playing chess in the great outdoors. Here are some places where you can witness masterful chess moves or even challenge the best yourself.

Washington Square Park

The cornerstone of Manhattan’s chess district. Famous for it’s stationary chess tables and atmosphere  This area was even featured in the film “Searching for Bobby Fischer” the classic film about a legendary player who used to frequent these tables.

Union Square

Chess masters from all over the world travel here to compete with the best. Don’t let that intimidate you though, for a small fee you can play with them. You can always just bring your own board and play with your friends too.

Bryant Park

Located by the gorgeous fountain terrace in Bryant park. This chess area will soothe you with tranquil bliss as you plot against your opponent.

Central Park

There actually exists a house completely dedicated to chess & checkers in Central Park.  The Chess and Checkers House,  offers 24 outdoor chess and checker tables.It has indoor as well as outdoor tables that attract players of all ages and abilities.

Marshall Chess Club

The oldest chess club located in NYC. This community of chess grand masters and enthusiasts, hosts plenty of chess tournaments all year round. Feel free to check out an event and spectate to learn amazing new techniques. If you’re feeling confident, you can always challenge members head on!

Photo Credit: Flickr / Charley Lhasa

Irish Pubs in NYC

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at an Irish pub.

Celebrate the Irish at an Irish pub!

Top the mornin’ to you Blarney. Ok I’ll stop with the Irish accent, but it’s hard not to when you got St Patrick’s Day on the mind. To prepare for St. Patty’s you gotta know what you’re going to drink and where you’re going to get it. Here are some great Irish pubs in NYC that’ll actually make you feel Irish.    There’ll be plenty of drinking and hangovers in the coming weeks, but its ok, there are plenty of Irish pubs in NYC that’ll cure and delay your hangover.

McSorley’s Old Ale House

Soak up the history at this old watering hole. This pub was established in 1854 and has long upheld bringing Irish traditions & drinks to the heart of New York City.

The Irish Pub

The name sums it up pretty well. Located in the heart of mid-town Manhattan this pub specializes in combining Irish and American food & culture into a fun, delicious experience.

Pig N Whistle

This Irish pub is famous for their home-brew Pig N Whistle ale. Rest assured it doesn’t contain any pig meat in it, so don’t be afraid to try it. Sorry to disappoint if you actually wanted some pig in your ale.

The Coliseum Bar and Restaurant

This recently renovated Irish pub has entered the modern age with a sleek design yet still maintains an authentic Irish atmosphere.

Paddy Maguire’s Ale House

Like drinking and horses? Then you’ll love this pub founded by Irish jockey, Paddy Maguire. Alcohol and horsies come together to celebrate Ireland in a unique way at this pub.

Photo Credit: Flickr / marco_ask

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Celebrate Chinese New Year’s this Weekend

Crowds gather to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Crowds gather to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Happy Chinese New Year’s everybody! Celebrate the year of the snake this Sunday with the annual Lunar New Year Parade & festival in Chinatown.

The 14th annual parade will provide ample entertainment for all ages. Colorful floats, elaborate costumes, and extravagant dance performances will dazzle the eye.

Each year, activities are inspired by the zodiac theme, so hope you like snakes! Streets will be packed with thousands of people in attendance, alongside live music.

Can’t have a festival without amazing food. Vendors will be out and showcasing great authentic cultural dishes that will quench anyone’s appetite just by looking at it.

The parade starts at 1 pm this Sunday. Parade starts in Little Italy and goes throughout Lower Chinatown. Cultural festival & booths will be located in Sara Roosevelt Park (Canal & Forsyth St.).

Photo Credit: Flickr / heypatrick

Valentine’s Day “Out” On The Harbor Cruise **CANCELED**

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UPDATE: Unfortunately we are going to have to cancel this year’s Valentine’s Day Cruise. If you have already purchased your tickets you will be issued a full refund. We are so sorry for the inconvenience and hope that you end up having a great Valentine’s Day.

Still looking for Valentine’s Day plans? You want something romantic to do with you partner, but haven’t quite found it yet?

This year, jump aboard New York City’s most fabulous gay cruise around. Reserve your seat today for the first ever Valentine’s Day “Out” on the Harbor cruise! Bring your Valentine or find a new one while enjoying a three hour, premium open bar out on the New York Harbor. There will be dancing, hors d’oeuvres, wine and chocolate tastings and much more. Here are the details:

  • 3 Hour Evening Cruise Around Manhattan Harbor
  • Cruise boards at 7, departs at 7:30 p.m.
  • Live DJ
  • Passed hors d’oeuvres
  • Premium Open Bar!
  • Dessert
  • Must be 21+

Make this Valentine’s Day one that you’ll never forget out on the high seas!

Reserve your ticket now, and don’t forget to RSVP on out official Facebook event page!

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Broadway Week 2013: January 22 through February 7

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Theater lovers rejoice! Broadway Week has returned for 2013.

Broadway Week offers 2-for-1 tickets for most of its shows, a deal that is as good as it gets. You can head over to the official Broadway Week website and finally experience a show up close and personal with the tickets that you could never afford before. Or maybe go out to a nice dinner with the money you save from this special savings. Either way, you can buy your tickets for shows between January 22-February 7.

*UPDATE* Tickets for The Lion King and Wicked are already sold out! Don’t be too late for your favorite show.

Photo Credit: Flickr / Gane

Become a kid again, even if just for two hours

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On Sunday (1/20), one of your favorite playground games is coming to the streets of New York City.  Join dozens of people who are finding their inner-kid during the eighth annual Freeze Tag on Wall Street.

This is exactly as it sounds.  It is a bunch of grownups getting together in downtown Manhattan to play a children’s game that they probably haven’t played in year.  And why not.  You get good exercise, you have fun, and you get a truly one-of-a-kind NYC experience.

If freeze tag wasn’t your game, don’t worry.  They will also be playing blob tag, wolf sheep rock, red rover and more!  Head down to the corner of Wall and Broad streets at 1 p.m. on Sunday and have some fun!

Photo Credit: levysuniqueny.com

The Public Theater prepares for experimental performances from all over the world

On Wednesday, January 9, the Under the Radar Festival comes back to The Public Theater for 11 days of performances that will be experimental, abstract, and fun.  Artists and ensembles from all over the world will come to New York City and put on some of the best shows during the worst month of the year.

Here is Festival Director Mark Russell to further explain:

You can purchase tickets for Under the Radar now.

Weekend Pick: ‘First Look’ in NYC

P-047, Showing on January 12, 8:30 p.m.

P-047, Showing on January 12, 8:30 p.m.

Any film junkies out there can’t wait four more months for the Tribeca Film Festival to roll around? Never fear, because the Museum of the Moving Image has brought back its First Look again in 2013, and opening night is tonight, January 4.

In 2012, we saw First Look come to the Queens museum with a series of feature-length and short films.  This time around, the Museum of the Moving Image will show 26 films from 12 different countries.

Tickets for First Look are included with admission to the museum ($12 adults, $9 children) and all screenings are open to museum members.*  If you’re looking for great film and you’re on a tight budget, a trip out to Astoria this weekend will be well worth your money.

The Museum of the Moving Image’s First Look opens on January 4 and continues through January 13.

*Opening night tickets are the only tickets not included in the general admission or for museum members.  Museum members will receive a discounted price for opening night.

Photo Credit: First Look / P-047