Here’s the Lucky 7 for 12/13/13-12/15/13
1) The Night Out: As a metalhead, the only experience I’ve found comparable to roughing the most brutal of mosh pits is navigating midtown during the holiday season. Looking to dive into the holidays but avoid the shopping circus that runs from Macy’s to Bryant Park? Climb aboard one of Classic Harbor Line’s holiday tours. Whether you’re looking to wine and dine, or if you’re in it for the free hot chocolate, cookies, and caroling, these 90 minute tours are making spirits bright through out the stressful holiday season. Departing right from Chelsea Piers, these boat tours will keep you close to home and holiday cheer, but will keep you so very far removed from Christmas chaos.
2) The Perfect Date: While tourists and native New Yorkers alike drool over Bryant Park’s pop up restaurant Celsius each year, Bryant Park’s “Grill” steps up your holiday dining experience, dripping with a vintage Holiday-In-New-York feel. Trading in sexy lighting for a soft Christmas classic glow, Grill is the perfect fit for a fancy night out or a well earned, post-shopping meal. Put the shopping bags down and enjoy a menu that boasts a a flavorful Poached Pear, Celeriac and French Green Bean Salad, delicious Baked Strozzapreti Pasta, and of course, New York Cheesecake. The heated extension has a view of Bryant Park’s Holiday Tree. It’s like eating inside of a Sinatra song!
Wondering where to shop beforehand? Bryant Park (and Union Square’s) pop up shops are always full of unique New York finds that even Grandma will still appreciate. My favorite vendors this year are Brooklyn Botanicals, Metal Park, and Momo Glassworks. But, there are about a bagillion shops. Take a look for yourself!
3) Do Good: Admit it. You picked up a little something for yourself this Black Friday. That’s okay! But if you have clothing that’s on it’s way out, you don’t have to look far to find someone who needs it. Though I love a good stop at Search and Destroy or Buffalo Exchange, let’s remember our homeless during the freezing (literally) cold winter days. New York Cares is making it as easy as holiday pie to donate to their coat drive, providing 312 locations for drop off. All you have to do is log onto their website and enter your zip code to find the location nearest you. It won’t cost you anything but time, and it could just save a life. Please pause this busy holiday season to help out!
4) All Ages: Looking to put down the cocktails and join in a little family fun? Stop up to the impressive train display at the Botanical Gardens. The massive train layout is complete with models of all of New York’s greatest icons, including iconic bridges, the Empire State Building, and of course, Yankee Stadium. Lucious gardens envelop the sprawling display, exciting adults and children alike. There are even a few outdoor displays that round out your visit. The Holiday Train Show is sure to provide a lot of bang for your buck!
5) Laugh: Got a case of the Holiday Blues? No better way to laugh them off than with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade incredible weekend line up. Veteran improv teams provide a quite literally once-in-a-life-time experience, creating shows based off of audience suggestions. Saturday night is stacked with hysterical staples, including The Curfew, Death By Roo Roo, and Grandma’s Ashes. A fan of stand up, too? Stick around for Midnight Stand Up, featuring the hilarious Dan St. Germain, Sean Donnelly, and Kevin Barnett. In case that roster isn’t enough for you, surprise guests often frequent this show! But really, you’re getting greedy if that’s not enough.
6) Listen: They say great things come in fours. Okay, nobody says that. But at Yotel, you’ll find four floors stacked with awesome, including a terrace that has a free party with live music every Saturday! They even have free Wi-Fi so you can make Instagram the whole damn thing. The only catch is that you have to be on “the list”. The good news is that the only thing you have to do to get on the list is send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to keep an eye out for the dress code!
7) Over The Bridge: After over a year of rebuilding, one of New Jersey’s finest venues has emerged stronger than the storm. Starland Ballroon is back! It just took some time. Little girl, they’re in the middle of the ride. That’s right! Jimmy Eat World is hitting the stage this Saturday with X Ambassadors. The show is all ages, (21+ to drink) and there are still a few tickets left. Hurry hurry! Snag them here.
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