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The latest lifestyle news from New York City. From restaurants to park retreats, neighborhood events and more, find previews, reviews and commentary here at ZEALnyc.

Dispatch from Paris

Dispatch From Paris: Finding Romance in Museums and Cafés

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, August 1, 2018 You can only do so much with 36 hours in Paris. In fact, the New York Times Travel Section’s famous column has taken to dividing Paris into “36 Hours” on the Left Bank, or the same on the Right Bank. My only previous trip to ...

Life In Focus: Summer on the Streets and in the Parks

By Juliana Crawford, Contributing Photographer, July 27, 2018   A little step dancing across the street; photo: Juliana Crawford.   Hip-Hop in Chinatown; photo: Juliana Crawford.   A stretch by the lake in Center Park; Juliana Crawford.   Tapping by Bethesda Fountain in ...

A Day @: Green-Wood Cemetery Offers Much More Than Simply Peace and Tranquility

By Anne Marie Kelly, Contributing Writer, July 26, 2018 For some, visiting a cemetery means taking a stroll through history and enjoying a place of peace; for others, it’s a harder sell. No matter how you feel about visiting cemeteries, the historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn needs to be on ...

Getting the Band Back Together

Review: The Amiable Schlock of 'Gettin' the Band Back Together'

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 14, 2018 Sometimes shows come to Broadway that automatically get the online theater wags sharpening their knives. Before a show has even played its first preview, the theaterati start taking bets on when it will close, and polishing off their “What ...

Moulin Rouge

Review: 'Moulin Rouge' Gets a Lavish Pre-Broadway Tryout in Boston

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 13, 2018 Before the 1980s, Boston was a major out-of-town stop for plays and musicals before they went to Broadway. The economics of such tryouts have changed drastically, as has the standard model for developing new plays and musicals, and Boston’...

Hudson Valley museums

Art Break: Just a Short Journey North, The Hudson Valley ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 13, 2018 The Hudson Valley has a special place in the heart of Art Break. So many of our favorite artists spent their summers in the region with friends and family, working on projects, and enjoying the beautiful landscape, just ...

Newport Jazz Festival Showcases Women Artists and Emerging Talents

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, August 10, 2018 This year’s Newport Jazz Festival highlighted an incredibly diverse selection of women performers and women ensemble groups. The festival’s founder George Wein, in his newsletter “Notes from the Wein Machine” (March, 2018), was very direct in his statement ...

Beloved; photo: Kait Ebinger

Review: A Young Woman's Quest for Love and Passion in ...

By Megan Wrappe, Contributing Writer, August 9, 2018 Discovering how life works is what resonates the most in Lisa Langseth’s one-woman show Beloved, starring Ellinor DiLorenzo and directed by Kathy Curtiss. The play begins with the character Katarina rummaging around her grandmother’s cottage, putting things ...

Before We're Gone

Review: 'Before We're Gone' Tackles Big Themes at 13th Street ...

By Diana Mott, Contributing Writer, August 6, 2018 Before We're Gone ended it's run at 13th Street Repertory Theatre on August 5 with hopes of moving uptown and, with caveats, it deserves another chance to be seen. It is a small play, made for a small stage in ...

ICE; photo: Armen Elliott.

Review: A Mozart-less Evening Turns to ICE with 'Grand Pianola ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, August 6, 2018 The Mostly Mozart Festival's recent presentation of the International Contemporary Ensemble at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College was a welcome respite from the summer's punishing mugginess. Entitled "Grand Pianola Music," after the John Adams piece ...

Florence Griswold Museum

Art Break: A Reverse Commute Uncovers Museum Gold in Connecticut

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, August 6, 2018 Here at Art Break, we’ve often complained that people don’t realize how much art is available to see outside New York City. Case in point: the great state of Connecticut. Never been? Well, you’re missing ...

Jazz Notes Intel: 'West Side Story' Reimagined With Bobby Sanabria’...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, August 3, 2018 Last year marked the 60th birthday of composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein’s classic Broadway show West Side Story, famously made into a 10 Academy Award-winning movie version in 1961 starring among others the Puerto Rico-born actress Rita Moreno. This year ...

On A Clear Day You Can See Forever at the Irish Rep

Review: ‘On a Clear Day’ Almost Shines at the Irish ...

By Christopher Caggiano, Contributing Writer, August 3, 2018 After the disastrous 2011 Broadway revisal of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, it was looking like we might never see that show in New York City again. Peter Parnell’s ridiculous, gender-switching libretto, combined with Michael Mayer’...

A Pilgrimage to Shakespeare’s Birthplace: Stratford-Upon-Avon

By Dan Bacalzo, Contributing Writer, July 25, 2018 Stratford-Upon-Avon gave the world William Shakespeare, and you can hardly go anywhere in the town without some kind of indication of this distinction. The first place to visit, of course, is the birth home of the Bard, which is the centerpiece of ...

Dispatch from London

Dispatch From London: Balancing Museums, Tea, and the Occasional Fish and Chips

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, July 13, 2018 London is bustling. As cosmopolitan as New York City, as historic as Rome, and covering more ground than L.A. or São Paolo, the city of Dickens and Sherlock Holmes is more stimulating, and practical to navigate, than ever.   View from the ...

Big Apple Circus

Conquering the Challenges: A Year of Touring with the Big Apple Circus

By Melissa Bondar, Guest Contributing Writer, July 3, 2018 There’s a saying in the circus that the sawdust gets in your blood. Back in September, a lot of people from different walks of life all sat together in a first company meeting for the Big Apple Circus — all drawn together by that ...

Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center runs June 26 through July 14

Dust Off Those Dancing Shoes at Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center

ZEALnyc, June 21, 2018 It’s that time of year again when the Damrosch Bandshell Plaza at Lincoln Center is transforming into an outdoor dance hall as Midsummer Night Swing commences its three-week residency, hosting a variety of artists performing a wide-range of dance styles. This ...

Coney Island New York fun at Luna Park and New York Aquarium

A Day @: Coney Island Is As Fun As It Ever Was

By Anne Marie Kelly, Contributing Writer, June 20, 2018 If the Hamptons is a haven for New York’s elite, then Coney Island is for everyone else. It’s not posh, but, boy, is it fun! It’s an offbeat mix of old-school amusement park, beachside restaurants, a boardwalk perfect for people ...

Life In Focus: Preparing for Performance in Ballet Class with New York City's SLK Ballet School

Life In Focus: Preparing for Performance in Ballet Class

By Juliana Crawford, Contributing Photographer, June 13, 2018   A stretch before class begins; photo: Juliana Crawford.   At the barre; photo: Juliana Crawford.   It’s changement time; photo: Juliana Crawford.   Now for an arabesque; photo: Juliana ...

The Brooklyn Academy of Music — An Awesome Cultural Gem

A Day @: The Brooklyn Academy of Music — It’s Time To Discover (or Rediscover) This Awesome Cultural Gem

By Anne Marie Kelly, Contributing Writer, May 24, 2018 Music may be front and center in its name, but the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is so much more than “merely” music. This cultural hub in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood offers cutting-edge theatre, dance, cinema and, yes, ...

Florence In Five Days From An Art Afficionado's POV

An Italian Travelogue: Florence In Five Days From An Art Afficionado’s POV

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, May 23, 2018 A full-frontal assault of sightseeing in Italy’s capital of the Renaissance — Florence. Not for the faint-hearted and leisurely paced, but my wife and I took on the daunting task of showing her Taiwanese family the greatest hits of the Renaissance ...

Jacob Burns Film Center, a cultural arts center in Pleasantville, New York

In Film Camp, There’s Always Popcorn

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, May 17, 2018 The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a nonprofit cultural arts center in Pleasantville, New York, has a dual mission. Their five-screen art house theater shows independent documentaries and world films, while across the street, a ...

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Will Lift You Out of the Everyday

A Day @: Brooklyn Botanic Garden Will Lift You Out of the Everyday

By Anne Marie Kelly, Contributing Writer, May 11, 2018 Are you tired of feeling trapped inside cars, trains and buses? Or being surrounded by glass, concrete and industrial lighting? Taking a stroll through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden might change your mind. This stunning 52-acre garden in the ...

Launching ‘A Day @:’ Series — Exploring the Not-To-Be-Missed Throughout the Boroughs of NYC

ZEALnyc, May 9, 2018 New York City may be our oyster, but where are the pearls? With so many museums, performances, street fairs, shopping, special interest events — how are we supposed to cull out the real gems from the enormous smorgasbord of possibilities? ZEALnyc is here to help. We’re ...

Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School: Home for the Whole Family

Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School: A Home for the Whole Family

By Joanne Sydney Lessner, Contributing Writer, May 8, 2018 Only in New York City can a community music school offer access to one of the country’s premier concert halls. As part of an array of educational programs that includes music, dance, and theater, Kaufman Music Center’s Lucy Moses School ...

Tertulia brings chamber music to intimate settings where it belongs

Tertulia Brings Chamber Music Back Where It Belongs and It’s a Delicious Experience

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, May 3, 2018 For years, it has seemed that classical music has grappled with a dwindling audience, as major institutions peddle expensive season subscriptions, wondering why young people aren’t interested. But, let’s face it — somewhere along the ...

NYC This Week: 3.5.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, March 5, 2018 With the Oscar Awards decided for another season, we know what films we need to catch up on. But how about New York City arts and culture? We have this week’s best picks. Read on! Tonight previews begin for the anticipated revival of Edward ...

NYC This Week: 2.26.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 26, 2018 Spring is still weeks away, but New York City arts and culture is heating up. Have a look at the most exciting happenings this week! While the weather inches warmer, it is sure to be nothing but hot at New York City Center as its annual Flamenco ...

NYC This Week: 2.19.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 19, 2018 This President’s Day, take some time to plan a great week of New York City culture. We have some great ideas. Tony Kushner’s monumental Angels in America took Broadway by storm in 1993, with its unvarnished examination of AIDS and ...

NYC This Week: 2.5.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, February 5, 2018 Philadelphia is not the only city with a reason to celebrate this week. Here’s what’s hot in NYC art and entertainment. A valentine to the city, the five-time Grammy Award-winner Dianne Reeves returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s ...

NYC This Week: 1.29.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 29, 2018 The state of New York City arts and its entertainment is strong. There I said it. And here’s what’s hot this week. Member previews begin tomorrow and the public has access on the 31st to Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons: ...

NYC This Week: 1.22.2018

By Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 22, 2018 New York City isn’t shut down, and here’s what’s hot this week in arts and entertainment. Tomorrow, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens a fascinating and short run of Birds of a Feather: Joseph Cornell’s Homage to Juan ...

NYC This Week 1.15.2018

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 14, 2018 Temperatures are radically up and down here in NYC, but we have some great reasons to head indoors. Here is what’s hot This Week in NYC. Read on. Everybody loves Cuba. Well, that is, most everybody who has visited Cuba. But Cuba visits NYC this ...

NYC This Week 1.9.2018

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 9, 2018 Our young new year has been a cold one. So how about some ideas that will warm your heart, body and soul. Read on. 2ndStage Theater has a mission to tell essential American stories. And there’s no more essential, timely American story than the ...

NYC This Week 1.1.2018

Mark McLaren, Editor in Chief, January 1, 2018 Happy new year! 2018 comes with a flood of fantastic stuff to do and see this week here in NYC. So let’s hit it. It’s rare that a new opera production makes headlines. But that changed this season and the hottest ticket of the week will be ...

Holiday Wishes, Resolutions, and What We’re Looking Forward To In the New Year

ZEALnyc, December 22, 2017 Well here we are: Hanukkah celebrations have just wrapped up, we’re days away from celebrating Christmas, and the day after begins the celebration of Kwanzaa which runs all the way till January 1, New Year’s Day—all of which means we are smack dab in the ...

Looking For A Holiday Escape? Look To The Northern Lights (of Canada!)

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, November 30, 2017 Winter is almost here and the celebrating is beginning to get into full swing. Where better to feel the crisp winter air or celebrate all things snow-related than in Canada? Just a short drive from the Northeast portion of the United ...

Where To Perfect Your Triple Axel At Area Ice Skating Rinks This Season

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, November 29, 2017 The holiday season is upon us and if you’re staycationing in NYC with friends, family or out-of-town guests and in search of new ideas and sources of inspiration for fun-filled entertainment, then look no further. We’ve rounded up ...

Artisanal Holiday Shopping — Pop-Up Style!

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, November 24, 2017 Shopping conjures up a variety of emotions in people—they love it, hate it, or learn to cope with it. With the onset of the holidays you have new levels of anxiety thrown into the mix—the illusive search for the perfect gift. Luckily, ...

Celebrate The Holiday With The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

ZEALnyc, November 22, 2017 On Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 9 a.m. the 91st Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will begin its familiar route through the streets of New York. More than 8,000 people will participate in the parade, including clowns, balloon handlers and marching bands, while ...

Channeling Your Inner-Goblin This Halloween

By Don Adkins, Managing Editor, October 25, 2017 It’s that time of year again.  Halloween has become a huge holiday, at least here in NYC.  This year the city will host the 44th annual Halloween Parade, which has grown substantially over the years from what was basically a neighborhood ...

Open House New York Allows ‘Once a Year’ Access To Many of NYC’s Architectural Gems

ZEALnyc, September 28, 2017 New York City has the reputation of being one of the major architectural wonders of the world. While it may not be as old as many of Europe’s major cities, it’s the vast overview of building styles and periods that are represented here that makes it so unique ...

Ticket Deals for Thrifty ‘Thirty-somethings’ (or thereabouts)

By Mercedes Vizcaino, Contributing Writer, September 27, 2017 Living in New York and exploring all the wondrous cultural opportunities the city offers can satisfy even the most voracious appetite for entertainment; yet, it can also deplete your bank account in the process. As millennials’ ...

ZEALnyc FALL PREVIEW: Arts and Culture in Canada

By Caitlin Leonard, Contributing Writer, September 13, 2017 This fall, Canada’s arts scene is going strong with international ballets, film festivals, and tons of outdoor performances and activities. Venture up North to catch the biggest names in music, art, and the movies, and enjoy the fall the ...

Celebrate All Things Italian at San Gennaro

ZEALnyc, September 12, 2017 For the 91st time the Feast of San Gennaro, a faith-based celebration honoring the Patron Saint of Naples, Italy, takes place in the neighborhood of Manhattan affectionately known as “Little Italy” (Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets; the ...

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