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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.

New York Renaissance Faire

Life In Focus: It’s Fairy-Nice at the New York Renaissance Faire

By Juliana Crawford, Contributing Photographer, September 20, 2018   Consulting a Book of Magic and Spells at the Faire; photo: Juliana Crawford.   The Villagers of the Renaissance Faire; photo: Juliana Crawford.   Another fairy delights at the Faire; photo: Juliana ...

Feast of San Gennaro

The Feast of San Gennaro Returns to NYC’s Little Italy

ZEALnyc, September 13, 2018 For the 92nd 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 ...

A Day @

A Day @: Williamsburg Provides Uncommon Eating, Shopping, and People Watching

By Anne Marie Kelly, Contributing Writer, September 12, 2018 Williamsburg is yet another one of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods which has transformed over the last couple of decades. It morphed from a sad example of urban decay to a much sought-after home to the young and vibrant. It has also gotten ...

Jazz Notes Intel

Jazz Notes Intel: Overcoming Boundaries Chapter — Guitarist Lionel Loueke Journeys ...

By Dan Ouellette, Senior Editor ZEALnyc, October 9, 2018 In jazz, there is a plethora of guitarists, each with a voice on the six strings that rocks with fire or soothes with pastel colors or embellishes with strokes that support the surrounding conversations. Then there’s the ...

Art Break

Art Break: Engage in the Thrill of Discovery at Galleries ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 24, 2018 One of the best things about a new season of art shows and exhibitions is that moment when you walk into the room, look around, and say “Wow – this is where I want to be!” If you want ...

New York Philharmonic

Review: New York 'Officially' Meets Jaap with Philharmonic's Season Opening

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, September 22, 2018 The 2018-2019 season, and a new era for the New York Philharmonic, began with a gala concert at David Geffen Hall on Thursday evening. Entitled "New York, Meet Jaap," Jaap van Zweden made his debut with the orchestra as ...

New York Renaissance Faire

Life In Focus: It's Fairy-Nice at the New York Renaissance ...

By Juliana Crawford, Contributing Photographer, September 20, 2018   [caption id="attachment_60766" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Consulting a Book of Magic and Spells at the Faire; photo: Juliana Crawford.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_60771" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The Villagers of the Renaissance Faire; photo: Juliana Crawford.[/caption]   [...

PermaDeath

The First Video Game Opera, 'PermaDeath,' Receives Its World ...

By Doug Hall, Contributing Writer, September 19, 2018 At first glance, the title of Cerise Jacobs’s upcoming world’s first video game opera PermaDeath seems to imply another dark take or tale using the commercial success and wide-spread popularity of the multiplayer video game phenomenon. But ...

Judson Dance Theater

Roots of Modern Dance Are Traced through MoMA's Current Exhibit ...

By Sheila Kogan, Contributing Writer, September 18, 2018 The current exhibit at MoMA entitled Judson Dance Theater: The Work is Never Done is an homage to the dance artists who created work at the Judson Church in the 60s and 70s. The dancers and choreographers who created ...

The Power of Art

Art Break: The Power of Art Through the Ages at ...

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, September 17, 2018 This week, Art Break is looking at a wide variety of art movements as well as their purpose and meaning. The oldest material on our list comes from The Frick’s exhibition of fifteenth century religious and devotional ...

There Will Be Blood

Review: Film Soundtracks Take Center Stage in NY Philharmonic's Art ...

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, September 14, 2018 If the New York Philharmonic were to program an evening of music by avant-garde Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, I suspect it would be a tough sell. The audience would be limited, and probably dwindle in number as the night ...

Agnes

Review: 'Agnes' Brings Dramatic and Meteorological Tensions to 59E59 Theater

By Miles Harter, Contributing Writer, September 14, 2018 Agnes is a compelling play about family, friendship, and connections. Set in a three-bedroom New York City apartment, Agnes presents five millennials sheltering themselves from a major storm. The talented playwright, Catya McMullen, adeptly sets up the backstory for ...

Feast of San Gennaro

The Feast of San Gennaro Returns to NYC's Little Italy

ZEALnyc, September 13, 2018 For the 92nd 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 festival stage is located ...

Dispatch from Copenhagen

Dispatch from Copenhagen: It’s More Than Just Danish

By Brian Taylor, Contributing Writer, August 30, 2018 When I say I’ve been to Copenhagen, Denmark, the typical response goes, “Oh, how is it? I’ve never made it there.” But, more and more, tourists are descending on the largest city in Scandinavia. Copenhagen’s maritime history reaches ...

José James in concert

Life In Focus: José James in Concert at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival

By Juliana Crawford, Contributing Photographer, August 15, 2018   Kori Whithers (vocals) and José James (guitar, vocals); photo: Juliana Crawford.   Kori Whithers; photo: Juliana Crawford.   José James; photo: Juliana Crawford.   (l. to r.) Brad Allen Williams (guitar) ...

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 ...

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 ...

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