New York City

Ice Skate NYC

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As much as we hate to admit it, winter is coming.  But with winter comes fun winter activities like ice skating.  New York City has no shortage of options for getting your skate on in the Big Apple.  I recently went to the famous Rink at Rockefeller Center for the first time and experienced the VIP Igloo Entrance which includes skate rental, cookies, hot drinks and a warm up area just for you.  Best part is you bypass lines!  It was a great experience and the fact that they Zamboni the ice so much leaves a pretty good surface to skate on.  The VIP experience starts at $60 and goes up depending on the time of the year.  Standard entrance starts at $27 for adult and $15 for Children under 11.  Skate rental for the Standard entrance runs at $12.  I highly recommend the VIP experience as it saves a ton of time over the standard wait in line and during really cold days you will have access to warm up in the Igloo.  For those looking for another option you have the following:  

Wollman Rink opens Friday October 24th for the season and is larger than Rockefeller's rink.  Adults start at $11.25 and youths $6.00 with rentals going for $8.00.  This is a great location too as it is in Central Park so you are surrounded by trees with taller buildings peeking over the top of the treeline.

Bryant Park offers free skating as part of it's Winter Village sponsored by Bank of America.  If you need to rent skates there is a fee of $15.  Lines can be long there since it is free but there is a lot too look at with the Winter Village shops and the pop-up Celsius for warm drinks and bites.

 


Bushwick graffiti tour

Special thanks to Matt Levy of Levy's Unique New York Tours for the great tour of graffiti in Bushwick.  Matt shared his extensive knowledge of the graffiti artists,  expination of techniques and introducing us to the Bushwick Collective.  For all of you interested in urban art and graffiti, take this tour!  It was inspiring and informative. 

Citibikes Invade the city

Citibikes Invade the city

In case you haven't been in NYC in the last month or so, New York City has been besieged with electronic racks of bikes from 59th street to the southern tip of Manhattan and the western part of Brooklyn including DUMBO and Williamsburg.  These short, grey plastic monuments have been strategically placed and loaded with the Citibank sponsored blue bikes for New Yorkers and visitors to use as a commuting alternative to cars, subway and walking.

MacKenzie-Childs Flagship store

Did you ever have that certain someone that you had to get a gift for and they seemed to have everything?  Ever been stuck with getting a gift for someone and you have no idea what to get them?  Try MacKenzie-Childs, they have a new flagship store on  57th street and wait until you enter into this place.

How does one describe MacKenzie-Childs?  Whimsical, fun, Alice in Wonderland's Tea Party brought to life are some of the adjectives going through my head as I walked through this store offering housewares and furnishings not for the faint of heart.  While there is old world craftsmanship with detailed hand painting on the majority of the pieces; the clashing of patterns on some products and retina burn colors on others definitely give the sense of individuality like none I have ever seen.

Pieces range from dinnerware to patio furnishings and everywhere in between.  You can find pet leashes, letter openers, napkin holders and full matching tea sets including the table and chairs.  MacKenzie-Childs is one of those stores that is just fun to walk into because you feel like you are in a whole different world.  The staff is extremely friendly and helpful.  The gift boxes and wrap are just as nice as the products they sell.  

Next time you are walking on 57th street and need to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the streets or need a new gift idea, take a moment and walk through MacKenzie-Childs.  It will be a welcome and colorful respite from the city we know as Gotham.