The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of New York City’s oldest traditions. The first parade was on March 17, 1762, yes, before America was America! The first parade was a group of Irish ex-patriots and Irish military members serving with the British Army stationed in the colonies in New York. Wearing green was a sign of Irish pride, but was banned in Ireland. In the 1762 parade, people spoke Irish, wore green, sung Irish songs and played the pipes to Irish tunes that were meaningful to the Irish immigrants of that time.
Today, the parade marches up 5th Avenue and is reviewed from the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. This tradition of marching past St. Patrick’s Cathedral has been the same. Go out and enjoy the parade along 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The parade can also be watched live on NBCNewYork.com beginning at 11:00 a.m. on March 17. Throughout the day along the parade route, millions of spectators come to celebrate.
This year is the Ireland 2016 Centenary Year. Senator George Mitchell is the Grand Marshal, of a celebration scheduled to have about 200,000 people marching up 5th Avenue!
Find out more information about the NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade here!
Valentine’s day is approaching us, for some of us its a dreaded day, others its the one chance to find there love or to express there love to someone. So I have a couple suggestions that I came across for singles this year in NYC, because I know how hard it can be to find the best thing to do in such a big city!
Katch Astoria was voted one of the “Best singles spots” in queens. They are hosting a “Nuts and bolts” Valentine’s Day singles party for those trying to meet someone. Everyone will receive half of two-piece nuts and bolts set upon entry and will be challenged to find its match to win a special prize!
For those of you who are trying to just forget completely that Valentine’s Day exists, which I know there are a lot of you because my friends are most of them. However, there is a sweet celebration all month at the City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival. 3W 18th st, Flatiron
Another way to meet someone is going to the Valentine’s Day salsa Class at Alvin Ailey Dance in Midtown where couples will be encouraged to rotate and try new partners!
Lastly, for those who are just not about Valentine’s Day at all because we all have that one person that made us not like it anymore… There is the “Rejection Show: Valentine’s Day Heart break Haven”. Which is a comedy show at 8pm on the 14th at 14th 622 Degraw st in Gowanus.
Enjoy your day! Id love to hear what you plan on doing!
From rain to snow and all in between, winter in New York City can be horrifically beautiful; and like Ashley said make sure to get an umbrella! Flooded curbs and pouring rain won’t stop the city that never sleeps, therefore it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your day!
Here are a couple of things to do in NYC on rainy day!
Chelsea Market: Take a gastronomic tour of the world at Chelsea Market. Shop at Buon Italia for the best homemade ravioli and imported olive oil and linger over cappuccino in their cafe. Try Thai cuisine, shop for rugs at Imports from Marrakesh.
Museums, Museums, Museums! : New York City is home to a mind-boggling line-up of world-class museums and institutions. You could spend all day dry and cozy inside admiring masterpieces of art and design or marveling at the wonders of the natural world, and with an FIT
Madame Tussauds: Walking through the bright lights of Times Square with crowds of people all around you is an incredible experience — except when it’s raining. If you see the skies start to darken as you’re walking along 42nd Street, dart into the famous wax museum Madame Tussauds for an entertaining afternoon of snapping selfies with your favorite celebrities and other famous folks like Rihanna and Katy Perry to President Obama.
Grand Central Terminal: Classic architecture, a gourmet market, boutiques and quality food — Grand Central is the perfect hideaway for a rainy day afternoon. And, if you decide to escape the city, this is where you can pick up trains that fan out north of NYC. Upon entering, gaze up at the famous astrological ceiling and then head down to the Whispering Gallery, which has this distinct attribute.
One World Observatory: New to NYC, the One World Observatory is a perfect rainy day get-away with an amazing view! Start by ascending to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere in less than sixty seconds, then look toward the horizon and feel the city’s invincible spirit. With a sky-high restaurant to dine at while looking upon a gloomy and beautiful cloud-filled cityscape, it’s an activity that can be done year-round!
Halloween at FIT is different from anywhere else! After a long argument with myself on what I will be wearing for Halloween, I thought… what will I actually do on Halloween night!?
The concrete streets of the city will be filled with crazy costumes and wacky personalities; more than there usually is! Halloween is shoved down our throats earlier each year. So here are some attractions I came across that look absolutely insane…
1. Times Scare: Times Scare is a vibrant entertainment destination in the heart of New York City at 42nd and 8th Ave in one of the most haunted buildings in the nation! The haunted house is $27 for adults and $22 for children 12 and under. More information at timesscarenyc.com
2. BLOOD MANOR: Blood Manor is a first class Haunted House attraction comprised of approximately 5,000 square feet of themed rooms, corridors, and a labyrinth of passageways designed to to maximize one’s fears. Located at 163 Varick Street, in the heart of NYC’s Hudson Square District, chills will be down your spine! Tickets are $33.50 online, and also available at the door for $35. More information at bloodmanor.com
3. Nightmare Horror Show: New York’s Most Terrifying Theater Festival running October 7th-31st. Located at the Flamboyan Theater at The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. All tickets are $25. For complete schedule of events, more information and to buy tickets visit nightmarenewyork.com
4. Village Halloween Parade: New York’s Village Halloween Parade is committed to the cultural and imaginative life of New York City. The 2015 Parade is located on 6th Avenue North of Spring Street to 16th Street from 7:00pm – 10:30pm on Halloween Night! Find out more information here.
So, now that you guys know how I enjoy lights and slowly things I’m sure it comes as no surprise that I went to play performed completely in… Black Light!
I went to see Anasi, The Spider at TADA Theatre a few weeks back. It was amazing! Anasi, The Spider is a series of stories that come from West Africa. He’s considered to be the God of all stories and also is the village trickster. Anasi is one the most popularized and important figures in Caribbean and African folklore.
This play was particularly important for me because I grew up on this story. My best friend’s father is a writer and storyteller and would tell this story at all the birthday parties and family functions. This tale is the most vivid story of my entire childhood.
It was only fitting that the play was performed by children. (I know this sounds super corny but hear me out.) This was such a freeing night! Due to the fact that my friend and I were two of the only adults at the event (without children that is), we were completely uninhibited. The show was spectacular, the acting dancing and costumes were astounding. And the bet part was that afterwards, the kids played the drums onstage and we got to go onstage and dance.
This was a nice break from all the projects and tests I’ve been preparing for. I realized that the next time I need a break, I will be heading to the nearest kids theatre where we can all dance freely with no judgement. Finding new ways to take a break from school stress is exciting.