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‘A Christmas Carol’ musical in NYC!

2013/12/10 6:45 PM    |    by Cristina Iannone

Go see this musical adaptation of this classic Christmas story written by Dickens at the Village Players Theater in the West Village from December 1st to December 30th. The cost of a ticket varies from 25 to 45 dollars.

‘A Christmas Carol’ is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a wealthy yet mean Victorian man who hates Christmas and humanity in general. On a cold and pungent Christmas Eve, the ghost of his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, pays him a visit and warns him of the heavy chain that he is forging forever because of his earthly greed. Scrooge is then visited by three more spirits: the ghosts of past, present and future Christmas. In turns, they show him how his heart of stone becomes more and more mean over the years, as his clerk Bob Cratchit and his family end up suffering in poverty. They also show him how he will be remembered after his death – not very well. Terrified by these visions, Scrooge changes his ways, raises the salary of Crachit and embraces Christmas with open arms.

A lively musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale. Join Ebenezer Scrooge with the visit by the four ghosts as you see what happens when he get a glimpse of his future if he does not change his present life. Will Scrooge understand the holiday spirit and save himself? Find out by joining us for this special Christmas show with a story so moving to melt the hearts of even the coldest of Scrooges!

Check out this 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom apartment in East Harlem, Manhattan on the 2nd floor of a low-rise building, is approximately 900 sq ft and has been completely furnished with new furniture. It may look like a regular New York walk up building, but when you walk into the apartment you will be very pleased with its amenities. Only 1.5 blocks from the subway, this apartment is an ideal location for a group on a budget without having to sacrifice the convenience of staying in Manhattan.

To go to the musical website please click here.

The Medieval Festival At Fort Tryon Park

2013/08/12 12:40 PM    |    by Cristina Iannone

The 2013 Festival date is Sunday September 29th from 11:30AM to 6 PM

In Tryon Park in Harlem, at the upper end of Manhattan, one of the most interesting feasts of NYC takes place. Every year the park which surrounds the Medieval museum, “The Cloisters”, hosts the fantastic Medieval Festival. The festivity is a tribute to the Middle Ages and its kings, queens, knights, sword duels, jesters, plebeian and aristocrats. Dance, music, typical food of the time and duels’ simulations will take place in different sections and throughout a full day of medieval history, characters, habits and fashion. Needless to say, it’s a must for those who are visiting New York at the end of September. The feast will start at 11:30 am and the duel featuring knights and spears will start at 5 pm.

There are different and many interesting things going on at the Medieval Festival throughout the day, so the only thing to worry about is the embarrassing wealth of options. It is also a good chance to have a quick visit of the museum “The Cloisters”, whose building is a monument itself. In fact, it was built with parts of Medieval European castles and monasteries. It contains an extraordinary heap of Medieval art and it’s part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Have a look at this convenient, recently renovated, fully furnished 2 Bedroom/1Bathroom apartment(for up to 6 people) located at the 4th floor of a walk up building on 117th street at the corner of Lexington avenue.

About the apartment
When you enter the premises you will find the living room on your right. It is furnished with a sofa, a coffee table, and a wide flat screen TV. Facing the living room there is the open, fully equipped kitchen. Facing the entrance, there is the first bedroom, furnished with a queen size bed, a bedside table and a built in closet. The bathroom is on the other side of the kitchen. It provides a toilet, a sink and a separate shower. Next to the bathroom there is the second bedroom furnished with a queen size bed, a built-in closet and a small dresser.

About the neighborhood
The neighborhood boundaries are Harlem River to the north, the East River to the east, East 96th Street to the south, and 5th Avenue to the west. There are stores everywhere such as delis, groceries, dry cleaners, restaurants, cafes, a supermarket.

The closest subway is line 6 at 116th Street station (1 block away).

Vacation New York – Guide to Street Musicians and Performers

2011/01/06 11:59 AM    |    by jgreen

Street performers and musicians in New York City

A true New York vacation cannot be completed without experiencing one of the star-studded plays or musicals performed on stage in the famous Broadway area of Manhattan. However, planning a vacation schedule for seeing all of New York and finding the time to cram it all in, is often easier said than done.

Luckily, the streets, subways, and parks of New York (particularly Manhattan) are littered with street musicians and performers that would give Bruce Springsteen a run for his money. It’s hard to say why many of these hard working street performers of New York never made “the big times” or “struck it rich,” but you can bet your tip money that they will leave you entertained.

Here is a list of locations where you can expect to find the best New York street musicians and performers while on vacation:

  1. On the trains – Traveling by train in New York provides some of the most unique experiences for a vacation to the city. Zipping through New York’s underground transportation system can turn into a party as performers begin break dancing and hanging from the handrails.
  2. Times Square – Times Square is the center of life in New York City. On street level, you will be able to find numerous performers, including individuals you may recognize, such as The Naked Cowboy that plays guitar in his underwear.
  3. Times Square Subway – The Times Square station has become the permanent home to several of New York City’s famous street musicians and performers. While meandering through the maze of hallways in the station, be on the lookout for Professor Eduardo Alvarado.
  4. Battery Park – Located on the southern tip of Manhattan, Battery Park is an excellent vacation destination point. From the park, you will have a clear view of the Statue of Liberty and access to it’s ferries. During the day, Battery Park comes to life with street performances, including the always creepy but intriguing statue performers.
  5. Where there’s a crowd - Walking around the streets of New York, you will come across performers and musicians that are either looking for fame or that are rejecting the traditional notion of the word. These individuals do not always have a schedule set in stone, but be sure that where there is a crowd, there is probably something entertaining going on.

-Joe Greek

Vacation NYC: New York Philharmonic

2010/12/31 12:08 PM    |    by jgreen

New York Philharmonic

For vacationers that have an ear for good music, a performance by Manhattan‘s symphony orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, is a must-see for any visit to New York City. Established in 1842, this New York City orchestra puts on numerous performances every year at Avery Fisher Hall in the Lincoln Center.

Due to its popularity and exceptional performances, the orchestra has become considered a member of the “Big Five” musical ensembles in the United States. The group has performed numerous genres of music, including classical, jazz and holiday music.

The Lincoln Center is located in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan. Due to its upscale appearance and convenient location, vacationers often choose to stay in apartments in the Upper West Side of New York City. *Hint* is a helpful website filled with furnished apartment listings for vacationers, buyers, students and travelers.

Visitors to Manhattan that stay in Upper West Side apartments will find easy access to New York Philharmonic performances by taking either the 1 or 2 metro train to the 66th Street station. The Lincoln Center and the Avery Fisher Hall are located just across the street from the station.

Vacationers staying in a Manhattan apartment in the near future may find interest in the following performances scheduled by the New York Philharmonic:

Performances of Mozart, Mahler, and a Premiere Piece by Thomas Adès

  • Thu, Jan. 6, 2011 – 7:30 PM
  • Fri, Jan. 7, 2011 – 8:00 PM
  • Sat, Jan. 8, 2011 – 8:00 PM

*Thomas Adès will accompany the Orchestra on piano                                                        *Alan Gilbert will conduct

For tickets and additional information, visit the New York Philharmonic website.