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There’s really no place like New York City during the holiday season, and with all the fun and festive things to do in this beautiful city, ice skating remains a seasonal favorite pastime.  If you’re not familiar with your plentiful options of ice rinks in Manhattan,  A - you may be shocked at how many places there are to strap on your skates and hit the ice in one city, and B – you've come to the right blog for top ice rinks in NYC!






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The 14th annual NYC Chocolate Show will hit the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC on Sunday, November 13, 2011.  And let’s be honest, whether it’s only two weeks after gorging on trick-or-treat candy or not, chocolate is always tempting to those who love it.






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NYC Tourists and locals alike are anticipating the largest annual street fair in New York City – the 37th Atlantic Antic.  People come from all over New York to celebrate this Brooklyn festival each year and the 2011 celebration is anticipated to bring 1 million people to the streets between Hicks Street and Fourth Avenue – stretching across 4 neighborhoods. This massive street fair turns these designated borough streets into a sea of celebration- truly providing entertainment for all. 

NY Foodies will love the national and local vendors serving a fusion of global cuisines,  on top of local cafés and restaurant kitchens serving their specialties.  Please your palate to your personal perfection with choices of corn on the cob, sausages, fried fair favorites, sandwiches, funnel cakes, roasted meats and more!






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Film-lovers are already patiently awaiting the arrival of the 2011 New York Film Festival – the time to celebrate the most compelling new cinema from around the globe! This annual NYC festival has been celebrating the art of film-making since 1963 – putting favorite filmmakers on a pedestal, while introducing newbies into the film scene. Pedro Almodovar, Alain Resnais and Martin Scorsese are a few familiar names in past attendance that may ring a bell. 

The 49th annual Film Festival will stretch 17 days long from September 30th - October 16th in Lincoln Center NYC.  A wide range of films will be premiered, and others headlined, starting with Carnage by Roman Polanski and Michelle Williams will star in another early premier of My Week With Marilyn.  Check the official Film Festival schedule for all show times.  Aside from seeing showcases of independent, short, feature and foreign films and celebrity sightings, attendees will learn a lot about experimental film and have the opportunity to see presentations from a spectrum of directors.






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In the world of theater, fall means more than the changing colors of leaves- it marks the rolling in of new Broadway plays, and the theater community is already buzzing about one new show in particular – Stick Fly, which will be produced by the Grammy Awarded Alicia Keys.  Stick Fly depicts African-American life in a passionate, personal, funny and relatable way for a wide audience.

The play follows the LeVay family on a weekend trip to Martha’s Vineyard as they engage in lively games, meals, drinks and conversations.  Both of the LeVay sons are introducing the rest of the family to each of their girlfriends – one is black, one is white. Themes of identity and race play a role in the play, but it’s as comedic and light-hearted as it is contemporary






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Calling all fans of music, art, food, bikes and free fun in New York City; The Afro-Punk Festival at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn is just around the corner (August 26-28, 2011.)  This weekend marks the 7th annual Afro-Punk music festival and the coordinators are out-doing themselves.  

Not only will festival-goers gain access to a FREE concert in NY, but they’ll have an up-close look at a motorcycle exhibit put on by a collaboration of Harley-Davidson and Denim and Chrome, the guys from the Brooklyn Black bike scene, as well as a BMX show.   Grub-lovers can choose from over 20 food trucks from all five boroughs bringing cuisine from around the globe, at the Bites & Beats area of the festival.  Art-lovers won’t want to miss the Afro-Punk Festival Skate Artwall with over 30 hand-painted skateboards built into a mural.