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If you're the type of gal who goes nuts for a pair of shoes, you simply cannot miss Fashion's Night Out in NYC. For one night only, the best stores in NYC will hold extended operating hours and offer exciting shopping incentives such as free fashion giveaways, free drinks, and celebrity appearances. Vera Wang, Robin Thicke, DJ Manero, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are just a few of the celebrities to have appeared in support of this massively popular NYC fashion event.

Over 300 NYC stores will participate in this year's event, with a total of 1,300 mini-events being held throughough the city. That means you ought to start planning early. Pick up an official event map from the Fashion's Night Out street team, then buy your ticket to the Gray Line. Of course, you might enjoy walking from store to store on foot, but everybody knows it's no fun shuffling down Fifth Avenue in a pair of three-inch heels.






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Everybody knows that New York City is a shopper's paradise. It's also one of the most expensive cities in the world (Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, home to Saks, FAO Schwarz, and Tiffany & Co., is consistently ranked among the world's most expensive streets, right up there with Bond Street in London and the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris). But just because New York City is expensive doesn't mean you can't find great deals. Below you'll find a list of the best places to shop in New York City.






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It's no surprise that the biggest stars in Hollywood are drawn to Broadway. Where else, after all, can they showcase the breadth of their talents? Where else can they sing and dance and soliloquize (perhaps even in the same evening)? Al Pacino, Denzel Washington, James Earl Jones, and Kelsey Grammer are just a few of those who have made recent appearances on the Great White Way. Last month Brooke Shields joined the cast of The Addams Family Musical as Morticia, family matriarch and wife of suave ladykiller Gomez. Shields, who also starred in the 1994 revival of Grease and the 2003 revival of Chicago, replaced the talented Bebe Neuwirth, who held the lead role in the 2010 revival of the play. Shields stars opposite Roger Rees and Jackie Hoffman.






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When it comes to comedy, there's no place in the world like New York City. After all, what other city can claim to have produced the likes of Andy Kaufman, Larry David, Richard Pryor, Chris Rock, and Jerry Seinfeld? With fresh comic blood pumping into the city every day, it's no wonder New York is regarded as the mecca of comedy. As you plan your trip to New York City, be sure to reserve a few hours one night for a New York comedy show.

Perhaps the most famous comedy club in New York City is Carolines on Broadway. Originally a cabaret when it opened in 1981, Carolines has since hosted the very best comedians in the entertainment industry, including Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Charlie Murphy, Aziz Ansari, Adam Carolla, and Natasha Leggero. Like most NYC comedy clubs, Carolines on Broadway enforces a two-drink minimum. The drinks, however, are cheap by Manhattan standards, so the minimum won't sting too much.






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Don't believe what your friends have been telling you: you don't have to sell your organs on the black market to be able to afford a room in New York City. With just a few clicks of the mouse, you can find a New York City hotel room that won't cost you an arm and a leg.

One of the best ways to save money on New York City hotel rooms is by booking a hotel in Brooklyn. Brooklyn hotels are considerably cheaper than comparable Manhattan hotels, mainly because you're not within walking distance of Manhattan attractions. If, however, you're not bothered by the inconvenience of riding the subway, or if you'd prefer to see a less touristy side of the city, you would do well to look at some of the following Brooklyn hotels. Here in New York City's most populous borough you'll find everything from enchanting boutique hotels such as Hotel Le Jolie to well-appointed luxury hotels such as the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge. Don't forget to take advantage of special NYC hotel promos!






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Like most popular tourist destinations, New York City draws huge crowds in the summer. If you happen to find yourself in New York City on a hot summer day, take a few minutes to browse this list of summer events in NYC:

1. Visit a museum. Want to beat the heat? Take a trip to one of New York City's famous fine arts museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Guggenheim. There you'll have the chance to admire legendary works of art in a quiet, air-conditioned environment.

2. Go to a concert. New York City offers plenty of fun things to do on a warm summer night. One of our favorite things? Catching a free opera concert at Central Park. We recommend bringing a blanket and a picnic dinner for an extra romantic night under the stars. Those who are more inclined to classical music might enjoy venturing out to Brooklyn, where they'll find Bargemusic, New York City's only floating concert venue.






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What you've heard is true: Bonnie and Clyde, the notorious bank-robbing criminals who captivated Depression-era America with their brazenly violent exploits, are bound for Broadway.

After successful productions at the La Jolla Playhouse in California and the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Florida, the Bonnie & Clyde Musical will open this fall at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, with previews beginning November 4 and an opening night scheduled for December 1. The musical will star original cast members Laura Osnes (Anything Goes) as Bonnie Parker and Jeremy Jordan (Rock of Ages, West Side Story) as Clyde Barrow. Jeff Calhoun will direct.






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It's Pride Week in New York City, and this year the LGBT community has a lot to celebrate. For one thing, President Obama repealed the U.S. military's long-standing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. For another, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo introduced a bill that, if passed, would legalize gay marriage in New York. It's only fitting that a grand celebration should take place in New York City, the birthplace of the gay liberation movement. After all, it was only forty years ago that the Stonewall riots occurred in Manhattan's West Village, igniting the fight for gay rights.






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As with most popular tourist destinations, travel to New York City can be expensive. One way to cut costs is by taking advantage of free New York City promo codes. With these free codes, tourists can save big on NYC hotel rooms, NYC tours, and hot Broadway shows like Chicago and The Lion King.

One of the best ways to save on travel to NYC is with New York hotel promos. When you book the Manhattan Museum package at Hotel Le Jolie, for example, you'll enjoy free admission to many of the best museums in New York City, including the Guggenheim, the Met, the Natural History Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. You'll also receive free admission to the iconic Empire State Building. Of course, if the high arts aren't for you, you might prefer Hotel Le Jolie's Brooklyn Brewery package, which includes luxurious, European-style accommodations for two, a free breakfast, and two free 12 oz. beers at the Brooklyn Brewery in NYC.






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Summer is here, and that can mean only one thing: it's time for the Tonys.

On June 12, 2011, the 65th Annual Tony Awards Ceremony will be held in New York City to recognize excellence in Broadway productions staged during the 2010 to 2011 season. The ceremony, which will be broadcast live on CBS at 8pm EST, will be held at the Beacon Theatre, with Neil Patrick Harris acting as host. Among those celebrities expected to join Harris on the stage are Daniel Radcliffe (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), James Earl Jones (Driving Miss Daisy), Whoopi Goldberg (Sister Act), Christie Brinkley (Chicago), Kelsey Grammer (La Cage aux Folles), and Catherine Zeta-Jones (A Little Night Music).