Skate For Free at Wollman Rink

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Date: Friday, December 14th
Time: 8:30am – 9:00pm
Location: Wollman Ice Skating Rink in Prospect Park (Enter Park at Lincoln Road & Ocean Ave., Parkside & Ocean Aves., or Flatbush Ave. & Empire Blvd)
Cost: Skating is Free, skate rental is $6

Just in time for the holiday season comes the opening of the Wollman Rink in Prospect Park. And in honor of that opening today, there will be free skating all day long! I’m sure that most of you don’t own skates, so skate rental will cost ya 6 big ones!

More things to do in Prospect Park:

  Park Activities
  Dog Walking
  Horseback Riding
  Ice Skating
  In-line Skating

Date: Friday, December 14th
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Various Galleries in Williamsburg
Cost: Free

Growing up in Philly, First Friday was kind of a tradition ingrained in me from a very young age. So I’m glad to be telling you Williamsburg’s Every 2nd Friday. This month you can hitch a ride across the river to BK from when the Art Bus, a moving video art exhibition will run its shuttle route between the Chelsea Museum and the Williamsburg galleries (shuttle runs at 6pm and 8pm). Once in Williamsburg head to Oulu (170 North 4th) and pick up a WagMag gallery guide to help you find your way around town! Then at 9pm head back to Oulu for an art crawl after party.

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The Good Foot

Date: Friday, December 14th
Time: 10:00pm
Location: The Royale (508 5th Ave, P’Slope)
Cost: Free

Park Slope was very sad in November when they were deprived of their monthly (and possibly only) dose of dance party. Have no fear though Good Foot is back and better than ever! Tonight, DJs Morsy, Jess Jubilee and Cousin Cole take to the tables at The Royale. Should be a fun night, so stop by and say hello!

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Date: Friday, December 14th
Time: 10:00pm
Location: 66 Water Street, DUMBO
Cost: $5 with RSVP
Open Bar: Heineken 10:00pm – 12:00am

The Taste Crew is at it again, this time with we get a taste of circus life! Hidden Circus pops up their big top in Dumbo tonight with burlesque, hula hoops and body painting. Plus of course musical stylings from DJ Equal, Dhundee, Stimulus, and Jamin. It is $5 with RSVP but that gets you two hours of free Heineken!


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By Jasmine Bermudez

If your heart is two sizes too small, then it’s time for a trip to Broadway where the Grinch has set up shop for the holiday season in Times Square at the St. James Theatre. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is filled with family friendly hijinx and is playing for a limited engagement from November 9th through January 6th under the supervision of two-time Tony Award® winning director, Jack O’Brien. Holiday spirits will undoubtedly be stirred by the unique choreography of Oscar® winner, John Deluca. This uplifting tale of kindness and emotional growth is told through the eyes of Old Max, the Grinch’s loyal pet played by Ed Dixon. Even Fox TV exclaims, “It’s the ultimate delight!”

GrinchPatrick Page delivers a show stopping performance as the Grinch who is filled with contempt for Christmas. His sniveling remarks and naughty holiday pranks have the audience rolling with laughter and leaping to their feet with sheer delight as he sails through the air above a glittering Christmas village. He eventually learns the joy of unconditional love as his heart grows to just the right size. The NJ Star Ledger says, “Page’s droll Grinch is worthy of a Tony Award nod!”

whosHeart felt ballads sung by the town of Whoville encourage the audience to remember the true meaning of Christmas and find compassion in their hearts. Interactive sing-a-longs combined with witty banter ensure that the hustle and bustle of the New York Theater District will be filled with joy this holiday season. Memorable music and colorful scenery sets the tone for a fabulous Christmas town decked out with traditional lights and tinsel. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical will fill theater goers with happiness and spread good cheer all around midtown Manhattan.

For tickets call ticketmaster 212-239-6200

St. James Theatre
246 West 44th Street


The lively whole pleased the legions of critics in the audience

Who really matter, the 10-and-unders, who hardly stirred in their seats!

[Patrick Page as] the Grinch won me over!”

-The New York Times

High-flying effects make the show a real Whoot.
Eat your heart out Ebenezer.
There’s a new holiday humbugger in town!”

-NY Daily News

Gleeful songs ans joyful staging!
[Patrick] Page’s droll Grinch is worthy of a Tony Award nod!”

-The Star-Ledger

The Grinch is lighting up Broadway! I promise you’ll burst out
In smiles! You’ll actually exit the theater while humming!”

Philadelphia Inquirer

Buoyed by gorgeous design and a saucy star turn!”


“Broadway’s Grinch is

Hartford Courant

“When it comes to the holiday season,

-Fox 5-TV


November 3rd
The Myths & Magic of Iceland
The American-Scandinavian Foundation at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue (between 37th & 38th Street), 212-879-9779,

November 3rd
Annual Quilt Exhibit
Prospect Park – Lefferts Historic House, Willinks Entrance at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue & Ocean Avenue, 718-789-2822,

November 3rd
Whirling Dervishes of Turkey
The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street (Between 6th Avenue & Broadway), 212-840-2824,

NYC MarathonNovember 4th
NYC Marathon
Marathon Route: Starts out in Staten Island and over the Verrazzano Bridge into Brooklyn, and then into Queens and from Queens into Upper East side of Manhattan and up into the Bronx, and then back down into Manhattan finishing at Central Park. For more information visit

WintukStarting November 6th
Cirque Du Soliel presents “Wintuk”
WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza (31st & 33rd Street on 7th Avenue), 212-307-7171,,

November 6th thru 11th
NY Comedy Festival
The Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway (between 74th & 75th St.),

Chocolate ShowNovember 9th thru 11th
Chocolate Show
Metropolitan Pavillion & Altman Building, 125 West 18th Street (between 6th & 7th Avenue), 212-307-7171,

RockettesStarting November 9th
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas (on 50th St.), 212-307-1000,

November 11th
Veteran’s Day Parade
Parade Route: Parade marches up 5th avenue starting on 26th Street and ends on 51st street. Parade kicks off at 11am. For more information visit

November 16th
Autumn’s Palate: A Tasting Festival
Winter Garden – street level, 200 Vesey Street – 3 World Financial, 212-417-7000,

Starting November 19th
Origami Holiday Tree at American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, 212-769-5100,

November 19th thru Dec. 28th
Grand Central Holiday Gift Fair
Grand Central Terminal, 42nd Street & Park Avenue, 212-340-2345,

November 20th
SO Percussions
Winter Garden – street level, 200 Vesey Street – 3 World Financial, 212-417-7000,

MET TreeStarting November 20th
MET Annual Christmas Tree & Baroque Crèche
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue @ 82nd Street, 212-535-7710,

Macys ParadeNovember 22nd
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Parade Route: Parade begins at 9am and starts on 77th Street & Central Park West and goes down to Columbus Circle and turns onto Broadway. The parade then marches down Broadway until it reaches 34th Street/ Herald Square. For more information call 212-494-4495 or visit

NutcrackerStarting November 23rd
NY Ballet presents “The Nutcracker”
Lincoln Center Plaza – NY State Theater, 20 Lincoln Center (62nd & 63rd St on Columbus Ave.), 212-870-5570,

Winter's EveNovember 26th
Lincoln Center Winter’s Eve
Event route: The outdoor/indoor festival runs along Broadway from Columbus Circle to 68th St. 5:30pm: Lincoln Center Christmas Tree Lighting. 6pm: Winter’s Eve events take place featuring free family activities such as scavenger hunts, live performances, food tasting and much more. For information call 212-581-7762 or visit

Rockefeller Center TreeNovember 28th
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
Event is televised live on NBC and begins around 7pm
Rockefeller Center, Along 5th Avenue from 47th Street to 51st Street, 212-632-3975,

Alvin AileyNovember 28th thru Dec. 31st
Alvin Ailey Dance Company at NY City Center
NY City Center, West 55th Street between 6th & 7th Avenue, 212-581-1212,

Now thru Jan ’08
American Impressionism
National Academy Museum, 1083 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), 212-369-4880,

Spiritual AmericaNow thru Jan ’08
Spiritual America
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street, 212-423-3500,

Now thru Jan ’08
Provoking Magic: Lighting of Igno Maurer
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street (on Fifth Avenue), 212-849-8400,

Now thru Feb ’08
Kara Walker: My Complement, My Enemy, My Opressor, My Love
Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue (at 75th Street), 1-800-WHITNEY,


Remember the TV show that had the famous last lines “Believe it or not!” at the end of every episode? If the “The Twilight Zone” is your idea of odd, Ripley’s new “Believe It or Not!®” Odditorium in Times Square will prove to you that the truly strange and obscure are very much real and eye opening. Just when you thought you’d seen it all, after coming out of Ripley’s, you are going to realize you haven’t seen enough… or maybe you’ve seen too much!

In a city that’s filled with odd people, Ripley’s is the oddest attraction in this city and it shouldn’t be missed. I was very fortunate to attend the grand opening of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Odditorium in Times Square this past June and I had so much fun. I remember going to visit a Ripley’s in California and without comparison; the one in Times Square, New York is much bigger and way more fun. Sure the champagne and delicious h’ourderves helped to be welcoming, but in all honesty, I much more fixated on the exhibits and interactive displays than who was there. Some of the artifacts, which are exclusive to this particular Ripley’s, are so amazing. From reading stories about the world’s tallest man and the man that lived with just a torso to seeing the most interesting man made objects on display, Ripley’s makes the world we live in seem….unbelievable. Other artifacts like a 3,197-pound meteorite, their largest shrunken heads collection, two-headed calf, six legged cow, an albino giraffe and much much more are also on display at Ripley’s maze of oddities.

What really made my trip so much fun at the Ripley’s Grand Opening was seeing the genuine artifacts. There are some parts of the museum that have stories and videos of people, pets and other odd things that are still out there today. And so some of them came out to the grand opening at Times Square. I got to meet the wolf man from Mexico and talked to him a little bit about Mexico since I had just got back from vacationing in Mexico City. I also met the lizard man, the sword swallower and saw the conjoined twins and the lady with the longest fingernails in the world. Now, I didn’t get to ask her how long her nails were, but it’s long enough to not be able to do anything with your hands. All of these extraordinary people may make other people think they are freaks, but to me, they were the most interesting people to have a conversation with at a party. I could have kept talking to them and I really didn’t want to leave. They are all good people in my book. And I will never forget them.

So now that the grand opening gala is over, no champagne or wine and appetizers to welcome people and no celebrities to converse with, then people must be asking, what exactly is Ripley’s? Well, it’s not a museum and it’s not a science hall or Guinness, and it’s definitely not a circus sideshow where people are displayed in inhumane cages. It is a fun-filled adventure that is waiting for you and your friends and families to experience a part of the world that not many people knew existed or even see what’s unbelievable to be believable. As a matter of fact, a drawing I have from the grand opening is proof of my survival from Ripley’s. I hope you too make it out of their black hole normal and intact. Believe it or not this is something you’ll have to visit and see for yourself.

Funny Drawing
The drawing that proves my survival at Ripley’s Grand Opening.

By Jasmine Bermudez

Boo York

October 26, 2007

Looking for some spooktacular things to do with friends and family this weekend before the eve of Samhain? New York is filled with mysterious facts from historic cemeteries and buildings to annual parades, movies and much more. Whether you are looking to stay in the city or even a short traveling distance away from the city, here are some intrigues I think you might find bone chilling:
The Great Pumpkin Getaway

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! I think even Charlie Brown & Linus would faint over the sights of the Pumpkins at “The Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze” event at Van Cortlandt Manor. As I was planning out my dates on-line, I had no idea how or why tickets sold out for my original dates in just minutes. I was shocked and not really knowing how popular this event along the Hudson Valley is. Finally, with great curiosity and anticipation, I went to this event last night and pictures don’t do the event justice. To be there in person and observe each artists work displayed on pumpkins is a phenomenon in itself. In just a short 40 minute drive or train ride, you too can enjoy the great illuminated pumpkin patch. From simplistic facial expressions to detailed creatures of the night that glow, along with mysterious lighting and fog for mysterious atmosphere, I now understand why my original date sold out in just minutes. Although, the day I went was a very chilly and rainy evening, but the smell of pumpkins and damp grounds really added to this Halloween spirited event. I honestly didn’t want to leave this place. And neither did my friends. We really were the last people to leave the event with great souvenirs and pictures to last us a lifetime and remind us of the first time we went to “The Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze”. As a born and raised city girl, was this great pumpkin getaway worth the trip? Absolutely! This is a definitely must go to event. Reminder: This event is very popular and therefore, tickets do sell out fast and can be purchased on-line only. Ticket prices range from $14 – $16 per ticket depending on what day you are going on. So if you are still thinking about where to take your kids for family adventure out of the city, I would highly recommend this event. Please visit for more information on how to get to the events and for ticket availability. If you find tickets, grab them while you can. This final weekend I’m sure tickets will fly faster than the great pumpkin himself.
Great Jack O Lantern Blaze @ Van Cortlandt Manor, 525 South Riverside Avenue, 914-271-8981


Other getaway adventures:

Legend Weekend (day and night)
The headless horseman still rides! That’s right, for “Legend” the famous story of the headless horseman, told by Washington Irving is revived and recreated year after year in the town of Sleepy Hollow, NY. The “Legend Day” events are more kid-friendly complete with picnics, magic shows, pumpkin carvings, ghost stories and much more that is held at Washington Irving’s Sunnyside in Tarrytown and Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. The “Legend Night” events are held at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow only. Not only does the Headless Horseman rises and rides the bonfire and lantern lit grounds of the manor, he brings with him Goblins, Ghouls and other apparitions that are part of the Historic Hudson Valley folklore. Walk the haunted grounds at your own pace and your own risk and experience the dramatic tales of Sleepy Hollow. Be sure that your head is still on you before you leave the haunted manor. Tickets are purchased on the web only and are $14 – $16 depending on the day.
Legend @ Philipsburg Manor, 381 N. Broadway (Rt 9), 914-631-3992

Forest of Fears
Just when you thought the renaissance faire was over, the renaissance faire now takes on a spooky turn and walks over to the dark side of the medieval times. On location in the middle of the woods, brave through slaughterhouses, ghoulish cemeteries, daring fire acts, carnivals and much more to fear if you dare yourself to venture to this event. Located just 35 miles outside of NYC in Tuxedo, NY. For ticket availability, directions, schedule and more visit Forest of Fears

** Forest of Fears has asked me to-
Also mention that this is not for the faint of heart and we are NOT recommended for children under 8 – The Slaughterhouse is 6000 sqaure feet.. 
with a very strong bent on seriously great costumes and FX make-up.

Within the City:

*This week’s Highlight*
Candle Light Ghost Tour at Merchant’s House Museum – In Manhattan’s most haunted house that has restless souls lingering within, the tour will be featuring “Mourning becomes Eliza”, an authentic 19th century funeral based off the real lives and kin of the original owners of the old townhouse. Eerie scenes and historical facts about the spirits of the house come to life by flickering candlelight. You might just walk out with a sense of the paranormal experience. Tour begins every half an hour from 6pm to 10pm. RSVP is required. Space is limited.
Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East 4th Street (between Lafayette & Bowery), 212-777-1089 Merchant house

Other must see tours and attractions:

Ripley’s Believe it or Not! – Are you queezy? Or are you a skeptic? Either way the newly opened attraction that is a cross between museum and a circus has many amazing artifacts that will have all visitors guessing, laughing, shocked or even screaming into the night.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, 234 West 42nd Street (between 7th & 8th Avenue), 212-398-3133, open 365 days from 9am – til the ghost go home at 1am.

Nightmare: Ghost Stories – Definitely not the very young or faint hearted, “Nightmare” now bigger than ever with it’s newest feature “The Maze”, has the goriest of characters coming to life and out to get you, trapping you in a 23-room haunted house filled with moving walls and images of impending doom.
CSV Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St. (between Delancey & Rivington), 212-868-4444

Blood Manor – Yet another house in NYC screaming with terror as Zombies will come after you for your brains. In a house that is 5,000 sq ft, you will never know what will try to come after you in the dark. Emergency exits are set up for easy access for those that get too scared of what’s lurking behind every corner. When an attraction notes “emergency exits available”, I can only imagine what must really be in there.
Blood Manor, 542 West 27th St. (between 10th & 11th Ave), 212-290-2825

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum – All through October, see, hear and feel the awakening of spirits trapped at the historic Madame Tussauds. Legendary ghost stories at Madame Tussauds and Times Square come alive in temporary month long spine tingling exhibit also featuring Haunted Scavenger Hunts and a Chamber of Horrors LIVE. Also, from October 19 – 31st, 7pm, ghost hunters will get a thrill at Spirits ALIVE, a special feature where the lights suddenly turn low and the spirits are high. Don’t get trapped, you don’t want to be our next exhibit.
Madame Tussauds, 234 West 42nd Street (between 7th & 8th Ave), 1-800-246-8872

Halloweekend @ Grand Central terminal – This coming weekend, celebrate Halloween in one of NY’s oldest train stations. From recipes to pumpkin carvings to costume ideas by renowned artist Ralph Lee, the family-oriented festival will be sure to enlighten and give a one-of-a-kind trick or treating experience for the young, the old and those in between.
Grand Central Terminal @ Vanderbilt Hall, 42nd St & Park Avenue, 212-340-2345.

Greenwich Village Halloween Parade – How can anyone miss this spectacular annual event? Every year the parade gets bigger, spectator attendance grows and the costumes are more creative as the theme of the parade changes every year. Enjoy tricks and treats from parade participants, live music and giant puppets as they scare up the streets of Manhattan. Parade route is along 6th Avenue from Spring St. to 23rd St. Avoid popular spots like 14th street and west 4th street to get a better view of the parade.

Written by: Jasmine Bermudez (NYC Pocket & Travel Guides)

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