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  • City Favorites of Montague Rat

    City Favorites of Montague Rat

    By Tor Seidler, author of many children's books including Gully's Travels, Mean Margaret, The Wainscott Weasel and A Rat's Tale.  Of all the novels for young readers I’ve written, my favorite in many ways remains one of my earliest: A Rat's Tale.  Montague Mad-Rat has been around for almost 25 years now, which in rat years would make him pretty old and wizened, I suppose.  But I like to think of him as the same shy young rat who collects feathers for his mother’s rat hats in Central Park and who, when he falls in love for the first time, ...

  • Summer Family Activities in Lower Manhattan

    Summer Family Activities in Lower Manhattan

    From Houston Street to the harbor, arts organizations and events are integral to the cherished blocks (and islands) of real estate in and off Lower Manhattan. Diverse and enormous sites have been reclaimed for culture—Governors Island and National Museum of the American Indian--Smithsonian in the former Customs House—and humble locations in storefronts or former tenements draw international art connoisseurs. Summertime events, breezes off the harbor and shade cast by famous skyscrapers or leafy parks make the Financial District, Battery Park and the parks along the Hudson River particularly pleasant to explore on weekends. Across from City Hall Park, dancers perform ...

  • National Parks Week in New York:  September 19-27

    National Parks Week in New York: September 19-27

    National Parks Week NYC is a series of free, public events that celebrate and illuminate the country's park system, especially the ones in New York City. The week's activities include special after-hours tours of Grant's Tomb, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; a talk with Eric Sanderson, author of Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City; and an exhibit of Japanese artist Chiura Obata's early 20th century paintings of Yosemite. The signature event of the week, Feel Free: A National Parks Celebration in Central Park, is an evening of music and film in the East Meadow that features ...

  • William Ivey Long’s New York

    William Ivey Long’s New York

    This feature originally appeared on NYC ARTS and NYCkidsARTS in 2009.  Costume designer William Ivey Long has five Tony Awards under his belt and has just finished the last tucks, pleats and hemlines on 580 outfits that represent the rise and fall of aspiring singers in Dreamgirls. The musical revival launched its national tour with a month of performances at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. While the "Dreams" are fictional (based on Diana Ross and the Supremes), real-life music idols such as the Pointer Sisters and Mick Jagger have also been outfitted by the costume designer. New York productions that Mr. Long ...

  • Museum Mile Festival 2010

    Museum Mile Festival 2010

    The wealth of world-class museums and cultural institutions along the Upper East Side's stretch of  Fifth Avenue has given the blocks the moniker, "Museum Mile," offering the most diverse art-viewing opportunities on any given mile in the country. On Tuesday, June 8, 2010 the 32nd annual Museum Mile Festival takes place rain or shine. This tradition unites the artistic community from 82nd to 105th Streets for an evening of food, fun, live performances. Entrance to all Museum Mile museums is free and musicians and performers entertain on Fifth Avenue, which is closed to traffic. An opening ceremony takes place at ...

  • 20at20:  Off-Broadway Rush Tickets for $20

    20at20: Off-Broadway Rush Tickets for $20

    In the spirit of Restaurant Week comes 20at20, a two-week opportunity to purchase $20 rush tickets to Off-Broadway theater performances.From Monday, January 25 through Sunday, February 7, $20 tickets are available starting 20 minutes prior to show time. Ticket buyers must mention “20at20” at the box office in order to get the discount, which is subject to availability.

  • Give the Gift of Culture in 2009

    Give the Gift of Culture in 2009

    Give the gift of culture at one of hundreds of cultural institutions this holiday season. Below is a selection of groups that offer great gift items, be it a special ticket offer, gift store item, membership or subscription. You can also visit the Memberships, Discounts, Subscriptions, Gift Shops and Donations sections on the left of this Web page for a full list of organizations on NYC ARTS that offer holiday gift-giving opportunities.Thank you for giving the gift of culture. 

  • Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial

    Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial

    Libraries, museums and orchestras are honoring the the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth with special events. Bicentennials always draw attention to historic figures, but Lincoln has also been discussed this year in relation to the country's new president. Many media commentators compared President Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln, a famous president who sought to unite a divided country.   The savior of the Union and our country’s 16th president was born on February 12, 1809. Lincoln was an avid reader during his humble upbringing on an Indiana farm, seeking out titles such as Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, Robinson Crusoe, and The ...

  • Destination Chelsea

    Destination Chelsea

    Chelsea, the neighborhood bounded by West 30th and 14th Streets, and Seventh Avenue and the Hudson River, has several hallmarks: elite art galleries in the West 20s; velvet rope dance clubs; a gay community; and eateries lining Eighth and Ninth Avenues. Standout, unique attractions within the scene have come together as Destination Chelsea to build awareness of its diversity. Destination Chelsea.org has a cultural events calendar, neighborhood blog, and ratings of local businesses. Founded in 2003 by Dance Theater Workshop in association with the Joyce Theater and the Atlantic Theater Company, Destination Chelsea is a partnership of 22 community cultural institutions, ...

  • Harbor Day & Heritage Weekend for Kids

    Harbor Day & Heritage Weekend for Kids

    Four hundred years ago, Henry Hudson and the Dutch ship the Halve Maen (Half Moon) arrived at what is now New York Harbor. To mark this historic occasion, the year-long Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial celebrates Harbor Day on Sunday, September 13 and statewide Heritage Weekend events on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13.Harbor Day highlights New York City’s revitalized waterfront and continuing friendship with the Dutch. The festivities span six major waterside parks—the Battery, Battery Park City, Hudson River Park, Governors Island, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Snug Harbor—that are all accessible by free rental bikes and water taxi rides.The first annual ...

  • Holiday Happenings

    Holiday Happenings

    It’s not only gift-shopping that draws tourists and day-trippers to New York, but the enchantment of seasonal events in a city that already sparkles year-round. Music, theater and dance performances, lighting ceremonies, and special activities at cultural institutions mark the December holiday season that encompasses the diverse traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Performances of The Nutcracker, Handel’s Messiah, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the lighting of the world’s largest menorah at Grand Army Plaza and a Kwanzaa celebration at the American Museum of Natural History are just some of the activities that are traditions ...

  • February Mid-Winter Recess: Kids on Vacation

    February Mid-Winter Recess: Kids on Vacation

    Just because it's the middle of the winter doesn't mean that kids have to spend their break cooped up inside. There are plenty of activities around New York City for kids and families to enjoy together during this week-long respite. Some places, such as the Children's Museum of Arts, are even extending their open days during the school holiday. Others, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, are always free for New York City public school students; the Sports Museum of America is reducing ticket prices for children this week. Whether they're viewing a tugboat exhibit at the Noble Maritime Museum, ...

  • Stonewall: 40th Anniversary

    Stonewall: 40th Anniversary

    On the evening of June 28, 1969, patrons at the Stonewall bar in Greenwich Village resisted police during a raid. Without planning to, these patrons and others who fought back ignited a powerful social and political movement in the U.S. and abroad. Cultural groups are marking the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion with exhibitions, talks, concerts and public celebrations. Stonewall marked the beginning of the modern gay rights movement, which would have a significant impact on the arts. New York City's official visitors Web site features Rainbow Pilgrimage pages that point users to lesbian and gay landmarks and Pride ...

  • Harbor Day & Heritage Weekend

    Harbor Day & Heritage Weekend

    Four hundred years ago, Henry Hudson and the Dutch ship the Halve Maen (Half Moon) arrived at what is now New York Harbor. To mark this historic occasion, the year-long Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial celebrates Harbor Day on Sunday, September 13 and statewide Heritage Weekend events on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13.Harbor Day highlights New York City’s revitalized waterfront and continuing friendship with the Dutch. The festivities span six major waterside parks—the Battery, Battery Park City, Hudson River Park, Governors Island, Brooklyn Bridge Park and Snug Harbor—that are all accessible by free rental bikes and water taxi rides.The first annual ...

  • Black History Month

    Black History Month

    Begun in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson, Black History Month is the celebration in February that highlights the achievements of the descendants of the African diaspora. Films chronicling the African-American experience are screened at the Eastern Parkway Library, the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II are honored at the Queens Library, and Obama: The Historic Campaign and Victory in Photos examines the road to the White House for President Barack Obama . These are just a few of the events related to Black History Month across the five boroughs in February.

  • Creating a Nation in New York

    Creating a Nation in New York

    New York City has much history related to the founding of the United States and several sites with strong ties to the country's founders. The city was  both a battleground of the Revolutionary War and the nation's first capital (1789-1790). The Battle of Brooklyn was fought on today's Green-Wood Cemetery, which not only serves as a resting place but also conducts public tours that share the grounds' history. In Harlem, visitors can tour Morris-Jumel Mansion, General George Washington's headquarters. Hamilton Grange, the summer home of the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, can be seen in Harlem's St. Nicholas ...

  • September 26: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

    September 26: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

    In its fifth year, Museum Day takes place across the country and includes many cultural institutions besides the Smithsonian institutions. More than 30 museums and cultural groups in New York City offer free admission on September 26. To gain free entrance, present a Museum Day admission voucher, which is good for two people and will be collected upon entry.For a full list of participating groups in all of New York State, click here.

  • Journey to India

    Journey to India

    India is the seat of one of the world’s oldest cultures—the Indus Valley civilization dates back at least 5,000 years—and with a population of one billion, modern India is the world’s largest democracy. A substantial population of the city traces its roots to the subcontinent, which includes Pakistan and Bangladesh as well as the modern state of India.

  • Alexandre’s Guide to New York City

    Alexandre’s Guide to New York City

    The director of El Museo del Barrio, Julian Zugazagoitia, interviewed his son Alexandre, for the 2008 spring issue of NYCkidsARTS. See Alexandre's fun list of cultural organizations around the city for other kids, parents and teachers to enjoy.Julian Zugazagoitia: Alexandre, I know you enjoy doing “cultural” things in the City, could you tell us what do you like doing and why. Alexandre Zugazagoitia:  I like building houses at the Center for Architecture because it’s fun and you get to pick your own materials. I also like playing at El Museo del Barrio. Last time we made clay and I built ...

  • Latin America in New York

    Latin America in New York

    By Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas As a foundation executive for the past 20 years I have had an unbelievable exposure to the arts and culture that make New York City the vibrant and international destination it continues to be.  Coming to this country as a young immigrant from Cuba, I embraced all that the city has to offer in both traditional and nontraditional arts. There is something going on 24 hours a day throughout the five boroughs that stimulates the mind and the spirit. New York City is home to immigrants from all over the world and one-quarter of its 8 million ...

  • Journey to Africa

    Journey to Africa

    A land mass of nearly 12 million square miles and more than 900 million inhabitants, Africa is as diverse as it is vast.  From the pyramids of Egypt to the cosmopolitan cities of South Africa and from the sands of the Sahara to the snows of Mount Kilimanjaro, the continent boasts a variety of peerless landscapes and is rich in natural resources.  The reach of Africa’s artistic legacy is far-ranging, too, as indigenous rhythms and steps have influenced many music and dance styles—including blues, jazz, swing, gospel, reggae, calypso, rumba, meringue and samba—that the Americans call their own. The most ...

  • Copy of Alexandre’s Guide to New York City

    Copy of Alexandre’s Guide to New York City

    The director of El Museo del Barrio, Julian Zugazagoitia, interviewed his son Alexandre, for the 2008 spring issue of NYCkidsARTS. See Alexandre's fun list of cultural organizations around the city for other kids, parents and teachers to enjoy.

  • Native New York

    Native New York

    By John HaworthNovember is Native American Heritage Month. With the largest urban Native American population (approximately 90,000 people) in the country, New York City certainly is “Indian Country."  The National Museum of the American Indian, the American Indian Community House and  American Indian Artists (AMERINDA) are three organizations whose focus is in the field of Native American arts and culture. What makes New York City an extraordinary Native Place, however, is the diversity of museums and other cultural organizations that present Native American exhibitions and programs. Several of New York’s finest museums – from El Museo del Barrio to the ...

  • Journey to China

    Journey to China

    New York is a great place to begin exploring Chinese art, culture and history. The city is full of museums, cultural centers and performing arts venues that showcase contemporary or traditional Chinese art, artifacts, dance, theater or music.

  • New York: City of Immigrants

    New York: City of Immigrants

    When it comes to immigrants, New York City is number one. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, more than one third of New York City's eight million residents were born outside of the United States, making the Big Apple home to the largest foreign-born population in the country.