The Arts

Harlem’s Apollo Theater: Where Stars are Born and Music History is Made

November 30, 2016
Apollo Theater, Harlem, New York

The Apollo Theater marquis. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

The Apollo Theater – “Where Stars are Born and Legends are Made!”  That motto is no empty boast; the illustrious Harlem showplace is one of America’s most historic and important theaters. For more than eight decades the Apollo has showcased an astounding roster of African-American stars and launched many of their careers. Pioneers of jazz, swing, bebop, rhythm and blues, soul, funk, and hip-hop have played the Apollo. Performances on the Apollo stage have transformed American (and global) music and culture.

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Carnegie Hall: New York’s Temple of Music

November 18, 2016
Carnegie Hall, New York

A stellar evening inside Carnegie Hall. Photo: Carnegie Hall, Facebook

Carnegie Hall; New York’s renowned concert hall that is synonymous with magnificent music. Throughout its history the hall has presented music superstars including Tchaikovsky, Caruso, Toscanini, Mahler, Duke Ellington, Leonard Bernstein, Frank Sinatra, Maria Callas, Judy Garland, and the Beatles to name a few. With its elegant design, near-perfect acoustics, and performances by the world’s greatest musical artists, Carnegie Hall is a place of pilgrimage for lovers of music.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: All You Need to Know to Go

October 25, 2016
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – a beloved tradition and grand spectacle. Photo:

Every Thanksgiving, New York City celebrates the cherished American holiday with a grand spectacle – the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The immense parade marches through the canyons of Manhattan with giant helium balloons, extravagant floats, marching bands, thousands of clowns and celebrity performances.

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Ghosts of Gotham: New York’s authentic Haunted Houses

October 1, 2016
Merchant House Museum, NYC

One of NYC’s most “spirited” homes: Merchant House Museum. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

New Yorkers are die-hard devotees of their city.  In fact, some Gothamites are so rooted in NYC they refuse to leave…even after death.  With limited space and layer upon layer of history, it’s little wonder that New Yorkers coexist – both alive and deceased. And many of New York’s spookiest haunted homes are open to public.

If you’d like to tour NYC’s historic haunts, here are a few of New York’s authentic haunted houses.

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Must-see MoMa: Highlights of New York’s Museum of Modern Art

September 5, 2016

Vibrant art of MoMa. Photo: Gus Powell/ Museum of Modern Art

New York’s Museum of Modern Art (known as MoMa) contains one of the world’s finest collections of modern art. In addition to its stellar permanent collection, MoMa presents temporary exhibitions (often one of the hottest tickets in NYC), and special events. But with six floors of galleries and thousands of works, navigating the vast museum can be challenging. So here is a concise guide to MoMa and it must-see artworks.

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