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Harlem Jazz Clubs: Hear Remarkable Jazz in NYC

October 21, 2015
Harlem Jazz Clubs, NYC

A red-hot performance at Ginny’s Supper Club.

Jazz was born in New Orleans, but it evolved and flourished in Harlem. Legendary artists like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis played Harlem. Jazz genres like Swing, Bebop, Latin and Cool Jazz were born there, and the neighborhood once teemed with famed Jazz clubs. Now after decades of decline, Harlem is once again a cultural destination…and home to terrific Jazz clubs.

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Stage Fright: New York’s Haunted Theaters and Ghosts

October 7, 2015
Belasco and ghosts

David Belasco in “high spirits.”

Some of the most thrilling moments in New York occur in its theaters, where the energy of a live performance can be spine-tingling. But not all the excitement is “live.” Most NYC theaters are haunted and many performers, who spent their lives dying to take center stage, simply refuse to exit. Indeed, for many thespians, the show must go on…and on…

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The Metropolitan Opera: New York’s remarkable temple of music.

September 20, 2015
Metropolitan Opera, NYC

The magnificent Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Center. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

The Metropolitan Opera is one of the world’s finest opera houses. With its lavish productions, renowned conductors and stellar singers, the grand New York institution has produced legendary opera for more than a century. Performances at “the Met” are often considered the pinnacle of the operatic world, and attending one can be a thrilling occasion. Continue Reading…

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Gospel in New York: Where to hear great Gospel music

August 9, 2015
Gospel New York

A spirited performance by Gospel For Teens. Photo: Gospel For Teens, Facebook

New York City offers remarkable gospel music – exuberant performances featuring stellar vocals and deep devotion. But unlike other music genres, the city has no clubs or theaters dedicated to regular gospel concerts. Yes, there are several “Gospel Tours,” but they herd large groups into whichever church will accept their business…not necessarily the best venue for music. To enjoy an authentic gospel experience with superb music, you have to know where to look.

Here are my picks for the best places to hear Gospel in New York City.

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New York Museums: Free and Cheap Admission

July 26, 2015
Met Museum Greek and Roman Galleries, NYC

The Met Museum’s Greek and Roman Galleries…yours for what you will. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

New York City is home to some of the world’s finest museums and attractions. But with entrance fees climbing to $34.00 each, experiencing these treasures can be a real budget buster. Fortunately, most of NYC’s museums and gardens keep their delights accessible by offering free hours or pay-what-you-can admission.

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