The Arts

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.

Continue Reading…

Festivities

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: Macys.com

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.

Continue Reading…

Destinations

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.

Continue Reading…

The Arts

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

September 5, 2016
MoMa, NYC

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.

Continue Reading…

Destinations, The Arts

Samba! The sound of Rio de Janeiro

July 27, 2016
Samba Rio de Janeiro

Samba pervades many aspects of Rio’s culture. Photo: Jeff Dobbins

Samba is the national music of Brazil – and the quintessential sound of Rio de Janeiro. Both a musical genre and type of dance, samba has inspired festivals, food, fashion and visual arts. With its propulsive rhythm and voluptuous dance moves, samba is among of the world’s most popular music. Where better to experience authentic samba than its birthplace, Rio de Janeiro?

Continue Reading…