Best NYC Theater Options for Kids

Two actors jump in the air during a performance of Newsies on Boradway in NYC

There were a few years there, back when my kids were younger, when one of our favorite summer traditions was to spend a few days in August doing all sorts of touristy things. Most of the stuff, frankly, was pretty forgettable–one notable exception was the Ellis Island Museum–but the staycation's centerpiece was always a blast: hitting the TKTS booth in the morning and going to whatever big Broadway musical we could get into that night.

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The Crop of The Cream: Three of NYC’s Coolest New Ice Cream Parlors

A group of four - one woman and two men wait in line at the East Village's new ice cream parlor, Odd Fellows

Can you believe that we're halfway through Summer already? How have you chosen to warm up or cool off? Ok, so it's no mystery to find excellent ice cream here in Manhattan, there's Amorino on University Place, AB Biagi on Elizabeth Street, Il Labatorio del Gelato on East Houston, Big Gay Ice Cream in the East and West Village, L'arte del Gelato in the Chelsea Market (and Lincoln Center), and Davey's in the East Village which all send hot NYC'ers frozen treat frenzies, but really – who doesn't love more Ice Cream?!  Here, then, are Glenwood's picks for the three best new ice cream parlors in town.  

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Put The Wind In Your Sails With These Private Cruises & Sailing Lessons

A sailing boat takes a group of New Yorkers around the upper bay area, with the city skyline views in the background.

Aside from our beloved Statue of Liberty, New York City's most popular landmarks and tourist attractions fill the city streets, but with the rapid development of the waterfront all around the city, we've seen an astonishing embrace of water-based recreation by New Yorkers. For awhile now we've been enamored with all of the city's great free kayaking programs, but now let's move on to bigger boats, and NYC's best sailing excursions. 

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Ai Weiwei and Swoon: Politically Charged Blockbusters Energize the Brooklyn Museum

Ai Weiwei's multi-colored vases and black and white images of a man dropping a vase at the Brooklyn Museum copy

The Brooklyn Museum is on a good run of late, with a series of provocative, crowd-pleasing exhibitions by the likes of Jean Paul GaultierEl Anatsui, Keith Haring, and the Bruce High Quality Foundation. Now you can add two more to that list: Submerged Motherlands, a massive installation by the fabulous Swoon; and what could be the biggest blockbuster of any NYC museum this season, Ai Weiwei's career-spanning 'According to What?'. Running concurrently through most of the summer, both are well worth a trip on the 2/3/4/5 trains for a visit. 

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The Final Performances of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, Presenting Twelfth Night

Image of two male actors pretending to fight with a large audience at Shakespeare in a Parking Lot

For two decades now the Drilling Company theater group has been putting on one of NYC's great summer traditions, the brilliantly conceived Shakespeare In the Parking Lot. Staged in a fully functioning municipal lot on the Lower East Side (yes, cars come and go during the show, though fewer than you might think), these performances not only offer Shakespeare lovers a novel and welcome counterpoint to the celebrity-studded, "uptown fancy" Central Park shows, but they are usually pretty terrific in and of themselves. 

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From Point A to Point B, Here’s The Best Bike Routes in NYC

A large group of New York residents riding their bikes or citi bikes down the middle of the street in NYC.

There's been more public and municipal support of NYC biking this past decade than ever before. Though, it should be noted, there's still a lot to done in making the idea of getting around town on your bicycle an acceptable and also super convenient way to do that and, in fact, also energizing and fun. If you want to go on a ride that's a bit more leisurely OR a bit more race-y, most of the city's best bike routes are old favorites, with one crucial exception.

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Guide to The Best NYC Food Festivals, Including Bastille Day, This Sunday July 13!

Man tending a fiery grill with hot dogs, sausage, and other meat at the Bastille Day Food Festival

The more outdoor activities the better is my motto for summer in the city. Yeah, sure, it can get hot and humid–though so far we've been pretty lucky–but do you remember that winter we just had? Enjoy it while you can! Roller coasters, the beachdancing, kayaking, get out there and experience this beautiful weather, New York!

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Can you Handle Coney Island’s First New Roller Coaster in Almost 100 Years?

An image of the entire roller coaster that was just opened on Coney Island, called the Thunderbolt

Luna Park's $10 million, crazy high-speed, loop-de-looping new roller coaster the Thunderbolt opened a couple of weeks ago right off the fabled boardwalk of Coney Island, and MAN does this thing look thrilling/terrifying. I say "look" because, well… when I went to check it out over the weekend I kind of lost my nerve to actually ride the beast. Next time! Definitely! But for the less cowardly among you, the Thunderbolt makes for the perfect excuse to get out to Coney this summer. 

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Hudson Eats in Battery Park City; A Food Court Beyond Your Wildest Dreams

From this picture of the interior of Hudson Eats you can see how large the space is and how high the ceilings are, creating a really open space.

After months of anticipation, by Battery Park City and FiDi locals, by the hordes of area office workers, and by pretty much everyone in NYC who likes really good food, the massive Hudson Eats "food court" officially opened to the public. Located on the second level of Brookfield Place, Hudson Eats brings an all-star roster of counter-service restaurateurs to an airy, bright, surprisingly sprawling space. If you spend any time here in Battery Park City, even if it's only to see a movie at the always-under-crowded Regal Stadium multiplex, Hudson Eats has increased your quick-bite dining options exponentially!

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Tara Donovan’s Amazing Sculptures at Pace in Chelsea: Extended through August 23rd!

Tara Donovan's index card sculptures standing in a group together looking like stalagmites in a cave

Long-time Glenwood favorite Tara Donovan has two of her large-scale, as-usual fantastic sculptures currently on view at Pace in Chelsea, and they've proven to be such crowd-pleasers that the gallery has extended the exhibition through August 23rd! This summer has been so packed with fun things to see and do around town I only made it over to Pace late last week, but I'm really glad I didn't miss these two beauties. Donovan created using her signature method of taking a mundane, factory-made object–in this case, index cards for one piece, and acrylic rods for the other–and assembling millions of them to create something bio-organic-looking, and wonderful.

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