Free NYC Ice Skating and Holiday Shopping is back at Bryant Park Winter Village

Ice skating in NYC at the Bryant Park ice skating rink.

It’s that time of the year again! The free Bryant Park Ice Skating Rink is open for business. Also, the Bryant Park Winter Village Holiday Market is back with kiosks full of good eating and holiday shopping.

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The Farmhouse Fresh Philosophy at Tribeca’s Telepan Local

Famed farm-to-table Chef Bill Telepan adds a sequel to his Upper West Side Telepan restaurant. The new(er) Tribeca location is “much cooler in clientele and price” offering American small plates and mains that make wildly creative use of high-quality local ingredients. The high-energetic, wood-paneled space has an Aspen vibe and is a bit on the side, but lovely service adds the perfect warmth for the upcoming chillier Holiday month.

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NYC’s 6 Best Holiday Markets

There are hundreds of great places in this amazing city where you can find exactly the right gift(s) for your friends and loved ones this holiday season, from boutiques to big boxes, chain stores to pop-ups. One of the great things in NYC this time of the year is the Holiday Markets. Ten years ago numbered one or two in all of NYC, but can now be found, in various guises, suddenly appearing in neighborhoods all over town. Here’s six of the best seasonal holiday markets and craft fairs in NYC to find gifts for everyone on your Christmas and Hanukkah lists.

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The Upper West Side gets a healthy new eating option, Communal Oven and Earth

Opened last Spring, The Upper West Side welcomes the health-conscience cafe, Communal Oven & Earth. Communal isn’t vegetarian, or vegan, though there are plenty of options here if you are. The menu(s) contain fresh, quality ingredients, prepared simply and with care, all at reasonable prices. I went toWe recently ventured out to Communal last week and and thoroughly enjoyed most everything about the casual atmosphere, friendly servers, and, most important, my dinner.

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Two terrific new bakeries, Arcade Bakery and Baked arrive in Tribeca

Question: Can neighborhoods ever have TOO MANY bakeries? Especially if the bakeries are really, really good? How about if those bakeries also have first-rate coffee and a comfortable place to sitand chill or work or chat with friends? So is the case in Tribeca, which is already one of the prettiest, most loaded-with-goodies neighborhood in all of Manhattan. Two such spots have arrived within a few blocks of each other this year – and of course, there was no outcry about the community being overrun by brownies and baguettes, croissants and cookies and cakes. Find out which two outstanding bakeries arrived in the neighborhood.

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Six Thanksgiving Activities That Don’t Involve Eating or Shopping

If you’re looking for parade alternatives or ways to burn off the calories from longest Thanksgiving meal in history and still have plenty of time that day (and even more time for the glorious four-day weekend). Get out and about and enjoy the start of the city’s most festive season with few of the many holiday-kick-off activities going on around town.

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Three Big-Name Gallery Exhibitions Highlight Chelsea’s Fall Art Shows

We’re hitting peak Chelsea gallery-going season right about now, with just about everyone putting up blockbuster-ish exhibitions in the hopes of luring in the wealthy out-of-towners here for the holidays, as well as anyone else in a buying mood after all the big fall auctions at the big houses (Sotheby’s Christie’s, Phillips). Earlier, we recapped the kick-off of Chelsea’s Fall art season and as always, in addition to all the smaller treasures you might find behind any number of these frosted glass doors, there are a number of truly museum-quality shows going on right now, thanks to the neighborhood’s heaviest hitters. Here’s a quick look at three worth seeking out.

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Chelsea’s Boutique Story Teams with Target for “Home For the Holidays”

If you’re unfamiliar with Story, it is an NYC retail concept that changes its space and merchandise every four to six weeks, completely reinventing itself with a new theme, new design and new floor plan – like a permanent-but-always-changing pop-up shop. Recently the Chelsea Boutique paired up with mega-chain, Target to create a fun, tastefully curated holiday pop up shop, “Home For The Holidays”. We visited, picked up some goodies and wanted to share the experience with you. Check it out!

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Blockbuster Shows at MoMA: Matisse’s The Cut Outs and Robert Gober’s The Heart Is Not a Metaphor

It’s blockbuster art show season again at the city’s great museums, and so far MoMA seems to be the hands-down winner with not one but TWO big crowd-pleasers. Matisse’s Cut-Outs exhibition fills MoMA’s big sixth floor space and Robert Gober’s powerful The Heart Is Not a Metaphor takes over the contemporary galleries on the second floor as well as the museum’s main rotunda. Even though lines are long, you should make some time now and get to MoMA before the holiday insanity really kicks in. Here’s what you can expect.

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A Collection of Famous Eateries Arrive In Bryant Park

Midtown East does some things very well, the indispensable Grand Central and Bryant Park among them, but the neighborhood around these two landmarks definitely isn’t known as a great place to grab a bite to eat. Up until now, the list of options largely included an array of unappealing sandwich-and-salad chains, mediocre burger bars, and the random fro-yo joint. If you work in the immediate vicinity, you know how uninspiring lunchtime can be. And then… suddenly, though, all of that blahness seems to have changed, with a pair of crucial new additions. Find out the best place to grab a NYC-famous sandwich or a cup of fresh roasted coffee with a tasty pistachio croissant. Get excited about all the new options – and all just in time for ice skating season!

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