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What To Do In NYC This Fall

Fall is nearly upon New York City and with it comes a whole new world. Once the streets cool off from the sweltering summer heat, people around town can turn into much more friendly, relaxed citizens. Along with better moods, come different activities. Below you will find a list of things that are fall specific in the greatest city in the world. Enjoy!


Over the last 3 years drag queens have flocked to this mini-festival that warms up at Lovegun on Friday the 11th. After the primary show, you can follow the party to Onderdonk House for the remainder of the weekend where over 150 performers will be featured!

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The hottest trend in food “on the go” street vendor food trucks. Luckily for anyone with some cash and an appetite, the Vendys is where NYC’s top 25 food truck pull up to duke it out for the top spot in town. Head over to Governors Island to get unlimited tastings and cast your vote for your favorite treat!

New York Film Festival

At the Lincoln Center Film Society is the 53rd installment of this film festival for the common man. This type of event is usually reserved for high-brow film critics but this festival only costs $20-$25. Head over to get an advanced screening of Oscar hopefuls like carol and The Walk.

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This huge street fair in Brooklyn brings over 500 street vendors together along with 16 stages with live music. This year, you will be graced by the youth group Brooklyn Ballet along with Mark Morris Dance Group, and Wicked. Head over to BK on September 27 from noon-6.

Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park

For the history buffs or Game of Thrones enthusiasts, head over to Washington Heights for a day in the park and entertainments from the best middle-ages DIYers the city has to offer. There will be time period food available such as potato pancakes, bratwurst and pork shank, along with knight sword action!

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Things to Do in NYC: Summer

In the summertime when the weather is hot, take to the city streets to take advantage of the beautiful weather! There are infinite amounts of things to do in New York City this summer, be sure to use your Unknownextended daylight, and warm climate to explore your outdoor domain! See the list of fun and exciting things to do within the city limits this summer, do not let the nice weather slip by!

Free Boat rides are available all around town (NYC is an island at the end of the day). At the Downtown Boathouse, residents can cruise the city at three different locations on the Hudson. At the North River Lobster Company, have a seafood dinner and cruise along the river for 45 minutes until the boat docks again. You can stay on for as long as you’d like as long as you keep buying items.

Many free movies are playing city-wide this summer including Ghostbusts, The Blues Brothers, Raging Bull, Airplane, Big Hero 6, and Mallrats (Jay and Silent Bob).

More into the theater scene than the movie crowd? A few off Broadway theaters are playing great shows all the time. Many of which hire volunteer ushers to scan tickets and seat lost patrons. If you should be so inclined to become a usher, you get a free show out of it.

On August 21st, in Central Park there will be a free show from 5 Seconds to Summer and will be broadcast live on Good Morning America at 7am. Fox & Friends also joins the free concert providers with their Summer Concert Series. Scotty McCreery, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Alice Cooper will all be performing this year.

Free bikes are available for rides too if you feel like heading over to Governors Island. There Blazing Saddles rents bikes for free for an hour. The catch is, it’s only offered on weekdays between 10am and noon.

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Things to do in NYC for the Holidays

Holiday time is here in New York City and yours truly, Ari Kellen is home for the holidays having just finished finals. I got a chance to visit the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center as well as the one at Bryant Park and it was just as magical as it was last year. The Rockefeller tree is easily the most visited in the city, it attracts millions each year to take pictures, ice Ari kellenskate below it, and to share in the holiday spirit no matter religious denomination. I managed to take some pictures of the tree while passing through and attempted to try out a time lapse, check it out below!

Besides the tree, here are some other activities to explore in the greatest city in the world during the holiday season.

Holiday market at Chelsea Market and Bryant Park:
Its chilly outside but Bryant Park fills you with holiday warmth and it offers great opportunities to pick up some straggling holiday gifts at their outdoor market. Remember, theres great hot chocolate and coffee there too! Chelsea Market offers the popup holiday sale inside for those less inclined to brave the elements this December. Both of these markets will remain open until December 24, 2014

Macy’s Holiday Windows:
An amazing light show will be projected onto the Broadway side of the super-department store from December 10th to 31st to keep boyfriends attentions while their ladies shop till they drop inside.

Prospect Park Fireworks:
On New Years Eve if you are looking for a reprieve from the drinking festivities, talk a walk down to Prospect Park for fireworks. They will be serving hot beverages and have live music all night in nearby Grand Army Plaza.

Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour:
My personal favorite is the Xmas lights and cannolis that takes place one of the tourist busses. It runs through Brooklyn, NY and bring the patrons on a tour that takes them by the most decorated neighborhoods in the city. The Brooklynites show off their lighting prowess and stops at Bella Luna Pizza for hot chocolate and cannolis to cap the night off.

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Check out my picture of the tree as well as a hyper lapse of my walk through Rockefeller, don’t blink or you might miss it!

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Ari Kellen Xmas Tree