Activities in New York City

"Africa Umoja" at Symphony Space, January 6–8 (Up to 48% Off)

"Africa Umoja"

Symphony Space

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Globe-trotting revue celebrates South African culture with both centuries-old traditions and more recent dance styles

$75 $39

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"50 Shades! The Musical Parody" on December 9–January 4 (Up to 43% Off)

"50 Shades! The Musical Parody"

The Elektra Theatre

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Parody of the bestselling “Fifty Shades of Grey” with original songs by a live band, hilarious dialogue, and dance numbers

$106 $69

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"The Greatest Pirate Holiday Spectacularrr!" at The Snapple Theater, December 20–January 3 (Up to 55% Off)

The Greatest Pirate Holiday Spectacular

Snapple Theater

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An improvising crew of swashbucklers turns “A Christmas Carol” into an off-the-cuff, interactive musical based on audience suggestions

$66 $30

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New Years' Eve Dinner Cruise from Cornucopia Cruise Line (Up to 55% Off). Three Options Available.

Cornucopia Cruise Line

Multiple Locations

Luxurious cruise ships or vintage paddlewheel riverboat host rocking New Years’ Eve parties with open bars, champagne toasts, and live DJs

$375 $175

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Great Gatsby End of Year Bash With DJs Kennedy Jones and Lookas on December 31 at 10 p.m. (Up to 60% Off)

Great Gatsby End of Year Bash

Amazura Concert Hall

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Great Gatsby–themed New Year’s Eve masquerade includes live sets by energetic DJs Kennedy Jones and LuKas

$62.49 $25

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WOW NYE Winter Wonderland Fundraiser at WOW Cafe Theater on Wednesday, December 31 (Up to 52% Off)

WOW NYE Winter Wonderland Fundraiser

WOW Cafe Theater

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Day of festive fun includes adult yoga, film screenings, and a celebratory dance party

$150 $80

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"STOMP" at Orpheum Theatre on January 6–February 8 (Up to 44% Off)

"Stomp"

ORPHEUM THEATRE

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Rotating cast of witty percussionists pounds out beats on household instruments during this award-winning international show

$87.30 $49

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Final Weeks of "Motown The Musical" at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, December 16–January 16 (Up to 36% Off)

"Motown The Musical"

Account Name Lunt-Fontanne Theater

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The story of the Motown record label is retold with dozens of hits by Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder in the show’s final weeks

$106.25 $77

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Coco & the Vanity Vixens at Gramercy Theatre on Wednesday, December 31 (Up to 16% Off)

Coco & the Vanity Vixens

Gramercy Theatre

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Reality TV star Coco and her dancing vixens deliver a seductive burlesque performance; Coco and Ice-T lead the New Year’s countdown

$53 $45

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Guided Hiking Day Trip or Overnight Camping Trip from Wilderness Rocks (Up to 54% Off)

Wilderness Rocks

Pick-up Location

Guides lead guests through snow-covered trails in New York’s wilderness during day and overnight excursions

$129 $59

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"Absolution" at St. Luke's Theatre, December 8–December 27 (Up to 47% Off)

"Absolution"

St. Luke's Theatre

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New dark comedy examines love, betrayal, and ambition in the tale of two bankers, their lovers, and the twisted games they play

$66.50 $35

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Wayra: Fuerza Bruta at Daryl Roth Theatre on September 1–January 4 (Up to 60% Off).

Wayra: Fuerza Bruta

Daryl Roth Theatre

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Aerial acrobatic dancers dazzle audiences as they run through walls, dance through thin air, and even swim through a pool of suspended water

$99 $49

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"Honeymoon in Vegas" On Broadway at Nederlander Theatre (Up to 38% Off)

"Honeymoon in Vegas"

Theater District - Times Square

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Tony Danza stars in an adaptation of the 1992 rom-com, with a Jason Robert Brown score the New York Times called “a romantic romp”

$77.75 $51

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"Bayside! The Musical!" with Optional T-Shirt at Theatre 80 on December 3–January 15 (Up to 58% Off)

"Bayside! The Musical!"

Theatre 80

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An energetic cast delivers a raunchy send-up of the popular ’90s high-school sitcom “Saved By The Bell”

$39 $19

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"You Can't Take It With You" on Broadway Starring James Earl Jones, January 18–28 (Up to 32% Off)

"You Can't Take It With You"

Longacre Theatre

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James Earl Jones is the snake-collecting patriarch of a devil-may-care family in this Pulitzer Prize-winning farce also starring Rose Byrne

$48.50 $35

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"The Bullpen" – A One Man Show at The Playroom Theater on November 8–January 24 (Up to 46% Off)

"The Bullpen"

The Playroom Theater

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A former incarcerated actor writes and stars in a one-man play about an allegedly guilty criminal

$34.90 $19

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Tickets to The New York Times Travel Show for One, Two, or Four on January 24 or 25 (Up to 41% Off)

The New York Times Travel Show

Javits Center

Visit representatives from around the world who can give pointers on travel and sights to see; performances and demos liven up the event

$17 $12

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Watch Magicienne Belinda Sinclair Perform in a Private Conjuring Room

Interactive Magic Performance

Clinton

Magicienne Belinda Sinclair performs elegant sleight of hand and mind to inspire her audiences with awe

$150 $65

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Gazillion Bubble Show at New World Stages, Nov. 21–Feb. 22 (Up to 57% Off). Offer Powered by Telecharge.com.

Gazillion Bubble Show

New World Stages

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A family who has honed its show for more than 20 years creates and layers dazzling bubbles amid colorful lasers

$82 $35

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Ann Kamhi Toran credits Pilates practice with saving her dancing career. After a major back injury threatened her ability to continue performing, Ann devoted herself to Pilates, and the exercises helped rehabilitate her body so effectively that she was eventually promoted to soloist after recovering. Although she stopped professionally dancing more than 20 years ago, Ann still practices Pilates daily.

Ann?s husband, Dr. Errol Toran, also is a believer in the rejuvenating capabilities of Pilates, and he suggested it to his chiropractic patients, incorporating the exercises into their physical rehabilitation. Together, Ann and Dr. Toran decided to create a studio that shared these benefits with the general public, introducing the time-honored exercise techniques that improve posture and build lean, toned muscles.

The studio boasts four locations throughout the New York area, each featuring an arsenal of traditional Pilates equipment. The signature apparatus, the Reformer, generates gentle resistance with a system of springs, pulleys, and miniature black holes. Students push and pull against this resistance while performing sequences of relatively simple movements that require unwavering mental focus to maintain the ideal technique and alignment. By emphasizing controlled, quality movements over flailing your body against a boulder, Pilates exercises can evenly tone muscles across the entire body, with a particular emphasis on the core muscle groups.

Ann and Dr. Toran encourage their instructors to take initiative when leading classes and tailor the pacing or sequence to accommodate students, but each studio does host sessions for particular skill levels. Introductory and Level 1 classes work to develop form and technique, whereas the more advanced sessions begin to include modified exercises or long-division flashcards to ensure a more challenging workout.

130 W 42nd St
New York,
NY
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Once every three years, the curators at New York's International Center of Photography set out on a mission to encapsulate the world. They scour every corner of the globe to collect the most interesting video and photography. The end result is an exhibit that reveals the Earth at present—its economic conditions, political instabilities, and social mores. The museum's other gallery spaces surround their visitors in works from the 19th century to modern day, offering windows into every era since Santa invented cameras as a new Christmas toy. These ever-changing exhibits showcase everything from evolving fashions to countries in the midst of full-blown revolution.

Hidden behind theses photographs' imagery, lies the minds of brilliant visual artists. Some of these masters speak at the The Photographers Lecture Series, a staple of the museum's research center since 1974. During these events, distinguished photographers discuss their work and how photography fits into the worlds of art, fashion, and journalism. The ICP's Library delves into these worlds even further with thousands of photobooks, periodicals, and digital files.

ICP's faculty also nurtures emerging artists. Together, they lead more than 400 continuing education courses, exploring areas such as digital photography and video. And for the most serious students, they offer a one-year certificate program and an MFA program.

1133 Avenue Of The Americas
New York,
NY
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Housed within a complex designed to resemble a mountainside monastery, the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art immerses visitors within an environment intended to foster a widespread appreciation for the artistic and cultural creations of the Himalayan peoples. The fieldstone buildings were inspired by photographs of the Potala Palace?the historic seat of the Dalai Lamas?and the surrounding landscape features terraced gardens, lotus and goldfish ponds, and secluded nooks for meditation or high-stakes staring competitions. This connection to Himalayan architecture is also apparent in the structures' architectural details, such as a flat roof crowned with a four-sided pagoda, the trapezoidal windows, and the slate-capped doorways. When taken together, all of these architectural and landscaping features allow visitors to lose themselves in the setting while viewing the collection of artwork and culturally relevant artifacts.

The museum's permanent collection focuses on rare and sacred pieces from Tibet and nations influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, such as Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia, and northern China. Featuring works from the 12th?20th centuries, this selection includes everything from bronze sculptures and silk-backed scroll paintings to furniture, photographs, and ritualistic objects. Allowing guests to view these items is only one aspect of the museum's mission though. Additionally, the staff members encourage visitors to engage with Himalayan culture by participating in tai chi and guided-meditation classes that the instructors lead on select days.

338 Lighthouse Ave.
Staten Island,
NY
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Roshelle “Rocky” Wilder, NYC Dance Arts’ founding director, began dancing and choreographing dance pieces when she was still in high school. She has performed with underground hip-hop artists such as Denzil Porter, Deena Jones, and The Future, and her students at NYC Dance Arts have performed on Broadway, earning mention from ExpertsColumn.com.. With a team of teachers, Wilder guides students through the steps of contemporary hip-hop, classical ballet, heart-healthy Zumba, and other dance-centric classes.

Ballet classes boost students’ balance, concentration, and coordination while strengthening core muscles. Modern/contemporary dance rebels against the traditional aesthetic of classical ballet with abstract, emotive movements—or by cutting class, sneaking out, and taking the works of Jean-Paul Sartre very seriously. Break dance 101 introduces students to urban street dance, focusing on inspiration and creativity. Yoga fitness classes combine a cardio workout with deep-breathing exercises and yoga poses. In addition to regular classes, NYC Dance Arts offers special workshops with visiting choreographers and professional dancers, and organizes dance flash mobs—groups of dancers who meet in a public place to perform a dance routine.

107 Suffolk Street, 2nd Floor
New York,
NY
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Praised in NBC New York's Hip & Healthy Blog and featured on Better in addition to other publications and media, Kettlebell Kickboxing merges Muay Thai martial-arts maneuvers with Russian kettlebell training for a full-body, female-only workout. Classes are led by creator and lauded fitness expert Dasha Libin, equipped with a master's in sports science and over a decade's experience in martial arts. Dasha, this year's official trainer for the Miss New York USA & Miss Teen USA brands and fitness brand ambassador for lululemon athletica Soho, leads sixty-minute classes that may burn up to 1,000 calories array attendees in a mirror-lined studio as they learn specialized moves, including weighted squats, lunges, and swings that hoist the kettlebells skyward. As the nonimpact regimen tones hard-to-target muscle groups, clients can hone their balance and agility without needlessly squashing their joints or practicing perilous tightrope sprints. Classes strive to strengthen and sleekify distinct body areas: the Swing/Kick session bolsters limb leanness, whereas a Punch & Knee course employs mat exercises to kindle the burn in arms, abs, and glutes. Patrons can also flock to a total body scorcher class for kettlebell-heaving drills that incorporate both cores and appendages.

394 Broadway
New York,
NY
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In 1820, before the dawn of New York's public library system, a group of city merchants began a circulating collection of books. Now part of The Center for Fiction, that collection has grown to include more than 85,000 titles of classic and contemporary fiction, as well as literary journals and magazines.

Though readers can enjoy these works in the quiet of the eight-story building's second floor reading room, The Center for Fiction is far from a simple library. Authors, critics, and professors encourage guests to embrace reading's social aspect through reading groups on contemporary and classic works. More than 60 yearly literary events also dot the center’s schedule, inviting more than 100 writers to read and discuss their craft. Afterward, intimate, informal receptions afford readers and writers a chance to casually chat about their work or discuss the latest experimental punctuation marks.

Along with stimulating fiction readers, the nonprofit supports fiction writers with a slew of resources, from studios on the building's top floor to fellowship opportunities for emerging New York talent. Evening workshops invite writers of all levels to study MFA-level topics under seasoned faculty and bestselling authors, who cover everything from structuring stories to crafting a stronger narrative voice.

17 East 47th Street
New York,
NY
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