Thanksgiving has come and gone, the days are getting shorter and colder, and Christmas jingles have officially infiltrated every CVS and Duane Reade in the city. That’s right: it’s winter time. While some of you warm-weather people might be getting ready to hibernate, anybody who’s spent winter in NYC knows there are lots of winter reasons to leave your cave during the holiday season. One of those reasons is the Winter Village at Bryant Park, the annual festive pop up market surrounding an amazing seasonal ice skating rink just down the street from Times Square. The rink will be open all day and into the night until March 2nd, so skaters, you can come down with a date, with friends, or just on your own to enjoy laps around the open-air track for free.
Live music, skating performances, celebrity appearances and an amazing tree lighting will all be happening tonight at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. The tree lighting pre-show will start at 5:15 with The New York Pops Brass Quintet onstage rinkside. At 6 the Christmas magic begins with the 8th annual Tree Lighting Show, hosted by 106.7 Lite FM's Bob Bronson and Helen Little. There will be musical performances by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Young People's Chorus of New York, Loston Harris Trio, and Carly Rose Sonenclar. The talented Johnny Weir, Sarah Hughes, and The Haydenettes will also be strutting their stuff on the ice. But the real star of the show is the park's 50-foot Norway Spruce decorated in over 30,000 white and red LED lights and 3,500 starbursts, balls, snowflakes, and icicle ornaments in wintry silver, pearly white, and iridescent red and blue. Don't miss a night to remember at Bryant Park and don't forget to bring your Christmas spirit!
What could be more wonderful this Fall than a relaxing weekend trip to France? Fortunately for New York’s many Francophiles, France is coming to Bryant Park for its second year on Saturday September 28th and Sunday, September 29th. Brought to you by New York-based nonprofit Taste of France, this extraordinary showcase, open to the public, goes far beyond a few crepes and a bottle of Bordeaux. This is the full French experience, with over 120 booths and featuring live French music, master chefs, beauty treatments, and wine tastings, among many other exciting features.
Ok. So maybe the beach isn't your thing and being on a boat makes you feel like you rode the Tilt-a-Whirl 17 times to many after a funnel cake fiesta. Or perhaps fireworks aren't your gag either - remember that time when you were four and you were burned by that sparkler?. It's understandable that the exploding powders of color in the sky aren't in your flight plan. Or even still, the very thought of watching a panel of adults shovel as many hot dogs as possible down their gullets in ten minuets makes your heart ache with a coronary.
Whatever the case may be, we've got you covered. Here are a few events happening this Fourth of July weekend that are sure to be tasty to your ear and eyes.
Ok, let’s get real. Its Independence Day weekend and here at Joonbug we take this holiday very, very, seriously. Our forefathers didn’t fight an entire revolution solely so we could live in freedom. No. They did it so each year we could properly commemorate our sovereignty and celebrate our liberty. And that is exactly what we are doing this weekend! Below are our favorite events to celebrate this 4th of July.
What is a 4th of July party without electro-beats? I’m sure our forefathers would be please with this, uh, “celebration.” Governor’s Island, in association with Cielo, Pacha and Glo Fridays, is hosting a four-day long party starting tomorrow July 1st until the 4th. The event kicks-off with a six-hour (six!) DJ-set by Paul VanDyk on Friday. Saturday will be all about Fat Boy Slim and James Zabiela. As the day gets closer, the acts get hotter. On Sunday Benni Bennassi and Laidback Luke will turn tables. On Monday, Brooklyn born DJ Victor Calderon will swap the (common? Unoriginal?) happy birthday song with some house and a lot of techno. Check out the full line up and find tickets here.
Cara: 21 years old
We spotted Cara having lunch at Bryant Park and absolutely adored her outfit! Cara is wearing a vintage cardigan paired with a American Apparel oversized tank. Her floral leggings are Betsey Johnson, and her shoes are Dolce Vita. She accessorizes this look with a Miu Miu hangbag, vintage ring, and awesome A-morir sunglasses! We must say her diamond encrusted sunglasses definately make this outfit!
We spotted Nicki looking chic in Bryant Park, so we decided to track her down and get the scoop on her outfit. Nicki is wearing a black cut out Lulu top, paired with a black architectural Lulu skirt. She accessorises this look with black cat eye 80's purple sunglasses, black china ebay tights and brings a pop of color with bright red lipstick and a jungle green vintage shoulder bag. We love her take on the architectural trend and the way she adds color to the classic all black ensemble!
Top Gear USA is celebrating their premiere on the The History Channel Sunday by giving a ride to anyone in New York City. Not a gear head? No need to be. Head to Bryant Park Wednesday, November 17 till Friday, November 19 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. to take a passenger’s seat in one of six hot cars. Take a free quick ride around a few city blocks in the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano, Maserati Quattroporte, Lamborghini Gallardo Superlegerra, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren or the Dodge Viper Coupe. The ride is free and the lines are not long.
The Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, along with fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg will officially open the Mercedes-Benz New York City Fashion Week on Wednesday September 8, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Presenting live from The Upper West Side, fashion icons from around the world will celebrate the week-long showcase's move from Bryant Park to Lincoln Center.
Do you need something to do during your hour-long lunch? They do go by quit quickly, so why not watch a performance while you eat your lunch. At least you can do something fun during your quick lunch break. If you work close to Bryant Park then you are in luck. This Thursday enjoy a free Broadway performance in Bryant Park during your lunch break. Performances begin at 13:30pm.
Performers from Broadway shows will perform 2 to 3 songs during the concert. Don’t worry there are plenty chairs and tables, so there shouldn’t be a problem finding a seat.