Craving Something Extravagant Try This!

The best thing about New York is its multiculturalism. It is very important to have a variety, especially when it comes to food. Why would you eat a boring caesar salad, a baked salmon or classic burger that is on the menu in every restaurant along with the most boring dessert ever Cheesecake. New York offers so many different cuisines from all over the world and we would like to share with you  the extravagant and unusual  edible  creations  that we have spotted in New York City. Of course we would never ask anybody to give up on Burger, it’s just cruel, but we will recommend you to try this new versions of classic goodness.

Our favorite one is the Ramen Burger. The Ramen Burger has received so much attention that it’s being hailed as the new Cronut. Consisting of a patty, shoyu sauce, arugula and scallions on a crispy ramen noodle bun, it was invented by Keizo Shimamoto, a blogger with a serious love of ramen. You can enjoy this spectacular creation at “Smorgasburg” in  Brooklyn.

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Our second favorite is Kangaroo Burger. Kangaroo meat  is widely available and commonly eaten in Australia, but it’s a bit strange to see on a menu in New York.  “Burke and Wills”, a new Australian restaurant on Upper West Side decided to use kangaroo meat in a way skeptics might better enjoy:  as a burger.  Other, less strange Australian dishes offered include seared barramundi and whole rotisserie quail.

For a special occasion, we would definitely recommend  to visit “Serendipity 3″ on Upper East Side, for their Le Burger Extravagant  with a heavy price tag of $295.00. The burger consists of a Japanese Waygu beef patty infused with 10-herb white truffle butter and seasoned with smoked sea salt.  The cheeseburger features a cheddar cheese aged for 18 months by famed cheese maker James Montgomery. No expensive burger is complete without truffles, in this case shaved black ones. The burger also includes a fried quail egg, a blini, crème fraiche, Kaluga caviar on a white truffle-buttered Campagna roll and  of course it comes with a solid gold toothpick, encrusted with diamonds, I’m curious if it comes with a security guard to make sure the toothpick is safe. Serendipity 3, known for also having the world’s most expensive sundae and hotdog.

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Lets  get back to a real life and real food, where you don’t have to rob a bank to be able to pay for your burger.  Try this new Donut creation  from “Jicama NYC” that describes itself as California Street Food. The Pork Doughnut Slider consist of pulled pork on a glazed maple doughnut. In addition to pulled pork, the “slider” includes kale, red cabbage, a slice of beet, cornichons, and a little drink umbrella stuck into the top of the donut.  It’s a perfect meal for indecisive individuals, you are getting this savory and sweet taste in your mouth at the same time, plus kale and beets make you feel a little bit better about your diet, so you don’t panic that you have to run an extra 10 miles on a treadmill.

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At this point you are probably ready for some really interesting stuff, so let us introduce you to a Cricket Tacos. Love insects then  “Antojeria La Popular” is your spot.  There’s no pretense at all, you’ll know you’re eating bugs, but they’re satisfyingly crunchy among the smooth guacamole and, just as an added perk, a great source of protein.

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Dear Vegetarians we did not forget about you, here is a great option for appetizer - Octopus Salami.  Octopus Salami is one of the delights of “Rosemary’s” menu, located in Greenwich Village.  Fresh octopus braised for two or three hours with oranges, white wine, olive oil, bay leaf and peppercorns, packed into a mold with a binder that’s made of gelatin, red-wine vinegar, liquid from the braising and some of that “aranciata rossa” fizz the Italian soda. The whole thing is chilled, hardening in the mold so that it becomes a terrine. The salame comes decorated with fresh basil and minced giardiniera a tart Sicilian vegetable pickle. Very complex delicious dish.

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We are not done with weird foods yet, but we promise this is the last one and then we are going to move to the best part of every meal – dessert .

So let us tell you about Balut. Balut it’s basically a hard boiled egg with a partially formed duck fetus inside.  “Maharlika” is a restaurant in  East Village that sells this weird food.

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Now, lets talk about the food that everybody loves and of course it is,  Ice Cream.

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But we are not going to waste your  time describing how great strawberry ice cream taste in Dunkin Donuts. We will give you precious information about the craziest ice cream flavors of all. The first on my list is Foie Gras Ice Cream, you can try it at “Odd Fellows” ice cream shop located in Brooklyn that was named for its odd flavors such as chorizo caramel swirl or sesame kumquat pumpernickel. But Foie Gras  it’s just whole another level . Odd Fellows introduced  the Foie gras peanut butter cocoa flavor on their Twitter page on July 31.  By the next day it was gone and it’s still one of the best selling flavors.We have another cool Ice Cream spot for those who doesn’t want to go to Brooklyn, you can stay in Manhattan  and visit “Chinatown Ice Cream Factory” . Try my favorite flavor –  the Black Sesame Ice Cream.

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And the last one is for Queens residents.  At “Max & Nina’s”, located in Flushing, you can experience a real thing – Lox Flavored Ice Cream.

Enjoy :)

 

 

The Best place for Mom’s cooking in TriBeCa

Cosmopolitan Hotel offers it’s guests room service provided by popular restaurant Kitchenette.

4kitchenette frontkitchenette interiorKitchenette is the place to go to when you are craving home style cooked meal, but don’t want to leave your room. Everything they make in their tiny kitchen looks, tastes, and smells delicious and the portions are huge. So, let me tell you how I felt when I had my first Bacon Cheddar BBQ Burger at Kitchenette.  As soon as the burger reached my mouth I forgot about everything else around me. My day melted away.  What more I can really say? It’s exactly the Burger I was looking for my whole life.

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And of course Breakfast and Brunch items must be mentioned here. My favorite are the Lumber Jack Breakfast Plate. It’s like Heaven on Earth, eggs with bacon, turkey sausage, and two fluffy pancakes. I really can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t love this combination. Or who would say no to a Cinnamon Swirl French Toast or Strawberry Shortcake Waffle with strawberries and marscapone? Only vegans probably, but no worries Kitchenette created great vegan options such as Vegan Tofu and vegetable Burrito, fresh fruit, and veggie salads, for health obsessed individuals.

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The dinner selection is mouth watering as well. Turkey Meatloaf with mashed potatoes  or Crispy Buttermilk fried Chicken are among  my favorite items on the menu.

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Kitchenette also offers homemade shakes and desserts.

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So next time when you feel hungry for something amazingly delicious make sure to stop by Kitchenette.

 

 

Complimentary Walking Tours in TriBeCa

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Cosmopolitan Hotel invites you to enjoy a complimentary walking tour in Tribeca.
The name stands for the TRIangle BElow CAnal. In the 1970s and ’80s, artists yearning for space to sculpt, paint, and dance colonized the warehouses; Tribeca took shape in this cauldron of creativity. The confluence of imagination, spirit, space, and, most recently, disposable income has produced a neighborhood rich in upscale restaurants, shops, and galleries. Recently ranked by Forbes as one of America’s most expensive zip codes, 10013 Tribeca is also one of Manhattan’s most charming neighborhoods.
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On the tour you will be able to see all the main attractions of the neighborhood. Tour guide will tell everything about history of the streets and buildings in the neighborhood.
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At Harrison Street, you’ll see a study in Tribeca contrasts. A row of early-19th-century town houses lines the side of Independence Plaza, a huge high-rise apartment complex. The three-story redbrick houses were moved here from various sites in the neighborhood in the early 1970s.
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Cross the West Side Highway at Chambers to enjoy the lovely Hudson River Park and River Promenade, which stretches all the way from Battery Park City to the Chelsea Piers and beyond.
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Visit Irish Hunger Memorial on the way to Brookfield Place food court where you can grab a quick bite and enjoy the view on Hudson River.
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On the way back to the hotel you will visit 911 Memorial, you can also visit the museum (for additional cost).
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Shop Chic TriBeCa on Sale

Nili Lotan
High End Boutique located on 188 Duane St. presents simple, elegant, street style inspired silhouettes made of luxury materials. Israeli born New York-based designer Nili Lotan creating beautiful pieces for sophisticated modern urban women. In their sale section you will be able to find very feminine items such as silk camisoles, super light cashmere and linen sweaters and hoodies for a very reasonable price.
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Calypso St. Barth
Luxury eclectic boutique on 137 West Broadway inspired by travel, culture and the arts. Offers a wonderfully refreshing sense of escape with exquisite textures, rich colors and special embellishments. Calypso’s sale section has plenty of colorful silk caftans , maxi silk and linen dresses, light as feather cashmere cardigans, comfy neutral colors sandals and even cozy pieces for your home décor such as Moroccan print pillows.
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Patron Of The New
Elegant High End lifestyle boutique located on 151 Franklin St. Patron Of The New is a place for individuals with very selective eye. It’s concept store with almost indefinable versatility and brands that are treated with cult-like respect by fans, such as Balmain, Rodarte, Rick Owens, Hood By Air, Alexandre Plokhov and many more …
Check out their sale section that is full of standout pieces and everyday chic garbs.
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Steven Alan
Heritage inspired line of men’s and women’s casual wear. Steven Alan has become a household name for hip consumers. If you are looking for edgier version of traditional garb check out Steven Alan’s sale section.
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La Garconne
Modern sophistication from emerging designers, bold standout pieces among timeless classics. At La Garconne you will find a perfect attire for work and play. Shop sale for cute basic T-shirts, comfy pullovers or long sleeve tees.
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Cool Affordable Spots in Tribeca

Tribeca is very well known for its six-figures lofts and rich and famous occupants. Robert De Niro, Jay-Z and Beyonce are among them. But don’t think TriBeCa is only for well-heeled locals, there are some affordable cool spots such as Kaffe 1668 (271 & 401 Greenwich St) where you can find reasonably priced lunch options. One of my favorite is Low Carb Amazing Meal with organic tofu meatballs and homemade marinara sauce it’s a perfect option for vegetarians or people on gluten free diet. For meat lovers I would recommend homemade Swedish Meatballs or The Good Sausage Sandwich, all lunch items are around $10.00. Overall it’s a great place with a very inviting atmosphere and friendly staff where you can enjoy a good cup of latte, fresh pastry or grab lunch and stay on a budget.
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Another good place for lunch is Mulberry & Vine Café (73 Warren St). Everything there is fresh and health-driven, they use locally grown organic produce. It’s a great spot for vegetarians and vegans as well as for individuals on gluten free diet. Its not the cheapest place for lunch (three cold sides $12, two cold and one hot $13 and individual sides cost $4.50 cold and $5.50 hot) but quite a good deal for dinner especially with all the options you can choose from such as Korean braised bbq beef with pickled onions or Tomatillo Chicken stew. Mulberry & Vine makes its own iced teas and smoothies and brings in gluten-free baked goods and coffee from Laughing Man which is another cool spot in Tribeca.
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Laughing Man Coffee & Tea owned by Hugh Jackman and David Steingard. Laughing Man Worldwide helps entrepreneurs help humanity by creating and developing new business. 100% of Laughing Man revenue goes back to education, community development and new business development. So if you are a person who believes in All Be Happy you should visit Laughing Man Coffee Shop on 184 Duane St. just few steps away from Washington Market Park where you can sit down and enjoy your fresh brewed coffee or a nice cup of latte.
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Another low key option for lunch in TriBeCa is Macaron café located on 303 Greenwich Street. It has whimsical décor, very friendly staff and of course French colorful macarons, they make about 50 kinds that rotate with the seasons. But macarons are not the only items on the menu that you might want to try, the café also makes 8 kinds of sandwiches and salads priced from $7.75 to $10.00.
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After a long day you would definitely want to relax in a cool wine bar such as Terroir located on Harrison St. They have very large selection of wines (around 150) average price per glass is around &14. Great selection of appetizers such as Fried Lamb Sausage with sage leaves ($9) or Beet and Gorgonzola Risotto Balls ($8) and of course cheese about 8 kinds (around $5-$6 each).
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Feel hungry, just couple blocks away from the wine bar another must go TriBeCa spot Locande Verde owned by Robert De Niro. The ambience and service are incongruously warm. The menu is big but not overwhelming, the dishes at dinner are generous enough to share. The chef Andrew Carmellini delivers Italian home cooking in a very elegant manner. Try My Grandmother’s Ravioli ($22) so delicate they just melt in your mouth. And don’t forget to save room for dessert its totally worth it. Locande Verde’s pastry chef Karen De Masco is a maestro of sweet treats that are homey and elegant in the same time. try La Fantasia di Visciola (sour cherry lambrusco sorbetto, goat’s milk gelato, white balsamic meringa, caramel, sbrisolone $10) what else can you wish for?
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Sweets and Treats in Tribeca

Satisfy your sweet tooth with indulging desserts and pastries in Tribeca. Explore the best sugary hot spots in and around Tribeca.

Tribeca Treats

The specialty bakery has a wide variety of chocolates, cookies, cupcakes, truffles and more. It also offers gift boxes, custom orders for special occasion and baking lessons.

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 94 Reade St, New York, NY 10013  www.tribecatreats.com

By Suzette

There is nothing is better than an indulge crepe. The recently opened “By Suzette” has sweet and savory treats. It is easy to fall in love with it!

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78 Chambers St, New York, 10007

Billy’s Bakery

Delicious goodies along with retro desserts and seasonal favorites will bring you back to a nostalgia family kitchen back in 1940. Billy’s Bakery has also special packages and cakes for events, parties and meetings.

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 75 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013  www.billysbakerynyc.com

Takahachi Bakery

It is a Japanese bakery and Teahouse with exotic Japanese pastries. The owner of the Takahachi restaurants offers a selection of handmade freshly goodies. The Yuzu cream tart or the Matcha Green Tea Crepes can be dangerous addictive.

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25 Murray St, New York, NY 10007  www.takahachibakery.com

Duane Park Patisserie

This one of the most beloved bakeries in Tribeca with French charm has open since 1992. The exceptional pastries, petit fours or the magic cupcakes are to die for. But you can also have your own customized cookies, cakes, tarts and seasonal specialties.

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179 Duane St, New York, NY 10013 www.duaneparkpatisserie.com

Baked by Melissa

The most famous New York spot for its bite-size cupcakes which allow visitors to try various flavors without any guilt. Not that we do feel guilty.

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110 Fulton St, New York, NY 10038 www.bakedbymelissa.com

Financier Patisserie

It is located on the Stone Street and creates a French atmosphere in the center of the Financial district. The sweet and savory menu makes Financier to a perfect spot for lunch.

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62 Stone St, New York, NY 10004 www.financierpastries.com

Josephine Café Francais

A typical Parisian Café in New York? Yes, it is a must! Enjoy a croissant or crepe on the terrace of this little Parisian corner.

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350 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013 www.josephinecafefrancais.com

Be aware of Ninjas while eating at Ninja restaurant….Hiyaaaah!

Do you want to combine your dinner with entertainment? Then you should visit the Ninja Restaurant Tribeca. This is a kid-friendly restaurant, where the waiters are dressed up as Ninjas. They also have magic shows and serve incredible desserts. In the midst of a Japanese ambience and magic tricks taking place, guests can choose Sushi Rolls, Ninja Burgers or Angus Rib Eye Steak.

Be careful after entering and always look around the corner for Ninjas.

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www.ninjanewyork.com

Summer in the City

Hot town, summer in the city 
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn’t it a pity
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city
All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head
But at night it’s a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it’ll be alright
And babe, don’t you know it’s a pity
That the days can’t be like the nights
In the summer, in the city
In the summer, in the city

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Summer in New York is full of energy. When days are longer, the nights are shorter and the heat is on, lots of outdoor happenings and activities let everyone to boast the spirit of the city even more.

Check our top 20 outdoor activities and events for summer 2014.

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

It is the oldest and largest Food Festival in New York along 9th Avenue between 42nd – 57th Streets. The festival features local and international Food from popular restaurants. The event also showcases music, dance, children’s ride and various games.

Memorial Day Parade

The Memorial Day is in honor of all  Veterans in the military and also marks officially the beginning of summer. The Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade has been taking place since 1867 and is one of the oldest Memorial Day parades in U.S.

Taste of Times Square

The Times Square areas’ popular restaurants give visitors a taste of their exquisite culinary creations. There are over 40 booths with delicious platters in addition to street performers.

Shakespeare in the Park

Every year during the summer visitors can enjoy free outdoor theater performances in Central Park. The beloved summer tradition celebrates its 52nd season with this year’s special plays “Much Ado About Nothing” and “King Lear”.

SummerStage Central Park

The outdoor venue at Rumsey Playfield shows performing concerts since 1986 every summer. SummerStage features various music, modern dance or family program. The admission is free and is on a first come, first-served basis.

Celebrate Brooklyn

This established Art Festival of music, theater and wide variety of musical performances is broadcasted from the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn.

Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

The Southern-inspired fare at Madison Square Park serves American authentic barbecue from top pit masters and live country music.

National Puerto Rican Day Parade

The Puerto Rican parade is an ethnic celebration of all people with Puerto Rican heritage who reside and live in New York. It has been taking place along the Fifth Avenue since 1958.

Museum Mile Festival

This Block Party offers free access to the museums along the famous Museum mile with outdoor activities, face painting, chalk drawing and live music.

HBO Movies in the Park in Bryant Park

The HBO Film Festival screens Blockbusters, indie films or classics on a giant screen in Bryant Park.

River to River Festival

Residents, workers and visitors celebrate the neighborhoods from Chambers Street to Battery Park and across from Hudson River to the East River including Governor’s Island with indoor/outdoor activities.

Mermaid Parade

The unique parade at Coney Island celebrates the beginning of the summer season with extravagant Mermaid and sea creatures costumes.

The Met Summer Recital Series

This is a series of Opera performances in the parks of all five boroughs.

Macy’s fourth of July Fireworks

The traditional Fireworks Spectacular will return to the East Side and will light up the Brooklyn Bridge in 2014.

City of Water Day

The Waterfront activities fair offers free ferry rides, live music, free boat tours, food and family activities on Governors Island and Maxwell Park in Hoboken, NJ.

Lincoln Center Festival

Lincoln Center Out of Doors is a spectacle of extraordinary opera, music, dance and theater in and around Lincoln Center.

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Two stages feature live music at this all day long at this Music Festival for all-ages at the South Street Seaport.

Harlem Week

Harlem Week is a month-long celebration of the famous neighborhoods culture and heritage.

Summer Streets

On three Saturdays in the summer NYC streets are open for people to play, walk, bike, dance or stroll. It goes from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park along Park Avenue and connecting streets.

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

Gratis movies are aired under the stars at Sheep Meadow in Central Park. Do not forget your picnic bag for a perfect summer night.

Celebrate Easter in New York

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Celebrate Easter in New York and encounter adventure and fun for kids and adults around the city.

Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival

On Sunday April 20th  Fifth Avenue will be packed with a costumed crowd between 49th and 57th Street. The traditional parade started in the 19th century when the upper class were dressing up for church. The non-wealthy were watching the parade in order to see the latest fashion trends. Since then it has become a pageant of mix and match with crazy hats. The hats have satin ribbon tied in a bow around it, flowers or birds. Anyone who wants to dress to impress may participate the Easter parade. 10:00AM and 3:00PM.

Spring Eggstravaganza – Chelsea

The Trinity Grace Church welcomes everyone on Saturday, April 19 between 12:45PM and 3:00PM to a public fest featuring games, crafts and fun.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan

Little artist: watercolor Easter eggs

Children at age 4 and younger can paint eggs with a hidden message and learn Kindergarten Readiness Skills on Saturday April 19th at 10:00AM

Easter egg hunt

The egg hunt is for kids of all ages and takes places through the museum on Sunday, April 20th between 10:00AM – 12:00PM. The eggs will be stuffed with wonderful surprises.
After the hunt the youngsters can learn about Easter traditions from around the world and decorate their own egg.

The Scholastic Store: A Big Red Egg-stravaganza

An Imagination Clubhouse with Clifford and his Adventure Stories

On Saturday April 20th between 10:00AM and 5:00PM every hour

Kids can listen to stories about Clifford’s Easter at the Scholastic Store

St. Luke’s Easter Egg Hunt
Right after services at the St. Luke’s Church on Sunday, April 20th , families can follow the Easter Bunny into the garden to join in a festive egg hunt that’s open to the public.

Spring Eggstravaganza at the Queens Zoo

In addition to the usual activities, such as egg hunts, themed arts and crafts, and a photogenic Easter Bunny, the spring themed celebration features meet-and-greets with a giant Flemish rabbit.

Dinosaur Egg Decorating & Egg Hunt – Upper West Side

In the Bank Street Bookstore kids first decorate a Dinosaur “egg” and then search for the eggs among the whole store.

Sunday, April 20 at 10:30am, 1 and 3pm

Full Bunny Contact

It also known as the “Insane Easter Carnival” and is mainly an event for adults. The Clemente Soto Velez, Cultural and Educational Center offers various events, games and booths from April 17th to April 20th.

The Tribeca Film Festival

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Every year in April Tribeca is host of the most important international festivals of film, art and music. For two weeks the Tribeca Film Festival presents diverse events, movies, red carpet premieres and outdoor movie screenings.

It was founded in 2002 by Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff. The festival supports emerging and established directors with a line-up of independent films, documentaries, shorts, narrative features and family-friendly films.

Between April 16th – 27th, 2014 the following events will accommodate fans, visitors and most importantly many celebrities.

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This is a place for games, coders, hackers, screenwriters, futurists, directors, financiers, and anyone who has  a story to tell. It features the following:

Future of Film Live Series - April 21 – 24

11th Annual Games for Change Festival – April 22 – 24, 26

Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards – April 25

Tribeca Hacks April 25

TFI Interactive – April 26

Tribeca Sports Film Festival

Tribeca Sports Film Festival

With 9 films, 2 talks and 28 exhibits it is celebrating competition, passion and teamwork through a variety of captivating of sport-themed films, events and panel discussions.

Tribeca Drive-In

Tribeca Drive-In

An outdoor screening along the Hudson River at Brookfield Place(World Financial Central Plaza) showing classic movies.

Mary Poppins Thursday April 17th, 2014

Splash Friday April 18th, 2014

Next Goal Wins April 19th, 2014

Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair

Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair

Saturday 26th at 10:00AM is the day featuring film making activities, live Broadway performances, arts and crafts, chef demonstrations, tastings of local fare, storytelling, video games, free screenings, local restaurants, local merchants and more.

Film for all Friday April 25th

Film for all Friday April 25th

The Film for all Friday is a day of free Festival movies.

 

Venues

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