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Goop’s In Goop Health Summit descended on New York for the second time on Saturday, taking over an entire floor of Pier 17 in the Seaport District. The ath-leisure-clad crowd was expectedly homogenous — almost exclusively white women — but a vast range of ages was represented among the 600 attendees, most of whom had paid $1,000 for an all-access ticket to the 10-hour day of panels, workshops, psychic medium readings and ample downtime in Goop Hall to shop a Goop-curated retail area with books,beauty products and vibrators, take a power nap in a communal bed, get an ear-piercing, or nibble on tiny plates of kale salad and sip on “brain coffee.”

A small segment of attendees had ponied up $4,500 for a Wellness Weekender ticket, which included a two-night stay at the Park Hyatt in Manhattan, a Friday night cocktail party preceding the event, a “VIP workout session” and other perks.

It was In Goop Health’s second year bringing its summit to New York, following its 2017 debut in Los Angeles. Since then, summits have taken place in both cities, as well as a smaller iteration in Vancouver that was held in October. This weekend’s summit was Goop’s fifth event. The lifestyle content-meets-commerce company is showing no signs of slowing its live events business — another L.A. summit is to take place in May, and in June, In Goop Health will make its debut in London.

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At this weekend’s gathering in New York, an upbeat sorority of Goop staffers wearing white sweatshirts emblazoned with the word “Goopies” in black were on hand throughout the day to help answer questions and usher attendees to and fro. In the morning, after picking up white Keds sneakers adorned with Ariel Gordon charms engraved with “Goop Times,” everyone gathered in the Chat Room, which would later be the site of various panel discussions hosted by Elise Loehnen, Goop’s head of content, on niche topics such as “micro-resilience,” intimacy and masculinity, and psychedelic medicine.

Gabrielle Bernstein — the motivational speaker and life coach, author of popular books such as “The Judgement Detox” and “The Universe Has Your Back,” Lululemon yoga ambassador, etc. — started the day off with an intense Kundalini meditation known as “The Breath of Fire,” which had the seated audience breathing in and out rapidly while raising their hands in the air.

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The frenetic energy in the room set the tone for the day, as women clad in Lululemon leggings, Gucci fanny packs and Saint Laurent sneakers (while attendees were encouraged to slip into their new Keds upon arrival, that suggestion seemed to go mostly unheeded) zipped around for the next several hours, happy to be there and eager to take in the day’s offerings.

The range of ages represented — while mostly concentrated to women in their 30s and 40s — was exemplified by the appearances of both Gwyneth Paltrow’s 76-year-old mother, Blythe Danner, and 14-year-old daughter Apple Martin. WWD observed Danner shopping the beauty assortment with the assistance of Goop beauty editor Jean Godfrey-June, while Martin stopped by early in the day for an ear-piercing. The free piercings were by far the most in-demand activity in Goop Hall, eliciting long lines. Other popular activations included adult slumber party-esque “wind-down sessions” in Buffy x Goop’s “cocreated sleep sanctuary,” a communal bed covered in Buffy’s sustainable comforters, which are made primarily from eucalyptus wood pulp.

Also in Goop Hall, there was ear seeding — an acupressure therapy said to ease feelings of stress and anxiety, an infrared sauna, B-12 injections that had women pulling their pants down without a second thought and “no makeup” makeup applications by Glamsquad using only products sold on Goop. There was a steady stream of small snacks at the ready, including Bonberi’s coco parfaits and grain bowls, multiple kale salads, Honeybrains’ “power oatmeal” and cauliflower steaks, and a seemingly endless supply of gluten-free blueberry muffins by Hu Kitchen.

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The retail area was well shopped by the end of the day, as women snapped up new chewable Goop supplements — Knock Me Out for sleeplessness, Nerd Alert for Energy — sleekly designed vibrators by Dame Products, books such as Shira Lenchewski’s “The Food Therapist” and Dr. Will Cole’s “Ketotarian” diet tome, and activewear by G. Label. Popular beauty buys were Vintner’s Daughter’s $185 Active Botanical Serum, and Douglas Little’s natural fragrances, both his own line called Heretic and the Goop candles, for which he serves as the perfumer.

Beauty offerings at Goop were dominated by Beautycounter, the Los Angeles-based direct-sales purveyor of clean beauty products. In makeup master classes with Beautycounter makeup artist Christy Coleman, women donned Goop-branded terry cloth headbands and wielded the brand’s Dew Skin tinted moisturizer and eyebrow pencils in efforts to achieve Coleman’s signature everyday makeup look. Anastasia Achilleos, GP’s very own facialist in town from London, taught a popular class on facial lymphatic drainage, in which women strained to see the stage so they could mimic her massage movements.

If anything, Goop seems a barometer for what’s next going to be popular in the world of wellness. At the In Goop Health Summit in Vancouver last fall, hot topics included gut health and the future of cannabis — subject matters that have, by now, gained mainstream traction, with probiotics infused in skin and hair care and CBD oil being sold at corner pharmacies.

Pills in general seem to be out of vogue. “I’m not a fan of pills — we have a big pill culture,” said Elle MacPherson, model and founder of the plant-based supplement brand WelleCo, on why she chose to produce powders over pills, during a panel discussion on clean beauty with makeup artist and Westman Atelier founder Gucci Westman and Beautycounter chief executive officer Gregg Renfrew.

This weekend’s event delved deeper into the realms of emotional health and alternative medicines. Dr. Ellen Vora, a psychiatrist who specializes in healing depression and anxiety without prescription medicine, led workshops on self-acceptance. On the other end of the spectrum, Drs. Will Siu and Alex Belser in a panel on psychedelic medicine (which Paltrow pinpointed as the Next Big Thing in an interview in Sunday’s New York Times) described prescribing microdoses of ketamine to patients with mental illness.

“Things are shifting very quickly,” said Siu, about the growing awareness of microdosing psychedelics for mental illness, which he also noted can incite “profound spiritual experiences,” alongside curing depression.

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Even the food component of the day’s programming was tinged with a theme of emotional health. In a workshop on “Food and Mood,” psychiatrist Uma Naidoo expounded that one should not just be eating physical health, but mental health, too, and predicted that pairing one’s diet with one’s emotional needs is at the forefront of a future, more individualized diet culture, when people will be eating not just for weight loss, but for weight loss and anxiety, or weight loss and depression, for instance.

The topic of intuition kept coming up throughout the day, particularly as it pertains to medical situations. Caroline Myss, a “medical intuitive,” served as the first fireside chat of the day, interviewed by Paltrow herself. Myss talked about connecting with the chakras to understand the body’s ailments.

“Do I need to explain what chakras are?” asked Myss. “No, they’re Goopies — they get it,” said Paltrow.

Myss recommended tapping into one’s intuition the next time one feels a sickness coming on — for instance, Paltrow’s friend’s recurring bladder infections, which she gave Myss as an example. “Instead of asking, ‘What’s wrong with my bladder?’ the first thing you should ask is, ‘What’s out of balance?’” said Myss. “Reacting to your anguish about something without doing anything about it can get into your bladder.”

Spirituality was a key theme that ran through the course of the day. “How many of you believe that there’s something else out there guiding us, a governing force in the cosmos?” asked Vora during one of her self-acceptance workshops. Everyone raised their hand.

Various psychic medium readings held in “The Spirit Room” throughout the day were a hot-ticket item — in one group reading, WWD observed psychic medium Kim Russo, author of “The Happy Medium: Life Lessons from the Other Side,” channel one woman’s deceased Yorkshire Terrier.

One thing noticeably absent from the Goop summit was the plethora of Instagrammable activations one might encounter at beauty festivals such as Beautycon or Gen Beauty. Though the space, which was designed with Goop’s minimalist chic aesthetic in mind, was inherently Instagrammable and minus a few exceptions — Buffy’s sleep sanctuary, an In Goop Health-branded Astroturf field filled with fake flowers — the overt Insta-bait was noticeably absent from the summit.

Perhaps this is because digital detoxing was a topic on everyone’s minds. “I was at a birthday party [with a no-phone policy] and it was great because no one was there trying to have the experience and post the pictures,” said Demi Moore, in the day’s closing conversation between her, Paltrow and Arianna Huffington.

“The growing addiction [to technology] is something we all need to address,” said Huffington, founder and ceo of Thrive Global, whose latest book addresses reducing technology dependence. “We need to set boundaries and make it clear that we need to put down our phones and connect with ourselves.”

 

By Ellen Thomas

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1. At what age did you start playing Ice Hockey?

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I started playing Ice Hockey at age 5. My friends Father, who lived down the street invited me to join one day, my Father had no clue about Hockey. He put my elbow pads on my knees, it was funny. I didn’t have a clue either obviously, but it’s worked out for the best.

2. It’s very impressive that at 15 you already had an agent. Please tell us, how you achieved this?

When I was 15, agents would come to select tournaments and talk to my Father and discuss the potential I had. I think currently it’s changed a bit, but I played a lot of tournaments in Canada with some top tier teams with a lot of talented players. So there were always agents around. They couldn’t really give anything due to NCAA losing eligibility and hush hush behind that, but once I wasn’t going NCAA they could fully advise me and that was at age 17.

3. From 1999-2001, you attended the The Cardigan Mountain School, an Elite all boys Boarding School in Canaan, New Hampshire. How much of an influence did this School have on you as a young child and growing Athlete?

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This school really shaped me into the man I am today. Discipline, Integrity, Manners, Sportsmanship. There’s just so much to be thankful for from that school. I grew up with all sisters, so to be at an all boys school was really fun as they were all brothers to me. It made me grow as an athlete as you have to play 3 sports. I never played football before, tried it, and loved it! It was just an amazing time of my life and would recommend it for anyone.

4. What advice would you give for children today, that want a Professional career in Sports. What are the steps necessary to achieve their dream?

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Don’t be a follower! Listen to what you can correct. Today with technology try and watch yourself, correct your mistakes, work on getting better but also don’t force anything. Enjoy it while it lasts, have fun. You have to love what your doing in order to be the best.

5. You currently play for Heilbronner Falken, a team in Heilbronn, Germany. What is a typical day for you? Walk us through your daily routine.

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I wake up have breakfast, head to the arena for training, after workout off ice and on ice I usually go to lunch with some friends. I’ve been in Germany for 9 years now so I really enjoy the European lifestyle. Cafes are amazing to just sit and relax, read and write. As I am getting older I have been contemplating my next phase in my life, I obviously can’t play Hockey forever so it’s exciting exploring all the possibilities next for me. Germany is a place I definelty can call home, I love the surroundings, architecture and history. I’ll always come back here no matter what, I love it here and Berlin is my favorite, this city has a place in my heart forever.

6. What are some of your favorite restaurants in Germany?

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So many favorites! Berlin has some wonderful Pan Asian Restaurants. One in particular is called Transit. It is minimalist in decor and serves delicious Thai and Indonesian dishes. As an athlete, carbs and pasta on game days!

I also enjoy cooking but as a bachelor, cooking for one isn’t as enjoyable and sometimes you eat far more than you should!

7. I know family is very important to you, as you pay homage to your family..often through social media. Please tell us about your family and how they were instrumental in your career?

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My family has the biggest meaning in my life. They are the most supportive, and the reason I am able to be where I am. I have four sisters, two older and two younger, a nephew and a niece. My Father and Mother have worked extremely hard to support not just my upbringing but their 4 other children. My Father is a painter and my Mother works in child care.

The oldest Aimee teaches in Hong Kong and has been all over the world, she’s incredible smart. Next is Lauren. She is a nanny and has been working with children for over 15 years. She’s is amazing when it comes to Children.

The one right below me, Melissa, was an outstanding hockey player growing up, she was my little side kick, followed me everywhere and always wanted to play street hockey or mini hockey with my friends. She has two beautiful children…which I often post on Social Media.

The youngest Vanessa is in the military. She has such a strong work ethic. She has worked since she was 14 and worked with my Father until she joined the Army. She really enjoys it and is a supply Sargent.

All my family members have had an impact in my life, and it’s why I have always given back to them as much as I could through my career. I love them dearly.

8. The Playoffs are coming up in March. Do you have a regimen that puts you in your best focused state?

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For many that know me as a hockey player, they know my game changes come playoffs. My mentality is a win there’s no tomorrow mentality. Like the NFL. Every game is important. I have always been confident in the fact that I’m a playoff player. Big players show up in big games. And I like to be that guy. I don’t know what exactly it is, but it’s the best time of year, it’s the most exciting, and I am just that much more focused because I want to win! Who doesn’t? I know everyone says that, but there’s just something different about certain players during playoffs. You gotta have that mentality.

During regular season, there’s so many games that I think mentally, sometimes guys take nights off. It’s why I love the NFL. Every week is important. In hockey or basketball or baseball, the mentality can be, ah there’s 40 games left we can make it up. But when it comes to hockey playoffs, you can’t think that. It’s now or never, you do whatever it takes to win. And I just love the feeling and rush of that.

9. What one word describes you?

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Selfless – there’s no other way to put it. I have many words that I could put. But I really put the needs of others first. I love helping others in any way I can. Whether it’s talking friends through difficult times, helping them with a situation, anything. I love to help.

10. What can we expect from Jimmy Sharrow in the next year?

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Wow, the next year. I would really like to get going with career after hockey. I’m 34 now, I’d love to play as long as I can, I still love it, but I know life comes at you fast, you meet someone, you don’t get a contract, you get injured…so many variables. I’d love to be a father soon, it’s something I cherish, so who knows you never know what life brings. I have a passion for the luxury concierge market. Perhaps I’ll take this direction after Hockey. I think my life experiences thus far has prepared me well, so I will explore this. However, ask me again in a year!

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According to ZAGAT…You’re “in the hands of a Master” at Chef Masa Takayama’s “serene” Upper East Side Japanese (located below the Gagosian Art Gallery) where the “delicate” sushi made from the “freshest quality” fish is offered alongside a diverse array of cooked dishes.

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I personally couldn’t agree more! Living around the corner I am there at least once a week, and I am never disappointed. I must admit I tend to order the same dishes over and over again…because they are just so delicious. However, my beautiful children are more adventurous and always bring something new to the table that we have not tried. 

Some of our favorites include: Beef Avocado Tartare Caviar With White Truffle, Tai White Truffle Ceviche, Daikon Cucumber with Yuzu Honey ( salad ), Vegetable Chowder with Clams, Coconut Lobster Tacos, Beef Skewers Yuzu Kosho, Fried Calamari with Chili Salt. ( my favorite ) 

Located conveniently on the Upper East Side! Kappo Masa is a must! 

Address: 976 Madison Avenue ( between 76th and 77th Street ) 
Phone: 212-906-7141

Larry Gagosian and Chef Masa Takayama

 

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'Second Act' film premiere at Regal Union Square - Red Carpet Arrivals

Featuring: Jennifer Lopez
Where: New York, New York, United States
When: 12 Dec 2018
Credit: Ivan Nikolov/WENN.com

Emme, one of the singer’s 10-year-old twins, plays a younger version of Jennifer, in the singer/ actress’s directorial debut for the clip, which is the soundtrack to her new movie Second Act.

The mother-daughter duo can be seen climbing a mountain against the elements in matching red suits before being thrown up into the air by a bevy of backing dancers.

Jennifer’s daughter also takes centre stage in a number of shots, and even breaks into some of her mum’s signature dance moves.

Proud mum Jennifer was full of praise for Emme when he appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last week ahead of the clip’s release.

“When I tell you, she was so amazing and I was so proud. I forgot that I was directing my first video, it was all about her. It was all about her,” the 49-year-old gushed to the late night host. “And when you see the video, it’s so empowering for, just to see her doing this but, like, for women. It talks about being limitless, it talks about having second act and it’s a beautiful message as well, and great to share with her, doing that. We really bonded.”

The movie also stars her best pal Leah Remini and This Is Us star Milo Ventimiglia.

 

Written by People Magazine

Winter 2018
Don't miss the fabulous Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science. Photo courtesy of NYSCI

Don’t miss the fabulous Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science. Photo courtesy of NYSCI

There may be a week of Kwanzaa, eight nights of Hanukkah, and 12 days of Christmas, but as the festive displays popping up all over town attest, the holiday season really lasts from early November through New Year’s Eve. That’s almost two months jam-packed with a certain Thanksgiving parade, tree and menorah lightings, train shows, department store windows, and Nutcrackers.

Of course, not all holiday activities are created equal. That’s why we’ve rounded up the absolute best ways to get into the spirit of the season, regardless of what you celebrate. From splurge-worthy, once-in-a-lifetime experiences to annual favorites worth revisiting to a few fabulous FREE options, here are 15 super-outstanding events where you can give your kid the best gift of all: happy family memories.

If an event piques your interest, be sure to click through to our listing for all the details, including address, time, and pricing. And keep in mind: In NYC, really cool seasonal happenings often get booked up quickly. So buy your tickets ASAP, or, in the case of FREE events, arrive as early as possible to try to beat the crowds.


After seeing Gingerbread Lane create your own masterpiece at a gingerbread workshop at the New York Hall of Science. Photo courtesy of NYSCI

1. Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science — Corona Park, Queens
Saturday, November 10, 2018–Monday, January 21, 2019
The annual gingerbread extravaganza at the New York Hall of Science is a Guinness Book of World Records holder, and they’re going for the title again this year. Stop by to ooh and aah at Chef John Lovitch’s detailed, lovingly executed empire, and maybe jot down some design ideas to try to replicate at home.


The new FAO Schwarz in Rockefeller Center will leave kids in awe! 

2. FAO Schwarz at Rockefeller Plaza — Midtown East
Opens Friday, November 16, 2018
It’s ba-ack… and just in time for the holidays, too. The new store covers 20,000 square feet with a treasure trove of toys, stuffed animals, and the iconic dance-on piano. Brace yourself, and your wallet! Go to window shop, make wish lists, and dream. And be sure to get a photo with the life-sized toy soldiers guarding the doors.

RELATED: 9 Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in NYC


More than 25 model trains chug through an NYC landscape at the New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show. Photo courtesy of NYBG.

3. New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show— Bronx Park, the Bronx
Saturday, November 17, 2018–Monday, January 21, 2019
While there are other holiday train displays in and near NYC, none compare to the NYBG’s annual show, which celebrates its 27th anniversary this year. More than 25 model trains (yes, including Thomas the Tank Engine) go whizzing by approximately 150 NYC landmarks meticulously made out of acorns, twigs, bark, berries, and leaves. This year’s edition showcases lower Manhattan, shining a spotlight on Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and celebrating the birthplace of the city of New York. Afterward, kids can hit the Evergreen Express in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden to make train puppets, sing along to train songs, and march in musical parades. Beginning December 29, tots can see one of their favorite TV characters up close and personal in the All Aboard with Thomas & Friends stage show. Be sure to check the calendar before you go as there are special events throughout the season, including holiday movie screenings. Warning: Even though timed advance tickets are required, it gets super crowded. If at all possible, go early or late in the season on a weekday.

RELATED: Thanksgiving in NYC Guide: Parade, Restaurants, Volunteering


Catch the Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade for an extra special holiday treat. Photo by Matthew Nighswander

4. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade & Balloon Inflation— Upper West Side to Midtown West
Balloon Inflation: Wednesday, November 21; Parade: Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving Day)
We definitely don’t need to sell you on this world-famous NYC tradition, which turns 92 this year! The only thing that isn’t family-friendly about this procession of pop-culture inspired floats and giant balloons is the fact that you need to arrive around 6am to stake out your spot. Unfortunately, there is no secret to snagging a good viewing location unless you’re willing to splurge on a hotel room overlooking the route. There is, however, a great trick for beating the lines at the annual balloon inflation the night before: spend the day at the American Museum of Natural History! As for the parade itself, arrive early or watch from way in the back. You’ll still see something. Or find a friend (or a friend of a friend) who lives on the route. Wherever you watch from, expect a thrilling lineup of celebrities, marching bands, colorful floats, kooky clowns, and massive balloons, from old favorites such as Hello Kitty and the Pillsbury Doughboy to new additions for 2018. FREE

5. Winterfest at the Brooklyn Museum — Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Friday, November 23–Monday, December 31 (closed December 7, 14 and 21)
Want to walk through a giant snowglobe? Commune with the world’s largest snowman? Slide down a giant inflatable slide dubbed “Snowzilla”? The Brooklyn Museum’s new Winterfest promises all that and more, including a winter market, daily live performances, an enchanted tree maze, facetime with Mr. and Mrs. Santa, and a giant menorah. This is the first year for this holiday treat, but it sounds like a tradition in the making.

RELATED: Macy’s Unveils Santaland Details for 2018 Holiday Season


Macy’s Santaland is a holiday tradition for tourists and natives alike. Photos by Mike Coppola

6. Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square— Midtown West
Friday, November 23–Monday, December 24
Yes, there are lots of places to hang with Kris Kringle in the Big Apple. But for an immersive seasonal spectacle, you can’t beat Macy’s Santaland. The famed store mounts a 13,000-square-foot North Pole Christmas village complete with live elves, an enchanted forest featuring animatronic toys, and a train display, and at the end, you get to visit with the one true Santa. Visits with the big red guy are by reservation only, so be sure to go online to choose a time slot between 30 minutes and five days in advance of your visit. FREE unless you buy a photo package

7. Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square— Upper West Side
Monday, November 26
Skip the crazy and cramped Rockefeller Center tree lighting (which you can watch much more comfortably on TV) in favor of this illumination in Dante Park, which kicks off one of the best seasonal celebrations in Manhattan. From the Time Warner Center to 68th Street, enjoy tons of free entertainment and reasonably priced ($1-$4) food tastings from the area’s many restaurants. This year, kid-centric attractions include live music from kindie rocker Mr. G; a Columbia University Lion Dance; seasonal craft stations; strolling circus performers; Big Apple Circus clown Joel Jeske in his solo show Jack Frost: The Original Freezemeister; and cool (literally!) ice sculptures by the Okamoto Studio. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events. Plan your night out in advance, as it’s always mobbed. FREE


This holiday season, the first ever NYC Winter Lantern Festival is coming to Staten Island. Photo courtesy of the NYC Winter Lantern Festival

8. NYC Winter Lantern Festival —Snug Harbor, Staten Island
Wednesday, November 28, 2018–Sunday, January 6, 2019
Seven acres of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden are lit up by 40 LED installations that stretch up to 30 feet tall. The lanterns are accompanied by live performances of traditional Chinese dances and art, and a variety of holiday vendors, to create a magical and unique holiday season experience.

9. 21st Annual Central Park Tree Lighting — Harlem
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Sure, that midtown tree by skating rink is big…but it doesn’t float! Central Park ups the ante with a flotilla of lit trees drifting gloriously across the Harlem Meer, at an evening celebration of the season that includes the inevitable meet-and-greet with Santa, ice carving, caroling, and hot chocolate cheer. FREE

10. Chanukah on Ice — Central Park
Monday, December 3, 2018
Live music, kosher food, and a giant, hand-carved ice menorah. What’s not to love? This annual celebration on Wollman Rink is a prime example of a holiday season event you need to sign up for ASAP, as it always sells out.

11. Winter Family Fair— Murray Hill
Sunday, December 9
Enjoy an old-fashioned celebration at the Morgan’s Victorian era-style holiday fete for families in conjunction with its annual display of Charles Dickens’ original A Christmas Carol manuscript. Meet Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, the famous ghosts, and the author himself as portrayed by members of the Grand Falloons troupe. The afternoon closes with a festive concert of Christmas carols. Free with museum admission.

12. Make Music New York: Winter Solstice Procession — Citywide
Friday, December 21
Celebrate the winter solstice and the first day of winter at one of many free, outdoor music-making celebrations. For the eighth consecutive season, Make Music Winter welcomes New Yorkers to sing, play, dance and march their way across the streets, plazas and parks in twelve participatory parades across all five boroughs of the city. Gather family and friends and head out to Columbus CircleAstor Place, Prospect Heights, and more. There’s even a mobile Hallelujah Chorus traveling around town! FREE


The Hip Hop Nutcracker comes to Brooklyn for one night only.  Photo courtesy of the production

13. The Hip Hop Nutcracker — Flatbush, Brooklyn
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Want to introduce the brood to The Nutcracker but worried they won’t stay awake for the big one at Lincoln Center? Well, start dancing like a Sugar Plum Fairy because we’ve got a great alternative for you. Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet is given a modern urban makeover in this high-energy show at the beautiful Kings Theater. Set on New Year’s Eve in Washington Heights, this Nutcracker features a dozen hip-hop dancers, digital scenery, a deejay, and the legendary Kurtis Blow as special MC doing an opening set of old-school classics. What Hamilton did for musicals, this Nutcracker is doing for ballet. (Brooklyn peeps also love BAM’s annual performances of the modern Nutcracker The Hard Nut, which runs December 14-23.)

14. December 25 at Eldridge Street— Lower East Side
Monday, December 25
Growing up Jewish in NYC, December 25 always meant Chinese food and a movie for my family. But these days there are other options if you don’t celebrate Christmas. While many Jewish cultural institutions are hosting family activities on the holiday, the bash at the Museum at Eldridge Street is the most jam-packed. Enjoy self-guided scavenger hunts, seasonal crafts, a menorah lighting, and a concert of Yiddish music. Afterward, be sure to hit the nearby Katz’s Delicatessen to cap off your festivities with pastrami on rye.


Celebrate Kwanzaa at the American Museum of Natural History. Photo by R. Mickens for AMNH

15. Kwanzaa 2018— Upper West Side
Saturday, December 29
Celebrate the seven guiding principles of Kwanzaa at this vibrant annual festival at the American Museum of Natural History. Family-friendly activities and live music abound, and an international marketplace is stocked with traditional gifts and holiday treats. Free with suggested museum admission.

 

Written by Raven Snook

A version of this article was first published in November 2015, but it has since been updated. Drew Kristofik contributed additional reporting.

OFM: Mansion Decor

Gracie Mansion is one of the city’s most classically well-appointed abodes. The official residence of New York’s Mayor, the Yorkville home dates back to 1799, and boasts some pretty impressive bones. So, as one would imagine, some cheap string lights and a sidewalk Christmas tree just aren’t going to cut it come December.

Looking to add some holiday flair to his historical halls, Mayor Bill de Blasio enlisted Rafanelli Events to bring on the merry. And bring it, they did.

Working with this year’s design theme of “togetherness,” Rafanelli Events brilliantly  played upon the significance of ribbons – a universal symbol of awareness and a material used to tie things together. Transforming an otherwise common décor piece into a beautiful tribute to the way in which New York breaks down borders, unifies families, communities, cultures and more.

Scroll through for an inside look at the colorful Christmas scene. We trust you’ll be tossing your ornaments for ribbons in no time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by: Christie Grimm

NYC Bars
From chic ski lodges and rooftop igloos to light-strung lounges and booze-filled snow globes, click through for the most festive bars of the season.

 

Miracle

The OG holiday pop-up bar launched in 2014 has expanded across the world, and New York City. Besides the fan-favorite Miracle on 9th Street at Mace, the festivities can also be found at 12th Street, and in Brooklyn on the corner of Bedford and Grand.

Miracle, Multiple Locations

[Photo via @miraclepopup]

 

Sippin’ Santa at Boilermaker

For a tropical take on the season, don’t miss Sippin’ Santa at Boilermaker, a tiki-inspired pop-up now featuring a curated cocktail menu by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and award-winning bartender Brad Smith. Surf’s up!

Sippin’ Santa at Boilermaker, 13 1st Avenue

[Photo via @igotfoodsinthecity]

 

Donner & Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge at The Springs

Greenpoint’s retro, Palm Springs-inspired getaway has gotten a warm and cozy upgrade for the colder months. Sip a Frozen Peppermint Bark Latte while you cuddle up near the faux fireplace or strike a pose along the candy cane wall.

Donner & Blitzen’s Reindeer Lounge at The Springs224 Franklin St, Brooklyn

[Photo courtesy The Springs]

 

Haven Ski Chalet at The Sanctuary Hotel

Indulge in some après-ski festivities without having to hit the slopes. The Sanctuary Hotel’s heated, all-season rooftop lounge has been transformed into a chic ski chalet, complete with snow machines. Dive into some chocolate fondue and a shot ski (or two).

Haven Ski Chalet at The Sanctuary Hotel, 132 W 47th St.

[Photo courtesy Haven Rooftop]

 

FREEHOLD Winter Lodge

Williamsburg hot spot Freehold has turned its expansive outdoor space into festive winter lodge, complete with heat lamps, blankets, and colorful lights. Planning a holiday party? The two-floor courtyard can hold up to 200 people!

FREEHOLD Winter Lodge, 45 S 3rd St, Brooklyn

[Photo courtesy Freehold]

 

Arlo Arctica at Arlo Hotels

A swanky take on the famed 1907 Shackleton Antarctica Expedition, Arlo Arctica is a collab between Shackleton Whisky and Arlo Hotels. Warm up with specialty whisky cocktails inside heated igloos at both Arlo Soho and Arlo NoMad.

Arlo Arctica at Arlo Sohoand Arlo NoMad

[Photo courtesy Arlo Hotels]

 

Snow Globe in the Sky at Ophelia

Enter the magical world of a real-life snow globe 26 stories above NYC. Chic cocktail lounge Ophelia is dripping with crystals and sparkling snowflakes, giving revelers a glamorous holiday sipping experience.

Snow Globe in the Sky at Ophelia, 3 Mitchell Pl 26th floor

[Photo courtesy Ophelia]

 

Clicquot Chalet at Mr. Purple

Who can say no to some bubbly-fueled fun? Lower East Side hot spot Mr. Purple has been transformed into a rustic log cabin for the season, but the real magic is going down at the Clicquot Chalet, a dreamy snow globe on the rooftop terrace. Warm up under cozy blankets and twinkling lights while sipping on some Veuve.

Clicquot Chalet at Mr. Purple, 180 Orchard St.

[Photo courtesy Mr. Purple]

 

The Late Late’s Tacky Winter Takeover

Miss your grandmother’s piled-on Christmas decor? The Late Late’s delightfully tacky take on the season is the perfect spot to relive those childhood memories – with cocktails. Don’t skip the Oh, F…udge! with Hennessy VSOP, Green Chartreuse, hot chocolate, marshmallow meringue and peppermint candy.

The Late Late’s Tacky Winter Takeover, 159 E Houston St.

 

Winter Garden At The Standard East Village

Gather your crew and prepare for a fondue feast and endless stream of hot cocktails inside your own private yurt at the Standard East Village’s cult-favorite Winter Garden. It doesn’t get cozier than this.

Winter Garden At The Standard East Village, 25 Cooper Sq

[Photo via The Standard]

 

Igloo Bar at 230 Fifth

The iconic rooftop bar’s colorful igloo village is back, offering spectacular views of the Empire State Building. Instagram-chasers, this spot’s for you.

Igloo Bar at 230 Fifth, 230 Fifth Avenue

[Photo via @bygracelee]

 

SERRA ALPINA by Birreria

Can’t afford to jet off to the Italian Alps? Eataly’s winter greenhouse, SERRA ALPINA by Birreria, is the next best thing. The stunning seasonal pop-up is serving up glacier wines, craft cocktails infused with mountain herbs, and housemade Vin Brulè, the Italian version of mulled wine steeped with orange peel and spices.

SERRA ALPINA by Birreria, 200 Fifth Avenue

[Photo via Eataly]

 

Midwinter Night’s Dream at PHD Terrace

Inspired by the whimsical Shakespearean play, albeit with a wintertime twist, the massive PHD Terrace at the Dream Midtown is now sparkling with golden lights, rich greenery, and even features a fairy-worthy swing under a canopy of roses. Don’t forget to pucker up at the two mistletoe bars!

PHD Terrace at the Dream Midtown, 210 W 55th St.

[Photo by Keri Tan Photography]

 

Helliday Inn at The Skinny

Calling all Grinches and Scrooges – there’s even an anti-holiday bar for you! The Skinny’s Bah Humbug-worthy pop-up, Helliday Inn, is strewn with garish lights, disfigured Barbie dolls, reindeer heads, and Christmas trees decorated with empty beer cans. Stop in to get turnt and sit on a Bad Santa’s lap.

Helliday Inn at The Skinny, 174 Orchard St.

[Photo courtesy The Skinny]

 

SNOWday In Brooklyn

Cocktail connoisseurs are in for a treat at SNOWday In Brooklyn, the wintertime takeover of cozy Williamsburg favorite Sunday In Brooklyn. Renowned head bartender Brian Evans has created an extensive menu to the complement the bar room’s festive decor, with whimsical sips for the Naughty, the Nice, and even those dreaming of a Christmas in July.

SNOWday In Brooklyn, 348 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn

[Photo via Sunday In Brooklyn]

 

Written by Stephanie Maida

Christmas Pop-Up Shops

Spent Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping for yourself? While the biggest sale days of the year have come and gone, there’s still time to snag some goodies worth giving in time for Christmas – no shipping required. Here’s your guide to some of the coolest pop-up shops and markets New York has to offer.

[Photo via @lyss]

 

Le Rouge Chanel

Inspired by the festive favorite color of Gabrielle Chanel herself, Le Rouge Chanel is a three-floor beauty wonderland dressed in red, featuring interactive (and Instagrammable) moments for gift-givers looking to add an extra dose of glamour to their holiday shopping experience. The chic space at No. 5, East 57th Street, open through December 23rd, is a must-stop for fashionable fans of the house. Browse limited edition goodies, including collector’s edition makeup cases, and the iconic Chanel No. 5 perfume presented in a red Baccarat crystal bottle (the latter of which will only run you about $30,000).

5 East 57th Street

 

Grand Bazaar NYC

Grand Bazaar NYC, also known as “the city’s largest curated indoor and outdoor holiday market” will be open every Sunday in December from 10am to 5:30pm. You’ll have no problem finding vintage fashion, jewelry, accessories and handmade holiday knickknacks for every person in your life. Plus, there’s going to be tons of yummy treats to buy (and eat!) while you shop.

100 W. 77th Street

[Photo via @grandbazaarnyc]

 

Best Made Co.

Believe it or not, there are some New Yorkers who like to get out of the city once in a while and get rugged. Thankfully, Best Made Co.has crafted a cute little pop-up shop in Williamsburg for the outdoorsy ones whose idea of a perfect gift can take them on an adventure.

111 N. 6th Street, Brooklyn

[Photo via @bestmadeco]

 

Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick Pop Up

Iconic French cosmetics house Guerlain has found the perfect holiday home at the always-glamorous Plaza Hotel this season. Shoppers can create a completely customized Rouge G lipstick, choosing from over 450 permutations, 30 shades, and 15 glittering cases. While you’re there, digitally try on different shades for yourself and snap a pic at the selfie station!

768 5th Avenue

 

Maisonette’s Holiday Market

Finding gifts for the nieces, nephews, and kiddies can be tough but the chicest children’s brand ever, Maisonette, has recently debuted their “out of this world” themed holiday pop-up. Shop stylish clothes and accessories and leave time for some fun activities the entire family can enjoy, including pictures with Santa!

83 Mercer Street

[Photo via @maisonetteworld]

 

Bank Of America Winter Village

Bank of America’s Winter Village in Bryant Park is not only known for its ice skating rink (the only free admission skating rink in New York City) and Lodge provided by Urbanspace, but its Holiday Shops are full of small businesses like Ambica New York and Andrew Clark Creations for the jewelry lovers, or Artisans of New York and Alex-Star and Kanami for art buffs. Both the rink and The Lodge are open until March 3rd of 2019, and the Holiday Shops stay open until the beginning of January.find the perfect gifts.

Bryant Park 

[Photo via @lyss]

 

Atelier Alchemy

Jewelry designer Dana Bronfman will be partnering with Delphine Leymarie and Goldhenn Jewelry for a pop-up shop that’ll last all December long. Not only will you get some of the most uniquely elegant pieces you could dream of, but you’ll also be helping small businesses as well as up-and-coming designers. Check it out in the mezzanine of the Michele Varian Design boutique.

27 Howard Street

[Photo via @danabronfman]

 

Written by Bree Sparacino