Holiday Events in NYC

Planet Botkier December 14, 2012

Need something to do during the Holidays? There’s always something to do in New York City no matter the time of day, this is the city that never sleeps!
With a little help from nycgo.com (the go to guide of everything New York has to offer) we have found a few of our favorite events to visit during this Holiday season.

The Rink At Rockefeller

601 5th Avenue, New York, NY
(212) 332-7654 · therinkatrockcenter.com

Hours
Open Daily: 7 am-Midnight

General Admission
Adults: $25
Children Under 11 & Seniors: $15
Skate Rental: $10

Image & Information via The Rink At Rock Center


Bryant Park Citi Pond

41 West 40th Street, New York
(212) 768-4242 · bryantpark.org

Hours
Sunday – Thursday: 8am – 10pm
Friday – Saturday: 8am – Midnight
Extended Holiday Hours (December 14 – December 30)
Daily: 8am – Midnight

General Admission
FREE
Skate Rental: $14

Image via NycGo.com. Information via Bryant Park


The Grinch’s Holiday Workshop

See your favorite childhood past time in real life!
Children can participate in scavenger hunts, play with friends in a real sleigh and enjoy other Dr. Seuss related memorabilia from the book.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan
The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street, New York, NY
(212) 721-1223 · cmom.org

Hours
Tuesday- Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm

Image via NycGo.com. Information via Children’s Museum of Manhattan


The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park

Get your Holiday shopping on at the Holiday shops that surround the ice skating rink. They appear every year on October 26th until January 6th.
The shops sell a variety of different products: Creaps, jewelry, iPhone accessories, candy, caramel apples and more. The prices are affordable as well.

41 West 40th Street, New York, NY 10018
(212) 768-4242 · bryantpark.org

Hours
Monday-Friday: 11 am – 8 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm

Image via NycGo.com. Information via The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park


Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Bring in the full New York experience and go see the Rockettes.
Celebrating 85 years, this years performances include classic scenes such as “Parade of the wooden Soldiers” and  ”New York at Christmas”.
The show is running until Dec. 30th

For Ticket Information visit Radio City or visit their box office
1260 6th Ave, Between 50th & 51st
(866) 858-0007

Image & Information via Radio City


Grand Central Holiday Fair

This is very similar to the shops at Bryant Park. Grand Central normally has more foot traffic from tourist so the prices might be a bit higher.
The upside is selection of shops are better. Grand Central is more spacious allowing more shops to fill the area.
Plus it’s inside, so you’ll be warm. There are also tons of other stores surrounding the fair you can visit.

Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall
15 Vanderbilt Ave. (42nd St. & Park Ave.) Manhattan, NY
grandcentralterminal.com

Hours
Monday-Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm
Christmas Eve: 10 am – 6 pm

Image & Information via Grand Central Terminal


The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center

Even though the tree lighting was on November 28th  that doesn’t mean you can’t go visit the world famous tree!
People come from all over the world to see it lit. It remains in Rockefeller Center until January 7th, 2013.

30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020
(212)588-8601

Hours
Daily 5:30am – 11:30pm

Image & Information via Rockefeller Center


George Balanchine’s the Nutcracker

No Holiday season is complete without seeing the Nutcracker.
Performed annually by the New York ballet since 1954, it has become a New York Tradition. The show is running until December 30th.

Lincoln Center
70 West 63rd Street, New York, NY 10023
To Order Tickets Call: (800) 901-4092  or Visit New York City Theater

Image & Information via New York City Theater


Times Square Ball Drop

New York is famous for this event! Every year thousands of people gather around Times Square to witness the ball drop for New Years.
People get there days in advance just to have the best spot!
All the major news networks are stationed around Times Square for New Year celebrations offering the people concerts
from their favorite performers and a night filled with surprises!
Dick Clark’s rockin’ New Years eve is a national favorite. Now hosted by Ryan Seacrest.

West 47th street & 7th Ave

Image & Information via Times Square NYC

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DIY Soiree

Planet Botkier June 15, 2012

Do it Yourself aka DIY is a great activity with friends for a summer’s weekend. Just sip a glass of wine and do it DIY!

DIY 1: Friendship Bracelet Try the Braided Hex Nut Bracelet DIY by Honestly..WTF

You’ll need:

3 strands of cotton butcher’s twine cut into one yard pieces
18 small brass hex nuts
A bit of dexterity!

Gather the 3 strands of twine and tie a knot at the top, leaving about 2 inches of slack. Start braiding. At about an inch of the way down, you’ll begin braiding in the nuts. Before you braid the far left strand over the middle strand, thread on a nut, push it against the base of the braid and crossover. Depending on the thickness of the twine, you can wrap tape around the bottom tips to prevent the twine from fraying. Keep your thumb at the base of the braid, holding the nut in its place. Before you braid the far right strand over the middle, thread on another nut, push it against the base of the braid and crossover. Again, hold your thumb tightly against the base of the braid, keeping the nuts in place. Thread another nut onto the far left piece and crossover. Repeat the steps, by threading the rest of the nuts to the outer pieces of twine before they are crossed over. Thread, cross, thread, cross. Finish the bracelet with another inch of braided twine and a knot. The bracelet should wrap around your wrist at least two or three times. Trim it to your liking.

Images via Honestly .. WTF

DIY 2: Chain & Rhinestone Bracelet

If you want to add to your first friendship bracelet, here is a perfect match created by I Spy DIY

You’ll need:

Gold and silver chain from M&J Trimming
Rhinestone
Black Suede rope
Pliers
Bracelet closure

Tie together the two pieces of chain (the two chains should be the same size links so they match up when weaving in the rope) with a double knot. Start by weaving together the first link of the chains. Place the rhinestones in between the two chains and begin weaving all three. Continue weaving down the chains, pulling the rope tightly between each link. Using your pliers, remove any extra links so all three chains line up. Double knot at the end. Tie the closures on each end. Trim excess rope.

Images via I Spy DIY

DIY 3: Studded Sneakers
Give personality to something simple! DIY by Honesty…WTF

You’ll need:

A pair of sneakers
150–200 brass cone spikes
E6000 adhesive
A disposable container or popsicle stick
Toothpicks

Start by squeezing a small amount of E6000 into a disposable container or onto a wooden popsicle stick. Dispensing a small amount at a time prevents the glue from drying too quickly. Using the tip of a toothpick, apply a small dollop of glue onto the back of a spike. Press the spike onto the sneaker, holding it in place for a few seconds. Continue adding spikes along the shoe’s baseline and working upwards in horizontal lines. Arrange the spikes, without glue, into awkward spaces before attaching them. Glue spikes onto the heel cap, again working horizontally. Allow the shoes to dry overnight before wearing them!

Images via Honestly .. WTF

The DIY soiree may turn into a friendship tradition so be prepared for the next one!

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