Category: Family Friendly

December 02 2019

The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center

When Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker debuted on a chilly December evening in 1892 at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre of Saint Petersburg, critical and popular reception was, to put it kindly, tepid. The much shorter suite, however, comprising around 20 minutes of the total score, proved more popular and kept The Nutcracker from fading into oblivion in subsequent years. Then, over half a century later, in 1944, something remarkable happened. The San Francisco Ballet staged the full ballet for … Read More

November 08 2019

New York Celebrates the 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

When Macy’s department store hosted their first Thanksgiving parade in New York in 1924, no one was sure exactly how the public would respond. The parade, which consisted of whimsically costumed store employees, live musical entertainment, elaborate floats, and actual living animals (graciously lent by Central Park Zoo), was an enormous success, attracting 250,000 spectators to the parade route. Each year since then, except for a short stint during WWII, Macy’s has hosted its Thanksgiving Day Parade. Today, the parade … Read More

October 07 2019

The Rink at Rockefeller Center Plaza: A Promethean City Icon

From the Statue of Liberty to Grand Central Terminal, to the Empire State Building, New York City abounds with iconic landmarks. Just a leisurely four-minute stroll from our hotel, the Rink at Rockefeller Center Plaza is another such landmark, frequently appearing in movies and television shows over the decades. Though you’ve probably seen the rink and the 18-foot golden statue of Prometheus that overlooks it, you might never have noticed the inscription on the wall behind: “Prometheus, Teacher in Every … Read More