December 11 2017

The New York City Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Most ballet enthusiasts would probably agree that if you can see only one ballet during your lifetime, it should be a Tchaikovsky ballet. And if you happen to be in New York during the month of December, the choice is clear: The New York City Ballet’s rendition of the Russian maestro’s The Nutcracker is a performance you must not miss. From the mischievous “Dance of the Sugar Plumb Fairies,” to the sultry “Arabian Dance,” to the galloping “Russian Dance,” to … Read More

November 03 2017

St. Patrick’s Cathedral: North America’s Grandest Church

One of the most famous and distinctive landmarks in New York City, St. Patrick’s Cathedral occupies the entire block immediately west of the Lotte New York Palace Hotel between 50th and 51st St. As the seat of the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and the largest Neo-Gothic-style cathedral in all of North America, St. Patrick’s can be quite imposing, especially when viewed from the 5th Avenue entrance, where onlookers can gaze up in wonder at the … Read More

October 03 2017

Rockefeller Center Plaza: A Story of Ice and Fire

In the Lower Plaza of Rockefeller Center, one of New York City’s most famous sculptures depicts a gilded, 8-ton, 18-foot Prometheus descending from the heavens to bestow fire, and thus civilization, on humankind. On the red granite behind him, the inscription: “Prometheus, Teacher in Every Art, Brought the Fire That Hath Proved to Mortals a Means to Mighty Ends.” Few artworks encapsulate the extraordinary striving and dynamism that epitomize life in New York City. It’s a dynamism born of not … Read More