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All photos courtesy of Tishman Speyer

Rockefeller Center last week kicked off a nearly two-week celebration of Mexican culture and Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with the installation of larger-than-life Mexican folk-art sculptures and other artworks around the plaza. As part of the campus-wide commemoration, see an 11-foot dragon and a 13.5-foot feathered jaguar, an exhibition of fashionably dressed skeleton figures, a Día de Los Muertos display altar, and a floral installation adorning the center’s iconic bronze statue Atlas.

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Photo of 2015 Village Halloween Parade by Peter Burka on Flickr

New York City really shows its creative side for Halloween, and after a year of laying low, everyone’s ready for some trick-or-treat action. The epic Village Halloween Parade is back on, parks and pumpkin patches are putting their fall bounty on display, and our favorite gathering, shopping, and dining spots are stocking up on candy and planning fun events. For the best ideas, browse our list of Halloween haunts and happenings from family-friendly to wicked and wild.

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The 2021 Village Halloween Parade is officially back on

By Devin Gannon, Tue, October 5, 2021

Photo of 2019 Village Halloween Parade by Steven Pisano on Flickr

The Village Halloween Parade is officially back this year thanks to a major donation. The beloved event was scheduled to return after a pandemic-related hiatus, but a lack of funds threatened to cancel the 2021 parade, according to organizers. The parade set a fundraising goal of $150,000 by October 5, and with the help of 183 donors who contributed over $11,000 and Jason Feldman and his wife Missy who made up the difference, the spooky show will go on.

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Chinatown, Features, holidays, NYC Guides, Restaurants

13 places to find Mooncakes in New York City

By Dana Schulz, Thu, September 16, 2021

Image by daniel64 from Pixabay

Tuesday, September 21 marks the first day of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival, the Asian holiday celebrates what is considered the brightest and fullest moon of the year, as well as the fall harvest. In China, where perhaps the holiday is most popular, it’s similar to Thanksgiving, with families gathering for a meal, accompanied by lantern lighting. Mooncakes, the namesake food of the vent, are another important component. The round pastries are traditionally filled with red bean or lotus seed paste, wrapped around a salted dug egg that symbolizes the moon. They’re then pressed into a mold to emboss the top of the pastry in elaborate designs, which all have different meanings. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the 13 best places in New York City to find all varieties of mooncakes, along with a few options for ordering online.

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Photo courtesy of Macy’s, Inc.

After a television-only event last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will return this year with in-person spectators. Macy’s and the City of New York announced on Wednesday plans to celebrate the 95th annual holiday event with typical traditions, including the giant helium balloons, floats, and live performances, although there will be new health and safety protocols in place. The parade, which will also air nationwide on NBC, will take place on November 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.

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Features, History, holidays, Manhattan

In 1882, Labor Day originated with a parade held in NYC

By Emily Nonko, Fri, September 3, 2021

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An illustration of the first Labor Day parade, via Wiki Commons

Though Labor Day has been embraced as a national holiday–albeit one many Americans don’t know the history of–it originated right here in New York City as a result of the city’s labor unions fighting for worker’s rights throughout the 1800s. The event was first observed, unofficially, on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882, with thousands marching from City Hall up to Union Square. At the time, the New York Times considered the event to be unremarkable. But 138 years later, we celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday of every September as a tribute to all American workers. It’s also a good opportunity to recognize the hard-won accomplishments of New York unions to secure a better workplace for us today.

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The best places in New York City to get challah bread

By Dana Schulz, Mon, August 30, 2021

Photo by Svetlana Barmina on Unsplash

If you’re planning your Rosh Hashanah meal, you’ll definitely need challah bread on the table, and luckily for New Yorkers, there are plenty of places baking the braided bread. When eaten traditionally on Shabbat, the eggy bread is in its standard loaf form, but on the Jewish New Year, challah is often made round to symbolize continuity. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best spots in New York City for challah, whether you’re celebrating the High Holidays or just want some delicious bread.

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Photo courtesy of MSG Entertainment

After canceling their famous Christmas Spectacular last year for the first time in 87 years, the Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. announced that the Rockettes will return to Radio City this year. Tickets are already on sale for shows running from November 5, 2021 through January 2, 2022.

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Photo by Rafael Garcin on Unsplash

France’s Independence Day is coming up on Wednesday, July 14, and you don’t have to be in Paris to join the festivities. Ahead, we’ve rounded up 11 ways to celebrate Bastille Day in New York City, from a special Central Park SummerStage event to a block party in the newly dubbed “Little Paris” to several restaurant specials.

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11 spots to watch the 4th of July fireworks in NYC

By Devin Gannon, Mon, June 28, 2021

Photo by Lens Mesh on Unsplash

After most Fourth of July festivities were canceled or scaled-down in 2020 because of the pandemic, New Yorkers are more than ready to celebrate this year. With Macy’s annual 4th of July Fireworks show taking over the East River and Jersey City’s massive display sparkling over the Hudson River, there are plenty of places to take in the magic of pyrotechnics across New York City and the Jersey waterfront. To ring in Independence Day, we’ve rounded up the best places hosting firework viewing parties, from the highest observation deck in the Western Hemisphere to a cruise ship sailing around the Hudson River. In addition to these ticketed events, there are also several free public viewing locations, including elevated portions of FDR Drive in Manhattan.

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