Here are some things to do in Manhattan from December 2-10

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Thursday 2 December

Visit annual #CHALKFIT exhibition by FIT illustration studentsIllustration BFA students from the Fashion Institute of the Technology / State University of New York sketched and painted “The New Normal” on the expansive facade of FIT, expressing through art how the pandemic impacted and changed their life. The mural depicts a range of emotions and experiences spanning vaccination, self-reflection, balancing schoolwork and personal life, and sorting out emotions. The mural consists of 100 panels created by around 80 students, as well as 15-20 alumni of the class of 2021 who were unable to participate last year due to the pandemic. Free to see. 7th Ave between 26th and 27th St.

Art by
@sabrinaferran_art
Photo courtesy of #CHALKFIT
Art by @aristochatgigiPhoto courtesy of #CHALKFIT

Cricket’s Candy Creations Launches Unique and Delicious Crafting Experience – Cricket’s brand new Azima pop-up in lower Manhattan, Cricket’s Candy Creations, is open. Guests can create edible candy art while immersed in multi-sensory candy-themed activities. The pop-up features an edible mud studio, candy kitchen, lick finger paint gallery, chocolate chamber, prop arcade and more. Hours and prices vary. 200 Hudson Street.

Friday December 3

Attend “From Stiletto Heels to Sneakers: A Virtual Footwear Symposium” – From stiletto heels to sneakers: a virtual shoe symposium, presented by The Museum at FIT, presents new research on the social and cultural significance of shoes. Shoes have played an important role in human society for millennia, with increasing interest in them over the past decades. Americans, especially women, are buying more shoes than ever before, as the sneaker collection has grown in popularity. The symposium will explore the evolution of footwear and the importance of footwear to a person’s identity. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register on https://museumatfit.secure.force.com/ticket/#/

Take part in live Q&A at the YouTube premieres of these pre-recorded fashion events. Dr Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator, MFIT, and Colleen Hill, Curator, Costumes and Accessories, MFIT will examine 25 pairs of shoes from Shoes: the museum collection at FIT and share what makes them iconic in fashion and pop culture from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Next, the co-curators of the MFIT exhibition, Head to toe, will discuss the importance of women’s accessories and how they were worn to showcase everything from the courtesy of a suitor in the 1800s to the hippie culture of the 1960s and beyond from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. . He / she wore: the short history of high heels and The first pair: a look at sneaker culture.

Saturday 4th December

35th Annual Miracle on Madison Avenue – For 35 years, Madison Avenue has celebrated the holidays with Miracle on Madison Avenue. Miracle Saturday has become a New York holiday shopping tradition that uniquely combines philanthropy for children in need with in-store programming. The flagship stores and businesses of Madison Avenue will donate 20% of the day’s sales to benefit the pediatric initiatives of the Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering. There will be holiday street activities, featuring the sounds and styles of the first “Miracle Saturday” 35 years ago, for the enjoyment of the whole family of shoppers. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Madison Avenue, NYC, between 57th and 86the Streets.

PAZ Lifestyle sustainable pop-up PAZ lifestyle, the multi-brand e-commerce platform founded by Peruvian Isabella Montoya, will once again open a pop-up store in December. Customers will be able to buy more than 40 brands and many sustainable products that go beyond fashion, and participate in an exclusive virtual reality experience. The pop-up will be open until December 22. 27 Greene St.

Photo courtesy of PAZ Lifestyle.

Sunday 5 December

Empire Circus interactive circus show– The all-new interactive, family-friendly circus-meet-carnival is making its world premiere this fall. Circus Empire spans five floors of Empire Stores and its courtyard between the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Circus Empire will open on Sunday, December 5 for a limited engagement, until January 30, 2022. Location – Empire Stores in Brooklyn (53 Water St). Prices and times vary. Buy your tickets here: https://www.empirecircus.com/

Monday 6 December

Grammy Award Winner Chris Botti Returns To Blue Note Jazz For Holiday Residency- Chris Botti returns to the famous Blue Note Jazz Club, for its 17th annual vacation home. Botti’s performances have included legends such as Sting, Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon and Andrea Bocelli. This holiday race runs from December 6 to January 2, including performances at Christmas and New York City. Tickets and times vary. 131 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012.

Breakfast at Butterfunk cookie– Enjoy new sweet and savory menu items ranging from warm cinnamon rolls made from cookie dough, a classic style all day breakfast plate with eggs, smoked hickory bacon and mini cookies and stone ground cheese grits or the delicious southern sugar dusted fried cookie fritters served with dulce de leche. Served all day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Located in Manhattanville Market.

Tuesday December 7

Thompson Central Park Skate & Stay- Hotel Thompson Central Park New York has partnered with Wollman Rink to offer an exciting Skate & Stay Package that includes two ice rink tickets per booking. Guests can also take advantage of other ice rink offerings, including ice dancing and figure skating.

Try the new lunch menu at Virgil’s real barbecue in Times Square – Available now, new items include the Mac and Cheese topped with a choice of Carolina Pulled Pork, BBQ Pulled Chicken, Texas Beef Brisket or Smoked Pastrami, a Salad Sandwich from smoked chicken, a reuben sandwich and a new salad. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 152 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036.

Wednesday December 8

Celebrity Holiday Shows at (Le) Poisson Rouge – Montreal group Stars will headline two evenings at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York on December 8 and 9 as part of “The Together Tour”. Audiences can expect previews of new songs from Stars’ upcoming album which will be released next year through Last Gang Records. Time: 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. Lloyd Cole, 9 p.m. Stars. Ticket prices vary. (The) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St, NY, NY).

Taste festive delicacies at Pain Quotidien – National bakery-restaurant The Daily Bread serves a variety of limited-edition seasonal goodies throughout the month of December. Their pistachio and cranberry shortbread cookie is a classic holiday treat, the sweet and crumbly cookie sprinkled with chunks of chopped pistachios and dried cranberries. The Holiday Linzer Star cookie uses ground hazelnuts for a nutty profile and raspberry jam sandwiches in the middle. The Chocolate Praline Christmas Log is offered exclusively from December 8 to 25. There are many places across the city. See the locations and times here: https://www.lepainquotidien.com/us/en/locations/

Assortment of holiday cookies at Le Pain Quotidien.Photo courtesy of Pain Quotidien

Thursday December 9

Samira Wiley & Molière in the Park- Molière in the Park, in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance and LeFrak Center at Lakeside, will present free readings of two one-act pieces, including FAMILY by Gaël Octavia and THE IMAGINARY CUCKOLD by Molière, both directed by Lucie Tiberghien. Both pieces, in their unexpected ways, struggle with identity, truth, secrets, gender, sexuality and control. The cast of both pieces includes Emmy and SAG Award winner Samira Wiley, Kaliswa Brewster, Lisa Gorlitsky and Nate Miller. To free. 95 Prospect Park West – Picnic house in Prospect Park. December 9 at 7 p.m. and December 10 at 7 p.m.

The co-founders of Molière in the Park Garth Belcon and Lucie Tiberghien. Photo by Russ Rowland

Exclusive circus experience with Thompson Central Park New York– Thompson Central Park New York has announced that it will serve as Big Apple Circus“The newest official hotel partner after the circus returns to Lincoln Center. To celebrate the partnership, the hotel unveiled an exclusive “Big Apple Circus Package,” which includes chef-led circus-themed gear and a selection of loot offerings preferred by Big Apple Circus fans. For the holiday season, the hotel will be offering exceptional VIP experiences to guests, including an exclusive behind-the-scenes package with post-circus classes and executive ringside access.

Friday December 10

Saint-Jean-le-Divin Cathedral once again welcomes a holiday tradition with the “Joy of Christmas” concert– The Saint-Jean-le-Divin cathedral will celebrate the end of year celebrations with the Christmas joy concert. The cathedral choirs, orchestra and soloists, under the direction of Cathedral Music Director Kent Tritle and Associate Choirmaster Bryan Zaros, will celebrate the holidays with Benjamin Britten’s beloved Singing ceremony, the incandescence of Antonio Vivaldi Gloria, and favorite Christmas carols sung by everyone in the audience. The concert will also take place on December 11 at 7 p.m. Visit https://www.stjohndivine.org/calendar/40468/joy-of-christmas for ticket information. 1047 avenue d’Amsterdam (at 112th street).


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