New York City is getting ready for one of its favorite holidays, Halloween. The traditional Village Halloween Parade usually draws more than 50,000 creatively dressed up marchers and spectators, and you don’t want to be caught with a proper wig for your dog. So, if you haven’t find a spooky, sexy or surprising costume for the Halloween parties and parades, here’s a roundup of the best costume and accessories shops in New York City. Some of the stores get stock up especially for Halloween but others open all year round, supplying New Yorkers interest in vintage clothes and special effects.
New York Costumes/Halloween Adventure
The two-floor East Village costume store has a great assortment of Halloween costumes for all ages (including a large department for pets’ costumes) and every imaginable accessories: from hats, masks, wigs and fake moustaches to medieval weapons and cut off body parts. The store also sells all party supplies and decorations and rents special costumes of fantasy characters, superheroes and historic figures.
104 4th Ave and 808 Broadway
East Village, New York City
Abracadabra New York
This costume super-store in the heart of Chelsea includes ten thousands of different costumes for sale and for rental. Abracadabra has a large selection of vintage dresses and costumes, so whether you want to dress up as Daisy Buchanan, a 70s disco dancer or an old timey baseball player, you will find what you are looking for. There is also a great selection of props and accessories including gruesome body parts in several stages of decomposing.
19 West 21st Street
Chelsea, New York
The beauty salon slash costume superstore is not your average Halloween costume stores. It specializes in large variety of wigs, makeup kits and hair products including the large spectrum of facial hair design. Halloween Superstore products are available in several locations in New York and the prices are so cheap that you can stock up for a week worth of Halloween parties. There’s also a large selection of super cute and original baby costumes and plus size versions of classic women costumes such as Princess Leia and Wonder Woman.
Winter is coming, as the famous Stark saying goes, and when winter is upon us what better way there is to celebrate the drop of temperatures than by hitting the ol’ ice skating rink? A classical winter activity that boost up the energies and gives you hour of fun and amusement with friends and family.
New York City is packed with wonderful ice skating rinks, some open to the outer weather and some closed and air-conditioned. All you have to do is choose from one of the best Ice skating rinks in NYC, and ensure yourself a day of sheer fun. So here is a list of a selection of the most recommended ice skating rinks in New York City.
5 Best Ice Skating Rinks in NYC:
Skate at Prospect Park Ice Skating Rink, Lefrak Center at Lakeside
Situated in front of the picturesque views of Prospect Park Lake and its beautiful surroundings, ice skating at the Lefrak Center at Lakeside is a special treat. The rinks are 16,000 sq. ft. of well-designed skating space, one open aired, and one covered. You can also take lessons of ice skating, hockey and curling to perfect your skating abilities at any age.
Season opens at October 25, 2014, 10:00 AM
Skate at Prospect Park Ice skating rink, Lefrak Center, credit: DBox
Swoosh Away at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
The admission to this rink is free, but extra charge of 15 $ will be taken for renting skates. And extra fees will be taken for helmet rental, bag checks, and locks, so embrace yourself! This is still a worthwhile deal. The 100X170 m rink is situated in the heart of the urban area of the Bank of America, and open and well lit at night it is a spectacular sight. At Christmas expect to find a huge decorated Christmas tree to complete the scene. Blade sharpening services and skating lessons are also available.
Season opens at October 21, 2014
Credit: The Pond at Bryant Park
Gaze upon the Christmas Tree While Spinning away at Rockefeller Center
It is surprising to know that the prominent rink at the Rockefeller Center was not part of the original planning of the area. In 1936, in an effort to attract attention to what was then known as the “Sunken Plaza”, a temporary rink was build. The “temporary” addition became permanent, and one of the most beloved features of the area.
Season opens at October 13, 2014 – Open to the public!
Credit: The Rink Rockefeller Center
Gracefully Glide at Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
You don’t need to wait until winter to glide at Sky Rink, this rink is open all year, and not like many other closed rinks, it has a wonderful open air sensation, much obliged to the extremely high ceilings and large window viewing the Hudson River. This double mega complex is one of the most prominent closed rinks in the USA as well as in NYC, and is open to skaters at all ages and levels. It also offers ice hockey, figure skating and a skating school.
Open all year round
Sky Rink credit: Chelsea Piers
Splendidly Swirl at City Ice Pavilion, Long Island City
This arena stretches to NHL size, and covered in a white weatherproof air dome, and it is the only rink in NYC that can carry the high and mighty credit of being a rooftop rink. This is a good place to skate with kids or alone, and also offers a large selection of hockey teams, group activities and skating lessons.
Open all year round
Credit: City Ice Pavilion
New York City offers plenty of must-see stops for architecture fans. From its iconic art deco style skyscrapers to the famous brownstones, the streets of NYC are filled with impressive buildings and unique architecture sites. For the 4th annual Archtober, New York City’s Architecture and Design Month, here are the top 5 must-see buildings in New York:
The Chrysler Building on Lexington Avenue and 42 Street is almost as iconic as the Empire State Building. Built in the 1920s as one of the first skyscrapers in New York City, the 1,046 feet and 77-floors tall art-deco building was once considered unpractical and distasteful due to its diamond-like crown decorations, but now is regarded as the one of most beautiful buildings in NYC.
Grand Central Terminal
The Grand Central Terminal, probably the biggest and most famous train station in the world, is a splendid beux-art monument, decorated with neo-classic arcs, reliefs and sculptures. Originally built in the late 19th century and was restored in the latest 20th century, the Grand Central is filled with hidden spots and details, as well as several places for dining.
Rose Center for Earth and Space
The Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History is located inside a huge shining glass ball, which seems to float inside a giant glass cube structure that serves as a futuristic exhibition space.
The 42-floors Hearst Tower in Midtown Manhattan is the world headquarters of the Hearst Corporation, the publisher of Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Seventeen and other magazines, is the first green skyscraper in NYC. Originally built in the 1920s on top of a six-story cast-stone building, the Hearst Tower is famous for the glass triangular-patterned façade.
The unique spiral building, designed by the renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1959, often attracts more visitors than the museum exhibitions. The museum interior looks like an inside of a shell, and the best way to explore its collections, which include works by Kandinsky, Picasso, Van Gogh and others, is to go down from the upper floor through the winding spiral walls.
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Oktoberfest, by the best Bavarian tradition, is all about booze, booze, and some more booze. The Munich Tradition is celebrated across the globe, letting thousands of drunken boys and gals in traditional Bavarian outfits to frolic about drunk as a sailor on a dry land week.
The origins of this beautiful tradition date back to the 19th century in Munich, there and then King Ludwig I and princess Therese of Saxony- Hildburghausen where married. As they took upon themselves the sacred vows of holy matrimony, thousands of citizens were invited to celebrate the joyous royal event in front of the city gate, in a royal fest that eventually grew to be what we all know as Oktoberfest.
Traveling in the cold season has many advantages: By avoiding the hot season you also avoid being trampled by many fellow travelers, enjoy lower rates, and more. One of the most enjoyable ways to fill the chilly seasons in New York, and especially the fall, is taking a nice one day foliage trip by car. Here are carefully selected recommendations for beautiful one day fall foliage trips from NYC by Car.
When choosing a destination for a foliage trip, you might want to take in consideration several features:
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