FAO Schwarz celebrates 150 Anniversary

FAO Schwarz celebrates 150th Anniversary by displaying historic toys all around the store. Visit FAO and look back in time at some of your favorite vintage toys – “A Gallery of Historic Toys” will be showcasing 25 vintage versions of toys until April 10.  Bring your kids to the store and show them some of your favorite vintage toys you cherished when you were a child.  FAO Schwarz had the vision since 1862 to be more than just a toy store but to be a magical... Read More

FAO Schwarz

FAO Schwarz, the most famous toy store in New York City and quite possibly the world, has been known as second home to Santa and his elves since first opening their doors in 1876.  After trying a few different locations they finally settled into their current famed flagship location at 5th Ave and 59th street in 1986.  It has been a major year round tourist destination and the biggest holiday destination ever after.  Offering something for every kid and as well as for the kid... Read More

Harvest Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Harvest Festival in Brooklyn Bridge Park will be held on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011 from 10:30am – 1pm, at Pier 6. The Harvest Festival will feature a Halloween parade, musical guests, face painting, storytelling, arts and crafts activities, mask making and pumpkin decorating. This is a family-friendly festival that celebrates the fall harvest season in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Live performance by Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band, and the Pop-Ups. Checkout the Upcoming... Read More

Madison Square Park Fall Festival

Madison Square Park welcomes children and family for a special fall festival event on Saturday, October 15th from 11AM to 2PM. There will be live music, games, arts and crafts activities, pumpkins, face painting, story time and snacks. Fun free event for the entire family to bring in the Halloween Spirit – Kids can dress up in their halloween costumes and parade around the park led by a Big Apple Circus Clown. Checkout other Upcoming Events for this week. Location:Between... Read More

Madison Square Park

Madison Square Park offers programs and events all year round!  Checkout the Upcoming Events Calendar for this week. Fall Activities: Oct 6 – 2:00pm – 4:30pm Art in the Park: Halloween Bookmarks Oct 7 – 10:00am – 12:30pm Art in the Park: Coffee Filter Butterflies Oct 7 – 2:00pm – 4:30pm Art in the Park: Fruit and Veggie Stamping Oct 8 – 10:00am – 12:30pm Art in the Park: Scarecrow Paperplate Oct 8 – 2:00pm – 4:30pm Mad. Sq. Kids EXPLORE! Oct... Read More

Annual Pet Parade Hudson River

The Annual Pet Parade in Hudson River Park will be held on Sunday, October 9th from 1PM to 4PM. Dress up your dog or cat or any type of animal you have and head to Pier 84 at Hudson River Park. Compete for prizes in various categories, such as best dressed pet, most exotic pet and best pet trick. Registration is FREE.  Checkout the Upcoming Events Calendar for more events. To pre-register your pet, email petparade@fohrp.org with the following information: 1) Owner’s First... Read More

Statute of Liberty

Statute of Liberty was a gift from france to the United States to symbolize the spirit of freedom. The Statue of Liberty is on a 12-acre Island, which is owned by the Federal Government. The observation platform offers amazing views of New York City and the Harbor. It was dedicated on October 28, 1886 and designated a National Monument on October 15, 1924.  Nearby Tourist Attractions: Castle Clinton, Staten Island Ferry, Battery Park, Wall Street, New York Stock Exchange, Museum... Read More

HERSHEY’S Times Square

HERSHEY’S Times Square is an all American Chocolate Company. The store offers tins and jars loaded with HERSHEY’S chocolates, collectible HERSHEY’S souvenirs, HERSHEY’S clothing and toys. The back of the store has a feel of a chocolate factory and the outside of the HERSHEY’S store you will find a very unique fixture that’s worth seeing. Nearby Tourist Attractions: Times Square Visitors Center, Theatre District, Official New York Visitor Center (NYCGO),... Read More

Balto

The Statue of Balto is dedicated to the sled dog who traveled more than 670 miles through an Alaskan blizzard to save children from the diphtheria epidemic. Balto is a children’s favorite– remember the animated film (a true story) about the dog Balto? Balto was sculptured by Frederick George Richard Roth and placed in Central Park in 1925. Balto was a Siberian Husky sled dog. Balto was born in 1919 – March 14, 1933. Location: East Drive and 67th Street    Read More

Swedish Cottage

The Marionette Theater at the Swedish Cottage is one of the most captivating and memorable experiences a child can have in Central Park.  The Swedish Cottage transported from Europe to the U.S. in 1876 by the Swedish government as a Sweden’s exhibit at the Centennial Exposition, held in 1876 in Philadelphia. In 1877, Frederick Law Olmsted moved the cottage to New York City on the west side of Central Park. In 1947, this quaint cottage became the home of a traveling marionette... Read More

Central Park Zoo

Central Park Zoo has many exotic creatures and different habitats, as well as exhibits. Animals include, Snow Leopard, Polar Bear, California Sea Lion, Snow Monkey, Indian Peafowl, and much more. Click Here for details. Delacorte Musical Clock between the Wildlife Center and Central Park Zoo. Location: East Side between 63rd and 66th Street.  Read More

Delacorte Clock

The Delacorte Music Clock plays nursery rhymes tunes on the hour and half-hour between 8:00AM — 5:00PM – “It sits atop a three-tiered tower and features a band of whimsical animals: two bronze monkeys banging hammers against a bell; a penguin on drum; a hippo on violin; a bear and his tambourine; a concertina-playing elephant; a goat with pipes; and a kangaroo on horn”. Click Here for more details. Location: Delacorte Clock can be found between the Wildlife... Read More

Mad Decent Block Party

The fourth annual Mad Decent Block Party will be held on July 30, 2011, from 12PM until 9PM. Come join in on an afternoon and evening of music, fun, food, and games. The party is open for all ages and features a full lineup of musicians including the Gang Gang Dance, Zeds Dead, Maluca, Claude VonStroke, BAIO (Vampire Weekend) DJ Set, The Hood Internet, Bosco Delrey, PO PO and Trevor “Trouble” Andrew. For more details go to Mad Decent Block Party. Location:South Street... Read More

The Smurfs

The Smurfs take over FAO Schwarz the most famous toy store in New York City.  If you want to see the Smurfs this week head over to FAO Schwarz from 2 – 4PM, until Friday, July 29th, 2011. Location: 767 5th Avenue at 58th St. New York, NY, 10153 Sammy on the giant piano keys – Remember the walking piano featured in the romantic comedy “Big”?  Read More

Balto

The Statue of Balto is dedicated to the sled dog who traveled more than 670 miles through an Alaskan blizzard to save children from the diphtheria epidemic. Balto is a children’s favorite– remember the animated film (a true story) about the dog Balto? Balto was sculptured by Frederick George Richard Roth and placed in Central Park in 1925. Balto was a Siberian Husky sled dog. Balto was born in 1919 – March 14, 1933. Location: East Drive and 67th Street  Read More

Grand Army Plaza

The Grand Army Plaza is located on Fifth Avenue at 59th Street at the Southeast corner of Central Park, and across the street from the Plaza Hotel, FAO Schwartz, 5th Ave Apple Store, and the General Motors Building. It has a centerpiece statute of Civil-War General William Tecumseh Sherman sculptured by Augustus Saint-Gauden. Statute of Civil-War General William Tecumseh Sherman sculptured by Augustus Saint-Gauden. You can always find Elmo at the Grand Army Plaza Horse-drawn... Read More

Pond

The Pond is located on the south side of Central Park between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, steps away from the Grand Army Plaza. The Pond is conveniently located across the street from the Plaza Hotel and the 5th Avenue Apple Store – Its the most visited area of Central Park, with picturesque scene of the Gapstow Bridge. The entrance to this location is on 6th Avenue and Central Park South The view of the Gapstow Bridge from the East South side of the Pond The Plaza Hotel... Read More

Gapstow Bridge

Gapstow Bridge is a rustic, stone structure bridge offering breath taking views of city skyscrapers, and the Plaza Hotel.  The stone bridge curves over the Pond within Central Park - Built in 1896 by Howard & Caudwell, the original bridge was built in 1874 and designed by Jacob Wrey Mould. See other Tourist Attractions and Central Park. Checkout Autumn in New York: The Pond and the Gapstow Bridge. Gapstow and the Bow Bridge are the most famous bridges in Central Park. Photos... Read More

American Idol Top 11

American Idol Top 11 will be performing at the Rumsey Playfield on August 12th, 2011 in Central Park. Checkout the Good Morning America Concert Series Schedule. Location: Entrance to the Rumsey Playfield – from the East Side on 5th Avenue either 69th or 72nd street. From the West Side enter through 72nd Street and Central Park West and walk towards the Mall.  Read More

Swedish Cottage

“The Secret History of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre   chronicles the wonderful and impossible journey of a little Swedish cottage that travels from Europe to America and grows up to be the puppet theater that so many have come to know and love. Chronicling the cottage from its creation in the forests of Sweden, and through its tumultuous travels to its current home in Central Park in 1877, join a cast of gnomes, sea creatures and others as they come together to... Read More

Midsummer Night Swing for Kids

Midsummer Night Swing for Kids is an outdoor dance party for children who would like to enjoy and learn ballroom, tango, and swing dancing. This event will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 3:00PM - FREE and open to the public Midsummer Night Swing event for Kids. Location: 62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Ave at Damrosch Park  Read More

The Great Lawn

The Great Lawn has presented over the years some of the most popular concert events in the city’s history. The lawn is 55 acres of green pastors where people come and play softball, soccer, frisbee, as well as picnicking, and sunbathing. Dogs are not allowed in this area when the fence is up, but lucky for Sammy it was taken down for the Black Eye Peas concert. Great Lawn is a popular place for concerts and theater – Spans from 79th to 85th Street. Every year, Philharmonic... Read More

Turtle Pond

Turtle Pond in Central Park is a habitat for turtles (red-eared slider, snapping, box, painted, and musk turtles).  At sunset you can see the Belvedere Castle and trees over the lake with colorful sunset reflections, which is more beautiful than it is during the day. Sunset  - This spot in Turtle Pond is east of Belvedere Castle. Visitors and New Yorkers can come see 5 types of Turtles. Location: Mid-Park between 79th and 80th Streets.  Read More

Chess & Checkers House

Play chess or checkers outdoors at the “The Chess and Checkers House” in Central Park. “Players are welcome to borrow pieces from the Conservancy staff, or bring their own. Dominos and backgammon are also available” for More details go to Chess & Checkers House Location: Mid-Park at 64th Street  Read More

Madison Square Park

Madison Square Park provides programs and events all year round! For more information go to the official website – Madison Square Park. Checkout the Upcoming Events Calendar for this week. Music Events: UPCOMING EVENTS Sep 17 – 3:00pm – 5:00pm Mad. Sq. Music: Studio Series Sep 24 – 3:00pm – 5:00pm Mad. Sq. Music: Studio Series Oct 1 – 3:00pm – 5:00pm Mad. Sq. Music: Studio Series Oct 8 – 3:00pm – 5:00pm Mad. Sq. Music: Studio Series Location:Between... Read More

Arts > World Financial Center

The Winter Garden at the World Financial Center is the main stage for the arts festival in the heart of Battery Park City. The festival includes art from established artists, music, dance, exhibition, film theater and much more. For more details go to the official website for upcoming events. Arts World Financial Center. Location: The Winter Garden in the World Financial Center at Battery Park City. click here for map    Read More

Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival

Head to the Lower East Side/Chinatown neighborhood for the Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival. There will be “Chinese opera and acrobatics, klezmer music, Yiddish and Chinese language lessons, mah jongg, scribal arts, food and folk art demos, crafts, synagogue tours, and more.” For more details click Egg Rolls & Egg Creams Festival From 12PM to 4PM. Location: Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street between Canal and Division Streets.    Read More

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez will be performing at the Rumsey Playfield on June 17th in Central Park. Good Morning America Concert Series Schedule. Location: Entrance to the Rumsey Playfield – from the East Side on 5th Avenue either 69th or 72nd street. From the West Side enter through 72nd Street and Central Park West and walk towards the Mall.  Read More

This week June 6

Sammy’s Top picks for this Week. June 6th – June 12 The 9th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party on June 11th and 12th. SummerStage NIGHT AT THE CARAVANSERAI: TALES OF WONDER” FEATURING YO-YO MA/ THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE / THE SILK ROAD CONNECT STUDENTS AND FRIENDS. Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 6:30PM. 7 Premieres 7 Parties, for tickets go to Gen Art – Film Festival. Paid Event. Jennifer Hudson will be performing in Central Park on June 10th. The Script at Rockefeller... Read More

Puerto Rican Day Parade

The 54th Annual Puerto Rican Day Parade will take place on Sunday, June 12, 2011, from 11AM to 6PM – There will be about an estimated 80,000 marchers along with 3 million speculators.  This Parade is very lively and colorful and the Theme is “CELEBRATING THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF PUERTO RICO”. Parade Route : Fifth Avenue from 44th to 86th Streets will be closed for traffic.      Read More

Dakota

The Dakota building is where former beatles, John Lennon was shot in 1980. The building is located on the northwest corner of Central Park West and 72nd street and across the street from Strawberry Fields. His wife Yoko Ono, still lives in an apartment in the building near the memorial. Entrance to the Dakota Central Park West and 72nd Street. You can buy John Lennon’s portrait pictures and buttons at the 72nd on the west side entrance Street performers crank out John... Read More

Strawberry Fields

The memorial to John Lennon is in Strawberry Fields, a black-and white mosaic called “Imagine”.  Strawberry Fields and the memorial was created in 1981 with funds provided by Yoko Ono, the widow of John Lennon. Fans stop and leave flowers or candles all year round, but on October 9th, on John Lennon’s Birthday a huge crowd gathers every year to sing, pray and celebrate his life and work. “Imagine” one of John Lennon’s most popular songs. Located:... Read More

Israel Parade

The Israel Parade honoring the State of Israel will be the held on Sunday, June 5, from 11am to 4pm. There will be marvelous floats, magnificent marching bands, and celebrity guests marching up Fifth Ave. from 57th St. to 74th St. The Parade will be along Fifth Avenue from 57th to 74th Streets.  Read More

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson will be performing at the Rumsey Playfield on June 10th in Central Park. Good Morning America Concert Series Schedule Location: Entrance to the Rumsey Playfield – from the East Side on 5th Avenue either 69th or 72nd street. From the West Side enter through 72nd Street and Central Park West and walk towards the Mall.    Read More

This Week May 30

Sammy’s Top 5 picks this Week.  May 30th – June 5th 1. Fleet Week 2. Village Art Show 3. American Idol Winner Concert 4. Go Go’s concert – Good Morning America 5. Conservatory Water  Read More

New Kids on the Block & Back Street Boys

New Kids on the Block & Back Street Boys will be performing outside at the Today Show Plaza on June 3rd. Today Show concerts are Free and open to the public. Today Show Concert Series Schedule Location:49th Street and Rockefeller Center    Read More

American Idol Winner

Season 10 Winner, Scott McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina will be performing on June 2nd at Rockefeller Center.  Today Show concerts are Free and open to the public. Today Show Concert Series Schedule Location:49th Street and Rockefeller Center  Read More

Rihanna

Rihanna will be performing at Rockefeller Center on May 27th to kick off the Today Show summer concerts.  Today Show starts at 7AM, but I would get there a little bit early for a close up view. Rihanna will be performing around 8:20. photo taken on 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue Matt Lauer and Al Roker Location: NBC Studio, Rockefeller Plaza, 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue  Read More

Intrepid Museum

The Intrepid Museum is a military and maritime history museum of Sea-Air-Space with a collection of museum ships in New York City.  For more details Interpid Museum Fun place for kids Location: Pier 86, W 46th St and 12th Ave      Read More

Fleet Week

Fleet Week New York is the City’s celebration of the sea services – celebrating since 1984. Thousands of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships will be in Manhattan for Fleet Week New York, May 25 – June 1. You can see the military ships and  aircraft carriers parade into New York Harbor and up the hudson river. You can view the ships on the west side by the Hudson River. Fleet Week Schedule Free Events Wednesday, 25... Read More

Horse-Drawn Carriage

Horse-drawn carriage rides through Central Park is a romantic way to see the most famous park in the World. This ride is also a fun activity for the entire family to enjoy. See other Tourist Attractions and Central Park. Horse-drawn carriages line up at the Grand Army Plaza and along Central Park South between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The carriage ride through Central Park costs $50 plus tip for 20 minutes. This ride is available all year long.  Read More

Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall is a theater located in New York City’s Rockefeller Center. Built in 1932 – the exterior and interior design is magnificent. The home of the Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, as well as great concerts and family entertainment. 1260 6th Avenue, New York, NY  10020  Read More

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is an eleven feet tall bronze statue, surrounded by the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and other friends. This children’s statue is meant to be climbed on and a very popular attraction for kids. Located: North of the Conservatory Water – East 74th Street.    Read More

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen is seated on a bench reading from his tale book “The Ugly Duckling”. Children can climb on this large bronze statue – A popular attraction for kids in Central Park. Nearby attractions Conservatory Water, Alice in Wonderland and Pilgrim Hill. Sammy next to the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen, who is holding an open book of the “The Ugly Duckling”. Located: West of Conservatory Water - East 73rd Street.  Read More

American Girl Place

American Girl Place is in the heart of Manhattan on 5th Avenue with about 43,000-square-feet. This giant magical place for little girls is full of dolls, an adorable Cafe, Doll Hair Salon, Bookstore, Photo Studio, and a Theater.  Your little girl will love it! Plan your visit to the American Girl Place New York. Sammy with coconut Doll Hair Salon Enjoy either Brunch, Lunch or Dinner at the American Girl Cafe: Location - 609 5th Ave – between 48th St & 49th St        Read More

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center is a New York City experience and a romantic spot during the holidays.  Its a magical place when the giant christmas tree is lit with 18,000 multicolored lights and christmas music is playing at the center- a New York City attraction for New Yorkers and visitors during December. www.rockefellercenter.com, 212-332-7654, Open from mid – October to early April. December    Read More

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is one of New York’s central gathering spots for visitors and new yorkers – It’s called a “city within a city”.  Rockefeller Center is filled with the world biggest business and entertainment complexes, and the Art Deco Architecture.  Stay tune for Sammy’s adventure through Rockefeller Center in June, as he tours you around and show’s you all the amazing things you can do in this Area. Atlas is a bronze statue in... Read More

Times Square

Times Square is the heart of the Theater District, stretching along broadway from 42nd. to 48th Street.  You can stop by the Information center for details regarding tickets on broadway shows, sight seeing tours, and many other activities around the city. Open daily from 8AM to 8PM – in a walk-in facility at the embassy Theater, on Seventh Avenue between 46th and 47th Streets. Stay tune for more details as Sammy tours around Time Square in June and provides details on... Read More

Carousel

The famous old-fashion Carousel in Central Park is a hidden treasure for children of all ages. This current carousel has been in central park since 1951, but has been restored since then.  The first original carousel was placed in central park in 1871.  The next two Carousels were destroyed by fire in 1924 and in 1950. Details: $2 for a 3 and a half minute ride. Open daily April–November, 10:00am-6:00pm, weather permitting. Open weekends November-April 10:00am-4:30pm, weather... Read More

Bethesda Terrace

Bethesda Terrace is known as the heart of Central Park, and overlooks the Lake.  It is on two levels, united by two grand staircases and a lesser one that passes under Terrace Drive and is connected to the famous mall. The heart of Central Park.   Bethesda Fountain is the central feature on the lower level of the terrace, also known as “The Angel of Water”. two grand staircases. The pool is centered by a fountain sculpture designed by Emma Stebbins in... Read More

Gramercy Park Neighborhood Festival

Gramercy Park Neighborhood Festival will be held on Sunday, May 15 between 10AM-6PM. There will be more than 200 vendors selling food, art, crafts, antiques and merchandise exhibitors. Over 100 cultural and corporate displays will be on view, plus entertainment. Location:Broadway between 17th and 23rd Streets.  Read More

Lego Store in Rockefeller Center

The Lego Store in Rockefeller Center has become a tourist attraction for children.  This toy store is in a great landmark and a treat for both New York residents and visitors - A popular kid and pet friendly NYC attraction. Right behind Sammy is a mini version of Rockefeller Center made out of legos. Location: 620 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10020    Read More

Springtime in Central Park

When sunrises Central Park is filled with people lying around, reading, eating, running, biking, walking their pets or just enjoying time with friends or love ones. The flowers in Central Park just makes the day a brighter place to be. Sammy loves it! l Spring Flowers from the Olmsted Flower Bed from the south end of the Literary Walk. Spring Flowers from the Olmsted Flower Bed from the south end of the Literary Walk. Cherry Blossoms Location: Springtime in Central Park  Read More