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

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


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

Empire State Building

Come see New York City from the top of the Empire State Building, the most famous office building in the world. The Empire State Building offers spectacular 360-degree panoramic views for Manhattan and beyond the Observatory Deck on the 86th and 102nd floor. To learn more about the Empire State Building Click Here. Dogs are not allowed at the Empire State Building, but Sammy wants everyone to know the Empire State Building is the #1 tourist attraction in New York City - One... 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

Bow Bridge

Bow Bridge is one of the most beautiful designed cast iron bridges in the world. It spans out 60 feet across the Lake, connecting the landscape of Cherry Hill with the winding pathways of the Ramble. The Bow Bridge has been in many film shoots for movies and TV. The bridge walkway is constructed ipe, a South American hardwood. The Bow Bridge is named for its curve, and its the second oldest cast iron bridge in America. The bridge provides scenic views of the Lake and the rowboats. The... 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


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


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

The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza Hotel in NYC is a famous historical landmark at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue, across the street from the Grand Army Square, FAO Schwartz, 5th Ave Apple Store, and the Pond in Central Park. The Plaza is a 20-story combination of a luxury hotel and condominium, with underground boutiques, restaurants, as well as the famous Oak Room and Oak Bar. Entrance to the Plaza Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, at the Pulitzer Fountain outside the... 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

Ramble Stone Arch

Ramble Stone Arch is hidden within the woods and wilderness of the Ramble. The arch measures five feet across and more than 13 feet high, with a nine-foot underpass. Ramble Stone Arch was built in 1863 by Vaux and made of rock-fact ashlar. Location: West Side at 77th Street on the North side of the Lake  Read More

South Seaport

The South Seaport and Pier 17 is full of history and culture. It’s located in Lower Manhattan by the waterfront and it’s filled with shops and restuarants. Click here for more details about upcoming events at the Seaport. Sound Bites Series with The Hairs July 3, 2011 – 2:00pm The Wake with Weekend July 8, 2011 – 7:00pm Sound Bites Series with Pow Wow! July 10, 2011 – 2:00pm The Radio Dept. with Asobi Seksu Jul 15 2011 – 7:00pm Sound Bites Series... 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

Battery Park

Take in breathtaking sunset scenery of the New York Harbor at Battery Park and Battery Park City. Battery Park is a 25-acre park located at the southern tip of Manhattan, and Battery Park City is a community with office and residential buildings located northwest of the Park. Location: Battery Park & Battery Park City Scenery of NJ from Battery Park City Scenery of Jersey City from Battery Park City  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

This Week June 13

Sammy’s top picks for this week… June 13th – June 19th Museum Mile Festival Tuesday, June 14th at 6PM Shakespeare in the Park “ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL” and “MEASURE FOR MEASURE” Selena Gomez June 17th Kenny Chesney June 17th Summerstage Friday, June 17, 2011 and Sunday, June 19th  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

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is a masterpiece of modern architecture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim exhibits one of the world’s finest and contemporary art. For more details click on the official website: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street  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


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

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

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 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

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


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

Hell’s Kitchen – Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

The 38th Annual Ninth Avenue International Food Festival is on Saturday & Sunday – May 14th and May 15th. Ninth Avenue from 37th street to 57th street. for more details. http://ninthavenuefoodfestival.com/ There’s about a million people that show up to this festival. So much to choose from. Funnel Cake a New York favorite. Sammy won a carebear for being so cute.  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

Tribeca Film Festival “Drive – In”

Tribeca Film Festival is featuring new and classic movie screenings under the Stars.  Come join in all the fun and watch movies under the Stars at the World Financial Center.  There will be activities and treats for everyone.  This event is open to the public from 6 -11PM Thursday, April 21 – Fame (1980 Classic) Friday, April 22 – When the Drum Stops Beating (New 2011) Saturday, April 23- The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984 Classic) Activities begin at 6:30 – for... Read More

FAO Schwarz

FAO Schwarz is the most famous toy store in New York City, and one of the most famous in the world.  This famous toy store is a treat for New York residents and visitors - A popular kid and pet friendly NYC attraction for almost 150 years Sammy on the giant piano keys – Remember the walking piano featured in the romantic comedy “Big”? The Muppet Whatnot Workshop – Sammy and the Muppets take Manhattan A classic New York candy shop in FAO Schwarz Location:... Read More

Conservatory Water

Conservatory Water is known as the Model Boat Pond and its incredibly beautiful and picturesque, with its pool of reflecting water, as well as curving benches running along the path that surrounds the entire pool of water.  Inspired by the model boat ponds of late 19th century Paris, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux created a place where children and adults can enjoy the experience of boating. Conservatory Water holds its boating season from April to October – children... Read More

The Mall

What else can you do in Central Park besides row a boat, ride a carousel, see a concert, take a walking tour, enjoy a picnic or get completely lost in 843 acres?  Stroll through the Central Park Mall, which runs through the middle of Central Park from 66th to 72nd street.  The Central Park Mall is the most active gathering place in the Park for New York residents and tourists who gather there to enjoy the infectious activity and excitement. The Mall is occupied by street... Read More

Apple Store on 5th Ave

The Apple Store on 5th Avenue is all underground except for the entrance, a 32-foot glass cube right across the street from the Plaza Hotel and Bergdorf Goodman on 767 Fifth Avenue. With this incredible entrance Apple has created a famous New York Landmark located at a very prominent location in Manhattan. It’s a great place to visit if you are a New York resident or visiting the city. Nearby: Grand Army Plaza, Plaza Hotel, 5th Avenue Apple Store, FAO Schwarz and General... Read More