I'd like to introduce myself, Elissa Richard, as the new Manhattan Travel and Local expert for About.com. A longtime travel journalist, with a quenchless cultural curiosity and insatiable appetite for all that's new and noteworthy, I've tirelessly traveled the world while out on the prowl for the next big "scoop." Still, I've yet to turn up any contender as captivating as my New York City hometown--the dynamic, cultured, and one-of-a-kind metropolis that it is. Here, I set out to report back on the best of all that's new--without overlooking the tried and true--in Manhattan proper, covering events, openings, neighborhood profiles, and more, for NYC locals and visitors alike.
Here are quick links to March's top stories:
- Central Park Walking Tours
- Sugar Hill Market: New Artisanal Harlem Flea Market
- Affordable Art Fair: Manhattan's Biannual Contemporary Art Sale
- Easter in NYC: Easter Egg Hunts in Manhattan
- Manhattan Gets a Cupcake ATM
- Must-See Spring Art Shows in NYC
- World Trade Center Site's 9/11 Memorial Museum
- 5 Best Irish Pubs Along NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade Route
- Bar 54: NYC's Highest Rooftop Bar
From Pamela Skillings:
After eight fun-filled years of writing about Manhattan for About.com, it is time for me to move on.
About.com has always been a part-time gig for me. I would run around the city covering NYC events after finishing up at my demanding day job, which was starting and building my own training and software company.
I am happy to report that business is booming at my company these days. On top of that, I recently welcomed a brand new baby boy. Between baby and business, I just can't commit the time to About.com anymore.
I am excited about the next chapter, but it's always a little sad to say goodbye. I enjoyed my time as the About.com Manhattan Guide. I've had opportunities to go behind the scenes at iconic NYC events, eat at Manhattan's best restaurants, and explore the isle of Manhattan from Battery Park to Washington Heights.
Thanks for reading and for sharing your stories, ideas and opinions with me over the years.
Here's wishing everyone a great summer in Manhattan from your former About.com Manhattan Guide! : )
Get ready for five days of scientific breakthroughs at the World Science Festival in New York from May 29 through June 2, 2013.
The festival will bring together Nobel Laureates, leading researchers, top-level technologists, creative artists, filmmakers, and performers for 40+ unique events around New York City.
The goal of the World Science Festival is to shine a spotlight on science and explore the many ways in which scientific discovery and innovation are shaping modern life.
Topics covered will include beer, whales, human consciousness, nanomedicine, pie, infinity, and insect sex (just to name a few).
Street fair season is here. The weather is warm and the gyro makers, psychics, and bulk tube sock vendors are hitting the streets of New York again for your shopping pleasure.
Memorial Day weekend is almost here. Get ready to enjoy the first long weekend of the summer right here in Manhattan
There are plenty of great events on the Memorial Day weekend schedule in New York City -- free concerts, free street festivals, a free family festival on Governors Island, tours and celebrations on the U.S.S. Intrepid, outlet sales, and much more.
If you're looking for a cool job in New York City, you might want to check out this Friday's Uncubed job fair. Meet reps from the hottest New York tech companies (including Twitter, Meetup, Etsy, and more) and up-and-coming start-ups, who will all be there with jobs to fill.
Buy a ticket to mingle with employers and attend panel discussions to hear what top companies are seeking in their next employees. For an extra fee, you can also take seminars to build your skills in programming, business development, and other key competencies. The event will also feature an art show, complimentary drinks and snacks, and an after party.
Uncubed Job Fair
When: Friday, May 17, 2013. 10am-9:30pm
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street
Admission: $30 for general admission
This Friday is National Bike to Work Day. Make your commute more healthy and eco-friendly on Friday, May 17 and you may just get hooked on biking to work.
Still not convinced? Transportation Alternatives, one of the sponsors of National Bike to Work Day, is giving out free Brooklyn Roasting Company iced coffees, breakfast treats from KIND and Cabot, and Vita Coco coconut water to bikers from 7-10 AM on May 17 at the following locations:
- Brooklyn Bridge (Brooklyn tower)
- Manhattan Bridge (Manhattan side)
- Williamsburg Bridge (Brooklyn side)
- Queensboro Bridge (Queens side)
- Staten Island Ferry Terminal (Staten Island side)
- Hudson River Greenway at W. 72nd Street
- Bronx - Joyce Kilmer Park (161st & Grand Concourse)
Raise a toast in remembrance of one of the greatest battles in Mexican history on Cinco de Mayo.
Tribeca Family Festival -- Spend your sunny Saturday at this free family street festival featuring live entertainment, arts and crafts activities, kite flying, and more. This year, you can also catch a free screening of Smurfs.
Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day -- Sports fans can also enjoy a day of fun at Tribeca/ESPN Sports Day with a variety of interactive sports related games, demos, and giveaways. Athletes, mascots, and sports personalities will make appearances.
Tribeca Film Festival Screenings -- You still have time to see the festival's best films -- including the award winners in all of the feature and documentary categories. There are also plenty of special events this weekend. On Saturday, you can see director Darren Aronofsky interview director Clint Eastwood. On Sunday, you can see the new documentary about the future of ideas, Out of Print, and stick around after the film for a panel discussion with publishing industry experts For sold out screenings and events, some tickets are still available via the Rush Tickets line that forms 60 minutes before showtime.