Category: Things to do in New York City

New York City activities, walking tours, sightseeing, theater, events and exploring one of the biggest cities in the world.

New York City Fire Museum

The New York City Fire Museum is a recommended visit for families and people visiting the city on a weekend looking for an activity that will take about one hour.  

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6th Annual Katra Film Fest Set to Take Center Stage in Brooklyn

There have been many film festivals that have taken part in the New York area and most of them are very similar in premise. Yet KATRA Films set a different standard where they look to present a unique avenue for all types of filmmakers. The creator Geoffrey Guerrero has been pushing the film series since 2012 and it has grown every year since. The festival is based on promoting tolerance, inclusivity, diversity and social justice.

Biking the South County Trailway

The South County Trailway is a relatively flat, well maintained trail that was part of the Old Putnam Railway line.  It is one of 4 segments from the train’s path that have been repurposed for public use.  The trail starts at the top of Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx and continues north for just under 15 miles.

Harlem Classic Bike Race

Attention racers!  On your mark.  Get Set.  Cycle!

Father’s Day marked the 44th annual Harlem Skyscraper Cycling Classic.  A community event where cyclists of all ages and skill levels race the loop around Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.   Races are between 10-30 laps around the park and have some decent prize money for the winners.

Harlem Rose Garden

GreenThumb Community Gardens started in New York City in the 1970’s.  These gardens are located throughout the city and while they are fenced have access to the general public.  The spaces are maintained by individuals who live on the block and have a range of styles and layouts.

Must Visit Midtown Libraries

We all recognize some of the historical or interesting places in the cities where we live.  And we all fall into the pattern of being comfortable excusing ourselves as being too busy to go or rationalizing we will visit another day.  Those days turn into months which turn into years.  I am guilty of this and the Morgan Library is a prime example.  It’s right on Madison Avenue and I have literally passed it 1,000 times.  And finally, one rainy Friday evening, I forced myself to walk through the doors and couldn’t have been happier.

Where to Buy the Best Christmas Trees in New York City

If you grew up outside of New York and now live in the city, you are faced with an annual dilemma that involves the purchasing of a live Christmas Tree.

Every year, right after Thanksgiving, tree stands are set-up throughout the city.  They are filled with douglas firs, frasers and balsam firs.  Friendly staff are stationed at these stands 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through Christmas.

As fun as it is to see experience the sights and smells of fresh trees all around the city, there is a glaring problem.  These trees range anywhere from $80 to $200 for trees starting at 5 feet.