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    Getting Back to Nature at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    Living in a major city like New York means that you have access to just about anything a person could want. Sometimes, what you want is to escape the city and reconnect with nature. Here in Brooklyn, you can do exactly that, and you don’t even have to leave the borough....

    Living in a major city like New York means that you have access to just about anything a person could want. Sometimes, what you want is to escape the city and reconnect with nature. Here in Brooklyn, you can do exactly that, and you don’t even have to leave the borough. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a majestic natural oasis spanning just over 50 acres. Though it's probably most famous for the cherry trees that blossom along Cherry Esplanade each March, the gardens abound in floral delights all year long. We especially recommend the Cranford Rose Garden and Rose Arc Pool, which reach peak bloom during the month of June. And you have to see the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, which holds the distinguished honor of being the first Japanese-style garden anywhere in the country. If you’d like a more in-depth scientific look at what makes life thrive in the gardens’ many waterways, you can check out Pondlife, Sally Warring’s fascinating multimedia project that makes the invisible and essential world of microbial communities visible to all.

    Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn 11225 

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    Brooklyn Laughs at Comedy Under Artichoke

    Conventional wisdom says that Los Angeles is the place to go if you want to make it big in show business, but in New York City, we also have our fair share of stand-out entertainers, and often, you don’t even have to venture over to Manhattan to see them....

    Conventional wisdom says that Los Angeles is the place to go if you want to make it big in show business, but in New York City, we also have our fair share of stand-out entertainers, and often, you don’t even have to venture over to Manhattan to see them. Every Thursday night at 10 P.M., Comedy Under Artichoke, hosted by Auggie Lutz and Bob Palos, brings some the finest stand-up comics together to the basement of Artichoke Basille Pizza in Bushwick to make Brooklyn laugh. Comedians run the gamut from local emerging talent to regular performers on the Fallon-Meyers-Colbert circuit, to the comics making their way from nightclub to nightclub across the nation. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that the show takes place beneath an Artichoke pizzeria, which, as every New Yorker knows, is just about the best place in the world to satisfy your late night hunger.

    Address: 18 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237

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    The New York Cherry Blossom Festival

    The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a spot worth visiting in any season, but for two days each year, it becomes the place to be in New York City. This year, those two days are Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29. The occasion: Sakura Matsuri, popularly known as the New York Cherry Blossom Festival....

    The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is a spot worth visiting in any season, but for two days each year, it becomes the place to be in New York City. This year, those two days are Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29. The occasion: Sakura Matsuri, popularly known as the New York Cherry Blossom Festival. Against a sublime sea of pink petals, this celebration of all things Japanese will feature samurai masters, traditional Japanese drummers, dancers, comedians, cosplay performers, and much more. You be able to visit an authentic Japanese tearoom, enjoy Japanese art exhibits both ancient and contemporary, and peruse a market where vendors deal in a wide array of handcrafted goods, such as decorative scrolls, kimonos, and candies from the Land of the Rising Sun. If you’re at all interested in Japanese art and culture, or you just love the sight of nature in full bloom, the Cherry Blossom Festival is an absolute must for your April in New York.

    Address: 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

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    David Bowie Is

    At the Tillary Hotel, we’re exceptionally proud to be right in the middle of an arts scene as vibrant and innovative as Brooklyn’s. Among the many great artists of our time, there is none who exemplified a boundary-breaking ethos as determined and consistent as David Bowie’s....

    At the Tillary Hotel, we’re exceptionally proud to be right in the middle of an arts scene as vibrant and innovative as Brooklyn’s. Among the many great artists of our time, there is none who exemplified a boundary-breaking ethos as determined and consistent as David Bowie’s. Through June 15, you can experience the internationally-renowned exhibition David Bowie Is, which, for the past five years, has traveled all the way from London and around the world, and is now on display for the last time, right here at the Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition’s collection is unprecedented in both size and significance, illustrating Bowie's life and career from his adolescence up to his final years, and showcasing 85 handwritten sheets of lyrics, 60 unique performance outfits, and several sketches and oil paintings, all by David Bowie himself. You’ll marvel at music videos, film and television clips, audio records, and other fully-immersive installations assembled with the most cutting-edge technology around. If you’re a Bowie fan, or a true art lover of any variety, you’ll want to be sure to catch this amazing exhibition before its final curtain call on June 15.

    Address: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York 11238

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    New York’s Biggest Chinese New Year Celebration

    Friday, February 16 marks a new beginning as the Year of the Rooster becomes the Year of the Dog. With the largest Chinese population of any city in the United States, New York stages some of the most impressive events in the world to celebrate this important cultural occasion....

    Friday, February 16 marks a new beginning as the Year of the Rooster becomes the Year of the Dog. With the largest Chinese population of any city in the United States, New York stages some of the most impressive events in the world to celebrate this important cultural occasion. The largest Lunar New Year parade in the city takes place on Sunday, February 25, in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Show up around 11 A.M. to browse the many food and merchandise vendors and assorted entertainers along Canal Street. At 1 P.M. the main event begins as the Lunar New Year Parade kicks off at Mott St heading down Canal and eventually winding its way through Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The procession will feature fierce lion dancers, majestic dragons, brave warriors, and all manner of costume-clad performers. Pro-tip: remember to grab some earplugs before heading down to the festivities. The beat of the drums will be outdone only by the echo of the several hundred thousand firecrackers.

    Location: Chinatown, Manhattan

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    Slot Car Racing: The Original Gamers’ Obsession

    During the mania of the 1960s and 70s, over forty slot car racing shops dotted New York City’s five boroughs. Now just one still stands: the venerable Buzz-A-Rama, a mom-and-pop labor of love tucked away in Brooklyn’s unassuming Kensington neighborhood....

    During the mania of the 1960s and 70s, over forty slot car racing shops dotted New York City’s five boroughs. Now just one still stands: the venerable Buzz-A-Rama, a mom-and-pop labor of love tucked away in Brooklyn’s unassuming Kensington neighborhood. Wander in and you’ll feel as though you’ve been swept back to an era when Lyndon Johnson was President, “Watergate” was a meaningless word, and video games were but a dream. With five different tracks all operating concurrently in the store, you can watch devoted racers, remote controls in hand, whip their palm-size vehicles around the track at up to 100 miles per hour (that’s not a typo—these tiny cars actually go that fast). There’s even a beginners track where you can try out the sport for yourself. Do you have what it takes? A note to visitors: the shop is only open on the weekends, so plan your trip accordingly.

    Address: 69 Church Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11218

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    Dyker Heights Lights: Rekindling that Childhood Holiday Magic

    Like many people who grew up in the suburbs, we cherish memories of riding around during the holiday season to see all the beautiful decorations lighting up the night. If you're looking to rekindle that sense of childhood delight, we have the perfect Brooklyn neighborhood for you....

    Like many people who grew up in the suburbs, we cherish memories of riding around during the holiday season to see all the beautiful decorations lighting up the night. In the heart of a major city, it can be hard to recreate this childhood experience. Sure, there are impressive sights—the tree in Rockefeller Center, the window displays along 5th Avenue, the lights and wreaths hung on buildings across the city—but it’s not quite the same as being in a real residential neighborhood where the people have a personal stake in decorating their homes. There is, however, a Brooklyn neighborhood that will rekindle that sense of childhood delight. Every year the residents of Dyker Heights strive to outdo each other with the most extravagant light displays you’ve ever seen. We particularly recommend the area from 83rd to 86th Streets between 11th and 13th Avenues. If you travel by subway from our hotel, the trip takes about 50 minutes, but if you drive, you can make the trip in less than 20 minutes. Just try to avoid rush hour.

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    Bargemusic: A Brooklyn Original

    When most folks think of classical music in New York, they probably think of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, or one of the other big name venues in Manhattan. And while those ensembles are second-to-none, the best kept secret on the NYC classical music scene is actually right here in Brooklyn. ...

    When most folks think of classical music in New York, they probably think of the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, or one of the other big name venues in Manhattan. And while those ensembles are second-to-none, the best kept secret on the NYC classical music scene is actually right here in Brooklyn. Docked at Fulton Ferry Landing, right by the Brooklyn Bridge, you’ll find an unassuming barge that once hauled coffee up the East River. In 1977, however, violinist Olga Bloom purchased the barge and transformed it into a one-of-a-kind floating concert venue known as Bargemusic. Today, Bargemusic hosts the world’s finest musicians for concerts that cover the gamut of the chamber repertoire, from lone piano, to violin trio, to brass quartet, to woodwind quintet, and much more. These exquisite concerts are performed against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline (seen through the floor to ceiling wall of glass behind the stage), and the intimacy of this unique concert hall almost invariably sparks a dynamism among the players that leaves audiences enraptured. With performances nearly every night of the week, there’s bound to be one that fits in perfectly with your New York adventures.

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    This Is Real: A Fully Immersive Theatrical Experience Not for the Faint of Heart

    If you’re looking for a legitimately terrifying thrill this Halloween—and we’re not kidding when we say terrifying—the fully immersive This is Real is a 70-minute theatrical heart-stopper that takes place at an abandoned Red Hook warehouse....

    If you’re looking for a legitimately terrifying thrill this Halloween—and we’re not kidding when we say terrifying—the fully immersive This is Real is a 70-minute theatrical heart-stopper that takes place at an abandoned Red Hook warehouse. You and seven other people have been kidnapped, and you find yourself locked inside the warehouse, all alone aside from the psychotic killer poised to dispose of his latest victim. You have to decide what to do. Where do you run? Do you try to save the others? If you do, will they repay you in kind? This unique, interactive horror story is the brainchild of Psycho Clan, the internationally acclaimed team behind the Lower East Side’s “Nightmare Haunted House,” and Studio 153, an artists’ collective dedicated to pushing the boundaries of constructed space design and performance. To purchase tickets, see the official This is Real website.

    Address: 153 Coffey street, Brooklyn, NY

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    Industry City Craft Brew Fest

    Perched on the beautiful Brooklyn waterfront, Industry City boasts six million square feet of iconic industrial architecture along with five acres of immaculate open space. This unique combination makes Industry City the perfect location for the Craft Brew Fest, which will take place across two sessions on Saturday, September 16....

    Perched on the beautiful Brooklyn waterfront, Industry City boasts six million square feet of iconic industrial architecture along with five acres of immaculate open space. This unique combination makes Industry City the perfect location for the Craft Brew Fest, which will take place Saturday, September 16, across two sessions, 1 – 4:30 P.M. and 6 – 9:30 P.M. This craft beer celebration will exude the communal spirit of Germany’s Oktoberfest, with more than 150 different craft beers from some of New York’s finest breweries. Attendees will receive a four-ounce tasting glass on entry and will be allowed to sample as many beers as they’d like while socializing with friends and jamming to live music by hot local bands. A large assortment of food will be available for purchase, and designated drivers will receive reduced admission. So venture down to the waterfront on Saturday the 16th for all the intimacy of a traditional beer garden combined with the dizzying selection of a major brewing festival.

    Address: Industry City, Courtyards 3 & 4, 220 36th St, Brooklyn 11232 (entrance on 2nd Ave between 35th & 36th St)

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    The Governors Island Jazz Age Lawn Party: Where the 1920s Come Roaring to Life

    If Baz Luhrmann proved one thing with his 2013 blockbuster remake of The Great Gatsby, it’s that we Americans are still as fascinated as ever by the larger than life figures of 1920s New York. Later this month you’ll have the opportunity to live out all your flapper fantasies at the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party....

    If Baz Luhrmann proved one thing with his 2013 blockbuster remake of The Great Gatsby, it’s that we Americans are still as fascinated as ever by the larger than life figures of 1920s New York. This month on Governors Island, located just 400 yards from Brooklyn on the other side of Buttermilk Channel, you’ll have the opportunity to live out all your flapper fantasies at the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. Thousands of revelers will descend on the island from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M. on August 26 and 27 to dance along to live music by a top-notch line-up of Roaring 20s bands headlined by Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra. Though there’s no dress code, period attire is encouraged, and you’ll have the opportunity to purchase some of the finest threads of the era from specialty merchants at the event. So mark your calendar and hop the ferry over to Governors Island, where you’ll enjoy classic cocktails and the coolest tunes that ever echoed through a speakeasy.

    Location: Colonel’s Row on Governors Island

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    Cool Art Across Brooklyn

    July can get pretty sultry here in NYC. If you’re looking to beat the heat, we recommend checking out these cool Brooklyn art venues....

    July can get pretty sultry here in NYC. If you’re looking to beat the heat, we recommend checking out these cool Brooklyn art venues:

    American Medium: Daniel Wallace, Travis Fitzgerald, and Josh Pavlacky perfected their street art aesthetic over two years with pop-up exhibitions. They’ve now opened American Medium in Bedford-Stuyvesant, where you’ll find the best from new artists in all mediums.

    Address: 424 Gates Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

    CLEARING: Eclectic, quirky, and international, this Williamsburg sister of a brother in Brussels is so up-to-the-minute, you could set your watch by it.

    Address: 396 Johnson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

    Microscope Gallery: A converted auto parts shop, this Bushwick gallery specializes in art that pushes the boundaries of sound, film, digital media, and performance.

    Address: 1329 Willoughby Avenue, 2B, Brooklyn, NY 11237

    106 Green: Curator Jon Lutz as made this Greenpoint gallery a formidable player in Brooklyn’s contemporary art scene. It’s open on Sundays for 5 hours only. The rest of the week, it’s someone’s living room.

    Address: 104 Green Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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    Brooklyn Botanic Garden: An Urban Oasis

    When most folks think of New York’s green spaces, they immediately picture Central Park. But you don’t have to venture over to Manhattan to experience the bounty of nature. ...

    When most folks think of New York’s green spaces, they immediately picture Central Park. But you don’t have to venture over to Manhattan to experience the bounty of nature. Brooklyn has its own verdant paradise in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a stunning assemblage of flora covering more than fifty acres. Established in 1910, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden features such gems as the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, which was the first Japanese-style garden in the United States, as well as the beautiful crocus and primrose blossoms of the Shakespeare Garden. Visitors in town on June 29 or July 20 can take the Plants of Georgia O’Keeffe tour, run in conjunction with Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern at the Brooklyn Museum (the museum is directly next to the Botanic Garden). You’ll also find art in the garden itself in the form of Shayne Dark’s majestic natural sculptures, made from tree branches, trunks, and roots, on display now alongside the garden’s famous Cherry Esplanade.

     

    Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn 11225 

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    Brooklyn's Bad Film Fest

    Every now and there, there’s a movie so sublimely bad, it amasses its own cult following: think Tommy Wiseau’s The Room or Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space. These movies that are 'so bad they’re good' are exactly the kinds of movies you’ll see at the Bad Film Fest in Brooklyn from May 19th through the 21st. ...

    There are bad movies (we’re looking at you, Gigli). They bomb at the box office and are soon forgotten. But every now and there, there’s a movie so sublimely bad, it amasses its own cult following: think Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space, or Harold Warren’s Manos: The Hands of Fate. These movies that are 'so bad they’re good' are exactly the kinds of movies you’ll see at the Bad Film Fest in Brooklyn from May 19th through the 21st. Featuring delightfully stupid shorts and epically terrible feature-length films, this festival’s motto is “someone despises every piece of art.” In addition to screenings, there will also be readings of purposely cringe-inducing scripts and awards for things like “Excellence in Recycling” and “Best Achievement in WTF.” Though it won’t be quite as glamorous as last month’s Tribeca Film Festival, the Bad Film Fest is definitely just as fun, and best of all, you won’t even have to leave New York’s number 1 borough.

    Address: Cloud City, 85 N 1st St, Brooklyn, New York 

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    A Night at the Opera

    At the Tillary Hotel, we pride ourselves on providing our guests that blend of classic sophistication and urban edginess that’s come to define New York’s trendiest borough. That’s why we’re recommending you check out the Metropolitan Opera this month, for a classic show with a contemporary twist....

    At the Tillary Hotel, we pride ourselves on providing our guests that blend of classic sophistication and urban edginess that’s come to define New York’s trendiest borough. That’s why we’re recommending you check out the Metropolitan Opera this month, where on April 19, 22, and 27 the world’s most famous opera company will be staging one of the world’s most famous operas, Verdi’s Rigoletto, with a contemporary twist. Originally set at the Renaissance court of Mantua, Michael Mayer’s renowned production reimagines the opera “in a neon-bedecked Las Vegas in 1960.” Sets and costumes dazzle to a degree eclipsed only by the cast’s sublime vocals. Seasoned opera goers will be enthralled by an old favorite interpreted in a stunning new way, while those new to the show will be delighted to find Verdi’s masterpiece includes some of the world’s most recognizable tunes, like “La donna è mobile” and “Bella figlia dell’amore.”

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    The Tough Business of Gulping Beer

    It’s crisp morning in Brooklyn, and you’re already thirsty for the luck of the Irish....

    It’s crisp morning in Brooklyn, and you’re already thirsty for the luck of the Irish. It must surely be Saint Patrick’s Day, when the taps gush and Guinness fills one frosted pint glass after another. Sure, there’s bound to be a hooligan or two playing in the street, but you’d better get outside before the festivities pass by.

    March 17th

    Got a lucky four-leaf clover? You’re going to need it for this haunted house tour of Merchant's House Museum. It’s New York’s only 19th-century home to be preserved, frightening you across the servants’ quarters, carefully repainted to match the original designs. Learn about the daily struggles of Irish immigrants. Pluck up your courage and unravel the mystery of some frightening occurrences.

    March 19th @ 1:00 pm

    Celebrate the contributions of Irish-Americans to New York City right in Prospect Park. It was many a generation ago that the Battle of Brooklyn took place, and today’s living ancestors continue to honor its heroes and victims with a worthy parade.

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    Looking High and Low for Cupid

    The search for true love’s kiss takes you from ballroom floor to Brooklyn warehouse....

    The search for true love’s kiss takes you from ballroom floor to Brooklyn warehouse.

    February 11th @ 8:00 pm

    Through the last half-century, Disney has charmed us all with its inventive retellings of the past’s greatest love stories. Sing along and celebrate the awakening kiss of your true love when the Highline Ballroom brings back the musical hits of Aladdin and The Lion King.

    February 12th @ 8:00 pm

    The Bell House in the Gowanus neighborhood welcomes Evan and Rebecca, your Sunday evening hosts. They’ll interview a real couple sitting in the audience to find out what events lead to their relationship before using that love story to improvise a live musical.

    February 18th @ 12:00 pm

    Dash through the snow in next-to-nothing when you join Cupid’s Undie Run. These scantily clad runners follow a one-mile route around Pier 84 and help raise millions of dollars for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Meet at Stage 48 in Hell’s Kitchen to get your heart pumping.

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    A Looking Cure for New Blues

    In the hazy dawn of uncharted political times, why not give your thoughts an artistic break? We have three suggestions to tickle your muse....

    In the hazy dawn of an uncertain political era why not give your thoughts an artistic break? We have three suggestions to tickle your muse.

    January 16th @ 11:00 am and 1:00 pm

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    Big Onion has been shaking down the tour business for twenty-five years. Learn Harlem’s rich cultural history this Martin Luther King Jr. Day as your guide explores the evolution of one of modern America’s most hard-fought neighborhoods.

    Through January 29th

    Kerry James Marshall’s Met Breuer survey, entitled Mastry, has been an unqualified hit. His breathtaking painting thoroughly upends the politics of Western visual culture. See this wide-ranging survey of one of contemporary art’s greats before it’s gone.

    Through March 19th

    Francis Picabia is modern art’s original prankster, with a penchant for fast cars and outlandish parties. The Museum of Modern Art’s long-awaited retrospective gives you the scoop on this fabulously wealthy member of the Parisian avant-garde.

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    Fantastic Shows and Where to Find Them

    The Tillary Hotel calls your attention to three productions of offbeat theatre, given that December is basically a month-long spectacle....

    The Tillary Hotel calls your attention to three productions of offbeat theatre, given that December is basically a month-long spectacle.

    December 3rd through 11th

    Celebrity and fashionable dandy Isaac Mizrahi gives a dramatic reading of Prokofiev’s Peter & the Wolf at the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum. Orchestral accompaniment will be provided by Ensemble Signal, with choreography by the excellent John Heginbotham.

    December 8th through 11th

    By the looks off it Dances Patrelle’s The Yorkville Nutcracker is a darkly painted portrait. This version of the timeless ballet, dancing sugarplum and all, is performed at The Kaye Playhouse (on the Hunter College campus) and set in New York, circa 1895.

    Through January 7th

    The American Irish Historical Society stages this immersive story of Christmas dinner in Dublin, Ireland, but adapted to an Upper East Side house. Paul Muldoon and Jean Hanff Korelitz’s script based on James Joyce’s short story The Dead will enthrall you.

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    A Roof With a View

    Get in a round of themed trivia before catching the parade from a cavalcade of spinning wheels, or enjoy it from high above on a modern rooftop lounge....

    Get in a round of themed trivia before catching the parade from a cavalcade of spinning wheels, or enjoy it from high above on a modern rooftop lounge.

    Night-Before-Thanksgiving Party

    November 23rd @ 8:00 pm

    Tim Whatley hosts a raucous night of trivia at Stone Creek NYC. Based on Seinfeld, the American sitcom that ran for nine absurdist seasons, there will be five rounds of tough questions drawn from Thanksgiving-related episodes.

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    November 24th @ 8:00 am

    Rent yourself a bicycle for this family-friendly trip around Manhattan in the early hours of Thanksgiving Day. As it’s likely to be a chilly, morning participants are encouraged to wear a costume and deck their Huffy with orange and red flair. Destination? A pancake breakfast, of course.

    Thanksgiving Day Parade Viewing

    November 24th @ 8:30 am

    If you would prefer to be rather stationary on a holiday, consider the view from Monarch Rooftop Lounge. There may be no better option than to survey the bright parade below with a Bloody Mary and small plate of hors d'oeuvres.

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