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Stephanie was only eight-years-old when she watched Rhoda Morgenstern attempt to toss her hat into the air in the middle of a busy, '70s NYC street. She knew right away that she had to live there. Nearly 40 years later, Stephanie does live here, is married with a son, and can’t imagine residing anywhere else. In addition to being mom and all the “jobs” that come with that title, she is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the magazines Saveur, Chile Pepper and Family Fun, and on Disney’s website Go.com.
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It's the time of year when Christmas tree stalls pop up on street corners all over NYC. Kids love stopping to ooh and aah at the gorgeous, giant trees, and walking past them smells fabulous. Even for a Grinch like me, it's hard to resist the lure of those beautiful trees come December, despite the fact that I can feel my wallet having a seizure.
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Curious about Cuba, but not ready to splurge on flights? You're in luck. ¡Cuba!, a vibrant celebration of the island nation, recently opened for a nine-month run at the American Museum of Natural History on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
Although the exhibit's debut seems perfectly timed to coincide with the passing of Fidel Castro, and the recent softening of relations between the United States and Cuba, museum officials said it has been in the works for a century, with AMNH researchers delving in to the country's rich biodiversity for decades, working hand-in-hand with local scientists even while the countries' leadership feuded. It's the largest island (actually an archipelago of 4,000 islands and keys) in the Caribbean, and while it is well known for its cigars, vintage automobiles, politics, and vibrant music, it also boasts a unique natural history, hundreds of plant and animals species you can't find anywhere else, and is one of the most biologically diverse islands on the planet.
The new exhibit honors Cuba's rich history, changing culture, famous Salsa music, cuisine, and incredible biodiversity in an immersive, unexpected way and is presented in both English and Spanish. Kids will enjoy the many hands-on interactives, recreated habitats, and live reptiles and amphibians on display.
It joins several ongoing exhibits at the Natural History museum that are expected to close in January 2017, including Dinosaurs Among Us and Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World. Don't worry, though, that titanosaur is still hanging out on the fourth floor with the rest of the dinos! And don't forget that the seasonal butterfly atrium opens soon, too.
Few things signal the holidays in New York City more than the unveiling of the decked out department store window displays throughout Midtown, from Macy's in Herald Square on up to Bloomingdale's. My family ushers in the season with an annual trek to see the various whimsical winter and Christmas scenes, peeking into the glammed up windows, every Thanksgiving weekend, and I have to say, taking a "windows walk" is one of those magical holiday experiences every kid should try at least once. Also, it's totally FREE.
The 2016 window display edition includes a number of gems that you won't want to miss, including Saks Fifth Avenue's Land of 1000 Delights—a sugary retelling of the Nutcracker Suite—and a fantastic light show, Macy's Believe—a celebration of Santa (with a real pinball game!), and Lord & Taylor's wintry, nature-filled wonderland.
Read on for details about this year's holiday displays and a sneak peek of what you'll see. Be sure to visit our Holiday Fun Guide before you go to find other activities and things to do along the route and throughout the season, including more FREE fun, tree lightings, and train shows.