Macy’s Parade Balloon Inflation Night

Macys-Balloon-InflationFINALAn annual attraction of Upper West Siders and those beyond, the Macy’s Parade Balloon Inflation is a fun if not a bit chaotic event. Here are a few suggestions to make the experience better:

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New Taste of the Upper West Side Kicks off Today

New Taste of the Upper West Side Kicks off Today

Foodie Alert! The 2015 New Taste of the Upper West Side kicks off today with a lineup of restaurants, world-class chefs and celebrity hosts for a full three-night culinary celebration.

This annual event donates all net proceeds to the local community for neighborhood improvement and beautification.

The event begins with Soirée in the Park tonight – an outdoor cocktail party that celebrates and raises funds for New York City’s beautiful Theodore Roosevelt Park, surrounding the American Museum of Natural History. Guests will enjoy live chamber music under the stars with champagne and hors d’oeuvres provided by a host of local restaurants including Sarabeth’s and Luke’s Lobster.  Theodore Roosevelt Park,  7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

New Taste UWSOn Friday May 29th, 40 Upper West Side restaurants – Restaurant List New Taste of the UWS – will compete to win the title of “Best Comfort Food Dish.”  NBC’s Adam Richman, host of Food Fighters and author of “Straight Up Tasty” is hosting this event, overseeing noteworthy participants including Shake Shack, Sarabeth’s and The Meatball Shop, and a special guest appearance by Food Network’s talented Katie Lee. There will great wine selections, creative cocktails and live music provided by the Silver Arrow Band. Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets, Friday May 29th at 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The three-day food festival will wrap-up on Saturday, May 30th, where many of the Upper West Side’s most famous restaurants and celebrity chefs will share their best cuisine – Best of the West –  world-class wines and cocktails. Guests will enjoy the 16-piece rhythms of Joe Battaglia & The New York Big Band.  Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets, Saturday May 30th at 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

For those who want even more access to food, there will be a VIP Reception presented by One West End, that includes exclusive access to a private lounge to enjoy unlimited champagne, a gift bag from Upper West Side shops and sponsors, and the opportunity to participate in private book signings. Columbus Avenue between West 76th and 77th Streets, Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM.

You can purchase tickets to all these events here and on Sunday you can hit the gym.





Arthur Ross Terrace @ AMNH

On Sunday I was at the American Museum of Natural History with a pass courtesy of a public school visit one of my children went on this past year. My youngest and I visited the Discovery Room and dug for dinosaur bones, visited the hall of Pacific Peoples – seeing DumDum (Easter Island Head) never gets boring – and dined in the Museum Food Court on the lower level.  At the end of the visit, we went to the Arthur Ross Terrance (outdoors of the AMNH, beside the Rose Planetarium)- it was a hot day and the water fountain offered some cool entertainment.
The Arthur Ross Terrace, a magnificent 47,114-square-foot public outdoor space at the American Museum of Natural History, opened two years ago on September 23, 2000. Adjacent to the Rose Center, the new Terrace is accessible from the Museum, as well as from Theodore Roosevelt Park at 81st Street and Columbus Avenue.  The addition of a new public space in New York City is quite remarkable event. We don’t expect to find a newly carved out corner in this big metropoulos, so when an institution generously facilitates such a treasure, it is truly a remarkable event. Certainly, a public work like this illustrates the museum’s commitment to the community as well as it’s visitors.
The Terrace, rich in trees and plantings, with sloping lawns and a central plaza with water jets, is built over the new parking garage on 81st Street. Visitors may relax at large wooden benches that double as “activity tables,” and at café tables and chairs set amongst the trees on the upper terrace, facing the Rose Center. 
Its clean, well manicured and cared for, and is a lovely oasis on a hot day. And its free, cool entertainment for little ones!
Dum Dum

Courtesy of AMNH
Arthur Ross Terrace