Selected Events (12/17) + Ice Skating in NYCity 2014

Today’s “FAB 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2014.
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s Noel Nights  – SpecialEvent/ Holiday Music

Gestures in Space: From Skyscrapers to Chairs – SmartStuff/ Lecture (FREE)

Mac Conner: A New York Life  – SmartStuff/ Museum

Lorna Luft – Cabaret

La Bohème by Puccini – Opera (FREE)

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Dec.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦  For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.


Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s Noel Nights (also Thursday)
“These prodigious musical siblings revive their giddy, glittery collaborative holiday show in New York after a three-year absence. The yuletide offerings will include performances by them, and several members of their talented folk-pop family: Loudon Wainwright III, Sloan Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche.” (Anderson-NYT)
Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St.
8PM / $47 to $77.

Gestures in Space: From Skyscrapers to Chairs
Architect, designer and National Academician William Pedersen will speak about his design process and body of work, ranging from skyscrapers to furniture. Guests are also encouraged to visit the National Academy Museum’s Curatorial Lab prior to the event, where Pedersen’s Loop de Loop chair series is currently on view.
National Academy Museum, 1083 Fifth Avenue(at 89th Street)
6:30pm / FREE with registration

Mac Conner: A New York Life (through Jan. 09, 2015)
Mac1Mac McCauley (“Mac”) Conner is considered by many to be one of New York’s original “MAD Men”. Born in 1913, Conner grew up admiring Norman Rockwell magazine covers in his father’s general store. He arrived in New York as a young man to work on wartime Navy publications and stayed on to make a career in the city’s vibrant publishing industry. The exhibition presents Conner’s hand-painted illustrations for advertising campaigns and women’s magazines like Redbook and McCall’s, made during the years after World War II when commercial artists helped to redefine American style and culture.
Museum of City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, at 103rd St.
From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.,/ $10.
(212) 534-1672 /

Lorna Luft (also Dec 18)
“Liza Minnelli gets the lion’s share of public attention, but Judy Garland’s other singing daughter has a better-preserved voice—and one that sometimes eerily recalls that of her matchless mom. On Dec 17 and 18, she drapes herself in Garland’s musical wreaths in a holiday show at 54 Below.” (TONY mag)
54 Below, 254 W 54th St. (btw Broadway and Eighth Ave)
7:00pm $45–$85 plus $25 minimum
Dec 18 7:00pm and 9:30pm / $45–$85 plus $25 minimum
866-468-7619 /

MSM Opera Repertoire Ensemble: La Bohème by Puccini
Thomas Muraco, Conductor
Manhattan School of Music, Ades Performance Space
Broadway and 122nd St.
7:30PM / FREE
Seating may be limited. Please plan to arrive early.
(917) 493-4428 /

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

Ice Skating in NYCity (
Winter just isn’t winter without ice-skating in New York City. And though most of us can probably name two or three rinks off the top of our heads, we might be more than mildly surprised to find there are 15 venues open for public ice-skating this holiday season. The best known of the City’s rinks is without a doubt the Rink at Rockefeller Center—tracing figure eights while surrounded by the shops, restaurants and buildings of a NYC landmark provides the quintessential NYC skating experience—but plenty of other (frequently less crowded) options exist. Here are the ice rinks you want to head to in Manhattan:

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Where: Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets
When: Late October to early March
Price: Free; skate rental $15–$19
If you already own skates, this is the most affordable spot in the City—it’s the only rink that offers free admission. Bryant Park also hosts annual holiday shops, a good destination if you want to cross some gifts off your list after your turn on the ice.

Trump Rink in Central Park
Where: Central Park, mid-park between 62nd and 63rd Streets
When: Late October to first week of April
Price: Adults $11.25 (Mon.–Thurs.), $18 (Fri.–Sun.); kids 11 and under $6; seniors $5 (Mon.–Thurs.), $9 (Fri.–Sun.); skate rental $8
Few rinks can match the ambience of Central Park’s Trump Rink, especially after a fresh snowfall. If you’re there at night, be sure to look up for some prime NYC stargazing.

Rink at Rockefeller Center
Where: Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets
When: Mid-October through April
Price: Adults $27–$30, kids 10 and under $15; skate rental $12
Millions of visitors plan trips to the City every year just to catch a glimpse of skaters taking a spin on the ice below the famous Christmas tree and gilded statue of Prometheus; others will wait in long lines to experience it for themselves.


Ice Rink at Riverbank State Park
Where: Henry Hudson Parkway between West 138th and West 145th Streets
When: November through March
Price: Adults $5, kids 11 and under $3; skate rental $6
Riverbank, in Hamilton Heights, is the only state park in Manhattan; it offers incredible river views across to New Jersey and gorgeous vistas of the George Washington Bridge.

Lasker Rink
Where: Central Park, northeast corner between 106th and 108th Streets
When: Late October to late March
Price: Adults $7.50, kids 12 and under $4; skate rental $6.50
Up in the northern reaches of the park, Lasker Rink is a bit less discovered than its sister skate center in the park (see “Trump Rink in Central Park” below)—and a much better deal.

See/Change Ice Rink
Where: Fulton and Front Streets, South Street Seaport
When: Late November to early March
Price: Adults $10, kids 5 and under free; skate rental $6
The seaport relaunched itself in 2013 after Superstorm Sandy with the opening of an outdoor ice rink. Bonus: November 28, opening night, coincides with a tree-lighting ceremony.

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
Where: Pier 61, West 23rd Street and Hudson River Park
When: Year-round
Price: $10; skate rental $5
Want to skate downtown…in mid-July? The enormous rink at Chelsea Piers is the place to head, though it’s a reliable stop-off any time of year.

Standard Hotel
Where: 848 Washington St., between West 12th and West 13th Streets
When: Late November until early spring (weather dependent)
Price: Adults $12, kids $6; skate rental $3
One of the hipper—and more exclusive—hotels in the City has a ground-level rink available to the public. If you can’t find the info on the main website, check for the latest prices and times.

nycgo.comthe website of New York City’s official marketing and tourism organization, has lots of useful NYCity info for the holidays:
Best NYC Toy Stores,
Ice Skating,
2014 Holiday Events,
Holiday Gift Guide,
Winter Events
This fine site is worth checking out when you are planning your NYCity visit, anytime of the year.

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