I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Tips for Tuesday - Books: Meant to Be & Misc: Purell Hand Sanitizer Foam

We may have been given complimentary copies and/or access for review purposes to any products, and/or visual or audio media mentioned below. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Books: Meant to Be

Today we are recommending meant to be by Emily Giffin. With a title like Meant to Be, you would expect the romance in this book to be epic and Giffin delivers nicely. Joseph Kingsley Jr., scion of a famous family whose father was an astronaut has a lot to live up to, and his mother and his best friend, Berry are going to see that he does just that. Cate, on the other hand, comes from a lot less illustrious background. She didn't even finish high school but escaped from an abusive home as soon as she was able to start a career in fashion. Years of living with her stepfather's constant verbal abuse left her frequently doubting her own worth, however. These two don't seem like they belong together, but they truly make a sweet and amazing couple and the romance between them is off the charts adorable. This is clearly Giffin's take on the Kennedy legend and the story does bear a lot of similarities to John Kennedy Jr's life although it is not strictly his story. However, any similarities to the late beloved icon and his life story only add to the enthrall of this charming story. Both together and apart Joe and Cate are truly likable characters that you can't help rooting for. In fact, there aren't any truly unlikeable characters in the book at all except for Cate's stepfather. All the rest have redeeming factors even if they start out not that likable. All in all, it's a very satisfying read.

Misc: Purell Foaming Hand Sanitizer

Today we are recommending Purell Hand Sanitizer Foam. This product works as well as regular Purell sanitizer and smells as strong as regular Purell sanitizer. However, its pump bottle makes it easy to dispense. Therefore, it spreads easier. It also doesn't leave your hands as sticky. Plus, it contains essential oils and skin conditioners so it doesn't just get rid of germs, it's good for your hands.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, May 30, 2022

More Theater Monday - The Spitfire Grill and The Queens Theatre Forward Festival

We were given complimentary tickets to The Spitfire Grill for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

What: The Spitfire Grill and The Queens Theatre Forward Festival

Where: Queens Theatre
             14 United Nations Avenue South
              Corona, NY

Who:  The Spitfire Grill Recommended for Ages 14 and Up Due to Subject Matter

When: The Spitfire Grill
            took place from Saturday, May 21 to  Sunday, May 22, 2022
            Theatre Forward Festival took place 
            from Friday, May 13 - Sunday, May 22, 2022

The Spitfire Grill is a show about second chances.  A girl named Percy, fresh out of prison comes to a small town where the natives are very distrustful of her but gradually she wins them over. This heartwarming show is based on the 1996 movie of the same name. Percy is lucky to be given a second chance but sometimes people don't even get a first chance. It's nice that theater is becoming more diverse but one group that often doesn't get as much of a chance to perform as they should are Deaf/Disabled Artists. That's why it is so appropriate that this production was put on as part of Queen's Theatre's Theatre Forward Festival. This festival focuses on the representation of Deaf/ Disabled artists in dance, theatre music, and more. 

The Spitfire Grill was performed by the Phamaly Theatre Company based out of Denver, Colorado, a traveling theater troop that has provided a creative home for disabled theater artists since 1989. The cast included both mentally and physically challenged actors.  The only difference between this show and any other show you might have seen was that in this show there were times when a visually challenged actor may have needed to be helped on, off, or around the stage a little but not in a way that was intrusive to the performance. The caliber of the performances was incredible, however. The challenges these actors face did not in any way interfere with their ability to put on a terrific show, and it's was nice to see these actors given the opportunity to shine. 

Not only did the festival cater to Deaf/Disabled actors and give them a chance to perform, it is also was fully open to Deaf/Disabled audience members as well. Festival events included audio descriptions, open captioning, ASL interpretation and more. Festivals like this aren't necessarily the answer. They still exist in their own space apart from mainstream theatre and performing arts, but they are a step in the right direction.

For more information about Queens Theatre's other upcoming events, visit queenstheatre.org/events. Fore more information about the Phamaly Theatre Company, visit phamaly.org/

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Sunday Scoop Week of 5/29/22 Beginning Previews, Opening This Week, and What Else is Happening This Week and More

Beginning Performances This Week

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit AdjustedRealists.com.

Oren Safdie's GRATITUDE

GRATITUDE tells the story of 15-year-old Najaf, a Muslim girl from a devout family, who attends an exclusive private high school where she becomes infatuated with Drew, the class stud. Torn between her traditional upbringing and family expectations and her new sexual awakening, Najaf, finds herself caught in a web of her own making that promises liberation even as it might simultaneously lead to her undoing.

Urban Stages (359 West 30 Street)
Performance Begin 6/9
Open Night 6/1
Through 6/30

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit urbanstages.org




QUINCE is a magical immersive comedy that follows a 15 year-old Chicana confronting her queer identity, family and religion on the eve of her quinceañera – a rite-of-passage ushering a girl’s transition into womanhood, emphasizing the importance of family and community. The vibrant, immersive experience features music, dance, food, and art inspired by Latin American rituals, mythology and magic! 

Bushwick Starr's New Home (419 Eldert Street)
Performances Begin 6/2
Opening Night 6/4
Through 6/19

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit thebushwickstarr.org

Opening This Week

B-Boy Blues

Opposites do attract. Class and culture clash when a journalist and a homeboy bike messenger fall in love. B-BOY BLUES THE PLAY is based on James Earl Hardy’s groundbreaking, best-selling novel series that has been praised as the first gay hip-hop love story. 

Theatre Row (410 W 42nd Street) 
6/2 - 6/25

For more information or to purchase, visit www.duafnyc.com

Dreaming Zenile

At her final concert, South African musical legend and activist Miriam Makeba delivers the performance of her life, raising the conscience and the consciousness of a people. But the ancestors are calling—transporting her through the music and fractured memories of her past on a spiritual journey of reconciliation. Written and performed by Grammy-nominated international music sensation Somi Kakoma, this world premiere musical is an electrifying portrait of a revolutionary artist’s singular voice and vision.

New York Theatre Workshop (79 E 4th Street, New York, NY 10003)
Opening Night 6/1
Through 6/26

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit NYTW.org

The Refugees

In THE REFUGEES, a jaded queen and her woke children struggle to answer that question, each side fiercely opposed over whether their prosperous realm should offer asylum to masses of immigrants displaced by climate change. With wild intrigue and a satirical bite, both sides go to dangerous lengths to justify their positions.

 Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street at 10th Avenue.)
6/4 - 6/26

What Else is Happening This Week and More

1) Bloomingdale School of Music 22nd Annual Performathon
& Musical Carnival 6/4

2) Broadway Records In Partnership with the National Theatre
Releases Wise Children's Wuthering Heights

3) Doug Varone and Dancers NY Premiere of Rise
5/31 - 6/5

4) The Entertainment Community Fund Partners With Show Score
& TodayTix on Predict the Tony's

5) Dance Rising Announces We Keep Dancing
Hyper-Local Dance Out 6/1 & 6/4

6) Flat Iron District and Garment District 
Upcoming Free Live & Virtual Tours

7) For Colored Girls ... Special Amerian Sign Language Performance

8) Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr. 
Special May 31st Theatrical Event Release

9) Koresh Dance Company Presents Muse
Philadelphia Theatre Company 6/2 - 6/5

10) Nai-Ni Chen Dance Co. The Bridge Virtual Dance Institute
Free One Hour Class on Zoom 6/1

11) The Orchard Starring Hecht & Baryshnikov
Live On Stage & Unique Live Digital Experience 5/31

12) Queer Butoh 2022

13) Reflections of Native Voices Festival
6/2 - 6/5

14) Statue City Cruises Launches Extended Operating Hours
to Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

15) South Street Seaport Sailing Season Open
& Free Exhibits at 12 Fulton Street

16) Theatreworks Presents Dog Man: The Musical

17) Works & Process at the Guggenheim Presents Third Bird
6/3 - 6/5

1) Bloomingdale School of Music
the 22nd Annual Performathon & Musical Carnival
June 4, 2022

Bloomingdale School of Music presents the 22nd Annual Performathon & Musical Carnival on Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 10am – 3pm at their beloved brownstone, 323 W. 108th Street, NYC. Join the BSM community for live non-stop performances, music-themed carnival games and prizes in support of Bloomingdale’s mission to provide open access to quality music education. The day will include face-painting, a photo booth, cotton candy, and more! For more information, visit bsmny.org/performathon22.


The Release of
Wise Children’s “Wuthering Heights”
Original Cast Recording
in Partnership with the National Theatre

Broadway Records (https://www.broadwayrecords.com) announced today the release of Wise Children’s Wuthering Heights. The musical based on Emily Brontë’s classic tale is available digitally now wherever digital music is sold and on BroadwayRecords.com.

Show Synopsis: The epic story of love, revenge and redemption. Rescued from the Liverpool docks as a child, Heathcliff (Ash Hunter) is adopted by the Earnshaws and taken to live at Wuthering Heights. In their daughter Catherine (Lucy McCormick), Heathcliff finds a kindred spirit and fierce love ignites. But, when forced apart, a brutal chain of events is unleashed. Emma Rice (Bagdad Cafe, Wise Children, Brief Encounter) transforms Emily Brontë’s masterpiece into a passionate, powerful and uniquely theatrical experience. Lucy McCormick as Cathy, Ash Hunter as Heathcliff and Sam Archer, Nandi Bhebhe, Mirabelle Gremaud, Stephanie Hockley, TJ Holmes, Craig Johnson, Jordan Laviniere, Katy Owen, Tama Phethean and Witney White complete the company.


3) Doug Varone and Dancers
Celebrates 35 Years
with the New York Premiere of Somewhere
and the masterwork Rise
May 31 - June 5, 2022
at The Joyce Theater

Doug Varone and Dancers celebrates 35 years with the New York premiere of Somewhere and the 1993 masterwork Rise, Tuesday, May 31, 2022 through Sunday, June 5, 2022 at The Joyce Theater, 175 8th Avenue, NYC. Tickets are $26 - $61 and can be purchased online at joyce.org/performances/doug-varone-and-dancers or by phone at 212-242-0800.

Somewhere reimagines Leonard Bernstein’s timeless West Side Story by stripping the orchestral score of its narrative connotations. The result: pure choreographic vibrancy, brimming with nuance and emotional heft generated by the musical structure.

There will be a Curtain Chat following the performance on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 7:30pm and a Family Matinee on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 2pm. 

The Joyce is requiring audiences to be fully vaccinated and to wear masks at performances. Health & safety protocols can be found at joyce.org/health-safety-protocols.





The Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund), alongside Show-Score and TodayTix, announced today that they have partnered to celebrate theater's biggest night and benefit the programs and services of the Fund.

TodayTix and Show-Score’s newly launched “Predict the Tonys” experience invites theater lovers to cast votes for who they think will win the top prizes at this year’s Tony Awards ceremony for a chance to win a $1,000 TodayTix gift card.

Now, they are partnering with the Entertainment Community Fund to raise money for the landmark organization that helps all of those who work in entertainment and the performing arts, in every aspect over their lifespan and throughout the entire course of their careers. The organization provides holistic support to assist members of the entertainment community with the unique hardships of working in the industry and lift them up when crises hit, like when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the entire performing arts and entertainment industry in March of 2020. TodayTix and Show-Score will donate $1 to the Entertainment Community Fund for every “Predict the Tonys” entry, up to $4,000.

You can Predict the Tonys from now until Friday, June 10 at 5pm ET at show-score.com/tony.


5) Dance Rising NYC
The 5th Hyper-Local Dance Out
Throughout the Five Boroughs and Tri-State Area 
June 1 & 4, 2022

Dance Rising NYC announces its next Hyper-Local Dance Out: WE KEEP DANCING, throughout the five boroughs and the Tri-State area on June 1 & 4, 2022, from 4pm-8pm. A grassroots movement for embodied advocacy, Dance Rising NYC organizes non-curated dance outs – improvised or choreographed simultaneous performance actions – by hundreds of professional dance artists in all styles and forms -- to campaign for visibility of the dance field. 

For this June 2022 Dance Out, Dance Rising invites professional dance artists to choose a location, be in community and perform in their own styles on June 1 & 4 between the hours of 4-8pm. Dance artists of all styles can learn more, sign up to dance, and choose a location at www.dancerising.org.

WE KEEP DANCING will launch on Wednesday, June 1 with dancers performing in every kind of space, and on Saturday June 4, Dance Rising dance artists will be performing as part of the FIGMENT Festival on the gorgeous campus of Snug Harbor Cultural Center. 

As with past Dance Outs, artists are asked to record their dance and share it with Dance Rising, with an eye towards future video compilations.

More information, including venue locations and details are all at www.dancerising.org.

6) Garment District & Flat Iron District

Free Tours Live & Virtual Tours

Garment District:
Walking Tours:, Thursday June 02 and Tuesday, June 14th. We meet on the NE corner of 7th Av. and W39th St at 10:25am  for a 10:30 start.

Virtual Tour:  Thursday June 23 at 7:pm
Michael Kaback MikesNYCtours@yahoo.com is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 783 871 0856

Flatiron District Walking tours

Sundays May 29th and July 03rd.
We meet begin at 11:am at the point of the Flatiron District, 23rd Street and Broadway.
No reservations needed. Rain or Shine

For more information, visit www.Mikesnyctours.com





The seven-time Tony-nominated Broadway revival of Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf, directed and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Camille A. Brown (Once On This Island, Choir Boy, co-director and choreographer of Fire Shut Up in My Bones), will have a special American Sign Language performance on Tuesday, May 31, following the success of the first ASL signed performance the production had on April 15, 2022.

American Sign Language plays a key creative role in for colored girls… The show features Alexandria Wailes (Lady in Purple), an actor and dancer who is deaf and has been an advocate for accessibility within the theatre, film, and television communities. Wailes recently served as one of the two Directors of ASL on the Academy Award-winning film, CODA. In for colored girls… Wailes melds dancing and ASL to deliver a commanding and memorable performance. ASL is also weaved throughout the show, with other performers also signing lines in it. The production’s ASL team includes Michelle Banks (Director of ASL) and Monique Sarpy (ASL Coordinator). 

Select orchestra seats for the signed performance can be purchased here with the Code: FCGASL22.



Utopia has acquired the North American rights to FREAKSCENE: THE STORY OF DINOSAUR JR., the feature documentary that charts the legacy of Dinosaur Jr., set for a one-night-only special theatrical event release nationwide on May 31st and digital release on June 3rd.

FREAKSCENE: THE STORY OF DINOSAUR JR. celebrates one of the most influential acts in alternative rock, from their formation in the mid-1980s to their reunion concert celebrating their 30th anniversary, and introduces viewers to the introverted power trio behind Dinosaur Jr. - Lou Barlow, J Mascis and Murph - who quietly opened the door for the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, The Cure and Soundgarden.

Directed by Philipp Reichenheim, German filmmaker and J Mascis’ brother-in-law, the documentary features exclusive interviews with the trio and some of their musical contemporaries, including members of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and The Pixies, painting a portrait of a groundbreaking period in American music as well as a poignant rumination on friendship and personal growth.


9) Koresh Dance Company presents

MUSE | June 2-5

Suzanne Roberts Theatre | 480 S. Broad Street
THURS, June 2 | 7:30pm
FRI, June 3 | 8:00pm
SAT, June 4 | 8:00pm
SUN, June 5 | 6:00pm

Koresh Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Roni Koresh will present his latest completed work that explores what drives an artist to create. Set to original scores by John Levis and Sage Deagro-Ruopp, Muse is inspired by those amazing individuals that possess the ability to inspire a creator to find aspects of themselves that would otherwise would go unexpressed. This evening-length is a love letter manifested in a physical, divine projection; a symbol of endless desire for the wholeness in the artist. The work magnifies the interdependence of this relationship, where both, muse and artist, are trapped in this frenetic dance that is as turbulent as it is exciting.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit philadelphiatheatrecompany.org/koresh-dance-company


The Bridge
Virtual Dance Institute
 of Boundary-Breaking Dance Experiences
Free One-Hour Company Classes on Zoom
Open to All Dancers at an Intermediate to Advanced Level
June 1, 2022

 In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company has established a new dance institute through Zoom, The Bridge.  The Institute’s aim is to bring together dancers, choreographers and directors around the world to experience the master teachers of color whose practices are embedded in the community and are focused on advancing the art of dance that transform the personal, environmental and metaphysical spaces. Interested dancers can join the class by registering here.

As a virtual dance institute, The Bridge will invite world renowned as well as up and coming dancers and choreographers to come to guest teach the class. Advanced/Intermediate level professional or pre-professional dancers who are looking to explore beyond their own boundaries and looking for new dance experiences are encouraged to participate. The core program is based on Nai-Ni Chen’s Kinetic Spiral, which is a cross-cultural dance vocabulary that integrates the Chinese martial arts philosophy in TaiChi with contemporary dance practices she studied in America. Guest artists will cover a wide range of folk and classical dance styles.

The Bridge Class schedule are as follows: 
Monday, May 30, 2022 | Memorial Day - NO CLASS
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 | Rio Kikuchi (Kinetic Spiral) at 10am

Tapping into the creative energy of the universe through Kinetic Spiral. Nai-Ni Chen's signature technique is based on the principle of ever-changing universal forces of Yin and Yang. Dance phrases from Nai-Ni Chen's repertory will be taught.

For additional Company information, visit their website, www.nainichen.org

The Orchard (www.TheOrchardOffBroadway.com), conceived, adapted, and directed by Ukrainian born theater director Igor Golyak, is an adaptation of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov as translated by Carol Rocamora, with some additional material developed by Golyak. This hybrid production includes two simultaneous and intersecting theatrical experiences - a live performance at The Baryshnikov Arts Center (450 W. 37th Street) and a separate interactive virtual experience online that audiences can participate in live from around the globe. Produced by Arlekin's (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab, Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation, Groundswell Theatricals, Inc., & ShowOne Productions, the limited engagement of The Orchard begins previews on May 31 with opening night set for June 16, and will run through July 3.

The Orchard invites us into the fragile world of a family yearning for connection and struggling with the end of their world as they know it. Threatened with foreclosure and the loss of their beloved orchard, they face unstoppable, destructive forces that dismantle their lives like the breaking of a string.

The Orchard - Live & In-Person at the Baryshnikov Arts Center
The Orchard is an intimate, fully staged live performance of The Cherry Orchard as translated by Carol Rocamora and adapted by Golyak. An international team of collaborators, spanning theater, gaming, film, robotics, and emerging technologies, was assembled to create the world of The Orchard. Audiences in the theater will enter an immersive, dreamlike environment where perceptions, illusions, and reality collide as a family in crisis tries to process their uncertain future. 

The Orchard  - Virtual Experience Online
The virtual experience online invites audiences on a journey through a beautifully rendered, three dimensional virtual property that has been abandoned and is in foreclosure. There, audiences can explore and discover magical rooms where they uncover echoes of a past life, now lost, including Chekhov's letters, memories, and ultimately the play, live, in progress at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.  

The in-person and online versions will run concurrently - live - for each performance. Partway through the performances, the two versions intersect and the worlds come together.

The performance schedule is: Tuesday – Thursday at 7PM, Friday – Saturday at 8PM, with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2PM. There will also be an additional 2PM matinee on June 15. The Orchard will play a limited engagement through Sunday, July 3, 2022. All attendees will be required to show ID and proof of COVID vaccination.
Ticket prices for Live & In-Person at the Baryshnikov Arts Center are $79, $59, and $39 with premium seating available. Tickets for the first week of previews are $69, $49, and $29. 
Tickets for The Virtual Experience Online are $28. There are also bundles available for those who want to experience both versions of The Orchard and the prices are $100, $80, and $50 with premium seating available.
Tickets go on sale beginning April 12 exclusively for Audience Rewards members (www.audiencerewards.com). It’s free to join. Tickets go on sale on April 15 to the public. 
For tickets and information, please visit: www.TheOrchardOffBroadway.com.


12) Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute
in collaboration with The Brick 
Queer Butoh 2022

Vangeline Theater/ New York Butoh Institute collaborates with The Brick to present the sixth annual Queer Butoh 2022, available online from June 1-30, 2022 and in-person from June 28-30, 2022 at 8pm at The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn. 

Online performances will be available to screen on-demand beginning June 1 at 8pm ET at www.vimeo.com/vangeline. The programming features Born to Transform with Fer Zam (Mexico); Yarli &Yin’s short film Wrestling Blues (Hong Kong/United Kingdom) with butoh dancer Mavi Haro; and Shadowbloom with Xue and Merwin Wong (Singapore).

The in-person performances will be June 28-30, 2022 at 8pm at The Brick. Tickets are $20 and available for purchase at https://www.bricktheater.com/event/queer-butoh-2022/2022-06-28/. The performances will feature XUE and Merwin Wong (Singapore) in shadowbloom, Hélène Barrier (France) in METAGENDER, and Dustin Maxell (New York) with Kayva Yang and Mei Maeda in in a dark forest partly illuminated. The running time is approximately two hours with intermission.

A Butoh/King workshop led by Hélène Barrier will be offered as part of the festival on June 25, 2022 at the Vangeline Theater/New York Butoh Institute studio in Brooklyn. This Drag King workshop uses queer feminist collective practices to explore performative masculinity and its various privileges, revealing the inner potential of political action through playfull deconstruction. More info/reservations at www.vangeline.com/calendar.
















The Reflections of Native Voices Festival is Safe Harbors NYC's weeklong festival, featuring theatre, music and native dance performances by visionary Indigenous artists from across the country. Reflections of Native Voices Festival runs Thursday June 2-Sunday June 5, 2022, and is curated by Safe Harbors NYC and presented in partnership by New York Theatre Workshop and La MaMa Indigenous Initiative.

The schedule for the Reflections of Native Voices Festival is as follows:

Tickets to the Reflections of Native Voices Festival are $50 for a Full Festival Pass, which includes access to all shows, $20 for an individual show pass, and $10 for He Leo Aloha.


Tickets to He Leo Aloha, Tipi Tales and Festival Passes will be available at nytw.org/show/ronv2022.


  • Thursday June 2 – He Leo Aloha (Streamed on NYTW.org beginning at 5pm ET)
  • Friday June 3 - Tipi Tales from the Stoop (NYTW, 3pm), Q&A to follow
  • Saturday June 4 Este Cate (La MaMa, 6pm), Q&A to follow moderated by Murielle Borst
  • Sunday June 5 Red Moon Blues (La MaMa, 4pm), Q&A to follow moderated by Murielle Borst 

Tickets to Este CateRed Moon Blues and Festival Passes will be available at lamama.org/reflections-of-native-voices.


14) Statue City Cruises Announces Extended Operating Hours In Anticipation of

Memorial Day Weekend & Strong Summer Travel Season

With tourism comeback underway and international travel at 20 percent, visitors can enjoy increased capacity on board vessels, iconic museums, spectacular views and more this summer.

Statue City Cruises, the official and only authorized concessioner for ferry service to the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island on behalf of the National Park Service, announced today additional service and extended hours to kick off the unofficial start of summer. Statue City Cruises is part of City Experiences expansive global portfolio of water- and land-based experience and travel offerings.


Beginning Saturday morning, May 28, Statue City Cruises is increasing ferry service between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend.  Boats will depart from Battery Park in lower Manhattan and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM daily.  Face masks remain required throughout the entire experience, and crews will continue to conduct daily deep cleanings of vessels to ensure the highest levels of safety for everyone.  

For more information about Statue City Cruises and City Experiences, please visit https://www.cityexperiences.com/new-york/city-cruises/statue/.

Among the variety of activities awaiting guests this summer season include:

·         Enjoying acres of wide-open space on both Islands with panoramic views of New York Harbor.

·         Learning the history of the Statue of Liberty through the new Statue of Liberty Museum.

·         Tracing family histories at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration.

·         Exploring the unrestored buildings of Ellis Island’s Hospital Complex with an Ellis Island Hard Hat Tour, available seven days a week.


Tickets are priced at $24/adult, $18/seniors, $12/child and free for children three years and under. Tickets include self-guided audio tours on Liberty and Ellis Island. Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance from the Statue City Cruises website. Tickets are also available at the Battery Park and Liberty State Park box offices.


For more information about Statue City Cruises and City Experiences, please visit https://www.cityexperiences.com/new-york/city-cruises/statue/.


15) Summer at the South Street Seaport Museum
Upcoming Sailing Season and Free Exhibitions at 12 Fulton Street
Including Seaport Discovery: Exploring Our Waters with Eric Carle, 
Vinyasa on a Vessel, Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Along

The South Street Seaport Museum announces summer exhibitions, sailing season, and events at 12 Fulton St and on Pier 16. The free exhibitions on offer include the new, introductory gallery South Street and the Rise of New York, as well as a newly reconfigured return of the popular Millions: Migrants and Millionaires Aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914. Also now open is Seaport Discovery: Exploring Our Waters with Eric Carle, a discovery room of maritime-themed art by the late Eric Carle, beloved creator of picture books for young children. Each exhibition and the Eric Carle discovery room will be open to the public on Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am to 5pm. In addition, tall ship Wavertree, lightship Ambrose, and the outdoor exhibition on Pier 16 are continuing to welcome visitors for free on Wednesdays through Sundays from 11am to 5pm. General Admission includes access to the galleries and Wavertree, and advanced timed tickets can be reserved at seaportmuseum.org/visit, where you can also choose to add on a free guided tour of the Ambrose or $5 tickets to the Eric Carle discovery room. 

The 2022 sailing season for 1885 schooner Pioneer and rides aboard the 1930 tugboat W.O. Decker is now underway, with departures from Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets) through October 30, 2022. Tickets for rides aboard Pioneer and Decker are available at seaportmuseum.org/sailnyharbor.

Monthly upcoming public programs include Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-AlongVinyasa on a Vessel, a sail freight cargo delivery by schooner ApolloniaCoffee with Captains, and more to be announced. For more information, visit seaportmuseum.org/visit/programs_events.

Visits on Wavertree are self-guided along a set route and will include access to the main deck and quarter deck. Learn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks, and crew. Then, visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform where you can take in the massive main cargo area. Learn more at seaportmuseum.org/wavertree. Visitors on Ambrose can tour the multiple decks of this National Historic Landmark to see the living and working spaces once inhabited by sailors stationed on Ambrose, as well as the special features that allow the ship to fulfill its mission of staying on station, being seen, and being heard. Free guided tours of Ambrose will depart four times per day. Learn more at seaportmuseum.org/ambrose.

South Street and the Rise of New York explores the critical role played by the Seaport and South Street in securing New York's place as America's leading city and its rise to become the world's busiest port by the start of the 20th century. The exhibition draws from the Seaport Museum's vast collection of works of art and artifacts via large reproduction and selected artifacts on display related to the 19th century history of the Port of New York.

Millions: Migrants and Millionaires aboard the Great Liners, 1900–1914 is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side-by-side, the dichotomy between First Class and Third Class passengers aboard ocean liners in the early 20th century. This exhibition features both original and reproduction artifacts from the Museum's permanent collection including ocean liner memorabilia and ephemera, ceramics, and luggage trunks from both immigrants and First Class passengers. 

A new discovery room of maritime-themed art by the late Eric Carle, beloved creator of picture books for young children, Seaport Discovery: Exploring our Waters with Eric Carle, is designed specifically for children aged 2-7 and their adults. Huge immersive murals will bring families into Carle's book A House for Hermit Crab and the cargo-ship adventures of 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Visitors will enjoy activities, like meeting a live hermit crab, driving ferries on a giant play-table, and learning about cargo ships through the eyes of a rubber duck—all while exploring Carle's use of color and pattern. In June, the exhibition will be open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm. Admission is $5 per child aged 1-12, with no charge for accompanying caregivers, teens, and infants. Advanced timed tickets are recommended and can be reserved at seaportmuseum.org/ericcarle.

Vinyasa on a Vessel
Starting May 21, 2022, join the South Street Seaport Museum for a 60 minute vinyasa-based yoga practice on the deck of the tall ship Wavertree. Start your Sunday with a mindful and physical practice that is accessible and challenging for all levels, peppered with information about the Wavertree itself. The practice will be followed by a tour of Wavertree for anyone who wishes to participate. Yoga will continue every third Sunday through August. The event is free, and registration is required at seaportmuseum.org/vinyasa.

Coffee with Captains
The Seaport Museum is partnering with schooner Apollonia to bring sail freight cargo like cider, wool, and honey from the Hudson Valley to Pier 16 between May and October. See Apollonia deliver her cargo and join a rotating selection of ship captains, including Apollonia‘s Capt. Sam Merrett, for coffee brought to shore that morning. Meet some of the crew who will share sailing stories and answer your questions about sailing, navigation, and sustainable shipping. Apollonia will dock at Pier 16 on May 28, June 25, August 27, September 24, and October 22. The event is free, and advanced registration is recommended at seaportmuseum.org/coffeewithcaptains.

Apollonia Boat Boxes 
Members of the public are invited to order a monthly Boat Box subscription for pick up on Pier 16. This is a new offering for Apollonia's second sail freight season hauling goods down the Hudson River to New York Harbor. Each Boat Box contains a number of Hudson Valley goods sourced from local shipping partners, ranging from maple syrup to hot sauce to soap. Proceeds from the Boat Box sales go directly to pay the sailors aboard Apollonia to keep her low carbon mission sailing along. Orders must be placed at least 10 days before scheduled delivery dates of May 28, June 25, August 27, September 24, and October 22. For more information, visit schoonerapollonia.com/csa-information-page.

June Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music Live Sing-Along
South Street Seaport Museum’s monthly sea-music event Sea Chanteys and Maritime Music  the original NYC chantey sing, now made popular on TikTok – continues on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 2pm ET, in-person aboard tall ship Wavertree. Join a round-robin of shared songs featuring members of The New York Packet and friends. Singers of all levels, as well as listeners, are welcome to lead or request a song, join in the choruses, or just listen as we present traditional maritime work songs and ballads on the first Sunday of every month. The event is FREE. For more information and to sign up, visit seaportmuseum.org/chanteysing.

Sail the New York Harbor on 1885 Schooner Pioneer
The only place to sail New York Harbor aboard a historic 1885 schooner! See the sights of New York Harbor, the magnificent Lower Manhattan skyline, and Governors Island from the decks of this National Register of Historic Places-listed vessel. Bring your family for an afternoon sail, a date for a sunset sail, or just yourself to enjoy history at sea. See the city from a new perspective as you grab a halyard to help raise a sail or simply sit back and enjoy the view. Bring a picnic lunch or dinner, afternoon snack, beverages, or a bottle of wine to enjoy on your two-hour sail.

Take a Ride on 1930 Tugboat W.O. Decker
Take an exciting 75-minute ride on the last surviving New York-built wooden tugboat W.O. Decker, recently named "Tugboat of the Year" by the Steamship Historical Society of America. Cruises will explore New York Harbor, and views may include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Battery, and Governors Island, as you set out on an adventure unlike any you've had before!

Both the schooner Pioneer and tugboat W.O. Decker are also available for charters from May to October 2022, and charter booking is now open. Charters sail within New York Harbor, one of the most fascinating harbors in the world, and afford unparalleled views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the New York and New Jersey skylines, as well as a chance to witness all manner of vessels, from tugboats to cruise ships, as they perform their duties on the waterfront. Departing from Pier 16, these historic vessels are ideal for private sails, group or company outings, and photo or film shoots. Pricing ranges from $1,000 to $3,000, and early bird discounts are available. To reserve your group and book a custom charter experience today, contact charters@seany.org.

Educational programs and field trips are offered aboard both ships and booking for school groups is now open. Head into New York Harbor for an outdoor educational experience that students will never forget. During a two- or three-hour sailing program, each class will enjoy one-of-a-kind activities such as hauling on ropes to raise sail, viewing the Statue of Liberty and other historic landmarks, and trawling for organisms from the bottom of the Harbor. Programs are custom-tailored to fit grade level and curriculum, with pricing starting at $500. Scholarships are available, and Title I school groups are encouraged to apply. To learn more or to reserve your group today, contact education@seany.org.

Seaport Museum Memberships include unlimited admission to museum exhibitions, invitations to special events, and great discounts year-round, including 20% off on W.O. Decker and Pioneer sails. Memberships start at $50 and help support Museum’s exhibitions, preserve the ships and the collections, grow public programs, and serve over 12,000 students annually through education initiatives. To join the Museum as a Member, visit seaportmuseum.org/membership.

Be sure to review the latest COVID-19 protocols at seaportmuseum.org/covid-19-updates. Please note that people over age 5 will be required to show proof they are fully vaccinated to enter the exhibition spaces. Proof of vaccination can be provided in the form of a physical immunization card, NY Excelsior Pass app, or the NYC COVID Safe app when you check in at the reception desk at 12 Fulton Street. Additionally, masks are required at all times within indoor spaces across the Seaport Museum campus.

16) Theatreworks Presents Dog Man: The Musical
at Queens Theatre
Sunday May 29

TheaterWorksUSA presents
Dog Man: The Musical
Sunday, May 29 at 1 and 3 PM
3 PM performance includes ASL interpretation.

Tickets: $15 each or 4 for $55 with coupon code FAMILY4
Part dog, part man, all hero—he's the crime-fighting Dog Man! Based on the beloved character from Dav Pilkey's graphic novels, audiences of all ages will love TheatreworksUSA's Dog Man: The Musical.

Dog Man loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture. But while trying his best to be a good boy, can he save the city and catch Petey, the world’s most evil cat? Find out in this epic musical adventure featuring the hilarity and heart of Dav Pilkey’s beloved characters.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit queenstheatre.org/event/dog-man-the-musical/2022-05-29


17)Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Presents the World Premiere of
Third Bird
by Isaac Mizrahi, Nico Muhly and John Heginbotham
June 3-5, 2022

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, is proud to present the world premiere of Third Bird, with a libretto and direction by Isaac Mizrahi, music by composer Nico Muhly (played by Ensemble Signal and conducted by Brad Lubman), choreography by John Heginbotham, and lighting by Brandon Stirling Baker. Performances are on Friday, June 3, 2022 at 6pm and 7:30pm; Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 2:30pm and 4pm; and on Sunday, June 5 at 2:30pm and 4pm. Each 30-minute performance will take place in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. 

Recommended for Ages 5 and older. Full vaccination required for all.


Isaac Mizrahi, Narrator
Marjorie Folkman, Duck
Christine Flores, Bird
Macy Sullivan, Zookeeper
Lindsey Jones, Cat
Daniel Pettrow, Ostrich
Derrick Arthur, Ornithologist
Norton Owen, Grandfather
Gus Solomons Jr, Moon


$35, $15 partial view. Pay-what-you-wish tickets are available for purchase online only at worksandprocess.org.

Health and Safety Information
  • Every audience member must be fully vaccinated and will be required to show proof in person of vaccination authorized by the FDA or WHO against COVID-19 before entering the theater. Proof of vaccination may include a CDC Vaccination Card (or photo), NYC COVID Safe app, New York State Excelsior Pass, NYC Vaccination Record, or an official immunization record from outside New York City or the United States. Full vaccination is defined as being two weeks or more after receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series, or two weeks or more after receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine.
  • Visitors over the age of 18 will also be asked to show a photo ID.
  • At this time, children under the age of 5, for whom there is currently no available vaccination, will not be permitted to attend this performance regardless of the vaccination status of their guardian.
  • Bring your three-ply face mask, N-95, or equivalent to keep yourself and one another safe. All individuals will be required to wear a face mask at all times.
  • There is no coat check; please do not bring bags.
  • Do not attend if in the ten days leading up to the performance, you have tested positive or experienced COVID-19 symptoms or come into close or proximate contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case. If you are unable to attend due to COVID-19 exposure, please contact boxoffice@guggenheim.org in advance of the performance.
  • An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public environment where people are present. Those visiting the museum do so at their own risk of exposure.

And that's the scoop. Tune in tomorrow for More Theater Monday.