At Home With Chris Manzo

At Home With Chris Manzo

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Like the rest of us, Chris Manzo is no longer on the go, but he’s making the most of staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

What a weird time for all of us. It feels like our world changed in a blink. It’s a shame we have to worry about work on top of staying healthy. But I think we’re already seeing that the coronavirus pandemic is bringing out the best in people. There’s a lot less anger. And random acts of kindness everywhere. I always wished we could channel the care we gave to one another after 9/11 into everyday life. Now’s our chance to continue to be kind, even after this is over.


Something To Remember

I can relate the pandemic to Hurricane Sandy. At the time, I was living in Hoboken, which was one of the hardest hit areas. The town lost power and flooded, so the National Guard was called in – there were tanks going down the street. It was like a war zone. I brought food to the police department and then left Hoboken to go to my mom and dad’s house, which had power. I was fortunate to have somewhere to go. 

There’s a great picture of me with my sister, Lauren, when we were back home for Sandy. Lauren had just finished cosmetology school. To lighten things up, she surprised us and used her makeup to paint her face like a clown. I’ll never forget that moment. In the picture, I definitely look like I was staying in a house that I didn’t actually live in, but to this day, it makes me laugh. Moments like that can only be born in tough times.


Something To Give

We have to step up to look out for each other. Help isn’t only about donating money. There’s a saying, (by author Regina Brett) ‘If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.’ This is the best time to take stock of what really matters. And do whatever we can to help. 

Small things are important, like showing how much we appreciate the people around us, whether it’s a roommate, significant other or family, and reaching out to those that are not nearby. Smiling, saying hello to strangers from a distance and sharing a compliment go a long way.

For those of us not at-risk, picking up groceries for neighbors that need help, or volunteering for organizations like Invisible Hands or a local food bank can make a huge difference.

If we can put the face of a small business owner to a place, then we should support that place. Not every business has a million dollars behind it. The businesses that sponsor teams and events support the community in good times, and make sacrifices even when there isn’t a global pandemic, so we need to be there for them in any way we can. 

Follow local restaurants, gyms, salons, bookstores on social media to keep in touch and find out ways to help their workers. Shop the local deli or small grocer instead of a supermarket corporation. 

If date night is every Thursday, keep date night and pick up dinner to go. I’ve been in the restaurant industry most of my life. Besides my time on TV, I’ve always worked on tips, so I’m obsessed with over-tipping. It makes all the difference in the world, especially now.


Something To Do

We should be grateful if boredom is the biggest price to pay. Without live sports, on the bright side, there’s no yelling at the TV, and more time for books, shows and movies. 

I’m reading Sex Money Murder by Jonathan Green about a gang from the Bronx in the ’80s. It’s really raw and honest, and gives a fresh perspective on how bad things can be in everyday life. When I’m finished, I’ll read Thunderstruck. I love everything by Erik Larson. The Devil in the White City is one of my favorites. 

I’m all about binging TV series, especially with more time at home. Some of my favorites: Hunters on Amazon starring Al Pacino, based on true events from tracking down Nazis in ’70s NYC; The Americans on FX about Russian spies living in Washington DC during the ’80s; and the new season of the superhero drama Watchmen on HBO is some of the best television I’ve ever seen.  

When it comes to movies, I’m looking for an escape. I love the new Jumanji (Jumanji: The Next Level) – it’s a great distraction and totally entertaining. I just watched it with my girlfriend who lives in Nashville. We’ve got the social distancing thing down! When we aren’t together in person, we have movie date nights over the phone. We pick the movie together. We’ll look at Netflix or Hulu, shout out suggestions until we land on the same one. I know there are apps for viewing dates and parties, but because I talk a lot during a movie, we do this old school. We stay on the phone until we get to the same frame, hit play at the same time, then end our call and text during the movie. With TV shows, we always watch the season finale together, so that’s something we’ll have to look forward to for now.


Something To Smile About

Looking back on Hurricane Sandy, little did I know that the nuclear engineer brought in from Texas to fix the power grid in Hoboken would end up being special to me on a personal level. In talking about how we get through tough times, my girlfriend and I realized that the guy who led disaster relief efforts several years ago happens to be her father. That made me smile and realize we’ll get through this, too.


Interested in watching a movie or TV show with friends during social distancing? Try these apps for online viewing parties when you can’t be together.

Kast features screen capture, voice, text and video chat, and supports all streaming services.

TwoSeven offers video chat while watching Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Now, YouTube and Vimeo, along with Hulu and Disney Plus for a subscription fee. 

Netflix Party synchronizes video playback with group chat on Netflix, but all participants must be registered Netflix account holders.


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Best Live Streams To Watch At Home

The Best Live Streams To Watch At Home

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Live entertainment is one of the many things that has been changed by the coronavirus pandemic, as so many of our favorite artists have had to postpone upcoming tours and concerts. Even if it is for the best, it’s still a disappointment to all of us, especially the performers.

Fortunately, social-distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation, and many bands are taking to various sites and social media platforms to stream their live shows. Artists are staying busy by hosting weekly, or even daily, live streams. We’ve rounded up a few of these artists who believe, even in the face of a global pandemic, the show must go on.


Benjamin Gibbard

The indie stalwart and Death Cab for Cutie frontman has been hosting a daily live stream from his home. Expect to hear renditions of classic songs from his catalog as well as various covers of current and past pop hits. Each concert benefits a charity and he takes fan requests. Win-win! You can tune in on YouTube and Facebook at 7 p.m. ET daily.

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Diplo

EDM music hasn’t skipped a beat (pun intended) during this season of social distancing, and Diplo is no exception. He’s been hosting his “Corona World Tour” five days a week, featuring various guests and his unique remixes of popular songs. There’s no better soundtrack for your self-quarantine. Check it out on YouTube, Twitch and Instagram every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Miley Cyrus

For a more eclectic experience, head to Instagram to hear Miley check in with various artists and celebrities. These casual conversations have covered any number of topics, and tend to veer off in just about any direction—it’s a much-needed distraction. Guests have included Demi Lovato, Amy Schumer, Ellen Degeneres and more. To see what Miley and friends are up to, tune in Monday through Friday at 11:30 a.m. PT.

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La Blogothèque

For years, the filmmakers at La Blogothèque have made a name for themselves with their Take Away Shows, capturing beautiful, yet sparse live renditions of popular artists’ work. For our current climate, they’ve reimagined their videos for Instagram as Stay Away Shows (get it?).  Check in every day at 2 p.m. ET to see special performances from your favorite artists.

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Waxahatchee and Kevin Morby

Katie Crutchfield, aka Waxahatchee, and Kevin Morby have been busy on social media, providing intimate concerts that pair particularly well with an in-home evening cocktail. Their March 19 live stream was very well attended and they are planning another March 26. Get your mixers ready and head to Instagram at 9 p.m. ET for a special performance from two of today’s most essential indie artists.

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Honey Harper

Releasing his debut, Starmaker, earlier this year, Honey Harper introduced us to his unique blend of country, new-age and soft-rock. He’s stayed very active on social media during the outbreak, playing two songs at 3 p.m. ET every day on Instagram and YouTube. If you’re not yet familiar with his work, tune in and prepare to be wooed.

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Christine and the Queens

Look to Christine and the Queens’ Instagram page every day at 6 p.m. ET for what we can only describe as “the unexpected.” The theatrical, electro-pop icon has promised guests and weird concepts nightly. We’ll be looking forward to this all day.

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It’s up to all of us to stay safe, and sane, during this unprecedented outbreak. You may not realize it, but music has an incredible power to lift our spirits and add some much-needed distractions during a stressful time. We can’t think of a better way to ride this thing out with a good, strong drink and some even better music. Stay safe out there and keep up to date with the latest developments at Attendee.


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On The Go With Chris Manzo: Leap Year

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This week’s On The Go with Chris Manzo is all about leap year with tips for making the most of the extra day that comes only once every four years.

An extra day in the year? And this year, an extra Saturday? Leap day is definitely something to celebrate. I say let’s make February 29 an official national holiday! Because I grew up in a family events business at The Brownstone, I always wanted to throw a massive party every four years to celebrate leap day. 

Yes, it’s an extra day. But not in a productive kind of way. It’s a “go-live-your-life” kind of day. Not a “do-your-taxes” kind of day.  

I’m kind of jealous of people born on February 29 – leaplings or leapers as they’re called. I like “different” and having a leap-day birthday is definitely different, especially when you’re young. Like when kids are 12, they can say they’re three because they’ve only had three birthdays. 

My extra day this year starts at whatever time I decide to wake up. Then I’m all about doing things I like to do, but never take the time to do. We’ve got an extra 24 hours!

"I’m still planning my leap day, but no matter what I do, I know at the end of my extra day, I’ll learn something new, see people I care about and if I’m lucky, find a new favorite thing."

- Chris Manzo

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Something You Put Off

Everyone has that friend they say they’ll get together with, but never really do. Well, leap day is the time for the get-together that always gets put off. I look at it as not even taking time out of a real day to do something that makes a big difference. And if you can use the entire leap day to knock out two or three friend hangouts, doing something fun that you don’t often get to do, even better.


Something To Enjoy Every Four Years

No matter where you live, leap day gives you a chance to be a tourist in your own city – and for New York City, at a time of year when there’s not a lot of tourists. We’ve spent our whole lives knowing about places, and usually never make the time to go as adults. I’d choose a museum I haven’t been to, like the New York Historical Society. Or visit the places tourists flock to, like Ellis Island or the top of the Freedom Tower. And that cool neighborhood that always makes me think, “I don’t go there enough,” – and go. I’m convinced these every-four-years kind of visits will even reignite my love of New York.


Something To Experience

Because of the extra time you get with leap day, you could also lose yourself in an experience in some unexpected places. Central Park Zoo tops my list. One of the perks of going to the zoo in colder weather is that many animals are active, but the crowds are smaller. Or for a different experience with creatures, Jurassic World Live takes over Prudential Center with “edge-of-your-seat entertainment” – now that would be a leap day worth remembering. Call me crazy, but I love Coney Island any time of year. The beach, boardwalk and New York Aquarium are open all year and the photo opps are endless. On leap day, the Coney Island Beach Stewardship is sponsoring an event for volunteers to prepare beach grass stems for planting. Making a difference on leap day is definitely something worth experiencing.


Something To Savor

Like any holiday – and I count Super Bowl among my favorite holidays – there are no rules when it comes to enjoying food on leap day. I like to try different types of cuisine like Ethiopian (Awash in East Village, Harlem and Brooklyn) or Vietnamese (PhoBar in Greenwich Village and Chinatown). Or go completely old school NYC-traditional at Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs original restaurant (1310 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn), the legendary Katz’s Delicatessen (205 East Houston Street) or the sixth generation family-owned Randazzo’s Clam Bar (2017 Emmons Avenue, Brooklyn). Bottom line, make a memorable food experience part of every leap day.


Something To Share

According to Irish tradition, leap day is the one day of the year when a woman can propose to a man. It’s the premise of the Amy Adams movie “Leap Year” (2010) – and the inspiration behind the Leap Day Cocktail, invented by bartending pioneer Harry Craddock at London’s Savoy Hotel on leap day in 1928. Listed in The Savoy Cocktail Book, the cocktail is known to “have been responsible for more proposals than any other cocktail that has ever been mixed.” Not sure about a proposal, but a special holiday cocktail is always fun to try.


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Jurassic Park Comes To Life This Weekend

Jurassic Park Comes To Life This Weekend

Fans whose Jurassic Park fandom has been revived with the Jurassic World series over the last few years will have yet another opportunity to experience the Jurassic Park universe up-close when Jurassic World Live comes to the Prudential Center this weekend.

The touring arena show brings viewers right into the middle of the action of Jurassic Park for a wild and suspenseful ride that will doubtlessly stick in viewers’ memories – astoundingly realistic technology and dinosaurs’ interaction with the crowd has kept fans hooked from start to finish.

But the show isn’t just a summation of Jurassic Park-themed sets and references. It’s a brand new adventure and story. 

Chronologically, the Jurassic World Live sits between the first Jurassic World film and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

“We started by looking at what could be happening on the other side of Isla Nublar alongside the events that brought down the Jurassic World Park,” said Juliette Feld Grossman, COO of Feld Entertainment, during an interview posted on the tour’s YouTube channel. Feld Entertainment is collaborating with Universal on the tour.

The show’s directors added that the story of the show is completely separate from the other films.

“I think some of the fans were worried that we were just going to be recreating what the movies do,” said Dan Shipton, co-director of the Jurassic World Live Tour, during the interview. “But the reality is we’ve managed to give them a new angle on the island.” 

Shipton said one of the tour’s goals was to take viewers on a journey that was part of the canon of Jurassic World. 

For example, one of the show’s major new characters is a dinosaur named Jeannie, a Troodon, known as the most intelligent dinosaur that walked the earth. Jeannie’s intelligence, and how it is discovered by one Dr. Kate Walker, is one of the show’s core storylines.

“We wanted to create an immersive experience for all members of the family, something where our audience felt like they were really part of it and part of the world that everyone around the world knows and loves so much,” Shipton said.

Jurassic World Live will run from February 27 – March 1 for a total of nine shows at the Prudential Center in Newark.

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4 NYC Mardi Gras Celebrations To Hit This Year

4 NYC Mardi Gras Celebrations To Hit This Year

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On the night of Mardi Gras, as celebrations of Fat Tuesday heat up, little pockets of NYC will suddenly feel more like the French Quarter than the cold Northeast in February. You just have to know where to look. We put together a list of some local hotspots and restaurants that are sure to be hits during next week’s festivities.


Good Eats: Aqua Boil, The Jones

New York isn’t known for its Cajun cuisine, but you might be surprised at the hidden gems around town that make for a delicious Fat Tuesday. If you didn’t think a seafood boil was a reasonable ask in NYC, check out Aqua Boil in Hell’s Kitchen, and don’t be afraid to get a little messy. Shrimp, crawfish and lobster boils abound, plus starters like oyster sliders and lobster rolls. Also, be sure to check out the casual seafood concept The Jones, which replaced the longstanding The Great Jones in Noho in 2018.


Mardi Gras Celebration With Ross James’ Gotta Serve Somebody at Brooklyn Bowl

If Brooklyn’s nightclubs aren’t your scene, but you want to make your Mardi Gras musical, check out Brooklyn Bowl, where Ross James, of Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, is bringing his new project, “Ross James’ Gotta Serve Somebody: A Celebration of Dylan & The Dead” to this hotspot. Get ready to rock to Ross’ interpretations of his favorite Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan songs by some of the best players in the jam-band scene. Add that to a diverse food and drink menu, and you’ve got a Mardi Gras party. Get tickets to the show here.


Third Street Becomes Bourbon Street in Williamsburg

On the evening of February 25, South Third Street in Brooklyn will be transformed into Bourbon Street for just a few hours as New Yorkers gather for Cajun food, drinks, music and more. While the street will have no shortage of activity, try exploring tastes of local favorites like the southern fare of Root and Bone, where shrimp and grits won’t be in short supply on Mardi Gras.


Mardi Gras Murder Mystery At Windfall

Go on your own, or grab friends and experience a totally different kind of Mardi Gras celebration where everyone plays a character, and every character is a suspect. The story of the murder mystery begins with the annual Mardi Gras celebration at Fat Tuesday’s Pub on Bourbon Street. The music, food and drinks are all “perfect” until one party-goer meets a mysterious end. Make this a Mardi Gras to remember and reserve your spot here.


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Visiting Sports Fans Guide To NYC: Chicago Edition

Visiting Sports Fans Guide To NYC: Chicago Edition

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Welcome to the Attendee.com Visiting Sports Fans Guide To NYC: Chicago Edition. Not only do we cover the latest news related to New York sports, we fill you in on what’s happening around town during the big game. So whether you’re a die-hard local or a visiting sports fan, we’re here to help you create the ultimate game-day experience in the Big Apple.

New York vs. Chicago: The Big Apple vs. The Windy City.
Thin Crust vs. Deep Dish. Ewing vs. Jordan.

Yes, the days of Patrick Ewing’s baseline jumpers and Michael Jordan’s dazzling dunks may be over, but Chicago fans can trek to “The World’s Most Famous Arena” and wear their black and red number 23 jerseys with honor as their beloved Bulls face the Knicks on Saturday, February 29.

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If you are heading to Manhattan for the weekend to see the 5:00 p.m. clash of two up-and-coming squads in person or at an establishment, here is a list of places to visit along the way:

Music

Daryl Hall and John Oates
(with special guests Squeeze and KT Tunstall)

February 28, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square Garden

Oh-oh, here they come. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers hit center stage the night before NBA hardwood action at MSG. The number one selling rock and roll duo sound as good as ever as they enter their sixth decade of performing together.

Buy Tickets To Hall & Oates Here

Celine Dion

February 28 & February 29, 7:30 p.m.
Barclays Center

The five-time Grammy Award-winner and pop music icon embarks on her first U.S. tour in over a decade. The Courage World Tour features one of the most identifiable voices in the history of the recording industry. And that’s the way it is.

Buy Tickets To Celine Dion Here

Terra Blues

Multiple Showtimes
149 Bleecker Street
New York, NY

In the mood for some Chicago blues? Head down to the heart of Greenwich Village to check out the sights and sounds of a renowned blues bar. Featuring nightly acoustic and band performances starting at 7:00 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Terra Blues is a must for the music nightlife fan.


Food

If you’re in the mood for deep-dish pizza or a Chicago-style hot dog, check out Emmett’s, located at 50 MacDougal Street in the South Village. If you’re in the Wall Street area, Big Al’s Pizza is also a haven of deep-dish goodness, however, they are closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Want to feel like one of the family? Head over to Hoboken’s jewel, Tenth Street Pasta & Pizza where Chris Manzo’s downhome Italian dishes and popular pies are getting lots of love from New Yorkers, Chicagoans and Barstool’s legendary Dave Portnoy (check out the review here).


Sports Bar

If you’re not in the building to see RJ Barrett and the Knicks battle Zach LaVine and the Bulls in person on the 29th, head to Triona’s East in Gramercy, located at 192 3rd Avenue. The Blackhawks square off with the Florida Panthers at 6:00 p.m.  and DePaul faces Butler at 6:30 p.m. in college hoops. With a Big Ten basketball doubleheader featuring Indiana-Illinois at 2:00 p.m., followed by Northwestern-Nebraska at 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, the NYC home of “Da Bears” will be the spot for a Chicago-area Sunday Funday.


Family Fun

Jurassic World Live Tour

February 27 – March 1
Prudential Center

Escape with friends and family members of all ages on a terrifying adventure in a faraway land: Jurassic World Live Tour in New Jersey! Check out the sights and sounds of this incredible production as a new mission begins with many famous characters brought back along the way.

Buy Tickets To Jurassic World Live Tour Here

If you wish to remain in Manhattan for a prehistoric journey, the American Museum of Natural History currently features an exhibition entitled “T. rex: The Ultimate Predator.”

And finally, if weather permits, we suggest Central Park or Bryant Park for ice skating! Visit Central Park’s website and Bryant Park’s website for more information.


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Top 7 Must-Watch Romantic Movies Set In NYC

Love stories set in the Big Apple are nothing new, but when it comes to choosing a perfect rom-com, these New York-centric tales make the list every time. Just in time for love’s big day, we’ve compiled a guide of must-watch romantic movies set in NYC. And whether you’re single or coupled up, grabbing a bottle of wine and flipping on one of these titles makes for the perfect Valentine’s night in.

West Side Story 

First up is the evergreen musical triumph, West Side Story (1961). Watch as Tony and Maria traipse around 1950s West 68th Street tenements ensnared in forbidden love. Well-known tunes like “I Feel Pretty” and “Jet Song” might necessitate a singing break, while “Somewhere” might even bring out the tissues.

Top 7 Romantic Movies In NYC: West Side Story

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An Affair to Remember 

Moving on to one of the most classic romantic films of all time, An Affair to Remember (1957) has crystallized the Empire State Building as a meet-up spot for distant lovers in our national lexicon. An irresistible love affair is fraught by existing relationships, but love finds a way to prevail. It’s such a classic that it even inspired the next film in the line-up: Sleepless in Seattle (1993). 

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Sleepless in Seattle 

While the title tells a different story, the film’s defining moment happens in New York atop the Empire State Building, where an Annie, a writer looking for a romance reminiscent of An Affair to Remember, meets widower Sam. The rest is history.

Top 7 Must-Watch Romantic Movies Set In NYC: Sleepless in Seattle

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You’ve Got Mail 

The Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks duo seems to be the magic rom-com ingredient. If a movie marathon is in order, queue up their hit flick You’ve Got Mail (1998) next. It’s a classic love-hate plot of email pen pals who discover that they’re real-life rivals as independent bookstore owners in NYC. Love wins out in the end, proving the duo’s on-screen chemistry once again.

Top 7 Romantic Movies In NYC: You've Got Mail

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New York, I Love You

Moving into the mid-aughts, New York, I Love You (2008) is next. With a title like this, we can’t ignore this compilation of 11 mini plots spread across the entirety of New York City. Multiple directorial styles and a deep line-up of stars — Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom, Blake Lively and Ethan Hawke — make for an entertaining entanglement of love in the city that never sleeps.

Top 7 Romantic Movies in NYC: New York, I Love You

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Hitch

Finally, if you’re of the opinion that laughter and love pair perfectly together, turn on Hitch (2005). Will Smith’s role as an NYC dating expert to Kevin James makes for some truly laugh-out-loud scenes. Or opt for a tongue-in-cheek look at modern dating habits with Friends with Benefits (2011). Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake’s friendship heats up, portraying the complications of dating, especially in a city as big and bustling as New York.

Top 7 Romantic Movies in NYC: Hitch

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The Harlem Globetrotters: Pushing The Limits Tour

The Harlem Globetrotters: Pushing The Limits Tour

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The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town.

Local fans of that world-famous team clad in the iconic American flag-inspired uniform – beloved for its seemingly bottomless bag of basketball tricks as “Sweet Georgia Brown” plays in the background – have plenty of February 2020 dates to mark on their calendars.

The Globetrotters have a two-night run (Feb. 12-13) at the Collins Arena in Lincroft, N.J., before a Valentine’s Day show at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.

On Feb. 16, they have a pair of performances at Barclays Center – with start times of 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. – and a show at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 17 that begins at noon.

The team then returns to Bridgeport’s Webster Bank Arena for a 7 p.m. show on Feb. 21.

Founded in Chicago in 1926 by businessman Abe Saperstein, the Harlem Globetrotters are billing this tour as “Pushing the Limits.” The tour commenced on Dec. 26, 2019, and wraps up in April.

Though all of the stops of this tour are in North American locations, the Globetrotters have “entertained popes, kings, queens and presidents around the globe,” as well as a total of “more than 148 million fans in 123 countries and territories” throughout their 94-year history, according to the team’s website.

The Globetrotters’ roster is 39 players deep. It includes Detroit product Bull Bullard – who currently holds the world record for both the longest behind-the-back shot (42 feet, 6.5. inches) and under-the-legs shot (62 feet, 10.38 inches) – and New Jersey native Swish Sutton, who helped the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team advance to the Sweet 16 round of the 2012 NCAA tournament.

The first-ever Globetrotters born in Puerto Rico (Orlando “El Gato” Meléndez), China (Lucky Jiang) and Ukraine (Smoove Kryvenko) are also on the team’s current roster, reinforcing the family-friendly entertainment brand’s global appeal.

The short list of players who’ve had their jersey number retired by the team includes NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain (13), Curly Neal (22), Marques Haynes (20) and Meadowlark Lemon (36).

A fun fact about the Harlem Globetrotters:

The team’s musical theme, “Sweet Georgia Brown,” was originally composed by Maceo Pinkard and Ben Bernie in 1925. While the Globetrotters were founded during the following year, the jazz standard wouldn’t become inexorably linked to them until 1952 – three years after the whistled version that we’re all familiar with today was recorded by Alabama-born musician Brother Bones.

Get tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters here

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6 Great Spots To Take Your Dog In NYC

6 Great Spots To Take Your Dog In NYC

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In just a few days, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will take place at Madison Square Garden, and 204 breeds of dogs representing 20 countries will be present for the event.

But while those dogs compete in a legendary New York tradition that has now lasted 144 years, everyday New Yorkers are likely looking for more casual opportunities to participate in the event, during what could shape up to be a pretty cold winter over the next few weeks.  

Think of the New York City Marathon, which took place last November. Sure, you had a friend or two you cheered on during the race, but the weekend itself was more of a celebration, right? Your friend’s dedication to all 26.2 miles quickly became a reason for you and your friends to eat, drink and be merry.

Similarly, just because your dog won’t be participating in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show doesn’t mean he or she will turn down an adventure in New York City. Activity gets them excited—parks, dog-friendly bars, maybe even a photoshoot. Add those up, and you’ve got the look, the excitement and even the culture to rival an appearance in the monumental dog show itself (and yes, you can get tickets to the show here).

We found the best spots to bring your dog along during the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, whether it’s a great bar or a restaurant with a killer menu for dogs. And humans. Yes, some have both. Cheers.


The Wilson NYC

132 27th St.
New York, NY

If The Wilson’s stellar seafood selection wasn’t enough to rope you in, maybe their dog menu will do the trick. When ribeye steak, salmon and grilled chicken breast are on the menu for your furry friend, you know you’re in for a treat. Whether you’re looking for a breakfast buffet, fun dinner date or just a night out with your pup, The Wilson is a solid bet.


Petography

Pet photographer Jim Dratfield has photographed pets for Jennifer Aniston, Barbara Walters and others, all while splitting time between New York and Los Angeles and gaining coverage from The New York Times, CNN, USA Today and Access Hollywood. Schedule a photo session for you and your pet, or check out Dratfield’s website here.


Central Park

Central Park is a favorite go-to spot for dog-owners throughout the city. In fact, dogs are permitted to be off-leash before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m. at Central Park, barring several designated areas. If you’re looking for other spots around the city where you can get some fresh air while letting your dog roam, check out Prospect Park and Tribeca Dog Run.


Luckydog

303 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY

This Williamsburg hotspot is the perfect destination to nurse a Sunday morning hangover, especially if you’re looking to bring your pup along. The back porch stays full on the weekends, and the bar’s relaxed vibe keeps Brooklynites coming back for more Bloody Marys time and time again. Drop by Luckydog for a laid-back afternoon in Williamsburg, an afternoon when the noise of roaming dogs is definitely preferable to a lazy weekend alone in one’s home.


Madison Square Park

11 Madison Ave
New York, NY

Jemmy’s Dog Run in Madison Square Park might be just the spot you and your dog need for an enjoyable afternoon in the city. While your pup enjoys what was voted the city’s best dog park in 2015 by the Village Voice, take in some of the city’s best views, or maybe prepare yourself for a tasty burger from Shake Shack, located right in Madison Square Park. Get a whiff of the go-to New York burger joint, and your mouth will be watering more than your dog’s ever has.


Grooming

If your pup didn’t make the cut for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this year, not to worry. Maybe all he or she needed was a nudge in the right direction, a little boost of self-esteem. That’s why we looked into some of the best spots in town to get your dog the grooming it needs. Check out Walter’s Pet Style, Unleashed Spa, Towne House Grooming and Pet Supplies, Seaport Paw and The Bark Shop.


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On The Go With Chris Manzo: Super Bowl

On The Go With Chris Manzo: Super Bowl

featured photo: Dave Adamson / Shutterstock

I love Super Bowl Sunday because it’s a real holiday and just as important as every real holiday.

What makes it extra special is that it’s a ‘no rules’ kind of holiday, which means we get to enjoy lots of great-tasting food! It’s one day that everyone knows what they’re doing, like New Year’s Eve. You feel a certain pressure to have fun.

Growing up in a restaurant family, Super Bowl Sunday was always exciting. We would either have a big party with family and friends at the house, or we would go to my dad’s restaurant. I have so many great memories of celebrating there. Crazy nachos, huge sandwiches, plenty of sweets … more food than you could imagine, with people yelling, all having a good time!  

And we would bet on everything. Not just who would win the game, but everything. We’d start with a bet on how long the National anthem would go, and take it from there.

"What I’m really looking forward to this year is the commercials … because my mom (Caroline Manzo) is in one!"

- Chris Manzo

Somewhere To Watch: My Favorite Places In New York City

Watching the Big Game is just one of the many things that you can do in New York City on Super Bowl Sunday. But Super Bowl doesn’t put the city on hold because there’s always so much going on. The great thing is, you can find just about any kind of watch experience in the city. There’s something for everyone, even those that don’t watch the Super Bowl. 

I won’t be at home this year. I’m heading to Nashville where my girlfriend lives and can’t wait to see how that party town celebrates. People travel to Nashville just to celebrate things like Super Bowl. I’ve only been once, but the music, the fun atmosphere – Nashville feels so all-American, with a lot more space than New York for celebrating! And because Nashville’s close to Kansas City, I think a lot of visitors will actually be interested in the turnout of the game. So I’m excited to be in the mix. 

Now, if I was home this Super Bowl Sunday, I’d make plans to find a place in New York City to meet friends and watch the game. I prefer places that are not overly crowded. And good food is key – nice sampler platters, wings, nachos, cheese fries – the works. Above all, I want to watch the game, so big screens and good sound are important. I have a few favorite places around town that are just right for game-watching.

Mad River (1442 Third Avenue) – My Wisconsin friends introduced me to Mad River. The food’s great, it’s friendly and feels like a small town bar, which is a great find in Manhattan.

Printers Alley (215 West 40th Street) – We have lots of fun here because you can play sports while you’re watching games. It’s in the heart of Times Square, so there’s plenty of action and it always feels like a party. 

The Standard Biergarten (848 Washington at 13th Street) – This is a popular go-to spot on every game day. It’s a big, wide-open space that’s not at all intimidating and just right for hanging out with friends and meeting new ones.


Something To Look Forward To: The Halftime Show

I always love the Super Bowl halftime shows. I can think back to the ones I remember, like the show with Aerosmith and Britney Spears with ‘N Sync. Bruno Mars is another favorite – especially his first halftime show here at MetLife in 2014. He’s such a great performer. 

I probably remember the halftime shows that were disappointing a little more (laughs). But there are always memorable moments, and this year’s halftime show will be great with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira. For us, it’s extra special because Jennifer Lopez is synonymous with New York – she’s from the Bronx. It makes you wonder, where would J.Lo watch the Super Bowl if she was in New York?


Something To REALLY Look Forward To: The Commercials, Especially My Mom’s

What I’m really looking forward to this year is the commercials … because my mom (Caroline Manzo) is in one! I mean there’s no other way to actually ‘get in’ the Super Bowl, unless you’re really good at playing football. And she’s in the Super Bowl!  

When it comes to starring in a Super Bowl commercial, you have to do something pretty great to have your face chosen to be associated with a brand when most people are looking at the brand. 

Honestly, our family has come to a point where nothing really shocks us anymore. It’s been a wild ride and amazing things keep on happening. But now that the show is done, to get something this big is really special.  

So, yes, I’m probably more focused on my mom’s commercial than anything else. Once I see her face, I’ll be able to relax. And then it will probably hit me that even with all of this excitement, she’s still my mom who spent most of her time telling Albie and me to clean our rooms.

 

Check out the teaser below:

Something To Share: This Fun Fact

Super Bowl Sunday is the number one avocado consumption day of the year. So when someone asks me, “What do you think of when you think of Super Bowl?” For me? Avocados.


Making plans for the Big Game?

Check out these Super Bowl Sunday events in New York City:

 

Brooklyn Bowl Super Bowl LIV (All Ages)

5:00 p.m.
61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn

Strike it big in Brooklyn with the Super Bowl on 14 HD screens featuring full concert sound, with plenty of food and fun for the family.

Get Tickets

Super Bowl Singles Party at the Empire Rooftop (21 & Over)

5:30 p.m.
44 West 63rd Street

See the view from above when the Empire Hotel brings together sports and singles for a super party on the rooftop.

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Loft 51 Super Bowl Viewing Party

5:00 p.m.
627 West 51st Street

It’s all about experience – catch the Big Game on giant screens, play board games and groove to top NYC DJs.

Get Tickets