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Found In Paradise

Found In Paradise

Pink plumeria, wild ginger and hibiscus don't grow natively on the island of Manhattan, but city dwellers and visitors alike can admire the tropical flora and fauna at the New York Botanical Garden in the...

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A Gatsby Picnic

A Gatsby Picnic

"The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun, and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music, and the opera of voices pitches a key higher. Laughter is easier minute by minute....

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Cooler Here, Cooler There

Cooler Here, Cooler There

With August just around the corner and the temperature showing no signs of slowing down, there are plenty of creative ways to cool down during your visit to New York City.

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Taste The Rainbow

Taste The Rainbow

The long days of summer are in full swing, which means extended daylight hours for every visitor wishing to explore the city. This is the ideal time of year to book up your itinerary with evening excursio...

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Sarah's Guide to Shakespeare in the Park

Sarah's Guide to Shakespeare in the Park

"There's nothing like Shakespeare in the Park to remind you to be grateful for New York," says Sarah, one of the festival's biggest fans and a WestHouse staff member. "This city is the home to world-class...

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Where to Watch the World Cup

Where to Watch the World Cup

The U.S. might not be in the World Cup this year, but there are still fans across the city following the games with vigor and excitement as they root for their favorite hometown or adopted teams.

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A Deli A Day

A Deli A Day

There few things as timelessly New York as a really, really good deli. For most residents (and visitors), finding a good deli is essential.

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Andrew’s Secret Midtown Garden

Andrew’s Secret Midtown Garden

If you’re an experienced traveler, you know that the best way to uncover local secrets in new destinations is to solicit advice from the locals.

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David Bowie Is..

David Bowie Is..

Music, fashion and pop-culture fans alike will appreciate the sensory multimedia experience at the David Bowie Is exhibit. What began five years ago (three years prior to Bowie’s passing in 201...

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Keep Calm, and Carry On

Keep Calm, and Carry On

With the Royal Wedding behind us, New York-based royalists will soon be going through British-related withdrawal.

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Into the Smorgasburg

Into the Smorgasburg

It’s not unusual when art mirrors life in New York. Couples romantically unite at the top of the empire state building, and miracles really do happen on 34th street.

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Where the Cherry Blossoms Grow

Where the Cherry Blossoms Grow

In 1912, 2,500 cherry blossom trees were planted for the first time in New York City. The cherry trees, or Sakura, were a gift from the Japanese government that were originally meant to arrive in 1909 for...

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From Streetcar to a Hot Tin Roof

From Streetcar to a Hot Tin Roof

Tennessee Williams was one of the most prolific and important American playwrights of the 20th century.

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Where to Find the Best Spring Cocktail

Where to Find the Best Spring Cocktail

The art of the perfect spring cocktail is all about balance: how do you blend brightness in color with freshness in ingredients to create the ultimate spring drink? 

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Inside the Artist’s Process

Inside the Artist’s Process

Ever wondered what it was like inside an artist’s mind before they’ve put the finishing strokes on their watercolor, or said the final lines of a play?

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​Batter, Batter, Swing

​Batter, Batter, Swing

The beauty of baseball season in New York appears in several forms: a sunny day at Yankee Stadium, a chicken parm sandwich from Nicoletta’s at Citi Field, or a visit to the neighborhood bar during g...

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This Year at the Tribeca Film Festival

This Year at the Tribeca Film Festival

With just seventeen years of annual screenings under its belt, the Tribeca Film Festival has quickly evolved into one of the largest and most important independent film festivals in the world.

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How to Pack for Springtime in New York

How to Pack for Springtime in New York

Spring’s arrival in New York is precious. Finally, the winter coats come off and the sunglasses come out.

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Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

It’s easy to spot New York’s love affair with caffeine. In a city that’s always moving, coffee is as vital to the culture as reliable subway tracks. And it’s no new trend either.

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Where Amanda Goes to Get Pampered

Where Amanda Goes to Get Pampered

There are few things as disheartening as a cold March in New York. Spring should have sprung by now, right?

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