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Madison Square Park and Tree Lighting set for December 9th

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One of the oldest (if not the oldest) tree lighting ceremony in the United States is happening again on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014. The event is free and features:

  • madison square park holiday treeA horticultural workshop
  • A Reading Rangers story time reading of kid’s stories Love Monster and the Perfect Present and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Music from New School Jazz Quartet, Motown the Musical, The New York Life Singers, and Audra Rox
  • Gingerbread Boulevard, a one-of-a-kind collection of three life-sized Gingerbread houses
  • Tree ornamentation with holiday bulbs made of hand-blown glass and gold wire from The City of Strasbourg, France
  • Free holiday treats from Hill Country Chicken (Apple Bites and Apple Cider), SD26 Restaurant (Pappa Pomodoro tomato soup), and Frittering Away (Hot Apricot Ginger Lemonade and Strawberry Basil Lemonade).

It starts at 3:30pm with the tree lighting at 5pm. The event is hosted by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.


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Parade Route for NYC Halloween Parade 2014 runs up 6th Avenue to 16th Street

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The 2014 NYC Halloween Parade runs up 6th Avenue again today (October 31st), going from Spring Street to just past 16th-18th Street.

It runs from 7pm-11pm and is one of the biggest parades in New York City. Anyone can join as long as you are in costume. Learn more about how to participate at

The Grand Marshall this year is Whoopi Goldberg. There will be hundreds of Giant Puppets, 50 bands representing music from everywhere and dancers of all styles.

If you can’t attend or participate in the parade you can always watch it on tv (NY1 from 8pm-9:30pm).

The Parade typically draws more than 50,000 costumed participants and millions of viewers live and on tv.

If you haven’t been, it’s a wild event.

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Massive star display by Wix in Madison Square Park on November 1st

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stage wixIf you have been wondering why there is a mega-stage and ceiling canvas being set up in the middle of Madison Square Park you are not alone. It looks like the Jay- Z Beyonce tour, or U2, is setting up a huge concert on the lawn. Honestly the equipment has really made the park look awful all week.

Well it turns out Wix is sponsoring an event called “Create The Stars” where people can create and dedicate a star online, and it will be displayed on a huge overhead screen on Saturday November 1st. The star display will run from 7pm-midnight. You can go online at to make your own star.

Maybe it will turn out cool and hopefully all of this stage equipment on the lawn was worth it. Or at least we hope the Conservancy was paid very well to fund other programs for the park.
Here is their promo video:

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Dough bakery opens flagship location in the Flatiron

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dough coconutDoughnut shop Dough bakery just opened a flagship location in the Flatiron at 14 West 19th Street (between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue). The cult favorite doughnuts started out at the Brooklyn Flea, then a shop was opened in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and now they have a big operation here in the neighborhood. They were so popular they would sell out at the Flea, and apparently even got picked up by top restaurant Brooklyn Fare and Whole Foods. It’s the creation of Pastry-chef Fany Gerson.

The doughnuts are hand-made fresh throughout the day, and are over-sized with an emphasis on the dough and the glaze. They are a very dense, chewy, filling version of what you are probably used to, and they come with glazes such as Hibiscus, Café Au Lait, Salted Chocolate And Caramel, Toasted Coconut, and Dulce De Leche.

We tried the Toasted Coconut and the Salted Chocolate And Caramel and were amazed by the dough. I don’t recall having a doughnut with such a spongy thick density. The choice of glaze is very important, as you need one that is strong and satisfying to counter the formidable dough. Unlike other doughnuts, you can have half of one, or even a quarter, and be full.

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Jennifer Lopez, J Lo, buys penthouse apartment on Madison Square Park

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the whitmanThe New York Daily News reports that Jennifer Lopez (J. Lo.) has gone into contract on the penthouse condo at the Whitman Building that overlooks the beautiful north side of Madison Square Park. The 4 unit building has become the celebrity residence in the area, as her other neighbors are Chelsea Clinton and Nascar legend Jeff Gordon (now aka “J.Go.”)

The Penthouse unit has two floors with 6,540 square feet of interior space and over 3,000 square feet of outdoor space. Amenities include a full time doorman, private storage, private elevator landing, a gym and of course highly coveted views of Madison Square Park. The reported sale price was $22 million, but we likely will not know the real price until it is officially and publicly filed with the city. You can see more photos of the unit and the building at

We don’t report the address of celebrities in the neighborhood (even though this is widely publicized) but it is on the 26th Street block between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue on the north side of Madison Square Park. Other residential buildings on the block include the Grand Madison and 15 Madison Square North.

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