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B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

Year Round

237 West 42nd Street, Manhattan
Times Square.
The Club features world-class musical entertainment and a full Southern style menu in both the Showcase Room and Lucille's Bar and Grill. In Lucille's, named for B.B. King's famous guitar, you can eat and listen to free live music every night at 8pm.   Saturdays at noon, come for Beatles Brunch featuring tribute band Strawberry Fields. Sundays, Gospel Brunch rocks the house at 1:30pm.

Tickets for the Showcase Room acts can be purchased online, through Ticketmaster and at the box office.  The Club has headlined some of the best musicians of the recent era: B.B. King, Gregg Allman and Friends, Brian Wilson, George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars, Etta James, Erykah Badu, Macy Gray, Peter Frampton, Better than Ezra, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dr. John, Robert Cray, the Roots, Ozomatli, Taj Mahal, Junior Brown, Wilson Pickett, Sonny Rollins, James Brown, Little Richard, The Pharcyde, the Radiators, the Neville Brothers, the Wailers, Lyricist Lounge, Steel Pulse, Buddy Guy, the Beach Boys, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Maceo Parker.  Need more cred?
Fees:All
Ticket prices:Shows vary in price.
Ticket info:Call Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171 to buy tickets over the phone, purchase tickets online or at the box office at the Club.
Good for:All
Hours:Open daily from 11am-1am for lunch, dinner, & drinks. Concert times vary but most shows begin at 8pm and 10:30pm . Doors open at 6pm for most shows. Call the box office for information or check the website for specific times.
Website:http://www.bbkingblues.com/media/index.shtml
Phone:(212) 997-4144
Subway:N, Q, R, W stop at Times Square. 1,2,3, 7 stop at Times Square. The A, C and E stop at Port Authority. Take the 4,5,6 to Grand Central and then take the shuttle to Times Square.
Bus:M104, M27, M42, M6, M7 all stop in the Times Square area. M10, M16, M20 stop at Port Authority. Walk East on 42nd Street to club.
Parking on site:No
Park at 250 West 43rd street (between 7th and 8th Avenues) to get a reduced rate. Bring your parking lot ticket stub to the B.B. King Box Office for validation.
Bathrooms:Yes
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Bryant Park

Bryant Park

Year Round

42nd Street at 6th Avenue, Manhattan
Entrances on 41st Street, 6th Avenue and 42nd Street.
Now a midtown favorite, Bryant Park has undergone a major transformation and is filled with gravel paths and green chairs, where you can enjoy a lunch with friends, have a walk or just sit and relax. The park is right behind the New York Public Library. Bryant Park hosts a free ice skating rink, holiday shops and food purveyors entertain from morning to night once the holidays get rolling.  A perfect midtown oasis.  Ice skating continues until late February.

Tips:
Excellent restrooms at this mid-town park.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Website:http://www.bryantpark.org/
Subway:B,D,7 to Bryant Park station. N,Q,R,S,1,2,3 to Times Square station which is one block west of Bryant Park.
Bus:M1, M2, M3, M4, M5 down 5th M5,M6,M7 up 6th M42, M104 along 42nd St
Parking on site:Yes
The Holiday Shops of Bryant Park recommends these nearby lots and garages: Central Parking Systems, 25 W. 39th St, 212-382-3872 Champion Parking Inc., 31 W. 37th St, 212-944-7196 Edison Parking East, 136 W. 40th St, 212-221-9827
Bathrooms:Yes
NYC's favorite public bathroom has an attendant, fresh flowers and adequate supplies. Located in the northeast corner of the park towards the NY Public Library.
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Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

Year Round

30 Rockefeller Plaza, Manhattan
Between 49th and 50th Streets and between 5th Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas (aka Sixth Avenue).
Icon of New York City Christmas! Rockefeller Center is a beacon of festivity during the holiday season. The annual lighting of the Christmas Tree is a signature event of Christmas in New York City, featuring celebrity performers – singers, dancers, ice skaters and television announcers - and is one of the great holiday spectacles that’s free!

Ice skating under the tree, in the shadow of Prometheus, is a spectacular way to experience the spirit of the holidays.  Excellent shopping and dining are augmented by the grandeur of the ten buildings, which are lovely to look at in their art deco magnificence.

Approximately 200 flags featuring decorative, seasonal, United Nations member countries, the flags of the United States states and territories are flown at different times of the year, all adding to the ambiance of the setting. On holidays every pole carries the United States flag.

As the home of NBC television network, studio tours of the news shows, late night television shows and MSNBC are given daily. Visitors can also stop by the Today Show taping and concerts in the plaza.

Rockefeller Center also boasts the largest underground city, complete with retail stores, quick food and elegant dining. With lots of tables and chairs and a large public bathroom, this is a great spot to take a break out of the cold.  For shoppers there is a UPS and USPS where you can ship purchases.

Rockefeller Center Information Line 212-588-8601
Rockefeller Center Art and Architecture Tour 212-664-3700

Tips:
If you are interested in the art and decorative details, bas relief and free-standing sculpture at Rockefeller Center, get a copy of The Guide to the Art of Rockefeller Center by Christine Roussel. Easy to flip through and fun to read, copies are sold at the Top of the Rock shop on the lower concourse level.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:The Rockefeller Center Tour cover the art and architecture of the historic 14-building complex and can be purchased in combination with a Top of Rock observation deck ticket.
Good for:All
Go to the underground concourse in bad weather for some fun shopping and great food.
Website:http://www.rockefellercenter.com/
Phone:(212) 588-8600
Subway:B, D, F, V trains to 47th and 50th Street/Rockefeller Center station. N, R W to 49th Street station put you in the western end of the underground Rockefeller Center concourse. At the south end of the concourse, you can reach the subway station at 6th Avenue and 47th Street . From here emerge on 6th (near Radio City Music Hall) or continue underground eastward towards the skating rink at Rockefeller Plaza.
Bus:M1, M2, M3, M4 and M5 go right past Rockefeller Center. Get off at 49th or 50th Street. M6, M7, M27, M50, Q32 also intersect Rockefeller Center.
Parking on site:No
Public garages nearby.
Bathrooms:Yes
On the underground concourse level, the same level as the ice rink. They are clean, with 20 stalls and are next to the restaurant called 'Witchcraft' and the Swarovski Crystal store.

Salsa After Work Fridays

Windows Over Harlem

Year Round

163 West 125th Sreet, Manhattan
State Office Building at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (7th Ave) Bvd and West 125th Street
Salsa is for grown-ups and every Friday night they can express themselves via this popular dance. Leader Sammy advices that this weekly event is for a “mature crowd,"  adults who know how to dress smart-casual—no t-shirts please. Dresses swirl well and the rhythms of the night are definitely for the seasoned and tempered among us.  Buffet and dance start at 6pm every Friday night.  Come early (5:00pm) for a Salsa how-to if you are new to this sensual and rich dance tradition. 
Fees:Fee
Ticket prices:$10 includes buffet dinner
Ticket info:Photo ID required.
Good for:Adults
Times:6pm to midnight Fridays. Salsa class for beginners 5-5:45pm.
Hours:Open seven days a week Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm.
State Office building by day, community dance spot by night. The Harlem Visitors Kiosk is also here.
Phone:(212) 665-4337
Subway:A,B,C,D to 125th Street, walk east to Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard. 2,3 to 125th Street, walk west to Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard.
Bus:M100, M101, Bx15 along 125th Street M2 north/south
Train:MetroNorth to 125th Street train station. Connect to M100, M101, Bx14 heading west along 125th Street.
Parking on site:No
Bathrooms:Yes

The Plaza Hotel

The Plaza Hotel

Year Round

Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, Manhattan
Fifth Avenue at Central Park South (East 59th Street)
Reopened after a full renovation that turned many of the upper floors into condominiums, the grand hotel still opens its doors to visitors for overnight stays and dining.  Several public rooms are designated as landmarks.

Take afternoon tea in the restored Palm Court Monday-Sunday, 2-5pm.  Tea at the Plaza remains a unique experience especially for lovers of the famous fictional Plaza guest, Eloise.  Be sure to make a reservation especially on weekends and during holiday weeks. Indulge in a Choolate tea ($60 per person/$80 with champagne) or arrive with your favorite small relative to enjoy the Eloise Tea ($49 adults/ $28 perchild under 12).  A nice partner to a day of ballet.

The Plaza Food Hall by Todd Engish has been open for abut a year and includes The Wine Bar, Dumpling Bar, Sushi Bar, The Grill, The Ocean Grill & Oyster Bar, The Bakery, Brick Oven Pizza, and The Cheese & Charcuterie Counter. 

Drink champagne and have a light meal of cavioar in the Champagne Bar in the hotel's lobby or order a Manhattan at the Rose Bar upstairs from the lobby. Live jazz is scheduled in the Rose bar most Wenesdays and Thursday evenings and there is a dj on Friday nights. 


Please note, there is a "smart casual" dress code at the Plaza.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Times:The Food Hall is open daily from 11am.
Website:www.fairmont.com/theplaza
Phone:(212) 759-3000
Parking on site:No
Bathrooms:Yes
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