Christmas is here and with it some of the most striking events in the city of New York, the lighting of the Christmas trees in the main tourist sites. I'm going to give you a tour, so come and join me! Remember these events are free.

The first to illuminate your Christmas tree is the Rockefeller Center, covered with about 45,000 Led lights and crowned with a Swarovski star. The lighting ceremony marks the official beginning of Christmas in New York and for the lighting, there is always a gala programed that starts at 7 pm. If you are lucky to be in the capital of the world that day, do not hesitate to go to the event but a couple of hours before, in order to have a good spot or probably you will have to see the entire ceremony on giant screens installed in different points of the Rockefeller Center. The event is also broadcast live by NBC Today Show. Remember the lighting ceremony dates:

Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 pm at Rockefeller Plaza at West 48th St & 51st St with 5th Ave. & Sixth Ave. For the other days, it is lit at 5:30 am until 11:30 at night and left on until January 7 of the following year. For more information visit

For November 30th I am prepared to attend to two similar events in the city and I want you to join me. The first one we have to arrive at approximately at 2:30 pm, when the New York Stock Exchange Tree begins to be lit. It is located in front of the famous building of the Stock Exchange. The lighting ceremony becomes an event and has the participation of world-renowned artists.

Remember at 4:00 pm the NYSE closes, because at 5:00 pm the lighting is done and at 6:00 the presentation finishes.


Before this time we are going to another similar and very busy event, the lighting of the Central Park tree. This event begins at 5:30 pm at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. You must enter the park through 110th St. and Fifth Ave. and Lenox Ave., I recommend you bring your own camera so you can have your photo with Santa Claus, the photo section is between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. There are also live demonstrations of how the ice is carved, carol singing, hot chocolate and cookies for the assistants, and at the end of the event the lighting of Harlem Meer trees. Remember this event is free and it is not necessary to register, they also provide stroller parking.

"December is here with its joy, month of party and fun", so begins a popular carol in my land. We will also go to the lighting of the Christmas Tree in my favorite park, the Bryant Park, which will also be decorated with more than 30.000 Christmas lights, and more than 3,500 more than 3,500 balls, ornaments, and garlands. The ceremony usually presents a theatrical production, I am told that the Olympic skaters will also be present. After the fireworks and the lighting of the tree that is installed in the eastern part of the park, next to the New York Public Library, anyone who wants to skate with live music on the only ice skating rink in the city, can do it for free. The tree lighting is scheduled for Friday, December 1rst at 6:00 pm. If you are in New York don't miss this event´, you will always remember it. Do not forget that also in this park you will find the famous Christmas market.

Continuing with my Christmas trees tour, on Saturday, December 2nd, I will go to Astoria Park, 19th St. and 23rd Ave., where between 2:00 and 5:00 pm the traditional Astoria Party will be celebrated. Let´s go with family and friends to enjoy at the Great Lawn in Astoria Park the Christmas tree lighting, an afternoon full of music, magic, trains and much more! .

Sunday, November 3rd will be a very Christmas holiday. First I invite you to come with me to Queens Botanical Garden where between Noon and 5:30 PM will be a program to enjoy with the whole family. Among other events, there will be live musicals, Christmas crafts, photographs with Santa, the Garden tour etc. For a better illustration this is the program:

12 to 4:30 p.m: photographs with Santa

12 to 5 p.m: Holiday Crafts for Free

1 to 3 p.m.: Wreaths and crowns workshop, registration required:

3 to 3:30 p.m.: The Rough Dozen Acapella Music – Free

4 to 4:30 p.m: The Rough Dozen Acapella Music – Free

5 to 5:30 p.m:  Carols and tree lighting -Free

Within the programming, we benefit those who need the most in this cold season in New York. If you have a sweater or a coat, take it, with great gratification they will receive it.

Once this event finishes, we will run to Park Avenue where they have scheduled for this Sunday, November 3rd from 6:30 pm, what has been a sixty years tradition, the lighting trees on Park Avenue, as a very special way to honor those men and women who died in World War II. I have heard that the illuminated trees in the shopping centers of Park Avenue between 54th and 97th streets are still a symbol of peace and a reminder of all the sacrifices made.

The Trees are traditionally lit on the first Sunday of December, after a ceremony outside Brick Presbyterian Church (Park Avenue & 91st Street).

After these events let's go home and rest because we still have more lighting Christmas trees presentations!

On Tuesday, December 5th, we will be partying, at the South Street Seaport, which is a very original shopping center in New York, located on the East River in Lower Manhattan with views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the city skyline. There will be a spectacular lights event, as never before seen, it will be a celebration that we can't miss; food, drink, and as if it wasn't enough, they will give hot wine and hot chocolate during the night and at the end we will participate in the raffle of two bicycles. Tickets are free, but they will run out fast, so make sure to reserve your spot. Everyone who attends will have a souvenir, including a brand name blanket (to keep you warm during this winter) and a Xyloband (so you can be part of the light show).

We hope to see you!


Tuesday, December 5th from 5:30 pm.

The party continues, on Wednesday, December 6th. We go to Washington Square Park, where at 6:00 pm the Christmas tree lighting is scheduled. It is the opportunity to sing Christmas carols in the City´s Historic Center Park. They tell us that the same Santa Claus has promised to appear with candy canes and guide the children in the lighting countdown. The tree will be on fire during the Christmas season between 4 pm and 1 am.

Another day and other tours of the New York Christmas lights……………

On Thursday, December 7th, we will go to Madison Square Park where we have a presentation between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m, tree lighting is at 4:55 p.m. Free seasonal activities, including performances by The Sweetback Sisters also, Audra Rox. The best is that there will be hot soup for the cold, we will see you there.

And to conclude this Christmas tour we will move on Saturday, December 9th to W. Harlem Piers Park located on 125th Street and Marginal Street in West Harlem Docks, to participate in family activities; we will drink hot chocolate, dance and be ready at 5:40 pm to witness the lighting of the Christmas. This program is between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

We hope you enjoy all these Christmas events, for more information visit

Black Friday Is Here

Shopping day during Black Friday, is one of the most anticipated days of the year, not only for those who live in the United States but also for those who buy from other parts of the world.

This Friday, to start the Christmas shopping season, every big chain stores will take out all of their merchandise. They offer great discounts, promotions and we all go early in the morning, to take advantage and buy all of our cravings.

The local newspapers has a lot of Black Friday offers. The most important offers, are the coupon, used for greater savings.
If you buy online, the stores put out their discounts days before Thanksgiving.
You can also find the time and the location of the nearest store, for example:

Macy's: They open around 3:00 or 4:00 am and there will be already people in line! Very good offers.
Toys "R" Us in Times Square: Toys, toys and more toys
Abercrombie & Fitch: You must have something clear, there will be big lines!
The products are sold fast, so we advise you to put the alarm clock, in order to get there first, that way you can get the best deals and find the clothing sizes you want.

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One last tip, if you make your purchases online, don’t forget to use your discount codes. Click on the register page, you will often see a box to enter a discount code or promotion, they are not so much used, but they can be a good sources of unexpected savings; from free delivery or immediate delivery at no extra cost, to additional savings of 25% or 50%

For those who are in New York, Woodbury Outlets has many shops in the form of houses. Find the most recognized brands, and instructions on how to get there in this link

Tanger Outlet on Long Island is another good alternative

Remember if you are not able to make your purchases the same Friday, usually these discounts last all weekend.


November in New York is one of the happiest months, with the most fun and entertaining events of all.

Starting on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Parade, where I prepare myself from 3pm to witness Macy’s Thanksgiving Eve Ballon Blow-Up, The protagonists of the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade are the giant balloons flying over the heads of the participants. Testing and inflating balloons are similar to the parade. The inflating balloons protocol is made a day before the parade.

The entrance is on 79th Street and they start to inflate the balloons around 4:30 pm. Trials with the inflated balloons are made around the Museum of Natural History from Columbus Avenue to 77th Street, Central Park West and return to 81st street. To Get here ( take the train 1 or 2 trains to the 79th Street or the B, A or C trains to the 81st Street Museum of Natural History)

The balloons are usually for approximately four hours. Be prepared for a long wait. Lots of families with children choose to go early to get good spots for pictures while the balloons are tied to the ground by giant ropes.

I would recommend, if you’re going with family, bring snacks and water; Once you leave the viewing area, it will be very difficult to re-enter, it will take a good time due to the crowds.. and accept my advice for next year:

Get to know someone who lives on 81st Street or 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue so that you can watch the parade like a Prince.

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It is a very fun event, at the end I’m a little bit tired, so I return to my apartment where I enjoy my pet and look forward for Thursday, the great Thanksgiving Day where most people in the United States, celebrate this holiday with family reunions at their homes or travel great distances to do so with distant family members. The traditional baked or roasted turkey is served with jelly or cranberry sauce. It also goes with vegetable dishes such as green beans, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes with gravy, a sauce made from the turkey’s juice.

They also usually prepare a variety of desserts, the pumpkin pie is the most popular. Meals are usually served with hot apple cider with spices or the sparkling fermented apple cider. In many homes, the first thing done is to say a Thanksgiving prayer for everything received.

pavoHummmm it’s morning, I even had nightmares thinking of today's dinner! I am getting ready for the Thanksgiving parade, sponsored by Macy's. It is a show with that lasts approximately three hours, involving floats, bands, choreography and famous personalities.

I'm looking for a good location, this parade starts at 9 am, at 77th Street and Central Park West. Go down to Columbus Circle, there is a spectacular view as the parade turn into Central Park South and take Sixth Avenue to 34th Street to get to Macy's.

I have been attending this event for several years and I like it more every year, so I will give you some recommendations:

1- One of the best locations is on Central Park South, from Columbus Circle to Sixth Avenue.

2- Keep warm because the temperatures can go down a lot and we’ll be a good time out in the open.

3- To get the best spots you have to arrive no later than 6:30 a.m. and hopefully bring a chair so you can wait, and when the parade goes by you can stand up on it.

4- If you go with children and they get bored, there is a playground in front of Tavern on the Green restaurant, between Central Park and 67th Street.​

Italian artist succeeding in New York

Today, we are going to find out how it is to live and work in the Diamond District through the eyes of an Italian jewelry maker and designer who moved to New York.

The Diamond District is the world's largest shopping district for all sizes and shapes of diamonds and fine jewelry at tremendous prices and value. When you shop for diamonds and fine jewelry, this is the first and only place to shop- New York 's Diamond District. Over 90 percent of the diamonds that enter the country go through New York City and most of them go through the Diamond District. More than 2,600 independent businesses are located in the Diamond District, and nearly all of them are related to diamonds or fine jewelry.

Because the 47th Street merchants are located so close to where jewelry is made and where diamonds are cut and traded, the jewelers can offer you a tremendous variety of precious goods, great values and industry expertise.

Sara Greco is an Italian goldsmith, she moved to New York about a year ago. After traveling for a long time, she decided to have this experience and now she works in the Diamond District, between 47th and 48th street, right in the heart of Manhattan, just few steps away from Times Square. She immediately fell in love with the Big Apple, with its charm and contradictions.

Walking with a coffee cup in your hand in the crowded streets, following the trail of yellow cabs, listening to music in the subway, gazing the skyscrapers, feeling small compared to the surrounding grandeur: this is what is experienced by those who come to NYC for the first time. Living and working in the heart of the world, where all cultures meet, is something that cannot be explained, but it can be understood through the eyes of this young jewelry maker.


Sara Greco has been fascinated by the two diamonds at the entrance of 47th street, which mark the beginning of the Diamond District. Dreamy and intrigued, thanks to the jewelry-making skills acquired over long years of experience and to her technical knowledge, she has achieved a number of success over the years. Because of her practical skills, she was spotted by the New York-based company "P CAT CUSTOM" (located right in the Diamond District) that, after viewing her work, has fallen in love with her manual skills, her artistic sense and innovative style, which, however, always bears the imprint of the Italian goldsmith tradition. There has been an instant artistic connection, even beyond the distances and the language: art and their shared passion have created a bridge between these two realities. Through "P CAT CUSTOM", Sara has had the opportunity to start collaborations with various brands, including the New York-based company EVA FEHREN, for which they have designed and manufactured jewelry appeared on the covers of the most important magazines and worn by celebrities such as Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Gwyneth Paltrow e Cara Delevingne.

A deserved reward for Sara, after years of study in the best Italian jewelry schools and in the ancient goldsmith's shops.

The brand "SARA GRECO GIOIELLI" was born in Italy in 2012, with the first collections "Argentovivo", "Improntae", "Sognando". She has collaborated on fashion shows and with Italian theater actresses, singers and bloggers, nationally and internationally renowned; she has been mentioned in magazines and newspapers for her most recent collection "Terra degli Ulivi" (2015), in which she has expressed her love for her homeland: “Salento”. Sara has always personally taken care of the design and manufacture of her jewelry – only and always handmade – from conception to the final finishing. Here in New York, she has participated in the Exhibitions at the ARTISTS & FLEAS in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (which has exhibitions based in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Los Angeles and gathers the best of art, fashion and design interviewing and selecting artists from all over the world) and at the Shwick (based in Brooklyn and a destination recommended by the Time Out Magazine as one of the “10 must-see” in New York City!). She is continuing to work on her collections, under the influence of this wonderful and dynamic source of inspiration that is New York, melting pot of all cultures in the world, the place where no one is a stranger, where nothing is considered out of the ordinary, where the first question you are asked is: “where are you from?”, and the second one is “what can you do?”.


PH SGG DARIO PATROCINIO | Fashion model: Giulia Vedruccio


November’s events

New York Marathon


Date: November 6
Time: Departure is at 8:30 am

The annual New York Marathon is held on the first Sunday of November, with a total 26.2 miles or 42 kilometers across the five boroughs of the city: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Manhattan until it reaches Central Park in Manhattan.

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Latin America Cultural Week


Date: From 5th to 13th November 2016

On this date in New York, the Latin American Cultural Week is celebrated, where the rich cultural heritage of Latin America shares film, music, literature, theater, visual and arts performances, it also gives a chance to be played by the Latino artists.

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Ice Skating


During the winter, New York prepares its ice rinks for skaters in different parts of the city, such as Bryant Park, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and Chelsea Piers Sky Ring.

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Radio City Christmas Spectacular “The Rockettes”

Location: Radio City Music Hall
Close: From November 11 to January 2, 2017
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular production of the 2016 festivities is held from November 11 to January 2, 2017, it is the most famous Christmas work of the United States, starring the world-famous Rockettes. The show, premiered in 1933, has become a true Christmas tradition of the city, going to see it is a spectacular experience.

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Christmas Markets

At this time of year we can visit and purchase a wide variety of objects, in different markets that take place in places such as Bryant Park, Columbus Circle Holiday, Union Square, Grand Central Station Christmas Market.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Eve Balloon Blow-up


Date: Wednesday before Thanksgiving
Time: Between 3:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

The protagonists of the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade are the giant balloons flying over the heads of the participants. Testing and inflating balloons are similar to the parade own show. The protocol is made a day before the parade. The entrance is on 79th Street and it begins around 4:30 pm. Trials with the inflated balloons are made around the Museum of Natural History from Columbus Avenue to 77th Street, Central Park West and return to 81st street.

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Thanksgiving Parade


Date: November 24
Start time: 9am

Thanksgiving Day gives us a show lasting approximately three hours; Floats, bands, choreographies, famous personalities and gigantic inflatable dolls are the center of attention.

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Black Friday


Date: Friday after Thanksgiving
              (November 25th, 2016)

Black Friday is the start to the holiday shopping season, where merchants offer their best and strongest discounts, rebates, promotions and offers in retail stores, department stores and large chain supermarkets appliances. The day after Thanksgiving in the US, it’s only celebrated on the last Friday of November.

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Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

Turning on Date:Tuesday, November 30th from 7 to 9 pm
Turning off Date: January 7th, 2017
The tree is shining Daily from 5:30 Until 11:30 pm

Christmas officially begins after the Thanksgiving and after turns on the Christmas Tree on the Rockellefer Center. It is decorated with 45,000 LED lights, drive for 8 kilometers of electric cables and topped with a Swarovski star.

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New York Dinner Cruise with Buffet

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Departure Point: Chelsea Piers
Departure time: 7pm (Boarding begins at 6:30 pm)
Duration: 3 hours

The cruise offers a spectacular way to see New York City. Hop aboard the boat at Pier 61 in the afternoon and get ready for a night filled with fun and entertainment. Before dinner, you’ll have the opportunity to cruise the ship while the crew loosens the moorings for the fabulous three-hour tour of New York Harbor. Then you will be invited to the free buffet and you can try your favorite dishes, including desserts, salads, meats and casseroles.

October’s events

Ghosts of New York Walking Tour


Location: Washington Square Park
Schedule: Tuesday to Friday, 7pm
Duration: 2 hours

Experience the spine-tingling thrills of a night traversing the Big Apple’s spookier streets on a tour of New York’s haunted streets. During your fully narrated tour, discover the rich history of West Village and Greenwich Village haunts, including Hangman’s Tree and the New York residence where Edgar Allan Poe penned and published some of his most famous works. You may even encounter local ghosts gliding through their favorite former haunts! The Full narration provides the historical context for the city’s scary stories.

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Halloween at the Bronx Zoo


Date: October Weekends (including October 3rd, 4th, and 10th)
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 10am – 5:30 pm

You can start with the spirit of Halloween with Boo at the Zoo, which takes place at the Bronx Zoo, where you can enjoy family attractions with different themes.
Programming: Jack O’Lantern creatures, What do you see?, Costume parade, Hay Labyrinth, Pumpkin carving, Trick or Treat, Creepy Crafts, Musical shows and Magic show.

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New York Comic Con


Date: From 6 to 9 October

Held for the first time in 2006, the New York Comic Con is the second largest pop culture convention in America, it takes place every year in the capital of the world. Comic-Con convention is dedicated to fan comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and TV, attracting more than 100,000 fans annually.

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San Genaro Festival

Date: From September 15th to 25th 2016
Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 11:30am – 11pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:30am – 12 midnight
Parades: Saturday 12th and 19th at 2:00 pm

This year the Feast of San Gennaro will be celebrated for 11 days from Thursday, September 15, through Sunday, September 25, 2016.

The Feast of San Gennaro is celebrated since 1926 by the Neapolitan community at the well-known Little Italy, once the house of famous gangsters and Italian mafia; it’s one of the most typical festivities in New York. Mulberry Street between Houston and Canal, it’s full of colors, processions, parades, entertainment, music, and a great variety of delicious Italian meals, one of the most famous events is the competition of who can eat the most cannoli.

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September’s events


Location:  USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
Date: From August 29th to September 11th, 2016
Schedule: During the day from 11am
During the night from 7pm

The US Open is the modern version of one of the oldest tennis tournaments and with no doubt one of the most important sporting events of the world. The championship lasts 2 weeks and has been held since 1978, every year during August and September. This is an excellent program to do during the long weekend “Labor Day” a holiday (which takes place the first Monday of September).

It has 5 modes: Players compete in 5 different ways; individual men and women, double men and women and mixed doubles.

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Brazilian Festival


Date:  Sep 4, 2016

The Lavagem da Rua 46 / Cleansing of 46th Street is Brazilian Cultural Parade & Festival, a sacred tradition, It’s a metaphor for life’s journey, will celebrate the purification reflecting the different paths of song, music, dancing several culture manifestations of some Brazilian states, they interpret native rhythms, it calls the attention of a multicultural public, anxious to enjoy good music and have a chance to interact with Brazilians, the Caribbean, and Latin American communities involved, including Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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Labor Day


Date:  First Monday in September (September 5th,2016)

Labor Day is a federal holiday, therefore schools, banks, and post offices are closed on this day, and it’s celebrated on the first Monday of September each year and is a date which seeks to recognize the rights of the working class across the country.

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August’s Events

Dragon Boat Festival


Location: North Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows
Corona Park Queen
Date: August 6 and 7 2016

The second Sunday of August one of the most important celebrations of the year for the Chinese community in New York is held, the Festival Dragon Boat HONG KONG. This is an event that is organized around a famous rowing boat competition held on Lake Flushing Meadows Park in Queens. This is the biggest festival of its kind in the United States and somehow commemorating a great tradition of rowing boats competitions in China.

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Big Apple Roll

Location: Streets of New York
Date: From 4 to 7 August -2016
Schedule: In you can check the schedule

For adrenaline junkies and outdoor sports, we invite you to join the group of skaters in New York City. Every summer there is an event in the Big Apple, where skaters from all over the country and the world come to join the party, adventure, explore and experience the city of New York on skates. It is free.

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Shakespeare in the Park


Location: Central Park
Dates: The Taming of the Shrew: May 24 to June 26
                Troilus and Cressida:           July 19 to August 14
Schedule: 8 pm

Shakespeare in the park is a set of Shakespeare’s plays  presented every summer at the Public Theater’s in Central Park; this one of the best free events in the city.  Usually, well-known actors are part of the cast, such as Anne Hathaway, Al Pacino, Denzel Washington who have acted in previous editions.

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July’s Events

Midsummer Night Festival


Location: Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center.
Date: Tuesday, June 28 to Saturday, July 9, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm. Dance Lessons
             7:30 pm. Dancing begins 10:00 pm.

Among the summer events in New York is the Dance Festival Midsummer Night, the favorite of dance lovers and those who want to learn or improve technique, the Festival is held outdoors every night between late June and the first half of July, at Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park – can reach suspended due to bad weather.

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New York Asian Film Festival


New York Asían Film Festival
Site: Film Society of Lincoln Center
Date: Tuesday, June 28 to Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Asian Film Festival New York is a multi-day event that features some of the best films made in the world of Asian cinema. Although most of the works on display come from East and Southeast Asia, the festival also showcases productions from India and Pakistan.

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Silleteros Parade, Flower Festival


Silleteros Parade, Flower Festival
Location: Queens Botanical Garden
Date: 9 July 10, 2016
Admission: Tickets can be found at the Botanical Garden

The Festival is held at the Queens Botanical Garden where you will enjoy music, folklore, and raffles among others. With various acts of craft work, primarily the saddles made with Colombian flowers as pompons, roses, Gerberas, the astronomies, carnations, daisies and hundreds of flowers born in Colombia. The Festival was created in 2010 with the primary purpose of spreading Colombian culture in New York.

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Opera in the Park


Opera in the Park
Dates:  June to September
Places: City Parks:

Central Park: Naumburg Band Shell, from the streets 66 to 72, free outdoor concerts, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Washington Square Park: South of 5th Avenue free concerts of the New York Metropolitan Opera.

Inglesia Saint Joseph’s Church, 371 6th Avenue and Washington Place in Greenwich Village.

Parks Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx and Staten Island, New York Philharmonic, offers free summer concerts, Sundays at 3 pm

Museum of Modern Art: Sculpture Patio, every Sunday during the month of July: jazz and classical music – for free. The doors open at 7 pm, concerts start at 8pm.

Harlem Meer Performance Festival: July every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. concerts of classical music and jazz every Tuesday July for free.

Park Central- Northern part: Sundays from 2:00 to 4:00 pm from June to September the best jazz, blues, gospel and Latin jazz.

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