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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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Fleet Week

Fleet Week

Location: Manhattan: dock 88S – 92S
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Cruise
Staten Island Homeport dock USS Sullivan
Battery Place Pier A, 22
Date: Wednesday Week 25 to Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Public events in general about free Boat Tours
Intrepid have to pay the tours

The week of marine fleet has been held almost every year since 1984, thousands of sailors, marines, coast guard of the Navy of the United States, and ships of the Coast Guard move to New York at the end of each May, to commemorate Memorial day. This annual event becomes an opportunity for New Yorkers and tourists can witness the most recent acquisitions of the armed forces; on the other hand, all those present have the opportunity to meet ships from different countries who are visiting.

Our advice:
Boat trips will take place every day throughout the week in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island. All ships will be open for tours 08 a.m.-5 p.m. with Intrepid Pier exception, which opens at 10 a.m.

For display there are ships of the US Navy. UU., Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian.
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Ninth Ave Int. Food Festival

Ninth Ave Int. Food Festival

Date: Saturday 14 and Sunday May 15, 2016
Hours: Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 m. 5:00 p.m.
Admission: Free admission – cost food

The International Food Festival Ninth Avenue, has become one of the purposes favorite of New Yorkers since its inception in 1973 a week; This festival takes place from 42nd to 57th on Ninth Avenue; more than one million people visit the festival each year, is unique and surprising, entertainment and all kinds of street stalls together, a great place to meet friends for a meal before the show or after the show, drinks or dinner will experience meals from countries such as Poland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Japan and Thailand among others.

Our advice:

Fresh and cheap products, butchers and fishmongers, ethnic foods, herbs and fresh spices, gourmet ingredients, specialty cheeses – this is a street fair where they are outnumbered by the fabulous food that really is not seen in other shows.

There will be musical entertainment, international dance on Calle 55, children will also have fun with lots of unique activities for them. Admission to the event is free, wear comfortable shoes, loose clothing and better able to enjoy the event.