Are You Ready For Summer!?

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This month has just flown by and it feels like we just had Memorial Day. Although that’s the official kickoff to summer, it never really feels like the season of sun until all the kids are out of school and we have our first sweltering day. Now that school’s out, and summer Fridays have begun, it’s time to step out of the office and enjoy the outdoors. So we’ve put together a short list of activities that will keep the kids busy, give you something to do with your summer Fridays and make you wonder why you never thought of this!

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Enjoy your time in Central Park and relax near the lake with your friends! It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the summer sunshine. #RideMorePayLess with #UnlimitedBiking

Visit your favorite picnic spot in the city and have a picnic! Central Park has a number of great locations including Sheep Meadow to soak up that summer sunshine. Or lay out your blanket just off the lake under the shade of a tree with a pretty view of the rowboats. Our Central Park Picnic made by our farm-to-table partner, Mangia, is a delicious time saver that kids and adults alike will love. The spread comes with a picnic blanket, and three different meal options.

Do the kids love biking? Join us for a ride through Central Park and stop to participate in all of the activities planned for this summer. We have a range of bikes available depending on the size and riding ability of each individual. We can seat younger ones in baby seats or toddlers in double kid’s bike trailers that protect them from the sunshine. We have helmets to protect everyone’s noggin as well.

Or, if you’re an adult and don’t have a bike, we have options to best accommodate you as well. We offer high-quality Cannondale bikes in a range of sizes for the petite to the jumbo rider. It may not seem like a big deal, but once you’re riding you want to be comfortable and feel safe. We even have Road bikes for the experienced bikers that feel much more streamlined!

Take a bike to Summerstage! This is a summer concert series that takes place every Friday in Central Park. This year’s artists include Laura Mvula, Fete de la Musique, Digable Planets & Natasha Diggs, Margaret Glaspy & Alexander F, Robert Glasper Experiment, Rare Essence with Special Guest DJ Kool, Vivian Green, Music with a Message, Ginuwine, Boogie Blind, Aqueous and many more! Biking there and then stopping to take in some live music while you grab a bite to eat would make the perfect date night for any couple! // Check out all the artists here: www.cityparksfoundation.org/events/category/summerstage/

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Ride on the one way bike path all through the park on our Cannondale’s! They’re great for biking all the way up to Harlem! #VisitHarlemSightseeing at 111 W 110th Street

Feeling sluggish after the heat wave we’ve been having? Grab a bike and take your workout outdoors! It’s a great way to soak up the sunshine (or the shade of the Central Park trees) while staying active and enjoying the fresh air of Central Park. Or make it a more intense session by bringing a yoga mat and stopping along the way to get in some body weight exercises every mile as you work your way around the park. The cardio combined with resistance training will keep you feeling fabulous!

One of our favorite things to do in the park is enjoy the our weekends on the Great Lawn or in Sheep Meadow with our closest and newest friends! It’s a great way to step outside and get together while enjoying your down time. There’s endless places in the park to settle in and enjoy the summer sun while spending time with your besties. Or take in the rowboats with the fountain flowing in the background at Bethesda Terrace. It all makes for a wonderful day in Central Park!

If you’re new to town, or even if you’re a local but want a different experience, join one of our guided tours! It’s a great way to get in a workout while learning more about your city. And hey, you might learn something new! // #centralparksightseeing

We’re Giddy for Galentine’s

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Treat your gal pals to a day of fun adventures – rent a bike, take in the sights and feel like a child again! 

Don’t have a sweetie to celebrate this year? Or maybe you do but want an extra excuse to celebrate with your girls! Well here it is: Galentine’s Day! Originally created by Amy Poehler’s character, Leslie Knope, on Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day is celebrated on February 13th every year. It gives girlfriends the chance to celebrate their friendships over wine and chocolates the day before being able to do it all over again with their bae. This works out splendidly because often times our gal pals are the ones we’d want to spend time with anyways (other than our sweetie on Valentine’s Day).

We love the concept of Galentine’s Day and it’s surely on our list of celebrated holidays. Here’s a few thing you might want to do with your best friends this February 13th.

  • Go for a girls only shopping trip – it’s a great way to sneak in getting a last minute present for your honey!
  • Pamper yourselves and have a spa day with mani-pedis, massages and relaxation.
  • Plan a lunch or decadent dinner date to celebrate your friendship. Make reservations at the place your loved one doesn’t really like, but you and your girls adore!
  • Go for a bike ride together and have an outdoor adventure of all the places that were your favorite as a kid. Grab some ice cream or frozen yogurt and feel like a kid again as you race each other to get to the finish first!
  • Make a weekend of it and take a mini vacation. Get a hotel room, go do all the fun and relaxing things on your list, catch up like old times if you haven’t seen each other in a while.
  • Go see a sappy movie that you’d rather not drag your honey to – you know it’d be better with your girls anyways.
  • Have a party to celebrate your friendships! Set the scene with flowers and decorations, make some festive cocktails, invite your besties and have a ball!
  • Take in a show! Get tickets for a Broadway show or a local production – anything with your girls is going to be fun.
  • Get your Pinterest on and make a fun new recipe that’s sure to be delicious. Bake some cookies and decorate them yourself. You could even hand them out to neighbors to get an early start on Random Acts of Kindness Day later next week.

Whatever you decide to do with your girls, make it special and let them know how much they mean to you, even if you don’t say it everyday. This may be a day made up by television, but the meaning behind it is real. It’s the perfect time of year to let the ones we love know that we’re there for them. Galentine’s (and Valentine’s) Day is just the perfect reminder to do so.

You can rent bikes, buy tickets to Broadway shows, make reservations for Tavern on the Green and come see us for all your sightseeing needs at Central Park Sightseeing.

It’s Valentine’s Day – Treat Your Bae!

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A wildly colorful box of long-lasting roses from Venus et Fleur. Image courtesy of Venus et Fleur

It’s one week until Valentine’s Day and if you haven’t made plans already, it’s high time to kick it into gear. There won’t be any space left if you wait until the last minute to make reservations, buy your gifts and make the day (or the week!) special. You certainly want to impress your sweetie on this day of undying devotion so make your choices wisely. We’ve compiled a list of some things that you may not want to forget this Valentine’s Day.

  1. Floral Arrangements or a Bouquet – Whether its your first date or you’ve been together for years, flowers will make anyone’s day. They brighten up the mood, and can be custom tailored to suit anyone’s tastes. If you’re looking to make a lasting statement, order from Venus et Fleur for a box of flowers that will last for an entire year! Some may enjoy a simple long-stem rose, others may spring for an over the top display in a large vase, but whatever you decide to do, #makeprettychoices and it will be remembered for years to come.
  2. Something Bubbly or Sparkling – Pop the champagne you’ve been saving for a special occasion! Act like a teenager and visit The Sugar Factory for a giant sweet bowl of alcohol, or try your hand at mixology. Find a local venue that serves molecular mixology or order your own kit at to make them at home and surprise your special someone. Or you could always order the same drinks as you always do, but switch with your sweetie! New adventures are the spice of life.
  3. Delicious Reservations – Try something out of the ordinary, attempt a home-cooked meal if you always go out to eat, hire a personal chef for the night if you always cook, or look beyond your regular restaurant choices to something outside your comfort zone. Dirt Candy, an upscale vegetarian restaurant downtown, is a favorite of mine and I’m not a herbivore. Bold choices lead to even bolder results and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to try a new cuisine or cooking style.
  4. Special Treats for Dessert – If you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at baking a molten lava red velvet cake for this Valentine’s. It can resemble how your heart beats strong for your honey and pack a punch with its bright color. Or for something a bit darker, pick-up some delicious dark chocolate to put your sweetie in the mood. It’s proven to be great for the body, in moderation of course, and isn’t as sweet as the milk chocolate variety.
  5. Gifts to Make them Giddy –  These gifts could be anything from the exotic and dark to decadent and indulgent, whatever best suits your mood. If your honey likes to indulge in natural cosmetics and cleansers, try Lush. Known for their range of bubble bath bombs, and colorful assortment of products – they’re sure to make a splash. Lush associates will help you hand pick a fragrance from their assortment of options, or if you don’t know what to get, then choose from their pre-packaged selections that are already gift-wrapped for you.
  6. Surprises are Always Nice – It’s never a bad idea to think hard about what your honey really wants, what they are always talking about or hinting at, and surprise them with their perfect evening. I recommend a tour of your first dates, a scavenger hunt that treks through your favorite places or a new experience. If you’re looking for a new romantic gesture, take your beloved on a romantic horse and carriage ride through Central Park, or try your hand at a private daytime horseback ride. Central Park Sightseeing offers both of theses options for a surprise gesture.

Whatever you decide to choose for your romantic evening on Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to include at least some of the above. As much as your sweetie truly loves you, they still want to be put on a pedestal and treated like the King or Queen they are every once in a while. Valentine’s Day is a great excuse for it, but you should make every day of the year count, even if that means just whispering sweet nothings in their ear.

Experience Valentine’s Day Like a Princess!

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img_3149-2We love New York City, but truth be told, it can get a bit gloomy in February when the glamour of the holiday celebrations and the anticipation of the new year are long over. Although spring offers several exciting things to do during the sunnier and warmer weather, it is still a long ways off from the current season’s snowstorms. Fortunately, to help brighten things up until then, Valentine’s Day comes along in February.

Whether you are a romantic, foodie, sporty, or an artsy couple, this is the period to showcase your love in the city of New York as countless other couples flood the area to celebrate their unyielding affection. The following is for the ladies who want to feel like that beautiful princess being swept off her feet, as well as the men who don’t mind feeling like a prince for a day. Some women may even want something out of the blue, an over-the-top, no expense-spared, one-of-a-kind adventure on Valentine’s Day. If you are searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day treat for your loved one, a day they’ll recall in wonder long after the day has become a memory, then we have the perfect suggestion for you.

How about a romantic ride in a horse-drawn carriage? Just before or after enjoying a Valentine’s Day candlelit meal, you could surprise your beloved with a 15-20 minute or 45-50 minute private, passionate getaway in a carriage that will take you to see the sights in Central Park. Glamorously colored in red, white, black, or purple and gilded with decorative trim in beautiful golds and whites, the carriages are sure to make a statement for your surprise proposal, wedding ceremony in the park, vow renewal on Bow Bridge, or simply an iconic Valentine’s Day date.

Spending these moments in a carriage with that special someone is a relaxing, fun and seemingly unforgettable experience. You can make it a low-key ride through New York’s backyard, or a fancy affair, where you are dressed to the nines in fabulous evening wear. Sitting in your luxurious personal carriage, relaxed and covered in a warm, fluffy blanket as your guide shows you New York’s Central Park in a new light.

I don’t know if it’s because we’re romantics here, but love anchored on the classics makes it a whole new Valentine’s Day experience altogether, even if you are a native New Yorker. And for those of us normally ready for spring by mid-February, this is one scenic occasion when snowflakes could elevate the entire experience. The Valentine’s Day reservation will include a small box of Godiva chocolates and a single long stem rose for your significant other. We also provide the option to add-on more roses or a professional photography package for an additional fee. 

By the way, who does not want to leave a lasting impression on their lover’s mind?

We at Central Park Sightseeing love seeing smiles on people’s face. And we want to give you the absolute best horse and carriage ride experience possible. With our quality carriage experience, we’ve been able to give our riders some of the best moments of their lives during their time in NYC. And we’ll help make this Valentine’s Day a memorable one for both you and your loved ones. 

Carriage reservations can be made in advance for Valentine’s Day on our website www.centralparksightseeing.com or by phone at (212) 975-0785. Please note that there are no cancellations or refunds for all carriage reservations made for February 14th. 

New Year’s Eve at Times Square LIVE Event Schedule

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The following is a breakdown of the full New Year’s Eve Event Schedule to take place in Times Square this evening. Performers include the iconic Mariah Carey, Rachel Platten, Gavin DeGraw, Lupillo Rivera, Silentó, Don Omar, DNCE and Thomas Rhett. Michelle Obama will make an appearance during the show, as well as Jenny McCarthy.

Please see yesterday’s post about the different ways to ring in the new year with Ryan Seacrest on ABC or Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper on CNN.

New Year’s Eve LIVE Schedule

2016 – 2017

For 112 years, Times Square has been the center of worldwide attention on New Year’s Eve, ever since the owners of One Times Square began in 1904 to conduct rooftop celebrations to greet the New Year. The first Ball Lowering celebration occurred in 1907, and this tradition is now a universal symbol of welcoming the New Year.

EVENT HOST

Allison Hagendorf, Global Head of Rock at Spotify, network television host, and Live Announcer of the MTV Video Music Awards and MTV Movie Awards, will return for her fifth year as the Times Square New Year’s Eve Event Host.

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THE EVENT

3:00 p.m.

The Revelers

Revelers start arriving late in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve. By approximately 3:00 p.m., the Bow Tie of Times Square (42nd to 47th Sts. between Broadway & 7th Ave.) is fully closed to traffic. Revelers are directed by the NYPD to gather in separate viewing sections. As one section fills up, the revelers are directed by police to the next viewing section. As the evening progresses, revelers continue to fill the Times Square neighborhood along Broadway and Seventh Avenue moving uptown from 43rd Street to as far as Central Park.

6:00 p.m. to 6:03 p.m.

Lighting and Raising the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball

The celebration begins with the lighting and raising of the New Year’s Eve Ball atop One Times Square. The Event Organizers will be joined by representatives of the Philips Lighting Company to flip the giant switch which lights the New Year’s Eve Ball and begins its ascent accompanied by special pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.

6:04 p.m. to 6:07 p.m.

Intro of Webcast Host & Kiss Stage

Allison Hagendorf introduces Jonathan Bennett at the Kiss Stage between 44th and 45th Streets.

6:07 p.m. to 6:21 p.m.

SAFA Chinese Cultural Performance

The Sino-American Friendship Association (“SAFA”) presents a spectacular Chinese cultural performance to begin the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration. This year’s theme is “explore the beautiful China along the Silk Road.” The performance is on the Countdown Stage at Duffy Island between 46th and 47th Streets. The Chinese cultural performance will conclude with red and gold pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square.

6:25 p.m.

Times Square 2017 Hats, Balloons, and Scarves

The Times Square Alliance sanitation crew clad in bright red uniforms begins to distribute tens of thousands of fun handouts to the Times Square revelers for cheering in the New Year.   Planet Fitness is providing festive purple and yellow New Year’s Eve hats along with purple balloons tied with gold mylar ribbons. The Sino-American Friendship Association is providing beautiful red scarves.

6:53 p.m. to 6:56 p.m. 

Good Riddance Day Highlights

Allison Hagendorf will share highlights from Good Riddance Day with the Times Square revelers from the Countdown Stage.

6:58 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with Anderson Cooper

As we approach the New Year, Anderson Cooper will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 7 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. Anderson will also read several of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share his wish for the New Year.

7:02 p.m. to 7:12 p.m. 

Univision’s “¡Feliz 2017!: Performance by Luis Coronel

Luis Coronel performs medley of his hit songs Tu Boca Me Hipnotiza, Cuando La Miro, Quiero Ser Tu Dueñand Me Voy de Rumba on the Planet Fitness Stage.

7:13 p.m. to 7:18 p.m. 

Musical Performance by Jojo Abot

Jojo Abot was selected to perform as part of the inaugural New Year, New Voices platform for emerging New York City musical artists.  Jojo is a Ghanaian singer-songwriter who divides her time between Accra, Copenhagen and New York City. Her music features a worldwide sound with an experimental blend of electronica, afrobeat, jazz, neo-soul, house and reggae.  She will perform To Li on the Kiss Stage.

7:23 p.m. to 7:28 p.m. 

Planet Fitness “Judgement Free” with Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy will lead the revelers in a fun “Judgement Free” moment.

7:57 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with Silentó

As we approach the New Year, Silentó will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 8 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. He will also read several of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share his wish for the New Year.

8:01 p.m. to 8:04 p.m.

Getting Ready For The Midnight Kiss!

Jonathan Bennett preps revelers for midnight kiss at the Kiss Stage and encourages revelers to send their photos to #BallDrop to be displayed on the Toshiba sign below the Times Square Ball.

8:11 p.m. to 8:23 p.m. 

Musical Performance by Rachel Platten

Rachel Platten performs Beating Me Up, Stand By You, and Fight Song on the Planet Fitness Stage.

 8:29 p.m. to 8:35 p.m.

ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan performs a medley of her greatest hits with the Broadway cast from “On Your Feet” on the Countdown Stage.

8:41 p.m. to 8:48 p.m.

The FYI Network Presents, “Kiss Bang Love”

The FYI network presents, “Kiss Bang Love,” a new TV series where singles choose a potential match based on blindfold kissing. The Times Square revelers get a preview on the Kiss Stage.

8:53 p.m. to 8:58 p.m. 

The USO Show Troupe Performance

The USO Show Troupe performs a Military Salute to honor our Armed Forces on the Countdown Stage.

8:58 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with FNC’s “All-American New Year”

As we approach the New Year, FNC hosts Kimberly Guilfoyle and Eric Bolling will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 9 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. They will also read several of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share their wishes for the New Year.

9:01 p.m. to 9:04 p.m.

The FYI Network Presents, “Kiss Bang Love”

The FYI network presents, “Kiss Bang Love,” a new TV series where singles choose a potential match based on blindfold kissing. The Times Square revelers get a preview on the Kiss Stage.

9:05 p.m. to 9:08 p.m.

Waterford Crystal Toast 

9:12 p.m. to 9:24 p.m.

Musical Performance by Gavin Degraw

Gavin DeGraw performs his hit songs I Don’t Want To Be, Not Over Youand She Sets the City on Fire on the Planet Fitness Stage.

9:27 p.m. to 9:29 p.m. 

Global Citizen Video Message

9:37 p.m. to 9:43 p.m.

ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by DNCE

DNCE performs medley of Cake By The Ocean and Body Moves on the Countdown Stage.

9:52 p.m. to 9:55 p.m.

Toshiba and Bill Nye’s Happy New Year Message

9:57 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with Planet Fitness

As we approach the New Year, representatives from Planet Fitness will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 10 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. They will also read several of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share their wishes for the New Year.

10:02 p.m. to 10:12 p.m. 

Univision’s “¡Feliz 2017!: Performance by Lupillo Rivera

Lupillo Rivera performs medley of his hit songs on the Planet Fitness Stage.

10:13 p.m. to 10:16 p.m. 

Barefoot Bubbly Toast

10:18 p.m. to 10:21 p.m.

The FYI Network Presents, “Kiss Bang Love”

The FYI network presents, “Kiss Bang Love,” a new TV series where singles choose a potential match based on blindfold kissing. The Times Square revelers get a preview on the Kiss Stage.

10:23 p.m. to 10:28 p.m.

Planet Fitness Presents the “Judgement Free” Marching Band Halftime Show

The Marching Cobras perform Uptown Funk on the Planet Fitness Center Stage.

10:34 p.m. to 10:41 p.m. 

ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett performs medley of his hit songs Vacation, T-Shirt and Die A Happy Man on the Countdown Stage.

10:46 p.m. to 10:51 p.m.

Musical Performance by Silentó

Silentó performs Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) on the Planet Fitness Stage

10:57 p.m. to 11:01 p.m.

Hourly Countdown with Raúl de Molina

As we approach the New Year, Raul de Molina will appear at the Countdown Stage to wish the Times Square revelers “Happy New Year”; and lead the ten second countdown to the 11 o’clock hour accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects atop One Times Square. Raul will also read several of the Confetti Wishes to be mixed into the confetti release at midnight and share his wish for the New Year.

11:02 p.m. to 11:09 p.m.

Univision’s ¡Feliz 2017!: Performance by Don Omar

Don Omar performs medley of Danza Kuduro, Zumba, Hasta Que Salga El Sol and Te Quiero Pa´ Mi on the Planet Fitness Stage.

11:11 p.m. to 11:13 p.m. 

First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama Video Message

11:16 p.m. to 11:19 p.m.

The Associated Press Presents 2016 Year-End Video Highlights

The Associated Press, the world’s oldest and largest news gathering organization, presents a news reel highlighting some of the most memorable events of 2016.

11:38 p.m. to 11:44 p.m.

ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”: Performance by Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey performs medley of Auld Lang Syne, Emotions and We Belong Together on the Countdown Stage.

11:51 p.m. to 11:58 p.m.

Special Musical Performance by Rachel Platten

Rachel Platten performs Lonely Planet and John Lennon’s Imagine on the Planet Fitness Stage.

11:59 p.m.

The Sixty-Second Countdown

The Mayor of New York City joined by Times Square 2017 Special Guest United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon push the Waterford crystal button that signals the descent of the New Year’s Eve Ball, and lead the final sixty-second countdown to the New Year on the Countdown Stage.

The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball

The lighted Ball descends 70 feet in sixty seconds. The Ball is a geodesic sphere, twelve feet in diameter, weighing 11,875 pounds. The Ball is covered with 2,688 Waterford crystal triangles and lit by 32,256 Philips Luxeon Rebel LEDs.

12:00 a.m. — New Year’s Day

2017 Sign

At the stroke of Midnight, the lights on the New Year’s Eve Ball are turned off as the numerals of the New Year “2017” burst to life shining high above Times Square.

Times Square Confetti Release and Pyrotechnic Effects

The world-famous New Year’s Eve confetti is released from the rooftops of buildings throughout Times Square creating a celebratory blizzard of colorful confetti as revelers welcome the New Year accompanied by colorful pyrotechnic effects. The three thousand pounds of confetti includes tens of thousands of wishes from revelers around the world hoping for peace, love, good health and a better future in the new year.

12:15 a.m.  – End of Show

Ring in the New Year at Times Square!

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Are you ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve in New York?! For all those who know and love the iconic Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve celebrations and who are now accustomed to seeing Ryan Seacrest on the screen, you’re in for a treat! This year, Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper will also be hosting a live New Year’s Eve special on CNN again detailing all of the happenings in Times Square and Carson Daly will be on NBC, and Pitbull iso hosting on FOX. Don’t miss all the performances and specials before the ball drops at midnight!

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Tune-in: Saturday, December 31st @ 8 pm on CNN for New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin in its Tenth Year

Tune-in: Saturday, December 31st @  8 pm on FOX for Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution Live from Miami, Pitbull will be joined by co-hosts Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg. The stellar lineup of performers includes Biz Markie, Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio, Tone Loc, Rob Base, Young MC, and Naughty By Nature. And, based on last year’s special, I can’t wait for Pitbull himself to take the stage.

Tune-in: Saturday, December 31st @ 8 pm on NBC for New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly and co-host Mel B, They will also be in Times Square when the clock strikes midnight — and, based on the special’s line-up, this is one you won’t want to miss. It’ll include performances from Jennifer Lopez, Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, and Pentatonix.

Tune-in: Saturday, December 31st @ 8 pm on ABC for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

A much cherished annual tradition since 1972, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” is the most popular way for viewers to ring in the New Year, both in the US and worldwide. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the show is a New Year’s staple with live performances in New York along with the iconic Times Square ball drop.

This year will be the 45th anniversary of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017” and will feature five and a half hours of stellar performances, reporting on New Year’s celebrations around the globe. Performers in New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles will take the stage on rock out with you on New Year’s Eve. Mariah Carey, DNCE, Thomas Rhett and Gloria Estefan with the cast of her Broadway musical ON YOUR FEET! will perform for over one million fans live in Times Square. The Billboard Hollywood Party will also be hosted by Fergie with additional performances in Los Angeles. And of course, you’ll be able to join Seacrest and his co-host Jenny McCarthy in counting down to when that big ball drops in Times Square, thus signifying a new year has begun.

If you don’t have access to an actual TV on New Year’s Eve, live streaming New Year’s Rockin’ Eve through the official ABC website or the Watch ABC mobile app may be your best option. Through these platforms, you can live stream whatever is currently playing on ABC right from your computer or mobile device. All you have to do is boot these up starting at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 31 to catch all of the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve action

Who exactly is in the lineup for the nearly six hours of performances? We’ll be posting tomorrow with the full lineup for the night so be sure to check back in the morning. The musical star of the night is undeniably Mariah Carey — she’ll perform live for over one million people in Times Square moments before the ball drops, meaning she’ll be the artist to give the last big musical performance of 2016. She was the first performer to sing live on Dick Clark’s special, so it’s fitting that Carey is the headliner for the broadcast’s 45th anniversary.

 

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Carey is thrilled to return to the Times Square celebration. In a statement issued, she said:

“I am so excited to return to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest and feel blessed to be a part of this year’s magical celebration. I can’t wait to perform once again for my incredible fans as we ring in the New Year together live from Times Square.”

The wildly popular pop group DNCE is also scheduled to perform and their songs are the type that’ll make you want to get up and dance — even if it’s just in your living room.Country singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett will also take the stage, so a variety of musical genres will be represented. I’m particularly excited to see Gloria Estefan perform with the cast of her Broadway musical On Your Feet! The show is based on the lives of Estefan and her husband — and she’s the lyricist, composer, and orchestrator. Estefan herself isn’t a cast member, so it’ll be a treat to see her onstage with the show’s stars.

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So, whether you love country, show tunes, or good old-fashioned pop music, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve has got your musical needs covered. And, the breaks between performances will give us a glimpse at how cities all across the globe are ringing in 2017. What could be better

8 Insta-Worthy Photo Ops in Central Park

 

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Bow Bridge, a fabulous spot to propose, or simply take in the breathtaking views of Central Park. 

Bow Bridge As an iconic proposal spot, and the highlight of many people’s trips through Central Park, Bow Bridge is the first cast-iron bridge built in Central Park. Designed as a compromise between park commissioners and designers, the low-lying bridge is meant to resemble the soft curve of a violinist’s bow. It also spans the Lake, connecting Cherry Hill to the Ramble.

 

Mid-Park at 74th Street west of Bethesda Terrace, connecting Cherry Hill and The Ramble.

The Ravine Envisioned as an urban escape by Central Park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the Ravine gives visitors an opportunity to explore natural habitats, leaving the skyline behind. Hidden out of sight and surrounded by the sounds of rushing waterfalls, onlookers can experience this portion of the 40-acre woodland that is the North Woods. At the southwestern and northeastern borders are also two rustic arches – Huddlestone and Glen Span.

Mid-Park at 103rd Street.

The Mall A beautiful walkway, covered in a canopy of statuesque, sweeping American elm trees, the Mall is the only intentional straight line designed in Central Park. On the southern end of the quarter-mile pedestrian walkway, engraved granite paving stones line the path to commemorate each endowed tree in the park. On this portion of the Literary Walk, statues depict four notable writers of the era, and surprisingly, Christopher Columbus.

Mid-Park from 66th to 72nd Streets
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The Mall is an iconic place to take photos, especially on our bike tour through Central Park!

Bethesda Terrace and Fountain As the culmination of the sweeping Promenade that is the Mall, Bethesda Terrace provides gorgeous views as it overlooks the Lake. The grand carvings on the terrace represent the four seasons that envelope Central Park throughout the year. In the middle of the Terrace is the famous Angel of the Waters statue atop Bethesda Fountain. As the only statue commissioned by Central Park, and as the first time a female artist received a public art commission in NYC, it is quite a historic work.

Mid-Park on the north side of 72nd Street

Belvedere Castle Currently staged as a visitor center for the Central Park Conservancy, Belvedere Castle is the creation of Calvert Vaux, and overlooks the reservoir to the North. Providing the best and highest views of Central Park and the surrounding cityscape, the castle is a great place to take photos, and named for its placement, translating to “beautiful view” in Italian. It is also where the National Weather Service has taken measurements of New York’s weather conditions since 1919.

Mid-Park at 79th Street

The Ramble In the words of park designer Frederick Law Olmsted, the Ramble is a 36-acre “wild garden” filled with rich forest gardens and plantings sure to get the urban traveler lost in a sea of nature. Sitting on a bedrock platform, the Ramble was planted in 1859 as one of the first parts of the park. Underneath all the leaves and plants is a thriving wildlife habitat with a woodland restoration and management plan attached to it.

Mid-Park from 73rd to 79th Streets.

The Boathouse As an iconic statement in the middle of Central Park, the Loeb Boathouse is a rustic building on the Eastern shoreline designed by Calvert Vaux to provide space for boat docking and storage. After falling into disrepair, a new boathouse was designed and built on the northeastern tip in 1954. As the unofficial headquarters for birdwatchers who record their sightings on a notebook inside the boathouse, its character and charm is a must to see and experience.

East Side between 74th and 75th Streets

Cherry Hill Located on a gentle slope overlooking the Lake and the Ramble, and a perfect spot for picnicing, reading or sunbathing, Cherry Hill was originally intended as a turnaround for the horse and carriages. A fantastic place for photos in the Spring when the  cherry blossoms bloom on the trees, it’s sure to be a spot to remember.

Mid-Park at 72nd Street west of Bethesda Terrace

 

Best Places to Grab Hot Cocoa on Your Way to Central Park

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We know it’s getting colder outside with the holiday season rolling in, but of course you’d still like to go out and take in the sights. It’s a great season for horse and carriage rides through the park, pedicab tours, or even ice skating at the rink. The perfect accompainiment to those sights are cups of hot cocoa! The list below is your guide to the absolute best places to stop and sip some chocolatey deliciousness around Central Park!

Grom 1796 Broadway, 212-974-3444, Midtown West
The gianduja-flavored hot chocolate at Grom tastes like liquid Nutella. Best known for their gelato, this eatery makes a fantastic cocoa for those too chilly to have some frozen dessert. With both dark and milk chocolate versions, Grom is sure to please with milk, cream, Venezuelan and Colombian chocolates.

Jacques Torres 285 Amsterdam Ave., 212-787-3256, Upper West Side
Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-664-1804, Midtown West

One of New York’s magic chocolatiers provides customers with some “wicked” hot chocolate with just a touch of ancho and chipotle peppers in addition to the classic style.

Serendipity 3 225 E. 60th St., 212-838-3531, Upper East Side
Serendipity 3’s oxymoronic Frrrozen Hot Chocolate has so many New Yorkers in awe. Is it even possible for a drink to be both frozen and hot? Just don’t think about the logic behind it too much and don’t down it too fast either – just enjoy!new-york-2007-166

The Russian Tea Room 150 W. 57th St., 212-581-7100, Midtown West
Sure enough, the famed Russian Tea Room, home to such ornate decorations as a 20-foot-tall golden tree adorned with Venetian glass eggs—and whose menu features, for example, Golden Osetra caviar—offers its own “signature hot chocolate,” complete with whipped cream and marshmallows. The toasty, tasty treat is a relatively affordable way to get a foot in the door at one of the City’s fanciest eateries.

Max Brenner: Chocolate by the Bald Man 841 Broadway, 646-467-8803, Union Square
Dessert tycoon Max Brenner (a fictional character who’s a composite of the venue’s two founders) serves hot chocolate in a specially designed “hug mug,” which encourages patrons to hold the drink with both hands for maximum comforting effect. The cocoa is available in milk, dark and white chocolate versions.

Cafe Lalo
201 W 83rd Street, 212-496-6031, Upper West Side
Famous for its feature role in You’ve Got Mail, this go-to spot is on the map for its cakes, pies, tarts and of course hot chocolate! With a range of flavorful mix-ins or shots of alcohol to add in, Cafe Lalo’s hot cocoa is sure to warm your insides.

Voilà Chocolat
221 W 79th Street, 212-920-8799, Upper West Side
A great spot to stop with the kids to decorate your own chocolate treats, Voilà Chocolat also offers a variety of flavors for adults and children alike. From their Classic Dark House Blend to a Daredevil Spiced or even an exotic Matcha Green Tea White Hot Chocolate to thrill the senses. Now they even offer a Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate for those seasonal types.