Revel in Spanish Theatre – at Nearby Repertorio Español

Immerse yourself in exciting Spanish-language theater – at nearby Gramercy’s neighborhood cultural institution, Repertorio Español. Around since 1968, it continues to present innovating and compelling shows.

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In the Neighborhood: 4 Things to Do With Kids This Holiday Weekend

"Nova," Softlab's Holiday Installation at Flatiron Plaza.
“Nova,” Softlab’s Holiday Installation at Flatiron Plaza. Source: untappedcities.com

Happy Christmas Eve! Here are 4 things to do with kids this holiday weekend AFTER the madness of holiday present exchanges and big family dinners. The city will still be decked in its holiday glory, and there’s plenty of it to enjoy with your family within walking distance of Waterside Plaza.

1.Take in the holiday lights at Flatiron and Madison Square Park

Empire State Building viewed from Madison Square Park.
Empire State Building viewed from Madison Square Park. Source: Madison Square Park Facebook

If you’re like most New Yorkers, nothing will tempt you to fight the crowds to see the holiday lights uptown, but you’ve got a gorgeous alternative nearby. Madison Square Park will still be in full holiday glory, and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership’s 2015 Holiday Installation Nova by SOFTlab will let you look through a prism of shifting lights at some of the city’s most iconic landmarks nearby, including the Empire State Building and the Flatiron Building. See your city in a new way this holiday.

2. Walk over to the Grand Central Holiday Train Show

Grand Central Holiday Train Show
Grand Central Holiday Train Show. Source: timeout.com

Holiday train shows abound in New York, which makes sense for a city with a subway system that never sleeps either. The Grand Central Holiday Train Show is the only one that you can walk to, going north from Waterside Plaza. Trains hold a special place in the hearts of many, and kids especially will be delighted to watch the model trains weave through the city’s iconic landscapes.

3. Show the kids the magic of the “Discovery of King Tut.”

The Discovery of King Tut
The Discovery of King Tut. Credit: Ernst vanDeursen Source: timeout.com

Just a little north of Madison Square Park at Premier Exhibitions, kids can relive “The Discovery of King Tut,” the most magnificent find of ancient Egypt. With 1,000 meticulous reproductions of real treasures found in the famous boy-king’s tomb, and kid-friendly audio guides, your children will be able to experience this 3,000 year old wonder just as it was at its moment of discovery.

4. Laugh your heads off with Kids N’ Comedy Christmakwanzukah

 Kids 'N Comedy: Christmakwanzukah
Kids ‘N Comedy: Christmakwanzukah. Credit: Julia Slaff Source: timeout.com

Gramercy Park is the unofficial comedy capital of the city but walking a little further west on 23rd street to Gotham Comedy Club, you’ll find the kid-friendliest comedy show of the season, Kids N’ Comedy Christmakwanzukah, an all-teen stand-up show about the good, bad, and ugly of Christmas, from terrible gifts to more. A perfect way to close out another holiday season.

3 Things To Do In Gramercy Park This Weekend

Mad Men
The cast of Mad Men at their glamorous best. Source: boston.com

It’s so hard to say goodbye but it’s easier with a cocktail. Bid farewell to the most stylish show on TV at Gramercy Park’s most glamorous historic club, The Players, with an exclusive Mad Men Cocktail Party to celebrate the show’s final season, featuring live 1960s-era music, classic burlesque, and best of all, a “classic cocktail menu made from unopened bottles of vintage 1960’s liquor used as props on the set of Mad Men.” Can you think of a better way to channel Don Draper than sipping a 50-year-old rye? Tickets are selling fast so buy soon. Fri, Apr 10; 7pm. $65 general admission/$105 VIP. The Players Club; 16 Gramercy Park South (btwn 19th-20th St).

Olga Pericet Flamenco
Olga Pericet performing her energetic choreography. Source: famayfortuna.com

There’s a chance you haven’t heard of Repertorio Español, but this neighborhood cultural institution harks back to the days of Mad Men itself. Established in Gramercy Park in 1968 to bring the most exciting Spanish and Hispanic American performance to New York City, the newest Repertorio production “Flamenco Untitled” by rising Spanish flamenco star Olga Pericet is a prime example. Lauded for her “fierce energy” and “hypnotic choreography,” Pericet is likely to electrify both flamenco veterans and novices alike. Buy tickets. Until Sun, Apr 26; times vary. Starting at $35. Repertorio Español, 138 E 27th St (btwn Lexington & 3rd Ave).

 MurderFist Comedy
The crew of MurderFist. Credit: Karsten Moran for The New York Times. Source: nytimes.com

A total change of pace but one of the best in their game, TimeOut calls the comedy group Murderfist at The Pit (Peoples Improv Theater), “as punk as sketch comedy gets.” It’s hard for sketch comedy acts to stand out in Gramercy Park, the unofficial improv comedy capital of NYC, abounding with great comedy clubs like the The Pit, but Murderfist’s loud, raw, weird show has no problem distinguishing itself from the fold. Just leave the kids at home. $10 General/$1Student. Sat, Apr 11; 11pm. Peoples Improv Theater; 123 E 24th St. (btwn Irving & Park Aves).