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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See Exhibits at the National Arts Club

A place steeped in both culture and history makes the perfect excursion. And, located in Gramercy, at 15 Gramercy Park South, set in the historic Samuel Tilden Mansion, the National Arts Club is just such a place.

Its mission is:

“To stimulate, foster and promote public interest in the arts, as well as educate the American people in the fine arts.”

Photo from nationalartsclub.org
(Photo from nationalartsclub.org )

It was founded in 1898 by New York Times, literary and art critic Charles De Kay, himself an author and poet.

“He together with a group of distinguished artists and patrons conceived of a gathering place to welcome artists of all genres as well as art lovers and patrons.”

While it is a club in the traditional sense – private and comprised of members – the National Arts Club also offers public events.

All galleries are open to the public, Monday to Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and there is no admission fee.

On view now are three very different shows: Photos of old New York, works from emerging student artists – and underwater photography.

“Early Magnum: On & in New York” (on until April 29th) showcases photographs of the city from 1947 to 60,  “The Will Barnet Annual Student Show” (until April 27th) has the fresh and original works of “undergraduate students from nine prestigious New York area schools, and “Keith Ellenbogen: Underwater Wildlife New York (until April 29) “is a visual journey into salty waters – from Montauk Point, NY to Cape May, NJ – to discover and explore an extraordinary world that is teeming with life.”

 Take a look at their Instagram for more intriguing photos from the exhibits.

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).

3 Things To Do in NYC This Weekend in Gramercy Park & Beyond

Affordable Art Fair 2015
Sylvia White Gallery. John White. Birds on a Wire #11, 2012. Acrylic on paper. 40 x 36in. $1500. Photo credit: affordableartfair.com

Art shows abound in New York at this time of year but few are within a price range most New Yorkers can afford. The Affordable Art Fair, March 25-29, is the art show for the rest of us; a perfect place to find relatively affordable artworks to upgrade your digs for Spring. The Fair features over 70 galleries offering paintings, photographs, and sculpture between $100-$10,000, with more than half of them priced under $5000. Bring the kids along as the Fair hosts a Children’s Workshop, as well as personal shopping sessions, art tours, and food and drink. If you go tonight, Friday, March 27, between 6-8PM, admission is FREE. Until Sun, Mar 29; $18 general admission online/$20 at the door. The Metropolitan Pavilion; 125 W 18th Street (btwn 6th-7th Aves)

Recent Cutbacks, The Pit
Recent Cutbacks perform their hit show at The Peoples Improv Theater. Photo credit: timeout.com

Even closer to home at one of our favorite neighborhood venues, The Peoples Improv Theater (The Pit), comedy group, Recent Cutbacks performs their back-by-popular-demand comedy show, Hold on to Your Butts, a live-action parody of Jurassic Park, tonight, March 27, at 9:30 PM. If you don’t get tickets to tonight’s show, you have two more chances in April but book now as last year’s show sold out fast! Until Apr 4; $18. The Pit; 123 E 24th St. (btwn Irving & Park Aves)

The 2015 Orchid Show: Chandeliers
The 2015 Orchid Show: Chandeliers. Photo credit: nybg.org

If Spring won’t come to us, go to Spring at the ever-popular Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. This year’s theme is “Chandeliers” so be sure to look up when you’re there to view a stunning aerial display of hanging orchid baskets and living columns in dozens of gorgeous designs. As always, the show features a full calendar of events, including couple favorite, the romantic Orchid Evenings. Until Apr 19; $20 & up. New York Botanical Gardens; Bronx River Pathway