Scandinavian Saturdays! At NYC’s Nordic Center

Just a short bus ride away, you can take in Scandinavian culture.

To get there, just hop on the M34 (or M34A) Select Bus Service from Waterside, and you’ll soon find yourself at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America (58 Park Avenue)  – the leading center for Nordic culture in the United States.

It offers a wide range of programs that illuminate the culture and vitality of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.

Programming includes: Art exhibits, film screenings, concerts, readings, lectures and language courses.

And: For an engaging day with your kids, the center has Saturday children’s activities.

Like an art workshop to make handmade storybooks or christmas crafts made with yarn.

“Each Saturday afternoon, Scandinavia House presents our Saturday Art Workshops, which invite children to work with Nordic themes in the Halldór Laxness Library. Nordic fairy tales are full of fantastic characters and magical settings – this November we delve into stories and storytelling through practices in 3-D visual arts.”

This Saturday, your kids can experience crafts and storytelling, with:

November Saturday Art Workshops Troll Marionette Puppet-Making

“In Scandinavian folklore, the forests are full of trolls and little gnomes. Trolls are often said to be able to change their appearance and did so in order to trick humans — sometimes it was believed that if a child was being naughty, she or he had been replaced by a troll baby! This Saturday, we will make simple marionettes (puppets with strings) that are troll versions of ourselves.”

November Saturday Art Workshops Troll Marionette Puppet-Making - at Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America

And:

Saturday Morning Storytelling with the Hans Christian Andersen Storytellers

“In this popular ongoing children’s series, some of New York’s most famous storytellers from the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center present exciting fairy and folk tales and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far north.

In ‘Elves, Trolls, and Giants, Oh My!’, Robin Bady and Regina Ress will tell tales about dodging elves, ducking giants, and defeating trolls, in stories that delight while reminding us that bullies can be defeated.”

International Flavors Abound: At the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

NYC is deliciously diverse: With over 800 languages spoken in the city!

We are particularly fond of our place in the mix: Waterside may be the most international housing in Manhattan – with residents from over 62 countries.

And nowhere is the international flavor of of the city more obvious than in the abundance of amazing food around.

For one of the best bets to sample the most variety, head over to the upcoming Ninth Avenue International Food Festival.

(All photos from ninthavenuefoodfestival.com )

It’s one the oldest – and largest – food festivals in the city.

“The 15-block gastronomic extravaganza features cuisine from Greece, Brazil, Italy, Morocco, Senegal, Ukraine, Thailand and everywhere in between, with music and dancing to match,” describes The Citiview.

Woman dancing at the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

The event takes place on Saturday May 19, 2018 and Sunday May 20, 2018, 10AM to 6PM, on Ninth Avenue between 42nd and 57th Street.

Just take the M34A from Waterside to 43rd Street & 9th Avenue, and you’re there!
All ready to party – and partake.

Gulliver’s Gate: See this Mini-World!

Here at Waterside, we’re proud to have one of the most diverse communities in New York City. With residents from France, China, Italy, Turkey, Spain, South Africa and many more countries, we’re like a mini-globe!

For another mini-international world, check out the new Gulliver’s Gate in Times Square.

“Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels told of an 18th century adventurer entering fantastical, hidden places where he discovered his expectations challenged and his sense of wonder expanded. It is our goal to do the same for the 21st century, with an immersive display that utilizes the latest interactive technology to make the experience of an intricate and tiny world even more rich and engaging.

As any New Yorker will tell you, the whole world exists in NYC.

With Gulliver’s Gate, we take that notion seriously, transporting you to the world’s most intriguing places and most captivating time periods.”

Visit the exhibit at 216 W 44th Street, where you’ll see miniature examples of Europe, the Middle East, Asia…

Europe in miniature (via Gulliversgate.com )
(via Gulliversgate.com )
The Middle East in miniature ((via Gulliversgate.com)
(via Gulliversgate.com)
Asia in miniature (via Gulliversgate.com )
(via Gulliversgate.com )

And, of course, NYC!