Author: Patrick

On the 12th day of Christmas… The New York Philharmonic Holiday & New Years Eve Concerts

Par Patrick | décembre 12, 2017
Philharmonic Christmas concert

On Dec. 19th and Dec. 20th the Philharmonic performs “Winter Wonderland,” “O Tannenbaum,” and a medley of Irving Berlin classics like “White Christmas” and “Happy Holiday,” and a carol sing-along that will warm your spirits. Plus: a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” by Whoopi Goldberg on Dec. 19 and Mo Rocca on Dec. 20. Perfect holiday fun with family and friends. Tickets for the event range from $35–$75. To...

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On the 11th day of Christmas… Find a Great Restaurant for an Un-Christmas Dinner

Par Patrick | décembre 11, 2017
Chinese food for Christmas

For years as Christians celebrated at home, Jews needed an option for what to eat on Xmas and Chinese was the answer. This fun tradition has begun to spread outside of the Jewish community and for some families, even the most devout Christmas celebrators, have begun to embarrass festivities.  Chinatowneateries can be pretty busy year round but especially during the holiday season. If you want to try something new this...

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On the 10th day of Christmas… Dyker Heights Holiday Lights

Par Patrick | décembre 10, 2017
Dyker Heights Christmas lights

Out of all the yuletide razzle-dazzle NYC has to offer, the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights 2017 display is by far the most spectacular. (Sorry, Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree). Each year, over 100,000 people flock to the Brooklyn neighborhood to witness some of the most over-the-top Christmas lights we’ve ever seen—think huge inflatable Santa’s and snowmen, and houses that blast Christmas carols from loudspeakers.  Thereis a lot of ground to cover,...

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On the 9th day of Christmas… Sledding in the Parks

Par Patrick | décembre 9, 2017
Sledding in the park

If weather trends stay on course for New York City, you’ll want to prepare yourself for some major snow this holiday season. Take advantage of the wintery weather and join the fun at any of the dozen local parks for some sledding! Prospect Park in Brooklyn or Central Park in Manhattan are classic locations to enjoy some slip-sliding fun. If you aren’t the adventurous type, you can always just make...

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On the 8th day of Christmas… 5th Avenue Holiday Window Displays

Par Patrick | décembre 8, 2017
5th Ave. Christmas window displays

  Shopping in NYC during the holidays can be a bit hectic due to the tourist-packed streets. But there are definitely redeeming qualities to making the trek into the crowds: beautiful holiday window displays! Every year starting in mid-November, the most of the major department stores in New York City create one-of-a-kind presentations of holiday-cheer in their exterior windows, usually with an original theme or throw-back to celebrate years past....

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On the 7th day of Christmas… the NYBG Holiday Train Show

Par Patrick | décembre 7, 2017
New York Botanical Gardens winter show

The Botanical Gardens in the Bronx showcases a special display enjoyable for the whole family. Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track....

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On the 6th day of Christmas… Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center or Bryant Park or Central Park

Par Patrick | décembre 6, 2017
Ice Skating New York City

There are numerous ice skating rinks around New York during the holiday season. The most famous has to be The Rink At Rockefeller Center. It is open from 8:30am to 12am typically (check for specific days) and people tend to spend anywhere from 10-45 mins there at a time. You can reserve your tickets with VIP skate reservations and prices can vary from $60 – $150 per person. If you...

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On the 5th day of Christmas…The Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes

Par Patrick | décembre 5, 2017
Radio City Music Hall Rockettes

  You will shout out “5 Golden Rings”, or should I say “kicks”, when you see this show! Every holiday season, one of the most beloved annual Christmas shows in history takes place at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The iconic Radio City Christmas Spectacular incorporates more than 140 performers that keep the audience enraptured for 90 minutes. The most notable Radio City Christmas Spectacular performers...

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On the 4th day of Christmas… Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting

Par Patrick | décembre 4, 2017
Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting

For over eight decades, the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center and the holiday decorations adorning and surrounding have stood as a holiday beacon for New Yorkers and visitors alike. From the beginning, the Tree was a gathering place and reflection of what was happening in the world around it. The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is today a world-wide symbol of the holidays and synonymous with New York City. The 2017...

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On the 3rd day of Christmas… St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Par Patrick | décembre 3, 2017
St.Patrick's Cathedral

It doesn’t matter if you are Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, or even an Atheist you just have admirer the beautiful architecture and majesty that is St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Every year faithful from around the Tri-State flock to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in celebration of Christmas. A lottery is held every year just for people to receive a special ticket to the Christmas Eve midnight mass. If you are not able to receive...

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On the 2nd day of Christmas… Saks Fifth Ave. Holiday Light Display

Par Patrick | décembre 2, 2017
Saks 5th Ave Christmas light display

The theme of this year’s holiday windows at Saks Fifth Avenue is “Once Upon a Holiday,” and the department store teamed up with Disney to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. For the first time in 94 years, all of its 14 windows are animated, bringing the fairy-tale to life. There is also a light display that plays a timed holiday light show to festive...

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The 12 Best Things To Do During the Holidays or New York At Christmas

Par Patrick | décembre 1, 2017
Winter Village Bryant Park

The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. New York just blooms with excitement and anticipation. The city comes to life with caroling, dancing, and tourists from all over the world sharing in the urban holiday experience with New York locals. We at TopDogTours like the Holiday’s so much we even offer a nightly Holiday Lights Tour of midtown Manhattan from the end of November through...

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Death Avenue or How New York Got a Really Cool Park!

Par Patrick | juillet 20, 2017
A photo of Highline Park, NYC.

  Death Avenue. Two words that strike fear in the souls of mortal men. Death Avenue was a nickname for both 10th and 11th Avenues from 1846 to 1941. During this time, large freight trains come down 10th Ave; which would back up to numerous loading docks. The down side of this was the fact that these trains would run down the street among carts, horses, cars, pedestrians and children....

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Introducing TopDog Tours

Par Patrick | mars 15, 2017
A photo of Patrick Kelly giving a guided tour of the Statue of Liberty.

  My First Time in NYC or How I Stumbled into a New Life I remember my first time coming to New York City. It was during a horrible blizzard. I remember people said, “It was the worst snow storm in years.” To be fair, I think they say that about every storm that happens in New York. I came to town for an audition but that was really just...

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