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Mark Your Calendar: Metropolitan Opera Free Summer Recitals

Thursday April 24, 2014
From June 23 through July 10, 2014, the Metropolitan Opera will be performing six free concerts in New York City parks. No tickets are required for the concerts which will run from 1-2 hours, depending on the location.

Visitors Guide: Met in the Parks
Schedule: Met Summer Recitals
More: NYC Summer Concerts Guide

2014 Central Park SummerStage Schedule

Wednesday April 23, 2014
Good news -- all the dates for the 2014 Central Park SummerStage Schedule have been updated and there are quite a few great concerts planned for the summer.

The SummerStage calendar includes something to please virtually everyone from music and dance performances and comedy.

Guide: Central Park SummerStage Guide
Schedule: 2014 SummerStage Schedule
More: New York City Summer Concerts Guide
More: New York City Outdoor Summer Movies

A Walking Tour for Window Shoppers

Wednesday April 16, 2014
Dior Window DisplayAre you fascinated by the beautiful window displays at many of New York City's top stores? Year-round, you can learn about the history of New York City's window displays, as well as how they're made and designed on the WindowsWear Fashion Windows Walking Tour. The tour takes you to see the windows at many of New York City's finest department stores, and offers participants the opportunity to learn about the history and process of window dressing. This well researched and guided tour will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the beauty and art that go into creating the window displays, as well as an understanding of the merchandising power that they hold.

More: New York City's Top Department Stores
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More: Sample Sales in NYC

Photo of Dior window display by Heather Cross, licensed to About.com

DiMenna Children's History Museum

Friday April 11, 2014
You may about the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, but did you realize that the museum is home to a museum-within-the-museum, the DiMenna Children's History Museum? Located on the museum's lower level, the Children's Museum features interactive exhibits, games and a library that offer school-age kids a window into the history of New York and the lives of children living here.

More: Family-Friendly NYC
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Photo of DiMenna Children's History Museum Jon Wallen/N-YHS

Seeing Dance and Ballet Performances in NYC

Wednesday April 9, 2014
Whether you like something traditional or brand-new, New York City's dance offerings are sure to please. We've put together a helpful guide to Dance and Ballet in New York City covering major dance companies and dance venues around New York City, from the New York City Ballet and the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center to the Brooklyn Ballet and the Joyce Theater.

More: Cheap Tickets for Music, Opera & the Ballet
More: Lincoln Center Visitors Guide

Photo of Brooklyn Ballet Julie Lemberger, used with permission

April in New York City

Thursday April 3, 2014
Cherry Tree at BBGApril can be a great time to visit New York City -- despite the fact that the weather can be both wet and unpredictable. With Easter, the Tribeca Film Festival and the Macy's Flower Show all taking place, there are many fun events throughout the month, and the promise of warm weather, as well as April school break, make it a popular time to visit.

Guide: April in NYC Weather & Event Guide
More: Cherry Blossom Festival at BBG

Photo of Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden by Heather Cross, licensed to About.com

Get Free Tickets to TV Tapings in NYC

Sunday March 30, 2014
BET's 106 & Park AudienceGetting free tickets to attend your favorite shows that are produced in New York City is easier than you might think! While many shows book in advance, there are also standby tickets available for many of the most popular shows taped in New York City. Here is what you should know about Being in the Audience at Your Favorite NYC Shows including what to expect, tips for attending and how to get tickets to some of the most popular shows that tape in NYC.

Free: Best Free Things To Do in NYC
More: Free/Pay-What-You-Wish Admission at NYC Museums
More: Free Things For Families To Do in NYC

BET's 106 & Park Audience photo by JP Yim/Getty Images

Want To Visit the Macy's Flower Show?

Saturday March 29, 2014
Lady in RedNow in its 40th year, the Macy's Flower Show brings elaborate floral displays to the store's flagship location in Herald Square. The free show is on display through Sunday, April 6, 2014 and is a nice way to get a taste of spring while you shop. That said, if you really want to experience beautiful flowers in New York City, you're better off heading to the New York Botanical Garden or the Brooklyn Botantic Garden.

Guide: Macy's Herald Square
More: Best Free Things To Do in NYC

Photo of Lady in Red from Macy's Flower Show by Heather Cross, licensed to About.com

6 Great Family-Friendly Broadway Shows

Friday March 28, 2014
James Monroe Iglehart as the genie in AladdinWant to take your kids to see a Broadway Show on your New York City vacation? Here's my list of 6 Family-Friendly Broadway shows all of which will please both children and parents alike. The general recommendation is that children be at least 6 years old before you bring them to Broadway shows, but only you know whether your child can be expected to behave (& enjoy) the production. It is important that your children don't disrupt other audience members or misbehave during the performance, since audience members spend a lot of money to see these shows!

More: Best Things for Families to Do in NYC
More: Free Things for Families to Do in NYC
Save: How To Save on Broadway Tickets

Photo from Disney's Aladdin on Broadway by Cylla von Tiedemann

Want a Private Driver in New York City?

Monday March 24, 2014
Limo in Times SquareWhether you want someone to meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel or want a private driver to spend the day driving you around while you explore, a New York City Car Service is what you need. Learn about the types of vehicles available, rates and advantages with our helpful NYC Car Services Guide, which also includes New York City Car Service listings to help you book your car service.

More: NYC Taxi Guide for Travelers
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Photo of Limo in Times Square by EschCollection/Getty Images

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