On June 20th in New York City’s iconic Bryant Park, these five world renowned chefs are each creating an item for The EAT (RED) FOOD & FILM FEST gourmet picnic basket. Diners will get a summer favorite from each chef and will enjoy a delicious picnic under the stars, with (BELVEDERE)RED cocktails and an outdoor screening of Sleepless in Seattle.
Ina Garten said, “I love to take something ordinary and make it really special! And that’s exactly what (RED) and my fellow chefs are doing on June 20th, by transforming an outdoor movie night into a fantastic food experience to fight AIDS. I’m proud to be supporting this event, and to see great food become a force for good in the world.”
Tickets to the EAT (RED) FOOD & FILM FEST are on sale now at ticketmaster.com/EatRED 100% of the ticket price will go to fight AIDS, and with generous matching from Bank of America and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, every ticket purchased will generate $600 to fight AIDS.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is partnering with the Battery Park City Authority to offer free Museum memberships to Battery Park City residents through June 30, 2018. The Community Membership program provides all the benefits of an Individual level membership, including free Museum admission, discounted or free program tickets, and more.
Community Membership cards may be claimed in person at the Museum’s admission desk with proof of residency in one of Battery Park City’s three zip codes (10280, 10281, and 10282). Once the request is received, the Community Membership card and a welcome packet will be mailed to the resident. Don’t miss out on this FREE opportunity to learn!
For more information visit their website HERE.
The Tribeca CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) invites you to visit them in Lower Manhattan. This is your opportunity to purchase fresh vegetables straight from La Baraja Farm, which is located in Goshen, New York. The local farm brings farm-fresh fruits and vegetables direct to Washington Market Park, every week. Members can pick up on Tuesdays from 3 – 6pm, from June to October, at Washington Market Park (Reade & Greenwich St.). Help support the Tribeca CSA and become a member. Support your farmers and shop fresh!
Full Vegetable $480 ($24/wk)
Half Vegetable (pick up every other week) $264
Fruit (must have veg share to get fruit share) $180 ($9/week)
Little Water Radio welcomes two downtowners to the show: the Founder of The Pen Parentis Literary Salon, Milda M. De Voe and Ella Butler from Compass Real Estate.
The salon is a unique Downtown series that shatters parental stereotypes as it celebrates the diverse creative work of writers that are also parents. The night begins with networking over wine, compliments of Andaz Wall Street. Readings will be followed by Q&A moderated by Pen Parentis founder M. M. De Voe. The event ends with mingling and book signings. Pen Parentis Literary Salons are a great place to meet book-loving neighbors as well as industry notables.
Compass is a real estate firm that is reaching clients on the East and the West Coasts. Compass is building the first modern real estate platform, pairing the industry’s top talent with technology to make the search and sell experience intelligent and seamless.
Date: Thursday, May 25th
Tune in: LittleWaterRadio.org
The Seaport District NYC launches Seaport FIT, a new health and wellness initiative for the downtown community.
Seaport Fit is FREE and will include a variety of fitness classes open to all. The classes are being curated by New York Health and Racquet Club and will include Zumba, Yoga, Boot Camp, BollyX and more, all held on the cobblestones outside of the Fulton Market Building.
Come join in on this non-stop high intensity dance cardio workout. Enjoy the latest dance hall and soca tracks while working out with New York Health and Racquet Club’s Melissa Reyes. Be sure to register for this free class Seaport Fit class to secure your spot.
Date(s) Monday and Tuesday’s (through Summer)
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Location: Cobblestones on the corner of Front and Fulton Streets
Staycation at the Millennium Hilton with FiDi Families
New York City is full of adventures and we love exploring the City and all that it has to offer. It’s so easy to forget that the Big Apple is an international tourist destination. To us, it is simply home. But, the reality is that 60% of all tourists to Lower Manhattan are international and the top 5 international visitors hail from the U.K., Germany, Spain, France and Australia (according to the 2016 tourism report by the Downtown Alliance).
According to the Downtown Alliance, NYC was host to 14.8 million visitors in 2016! So, with all of the interest and excitement for the Big Apple, we decided to experience a downtown stay with a FiDi hotel that is in the midst of the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan and with plenty of amenities and things to do, to entertain any visitor, from young to old.
The Millennium Hilton has been a downtown staple and one of the original hotel brands to put down roots in the Financial District, when most big brands were focusing on midtown. The 55 story hotel was damaged by the attacks on 9/11 but managed to remain open and rebuild itself, just as the rest of the neighborhood did. There are food destinations within walking distance that are well-known and fabulous people watching such as L’Appart at Le District, Mark Forgione in Tribeca, Cut Reserve in Tribeca and the relocated Nobu, just down the street from the hotel. With the opening of Augustine by famed restauranteur Keith McNally, the dining options are endless, when staying downtown. As most New Yorker’s know, any restaurant in New York is used to serving children, as kids have to eat too! So, we love taking advantage of great restaurants that welcome children to the NY dining experience. But, when it is easier to stay indoors, we loved dining at Church and Dey, the hotel restaurant and even took advantage of room service for dinner. The food was excellent and with the incredible views and the dining room table, we felt quite spoiled.
Some neighborhood highlights include Eataly, the Oculus, home to the Westfield WTC Shopping and Transit Center, the Trinity Church cemetery, where Alexander Hamilton is buried, the NYSE, the Charging Bull and of course, his new companion, the Fearless Girl. Plus, 10 subway lines are within 1 block of the Millennium Hilton. So, the option of taking mass transit is easy to do, as well as walking the City streets and exploring the hood. The Brooklyn Bridge is only a 10 minute walk and the views of Lower Manhattan from the bridge are unprecedented. The history and the impressive nature of the Brooklyn Bridge are worth the walk over this historic bridge. Of course, no visit or staycation is complete without a visit to the Statue of Liberty, though we always cheat and simply take the free Staten Island Ferry to get a free ride and an up close view of Lady Liberty.
The standard hotel room is approximately 300 square feet and is spacious compared to other hotels in the City. We were lucky enough to stay in a Junior Suite, which includes a private bedroom and sitting area, which was separated by a bathroom. We love the corner units with spectacular views, afforded by wall to wall windows. We highly recommend making this request, when booking a stay. With kids in tow, it was great to set them up on the pullout couch and 42″ t.v. along with cookies and milk for a cozy night and gorgeous nighttime views.
One of the unique aspects of this downtown hotel, is the heated indoor pool. It boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and the natural light is fantastic. It’s a great way to relax on your own or let the kids get their last bit of energy out. On our staycation, the weather was chilly and it was hard to convince anyone to wander outdoors. So, it was really nice to have the indoor pool as an option and a backup plan, if we chose not to go out and explore. Whether you explore near or far, its a nice reward for all of the walking that you tend to do in the City. The chance to indulge in an indoor pool after a day of walking and crowds is hard to beat.
The Millennium Hilton is really central to amazing destinations. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum are steps away and a must-see while in NYC. The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian at Bowling Green is a quick walk south and the amount of public art that is free and open to the public is impressive. The Red Cube, created by sculptor Isamu Noguchi is a few blocks away and is always an Instagram favorite.
An insider tip for FiDi Families is to utilize the itineraries that are posted to the Downtown Alliance website. We certainly have our favorite go-to’s when friends are visiting or if we decide to play tourist for the day, as we did with our staycation. But, they offer a variety of options, based on the length of stay, so its a great resource. And, a little known fact is that guests of the hotel are able to receive a discounted rate at the Seaglass Carousel. This gorgeous carousel is must-do with kids or without. It’s a magical experience.
As a family of four, the Millennium Hilton was a great choice for our downtown staycation and we can’t wait to return. Be sure to ask about the #MilleniumMemories package for some great options for guests of the hotel.
Disclosure: We received complimentary accommodations so we could share our recommendations and experiences with you as a FiDi Families contributor. As always, my posts are based on my opinions and experiences.