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<![CDATA['Star Trek: Bridge Crew' Goes Where No Gamer Has Gone Before]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:24:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/STBC_Enterprise_AstroGator_1490913773.png

The world of virtual reality in video games has explored places never seen or experienced. In these scenarios, the landscape and everything that goes with it is new and springs from someone’s imagination.

But what if VR tries to recreate someplace that is very well known and puts the player inside that location? In “Star Trek: Bridge Crew,” developers not only let you see what it is like to be on the bridge of a Federation starship but also allow you to take control of different positions, including being the captain.

For a “Star Trek” fan, this is a dream come true. Whether you are aboard the U.S.S. Aegis, a newer starship, or the legendary U.S.S. Enterprise (the first one), the attention to detail by Red Storm Entertainment and Ubisoft is meticulous, lovingly rendered, and reflects the passion of those who loved the television series and the movies.

David Votypka, senior creative director at Red Storm, felt a little bit of pressure to get things right, but he wanted it to be more than just a recreation.

“’Star Trek,’ maybe even more than ‘Star Wars,’ has fans that are extremely adamant about accuracy and scientific logic behind everything,” Votypka said. “We knew from the very beginning we had to get it right. Not only the details on the bridge but actually the sense of being inside ‘Star Trek’ and being on a Federation starship and doing the things that a Federation officer does.”

The VR experience is best done using hand controllers, which allows the players the freedom to use their hands in a more natural motion. Whether captain, engineer, helm or tactical, the roles intertwine and create a sense of team to complete the missions.

It is a smooth experience for the player and doesn’t create any motion-related illnesses that can come with a virtual reality game. The calm motion, when not in a firefight situation, also allows players to really get a sense of how vast and complex the bridge of a starship can be.

Whether on the Enterprise or the Aegis, Votypka and his team created a unique sense of actually being on those starships. Fortunately, they had many years of source materials to make sure they could produce that feeling, both visually and aurally.

“The Aegis was based off the ships in the new films. In recent Hollywood production, the crews keep all the digital copies of everything they’ve done,” Votypka said. “(For the Enterprise,) CBS has an archive in (Los Angeles) and we got to visit that and they have props that exist from the shows.”

Whether it was audio tracks from the films or TV shows or video that play on the background screens on the Enterprise, the developers had a lot of material from which to work. Votypka said it was all very helpful in allowing them to get the finer details while still using them as springboards to tell the stories they wanted to tell.

Some of the most meticulous information as to the look and feel of the Enterprise bridge came from a super fan, James Cawley, from Ticonderoga, New York, who built a life-sized replica of the starship from the original TV series.

“Every hallway, every room, every prop you could think of. When I walked in there, it totally felt like a time machine, especially when I walked into the transporter room. I really expected (William) Shatner to walk around the corner at any minute,” Votypka said. “When I went on to the bridge, it was recreated to the finest level of detail.”

Cawley used screenshots from DVD and Blu-Rays of the original series to help him build his “starship.” He also spoke with set designers who worked on the series in the 1960s to find out what they made their props with and how they constructed each piece.

All that attention to detail is great, but it only becomes truly immersive in a game setting where players can naturally interact with one another. Social VR, allowing players to interact with one another through voice or gesture, gave the starship bridges a new sense of reality with the natural movements of the players.

“The heart of ‘Star Trek’ is the relationships between those people on the crew,” Votypka said. “The idea of social VR and ‘Star Trek’ seemed like a perfect fit.”

Whether in solo mode or in co-op with other players, “Star Trek: Bridge Crew” hopes everyone gets the feeling they are in starship missions. The missions aren’t all combat, but like their inspirations, the starships also explore, find new discoveries, help others when they can, and put them in situations where there is not necessarily one right answer.

“That’s such a common theme in ‘Star Trek,’ where they come upon a situation, and there is no obvious choice here, and we just have to make the best moral decision we can or the best decision that reflects the intent of Starfleet,” Votypka said.

Much like those starship, the game also has its unique computer partners. IBM Watson, and its interactive speech and cognitive capabilities adds another layer to let players use their voice and natural-language commands to interact with their virtual Starfleet crew members.

“We have been eager to find the right way to use interactive speech further the immersive and interactive experiences that virtual reality offers,” said Votypka. “Watson gives captains in ‘Star Trek: Bridge Crew’ the ability to issue commands to non-player crew members in the same way they do with a human crew by using their voice.”

Watson can operate a crew of just AI characters or mix in with other human players without breaking the immersion of the experience. Think of it as having another Vulcan on the bridge.

Votypka doesn’t want people to think this is only for “Star Trek” fans. He hopes the lure of the detailed experience in virtual reality will get other people to dive into the universe.

“The game is about being on a spaceship with others, with your friends out in space, and that’s a pretty broad and universal fantasy,” he said. “The core gameplay experience and the social interaction is still a lot of fun, even if you aren’t a ‘Star Trek’ lover.”

“Star Trek: Bridge Crew” is available now for Oculus Rift, PlayStationVR and HTC Vive. It is rated E 10+ for everyone 10 years of age or older due to fantasy violence.


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<![CDATA[10 Fourth of July Fireworks Shows to Catch in the Tri-State]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:32:57 -0400 Macy's Fireworks display can be viewed around the city at 9:30 p.m. from different parks and rooftops in lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

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Macy's Fireworks display can be viewed around the city at 9:30 p.m. from different parks and rooftops in lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

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The Fourth of July just isn't the same without taking in a fireworks display. Here's a look at 10 fireworks displays to check out across the tri-state area.

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<![CDATA[Your Guide to July 4th Celebrations in NYC]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:15:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/POrtada_galeria_4_de_julio.jpg

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<![CDATA[Best Viewing Spots for Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Show]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:57:01 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fireworks+watch.jpg

If you're looking for the best place to watch fireworks this year, you won't run out of options. 

The "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" will once again return to the East River, making for great viewing spots across three of New York City's five boroughs. But there will also be some pretty great displays in other parts of the city and throughout the tri-state. 

Despite all the options, revelers will face crowds as tens of thousands look to the skies. Here are some of the area's best places to see the displays:

Brooklyn

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO: This is considered the “golden spot” for seeing the display, offering breathtaking looks of the fireworks and the lit-up Manhattan skyline. It’ll get crowded quickly, so be sure to get there early.
  • Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade: Another couple of spots that offer sweeping views of the Macy’s display, but you’ll have to stand.
  • Berry Park, Greenpoint: The venerable watering hole off McCarren Park features a roof deck that should offer great views of all the barges. You’ll need to buy a drink to stay for the display, but the bar has a wide selection of German and Belgian brews and a fully stocked bar.
  • Fornino Pizza, Brooklyn Bridge Park: This pizza shop offers sweeping views of lower Manhattan that should make for a great fireworks display. 
  • Brooklyn Grange, Greenpoint: The sprawling rooftop farm offers spectacular views of both Manhattan and the fireworks display. 
  • Grand Ferry Park, Williamsburg: The waterfront park in tony Williamsburg is sure to be crowded, but you should get a great look at the fireworks coming off of barges near midtown.

Manhattan

  • South Street Seaport: The Manhattan attraction has been voted the best viewing spot in the city. Like the popular spots in Brooklyn, get there early to assure a spot.
  • The Battery: You should be able to catch the Macy’s spectacular and the Freedom and Fireworks Festival in Jersey City.
  • FDR Drive: How often can you say you got to walk on the FDR? There will be several entry points along the highway, which should offer some unique views.
  • East River Park, Lower East Side: The large park should be another great place to see the display.

Queens

  • Gantry Plaza State Park, Long Island City: One of the few places in Queens to catch the fireworks, so get there early.
  • Z Rooftop Bar, Long Island City: The bar near the Queensboro Bridge should offer some great views of the northernmost fireworks barges.

New Jersey 

  • Liberty State Park, Jersey City: A huge carnival with some concert acts will precede a fireworks show with the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan.
  • Hoboken, Weehawken and other towns: Get away from the New York City crowds, and still catch some great displays.



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<![CDATA[Big Brother Has Eye on Tom Sturridge, Olivia Wilde in '1984']]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:15:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/1984Main.jpg

I was agitated after taking in “1984,” but I’m not sure if it was for the right reasons.

A new British stage adaptation of George Orwell’s Dystopian novel, now at the Hudson Theatre, is an assault on the senses, pointedly designed to run over an audience like a tank crushing resistors in its path.

Here’s what has me fidgety, though. To some degree, the strobe lights, gunshots and gore become such a distraction from the story that they threaten to overwhelm its dire message about government run amok. Where do you dial down the noise and turn up the narrative? The answer will differ for everyone, but if you go, here’s some advice -- bring earplugs.

British actor Tom Sturridge (“Orphans”) and Olivia Wilde (TV’s “House”) are Winston Smith and Julia, members of the “Outer Party.” Their jobs involve erasing all traces of any citizen not wholly on board with Big Brother, the party leader, who may not even exist. Their forbidden affair sets the play’s events in motion.

Duncan Macmillan and Robert Icke, the Brits who wrote and directed “1984,” keep the live action at eye level, but add a wall-to-wall set of video screens above the actors. Parts of the play unfold on those screens in video form, particularly Winston and Julia’s visits to their love nest, where they mistakenly think they have privacy.

To some degree, Sturridge and Wilde are acting out those scenes outside the audience view and into a camera, which broadcasts images onto the projection above the stage. Both actors are very good: Sturridge interprets Winston as a dazed, but determined member of the resistance. Wilde is aggressive, with blurrier motives.

Overseeing matters is Reed Birney (“The Humans”) as sadistic O’Brien, a member of the ruling Inner Party who poses as part of the resistance to ensnare the young lovers. The final 20 minutes of “1984” have O’Brien torturing Winston in fabled Room 101, the basement torture chamber in the “Ministry of Love,” where non-believers confront their worst fears.

There’s imagery in this scene -- a downright merry band of brutal soldiers who look like extras from a Devo video, dutifully following O’Brien’s orders -- that is hard to watch. Teeth are pulled. Fingers are sliced open. Again, I wonder if Macmillan, Icke and their producers, in their effort to provide an evening’s entertainment, haven’t bitten off some of poor Winston’s nose to … spite their own faces.

Late Wednesday, producers implemented a curiously worded age restriction policy: “No theatergoers born after 2004 will be admitted to ‘1984,’” said the news release. Did I say bring earplugs? Consider an eye mask, too.

Macmillan and Icke frame “1984” with a clever device, a pair of scenes set decades after 1984, in which civilized adults discuss Winston’s diary as a historical artifact in a book club setting. The format works to their advantage, especially at the play’s conclusion, which leaves intentionally vague the authors’ vision for how the rule of Big Brother eventually played out.

I don’t routinely suggest it’s essential for theatergoers to know source material before seeing its adaptations. Here, though, it’s a good idea, so that references to ideas such as the “Two Minutes Hate” and “Newspeak” have resonance.

Previously, “1984” had West End runs and stops in major U.S. cities. Macmillan has said the New York stint became essential after the presidential election. That was a shrewd business move. The only question I’m grappling with is whether “1984” squanders a chance to reflect 2017 by becoming lost in its overflowing theatrical bag of tricks.

“1984,” through Oct. 8 at the Hudson Theatre, 139-141 W. 44th St. Tickets: $35-$324. Call 855-801-5876

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



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<![CDATA[These Streets Are Closed Today for the Pride Parade]]> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:40:53 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/cms646.jpg


The 2017 LGBT Heritage of Pride March and Festival is on Sunday. Here are the street closures you can expect from 12-7 p.m. 

FORMATION

  • 41st Street between Park Avenue and Fifth Avenue
  • 40th Street between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue
  • 39th Street between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue
  • 38th Street between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue
  • 37th Street between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue
  • 36th Street between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue

ROUTE

  • Fifth Avenue between 41st Street and Eighth Street
  • Eighth Street between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue
  • Greenwich Avenue between Sixth Avenue and Christopher Street
  • Christopher Street between Greenwich Avenue and Greenwich Street

DISPERSAL

  • Greenwich Street between West 11th Street and Leroy Street

FESTIVAL

  • Hudson Street between Bethune Street and West 14th Street
  • West 13th Street between Ninth Avenue and West Fourth Street

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Fifth Avenue between Eighth Street and Washington Mews
  • Bleecker Street between Christopher Street and West 10th Stree



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<![CDATA[Burger King Shakes Up Menu with Lucky Charms Beverage]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:44:42 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/armus-lucky-charms-shake.jpg

They're magically delicious — and now, they're in a milkshake.

Lucky Charms cereal will appear in a limited-edition shake at select Burger King locations, the fast-food chain announced last week.

At $2.99, the Lucky Charms shake features 740 calories' worth of ice cream, syrup, and crushed pieces of the sugary marshmallow cereal.

"The mashup of our velvety vanilla-flavored soft serve and one of America’s classic breakfast cereals is something we think our guests are going to love," Alex Macedo, the president of Burger King North America, said in a statement.

The Lucky Charms concoction follows the release of other Burger King mashup beverages like an Oreo shake and a Froot Loops shake, the latter of which was added to menus in April.

BK isn't he only food chain to make waves for its dairy creations this year, after Unicorn Frappuccinos swept the nation in the spring as part of a purple and pink unicorn-themed food craze.

Ben & Jerry's has also combined cereal with frozen dairy products, releasing three new ice cream flavors in March called "Cereal Splashbacks" designed to taste like Frosted Flakes, Cocoa Pebbles or Froot Loops.



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<![CDATA[Chick-Fil-A To Offer Gluten-Free Buns]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:14:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_CHICK_FIL_A_GLUTEN_FREE_061917_1-149790016143700001.jpg

Chick-Fil-A has become the latest fast food chain to offer gluten-free options to its customers. The new gluten-free bun will come wrapped in plastic since the kitchens are not gluten-free. Customers who pay the extra $1.15 for the gluten-free bun will need to assemble their own sandwich

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<![CDATA[Five Times Athletes Have Challenged Animals]]> Sat, 17 Jun 2017 06:36:07 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT_SPO_5_TIMES_ATHLETES_VS_ANIMALS_061617-149765207316100001.jpg

With the announcement that Michael Phelps will race a shark for Discovery Channel's "Shark Week," we take a look back at five times athletes competed against animals.

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<![CDATA[Advertisers Strive to Show 'Real Dads']]> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:57:38 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-657869706-withchild.jpg

"Diapers don’t care who change them."

That's the attitude companies are increasingly adopting when advertising products for dads.

The diaper phrase, part of Procter & Gamble's #WeSeeEqual campaign from March, captures advertisers' recognition of changes in how society views fatherhood. In the ad, men, women and children defy stereotypes in the roles they take, including a father changing a diaper. Procter & Gamble is not alone: many advertisers are trying to give a truthful representation of fathers in their campaigns.

Fewer fathers are the sole breadwinners for their families now, according to the Pew Research Center. In addition, fathers are just as likely as mothers to see parenting as central to their identities. This research can shape how advertisers market their products to consumers.

"A lot of [Procter & Gamble's ads] are about breaking down stereotypes and representing this more equal world that we all aspire to," said Christine Wever, leader of the gender equality communications team at Procter & Gamble. 

Father's Day, which is being celebrated on Sunday, provides an opportunity for advertisers to showcase dads in the roles that they are increasingly taking on in home life, including caretaking and household responsibilities.

Dove Men+Care, a branch of the Dove brand and a part of Unilever since 2010, has worked to show fathers in realistic ways when advertising products. Most recently, the 2017 Dove Men+Care Father's Day campaign, #ThereToCare, features men who act as father figures for children in their latest campaign video.

"These guys want to see themselves portrayed in media in movies, T.V., pop culture, everything, the way that they're actually acting in their real lives—and that is in the caring role for their families," said Josh Levs, author of "All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses—And How We Can Fix It Together” and Dove Men+Care partner.

Competitors have followed suit in harnessing "modern masculinity and modern fatherhood," according to Levs. Gillette, a Procter & Gamble brand, has garnered praise for its "Go Ask Dad" Father’s Day campaign, which began in 2016. The campaign video features sons seeking guidance from their fathers instead of the internet.

"Modern dads are the most misunderstood parts of modern families," said Levs. "We have this scourge of the bumbling, clueless dad in ads, and we have some companies that have stepped forward to take the lead in changing that."

Social media plays a role in the shifting trends of advertising to fathers, and families more broadly. But social media platforms' emphasis on picture-perfect moments can distract from the issues that might prevent fathers from spending time with their children, according to Laura Tropp, professor of Communications and Media Arts at Marymount Manhattan College and co-editor of "Deconstructing Dads: Changing Images of Fathers in Popular Culture."

"The more we have these positive moments [in advertisements], the less we’re really debating what it takes to allow people to be what they would consider 'good fathers,'" Tropp said. "We’re not discussing paid family leave, we're not discussing people who aren’t given the same chance to be good fathers due to problems within society."

In the end, advertisers look to sell products to consumers. But that does not mean that companies do not realize they can effect change.

"When you embrace the reality of the modern dad, that we are loving, that we prioritize families, that we are absolutely capable of doing everything that parenting requires, you see fantastic results," said Levs. "People respond, people agree, people believe in it."



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<![CDATA[Kevin Spacey Serves Up Solo Show at Arthur Ashe Stadium]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:10:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DarrowMain.jpg

Only days after serving as master of ceremonies at the Tony Awards, Kevin Spacey is in the midst of a two-night stint as trial lawyer Clarence Darrow at an unusual location— U.S. Open tennis venue Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing.

“Clarence Darrow” played it first performance last night and concludes tonight. Tickets are still available.

This is the first time a play has been performed at Ashe, the largest stadium in the USTA’s Billie Jean King National Tennis Center complex.

Overhead airplane noise that has long plagued players during the U.S. Open did Spacey no favors on Thursday night. The 23,000-seat venue, even with its new roof closed, isn’t quite an intimate venue for stagecraft.

Still, we can only report that with “Darrow,” it was mostly advantage, Spacey.

The play, by writer David W. Rintels, is performed in the round. Spacey interacts with audience members in floor seats and, at times works his way to the higher tiers. The center of the action—which is also center court—is his “office,” a small space with a few chairs, and box after box of papers.

Spacey affords audiences a 2-hour glimpse into the life of an attorney known for espousing humane treatment of those he defended. Darrow never lost a client to the death penalty, a point Spacey builds up to with a series of anecdotes about the turn-of-the-century crusader.

There are stories from the Scopes “Monkey” trial, in which Darrow opposed William Jennings Bryan; his work on behalf of Detroit physician Ossian Sweet; and his defense of teen “thrill killers” Leopold and Loeb. There are also brief, less interesting forays into Darrow’s personal life—a marriage, a divorce, a remarriage.

Most essentially, though, we witness first hand the shift in Darrow’s career, as he turns away from representing the interests of big business to focus on the troubles of the common man.

Spacey has held an interest in Darrow since first seeing this show performed by Henry Fonda in the mid-1970s. The “House of Cards” star also played Darrow in a 1991 PBS movie and a 2009 London staging of “Inherit the Wind,” which is about the Scopes trial. Spacey ended his long run as head of London’s Old Vic in 2015 with this production.

Ultimately, “Clarence Darrow” asks us to think about the distinction between “the law” and real justice. I would have preferred a more forgiving venue, but Spacey is the kind of consummate pro who doesn’t let a little jet engine noise pull focus from his performance.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



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<![CDATA[The Costs Of Being A Dad]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 13:57:45 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dad-generic-and-son-shaving.jpg

Welcome to parenthood. You are a proud new father, simultaneously overjoyed and terrified. Since you are now responsible for another human being, you should know that the estimate of what it will cost to raise your child is approximately a quarter of a million dollars, without accounting for inflation.

If you would like to send him or her to college, you will probably need at least that much more. 

A report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated the cost of raising a child from birth to age 17 at $233,610 ($284,570 adjusted for inflation). That is for the average middle-income couple; costs ranged from families in the Northeast that will spend around $264,090 to residents in the urban Midwest and rural regions who will spend about $227,400 and $193,020, respectively. 

Unfortunately, that figure is not likely to drop, and inflation-adjusted wages are not filling the gap. Costs are up across the board, and certain areas are taking an increasingly large share of the costs – especially health care, childcare and education (pre-school through high school). 

That ratio will continue to climb based on recent trends, especially with respect to childcare. 

Child Care of America (CCA) has put out an extensive report breaking down the demographics of childcare costs by state and the variations with respect to income and style of child care. Combining their data with Department of Labor statistics, CCA estimated that just in the last year, childcare costs outpaced family income by up to a factor of eight.

The CCA report shows that childcare costs and housing are the two largest components of household expenses by far – varying slightly by region, but each one is approximately twice the expenses of transportation and food, and around five times the expenses of utilities and health care. 

The percentages from the USDA report do not show childcare as quite as large of a component. Housing tops the percentages of child-raising costs at 29 percent, followed by food at 18 percent, childcare and education at 16 percent, transportation at 15 percent, health care at 9 percent, and clothing at 6 percent. Miscellaneous costs compose the remaining 7 percent. 

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sets 10 percent of family income as a general benchmark for affordable childcare. Yet in the CCA study, only 10 states averaged less than 10 percent of family income for child care — the Dakotas, plus the southern block of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. 

The actual expenses of childcare are mostly independent of how much you earn. As a result, the disproportionate rise in childcare costs hurts low-income and single-parent families the most. It's no surprise that the steep bill that comes with raising a child can put a strain on your family's finances. 

Single dads have a difficult enough time handling childcare with a single income (as do single moms), because if they can't find affordable childcare or programs through their work, they have no choice but to rely on friends, relatives, or some form of unlicensed childcare. 

For married couples, there will be a threshold earnings value for the lower-earning spouse where it makes economic sense to stay home and care for children – but it may be hard for them to re-enter the workplace if they do. These are not always mothers, as there are increasing numbers of stay-at-home fathers with breadwinning mothers. 

It's okay to feel a little overwhelmed and terrified as a new father — there will be plenty more anxious moments along the way, but there will be even more moments filled with joy and wonder. Although it won't show up in your bank account, you are likely to get a great return on your investment of fatherhood. Have a happy Father's Day.

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<![CDATA[An Art Exhibit Designed Just for Dogs is Opening in NYC ]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 10:09:30 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/216*120/dogumentathumbimage.jpg

Who says art exhibits aren't for dogs?

dOGUMENTA, an art exhibit specifically for dogs, is coming to New York City this summer.

The Exhibit runs from Aug. 11-13 and is presented by Arts Brookfield in Manhattan. It is being dubbed as America’s first art exhibit designed specifically for canine eyes.

dOGUMENTA will commission ten new pieces of art for the exhibit and the exhibit itself will be free for both dogs and their human companions. Specific details in the art, such as colors, sounds and lights are meant to grab the attention of dogs and keep them engaged as they walk through the exhibit.

The exhbit came about when Jessica Dawson, a New York City-based art critic, reporter and professor of art history, recognized that her rescue dog, Rocky, was interested in the art that they would see when walking through galleries.

“I was surprised to see that Rocky could sniff out some of the best artwork in New York,” Dawson said. “I realized that canine sensibility might be the key to navigating today’s complex art world.”

Dawson said she could tell Rocky saw art differently than she did and realized she could learn from, and relay to others, his unique perspective. Dawson gave a presentation at the dOGUMENTA launch event, titled “5 Things My Dog Taught Me About Art.”

In her presentation, Dawson said that Rocky taught her how to “stay curious,” “be fearless,” “love despite limitations,” “go with your gut” and to “[not] sweat the trends,” when it comes to viewing and interpreting art. 

Rocky is listed as a curator on the dOGUMENTA website as well as Dawson and Mica Scalin, a creative development consultant and partner at Another Limited Rebellion, an art an innovation studio.



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<![CDATA[Houdini's Tricked-Out NYC Townhouse Hits Market for $4.6M]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:27:00 -0400 See the full listing with Douglas Elliman here.]]> See the full listing with Douglas Elliman here.]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/278West113thSt-HarlemNewYork_Beverley_Draggon_DouglasElliman_Photography_52565751_high_res.jpg The magical Harlem townhouse where Harry Houdini lived with his wife for the last 22 years of his life is on the market for the first time in nearly three decades. Cloaked in historic mystery, the 6,008-square-foot townhouse can be yours for $4.6 million. Rumor has it, the legendary magician himself tricked it out with all sorts of illusions. Take a look inside. See the full listing with Douglas Elliman here.

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<![CDATA[Where to Celebrate National Lobster Day in New York City]]> Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:22:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/seamoreslobster.jpg Happy National Lobster Day, seafood lovers!

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<![CDATA['White Skittles' for U.K. Pride Month Are Drawing Backlash]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:07:54 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/skittles-and-tesco-crop.jpg

An all-white, limited edition of Skittles sold in the U.K. has ignited internet debate over what some critics are calling a tone-deaf marketing scheme to celebrate LGBT Pride month.

Skittles partnered with British retail chain Tesco for the second year to offer an all-white version of the candy in a black-and-white bag, following the launch of the #onerainbow campaign at London Pride last year.

Ads said that because "only one rainbow matters this pride," the multicolor candy would be going colorless in order to celebrate LGBT Pride month. It's celebrated every year in June—often with rainbow flags.

This year, some social media critics were not so happy with the brand's all-white campaign, saying the move erases racial diversity within the LGBT community.

"Happiness, fun and inclusion are at the heart of who we are," a U.K. spokesperson for Wrigley, the company that makes Skittles, said in a statement. "Any suggestion that this support for Pride is in any way racist is clearly wrong.”

Others still said they appreciated the marketing gesture and that the backlash was undeserved.

"This campaign allows us to have great fun with our brand while also raising awareness of an important issue," the Wrigley statement said, adding that the campaign allows the Pride rainbow to take center stage.




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<![CDATA[Iconic Rocky Statue Reopens for Photo Opportunities]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:24:46 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/184*120/Art+Museum+Rocky+Statue.JPG One of Philly’s iconic tourist draws, the Rocky statue, was off limits for a couple weeks as it got spruced up.

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<![CDATA['Boy Meets World' House Finds a Buyer]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:15:21 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/knbc-boy-meets-world-house-for-sale-tn-3.jpg A Studio City house featured in the 1990s TV sitcom "Boy Meets World" has sold for $1.29 million, a spokeswoman for the real estate agency said.

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<![CDATA[Seattle’s Space Needle Set for Renovation]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 18:10:25 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SAMPLE+TIMELINE.00_00_02_21.Still002.jpg

Starting in September, the 55-year-old Space Needle will undergo renovations to add a floor-to-ceiling glass observation deck and a glass restaurant floor.



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<![CDATA[Where to Dine With Dad This Father's Day in the Tri-State ]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:05:22 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/steakwinepairing.jpg

Father's Day is almost here! And what better way to celebrate dad than with delicious food? Here are a few restaurants and food festivals in the area. 

New York 

Father's Day Beer Cruise, leaving from Pier 40, this yacht tour includes a brunch featuring cocktails, jazz music and a stunning view of some iconic landmarks. Boarding begins at 12 p.m. and the ship sails from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m.. Tickets for adults cost $100, $90 for seniors and military personnel, $60 for children 4-12 and children 3 and under ride for free.

Bats! Brats! And Beer, 895 Shore Road, Bronx, enjoy a lunch of brats, beer and other ballpark favorites while taking in a baseball game played on the historic Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum lawn. The game will be played with old-time uniforms and equipment. The game and lunch will be from 1-3 p.m. It costs $10 for adults and $5.00 for kids.

Cantina Rooftop, 605 West 48th St., treat dad to some Mexican food this Father’s Day. Cantina Rooftop will be serving brunch Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Mundo, 37-06 36th St., Long Island City, will be serving brunch for meat and fish lovers Sunday. They also have $18 bottomless cocktails during brunch if dad wants indulge with a beverage. 

Haven Rooftop, 132 W 47th St., enjoy some of your favorite traditional brunch foods, drinks and a gorgeous view at Haven Rooftop. Many of their brunch entrees cost around $15.

Bedford & Co., 118 East 40th St., let someone else doing the grilling this Father’s Day. Bedford & Co. will be serving up both brunch and dinner Sunday.

New Jersey 

Father's Day BBQ Luau, 150 Atlantic St., bring your favorite Hawaiian-themed shirt to the Bellview Winery for their first ever Father’s Day Luau. The event will feature music, catering from Jersey Bill’s BBQ and, of course, wine. The whole experience only costs $5 per person. 

Catelli Duo, 12101 Town Center Blvd., this Italian brunch buffet includes specialty meats and breakfasts classics.

Connecticut

Father's Day Pig Roast, 406 Redding Road, stop by Redding Roadhouse for lunch or dinner this Father’s Day for a pig roast. While you feast you can sip on spirits from Two Roads Brewery.

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<![CDATA[Legendary NYC Eatery Named Best Casual Restaurant in America]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:42:00 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/175*120/Katz-s+Deli_Carl+%282%29.jpg The best casual restaurant in the nation is right here in New York City.

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<![CDATA[Warriors' Game 3 Win Earns America a Free Taco Tuesday]]> Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:29:57 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/taco-bell-doritos.jpg

Whether you were rooting for the Golden State Warriors or the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals, everyone wins Tuesday with free food from Taco Bell.

The taco franchise challenged the Eastern and Western Conference winners to "steal a road game" during the tournament and offered to give free Doritos Locos Tacos to everyone in return.  

Thanks to the Warriors' 118-113 victory over the Cavaliers in Game 3 in Cleveland, taco fans everywhere can now claim their prize.

The "Steal a Game, Steal a Taco" giveaway is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Taco Bell locations nationwide, while supplies last. Customers are limited to one taco and there is no purchase necessary.

Taco Bell held a similar promotion during the 2016 World Series.

Golden State defeated Cleveland on Monday to win their second NBA title in the last three seasons.



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<![CDATA[200 Nude Models Are Taking Over Times Square Today]]> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:01:29 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/173*120/7916naked.jpg

Nude and semi-nude people in Times Square, no big deal. 

Two hundred nude people in Times Square ... that's a little less ordinary.

Non-profit Human Connection Arts is holding a "public art project" called Body Notes on Friday. The event draws hundreds of fully nude male and female models to the Crossroads of the World, where each is "painted with a personal message of his or her choosing," the group said in announcing the event last month.

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Andy Golub, the artist behind the project, is also the founder of NYC Bodypainting Day. In 2011, he and one of his models were arrested during a bodypainting project in Times Square; the city was ultimately forced to pay the model a settlement and Golub was allowed to continue his work.

As for the backers, an outfit calling itself the Outdoor Co-Ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society said it is co-sponsoring the event. The group stages topless group readings at parks, mostly recently in Central Park earlier this month. 

A spokeswoman for the society said they had obtained all the necessary permits to hold the event, which will be on Broadway between 43rd and 44th streets.

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<![CDATA[Bon Jovi's Sublime NYC Duplex Is on the Market -- See Inside]]> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 09:35:16 -0400 according to Curbed. It's now on the market for $17.25 million. The property is listed by the Robby Browne Team at Corcoran. See the full listing here.]]> according to Curbed. It's now on the market for $17.25 million. The property is listed by the Robby Browne Team at Corcoran. See the full listing here.]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/150CharlesSt4BSFOR+PRINTS4.jpg Rocker Jon Bon Jovi has put his sublime West Village duplex on the market. Take a look inside.

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<![CDATA[See It: Marilyn Monroe Death Home Sells in Less Than 10 Days]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:52:28 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/knbc-marilyn-monroe-brentwood-home.jpg The single-floor home boasts four bedrooms and three bathrooms on 2,624 square feet.

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<![CDATA[7 New York Bars Land on List of America’s Best]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:10:57 -0400 here.]]> here.]]> http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/188*120/thebeekman_instausermoonbeamchatz.PNG Esquire magazine has released its annual list of the best bars in America, and seven of the 24 bars that made the cut are right here in New York.

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<![CDATA[Mystery Swirls Around Brutal Home Invasion of RHONJ Star ]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:05:35 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/dina+manzo+home+invasion.jpg

Nearly a month after a former "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star and her millionaire boyfriend were victimized in a brutal weekend home invasion that left both traumatized and with facial injuries, sources familiar with the probe tell NBC 4 New York investigators don't appear much closer to making an arrest. 

The investigation into the May 13 attack on Dina Manzo, 46, and David Cantin, 37, in Holmdel remains active and ongoing, the sources said.

The couple had walked into their home that Saturday night to find two masked robbers already inside, according to sources and law enforcement officials. 

The attackers rushed toward them, beating the man with a baseball bat and punching the woman, sources said. The couple was then bound together in the home. The robbers went through the house and stole cash and jewelry before fleeing, prosecutors said. Both victims were treated for facial injures, but were otherwise expected to be physically OK, officials said. 

"Dina and David are obviously shaken up from the traumatic and violent home invasion and robbery," the pair's attorney Andrew Brettler said in a statement shortly after the attack. "No one should ever have to go through what they did. They are grateful to law enforcement and the other emergency responders and appreciate everyone’s concern and well-wishes."

It wasn't the first home invasion at the home; the previous owners were also targeted. Neighbors said they were concerned they too could become victims.

Bravo hasn't commented on the investigation. Manzo appeared on the first two seasons of the reality TV show before leaving the series.

She returned for the sixth season in 2014, then left again. Prior to that she tried to launch her own series about party planning called "Dina's Party" on HGTV; it was canceled after two seasons. Manzo remains close with former co-star Teresa Giudice and is the godmother of her daughter. 

Cantin, a New Jersey native, blazed new trails in the car dealership industry with his financial and business acumen and became co-owner of one of the largest dealerships in the world. He was diagnosed with leukemia several years ago and directed philanthropic energies toward battling pediatric cancer.

Anyone with information on the home invasion is asked to contact Detective Eric Hernando of the Holmdel Township Police Department at (732) 946-2820 or Detective Wayne Raynor of the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office at (800) 533-7443.



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<![CDATA[Check Out the Eiffel Tower’s Zip Line]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 11:51:04 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ziplinefrenchtower.jpg

A half-mile zip line from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower lets people zoom over the City of Light, as a way to celebrate the French Open, being held in Paris.

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<![CDATA[Have an EBT Card? You Can Now Get Amazon Prime at a Discount]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 09:19:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/amazon+generic.jpg

People who receive government assistance are now eligible for a discount on Amazon Prime, the online retailer announced Tuesday. 

Customers who have a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card qualify for the discounted $5.99 monthly membership, half the regular price, for one year. It includes free two-day shipping on more than 50 million eligible Amazon items and same-day delivery options as well as unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, photo storage and subscription savings features. 

EBTs, a card commonly used to disburse funds for government programs including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program (WIC), can't be used to pay for membership. Amazon says it plans to expands its discount offering in the future to benefit people on government assistance programs that do not use EBT cards. 

There's no annual commitment for Amazon Prime, and membership can be canceled at any time. Customers can also sign up for a 30-day free trial here.



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<![CDATA[The Right Paint Color Can Increase Your Home's Value: Zillow]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:44:12 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/suburban+home+generic.png

A blue bathroom instantly increases a home's value, "Today" reported, citing a Zillow analysis that found the color adds $5,440 more than expected to home sale prices.

"Color can be a powerful tool for attracting buyers to a home, especially in listing photos and videos," said Zillow chief economist Svenja Gudell in a statement. "Painting walls in fresh, natural-looking colors — particularly in shades of blue and pale gray — not only make a home feel larger, but also are neutral enough to help future buyers envision themselves living in the space."

The color seems to work in bedrooms and dining rooms, with light cerulean to cadet blue on the walls of the former upping home prices by $1,856 while slate blue to pale gray-blue on the latter added $1,926.

Cool, natural tones like pale gray or soft oatmeal were also present in top-performing listings, the analysis found.



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<![CDATA[NYC Artist's Intricate Milk-Carton Dress Sculptures Dazzle]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:29:13 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/sylva+dean+and+me.jpg

A New York City-based artist has been creating lavish costumes out of discarded milk cartons, captivating spectators and local schoolchildren with their incredible design and detail.

Ventiko, the creator of the milk carton dresses and accompanying performance artist collective, Sylva Dean and Me, says she began tinkering with the cartons when her mother developed breast cancer in 2010. A photography artist up until that point, Ventiko says she became incapable of creating photographs, and daily functioning became difficult.

She started collecting milk cartons from the nursery school around the corner from her Bushwick home, taking them home to wash, dry, drill and experiment, she told News 4 in an email. She created her first wearable sculpture using staples, each closed by hand -- and it would up falling apart on the first trip out of the house. That's when she took to sewing the cartons.

"It was more often than not disgusting," Ventiko said of working with used milk cartons, but it provided a "great distraction" from her mother's chemotherapy. She first showed the milk-carton dress in 2011, and has been showing them in art galleries, shows and even in schools since then -- including Bushwick United Nursery School, where she'd been picking up the milk cartons.  

The owner of a dairy farm on Long Island was delighted to learn his own milk cartons were being used for the pieces. Anthony J. Silvio of Rollin Dairy, based in Islandia, supplies the milk to Bushwick United Nursery; he called the artwork "awesome."

Ventiko says the characters in the milk carton costumes are silent and communicate solely through gesture. Learn more about the meaning of Sylva Dean and Me, and its three characters. 

"It is a true honor to have my work exhibited in galleries and at art fairs," she said. "However to be appreciated and enjoyed by the community and children gives me the greatest joy."

"It is always wonderful to have children and teachers recognize their milk cartons!" she said.

The next showing of Sylva Dean and Me will be June 17 at the Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick. 




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<![CDATA[Matthew Perry's 'Longing' Is a Dreary and Unpolished Rom-Com]]> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 21:33:49 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/EndLongingMain.jpg

“Friends” star Matthew Perry makes both his playwriting and New York stage debut in “The End of Longing,” a sitcom-like rom-com that, regrettably, is neither amorous nor very funny.

Presumably, Perry—whom I generally enjoy as an actor, particularly when he does drama—is drawing from personal experience with “Longing,” in which his character, Jack, is a jittery pill and alcohol addict unable to sustain healthy relationships. The actor’s own issues with substance abuse are well-documented.

So, how did Jack become this quivering mess? We’re asked to believe it’s the emotional fallout from a 3-month-long relationship that ended 20 years ago. Say, isn’t there some rule that you’re allowed to mourn a relationship for an amount of time equal to roughly half the length of that relationship? Shouldn’t Jack, you know … be over it?

It’s the first of many times the plot strains credulity.

“The End of Longing,” which had a commercially successful, but critically panned, run last year in London, clearly wants to position itself as an exorcism for its leading man and author. Ad copy for the 100-minute play, helmed by prominent West End director Lindsay Posner, even insists: “Broken people don’t need to stay broken.”

Aside from Jack, who is on the verge of losing his job because of his drinking, the other characters are Stephanie (Jennifer Morrison, of TV’s “House”), an escort; Stevie (Sue Jean Kim), a neurotic pessimist who works in big pharma; and Jeffrey (Quincy Dunn-Baker), an outcast among all of them because he’s conventionally normal.

We meet all four in the first scene, in a Los Angeles bar, where the set-up has Jack drinking, alone, while waiting for Jeffrey, his only friend, while the two women are catching up across the room. Turns out, Jeffrey had been on a date the night before with Stevie and … golly, relocate this to Central Perk and it could be an R-rated TV episode: “The One That Needed Another Draft.”

The journey we take in “The End of Longing” is about whether Jack and Stephanie, two people with major roadblocks to intimacy—lest I forget to mention, she’s the product of an abusive dad, and enjoys her chosen career because it means keeping men, emotionally, at arm’s length—can get it together to form a relationship. (The more interesting subplot asks the same question of Jeffrey and Stevie.)

Perry at times seems uncomfortable with his own material, setting up jokes without waiting for the lines to sink in. (Whines Jack, at one point: “Why is every single episode of NCIS the exact same thing?”) There are glimpses of genuine humor and humanity along the way, particularly in the closing monologue Perry has written for himself, but they’re not enough to sustain matters.

“Longing” also manages to be the fourth or fifth stage piece in the last few months to mine the state of our federal government for “humor.” Says Stephanie to Jack, during an argument: “You’re so stupid that you could run for president and probably win.” On behalf of Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians everywhere, I make this request: Writers—give it a rest.

Derek McClane’s set is one of the best things here. The centerpiece is a turntable that revolves to locate us in the bar, or Jennifer’s apartment, a pharmacy or a hospital. Each room we end up in is decorated with stacks of dozens of bottles, all of them empty—something that would be either torturous or aspirational to Jack, depending on his frame of mind.

“The End of Longing,” through July 1 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher St. Tickets: $49-$99. Call 212-727-7722.

Follow Robert Kahn on Twitter@RobertKahn



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<![CDATA[$8 Rosé Named One of the Best Wines in the World]]> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 17:49:19 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_WINE_CHEAP_ROSE_060517-149669901030500001.jpg

The International Wine Challenge has named an $8 bottle of rosé from Aldi as one of the best in the world.

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<![CDATA['SpongeBob SquarePants' Musical Is Coming to Broadway]]> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:38:02 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/SpongBobSquarePantsMusicalBroadway.jpg

SpongeBob SquarePants is making the move from his pineapple under the sea to the Great White Way, in a new musical set to open at Broadway's Palace Theatre on Dec. 4. Previews begin Nov. 6.

The new musical, titled "SpongeBob SquarePants," will follow the popular Nickelodeon character and his band of friends in a new journey set to original songs from some of music’s biggest names — including David Bowie, John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Lady Antebellum, and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. 

Additionally, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants, Panic! At the Disco, Yolanda Adams, Cyndi Lauper, Dirty Projectors, Jonathan Coulton and The Flaming Lips will also write new songs to fill out the score. Music supervision will come from Tony winner Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), with Kyle Jarrow (“Whisper House”) providing the show's book. 

Leading the cast in the title role is Broadway newcomer Ethan Slater, who is reprising the role after its tryout at Chicago's Oriental Theatre last spring.

A few of his other Chicago castmates will join him as well, including "Mary Poppins" alum (and Tony nominee) Gavin Lee as Squidward, "Spring Awakening" alum Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, and another Broadway newbie Danny Skinner as Patrick.

The full cast will be announced at a later date. A cast recording has already been created and will be released soon.

The "SpongeBob Squarepants" musical is co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau (“Superior Donuts”), who avoided using prostheses or over-sized costumes to bring the animated characters to life. “[SpongeBob’s] the classic underdog hero,” she explained in a release in August 2015. “Our production sets him on a hero’s journey with real stakes, all the while retaining the show’s trippy humor and irreverence.”

For tickets and information, visit spongebobbroadway.com.



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<![CDATA[These NYC Theaters Have $1 Movies for Kids This Summer ]]> Mon, 05 Jun 2017 09:06:32 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/ticket+booth.PNG

As the weather warms up and the days grow longer, a movie theater can be the perfect place to beat the heat and pass the time.

Luckily for parents, several Regal theaters in New York City are taking part in the “Summer Movie Express,” which features $1 admission to kids’ movies.

The “Summer Movie Express” will take place at the UA Kaufman Astoria Stadium in Queens, the UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium in Brooklyn and the UA Staten Island Stadium from early July to late August.

Tickets are available at the box office and all movies start at 10 a.m. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.

Among the featured movies are “Kung Fu Panda 3,” “Ice Age: Collision Course,” “Trolls,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “Monster Trucks,” and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water.”

For more info, head to the Regal Cinemas “Summer Movie Express” site.



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<![CDATA[What Goes on Before Sunrise at LA Landmark Randy's Donuts]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:36:33 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/06-02-2017-doughnut-donut-randy+%284%29.jpg Take a look at what goes on behind the counter at one of Los Angeles' most familiar landmarks, Randy's Donuts in Inglewood. These photos, taken Friday June 2, 2017 on National Doughnut Day, show what goes into preparing the shop for business.

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<![CDATA[America's 10 Coolest Towns to Visit on a Budget This Summer]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:52:39 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/asbury+park+zombie.jpg

Budget Travel has unveiled its 2017 list of the 10 coolest small towns in America, and a sandy spot in New Jersey tops the charts. 

The website, which looks to highlight off-the-radar gems for avid travelers to visit breaking the bank, released its annual list Friday. And with 80 percent of Americans saying they plan to take road trips this summer, according to Budget Travel, these places should be top of mind. 

Asbury Park came in at No. 1 on this year's list of coolest small towns. The beach town's revitalized boardwalk offers great shopping and dining, as well as stunning views of one of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast, Budget Travel says. It helped launch Bruce Springsteen's career back in the day and remains a magnet for top musical acts. 

"We love Asbury Park’s cultural diversity, welcoming vibe, and year-round calendar of events: Fourth of July fireworks, Oysterfest, Zombie Walk, and so much more," Budget Travel said. 

Glens Falls in New York also made the cut, coming in at No. 9. The Warren County town is named for a glorious waterfall in the Hudson River at the end of the city and has some pretty fascinating history to go with its unique and beautiful aesthetics. 

Here's the full top 10: 

1. Asbury Park, New Jersey

2. Bisbee, Arizona

3. Nevada City, California

4. Chatham, Massachusetts

5. Mountain View, Arkansas

6. Cannon Beach, Oregon

7. Philipsburg, Montana

8. Milford, Pennsylvania

9. Glens Falls, New York

10. Indianola, Mississippi



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<![CDATA[These 12 NYC Burgers Are Ranked Among the Best in America]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 12:39:17 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/boilermakerburger.jpg You don't have to travel very far to get your hands on one of the best burgers in America.]]> <![CDATA[National Donut Day: The 5 Most Popular Donuts in NYC]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 09:43:14 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/underwestdonuts.jpg In honor of National Donut Day, UberEATS has tapped into their data to determine the most popular donuts in New York City.]]> <![CDATA[Here's Where You Can Get Free Donuts on Friday]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 09:43:43 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-458335978.jpg

It's here. National Donut Day, a day devoted to getting your hands on a free donut, has arrived -- and some of the biggest names in treats are celebrating with special giveaways.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Guests get a free classic donut of their choice with the purchase of any beverage. The offer is good all day at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

Krispy Kreme: Get any donut of your desire-– for free. No purchase necessary.

Cumberland Farms: Between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m., customers can receive a free donut with the purchase of any hot or iced coffee, HYPERFREEZE or fountain soda at all locations.

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National Donut Day was started in 1938 in Chicago to honor of The Salvation Army "Doughnut Girls." This unofficial holiday is celebrated the first Friday in June, according to the Salvation Army.

To celebrate the donut day, the Salvation Army is offering up recipes to for their classic and modern donuts.

This year National Donut Day marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, where the Salvation Army Donut Lassie was born. The "Donut Lassies," also known as the Donut Girls, served along the front lines during WWI and WWII, giving soldiers free coffee and donut in the trenches.

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<![CDATA[Every Day Should Be National Doughnut Day]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 08:45:24 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_DOUGHNUT_DAY_060217_FINAL-149636400204800001.jpg

Friday is National Doughnut Day, but Americans are not the only ones who like a nice piece of fried dough. Here is a look at similar treats around the world.

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<![CDATA[How to Make a Belmont Jewel]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:35:52 -0400 http://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/belmont.jpg

The Belmont Jewel is the official drink of the Belmont Stakes. Here's how to make one.

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