I LOVE NEW YORK unveils 4 new short films

by NYJ Team

I LOVE NEW YORK recently unveiled four new short films to promote tourism for New York State. In partnership with ProMotion Pictures, New York State’s iconic tourism campaign worked with teams of students at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate School of Film to create the films. The project had two goals: to support the arts in New York in recognition of the 50th anniversary of state funding for the arts and to create unique, branded entertainment for New York State tourism.

Each team was tasked with creating a short film that entertained the viewer and highlighted New York State’s various assets. Resulting were four pieces, each demonstrating another reason to love New York:

Crush – Highlighting the Greater Niagara and Chautauqua-Allegheny regions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv7JpOX0p1o 

Nuts for New York – Highlighting Central New York, The Catskills, Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, The Adirondacks, New York City and Long Island regions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iankOLdbQEg 

Nation in Crisis – Highlighting Greater Niagara, Capital-Saratoga and Finger Lakes regions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5TcTqNmQRA 

Love In NY – A series of vignettes, highlighting Greater Niagara, Long Island, and New York City regions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CoP2Hx2Yws

As part of a larger partnership between JetBlue and the State of New York, the films will be shown on JetBlue’s in-flight seatback program. I LOVE NEW YORK will also be working with NYSCA to hold free public screenings at local art institutions statewide, film festivals (most recently, Syracuse International Film Festival) and may enter the films into the student category at upcoming film festivals for 2011.

The films will live on http://www.iloveny.com and can also be seen on I LOVE NEW YORK’S Facebook and Youtube pages. This week, I LOVE NEW YORK is encouraging everyone to check out the films and vote for your favorite by “liking” it on Facebook.

Thanksgiving Day Parade | New York City Events

by NYJ Team

This post has been written by a guest writer – Charlotte.

Thanksgiving in New York is an exciting time in the city largely due to the world famous, annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This uniquely American extravaganza marks the beginning of the holiday season for many. Each year millions of people line Manhattan’s streets to watch the parade and millions more watch the live streaming on TV. Since 1924 when the first parade took place, unique floats, the country’s best marching bands, clowns, cheerleaders and celebrities take to the streets of the city, the highlight for me however has to be the giant balloons based upon well loved characters such as Snoopy, Shrek and Spiderman which glade through the streets – looking almost surreal against the back drop of some of the world’s most iconic and well known buildings. The 3 hour event starts on 25th November 2010 at 9am at 77th Street and Central Park West and ends at 34th Street and 7th Avenue, home to Macy’s, the world famous department store hosting the parade. With spectators arriving as early as 6:30am, make sure you plan where you want to watch from well in advance and don’t forget to dress warmly and your cup of coffee!

For those around the evening before, Thanksgiving Eve, New Yorkers gather in the streets around the American Museum of Natural History to watch the famous giant balloons be inflated. This massive task takes place between 3pm and 8pm although it is thought best to arrive around 5pm when the balloons really start to come to life. An increasing number of people are choosing to watch the parade from the New York hotels lining the route, with November temperatures a bit on the chilly side to say the least, a prime view from a cozy, warm hotel room will provide respite from both the freezing temperatures and some much needed peace and quiet for those who want to distance themselves from the large crowds. Unsurprisingly, this is a very popular way to watch the parade and hotel rooms can be booked up to one year in advance, when picking a room to watch the parade book one that is on a mid-level around level 7 – 15 anything higher and the floats and balloons will look tiny, anything lower and you will be craning your neck to see. However you choose to watch the parade, you’re sure to have a truly unique New York experience that you will remember for many more Thanksgivings to come.

Charlotte works for travel site Simonseeks.com where you can find inspirational travel guides and expert rated New York hotels!

Big Apple Circus | Dance On!

by NYJ Team

The spectacular Big Apple Circus leaps into its 33rd Season with a thrilling all-new show, Dance On! The World’s Greatest Circus artists swing into action in the spotlight under our intimate Big Top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring! Mark your calendars! We’re coming to Lincoln Center this holiday season, October 21st to January 9th. Dance On! will get your toes tappin’ and your fingers snappin’!

Invited to the dance:
• An awesome troupe of unicyclists and lasso twirlers from China!
• A mind–bending group of Mongolian contortionists!
• A kinetic collection of Kenyan athletes who shimmy up a pole as though gravity were a joke!
• A herd of hoofers — twelve miniature horses in an equine chorus line!
• And an Ethiopian juggler with a lively up–tempo act that’s hard to beat!

With live music by the Big Apple Circus Band, there’ll be cavorting in the aisles — and even the audience will be dancing in their seats! The Big Apple Circus is YOUR circus; Big Apple is back in town!

Like you need any more reason to bring your family to Dance On!, we have promo codes you can use to save up to $25 per ticket! To purchase your discounted tickets to the Big Apple Circus:
• Online: http://bigapplecircus.org/mommy11LC.aspx and submit the code MOMMY11 in the Promotional Codes box in the lower left of the page.
• Or http://bigapplecircus.org/pop11LC.aspx and submit the code POP11 in the Promotional Codes box in the lower left of the page.
• By Phone: Call 888-541-3750 and mention code MOMMY11 or POP11

Also, this fall, be sure to watch CIRCUS, the multi-part documentary premiering November 3rd, 9–11 PM ET on PBS stations. It’s an intimate six–hour behind–the–scenes look at the lives of Big Apple Circus artists and staff during the 2008-2009 season, produced by the award–winning documentary team Show of Force.

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The Big Apple Circus is a not–for–profit performing arts and outreach institution committed to invigorating the communities we serve with the joy and wonder of classical circus.