Remember when vegan selections were a blip on the dinner menu? It was hard to eat out at all if you chose a vegan lifestyle. These days, whole sections of the menu are dedicated to vegan dining. Even that’s not enough; now you’ll discover vegan restaurants popping up in nearly every New York City neighborhood. Vegan restaurants are building their brands with unique spins on the vegan dishes. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
3.By Chloe (West Village)
4.Vegan Restaurants NYC: Toad Style
5.Franchia Vegan Cafe
6.Vegan Restaurants NYC: Candle Cafe
7.Caravan of Dreams
8.Vegetarian Restaurants NYC: Go Zen
10.LuAnne's Wild Ginger All-Asian Vegan
13.The Butcher's Daughter
14.Modern Love Brooklyn
16.VSPOT Cafe and Tapas
18 Best Vegan Restaurants in NYC
- Avant Garden, Photo: Avant Garden
- Seasoned Vegan, Photo: Seasoned Vegan
- By Chloe (West Village), Photo: By Chloe
- Vegan Restaurants NYC: Toad Style, Photo: Toad Style
- Franchia Vegan Cafe, Photo: Franchia Vegan Cafe
- Vegan Restaurants NYC: Candle Cafe, Photo: Candle Café
- Caravan of Dreams, Photo: Caravan of Dreams
- Vegetarian Restaurants NYC: Go Zen, Photo: Go Zen
- Le Botaniste, Photo: Le Botaniste
- LuAnne's Wild Ginger All-Asian Vegan, Photo: LuAnne’s Wild Ginger All-Asian Vegan
- Peacefood Cafe, Photo: Peacefood Cafe
- Red Bamboo, Photo: Red Bamboo
- The Butcher's Daughter, Photo: The Butcher’s Daughter
- Modern Love Brooklyn, Photo: Modern Love Brooklyn
- VLife NYC, Photo: VLife NYC
- VSPOT Cafe and Tapas, Photo: VSPOT Cafe and Tapas
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of Ildi - Fotolia.com
NY Attraction Spotlight: Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
Visiting Bard College’s Fisher Center (for the performing arts) in NY allows visitors to see some top-notch performances not only by guest stars but also by up and coming students who will be the wave of the future of performance. See a show, listen to some classical music, and take in performance art that is likely to be unlike anything guests have ever seen before.
The Fisher Center is stunning, even before guests walk through the door. With architectural design by the famous Frank Gehry, the center is itself a performance. Opened in 2003, the center exists not only as a performance space but also a laboratory school that allows students to explore the arts so that they can find who they are as artists. The center hosts multiple theaters (seating from 200 to 900 people) allow for a wide variety of performance types.
As the Center focuses on live arts performances, the majority of the attractions here are live theater based and rotate seasonally. Please check the website prior to a visit to verify what live production will be featured.
Summerscape - Bard Summerscape is a seven-week long arts fest that is held during July and August. First produced in 2002, the fest is held as a sister fest with the music festival at the college, so Summerscape is often a celebration of theater, film, music, opera, and dance.
Bard Music Fest - The festival, run as a sister fest to Summerscape, is an annual classical music focused festival hosted at the center in August. It has been hosted at the center since 1990 in an attempt to find a more contemporary way to engage modern audiences in classical music. Every year focuses on a single composer and present a series based on that composer.
Spiegeltent - Spiegeltent, a Dutch word which roughly translates to “mirror tent” in English, is a huge tent on the center property that hosts evenings full of unforgettable cabaret performances and entertainment performed late in the evening with performers that are considered world class. Many of the themes are adult in nature and guests must be 18 or over unless they are accompanied by either a parent or a guardian. For the after-hour performances, no one under 21 is admitted.
Conservatory Weekends - Sunday afternoons offer a variety of special concerts performed by students of the college of music, with special guests and faculty. Ticket sales benefit the scholarship fund at the conservatory.
Spring Events - Winter and Spring at the center bring a unique variety of performances - from jazz, to rare repertoire, to more contemporary performances. Check the frequently updated website for dates, times, and pieces being performed.
Fall Events - Fall is its own season at the center, every season new and different and focusing on performances both by guest artists, faculty, and students alike. Make sure to check the website for additional information, including date, time, and price.
Live Arts Bard - Also known as LAB, the residency program (as well as the commissioning program) at the center and college functions as a laboratory helping develop professional artists in dance, theater, and other types of performing arts. The LAB program allows artists to experiment, test different performance ideas, and develop projects that are often premiered there are the center.
In addition to the many regular events and festivals that the center for the performing arts puts on throughout the year, the center is also available for rentals.
The most common type of special event that the center is rented out for are performances. The rental also includes the potential to rent the theater(s), studios(s) and even the lobby! Discounts are offered for not-for-profit organizations as well as employees and family members of the center for the performing arts.
There is a rental inquiry form available on the website for interested parties, complete with the specifics of each available rental options and price averages. There are also PDF files customers can download with even more information on each area so that potential renters can look at each option and decide which will be best for the special event they plan to host. The summer tends to book up especially quick, so make sure to contact the center with as much advanced notice as possible to make sure it will be available.
Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, 60 Manor Avenue, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, NY 12504-5000, Phone: 845-758-7914
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NY Attraction Spotlight: The Horticultural Society of New York
Founded way back in 1900, The Horticultural Society of New York was created in order to share and spread love, passion, and knowledge of horticulture via the organization of shows, lectures, meetings, and other events.
The Horticultural Society of New York - Celebrating Horticulture In New York City
Now, with over a century of experience and hard work behind it, the society has grown to incorporate many different gardens all over the city. NYC is famed for it skyscrapers and sprawling urban metropolis, but it's also home to a lot of greenery and natural life, and The Horticultural Society of New York works to preserve the plants of NYC and harness their power for positive change through the following programs:
- Apple Seed - Just as a little apple seed can grow up into a huge tree providing food for generations, the Apple Seed program is focused on the power of youth. This program involves the construction of learning gardens in public schools around NYC, designed to help the children develop an understanding and awareness of horticulture and how it affects our lives through the production of fresh fruits, vegetables, and more.
- Greenhouse - The power of plants can be seen in many ways, and the Greenhouse program is perhaps one of the most unique. This program provides horticultural therapy to those incarcerated at Rikers Island, teaching them valuable skills and perhaps even inspiring them to change their lives and aspire to something greater in the future.
- Greenteam - The Greenteam for The Horticultural Society of New York works to provide employment to at-risk individuals and former offenders as they work towards getting full-time jobs and building new lives.
- Neighborhood Plaza - This program aims to add some life and color to the gray streets of NYC by adding plants and gardens to public spaces in low-income areas around the city.
- NY Digs - Finally, the NY Digs program offers horticultural workshops and classes to raise awareness about plants and the significance of horticulture, changing views and inspiring people to think differently about plants in their own daily lives.
Support the Horticultural Society of New York
The Horticultural Society of New York is doing some inspirational work to promote green spaces and gardens all around New York City. Not just content with maintaining and promoting these gardens, the society actually harnesses their beauty and power for some wonderful educational and therapeutic causes, and if you admire the work being done and want to help out, there are a lot of different options available to you:
- Donations - The Horticultural Society of New York accepts one off or monthly donations and relies on the kindness and generosity of caring people to support its various projects and efforts.
- Membership - Those really wishing to support The Horticultural Society of New York in a regular way can choose to sign up for membership of the 'Friends of the Hort'. All members are invited to an annual meeting and reception event, as well as receiving advance notice of various workshops and classes around NYC. Membership is available from as low as $50, with options available for families and groups of friends too.
- Attend Special Events - The society runs various special events and fundraisers all through the year, with examples including the 'Annual Fall Luncheon' and the 'New York Flower Show Gala'. These events can be a lot of fun for attendees of all ages, and all the money raised goes back into the society to be used for future events, projects, and conservation efforts. Attending these events and showing your support is a great way to help out.
- Spread The Word - If you don't have the budget to offer financial support to the society for the moment but still want to help out this great cause, simply spreading the word by telling your family, friends, colleagues, and other people about the society and the great work it does is always helpful. The more people know about The Horticultural Society of New York, the more support it will ultimately receive, so it's always a great idea to speak about the society with as many people as possible, especially those who care about gardens, green spaces, and nature.
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NY Attraction Spotlight: Columbia University Faculty House
The Columbia University Faculty House is a premier event space located at the Columbia University in Upper Manhattan that is available to hire for special events and functions, ranging from ceremonies and receptions to grand gala affairs. Established in 1754, the private Ivy League research institution contains the oldest college in the state of New York and is one of the most selective universities in the United States. Located in a beautifully preserved red brick and limestone building which was designed by famous architects, McKim, Mead and White, Faculty House has served as a gathering place at the Columbia University faculty for decades and has been recently renovated to reflect modern tastes and support 21st-century technologies. Exuding a timeless grace and charm, the campus landmark caters for wedding ceremonies and receptions, banquets, and special events in a stylish and sophisticated atmosphere.
Amenities & Facilities
Columbia University Faculty House features 38,000 square feet of climate-controlled space that can accommodate up to 250 for seated dinners, and 375 people for receptions. The space is entered a tranquil courtyard and first floor Garden Level reception area, which features an elegant marble and wrought-iron staircase and original terrazzo floors. The first floor of the Faculty House is also home two smaller meeting rooms, and the Ivy Lounge, which boasts a full-service bar and fireplace, comfortable tables and chairs and a relaxed, casual ambiance.
The second floor of the Faculty House is the Seminar Level, which houses four meeting rooms designed for flexibility and functionality, and the third floor Presidential Level accommodates a more formal catering space for special events such as dinner and dancing. This area is sumptuously decorated with a dance floor and moveable walls for maximum functionality to host both large and small functions for up to several hundred guests.
The fourth floor of the Faculty House is the Skyline Level and can accommodate up to 180 guests for seated dinners and receptions. The beautifully-appointed space features high vaulted ceilings and expansive windows that boast spectacular views of Manhattan’s glittering skyline, along with an outdoor terrace for alfresco-style cocktail parties. The Skyline Level can accommodate 260 guests for services and ceremonies and up to 375 guests for cocktail receptions.
Rental of the Columbia University Faculty House includes audio, visual, lighting expertise, and equipment, including microphones, projectors, laptop computers and lighting, high-speed wireless Internet connectivity, and in-house videography.
A range of catering options is available, from serving stations and sumptuous buffets to formal plated dinners provided by award-winning catering chefs. Full bar services are also available, with an open, full-service bar and a variety of beers, wine, and spirits available upon request. Additional perks with the rental of the venue include butler-passed champagne and sparkling water upon arrival, customized vegan wedding cakes, complimentary chocolate truffles, and specialty china, flatware and glassware.
Faculty House is located at the Columbia University at 64 Morningside Drive in New York and offers secure onsite parking for guests.
64 Morningside Drive, New York 10027, Phone: 212-854-1200
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