DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Tavern on the Green to Reopen in May

The New York City icon, Tavern on the Green, is finally set to reopen.

The restaurant, in the middle of Central Park, was originally built in 1934, and quickly became a landmark tourist destination renowned for its beautiful location and over-the-top décor. In 2007, it was the second highest-grossing independent restaurant in America. Unfortunately, Tavern on the Green’s rapid growth led to problems, as the restaurant owned a reputation for low-quality food and filed a $2.2 million employee discrimination settlement. The Tavern could not survive the financial crisis, and shuttered in 2009.

HAPPENINGS
Central Park Welcomes a New Generation of Philanthropists

One of Central Park's most illustrious gardens will be this year's backdrop to usher in a new generation of young philanthropists.

On Wednesday, June 26th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, the Central Park Conservancy's Greensward Circle will hold its Eighth Annual Evening in the Park benefit in the Conservatory Garden, located inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and East 105th Street, to pass the torch of park maintenance and restoration to the latest crop of young caregivers with a night of fun and dancing. Though today's Central Park is a more vibrant alternative to its plight during the 1970s and '80s, it is also a reminder of the importance of park maintenance and restoration. Members of the Greenswald Circle represent a new generation of philanthropists between the ages of 21 and 39-years old who acknowledge the Park's tumultuous past and wish to ensure the restoration and beautification of Central Park for future generations.

IN THE HOUSE
Size In The Park

This was no typical Saturday in Central Park. The Upper East Side was about to get christened by rave kids of all kinds and most importantly, by 1/3 of the Swedish House Mafia, Mr. Steve Angello. He brought his expertise in doing what he does best to the Size Matters event and put on one of the most memorable EDM shows New York City had seen the entire summer.

Rumsey Playfield was home to the sold out, 'Size In The Park,' with Steve Angello headlining along with mates from his Size Records, Third Party, Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, AN21 and Max Vangeli. Making their NYC debut, Third Party dropped a lot of their own tracks including, "Thank You," feat. Loleatta Holloway and their remix of The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, "Otherside." An impressive set to say the least, Sunnery and Ryan created an elaborate tone playing funky house tracks that no music lover could deny. They dropped classics like Joe Brunning's "Now Let Me See You Work," and the most refreshing bootleg of the whole set, Hardwell's "Spaceman" vs. Ultra Nate's "Free.” After, AN21 and Max Vangeli hit the stage shining with a set heavy on beats with original tracks like, “People Of The Night,” (feat.Tiesto) and "Fresh Start."

HAPPENINGS
Run This Town For A Cause

Giving new meaning to the idea that running is good for your heart, these two upcoming charity runs provide a great workout, and a chance to raise funds for a worthwhile cause. On your mark, get set, give!

Concern Worldwide’s 14th Annual Spring Run (concernusa.org)

Did you know that half of all children in Haiti cannot afford to attend school? Join Concern Worldwide in supporting children's education in Haiti at this 4-mile run/walk open to all fitness levels. The $25 registration fee alone is enough to provide one child a school uniform or four classrooms with a month's worth of supplies -- imagine the impact your run could have! You can register as an individual or group, with special opportunities for local pubs and schools to form teams.

Date and time: Saturday, April 14th at 9:30am

CULTURE CLUB
Making the Best of NYC's Frigid Winter

It's upon us. The brutal,infamous NYC winter. We already got a little taste of it with the recent (way too early!) snow storm. While we're enjoying a streak of beautiful fall days as of late, the pleasure won't last as the frigid winter sneaks upon us. It's inevitable, so we might as well make the best of all NYC has to offer during the winter months. As it is quite beautiful in its own right. While there’s something to make each season your favorite, we can’t help but love both summer concerts and winter galas. We have to admit that the allure of getting high off of crisp air and shopping on 5th just before Christmas, is insurmountable. It might be the fact that everything glistens, and glimmers, from the diamond shine of falling snow to the crackling warmth of your portable Manhattan fireplace. So in celebration of the coziest time of the year, here or our top things to do in and around NYC this winter.

HAPPENINGS
Last Chance! Register Now To Run Breast Cancer Out of Town

Lace up your sneakers, enjoy one of the final summer Sunday mornings, and come together to run breast cancer out of this city! The annual Susan G Komen 5K is happening this Sunday, September 18th, at 9am sharp in Central Park.

Last year's successful event raised $5.4 million dollars--how will your contribution help top last year's total donations for breast cancer research?!

If running a 5K aint your thing, don't sweat it (pun intended). You can also volunteer!

The first Komen Greater NYC Race for the Cure® was held on October 13, 1991, and only women were allowed to participate ( in fact, twenty-five hundred did). Komen Greater NYC gave out pink ribbons to every breast cancer survivor and participant, the first time the ribbon had been associated with the disease. As a result, the pink ribbon became the symbol for breast cancer awareness that year.

THE NAKED APPLE
The Naked Apple: Barilla Pasta Event in Central Park

Fashion week? Whats that? Move over fashion week! Italy is taking over NYC this week. Andrea Boccelli is in town having a live concert on Thursday, September 15th, and Barilla Pasta will be making many New Yorkers's stomachs very happy. My tastebuds and I had the pleasure of attending the first annual Casa Barilla event at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park yesterday. I have always thought Barilla pasta was the best --it's what I choose when I cook pasta at home. I love my carbs, and I just don't understand those no carb freaks, I really don't.

There are so many fun things to do at Casa Barilla. I watched a pasta cook off, got a photo of my head shaped in pasta, learned how to make lemon spaghetti from the sexy chef Scott Conant, and of course sampled many servings of all different sorts of pasta; and even had a delicious cafe macchiato from the espresso bar! My favorite pasta dish of the day was the carrot and quash. There's a five dollar entrance charge for the event, and all the proceeds go to the Food Bank of NY. It's for a great cause ,but for all you nickel and dimers out there, trust me, you get your money's worth!

THE HOT SPOT
Central Park Film Festival Starts Tonight

Grab a blanket and pack a dinner for two -- Central Park Conservancy's 9th Annual Film Festival is back. This year, the 5-day festival features movies about music, running the gamut from rock to country, from salsa to Motown.

The festivities begin tonight with a screening of El Cantante, with an special appearance by director Leon Ichaso. The 2006 biopic of Hector Lavoe stars Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, and follows the birth of the salsa movement. Other films will include the jazz film Bird (starring Forrest Whitaker as Charlie Parker), Dreamgirls (Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx) and Martin Scorcese's flick about the Rolling Stones, Shine a Light. The festival will end Saturday night, with a "Viewer's Choice" screening of A Star Is Born (Barbara Streissand).

HAPPENINGS
Have you ever wondered who is behind Central Park's great year-long happenings?

New York City may be called the Concrete Jungle, but, of course, that’s not the whole truth. Stretching over two miles between 59th and 110th st is Central Park, an 843-acre public park in Manhattan that has become a model for city parks around the world.

And here is our Weekender, a short list of events coming up this weekend that you shouldn’t miss out on!

Friday, July 29th: Shakespeare in the Park: Measure for Measure at Delacorte Theatre

8:00PM-11:00 PM

This is the last Friday to catch one of NYC's most beloved traditions! Come out to Delacorte Theatre for a free show of Shakespear's Measure for Measure. Deemed as "Shakespeare at his grittiest," Measure for Measure is a bracing and bawdy glimpse of what happens when those in power allow their basest human impulses to range unchecked.

HAPPENINGS
Ever been to an eco-friendly nightclub in NYC?

NYC's first eco-friendly nightclub, Greenhouse, is holding an event on Wednesday, July 27th. Come join the African Rainforest Conservancy (ARC) at the nightclub for an evening of organic cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music and more! The ARC works to conserve Tanzania's Eastern Arc rainforest, an area that is over 300 times the size of Central Park! So come out to the Concrete Jungle and give back to the green outside the island of Manhattan.

Tickets are $95 and can be purchased here. A group discount is also available.

Date: Wednesday, July 27th

Time: 8:00-11:00 PM

Venue: Greenhouse

Address: 150 Varick Street, New York NY