The Apollo Theater is a distinguished and legendary landmark in Harlem. Originally it was a burlesque hall for an all-white audience when it opened its doors in 1914, but by the 1930s it became home to legendary jazz greats like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. The theater has been restored, and every Wednesday at 7:30p the stage is opened to amateurs; when heckling is not just common, but expected. There are also musical performances held on other nights. Admission varies. Call for details.
Home to the legendary dance company The Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall is one of the most spectacular and famous performance venues in the United States. Its locale in the heart of the Big Apple has made it a cultural center, particularly during the Christmas season. Originally opened in 1932 and nicknamed "The Palace for the People," Radio City was renovated in 1980. Anybody who is anybody has performed here - New York legends Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis, Jr. are just a few that spring to mind, and to this day, the stage remains a showcase for entertainment royalty.
The 1923 Yankee Stadium was a historic landmark in the world of Major League Baseball. Some of the sport's greatest players spent their careers there, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio. Though they'll never be able to replace that historic monument, the franchise debuted their new stadium in 2009, directly across the street from the old park. The "new" Yankee Stadium has many new features, such as expanded walkways, more concessionaires, and a renovated Monument Park. Lifetime fans will notice familiar touches, though, the biggest among them being the outfield frieze back in its original location around the upper deck. Suite and party facilities are available for those looking for something slightly more private. Check the website for pricing, schedules and other info.
Widely regarded as New York City's best musical performance venue, Bowery Ballroom is a 550-person capacity event venue with 3 floors, bars and dedicated balconies for mosh pits. This NYC mainstay showcases the brightest new talents in underground and contemporary music and hence is a must visit for all those indie rock music fans out there. Artists of various levels of fame have graced the stage here, such as Nine Inch Nails, who sometimes treat their eager fans to secret shows. Stay back after the show ends for an opportunity to interact with the artists having a drink in the bar downstairs.
A renowned entertainment venue in the Big Apple, Madison Square Garden has gained iconic importance around the world. Attracting crowds since 1968, the stadium is abuzz with voices of Knicks and Rangers fans. With a capacity of 18,000, it is considered to be Midtown Manhattan's revered and oldest entertainment spot. From glamorous music concerts to award shows, the venue has witnessed some of the biggest events over time. A sought after venue in New York City and sitting right above Penn Station, it is easily accessible for everyone.
A premier sporting arena and entertainment center in Brooklyn, Barclays Center opened with much fanfare in September 2012 with their very first event, a deafening Jay-Z concert, being a sold out affair. It's not surprising though, as Brooklyn has never been short on enthusiasm in terms of mega sports and entertainment. The gigantic venue boasts of a capacity of 19,000 fans and can host basketball and ice hockey as well as concerts with equal aplomb. Designed by the experts responsible for such stellar venues as TD Garden and Time Warner Cable Arena, Barclays Center boasts of excellent facilities for fans. There are VIP as well as party suites catering to those looking for a bit of privacy. There are no less than 37 food options as well as a few shopping outlets. The arena is home to the Brooklyn Nets.
La Mama Experimental Theatre Club or La Mama E.T.C was founded by Ellen Stewart, and has been entertaining the people of New York since 1961. This theater believes in improvising, producing and presenting completely off-beat, original works. Performing artistes whether emerging or established are supported and given a platform to perform and network with artistic directors, script-writers and producers. The gallery space can be rented for exhibitions and private events too.
On the corner of Grand and Driggs Streets, the residents of this popular, trendy neighborhood in North Brooklyn no longer have to venture to the AMC East Village to see Hollywood blockbusters. The cinema presents all of the popular favorites from Tinseltown and some of them can be seen in 3D. The theater is small and shows tend to fill up quickly during high-traffic weekends, so arrive early.