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Things to Do in NYC - Life Around Bay Ridge

If you're looking for things to do in NYC than Bay Ridge is the place for you.  A neighborhood perched in the southwest corner of Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, Bay Ridge was originally named "Yellow Hook" by the first Dutch settlers. The name changed in the 1850s to reflect the beautiful views of New York Bay from what would ultimately become Ridge Boulevard.

Taking an iconic place in film history has been part of Bay Ridge's destiny; it is the neighborhood portrayed in global film smash Saturday Night Fever . When seeking a day trip for things to do in NYC, a visit to the neighborhood can provide you with an abundance of places for entertainment, shopping, and dining.

Third Avenue in Bay Ridge is teeming with shops and restaurants of every culinary design and to suit every budget. You can dine your way around the world in just a few short blocks; the eateries tout dishes from the Middle East, Japan, China, Mexico, Continental cuisine, and, of course, world-famous New York pizza.

Shop till you drop for global big brands along 86th Street, or explore many locally owned specialty shops along 3rd and 5th Avenues. You'll even find old-school butchers and bakeries for quality and service that never goes out of style.

For things to do in NYC, this Brooklyn enclave has more than its share of annually scheduled events, including concerts in the park, an annual Fourth of July celebration, and farmers markets.

 February Events:


Monday, February 2 from 6:00-8:00 pm

Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party

Trump Wollman Rink in Central Park / Enter at 59th Street and 6th Avenue

The Gwendolyn Simmons' Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party is an annual community event where our skaters, their families, friends and community members enjoy a wonderful day of skating. Organized by the parents of Figure Skating in Harlem, the Winter Skating Party is an afternoon of fun for the entire family and community including food, music, raffle prizes and ice skating demonstrations by our girls.


February 16th - March 6th

NYC Restaurant Week

Various restaurants around the city / Check out OpenTable!

Get a special deal on a three-course lunch or dinner at 300 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Reservations open on February 2nd.


Monday & Tuesday, February 16 & 17 from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

The Westminster Kennel Club 139th Annual Dog Show

Daytime Sessions: The Piers 92/94 / 711 12th Ave at 55th Street & West Side Highway & Evening Sessions: Madison Square Garden / West 33rd Street & 7th Avenue


Friday & Saturday, February 13th & 14th at 8:00 pm

Dianne Reeves Live Jazz

Lincoln Center's Rose Theater / Broadway at 60th Street, New York, NY

Dianne Reeves, one of the most recognized voices in modern jazz, returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater. In what has become a Jazz at Lincoln Center Valentine's Day tradition, the most awarded female jazz vocalist of all time will coalesce her signature sound, broad-spectrum repertoire, and a fondness for love songs into this special weekend-long performance. A special Valentine's Day pre-concert event includes dinner, open bar, champagne toast, and live music! 

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