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Around Town - Holiday Temaki, New Waterfront, Dick Wolf's Gift, Holiday Happenings & more
December 21, 2023, 12:17.15 am ET


Photo: Nami Nori

Nami Nori, the Japanese temaki restaurants specializing in open-style hand rolls, is launching a new limited-time menu for the winter holiday season. It includes Buri Yellowtail Teriyaki and chrysanthemum leaves, momiji oroshi and lemon; Grilled Akamutsu + Caviar, rosy seabass, shiso and chive; and for dessert, the Mont Blanc Temaki, chestnut, meringue, whipped cream and a chocolate cookie shell.

Photo: Skanska

Skanska has completed the first phase of the East Midtown Waterfront Esplanade and East River Greenway development along FDR Drive in Manhattan. It is part of a larger East River Waterfront esplanade vision that will stretch for 22 blocks and fill a major gap in the 32-mile Manhattan Waterfront Greenway upon completion. This first phase included the construction of a new in-water structure that serves as a public esplanade along FDR Drive and a new public park space that spans approximately nine city blocks to create new, connected, and safe spaces for pedestrians and bicyclists to enjoy that portion of Manhattan’s waterfront.

Photo: Dick Wolf/Shutterstock

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is announcing a "transformative holiday gift" of over 200 superlative paintings, drawings, sculptures, and more from Dick Wolf. Wolf, an Emmy-winning producer and avid collector, is providing significant financial support to The Met with the endowment of the Dick Wolf Galleries. The two major galleries will house works from his collection of European paintings, sculpture, drawings, furniture, and works of decorative art, including rare masterpieces by artists from Botticelli to Vincent van Gogh. Wolf is one of the most successful producers in the history of television, as creator of the two longest-running live-action scripted series, Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order.

Photo: The Candy Cottage

Through Dec 22, The Candy Cottage of Christmas Magic is hosting a special adult Christmas program with cocktails with lots of holiday cheer. Highlights include an abundance of sugary treats, 2 complimentary holiday cocktails, dancing to pop songs and holiday music, all set in the trunk of a Christmas tree! The Candy Cottage is located at 610 5th Avenue, Rockefeller Center in the Channel Gardens. Ages 21+. There is also a scavenger hunt through the end of the year for ages 8+.

Photo: Lay Out Holiday Market

The Lay Out Holiday Market featuring a rotation of over 70 local businesses at Atlantic Terminal Mall in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn will host its final weekend of the season, ending Dec 24. Founded in 2020 with the mission of uplifting Black culture and businesses, the festive shopping experience also features caroling from Sirens of Gotham Chorus, photo-ops with Santa Claus, and performances from the Brooklyn Music School youth orchestra. The market is open from 1:00 pm until 7:00 pm with carolers performing from 1:00 pm - 3:00pm at 625 Atlantic Avenue throughout the ground floor.


Last chance to capture the Winter Glow 2023 which culminates on Dec 21 with a Winter Solstice Celebration in Flatiron. Also featured in Flatiron Square in an interactive winter art installation, called CONTROL NO CONTROL, which creates an amazing light show when visitors touch the cube-shaped screen. CONTROL, NO CONTROL will be on display through Jan 1. See video here.

And finally, our photo of the week. Even Santa’s helpers need a rest once in a while.


Until next time, we’ll be seeing you Around Town!