If you want to take in a bit of history and culture while hanging out in the Big Apple this summer, check out different activities occurring at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. As part of the 2011 Festival, this August you can enjoy the Mostly Mozart program that will be running from August 2nd to August 27th.
On opening night as well as August 3rd, the program will be the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra with conductor Louis Langrée. On August 4th and 6th, there will be the Don Giovanni concert with the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and conductor/director, Iván Fischer. Prior to the August 6th concert there will be a discussion with Jane Moss and Iván Fischer.
On August 11th, enjoy the sounds of the International Contemporary Ensemble, conducted by Matthias Pintscher at the Alice Truly Hall, Starr Theater. This will be a true celebration of Mozart, opening with a gentle Mozart composition performed in a new Salvatore Sciarrino arrangement. It will end with Gran Partita, one of the maestro’s most majestic works.
There are lots of ways to experience the glamor, history, and uniqueness of New York City. The conventional methods include tour buses, boat rides around Manhattan and other boroughs, or just plain walking. But New York Fun Tours offer something a bit different to those wishing to put a little pizzazz into their New York experience.
• See the City from a classic convertible: A private tour guide, who doubles as your chauffeur will drive you through some of New York’s most exciting neighborhoods in a full-size, busting with luxury, classic Chevrolet Caprice Convertible. Cruise around lower Manhattan and see some of New York’s most famous locales, including Chinatown, SoHo, Little Italy and more.
• Some have called New York a ‘concrete jungle.’ So what better way to explore the city’s special inner heart than from a safari type Jeep Wrangler SUV. The adventure of New York will be experienced in utter comfort as you investigate places like the West Village, the South Street Seaport, the Financial District and other equally exciting places.
• If you prefer feeling perfectly pampered, consider a tour in a luxurious stretch limo, SUV or even a limo bus. Have the ride of your life in what is one of the symbols of New York glamor while you learn about some of lower Manhattan’s most fascinating places, including TriBeCa, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Manhattan Bridge, and other areas.
Whether you have one day or one month to tour New York City, you’ll never tire of activities. The city that never sleeps offers something for everyone and is full of exciting shows, restaurants, adventures and more.
Start your trip by making sure that you are well rested during the entire stay. Check out the Washington Jefferson Hotel owned by Shimmie Horn. Located in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, this hip locale is newly renovated and a luxurious place to stay. Shimmie Horn has thought of everything, and tourists are guaranteed to have a lovely, elegant stay with the comforts they would enjoy at home.
Well rested and ready to sightsee, it’s time to go to Rockefeller Center. If you have the time, go for a 70 minute NBC Studio Tour and then look at Radio City Music Hall and 30 Rockefeller Plaza. If you didn’t get advanced tickets for the Empire State Building, you might decide to skip that sight and take the elevator up to the Top of the Rock instead for a great view.
Enjoy some great shopping, or at least some great store window shopping, on Fifth Avenue. You’ll see where the fanciest people shop and you’ll admire the elegance of each store front.
Hit the Empire State Building and hope that you can get to the top (or order tickets ahead of time to ensure that you will). Make sure to take in the Museum of Modern Art as well.
And, of course, no trip to New York is complete without Times Square. Go to the half price ticket book there to see if you can catch a Broadway Show and have fun looking at the dazzling lights and the glamour of Times Square!
New York is known for its supreme walk-ability, but when is the last time you went for a walk just for the walk’s sake and not to get from where you are to where you’re going?
Here are some fabulous ideas to get out and see the city like it was meant to be seen.
• Discover the history around the building of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. In just 30 minutes, beginning at the stairway at Cadman Plaza East near Prospect Street in Brooklyn Heights, you will finish at Broadway and Chambers Street. The Brooklyn Bridge is one mile long, and every day about 6,600 pedestrians either walk or bike over this glorious suspension bridge. When it was built in 1883 it was the longest suspension bridge in the world. If you are lucky you might see young men proposing marriage to their beloveds on the bridge, a traditional place for that magic moment. But if there is no actual engagements going on when you are there, do not fret, there will be evidence of such an occurrence, a padlock attached to the fence there, whose keys have been tossed into the river. How romantic!
• If you have a bit more time on your hands, but less time than you would need to really go to Los Angeles, you can spend a bit less than three hours experiencing some of the fun that goes along with a trip to Southern California. Start at Elizabeth Street between East Houston and Prince Streets, and finish at 246 Spring Street between Sixth Avenue and Varick Street. Begin with a fish taco served from an old vintage Volkswagen van which is parked inside a comfortable, plant-filled, sunny garage at Tacombi at Fonda Nolita, 267 Elizabeth St. For some cult shopping, wander over to ‘Creatures of Comfort,’ (205 Mulberry St) which is the original LA boutique which impressed Angelinos first with its supply of elusive indie designers such as Rachel Comey, Wood Wood and Suno. If surfing is your thing, you can find what you need right in lower Manhattan at ‘Saturday’s Surf’ (31 Crosby St.) At additional places along the route you can get a tan at ‘Brazil Bronze Glow Bar,’ (580 Broadway); check out some fine street art at 110 Greene Street where you can see “Subway Map Floating on a New York Street’; get a cocktail reminiscent of Hollywood kitsch at Bar d’Eau (246 Spring St.)
Al Hirschfeld Theatre
• What would New York walks be without a stroll down Broadway? Begin at 302 West 45th Street between 8th and 9th, and continue for 1.2 miles to finish at 234 42nd St. between 7th and 8th Avenues. On this route you should be sure to see the Al Hirschfeld Theatre; Café Edison; Times Square and the TKTS ticket booth for discounts at first-rate Broadway shows; Lyceum Theatre built in 1903, it is Broadway’s oldest continually running theater; Jimmy’s Corner, one of the last vestiges of the gritty, Koch-era Times Square before the facelift. Get a fancy beer here, a Sam Adams, the best on the menu. Heading south you will come across the New Amsterdam Theatre where the girls of Ziegfeld Follies used to entertain. Last stop, the AMC Empire 25. This mega movie house used to be the Eltinge Theatre. Named after the most famous female impersonator of the 1900s, Julian Eltinge. Check out the ceiling in the lobby to see murals of women that were modeled after the actor.
If you have a child, or children four years old or older, consider a mind-expanding visit to the New York Hall of Science.
NY Hall of Science
Located in one of the original structures built for the 1964 New York World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, it is New York’s only science and technology center that gives visitors a truly hands-on experience.
Explore with All Your Senses
The museum incorporates over 450 permanent exhibits which are organized into a variety of intriguing subjects including Hidden Kingdoms, Realm of the Atom, Seeing the Light, Marvelous Molecules and much more. Expect to utilize all your senses when exploring these exhibits.
Understand Birds in Decline
The feature exhibit which will be on view until August 14th is called “The Sweet-Voiced Bird Has Flown: Portraits of Common Birds in Decline.” This is an art exhibit featuring paintings and monochrome sketches of a variety of bird species whose numbers are in decline.
NYSCI also has exhibitions on tour, including ‘Charlie Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure,’ ‘Molecules and Health,’ and ‘Wild Minds-What Animals Really Think.’
Check out NYSCI here and plan to spend a fun day with the family on an adventure into the great world of science.
The Chandler owned by hotelier Shimmie Horn (Triumph Hospitality) has gone through a lot of transformations…the latest being the most elegant thus far. Most people notice its beautiful and soft cherry and ebony wood theme, but the aspect which stands out the most about Hotel Chandler is the marble floor of the grand lobby, which showcases a star design. The hotel has fourteen floors, one hundred and twenty-three rooms and eight sweets, all accessed by an airy, refurbished spiral staircase.
Hotel clients have also relished in the bed and breakfast option at the Chandler as well as other hospitality addition like the fitness center, Finnish sauna, library room, desktop computer, and more.
The Triumph Hospitality brand owned by Shimmie Horn includes the Iroquois New York, Washington Jefferson Hotel and Hotel Belleclaire as well.