Magic in New York City
I was born and raised only 20 miles from Manhattan, so it’s not shocking that I believe it’s a special place, which deserves to be visited as often as possible. On any given visit, one can take in a glut of sights and sounds in whatever sphere of interest they might have. On a recent visit, I spent a full day appreciating, viewing, and listening to artwork. It included the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Opera – all in one day! If you have the time, I highly recommend it. Here’s a sample itinerary that you could use:
NY Philharmonic open rehearsal. (Alice Tully Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza). These often occur on a Thursday.
Walk up Columbus Avenue to the Upper West Side
Lunch at Cilantro on the upper West Side (485 Columbus Ave., between West 83rd and 84th Streets). This lively Southwestern cafe dishes generous portions, pairing them with large margaritas.
Walk to West 86th St./Columbus Ave. and take the M86-SBS Select Bus Crosstown. Get off at E 84 St/5 Ave. and walk 1 block to the MET museum.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 5th Ave.) Current exhibits include: “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman & Designer”, “Rodin at the Met”, and David Hockney. In addition, I never miss the chance to peek into Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Living Room from the Francis W. Little House”, which is a full-size, furnished living room. #IWantToLiveThere
Take the same bus back across the park by walking to E. 86th /5th Ave. and taking the M86-SBS Select Bus Westside, getting off at W 86 St/Broadway. Switch to the #1 subway and take it down to 66th St., Lincoln Center Subway Center. You can grab dinner anywhere along the way.
Metropolitan Opera (Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza)
This is only one plan. Some of the other arts events that I love to attend in New York City include:
Get out there, and see what NYC has to offer. You won’t regret it!
6/13/2018 07:53:31 am
Excellent, thank you Larry.....well described itinerary! Have not utilized the bus in NYC too often. Is it necessary to purchase bus fare in advance or per trip?
7/21/2018 05:37:34 pm
Dave, you can buy crosstown bus tickets at the bus stop itself. There are machines everywhere. I believe up and downtown buses are part of the metro card that you use for the subway, but not totally sure about that.
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