Staycationing or Vacationing in the City?

Or… how about a quick FREE  trip to Vegas without ever getting in a plane, in  a car, in  a bus or on  a horse – well maybe a horse if you’ve been ” carriaging”* around Central Park.

Simply take yourself over to Lincoln Center Plaza on Saturday, August 26th.   Grab a chair and sit back  under the stars to see Rigoletto with all its lechery, murder, sex, gambling, kidnapping, deflowering and  disguises, just like the real Casino town!  This  hit production  by the Met of Rigoletto places the action in a neon-bedecked Las Vegas in 1960.

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RIGOLETTO Vegas style

Yes, the Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival will be in full swing as of August 25th.  This is one of my favorite things to do in the City  as summer starts to murmur  with hints of fall.  I’ve had such great times watching these wonderful operas and enjoying the audience craziness before and after the screenings. And all free!!!!!

The Festival runs from August 25th thru September 4th.  All performances begin at 8 PM except for Sunday the 27th which begins at 7:45.

Here’s the schedule starting on the 25th

Beginning with the Ingmar Bergman film, The Magic Flute followed the next evening by  Rigoletto, and then in order, Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, L’Amour De Loin, Manon Lescaut, Roberto Devereux, Tristan Und Isolde (on two nights) Eugene Onegin, Nabucco, ending on the 4th  with the beautiful La Traviata.

Hope to see you there!  Come early – relax and watch the seats fill up which they do. As usual – I’m the one with the hat, popcorn and wine.

Love this City  and love the Metropolitan Opera especially when it’s free.

KAY’S NOTES: (From an earlier post on this event)

Important to know: Met website at http://www.metopera.com 2017 Summer HD Festival.
Good to know: The series goes on rain or shine except thunder storms. Suggest you bring extra jacket or sweater as it can get chilly. And perhaps a seat cushion.
Where to eat: All over the place. Many people, in fact, bring their own food, drinks and snacks. I, myself, am a popcorn and wine person.
Restaurant prices: In the area – varies from hotdog carts to OMG$$$$
Where is it:  At Lincoln Center Plaza known as the Josie Robertson Plaza in front of the Met Opera House on the Upper West Side between West 62nd and 65th Streets and Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. Buses and subways close by. Plenty of parking. Met website has all kinds of info on directions.
Restrooms: Here’s the tricky part. If there is an event at the David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher) the restrooms are open in the Hall. But if not there are restrooms on the Concourse level below the Met Opera house. There is an elevator to Concourse level on the outside of the David Koch Theater or an escalator in front of the David Geffen Hall. Restrooms also at the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd right across the street.
Kid Friendly: Absolutely and stay for a little while or for the whole performance. Lots of kids will be there along with opera loving well behaved dogs!

Photos  and italic text from Metropolitan Opera website.

*Carriaging – a made up word -but you get my drift.

Disclaimer – I try for correct info on Kay’s Notes– but no guarantees people.


 

A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR A PARADE!

If you want to join in this year, the 2017 NYC Pride March takes place TODAY  Sunday, June 25 and kicks off at 12 p.m.
  •  (Photograph: Filip Wolak)
  • The route begins at Fifth Avenue and 36th Street.
  • The parade continues down Fifth Avenue until it turns right at the grandstand located on Eighth Street.
  • The marchers make a slight right on to Greenwich Avenue.
  • The parade turns left onto Christopher Street, passing the Stonewall Inn.
  • The march concludes at Christopher and Greenwich streets in the West Village.
SEE YOU THERE!

LOVE THIS CITY!

KAY’S NOTES:  IT’S GORGEOUS OUT… PUT ON A HAT….WEAR SUNSCREEN …TAKE WATER….AND GO!

 Disclaimer: I try for correct info on my posts, but no guarantees people.

Summer Camp for Seniors at MoMA – Free!

Or…why didn’t somebody tell me…is it sleep-away?

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Finished reading the paper and finished the crossword and checked out anything of interest on my phone.   Well…. yeah…. and yeah again.  I love the Museum of Modern Art and how I missed this, I just don’t know. The events are sold out except for the ones in July only because registration hasn’t yet opened.  Really sorry about missing the workshop on Smartphone Street Photography and the Contemporary Art in New York City event.    How did I miss this program at MoMA,  I ask again.   A  summer camp for Seniors…Wow!

Summer Camp for Seniors  is just part of the Prime Time program for seniors 65 and older at MoMA.   Check out their website for full info.       

Prime Time is an initiative to engage older New Yorkers at MoMA and in the community. Each month we offer multiple programs that encourage older adults of diverse abilities and backgrounds to learn about modern and contemporary art.

For more information, please call Prime Time at (212) 333-1265, fill out our contact form, or e-mail primetime@moma.org.

These events  for June  are sold out.
  • Prime Time Summer Camp:
    Smartphone Street Photography
  • Prime Time Summer Camp: Crafting Sunprints
  • Prime Time Summer Camp:
    Contemporary Art in New York City
  • Prime Time Summer Camp: Gestural Painting
  • July Events:
    Prime Time Summer Camp:  Landscape Drawing Workshop
    Registration opens June 27th at 9:30 AM
      1. Monday, July 24, 10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
        Section I
      2. Wednesday, July 26, 10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.

        Section II

        LOVE THIS CITY!
KAY’S NOTES:
Good to know:  Not sleep-away!
 Disclaimer: I try for correct info on my posts, but no guarantees people.


MUSEUM MILE – TUESDAY JUNE 13TH – FREE – 6 TO 9 PM

Or…walk  Fifth Avenue  from 82nd to 110th Street  and enjoy  free admission to 7 major museums with fun along the way!

 

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Yes, FREE access to The Met, Neue Gallerie, The Guggenheim, Cooper Hewitt, The Jewish Museum, Museum of the City of New York, and El Museo del Barrio!  As you walk along,  Fifth Avenue will be  packed with special events.  See you there!  (no cars) Check out their website for a listing of all events. http://museummilefestival.org/

 

Love this City!

KAY’S NOTES: CROWDS, CROWDS, CROWDS and FUN!

Disclaimer: I try for correct info on my posts, but no guarantees people.


 

843 Acres of Delight…

or..if it’s not Central Park what else could it be…I ask.

Yes, friends, 843 acres running 2.5 miles long and a half mile wide is that glorious part of the City starting at  59th Street and ending at  110th with pure magic in between…Central Park!

Now  where to begin  on my walks through the Park?  A walk to the Boat Basin or to  Belvedere Castle or to  Strawberry Fields or to the Zoo or to the famed Carousel with the 57 hand carved horses?  What to do, what to do.

I made the decision (not quickly) for this first post on the park, to write about my most frequent walk, which is to enter on East 66th Street and wind my way over to the exit by  Tavern on the Green to Central Park West.     (I miss, by the way, that gaudy shiny Crystal Room at Tavern even if the food and service were not so great).

Now before I go any further, just wanted to say, you probably know much of what I’m writing, but if, like me, sometimes a different perspective brings about some kind of awakening to something new.  Even doing my research for my posts, I always have a discovery (e.g.The Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks  The Institute teaches park users and managers to care for urban parks everywhere. )  Didn’t know that.

So let’s get started

If you’re going to the park for any reason, take the time to just enjoy! Wear comfortable shoes, take water, snack, hat and maybe a sweater, throw an umbrella in just in case, a blanket and a book and crossword puzzle if you’re so inclined.   Much of the walkways and paths  are good but there are interesting  paths and trails that are unpaved and often muddy.

The East 66th Street Entrance

Here’s one of the frequent sites seen  everywhere in the park- people reading.  Those readers could be on benches or on the grass or even on the rocks. I’ve done it many times myself or should I say I’ve tried to do it, but it’s not easy to stay focused when there is always so much to see and hear. Must admit weekdays is an easier time of it because it’s  quieter, but even then, the birds chirp, people talk, interesting people talk,  tours come through, children laugh  and I’m very easily distracted .  No, I don’t use a headset.  One reason is “my hearing is definitely not what it used to be” plus I like the sounds and often a musician or group of musicians are playing.  Love that!

As I walked down the small slope and past the children’s playground, I saw  the usual  puppeteer with his egg pubaltoppet to the delight of the kids.   And just a little further up the hill is the popular Balto statue, the famed sled-dog who saved children’s lives in Alaska in 1925.

The Mall – the American Elms – Wow!

As I walked up the hill through the arch and up to one of my favorite places in the park   The Mall, of American Elms  It’s just so beautiful (by the way, how many times can I use “beautiful” in a blog…a lot when describing the park, but I’m going to try to use other adjectives, I promise. It’s gorgeous in the spring, summer, winter and  fall.

The Mall and Literary Walk

And here we are: the single walkers, the bikers resting on the bench, the couple holding hands, the stroller in the distance, all under those magnificent elms. (saving for another post the section of The Mall called Literary Walk with statues of prominent writers.

Ahead of me was Sheep Meadow
I stood under this magnificent tree to take the photo of Sheep Meadow
  •  FROM THE CENTRAL PARK WEBSITE: The fifteen-acre meadow holds true to this intention today as Central Park’s largest lawn without ball fields and as a designated quiet zone. No organized sports or gatherings are allowed on Sheep Meadow to preserve the space for quiet picnicking and relaxation.

It certainly is, trust me on this one

Sheep Meadow Is a wonderful place to stop, bring a blanket, a book, a snack, a hat and spend the morning or afternoon or day. (restrooms and cafe close by). With kids? Yes, bring balls.

And now I’m getting close to Central Park West, I stopped to rest on a bench and watch the action as people went by on bikes, some built for two, scooters, pedi-cabs, horse and carriages, piggy backers, strollers and the most popular…walking!

THANK YOU SAILORS FOR YOUR SERVICE!

As I write this Memorial Day weekend, it brought back to mind  my last post on Fleet Week.  I’m sitting looking around when  these handsome sailors (told you I loved men and women in uniform) came by and cheerfully let me take their photo!  What a great way to end this post on this Memorial Day! A thank you to  all who served and serve!

LOVE THIS CITY!  

KAY’S NOTES:

Important to know:  Go to the Parks website – everything  you ever wanted to know about  this magical 843 acres!   http://www.centralparknyc.org/

Disclaimer: I try for correct info on my posts, but no guarantees people.


 

HEY KIDS…FLEET WEEK IS BACK!

OR….. ALWAYS LOVED MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM!

Yes, it’s back, just as I promised.

 Fleet Week runs May 24th thru May 30th!   IT’S FREE PEOPLE!

Salute

Love this City!

KAY’S NOTES:

IMPORTANT TO KNOW: CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE – FUN THINGS GOING ON ALL WEEK!  http://www.fleetweeknewyork.com/

Download the event schedule which has puzzles and such for kids.

Photo: Courtesy of Fleet Week

Disclaimer: I try for correct info on my posts, but no guarantees people.


 

Let The Lions Roar!

or… as Patience  and  Fortitude say  “Come on in!” to the Main Branch of the New York Public Library!
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Patience and Fortitude in front  of New York Public Library  (photo: The consortium/flickr C)
 And see the newly renovated Rose Main  Reading Room
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Rose Main Reading Room.  After being closed for two years for renovation is now open to the public.
“Getting to Know You, Getting to Know All About You!”

There is so much to say about this Main Branch of the New York Public Library on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, I couldn’t figure out where to begin.  And, these days, it’s not all about books! So my first suggestion is go to the NYPL website https://www.nypl.org/  and spend some time reading about everything this  Main Branch has to offer. Then, when you’re done, look up the other branches and other major facilities (see in Kay’s Notes)  and do the same thing.  I was amazed, I think you will be too. I’ve described below several sections of the Library, but, and a big but, there is so much that I haven’t touched upon.

93,000 free programs a year across its 92 locations, from author talks and performances to exhibitions. Meet your favorite author, hear a live concert, or find something new at the Library.”

” Good News!”

There’s a  “train” inside the Main  Library that delivers materials  in less than 5 minutes! “The cars pick up requested  materials from the newly-expanded Milstein Research Stacks   (underground under Bryant Park)  – which now have two levels that can hold up to 4 million research volumes – and deliver the materials to library staff in two locations: one on the first floor and the other in the Rose Main Reading Room. Staff then provide the materials to researchers for use in the library.”

“Do You Know the Way to San Jose?”

Check out The Map Room, established in 1898,  is according, to the NYPL, one of the world’s premier map collections in terms of size, scope,and  unique holdings…established in 1898 with more than 433,000 sheet maps. And the room itself is simply beautiful.

Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division
“Strawberry Fields Forever”
Index
Child’s Menu from 1907

Calling all foodies!  This main branch has over 45,000 menus dating from the  1840’s to the present.  They are also looking for volunteers to help with a major project for the collection to transcribe their historical restaurant menus so, as they put it, they can be more easily researched.  I haven’t done it yet, but it’s on my list. .   Go to Menus on the site – full details are there. menus@nypl.org

NYPL Lion SocksSpeaking of food…Amy’s Bread Cafe  has a location on the first floor  and don’t forget a stop at the Library Store  also on the first floor.   Lots of interesting things including these “lion” socks!

“The Best Things in Life are Free!”

Take the time to take the tour! Available everyday – check the website for times.  The Beau-Arts building itself is stunning and what it holds is beyond awesome.  Remember, the Library is free and in a city like New York costly  things are happening all the time, so knowing that there is a wonderful haven out there, to relax, to read, to learn, to be entertained and more and at no cost is, indeed, a New York treasure !

“I’ll See You Again”

Before I close, a post on nright-precous-daysthe New York Public Library wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention at least one book that I borrowed and  a note on what kind of wine I was drinking…rose’.  The lines below open the latest novel By Jay McInerney, Bright, Precious Days and took me by surprise.  Why?  Because I was in the midst of writing  this post, I  just had to figure out where to put it.  I decided to add it at the end.    So here it is…

“Once, not so very long ago, young men and women had come to the city because they loved books,  because they wanted to write novels or short stories or even poems, or because they wanted to be associated with the production  and distribution of those artifacts and with the people who created them. For those who haunted suburban libraries and provincial bookstores, Manhattan was the shining island of letters. “

And so it was and still is, as is the wonderful New York Public Library’s Main Branch  and the NYPL system itself.  If you haven’t been to one of these libraries lately or especially to the Main Branch, go and go again and keep going!

“To the Library and Beyond”
Psst… The Music Division  is at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center. Check it out !  Songs I use in this post  are in Kay’s Notes.
“The division has made the documentation of American classical and popular music a major priority. Collection efforts bring to the division a copy of almost every piece of classical and popular music published in the United States each year.”
Enjoy!  Love this City!

KAY’S NOTES:

Important to know: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (the main branch) “Dedicated on May 23, 1911, the majestic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, houses outstanding research collections in the humanities and social sciences, as well as a circulating children’s collection; and plays host to numerous talks and special events. Standing proudly before this Beaux-Arts building are “New York’s most lovable public sculptures, the lions Patience and Fortitude.”

 The New York Public Library System’s other three major locations.

(The) Library’s strength in three areas in particular is so great that major facilities have been built to house them: The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (LPA), at Lincoln Center; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in Harlem; and theScience, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), in midtown Manhattan.

Interesting to know:  Pew Research :http://www.pewresearch.org.

Americans are {also} divided on a fundamental question about how books should be treated at libraries: 24% support the idea of moving books and stacks in order to make way for more community- and tech-oriented spaces, while 31% say libraries should not move the books to create such spaces. About four-in-ten think libraries should maybe consider doing so.  Plus further from Pew Research: 80% of those ages 16 and older say libraries should “definitely” offer programs to teach people, including kids and senior citizens, how to use digital tools like computers and smartphones.  September, 2016

Good to know: http://www.jaymcinerney.com/  Author,Bright,Precious Days”   Besides his great  novels  on NYC, he is also a wine aficionado and has written several books on the subject along with a column in the Wall Street Journal.

Where to eat:  Amy’s on the first floor for light food, sandwiches, plus the surrounding area is packed with restaurants.

Restrooms: On the first floor.

Kid Friendly: Not in all parts, but definitely in the Children’s Room on the first floor.

How to get there: Bus, subway, walking are the best. Parking difficult and expensive.  Easy location on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.  Can’t miss it!

Music acknowledgments: “Getting to Know You” from  The King and I;” To the Library and Beyond” from Matilda, the musical; “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” by Burt Bacharach; “Strawberry Fields Forever” by The Beatles; “The Best Things in Life are Free” by Ray Henderson; “Good News” by Ray Henderson; “I’ll See You Again” by Sir Noel Coward

Credits: The NYPL’s website  was the source for the information about the libraries  on this page and all   photographs.

Disclaimer: I try for correct info on my posts, but no guarantees people.

 

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Grab your coat and get your hat….leave your worries on the door step

 And go..it’s tomorrow

AMADEUS on the Plaza 

under the stars at 7:45 in the evening and Free!

 

  That gorgeous Oscar winning movie kicks off the HD Festival.

CHECK  MY PREVIOUS  POST (July 26th)  ON  THE HD FESTIVAL THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ AGAIN – OR NOT – AND JUST WING IT AND HAVE A GREAT TIME…. I’LL BE THERE – MAYBE I’LL SEE YOU…. I, OF COURSE, AM THE ONE WITH THE WINE AND POPCORN!

And on Saturday night – Le Nozze di Figaro and Sunday Il Trovatore

A great line up of operas streaming on the Plaza from the 26th thru September 5th  will  include: Le Nozze di Figaro, il Trovatore, Otello, La Fille du Regiment, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Cenerentola (Cinderella)  Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (2 different operas) The Merry Widow, Turandot, and last  Les Pecheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers).  Go to  The Met website  more info on each opera.http://www.metopera.org/user-information/summer-hd-festival/

Have fun – Enjoy!   Love this City!

Disclaimer – I try for correct info on my posts, but no guarantees people.  


An Inside Walk Worth Taking

 

NO UMBRELLAS NEEDED ON THIS WALK!

The Oculus at WTC
Inside The Oculus-Photo by me

I was with my Tribeca family and we walked from their apartment thru Brookfield Place down the escalators across the walk and onto Westfield which recently opened in the soaring space of The Oculus.

The Oculus!  The Transportation Hub at the World Trade Center designed by the internationally renowned architect  Santiago Calvatrava of Spain.

I thought it was stunningly beautiful!  How do you combine a subway station and a mall into a grand open shining space…call on a famous architect that’s what you do.  Amazing!

Best way to do this walk?  I always suggest to check out websites to see what’s happening not only at Westfield, but also at Brookfield Place. They are connected and  you’ll never have to go outside. Often special events are taking place that will just add to the fun.   This is not a quiet walk, but it sure is exciting, especially the first time you do it.   By the way, stopped at the new Eataly and enjoyed a lovely wine  and pizza with my family overlooking the World Trade Center and the new Liberty Park.

It’s a huge place so when you go be sure to plan your day, don’t rush,  people-watch, perhaps  walk over  to Brookfield Place and take in a view of the Hudson or do it all in reverse.  Along your way, you’ll find many places to stop for something to eat plus, of course, a glass of wine or an old-fashioned to  give  your feet a rest and decide where  your next steps will take you on this inside walk!

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Enjoy!

Kay’s Notes:

Important to know: It can get a little crazy during commuting times – so keep in mind it is a transportation hub.

Websites:  About The Oculus,  Westfield  and Brookfield Place

http://www.panynj.gov/wtcprogress/transportation-hub.html

https://www.westfield.com/westfieldworldtradecenter

https://brookfieldplaceny.com/

Cost:  Seeing the buildings- free. shopping, eating and drinking? As the old song goes sung by Frank Sinatra and Ruth Etting (back in the day)  “It all depends on you”!

Where to eat:  A huge selection of places- as of this post – not all opened but will be very soon.

Restrooms: Plenty

Kid Friendly:  Without a doubt

 

*Disclaimer – I try for correct info on Kay’s Notes– but no guarantees people.


 

IT WAS HOT, BUT OH SO COOL!

Temperatures about 100 – with humidity to match, but we were all there raising our voices to…. the public domain!    It was spectacular  and I consider myself so very fortunate to have been part of this once in a lifetime event– all sweating together and having a glorious  time!

The "public domain" chorus gathers at Josie Robertson Plaza at Lincoln Center on Saturday in New York, NY.

I couldn’t have said it better….. taken from Today’s August 15th New York Times review by critic Anthony Tommasini…..“By the time the singers had taken their places round the fountain, an audience of roughly 2000 had arrived, despite the sweltering humidity.  True to its title, “the public domain” was an inspiring outdoor musical event; it also proved an intricate, rich musical composition.”

As a very personal note – I received a text from my sister who said, “Dad, would have loved this.”   She was so right, our father absolutely loved music of all kinds – and this event would have caused him much joy, as it did me.

I love this City!

Kay’s Notes:

Important to know: google  http://mostlymozart.org/thepublicdomain you will find  a video from Lincoln Center on the making of “the public domain”and the performance.

Maybe ….. Interesting to know: When you go to the site, it opens with photos of some of us…. I’m on the top row – number 3 – behind the word “domain”….taken at the last rehearsal at the John Jay College gymnasium.

Disclaimer – I try for correct info on Kay’s Notes – but no guarantees people.