Lives in Hartsdale, New York
Since Nov 2010
65+ year old female
I have visited 147 countries and all 50 states. I love theatre and museums.
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The food is exceptionally good as is the wine and service. This Midtown steak house is a bit pricey, but it is worth it for a splurge and is within walking distance of many Broadway shows. The ambiance is great with wood paneling and large banquettes.
This is a splurge for seafood lovers. The cioppino has more fish and shellfish than one can eat in two meals. Lobsters are large and succulent. For meat lovers, steaks and chicken are also available. Bring a big appetite to this Midtown gem.
This is the female version of Jersey Boys, a biographical musical with all the big names of the last half century in popular music. The lead, Jesse Mueller, won a Tony Award for her portrayal of Carole King. It was well deserved. The actors playing supporting roles are wonderful too, but most of all, this is the beloved music that spanned generations.
This Tony Award winning show is the perfect introduction to Broadway theatre for people with young children. The lavish costumes, the music, and the staging engage audience members of all ages.
The show has been a favorite with audiences for years with the backstory of the friendship of the witches in The Wizard of Oz. This is a family show that will enchant youngsters with the thrill of Broadway and live theatre.
Right next to Broadway theatres is this moderately priced restaurant. It serves not only pizza but good sandwiches and luscious desserts. It can be loud and hectic, especially before a show.
This is a New York institution and worth the price for the experience of seeing where all the actors have dined. Food is delicious, and service is impeccable.
This iconic park in the middle of Manhattan provides green space, ambiance, playing fields, and a zoo. In short, there's something for everyone. The horse-drawn carriages are a romantic way to see the southern end of the park from Central Park South at 59th Street.
This is the "crossroads of the world," and it truly is. The plaza and the steps to the TKTs booth allow people a bit of time to people watch and catch their breath.
Sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi's Liberty Enlightening the World has been a symbol of freedom and has welcomed immigrants and visitors alike since June 19, 1885. It was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States after both the American and French Revolutionary Wars.
New York is the Empire State, the first to have the tallest building in the world from 1931 for the next 40 years with 103 floors. On a clear day visitors can see New York Harbor, New Jersey, and Central Park as well as all the bridges crossing the Hudson River going north from the observation deck on the 86th floor. The spire is lighted in various colors to designate special events. The building is an iconic art deco masterpiece.
Take a Circle Line Cruise around Manhattan Island to see the best of New York either in the day or evening. Hornblower Cruises feature sunset and dinner cruises to see New York at night.
More than just a transportation hub to the suburbs and points beyond via Amtrak, Grand Central Terminal is a repository of art in its ceiling and iconic clock and architecture as well as a shopping mall and eatery. The notable Oyster Bar, the oldest restaurant in the terminal, is here along with food stalls and high-end stores.
Broadway is the hallmark of big names in theatre as well as 24-hour action in terms of eateries and people watching. See the lights and see a show.
Rockefeller Center is a place for all seasons, whether it is ice skating in the winter, the tree lighting ceremony, or just finding a place to have a meal and watch people.
This massive building houses art from antiquity through the ages with rotating special exhibits advertised on its website. Select an era for concentration: American, European, Egyptian, or costume collection. You can never see the entire museum in one visit.
The first Federal Building when George Washington was president stands alongside the New York Stock Exchange and the bull.
Chinatown is all about good food at very cheap prices. It is also the hub for buying the freshest ingredients for cooking authentic Chinese dishes.
As well as a place of worship, the New York cardinal preaches here every Sunday. It is a neo-gothic style basilica that is undergoing renovation. The facade was cleaned beginning in 2012 to remove the soot on the building and will continue through 2015
This is an inexpensive way to see the lower Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island from the New York Harbor.
Home to the first immigrants, SoHo (south of Houston Street) has the Tenement Museum and some good, cheap restaurants.
Off Broadway productions, trendy eateries, and lovely row houses mark where the rich originally lived around Washington Square Park. The area is also home to New York University.
The history of immigration from Europe and around the world began at Ellis Island for many Americans and their offspring. The museum takes one through the voyage of those coming to America during the late 19th through 20th centuries. A genealogy database is accessible from the computers.
This is a holy place where everyone comes to pay respect to those victims of the attack. Reflecting pools give an air of tranquility. Names are engraved with people and their coworkers. Computers and attendants at the site help visitors find the name of someone lost on 9/11/01. The attendants distribute a roll of paper and crayon for rubbings. Don't be surprised if people from around the world offer help or take photos.
Little Italy has gotten smaller. It's really no more than a couple of blocks in lower Manhattan adjacent to Chinatown. Ferrara's is the store that sells Italian pastries and desserts. The main attraction of the area occurs in September during the San Genero Festival.
The Christmas and Easter shows featuring the Rockettes are perennial favorites with local and visiting families. Be sure to note the art deco architecture in the building.
For modern art lovers and film buffs, this is the place to see everything from the iconic impressionists to some doubtful excuses for art.
From the South Street Seaport's museums, retail outlets, restaurants, and access to half-price theatre tickets, you can see where New York began as well as get great views of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.
The Times Square Visitors Center on Broadway across from the TKTS booth has maps, discount tickets, and brochures for popular tourist sites. Many of the brochures have discount coupons for the venue.
Upscale shopping at its priciest for the finest luxury items and foods have Madison Avenue its reputation.
Besides the favorite dinosaur displays and dioramas of early man and various beasts, the museum has a planetarium featuring a space show and an IMAX theatre.
Park Avenue is home to the wealthiest New Yorkers and foreign residents. Its median changes with the seasons. In Midtown, there is the Plaza Hotel anchoring it to Central Park at 59th St. Upscale shopping and dining are available here.
The New York Public Library at 42 St. and Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) houses millions of books for borrowing as well as collections for use in the main reading room and rare books for scholars. All are free!
The "huddles masses yearning to breathe free" Emma Lazarus wrote came through Ellis Island from the late 1800's to the middle of the 20th century. The museum tells of their journey and the history of immigration to America.
From shore at the South Street Seaport or alongside the East River in Brooklyn, visitors can see boat traffic, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and the lower Manhattan skyline including the Freedom Tower at Ground Zero.
Big names, big productions, and long-playing shows characterize Broadway theatre.
This is the place that is supposed to bring world peace and understanding--at least that was the theory after World War II. Now it's about power and personal gain. Nevertheless, it is a landmark building in New York.