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A Weekend in New York

A weekend in New York can be daunting. So much to do and so little time. If you don’t have much time, skip the ticket line. Buy The New York Pass and go directly to the entrance inside the museum lobby.  The New York Pass booklets are good for The Guggenheim, The Met and the Cloisters, MoMa and PS1 as well as The Empire State Building, The American Museum of Natural History and the Statue of Liberty and many other popular NYC attractions.

A major reason to visit New York  is the galleries. You’ll see art here you won’t see anywhere else.

Galleries 

Pace Gallery in Chelsea has 50 years of iconic images from master fashion photographer Irving Penn.

Also in Chelsea, Francois Xavier Lalanne transformed an old gas station at 10th Ave and 24th Street into his amusing installation, The Sheep Station.

Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi is the first artist to paint directly onto the roof of the Met, and visitors walk on it as they view it. The installation’s title, “And How Many Rains Must Fall Before the Stains Are Washed Clean,” is from a poem by the Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz.

A must see in Brooklyn, MoMA PS1  has dedicated all 3 floors of the gallery to the career of West Coast artist Mike Kelley, who committed suicide in 2012 at age 57. A CityPASS booklet includes a visit to MoMA PS1 within 30 days of visiting MoMA.

Where to Eat

For lunch, try The Lobster Place at the Chelsea Market. Order the monkfish sandwich on challa bread with the scallop and bacon chowder. The sushi and lobster are also great. Don’t forget to ask for a free bib. Get take out and walk up to the Highline or nearby Hudson River Park.

For a fun, informal dinner, try Eataly, both a store and a restaurant for those who love all things Italian. Located steps away from the Flatiron bldg on 5th Avenue, the restaurant area is sectioned by food group – Fish, Pizza and Pasta, Meat and Vegetarian.  Weather permitting, you can also dine under the stars on the rooftop patio, but the pub-style menu doesn’t have the variety of the main floor. If they’re on the menu, order the tuna and swordfish meatballs in tomato sauce. Fantastico!

Music

Intimate with good acoustics ,the legendary Blue Note in Greenwich Village is the club to see well-known jazz artists like Stanley Clarke. Before leaving home, reserve tickets online and The Blue Note will hold your seat. A five-minute wait on a Sunday night and we were seated just 3 feet away from the stage.

Try a few of our favorite suggestions on your next trip to the Big Apple.  Don’t worry if you don’t see everything – you’ll be back.

Travel Planner

  • Pace Gallery 32 E 57th St, New York, NY 10022
  • MoMA  11 West 53rd St. New York, NY 10019
  • MoMA PS1  22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
  • The Cloisters Museum & Gardens  99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040
  • The Blue Note 131 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012
  • Eataly  200 5th Avenue New York, NY 10010
  • Chelsea Market 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

 

 

 

NYC Travel Tips

Visitors heading to New York City should consider these money-saving tips.

Getting around:

For great views of the NYC harbor, hop on-hop-off the NY Water Taxi, from four convenient locations: Midtown Manhattan, Battery Park, South Street Seaport and DUMBO Brooklyn, just one of the many great features of The New York Pass.
Get a seven day unlimited metro card even if you’re only in town a few days – good on all trains and buses.
Consider bike travel as new cycling routes are being added.
Get out of Manhattan. Brooklyn/Williamsburg, Queens and the Bronx all offer excellent sights and dining at better prices than you’ll pay in Manhattan.
Take the Ikea ferry (free on weekends) from pier 11 at the South Seaport just past the free Staten Island ferry for a chance to whip across the water to Red Hook, Brooklyn with great views of Governor’s Island.

Traveling to NYC:

Mega Bus offers reasonably priced travel with free wi-fi, power outlets and top deck seats, although arrival times are often at least an hour later than scheduled due to unpredictable border crossing times etc. The earlier you book, the cheaper the fare, but all fares are non-refundable, though full credit is available for future trips. Changing your itinerary can be costly if you’re booking for an earlier date as the cheap seats go fast.
Amtrak is worth a look but the border crossing times can be even longer.

Staying in NYC:

Stay at newyorkroomwithaview.com on Staten Island above the free ferry – a 15-minute walk or a fast reliable bus ride with direct connections from the boat.  At $60.00 per night per person ($70.00 double) this large room with windows on two walls overlooking Manhattan can’t be beat. A self-serve breakfast is included as well as helpful suggestions for getting the most out of your New York vacation.
If you can plan your trip three months in advance, book a room at Leo House on 23rd Street in Manhattan. Small, spartan and clean rooms start at $90.00 per night for a single with shared bath.
Check Hotwire.com for last-minute room specials. Hoboken, NJ is a quick train ride away from Manhattan with much more affordable rooms.
Check accommodation listings on Roomorama and Air BnB.

Entertainment:

Visit commercial art galleries for free. Check out the latest in contemporary art in Chelsea, Soho and the Lower East Side.
Check websites of museums for free days or evenings.
Get great deals on must-see New York Museums and Attractions with The New York Pass coupon booklet.
Check Time Out New York online for daily lists of free things to do in New York City.
Take a hike along the constantly expanding High Line urban garden trail.