A visit to New York is not complete without a trip to the Statue of Liberty. Liberty Island and its national monument will reopen this year on July 4th, and you can book your tickets now through Statue Cruises. Be sure to specify whether or not you’d like a ticket that includes access to the statue’s pedestal or crown.

Take a cruise right here on New York City’s Hudson River with World Yacht, conveniently located on Pier 81 in Midtown Manhattan. The company’s four vessels carry you through the water for dinner cruises, private parties and events, like the upcoming Fireworks Cruise for July 4th.

On the first Wednesday of every month, art enthusiasts board the Bronx Culture Trolley and ride to various galleries and museums in the borough. This past month, I headed to Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College, where a replica trolley car sat awaiting riders.

When I commute on the subway, I always notice people with bicycles. At first I think, that’s great exercise and I should probably get a bike. On second thought, it crosses my mind how difficult it must be to carry a bike up and down subway stairs while trying not to bump other commuters.

This past evening, I went to an event at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan on the Upper West Side. The sprawling space is full of interactive activities and exhibits geared towards newborns all the way to 10-year-old children—think corridors of wooden puzzle games, to teach kids how to apply spatial logic and explore vertical symmetry; and large pictures mounted on the walls with hidden images for them to find.

I recently went to the Whitney Museum of American Art on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. I always wanted to go to the museum and after I recently learned that Hopper Drawing—the first major museum exhibition to focus on the drawings and creative process of Edward Hopper—was on display, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check it out.

A host of craft demonstrations, plus more than 35,000 one-of-a-kind uniquely designed original creations will be on display at The 37th Annual American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Taste of Times Square is headed to The Crossroads of the World on Monday, June 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. This outdoor food and music festival, which will take place on W. 46th St., btw Broadway & Ninth Ave. (including historic Restaurant Row), will feature international cuisine from top restaurants and an eclectic mix of street performers.

Last week, I got the chance to tour the New York Harbor aboard the Zephyr as part of New York Water Taxi’s Hidden Harbor Tours. The latest series of tours, called Beyond Sandy, explore the areas surrounding the Harbor that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.

I really admire people that are good at science. When I was in high school, I loved doing experiments in chemistry and biology class, but I will admit I wasn’t the best student. So, maybe my luck will change when I head to the World Science Festival, which starts today.


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