Attractions

One of the most visited places in New York City is Times Square. This main thoroughfare of lights, attractions and restaurants is always bustling with things to do and see. Several activities are currently going on in the area to celebrate the month of love. Through March 10th, visitors to Times Square can walk through the Valentine's Heart Sculpture entitled “Heartwalk, ”created specifically for Times Square by Situ Studio.

New York City is full of iconic places and a New York CityPASS allows you to see six for a fraction of the cost of regular entry tickets.

The Harlem Fine Arts Show, now in its fourth year, showcases the work of visual artists of African and Caribbean heritage. The event takes place today thru Feb. 10 at the historic Riverside Church and visitors can view and purchase the work of a wide range of talented artist.

One of my favorite structures in New York City is Grand Central Terminal. This beautiful building—which serves as the main hub for the Metro-North Railroad, connecting commuters to and from New York City to other counties in New York and Connecticut—reminds me of the grandiose cathedrals in Rome and Florence. Highlights of the awe-inspiring Main Concourse are the large, blue astronomical ceiling and the four-faced clock, which rests atop the main information booth.

Though antiquing is usually associated with quiet, New England towns, one of the best places to find furniture and fine art of the past is New York City’s Antiques at the Armory.

A few weeks ago, I spent a lively evening at Joe’s Famous Club & Cabaret The Monster in Greenwich Village. The two-floor, gay-friendly establishment—named after a carved wooden sea serpent from a Coney Island carousel—is the perfect place for fans of showtunes.

The 10th Annual New York Times Travel Show will feature nearly 500 exhibitors, representing more than 150 countries focusing on travel destinations, tour operators and cruise lines. The show features discounts and entertainment for families, singles, couples and seniors, including exclusive travel discounts, international dance and live music performances, travel seminars with experts, family friendly activities, international food and wine tastings, and book signings with leading travel authors.

Channel your inner artist and spend a day at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Join the crowds surrounding Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” and Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” in the Painting and Sculpture I department, stand in line for a viewing of Christian Marclay’s The Clock or climb to the top floor of the museum for the Special Exhibitions department.

Yesterday afternoon, I took a trip to the famed Museum Mile—the Upper East Side section of Fifth Avenue teeming with several museums and cultural centers. I headed uptown from our Flatiron District offices to see the exhibit Picasso Black and White, on view thru Jan. 23rd, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Yesterday afternoon, I took a trip to Discovery Times Square to check out Harry Potter: The Exhibition™. I went to the grand opening of the exhibit in the spring of 2011, and although I didn’t get a chance to see Daniel Radcliffe—who immortalized the title character in the high-grossing series of films, based on the best-selling fantasy novels—walk the red carpet, I did learn a lot about the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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