Attractions

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.

Wrapping up the Park Avenue Armory’s 2012 season is Ann Hamilton’s solo exhibit the event of a thread, which closes this Sunday, January 6th. I heard about the show over the holidays and when I found out it was closing this weekend, I rushed out to see the huge installation and test out one or two of the 40 swings suspended from the ceiling of the Armory’s 55,000-square-foot space.

This afternoon, I witnessed the final test of the New Year’s Eve ball drop at the iconic One Times Square building. My journey began with a short elevator ride to the 21st floor. From there, I was briefed on the history of this famous New Year’s Eve tradition, which began December 31, 1903 with a fireworks display to celebrate The New York Times’ move to the area.

My first New Year’s Eve in New York City, I decided to ring in 2007 with a trip to Times Square. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see the iconic ball drop in “The Crossroads of the World”? The problem? I decided to attempt this around 11 p.m. on December 31, 2006.

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