Attractions

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.

There are several worthwhile winter activities in New York City, and a skate around the famous ice rink at Rockefeller Center is definitely one that should top your list. The rink, which sits at the bottom of the sunken plaza at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, is a great place for both seasoned skaters and newbies to show off their skills.

Spending the holiday season in New York City is a magical time of year. Most street lamps and surrounding trees are decorated with soft white lights and almost every building has elaborate holiday decorations in the lobbies. This is also the perfect time to visit one of the many holiday markets that pop up all over the city.

In all of the years I’ve lived in New York City, I had never taken a Double Decker bus ride until a few weeks ago. I know what you’re thinking, “how is that even possible?” Sure, I’d seen the colorful buses zip by while walking to and from work—the eager passengers on the top level smiling and pointing out buildings to each other, but for whatever reason, I’d just never done it.

I really love being in New York during the holidays. This festive time of year sees the city transform into a wonderland of holiday lights and iconic traditions—like the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center and the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square. A number of holiday-themed festivals and markets also pop up this time of year.

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