A Weekend in New York City

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A view of the Chrysler Building

I visited New York City the last weekend of May, 2009, which was a lot of fun.  I am lucky enough to have relatives who live in the area as hotels in Manhattan can be pricey.  If you are staying in a hotel in Manhattan, I would caution that you will not get a lot for the money.

New York offers so much to do between museums, various neighborhoods, restaurants, Broadway shows, beautiful gardens and if you are a shopper, this is the city to visit.  New York truly is the "City that Never Sleeps" as the city is always "on the move".

I started my weekend at the Farmers Market in Union Square, which offers all sorts of options with anything from terrific fresh strawberries to just made donuts.

Empire State Building
  I could spend hours just browsing the different booths to see what is in season.  If you happen to be in New York City in December, there is a Christmas crafts market in Union Square as well.

From Union Square, I headed to the New York Botanical Garden, which is about a thirty minute train ride from Grand Central Station (trains run once an hour).  The Botanical Garden is located in the Bronx and offers beautiful gardens away from the "hustle and bustle" of Manhattan.  There are seasonal exhibits along with a colorful rose garden, which happened to be in bloom in late May.  I could spend all day just walking along the relaxing trails.  You almost forget you are in a major metropolitan city.

The day ended attending the revival of "Hair" on Broadway.

The Saturday Farmers Market at Union Square. Lots of great produce and flowers to pick from.
  There are so many theater shows to pick from and around Times Square, there seem to be theaters on every street.  If you are in New York, try to see a show at night, as walking through Times Square lit up after a show is really amazing.  If you are lucky, you may be able to get discounted tickets on the day of a show as well.

I also visited the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) over the weekend.  If you are visiting New York City, a helpful hint is that the retailer, Target, sponsors free Friday nights, as otherwise, the MOMA entrance fee is $20.00.  There is always interesting artwork at MOMA and with six floors, there really is something for everyone--even if you are not a big fan of modern art.  Next door to MOMA, there is another museum, the American Folk Art Museum, which sadly often seems to be overlooked.
Grand Central Station
  I always enjoy the Folk Art Museum as the crowds are much smaller than at MOMA and there are always some interesting exhibits on display (and occasionally live music too).

 After leaving the museums, I ended up walking the trails in Central Park, which was packed for the weekend.  The weather happened to be sunny and clear so it seemed the entire city of New York had headed to the park.  It was fun watching people having picnics in the park.  We ended up buying a boxed meal so we could eat it in the park as well. 

Other interesting things to visit in New York City include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island (I highly recommend this--most tourists seem to overlook this and head straight to the Statue of Liberty) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  A cruise on the Circle Line around Manhattan, while a little touristy, is interesting as well.

Overall, New York is a great city and there is so much to do.  A weekend is not enough time and if you are visiting, I would recommend coming for several days.  It is fantastic walking city (which I love living in a car city like Houston) with a lot of activities offering something for everyone.

P.S.  I have added a few photos from a visit in November, 2009 which may be of interest to visitors.

 

nanie05 says:
You're lucky because you have lovely flowers, and with your cool and unhumid weather walking in parks is pleasant! I can imagine that walking on Ellis island would be pleasant...
And you have gorgeous quilts too - i can't sew to save my life, so I really respect people who can quilt..! But I know about seeing some hits and misses in art...:D!
Posted on: Jun 13, 2009
Sunflower300 says:
Wonderful blog. NYC is on my must see list, so thank you for a great overview.
Posted on: Jun 13, 2009
travelfan1963 says:
Hi Nanie

The Folk Art Museum has very different displays. There are some great ones like quilting, early American painting and early American furniture that I've seen over the years. I've also seen some strange ones, so the artwork can be "hit or miss". I like, however, that the museum is really quiet even though it's next to the Museum of Modern Art (which is usually packed).

Ellis Island is also good and doesn't attract all the tourists that go to the Statue of Liberty. It's run by the U.S. National Park Service and there are all sorts of exhibits on people immigrating to the United States. There are some good stories but some sad stories as well. I really recommend Ellis Island if you are visiting New York City.
Posted on: Jun 13, 2009
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