What to do on a beautiful Saturday in NYC that is FREE?
This Saturday NYC had a touch of warmer weather and I went outside for my daily walk. Not having too much extra money, the question was where to go and what to do?
I decided to walk up the west side of Madison Avenue from 86th Street to 92nd Street [Along these 6 blocks are some small boutiques that offer very unique and beautiful clothing and accessories]
and end up at The Jewish Museum at 92nd and 5th Avenue. Why this Museum? On Saturdays, it is free and they always have a special exhibition.
Lets begin our walk. Here are a few of the stores: Brooks Brothers, Jack Rogers, CrewCuts, Joie, Ankasa, Alico & Olivia and Clic to name a few.
Of course, along the way, there are always curious little things to discover in store displays
There are several places to enjoy lunch or a coffee
The Jewish Museum
Rachel Feinstein is an American artist who specializes in sculpture. She is best known for baroque, fantasy-inspired sculptures like “The Snow Queen”, which was drawn from a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale.
Edith Halpert (1900–1970) was the first significant female gallerist in the United States, propelling American art to the fore at a time when the European avant-garde still enthralled the world.
It has been a cold winter but the weather warmed up a little so I went for a brief walk on 5th Avenue. In a previous post, I opined how there are only a few stores left that really do Christmas well.
Fortunately, those that remain are living up to reputations of creating outstanding windows. I managed to get to a few of them along 5th Avenue and plan on getting to a few on Madison Avenue.
Bergdorf Goodman, the department store on Fifth Avenue between 57th and 58th streets always has some of the most artistic and luxurious holiday windows. This year’s theme is “Bergdorf Good Times,” which “evokes a time-honored spirit of a holiday fête but with a twist” according to the department store. ( I enjoyed the color and fashion but overall each window seemed very busy.
Note: Across the street is their men’s store -many people miss it!
The entire building of Cartier’s Fifth Avenue store is wrapped in a giant bow in the company’s signature red. I don’t think it has changed in several years.
Saks Fifth Avenue has its windows in honor of the new animated films Frozen 2.
The following is a quick rundown of other notable stores.
Dior is a luxury label’s designer fashion store, also selling cosmetics, jewelry & other accessories.
There are few stores as intrinsically associated with New York City as the Tiffany & Co. flagship store on Fifth Avenue. It was through those windows that Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly stared as she ate her morning croissant in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
ere are some photos of windows along the way
Along with the stores above, there are plenty of holiday lights and displays located throughout the city. So, enjoy!
Note:Sadly, Lord & Taylor, Henri Bendel, Harry Winston and Ralph Lauren have closed.
In my day, we went out and bought records after listening to them on the radio. Today we are in the digital world and the sound and creativity is so much better. And, we can simply go to an app on our phone and enjoy the music.
My grandson William (aka Squilly) is an up-and-coming songwriter and performer. So, if I may, I would like to introduce one of his songs. He has more on Spotify and honestly, probably more than that but I haven’t caught up to those yet.
I hope you enjoy the music and if so inclined please share with others, thanks!
Located right in the heart of Lower Manhattan steps from the Statue of Liberty Ferry, Wall Street and close to other historic sites
The National Museum of the American Indian
This is one building you cannot miss! One Bowling Green facing Broadway and Trinity Streets. Just a stones throw from the famous “Wall Street Bull”. And, only a short walk from Castle Clinton and the Statue of Liberty boat entrance.
The U.S. Custom House is a seven-story structure on the south side of Bowling Green.
It has a grand set of stairs facing Bowling Green.
New since I originally wrote this the Diker Pavilion for Native Arts and Cultures has been added to the first floor. This a rotating exhibition which, on my visit, was showing the following:
On the seconfd floor is the Rotunda, As you enter the interior feels immense but is very simply laid out. There are exhibition located in adjacent galleries.
Art work around dome of rotunda
Skylight over rotunda
Around the rotunda there are galleries house that permanent exhibition and special exhibits
Masterworks from Native cultures highlight the permanent collection.
The collection of art and artifacts are from a variety of tribes spanning hundreds of years. The individual items selected for showing are outstanding. However, I did not get a sense of history as everything is organized geographically rather than chronologically. While the exhibits are excellent, they seem a little lost in such a large building.
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As I said earlier, I enjoyed the individual artifacts and was glad that I went inside this majestic building.
IF VISITING THE. CITY AND WALKING DOWN 5TH AVENUE THEN THIS IS A GREAT STOP FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. LITERALLY, IT IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER (W 52) FROM 5TH AVENUE
An Exhibit of Iconic Memorabilia, New TMNT Apps, Screenings, and More
The year was 1984. Two guys published a comic book for the ages, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1. And as Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello emerged into the world, they changed pop culture forever.
Five television series, five feature films, hundreds of comic books, and thirty-five years later, the Paley Center creates a Turtleverse that includes:
dynamic art pieces showcasing the comic-book origins of our half-shell
“selfies” with a Turtles standees
iconic posters and products.
Sewer surfing through a visual timeline of the evolution of the Turtles from the very first comics to the current series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Gearing up with a Turtles mask to play TMNT apps
expressing your inner Turtle with craft activities
Hopefully, getting in on some gnarly giveaways!
VISITING THE EXHIBIT Saturday, May 18 to Sunday, July 14, 2019
FREE and open to the public. No advance ticketing.
Exhibit Hours: Wednesdays to Sundays, noon to 6:00 pm; Thursdays until 8:00 pm Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
They also show movies on weekends. Get details here