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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 13th 2023

On my last trip to New York City, Carnegie Hall was closed for renovation. Carnegie is one of those places that belong on a Water Pail List, along with Royal Albert Hall (London), the Mariinsky Hall (St. Petersburg), and Red Rocks (Denver) for great music venues. The name Carnegie should ring a bell with you. Industrialist Andrew Carnegie built this venue, which soon became one of the most prestigious venues for classical and popular music in the world. Carnegie Hall was opened back in 1891, at 57th Street, and Seventh Avenue. It contains three performance venues: Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Zankel Hall, and Weill Recital Hall. The attached Rose Museum contains many musical artifacts. So, how does one find Carnegie Hall? Perhaps this joke tells all. The famous Jasha Heifitz was stopped on a New York street, ... read more
Carnegie poster
Paul Simon at Carnegie

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 12th 2023

From TravelAwaits: Anyone who’s been or dreams of going to the Big Apple is probably after at least one New York-style slice. New Yorkers Sue Davies and Regina Ang recommend the jumbo slices from Koronet in Manhattan and say “You can’t go wrong on Arthur Avenue” — aka Little Italy — in the Bronx. I had the best pizza of my life (served alongside a double-shot) at San Matteo Pizza & Espresso Bar on 2nd Avenue in Manhattan across the street from quaint Rupert Park. Of course, New York’s delis are just as famous as its pizza joints. You’ve probably heard of Katz’s, and if you’re up for the line, go for it. Davies and Ang also recommend Baz Bagels in Manhattan’s Little ... read more
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Little Italy

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 12th 2023

From the 70s, I enjoyed the light, happy music of Neil Diamond. I have seen grown men dance like crazed teenagers in the aisles of his concerts. I have seen people who never sing, sing at the top of their lungs when "Sweet Caroline" is performed. We are in NYC to see the Broadway production of A Beautiful Noise: The story of the legendary Neil Diamond comes to life on stage in an uplifting new musical featuring all his hit songs, including “Sweet Caroline,” “America,” and “Cracklin’ Rosie.” From those exhilarating early days in New York to the sold-out spectacles that defined his career, A Beautiful Noise explores the life of a rock icon through the music that made him “a national treasure” (Los Angeles Times). Directed by Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Hedwig ... read more
Hall of Famer

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 11th 2023

From Fodor's: If you think New York is too crazy-busy, the High Line on Manhattan’s West Side provides the perfect antidote to crowded sidewalks, honking taxis, and the go-go-go mentality. At this masterful revival of an old, elevated freight rail line, a beautifully designed pathway wanders for 1.45 miles between Gansevoort Street and W. 30th Street amid trees, gardens, and flowering plants, enticing you to slow down and take it all in. Along the way, you’re treated to unique perspectives on the surrounding neighborhoods’ architecture—it passes through cool Chelsea and the glam Meatpacking District. Locals and visitors alike also enjoy a host of inspiring events, art exhibitions, performances, and docent-led tours. A couple of highlights along the route include: Chelsea Market: Most of the 22 buildings you see around... read more
High Line map
Central Park

North America » United States » New York » New York » Bronx September 11th 2023

You know the tune and the words, sung by the Chairman of the Board: Start spreading the newsI'm leaving todayI want to be a part of itNew York, New YorkThese vagabond shoesThey are longing to strayRight through the very heart of itNew York, New YorkI want to wake up in a cityThat never sleepsAnd find I'm king of the hillTop of the heapThese small town bluesThey are melting awayI'll make a brand new start of itIn old New YorkIf I can make it there... read more
NY lyrics

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 11th 2023

Midtown Manhattan's legendary train terminal is not only one of the most-frequented landmarks of NYC, but also a cultural hotspot of sorts. With close to a hundred eateries and retail stores in its precincts, this 20th-century terminal ensures visitors always have something to do apart from catching their next train. Exhibitions, holiday fairs, the celebrated Grand Central food market, bars, restaurants, shops, and the spectacular view of the terminal's central hall await travelers who stroll into the terminal. From their website: This historic world-famous landmark in Midtown Manhattan is not simply a transportation hub — it’s also a shopping, dining, and cultural destination all under one magnificent roof. Opened to the public in February 1913, Grand Central Terminal is a story of great engineering, survival, and rebirth. In 1978, architect Philip Johnson and First Lady Jacqueline ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 10th 2023

Has it been a decade already? Billy Joel, the man with two first names, and known as "The Piano Man" is closing his residency at MSG in 2024. The award-winning artist said he never expected his residency at the venue to last this long. He began performing at the New York arena back in 2014, becoming the Garden's first-ever music franchise. Over the years he has been joined by other big-name artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Miley Cyrus, Elton John, John Mayer and more. "I'm kind of flabbergasted that it lasted as long as it did. My team tells me that we could continue to sell tickets, but ten years, 150 shows – all right already!," the singer said in a press conference. "To our audience, I want to thank them for coming to our shows ... read more
The Piano Man

North America » United States » New York » New York » Bronx September 10th 2023

Most any trip to New York City must involve the famous Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. Having been to Yankee Stadium a few years ago, I am taking my friends from Atlanta to the game on Sunday. My last trip to NYC was probably not long after 9-11. Why is Yankee Stadium so famous? I would guess it is the legacy of the great Yankee players over the years: Ruth Gehrig, Dimaggio, Mantle, Berra, Jeter, Rivera, and now Aaron Judge from Fresno State. It may also be famous since it is, after all, the Big Apple. The original Yankee Stadium (built for $2.4 million) was the home of the Yankees from 1923 to 2008. It is often referred to as the "House that Ruth Built." It was the first stadium in North America with three tiers. ... read more
New Yankee Stadium
old Yankee Stadium
Joe & the Mick

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 9th 2023

If you don’t know where to start, head to one of the city’s many food halls or open-air markets, like Smorgasburg, Gotham West Market, Chelsea Market, Essex Market or DeKalb Market Hall, to sample a little bit of everything. Better yet, take the 7 train to Queens, making stops in the Little India area of Jackson Heights and an url= steakhouse and butcher in Corona before ending up in Flushing — boasting url= read more
Katz's Deli
NY pizza

North America » United States » New York » New York » Manhattan September 9th 2023

Far be it for me to even pretend to know New York. Even during my heavy business travel days, New York City was never a favorite stop. Back then, and even now, I prefer Chicago, Boston, Washington, DC, and Seattle. But here are a few pearls of knowledge, gleaned from Bing travel. Empire State Building-This 102-storey building on 34th Street in Midtown Manhattan has two observatories at different levels, which offer remarkable views of all the boroughs of New York City and also far beyond. Apart from the 360-degree views, check out the Art Deco murals on the lobby's ceiling. In the lobby, there's also a model of the building on display that is not to be missed. Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State Building, owned by Empire State ... read more
Little Italy
Central Park

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