by Diane Brady
henever I think
of New York City I remember that old song by Norrie Paramor in the 1950s.
Every Streets a Boulevard in Old New York
Every streets a highway of your dreams
Why, its a thrill to shop on 34th street
Or down in Union Square
Its still that special, exciting place for me, as it was when my husband and I lived there after our marriage and we both worked in downtown Manhatten.
You cant see everything on just one visit.
The easiest way to get around is by subway.
Theres no traffic to fight as there is if you take
a bus or cab. Theres a website, hopstop.com, traveling on the subway. Make sure you have
comfortable shoes no matter where you go
youll do a lot of walking.
the Staten Island ferry
to see the Statue of Liberty.
Being able to layer your clothing is best, as no matter the season, the weather
is changeable. If youre there in winter check out the Radio City Music
Hall Christmas showin spring its the Easter show. They are both
fantastic. Dont miss them. In winter theres also outdoor ice skating
at Rockefeller Plaza.
For 15 days in June/July there is dancing, including lessons, at Lincoln
Center. Check the website for exact dates and dances. You can learn real Argentine
Tango and even the Lindy Hop (which was created just uptown in Harlem in the
If you like stage shows, this is the place. Book well in advance, but if
youre adventurous, try the TKTS ticket booth (twitter.com/tktd) the
day of the show. Many tickets are half price.
Ride the Staten Island ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. (Still the greatest
bargain in the transportation worldits free.) You do have to get
off the boat and get on another one for the return trip.
Central Park is great for walking, when the weather permits. The museums
in New York are some of the biggest and best in the country. At the Metropolitan
Museum of Art, on Friday and Saturday evenings in the Great Hall Balcony Bar,
you can enjoy music and conversation while sipping wine. A visit to the Cloisters
museum at Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan is like going back to Medieval
I think New York has the best Italian restaurants anywhere.The food is delicious and reasonably priced.
As for where to stay, the choices, and prices, range from upscale hotels
to rental apartments to the YMCA. Make sure you pick somewhere thats
close to the subway for ease of traveling.
The Big Apple is definitely the city that never sleeps.
Statue of Promethious Graces Rockefeller Plaza
Diane Brady photo
Ride the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty
Diane Brady photo