A Long Weekend in New York: What to Do?


The Other Park
We were lucky to experience some unusual New York, late Indian Summer-like weather, and hopped the F train to Brooklyn, exited at Flatbush and entered into Prospect Park. We joined nannies with strollers, zealous joggers, and cyclists and fell in love with the many paths and forested walkways of this Brooklyn oasis. Take a detour into the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens or stop at BAM for a concert or lecture on your way in or out of this lush and lovely green space that Frederick Law Olmsted, the renowned designer of Central Park, (that other park) thought to be his most successful and accomplished park design. Walk down Carroll Street through Park Slope and experience some of the neighborhoods' beautiful Brownstones and some 40 minutes later, find yourself on trendy Court Street in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill, next door to Historic Brooklyn Heights. Or perhaps a little further north to the hip and gentrified Williamsburg.
A Night at the Opera
On any visit to New York, one should take in it's many and splendid cultural institutions. If you have never experienced the Metropolitan Opera and a glass of champagne in her luscious red-carpeted period lobbies, then indulge your senses in Anna Netrebko's Manon Lescault this fall in the Met's breathtaking production, with Marcelo Álvarez as Des Grieux providing more than a match for Ms. Netrebko's over-the-top soprano. Set in occupied France in the 1940s, it is a fitting setting for an opera about an unprincipled protagonist, willing to do anything to obtain her ends.
The New New York
"Lower Manhattan's remarkable revitalization over the last 15 years is a cornerstone of the 'new' New York City," said Fred Dixon, president. "With tourism reaching record levels in New York City, visitors and locals have more choices to explore, shop, stay and dine than ever before in this newly reimagined downtown neighborhood."And of course The National September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center. Take a quiet two hours to enter this solemn space of remembrance and reflection which attests to the triumph of human dignity over atrocity. Exit the museum and spend some time in the late November sun viewing the magnificent reflecting pools that sit within the original footprints of the Twin Towers. A challenging but inspiring morning.
Head uptown to Bryant Park, and do some early Christmas shopping at the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park. Peruse the stalls of handcrafted jewelry, handmade soaps, scarves, hand warmers, unique small pieces of photography and paintings and of course, your requisite NYC souvenir. Or strap on some skates and try the ice out on the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. There are lots of food kiosks ringing Bryant Park should you or the kids need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.