For the past few years, New York City has been my home. Even though I've been here for a while, I've never been to the top of the Empire State, and have never been to the island that the Statue of Liberty stands on. Whether this makes me a true 'New Yorker,' or a bad one, I'm uncertain. Since I live here, I will continuously update this page with the interesting things to see, explore, and experience in the city. For food recommendations in the city, please see the Food section of this website.
An observation deck that is actually worthwhile in New York is Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. If you can, reserve tickets in advance for sunset, so that you can see the city from three different angles, day, dusk, and night. Each is unique and worthwhile in their own way.
Dusk, nothing gold can stay, indeed.
The Metropolitan Museum, after sunset:
A few minutes before close, the Met has a quiet, slightly eerie yet peaceful atmosphere amongst its often-crowded galleries and exhibits.
The Egyptian wing:
I went an hour before the museum closed, as everyone was leaving. An interesting experience, if a bit rushed.
A chilly autumn afternoon on the High Line, featuring street artists, withered grass, and grey skies.
A strange area where one can sit and watch cars pass by, complete with glass paneling:
The path itself used to be a railway train track, and today passes in between many buildings and under some structures as well.
The High Line has many performing artists and pieces of artwork on display. Though it was literally freezing cold, this man (actual man), was still dedicated to his craft of...immobility.
Interesting buildings and parking structures I encountered:
New York, of course, has world renowned shows performed on Broadway almost daily. The much hyped show Hamilton regularly has tickets for resell that are well over $1,000, for mezzanine seats.
On a weekend afternoon, I chose a long running favorite of the city that I'd never been to, despite its fame. Phantom of the Opera was a spectacle that featured many wonderful artists. Yet one can't help but wonder, given the number of tourists in the audience, if it was exactly that: a show designed to wow an out-of-town audience, with fires, flashes, bangs, and crashing chandelier props. Given that, the large cast. outfitted with intricate costumes, put on an entertaining two and a half hour show.
The Majestic Theatre was a beautiful space, true to its name. The set of Phantom was also stunningly designed, oftentimes an arresting sight to behold on the stage.