Christmas in New York City is a great time to visit the “Big Apple.” Starting with the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting (November 30, 2011) at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues, in Manhattan. It is when thousands upon thousands of visitors are driven to Fifth Avenue.
On Thursday, December 15th, the misty grey day was a quiet and gentle afternoon. There my only companions were the dark blue sky and firm trees standing in symmetry with the calm, the majestic—Central Park and Fifth Avenue. I began my excursion at West 110th Street and ended at East 70th Street. This brings me to my Christmas Sweet Surprise: Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue and a Noteworthy Catch.
El Museo Del Barrio
1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street, New York, NY 10029
Noteworthy Catch: El Café (Latin American and the Caribbean Cuisine); www.elmuseo.org.
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029
Noteworthy Catch: Cecil Beaton: The New York Years (Exhibition through February 20, 2012); www.mcny.org.
The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128
Noteworthy Catch: Concert for Kids: The Macaroons, Sunday, December 25th; www.TheJewishMuseum.org/Hanukkah2011.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128
Noteworthy Catch: Galleries are currently closed for renovations, however, Cooper-Hewitt is at the United Nations (The Headquarter of the United Nations is located along the East River on 1st Avenue between 45th and 46th Street); www.cooperhewitt.org.
National Academy Museum & School
1083 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), New York, NY 10128
Noteworthy Catch: Art Talks at NA; www.nationalacademy.org.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street), New York, NY 10128
Noteworthy Catch: Vasily Kandinsky’s Canvas, Painting with White Border; www.guggenheim.org.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY 10028
Noteworthy Catch: Stieglitz and His Artists: Matisse to O’Keeffe; www.metmuseum.org.
Noteworthy Catch: Cake & Shake
The Met Cart located at the Metropolitan Museum
Cupcakes: $3.00; www.cakeandshakeny.com.
Ukrainian Institute of America
2 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10075
Noteworthy Catch: Roman & Borys Patchowsky (Art Exhibit through December 31, 2011); www.ukrainianinstitute.org.
Neue Galerie New York – Museum for German and Austrian Art
1048 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028
(The museum is located at the Southeast corner of Fifth Avenue and East 86th Street); Noteworthy Catch: The Ronald S. Lauder Collection; www.neuegalerie.org.
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021
Noteworthy Catch: “On Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., visitors are invited to pay what they wish”; www.frick.org.
In all, I walked two miles. I stepped on the M3 bus—watched the rain and the rave of rush hour traffic move south on 5th Avenue.
—Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays