Good news. The new place of Whitney Museum of American Art, at the southern end of the High Line, has twice the exhibition space of the old one. Big slices of the collection can now be on full-time display, which was never possible before.
Natural light streams in from overhead in the eight-floor galleries with high ceilings, tall windows and soft pine-plank floors. The Whitney Museum wanted exhibition spaces to serve as a laboratory for artists, says Adam Weinberg, the museum´s director.
The goal for the architecture is that visitors shall feel that there is no barrier between the building and the city. For example, the viewing gallery on the fifth floor is overlooking the Meatpacking district.
Along with art, visitors will find an in-house bar-restaurant, a cafe, a theater-like performance space, elevators designed by Richard Artschwager that are like walking sculptures, and outdoor galleries with panoramic vistas.
The new Whitney is the only major museum in this water-lapped city with fabulous river views and has stunning views of the Empire State Building from its four, east-facing terraces.
The first exhibition will be ‘America Is Hard to See,’ opening on May 1 presents about 650 works from the museum’s permanent collection from 1900 to today.
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St – www.whitney.org
One World Observatory
Yeah! Finally the One World Observatory will open on May 29th. The observatory is 1,250 feet (381 meters) above the street, on the 100, 101, and 102 floors of One World Trade Center, and the trip to the top will only take 60 seconds, thanks to the high-speed elevators called Sky Pods. The show starts before guests even board the elevators.
Upon entry to One World Observatory, guests will be greeted in the Global Welcome Center, where a large video board will feature salutations in an array of languages, and a dynamically generated world map will highlight the hometowns of visitors. Guests will then proceed to a pre-show program, titled Voices, which tells the personal stories of the men and women who built One World Trade Center, and Foundations, which displays facts about the very bedrock on which the building stands.”
There will be three dining options on the 101st floor.
Price: US$32 adults, US$26 (6-12 year), Free for children under 5 years old.
Hailing a cab is as simple as stepping off the curb and holding out your arm — it only gets complicated when you need to figure out why many New York taxis seem to drive by without stopping for you. The trick is in the lights atop the cab.
- When just the center is lit, highlighting the medallion number, the cab is available.
- When the medallion number, as well as the side lamps are lit, the cab is off-duty.
- When no lights are lit, the cab already has a fare they are bringing to a destination.
New York Public Library
New York Public Library is one of New Yorks best free attractions. A magnificent example of the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, and a prominent historic landmark in Midtown Manhattan since 1911.
The library’s Exhibition Hall contains precious manuscripts by just about every author of note in the English language, including an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and a Gutenberg Bible. The Map Division is equally astounding, with a collection that holds some 431,000 maps, 16,000 atlases and books on cartography, dating from the 16th century to the present.
The Rose Main Reading room is the crowning glory of the library and it is very impressive with its lavish, coffered ceiling. The room is lined with thousands of reference works on open shelves along the floor level and along the balcony, lit by massive windows and grand chandeliers, and furnished with sturdy wood tables, comfortable chairs, and brass lamps. It is also equipped with computers providing access to library collections and the Internet as well as docking facilities for laptops.
The best way to explore New York Public Library is to join a free guided tour, which leaves from the information desk in Astor Hall. It must be booked in advance.
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
Rent this nice apartment in East Village and get much more space for a lower coast than a hotel room.
The suite consists of two separate bedrooms with full size beds, a living room, a small work-space and kitchenette, and a private bath/shower. The suite is also equipped with a washer/dryer – especially handy for longer stays. The living room offers cable and Apple TV on a flat screen, and a comfy couch suitable for a fifth sleeper. The workspace has room for your laptop, and a printer/scanner for your use; free wi-fi is included. The kitchenette is stocked with a microwave, toaster, mini-fridge, electric teapot and coffeemaker – an ideal place to have a quick breakfast before you get going in the morning. For your bath or shower, there are shampoos, lotions, and other toiletries you may need.
The East Village is bustling with great Restaurants, Bars and Music Venues. Tompkins Square Park is only a few blocks away, which includes a number of beautiful parks for kids. Union Market is across the street, Whole foods three blocks away. This is one of the true remaining neighbourhoods of NYC.
Sleeps: 5 people
Price: fr. US$250 per night