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If you're planning a trip to New York, please take a look at my favorite places in Manhattan. I’ll list ten per month, so please check back regularly. I hope you enjoy them.

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Rockefeller Center
45 Rockefeller Plaza
(212) 632-3975

Of course, go to Radio City Music Hall. All throughout the buildings of Rockefeller Center, you’ll see some of the finest art deco you’ll find anywhere, so keep your eyes open. Take a look at Wisdom by Lee Lawrie which is at the main entrance (30 Rockefeller Plaza). Below Wisdom you’ll find the Inscription from Isaiah 33:6. Light and Sound, also by Lee Lawrie, are at the right and left doorways of the main entrance. When you enter the lobby, look at the west wall, and you’ll see American Progress by Jose Maria Sert. You can shop while you’re in the complex. If, like me, you enjoy simple chic, you’ll find Ann Taylor therein. (212) 262-7591.

Sample Sales
I’m afraid I can’t help you much here, because to me, the fun of shopping in Manhattan is the elegance, fine service, and marvelous merchandise of its stores. Although you’ll get great prices at sample sales, they’re usually very crowded and many of those places are, in my view, unattractive. But here are a few that should be good:

West 55th Street; Ground & 5th Floor
(212) 582-7114.
This is well-laid out and I’ve found nice accessories here. There’s an excellent selection of clothing, but if the seasonal colors aren’t pleasing to you, you might not find as much as you’d like.

550 7th Avenue (W. 36–37th St.)
Call for sample sales: (212) 221-1950
Credit cards probably not accepted. I understand that it’s wonderful for his elegant clothing.

225 W. 35th St.
Call for specific dates. 212-594-0012
Lepore is wildly popular in NYC. This, apparently, is a designer warehouse. Sample sales are held in June, August, December and March.

Try Top Button website (www.topbutton.com) for a sample sale listing in New York.

New York Philharmonic
Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center

You all know about the Philharmonic, but if you’ve never been to a concert there, you owe it to yourself to attend the Philharmonic. This is Lorin Maazel’s final season as the music director, after a career that has spanned a half century. In the summer, though, try to go to Central Park, when they perform for free. It’s lovely to have some wine and listen to classical music under the stars, especially with the New York skyline lit up as a background.

Shakespeare in the Park
Free performances in Central Park during the summer, including at least one Shakespeare production each season. Pick up your free tickets to Shakespeare in the Park on the day of the performance beginning at 1pm at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park, or from 1 to 3 pm at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street, just south of Astor Place.

For more information, call (212) 260-2400. There is a limit of 2 tickets per person.

Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first serve basis during designated hours on the day of the performance. But be aware that the lines can be very long.

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center
Open daily from October until April 13, 2008.
Call (212) 332-7654 for rates. They accept cash only.

Skate rentals and admissions are charged per session. The Rink opened in 1936 and is still a quintessential winter experience.

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West and 79 St.
(212) 769-5100
Open daily 10:00 a.m.–5:45 p.m.

If you have even a minimal interest in science, you have to see the artifacts and of course, the dinosaurs!

Central Park Zoo
Hours: April – Oct.: Mon.–Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Weekends: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Nov. – March: Mon.–Fri. 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.;
(212)439-6500 for general information and admission fees

Although I have a problem with zoos and hate to see caged animals (with the exception of the San Diego Zoo) the environments for the beasties have improved dramatically. And unless you’ll be flying to exotic places, there simply is no other way to see these animals first hand. Certainly take youngsters to the Children’s Zoo which is situated just north of the Central Park Zoo at 64th St. Admission to Central Park Zoo includes admission to Children’s Zoo.


I recently returned to New York for the Mississippi Picnic in Central Park, a fabulous annual event that, amazingly, not everyone knows about. Here you’ll find two articles I wrote for the Sun Herald about my experience.

TThe Sun Herald - Sunday, June 8, 2008
The Sun Herald - Sunday, June 22, 2008


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