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Super Bowl Activities in New York City

If you haven’t been over to Times Square and Broadway yet, you’re in for a week of Super Bowl festivities.
Last night saw the testing of the New Jersey-New York Super Bowl Toboggan on Super Bowl Boulevard.

Superbowl ActivitiesA very chilly experience at 41st Street and Broadway. Broadway will be closed to cars from 47th Street to 34th Street so pedestrians can enjoy the shops, merriment and snacks amid the freezing temperatures. You can also register on-location for free access to the NFL Network, ESPN and FOX broadcast sets as well as the Vice Lombardi Trophy display.  Some of the fun activities: take a photo with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, receive free autographs from NFL players, kick a field goal through NFL uprights, ride the 60’ toboggan, and enjoy giveaways and snacks throughout.  Broadway between 47th and 34th streets, Manhattan. http://www.nfl.com/static/content/public/photo/2014/01/27/0ap2000000318290.pdf ; http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/48/events/boulevard

Other activities scheduled for the week are equally fun. Be sure to check out some of these.

Want some culture?  Madison Square Garden will have you calling out and dancing to the 15th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration led by Patti LaBelle, Mary Mary, Tamela Mann and the NFL Players Choir at 7:30pm on Friday, January 31 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.  Tickets start at $45.  4 Pennsylvania Plaza, Manhattan http://www.theateratmsg.com/events/2014/january/the-15th-annual-nfl-super-bowl-gospel-celebration.html

Our favorite cultural institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, shows off a more popular form of collection this week: the vintage football card collection of Jefferson R. Burdick.  Burdick, an electrician from Syracuse, NY, collected some 303,000 cards through 1963. On display are 150 football cards in an exhibit entitled “Gridiron Greats.” Through February 10.  1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, Manhattan. http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/now-at-the-met/2014/highlights-of-gridiron-greats

If you’ve missed the football greats making guest appearances at Super Bowl Boulevard on Broadway, you’ll have another opportunity to meet a legend in person… in the Bronx. At the Bronx Terminal Market, former New York Giants running back and Super Bowl XXV MVP Ottis Anderson will do a meet-and-greet and sign autographs between 1pm and 2pm. From Noon-3pm, there will also be a free throwing clinic conducted by local college football players.  Other activities to be announced. “Touchdown at Bronx Terminal Market.” Saturday, February 1. 610 Exterior Street, Bronx. http://bronxterminalmarket.com/pages/events.aspx

If your child is too young for all this but still obsessed with sports, head back to Manhattan to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Here football takes over their myriad hands-on experiences with a play obstacle course, an instant-replay booth, and arts-and-crafts programs for kids to design their own referee flags, puppets and NFL coins.  “You Make the Call: Learn to be an NFL Official” exhibit. Through February 28. 212 West 83rd Street, Manhattan. http://www.cmom.org/

Where to See Art Outdoors This Summer

Artwork in New York City isn’t confined to cavernous interior museum spaces or sterile galleries filled with attitude and silence.  The city is filled with colorful installations in all neighborhoods.  Some even invite you to touch and play.

More on Where to See Art Outdoors This Summer

Part I: Museums and Noshing on the Upper East Side

Museum Mile on the Upper East Side is a destination unto itself.  You can literally walk for miles once you add your steps through all the wonderful galleries at the Met, the Whitney and Guggenheim, and that’s only a start.  Here are some of my favorites pit stops to refuel as you immerse yourself in NYC culture.  Watch next week for “where to eat” on the Upper West Side.  Remember, most museums are closed on Monday, so check the schedules carefully.

More on Part I: Museums and Noshing on the Upper East Side

Museums that Invite You to Soak up the Art… with Drinks and Music

Even the city that never sleeps has something for its art lovers  — cocktail parties!  At a number of the city’s top museums — sometimes with free admission — nights become the best time to soak up some culture with gentle prices.   Take advantage of these after-dark events, and live out your own “Night at the Museum” fantasy without breaking the bank.

Morgan Museum

Manuscripts, memoirs, and music highlight the collection at Midtown’s Morgan Museum with refreshments just up the stairs at the delightful Morgan Café (open until 8pm).  Admission is free on Fridays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Through March 2010, explore the life of novelist Jane Austen (1775-1817) at the “A Woman’s Wit” exhibit which showcases Austen’s personal letters, finished and unfinished manuscripts, and drawings.  The exhibit also includes a short documentary featuring interviews about Austen’s legacy.  After exploring her life, get a taste of the 19th century with the Morgan Café’s Americano Cocktail, dating back to 1860.

225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street, Manhattan, (212) 685-0008

Rubin Art Museum

Opened in 2004, the Himalayan culture museum, located in Chelsea, has both beautiful artwork and delicious cocktails.  Friday nights, the café becomes the K2 Lounge, and drinks are served 2-for-1 between 6 and 7pm.  To sweeten the deal, gallery admission is free from 7 – 10 on Friday, for a bit of culture after your cocktails.

150 West 17th Street, Manhattan, (212) 620-5000

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fridays and Saturdays between 4 and 8:30pm, venture uptown to witness the Met’s transformation into a cocktail lounge.  The Great Hall Balcony Bar on the second floor is the setting for live classical music and drinks.  Try a signature drink like the Apple Martini to enhance this exciting Big Apple experience.  The museum closes at 9 so you’ll still have ½ hour to check out one last art exhibit before you have to leave.

(In the summer, the rooftop is the place to go for top-notch cocktails amid the sculpture exhibits with knockout views of Fifth Avenue and Central Park).

1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street,Manhattan, (212) 535-7710

Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Natural History

SonicVision, a digitally animated alternative music show, has Space Oddity written all over it.  Presented on select Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and 8:30pm, this musical and visual event features a mix by Moby, with tracks by Radiohead, David Bowie, The Flaming Lips, David Byrne, and more for only $15 ($12 for members).  Like a Pink Floyd Laser Show for Generation Y, SonicVision provides an eye (and ear)-opening experience like no other.  No cocktails are served, however – you’ll have to wait until the show is over to check out some of Columbus Avenue’s nearby watering holes.

Central Park West at 79th Street, Manhattan, (212) 769-5200

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Art After Dark, First Fridays is the Guggenheim Museum’s signature party event the first Friday of every month.  Capacity is limited so members get priority and free admission.  Admission for all others is $25 (cash only) for a full night of music played by some of NYC’s best DJs and a night of wandering among some of the best art in the city.  Doors open at 9pm, and the party swings until 1am!  Cash bar.

Also try the wonderful new Wright restaurant and its bar downstairs, open at least until 11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

1071 Fifth Avenue at 88th Street, Manhattan, (212) 423 3500

Brooklyn Art Museum

At the Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays, visitors are invited to enjoy free programs of art, entertainment, and dancing the first Saturday of each month from 5 to 11 pm. To add to the party atmosphere, the Museum Café serves sandwiches, salads, and beverages, and a cash bar offers wine and beer. Parking is a flat rate of $4 starting at 5 p.m. All other Saturdays, the museum closes at 6pm.

200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, (718) 638-5000

Modern Museum of Art

MoMA invites visitors to start their weekends early by heading to the museum the first Thursday of each month, better known as “MoMA Nights.” MoMA remains open on these special evenings until 8:45 pm and includes free gallery talks, audio tours, and film screenings with the price of regular admission.  Café 2, the Italian-themed restaurant on the second floor, offers a fabulous three-course prix fixe dinner for only $25 on these evenings, and a cash bar is available in the main atrium where a DJ spins great beats for the evening.

11 West 53rd Street, Manhattan, (212) 708-9400

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