Living in NYC, the Big Apple, comes with a guarantee that you will never be bored. Quite the opposite, the challenge is to keep your strength up to take advantage of all the cultural and entertainment opportunities that are available. Sometimes, my husband and I feel like two chameleons in a giant Crayola box trying to figure out what to do next.
We love classical musical, theater, and the visual arts so we are like kids locked in a candy store. Consider all these possibilities for entertainment that exist within a mile of us:
- Lincoln Center with the Metropolitan Opera, the American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, the New York Philharmonic, and the Vivian Beaumont Theater, the Mitzi Newhouse Theater, the Claire Tow Theater, Alice Tully Hall and Avin Ailey American Dance Theater.
- The Broadway Theater District with 40 productions running almost year round.
- Off-Broadway Theaters just a bit further away offer another 84 plays and musicals not counting the 150 plus Off-off Broadway productions going on at any one time, see nytimes.com/arts.
- Within a block and a half of us is the lovely and much visited Central Park with its playing fields, jogging and bike paths ice skating rink, theaters, band shells and restaurants. It is a great place to walk your dog, do some celebrity watching and just people watching in general. Street performers abound in the park and make any trek there a real adventure.
- Central Park is also where the NYC Marathon ends and is a fun place to watch the winners cross the finish line. It is hard not to get caught up in the excitement of the world’s largest marathon with 50,000+ finishers. The race is a masterpiece of organization and cooperation. Men and women come from all over the world to both run in the race and to observe it.
Think of almost any category of life, and New York probably has cornered the market on it. See wikipedia.org/nyc.
- Finance – 2 of the U.S.’s largest stock exchanges are on Wall St. i.e. the NY Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.
- NYC’s rapid transit is the largest in the world.
- 4 of the 10 most expensive sports stadiums in the world are in the NYC metropolitan area: MetLife Stadium, the New Yankees Stadium, Madison Square Garden, and Citi Field.
- NYC is home to the headquarters of the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer and the NYC Marathon.
- NYC is called the “capital of baseball” because it has hosted 35 MLB World Series and 73 pennants have been won by NYC teams. 14 World Series featured 2 NYC teams facing off against one another.
- 40 professional sports teams in 5 leagues are currently playing in NYC.
- There are 31 museums in the city, and 9 are on Museum Mile on 5th Ave. alone.
- There are 24,000 restaurants in the city plus 4,000 mobile restaurant trucks, many of them gourmet.
- You can enjoy every kind of music in the world in one of the city’s 5 boroughs.
- You can sample every trend in the visual arts, if not in the museums, then in the countless galleries scattered around the city.
- NYC is a shopper’s paradise with every neighborhood offering distinctive boutiques and “pop-up” stores with the very latest in fashion, jewelry and footwear designs.
- Street fairs and festivals run every weekend all over the city and feature the arts, crafts and foods of every ethnicity.
- Over 800 languages are spoken in NYC, and more than 200 newspapers are published here.
- More than 90,000 hotel rooms are on offer, but still fall short of the accommodations needed for the 52,000,000 visitors that we get every year.
Does it surprise you that NYC’s Times Square is considered to be the world’s crossroads or that the Big Apple is the most photographed city in the world? Like I said, if you are bored here in America’s largest city and the one that most U.S. citizens consider to be “their second hometown” then you must be in a coma or you are a misanthrope. New York has to be one of the 5 most exciting places on earth. Please come for a visit soon! You are always welcome.