Archive for the ‘Whitney Museum NYC’ Category

THE BIG DADDY OF CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

November 30, 2016

The 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on November 30th from 7 – 9 pm.  Above the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, the giant tree will be illuminated with thousands of lights.  With music, entertainment and celebrity stars braving the cold to entertain, it promises to be a fun-filled evening.  The Tree Lighting is a wonderful event that has been a tradition since 1933 and thousands will line the sidewalks attempting to get a view.  It is also televised.  The tree tradition was originally started in 1933 by Depression Era construction workers who put up a small tree and decorated it with cranberries, gum wrappers and tin cans.  What many do not know is that on January 9th, when the tree comes down, the tree is milled and treated and the lumber used for Habitat For Humanity.  That makes seeing the tree even more special!  If you cannot make the Tree Lighting then seeing it at sometime over the holiday season is a must. Giant and brilliant with lights, it is a tradition not to be missed.                                                  www.powerhiking.com

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WASHINGTON SQUARE MUSIC FESTIVAL

June 8, 2016

Don’t mis the first concert tonight in Washington Square.  It is the start of the Washington Square Music Festival with a different concert each week in June.  Every concert is free and this has been a tradition in NYC since the 50s. It is the second oldest outdoor series of free music concerts in the City.  What fun in a beautiful park!      www.powerhiking.com

LOVE LOWER MANHATTAN

May 25, 2016

A favorite in Lower Manhattan is The High Line.  This astonishing park in the sky offers visitors views of the city and Hudson River in a very natural and unique setting. Take a walk on The High Line on the elevated train tracks into the history of this area. In the 1930s the train tracks were elevated above the city to reduce the number of accidents between people and freight trains delivering goods and meat to warehouses located below in what is known as the Meatpacking District.  The trains gradually became obsolete as trucks carried more and more of the freight and the tracks sat unused. People began to clamor for demolition of the railway and, in the 1990s, Friends of the  High Line was formed to promote preservation and use as as public open space.  And what a park!  Old railroad ties remain and much of the landscaping is created from weeds and wild growth on unused tracks.  A gravel path meanders along fountains and benches and chaise lounges made from sustainable forests.  Trees and flowers abound as do people enjoying the surrounding.  You can buy a t shirt, lemonade, ice cream or enjoy one of the restaurants or just relax and take in the stunning views.  A “must do” is a visit to the Whitney Museum, located between The High Line and the Hudson River on Gansevoort Street.  This stunning new building increases the exhibition capacity of the remarkable collection of modern and contemporary American art.  While in the neighborhood, it is not to be missed.                  www.powerhiking.comHighline-1