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Through May 23, the Film Society of Llincoln Center will celebrate the centennal of Burt Lancaster. Included are the 1946 film "The Killers", his Oscar-winning performance in "Elmer Gantry", "Sweet Smell of Success", "Atlantic City", and "From Here to Eternity".
Next door, City Center's Fall for Dance Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary September 25 to October 5, with performances by 24 companies. In addition, there will be two evenings (September 16 and 17) of free performances, hosted for the first time by the Public Theater, at the Delacort Theater in Central Park.
Tickets for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular - November 8 through December 30, 2013 - will be on sale shortly!!
Neil Patrick Harris will host this year's TONY Awards on Sunday, June 9. The TONYs return to Radio City Music Hall after taking place in 2012 at the Beacon Theatre. Kinky Boots has received thirteen TONY nominations; Matilda has received twelve TONY nominations; Pippin has received ten TONY nominations
Online reservations for visits to the last undeveloped section of the rail line, between West 30th and 34th Streets, where seven sculptures by Carol Bove will be on view are now available. The sculptures are along the old rail line and wood ties, among wild crab apple trees and grass that will grow thick through the summer. Go to thehighline.org.
The Lincoln Center MOSTLY MOZART program will run July 27 - August 24. Highlights include the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra; Le nozz de Figaro, Budapest Festival Orchestra on August 11, 13, and 15; International Contemporary Ensemble on August 10-22; and the Emerson String Quartet on August 19. Tickets are on sale now at mostlymozart.org 212.721.6500.
Street Fairs are back...check SPARE TIMES each Friday in the New York Times for specific locations.
May 24th is the 130th Anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge!
New York City's bike-share program is now scheduled to begin in May. In partnership with Citigroup and bike-share operator Alta Biles, the City will open the program with 300 stations and 6,000 bikes in Manhattan, western Brooklyn and Queens. Keys to the membership program cost $95 per year. For those who have signed up for the annual membership by May 17 will be able to use the Citi Bike program starting May 27. All others have to wait for June 2, to start riding. At that time there will be daily, weekly and annual programs.
Audra McDonald performs at Avery Fisher Hall on May 9 - A benefit concert for Llincoln Center. Tickets start at $75 and include a contibution to Lincoln Center. For more information and tickets call 212.721.6500 or go to llincolncenter.org/Audra.
The Italian Renaissance Garden will be open at the New York Botanical Garden from May 18 to September 2. Also opening on May 18 is FOUR SEASONS: Sculptures by Phillip Haas.
Chris Barrett is performing "the Great American Songbook and a healthy dose of Broadway" every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at La Revista on Restaurant Row. Show times are at 8pm and 10pm. For dinner, cocktail and show reservations call 212.245-1707. La Revista is located at 313 West 46 Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.
WILD MEDICINE - Healing plants around the world featuring the Italian Renaissance Garden will be at the New York Botanical Garden May 18 to September 18. Also opening on May 18 is FOUR SEASONS: Sculptures by Phillip Haas.
At the annual Grand Travel Awards Gala on January 14, the Norwegian travel trade announced that the United States was voted the world's best travel destination.
The South Street Seaport Museum has re-opened! The Museum is open from 10am to 6pm daily. Visit www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org.
New York City was named the "Best North America Destination" by The Irish Trade. The vote was compiled by more than 6000 individual travel industry employees.
As you may know, the Statue of Liberty re-opened after a year-long restoration project just one day before Hurricane Sandy hit. Due to the extensive damage from the hurricane both the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island have been closed but now The Statue is scheduled to re-open on July 4. Stay tuned for details about Ellis Island.
The third season of Blue Note Jazz Festival in June will be held at nine sites. There will be lots of new artists with some repeats like the Manhattan Transfer, appearing for the third year.
The Woolworth Building is celebrating its centennial. "The Woolworth Building @ 100" can be seen at the Skyscraper Museum through July 14.
The Observation Deck at the new 1 World Trade Center is scheduled to open in 2015.
The Thanksgiving Parade
Photo of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade by http://www.groupphotos.com.
The currently scheduled route for the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is: south on Central Park West to Columbus Circle, around Columbus Circle and east on Central Park South to Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue) where it will turn south and proceed to 34th Street where it will turn west to the front of Macy's. Although the parade will not go down Seventh Avenue in front of the Wellington, our Thanksgiving package is a great deal! Book now for 2013 and be guaranteed 2012 rates!
MLT Vacations once again presented the Wellington its Quality Assurance Award for 2012. Thank you, MLT!!!
You can shop now for 2013 at our website's Specials & Packages page.
Richard Quest, a contributing editor to CONDE NAST TRAVELLER INDIA and the host of CNN's QUEST MEANS BUSINESS, has named the Wellington his favorite hotel in New York City.
The Wellington has received the 2012 Hotel Silver award from Rakuten. Thank you, Rakuten!
To ride the New York City 24-hour transit system, you need a MetroCard for the subway. For buses you can use a MetroCard or exact change in coins. The fare is $2.50. Visit mta.com for lots of travel information.
The Macy's Visitor Savings Pass is good for 10% off most items available at Macy's. Call 877-797-7227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre will next offer seven performances at the David H. Koch Theatre in Lincoln Center from June 12-16.
The Spring Season of the American Ballet Theatre runs May 13 to July 6 at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. Included in the schedule are “The Sleeping Beauty”, “Swan Lake” and “Romeo and Juliet.” Call 212.362.6000 or go to abt.org.
At the Cafe Carlyle: Steve Tyrell through May 18; Leo Salonga May 21 to June 8; Rossano Sportiello June 11 to 22.
Big news over at the Met...ticket prices for most of next season's Metropolitan Opera are coming down. More affordable tickets and the return of music director James Levine after two years plus conductor Jane Glover and the Russian diva Anna Netrebko, all in the 2013/14 season. Scheduled programs include PRINCE IGOR, EUGENE ONEGIN, COSI FAN TUTTE and DIE FLEDERMAUS.
The 2013/14 Jazz at Lincoln Center season will include performances by Ahmad Jamal, Dianne Reeves and artistic director Wynton Marsalis among other exciting programs.
The major renovation – known as the Studio Towers Renovation - going on across the street at Carnegie Hall continues. It will create spaces for music education on the building’s upper floors and upgrade the backstage areas. A major part of the project is the new 61,000 square foot Judith B. and Burton P. Resnick Education Wing. Included will be practice rooms, teaching studios and the home of Carnegie Hall’s archives. Completion is scheduled for 2014.
ANN, written and starring Holland Taylor, is about the Texas former governor; ANNIE, at the Palace Theatre, stars Katie Finneran as Miss Hannigan; Rogers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is at the very close by Broadway Theatre; JERSEY BOYS sings on at the August Wilson Theatre; THE LION KING continues to roar at the Minskoff; MAMMA MIA has audiences dancing in aisles at every performance; LUCKY GUY, with Tom Hanks, has been extended through July 3 at the Broadhurst; Roald Dahl's MATILDA The Musical has received twelve Tony nominations; THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is still enchanting at the Majestic; Kelli O'Hara and Matthew Broderick star in NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT but only through June 15; CHICAGO is still amazing audiences at the Ambassador; THE BOOK OF MORMON, winner of 9 Tony awards, is at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre; HANDS ON A HARD BODY is at the Brooks Atkinson; ONCE, set in Dublin, continues at the Jacobs Theatre; ROCK OF AGES continues at the Helen Hayes; VANY AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE is at the Golden Theatre; MOTOWN The Musical brings back 'the old days'; KINKY BOOTS is in previews; WICKED is still a tough ticket; Bette Midler in I’LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS, the legendary Hollywood superagent is at the Booth; Cicely Tyson, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Vanessa Willliams star in THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL; PIPPIN is at the Music Box; THE TESTAMENT OF MARY is at the Walter Kerr Theatre through May; THE NANCE, starring Nathan Lane, has been extended to August 11 at Lincoln Center Theatre at the Lyceum on West 45th St.
BEAUTIFUL, The Carole King Musical is scheduled for Broadway in 2014.
The following perform on Monday nights: Chicago, Hands on a Hard Body, I'll Eat You Last, Lucky Guy, Macbeth, Mamma Mia, Newsies, Rock of Ages, The Phantom of the Opera.
The Museum of the City of New York has STEPHEN BURROWS WHEN FASHION DANCED through July 28. mcny.org. Also featured is "A Beautiful Way to Go: New York's Green-Wood Cemetary" to mark the 175th anniversary of Broolyn's National Historic Landmark. Green-Wood predated Central Park and Prospect Park. It was an example of the "rural cemetary movement" and was made necessary by the filling up of Manhattan cemetaries by the thousands of immigrants. Green-Wood Cemetary was incorporated on April 18, 1838 in the new city of Brooklyn. The exhibit includes paintings, photographs, maps, guides and other memorabilia.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF ORDER The ICP Triennial will be at the International Center of Photography May 17 through September 8.
At the Jewish Museum, Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, through August 4: AS IT WERE ... SO TO SPEAK. A MUSEUM COLLECTION IN DIALOGUE WITH BARBARA BLOOM and SIX THINGS: SAGMEISTER & WALSH. JACK GOLDSTEIN X 10,000 May 10 to September 29. thejewishmuseum.org.
The Space Shuttle Pavilion reopens early this summer at the INTREPID Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex at Pier 86 (West 46th Street and Twelfth Avenue). intrepidmuseum.org.
There's lots going on at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library…Audubon's Aviary, through May 19 - dramatic watercolors of birds by John James Audubon. Swing Time: Reginald March and Thirties New York, June 21 through September 1 captures the animation and visual turbulence that made urban life exhilarating; WWII and NYC through May 27. 170 Central Park West at 77th Street. Closed Mondays. 212.873.3400. nyhistory.org
At MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art) located on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues - a very short three blocks from the Wellington – May 12 to September 2: EXPO 1: New York. The museum is open until 830pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday...and Friday night is free!
IMPRESSIONISM, FASHION, AND MODERNITY through May 27 at the Met. Express admission tickets to the METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART are available online, allowing you to avoid waiting in admission lines. Simply redeem the print-at-home ticket for an admission button at any Admission, Information or Will Call desk. Tickets include admission to the Met's collection and all special exhibitions. Tickets also include same-day admission to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters museum and gardens. Tickets are valid for up to one year after the date of purchase. Go to www.metmuseum.org/visit. Saturday - 10am - 6pm; Sunday - 11am - 6pm. The museum is closed most Mondays. The BIG NEWS is that starting July 1, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will be open seven days a week. Hours will be Sunday through Thursday: 10am to 530pm; Friday and Saturday: 10am to 9pm. The Met will be closed January 1, the first Monday in May, Thanksgiving and December 25.
Starting July 1, hours at the Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park (www.metmuseum.org/cloisters) will be: March through October: 10am to 515pm; November through February: 10am to 445pm. The Cloisters will be closed January 1, Thanksgiving and December 25.
Admission to the Morgan Library's McKim rooms is without charge during the following times: Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m to 6 p.m. The Morgan is open most Monday holidays. Admission is not required to visit the Morgan Shop, Morgan Café or Morgan Dining Room. Visit www.themorgan.org or call 212-685-0008 for further information.
The Guggenheim is at Fifth Avenue at 89th Street and through May 22 you can view the work of 22 artists in NO COUNTRY contemporary art for south and Southeast Asia. 212.423.3500 or guggenheim.org.
The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has closed for a two-year major expansion but is hosting a free exhibition of contemporary graphic design on Governors Island.
The South Street Seaport Museum features a children's program every Saturday morning at 10:30. The Museum is at 12 Fulton Street between Front and Water Streets. Reservations for the children's program are required by email to email@example.com by 3pm on Friday. Call 212-748-8753 for more information.
SHOE OBSESSION is at The Museum at FIT through April 13. Located at Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, the museum is open Tuesday to Friday noon to 8pm and Saturday 10am to 5pm. For more information visit museumfitnyc.edu/museum