A View from the Bridge…

Friday, August 13th, 2010

…With apologies to Arthur Miller, Brooklyn Bridge Park is a work in progress.

By Nancy Mandell

Last week, Karen Altfest hosted a docent-led tour of the Neue Museum’s collection of Viennese and German art with 15 of her sister alums from McGill University. After a fascinating tour of works by German artist Otto Dix (on view through Aug. 30), we stopped for lunch in the museum’s Café Zabarsky. Read More…


Out of Doors and Around the World

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Halfway through its 40th FREE season of international and avant garde music and dance Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival is in full swing. Since it was launched as a small festival of street theater in 1971, Out of Doors has commissioned some 90 works from composers and choreographers and presented hundreds of major dance companies, world-renowned musicians and legendary jazz, folk, gospel, blues and rock performers. Read More…


Cinema Under the Stars…

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

New York’s parks and piers offer free films all summer long.

By Nancy Mandell

Nancy MandellThere have been days this summer when the only appealing destination was an air-conditioned movie theater. But even senior ticket holders pay a pretty price for the privilege. So, before the season escapes us, it’s time to consider a different kind of film-going—one that offers a wide variety of films in a variety of scenic venues that share two significant elements in common: The movies are free, and the seats are outdoors, under the stars. From river to river, from uptown to down, New York is truly a summer film festival. Read More…


All the World’s A Stage…

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

…Shakespeare wrote it; New York takes it literally.

By Nancy Mandell

For the past week or so, I’ve been thinking about the treasure that Lincoln Center has become for New Yorkers as well as tourists. I had visitors over the July 4 holiday, and we found ourselves meeting there more than once, the last time on what should have been a quiet Tuesday evening in summer. We had ordered discounted tickets online to “South Pacific” at the Beaumont Theater, but they are usually available as “day-of” discounts from the Zucker Box Office temporarily located in Alice Tully Hall. The production was great, but so was the “after party,” an impromptu gathering of people strolling around the illuminated fountain, sitting on the new “lawn,” or enjoying gelati from a cart set up outside Avery Fisher Hall with plenty of umbrella tables and chairs for enjoying it. Read More…


In Plain Sight…

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

…Some of New York’s greatest art and architecture call Lincoln Center their home.

By Nancy Mandell

Here it is, just the beginning of summer according to the calendar—if not the temperature—and you’ve already hit the highlights of the city’s art scene. You’ve seen Picasso prints (through Aug.30) and Pictures by Women (photography on view through next March) at the Museum of Modern Art; and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Picassos from the museum’s collection (through Aug. 10) as well as the beautifully presented costumes illustrating “The American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity” (through Aug. 15). And there’s still plenty of time to check out the Big Bambu on the Met roof, a mind-boggling living sculpture by Doug and Mike Starn, before it closes on Oct. 31. You may also have covered the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Jewish Museum and perhaps made it all the way down to the Bowery for the impressive New Museum. Read More…


Water, Water Everywhere…

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

…and some unusual ways to enjoy it.

By Nancy Mandell

Did you know that you don’t have to pack your bags, stop the mail or kennel the dog to enjoy a spectacular summer cruise in this city? Of course you’re aware of the Circle Line offerings that ferry tourists around the island and the Spirit Cruises from Chelsea Piers that gussy up the trips with buffet meals and loud music. But how about a liesurely sail up or down the Hudson and East Rivers on historic ships that combine offshore breezes with a whiff of maritime history? Read More…


Dining for (Fewer) Dollars

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

A couple of old favorites dish up bargains—and memories on the side.

By Nancy Mandell, guest blogger

Nancy MandellIf you want the early bird special, maybe you should move to Florida! But if you don’t mind eating on the early side of a beautiful summer evening, there’s no shame in searching out a pre-theater, pre-fixe dinner—even if you don’t have tickets to a show. Read More…


A Lincoln Center Summer

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Construction can’t stop the festivities or the freebies!

By Nancy Mandell, guest blogger

It was just a short time ago that we blogged in this space about the new David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, and now we learn that it will be temporarily closed starting this Friday, May 28, in order to complete deferred construction work on the space. Unfortunately this means that Target Free Thursdays will suspend performances until July 22, and Meet the Artist Saturdays will not return until August. For updates, go to www.LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.

But there is good news from the Atrium, too. Its services will relocate during this summer solstice (see below), and there will still be a free (Target-underwritten) performance this Thursday evening at 8:30 by artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Highlighting the program is Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No.1— a favorite of the repertoire—and it also includes the “vivacious, spirited, and virtuosic” sonata for two cellos by Jean-Baptiste Barrière. (The adjectives belong to the program notes!)

Of course there is lots more on Lincoln Center’s summer schedule. Visit www.SummerAtLincolnCenter.org for information about Midsummer Night Swing, the always innovative cross-genre performances of Lincoln Center Festival, the free Lincoln Center Out of Doors performances and the annually anticipated Mostly Mozart Festival.

For the next several weeks—probably until mid-July—the Atrium’s Day-of Discount Tickets (David Zucker box office) will move to Alice Tully Hall, and Lincoln Center Tours and Visitor Information to Avery Fisher Hall (across from each other on the West side of Broadway at 65th Street.) If you’re wondering what Day-of discount tickets you might have picked up last week, examples are Lincoln Center Theater’s production of “South Pacific,” performances by the New York City Ballet and presentations of The Film Society at Lincoln Center.


Ships Ahoy!

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

By Nancy Mandell, guest blogger

The fleet is in—or soon will be—and not a moment too soon for anyone who, like me, has been immersed in World War II through “The Pacific,” the 10-part HBO miniseries produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Add to that, three new episodes of  PBS Mysteries’ “Foyle’s War,” just  aired, and it’s no wonder I’m excited at the prospect of watching the U.S. Navy vessels that will begin their parade up the Hudson River next Wednesday morning.

This year, four ships will make their way to the reviewing stand at Pier 86 (46th Street and Hudson River Park), home of the  Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, where senior military and political leaders will be on hand to welcome them. The USS Iwo Jima (Pier 88 South), the USCG Katherine Walker (Pier 88 North) and the HMCS Athabaskan (also Pier 88 South) will be open to visitors from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day from Wednesday, the 26th through the holiday weekend. Lines will be capped at 4 p.m. The Athabaskan arrives on May 25th and departs the morning of Sunday, May 30, a day when all the ships will be closed to visitors.

The official high point of the holiday weekend takes place at 11 a.m. Monday when the annual Memorial Day celebration will include a ceremonial wreath laying, a three-volley salute, a flyover of military aircraft in the “Missing Man” formation, and the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag.

The entertainment at the pier promises to be a treat. At noon on Friday, May 28th the ladies in the cast of “Lend Me a Tenor” will host a Broadway showcase that includes performances from “Memphis,” “Promises Promises,” “American Idiot,” “Addam’s Family,” “Million Dollar Quartet” and “Hair.” At sunset, the Intrepid Summer Movie Series launches its 2010 season with “Top Gun.”

At noon on Saturday, you can catch a performance by the Broadway cast of “Wicked.” Stay on for a Tug of War at 12:30 p.m., and a performance by the West Point Jazz Knights Band at 2:30. From 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday night, Miss Babs & the Kickin’ Boogie Band and Reckon So will bring country music to the city. (Beware: Dancing is allowed on the pier!)

Tickets for the Intrepid Museum itself can be purchased at https://tickets.intrepidmuseum.org in advance for specific days.


All the Little Nooks and Kindles

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

By Nancy Mandell, guest blogger

With Mothers’ Day just passed and Fathers’ Day on the horizon, it’s time for the readers among us to prepare for the inevitable. Under the wrapping paper and ribbons may lurk an electronic reading device—the new special occasion gift-of-choice from (self-supporting) kids to book-loving parents.
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