JICUF staff will take turns introducing their favorite places in NYC. This week, Shiori will talk about her five favorite places in the city.
1. Central Park
Central Park is my favorite place to be in NYC! When I was in graduate school, I used to take my books and other readings to the park to make studying more enjoyable. I also like following the four seasons – flowers blooming in the Spring, having a picnic with my friends in the summer, or just taking a stroll in the autumn or winter (freezing yet beautiful). During the summer, there are many concerts, movie screenings and shows offered throughout the season (and it’s free!). You can take full advantage of those events while you’re in NY during your Global Link program. Last summer, I went to see the New York Philharmonic concert and Shakespeare in the Park (Taming of the Shrew) just to name few.
Also, did you know that Central Park is A) first public landscaped park in all of the United States, B) larger than Vatican City, and C) cost about as much money as the entire state of Alaska? Buying the park’s 843 acres cost New York State legislature about 7.4 million dollars, which is almost equivalent of the cost the U.S. paid to Russia to acquire Alaska in 1867 for 7.2 million. (see more here).
Located on the Upper East Side, Albertine is a bookstore with a wide collection of French and English books. It’s a great place to stop by before or after going to the Metropolitan Museum or when you want to be away from the bustling city. My favorite room is upstairs – it has a beautifully painted ceiling and a comfy sofa that you can pick a book and read. They also host events throughout the year – my first event was ‘An Evening with Molecular Gastronomist Hervé This.’ He is a French physical chemist who studies mechanisms of phenomena that occur during culinary transformations.
3. The Morgan Library & Museum
A hidden gem near Bryant Park and the New York Public Library, this museum has a wide collection of fine art, literature, and music. I recommend the Pierpont Morgan’s 1906 Library, The East Room (picture on the left). If you’re into music, in addition to the large collection of musicians’ letters and first editions of scores and librettos, this museum has one of the finest collections of music manuscripts in the country including Bach, Brahms, Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, Mozart, Liszt and Verdi (here is the link)! I highly recommend it!
4. Lincoln Center
The Lincoln Center is a notable place for the performing arts such as the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New York City Ballet. There is also Jazz at Lincoln center. It’s only a few stations away by subway from the International house, where the Global Link participants will be staying during the month of July. There are student discount for almost all performance and concerts. I recently went to see the Opera La Bohème. The Lincoln Center is also next to the Julliard School.
5. The Frick Collection
The Frick Collection is another small art museum in the Upper East Side, originally used to be a residence of an industrialist Henry Clay Frick. I like to sit, relax and listen to the water fountain at the Garden Court (picture on the left). The collection features some of the best-known paintings by major artists including Johannes Vermeer and J.M.W. Turner.
About Shiori: She loves nature, art, classical music (both playing and listening), traveling and cats. This is her third winter in New York City. She is also a graduate of ICU (BA) and Columbia University (MA). Feel free to reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions about the Global Link program or things to do/see in NYC.