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Anything special going on June 12-17 for a 17-year-old English major?
Posted June 3rd, 2010 - 3:55 am by from Charlotte, United States (Permalink)
I am bringing my great-niece to NYC for her first plane trip and first visit to your fantastic town. I noticed in today's NYT there is an exhibition by the Alliance for young Artists & Writers at the World Financial Center. It made me wonder what other interesting things might be going on that are less widely advertised.

We're staying a the YMCA near Central Park. Would love recommendations from enthusiastic "natives" or adoptees. Thanks very much.

Posted June 4th, 2010 - 5:31 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
Hello there CSer SaintOlivia!

Since your great niece is an english major I found two events at local book stores where authors are coming in to speak about their books.

One is Frank Bruni Born Round: The Story of Family, Food and a Ferocious Appetite. This event is at the Strand on July 13th at 7PM. The Strand is one block down from Union Square south on Broadway and 12th.

The other is Peter Mayle: The Vintage Caper which is also on July 13th at 7PM. This one is at Barnes & Noble, which is very close to the Strand at Union Square north on 17th st. between Broadway and Park.

If she's interested in graphic design, and new tech ideas, I would really suggest you guys come to an event that I'm working in Dumbo (in Brooklyn, but not too far from Manhattan). I'm a graphic designer and we're having an event at Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn. There are MFA Grad students from Pratt, Parsons, SVA, RISD, MIT, YALE, and NYU coming to present their thesis design work and what new ideas they have.

I also have this link for TimeoutNY that suggests a couple of things that you can also do in the city that aren't so cliche NYC things to do.

I would also highly suggest you guys going to 5ptz in Astoria Queens. Its not hard to get to and its not far either. I think for any 17 year old, or for anybody in general, it's an amazing place to go. Its the graffiti mecca and it's unbelievable the art work you see on the walls...and that its even done by spraypaint. The neighborhood is also so wonderful you can spend a day in Astoria, its really a girly neighborhood. So much to eat and so much culture to soak in. You can also go across the street to PS1 which is the counterpart to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) - it's contemporary art. Heres the link for 5ptz: http://5ptz.com/graff/pieces/
and heres the link for PS1: http://ps1.org/
(if you go to the MoMA, save your stub for free admission to PS1)

Walking around the Chelsea area is also a lot of fun, going to the different galleries and seeing art from upcoming artists. While you're there you can also check out the highline, our new above ground park.

I can suggest more for you if you would like, both in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. I know of free kayaking, biking, you name it. I can even meet you guys for a little and take you around for a day if you want, i could make an itinerary and send it to you if you'd like! I'd be happy to help and take you guys around! (That is, if you guys have the time and if you want!) Just let me know, i know great places to eat, and I know a lot of places where both she and you might be interested in! Just let me know!


Posted June 4th, 2010 - 5:47 pm by from Charlotte, United States (Permalink)
Wow. THANKS, Ms. Calina! What a wonderful welcome to your city! I will forward your great suggestions to my niece, who is busy graduating high school right now. It would be fun to meet up there. We fly in the afternoon of 6/13 and out the evening of 6/17. Let's keep in touch and compare schedules as we get closer. Seeing the communities outside of Manhattan would be great. I only know them by names but have never known enough or had a guide to go off the main island. You're a great testimony for the CS community. I look forward to meeting you and showing you Charlotte and Asheville and Penland School of Craft and Design some day. Diane