Staying in town this Memorial Day weekend? If you’re not at the beach, here are a few ideas to keep you entertained!
Manus X Machina Exhibition @ the MET:
Explore the Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition at the Met! This year’s theme is fashion in an age of technology and features more than 170 ensembles dating from the early 20th century to the present. It explores how designers, such as Chanel, YSL, Dior, and Alexander McQueen, have reconciled the hand-made and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture. Having attended the exhibition last weekend, I can attest that this should be on every fashion-lover’s NYC bucket list.
Where: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028 (82nd St & 5th Ave)
When: Sun (10 AM – 5:30 PM), Mon (10 AM – 5:30 PM) (Memorial Day – Hours might differ)
Price: Donation-based (pay what you want); no additional fee for exhibition
Highline Park & Chelsea Market:
Take a walk along this historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. Check out the scenic views and greenery while enjoying an iced beverage from Blue Bottle Coffee. The passage between 15th and 16th streets is filled with public art displays, sit-down events and the occasional cocktail affair. It will lead you to Chelsea Market, home to many fun shops and finds.
Where: Enter at W 34th St (btw. 10th & 12th Ave). The Highline stretches from W 34th St to Gaansevort Street.
When: Anytime (Chelsea Market closes at 9 PM, Highline closes at 10 PM)
Memorial Walk Tour:
Join Central Park Conservancy tour guides on this walk through Central Park, and through time, to see how generations of New Yorkers have used the Park as a place to remember and honor our veterans. Highlights of this tour include Maine Monument, Merchant’s Gate, Heckscher Ballfields, 7th Regiment Memorial, S. Rankin Drew Memorial, Navy Terrace and Navy Walk, 307th Infantry Regiment Memorial, Red Cross Memorial Flagpole, 107th Infantry Regiment Memorial, and the Arsenal.
Where: In front of Maine Monument, Columbus Circle, 59th Street @ Central Park West
When: May 30 (Mon), 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Smorgasburg Memorial Day Weekend Kickoff (Live Concerts):
Smorgasburg is not just in Brooklyn, but also across the river at Seaport! Located in the newly-renovated Fulton Market Building, Smorgasburg includes restaurants, such as Cemitas El Tigre,Lumpia Shack Snack Bar Filipino spring rolls, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Home FriteBelgian fries, Landhaus sandwiches and Wowfulls, the egg waffles inspired by Hong Kong street food. During the Memorial Day weekend kickoff of Smorgasburg at the Seaport, featured Brooklyn-based indie rock bands will perform live just outside of the Fulton Market Building from 3 PM – 5 PM. The lineup includes Heavy Birds (May 29), Katie Von Schleicher (May 30) and more.
Where: Fulton Stall Market (Fulton and Front Streets)
When: May 29-30 (Sun – Mon), 3-5 PM
New York Philharmonic Free Memorial Day Concert
The New York Philharmonic performs its annual Memorial Day concert at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine each year. The large space holds 2,200 but don’t let that deter you from grabbing your free ticket, as they run out rather quickly. If you can’t get a seat, listen to a live broadcast of the performance at the adjacent Pulpit Green.
Where: Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave (W 112th St & Amsterdam Avenue)
When: May 30 (Mon), 8 PM
Shopping: While retailers, such as Nordstrom, Banana Republic & Ann Taylor each have their own Memorial Day sales online, there are still plenty of in-person sample sales you might want to consider:
Roberto Cavalli Sample Sale: Perfect outfits for your next fancy part or resort trip
Where: 150 Greene St (Houston St & Green St)
When: May 29 (Sun), 10 AM – 4 PM
James Perse Sample Sale: Great for comfy-but-stylish T-Shirts
Where: 260 5th Ave (29th St & 5th Ave)
When: May 29 (Sun), 10 AM – 5 PM
Delicate Raymond Jewelry: Shop $10 vintage jewelry finds as well as gold rosaries, monograms, and crystal geode necklaces 50% off retail prices.
Where: 109 Mulberry St (Mulberry St, btw Hester & Canal St)
When: May 29-30 (Sun-Mon), 12 PM – 9 PM