Attraction of the Week - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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Art enthusiasts fly in from all over the world to experience the historic and cultured art scene of New York city. One of the main attractions for visitors is the one of a kind 1950's structure, the Guggenheim museum. Although Frank Lloyd designed this beauty about 6 decades ago, the 5th avenue museum is still a futuristic monument in appearance.

The outside landscape of the Guggenheim is just the tip of the ice berg Inside of the museum is home to historic and cutting-edge exhibitions throughout the year. Some of the biggest names in the art world have graced the walls of the Guggenheim for all of New York to see. Legends like Warhol and Marc Chagall have had their pieces admired in the museum and even George Lucas has unveiled a film inside of the museum.

New exhibits take residency at the Guggenheim year round so visiting today can be completely different from visiting in a month. Thus, over a million people visit the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum each year to see what's new.

The Guggenheim recently opened Visionaries: Creating A Modern Guggenheim, an exhibit dedicated to the the visionary pieces from the museum's collection, which helpded propel the museum into stardom in the world of modern and contemporary art. For a full list of current an upcoming exhibitions, please visit Guggenheim's website. The Guggenheim is open Friday - Wednesday 10am - 5:45pm (7:45pm on Saturday) and is located along the Museum Mile at 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street).

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Shopping Spree In New York

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5 Days In New York City - Andrea Serrano

As a former New Yorker, this city will always represent the most profound part of my life. It was a time where my focus was my career in the fashion industry and knowing where the hottest party was every night of the week. The one thing I didn’t take advantage of was the diverse tourist attractions. As a local, going to all of the sites isn’t usually a top priority unless you have family or friends in town. 13 years and 2 kids later, coming back to New York for 5 days as a tourist was actually the most important thing on my list. These sites are a reminder of how New York is the epicenter of culture and continues to influence the world. The New York Pass is your ticket to all of the sites in the city and beyond. If you are planning to visit New York City and want to pack in more than a few attractions then The New York Pass is the way to go. There are several packages you can buy - 1 day, 2 days, 3 days, 5 days, 7 days and 10 days. Purchasing this pass guarantees lower rates for each site and faster entry at given locations. The other great addition is the guidebook that is divided up by area. The book provides a description of each site, and the nearest buses and trains to take. Starting at $119 for a one day pass to $399 for a 10 day pass the value is undeniable. [caption id="attachment_1370" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] Day 1: You can’t go to New York without going to Central Park. This big slice of greenery in the middle of a concrete jungle is your only escape into nature in the city. The Alice in Wonderland sculpture is the perfect place to capture a moment with your family. [caption id="attachment_1375" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Central Park - Andrea Serrano[/caption] Day 2: This day was jam packed with adventure! We started out at The American Museum of Natural History and if you have kids, this is a must. We took in the underwater re-creations of oceans all over the world, the evolution of man, and ancient dinosaur bones. This massive museum could also take days to walk through, but with more stops along the way we had to keep it moving. The next stop was the Top of the Rock to view the city. The breathtaking views from the 70th floor of the Rockefeller Center are breathtaking and the waiting time to see it wasn’t that bad. We ended the day at The Statue of Liberty. If there are only a few places you have time to see in New York, this should be on the top of your list. This was the 1st passageway for so many immigrants who made America what it is today. Taking the ferry over to the island, you wonder what these people were feeling as they set their sites on their new home. You must do the audio tour which is included in the package. The history and the stories are palpable as you listen to recordings of real immigrants on their journey to the land of the free. [caption id="attachment_1377" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Statue of Liberty - Andrea Serrano[/caption] Day 3: With so much to see in the city it could be overwhelming. We opted for a break in the hustle and bustle to check out Coney Island. I’ve been there more than a few times, but in the past few years they have made some great updates including new rides and the vibrant Coney Art Walls. With the New York Pass you can get 4 hours of rides at Luna Park plus access to Deno's Wonder Wheel which is great because you can really cover a lot of ground in those few hours. Other new additions were some great new gift shops with quality Coney Island merchandise and restaurants with some healthy food options that were non-existent just a few years ago. [caption id="attachment_1378" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Deno's Wonder Wheel - Andrea Serrano[/caption] Day 4: Our weekend continued in Brooklyn as we visited the New York Transit Museum. 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Attraction of The Week: High Line Park

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