Attraction of the Week - New York Botanical Garden

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New York Botanical Garden
[spacer height="20px"] The New York Botanical Garden is a historical museum of living art located in the Bronx. Founded in 1891, the garden continues to host beautiful events year in and year out that combine elements of nature, dance, visual arts and more.
As a part of the Botanical Garden's 125th year celebration, they welcome the Orchid Show which is also celebrating its 15th year at the garden. You can expect Thai dance performances, films, in-depth demonstrations on how to care for orchids and also a Q&A session with experts. Throughout the year, the NY Botanical Garden also offers programs for all ages to help educate & inform New Yorkers about many relevant cultural topics. There are also many film screenings year-round. Visit the Botanical Garden and many other NYC attractions for free with your New York Pass. For more information on the Orchid Show going on through April 9th, 2017 or any upcoming exhibits, please visit www.nybg.org. New York Botanical Garden is located in the picturesque Bronx park at 200th Street & Kazimiroff Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458 and is open Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 6pm.
Orchid show at NYBG

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Attraction of the Week - The Whitney

[caption id="attachment_566" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The Whitney by Timothy Schenck[/caption] Overlooking the Hudson River, there stands one of New York’s true gems in the artistic sense. Having only moved to its new location in 2015, the Whitney Museum is somewhat of the “New kid on the block”. However, the museum has been in existence since the 1930’s and has continued to expand over the years. It’s nestled right next to the Southern entrance of High Line Park in the West Village and beautifully occupies about 200,000 square feet. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney had become a very successful art space creator with her Whitney Studio Club in 1918. She collected art from many artists around the world with the help of her assistant Juliana R. Force and at one point was going to donate pieces to the Met. After those pieces were rejected by the Met, Whitney decided to start her own Museum where she would showcase contemporary American art. The museum would struggle with space as their collection grew over the years as they held a small building located at 945 Madison Avenue. This led to the Whitney adding multiple branch locations to show off pieces that they couldn’t fit inside of the museum. The first additional Whitney branch opened in 1973 at 55 Water Street showcasing similar pieces to the main location but offering a smaller selection size for viewers. Multiple expansions followed including a 1981 exhibition space in Stamford, Connecticut and a lobby exhibition installed in the Philip Morris Park Avenue headquarters. While it’s great to expand and reach new audiences, what the Whitney really wanted to accomplish was getting a space big enough to hold their extensive collection which now features over 21,000 pieces. (Some big names listed in the collection include Larry Poons, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol). They finally decided enough was enough and left their old building on Madison Avenue which was then ironically leased by the Met (current). The Whitney settled into their new location at 99 Gansevoort street in 2015 and opened their doors on May 1st. The new location not only has far more room for the Whitney’s annual and biennial exhibitions but also has some amazing views of the city. Of course the museum is next door neighbors with High Line Park which offers an elevated view of NYC so not to be outdone, the museum offers several observation decks to their visitors. The Whitney is opened during the following hours: Monday: 10.30am - 6pm Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: 10.30am - 6pm Thursday: 10.30am - 10pm Friday: 10.30am - 10pm Saturday: 10.30am - 10pm Sunday: 10.30am - 6pm
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New York City in 72 Hours

This post originally appeared in Chaus Adventure a blog by a couple from London, travelling the world. View from Top of the Rock New York is one of the most popular cities in the US and it is easy to see why. Known as the City that Never Sleeps, is it possible do to New York in a weekend? The answer is yes and we will show you how! We spent a total of 96 hours in New York, of which 24 hours was spent at a wedding and with friends. So in reality, we only had 72 hours to explore! We travelled with the New York Pass and this is one of the main reasons why we were able to do so much in so little time! The New York Pass has over 90 attractions to choose from and it allows you to fast track some of the busiest attractions. Passport covers by Always Rooney What I loved most about the pass is their free app. This app allows you to plan your trip in advance, setting your own budgets and has all the details you need about each attractions. We planned our itinerary on the app before we travelled. The New York Pass cost: 1 Day Pass- $109 2 Day Pass- $189 3 Day Pass- $199 5 Day Pass- $249 7 Day Pass- $279 Overview of our itinerary and cost without the New York Pass Day 1 (10 hours) Grand Central Terminal New York Public Library Flatiron Building Madison Square Park The High Line Day 2 (full day) Big Bus Tour ($60) New York Water Taxi Tour ($31) Brooklyn Bridge cycle ($45) Brooklyn 9-11 Memorial Oculus Shopping Mall Empire State Building ($32) Day 3 (full day) MOMA ($25) Central Park cycle ($49) NY Natural History Museum ($22) Top of the Rock ($32) The Ride ($74) Day 4 (14 hours) Madame Tussauds ($37) 9-11 Museum ($24) Top of the Rock We were able to squeeze most of New York City into 72 hours as you can see! We absolutely loved the New York Pass. Without the New York Pass, we would have had to spend $433 per person on attractions alone on this trip...!! Even if you consider the cost of the pass ($199- 3 day pass) we saved a massive $234 each, $468 in total! We have reviewed many city passes before and hands down, the New York Pass is the best one so far. The card itself resembles a chip and pin card and all you have to do is hand this card over at each ticket counter and you can get your tickets for free. A lot of other city passes do not give you free access to the most popular attractions or they only offer tickets at a reduced price. The New York Pass included everything we wanted to see in New York (and more) and when they say FREE, they mean free! Some of the queues (or ‘lines’ as they say in America) were horrendously long... We were so glad have fast track tickets because it literally saved us hours of waiting. If you are planning to visit New York, seriously consider this pass. Unless you have no interest in saving money or time... Stay tuned for more on our trip to NYC. On our next post, we will show you more photos and tell you more about each attraction we visited! You can get yourself a New York Pass HERE, there is a sale on right now!
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