This is the rare time of the year for us city boomers when all of the city’s famous sites are ours to enjoy, without having to wait on long lines for our turn. The holiday tourists have left and the spring-breakers have not yet arrived. Better yet, as the tourist crowds thin out, more ticket deals show up on the various discount sites and Broadway rolls out the welcome mat for us locals on budget with 2-for-1 deals.
Visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum
If you have not yet visited the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, now is the time. My husband and I visited on a recent rainy Saturday afternoon, bought tickets and walked right in. You might want to get your tickets online and download the free audio guide app to your cell phone before arriving. (Remember to bring headphones for listening to the audio guide.)
You will experience the full power of that terrible day and be moved by many of the artifacts on display. The two memorial fountains outside are a good place for some quiet reflection after your tour through the museum.
Admission to the 9/11 Museum is $24 adults/$18 seniors. Free admission Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m. to close, with the last admission two hours prior to closing. A limited number of tickets are available for online reservation two weeks in advance of each Tuesday evening starting at 9 a.m. Same day tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the ticket windows starting at 4:30 p.m.
Near the actual museum is another site called 9/11 Tribute Center. You should know that it is not connected to the real 9/11 Museum and has a very limited display, mainly of some video and photographs.
This annual winter event offers half priced tickets to many hit shows on Broadway. Check out if the show you have been waiting for has tickets available. As of today, January 12, discount tickets are still to be had to such hit plays as Delicate Balance, It’s Only a Play (Note: Nathan Lane has been replaced by Martin Short) and You Can’t Take It With You. Several hit musicals are also available, however, the Disney musicals Lion King and Aladdin are already sold out.
Matisse Cut-Outs at the MOMA
Don’t wait any longer – pick a rainy day and make a date with Henri Matisse. This fabulous show has been extended through February 10. Don’t miss the video that shows Matisse cutting with huge scissors.
Before you go, watch this PBS interview with MOMA’s Senior Curator Jodi Hauptman and you’ll appreciate Matisse’s genius even more.