FeelNYC’s review of the fabulous Museum Mile Festival 2012 in New York is a solid thumbs up! The Museum Mile, in New York’s Upper East Side, comprises a stretch along famous 5th Avenue in New York lined with museums and cultural institutions, a paradise for authentic culture vultures. And with the Museum Mile Festival 2012, New York has gone one better as on Tuesday the 12th of June, from 6 to 10pm, 10 museums along this marvelous mile will be open free for the public to enjoy!
This annual event was initially started in 1979 to promote the arts in New York and make it more accessible to the public. Since then, more than 1 million people have carried out this famous walk from 82nd street to 104th street.
In addition, 5th Avenue is completely closed off to traffic, thus Museum Mile festival-goers can enjoy a pleasant stroll, visit the 10 participating museums, and take part in all the special exhibitions and events on offer.
Featuring this 2012 are the following ten museums and cultural institutions situated along the New York Museum Mile; the Museum for African Art, the Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York, the Jewish Museum, and the Cooper-Hewit, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, as well as the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, the world-famous Guggenheim Museum, the Neue Galerie New York, the Goethe-Institut New York, and last but not least, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. FeelNYC’s review; outstanding!
In addition, fortunate visitors to the festival can take advantage of the outdoor activities for children, as well as live music ranging from jazz and show tunes to string quartets, and the various street performances. The Museum Mile Festival this year will be kicking off at the National Academy Museum on 1083, 5th Avenue at 5.45pm so you’ve no excuse!
FeelNYC’s review is that you’d be mad to miss out! If you agree with FeelNYC’s positive review then make sure you don’t miss out on the cultural offerings in the Museum Mile Festival 2012 in New York!
First it was Saint Patrick’s, now it’s National Tartan Day. On the 14th of April 2012, New York will celebrate Scottish heritage in the Big Apple with the 14th edition of the National Tartan Day Parade.
It commemorates the Declaration of Arbouth signed in 1320. This Scottish Declaration of Independence has a special significance for Americans as it was inspiration behind America’s own declaration. In addition, it is estimated that more than 6 million Americans claim they have a Scottish descent. The 6th of April was thus declared National Tartan Day in recognition of the Scottish Americans’ contribution to the United States.
Visitors and locals alike can see numerous members of Scottish clans and organisations in the city celebrating their Scottish roots and heritage. Pipers and drummers from over 26 countries will proudly gather on 6th Avenue at 2pm on the 14th of April 2012 and parade through the streets of New York to Highland classics such as Scotland the Brave, Green Hills of Tyrol, Cock of the North, Farewell to the Creeks and Battle’s O’er Lochanside.
Such are the celebrations that in past editions of the event over 10,000 pipers and drummers have taken part, thus forming, as can be expected of New York, the largest pipe band in the world. One year, Sir Sean Connery himself led the parade alongside the New York City Mayor. In addition, William Wallace’s sword, one of Scotland’s national treasures, which hasn’t left the country for an impressive 700 years, was flown to New York for the National Tartan Day celebrations.
Prior to the march, they will celebrate NY Tartan Week and with it a whole host of events including the 10km Scotland Run, the “Life and Legacy of Andrew Carnegie” panel discussion in the Museum of American Finance, the VIP pre-show event, Butter, Whisky Live New York and Scottish theatre, amongst many other offerings.
Finally, festival-goers will be able to take part in the annual Tartan Day Post-Parade party at Stout’s. Regardless of whether or not you have Scottish roots, we definitely recommend that you don’t miss out on the New York National Tartan Day Parade and celebrations!
FeelNYC with the Cherry Blossom Season in New York. It’s that time of year again and the cherry blossom trees are blooming, thus the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) will once again be celebrating Hanami and the fascinating Sakura Matsuri Festival this April 28th and 29th 2012 in its honour.
The cherry blossom, believed to be a symbol of the natural life of a samurai (short-lived), is the national flower of Japan. Thus Hanami, the Japanese tradition of enjoying the cherry blossom season, is celebrated in the BBG. Celebrated on an annual basis since 1981, this Japanese spring festival is one of this New York garden’s biggest attractions.
During Cherry Blossom Season, all the cherry blossom trees flower making for a stunning display on the Cherry Esplanade in the Gardens. On the final two days of Hanami, the BBG hosts their annual Sakuri Matsuri Festival, where locals and visitors alike can discover and enjoy a weekend of Japanese culture.
This festival, called Sakura, Japanese for cherry, comprises an entire weekend celebration of Japanese traditional and contemporary culture. Japanese and cherry blossom enthusiasts can enjoy a rich programme of activities and events including Taiko Drumming, Minbu Folk Dancing, Children’s workshops, a Cosplay Fashion Show, Bonsai demonstrations, Samurai sword fighting, Manga artists, tea ceremonies and much more!
Finally, visitors can enjoy what they originally came to see…..more than 200 trees blooming in all their glory, in various parts of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The Sakuri Matsuri Festival 2012 starts at 10am and runs until 6pm. So, make sure you don’t miss out on any of these exciting Japanese activities and the chance to enjoy a picnic under the lovely, flowering cherry blossom trees!
The ING New York City Marathon, one of the largest in the world, will be taking place this 4th of November 2012. It forms part of the World Marathon Majors, and thousands of professional and amateur athletes from across the planet gather in the Big Apple to complete this 42.195km (26.219 mile) run.
Organised every year by the New York Road Runners, the New York City Marathon course runs through five of the city’s boroughs including Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan. Fun and panoramic!
So, why are we telling you so soon? Well, given the popularity of the race, participants are selected via a lottery system therefore, if you are up for the challenge then now is the time to apply as the 23rd of April marks the deadline for all entries.
In addition to the thrill of crossing the finishing line at New York’s Central Park, two million spectators will be there to cheer you on and 315 million viewers across the world will be rooting for you. Of course, the $600,000 prize moneyis always a plus.
Finally, prior to the marathon, on the 1st to the 3rd of November the New York City Marathon Health and Fitness Expowill be held. With free admission, it will feature over 100 stalls and exhibitors from around the world offering souvenirs, and health and medical advice, as well as race applications, activities, and much more.
This is your chance to be a part of one of the largest marathons in the world. So, if you’ve got what it takes then sign up now for the New York City Marathon 2012 and make your mark. Good luck!
FeelNYC with the world famous New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, which is back once again and will be taking place this 17th of March, as is tradition, on the prestigious 5th Avenue in the Big Apple. Saint Patrick’s Day is a worldwide celebration, however the New York parade is the biggest and most spectacular in the world!
It all began in 1845 when the Great Potato Famine hit Ireland and many Irish families immigrated to America to avoid starvation. Interestingly the first parade held in honour of Saint Patrick was in New York in 1762, and ever since then Americans with Irish heritages, and those without, have been celebrating this special day ever since.
People typically dress in green and bear the symbol of Saint Patrick’s Day, which is of course the shamrock, also a symbol for good luck. Bars and pubs will also be doing their bit by decorating their establishments in green and serving typical Irish beverages such as Guinness or Jamesons whisky tinted green with food colouring to get into the Saint Patrick’s Day spirit.
Alongside the parade, visitors and locals alike can expect a whole host of events including the NYC Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Gala Cocktail Reception and the Grand Marshal’s Reception.
Despite the fact that floats, autos and exhibits and not allowed, more than 150,000 marchers participate in the New York Saint Patrick’s Day Parade every year including Irish societies of the city, various schools, colleges, and Irish language and nationalist societies, etc.
Led by members of the National Guard’s 69th Regiment, known as the “Fighting 69”, this joyous parade will commence at 44th Street at 11am and make its merry way up 5th Avenue, pass St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 50th Street, continue on to 83rd Street and finally come to an end at 86th Street at around 4:30 to 5pm.
It is advised that you leave your car at home and make your way to the parade by train or subway given that roads will be closed off in the surrounding area. Around 2 million people line 5th Avenue to catch a glimpse of the parade every year. That many can’t be wrong.
So, now you know. FeelNYC with the New York City Saint Patrick`s Day Parade 2012, and all the fun Saint Patrick’s Day activities on offer!