Celebrate New York’s New Year’s Holidays

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A scene from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”, a holiday classic presented this month at the Metropolitan Opera. Credit: Ken Howard / The Metropolitan Opera

9h00. Why not get off the train in the city’s newest and most exhilarating public space, the Moynihan Station? With high ceilings and good signage, this newly opened extension of Penn Station is a civilized way to say hello to New York City.

9:30 a.m. Walk or take a cab east for breakfast at the newly renovated rooftop cafe Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (455 Fifth Ave.) Sample coffee and Amy’s Bread’s famous pastries and sweets with a view of Fifth Avenue and the Beaux-Arts-style library building, guarded by Lions Patience and Fortitude.

10:30. If you are in New York for vacation, you must go shopping. Walk through Fifth Avenue, where Bryant Park was taken over by the annual meeting Holiday shops. For a store we definitely don’t have on North Fork, skip to Kinokuniyaat 1073 6th Ave, a Japanese bookstore where you can purchase a Godzilla t-shirt, fancy fountain pens, and miniature stationery decorated with octopuses.

Midday Make your way to the elegant Storico, a Venetian-inspired café located in the New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West) for a bowl of roasted sweet potato soup and a side of zucchini frit.

2:00 p.m.. It wouldn’t be vacation time without bling, so you’ve booked a timed ticket to visit the recently reopened Gems and Minerals Room at the American Museum of Natural History (200 Central Park West at 79th Street). A geode taller than Santa Claus stands at the entrance to the hall, full of dazzling purple crystals.

3 p.m.. You live less than 160 km from one of the largest opera houses in the world,
and you did not go to Metropolitan opera? If you have a well-behaved child
in tow, think of one of the December mornings of “Cinderella” (3 p.m. on Sunday December 19) or “The Magic Flute: (1 p.m. on Saturday December 18).

5:00 p.m. Let yourself be radiated by The New York Botanical Garden (2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx) for a 2.5 mile path of illuminated colorful plants and artfully lit buildings with outdoor bars serving drinks and hot chocolate.

7:30 p.m. Three women created King (18 King St.), a peaceful temple to Italian-inspired seasonal cuisine in the West Village. A short menu with a long finish, an elegant dinner at the King is the memorable highlight of a dream day.

To stay? Fine arts Hotel beacon (2130 Broadway) has 278 studios and suites and has been welcoming guests since 1928.

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