While you're in New York, hopefully you'll have time to enjoy some of the amazing things this city has to offer--it is a holiday weekend, after all! Some of Natalie and Jessie's favorites, in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, are below.
While we offer some subway travel directions, there are always more possibilities than we have room to list. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
(212) 360-3000; call 311 from New York
Booklyn side: either Tillary/Adams Streets or a staircase on Prospect St between Cadman Plaza East and West; Manhattan side: Centre Street at Park Row
New York and Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United States, stretches 5,989 feet over the East River connecting the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Upon completion, it was the largest suspension bridge in the world and the first steel-wire suspension bridge. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.
The pedestrian walkway is actually suspended above the level that carries automobile traffic, and is perfect for a stroll with gorgeous views of both the Manhattan and Brooklyn skylines, the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges, and Governor's Island. And it's free! Natalie and Jessie walk across the bridge at least once each year, and recommend starting from the Brooklyn side.
To access the Manhattan entrance by subway, take the 4, 5, or 6 trains to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall, or the J, M, or Z trains to Chambers St. To access the Brooklyn entrance by subway, take the A or C trains to High St.
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238
The Brooklyn Museum's permanent collections include notable objects of ancient Egyptian art, ancient Middle Eastern material, European paintings and sculpture, American paintings, representative drawings, prints, and photographs, contemporary art, decorative arts, wide-ranging Asian works, Islamic art, indigenous arts of North, Central, and South America, objects from the Pacific Islands, and African art. The Museum also houses the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and the Luce Center for American Art.
Admission is by suggested contribution: $8 for adults and $4 for seniors and students.
On the subway, take the 2 or 3 trains to Eastern Parkway.
3 West 18th St.
New York, NY (212) 366-1414
During the month of February, local favorite City Bakery hosts their annual Hot Chocolate Festival. They offer a unique and distinctive flavor of rich and creamy hot chocolate every day--anything from Beer to Tropical, Chili Pepper to "Love Potion."
This is closest to the Union Square Subway stop, which serves the 4, 5, 6, L, N, R, Q, and W trains. It's also close to the 14th St. stop on the A, C, and F lines.
386 Flatbush Avenue Ext. @ DeKalb Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Brooklyn’s landmark diner opened in 1950, and was restored after nearly being destroyed by a fire in 1981. Still a family-run business, they're famous for their cheesecake--a dense, giant slice of creamy goodness.
Junior's is easily accessible by subway--just take the B, M, Q, or R to DeKalb Ave.; the 2, 3, 4, or 5 to Nevins St.; or the A, C, or F to Jay St.-Borough Hall.
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019
The Museum of Modern Art is the preeminent museum for modern art in the nation, and one of the leading institutions worldwide. Their permanent collection has grown from just eight prints and a drawing to 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. MoMA also owns some 22,000 films, videos, and media works, as well as film stills, scripts, posters and historical documents. Their collection includes works by such luminaries as Cezanne, Dali, Matisse, Mondrian, Monet, Picasso, Pollack, van Gogh, and Warhol--not to mention the happy couple's favorites, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Elizabeth Peyton, and Cindy Sherman.
If you visit, be sure to check out the sculpture garden, and perhaps stop by The Modern, the Danny Meyer restaurant next door. It's the only spot in the city to serve the couple's favorite cocktail, Coming Up Roses.
Over the wedding weekend, there will be special exhibits of work by Sol LeWitt and Jasper Johns. Admission is $20 for adults, $16 for seniors, $12 for students, and free for children 16 and under. On Friday evenings from 4-8 PM, admission is complimentary.
To get to MoMA by subway, take either the E or V to Fifth Avenue/53 Street, or the B, D, or F to 47-50 Streets/Rockefeller Center.