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1- Walk the Highline - the Highline is a repurposed railway turned linear park that runs for almost 1.5 miles above ground. You can just walk and appreciate the gardens, but there are also all kinds of fun things happening on it, too - art, performances, tours, storytelling, stargazing. Check the Highline website to see if any will fit your schedule.
The Highline runs from Gansevoort Street to 34th Street, some of the access points have elevators and are wheelchair accessible. And here's a bonus - the new Whitney Museum of American Art has just moved to 99 Gavsevoort Street, right by the Highline.
2- Visit the NYPL on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. This the is research library, but there are interesting exhibits and there are free one hour tours at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. And you can drop by the the Children's Center and have a lovely visit with the real Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends.
3- Ride the Cyclone - you can easily take a subway ride to Coney Island for this. The Cyclone isn't the world's biggest roller coaster, but it is an old wooden coaster, so you feel every bump and jiggle and it continues to be voted among the best.
Go for a ride on the Cyclone, stay for a real Nathan's Hot Dog just down the street on Surf Avenue.
4- Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit - head down to Greenwich Village for this unusual art show May 30th and May 31st if you are still in NYC. Begun in 1931 by Jackson Pollack and Willem DeKooning who set up some of their painting to sell on the sidewalk when they were desperately in need of money. They were soon joined by other artists needing money and it jsut grew from there. My dad used to exhibit some of his painting there when we were kids, so I have a soft spot for this particular art show.
5- Shakespeare in the Park - You'll have to get up really early to snag 2 free ticket per person for this year's production of The Tempest beginning May 27th, but it's worth it. This production stars Sam Waterston and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, among others. If you decide to do this, get to the line about 6-7 AM, tickets are given out around noon, first come, first served. There are bathrooms, and food, but bring your own food it you can, and something to sit on. And your linemates are usually pretty friendly, or you can read a new gotten book from BEA, either way, it itmakes the time go faster.
6- See a Mets Game - the Mets are playing home games during this year's BEA and you can get inexpensive tickets HERE, then take a subway out to Citi Field. Friday nights are free t-shirt night for everyone in attendance, and Saturday, May 30th, it's free beach towel day to the first 15,000 people.
7- See a Broadway show - drop by the TKTS booth in Times Square to see what up on the boards - you might just snap some cheap tickets to a great show, same day tickets are usually 50% off.
8- Visit the Strand Book Store - I know, you're here for Book Expo, but you might want to go visit this iconic book store even if it is only to walk among the miles of books you will find there. You might also want to check their calendar of events to see if there is anything of interest while you are here.
9- Do check out the Food Trucks - you will find food trucks almost anywhere in NYC, probably outside the Javits Center now, or you can download a mobile app called NYCFoodTruck to help you find what you want and where they are. Food Trucks are different from sidewalk vendors, which are also good, but the trucks tend to have more upscale food and there is a great variety to choose from.
10- Visit the Bronx Botanical Garden - you can take a subway there or get a MetroNorth train at Grand Central. The Botanical Garden is beautiful in the summer and they have a wonderful Frdia Kahlo exhibition at the moment. During the warm weather, every Saturday, you can enjoy a Frida Al Fresco Evening, a evening of art, gardens, music, performance art and the price of admission, $25.00, includes a complimentary Modelo Especial draft cerveza or Jose Cuervo Tradicional margarita.
So grab a subway map, buy a Metro Card and have some NYC fun while you are at 2015 BEA!