Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide (12/31) + Museum SpecialExhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue 

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, DEC. 31, 2013

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
♦ “Notable NYC Events-Dec.”, (because the holiday season kicks into high gear in December)
and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦  For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace, featuring Grammy Winner Judy Collins
Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature event, gathering old friends and new for over a quarter of a century. The music, the candles, and the spirit of peace send audiences out into the chill January night feeling connected, uplifted, and ready to communicate and uphold that spirit.
With: Cathedral Choir and Orchestra
Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, Handel’s Organ Concerto in F and selections from Franz Joseph Haydn’s oratorio “The Creation.”
Harry Smith, host
Judy Collins, guest artist
Jamet Pittman, soprano
John Michael Moore, baritone
Raymond Nagem, organ
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, at 112th ST.
At 7 p.m. / a limited number of seats are free and available on a first come first served basis; ticketed seats start at $30.

New Year’s Eve performance Luminocity
Come join the Big Apple Circus for a festive, one-of-a-kind New Year’s Eve event!  The Big Top at Lincoln Center will be filled with music, magic and memories to last a lifetime.  First, enjoy a performance of the Big Apple Circus’s 36th season show, the all–new LUMINOCITY.

Afterwards, guests are invited into the ring to count down to the year 2013, led by our Ringmaster, John Kennedy Kane. At midnight, welcome in the New Year with a champagne or sparkling cider toast, and join our cast of circus performers in the ring for dancing and merriment with live music provided by Rob Slowik and the Big Apple Circus Band.  Special New Year’s Eve goody bags will also be provided. All ages.
Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park.
at 9:30pm. $45-$175.

New York Road Runners Midnight Run
“Warm up for this four-mile run with dancing and a costume parade before setting off at the stroke of midnight under a blanket of fireworks. The celebratory race begins on the 72nd Street Transverse, swings past Cat Hill toward the reservoir, gives its participants a complimentary glass of sparkling cider on the 102nd Street Transverse, and finishes after a series of hills heading south along West Drive. Pre-race and post-race festivities are scheduled at the Central Park Bandshell from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Runners can register at New York Road Runners (9 East 89th Street) today from 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.” (NYT)
Central Park, 70th Street at Mineral Springs
Central Park, Bandshell, South of the 72nd Street Transverse
registration fees range from $25 to $65.

For you other fit folks who prefer biking:
New Year’s Eve Party Ride
“Grassroots environmental organization Time’s Up organizes this under-the-stars bike ride, which begins in Washington Square Park (and a few satellite locations) and ends at Central Park’s Belvedere Castle at 11:45pm. Participants are encouraged to wear festive outfits and bring treats for the outdoor after-party.” (TONY mag)
Washington Square Park, W 4th St / Waverly Pl, (btw MacDougal St. / University Pl) / 212-802-8222

NYE – only in NYC
Oh Yes. There is one more thing happening here on Manhattan’s WestSide on New Year’s Eve. Something involving a crystal ball, this year being dropped by local Bronx girl, Sonia Sotomayor of the Supremes.

Below the geodesic sphere, 12 feet across, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore, Blondie and many others will perform. A spectacular Chinese cultural performance featuring Kung Fu and a colorful fan dance will kick off the festivities at 6 p.m. If you want to attend, get to Times Square before the streets close in the afternoon. Or file in at these access points. Or join the billion people who will watch it on television (ABC, locally).

Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates, and times, as schedules are subject to change. ==========================================================================================

What’s on View:
Special Exhibitions @ 3 Museum Mile / Fifth Ave. Museums:

“Julia Margaret Cameron” (through Jan. 5, 2014)
“Medieval Treasures From Hildesheim” (through Jan. 5, 2014)
“Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800″ (through Jan. 5, 2014)
‘Balthus: Cats and Girls — Paintings and Provocations’ (through Jan. 12, 2014)
“Brush Writing in the Arts of Japan” (through Jan. 12, 2014)
“Venetian Glass by Carlo Scarpa, The Venini Co., 1932–1947” (through March 2, 2014)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, at 82nd St.
(212) 535-7710 /


‘Robert Motherwell: Early Collages’ (through Jan. 5, 2014)
‘Christopher Wool’ (through Jan. 22, 2014)
“Kandinsky in Paris, 1934–1944“ (through Apr. 23, 2014)

Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th St.
(212) 423-3500 /

‘Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Painting From the Mauritshuis’ (through Jan. 19, 2014)
Frick Collection, 1 East 70th St., at Fifth Ave.
admission is by timed tickets.
288-0700 /

========================================================== Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Ten museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:

• 110th Street – Museum for African Art

• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio

• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York

• 92nd Street – The Jewish Museum

• 91st Street –  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

• 89th Street – National Academy Museum

• 88th Street – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

• 86th Street – Neue Galerie New York

• 83rd Street – Goethe-Institut

Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
• 82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Additionally, though technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 70th St. and the The Morgan Library & Museum on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave. Now plan your own museum crawl. ==========================================================

What’s on View: Top Photography Exhibitions
(NYCity / Manhattan’s WestSide)   

Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53rd Street / 212-708-9400
XL: 19NewAcquisitions in Photography (last day)
Walker Evans: American Photographs (through Jan. 26, 2014) 

Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street) / 212-535-7710
Julia Margaret Cameron (through Jan. 5, 2014)
Everyday Ephiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969  (through Jan. 26, 2014)

ICP 1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street / 212-857-0000
Lewis Hine
The Future of America: Lewis Hine’s New Deal Photographs
JFK November 22, 1963: A Bystander’s View of History
Zoe Strauss: 10 Years
All these exhibitions run from Oct 4, 2013–Jan 19, 2014

American Museum Natural History 
79th St. And Central Park West / (212) 313-7278
Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies (through May 31, 2014)


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar: “NYCity Events: Manhattan’s WestSide” dated 12/29 and 12/27.
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