Museum Love in the Upper West Side

One of the great things about living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is the close proximity to all the fantastic museums! If you’re looking for some great exhibits to check out, now is the perfect time to do so. While most people flock to 5th Ave and 34th Street this time of year, it leaves the Upper West Side museums perfectly empty for locals.

 Starting with the American Museum of Natural History, science lovers will enjoy “Countdown to Zero”, which will be quite the departure from the normal atmosphere of merry Manhattan this time of year. This exhibit examines international efforts to control and wipe out infection. Also check out their exhibit, “Secret World Inside You,” for a look at the role bacteria plays on our health. For our Grinches and Ebenezer Scrooge’s out there…this might make a fun afternoon this December. =)

 On a more whimsical note, check out the New York Historical Society’s “Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection.” Shown through February 28th, see the toys of the past in a mountainous landscape for trains and scene-setting trinkets. This display incorporates theatrical lighting and soundscapes bound to dazzle. It is viewable at 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street. And if that’s not enough to get you in touch with your inner child, their “Superheroes in Gotham” exhibit should do the trick. Since their introduction in the late 1930s, superheroes have been powerful role models, inspirational and enviable. “Superheroes in Gotham” tells the story of the birth of comic book superheroes in New York City, becoming a cultural staple for all ages and the media.

Seasonal Drinks Around Manhattan

Drink and be merry this winter with the city’s most inventive seasonal cocktails! From classic holiday mixes to elaborate spiced brews, these three drinks are sure to get you in the holiday spirit after long days of navigating Manhattan’s busy streets during the holiday season. Head to one of these spots with neighbors or friends for an adult-treat this December.

The Ribbon, styled in 1920’s décor, is an upscale restaurant/bar started by Eric and Bruce Bromberg on the Upper-West-Side, The Ribbon offers authentic fine dining as well as an amazing array of specialty cocktails. Try their “West Side Stormy,” mixed with El Dorado rum 8yr, house made ginger beer, cucumber and lime juice. A refreshing choice after a long day of holiday shopping.

Delicatessen, the epitome of SoHo dining, is a homey neighborhood bar that serves high-end comfort food, and artful cocktails with a friendly vibe. The drink of choice is the “Prince Street Cider,” with Montecristo Rum, apple cider, Domaine Canton and simple syrup with a cinnamon and lemon garnish. This is the ultimate fall/winter drink and it’s wonderful!

With a distinct and contemporary twist, SixtyFive is a sophisticated lounge at the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. With stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, it’s a classic New York spot. Try “Town Car,” – Calvados du Pays d’Auge, lemon juice and cinnamon syrup. An adaptation on the original Side Car, this seasonal drink tastes like a warm apple pie, making it a perfect ending to your holiday meal.