Escape the Heat at Hayden Planetarium

Although everyone enjoys the sun of summer, lately, as The Sagamore residents are well aware, the temperatures have been climbing to new heights around NYC.

However, there are plenty of air conditioning-friendly activities that you can do on the weekends, all without whipping out your sunglasses and sunscreen.

The Hayden Planetarium, located inside the American Museum of Natural History at 200 Central Park West, currently has tons of public programs planned to give you a bit of the sun – without the heat.

Astronomy Live – Things That Go Bang in the Universe will be held on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. for $15 per person. The show, hosted by Jackie Faherty and Mark Popinchalk, will present the amazing number of exotic, energetic objects that collide and explode with surprising frequency in the universe.

Astronomy Live: Countdown to Totality will be held on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. for $15 per person. Host Joe Rao will give attendants all the details of the first complete solar eclipse for the lower 48 states since 1979 which will occur on Aug. 17, 2017 and will share a sneak preview of what it will look like using the Hayden Planetarium’s Zeiss IX Star Projector.

Sampling an Asteroid: NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex Mission will be held on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. for $15 per person. A special Hayden event, Carter Emmart will show how OSIRIS-Rex, which will retrieve a sample of an asteroid and return it to Earth this September after being launched by NASA, will help scientists shed light on how our solar system formed and how life on Earth began.

Museums in the Upper West Side

Museums are a great advantage to living in New York City. Now that the snowy and cold weather will be settling in, it can make it more difficult to find fun activities to get involved with during the winter months. Lucky for our residents at The Sagamore, one of the many great perks the Upper West Side has to offer includes several museums right in our neighborhood that you can stop by and visit to help keep busy. Even if you have visited in the past, rotating exhibitions and special shows make it worth your while to stop in for another look.

The American Museum of Natural History is located on 81st Street and Central Park West. Only a subway ride away or short walk downtown, this museum has plenty to offer as it takes up the entire block! Besides their famous dinosaur floor and other permanent animal displays, they offer special exhibitions throughout the year. Currently you can find shows such as Countdown to Zero, The Secret World Inside You and the Butterfly Conservatory. AMNH also just unveiled their Titanosaur, which stands at 122 feet long and 19 feet tall.

The New-York Historical Society is just a few blocks further down on 77th Street and Central Park West. This museum offers a wide variety of exhibitions that are always changing. Right now you can find Superheoroes in Gotham featuring the third original Batmobile, Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York, Picasso’s “Le Tricorne” and Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection.

Here is a list of some other great museums close by to The Sagamore. Make sure to take a look at their websites for all opening hours and any special events that are taking place.

Upper West Side Museums