New York City is the birthplace of major college basketball—the site of its first “big game” in Notre Dame vs. NYU, which was the second half of a 1934 doubleheader; its first major tournament, the NIT, which debuted in 1938; and the first NCAA Tournament in 1939.
The NCAA Tournament is back at its birthplace, Madison Square Garden, for this year’s East Regional semifinals and final. Meanwhile, the Atlantic Coast Conference will hold its tournament at Barclays Center for the first time. For more on these and other college basketball postseason highlights, read on.
Broadway The Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous creation, based on a popular French novel, is the longest-running musical on Broadway. Night after night, audiences are moved and awed by this ghost story with a heart, a darker version of Beauty and the Beast, in which a deformed musical genius gives voice lessons to a struggling singer, falls in love and attempts to force her to return his feelings. The passionate music, suspenseful plot twists and spooky ambiance of the show leave a lasting impression.
This quintessential Broadway experience features show-stopping tunes, slinky dancing and a story that revolves around murder, heartache, betrayal, revenge, friendship, fame and all that jazz. You won’t be disappointed by this Tony Award-winning show, which spawned the hit movie.
Broadway The Lion King
More than 90 million people around the world have come to discover the thrill, the majesty, the truly one-of-a-kind musical that is The Lion King. And there's no better place to experience this landmark entertainment event than in the city where it all began. Visit the Minskoff Theatre, in the heart of Times Square, and discover the pride of New York.
Tours Sex and the City Tavern Tour
Missing Carrie & Co? Now that the long-awaited film has debuted, put on those Manolo Blahniks and come with a thirst for Cosmopolitans and nostalgia for the show. Trace their footsteps on a tour of sites associated with the program, with stops at several of their frequented bars. $15 For times, dates and reservations: 212-465-3331
Performing Arts BAMcafé Live
BAMcafé Live features a diverse mix of free live music and performance in BAM's Lepercq Space, a lounge and bar space in the Peter Jay Sharp Building. Recent series include the on-going residency with Black Rock Coalition (BRC). This year you can find some of the best artists from Brooklyn and beyond performing on the BAMcafé Live stage every Friday and Saturday night from October through June. The bar is open for drinks and light menu items beginning at 8pm. There is no cover charge and no drink minimum.
Arts & Culture Story Museum
Join this special story and activity time at Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island's living history museum. Toddlers and kids up to age 5 are invited to the hour-long Story Museum, which takes place every Thursday morning. Please call 718-351-1611 ext. 280 to reserve a spot. For more information, visit http://historicrichmondtown.org/visit/events/event-info
Museums & Galleries New American Wing Galleries
Twenty-five new and expanded galleries provide visitors with a rich history of American art from the eighteenth through the early twentieth century. The museum's collection of American paintings are displayed together for the first time including works by John Singleton Copley, Thomas Eakins and Winslow Homer. The centerpiece of the new installation is Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze's 1851 painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware".
Tours Grand Central Terminal Audio Tour
MTA Metro-North Railroad and Orpheo USA offer this self-guided tour of Grand Central Terminal. Visitors and locals alike can take advantage of the tour—which comes with an audio device, headphones and a map of the terminal—and learn about the structure's architectural highlights and history. Audio is available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Japanese; the MTA will soon introduce an audio-description tour for the visually impaired.