Things To Do MLK Day Weekend Manhattan NYC
Things To Do In Manhattan NYC Over The Martin Luther King Day Weekend
January 20, 2019 / Things To Do Manhattan / Manhattan Buzz NYC.
Weather. The Temperature highs will be around 40 on Friday and Sunday, dipping to the mid 30's on Saturday. The temperature lows will be in the low 30's on Friday and Saturday, dropping to 6 DEGREES on Sunday. There's 3 - 6 inches of either Rain or Snow forecast beginning about 3 / 4 pm Saturday and ending about 2 pm Sunday. Winds will rise all weekend, beginning at 7 mph on Friday, 15 mph Saturday and rising to over 20 mph on Sunday. The Humidity will be around 70% throughout the weekend. Click for Manhattan Weather.
Brief History of Martin Luther King Holiday in NYC
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist Minister who became the leading voice for African Americans' non-violent civil rights movement beginning in the mid 1950's through to his assassination in 1968. In 1983, the third Monday of every year was set aside to honor Martin Luther King for his service to the nation. The third Monday was chosen, as it was the nearest Monday to the anniversary of King's birthday, which was January 15, 1929.
Martin Luther King Holiday Special Events in Manhattan NYC
The Studio Museum of Harlem hosts a variety of cultural and art exhibits and programming related to African American culture. Their site at 144 West 125th Street is closed while a new building is being constructed. They are currently operating out of Studio Museum 127 which is located at 429 West 127th Street in Harlem.
The Museum of the City of New York at 5th Avenue at 104th Street on the UES has some programming / exhibits dedicated to the memory of Martin Luther King in New York on exhibit through the weekend. And the New York Historical Society at 76th Street and Central Park West has a lecture running over the weekend about King and the civil rights movement.
There's also a walking tour beginning at the Schomburg Center for African American Culture at Malcolm X Blvd and 135th Street in Harlem which begins at 11 am or 1 pm on Saturday, Sunday or Monday [see www.bigonion.com for details]. The walk includes sites such as Abyssinian Baptist Church, Striver’s Row [late 19th century housing which successful African American musicians and composers moved into in the early 20th century located at 138th & 139th and Frederick Douglass & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvds] and places where African Americans like author W.E.B. DuBois and civil rights activist Malcolm X were present [history / $25 / $20].
The Manhattan Country School hosts its 31st annual MLK Day March beginning at 10 am until 2 pm. They tell us on their website that the march, "...[begins] at Fredrick Douglass Circle and ends on 85th Street in our gym. Eighth graders in groups of three or four deliver speeches at six symbolic stops, including the historically significant steps of Low Library at Columbia University and inside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine." Fredrick Douglass Circle is at the northwest corner of Central Park and the school is located on 85th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam.
Also the Sugar Hill Childrens' Museum at 155th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, is hosting King related programs through the weekend.
Manhattan Historical Sites & Museums - MLK Weekend Things To Do Manhattan
Manhattan is home to innumerable historic and cultural sites. Some of the most notable historic sites include the the Dykman Farmhouse, the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the American Museum of Natural History, Mount Vernon Hotel, the Museum of the City of New York, the Jewish Museum, the Museo del Barrio, the Africa Center at 1280 5th Avenue at 109th Street, the Morgan Library, the Theodore Roosevelt House, and the Tenement Museum.
Martin Luther King Day Events In Manhattan - Skating & Train Show
Click here to obtain information about things to do Martin Luther King Day Weekend in Manhattan NYC, as well as throughout the month of January. This events calendar is updated monthly with about 100 different Manhattan fun / cultural events.
Skating in Bryant Park at 42nd Street between 5th & 6th Avenues returned the last weekend of October [10/27/18] and will continue into Spring 2019. The rink is open from 8 am - 10 pm and admission is free, but skates, lockers, helmets et al are charged on a per item basis. The Rockefeller Center Skating Rink opened in October and they're open from 8.30 am to 12 midnight daily through the Winter. They charge $32 / $27 / $25 for admission and there's a $12 skating rentalfee.
The 17th Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Station runs through February 24, 2019 at Grand Central Station at Park Avenue and 42nd Street. The train show is located near the northwest corner of the main floor and is open from 8 am - 8 pm weekdays and from 10 am - 6 pm weekends [FREE].
Things To Do MLK Day Weekend In Manhattan NYC
Things To Do In Manhattan Over The Martin Luther King Day Weekend
Art Exhibits In Manhattan NYC - MLK Day Weekend Things To Do
Click here to view some of the in-progress art exhibits in Manhattan this Martin Luther King Day weekend. There are too many museums to showcase in this short space, but here are a few that are clustered along the Upper East and Upper West Sides.
Along the Upper East Side NYC, The Museum of New York, The Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Frick Collection are all located along Fifth Avenue between 70th Street and 96th Street.
Along the Upper West Side there's the New York Historical Society, the American Museum of Natural History and the Planetarium - all of which are located along Central Park West between 75th and 85th Streets.
In Midtown there's the Museum of Modern Art.
In the photo to your right is one of the sculpture galleries in the Frick Museum at 70th Street and Fifth Avenue along Central Park East.
Dance, Theater & Music In Manhattan NYC - Martin Luther King Day Weekend Things To Do
Click here to view the Theatre section of the Manhattan Events Calendar to see what's doing this Martin Luther King Day weekend theater in Manhattan NYC.
Just north of Columbus Circle, Lincoln Center is the home of many wonderful musical and dance performances. At the north end of the Upper West Side is Columbia University which largely operates in its own world, but has many cultural events going and frequently they're also available to the public.
Carnegie Hall is located on 57th Street and home to many classical musical performances. The Theatre District center is at 42nd Street and Broadway, where you can fan out in directions north and then east or west and find many theaters that almost always have a production going.
And further downtown in Midtown south, Chelsea and the Village there are many of themodern musical and theatrical venues. You need only browse along and off of the main streets to find something interesting.
An example of an interesting venue is shown in the photo to your right, where the Neville Dance Theatre Company is performing at the Alvin Ailey Dance Studios in west Midtown NYC.
The Irish Arts Center, a performing arts institution with a focus on Irish culture, is located nearby at 553 West 51st Street.
Martin Luther King Day Weekend Shopping In Manhattan NYC
This is a great weekend to do a bit of shopping. Click here to view our shopping sections of the following neighborhoods: Upper East Side NYC Shopping, Midtown Shopping and coming soon - shopping in the Village NYC & Upper West Side NYC Shopping.
Each of these shopping sections includes, or will include, links to home pages, which have slide shows of merchandise as well as maps, store hours, phone numbers and telephone numbers.
The Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory is generally in town around the time of the Martin Luther King Day Weekend.
In the photo at right is an historical item for sale at the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side in years past.
Dining In Manhattan NYC - Martin Luther King Day Weekend Things To Do
Food in Manhattan has always been good. The variety of restaurant choicesis difficult to match anywhere, and if you look carefully, you can find good food at reasonable prices too.
Click here to view the Manhattan Restaurants NYC section of the site, which includes reviews of the restaurants we've selected to review. As of this writing, we've identified some of our old favorites, but haven't done the deep dive yet.
We also provide an update on the Friday of Martin Luther King Day Weekend with things to do on the front page of this site.
Golfing In Manhattan over the MLK Day Weekend
Manhattan has a golf driving range at Chelsea Pier in the 20's on the west side along the Hudson River.
MLK Day Things To Do Brooklyn / Queens / Staten Island / Bronx
And if you feel the urge to visit another borough, here's a list of:
- Things to do in the Bronx MLK / Martin Luther King Day Weekend
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- Things to do in Queens MLK / Martin Luther King Day Weekend
- Things to do on Staten Island MLK / Martin Luther King Day Weekend
- Things to do in Manhattan MLK / Martin Luther King Day Weekend
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