Things To Do Presidents Day Weekend Manhattan NYC
UPDATED FOR COVID 2021 - Things To Do In Manhattan NYC Over The Presidents Day Weekend
Updated February 10, 2021 from 2/9/21 / Things To Do Manhattan / Manhattan Buzz NYC.
Presidents Day Weekend Weather. The Temperature highs will be around 30 throughout the three day weekend beginning on Friday, dropping to the high teens nightly, except on Saturday when the low temperature will also be around 30. Precipitation - There's an 80% chance of about two inches of snow late Saturday / early Sunday morning as of this post. Winds will be relatively stable hovering around the 10 mph range throughout the long weekend. The Humidity will range between 60% - 75% throughout the weekend. Click for Manhattan Weather.
The photo at right is a statue of Abraham Lincoln in Union Square Park in Manhattan. Lincoln struggled to keep the United States together, while striving to rid it of the immoral and inhumane enslavement of African Americans.
Presidents Day is a time to reflect on the performance of our current presidents and legislators, and how they stack up against their historical peers. And in that reflection it's worth asking ourselves what we've done to contribute or detract from the national conversation.
A Few Valentines Day / Presidents Day News Items - Indoor Dining Resumes, Folks with Co-Morbidities become Vaccine Eligible, Vaccine Production & 2nd Trump Impeachment Trial Begins Today
Governor Cuomo announced that indoor dining in NYC resumes on Friday, February 2, 2021 at 25% capacity. NYS positivity rate is about 4%, while the NYC positivity rate is about 8% - but both have been declining since the Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year surge began in late November / early December of 2020.
This past weekend, Governor Cuomo announced that folks with CoVid comorbidities will be eligible to receive vaccinations effective Monday, February 15, 2021. According to the Governor's website, the CoVid co-morbidities [say that fast five times] include the following:
"... Cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, Pulmonary Disease, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Heart Conditions, Immunocompromised State, Severe Obesity, Pregnancy, Sickle Cell Disease or Thalassemia, Type 1 or 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Cerebrovascular Disease, Neurologic Conditions and Liver Disease Will Be Eligible ..."
Vaccine production for the U.S. is nearing the 1.5 million doses daily required to meet Biden’s upwardly mobile 100 million vaccinations in the Biden Administration's first 100 days. As of this writing about 10% of all New Yorkers as well as 10% of all Americans have received at least one CoVid vaccination dose.
Trump's Failed Capitol Riot of 2021 Seems Not Unlike Hitler's Failed Beer Hall Putsch of 1923
The second Trump impeachment trial began today, Tuesday, February 9th, 2021. Generally I find the rushing of the trial to be an insult to the American people, and the U.S. Constitution philosophies of due process and rule of law. The government officials prosecuting and managing the trial should take all the time required to educate the American people about who Donald Trump really is - not who he says he is.
They need to use the Impeachment Trial to highlight how Trump has significantly battered our democratic processes, undermined Americans' faith in our democratic institutions, personalized the power of the presidency, breached the rule of law, and appears to have colluded with the Russians to undermine our government over the past five years. Oh, yeah, and it all culminated in that lame Capitol Riot Insurrection which was not unlike and had striking similarities to Hitlers' lame / failed Beer Hall Putsch in Germany in 1923.
Ten years later Hitler rose to power as the Nazi Party leader and proceeded, like Trump did during his presidency, to usurp and personalize the power of the state thanks in part to the Goebbels / Murdoch/propaganda machines which misled the citizenry in each nation about who these two leaders were, and also victimized minorities in both nations. In the Beer Hall Putsch, 16 Nazis and four policemen died. In the Capitol Riot four Trumpsters and one policeman died.
Hitler was found guilty of treason following the Beer Hall Putsch, but still rose to power. Will the Senate take the precaution of sanctioning the Donald, or continue to enable the dysfunctional democracy damager - possibly destroyer?
Brief History of Presidents Day Holiday in NYC
A day commemorating Lincoln's birthday was first passed in Buffalo, New York in the early 1870's. Presidents Day originated as Washington's Birthday which was a holiday narrowly prescribed for federal government offices in Washington, D.C. in 1879. The holiday was dedicated to honoring the memory of the first American president, George Washington who was born on February 22, 1732.
In 1885 the holiday was expanded to include all federal government offices around the nation. In 1951 there was a push to create a Presidents Day holiday [vs a George Washington's birthday holiday] to include President Lincoln whose birthday is February 12, 1809 and was also celebrated by localities, but it didn't pass.
In 1971 the holiday was moved off of George Washington's birth date to being the third Monday in February. Thus while it never falls upon Washington's birthday 2/22, the official name of the holiday remains Washington's Birthday. But today, most folks refer to it as Presidents Day and to recognize the presidents who honored the U.S. Constitution and served the interests of the people.
Click here for things to do Presidents Day Weekend in Manhattan. We've updated things to reflect current conditions related to the CoVid pandemic.
Things To Do Presidents Day Weekend Manhattan NYC
UPDATED FOR COVID 2021 - Things To Do In Manhattan NYC Over The Presidents Day Weekend
Updated February 10, 2021 from 2/9/21 / Things To Do Manhattan / Manhattan Buzz NYC. Continued.
Presidents Day Holiday Special Events in Manhattan NYC
The following are several specially scheduled Presidents Day events in Manhattan over the long weekend from 2019. Visit our front page on Friday for an update of special Presidents Day Weekend events in Manhattan.
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Presidents Day Events In Manhattan - Skating & Train Show
Click here to obtain information about things to do Presidents Day Weekend in Manhattan NYC, as well as throughout the month of February. This events calendar is updated monthly with about 100 different Manhattan fun / cultural events.
COVID. Be advised that the calendar is not updated for CoVid.
Skating in Bryant Park at 42nd Street between 5th & 6th Avenues returned the last weekend of October and generally continues into late Winter or early Spring. 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.
COVID. CoVid guidelines remain in effect, but generally the rink is operating somewhat normally, but at lower capacity and with rsvp's being somewhere between required and wise.
Normally the Rockefeller Center Skating Rink opens in October between the hours of 8.30 am to 12 midnight daily through the Winter into Spring. They charge $32 / $27 / $25 for admission and there's a $12 skating rental fee.
COVID. They have already closed the rink for the season.
Normally the Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Station runs through Presidents Day Weekend 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].
COVID. The holiday train show went virtual this year and you may still view it online. To view it see - https://www.nytransitmuseum.org/holidaysathome/
Art Exhibits In Manhattan NYC - Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do
Generally you could click here to view some of the in-progress art exhibits in Manhattan this Presidents 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.
COVID. The Metropolitan Museum will be open through the Presidents Day weekend from 10 am - 5 pm as they are daily - except Tuesdays. The Guggenheim Museum will also be open from 11 am - 6 pm as they are Thursday through Monday weekly. The Museum of New York remains closed for live visits at least through to mid March. In the meantime they offer a series of online events.
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.
COVID. The Frick is moving to the Breuer Building which once housed the Whitney Museum, while the old mansion at 1 East 70th Street is being redone. The museum will reopen on March 18th and the new address is East 75th Street and Madison Avenue.
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.
COVID. All of the Upper East Side museums mentioned above will be open through the Presidents Day weekend.
In Midtown there's the Museum of Modern Art.
COVID. MoMA is open daily from 10.30 am - 5.30 pm. You must rsvp for a time slot at - https://www.moma.org/
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 Presidents 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.
COVID. While Lincoln Center concert halls remain closed, the plaza and adjacent park generally remain open with CoVid guidelines in effect. They continue to offer programming via online platforms, but cancelled their Spring 2021 programming. Opera Wire tells us,
"...Lincoln Center has canceled ... the remainder of the events in the 2020-21 Great Performers series and 2020-21 David Rubenstein Atrium Season, as well as the annual American Songbook series..."
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.
COVID. Carnegie Hall remains closed to live performances, while continuing to offer online programs. Their first live event in 2021 appears to be on April 8th.
An example of an interesting venue is shown are the Alvin Ailey Dance Studios in west Midtown NYC. The photo at right shows a dance performance by Neville Dance Theater at the studio in 2014.
The Irish Arts Center, a performing arts institution with a focus on Irish culture, is located nearby at 553 West 51st Street.
COVID. The Irish Arts Center is temporarily closed for live performance, but is doing a considerable amount of online programming. For details see - https://irishartscenter.org/
And further downtown in Midtown south, Chelsea and the Village there are many modern musical and theatrical venues. You need only browse along and off of the main streets to find something interesting.
Presidents Day Weekend Shopping In Manhattan NYC
This is a great weekend to do a bit of shopping. Click here to view ourshopping 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.
Sometimes there's an art related Show at the Park Avenue Armory over the Presidents Day Weekend.
COVID. The Park Avenue Armory won't be hosting any art show this year, likely due in part to the CoVid pandemic. They do anticipate reopening in the forseeable future with a dance performance choreographed by Bill T. Jones and collaboration with the Arnie Zane Company. For details see - https://www.armoryonpark.org/
The photo at right shows a couple of mannequins in one of the bricks and mortar retail outlets in Manhattan. Shopping can still be fun in Manhattan.
Dining In Manhattan NYC - Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do
Manhattan Restaurants for Valentines Day. We recommend you check out our suggestions for dining on Valentines Day at restaurants in Manhattan. This has been updated to reflect individual Manhattan restaurant changes due to the CoVid pandemic, except we've not yet updated the Governor's guidance for a Valentines Day reopening for indoor dining, to the revised guidance allowing Manhattan restaurants to reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity on Friday, February 12, 2021.
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 generally provide an update on Friday of Presidents Day Weekend with things to do on the front page of this site.
The photo at right was taken at a downtown Manhattan restaurant in the Seaport district.
Golfing In Manhattan over the Presidents Day Weekend
Manhattan has a golf driving range at Chelsea Pier in the 20's on the west side along the Hudson River.
Manhattan Historical Sites & Museums - Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do Manhattan
NOT 2021 EVENT - Special Event - Fraunces Tavern at 54 Pearl Street in downtown Manhattan is hosting a museum open house from Saturday, February 16th beginning at 11 am to Monday, February 18th at 5 pm [note the museum opens and closes at those times each day]. Fraunces Tavern was here during Revolutionary War times and is where George Washington gave his Farewell Address to his men following the end of the war. Admission will be $1 during this time [history / www.frauncestavernmuseum.org]. Fraunces Tavern is also an active bar and restaurant.
The photo at right shows Fraunces Tavern in Downtown Manhattan.
NOT 2021 EVENT - Special Event - The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum at 421 East 61st Street on the Upper East Side is hosting its annual Washington Birthday Ball from 1 pm to 3 pm. Washington was said to be a good dancer [history / $15 / $10 for kids under 12].
NOT 2021 EVENT - Special Event - The NY Historical Society at 170 Central Park West at 77th Street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is hosting a Presidents Day event entitled Cocoa with the Founders from 1 - 4 pm. Cocoa was said to be as important a drink as coffee and tea back in colonial times, and the NY Historical Society will be visited by actors playing George & Martha Washington and Benjamin Franklin to bring you up to speed [free w/ admission which is $21 down to $6 and kids under 4 are free].
NOT 2021 EVENT - Special Event - The Museum of the City of New York at 5th Avenue at 104th Street on the UES has some programming / exhibits dedicated to the celebration of Presidents Day 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 the Presidents. Both UNCONFIRMED.
THESE NEED UPDATING ADDRESSES & WS.
Manhattan is home to innumerable historic and cultural sites. Some of the most notable historic sites include the the Dykman Farmhouse, in Washington Heights.
The Morris-Jumel Mansion also in Washington Heights.
The American Museum of Natural History along Central Park West on the Upper West Side.
The Mount Vernon Hotel in East Midtown / the Upper East Side.
The Museum of the City of New York, the Jewish Museum, the Museo del Barrio and the Metropolitan Museum - all along 5th Avenue on the Upper East Side between 80th Street and 110th Street.
The Africa Center at 1280 5th Avenue at 109th Street on the Upper East Side.
The Morgan Library, the Theodore Roosevelt House in Midtown.
And the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side, just south of the East Village and west of SoHo.
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