Unlocking NYC – 19 Insider Tips for Planning Your Visit for the APA Meeting: Guest Blog

Unlocking NYC – 19 Insider Tips for Planning Your Visit for the APA Meeting: Guest Blog

PRMS is pleased to feature Meagan O’Toole, JD, CAE, Executive Director of the New York County Psychiatric Society (NYCPS), along with members of the NYCPS Executive Council, as guest bloggers this month to highlight all that New York City has to offer, including unique gems ranging from museums to restaurants.

Things To Do In New York City

“Welcome to New York, it’s been waiting for you,” and so have your colleagues at the New York County Psychiatric Society! We can’t wait to have psychiatrists from across the country and around the globe visit our city in early May for the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting. While schedules quickly fill with sessions, meetings, and receptions, we hope you’ll take some time to explore the history, culture, and cuisines that New York City offers. But how to decide where to head on your time off when there are so many great options? Our members shared a few of their favorite places so you can savor every moment of your time in the Big Apple.

For history buffs and art lovers, our members suggested a wide array of museums, from staples like The Met and Natural History Museum (have you even been to NYC if you don’t have a picture with the Blue Whale?) to local favorites like The Tenement Museum and The Frick Collection. Everyone has heard of Central Park, but we’ve also got some other suggestions for nature breaks, like Brooklyn Bridge Park and Little Island. For entertainment, nothing beats Broadway, except maybe a performance at the Metropolitan Opera or the New York City Ballet, which are both in season! And finally, while it might take you more than 20 years to eat at every NYC restaurant, we’re here to help you narrow down your list with a few of our favorites!

We think Dr. Jacob Appel said it best: "New York is all about neighborhoods. Explore the city – eat Egyptian food in Astoria, Lebanese food on Atlantic Avenue, West African food on 116th Street in Harlem, Bengali food in Jackson Heights. The further you travel from the tourist traps of Midtown and Times Square, the more fun and excitement you'll have." As you embark on your journey through New York City, remember that the city can offer an unforgettable adventure at every turn, and your NYCPS colleagues are here to help you make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps!

Art and History Museums in New York City

Whitney Museum of American Art (recommended by Dr. Jose Vito): Dive into the world of contemporary art at the Whitney Museum, home to an impressive collection of American art from the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Tenement Museum (recommended by Dr. Danielle Kushner): Step back in time with a visit to the Tenement Museum, where you'll explore the lives of immigrants who once called New York City home.

MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) (recommended by Dr. Marissa Goldberg): Immerse yourself in the world of modern and contemporary art at MoMA, home to an unparalleled collection of masterpieces by renowned artists such as Picasso, Van Gogh, and Pollock.

American Museum of Natural History (recommended by Dr. Becky Capasso): Embark on a voyage of discovery at the American Museum of Natural History, where you'll encounter awe-inspiring exhibits showcasing the wonders of the natural world.

Museum of Sex (recommended by Dr. Alan T. Rodriguez Penney): Explore the intersection of sexuality and culture at the Museum of Sex, where provocative exhibits and thought-provoking installations challenge societal norms and celebrate the diversity of human desire.

The Frick Collection (recommended by Dr. Adjoa Smalls-Mantey): Step into the gilded age of art and culture at The Frick Collection, housed in the former residence of industrialist Henry Clay Frick.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (recommended by Dr. Vicente Liz): Delve into the world of art and culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world's largest and most prestigious art museums.

Outdoor Activities in New York City

Brooklyn Bridge Park (Dr. Kushner): Experience breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and the iconic Brooklyn Bridge while strolling along the waterfront, picnicking in the lush greenery, or taking a spin on Jane's Carousel.

Little Island (Dr. Rodriguez Penney): Discover a whimsical oasis on the Hudson River, where vibrant gardens, winding pathways, and stunning views come together to create a magical escape from the city.

The High Line (Dr. Vito): Explore the unique elevated park, spanning Manhattan's West Side along a former railway line while wandering through greenery, enjoying public art, and taking in panoramic views.

Entertainment in New York City

Metropolitan Opera (Dr. Liz): Enjoy the timeless beauty of opera and an unforgettable evening of music and drama in one of the city’s most iconic venues.

Broadway (Dr. Vito recommends the show, &Juliet): Take in a dazzling theatrical performance: from classic musicals to modern productions, there is something for everyone.

New York City Ballet (Meagan O’Toole): Get caught up in the magic of ballet with this world-renowned company known for its exquisite dancers and breathtaking choreography.

Places to Eat in New York City

Becco Italian Restaurant (Dr. Vito): Nestled in the heart of Manhattan's Theater District, Becco is a beloved culinary gem known for its mouthwatering Italian fare.

Dead Rabbit (Dr. Kushner): For those seeking a taste of history along with their cocktails, this iconic bar pays homage to the city's rich past while serving up inventive libations.

Greywind (Dr. Goldberg): Tucked away in a cozy corner of the city, Greywind offers a menu inspired by seasonal ingredients and global flavors.

The Modern at the MOMA (Dr. Liz): Combining art and gastronomy, The Modern invites guests to savor contemporary American cuisine amidst the stunning backdrop of the MoMA.

Thai Diner (Dr. Rodriguez Penney): For a taste of Thailand in the heart of NYC, look no further than this modern eatery reimaging classic dishes with a creative twist.

Clay (Dr. Smalls-Mantey): A hidden gem in Harlem, Clay combines rustic charm with modern elegance and a seasonal menu that highlights locally sourced ingredients.

Maman (PRMS Team): “Maman” means “mother” in French and this cafe offers the feeling of sitting in your mother's kitchen. Maman serves coffee, baked goods, breakfast, lunch, and early dinner throughout its many locations around NYC.


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