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Art Break: New Year’s Resolutions You’ll Have Fun Keeping

New Year's Resolutions

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, January 2, 2018

Here we are, one day into the new year, and that list of resolutions is beginning to get on your nerves. Why? Because great ideas are one thing, but acting on them can prove to be something else. The solution? ZEALnyc of course! We’ll show you some great ways to make your 2018 interesting, so when December rolls around you can look back and say what a fantastic year you had.

I‘m thinking about getting outside more often.

Try one of the year-round nature tours from New York City’s Park Department. With the help of expert naturalists, you’ll see everything from birds to mammals and learn to appreciate how they’ve made a home here in the city. Many free tours are available but some require registration and participants are chosen by lottery. For general information click here.

To sign up for free tours led by the Urban Park Rangers, register to participate in the lottery by clicking here.

Museum of Moving Image

View of the video arcade exhibit at the Museum of Moving Image.

Or maybe I’ll stay indoors and play video games.

Check out The Museum of the Moving Image’s exhibit of video games. Connect with the past by playing your old favorites Donkey Kong, Frogger, NBA Jam, Terminator 2, and more. For even more fun, in February the museum is having a weekend of activities celebrating video game creation, playing and more. For details and to purchase a pass to the event click here.

I hear that people go to museums for fun, but I think they’re kind of boring.

First of all, museums aren’t boring! But if you don’t believe us, sign up for a Museum Hack tour. These events are at The Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Natural History Museum and range from 2 – 3 hours. The tours are run by people who are enthusiastic about their subject and know how keep their audience entertained. If they can’t change your mind about museums, nobody can.

International Center of Photography

International Center of Photography, midtown.

This year I’m going to do something creative.

Everyone knows how to take a photograph, but most people don’t know to compose a good picture. One of the best places to learn camera techniques is at the International Center of Photography School in midtown. They offer everything from weekend workshops to full time coursework leading to an MFA. Although the January sessions are already full, bookmark the site for your spring plans. Who knows? You might discover a new career for yourself.

I’d like to do something interesting on a weeknight.

On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, The Society of Illustrators offers Sketch Nights. These events give budding and accomplished artists the opportunity to draw live models in a relaxed, non classroom setting. Tuesdays are for nude model sketching, Thursdays are theme events. Live music and a complementary small plates buffet are included in the ticket price. Bring your own art supplies, there will be sketch boards available to prop up your drawing pads or paper. For details click here.

Inside the Chambers Street subway station

Inside the Chambers Street subway station; photo: Untapped Cities by Michelle Young.

I don’t know anything about New York (and I’ve been here a while already).

Hey, we’re not criticizing if you don’t know much about this town. However, we will judge you if you don’t make an effort to learn. For starters, try out the Untapped Cities tours, held on weekends. Visit the Woolworth Building, the abandoned Ellis Island Hospital, Grand Central Terminal, or take an underground tour of our subway system. If a walking tour isn’t your thing, then why not try a boat? We’re not talking Circle Line here but something a little classier. AIA New York and Classic Harbor Line offer a selection of architectural tours ranging from 90 minutes to 2.5 hours covering the history of the NYC skyline, current urban planning and environmental issues. You’ll gain a new appreciation for the complexity and innovation that makes our city great. For details click here. Whatever your choice, you’ll be entertained and educated in equal measures – not to mention getting some really great selfies in the bargain.

I want to learn about food and drink – but don’t have time to sign up for a course.

Not a lot of cities have museums dedicated to food and drink. NYC does, and it has a great series of programs on various cuisines that have made their mark in the city, as well as offering food tasting events. Currently on view at the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) is CHOW: Making the Chinese American Restaurant, a timely exhibit about food culture and the US immigration experience. To purchase tickets for general admission and the Chow Down special admission (includes a meal reflecting the exhibit theme) click here.

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Cover: Image from the ‘CHOW: Making the Chinese American Restaurant’ exhibit at the Museum of Food and Drink.


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