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Barnes & Noble Bookstores and Celebrity Book Signings

Barnes & Noble

Year Round

555 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
Between 45th and 46th Streets on Fifth Avenue.
This one at Fifth between 45th and 46th is near the Tree at Rockefeller Center. Many other locations around town, notably Union Square.
Consider some book and music holiday gifts knowing you can have them wrapped and shipped so you won't have to lug your purchases to the ballet later.  Barnes and Nobles has bathrooms for shoppers and cafe patrons.  Book signing events are free but note, big names draw crowds so arrive early.

Fifth Avenue store events:
12:30pm, Wednesday, November 2: Bill Cosby signs his latest book, I Didn't Ask to be Born
12n, Tuesday, November 15: New Yorker Regis Philbin explains How I Got This Way
3pm, Tuesday, November 15: Shaquille O'Neal on his autobiography

Union Square holds frequent events including some holiday related ones and thier weekly storytime (Sundays at 2:30):
7pm, Tuesday, November 15: Umberto Eco reads from his new book of fiction Prague Cemetery
7pm, Wednesday, November 16: Diane Keaton introduces her double bio about her life and her mother's
7pm, Thursday, Decmebr 1: Chef Bobby Flay cookbook signing
6pm, Thursday, December 7: Composer and Lyricist Stephen Sondheim book signing

For a complete list of events in New York by store and more detail on events above, click here.

Arrive early for celebrity book signings; there is often a line and space is limited.
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Hours:Monday-Friday, 8am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 10am-8pm
Phone:(212) 697-3048
Subway:E,V to 5th Ave/53rd St station
Bus:M1, M2, M3, M4, M5 down Fifth Avenue
Parking on site:No
for shoppers and patrons

Colbert Report Taping

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)

Year Round

513 West 54th Street, Manhattan
between 10th and 11th Avenues
See Steve Colbert's special brand of political commentary comedy taped for air on Comedy Central.
Read the fine print and bring ID.  No drinking, eating, smoking, cameras or any type of recording device is permitted in the studio.

Most show websites post their weekly guests so check to see who’s scheduled to appear beforehand. (Note—bookings can change and aren’t posted until the week of.)
Ticket prices:Advance reserved tickets and stand-by tickets.
Ticket info:Tickets are non-transferable. Minimum age 18 years. Stand-by tickets (if any) get distributed at 4pm so arrive by then if you don't have tix.
Good for:Adults
Everyone attending must be at least 18 years of age or older.
Hours:No later than 4pm for stand-by tickets
Subway:#1,2, A,B,C,D to 59th St/Columbus Circle station- walk south and west to studio A,C,E, to 50th St. station- walk north and west to studio
Bus:M11 north on 11th Avenue and south on 10th Avenue M31 crosstown to 54th and 11th Avenue
Parking on site:No
Public garages nearby
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Good Morning America (ABC)

Good Morning America on ABC

Year Round

Times Square at 44th Street and Broadway, Manhattan
Times Square location at 44th Street and Broadway
Hosts Georgge Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer and Sam Champion interact with the audience on ABC's morning news show.  ABC reminds you to look your best; you'll be on air. Groups larger than 20 people can contact the audience coordinator at 212-580-5176.  Cameras are allowed and comfortable shoes are encouraged since the audience stands.  (There is seating for disabled guests.)

If you have an upbeat story to share, let GMA know when requesting tickets (special anniversary, birthday, reunion, unusual New York City travel story, etc.).
Ticket info:GMA tickets and complete information.  A valid photograph identification card (driver's license, school ID, etc) is required. No bags larger than a basic purse. No gifts or cards for the hosts or guests. Signs are welcome but may not have Web site or addresses posted or endorse any kind of business or product. Likewise, clothing should not endorse any kind of business or product.
Good for:All
No age limit.
Times:Monday through Friday morning from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. No studio audiences on Saturdays and Sundays.
Hours:Monday through Friday morning from 7am to 9am. No studio audiences on Saturdays and Sundays.
Morning news, features and information on ABC.
Subway:#1, 2, 3, 7 or Shuttle (S) to Times Square. B, D, F, V to Bryant Park. Walk west to Times Square. A, C, E to 42nd Street/Port Authority station. Walk east to Times Square.
Bus:M6, M7 down 7th M10, M20, up 8th or down Broadway M104 down Broadway, up 8th or along 42nd east of 8th. M42 along 42nd.
Train:LIRR or NJTransit trains to Penn Station. Connect to #1,2,3 subway to Times Square. MetroNorth trains to Grand Central Station. Connect to #7 or Shuttle (S) subway to Times Square.
Other:Commuter buses into Port Authority arrive at 42nd and 8th Avenue a few blocks west of Times Square.
Parking on site:No
Public garages nearby. Check our early bird specials.

Guided Tour of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Jazz at Lincoln Center

Year Round

Columbus Circle, Manhattan
The Frederick P. Rose Hall is the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle (60th and Broadway) .When you are attending an event, look for the JAZZ elevators on the ground floor of the Shops at Columbus Circle, located at the northern end of the Time Warner Center. Elevators are across from Hugo Boss.
Tour the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center and its three theaters, located at the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle (60th Street). The Frederick P. Rose Hall is 'The House of Swing' with spectacular views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. Three performance halls offer a multitude of jazz listening experiences. 

If a full tour doesn't fit your schedule, visit the Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame and Exhibition space in Frederick P. Rose Hall, the home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on the 5th floor of the Time Warner Center at 60th St. & Broadway in New York City.  Admission is free and the Hall is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM, as well as during concert hours.

Reservations are highly recommended as a tour is not guaranteed to happen every day.
Ticket info:Call 212.875.5350 for more information,prices, times and reservations.
Good for:All
Phone:(212) 875-5350
Phone:(212) 258-9800
Subway:A, B, C, D, #1 to 59th Street/Columbus Circle.
Bus:M5, M7, M10, M11 and M104 bus lines stop within one block of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Parking on site:No
Public Parking garages are on West 60th Street.
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Guided Tour of Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center

Year Round

West 62nd Street to West 65th Street at Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, Manhattan
The David H. Koch Center, formerly the New York State Theater, is between West 62nd and West 63rd Street and Columbus Avenue. Avery Fisher Hall is also on Columbus Avenue at the corner of West 65th Street. The Metropolitan Opera House is between the New York State Theater and Avery Fisher Hall, right behind the fountain. The Remson fountain has reopened in the plaza's center. Some areas of Lincoln Center remain under construction and there are pedestrian walkways with signage to guide you to your venue. Lincoln Center frequently updates its "Transforming Lincoln Center" information. Go to and look for the link to construction news.
Tours gather at the David Rubenstein Atrium on Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets.
The tour gives you a look at how it all works and maybe even catch a rehearsal.  Learn more about Lincoln Center’s iconic landmarks—including the Revson Fountain, the newly transformed Alice Tully Hall, and the Metropolitan Opera House—which have been showcased on Sex and the City and in movies like Moonstruck and Ghostbusters.

Go behind the scenes at venues where a spectacular range of artists have performed, including Luciano Pavarotti, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leonard Bernstein, Renée Fleming, and Bruce Springsteen.

Each tour is unique, and you never know what might happen. You might sit in on a rehearsal, walk out onto a stage, or meet a star.
Ticket prices:Adults $15. Seniors (ages 65+) / Students (under age 30, with valid ID) $12, Children (ages 6–12) $8
Ticket info:Go to LIncoln Center Guided Tours for updated information abd additional tour times for the week you are in town. Reservations are recommended.  Call 212.875.5350 for schedule, availability, and reservations or email
Good for:All
Not recommended for very little children.
Times:10:30am and 4:30pm plus extra tours during the holiday season. (Check site link above for this week's tour times.)
Hours:Box Office Information: Open Monday 10am–7:30pm, Tuesday–Saturday 10am–8:30pm, Sunday 11:30am–7:30pm. All Lincoln Center events can be booked via TeleCharge, 212-239-6200.
Phone:(212) 875-5350
Lincoln Center, NYC's most famous performance space for performing arts is completing its major overhaul providing a friendly and inviting space to enjoy the season. Lincoln, the new restaurant is now taking reservations.
Phone:(212) 870-5570
Subway:#1 local train to 66th Street/Lincoln Center Station. Lincoln Center provides the following information: "the entrance to the downtown subway station on Columbus Avenue between 64th and 65th Streets remains closed. Downtown subway access is still available at 66th St. and Broadway. Entry to the underground concourse from the subway remains closed."
Bus:M5, M7, M10, M11, M66 and M104 stop within one block of Lincoln Center.
Parking on site:Yes
Lincoln Center Quik Park Garage is right on the Lincoln Center campus. It is accessible from west 65th Street and West 62nd Street, depending on which direction you come from. Please note these spaces fill up quickly, so call ahead to reserve a spot. Call CenterCharge at 212.721.6500 or TTY 212.957.1709.

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