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Arthur Avenue Retail Market in Bronx Little Italy

Bronx Little Italy, Arthur Avenue

Year Round

2344 Arthur Avenue, Belmont, Bronx
Between 183rd and 187th Streets, about 4 blocks south of Fordham Road
On Arthur Avenue, south of 186th Street.
Like Little Italy’s street vendors who came in from the cold thanks to Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia 1940 opening of the new indoor market full of produce and Italian meats and cheeses, you and your family can get in from the cold for a bite to eat, a spot to sit, some delectable treats from gems like Mike’s Deli located in the market and even a cigar rolling demo at the cigar shop in front. Now you’re in the Real Little Italy! 

Tips:
Bathrooms are in the back, upstairs.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Times:6am-6pm.
Subway:4 or D to Fordham Road station. Walk 11 blocks east along East Fordham Road (or catch the Bx12 east) to Arthur Avenue. Turn right heading south on Arthur Avenue. The fun starts around 187th Street. 2 or 5 train to Pelham Parkway then #12 bus heading west to Arthur Avenue. Walk south on Arthur Avenue.
Bus:Bx12 east-west along East Fordham Road
Train:Metro-North Harlem or New Haven line trains to Fordham Road Station. Walk 6 blocks east along East Fordham Road, turn right on Arthur Avenue. The fun starts around 187th Street.
Parking on site:No
Limited on street parking and be prepared to stay on top of the time on the meters.
Bathrooms:No
No public restrooms except for patrons at the many restaurants. There is one at the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, 2344 Arthur Avenue.

Avery Fisher Hall--Break Spot

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 lincolncenter.org and look for the link to construction news.
There are a few cafe spaces that open shortly before performances and stay open until intermission.  Other times it is very quiet and you can stop in to check out upcoming performances, buy tickets, use the restrooms downstairs and sit down at one of the tables for a brief rest while you peruse the performance schedules for the winter season.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
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.
Website:http://www.lincolncenter.org/
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.
Bathrooms:Yes
Multiple.
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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.

Tips:
Arrive early for celebrity book signings; there is often a line and space is limited.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Hours:Monday-Friday, 8am-9pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 10am-8pm
Website:http://www.barnesandnoble.com/index.asp
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
Bathrooms:Yes
for shoppers and patrons

Bel Canto Public Space

Bel Canto Public Space

Year Round

1991 Broadway, Manhattan
Between 67th and 68th Streets on the west side of the street.
Over a dozen tables and accompanying chairs provide indoor seating and warmth in this indoor plaza that forms a very large foyer to Ollie's Chinese restaurant. Take-out from Ollie's (or anywhere else) can be eaten here or just sit for a moment to regroup. 

Tips:
Just two blocks north of Lincoln Center and near some Upper West Side shopping including Barnes & Noble, Victoria's Secret, Innovation Luggage (great for watches and small gifts like wallets and bags), Gracious Living and Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Hours:8am-midnight, daily
Subway:#1 to 66th Street/Lincoln Center.
Bus:M5, M7, M104 north-south along Broadway M66 running from east to west sides using 66th(heading west) and 65th (heading east) on the west side.
Parking on site:No
Bathrooms:No
Stop into Barnes and Noble at Broadway and 66th Street for a restroom, open to shoppers.
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Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library - Central Library

Year Round

10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
At the intersection of Grand Army Plaza and Eastern Parkway.
The building is beautiful, and will provide a great chance to take a break and browse the collection in this historic building whose wings mimic a book opening onto Eastern Parkway and Flatbush Avenue. Hear a special reading in the children’s library. A good spot for a  bathroom break.
Fees:Free
Ticket info:
Good for:All
Hours:Monday and Wednesday 10am-8pm, Tuesday and Thursday 1-8pm, Saturday 10am-2pm. Closed Sundays and all major holidays.
Website:www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org
Phone:(718) 230-2100
Subway:2, 3 to Grand Army Plaza station or Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum station. Q to 7th Avenue station.
Bus:B41, B69, B71 (B45, B48, B67 2-4 block walk)
Train:LIRR to Atlantic Avenue train station. Transfer to the #2,3 to Grand Army Plaza.
Parking on site:No
Bathrooms:Yes
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