2010-04-23 / Columnists

Notes from the High C’s

Rockaway Music and Arts Council
by Sharon Gabriel

As promised, our Spring Museum Trip is now finalized and we hope you will join us for a fun day in Manhattan for what we call our “New York, New York” trip.

On Saturday, May 22, at 9:45 a.m. we will meet on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 114 Street to board our luxury bus to visit the New York City Police Museum which is on Old Slip on the East Side near the South Street Seaport.

The Police Museum is one of the most interesting in New York. Your self-guided tour includes information about some of the most notorious criminals in New York as well as many vintage weapons from the early years of the NYPD, special exhibits and most of all, be careful you don’t end up in one of the jail cells. We always speak about New York’s “Finest”, but we must remember they have a long history in keeping our city safe and secure. From their very first days when they probably dealt with a few bad guys up to today when they deal with much more than the criminal element. How much do we really know about the police department and what they do? Find out on our trip.

Following the Police Museum, we are quite near the South Street Seaport and so we will go there for lunch which will be on your own. Since there are so many restaurants in the area, we thought you might like to make your own choice, or, bring your own brown bag lunch and sit on the Pier and eat.

We can absolutely confirm that the weather will be fine to dining al fresco at the Pier. Another reason we decided lunch would be on our own is the fact that we wanted to keep the price of the trip down as much as possible. We know that many of us are watching our pennies these days, so we will let you choose your own lunch menu.

Once lunch is over we will board our bus to take us to the New York City Fire Museum which is on Spring Street in Soho on the West Side.

The museum of New York’s “Bravest” is actually a very old 1904 Beaux- Arts firehouse which today houses their museum. Here, on a guided tour, we will be told much more about this building which still includes many of its original appointments.

One thing we ask is, “please do not try to slide down the pole.“ The original brass pole is still there. This Museum houses one of the nations most important collections of fire related material, from a horse-drawn ladder to 19th century material and some dating to pre-Civil War.

One of the newest parts of the museum is a permanent 9/11 exhibit honoring those who were killed on that awful day. One very unique part of the museum that I’m sure not many know about is the fact that the museum has a floor set aside for those who want to have parties there.

Whether wedding receptions or children’s birthday parties, this museum can accommodate all type of events. And, of course, for those who like to browse, there is a Museum Store.

I believe there is also one at the Police Museum as well in case you want an extra pair of handcuffs.

As I mentioned above, the trip will take place on Saturday, May 22 and we will meet in front of the Waldbaum’s Shopping Center and be on our way.

The cost will be $50.00 per person and you can call me at 718- 474-8353 for additional information and to add your name to the list. If I’m not available please leave your name and number and I’ll get back to you.

We all look forward to hearing from you and hope you can join us. For those who have joined us before, you know we always have a great time and a fun crowd.

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