Make the 2012 NINC-NY
Conference Your NINCation!....
Or, A Few Dozen EXTRA Reasons
Why You Should Come To White Plains In October
BY MARIANNA JAMESON
Still on the fence about coming to the conference? Before you get any more splinters where you need
them least, make that leap, take that plunge…and while you’re at it, plan to spend a few extra days in the
area. You won’t be bored—or sorry.
Did you know…it’s only a 30-minute train ride from White Plains to Grand Central Station and the
Crowne Plaza White Plains has a shuttle to and from the train station? And once you’re in the city, the world
is at your feet.
You could go to the U.S. premiere of Audience, described as “a marathon of theatrical surprises” at the
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts; or see Grace (Paul Rudd, Kate Arrington) at the Cort Theatre;
Cyrano de Bergerac at the American Airlines Theatre; or Once at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Or you could
see some long-running favorites, such as Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, Matilda, Evita, Mary Poppins, Wicked, or Chicago.
Ticket information for Broadway, Off Broadway, and Off Off Broadway shows, as well as cabaret
shows, concerts, and other events is available at http://www.theatermania.com/broadway/shows/.
If museums are your thing, you can go to the Museum of Modern Art (http://www.moma.org/), the Guggenheim
(http://www.guggenheim.org/), or the Museum of Natural History (http://www.amnh.org/), or the
many, many other museums that abound in Manhattan (http://www.ny.com/museums/all.museums.html ). My
personal favorite is the New York City Police Museum (http://nycpolicemuseum.org), which is located at 100
Old Slip, in the 100+-year-old First Precinct building on a cobblestoned street tucked away in the Financial
District. (And they love writers!)
You could take the ferry to Ellis Island and look up some ancestors (http://ellisisland.org/) or head to Liberty
Island and get an up-close and awe-inspiring view of the Statue of Liberty (http://www.nps.gov/stli/index.htm).
Visiting some of the city’s myriad ethnic enclaves can give a quick cultural and gastronomic trip around
the world. (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/12/12/answers-about-new-yorks-ethnic-neighborhoods/)
I could go on—everyone knows there is always a lot to do in Manhattan. But the conference is in White
Plains—what if you don’t want to deal with trains and crowds? The good news is that you don’t have to head into
“the city” to have fun before, during, or after the conference. The Hudson Valley region is overflowing with
opportunities to have some fun, learn some history, or soak up some culture. True, you’d have to rent a car
for a few hours to get to most of them, but the good news is that Avis, Budget, and Enterprise have offices
about two blocks from the hotel (http://www.avis.com, http://locations.budget.com/ny/white-plains/wp2.html,
and http://www.enterprise.com), and most major rental car companies have a location at the airport in
If strolling through historic homes is your thing, you have plenty of local sites to choose from, including
the Thomas Paine Cottage in New Rochelle (http://www.thomaspainecottage.org/); Lyndhurst (http://www.lyndhurst.org/) and the Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground (http://www.odcfriends.org/) in Tarrytown;
the Rockefeller estate Kykuit in Sleepy Hollow (http://www.hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/kykuit);
the Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson (http://www.hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/van-cortlandtmanor);
the John Jay Homestead-State Historic Site in Katonah (http://www.johnjayhomestead.org/); and the
Horace Greeley House in Chappaqua
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