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2012 Conference

 

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 White Plains/Westchester.

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 (http://www.newcastlehs.org/).   

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