Sometimes I actually leave NYC and head to relatives in Arizona. One of my favorite tourist attractions near Scottsdale is the Musical Instrument Museum or " the MIM".
Much as I love the my home town musical instrument collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Musical Instrument Museum in the middle of the desert is New York boy Tony Bennett's favorite too. There are instruments from all over the world and whenever you are near an exhibit, you will hear the music of that exhibit in your earphones. Some of the exhibits are hands on. When I was there last September, they also had amazing Butternut Squash Scones in the cafe and their gift shop had lots of wonderful music related things. I would love to attend a concert in their auditorium one of these days.
When I was there, they were creating an exhibit about hip hop music in New York. Those of us who live here and play host to visitors always wonder where they get their perceptions of NYC. We know that crime shows are partly to blame. But....there has been no graffiti on the subways for years and yet that is how the Musical Instrument Museum chose to portray NYC.
If you read this in Arizona, come visit NYC and take a ride of the subways of today.