A President's Day Weekend Staycation in the Flatiron District
There are endless ways to discover and re-discover your favorite parts of New York City, starting with the timeless Flatiron District. During President’s Day Weekend, celebrate the diverse offerings of culture, food, and history in the Flatiron District and spend some down-time with your family, friends, and neighbors.
Kick off the weekend a day early with the Museum of Math’s book club, Volumes. This Thursday, the club will discuss Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures, the novel that inspired the acclaimed film documenting the contributions of black female scientists to NASA’s mission to send astronauts to space. If your kids are fans of the film, MoMath’s teen book club, Tween Primes, will meet on Wednesday, February 22 to discuss the book, followed by pizza and ice cream.
For more out-of-the-ordinary museum experiences, visit the Center for Book Arts, the first non-profit organization dedicated to the art of book-making. Check out the Center’s current exhibits, and you may be inspired to register for one of their many bookbinding and printing workshops. If reading rather than making books is more your style, consider a stop at Rizzoli Bookstore, and rest easy with a dessert or coffee from Eataly, Maison Kayser, Gasoline Alley Coffee, or one of the many dessert options in the District. Better yet, learn to decorate your own dessert at N.Y. Cake Academy’s two-day long Wilton method course.
On Saturday, February 18, let the mother-son Kuo Piano Duo sweep you away at the Baruch Performing Arts Center. A graduate of the Taiwanese Kuang-Jen Music School and Juilliard School, Michelle Kuo is a celebrated concert pianist who passed her love and expertise of music to her son at a young age. From classical music to live jazz at the Flatiron Room or the Jazz Gallery, you don’t have to travel far to experience some of the city’s best performance venues.
For Flatiron families, kid-friendly activities await at TADA! Youth Theatre as they host a day-long “If I Were President” theatre camp on President’s Day. For the very young, discover the indoor playground at Apple Seeds, as well as myriad classes available such as movement, music, art, and other bonding activities.
Of course, President’s Day would not be complete without an homage to history. Join the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership’s free weekly guided tour on Sunday at 11 a.m. to truly appreciate the architectural wealth and historical figures that have called it home, including President Chester A. Arthur and President Theodore Roosevelt. The Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, a national historic site located at 28 East 20th Street, will be open throughout the weekend offering free guided tours of the 26th president’s boyhood home.