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In town for a limited time is ‘Exhibitionism,’ an interactive, immersive experience dedicated to the music and legacy of The Rolling Stones. (Photo: Fred Michmershuizen, DTA)
Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

By Fred Michmershuizen, DTA

Wed. 16. November 2016


NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: If you come to the Greater New York Dental Meeting every single year, you might think that you have “been there, done that” when it comes to exploring New York City. Well, think again. Gotham is constantly changing. From the skyline, which seems to get more interesting each week, to the latest Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, there is always something new and exciting to take in.

Whether this is your first time in the Big Apple or your 50th, here are some things you might want to do during your stay.

Rolling Stones interactive experience

In town for a limited time is “Exhibitionism” — an interactive, immersive experience dedicated to the music and legacy of The Rolling Stones. You’ll be able to walk through replicas of the lads’ messy apartment in London from the early ’60s, a backstage area and even a genuine recording studio. There’s a selection of album artwork, plus scale models of the band’s elaborate stage sets from their Steel Wheels, Bridges to Babylon and Voodoo Lounge tours.

One gallery contains Andy Warhol portraits, while another features stage costumes spanning all five decades of the band’s history. There are plenty of video and audio displays and a 3-D movie performance of “Satisfaction.” You also get to see their guitars, a drum kit and personal notebooks with Mick Jagger’s hand-written lyrics to “Miss You,” “Some Girls” and many other songs.

There’s also a mixing board where you can put on headphones and turn each band member’s track up or down on several different songs, including “Start Me Up,” “Angie,” “Rocks Off” and “Sympathy for the Devil.”

“Exhibitionism” is located at Industria, 775 Washington St., in the West Village. You can get more information and tickets at

Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree

New York City’s most famous Christmas tree is at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st streets and Fifth and Sixth avenues. It will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, Nov. 30. There will be live performances — and large crowds — from 7 to 9 p.m., so venture there with caution.

Even better, try to pick another day and time to visit, preferably an evening after the theater gets out. Or have lunch at The Sea Grill —, (212) 332-7610 — and watch from your comfortable seat behind the glass (provided, of course that you can get a table).

The High Line

The High Line is one of New York City’s most popular attractions. It’s a public park built on a renovated train line, elevated above the streets of the West Side of Manhattan. It first opened in 2009, with a second section added in 2011. The third and final section has been open for just over a year now, and — good news to GNYDM attendees — there is an entry point on West 34th Street, directly across from the south end of the Javits center.

If the weather is nice, you will definitely want to take a stroll. You can walk all the way down Gansevoort Street in the historic Meatpacking District. Along the way, you’ll see all manner of urban life, including the most modern architecture, interesting people, artwork, gritty buildings that will make you wonder how they are still standing and everything in between. Get more information at

One World Observatory

You go to the top of One World Trade Center. At 1,776 feet, it’s the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. You’ll start by entering one of the most high-tech elevators you’ve ever been in. As you ascend, you’ll see a time-lapse LED representation of the city’s development over several hundred years, from the 1500s right up to the present day. Be sure to pay attention, though, as the trip to the top takes less than one minute.

Once you’re at the top, you’ll have the best view money can buy. Also at the top is the Sky Portal, described as “a 14-foot wide circular disc that delivers an unforgettable view, using real-time, high-definition footage of the streets below.”

One World Trade Center is downtown, at 285 Fulton St. The entrance to the public is at the corner of West and Vesey streets. If you intend to go up, it’s best to purchase tickets in advance, at You can also call (844) 696-1776. It’s open every day from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m.

9/11 Memorial and Museum

Also at the World Trade Center site is the National September 11 Memorial Museum. It documents the events of 9/11, the impact of those events and their continuing significance. Artifacts associated with the terrorist attack are displayed, and stories of loss and recovery are presented.

The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (last entry at 6 p.m.), and the memorial is accessible daily from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. To plan a visit and get information on tickets to the museum, visit

Nearby is the 9/11 Memorial, consisting of two large pools marking the spots where the twin towers of the World Trade Center stood. The names of every person killed on Feb. 26, 1993, and Sept. 11, 2001, are inscribed in bronze around the twin memorial pools. If you visited the memorial in the past and had to pass through airport-style security, take note: The memorial is now open access.

Citi Bike

New York now has a bike share program, called Citi Bike. It’s hugely popular with the locals, and it’s also available to visitors. You’ll no doubt see these blue bikes being ridden all over the place, as well as docked at various street corners scattered throughout Manhattan below 60th Street and in parts of Brooklyn.

The system consists of a fleet of sturdy, adjustable bikes that are locked into a network of docking stations. The bikes can be checked out from and then returned to any station in the system. You get 30 minutes to complete your trip from Point A to Point B.

Don’t be shy. Buy a 24-hour or a seven-day access pass with a credit card at any station. You can get more information at each station’s touchscreen kiosk (there’s one just outside the Javits), along with a map of the service area and surrounding neighborhood, or visit There’s also a smartphone app, called BikeShare, updated constantly, which shows the nearest stations to you, along with the number of bikes and slots available.

New Subway stop

For those who like to commute via mass transit, there’s now a Subway station right across the street from the Javits. That means no more waiting forever to get a cab. The station is on 34th Street and 11th Avenue.

You can catch the 7 train, which will whisk you into Midtown in minutes (or all the way into Queens if you’re headed out that way). For more information, including maps and schedules, visit


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