Summer in NYC is often very hot and humid. High temperatures average 85 F (30 C) and can be over 100 F (38 C). Afternoon thunderstorms are common. Dress appropriately. An umbrella is probably a good idea too.
In contrast to the heat and humidity, the air conditioning inside the museum brings chills to some—bring a light sweater or long-sleeved shirt if you're one of these people.
July sees some of the Museum's busiest weeks. It's not unusual to have 20,000 visitors per day in July. Be prepared for crowds.
Entering the museum: In the mornings, we will use the 77th Street entrance and we will begin before the Museum opens 10:00. Evening events will use the 81st Street entrance (Rose Center). If you find yourself lost, trapped outside, or need special accommodations, please call or text message the emergency numbers in the program.
In addition to our advice on the travel pages, we will emphasize once again that NYC is a walking city (pedestrian basics). Be prepared to walk a lot and wear comfortable shoes. Be mindful of the traffic, particularly bicycles and bike lanes.
New Yorkers are generally friendly and are happy to help out if you're lost. This is especially true on the subway.
Manhattan street names are very democratic—mostly numbers instead of names. However, this rule is broken for the Avenues around the museum, where 8 Avenue is called Central Park West, 9 Avenue is called Columbus Avenue, and 10 Avenue is called Amsterdam Avenue. West of Amsterdam is Broadway, which weaves between the street grid. West of Broadway is West End Avenue (11 Ave) and then Riverside Drive, beyond which is the Hudson River and beyond that is the rest of America. (Manhattan is but an island off the coast of America, after all.)
Safety: NYC is the safest large city in the U.S. and the Upper West Side is a very safe neighborhood. That being said, it is generally wise to have an awareness of who's around you. While everyone now stares at their phones on the subway, many are still stolen. Do not leave valuables hanging out of pockets or in open bags where someone can reach in and grab them on a crowded train. Keep your belongings in sight.