THE PERFORMING ARTS LIBRARY IN MANHATTAN
If you love the Arts, you must visit the Performing Arts Library in NYC. It has a treasure trove collection of plays, screenplays, biographies and performance media. You can watch classic films or taped performances of great stage productions. The New York Performing Arts Library is located in Lincoln Center at 66th Street. It's a beautiful library with rich resources for writers and other artists for research and to borrow. Here is it's link http://www.nypl.org/ for more info.
I've also found that the Museum of the Moving Image located in my neighborhood in Astoria has great films and panelists that are inspiring and informative. I just downloaded a bunch of podcasts online from their Pinewoods Dialogues series. The current one features actor Michael Caine that is worth a listen to at http://www.movingimagesource.us/dialogues/view/333
My iPod is filled with free podcasts also available from iTunes... I download everything from Apple's Meet the Filmmakers to the Creative Screenwriting Magazine's podcasts. I'm taking a long car trip soon to North Carolina, so I'll be able to catch up on many in the car. Podcasts are great on airplanes... I listened to several on a recent trip to Phoenix from New York. It passes the time quickly and drowned out the screaming kid sitting behind me. We're fortunate to be pursuing careers in the Arts now when so much priceless free material is at our fingertips through the internet.
So next time you're in Manhattan stop by the Performing Arts Library in Lincoln Center and have fun browsing the stacks. There is plenty of space to find a good book and read or pop in a DVD and watch the masters at work. Then, after, stroll through Lincoln Plaza, see the recently renovated Revson Fountain (made more famous in that memorable scene where Cher meets Nicolas Cage for a night at the Opera in Moonstruck) and walk across the street for a burger at P.J. Clarke's. You should never be bored living in or visiting New York.
Until next time.