Party like a Greek.
Mon May 31 2010
After a nearly $220 million renovation of the south wing, old is new again in the Greek and Roman Art Gallery at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Ave at 82nd St; 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org), which houses 7,769 works, including a limestone sarcophagus that likely belonged to a king of Amathus, and a bronze chariot inlaid with ivory.
If you can’t wait until September to see the bilingual Greek Theater of New York (ellinikotheatro.org) perform its modern-day reenactment of Socrates’ trial in The Apology of Socrates, pay tribute to the tradition of outdoor amphitheaters with a double dose of Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater (Central Park, southwest corner of the Great Lawn; 212-539-8500, publictheater.org; free). This summer’s lineup includes two shows: The Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino and The Winter’s Tale starring Ruben Santiago-Hudson, performed in repertory from Wednesday 9 to August 1.
For almost 60 years, Fifth Avenue has served as the location of the annual Greek Independence Day Parade, which attracts more than 150,000 attendees each April.