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This park has a dog run, space for roller blading, skateboarding and other recreational pursuits, as well as public bathrooms and a jungle gym. Food is also available in this free WiFi park. Union Square Park is host to many activities in warmer months. On a nice day in Manhattan, what more could a park-lover ask for?
Come down to the Union Square and you may bank on the opportunity of visiting a studio that has witnessed some of the most remarkable moments of motion pictures. Originally founded in early 1900's, this studio was revamped in 2006 and in a joint venture between the well known Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner. With decades of experience put behind, this studio today boasts of a list of movies that are nothing short of legendary. Right from 'When the clouds roll by' to 'Lions for Lambs', United artist has managed to churn out movie masterpieces. Surely a nostalgic trip for all the hardcore movie buffs.
The Century Building, built in 1880, was the headquarters of the Century Publishing Company that got famous for publishing popular magazines for adults and children like The Century Magazine and the St. Nicholas Magazine. The well-built Century Building is a commercial space that features splendid balconies, turrets and small windows. In 1995, Barnes & Noble retail bookstore moved in to this building. Designated as a New York City Landmark in 1993, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. It also won the 1996 Preservation Award for Restoration by the Municipal Art Society.
Emma Goldman, the rebel and an anarchist lived in New York after migrating from Lithuania. She played a very important part in the political anarchist movement that began during the period of 1903-1913. A small plaque outside her home commemorates her. She was an outspoken woman and a renowned lecturer. Emma was charged with attempt to murder and spent time in jail.
Theodore Roosevelt has the distinction of being the only president born in New York City. His brownstone residence near Gramercy Park has been restored to reflect his early life from 1858 to 1862. The house was demolished in 1916, but rebuilt later with the help of Roosevelt's sisters. Almost half the furnishings in the museum come from the original structure. The National Park Service oversees the administration of the site, and there is a 40-minute tour every hour on the hour and a gallery.
18 West 11th Street is the place where the Weathermen Townhouse Explosion took place. It is famous for the Brownstones, buildings that have been made with pride and great workmanship. Three blocks from Washington Square Park, the buildings have had many writers, singers, artists etc. as its residents including the Weathermen, who resided in Building No. 18. They had been making bombs, which led to an explosion on 6th March 1970. Three of the party members died, two were injured and a few escaped. None of the guilty could be persecuted.
Remodeled in the Victorian Gothic style by Calvert Vaux and opened in 1898, the National Arts Club supports American artists and has several galleries open to the public. Its members have included many famous painters, sculptors, musicians and writers, and the adjacent building houses studios. The building is a National Historic landmark and the art collection is intense, going beyond the hanging works to the actual workmanship in the glass and ceiling fixtures. The second floor bar is breathtaking and offers an incredible view of the famous Gramercy Park.
In 1836, the great-great grandson of the famous Peter Stuyvesant sold four-acres of his family's land to the city of New York for five dollars. Along with Gramercy Park, it is surrounded by one of Manhattan's most elite, yet quaint neighborhoods. The park is bisected by 2nd Avenue and though it has been in existence since the mid-19th Century, the famed landscape architect Robert Moses redesigned the park we see today in the 1930's. A few of the highlights include the original cast-iron fence created in 1847 (the second oldest in the city, after the one at Bowling Green), two fountains from 1884 and a statue of the magnificent composer, Antonin Dvořák.