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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's most prominent and visited public spaces. Located along 5th Avenue in Manhattan's posh Upper East Side, the 'Met' presents visitors with a grand entrance upon entering the building. The museum was designed by the famous city architect, Calvert Vaux, however it was not received well by the city initially. The Great Hall was not part of the original project, but the three massive limestone disc vaults were built in 1902. The hall itself is quite impressive and it leads to all the gallery wings, which makes it a great spot to meet before you enter.
This obelisk is one of three taken from Egypt that has been re-erected outside of its original pediment, the other two are in Paris and London. This particular obelisk was erected in 1881 behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Central Park and its age is somewhere between 3600 and 3400 years old. It is inscribed with hieroglyphs that pay homage to Ramses II and Thutmosis III along with other gods in the Ancient Egyptian pantheon. In fact, the moniker attributed to the great Queen Cleopatra is a misnomer as she was never associated with any of the obelisks, it was simply her fame that provided New Yorkers an apt name.
The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola is located in the buzzing neighborhood of Manhattan and has been in existence since 1852. The Baroque Revival style of architecture has beautified the building. From a wooden structure to what it is today, the church has come a long way. The peaceful and inviting interiors of the church add tranquility to the place. Masses, choir performances and other religious practices take place routinely in the church. A great add on of the church is the rental space that it offers. Private events like weddings, conferences, exhibitions or parties take place in this beautiful state of the art facility.
'Park Avenue Christian Church' is a church of unity, diversity, secularism and sacramental. It embraces all the faiths and hence is open to all irrespective of their sex, race, age, culture, ethnic background, religious tradition, financial status and alike. Prayer service meetings are conducted on a regular basis. It also has a huge space for holding wedding receptions, private parties and other family events.
Right in the heart of Manhattan stands this oasis of rolling pastures and gardens, stretching from Midtown to Harlem. It was created in 1857 by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, and sprawls over a wonderful 843 acres (341.15 hectares). Bustling with activity, walkers, rollerbladers, bikers and joggers hurriedly compete for space while lovers meet at the Bethesda Fountain on Bethesda Terrace. To the north, visitors wonder at the architecture of Belvedere Castle, and found nearby is the Delacorte Theater where plays are staged during summer. Over time, Central Park has blended so seamlessly with Manhattan that it is hard to disassociate the two. Also within its folds are other delights, including the Central Park Wildlife Conservation Center and the Central Park Zoo, as well as the wonderfully-restored Carousel.
Designed by celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is admired for its unique architecture as much as it is for its globe-spanning art collection. The modern structure with its rotunda shape beautifully punctuates the concrete jungle of the Big Apple. It houses a comprehensive selection belonging to numerous collectors, curators and art aficionados from across the world. Visit thought-provoking exhibitions of modern and contemporary art as well as a host of cultural events and presentations. Some of the most attractive displays are Picasso's monochromatic work and Thannhauser's still life.
This bronze statue in Central Park is a popular attraction for kids. Commissioned by George Delacorte and sculpted by Jose de Creeft in 1959, Alice in Wonderland is a tribute to the famous Lewis Carroll novel. The sculpture depicts Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, and the Dormouse gathered around a troop of mushrooms. The statue is designed for children to climb and play on. Look for Alice in the eastern section of the park, just north of the Conservatory Water near East 74th Street.