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Connected to the Rose Center of Earth and Space, which is itself part of the American Museum of Natural History, Hayden Planetarium has been wowing visitors with its astronomy exhibits and sky shows since 1935. It offers a spectacular space show, including a representation of the Big Bang. They bring together all the expertise in science.
Founded in 1804, this museum describes itself as New York's collective memory. It contains an impressive hodgepodge of art and artifacts that paint a vivid picture of New York City. The museum houses thousands of works of art, including many paintings from the 17th Century, millions of maps and 500,000 photographs. Visitors can view many of the treasures, including work by James Audubon and Gilbert Stuart's famous portrait of George Washington.
Located at the American Museum of Natural History, Rose Center for Earth & Space focuses on all things related to the stars - from our home planet to the most distant galaxies. The fantastic, high-tech architecture actually makes you feel as though you have stepped into the future, perhaps even to a distant planet. The most prominent feature of the Rose Center is the New Hayden Planetarium, but the other exhibits (such as the installations illustrating the scale and age of the universe or the inner workings of the earth) are just as fascinating.
This particular lake in Central Park is the one that is closest to the famed Ramble and to Belvedere Castle. Spread over an area of eighteen acres, visitors can rent rowboats at the nearby Loeb Boathouse and traverse the lake to other attractions like Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. This attraction within the park is just one of the many in which the conservancy has impeccably restored and improved to the delight of New Yorkers and tourists alike.
Central Park has many wonders and it takes quite some time to see them all if you are just visiting, however if you live here, one of the best, hidden secrets to escaping the bustle is the Ramble. This 36-acre trail space will definitely make you feel as if you left the concrete jungle and entered a nature wilderness. Along with the lake that surrounds it, the Ramble has many meandering trails that lead from the Loeb Boathouse to Belvedere Castle and through to Strawberry Fields on the other side of the lake. As with many attractions in Central Park, you could easily spend a day here and wonder where the time went.
New York's first luxury apartment house The Dakota is still one of its most prestigious private addresses. Its history started in the 19th Century when it opened in an area of the city that was then still mostly farmland. With 65 apartments, the imposing, Neo-gothic Dakota attracts the rich and famous. Past tenants have included Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland, singer Rosemary Clooney and Boris Karloff. Unfortunately, most people now know the side entrance to The Dakota as the place where ex-Beatle John Lennon was murdered in 1980. The Dakota is further notorious as the place where Oscar-winning actor Gig Young committed murder-suicide in 1978 by shooting his wife and then himself.
Columbus Avenue is one of the busiest and prominent streets in the Big Apple. Named after the famed explorer Christopher Columbus, the street is a famous address line to many commercial buildings, event centers, restaurants and so on. Many cultural events, festivals, exhibitions are known to be held here. The famous Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Hell's Kitchen and The American Museum of Natural History are few of the feathers in its hat. You can also catch the popular fair at the Grand tent which is located here, that draws large crowds for its food, music and dance fiesta. The popular TV show 'Seinfeld' has also been shot here.
The Beatles' song "Strawberry Fields Forever" is the inspiration behind this bucolic spot dedicated to John Lennon. Lennon along with his wife Yoko Ono were frequent visitors to this area in Central Park, as they lived in the Dakota right across 8th Avenue. On the eighth of December every year, a large section of people turn up to show their respect for one of the most celebrated musicians of all time. The 2.5-acre area was dedicated by Mayor Edward Koch in 1985 and today it functions as a Mecca of sorts for all Lennon and Beatles fans.