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The City Hall Subway Station is an inactive subway station on the National Register of Historic Places. Going out of operation in 1945, it was closed up for 69 years before it was finally unsealed. Its curved architecture and arched ceilings were simply a novelty for the new platform, making it unique among all stations. The glass work on its domed ceiling is a marvel in itself. Since usually visitors cannot actually enter the station, the only way to see it is to stay on the six train past the final Brooklyn Bridge stop, and marvel at this beautiful station from the train as it turns around here. Sometimes private events are held in the station, truly a rare experience for those lucky enough to be invited.
This memorial is dedicated to the devastating Great Irish Potato Famine of 1845 - 1852. The Famine resulted in nearly one million deaths in Ireland and forced countless others to emigrate to America, many of whom came to New York. The memorial is made of stones from all 32 counties of Ireland. It also uses native soil and vegetation straight from Ireland, as well as slabs of text separated by layers of Irish limestone from over 300 million years ago. The memorial also features an authentic 19th century Irish cottage.
The New York Earth Room is an art installation of the interior of the earth rendered by Water De Maria. The first of these sculptures was made in 1968 and installed in Munich, which has since been dismantled. Installed in 1977, this was a sculpture commissioned by the Dia Art Foundation initially intended to only be there for three months, but has lasted over 30 years! This sculptures holds 250 cubic yards of earth, covers 3,600 sq feet of space, is 22 inches deep and weighs 280,000 lbs.
This historic cemetery built in 1830 is one of the East Village's most overlooked public spaces, probably because it's only open every fourth Sunday from April to October. Spread over a modest area behind magnificent wrought-iron gates, the non-sectarian burial ground holds more than 2,000 New Yorkers. All the dearly departed are housed in underground marble vaults and the names are marked by plaques along the perimeter walls. Not to be confused with the New York City Marble Cemetery located down the street, it is one of two very tranquil places in the busy East Village.
The High Line is an urban oasis filled with beautifully manicured landscapes. It sits above the city on old train tracks that were installed as part of the West Side Improvement Project back in 1929. The line was primarily used to transport goods along the Lower West Side, but with the advent of vehicles in the 1950s and more accessible routes elsewhere, the last train eventually ran in 1980. Thereafter, the elevated tracks fell into disrepair, and the whole structure was nearly demolished. It was instead converted into an innovative public park, delighting locals and visitors alike. Today, the High Line is a cherished sanctuary away from the bustle of city life.
Set sail with Captain Jack Sparrow, audition for Simon Cowell and dance with Beyonce! Madame Tussauds takes you beyond your wildest dreams and makes you the star of the show! The life-like wax statues crafted by the experts at the museums will have you questioning if you're actually photographing just a statue. Sing, dance and mingle with over 200 wax celebrities in a 85,000 square feet (7896.76 square meters) space of interactive entertainment located in the heart of Times Square.
When it comes to bizarre, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, located in Times Square, needs no introduction. The widely popular museum, fittingly called the "Odditorium", houses some of the strangest artifacts and oddities you'll ever come across. From unexplained ancient relics to strange modern day wonders, the objects on display are bound to intrigue one and all. Apart from the artifacts, the museum also hosts a number of live performances featuring magicians, sword eaters and other quirky performers with the common theme being strange. Visitors can browse the museum at a leisurely pace to observe the close to 500 artifacts on display. The Odd Shop located within the museum is a great place for souvenirs.
767 Third Avenue is a remarkable commercial building in Manhattan. Constructed in 1980 by the William Kaufman Organization, it is notable for its unique oak and brick combination that makes it a standout in the cityscape. Among several amenities and services, its highlighting feature is the three-story high functional chessboard that is the largest in the world. Every Wednesday noon, a move is made on this building facade.
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.
Socrates Sculpture Park was founded in 1986 when artist Mark di Suvero, along with significant others, transformed this illegal dump-yard to an open studio and exhibition center as well as a neighborhood park. This is the only site that provides a large space for artists to create and display their talent and generate interaction amongst the artists and the public. As a recognition for the exceptional contribution made by this museum to the art world, it has been honored by many awards. The park holds may activities and education programs for children to encourage their raw talent and build confidence. The park also holds a weekly farmer's market, perfect for stocking up on those healthy greens.
Trinity Church Cemetery has graves of many historic and famous personalities including Alexander Hamilton, Robert Fulton, William Bradford among others. Surrounded by 100-year-old oaks and elms, the cemetery is a very peaceful place, with grassy knolls and well maintained paths. This is one of the last remaining cemeteries in the Manhattan area. There are two bronze tablets here that mark the spots where fierce battle took place during the revolution. This cemetery is marked in the National Register of Historic Places and it still offers its services to the New Yorkers.