Una distesa di verde nella giungla di cemento che è New York City, Central Park si trova nel cuore del quartiere di Manhattan. La intricata distesa del parco inizia a Midtown fino ad arrivare a Harlem. Fu creato nel 1857 da Frederick Law Olmsted e Calvert Vaux, che immaginarono un vasto spazio verde al centro dell'isola. Il parco si estende su 341 ettari e dalla sera alla mattina brulica di vita, mentre intorno si dispiega l’orizzonte stratificato e multicolore della città. Le 21 aree giochi del parco sono abbelliti da fontane ornamentali, sculture, una miriade di ponti e archi, che offrono a molti un momento di pace dal ritmo caotico della città. Le attrazioni del parco includono la Fontana di Bethesda, il Conservatory Garden, il Belvedere Castle e lozoo di Central Park.
With a permanent collection numbering over two million individual works of art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, or simply the Met, is not only a New York City landmark, it is the United States' largest art museum and the fifth-most visited museum of any kind in the world. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, the museum encompasses more than 1.5 million square feet (139,355 square meters) of exhibition space. European paintings on display include those by world-renown masters like Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Titian, and Vermeer. The vast collection has been split between several galleries, arranged by geographic origin and other thematic schemes. The Egyptian art gallery is especially enticing, as are the Met's repositories of Asian, African and Medieval art. Others include Islamic, Roman, and Greek art, the Arms and Armory section, the Costume Institute, and European Decorative arts. When weather permits, contemporary sculptures are displayed at the open-air roof garden. Apart from being a treasure trove for art lovers, The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a fun-filled and educational experience for all ages.
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.
This small but beautiful botanic garden features a Japanese garden, as well as the Cranford Rose Garden, herb garden, the Children's Garden, and the Steinhard Conservatory of indoor flowers and plants. In all, there are 52 acres and 12,000 varieties of botanicals, ranging from the tiny bonsai to the towering oak. Self-guided tours, individual classes and certificate programs are all available. Students come with your valid id cards, if you want to avail of a discount.
Tucked away in Queens is an old-fashioned testament to film and television. The actual studios of the one-time Paramount East Coast production house are closed, but the museum provides tours about film making where you can see makeup, costumes and well-known movie sets. There are several theaters for film screenings and a gift shop for souvenir hunters.
Home to the legendary dance company The Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall is one of the most spectacular and famous performance venues in the United States. Its locale in the heart of the Big Apple has made it a cultural center, particularly during the Christmas season. Originally opened in 1932 and nicknamed "The Palace for the People," Radio City was renovated in 1980. Anybody who is anybody has performed here - New York legends Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis, Jr. are just a few that spring to mind, and to this day, the stage remains a showcase for entertainment royalty.
This Arte Primitivo gallery specializes in pre-Columbian art, as well as Classical, Egyptian and Asian antiques. It has been in existence since 1961. The current owner, Howard S. Rose, acquired the space in 1996. He has auctioned over rare pieces of pre-Columbian art since that time. Information on ongoing auctions can be obtained online at the gallery's website, or by calling for a printed catalog. Admission to the gallery is free.
The magnanimous Clement Clark Moore, the man who gave the moniker of Chelsea to the neighborhood, established this church in 1831. The original chapel features a Greek-revival design, however a few years later, a larger church was constructed right next to the smaller chapel (which is now the rectory) in the Gothic Revival style. The Episcopalian denomination also attends events at the the massive General Theological Seminary right down the street and the church hosts the Atlantic Theater Company in an adjacent building. Also of note, St. Peter's presents Music in Chelsea, a concert series with live music ranging from classical to folk. For more details, check the website or call ahead.
Located by Little Neck Bay, the Saddle Rock Grist Mill was a historic mill used to grind grain and corn. Built in the 18th Century, it is one of the only remaining tidal-powered flour mills in the nation. Now functioning as a museum on local history, it retains its original architecture including its iconic gambrel roof shape.
The Square House Museum is where to go for a fun and educational experience on all things rye. From the history and development of rye over the years, be amazed by sights of the tavern room, warming kitchen, ballroom and more.
Huntington Free Library and Reading Room has been providing reading material and insights into local history to the local community for over a century. They have impressive collection of reads detailing Bronx's historic accounts making this library a must visit for history aficionados. The collection also includes archaic pictures of the neighborhood, their perusal is a true walk down the memory lane. Additionally, Huntington Free Library and Reading Room is a venue for several local events woven into the theme of history and academics.
The structure housing the Boonton Historical Society and Museum was originally built as a personal abode of Dr. John Taylor, who lived here with his spouse Adelaide Kanouse. Dating back to the year 1898, it was converted into a history museum in the year 1959. The museum was born out of the efforts of a few local merchants who were keen to promote and conserve Boonton's rich history and culture. Boonton Historical Society and Museum boasts of a wide assemblage of historic artifacts related to the town's eventful past. Additionally, it also arranges for guided tours and educative programs to a lively audience visiting this spectacular example of Victorian Gothic and Colonial Revival architectural styles.