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.
The Lincoln Center for Performing Arts is a massive venue when it comes to live entertainment. The Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors has something for everyone: internationally recognized dances, high-level performances, special events and jazz. Watch out for Live From Lincoln Center, a program that has famous orchestras and artistes performing. Lincoln Center holds about 400 live performances a year, ranging from classical to modern productions. And as if that wasn't enough, the Center also hosts many events put on by the Film Society at Lincoln Center. There are guided tours on a daily basis that explore the world-renowned Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Hall, the New York State Theater (home of the New York City Opera) and the Vivian Beaumont Theater. During the tour, your guides will entertain you with fascinating stories and give you a glimpse of a rehearsal in progress.
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.
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.
The Apollo Theater is a distinguished and legendary landmark in Harlem. Originally it was a burlesque hall for an all-white audience when it opened its doors in 1914, but by the 1930s it became home to legendary jazz greats like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. The theater has been restored, and every Wednesday at 7:30p the stage is opened to amateurs; when heckling is not just common, but expected. There are also musical performances held on other nights. Admission varies. Call for details.
Located at intersection of Wyckoff Avenue and Crescent Avenue, The Gardens of Wyckoff offer a serene refuge to the residents of the town. Lush gardens encourage a variety of flora and fauna to thrive while the nearby pond featuring a small stream offers a perfect spot to dip your toes. A lovely green patch amidst the city, this 12.8 acres (5.17 hectare) sanctuary is soothing to the eye. So pack your picnic baskets and head to The Gardens of Wyckoff for a fun-day out with the family.
This is a historic house and museum depicting the history of over 250 years in New Jersey. Visitors can visit this museum to take a tour of the house, view their collections through various exhibitions and also take part in their educational programs and lectures. This museum is run by the Friends of the Hermitage Inc. who also organize various events that take place on the grounds of Hermitage, attended by a lot of people who come to participate.
This sprawling 103 acre (41.68) historic parkland opened its doors to the public in 1932. The Goffle Brook Park is located near its namesake brook and was landscaped by Frederick Law Olmstead. With many recreational facilities in the offing such as picnic areas, a soccer field, softball ground, dog run zone, fishing, a kids playground and sleigh riding hills, this wonderful park is quite popular in the neighborhood.