An emerald expanse in the thriving, concrete jungle that is New York City, Central Park lies in the heartland of the Manhattan borough. It commences its labyrinthine stretch from Midtown, all the way to Harlem. It was created in 1857 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who envisioned a sprawling green space in the center of the island. The park spans 843 acres (341.15 hectares) and bustles with life throughout the day, even as the layered, multi-hued fold of the city's skyline unfolds at its hem. The park's 21 playgrounds are speckled with ornate fountains, sculptures, myriad bridges and arches, together forming an urbane respite where several come to find peace from the city's chaotic pace. Attractions within the park include the Bethesda Fountain, the Conservatory Garden, Belvedere Castle, and Central Park Zoo.
Built in 1925, St. Lucy's Church was established to serve the city's Italian diaspora. The brick and stone building was constructed in the Romanesque style of architecture, but the real treasures can be found in the church interiors. Studded with awe-inspiring murals, frescoes and sculptural work, the church interiors are a spectacular affair and warrant a visit. Built in 1925, this historic church found its place in the prestigious National Register of Historic Places in the year 1998. St. Lucy's Church is the National Shrine of St. Gerard.
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.
This massive cathedral, situated across from Rockefeller Center on Fifth Avenue is regarded as the largest Catholic cathedral in the United States. With its two soaring 330-foot spires, St. Patrick's Cathedral is also one of the city's most spectacular architectural sights. Construction on the neo-gothic structure had started in 1850 and completed in 1878. Inside, it boasts of numerous altars and stained glass windows, and a giant organ with over 7,300 pipes. Services are held throughout the day, and many New Yorkers stop in for a moment of serenity in their otherwise hectic lives.
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.
The Jacob W. Van Winkle House is a historical home that currently houses the Masonic Club of Lyndhurst. It was included in the National Register of Historic Places in the year 1983.
Visit the Little Road Schoolhouse which operates as a museum by the Lyndhurst Historical Society that showcases exhibits on local history. The building was a school which was originally built in the early 19th Century, then replaced by another building in 1849 and later demolished and rebuilt in 1893 in Queen Anne style of architecture. The building has been added to the U.S National Register of Historic Places as well as the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.
The Meadowlands Museum building is housed in what was originally known as the Yereance-Berry House, it happens to be one of the oldest standing structures in the Meadowlands region. The museum has a collection of information and artifacts about the city in the 19th and 20th Century. Educational trips are usually organized by schools to the museum to educate the younger generation about the history of the house and the surrounding region.
Kingsland Manor is a historic and captivating homestead. This 18th-century Dutch Colonial house in Nutley was built in 1790. Steeped in history, the Manor is set within park-like grounds that overlook Kingsland Pond and waterfalls. It is used for numerous social gatherings such as events, meetings and for the community. You can also avail of private tours upon request. In March 1978, Kingsland Manor was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.