The Sands Point Preserve makes full use of its 216 acres: landscaped gardens lead to tangles of trees, meadows become cliffs overlooking beaches, vines of honeysuckles and other flowers surround a freshwater pond, and a castle sits on sweeping lawns. Explore Long Island history by touring the elegant gray-stone Hempstead House or the French eclectic Falaise, after exploring the natural beauty of this diverse environment on 6 marked trails. Educational visits are welcomed, and festivals or special events often take advantage of the spectacular scenery.
A splendid public Arboretum and a beautiful historic site, the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park encompasses nearly 500 acres of landscaped grounds. Follow picturesque paths past greenhouses and lawns, through formal gardens, woodland, and exquisite plant collections. The property was originally a Gold Coast estate and several of the historic buildings remain, including a Tudor Revival mansion known as Coe Hall, a 65-room structure which may be toured throughout the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Educational programs for all ages, musical and artistic events, plant shows, wedding photography, and school programs utilize this marvelous resource. See website for visiting and membership details.
Located on 28 acres (11 hectares) of beautiful gardens and woodlands, this non-profit cultural institution overlooks the Hudson River. Wave Hill is dedicated to exploring the interaction between human beings and the natural environment. It maintains four historic buildings and five greenhouses and has won many awards for its gardens. Its Arts Program presents the work of contemporary artists and landscape professionals. Partake in educational, horticultural and art programs that are held at the cultural center from time to time. Come enjoy the feast of nature in its own arms.
At over 897 acres (363 hectares), the Flushing Meadows Corona Park is Queens' largest and New York City's fourth-largest. It is the site of two former world's fairs, one in 1939 and the other in 1964, as well as the home to the famous symbol of the 1964 Fair: the Unisphere. While its immaculate pastures are home to several public facilities such as the Shea Stadium, the home of the mighty New York Mets, the USTA National Tennis Center, along with the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Museum of Art, the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Citi Field and the Louis Armstrong Stadium are definitely Flushing Meadow's most noticeable sights. The park really comes to life during the American Open, when it receives its highest number of attendees.
This beautiful Brooklyn park was created by the same architects responsible for the splendid Central Park in Manhattan. Unlike its more famous cousin in Manhattan, Prospect Park sits pretty amidst a primarily residential area and is not surrounded by skyscrapers. Many Olmsted fans dub this 526 acre (212.87 hectare) park his crowning achievement. It features horseback riding, ice skating, tennis, paddle boats and a carousel, as well as the Prospect Park Wildlife Center. There is a band shell for concerts, and Prospect Lake is often teeming with ducks, geese and swans.
Covering 250 acres (101 hectares), the New York Botanical Garden is a blend of rocks, waterfalls, hills, rivers, woods, ponds, plants, and of course, flowers. The property is beautiful and a National Landmark and includes an interactive area for children. The restored Enid A. Haupt Conservatory is a Victorian-era greenhouse. Don't forget to visit the Shop in the Garden - a store which offers a wide range of goods, from books and garden products to jewelry and body products. Admission prices are higher during peak season, so check the website for details. For those interested in fresh fruits and vegetables, the garden hosts a farmer's market from June through November each year.
Gibson Guitar Studios is no ordinary venue; it is steeped in musical history and Michael Jackson's 1982 hit Thriller was recorded right here in these premises! Other well known artists who've jammed here for rehearsals include the eccentric singer-songwriter Moby, Bruce Springsteen and rock star Lenny Kravitz. Private parties and events are held here and needless to say, the clientele are big enchiladas in the entertainment world. Call for open hours and upcoming events.
In New York city's core, the David Rubenstein Atrium - Lincoln Center is a major cultural center of the city. More than ten very prestigious organizations have associated themselves with the center. You can take a guided tour of about two hours. Some of the best concert halls of the city are at the center where you can catch the weekly free performances. For some of its shows, the Atrium also gives discount tickets. There is also an on-site restaurant along with a bookstore, a well-stocked library and gift shops. Since its inception, the David Rubenstein Atrium - Lincoln Center has become a renowned center of excellence!
The Gapstow Bridge and The Pond are the added attractions of Central Park and were designed 125 years ago. A very good example of the traditional architecture of Central Park, the Gapstow was a wooden bridge that was supported by railings made of cast iron. But later it was converted into a stone bridge in the year 1896. The pond under the bridge adds the perfect amount of beauty to the strong looking bridge, marking the balance between both the structures that have stood the test of time. A must visit for all those visiting the magnificent Central Park.
Established in the year 1884, The Grolier Club remains famous as one of the oldest bibliographic collections of America. Christened after noted Renaissance art collector Jean Grolier, the literature treasure trove aims to acquaint visitors with the school of arts associated with publications. The club's library stocks in an impressive assemblage of titles narrating the history of book-selling, binding and book printing. One of its public exhibitions features exhibits like old prints and manuscripts, which are regarded to be equally significant as sculpted works and paintings. Visitors to the Grolier Club must be members or they can visit by an appointment only.
One of the attractions that Central Park has to offer is the Literary Walk. It is at the southernmost end of the Mall and though most of the statues are dedicated to writers, Christopher Columbus is the only one without the sobriquet of scribe. This end of the park however, proudly displays sculptures of literary figures like Shakespeare, Walter Scott, Robert Burns and others. At the other end of the mall you will find the Naumburg Bandshell and the fabled Bethesda Fountain.
The imposing Bank of America Tower stands tall at 1200 feet (366 meters) and remains one of the lankiest structures in NYC's Manhattan and Midtown areas. Situated on the busy Sixth Avenue, facing the Bryant Park, the lofty skyscraper is popular as one of the most sustainable structures of the world. In terms of its height, it only stands behind the Empire State Building, 432 Park Avenue and One World Trade Center and holds the crown of being the sixth tallest edifice in the country.