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.
This complex was designated the permanent headquarters for the United Nations in 1952. Many buildings, including the General Assembly Hall, can be viewed on guided tours. When the flags in front of the complex are flying, the Assembly is in session. It is possible to sit in on a council session. Call the information desk for a free ticket. Seats are limited, so make sure you book well in advance. Tours are held every half-hour. Prices and opening times are subject to change.
This stunning memorial was created to honor the people killed on September 11, 2001. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives on September 11, 2001 when terrorists flew planes into the Twin Towers, causing them to collapse. The memorial consists of two pools set in the original site as well as a beautiful plaza. The names of the victims are engraved on paneling along the pools. Visitors can also explore the 9/11 Memorial Museum that features artifacts and stories about the events.
The zigzagging streets and charming brownstones of Greenwich Village have a far more laid back atmosphere than most neighborhoods in the city. The center of New York's gay and student communities lies here, with a variety of funky shopping and nightlife including jazz, rock and dance clubs, restaurants, bars and cafés. By the early 1900s, the Village had fully established itself as the center of radical thinking in the United States. Famous reformers, artists and intellectuals all gathered here and many still do. Do not miss a visit to Washington Square Park, where you will experience the nexus of it all!
The Bronx Zoo is the largest urban zoo in the United States. It houses thousands of animals, ranging from lions and monkeys to sea lions and sloths. The Congo exhibit features lowland gorillas, pythons and other central African animals. A modern zoo, it places animals into re-creations of their own ecosystems. Also, a plethora of activities held at the zoo provide an educating and entertaining experience for adults as well as children. Admission prices vary according to season, so check the website for details.
The heart of this well-known Italian neighborhood is Mulberry Street. Years ago, the vast majority of people who lived here were Italian, but expansion of Chinatown and Italian migration to the suburbs has changed the make-up of the neighborhood. Still, cafes, restaurants and bakeries line the street. Take a walk and smell the fresh baked bread, garlic and sauces. Stop for a glass of wine or tiramisu at a sidewalk cafe, or gorge on the salamis hanging from store windows.
Located Close to the Artists' Gate in Central Park is an imposing bronze sculpture that honors distinguished Cuban illuminary José Julián Martí. Credited to American sculptor Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington, the statue was created with the help of dark barre granite and bronze. The main sculpture rests on a granite pedestal that has inscriptions. The statue of José Julián Martí depicts the final moments of his life when he was fatally injured in the battle against Spain. Apart from being a warrior, he was also a distinguished poet. Because of this, it is befitting that his figurine is one of the sculptures guarding the Artists' Gate.
Although originally meant for the military parades, Sheep Meadow is a large pastoral ground that is so green and inviting that one can't help but sit back and relax here. Going by the name one would expect to see sheep here but they do not inhabit the land anymore. After a day's fun, one can also enjoy a sumptuous meal at restaurant, Tavern on the Green. A great place to enjoy the sun and the greenery all around.
Located within the Central Park Zoo, Tisch Children's Zoo is filled with friendly barnyard animals for the young ones to admire as well as plenty of fun play areas. The zoo features a petting and feeding area with goats, sheep, alpacas, pigs, and more. Children can also climb up a giant spider web, hang out in giant bird eggs, or crawl into a turtle shell, among other activities. Admission to the Children's Zoo is included with the Central Park Zoo admission, but kids under three get in free. Open all year, so check the website for details.
The second oldest building in Central Park, the Arsenal is an added attraction for the park. It has various kinds of exhibitions and thematic shows that dwell on contemporary art reflecting historic and entertaining aspects. It has played the role of a weather bureau and a zoo as well. Because of its multifaceted usefulness, the Arsenal has escaped from ruin over the course of time. A visit to the Central Park is truly incomplete without a visit here.