Located in the Corona neighborhood of Queens, this national and city landmark was the home of New Orleans jazz icon Louis Armstrong during the latter half of his life. Today, the house also operates as a museum, where much of the house and its furnishings remain just the way Armstrong and his wife, Lucille, left it. The museum is shown only through guided tours, which last 40 minutes and begin every hour. The tour takes visitors through the house, while also playing audio clips from Armstrong's life, such as him practicing his trumpet or eating a meal, among other things. After the 40-minute tour, visitors are welcome to explore the exhibit area and a Japanese garden.
The New York City Fire Museum is an ode to those at the forefront of the city's safety. Having shifted base a number of times since its inception, the museum now occupies a refurbished firehouse dating back to 1904. The collection on display features steam engines, model fire trucks, cutting edge fire-fighting equipment and gear from the late 18th Century to the present day. The fire related artifacts and memorabilia celebrate the trajectory of the FDNY and honor its heritage. Pay your respects to the 343 firefighters that lost their lives in the 9/11 terror attacks and view objects recovered from Ground Zero. Engage yourself with stories of courage narrated by retired firemen as well as a fire safety education session.
Established in 1782, the Grand Lodge of New York belongs to the Freemasons. This lodge is the governing body of hundreds of lodges that are located in the state. They are known to oversee and help arrange a range of events in the state. Some of these events include blood donation drives and awareness programs to discourage child abuse and consumption of alcohol and drugs. Visitors can take a guided tour of this lodge and learn about its rich history.
Trinity Church Cemetery has graves of many historic and famous personalities including Alexander Hamilton, Robert Fulton, William Bradford among others. Surrounded by 100-year-old oaks and elms, the cemetery is a very peaceful place, with grassy knolls and well maintained paths. This is one of the last remaining cemeteries in the Manhattan area. There are two bronze tablets here that mark the spots where fierce battle took place during the revolution. This cemetery is marked in the National Register of Historic Places and it still offers its services to the New Yorkers.
Located in Battery Park at the very southern tip of Manhattan, this World War II memorial features eight 19-foot (5.8-meter) granite pillars engraved with the names of over 4600 U.S. servicemen who either died or were reported missing overseas in the western Atlantic Ocean during Word War II. The memorial's main attraction is a large bronze eagle which rests on top of a black granite slab in between the two rows of pillars. The memorial neighbors the historic Fort Clinton.
This museum is quite a hidden gem. Created by the Japanese-American sculptor and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi in 1985, the museum documents the history of his life and works. The design of the museum itself is considered to be one of Noguchi's major works. The grounds are home to 12 galleries and an adjoining garden. There are 250 pieces in all, including sculptures made of wood, bronze, clay and steel, as well as video documentaries.
Join a small group on a night tour through Greenwich Village and Harlem to discover the city's exciting jazz nightlight. On this intimate guided tour you'll visit two or three jazz clubs and enjoy the music. Listen to the music and learn about the New York music life and how jazz has evolved. The tour price includes the music and transportation, but drinks and food cost extra.
Located on the second floor of the legendary Carnegie Hall is the Rose Museum. The museum, opened in 1991, houses exhibits and displays about the history of the legendary Carnegie Hall. Exhibits include memorabilia like old programs, photographs, video, posters and more. If you're interested in the fascinating history of these hallowed halls, take a trip to the second floor and check out the Rose Museum.
Located in Central Park, Hallett Nature Sanctuary is an urban forest that was transformed into a bird sanctuary in 1934. Named after the birdwatching enthusiast George Hervey Hallett Jr., this area is spread across an area of 4 acres (1.6 hectares). Overlooking The Pond, this bird sanctuary is visited by migratory birds. Animals like squirrels, turtles and coyotes are also found here. Avid bird watchers can hike along the trails and explore the picturesque area, if it is not during the nesting and migratory season.
With a seating capacity of 425 persons, Laura Pels Theatre is an intimate performance venue which is a part of Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. A hidden gem, offers wonderful productions by some of the most popular writer-director teams and unforgettable performances, all throughout the year. The Laura Pels Theatre dedicates itself to host new plays by established writers, for more on their event schedule, check the website.
Tucked discretely on a foot path near the East Drive of Central Park, Balto, the heroic sled dog that launched the Iditarod, stands guard. Commemorating the malamute that led a sled team to Nome, Alaska in order to prevent a diptheria outbreak in 1924, the statue was commissioned by a group of dog lovers seeking to pay tribute to the pooch's heroic deeds. Surrounded by the lush flora of the park, the Balto statue is a great place for families to unwind between walks.
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.