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.
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.
This massive cathedral, situated across from Rockefeller Center on Fifth Avenue is regarded as one of the largest Catholic cathedrals in the United States. With its soaring 140-foot (43 meters) 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.
Home to the legendary dance company The Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall is one of the most spectacular and famous performance venues in the United States. Its locale in the heart of the Big Apple has made it a cultural center, particularly during the Christmas season. Originally opened in 1932 and nicknamed "The Palace for the People," Radio City was renovated in 1980. Anybody who is anybody has performed here - New York legends Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis, Jr. are just a few that spring to mind, and to this day, the stage remains a showcase for entertainment royalty.
The American Museum of Natural History is a popular attraction and one of the largest natural history museums in the world. The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts, displays and exhibits, all geared to reveal secrets of the beautiful natural world. The visit begins with skeletons and life-size replicas of elephants, dinosaurs and other extinct creatures, which welcome you as you enter the main hall. Other points of interest include the Hall of Human Biology and Evolution, the Hall of Meteorites, a vast collection of gemstones, an IMAX theater and the Rose Center for Earth and Space planetarium shows (at extra cost), as well as a research library. The museum offers a number of specially customized public and group tours as well as educational programs and trips, enabling visitors to explore the exhibits in detail.
The Hillel House is a Jewish recreation zone, located within the Brooklyn College. This fantastic place features several interesting places to visit such as a kosher cafeteria, 17 Jewish clubs, a conference room, a synagogue, an auditorium and a well-equipped recreation room. This place was created so that Jewish students feel at home, while getting educated at the Brooklyn College. A beautiful and interesting place worth a visit, during a trip to the city.
This historic brick building was built in 1785 by Edward Mooney, a wealthy butcher. Mooney left his home behind when he died in 1800, and since then, the building has been used as a hotel, a pool parlor, a store, a brothel, a restaurant, and is now used as a bank. New York City designated the building as a landmark in 1966. It is the only remaining townhouse from the American Revolutionary period.
Dating back to early 1776, the Jacob Purdy House was the former headquarters of Sir George Washington. One of architect Samuel Horton's renowned works till date, the house, in 1979, was declared a registered monument in the National Register of Historic Place. Over the years, this historic structure has gone on to become an integral part of White Plains' rich history. Today, the house is the headquarters of the White Plains Historical Society.
The magnanimous Clement Clark Moore, the man who gave the moniker of Chelsea to the neighborhood, established this church in 1831. The original chapel features a Greek-revival design, however a few years later, a larger church was constructed right next to the smaller chapel (which is now the rectory) in the Gothic Revival style. The Episcopalian denomination also attends events at the the massive General Theological Seminary right down the street and the church hosts the Atlantic Theater Company in an adjacent building. Also of note, St. Peter's presents Music in Chelsea, a concert series with live music ranging from classical to folk. For more details, check the website or call ahead.
Established in the year 1928, Temple Beth-El is a Reform synagogue. This synagogue is one of the oldest in the Great Neck area. This old congregation is home to hundreds of families. In addition to weekly services and sermons, they also host prayers for Shabbat and other occasions. They also organize events and activities to help the youth pursue Jewish literacy.
This New York landmark has been instrumental in the spread of the teachings of bible and allows the worship of God through Jesus Christ for the people of Big Apple. The church was founded in 1887 as a Catholic Apostolic Church and after more than a century it was handed over to the Lutheran Church in 1995. A fine example of Gothic Revival style of architecture, the striking red-bricked structure is decorated with terra-cotta motifs and dressings, which makes it worth a visit. The church hosts weekly prayer service every Sunday at 11a which attracts the worshipers of Manhattan in large numbers. The church is also host to a concert series known as The Stoop, which allows them stage performances of local and upcoming bands. Call ahead or visit their website to know more.