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.
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.
This powerhouse in the modern art world doubles as one of the best-known museums on the globe. Its galleries burst with intriguing exhibits showcasing mediums ranging from painting and drawing to print and illustration. Photography fans will also find a lot to love at the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art). Classic artworks closely associated with the museum include Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe and Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon. Should your appetite for food begin to compete with your appetite for art, there is a charming restaurant on site, as well as a gift shop to browse on your way out.
Soaring to a height of 1,454 feet (443.2 meters), this 102-story skyscraper held the title of the world's tallest for close to four decades after its completion in 1931. Despite being surpassed in height, the Empire State Building remains one of the United States' best-known and most iconic modern wonders. The building's Art Deco design is the work of the architect William F. Lamb, who drew up the plans over a mere two weeks using the Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem as a template. Replete with stunning architectural details best showcased by the lavish lobby, the Empire State Building is a splendid jewel of the Art Deco variety. The highlights of the Empire State Building are its two observation decks, perched on the 86th and 102nd floors of the building. From here, awe-inspiring views of New York City await, the vista transforming from a sun-dappled, urban landscape by day to a glittering sea of lights by night. Often, the tower's lofty pinnacle is lit up in myriad colors to celebrate various special occasions and anniversaries throughout the year, accompanied by spectacular light shows that are visible for miles around.
Governor's Comedy Club in Levittown, located at a 45-minute drive from Long Island, is a great place to unwind if you like stand-up comedy. The club has been host to the performances of a number of renowned national artists like Dom Irrera and Tim Gage who have driven the crowd mad with laughter by their gags. The club is dimly lit and has a capacity to host up to 220 spectators at a time. The show usually starts early in the evening and offers dining and drinking. So if you do not have time to go out for dinner, then you choose from a variety of burgers, sandwiches and pizzas and pair it with a beer pint or a cocktail on offer. Book your seats online in advance by visiting their website so that you do not miss out on the performances of your favorite artists.
Built in the 1920s by Rice Brother Corporation, Shearwater is the largest and the most elegant wooden Schooner sailing in the New York Harbor. It also finds mention in the National Register of Historic Places and has a colorful history to boast about. The yacht is currently operated by Manhattan by Sail Company, which takes you on a 90 minutes tour of the New York Harbor, and one can catch glimpses of attractions like Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and so forth and can accommodate 48 guests.
The Directors Guild Theater is one of the best venues in heart of Midtown Manhattan for corporate events, private movie screenings, post event parties and receptions. DGA theater which is located in the Directors Guild of America building, has the city's best film screening facilities. With a seating capacity of 436, the theater is famous for its star studded film premier nights.
This Times Square comedy club will add spice to your evening with its roster of top comedians. A descending staircase leads patrons to a lively bar scene. In the bright showroom, snack on scrumptious calamari and Buffalo wings while America's top comics perform. Jerry Seinfeld, Margaret Cho and Colin Quinn have all performed their material at this famous forum. There is a two-drink minimum, as well as a cover charge.
A premier venue for first run and revival foreign films, this one-screen theater harks back to a time when movie-watching was a cultural experience. With a prime location next to the world famous Plaza Hotel, it is a favorite with New Yorkers as well as tourists looking for films that reflect cinematic essence. A preferred choice for hosting cultural happenings, the Paris Theater is often completely sold out, so check the website for details of upcoming events.