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.
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.
A national historic landmark, Rockefeller Center spans a massive 22 acres (8.90 hectares) in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. The center's namesake, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., was the sole financier of the ambitious project, making this one of the world's largest private building ventures in modern times. The complex is composed of 14 Art Deco buildings built in the 1930s alongside five others - one that was completed in 1947 and another four built in the International Style. The splendid design of these historic buildings is matched by a spectacular array of attractions including the Top of the Rock Observation Deck that grants a show-stopping view of the city, Radio City Music Hall, NBC Studios, several shops, and restaurants. A sprawling complex resplendently embellished with Art Deco details, the Rockefeller Center is a historic treasure with a modern twist.
A visit to Newark Public Library while in the city is a must for those who wish to learn about the culture and history of the city in-depth. The extensive collection of literature, artworks and historic exhibits make it an important landmark and a popular tourist attraction. The Newark Public Library is home to New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center and James Brown African American Room. This main branch of The Newark Public Library first opened its door to the public in 1901 and now has as many as eight locations across the city.
John Ballantine House was the residence of Jeanette and John Holme Ballantine, owner of a local brewery business. Built around 1885, the brick wall structure is an example of Dutch architecture. Converted into a museum, the house has a dining room, a bed room, a billiard room, a library and a parlor. All the rooms have been restored to represent the era in which they were built. Some other rooms have been made into galleries with artifacts that show the changing lifestyle of the people during the 18th Century. The house is part of the Newark Museum showcasing the decorative arts used in the cultural and social life of the county during the 18th and 19th Centuries.
New York's Grand Central Terminal, often inaccurately referred to as the Grand Central Station, is one of Midtown Manhattan's most resplendent architectural jewels and one of the busiest terminals in the world. Completed in 1913, the majestic Beaux-Arts beauty is richly embellished, its interiors a love affair with marble, while the ornamented facade is topped by The Glory of Commerce - a riveting sculpture that depicts Mercury, Hercules and Minerva overlooking the riotous city from a lofty perch, the world's largest Tiffany stained glass clock at their feet. Painted constellations arch above the iconic main hall, featured in any number of movies, its vaulted ceilings an awe-inspiring sight. Today, the building also houses chic shops and a dining concourse, alongside 44 platforms that cater to commuter, intercity and rapid transport trains, attracting commuters and tourists in equal measure.
Kingsland Manor is a historic and captivating homestead. This 18th-century Dutch Colonial house in Nutley was built in 1790. Steeped in history, the Manor is set within park-like grounds that overlook Kingsland Pond and waterfalls. It is used for numerous social gatherings such as events, meetings and for the community. You can also avail of private tours upon request. In March 1978, Kingsland Manor was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Constructed in 1933, the Lilac was a lighthouse tender that carried supplies to lighthouses. It was located in the city of New York. The ship is owned in the form of a museum by Lilac Preservation Project, after having decommissioned in 1972. The general public can engage in a visit, tour the ship and enjoy related activities from May through October, provided stable weather conditions prevail. It was touted as one of America’s only surviving steam lighthouse. Donations are welcomed from among the public for restoration of the Hudson River.
See New York like you've never seen it before at the One World Observatory. Located at the top of the One World Trade Center, this observation deck lets you enjoy the view from the tallest building in the United States. The circular observation deck encircles the building so you can see the city from every angle. Make sure you bring your camera!
Pier 54 located at the West Street and 13th Street is a long open pier, open to the public and beautiful to the eye. This pier is one of Hudson River Park's main event spaces and it comes alive during concerts and parties. The attractive steel arch at the entrance catches your eye, reminding one of the past when the pier was used as a shed for ocean liners. It is now home to some great events, performances and concerts.