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.
Built in 1925, St. Lucy's Church was established to serve the city's Italian diaspora. The brick and stone building was constructed in the Romanesque style of architecture, but the real treasures can be found in the church interiors. Studded with awe-inspiring murals, frescoes and sculptural work, the church interiors are a spectacular affair and warrant a visit. Built in 1925, this historic church found its place in the prestigious National Register of Historic Places in the year 1998. St. Lucy's Church is the National Shrine of St. Gerard.
This massive cathedral, situated across from Rockefeller Center on Fifth Avenue is regarded as the largest Catholic cathedral in the United States. With its two soaring 330-foot 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.
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.
The High Line is an urban oasis filled with beautifully manicured landscapes. It sits above the city on old train tracks that were installed as part of the West Side Improvement Project back in 1929. The line was primarily used to transport goods along the Lower West Side, but with the advent of vehicles in the 1950s and more accessible routes elsewhere, the last train eventually ran in 1980. Thereafter, the elevated tracks fell into disrepair, and the whole structure was nearly demolished. It was instead converted into an innovative public park, delighting locals and visitors alike. Today, the High Line is a cherished sanctuary away from the bustle of city life.
Its time to stock up your rucksack and experience the beautiful hinterland of New Jersey through some well-laid out trails by New Jersey Adventure Tours. A number of family-friendly, leisure and high-octane activities await adventure seekers and nature lovers alike. Be it a quiet day at the serene beach, climbing up the challenging crags or traversing the tricky mountain paths through bikes or on foot, New Jersery Adventure Tours has a wide range of activities to choose from. Those looking for a relaxed getaway can instead opt to explore the sprawling vineyards and wineries. The pristine lakes of the boonies offer immense opportunities for fishing enthusiasts. The tour operator proffers basic and advanced training for novices as well as learned anglers.
The Livingston-Benedict House was the residence of William Livingston, who was a war general and, later, governor of New Jersey, and his family. The house itself dates back to the 18th Century but was bought by Farrand N. Benedict in 1857 and, thereafter, his family resided in this two-story house for generations. The house is still a private residence. However, there is a park in front of the house which is dedicated to Governor Livingston and can be visited.
Also doubling up as renowned painter Dannielle Mick's place of work, Lakeside Art Studio is a renowned art institute in the heart of the serene town of Parsippany. One of its key features is the fact that it offers art lessons indoors as well as in the open. Incumbents' artistic minds are influenced by the town's picturesque lakeside setting. Comprehensive art tutoring for groups as well as one-to-one lessons are offered though a number of channels. Lake Art Studio also organizes workshops and art seminars throughout the year. Guests are required to take an appointment before visiting Mick's gallery.
Bow Tie Parsippany Cinemas is a chain of more than 50 movie theaters which has been run by the Moss family for four generations since the early 20th Century. The Bow Tie Parsippany Cinema 12, located in Parsippany, is a great place to go to enjoy the movies. Along with showing the latest blockbuster hits, the theater also organizes special showings of classic and cult films like Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It also has a room which can be booked for private parties.
Be it serving as a serene spot for local moms to take their kids out, or offering an array of sports facilities for the youth, Lake Parsippany Park is one of the township's popular outdoor attractions. Kid-friendly amusement areas, horseshoe pits, walking tracks, bocce and volleyball courts are some of the park's facilities, while it also features a sprawling picnic locale complete with BBQ section and electrical connections. Lofty crags inside the park promise abundant adventure to rock climbers, while an imposing camel sculpture adds to the beauty of the park.
Nestled off Route 46 in the heart of Parsippany, Smith Field Park is a bustling outdoor venue, with a host of playgrounds, courts and picnic areas making it equally popular with leisure seekers of all ages. Apart from well-designed softball, football and soccer turfs, it also boasts of illuminated soccer ground, handball, volleyball and tennis courts. The park's sprawling picnic spot is equipped with barbecue equipment, electricity and a shaded pavilion. With an array of sports amenities, Smith Field Park serves as an ideal location for several league ties of Morris County.