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 Princeton Public Library is dedicated to offering a wide range of books for people of all ages, covering almost every genre. In addition, they have various programs and events for children, parents and young adults.
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 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.
Tucked away in Queens is an old-fashioned testament to film and television. The actual studios of the one-time Paramount East Coast production house are closed, but the museum provides tours about film making where you can see makeup, costumes and well-known movie sets. There are several theaters for film screenings and a gift shop for souvenir hunters.
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.
Skyline Mini-Golf opened to a grand reception in 2012. It is located in the Woodbridge Community Center in the company of a host of entertainment alternatives including an ice skating rink. The synthetic turf winding through artificial waterfalls and manicured lawns boasts a 18-hole golf course and provides panoramic views of New York City. The establishment is family-oriented and plays host to private parties and corporate events. A sanctuary away from the city hustle, this is a great place to spend a day with your family or to finalize that impending business deal.
The Edison Memorial Tower and Museum offers an insight into the life and works of science genius, Thomas Alva Edison. As an ode to his remarkable contribution to the field, this tower museum is built on the very site of his original work laboratory. It houses a great collection of articles, books and photographs on his inventions, as well as family memorabilia. Learn about the mechanism of the phonograph, the electrical distribution and the carbon button transmitter, among over 400 of his patents. A gigantic symbolic representation of his iconic invention, the light bulb, makes its way to the top of the tower. In addition, this museum features on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Kreischer House on Charleston, Staten Island has an interesting story behind it. The historic home, was constructed by German brick-maker Balthasar Kreischer in 1885. This two-storied Late Victorian style mansion is quite irregularly shaped with chimneys and turret protruding from the main structure. The 14 room mansion was converted into a restaurant in 1996. However, it is more well known for being the scene of many tragic killings and is supposedly haunted.