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.
Open to visitors from April until November, the Bailey Arboretum offers up a world of color during that time: daffodils kick off the season, followed by flowering trees and a variety of annuals and perennials all through the summer. This arboretum has a particularly wonderful collection of conifers, and features a sensory garden for the physically challenged. Many events are hosted here, along with guided walks and other educational opportunities. No entrance fee for children 16 and under; $3 for adults.
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.
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.
Yonkers is one of the most populated cities in New York state, housing about 200,000 people. The place is a cultural mix of Irish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Slavic and Asian people. Major attractions of the city include Yonkers Raceway, Hudson River Museum, Saw Mill River, brew houses and empire city. The place is also famous for it shopping districts called the Getty square, Central Park Avenue and Westchester's Ridge Hill. In addition to this they also have a number of government and private school which are ranked among the best school in the state.
Established in 1848, Church of the Immaculate Conception is one of the oldest places of worship in the city. The imposing church building was constructed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, and is an architectural masterpiece.
St. John's Protestant Episcopal Church is a historic church located at Yonkers, New York. The church, rectory, chapel, school and parish make up the church complex, the church being the first one to be constructed in 1752 with a cruciform plan. The church also features some intricately carved rose windows and stained glass windows. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
Discover the grand history of the Philipse family, their stately residence and its place in the city's history at this fantastic site. Guided tours of the facility are available.
Yonkers Brewing Co. Was established in 2012, and has gained a following among beer enthusiasts in a short span. Tour their brewery for a peek into the process and settle down at the cozy tasting room to sample their finest brews.
A little urban oasis located near the historic train station, Van Der Donck Park is a fine place to pause and take a breather. The park is beautifully landscaped, and features a picturesque boardwalk.