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.
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.
Yonkers is one of the most populated city 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.
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.
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.
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.