Exotic Car Rentals and New York City Travel Guide
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The Greater New York area is full
of attractions for all ages. New York City – the so-called Big Apple, America’s
largest city and home of the Statue of Liberty National Monument – reigns
as capital of the world, an economic powerhouse with the most diverse selection
of entertainment, museums and restaurants imaginable. Destruction of the
World Trade Center has altered New York City’s skyline, but not its indestructible
spirit, and visitors from everywhere continue flocking to the “city that
never sleeps -- even when it’s dark. In synch with New York City accommodations,
fitting any budget and taste, New York City also boasts a restaurant to
fit every palate and pocketbook, from mom and pop delis and pasta places
to five-star bastions of exclusivity. Manhattan and
Island are islands; Queens
and Brooklyn are on the western tip of Long Island. So, of New York City’s
five boroughs, only the Bronx is part of the mainland. Yet, there is an
island that‘s part of the Bronx and yet feels like a New England fishing
village: City Island, a marine-related community with fishing, boating,
restaurants and snack bars. For the record, Manhattan has no Main Street,
although there is a Main Street in each of the other boroughs and on Roosevelt
Island. Why is New York City called the Big Apple? In the 1920s, John Fitzgerald,
a sportswriter for the Morning Telegraph overheard stable hands in New Orleans
refer to NYC's racetracks as the Big Apple so he named his column Around
the Big Apple. A decade later, jazz musicians adopted (and adapted) the
term in reference to New York City, especially Harlem, as the world’s jazz
capital. As lore goes, there are many apples on the tree of success, but
when you pick New York City, you pick the Big Apple.
Below is a list of some suggested things to do and see in the New York
Metropolitan Area, with links to more details when available.
American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History, in Midtown Manhattan, offers
permanent and changing exhibits covering Asian, American Indian, Pacific
islanders, South American, Aztec and Mayan cultures. It also features
one of the world’s largest fossils displays, including a Tyrannosaurus
Rex and Apatosaurus, plus other exhibits ranging from human body to
animals and minerals.
Central Park West at 79th Street. (212) 769-5100
A major entertainment landmark, Harlem's Apollo Theater was originally
known as Hurtig & Seamon's New (Burlesque) Theater, with vaudeville
and burlesque for white audiences. In 1934, Frank Schiffman, a white
entrepreneur, started showcasing leading black entertainers for mixed
audiences, putting the Apollo forever on the map. Legends such as Billie
Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Dinah Washington played the Apollo, where
amateur nights jump-started careers for Pearl Bailey, James Brown, and
Gladys Knight. Wednesday is amateur night. Back-stage tours, in groups
of up to 20 take place daily, linking past, present and future. Gift
shop merchandise includes vintage Apollo items.
253 West 125th Street, near Frederick Douglass Boulevard. (212) 749-5838
As for the Bronx, some say how Swede it is, since it was settled
in 1639 and named for the Swedish settler Jonas Bronck. More than 60
landmarks and historic districts are in the Bronx, including the Edgar
Allen Poe Cottage on the Grand Concourse and the Van Cortlandt Mansion
and Museum in Van Cortlandt Park. Wave Hill, a former private estate
once home to Mark Twain and Theodore Roosevelt, among others, has spectacular
views overlooking the Hudson River and New Jersey’s soaring 500-foot
cliffs, the Palisades. Its 28-acres, given to the city for use as a
public garden, also has wooded paths, herb and flower gardens, and benches
for contemplation. The Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Park show cases
more than 600 species indoor in indoor/outdoor environments.
Bronx Zoo, Fordham Road, off the Bronx River Parkway. (718) 367-1010
Edgar Allen Poe Cottage, Poe Park, 2460 Grand Concourse. (718) 881-8900
Van Cortlandt Mansion and Museum, Broadway at 246th Street, Van Cortlandt
Park, Riverdale. (718) 543-3344
Wave Hill, 675 West 252nd Street. (718) 549-3200
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Open since 1899, Brooklyn Children’s Museum is the world’s first
for youngsters, with nearly 27,000 cultural objects and natural history
specimens. The Museum's first home was in Adams Building, a Victorian
mansion in Brooklyn’s
Bedford Park, in 1923 renamed
Brower Park. Parlor rooms and halls held exhibits, with workshops and
a library upstairs. Youngsters were encouraged to participate, not just
look. Driving force Anna Billings Gallup becoming curator in 1904, and
invented ways for children to use the Museum. During the 1930s Depression,
federal WPA workers made improvements, while the Museum expanded its
take-home program, now called the Portable Collections. After WWII,
the BCM helped children prepare for the space age. By 1967, the
expanded BCM’s Adams and Smith mansions were deemed beyond repair. Temporary
space, called “The Muse,” in a renovated pool hall and auto showroom
opened in 1968, leading to experiments with dance and music classes.
In 1977, BCM's Brower Park building opened on the Smith mansion site
with other building structures recycled into the architecture. Visitors
enter through a trolley kiosk from the 1900's. A People Tube --
a huge sewer pipe -- connects four exhibit floors, and a corn oil tank
serves as The Tank -- an amphitheater.
45 Brooklyn Avenue, at St. Marks Avenue. (718) 735-4400
A park since 1842, Bryant Park’s midtown location – one block from
Times Square – is a big lunch hour destination in warm weather, typically
hosting more than 5,000 workers on a football field-sized lawn. Amenities
include a French-style carousel (mid-park on 40th Street), chess tables,
free yoga classes, 25,000 varieties of flowers, and free wireless access.
Bryant Park provides multiple venues for year-round events and gatherings.
Six flower beds border Bryant Park’s lawn to the north and south—three
on the shady south side and three on the sunny north. Along the northern
and southern sides are twin promenades bordered by London plane trees
(Platanus acerifolia), the same species found at the Jardin des Tuileries
in Paris, and contributing to Bryant Park’s European aura.
Behind New York Public Library between 40th and 42nd streets.
Since Walter Damrosch conducted the first Young People's Concert
in 1891, Carnegie Hall has taught all ages about music. Each season
includes concerts for families, workshops for teachers and musicians,
programs for students and schools, and free concerts in NYC neighborhoods.
One-hour backstage tours, (212) 903-9765, detail the story of Andrew
and Louise Carnegie and how the Hall was saved from demolition in 1960.
Carnegie's century-long performance tradition showcased artists from
Tchaikovsky to Mahler, from Horowitz to Callas to Bernstein, Judy Garland
and the Beatles. Gift shop merchandise
strikes a chord celebrating the Hall's 111-year-plus history.
Corner of 57th Street and Seventh Avenue. (212) 247-7800
Designed in 1858 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, envisioning
a wooded urban oasis from treeless, rocky terrain and stagnant swampland,
Central Park is New York City’s backyard -- a place where people of
all social and ethnic backgrounds mingle. The 843-acre Central Park,
covering six percent of Manhattan, has more than 26,000 trees, 58 miles
of scenic paths, and nearly 9,000 benches on 843 acres. Attracting 25
million people a year, it also houses the
Central Park Zoo and Wildlife Center, lakes, boathouse, sports
facilities and entertainment. Four visitor centers are: Belvedere Castle,
a 19th century stone castle and home to the Henry Luce Nature Observatory;
The Dairy Visitor Center and Gift Shop, in a Victorian building with
a reference library; Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, with hands-on
exhibits; and North Meadow Recreation center, with indoor/outdoor climbing
walls, basketball and handball courts. At least eight different free,
volunteer-led walking-tours are sponsored by the Central Park Conservancy,
Belvedere Castle, mid-park at 79th Street. (212) 772-0210
The Dairy at Central Park, Mid-Park at 65th Street. (212) 794-6567
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 110th Street and Lenox Avenue. (212)
North Meadow Recreation Center, mid-park at 97th Street. (212) 348-4867
Cheapies and Freebies
New York City has hundreds of no-cost or low-cost pleasures from
concerts, plays, and museums to TV show tapings, and tours throughout
the five boroughs. For a start on cheapies and freebies, drop by NYC’s
Official Visitor Information Center at 810 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street,
the City Hall Park Visitor Information Kiosk downtown at the southern
tip of City Hall Park, or the Harlem Visitor Information Kiosk uptown
at the State Office Building plaza at 163 West 125th Street and Adam
Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard. Awaiting are hundreds of brochures and
expert, multilingual visitor counselors to advise on all things New
Saved from being paved over by a failed highway project, historic
Chelsea Piers has emerged into a $120 million privately financed 30-plus
complex housing a golf driving range, ice- and roller-skating, bowling,
and a health club. With the
Statue of Liberty National Monument
as part of the panorama, four once-neglected piers – 59, 60, 61, and
62 – also have shops and restaurants. Luxury liners of yesteryear once
departed from the Piers amid hoopla and champagne. In 1910, the Chelsea
Piers debuted with speeches noting eight-years of construction after
three decades of talk. In 1907, even before the Piers were done, the
Lusitania and Mauretania docked there. For the next 50 years, Chelsea
Piers was the city's premier passenger ship terminal, an embarkation
point for WWI and WWII soldiers, and finally, a cargo terminal. Obsolescence
struck with jets and container ships requiring facilities Manhattan
could never provide. Redevelopment of the four surviving Chelsea Piers
brings to mind the days when the famed White Star and Conrad Lines,
with as many as 20 stacks in view, prepared to sail. As the high and
mighty disembarked, so did immigrants from steerage below, by 1910 arriving
daily by the thousands. Most ships came first to Chelsea Piers, before
transferring to ferries bound for Ellis Island and freedom.
Golf Club, Pier 59. (212) 336-6400
Sports Center, Pier 60. (212) 336-6000
Sky Rink, Ice Hockey, Pier 61. (212) 336-6100
Roller Rink, Field House, Pier 62. (212) 336-6500, (212) 336-6200
Chinatown and Civic Center
Lower Manhattan adjacent to the Civic Center, New York City's
Chinatown, a packed neighborhood still growing rapidly, is the largest
Chinatown in the U.S., with the largest concentration of Chinese in
the western hemisphere! Both a tourist attraction and the home of the
majority of Chinese New Yorkers, Chinatown has hundreds of restaurants
(especially on Mott, Pell and Doyers streets), booming fruit and fish
markets, and shops for knickknacks and sweets on winding, crowded streets.
The Civic Center, anchored by City Hall, is a landmark building which
has been the seat of City government for 186 years. The Museum of Chinese
in the Americas (MoCa) has exhibits of national scope.
Museum of Chinese in the Americas, 70 Mulberry Street at Bayard. (212)
Built for auto tycoon Walter Chrysler in “Style Moderne,” the building
exemplifies the machine age in architecture, symbolic of 1920s New York.
In the summer of 1929, Chrysler was battling Wall Street’s Bank of Manhattan
Trust Company for the title of world's tallest building. In spring,
1930, just when it looked like the bank would prevail for the coveted
title, Chrysler’s crew jacked a needle-thin spire through the top of
the crown to claim the title of world's tallest at 1,046 feet. Since
Chrysler wanted not only the world's tallest structure, but also a bold
structure, he decorated his skyscraper with hubcaps, mudguards, and
hood ornaments, just like his cars, hoping such a distinctive building
would make his car company a household name. The Chrysler Building is
now recognized as New York City's greatest display of Art Deco, characterized
by sharp angular or zigzag surface forms and ornaments. Four months
after completion of the Chrysler Building, the new
Empire State Building claimed title
of the world’s tallest.
405 Lexington Avenue. The Cloisters The Cloisters, in upper Manhattan,
is a branch of the
Metropolitan Museum of Art including
parts of five French cloisters, a Romanesque chapel, and gardens. Fort
Tryton Park. (212) 937-3700.
National Design Museum
Housed in the Andrew Carnegie mansion and considered the design
authority of the United States,
Cooper-Hewitt - National Design Museum,
a part of the Smithsonian Institution, is the nation’s only museum devoted
exclusively to historic and contemporary design. Holdings encompass
diverse, comprehensive collections of design works, tracing history
of design through more than 250,000 objects spanning 23 centuries from
the Han Dynasty (200 B.C.) to the present. Special strengths of the
library include a 6,500-volume rare book collection and a world's fair
collection containing more than 1,000 items from guides to ephemera.
Corner of Fifth Avenue and 91st Street. (212) 839-8351.
Lower Manhattan’s Ellis Island, point of entry to millions of immigrants
from 1892 to 1924, has exhibits relating the history of the processing
station. Among immigrants passing through and going on to illustrious
careers are: Irving Berlin, musician, arrived in 1893 from Russia; Marcus
Garvey, politician, arrived 1916 from Jamaica; Bob Hope, comedian, arrived
in 1908 from England; Knute Rockne, football coach, arrived in 1893
from Norway; and the von Trapp family of
Sound of Music fame, arrived in 1938 from Austria.
New York Harbor, near
Statue of Liberty National Monument.
Empire State Building
Midtown’s famed Empire State Building, at 1,454 feet tall, was built
in 1931 in Art Deco style with 2 million square feet of office space
and an observation tower on the 102nd floor. Construction took one year
and 45 days including Sundays and holidays with 7 million man hours.
The cost ($24,718,000) was halved by onset of the Depression, with the
total cost ending at $40,948,900, including land. The observation area
is open 365 days from 9:30 a.m. to midnight, with the last elevator
heading up at 11:15 p.m.
350 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. (212) 736-3100
Informing and inspiring clothes horses, New York’s Fashion Institute
of Technology (FIT) shows off thousands of designer costumes, accessories,
fabrics and the work of renowned fashion photographers in the Institute’s
free museum. Dedicated to documentation of fashion and style for all
levels of society, the museum interprets design from magnificent Balenciagas
to sturdy denim within social and cultural contexts. For a fashion update,
Macy’s group tour, at $10 per person, discusses the history of the world’s
largest department store, from 1857 beginnings to its status today with
more than two million square feet of selling space.
Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street. (212)
Macy’s, 151 West 34th Street, Visitor Center on 34th Street Balcony.
The triangular shape of the Flatiron Building (an early skyscraper)
produced wind currents that made women’s skirts billow, spurring police
to create the term “23 skiddoo” when shooing away gawkers assembling
for the show. The building apex, just six feet wide, expands into a
limestone wedge adorned with Gothic and Renaissance details of Greek
faces and terra cotta flowers.
175 Fifth Avenue, between 22nd and 23rd streets.
Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War general and two-term U.S. president,
rests beside his wife Julia in the largest mausoleum in the U.S. The
two grand sarcophagi are modeled after Napoleon's tomb in Les Invalides
in Paris. The white granite mausoleum overlooking the Hudson River and
Riverside park was completed in 1897, and also displays Grant memorabilia
and Civil War artifacts. More than one million people attended the parade
and dedication ceremony of Grant's Tomb, on April 27, 1897. Admission
122nd Street and Riverside Drive. (212) 666-1640
Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, an “outdoor museum” filled with
extraordinary works of sculpture and architecture, is home to graves
of national figures including musical great Leonard Bernstein, artist
Louis Comfort Tiffany, newspaperman Horace Greeley and William “Bill
the Butcher” Poole, the 19th-century gang leader depicted in Martin
Scorsese’s film Gangs of New York. The cemetery conducts regular public
tours year-round for $10. Self-guided walking tours are also available.
500 25th Street, Brooklyn. (718) 788-7850
Lower Manhattan’s Greenwich Villages, east, central, and west, are
long the focal point of New York's artistic and literary life, and a
popular visitor attraction with lively street activity in and around
historic Washington Square.
Ground Zero Museum Workshop
Daily interactive, hands-on tours of the future site of the Ground
Zero Museum, located about an 8-minute cab or subway ride from the Ground
Zero site, including the Gary Marlon Suson collection of photographs
illustrating recovery efforts, and artifacts recovered from the remains
of the 9/11 attack, are given every day in English, French, Spanish
and Italian, located in Manhattan's Meat Packing District. Tours are
90 minutes in length, and advance purchase of tickets is required.
420 West 14th Street, 2nd Floor (between 9th Avenue and Washington Street),
Manhattan. (212) 209-3370
Tracing the history of journalism and the CNN news gathering process
with insight on how control rooms operate, Inside CNN provides guided
45-minute tours departing every 10 minutes, at the Time Warner Center.
10 Columbus Circle, near southwest corner of Central Park, between West
58th and 60th Streets. (866) 4-CNN-NYC.
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Built to resemble a small Himalayan Temple, the Jacques Marchais
Museum of Tibetan Art is one of only two Himalayan-style, monastery
buildings in the Western world and is the only one in the U.S. An intricate
altar within this little known treasure was blessed by H.H. the Dalai
Lama in 1991. The museum collection includes Tsong Khapa (1357-1410)
in unbaked, painted clay from the 14th century and Shakyamuni Buddha,
in gilded metal alloy from 18th century China. Also on grounds are meditation
gardens, and a pond for lotus and fish. The museum’s gift shop stocks
items handmade by Tibetans living in exile, along with fine art reproductions,
jewelry, mysterious ritual objects, unusual books, sacred music CDs,
incense and many exotic, one-of-a-kind items. Events and programs throughout
the year include the annual Tibetan Rug Bazaar, a Walking Meditation
Series, and a Tibetan Festival with henna body painting. In a residential
neighborhood, museum parking is limited and visitors are asked to guard
against blocking driveways. Hours throughout the year are Wednesday
to Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, $5 for adults,
and $3 for seniors/students.
338 Lighthouse Avenue, Staten Island. (718) 987-3500
The Jewish Museum, in Upper Manhattan, is the largest such museum
in the world outside Israel, with exhibitions covering 4,000 years of
Jewish art, history and culture.
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street. (212) 423-3200
Little Italy in Lower Manhattan, and the place to buy Italian cheeses,
sausages and breads, is an excellent place for immersion into Old World
atmosphere. In summer, al fresco dining on Mulberry Street is reminiscent
of an evening in Naples or Rome.
Long Island Vineland Tour
Tour the vineyards and taste the wines produced at the east end
of Long Island, in limousines and party buses with a variety of packages
available. 111 Albany Avenue, Freeport. (718) 946-3868
Madame Tussauds New York
In Times Square, Madame Tussauds provides schmooze opportunity with
famed personas, where visitors can stand beside life-like replicas of
A-listers, icons, world leaders, and politicians. Interactive action
includes Sing for Simon on American Idol and Chamber of Horrors, Madame’s
234 West 42nd Street, between Seventh and Eighth avenues. (212) 512-9600,
Madison Square Garden
Madison Square Garden, on Seventh Avenue between 31st and 33rd streets,
has long been the venue for things memorable, from the NFL Draft, CBS
Television's Fall Premiere, Con Edison's Shareholder Meetings, Product
Launches for Intel, presidential birthday fetes including when Marilyn
Monroe sang happy birthday to JFK, and religious conferences. The
Madison Square Garden Theater is home
to the timeless holiday classic, A Christmas Carol.
4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York. (212) 307-7171
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world’s great museums,
features Egyptian, Greek and Roman art collections, as well as European
and Oriental paintings and sculptures, antiques, plus other art forms
from around the globe.
Fifth Avenue and 81st Street. (212) 570-3711
Museum of American Financial History
Tracing growth, opportunity and entrepreneurship, the Museum of
Financial History, showcases Wall Street activity, the role of capital
markets as engines of progress, and American business achievements.
The Museum occupies the site of Alexander Hamilton's law office and
the former headquarters of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company,
directly opposite the famous Charging Bull statue. Collection items
include ticker tape from the 1929 crash, a working model stock ticker,
and the earliest photograph of Wall Street. As the 35th affiliate of
the Smithsonian Institution, the museum’s message is how a democratic
free market economy creates growth and opportunity -- the story of the
American dream. The Museum serves as a good starting point for visits
to the Financial District.
28 Broadway. (212) 908-4609
Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan displays 20th century
paintings, sculptures, drawings, and more.
11 West 53rd Street. (212) 708-9480
New York Boat Brunch Cruises
On Sundays from noon to 2 p.m., mid-July through October, The 85-foot
Festiva, accommodating up to 100, does New Orleans-style Sunday brunch
cruises to George Washington Bridge. Brunch, catered by Sylvia’s Restaurant
of Harlem, includes one complimentary beverage, plus fried chicken,
baked ham, collards, macaroni and cheese, and more. Cost: $50 for adults,
$25 for under age 7. Other cruise charter options are available.
79th Street Boat Basin, A-dock, New York, New York. (212) 496-8625 or
New York Botanical Garden and
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The New York Botanical Garden is home to the nation’s largest Victorian
glasshouse, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, a New York City landmark
that has showcased NYBG’s distinguished tropical, Mediterranean, and
desert plant collections since 1902. At the Brooklyn Botanic Garden,
tours, concerts, dance performances, and symposia are always on the
roster, as well as special one-time events featuring elements of the
Garden at their peak. Each spring, BBG celebrates the flowering of the
Japanese cherry trees with our annual Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom
Festival), and each fall is spiced up with a multicultural Chile Pepper
New York Botanical Garden, 200th Street and Southern Boulevard. (718)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington
Avenue. (718) 623-7200
New York City Police Museum
From Colonial beginnings to official establishment in 1845 to the
present, the New York City Police Museum, in historic Lower Manhattan,
captures the rich history of the New York Police Department (NYPD),
providing abundant insider glimpses. Permanent exhibits include turn-of-the-century
mug shots, photos of notorious criminals and “tools of the trade,” a
display of police vehicles, and a model of a jail cell. The museum also
pays tribute to every NYPD officer killed in the line of duty throughout
100 Old Slip. (212) 480-3100
The New York Public Library
Origins of the New York Public Library, housing more than six million
volumes, date to when one-time governor Samuel J. Tilden (1814-1886)
bequeathed most of his fortune -- about $2.4 million -- to establish
and maintain a free library and reading room. New York already had the
Astor and Lenox libraries, the Astor created through John Jacob Astor
(1763-1848), a German immigrant who became the wealthiest man in America
and left $400,000 for a reference library. James Lenox left his personal
collection of rare books (including the first Gutenberg Bible to come
to the New World), but it was intended for bibliophiles and scholars.
By 1892, both the Astor and Lenox libraries were in financial straits,
and a plan was devised to consolidate Astor, Lenox, and Tilden resources
to form The New York Public Library. The system now includes 85 libraries,
with collections totaling 6.6 million items, providing free information
on a scale unmatched by any other institution. In 1995, The New York
Public Library celebrated the centennial of its founding. One-hour building
tours of the landmark facility begin at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m, with groups
of 10 or more by appointment..
42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. (212) 930-0800.
New York Skyride
New York Skyride, in Midtown Manhattan, consists of two 40-seat
big screen flight simulator theaters, featuring a wild ride over Manhattan's
Empire State Building, second floor. (212) 279-9777
New York Stock Exchange
Lower Manhattan’s New York Stock has a visitor's gallery and self-guided
tours. A tree outside symbolizes the buttonwood where traders once gathered
to exchange stocks. 20 Broad Street. (212) 656-3000.
Radio City Music Hall
Upon the 1929 market crash, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. held a $91
million, 24-year lease on a midtown Manhattan tract in the “speakeasy
belt with plans dashed for a new
Metropolitan Opera House. Rockefeller
boldly decided to build an entire complex targeting commercial tenants,
although Manhattan was awash in vacancy and despair. Partnering with
fledgling Radio Corporation of America, whose NBC radio and RKO studios
boomed despite bad times, Rockefeller also brought in S.L. Roxy
Rothafel, a theatrical genius using razzle-dazzle décor to revive struggling
theaters across America. Resulting was a theater unlike any other within
the Radio City part of the
Rockefeller Center complex. Radio City
Music Hall, a palace for the people with quality entertainment at ordinary
prices, has since attracted more than 300 million for shows, movies,
and special events. It still looms large, and over 75 years its Radio
City Rockettes have kicked their way into icon status. The restored
Music Hall reflects original grandeur of opening night, 1932, with behind-the-scenes
upgrades. Stage Door Tour guests explore the Great Stage and its ‘30s
vintage hydraulic system. See Roxy’s renowned private suite with 12-feet
high gold leaf ceilings, and meet a Rockette. One-hour walking tours
depart from the Music Hall lobby.
1260 Avenue of the Americas, Sixth Avenue and 50th Street. (212) 307-7171
Rockefeller Center, with 24 acres of underground shops, changed
the form of Midtown Manhattan, becoming one of the most successful urban
planning projects in history. The vast project provided thousands of
jobs during the Depression and restored the image of New York as the
premier American city. Rockefeller Center is an art deco marvel consisting
of 19 commercial buildings covering 11 acres from 49th to 52nd Streets,
Fifth to Seventh Avenues. Thirty Rockefeller Plaza, the RCA headquarters,
was the largest and first built, and stands as the centerpiece, and
now General Electric’s initials brighten the rooftop for the home of
NBC. Hour-long studio tours include production areas of various TV shows.
The NBC Store also has souvenirs from shows such as The Tonight Show
with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Saturday Night
Bounded by Fifth Avenue, 48th Street, Sevenue Avenue and West 51st Street.
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
St. Patrick's Cathedral, one of the nation’s largest houses of worship,
is in Midtown Manhattan with seating for 2,400, and a pipe organ with
more than 7,380 pipes. Fifth Avenue at 50th Street. (212) 753-2261
Home of the New York Mets, Queen’s Shea Stadium was originally to
be called Flushing Meadow Park. It ended up named after William Alfred
Shea, an attorney instrumental in acquiring a new team after the departure
of the Giants and Dodgers. Proximity to LaGuardia Airport makes Shea
Stadium the noisiest outdoor ballpark in the Majors. Site selection
was done in winter, according to lore, when flight paths were different
than during baseball season. When a Met hits a homer at Shea, a red
Big Apple rises out of a black top hat, although some say it looks more
like a big kettle.
123-01 Roosevelt Avenue. (718) 507-METS
SoHo and TriBeCa
Within a quarter of a square mile, SoHo has roughly 250 art galleries,
four museums, nearly 200 restaurants, and 100 stores. Blocks south of
Houston (pronounced HOW-ston) and north of Canal streets are home to
the city's largest concentration of cast-iron fronted buildings, built
as warehouses and manufacturing spaces, but converted to living spaces,
called lofts, for artists and sculptors who appreciated the larger spaces.
These 19th-century architectural gems (often Victorian Gothic, Italianiate,
and neo-Grecian), prized by preservationists, are now home to the better-heeled.
When SoHo became too upscale for starving artists, many moved further
downtown to another then half-abandoned industrial district, TriBeCa
(the Triangle Below Canal), which has since become a hot destination,
most notably for dining. One TriBeCa frontrunner, actor Robert De Niro,
has lived and worked in the neighborhood for some 20 years.
South Street Seaport
Experience New York’s salty maritime history at the South Street
Seaport, boasting a museum and numerous shops and restaurants. Browsing
is free; museum admission is $5 for adults and free for children under
South Street Historic District near Water and Beekman Streets. (212)
Staten Island Ferry
For Manhattan skyline spectacle, take the Staten Island Ferry from
New York harbor. The ferry runs 24 hours a day and is free at all times.
(Vehicle fare is $3.) Big facelifts set for 2004 wrap-up are underway
at the St. George and Whitehall Ferry Terminals, to serve more than
65,000 daily riders with enhanced dining and an outdoor promenade easing
pedestrian access between Bay Street and the terminal.
St. George Ferry Terminal at Richmond Terrace, Staten Island. (718)
Whitehall Ferry Terminal at Whitehall
and South Streets in Lower Manhattan. (718) 815-BOAT
Statue of Liberty National Monument
The Statue of Liberty National Monument, measuring 151 feet on a
154-foot pedestal (with a 35-foot waist and an 8-foot index finger),
is the tallest statue of modern times. France presented the 450,000-pound
Lady Liberty to the U.S. in 1884, commemorating the alliance of the
two countries during the American Revolution. It features the American
Museum of Immigration.
Upper New York Bay on Liberty Island. (212) 363-3200.
Teddy Roosevelt’s Birthplace National Historic Site
He remains the only U.S. president born in New York City, yet locals
and visitors alike often unknowingly walk past the brownstone where
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the U.S., was born Oct. 27, 1858.
His father’s success as an importer/exporter meant the house where a
frail yet bright Teddy lived until age 14 had gas lighting, sumptuous
furnishings, and a backyard stretching all the way to 19th Street. The
four-story house is filled with Roosevelt family furniture including
T.R.’s child-sized chair by the library fireplace. Roosevelt, growing
up to become a strapping colonel of the Rough Riders, declined to buy
his birth home when plans were announced to raze it in 1916 for a commercial
building. In 1919, the year of Roosevelt’s death, the Women’s Roosevelt
Memorial Association acquired the site, demolished the new building,
and reconstructed his home as a memorial. Period rooms of the narrow,
dark Victorian house are restored to reflect their 1865-1872 appearance.
The National Park Service offers tours.
28 East 20th Street, New York City. (212) 260-1616
Times Square Visitors Center
Times Square draws approximately 37
million visitors spending up to $16.4 billion annually. The Times Square
Visitors Center, in the restored landmark Embassy Movie Theatre, is
steps from more than 5,000 businesses with 250,000 employees, and from
world-renowned landmarks and tourist attractions. Times Square is surrounded
by 45 Broadway theaters, drawing 11.6 million people annually and generating
tickets sales of more than $588 million. Times Square is also the hub
of New York’s hospitality industry, surrounded by 28 hotels, accounting
for one-fifth of all New York City hotel rooms. Free walking tours depart
from the Visitors Center every Friday at noon, rain or shine.
Times Square Visitors Center, 1560
Broadway, between 46th and 47th streets.
Tribute – A Celebration of New York City
Tribute is a performance of the never-ending symphony that is New
York life. In the heart of Tribute is the Remember Experience viewed
in one of two custom-built high definition projection theaters. Visitors
also can walk around the floating multimedia screens and explore artwork
from the underground and emerging artists gallery. The Remember Experience
itself celebrates the beauty and vitality of a city undeterred by tragedy.
Remember, speaking from shadows of two fallen giants, dares telling
the New York story as never before told. Featured are a September 11th
Memorial Hall, a café overlooking historic Bowling Green Park, and a
24 Broadway, New York City. (212) 952-1000
United Nations Headquarters
United Nations Headquarters, in Midtown Manhattan, offers one-hour
tours departing from the
United Nations Public Lobby daily covering
the Secretariat Building, the domed General Assembly Building, Conference
Building and the Hammarskjold Library. The name United Nations,
coined by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, was first used in the Declaration
by United Nations of Jan. 1. 1942, during WW11, when representatives
of 26 nations pledged to continue fighting together against the Axis
Powers. United Nations Day is celebrated annually on Oct. 24.
First Avenue and 46th Street. (212) 963-7700
Yankee Stadium, known as the house in the Bronx that Babe Ruth built,
opened in 1923 for a capacity of 58,000, and was the first ballpark
large enough to be called a stadium. Bleachers in right center field
are sometimes called Ruthville.
161st Street and River Avenue. (718) 293-6000.
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