Stand-Up NY

stand-up-ny-comedySome of America’s most successful comics, from Chris Rock to Jon Stewart, got their start at Stand Up NY. The club prides itself on being home to the city’s rising stand-up comics and offers several programs for comedians of any level or experience to hone their skills.

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How big is Staten Island?

staten-islandWith a population of 468,730, Staten Island is the least populated of the five boroughs but is the third-largest in area at 59 sq mi (153 km2).

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Chelsea Piers Sports Center

Chelsea Piers Sports Center & Entertainment Complex

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Year-Round Sports Village
Anyone with a few hours to spare can enjoy healthy, fun-filled recreation at Chelsea Pier’s six separate athletic facilities. The Chelsea Piers Sports Center is made up of the Field House, Sky Rink, Health Club, Golf Club, and bowling alley. Membership is not required for most of the facilities.

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Big Apple Greeter

Big Apple Greeter is a non-profit organization that matches visitors with friendly and enthusiastic New Yorkers who are happy to share the city they love with families, friends, and individuals traveling solo. A visit with a Greeter leaves a lasting…

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How much should I tip?

A tip of at least 15 percent is usual for meals, taxis, and personal services such as haircuts or massages. Bellboys at hotels usually receive $1 per bag. Bartenders – $1 per drink. Many New Yorkers find it easiest to…

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The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883. The first Metropolitan Opera House was built on Broadway and 39th Street by a group of wealthy businessmen who wanted their own opera house. Almost from the beginning, it was clear that the opera house on 39th Street did not have adequate stage facilities. However, it was not until September of 1966 that it opened at Lincoln Center equipped with the finest technical facilities.

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Empire State Building / NY SKYRIDE

Empire State Building / NY SKYRIDE

Night or day, the view from NYC’s tallest building is one of this hemisphere’s most magnificent vistas. On a clear day you can enjoy a magnificent view for 80 miles in each direction. Visibility is posted in the lobby. The breathtaking views are so impressive that it deserves two visits: by day, to observe the layout of the city, and then again in the evening, when you’ll be mesmerized by the sparkling array of stars and flickering lights scattered across the sky like a galaxy of diamonds on black velvet.

Seventy-three elevators serve the 102 floors, and 5 acres of windows are washed once a month. It takes half an hour to walk down the 1860 steps. The annual Empire State Building Run-Up race takes place in early February. The event competitors raced up a total of 1,576 steps to the Observatory deck on the 86th floor. The men’s division winning time is 10 minutes and 37 seconds. The winning time for women is 12 minutes and 8 seconds.

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The Pierpont Morgan Library

The Morgan Library and MuseumJust a short walk from Grand Central and Penn Station, the Pierpont Morgan Library is a major exhibition venue for fine art, literature, and music, one of New York’s great historic sites, and a wonderful place to dine, shop, and attend a concert or film.

In 1924 J.P. Morgan gave New York City  the amazing gift of  his father, Pierpont Morgan’s, private library. Housing an amazing permanent collection of rare books, ancient jewelery, manuscripts and original compositions, the Morgan feels both manageable and filled with treasures. The striking building located on 36th and Madison Avenue, just a short walk northeast of Grand Central Station blends the unique look of a prewar brownstone which was Morgan’s home with the modern starkness of the attached library.

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Architectural Tours

  • Chrysler_Building_from_ESBFrancis Morrone Architectural Historian and guide 1 (718) 768-4209
  • Municipal Art Society 1 (212) 935-3960
  • NYC Cultural Walking Tours by Alfred Pommer 1 (212) 979-2388

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Rockefeller Center

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Rockefeller Center History:

After the stock market crash of 1929, John D. Rockefeller Jr. abandoned plans to build a new opera house in favor of a group of office towers, elegant shops, and theaters, surrounding a sunken plaza that becomes an outdoor restaurant in summer and an ice skating rink in winter. He commissioned many murals and works of sculpture including a massive figure of Atlas at the entrance to 630 Fifth Ave and the majestic Prometheus statue delivering fire to mankind. A restaurant called the Rainbow Room opened in 1934 and became one of the most glamorous in the city.

Radio City Music Hall, the largest and most famous theater in the United States opened in 1932 with an opulent art deco interior that has 5874 seats. The theater offered programs combining feature films with stage shows, a format that remained popular for almost 50 years. The best-known entertainers associated with Radio City Music Hall are the Rockettes, a team of 36 long-legged dancers who first appeared in 1933 and soon became synonymous with the theater’s reputation as the “Showplace of the Nation.”

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