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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NYC Uptown and Central Park Double Decker Bus Tour

NYC Uptown and Central Park Double Decker Bus TourEnjoy NYC sightseeing – and give your feet a rest – by Hopping-On a New York City bus tour. The Central Park bus tour includes the fabulous uptown New York neighborhoods, renowned museums, landmarks, cultural institutions and of course, world-famous Central Park!

Home to several major museums, cultural institutions, astonishing houses of worship, prestigious Fifth Avenue and the green mecca known as Central Park, Uptown Manhattan’s charm is unmistakable. Skyline Sightseeing’s bus tour takes you to this affluent neighborhood for a unique excursion into history and culture. But first we meander up the Upper West Side through Sienfeld territory and Morningside Heights, then head across Harlem and down Museum Mile.

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The Jewish Children’s Museum

jewish-childrens-muExplore Jewish heritage and culture in an entertaining and educational format for kids of all ages. Through contemporary technology and a hands-on approach to learning, the Jewish Children’s Museum’s exhibits and crafts provides visitors with a rich experience in Jewish history, values and traditions.

During legal and Jewish holiday seasons, be sure to look out for special events and workshops featured at the museum.  

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United Nations Headquarters

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History: Since its founding during the aftermath of the Second World War, the United Nations has worked to maintain friendly relations among nations, encouraging human rights, protecting the environment or tackling illiteracy, disease and hunger for the betterment of humanity.

In 1946, John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated to the United Nations the 17-acre site along the East River that once was comprised of slaughterhouses, cattle pens, and tenement houses. Today, the buildings that occupy the Headquarters site include the General Assembly Building, the 39-storey Secretariat Building, the interconnecting Conference Building, and the Dag Hammarskjvld Library.

When you step through the gates of the United Nations Headquarters, you enter an international zone. The UN complex has its own security force, its own fire department, its own post office, and conducts business in six official languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

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Times Square and Theater District

 

This is the one attraction in New York City you will not want to miss! Huge neon billboards, unique street performers, and Broadway theaters draw over 37 million tourists to Times Square every year, while 500,000 people come to Times Square on New Year’s Eve alone.

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Free or Pay-What-You-Wish Tours

NYC has a number of tours and attractions that are either free or pay what you wish.  Certain conditions may apply, for example, the offer may only be available during certain times, or on certain days of the week. Also, the list and conditions are subject to change so always double check with the venue before heading over. 

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How big is Central Park?

Central Park’s 843 acres makes it more than twice the size of the Principality of Monaco. It was the first landscaped public park in the United States. About 1600 residents of shantytowns in the area were displaced, including Irish pig…

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Top of the Rock

The Top of the Rock Observation Deck has quickly become one of New York City’s must-see attractions. Located in the heart of Manhattan atop the famous “30 Rock” building in Rockefeller Center, the Top of the Rock features 3 floors of observatories – and perhaps the best views in the city!

Soar 70 stories high in a state-of-the-art glass-ceiling elevator for an unobstructed look at the stunning NYC skyline from every vantage point. Look to the north and discover Central Park, to the east and west you’ll see the East River and the Hudson respectively, and to the south, you’ll find yourself looking right at the iconic Empire State Building!

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Clocktower Gallery

A legendary alternative-art exhibition space located in  Tribeca, just north of city hall and the Civic Center of New York City. The Clocktower gallery had been in operation since 1972 and hosts alternative exhibitions, performances, long-term and site-specific installations, and artist residencies.

The Clocktower Gallery hosts a free internet radio station.  The station has a searchable online cultural audio archive with over 5,000 hours of diverse, indexed content. In includes non-commercial music, audio art, spoken word, cultural news, history and dialogue, and new media innovation.

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Central Park

Central Park

 

History:

Central Park was the first landscaped public park in the United States. In 1853 the state legislature authorized the City of New York to use the power of eminent domain to acquire more than 700 acres of land in the center of Manhattan.

An irregular terrain of swamps and bluffs, punctuated by rocky outcroppings, made the land between Fifth and Eighth Avenues and 59th and 106th Streets undesirable for private development. The extension of the boundaries to 110th Street in 1863 brought the park to its current 843 acres.

In 1857, the Central Park Commission held the country’s first landscape design contest and selected the “Greensward Plan,” submitted by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The designers sought to create a pastoral landscape in the English romantic tradition. Open rolling meadows contrasted with the picturesque effects of the Ramble and the more formal dress grounds of the Mall (Promenade) and Bethesda Terrace.

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