Museum Tours

Guggenheim Museum 1(212) 423-3500 Metropolitan Museum of Art 1(212) 535-7710 Whitney Museum of American Art 1(212) 570-3676  

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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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Brooklyn Bridge

Location: Manhattan side: Park Row, near Municipal Building. Brooklyn side: Cadman Plaza at Tillary and High Sts Directions: Bus: M1, M6, M9, M15, M22, M103, B51 Subway: to Park Place;  to -City Hall; to High St (Brooklyn) Admission: Free Hours:…

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Battery Park

Location: Southern tip of Manhattan Battery Park is the 21 acre park at the junction of the Hudson and East Rivers. The view of New York Bay extends in three directions from Jersey City on the right to Brooklyn. From…

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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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Free or Pay-What-You-Wish Tours

Free or Pay-What-You-Wish Tours During Certain Times

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Luxury NYC Seaport Cruise

Cruising can’t get more enjoyable! Take a harbor cruise around Manhattan on a luxurious one-of-a-kind yacht, that provides three magnificent climate-controlled decks, to view the grandeur of the NYC skyline. This one-hour cruise is surrounded by spectacular views outside and elegant amenities inside, you will cruise past many of New York’s most legendary landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the Brooklyn Bridge. From start to finish, ZEPHYR provides a unique fun-filled experience.

Luxury Amenities *

  • Multiple Climate Controlled Interiors
  • Indoor and Outdoor Decks Including Full Sun Deck
  • Comfortable Plush Seating
  • Two Snack and Beverage Bars

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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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Useful Information for Visitors

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New York City is located in the Eastern Standard Time zone. From the first Sunday in April to the fourth Sunday in October, the city observes Eastern Daylight Savings Time. (Spring ahead – one hour). From October to April, the city observes Eastern Standard Time. (Fall back – one hour).

Business Hours
Generally 9:00am to 5:00pm with no lunchtime closing for most offices and stores. Most banks close at 3:00pm on weekdays. Museums are closed on Mondays however there are exceptions. Some museums extend their hours on one or two evenings.

Sightseeing Tips
It’s best to concentrate your sightseeing in certain areas. Lower Manhattan one day, midtown another day. Check Nearby Places of Interest so you don’t waste too much time shuttling between attractions.

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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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