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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Historical Tours

Arthur Marks Tours For All Seasons 1(212) 673-0477 New York City Cultural Walking Tours by Alfred Pommer 1(212) 979-2388  

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Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society

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Location: 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460

Telephone: 1 (718) 367-1010

Directions:
Bus: Bx9, Bx11, Bx12, Bx19, Bx22, Bx36, Bx40, Bx42, Q44, W60, W61, W62, W90
Subway: (Click a subway icon for more attractions along selected route)

  • 25 to West Farms Sq/East Tremont Ave;
  • 2 to Pelham Pkwy

Admission: * $11 Adults; $8 Children (2-12); $8 Seniors (65+); Children under 2 years are always free. Wednesday is Suggestion Donation Day (Give whatever you can afford). Last ticket sold 30 minutes prior to closing.

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Tourneau Time Machine

WorldtimeIf you’re near Madison Avenue and East 57th Street, visit Tourneau Time Machine, 12 East 57th Street. It’s recognized by Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest authorized purveyor of fine timepieces. Find over 100 brands and more than 8,000 styles. Outside, 23 different clock faces indicate the time in cities around the globe.

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Central Park and City Bike Tours

Central Park Bike Tours,Bike Tours, central parksightseeingGet a real New York City experience and see more at the same time. Bikes are very popular amongst New Yorkers because of there speed and ability to wiggle through NYC traffic. These tour operators can safely give you the same experience while taking you far from the beaten tourist path.

Central Park Bike Tour
Experience a memorable journey through Frederick Law Olmstead’s masterpiece in the heart of Manhattan in New York City. Your experienced tour guide will provide you with background information, historical facts and point out some of the best photo opportunity spots. Below you will find discounts and links to various bike tour providers.

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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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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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Getting around by Subway

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More than 3.5 million daily riders consider the subways the fastest, easiest way to get around the city. Trains run 24 hours a day, with waiting time between trains normally just a few minutes, depending on the time of day.

The 714-mile New York City subway system has 468 stations serving 24 routes – more than any other system in the world. Subways traverse Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx; Staten Island is served by the Staten Island Railway, with connections to the Staten Island Ferry from the St. George Ferry Terminal. The Staten Island Railroad trains run 24/7; the fare is the same as for a bus.

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