1wtcOne World Observatory sits atop what is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, One World Trade Center. The skyscraper rises 1,776-feet above Manhattan. One World Observatory, which includes a 360-degree walkway and three-story observatory, is perched at 1,250-feet.

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The views are magnificent and overpowering, as visitors can see landmarks, waterways, and the majestic and always promising skyline. Look towards the invitingly soothing horizon, pick out the many green parks that dot the cement and steel framework of the City, and gaze at the far-reaching waters that surround the island.

o-WORLD-TRADE-CENTER-OBSERVATORY-facebookThe One World Observatory experience begins as soon as you enter the lobby. Prior boarding the express glass elevators that will take you to the observatory in less than 60 seconds, you’ll discover how One World Trade Center was developed and what it took to plan and construct the awe-inspiring building. Plus, you’ll learn some very impressive stats and get some interesting specs concerning the structure.
Visit One World Observatory for the preeminent skyscraping experience in the Western Hemisphere. Special group rates are available for this unique experience.
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Located in Battery Park, the Castle Clinton National Monument was constructed as a fort to guard New York Harbor just before the War of 1812 . Over the course of 200 years, Castle Clinton has gone through several transformations. Once new defenses were built further out in the harbor, the fort was turned over to the City of New York. In 1824, Castle Clinton became an entertainment complex, in 1855, an immigration reception station, and, in 1896, an aquarium. The National Park Service assumed control of the old fort in 1946, restoring it to its original design as a fortification.

Free tours from Park Rangers are available throughout the day. Groups of 10 or more should call to reserve a tour.

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Yankee Stadium, the House that Ruth built, is as rich in sports history as any ballpark can be. The site of more MLB World Championships than any other venue, the stadium defines winning and greatness. Yankee Stadium Tours provide fans and aficionados various tour packages. Everything starts with the Classic Tour that includes Monument Park, New York Yankees Museum, the Clubhouse and access to the Bleacher Café in center field. Add-on lunch options are also available. Looking for something a little different, then consider the Twilight Tour and NYY Steak or The Party City Birthday Bash Tour. Both of these are designed for groups with the former requiring a minimum of 20 and the latter serving 12–30. Groups may also make reservations for the Classic Tour. If you’re a baseball fan and a Yankee fan, too, you’ve got to take the tour
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United Nations Headquarters

The United Nations has served as a beacon of hope and peace for over 60 years. Every year over 1 million people come to the United Nations’ visitor center. The UN offers various exhibits and displays and visitors have many opportunities to tour the facility and learn more about the organization. Both audio tours and guided tours are available. Groups are welcome to tour the UN. This is perhaps the most culturally diverse location and organization in the world.

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Originally a town square, Union Square Park serves as the setting for numerous community events and various festivals. It has a long and interesting history starting from when it opened in 1839 to its redesign in 1872 by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux to accommodate mass congregations of New Yorkers. In 1882, it hosted the country’s first Labor Day parade and in 1970 it was the staging area for the initial Earth Day. Today, it is the site of the popular Greenmarket. The park includes statues of various historic personages including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mohandas Gandhi, and Marquis de Lafayette. Union Square Park offers visitors plenty of room and a pleasant environment.

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Van Cortlandt House

Frederick Van Cortlandt built the Van Cortlandt House for his family in 1748 and subsequently developed the property into a successful wheat plantation with a milling operation. Strategic in its location, during the Revolutionary War, the house was occupied in turn by the Colonial and the British armies. In 1886, the descendants of the Van Cortlandt family sold the property to the City of New York for what was to become Van Cortlandt Park.

Today, the house is the oldest building in the Bronx. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1967 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1976. The building, which has been a public museum since 1897, is impeccably maintained and features two parlors, two bedchambers, a nursery and much more. Elegant, tasteful and historic, this is a real gem. Groups are welcome, and depending up numbers may either participate in a self-guided or guided tour.

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On September 11, 2001 the World Trade Center buildings collapsed killing 2,983 people. Just across the street, St. Paul’s Chapel was to escape destruction. Although covered with debris and dust, there was no physical damage to the building. From that day through May of 2002, St. Paul’s provided meals, beds, counseling, and prayer to the firefighters, police officers, construction workers, and others who dealt with the aftermath of the terrorist attack.

Since that time, over one million people each year have visited to learn of St. Paul’s physical and spiritual role in the rescue effort. The drawings, cards and other items left as memorials or in tribute and encouragement to the rescue workers still can be seen.

St. Paul’s Chapel is part of Trinity Church, which is located south of the chapel on Broadway at Wall Street. Today, St. Paul’s bears the distinction of being the oldest building in continuous use in New York City.

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At the New York Historical Society Museum and Library, visitors can learn about American culture through the nearly 40,000 works of art and artifacts that span four centuries. The permanent collection encompasses decorative arts, drawings, historical artifacts, paintings, and sculpture. The Underground Railroad Collection, landscape paintings from the Hudson River School, the folk art of Elie Nademan, and American Board and Table Games are just a few of the museum’s special collections.

The museum offers family programs, audio and video presentations, lectures, performances, and gallery and walking tours. Visit the newly renovated facility and discover why this is museum for learners of all ages.

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Museum of the International Center of Photography
Located in midtown Manhattan, the Museum of the International Center of Photography chronicles the photographic medium through its exhibitions of historic and contemporary work. The collection of over 100,000 photographs contains daguerrotypes, gelatin silver, and digital chromogenic prints. The museum houses an outstanding collection of American and European documentary photography from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Tours conducted by ICP staff and self-guided gallery tours are available.

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When it opened its doors in September of 1887, the Eldridge Street Synagogue became the first synagogue to be built by East European immigrants in America, many of whom initially settled on the Lower East Side. The religious sanctuary was a testament to the fact that Jewish immigrants now could worship openly and freely. Today, this National Historic Landmark offers visitors a view of the 70-foot high vaulted ceiling, hand-painted ceiling decorations, beautiful hand-stenciled walls, magnificent stained glass rose windows, and elaborate brass fixtures.

The museum tells the story of Jewish immigrant life at the turn of the last century, offering the guided tour: From Ellis to Eldridge: Immigrant History. For those interested in the building and the 20-year plus restoration of the synagogue, there is the daily tour: Beyond the Facade: Architecture & Preservation. Walking tours of the Lower East Side neighborhood delve into the history and the evolution of the area.

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Go back to a time when 61st Street was the country and the Mount Vernon Hotel was a sanctuary for those who wanted to get away from it all. Built in 1799, it first served as a carriage house and was then transformed into a hotel in 1826. Now the structure stands in the middle of the hubbub of Manhattan as one of the seventh oldest structures in the city. Restored and refurbished, the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden offers eight totally furnished rooms reflecting 19th century taste and style and a wonderful garden. There are three different group tours offered and various special programs. Go back to another place and time.

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Morris-Jumel Mansion
Yes, it’s true! George Washington did sleep here. The Morris-Jumel Mansion bears the distinction of having served, in turn, as the temporary headquarters to General George Washington and the British Lieutenant General Sir Henry Clinton during Revolutionary War.

Over the years, the house was to serve as a private residence, a military headquarters, an inn, and, briefly, the home of the former Vice President Aaron Burr. Visitors to the mansion will view rooms furnished in the colonial, Federalist and Empire styles, depicting different time periods in the history of the house.

A visit to the Morris-Jumel Mansion can include self-guided or docent-guided tours of the Mansion and/or the four block historic neighborhood. Group tours of 10 or more people can be arranged.
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The Metropolitan Opera has a history that reaches back almost 130 years. This impressive cultural resource attracts some of the finest singers, directors and designers from around the globe. The Met, which offers world-class productions of new and classic operas, calls Lincoln Center its home. Although included in the Lincoln Center Tours, the Metropolitan Opera also provides daily tours during its performance season. Tours conducted by the Met differ from those offered by Lincoln Center—only the Met takes you backstage, offering visitors insights into how the company works and how productions function. A visit to the Met is a cultural highlight for anyone and everyone.

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The Seabury Tredwell House was built in 1832 and occupied by the Tredwells, a merchant family from 1835 to 1933. Today, it is designated as a National Historic Landmark and is the only home in New York City to have survived intact, both inside and out, from the 19th century. The Greek Revival period rooms of the Merchant’s House show the lifestyle of this wealthy merchant family and their Irish servants. The collection includes over 3,000 items that were the possessions of the Tredwells, among them furniture, household items, decorative arts, and clothing. The 19thcentury garden also is open to visitors. 

 

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With an amazingly dynamic history, Madison Square Garden serves as one of the world’s largest and most prestigious venues for entertainment and sporting events. And now you can go behind the scenes via their All-Access Tour. You’ll visit team locker rooms, learn how a basket floor is transformed into a sheet of sheer ice and tour the grand theatre. With a history that spans 130 years, Madison Square Garden offers tour participants a  connection to some of the greatest performers and athletes who have ever lived.

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harlem heritage tours

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Harlem’s history is intimately connected to important issues and artistic movements in New York and the nation. Harlem Heritage Tours offers a full range of experiences, including Multimedia Tours, Hip Hop Tours and Gospel Tours. There are many walking tours with specific themes such as the Sunday Pre Dinner Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour.

What makes these tours unique is that every tour guide was born in, raised and still lives in Harlem. This immediate connection to the people, happenings and communities makes the tour guides at Harlem Heritage Tours especially insightful and informed. These are the specialists when it comes to the Harlem experience.

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Grand Central Terminal (often mistakenly referred to as Grand Central Station) is both a major transportation hub and a destination for those interested in the architecture of this massive and beautiful Beaux-arts building. Opened in 1913, the terminal has undergone periodic renovation to accommodate technological advances. Most recently, a major renovation restored the building to its former glory.

A self-guided walking tour will introduce visitors to the famous four-sided clock and information booth, the Whispering Gallery, the gold-plated chandeliers, the Kissing Room, the Grand Staircase, and the vaulted 125-foot ceiling that features an astronomical mural by French painter Paul Helieu.

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NEW YORK CITY - JUN 9: Tourists enjoy Governors Island, June 9,

Although small in size, the location of this island has assigned it a prominent place in the area’s history. In turn, it was occupied by Native American tribes, the Dutch, the British, and the Americans. The name Governors Island evolved from the British declaration that the island would be for the “benefit of His Majesty’s Governors.” However, it wasn’t until 1784 that the island officially was so named. The island was to serve as the site of military functions until 1966 when the Coast Guard assumed control until 1996.

Today, Governors Island is a national historic landmark district open to the public for several months during the summer and early fall. Located about one half mile from the southern tip of Manhattan, access to the island from Manhattan and Brooklyn is by both free and paid ferry rides. Activities on the island include free National Park Service walking tours, bicycle riding, picnicking,

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Statue of George Washington, Federal Hall, New York City

This self-guided walking tour of New York follows George Washington’s footsteps in what had been our nation’s center of government. Follow the development of our country from its colonial days through the revolution to the beginnings of our new nation. The tour starts at Battery Park in Castle Clinton and ends at Wall Street at Federal Hall, the site of Washington’s inauguration and our first capitol.

This extremely interesting 90-minute tour is sponsored by the Alliance for Downtown New York and funded by the History Channel.

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For those who want to get away from it all and at the same time have a lot to do, Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the solution. The site of two 20th century World’s Fairs, it is the largest park in Queens. The park includes a zoo, an art museum, a botanical garden, a science museum, and a baseball stadium. The park offers six playgrounds and a huge recreation complex featuring an Olympic sized pool and a NHL sized hockey rink. (Some facilities require a Recreational Center Membership.)

 

Need a break from a busy touring schedule? Flushing Meadows Corona Park is a wonderful place to relax with a leisurely stroll along the Flushing Bay Promenade.

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A time-honored joke asks: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? The answer…practice, practice, practice. Indeed, the luminaries who have graced Carnegie’s stage have ascribed to such advice. However, if you want to get to Carnegie Hall without engaging in any practice at all, then Carnegie Hall Tours may be your ticket to get on and behind one of the world’s most famous stages. Rich in history, beautiful in design and first-rate in artistry, Carnegie Hall has offered patrons premiere performances for over 110 years. Get a backstage view of what continues to be one of the most prestigious performance venues in the world.

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brooklyn navy yard 01brooklyn navy yard 02 Building 92 houses the exhibition The Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present, and Future. The 300-square acre Brooklyn Navy Yard is the third-oldest dry dock in the US and still is being actively used. Founded in 1801, the Yard was once America’s premier ship building facility. Today, while it is in the ship repair business, it also hosts a wide range of businesses. Over the years, the Yard has reinvented itself to meet the changes brought about by technology, innovation, and manufacturing. Learn how issues of labor, politics, and urban and environmental planning influenced the Yard’s role in our nation’s history. Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours by Bus/Walking or Bicycle: On this tour you’ll investigate a dry dock that predates the Civil War, a 24-acre former Navy Hospital and the first multistory LEED-certified industrial building in the US. Run by guides who are passionate about their subject matter, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Tours are exceptional.

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You may have crossed it or someone may have tried to sell it to you, but have you ever taken a tour of the Brooklyn Bridge? This fascinating piece of architecture, which inspired the renowned Ken Burns’ documentary film, is accessible through Brooklyn Bridge Walking Tours. Two different tours are available both guided by licensed tour guide Alfred Pommer, who has 20 years experience researching and talking about the sites of the City.

The Brooklyn Bridge–Fulton Ferry Historic District Walking Tour lasts about two hours, while the Brooklyn Bridge–Ground Zero Walking Tour takes approximately three hours. Both delve into the past and present of this inspiring structure and New York’s rich history.

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Although everyone knows New York City is the Big Apple, there was a time when it was known as the Big Onion. Big Onion Walking Tours is about celebrating the history and heritage of the multifaceted neighborhoods of New York. The name “Big Onion” is quite apropos—an onion has many layers and the mission of Big Onion Walking Tours is to illuminate the numerous historic layers of New York’s neighborhoods that have evolved over generations.

Thought provoking, comprehensive and fun, Big Onion Walking Tours has received many awards, including “Best Walking Tour in New York City” by New York Magazine and “Best of the Best” by Our Town. Take some time to walk the Big Onion walk.

Please note: Departure points for the walking tours vary depending upon the walking tour. This information can be found with the tour descriptions on the web site.

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Located on the southern tip of Manhattan, historic Battery Park, with its lovely flower gardens and  waterfront, is a wonderful area to visit. Originally, it was the world’s first official immigration center, welcoming millions of people from Europe and other continents who had come to this land to start a new life.

Today, Battery Park hosts summertime concerts and serves as the dock for ferries going to historic Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Rich in history and a favorite of New Yorkers since the late 18th century, Battery Park is an interesting and beautiful place to visit.

The Apollo Theatre

Perhaps no other single venue in New York City is more responsible for introducing the artistry and culture of African-American and Latino musicians and performers than the Apollo Theater.

A tour of the Apollo offers insights into individual artists and a greater understanding of the cultural diversity the site has engendered. Visitors are sure to come away with an appreciation of the contribution this venue has made to the performing arts. Combine the tour with one of their evening Amateur Night performances to get the total Apollo Theater experience.

Tenement MuseumIt is an unusual idea making a tenement into a museum. But that’s what the aptly-named Tenement Museum is. The museum, which may only be seen by guided tour, offers various programs regarding the roles of immigrants in the US. There are seven different tours with four lasting one hour and two others 90 minutes. The seventh tour is an in-depth experience lasting two hours and focusing on immigrants weathering difficult times. The museum features authentic furnishings and accessories as it recreates the living situation that faced most of the people who came to America’s shores in the late 19th through the early 20th century.

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The Whitney Museum is a leading collector, curator and exhibitor of 20th and 21st century art by American artists. The collection contains over 18,000 pieces and the works of more than 2,600 artists and includes paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and new media. With an eclectic vision and a singular dedication to preserving diverse artistic sensibilities, the Whitney Museum continues to be one of the most important venues for American art. There are various types of tours available, including daily, group, stroller and family. The museum also offers a live performance series and special programs and resources for teens and children.

 

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The Statue of LibertyThe Statue of Liberty, designed by the French artist Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States. Finished in 1884 and dedicated in 1886, Lady Liberty was designated as a National Monument in 1924.  Those traveling on the waterways that surround the city can see the Statue of Liberty from various  vantage points. Visitors who prefer to visit Liberty Island can take the ferry from either New Jersey or New York.

 

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St. Johns CathedralThe Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is the seat of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The cathedral was designed in 1888 and construction began in 1892. It is still unfinished.  Magnificent architecture and beautiful stained glass windows define this Gothic Revival cathedral, the nave of which exceeds the length of two football fields. The 162-foot dome could house the Statue of Liberty. The Cathedral’s Great Rose Widow, made of more than 10,000 pieces of glass, is the largest stained-glass window in the United States.

 

There are various public tours, including a Vertical Tour that takes visitors up 124 feet for spectacular views of the cathedral and New York City. In many different ways, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is awe-inspiring.

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The Skyscraper MuseumIf there was ever going to be a city that had a museum dedicated to skyscrapers, it’s certainly the tall-building capital of the world—New York City. The Skyscraper Museum celebrates the amazing architectural history and heritage that defines Manhattan and the individuals who have been influential in the development of these major vertical structures. There are numerous permanent displays, including an examination of the Twin Towers, an overview of rebuilding Ground Zero, various detailed mini-models of Manhattan and a photographic rendering of Lower Manhattan. There also are numerous new exhibits being developed and displayed. The Skyscraper Museum is one tall undertaking.

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ripleys logoRipley’s Believe It or Not, New York is filled with the weird, wonderful and mysterious. It is known for highlighting odds facts, strange happenstances and freaks of nature. In the first half of the 20th century, Robert Ripley, who was a cartoonist, adventurer and collector, sought out the strange and unusual in foreign and exotic lands. He turned his passion for discovering oddities into a highly lucrative career. Ripley’s Believe It or Not, New York includes the Odditorium, where you’ll see, amongst other things, a six-legged cow, a lock of Elvis’ hair, 24 shrunken heads, a section of the Berlin wall, and a life-size albino giraffe. There are 20 galleries on two floors featuring videos and photos, archives and interactive exhibits. The venue also offers some of the strangest performances you’ll ever see in its Sideshow Wonders. If you love the odd, you’ll love Ripley’s Believe It or Not, New York.

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New York Transit MuseumImagine a New York without its extensive public transportation system? Impossible. At The New York Transit Museum, enjoy exhibits such as the Steel Stone & Backbone: Building New York’s Subways 1900-1925 and On the Streets: New York’s Trolleys and Buses. Learn about construction methods and the people who built New York’s first subway line. Explore the last 175 years of transportation history in the city in an exhibit includes a detailed simulated traffic intersection, a child size trolley and a 12-seat bus. The New York Transit Museum is interactive, educational and a lot of fun. Climb aboard for a great experience. Guided 90-minute group tours require a reservation. There are also various podcast tours that may be downloaded.

 

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New York City Fire MuseumThe FDNY’s original museum opened as the Fire College Museum in Long Island City in 1934. In 1959 the collection was moved to the spare bay of a working firehouse at 100 Duane Street in Manhattan, where it remained until the Home Insurance Company presented its own extensive collection of fire memorabilia to the city in 1981, making a move to larger space imperative. A new non-profit, The Friends of the New York City Fire Department Collection, was created to raise funds to renovate the former quarters of Engine Company No. 30, a 1904 Beaux-Arts firehouse on Spring Street, and in 1987, the New York City Fire Museum opened its doors.

 

   Displays illustrate the evolution of firefighting from the bucket brigades of Peter Stuyvesant’s New Amsterdam through the colorful history of volunteer firefighters to modern firefighting techniques and equipment. The Museum also houses a special memorial to the 343 members of the FDNY who made the Supreme Sacrifice on 9/11 and features a number of firefighting artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center site. A video room and a mock apartment with an artificial smoke machine and black-lighted fire hazards are used in the museum’s fire education program for school children ages K through 12.

 

   The New York City Fire Museum attracts 40,000 visitors a year from all over America and almost every country in the world. Retired FDNY firefighters proudly volunteer to relate stories of New York City’s “Bravest” and with the help of the Museum’s stunning collection, tell how they got to be that way.
 
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sept11_logo“The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

“The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations.
“The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.”

 

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Museum of the Moving ImageFamily friendly, educational and just plain fascinating, the Museum of the Moving Image offers exhibitions, films and special collections. Both film and television are highlighted in this interactive facility devoted to the millions of moving images that have captured our imaginations, invigorated our emotions and inspired our lives. Located in Astoria Queens, the museum provides various public educational programs.

 

 

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Museum of Modern ArtIf you’re interested in groundbreaking, innovative work, then New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a must-see. Extensive exhibits and an impressive film series are offered throughout the year. MoMA includes works by modern masters such as Warhol, de Kooning, Haring, Calder, Kadinsky, Pollack, Matisse and Picasso. Exhibits include works of art and architecture, paintings, sculpture, prints, modern furniture design, illustrated books, film, and electronic media. MoMA offers group tours but reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Free audio programs, gallery talks, family guide activities, courses, lectures and special events complement the extensive and impressive museum collection. The Museum of Modern Art will give you a whole new perspective on culture and the arts in our era.

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If it pertains to New York art, culture or life, then there’s a good chance you’ll find it here at the Museum of the City of New York. There are over 50,000 photographic images and numerous exhibits related to important venues, premium artists and performers, great moments, and the lives of everyday citizens and neighbors. This museum offers a portrait of the city that is simultaneously intimate and panoramic. Lectures, performances and films are all part of the museum experience. Groups are welcome and can include curator-led, docent-led or self-guided tours; arrangements must be made two weeks in advance. The Museum of the City of New York is a total New York experience for everyone.

 

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morgan library logoOnce the private library of financier and avid collector Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913), the library and its holdings were gifted to the public in 1924 by Morgan’s son J.P. Morgan, Jr. The original collection included illuminated, literary, and historic manuscripts, early printed books, and old master drawings and prints.

Over the years, the scope of the library’s collection has grown to include important music manuscripts, early children’s books, Americana, and materials from the twentieth century.  In addition to its extensive collections and special exhibitions, the Morgan offers musical performances, lectures, readings, and video presentations. Daily exhibition and historical tours are available. For groups of twenty or more, the staff offers personalized tour planning assistance.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers exhibits of artwork from across the centuries. Works from the Post Modern era, Ancient Roman period, Impressionist movement and many other historical epochs and cultures are at the museum. Special educational programs, performances and exhibits are available. On any given day, the Metropolitan Museum of Art offers close to 30 exhibits, 14 guided tours, various family programs and gallery talks, age-specific presentations and films. Special accommodations can be made for groups that contact the museum ahead of time. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a definitive resource for art from across time periods and around the world.

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Madame Tussauds New YorkIf you want to feel as if you’re surrounded by greatness, then a visit to Madame Tussauds New York should be on your to-do list. The world-famous wax museum presents historical figures, political and world leaders, pop stars, cultural icons, record-breaking athletes and Hollywood and TV stars in life-size replicas. There are daily sightings of Elvis Presley, Lady Ga Ga, Ronald Reagan, Princess Diana and hundreds more. You can even find out what the real Madam Tussauds looked like. Madame Tussauds New York is a fascinating experience for young, old and everybody in-between.

 

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The Jewish Museum

Artists, entertainers, historical and religious documents and artifacts are all celebrated at The Jewish Museum. Lectures, concerts and other special events are a part of the experience and the Kid Zone offers events and displays for families with young children.  With over 2,300 objects in the museum’s collections and over 4,000 years of history contained within its walls, The Jewish Museum offers a thorough perspective of the Jewish culture and its connections to America and the rest of the world. There are daily tours and always something different on-hand at this exciting and informative cultural resource.

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Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex offers visitors exciting experiences in science, technology and history. With the aircraft carrier Intrepid as its primary base, the museum utilizes all levels of this great, restored vessel. Commissioned in 1943, the Intrepid helped defeat Japan in World War II and was later involved in picking up astronauts after they splashed down. Today you can walk its decks, view its extensive display of aircraft and get a feeling for what life was like on this floating city. In addition to the Intrepid, the museum features the Growler, a “top-secret” Navy submarine, and the Concorde, the fastest passenger jet in the world. This is a full sea, air and space experience.

NASA’s space shuttle prototype Enterprise arrived in the summer of 2012…

On December 11, 2011, a ceremony onboard the Intrepid marked the shuttle’s transfer of ownership to the aircraft museum. While the Enterprise was not launched into space, it was used for 16 approach and landing tests in the 1970’s, eight of which were manned by teams of NASA astronauts.

On April 23, 2012, the Enterprise was flown atop NASA’s shuttle carrier aircraft to New York’s JFK International Airport. During that summer, the shuttle was transported by barge to the Intrepid museum complex. At present, the Enterprise is displayed on the deck of the aircraft carrier.  Eventually, however, it will become part of new museum facility to be built across the street from the pier.

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Guggenheim Museum

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the current Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened in 1959. The building’s distinctive design was Wright’s last major work and, at first, was not received by universal acclaim. Today, however, the museum is considered among the most important pieces of architectural design of the twentieth century and is registered as a National Historic Landmark. The Guggenheim houses a vast permanent collection of modern and contemporary art and counts among its collection the works of Klee, Mondrian, Chagall, Modigliani and Picasso. The museum offers impressive programming that includes special exhibits, performances, lectures, and classes.
Daily tours are available.

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frick_logoThe Frick Collection is housed in the New York mansion built by industrialist and art collector Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919). Upon his death, the art collection, the mansion, and all its furnishings were bequeathed to the public. Since then, both the collection and the building have been expanded. Touring the Frick, one sees major works of sculpture, a superb collection of small bronzes, great paintings by the most renowned European artists and premium 18th century French porcelains and furniture. Also on display are Oriental rugs, Limoges enamels, silver, and textiles. Lectures, seminars and concerts are all part of the offerings at the Frick. Be sure to inquire about the Acoustiguide audio tours that contain recorded information about the masterpieces on view. (No children under 10 years of age admitted.)

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facade of Empire State Building in New YorkPart of the majestic Manhattan skyline for 80 years, the 102-story Empire State Building stands over 1,200 feet and is the second tallest building in Manhattan. Visitors may enjoy spectacular views from both the 86th floor and 102nd floor observatories. Be sure to include the exhibit on the 80th floor that celebrates the engineering and construction feats of the Empire State Building’s architects, builders, and laborers.

Express tickets are available, for a higher price, if you don’t want to stand in line for the elevator. If you haven’t been to the Empire State Building, the views from its upper floors are an essential part of the prototypical NYC experience.

 

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Ellis Island.“Island of Hope, Island of Tears”

How far would you travel to find a better life? What if the journey took weeks under difficult conditions?  If you answered “Whatever it takes,” you echo the feelings of the 12 million+ immigrants who passed through “America’s Golden Door” from 1892 to 1954. Ellis Island afforded them the opportunity to attain the American dream for themselves and their descendants. Come hear their stories.

Liberty and Ellis Islands are accessible only by Statue Cruises ferry. Docking of private vessels is prohibited.

 

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brooklyn museum logoHousing extensive collections and numerous long term and limited time exhibits, the Brooklyn Museum offers visitors a cornucopia of expertly designed and carefully chosen displays. You’ll discover art and artifacts from Africa, Europe, Ancient Egypt, Asia and the World of Islam, as well as from many other places and periods. Re-imagine your environment, connect with the culture of America’s Great Plains or see behind the camera of American artist and cultural icon creator Norman Rockwell. The exhibits are diverse, creatively and expertly executed and deeply interesting. The Brooklyn Museum will satisfy you as you explore classic or pop culture, art and history.

 

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The distinction “American” in the museum’s name refers more to where the museum is located rather than the focus of its content. The museum collection includes both American folk art and the works of international self-taught artists. To help visitors attain a better understanding of American folk art, the museum’s collection includes contributions of the many diverse groups who contributed to American culture.

The collection at the American Folk Art Museum includes early portraits, landscapes and seascapes, sculptures, trade figures, signs and weather vanes. In addition, furniture, pottery, needlework, rugs, quilts, and coverlets reflect both the history and the artisans’ skills of the period. Works of contemporary artists reveal the evolution of styles and trends over the years.

Visitors are invited to tour the museum on their own or arrange for a guided group tour.

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