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Culture of New York. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

New York Sunset Broadway is the largest street of the city and one of its main attractions. The length of the avenue estimates 30 kilometers. Here you will find award-winning restaurants, best shops, theaters and financial institutions. Despite such huge number of various institutions, Broadway is a very peaceful and quiet street. Among the cultural institutions that are worth visiting we should definitely mention Metropolitan Museum, which is one of the most famous art galleries in the world. The opening of the museum took place in 1872. Since that time the museum’s priceless collection has been expanded and enriched by rare masterpieces. A large part of the exhibits, which can be seen today in the halls of the gallery, has been donated by private collectors.
While walking around the city, travelers will surely notice various interesting features, many of which may seem to be rather peculiar and unexpected. Thus, an ordinary bus stop here is a … Open
Rockefeller Center is a prominent monument of modern architecture and a popular place for walks among tourists. This is a large architectural complex that consists of 14 buildings, as well as a large-scale underground space. The underground floor is occupied by numerous shops and restaurants, and the remaining buildings are dedicated to offices and banks. Museum of Modern Art, which was founded in 1929, is another attractive sight of the city. Its exposition consists of paintings of great European masters. In addition to paintings by Picasso and Gauguin, the museum exhibits works by contemporary masters. The museum is surrounded by a beautiful garden, the main decoration of which is ancient sculptures.
Central Park is simply the best place for walks. The park’s square estimates more than 3 square kilometers. On its territory you will find children's playgrounds, sports facilities, and even a riding school. Fans of fishing will definitely find here much interesting, as well as those people, who simply want to enjoy the magnificence of nature and to escape from the city. If you want to see the panoramic views of the city, you simply need to go up to the observation deck, which is made at the teeth of the crown of the Statue of Liberty. The legendary statue, which was installed in the harbor in 1886, became one of the grandest structures in the world. Today the statue houses the exhibition of Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which tells visitors about the most striking events in the history of the country. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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American Museum of Natural History, New York

» The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest and most famous museums in the world.
» One of the sponsors of the museum was Theodore Roosevelt.
» Striking property of the museum is the library that contains the most comprehensive collection of exhibits. Today there are more than 450 thousand volumes stored in the library.
» The library of the museum also features a lot of interesting information and reports on research expeditions and travels to all corners of the world.
» The most valuable item in the museum is the skeleton of Lucy, the female Australopithecus that is 3.2 million years old.

Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York

» The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is situated on Manhattan.
» The cathedral has being built for more than a century; it was founded in 1892 and its construction still isn’t complete.
» Doors of the Cathedral are made of bronze and weigh 3 tons. Doors are decorated with about 60 scenes from the Bible; scenes from the Old Testament can be seen on the left side and the New Testament - on the right.
»  The cathedral features 7 chapels dedicated to folks who came to New York in the year of foundation of the temple.
» Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the chief of the committee raising funds for construction of the cathedral; eight years later he became the president of the United States.

Riverside Church, New York

» The Bell Tower of the church is considered the largest in the world. It has 74 bells.
» One of the bells is up to 20 tons in weight and has the strongest resonance in the world; it’s also considered the largest bell in the world.
» The church has eight panels devoted to different personalities (Michelangelo, Socrates) whose lives reflect the teachings of Christ.
» The Riverside Church was built on the dime of Rockefeller Jr.
» The tower above the main entrance makes the church the highest in the United States, as it reaches 119 meters. The tower has 22 floors and includes residential and office space, as well as Sunday school.
» The church seems old from the outside, but inside it’s designed as an office building with elevators, underground parking and air-conditioning.
» The building includes not only the temple, but also a kindergarten, library, auditorium, sports and conference facilities.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

» The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the largest museums and second most visited art exhibition in the world, founded in 1870 by a group of American businessmen.
» Today its permanent collection includes more than two million works of art, divided into 20 departments of the museum.
» The permanent collection contains contemporary art, painting, sculpture, and photography from Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas. In addition, the museum has a library and an extensive collection of weapons and armor, as well as exhibition of musical instruments.
» All the museum's collections are owned by private corporations and sponsors; there are about 950 of them.
» Recommended entrance fee is $25, but visitors can pay as much as they want to enter.

St. Patrick Cathedral, New York

» The St. Patrick Cathedral is one of the largest Catholic cathedrals in America.
» Cathedral Gate is made of bronze and weighs more than 18 tons, but it’s so well balanced that can be opened with one hand.
» The main relic is the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
» The cathedral is built of brick and decorated with marble.
» Construction began before the start of the American Civil War, and was suspended for the same reason.
» Design of the altar in the St. Patrick Cathedral was made by Tiffany.

Brooklyn Museum, New York

» The Brooklyn Museum is one of the largest art museums in the United States. The museum's collection includes more than half a million items.
» Initially, the Brooklyn Museum was a library belonging to the hero of the revolutionary war, which later grew to unbelievable proportions.
» The museum has a special program for teens, during which students conduct their own tours in the museum and help in arranging various events.
» Founders of Brooklyn cultural center call it the museum for all and for everyone.
» Originally, Brooklyn Museum exhibition was a collection of everything that could serve the cause of education of the American nation.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in New York

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Where: 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York; Telephone: +1 (212) 535-7710; Opening hours: Monday-CLOSED. Tuesday–Thursday;
Museum of Modern Art
Where: 11 West 53 Street, New York; Telephone: + 1 (212) 708-9400; More info: Btw fifth and sixth aves;
CentralPark
Where: Strawberry Fields, New York;
Times Square
Where: 42nd Street and Broadway, New York;
Broadway Shows
Where: Duffy Square, 47th Street, New York; Telephone: +1 (212) 912-9770; More info: (btw broadway and 7th);
Circle Line Boat
Where: Pier 83, West 42nd Street, New York; Telephone: +1 (212) 563-3200;
Washington Square Park
Where: West 4th Street and MacDougal, New York;
Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island
Where: Battery Park, New York; Telephone: +1 (212) 269-5755, +1 (212) 363-3200; Opening hours: Daily 8.30am-5.30pm, boats go every 30 minutes.;
Empire State Building
Where: 350 Fifth Avenue, New York; Telephone: +1 (212) 736-3100; Opening hours: Daily 8am to Midnight; More info: Between 33rd & 34th streets;
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Culture guide to New York. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in New York: temples, museums, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in New York. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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