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Empire State Building, New York
» The Empire State Building is currently the 22nd highest in the world and the fourth tallest skyscraper in the United States.
» The building has observation decks located on the 86th and on 102nd floor.
» There is the Guinness World Records Hall in the Empire State Building, where the unique collection of unusual records is kept.
» The annual competition on the run is held at the stairs of the Empire State Building. Runners need to be overcome 1576 steps of the building, from 1st to 86th floor. In 2003, Paul Crake has placed a record that has yet to be beaten; he had overcome the distance in 9 minutes 33 seconds.
American Museum of Natural History, New York
» 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.
Woolworth Building, New York
» The Woolworth Building is of 57 floors; the building reaches 241 meters. The top floor is equipped with an observation deck.
» This skyscraper has cost fourteen million dollars to its owner.
» The building is sometimes called the Cathedral of Trade because of its scale and its resemblance to Gothic cathedrals.
» The Woolworth Building is mentioned in a poem by Mayakovsky, who visited New York in 1925.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
» 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.
The Cloisters, New York
» The museum and the surrounding park were created on dime of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
» John D. Rockefeller Jr. donated to the museum most of its art collections of the Middle Ages.
» This building is assembled from several pieces of medieval abbeys, brought from Europe. Thus stones and columns of the Cloisters are the oldest man-made structures in the United States.
» Flowers and herbs that used to grow in medieval monasteries, as well as flowers depicted in tapestries of the museum are planted there in summer.
Manhattan Municipal Building, New York
» The architecture of this building has had a huge impact on other cities; similar buildings were built even in Moscow.
» More than 15,000 people a year are married in the local wedding bureau.
» The gilded six-meter sculpture Civic Fame, the largest sculpture in the city after the Statue of Liberty, stands on top of the building.
» The Manhattan Municipal is crowned with the round colonnade inherent to gravestone monuments dating back to the 4th century BC.
» The Manhattan Municipal was the first building at the base of which the underground station has appeared.
Brooklyn Museum, New York
» 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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