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

Ground Zero 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.
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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
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One of the most famous symbols of the Big Apple is Central Park, which is definitely good enough to be termed a must-see place for every tourist who comes here. The park is super popular among the tourists, that is why it is more interesting as a sightseeing spot, rather than as a place isolated from the world hustle and bustle. Movie enthusiasts will be pleased with the fact that many popular films were shot here, like “Devil’s Advocate”, “Vanilla Sky”, “Cruel Intentions”, “Enchanted”, and “Sex and the City”. Another place that movie lovers will find interesting is the house at the corner of Grove street and Bedford street – it often flashed on the screen during the showcase of the series “Friends”.
Ground Zero If you look at the Astro-View observation platforms, you will remember the final footage from the “Men in Black”. They were built in the year 1964. Today, the site is abandoned, and unfortunately, because of this, it will not be possible to go upstairs, but you can enjoy the beautiful view of the abandoned building. The New York Public Library is one of the most popular venues for shooting movies (“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “Spider Man”, “The Time Machine”, “The Day After Tomorrow” were shot here) – a must-visit place, interesting from an architectural point of view, amazing with its majesty. It would be fascinating to know that you can visit it for free.
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New York by Gehry, the tallest residential skyscraper in America, is definitely worth visiting for the reason that it is quite an unusual building for the Big Apple. It was constructed by the famous architect Frank Gehry. The building is often called “waves”, because it is designed as a series of curved lines that look like waves. One cannot help but mention the Empire State Building – one of the most important symbols of the city. The majestic 102-storey building can be seen in absolutely all the movies filmed in New York.
Edificio Flatiron New York The city is also famous for its abandoned buildings, among them – Renwick Smallpox Hospital. The hospital was abandoned because it was shut down. Patients with smallpox were kept here. The place itself gives conflicting emotions as one can feel incredible sense of mysticism and horror, which definitely will be to the liking of those who are in love with all mysterious and unexplained events. There is another hospital meant for typhoid and tuberculosis patients, and it is located in North Brother Island. The place is also worth mentioning because the island was wrecked by PS General Slocum. An abandoned cafe on the West Side Highway, built in the 1950’s and closed in 2006, is another institution that fans of abandoned buildings will find interesting. Some romanticism emits from this place.
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Statue of Liberty, New York

» The Statue of Liberty is located on Liberty Island and is one of the most famous sculptures in the USA and in the world as well.
» The Statue of Liberty is often called the symbol of New York City and the United States, the symbol of freedom and democracy, and the Liberty Lady. That was a gift of the French on the centenary of the American Revolution.
» The goddess of freedom holds a torch and a tablet and stands with one foot on the broken chains. The date of the Declaration of Independence is carved with Roman numerals on the table.
» The height of the statue from the ground to the tip of the torch is 93 meters; the height of the statue itself is 46 meters.
» The monument is open for visitors. Overcoming 356 steps of a stairway you can climb to the crown of the statue, which offers extensive panorama of New York Harbor.

Empire State Building, New York

» The Empire State Building is the 102-storey skyscraper (office building) built in Art Deco style. The skyscraper is situated in New York City on the island of Manhattan.
» 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

» 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.
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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;
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;
Reference information
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in New York and around
♥   Art museum 'Dahesh Museum of Art' New York City, 1.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'New Museum of Contemporary Art' New York City, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museum of Russian Art' Jersey City, 2.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Whitney Museum of American Art' New York City, 2.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Rubin Museum of Art' New York City, 3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near New York
♥   National Shrine of St. Anthony, New York City, 1.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral, Brooklyn, 2.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cathedral Basilica of St. James, Brooklyn, 2.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, St. Joseph, 5.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, 5.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Shrine of St. Vincent Ferrer, New York City, 6.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Brooklyn, 8.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to New York. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in New York: temples, 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! - online travel reservation expert providing reliable car rental and hotel booking services. We feature more than 25.000 destinations with 12.000 rental offices and 200.000 hotels worldwide.
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