Manhattan Attractions

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World Trade Center Progress, Lower Manhattan
   - New York, NY              
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On Monday, April 30, 2012, at approximately 2:00 p.m., the Port Authority will mark a major milestone in the construction of One World Trade Center with the installation of steel columns that will make the skyscraper the tallest building in New York. When the columns are put in place, the building will officially surpass the height of the Empire State Building, which currently is the tallest structure in New York City.
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American Girl Place, Midtown
  609 Fifth Avenue - New York, NY              
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Girl of the Year 2013 Celebration. Celebrate the arrival of our newest Girl of the Year! At this special event, girls will learn about this new contemporary character, make fun crafts, and enjoy a delicious meal. Includes an American Girl book to take home. Reservations required. The NYC dates are January 11 and 18.
For girls ages 8 and up.The American Girl Place in New York City is a unique store where girls can find a paradise in a doll experience. Find shops featuring all of their characters – from historical favorites, where their stories come to life before your girl’s eye, to My American Girl® dolls to their current Girl of the Year – plus Bitty Baby and the Bitty Twins. Explore outfits, accessories and furniture that help make every doll’s world complete. Dress Like a Doll® by matching your girl’s outfit with her best friend’s, creates the perfect pair. Visit the bookstore where girls can find the books they love, losing themselves in exciting stories, solving puzzles or doing craft projects. Visit the Avenue AG, on the second floor, where you can explore mini-shops filled with adorable accessories, sweet and savoring treats, design-it-yourself tees, and more surprises just for girls and their dolls. Experience fun and fancy dining at the American Girl Café. Let your girl feel very special when she is served at a table with pretty white linens, bright daisy centerpieces, and sparkling silverware. Your girl will even take home a memento as a reminder of her special day!
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Grand Central Terminal, Midtown
  42nd Street and Park Avenue - New York, NY              
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Grand Central Terminal turns 100 in 2013 and the celebration is starting the party early with the 11th annual Holiday Train Show! In a brand new layout by Lionel, model Metro-North and New York Central trains depart from a miniature Grand Central on their way North on a 34' long, two-level "O" gauge layout. Vintage model trains from the Museum's collection are on display joined by stunning New York Central railroad posters harkening back to Grand Central's heyday as the nexus of long distance and commuter train travel. Presented by New York Transit Museum.
Grand Central has become a midtown destination for five exquisite restaurants and cocktail lounges, 20 casual international eateries in the lower level Dining Concourse, gourmet foods from the Grand Central Market and the 50 unique specialty shops throughout the concourses, all in to addition to transportation.
Grand Central has also transformed itself into a venue for ongoing public events. Throughout the year, Vanderbilt Hall, the Terminal's 12,000 square foot former Main Waiting Room, is the site for ongoing free promotions and entertainment ranging from tennis exhibits to the annual Holiday Fair which brings 72 craftsmen, artisans and international importers to the Terminal selling an outstanding array of merchandise for holiday gifts.
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Downtown Boathouse (Pier 96), Midtown
  Hudson River Greenway - Manhattan - New York, NY              
Come experience the thrill of kayaking for FREE in New York City! Pier 96 offers Walk up Kayaking every weekend and holiday from 9AM until 6PM with the last boat going out at 5:30, and weekday evenings from 5PM-7PM with the last boat going out at 6:30PM in July and August. Introductory classes are held at Pier 96 every Wednesday at 6PM.
The Downtown Boathouse is an all volunteer-run nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free public access to the harbor in New York City through public kayaking programs. Downtown Boathouse's mission is to encourage safe public use of the harbor waters of New York City and thereby provide residents of this space-constrained city with increased recreational opportunities. It supports our operations exclusively through public donations and the efforts of volunteers.
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Build-A-Bear Workshop, Midtown
  565 5th Avenue - New York, NY              
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BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP shops are moving beyond stuff, half truths, dress and equipment treatments to improve the entertaining choices that kids have when they create a favorite keep or other fuzzy monster. This year the electronic devices are a much bigger aspect of kid's entertainment options, Build-A-Bear is beginning new shops that aim to amuse electronically skilled kids with more entertaining choices to keep them returning.
There is nothing better to bring warm thoughts about your childhood, about comfort, trust and love than a Teddy Bear. That was exactly what Maxine Clark had in mind when, in 1997, she founded Build-A-Bear workshop®, a teddy-bear themed retail entertainment experience. Today there are more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop® stores worldwide, including two in New York City, with a good portion being franchised stores. The shiny yellow-colored shops in purchasing centers became popular as a hands-on space for kids to select a luxurious keep, rabbit or other monster to create their own, putting on a costume it and giving it a character and name. You know you are in a magical world from the moment you walk in the door and are greeted by a Bear Builder™ associate who guides you through all the bear making fun. Make your own stuffed animal. Start by choosing a furry friend to make from more than 30 stuffed animals. Then let your feelings guide you to pick and choose clothes, accessories, shoes and even songs and scents, to create your best friend. Let your imagination guide you to compose your memorable keepsake or offer a perfect gift by creating a very special Teddy Bear to celebrate a graduation, a newborn, Valentine’s Day, Christmas Season or your baseball team. Celebrate any occasion with the company built with a heart when you book BUILD-A-PARTY®, for a very reasonable price.
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Empire State Building, Midtown
  350 5th Avenue - New York, NY              
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The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in New York City. Its name is derived from the nickname for the state of New York. It stood as the world's tallest building for more than forty years, from its completion in 1931 until the construction of the World Trade Center North Tower in 1972, and is now once again the tallest building in New York after the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

The Empire State Building has been named by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. Source
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United Nations, Midtown
  1st Avenue at 46th Street - New York, NY              
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The United Nations is an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by 51 countries committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights. Due to its unique international character, and the powers vested in its founding Charter, the Organization can take action on a wide range of issues, and provide a forum for its 192 Member States to express their views, through the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council and other bodies and committees.
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9/11 Memorial, Lower Manhattan
  1 Albany Street - New York, NY              
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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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Ellis Island, Lower Manhattan
  17 Battery Place #210 - New York, NY              
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In 1982, President Ronald Reagan asked Lee Iacocca, then Chairman of Chrysler Corporation, to head a private sector effort to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation (SOLEIF) was founded.
The Foundation's fundraising drive sparked a dramatic response. The American people contributed more than $500 million (and counting!) to the repair, restoration, and maintenance of these two great monuments to freedom. All funds for the Foundation’s projects have come from the American people – no government funds have been used.
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Trinity Church, Lower Manhattan
  74 Trinity Place - New York, NY              
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Founded in 1697, Trinity Church is a vibrant Episcopal parish, where daily worship services form the heart of our Christian identity. Trinity is a grant-making organization, streaming funds throughout the city and the world, as well as a resource for Lower Manhattan's commuters and tourists, who find inspirational music within its walls. Through its congregational staff and maintenance teams, it is a sacred oasis amid the busy downtown streets. It is an important player in the world of New York City commercial realty, and home to an award-winning preschool. It is the home to the committees, guilds, and task-forces of a congregation committed to bringing God's Kingdom to this world.
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St. Marks Church, Greenwich Village+
  131 East 10th Street - Bowery - New York, NY              
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A diverse church that welcomes active participation. Sunday services are a full body experience. Join the choir or sing from your seat in the congregation. You are invited to join the circle around the table at the time of communion and welcome to participate in the distribution of the elements by offering them to your neighbor after you have received. Sunday services are a unique community-focused experience.
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Central Park Zoo, Upper West Side
  64th Street and Fifth Avenue - New York, NY              
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The exhibits are surrounded by the picturesque Manhattan skyline and the trails of New York’s most famous park. Just steps from Fifth Avenue, you can chill out with penguins and polar bears or warm up with the Central Park Zoo tropical rainforest critters.
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Apollo Theater, Harlem+
  253 West 125th Street - Harlem - New York, NY              
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Yesterday…A place where thousands of young artists have stepped out into the spotlight and launched their careers. A place "where stars are born and legends are made." The legendary Apollo Theater is so much more than an historic landmark - it is a source of pride and a symbol of the brilliance of American artistic achievement. From 1934 when the Apollo first introduced its world-famous Amateur Night which launched the careers of legendary artists like Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown, Michael Jackson, D'Angelo and Lauryn Hill, the Apollo has maintained its position as the nation's most popular arena for emerging and established black and Latino performers.
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City Hall, Lower Manhattan
  Broadway and Park Row - New York, NY              
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The building depicted above is New York City's third City Hall. Constructed from 1803-1812, it was designed by John McComb, Jr. and Joseph-Francois Mangin. The building has undergone many restorations during its almost two hundred-year history. The original copper roof of City Hall was installed in 1811; it was replaced in 1853, and five years later, due to fire damage, replaced again. Additional work on the roof was undertaken in the early part of this century. Since that time, the last recorded work on the roof was undertaken in 1970, when roof openings were installed to accommodate new air conditioning units.
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Hudson River Park, Greenwich Village+
  353 West St, Pier 40, 2nd floor - New York, NY              
Over the past six years Hudson River Park has gone from plan to reality. This could only have happened with the work and dedication of hundreds of people: current and former staff and board members of the Hudson River Park Trust, the Hudson River Park Conservancy, Advisory Council, Friends, Community Boards 1, 2 and 4, NYS Department of Transportation, consulting designers, engineers, project managers, contractors, construction managers and many others.
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Washington Square Park, Greenwich Village+
  5th Avenue (South) - New York, NY              
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An open space with a tradition of nonconformity, the park's fountain area has long been one of the city's popular spots for residents and tourists. Washington Square has been a center of the cultural life in New York since the middle of the 19th century. Artists of the Hudson River School, the country's first prominent school of painters, settled around Washington Square at that time. Samuel Morse and Daniel Huntington were tenants of the old University Building. (New York University once rented out studio space and residential apartments within the "academic" building.) Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Herman Melville and Walt Whitman contributed to the artistic climate, having notable interaction with the cultural and academic life of the university.
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Castle Clinton, Lower Manhattan
  1 New York Plaza - New York, NY              
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Castle Garden, today known as Castle Clinton National Monument, is the major landmark within The Battery, the 23 acre waterfront park at the tip of Manhattan. From 1855 to 1890, the Castle was America's first official immigration center, a pioneering collaboration of New York State and New York City.
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Union Square Park, Greenwich Village+
  Between 14th and 18th Streets - New York, NY              
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Union Square (also known as Union Square Park) is an important and historic intersection in New York City, located where Broadway and the Bowery came together in the early 19th century. Today it is bounded by 14th Street, Union Square East, 17th Street, and Union Square West. It is run and operated jointly by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation as well as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
In 1976, the Council on the Environment of New York City established the Greenmarket program, which provided regional small family farmers with opportunities to sell their fruits, vegetables and other farm products at open-air markets in the city. The most famous is the Union Square Greenmarket, held Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays between 8 AM and 6 PM year round. 250,000 customers a week purchase 1,000 varieties of fruits and vegetables at the market. The variety of produce available is broader by perhaps a factor of ten than what is found in a conventional supermarket.
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Fort Tryon Park, Harlem+
  Fort George Station - New York, NY              
Built by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., son of the architect of Central Park, in 1935, and gifted to the city of New York by John D. Rockefeller in 1917, Fort Tryon Park remains one of the city’s most beautiful outdoor pieces of art and one of the best presents ever received.
Centuries after its creation, parkgoers can picnic, run, play, and enjoy the historic architecture that has survived and thrived within the park. Beyond its dedication to natural beauty, as evidenced by its gardens and grounds, Fort Tryon Park is unique in its dedication to manmade art. Perched high above its northern grounds are the Cloisters, a branch of the Metropolitan Museum that houses nearly 5,000 medieval works in a reconstructed medieval monastery. After soaking up ancient artwork, visitors can venture next door to the New Leaf Restaurant & Bar, an upscale restaurant perfect for romantic dinners and friendly brunches.
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Hayden Planetarium, Upper West Side
  Central Park West at 79th Street - New York, NY              
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Hayden Planetarium captivates upon your initial approach. The visually stimulating Manhattan attraction, constructed from glass and steel, features a large spherical dome where the universe comes to life in front of your very eyes. The department of Astrophysics, located in the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History, conducts research focusing on the formation and evolution of stars, star clusters, the effects of their radiation, and much more. The planetarium offers ongoing monthly lectures. Children and adults alike will love the vast amount of knowledge and beauty while exploring the stars in this awesome environment. 3-D models and vivid colors are not in short abundance here. School field trips are welcome; planning in advance is required. A wealth of educational knowledge is available through the website for teachers, parents and children. With a special section of interactive activities for children, you can’t go wrong learning about all that this Manhattan planetarium has to offer. A virtual joy ride through the universe with stops along the way to learn about the wonders of the Galaxies, a few hours can easily be spent just walking around the floors. In addition to the star/sky show, the exhibits are a joy to behold. From real meteorites, to scales that bring home the effect of gravity on other planets, to historic photos, all will enjoy.
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Downtown Boathouse (Pier 40), Greenwich Village+
  353 West Street - Manhattan - New York, NY              
Come experience the thrill of kayaking for FREE in New York City! Pier 40 offers Walk up Kayaking every weekend and holiday from 9AM until 6PM with the last boat going out at 5:30, and Thursday evenings from 5PM-7PM with the last boat going out at 6:30PM.
The Downtown Boathouse is an all volunteer-run nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free public access to the harbor in New York City through public kayaking programs. Downtown Boathouse's mission is to encourage safe public use of the harbor waters of New York City and thereby provide residents of this space-constrained city with increased recreational opportunities. It supports our operations exclusively through public donations and the efforts of volunteers.
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Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Upper West Side
  1047 Amsterdam Avenue - New York, NY              
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and the seat of its Bishop. Church's pastoral, educational, cultural, and community outreach programs serve the needs of a diverse City, Nation and World. The Church invite to become part of spiritual energy that awaits all who walk through doors.
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Dylan’s Candy Bar, Upper East Side
  1011 Third Avenue - New York, NY              
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Candy, chocolate and all things sweet are our passions, but more than anything we love sharing them with all candy fans…that means you! Dylan’s Candy Bar carries over 5,000 kinds of candy, so you’re sure to find your favorite. We carry over 300 types of bulk candy, ranging from standard gummy worms, gummy bears, peach rings and cola bottles, to wacky gummy teeth, killer gummy sharks and gummy brains. You can also find novelty and nostalgic candy, including Wax Lips, Pixy Stix and Pez.
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Lincoln Center, Upper West Side
  70 Lincoln Center Plaza - New York, NY              
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David H. Koch TheaterLincoln Center for the Performing Arts is the world's largest cultural complex. The 12 world-reowned independent resident companies that make up the Lincoln Center represent the very best in the performing arts today. This site guides you through the superb offerings of the resident companies as well as the excellent programs of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., titled "Lincoln Center Presents."