Manhattan Attractions

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Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Midtown
  5th Avenue between 50th and 51st Street - New York, NY              
The Cathedral was begun in 1858 by Archbishop John Hughes to replace the original St. Patrick's Cathedral, which is used today as a parish church in New York. The cornerstone was laid in August of that year, and, after a suspension of work during the years of Civil War, John Cardinal McCloskey, the first American Cardinal, resumed work in 1865, opening the doors in May, 1879. Archbishop Michael Corrigan added the towers on the West Front in 1888 and began work on the east addition, including the Lady Chapel in 1901...
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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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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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NY Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lower Manhattan
  55 Water Street - New York, NY              
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The excerpts etched into the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial were chosen from letters, diary entries, and poems written by Americans during the Vietnam Era, which were submitted to the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission. These quotes are supplemented by news dispatches and public statements about the war. It is fitting that the Memorial is located one block east of Fraunces Tavern, where George Washington bade farewell to his officers at the end of the Revolutionary War.
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Radio City Music Hall, Midtown
  1260 Avenue of the Americas - New York, NY              
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Winter, lights twinkling on the tree, skaters gliding across the ice, carols ringing in the air and the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Rockefeller Center is the nation's favorite Christmas destination. The spirit of the laborers who decorated the first tree on the site almost seventy years ago lives on in the giant, gloriously lit spruce that graces the Plaza throughout the holiday season. The tree lighting ceremony draws huge crowds eagerly awaiting the official start of the season. And for weeks, happy kids and harried commuters are stopped in their tracks by the sight of the gossamer angels with golden trumpets and the sound of music in the winter air.
This year, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular celebrates 85 magical years of the Rockettes and will perform to cities outside of New York including Nashville, Chicago, Dallas and St. Louis.
America's most popular entertainers have thrilled audiences at Radio City Music Hall since its doors opened December 27, 1932. Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Bennett to mention only a few of the celebrities and luminaries to grace the Great Stage.
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Nintendo World Store, Midtown
  10 Rockefeller Plaza @ 48th St. - Rockefeller Center - New York, NY              
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Chat with Mario - live at Nintendo World! Take a break from your holiday shopping to stop by and chat with Mario until January 6th. Ask Mario what his life is like in the Mushroom Kingdom. Check the calendar for dates and times of Mario's appearance in the store.
In the heart of Manhattan, right in Rockefeller Plaza, people flock from all over the globe to visit, play, and shop at this one of a kind Nintendo World Store, a 10,000 square foot gaming paradise. Guests have a compelling in-store experience when they take a tour conducted by one of their Ambassadors, who are very enthusiastic Nintendo fans, always happy to share their knowledge with the visitors. The store staff can guide you through each of the interactive gaming areas, provide hands-on gaming demonstrations, show you their selection of Pokémon merchandise, help you find the right sized Nintendo-themed t-shirts and provide a bit of history by explaining the items in the store, absolutely free of charge. Come talk to Mario about Life in the Mushroom Kingdom; ask an Ambassador to demonstrate how AR Cards work; meet Sean, the resident Pokémon Trainer; bring your Nintendo 3DS and join up to six players in local or online multi-player battles when you participate in the Kid Icarus Tournament; take a picture with a life-sized Mario; take a look at the store selection of exclusive youth, ladies and men’s apparel, featuring your favorite Nintendo characters. Check out their schedule in advance to participate in the activities listed above to experience endless entertainment. By Ruth Cohen.
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Battery Park, Lower Manhattan
  Battery Park (South of Broadway) - New York, NY              
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The Battery Park is the cradle of New York City history. Back in 1623, Dutch settlers landed here and established New Amsterdam. This 25-acre Public Park is located at the Southern tip of Manhattan and has an incredible view of the Statue of Liberty and the bay. You will find a collection of memorials and gardens including the Hope Garden, a rose garden with 10,000 specimens, planted in 1992 as a memorial to those who died of AIDS, the memorial to the veterans of World War II and the Korean War.
Many cultural institutions are within walking distance of the Battery Park: the South Street Seaport, the New York Stock Exchange, the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indians, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and the Skyscraper Museum. Enjoy the park pedestrian promenade on foot, biking, or rollerblading. Check out the recreation department kiosk, where kids can borrow badminton sets, pogo sticks and more. In summertime you often see street musician shows that can add a magic note to your experience. Finish your day by just relaxing on ample benches facing the Hudson River to watch the sunset and keep an indelible picture of the Island of Liberty with the imposing Statue of Liberty.
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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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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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NBA Store, Midtown
  590 Fifth Avenue - New York, NY              
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GET IN THE GAME!!! The NBA Store in Manhattan is your one stop shop for everything related to the NBA and provides fans with one of the most fulfilling shopping and entertainment experiences available in New York City. Whether you are a Knick fan, a Laker fan or any fan, the NBA store has your team’s gear at great prices. The sprawling 35,000 square foot store doesn’t just do team licensed gear but also has all of the basketball shoes you need to lace up and head to the court. Of course, if you are in the Manhattan store you don’t have to go far as part of the experience involves trying out your gear on the indoor half-court officially endorsed by the NBA. The fun doesn’t stop there - the store also has a consistent array of multimedia presentations that take you away from a basic shopping experience and instead puts you in front of 50,000 screaming fans on the court of your dreams. For a shopping experience like no other and a chance to look exactly like your favorite basketball heroes, look no further than the NBA Store in Manhattan!
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Javits Center, Midtown
  655 West 34th Street - New York, NY              
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Jacob K. Javits Convention Center is a large convention center on the west side of Manhattan in New York City. It was designed by architects I. M. Pei and partners. The revolutionary space frame structure was built in 1986 and named for New York Senator Jacob K. Javits, who died that year.
The exhibit space is over 675,000 square feet (62,700 m2). Planning and constructing a convention center on Manhattan's west side has had a long and controversial history, including efforts starting in the early 1970s to produce a megaproject involving a redevelopment concept. On October 16, 2006, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to start construction of an expansion. The $1.7 billion dollar expansion project will expand the center's size by 45 percent, and include a hotel. The project is scheduled for completion by 2010, and when finished, will be one of the largest convention centers in the U.S.
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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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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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SONY Wonder Technology Lab, Midtown
  550 Madison Avenue (Permanently closed) - New York, NY              
Saturday, December 29. 12:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. Every day fearless courier Wilee (Joseph Gordon Levitt) dodges death while weaving through traffic on his custom featherweight bicycle with one gear and no brakes. He always delivers his packages on time, but today's rush delivery could be his last. With a mysterious envelope clutched close and a crooked cop (Michael Shannon) chasing him through the streets of Manhattan, Wilee must pedal for his life. [PG-13] Directed by David Koepp. Running time: 91 mins
Explore exciting NEW exhibits in a dynamic, state-of the art facility that brings technology and creativity together to make learning experiential, entertaining and fun.
Located in mid-town Manhattan, SWTL inspires creativity in a high-quality, engaging, and family friendly learning environment.
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New York Stock Exchange, Lower Manhattan
  20 Broad Street - New York, NY              
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As the 20th century dawned, the NYSE was firmly established as one of America’s preeminent financial institutions. It was also experiencing a sustained rise in trading volume. Trading in listed stocks had tripled between 1896 and 1899. It would nearly double again by 1901.
More space was clearly needed. So the Exchange invited eight of New York City’s leading architects to join in a competition to design a grand new building. Their instructions: The trading floor was to have more space, more light, and more convenience for the transaction of business.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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."