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Major Tourist Attractions
· Performing Arts
· Art and Galleries
The Local Arrangements Committee of the NCS 2006 Congress looks forward to welcoming all Congress participants and their families to New York City.
Although the wide range of cultural attractions and great number of entertainment options available to New York City's visitors precludes an exhaustive listing on this website, the following list of attractions and excursions is designed to be of maximum assistance in planning activities outside, and after, the Congress.
Each listing includes a link to an external website (or, in a few instances, to a telephone number) where you can obtain more precise or current information, make reservations, and/or buy tickets. Every effort has been made to insure the accuracy of the listings given here, but changes may occur closer to the time of the Congress, so re-checking the linked sites will be important. You will find comprehensive lists of events, performances, and exhibits in New York at the time of the Congress in the Friday edition of The New York Times, which includes the showing times as well as the location of all movies, and in the The Village Voice, New York Magazine, Time Out New York (TONY), and the New Yorker, all available at news stands.
For a wide variety of information about New York City, with links to many activities and the opportunity to purchase tickets of various kinds, explore http://gonyc.about.com/.
The River to River Festival is a free festival put on by the city and the American Express Corporation every summer, featuring a variety of arts and entertainment. Check the web site often to see what's happening, free, downtown.
The Bronx Zoo , Boston Road and Bronx River Parkway in the Bronx (Bronx Park East station on the #2 and #5 subway lines), with more than 4,000 animals, covers 265 acres.
The New York Aquarium in Brooklyn is New York's aquarium.
New York has two superb botanical gardens: the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the New York Botanical Garden in The Bronx. The former is served by the #2 and #3 subway lines (stops at Broadway and 72nd Street or 42nd St Times Square ), to the Eastern Parkway Station in Brooklyn; for the latter, take Metro-North commuter train from Grand Central Station to the Botanical Garden station. There are also wonderful gardens, greenhouses, and views of the Hudson River from Wave Hill, a city-owned estate in Riverdale (the Bronx) dating from the Revolutionary War and once the home of Arturo Toscanini. (Reached by taxi or private car.)
Central Park, in the center of Manhattan from 59th to 110th Sts. perpetually plays host to a wide variety of special events, especially during the summer months, including concerts, opera, and “Shakespeare in the Park.” Click the link that says "Events in the Park" on the Central Park web page for updated information.
Coney Island, home to New York's largest amusement park, a circus sideshow (the last one in the United States, according to the web site), and Nathan's, America's most famous hot dog stand. Take the D train at 59th St. (approximately forty-five minutes ), or the B (same station) to Brighton Beach, now the center of New York's expatriate Russian population and culture.
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, both in New York Harbor, are easily reached via a ferry service that is operated by the Circle Line from Castle Clinton in Battery Park in Lower Manhattan (take the southbound #1 train at 59th St. to its “South Ferry” terminus). One ticket entitles its bearer to visit both national monuments, which are free once reached.
Note that it is no longer permissible for visitors to climb to Lady Liberty's crown (or torch). Tickets that enable visitors to climb to the top of the statue's pedestal are distributed on a first-come first-served basis at the ticket counter at Battery Park.
Ellis Island is now a national immigration museum, offering fascinating exhibits illustrating the hopes and travails of the European immigrants who arrived in the US via Ellis Island from 1892-1954. Computer screens allow visitors to search ship manifests for information about ancestors who immigrated during this period.
is New York's tribute to its maritime
past. Home to various old whalers, schooners,
and yachts, South Street Seaport is a
taste of the nineteenth century just
steps from Wall Street. The
South Street Seaport Museum
is of particular interest to those whose
interests include maritime history. There
are many good restaurants located in
old houses near the East River
in Midtown is home to the famous Christmas tree
and ice rink, and a treasure trove of
Art Deco architecture, including the
City Music Hall Top
of the Rock, the center's observation
deck in the RCA Building, has now been
Empire State Building,
34th St. between 5th and
6th Avenues, has an observation
deck with views across many miles on
Square, at the foot of 5th Ave.
(N or R line to W. 8th St.;
ABCDF lines to W. 4th St.;
#1 line to Christopher St./Sheridan Sq.
(10 minute walk east). The buildings
of New York University (www.nyu.edu)
surround Washington Square Park with
its triumphal arch. To the south in Greenwich
Village; two blocks east is the site
of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
of 1911 (NW corner, Washington and Greene
Sts.). Macdougal St., going south
from the park, holds many coffee shops;
Bleecker St., to the south, offers many
Italian restaurants and bakeries, some
over 100 years old.
on Pearl and Broad streets is a twentieth-century
reconstruction of the tavern in which
General Washington resigned his commission
as commander-in-chief of the colonial
army in 1783. A limited amount
of presidential memorabilia lines the
A wide variety of
events is produced at Lincoln Center,
Broadway 63-66 Sts., during the summer months,
including the “Mostly Mozart” concerts,
ballet performances, and a “Summer
Festival.” Please consult the website
or the periodical listings mentioned above
for specifics. Performance spaces include
the Metropolitan Opera (there is no summer
opera season), Avery Fisher Hall (home of
the New York Philharmonic), the New York
State Theater, Alice Tully Hall of the Juilliard
School of Music, and the Vivian Beaumont
and Mitzi Newhouse Theaters. The New
York Public Library of Performing Arts
is housed at Lincoln Center.
7th Ave. and 57th St.,
contains two halls in addition to its
main auditorium. Please check
the website for orchestral and chamber
music concerts as well as individual
recitals scheduled around the time of
also be musical events as well as theatrical or dance
performances at The New York City Center,
55th St. between 6th and
7th Avenues, or The
Town Hall, 43rd St. between
6th and 7th Avenues.
For full reviews of current shows, additional listings, and show times and to purchase tickets, go to http://www.nytimes.com/theater; an excellent site for information about theater, dance, and concerts is that of the Theater Development Fund. Another such site is http://www.braodway.com.
Tickets can also be purchased for many Broadway and off-Broadway shows from the following sites:
and for off-Broadway shows from
Reduced price tickets for shows that are not sold out can be purchased on the day of the performance at TKTS, Broadway and 47th St.
are located between and 42nd and
50th Sts., and between 6th
8th Avenues. “Off-Broadway”
Broadway” theaters are located all
over Manhattan; the respective titles refer
to the relative size of the theater, cost
of the production, and/or established status
of the playwright and actors, not to the
distance from the thoroughfare.
, W. 125th St. between Manhattan
Ave. and Frederick Douglass Blvd.,
historic venue for African-American performances
concerts, and operas are also presented at The Brooklyn Academy of Music,
at Lafayette Avenue and Ashland Place,
Brooklyn. For schedule and tickets, consult
the website; for directions to BAM by public
transportation and special buses, click on “Visitor
Info” on the Home Page.
Among the many jazz clubs (listed in full each week in The New Yorker) are Birdland , 315 W. 44th St., between 8th and 9th Aves. (212-581-3080); Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St., near 6th Ave. (212-475-8592) Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South, at 11th St. (212-255-4037), and Jazz Gallery (for “up and coming performers”), 290 Hudson St., near Spring St. (Greenwich [or West] Village; 212-242-1063).
Museum of the City of New York,
5th Ave. at E. 103 St
American Museum of Natural History,
and Planetarium, Central Park West and
79th St., .
Folk Art Museum,
45 W. 53rd St.,
Lower East SideTenement Museum,
97 Orchard St.: in a mid-nineteenth-century
tenement building, the museum has precisely
recreated apartments as lived in by their
actual occupants in the late nineteenth
and early twentieth centuries. Guided
tours of the apartments (book in advance
by telephone, 1-800-965-4827, or at www.ticketweb.com);
plays and art exhibits presented frequently.
Museum of Television and Radio,
2 W. 52nd St. , features a
variety of public programs and ready
access to a vast collection of radio
and television shows.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
is home to the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid,
the Concorde, as well as several other
ships and aircraft. The Intrepid
is docked in the Hudson River at W. 45th
National Design Museum
, 5th Ave. and 91st St.,
a division of the Smithsonian Institution,
devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary
60 Jumel Terrace at W. 160th St.
and Edgecombe Ave. (#1 subway line to
157th St.), is the oldest
house (1765) in Manhattan, and served
as Washington's headquarters during one
period of the American Revolution; 11
rooms decorated with period furniture
and artifacts. Nearby is picturesque Sylvan
Gustave Heye Center, a
division of the Smithsonian Institution Museum of
the American Indian
in the former U.S. Custom House, an historical
building at Bowling Green, at the southern
end of Manhattan (Bowling Green Station
of the #4 or #5 subway lines), has a
research center and a large collection
of Native American artifacts; there are
frequent exhibits and performances.
Historical Society, 77th St.
and Central Park
West, houses an extensive collection
of documents, paintings, and artifacts
illustrative of New York City history;
a research library; and frequent exhibits.
Jewish Museum, 5th Ave. at 92nd
Museum of Jewish Heritage,
36 Battery Place, Battery Park City (#1
subway to South Ferry Station; #4 or
#5 to Bowling Geen Station): “a
living memorial to the Holocaust,” with
a variety of programs and exhibits.
American Museum of the Moving Image
, 35th Ave. at 36th St.,
Astoria, Queens (nearest subway station:
36th Ave., Queens, on the
N or W line. The nation's largest
archive. Exhibits, lectures, screenings
illustrating and interpreting the history
and technology of film.
, 200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Ave.,
Brooklyn (Eastern Parkway station on
the #2 or #3 subway line).
Metropolitan Museum of Art,
5th Avenue at 82nd
particular interest to NCS members is The Cloisters,
the Metropolitan's division of medieval
art, sculpture, and architecture, with
medieval cloister gardens and magnificent
views over the Hudson River. The
Cloisters is located in Fort Tryon Park, in
Manhattan (A or C subway line to
190 St., then walk through Park (10 minutes)
or transfer to #4 Bus, which terminates
at the front entrance of the Cloisters.
The newly refurbished
of Modern Art,
11 W. 53rd St.,
Studio Museum in Harlem,
W. 125th St. between
Malcolm X Blvd. and Adam Clayton Powell
Blvd., exhibits nineteenth- and twentieth-century
African-American, Caribbean, and African
70th St. and 5th
former mansion of the industrialist Henry
Clay Frick, contains an art collection
of uniformly high quality, including
many world-famous paintings.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art,
5th Ave. at 88th St.
, Frank Lloyd Wright's New York masterwork.
Whitney Museum of American Art
is at Madison Ave. and E. 75th St.
Museo del Barrio,
5th Ave. at W. 104th St.
Puerto Rican, Caribbean, and Latin American
art, photography, film, and video, plus
a collection of artifacts from pre-Columbian
times to the present.
list of galleries and their shows is published
each week in The New Yorker.
Art Dealers Association of America
web site contains listings of numerous
art galleries, many of which are in New
York and have pieces for sale.
Auction Houses (many art items on exhibit)
, 20 Rockefeller Plaza, Rockefeller Center
(between 5th and 6th
Sotheby's, York Ave. (East side of Manhattan) at 72nd St.
The main branch
of the New
York Public LIbrary
is at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Behind
the Library to the west is Bryant Park
several restaurants and cafes, and frequent
Center for Research in Black Culture ,
Malcolm X Blvd. at W. 135 St (#2 or #3
subway line): over 5 million items testifying
to the extent , trials, and achievements
of African-Americans and the African
The Morgan Library, Madison Ave. at 36th St; Its renovation is to be completed in 2006.
City College of the City University of New York,
Convent Ave. and W. 138 St.(137th St.
station on #1 subway line); founded
in 1847 to offer free education to all
New Yorkers; now senior member of the
City University of New York (CUNY).
University in the City of New York
, Broadway and W. 116 St. (#1 subway
Fordham University, Bronx Campus, East Fordham Road and Webster Ave., The Bronx. (Metro North commuter rail to Fordham station; Fordham Road station, B and D subway lines.)
New York University, see above, Washington Square Park.
New York Mets,
Shea Stadium, Flushing, Queens; #7 subway
line to Shea Stadium station (about 40
minutes from midtown Manhattan)
New York Yankees,
Yankees Stadium, 161st St.
and River Ave., The Bronx. B, D, or #4
subway lines to 161st St.
a minor-league team, Coney Island, Brooklyn.
New York Liberty
play in Madison Square Garden, 7th Ave.
and 33rd St.
Chelsea Piers along the Hudson River at W. 23rd St.; bowling, roller skating, basketball courts, golf driving range.
Houses of worship
Cathedral Church of St John the Divine,
of the Episcopal Diocese of New
York, Amsterdam Avenue and W. 112 St.
(#1 subway line to 110th St./
Cathedral Parkway station). Many
cultural performances as well as religious services.
St Patrick's Cathedral
of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of
New York, 5th Ave, at 50th
(across from Rockefeller Center)
non-denominational Protestant church
with a long tradition of social
activism. Riverside Drive at W. 120 St.
#5 bus, which stops on Broadway and 63rd
near the Fordham Lincoln Center campus.
one of New York's leading Reform Jewish
congregations, 5th Ave. at
Eldridge Street Synagogue,
12 Eldridge St., between Canal and Division
Sts. on the Lower East Side. Founded
in 1887, it became the largest and most
influential Jewish congregation in the
Lower East Side, the center of Eastern
European Jewish immigrant life. Now being
restored; tours available. Take
or B or D train to Grand Street station.
Abyssinian Baptist Church, 132 Odell Clark Place, formerly West 138th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. and Malcolm X Boulevards, also known as 7th and Lenox Avenues (#2 or #3 subway to 135th St. station). One of the largest and oldest, historically African-American, congregations in Harlem.
and Wall St., historic Episcopal Church
,founded 1697, with famous churchyard
where Alexander Hamilton is buried; also
St. Paul's Chapel, Broadway at Fulton
Gray Line Tours,
sightseeing tours in multiple languages;
a Gray Line ticket entitles its bearer
to board various buses, which run on
regular routes, for the better part of
a whole day.
round-Manhattan cruises, depart from
a dock near West 42 Street on the Hudson
, from VIP Heliport, W. 30th St.
and 12th Ave.
Walking tours: GoNYC offers links to a variety of walking tours.
edition of The
New York Times includes
the showing times as well as the location
of all movies.
independent movie theaters:
the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Rose Cinemas
offers many independent films.
most movies can be purchased in line, at Fandango
McCarren Park Pool (Brooklyn)
River Rocks, Pier 54, Hudson River at 13th St.
South Street Seaport, Pier 17, Fulton and South Streets, Lower Manhattan
Warm Up, PS 1 Contemporary Arts Center, Long Island City
Check exchange rates at http://www.x-rates.com.
To search for stores by type, products, and location, see one of these websites:
For lists of bookstores by location and type, see:
Around New York City
Long Island extends eastward from Manhattan; at its western end, the New York CIty boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens.
MTA's Long Island Rail Road runs from New York City's Penn Station all the way to the end of Long Island (Montauk Point), a distance of over 100 miles. Take its trains for :
Hudson River Valley is served
by MTA's Metro
as far as north as Poughkeepsie; Amtrak
continues north to Albany.
complete listing of attractions (towns,
museums, historic estates, etc.) and
train schedules, go to http://www.hudsonriver.com
Also see http://www.hudsonrivervalley
less than an hour by MetroNorth (station:
Rhinecliff, a 15 minute walk to town center),
is a charming town of 18th - and
19th-century houses built around
the original crossroads of two Native American
trails. The town Inn, The Beekman Arms
restaurant), dates to 1766. Nearby
(but more easily accessible by car) are the
campus of Bard College, overlooking
the Hudson; Montgomery Place,
a Revolutionary-era mansion; and the Rhinebeck
Aerodrome, featuring antique airplane flights on
reachable by car include:
King Art Center,
about an hour north of Manhattan, an
outdoor art exhibition space.
Bear Mountain State Park
a bucolic state park along the Hudson
River, reachable via the Palisades Interstate
the US Miilitary Academy, also along
runs trains out of New York's Penn Station
to various points in New Jersey, including:
. Change to shuttle at Princeton Junction.
located on the Jersey Shore about two
hours south of New York City, offers
casinos and the Boardwalk, Park Place,
Ventnor Avenue, and other streets whose
place-names became spaces on Monopoly
Cold Spring Village,
in New Jersey's southernmost point, Cape
May, features more than twenty restored
Connecticut: go to http://www.tourism.state.ct.us for full tourist information.
on the Connecticut coast, with a museum
of America and the sea.
Island: go to http://www.visitrhodeisland.com
comprehensive tourist information.
is home to numerous opulent mansions, a beautiful
coastline, and a few museums.
are one of New York State's most famous
holiday destinations, of which Lake Placid
is probably the best-known. Nearby Lake Champlain,
a beautiful, slender lake between New
York and Vermont, is traversed by several
Vermont's largest city, lies on the eastern
shore of the lake. ;
can be reached by Amtrak
for nearly $155 round-trip or by Chinatown
buses, such as the Fung-Wah Bus
for $30 return.
is reachable by Amtrak, both conventional
trains and the faster, but more expensive,
Acela Express or Metroliner (about 1 ½ hours).
The website offers a full range of attractions.
on Amtrak's “Northeast corridor” main
line, has a spectacular waterfront
that's centered around the Inner Harbor,
which is home to the National Aquarium,
the Walters Art Gallery, and The
Johns Hopkins University.
the state capital, has much 18th-century
domestic architecture, and is home to the US
and St. John's College, one
of America's oldest.
*The Smithsonian Institution includes the Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian.
*The Library of Congress
Gallery of Art
Last edited May 9, 2006 by Kate Lansky
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