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Dedicated to the history, complexity, and evolution of human sexuality, the Museum of Sex (aka MoSex) manages to be both risqué and informative. You’ll find a permanent collection of more than 15,000 objects—from photographs and artworks to sex toys—as well as several temporary exhibitions hosted throughout the year.
Since 1940, the Tiffany & Co. store at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street has been welcoming customers and visitors eager for a taste of polished Manhattan glamour. The store, featured in the classic Audrey Hepburn movieBreakfast at Tiffany’s, is also famous for its unique blue jewelry boxes.
Situated where George Washington once addressed his officers, the Fraunces Tavern Museum is the only museum in the Big Apple dedicated exclusively to Revolutionary War history. Today, the museum showcases an 8,000-object collection that engages visitors of all ages.
As well as holding a significant place in New York's history, the Alexander Hamilton US Custom House is celebrated for its ornate interior, oak panelling, and murals. Today, the Beaux Arts building houses the National Museum of the American Indian.
Located on Columbus Circle, the Time Warner Center is a high-end mixed-use development overlooking Central Park. Its two 55-story towers include office space, residential condominiums, a Mandarin Oriental hotel, and Jazz at Lincoln Center, as well as shops, restaurants, and a public garage.
The distinctive orange Staten Island Ferry passing through New York Harbor has been a familiar sight to New Yorkers since 1905, when the fleet first began carrying commuters between Staten Island and Manhattan. In recent years the free ferry has gained traction with tourists, who crowd the decks to admire front-row views of New York City’s dazzling skyline, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty.
Located in Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City, the Museum of Jewish Heritage is a living memorial to those who lost their lives in the Holocaust. See a variety of permanent and temporary exhibits that cover a variety of topics, from Auschwitz to the boats the Danes used to save their country’s Jewish citizens.
Located in the lobby of the American Express headquarters in New York City, the Eleven Tears Memorial is a moving tribute to the 11 American Express employees who died on 9/11. Designed by artist Ken Smith, the memorial incorporates natural elements of light, water, crystal, stone, and metal.
The Frick Collection is your home for art from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century. Founded by Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919), the museum offers visitors intimate encounters with one of the world’s foremost collections of European fine and decorative arts. The institution’s holdings—which have more than doubled in size since the museum’s opening in 1935—include celebrated works by Rembrandt, Fragonard, Ingres, Bellini, Vermeer, and more. The Frick Art Reference Library, a leading global resource in the field of art history, was established one hundred years ago by Helen Clay Frick and is open to researchers and the public alike.
Founded in 1891, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is a 250-acre (101-hectare) green oasis amid the dense concrete of New York City. As well as a rose garden with more than 650 varieties and a 50-acre (20-hectare) forest, the garden also has an impressive Victorian-era glasshouse and a Home Gardening Center for amateur enthusiasts.
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Part of a global restaurant chain, the Hard Rock Cafe New York occupies the lobby of Broadway’s former Paramount Theatre, framed by the towers and billboards of Times Square. With its tables surrounded by music memorabilia, the eatery combines American-style dining with a rock ‘n’ roll theme.
A branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Met Cloisters is a hodgepodge construction, featuring parts of several European monasteries, which were dismantled, transported, and rebuilt here in New York. The collections center on medieval art and include frescoes, tapestries, sculptures, stained glass, and religious icons.
Step back in time at the Museum at Eldridge Street, which offers a glimpse into the turn-of-the-century Jewish experience in New York City. Explore the restored 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, visit on-site exhibitions, and join a tour—with multiple times offered daily—to learn about Jewish culture in New York City.
Located inside New York’s iconic Central Park, the Central Park Conservatory Garden provides a lush escape from the city's bustling streets. The European-styled, manicured gardens—replete with seasonal flower beds, woodland plants, and stone walking paths—are dotted with fountains, sculptures, and benches perfect for sipping a coffee and soaking up the sun.
One of NYC's newest neighborhoods, Hudson Yards is a glistening complex of buildings hugging the Hudson River, near the High Line. Visitors can shop, dine, and enjoy the arts, head to the Shed for cultural events, walk around the Vessel—a large piece of public art—and enjoy the view from the Edge, a glass-sided observation deck.
A leading voice in the world of visual culture, the museum of the International Center of Photography (ICP) has delivered world-class programs, exhibitions, and classes for decades. Photo enthusiasts and art fans visit the well-curated museum to see some of the most stunning, socially conscious images produced today.
Set between Central Park and the East River, Manhattan’s Upper East Side is one of New York City’s most affluent neighborhoods. Home to the famous Fifth and Madison avenues, the area is filled with upscale stores and stately mansions, apartment blocks, and museums—must-sees for travelers looking for a slice of classic, historic New York.
New York City’s Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) displays objects and artifacts that demonstrate human innovation in historical and contemporary design. In addition to its impressive architecture and location just steps from Central Park, the museum is known for facilitating interaction between visitors and resident artists.
Opened in 1904, the Orpheum Theatre in the East Village has hosted many notable productions in its history, includingAnything Goes andLittle Shop of Horrors. It is currently home to the New York production ofStomp, which has had a run of more than 10,000 performances since 1994.
The East Village is a culturally vibrant neighborhood with a reputation as the countercultural beacon of New York City. From its origins as an immigrant neighborhood and site of 1980s social activism to its current status as a foodie destination peppered with restaurants and cocktail bars, the East Village merges old school and trendy.
Running west to east across Midtown Manhattan, 42nd Street is New York City’s all-singing, all-dancing entertainment hub. Part of the Times Square intersection and Broadway Theater District, the famous street draws visitors with its shows, shops, bright lights, and architectural landmarks.
New York City's historic Garment District—known to many as the Fashion District—still plays a pivotal role in New York's fashion industry. The busy, fashion-forward neighborhood is filled with everything from showrooms and production sites to the Fashion Institute of Technology. Swing by to shop the wholesale fabric shops and sample sales.
An imposing sight incorporating Roman, Renaissance, classical, and beaux arts styles, the David N. Dinkins Manhattan Municipal Building is one of the world’s largest government office buildings. Constructed in 1914, then named after a former New York City mayor in 2015, the structure is a draw for architecture and history fans.
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