This post is for those of you interested in art and architecture planning to travel to the Big Apple but only have a few days to take in as many of the greatest New York attractions on offer.
Covering two entire city blocks visitors hang about the pedestrian spaces between the Maison Francaise and the British Empire Buildings, looking down on the ice-skating rink, which in summer is used as a café. Sunset is the best time to visit, as the views accompanying the cocktails at the elegant Rainbow Room can be spectacular.
Empire State Building
Take a high-speed lift up to the 80th floor in under a minute; take a second lift to the 86th floor. Queue again to continue to the 102nd storey, where there’s a 360-degree view with 50-mile/80-km visibility on a clear day. Try to visit the Empire State Building at sunset when the place is less crowded. You can watch the city lighting up: the view is particularly stunning at dusk.
New Yorker’s have a great fondness for this magnificent building. Although you can’t visit its luminous pinnacle – made of stainless steel arches and shaped like a ??30s Chrysler car’s radiator cap – you can visit the fabulous art deco lobby of red and brown marble and chrome, with original inlaid wooden elevator doors and a painted ceiling.
United Nations Headquarters
The Modernist headquarters of the United Nations is also an excellent example of ??50s architecture. Built by a committee of international architects that included Le Corbusier (who eventually renounced any association with the final design) there are three main buildings on the 17-acre/7 hectare site by the East River, plus a library added in the ??60s. You can visit the foyer and basement of the General Assembly building alone, but to see any of the council rooms and the General Assembly itself, you must take a tour.
Probably the most famous and breathtaking bridge in the world; the Brooklyn Bridge was a massive undertaking. It took over 600 men, some 16 years to build and when completed in 1883 was the world’s largest suspension bridge. Although you might have seen it on screen; nothing beats the wonder of standing on it for the very first time.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New Yorkers regard this Museum as home-away-from-home during the winter months. Spending endless hours pouring over the art: then retiring to the café for something warm. Friday evenings are particularly pleasant. Relax in splendid surroundings, enjoy a cocktail, and listen to a string quartet.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
A storehouse of some of the world’s most exciting and contemporary art of the twentieth century, the Museum of Modern Art houses 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. MoMA also owns some 22,000 films, videos, and media works, as well as film stills, scripts, posters and historical documents.
Grand Central Station
If you’re looking for old-world romance, the most legendary of New York’s romantic havens has to be Grand Central Station. Its faded elegance only adds to the ambience its magnificent origins provide. Once a hubbub of city life – this Beax-Arts building dates from 1903 and was once the heart of New York. Inside it’s still marvelous: the enormous vaulted ceiling is decorated with the constellations of the Zodiac. Take a moment to stand on the platform and envisage elegant days gone by.
How great it is to be in New York!
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