Museum of Modern Art | Featuring more than 150,000 pieces of modern art

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Museum of Modern ArtThe Museum of Modern Art is New York City’s art museum located in midtown Manhattan between 5th and 6th Avenue on 53rd St. Featuring more than 150,000 pieces of modern art, the museum is home to thousands of film archives, and is locally known as the greatest museum of modern arts around the world.

 

It is one of the first museums in the world to have started its collection of film and photography. The film archive alone holds more than 20,000 films with upcoming films, ongoing productions and past archives. Included in the 150,000+ art collection is Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” and Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.

 

History and Structure of MoMA
Constructed in 1929, the Museum of Modern Art was construed by its director Alfred Barr Jr. and was the very first New York museum to put all its efforts towards modern arts. It opened its doors just 9 days after the stock market crashed with just 8 paintings. The structure was renovated in 2004 by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi. Doubling the exhibit space, the 640,000 square foot building is ten stories high featuring a sculpture garden, 150 seat auditorium and two filming theaters.

 

Wife of John D Rockefellar Jr, Abby Aldrich created the idea of the museum in 1928 along with dear friends Lillie Bliss and Mary Sullivan. Owing the biggest share to three successful women, the museum today has an instrumental development mission towards activists, curators, scholars, artists and patrons.

 

The mission of the museum as stated is to encourage the furnishing of popular instruction with the development with the study of Modern Arts. There are many programs focusing towards family and children.

 

Visiting the Museum of Modern Art
One can visit the museum any day of the week except for Tuesdays. Admission costs vary depending if you are a museum member and prices may vary depending on age. There are gift shops and three restaurants that include The Modern, Café 2 and the Terrace 5.

 

There are many tours available to enhance the visit such as free audio tours, gallery talks and private tours before and after hours. Visiting the museum with your kids is accommodated with unique programs and special amenities to make the most of the learning experience.

 

Since there are six floors of exhibits, it is best to keep a few tips in mind when planning your visit. Start at the top to see the extensive galleries. Checking your coat and bags is a free service offered. There are many movies offered if you want to take a break from the galleries. There is a full schedule of film and media viewings in the museum.

 

The museum is accessible by subway and bus. There is discounted parking available at nearby by parking areas. Hours of operation are dependent on the day of the week. No matter what your desire is whether you want to explore the exhibitions, The Collection or the Film Medias, visiting the greatest museum in the world will be an unforgettable experience.

 

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Brooklyn Bridge One of the Oldest Bridges in the USA

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The Brooklyn BridgeThe Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest bridges in the USA. It was known as the East River Bridge and New York Bridge, and was officially named by the city’s government in 1915. Today it has six lanes for motorists and a separate walkway for pedestrians and bicyclists. Throughout its history it has carried many trolleys and horse drawn carriages. With its roadway height’s there are restrictions for buses and other commercial vehicles from using the bridge.

 

Since it was first opened it has developed to be one of many National Historic Landmarks back in 1964. To this day it is one of New York’s main icons with visitors from all over the world. With its bright lights lighting up the sky at night.

 

Construction and History
Competed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by crossing the East River. It is the longest and oldest suspension bridge in the United States with it being 1,595.5 feet long. The bridge was originally planned by John Augustus Roebling a well-known German designer that had designed many other suspension bridges in the USA.

 

It took 13 years to complete with opening on May 24th. Around 600 workers worked on the bridge and it cost around $15 million to complete. John Roebling, the original designer died in the process along with at least 24 workers. It was then when son, Washington Roebling took over the project until he became ill with a disease said to be the result from working with the pillars on the bridge.

 

Connecting the two great cities for the first time in history, President Chester Arthur presided the ceremony in front of thousands of residents with Former Governor Cleveland getting the pleasure of taking the first ride over the bridge. Just 24 hours after there was an estimated 250,000 people that walked across using the sideways designed specifically for pedestrians.

On May 30th there was a terrifying rumor that the bridge was going to collapse. This caused a horrific stampede that resulted in killing and crushing more than 10 people. P.T Barnum, in 1884 took 21 elephants over the bridge to get rid of any doubts of the bridges’ stability while publicizing his famous circus.

 

It was in 1898 when Brooklyn merged with Staten Island, New York City forming together Greater New York. The “Eight Wonder of the World” is what the nickname of the Brooklyn Bridge was after its extraordinary length and two towers. It remained the tallest structure in the western hemisphere for many years after it was completed. The steel cables and granite towers have offered a scenic passage to millions of tourists since 1883 and now more than 125 years past, this national landmark carries and supports around 150,000 pedestrians and vehicles each day.

 

Attractions
The Brooklyn Bridge Park is one of the main attractions. It sits on 85 acres right on the shore line of the East River. 1.3 miles of Brooklyn’s industrial waterfront from Jay Street just north of the Manhattan Bridge to Atlantic Avenue right under the Brooklyn Bridge. There are 6 Piers that have been integrated into the park along with the Fulton Ferry Landing, Civil War structures and Empire Stores.

 

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Coney Island | Playground of the World | New York Attractions

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Coney Island | Playground of the World | New York AttractionsConey Island is located in southern Brooklyn, New York. It is a peninsula and beach on the Atlantic Ocean and has become one of the main tourist attractions for visitors from all parts of the world. Coney Island has a community of 60,000 people. It is a total of 4 miles long and one half mile wide.  It is known for its amusement parks, resorts and is home to many attractions such as The Museum of Interesting Things, Mermaid Parade, Ave Stark Ice Skating Rink, New York Aquarium, the Sideshow, Mermaid Avenue, Surf Avenue and Neptune Avenue.

 

Coney Island was first a barrier island that became connected by landfill to the mainland. It was considered one of the world’s largest amusement areas during the first half of the 20th Century. It reached its peak and declined after World War II. Many years of neglect endured after, but in recent years the opening of MCU Park and the minor baseball league team, the Brooklyn Cyclones has the Island regaining its popularity. Known as the Playground of the World, Coney Island since the early 1800’s, has played numerous roles in the lives of many New Yorkers and the entire world for that matter.

 

During the Great Depression or thereafter, Coney Island transformed again and was known as the Nickel Empire with nickel amusement rides and nickel fare prices with the new subway line that came in not to mention the famous Nathan’s nickel hotdogs. Throughout the diversity and hardship the country has seen through the years, Coney Island has always continued to provide affordable opportunities for New York.

 

It started out as a beach resort providing entertainment to all residents of New York. There were three amusement parks; Dreamland, Luna Park and Steeplechase. There were also many other main attractions along the side streets and Surf Avenue.

 

Steady revitalization of Coney Island has been an ongoing project since the 1990’s. Many townhouses have been built with popular shops and other franchises occupying the empty lots. The majority of the population resides in public housing ranging up to 24 story towers. It is home to many residents that includes Italians, African Americans, Ukrainians, Hispanics and Russians. There are many residential districts on the peninsula such as Manhattan Beach at the far edge, Sea Gate on the western tip and Coney Island in the middle.

 

Since the development and creation of the Coney Island Development Corp. the area has seen nothing but positive change. Easy accessibility is obtainable by subway and car from the city’s boroughs inside Brooklyn.

 

Some of Coney Island’s main attractions operate on a seasonal calendar. Most attractions are open during the week with some on weekends only. There is plenty to do on the island from shopping, amusement parks, historical museums, film programs to taking a soothing walk on the boardwalk. Three miles of sandy beaches with rolling waves, Coney Island is the perfect getaway destination for fun-filled days entertaining nights.

 

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