Carnegie Hall | Manhattan’s Biggest Concert Venues

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Carnegie Hall is Manhattan’s biggest concert venues. It is located on Seventh Ave stretching over to 57th St and two blocks just south of Central Park. It is known as the most admired venues in the world for popular music today and classical music from our time in history.


This beautifully designed piece of art has been the host to more than 50,000 events over the period of its long history. Visitors are welcomed to the restored landmark to embark with one of three concert stages, history archives and the Rose Museum. Its homes to many of the world’s finest orchestras, today’s pop music and chamber music and recitals.


History of the Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall was designed by architect William Tuthill and built by Andrea Carnegie in 1891. It first opened in May of 1891 with its first concert by Walter Damrosh and Peter Tchaikovsky, maestro and composer. The building itself was one of the largest in New York City at its time with built in masonry that supported the Florentine style design. Corinthian pilasters in the foyer were one of the key points to catch the eyes by many.


The hall housed performing arts groups with its last residency back in 1962 when New York Philharmonic moved to the Avery Hall in 1973. Until the early 1920’s, ownership stayed in the Carnegie family when Mrs.’s Carnegie sold the hall to Robert Simon, real estate developer. There were plans on moving the hall in the 1950’s but was unable to find a buyer until the 1960’s when New York City purchased the building.


There are three concert halls with the Main Hall seating over 2800 people on 5 different levels. The Zankel Hall was originally an auditorium with renovations turning it into a 599 person cinema and recital hall and then back to an auditorium in the late 1990’s. The Weill Recital Hall is the smallest of the three halls seating only 268 people. It was originally called the Carnegies Chamber of Music Hall until 1986.


Performances at the Hall
There have been more than 50,000 live performances. Performing at Carnegie Hall is one of any artist’s main achievements to make their name during their career. Judy Garland, Dvorak’s Sympathy 9 and Dr. Martin Luther King all made an appearance during their career. For more than a century now Carnegie Hal has been the only place where artists have kept the tradition in performing at the world’s most famous concert hall.


Visiting Carnegie Hall
You can access Carnegie Hall by subway, taxi and bus. Easy accessibility from all parts of New York City is available. You can purchase tickets to live events by purchasing online at There are many performances, fine dining venues, café’s and banquets for private events. Guided tours and the Rose Museum are two great ways to educate yourself with the history of the hall. If this is your first time at the hall the website gives detailed information on what to expect for your first visit.


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Visiting Central Park | Manhattan New York City

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Central ParkCentral Park is a public park that is Manhattan’s main attraction for visitors from all parts of the world and for New York natives. Today the park is overseen by the Central Park Conservancy featuring more than 25,000 trees, 20 plus playgrounds, more than 8500 benches, 36 bridges, and more than 6 miles of landscape beauty. More than 20 million people visit Central Park every year making it one of the most visited parks in the USA.


Being one of the first urban landscapes in the USA, Central Park was meant to leans towards the wealthy and today is for all to enjoy with daily events, special events and lots of main attractions for the whole family.


Central Park History
The park first opened in the 1850’s on 843 acres that was considered city land. It was in 1858 when Frederick Law Olmsted together with Calvert Vaux won a design contest to landscape and improve the visuals of the park that otherwise known as the Greensward Plan. The renovation was completed during the American Civil War with more than 500,000 cubic feet of topsoil and more than 4 mill trees planted in 1873. The first section of the park was open to the public in 1859 and it wasn’t until 1865 when more than a million visitors was visiting the park each year.


Creating the park wasn’t as easy as it intended to be. There were around 1,600 residents that were displaced due to the private development. Ice skating was one of the main attractions at first with New Yorkers flocking together hitting Lasker and Wollman ice rinks. Becoming a favourite pastime the park would alert New Yorkers when the ice by hoisting a ball to the top of the pole signaling that the rinks was ready for skaters.


Interests of the Park
Currently as of now there are 5 quadrants of the park; The Great Lawn, North and South End, Outside of Park and The Reservoir. Each quadrant has its own attractions with ponds, sculptures, monuments and fountains.


There is more to Central Park than the beautiful landscape. When visiting you can take a long hike on the trails, visit one of two ice skating rinks, take a nice jog, do a little bird watching or attend one of many concerts. Children have plenty to keep them interested as well with multiple playgrounds and a wildlife sanctuary.

Home to many cultural and community events, Central Park is open all season round with theatre productions and picturesque weddings events. Some of the romantic locations to get married include Summit Rock, Ladies Pavilion, Cherry Hill and the Pond.


Visiting Central Park
Central Park is open daily no matter the time of the year. It is conveniently located in the center of Manhattan with a full schedule of events that will enrich any and all visits. Several restaurants, restrooms, visitor centers, maps and concession stands are throughout the park. Access for all is the parks departments goal making all visitors welcome.


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Restaurant Row – Over 30 Wonderful Restaurants

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Restaurant RowRestaurant Row can be found in the heart of the theater district located on West 46th St between 8th and 9th Avenue in New York City. There are more than 30 restaurants that line the streets offering natives and tourists some of the best cuisines and wines from more than 10 countries around the world.


You can dine in a casual eating establishment, beautiful garden, in a private room or sitting in the lounge. Restaurant Row accommodates all tastes and desires with a wide selection of different dining environments such as:


Barbetta was founded in 1906 and is one of the oldest restaurants in New York City offering Italian dishes and an elegant dining atmosphere.


Bangkok House offers deliciously Thai cuisine and a casual dining environment with authentic recipes from the Golden Kingdom.


Brazil Brazil is one of the newest additions to Restaurant Row. Exotic Brazilian food in a colorful setting steps away from Broadway shows and Times Square.


Broadway Joe Steakhouse has been one of Manhattan’s landmark restaurants for more than fifty years serving prime rib, steaks and seafood.


Bourdon Street Bar and Grill is serving up a tribute to Old New Orleans with some of the best food and drinks on Restaurant Row.


B. Smith’s serves a Global Electric menu bringing out the best of interpretations of international cuisine.


Don’t Tell Momma Piano Bar and Cabaret is the newest hotspot that offers outside patio garden dining or an intimate interior setting with new American dishes.

Fiorentina Restaurant is a country style Italian steakhouse offering an extensive Italian menu in a rustic atmosphere.


FireBird Restaurant is a showcase for Russian Art featuring antiques from the 1900’s along with Russian cuisine.


Joe Allen is one of New York’s most loved restaurants known for its reasonable dinner prices and pre-theatre dinner menus.


La Rivista is a “revue” of finest dishes of the various regions of Italy with Rissotto of Milano, Pastas of Sicily and Lamb Dishes of Abruzzi.


Meson Savilla Restaurant offers some of the more traditional dishes from Spain with healthy recipes from the Mediterranean.


A little taste of Chile can be found at the Pomaire. This is one of the most ethic restaurants found on Restaurant Row with Chilean dishes and the best wines available.


The House of Brews is the perfect hotspot for specialty beer drinks from over 80 to choose from.


The Ritz is a retro and electrifying night spot with reasonable priced drinks and tons of energy.


Sangria 46 is the newest additional to serve authentic Spanish dishes in the garden or inside in the cultural atmosphere.


Village Pour House is one of the newest restaurants and sports bar to hit Restaurant Row with a selection of over 100 different beers, happy hour and an extensive menu.


Visiting Restaurant Row New York City
If you wish to enjoy the finest culinary experience made possible in one place, then Restaurant Row is the place to do so. While visiting there are some major attractions close by such as Times Square, Biltmore Theatre, Madame Tussaud’s and Cort Theatre. There are also bus tours made available for sightseeing that runs daily. For more information on each dining establishment you can visit for hours of operation and detailed info on each restaurant.


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