Center for Jewish History In New York City

by NYJ Team

The Center for Jewish History is one of the most cultural institutions in the world for Jewish research. It is located at 15 West 16th Street New York, NY serving more than 100 countries and millions of people. The Center is home to more than one organization, there are five in total that include American Sephardi, American Jewish Historical, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Leo Baeck Institute and Yeshiva University Museum. Combined there are more than 500,000 volumes and more than 100 million documents that include recordings, photographs, and artwork of the 600 plus years of Jewish history. The center is affiliated to the Smithsonian Institute as well.


Center for Jewish History


History of the Center
The Center first opened in 2000 in the Union Square located in Manhattan. With the five organizations coming together and after six years to complete the planning and construction the goal to offer a different angled approach to the Jewish History was underway. The center itself features two stories of imagery resembling inlaid symbols on the floors and the Talmud. Creating the center was the very first attempt to bring together different view on the Jewish culture and was a huge success in becoming the largest cultural library of congress so to speak. Today there are six buildings total with four existing and two new.


Collections and Exhibits
There is more than 120,000 square feet of exhibits, galleries and collections. There is around 500,000 books, many thousands of pieces of art that all pertain to Jewish heritage from historic pieces to current and more than 100 million documents. Included in the documents is the records of immigration to New York and a collection of poem that is displayed on the Statue of Liberty by Emma Lazarus “Give me your tired, your poor” and a letter from Thomas Jefferson from the one of the oldest Jewish Hebrew congregations.


There are many rotating exhibits by all organizations except for the Yeshiva University Museum. Scholarships, lectures, programmes, and performances are also offered to discover and experience the international artifacts of Judaic art.


Online exhibitions consist of an archive program vault offering live streaming video and audio of top programmes that have been a part of the center.


The Permanent Center Installations consist of Paul S and Sylvia Steinberg Great Hall. This is a transformative imagery that shines with containing rich dialogues with artwork and learning tools to explain the complex history of biblical times.


Visiting the Center
Tours are offered by the center hosted by the Yeshiva University Museum that lets visitors learn about the richness of Jewish culture and heritage on a daily schedule. Other designed tours provide viewing of the exhibitions for all partners in the organization for visitors to enjoy the top leading Jewish museum in New York and around the world. Each tour is divided into two parts with each one led by a different docent.


Free Gallery Spaces have its own schedule as well as the Yeshiva University Museum. Detailed information on the center can be found on the official website or by contacting the center itself.


Bryant Park in New York City

by NYJ Team

Bryant Park is a beautiful acreage of green lawns and tree lined foliage located amid 40th and 42nd Streets and from 5th and 6th Avenue in midtown Manhattan. It is located directly behind the New York Public Library. This is one of the more popular spots in the city for millions of locals and tourists from all around the world that visit on a daily basis.


Bryant Park in New York City


More than 900 people visit the park per acre daily. It offers several amenities for the entire family and was even awarded the title of “Best Bathroom in America” in 2002. The park is operated and managed by a private funding corporation; Bryant Park Corporation otherwise known as BPC. It was cofounded by Andrea Heiskell and Dan Biederman in 1980 and is the largest private management companies to fund a private park in the United States.


The main attraction is the lawn. It is a big expansion of grass and is the largest south of Central Park in Manhattan. Office workers are served lunch as well as a seating room offered for pedestrians to rest. Visitors are attracted to the many events that are held such as the Summer Film Festival, Fashion Shows, Ice Skating Rink and other major events.


History of the Park
It was back in 1686 when New York Colonial Governor Thomas Dongan designated the area where the park sits today as public space. Troops from the Battle of Long Island crossed the land in the 1700’s and in the beginning of the 1820’s the park was chosen as Potter’s Field. This was designated as a graveyard or cemetery for the poor. The bodies were then removed in 1840 and moved to Wards Island. Reservoir Square was the first site opened in 1847.


It wasn’t until 1884 when Reservoir Square was renamed after William Cullen Bryant. William Cullen Bryant was a well-respected and well known New York Evening Post editor and poet. Kiosks, facilities and terraces were added to the park in 1899.


Things to do
A day in the park will never get boring as there are plenty of interesting things for the whole family to enjoy while visiting. Reading Room, Le Carrousel, Ping Pong, Citi Pond, Holiday Shops, Southwest Porch, The Grounds, Petanque, Chess and Backgammon, Bryant Park Games, Bryant Park Grill and Café, Yoga Classes, Language Classes, Birds in Bryant Park, Shopping and a full events calendar are all offered on a regular basis to take part in.


Visiting the Park
Bryant Park is open daily with hours varying. Management reserves the right to change hours due to weather and other unsafe conditions. For hours please visit the official website or contact the park. To reach Bryant Park by subway take the B, D, F or M train to the park or take the 7 over to 5th Avenue. Click here to read more on Bryant Park.


Rules and regulations are enforced to keep the park as clean as possible with clean smoke free air and free of litter. All visitors must obey by the regulations before entering the park.