One World Trade Center – A Shining Beacon in NYC

by Denise Marie

Rebuilt on the ruins of the Twin Towers in Manhattan, One World Trade Center is a contemporary skyscraper with architectural, cultural and economic significance. Standing 1,776 feet above the vibrant streets of New York City, this landmark is home to several attractions that are open to the general public, including an observation level with a restaurant.

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Attractions and Highlights

The One World Observatory: An Experience Above is one of the most popular attractions in the Big Apple. Located on the 102nd level of One WTC, the observation level allows visitors to admire the city’s famous skyline and surrounding landscapes. The experience begins with a quick ride on the signature SkyPod Elevators. After looking at skyscrapers, rivers and harbors, guests may enjoy delicious meals and refreshing drinks at One Dine, a high-end restaurant that also offers panoramic views of NYC. Situated on the 64th floor of the skyscraper, One World Commons is an exclusive facility that’s designed to improve work-related productivity. Only tenants of the building have access to the 25,000-square-foot venue, which includes the Sky Lobby, Work Cafe, game rooms and conference rooms. One World Commons is one of the most innovative work spaces in the city.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is essentially an enormous courtyard at the footsteps of One World Trade Center. As the name implies, this complex is dedicated to the horrific events that occurred at the site in September of 2001. The two large reflecting pools at the memorial commemorate all of the innocent lives lost in the attacks. Visitors can also pay tribute to the victims of the attacks at the state-of-the-art museums, which includes several permanent galleries with authentic artifacts recovered from the ruins of the Twin Towers. The museum has some of the most emotionally charged exhibits in NYC, such as Revealed: The Hunt for Bin Laden and Memorial Exhibition: In Memoriam.

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Location and Getting There

Occupying an entire block in Lower Manhattan, New York City, One World Trade Center is best accessible by rapid transit. Multiple New York City Subway lines serve the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. Port Authority-Trans Hudson (PATH) trains also serve this modern station, which includes the iconic Oculus building. Additionally, the transit hub is within walking distance of riverfront docks that are served by the New York Water Taxi and the State Island Ferry. There are also plenty of indoor parking garages and NYC Citi Bike kiosks near One WTC.

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Scandinavia House | Nordic Art, Exhibitions, Programs & more

by Denise Marie

If you ever wondered if there is more to Scandinavian culture than IKEA, then it is worth paying a visit to Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America. Home to The American-Scandinavian Foundation, this modern building features two floors of galleries showcasing the art and culture of Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland as well as a hall for films, music and drama performances.

Nordic Cultural Programming

Scandinavia House offers a schedule of Nordic cultural programming including exhibitions, lectures and special events such as screenings of contemporary and classic Scandinavian films. There are concerts, readings and language courses offered as well as programs for kids and families like “Scandinavian Sing-Alongs.”

The galleries showcase a broad range of Nordic works of art. The outdoor sculpture terrace features a variety of art and design exhibits.

Shopping & Dining at Scandinavia House

Fans of modern design will love the unique selection of merchandise at The Shop @ Scandinavia House. This boutique offers a wide variety of home decor items, textiles, tableware, jewelry and fashion accessories.
Lunch, dinner and brunch are available at the on-site restaurant Smörgås Chef @ Scandinavia House. The menu features a variety of Scandinavian sandwiches, salads, appetizers and classic Nordic favorites such as cured gravlaks, Swedish meatballs, herb-roasted chicken and lingonberry soda.

Visiting Scandinavia House in New York City

Scandinavia House is located at 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street, four blocks south of Grand Central Terminal.

Address: 58 Park Avenue, New York, New York
Phone: 212-779-3587

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The Met Cloisters | Art and Architecture of Medieval Europe

by Denise Marie

Located at the northernmost tip of Manhattan overlooking the Hudson River, The Met Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcasing the art and architecture of medieval Europe. This museum, which is situated over four acres at a high point in Fort Tryon Park, offers spectacular views of the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades as well as stunning gardens. Visitors will enjoy an idyllic oasis from the hustle and bustle of New York City.

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All Things Medieval

A significant portion of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s medieval art collection is located at The Cloisters, with one curatorial department in charge of the art at both locations. The Met Cloisters houses portions of five cloisters that were transported from medieval French monasteries and reconstructed in New York City. (Cloisters are covered walkways which run alongside the walls of a building, with an open colonnade on one side that faces an enclosed quadrangle that serves as a gathering place.)

Cloisters are typically found in religious edifices such as monasteries, convents and churches as well as university buildings, providing sheltered access as people move from one area to another. The cloisters which have been incorporated into this museum also act as passageways for visitors moving from one gallery to the next, offering a unique setting to experience the approximately 3000 works of art from medieval Europe housed within the museum. In addition to the cloisters, the grounds feature a chapel, a 12th century chapter house and gardens planted according to medieval horticultural records.

The artwork within the galleries dates from the ninth to the sixteenth century and the collection includes tapestries, works of metal, sculpture and stained-glass windows. Highlights include “The Unicorn Tapestries,” a set of seven separate hangings that were a gift to the museum by John D. Rockefeller Jr., along with many other pieces from his personal collection. These tapestries date back to the late Middle Ages and are beautifully woven with silk and threaded with silver.

Garden Tours

Even though the location of this picturesque destination is out of the way, The Met Cloisters is a popular attraction drawing thousands of visitors each year to rustic Fort Tryon Park. The works of art within the galleries aren’t the only masterpieces to admire at The Cloisters – the lush gardens at three of the cloisters have been planted using information from garden documents and poetry dating back to medieval times. Visitors can explore the gardens at their own leisure or take a guided tour which is free with admission to the museum. Horticulture enthusiasts can see what’s in bloom ahead of time by checking out The Cloisters garden blog, The Medieval Garden Enclosed, which also details upcoming events and happenings at the gardens.

Visiting The Met Cloisters in Northern Manhattan

The Cloisters Museum & Gardens is located at 99 Margaret Corbin Drive in Fort Tryon Park, New York City. For more information on visiting The Cloisters including hours of operation, admission and directions call 212-923-3700 or visit The Met Cloisters official website.

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