New York's Most Popular Sights: J to R
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Jacob K. Javits Center
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
New York Botanical Garden
New York Public Library
New York Stock Exchange
"Marketplace for the World", the new and improved Javits Center offers interactive kiosks to check the latest news and send email, television and webcasting facilities, private office suites and workstations, and restaurants and snackbars. On 11th Avenue between 34th and 39th Streets. Take the A, C, or E trains to 34th St. and walk west 3 blocks. (212) 216-2000.
Broadway between 62nd and 66th Streets. This large complex is home to the Juilliard School of Music, Avery Fisher Hall, Metropolitan Opera House, NY State Theater, Mitzi Newhouse Theater, NY Public Library and Museum of the Performing Arts, and the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Take the 1, 9 trains to 66th St./Lincoln Center. General Information: (212) 875-5000
The Nasdaq MarketSite as a high-tech interactive experience designed to illuminate the future of investing in a digital world. Located in Times Square, MarketSite uses the latest technology to bring today's-and tomorrow's-stock market to life. Open Monday through Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday 9am-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, and Sunday 10am-8pm. Tickets are $7.00 and advanced purchase is strongly recommended. Call 1-877-NASDAQ-1 (1-877-627-3271) or come to the MarketSite lobby ticket office at 43rd St. and Broadway. Take the N, R, S, 1, 2, 3, 7, or 9 train to Times Square Station.
This is one of the largest and oldest botanical gardens in the United States. There are 12 outdoor display gardens, horticultural displays in the crystal pavilions of the Enid. A Haupt Conservatory and walking trails throughout the 250 acres which includes 40 acres of New York City's original Forest. Location: 200th St and Southern Boulevard. Bronx, NY. Take the D or the 4 train to Bedford Park, then take the #26 bus East. There is also a weekend shuttle from Manhattan by reservation. (718) 817-8700
The famous library, home of the larger-than-life lions Patience and Fortitude, has frequent events and exhibits. Open since 1911, the library is stunningly beautiful inside and out. Bryant Park, located behind the library, has several food stands, a restaurant, and a film festival on Monday evenings during the summer.
There are free tours of the library Monday to Saturday at 11am and 2pm. Group tours are by appointment only; call (212) 930-0501 for reservations and fees. The Library is open: Monday and Thursday-Saturday from 10am-6pm, Tuesday-Wednesday from 11am-7:30pm, and closed on Sunday. Admission is free. The New York Public Library's main building is at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan. Take the N, R, 1, 2, 3, 9, B, D, F, or Q train to 42nd St., or the 7 train to 5th Ave. (212) 930-0830
World's largest securities marketplace exhibit hall has panoramic displays which dramatize the Wall Street story, and a gallery overlooks the bustling exchange floor. Located at 20 Broad Street between Wall St. and Exchange Pl., the NYSE is open to visitors Mon.-Fri. 9:00am-4:30pm. Trading hours are from 9:30am-4:pm. Tickets are free and limited, so pick them up early in the day from the admission booth in front of 20 Broad St. For directions and general information: (212) 656-5165.
Riverside Church is modeled after the 13th Century gothic cathedral in Chartres, France. Construction began in 1927 with the first service held on October 5, 1930. The church covers a two-block area extending between Riverside Drive and Claremont Avenue and 120th Street to 122nd Street. The Claremont Avenue entrance (91 Claremont Avenue) is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Take the 1 or 9 train to 116th St.
Tour this famous mid-town complex by picking up the well written, easy-to-follow self guided tour map in the lobby of the GE building. It details Rockefeller Center's historical and cultural highlights, 24-acre underground shopping mall with over 300 shops, and the golden statue of Prometheus and the Channel Gardens. There are 35 restaurants in the complex, including the famous Rainbow Room. Located between 5th and 6th Avenues, and between 49th and 50th Streets. Take the B, D, F, and Q trains to Rockefeller Center.
This 4 minute aerial tramway ride to Roosevelt Island, just east of Manhattan, has been praised in the New York Times as "the most exciting view in New York City!" A bus runs the length of the island and meets up with the Tramway, giving easy access to the fields and picnic areas. The tramway leaves from Second Avenue and 60th Street on Sunday-Thursday from 6am-2am and on Friday and Saturday until 3:30 am. Students with tram permits ride free; senior citizens and the disabled pay a reduced fare. Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation: (212) 832-4540
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