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    The 'little church around the corner'.

    by leics Written Aug 29, 2015

    The Church of the Transfiguration on is widely known as 'the little church around the corner'. Why? Because in 1870 a local rector refused to conduct the funeral of actor George Holland (actors being considered extremely low-class at that time), remarking that 'I believe there is a church around the corner where they do that sort of thing'. Joseph Jefferson, also an actor and the person trying to sort out the funeral, replied 'If that be so, God bless the little church around the corner! and the name has stuck ever since....as has the church's link with theatre folk.

    It's a lovely little church, built in 1849 in 'English Neo-Gothic' style though, to be honest, I've never seen an English church which looks like this one. The interior is dark, wood-panelled and full of wooden sculptures and twiddles. There's a small garden are in front which is a lovely, shaded spot to sit and think for a while and you enter through a lych-gate, which is indeed a very English touch (a lych-gate is a roofed porch which gets its name from the lych (corpse) which was carried through for funerals).

    The complex includes a guildhall and side-chapels as well as the church itself, though I've not seen inside any of them. In fact, it's taken me four visits to NYC to see inside the church at all, and that was only the chapel at the rear of the main building.

    The church holds regular free musical performances and attending one of those would be a very good way to see the interior.

    You'll find the 'little church' at 1 E 29th St, near its junction with 5th Avenue.

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    Church of St John the Baptist

    by leics Written Aug 29, 2015

    It always feels a bit odd when I come across what looks remarkably like a standard English parish church standing amongst the skyscrapers and often brutalist (imo) buildings of Manhattan. These churches generally date from the 1800s so, in NYC terms, they are pretty old.

    The first St John the Baptist was wooden, erected in 1840 for the local German-origin Roman Catholic community. It burned down in 1847 and construction of a new brick church began the same year. The building which stands today is apparently French Gothic style (though it still looks very English to me), built of sandstone in the early 1870s.

    The church was thoroughly renovated for its 125th anniversary but, sadly, a fire in 1997 destroyed much of the interior. That fire damage has clearly all been repaired.

    The church is now home to the shrine of Saint Padre Pio (died in 1968, sainted in 2002).

    I wasn't able to poke around as much as I usually would because the Holy Rosary was in progress, but I did have a quick look and a pleasant, cool-ish rest in a back pew.

    You'll find the church at 210 W 31st St and it's worth popping in if you are nearby.

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    The "Seinfeld" Restaurant!

    by Paul2001 Written Aug 22, 2015

    Hey just like everyone else I was a "Seinfeld" fan back in the 1990's. It is actually called Tom's Restaurant but you never saw the name on the show. I did not intend upon visiting this landmark restaurant and happened upon it by accident while was touring the Upper West Side Neighborhood. I noticed for the fact that I saw someone take a picture of it from the intersection and I immediately recognized. I did not go inside but from the outside it appeared to be a simple dinner with a comfort food type menu. I have read since this photo (taken in 2007) that future president Barak Obama used to frequent Tom's when he was studying at Columbia University which is just a few blocks north of here. Tom's Restaurant is located at 100 Street and Broadway.

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    Overnight @ the American Museum of Natural History

    by apbeaches Written Dec 1, 2014

    A Night at the Museum Sleepover for Grown-Ups; Be among the lucky few to spend A Night at the Museum! Why should kids have all the fun? This is a one-of-a-kind evening that offers visitors an intimate adventure of discovery that is unlike anything else.

    The American Museum of Natural History hosts its wildly popular adults-only sleepover adventure that sell out very quickly. Built on the successful A Night at the Museum sleepover program, adults over 21 can enjoy a more sophisticated version of the popular event.

    The overnight adventure will begin with a champagne reception and music provided by the 12th Night Jazz trio in the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall. Explorers can expect to roam through the nearly empty halls of the Museum, where they might run into a herd of elephants in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals or come face to face with looming dinosaur skeletons, including a 65-million-year-old Tyrannosaurs Rex.

    As the evening winds down, guests will be able to unroll their sleeping bags and curl up under the beloved 94-foot-long blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

    Time: 6:30 pm–9 am

    Cost: $350 per person (Members: $300 per person)

    Admission price includes:

    Delicious buffet dinner with wine and beer, evening snack, and light breakfast snack
    Live Music
    Cots for all participants
    Special presentations
    Fossil fact-finding tour by flashlight
    Midnight viewing of the Dark Universe Space Show, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson
    Live-animal special exhibition
    Access to special exhibits

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    Inwood Hill Park

    by etfromnc Written Oct 4, 2014

    Want to get away from it all without going to far?
    Take the subway all the way to 215th Street and go north to the northern most point on Manhattan Island. This green space is home to the last remaining natural forest on the world’s most intense island, unless maybe you want to consider Hong Kong as part of the world. (I personally think that Hong Kong is more intense but I do not speak Chinese and Manhattan is definitely flatter. A new York friend assured me that Manhattan wins the intensity battle. Nevertheless, this is as close as you are going to get to an ideal place for a peaceful break on Manhattan Island.

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    Undertaker for the Stars

    by TexasDave Updated Sep 6, 2014

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    I know this is odd, but Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel is undeniably the most prestigious funeral director in the world. In its 110 year history it has handled the funeral arrangements of:
    Rudolf Valentino
    Mae West
    Judy Garland
    Robert F. Kennedy
    John Lennon
    Tennessee Williams
    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
    Rapper B.I.G
    Pop Singer Aaliyah
    Salsa Singer Celia Cruz
    Luther Vandross
    Peter Jennings
    Leona Helmsley
    Heath Ledger
    Phillip Seymour Hoffman
    Joan Rivers
    Just to name a few.
    If you're in the area you might want to just pass by since so much history has happened here.
    1076 Madison Avenue, between 81st and 82nd Streets

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    View of Manhattan from the Air

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 6, 2014

    blurry photos from a delta airlines plane cruising at manhattan and thank god i have a super zoom digital camera of which I can Take Pictures and videos at the same time and hence I have shots of various manhattan buildings from the airplane. You can also use your smartphone to take photos and videos of Manhattan from the air but be sure to put in in Airplane Mode so it would not interfere with airline communications.

    what a view more views from the plane
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    East River Drive (FDR Drive)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 25, 2014

    the East River drive, more popularly known as the Franklin Delano Roosevelt East River Drive is where you can take pictures of the famous Bridges of Manhattan and also is the favorite area for NY taxis and locals to drive from northern areas of manhattan to the southern areas like battery park, TRIBECA, SOHO, Chinatown.

    according to wikipedia:

    The FDR Drive (officially referred to as the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive, and sometimes known as the FDR) is a 9.44-mile (15.19 km) freeway-standard parkway on the east side of the New York City borough of Manhattan. It starts just north of the Battery Park Underpass at South and Broad Streets and runs along the entire length of the East River, from the Battery Park Underpass under Battery Park – north of which it is the South Street Viaduct – north to 125th Street / Triborough Bridge exit, where it becomes the Harlem River Drive. All of the FDR Drive is designated New York State Route 907L (NY 907L), an unsigned reference route.

    The highway is mostly three lanes in each direction, with the exception of a small section underneath the Brooklyn Bridge where it is two lanes southbound and one lane northbound. A section between the Queensboro Bridge/60/61st Street interchange is also narrowed to two lanes. By law, the current weight limits on the FDR Drive from 23rd Street to the Harlem River Drive in both directions is posted 8,000 pounds (3,600 kg). Buses are not allowed to use the roadway north of 23rd Street, because of clearance and weight issues. All commercial vehicles (including trucks) are banned from all sections of the FDR Drive.[3] The FDR Drive features a mix of below-grade, at-grade, and elevated sections, as well as three partially covered tunnels.

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    Wooden Houses

    by TexasDave Updated Jul 7, 2014

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    In 1866 New York City implemented fire regulations prohibiting the construction of wooden houses. Obviously finding those that still exist (only a few dozen) is something you have to do on purpose, not by chance.
    Two of the nicest are Nos.120 and 122 E. 92nd Street.

    There is also a row of about 20 such houses on Sylvan Terrace, near Amsterdam Ave. and 160th St.

    E 92 St. Sylvan Terr.
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    by apbeaches Written Apr 5, 2014

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    1. Times Square
    Broadway Shows - TKTS discount ticket booth has same day tickets for 50% off
    Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum - www.madametussauds.com/newyork
    Discover Times Square - www.discoverytsx.com/)
    Hard Rock Cafe, Juniors, Besso's for a meal & the Cake Boss for dessert

    2. Bike Share Program across the Brooklyn Bridge
    Rent through Citi Bike at http://www.madametussauds.com/newyork

    3. Water Taxi to: www.NYCWaterTaxi.com
    Brooklyn's Smorgasbord weekend outdoor food experience- http://www.smorgasburg.com/
    LIC Beach and weekend Flea - http://www.licflea.com/

    4. Museum of Natural History Planetarium & Dinosaurs; donation is recommended; pay what you wish! www.amnh.org

    5. Metropolitan Museum of Art to see knights,mummies with the fabulous gift shop & cafe. Opened until 9 PM on weekends & again donation is recommended. www.metmuseum.org/

    6. Kyaking on the Hudson River - from 5 locations and FREE! http://www.DownTownBoatHouse.org/free-kayaking

    7. Beast speed boat tour around the City from the Seaport or Westside - www.circleline42.com/

    8. Chelsea Piers for ice skating, rock climbing, bowling and other sports.

    9. HBO free summer Outdoor movies at Bryant Park www.BryantPark.org/plan-your-visit/filmfestival.html

    10. Aquarium, Freak Show and Amusement Park at Coney Island, Brooklyn, the Russian neighborhood & beach are very nice too! www.NYAquarium.com/

    11. Bronx Zoo - www.BronxZoo.com

    12. Greenwich Village's colorful shops & outdoor performers - www.NYCGV.com

    13. Chinatown for dinner and Little Italy across Canal Street for desert. - www.ExploreChinatown.com and www.LittleItalyNYC.com

    14. Cloisters visit to see Medieval Times - www.MetMuseum.org/visit/visit-the-cloisters

    15. Fourth of July Fireworks - www. cititour.com/NYC_Events/2014-Macys-4th-of-July-Fireworks/9935

    16..Mets or Yankee baseball game

    17. Walk the High Line- www.TheHighLine.org

    18. Central Park - Boat house, castle, zoo, concerts, hikes, performers - www.CentralParkNYC.org

    19. Wall Street is packed with things:
    See the Bull, Statue of George Washington, Stock Exchange
    Ground Zero & the new museum - www.911Memorial.org/
    Federal Reserve Bank - www.NewYorkFed.org/aboutthefed/visiting.html
    NYC Police Museum - www.NYCPM.org
    NYC Fire Museum - www.NYCFireMuseum.org/
    Skyscraper Museum - www.Skyscraper.org/home.htm
    Francis Tavern Museum and Stone Street's restaurants - www.FrauncesTavernMuseum.org

    20. Ferry to the Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

    21. Rockefeller Center for the Christmas Tree & holiday windows, Easter Parade, Ice Skating, St Patrick's Cathedral or to catch the NBC studio tour www.RockeFellerCenter.com/

    22. Tenement Museum tour, walk around the Lower East Side enjoy a meal at Katz's on Canal Street - www.Tenement.org/?gclid=CMuHyu3Nyr0CFQ8OOgodL3gAdA

    23. Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Complex climb on an aircraft carrier, planes, submarines & view exhibits - www.IntrepidMuseum.org/

    24. Kaufman Astoria television studios & the interactive Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens - www.MovingImage.us and www.KaufmanAstoria.com

    25. Governors Island, free seasonal ferry and rent bike, tour old military base, art exhibits, lunch, picnic - www.NYHarborParks.org/visit/gois.html

    26. NYC Transit Museum is in a subway station underground in Brooklyn. The largest museum in the US devoted to urban transportation; Climb on a hundred historic subways & buses - www.mta.info/mta/museum/programs.htm

    27. Events at the:
    Barclay Center - ,www.CenterBrooklyn.com/?gclid=CNj9163Syr0CFcFlOgodQggAkA
    Radio City Music Hall - http://musichall-ny.com/?gclid=CKDAk9TSyr0CFY1xOgodQmUAnw
    Madison Square Garden - http://garden-ny.com/?gclid=CO2pz-fSyr0CFfNxOgodDlwAkQ
    Javitz Center - http://www.javitscenter.com/events.aspx?mid=244

    28. Cemetery tours:
    GreenWood Cemetery in Brooklyn - http://www.green-wood.com/
    Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx - http://www.greenlawncemetery.org/Events.php

    29. Location Tours offers several tours including a "New York TV and Movie Tour" that visits locations for Friends, Seinfeld, Spiderman, How I Met Your Mother, Sex and the City and lots more. TMZ has a celebrity tour of NYC as well www.ScreenTours.com

    30. Empire State Building; on a clear day take the elevator to the observation deck,there is a gift shop & snack bar - www.ESBNYC.com

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    African Burial Grounds Nat'l Monument

    by Toughluck Written Mar 25, 2014

    Lost in the expansive growth of New York City after 1794, the cemetery was rediscovered in 1991 during the excavation of a new building on the site. The disappearance and re-emergence of these burials is a unique story in a city of many stories. It's a short stop that can take you away from the bustle of the city for a few moments and send you back in time to the 1750's.

    The African Burial Ground National Monument Visitor Center is located on the first floor of the Ted Weiss Federal Building located at 290 Broadway in Lower Manhattan; close to Foley Square and just north of City Hall. The cross streets are Duane Street and Reade Street.

    A quiet oasis off Foley Square. Running water
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    5 Pointz

    by TexasDave Updated Feb 2, 2014

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    This is an outdoor art exhibit space in Long Island City, New York, considered to be the world’s premiere “graffiti Mecca,” where aerosol artists from around the globe paint colorful pieces on the walls of a 200,000-square-foot factory building.
    The complex was first established as the Phun Phactory in 1993 by Pat DiLillo under a program called Graffiti Terminators to discourage graffiti vandalism by encouraging artists to display their work in a formal showcase.
    The website indicates that tours are available for the lovers of the genre.

    The building, as you could imagine, is in a less traveled, industrial area but you can get there by NYC Subway, the closest station is:
    45 Rd/ Court House Square ( 7 Train)
    The actual address of the building is:
    45-46 Davis St, Long Island City, NY

    UPDATE 2014: The building is slated for demolition and all the graffiti artwork has been painted over. The plan is to build apartment houses with an area dedicated to graffiti artists in the future, who knows when it will be accomplished.

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    Newtown Creek Nature Walk

    by etfromnc Updated Nov 23, 2013

    I tend to be on the con side of the "global warming" controversy but if you want to be reminded of just how much damage man can do, and has done, to his environment, try the Newtown Creek Nature Walk. The New York Times called the quarter-mile Newtown Creek Nature Walk "ironic," with reason. Marking the border between Queens and Brooklyn, this relatively new "nature park" is set along an oil- and sewage-slicked creek lined with fuel tanks. Give it a shot. Seriously.

    You enter along a bold, 170-foot entry walkway, with bending concrete walls dotted with portholes. Look back when you reach the turn for an interestingly framed view of the Empire State Building. Along the water, concrete steps lead below the surface (as if!), along with stark sculptures and potted plants of the types which used to grow naturally in the area. You’ll often be alone here, and it’s far more relaxing than it might sound.

    This unique, and yes, ironic, park was designed by environmental sculpture artist George Trakas and built by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in conjunction with DEP's ongoing upgrade of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). The walk affords visitors a unique view of its settling tanks and digesters, and is a good place to explore and learn about wastewater treatment, harbor water quality, and the history of New York City. The environmental sculptor George Trakas incorporated these themes into the design of the Nature Walk.

    Located at Paidge Ave and Provost St in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn.

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    The Little Red Lighthouse, et al.

    by etfromnc Written Nov 23, 2013

    If you want to get away from it all in NYC, a bicycle would be a big help, because you will probably want to Get Off The Beaten Path. The Hudson River Greenway is one of the great ways to get away from it all and to be reminded that New York is, down deep, a river town. The most relaxed spots along this Greenway are hard to reach without a bike. Under the George Washington Bridge (around 180th St), sits the famed Little Red Lighthouse. The subject of a classic children’s book, it was moved here from Sandy Hook, New Jersey in 1921. I wonder how it would have fared in its original home during Hurricane Sandy. There, and just south, are grassy parks and river access where locals sit and fish, and you can forget that you are in what many consider to be the Capital of the World.

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    Kampung Daun Bandung

    by favenchi Written Sep 25, 2013

    this is a "must visit" place near Bandung....Kampung Daun is in a jungle clad valley complete with waterfalls and thatched roofed eating huts. Kampung Daun is about half an hour's drive from Bandung. We've lived in Bandung for 12 years and had our first visit to Kampung Daun on a Sunday afternoon in September 2013. Ingore all those "warnings" on another travel related website, Kampung Daun is excellent value. Food which is Indonesian and Western is low priced, especially now the Indonesian Rupiah Value is down compared to western currencies. The service is fast and friendly and sitting eating in a tropical jungle hut is fantastic!!! There are the real sounds of nature, waterfalls, a fast running jungle stream and at night they light small fires for warmth. It can become cool in Bandung due to the elevation....but never ever cold.
    No Kapung Daun is NOT a tourist trap....it is a genuine and real place to visit.....Kampung Daun has been open since 1999 and is open 7 days a week from mornings until night. You can buy souvenirs, clothes and shoes at the Kampung Daun souvenir shop....and there is plenty of parking and even on a Sunday afternoon it was easy to get to, and we never had that corwded in feeling....

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