The High Line – www.thehighline.org
Located just down the street from Chelsea Pines. Similar to the Promenade Plantée in Paris, the High Line is the first public park of its kind in the United States and a true neighborhood greenway and spectacular addition to New York City’s lower west side landscape. Built on a 1.5-mile-long unused elevated rail structure for freight trains in the 1930s, the High Line offers a new bird’s eye view of the Hudson River. It extends from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to 30th Street although 34th Street will eventually be the final stopping point. Park hours are 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM daily.
Hudson River Park – www.hudsonriverpark.org
Hudson River Park is a 550-acre riverside park and estuarine sanctuary located on the west side of Manhattan between Battery Place and W. 59th Street. It is the largest park to undergo construction in Manhattan since Central Park was created, and includes beautiful public piers, a waterside esplanade, recreation activities and limited commercial activities at several sites. Just two blocks from Chelsea Pines Inn.
Chelsea Market – www.chelseamarket.com
To walk through the Chelsea Market is to stroll through a sort of postindustrial theme park, carefully festooned with the detritus of a lost industrial culture, interspersed with food stores and restaurants. At the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) complex, begun in the 1890′s, the ovens baked everything from Saltines to Oreos. Those ovens went cold a half century ago when the company moved out, but newer ovens have been working over the last decade in part of that old complex, located between 9th and 10th Avenues and 15th to 16th Street. Chelsea Market now houses many interesting retail outlets of local producers such as Ronnybrook Dairy, Amy’s Bread and Sarabeth’s as well as providing the home for The Food Network’s studios.
Museums and Other Attractions
There are so many museums in the City that it would take a lifetime to visit them all. There is probably a museum dedicated to your own interests somewhere in the City.
Museum Mile refers to 5th Avenue from the Museum of the City of New York at 103rd Street to the Frick Collection at 70th Street (in typical New York fashion Museum Mile is almost 2 miles long).
The Metropolitan Museum of Art – www.metmuseum.org
On 5th Avenue at 80th Street. “The Met” is one of the largest and most diverse art museums in the world. There is an entire Egyptian Temple in the Museum. There are major exhibits of French Impressionists, American Art, European Art, Clothing, Furniture, and more. You may be overwhelmed so if you go, look at the floor plan and decide what you want to see. During the warmer months you can enjoy a cocktail at the roof sculpture garden, which has great views of Central Park. Ask one of the guards to direct you to the roof garden. Just behind the museum in Central Park is “Cleopatra’s Needle” a 2000 year old Egyptian Obelisk donated to the US in 1869 (it finally got here in 1880).
The Guggenheim – www.guggenheim.com
Located on 5th Avenue at 90th Street, the Guggenheim was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Changing exhibits in the main building are arranged around a ramp you stroll down. It is one of the most interesting and unusual museums in the City.
Museum of Modern Art (“MoMA”) – www.moma.org
One of the best museums devoted to modern art has been completely redone. The extensive permanent collection includes works from such masters as Van Gogh, Warhol, Matisse, de Kooning, Cézanne, and Picasso. 53rd Street at 5th Avenue.
The American Museum of Natural History & Hayden Planetarium – www.amnh.org
If you are interested in Dinosaurs, Meteors, Gems, Science, Other Cultures, or anything in the Natural World a visit to this museum will satisfy your curiosity. The museum is located on Central Park West at 81st Street. Here you can see large meteorites, visit ancient cities, and walk through millions of years of dinosaur evolution all in one day. The Hayden Planetarium is housed in a large glass cube. Here you can learn about the Universe from the Big Bang to the end of time.
The Cloisters – Fort Tryon Park – www.metmuseum.org/cloisters
Medieval art, including a large collection of tapestries, in one of the most beautiful and tranquil settings in the city.
Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum – www.cooperhewitt.org
5th Avenue at 91st Street. A branch of the Smithsonian devoted to the impact of design on everyday life.
The Frick Collection – www.frick.org
5th Avenue and 70th Street. Large collection of “Old Masters” including Rembrandt, Renoir, Goya and El Greco in the beautiful Frick family mansion.
Whitney Museum of Art – www.whitney.org
Madison Avenue at 75th Street has a large collection of contemporary art.
The Central Park Zoo – www.centralparkzoo.com
Just off 5th Avenue at 65th Street, inside Central Park, is the Manhattan Branch of the New York Zoological Society. A small and interesting zoo with the animals living in naturalistic habitats, this zoo is a pleasant respite from the concrete of the City. You can also visit the much, much, larger
Bronx Zoo – www.bronxzoo.com
One of the largest zoos in the world.
Aquarium at Coney Island – www.nyaquarium.com
Both the Bronx and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens are world-class institutions – www.nybg.org or www.bbg.org
Either one is worth a visit if you like plants and flowers. The Conservatory in the Bronx is one of the largest greenhouses anywhere and has recently undergone a complete refurbishing.
Brooklyn Museum of Art – www.brooklynmuseum.org
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn – #2 Train to Eastern Parkway has one of the best Egyptian Art collections in the world.
International Center of Photography (www.icp.org) – 6th Avenue at 43rd Street.
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum (www.intrepidmuseum.org) – Pier 86 (West 46th Street and 12th Avenue)
The Jewish Museum (www.thejewishmuseum.org) – 5th Avenue at 92nd Street
Lower East Side Tenement Museum (www.tenement.org) – 90 Orchard Street (at Broome Street)
Museum for African Art (www.africanart.org) – 36-01 43rd Ave at 36th St, Long Island City, NY 11101(718) 784-7700
Museum of the City of New York (www.mcny.org) – 5th Avenue at 103rd Street
Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (www.mjhnyc.org) – 18 First Place in Battery Park
The Museum of Television and Radio (www.paleycenter.org) – 52nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
Museum of the Moving Image (www.movingimage.us) – 35 Avenue at 36 Street, Astoria, NY 11106 (718) 784-0077 Devoted to the art and history of the movies.
National Academy of Design Museum (www.nationalacademy.org) – 5th Avenue at 89th Street
National Museum of the American Indian (www.nmai.si.edu) – 1 Bowling Green at Broadway (the southern end of Broadway) – a branch of the Smithsonian devoted to the achievements of Native North Americans.