Midtown

Empire State Building

5th Avenue & W 34th Street.
Observatory open year round - Daily 9:30am - 11:30pm
Fare : $6
Information - Phone 212 736 3100

The Empire State Building were constructed in a very short time, in just under one and a half years. It was opened shortly before Black Thursday in October, 1929. Subsequently, it remained empty for a long time, and was even called " The Empty State Building".

The top floor was actually intended to be a mooring platform for zeppelins. For many years it staked its claim as the world's tallest building. It was eclipsed by The World Trade Center in the1960's.

During the night, the last floors are illuminated and the colors are defined the season or by a special event in the city.

Internet web site
Empire State Building




Pierpont Morgan Library

29-33 E. 36th Street. Open year round Tue-Fri 10:30am to 5pm ; Sat 10:30am to 6pm and Sundays from noon-6pm - Closed on major holidays. $5. Guided tours.
Information - Phone 212 685 - 0610.


The Pierpont Morgan Library is one of the most impressive museums in New York.
The collection of art objects, books, manuscripts, drawings, and paintings have been assembled by J.P Morgan (1837-1913), founder of the most important bank in Wall Street.
The building was designed by Mc Kim, Mead & White and completed in 1906 in Italian Renaissance Style. The Annex (West Library) was added in 1928.

New York Public Library
Internet address:
www.nypl.org

476 Fifth Avenue, between W40th and 42st Streets. Open year round Mon 10am -6pm, Tue-Wed 11am-7:30pm, thu-sat 10am-6pm. Closed major holidays.
Information - Phone : 212 661 - 7220.


Founded in 1895 the New York Public library is the largest library in the United States.
It was constructed at the former Crystal Palace site by Carrere and Hastings in 1911 and remains one of the most beautiful examples of the Beaux Arts style in New York.
The collection represents more than 15 million books and more than 48 million manuscripts.
The main building is on the 5th Avenue and the entrance is guarded by two marble lions.

Bryant Park:

This park which is located just behind the library was renovated a few years ago.
On this site was the reservoir for the first drinking water system of the city in 1842, increasing the health state of the population.
During the summer this park is very charming and the scene for musicians and art exhibitions.



Saint Patrick's Cathedral:
Fifth Avenue between E.50st and 51st Street. Open daily from 7am to 6pm.
Information 212 - 753 - 2261


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The Catholic Cathedral of New York was built from 1850 to 1878 in a "Flamboyant" gothic style.
The laying of the cornerstone for Saint Patrick Cathedral by Archibishop John Hughes took place on August, 15 1858
It was consecrated in 1879 and dedicated to Saint Patrick in 1910.

- The height of the spires from the street is 330 feet (101 meters)
- The Great Organ has 7,855 pipes
- Rose Window measures 26 feet ( 8 meters ) in diameter
- Exterior of the Cathedral is approximately 405 feet ( 124m) long by 174 feet ( 53m ) wide.


Museum of Television and Radio:
25 W. 52nd St, open from tue to sun , noon-6pm
Internet web site :
The Museum of Television and Radio




Museum of Modern Art - MOMA
11W. 53 rd St
Subway : Lines E & F stop at 5th Ave/53rd st
Open from 11am to 6pm sat-tue, noon-8.30pm thu-fri. Closed wed
Information : 212 708-9400


The MOMA is one of the most beautiful museums dedicated to modern art.
Opened in 1929 with an exhibition of European paintors (Cezanne, Van Gogh, Gaugin and Seurat ).

The MOMA features great temporary exhibitions such as "Matisse Retrospective" in 1992.

Internet web site :
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art



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