Points of Interest: New York Parks & Places

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

NFT Maps: 9 & 10
Address: 150 Eastern Pkwy/990 Washington Ave
Phone: 718-623-7200
Website: www.bbg.org or @bklynbotanic
Subway: B, Q to Prospect Park; 2, 3 to Eastern Pkwy/Brooklyn Museum

Literally rising from the ashes (it was built on the site of a late 1800s ash dump), the Brooklyn Botanic Garden houses a number of diverse gardens, including the Plant Family Collection, Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the Cranford Rose Garden, the Native Flora Garden, as well ... (continue... )

Green-Wood Cemetery

General Information
NFT Maps: 11 & 12
Main Entrance: Fifth Ave & 25th St
Phone: 718-768-7300
Website: www.green-wood.com or @GreenWoodHF
Subway: R to 25th St; D to Ninth Ave; F to Ft Hamilton Pkwy

When Green-Wood Cemetery opened in 1838, it was the largest outdoor park in all of New York City. With its winding paths, rolling hills, Victorian sculpture, and man-made lakes, this lush 478-acre cemetery inspired a contest to cre ... (continue... )

Columbia University

General Information
NFT Map: 18
Morningside Heights: 2960 Broadway & 116th St
Medical Center: 601 W 168th St
Phone: 212-854-1754
Website: www.columbia.edu or @Columbia
Students Enrolled: 29,250 (2013)
Endowment: $8.2 billion (2013)

Yearning for those carefree days spent debating nihilism in the quad and wearing pajamas in public? Look no further than a quick trip to the Ivy League haven of Columbia University.

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Empire State Building

General Information
NFT Map: 9
Address: 350 Fifth Ave (& 34th St)
Phone: 212-736-3100
Website: www.esbnyc.com or @EmpireStateBldg
Observatory Hours: Open daily 365 days a year 8 am–2 am. Last elevators go up at 1:15 am
Observatory Admission: $27 for adults, $21 for kids, $24 for seniors, $50 if you want to be a show off and cut in front of everyone to the front of the line (we're not lying with this one, folks...our society is indeed morally bankrupt).
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The High Line

General Information
NFT Maps: 5 & 8
Website: www.thehighline.org or @highlinenyc

Built on top of a disused portion of elevated freight train tracks, The High Line is at once both an escape from the chaos of the city's streets and a celebration of Manhattan's West Side, especially its architecture. The first section between Gansevoort Street and West 20th Street opened in 2009 and was an instant success, proving that open space could be hip and ... (continue... )

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

General Information
NFT Map: 8
Address: 655 W 34th St
Website: www.javitscenter.com or @javitscenter
Phone Number: 212-216-2000

This massive 2.1 million square-foot glass-and-steel behemoth of a convention hall next to the Hudson River was officially built to house big trade shows, conventions and expositions, but clearly its true purpose is to annoy anyone who has to go there. Located between 34th and 38th Streets, the James Ingo Freed ... (continue... )

Lincoln Center

General Information
NFT Map: 14
Website: www.lincolncenter.org or @LincolnCenter
General Information: 212-875-5000
Guided Tours: 212-875-5350
CenterCharge: 212-721-6500

Alice Tully Hall: 212-671-4050
Avery Fisher Hall: 212-875-5030
David H. Koch Theater: 212-870-5570
Walter Reade Theater: 212-875-5610

The Chamber Music Society: 212-875-5775
Film Society of Lincoln Center: 212-87 ... (continue... )

New York University

General Information
NFT Map: 6
Phone: 212-998-1212
Website: www.nyu.edu or @nyuniversity
Enrollment: 44,599 (2013)
Endowment: $3.1 billion (2013)

Founded in 1831, one of the nation's largest private universities sprawls throughout Manhattan, though its most recognizable buildings border Washington Square. Total enrollment hovers around 45,000, about half of whom are undergrads, many of whom will flood the city with their artistic pr ... (continue... )

Rockefeller Center

General Information
NFT Map: 12
Phone: 212-332-6868
Website: www.rockefellercenter.com or @rockcenternyc
Rink Phone: 212-332-7655
Rink Website: www.therinkatrockcenter.com
NBC Tour Phone: 212-664-3700
Top of the Rock: www.topoftherocknyc.com

Perhaps you've been blinded five streets away by 25,000 Swarovski crystals. Or maybe you've glimpsed a gargantuan King Kong of a tree shooting seventy feet in the air and wondered how ... (continue... )

South Street Seaport

General Information
NFT Maps: 1 & 3
Phone: 212-732-8257
Website: www.southstreetseaport.com or @TheSeaport

For years New York's modus operandi has been something along the lines of build, tear down, build bigger, tear down again, and build even bigger until it's the biggest, bestest, most badass thing in the Western Hemisphere. Or something like that. Which is what makes the South Street Seaport such an odd and endearing spot in Lower Man ... (continue... )

Times Square

General Information
NFT Map: 12
Website: www.timessquarenyc.org or @TimesSquareNYC
Transit: Take the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, and S trains to get to the center of everything at the 42nd Street/Times Square stop, under Broadway and Seventh Avenue. The A, C, and E trains stop at 42nd Street along Eighth Avenue.

Let's get real: the hand-wringing about whether the "old" "gritty" Times Square was somehow better than the "new" "sanitized" "Disneyfied" ... (continue... )

Union Square

General Information
NFT Maps: 6, 9, & 10

Want to find the real pulse of Manhattan? Head straight to Union Square where thousands of people surge through here everyday to hang out on the steps, shop at the excellent farmers market, protest whatever's wrong with our country this week, and watch the city roll on by. Part of the charm is that there's no real attraction here. There's a park with some benches, a few statues, a dog run, the aforementioned ... (continue... )

United Nations

General Information
NFT Map: 13
Address: First Ave b/w 42nd & 48th Sts
Phone: 212-963-TOUR(8687)
Website: www.un.org
Visitor Information: visit.un.org
Guided Tour Hours: Monday-Friday 9:15 am-4:15 pm.
Guided Tour Admission: $18 for adults, $11 for seniors, $11 for students, and $9 for children ages 5–12. Children under 5 not admitted.

The United Nations Headquarters building, that giant domino teetering on the bank of ... (continue... )

World Trade Center

General Information
NFT Map: 1
Website: www.wtc.com or @WTCProgress
National September 11 Memorial & Museum: www.911memorial.org or @Sept11Memorial
One World Observatory: oneworldobservatory.com or @OneWorldNYC

After years of delay, the neighborhood's ongoing rehabilitation now continues apace. One World Trade Center opened in 2014. The National September 11th Memorial opened in 2011 and its accompanying museum opened in 2014. Furthe ... (continue... )

Hudson River Park

General Information
Hudson River Park Trust: 212-627-2020
Twitter: @HudsonRiverPark

It's up for debate whether Hudson River Park is a beacon for downtown joggers or a Bermuda triangle that pilots should fly away from. In a matter of months, this western stretch of green torpedoed into infamy when two planes and a helicopter crash-landed off the banks of the park. Most famously, the ... (continue... )

Central Park

General Information
Central Park Conservancy: 212-310-6600
Website: www.centralparknyc.org or @CentralParkNYC

Taking a stroll through Central Park is something that tourists and residents can always agree on. This world-class sanctuary is a huge, peaceful lush oasis in the concrete jungle, and who hasn't skipped therapy once or twice in favor of clearing your mind the old-fashioned way, by taking a long walk in the park? On any given day, you'll s ... (continue... )

McCarren Park

General Information
NFT Maps: 1 & 2
Location: N 12 St, Lorimer St, Manhattan Ave bet Bayard St and Berry St-Nassau Ave
Website: www.nycgovparks.org/parks/mccarrenpark

McCarren Park is not easy on the eyes, but it's getting easier. Serving Greenpoint and Williamsburg, this 35-acre park reflects both the industrial and increasingly condo-ified surroundings of the neighborhood. However, McCarren Park is all about function, not form. When th ... (continue... )

Brooklyn Bridge Park

General Information
NFT Map: 5
Main Entrance: Pier 1 at Old Fulton St and Furman St
Phone: 718-222-9939
Website: www.brooklynbridgepark.org or @BklynBrdgPark
Transportation: A, C to High Street, F to York Street, 2, 3 to Clark Street or the B25 bus to Fulton Ferry Landing

Stretching 1.3 miles along the East River, Brooklyn Bridge Park comprises six repurposed shipping piers, the former Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park, two Civil War-era historic buildings ... (continue... )

East River Park

East River Park is a thin slice of land sandwiched between the FDR Drive and the East River, and running from Montgomery Street up to 12th Street. Built in the late 1930s as part of the FDR Drive, the park's sporting facilities are some of the best Manhattan has to offer. The East River Esplanade welcomes runners, rollerbladers, dog-walkers, and those who just want to enjoy up-close views of the Williamsburg Bridge and across to Brooklyn. Long-term plans call for waterfront ... (continue... )

The New School

General Information
NFT Maps: 5 & 6
Welcome Center: 72 Fifth Ave (at 13th St)
Phone: 212-229-5600
Website: www.newschool.edu or @TheNewSchool
Enrollment: 10,340 (2012)
Endowment: $205 million (2012)


The New School, formerly The New School for Social Research, is a legendary progressive university located in and around Greenwich Village, housing seven major divisions, a world-renowned think tank and the backdrop for Pr ... (continue... )

Randall's Island

General Information
Randall's Island Park Alliance: 212-830-7722
Website: www.randallsisland.org or @randallsisland

If landfills, minimal food options, and a treacherous mix of the Harlem and East Rivers called "Hell Gate" don't entice you over the RFK Bridge, you probably have good instincts. But put Randall's & Wards Islands' sullied past aside, and its 480 acres of open space just across the bridge will surprise you, not only its abundant r ... (continue... )

Riverside Park

General Information
Website: riversideparknyc.org

Riverside Park, stretching from 59th Street to 155th Street along the Hudson River on Manhattan's West Side, is the place where Upper West Siders go to find a little bit of rest and respite in the one of the most crowded neighborhoods in the country. The park also serves as a vital link between Upper Manhattan and Midtown for bicyclists and joggers along the water's edge, and there ar ... (continue... )

Prospect Park

General Information
NFT Maps: 9, 10, 13
Location: Prospect Park W, Parkside Ave bet Flatbush Ave, Ocean Ave and Prospect Park SW
Phone: 718-965-8951
Events: 718-965-8999
Prospect Park Alliance: www.prospectpark.org or @prospect_park

Visit Prospect Park on a sunny Saturday and you'll witness thousands of people grilling, biking, fishing, sunbathing, flying kites, and playing ball games. Designed by famed landscape architects Frederic ... (continue... )

MetroTech Center

General Information
NFT Map: 5
Address: 12 MetroTech Ctr/330 Jay St
Website: www.metrotechbid.org
Subway: A, C, F, R to Jay St MetroTech; 2, 3 to Hoyt Street

The MetroTech Center is a 16-acre commercial/governmental/educational/cultural/yuppie pedestrian entity adjacent to Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn. Built on what was one of the earliest settled ambits in Brooklyn, the factories, frame houses, and shops that used to occupy the ten ... (continue... )