January 2006

Tourist Attractions04 Jan 2006 05:12 pm

by Lucy Foster

digonis carousel central park  Nestled in Central Park, tucked away from modern elements, and housed within a brick enclosure there stands a magical ride that awaits your visit. This historical landmark is the Central Park Carousel that dates back to its first ancestor carousel built in 1871. The current carousel was restored and brought by way of Coney Island in 1951 and is the fourth to stand in its present location. It was the carousel attraction from 1908 to the early 1940’s at Coney Island before becoming the replacement for the previous Central Park carousel that was destroyed by a fire in 1951.  
  The current 58 huge hand-carved and hand painted horses were built in 1908 by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein. This old-fashioned attraction is open year-round and is the only operating carousel in the borough of Manhattan. It is also one of the largest carousels in the United States. This antique joyride can also be rented for birthday parties and includes the setting of the picnic tables that are just nearby. Hotdog and popcorn vendors are frequently setup further enhancing the mood of this landmark. This magical ride is sure to delight the imaginations of its visitors as they take a spin around on this timeless masterpiece.

Photo: Caroline P. Digonis 2006 

Tourist Attractions03 Jan 2006 07:29 am

by Chris Hale
3 Jan 2006

carnegie hall metroway

   Built in 1891 and named after its benefactor, Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Hall is one of the most important and famous concert stages in the world. The Hall “showcases the world’s greatest soloists, conductors and ensembles”. It was designed by architect and cellist William Burnett Tuthill and renovated in 1986. The design of the Main Hall was intended to make the stage the main focal point. In 1962, Carnegie Hall was named a National Historic Landmark.
   Carnegie Hall is comprised of three auditoriums: The Main Hall, the Recital Hall, and the Chamber Music Hall located underneath the Main Hall.
   In 1997, The Main Hall was renamed in honor of the legendary violinist Isaac Stern and has five levels of seating which can accommodate 2,804 people. It was Isaac Stern who saved Carnegie Hall from being demolished by arranging for the City of New York to purchase the Hall under special legislation. The nonprofit Carnegie Hall Corporation was then created in 1960 to run the theatre. In 2006, the stage was renamed and dedicated to Ronald O. Perelman. This Hall is where countless legendary concerts and performances were held. You can explore the history of the Hall with portraits and memorabilia of the legendary artists that have performed at Carnegie Hall by visiting the Rose Museum, located on the First Tier Level. Admission is free.
   The second auditorium was originally named Recital Hall but was renamed Zankel Hall after Judy and Arthur Zankel. Zankel Hall seats 599 and has the distinction of being the first auditorium that was opened in 1891 to the general public. The hall was renovated in 1896 (renamed the Carnegie Lyceum at the time), used as a cinema in the late 1950’s, returned in 1997 for recitals and reconstructed for its new opening in September 2003.
   The third auditorium is Weill Recital Hall named for Joan and Sanford Weill (the chairman of Carnegie Hall’s board). This Hall seats 268 and has been in use since Carnegie Hall first opened in 1891. Originally named the Chamber Music Hall, it went through several name changes from the Carnegie Chamber Music Hall to Carnegie Recital Hall before it became Weill Recital Hall in 1986. Weill Recital Hall is located on the third floor of Carnegie Hall. The intimate Hall is used for master classes and recitals.  
   Adjacent to the Rose Museum is The Carnegie Hall Shop where you can purchase gifts, including books, T-shirts and musical memorabilia of all kinds. Tours are available September thru the end of June (no tours during summer months). Tour # (212) 903-9765.
   Carnegie Hall is located at 154 W. 57th Street, New York, New York, General #(212) 247-7800.

Photo: (c) Don Perdue 2006            

Tourist Attractions03 Jan 2006 06:47 am

The grand hotel that epitomizes the luxury hotel experience in New York for over a century is the beautiful Waldorf Astoria on Park Avenue. Soaring nearly 50 stories, The Waldorf Astoria commands a full city block. The hotel has 1,427 guest rooms.

In 1893 the hotel was launched by William Waldorf Astor. With its ornate architecture and unparalled cuisine and services it is a must for visitors and New Yorkers to experience. The hotel is renowned for its perfection be it grand occasions or intimate gathering or hotel accommodations. 301 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10022-6897, Tel. (212) 355-3000. Reservations 1-800-Waldorf

Tourist Attractions03 Jan 2006 06:46 am

This is the city’s only preserved 19th century family home, fully stocked with the same furnishings and decorations that filled the house when it was inhabited by the Tredwell family. Built in 1832 by Seabury Tredwell, an importer of hardware with a business downtown on Pearl St. This was the home of this large family for almost 100 years – from 1832 to 1933.

Architecturally the Merchant’s House is considered one of the finest examples of the period. The exterior façade is late Federal, with dormer windows and a fanlight above the front door. The interior of the house are Greek Revival. The formal parlors feature black & gold marble mantelpieces, Ionic double-column screen and mahogany pocket doors separate the rooms. Three floors of the house are available for viewing, including the ground floor with its original kitchen and one bedroom floor.

The House features many special events, exhibitions and tours throughout the year, including afternoon teas during the summer months in the pretty garden in back of the house. Note: The house can be rented for private parties, weddings, special events and film shoots. 29 E. 4th Street between Bowery and Lafayette St. (212) 777-1089

Tourist Attractions03 Jan 2006 06:45 am

The museum is dedicated to exhibiting, restoring and teaching the preservation of historical pianos and musical instruments. The museum holds a daily lecture and demonstration of the instruments (noon) and offers self-guided tours. 291 Broadway at Reade Street. (212) 406-6060.

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