July 2016

The Empire State Building

The Empire State Building- Unable to go inside do to time constraints during daily tours. The Empire State Building was completed in 1931 on May 1st. One this date President Hoover marked the conation by turning on the magnificent building’s lights by simply pressing a button all the way from Washington D.C., this just being […]

Madison Square Park

Madison Square Park Madison Square Park has existed as an urban public space since 1686. Named for James Madison, fourth President of the United States, Madison Square was formally opened as a public park in 1847. It was the birthplace of Baseball and was also called home in the beginning of 1876 for the arm […]

The Flatiron Building

The Flatiron Building “The distinctive triangular shape of the Flatiron Building, designed by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham and built in 1902, allowed it to fill the wedge-shaped property located at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and Broadway. The building was intended to serve as offices for the George A. Fuller Company, a major Chicago contracting […]

The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library “The site chosen for the home of the new Public Library was the Croton Reservoir, a popular strolling place that occupied a two-block section of Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets. Dr. John Shaw Billings, one of the most brilliant librarians of his day, was named director. Billings knew […]

Bryant Park

Bryant Park Bryant Park is a privately managed public park located in the New York City borough of Manhattan. It is located between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and between 40th and 42nd Streets in Midtown Manhattan. Although technically the Main Branch of the New York Public Library is located within the park, effectively it forms […]

Times Square

Times Square Times Square is a major commercial intersection and neighborhood in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. Brightly adorned with billboards and advertisements, Times Square is sometimes referred to as The Crossroads of the World, The Center of […]

Grand Central

Grand Central On the evening of February 1, 1913, public dignitaries and officials from the New York Central Railroad joined thousands of New Yorkers for the grand opening of a transportation depot on the east side of Manhattan. At 12:01 am, the first passengers boarded trains departing from the new Grand Central Terminal, and within […]

Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall When the stock market crashed in 1929, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. held a $91 million, 24-year lease on a piece of midtown Manhattan property properly known as “the speakeasy belt.” The plan was to gentrify the neighborhood by building a new Metropolitan Opera House on the site. Together Rockefeller, RCA and […]

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center Although John D. Rockefeller Jr. spent most of his life engaged in philanthropy, his single, defining business venture was the creation of the “city within a city”. Constructed during the Great Depression’s worst years, the project gainfully employed over 40,000 people. When Rockefeller Center officially opened in May 1933 30 Rockefeller Plaza boasted […]

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral St. Patrick’s Cathedral was built in the democratic spirit, paid for not only by the contributions of thousands of poor immigrants as well as prominent citizens. The construction of St. Patrick’s Cathedral began in 1858 and opened its doors in 1879. This international landmark is a beacon of hope for those who […]