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Empire State Building Every evening the Empire State Building turns into the world’s largest night light, engaging passers-by with different coloured lights that are projected onto the tower. Patriotic: red, white and blue for national celebrations or red and green for Christmas. Lights come on at sundown and - Cinderella-like - turn off at midnight, except for special occasions, when they shine until 3am. 350 Fifth Avenue, between 33 rd and 34 th Streets Photos courtesy flickr
Chelsea Market Formerly the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco), this is where the first Oreo cookie was made 1912. This space was renovated and today is an industrial-chic food arcade that sells home-baked breads, lobster, wine, artistically hand-decorated cupcakes and imported Italian foods. 75 Ninth Avenue, between 15 th and 16 Streets “ Gourmet food fans will think they’ve entered the pearly gates once they’ve stepped into this 800ft-long shopping concourse, bursting with the freshest eats in town,” Lonely Planet New York City Guide . Photos courtesy flickr
Chelsea Market … continued Photos and information courtesy flickr In the 1990's, Irwin B. Cohen organized a syndicate to buy the building and in 1998, Vaneberg Associates renovated the complex. Brass spandrels were woven into the 9th Avenue brick facade, and a glass and steel canopy was added. The back lots of the individual buildings were connected to an 800-foot long central, ground-level concourse with entries at 9th and 10th Avenues. The original flooring was kept in tact and enhanced with light panels. Diamondplate panels, rebar handrails, stone sculpture, aluminum, glass block, and recycled industrial objects were used throughout. A central fountain contains discarded drill bits.
Central Park This tow and a half miles long and half a mile wide patch of outdoors, was the first man-made park in the United States (US). Inspired by great parks of London and Paris, it was created to provide city dwellers “respite from the crowded streets” in 1853. Photos courtesy flickr Sheep Meadow is a 15-acre, lush green area for relaxing and admiring New York City’s skyline, but in the 1960s and the 1970s thousands of people were attracted to it for large-scale concerts. The first landing on the moon was televised to a large crowd in the meadow on July 20, 1969.
Grand Central Terminal 42 nd Street at Park Avenues Photos courtesy flickr One of New York’s most dramatic public spaces. Grand Central Terminal “evokes the romance of train travel at the turn of the 20 th century, while enduring the bustle of present-day New York,” says Lonely Planet’s New York City guide . The station was completed in 1913 and played an important role in America’s historic preservation movement, after a series of legal battles that culminated in the 1978 Supreme Court decision that affirmed NYC’s land mark laws. Today, it only serves commuter trains en route to northern suburbs and Connecticut.
Garment District Roughly from 34 th to 40 th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue Photos courtesy flickr Judging on appearances, it would be easy shun this area, but its the heart of America’s multibillion-dollar clothing district. But this is where platoons of designers create next season’s fashions.
Times Square 42 nd Street and Broadway Photos courtesy flickr Also called “the crossroads of the world” – this larger-than-life light show of corporate logo’s draws millions annually. Originally called Longacre Square, it was renamed after the New York Times moved to the site in the early 1900s and announced their arrival with a spectacular fireworks display. The Times erected the world’s first ticker sign on 1 Times Square that broadcasted the 1929 stockmarket crash, JFK’s assassination and the 2001 World Trade Centre attack.