What makes New York City the special and massive city that everyone knows about is its abundance of monumental buildings. The city has one of the largest and most varied collections of skyscrapers in the world. It also has an assortment of famous low-rise buildings, adding to New York City’s amazing set of architecture. Some buildings are so glorious that any visitor to the Big Apple must go see them, whether it be because of the building’s history or its magnificent beauty.
- Grand Central Terminal: This monumental railway station was constructed between the years of 1903 and 1913. The transportation hub connects train, metro, car and pedestrian traffic. The building’s façade has large arches held by massive columns, which are topped with sculptures. The inside of Grand Central Terminal, however, is what is most impressive. The high ceiling is painted with a beautiful design and arched windows let the sky’s light shine throughout the concourse. There is a beautiful double staircase made of marble, just like the floors. This terminal is truly a magnificent sight and something all visitors and residents should see.
- One World Trade Center: This beautiful skyscraper is currently being constructed as part of an effort to memorialize and rebuild the original World Trade Center complex after it was destroyed in the attacks on September 11, 2001. Once complete, 1 WTC will be 104 stories, the tallest building in New York City, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and the third-tallest building in the world. The new World Trade Center building is lit up on special occasions in colors that represent those occasions, and it can be seen throughout the city. The skyscraper’s design is also very unique, making it standout from the other towering structures throughout New York City. One World Trade Center should be complete sometime in 2013.
- Empire State Building: This 102-story building got its name from New York City’s nickname, the Empire State. The skyscraper was the tallest building in the world for 40 years until the original World Trade Center’s North Tower was built. After its destruction on 9/11, the Empire State Building was once again New York City’s tallest structure, but not the world’s. However, the towering building was once again demoted to New York’s second tallest building in April of 2012 once the One World Trade Center building reached a taller height. People still regularly venture to the top to get a great view of the city. Some of the things that make the Empire State building a New York must-see are that it has been named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the building and its street floor interior are landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, it was designated a National Historic Landmark years ago, and it has been ranked number one on the List of America’s Favorite Architecture.
- Carnegie Hall: Carnegie Hall is the world’s most famous concert hall, and it happens to be located in New York City and has been there since 1891. This legendary concert hall has drawn in some of the world’s most talented musical artists, setting the standard for excellence in music for many years. Not only has this beautiful building been a staple for some of the world’s greatest music, it has also been a player in the development of American history due to many historic figures making appearances there. Carnegie Hall has three separate performance spaces, and its main hall is known as the most prestigious concert stage in the United States. Besides its incredible legacy, Carnegie Hall’s remarkable architectural design makes this building a must-see. The main hall is stunning and massive, seating 2,804 people on five levels. The foyer is made of marble and there are huge columns with intricate designs etched in them next to towering arches for doorways. Another thing that makes this concert hall so spectacular is its sound. The way Carnegie Hall was built gives it a first-rate sound quality.
- Flatiron Building: This building is considered to be groundbreaking because it was the first skyscraper to be built north of 14th Street and because of its unusual shape. The Flatiron Building is a triangle-shaped or wedge-shaped building and has become an icon of New York City. However, the building brought about major controversy at first. After the building’s construction was complete, it became very successful and attracted numerous artists who used the Flatiron Building as the subject of their work. The building is currently being used for office space.
After visiting these five noteable buildings, I believe that anyone, whether a visitor or full-time resident, will have more knowledge about New York City’s amazing architecture, its history and understand more fully why the Big Apple is such an amazing city.
As our time in New York quickly winds down, I think about the great summer I’ve had here. There is no doubt in my mind that this has been my best summer yet. However, I’ve been away from home for nearly three months and haven’t had the opportunity to go back, so I am starting to miss it.
Since I’m from St. Louis, I have such a quick drive home from Columbia, so I can go back whenever I’d like. Obviously, that is not the case being all the way in New York City. This quite possibly could be the longest I have been away from home.
While I have absolutely loved seeings all the marvelous sites and have greatly enjoyed the nightlife here, I sure do miss my Cardinals… and my baby niece… and my friends and family.
I know leaving this city is going to be emotional because I have come to love it so much, and I have absolutely no clue when I’ll be back. Also, going back to tiny Columbia, Missouri in the middle of no where is going to be quite an adjustment. However, a few of us have been talking about going back to go ole Mizzou and what we will do there, so that’s getting me very excited, especially to go back and be a senior!
Interns: next week, our last week, we will live it up in NYC for a final time. Let’s go!
Baby niece… how could you not miss that?
In my previous post, I mentioned providing everyone with a story about eating mass amounts of famous food. That’s where MEAT OVERLOAD comes in.
Before heading to MoMA yesterday, Cody, Jaime and I stopped by the famous restaurant Katz’s Delicatessen. What the restaurant really should be called is “Ginormous Sandwichs Overflowing with MEAT” because that’s exactly what I was given.
I ordered the famous pastrami sandwich. I had heard about its amazingness and that it was the best pastrami sandwich ever, so, of course, I had to try it. It was absolutely delicious! Warm, chewy, juicy pastrami was everywhere! The huge sandwich also came with a plate of pickles, and I love pickles.
Not only is Katz famous for its yummy sandwichs, the most famous scene from the movie When Harry met Sally took place in the restaurant. Also, a great number of celebraties have been to the restaurant as well. The pictures of them covering the walls prove it.
On Monday, Cody, Jaime and I were all off work, so we decided to go to the Modern Museum of Art. Since New York City is quite well known for its collection of museums, I thought this was the perfect way to spend our day of freedom (after eating mass amounts of famous food of course… that story comes later).
The museum, also known as MoMA, was huge. The collection was even bigger. It includes architexture, drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, and much more. And, surprisingly, the museum is still expanding.
MoMA is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world. In fact, the museum is often identified as the most influential museum of modern art in the world.
I highly recommend visiting this awesome art museum. It houses some of the most famous works of art in the world, and I’m sure everyone can appreciate that.
At the beginning of the summer, I only knew one of the other Mizzou interns doing this program. Therefore, I was a tab bit nervous heading to New York City for the summer because I wasn’t sure if I would have anyone to hang out with.
Well, I’ll be darned. Turns out all the other interns doing the program with me are pretty dang awesome. (I guess that’s just the way Mizzou breeds them.) I have had an absolute blast with these folks and have enjoyed spending two months in the city with them.
Who knew I’d go to NYC only knowing one person and leave having 13+ new friends? I’d say that’s a pretty sweet deal. We’ve even talked about having a New York City intern reunion back in Columbia. We’re so cute.
Congrats, other interns, for being cool enough to hang with me!!! (I’m being 100% sarcastic.)
On a serious note, thanks for hanging out with me!
Today, Jaime, Ashley and I took the New York City Water Taxi over to the IKEA in Brooklyn, and it was the perfect day to do it. Today was 80 degrees, sunny, not a cloud in the sky and there was a great breeze by the water. A boat ride sounded great to me.
We went to the top of the boat and stood the whole ride. We were giggling like little girls having a blast. Not only was it free and a lot of fun, we also had an amazing view of downtown Manhattan. Even though I really didn’t care about going to IKEA, the boat ride was well worth the trip.
Also, IKEA has really cheap food. Jaime and Ashley bought 50 cent hotdogs and apparently they have some famous Swedish meatballs.
On Monday, Cody and I decided to be real New Yorkers. We ventured up to Central Park and basked in the sun. AKA we tried to get our tan on.
We took the 4 5 train and got off at 59th. Before heading into the park, however, we strolled over to the Whole Foods across the street. This is the perfect place to enter Central Park because you can easily hop in the grocery store, pick up a great little picnic, and head to the park to relax and enjoy some treats.
Cody and I did just that… sort of. But we did join all the other New Yorkers by laying out our towels and by enjoying some much needed sun intake. Cody stepped it up a notch and wore just his swimsuit. I, on the other hand, did not know that was the New York way, so I had my dress on.
If you really want to fit in and seem like a real New Yorker in Central Park, do some type of acrobatic moves. That’s what everyone around us was doing. Yeah, New Yorkers can be weird.