A must see for first timers, an icon of the city, built in miraculously thirteen and one half months, completed in 1931! But, it’s the story behind this edifice that makes it all come alive. Whose idea was it? Why was it built? Was it a profitable venture? We’ll delve into the incredible innovations that were invented in New York City that made it all possible. Experience a visit to our “temple of greatness.” Recommended viewing site is The Top of the Rock or at The Flatiron Building. We avoid lines and enjoy the best views of the EPS without hassle. We’ll tell you the story, it’s quite a tall tale.
Most visitors enjoy Times Square while attending various theatre performances, shopping, or having a meal or enjoying numerous other attractions such as Ripley’s Believe it or Not or Madame Tussaud’s House of Wax, etc. Times Square can be a pass through or a short walk-about during your tour. A word of caution, do not purchase electronic or photographic devices in Times Square as many have complained that the value is just not there. Caveat Emptor!
It’s the largest terminal in the world with 44 platforms and 67 tracks and one of the only terminals with platforms on two levels. This massive 1913 neoclassic beaux arts edifice is a feat of engineering and aesthetic design that is truly most impressive, massive, majestic and spotless. This is the way terminals should be. Enjoy the folklore, Cornelius Vanderbilt, and how he gained control of every track entering Manhattan. What are the secrets of the constellation ceiling? What was the hole in the ceiling made for? Visit the food market and observe the “ballet” of New Yorkers scurrying to catch their trains. Lots to see, an amazing place! Shuushhhh! We won’t forget to stop at whispering arches! You’ll never guess what’s on the roof! Don’t omit New York City’s most impressive inside space and be sure to have a look at its magnificent facade as well.
Nothing in the world compares with the grandeur, elegance and bustle of our premier boulevard. From the “gold coast” to Museum Mile , Central Park, The Plaza, The Peninsula, The Met, Bergdorf’s, Tiffany’s , Trump Tower, Cartier’s, Harry Winston, The Apple Store, St. Patrick’s, Saks and Rockefeller Center. It’s a candy store for your eyes and wallet. We’ll stop by St. Patrick’s Cathedral and take a stroll down the Rockefeller Center Promenade.
A 44-floor rental that is 18 feet wide illustrates the concept of “air rights”; that’s a New York City invention. The drama of this edifice provides evidence of the “air rights” concept and draws wonder. View the best example of how New Yorkers find solutions to problems, achieving success. Camera a must! Would you live here? Sure, but don’t get dizzy or loose your balance! It may be the tallest disproportionate building on earth. Gotta see this!
A new town square will impress you for many good reasons; The Sr. Norman Foster Hurst Building, a $500 million skyscraper literally built within a six story-surviving landmark. Hurst headquarters erected in 1929 did not prevent the construction of this beauty. The Time Warner Center, (2002) the nation’s largest mix-use building, most expensive home purchased in New York City, $88 million at that time, is located next to Trump International Hotel and Condos that’s been re-clad demonstrating “if you can’t replace it then reface it.” 15 Central Park West earned $600 million for the Zeckendorf family but, perhaps they may have been a big mistake. You’ll find out how and why it stays the same. 220 Central Park South, down the block, currently under construction, boasts the record for a home price of $250 million, currently in contract. Does that make sense?
The Dakota is New York’s first Luxury apartment building. What did Mr. Isaac Singer have do to with this building? Residents included Yul Brenner, Judy Garland, Leonard Bernstein, Lauren Bacall, John Lennon, Mark Twain, Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Rex Reed and Isadora Duncan and countless others. Take a virtual tour of an apartment; got a spare $28 million or more? This German Renaissance beauty is considered one of the “five best buildings” in New York City. Oh yes, one more thing. Why is it called The Dakota? You’ll find out.
Let’s take a short stroll into America’s 19th century artistic masterpiece. At 100th Street, perhaps the most natural and bucolic sector of the park, a place that matured to fulfill the vision of the park’s designers, Olmstead and Vaux. Our short presentation provides park history, themes, design; crime rates (don’t believe what you see on CSI!) What’s the size, cost and unique aspects that make Central Park truly exceptional. It’s a fascinating story littered with innovative firsts. It truly is “America’s 19th Century artistic masterpiece.”
The world’s largest Gothic cathedral, site of Sir Elton John’s 60th birthday party, a short presentation of the history, architecture, role in the community, the fire in 2001 and tour of the interior highlights, the challenges of the construction, beauty of the stained glass windows. There are seven 55 foot columns, milled in Maine, standing on foundations that are as deep and they are high! “This is huge!” Why was the world’s largest Gothic Cathedral created? Whose idea was that? What four 20th century leaders were chosen as the most significant of the century and adorned on the high alter? What gifts did the cathedral receive from Japan, China and The New York Times? Don’t miss this! This is a house of prayer for all faiths. I’ve seen Muslim services and even a Bar Mitzvah conducted there. This is something that most visitors don’t expect to see in New York City. The beauty and the enormity of this structure is truly one of the most impressive sites.
New York City’s largest neighborhood is rich in history, cultural significance and epic changes. We’ll venture down Striver’s Row and Astor Row. Let’s view the Apollo Theater and catch a glimpse of the Harlem of the future. The history of this fascinating historic neighborhood will break down your misconceived notions. What does the future hold for Harlem? “It’s not at all what you expect.” See where Khrushchev met Castro? You’ll hear about the phases of change over the years that have transformed Harlem, the center of African-American culture. It’s a fascinating story!