If you are looking for some great places to visit in New York City, you will find that the city has a seemingly endless supply of museums from which to choose. In this three-part series, we will explore just a few of the excellent options that are available. In the first installment, we will explore some buildings that are museums in of themselves.
The Skyscraper Museum
While Chicago is known as the birthplace of the skyscraper, New York City is the place where these amazing buildings were perfected. Located in Battery Park City, the Skyscraper Museum explores the literal and metaphorical shape of these beautiful buildings. Admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for adults. The Skyscraper Museum is located at 39 Battery Place.
Turning 110 this year, Daniel Burnham’s landmark skyscraper boasts a unique shape and stunning Beaux Arts detailing. The Flatiron Building is located at 175 5th Avenue.
The New York Public Library
A centerpiece of New York City’s public library system, The New York Public Library is the second-largest public library in the country. After undergoing renovations for two years, the Rose Main Reading Room reopened in October to much fanfare. The library also has a number of other iconic features, including the twin lions – named Patience and Fortitude – who guard the building. The library is located at 476 5th Avenue.
The Beekman Hotel
Located at 5 Beekman Street, the Beekman Hotel boasted one of the most anticipated openings in the city’s recent history. Originally built in 1883, the hotel opened to much fanfare at the end of August last year. While the hotel’s lobby is free to explore, room rates at the nine-story Victorian hotel ran at around $400 per night.
Waldorf Astoria New York
Located at 301 Park Avenue, the Waldorf Astoria New York is an iconic Midtown establishment that has hosted a number of legends. These include Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra and Charlie Chaplin. Purchased by Chinese development firm Anbang in 2014 for close to $2 million, the hotel will soon be converted to feature more than 1,000 condos and significantly fewer hotel rooms.
Louis Armstrong House Museum
Located off-the-beaten path at 34-56 107th Street in Corona, the Louis Armstrong House Museum celebrates the life of the famous jazz musician. Armstrong and his wife moved into the home in 1943, where they remained until their deaths. Visitors to the home can get a glimpse into the life of the world-famous musician with tours that are offered every day except Monday when the museum is closed.
Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal is considered one of the must-see sites in New York City for good reason. With its astronomical ceiling in the Main Concourse, there is much to take in within this historic gem. Among the sites to see are the Oyster Bar covered in Guastavino tile, the stunning statuary clock that depicts Hercules, Minerva and Mercury as well as the Whispering Gallery. The terminal is located at 87 East 42nd Street.