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Landmarks (designated & Popular) in New York

Updated Oct 05 2014 04:43 PM EST with 62 listings
Local landmarks including museums, buildings and historic sites of various types.
Landmarks (designated & Popular) in New York

American Museum of Natural History

New York's Museum of Natural History contains Four floors of exhibition halls here include the world-famous fossil halls with their skeletons of enormous dinosaurs and other creatures; the culture halls, representing a variety of indigenous peoples; and mammal, bird and reptile halls. The renovated Milstein Hall of Ocean Life showcases the profusion of life in Earth's "last frontier." Also here: Rose Center for Earth and Space, with Hayden Planetarium and exhibits on Earth and our universe. Click here to see a picture. Click here for a Location.
Central Pk. W., Central Park NY 10024-5192 79th St., Tel 212-769-5100
Tel: 212-769-5200; Tel: 212-769-5350
Tel: 212-769-5606; Fax: 212-769-5427
E-mail: members@amnh.org; Website: amnh.org

American Radiator Building

40 W. 40th St., Fashion District NY

Apollo Theater

Built in 1914, the Apollo is located on Harlem's W.125th St and has and continues to feature many elaborate, leading cabaret concerts.
253 W. 125th St., Harlem NY 10027 125th St & 7th Ave., Tel 212-749-5838
Tickets: 212-531-5305; Website: apollotheater.org

AT&T Headquarters

32 Sixth Ave., Midtown South NY

Bankers Trust Building

14 Wall St., Financial District NY

Barclay Vesey Building

140 West St.,

Beaux-Arts Apartments

307 E. 44th St., Turtle Bay NY

Beaux-Arts Institute of Design

304 E. 44th St., Turtle Bay NY

British Building

Formerly the British Empire Building. Part of the Rockefeller Center Complex. Click here for a Map of Rockefeller Center.

Carnegie Hall and Weill Recital Hall

Guided tours available; since 1891 the hall has been host to the world's greatest orchestras, conductors and soloists. Weill Recital Hall is at 154 W. 57th St. Carnegie Hall seats 2,800 and the smaller Weill Recital Hall seats 250. The building was designed by William Burnet Tuthill and opened to great fanfare from New York society who adored its European Renaissance-style architecture. Andrew Carnegie funded its construction and its artistic legacy is set in stone. The website has information on the hall including what's new and notable, tickets, and a concert calendar. Take a virtual tour.
881 Seventh Ave., Midtown NY 10019 at 57th St., Admin 212-903-9600
Archives: 212-903-9629; Box Office: 212-247-7800
Catering: 212-903-9790; Group Sales: 212-903-9705
Rentals: 212-581-6539; Rentals: 212-903-9710
Reservations ( Dining ): 212-903-9689; Subscription: 212-903-9700
Website: carnegiehall.org

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Construction on this magnificent cathedral began in 1892, and to date the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine remains unfinished. The mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, the cathedral also hosts a number of public programs, including concerts, dance recitals, readings, exhibits, a poetry program and public tours.
1047 Amsterdam Ave., Morningside Heights NY 10025 at 112th St., Admin 212-316-7490
Box Office: 212-662-2133; Fax: 212-932-7348
General Info: 212-316-7540; Tour Info: 212-932-7347
E-mail: pastor@stjohndivine.org; Website: stjohndivine.org

Century Apartments

25 Central Pk. W., Central Park NY

Chrysler Building

This is one of the most loved members of the city's skyline. Its Art Deco architecture was carefully crafted, even down to the door knobs themselves. Click here to see a picture.
405 Lexington Ave., Midtown NY 10017 At 42nd St., Tel 212-682-3070
Website: greatbuildings.com

Church of St. Luke in the Fields

487 Hudson St., West Village NY Tel 212-924-0562

City Hall

New York's City Hall has been a city landmark for nearly 200 years. The structure contains a number of objects gathered through its long history, including Washington's writing desk in the Govenor's Room and a number of paintings by Morse, Peale and other well-known artists. Click here for a Location
CivicCenter NY Tel 212-788-6865
Website: ci.nyc.ny.us

Clocktower

346 Broadway, CivicCenter NY 10013 Tel 212-274-4449

Cloisters

The Cloisters is made up of a historic building and its cloistered gardens; Take a guided tour and discover the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Inside visitors will see sculpture, tapestries, illuminated manuscripts, gold and silver work, stained glass and more. Lectures and programs are held on Saturdays, and music concerts are presented in the 12th-century Fuentiduena Chapel.
Fort Tryon Pk., Tel 212-923-3700
E-mail: cloisters@metmuseum.org; Website: metmuseum.org

Crown Building

Formerly the Heckscher Building, check out the building illumined even at dusk & you'll have no doubt as to the origin of its current name!
730 Fifth Ave., Midtown NY 10019 betw 56th & 57th St,
Website: thecityreview.com

Daily News Building

The relief above the entrance depicts light dawning on the urban populace; check out the lobby, which houses a huge, revolving globe and a floor that resembles a gigantic compass.
220 E. 42nd St., Kips Bay NY 10017

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum

Last surviving Dutch-Colonial farmhouse, over 200 years old. See website for more details.
4881 Broadway, Inwood NY 10034 204th St., Tel 212-304-9422
Fax: 212-304-0635; E-mail: info@dyckman.org
Website: dyckman.org

Empire State Building

At 102 stories tall, the Empire State Building commands an inspiring view of Manhattan. Each year, over 3.5 million people come here for the view from the 86th-floor observatory, where they can take in the sights of the city from a glass-enclosed pavilion or the encircling open-air promenade. Click here to see a picture.
350 Fifth Ave., Midtown South NY 10118 At 34th St., Tel 212-736-3100
Fax: 212-967-6167; E-mail: info@esbnyc.com
Website: esbnyc.com

Equitable Building

The 40-story Equitable Building swallowed up so much airspace from such a small plot of land (less than one acre) that it inspired the nation's first zoning laws in 1916.
120 Broadway, Financial District NY 10005

Exxon Building

At 54 stories, it is the second tallest skyscraper in Rockefeller Center. Click here for a picture.
1251 Sixth Ave., Rockefeller Center NY 10020 betw W.49th & W.50th St,

Federal Hall National Memorial

This location was home to NYC's City Hall of the 1700's. That building was demolished, however, in 1812 & the structure on this site today was erected as the Customs House & later, when Customs moved up the street, became the US Subtreasury. Admissions, tours, programs all free. Museum on site. More info on website. National Memorial.
26 Wall St., Financial District NY 10001 At Broad St., Tel 212-825-6888
Fax: 212-264-0725; Website: nps.gov

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Walk inside this beautiful Italian Renaissance style building and learn about the history and art of money. Visitors can see the Gold vault with its billions of dollars' worth of gold, or check out the American Numismatic Society's priceless exhibitions on gold and coins and medals currently located inside the Fed.
33 Liberty St., Financial District NY 10045 Tel 212-720-5000
Tel: 212-720-6130; Tel: 212-720-7839
E-mail: general.info@ny.frb.org; Website: newyorkfed.org

Flatiron Building

175 Fifth Ave., Flatiron District NY 10010 At 23rd St & Broadway, Tel 212-477-0947

Ford Foundation Building

Home to one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world, the Ford Foundation Building is best known for its glass-walled, 130-ft-high atrium. Filled with trees, shrubs, a still-water pool, and all manner of greenery.
320 E. 42nd St., Kips Bay NY 10017

Frick Collection

This elegant, French-style mansion was built in 1914 for industrialist Henry Clay Frick, one of America's greatest art collectors. Inside, a rich collection of Western paintings, sculpture and decorative art graces the 16 exhibit galleries. Click here to see a schedule of performances.
1 E. 70th St., Lenox Hill NY 10021 betw Madison & Fifth Avenues, Tel 212-288-0700
Fax: 212-628-4417; E-mail: info@frick.org
Website: frick.org

Grace Building

Across from Bryant Park, this swooping glass behemoth has a curved facade that makes the bottom of the building look like a ski jump. Described as "flashy" and "flamboyant" by architecture critics, but it does catch your eye.
41 W. 42nd St., Midtown NY 10036

Gracie Mansion

Official residence of the Mayor of NYC, the mansion is both an historic landmark & now as then a retreat from the busier parts of the city. Tours available, call for reservations.
180 E. 88th St., Carnegie Hill NY At East End Ave., Tel 212-570-4751
Website: ci.nyc.ny.us

Grand Central Terminal

Tour of the Beaux Arts masterpiece are led by the Municipal Art Society on Wed at 12:30pm, and by the Grand Central Partnership on Fri at 12:30pm. Click here for Location.
Vanderbilt Ave., Midtown NY Tel 212-818-1777
General Info: 212-340-2210; Group Sales: 212-340-3404
Tours: 212-697-1245; Tours: 212-935-3960
Website: grandcentralterminal.com

Grant's Tomb

Mausoleum influenced by Napoleon's tomb in Paris for President Ulysses S. Grant & his wife, answering that age old question who is buried in Grant's Tomb? Second largest mausoleum in the west. A quite out of the way location. Admission, tours & programs all free.
Riverside Dr., and 122nd Street, Tel 212-666-1640
Tel: 212-666-1668; Tel: 212-825-6890
Fax: 212-932-9631; Website: nps.gov

Hamilton Grange (10031)

No longer open to the public, but worth a look for the sheer beauty of the architecture.
521 W. 146th St., Audubon NY 10031 at 112th St., Tel 212-281-1538
Website: usps.com

Hearst Magazine Building

951 Eighth Ave., Hell's Kitchen NY 10019 Near W.56th St.,

Helmsley Building

Formerly the New York Central Building & the New York General Building, this 34 story office building complete with it's golden top & familiar Greek deity flanked clock is a nice contrast with its next door neighbor, the Met Life Building. Click here for a picture.
230 Park Ave., Midtown NY
Website: thecityreview.com

Landmarks Preservation Commission New York City

Protecting the city's architectural, historic & cultural resources, these are the folks who decide who gets one of those cool plaques on their building, in their building, in their district or at their site! They also regulate alterations to designated sites & structures. Click here for a Public Hearings & Meetings Calendar.
1 Centre St., Financial District NY 10007 betw Water & South St, Tel 212-669-7700
Website: ci.nyc.ny.us

Lincoln Center

Lincoln Center is the world's largest cultural complex. It contains theaters, production companies such as Metropolitan Opera, NY Philharmonic, and the Juilliard School.
70 Lincoln Center Plaza, Lincoln Center NY 10023 Tel 212-875-5000
Tel: 212-546-2656; Tel: 212-875-5350
Tel: 212-875-5370; Website: lincolncenter.org

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Allows a visitor to experience how immigrants lived in the late 1800s. Admission to exhibits is free; admission for tours for adults $9: Students & seniors $7: Members free. A guided architectural tour through several streets in this area is also offered. It runs 1 hour.
97 Orchard St., Lower East Side NY 10002 Tel 212-431-0233
Fax: 212-431-0402; TTY Line ( Deaf ): 212-431-0714
E-mail: lestm@tenement.org; Website: tenement.org

McGraw-Hill Building

A delightful combination of Modern & International Styles, this high rise features Art Deco details on the exterior & Carrera glass in the lobby. Click here for a picture.
1221 Rockefeller Plaza, Rockefeller Center NY

Metropolitan Museum of Art

One of the greatest museums in the world. It is impossible to "do" the entire museum in one day or describe everything you can see here. Go to the museum & spend some time in the Great Hall where you will find all types of help in many languages for planning your visit. If you can, get a guide before your visit or look at their website*** where you can plan well & learn about their many special exhibitions & programs. Fee: $12 adults, $7 students & seniors, under 12 with adult free. Click here to see a picture & here to see a close-up picture.
1000 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side NY 10028 At 82nd St., Tel 212-535-7710
Library: 212-879-5500; Reservations ( Dining ): 212-570-3964
Tours: 212-570-3711; Visitor Center: 212-650-2987
E-mail: visitorservices@metmuseum.org; Website: metmuseum.org

New York Information Technology Center

New York Information Technology Center at 55 Broad St New York City is a state-of-the art building which incorporates cutting-edge technology and is known as the original home of New York's technology community
55 Broad St., Financial District NY 10004 Tel 212-482-0851
Website: 55broadst.com

New York Stock Exchange

This building officially housed the NYSE in 1865 and is the world's largest equities market place housed in a majestic Beaux Arts building. View the trading floor on the third floor and learn all about the history and rules of financial stock trading and exchange. Public entrance on Broad St. Click here to see a picture.
11 Wall St., Financial District NY 10005 Tel 212-656-3000
Website: nyse.com

Old St. Patrick's Cathedral

263 Mulberry St., NoLita NY Tel 212-226-8075

Pan Am Building

Although, Pan American Airlines, because they went out of business, no longer occupies this cloud scraper, the building still generally gets referred to by this name.
200 Park Ave., Midtown NY 10017 From 43rd to 45th St,

Paramount Building

Located in Times Square, and the tallest here at the time of its completion. Be careful when you look for the New Year's Eve ball that you don't mistake the globe atop this building for it.
1501 Broadway, Theater District NY 10036

Radio City Music Hall

Famous not only for musical spectaculars, but also for its architecture. A tour of this art deco theater is worthwhile. Seating Chart, Rockefeller Center& Pictures from: 50th Street, 6th Avenue & the South East Corner.
1260 Sixth Ave., Rockefeller Center NY 10020 at 5oth St., Customer Services 212-632-4039
Group Sales: 212-218-4000; Information: 212-247-4777
Tickets: 212-307-7171; Tour Info: 212-632-4000
Website: radiocity.com

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is famous as much for its 1930s-era Art Deco grandeur as for the well known institutions it houses. The 20-building complex includes the Radio City Music Hall; the Channel Gardens; and the handsome GE Building, home of the NBC's the Today Show. Several highlights during the winter season include the Rockefeller Center's outdoor skating rink and New York's official Christmas tree. Click here for an Area Map. Click here for Location.
Bounded by 47th & 51st St, Tel 212-332-6868
Tours: 212-664-3700; Website: rockefellercenter.com

Seagram Building

375 Park Ave., Midtown NY 10152 At E.53rd St., Tel 212-572-7000

Simon & Schuster Building

Formerly the U.S. Rubber Company Building. Located in Rockfeller Center, click here for a Map of Rockefeller Center.
1230 Sixth Ave., Rockefeller Center NY 10020

Singer Building

561 Broadway, Soho NY 10012

South Street Seaport Museum

Features numerous exhibits on the history of the Port of New York, as well as the nation's largest private collection of historic vessels. Visitors can tour the six historic ships berthed on the East River, a 1913 lighthouse, a 19th-century printing shop and a block-long 1812 commercial building known as Schermerhorn Row.
207 Front St., Fulton NY 10038 Tel 212-748-8600
Fax: 212-748-8610; Website: southstreetseaport.org

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Magnificent stained glass windows, ornate shrines and monumental Gothic architecture greet visitors at St. Patricks Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of New York and the largest Catholic Cathedral in the United States.
1011 Fifth Ave., Upper East Side NY 10022-4134 betw 50th & 51st St, Tel 212-371-1000
Tel: 212-753-2261; E-mail: contactus@archny.org
Website: ny-archdiocese.org

Statue of Liberty

Dedicated in 1886 as a gift to the United States form the people of France, the Statue of Liberty is arguabley the most recognizable landmark in the Empirte State. Click here for Ferry information. Click here for a Location
Liberty Isl&, New York Harbor, Tel 212-269-5755
Tel: 212-363-3200; Tel: 212-363-7620
Fax: 212-363-8347; Website: nps.gov

Tavern on the Green

A famous NY landmark. Rich in history and plenty of star power. Extra ordinarly good continental cuisine and weekday prix-fixe lunches.
Central Pk. W., Central Park NY 10023 (at 67th St.), Tel 212-873-3200
Fax: 212-580-4265; Website: tavernonthegreen.com

Temple Emanu-EI

Temple Emanu-El is the largest Jewish house of worship in the world, containing a library of 12,000 books and media items on Jewish life and history, and The Herbert and Eileen Bernard Museum of Judaica. Visitors are welcome. Click here to see a schedule of performances.
1 E. 65th St., Lenox Hill NY 10021 Fifth Avenue, Tel 212-744-1400
E-mail: info@emanuelnyc.org; Website: emanuelnyc.org

The New York Public Library - Humanities and Social Sciences Library

Flanked by the stone lions Patience and Fortitude, The Humanities and Social Sciences Library is the best-known building in the The New York Public Library system. The grand exterior is matched by an interior that includes the magnificent Rose Main Reading Room, marble-clad Astor Hall, rooms for exhibitions and lectures, and research collections containing about six million books.
Fifth Avenue & 42nd St., Tel 212-661-7220
Tel: 212-930-0641; Website: nypl.org

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

The only President born in New York City, "Teddie" lived here until he was 15 years old. The house was demolished in 1916, but the property was purchased after Roosevelt's death in 1919 and a replica of the home was built in its place. Today it contains five rooms furnished with period artifacts, two museum galleries and a bookstore.
28 E. 20th St., Flatiron District NY 10003 Tel 212-260-1616
Fax: 212-677-3587; Website: nps.gov

Time-Life Building

This is the NEW Time-Life Building. Click here for a picture of the building & here for a picture of Cubed Curve, the sculpture right outside the building. The former Time-Life Building has been renamed 1 Rockefeller Center.
1271 Sixth Ave., Rockefeller Center NY 10020 betw W.50th & W.51st St,

Times Tower Building

Happy New Millenium!...and all the past & future years who've been rung in by the New Year's Eve ball that descends from atop THIS building in Times Square every New Year's Eve. This building is also former home to The New York Times, after which 'Times' Square has been named.

Trump Tower

No guided tours of the building, but you can come in, look around, shop, have lunch in this modern-day NYC landmark. Click here to see a picture.
725 Fifth Ave., Midtown NY 10022 Tel 212-832-2000

United Nations General Assembly Building

Located on the banks of the beautiful East River, there's no lack of activities to keep you busy around the United Nations. Tours of the area leave every 30 minutes. Click here for Location.
First Ave., East Village NY At 46th St., Tel 212-963-7713
Group Ticket: 212-963-4440; Tours: 212-963-8687
Website: un.org

Woolworth Building

233 Broadway, Financial District NY 10007 betw Park Pl. & Barclay St,