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Guggenheim Museum in New York City

Guggenheim Museum in New York City

2.)       Elevated Parks

The High Line is an excellent example of the repurposing of obsolete urban infrastructure for public use.  Built on an abandoned elevated New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line, the High Line is a 1.45-mile (2.33-kilometer) park and greenway that opened in 2009.  It runs from Gansevoort Street in the West Village to 34th Street in midtown and is recognized as an icon of contemporary landscape architecture.

The wheelchair-accessible High Line is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in winter, until 10 p.m. in spring and fall, and until 11 p.m. in summer. It’s not uncommon to find live performances or art exhibits along the way as you wander north or south.

3.)       Museums

New York City has some of the finest museums in the world, with over 140 museums to choose from. They cover every topic from photography to natural history to contemporary art and to Jewish history.

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Many visitors start with the Met, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street in Manhattan, covers the gamut from Egyptian treasures to Roman and Greek sculptures, to African and Indian art.  Another good starting point is the equally impressive Museum of Modern Art, which focuses on contemporary artwork.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage located at the Battery focuses on informing visitors about the broad tapestry of Jewish life in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Adjacent to Central Park on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Museum Mile on the Upper East Side, the Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design is one of only two Smithsonian Institution museums in New York City. The museum is the only in the country that is devoted to both historical and contemporary design.

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