{"places":[{"name":"Metropolitan Museum of Art","photo":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/met_1100_530.jpg","desc":"One of New York City's most popular museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art\u00a0welcomes over 5 million visitors a year. With over two million objects under its roof, the Met is one of the largest and most eclectic cultural institutions on earth.\r\n\r\nAbout the Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC:<\/strong> The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on April 13, 1870, \"to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction.\" This statement of purpose has guided the Museum for more than a century. The Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art have reaffirmed the statement of purpose and supplemented it with the following statement of mission: The mission of The Metropolitan Museum of Art is to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art that collectively represent the broadest spectrum of human achievement at the highest level of quality, all in the service of the public and in accordance with the highest professional standards. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's earliest roots date back to 1866 in Paris, France, when a group of Americans agreed to create a \"national institution and gallery of art\" to bring art and art education to the American people. The lawyer John Jay, who proposed the idea, swiftly moved forward with the project upon his return to the United States from France. Under Jay's presidency, the Union League Club in New York rallied civic leaders, businessmen, artists, art collectors, and philanthropists to the cause. On April 13, 1870, The Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC was incorporated, opening to the public in the Dodworth Building at 681 Fifth Avenue. On November 20th of that same year, the Museum acquired its first object, a Roman sarcophagus. 1871, 174 European paintings, including works by Anthony van Dyck, Nicolas Poussin, and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, entered the collection. On March 30, 1880, after a brief move to the Douglas Mansion at 128 West 14th Street, the Museum opened to the public at its current site on Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street. The architects Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould designed the initial Ruskinian Gothic structure, the west facade of which is still visible in the Robert Lehman Wing. The building has since expanded greatly, and the various additions\u2014built as early as 1888\u2014now completely surround the original structure.","cater":"Arts & Museums","coords":"40.779128,-73.962947","permalink":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/locations\/metropolitan-museum-of-art-2\/","address":"(212) 535-7710","video":null,"deal":""},{"name":"Lower East Side Tenement Museum NYC","photo":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/Tenement_1100x530.jpg","desc":"A guided tour is the only way into New York\u2019s Lower East Side Tenement Museum, a five-floor landmark 1863 tenement with apartments that have been decorated to recall the lives of actual residents.<\/span>\r\n\r\nAbout the Lower East Side Tenement Museum NYC<\/strong>: The Tenement Museum preserves and interprets the history of immigration through the personal experiences of the generations of newcomers who settled in and built lives on Manhattan's Lower East Side, America's iconic immigrant neighborhood; forges emotional connections between visitors and immigrants past and present; and enhances appreciation for the profound role immigration has played and continues to play in shaping America's evolving national identity. A historian and social activist, Ruth Abram wanted to build a museum that honored America's immigrants. New York's tenements were the perfect place for her museum: these humble, multiple family buildings were the first American homes for thousands of immigrants. But the search for a tenement proved frustrating. By 1988, Abram and co-founder Anita Jacobson were nearly ready to give up. Then they stumbled upon the tenement at 97 Orchard Street. 97 Orchard's initial appeal was an available storefront: Jacobsen and Abram considered renting the space to run tours of the Lower East Side. While inspecting the storefront, Jacobsen went to the hallway to look for a bathroom. She saw sheet-metal ceilings, turn-of-the-century toilets and an aging wood banister. \"It was as though people had just picked up and left\", Jacobson recalled. It was a little time capsule...I called Ruth and said 'We have got to have this building.' It was perfect.\" The search was over. Shuttered for over 50 years, 97 Orchard's apartments were in ruin. It would take time to transform the tenement into a museum. Undaunted, researchers scavenged through 97 Orchard and combed through archives, compiling evidence about tenants and tenement life. After several years of research, the Museum began the difficult task of restoring apartments that had been left vacant for so long. In 1992, the Museum opened its first restored apartment, the 1878 home of the German-Jewish Gumpertz family. Over the past 20 years, the Tenement Museum has blossomed from an idea into a thriving institution. They\u2019ve carefully restored 6 apartments, including their newest one: the home of the Moores, Irish immigrants who lived at 97 Orchard in 1869, and will continue to grow. In 2007, the Museum purchased 103 Orchard Street, which will serve as a flagship building for our Visitors Center, exhibitions and classrooms.","cater":"Arts & Museums","coords":"40.718493,-73.990241","permalink":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/locations\/lower-east-side-tennement-museum-html\/","address":"(212) 431-0233","video":null,"deal":""},{"name":"Guggenheim Museum","photo":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/Guggenheim_1100x5301.jpg","desc":"1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128 | (212) 423-3587\r\n\r\nIn Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic white building, the Guggenheim's spiral architecture offers visitors an unforgettable path to travel while exploring the museum's collection and exhibitions of modern paintings, sculpture and film.\r\nAbout the Guggenheim Museum: An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by museum educators. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-growing institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond. In June 1943, Frank Lloyd Wright received a letter from Hilla Rebay, the art advisor to Solomon R. Guggenheim, asking the architect to design a new building to house Guggenheim's four-year-old Museum of Non-Objective Painting. The project evolved into a complex struggle pitting the architect against his clients, city officials, the art world, and public opinion. Both Guggenheim and Wright would die before the building's 1959 completion. The resultant achievement, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, testifies not only to Wright's architectural genius, but to the adventurous spirit that characterized its founders. Wright made no secret of his disenchantment with Guggenheim's choice of New York for his museum: \"I can think of several more desirable places in the world to build his great museum,\" Wright wrote in 1949 to Arthur Holden, \"but we will have to try New York.\" To Wright, the city was overbuilt, overpopulated, and lacked architectural merit. Still, he proceeded with his client's wishes, considering locations on 36th Street, 54th Street, and Park Avenue (all in Manhattan), as well as in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, before settling on the present site on Fifth Avenue between 88th and 89th Streets. Its proximity to Central Park was key; as close to nature as one gets in New York, the park afforded relief from the noise and congestion of the city.\r\n","cater":"Arts & Museums","coords":"40.783109,-73.958956","permalink":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/locations\/guggenheim-museum\/","address":"(212) 423-3587","video":null,"deal":""},{"name":"New York Fire Museum","photo":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/Fire-Museum_1100x530.jpg","desc":"The New York Fire Museum features one of the nation's most prominent collections of fire related art, artifacts, gear, and apparatus from the late 18th century to the present.\r\n\r\nAbout the New York Fire Museum NYC:<\/strong>The mission of the New York City Fire Museum is to collect, preserve and present the history and cultural heritage of the fire service of New York and to provide fire prevention and safety education to the public, especially children. The FDNY's original museum opened as the Fire College Museum in Long Island City in 1934. In 1959 the collection was moved to the spare bay of a working firehouse at 100 Duane Street in Manhattan, where it remained until the Home Insurance Company presented its own extensive collection of fire memorabilia to the city in 1981, making a move to larger space imperative. A new non-profit, The Friends of the New York City Fire Department Collection, was created to raise funds to renovate the former quarters of Engine Company No. 30, a 1904 Beaux-Arts firehouse on Spring Street, and in 1987, the New York City Fire Museum opened its doors. Displays illustrate the evolution of firefighting from the bucket brigades of Peter Stuyvesant's New Amsterdam through the colorful history of volunteer firefighters to modern firefighting techniques and equipment. The Museum also houses a special memorial to the 343 members of the FDNY who made the Supreme Sacrifice on 9\/11 and features a number of firefighting artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center site. A video room and a mock apartment with an artificial smoke machine and black-lighted fire hazards are used in the museum's fire education program for school children ages K through 12. The New York City Fire Museum attracts 40,000 visitors a year from all over America and almost every country in the world. Retired FDNY firefighters proudly volunteer to relate stories of New York City's \"Bravest\" and with the help of the Museum's stunning collection, tell how they got to be that way.","cater":"Arts & Museums","coords":"40.725942,-74.007021","permalink":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/locations\/new-york-fire-museum-html\/","address":"(212) 691-1303","video":null,"deal":""},{"name":"Museum of Modern Art","photo":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/MOMA2_1100x530.jpg","desc":"Founded in 1929 as the first museum dedicated entirely to contemporary art, the MoMA is home to an impressive collection of modern art, right in Midtown NY.\r\n\r\nAbout the Museum of Modern Art NYC:<\/strong> Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world. Through the leadership of its Trustees and staff, The Museum of Modern Art NYC manifests this commitment by establishing, preserving, and documenting a permanent collection of the highest order that reflects the vitality, complexity and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary art; by presenting exhibitions and educational programs of unparalleled significance; by sustaining a library, archives, and conservation laboratory that are recognized as international centers of research; and by supporting scholarship and publications of preeminent intellectual merit. Central to The Museum of Modern Art's mission is the encouragement of an ever-deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art by the diverse local, national, and international audiences that it serves. To achieve its goals The Museum of Modern Art NYC recognizes: That modern and contemporary art originated in the exploration of the ideals and interests generated in the new artistic traditions that began in the late nineteenth century and continue today. That modern and contemporary art transcend national boundaries and involve all forms of visual expression, including painting and sculpture, drawings, prints and illustrated books, photography, architecture and design, and film and video, as well as new forms yet to be developed or understood, that reflect and explore the artistic issues of the era. That these forms of visual expression are an open-ended series of arguments and counter arguments that can be explored through exhibitions and installations and are reflected in the Museum's varied collection. That it is essential to affirm the importance of contemporary art and artists if the Museum is to honor the ideals with which it was founded and to remain vital and engaged with the present. That this commitment to contemporary art enlivens and informs our evolving understanding of the traditions of modern art. That to remain at the forefront of its field, the Museum must have an outstanding professional staff and must periodically reevaluate itself, responding to new ideas and initiatives with insight, imagination, and intelligence. The process of reevaluation is mandated by the Museum's tradition, which encourages openness and a willingness to evolve and change. In sum, The Museum of Modern Art NYC seeks to create a dialogue between the established and the experimental, the past and the present, in an environment that is responsive to the issues of modern and contemporary art, while being accessible to a public that ranges from scholars to young children.","cater":"Arts & Museums","coords":"40.761512,-73.977796","permalink":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/locations\/museum-of-modern-art\/","address":"(212) 708-9400","video":null,"deal":""},{"name":"American Museum of Natural History","photo":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/Natural-History-Museum_1100x530.jpg","desc":"The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world\u2019s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the New York museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.\r\n\r\nAbout the American Museum of Natural History NYC:<\/strong> The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world\u2019s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.\r\nThe Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures. Home to more than 200 scientists who work across the broad disciplines of anthropology, astrophysics, biology, Earth and planetary sciences, and paleontology, as well as to one of the world's most extraordinary collections of specimens and artifacts, the Museum is a leading research institution with world-class facilities and researchers who carry out 100 field expeditions around the world each year. Through the Richard Gilder Graduate School, it is the only U.S. museum to award the Ph.D. degree.\u00a0Located in park-like grounds across the street from Central Park, the museum complex contains 27 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, in addition to a planetarium and a library. The museum collections contain over 32 million specimens of plants, humans, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts, of which only a small fraction can be displayed at any given time, and occupies 1,600,000 square feet. The Museum sponsors over 120 special field expeditions each year, and averages about five million visits annually. Prior to construction of the present complex, the Museum was housed in the Arsenal building in Central Park. The founding of the Museum realized the dream of naturalist Dr. Albert S. Bickmore. Bickmore, a one-time student of Harvard zoologist Louis Agassiz, lobbied tirelessly for years for the establishment of a natural history museum in New York. His proposal, backed by his powerful sponsors, won the support of the Governor of New York, John Thompson Hoffman, who signed a bill officially creating the American Museum of Natural History NYC on April 6, 1869.","cater":"Arts & Museums","coords":"40.781539, -73.973945","permalink":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/locations\/american-museum-of-natural-history\/","address":"(212) 769-5100","video":null,"deal":""},{"name":"Madame Tussauds","photo":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/Madame_Tussauds_hz.jpg","desc":"2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019 | (212) 299-7777\r\nMadame Tussauds, the world-famous wax museum, gives you the ultimate celebrity experience in the heart of Times Square, with over 200 incredibly life-like stars and icons.\r\nAbout Madame Tussauds New York Wax Museum: Million and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds London since they first opened over 200 years ago. Madame Tussauds opened its doors in the heart of Times Square in New York City in 2000. There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good, old-fashioned curiosity. Today visitors are sent on a unique journey through the realms of history, power and fame. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone so guests can truly get up close and personal with A-list celebrities, sports legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, reliving times, events and moments that made the world talk about them. The attraction\u2019s history is a rich and fascinating one, with roots dating back to the Paris of 1770. It was there that Madame Tussaud learned to model wax likenesses under the tutelage of her mentor, Dr. Philippe Curtius. At 17 years of age, she became the art tutor to King Louis XVI\u2019s sister at the Palace of Versailles and then, during the French Revolution, was hastily forced to prove her allegiance to the feudalistic nobles by making death masks of executed aristocrats. Madame Tussaud came to Britain in the early 19th century alongside a travelling exhibition of revolutionary relics and images of public heroes and rogues. Priceless artifacts from the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars vividly brought to life events in Europe which had a direct bearing on everyday lives. Figures of leading statesmen and, in the Chamber of Horrors, notorious villains put faces to the names on everyone\u2019s lips and captured the public imagination. In 1835, Madame Tussauds\u2019 exhibition established a permanent base in London as the Baker Street Bazaar- visitors paid \u2018sixpence\u2019 for the chance to meet the biggest names of the day. The attraction moved to its present site in Marylebone Road come 1884. In 2000, Madame Tussauds arrived to the United States with opening its first attraction in Las Vegas, Nevada. The attraction received such great response that in 2000, Madame Tussauds opened its door in New York City\u2019s Times Square location. Madame Tussauds arrived at the nation\u2019s capital in October of 2007 and opened in Hollywood, CA in 2009.","cater":"Arts & Museums","coords":"40.756433,-73.988576","permalink":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/locations\/madame-tussauds-new-york-wax-museum\/","address":"(212) 299-7777","video":null,"deal":""},{"name":"9\/11 Memorial Museum","photo":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/911Memorial_1100x530.jpg","desc":"New York\u2019s 9\/11 Memorial Museum, located at the World Trade Center site, bears solemn witness to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. The museum honors the nearly 3,000 victims of these attacks and all those who risked their lives to save others. It further recognizes the thousands who survived and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath.\r\n\r\nAbout the 9\/11 Memorial Museum NYC:<\/strong> The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. The Memorial\u2019s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations. The names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history. The 9\/11 Memorial is located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex and occupies approximately half of the 16-acre site. The Memorial features two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the original Twin Towers. The Memorial Plaza is one of the most eco-friendly plazas ever constructed. More than 400 trees surround the reflecting pools. Its design conveys a spirit of hope and renewal, and creates a contemplative space separate from the usual sights and sounds of a bustling metropolis. Swamp white oak trees create a rustling canopy of leaves over the plaza. This grove of trees bring green rebirth in the spring, provide cooling shade in the summer and show seasonal color in fall. A small clearing in the grove, known as the Memorial Glade, designates a space for gatherings and special ceremonies. With its grove of trees, the Memorial\u2019s plaza is an actual green roof for the structure housing the 9\/11 Memorial Museum, a train station and other facilities 70 feet below street level. Landscape architecture firm Peter Walker and Partners designed the plaza and a \u201csuspended paving system\u201d to support the swamp white oak trees growing on the plaza. The paving of the plaza sits on a series of concrete tables that suspend the plaza over troughs of nutrient-rich soil for the planted trees. The system\u2019s design allows for stable pavement on which people can walk, while providing a space for uncompacted, or loose soil, for healthy tree growth. Many times urban trees live in stressful conditions because they are planted underneath pavements with compacted soil, potentially choking off the nutrient and water supply to roots.","cater":"Arts & Museums","coords":"40.71152,-74.0133","permalink":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/locations\/911-memorial-museum\/","address":"(212) 266-5211","video":null,"deal":""},{"name":"Museum of Sex","photo":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/Museum_of_Sex_1100x530.jpg","desc":"The Museum of Sex preserves and presents the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality. The NY museum produces exhibitions, publications and programs that bring the best of current scholarship on sex and sexuality to the widest possible audiences and is committed to encouraging public enlightenment, discourse and engagement.\r\n\r\nAbout the Museum of Sex NYC:<\/strong> When the Museum of Sex first emerged on New York City\u2019s Fifth Avenue on October 5, 2002, it was without precedent in the museum world. In the development of its inaugural award-winning exhibition NYCSEX: How New York Transformed Sex in America, the Museum created a board of advisors comprised of leading scholars and historians. The Museum\u2019s advisory board has guided curators and guest curators towards research resources, pertinent collections and exhibition relevant artists. Advisors such as Steven Heller, Timothy J. Gilfoyle, Ph.D., Mike Wallace, Ph.D., and June M. Reinisch, Director Emeritus for The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction as well as institutional collaborations with New York University\u2019s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, New-York Historical Society and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum have contributed to making the Museum of Sex NYC one of the most dynamic and innovative institutions in the world. In the past few years, the Museum of Sex has generated 16 exhibitions and 5 virtual installations, each in keeping with the Museum\u2019s mission of advocating open discourse surrounding sex and sexuality as well as striving to present to the public the best in current scholarship unhindered by self-censorship. With each new exhibition, lecture series, event and publication, the Museum of Sex NYC is committed to addressing a wide range of topics, while simultaneously highlighting material and artifacts from different continents, cultures, time periods and media.\r\n\r\nMost recently, the Museum of Sex expanded, creating a brand-new Fifth avenue storefront, and added an additional floor and gallery to the exhibition spaces. With twice the square footage of the previous store, the new Museum of Sex store is a destination in and of itself featuring everything from one-of-a-kind signature products to those exclusively distributed through the Museum of Sex to the popular best sellers that patrons have come to know and love. With spotlights on local artists as well as high end products from around the world, the store at the Museum of Sex NYC is at the pulse of the modern consumer world. The Museum\u2019s permanent collection of over 15,000 artifacts is comprised of works of art, photography, clothing and costumes, technological inventions and historical ephemera. Additionally, the museum houses both a research library as well as an extensive multimedia library, which includes 8mm, Super 8mm, 16mm, BETA, VHS and DVDs. From fine art to historical ephemera to film, the Museum of Sex preserves an ever-growing collection of sexually related objects that would otherwise be destroyed and discarded due to their sexual content. Design has played a pivotal role in both exhibition development and execution, with world-renowned design firms such as Pentagram Design Inc., Casson Mann and 2\u00d74, helping to transform the galleries and historic building over the last six years. The museum\u2019s building, built in the area of New York formerly known as the \u201cTenderloin,\u201d a district of NYC made notorious by the 19th century for its bordellos, dance halls, theaters and saloons, serves as a New York City land marked site. In a short time, the Museum has received attention from academic institutions, major publications, media outlets, and celebrities such as Howard Stern, Jay Leno and Chris Rock- positioning the Museum of Sex within the realm of academia and pop culture alike. The Museum has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, Esquire and Time and on television broadcasts ranging from CNN to IFC to NBC\u2019s Law & Order Criminal Intent. Award-winning advertising campaigns in print and television media have sealed the museum\u2019s arrival as a cultural touchstone. Accolades continue to pour in from visitors and the press in every corner of the world, inspiring the Museum of Sex NYC to continually surpass its own high expectations. Future planned exhibitions and events \u2013 the likes of which have never ever been offered by any other institution- are guaranteed to captivate and resonate, securing the Museum of Sex NYC a well-deserved, distinguished place in history.","cater":"Arts & Museums","coords":"40.744038,-73.987216","permalink":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/locations\/museum-of-sex-html\/","address":"(212) 689-6337","video":null,"deal":""}]}