{"places":[{"name":"Empire State Building NYC","photo":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/Empire-State_1_1100x530.jpg","desc":"One of New York\u2019s most recognized structures; the Empire State Building is a 102-story landmark art deco skyscraper in the heart of New York City. Complete with an exceptional observation deck, its incredible views are an absolute must-see.\r\n\r\nAbout the Empire State Building NYC: The Empire State Building NYC is a 103-story skyscraper located in Midtown Manhattan, New York City, at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. It has a roof height of 1,250 feet, and with its antenna spire included, it stands a total of 1,454 ft. high. Its name is derived from the nickname for New York, the Empire State. It stood as the world's tallest building for nearly 40 years, from its completion in early 1931 until the topping out of the World Trade Center's North Tower in late 1970. Following the September 11th attacks in 2001, the Empire State Building was again the tallest building in New York (although it was no longer the tallest in the US or the world), until One World Trade Center reached a greater height on April 30, 2012. The Empire State Building NYC is currently the fourth-tallest completed skyscraper in the United States (after the One World Trade Center, the Willis Tower and Trump International Hotel and Tower, both in Chicago), and the 23rd-tallest in the world (the tallest now is Burj Khalifa, located in Dubai). It is also the fourth-tallest freestanding structure in the Americas. The Empire State Building is generally thought of as an American cultural icon. It is designed in the distinctive Art Deco style and has been named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The building and its street floor interior are designated landmarks of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and confirmed by the New York City Board of Estimate. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986. In 2007, it was ranked number one on the AIA's List of America's Favorite Architecture. In 2010, the Empire State Building NYC underwent a $550 million renovation, with $120 million spent to transform the building into a more energy efficient and eco-friendly structure. Receiving a gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating in September 2011, the Empire State Building is the tallest LEED certified building in the United States.\r\n\r\nEmpire State Building NYC<\/b>\r\n\r\n5th Avenue and West 34th Street, New York, NY 10014 | (212) 736-3100<\/b>\r\n\r\nwww.esbnyc.com<\/a>","cater":"Enjoy the View","coords":"40.748472,-73.985609","permalink":"","address":"(212) 736-3100","video":null,"deal":""},{"name":"Brooklyn Heights Promenade","photo":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/BrooklynPromenade_1100x530.jpg","desc":"BQE between Joralemon Street and Grace Court, Brooklyn, NY 11201<\/b>\r\n\r\nOne-third of a mile long, this stunning promenade in Brooklyn's oldest neighborhood offers breathtaking vistas of the East River, Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline and the majestic Brooklyn Bridge.\r\n\r\nAbout the Brooklyn Heights Promenade: The Brooklyn Heights Promenade will take your breath away. Made famous by cameo appearances in movies like Annie Hall and Moonstruck, it is one of the most romantic spots in New York City, and has been the destination for thousands of first dates, wedding proposals and anniversary celebrations. Lined with flower beds, trees, benches and playgrounds, the promenade is a favorite destination for tourists, joggers, strollers, families and lovers. Looking out on the East River, the promenade is bordered by grand townhouses and mansions, and is part of Brooklyn's first Historic Preservation District. The adjacent neighborhood of charming brownstone homes and quiet streets is well worth investigating. Brooklyn Heights encapsulates the history of New York and America. The Dutch first appeared in 1645, forming the settlement of \"Breuckelen\" near the site of today's Borough Hall. The bluffs of Brooklyn Heights were already a popular location in the 18th century when many of Manhattan's early merchants built mansions there overlooking the city on the island below. It was from Brooklyn Heights that George Washington watched the Battle of Brooklyn unfold into a terrible defeat for the young Colonial Army. Under the cover of darkness on August 29th, Washington's army crossed the East River from Fulton Ferry, below where the Brooklyn Bridge rises today, leaving Brooklyn to the British. During the 1800's, New York and Brooklyn boomed and many of New York's wealthiest investors settled in Brooklyn Heights. In 1807, Robert Fulton captained his steamboat, The Clermont, from Brooklyn on its maiden voyage up the Hudson River. In 1814, Fulton gained a franchise to operate ferry service via steamboat from Brooklyn to Manhattan. As the population exploded, Brooklyn became a city in 1833, and throughout much of the 1800s was the third most populous city in America. In the mid-1940s, Robert Moses wanted to construct a new expressway right through the heart of Brooklyn Heights. He was stopped by the outcry of the Brooklyn Heights Association, and a solution emerged to build a two-tiered highway above the waterfront. The Promenade was constructed in part to insulate the neighborhood from the noise of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. It opened to the public in October 1950 and has been a magnet for local residents and visitors alike for over half a century.\r\n\r\nBrooklyn Heights Promenade<\/b>\r\n\r\nBQE between Joralemon Street and Grace Court, Brooklyn, NY 11201<\/b>\r\n\r\nwww.nyharborparks.org\/visit\/brhe.html","cater":"Enjoy the View","coords":"40.697885,-73.997215","permalink":"","address":"","video":null,"deal":""},{"name":"New York Helicopter Tours","photo":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/Helicopter-Tour_1100x5301.jpg","desc":"6 East River Piers New York, NY 10004 | (347) 894-2917\r\nFor the ultimate birds-eye view, New York Helicopter will give you a once-in-a-lifetime tour of New York City that is simply unforgettable.\r\nAbout New York Helicopter: In business for over 20 years, New York Helicopter Charter, Inc. is the premier helicopter charter service of NYC. Their pilots know New York like nobody else, and will give you an exclusive experience, all while effortlessly guiding your helicopter through the city. New York Helicopter is committed to providing you with safe, efficient and convenient transportation services. Their pilots are FAA certified Airline Transport and Commercial Pilots with instrument and flight instructor ratings.\r\nEach pilot has earned their aviation experience in civilian, military and law enforcement operations and has logged over several thousand hours of flight time to ensure the safest and most enjoyable flight experience for their guests. Their reservations team is always available and ready to help you plan your perfect New York helicopter experience. Whether you have a question about our helicopter charter service, or would like to book an unforgettable tour, give us a call and our reservation can assist you with any part of the process. New York Helicopter has an exceptional fleet of the safest, state-of-the-art helicopters. Their 206 Jet Ranger helicopter, which was introduced to the civilian market in 1967, is currently still in production. This helicopter has acclaimed worldwide success as the most popular single engine turbine machine in its class. The spacious cabin offers a five seat configuration ideally suited for corporate and executive transport. The doors and seats can be easily removed for the installation of utility and photographic equipment, making the Jet Ranger one of the most versatile executive helicopters available to date. Their Bell Helicopter 206 family of turbine powered rotary wing aircraft is world renowned and considered to be the safest, most reliable aircraft of any kind flying throughout the world. Their Bell 206 B III JetRanger is a 5 place helicopter with an average cruise speed of 100 mph, range of 330 miles and an endurance of 3 hours and 15 minutes. Their Bell 206 L IV Long Ranger is a 7 place helicopter with an average cruise speed of 110 mph, range of 330 miles and an endurance of 3 hours.","cater":"Enjoy the View","coords":"40.701518,-74.009171","permalink":"","address":"(347) 894-2917","video":null,"deal":""},{"name":"230 Fifth","photo":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/230_FIFTH.jpg","desc":"230 Fifth is New York's largest outdoor rooftop garden and fully enclosed penthouse lounge with simply breathtaking views of the NYC skyline.\r\n\r\nAbout 230 Fifth: Sophisticated night owls looking for an upscale venue with breathtaking views won\u2019t want to miss 230 Fifth, a luxurious lounge and rooftop bar that offers high-class excitement with a refreshingly unpretentious attitude.\r\n\r\nOff the elevator on the 20th<\/sup> floor, guests will find themselves in the candlelit Penthouse Lounge, a colorful indoor space with a restaurant, a sleek white-and-chrome bar, and a sea of tufted low sofas in purples, blues, and reds. Those who prefer their cocktails al fresco are in for a treat, as one of the biggest roof gardens in the city awaits up a short flight of stairs. Towering palm trees, flowers, and foliage interspersed with park benches and patio chairs combine to create a natural wonderland, made all the more incredible by the panoramic view of the New York skyline in all its glittering glory. Alcoves and private cabanas offer space for groups. Patrons stopping by in the winter needn't worry about missing out on the rooftop experience, as heat lamps and rolling racks of red robes and blankets are provided to keep the crowds warm when the weather isn't. 230 Fifth also offers a delectable menu, primarily created by renowned chef John Benedetti, who has been featured numerous times in The New York Times 'Dining Out' section.\r\n\r\n230 Fifth sits atop a 20 story building built in 1914 and formerly known as the \"Lighting Building\". In the early 1990's, the building was converted into a wholesale showroom building for the home industries, which is now known as The New York MarketCenter.\r\n\r\nIt is home to over 200 showrooms housing a diverse collection of product lines and categories. These include: Home Textiles, Fine Gifts, Tabletop, Bed and Bath Linens, Kitchen, Furniture, Window Treatments, Stationery, Personal Care, Loungewear, Decorative Accessories, Home Furnishings, Gourmet, Collectibles, Holiday, Toys, Dolls and Plush, Architectural Products, Art, General Merchandise and more.","cater":"Enjoy the View","coords":"40.743989,-73.98816","permalink":"","address":"(212) 725-4300","video":null,"deal":""},{"name":"Top of the Rock","photo":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/Top-of-the-Rock_1100x530.jpg","desc":"30 Rockefeller Plaza,<\/b> New York, NY 10112 | (212) 698-2000<\/b>\r\n\r\nSoar 70 floors high and experience 3 viewing decks and the exhilarating joy of unobstructed 360\u00ba city views from Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center.\r\n\r\nAbout Top of the Rock Observation Deck: From the sweeping green of Central Park to the thrilling city skyline, nowhere else can you see New York so spectacularly. With the country facing economic catastrophe and the world between two wars, John D. Rockefeller\u2019s vision for his center never wavered. Rockefeller Center and the observation deck were his gifts to Manhattan - a place for locals and visitors to marvel at the city he loved. Rockefeller Center was envisioned by John D. Rockefeller to be the grandest plaza in all New York - a place where business was transacted and communities congregated. Conceived on the verge of the Great Depression, Rockefeller financed the center personally. Upon its completion, it was the largest private building project in modern history and a collection of buildings unrivaled in their artistry and Art Deco nobility. With the country facing economic catastrophe and the world between two wars, Rockefeller\u2019s vision for his center never wavered. Rockefeller Center and the observation deck were his gifts to Manhattan - a place for locals and visitors to marvel at the city he loved. Today, Rockefeller Center NYC is a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres between 48th and 51st streets in New York City. Built by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, spanning the area between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. Rockefeller Center was named after John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who leased the space from Columbia University in 1928 and developed it from 1930. Rockefeller initially planned a syndicate to build an opera house for the Metropolitan Opera on the site, but changed his mind after the stock market crash of 1929 and the Metropolitan's continual delays to hold out for a more favorable lease, causing Rockefeller to move forward without them. He took on the enormous project as the sole financier, negotiating a line of credit with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and covering ongoing expenses through the sale of oil company stock. The initial cost of acquiring the space, razing some of the existing buildings and constructing new buildings was estimated at $250 million. It was the largest private building project ever undertaken in modern times. Construction of the 14 buildings in the Art Deco style (without the original opera house proposal) began on May 17, 1930, and was completed in 1939. Principal builder and \"managing agent\" for the massive project was John R. Todd. Principal architect was Raymond Hood, working with and leading three architectural firms on a team that included a young Wallace Harrison, later to become the family's principal architect and adviser to Nelson Rockefeller. The construction of the project employed over 40,000 people. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Today, Rockefeller Center NYC is one of the world\u2019s great crossroads, filled with boutiques, fine dining, and home to the most famous ice rink and Christmas tree on earth. Architecturally profound, culturally diverse, and commercially vital, Rockefeller Center is the true plaza of the people.","cater":"Enjoy the View","coords":"40.759042,-73.979469","permalink":"","address":"(212) 698-2000","video":null,"deal":""},{"name":"Refinery Rooftop","photo":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/refinery_1100x530.jpg","desc":"63 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018 | (212) 729-0277<\/b>\r\n\r\nThe Refinery Rooftop is the crown jewel of the Refinery Hotel, featuring over 3,500 square feet of cinematic views of the Manhattan skyline and Empire State Building.\r\n\r\nAbout the Refinery Rooftop: The Refinery Hotel is a turn-of-the-century hat factory turned luxury hotel located in the historic Garment District of New York. With a year-round rooftop lounge and breathtaking views, its Refinery Rooftop offers world travelers\u2013and city dwellers alike\u2013a quintessential New York City experience.\u00a0The focus of the Refinery Rooftop rests on their seasonal signature cocktail list, curated by Alex Ott.\u00a0Using an extensive background in biochemistry as his guide, Ott concocts new and exciting cocktails by pairing both exotic and everyday natural ingredients that delight and surprise the senses.\u00a0In the\u00a0kitchen, Executive Chef Jeffrey Forrest and his culinary team apply a simple and pastoral approach, with a touch of Southern roots, to create an ever-adapting seasonal menu with an emphasis on shared plates.\u00a0The Refinery Rooftop's interior pays homage to both its home at 63 West 38th Street\u2013originally the Colony Arcade Building constructed in 1902\u2013and New York City's storied history as a whole. A bustling, turn-of-the-century hat factory, the Colony Arcade Building's facade has been restored to its original glory, and elements such as reclaimed wood taken from the building's original water towers fuse with modern touches to create an ambiance that transcends a century of classic American history. The three distinct sections\u2013a dedicated indoor area, an outdoor terrace and an indoor\/outdoor patio with retractable glass roof\u00ac\u2013make the Refinery Rooftop a year-round destination, tucked away among the giants of the New York City skyline. The flexibility and unique design makes for an unparalleled event space, and offers an unforgettable backdrop. Nestled among the giants of the New York City skyline, the Refinery Rooftop also hosts a rotating mix of big name and up-and-coming talent from the city and around the world. The Refinery Rooftop is a completely unforgettable NYC experience.\r\n\r\nRefinery Rooftop\r\n\r\n63 West 38th Street, New York, NY 10018 | (212) 729-0277<\/b>\r\n\r\nwww.refineryrooftopnyc.com","cater":"Enjoy the View","coords":"40.752443,-73.985199","permalink":"","address":"(212) 729-0277","video":null,"deal":""},{"name":"Brooklyn Bridge","photo":"http:\/\/www.rownyc.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2014\/02\/Brooklyn-Bridge-1_1100x530.jpg","desc":"Entrance near Centre & Chambers Street, New York, NY 10013\r\nAn absolute must-see, New York\u2019s famous Brooklyn Bridge offers stunning views of the city, it connects the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn by spanning the East River.\r\nAbout the Brooklyn Bridge: The Brooklyn Bridge opened in 1883. At the time, it was the longest suspension bridge. On May 24, 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge over the East River opened, connecting the great cities of New York and Brooklyn for the first time in history. Thousands of residents of Brooklyn and Manhattan Island turned out to witness the dedication ceremony, which was presided over by President Chester A. Arthur and New York Governor Grover Cleveland. Emily Roebling was given the first ride over the completed bridge, with a rooster, a symbol of victory, in her lap. Within 24 hours, an estimated 250,000 people walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, using a broad promenade above the roadway that John Roebling designed solely for the enjoyment of pedestrians.\r\nWith its unprecedented length and two stately towers, the Brooklyn Bridge was dubbed the \u201ceighth wonder of the world.\u201d For several years after its construction, it remained the tallest structure in the Western hemisphere. The connection it provided between the massive population centers of Brooklyn and Manhattan changed the course of New York City forever. In 1898, the city of Brooklyn formally merged with New York City, Staten Island and a few farm towns, forming Greater New York. For over a century, its granite towers and steel cables have offered a safe and scenic passage to millions of commuters and tourists, trains and bicycles, pushcarts and cars. The bridge\u2019s construction took 14 years, involved 600 workers and cost $15 million (more than $320 million in today\u2019s dollars). At least two dozen people died in the process, including its original designer. Now more than 125 years old, this iconic feature of the New York City skyline still carries roughly 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians every day. The Brooklyn Bridge has been designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, and a New York City Landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.","cater":"Enjoy the ViewHistorical","coords":"40.706035,-73.996785","permalink":"","address":"","video":null,"deal":""}]}