Bryant Park

New York, Further Distractions

American Museum of the Moving Image
American Museum of the Moving Image

American Museum of the Moving Image
A target destination for serious film buffs, the American Museum of the Moving Image is dedicated to film, television, video and interactive media. Attractions and facilities include classic movies screened daily in the Tut’s Fever Movie Palace; feature films shown at weekends in the Riklis Theater and interactive exhibitions, including a working film set and film editing demonstrations.

35th Avenue, at 36th Street, Astoria, Queens
Tel: (718) 784 0077 or 4520.

Transport: Subway N to Broadway, R or G to Steinway Street.
Opening hours: Tues–Fri 1200–1700, Sat and Sun 1100–1800.
Admission: US$10 (concessions available).

Bryant Park
Bryant Park

Bryant Park

Bryant Park, behind the New York Public Library, is reminiscent of Paris, with gravel pathways, green folding chairs and a manicured lawn. It is extremely popular during summer, especially as it offers free outdoor concerts and comedy shows. During Fashion Week, tents concealing the hallowed runways are set up for the seasonal haute couture fashion shows. Two lions flank the grand New York Public Library, with its entrance on Fifth Avenue, where visitors may tour the impressive reading rooms and literary exhibitions.

Between 40th Street and 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue
Tel: (212) 768 4242.
E‐mail: bprc@urbanmgt.com

Transport: Subway B, D, F, V and 7 to 42nd Street.
Opening hours: Daily 0700–1900 (Nov–Apr); Mon–Fri 0700–2300, Sat and Sun 0700–2000 (May, Sep and Oct); Mon–Fri 0700–2300, Sat and Sun 0700–2100 (Jun–Aug).
Admission: Free.

New York Public Library
New York Public Library

New York Public Library
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Tel: (212) 930 0830 or 0800.

Opening hours: Tues–Wed. 1100–1930 Thurs–Sat 1000–1800.
Admission: Free.

Grand Central Terminal
Grand Central Terminal
Visitors to New York should take the opportunity to tour Grand Central Terminal, familiar to many as Grand Central Station. Situated in Midtown, just one block east of Bryant Park, it has historical and architectural importance and the celestial ceiling is remarkable. Free tours take place every Wednesday and Friday at 1230. The Wednesday tour is run by the Municipal Arts Society and departs from the information booth of the Grand Concourse, while the Friday tour, run by the Grand Central Partnership, meets in front of the Phillip Morris/Whitney Museum on 42nd Street. The station also boasts a fine dining concourse and a number of retail opportunities, including the Grand Central Market.

42nd Street, at Park Avenue
Tel: (212) 935 3960 (Wednesday tour) or 697 1245 (Friday tour) or 340 2210 (event hotline).
or www.newyorkled.com/grandcentral.htm
Transport: MTA Metro–North Railroad; subway 4, 5, 6, 7 and S; bus 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 42, 98, 101 and 102.
Opening hours: Daily 0530–0130.
Admission: Free.

Chrysler Building and Daily News Building
Many a tourist has had their breath taken away by the stunning chrome Chrysler Building. Unfortunately, tours are not available. Further down 42nd Street is the Daily News Building, with its lobby, made famous in the Superman films, which still contains the original 1923 large globe.

Chrysler Building
42nd Street at Lexington Avenue
Tel: (212) 682 3070.

Transport: Subway B, D, F, V and 7 to 42nd Street.
Opening hours: Visitors usually admitted into the lobby during weekday working hours; permission is essential as sneaking in may result in arrest.
Admission: Free.

Daily News Building
220 East 42nd Street
Transport: Subway B, D, F, V and 7 to 42nd Street.
Opening hours: Visitors usually admitted into the lobby during weekday working hours; permission is essential as sneaking in may result in arrest.
Admission: Free.

Dia Center
Dia Center

Dia Center
The Dia Center is dedicated to large‐scale, long‐term, single‐artist projects. The most famous is Dan Graham’s site‐specific glass installation on the roof, which reflects and distorts the surrounding views of Manhattan. Photographs of the bookshop have appeared in many design magazines.

548 West 22nd Street, between Tenth Avenue and 11th Avenue
Tel: (212) 989 5566. Fax: (212) 989 4055.

Transport: Subway C or E to 23rd Street.
Opening hours: Wed–Sun 1200–1800.
Admission: US$6 (concessions available).