4 Gorgeous Sites New Yorkers Rarely Visit

Everyone is well aware that New York is brimming with classic works of architecture and design. It is among the things that New Yorkers love the most about living here. A city that constantly reinvents itself, and every time surprises us with new historical sites and places to explore. Beyond some prominent landmarks such as the New York Public Library or Grand Central Terminal, there are certain places that remain a mystery to some New Yorkers. Here are four stupendous unknown masterpieces in New York that will surely amaze even the most jaded residents.

1. Park Avenue Armory:

Park Avenue Armory is prominent for its innovative cultural programming and its spectacular architecture. The Armory provides an active calendar that highlights various cultural programs, and grants escorted trips on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

A segment of Park Avenue Armory is still a palace whereas the other half is an industrial shed. It is constructed by the National Guard’s Seventh Regiment in 1861 and designed by the glorious architects of the era: Stanford White and Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Armory’s 55,000 square feet Wade Thompson Drill Hall bear resemblance to the original Grand Central Depot and great train sheds of Europe. Thus, it remains one of the most massive unhampered spaces of its kind in New York. It consists a set of effervescent rooms such as Veterans Room, Board of Officers Room, and Colonel’s Reception Room that exhibits exquisitely preserved momentous antiques and designs.

2. Italian Academy for Advanced Studies:

Columbia University’s campus has a large number of magnificent buildings, and the Italian Academy is one among them. Formerly called  Casa Italiana, it was constructed in 1991 by McKim, Mead & White. It is one of the renowned and respected architectural firms that created this neoclassical campus. This campus features a magnificent theatre with tall windows and red velvet curtains, as well as a small but lovely library, in Neo-Renaissance style. This theatre hosts various academic, theatrical and musical events, which take place on a regular basis. Moreover, the Italian Academy is a center for advanced research in areas such as Italian culture, science and society.

3. Frick Art Reference Library:

You may have visited the Frick Museum on the Upper East Side, but are you aware of an art reference library just next door?

Helen Clay Frick in 1920 established the Frick Art Reference Library in tribute to her father – Henry Clay Frick – an avid art collector. In his Fifth Avenue palace, he exhibited his various prized possessions, which included Rembrandts, Titians, and Vermeers. Like her father, Helen Clay Frick was an avid art lover too. She not only added to his collections of paintings, sculptures and furniture but also founded a library to boost and promote the study of fine arts. This library includes a reading room with wooden tables and chairs, a rooftop terrace that provides a fabulous view, and a bowling alley in the basement which is closed off. However, the library is still open for the public.

4. Kings Theatre:

Kings Theatre remained abandoned for about 37 years but has recently opened its door for the public. It is Brooklyn’s the most lavish performance space. It formerly opened in 1929 as a venue ordained for movies and live performances of epic proportion. It was entitled as one of the Loew’s five “Wonder Theaters,” renowned for its traditional grandeur.

The opulent building in Flatbush was highly well-known during its glory days. However, during the Great Depression and with the onset of multiplexes, the theatre faced a steady decline and finally suffered closed down in 1977. The $94 million renovations helped the theatre to reappear with its unique Versailles-style glory. It’s a quite a long journey to reach there, but with a list of overwhelming performances by Sarah McLaughlin, Björk, and Sufjan Stevens, it’s definitely worth the trip.

So, New Yorkers spare some time from your busy schedule and hunt down these awe-inspiring destinations.

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