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Ever wondered who was buried in Grant's Tomb? The General Grant National Monument a historical landmark is dedicated to Ulysses S. Grant, the Civil War general and United States president. Both the general and his wife are buried in the grandiose white marble structure, located next to the Hudson River in serene Riverside Park. The tomb underwent a renovation in 1997 for its centennial year. Despite its famous inhabitant, the monument hardly ever gets crowded.
A soaring neo-gothic church with architecture inspired by the cathedral at Chartres, Riverside Church church houses the world's second largest carillon in its impressive tower. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. gave the bells to the church in memory of his mother. Construction was begun 1927 and completed by 1930. Riverside Church, which is interdenominational, is also a thriving multicultural community center and sponsors a wide array of programs including anti-racism and anti-poverty initiatives. Carillon recitals are held on most Sundays and on special occasions. Check the schedule for regular services and tours.
The Union Theological Seminary is a historic school established in 1836. Located in the neighborhood of Harlem, it has been affiliated with the Columbia University. The seminary building has a mix of Collegiate Gothic and Late Gothic Revival styles of architecture, while its design has been made by Allen & Collens. The school offers a long list of degrees that its students can apply for. Some degrees offered at the seminary include Master of Divinity, Doctor of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy. The seminary also houses North America's biggest theological library with over 700,000 items in their collection.
The Barnard College in New York is one of the most prestigious educational institutions which attracts students from overseas in plenty. Those seeking admissions or even casual visitors are encouraged to visit the sprawling campus. Check website for details.
This Roman Catholic church was founded in 1906, and the present building was designed and built in 1935. It is best known for its music programs, as well as a vast collection of historic, religious, architectural and contemporary art. The medieval design will enchant you, as will the world-renowned choir and the heavenly sound of the Holtkamp Organ that was installed in the 1950s. Every Sunday the church performs the Gregorian Chant, the Renaissance polyphony, and Baroque and early classical choral music.
Pupin Physics Laboratories, also known simply as Pupin Hall was built on the Columbia University campus to address the space shortage of the physics and astronomy departments. Named after Serbian physicist Mihajlo Pupin, the imposing building also houses The Rutherford observatory. The landmark building is popular for being the site of numerous scientific research as well as discoveries.
In 1754 a Church of England minister was made the first president of what was then known as King's College. After the Revolutionary War, it was renamed Columbia University. In 1897 this Ivy League school moved to its present location; the notable faculty has included over 50 Nobel laureates. Notable buildings include the Low Library, which is built in a Roman Pantheon styleit houses offices and the visitor center. Organized tours are arranged or visitors can take a brochure and look on their own.
What started as a small establishment in December 1822, today is a full fledged community church. The Broadway Presbyterian Church has been responsible to civilize the once notorious region of Greenwich Village. The church building is grand and spacious. The architecture and decor give this place a regal feeling. This beautiful structure houses a gymnasium, Parish Hall, recreation room and Sanctuary that are used as venues for various events as well as social performances.
Low Library on the campus of Columbia University was completed in 1895 and named after the twelfth President of Columbia, Seth Low. It is home to the Columbia archival collection and houses the office of the university President. The structure is constructed in Grecian style and is modeled after the Pantheon in Rome and the Parthenon in Greece. Low Library is crowned by the largest dome in America. The Rotunda is used as a venue to present various awards most notably The Pulitzer Prize.
Construction for this historic park began in 1883. It is located on the site where the Battle of Harlem Heights was fought during the Revolutionary War in 1776. The 31-acre park runs from West 110th to West 123rd Street and separates Harlem from the campus of Columbia University. The well-maintained grounds include softball diamonds, playgrounds, basketball courts, a pond and waterfall, a picnic area, and a number of impressive monuments. Call for more details.
One of its kind, Riverbank State Park is a 28 acre landscaped state-of-the-art park facility that offers a wide variety of recreational facilities. Boasting a terrific view of Hudson river, this park has a 400 seat amphitheater. Its sure to draw visitors of all ages with an Olympic-sized pool, a cultural theater, an athletic complex, skating rink and even a restaurant. For rates and other details, please check the website.
The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is not merely for Catholics, but for anyone who appreciates impressive architecture. This huge structure is one of America's crown jewels when it comes to stone work, a truly stunning work of design and craftsmanship. Inside is a large pipe organ, a number of stained glass windows and artist-created altars. In one corner is a poet's corner, which notes the distinguished contributions of celebrated American authors.