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Manhattan's History & City Landmarks

Learn more about Manhattan's rich history. From Indian territory to New Amsterdam to Manhattan island. Get the real story on Manhattan landmarks you thought you knew -- from Ellis Island to the Empire State Building and beyond.
  1. New York City Parks (10)
  2. Rockefeller Center (6)
  3. September 11th, 2001 (13)

Titanic Memorials in New York
Visit the New York City Titanic memorial sites

The Algonquin Hotel -- Enjoy Cocktails in a New York Literary Landmark
The Algonquin Hotel is a New York City literary landmark -- the former meeting place of Dorothy Parker and her fellow wits on the Algonquin Round Table and home of New York's most famous cat.

New York Transit Museum Nostalgia Train
Join me aboard vintage New York City subway cars dating back to 1917 for New York Transit's Nostalgia Train ride to the Bronx.

Timeline of Chelsea Gay History
New York's Chelsea area became the city's main gayborhood in the 1990s, but its LGBT history stretches back for decades. This timeline of Chelsea gay history hits the main highlights.

Photo Tour of Sites of Famous New York Deaths
New York tour visits sites of famous New York City deaths -- including mob hits, celebrity murders, and more.

High Line New York
High Line New York

Walt Whitman
Born on Long Island but a longtime Brooklyn resident and Manhattan fixture, Walt Whitman was also one of America's greatest writers, and a powerful figure in our country's LGBT history. Learn more about Walt Whitman's fascinating life and important literary work.

New York City Gay History Timelines
Explore New York City's gay past in these neighborhood by neighborhood history timelines.

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Langston Hughes
As one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes was a profoundly important figure in 20th century African-American history, and has posthumously been embraced for his role in an emerging LGBT culture as well. Find out more about the life of this world-wandering poetic genius who called Harlem home.

Carl Van Vechten
Midwest-born Carl Van Vechten came to New York City in 1906 and became a noted dance critic, writer, photographer, society darling, and one of the few notable white figures in Harlem's mostly black Renaissance. Learn more about Van Vechten's life, work, and blatant-for-his-day homosexuality.

High Line Photos
Photos of High Line New York park

High Line New York
The first part of the High Line New York park space opens in June 2009. Learn more about the high line new york -- including history, events, and future plans.

Gladys Bentley
Wearing men's clothes and weighing in at 250 pounds, singer Gladys Bentley cut one of the most striking figures of the Harlem Renaissance. Learn more about this talented and fascinating NYC black lesbian pioneer.

Empire State Building Observatory Tour
Admire the amazing views of New York City from the Empire State Building Observatory. Take a photo tour of the Empire State Building Observatory.

Paul Cadmus
New York City artist Paul Cadmus was one of the first in his field in the modern era to live his life as an openly gay man. Learn more about this brave but humble artist and his controversial 1934 U.S. Navy-commissioned but highly homoerotic work, The Fleet's In!

Peter Sewally (alias Mary Jones, Miss Ophelia, Beefsteak Pete, and Man-Monster)
When New York City police captured prostitute Mary Jones for pickpocketing in 1836, little did they know that it would lead to an early transgender tabloid scandal, or that their detainee, Peter Sewally, would come to be known as Beefsteak Pete. Learn more about this fascinating piece of early NYC LGBT history.

Central Park Photo Gallery
See photos of Central Park in New York City from all angles -- including Central Park views from Top of the Rock and the Empire State Building

Gay History, NYC Style: Murray Hall
Murray Hall, a late 19th century Tammany Hall politico, was a hard drinking Scots-born New Yorker -- or so his buddies and nearly everyone else thought, until upon his death they discovered that he'd been born a woman. Find out more about Murray Hall, a fascinating and heartbreaking figure from NYC's long LGBT history.

Timeline of Harlem Gay History
Long known as the spiritual center of New York's African-American community, Harlem also has a deep gay history, including an LGBT community that flourished during the Harlem Renaissance of the early 20th century. Learn more about the highlights of Harlem's gay past.

Chrysler Building Photo Gallery
Photos of the famous Chrysler Building in New York City

Allen Ginsberg
Hipster gay icon Allen Ginsberg was a poet, a radical, and a deep lover of New York City's East Village. Find out more about the Beat godfather's life and his many local addresses.

See photos of the lovely Miss Liberty in New York Harbor
See photos of the famous Statue of Liberty in New York City

Empire State Building Photos
See photos of New York City's famous Empire State Building. We've captured the iconic Manhattan skyscraper from all angles and during every season and time of day. Enjoy the many moods and faces of the beautiful Empire State Building.

Pictures of Manhattan from the Hudson River
Pictures taken on a cruise around Manhattan on the Hudson River -- including pictures of the New York City Waterfalls, the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the South Street Seaport, and Manhattan

Historic Manhattan Cathedrals, Churches, and Synagogues
Manhattan is home to the world’s finest historic cathedrals, churches, and synagogues. Find awe-inspiring architecture in religious buildings all over the city.

South Street Seaport Photo Gallery
The historic South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan offers a shopping mall, a museum, dining, and great views of the East River.

Visit the South Street Seaport
Visit the South Street Seaport along the Lower Manhattan waterfront and be transported 19th Century New York City. Visitors find top stores and restaurants among the cobblestone streets and brick mercantile buildings.

Top Of The Rock at Rockefeller Center
For fantastic skyline views, it's hard to beat Top Of The Rock at Rockefeller Center. Your out-of-town visitors will want to go and you'll be happy they did once you brave the crowds and see the view from the top.

Central Park Attractions
Check out the top attractions in New York City's 843-acre backyard, Central Park. Sights include the Central Park Zoo, the Great Lawn, Strawberry Fields, and more.

New York Skyline Views From Top Of The Rock at Rockefeller Center
Photos of New York Skyline From Top Of The Rock at Rockefeller Center. Empire State Building, Central Park, Chrysler Building, and more NYC skyline views.

World Trade Center
Read about the history of the World Trade Center towers, the lower Manhattan landmark built in 1970 and destroyed by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001

World Trade Center Site Photo Gallery
Photos of the World Trade Center site and Ground Zero area in New York City

The Statue of Liberty -- History and Key Facts
A history of the Statue of Libert in New York City and key facts about the Statue of Liberty's size, features, and creator.

Yankee Stadium: Home of the New York Yankees
All about Yankee Stadium, home of baseball's famous New York Yankees. Learn about Yankee Stadium's rich history (from Babe Ruth to A-Rod). Get information to plan your next visit to Yankee Stadium -- seating charts, how to get tickets, directions, and more.

Secrets of Grand Central Terminal Train Station
Discover the hidden secrets of the Grand Central Terminal Train Station -- including the whispering gallery, FDR's secret passage, the kissing room and more.

New York City's American Museum of Natural History: Dinosaurs, The Hayden ...
Visit the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and explore the amazing worlds of the dinosaurs, outer space, and the history of the natural world. See the famous dinosaur skeletons, the giant blue whale and other animals, the Hayden planetarium and space displays, and much more.

Empire State Building: Trivia and Fun Facts
What every New Yorker should know about New York City's tallest skyscraper, the Empire State Building.

Grand Central Terminal: Historic Train Station
Explore the history of Grand Central Terminal, New York City landmark and the nation's largest train station.

Bryant Park Photo Gallery
A photo gallery featuring images of New York City's Bryant Park. Bryant Park is home to Olympus Fashion week, free wifi, an outdoor summer film festival, free concerts, and much more.

New Yorker's Guide to Rockefeller Center -- Radio City Music Hall,...
A New Yorker's guide to New York City's famous Rockefeller Center, home of Radio City Music Hall, the Rockefeller Center ice-skating rink, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, the GE Building, NBC Studios, and more.

September 11th, 2001
The world will never forget the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.

Bryant Park Prepares For Fashion Week
See Bryant Park transform for New York Fashion Week

Central Park Winter Photo Gallery -- Snow on Central Park
Wander into the still white wilderness of Central Park after a fresh snowfall. It's almost like stepping into a holiday card. Our Central Park Winter Photo Gallery shows a beautiful world blanketed in pure, soft white (still unspoiled by dogs, people, or pollution).

Central Park
Everything you want to know about Central Park -- from events to history to amazing photos.

Treasury of NYC History -- Museum of the City of New York
Explore NYC history at the Musuem of the City of New York. With more than 1.5 million paintings, photographs, and other artifacts, the Museum offers fascinating looks at Manhattan's past. Current exhibitions include Glamour, New York Style (an exhibition of NY high fashion going back to 1883) and El Barrio: Puerto Rican New York.

Lower East Side Tenement Museum -- Take A Trip Back In Time
Experience life in the Lowe East Side tenements through exhibits in three buildings on Orchard Street. The Museum has carefully restored apartments to depict the stories of Lower East Side immigrant families from the 1870s to the 1930s. Historical walking tours of the neighborhood and educational programs are also offered.

Museum of Natural History
Check out the dinosaurs,the planetarium and the giant whale. The Museum of Natural History is a blast for kids of all ages.

The Empire State Building
It's not just for tourists. If you haven't seen the view from the top, go now. Or just check out the web site's "View From the Top" towercam.

Statue of Liberty
Read up on the history of our lady of Liberty. Plan a visit to this top NYC landmark for your out-of-town visitors.

NY Transportation in Film
In honor of the New York Subway centennial, check out this exhibit at Grand Central that documents the NYC subway's starring role in classic films.

Martin Luther King, Jr. in New York City
Civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. made his mark on New York City, inspiring many with his anti-war and civil rights activism.

Rockefeller Center Holiday Photo Gallery
Take a walking tour of Rockefeller Center during the holidays. See Rockefeller Center photo gallery pictures of Radio City Music Hall, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, the GM Building, Saks Fifth Avenue, the Rockefeller Center Skating Rink and more.

Grand Central Terminal
Learn more about the history of Grand Central Terminal or book a tour to discover its hidden secrets.

100 Years of New York City History
This cool site created by the New York Times traceds New York City history decade by decade up to 1997.

Architecture of New York City -- Great Buildings
Learn about the history and architecture of Manhattan's greatest buildings.

New Year's Eve In Times Square Photo Gallery
See our photos of the New Year's Eve ball drop in Times Square in New York City.

Governors Island Guide
Visit Governors Island, the New York island just off of Manhattan, for tours of historic forts and buildings, picnics, concerts, biking, and more.

World Trade Center Tribute in Light Memorial Photos
Photos of the World Trade Center Tribute in Light memorial. Twin towers light beams shine from Lower Manhattan as a tribute in light to victims of 9/11.

United Nations Headquarters
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Timeline of East Village Gay History, 1899-1979
New York's East Village neighborhood has long been a center for the city's artistic and counterculture movements. Explore some of the key dates from the LGBT history of Manhattan's downtown alternative enclave.

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