Top 5 Things To Do On Upper West Side

Top 5 Things To Do On Upper West Side


Posted 2011-05-30 by Jessica Mousseaufollow

If you're wondering what all you can see on New York's Upper West Side, you'll be amazed. Historic churches, an apartment building that earned notoriety because of a very famous person's death, and a place to catch a concert or other performance are just a few of them.

The Dakota

Each generation has a "where were you when…" event. For senior citizens, it was the bombing of Pearl Harbor, for "baby boomers" it was John F. Kennedy's assassination, and John Lennon's murder right outside The Dakota. (We got two, weren't we lucky)? You can still see the archway where John Lennon was gunned down on the night of December 8, 1980. When you go there, remember his message of peace and carry it with you.

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine

This is actually an unfinished church—construction was started in 1892, and is still going on today--which serves as the seat of the Episcopal Archdiocese of New York. Besides being an important part of the Episcopal Church, the building itself offers new sights each time you visit.

The interior is as fabulous as the outside, with stained glass window art and vaulted ceilings. When you visit, remember that this is an active place of worship, so please show proper respect and decorum.

The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

This complex houses several theatres, and is home to the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Ballet, and several other elite and classic entertainment venues. A visit to New York City is not complete without taking in a performance at this venerable establishment.

Grant's Tomb

You will finally discover the answer to the old question: Who is buried in Grant's Tomb? It's the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant. The tomb takes it construction designs from the Ancient Greek Tomb of Mausolus at Haicamannus for the outside, and Napolean's Tomb on the inside.

Riverside Church

When you visit Riverside Church, you'll be viewing the highest tower of any church in the United States. You'll also be viewing what you think is a stone church, but is actually a steel structure covered in stone. You can thank John Rockefeller for funding this spectacular structure and commissioning two of the best architects that could be had to build the structure.

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