Seasonal Events | Celebrating Earth Day

If there’s a will to celebrate Earth Day all month long, there’s a way! New York City and its surrounding areas are full of ways to enjoy nature in its purest form and educate yourself about sustainability and climate control. From green architecture tours and hikes in the park to live performances and orchid shows, view our guide to Earth Day 2018 and celebrate Mother Nature!

1. A Passive Open House

April 7th, 12:00-2:00pm
81 Summit Street, Philmont, New York

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New York Passive House is offering the rare opportunity to examine the building science behind the construction of one of its homes. Still in the works, 81 Summit Street (a 2.5-hour drive from Manhattan) will ultimately stand as the transformation of a 1960’s-era ranch house into a no-energy cost, carbon-free, 2-story vacation retreat. The home will combine existing and new construction with passive house measures including air barrier placement, thick insulation and high-performance windows. At the Open House, attendees can meet with the architect, building science engineer and solar panel designer to discover just how this sustainable creation is possible!

2. Earth Day in Union Square

April 15th, 12:00-7:00pm
Union Square West, Manhattan

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Union Square is proud to present the most high-traffic Earth Day event across the country! The annual event includes dozens of exhibitors, from environmental non-profits and green businesses to live performers and beyond. Featuring over 70 organizations, everyone will find informative fun at this year’s event!

3. Earth Day 5K Green Tour 2018

April 20th, 10:00am-1:00pm
Various Locations

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Join the Earth Day Initiative for its annual walking tour of New York City’s greatest green sites! Designed to celebrate all things outdoors this Earth Day, the varying routes will take participants to rooftop farms in Manhattan, natural food cooking schools and composting sites. Each venue has a mission to help the city go a little bit greener each day. Sign up to learn about some of the environmental work being done just outside your door!

4. Earth Day Hike

April 22nd, 10:00-11:30am
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

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Celebrate on Earth Day itself with the Urban Park Rangers! There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature than by taking an old-fashioned hike. Follow the hiking guides as they introduce you to the hidden gems of Flushing Meadows Corona Park!

5. The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

Through April 23rd
2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

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The New York Botanical Gardens’ Orchid Show is now in its 16th year, again showcasing thousands of dramatically displayed orchids in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. This year’s show features a series of installations by Daniel Ost, designed to celebrate the complex beauty of the stunning species.

Philanthropy News | April Charity Events

April is brimming with opportunities to give back to causes that matter most to New Yorkers. Below, we’ve outlined some of our top picks for giving back, whether to vital medical research or missions to fight hunger. Don your best gowns for the galas and sneakers for the 5K’s and prepare for a memorable and charitable springtime experience!

1. Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation Memories Matter

April 10th, 6:30-10:30pm
Pier 60, Chelsea Piers
Tickets from $325

Image Courtesy Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery FoundationJoin the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation at its inaugural Memories Matter event. Attendees can expect an evening spent discussing the latest advances in Alzheimer’s research with ADDF scientists, enjoying a musical performance by The Nancy Atlas Project featuring violinist Randi Fishenfeld, sampling desserts by Larry Scott Events and participating in a silent auction.

2. Parkinson’s Foundation Celebrate Spring New York

April 11th, 7:00-11:00pm
Lavo, 39 East 58th Street
Tickets from $175
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The Parkinson’s Foundation annual Celebrate Spring event offers the opportunity to mingle for a cause. With hors d’ouevres, a live auction, dancing and music by DJ Brenda Black, this event is a can’t-miss!

3. Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

April 15th, 9:30-11:30 staggered start times
Registration from $45

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Now in its 10th year, the annual Runyon 5K will transform Yankee Stadium into a unique cancer research fundraising concourse. Run or walk your way through the stadium, climbing stairs between levels and victory lapping around the field. 100% of the donations raised will go toward innovative cancer research by today’s best young scientists, all funded by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

4. HealthCorps 12th Annual Gala Garden Follies

April 23rd, 6:30-11:30pm
Ziegfeld Ballroom, 141 West 54th Street
Tickets from $500

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HealthCorps’ annual fundraiser, the Garden Gala, is back and black-tie! This year’s theme is 1920s feathers, follies and flappers, so don your best 1920’s-inspired gown and gear up for a fun-filled night. Attendees will join 500 wellness influencers, celebrities, medical practitioners, institutional and individual philanthropists, all with a mission of raising funds to support HealthCorps’ mission in schools across America.

5. City Harvest’s 35th Anniversary Gala

April 24th, 6:30pm
Cipriani, 110 East 42nd Street

Tickets from $1,750

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City Harvest’s most important fundraising event of the year is upon us. Bringing together some of the city’s most high-profile individuals, influencers and celebrities dedicated to the fight against hunger, the event includes an elegant dinner plus live and silent auctions. Last year, the gala raised nearly $2.7 million, enough to help feed nearly 9,860 families in New York City for a year. The proceeds are only sure to increase this year, with honorees including José Andrés, Bill & Wendy Mills, Robin Hood and Chrissy Teigen.

Architecture News | Chasing New York City Waterfalls

New York City may be the concrete jungle, but that doesn’t mean there are not plenty of opportunities to plan an urban escape. Below, we have compiled a list of some of the Manhattan’s greatest waterfalls hidden inside pedestrian parks. Whether you’re seeking a quiet morning reflection or a backdrop for your afternoon lunch break, visit one of these hidden New York City gems.

1. The Ravine

Mid-Central Park at 103rd Street

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Conceived by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, the Ravine is located in the 40-acre North Woods. Reigning as the only stream valley in Central Park, the area was designed to resemble the wild beauty of the Adirondacks.

 2. Greenacre Park

217 East 51st Street, between Second and Third Avenues

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Designed by Hideo Sasaki and open since 1971, this three-level park is composed of three levels. The highlight by far is its 25-foot-high waterfall, featuring huge sculpted granite blocks.

3. Paley Park

3 East 53rd Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenues

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Reigning as the original “vest pocket park” (a small park accessible to the general public), Paley Park was conceived as the prototype of a new kind of public space by Robert Zion. Since 1967, the  20-foot-high waterfall has undoubtedly dominated the 1/10th-acre space, which includes seating areas, honey locust trees, and vertical lawns of English Ivy.

4. Nameless Park!

East 47th Street between Second and Third Avenues

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This nameless space near the United Nations offers the perfect opportunity to drown out the city noise: a circular wall of falling water.

5. The National September 11 Memorial

180 Greenwich Street

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Set in the footprints of the Twin Towers, these two recessed pools offer the profound opportunity to reflect upon the tragic events of 9/11. The continuous cascade of water falls into an abyss without a visible bottom – symbolizing the incredible absence of human life left behind in the wake of the events. Surrounding the pools on bronze parapets are the names of those nearly 3,000 lives lost in the attack on 9/11, as well as in the bombing on February 26, 1993.

Seasonal Events | Celebrating Cinema

Though awards season is drawing to a close, there is never a shortage of cinematic celebrating to be done in New York City. The city turns to the screen this March to witness the incredible works created by both New York City natives and the international community beyond. With events dedicated to celebrating children’s films, drone cinematography, films made by people with disabilities and more, don’t miss out on this month’s roster of festivals!

New York International Children’s Film Festival

Through March 18th

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Founded in 1997, The New York International Children’s Film Festival supports the creation and dissemination of thoughtful, provocative and intelligent film for children and teens. Since inception, the festival has grown from one weekend of films into the largest film festival for children and teens in North America, and is screened over the course of four weeks at venues across New York City. This year’s schedule has a host of features, shorts and special events on deck – be sure not to miss out on the fun!

NYC Drone Film Festival

March 3rd through 4th

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Now in its 4th year, the New York City Drone Film Festival is the first event in the world exclusively dedicated to celebrating the exciting artistic potential of drone cinematography. The festival offers the opportunity for filmmakers from around the world to exhibit their work on an international platform before industry professionals and the drone community.

ReelAbilities Film Festival

March 8th through 14th

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ReelAbilities Film Festival is the largest of its kind in the United States dedicated to promoting awareness of and appreciation for the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities. Founded in New York in 2007, the festival has since presented award-winning films by and about people with disabilities throughout multiple cities in the United States.

Queens World Film Festival

March 15th through 25th

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Now in its 8th year, The Queens World Film Festival returns to the Museum of the Moving Image and Kaufman Astoria Studios this March for another schedule of exciting, topical and bold works. With long features and shorts on deck including narratives, documentaries, LGBTQ and animated work, the festival is dedicated to creating worthwhile experiences for participating filmmakers and guests with signature elements.

PhotoDiversity Film Festival

March 19th through 23rd

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The PhotoDiversity Film Festival enables filmmakers from diverse backgrounds to display meaningful perspectives on environmental issues. Supporting The Zoological Lighting Institute, the international NGO dedicated to science in support of animal welfare and wildlife conservation, the festival features science, wildlife and arts and culture features, and special awards for winners in seven categories.


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TOWN Data | Contracts Signed Report

An authoritative source on Manhattan’s Luxury Market, TOWN Residential is pleased to share The Contracts Signed Report, an up-to-the-minute report of the last week’s activity broken down by neighborhood and price point. 

During January 29th – February 25th, 765 contracts – comprised of 376 co-ops, 355 condos, 21 condops and 13 townhouses – were signed in Manhattan. 

Of the units in contract, 195 were priced from $1,000,000-$2,000,000 and 165 were priced from $2,000,000-$5,000,000 with an average days on market of 94 and 115 respectively. 

Please click here for a neighborhood by neighborhood analysis. 

Philanthropy News | March Charity Events

Another month of philanthropy marches on, and New York City is brimming with opportunity to give back in style. With galas, benefit concerts, luncheons, relay races and more scattered throughout the month, you’ll be sure to find the cause most close to your heart below. Invite your friends and family, and gear up for an event to remember!

31st Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert

March 3rd, 7:30pm
Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage
Tickets: From $35 – $200

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Each year, lauded composer Philip Glass curates the one-of-a-kind Tibet House US Benefit Concert to feature some of the most exciting and legendary names in music. This year, the event will include performances by Carly Simon, Blood Orange, Resistance Revival Chorus and more. Proceeds will benefit Tibet House US, the non-profit educational institution and cultural center dedicated to preserving Tibetan civilization.

Chefs for Kids’ Cancer Gala

March 6th, 6:00pm
Metropolitan West
Tickets: from $1,700

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Join over 50 acclaimed chefs and 400 guests at the 5th Annual Chefs for Kids’ Cancer Gala. With a backdrop of over 50 donated works of art, the night will include a 4-course custom meal and specially designed cookies, plus a live auction. With over $4 million raised to date, the organization is excited for another year of generosity and fun to be had by all.

12th Annual Power of Women to Make a Difference Award Luncheon

March 7th, 11:00am
Cipriani, 110 East 42nd Street
Tickets: from $1,000

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Now in its 12th year, the United Way of New York City’s Women’s Leadership Council’s renowned luncheon honors the achievements of outstanding female leaders who match their professional accomplishments with a dedicated commitment to philanthropy. Proceeds support the organization’s education initiatives, serving thousands of youth each year across the city.

Literacy Partners Evening of Readings & Gala Dinner Dance

March 14th, 6:30pm
Cipriani Wall Street
Tickets: Inquire

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For three decades, the Evening of Readings has succeeded in bringing together corporate leaders from various industries to support the mission of Literacy Partners. Having featured some of the most important writers of our time including Toni Morrison, Stephen King, and John Updike, the gala is consistently a memorable night for all.

2018 Armory NYC Indoor Marathon

March  16th through 18th
Fort Washington Avenue Armory
Tickets: $100

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Presented by NYRR, the 3-day Armory Indoor Marathon is rapidly becoming one of the most anticipated events of the year. Beginning and expert runners alike have the opportunity to run where Olympic gold medalists have run before them, in both individual and relay events. Proceeds benefit Armory College Prep, a program dedicated to sending 100% of its NYC students to college.

Neighborhood Spotlight | Murray Hill

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The warm and inviting Murray Hill sets out to strike a balance between a mellow residential atmosphere and an active nightlife scene. The neighborhood is dotted with many small and simple bagel shops, cafes and eateries, and an especially appreciated selection of Indian restaurants, Irish pubs and Korean noodle shops.

A daytime stroll to the East River is always an option to escape the bustle of midtown Manhattan, and a plethora of convenient transportation make travel throughout the city a cinch. Bounded by Madison Avenue to the west, 42nd Street to the north, the East River to the east and 34th Street to the south, Murray Hill remains connected to the rest of Manhattan through various subway stops, plus the beautiful Grand Central Station.

Historically, in the early 1900s, Murray Hill stood as one of Manhattan’s most upscale neighborhoods, its gorgeous brownstones occupied by wealthy New Yorkers. Over the course of the following century, the neighborhood became more affordable as these wealthy constituents traveled farther north, leaving an active nightlife and diverse dining scene in their wake.

Though there is plenty to do after work hours, the neighborhood retains a quietude during the day, especially in comparison to Manhattan’s Lower East Side where the activity never ends. And, as no New York City neighborhood is without its park; Bryant Park overlooked by the New York Public Library offers the perfect venue for any day.

Restaurants & Dining


108 East 38th Street

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A Murray Hill staple since 1978, Rossini’s is the go-to for northern Italian cuisine. Owned and operated by Romano Bernaz, his two sons Raymond and Gerry and his nephew Josip Cernjul, the restauranteurs attribute their success to a family philosophy to serve true Italian cuisine in an ever-evolving fashion.

Villa Berulia

107 East 34th Street

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Nestled in the heart of historic Murray Hill, Villa Berulia Ristorante has served the Murray Hill community for over thirty years. The establishment showcases exceptional Croatian and Northern Italian cuisine, with different specials every day as the chefs continue to fuse ancient recipes with modern techniques and their own flair.


Pookie & Sebastian

541 3rd Avenue

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This favorite retail shop offers sophisticated and casual women’s clothing, plus jewelry and accessories.

Dor L’Dor

301 East 41st Street

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This multi-brand boutique is the leader in the latest must-have women’s fashion and accessories, and renowned for creating the perfect closet for fashion-savvy clients.

Health & Fitness

IMX Pilates

265 Madison Avenue

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This beloved “chill” studio offers equipment-based Pilates classes, as well as hybrid workouts with spin, yoga and barre.

mang’Oh yoga

322 East 39th Street

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Opened in 2007, mang’Oh yoga is located on a quiet section of East 39th Street. The space offers a variety of classes offered seven days a week, including Sunrise, Lunchbox, Happy Hour, Candlelight and more.

Food News | The City’s Top Ten Most Authentic Irish Restaurants

New York City is full of many Irish pubs and restaurants that serve up good brews and meals year-round. With Ireland’s most celebrated holiday upon us, we’re on a hunt for the most authentic of the selection! Contact us to get in touch with one of our dedicated TOWN Attachés with the inside scoop on these top New York City spots!

1. The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog

30 Water Street, Financial District

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Irish coffee is one of many specialties at The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, a multi-level cocktail bar and eatery in Downtown Manhattan that has been voted World’s Best Bar more than once. The establishment draws inspiration from “the conviviality of Old New York and the Irish-American tradition.”

2. Donovan’s Pub

57-24 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside

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This longtime neighborhood hangout dishes up burgers and Irish-leaning pub fare like Shepherd’s Pie. On St. Patrick’s Day, enjoy performances by bagpipers, a pint and some good pub grub, including one of the best burgers in New York!

3. The Long Room

120 West 44th Street, Midtown

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This clubby Irish gastropub features an extensive beer menu serving only the best craft, domestic and international brews.

4. McGee’s Pub and Restaurant

240 West 55th Street, Hell’s Kitchen

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Celebrated as the bar that inspired How I Met Your Mother, this wood-lined Irish space spans 3 floors and offers tasty bar food and plenty of draft beers.

5. The Landmark Tavern

626 11th Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen

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Originally opened in 1868, this Irish tavern dates back to when there was no 12th Avenue, just the shores of the Hudson River. Today, it remains one of the oldest continually operating establishments in the city, surviving even through Prohibition. Check out its classic decor and pub-grub menu!

6. The Half King
505 West 23rd Street, Chelsea

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This literary-themed Irish pub pairs its eats and drinks with readings and photo exhibits. On St. Patrick’s Day, the Chelsea neighborhood favorite will celebrate with bagpipes, step dancers and traditional Irish music from 6 to 8:30pm! 

7. The Late Late

159 East Houston Street, Lower East Side

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Situated on Houston Street, this Irish-influenced watering hole features retro 1960s decor and is known for its selection of whiskeys, bar bites and brunch fare. The holiday celebration will kick off on Wednesday, March 15th with an evening sampling Jameson whiskey, followed by Irish music the following two days!

8. Molly’s Pub & Shebeen

287 Third Avenue, Murray Hill

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Patrons of Molly’s Pub & Shebeen in Gramercy Park know and love the Irish pub for its glowing wood-burning fireplace, friendly staff and signature Shepherd’s Pie. Enjoy the atmosphere this St. Patrick’s Day, sawdust on the floor and all! 

9. P.J. Clarke’s 

Various Locations

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P.J. Clarke’s has three locations in New York City, and its Third Avenue outpost is just a few blocks from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade – perfect for those who don’t mind a crowd! Reigning as one of Manhattan’s favorite establishments for over a century, P.J. Clarke’s is a time-honored staple of Irish culture in NYC.

10. Rosie O’Grady’s 

800 Seventh Avenue, Theatre District

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A staple of the Broadway Theatre District since 1973, Rosie O’Grady’s combines friendly service with delicious cuisine. With outdoor sidewalk seating and a renowned dining and beer menu inside, the establishment offers the perfect experience for any season, especially St. Paddy’s Day!

Architecture Highlight | New York City Castle Countdown

All of these four-leaf clovers and St. Patrick’s Day decorations have us yearning for the lush, green Irish countryside dotted with ancient castles. It may surprise you to learn that New York City is home to a few castle-like structures of its own! Whether straight out of Rumplestiltskin or Harry Potter, these buildings offer a breath of fresh, medieval air and a reprieve from the city’s classic concrete structures and glassy skyscrapers. Check out our countdown of the top five castles scattered within New York City’s five boroughs!

5. Staten Island Armory

321 Manor Road, Staten Island

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With its Rumpelstiltskin-esque towers and crenelated recesses, The Staten Island Armory has stood proudly in Richmond County since 1926. More recently, the structure has become a symbol of Staten Island’s efforts to increase the validity of those landmarks that remain undesignated. It wasn’t until 2010 that the dignified castle reached landmark status! Today, this building retains its original purpose as a working base for the New York State Army National Guard.

4. Brooklyn General Post Office

271 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn

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For those who live in between Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn, a trip to the Post Office means a trip to this castle. The design for this limestone castle began in 1885, with the final structure’s completion following seven years later. Featuring arched windows, steeply pitched roofs, round granite columns and a square tower, the structure embodies the Romanesque Revival style and was remodeled in 2000.

3. Jefferson Market Library

425 Avenue of the Americas

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Now a branch of the New York Public Library, the landmarked Jefferson Market building carries a storied past. Built in 1875, the architectural gem was designed by Frederick Clark Withers and Calvert Vaux in Victorian Gothic style, and was voted shortly after its completion as one of the top ten most beautiful buildings in America. Originally, it stood as a courthouse, garnering national attention during the infamous Girl in the Red Velvet Swing case in 1906, and later as a women’s prison and an outpost for the Police Academy.

2. Kingsbridge Armory

West Kingsbridge Road

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This statuesque building in the Bronx opened in 1913, and at the time reigned as the largest armory in the world. Decades later in 1996, the Kingsbridge Armory was turned over to the city and came to serve as a homeless shelter for ten years. Its next purpose will be potentially its most exciting one yet. Currently, plans are underway to redevelop the space into the world’s largest ice center complete with nine year-round ice rinks, and one with seats for up to 5,000 people. If all goes to plan, the Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC) would also contain 50,000 square feet of community space.

1. Belvedere Castle

79th Street, Mid-Central Park

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Overlooking the Great Lawn and Ramble, Belvedere is one of Central Park’s crowning jewels. Though it was originally constructed as a “Victorian Folly,” (a structure whose only purpose is to be pretty), the castle now serves as both an outpost for the National Weather Service and as the Henry Luce Nature Observatory. Although the castle recently closed its doors for a year-long renovation process, the space will soon be back in action for birdwatchers and passersby alike for years to come.