General College and University in New York, NY, United States
Occupying a whole square block in Chelsea, this is a hidden oasis in Manhattan. Protected by tall iron gates, the campus is full of red brick buildings and chapels that surround a peaceful inner courtyard — a design inspired by Oxford University.
It’d be easy to pass by here without ever suspecting what a beautiful space is hiding behind its 44th street façade. Enter, and you’ll find a stately library — the second oldest in New York City — complete with marble columns, and stained glass.
Far from a conventional museum, the Park Avenue Armory is renowned for both its cutting-edge cultural programming and its impressive architecture. The Armory has an active calendar of cultural events and offers guided tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Paley Park, a pedestrianized escape from the craziness of midtown Manhattan with its 20 foot waterfall, is situated close by as is the glass waterfall tunnel. Who would have thought Midtown Manhattan could double up as a tropical oasis?!
Embassy / Consulate in New York, NY, United States
The U.N.’s meditation room is open to the public — assuming you want to pass through all the security associated with entering the United Nations. It was designed to be nondenominational, and offers an area of complete silence within NYC.
The Garden of Stones is part of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The garden features plants planted in stones by Holocaust survivors and their families. Over time, the plants will grow and break apart the rocks, forming a dynamic landscape.