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Founded in 1817, this is the oldest Seminary of the Episcopal Church. An oasis in a hurried city, men and women from around the world come here to seek solace and study for the ministry. The site features a series of buildings surrounding a gorgeous garden that is a delight to visit during spring and summer. It is also the home of the St. Marks Library, the largest Episcopal seminary library in the United States. When the clock strikes, the seminary's set of 15 Durfee tubular tower chimes are heard throughout Chelsea. Services are held daily in the chapel and open to the public.
Lower Manhattan's Chelsea Park remains famous for its striking World War I plaque, the Doughboy memorial, along with lush green expanses and shaded areas. A number of well-laid out asphalt tracks, handball courts, basketball fields and playgrounds make it one of the most popular recreational areas of Chelsea. The park's first ground was set up in 1910 and ever since, it has served as a sprawling outing venue for the city residents.
The Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers consists of two large rinks that see people of all ages trying their hand at different kinds of skating activities. The venue provides one with skating lessons as well, and these include classes for kids, adults, figure skating, and a lot more. The center is ideal to host a birthday party for your little ones too. It is open through the year and also has a pro shop on-site.
Located on the Standard Plaza, which is one of the only public squares in Manhattan to be located right in front of a hotel, wedged between The Standard High Line and The Standard Grill, the Standard Ice Rink is a tiny but fun ice skating rink. The rink sees everyone from professional skaters, to recreational skaters, as well as families having a good time. There are several refreshment options available at the rink. This location is well known for its annual hockey competition called What The Puck.
This triangle piece of property has been a public space since the end of the 18th Century, and definitely before the city implemented the street grid of 1811. It is considered one of the oldest squares in New York City and the square sits at the end of the equally archaic Greenwich Avenue which has been here quite possibly since 1696. The square is named after the seventh president of the United States, however historians aren't exactly sure why it was given in his honor. Nonetheless, in 1890, the famous landscape architect Calvert Vaux designed the square as we see it today, albeit with some refurbishments in the 20th Century. One of the highlights is the granite fountain, and though it may look like it has been here since 1890, it was installed a century later when the entire park was renovated in 1990.
This 32 mile (51.5 kilometer) route completely circumnavigates the island of Manhattan. Most of the route runs through scenic off-street parks or right along the waterfront, providing an excellent chance for nature lovers to survey the scenery Manhattan has to offer. Bike, walk, or run through a collection of sites and views, including, but not limited to: the Harlem River Waterfront, the Alexander Hamilton Bridge, Washington Bridge, and the beautiful Hudson River Park. For getting back in touch with nature, this route is hard to beat.
The area where Christopher Park sits has been inhabited by Europeans since the early 1600's. The Director-General of New Netherland ran a tobacco farm and the famous Irish sea-captain Peter Warren also owned property here. In fact, the park takes its name from the eponymous street in honor Charles Christopher Amos, heir to the Warren estate. Over the following centuries as Greenwich Village developed, the encroachment of residential property forced the city to declare the park a public space in 1837. As the fortunes of the Village ebbed and flowed in the 19th and 20th Centuries, the park often garnered a reputation as a dangerous place. The park is also known as a site that lit the fuse for the liberation of gay rights when the tragic Stonewall Riots broke out in 1969. Christopher Park received a complete facelift in 1986 and many of the historic elements were restored, like the 130-year old fence and statue of General Sheridan from 1936. In homage to the LGBT movement, the statue 'Gay Liberation' by George Segal was installed in 1992.