In the city that has a reputation for never sleeping, the choice of finding something to do is amazingly simple. New Yorker Jeremy Goldstein knows the town better than most and his advice is golden when it comes to finding fun activities in New York City. As a premier cultural center of food, fashion and art, the city’s architecture fascinates visitors from around the world.
Discovering Central Park
One of the most dramatic features of New York City is the park that occupies some of the world’s most expensive real estate and complements even more of it at a highly desirable address in Manhattan. Admirers of art and architecture can find the American Museum of Natural History here along with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Frank Lloyd Wright’s contemporary masterpiece, the Guggenheim.
Central Park’s expansiveness in nearly 850 acres offers New Yorkers and visitors an extensive array of 48 fountains, sculptures or monuments as well as 35 bridges, and each one deserves attention and admiration. The 20 playgrounds invite parents to let their children enjoy the fresh air and greenery that provides a contrast to the busy streets of the city. Hidden jewels within the park, according to U.S. News and World Report, create an almost endless fascination for viewers who have never seen them as well as for New Yorkers who know them well.
- Fun for Kids
The Alice in Wonderland statue stands 11 feet tall, and she sits atop a magic mushroom where her well-known companions surround her. The Mad Hatter is there along with the Cheshire Cat, ready to please the kids and their parents.
The Wollman Memorial Rink invites young families to enjoy skating in winter and an irresistible attraction in the summer. The Victorian Gardens Amusement Park occupies the space when the weather is warm and pleasant.
- Beauty For Romantics
The park appeals to anyone who recalls simpler times. The Loeb Boathouse boasts a Victorian-style home for its boat business and its restaurant. Adventurous romantics can rent a gondola or a bike to enjoy the scenic views from a unique perspective.
The Bethesda Fountain calls to mind a healing pool in Jerusalem. Its tranquillity beckons to anyone who enjoys a respite from the workaday world. The Angel of the Waters offers an especially meaningful touch to the poignant scene that appeals to the romantic heart.
Strawberry Fields takes its name from John Lennon’s famous song, and its location across the street from the site of his assassination in 1980 makes it a favorite of anyone who recalls the heydays of the Beatles. Romantics of all ages enjoy visiting Strawberry Fields to pay tribute to the fallen singer, to enjoy a sandwich or salad in the open air and to admire the verdant landscape.
Recollections of Camelot come quickly at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir where the beauty of the 106 acres of water reflects the elegance of one of the nation’s most popular First Ladies. The colors of the trees in autumn present a majestic display that thrills joggers who choose to exercise in the unique area that serves as a tribute to a remarkable New Yorker.
- Elegance for the Sophisticates
A formal landscape in the Conservatory Garden welcomes residents and visitors who enjoy a resting place for quiet relaxation and contemplation. Its expanse of acreage allows the presentation of flora in French, Italian and English styles.
Visiting the Famous Landmarks
As one of the world’s most visited cities, New York offers professional and amateur photographers iconic landmarks that create memorable treasures as souvenirs or gifts.
- Empire State Building
A trip to New York deserves a visit to the building that holds an appeal as probably the most famous office building on the planet. Seen by untold millions in person and movies, the iconic structure thrills everyone and disappoints no one. The view from the observatory on the 86th floor encompasses a vista of five states. Landmarks that attract attention from the vantage point include the Statue of Liberty, the Hudson River, the East River, Times Square and Brooklyn
- Statue of Liberty
The breathtakingly dramatic experience of seeing the torch at a majestic height of greater than 300 feet above the ground creates a memory that can last forever. The gift from France has stood in New York Harbor for more than 130 years, welcoming more than 12 million immigrants to Ellis Island. As a nation of immigrants, almost every American can trace a heritage to someone who came from somewhere else. The statue at 151 feet represents the majesty of welcoming people who seek a new life in America.
- Ellis Island
Immigrants who came through Ellis Island with names that the processing clerks found too difficult to pronounce left with a new way to spell their former name. Millions of Americans today use a spelling that an administrator assigned to an ancestor more than 100 years ago. Anyone who has an interest in family history may enjoy a tour of the American Family History Center and a review of its computerized records. The experience of walking where one’s ancestor walked creates a powerful and lasting memory.
- Brooklyn Bridge
The Gothic shapes of the Brooklyn Bridge’s arches attract attention as much as its suspension cables, and they combine to create one of the city’s most visited landmarks. The bridge connects Brooklyn to Manhattan as it crosses the East River, and the marvel of engineering has stood for almost 135 years. A walk across the structure on a wooden platform lets pedestrians hear the roar and feel the vibrations of lanes of traffic below.
The theatres on Broadway represent the finest of American artistry in drama, and their productions let visitors create a one-of-a-kind memory of a trip to New York City. Many theatres line Broadway, interspersed with famous landmarks such as Sardi’s restaurant where actors anxiously await reviews of their opening night performances. Visitors can view the caricatures of show business celebrities that line the walls of the restaurant.
Thriving in New York
With scholarly precision and prolific writing ability, New Yorker Jeremy L. Goldstein represents the city’s excellence in the legal profession with his focus on corporate governance and executive compensation. As a partner at Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates LLC, he advises CEOs and management teams on issues that relate to transformative corporate events.
His expertise in managing corporate transactions involved him in Goodrich’s acquisition of United Technologies as well as many other corporate moves. His guidance assisted Duke Energy/Progress Energy, Dow Chemical Company/Rohm and Haas Company, Verizon Wireless/ALLTEL Corporation and many others to work through their corporate transactions with satisfactory outcomes.
A graduate of the New York University School of Law, the University of Chicago and Cornell University, Mr. Goldstein serves as chair of the American Bar Association Business Section’s Mergers and Acquisition Subcommittee of the Executive Compensation Committee. The Legal 500 and Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business list Mr. Goldstein as a leading executive compensation attorney.