Ways to Spend the Afternoon Along the East River

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Central Park, Beekman, New York

From museums to music venues, outdoor parks to indoor theaters, the possibilities around fully-furnished apartments near Bellevue Hospital are endless. Located along the East River, the Bellevue Hospital area boasts several afternoon activities for all ages, for all seasons, and for all interests. 

Empire State Building

Built in 1931, the Empire State Building is a highlight of the New York City skyline and the cornerstone of every visit to the city. In addition to the impressive viewing deck on the top floor, the “World’s Most Famous Building” offers several dining options and New York historical exhibits, including the Dare to Dream exhibit about the planning and construction of the Empire State Building. If shopping is on your to-do list, however, be sure to check out The Empire State Building Official Store located on the 80th floor to celebrate your visit. 

National Museum of Mathematics

If heights aren’t your thing, but numbers are, the National Museum of Mathematics is your place to go. One of the newest additions to the New York museum circuit, MoMath opened its doors in 2012 with the goal of engaging and inspiring curiosity in the world of mathematics for ages 5 to 105. Filled with innovative exhibits and interactive hubs, MoMath is open nearly all year round (with the exception of Thanksgiving Day).

The Morgan Library and Museum

Made up of a complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, the Morgan Library and Museum began as the private collection of financier Pierpont Morgan. As early as 1890, Morgan began collecting illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts along with early printed books and old master drawings and prints. The original collection, and more, are on display throughout today’s museum campus, which also provides public programs, including music performances, lectures, readings, family programs, and tours.

The Water Club

While food is at the epicenter of New York culture, The Water Club, located on the East River at East 30th Street, offers a particularly unique dining experience. The floating establishment, designed by restaurateur Michael O’Keefe in 1982, boasts sweeping panoramic views from every table, making it one of the most desirable locations in the city.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park 

At just four acres, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park sits at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, across the river from several fully-furnished apartments near Bellevue Hospital. The first memorial dedicated to the former President in his home state, the Four Freedoms Park offers a memorable view of the city and the East River while promoting the President Roosevelt’s dedication to the four freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. While public transportation is the best way on, the park is free to the public and open year-round.