The mere mention of New York City brings to mind images of Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and the world famous Empire State Building. The city also boasts of a number of attractions including famous theatre productions on Broadway and world class music at Carnegie Hall. One such attraction is the New York City Museum located near Wall Street in Lower Manhattan.
Initially built to house the First Precinct of the New York Police Department, the building was fashioned after an Italian Palace and was a novelty in its day due to its advanced facilities and features. At present however the building has been converted into a museum featuring the major contributions made by the New York City Police Department and a memorial to the 9/11 tragedy.
The Museum is of great importance for it recounts the Department’s history for over two hundred years. Its exhibits trace the evolution of New York City policing, a model jail cell, and houses various artefacts including classic weapons used by criminals back in the day such as the famous bank robber, Willie Sutton’s lock picking tools. In addition, it also focuses on the 9/11 tragedy and the manner in which the present police department has utilized state of the art technology to combat crime since the attacks. In essence, it effectively consolidates around 300 years of history and illustrates the changes in the nature of crime and policing.
The exhibits are also equipped with a number of interactive activities designed to entertain and teach children the importance of the work of the NYPD. In addition, new technology is utilized to simulate a model police fight and allows the visitor the opportunity to assess whether the shooting or the manner in which the police handled the situation was appropriate.
New York is also famous for many other Museums such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Hence the city truly provides for an exciting experience combining adventure, culture and excitement. For those who wish to combine all that the city has to offer and experience it in a luxurious fashion, opting for accommodation in any New York Luxury Hotel would certainly be advisable. The Peninsula New York also known as the Fifth Avenue Hotel New York would be an ideal place to stay with its convenient location providing easy access to these museums as well as Central Park, Rockefeller Centre and many more attractions.