New York City

The Chrysler Building and Bank of the Manhattan Company Building competed for their solitary place in the clouds, but only one became the tallest skyscraper in the world at that time.  The race for the sky in the 1920’s set the standard for growth in this bustling city.  Onward and upward, New York City has grown to a population now totaling 8,084,316, which is over four million more than the next largest U.S. city.  The hype, zip, and character of this city have never slowed down.

Similar to the rapid growth of the city, the Church, with its beginnings in Palmyra, has blossomed from one solitary missionary, Joseph Smith, to a worldwide religion. Headquartered in New York City, the first Eastern States Mission to cover New York was established in 1829.  Now, with the growth of members in the area and the need for missionaries, there are four missions in New York State, fourteen stakes, and thriving areas such as Harlem proving the steady growth for the Church.   New York State is also home to many sights very important to the Church.  If thinking about a trip to the Big Apple, you may also want to consider taking the drive (approximately five hours) to Palmyra for the wonderful opportunity to see where the latter-day Church began.

Whether staying in the city or opting for a road trip outside the bustle, New York will certainly provide unforgettable memories.

4 Places You Must See in Upstate New York

Just a few hours from the busiest city in the world is one of the quietest. Make a stop in the "Cradle of the Restoration."

Palmyra Temple

Rising gently on a hill that overlooks the Sacred Grove and the farm where young Joseph was visited by Moroni is the beautiful Palmyra Temple. Unique to this temple are images of the Sacred Grove found on windows inside.

This striking art features 17,000 cut and colored stained glass panels and is a constant reminder of the glorious First Vision. It stands as a glorious ensign in the heart of the small Palmyra Township, where the restoration of the Church began almost 180 years ago.

E.B Grandin Press

When Egbert B. Frandin agreed to take on the job of printing the first Book of Mormon in 1830, he had no idea that, 115 million copies later, his little press and store would be one of the greatest landmarks in Church history. Restored to is original look and feel, this is a must see for any Latter-day Saint traveling through upstate New York. The missionaries on hand will even give you a printed replica sheet of the Book of Mormon pages right off the press. Tours are free and the site is open from 9 A.M. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Hill Cumorah

Just a couple miles south of the Smith family farm is the beautiful Hill Cumorah. Like temple grounds around the world, the Church has done a wonderful job keeping the property around this spiritual landmark peaceful and inviting. The Hill Cumorah hosts tens of thousands each year at the famous pageant named for the hill.

Pull of the road and take a few minutes to go through the visitors center and walk the serene grounds. A hike to the top only takes several minutes, and yet offers a view of humble Palmyra township below. The pageant is a great summer destination; get more information at hillcumorah.org.

Josiah Stowell Home

Josiah Stowell, a farmer who lived near Harmony, hired the young Joseph Smith for 50 cents a day to do labor. Joseph stayed in Stowell's home for over a year, and, in fact, he and Emma spent their honeymoon in the Stowell home.

Josiah sold a small section of his farm to help finance the printing of the Book of Mormon. Now, this little farmhouse, nestled on a two acre spread overlooking the Susquehanna River is in the process of being restored to allow visitors to actually stay in the home. It's located in the heart of New York and is only twently minutes from the spot where hte restoration of the priesthood took place. It's a wonderful place to visit.

Frick Collection

Too often the smaller, most priceless museums are casually overlooked by the impressively large museums such as the Metropolitan.  To avoid the potential mess of the Met, make your way into the Frick Collection in Henry Clay Frick’s mansion. The work of many famous artists such as Holbein, Rembrandt, Bellini, and Vermeer adorn the walls of this mansion.  The beauty of the house not only includes fine art, but furniture, flooring, and painted walls all contribute to the overall artistic theme of the mansion. 

General admission is $12 and $5 for students.  Don’t miss the opportunity to see great art in a very pleasant setting frickcollection.com.

The United Nations

Emerging out of the smoke of World War II, the United Nations Building was constructed to stand as a symbol of peace.  Outside, 191 colorful flags blow in the wind of the East River with every flag representing one of the member countries. The UN Building is located on international territory. This explains the UN’s private police force, fire department, and postal services (specialized UN stamps may be purchased only at the UN Building).  All these forces work to protect the peace and neutrality of the building.The artistic treasures of the UN come from around the world.  Here you’ll find a piece of the Berlin Wall displayed outside, as well as a giant mosaic of Norman Rockwell’s “The Golden Rule” representing different religions around the world. Informative tour guides explain the artwork and also give groups a peek into the General Assembly Hall and the Security Council Chamber where important issues are discussed. 

Daily tours are offered from 9:30–4:45 p.m. except for the months of January and February.  Children under five are not admitted.  Prices start at $10.00 for adults. 

The Intrepid Sea-Air-Space MuseumLooking as if they are ready to roar off from the deck of the Intrepid, numerous aircrafts on this carrier have retired from their fighting days.  Some of the planes were actually catapulted from the Intrepid itself, fighting wars in Japan and Vietnam. 

The interactive museum, which is located on the ship, is great for kids old and young who love to explore.  This incredible adventure takes you through a real submarine, into the action of a pilot by sitting in an A-6 Intruder cockpit, and up through a whirlwind of takeoffs and pilot training as you watch the action packed film Intrepid Wings. General admission for adults is $14.50, but prices are discounted for college students and kids under 17 intrepidmuseum.org.South Seaport Historic District

“Fresh fish! We catch ’em you buy ’em!”  Ships came in and out of this port daily during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries making this New York seaport the busiest shipping hub in the county. Today, the District is full of charming stores and restaurants.  Far from the bustle in the middle of the city, the South Seaport District is an escape from the constant city noise. Always there for your entertainment, musicians, street performers, and magicians are looking for crowds to please.  

If you are interested in exploring the insides of the ships you see along port, tickets for the South Street Seaport Museum can be purchased at the visitor’s center. 

NBC Tour

Do you wake up to Katie Couric’s voice on the Today show? Interested in touring the set of Saturday Night Live?  The NBC studio tour is the place where you can see the sets of some of your favorite TV shows. The hour-long tour of the studio takes the group through three working sets of different shows.  Before touring the sets, groups are lead through the NBC Experience Museum where the whole family can be interviewed by Jay Leno (with the help of blue screen technology and a previously taped version of the show). To guarantee tickets, arrive at the NBC Experience museum on 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza early in the morning before the day’s allotted number of tickets run out.  Tickets during the summer and on holidays go fast, especially for this popular, possible celebrity-sighting tour.  Tickets for adults are $17.50 and $15 for kids ages 6–16. Call (212) 664-7174 for tickets and information.

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