Boyd's bear country is amazing! They have about 4 floors worth of stuffed bears and bear related items. It looks like a barn from the outside. The inside is nature inspired. If ever you are in Gettysburg, you must check it out! I went with a friend (completely her idea to see it) and was converted! We actually ended up going twice! They also sell an assortment of Christmas cards that you cannot order from the website. I got so many compliments on the Christmas cards that I bought there (Bear in a gingerbread man costume). Their website is: www.boydsbearcountry.com.
Boyds Bears are also distributed all across the US and sold in Hallmarks and other gift stores. Be on the lookout! They make really great gifts too!
Farnsworth House is a really great place! It was around during the Battle of Gettysburg, and is host to several ghosts: among them a boy named Jeremy who died in the front of the inn when he got hit by a horse drawn buggy. Their ghost tours are the best in town. I highly recommend the ghost stories in the basement. The hour of stories is called "Mourning theatre". Very scary, but fun if you are into the paranormal. their food is fantastic too.
This store is small but really terrific! They have yarns that range from basic skeins to more intricate varieties from all over the world! They have the best yarn colors too! They also sell products there such as all ready made knit and crochet items, books, patterns, hooks, etc. The Yarn Co. offers classes at all levels for Knitters and crocheters. Check their website or call them for more information.
Cardeology is a great card store! Their prices are very reasonable. They have unique last minute gifts for everyone. They also offer gift wrapping items: wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue, ribbon, etc.
This is a church for Roman catholics, but also has lots of events happening throughout the year. They have performances, art exhibits, and tours of the church, which is in a state of construction. They are constantly working to make its appearance better for everyone.
See their website for a list of mass times and also events schedules.
St. Patricks has many daily services from Confession to daily & weekend masses. Cardinal Egan presides here. They also offer holiday masses, though if you ever plan on going for easter, know to get tickets well in advance (yes, it's odd, but you do need tickets for certain holiday masses there).
PROS: On the weekends, masses almost every hour.
CONS: Tickets and long lines for holiday masses.
Hammerstein Ballroom holds approx. 3,000 people for concerts. I saw Tori Amos in concert there. It is a very intimate theatre: not the most comfortable, but due to it's size, we could see the stage very well. Drink and eat before the show starts. They are very strict about eating and drinking in your seats. Hammerstein is also available for party, corporate rental. Check website for details.
Madison Square Garden is the best place to go to see concerts in Manhattan! I saw Prince, Madonna, and Sarah McLachlan here. It gets crowded, but it is kept very clean and everything from food to restrooms is very accessible. trains, buses are close by for transportation.
PROS: Excellent place to see concerts!
MOMA is a great museum to see! It just re-opened after a long hiatus due to remodeling. They offer film and art exhibitions and are constantly bringing in new pieces of art (Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, etc). I had to go there once for a playwriting project and loved it!
The Jacob K. Javits Center has several activities going on all of the time. I went to an International Car Show and also a Sylvia Browne Conference there. The facilities are very large and clean. They also rent out space for parties, conventions, etc. Check out their website for current events in NYC!